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  • ideas2
    ideas2 Posts: 1,242 Member
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    I am back for my 4th month of UAC. The group support here is important and helpful to me. I am trying to lose about 60 more pounds, continue to reverse metabolic syndrome, to lower my insulin levels and A1c (that is just into prediabetic range now). I retired from seeing psychotherapy clients at the end of October this year and am focusing on self care now that it is just my husband and I at home and we are both retired.

    I really enjoy the group but am a little uncertain how I should handle the ¨excercise actively for 20 minutes every day¨part this month. Up till now that has been the easiest part of the challenge for me becuase I normally swim, walk or do weights quite a bit longer than that. I am using intermittent fasting, mostly 16/8, but some 24 hour fast days and just listened to an expert who advised against anything more than resting on the 24 hour fast days. So I have been thinking about whether the best thing to do would be use a pass day on those days if I decide to take his advice or if there is some type of exercise like gentle yoga or stretching that would be good to do and that I would feel was ¨active¨ enough. Either way, I decided I would keep participating in the group. I know some others have just planned on taking pass days when something like a surgery prevents exercise so I would be happy to hear others thoughts on how they look at the ¨exercise actively¨part on days of longer fasting.
  • Ginharbe
    Ginharbe Posts: 76 Member
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    I am ready for this, Yes!
  • Mrs_Hoffer
    Mrs_Hoffer Posts: 5,194 Member
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    I've been in and out of this group for many years, even before our beloved Ranger Rick was leader. Took a break from MFP for a bit, porked on some pounds, now ready to get after it in 2022! Glad to be back. Good luck everyone!!

    @Bill70sStrong it's good to see you back again! You were around when I first joined up with the UAC. I'm glad you made your way back to us! :)
  • Mrs_Hoffer
    Mrs_Hoffer Posts: 5,194 Member
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    Hello all I am new to the group and excited about the challenge looking forward to getting to know all of you and a successful journey ~ Twinz

    @Caramel_Apple it's good to have you! We're looking forward to getting to know you as well. Happy New Year to YOU! :)
  • Mrs_Hoffer
    Mrs_Hoffer Posts: 5,194 Member
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    ideas2 wrote: »
    ...I really enjoy the group but am a little uncertain how I should handle the ¨excercise actively for 20 minutes every day¨part this month. Up till now that has been the easiest part of the challenge for me becuase I normally swim, walk or do weights quite a bit longer than that. I am using intermittent fasting, mostly 16/8, but some 24 hour fast days and just listened to an expert who advised against anything more than resting on the 24 hour fast days. So I have been thinking about whether the best thing to do would be use a pass day on those days if I decide to take his advice or if there is some type of exercise like gentle yoga or stretching that would be good to do and that I would feel was ¨active¨ enough...
    Technically it is up to the individual to decide. There are no strict guidelines on what activity counts, just to do 20+ minutes of activity intended to keep yourself active and healthy, or "intentional activity" to keep it short. While someone might choose to call a pass day when all they did was "activity X" to another person that may not be something to scoff at and is actually their chosen/preferred activity. Likewise some people are highly active most days and take a "rest day" once per week, perhaps just doing some stretches or light yoga those days. All UAC wants to know is, "did you meet your own goals for 20+ minutes of activity on this particular day".

    Very well said Chris @WhatMeRunning and thanks for responding. And I definitely agree with you.

    @ideas2 as far as fasting, I've done some intermittant fasting, as well as extended fasts. I've never had a problem walking, or doing yoga, pilates, or other mild exercises while fasting, but remember that everybody is different.
  • Mrs_Hoffer
    Mrs_Hoffer Posts: 5,194 Member
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    BMcC9 wrote: »
    ideas2 wrote: »
    ...I really enjoy the group but am a little uncertain how I should handle the ¨excercise actively for 20 minutes every day¨part this month. Up till now that has been the easiest part of the challenge for me becuase I normally swim, walk or do weights quite a bit longer than that. I am using intermittent fasting, mostly 16/8, but some 24 hour fast days and just listened to an expert who advised against anything more than resting on the 24 hour fast days. So I have been thinking about whether the best thing to do would be use a pass day on those days if I decide to take his advice or if there is some type of exercise like gentle yoga or stretching that would be good to do and that I would feel was ¨active¨ enough...
    Technically it is up to the individual to decide. There are no strict guidelines on what activity counts, just to do 20+ minutes of activity intended to keep yourself active and healthy, or "intentional activity" to keep it short. While someone might choose to call a pass day when all they did was "activity X" to another person that may not be something to scoff at and is actually their chosen/preferred activity. Likewise some people are highly active most days and take a "rest day" once per week, perhaps just doing some stretches or light yoga those days. All UAC wants to know is, "did you meet your own goals for 20+ minutes of activity on this particular day".

    And depending on your core fitness level (not an issue for ideas2, but maybe for some other newbies) ... the 20 minutes don't have to be all-in-one-go.

    So if being intentionally active is very new to you and you have little stamina .... divy it up during the day to 4 X 5 minute sections.

    Or walk-in-place only during tv commercials. Over time, as your stamina improves, gradually switch to 3 x 7 minutes; 2 x 10 ; 15 + 5 etc. until you find yourself able to do MORE than 20 minutes in one go.

    (when I had a very bad cold one time, I did several sessions of "zombie shuffle" through the day to make the 20 minute total).

    Thanks, as always @BMcC9 for your helpfulness and insight!! You are so right! When I was recovering from bronchitis and a sinus infection the first two weeks of December, I sometimes broke my exercising up into two 10-minute or three 7-minute segments.... walking (more like shuffling) in place, or some gentle yoga when I felt stiff from sitting or lying around all day. There were a couple of nice days (50s outside) so I took a very short walk down the street and back. I've been known to set a timer on my phone and walk out 10 minutes and then turn around and head back home. I think that fresh air and sunshine helps a lot when you're not feeling well. And "activity" is activity in my book; and doing "something" beats those people just sitting on the couch all day, every day - at least in my book!
  • Mrs_Hoffer
    Mrs_Hoffer Posts: 5,194 Member
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    My name is Marilyn and I have just joined this group. Look forward to giving this challenge a try.
    I am 73 will be 74 in February, have mobility issues, have over 100 pounds to lose and am following a very healthy eating program. Look forward to meeting all of you as we work this challenge together

    Hello and welcome Marilyn!! @Marilynsretired We look forward to getting to know you as well! :)
  • Caramel_Apple
    Caramel_Apple Posts: 2,152 Member
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    Mrs_Hoffer wrote: »
    Hello all I am new to the group and excited about the challenge looking forward to getting to know all of you and a successful journey ~ Twinz

    @Caramel_Apple it's good to have you! We're looking forward to getting to know you as well. Happy New Year to YOU! :)

    Thank you and Happy New year to you Mrs_Hoffer ~Twinz
  • donna25trinity
    donna25trinity Posts: 3,033 Member
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    Mrs_Hoffer wrote: »
    I've been in and out of this group for many years, even before our beloved Ranger Rick was leader. Took a break from MFP for a bit, porked on some pounds, now ready to get after it in 2022! Glad to be back. Good luck everyone!!

    @Bill70sStrong it's good to see you back again! You were around when I first joined up with the UAC. I'm glad you made your way back to us! :)

    Yep @mrs_hoffer I remember @Bill70sStrong too. Welcome back!! Xox
  • donna25trinity
    donna25trinity Posts: 3,033 Member
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    Ginharbe wrote: »
    Hi, thanks for inviting me to share. So my journey can be described like this: I have been with MFP for 6yrs, and up and down with my size I go by kilos so my goal for right now is 65kg, and I am on 68.800, It's sooo hard to loose those 3kg. So, I have been exercising for years lots of cardio, zumba, weights on and off, walking all summer and it was ok, and it shows(+-), but I have that round look. The problem I have is consistency, I can't stick to one thing, MFP is pushing me again and this time I have to do it. Another thing, I cook, I cook and keep on cooking, I love it , I eat anything, for real, my luch meal at work is notorious everyone wants me to cook something, always, I am also a professional snacker and that's the culprit of my failure. All that, yep that's me. :(

    @Ginharbe I can so relate to your story.. I lost 24kgs in total but the last 3kgs were the hardest to loose! I also loveeeee food and loveee to cook and eat and am always in the kitchen so this can def be a struggle as there is so much temptation. I am also a pro snacker lol and also graze alot! The great and positive thing is though is that we are self aware and that is the key to success! I hve found this group really helpful with assisting me with the above and hve more good days than bad lately. I hve no doubt over time it will do the same for u too. Good luck with it! Xo
  • Ginharbe
    Ginharbe Posts: 76 Member
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    @donna25trinity thank you for the understanding , also 3kg is about 6lb ,so yes it becomes a larger number to beat