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    Welcome to the Zen Labs Fitness forums! We have an awesome community of amazing individuals. Our forums is maintained by the community, for the community. Do good and be happy... Follow the guidelines. Be kind. We're all brothers and sisters here. Be kind to one another. Encourage everyone. Everyone has to start somewhere. If you're a newbie, don't be scared to ask questions. If you're experienced in any topic, jump in and help! A 1-2 minute response can go a long way. Do not... Spam. Flooding the forum with unhelpful and irrelevant posts is strongly discouraged. Please don't spam each other. No advertisements. Troll or Flame. Our community has a strict no-troll and no-flame policy. To "troll" is to intentionally post inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages with intent of provoking a response. To "flame" is to insult fellow members of the community. Be inappropriate. No pornography and no illegal torrents. Have fun, meet new friends, and learn something new! We're all here for each other. Visit the guidelines for updated rules. "No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted" - Aesop
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    Hi everyone! I've never really done anything like this before. I was born with a few heart defects and haven't really been allowed to exercise until now. I've always wanted to run a 5K but never had someone to motivate me or was allowed. I got the okay from my cardiologist to start running. My goal is to run a 5K by middle of September. This goal means a lot to me. Middle of September will be three years since my most recent open heart surgery. So to run 3 mile by my 3rd anniversary will be awesome. I hope I can stay motivated and accomplish this goal!
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    Hi, my name is Chris and this is my 2nd try. I made it to around week 4 last year but didn't keep it up. I really want to do this.....mostly for my health as I am 51 with young kids and also because 2 of my kids have become lovers of running.
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    I run in spurts, and am always starting over. I decided to embrace it: I am a person who likes challenges and routines but gets bored doing the same thing all the time. 4 years ago I completed the half marathon trainer and really enjoyed it. I have decided to do the marathon trainer because I know I can do a run-walk program, I am not trying to lose weight (although a few lbs would be nice). I adhere to healthy eating and practice yoga 6 days a week. I already know I like the program, I don't like just running because it is too wearing on my body and boring. I am a 64 yo grandmother and can't wait to accomplish the goal of completing the program.
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    http://www.zenlabsfitness.com/mainstream-diets-what-you-need-to-know/ Reading up on some of the latest diet information out there and starting to feel completely overwhelmed? You can join the millions of other people out there who don’t really know which diet is best. With hundreds of different approaches to choose from, it can be hard to navigate the waters. Let’s take a closer look at some of the most mainstream approaches out there and go over which ones will deliver you the most optimal results for your time investment.
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    I'm new here & looking forward to encouraging each other so we all can be SUCCESSFUL!!! I've been a yo-yo all my life but I'm getting "younger" & MUST keep my weight & health in check. So I look forward to working with all of you & let's show the world we mean business this time. Let's Get Going!!!
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    Good luck to you, I'm 51, not overweight but far from fit and with high blood pressure. Currently just started week 5. Seriously never think I can do it every time I go out but have managed to get through every day so far, although the heat is not doing me any favours! You're stronger than you think you are! My aim is to run a 5k with my 24 yr old daughter
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    Long story short. I was 8 when my mom suddenly passed away from a stroke. I was 8. Growing up, I dreaded my 36th birthday. I was terrified to my core about that day. I wasn't sure if I was afraid of outliving her or that I wouldn't outlive her. I decided a week or so before my 36th birthday (1/28/17), that my 36 would be different than hers. I was overweight by almost 100 pounds and knew it was time. I owed it to her to be better. I made an appointment with my doctor and had a full panel drawn. I was pre-diabetic, low in Vitamin B and D, and my hormones were a mess. I was sick. With the help of a wonderful doctor, I've gotten my levels back where they should be and taken control of my diet. I've lost 27 pounds so far. I feel amazing and am looking forward to my healthy journey. So I've decided to throw some running in. Can't wait to get going!
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    Hey guys, So I got this app weeks ago, but I've been putting off starting because I am the opposite of in shape. I am painfully out of shape. Also lazy. But. I realized tomorrow is my birthday. I'm turning 23 and I'm overweight, lazy, and sadly underachieving. I used to love running, and sports, and I just... Lost the drive. So I decided that this would be my birthday present to myself. I'm going to get in shape, and I'm going to do it now. So, I got up, I walked, I ran, I walked again and...I couldn't finish. I got four out of eight runs in and then I died. I had to lay down to avoid passing out, and I got yelled at my an angry goose for gasping too loudly I guess. So I'm going to try again on Saturday. And if I don't get it on Saturday, I'm going to try again. And again. And again. And... You get the idea. I'm in this now, and I'm going to do it. So for everyone else who's starting who didn't do that great, you've got this. We've got this. I believe in us. And to everyone who did the first day in one shot, hot damn well done. I envy you K.Kai.
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    I would stay with week 3 and try to complete it. Do not worry about the distance, just stay steady, distract yourself with music and put one foot in front of the other.
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    My daughter did fit girls and lost around 80 pounds! It's mostly just cleaner eating, meal prep so you don't have to cook every day and excercise as you can.
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    Look how many calories are in your favourite naughty snacks. Then work out how far you'd need to run to work off the same number of calories. It suddenly doesn't seem so appealing anymore!
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    Increase cadence to 170 to 180 strikes a minute and shorten stride length to attain that.... this will slow you down and you can breathe through your nose. use a metronome for the cadence Concentrate on the nasal breathing...... dont try to run faster, that will come as you progress.. Do breathing exercise during the day, and yoga is very good.
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    So. Today. I'm in Week 5, Day 1. Super Cold out (40 degrees), high altitude. Which I am used to. 2nd running session and my right side was killing me. It's from lack of oxygen. I was so stiff running today because of the cold. Major stitch in the Side. Started walking and breathing deep. Not through your mouth. Through your diaphragm. Hold your tummy and breathe through your chest with your mouth closed. Do this a few times a day too and this will help. I set a timer for 3 x a day and breathe deep for a few minutes. At first you will get dizzy but it will subside. Do you you realize how much we don't breathe DEEP????? It will increase your metabolism too. Breathe in , out. Breathe in 3 times, let it out the same way. 3 times in, blow out. keep doing it. Also breathe in, hold, hold, hold, let out. Look up Oxycise. It works. We never use our lungs to capacity. Are you sitting here ? Are you breathing?, not deep enough EH??? Now breathe deep. It oxygenates the blood. Which increased circulation, which increases metabolism. Try it.
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    When I was about to turn 40 I started panicking. Growing up I was always told that after 40 weight loss was practically impossible. I was mentally prepared that I was going to do this and I did! I lost 23 lbs and felt better than ever. About a year later I went through a divorce that I did not want and became very depressed. I fell off my fitness wagon and practically ran over myself gaining almost all of my weight back. I am now fixing to turn 45, I am remarried to a man that truly loves me and I am now determined to do this once again. I will do this and will keep it off!!! I am determined@45
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    I'm IowaMatt. My son is 15 and loves to run, he completes quite well for his school. There is a benefit 5k coming up and he said he wanted to run in it, and I jokingly suggested we could do it together and he said, "Go for it!". So I downloaded the app and am now in week three. I alternate run and workout days, Forest thing in the morning. I've never seen myself as a runner but some things I like: Early mornings in the summer in Iowa are beautiful and should be enjoyed, I like the buzz I get from getting all warmed up before heading to work, my second son rides his bike along with me as I run, and I am impressed how easy so far it has been to incorporate the C25K program. At 43, I expected it to be rather difficult, and so far I have gotten by ok. Things I don't like:. I miss my bed in the morning. My Achilles tendons do not like this idea and are constantly sore. I don't like running on gravel roads. I have not registered for that 5k yet, I'm worried I may break down before I get there. But my son has motivated me to do it and we are going to give it a go. Just wanted to say hello. This seems like a useful community.
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    Good morning LeaseDTA, I'm new too just signed up saw your post (and no replies) and couldn't leave you hanging so welcome, good luck, stay positive, we can do this!
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    Hi all I wanted to introduce myself, I'm Bella and just registered with this site. I saw someone on Facebook posting about this site and how she ran for 60 seconds and thought "huh 90 seconds"? Thinking it was a typo I didn't think much of it until she posted another odd timeframe. I then read the comments for that post and learned about this site and thought wow ok this makes sense so here I am. It sounded like a perfect place for me to start since running only happens "never" for me and the closest to running for me would be a brisk "holy cow it's raining cats and dogs and I have no umbrella"!! (I'm sure many can relate). Anyway here I am, day one!
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    Hi! I'm Jennipher, 44, 250lbs, 5 kids, 2 dogs and 4 cats. Needless to say my life is hectic, but with my fibromyalgia and being over 40 my metabolism has tanked and exercise is limited. I want to loose alot of weight and get more healthy. My BFF used this app to start running again after surgery so it came highly recommended. Nothing else is working so I want to give it a try. I'm working on eating better and changing my eating habits but without more activity it isn't making any change in my weight. Anyway, that's my story. My current question is about compatibility between C25K and my music and audio books. I really want them to work while I'm using the app. I have a samsung phone and like to listen to my library audiobooks using Overdrive and my music using my Apple Music app or Pandora. Will these work with C25K? Thanks in advance for any answers/advice you can offer.
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    Hi, I'm 51 with high blood pressure, it's tough but I'm doing it....yay. Hoping to run a 5k with my daughter she'll have to slow down for me though!!
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    Hello I am adrian 42 in the obese category with high blood pressure iv been told I need to loose weight so thought I would try this I have just done my 2nd day witch I am just keeping myself upright at the end but hope to keep trying
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    Keep at it, it takes time and getting over the mental hurdles but it gets easier. Im about to start running again- starting tomorrow. Mariah
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    Hi...im Shannon. I am 47 and completely out of shape. I am hoping this will help keep me motivated. I just started this evening...only made it through half of the first workout, but will try again to.orrow.
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    Hello, I started C25K last week as another step in my weight loss/fitness journey. Long story short, I had weight loss surgery in 2010, lost 100 lbs, kept it off for a while, never reached my goal though, and eventually gained back 61.5 lbs. April 2016 I started a plan to lose the regain. The regain was gone in 4 months, hit the 100 lb lost mark (again) in 7 1/2 months, lost another 18 for good measure and have been maintaining 118 lbs lost (165 since surgery) for 4 months now. Last year while I was actively losing, I focused on cardio by walking, gradually increased my distance from 2.5 miles to 6 by the time the weather turned too cold to walk outside. This year I have been focusing on building upper body strength and developing muscle at the gym with a weight program but found that I needed some kind of tangible goal to work toward to keep myself on both track food-wise and exercise-wise. I'm one that likes a variety to keep things interesting. I did a 5k 6/3 with no training, just having walked my normal routine and adding in a bit of jogging with a goal to run at least part of each mile. I was successful with that, and have signed up for more 5k's and want to improve my time and increase the running to walking ratio. I started Week 2 this morning and am loving it so far.
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    I just started a couple months ago and am a 52 year old Gramma to. I have never ran in my life but felt I needed to do something. I am doin the interval running and loving it. That's awesome! It's never to late to make a change. Blessings to you
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    I want to lose 25-30lbs by September (sooner if possible), please give me some tips! Thanks in advance!
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    Good afternoon everyone. I'm Wendy, 42 and I'm a first time runner. Wow! I feel like I joined a 12 step program (I guess I kinda did! lol). I started getting pains when I stood for long periods and I noticed that I would lag behind everyone when we would go places, so I decided to get into shape. I started walking about 2 years ago. My dog and I would take 3 mile walks 3 days a week. I enjoyed our walks, but they were getting tedious and they took forever! The other problem I have is that I don't have a well trained dog, so we have to walk either when it's dark outside or early in the morning. About a year ago I changed jobs. I used to get home later at night so we could take a walk later, but now I get out at 4 pm. It's too light out to walk when I get home and by the time it gets dark, I'm tired. So I decided to try getting up before work to exercise, but as I said, those 3 mile walks take forever! I would have to get up at 5 am to get through it. My only alternative is to try running. I figured that if I could run 3 miles, it would take a lot less time than walking and it would have more of an impact. Also, I started having hip pain during my walks. I would have to stop every so often to stretch to try to relieve some of the pain. I noticed that since I started running, the pain is gone. I used to dread going for my 3 mile walk because I knew it would hurt and take forever. Now I somewhat enjoy this challenge, mainly because of the day to day aspect of it. I know I'm not going to run a marathon tomorrow, or even a 5K, but I know that I'm accomplishing more than just sitting around. I don't mind waking up at 5:30 am to go do my exercise now. It's quiet at that hour and me and my dog can just do our thing in peace. It's also really satisfying when I'm done to know that I accomplished something before I even went to work. I have a friend who runs half marathons and she used to be just like me. She's my motivation. She told me about the struggles she had when she first started. She said she used to be a size 18 and now she's a size 8. She eats all the time, but she also runs, and she told me that she runs so she can eat. We all have to start somewhere, but I can't let it get me down. I don't want to go back to sitting around and being lazy. I want to be able to participate in life without pain and without feeling like I'm holding others back. I'm also a plus size girl. I've been this way for a few years and it would be nice to lose some weight, but I just want to feel better. Thank you for listening. I am really glad I found this forum. I needed a place to vent, share stories, get motivated and help others stay motivated.
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    Hi so didn't want to be fat and 50 after life time of yo yo dieting. After a very stressful year seeking solace in food my 50th has come and gone I am at most heaviest. So with different frame of mind I have decided to get fit at fifty and hopefully physical and mental wellbeing will improve along the way.
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    Thank you BoomDad. Hope you are travelling well
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    Good luck to you, I've dealt with my own issues and exercise truly is a great help both physically and mentally.
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    I'm 53 years old and recently divorced after 29 years of marriage I've always wanted to run a 5k and I'm using this program to help me accomplish my goal. I will need some support to help me reach my goal.
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    Hi! Srijan here, 28 year old man. I've been battling Clinical Depression for around 14-15 years. I was always a little overweight; I'm almost 30 kgs over my ideal weight now. Plus I'm borderline diabetic. Let's just say things have been getting out of hand! I remember watching a video of runners finishing the Boston Marathon. The gamut of emotions on display made me want to experience the pain, ecstasy and relief of completing, if not a marathon, at least a 10k run. So here I am, after a lot of false starts, starting yet again. My treatment 's finally started to show results. This time I intend to run my first 5k in July. Finished Day 1 today. Felt like I was going to die! But I made it. I hope to get some motivation from the members of this forum. And for my friends who've just started this journey, hang in there. You'll get better, stronger and faster! Cheers!
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    The answer is - walking. Normal speed but include 10sec burst of speed walking. In a week or two you will be able to speed walking 20 and 30 sec intervals. Then you can try to jog - it is very similar to walking, but there is an interval when your both legs are of the ground. It is not easy switch from sedimentary life style to active moving but it's worth it. I know what I am talking about - I did this switch when I got 55yo
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    How is running the best weight loss workout?
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    Black eyes pees gives you best results if you really need to decrease your weight. Eat at-least 30 gram and add half a slice of apple to your breakfast for quick results.
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    Thanks!!!! Just finished W2D1 on the treadmill. I think I handled it a bit better at first but that next to last run I really had to push thru. That last run was a bit easier though as I knew it was the last one ;). Here's to continued movement forward!
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    Best motivation - rewards! Did I run three times this week? - OK, I can have ice-cream this Saturday The main trick is to find rewards that will motivate you.... Tasks should be small and easy reachable. Rewards should fit the size of the task: easy task - small reward; big task bigger reward. It is working for my dog and it is working for me too!
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    Hi, I'm 68 and just finished W5D3. I was so scared last night that I couldn't fall asleep and then I just yelled at myself and decided that I will have no judgement. Just do the best I can. Well I did it. Ran the 20 minutes with no problems, so excited... I run a bit faster than a turtle but I figure that I'll work on the speed after I build up my endurance. On to W6.
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    Yes!! I've already lost 30 pounds of primarily fat (no muscle) by increasing my good fats and decreasing my carbs! No counting or measuring etc just eating the right foods. When we eat a high good fat and low carb diet our bodies switch into its fat burning mode (process of Ketosis) and burn fats for energy rather than the carbs that we usually use for energy. I've also been taking a delicious drink twice a day, that adds ketones to your system to further promote the process of Ketosis!
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    1. Drink green tea. Get this: When a late study considered the metabolic effect of green tea (in concentrate) with that of a fake treatment, pros found that the green-tea shoppers seethed around 70 additional calories in a 24-hour time allotment 2. Keep up a vital separation from calories in a glass. Specialists now understand that the body does not enroll liquid calories correspondingly it does solid calories. Drinking a grande caffe mocha, for event, won't make you feel fulfilled the way eating a dish of pasta will. Which suggests that disregarding the way that the caffe mocha truly has a more significant number of calories than the pasta 3.Buy a course of action of five-pound weights. It's an onetime hypothesis you'll never mourn. Here's the reason: Strength planning fabricates slant muscle tissue, which blasts more calories — at work or still — 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The more slope muscle you have, the speedier you'll flimsy down. 4.Get some rest. As interesting as it sounds, absence of rest may make you fat — and not by virtue of you're vulnerable to occurrences of the late-night munchies (in spite of the way that there's that also). Women who get under four hours of rest for every night have a slower assimilation framework. 5. Go For Walking/Do a gym- Exercise or gyming is necessary for burn fat or calorie. More Calorie Burn Doing Fitking Recumbent Exercise Bike and doing cycling for 30 minutes See more on http://www.fitking.in/product-listing-by-brand/Fitking/recumbent-exercise-bike/4/5
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    I joined a gym about 2 months ago, I do a lot of cardio and weight lifting to tone up. Been using Muscle Power (protein powder) Beast Creature (creatine) totally changed my eating habits. I eat a very low carb diet maybe 30g tops because you do need carbs but only the good carbs. A lot of protein such as meat, red meat a few times a week salmon and shrimp a few times a week and chicken. I'm also eating HIGH FAT, not low fat, no fat, or 2% fat. My favorite snack is Dairy Gold HIGH FAT cottage cheese with the soft chewy bacon bits and Pico De Gallo all mixed up, just throwing that out there. Anyway in just a few months I've gone from 245lbs to 209. So basically a good carb but low carb high fat diet and some hard word works for me and is paying off very well. Doing some running, planks, burpies, kettle belles, crunches what ever cardio and stomach exercises I can do for my gut is my main focus along with my upper body.
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    Herbalife is good to i lost 7 lbs and i started on May 2 i still have 10 more lbs to go.
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    And some free time and some skills I can (and I like) to cook. But to do it daily?
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    You can make your own food. You just need to do some research.
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    I will try this cause I need to lose weight and I like most of the things listed so why not
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    How the food itself? Do you feel hungry if you stay with it? I can't do this. I cannot think without sugar
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    Nutrisystem works and is easy. They send all the food in the mail. I lost 70 pounds so far in seven months. Been cheating on it for awhile though. Gotta have that self control!
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    My dr recommended I cut out sugar complex carbs for 90 days because my sugar levels were getting a little high. It's been a little over a month and I feel great . More energy and losing belly fat !