Hello, sports fans! Well, I'm (with gratitude) robbing this wonderful thread idea from elsewhere on the site. It seemed to me that it would be a good idea to have a weekly thread here within our group devoted to exercise check-in; my thought is that it will help us to keep ourselves accountable for getting in some daily exercise, help us to motivate one another, and just plain be interesting since we like each other and are interested in how it's going for one another!
So, if you want to participate, just log in and give a quick post with an update on what you accomplished in the way of daily exercise! Doesn't have to be a big, long-winded explanation -- just the quick and the dirty, unless you have more to say!
11-08-2004, 01:47 PM
2 mile watp w/ alternating 3 and 5 pound weights. Working my way up to 5# weights all the time
almost 2 mile walk outside this am
11-08-2004, 02:21 PM
3 mile WATP for abs in AM
11-08-2004, 04:14 PM
One mile Leslie WATP dvd:-) I will do reps with the 5lb weight later while I am watching tv:-)
12 minutes stairmaster, 33 minutes elliptical, 20 minutes upper body weights
Yikes, Dana!! :eek: Everybody stand back, she's going to burst into flames!! :flame: :flame:
I ended up staying late, late, late at work, so I didn't get to do my planned workout. But I did have a little time, so I did 2 miles of Leslie's 4-mile Challenge (the pace is a lot faster.) So that's it for me today. I think I'm just going to watch Dana watch out...... :lol:
Great job, EVERYBODY! :yes:
11-08-2004, 09:26 PM
1 hour deep water aerobics
20 min. stretching
1 mile walk
11-08-2004, 10:29 PM
:lol: sarah you are a goof!
11-09-2004, 09:54 AM
Dana, doesn't the StairMurderer kick your ***? It surely does mine!!!! The most I've EVER done was 30 minutes (2 or 3 times), and I haven't been able to repeat it since. I find that time just sort of stops when I'm on it, and I can look back at the timer what seems like an hour later, and it's just 30 seconds!!!!!!!
Anyway, I'm back in the game. Just 35 minutes on the cross-trainer this morning, but I worked really hard with the resistance (I tried Level 14 for the first time, but only for 3 minutes!). The good news is that it's a LOT harder to get my heart rate up than it used to be.
Good luck to everybody. Anybody really want to *push* with me this week? I need some inspiration.
11-09-2004, 10:15 AM
:coffee: I measure by "blocks". I walk two blocks everyday now.I wonder how many cals it burn?
11-09-2004, 10:41 AM
Good luck to everybody. Anybody really want to *push* with me this week? I need some inspiration.
Ahoy Matey, I'm in. Rarrrrr. :s: (Ok, I don't entirely know where I'm coming from with the nautical/piratey reference, but I'm in dagnabbit it!)
I'm going to exercise every day this week, with activities to include: WATP walking with weights, HIIT biking, lower body walking workouts using a ramp at the highest height (with lunges and squats,) a step workout by Cathe Friedrich, and free weights.
Other news on the exercise front: I've ordered another [less "choreographic"] step workout from Kathy Smith, and also Kathy Smith's Lifting Weights to Lose Weight. (Nod to funniegrrl here. :yes: ) After doing some research on challenging step workouts that are more basically (or "athletically") choreographed, I decided on the former. As for the latter, while I am an intermediate lifter, I need some shorter routines that I can more easily fit in than the full hour routines I've been struggling to find time for in the midst of all the cardio. I want to do both, and think that this will be helpful. I intend to use heavier weights than she does, though. Again, research helped me to decide on this one for starters; my intention is to start with this weight training DVD and get into a routine, then I'll move into longer weights workouts. I'm going build on this weekly routine from here, since this whole video/DVD workout thang is just really working for me. I don't have a gym membership, and I'm finding that I'm responding well to the structure, the variety, and "finite" timeframe provided by these videos. Totally working for me at this stage. :)
So, lovely Jennifer, I'm down for a "Move the ***" week......'cuz I got it like that. ;)
11-09-2004, 11:00 AM
Woo hoo! Sarah's in! Sarah's in!
I too am going to work out every day, and I'm going to do my cardio (including the aforementioned StairMurdererer) and weights. Rock on, us.
11-09-2004, 11:16 AM
Ok, Madame J -- here's my commitment for tonight:
* HIIT biking for 20 minutes
* Ramp workout for 45 minutes with 6 lb. pair of Iron Hands; this workout really emphasizes the glutes and hams, and is NOT easy. (Look at me trying to make myself look like a tough guy :lol: -- no REALLY! -- it's actually quite a good workout when you do it on the highest level of the ramp. The workout itself doesn't encourage as much use of the arms as I'd like, so I'm adding a lot of those movements myself for added intensity and more of an upper body workout.
Anyway, that's the plan for tonight! The key will be to hold strong when my sweetie tries to get me to make dinner and hang out with her sooner. I must resist! I must resist! I must resist!
11-09-2004, 02:07 PM
Hello me hearties! (Carrying on the pirate theme!)
I did 2 miles of WATP this morning. I'm a bit fed up because my dance class has folded. It's strange because it was full til I went. :?: How will the world of dance manage without me???? :( Also (just to continue grumping along) it's too dark to ride my bike. I set of for work in the dark and get home in the dark so I don't think I should be riding in the woods!! :fr: I'm spending a lot more time with Leslie but I'm looking out for something else... not sure what :shrug: yet. I love riding my bike! :sorry:
11-09-2004, 02:09 PM
P.S you are all doing so well. It's truly excellent!!!!
11-09-2004, 03:33 PM
Jennifer, YES! The stairmaster is evil. I'm not sure how much good it does, but I figured I'd give it a try. But definitely not a fun thing... and one of the slowest machines out there. Yikes.
I'm definitely in, too. I really love to exercise but it's so easy to make excuses, I need a kick in the arse too!
Today I did 25 minutes on the stair master (I was like the little engine that could), 15 minutes of lower body weights, and 20 minutes on the cross trainer.
Jennifer, level 14? YIKES! Ouchie. good job!
11-09-2004, 03:40 PM
i did my 1 mile Leslie Dvd. My goal for the week is do do at least one leslie workout each day. Recently i have been slacking and only getting 4 sessions in per week. I have already gotin 3 this week,..whoohoo!
Sarah-Let me know how you like the LWTLW I was thinking of getting that too but the front of the box shows her in a bikini and I was like *gag*..LOL I have this little voice in the back of my head that tells me I cant do any of these workouts,.. just look at the Yoga! :o
11-09-2004, 04:30 PM
I too did not get in my walk this morning. Our water was trickling last night and still this morning and I didn't want to be stuck without a shower (That's what I told myself as I snuggled farther into the covers this morning anyway)
so my plan for tonight is the 4 mile super challenge (well to do at least 3 miles of it).
do the 3 mile WATP for abs in the morning.
11-09-2004, 04:38 PM
YEE HAW i'm back in the groove of things but i'm getting there slowly. after weeks of not doing a darn thing and sitting around on my butt and stuffing myself silly i did a leslie mile this morning. so i'm officially at 100 miles.
and did i hear someone mention the stair master? i'm about ready to set mine on fire!
i've not timed myself on it but after 100-150 counts i'm ready to quit.... and that's with it set only on 7!!!
11-09-2004, 04:41 PM
Everybody is doing so darn well! 100 miles--how cool! I never thought about counting how many miles I walk, but that's a great idea.
35 min. weight lifting
20 min. stretching
3 mile WATP
11-09-2004, 09:44 PM
AGAIN I got home late --- GRRRRRR --- I didn't do the biking, and I switched the 3-mile WATP with weights for the Ramp workout.
11-10-2004, 01:19 AM
Sorry you have to keep working late Sarah! Do you want me to talk to your boss with my sternest english schoolteachers voice?
I did some stretches and muscle toning exercises.
Shelly 100 miles is fantastic! Congrats!
11-10-2004, 07:07 AM
Here's my uppdate for the week
Monday - 40 minute power walk
Tuesday - 40 minute power walk
Wednesday -40 minute power walk
Thrusday - 45 minute power walk
Friday - 30 minute power walk in am - more to come
11-10-2004, 11:08 AM
Well, I wasn't quite as hardcore as I wanted to be this morning, but I did get in a fantastic upper body workout (bis, tris, shoulders) for 30 minutes but had time for only 20 minutes of cardio. I keep saying this, but I haven't done it... I may have to start going to the gym twice in a day (or, heaven forefend, get up even earlier). I just don't want to burn out at this point.
I also took a nice brisk walk last night for about 40 minutes.
11-10-2004, 11:23 AM
So much for walking last night. I even added way too much food when I got home to blow my calories for the day. Oh well.
I was so exhausted this morning but I did the first and third mile of the 3 mile WATP (just fastforwarded through mile 2).
I'm going to try and see how far I can get in the 4 mile super challenge tonight after I get the kids in bed.
11-10-2004, 03:26 PM
I did another mile with Leslie this afternoon and last night I did reps witht he 5 lb weight. I cant wait to get arm muscles. I dont think I can remember ever having those:-P
4 days down, 3 to go to get to my mini goal of a workout every day this week!
Ivanna B. Skinny
11-10-2004, 03:33 PM
YAY!! I finally got out of my slump and exercised! I did 40 on the elliptical, doing HIIT...it really kicked my butt! Then, I did abs and arms! I feel so much better now! The machine said I burned 566 als...how accurate do you all think that is? (I entered my weight.)
11-10-2004, 03:43 PM
From what I've read, most elliptical machines (or new machines in general) do tend to exaggerate the calories you burn. I think it's a marketing ploy so people will use/buy these machines thinking they're burning off a ton. I've noticed a big difference between the older machines, which exaggerate a LOT, and the newer machines, which seem to have more reasonable counts. Over time they seem to adjust them.
HOWEVER, just going from the "sweat-o-meter," I think it's pretty safe to say that they do burn off a heck of a lot, especially the cross-trainers that have both your legs and arms moving! Plus, adding resistance really ups the burn, as well.
I used to obsess about the number of cals, but now I just try to work out until I'm really tired and assume it's somewhere around 400. But I do log the # on the machine into DietPower anyway. :lol:
11-10-2004, 08:18 PM
I did HIIT biking for 25 minutes. I joined a challenge over at Video Fitness, committing to exercise every day for the rest of November. Yep, the month during which Thanksgiving occurs. And we drive early Thanksgiving day from Maryland to Long Island, then back home the next day, so that means I'll be doing it very early before leaving, and late upon our return home. :yes:
What the heck was I thinking???? :dizzy: Just kiddin' :lol: -- I wouldn't have committed to it if I didn't believe I could see it through. But I must say, I guess that's why they call it a challenge! ;) I'm really going to have to talk myself through this at different points along the way.....if anyone else is nuts enough to join me, company would be nice!
11-10-2004, 08:36 PM
Oooh, you are committed, Sarah. Or maybe you should be committed??? :lol: I know you're going to be successful with this challenge.
1 hour shallow water aerobics
20 min. stretching
1 mile walk
11-11-2004, 10:34 AM
good luck sarah on that committment.
I didn't get to the 4 mile superchallenge last night. I'm just not finding the time with the kids in the evenings. I'm just going to concentrate on continuing at least 2 miles in the morning of WATP.
I did 2 miles this morning.
11-11-2004, 11:07 AM
Well, I'm coming down with a cold, but I managed to work out this morning, anyway (it actually felt kind of good to sweat it out, but we'll see how I feel tomorrow!).
45 minutes elliptical
15 minutes chest weights
11-11-2004, 07:23 PM
Jennifer, so sorry about the cold! Hope you feel better soon.
45 min. weight lifting
20 min. stretching
2 mile WATP
1 mile forced uphill march with the poor dog (I wouldn't let him stop, sniff, and mark)
11-11-2004, 07:35 PM
Nov 9-2 mi watp w/ 3 & 5 # weights
Outside walk-1.98 mi
Nov 10-2 mi watp w/ 3 & 5# weights
Nov 11-3mi watp w/ 3 & 5# weights
Ourside walk 1.90 mi
11-11-2004, 08:51 PM
1-mile WATP for me.
11-12-2004, 10:25 AM
Sorry, Sarah... Hate to make a mini-challenge then leave it, but I'm not going to be able to pump up (think Hans and Franz) today. Feeling too awful, and I need my strength for a long car trip to a wedding this weekend. Maybe another week we can continue the hard core workout goal?
11-12-2004, 12:11 PM
Ok, Yay I finally get to post on this thread. My treadmill finally is here a couple days late but that's ok. Who knew they had like 800 parts? Anyway...starting out slow, no where near some of you who are doing so great! I did 30 minutes last night at 2.5 mph, and so far this morning another 30 minutes. I'll have at least 60 minutes for today! It feels awesome to actually get this going!
11-12-2004, 03:31 PM
2 mile watp tape with mostly 5# weights
11-12-2004, 06:48 PM
Hey, Andria -- welcome to the thread and congrats on your new treadmill! I used to have one at home, and it was a lot of fun being able to watch TV and listen to my own music (read: not horrible, overloud, soulless house music like at the gym). Enjoy it; you'll make gains faster than you'll believe!
I am very pleased to report that, despite my cold AND despite the cold rain, I went to the gym and did 45 minutes of HIIT on the ellptical. Toward the end of the day, I got that weird craving feeling, but not for food -- for my exercise endorphins!!! I really am turning into a fitness junkie! My old self wouldn't recognize my new self. :smug:
Yay, me! And yay, us! Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to wash the gym stink off. :lol:
11-12-2004, 10:15 PM
Toward the end of the day, I got that weird craving feeling, but not for food -- for my exercise endorphins!!! I really am turning into a fitness junkie! My old self wouldn't recognize my new self. :smug:
Yay, me! And yay, us!
Yay you, yay us, indeed! Don't you love when that happens?! I'm so proud of you for working out when you felt like crap. I really am, Jennifer! You are the baddest *** in all of the five boroughs!
Welcome to the exercise thread, Andria! What an entrance, too! Congrat's on the treadmill acquisition and assembly! :)
As for me, I did the 4-mile Express Challenge tonight -- I just LOVE that workout! That's Day 8 of consecutive days of exercise. 8 down, 16 to go for my EDIN challenge!
11-13-2004, 01:01 AM
im here but barely. I missed yesterday after promising myself I would go all 7 days without a miss. I did do my one mile dvd today though. i dont know, i have been in a downward thought spiral since halloween. I will be ok for a few hours and think i have shaken it off and then the negative thoughts come back. blah
11-13-2004, 08:32 PM
30 minutes of HIIT biking today. Day 9 DOWN!
11-14-2004, 10:13 AM
Sarah, roll your eyes at me now, but could you please give me the URL to that website on HIIT again?
Well, I started the gym this week. I had a microfit test done to see where I am at. My resting heart rate was excellent, Aerobic Fitness was excellent, Body fat is at is 26.2 (That puts me 3 pounds of fat away from the "fit category", My back flexibility was horrible, Biceps strength was excellent, and my total fitness score was 52 which is fair but only puts me off by 8 points of being in the "fit" category.
It really rocked my world when the lady doing the test was testing my thigh skinfold and could barely even pinch any skin to do it. Walking has really paid off. I've got some Killer outer thighs. Practically no fat!!
Exercise for the week:
Four days of walking: A bit over 20 miles total.
Four days of the gym: Rougly an hour and a half each time of cardio at the beginning and weights proceeding.
I used the elliptical for the first time this past week. I love it!! You ladies who use it also, how long is your average mile on it? I so love that machine better than the treadmill!!
11-14-2004, 12:01 PM
Tammy, I usually use the cross trainer but its similar, my average mile is about 10 or 11 minutes, a little bit more on the elliptical. I agree- I like it SO much more than the treadmill. Glad you found a new machine to have fun on, haha.
11-14-2004, 07:13 PM
I've gotten behind on my exercise log.
Friday: a little stretching, a little walking--very light day
Saturday: 1 hour combo water aerobics, 20 min. stretching
Sunday: 2 mile WATP, 20 min. stretching
11-14-2004, 07:24 PM
1 mile 4 1/2 mph hike on hilly nature trails. Then I did Leslie's 2-mile Shape and Firm ramp routine. Day 10!