GET FIT and/or LOSE WEIGHT in 2013: Support and motivation thread

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Croccy1979 Fri 28-Dec-12 15:19:43

I have decided to get fit in 2013 after being somewhat lazy in the second half of 2012 so thought I would start a support thread so we can motivate and support each other (and congratulate each other on our successes of course!).

Feel free to join, whatever your fitness goal is, whether it's running a marathon or 5K. Just post your fitness goal below and then keep us updated of your progress....

I will start: I am generally quite fit but got really lazy in the second half of 2012. My (first) fitness goal for 2013 is to run 10k by the end of February........my second goal is to tone up my bottom, as it used to be quite nice (if I do say so myself) but now it is looking rather out of shape......

ILoveTIFFANY Sat 29-Dec-12 14:46:00

Im in!!

C25k ... Almost completed
Shred... To re motivate
Gym... Joining it tomorrow

Also, gym has a pool so will swim too

I'm in, I am doing my practice Duke of Edinburgh Gold expedition which starts on the first of April for five days of walking. My first goal of the year is to walk more so that I can do it!

ILoveTIFFANY Sat 29-Dec-12 17:05:54

First goal is to complete c25k.... Was on week 7 just before Xmas. Not been running for a week so might restart at week 6. It ends on week 8

January I hope to do shred daily.... Only managed to day 16 last time.

ILoveTIFFANY Sat 29-Dec-12 17:06:53

pixie good luck with that, that's some achievement there! Something to be proud of

Thank you smile Good luck with completing C25K! Are you planning to move onto the 5k to half-marathon one afterwards? C25K sounds addictive, I want to find a walking version of it!

Croccy1979 Sat 29-Dec-12 18:48:57

Pixie I did my Gold D of E a few years ago on horseback. Was great! Good luck with that!

Tiffany good luck with the running. I always find it hard to get started but then becomes addictive!

VivaLeBeaver Sat 29-Dec-12 18:52:26

I'm in, could do with losing two stone and getting fitter.

Going to cut out the chocolate, do more cycling.

VivaLeBeaver Sat 29-Dec-12 18:53:27

Good luck with the 10k Croccy. I did one 3 years ago and never ran again!

ILoveTIFFANY Sat 29-Dec-12 18:54:29

There are power walk apps... I use one! And yes, it's addictive so may move on to something else too

Last time I completed c25k I just stopped... I need constant goals to keep me going I think

peachypips Sat 29-Dec-12 19:00:40

I want to join and I mean it this time!!! I am going to run 3k twice a week and 5k once a week, and do WW until I lose 1.5 stone.
I am 5.3 and weigh 11 stone- want to get back to 9.5 stone and be fitter!
Are we going to report every week??

Croccy1979 Sat 29-Dec-12 19:23:44

Yep report every week I think!

peachypips Sat 29-Dec-12 21:37:56

Good. That'll keep me honest!

Karbea Sat 29-Dec-12 21:55:11

Can I join ?

I'd like to get fitter. I'd like a goal but not really sure what a good one would be...

Croccy: Thanks smile I thought about horseback but have a weak bladder so thought it'd be a bad idea! Haha! (We need a dopey face or something on here!)

Squats are supposed to be good for bottom toning I think? I hate squats, I would like to do them though.

Karbea: What improvement would you most like to see? And what type of exercise do you enjoy? Or do you have an event coming up? If you can run then C25K is a good one, DP has done it in the past and is doing it again in the new year to get back into running (apparently!). If you have nice places to walk nearby then walking is good too. I'm really lucky and have the South Downs 5 mins from my front door and a neighbour who has an eccentric terrier I can borrow for walking! grin

Croccy1979 Sun 30-Dec-12 10:24:07

Karbea how fit are you now? Do you want to lose weight or just get fitter? Perhaps a goal like Couch to 5k might be a good one to start with if you can run? I understand there's an iPhone app.

Croccy1979 Sun 30-Dec-12 10:26:35

Pixie the horse riding D of E was great fun, but you do need to be able to ride to a certain standard. Walking will be fun too I'm sure!

Well I've got a walking plan sorted for the new year now grin I've written it on a general healthiness improvement thread but will copy and paste the week I am working up to doing:
Monday 18th March: Walk 130 minutes.
Wednesday 20th March: Walk 9 miles.
Saturday 23rd March: Walk 16 miles.
Sunday 24th March: Walk 9 miles.
Monday 25th March: Walk 140 minutes.

Then I get a week's break before my expedition starts on the 1st April!
I start tomorrow with a 25 minute walk, and walking every Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. The Sunday walk is a more casual walk, the Saturday a fitness walk and the Monday and Wednesday with 20kg weights on my back. Though not tomorrow, as I don't have my backpack with me :/

Croccy: Yeah I thought that'd be the case. I'm a paddler and was looking at doing canoeing or kayaking for it, but due to health issues I was choosing between painful knees or painful chest with breathing difficulties, and I thought that the knees would be simpler to train up for it and I would see if I could hack the pain! If I can't then I'll do without the expedition and get a partial Gold award and know that I tried smile

chutneypig Sun 30-Dec-12 14:14:32

I started C25K today and really enjoyed it. I'm planning on doing some strength training on the days I'm not running, and stomach toning every day.

I'd like to lose a stone or so but mostly I'm targeting stomach fat. My twins are 5 now, can't blame the baby weight forever grin.

peachypips Sun 30-Dec-12 14:20:12

About to do my first run. Is it the NHS c25k everyone's doing?

Croccy1979 Sun 30-Dec-12 16:20:49

I went horse riding today. Not really as hard as running or anything but better than sitting in my bum grin

Croccy1979 Sun 30-Dec-12 16:21:23

*on my bum!

ILoveTIFFANY Sun 30-Dec-12 16:31:11

peachy I started with that one... Loved Laura and her motivational tips. Now I use a different one which let's you play your own music too.

chutneypig Sun 30-Dec-12 19:38:31

I went for a C25K app that played music, didn't pay much attention to the details! I needed the music to help me along.

I also got a fitbit for Christmas so that's helping me along. I need all the encouragement I can get!

peachypips Mon 31-Dec-12 18:12:42

I have done the podrunner intervals before, but not NHS. Need a change! Went out yesterday! Feeling very proud of myself and a little drunk on G and T!

chutney: what stomach toning are you doing? I was thinking of doing crunches but have found out that they are effective up but only to a certain point so you need variety which I don't know about really confused

I am not sure what to do apart from crunches and hooping. I have my hula hoop and hopefully will have room to hoop by the end of the month <<fingers crossed>>

chutneypig Mon 31-Dec-12 19:45:19

I did the MuTu system earlier this year ConfusedPixie. I'd done a lot of abdominal work with the 30 day shred and it helped tone everywhere but my stomach. I saw about MuTu on MN and figured that it was down to having a diastasis after my twins. Following that programme really helped but I fell off the wagon a bit on the healthy eating side in December. I'm hoping I can tie it all together next year and finally get a toned middle.

I will look that up, thanks!

Croccy1979 Tue 01-Jan-13 17:06:36

Cycled for three hours today grin

VivaLeBeaver Tue 01-Jan-13 17:10:37

I biked for just over an hour today, then walked the dog for over an hour as well.

Then I bought some mini eggs from the shop and scoffed them. blush

Croccy1979 Tue 01-Jan-13 17:13:47

Ha ha I did eat a pile of cheese, we have soooo much left over from Christmas!

chutneypig Tue 01-Jan-13 17:30:31

I've decided I'm going for a week of getting back into the fitness side before overly tackling the diet side. Nothing to do with all the nice stuff still around. Oh no.

I did run 2 today and felt fantastic afterwards. It was a beautiful day, not sure it's going to be quite the same at 6am on Thursday!

I'm in ladies!
Over the last 2 years i've lost over 2 stone, still a bit to lose (probably more since xmas) - I KNOW what works for me. I have classes (zumba, body attack, body pump, CX - les Mills stuff) that i actually love, but due to illness / commitments i haven't been for quite a while!

You guys can kick my ass !! I try to get to about 5/6 a week, but i work FT and DH works shifts.

I want to concentrate on getting fit now rather than weightloss...(am hoping i'll tone up).

A friend has also asked if i'll do GNR this year with her....i'm scared, as I'm not a runner, but wondering if I should go for it?!

I've just done a cardio workout on sparkpeople, DP came in and laughed at me (whilst I was laughing at myself and my inability to do it!) and the workout only gave me 8 points on fitocracy so not as great as I'd hoped! I may do some hooping later. I can't navigate sparkpeople very well though :/

Northumberland: Go for it, it will give you something to work towards smile

VivaLeBeaver Tue 01-Jan-13 22:14:08

Norathumberlandlass, 5-6 classes a week is really good. Respect!

I've only done a 10k bit a friend has done the GNR and she loved it. Go for it.

Pinkglow Wed 02-Jan-13 10:56:33

Glad I found this thread. I'm aiming to do some form of exercise everyday, it can be anything incl walking and for any period of time but the point is that I'm doing something and will hopefully be consistant with it. My diet is on the whole ok and its just the exercise part which needs working on really.

Did a half hour run yesterday (with a couple of minute stops) and I'll prob do a exercise DVD tonight.

Trying to work out sparkpeople at the moment.

peachypips Wed 02-Jan-13 15:08:32

Out today for run no 2...

ILoveTIFFANY Wed 02-Jan-13 20:34:47

Week 7 20 min run today... First of the new year!

Been trying to get to the gym for a lookaround and some info. Seems reasonable.

peachypips Wed 02-Jan-13 21:30:18

Took me 30 mins to run 3 miles. Feeling smug, though want to get faster!

Just thought i'd post <pant pant> that I've just got back from my first zumba class for a month & by god, you'd think i'd never done it before. The sweat is pissing out of me, whatever pelvic floor muscles I had have obviously disappeared over Christmas too!

BUT it was fantastic!! Can't wait for Saturday morning for body pump & zumba....

Feel loads better now I've been!

How's it going with you ladies?

peachypips Thu 03-Jan-13 20:38:13

Well done! I was pouring sweat yesterday too. I have to literally wee three times in the hour if I do Zumba! Not sure where the other posters have got to...

I am doing the gym twice this weekend. Eek! Don't normally go but we are at a hotel for our tenth WA so I am going to make use.

peachypips Thu 03-Jan-13 20:40:08

Btw I want to do the Great West Run. Have you started training? I did a ten k in Sept but have slackened off since. Ever done a half marathon north?

XBenedict Thu 03-Jan-13 20:42:28

Just looking at sparkpeople..........hmm I like it! I am very unfit but have decided 2013 is my year of fitness.

I haven't done a half marathon Peachy, I live about 20 miles from Newcastle & I would love to do the Great North Run, loads of my friends do it & try & persuade me every year.

i'm not a natural runner...far more a dancer (though don't look it). I know it would be a huge challenge for me & it scares me a bit!!!

I love going to classes because i like group exercise. IF I do go for GNR I have to apply for a ballot place by this weekend.

Do you run a lot?

peachypips Thu 03-Jan-13 21:02:52

I used to before the kids - then got really fat and stopped. Then lost most of the weight and started again, but want to crank up the challenge and do the GWR as am near Exeter. Also want to lose last stone. I run three miles about four times per week.
I wish I could dance - I royally suck at it!
How much do you run? I like classes if they don't involve dancing! Spinning is more my style.

I used to run 3 times a week about usually about 3 miles. I just didn't get any faster....i found it hard to build strength & stamina.

I now do a core strength, 3 zumba, one body pump (weights class) & body attack (the most intense of all) each week. Have lost about 3 stone in 2.5 years. Am really happy with it, but i know i will always need to do it & as i gain weight really quickly.

I feel so much better than i used too. I guess i still need to lose a stone or thereabouts!

peachypips Sat 05-Jan-13 22:56:39

How do you fit in all those classes! I want to start a regular high cardio one- which is best?

Well done with all the zumbaing north and peachy, that always looked like fun to me grin

I walked 9.9 miles today with sodding wet feet as my trainers are shite and desperately need replacing! My knees hurt, my chest is painful from the cool air and a new, fitting bra that I'm still getting used too, and I'm really tired, but otherwise feel good smile I also bought some new hill walking boots today, I'm so glad that I waited for a delivery as I chose a gorgeous leather pair which are lovely and snug grin I'm very chuffed with them actually, very old school style walking boots that will need looking after, but should last for years and years.

RE sparkpeople, I'm not liking it so much now I'm using it really, it's a brilliant resource, but I'm finding it difficult to actually use, and it's very calories/weight based and I have no interest in counting calories or losing weight. Using fitocracy and runkeeper seems to be a good combo for me at the moment smile

north that is an amazing amount of classes!

I did Body Pump & Zumba this morning! Was well & truly buggered. But felt great. Body Pump is one of my favourites, I can really see the changes in my body shape.

I do:
Mon: CX (core) & Zumba
Thurs: Zumba & Body Attack
Sat am: Body Pump & Zumba
Hoping to squeeze another toning one in on a Tues if I can.

Zumba is fabulous & I love to dance!! I put everything I have into it.

The classes I go to are Les Mills franchise & they change routines on a 3 monthly basis which is great.

Well done on you guys for getting stuck in.

I feel 100% better in myself when exercising. Don't you?

Answering your question though Peachy, zumba classes very much depend on the instructors. I'm so lucky.

Nothing wrong in trying out a few classes in your area! If dancing isn't your thing then Spinning is supposed to great & boxercise too.

I really need to tone up! I've just turned 40 and i'm wobbly smile

peachypips Mon 07-Jan-13 19:04:57

Think I'll try body pump when DH comes back on Fri. Or spinning. Do you read the Times? There is a suppliment every day this week on toning and fat burning. Really good. Just bought some dumb bells- eek!

No, don't read The Times. Might pick it up tomorrow. I'm still aching from Body Pump on Sat morning!!! Just finished Core Strength & zumba tonight....my abs will feel it tomorrow, but its a good pain.
Les Mills calls it Body Pump, there is another franchise that calls it PumpFX. I assume anything with 'Pump' in the title is bar & weight work!
I love it, its really reduced the old bingo wings smile

I'm also aching, wish I had an excuse beyond a 40 minute walk earlier and being a horse for 4yo charge this evening hmm Good aching though, not the usual aching, that's quite calm at the moment confused Can't complain! I have a 'rest day' in terms of walking tomorrow, but I am working later than usual and then have an hour and a half of climbing and an hour swimming tomorrow evening! First swimming lesson since I was a kid, really looking forward to it!

Oo, is that what Body Pump is? Never realised that.

Hey confused, good luck with your swimming lesson!

Our body pump is a 50 min class with bar & weights.
We do work on these areas:
Warm up
Squats
Chest
Back
More squats
Biceps
Abs
Cool down

The sweat is always running of me by the end & I really love it!!

Thank you smile I can swim already but am hideously bad at the one stroke I know so too embarrassed to go for a swim at my local pool blush

Apart from the squats I could do all of that, I might have a look at my local body pump classes, I know that they have them everywhere here! Not that I know when I'll fit them in between work and walking and climbing hmm

peachypips Tue 08-Jan-13 12:24:36

Feeling fed up as I just weighed myself and I have put on 5 pounds over Christmas!
More running and weights needed- I also want to get rid of bingo wings. Going to have to settle for DVDs this week until I can get outside again. I need to have toned arms before the mythological sun arrives!

Peachy 5lb isn't that bad! You'll get that off in no time.

Just found out my classes on Thurs have been cancelled, so i'll not be able to go until Sat morning now hmm

On the plus side, my abs are killing from last night!!

BsshBossh Tue 08-Jan-13 20:49:47

I will join you all. Lost a couple of stones last year mainly through careful eating (smaller portions, less snacking). Towards the end of the year I joined a gym and started swimming. Loved it. But Christmas has made me into a blob. I haven't dared weigh myself properly but think I've put on half a stone. So new year and all that - want to lose another stone and a half - 21lbs. Same fitness regimen (cardio - swimming & gym work) thrice a week, smaller portions and less/no snacking.

Went swimming 45 mins on Saturday and 45 mins gym work (treadmill, stepper) yesterday but still haven't got my eating on track (still being seduced by leftover Xmas goodies!).

But tomorrow is another day. I will go swimming again and start eating better (after tonight's key lime pie!).

peachypips Tue 08-Jan-13 21:04:37

Well done! I just did my Times work out with weights. Can feel every muscle which is a good sign. Onward and upward!

Hey Bssh! Sounds like you are getting yourself back into the swing of things.

Peachy- great start!! Be gone Bingo Wings.

Gutted I don't have classes till Saturday!! I'll have to work extra hard smile

No swimming in the end today, I was gutted. They emailed me back this morning saying that they only had one space left in the class and the other person had only let her know this morning hmm I asked for those 2 places last week! Cheeky beggars. So No lessons for now, but at least it means that my climbing partner and I can have a good catch-up and giggle and perv over the newbies who are gorgeous for longer every Tuesday ;)

I weighed myself today and am 66.1kg, 2 more than a couple of months ago. DP and I have gained a bit of weight over the past couple of month. Too many takeouts and big meals! We're focussing on eating healthily and less takeouts this year, and treating ourselves less frequently to cheese feasts!

North: that sucks! Are you going to do anything instead or have a rest day?

Bssh: Do you find doing it thrice a week okay, or do you find yourself wanting to do it more/less often? I am debating joining a gym and whilst I couldn't do much cardio in the gym I could do weights and swimming grin But I haven't used a gym properly before, found it boring and couldn't get into the swing of things blush

The classes I do aren't part of a gym, they are a couple of very gorgeous fabulous lads who formed their own company & run classes in schools/halls etc so I don't have other classes to go to. Thurs classes have been cancelled as school isn't available hmm
I'll be extra strict on portion control until then & will probably go for long walk on Fri

It's a bugger about your swimming!

I don't need 2 places for myself btw, DP was going to come with me grin We're both relieved as he wants a break after a couple of full on days at uni and I'm shattered.

I have now also been roped into climbing on Friday night too by the only two friends I have as we haven't had a chance to spend time with all three of us since before Christmas. I'll be sleeping halfway up the wall by Sunday!

Sorry, posted too soon (I do that constantly!)

Pretty good set up then for your classes, I'd love to be able to do that kind of thing! I think I'd die in one of those classes grin Have you got nice areas to walk nearby? I must admit that I didn't realise how many nice walks there were near me until I started researching walks to do later, now I'm really up for training to do longer walks more frequently smile

Confused, i live in the heart of Northumberland, I truly believe i have some of the most glorious scenery in the country around me!! Some I have to drive to like Hadrian's Wall / Pennine Way & shorter ones close by. We walk a lot in the summer with DS.

Actually just writing this has inspired me! A walk on Saturday it is grin

Oh! Driving distance to Hadrian's Wall! If only I was! Very jealous wink I'm also quite luckily though for walking, I live a two minute walk from part of the south downs and have some nice seaside walks within a fifteen minute drive. I'm doing a really weird walk on saturday despite this, walking through industrial estates for two of the ten miles hmm

Oh you have the south downs & seaside!! How lucky are you?
We are only an hour or so from the Lakes too, so in the summer we drive across there.

You've inspired me, I think we'll head out on Saturday unless the snow arrives smile

Ah, but I've lived by the sea most of my life, the downs is a welcome change to places I've lived in the past though. I was supposed to walk today, but ended up at work until 5:30 and have just got home. Not sure whether to go for a alk in the dark or just leave it today :/

From Monday DP and I are having a contest to see who can get the most Fitocracy points by the end of the month and on a monthly basis for the rest of the year. I must beat him wink

BsshBossh Thu 10-Jan-13 20:20:10

ConfusedPixie I really enjoy going to the gym as when I'm using the treadmill and stepper I can catch up on BBC New 24 or listen to my own music; if I'm swimming I just go into a kind of zone which chills me out even though I'm swimming really fast - it's the silence I like when swimming. I'd like to go an extra day (so 4 times) but it's not really practical right now.

So, I thought I'd put on weight over the holiday season but actually I've lost 2 lbs so despite over-eating it must have been the exercise that kept the weight off.

So that's 30lbs off since June 2012. I'm back monitoring calories/food portions, reduced snacking/eating only when hungry so fingers crossed...

Hi Guys,
Can I join in? I seriously need to get motivated, I am generally a fit person but over the last year eveything has gone to pot. My problem is getting started, hopefully once I get the bug again I will keep going. I like cycling to work but the rain before xmas and now the freezing conditions have really put me off! I am planning to get to the running club tomorrow at 9am to give myself a good push.
Wish me luck!

I did a ten mile walk today in the cold and drizzle. I hurt like hell and I'm climbing in the morning sad I will die by the end of tomorrow!

Bssh: That's fair enough, I wouldn't mind going and watching TV on the machines, I would end up hogging the treadmill though as it's about all I can do grin I wonder if I could get away with four hours on a treadmill? wink

Nice one RE the weight loss over Christmas!

Pass: Feel free grin Group exercising seems to be my thing I've discovered, having other people who are relying on me organising the exercise event so therefore need me to be there stops me backing out so often!

How's it going ladies?
I've been keeping to the plan & did 2 classes Sat morning & 2 Mon night. Hardly aching at all now & back into full swing.
Have just been chatting to instructor on twitter & he's persuaded me to do all 3 classes on Sat morning....what have I let myself in for !!!! grin

Well done smile Good luck for Sat morning ;) you may need it!

I climbed on Saturday, 6 climbs which was good considering we were late and then spent an hour hanging around filling in forms! Haven't done anything since then though.

I had a massive blister on the back of my ankle from walking which burst during my first climb on Sunday. By the end of climbing it was mostly off and dirt had gotten under the skin so I had to cut the skin off and now it's cracked and dry sad Anyone have any tips to help it heal? I left it alone yesterday but it was cracking today so I lathered on some of the old fashioned thick nivea cream (the plainest thing I have in the house) and have bunged a plaster on it. I'm hoping that softens it enough that walking tomorrow will be okay!

Ouch hmm your heel sounds painful! What about vaseline? That might help.

You sound like you've had a fab weekend!! (Apart from the blister)

It's alright this morning, the skin is growing back so I think it just needed some moisture to heal, dpb has a massive tub of vaseline somewhere so I'll try find that when I get home to slather on! Thanks!

It was a good weekend but my goodness I was bloody tired come monday grin

Bump! How is everybody doing?

The skin still hasn't completely healed on my ankle! But I'm back to climbing again after a few missed weeks. Feels good!

BsshBossh Fri 08-Feb-13 14:15:59

Hello, jumping back in here. I've increased my gym sessions to 4-5 times a week (need to get value for money out of the monthly £££ fee!). I was getting too cold for swimming so am exclusively (until it warms up more) doing cardio at the gym - speed walking on a treadmill at around 80% of my maximum heartrate so I'm getting quite sweaty doing it plus using the stepper machine. 45 mins in total. I feel so fit and energised!

Started the 5:2 way of eating last week and surprisingly have managed to exercise on my fast days. I find exercise an appetite suppresent (sp?). Hae lost 5lbs since I started 5:2 so that takes me to total 51lbs lost since February last year.

When I reach target weight I am going to ramp up to a heavy lifting strength training programme.

I am addicted to exercise I think!

Nice work grin How do you know that you're at 80% of your heart rate? & With the 5:2 thing, do you have nothing but water on fast days or is it liquid foods? How much more are you aiming to lose? 51lb so far is awesome.

I'm not exercising much at the moment embarrassingly. I want to get my hoop out though!

BsshBossh Sat 09-Feb-13 12:39:47

Can't remember how I worked it out but I searched it on Google

BsshBossh Fri 15-Feb-13 20:01:56

Have just completed week 1 of Couch to 5k. I would love to run properly. This is my next fitness goal smile

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