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cuppa comfort, with a side of support
We're not in this World alone, so why try to struggle through it all alone, eh?

Pull up a chair, a nice cuppa, some (calorie-free) biscuits and have a word. Be it fitness management or relationship woes, sharing the load eases the burden. Together, we'll solve all our problems and be home in time for a candlelit soak and a good read.


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In the Beginning...

...it was painful.  And dark.  And damn cold.

Okay, so we're just past a week into the new year.  I have recently learned my high school class wants to have a reunion this year.  Ick.  But among other things, if I go, I will have to go a much slimmer, healthier me.  Thus, more encouragement to improve.

I'd hoped to start the year with a Y membership, as it's very, very close to home, and has awesomeness that has been increased with more stuff in the last few years.  I'd planned to use my new insurance to help pay for it, since it was explained to me many insurances do a reimbursement for gym memberships through their wellness programs.  Wouldn't you know, I looked, and the only thing locally they help with is the initial fee to join, and only for the local Curves joint, which is practically a closet with about five things in it (I've seen online).  Super drat.  So it's all homebound at this point, as I don't have a spare $44 / mo to join the Y on my own.  Plus joining fee.  *sigh*

I've not been superb on healthy eating (though I'm pretty good about that, just eat too much of the yummy stuff and have a bad habit of snacking throughout the day on chocolate).  The latter is slowly improving, but isn't as good as it should be.  However, I HAVE been very diligent about 30 minutes of cardio (away from the dog walking, which isn't as much a workout as I'd like) at least 5-6 days a week.  Improvement!

The winter doesn't help, as I miss the sun, and have no desire to be active between the darkness and cold.  Like you all, I will give myself rewards; I just haven't figured out what yet.

My goals?  Looking at just one at the moment, I'd say to fit into my size 8's and be able to tuck a shirt in.  Progress will be each size down, then with shirt tucked.  THEN I'll see what my weight has become.  Concentrating on pounds doesn't work well for me, because I get too frustrated when waterweight is the loss/gain.  I'm highly vulnerable psychologically when trying to drop weight.

Okay, I think that's it.  Thanks to you all for simply being there, and joining the comm.  It really does help. :)


where i'm at: Antartica?
head space: crankycranky

This Comm was definitely a great idea. Thanks to you and Utsi for putting in the time and labor to make it happen!!!

The Y is definitely the ideal place, but cost is an issue. I have to say that your monthly cost for the Y is less than half that of a Y up year... but that is just NJ being NJ. Working out at home is great, if you stay motivated and have the equipment or even decent improv skills... I always find I lose motivation if I do stuff at home - it's always there, so why should I stop what I am doing now to work out when I can just do it later, you know?

Do you have a Planet Fitness by you? I think they are nationwide, but I'm not sure. They have the best deals - $10/month, max $100 down, and no obligation or the $20/month, $37 fee every year, can bring a friend any time you want as many times as you want, and free tanning... I have the $20/month plan and it is so worth it. No classes or pools, just cardio and weight machines, but that is what most people need. If you have one nearby, that would be great. If not, then I just gave a long-winded explanation for nada, lol.

I have to say, though, that Curves isn't THAT bad... I have a friend who went every day before her wedding last year and she definitely saw results. The effectiveness lies in their circuit / interval training idea with limited machinery, which allows them to set up in glorified closets. The only thing that I didn't like about the idea was that it limited you to only a half hour workout and you are in the circuit with other people. I am a solo trainer, so that did not appeal to me at all.

Your goal is a great one... inspiring actually, since I may have to modify my goal to something more like yours. I find that weight loss goals tend to fail because people don't account for muscle weight gain when they are consistently working out, you know that whole muscle weighs more than fat thing - I have fallen into that trap myself. Increased stamina, inches lost and decreased sizes are a better indicator of success than weight. I wanted to lose 20 pounds, but I would be more satisfied with dropping three sizes even if I still weighed the same as I do now.

Look at you, doing cardio 5 to 6 days a week, and at home, no less! I am impressed! You will reach your goal in no time with the small improvements to the diet. Keep on keeping on, girl!!

How are the animals, by the way? Once the weather improves (when the whole of the eastern portion of the US is no longer a frozen tundra), dog-walking can become a better workout - by then maybe you could make it dog-jogging or dog-chasing. ;-)

Thank you, thank you; we just simply realized that there must be a place for us all to chat and support, outside of our usual personal journals (which can vary so much).

Ack - of course not. I wouldn't be so lucky as to have a Planet Fitness (great deal) nearby. They're sadly not even in this state or the surrounding states, minues Illinois, but that's pretty far out there. The Y wouldn't be soooooo bad, if I were working and making a fair bit more money than typically. I really need a new job, one that pays according to my education. *sigh*

Like you, I don't do 'group' on working out; I need to simply be able to go in and work alone, not on someone else's timeline.

Yea! I hope my goal style may help you. I need to follow you on the 'increased stamina' as a goal, too, as it would help with martial arts. Sadly, BECAUSE I am an instructor, I don't get a workout anymore in that particular area. But I need to get back to a point where I am formindable on the mat, against the big, big boys. :P

If I had to estimate, I'd say my poundage loss goal would be about twice that of yours, but it's just a guesstimate.

The critters are pretty well, thankfully. Even with the occasional warm day (we rejoiced over 'above-freezing' temps!), I've learned that taking the dog out really has to be for her and any errand I might accomplish the process; I simply don't get any sort of workout with her. We walk quite fast, and at over 70 pounds, she ensures I don't just doddle. But unlike the treadmill, there's no real incline, and if I try to run with her... well, let's just say that's what was going on when I tore something in my hamstring (just below the knee) back in AUGUST, and am just now finally close to healed. It's dangerous to do that with her. But extra just plain walking isn't bad, either.

Cheers to us all!

so - end goal is reunion nose thumbing? :)
when is it?
i'm organizationally inclined - can you plan mini goals in addition to walking 5-6? could be eating goals. they might be easier than fitness goals in the dark gloomy weather.

i tracked food for a while on spark & i have to say it helped my awareness a tad. still not sure about its' accurancy 100%, but still useful

*more hugs* i should be thinking of work. unfortunately G's new bed frame being steel and having many bars is causing brain derailment issues *g* (that he prefers personal space of 1.5m is also an issue :/

here's to us getting somewhere!
go you! :)


Would love to have a bit of nose-thumbing, actually. Not sure the date, but I figure summer. Hopefully late summer, as it would allow more time for better fitness, better job, better love life. I refust to go alone. Oh, the temptation of turning into Kat Ellis (oh, do you not see the coincidental humor in that name???) and have my own 'Wedding Date' - though I figure he'd be more of a 'Reunion Date'... *sigh*

Yeah, I am sort of going with mini-goals - only way to keep motivated.

I've sort of tracked food for a while, but it really is a serious pain in the arse. However, like you, it did slap me a bit in the face to realize just what and how I was eating - serious boredom munching. Much more a mental problem.

Absolutely must work on the 1.5m's of personal space with G. He needs a bit of encouragement to reduce that down a bit. Men. *bangs head against wall*

haha - go us! Woo-hoo!!!!!