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April 14, 2006

I'm getting fat. My waist is now up to 34" and I probably weigh something like 155 or 160. When I was in high school, I weighed more like 145 and I had a 30" waist most of that time. So yeah, I'm getting fat.

I decided to do something about it, so I went down to our apartment complex weight room. There's not a whole lot of equipment there, just some of the usual stuff where you sit in a bench and push your arms together to life weights or whatever. There's also a Nordic skiier machine.

It's boring as hell, and I was alone, but I tried to make the best of things by testing the skiier. I can't figure out how the darn thing works, so then there was that pedal machine where you just step up and down and the backs of your legs get sore. It said I was burning a lot of calories, and I did it for two minutes or so and got rid of 20 of the buggers, but my legs were sore so I went through the other machines. Anyway, long story short: I burned about 40 calories tonight and if I know me, that's the last time I'll ever visit the weight room. I need to do something, though. I don't want to gain a lot of weight!

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lasthero lasthero - April 14, 2006 (08:27 PM)
Working out can be really boring, but the trick is to distract yourself. Listen to music. Read a book (though that might be a bit hard depending on the construction of the book) Bring a TV down, if they'll let you. Just something to keep your mind distracted while your body does the work, and it'll fly by. I extremely recommend joining the YMCA or somesuch; they usually have TV's in their weight rooms, and you can listen to them (or change the channel to something you like, if you're slick)

Keep in mind that you don't NEED to have equipment to work out. Situps and pushups work wonders, and you can do them just about anywhere in your own house. Also, you'd be surprised how much weight you can burn not even trying. If you want to go to a store to pick up something small and the place is in walking distance, walk, don't drive. Go up the stairs instead of taking the elevator. If you're not hungry at lunchtime, don't eat lunch. Simple stuff.
Halon Halon - April 14, 2006 (08:57 PM)
Just out of curiosity how tall are you?

I was in pretty good shape when I played sports in High School but now I'm starting to lose it all. I must've gained 8-10 pounds in the past year or so. I still look pretty good but I'm definitely going to do something about it this summer.

And yeah, exercise/lifting can be boring especially when you do it for two hours straight. But when you are focusing solely on achieving a certain goal it's all worth it in the end.
Genj Genj - April 14, 2006 (09:42 PM)
I weigh 135 lbs and have the build of an annoying Brit-punk artist (i.e. tall and excessively thin). Ummm . . . go me?
draqq_zyxx draqq_zyxx - April 16, 2006 (12:38 AM)
Well, first I would say to eat carbohydrates with a high glycemic level so it keeps your metabolism rate high and your stomach churning constantly. Likewise, also try eating five or six smaller meals instead of three meals. And eat more during breakfast and lunch than dinner if you can. Changing your diet in this way can help you lose weight without exercising.

But, of course, exercise is good too and I concur with lasthero. There are ways to get in the burn other than straight-up exercise, especially if it's not your thing. I play DDR - not religiously, but I do so every now and then. And since taking Weight Training (currently), I found that keeping a weight card is a good incentive. After a few weeks, I could see that that my body has changed and that I am getting stronger by the numbers.
honestgamer honestgamer - April 16, 2006 (10:38 AM)
I usually eat two meals a day, neither of which is particularly large. A sandwich for lunch and something heavier for supper at around 8. Yeah, my system is all messed up...
Genj Genj - April 16, 2006 (12:26 PM)
Go vegan.
Halon Halon - April 18, 2006 (06:36 PM)
I highly suggest exercising. If you don't like going to the gym I suggest doing something less strenuous, such as walking at a brisk pace. You can walk about two miles in 35 minutes. If not than you should avoid carbs and fatty foods.
radicaldreamer radicaldreamer - April 19, 2006 (06:12 PM)
Yeah, you're a regular fatass, lemme tell ya.
yamishuryou yamishuryou - April 23, 2006 (06:58 PM)
A single pound of lean muscle consumes 50 calories a day. You can work out, y'know (what lasthero said) ;)

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