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  1. I certainly don't mind! we're kind of a quiet bunch, but we could probably be persuaded to be around more . . . haven't seen Sol in a while, she would have to be the one to "officially" add you since it's her post.
  2. I'm back too! I get embarrassed when I stop working out and don't really poke my head in very much. But I am here, and I am making baby steps towards fitness again.
  3. Hey, this is me! My problem(s): - I don't currently work out at all besides about 20 min of walking a day. - I was just about to start a weightlifting program before finding out I was pregnant - my diet is crap right now So, I want to be stronger and healthier, but I've heard that it's fine to *continue* an exercise program you were doing before pregnancy, but not to *start* one (which seems kind of ridiculous to me because if you're not in shape does that mean you're just doomed to be out of shape your whole pregnancy?) Also, I am *t
  4. Thanks so much for the feedback! Does clenching your core involve holding your breath? I can't think of how to brace my core without holding my breath, but that sounds bad for some reason. . .
  5. Okay, finally trying to actually get into weightlifting for real, but I don't want to accidentally kill myself. How does this squat form look? The yellow tape is my attempt at trying to figure out where my femur was. https://www.youtube.com/embed/iDADrORIZ1U
  6. Thanks for the heads up. I'm probably not going to be using the bar to bench for a while anyways . . . I doubt I'm strong enough to bench the bar at the moment, so I'll probably start with dumbbell presses.
  7. Day 1: Went to the gym to make sure I'd paid my set-up fee and to get my badge set up, but no one was at the front desk for about 20 minutes, so I'll have to come back later. Read a lot about squat form, watched a couple videos, and got diverted into reading about pelvic floor strength issues and exercise incontinence. As someone who has struggled with this ever since my son was born, I was at least mildly intrigued. Did a couple of the exercises recommended, and wow, my lower back/side core muscles are sore. I should probably start doing these more often . . . (If you
  8. I manage to be pretty good about drinking water when I'm at my desk at work and I have my water bottle right next to me, but once I get home I always get to 10pm wondering why I have a headache and then I realize I haven't drunk any water in the last 5 hours . . .
  9. Sounds like you've got a lot of great stuff happening in your life right now. I'm following since I'd like to encourage/be encouraged by seeing someone else who also has a lot going on in their life still manage to exercise.
  10. Guess what everyone! I got a new job with a new company. There's a gym in the building and my company pays for my membership as one of the benefits. And they have barbells! So I picked up a copy of Starting Strength, bought some gym clothes, and I'm ready to try and do this thing! First up: getting my form down. Week 1 will be consulting Starting Strength and YouTube to get an idea of good squat form. Then I'll practice with a broomstick and a video camera to make sure I'm doing it right (I don't have any full length mirrors, unfortunately). I'll upload the video here
  11. Okay, well, sorry I've been so quiet. I got a new job!! I'll start in 2 weeks. It looks like it might also come with a free gym membership, so that would be super convenient I've been pretty decent about getting out and walking around at least once a day. Not perfect, but decent. Not that great at meditating, and basically a 0 for planking or any other type of exercise that isn't walking, unfortunately. But everything is looking up.
  12. I think technically according to the schedule, we're supposed to check in every Monday. This coming up one is week 3. Wow, Sol. Sounds like you've been through a lot lately. Sounds like it's time for my healer/paladin mode to kick in.
  13. Okay. Things I did yesterday: read scriptures, spent several hours prepping for a job interview. Things I did not do yesterday: walk around, plank, meditate. I'm running on maybe 5 hours of sleep and I haven't practiced the presentation I'm doing for my job interview today at all. We'll see how this goes . . . . (ugh)
  14. D'oh! I always forget this forum doesn't auto-follow threads for you! I'm doing decent so far- I did my walking, meditating, and scripture-reading yesterday. Today I have walked outside and read scriptures so far. I plan on meditating and planking later tonight. ETA: Did meditate, did planks. Also did some stretching and did one of those dancing videogames for about half an hour. Also worked on preparing for a job interview for an hour.
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