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Using my body weight to change my body weight
12-09-2012, 01:48 PM
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Using my body weight to change my body weight
I make a lousy Cathe-lete. I've tried a couple of her (totally awesome!!) videos. But I just don't stick with it . . .I get sidetracked too easily, my daughter needs my attention, or I just plain need a nap worse than I need to work out. I hate to admit it, but yes, there are times where I do! I needed something much more portable and something I can stop and start easily. My best time to work out is when my daughter (who is 3) is playing outside or safely occupied somewhere - which gives me about 30 minutes total. I can't work out when she naps. I work nights and need to sleep when she does, so it's just not an option. After several weeks of making excuses, little to no workouts, and gaining weight (fat! not muscle) I found body weight workouts. Military style old school calisthenics using my own body weight for leverage. I'm starting week 5 of a 10 week basic workout. I plan to take some results pictures at the end of 10 weeks, but I don't see any physical changes. My weight is stable (I'm eating within 100 calories of TDEE most days) and my clothes fit the way they have for months. My weight goes up or down wildly sometimes. But seems to even out just after then end of the month. The really cool thing is that I know I'm physically stronger. I can lift things easily around the house, carry several grocery bags at once, feed the wood furnace with full size logs, and even run to the end of my yard and back without feeling horribly winded. It's awesome! so we shall see what the next 5 weeks bring. I'm hoping for a real, unassisted pull up.
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12-09-2012, 02:52 PM
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Terrigrace that is awesome. Maybe Cathe when baby is in school. Good that you found something that work for you.

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12-09-2012, 04:52 PM
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Ive been seeing your Programs pop up on my news feed on MFP and I always feel so happy for you, picturing you doing these at the park with DD. I cant wait to see what your results are at the end!!!happy

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12-09-2012, 07:35 PM
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The best workout is the one we will actually *do*. wink Sounds like you are finding what works for you, congrats on sticking with it and growing stronger!
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12-10-2012, 02:03 PM (This post was last modified: 12-10-2012 02:06 PM by Terrigrace.)
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[Image: frontview12102012.jpg][Image: backview12102012.jpg][Image: sideview12102012.jpg]

Date: 12/10/2012
Height: 5'7"
Weight: 163 lbs
BF %: 30.5% (using OMRON handheld and confirmed with calipers)

Bust: 37 1/2 inches
Waist: 33 1/2 inches
Hips: 39 1/2 inches

I'm really embarrassed by these photos, I had no idea how big I look. Sad what years of yo yo dieting and lots of cardio did to me.
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12-10-2012, 02:24 PM
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(12-10-2012 02:03 PM)Terrigrace Wrote:  [Image: frontview12102012.jpg][Image: backview12102012.jpg][Image: sideview12102012.jpg]

Date: 12/10/2012
Height: 5'7"
Weight: 163 lbs
BF %: 30.5% (using OMRON handheld and confirmed with calipers)

Bust: 37 1/2 inches
Waist: 33 1/2 inches
Hips: 39 1/2 inches

I'm really embarrassed by these photos, I had no idea how big I look. Sad what years of yo yo dieting and lots of cardio did to me.

No need to be embarrassed. You make it work for you and I am sure the results will be great.
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12-10-2012, 10:52 PM
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So glad you posted. You have nothing at all to be embarrassed about! Pictures tell a story. Documenting your journey is key to success. You get to appreciate every milestone. I look forward to seeing next month's pics!

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12-12-2012, 02:17 AM
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It is great to take progress pics, even ones we do not like to see. I really wish I had more progress pics from the beginning, but I was too embarrassed to take them. You will be happy to be able to measure your success! wink
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12-12-2012, 11:03 PM
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I sure wish I'd taken pics from the beginning an NOT deleted them. Ugh what I wouldn't do to be able to measure progress from the beginning.

Looking forward to following happy

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01-09-2013, 03:59 AM
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Just a quick update. I'm still working through the You Are Your Own Gym program, but instead of 4 workouts a week I cut down to two. No real reason except for the holidays and some extra work shifts slowed me down. I also started a 100 squat a day challenge for the month of January. I decided to up my calories for a couple of weeks as a "diet break" (though I HATE calling this a diet) I wear a Body Media Fit and back in November looked at my average daily burn. It came in around 2300 calories. So I ate 2000 as my "cut" I just did another average and I'm suddenly up around 2500 to 2700 per day. So now I'm not even sure the 2200 calorie "break" is enough. I gained 6 pounds over the weekend - due to check my body fat percentage and officially step on the scale again in the morning. I've only been eating the higher calorie amount for a week, but really blew through it two days by eating over 2600. even so, my BMF total for the week shows a 10 calorie average daily deficit - definitely not enough to show a 6 pound weight gain. So, I will eat my 2200 calories and try to avoid those really high days. And see where I am next week.
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