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 Post subject: How a superhero movie helped me get started again
PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2012 7:39 am 
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Yesterday I was sitting on the sofa, still eating chocolate and watching DVDs even though I had half-assedly promised myself to change things... Out of sheer boredom I watched both Iron Man movies, when it hit me: I had really been letting myself go ever since that bad experience last year (involving a stranger and a spiked drink). Yes, it had taken a couple of months to regain energy and to feel much like my old self again, and yes again, it had been a really hot summer. But I never picked up my exercise routine again, and there was no excuse for that.
So today I dug out my exercise DVD and started anew. I'm really out of shape. But every now and then I surprise myself (triceps! stronger than I thought!), and now I'm feeling much more awake already. So I made this thread to remind myself of this feeling - and to be able to watch my progress (and share it with you).

Post-exercise pick-me-up: Green smoothie made with vanilla soymilk, a banana, some baby spinach, and some cinnamon and cardamom.
It tastes very spinachy (guess the banana wasn't ripe enough), but it does look a lot like what Tony Stark is constantly drinking in the movies (although my cellphone cam tends to drain everything of colour):

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 Post subject: Re: How a superhero movie helped me get started again
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I'm glad you're finding inspiration, no matter where it's from. My reasons for getting behind are very different from yours (mystery medical crepe) but I feel the same way about having no excuse to let myself go...I'm actually afraid that exercising will bring back my severe fatigue. I'm going to keep your inspiration in mind to get myself into gear.

Wishing you strength in all areas of your life.


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I am so happy for you Phoenix <3

Rise from those ashes, I mean couch! <3

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Tofulish wrote:
Rise from those ashes, I mean couch! <3

Will do! I feel like I'm already spreading my wings. Now cardio...
Getting the Zumba DVDs from the library ASAP. Maybe I'll like it. :)

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Best thread title of 2012 so far. :)


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Good luck with it hun <3 Don't be too hard on yourself, build up gradually. I had fatigue problems for months after an adverse reaction to getting my drink spiked years ago.


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Thanks, BFH, that made me smile. :)

fezza: <3
I'm okay. That was back in May 2011.
I'm taking my time... Whenever I feel an execise is a bit much for me, I change it around a bit (to an alternative exercise I remember from back when I could afford real classes) or I do it in a slower pace.


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good for you, phoenix!

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Yay!

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That's awesome, Phoenix!


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yay! good luck keeping it up!!

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 Post subject: Re: How a superhero movie helped me get started again
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Had a look at Zumba today, then decided to start with the Step by Step DVD, since I figured I needed to know all the basic steps first. As it turns out, my body remembers a lot of rhythms and steps from my ballroom dancing days (mind you, that was 15 years ago!), so it's really not hard to learn. I'm just having difficulties with the arm movements. Maybe my mind is still suffering from work overload and doesn't want to do any more multitasking. Anyways. I think it will get easier with time, when the movements become automatized. And it's definitely fun!

I'm eating giant bowls of mixed salads and veggies with extra grilled tofu.
If you add ground flax seeds to the Balsamic Vinaigrette from AFR and wait a bit, it gets really really creamy. Yum!


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Something else to remind myself later (whenever I'll start to lag):

It's true - less sugar and more fruit and veg (in addition to the exercise) will help me feel more awake! And my skin is already looking a LOT better. (I guess I started eating like in my very early vegan days again, when I was constantly trying out new ways to prepare vegetables and salads, and it's so good for me!)

New favourite way to prepare brussels: Shaved Brussels Sprouts from AFR (sprinkled with nooch):

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Banana and the crunchy kind of persimmon:

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(Don't worry, I'm also getting enough protein and the occasional bit of candy. It's just that I'm feeling happy and rather pretty today - and I need a reminder for days when this might be different.)

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That's awesome! Now I want to watch the Iron Man movies, and eat a persimmon!


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I love this thread so much, so positive! Yay for you Phoenix!


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Now I'm officially infected with the Zumba virus. So much fun! :D


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What a great way to start off the year! I still haven't seen Iron Man or done Zumba. Maybe I'll give it a shot. I need a little boost.


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I can't really say whether Iron Man will do anything for you, Pi and joyfulgirl. (But have an awesome day anyway!)
And I'm not going to comment on Robert Downey Junior's butt, either. Ahem.


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 Post subject: Re: How a superhero movie helped me get started again
PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 8:43 am 
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Phoenix wrote:
I can't really say whether Iron Man will do anything for you, Pi and joyfulgirl. (But have an awesome day anyway!)
And I'm not going to comment on Robert Downey Junior's butt, either. Ahem.

Haha, I've seen Iron Man 1 and am happy to rewatch it and watch Iron Man 2 just for RDJ's butt!

I fell into a nice exercise routine in October and have kept it up... climbing gym 2-3 times a week (for 2-3 hours each time). It's fun, social, and I love it! I'm going to try adding kickboxing 1x/week for cardio so maybe I should be watching more action movies for motivation. Now if I could figure out a way to motivate myself to add yoga or some sort of intense stretching to the routine....


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 10:34 am 
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Pi. wrote:
Haha, I've seen Iron Man 1 and am happy to rewatch it and watch Iron Man 2 just for RDJ's butt!

Ummm. Scarlett Johansson is also really hot in the second film. ;)

Did my old toning routine today, but left out the hardest part, since I'm pretty sure I've done a lot already for someone who's spent too much time being a couch potato. I'm not sore at all, though, so I guess it's still all well inside my limits.
Somehow I don't want to go back to work on Monday. I'll have to do all my exercising in the evenings, and I'm not really sure if I'll always find the time (what with a friend from Germany coming to stay for the week, and my BF being back from Canada and everything).


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Phoenix wrote:
Pi. wrote:
Haha, I've seen Iron Man 1 and am happy to rewatch it and watch Iron Man 2 just for RDJ's butt!

Ummm. Scarlett Johansson is also really hot in the second film. ;)

Did my old toning routine today, but left out the hardest part, since I'm pretty sure I've done a lot already for someone who's spent too much time being a couch potato. I'm not sore at all, though, so I guess it's still all well inside my limits.
Somehow I don't want to go back to work on Monday. I'll have to do all my exercising in the evenings, and I'm not really sure if I'll always find the time (what with a friend from Germany coming to stay for the week, and my BF being back from Canada and everything).


Can you go before work? That's what I have been doing and although it sucks to get up so early but it means that it is out of the way before your day is started.


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I've been working out before work too and I love it. It gets me set for the day. When I went after work, I felt like I was spending so much valuable time at the gym instead of doing fun stuff, but in the morning no one wants to hang out then anyway.


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I was trying that out in my head, too, you know.
Since I do everything in my living room anway, it's technically possible, but I'm sooooo not a morning person (no matter what I try).
I've been trying to figure out when I'd have to get up if I want to have coffee and properly wake up beforehand and shower and get dressed and made up for work afterwards, and I just can't seem to fit everything in. Maybe I should do a test run? But my weekend...!!


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Yesterday was the first day I did nothing at all - and when I went out to do some late grocery shopping, I realized that while walking down the street with my headphones on, I wanted to dance all the time!
So I did some more Zumba today. I'm getting better at memorizing the steps, but I'm still really exhausted during the last 1 or 2 units.
My favourite move is the one they compare to skiing (and then jumping backwards), although I hate skiing (even though I grew up in the mountains). :)


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2012 7:16 pm 
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I also am trying to work out in the morning before work. It's great! I am completely not a morning person, but it hasn't been a problem. It's so much nicer than trying to fit it in in the evening.


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