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Old 12-28-2007, 11:01 PM   #1
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New Year's Resolutions

I have two.

1) Eliminate plastic grocery bags from my life entirely

2) lose 8 more pounds
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Old 12-28-2007, 11:30 PM   #2
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Tone up and lose 15 lbs by August. If so, I get to buy myself a new camera and a really nice dress . This involves quitting soda, no snacking after 8pm, and actually eating breakfast.
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Tone up and lose 15 lbs by August.
Me too! I need to squeeze myself into a skimpy sari for a wedding at the end of August.
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Old 12-28-2007, 11:37 PM   #4
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To stop going to bed at 3 AM.
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Me too! I need to squeeze myself into a skimpy sari for a wedding at the end of August.
You should join our club, lol. We made a blog so we can all jeer at each other and call ourselves fat. Phil's mom and sis (the one getting married) are doing it with me. Phil's other sis already lost weight training for a marathon so she is "the motivator".

I'm online shopping for a used elliptical trainer. I can't afford a gym membership around here (and likely wouldn't go) and our gym at school/work is under construction for another year.
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That's awesome! The club sounds great, haha!

I have access to a gym at school and the firm pays in the summer time, which is nice. I was subletting from a friend this summer who had an elliptical in her living room and I loved that beast! Seriously an awesome workout and I found that it was really a lot better for my knees than the treadmill (or even worse, running on pavement).
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I'm doing a 10k in April. I hope to at least be able to run half and walk half, if not run the entire thing. I'm not expecting anything incredible time-wise - I'm doing it because I've always wanted to do this.
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Tone up and gain pounds I really do need to get in shape.
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you're more than welcomed to take some of mine
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I've had so many kind offers, but I'd rather gain muscle weight

I'd take the fat if it would evenly distribute, but it never does that does it?
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That's awesome! The club sounds great, haha!

I have access to a gym at school and the firm pays in the summer time, which is nice. I was subletting from a friend this summer who had an elliptical in her living room and I loved that beast! Seriously an awesome workout and I found that it was really a lot better for my knees than the treadmill (or even worse, running on pavement).
See I just plain refuse to run. I have arthritis in my foot, among other foot problems. I had a pinched nerve in my lower back which caused me to stop tumbling and I see no reason to aggravate that old injury. I have super dry skin in the winter so if I run, the combination of dry air, chafing, and vibration makes my entire body turns beet red and I get little hives all over and itch. I run so slow that I'd be better off speed walking, seriously. However, on the elliptical I can get into a rhythm without being in pain or itching all over and I can easily do it hard for an hour. Also, there's so much ice build-up right now that it's just not safe to run here unless you're planning on putting climbing spikes on your shoes or something. We can't even walk our dogs right now.

I figure it's more worth it to spend a few hundred on a decent used elliptical that I WILL actually use every day (we had one in my college house) rather than spend more than that on gym memberships that I probably won't fully utilize. By the time our school/work gym is finished, we will hopefully be living in another state. Right now, we have so little equipment you have to sign up to use the popular stuff like ellipticals in advance, and I'd rather have something of my own so I can just do it when I feel like it. I'm also looking into treadmills. I don't like them as much, but I can run Kenya on a treadmill and tone her up faster. There is a test for German Shepherds that's part of the German training programs. You run your dog 12 miles non-stop (you bike, dog runs) and you get an "AD" certification for the dog (means something having to do with endurance). Since I can't bike with a foot of snow on the ground I'm not sure how else to train the dog besides put her on a treadmill.

Phil has to lose 30 lbs but he's a guy so honestly I think it will be easier for him than my 15.
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Phil has to lose 30 lbs but he's a guy so honestly I think it will be easier for him than my 15.
It's very true. The hardest thing is to lose those last few pounds, or for us to tone up. They are really pesky.

I actually managed to shed 8 earlier this year, until I spent a week being wined and dined and not having time to work out and after that, it just all went to hell. My favourite workout is to actually hit the stairs. I used to have access to the football stadium but it's winter now, so I run in my building. It's a 7-storey, so I go up and down about 7-8 times for a really good cardio work out 3 times a week and then I'll try to hit the weights on the off days. Stair running is the fastest way to shed pounds, I've found, except that it is really, really hard on the knees and ankles so I wouldn't necessarily recommend it.
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Get back in shape and be less lazy. Stop going to bed at 3 or 4 and sleep all day...really need to stop that! Get my grades up. And maybe cut off on the chocolate. But I'm not guarantying that...
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I thought that the resolutions had to be something you could actually do...

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See I just plain refuse to run. I have arthritis in my foot, among other foot problems. I had a pinched nerve in my lower back...
Nagging injuries/pains are so annoying. I injured my ankle on two occasions when I was younger...it affected everything for a while - my balance, back, and especially my attitude! I get really grumpy when everything's not working as it should. Have you ever tried using a rowing machine? It could possibly strengthen your back, if used correctly. I use a rower called a Concept 2, and I'm completely addicted to it. The pinched nerve issue could overrule using it in your case, but I'm amazed how it's given me more overall strength in my legs, arms, pretty much everything. It really focuses on the entire body...and gives you stamina for other sports/activities. I went snowshoeing today with my family, and had one of the best days of my life. I felt like an astronaut, bouncing around in zero gravity. I remember thinking this is all due to the rowing machine, while secretly smiling at the huffing and puffing of my sister and aunt.

My resolution: even though I delight in showing-up my family, which is sad in itself, I had a realization today that great moments with them are fleeting. I'd like to spend more time with them, and travel to see them more regularly than I have been doing.

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I'm definitely aiming for that one. The funny thing about staying up late: music always sounds that much better. Still haven't figured out why.
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