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Old 10-12-2011, 09:33 PM   #31  
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Also on Wednesday, Oct. 12:

One hour beginning Kripalu yoga class, with a lot of breathing and a little bit of ab work. I'm not very flexible and breathe too shallowly, but all that Pilates work is serving me well in the asanas that really work the abs.
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No time for hard core exercise today...taught all day and then off to the second job till11:30 so I walked a mile with my class this afternoon and did 15 minutes of counting by 2s,7s,12s, and 5s while working out in "3rd grade excercise/dance class" or math as I am supposed to call it... They love doing squats and push ups while counting their patterns...kids are too funny!

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Old 10-13-2011, 09:08 AM   #33  
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Thursday, Oct. 13:

20 minutes Stairmaster stepper, resistance at six, aerobic setting
45 minutes arm & shoulders routine, and I think soon I'll be able to go through this sequence twice, as P90X recommends, or will increase the weights
40 minutes Stairmaster stepper, same setting.

The gym has three Stairmaster stepper machines; one is broken, with a sign on it. A heavy older woman got on the one next to me with a few cheerful words. I don't know this woman, I just know her by sight. I witnessed her starting her training at the gym back in 2008, when my father was dying & I moved back home for a month & a half to be with him during the last few weeks of his life. This woman was red-faced then & despairing during her workout sessions with her trainer. Now she is not dangerously obese, though still heavy, but no longer red-faced, and oh, what a change in her demeanor. It's good to see her get on the machine confidently, to chat with me about it, and then, after a few minutes, to see her trainer join up with her. ("I never see people on these machines" her trainer said. "Well, WE'RE on them," countered the women referring to herself & to me.)

So this woman has kept at it. And has had results. And not just in her weight. In her whole manner & her way of facing the world.

Damn. She doesn't know me at all but I think she's amazing.

When I see her, I think of my mother, whose blood work just reported a further elevation in cholesterol, and how I wish my mother would even walk a little in the neighborhood, let alone show up at the gym regularly and work with a trainer.

I think of myself, at my heaviest, and how I would never have dared face a personal trainer then. I had to lose more than 100 pounds before I even dared to speak to a trainer. Like someone like me had no business talking to a healthy fit person.

I need some of that woman's attitude. Still.

So yeah, this is what me, an ostensibly fit and normal weight woman, is thinking when a heavy woman gets on the machine next to her. Which may help some heavy woman afraid of going to the gym. I know that it might have helped me, when I was over 240 pounds & felt a gym could only be a place of fear, pain & humiliation for me.

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Old 10-13-2011, 11:20 AM   #34  
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What an eloquent post Saef. You have so many of those.
You are right-- your post could help those not willing to step foot in a gym. My dd says she isn't a gym person, but I'm sure if she had more confidence/was a healthy weight, she wouldn't have such reservations.

Still no exercise for me-- worked almost 14 hours on my feet yesterday and will do a repeat today. Hoping to get to Bikram Yoga tomorrow. My weight is down though as I'm hardly finding time to eat and I'm drinking way more coffee than I'm used to to fight the fatigue.
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Old 10-13-2011, 02:31 PM   #35  
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10/12: am dog walk
10/13: am dog powerwalk, but a short one (15 mins) since I got up too late
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Also Saef, about heavy folks in the gym -- DH and I think that way too. Whenever I see a heavy person in the gym, I am mentally cheering them on. When we are driving together and see a heavy person walking/running outside, we always have some conversation that boils down to "good job" although the person out there running doesn't hear us.

I'm always afraid to actually say encouraging things to people. I think because I know people have mixed reactions. When I have done races in the past, and I was trudging my way through, coming in close to dead last, I always felt better when people would call out to me, "You're almost there, you're doing great," and the like. Meanwhile DH feels worse when he hears things like that because he interprets it as, "You're doing so badly that we have to cheer for you because you suck so much and we feel bad for you."

Usually if I have the opportunity to engage in conversation with a heavier person while exercising, and they mention anything about weight loss or fitness or anything, I am very quick to tell them that I used to be obese, hoping that it will encourage them to see that it is possible to lose weight. I also don't hesitate to tell people that I ran my first mile when I was 22, or anything else about my personal fitness history.
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Michele, when you have these Book Fairs, I wish I could transmit some stress relief over the screen to you magically. I know what it's like to disappear into my job & to know my life is way out of balance. The only thing that makes it bearable is that I know it's only going to be that way for a little while. But sometimes when we're in the middle of it, it seems endless, like life is always going to ask for more than we can possibly give & that we never have any respite for ourselves. Hang in there. I am sure yoga is going to feel really good, once you finally get to it.

Jessica, when you talked about people applauding at races, I could relate to both your view and your husband's view.

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When I have done races in the past, and I was trudging my way through, coming in close to dead last, I always felt better when people would call out to me, "You're almost there, you're doing great," and the like. Meanwhile DH feels worse when he hears things like that because he interprets it as, "You're doing so badly that we have to cheer for you because you suck so much and we feel bad for you."
At the 5K I did in September, one of the guys timing it manually called out to me, "You just hit 30 minutes. You pace looks good, I think you've got a lot left." He was right. I had enough left to really sprint for the last few yards. He sounded like a trainer. I believed him & so I believed in myself. And so I thought of anyone applauding me as applauding that last burst of effort.

But on my bad days, I believe what your husband does, that there is something condescending and they are applauding out of pity. But I only believe that for a little while. I believe anyone who's around people who put out an athletic effort understands what goes into that, the mental part, as well as the physical training, and so their instinct is to support it anytime they see it in anyone. It's not only part of being a good sport, it's part of being a good human being. Just finishing a race means so much for many people.

Friday, Oct. 14:

45 minute spin class, with sprints, and me still hating this brand of spin bike. It isn't very smooth when one peddles while standing. Let me just say it outright: The Star Trac spin bikes are [email protected] Yes, I said it. Star Trac, rethink your bike design. Or pay your workers in China better so they take more pride in assembly. I want back the Life Fitness bike that I had at my former gym so very badly. I am turning into an Equipment Brand Snob. In ellipticals & spin bikes, the brand makes a world of difference to me. The expensive ones just seem to have better action. I don't feel off balance or unsupported. I want to not think much about the machine or the mechanics, I want to think about my form and my pace & etc. Instead I've got to compensate for the machine's mechanical issues, sometimes just to be safe. (I am sure that jerky action when I peddle while standing isn't good for my knees.) I'm adapting to the new instructors fine but I don't like the bike.

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Old 10-14-2011, 09:21 AM   #38  
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As someone who has been involved with high school and college cross country and track, 5K's and marathons, both as a participant and volunteer/spectator....

I can assure you that by far the vast majority of the people are there to encourage and support....seriously, why would they still be out on the course long after "their" runner has passed by?!

Oh sure, every now and then there is that butt-wipe teen age punk who showed up only because his cheerleader girlfriend was there with her team to volunteer...but we know who they are and that they are everywhere in life.

One of the greatest compliments I ever received in my life was when several boys and girls on my son's high school cross country team, years ago, told me that when they were running they pretended that I was their dad rooting them on....since their parents never came out to watch...

yes, I was THAT dad...the one always cheering and rooting the kids on....

I'd would do it at the gym too (when I used to go...obvious I don't go now...lol) but I think if I hollered and screamed in the gym I might get escorted out!!!

Kind people root people on sometimes in their minds....

When you are out on the course or at the gym remember MOST people in the world are pretty decent folks.....

NOW GO GIRLS GO!!! YOU'RE ALMOST THERE!!!
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Gary-- you brought me to tears this morning with your mention of the kids pretending you were their dad cheering them on. How sweet and from someone who didn't have parents cheering her on-- I know you must have made a world of difference for them.

Dead on my feet. Book fair ends at noon today technically though we don't close until the last customer leaves. Then we have to pack up everything and I have all of the financial paperwork to do. Just praying I can get out in time for yoga tonight. We've *only* had one shoplifter that I know of. He put an eraser in his pocket and has had consequences as a result-- apology letter to me, discipline with the principal, call home, etc. Always makes me sad.

Hopefully I'll be back to posting real exercise tonight!
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Thank you Michelle...I am sorry your parents didn't cheer you on ...

what I said was absolutely true. What I did not say was that I was blessed with a job (construction) where I could start very early in the morning or work overtime when I needed to in order to make the race times....also a very understanding boss with kids in sports.

There was always around 100 boys and girls on our cross country teams so there was bound to be parents that couldn't make the events, because of work, as a lot of them were in the afternoons.

There was also a lot of support from parents that could.

I remember a few times when kids would be thanking me after the race and saying that they wished their parents would come to the events, I shared what I just did about work with them...

one time a kid said my parents don't work Saturday....

we were at a Saturday event....

My kids would tell me time to time how some of their friends would say they were so lucky to have their dad watch them....

Broke my heart....maybe that's why I always stayed back rooting for the last kid to go by....just in case their parent wasn't there....and why I still do today when I help out or watch at the races.
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10/14: 30 min dog powerwalk this morning

Gary, that is a really touching story about those kids whose parents weren't there to cheer for them.

I think what is the most frustrating about those moments at the end of a race are when you see how many people are already done and realize how far back you are. Like for me, last year I did a sprint triathlon that was at a park. Now, I nearly made my goal time and was going really fast FOR ME, but I still came in close to dead last. The most frustrating thing was coming back from the bike segment and having to slow down to weave around the pedestrians who had already finished their run and were headed to the parking lot (which yes, is a failure of the race administrators for not keeping them out of the way, but still). It was also frustrating on the run to see all the people walking to the parking lot which was along the run course. BUT, I really appreciated those people going to their cars who cheered for me.

Saef, it is so hard to sort out our own feelings of inadequacy. I see your race times and I envy you, because despite the times I have done training programs and pushed myself really hard, I have never been able to pull off anything so fast. I pick up training books and get depressed when it says something like, "This is a book for the slow people," and then the program is based on being able to run 10mins/mile, which is super fast for me. On the other hand, when I have done races and I finish faster than the last time, or I finish a longer distance, I still feel great because at least I DID IT and there are so many people out there who never did.

Okay, now I am going to be depressed all day about my perpetual injuries.
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Jessica I know how you feel. I remember the first 5K I did...walked it...my son was in cross country, my daughter walked it with me and Angie walked with me instead of running. My son ran the race then ran back to meet me about 1/2 then walked with all of us in. If I was last I was damn close!

As I got better I could run them, although slow....but no matter how fast I got when I got to the beer garden the real runners were already drunk!

I have to say though, once I went to walking them as I got older, I met a lot of nice people in the back of the race.

Keep going gals...get to the front of that pack!! You're almost there!
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October 10: 10 minutes elliptical, 60 minutes UJam dance class

Totals:
10 days
642 minutes
Hooray! Book fair is over and I exercised!

Oct. 11: none
Oct. 12: none
Oct. 13: none

Oct. 14: 90 minutes Bikram Yoga

Totals:
11 days
732 minutes
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Saturday, Oct. 15:

60 minutes on Cybex arc trainer, hill intervals, resistance at nine, and this was a real workout. Glad to be back on this machine at my new gym.
60 minute beginning Kripalu yoga class
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Sunday, Oct. 16:

7:32 rowing on the Concept 2 at my new gym got me just over 1,500 meters, and I stopped there, having tired myself out. I don't remember how to pace myself to do 2,000 meters. It's been a while since I rowed that, not having had access to an erg machine.

60 minutes back and biceps routine, with an awful lot of lat pulldowns. My new gym has all kinds of great equipment, but not a Gravitron.

45 minutes stationary bike, halfway with the bike's height set at No. 2, and resistance at a steady 9, then the rest of the way with the bike's height set at No. 3, resistance at 8.

60 minutes yoga class. This was an exercise in humility. I've been going to a beginner Kripalu yoga class three times a week. But this seemed to be a vinyasa class at a much higher level, and I was lost and physically incapable of following parts of the class. No headstand. None of those inversions with one toe pointed straight up in the air. In fact I have enough trouble going down in runner's lunge, keeping my head up & back straight & managing to get all five fingers on the ground. What is it with my thighs, hips and haunches?

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