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Old 01-25-2011, 08:22 PM
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What about apples, bananas, oranges, and sandwiches? No cookin', just throwing some stuff together in a bag. Or if you don't want bread, just the lunch meat. I do that a lot! Boring, but it does the trick. And I don't know about you, but I need to stop seeing food as a source of entertainment!
I couldn't agree with you and your trainer more on food DB. Meat (or protein for those of you that don't eat meat), veggies and fruit. Avoid grain. I REALLY like your statement about not using food as entertainment.

Tom - I'm sorry....I was really rude last night. It was late. That is really cool bout your son picking a school! You must be proud. It is kinda funny you'll be in Texas Super Bowl weekend though! Very busy.

Coffee - Congrats on the diet change. You are impressive. It is great you are seeing positive results from it already.

R4R - Hope your work trip goes ok. TM are ok right?

Grand - Do we need to start doin wake up calls for you!!?!!?
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Old 01-25-2011, 09:31 PM
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No offense taken whatsoever, Ghost. I had to go back and read what you wrote cause there is so much going on on this thread I did not even noticed. No problema.....
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Old 01-26-2011, 05:29 AM
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RfR,
I'm startin' to get why you guys can tire of the TM ! Last night (this am, really) was once again on the trainer for an hour, but pushing pretty hard with some intervals.
Same motion, but nothing like being out there, huh !?!

Raining the last few days, but plan on going out in the misty fog this am anyway. Will be the first time out on the road in probably 90 days !

It's really great about the food awareness y'all !!!

Coffee, ....keep us updated on any more (fitness related) improvements with your big changes !?!

DB, ......Originally Posted by DrunkenBasement
What about apples, bananas, oranges, and sandwiches? No cookin', just throwing some stuff together in a bag. Or if you don't want bread, just the lunch meat. I do that a lot! Boring, but it does the trick. And I don't know about you, but I need to stop seeing food as a source of entertainment!


Really like that post ^

Food can be so tricky, I think. Nixing the sucrose seemed to simplify it all, for sure. The one other thing I stay on "high alert" for; is that damn 'hydrogenated oil" ....or "partially hydrogenated oil"

I end up eating such large quantities of food every week, it's easier for me to do more like Tom does with the food prep . Covered Pyrex has become my friend ! lo


Keep kickin' you guys, .........gotta clear outta here before the am crew shows up
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Old 01-26-2011, 06:03 AM
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I really want to try yoga, seems so hard though especially for a guy. Maybe that is off base??


It was actually a man that introduced me to yoga, he is our company's insurance agent and his wife is a yoga instructor; he had had 3 or 4 back surgeries prior to meeting his wife and was still in fairly regular pain until he started the yoga. Within about 3 months of my back surgery I was laid up in bed for a month (I had been pain free for a month or 2 so why not clean the carpets....yeah I was probably drunk); then I went through 3 rounds of steroid injections and they'd help for a couple of weeks then I'd be back in pain and on pain meds. After about another 6 mths the ins agent suggested yoga to me at our annual meeting and within a month of weekly yoga classes I was pain free, didn't even need to take tylenol and as a bonus I lost about 8-10 pounds. I no longer go to yoga classes but continue to do the yoga stretches regularly. I highly recommend it to anyone with back pain.


I did get to the gym last night, yeah me. 30 min eliptical and 15 treadmill and I feel mucho better today!
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Old 01-26-2011, 09:18 AM
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Good job, Judy!

I just logged a good sweaty hour or so on the elliptical myself. But to be honest, much of that sweating was probably due to the fact that I forgot my hairband, or most likely lost it, and my hair was making me hot. I tried tying it into a knot, it is long enough, but it kept coming undone. Good news is I had left some rings at the gym yesterday, and someone turned them in, so I got those back.
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Top - Did you get out on the bike?!?!?!? If you did I bet it was nice to finally be out there.

Judy - Nice job at the gym. Glad yoga has worked out so well for ya. I think stretching is very important.

DB - Nice job on the elliptical. I'm glad you got the hair thing figured out. I'm bald...which is more work than people appreciate!

Got my work out in. 50 squats with a medicine ball, 100 push ups, 50 medicine ball levers, bridges and stretching. 20 minutes Trainer.

Off to work.
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Old 01-26-2011, 01:28 PM
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Hi all

Did 3 1/2 miles tonight in 31 mins which is about 9 mins miles again. This seems to be my natural pace. Would be nice if I could do that in a half as would get home in under 2 hours.
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Old 01-26-2011, 04:30 PM
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I don't know... I don't see guys doing yoga very often, but I don't think it is more difficult for them. I think you are just making excuses!!! Boy, it seems I am the one trying to stir the pot today.
Ok I may take this as a direct challenge,,,we'll see.


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Back Neck Bridge:

I am truly wondering if I could get my body to that? What I really wonder about is how a bridge would look if I did it in my office, in a suit.

So many great posts, love to read about everyone's activities.

Ok, twas a tough slushy messy ride home.....
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Old 01-26-2011, 04:48 PM
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I am truly wondering if I could get my body to that? What I really wonder about is how a bridge would look if I did it in my office, in a suit.
That reminds me of two things: A Sri Lankan man I shared my office with last semester was talking about doing yoga and mentioned that standing on his head does wonders, and before I knew it, there he was standing on his head in the office! He made it look so easy.The other thing was last summer, some other teachers and I were in a conference room reading essays and discussing which classes to place students in when my supervisor mentioned that she had been having trouble sleeping because of her back pain. Before I knew it, one of the other teachers was on the floor showing various yoga moves that my supervisor should try to reduce her pain. At one point all I could see was her butt in the air on the other side of the table. I work with some... interesting... people
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Old 01-26-2011, 06:22 PM
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TDC -- You just TOTALLY cracked me up... I meant 'in a fog'... but the whole 'i a fog' thing was just toooooooo funny! Thanks I really needed that!!! :rotfxko

Coffee - I'm better today. I actually had to take a few Ativans to get calmed down (not all at once). NOT a good situation... but I think it's because I'm starting to deal with the anger/rage/pain and fear emotions that come right up to the point of being overwhelming but doesn't quite cross the line. I've dealt with the memories, I'm just at the point in my healing journey that I need to get the emotions out. This next month is going to be really bad... but really good because I'll be free of some stuff... Probably didn't want to know all that, but that's where I'm at... Great job on getting there on the diet though! As I'm sitting here in the hotel room eating a couple pieces of pizza (hey, it was FREE)....

On a good note.... I did run on the treadmill as soon as I got to this here hotel. I thought, how borrrrrrring BUT I realized the benefit of the TM - incline and speed! I ran 6.22 miles (10K) in 59:50! Probably could've done faster except I couldn't figure out how to make the dang thing work... The down side was that my water bottle fell off and rolled somewhere into the deep recesses of the darkness (the lights went off about 10 minutes after I started). There was enough light from the pool to illuminate the room anyway. But also, when I stopped - even after walking a bit, I had 'sea legs'. I couldn't figure out why the floor was moving :^)

Spen - I think you have plenty of time to aspire to under 2 hours on the half.... If you're already at you're desired pace, just keep upping your mileage. Work some hills or step work into your shorter runs. I think a 9 minute mile is almost 1:58 for the half. I have that in my sights also :^)

Judy - Good job on the exercise equipment! I found out with my lower back that back strengthening exercises did a world of good also. It's part of the core muscles - I did ab crunches, but neglected my back so of course it was going to keep aching (from a car accident a few years ago). Now that I started do those, it hasn't hurt in a few months....

Ghostly - You must have a very hard head, my friend But I'm going to try that..... someday.... I think..... maybe.....

Good to hear from you Top - I guess like I said, TM's have their purpose... I just don't need a steady diet of it :^)

MGF, DB and anyone that I missed.... Have a most excellent sober and kickin night!
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Old 01-26-2011, 08:31 PM
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On a good note.... I did run on the treadmill as soon as I got to this here hotel. I thought, how borrrrrrring BUT I realized the benefit of the TM - incline and speed! I ran 6.22 miles (10K) in 59:50! Probably could've done faster except I couldn't figure out how to make the dang thing work... The down side was that my water bottle fell off and rolled somewhere into the deep recesses of the darkness (the lights went off about 10 minutes after I started). There was enough light from the pool to illuminate the room anyway. But also, when I stopped - even after walking a bit, I had 'sea legs'. I couldn't figure out why the floor was moving :^)
In other words...R4R broke into the work out area after it was closed and hotel personnel had turned off the lights and left. Now that's dedication!
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Got my 20 mile fitness bike ride in this morning. Mygrandfather, I was just watching the news with all the snow and ice in the DC area and I just don't know how you do it. And you wear a suit under that?
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Tried a new technique tonight. The idea is you do only two competing exercises. Start out with a very light weight and do 50 reps. 45 second rest add 10 lbs and do 35 reps. Then 10 lbs more and do 20 reps, another 10lb and 15 reps. It should be 5 sets up, and then backtrack the weights and the reps back down to 50 reps of very light weights. 10 sets, simple pyramid.

I had chest in my rotation so I tried it on my Craigs list bench press machine in the garage. The problem is that the plates are more like 17 lbs each and so I got to the top of my range really quick so I only did 4 up and 4 down .....my chest is still tingling.

Ideally it would have been a chest exercise and something for the back to balance it, but I ended up just doing a few dumbbell flies to finish off.
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Got my 20 mile fitness bike ride in this morning. Mygrandfather, I was just watching the news with all the snow and ice in the DC area and I just don't know how you do it. And you wear a suit under that?
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Morning everyone, have a great day!

Tom, I change at work, we have a small locker room with showers. So all of my work attire is here in the office, I bring a shirt and a few other items in my backpack. Every workday since Sept 1, M-F.

This morning was not so bad on city streets...off street was a diffferent story. I was stopped, literally over in the area by the Washington Monument, all that wet snow turned to ice and it was impassable. Had to dismount ands walk the bike over to the main street.


I'm the only one in the office right now...go bikes!!!
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Wow you're dedicated MG! I'm impressed. Heck if it gets below 40 deg here I think it's too cold to even go to the gym.
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Old 01-27-2011, 09:23 AM
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Good work R4R on getting a run in at the hotel!

Tom-- new technique sounds good. Unfortunately, I don't seem to have what it takes to do strength training on my own. Just cardio.

Mygrandfather -- you are making some of us (okay, ME) look bad. You really are dedicated. Every weekday since Sept. 1? Wow.

I have to say... this is a bit of a confession... I have been looking at bikers differently. I used to think they looked goofy, like some weird species of large insect. But here in St. Louis, we are sort of at odds with bikers. In some ways we are trying to be biker-friendly, but most of us haven't really gotten on board yet. We still have a long way to go. There are a few areas that have bike paths on the sides of the roads, but most do not. Some bikers do not obey the rules of the road and yet still want to ride on the road, and that used to make me think badly of bikers in general. Most of the bikers DO obey the rules of the road. Yet they still have to deal with drivers who are at odds with how to respond to them, which can obviously be dangerous for the biker. My sober mind and my newfound buddies here on SR are making me see this whole thing a bit differently.
Not sure how much sense that all made. Just something that's been on my mind these past few days.
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I have been looking at bikers differently.
Bikers... you mean the guys (and gals) that ride bicycles with engines in them, right?

Or are you referring to cyclists? Us people who use human energy to get around and ALWAYS obey the rules of the road (at least I do), cause we understand the laws of physics
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Bikers... you mean the guys (and gals) that ride bicycles with engines in them, right?

Or are you referring to cyclists? Us people who use human energy to get around and ALWAYS obey the rules of the road (at least I do) cause we understand the laws of physics
I am sorry. I meant cyclists, actually. Obviously I haven't learned the lingo yet. We non-cyclists refer to them as bikers. I think. I don't know. Haven't really thought about it. Anyway, I'm glad YOU always obey the rules of the road!!!
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Bikers... you mean the guys (and gals) that ride bicycles with engines in them, right?

Or are you referring to cyclists? Us people who use human energy to get around and ALWAYS obey the rules of the road (at least I do), cause we understand the laws of physics
I wish I understood the laws of physics. I'm wading through a book by Michio Kaku on Parallel Worlds and it's all very dislocating stuff. From what I can guess if I watch you fall off your bike the speed at which you hit the ground is different for you than for me. I teach philosophy at university level, including courses in logic, and we have a word for all this: absurd.

Hope all is well with everyone....I'm kicking 40 miles this week, hopefully. Was I dreaming or did one of you guys pick Stewart up on some typos? You lot spell "defense" for "defence" and do something called "math".

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Ultra, no you weren't dreaming. I said something to him about "mistakes". I think he is from scotland? And you are from England, so you do spell things funny. I am an English teacher here in the states, and believe me, I am QUICK to get my students out of the habit of that type of "spelling". Behaviour? Colour? Huh? We just like to keep things simple.
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Ultra, no you weren't dreaming. I said something to him about "mistakes". I think he is from scotland? And you are from England, so you do spell things funny. I am an English teacher here in the states, and believe me, I am QUICK to get my students out of the habit of that type of "spelling". Behaviour? Colour? Huh? We just like to keep things simple.
Hey it's [I]you[I] guys that spell them funny :-)

Just kidding.

I do insist "z" where many of my compatriots spell "s" so I'm closer to you in that way...but I have impeccable etymological grounds for that.

I'm not sure how they spell things in Scotland. Nobody can understand what they say anyway.

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