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#1 Apr 23 2014 at 9:45 AM Rating: Excellent
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I joined a gym last week and went for the first time this morning. I am convinced the Elliptical machine was made by Satan himself. I did 20min on it, 15min on the bike, and did a 5min Ab workout. I feel like I'm gonna die and everything is Jello, and seriously questioning why I am doing this. Hanging on my closet door is the cutest tankini in a reasonable size for my height and build, I'm going to get into it by summer if it kills me. I have fought my weight since my early 20's and with the big 3-0 fast approaching, I need to get a handle on it now or I'm never going to. This is also one of my resolutions made at New Year's that I'm kinda getting a late start on, but better late than never!

What are your goals for summer? How are the resolutions coming along, if you made any? And any other self-congratulatory moments lately? Pats on the back all around!
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I feel like I'm gonna die and everything is Jello, and seriously questioning why I am doing this.
That's how you should feel after a workout.

My goal is maintenance and not letting my age affect me. A big part of my job is to be in shape, and I can't expect people that work under me to be in shape if I can't do it.
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My goal for summer is to get our neighbor to start picking up the dog **** before it really starts to stink in the heat.

As for fitness I took the amount of money I'd spend on 1 month in a gym and bought a set of dumbbells a while back. Between those and running outside I'm pretty much set. Though I need to get back into the running thing more, it's been a while. Lacking a good pair of running shorts these days, and I'll need some as it gets warmer.
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I moved my consoles and a screen to where my exercise bike is, so if I want to play I have to be sitting on the bike. So, I've effectively curbed my console gaming habit. Smiley: lol

I don't have a specific weight loss goal. I mostly just want to adjust my unhealthy lifestyle into a more healthy one. If I have to go anywhere within a reasonable distance, I'll walk. I'm eating less garbage. I'm down two pants sizes since the beginning of the year, which is cool. I'd bike to work but I can't find any gyms close enough that I'd be able to go take a shower before clocking in, so I'm going to pass on that for now.
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What are your goals for summer?
To grow carrots.


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I usually go to the gym a few times a week, but I fractured my pinkie toe on Saturday (trying to break up a cat fight) and that means the elliptical is right out for six weeks.

I confirmed that the exercise bike is okay as a stopgap, but I can't get my heart rate up as much on that thing since my tush is sitting while I pedal. Smiley: frown
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To grow carrots.

For some reason I always end up with short turnip looking carrots. There are literally no rocks in the area I am growing them in for 4 feet in any direction, it's got it's own watering system, I fertilize them, and everything else grows great. But not the carrots. No idea why.
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#8 Apr 23 2014 at 2:51 PM Rating: Decent
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For carrots it's the dirt, they need sandy soil.

Grats on your exercising, Jello = good but the first little while it'll be much worse. It gets easier once you've been at it consistently for a bit, mostly I think you just learn how to do things with a complete lack of strength so you don't notice it as much :).
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30, eh? O.K., from someone with a daughter nearly as old as you, if I could stick one thought in your head that you would not be able to get rid of, a thought that would haunt you for the rest of time, it would be this (you said it yourself, I'm just confirming it from experience):

Delva wrote:
with the big 3-0 fast approaching, I need to get a handle on it now or I'm never going to.

Kudos to you for starting. Like gaxe said, it's supposed to hurt. Just keep it up.

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#10 Apr 23 2014 at 4:43 PM Rating: Good
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I tried the whole exercising thing, but it's much easier to just... not do the whole exercising thing.

The thought of going to the gym after work is unbearable, and I don't know how people do it.
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The thought of going to the gym after work is unbearable, and I don't know how people do it.
By doing it before work.
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For carrots it's the dirt, they need sandy soil.

The dirt it's in is a 1/3 sand 1/3 potting soil 1/6 manure 1/6 peat moss + assorted water retention additives mixture. Do they need more sand than that?
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#13 Apr 23 2014 at 6:46 PM Rating: Good
Would you describe your local soil (before additional stuff) as "clay"? If so, moar sand.

Carrots like well drained soil. This promotes growth and prevents rot or drowning. Over-wet soil discourages carrot depth.
EDIT: Raised beds are best

On a related note, carrots seeded in close proximity will give you square carrots!!


ALSO: What kind of carrot seeds are you planting? Brand and name of strain, I mean.

Edited, Apr 23rd 2014 7:18pm by Bijou
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#14 Apr 23 2014 at 7:08 PM Rating: Excellent
The gym would be so much better if people would just rack their ******* weights after they're done using them. Smiley: mad
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The gym would be so much better if people would just rack their ******* weights after they're done using them. Smiley: mad
What if I told you that your gym hired someone to go around un-racking the weights in an effort to get its members to stretch more?

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#16 Apr 23 2014 at 8:47 PM Rating: Good
Nah, it's a college gym. They don't care about us that much.
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The thought of going to the gym after work is unbearable, and I don't know how people do it.
By doing it before work.

But that requires getting up earlier than strictly necessary!
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#19 Apr 24 2014 at 7:25 AM Rating: Good
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Carrots.

Not Safe For Really Strict Work Places.

Edited, Apr 24th 2014 9:25am by lolgaxe
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Elinda wrote:
To grow carrots.

For some reason I always end up with short turnip looking carrots. There are literally no rocks in the area I am growing them in for 4 feet in any direction, it's got it's own watering system, I fertilize them, and everything else grows great. But not the carrots. No idea why.


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To grow carrots.

For some reason I always end up with short turnip looking carrots. There are literally no rocks in the area I am growing them in for 4 feet in any direction, it's got it's own watering system, I fertilize them, and everything else grows great. But not the carrots. No idea why.



My carrots were like this too! Short, squat, bitter little things. Before planting each season, I would till the ground under several times with a good fertilizing soil. This north Texas dirt is very dense and clay-like so I would constantly have to keep the soil cultivated which is very hard to do when something is planted there!
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#21 Apr 24 2014 at 11:31 AM Rating: Good
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Mazra wrote:
The thought of going to the gym after work is unbearable, and I don't know how people do it.
By doing it before work.

But that requires getting up earlier than strictly necessary!


Gotta put the effort in somehow if you want dem gainz.
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#22 Apr 24 2014 at 12:03 PM Rating: Good
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I would have to get up at 4 AM, which would leave me a zombie the rest of the day. Due to work, that is not an option.
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Mazra wrote:
I would have to get up at 4 AM, which would leave me a zombie the rest of the day.
For me it is what wakes me up.

Coffee is what keeps me awake.
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#24 Apr 24 2014 at 1:31 PM Rating: Good
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The workout wouldn't wreck me - getting up at 4 AM would.
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Nobody should be getting up at 4 AM, can't be healthy.
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There's a 4 am?

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#27 Apr 24 2014 at 3:11 PM Rating: Excellent
I don't like working out in the morning. I'm always more congested, I'd much rather work out in the evening. Doing that also forces me to eat properly to be ready to work out, which is another plus.
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#28 Apr 24 2014 at 4:28 PM Rating: Good
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'Course there is! I frequently stay up until it. Never really seen it from the other side, though.
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I learned from playing the Sims that I could get into shape pretty easily without ever leaving home using a jump rope.

I had one for a while. My stepdaughter left it in the living room one day. Unfortunately it was very badly designed and frequently trapped/pinched the fingers of everyone who used it with its bright pink plastic corkscrew shaped handles, so my wife threw it away while I was sleeping. At this point it doesn't really feel like a worthwhile investment to go out and buy a real jump rope.
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At this point it doesn't really feel like a worthwhile investment to go out and buy a real jump rope.
At what point?

If you've decided jump-roping is going to be your physical activity, not having a jump-rope seems like it could be a problem.

Just eight bucks at Amazon will get you this manly jump-rope.
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Mazra wrote:
I would have to get up at 4 AM, which would leave me a zombie the rest of the day. Due to work, that is not an option.

Mazra wrote:
The thought of going to the gym after work is unbearable, and I don't know how people do it.


You're not leaving yourself many options. Can you take time during the workday to work-out?

Edited, Apr 25th 2014 3:59pm by Elinda
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Delva wrote:
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To grow carrots.

For some reason I always end up with short turnip looking carrots. There are literally no rocks in the area I am growing them in for 4 feet in any direction, it's got it's own watering system, I fertilize them, and everything else grows great. But not the carrots. No idea why.


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To grow carrots.

For some reason I always end up with short turnip looking carrots. There are literally no rocks in the area I am growing them in for 4 feet in any direction, it's got it's own watering system, I fertilize them, and everything else grows great. But not the carrots. No idea why.



My carrots were like this too! Short, squat, bitter little things. Before planting each season, I would till the ground under several times with a good fertilizing soil. This north Texas dirt is very dense and clay-like so I would constantly have to keep the soil cultivated which is very hard to do when something is planted there!
I'm ok with stumpy carrots. I've tried growing carrots the last two years with little to no yield at all. I bought some good seeds. I'm hoping they'll make the difference.
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I originally had pretty intense goals to hit by summer, but major surgery on the 2nd and 8 days in the hospital, then recovery, pretty much ensured that didn't happen. 4 months later and I'm finally hitting the strength levels I was at pre-surgery, so we'll see what happens. Right now, I weigh about 175, but my body fat percentage is around 14%. I'd really like to get that down to like 11/12% (preferably staying at about the same weight level, but just losing fat). That's a really intense goal, though. If I can get down to 13% and gain lean mass at the same time, I'll call it a win.
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Good to hear your recovery from surgery is going well!
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Elinda wrote:
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I would have to get up at 4 AM, which would leave me a zombie the rest of the day. Due to work, that is not an option.

Mazra wrote:
The thought of going to the gym after work is unbearable, and I don't know how people do it.


You're not leaving yourself many options. Can you take time during the workday to work-out?


Only Monday mornings, and only if 2nd grade P.E. counts as workout.

Might start post-work workout once I get into a proper work routine, but right now I feel like I've been up all week when I get home from work. Enjoying a beer in front of the computer/TV just sounds like much better use of my limited free time.
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I'm one of the insane ones that workout in the morning, typically before 5:30 a.m. I do it to get it out of the way. If I slept in (or just surfed on my tablet in bed for too long), I'll at the very least do a 5 minute session of burpees and bodyweight moves. I've generally been lucky enough that my weight isn't a health issue and losing any weight is more for my vanity.

Now, what I really want to do is finish up decorating my house, prettying up the yard and finish NaNoWriMo this year.
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Burpees? That sounds like something I'd pick up at a 7-11.

Probably some kind of carbonated taco.
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#40 Apr 30 2014 at 4:36 PM Rating: Good
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Burpees? That sounds like something I'd pick up at a 7-11.

Probably some kind of carbonated taco.

Or she's gardening.Smiley: nod

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Burpees are death. Burpees are hate.

We used to do them for crew.

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Burpees sound like they result in lots of involuntary evacuation of digestive gas from your system. Do not need.
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Burpees are death. Burpees are hate.

We used to do them for crew.

Oh. Grass drills.
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Burpees? That sounds like something I'd pick up at a 7-11.

Probably some kind of carbonated taco.

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Burpees? That sounds like something I'd pick up at a 7-11.

Probably some kind of carbonated taco.

Those are fartees.
After a couple carbonated tacos, I don't think you want to risk farting unless you're on the toilet.
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We used to do them for crew.

Oh. Grass drills.

Squat Thrusts!

A long time ago, my high school had a Physical Fitness team. There was only one annual event, held at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY, and it was run by the U.S. Marines.

Five different exercises, all without rest in between: 100 bent-knee sit-ups in two minutes, then immediately to 60 push-ups untimed (two marines, one with his hand under your chest yelling "Yes" or "No" depending on if your chest touched his hand or not and the other making sure your back was straight and yelling out the count - it got real when you heard the same number over and over again), then immediately to 26 Squat Thrusts timed, but I don't remember how long - may have been 90secs (again, a marine watching to see if your thigh touched your calf or not, if your back was straight on the kick-out, and if you stood up straight), 30 pull-ups with palms over the bar in two minutes, and then run five times around two cones 60 yards apart which was timed, but I don't remember how.

Can't believe I was once able to do that.
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At boot camp that was called Thursday.
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