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Diet/Exercise/Health/Wellness Support Thread

sabaraysabaray Registered User Posts: 6,495 Senior Member
edited January 2014 in Parent Cafe
Over at the Parents of the Class of 2013 thread many of us were lamenting our struggles with weight, exercise and health. Since we seem to be a great many in number and we all want and need support and encouragement, let's use this thread to motivate each other towards our goals for 2010 and beyond.

I have struggled with my weight my entire life and struggle to balance weight, exercise and work. I am now an empty-nester and will hopefully have more time to focus on the diet and exercise. My 25th college reunion will be in June and I want to be in shape to run the 5k! I need to lose about 45 pounds as well.

How about the rest of you? What are your goals for 2010?
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Replies to: Diet/Exercise/Health/Wellness Support Thread

  • LakeWashingtonLakeWashington Registered User Posts: 9,130 Senior Member
    There are reputable diets that do produce results. Limit your carbohydrate [especially refined] intake. Eliminating them completely isn't really necessary. Exercise, on the other hand, is necessary. And you don't need to work out like a high school quarterback either.
  • TheAnalystTheAnalyst Registered User Posts: 2,814 Senior Member
    sabaray, thanks for starting this thread. There is a program called Couch to 5k on coolrunning.com. It is a 9-week program designed for the least fit among us. I tried week 3 this morning and am supplementing it with hill work to get in a longer aerobic workout. I'm not a big fan of the music (free downloads to your IPOD are available) but the instructions on when to run and when to walk (alternates) is helpful if you are running outside so you don't have to keep looking at your watch.
  • Son of OpieSon of Opie Registered User Posts: 1,200 Member
    I like Welcome to CrossFit: Forging Elite Fitness for my fitness routine... the main page is a bit hard-core, but one of the links on the left hand side has workouts scaled to all ability and fitness levels so you can pick a workout that tests you but won't kill you.
  • sabaraysabaray Registered User Posts: 6,495 Senior Member
    Awesome links. I ran cross country in college so this is a point of pride with me - don't want to be the 46 year old former runner they call the rescue squad for.
  • LergnomLergnom Registered User Posts: 7,926 Senior Member
    FYI, running and working out will put you in better physical condition but you will not lose weight. That requires dieting and that can be even more difficult if you're exercising. The latest studies show that any form of diet can work and that the key is really sticking to one and further that all diets work in the end by restricting your intake. A carb free diet can work the fastest but the losses tend to be short term because so much of the weight loss is water bound in your system and that comes right back when you start eating carbs again. Lower carb diets may be good for you - the discussions about this, about insulin tolerance, etc. are vicious - but you lose weight by restricting the total amount of calories you take in versus what you expend.

    My suggestions are:

    1. Find a decent calculator of what your actual calorie needs are. If you search, there are dozens. No one is right so do a bunch and figure a rough average.
    2. KEEP A FOOD DIARY. Learn to look up how many calories are in what you eat and estimate that so you keep a rough total in your head and then on paper for each day. It's work but unless you have a daily support group, actually writing this stuff down and not lying to yourself about what you're eating is the best way to force yourself to stick to a diet.
    4. Think about what you want to eat going forward. For example, it's easy to think, "I just won't eat butter," but maybe you like the taste of butter and that's how you cook. Why change that? Maybe you can think about reducing amounts of some foods in your diet - like soda or fried foods. Diet used to mean a way of life so you need to find a way to live, one that you like, one that's not a punishment. (As in, I cook with butter because butter makes food taste better.)
    5. Avoid sweets. Avoid even diet drinks because studies now strongly suggest that eating sweets leads to more eating of sweets. In other words, your sweet tooth kind of has a life of its own and it wants you to feed it.

    As for exercise, a lot depends on your age and injury history. Interval training seems to have a lot of benefits but many bodies can't take the short bursts of intensity. Other studies suggest that moderate exercise over longer periods is better for you. It's certainly easier on the body. My suggestion is to ignore the rough calculators of heart rate levels and focus on how your body works. My heart rate is typical of many athletic types; it can go way, way up. My usual exercise program has been entirely above what the charts say is my age maximum and moderate exercise for me is still above what many people can reach. So what? The heart rate charts are very, very rough guides. You need to look at your heart rates and then pick a level where you're not working too hard. I define moderate exercise as being too hard to read but not to where you can feel your blood rushing and you're pushing yourself.

    Good luck.
  • emeraldkity4emeraldkity4 Registered User Posts: 35,861 Senior Member
    I just rejoined my gym yesterday- I never have tried to count calories and I dont need to lose weight but I want to rebuild/maintain muscle and concentrate on heart health.

    But I like my old gym- even though they dont have a pool or handball courts, The trainers are included as are any classes and it is in a classic old building close enough to walk to.

    The crossfit sounds interesting, and the classes are even closer, but kettlebells?
    Pacific NW | CrossFit becomes an international fitness phenom with its brutal online workouts | Seattle Times Newspaper
    It is more instruction than exertion, but the next day I am sore from the bottom of my ears to the soles of my feet.
    I would seriously be afraid of having a stroke.
  • paying3tuitionspaying3tuitions Super Moderator Posts: 13,330 Super Moderator
    My 25th college reunion will be in June and I want to be in shape to run the 5k! I need to lose about 45 pounds as well.

    How about the rest of you? What are your goals for 2010?

    Son's getting married on July 4. I have a summery dress purchased and hanging in the closet, in my current size which is okay by me.

    But I need to tone my muscles, especially arms and abs, to look and feel my best in that pretty dress.

    My back and feet are disabled. I can walk, but distance walks and running are OUT for me. I can treadmill for about 15 minutes. I belong to a gym but rarely go. Dumb, I know. Maybe I should quit the gym and join a different place with less equipment but a pool.

    Maybe free weights? Not sure how to craft a program.
  • VeryHappyVeryHappy Registered User Posts: 16,649 Senior Member
    Paying 3, congratulations on the upcoming wedding. I assume that means you're down to only two (or fewer) tuitions.

    Work with a personal trainer a few times. S/he will help you get on track.
  • emeraldkity4emeraldkity4 Registered User Posts: 35,861 Senior Member
    But I need to tone my muscles, especially arms and abs, to look and feel pretty

    me too- it is impressive how fast the middle can turn to jelly once I stopped going to the gym four tines a week.
    Also the German genes are threatening to give me Aunt Bees arms so I really have to stay on top of them.
  • paying3tuitionspaying3tuitions Super Moderator Posts: 13,330 Super Moderator
    Thanks, VeryHappy. Yes I am like your name! Down to one tuition now, although the impact of the previous two still rears its hoary head in various ways. We're getting there, though!

    Personal trainers make me nuts, because they don't get the disability. Physical therapists tell me to go to a regular gym, as I'm in too good shape for PT by now. Ah, the gray area.

    My brother says it's all about toning. I need a toning salon.

    Maybe we just need to check in here as "buddies." Kudos to the OP for raising The Topic.
  • sabaraysabaray Registered User Posts: 6,495 Senior Member
    Well, I think I'm doing some things right.

    Already belong to a gym. Have an exercise buddy for the next three weeks to keep me honest. Already counting calories and eating a balanced, calorie restricted diet. Drink lots of water already.

    I'm afraid to look at the Crossfit now! Paying 3, have you thought about Pilates? Or Yoga? Would those be options for you?
  • paying3tuitionspaying3tuitions Super Moderator Posts: 13,330 Super Moderator
    Pilates too rough; Yoga's an option! I thought it was to relax and improve flexibility; does it also tone and morph fat cells into muscle?
  • tonerangertoneranger Registered User Posts: 3,723 Senior Member
    Knee is shot so running is out..although I can still walk long distances. I also do yoga. Bu neither give me the aerobic workout I need. I bike when it's warm (long distances with dear H!) but not enough to make a difference long term. Sooo...I'm thinking of trying a spinning class. Anyone do that?
    I have lost 10 lbs recently but would like to lose 15-20 more. The holidays have been brutal. Keeping sweet and fatty things around the house is really bad for the waistline. I need to clear it all out! I'm also ready to tear up all those Christmas pics...nothing like some pics to show you what you REALLY look like (it's quite easy to be delusional otherwise).
    Good luck Paying1tuition!
  • paying3tuitionspaying3tuitions Super Moderator Posts: 13,330 Super Moderator
    ^LOL, yah, it's disingenuous but if I change my screenname I lose all those post-counts. Another crash diet.

    Love this thread; it's giving me energy!
    I have lost 10 lbs recently but would like to lose 15-20 more.
    Awesome, toneranger! May you go from strength to strength! Do you have a method or just the usual good common sense...
  • sabaraysabaray Registered User Posts: 6,495 Senior Member
    Unfortunately I am not a Yoga practitioner. But I think there are several different types and some can be quite challenging.

    The gym I belong to is affiliated with a hospital and they actually have a fair number of courses that are tailored to those with injuries or disability. I wonder if there might be a similar facility in your area that could offer something like that? Or perhaps a more understanding trainer?

    Toneranger, I have done spinning and I really like it. Very challenging. I can't stand the monotony of just pedaling a stationary bike- would far rather be biking outdoors and spinning alleviates some of that monotony. There's a combo class with spinning/abs workout that I'm hoping to try when I won't embarrass myself completely.
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