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#1 EDiddy0042

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Posted 22 January 2009 - 03:16 PM

A spot to discuss anything and everything health and fitness related.
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#2 shieryda

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Posted 22 January 2009 - 05:38 PM

On a video game website?! Preposterous!

Just kidding. My wife got a family membership to our healthclub, but she's the only one using it right now. I need to start taking advantage of that more. I did sign up for floor hockey, though, and we won our first game last Sunday!

#3 Xevious

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Posted 22 January 2009 - 07:54 PM

2 years ago I was pretty hefty. Then I got rid of my car and relied on my mountain bike to get around (Fortunately, the Bay Area is really bike friendly unlike many parts of the United States) and I started to lose weight. Last year, I finished paying off my debts and suddenly I had some extra money lying around so I joined a gym. I'm been working out pretty steadily 3 times a week since October and I am starting to gain some slight muscle tone.

I still have some weight to lose but my goal is to look good this summer. It also involves eating a lot of salads too. I'm not really counting my calories though.

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#4 dmaul1114

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Posted 22 January 2009 - 09:28 PM

I got to start getting in the gym more. Have a Gold's membership that's been woefully under used for the past year or so. Used to get in 4 days a week consistently, but work has been hell the past year so a lot of months I'm lucky to get 2 days a week and a couple months I didn't make it at all with traveling, illnesses etc.

Thankfully I'm blessed with a good metabolism and at least have kept my diet pretty clean for the most part so I haven't put on weight. But I've lost a lot of strength on weight lifting and my endurance/cardio sucks.

Lately I've been doing better, but this week has been a wash so far.

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#5 Filler2001

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Posted 22 January 2009 - 09:33 PM

I recently started working out and cutting down on junkfood. As someone still in high school it would be kinda pointless to go to the gym because I have no time to. What Im currently doing is besides the hour of gym 3 times a week, I go to the weights room to build strength and endurance once a week. Im 190 lbs and 5 '9 at the moment, but Im going for a 40 pound loss by april

#6 CouRageouS

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Posted 22 January 2009 - 09:44 PM

I'm getting my personal trainer certification this year. I worked at a health club for a bit over a year and just left to work in Fire Protection. I hope to be a fire fighter in the next couple years doing personal training on the side. Got to be in top physical condition to get that job, so might as well use the know how to get paid too.

Bay Area CAGs can see me at the Oakland 24 hour fitness every other weeknight. Gather around the front for the tight t-shirt contest on Thursdays. :lol:
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#7 Layziebones

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Posted 22 January 2009 - 10:44 PM

I can't believe how crazy crowded the gym has been since new years. I go and there are a bunch of lazy poeple sitting on the same machine, talking on their phone and boasting about how they are at the gym. I always get the guy who has the one weight I need, just holding it and flexing in the mirror for an hour.

I cannot wait until the New Years Resolution people give up and leave. It is just too crowded.


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#8 dmaul1114

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Posted 22 January 2009 - 10:48 PM

Time of day is key. I'm fortunate in that my work hours are flexible, so I usually go sometime between 9am and noon and it's usually pretty dead. If I miss the morning workout I won't go in the evening though as it's too crowded.

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#9 Layziebones

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Posted 22 January 2009 - 10:52 PM

Time of day is key. I'm fortunate in that my work hours are flexible, so I usually go sometime between 9am and noon and it's usually pretty dead. If I miss the morning workout I won't go in the evening though as it's too crowded.

Monday - Thursday 3-10 is just asking for a problem. It is ridiculous then. I try to steer to later at night, but I often get caught up in the crowd. :cry:


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#10 JaroldL

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Posted 23 January 2009 - 12:01 AM

i work out 2 times a week. my goal is to get killer abs and bigger guns by the end of this year!

#11 lilboo

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Posted 23 January 2009 - 12:03 AM

I've lost 6lbs so far. Hooray!
REALLY cut out a lot of shit. Lots of packaged shit, lots of sugar...(refined). Eating waaaay too many fruits, and veggies.

Damn this belly! It's not a pot belly, but it's enough to make me sad :(

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#12 ITDEFX

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Posted 23 January 2009 - 12:16 AM

So this is the 2009 Year to lose weight thread now?

Change the title!

I got measured the other day by holding out this squarish device with grips at the health and fitness expo the other day. The device said I was at 23.3% body fat. EEEK! :bomb::bomb::bomb:

#13 dmaul1114

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Posted 23 January 2009 - 12:18 AM

Doesn't have to be limited to weight loss. Can keep it a general fitness thread for people who are just keeping in shape, or trying to gain weight, or train for races etc. to post in.

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#14 fatherofcaitlyn

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Posted 23 January 2009 - 01:08 AM

My goal is to gain enough weight until I'm told to choke on a dick and die by somebody better than me.
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#15 JSP

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Posted 23 January 2009 - 01:13 AM

What happened to the old Weight Loss thread? <_<

As chronicled there, eating better and exercising led to me to lose 50 pounds over the summer. I've lost around ten additional pounds since then.
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#16 Layziebones

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Posted 23 January 2009 - 01:51 AM

So this is the 2009 Year to lose weight thread now?


No. This is the We are already in shape and have been for some time thread. Start up a Weightloss thread.


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#17 ricknub

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Posted 23 January 2009 - 02:18 PM

I work at a pretty big college, so there is a decent gym on campus for much cheaper than I'd have to spend at one of the Boston-area gyms (plus the $150 rebate from my health care provider helps out a little, too). The most amusing thing about using the gym here is that you see all the students come back from winter or summer break who are determined to go to the gym more, and as the weeks go on, the place gets emptier and emptier as people give up on it.

Unless I have some major stuff going on at work, I go 4 times a week during my lunch hour, and if I'm feeling really ambitious, I'll run a mile or two in the morning, as well. My big problem is diet. I've cut out a lot of 'empty calories,' but am still in the process of learning to eat better (and slower), and snack on better things. I've shifted from cookies or some other crap to bananas and those 100-calorie snack packs instead.

I'm at 5'9, 165, and trying to drop a few pounds, since I'm not really looking to 'bulk up.' My biggest fitness achievements this year so far have been doing 2 miles in 15.5 minutes (this is good for me! I really don't run much, since it's extremely cold and snowy up here right now) and doing 235 on the bench press (though I sort of cheated by bouncing the bar off my chest a little, I think).

http://www.healthywe...ories-required/

This seems like a pretty nifty tool to use as a guideline for how many calories you should take in daily to help with weight loss.

#18 lilboo

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Posted 23 January 2009 - 04:20 PM

My goal is to gain enough weight until I'm told to choke on a dick and die by somebody better than me.


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#19 fatherofcaitlyn

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Posted 23 January 2009 - 04:43 PM

:pray: May I?


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#20 Anexanhume

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Posted 23 January 2009 - 05:15 PM

I'm slightly overweight for my frame and decided to take advantage of my apartment's free exercise facilities recently. Luckily, I worked out in high school for football so I remember the basics of weight training. On top of that, I'm jogging on the treadmill. I'm looking to lose about 20 pounds of fat max, and add some muscle.

As for eating, I've recently increased my intake of water, and I'm eating subway a lot because: 5 dollar footlongs are cheap when you eat half for meals, and they provide a good mixture of nutrients (veggies, meat, dairy) if you build the sub right. If you try to get the same nutrition by buying groceries, it can get expensive.

#21 EDiddy0042

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Posted 23 January 2009 - 05:18 PM

It's awesome hearing about everyone's goals and accomplishments. For those who were speaking about the gyms being packed, it is just the New Years resolution people, and by the end of this month, a vast majority will quit. And the reason this wasn't made into a specifically weight loss thread was summarized well by dmaul1114 and layziebones. While weight loss is a big part of being healthy for some of us, others are looking to maintain weight or even gain more weight in the form of muscle to keep those metabolisms revved all day long. Keep posting everyone
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#22 lilboo

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Posted 23 January 2009 - 06:57 PM

I am surprised that this is working for me:
Eating TONS of fruits and vegetables. I cut down on meat, a lot. I eat chicken once in a while. Maybe 3x a week? I also have been buying REAL whole grain bread & pasta and pita breads.

My refined sugar take is amazingly low, and I've lost 9lbs so far O_O.. Oh, I also go to the gym 3x a week.

I'm def eating like 1800/2000 calories a day TOO. This is what I'm loving about it!

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#23 Reality's Fringe

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Posted 23 January 2009 - 07:30 PM

I am surprised that this is working for me:
Eating TONS of fruits and vegetables. I cut down on meat, a lot. I eat chicken once in a while. Maybe 3x a week? I also have been buying REAL whole grain bread & pasta and pita breads.

My refined sugar take is amazingly low, and I've lost 9lbs so far O_O.. Oh, I also go to the gym 3x a week.

I'm def eating like 1800/2000 calories a day TOO. This is what I'm loving about it!


Pffft, girls eat that much ;) . I'm on 4000 a day, and find it hard to gain weight. Then again, I have to keep my weight within a certain range or the military gets all pissy, even if you have a low bodyfat. Since I'm scheduled for officer training, I'd rather not have to deal with that until after I'm in.

BMI is for stupid assholes.
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#24 Anexanhume

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Posted 23 January 2009 - 07:45 PM

I am surprised that this is working for me:
Eating TONS of fruits and vegetables. I cut down on meat, a lot. I eat chicken once in a while. Maybe 3x a week? I also have been buying REAL whole grain bread & pasta and pita breads.

My refined sugar take is amazingly low, and I've lost 9lbs so far O_O.. Oh, I also go to the gym 3x a week.

I'm def eating like 1800/2000 calories a day TOO. This is what I'm loving about it!


How do you get your protein?

#25 lilboo

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Posted 23 January 2009 - 07:46 PM

How do you get your protein?


Soy milk, chicken, beans, sometimes tuna for lunch.

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#26 Dead of Knight

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Posted 23 January 2009 - 07:50 PM

I've been working out three times a week and getting better all the time. I've finally started to do 3 mile runs! It feels amazing since like a year ago I couldn't even do a few hundred yards of running. I wasn't fat- actually, I'm a little underweight- but just very out of shape. I credit it to my boyfriend who wanted me to get fit in concern for my health. We are gym buddies.

Also PROTIP: Have some sugar before a workout. My boyfriend had the idea to have a couple Lifesavers before working out and I have soooo much more energy. They're only like 45 calories for 4 of them, and I have 2-3 before a workout and I'm able to go much harder and longer. Well worth it.

Oh yeah, and free gym at the apartment + gym included with university fees = can work out whenever for free.
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#27 packerfan10

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Posted 23 January 2009 - 08:01 PM

Durning the Summer I lost 20 pounds. >_> Once the days started getting shorter I got lazy again and quite running. In March I think I am going to pick it up again. Where I live in So Cal it rarely gets cold but the lack of daylight is killer.

#28 dmaul1114

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Posted 23 January 2009 - 08:03 PM

Soy milk, chicken, beans, sometimes tuna for lunch.


Whey protein shakes wouldn't be bad to throw in their. Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard is the best I've found in terms of price, quality and taste. The French Vanilla Creme flavor is pretty good even when mixed just with water, and it mixes great in a shaker bottle (not gritty, no chucks of powder clumped together etc.).

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#29 Layziebones

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Posted 23 January 2009 - 08:44 PM

Whey protein shakes wouldn't be bad to throw in their.


Not if he is trying to lose weight. Whey is great for us, when we are supplementing muscle growth or just maintaining our body. I wouldn't advise taking whey if you are trying to lose weight. If you take Whey and aren't actually weight training, not just jogging and doing light gym work, then it is just going to add weight instead of repairing muscle.

Either get a different "Light" protein, or just eat it naturally.


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#30 dmaul1114

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Posted 23 January 2009 - 08:55 PM

Whey is pretty low calorie, it won't hurt burning fat. If anything it will help maintain muscle mass while dieting.

The best way to get rid of fat is to do cardio, diet and do weight training to try to keep muscle mass or even build a little. Muscle mass burns more calories so getting muscle mass up (or at least maintaining it) means you burn more calories a day in a resting state--which is a good thing for weight loss.

Now you definitely don't want any of those high calorie weight gaining shakes. But Whey protein is only 100 some calories, so it won't hurt anything as long as you're counting those calories toward your daily total. And you get those grams of protein for a lot less calories than you would from meat, beans etc.

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