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  1. I have been doing body weight exercises for a couple months now and have seen a lot of progress (I can do 10 full pushups now, YAY!) But I keep reading Staci's story again and again (seriously, been reading it on repeat for years) and I finally feel ready to tackle the world of power lifting. I came to the realization that nothing makes me feel better than lifting. Cardio is ok, but I prefer to get it in the form of a Farmer Walk! 


    I can't wait to start seeing some real results and ROCK my wedding dress in September!

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  2. Hey fellow Rebels!


    I have been hanging around this site for quite some time, but haven't really been "ready" to post till now. I'm at a point where I feel like a sack of flour every day - fatigued, lazy, listless, weak, and soft. Oh, and like flour, I feel HEAVY! I'm about 25lbs overweight, and desperately want to change that. I come from an obese family (I'm talking people who weigh around 300lbs) and I'm terrified of allowing myself to fall into the same mindset.


    Before I met my SO, I was a LOT more motivated. I hired a personal trainer, was working out at least 4 days a week, and was attempting cleaner eating. I lost about 15lbs, had lost several inches, and was feeling pretty darn good about myself! Well, I was confident enough to catch the eye of my SO, and suddenly we find ourselves getting comfortable and falling into terrible habits together. I'm talking weekly pizza, bi-weekly beer, and endless anime marathons on the couch. (We also take the time to get some Borderlands or Diablo III in there!)


    I downloaded this "Couch to 5K" app because there honestly was a time I could run 5K. Now I can't even run up the stairs to get into my office. But I hate running, and would rather get my cardio in other ways.


    What I would like to know is - how can I get off my saggy butt and get moving again? I'm looking for a workout that incorporates free weights and body weight, while still sneaking my cardio in. FYI - I would consider myself to be an overweight pear, who tends to hold fat in my thighs and love handles (UGH!) I know crunches and lunges won't work, but what will?


    I still have SOME muscle tone from my workout days, but it's very minimal. And how on earth can I motivate my SO to get his butt moving too? He used to be an avid rugby player and runner, but his idea of a run now is a drive with the windows down.

    Thanks for any help you can provide!

  3. That sounds rough, but you can do it! Baby steps... I would suggest going for walks around the block, taking the stairs, and parking a little farther away from the door when shopping. Bit by bit, you can work exercise into your routine. Do your kids play video games? You could purchase a Wii fit and play with them - family fitness! Or pick up a dance game and bust a move! You can get there!

  4. JPrev, I never really saw it that way before... as a system simply needing to gain that sustained focus. I consistently beat myself up when I slip up, and it always just degrades to the point where I am back on the couch eating pizza and watching hours of Futurama. I miss that focus I had only a few short months ago, and that's a great reminder to find it again!


    I have had therapy for my ED in a sense.. I have a great support network who knows about it, and have outreached to folks on the internet. For the most part, I have it under control (it was baaad a few years ago), but like I said, I feel the "old me" coming back. I guess it's just a matter of finding a good plan, sticking to it, and finding the discipline to reach my goals!


    And yes, poor Nina! That makes me sad every time the show brings her up :(

  5. Hi there! Sorry about the dramatic title, but it had to be done. I was gonna do something cutesy, maybe even incorporate some kind of nerd title in here, but I'm to the point of brutal honesty in my life and know I need to lay out all my dirty laundry right off the bat if I want to succeed. 


    I'm a 25-year-old gal living in the big city. I have a full-time job as a Graphic Designer; and as such, I'm on my arse pretty much 10 hours a day (if you count the time spent driving to and from work). I don't live a sedentary lifestyle, but pretty close. I exercise a few times a week, but lately I've been slipping and need support to get back on track and finally reach a healthy weight.


    Now to address that gloomy yet hopeful title... I sadly have been battling with bulimia for at least 10 years. I can't remember exactly when or how it all began, but I was bullied big-time as a kid. I've always carried at least 20 extra pounds on my frame, and kids have no mercy for pudgy nerds who wear big glasses, battle with acne, and are very good in school. I was bullied to the point where I actually stopped doing well in school, dreaded going to class in the morning, and developed bulimia as a desperate way to control my weight. I come from an obese family, so I am pretty sure I carry that dreaded "fat gene" I hear so much about. Truthfully I'm the "skinny one" in my family (even 20lbs overweight), but that doesn't help me when my family forces their rich, heavy, fat-laden dishes on me and comment about how I practically look anorexic (I don't). 


    Last fall, I signed up a the gym and actually paid for a personal trainer to help me get started. I lost at least 10lbs, my back fat shrunk (gotta love being a pear) and my self-confidence skyrocketed. I even went so far as to get out there and find the guy whom I'm beginning to feel is the love of my life. It's a wonderful feeling, but much to my dismay I find myself slipping back into old patterns.


    I thought I had managed my eating disorder, but my weight is starting to creep back up thanks to old bad habits and I can sense the need to "control" things again. That's not cool. When I was training, I felt so fit and happy that I didn't care what I ate, and lost weight in a healthy way. And I want to get back to that point. I want to get healthy, to show my family that they don't have to succumb to obesity, and to make my boyfriend proud (and also show him that HE can keep on track too!) 


    I only found NF yesterday, but after reading Stacie's story I was inspired to join. I've been desperately searching for likeminded people for some time... I was part of SparkPeople, but that quickly went nowhere. I just couldn't relate to the folks there, y'know? So I'm hoping I can get this ball rolling and finally get healthy and mentally FREE, knowing I have a great community to back me up.



    FAVE NERD THINGS: Full Metal Alchemist, Halo 3, zombie shooting games, Zelda, Portal, Battlestar Galactica, Fable, Cowboy Bebop, Chrono Trigger/Cross, my N64, Firefly


    FAVE EXERCISES: Running, walking, med ball throw-downs, assisted pull-ups, butterfly presses, bar squats, and planks


    PHEW, hope that wasn't too long! Thanks for sticking it out with me!