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Keeping fit and active. How do you do it or where to start ?

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  2. I've been doing keto for about 2.5 years. I started with a goal of losing about 25lbs, lost about 35, and am now well within my normal weight range. I do extremely lazy keto - for the most part, I don't count macros or calories or anything, but I have a good knowledge of nutrition and know what to avoid (and look it up if I'm not sure). I can't really say this is super effective - for the first year I really didn't lose much at all, but stuck with it because at least I didn't gain. The weight loss I did have may realistically be more because of fracture healing (super effective for increasing your caloric needs, but I can't really recommend it!) than anything. I do find that I lose much better if I am strict about avoiding dairy. Cutting out cheese makes me sad, but I'm perfectly happy without it other than that. I stick with it because it helps so so much with reducing carb cravings, and hopefully can continue to do so for life, though when I'm at a good weight I allow a little more fruit. I'm one of those people who has a really hard time with moderation - if I get started eating carby stuff, I have a very hard time stopping. Keto doesn't get rid of my sweet tooth entirely. I'm not at all one of those people who start to actively dislike sugar. But makes it much easier to pass things up and avoid getting started in the first place. I did fall off the wagon recently and have about 5-10lbs to lose again to get back to where I was. Or maybe not, because my clothing actually fits better where I am now. But I would still prefer to be back on track diet-wise (and have been pretty good for the past week).
  3. I'm on keto and have just restarted IF, I do 16:8 as @moonbynight has suggested, but even on doing that I have bone broth outside of my 8 hours which also helps me keep my fluids up. I also have MCT oil daily to help reduce brain fog. I mainly experience fatigue around my period time, and also if I'm not eating clean keto. As I don't eat most meats and can't have dairy or eggs I have to pay attention to that. How long have you all being doing keto and what results have you had?
  4. I looked back at my goals from the other thread. Haha... I did start biking to work shortly after that post and did really well with that. That's the sort of exercise I do best with - when it's just an unavoidable part of the day. Then I got knocked down by some loose dogs and got a number of injuries that, while not life-threatening, are probably going to be lifelong problems. So I don't feel like I can go back to that, which kind of breaks my heart, because I've always been a biker. I still need to get back to doing weights. Even moreso now. Still resisting it because it's sooooooooo boring and I hate it. Plus I probably really should get one of the problems evaluated and some physical therapy input before doing much. Still haven't changed jobs. Still need to. Since the weather has gotten better, I've been good about getting out and walking on pretty much a daily basis. I've been meeting my fitbit activity goals most of days. So that's something.
  5. I think you should listen to your body. If you're not getting the energy you need to function, then maybe it isn't what you need right now. Another way to look at it... keto teaches your body to burn fat, and IF can eventually develop naturally out of that. You may have more success if you wait until you're a month or two into keto. You might also want to start with the 16:8 version of IF (eating only within an 8 hour window), rather than jumping straight to a full 24 hours. Or look at other forms of fasting, like broth fasts or fat fasts.
  6. Please share any progress that you’ve made regarding your fitness goals. I saw the fitness goals topic. I was curious about the progress everyone’s made on those goals so far. I might use this as a way to share my continual progress. Feel free to do the same. I hope we can encourage each other to keep going here. As of myself. This morning, I jogged without stopping for longer than I ever have before, which is half a mile. That might not seem like a lot to some of you, but I used to smoke and never really jogged before until recently. So, I’m super happy about that. :))))))))) I was also able to go most of the day without thinking about food. It’s taken a long time to get to this point. How about you guys? Please share your progress, no matter how incremental, it’s all important, and should be acknowledged.
  7. Hey guys. I bet everyone’s tired of hearing about keto and intermittent fasting, but I’m doing them. I’ve been attempting to do them for a while, with varying success. I think I finally found the mindset I need to stick to it. I just ended a 24 hour fast. But, after about 2 pm, I started to feel tired mentally. I ended up taking a 4 hour nap because I thought that if I didn’t, I would be too tempted to break my fast for energy. From what I understand, as I continue doing this, my body will adjust and learn to make more energy from fat. But until that happens, what do you guys do to deal with this fatigue?
  8. Gingermommy

    Fitness Goals, who has them?

    @Active Life well, what i am able to do will depend on the location. If travel is required, than its a no. I think the arctic enima was actually my favourite but i’ve swam in colder waters (yes, really) so i found it pretty refreshing. Also, if its. Hot day than it might be more refreshing? Not sure. Where did you run yours? I ran mine just north of Toronto.
  9. Active Life

    Fitness Goals, who has them?

    Congrats on running this race! Argh, I did this three years ago. It was lots of fun until I started cramping after freezing my arse off in the Arctic Enima. I couldn't run the last 6 miles, it didn't help that I sprained my ankle 1.5 months prior to the race and was unable to train. I'm so glad I did it though and would run it again. You are correct, there's lots of training required to help prevent injury. There's other shorter races of this type which you may have time to train. Tough Mudder even has a 5K version now. It sounds like you may be able to do this.
  10. Gingermommy

    Fitness Goals, who has them?

    I have a few goals. Small ones and big ones. Its a list in progress though. For now, I’m doing 30 day challenges and its going great. Totally meeting those goals. I just needed to learn my level before hand. I’m in month 4 now. I’d love to the stair climb in the cn tower. I might try to find a group to do it with in the fall. I think it runs twice a year. I might run tough mudder again. Though that was really tough for me and i trained really hard for that. 3 kids later I’m not so sure i have the time for it. We get a lot of races in our city, i need to find out what other things we have.
  11. Active Life

    Fitness Goals, who has them?

    I have some hiking trips lined up this summer in Zions National Park and Yosemite so one of my goals is to build up my endurance. Last weekend I did a 10 mile hike and was left with some blisters. Hopefully they will be healed by a grueling hike I've scheduled on Saturday. Aside from that, I'd like to lean out a bit so I look a little nicer in the bikini this summer. I'm doing that through lifting, upping my cardio, and adjusting my calories down a bit. This is hike is on my bucket list and I'll finally do it the end of May!
  12. Jansen

    Fitness Goals, who has them?

    I do have fitness goals, actually more like skill goals. I am in the process of learning to skate in order to play hockey. It is a humbling sport. I am determined to put 1 year of at least 3 times a week skate training combined with lessons to get my skating to a level that I feel comfortable in order to attend a hockey camp. I admire the skill level of the women I see skating. Luckily I am fit to begin with and posses a decent amount of athletic talent so with hard work I know I will get there and be able to fulfill my desire.
  13. Mabon

    5K Training!

    Hello Ladies, I decided to tackle the c25k again (last time I got to week four and stopped as new job) as I have gained weight again. I am using an app, so far I have completed week two and it has made me happy. I am pushing myself even when my knees complain lol (I know how far I can go) and I intend to complete c25k and continue to run 5k for a while then go up to 10k .
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  15. Active Life

    Does Anybody Do Hiit Workouts?

    HIIT is High Intensity Interval Training. You alternate between short periods of intense exercises and recovery, usually 1:1. It's usually over a shorter time period than you would spend doing just LISS (Low-Intensity Steady State Training. HIIT allows you to fit your cardio into a shorter time period than LISS (Low Intensity Steady State Training) while burning the same calories depending on how long you normally train for both. You can really use almost any cardio exercise to do either. For example, you can use a bike and alternate with sprints and easy peddling. You can also use a treadmill to run sprints (say one minute) then walk to job for a minute; you alternate for say 20 minutes. Your calorie burn in that 20 minutes will equal say 40 minutes of walking. I do HIIT while hiking; I walk uphill and run downhill. If I want to really up the intensity, I'll do the opposite. Here's a good article on Bodybuilder.com that may help explain it better. https://www.bodybuilding.com/content/what-is-the-best-hiit-workout.html
  16. Phalen and I are both members at Planet Fitness. My routine is i do both leg machines and then 1 ab machine and 3-4 arm machines with finishing up with eather free weights or bench press 40 pounds. My Work out usually takes 30-45 min and was going 2 times a week. But right now going once due to having accupuncture 1 day a week for back issues. Been working out since last June and i have seen some positive results. Still don't have a 6 pack or real big arms but there all toned up.
  17. I guess you could say skating for hockey is like HIIT...short bursts of intense cardio...and carrying an extra 15 pounds of gear...that will get your heart rate up.
  18. wolfbigrl88

    The Shybi fitness thread

    Well at the moment I'm not on any kind of fitness regime. The only workout I get is standing for out hours at a cash register and doing odds and ends throughout my shift. I used to do a lot more lifting when I worked at a convenience store. I'm thinking that I do want to join a gym but then why did I buy a heavy bag? I should probably just try to get some use out of that on a regular basis. I do love to do a kickboxing type of workout oh and I could also get some more use out of my bike. I'm also in tears in laughter reading TBW's posts, I thought they were pretty funny. Thanks for posting those. My fiance has been going to the gym now too so we'll see. I'll keep you posted here, lol.
  19. RadioMouse

    The Shybi fitness thread

    That's excellent! Congratulations! I debated that, but I have a good friend who is a trainer/coach and he's helping me through this more aggressive approach. I have to say I'm a fan of the money saved too, lol! But the quick results help me a lot too. I'm really bad at falling off the bandwagon easily.
  20. missyjanet1

    The Shybi fitness thread

    My husband and I have done the 5 and 2 diet for a couple months and it really works well for us. He's lost more weight than me (of course!) but what I like the most about it is that we can still eat normally the other 5 days. Typically, we eat sensibly during the week and on weekends, it's mostly takeout/restaurants.
  21. RadioMouse

    The Shybi fitness thread

    Ohhh, I want in on this too! I've recently (in the last two weeks) begun short-term fasts as a method to lose weight and cultivate discipline. So far, I've lost 11ish lbs and discovered that it feels amazing! My goal is to lose 60-80lbs. I've never been lighter than 125lbs in recent memory, so I don't know what I'll look like at that weight. My stretch goal, depending on how I look/feel at 110lbs is to get to 95lbs (near the low end of healthy BMI for my smol 5'0" frame). Then bulk up so I can add muscle tone and strength, but only until around 100-105lbs. I've so far loved the fasting as a lifestyle adjustment since I have several days a week where I'm running from one thing to another and skipping meals is convenient and easier than I thought. I also really enjoy the clarity of mind that it brings, and time for self-challenge and self-reflection. I'm working towards two consistent 86ish hour fasts per week, and switching to 72s or 48s as I near my goal weight. I don't feel comfortable in my own skin right now, being very obese (170lbs) and I also have found with identifying my sexuality I've discovered I want to own the soft butch/hard femme style - and my ideal would be to be on the leaner side so I can pull off vests and ties in the way I find most aesthetic. And bring out my (hiding) cheekbones. My goal is to reach 110lbs by midsummer 2019, and then treat myself to a style makeover, lol! I've got a few reasons for this goal. First, I don't want to seriously fall in love with anyone else until I have the body I want to fall in love with. If that makes sense. Whoever I end up with deserves what I perceive to be my sexiest, most confident body and the expressions that come with that. Secondly, my 3rd Dan karate test is approaching in 2020 and I need to reel in my lack of control with food and increase my discipline and mental toughness. Losing weight and building muscle will also help me fight much better. And as the shortest woman there, I need every advantage I can get, lol!
  22. delightful34

    The Shybi fitness thread

    You can do it!
  23. PurplePetal

    The Shybi fitness thread

    Joining a gym for the first time in years... I have been doing home workouts and following the meal plans and have fab results! I now want to go to a class to do PiYo, feeling super nervous but it will be worth it! Just need to push through that first class!
  24. moonbynight

    The Shybi fitness thread

    Absolutely. Have low-carb foods you enjoy available, and eat them! Adequate protein and fat will help with feeling satiated. Don't worry too much about total calories while you're still going through carb cravings - work on eliminating the cravings first (or at least reducing them to a manageable level). Artificial sweeteners are a double edged sword - some people find they satisfy the craving and help them stay on track, others find that they just increase them. Use them if they are helpful, but be aware they can increase cravings and it may be helpful to avoid them. Specifically for my fellow surgery victim @delightful34... remember that your body needs increased calories and nutrients for healing, at least for a little while. Plan to not lose weight at least until your incision is healed (really, it can take a year or more to truly "heal", but I mean until the incision is completely scarred over). If you are losing, eat more! It's frustrating, but it isn't forever.
  25. I find it’s easier if you have low carb snacks ready before you get hungry. Tuna salad wraps (in lettuce), or chicken salad, veggies, stay away from wheat!!
  26. Thanks!! That’s awesome!! Let me know how things are coming along! I rarely eat processed foods, my preference is everything fresh!! I agree if you don’t cook you don’t eat!
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