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Yesterday I offered to do a quick weighted squats video for a fitness group I'm in because one girl was looking for more than just a body weight squat. I filmed it, edited, and uploaded while home for lunch so I was in a hurry and it's not the best but it shows some options. Don't squat in jeans. It's uncomfortable and your depth sucks because it's so freakin' uncomfortable.

I should add "squat in jeans" as a modification to make it harder.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANJYBmige18
 

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My workout buddy has been going to a different gym this week, which means I haven't been going to the gym at all. I snowboarded on Wednesday, so I got in legs/cardio there and I cranked out 5 pullups after my shower this morning.
 

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Trying to get out of this depressive funk. Fell off the diet and workout regime.

Back to it today, getting back to my squat and plank challenges, bought a Jillian Michaels yoga video I'm going to start today. Will be doing that with the other program of hers my work friends and I are doing. And then my mom and I are going to join the gym for a month so we can use the treadmill to do c25k as we've got our first race this June!
 

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Yesterday I offered to do a quick weighted squats video for a fitness group I'm in because one girl was looking for more than just a body weight squat. I filmed it, edited, and uploaded while home for lunch so I was in a hurry and it's not the best but it shows some options. Don't squat in jeans. It's uncomfortable and your depth sucks because it's so freakin' uncomfortable.

I should add "squat in jeans" as a modification to make it harder.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANJYBmige18
Very helpful, thank you, Beanie!
 

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I've either walked, done yoga, or both every day for the last week. I've been working on my squat form (ow.) and doing planks every day as well. I'm back to counting calories for a bit, mostly because I like numbers and have nothing better to do. Shooting for 1600/day, and 96oz of water/day.

Doesn't seem like a lot, but I've dropped 3lbs already and I'm already noticing improvement in how flexible I am!

I've also been sick the entire time, so hopefully once I'm better I'll have something slightly more interesting to post.
 

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I'm back on my adderall, so I can function again, so now I'm trying to get back into the swing of exercising. I made up a tentative plan (some of the stuff I'm not sure how long it'll take and I have time constraints, which is why it's tentative) and put reminders with text alerts in Google Calendar. I figure if it's written down everywhere and I get texts, it's going to happen!

I pretty much gained back all of what I lost previously except for 5ish pounds, so I'm hoping it comes off as easily this time as it did last time :p

I'm still focusing on cardio, but am making sure to add in strength training as well for variety. I get bored with too much cardio.

I've gone to the gym and spent a good long while there yesterday and today, and have my alarms and reminders set for tomorrow morning before work (since I don't go in until 12:30). I used to always go late (10pm or so) and then I was always in a hurry to get done and get home, so I figure if I can go early, I won't have that problem and can get more done. So Mondays at 8:30am, Tuesday, Wednesday, and the weekends I work at 6pm, and Thursday and Friday and the weekends I'm off at 3pm.
 

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Got up early and went to the gym like an adult. Logan wasn't too thrilled about it though lol.

Also, ow. I've been sitting at the computer too long and 3 days of soreness set in lol. Now I'm headed out to go work on getting my care cleaned up/out because IT'S ONLY 3PM WAT.
 

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Diet question...

This is my current routine, let me know if there are any changes I need to make:

1,500 calories a day
(At least) 2 fruits
(At least) 3 vegetables
(At least) 1 gallon water

I am not counting calories on the fruits and vegetables.

1hr pool exercises/laps/treading water - 5 days a week
 

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Diet question...

This is my current routine, let me know if there are any changes I need to make:

1,500 calories a day
(At least) 2 fruits
(At least) 3 vegetables
(At least) 1 gallon water

I am not counting calories on the fruits and vegetables.

1hr pool exercises/laps/treading water - 5 days a week
The only question I would have is what your 1500 calories a day comprises of? That is an important part of any diet.
 

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The only question I would have is what your 1500 calories a day comprises of? That is an important part of any diet.
Here is what yesterday looked like:

Turkey sausage 160
Blackberries
Chicken salad wrap 450
Roma tomato
Fritos 50
Blackberries
Raw baby carrots
Chicken breast 500
Potatoes 250
Salad with lite dressing 60
Red grapes

ETA: I know that maybe I should be counting calories on the fruits and veggies (I know my fruits are a little sugary - at least the grapes) but honestly it's a challenge for me to get them in at all. So for now I decided just to not worry about it as long as I'm having some fresh fruits and veggies I feel pretty good about it. (And I am having about a cup each time.)
 

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At last it's dry and warm! Hurray hurray!

Oh wait, nope, now it's going to snow again.

*grumblegrumble*
 
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All calories count regardless of where they come from. You should track these too. No reason not to.
Sure there is, it's a pain in the ass :)

I don't really advocate for counting calories, i mean people can do it, but I don't care if they do or not. For me it's about eating the right foods. That's it. If you're overweight or unhealthy or looking for a change, keeping a food journal is important.

It's important because it tells you what you're eating. Most people don't even realize how unhealthy their diets are until it's right there on paper or how out of balance they are.

It's what you eat everyday that's going to make the change. Having a coke on the weekend is or skipping one on the weekend isn't going to do anything.

Most people need to eat less grain, less processed, better meats, better fats (avoid vegetable oils), more vegetables in a raw form, and fruits aren't something you need to eat a lot of everyday. and quit drinking so many calories. Those simple changes have profound effects in everyone. If after a year of making changes in the types of food you eat don't have you well on your way to being much more healthy and a healthy weight for you, then we can discuss details like calories.

You can certainly lose weight counting calories, but i've found when you're eating the right foods, you can save the step because it's not necessary.
 

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Counting calories has actually always been detrimental to me. I'm totally a numbers person, but if I finish the day 300 calories under budget, I feel like I NEED to eat those 300 calories, even if I'm not hungry. So I'm better off just watching what and how much I eat, and not actually counting.
 

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Calorie counting is pretty much my idea of hell.

I tend to do and feel much better if I focus on eating good meat and emphasizing lots and lots of nutritious vegetables. If I want something after I hit my ballpark nutrient requirement, then I can have it...but most of the time I'm no longer hungry or just want a bite of something by then for the yum factor.

But that's just me. And I'm not perfect haha.
 

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Most people need to eat less grain, less processed, better meats, better fats (avoid vegetable oils), more vegetables in a raw form, and fruits aren't something you need to eat a lot of everyday. and quit drinking so many calories. Those simple changes have profound effects in everyone. If after a year of making changes in the types of food you eat don't have you well on your way to being much more healthy and a healthy weight for you, then we can discuss details like calories.
I was going to disagree, but I forgot that I largely run with a crowd of people who are eating healthy already and work out as a regular part of life, where our rules are different than the large portion of the public.

So yes, for probably 90% of people, I agree.


OTOH if you're counting calories already I still maintain there's no good reason not to count any specific type of calorie.
 

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Calorie counting is pretty much my idea of hell.

I tend to do and feel much better if I focus on eating good meat and emphasizing lots and lots of nutritious vegetables. If I want something after I hit my ballpark nutrient requirement, then I can have it...but most of the time I'm no longer hungry or just want a bite of something by then for the yum factor.

But that's just me. And I'm not perfect haha.
Very much this for me as well. I follow basic rules - little carbs, little fruit, even less sugar, lots of carefully sources meats and vegetables. I have meat and vegetables with almost every meal of my day. My snacks also contain vegetables most of the time. I've built habits out of becoming aware of the nutrients going into my body instead of the calories - and that's what's making the long-term difference.
 

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I generally agree with the "just eat well" group.. However, you have to keep in mind that a handful of almonds, while healthy, have a ton of fat and calories, too.

To me, it's a balance, and if I wouldn't track what I eat, I'd be lost.
 
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I generally agree with the "just eat well" group.. However, you have to keep in mind that a handful of almonds, while healthy, have a ton of fat and calories, too.

To me, it's a balance, and if I wouldn't track what I eat, I'd be lost.
when it's healthy stuff, it doesn't matter. Your body gets freakishly good at maintaining itself when you're eating what you're supposed to be.

I used to be very different than I am now. Typical breakfast foods, cereal bars, cereal, toast, pancakes etc. I'd eat a ton at 7 and be falling down starving by 9. and i'd have to eat again.

Fast forward to today. If i start to fall back into that routine, I am the same way. if I keep with healthy fat and protein for breakfast, I can go till 2 in the afternoon and not even think of hunger. a good shake with a scoop or two of coconut oil can keep me going well past lunch.

but when i fall back into old patterns, the weight comes back, the cravings come back, the hunger and highs and lows come right back.

Though our country is very overweight, we are fat deprived in a way. It's amazing how people become "normal" again by eating better.

The typical Americans problem with fat is they're eating the wrong kinds, and it's usually associated with sugars and starchy carbs too. So your body doesn't become efficient at lipid metabolism and that satiation never really happens to any appreciable level
 

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One of my friends just lost 85 lbs and that's motivating me a lot!

My scale broke a month or so ago so I have no idea where I'm at now. I don't feel like I've gained or lost anything.

My goal is 40 lbs this year. I'm not sure where we will go from there but I think 40 is doable. I just need to make sure to take my metformin every day.
Update: So far just 5 lbs lost (though it does look like 5 lbs lost vs just change in the day).

So slooooow going though. So I ramped it up today and starting workout tomorrow (need to shave lmao). I had been doing 2 meals a day low carb and we're trying to go for 3....

I'm really hungry though right about now in the day. It's miserable and it happens every time I try low carb.
 

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