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4/11/10 9:54 P

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I welcome you the team. I look forward to your participation in the group.

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1. Suffering is a part of life
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4. Freedom from suffering is possible by following the Eightfold path.

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EYEOFTHETURTLE Posts: 13
3/25/10 11:33 P

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Hey, thanks everybody. That's all really helpful. Really glad to see there are a lot of good guys here. I think my "thing" would probably end up being basketball. I could play basketball every night of the week for hours on end. I absolutely love it.. despite the fact that I'm winded and red faced. haha.

I heard that you can "play yourself out of shape".. which I guess means you can stop focusing on other things. I actually have a crappy lower back (which I think is from my quads being too tight.. and from not having abs that are strong enough). So every time I play for a few hours very hard, the next day I'm dying. Couple that with a crappy ankle from an old injury, and knees that are starting to bug me.. I am worried that basketball may not be solution.

Hopefully dropping some weight will clear up a lot of that though. I'm sure I'll have a ton of questions for you all.. for now I'm just getting this place straight. So many links to click on. haha.

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3/25/10 3:35 P

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lots of good info here already but I still want to weigh in (no pun intended) and show support.I do a mix of cardio and weight/core training. to simply lose weight may lead to a loss of muscle mass which is not a good idea. your muscle mass is a potent fat burning agent that will help you on your journey not to mention in just everyday activities. weight training is always a good idea in my book for toning as well as general wellbeing. no need to bulk up. good luck my friend.

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3/25/10 12:14 P

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I want to piggy back in support of that last comment by saying that the word exercise can make things daunting. If what you are doing is enjoyable and gives you a good workout, then it's just what your body needs. Roller blading, badminton, tennis, bike riding all can work to build your core. Some people may not call it exercise, but if it makes you sweat, then it's working for your body's good. So, just do things you enjoy.

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3/25/10 10:43 A

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I managed to drop the weight without lifting weights, but that doesn't mean I didn't do strength training. Building up your core muscles will help burn the fat much faster. All I did the entire time was pushups and situps. My cardio was jumping rope (which works out your stomach, calves, arms, and back) and inline skating. I didn't get buff, but I did get nice muscle tone.

I think the key thing with exercise is to find things that you love to do that just happen to also be exercise. For me that was inline skating. It's something I look forward to, and I never think of it as exercise. If you can find that one thing, make the most of it. Think about all the activities you like to do, even if you don't think it's exercise, and then look up if they have an element to them that can be turned into a workout. Do that and you'll go far.

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3/25/10 9:44 A

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Nobody from anywhere else ever showed up.. so, by default. De fault is theirs for not showing up. We win. Still World Champions of baseball! Go Yankees!
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3/25/10 7:42 A

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World? No, they've only ever been champions of USA/Canada.

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3/25/10 7:08 A

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Cut your resistance training back to a minimum and spice it up with other things that you enjoy. Walking, biking, team sports, swimming, climbing... just about anything where you can get your heart rate up and break a sweat for a half hour or so. I do my resistance stuff as a circuit which speeds up the process considerably. I wouldn't skip it altogether since it helps you retain muscle tissue as you're losing weight. Here's a link that might help you:
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It's amazing once you start making all this a part of what you do every day how well it works.

You might also want to do a search on Spark Teams under the "Community" tab and see if there is one for your baseball team. I know we have one for the World Champion winningest team in history, the New York Yankees, and I know there is a Red Sox Spark team since we do challenges with them. There is a Phillies team as well (I'm purple). Let's go... Yankees!

Best of luck and welcome to the team!


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3/25/10 6:57 A

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I think that doing some weight training, even if you’re not doing it aggressively, will help you exponentially with your weight loss efforts. A slight increase in muscle mass, along with cardio and a healthy diet, will help to burn fat, and keep it off. Eating healthy is good, and congratulations for taking that step to get back to what you were once doing. But in my opinion, gaining some muscle will be very helpful in reaching your goals. You could use some bar bells and you could lift lighter amounts of free weights or nautilus. That way you could reap the benefits of it without hating it. I find that for myself, when I hate doing something, I don't put forth the effort. Doing the lighter amounts should help you to hate a less.

Good luck to you!


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EYEOFTHETURTLE Posts: 13
3/25/10 12:29 A

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Hey all. My name is Mike. I'm 28, will be 29 this year and the idea of the countdown scares me. I've always been overweight to varying degrees. Years ago when I was dating this particular chick who was all into eating out, I was up to 270 and not in good shape in the slightest.

Since we broke up I've stuck in the 235-255 range, when I really want to get down to 220 or so. I met my last GF (who was really, really cute.. and was pretty awesome for a while) when I had been lifting weights, eating healthy, and got my confidence up when I hit 235.

I have no interest in gaining muscle until I can at least see some results from weight loss.

I've been trying to lift weights again but I hate it. Any discussions you guys have here are probably going to be wicked valuable to me.. so I'm looking forward to it. Even though the sticky at the top of the forum was from a NYY fan. haha. Thanks!

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