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  • Deleted user 18 October 2012 23:37:37
    Impressively that's a cake that looks the same after its been eaten as it does before.
  • catterz 19 Oct 2012 00:58:22 8,763 posts
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    Well, been a long time since I've been around these parts. Silly really considering I've been on an incredible crash diet this year. After slacking far too much in 2011 I awoke one fine new year's day in realisation of my obesity, tipping a 30+ BMI! I decided I had to change that.

    For the first 6 months of this year I stuck to a strict 2-meal-a-day-and-no-snacks diet. On top of that I was going to the gym at least 3 times a week (focusing mostly on cardio) as well as playing Squash.

    I'm 6'2" and weighed around 17.5 stone at the start of the year! I now weigh just 13 stone, bringing my BMI down to 23.4 :)

    For the last few weeks I've slightly increased my calorie intake and have been pushing myself with weights, sit-ups, press-ups and running to start toning myself up. Long way to go on this front, but I'm confident I can stick to a good routine.

    The best advice I can offer anyone else is to stick it out. The first few weeks of any radical change to diet and exercise routines can be difficult, in my experience. Before you know it, the hunger pangs die off and it becomes much easier.

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  • pistol 19 Oct 2012 09:50:07 13,019 posts
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    catterz wrote:
    Well, been a long time since I've been around these parts. Silly really considering I've been on an incredible crash diet this year. After slacking far too much in 2011 I awoke one fine new year's day in realisation of my obesity, tipping a 30+ BMI! I decided I had to change that.

    For the first 6 months of this year I stuck to a strict 2-meal-a-day-and-no-snacks diet. On top of that I was going to the gym at least 3 times a week (focusing mostly on cardio) as well as playing Squash.

    I'm 6'2" and weighed around 17.5 stone at the start of the year! I now weigh just 13 stone, bringing my BMI down to 23.4 :)

    For the last few weeks I've slightly increased my calorie intake and have been pushing myself with weights, sit-ups, press-ups and running to start toning myself up. Long way to go on this front, but I'm confident I can stick to a good routine.

    The best advice I can offer anyone else is to stick it out. The first few weeks of any radical change to diet and exercise routines can be difficult, in my experience. Before you know it, the hunger pangs die off and it becomes much easier.
    Well done!
  • catterz 19 Oct 2012 13:15:50 8,763 posts
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    Cheers, still conscious I have a way to go yet. Hoping to be in much better shape for the start of 2013. The pot belly I have left is sickeningly obvious whilst doing press-ups. :eek:

    Still stalking this place, old-school style (UID: 1053)

  • smoothpete 5 Nov 2012 13:26:36 31,469 posts
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    Not that anyone gives a shit but I did a personal best on the rowing machine today, 10k in 37:57 on resistance 6. Absolutely spanked the last k, I was fucked afterwards. Still, quite pleased with myself.
  • RunningMan 5 Nov 2012 13:50:49 2,391 posts
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    10K on a rowing machine is very impressive, never got that into it. Did 7 in 45 once, but almost drowned in sweat...
  • Zomoniac 5 Nov 2012 13:52:09 7,821 posts
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    Rowing machines make my hamstrings hurt. 10k sounds like quite the slog, excellent stuff.

    I'm just finishing my second week of Insanity. Fucking hell it's hard.
  • glaeken 5 Nov 2012 13:53:49 11,134 posts
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    That seems like a very good time for 10k.

    I do 6.5K in 30 minutes though this a rate forced on me by my various injuries. The distance I do is just governed by me not wanting to be on the rowing machine for more than 30 minutes.
  • sport 5 Nov 2012 14:19:47 12,677 posts
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    Zomoniac wrote:
    Rowing machines make my hamstrings hurt. 10k sounds like quite the slog, excellent stuff.

    I'm just finishing my second week of Insanity. Fucking hell it's hard.
    Thought you and Orrah were doing P90x?
  • Zomoniac 5 Nov 2012 14:29:34 7,821 posts
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    sport wrote:
    Zomoniac wrote:
    Rowing machines make my hamstrings hurt. 10k sounds like quite the slog, excellent stuff.

    I'm just finishing my second week of Insanity. Fucking hell it's hard.
    Thought you and Orrah were doing P90x?
    I was, I fell off the bandwagon somewhat when things went a bit wrong, didn't do any working out for weeks. Knew I'd have to start from the beginning but wasn't in the mood to start P90X over so trying something different first. Insanity is so much more fun. On my schedule my final day fit test is Christmas day, so I'll do this cycle, then take a week off and start P90X again in the first week of 2013.
  • smoothpete 5 Nov 2012 15:05:29 31,469 posts
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    glaeken wrote:
    That seems like a very good time for 10k.

    I do 6.5K in 30 minutes though this a rate forced on me by my various injuries. The distance I do is just governed by me not wanting to be on the rowing machine for more than 30 minutes.
    Ta. I really do not think I can do a faster 10k time. Mind you I said that the last few times. We'll see. That was an average of 1.54 per 500m, and around 28 strokes per minute. Had to up that to about 30 for the last 1k

    Next challenge is 2k in under 7 minutes.. I can do 7.30 without too much trouble but 7 minutes is going to hurt
  • Vortex808 9 Nov 2012 10:38:58 7,050 posts
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    Nicely done smoothpete, I wish I could do that!

    That's the kind of times I used to be able to produce about 10-15 years ago. Sadly, I'm now happy with about 2:15/500m for the first 4k, getting to between 1:55-2:05 for the last 1k.

    My grand plans of doing lots of rowing this year were ruined by me getting back into running a fair bit and some cycling now our son's older and it's easier to get some 'me' time to exercise.

    I had originally hoped to row a million metres through this yesr, but think it'll be about 300k max. An epic fail.


    I should have tried to row a lot more from march-september, but that's decent running weather. Still, at least I did about 50-60k a month for the 5 months I did row, which is not bad!
  • THFourteen 9 Nov 2012 10:39:36 33,105 posts
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    My body is a temple. It accepts only bacon and egg products as tribute.

    Roll on 5pm gym session!
  • smoothpete 9 Nov 2012 10:44:51 31,469 posts
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    I'm going to blast 6k on the rower at lunchtime, then 15 minutes on the arm bike thing (is that what they're called?)
  • smoothpete 14 Nov 2012 13:00:13 31,469 posts
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    smoothpete wrote:
    Next challenge is 2k in under 7 minutes.. I can do 7.30 without too much trouble but 7 minutes is going to hurt
    I did 2k in 6.57, and it hurt.
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    Biggest problem I have with the rower is just how boring it is.
  • smoothpete 14 Nov 2012 13:13:27 31,469 posts
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    These ones are in front of a mirror with some stretching mats behind them so mostly I spend the time alternating between admiring myself and looking at tits / camel toes on the ladies stretching behind me
  • AccidentProne 14 Nov 2012 13:14:27 1,159 posts
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    Blimey, I have no idea how you can get it to go that fast. Think the quickest I've managed was 1:50ish/500m, but that was only for about 10s before slipping back to my usual 2:10/500.

    Rowing tips please Pete!
  • smoothpete 14 Nov 2012 13:22:38 31,469 posts
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    I'm quite tall which probably helps. It's the force of the pull, which is like 70% in the legs and 30% arms. I dunno. I just settle down and go for it.
  • sport 14 Nov 2012 13:33:00 12,677 posts
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    smoothpete wrote:
    These ones are in front of a mirror with some stretching mats behind them so mostly I spend the time alternating between admiring myself and looking at tits / camel toes on the ladies stretching behind me
    Admit it pete, you're admiring the cox.
  • sport 29 Nov 2012 09:15:39 12,677 posts
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    Just some motivation for you.
  • Zomoniac 29 Nov 2012 09:23:42 7,821 posts
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    O_O Fucking mental guy is fucking mental.
  • sport 29 Nov 2012 09:53:38 12,677 posts
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    Did you watch the second half? I really felt his pain when he was crying by the fire. Sign of a good workout.
  • NOSAVIOUR 29 Nov 2012 10:37:42 2,804 posts
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    We took some of our members to the Spartan Beast last week if anyone is interested.
    The Beast
  • fletch7100 6 Dec 2012 14:33:47 7,148 posts
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    Just did 31km 60 mins on bike at local gym. Random difficulty level 13. Bike has top difficulty level of 25 so wasn't that hard. I did produce small local flooding with my sweating :) bike next to me had 3 different riders in my one session. Heard a couple of people saying disgusting at the state of me. You know the ones people on the treadmills who hold onto the edges the whole workout, even if they are running

    At least I wiped down the bike and sweat puddles on the floor. Most of the other people can't be arsed to clean up after themselves
  • mikeck 6 Dec 2012 14:57:53 1,931 posts
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    @NOSAVIOUR You've actually inspired me to do one of those next year.

    I'll take it easy (not that that's possible by the looks of it) and do the Spartan Sprint first as my fitness is way down on previous years, but I've signed up to the local British Military Fitness classes and hope to start training properly for the first UK event (that I can realistically do) in August next year.

    Looking forward to it, and had never heard of it before until you linked to it, so many thanks for the motivation!
  • mikeck 6 Dec 2012 14:58:57 1,931 posts
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    @fletch7100 Yup, sweat is gross. But if people are in the gym and not sweating they're doing it wrong.

    It's their shame, not yours.
  • NOSAVIOUR 12 Dec 2012 08:23:39 2,804 posts
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    @mikeck pleasure :) It was a great day. We were all buzzing for it long afterwards and have since booked the wolf run and soon to book the rat race dirty weekend which looks insane.
  • mangojoe 12 Dec 2012 08:32:48 418 posts
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    NOSAVIOUR wrote:
    We took some of our members to the Spartan Beast last week if anyone is interested.
    The Beast
    Looks a bit boring to tough mudder which I did in November which was awesome
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