Exercise! - Exercise Accountability -- FEBRUARY!!

02-01-2007, 10:00 AM
Wow, Februrary already ...

Back and biceps, run later... Gotta go...

02-01-2007, 10:47 AM
Just a quick post - Krista on Stumptuous.com is looking for heavier female athletes to answer a questionnaire - if you go and check out the iron bit on her site, it's under "What's New?" on the right hand side.

02-01-2007, 05:57 PM
Cardio and weights for arms.

02-02-2007, 01:06 AM
A killer hour-long arm workout (I walked in and said to my trainer "I had a really frustrating day - I'd like you to kick my ***" and he said "we can do that") followed by 50 on the elliptical.

02-02-2007, 06:49 AM
2 hours kickboxing (more like 2.5 but that was just logistics!)

02-02-2007, 12:26 PM
Nice long run/walk this morning (well, long for me...3.6 mi...and I ran the first 1.6 without stopping to walk, which is more than I've ever done, so I'm happy. Had to do an early workout because I have a blood donation appt today, and I always get dizzy afterward if I work out.

02-02-2007, 02:58 PM
No exercise, but I did go to the podiatrist and got cast for orthotics (Ilene, you said you had them right? tell me they are wonderful and worth $380) and got a prescription for physical therapy. Hopefully I wont be running in pain soon.

I did go to a 2 hour long intro to belly dancing thing last night.

02-03-2007, 12:20 PM
3 mile run/walk

I did nothing the last two days, because I can't shake the sickness, and I shouldn't have gone on the group run this morning. Oh how I wish I hadn't! I had to take lots of walk breaks, and then when we were nearly done I fell and slammed my face into the sidewalk. Huge bruise and swelling around my left eye, cut knees, and a chipped front tooth.

02-03-2007, 01:40 PM
Pilates and some push ups.

My knee is getting better so hopefully I can increase my workouts.

02-03-2007, 03:04 PM
No exercise, but I did go to the podiatrist and got cast for orthotics (Ilene, you said you had them right? tell me they are wonderful and worth $380) and got a prescription for physical therapy. Hopefully I wont be running in pain soon.

I did go to a 2 hour long intro to belly dancing thing last night.Ennay, they are the BESTEST investment I have ever spent $400 on HONEST.... DD had sore knees before orthotics and no longer has problems... Well worth the price.... But it just bugs me that they take pennies to actually make :rolleyes:... my nephew used to work for a podiatrist and this is what he told me :mad: .... Oh well, they know when they have us...

02-03-2007, 03:07 PM
Ennay -- Just wanted to add that the Doc had said it would take a couple of weeks for me to adjust to them, but my first run with them in my shoes were the best and I haven't looked back since... So they may or may not be comfortable the first time out... I also find that since I wear them all the time, at the gym too doing core standing stuff, that if I forget to wear them I am totally off balance now...

02-05-2007, 07:44 PM
Lisamarie, I hope you are doing better! That sucks!!! I feel for you! I am lucky, I have thought about what would happen if I fell while I was outside walking, and the thought isn't pretty. I have done the Richard Simmons Tonin Downtown this morning, and have walked 1 mile ( so far ) to WATP today. ( intend to do more though...)

02-05-2007, 08:01 PM
Legs :strong:

02-05-2007, 08:34 PM
Thanks, luckyducky! I feel much better today -- but my students really got a kick out of my big black eye, let me tell you!

today: 3 mile run, 30 min strength training (total body)

02-05-2007, 09:29 PM
50 minutes stationary bike, 40 min full body weights

02-05-2007, 10:45 PM
40 min elliptical...I started out ok, but ended up getting really weak and dizzy and having learned my lesson re: pushing onward when you're not feeling well, I stopped.

Hopefully its just an off day...otherwise, I might be getting sick. Ick. Off to drink some tea.

02-06-2007, 06:40 PM
3.5 mile run/walk on the treadmill (2.5 miles running)

02-06-2007, 07:30 PM
This afternoon - 45 min LB/20 min abs

02-06-2007, 11:58 PM
55 min elliptical.

02-07-2007, 01:46 PM
Only cardio today.

02-08-2007, 12:50 AM
60 min on the elliptical

free 6
02-08-2007, 06:51 PM
30 min bike

02-08-2007, 06:57 PM
Monday -- Legs
Tuesday -- nothing
Wednesday -- Chest and triceps
Thursday -- Back and biceps

02-09-2007, 12:26 AM
On Sunday I tried those tabata squats and my legs were really sore until yesterday. Today, I had a personal best in squats. I am so going to feel it tomorrow.

Tomorrow I'll walk my dogs for an hour, and on Saturday I'll lug three 50 pound bags through three airports. Sunday is my day of rest.

So far, so good. I just need to up my water intake. I wake up feeling like a mummy!

02-09-2007, 12:44 AM
45 min elliptical, 15 min bike

free 6
02-09-2007, 10:09 PM
30 min treadmill

02-10-2007, 08:15 PM
Weights for arms, and pilates.

02-10-2007, 09:32 PM
8.78k run :carrot:

02-11-2007, 06:54 PM
40 mins :swim:

02-11-2007, 07:52 PM
Belly dancing in my room for 1 hr today.

free 6
02-11-2007, 08:31 PM
Saturday - 30 min treadmill, 15 min bike
Sunday - 30 min treadmill, 20 min bike

02-12-2007, 12:28 AM
I usually never exercise on the weekend (Sat & Sun) but today was just so warm out and there was no wind, so I hit the road for a 40 minute walk.

02-12-2007, 11:43 PM
After a busy weekend with no more exercise than a bit of dancing at a party, I'm back with a vengeance this week. 60 min elliptical.

02-13-2007, 12:36 AM
Core workout... 50 mins...

02-13-2007, 01:28 AM
Now I LIKE this idea! :carrot: <- and the cool carrot.

I need accountability, and what a great way to have it. Just a real quickie post, nothing fancy, every day. OK, I'm in.

Today- 1 hr. elliptical



02-13-2007, 09:45 AM
:wave: and :wel3fc: Ginger!!

02-13-2007, 07:52 PM
Welcome, Ginger!!

I finally get to post in this thread again! I've had a nasty upper respiratory infection that's really kicking my butt, and I haven't done anything since my run last Tuesday!!

Today I did a 50 minute treadmill walk (still no running, sadly).

02-13-2007, 08:14 PM
LisaMarie -- Hope you're feeling better soon :hug:

45 mins chest and tricep :workout:
45 min run :running:

02-13-2007, 08:29 PM
Welcome Ginger!

30 min LB. Since its v-day tomorrow and Sarah's (floral designer partner) won't be home until 3am or so, am planning to get in both cardio and an UB/abs workout tonight. Figure I don't have anything else to do...Also, I have a sneaking suspicion i have a cold coming on, so I want to get as much in as possible workout wise today.

02-14-2007, 12:26 AM
60 min elliptical, 50 min UB/abs

02-14-2007, 08:16 PM
Gingercakes Welcome!

Workout: Mix of aerobic boxing and weights, pilates, and more weights for arms.

02-14-2007, 08:53 PM
back and biceps :workout:

02-16-2007, 08:47 PM
treadmill: 2.25 mile run; 1 mile walk

02-16-2007, 09:05 PM
Bah - so much with my "back with a vengeance" plan. Sick, sick, sick, so I'm trying not to push it too hard. Wednesday - 55 min on my rebounder, Thursday was a full-out sick day and I did nothing but sleep, and today, 55 min rebounder and maybe something else a bit later.

02-16-2007, 10:12 PM
No exercise for me today...Tomorrow a 10k run I think...

Mandalinn -- Get some sleep and drink your fluids and take a day or two break, it does a body good...

02-17-2007, 12:41 AM
45 min WATP (did you know they had these on Comcast OnDemand? Crazy!)

I just can't sit still, sick or not...but it wasn't too strenuous.

02-17-2007, 12:22 PM
mandalinn, I hope you feel completely better soon! I think I'm FINALLY over my sickness.

Today I ran 3 miles (group run) and did 20 min strength training.

02-17-2007, 05:41 PM
8.69k run...

02-17-2007, 09:11 PM
I bought a stability ball at Target today and it came with a 10-minute solution DVD. Did the 10-minute abs workout, and got a big reminder that I need to work on my core and my balance!

02-18-2007, 09:26 PM
4-mile run and 60 min yoga DVD

02-18-2007, 11:10 PM
Still on my "not exactly going to the gym but still working out" kick while my cold subsides...1 hr 45 min roller skating (I totally brought out my inner kid - so fun - then fell over when I learned that, according to fitday, i burned more than at the actual gym!)

02-19-2007, 07:34 PM
Roller skating sounds like so much fun, mandalinn!!

today: 55 min elliptical

02-20-2007, 12:48 AM
It WAS fun! Today I went 55 min on the elliptical.

02-20-2007, 08:27 PM
2.5 mile run outside

02-20-2007, 08:59 PM
45 min LB/abs

Will do 55-60 min on the elliptical later.

02-21-2007, 12:29 AM
45 mins chest and triceps
6 k run

02-21-2007, 01:08 AM
60 min elliptical

02-21-2007, 07:27 PM
45 mins of a variation of lunges I got in the Oxygen magazine...
35 mind swimming in a few minutes...

02-21-2007, 08:57 PM
3 mile run

02-22-2007, 12:39 AM
55 min elliptical, 55 minutes UB/abs with trainer

02-22-2007, 12:48 AM
I'm going to join in the fun because I did an extra-good job today:

60 mins on the elliptical (usual)
30 mins jogging on the treadmill (bonus!)

I feel like a bit of a champ :) I've only been at this regular exercise for two weeks (after a very long work-out vacation) and already I'm amazed by the improvement in my general fitness. All the more so because I smoke 2 packs of cigarettes a day, and my lungs are in crummy shape. 90 mins of hard-core cardio is impressive (to me) under these conditions!

02-22-2007, 01:19 AM
Hey Baffled!

Welcome! Way to go on the super-champ workout!

02-22-2007, 01:20 AM
Ilene - I thought you actually meant "mind swimming" until I realized you were probably saying "mins swimming".

Did put some interesting ideas into my head of what mind swimming might be...

02-22-2007, 01:24 AM
Ilene - I thought you actually meant "mind swimming" until I realized you were probably saying "mins swimming".

Did put some interesting ideas into my head of what mind swimming might be...

LOL. Now "mind-swimming" sounds like exercise I could really get into! In fact, I probably spend most of my time engaged in this already...When do I become skinny?!

dream girl
02-22-2007, 04:11 PM
I'm sooooo impressed by everyone's workout!!!! And I'm afraid of getting sore muscles after 30 min. of working out!?!?! All I can say is "WOW". Keep it up. It sounds like everyone is doing very well. Tomorrow I'll start. Now I'm fixing a veggie soup with beans and fixing to sit down and hit the books for school tomorrow.

02-22-2007, 04:50 PM
Dream girl - when you start, post here with us! It REALLY helps me maintain my workout schedule when I know that the lovely ladies here notice if I'm not posting!

02-22-2007, 09:04 PM
Welcome, baffled and dreamgirl!

I agree with mandalinn -- this thread really does keep you accountable. And I love reading what everyone else is doing. It's inspiring to see that everyone else is keeping up with their workouts too.

Today I ran 3 miles on the treadmill with speed intervals. Let me tell you -- there was a RIVER of sweat. :lol:

02-23-2007, 12:16 AM
Ilene - I thought you actually meant "mind swimming" until I realized you were probably saying "mins swimming".

Did put some interesting ideas into my head of what mind swimming might be...I am so bad with typos sometimes :faint: ... and to think I am a secreatary ... double :faint: ... :lol: ...

5.73K run today :) and no mind swimming :lol3:

02-23-2007, 12:27 AM
:welcome: baffled and dreamgirl :D

Keep posting here and we'll make exercise junkies out of you both!!

02-23-2007, 12:51 AM
It also put "night swimming" in my head..."mind swimming.....deserves a quiet mind...."

60 on the elliptical at a nice high resistance, with some nice high intensity intervals.

dream girl
02-23-2007, 07:05 AM
Yes, Yes, Yes - I did. I got up and did 15 min. on the elliptical and 15 min free weights and situps and stretching. Just had to tell everyone. Gotta go. Check back later. Everyone have a great day and happy exercising!

02-23-2007, 01:13 PM
WTG Dreamgirl!

02-23-2007, 01:17 PM
Good job dream girl! 15 minutes is a great start. Your capacity for exercise will increase the more you do it.

I did an hour on the elliptical yesterday, for which I only give myself cursory credit. Today was going to be my day off from the gym, but after the Mexican food debacle last night (see the Food forum) and a dinner date with my bf at a restaurant tonight, I really should go today too. Ideally I'll do 90 mins of cardio, but I have quite alot to do today, so I'm not sure that I should devote so much time to the gym.

How's that for an ambivalent goal!

02-23-2007, 11:42 PM
55 min on the elliptical, steady pace, high resistance.

02-24-2007, 08:50 AM
75 minute bodysculpting class

dream girl
02-24-2007, 10:37 AM
21 min. on elliptical and 45 min of interrupted (by kids) weights and situps. I'm still eating healthy but maybe I could decrease the amount of food yet. I was able to stretch out so I don't get so sore and it makes me feel better too. I was feeling a bit guilty for not fixing breakfast for the kids, cleaning the kitchen, or doing homework. This is a problem for me. I need the support to put myself first so I can be a better mom. And taking 1 or 2 hours out of the day is good for me. (See how I'm trying to talk myself into not feeling so guilty) Instead, the kids got the cereal out and I had them do the dishes and clean the kitchen while I showered. Now I can go and hit the books.

02-24-2007, 04:40 PM
4.25 mile run/walk (would've been all running but there were some CRAZY hills I just couldn't handle!)

I also did a 10-minute DVD segment on stretching with the stability ball. I felt all tense after the run and needed to elongate my muscles. Felt good.

02-25-2007, 09:27 PM
35 minutes cardio kickboxing video
40 minutes stability ball workout (upper body, lower body, core, and flexibility)
60 minutes yoga DVD

02-25-2007, 10:14 PM
5.7k run
40 min swim :swim:

02-25-2007, 10:36 PM
Man, I did a 4.4 mi run this morning and it KICKED my butt directly to the floor. I thought it was going to be less, actually, but estimated my miles totally wrong in my head, and it was long and windy and cold.

I've never gone out and done a pavement run longer than 3.6 mi before, so I added considerable distance. It took about an hour, with a wicked headwind.

Also a 10 minute workout last night, teaching my mom how to use her new bosu and 8lb medicine ball - 2 sets each of lunges, planks on both the bosu and medicine ball, overhead raises with medicine ball while standing on bosu, etc.

dream girl
02-26-2007, 07:14 AM
Sunday: 20 min. on elliptical, church and car broke down
Today: 15 min on elliptical - tired from yesterdays car problems. But I got up and did something. I'm happy with that.

Mandalinn82 - great workout!

02-26-2007, 07:41 AM
I didn't get up early to exercise. So I'm going to do my functional exercises and get on the treadmill as soon as I'm done with school with the kids. (I homeschool.) Hopefully writing this down will help me do it. I'll check back in and let you know how it goes.


02-26-2007, 07:57 PM
No workout today :( ...

BUT, tomorrow I have a great day planned out... Going to the gym in the morning to do back and biceps... later in the afternoon I run with the girls, right after the run a g/f and I are going swimming :D... It's a good plan...

Great looking workout Mandallin!

02-26-2007, 08:10 PM
It was odd to be the "demo model" for my mom and her new equipment. But my trainer has given me so many plank variations to hit different muscles that I had to share them with her.

02-26-2007, 08:43 PM
:o Don't forget that sex burns calories (yes, I include it in my accounting of exercise done every week) - no one needs the details of course, but I usually mark it down as "Cardio" and occasionally as "Strength," depending.

I always ask my boyfriend if my calculations are correct (don't want to get carried away) and he told me to take off the 10-minute walk to the United Center to see Cirque du Soleil...but told me the 20 minutes I claimed for Cardio was pretty accurate.

All physical exercise where you work up a sweat is good!:hug:

02-26-2007, 09:40 PM
:lol: Samantha! I haven't been including sex when I track how much cardio I'm doing, but maybe I should!

Today: 4-mile run

02-26-2007, 10:26 PM
Bonus workout: 45 min yoga booty ballet (did you know that comcast customers get that for free too? It was a total body tone, and it was on on-demand. WATP, yoga booty ballet, its a regular smorgasboard of brand-name fitness experiences).

About to head to gym for the planned workout (55-60 min elliptical)

02-27-2007, 12:22 AM
60 elliptical, as planned/

dream girl
02-27-2007, 07:25 AM
you girls keep me laughing - sex exercise and yoga booty ballet?

20 min elliptical and 20 min free weights, situps and stretching.

You know when you're getting old is when you go to bed before your children. I went to bed at 8:15 last night. But I feel so much better.

02-27-2007, 12:49 PM
I am a newly found yoga booty ballet fan! Its really fun and MAN do I feel it today. Also very peaceful and centering. I sort of want to do it again.

I keep waiting for someone to write "50 min striptease aerobics".

02-27-2007, 03:10 PM
Yoga Booty Ballet sounds hilarious. And hard. I pretty much *only* do cardio, but I'm aware that I should start mixing in some lifting or something to build muscle mass. I just don't enjoy it, and my main goal at the gym is to burn calories, which happens in a far more obvious manner on a cardio machine. Perhaps when I reach 145 I'll start mixing in some weight training (or yoga booty ballet, if I can find it :o )

I've been doing 60 mins on the elliptical each day as planned. Today I'm going to do an extra 30 mins on the treadmill as well. I have a delicious lunch planned today (veggies sauteed in pam and a piece of salmon) and I'm willing to work extra hard to get it.

02-27-2007, 03:16 PM
Strength training is SO important for me. And remember, the more muscle you have, the more calories you burn all day...not as obvious as the counters on the cardio machines, but a BIG impact. Yoga Booty Ballet also has a cardio segment - yoga, ballet, weight training, and the cardio...its a really nice combination.

I've had to try lots of different things to enjoy my weight training, but now its my favorite (leg days ROCK). It makes me feel strong and healthy. And I know it makes a major difference in how I lose.

02-27-2007, 03:25 PM
Hi mandalinn82,

I know, I know... My Y offers a free consultation with a personal trainer and my plan is to burn my millions of calories on the cardio machines, and once I'm closer to my goal weight, to make an appointment and come up with a weight regime that works for me. As it is, when I do anything with weights, I half-heartedly work my biceps, triceps and shoulders with free weights and then leave it at that. It's not particularly effective and it's boring. (I like to think that the elliptical and the treadmill work my leg muscles enough, without having to use weights. I enjoy my delusions :) )

I'm off to do my 90 mins (despite the fact that I have CRAMPS!!!).

02-27-2007, 04:12 PM
Tell us more about yoga booty ballet! I've seen it on this board several times but I don't know anything about it. I do a yoga DVD once a week, but it's pretty basic. It's fun and I love how it makes me feel -- it's also nice because my husband does it with me -- but I'm always looking for new stuff!

02-27-2007, 04:29 PM
Well, I did the "strength basics" video that was made for on-demand.

It started with a tiny yoga-esque segment, sort of a time to sit and relax and open yourself up to the workout. 5 minutes or less - then a warm-up that was stretch oriented. Then the hard stuff started...there were four segments of 8-10 min each...1 ballet segment focusing on leg lifts to work the butt, 1 strength/cardio segment that worked the arms using hand weights while doing squats/plies/etc to get heart rate going, an ab segment using a non-weighted squishy ball (or a towel - worked almost as well and didn't require extra equipment) and a fairly challenging yoga segment with a lot of down/up dog and planks...it was hard for me, since I don't have a lot of yoga experience. Then a pleasant cooldown and a close similar to the opening...sitting, with some non-spiritual mantra repeating (again, less than 5 min)

02-27-2007, 06:28 PM
Alrighty, 90 mins cardio, check.

02-27-2007, 07:40 PM
Another YBB Bonus Workout - 45 min.

02-27-2007, 08:30 PM
Thanks for the info about YBB - it sounds good!

Tonight I ran out of time, so I just did 30 minutes on the elliptical and 12 minutes walking on the treadmill. I did lots of resistance and hills, etc to maximize the time. Back outside for a run tomorrow, I hope!

02-27-2007, 11:29 PM
45 mins back and biceps :workout:
53 min run :running: 7k
30 min swim :swim:

763 calories burned .... PRICELESS :dance: !!

02-28-2007, 12:52 AM
60 min elliptical

02-28-2007, 02:44 AM
Mandalinn82, you are an exercise fiend! How many hours a day do you devote to exercise?

dream girl
02-28-2007, 07:27 AM
I did 15 min. on the elliptical last night with a few situps.

This morning - 25 min. on elliptical and more situps.

02-28-2007, 01:03 PM
Baffled - it depends. My standard week includes an hour of cardio, 6 days a week, plus at least one upper body strength session and one lower body strength session. So that works out to just over an hour a day, on average.

I have a couple of advantages for sneaking it in elsewhere, though...I work from home, meaning that my lunch hour is usually open to do something active (like the YBB "bonus" workouts, or sometimes one of my strength workouts"). Because I work from home, I can also be ok with going to the gym until 7:30 or 8 each night (we go at 6:30 or 7 for our daily hour of cardio) because I prep anything I possibly can for dinner while I'm home during the day...dinner never takes more than half an hour to get on the table once we arrive home. So its a major advantage to work in my PJs.

I also have a considerable amount of time, really, compared to other people. I mean sure, I'm planning a wedding and that eats up some time, but I don't have kids or too terrible a work schedule (I average 10 hr a day of work, which is more than some, but less than others) so I can fit in the exercise time. I don't have a commute (except to my couch).

I'm actually doing a bit more than usual this week - first off, this weekend is going to be crazy (bridal shower/people coming in from out of town/madness) and second I've just been in a "get moving" kind of mood. I made a deal with myself that if I EVER get a craving to exercise, even if it is fleeting, I'll do it, so this week when my head started thinking "you know, yoga booty ballet sounds like it might be fun" I just plan to do it on my lunch break and do it, thus the "bonus" workouts that have been going on.

Today will be less - I am getting my hair done during my regularly scheduled workout time, but will do something cardio on my lunchbreak.

02-28-2007, 07:31 PM
60 minutes elliptical. Went up to level 10 today!

(I also work from home, and completely flexibly--I'm writing my dissertation. The upsides are that I can spend my mornings planning my meals and that I can go to the gym during quiet hours. The downsides are that I get the urge to snack ALOT and that I fritter away too much preparing meals and going to the gym :) )

02-28-2007, 08:05 PM
OK, so:

55 min stairclimber on my lunch.
30 min DDR (I wasn't tired enough from the stairclimber, lol)
and probably something later tonight with my partner (skipping the "formal" gym date tonight because we have appts to get our hair done in our normal timeframe, but we'll do a WATP or something when we are done...).

And I want to do more! Anyone have one of those days? Unfortunately, they seem to come with increased hunger...probably because I am working my tail off with all the random exercise.

02-28-2007, 09:22 PM
4 mile run

03-01-2007, 08:21 PM
40 min treadmill (2.5 miles running w/speed intervals; the rest walking) and 30 min recumbent bike