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 Post subject: Middle Age Spread
PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 9:10 
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Morning

My weekend at CentreParcs has shown me 2 things.
1) Longleat CentreParcs is hilly, and I am desperately unfit! I spent most the time wandering around knackered from all the hills and steps :D
2) Some clothes I bought only a year ago, no longer fit properly.

Now, i'm not huge by any means, but this weekend has hit home that I'm not getting any younger, and I can't just eat whatever I want and get away with it anymore.
I did a BMI test this morning, and i'm in the overweight section for the first time, and I don't like it, so today starts the long road to a better Trooper...
I know BMI isn't the be all and end all of tests, but for someone who wants to lose weight, tone up and get fitter, it seems the right thing to track, or is it?

My plan is to join the gym as I have done many times before, but this time actually go. Before I've only ever thought I should go, rather than need to go, so hopefully I might stick to it a bit more. Plus i'm writing this post so it can get bumped in the future as a reminder if need be ;) and track my progress.

I have logged in to my fitocracy, for the first time in forever and have added all the beexers in the beex group.
http://www.fitocracy.com/profile/trooperlooper/

I'm planning to give this a go too, I think.
http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/c25k/Pages/g ... to-5k.aspx

But first things first. I need to buy some gadgets :D Headphones is first on the list ;)

Current details:
Age : 36 years old

Weight :
13st 4
186 pounds
84.4 kgs

BMI : 25.96

Plan this week :
Join gym
Go to gym * 2
Throw out junk food and buy healthy stuff
Do week 1 of couch to 5k.

Lets see what has happened by next week.

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 Post subject: Re: Middle Age Spread
PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 9:18 
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http://www.myfitnesspal.com is very good for tracking what you're eating as well as fitness.


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 Post subject: Re: Middle Age Spread
PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 9:21 
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How tall are you, Troops?


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 Post subject: Re: Middle Age Spread
PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 9:24 
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DavPaz wrote:
How tall are you, Troops?

Maths suggests he's 5'11".

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 Post subject: Re: Middle Age Spread
PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 9:25 
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The Last Salmon Man wrote:
http://www.myfitnesspal.com is very good for tracking what you're eating as well as fitness.


Ta, I shall give that a go.

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 Post subject: Re: Middle Age Spread
PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 9:25 
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Grim... wrote:
DavPaz wrote:
How tall are you, Troops?

Maths suggests he's 5'11".


Indeed I am.

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 Post subject: Re: Middle Age Spread
PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 9:28 
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Pfft, maths. Creepliy, you're the same height and weight as me. As I am clearly awesome, you needn't bother. Grab a doughnut.

But I guess all my weight is in my MASSIVE HEAD, right gize?


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 Post subject: Re: Middle Age Spread
PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 9:32 
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Trooper wrote:
I did a BMI test this morning, and i'm in the overweight section for the first time, and I don't like it, so today starts the long road to a better Trooper...
I know BMI isn't the be all and end all of tests, but for someone who wants to lose weight, tone up and get fitter, it seems the right thing to track, or is it?


The output of BMI is really quite subjective, but at the end of the day your height is pretty much a constant, so if you're measuring BMI you're actually just measuring your weight, so you may as well cut out the maths and track that.

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 Post subject: Re: Middle Age Spread
PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 9:33 
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Craster wrote:
Trooper wrote:
I did a BMI test this morning, and i'm in the overweight section for the first time, and I don't like it, so today starts the long road to a better Trooper...
I know BMI isn't the be all and end all of tests, but for someone who wants to lose weight, tone up and get fitter, it seems the right thing to track, or is it?


The output of BMI is really quite subjective, but at the end of the day your height is pretty much a constant, so if you're measuring BMI you're actually just measuring your weight, so you may as well cut out the maths and track that.


Very true!

161lbs is my goal I think, 11 1/2st of buff muscle seems about right.

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 Post subject: Re: Middle Age Spread
PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 9:37 
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Trooper wrote:
161lbs is my goal I think, 11 1/2st of buff muscle seems about right.


And I'#m all about the right. Word.

I lost some of my stomach by drinking less, and only eating meals, not snacks. And going out on my bike for a bit. It's only really painful the first few times. I looked at the couch to 5k thing a while back, and then went out and did ran 6 miles, as the programme looked boring.

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 Post subject: Re: Middle Age Spread
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According to the BMI chart, I would need to get down to 82Kg to get to 'healthy'. Short of losing both legs in a tragic accident, I can't really see that happening. I'm aiming for 90.

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 Post subject: Re: Middle Age Spread
PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 9:39 
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Craster wrote:
According to the BMI chart, I would need to get down to 82Kg to get to 'healthy'. Short of losing both legs in a tragic accident, I can't really see that happening. I'm aiming for 90.


Most rugby forwards aren't "healthy" according to BMI. I don't think it's the best indicate, but as a finger in the wind, it isn't too bad. Generally, you know if something needs to be done.

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 Post subject: Re: Middle Age Spread
PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 9:40 
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Yeah, exactly. You know you're overweight, so if you eat less and exercise, you'll lose weight. You don't really need a graph for that.

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 Post subject: Re: Middle Age Spread
PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 9:43 
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@Mali; Mind that c25k starts off *very* slowly to help stop fatties & former lazy buggers fucking their knees up.

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 Post subject: Re: Middle Age Spread
PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 9:45 
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Craster wrote:
Yeah, exactly. You know you're overweight, so if you eat less and exercise, you'll lose weight. You don't really need a graph for that.


I'm quite against sticking a metric on something like 'losing weight' or 'riding a bike'. broadly, because if you dip in performance, you get disspirited, and you'll see the greatest gains early on, and then you'll end up chasing tenths. After that, you run the risk of being disheartened by the lack of significant progress, even though you've done well already.

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 Post subject: Re: Middle Age Spread
PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 9:46 
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Everyone wants a metric though. Even if it's just "get back into those trousers".

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 Post subject: Re: Middle Age Spread
PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 9:49 
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Craster wrote:
Everyone wants a metric though. Even if it's just "get back into those trousers".


Maybe not a quite so detailed one, I dunno. I wouldn't really describe me a poster boy for healthy living.

Trooper, just make sure you have fun whilst doing it, as you'll be more likely to keep doing it.

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 Post subject: Re: Middle Age Spread
PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 9:59 
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@Mali; Mind that c25k starts off *very* slowly to help stop fatties & former lazy buggers fucking their knees up.


<raises hand>

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 Post subject: Re: Middle Age Spread
PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 10:01 
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MaliA wrote:
Craster wrote:
Everyone wants a metric though. Even if it's just "get back into those trousers".


Maybe not a quite so detailed one, I dunno. I wouldn't really describe me a poster boy for healthy living.

Trooper, just make sure you have fun whilst doing it, as you'll be more likely to keep doing it.


Thats my problem, I don't find any form of exercise fun :D
Hence why I need goals and metrics, without those I'll always be thinking "this bike would be much more fun with an engine"

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 Post subject: Re: Middle Age Spread
PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 10:58 
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I'm still a smidgen in the overweight zone of the BMI chart, and to give it credit it's correct about me. There's a small layer of insulation still to shift, but I'm currently maintaining the lowest weight I've been in... probably 15 years. My metric is 32" jeans, something I've never fit in.

The real ballache is that my foot is a bit fucked which has prevented all running for the last month, so keeping it down without decent exercise is trickier. I'm going to take up swimming despite the fact I'm terrible at it. Never got the breathing technique.

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 Post subject: Re: Middle Age Spread
PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 11:42 
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One of my Uni chums was a short, vegetarian, diabetic gym-obsessive. He moved to Germany to find they used "healthy" BMI as a pre-requisite for free insulin - essentially, they insisted that he become less healthy to get his medicine paid for (so he paid for it himself).


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 Post subject: Re: Middle Age Spread
PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 11:50 
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DavPaz wrote:
Pfft, maths. Creepliy, you're the same height and weight as me. As I am clearly awesome, you needn't bother. Grab a doughnut.

But I guess all my weight is in my MASSIVE HEAD, right gize?


I think the main problem is the distortion in space time caused by your giant noggin, this makes any measurments of your good self redundant.

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 Post subject: Re: Middle Age Spread
PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 11:53 
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DavPaz wrote:
Pfft, maths. Creepliy, you're the same height and weight as me. As I am clearly awesome, you needn't bother. Grab a doughnut.

But I guess all my weight is in my MASSIVE HEAD, right gize?


I think the main problem is the distortion in space time caused by your giant noggin, this makes any measurments of your good self redundant.

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That would only happen if he were to be incredibly dense, surely?

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 Post subject: Re: Middle Age Spread
PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 12:17 
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MaliA wrote:
Slightly Green wrote:
DavPaz wrote:
Pfft, maths. Creepliy, you're the same height and weight as me. As I am clearly awesome, you needn't bother. Grab a doughnut.

But I guess all my weight is in my MASSIVE HEAD, right gize?


I think the main problem is the distortion in space time caused by your giant noggin, this makes any measurments of your good self redundant.

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Since I haven't had the pleasure of meeting you yet in RL I shall shut up now :kiss:



That would only happen if he were to be incredibly dense, surely?


Well i didn't want to push it that far but....

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 Post subject: Re: Middle Age Spread
PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 12:45 
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@Mali; Mind that c25k starts off *very* slowly to help stop fatties & former lazy buggers fucking their knees up.
<raises hand>
Do it the way you're meant to & you'll be fine. You might feel as if you're being held back once you get used to running, but that's better than being injured.

PS. If you stick it out until the end you'll be better at running than me :S

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 Post subject: Re: Middle Age Spread
PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 12:56 
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Craster wrote:
Everyone wants a metric though. Even if it's just "get back into those trousers".


I often hear my wife saying that to me.

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 Post subject: Re: Middle Age Spread
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Heh. Maybe the metric for fitness should therefore be "get out of those trousers".

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 13:08 
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Sell the Evora.

Walk everywhere.

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 Post subject: Re: Middle Age Spread
PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 13:15 
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My Plan (which I came up with whilst unable to sleep the other night) for someone who wants to run a marathon was as follows:

1) Work out what time you want to run the marathon in: My example was 3 hours = 180 minutes
2) Work out what average per mile time would be, based on 27 miles (180/27 = 6 minutes 40 seconds)
3) Run for 1 mile, note what the time is.
4) If you ran 1 Mile in less than your target time, next time run 2 miles, if not stay at 1 mile until you can run it in under your target time
5) Make a note of your 2 mile time, if it's under twice your target time for a mile then next time run 3, if not stay at 2 miles.
6) repeat step 4/5 for each mile, until eventually you can run 27 miles in 3 hours, then when you run your marathon you will have a sub 3 hour marathon time!

I think I would also add something about if you get too slow, then just drop down a mile or two, until you can run at under your target time/mile again.

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 Post subject: Re: Middle Age Spread
PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 13:22 
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That's considerably better than what I came up with which was for the London Marathon

1) Go to London for the music quiz
2) Sleep
3) Catch a West End Show
4)Sleep
5) Have a boat ride
6) Sleep
7) Visit Vineopolis
8) Sleep
9) Put on shoes and run 26 miles.

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