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pictures taken [04 Feb 2005|12:24pm]

[ mood | motivated ]

sadly, Im not ready to share them just yet.

I just bought a new tankini last weekend, so i took pics in it. A front, side and back. I am going to take some again just before the May 2-4. (its a BIG long weekend beer-a-thon up here, and my friends and i always go to the cottage or camping) I am really going to focus on toning and firming up my butt, thighs and arms between now and then. And I promise that i will post a comparison at that time.
Im going to start swimming atleast once a week (i found out there is a ladies swim in the morning MWF & Sun...right across the street!) and continue with the cross ramp, the bike, and the rowers at the gym once or twice a week, and then bellydancing and pilates atleast once a week. I think that with all that variety, It wont be hard for me to work out 4-5 times a week at all.. and the different things will keep my body on its toes!

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good tip for cold season! [05 Nov 2004|11:10am]

A cold or bad allergies means no amount of butter, cheese or other fat is going to improve the taste of your food. All you're doing is adding fat and calories to your food... for nothing. But you can spice it up with cayenne pepper or hot sauce, which can actually help you to breathe easier and increase the chances you'll regain your sense of taste.

from e-diets
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New Community [04 Oct 2004|08:41pm]

Hi people..

This community has been pretty quiet for a while, and now that it is closed, no one new can join.
raye_gets_fit has decided to start another similar community that is now up and running.

find it here shaping_my_self
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let's take action [20 Sep 2004|11:37pm]

this week's challenge is to take action towards your weightloss. tell us how you are taking control of your issues. tell us the steps you have taken so far, and the ones you wish to implement.

extra credit options, post your fav. healthy recipe for our upcoming recipe section.
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my answer [03 Sep 2004|08:23am]

[ mood | okay ]

What have you done recently for your weightloss/shapeover goal??

Honestly... nothing! I've been carefully watching my food intake, though. I've been eating a lot of protein and whole grains, and I've declined the opportunity to have ice cream twice! Instead I had some rice dream last night, which is just as fulfilling, I think.

Exercise has been lacking this week, however. I went on vacation last weekend and came back Monday night... and since then I haven't been able to get back into the swing of things very well. I'm hoping to catch an exercise class this weekend though. Something new like kickboxing. I'll let you know how I like it!

I have had some successes though. I'm feeling a difference in how my clothes feel, particularly my "goal jeans", which are a size 4. I figure I'll fit into those in about 5 lbs, which will be my goal weight, and at that point I think I will be quite comfortable with my weight and will be ready to maintain--for the rest of my life!

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ok, lets get back on track [29 Aug 2004|11:09pm]

What have you done recently for your weightloss/shapeover goal??

my answer is that I joined a gym. there's one right by my work that I can easily go to after work and have some fun. I feel bad because I was quite lazy this past weekend, but once things calm down a bit, my weekends won't be so hellish. the other thing I've done is started playing midfield for my soccer team, my body is definitely working on getting used to it, but it's a good position for me.

I really need to work on my diet. I'm trying, but it is challenging.

your turn...
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challenge [17 Aug 2004|04:35pm]

[ mood | content ]

how do we make this community better?

Well, more participation would be great. Of course, we can't actually force anyone, so we can only do so much to make that possible... but I'll do my part to try to get people posting! Maybe in addition to challenges, we can have people post recipes... especially those that they got from Shape... and we could put them in the memories! I make a lot of recipes from Shape, so if people are interested, I'll post them and my reviews of them.

what would you like to see changed?

I can't think of anything offhand. Just more participation would be cool.

what would you like to see stay the same?

The weekly challenges. I like them.

what would you like to see more of?

Maybe reviews/discussion of things that people see in Shape? Like, if you try a new exercise or something, post about it and let us know how it was!

Heather: I definitely still want to be a part of the weekly challenges. Let me know if you need any help with anything!

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weekly challenge [17 Aug 2004|12:00am]

ok, here's the deal, I only want this community to get better and better. so this week's challenge is all about what you would like to see changed. Here's what I'm already thinking of doing: I'm going to update the info page, making it full of knowledge for those just starting their weight loss journeys, I'm going to add resources and tips as well as make past challenges memories.

so here's what I want from you:

how do we make this community better?

what would you like to see changed?

what would you like to see stay the same?

what would you like to see more of?

anything else you want to add that you feel might be beneficial to the community growing in participation?

for those of you that don't post, why don't you post?

the idea is that I'm going to take a couple of weeks to revamp the community, get the ideas flowing as well as get the interest back into it. with the blending of summer into fall I have a feeling more people will want to join in, but until then, I'd like to see answers from you all. mostly because I need to know what to do to keep this community functioning.

I also need volunteers for making up the weekly challenges. if you are interested in being on this list, please respond so that when the real challenges start up again, we're ready to go.

thanks everyone,
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late challenge [16 Aug 2004|01:34pm]

[ mood | content ]

So I'm late with this, but I figured that I'd do it anyway. :)

Name: Sarah

age: 26

weight now: about 126

long term weight goal: 120

short term weight goal: 125 by Aug. 27

favorite cardio exercise: elliptical

favorite exercise that is not cardio: weightlifting, yoga

If you had a friend wanting to get into fitness, but complained that it was too boring and painful, what advice would you give: You've got to find something that you LIKE. If you don't enjoy it, you're not going to keep it up! And besides, why would you continue doing something that you don't enjoy?

How do you keep your own fitness regimine fun: I try to vary it up. If I start getting bored, I'll try new machines at the gym, or try new combinations of speed/resistance. I also always work out with music; sometimes some new music will really make me go!

what else would you like this community to know about you or your journey in fitness: It hasn't been easy for me to work on losing "the last 10". I've been trying for a while now, and I've had my ups and downs. But I'm not giving up! And neither should you! :)

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Leaving the community [15 Aug 2004|11:24pm]

Just wanted to let you guys know I'm leaving the community. Thank you all for your support while I was active here, and good luck with your fitness goals! I know you'll all kick some butt. :D
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the completed challenge [10 Aug 2004|11:10pm]

Name: Heather
weight now: around 145
long term weight goal: 115
short term weight goal: 140
favorite cardio exercise: soccer!!
favorite exercise that is not cardio (anaerobic): I'm into sprints at the moment, as it helps my soccer
If you had a friend wanting to get into fitness, but complained that it was too boring and painful, what advice would you give: I usually try to get them to participate in something I'm into at the moment, whether it's biking, skating, or soccer...working out with someone can make even the most painfully boring exercise fun
How do you keep your own fitness regimine fun: I basically end up nonstop for awhile with my fitness path. I'm usually biking or doing something for soccer...I have to pay to play soccer ($40 for being on the team, $1.50 each game) so that's an initiative to keep going. I really love it tho. I love being able to push myself and then to have others realize I'm getting faster. now if I could only get better with my ball handling skills. basically, I let fitness become my life, but making sure I rest at least two days and have time for other stuff...it stays fun because I'm quite obsessed with both biking and soccer. I love my other sports, but these two I'm just so involved with right now...
what else would you like this community to know about you or your journey in fitness: my freshman year of college I went from 110 to 95 or so. there was a whole lot of stress from being unhappy at the school I had chosen and I found myself in an almost anorexic state (5', medium bone structure) but it was cool to be so skinny. then, I lost my best friend to a car accident, changed schools, started partying, and gained lots over a couple of years depression. losing weight to me is more about reclaiming how I used to be. I don't want to be an empty shell anymore, and I'm doing all I can to let myself live as an echo...I spend most of my unbusy work hours writing creatively, and I'm getting more creative by the moment. it's good to see some life in me, but now I want a decent body back. right now I'd be happy with 125-130, but over time I would like to be a little skinnier. I would also like to say that it's for a need to be healthier as well.
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challenge accepted [09 Aug 2004|10:25pm]

I like this one. I tend to pretty much have a list similar to this to refer to, and i update it every couple of weeks.

Name: Sarah
age: 20 (almost 21!!)
height: 5'7
weight now: 172.5
long term weight goal: 135-ish (when i get there, we will see what feels the best)
short term weight goal: 165
favorite cardio exercise: Taekwando (kicks, punches, blocks, forms... the whole 9 yards provides a wonderful cardio workout, self-defense knowledge, and mental clarity that i just havent found yet in other forms of exercise)
favorite exercise that is not cardio (anaerobic): Hmmm, sad to say I dont have one. Maybe isometrics? I tend to like the exercises that work your mind and your body and I haven't gotten that from lifting weights yet.
If you had a friend wanting to get into fitness, but complained that it was too boring and painful, what advice would you give: I would first ask their reasoning about why they wanted it, and how important it was to them. Then, I would help them obtain all the resources I thought they would need, as well as invite them to join me with taekwando, jogging, rockclimbing, etc. I would also help them find an activity that they enjoyed for reasons other than it getting them into shape, so they would look forward to exercising.
How do you keep your own fitness regimine fun: I work out with other people, because there is always room for a good conversation. Also, with martial arts I can always learn new things and challenge my mind, which in turn challenges my body.
what else would you like this community to know about you or your journey in fitness: Once I realized I was "fat" in January, I started to try different things (weight watchers, exercise, etc.) to get my weight down. My perspective of "fat" turned into "overweight" over the next couple of months, and then into "out of shape". I am currently in the "slowly getting there" state of mind, and have overcome soooo much with these different attitudes. I have gone from faithfully follwing weight watchers for a few weeks, to not at all, to a form of anorexia/bulimia that I have gone through before in my life, to faithfully doing what feels right with my body by exrecising and getting a lot of "healthy foods" in my diet. While I will still have a couple of donuts and strawberry milk for breakfast once a month or so, I dont do it every day. I might take a couple days off from exercising, but I dont use it as an excuse to fall off the bandwagon, and I keep right on exercising when I am up for it again.

I have made so much progress; since January, I have lost weight equivalent to a healthy two- or three-year old (~25 pounds) My progress has been slower than I would have liked it to be, however I praise myself for keeping at it and not giving up. Some days are better than others, but they all count and they all have added up to be steady and healthy progress.

Sorry for the essay, I just feel it is important to understand people's minds when learning important things about them. BTW, I added my height cause thats part of the whole picture for me personally. My fitness journal is "butimtrying" if anyone would like to see that. I'll gladly friend you back too. This is soooo important to me, and I've found that the people in the same boat as me have really helped shape how far I have come on this journey.
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weekly challenge [09 Aug 2004|11:00pm]

this week's challenge has only a little to do with our fitness plans, and more to do with helping the community along. your challenge, if you should accept is this:

Name (whatever you'd like to go by, could be fake if you wish):
weight now:
long term weight goal:
short term weight goal:
favorite cardio exercise:
favorite exercise that is not cardio (anaerobic):
If you had a friend wanting to get into fitness, but complained that it was too boring and painful, what advice would you give:
How do you keep your own fitness regimine fun:
what else would you like this community to know about you or your journey in fitness:
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Hello Everyone [05 Aug 2004|10:07pm]

I'm happy to be your new moderator, but I am sad to see our friend go.

Here's what I'd like to see...a nice active weight loss community. I think in order to do this we all must participate. So here's how I think we should restart the community. first I think everyone who wants to participate in giving challenges to reply...

I really like how this community has been maintained, and I'd like to keep it as close to the original as possible. I can honestly say that I need all of your help in keeping it such a nice community. So please help me by posting lots and keeping up with the challenges.

Thanks everyone,
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leaving town [01 Aug 2004|06:53pm]
Alright, I'm leaving. I don't feel the need to explain. So, I am asking who wants to take over the moderation of this community. I am deleting this journal (divaness) and I would like to not leave the community members shunted.

I need an answer within 24 hours.
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[01 Aug 2004|06:03pm]

[ mood | cheerful ]

Answers...schmancers!Collapse )

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i accept [30 Jul 2004|11:05pm]

I like this weeks challenge a lot. it really helps me get more ideas and a better perspective. thanks!!

my answers to the challenge questionsCollapse )
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[29 Jul 2004|03:52pm]

Survey timeCollapse )
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bowchikabow [28 Jul 2004|10:21pm]

[ mood | contemplative ]

1. Recommend a vegetable that you like. -- asparagus! i love grilling it with some lemon juice.
2. Recommend a fruit that you like. -- kiwi and strawberries - excellent.
3. Recommend a healthy lunch food. -- piece of grilled chicken, caeser side salad with lemon juice rather than dressing (i love it) and some water!
4. What are your favorite workout clothes? -- my alpha sigma alpha tee and my track shorts.
5. What kind of sneakers/shoes do you wear when you work out? Do you like them? Would you recommend them? -- i love new balance.. but my cross country team uses asics. i don't like them.. i supose they are okay.
6. a. Gym users: What is your favorite gym workout? i love doing bench presses/free weights.
b. non-gym users: What is your favorite workout? --
7. Can you recommend a workout DVD/video? -- the firm cardio sculpt is nice.. it kicks my butt.
8. Do you have a recipe that you would like to share? -- thats what weightwatchers.com is for. they have some awesome recipeas.
9. List 3 tips that you give people who want to lose weight. -- drink lots of water. chart your progress. dont get upset when you fail (it happens to everyone.. and theres always tomorrow)
10. Do you have a mantra (something that you repeat to yourself) that aids you in your weight loss journey? If so, would you mind sharing it? -- nothing in particular.. but i try to imagine what ill look like after i get rid of all the fat.

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[28 Jul 2004|10:29am]


I keep meaning to participate in this community-- here is my survey!Collapse )

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