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I already wrote a little intro about me and my difficulties and what not here.. 

 Basically I'm a big shy nerdy Mom and I REALLY need to start taking care of myself. I've got some obstacles that I'm struggling with. I have lots of metal in my right ankle so jumping, running, etc. is a no go. Also I've got anxiety disorder and it's really hard for me to do new things, meet new people, go outside, etc. I'm really just a soft, squishy coward who's trying to be a big girl and do what needs to be done. I love my little my little nerdling so SO much and I want to be there for her as long as I possibly can.

Side note.. I'm a vegetarian! Hi my fellow veggie peeps!! <3 

 

 

Main Goal

I should say "lose all this excess weight" but I'm going to say TRY to lose 15lbs by the end of April for a start. 

 

Smart Goals

Exercise every single day. (Week two of January and I've managed this since the 3rd. W00t.)

Drink more water. 

Eliminate Caffeine. 

Work up the courage to go for a walk or go to the apartment gym. (Super scary for cowardly me!)

 

 

 

 

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Hi there, shy! (I've dropped you a note in the introduction forum as well)

 

Well done on taking on your first 4 week challenge! That's a huge deal when you're trying to work within physical and mental health limits (believe me, I know!!)

 

I really cheer your goal to go for a walk or to the apartment gym. That's going to be a really big step toward your goal (pun slightly -- well, more than slightly -- intended! /grins/).

 

You should be really proud to have exercised every day since Jan 3. Major accomplishment! The only thing I'd be concerned about is whether you'll feel like a failure if you can't exercise on a few days throughout the challenge? If so, would it make more sense to give yourself a bit of flexibility -- like, exercise at least 5x per week? Please feel free to disregard this comment if it doesn't make sense for you. I'm just speaking from my own experience of trying -- and failing -- to do something (anything!) daily -- and, yes, that includes getting dressed and brushing my teeth!

 

Anyhow, I'll be following along and rooting for you over the next month. Good luck, and "just keep swimming!"

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Thanks SO much for the encouragement Kaylou! 

 

I'm fairly pragmatic so if I'm not able to exercise I won't be kickin' myself. Things happen. Though if I can, at the very least, I'd try to manage yoga/stretching on such a day. ;)

 

I've had REALLY bad upper thigh pain since day two but it's lessened a great deal, enough for me to do full body exercising again. (I was literally crying out in pain when I had to sit. Ouch!) Though I'm not squatting as low as I probably should due to soreness. At the moment I'm debating whether I should stick to just cardio or try doing body weight circuits. I've never exercised. I'm clueless!

Another surprise is HUNGER! I'm not a diet, just starting with exercise and addressing diet later on is the plan, but dang I'm SO hungry. I might try and get more vegan protein powder or start snacking on carrots or something. I'm snacking way too much. Most likely why I haven't shed an ounce.

 

Anywho, my family is excited for me. My seven year old has started exercising for fun also. I'm currently dreaming of getting a (comfortable!) stationary exercise bike so I can peddle away my back pain and stress while I was Q.I. Our budget has no wiggle room so it's just a dream but one day.... one day... :D

 

Have a wonderful day and wish me luck!

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So I'm tired of having to skip certain exercises in a routine. Also I HATE trying one exercise video after another and finding many to be annoyingly cheezy and patronizing. "Come on ladies! You can DO IT! Work those buns!" Ughhhhhh....

 

So I'm going to come up with my own workout plan I can do while I watch a tv series on Netflix. Currently I'm trying out Criminal Minds but it's a bit dumb, sorry CM fans out there. It's just started so hopefully it'll get better. Maybe I'll rewatch some Trek. Anywho...

 

 

The Current Beginner Super Wussy Plan

 

  • 5 minute stretch
  • 10 minute cardio - march, side steps, squats,  inchworm,  knees up/reach, march, (floor) side to side, bicycle crunches, hip extensions, plank or pushups, march, side to side punches
  • 5 minute cool down stretch

 

No idea if this is at all correct but I'll try this out today and see how it feels. I also don't know what all the cardio moves are called, just had to guess.

 

Progress:

I know I can do a proper pushup yet, I barely go halfway down. I'm very weak and I'm very heavy and that's a LOT of weight to push up and down. So I may just plank instead though I start shaking pretty quickly doing that also. Bummer. Lately my back is sore, it always is, but it's more bearable than usual. I need to strengthen my back so my daily back pain eventually starts letting up. My tummy isn't sore at all which makes me worry I'm not getting my stomach a good workout. Then again i wonder if my stomach may just be numb having had a cesarean. ???

I'm more hungry than normal and I'm falling asleep really early. 

 

 

 

Also I was looking for exercise advice on youtube and.. well I doubt just watching this is exercise but I found myself entranced for some reason. :D

 

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Couldn't manage the inchworms. They were actually more of a strain on my ankles than I'd hoped. However I just subbed with knees up/reach ups and side punches. I think I did alright. My heart rate went up and I'm sweaty. Mission accomplished. :D

 

Criminal Minds isn't getting much better. lol Only third episode in though. ;)

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Hi shy, pleased to meat ya! :tranquil: I also high anxiety, I get how scary going to a gym is. Proud of you exercising since the 3rd! That's amazing!! :adoration: keep up the most impressive work! I also wanted to say I think it's great you've already become a vegetarian. Eating healthy around your spawn is a great influence on her. Ta ta for now! P.S. what's your fave star trek episode? 

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2 hours ago, FieryJude said:

Hi shy, pleased to meat ya! :tranquil: I also high anxiety, I get how scary going to a gym is. Proud of you exercising since the 3rd! That's amazing!! :adoration: keep up the most impressive work! I also wanted to say I think it's great you've already become a vegetarian. Eating healthy around your spawn is a great influence on her. Ta ta for now! P.S. what's your fave star trek episode? 

 

Oh geez! Favorite episode? Hmmmm... I've seen every Star Trek, aside from some DS9 I've probably missed (not my favorite), so it's hard to say there's one episode above all others. I WILL say that the new ST: Discovery show just had the best episodes. Mostly because I'm hopping up and down and saying, "I knew it! I knew it!" soon followed by, "No no! What are you doing? He's going to... Noooooo!" lol Aside from the the Klingon makeup change I really love the new show. 

Side note... Doug Jones is such a sweetheart! Multiple times he's given me and other fans a <3 for posts about him on Discovery. He reads what people say and pays attention. Plus he's just a super nice guy. I'm SO happy we get to have him on Discovery. :D 

 

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@shy I'm loving your plan for working out in front of the TV! Have you checked out Darebee at all? Your plan resembles their Foundation programs so I'd say you're onto something good there :)

 

Also, I'm with you on not loving the gym. I joined one a few years back (used 20 seconds of courage!) but just couldn't get comfortable with it at all. A few months after I quit I got a call from their new manager trying to get me back and I had to do an "it's not you, it's me speech" to get them to let me go ;) But friends of mine love the gym so much they'll go twice a day! So you never know, once you work up to it you might enjoy it :)

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1 minute ago, Lateral Planet said:

@shy I'm loving your plan for working out in front of the TV! Have you checked out Darebee at all? Your plan resembles their Foundation programs so I'd say you're onto something good there :)

 

I haven't heard of it but I'll definitely look into it. Thanks!!

 

The "gym" I'm referring to up there is actually just the workout room here at our complex. lol I have yet to work up the nerve to walk past all the young, pretty, perfectly makeup-ed and well dressed staff in sweat pants, dripping with sweat, and panting like a small dog that's been left in the car in the middle of summer. I'm easily embarrassed so I don't know if I'll manage it anytime soon. If the cold weather would let up I'd like to go for a walk in the park. 

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I did my workout today. It's normal for your knees to crackle and pop... right?

 

I've decided Criminal Minds is just too annoying to watch during my workout. Dang. I know it's super popular but the writing is sloppy. So I've decided to do my workout to DS9. I was never a huge fan of the series. I always thought the actor who played Sisko wasn't very good and his style of speaking and acting seemed way too forced. I love Quark and Odo though. I swear the show should have been called "Quark's Bar" being they never really trekked anywhere. I REALLY wanted to watch Golden Girls but would you believe it's not on Netflix? WTF Netflix?? Seriously.. Golden Girls are awesome.

 

Struggles...

Not feeling any stronger, I haven't lost a single pound, I'm hungry, and for some reason grumpy. I'm normally sweet but dang I'm snippy... maybe it's hormones. :( 

 

Accomplishments for the day...

Second day doing a full 20, including warm up and cool down. The caffeine headaches seem less painful and I'm putting half as much sugar in my coffee. I've really been pushing myself gradually more and more, very gradually. I can now do a 30 second wussy plank. Any progress is better than none. :) 

 

 

I'm seriously thinking for my next 4 week challenge of cutting back on oil and sugar. Without changing my diet I won't lose weight.

 

 

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BTW.. for my fellow shy nerds out there. If you let your shyness prevent you from doing things to help make yourself happier and/or healthier because you fear what others might think... 

 

 

“You can lie down for people to walk on you and they’ll still complain you’re not flat enough.” 
Live. Your. Life.

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On 1/11/2018 at 6:35 AM, shy said:

Another surprise is HUNGER! I'm not a diet, just starting with exercise and addressing diet later on is the plan, but dang I'm SO hungry. I might try and get more vegan protein powder or start snacking on carrots or something.

 

I've noticed this with myself, too!! Have you found a good solution?? Whenever I go to the gym, I drive home going, "doNOTstopatBurgerKing...doNOTstopatBurgerKing". And seriously, I don't even eat fast food! Burger King hasn't even been in my vocabulary for like 10 years! So yeah. Gym = RAVENOUS. I have been throwing together a quick protein shake as soon as I arrive home WHILE I cook other food. My other trick is making triple batches of stuff that I can heat up pretty quickly. Let me know if you figure out any good ideas!

 

It's also super awesome that your nerdlet is working out for fun, too! I'm impressed with your brave act of sharing your journey with us! Good luck to you!

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1 hour ago, The Real Syl Mil said:

 

I've noticed this with myself, too!! Have you found a good solution?? Whenever I go to the gym, I drive home going, "doNOTstopatBurgerKing...doNOTstopatBurgerKing". And seriously, I don't even eat fast food! Burger King hasn't even been in my vocabulary for like 10 years! So yeah. Gym = RAVENOUS....

 

Nope! When i find a clever workaround for hunger, which is normally not an issue for me, I'll let ya know! ;)

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Even though it's the weekend I did my exercise for today and yesterday. Though today I only did a long stretch video. I tried Yoga but I just absolutely can not stand ".. feel the Gaia's energy move through your body...", "... tap into the energy of your forth shakra..." I despise that sort of thing and the constant talk of it to the point where I can't ignore it. I just want someone to show me how to stretch or exercise and guide me through it. Sorry for my Druid friend, I love you, but it's just not for me.

Sorry for all my bitchin'! Here's the stretch video I did today and I really enjoyed it. So it was a pretty light stretch I might go for a walk today to get some cardio...

 

 

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Hi Shy,

Finding something you like is important and helps you stick to it. I've tried to just do what I want when I go to the gym. Looking at my log, I've been doing the same thing for a few weeks now. I find if I feel like I need to do something, I get stressed if I can't do it, so I usually have a few exercises in case machines or benches are being used. Don't beat yourself up if you miss a workout or it takes time to find what works for you.

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11 minutes ago, Enforcer25 said:

Hi Shy,

Finding something you like is important and helps you stick to it. I've tried to just do what I want when I go to the gym. Looking at my log, I've been doing the same thing for a few weeks now. I find if I feel like I need to do something, I get stressed if I can't do it, so I usually have a few exercises in case machines or benches are being used. Don't beat yourself up if you miss a workout or it takes time to find what works for you.

 

I haven't posted this since I'm hesitant to say, in case I'm not able to, but I'm trying to actually exercise everyday for 100 days. I know it's trendy and a bit silly BUT I do count any attempt at exercise. Walking, floor exercises, prolonged stretch exercises, etc. So far this is day 11 for me. ;) 

 

I'm old enough now not to beat myself up if I cant do it but if that's the case.. I can always start again. :D 

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I went for a long walk today. I was a bit annoyed though because Charity Miles didn't track my distance so I got no credit. Dang it. We had change setting to ALWAYS allow it to track me rather than when just the program is running. I didn't notice until I'd already been walking 25 minutes. I walked 45+ total, so that's good at least. 

 

My charity is Saint Judes. Anyone else use this app? What's your charity?

 

 

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Shy, when I first started working out I had The Hunger too :D It actually stopped within a few weeks - I think it's just a matter of the body adapting. One thing I realised with time is that certain types of exercise make me way hungrier than others, even if they supposedly use similar calories. Maybe you'll notice the same thing as you go.

 

I wonder if you've heard of the Fitness Blender website? I would recommend taking a look - they have hundreds of workout videos at different levels, including stretching, bodyweight and light cardio sessions, demonstrated by normal non-peppy people with no music. They show a preview before each new move, so you could turn the sound off if you didn't want the chat.

 

Good luck to you!

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17 hours ago, Marianne said:

Shy, when I first started working out I had The Hunger too :D It actually stopped within a few weeks - I think it's just a matter of the body adapting. One thing I realised with time is that certain types of exercise make me way hungrier than others, even if they supposedly use similar calories. Maybe you'll notice the same thing as you go.

 

I wonder if you've heard of the Fitness Blender website? I would recommend taking a look - they have hundreds of workout videos at different levels, including stretching, bodyweight and light cardio sessions, demonstrated by normal non-peppy people with no music. They show a preview before each new move, so you could turn the sound off if you didn't want the chat.

 

Good luck to you!

 

That's reassuring! Hopefully it'll ease up. I'm not used to battling hunger. I normally don't get very hungry.

 

Also, I haven't heard of Fitness Blender but I'll check it out. Thanks!

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I did a five minute stretch, a five minute warm up, and because my neck/shoulder/back area is pretty sore I thought I'd go for a walk. It's 19 degrees out not including wind chill. I'm an idiot.

Anyway I only walked 20 minutes before I realized, once AGAIN, Charity Miles isn't recording my miles. WTF?? This is SO annoying. I checked my settings and everything should be working. I wrote their tech support. Oi.

 

On the upside this is the 13th day, in a row, I exercised! Yay me! :D

 

 

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UPDATES!!!!!

 

First off, I'm so proud of myself for updating everyday!!  (She says with a sink full of dirty dishes in the kitchen and a cluttered coffee table in the living room.) :D 

 

Second, I LOST A POUND!!! Which is most likely my scale going on the fritz but... I'll take it. ;)

 

Thirdly, the hubs says my waist is getting slimmer. He's probably lying but.. I'll take it! :D

 

I haven't changed my diet, in fact I just order groceries and there are definitely some naughty nom-noms in there. Maybe I'll consider cutting something out next challenge. I've worked out every single day, though recently I only did 20 solid minutes of stretching but I pushed myself as much as possible. (I was suffering from really bad DOMS.) Today, as per usual, I stretched for 5, did cardio and some VERY light lifting for 15, and stretched again for another 5. Frankenankle is sore but still workin'! YES! Oh and I'm now on DECAF!! Yay me!! Annnddddd I've been on not one but TWO walks.. OUTSIDE, where the people are! And I lived!! Woohoo!

 

Super proud of moi! Okay.. back to being all lurky and shy now. :D

 

 

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On 12-1-2018 at 7:22 PM, shy said:

Without changing my diet I won't lose weight

 

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Just like it says over there ^^^, it's the truth

 

16 hours ago, shy said:

Second, I LOST A POUND!!! Which is most likely my scale going on the fritz but... I'll take it. ;)

 

I  recently wrote a bit about this, maybe you should check it out...

 

 

Actually that whole page has very interesting things about weight working out and other stuff, check it out!

 

16 hours ago, shy said:

Thirdly, the hubs says my waist is getting slimmer. He's probably lying but.. I'll take it! :D

 

Well that's even better, scales can be lying sumsabitches, people often see progress much faster than we do!

 

So time for a

 

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23 hours ago, Mr_Willes said:

 

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Just like it says over there ^^^, it's the truth

 

 

I  recently wrote a bit about this, maybe you should check it out...

 

 

Actually that whole page has very interesting things about weight working out and other stuff, check it out!

 

(Sorry if I sound defensive but I've never described my diet other than dairy free vegetarian.)

A note about my diet:

I'm pretty good about eating right %90 of the time. (Plain oatmeal with chia or cheerios and soy milk for breakfast, leftovers or brown rice and peas/spinach for lunch, ramen with tofu and broccoli for dinner or maybe black bean sandwiches or vegan meatballs and pasta with spaghetti sauce, etc. For dinner tonight I'm thinking about making lentil chili and cornbread.) I'm tightly constrained by budget which I manage to feed our small family but with little wiggle room. I'm seriously thinking about just cutting out sugar. Most of my daily sugar is one TB of sugar in my morning coffee so it wouldn't be a BIG change but I'm sure it doesn't help. I don't drink soda and we RARELY ever have dessert so there's a positive. 

 

I'm focusing, for this challenge, mainly on just getting into the habit of exercising. I'm tired of making excuses for myself and then never getting around to it. So I'm happy about, possibly, losing weight but for now exercise is my focus. I'm sure I'll have weight fluctuations, which is normal but hell I'm just looking on the bright side. Any reason to feel good about myself. ;) I need to loose weight, big time, but without exercise it's not gonna work. Time to break the pattern. That being said, when  can find a minute I'll check out that thread. Thanks so much for the info!!

 

Now I'm late for my workout which i'm totally excited for since my newest show choice for my cardio is Magicians on Netflix. Love it! :D 

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Hey! Fellow anxious nerd here working on getting healthier - glad I found your thread, I'm interested in hearing about your diet too (if you're comfortable) since I've been working on adding in more plant-based meals and fewer meat/cheese/egg heavy ones. 

 

Also.....how do you like the Magicians? Have you read the books at all? I'm so excited for the new season but haven't got around to torrenting it :P 

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On 1/21/2018 at 12:26 AM, Reinfire said:

Also.....how do you like the Magicians? Have you read the books at all? I'm so excited for the new season but haven't got around to torrenting it :P 

 

I LOVE it except the costumes in season two are very MEH, I'm assuming they're on a tight budget. I love the story and the actors are wonderful! Not to sound prudish but I also don't half wish everyone would stopped boning each other. Seriously.. I'm sold .. I don't need more smoochin' to get hooked. ;)

I haven't read the books! I really should though, I know. I struggle to make time to read. I normally resort to audio books.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Ready Player One as read by Wil Wheaton. <3 Though they changed one two many things in the movie, I think. We'll see though.. maybe it'll be good. I use the audiobook for my long walks and it really helps. Highly recommend!

 

 

I'm just a Mom cook, nothing fancy, but I have some decent things in rotation. Chili recipes have always let me down but after much experimenting this is a success. Made this just the other day and it was so so good! Sorry for the guesstimations here but I don't usually measure. :D 

 

Shy's Vegan Chili

 

5 cups veg stock
1 small can tomato paste  You can leave this in but in hindsight I think it would be better without. It cuts the spice but it makes it rich. Up to you! ;) 
1/2 or so onion
1/2 a stalk of celery or so
1-ish tsp garlic
1 cup whole brown lentils
2 cans chili beans
1 can petite chopped tomatoes
1 packet McCormick mild chili mix

 

Cooked in the slow cooker for six hours.

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