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Posts posted by TarrynGrial

  1. So far, I've lost about 8 lbs in 5 weeks. I'm not following any sort of prescribed diet beyond just making sure I'm taking in less calories than I'm burning, getting enough protein/calories/fat per day, and working out (weight lifting/running) when I can. It has been rather busy this month getting ready to move several states away, so it has put a damper on my work out schedule. My trouble now is that I have stopped losing weight almost entirely this past week. I'm assuming I need to increase my activity because pushing my caloric deficit any further would not be healthy.

  2. I understand where you are coming from there. I'm from the southern part of the U.S., and summers can be unbearable on a good day. Treadmills do propel you forward and have a bit more give when you run on them. If you are training for a race sometime soon, then it may help to run outside as much as you can to get used to the terrain and weather. If you're not and using this as an exercise program, you should be fine. I wouldn't worry about losing progress for the two weeks you need to use it. It may even help with speed and maintaining a steady pace. I know I have issues when running outside making sure I'm keeping my pace constant.

  3. "Shout" by Tears for Fears, "Just Another Day" or "Home Again" by Oingo Boingo, "No Excuses" or "I Stay Away" by Alice in Chains, "Superfast Jellyfish" by Gorillaz, "Aerodynamic" and "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" by Daft Punk, "Road To Nowhere" by Talking Heads, "Planet Telex" by Radiohead and "Strict Machine" by Goldfrapp. If any of those come on, I'm in the mood to move a mountain or two. :)

  4. I'm not a doctor or a nutritionist, but I have a family full of type-II diabetics and was misdiagnosed as a pre-diabetic several years ago. Unless things have changed pretty drastically, a lot of what the nutritionist, doctors and dietetic classes taught was the importance of getting enough protein (for satiety, energy and to help stave off the shakes when your blood sugar dips too low), go for low glycemic index carbs over medium (which quick oats/oatmeal counts as) or high, and stick to a relatively low carb count per meal in general since carbs are what effect sugar levels. A diebetic's diet will be a bit different from normal due to the nature of the disease, and a pre-diebetic usually gets prescribed the same diet guidelines to ensure that he/she does not go over the threshold and become a full diebetic. If the nutritionist told her to cut out a specific food group entirely or something equally drastic or unnecessary, that would certainly be cause for concern. It may be helpful to search for a database of carbs labeled from low to high glycemic levels and see if that is in line with what the nutritionist is suggesting. I hope this helps, and I understand your concern. It's always worrisome with how much false information exists about nutrition to place that kind of trust in someone else's word.

  5. Thank you for the encouragement! It's a bit rough making all of these changes and doing all of this alone sometimes. I made the mistake of trying to up my pace today. My treadmill doesn't have a setting where you can program set speeds for walking and running and having to press the "+"/"-" buttons five times each time I have to change speeds is beyond distracting. I think I'll work through the 5k program on a low speed to up my endurance and go back through it on a higher speed later.


    Week 1, Day 3:

    This was by far the hardest workout I've done since starting. I found myself extremely overheated half-way through my run after increasing my speed. Also, my mind just wasn't in it or the ab/stretch routines that followed. I'm sure this happens to everyone once in a while, and I know tomorrow's weight routine as well as the run the day after will be better.

  6. Week 1, Day 2 Repeat:


    I was sidelined a few days. I managed to injure both legs trying to do too much too soon on my leg day last week and had to take two days off to recover. I have since organized a much more sane and safe routine to follow and decided to redo Week 1, Day 2 before pressing on with the routine. It was a challenge to get through, but everything felt great afterwards. I'm looking forward to the next run!

  7. No worries. You've progressed with this program up until now. 3 min may look daunting at the moment since it's a new milestone obstacle, but you'll be able to push through. If you don't quite make it the first time around after trying the best you can, it's nothing to beat yourself up over. Just set your schedule up to repeat that day until you can get through it successfully. The only failure to be afraid of is the failure to try. Best of luck tomorrow, and let us know how it went!

  8. I have never been a fit person. As a student, I was bullied daily for 8 years due to my being overweight. I managed to lose close to 40 lbs my senior year; however, it was for all of the wrong reasons. I wanted to prove my self-worth to others, I was trying to woo a boy I had tried to date for three years and I had a deep sense of self-loathing after internalizing all of that ridicule for so long.


    Fast-forward 10 years, and I have failed my attempts at university despite straight A's up to that point, I have no work, had to move 3 states away from the only place that ever felt like home, had my fiancé move back there a year ago without me, lost a dear friend and my grandmother in the span of a couple of months, wound up in a mental hospital from a breakdown, have no means of getting anywhere around town due to not having a car/bike and have no friends in this state aside from my parents. In other words, keeping the bare minimum of sanity here lately has not been an easy task, much less keeping my weight or health in check.


    I'm finally at the breaking point, and have decided to start this program and journey. I'm tired of things happening to me or starting and stopping things due to a lack of confidence or energy. I want to make something happen for once in quite a few years. My goal is to get back to some semblance of health, and do it strictly for myself for a change.


    Starting Stats:

    Weight: 140.5

    Neck: 13

    Arms: 11.5

    Bust: 38

    Waist: 33.5 (34 at navel)

    Hips: 37

    Thigh: 19.5

    Calf: 13.5

    Fat %: 33% (Navy), 38% (YMCA), 31% (Full body calc)


    I am going to use this topic as my personal progress and accountability journal. I will update my stats every two weeks and the status of my runs after each one. Sorry for the long post, but getting everything out without shame is a big step for me.


    Week 1, Day 1 - Week 1, Day 2:

    Both times, I decided to forgo the 100° weather in favor of a treadmill. I kept my walk speed at 3mph and run speed at 4mph during my first run with little difficulty. On the second run, I upped the run speed to 4.5. I had to turn the speed back down to 4 a little over half way through the run, but I managed to complete it without stopping. I am going to try this day again on Monday to see if I can do the full run at 4.5.

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