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Old 05-17-2010, 08:07 PM
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Fub: The weight management piece is the key, isn't it. I was always very good at losing weight...but keeping it off was tough. I've found that I have to eat less AND move my butt. And...you gotta splurge, too!

Prentiss: Rest days are crucial to good work outs!

Wake up: Do you back pack there? That is Beautiful!

Free: I don't think I have ever smelled a Sycamore. I'd like to, though.

Took a long walk tonight with my hubby. It's great for cross training...and it's great for making my mood better!
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Old 05-17-2010, 11:28 PM
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Nice picture, Wakeup!

Welcome, Prentiss! I've never even seen a Wii fit (except just now on google) it looks like a great idea!

I ran 6 miles tonight.
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Old 05-18-2010, 04:18 AM
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I'm still here, just have been burning the candle at both ends to finish Spring semester (grad school is awesome, but I'm hating writing this one last paper. Ugh!). Did 7 miles on the TM on Saturday, but have not worked out since. Feeling anxious and depressed about school, my weight, everything.

But this too shall pass. I DO know that it will. In the meantime, welcome to all the new posters, and great to "see" you Vicious Cycle and Prentiss. It's been far too long that I haven't logged on here to post (even though I occasionally lurk, but that too has been rare as of late). Good to re-connect. And hey there, Fub!
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Old 05-18-2010, 07:04 AM
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Been back at the gym for over a month now!! and just love it!!! tough getting myself there sometimes!! but I'm really discipling myself!! the feeling from it is better than any bottle of wine could give me!!!!
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Old 05-18-2010, 06:53 PM
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Hi Gang,

Love to come here and read this thread !

Fitness and Recovery go together like peas and rice

Started cycling on a Trek city hybrid around a month ago, but haven't wanted to get a computer for it yet. Giving myself 90 days for strenthening up my pitiful getaway sticks before wanting to know all the nasty little details , like Avg MPH/ or distance, these first few months. Today was a breakthrough day; ....in a way, because it was the first day I didn't need a day off to recover between rides.
Yessssss !

Cycling is the only motion I found in the past that doesn't totally destroy my effed up knee (38 year old radical injury, and several surguries), so I'm amped up about the future !!! At 53, it feels great to be 44 days sober and have a chance at some level of fitness.

Giving myself 90 days before I get back on a scale too. Have a habit of obsessing about rates of progress and all that. Something about my obsessive recovering alcoholic mind

I'm amazed at some of your distances Free ! I finally get the idea of using this site as a log !

Initially , my rides were aprox. 7 mi, then 10, now usually 12-15. Today was a little longer, because I was a little lost at one pt.

You guys keep up the great work here at SR!!!
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Old 05-19-2010, 08:28 PM
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Welcome, Top! Hope you'll stop by more often.

Via: Be sure and slip in some time for yourself.

Love: Welcome to you as well. The gym is a great way to get those endorphins moving!

Hi Free!

Life is getting in the way of workouts....I haven't since Sunday....and I think I'm on a streak. No excuses....just happening.
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Old 05-20-2010, 06:36 AM
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Hi Love! Hi Top!
Good to see you, Vai! Grad School is an admirable accomplishment.
Hey Coffee!

Iíve always spent most of my fitness time running. Itís been quite a while since I have regularly rode a bicycle. Lately, I have been putting together a couple of inexpensive bicycles. Iíve become a little obsessed with looking at bikes and parts.

This is a hobby that stages a mutiny on some peopleís minds. Itís amazing some of the places that I have gone just to see a back yard or a workshop or a light industrial warehouse just filled with old bikes and parts.

So far I have put together an old Nishiki, I am working on an old Bianchi, and I think I am going to Build an old Schwinn. I think when I get a really good idea of what I like and what works for me I might get a newer bike, but who knows? Yesterday I was running doing some hill repeats, and there was a group of bicyclists riding in the hills. There was a guy riding an old lug steel $100 bicycle just beating the socks off of two other guys with brand new $3500 carbon fiber bikes. It was inspiring.

Anyway, I ran 5 miles on Tuesday and about 5 Ĺ last night with some hill repeats sprinkled in there.
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Old 05-21-2010, 07:00 AM
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hi all...

7 days into umpteenth attempt... been wallowing in the gloom. like a character from a Smiths song for a few weeks.

Hauled myself down the gym today... bit of treadmill , bike and various resistance machines. Got a sweat on and feeling better.

Took the dog for a long walk in the woods as well.

gonna exercise my way out of this crap... :-)

Have a good weekend..
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Free: My bike would make you smile...it's an old Wall Mart special. But, it gets me where I need to go. Mostly I use it just to cross train. Not fancy, but fun!

Hi Bob: A fitness routine (of any kind) really helps stress levels. Sweating is good!

I've only had one work out this week. Will hit it again tomorrow......

Have a Great Day, all!
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Old 05-22-2010, 02:08 PM
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Originally Posted by Freepath View Post
I ran 12 miles yesterday. It was outside through a grove of Sycamore trees. I like the smell of Sycamores in the spring.
In my area, the jasmine are blooming - love jogging passed them. Then there's the flip side to that sweet scent in the air: I usually run around dinner time and I smell the dinners people are cooking which makes me hungry!!

WakeUp: beautiful pictures! I travel to see places like that - and you live there....LUCKY!

My computer won't even load now so I have to borrow one when I can. But I'm still at it. Been averaging jogging 3 times a week. I'm up to almost 3.5 miles in under 45 minutes. Still slow, I know, but progress for someone who used to hate running. Today at the gym, I rode 15 miles and then jogged 3.1 on the TM. I'm going to try to do that every Saturday as prep for the tri.

Good to see so much participation in this thread & great to see Fub back.
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Old 05-22-2010, 10:50 PM
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Hi Gang,
Last week was the first to get in 4 days straight of 12-16 mile rides in. One 15 mile ride at night was a little edgy. I'm familiar with that route in the days since it's mostly bike trails, but with no white lines and really dark, ....a few sections were a little scary . Tonight after work I'll ride the roads here on the S end after work. (not long now ! ) Cars give me even more room at night on this 12 mile route; ...they may suspect I'm headed home from the bars or something

Rained before work, so this'l be fun tonight. Cool night( for around here) and the wind isn't kickin off the ocean . I'm using 2 headlights, 1 tail light and a mp3 cranked up. Just tweaked a few things on this used hybrid yesterday.

Worked out yesterday for the first time with some light weights, ....I'm feelin it today


ya'll stay strong ....and keep movin'
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Old 05-23-2010, 05:00 AM
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Good to read everyone's updates.

I haven't been to the gym in over a week, just a lot going on at home (we are going to be selling our house soon, and right now we are fixing it up. Funny how we never fix up our house until we are getting ready to sell... Maybe I need to join Procastinators Recovery too). I am not stressing about it, I know I'll get back to the gym when I can.
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Old 05-23-2010, 08:21 PM
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Good to read everyone's updates.

I haven't been to the gym in over a week, just a lot going on at home (we are going to be selling our house soon, and right now we are fixing it up. Funny how we never fix up our house until we are getting ready to sell... Maybe I need to join Procastinators Recovery too). I am not stressing about it, I know I'll get back to the gym when I can.


Reubena,
I don't know how involved ya'll are getting in the "fixing it up " area;

....everytime I get involved with home improvement projects, I feel like I've spent a month at the gym !

Good luck on the upcoming sale !
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Old 05-24-2010, 08:01 AM
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I love to run.

I joined a team and have had workout expectations. Iíve had to run so many miles per week; so many miles per workout; Iíve had to show up at given times at given places.

But Iíve just been taking it easy. I donít need another source of stress or pressure or deadlines or whatever. I made up my mind in the beginning that if I meet my goals with the team, great; if I donít, that will be okay, too.

I obsess about a lot of things, I put pressure on myself about a great many things, and I donít want to add running to that list. Running is a cathartic release that I do to escape the grind, not add to it.

So, this is my philosophical approach to fitness. It is my personal opinion that unless you are headed to the Olympics sometime soon, there is absolutely no reason to make yourself crazy with one more unrelenting agenda. There are enough of those in the world. Itís kind of a Zen thing.

Hey Bob! Itís good to see you back! Hang in there, buddy!

Coffee, if I had a nickel for every Huffy that I fixed up, I would be surfing this site from my own Caribbean island (it would be awash in oil from the gulf of Mexico, of course).

Truth, It can be pretty distracting running around the trails or streets when someone decides to barbeque a couple of Tri Tip steaksÖ I hear that Tri Tip is a California thing; all the other poor, unfortunate people really need to try this cut of meat sometime. It sounds like you are ready for your triathlon. Have you been swimming?

Reubena, Iím with Top, every time I do a home improvement project, I feel like I have spent a week in a military boot camp.

I ran 21 miles on Saturday. I took yesterday off.
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thanks coffee, freepath . .good to be back.

thats some serious running you've got in there freepath...a day off seems reasonable :-)

slowing getting back into running via treadmill at moment hope to be back out there this week.


good spinning/xbiking session today...sweating out big time..love it.....
decent walk with the pooch in the woods as well...

keep it up all.. great thread,,
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Old 05-25-2010, 04:34 AM
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My shoulder has been really bothering me so I have abandoned the fitness challenge but am still trying to do what I can without making things worse.
Good to see a lot of you checking in and doing well.
Keep at it.
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Hey gang,

Got in some reps this morning with some light weights, then had a good 14 mile ride, got caught out in some heavy showers, thankfully toward the end , only 2 miles from home.

What fun today !!, ....and realized the mistake I made the other day on this route when I got a little lost.
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Hey Top. Sometimes I like to get caught out in the rain. It feels pretty good to be working an aerobic thing while you are being rained on, providing that the temperature is mild and thereís not too much wind.

I ran 5 miles yesterday, 6 miles today.
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Old 05-26-2010, 06:46 PM
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Free, know what ya mean; ... I love it to rain in those conditions !

All warmed up, and mild conditions too !

Punked out late this afternoon unloading the bike, pumping the tires, when it started drizzling , and I heard to some birdwatchers leaving the sanctuary, eyeing the dark clouds; saying "the weatherman must have it right, ....calling for rain at 4:00.! " ...........it was 3:50 at the time

No, it definitely wasn't a sign, and no , the weatherman wasn't right either . I went home and took a nap before work instead anyway.

Amped up to ride tonight though. That's the good news !

Free , when you go for such different distances, does your pace change, say on a 5mi vrs 21mi run ?
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Old 05-27-2010, 06:54 AM
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hola! Well, if I can find the time to sit still and post, I am back on board. I am hoping my nasty ice cream habit is under control, and my pool is heated so it is time to shed a few! I just got off a 23 day no-sugar challenge and I lost 5-6 pounds. I would like to get in the pool 5 days a week and work up to maybe 20 laps per day. Last night I did 12, and I am off to do at least that again.

Fub, I have been seeing a physical therapist who does massage after the exercises and stretching, and it is working wonders.
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