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  1. Found this today: 5/3/1 Routine and Calorie Counter. Trying them both out for the first time...
  2. Hard core paleo for 30 days sounds like great challenge. Count me in, too! I have been doing paleo halfass for a little while and would love to be part of the challenge. A new thread and food logs are good ideas. Keep me in loop!!
  3. Thanks for the feedback... I just saw that there were replies to my original post. I need to work on notification settings on here. =)
  4. Setting some goals for the next week (remaining days of 2011): ~Create Google Doc spreadsheet for tracking weight (& share on NF) ... check! ~Get new body measurements ... check! ~Create Google Doc spreadsheet for body measurements (& share on NF) ... check! ~Get calisthenics baseline: pushups, situps, pullups (as if!), plank ~Get weightlifting baseline: squat, deadlift, benchpress, cleans, jerks, etc. (need to figure out specific exercises) ~Create Google Doc spreadsheet for workouts (& share on NF) ~Create Google Doc for food log (& share on NF) SHORT-TERM GOALS: 1. Pass minimum/"satisfactory" Navy PRT requirements for my age bracket ("outstanding" level in parentheses) ~40 (95) situps in 2 min ~11 (43) pushups in 2 min (43) ~1.5 mile-run in 16:30 (10:51) ~500yd/450m swim in 14:30 (7:30) Why???? Going to Navy Officer Recruiter in Jan, looking into joining as active duty or reserves. Have to get an age waiver, so I'm hoping my prior enlisted service (2 yrs) will help. Also hoping to compensate for age with excellent PRT results. 2. Get through Couch-2-5K program. I keep starting and not finishing. I want to run 3 miles nonstop. For realz. 3. Develop and maintain a weightlifting program. Looking at Olympic/powerlifting regimen. Still need to research this area. LONG TERM GOALS 1. Reach low body fat (~15%) and size 6 jeans. 2. Compete in Tough Mudder 3. Compete in a bodybuilding/fitness competition. (Right now I like INBA Bikini Divas and Sports Model divisions.) 3. Compete in a powerlifting competition: Squat, Benchpress, Deadlift. Not sure about the process on this. Need more research. And... reach these goals with no added expense. No gym memberships*, no personal trainer, no supplements, etc. I assume my grocery bill will increase somewhat while getting back to Paleo-esque diet, but not very much. *I have "free" access to fitness center in my apartment complex and fitness center at university campus. The next few days are getting organized... LOOKING FORWARD TO THE NEXT CHALLENGE!!!!
  5. Good job! I find my impulsive, one-the-spot workouts can be the most rewarding. I got things done around the house AND got in a workout! Looking forward to following your progress. =)
  6. Look who hasn't been posting workouts... ME. The kiddo and I are starting to work out at the same time. He joined Crossfit (via his father in another city) and I'm working out at the local park while he's at the gym. So far, it's been working well. Getting the moleskin back out to log workouts. And food intake. And weight.
  7. I'm a bit late to this thread, but I am definitely up for a run challenge. I've been doing so-so running, half-ass motivation. I'm going to a Navy Officer Recruiter after the holidays, and I want to be able to blow the running part of the PRT requirement out of the water.
  8. 10/30/2011 Couch to 5K: Week 1, Day 2 *Easiest running program ever. Varied intensity on 60-sec jog parts, going for HIIT version of C25K. Hip flexors will probably be sore tomorrow! *Put off running this weekend until LATE Sunday night. Finished at 11pm. Barely got it in for the "weekend run". I've decided to add food to this log. Bkfst: Coffee w/cream, Greek yogurt parfait from Starbucks Lunch: Mixed veggies... green beans, squash, corn, spinach Dinner: Reuben sandwich, iced tea Post-Dinner gluttony: pint of ice cream That last part was not my proudest moment.
  9. 10/29/2011 Push-ups on kitchen counter (40 degree angle): 10 Walking Lunges (knees to the floor): 12
  10. Hello! I joined NF last year, participated in two challenges, ventured elsewhere, and now I'm back. I'm eating well, very paleo-esque. I tried a local Crossfit and liked it, but it's wicked expensive. I have 24-hr access to the fitness center at my apartment complex, and I have access to the fitness center at the local university. (Taking one night class a semester has its advantages.) Except for high heat and humidity, outside weather doesn't usually prevent outdoor activities. I have the facilities to become a fitness goddess, but I'm lacking in ideas. And support. I've found it's hard to find other people locally who are interested in these types of fitness-based challenges. I liked the support I received on NF, and I'm looking for that feeling of being in a fitness-minded community. It's hard to be motivated when I feel like I'm doing this all alone. Looking forward to being active on the boards again. Some stats about me: Female 36 years old Single Mom of teenager Height: 5' 11" Body frame: small Weight @Sep 2010: 233 lbs Weight @Sep 2011: 192 lbs Next weight-loss goal: 150 lbs by Spring Break 2012 General fitness goals: increase running stamina, make workouts varied and fun, and be able to do a freakin' pullup
  11. I like the Champion brand PowerBack bras, bought at my local Academy sports & outdoor store. They have underwire, and they "left and separate" nicely. No uni-boob. I found I sometimes wear them in between workouts under my regular clothes. I like them that much. Plus, the racer back style (straps sit higher in my shoulders) is ideal for me since I have the bra strap groove on my shoulders from holding these girls up for so many years. Hope this helps. =) https://www.academy.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/TopNavCatalogSearch?Ntt=champion+powerback&Ntk=All&langId=-1&storeId=10151&catalogId=10051&N=0&krypto=iCh8P1m15tXJnSJzzSyPFw%3D%3D
  12. woot! thanks! my goal is to be under 200 by Jan 1.
  13. Congratulations! That is such a huge step! KEEP GOING!
  14. Just a note of good news: Sep 10, 2010 --> 233 lbs Nov 24, 2010 --> 215 lbs :mrgreen:
  15. haha, story of my life!!! :shock: better friends make a HUGE difference!
  16. Day 11 - Nov 25, 2010 1. Running Ran 0.6 miles & walked 0.4 miles, TWICE. That's 2.0 miles in all. And I brought the puppy. Not too shabby. 2. Diet Dude, it's Thanksgiving. Bkfst: 2 cups o' coffee Lunch: chicken breast & veggies Dinner: chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, gravy, and salad I enjoyed some "forbidden" foods but didn't participate in gluttony. Not too shabby. 3. Bodyweight Exercises Uh, I meant to but ended up working on & cleaning out my truck. And doing yardwork with my mom. Not too shabby. 4. Non-Fitness Class: nope Test: nada Move: zilch Today is Thanksgiving, time to spend with the family. (That's my excuse, and I'm sticking to it!!) :shock: Overall assessment of today: Not too shabby. 8-) Happy Thanksgiving, for those you celebrating the genocide of the Native American people. Enjoy this image to take your mind off the REAL events that happened between the Pilgrims and the Indians:
  17. hmmm... no team leader and no team name... maybe we are the Misfits. or the Motley Crue. or the Misfits Crue. 8-)
  18. Thanks for the support, everybody! Warrior Dash was Saturday, Sunday was recovery day, and so today, MONDAY, I'm on for running and bodyweight exercises. Details to follow...
  19. The result of my weekly bonus challenge (running a Warrior Dash): click HERE!
  20. Funny you mention it, I first heard about the Spartan Race while at the Warrior Dash last weekend... it sounds very cool! PLUS, I went to junior high (and part of freshman year) in Smithville, TX, so it would be really cool to go back and see how the town has grown. I hear they have a pretty awesome bike trail there now, too. If we end up going, we should totally meet up while we're there!!
  21. I'm back and survived the Warrior Dash! Check out the photos: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2 ... 43f9e1a0aa
  22. Hello everybody! I, too, am not sure about being in a "running" group, but I am working on becoming a runner (again), so maybe it does fit. I am mgrif99 (or mcgriff99) ... you can call me mgrif or Melissa or just MEL. INTRO: I'm going to be gone for a few days, so I'll add my spiel now. I'm bad at intros, so I'm following spezzy's prompt: Where did you came from? The land of the unmotivated!! I was once an athlete, but years later I am horribly out of shape. I lost a bunch of weight about three years ago, and I have since put it all (plus some extra) back on. A few months ago, I was the biggest I have ever been in my life. It was pretty bad. I started getting back into shape, but it has been a painfully slow process. I have lost some poundage, and I am getting stronger. Where do you plan on going? I want be a runner again. I was in the Navy (forever ago!) and could run 2 miles pretty easily. Now, I can barely jog half a mile without feeling like I'm having a heart attack. I want to be able to run 5Ks on a regular basis. And I want to be able to tackle mud runs every once and a while, not because they are hard, but because they are fun! (Any event where you dress in costume and end up covered in mud must be a blast.) I also want to be able to DO things that I have difficulty doing, like walking up a few flights of stairs without getting winded. And be able to do a freakin' pullup! And be able to do REAL pushups, not the girly ones on my knees. How do you intend to get there? I'm running 2-3 times a week, slowly increasing my distance. I have been doing a run/walk program similar to the Couch-2-5K program. I ran a 5K on Nov 6, during which I walked at least 1 of the 3.1 miles. It sucked, but I finished. I plan to run a 5K every month, which is easy to do in my area. There is a local 5K almost every week. Being in South Texas, they are pretty much year-round events. This month (this weekend, actually!), I'm doing a 3.2 obstacle course race with my son, the Warrior Dash. I'm staying with my sister in Austin, and my son and I will be wearing matching outfits. We are super stoked. Photos will follow... As far as the conditioning, I'm doing bodyweight exercises, as described in my thread. What are your strengths/weaknesses? Strengths: 1. Being flexible (mentally, not physically!); being able to "change it up" when something isn't working. 2. Being supportive and cheering others on, no matter how crappy I've been doing. Weaknesses: 1. Being horribly out of practice in exercising! 2. Setting unrealistic goals and then getting disappointed when I don't achieve them. What are you planning on bringing to the table? Support. Encouragement. And hopefully some comic relief. My facebook page is here. Feel free to send a friend request with your NF name so I know who you are. I'm off to Austin tomorrow morning, so I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend. I look forward to getting to know our team!
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