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Post by Jeezy Creezy » Wed Jan 09, 2008 14:59

Och it's good to be healthy n all but I think the weight obsession of our culture is really sad. Thinness doesn't equal happiness. I'm the biggest I've been but I'm in my late twenties and I'm no bigger than any of my peers and I'm as happy as I'll ever be so I do wonder what we're all trying to obtain. Plus "cuddliness" has a lot going for it.

Oh but I do like being strong like ten tigers.
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Post by let it ride » Wed Jan 09, 2008 17:14

I paid £144 for a year at my uni gym. Although that was on a Pay for 8, get 12 months offer.
Still, my uni gym is open for non-students too, and I think it might be lower than £30 then too! So check with all local universities that has a gym!
While I find obsessing over numbers/tanorexic Hollywood starlets very sad, I know that I want to sort my health out.

I've eaten like a pig my entire life but due too good genes I was always slim. Untoned, but slim. I always hated PE classes, I always hated moving about in general. I've always been happiest in front of a tv/with a good book/listening to music and some chocolate.
I think most people who've not gained much at all during their lives find a time in their 20s when they start doing so. For me it is early on, as I'm only 21. I've been putting it off all my life.

I want to be fit, healthy and toned. And that includes losing weight for me, as I am now on the 24.9 BMI brink onto being overweight. I am far from the best I can be.
So I thought I might as well start now. I don't feel comfortable with myself as it is, so instead of sitting here complaining and gaining, I wanted to sort it out.

Colin: If you don't feel you get enough results, could it be that you have hit a workout plateau? It can be good to mix up your workouts about every six weeks or the body gets too used to it.

And re: cardio, I tend to do it like:

15 min power walking with 30 sec - 1 min intervals of running on the treadmill.
Machines (it can be good to do machines before your "proper" cardio as you'll be able to work your body at lot better)
15 min of spinning bike (the one where you sit and the legs are at seating height, so it's very strenuous)
Either 5 min on the stairmaster, or 10 on the crosstrainer.

I am just trying to get used to all the different machines, and to actually have used all of them. But that's just how I do it, it might be rubbish!

I am looking to incorporate medicine balls too, they have some at the gym in the mat area. As soon as I get up to a normal standard of health, I am booking in for Personal Trainer sessions that only cost £3 at my gym for some mad reason. I'm a bit scared because I know they'll make me WORK but I'm sure they'll know more than I do!

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Post by lynsosaurus » Wed Jan 09, 2008 17:47

I think I'd like to book a session with a personal trainer as well, just because they will have more of an idea of how I can achieve certain targets, or how I can best target certain areas. I want to wait until I've eased myself back into it though, because it's been a while since I've been to a gym.

Our gym is at the end of the street my office is on, and it only costs £70 to join for the whole academic year, or £40 from now until summer. I've been meaning to join for ages, but I am going to do it for sure next week. In theory I should be able to go in the mornings or at lunchtime, and they have a few classes on during the day that would break up my workload a bit.

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Post by let it ride » Wed Jan 09, 2008 18:10

Wow, that's a good price!

Yeah, I think I let myself off SO much more than a PT would. I was thinking the other day "Should I be drowning in sweat at the end of a session?" as, though I feel completely beat, I tend not to.

I'm a bit afraid of PTs. I feel awkward when I work out, and they'd make me be about ready to go into liquid form, I'm sure. I hope I could get a woman to do the training, for some reason Sporty Guys make me feel so nervous. Like they'd bully me if I wasn't good enough or something, or laugh at me.

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Post by lynsosaurus » Wed Jan 09, 2008 18:22

Haha! I know exactly what you mean. I think for me it is a result of being exceptionally shy and a bit chubby at school, and most of my PE teachers for the sports I didn't like were male and very masculine. I found them utterly terrifying. The female teachers usually did things like netball and aerobics and stuff with us, and they were all quite motherly and nice, but I always dreaded basketball and hockey and that stupid pseudo-rugby game we did. Urgh.

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Post by alongwalkhome » Wed Jan 09, 2008 18:31

In 7th grade, I got my only A in PE ever when my friends and I created a gymnastics routine to "Octupus's Garden". It was my Olympic moment, if you will.

OK, so I just moved offices in December and my window now OVERLOOKS MY GYM and yet I still haven't been in 3 mos. I'm just so fucking tired. Could somebody please scream at me? Not even eating nothing but chocolate and cookies over the month of December and now busting out of my clothes can motivate me.

I blame it on Gilmore Girls being cancelled (<--I also use this excuse to get out of cleaning the cat box, driving to get coffee down the road instead of walking, and allowing gynormous typos through on my work projects.)

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Post by islandhopper » Wed Jan 09, 2008 19:07

what light wrote:I paid £144 for a year at my uni gym.
I think when I started at Glasgow Uni I could get a years membership for £5, but that now seems so small that I don't know whether I'm remembering that right.

I got given money for going to the gym for my christmas because I knew that that would make me go, as I hate unused presents. The only problem is that it hasn't yet. My current excuse (to myself) is that I don't have the right clothes/trainers to go but I'll really need to get off my arse soon.

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Post by let it ride » Wed Jan 09, 2008 19:19

The guys at the gym all stand around in the free weights area, moving around in little gangs together... I feel like I'm in their territory somehow, like I don't belong. But I am working on it. It's quite hard with the machines though, I'm the only woman who ever seems to use them. I just go as proudly as I can and use all of them and try not to care about weird looks.

Marcy, the best motivation for me is to have a pre-packed gym bag that's by the door, that I can just bring. That way, I'm not all "Should I go to the gym? Oh then I have to find all the right stuff, I don't have the time!"
My other favourite is to make tons of playlists for my ipod/before I had it, load up my mp3 player with really good workout music, so I can really get into it and avoid the radio or tvs.

Plus, a nice non- junk food treat afterwards is always nice. Like a really nice bath or shower, your cosiest clothes and some super trashy/fun/guilty pleasure tv.

I've found my favourite, favourite, favourite sweet-like threat:

Yoghurt (extra yummy if it's one with raspberry, strawberry or other fruits)
Some form of nut and dried fruit mix (Tesco make great ones)
Dried diced pineapple
Dessicated coconut

I mix it all in the bowl and eat it. It's great as it is filling, sweet but not super unhealthy, and you can freeze it in a tupperware box and it's like really chewy and tasty ice cream/frozen yoghurt/sorbet etc.
I haven't had junk food for 7 days, but today I had a treat day so I had a truffle and two rows of chocolate and it wasn't actually that great! I was afraid of having some as I thought Jonny'd come home and find me passed out due to Sugaritis. But I don't feel like having any more. Odd!
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Post by let it ride » Wed Jan 09, 2008 19:24

islandhopper wrote:
what light wrote:I paid £144 for a year at my uni gym.
I think when I started at Glasgow Uni I could get a years membership for £5, but that now seems so small that I don't know whether I'm remembering that right.

I got given money for going to the gym for my christmas because I knew that that would make me go, as I hate unused presents. The only problem is that it hasn't yet. My current excuse (to myself) is that I don't have the right clothes/trainers to go but I'll really need to get off my arse soon.
There are sales on in all sports stores at the moment, seriously, go and get some good shorts or trousers and shoes! I got my sports shoes (nice ones too!) for just 30 quid, which is a lot less than normal.

And yeah, I didn't quite enjoy paying that money but I figured for a REALLY nice gym that's not too bad at all, especially not as it's right at uni where I spend a lot of time.

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Post by Jeezy Creezy » Thu Jan 10, 2008 09:17

lynsosaurus wrote:Haha! I know exactly what you mean. I think for me it is a result of being exceptionally shy and a bit chubby at school, and most of my PE teachers for the sports I didn't like were male and very masculine. I found them utterly terrifying. The female teachers usually did things like netball and aerobics and stuff with us, and they were all quite motherly and nice, but I always dreaded basketball and hockey and that stupid pseudo-rugby game we did. Urgh.
My female PE teacher used to pinch my bum and compliment me on having a loverlyarse. That's why I'm such a fast runner.
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Post by let it ride » Sun Jan 13, 2008 18:43

I desperately miss the gym. I haven't been able to go this weekend due to huge amounts of uni work needing to get done. I feel really horrible about it, I like three workouts a week! I feel sluggish and rubbish without one. Bah. Not properly awake. After my exam on Tuesday though, I can finally go! Ah, I shall work it OUT then!

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Post by lynsosaurus » Tue Jan 15, 2008 17:54

I'm going to the gym tonight for the FIRST TIME! Wish me luck.

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Post by Jeezy Creezy » Tue Jan 15, 2008 18:29

Good luck. Make yourself a nice fruit salad to nibble on afterwards for I WARN THEE THE TEMPTATION FOR CHIPPY CHIPS IS FAR GREATER AFTER SUCH A TIME.
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Post by lynsosaurus » Tue Jan 15, 2008 23:31

I went to the gym! I did half an hour on the bike, and five minutes walking fast uphill on the treadmill (no running for me, for I have poorly knees), five minutes on the stepping machine, and another five minutes on the bike. That's good, right?

I went to the cinema afterwards, though, and had some popcorn, but I only had a sandwich for dinner so that's allowed, isn't it?

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Post by Mr Bear » Tue Jan 15, 2008 23:36

I'm planning on going swimming at lunchtime tomorrow! And every day for the rest of the week...though I might go to the pub on Friday instead.
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Post by let it ride » Wed Jan 16, 2008 02:58

Well done Lyns! I always find it hardest to go either a new place for the first time, or just going back after a long absence.

And good luck Andy!

I've found that actually planning, weeks ahead, exactly what days I am going really helps me stay focused. When I wake up not knowing whether or not to go, I make up excuses and think "Tomorrow...!"

So this week, as I haven't had time yet, I'm going by a Wednesday - Friday - Sunday schedule... after that Tuesday - Thursday - Saturday and THEN I'm back to my normal schedule of Monday - Wednesday - Friday.

Phew! But I HATE working out two days in a row. I'm not fit enough to be one of those types who work out almost every day... yet. It's a baffling thought that I could ever become one of those people! My mum is like that, she starts off every morning with meditation and half an hour on her crosstrainer.

Since I am well competetive, I've noticed it properly coming into my training. Now I'm all "They say you should try 0.5% gradient/incline on the treadmill the first time you try it... well I AM GOING FOR 3%!" or when I think my legs are just going to fold under me and I'll do a comedy-style-flying-off-the-treadmill-into-a-wall-type thing, I go "30 seconds interval running!" and get the speed up, and when I reach 30, I keep going for a minute. It's so lame as I'm only competing against myself, but I get all stubborn (and spaghetti-legged, sometimes I nearly fall over when I get off the cardio machines!)

Still playing with the idea of getting a PT session. Hmmm.

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Post by Jeezy Creezy » Wed Jan 16, 2008 10:46

lynsosaurus wrote:I went to the gym! I did half an hour on the bike, and five minutes walking fast uphill on the treadmill (no running for me, for I have poorly knees), five minutes on the stepping machine, and another five minutes on the bike. That's good, right?

I went to the cinema afterwards, though, and had some popcorn, but I only had a sandwich for dinner so that's allowed, isn't it?
REmember that the treadmill burns more calories than the bike and the crosscountry machine more than the treadmill but the bike is good for watching the telly on. Well done!
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Post by Mr Bear » Wed Jan 16, 2008 11:29

Well I got my swimming trunks and towel out this morning, put them on my bed in a bag...and then left them there when I left for work. Doh! Well the intention was there at least!

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Post by a layer of chips » Wed Jan 16, 2008 11:30

Put them on when you turn in tonight, mate. Y'know, get used to the feel of them.

You can't rush these things.

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Post by Sylvie » Wed Jan 16, 2008 12:08

I just want to moan about how expensive gym membership is in Swindon. If you join through the council (so you can use most of the public gyms, swimming pools, ice skating facilities in Swindon) it's £50 registration/induction fee and £50 per month. So that's £100 for the first month and £50 after that!

I'm too thin and tired for the gym at the moment anyway, but I'll probably investigate a bit more once I have some fat to burn.
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