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January 30th, 2013 at 8:56:40 AM permalink
Went to first weight training class yesterday at CMU. Last health club I joined was in 1966 2 months before getting honorable
discharge from USAF. Now let the Feds screw with me LOL That health club was mainly just a few weight stations, slant boards, and a swimming pool. Hey, it was 1966.

Now they got machine they for every muscle except the ones between your toes. DAMN Plus spinning machines, skiing, running , walking, cycling, etc. Double damn. All with built in heart rate display, calorie counters, who know's what. And of course a small screen TV. with 93 f***ing channels LOL

Weighed 224, 40 inch waist last year in Vegas. New dungarees today 198 and 36 inch waist. Goal for next Vegas visit 165 and 32 waist.
Or at least 180 and 34. Time will tell.

Who knows, maybe nobody will confuse me with Rodney Dangerfield then !
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January 30th, 2013 at 9:01:54 AM permalink
Machines in a fitness club are part of the equation, but do not overlook the benefits of walking.
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January 30th, 2013 at 9:08:30 AM permalink
Actually there is a walking track up above the weight room. I walked it for 5 laps yesterday. Was only planning on 1 or 2 laps, but it went past this one little exercise station where a young lady was jumping rope. She was no more than 20 years old, blonde hair in a pony tail. She certainly helped increase my heart rate.
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January 30th, 2013 at 9:10:09 AM permalink
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Now they got machine they for every muscle except the ones between your toes. DAMN Plus spinning machines, skiing, running , walking, cycling, etc. Double damn. All with built in heart rate display, calorie counters, who know's what. And of course a small screen TV. with 93 f***ing channels LOL



My gf and I stayed at Fantasy Springs last weekend. She went to their gym and claimed the treadmills had built-in webcams so one could do web meetings while working out. I think it's more like so the maintenance crew could see bouncing bosoms.
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January 30th, 2013 at 9:14:58 AM permalink
Trust me, Roger, I enjoy the scenery at CMU. Just pisses me off when some little hottie races ahead to hold a door open for me !
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January 30th, 2013 at 10:29:15 AM permalink
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My gf and I stayed at Fantasy Springs last weekend. She went to their gym and claimed the treadmills had built-in webcams so one could do web meetings while working out. I think it's more like so the maintenance crew could see bouncing bosoms.



Two of my former coworkers are part of a virtual fitness class/club. They all go to their own gyms, and teleconference the workout routine's instructions and music.
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January 30th, 2013 at 12:03:22 PM permalink
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Went to first weight training class yesterday at CMU. Last health club I joined was in 1966 2 months before getting honorable
discharge from USAF. Now let the Feds screw with me LOL That health club was mainly just a few weight stations, slant boards, and a swimming pool. Hey, it was 1966.

Now they got machine they for every muscle except the ones between your toes. DAMN Plus spinning machines, skiing, running , walking, cycling, etc. Double damn. All with built in heart rate display, calorie counters, who know's what. And of course a small screen TV. with 93 f***ing channels LOL


Don't disparage that old health club - while some of the new machines can be beneficial, I would advise you to try to some lifting with free wights before you default to the machines. It can be dangerous if you're not careful, but as long as you're not pushing yourself without a spotter, it should be fine.

It may just be my personal preference toward history (lifted free weights extensively in high school for football) or "fun level" (I find the machines to be lame), but I believe there is actual research that free weights have benefits that the machines don't. The benefits are stuff like muscle/ligament stability, agility, balance, etc. I suppose for a middle-aged gentleman like yourself, this stuff may not be as important compared to someone training for competitive sports. The machines will definitely suffice for getting in a generic strength training workout for the purpose of increasing muscle mass.

Also, be wary of measuring just your weight as an indication of health if you are starting to weight train. You can put on muscle which will confound the issue. Measuring with a tape measure (which you are also doing, good) can be a better indication.
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January 30th, 2013 at 1:08:30 PM permalink
I am a believer in plain old weights too. Had a friend back in high school who was really ripped. Poor, like me, his weights were bricks tied to the end a 2 by 4. In the old health club I went from a sloppy 190 to a fit 165 in 2 months. Brutal, but I was only 26 then.
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February 28th, 2013 at 4:31:53 PM permalink
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I just spent the last several hours reading a great many posts. I'm very glad the drama is over. I'm proud of HB for her success. I live in Vegas and would love some motivation to lose weight, too. Here is my history. At my heaviest I was 205 around 2003. In 2005 After the end of a 13 yr long relationship, I lost approx 30 lbs. After about 6 mos of being single, I met a nice guy who was also overweight. BUT he goes to the gym everyday. Before any of you tell me he just says he goes to the gym, pls don't waste your typing. He goes and lifts weights and is still quite overweight. I have joined the gym LVAC, but have never gone. Seriously. I am putting myself out there so I get some kicks in the rump. I keep thinking I should g, but then I don't. Yes, its the same gym he goes to. I'm too out of shape for anything more strenous than the pool, at first, but maybe basic stuff?!

Anyway, the way I lost the wieght was Phentermine. I began taking the drug when I was maybe 39? Around there. It was the only thing that worked, but I had to doctor shop after about a year. I was taking maybe 2-3/day for a long time. I have not taken this drug or any other drugs for years, now. I am 52 now and I need a hard shove in the right direction. I am up to 185 right this minute and don't ever want to get back to 205. Money isn't my motivation. So I am asking the members for ideas for motivations-I guess if I had to give money if I didn't lose the weight, I'd be motivated to lose it, but the attainment of the money isn't enough (I don't think). I guess ENOUGH money would always do it, but I don't want to put myself in the position where the minute the bet was won, I'd eat again. I'd just like to want to live a different lifestyle and I don't want to, now, on my own.

When I was in my 20s, in the 1908s, I fell in love with cocaine as a way to lose weight. I didn't lose weight using the drug, but I did have to check into a long term treatment center to 'rearrange' my thinking. It worked big time. Till I fell in love with phentermine. I am too old to be risking a heart attack with that drug, and I'm long enough away from it that, like cocaine, I have no desire to get hooked again. Yes, I thank God I never did meth; it wasn't around when I was doing coke, or I'd prob be dead today.

Yes, I know I'm asking for help...its always been the only way I ever did anything right. I got sober for my dad, in fact...till it became about doing it for me. He was my motivator, as he was my emotional rock. He passed in 2008 at age 88. My three brothers live on the other coast and have their own families. So there is no one to do this for, but me. And I lack motivation. So, I've laid this all out. Does anyone have any advice? HB for one, I'd love to hear how you held on for the 9 mos.

Thanks for reading this!
Jane
P.S. I don't have a twin



When I responded to this post on Dec. 23rd I was skeptical and said it looked like a middle of the night one time post. Was I really that far off? Although she's visited, Jane's last post was on Dec. 29th at which time she was considering names for her challenge. The Wizard was exited and met her for a weigh in. We've heard nothing since. Is there something going on behind the scenes or is this not happening.
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February 28th, 2013 at 5:06:05 PM permalink
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Is there something going on behind the scenes or is this not happening.



This challenge has gone cold. I lost contact with pkrplr around the new year. That is the last time I drive to the Boulder Station to get a challenge going.
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