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  • I started a new job a few months ago that has me working remotely from home the majority of the time - and I basically have quit pants. :) All leggings, all the time. Makes life much easier. ;) But to stay on topic - I'm 5'3.5", hovering around 150 at the moment, and in mostly US 4s with some 6s. I am long-waisted with…
  • I had this exact experience this morning. I was disappointed - I've liked several of their other flavors really well and was excited when I stumbled across this one. Nope. Nope, nope, nope.
  • TRX can be great as a resistance workout that also includes some mobility and balance work, and can absolutely be progressive in nature. Comparing it to training with weights, though, is pretty much apples to oranges. FWIW, I started my resistance training with a combination of bodyweight work and TRX for several months,…
  • This is something that has so many variables involved that it's all but impossible to know. It will depend on everything from how and where you carry your weight, how and where it starts to come off first, even how you dress/your clothes fit, how often you see people (people you see daily may be slower to notice a gradual…
  • Nothing to contribute really, but following for info/to read later. I lift (recently switched from SL 5x5 to Wendler 5/3/1 with very limited accessory work) and take pretty vigorous vinyasa yoga classes 3-4 days a week. All these things obviously involve core engagement, but I've wondered if it's comprehensive enough.
  • Just a quick note - be sure you check the rules at your gym. They may not be allowed to accept gifts or tips. If not, a nice thank-you/holiday card with a personal note is always a nice gesture. :)
  • Aww, thanks! And congrats on yours - that's awesome! Thus far, I have a love/hate relationship with deadlifts - so satisfying when they go well, but so SO frustrating if I'm having an off day. But yeah, cannot wait to pull 200. :D
  • This is interesting (more in a "see where I'm headed" kind of way) -- I am a baby - just started lifting (SL 5x5) in July 2016, had been doing mostly bodyweight/TRX prior. Female, 33, somewhere between 5'3" and 5'4" and bobbling around just on either side of 150 at the moment - these are all projected 1RM; I've never…
  • I wanna play! I just stepped on my scale after an impromptu weekend away (full of awesome, salt-laden food and far more carbs than I can usually fit into my allowance after I meet protein and fat goals) and I'm up 8 pounds since I last weighed on Tuesday. I just laughed. I was pretty undisciplined this week anyway, so I'm…
  • I'd say that balancing your lifting and yoga can depend greatly on the type of yoga you're doing. I take a class 3x/week that can be pretty intensive - arm balance work, lots of inversions, and so on - and I struggle a bit if lift the day before these classes or vice versa. I lift twice a week (currently Stronglifts),…
  • I've been running SL for six weeks now, after working with a trainer to learn the basics, and I'm hooked. I had a really big day today - finally got to the empty bar for OHP (had been using dumbbells) and deadlifted my body weight. Baby steps, I know, but I was so excited!
  • DOMS can be a killer, but honestly the best thing for it is to keep moving in my experience. Were I in your shoes, I'd go to class tonight, but warm up thoroughly and maybe dial back the intensity, just doing what you can manage -- and then get in a good stretch followed by a hot bath with epsom salt if you can swing it.…
  • Yeah, I have what I've started jokingly referring to as "crow brands" on my triceps from practicing it. I bruise very easily, so while it's not painful for me, it always leaves a mark. I wouldn't mind so much if I could actually hold the dang pose for more than a split second...
  • Most backbending/heart-opening poses come pretty easily for me -- bow, dancer, and wheel are among my favorites. But sometimes there is nothing better than just breathing in crocodile, you know?
  • I hear you. Short limbs/long torso here. Staff pose makes me feel like a T-Rex. My fingertips barely touch the ground.
  • Ooh - and for some reason, eagle legs. I don't know if it's a short legs/thick thighs thing, or a lack of flexibility in my outer hips thing, but whatever it is, let's just say it's always humbling when I hear full eagle cued in class. My foot looks longingly at the backside of my opposite calf, but...sigh.
  • Crow is my nemesis. My instructor swears it's mental - I have the strength for it, but as soon as I feel like there's a chance I might fall I panic and collapse. But this is why I love yoga - I get to meet both physical and mental challenges on my mat. :)
  • She's got me on something she has adapted from, I think, Body for Life, and frankly I don't love it. She prefers to work with a higher rep range (10-15) and do a ton of supersetting. I'm currently lifting a total of 4 days a week. I have two sessions left in the package I bought and then I am planning to just start running…
  • @arditarose You might be onto something with the 5-lb increments. The other thing giving me fits right now is actually sticking to a deficit since adding lifting into the mix. Some days I do okay, and then others I am beyond ravenous and wipe out my progress. Sigh. But -- maybe if I take it in small chunks with breaks in…
  • Interesting thread. I've been a bit lost as to what my goal is at this point. I'm somewhere between 5'3" and 5'4", started in Feb 2015 at 208. I've been hovering between 150 and 155 since March 2016. I've been doing some resistance work all along -- started with bodyweight/yoga, then added TRX a few months in, and have…
  • Yep, been there too. Replaced my old spring scale a few months into the process with a digital and was horrified to see they read 8 lbs different, and not in my favor. It stung for a while, but I just went back and adjusted my start weight and my subsequent weigh-ins (which eliminated the "false spike" issue in terms of my…
  • I've had decent luck with protein powder in hot coffee, though it does require a little patience. A whey/casein blend seems to do best, and if you cool the coffee a little (with an ice cube or liquid; I splash in a little unsweetened almond milk or just plain old half-and-half, depending on my mood) prior to adding your…
  • @HappyCampr1 -- I'll have to look into that app; that sounds awesome! Thanks for the info.
  • I highly recommend Yoga With Adriene (a YouTube channel) -- she has a large library with a wide variety of practices, so you might give it a look. I know she has two short "foundations" videos that cover Sun Salutations A and B specifically, and she has a separate playlist of flow/vinyasa style practices of varying…
  • The pattern I've fallen into is averaging about 10-11k per day (I have a desk job), but the actual numbers typically pan out with 5 days quite a bit above that number and 2 a decent amount below it, and that is working well for me. The low days generally involve yoga and other low-intensity activity; the higher days…
  • I think exercise can definitely induce a pretty intense catharsis -- I've experienced it too. But I often find that if I embrace it and keep going, once I ride it out and work through it, I feel immensely better. In my case, though, it's usually tied to something specific that I'm struggling with and not a general sense of…
  • My poor fiancé, who is a saint for doing most of our laundry in the first place, is constantly asking me which of my jeans he can put in the dryer and which he shouldn't, since it's an ever-changing list these days. I swear he nearly wept with relief the other day when I told him he could just dry them all since they were…
  • I practice most days of the week at home in addition to taking at least one class per week. If you're hesitant to venture to a studio right at first (which I totally get; I was too), I second the rec for Yoga with Adriene. If you poke around on her channel, she has a series of "Foundations of Yoga" videos that do a…
  • I use a Jade, and for me, the grip is perfect -- and my hands tend to sweat a lot. I don't do hot yoga, but I do have a mat-length towel (made by Gaiam, I think) that I used with my old mat to help with slippage. The back side is rubberized so it grips the mat; the top is designed to increase grip as you get sweatier. You…
  • OP - you could just track your current intake for a couple of weeks, if you're not sure how much you're currently consuming (and all this assumes you're currently maintaining your weight, as it sounds like you are), and then once you have a daily average sorted from that, work up to adding 250 calories a day, then see how…
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