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50 Things About Me

Saturday, September 20, 2014

I happened upon this survey and figured I'd give it a go. Enjoy, and if you decide to take it, let me know!

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1. What's your name?
Courtney

2. What's your favorite sport?
To watch, football (Go Saints!). To do, rock climbing.

3. Have a crush?
I just might. (Yes, it might be you!)

4. What's your eye color?
Green.

5. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
My body fat percentage.

6. Are you allergic to anything?
Stupidity. And frequent, ill-used ellipses. ...(Just NO!)

7. Have you ever broken a bone?
Yes, my wrist. And when I was a teenager, I broke about seven of my toes at the same time during my clumsy phase.

8. What's your favorite movie?
Highbrow: "The Shawshank Redemption"
Lowbrow: "Twister"

9. Books or movies?
Books.

10. Favorite book?
I have many, but the top three are:
EAST OF EDEN by John Steinbeck
THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN by Mark Twain
HEART OF DARKNESS by Joseph Conrad

11. What's your favorite website?
Sadly, Amazon.com is the most honest answer here.

12. Favorite number?
I've always been partial to 18. No idea why.

13. What's your favorite letter?
A love letter.

14. Do you know all of the words to the National Anthem?
Nope.

15. What's your favorite holiday?
Christmas. Not going to lie -- I like prezzies.

16. What song most describes your life right now?
"Break Free" by Ariana Grande (though it might be more an inspirational thing than an actual description).

17. Who's your favorite band / artist?
Again, so many. A few include Dave Matthews Band, Tab Benoit, Metallica, No Doubt, Maroon 5, Journey.

18. What's your relationship status?
Single.

19. Do you exercise?
Yup. Heavy weight lifting 3x/week, biking, walking, rock climbing.

20. Have you ever thrown up before? Why?
This is just a stupid question. Everyone on the planet has thrown up before - it's called being an infant (and later, a 21 year old birthday girl/boy).

21. Are you right or left handed?
Right.

22. What's your nickname?
My dad calls me CYB.

23. Do you wear make-up everyday?
Not *every* day but for the most part, yes.

24. When's your birthday?
August 3. That makes me a Leo.

25. How do you feel about "YOLO"? Is it dumb, or do you say it too?
I think the sentiment is fine. I tend to dislike the fact that people write everything as if it were a text message.

26. What's your favorite quote?
"At the moment of commitment, the universe conspires to assist you." (Goethe paraphrased, but the actual quote loses something in its wordiness.)

27. What's the worst thing that's happened to you in your entire life?
Job loss + depression + weight gain. That was pretty brutal.

28. If you could live in any state, which would it be, and why?
Native Californian and still love it here. I like the weather (except when it's 110 degrees in mid-September), the politics (for the most part), and the ocean.

29. What annoys you?
Meh. Let's not go there.

30. What food do you hate the most?
Bananas.

31. Do you have any pets? Names?
One dog named Huckleberry. You can see pics of him in my profile.

32. Jeans, skinny jeans, skirts, denim jeans, or crazy-patterned tights?
Yes, someday, sometimes, is there another kind, no.

33. Do you wear your seat belt in the car at all times.
Yes, and so should you. Duh.

34. Do you like this survey?
I did until I got to question #34.

35. Who's your favorite super hero?
Wonder Woman, obviously. She had an invisible plane and a lasso of truth! Not to mention those awesome bracelets, boots, and headband.

36. Is that your natural hair color?
Well, that one is complicated. My hair was this color until about college, and it's always been this color in my head - the mirror just didn't match. Since then it's needed a little help.

37. What color eyes would you like to have? Or do you like the way they are right now?
My eyes used to be blue but have slowly changed to green. I like them as they are now, but wouldn't mind if the color intensified a bit.

38. Do you look more like your mum or your dad?
My mom.

39. What's your favorite type of food?
Mexican. I could live off of chips and salsa.

40. What are three things you cannot live without?
Huckleberry, oxygen, my family.

41. Who do you miss right now?
Carrie, Steph, Aimee, Taryn, Lori, Susanne, Anna, Suzanne, Amanda, Dena.

42. On a scale of 1-10, how bored are you?
On a scale of 1-10, I think this was a stupid question.

43. When something drops from the bed, you stay on the bed and stretch to get it, right?
Yes, but this doesn't make me lazy. Most of the time it turns out it would have been a hell of a lot easier to just get up.

44. How tall are you?
5'4".

45. What's your shoe size?
8 - 8.5.

46. How would you describe your personality?
Independent, but the more the merrier. And no, I don't think these are mutually exclusive.

47. What's your favorite kind of cheese?
Pepper jack.

48. What's your favorite ice-cream flavor?
Mint chocolate chip.

49. What did you want to be when you were young?
A truck driver or a Supreme Court justice. At this point, truck driver is much more likely.

50. What are you listening to right now?
"Young Men Dead" by The Black Angels.

  
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CLEARNIGHTSKY 9/20/2014 11:59PM

    Hey, that's MY favorite ice cream flavor too!

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Fun survey

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LE7_1234 9/20/2014 9:24AM

    I am so guilty of #6.... Like all the time....

And I'm aware of it enough that I go through on occasion to update the punctuation.

Since I then substitute exclamation points, I'm not completely convinced it's an improvement!

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ARRREAGLES 9/20/2014 8:57AM

    awww. we 3 you too!

I love these things, the lists of stuff about people. It was awesome to read (and to learn) about you. All three of your favorite books are amazing ones. I might do something like this at some point for the fun of it, but likely not this list. Like you I was annoyed at that silly questions of little to no value.

Rock on with your bad self, Court!

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EDLEAR 9/20/2014 4:00AM

    This sort of thing is always fun, thanks for sharing yourself this way!

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PRAIRIECROCUS 9/20/2014 2:00AM

    emoticon for sharing !
Have a nice weekend !

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Fit & Focused In Fall Challenge -- Week 1

Sunday, August 31, 2014

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Here is my commitment to myself and to my Sunny Gals teammates:

* I will do Stronglifts 5x5 3x / week
* I will ride my bike to and from school, and to run errands whenever possible
* I will walk Huckleberry daily
* I will do my 30-Day Challenge assignment daily
* I will track my food daily
* I will do my best to meet my macro-nutrient targets
* I will drink 8 glasses of water per day
* I will NOT drink Coke (even during finals!)

My goal is to lose 33 pounds by January 1, 2015, which will get me back to my "original" highest weight, where I was at the start of my weight loss journey many years ago.

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AMBER281 9/6/2014 1:08PM

    Love your goals!
Realistic and attainable!!
You can do it

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    You'll have lots of these...
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EDLEAR 9/1/2014 2:40AM

    These sound like good goals, totally doable for you.
I'm glad to see that you're going strong on the strength training. Even when I'm too busy to fit in the hours at cardio, my weights are always on deck. We've been lifting with no rest between sets lately and I'm seeing the results!
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JERSEYFLOWER 8/31/2014 10:15PM

    You are so on track! Love your multi-faceted goals.

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NSMRIDGEWAY 8/31/2014 9:08PM

    Good goals, and it's always nice to have accountability.

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    You can do this Sunny Gal! You have a list of some great goals! emoticon

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The Physical Price of Stress

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

My pal Larry is the guy who's helping me learn how to lift weights. He also happens to be an insanely good massage therapist. Today was our second session focused on breaking up the rock solid tissue in all of my shoulder muscles, trying to get some of the mobility back.

Now, don't get me wrong, I can move and use my arms. I never technically injured my shoulders. I don't have any pain when I move them. They just don't have a full range of motion. (I won't bore you with the details, but I also didn't just wake up one day in this state, so it was a progression.) I don't think it's a technical term, but it's known as "frozen shoulder." And while I wasn't happy about it, until recently it wasn't really an issue. I don't have to reach behind my head very often, so it didn't affect my daily life.

But now? Now I want to do squats. With a barbell behind my back. Someday it will be a barbell loaded with weights. And my freaking shoulder issues mean I can't -- I'm unable to get my arms behind me enough to hold the bar in place -- so now it's all chop chop! Let's get this fixed!

This morning I'm lying on Larry's table and he is using his thumbs and palms and forearms to bore holes through my muscle, my skeleton, all the way to China. At least that's what it felt like. (OK, I'm exaggerating. But man! It is not relaxing or pleasant, that's for sure!) He's kneading away. Every four seconds he tells me to relax and take a deep breath. I'm inching over to the edge of the table, trying to get away, but his thumbs are anchored in my muscle and I'm pinned there like a bug in a display case. There's no escape.

And all of the sudden he says, "This isn't usage damage. This is emotional and it's been here a long time."

Now before you roll your eyes at Larry the New Age Sage, let me tell you that he hit the nail on the head. I have always carried my stress in my shoulders. When I feel particularly anxious, I can literally feel my shoulders shrugging up towards my ears. With Larry's fingers pressed into my muscle, I could feel exactly how hard and immobile it was. I could feel acutely what it's done to my range of motion, in a way that I simply can't when I force myself to relax my shoulders during a stressful moment.

We all know that we carry our emotional selves in our physical selves -- this isn't news. But honestly, I am more than a little surprised that my emotional state has done this much damage to my physical body, in this way. I expect it in headaches and weight gain/loss and feeling run down. I certainly didn't expect it to turn my muscles into steel (and not in a good way.)

I also think it's fascinating that I've developed "frozen" shoulder issues, especially since I would definitely describe the last handful of years as me feeling very, very stuck -- frozen even.

It's time to thaw.

  
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SAPHRAEL 8/28/2014 8:06AM

    This was a really insightful blog. Thank you for sharing. My husband also has limited mobility in his arms, aka "frozen shoulder". Like you said, it happened over time, but it can also be corrected over time with physical therapy.

I'm right there with you, surprising stress in my shoulders! Ugh!

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LE7_1234 8/28/2014 1:31AM

    Wow, so glad you're training with someone who recognized the physical condition, knows how to treat the physical side, AND understands where it's coming from!

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ILOVEMALI 8/27/2014 3:22PM

  Stress is killing me. Trust me, you do NOT want to be me in another 30 years or so. Get a handle on it now. xoxo

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NSMRIDGEWAY 8/27/2014 12:06PM

    My husband carries his stress in his shoulders and jaw. I'm sorry you're dealing with this. Hubby's thrown his right shoulder out three times now, and he's broken six teeth clenching at night. (FYI, that's $6,000 after insurance to fix.) He has to sleep with a bit in now. (FYI, the bit isn't included in the $6,000, and it's not covered by insurance.)

We destroy ourselves with stress. Nothing we stress about is worth that. It's not worth not being able to move your arm. It's not worth the weight gain, the clenching, the headaches... It's just not worth it.

I'm glad you're working on coming back from that.

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ARRREAGLES 8/27/2014 9:31AM

    I remember when I started taking Yoga, how I felt when I really learned how to breathe and to connect to myself.

It too didn't feel very good. You find a whole new layer of something inside that you realize is not just "aligning the hips" and "pushing the stretch"

But, over time, that knowledge became power, and that power became comfort, calm, wonder.

I think the fact that you are open and listening to yourself is a wonderful first step. That you're doing something about it is the amazing next. I am really happy to be able to see this. To reflect myself and wonder. So, in addition to you beginning to understand and change for yourself, know also you help others who read and reflect and learn themselves.

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UNICORN212 8/26/2014 10:43PM

    I was going to say that my dad had "frozen shoulder" and it was caused by calcium buildup on his collarbone where it meets the shoulder joint - he could not rotate it at all - it was frozen and locked in place. So I knew that was not your situation. The stress? oh yeah - that could tighten you up, for sure! I am glad he worked on you!

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CATS_MEOW_0911 8/26/2014 9:04PM

    Indeed, I see a lot of emotions carried in the body during massage sessions! Sometimes people actually start crying from release.

I'm glad you're addressing the shoulder issue. Yeah, might be a good idea to do a relaxation massage for the next one. It isn't that deep work is bad; we often recommend switching off. From what you describe, I also think that myofascial release would help; it tends to be gentler, but breaks up adhesions in the fascia between the skin and muscles (and becomes incredibly tough!), as well as the fascia within the muscles.

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MONTREALESTMOI 8/26/2014 9:04PM

    Stress can definitely do CRAZY things to your body! You are fortunate to have such a good knowledgeable friend to support you during this journey. May you thaw, release, and be freed from all the stress that's inside you. Life is too short to be tense!

Keep up your GREAT work! I really admire your determination!

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The Goal Weight Myth

Friday, August 22, 2014

Lately, I've been doing a lot of reading about building muscle and body fat percentages and simultaneously losing fat while gaining muscle. It's a balancing act because you have to eat enough to sustain the new muscle and make sure your body isn't converting muscle into energy, but also eat less than it takes to maintain. I'm still figuring it all out, and I'm sure there will be a lot of experimenting with my calorie and nutrient intake. This is just a long way of saying that I've been thinking about body composition and my goal weight lately and it's lead me to a kind of SHOCKING, and seriously amazing, discovery.

But first (sorry to tease) -- For as long as I can remember, I've had a specific number in my head for my goal weight: 125 pounds. I'm only 5'4" and have a curvy build. I based this number on that "100 pounds for 5' + 5 pounds for every additional inch" calculation. Plus that's what I remember weighing when I started college. Now, regardless of whether or not I should be basing my goal on what I weighed at 19, most people probably wouldn't take issue with someone my height aiming for a goal of 125. It's not super low, but not too high either.

But this number was just based on memory and an attitude of "Yeah, that sounds about right." I wasn't actually taking my current body into account in these calculations. And this is where the shock comes in....

Using both a fancy electronic scale and calipers, I've determined a general estimate of my body fat percentage. From there, I've calculated my current lean body mass and my fat body mass. And guess what?

My lean body mass is exactly 125 pounds.

Do you see where I'm going with this?

That means that in order to reach my goal weight without losing any muscle, I would have to get down to zero percent body fat. ZERO PERCENT!

Obviously this is impossible, and even if it was, being ultra lean is not something I aspire to. But as of today, using these numbers and setting an initial goal of lowering my body fat to about 23 percent, my goal weight goes up to 160 pounds. For those of you who can't do math in your head (like me), that's a difference of 35 pounds. Thirty-five pounds! When every ounce is a battle, that is an astonishingly large number -- and a huge relief.

Of course, that number still sounds high to me. I mean, if given just the numbers, most folks (myself included) would probably assume that a 5'4", 160 pound woman would be rather overweight. But that's not necessarily the case, all depending on body composition. It's pretty amazing how the pictures in our head are wrong on a regular basis. (In fact, there's a fantastic website devoted to exactly this idea. Check it out here: www.mybodygallery.com )

I've realized over the last year or so that in order to have the body that I want, that semi-random goal of 125 wasn't going to work. I've shifted my focus towards the look of my body and a clothing size I feel comfortable about. If I weigh 170 when I get there, so be it. If I get to 160 and it's not what I want, I can reevaluate and tweak my programs. But it will be based on my desires and my body, not on some idea I figured was "about right."

So, next time you're lamenting how far away your goal weight is, think about how you came up with that number and if it actually makes sense for YOUR body.

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(Thee pictures are obviously guesstimating, and every body is different.)

  
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LULULUCY 9/18/2014 5:22PM

    I really needed to hear this today. I'm adding you as a friend so I can keep reading your blogs, they're inspirational. Thanks for this!!

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ILOVEMALI 8/24/2014 12:48PM

  Yep. This is why my goal weight is 135. 5'5". Healthy BMI

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EDLEAR 8/24/2014 7:06AM

    Yeah, I think that we're all on the right track here, listen to your body and not your scale. Muscle looks better to me when there's a bit of fat wrapped over it.
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MONTREALESTMOI 8/24/2014 6:07AM

    You are so right on this. We sometimes may have unrealistic expectations for weight loss, but our body KNOWS when enough is enough. Having gotten down to my high school weight range once before, I tried to push my body to lose 'just a little more'. My body pushed back, and outside of exercising more than two hours a day, my weight wouldn't MOVE. That's when I realized that 'enough was enough' with my trying to shed pounds--my body was comfortable at the weight it was.

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MISSUSRIVERRAT 8/23/2014 11:51PM

    Things change....I am looking at some of the same info on various websites.
I found a good one....leighpeele.com which has interesting ideas.

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JERSEYFLOWER 8/23/2014 11:41PM

    I've been mulling over the same sort of thing lately, but, unlike you, without any research to back it up. Just gut feelings (no pun intended.) What you shared makes complete sense and makes me feel more comfortable with my own decision not to aim for a certain BMI number or 5' + 5 lbs for every inch = weight. I'm 5' 5.5" and my lowest adult weight was 174. (I didn't do it healthy then, though.) I am going to aim for roughly that range, but listen to my body and base everything on how I feel. The goal is to feel strong, healthy, confident and capable.

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NSMRIDGEWAY 8/23/2014 1:09PM

    This notion has been dancing around in my head for a while, and I just couldn't solidify it into making sense. You've managed to put it into words so beautifully! Thank you.
My "first date weight" was 135 lbs. At that weight, I was 5'2, a size 6 and could climb a rope three stories in about 12 seconds.
This go around, for some maddening reason, with the goal of being "more fit than before" but without a being able to measure what that would be like on me, I set my goal weight 10 pounds lighter (125 lbs), and I'm body building!
Now you've made that illusive shadow of a thought I've been having finally make sense to me. If I intentionally pack on serious muscle, I may have less fat than back in the day but weigh more.
Thank you for this. I'm going to go and adjust my goals now.

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CRABADA 8/23/2014 11:54AM

    @ LE7_1234 - Agreed - I'll definitely be reevaluating and tweaking my goals and program as I progress.

@ CATS_MEOW_0911 - I don't care if you gained every single week, meanie WW peeps should NEVER frown at you!

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LE7_1234 8/23/2014 3:57AM

    Yup--goal size and shape makes a lot more sense than goal weight--and even that should vary as you get used to the changes in the way you look and feel....

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CATS_MEOW_0911 8/22/2014 11:08PM

    I love this! I agree, goal weights can be sabotaging/discouraging. When I lost weight on WeightWatchers, I got down to 180 pounds (lost nearly 100 pounds), and kept hearing I was "too skinny." But, I was 17 pounds away from my goal weight (which I set at the very high end of WW's "acceptable" range for my height of 5'8"). I got so discouraged that I wasn't losing any more that I started sabotaging myself and I regained all the weight. Plus, I just felt exhausted from pushing to try to lose more. I HATED getting the slight frown and sidelong glance from the weigher week after week of not losing. My body was probably very happy at 180 pounds and I should have focused on maintaining.

Now I largely ignore the scale and don't weigh myself very often. I still track weight loss, mostly because occasional weighing keeps me honest, but I don't have a goal weight in mind. My body will let me know when it's happy.

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I am a Weight Lifter!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

It's been a long time since I've blogged. I often feel like I don't have anything to say, but it can be hard to feel connected to the SP community when essentially remaining silent, so I've decided to just dive in.



Tonight was my first session of weight lifting. I've been excited about it for days, but also pretty darn nervous. I haven't been to my big gym in a million years, and I've never been in the weight room. Thankfully, I have an experienced friend who has generously offered to help me through the first few months of this program, to make sure my form and and technique are right. (And to make sure I show up!)

The program is a serious one, but it's also remarkably simple. Two rotating workouts three times per week, three exercises per workout, five sets of five on each move. (Rather than go into all the details, you can check it out here: stronglifts.com/5x5/ ) But these are moves like the deadlift, bench press, and overhead press. These are no jokes!

I've been working with a personal trainer for most of the summer and she had me on a regular rotation of muscle isolation machines. They have their place but I was bored and wanted to do more functional, whole body training. So, here we are.

I'm thrilled to say that tonight was awesome. The gym was crowded even at 8 PM, and the weight room was definitely a little intimidating, but once I found Larry in the back corner and we got started, all the other people and what they were or weren't thinking about me fell away and it was amazing.

But there was a hiccup -- I can't do squats yet, and they are a MAJOR part of this workout since you do them every workout. :(

Here's the low-down:

Squats -- I've had some shoulder issues in the past which have affected my range of motion, and I can't get the bar in position on my shoulders / back. So, we did incline leg presses instead (seat's at an angle and you push up). We started at 90 lbs and worked up to 270, trying to find my starting point. Even with all the work this summer that number is way higher than I expected, but definitely doable for me. We'll work from there while I do what I can to increase my range of motion in my shoulders.

Bench Press -- I started with just the bar (45 lbs), but ended up putting 5 lbs. on it for the last three working sets. Those dinky 2.5 lbs on each side looked hilarious, but I could feel the difference. Felt comfortable there, so will bump up next time I do Workout A. So 2x5 at 45 and 3x5 at 50.

Barbell Row -- I think it's going to take me a little time to get the hang of this one. We just worked with the bar resting on stacks to get the height right. I don't think I bent over quite far enough -- I wasn't parallel to the ground, that's for sure. I'll be sure to make adjustments next time. So, 5x5 at 45.

Even though I'm disappointed about the squats, the first session was great and I'm already looking forward to Wednesday. Off to do some stretching before bed.

If any of you are doing a similar program, I'd love to hear tips and words of wisdom! This is whole new world, and I can use all the help I can get!

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SOVERYJESSICA 8/23/2014 6:04PM

    I LOVE weights. I'm doing all of my workouts at home (my aunt & uncle live next door and have been super generous with letting me come over any time to use all of their machines & things) so I don't have a ton to work with or a program to follow. Your program sounds great, and having a friend who knows what they're doing is definitely a bonus. Good luck! Looking forward to hearing about your progress!

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LE7_1234 8/22/2014 4:17AM

    Sounds great!
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BOSTONBLUESGIRL 8/21/2014 11:24AM

    To complete my novel (heh heh) my trainer also has me foam roll before each strength training workout. I cannot even begin to tell you how much it has helped. I ended up buying a foam roller so I could do it at home before I went to do my strength workout at the gym. Many gyms do have them. Something to read about for sure and consider. It has really made a difference with me.

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BOSTONBLUESGIRL 8/21/2014 11:21AM

    Good for you!! I work with a trainer once a week for weight lifting and he gives me a program to follow on 2 other days when I'm not with him. Strength training is so important!! It is what will end up making your metabolism better and what will keep more muscle on you than fat. It's also great for protecting your bones (and we women need to worry about that stuff as we age). My trainer is a STICKLER for proper form. So many people don't have proper form. Don't get discouraged about the squats. Many exercises like that can be modified if you deal with certain issues. For me, my left knee is a problem so I have to have a lot of squat-type exercises modified so I don't injure my knee. A good trainer will help you with that. Another thing my trainer advocates...keep a notebook and write down your workouts each time. That way, you can see your progress each time. Over time, you start to notice that you're able to do more, lift more, do a variety of exercises maybe you didn't know how to do before. Looking back at the history can be really motivating and inspiring. When I started, I could barely lift the 45 lb barbell and now it feels light to me. Ha ha! I used to only be able to dead lift 45 lbs and now I'm up to 95 lbs! It's awesome to see the progress! Keep up your great work. I hope you enjoy lifting. emoticon

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ANONSI 8/21/2014 10:24AM

    This is awesome! Way to go.

Also be sure to do regular stretching. I think stretching is often overlooked with workouts, but it really does help to prevent injuries and helps to keep you from being quite so sore afterwards.

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JERSEYFLOWER 8/19/2014 11:37PM

    The bar itself is 45 pounds? Dear god!
I can feel your excitement - this is wonderful!

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FORZACHANDMATT 8/19/2014 7:40PM

    Wow - good for you!!

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EDLEAR 8/19/2014 6:40AM

    I'm so excited for you! I've been lifting seriously for a few years now, I love it. I love the powerful feeling that I get from it.
I've been sticking to variations of the basics this year, it's a good way to go! Squats, dead lifts, bench press, lots of core work.
Squats have so many variations that you can do a different type every time you want. Lately I've been working on one legged squats, getting down to the pistol squat. I haven't been using any weight at all, aside from my own body. Another favorite is a front squat with dumbbells. There are 2 squats for you that don't require a bar bell on your neck!
Good job, and make sure you enjoy yourself at the gym

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ILOVEMALI 8/19/2014 2:45AM

  I have no suggestions because I'm not a great exercise -- but you are sure inspiring!

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JIBBIE49 8/19/2014 1:48AM

    We have 134 days left in the year, so make them the best.

On YouTube check out the channel of IzzyBarish as he has a lot of good ones since he's work out in his basement gym since 1979.

Also, another good channel is Zenkahuna who does "outdoor play" and gives "fitness camps". He uses sledge hammers, and sand bags, ropes and lots of other things that are really different from a commercial gym. He has two girlfriends that he has been with for a long time and they work out with him as well. They are in great shape.

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