From my second Toxx post:
So, second day of the Toxx. And already it's hurting.
Had a huge scare today. Went on another Couch to 5k run(which ends up being a mile and a half, as I cut it down to something I can handle), and felt relatively fine the whole way through. Definitely worked, tired, and couldn't wait to sit down- but fine.
Until I got home.
Suddenly, I felt like I couldn't quite get enough air. I was going to post my Toxx then, but I couldn't quite breathe, so I just laid down. Eventually, I got up and went to the computer to try talking to a friend, figuring it'd just take a few minutes to catch my breath.
It didn't. It was 15 minutes after I'd ended and I still hadn't completely caught my breath.
She said I should lay down. That sounded divine. So, I climbed into bed and tried to sleep with the fan going right on me, using my sweat to cool myself off extra fast. Once I felt cooled down enough, I brought the covers up and over me, and tried to sleep.
Except, it wasn't working. The last time I looked at the clock it was 45 minutes after I'd gotten home, and I couldn't sleep because I was still catching my breath.
So, my question is; Is that normal? To not actually feel like something is wrong whatsoever? I've worked out extensively before, I know what signs to look for before something is wrong. None of them were there, I actually felt pretty good despite having worked so hard.
I'm not letting this discourage me; Luckily, I DID fall asleep and slept for nearly 2 hours. When I woke up I was breathing fine and felt perfectly fine, if not better than I have in weeks. I'll be running again in a couple/few days, once I know my legs aren't gonna give out when running(they're still getting used to the strain; This is my third day total of couch-to-5k, though it's been a week and a half since the last one).
Otherwise; I got my meal sizes back down to a reasonable size. Question though; What is the best cereal for this sort of thing? I know Wheaties are what everyone thinks of, but I've never been a huge fan. But if they're the best, I'll do it. But, if there is anything else that's just as good, I'd love to know what.
Also, I still need to know ideas for how to lift weights... without any weights to lift.
I'm okay though, promise. I think.
Dalbarr wrote:Wow izzy. Tough goal you've set for yourself. Best of luck getting there. A suggestion, maybe you could tell us how you plan to go about losing the weight. If you're serious about wanting people to help harass/motialvate you it would good to be able to say things like "Hey Izzy! Have you done your *insert gruelling exercise activity here* today?"
I'm generally doing running, especially the Couch to 5k
program. However, since I have no
access to weights, I want to figure out a decent workout that is a weight-lifting replacement that can at least simulate it in the early stages. I know pushups can, to a degree, simulate bench presses. But I want more than that, and I want specifics on how I should practice even the pushups.
Depending on what you're doing (diet/calorie reduction/exercise) you may find http://fatsecret.com
to be useful. It's run by a philanthropic feeling person who lost a lot of weight and put up the website as their "pay it forward" sort of thing. It's free, there are very few ads, and it'll track calories, weight, and exercise via their system. Their "output" tends to be a little high (which is to say, the estimates for calories burned for certain activities can be on the high side), but it's easy to add food to their database, and the database is already really well populated, even with some restaurant food.
Already liking the look of the site, I might just use it. My only problem so far with weight tracking sites tend to be that they become more of a chore to me than a real habit-forming thing. Maybe if I knew folks were watching it it'd be something I wouldn't treat so badly? We'll see.
Uthas wrote:This is a tough goal, but doable.
Healthy weight loss is about 2.5 pounds a week. That gives your body and skin time to adjust to your new weight. Losing more than that can be very unhealthy for you in the long run, and cause weight rebound.
The two big secrets to weight loss are thus:
1. Keep a daily list of everything you eat
2. Do a daily workout that is balanced and starts slow
If your knees are ok, I suggest running. If they are bad, I suggest biking or swimming.
Yeah, you can ask Threnn, I had my goal set higher. But any weight off is good weight off at this point. I just want it gone.
I can start trying to get a daily list going of what I eat. It shouldn't be too difficult; Especially if I use one of the tracking sites, it'd make it even easier. I remember it forcing me to be a bit more disciplined, but that's part of what turned it into a chore. I'll record it anyway.
As to the 'daily' workout; Is a workout that alternates still okay? The Couch to 5k program recommends running only 3 days a week, and so far that's all I've been able to handle, really. I might be able to do a 4th, but that sounds grueling right now, and not in the good way. But I'd definitely be willing to try.
If I stuck another exercise on the off-days, something like using a punching bag, or the pushup/situp regimen, would that work? Nothing out there really provides a way to lift weights without the weights themselves, and I've got zip on access to weights. The YMCA around here closed down, sadly :\
Thanks everyone, for your concern and help, I super appreciate it. Exactly what I was hoping for, and maybe, just maybe, with your guys' help, I'll make it there and add a few years onto my life.