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Title: new year resolution: I decided to start sport again.
Post by: Corycaly on January 07, 2018, 01:07:09 PM
I decided to start sports again this year to lose some weight and muscle my back. I know it won't be easy but I think I may not be the only one in that situation!

Let's face it, it's easier to do it when you have a support group or friends to help you!
Together, we can make it!

Post here your sports goals for this year, come cry or rejoice with us!

Here is my program so far:
monday: "body balance": agility, stretch and soft gym
thuesday: dance (not tutu dance, it's dynamic nowadays music dance)
wednesday: stretching
thursday: abdos, hips and bottom muscles

It makes 4 hours a week. I will add probably bike during week-ends and walks.

What about you? Do you have new years sports resolutions?

Title: Re: new year resolution: I decided to start sport again.
Post by: MahluaandMilk on January 07, 2018, 01:52:54 PM
Where I go to uni, you don't really need sports resolutions. The town is too crowded to park so there's no point bringing your car, and it's up in the mountains so you're gonna be literally walking uphill both ways to anywhere.
Title: Re: new year resolution: I decided to start sport again.
Post by: Coryn on January 07, 2018, 02:54:00 PM
I'm definitely bringing my workout routine back to the foreground. The holidays were not easy, and I'm still stuck with a bunch of Christmas candy. But I've realigned with a heavy workout Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday, with lighter stuff on the other days.

And I really need to excise snacks from the menu and eat smaller meals. I don't eat all that much to begin with, so it's not too bad, but I grow complacent too quickly and end up bingeing on this or that and ruining my diet. It's too easy to forget how quickly progress can be lost.
Title: Re: new year resolution: I decided to start sport again.
Post by: Corycaly on January 07, 2018, 05:12:38 PM
Courage, Coryn , you can do it!
Title: Re: new year resolution: I decided to start sport again.
Post by: SaiHawkeye on January 07, 2018, 05:59:33 PM
Best of luck to you Cory! With determination I'm sure you'll reach your goals! =)


It took me a while but I started lifting weights last summer. It hasn't made me skinnier but I've noticed improvements in health overall.

My routine is usually 3 times a week, albeit without a schedule. In about 30 to 45 minutes I try to get one of these routines in:
Routine 1:
4 x 25 curls
4 x 25 shrugs
4 x 5 lateral flies
4 x 25 tricep extensions
4 x 15 shoulder presses

Routine 2:
4 x 30 squats
4 x 5 deadlifts
4 x 10 lunges

Now to get on that diet...
Title: Re: new year resolution: I decided to start sport again.
Post by: GreenTrap on January 07, 2018, 06:28:26 PM
Imagine an MR weight watchers support group, that would be fab  :thumbsup:

Personally since October (and into New Years resolution) I’ve been building up to thirty mins biking on the hardest gear and trying to start dumbbells 4 times a week. I think 5kg weights might be a bit too Light for development though  :hmm:
Title: Re: new year resolution: I decided to start sport again.
Post by: Coryn on January 07, 2018, 07:44:03 PM
I'm sorry, not to derail us, but SaiHawkeye what a pleasant surprise. You're sure coming out of nowhere old friend.
Title: Re: new year resolution: I decided to start sport again.
Post by: MahluaandMilk on January 07, 2018, 07:50:45 PM
I know--I had to do a double take on this topic for a moment.
The man, the myth, the legend.
Title: Re: new year resolution: I decided to start sport again.
Post by: SaiHawkeye on January 07, 2018, 08:00:45 PM
Thanks for the welcome you guys! xD

GreenTrap, 5 kg is plenty to start with depending on the type of workout and goal. A lot of people think of building up muscle in general but they don't realize that you have to build up the supporting muscles too. This is why I would suggest free weights (like the dumbbells yo mentioned) over machines unless necessary.
Title: Re: new year resolution: I decided to start sport again.
Post by: MahluaandMilk on January 07, 2018, 08:06:32 PM
I wish somebody told me about supporting muscles back in my early days. I did a lot of core stuff without any back stuff--now my back is whack. I mean I could probably do stretches daily and build it up to be better but I'm horrible at keeping any semblance of a schedule. My life is too much like a random magical girl anime for that. I wish that statement were only a joke.
Title: Re: new year resolution: I decided to start sport again.
Post by: SaiHawkeye on January 07, 2018, 08:08:21 PM
You can still fix your build by doing the appropriate exercises. TBH, the back is probably the second most ignored muscle group other than the legs. xD

I meant more along the lines of support muscles in your muscle groups though. For example, take Person A and Person B both bench press 80 kg. Persona A does free weights and Person B uses a machine. If you switch their methods with each other, who would struggle more?

The answer is Person B.

Although they're lifting the same amount of weight, Person B isn't building up the support/stabilizer muscles which makes it more awkward for them to bench the same amount of weight in free weights.
Title: Re: new year resolution: I decided to start sport again.
Post by: Fronomenal on January 07, 2018, 08:22:17 PM
Ever since I left my old ups job I've really let myself go. I mean I was already sort of a big guy and still am, but I did slimmed down a bit when I was still unloading trucks. And now those two years of picking up boxes have now gone to waste. So...

*Cues one punch man theme*

one hundred push-ups...

one hundred sit-ups

one hundred squats...

And a 10KM run everyday...

*Proceeds to die from exhaustion*
Title: Re: new year resolution: I decided to start sport again.
Post by: Coryn on January 07, 2018, 08:34:17 PM
Right until your body breaks from over work.

I am also trying to build up to 100 push-ups again though. That's part of my routine as well. I got there right before graduating, but I fell of the wagon after that.
Title: Re: new year resolution: I decided to start sport again.
Post by: MahluaandMilk on January 07, 2018, 08:37:21 PM
Oddly my old workout was something like 100 push ups and 200 crunches and some leg stuff. My horizons have expanded since, but I don't really have a set enough schedule for that kinda thing, as I said.
Title: Re: new year resolution: I decided to start sport again.
Post by: MK on January 07, 2018, 08:43:55 PM
I might exercise when my schedule goes down in a couple months but in the meantime I just want to use my extra time for drawing.
Title: Re: new year resolution: I decided to start sport again.
Post by: SaiHawkeye on January 07, 2018, 08:46:54 PM
Working UPS definitely does burn calories, I can agree with that. x'D

TBH, the pushups, situps, and squats aren't much. It's the 10 km run that will wear your body out fast.
Title: Re: new year resolution: I decided to start sport again.
Post by: Coryn on January 07, 2018, 10:48:32 PM
Yeah, that's the main bit.
Title: Re: new year resolution: I decided to start sport again.
Post by: Corycaly on January 08, 2018, 12:02:09 PM
In one hour, I will go to my first sports session of the year!
I hope to keep my motivation steady (and to not catch the cold that so many of my students have currently T__T)
Title: Re: new year resolution: I decided to start sport again.
Post by: Fronomenal on January 08, 2018, 02:13:58 PM
Good luck to ya Co! Hopefully a cold won't wavier your determination. Press on!
Title: Re: new year resolution: I decided to start sport again.
Post by: Corycaly on January 10, 2018, 02:10:33 PM
I started sports again! I had the help from an instructor who made a special program specially for me! It will help me to improve my back hips and abdomen muscles.
He taught me how to use the machines and which movements to make. ^o^

Problem is that my cold became a full bronchitis today: no sports for some days for me. T___________T
Title: Re: new year resolution: I decided to start sport again.
Post by: Coryn on January 10, 2018, 03:06:19 PM
Don't let it get you down. It's important to hop right back in once you can. I recall reading once that it takes 7 weeks of doing something to form a habit, so make sure to get back on it and stay on it!
Title: Re: new year resolution: I decided to start sport again.
Post by: MK on January 10, 2018, 03:22:14 PM
When you're sick you can still exercise as long as you're not sick enough to keep you in bed all day, just lower the intensity a bit.  Like instead of jogging you can walk a little above normal speed.
Title: Re: new year resolution: I decided to start sport again.
Post by: Corycaly on January 12, 2018, 04:59:42 PM
I had tp wait some days because of the fever, the coughing, sniffing and tiredness but I'm impatient to go back!
The program has lots of varied exercices and machines. I loved the ones I tried to far!
Title: Re: new year resolution: I decided to start sport again.
Post by: SaiHawkeye on January 13, 2018, 03:25:46 AM
The same thing happened to me last week. The weather here goes from 10 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit day to day so it's tough not getting sick.

You've gotta take care of your health before working out. =D
Title: Re: new year resolution: I decided to start sport again.
Post by: Coryn on February 04, 2018, 09:31:31 AM
So how is everyone holding up on this front? I haven't faltered in my routine after 4 weeks (discounting the night I missed because I was at work super late). So far I'm down 8 pounds and a belt size. Which puts me back at my normal weight and undoes the damage done over 2017 when I basically stopped working out, weighing in, or watching what I ate.
Title: Re: new year resolution: I decided to start sport again.
Post by: GreenTrap on February 08, 2018, 09:26:43 AM
8 Pounds is good, was that since last post?  :ohmy:

I've lost 3 pounds this year, which means I'm halfway through my overall goal of losing 50 pounds from 2017-July  8) My exercise has been hampered by frost and light snow, so I can't go out much
Title: Re: new year resolution: I decided to start sport again.
Post by: Coryn on February 08, 2018, 10:13:16 AM
8 pounds was over 4 weeks of diet and working out. Which leaves me 10 pounds off from my goal of 190, which accounts for also putting some muscle on. Given my height and build, I'm pretty thin at 190.
Title: Re: new year resolution: I decided to start sport again.
Post by: Coryn on February 24, 2018, 11:42:07 AM
So holy *censored*. Not to jinx myself, but I think I reached some sort of tipping point with my body's fat burning efficiency. I ate, like really bad last week vs how I've been eating since starting the diet (I ate like, 1500 calories of taco Bell one night even), but somehow I lost another 3 pounds.

I'm like, 2/3rds of the way to my weight loss goal for the year, and it's not even the end of February yet. I'm going to have to reevaluate my goals I think. Maybe I'll push down to 180?
Title: Re: new year resolution: I decided to start sport again.
Post by: Coryn on April 07, 2018, 11:38:26 AM
(triple post, but whatever. I'm trying to hear back from y'all)


So I've officially hit my weight loss goal for the year plus one pound. Time to go out and order all of the KC BBQ I can get my hands on tonight. It's weird, but only this morning did I recognize I basically have shaved off all the weight I've gained for the last five years or so. My average weight just kept climbing, but it's been like I've hit a reset button. Feels good man. I'm light on my feet.
Title: Re: new year resolution: I decided to start sport again.
Post by: The SlamJam on April 07, 2018, 02:36:27 PM
Congratulations! :) proud of you
Title: Re: new year resolution: I decided to start sport again.
Post by: legomaestro on April 07, 2018, 06:22:13 PM
Congrats man, I seriously need to start thinking of these sorts of goals healthwise. What's your regimen at the moment? I checked on Amazon, and they don't even have Hyperbolic Time Chambers on sale.
Title: Re: new year resolution: I decided to start sport again.
Post by: Coryn on April 07, 2018, 08:13:05 PM
Thanks guys.

I can go into detail if you want, but it's really a combo between diet and exercise. I eat mostly soup and fish fillets with veggies. Never enough veggies. Turns out, even of you eat a ton of healthy food, it doesn't hurt you, cause your body doesn't hold on to them. On that note, I basically do no sugar, except for a little sweet thing at the end of the day maybe. Sugar is a lot more fattening than actual fat, turns out.


For exercise, I never do anything extremely stressful or intense, but I do do a lot of lighter work outs. Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday are weight days. I use free weights so I'm also engaging my core and legs while I use them. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday are lighter work outs. No weights, just using my own body. Quicker and less stressful. I do a lot of like, kicks and punches these days to get a sense of movement. Do some research into shadow boxing.

Additionally, and this is key: squat every day. They're big muscles and can take the use. Plus it'll keep you from having jacked arms and bird legs. You can't skip leg day, if every day is leg day. I also don't use weights for squats, and just do a lot of them instead.

And it's more minor, but I do stand at least 4 hours a day at work. Of nothing else, it builds stamina. I know this isn't as easy to accomplish as well, but you can get a cheap standing desk thing to help with it.


And of course, remember this is just what I'm doing, and I'm not advocating it as a one size fits all. You got to figure what works for you. I started with just a few things, and added to it until I felt comfortable with the workout. Bonus: I can do this all at home, so no gym fee, and the diet is pretty cheap as well. Don't skimp on soup though. Get something with real chunks of veggies and meat. Even if it is 2$ vs 1, you might as well be drinking water with that condensed stuff.
Title: Re: new year resolution: I decided to start sport again.
Post by: Fronomenal on April 07, 2018, 10:13:20 PM
Congrats indeed, Coryn! I can relate to that light on your feet feeling because I myself have been doing some diet and exercise, and so far I've been feeling better both physically and mentally. Lost around five to seven pounds this past week (a rough estimate, by the way) and I strive to lose more and see even more noticeable results by the end of this month.

My current diet literally consists of me cutting back on everything and sticking with light snacks and meals, all the while resisting the urge to overeat anything. I'm mostly sticking with foods such as chicken, turkey, nuts, fruits and whatever I feel comfortable with at the moment. I eliminated pretty much all junk and sweets from my eating habits, with my only source of sugar being from the fruit I consume, which I also try not to eat too much of.  I've been sucking at staying away from bread and cheese, and I'm aiming to cut down on those as well.

Also: Water, water and more water. I cannot stress how much water has been important to me this past week. I mean don't get me wrong, I've always been a water guy, but man this diet has given me a newfound appreciation for it.

As far as exercise, I decided to stick with a beginner friendly circuit of body-weight exercises. Here's what my current regimen looks like:

20 squats
10 pushups
30 jumping jacks
15 second planks

I'm going through the current circuit at least three times a session with three minutes of rest between each round. Looking to add more to give myself more of a effective and challenging workout. I also give myself a day of rest to allow my body to repair and properly adjust for the following day of exercise. So right now I'm working out at least three to four days a week.

If there's one thing about myself I thought I could never change, it would be my weight.

Boy I love proving myself wrong.   
Title: Re: new year resolution: I decided to start sport again.
Post by: Coryn on April 08, 2018, 12:46:21 AM
No kidding man. I've always been a bit bulky, but I definitely noticed it nearing that line between "I'm big boned" and "Oh *censored* I'm just fat." I hadn't been on the other side of that line since before puberty, and I'll be damned if I'm going to cross it again without a fight. I can get fat when I'm dead.

I also gotta stress that you can't make the mistake of going in with "absolute will power" when it comes to food. Sure, you can resist that bowl of candy at the reception desk at this moment. And maybe you can do it five minutes from now, and maybe even five minutes after that. But eventually, you'll break. You'll break and you'll be standing there with a handful of Skittles and you'll realize your perfect streak is broken.

Now, you'll want to just give it all up then, if you're like me (ie. Human). You'll be all "Well, my diet is ruined, guess I'm doomed" But, if you build in those little allowences and indiscretions, you won't feel overwhelmed when they happen. It takes the stress out of the diet, knowing that if you occasionally mess up, it's not the end of the world.

I also suggest not thinking about diet and exercise as "something I'm doing to lose weight." Think of it as "something that I do." Do not ascribe an end goal to it. Let it become just another one of your habits. Now, it takes 7 continuous weeks to build a habit, but once it's in, it's in. And if you think of it as just another part of your lifestyle, then it comes easier. Again, it's less stress to deal with, which reduces stress eating (one of my greatest sins) and helps with that end of things. Think like this, and instead of worrying constantly about when your weight will be gone, you will simply notice that it is.