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Ariane 05-29-2012 05:56 AM

2012 Summer Breakthrough!
 
Hello everyone,

Happy to be here! Decided to openly enter my first TTTC.
I have been voting on and reading up on the results of earlier contests for years, I even tried to enter once, but I did not have the persistence to go all the way.
Nevertheless, the workouts always helped, kept me in shape.
I even had some successes, was down 6-8 pounds mostly of fat, then I collapsed again to bad food habits and the fat came back.

But this time, when I got the email about the new contest, I decided to do something different. One can not do the same thing over and over, and expect different results...

So I took a good offer to purchase a new set of TT excercises, along with a month of membership and here I am. Social support might make the difference.

I already took the before photos, and started to pick up on regular TT excercises using TT Hardcore Fatloss. I have not followed it to the letter yet, skipped some days.

Still need to decide, which excercise routine to follow the next weeks?
Which ones are the favorites, the most successful ones for stubborn fat loss? Please advice!
My main goal: down from 160 > to 140 pounds.

Looking forward sharing the challenge with you, and a transformed body!

Let's break through this summer!

- Ariane

drummerdano 05-29-2012 10:06 AM

Hi Ariane. Craig is obviously the guru when it comes to all of this but if I were going to give you advice this is what I would say, and this is only what I think and have noticed in the past. You are going to get the best results by eating well first, that's where it has to start. You could lift all the weights in the world, but if you're not eating right you won't see much difference in yourself. Also, eating well will give you more energy then you may not even knew you had, and you'll feel so much better. The workouts are very important though, and when I've used TT before I swear the intervals really helped me, I had never trained like that before. They not only melt fat off of you but they increased my lung capacity like crazy. Don't be afraid to switch up the way you do your intervals and most importantly, have fun with it! Let me just put some numbers out there for you. The competition is 12 weeks long, thats 84 days. At 3 workouts a week, in 84 days you have 36 workouts to do. 36. I'm going out on a limb with these numbers here but for the sake of conversation say you live to be 85 years old, thats 4,420 weeks. Making a commitment to yourself to be more healthy for 12 weeks doesn't seem all that bad. At 85 years old, you would have been around for 31,025 days....36 workouts. If your really think about those numbers, that's not too much to ask of yourself. Just look at it one week at a time. Aim for small goals. Try and eat better for just 1 or 2 meals the first week, then build on that. After you get your baseline for your workouts, try and push for 1 more rep the next time you do an exercise. I am certainly not in the shape I was when I used this system 4 years ago, BUT it has been in the back of my mind every week since then and it has led to trying to choose the healthier option most of the time when I eat. And just by doing that in 4 years I have been able to keep 10-15 lbs of beel fat off. That is a gift in itself and it is a gift I have given myself. You only get one body, you only get 1 shot at life, so you might as well treat you body well. Work hard and I promise people will support you along the way. Good Luck!

drummerdano 05-29-2012 10:10 AM

Oh, and by the way, don't beat yourself up if you slip, we're not perfect. Keep your glass half full, not half empty. Look at the good things, what you do WELL, and build on that, don't hang your head in shame if you ate a cookie or you couldn't finish a workout 100%. Stay positive. Just being here and going through this is a small victory.

Craig Ballantyne 05-29-2012 10:45 AM

Hi Ariane, looking forward to seeing you go all the way in this contest.

The most popular program among our contest winners is TT Buff Dudes Hot Chicks, Feb 2009.


Craig

Ariane 05-29-2012 02:49 PM

Thanks for the support Craig!!

Fortunately TT Buff Dudes Hot Chicks of 2009 seems to be part of the bonus package that I purchased just now.
It seems similar to Hardcore Fatloss, that I started, and I like that too.
So I check it out, and switch over. I am actually flexible to switch between different programs, the key is for me is to vary the training and to not skip interval cardios ;)
Those seem to be very much needed for my type of body.

Ariane 05-29-2012 07:41 PM

Hi Drummerdano,

Wow, thanks for the great advices. Those numbers are really illustrating it well. 12 weeks is just enough time to start changing a couple of key habits for the better! But these 12 weeks can make a big difference.

"You are going to get the best results by eating well first, that's where it has to start. You could lift all the weights in the world, but if you're not eating right you won't see much difference in yourself." - yeah, exactly that is what I had to realize the hard way over the last years as the fat was slowly but surely creeping on my body... despite the rather active life and lots of excercises. Without all the bodyweight excercises I would look like a ball already :)

But there is hope.

Since some weeks I've started already to do exactly as you advice, changing some eating habits, taking small steps, taking wins along the way. I have not eaten sweet pastry or white bread stuff for a week now. That is a big deal for me, as I always have been starving for pastry before.

Well, I can already see the benefit of mutual support, feeling more optimistic.
Thanks, and wish you good luck with the next 12 weeks too!

Ariane 05-30-2012 08:25 AM

Here we go. The beginning measurements:
Weight: 73 kg / 160 pounds
Waist: 83 cm
Hips: 109 cm
Chest: 89 cm
Thigh: 65,5 cm
Upper arm: 32 cm

Goals for the TTTC:
Weight: to get under 63 kg / 140 pounds
Waist: 73 cm
Hips: 100 cm

I have not been below 65 kg for 10 years, since I gave up smoking - so that would be a breakthrough for me!

Ariane 05-30-2012 06:59 PM

Yesterday and today I was more focusing on nutrition, and I am happy that I made some positive changes. No bread, no pastry - already for over a week. Also no cakes, no chocolate. How long can I keep it up? Hopefully VERY long :) Right now it actually feels very good.

This is the key for me, as I was already working out regularly - but it could only keep me from getting more fat, but not leaner because of the bad diet.
I had one continuous string of cheat days for years :o

Jollybeggar 05-30-2012 10:38 PM

Hi Ariane, welcome and thanks for the encouragment on my thread. I wish you all the best. The times I've done really well during TC's has been when I was regularly on this blog and sharing my struggles and sharing in the struggles in others and getting and giving help.

I travel allot and then fall off the eating clean wagon. I do well with exercising regularly. I just have the hardest time eating clean.

I'm going to focus on the gluten free route this time around as well as juicing. Juicing seemed to really help me with the bread and sweet cravings. Watch the documentery "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead". It's very motivating and informative.

Kick some butt and good luck.

Ariane 05-31-2012 09:44 AM

Thanks John! :)

I did not kicked, but shaped some butt today ;)
The first workout of Booty for ladies.

When reading the introduction of Booty for wife I found a very important statement, that I have missed until now.

Craig says for women the following is the order of importance on fat loss programs:
1. Social support
2. Nutrition
3. Excercise!

And now I see he is right.

I was doing 3. for years, but had very bad habits on 2. and almost zero 1.
So now I turn it around :) Already feeling better, only after a few days.
Also in my life, there is a transition period that I am going through, and recently I also start to pull in more social support that was missing badly...
For us, ladies, emotional support is indeed key - we often resort to chocolate and pastry to substitute for love and care.

John, could you tell me more what you mean on "juicing"?
Drinking juices? What types of juices are best? Thanks!

Jollybeggar 05-31-2012 10:22 AM

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Originally Posted by Ariane (Post 164821)
John, could you tell me more what you mean on "juicing"?
Drinking juices? What types of juices are best? Thanks!

The short answer is most if not nearly all of us eat the wrong foods in the wrong proportions. We mostly eat too much meat and starch compared to the amount of veggies we should eat. Juicing (putting veggies into a juicer that extracts the juice) is a great way to get loaded up on the micro-nutrients that we've been lacking. It helps reboot our system and get's us back on track and craving veggies instead of gluten. Check out www.jointhereboot.com it's all about juicing, research, data, how to etc.

I juiced 4 days straight and lost 7lbs while feeling great, more energy, no cravings.

kerry 05-31-2012 10:29 AM

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Originally Posted by Ariane (Post 164801)
Yesterday and today I was more focusing on nutrition, and I am happy that I made some positive changes. No bread, no pastry - already for over a week. Also no cakes, no chocolate. How long can I keep it up? Hopefully VERY long :) Right now it actually feels very good.

This is the key for me, as I was already working out regularly - but it could only keep me from getting more fat, but not leaner because of the bad diet.
I had one continuous string of cheat days for years :o

This is very impressive, as nutrition is the tough part for the vast majority of us. You should be very proud of this accomplishment. You CAN keep it up. Today is the last day of 31 days of no sugar, no dessets for me (and feeling very good). I will treat myself this weekend to celebrate a birthday, but will keep the portions very small, then right back at it.

Ariane 05-31-2012 02:29 PM

Wohooo! Thanks Kerry! I am not alone :D
That feels good, gives more hope to keep it up.
Not even craving - so I should not worry.

Today I was again shopping in the healthfood shop, some different grains, sesame flakes. I also went to the shop where I had always bought my favorit pastry (a salty, white, soft crescent roll), but not now.

My only issue is to get vegetables for juicing. I can not find baby spinach or other nice veggies around here, except maybe carrots.

I had recently a Chinese Traditional Medicine (TCM) consult, and I was adviced not to eat raw vegetables but rather a bit cooked or processed, as it is better for my system. So I need to figure out how to juice :) Since the consult (about 2 months ago) I am taking the mix of herbs and roots that was specifically combined for the current state of my body, and actually this is what helps me to start to change my eating habits.
It is getting my energy system and organs more in balance, and now I start to FEEL what food is not good for me - that is how I could stop the white flour and pastry recently, as I felt it was definitely not giving energy but taking it away, giving intestine troubles.

So I keep it up - it starts to also show, today I was already about 3 pounds less and also my belly got more flat!

Jollybeggar 05-31-2012 02:51 PM

Great job on eating cleaner. It is the hardest part for me.

You'll need to buy a juicer, you can get a decent one at WalMart for $50 on up to $300 at other stores. Start with a cheap but decent one until you fiqure out if you want to juice seriously.

They say the key is to mix up the colors when juicing. I usually juice the same thing everyday since I like it so much. Kale, spinach, red chard, yellow zucchini, green zucchini, tomato, sweet potato, red apple, green apple, pear, celerary and carrots.

I've been adding Amazing Grass mixes and hemp protein as well as cocoa powder so I can get more protein. Just the veggies alone has enough protein for maintenace but when you're working out you need more, at least I did.

I'm also going to drink a whey protein shake with our goat milk before/after working out.

Let me know how this works for you. Excited for you!

wsarwani 06-01-2012 04:33 AM

Well done for taking the decision to join the contest. Your enthusiasm and dedication are apparent from your posts so you're off to a great start already.

Good job on eating clean so far. Just like eating 'bad' seems to propagate more bad eating, good eating promotes better eating. I switched my eating in November 2011, lost my way a bit but then recommitted again a month ago. I've given up all grains and temporarily, gave up eggs and dairy too. I am now feeling the best I've felt in a very long time. My energy is up, by mood is improved (I used to get bouts of depression regularly), the fat is falling off and my health just seems to be getting better every day. I enjoy the whole natural foods (mostly meats and veggies, some fruit and nuts) I eat every day and don't even miss not eating the sweet and wheat-based foods I used to crave.

So stick with it and I'm sure you'll be enjoying the results soon enough. You'll reach a point where you'll actually WANT to work out, you'll have so much energy.

ncmom 06-01-2012 01:44 PM

I wanted to stop by and say hi! Not to many of the female persuasion here on the board and I was happy to find your journal. You're doing a great job! Bread and sugar are my weakness too.

Veronica

RobB 06-01-2012 03:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ncmom (Post 164880)
I wanted to stop by and say hi! Not to many of the female persuasion here on the board and I was happy to find your journal. You're doing a great job! Bread and sugar are my weakness too.

Veronica

Whats bread and sugar have to do with male and female??????? They are mine too!!!!! LOL :D

Jollybeggar 06-03-2012 11:19 PM

Hi Ariane,

Just dropping by to see how you're doing. Hope you're kickin some booty.

Ariane 06-04-2012 12:56 PM

Hello guys and gals, thanks for caring John, and thanks for Waleed, Rob, John, Veronica and everyone for the useful advices and the care!

Yes I am kickin' booty :)

I hope everyone is well, and kicking too!

However, a little confused on nutrition. I still eat no pastry and only a very small amount of wholewheat bread stuff occasionally. First the pounds came off, but a few days ago I got very hungry, and the weight loss stopped. Well it is difficult to find the balance to keep high the metabolism, while eating a bit less and working out more...

I have just been piched on "21 metabolic boosting tricks", I have not purchased it but I am tempted very much...

About juicing: I want to get onto this. Looked around for juicers and mixers, and looks like the USA is way cheaper than the middle of Europe. In Hungary juicers are bloody expensive, at least the sophisticated ones, for example slow juicers, starting from 450 USD and up!
Mixers are also starting from 100 USD but the better ones are 300-500 USD.

There are some okay juicers by Bosch and Phillips, for already 120 USD, I will buy one tomorrow and START juicing! That website, John, is very informative, thanks a lot for sharing!

My message of today (also for myself): do not, I repeate to NOT give up and collaps back to back habits!
The body WILL adjust after some time to the new habits! Hopefully, in less than 3 months ;)

DO WELL!!

RobB 06-04-2012 02:56 PM

Real food will probably keep you fuller than shakes or smoothies, but they are alright, too. Everyone has to find their way.........ESE/fasting for some, 3 square meals for another, or maybe 5-7 small meals and snacks thru the day. Try to pair proteins and carbs together, to keep you full. Find something that works for you, which may take awhile, but it will work, once you find it.......;)

Ariane 06-04-2012 03:53 PM

Yes Rob, REAL food, I agree!

But in between, or for one meal, a shake or a juice is a great option. In the morning I am eating/drinking a kind of shake that I like a lot. I will try Craig's shake recipes too. And I would like to drink more fresh fruit/vegetable juices, I am sure John is right, that these give more energy than artificially sweetened protein shakes.

Ok, I will keep on trying to find what works for my body. But if anyone has good metabolism boosting tips, let me know.

Ariane 06-05-2012 05:17 AM

Excercise journal:

May 31 Thursday: First workout of Booty for wife (or any lady that wants a good booty :)) - Next day I had sour muscles, triceps and abs! Good workout with stablility ball roll out and SB jack knife that I really like.

June 1 Friday: off

June 3 Saturday: Horse riding in nature, total 14 km, including a 2,5 km interval, getting off the horse in the forest and running hard / walking, about 6 intervals :D I like that, the horse likes it less, she would be happy just to walk a bit, but she follows.
The horse also got her TT workout, having to run uphill on a steep place, then doing the intervals with me. BTW last year I prepared her for a local shorter (but faster) endurance riding competition with interval training, only training every 2nd day, and including many intervals. And with so little training we were in the top 6, in 2 competitions! So intervals rule :)

June 3 Sunday: Booty for wife workout - great! Only I had to choose one without weights, I ordered dumbbels last week but it did not arrive yet.

June 4 Monday: Interval in the garden - running up and walking down 3-4x, I am out of shape!!! But regular interval for me is key to start up the fatloss. Btw, first week my weight was down, now it is climbing up, despite no pastry and only a little whole wheat bread.

June 5 Tuesday: I kicked off the morning with 2 warmup circuit of Booty, and a metabolic circuit that I have seen in Rob's journal. I only had 20 minutes, but I got sweating. Weight a little up - I need to sleep and drink more, and not worry!! ;)

allbruteforce 06-05-2012 07:14 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ariane (Post 165049)
Excercise journal:

May 31 Thursday: First workout of Booty for wife (or any lady that wants a good booty :)) - Next day I had sour muscles, triceps and abs! Good workout with stablility ball roll out and SB jack knife that I really like.

June 1 Friday: off

June 3 Saturday: Horse riding in nature, total 14 km, including a 2,5 km interval, getting off the horse in the forest and running hard / walking, about 6 intervals :D I like that, the horse likes it less, she would be happy just to walk a bit, but she follows.
The horse also got her TT workout, having to run uphill on a steep place, then doing the intervals with me. BTW last year I prepared her for a local shorter (but faster) endurance riding competition with interval training, only training every 2nd day, and including many intervals. And with so little training we were in the top 6, in 2 competitions! So intervals rule :)

June 3 Sunday: Booty for wife workout - great! Only I had to choose one without weights, I ordered dumbbels last week but it did not arrive yet.

June 4 Monday: Interval in the garden - running up and walking down 3-4x, I am out of shape!!! But regular interval for me is key to start up the fatloss. Btw, first week my weight was down, now it is climbing up, despite no pastry and only a little whole wheat bread.

June 5 Tuesday: I kicked off the morning with 2 warmup circuit of Booty, and a metabolic circuit that I have seen in Rob's journal. I only had 20 minutes, but I got sweating. Weight a little up - I need to sleep and drink more, and not worry!! ;)

Fantastic effort you're doing great.

If you find your weight going up you may want to do a food log and see where you may be able to clean up your nutrition.

RobB 06-05-2012 12:46 PM

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Originally Posted by allbruteforce (Post 165052)
Fantastic effort you're doing great.

If you find your weight going up you may want to do a food log and see where you may be able to clean up your nutrition.

I have been using 3-4 finishers after my workouts. They are pretty good. I also like the one I did last Saturday.....From TT for Fat Loss 2007 BW workout............those darn burpees sure take my breath away, though.......

Bev1212 06-06-2012 05:23 AM

Enjoyed reading your journal. You are really doing great. Sticking with the nutrition and no sugar...awesome. Sure like your style of workouts too (on your horse :-) ). I loved my horses. Stay strong and I agree ...support is key for us ladies!!!! Look forward to following you!!!

Ariane 06-06-2012 02:38 PM

Thanks, Bev! I also like to read your journal. Let's keep up the good spirits! :)
You HAD horses?

To be honest, there IS some sugar in my diet. No bread and white flour pastry, for about 2 weeks, which is already a big change for me. But I do eat some fruit (melon, dried fruit, raisins, strawberry, apple) and there is some sugar in the protein powder mix that I take, only a scoop a day. And a tiny bit of black chocolate sometimes. Mot much, but sugar.

Today I got a little dishartened - while I am doing great with excercise, and I can see already some shape change, but the initially lost 4 pounds weight is climbing back up - despite the major change of no bread and white flour, which I ate a lot before. I do eat some rice, and brown rice crackers. Is that also "dangerous"? Anyhow, I will continue to change my eating habits bit by bit, and stick with the excercise.

Tomorrow I buy the juicer, and start to drink some vegetable juices regularly.

Yesterday I had another half hour excercise in the swimming pool, today I go out with the horse.

Oh, the ordered barbells and weights arrived! So now I can do MRT again! :)

wsarwani 06-06-2012 03:32 PM

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Originally Posted by Ariane (Post 165139)
Thanks, Bev! I also like to read your journal. Let's keep up the good spirits! :)
You HAD horses?

To be honest, there IS some sugar in my diet. No bread and white flour pastry, for about 2 weeks, which is already a big change for me. But I do eat some fruit (melon, dried fruit, raisins, strawberry, apple) and there is some sugar in the protein powder mix that I take, only a scoop a day. And a tiny bit of black chocolate sometimes. Mot much, but sugar.

Today I got a little dishartened - while I am doing great with excercise, and I can see already some shape change, but the initially lost 4 pounds weight is climbing back up - despite the major change of no bread and white flour, which I ate a lot before. I do eat some rice, and brown rice crackers. Is that also "dangerous"? Anyhow, I will continue to change my eating habits bit by bit, and stick with the excercise.

Tomorrow I buy the juicer, and start to drink some vegetable juices regularly.

Yesterday I had another half hour excercise in the swimming pool, today I go out with the horse.

Oh, the ordered barbells and weights arrived! So now I can do MRT again! :)

While rice is still considered a starchy carb, it is sometimes called the "safe" carb. Unlike wheat and other gluten-containing grains, rice does not contain "anti-nutrients" that seem to cause so many problems for so many people. I've given up wheat/gluten for several months and it seems to have done me a lot of good but I still enjoy rice once a week without much ill effect.

If in doubt, have rice and rice products as part of a post-workout meal.

Bev1212 06-08-2012 12:03 AM

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Originally Posted by Ariane
Thanks, Bev! I also like to read your journal. Let's keep up the good spirits! :)
You HAD horses?

To be honest, there IS some sugar in my diet. No bread and white flour pastry, for about 2 weeks, which is already a big change for me. But I do eat some fruit (melon, dried fruit, raisins, strawberry, apple) and there is some sugar in the protein powder mix that I take, only a scoop a day. And a tiny bit of black chocolate sometimes. Mot much, but sugar.

Today I got a little dishartened - while I am doing great with excercise, and I can see already some shape change, but the initially lost 4 pounds weight is climbing back up - despite the major change of no bread and white flour, which I ate a lot before. I do eat some rice, and brown rice crackers. Is that also "dangerous"? Anyhow, I will continue to change my eating habits bit by bit, and stick with the excercise.

Tomorrow I buy the juicer, and start to drink some vegetable juices regularly.

Yesterday I had another half hour excercise in the swimming pool, today I go out with the horse.

Oh, the ordered barbells and weights arrived! So now I can do MRT again! :)

I had horses from day 1 till I was about 30. Had to sell them because of my Job. They were very special. Some day I will have another. :-)

That's not much sugar at all. I hope you wouldn't cut out fruit. ;).

You might be just fluctuating in weight. Give it a little time. I might would cut the crackers out tho, try to substitute them. And I agree ... Pwo for starch for optimal results :-)

Hope you have a good report!! Train hard and check in often :-)
Bev

Ariane 06-11-2012 06:54 PM

Thanks, Waleed for the advice! I have read your writeup on nutrition, very valuable example for me. I can not yet think of quitting sugar containing things :) Maybe one day I can do a month of kicking off sugar! When I feel already stronger. It is getting closer, I feel!

Bev, I wish you a future including horses! :) And the life you really want.
Thanks for the encouragement - in the last days my weight was down a bit again, starts to MOVE downwards slowly. Fruit, dried and juice, I dont want to quit!

And I realized that I ate too LITTLE carbs, which sabotaged my fat loss. So rice crackers and whole wheat slow-carb special bread will stay in my diet! I feel it is good for me. Starving of carbs is not, as my metabolism pulls in the hand brake immediately.

Oh, good news, another habit change is starting to happen:
tonight I have not even thought of eating snacks or chocolate! This is a significant change!

Ariane 06-11-2012 07:10 PM

Workout journal update:
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Wednesday June 6: riding + interval training with the horse (about 5 x 1 minute sprints) :D My filly is getting used to it, that I get off and start to run for a minute (she is trotting) - then walk a little - then run ... Then I let her graze for a while, so she is fine with it.

Thursday June 7: Booty for wife (and singles!) workout, wow! Though but great.

Friday June 8: off, recovering, stretching

Saturday June 9: working around the house and garden

Sunday June 10: Horse riding about 1 hour + interval cardio (6 x 30-60 sec sprints, the last ones I really run as hard as I could! Horse took the lead sometimes, at the speed of 12-15 km/h, I tried to keep up) - I feel great after interval cardio! Feel after-burn for a long time.

Monday June 11: Booty for wife (and any woman who wants to look good), workout A from week 5-8.
Workout included Bulgarian split squat 1 1/2, which I do like a lot since I conquered this excercise! The trick is to get a chair as a little help on the balance, then you get stronger and better.
What really made me sweat was the plank and side planks, I love those! It is very effective for me, though it is difficult. Especially side plank for 30-30 sec.
I felt great after the workout, it was really hard and effective. Oh, I spiced it up, adding some weights to the reversed split squats and the lateral squats!
The interval cardio was on the bike, going uphill hard, for 4-5 interval, while doing the shopping. I live on a hill so it is a great opportunity to do interval biking home.

And as I wrote, tonight I noticed that I do not crave after any snacks or cakes in the night! Wow, this is a big change for me, as one of me worst habits was snacking in the evening. If I conquer a bad habit each couple of weeks, sure I will win, contest or no contest! :)

RobB 06-11-2012 07:44 PM

Horsey sprints........hmmmmmmm, Mikey Whitfield hasnt thought of those yet.......LOL...... ( My granddaughters love horses.....I have never been on one.....guess I oughta put that on the bucket list)>>>>>>>>>:p

allbruteforce 06-12-2012 03:21 AM

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Originally Posted by Ariane (Post 165359)
Workout journal update:
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Wednesday June 6: riding + interval training with the horse (about 5 x 1 minute sprints) :D My filly is getting used to it, that I get off and start to run for a minute (she is trotting) - then walk a little - then run ... Then I let her graze for a while, so she is fine with it.

Thursday June 7: Booty for wife (and singles!) workout, wow! Though but great.

Friday June 8: off, recovering, stretching

Saturday June 9: working around the house and garden

Sunday June 10: Horse riding about 1 hour + interval cardio (6 x 30-60 sec sprints, the last ones I really run as hard as I could! Horse took the lead sometimes, at the speed of 12-15 km/h, I tried to keep up) - I feel great after interval cardio! Feel after-burn for a long time.

Monday June 11: Booty for wife (and any woman who wants to look good), workout A from week 5-8.
Workout included Bulgarian split squat 1 1/2, which I do like a lot since I conquered this excercise! The trick is to get a chair as a little help on the balance, then you get stronger and better.
What really made me sweat was the plank and side planks, I love those! It is very effective for me, though it is difficult. Especially side plank for 30-30 sec.
I felt great after the workout, it was really hard and effective. Oh, I spiced it up, adding some weights to the reversed split squats and the lateral squats!
The interval cardio was on the bike, going uphill hard, for 4-5 interval, while doing the shopping. I live on a hill so it is a great opportunity to do interval biking home.

And as I wrote, tonight I noticed that I do not crave after any snacks or cakes in the night! Wow, this is a big change for me, as one of me worst habits was snacking in the evening. If I conquer a bad habit each couple of weeks, sure I will win, contest or no contest! :)

Great workout log, you really do mix it up.

Sounds like we need TT for horses.

Congratualtions on conquering the cravings!

Bev1212 06-14-2012 01:15 AM

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Originally Posted by Ariane
Thanks, Waleed for the advice! I have read your writeup on nutrition, very valuable example for me. I can not yet think of quitting sugar containing things :) Maybe one day I can do a month of kicking off sugar! When I feel already stronger. It is getting closer, I feel!

Bev, I wish you a future including horses! :) And the life you really want.
Thanks for the encouragement - in the last days my weight was down a bit again, starts to MOVE downwards slowly. Fruit, dried and juice, I dont want to quit!

And I realized that I ate too LITTLE carbs, which sabotaged my fat loss. So rice crackers and whole wheat slow-carb special bread will stay in my diet! I feel it is good for me. Starving of carbs is not, as my metabolism pulls in the hand brake immediately.

Oh, good news, another habit change is starting to happen:
tonight I have not even thought of eating snacks or chocolate! This is a significant change!

Thank you!!! So glad it's starting to go down. I agree everyone needs to do what is best for them. Only you know how your body reacts to certain ways of eating. And CONGRATS on your new habit. That's a hard one for sure. :-)

Craig Ballantyne 06-17-2012 11:24 AM

Excellent work on developing new habits, congratulations.

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Originally Posted by Ariane (Post 165359)
Workout journal update:
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Wednesday June 6: riding + interval training with the horse (about 5 x 1 minute sprints) :D My filly is getting used to it, that I get off and start to run for a minute (she is trotting) - then walk a little - then run ... Then I let her graze for a while, so she is fine with it.

Thursday June 7: Booty for wife (and singles!) workout, wow! Though but great.

Friday June 8: off, recovering, stretching

Saturday June 9: working around the house and garden

Sunday June 10: Horse riding about 1 hour + interval cardio (6 x 30-60 sec sprints, the last ones I really run as hard as I could! Horse took the lead sometimes, at the speed of 12-15 km/h, I tried to keep up) - I feel great after interval cardio! Feel after-burn for a long time.

Monday June 11: Booty for wife (and any woman who wants to look good), workout A from week 5-8.
Workout included Bulgarian split squat 1 1/2, which I do like a lot since I conquered this excercise! The trick is to get a chair as a little help on the balance, then you get stronger and better.
What really made me sweat was the plank and side planks, I love those! It is very effective for me, though it is difficult. Especially side plank for 30-30 sec.
I felt great after the workout, it was really hard and effective. Oh, I spiced it up, adding some weights to the reversed split squats and the lateral squats!
The interval cardio was on the bike, going uphill hard, for 4-5 interval, while doing the shopping. I live on a hill so it is a great opportunity to do interval biking home.

And as I wrote, tonight I noticed that I do not crave after any snacks or cakes in the night! Wow, this is a big change for me, as one of me worst habits was snacking in the evening. If I conquer a bad habit each couple of weeks, sure I will win, contest or no contest! :)


Ariane 06-22-2012 06:24 AM

Thanks, Craig! :) Nice to get such encouragement.

It is not easy, small steps ahead, some fallbacks, but generally I progress in the right direction with the diet.

Certainly eating much less in quantity, and also less unhealthy foods.

Evening snacking creeped back for a few days, but it is because I do not go to bed on time, usually after midnight, and by that time I just get hungry. So the target is to handle my sleep habits and daily schedule, that is hard for me as I tried for years without success. But at this time I am getting more determined as I see that the energy system of the body will not be replenished without a better lifestyle, including more healthy sleep that is starting earlier, between 21-23 PM.

Based on the Chinese clock, that I recently heard about, the energy system of the body is regenerating 9-11 PM that is why it is important to already go to bed in that period. One can overrule it and then gets more awake after 11 again. And hungry :(

For me, it was always more understanding that helped to change habits.
Over ten years ago when I finally understood how damaging cigarettes are for the body and my environment, I could quit with hard work. Now it is time to change some more habits, so that I have more energy for my work and life!

RobB 06-22-2012 09:44 AM

Good job Ariane........keep working at it! Those BSS are tough, ESPECIALLY the 1.5 reps! Never give up and keep working at it!!!!;)

Jollybeggar 06-22-2012 04:15 PM

[quote=Ariane;165771]Evening snacking creeped back for a few days, but it is because I do not go to bed on time, usually after midnight, and by that time I just get hungry. So the target is to handle my sleep habits and daily schedule, that is hard for me as I tried for years without success. But at this time I am getting more determined as I see that the energy system of the body will not be replenished without a better lifestyle, including more healthy sleep that is starting earlier, between 21-23 PM.

Based on the Chinese clock, that I recently heard about, the energy system of the body is regenerating 9-11 PM that is why it is important to already go to bed in that period. One can overrule it and then gets more awake after 11 again. And hungry :(
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Yep, this is me big time. If I go to bed around 9-10 I'm good, but I usually end up staying up till midnight since the kids are out of school and then around 10:30 I'm munching. I try to make it healthy but still....I'm better off sleeping and not eating.

That's cool about your horse. We have 2 horses, 20+ dairy goats and we just bought a cow. I can outrun the cow but I'll have to work on beating the horses, especially the quarter horse :)

Ariane 06-23-2012 02:15 PM

Hey guys, thanks for the feedback.

John, I can understand it very well on sleep / schedule troubles...
I can easily improve and get stronger and more discipilned on exercises, but not very flexible on bad life habits ;)

Oh, you have 2 horses and goats? You might live the lifestyle that I would like. Planning to move more far from the big city, to the foot of a nice mountain, get a few goats too, and have a small farm, where the horse(s) also has a place.
Now practicing in the garden to care for fruit trees and vegetables, plants.

Ok, I dont give up of course, let see how it goes!

Ariane 06-23-2012 03:00 PM

Workout journal 12-23 June
 
Tuesday June 12 - rest day - light activity

Wednesday June 13 - MISSED WORKOUT!?

Thursday June 14 - Horse ride + interval cardio, total 14 km, 1,5-2 hours with the walk and grazing at the end (I did not graze, only the horse ;))
The horsey intervals went well, there is a steep small hill, we jogged down to the bottom and run up 3x. The horse looked at me like "are you crazy?" but followed me. What could she do...

Friday June 15 - TT Workout from "Booty for wife" - great! Lots of upper body.

Saturday June 16 - Heatwave starts in Hungary, 30+ celsius! Went to a swimming pool with a friend, swimming about 500 m, it was good for sore muscles (chest, arms).

Sunday June 17 - Riding out + hiking over 20 km on nearly mountain path, we could not find a road so that took couple of km extra walking in the heat, in full gear (chaps, hat, gloves...) - I often got off the horse, on steep slopes, and in the village where we walked a lot to find the road. I was very thirsty, it was about 2,5 hours, in extreme heat, no water with me. (I should buy saddle bag and take water with!).

Monday June 18 - Light activity, half hour walk in the morning to the shop, and a 4-5 km walk in the city in the late evening, it was cooler already.

Tuesday June 19 - Have not recorded it, I think I missed the workout, my planning was a mess, as some things got shifted around this week unexpectedly... I had a bit of walk + biking to the shop.

Wed June 20 - No workout, only work in the hot office :(
A 25-30 min chillout walk late night.

Thu June 21 - Riding in the late evening around 21-23h as it was almost 40 Celsius all day, it is very hard on me. Forgot to take potassium or sauna salt.

Fri June 22 - I was planning a TT workout but felt weak because of the heat all day. Walking a bit in the evening on the mountain, it is very nice when it is cooling off, wonderful summer night.

Sat June 23 - Finally - TT workout - finally!!
This time I wanted a killer workout and I got it.
I took the challenge of the brand new TT Bodyweight Cardio 5, workout A.
Wow, Craig! I thought I will die half way. It is still around 30 Celsius. I was sweating like a horse, or more. Panting. Feeling like I am in a real bootcamp :)
And that SCREACH excercise is great! Thanks!
Fortunately there is no interval after this one, as the whole workout is an extreme interval. Right after the excercise I went to the garden as a cool-off, and worked 1,5 hours, which was a good finisher, upper body included.

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Summary:

There is progress, I am getting more active, and stronger. What I see is that I should not skip TT exercises. At least 2x a week, because when I go for a longer riding-hiking-interval, that can count for a workout. Interval cardios seem very effective for me, when I really start to sweat and my circulation speeds up. I feel after burn for a long time.

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Progress:

Loss of inches: 1 inch off from my waist and 1 inch of from the hip! Some trousers fit and look better. Belly a little smaller.

Weight only 3-4 pounds down, but now it is stably, and very slowly, but progressing in the right direction.

Eating habits: I eat less. Take almost no wheat, no pastry, no unhealthy bread (only slow-carb special bread and brown rice + grains extruded crackers). Most snacks are dried fruit (dates, apricots, giant raisins). Any meat + vegetable stews, fruit feels good.
I also take some protein powder with rice, oat or almond milk.
Milk intake reduced. Sugar also not much.
I do drink some alcohol, beer, cider or a bit of wine.
Still to change: late evening eating. Should try to not eat after 18-19 PM.

At least 3 people commented that I must have lost weight, or that my figure looks better. Now that is progress, worth to continue :)

RobB 06-23-2012 08:41 PM

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Rob, when you mean without sugar you also mean no fruit at all, nothing containing fructose?

I was adviced that a bit of fruit is good for my bodytype, but that might be different from person to person. If "without sugar" can include some fruit or dried fruit, then I am also getting there!

Do well,
Ariane

As Craig would say...."Nobody ever got fat, eating fruit", so NO, I eat grapes and apples every day. I am talking processed sugar as in table sugar, brown sugar, and sugars in cakes,cookies and the like. Looks like we are on the right track!!! Rob;)


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