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Old 01-03-2018, 10:33 PM
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Old 01-04-2018, 09:05 PM
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I do not want to get a vacation. But it makes the point one way of gaurenteeing results is hiring a coach.
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Interesting thread and want to add my 2 cents. As an avid weight trainer with a relatively strict diet I believe your overall quest for fitness is a lifestyle decision that doesn't need to be complicated or include much deprivation. Commit to 4-5 workouts per week, after workout stretching and make sure you fuel your body with healthy food. Don't focus on the scale, focus on the mirror and overall fitness measurements; resting heart rate, BP, percent body fat. It's truly a consistency thing rather than the typical off and on approach that so many fall victim to. This approach may not peel seconds off your lap times but will at least provide the foundation to maintain pace for a full race.
I'll add Bikram Hot Yoga to the mix, just did a 1 hour class in 108 degree temp. It felt the same as being in the cockpit at the end of 30 minute sprint on a hot and humid summer day. Good test of your overall flexibility and balance.
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Old 01-06-2018, 12:12 AM
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No specific goals per se but I do try to start the year off with a cool blast:

1. Dry January
2. Pescetarian month
3. Daily yoga
4. Daily HIIT

All downhill after that.
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You know me Matt, I have no goals, except to gain a little lean muscle.. I do this on Mtn Bike and with chain saws, log splitter/maul.
I was told to stop all carb intake, for diabetes management .
It is like a drug I can't stop, worse than booze and butts..
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1) Move to Buffalo
2) Buy a snow shovel
3) Use it constantly
I've already lost all the weight I put on over the holidays

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I'll add Bikram Hot Yoga to the mix, just did a 1 hour class in 108 degree temp. It felt the same as being in the cockpit at the end of 30 minute sprint on a hot and humid summer day. Good test of your overall flexibility and balance.
hot yoga is awesome. Especially right before or after weight training.
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Yoga only works if you do it with a room of hot women.
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Last January started a carb free diet and started at least walking more. Proteins only for a few days, mix in veggies, no alcohol ....but with a catch: all bets are off Friday night through Sunday. Sure it’s cheating, but hey, we love good beer, good wine, and bar food. forget “carb addiction” or whatever, we LIKE nachos, pizza, fries, etc. Our “break” is hanging at our favorite bar(s) and/or restaurants. Is what it is and it ain’t gonna change...you only live once..

So I dropped nearly 20 lbs in a few months, BP went down. Felt great, and pretty much maintained it all year (though thanksgiving to New Years just killed that!,). Didn’t stay strict to the diet, just kept carbs (and alcohol) in more moderation and chose healthy meals more often than not....still did wings, pasta, pizza, etc on occasion but not as much as before. (I type this as I’m having a salami and provolone sandwich on Italian bread for lunch....oops...��)

one of the big changes was paying more attention to ingredients for what we make at home....more “fresh”, less packaged/processed. I do most of the cooking (I love to cook) so it’s been fun trying new stuff.

for 2018, we need to do more excercise...we do very little because we both hate it....I just can’t motivate myself to excercise for the sake of excercise...I need an activity, but now so busy with trying to build up NaroEscape Motorsports business, building a new house, PCA and SCCA volunteer activities, etc.... (yeah I know, excuses). But that’s our target for 2018...
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I've generally stayed reasonably fit through most of my life, but as I approach 50 (just turn 49 in Dec), I found I had put on a bit of fat and lost lean muscle mass. About 9 months ago, I started a fairly serious weight lifting regime; after the 6 months I had lost 13 lbs and put on a significant about of lean muscle. Rather surprised I had that much fat to lose, quite honestly as most people think I am pretty skinny. Due to work, travel, moving, job change, and a shoulder injury (unrelated to lifting), I've lost a bit of muscle and core strength. so I will focus on rebuilding the core, re-gaining some muscle, and taking care not to injure my shoulder. My goal is lifting 4x/week for 45 mins and 2x week cardio.

Diet plays a big role too. For me, this year, it is reeling in the boozing -- my only real 'vice' as eat a very 'healthy' diet. My idea of healthy being modest amount of very high quality, unrefined carbs, no refined sugars as all, green veggies, high quality proteins from chicken, fish, beef, cheese. I do not calorie count or obsess over fat content but rather focus on the quality of the food and avoid prepared foods.

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Matt, thanks for starting this thread.

Maintaining a food log and going to the gym every day, or nearly every day <grin>, has yielded a relatively linear loss of 7 lbs in 21 days. Nothing fancy, just discipline and a supportive (and fit) lady.

Thanks again!
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Originally Posted by ProCoach View Post
Matt, thanks for starting this thread.

Maintaining a food log and going to the gym every day, or nearly every day <grin>, has yielded a relatively linear loss of 7 lbs in 21 days. Nothing fancy, just discipline and a supportive (and fit) lady.

Thanks again!
Awesome! It can be tough keeping the routine, but it sounds like you have an awesome start. I'm typing this from the treadmill!
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This guy's approach to exercise and diet is close to mine (except I don't do any supplements) -- with similar results. Good to follow on twitter:

http://roguehealthandfitness.com/build-muscle-age/

Once you learn your body you can improvise and vary strength/resistance training with all sorts of methods. Recently I've even stopped going to the gym and am experimenting with just 8-10 various bodyweight sets (5-10 mins total) before (ice-cold) shower every day. Easy, peasy. Couldn't do a single pistol (one-leg) squat after years doing leg-presses in the gym. After a month of practice at home, I can now do a set of six before failure. Also pick up and do a set with a random rock while walking the dogs or hiking.

Btw, basic old russian special forces strength training methods are: pistol squats and one-arm-one-leg push-ups. One set of each, to failure, gives you a full body strength workout in under a minute.

Whatever it is, I don't spend more than 1hr a week on exercise. Oftentimes, the simplest is also the most effective.
That said, no amount of exercise can fix (compensate for) a bad (carb-loaded) diet. Calories don't matter -- carbs do,
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...... a supportive (and fit) lady.



Just might be the biggest incentive of all, Peter!!

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