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Poster:mandalaya
Date:2009-01-30 15:54
Subject:celebrating small accomplishment
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I've fallen way off the exercise wagon, but I did bike to and from the post office today, one mile each way with a bit of hill in the middle. It's precious little, but it's better than the absolute nothing I did the past few days, so yay me! Sad how out of breath it made me; I've got to get back in the groove of biking, but often I don't go anywhere close by enough to bike to for days at a time, or the weather is crappy. But today is pretty and I made myself get out there and huff and puff = a victory!

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Poster:mandalaya
Date:2009-01-12 11:44
Subject:a sculpting workout
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Hey, this is a workout I used with some success while in Holland, so I figured I'd share it: The Fastest Way to Sculpt. I'm out of the routine at the mo', but want to get back into it. Here's the blurb:

Prevention tested five ways to get strong--weights, resistance balls and bands, Pilates, yoga, and body-weight moves like push-ups--on 18 sedentary women to find out which could deliver a leaner, firmer figure the fastest. We were amazed by the winner: exercise bands. They have the undeserved rep of being "second best" to bulky weights or complex moves, but they pack a powerful workout. After 12 weeks, the women in our band group shaved 30% more inches off their bellies, hips, arms, and thighs, averaging a total loss of 15 inches. They also dropped 18% more weight--averaging 6 pounds each--while one of them built enough shapely muscle to rev up her metabolism by about 120 calories a day.

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Poster:bitpixie
Date:2006-08-14 08:27
Subject:Frozen treats
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Just thought I'd share this awesomely healthy snack my friend had me try this weekend. I was fairly dubious when she told me about it, but I tried it and it was excellent.

She peels, chops up and freezes slightly over-ripe bananas. Then, when she's wanting a treat, she takes out a banana and beats it in her food processor until it's fairly smooth (you might need just a very little milk or soy milk for this). Then she adds some high quality, unsweetened cocoa and pulses the processor just enough to blend the cocoa into the banana. What comes out is this yummy treat that has the look, consistency and taste of frozen yogurt.

Anyhow, that's it--"frozen yogurt" with no added sugar or preservatives. Just banana and cocoa powder. The trick is to use really, really ripe bananas (because they're sweeter) and really good cocoa (because good, pure cocoa just tastes so much better--I suggest something like Scharffenberger or Valhrona). So far, we've only tried the choco-banana flavor (which, btw, the banana flavor isn't nearly as strong as you might expect. And I'm not a huge banana fan, so that's a plus IMO) but thought we'd try adding frozen berries next time.

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Poster:counsel
Date:2006-06-30 13:39
Subject:points question....
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I am on my fifth day of Weight Watchers with Mr. Counsel. We are doing all right, but I having what maybe a weird problem. I cannot eat enough to use up my points. I have yet to use all my points in a day -- yesterday I had five points leftover. I am not starving myself -in fact, I feel like I am eating more than I normally do. Of course, I am having grapes instead of fritos for a snack. The lady at the meeting was pretty firm about using all your points - I am even drinking milk and using half and half in my coffee. Obviously, I have not even dipped in my "bank" of weekly points. Is this normal? Good or bad

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Poster:leggomylegolas
Date:2006-06-18 23:52
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Hellooooo. This is the first time I'm posting. I've been watching you guys post about your points and talk about things and stuff, but...I don't know. Only decided to join in now. It takes a while for me to get in gear sometimes. :)

So:

Exercise : 2. I walked two miles before breakfast and did the elliptical for my usual half hour. YAY ME.
Water : 2.
Food : 2. This is tricky. But, the first post Manda made about this whole thing just says '2 points for sticking to the plan you set for yourself', and my plan is 'try to be somewhere around 1200 calories' so *shrug* I don't really count every last one, though.
Self Care : 0 This will be my downfall, count on it.
Posting : 2.

I get 8 out of 10. :D

Are you guys saving up your points and planning to sort of...redeem them for something? Like, 'Once I get 500 points, I'll buy a new hat' or something?

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Poster:leahpia77
Date:2005-04-27 13:59
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Mood: productive

I just wanted to let everyone know that I'm keeping up with my program, and I look and feel great. I was looking at myself in the mirror at kickboxing yesterday and almost fell on the floor. My thighs look incredible! And I bought boxing gloves, so I feel like a real athlete now. Hee. I'm really proud of myself for committing to being healthy, although that's going out the window this weekend (not by much, though). I've also decided to give myself weekends off so I can "cheat" a little bit, because deprivation leads to depravation on my end. If I allow myself a little, I won't be inclined to binge, so I think that'll work. I want to lose about 20 more pounds (18 lost so far!) and see if it's necessary for me to lose more, but I think that should be fine. I'll keep you all informed!

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Poster:leahpia77
Date:2005-03-10 22:35
Subject:Ouch.
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Tonight I had fun in dance class, as usual. However, last night I ran on the treadmill and got a BLISTER ON MY FOOT. Ouch. Does anyone know how to remedy this? Right now, I just have band-aids on it so it doesn't rub against anything. The cool thing is that I actually ran for 20 minutes straight at 5 mph. I impressed myself. That's not fast at all, but I didn't need to take a walking break for 20 minutes! Go me! I'm going to try and beat my time by five minutes next week until I get to 30. Then I'll up the speed. Pray I don't fall off and embarass myself.

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Poster:counsel
Date:2005-03-07 13:11
Subject:Diet Soda
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I usually only drink soda because I don't like the sweetness of regular pops. Unless it is the Coke-Cola from the Mexican market that is made with real sugar because that is some yummy stuff. Anyhow, the new Diet Cherry Vanilla Dr. Pepper is awesome. It tastes a lot like regular Dr. Pepper only not as strong with a creamy taste. And there not the burning or aftertaste that you can get with other diet colas.

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Poster:lokifin
Date:2005-02-24 14:03
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Mmmm. Field greens and grilled salmon salad for lunchy. And fruit for brekkie! How good am I?

So, as said, part of my plan, other than eating better (and less), is to start some fitness. To that end, I went to a sidewalk booksale thingy that was going on today on the hospital campus where I work, and found a Pilates DVD that was only $11. I've also requested a couple DVDs from the library be put on reserve for me, so I can see if I want to buy more. The one I got today is 2 discs, The Essential Pilates, and features apparently 3 hours of warm-ups and workout variations, so I'm hopeful I won't get too bored with it. Now I need a mat, I guess.

This time next year, if I can get the Peruvian Hobbit to take me to the shooting range, I will be Tomb Raider. You know, without the archeology expertise. Or the mansion in England.

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Poster:leahpia77
Date:2005-02-22 22:58
Subject:More Introductions
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Since we're all reintroducing ourselves, hi, I'm Leah. I feel so silly since nearly everyone here knows me, but hi, anyway!

I go to the gym. A lot. And today, I felt great. I went to my old kickboxing class (I've switched gyms because of the time factor at my last temp assignment), and one of the regulars told me she noticed how my body was changing shape, and that I looked great. I cannot tell you how much that rawks. I feel so motivated now.

For the most part, I work out 3-4 times a week. I get bored, so I switch it up, but here is my general schedule:

Monday: Kickboxing
Tuesday: Spinning/Make-up Kickboxing Day
Wednesday: Cardio/Total Body Condition (resistance training)
Thursday: Video Cardio Dance

I'm trying to lose more weight, so I'm going to see if I can add on some time on Tuesday and Thursday to make it go faster. The great thing about my gym is that I can go to ANY location I want and workout, and there are plenty in my area. I love NYC.

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Poster:lokifin
Date:2005-02-22 10:57
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Since I have nothing else to post about, I'll introduce myself here again and be JUST LIKE MOOSEH.

I'm Laurel, and I successfully lost about 30lbs around a year ago (well, it took me about 9 months, but I've been maintaining for about a year). Unfortunately, I've gained back about 10 recently, and I'd like to fix that as well as do the next step of my fitness plan: get some actual muscles going. With that in mind, I've cut a lot of dairy out of my diet (I really really really like cheese, and can't not eat it if it's in the house), and I realized yesterday that that Amazon gift certificate my parents sent me for my birthday could be used to get a pilates/yoga DVD (despite the fact that I told Maddie yesterday that I would rather go to a class than have a tape, but I started thinking that you know, I keep saying that, but if I could get a tape that I liked okay, I might actually use it, and obviously I have no time or motivation for a class, so...).

Anyhow. So hello, and if anyone has tried any pilates tapes/DVDs, I'd love a review. I'm thinking I might check out to see if Blockbuster has any to rent so I can try them, as I'd hate to spend $30 on something I'll use five times and then get sick of, like the yoga tape I currently have (omg is it slooooow and boooring). So yeah. Weight loss and muscles. I want a waist this year, please.

I wonder if people who join this should be also directed to TasteBuds as well, for healthyho recipes?

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Poster:leahpia77
Date:2003-11-12 10:48
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Mood: happy

Starbucks finally has nutritional information listed on their site. I am back on Weight Watchers, and this makes me happy.

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Poster:mirabellawotr
Date:2003-03-27 02:04
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I thought this was kind of interesting. A weight loss group is doing a thing called The Eowyn Challenge, I imagine because they all (and who doesn't) want to look as hot and kickass as Miranda Otto. One of them sat down and figured out that from Hobbiton to Rivendell was some 458 miles, so their goal is to walk/jog/whatever that far by the time RotK comes out. Given the name of the challenge I would have thought that the distance from Rohan to Minas Tirith would have been more appropriate, but maybe that one was harder to figure out. Anyway, I may give it a shot if I can figure out how to keep track of walking distance without having to shell out any money for one of those pedometer things.

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Poster:bitpixie
Date:2003-03-22 18:17
Subject:a step forward...
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so...
i joined a gym today. well, it's kind of a gym. it's called curves and when i walked in the door with my friend amy, i wasn't all that impressed. i saw a circle of older women (50s or older) bouncing around from one set of exercise equipment to another and looking pretty damn silly some of them. i just was thinking, "man...am i totally wasting my time?"

then, a very large woman came up to us and i felt mean thinking, "if this is the degree of being in shape they are offering, i'm DEFINITELY in the wrong place"

but then the woman did a body analysis (which wasn't all that pleasant seeing as i now know all my measurements without any fudging--ugh). she weighed me and measured my bust, waist, tummy, hips, thighs, calves and arms. noooooo hiding the chubbiness when you do that (also i apparently need to lose 18 lbs to reach my target weight--not too shabby). then, amy and i joined the circle of woman who were bouncing about so ridiculously and wow. in the 3 minutes that i worked out, i could tell that this wasn't an easy workout. those little 50 and 60 year old grandmas could probably kick my ass. also, a few younger women started to come in and join the circle as we watched on. that made us feel better.

so anyhow, we signed up and have agreed to encourage each other to work out at least 3 times a week. i think this is a very positive step. i know that i tend to come home and just want to space out with a book if left to my own devices. with our encouraging each other (and our friend lisa interested in possibly starting also) i think it'll help both of us stick to a program better.

i'll look silly bouncing around, but i'll be toned dammit.

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Poster:cruelandunusual
Date:2003-03-10 08:06
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Mood: annoyed

Mmmmm. I'm pretty pissed off with myself at the moment. Last week I faced up to the fact that my new washing machine could not be shrinking all my clothes & got on the scales. I have put on 12lbs. This is not good. I tend to comfort eat in the winter & move myself less. So I tried to cut back a bit on the bad things last week (e.g. the ton of Reese's I have in the house & marmite crisps). I have dropped 2lbs but I am so NOT going back to being unhealthily overweight.
Spring is in the air, the sun is shining brightly, & the blossom is on the trees so I will be communing with nature every day this week by taking a half-hour walk at lunch time.
Additionally I will get up every morning to do half-hour of whatever exercise "Australian Aerobics" is offering as the plat du jour (today was pilates); go to pilates today, yoga on Thursday & riding Tuesday & Friday. I am also going to investigate when aqua aerobics is run at the local pool.
I am also not going to eat one sweet processed thing this week.
In short I am taking back control.
Wish me luck.

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Poster:apwoh
Date:2003-02-25 13:49
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Mood: happy

I weighed myself this morning, and I'm down to 142 pounds! Yay! I was about 152 a couple of months ago. I'm starting to notice that I have less fat on my back and upper body. Double yay!

I've been doing pretty well staying to my WW points, and doing my exercise video almost every day this past week.

I'm trying to decide what my goal weight should be. The Weight Watchers material says the maximum weight for someone my age and height is 125, but I don't think I'm 25 pounds overweight. I guess I can go for that and stop when I look good.

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Poster:nimopartdeux
Date:2003-02-15 15:11
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go me, I finally figured out how to get this on my friends page. whooty.

Anyhow, I've been drinking a lot of milk as my doctor keeps screaming at me to drink three glasses to avoid osteoperosis (sp) and am still not drinking any fizzy products, or fruitopia and I'm feeling great and looking better. Only problem is, if I lose any weight, my new dress won't fit and that would be veeeery bad. So I must stay at my current level of fitness. Which sucks as I feel like running.

How's everyone else?

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Poster:mirabellawotr
Date:2003-02-06 21:07
Subject:Check-in
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Well, I did five miles on the exercise bike today, which is not great but better than nothing. Of course, I only got four hours of sleep and haven't eaten today, but you can't have everything.

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Poster:apwoh
Date:2003-02-04 16:21
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Mood:like a strong and healthy ho

I did my workout video this morning. It has two separate 20 minute sections, and you can do one or the other or both of them. I did both.

Then I walked to the library and Trader Joes, which is probably about 1.5 miles round trip. I rock and will win. Yay!

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Poster:apwoh
Date:2003-01-30 12:47
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I can't believe I forgot to watch Healthy Hos until now. I'm a bad Healthy Ho. Thanks for mentioning it in your journal, Manda.

My Mom is going to do the Atkins diet for a couple of weeks to jump start some weight loss, she says. Then she's going to go back on Weight Watchers. She says I can eat all the carb-y stuff that's in the house. She just made bacon. Thanks Mom.

I think I'm going to try that lemonade thing when I get back to LA. I've been thinking about doing a cleansing fast for a while.

I haven't been doing that well on Weight Watchers lately. About half the week I'm staying on plan, but the rest of the time I'm just eating like crazy. Bleh. I really need to exercise. I think that would help me lose more, and I would have more energy. I'm way too tired all the time.

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