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Holiday Motivation- Pump It Up!

MoStacyMoStacy Posts: 50Member Member Posts: 50Member Member
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I’m realistic, losing between Thanksgiving and Christmas is going to be “hella” hard. I need to at least maintain. Keeping the body moving seems to be the antidote to holiday eating mayhem. How about exercising at least 25 days in the next 31 (Nov. 23 - Dec.23). That gives you one day off each week. Let me know what your game plan is; we can motivate each other.

Good luck!
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  • BMcC9BMcC9 Posts: 2,679Member Member Posts: 2,679Member Member
    Hi. You have a good plan. How's it going?

    I have some suggestions for you - there seems to be a strong Workout-every-day-in-november thread going that is making noises about continuing into December.

    https://community.myfitnesspal.com/en/discussion/10704347/workout-every-day-in-november/p2

    I have only silently looked on on them - seem to be good at supporting each other, but new on the scene and I don't know what will happen there in December. I am 60 on the outside, but much younger on the inside ... my daily exercise is a Wii game called "Walk It Out"

    The two groups I belong to are: Ultimate Accountability Challenge (UAC) and Fat2Fit. Both are very broad age / goals groups and longstanding with monthly openings.

    Look up November Ultimate Accountability Challenge (for the practice) and then join the December Challenge if you like it. The FAQ section explains it all. it is OK to not make the criteria for the "winner's circle" by the end of the month, not even the moderator manages to do that - you are never "out of the challenge", you just keep practicing the accountability.

    For a more "mutual support group" atmosphere, check out "Fat2Fit", which will be opening December registrations very soon. You could ask to on be Team WaistAway, which is my team, but they are all good.

    Send me a PM if you like, but just so you know, I can't open any Friend Requests for some reason, so MPF PM is a better option.

    I'll check back here and maybe we will end up being our own mutual support group. I happen to be starting a new Tour (iteration) of my exergame tomorrow ....

    What's your go-to exercise of choice?
  • BMcC9BMcC9 Posts: 2,679Member Member Posts: 2,679Member Member
    Nov 23 - Dec 23 Goal: 25 days (or more) out of 31

    Are we mentioning time or type or exercise calories burned? or just Yes / Not Today ?

    Done to date:
    Nov 23: Yes
    Nov 24: Yes
    Nov 25:
    Nov 26:
    Nov 27:
    Nov 28:
    Nov 29:
    Nov 30:

    Dec 01:
  • BMcC9BMcC9 Posts: 2,679Member Member Posts: 2,679Member Member
    Nov 23 - Dec 23 Goal: 25 days (or more) out of 31 with some exercise

    Are we mentioning time or type or exercise calories burned? or just Yes / Not Today ?

    Count to date: 3 out of 25

    Done to date:
    Nov 23: Yes
    Nov 24: Yes
    Nov 25: Yes
    Nov 26:
    Nov 27:
    Nov 28:
    Nov 29:
    Nov 30:

    Dec 01:

  • BMcC9BMcC9 Posts: 2,679Member Member Posts: 2,679Member Member
    Here's hoping others will join me. Please introduce yourself, and let me know what kind of exercise you would like motivation / encouragement / support for.

    I am well entrenched in daily cardio (avg 30 to 45 minutes per session on a wii exergame called "Walk It Out" using a mini-trampoline to up the pace without the impact)

    However, I DO need to get into almost-daily body-weight strengthening now that I am getting closer to Ultimate Goal Maintenance Zone - probably arriving in January or February. I have no idea what my body fat ratio is, just that my upper body strength has ALWAYS been very much weaker than my legs / endurance (no big surprise, as I have been "dancing" one way or another for pretty well my entire life)
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    and my middle is saggy-baggy now that there is much less fat between the skin and the muscles / internal organs.

    I don't know what strengthening / toning exercises exactly yet, apart from them being done at home (no gym membership anticipated at this time) but probably something like push ups or planks or tricep dips or suchlike to start. I have a hard time getting into and STAYING with this kind of activity so any personal "works for me" sites, routines, or mental strategies you could suggest would be appreciated.
  • MoStacyMoStacy Posts: 50Member Member Posts: 50Member Member
    BMcC9, sorry for late reply. Traveling during the holiday... yes, I will be listing the type of exercise. If it is ok, I am going to copy your “calendar”. I have found some great exercise routines on Pinterest, based on what you want to focus on. Currently, since the weather has turned, I have been doing a lot of walking and cardio/strength training in the gym. Will probably add swimming to the mix in January.

    Done to date:
    Nov 23: Yes, walk 5k
    Nov 24: Yes, walk 5k
    Nov 25: Yes, 40min cardio, 30 min strength training
    Nov 26:
    Nov 27:
    Nov 28:
    Nov 29:
    Nov 30:

    Dec 01:
  • BMcC9BMcC9 Posts: 2,679Member Member Posts: 2,679Member Member
    I'll go back and add what I did when I do my next update. Now if I can just remember my Pintrest signin ........
  • KABO931KABO931 Posts: 10Member, Premium Member Posts: 10Member, Premium Member
    Hey there! I was JUST talking to one of my friends about doing something similar! I'm a not behind (today is 11/26), but I'm aiming for 25 workouts (30 min or more) by 12/25.
  • BMcC9BMcC9 Posts: 2,679Member Member Posts: 2,679Member Member
    WELCOME! Feel free to quote / copy my "what I did today" date list, or just the Count to Date portion. We'd love to know what you are doing, but it is optional. Let us know how best to support / hold you accountable. If you want to give more of an intro, that is also OPTIONAL. Whatever you are more comfortable with.
  • MoStacyMoStacy Posts: 50Member Member Posts: 50Member Member
    Welcome knaidysh814! Tell your friends to join us. No worries about starting late, we’re all about support.
    Speaking of which: e0nj4egubp2m.jpeg

    I gained 4lbs since last Wednesday. AAARRRRGGGGG!! Darn you carbs, pizza and wine! I am definitely amping up the activity. I didn’t even enjoy it (well except for the wine). My stomach was mad at me all weekend.
  • BMcC9BMcC9 Posts: 2,679Member Member Posts: 2,679Member Member
    I gained 4lbs since last Wednesday. AAARRRRGGGGG!! Darn you carbs, pizza and wine! I am definitely amping up the activity. I didn’t even enjoy it (well except for the wine). My stomach was mad at me all weekend.

    What do you want / need to hear from us? Is this a semi-regular occurrence or actually rare for you these days? (I have a reason for asking - later entry from me will be depending on your answer)

    If there was high sodium involved, drink lots of water for the next few days to help flush it out of your system.

    I have a feeling that it is more like "just not out of the intestines yet" rather than you ACTUALLY eating 4 x 3500 above-metabolic-maintenance calories in less than a week. Fat just isn't created THAT FAST.

    So long as you don't let that number on the scale become an excuse for "Why am I even trying?!?!" after so much long-term progress you have already made!

    I wanna know what the number on the scale is ONE WEEK FROM TODAY! (After your workouts have processed the temporary bottleneck) - I know this thread is not going to be about tracking / reporting on weight per se, but I want to be able to point back to this later and say "SEEE ?! Progress isn't linear, it is over-all trending!"
  • BMcC9BMcC9 Posts: 2,679Member Member Posts: 2,679Member Member
    Notice my icon .... you know the sarcastic saying "Yeah, riiiight .... like that's gonna happen ... when pigs fly!"

    Well guess what? They ARE flying! In formation, even!
  • marsim520marsim520 Posts: 2Member Member Posts: 2Member Member
    I’m in people I’m two days behind started 11/25 but will definitely try to do 30 by 12/23. Great idea MoStacy 🏃🏼‍♀️👟
  • BMcC9BMcC9 Posts: 2,679Member Member Posts: 2,679Member Member
    WELCOME, @marsim520 ! Feel free to quote / copy my "what I did today" date list, or just the Count to Date portion. We'd love to know what you are doing, but it is optional. Let us know how best to support / hold you accountable. If you want to give more of an intro, that is also OPTIONAL. Whatever you are more comfortable with.
  • BMcC9BMcC9 Posts: 2,679Member Member Posts: 2,679Member Member
    Nov 23 - Dec 23 Goal: 25 days (or more) out of 31 with some exercise

    Count to date: 4 out of 25

    Done to date:
    Nov 23: Yes - 36 minutes jogging on my mini-trampoline
    Nov 24: Yes - 42 minutes jogging on my mini-trampoline (finishing up last day of my exergame tour)
    Nov 25: Yes - 53 minutes jogging on my mini-trampoline PLUS 23 minutes up-up-down-down-ing on my step bench (*first day of a new "tour" in my Wii Walk It Out exergame - always hard to stop on Day 1!*)
    Nov 26: Yes - 43 minutes jogging on my mini-trampoline
    Nov 27:
    Nov 28:
    Nov 29:
    Nov 30:

    Dec 01:

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    Do you notice a trend here? LOL cardio is no problem; as I mention in my intro, I need to work up a plan to include (and the nerve to report something in the body-weight strengthening / toning category. I am shying away from something like the "Monthly Push-Up challenge" thread because I can barely do 3-5 bent knee pushups at the moment, and many are aiming for multiple hundreds in the month (if not in one day!)

  • BMcC9BMcC9 Posts: 2,679Member Member Posts: 2,679Member Member
    Goal: 25 days (or more) out of 31 with some exercise

    Count to date: 5 out of 25

    Done to date:
    Nov 23: Yes - 36 minutes jogging on my mini-trampoline
    Nov 24: Yes - 42 minutes jogging on my mini-trampoline (finishing up last day of my exergame tour)
    Nov 25: Yes - 53 minutes jogging on my mini-trampoline PLUS 23 minutes up-up-down-down-ing on my step bench (*first day of a new "tour" in my Wii Walk It Out exergame - always hard to stop on Day 1!*)
    Nov 26: Yes - 43 minutes jogging on my mini-trampoline
    Nov 27: Yes - 48 minutes jogging on my mini-trampoline
    Nov 28:
    Nov 29:
    Nov 30:

    Dec 01:
    et al
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  • MoStacyMoStacy Posts: 50Member Member Posts: 50Member Member
    Welcome Marsim520! Ok, I’m going to rock the rest of this challenge...


    Done to date:
    Nov 23: Yes, walk 5k
    Nov 24: Yes, walk 5k
    Nov 25: Yes, 40min cardio, 30 min strength training
    Nov 26: Off
    Nov 27: Off
    Nov 28:
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    Nov 30:

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  • BMcC9BMcC9 Posts: 2,679Member Member Posts: 2,679Member Member
    Mornin', @MoStacy ! And YaY, YOU! for the attitude!

    Does your strength training include squats?
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    Everybody, keep doin' whatever KEEPS you doin'!

    I made a (personal) breakthrough this morning by doing 5 bent-knee pushups and 15 windowsill tricep dips. If you check my intro above, anything non-cardio exergame (or dancing) is a-typical for me.

    But I now have a baseline, and if these don't show up on a regular basis, I expect you, my team mates, to CALL ME ON IT! Say "@BMcC9! How are those pushups and tricep dips going? "
  • marsim520marsim520 Posts: 2Member Member Posts: 2Member Member
    11/25 30 mins cardio, arm routine
    11/26 30 mins cardio, abs
    11/27 30 mins cardio and stretched

    I feeeeel like I’m not doing enough but I HATE working out lol I like to go hiking and swimming but since it’s snowy that’s not really happening.
    Is there anything you guys do that you really enjoy?
  • rainykatierainykatie Posts: 91Member Member Posts: 91Member Member
    Hey all- I hope I'm not too late to join you. I don't plan to be really strict about my food in between the holidays but I LOVE the idea of trying to make sure I keep movin. That should, in theory, help me avoid too much weight gain. I also love the idea of keeping track here, because lists are my thing. I like checking off each day. So yeah- I'm in! 25 days of exercise in between Thanksgiving and the end of the year. I'll start with what I've done so far. Unfortunately I have noticed somehow I've already had 2 days off so now I am really going to have to get in high mode to be successful!

    Done to date: 3/25 days

    Nov 23: Off (food coma!)
    Nov 24: Yes, horseback riding 90 mins and hiking (I walk up all the steep hills)
    Nov 25: Yes, yoga 30 min
    Nov 26: Yes, gym- treadmill 30 min and strength training 20 min
    Nov 27: Off
    Nov 28:
    Nov 29:
    Nov 30:

    Dec 01:
  • BMcC9BMcC9 Posts: 2,679Member Member Posts: 2,679Member Member
    marsim520 wrote: »
    11/25 30 mins cardio, arm routine
    11/26 30 mins cardio, abs
    11/27 30 mins cardio and stretched

    I feeeeel like I’m not doing enough but I HATE working out lol I like to go hiking and swimming but since it’s snowy that’s not really happening.
    Is there anything you guys do that you really enjoy?

    I love my Wii Walk It Out exergame. I can do it at home no matter what the weather outside (humidity OR wind-chill!) It's always Late Spring on Rhythm Island - cherry trees and tulip fields in full bloom (once I earn enough points to unlock them) - people in shorts throwing a frizbee back and forth etc. And if you check my other Profile Photos, you will see a map of Rhythm Island.

    I am not much of one for "working out" (in the weights and calisthenics sense) either. But so long as you end up in a calorie deficit most of the time, progress WILL happen ... speaks the lady who has taken 18 months to shed 36 pounds and is taking a "this is a lifestyle change" approach rather than a "get to GW and then it's over" mindset.

    On the other hand, having totally avoided the weights and calisthenics aspect till now also means lack of tone. Don't know if I am sorta-kinda "skinny-fat" relatively speaking or not, but it's possible.

    If you have a way to do cardio at home (elliptical or stationary bike or even just jogging on the spot) where you can see a youtube video playing (we have a laptop hooked up to our tv in the living room) you can search "virtual jogging trails" or "treadmill virtual workouts" and pull up allllll kinds of 1st person unrolling trails (as if someone is holding a camera as they jog) so you can at least get the illusion of hiking. If you have a cardio machine at home you could even set it for random intensity changes to simulate the varied terrain of a hike.
    rainykatie wrote: »
    Hey all- I hope I'm not too late to join you. I don't plan to be really strict about my food in between the holidays but I LOVE the idea of trying to make sure I keep movin. That should, in theory, help me avoid too much weight gain. I also love the idea of keeping track here, because lists are my thing. I like checking off each day. So yeah- I'm in! 25 days of exercise in between Thanksgiving and the end of the year. I'll start with what I've done so far. Unfortunately I have noticed somehow I've already had 2 days off so now I am really going to have to get in high mode to be successful!

    Done to date: 3/25 days

    Nov 23: Off (food coma!)
    Nov 24: Yes, horseback riding 90 mins and hiking (I walk up all the steep hills)
    Nov 25: Yes, yoga 30 min
    Nov 26: Yes, gym- treadmill 30 min and strength training 20 min
    Nov 27: Off
    Nov 28:
    Nov 29:
    Nov 30:

    Dec 01:

    Never too late! And while you don't HAVE to be super-strict with yourself food-wise, it's still a good idea to (honestly!) log if you can so that you realize if you are OD-ing on sugar, and try to add in exercise calories.

    Maybe change your MFP goal to "maintain current weight" for the month, which will give you more calories to work with, then don't eat back ALL your exercise calories?

    In terms of keeping moving, just keep on making and keeping appointments with yourself to do whatever you enjoy doing! One day at a time. What kinds of activity(ies) do YOU THREE really enjoy?
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