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[03 Jul 2006|04:37pm]

vixenacious
Looking for a new fitness program? How about trying the Presidential Fitness Challenge. This challenge comes in three varieties:

1. The Active Lifestyle Program - For those of you who aren't active on a daily basis yet, this is a great way to begin. The rules are basically to get a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise at least 5 days a week, for a total of 6 weeks.

2. The Presidential Champions Program - If you're already active and want a new challenge, this program is for you. Your goal is to see how many points you can earn by staying active. Points are based on the amount of energy each activity burns. So the more active you are, the more points you'll get. When you reach 20,000 points, you'll earn a Bronze award. Then you can continue on in the Presidential Champions program for a Silver or Gold award.

3. The Advanced Performance Presidential Champions Program - This is basically the same system as the Presidential Champions Program, except that the award goals are higher. For instance, you need to get 40,000 points to earn a Bronze award.


The Presidential Champions Fitness Program Website (where you can log your progress and also order your awards when you've reached your goal)

Also, if you want, come join the LJ pres_challenge community to chat with others who are challenging themselves with this program.
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Happy Post-Memorial Day! [30 May 2006|10:46am]

nj_queen
[ mood | curious ]

Hi all! Hope summertime is treating everyone well so far.

I'm so happy I've stuck to my training/dieting this far, and I've never felt better! I do have to say that I am getting a little tired of the food I am eating however. I was wondering if any of you have some recipes or favorite healthy snacks they would like to share? I love cooking and trying new things. I don't, however, eat any kind of beef. Suggestions?

Best!

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Proper sport bras for ladies [06 May 2006|03:58pm]

nova_usagi
Schock Absorberh
Pick out the cup-size, the sorts of activities you do or plan on doing, and the page will give you examples of the movement of your breasts during activity. If a sportsbra isn't doing a good job of keep breasts from bouncing around, obviously the bra isn't good enough. A proper bra will help prevent potential sagging and so on.




Posted in a_better_body, body_positive, bodygoddesses, health_fitness

[edit: Warning, there is nudity in flash demonstration.]
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My introduction [02 May 2006|05:28pm]

trishepherd
[ mood | good ]

Your Goddess:
My goddess is Athena. Greek Goddess of all trades it seems. Goddess of war, and of peace. Patron of arts and goddess of wisdom. Talk about well-rounded!

Why You Picked Her:
I balance my time between the everlasting pursuit of wisdom via education (and some day will be a professor), drawing, and enjoying time with my husband and dog-child. I'm a devoted peacemaker and advisor of others, but am willing to fight if it comes to that. I wear many different hats in my life.
Added to that is that I've always pictured Athena as a shapely, but muscled woman. No stick-thin goddess for me thanks! Another interesting aside is that the weight class for women over 150 pounds in triathlons is called the Athena class.

Where You Are Now:
At the present, I'm 3 weeks into training for my first triathlon. I'm fairly far away from my ideal of shaply but muscled, but I'm making significant headway. This is really the first positive thing I've done for myself in a long time. Even though weight is not very good for anything but a general indicator, I began at 250 pounds. My long-term goal is to be around 180. My height is 5'8". At present, my training consists of at least 30 minutes a day of either cycling or walk/running (can't run full out yet, but I'm building to it). In a couple of weeks, I will also incorporate swimming into my program. My race is in August. I honestly haven't felt this good about myself in a long time. Even after only three weeks, it feels like I've taken a load off of my mind. I was/am tired of being fat and being judged for it. I've finally started to take action on changing it. It's also afforded me a good amount of mental strength that was needed. I want to work more on my concentration and relaxation. Ideally, I want to learn walking meditation as well. As for nutrition, I eat fairly well. I could stand to incorporate more fruits and veggies into my diet. I probably eat red meat every 2 weeks or so. Drink about 2 liters of water a day.

What Your Immediate Goal Is:
In a month - I want to be able to run a full 1.5 miles (half of my goal distance of 3 miles). I want to continue to build on my cycling acheivements with more time/distance. I want to build on my swimming endurance.

In three months - I want to be able to run all 3 miles. I will continue to build my cycling endurance, and will incorporate speedwork, hopefully decreasing my 10 mile time to 30:00. I will be able to swim 500 meters straight in the pool without stopping. And I will complete my first triathlon and become a true triathlete! I hope to be under 230 by this point.

In six months - I want to be winding down a successful base training for the year. I will see my 23rd birthday and hopefully sub 200 for the first time since 8th grade. I will be heading to the gym to maintain my fitness and to build up for next season. I plan to incorporate more weight training at this point. I also plan to be in the final stages of writing my master's thesis and preparing for a move another department for my PhD.


Your Strengths and Weaknesses:
Strengths - cycling, determination, love for the outdoors, supportive husband and family
Weaknesses - running, procrastination, fear of tedium

Well, I suppose that's it. Also - the Goddess page wasn't working, but I assume you have at least one picture of Athena up there. I'm glad to be here!

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Content Under Construction [02 May 2006|03:56pm]

skinnywiener
[ mood | aw, go on ]

I know we're all about the body here, so here's mine, past and present. Poor quembelle, this entry has been on her friends list 3 times. : )




In case you haven't noticed, I'm not very photogenic.  My eyes get all squinty when I smile.




So I've progressed a lot since these two pictures, and at the same time, not enough.




Well, there you have it.  I have a lot of work to do, but like I said before- I did it once, I can do it again.  Didn't help that I doubled up on macaroons for lunch.

cross posted to dietingsupport and bodygoddesses
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An Introduction [23 Apr 2006|10:45am]

nj_queen
[ mood | awake ]

I can't tell you how happy I was when I clicked on this community! It's refreshing to really see a nice and supportive group offering some great advice and encouragement! So... of course I just had to join.

My story so far...Collapse )

<~J<~J

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[17 Apr 2006|12:03pm]

quembelle
I am getting so frustrated. again.

I backed off working out (i was doing mon/wed/cardio tues/thurs/sun cardio followed with weights and yoga on saturday) because i was exhausted and moody. so, i go when i can but let other things be more important, like taking my roommate out for a mani/pedi on thursday and not doing cardio (or, doing half as much) on days i lift. i try REALLY hard to stay under 2000 calories. I'm down to a 14 from a 16 but i feel like with the effort i'm putting in i should be a 12. i haven't lost any weight really (191 naked in the morning or 196-197 after work at the gym) for two weeks.

I talked to seth (a good friend and work-out buddy) and he suggested cutting more fat. so, skim milk instead of 1%, reduced fat cheese (i'd rather not eat it) limit eating avacados (i eat about 1/week) and drink more water. sounds easy enough.

i talked to an acupuncturist who suggested i give up wheat products because i'm sensitive to them. Ok, thats a little harder. So, i'm limiting them - i'm going to start using brown rice instead of pasta, and the healthfood store makes bread and pasta and cookies and crackers with different grains... its just so much more expensive (like, 50c a box for spaghetti compared to 3.50)

She also suggested i do a cleanse of my... well, guts. colon, liver, kidneys... but thats something i have to plan in advance. Have any of you ever done a cleanse/detox diet?

I also want to incorporate yoga for 15 minutes everyday. So, i'm going to try to get myself out of bed to do a few sun-salutations before work.

I think tonight i'm going to clean my fridge and pantry and toss the stuff i can't eat, or give it to the boyfriend :-)
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[09 Apr 2006|01:31pm]

skintightjeans
Can anyone help?

This is my first week of the diet and I'm really pleased that I've managed to lose 10 pounds so far.

Problem is that I have a friend coming round today. Normal dinner for us would be a take out pizza followed by apple pie and ice cream and copious amounts of diet coke.

I've already decided to cook spaghetti bolgnese, but what can I offer her for dessert?

This woman hates most things, hence why we usually stick to apple pie. I have already fallen off the wagon this weekend so I can't eat anything naughty

Crossposted once or twice in desperation
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Another request for help [04 Apr 2006|11:54pm]

skintightjeans
Thank you to everyone who replied to my call for help last night, I haven't time to go through them all tonight but will do so when I get home from work tomorrow night.

For now I need some more advice and I'm sorry to be so demanding but this problem I am suffering from is extremely painful and is because of the diet I am attempting.

My latest post in my journal gives an idea about what the problem is, or you can visit my journal at skintightjeans. I'd be extremely grateful for ideas about why I am suffering the way I am or what i can do to relieve the problem.


Thanks again

Alexandra
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It's a bit long winded [04 Apr 2006|12:51am]

skintightjeans
I need some adviceCollapse )




Cross posted a little bit
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Thirteen ways to use Epsom salt [01 Apr 2006|03:26pm]

nova_usagi
[ mood | amused ]

* Relaxing and Sedative Bath: Soak in warm water and 2 cups of Epsom Salt.

* Face Cleaner: To clean your face at night, mix a half-teaspoon of Epsom Salt with your regular cleansing cream. Just massage into skin and rinse with cold water.

* Homemade Skin Mask: Apply the mask to damp skin. For normal to oily skin, mix 1 tablespoon of cognac, 1 egg, 1/4 cup of nonfat dry milk, the juice of 1 lemon, and a half-teaspoon of Epsom Salt. For normal to dry skin mix 1/4 cup of grated carrot, 1 1/2 teaspoons of mayonnaise and a half-teaspoon of Epsom Salt.

* Foot Soak: Soothe aches, remove odors, and soften rough skin with a foot soak. Add 1/2 cup of Epsom Salt to a large pan of warm water. Soak feet for as long as it feels right. Rinse and dry.

* Skin Exfoliator: Massage handfuls of Epsom Salt over your wet skin, starting with your feet and continuing up towards the face. Have a bath to rinse.

* Remove Excess Oil from Hair: Epsom Salt soaks up excess oil from hair. Add 9 tablespoons of Epsom Salt to 1/2 cup of oily hair shampoo. Apply one tablespoon of the liquid to your hair when it is dry; rinse with cold water. Pour lemon juice or organic apple cider vinegar through the hair, leave on for 5-10 minutes, and then rinse.

* Hairspray: Combine 1 gallon of water, 1 cup of lemon juice, and 1 cup Epsom Salt. Combine, cover, and let set for 24 hours. The next day, pour the mixture into your dry hair and let it sit for 20 minutes. Then shampoo as normal.

* Hair Volumizer: Combine equal parts of deep conditioner and Epsom Salt. Warm in a pan. Work the warm mixture through your hair and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse.

* Soak Sprains and Bruises: Epsom Salt will reduce the swelling of sprains and bruises. Add 2 cups Epsom Salt to a warm bath, and soak.

* Splinter Remover: Soak in Epsom Salt, it will draw out the splinter.
-source

Also, for baths, it's great to add apple cider vinegar in as well.

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[30 Mar 2006|08:44pm]

rains_arms
I'm so happy to have found this community. I have have always strived to think of myself and all women as goddesses. Its rough at times because the world trys to beat images of what you should be thinking and doing into you. I don't buy magazines of the Cosmo nature anymore and I try to keep myself from feeling bad about myself because I don't "fall into the Gap" cookie cutter image. Overall I love myself, I'm just not to happy with the way I percieve myself sometimes. I've always tried to change myself in the past... weight loss, hair dye, hair cuts, piercings... The last 3 I enjoy emmencely but I find that I'm draw to them when I'm depressed and I need a change. Okay enough of my rambling... I do that quite a bit.
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Some informative pages [30 Mar 2006|12:39pm]

nova_usagi
Ten Reasons Women Should Lift Weights

Are You Lifting Enough Weight?

Lift Slow - Get Fit Fast

Your Complementary Metabolic Type Test

The Metabolic Typing Diet


cross-posted in _bodymindsoul_ bodygoddesses a_better_body health_fitness
edited-posted in [Unknown LJ tag]
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Fit Day [29 Mar 2006|08:58am]

quembelle
I wanted to let you all know of this website: www.fitday.com its a free site that lets you log the food you consume and the activities you do. And it keeps track of your progress. Its not as comprehensive as sites you have to pay for, but its really a good way to track yourself- no matter what your goal.
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New member introduction [28 Mar 2006|06:01pm]

nova_usagi
My Goddess:
I suppose Valkyrie in general are more of what I am aiming for. Anyone would do really. Brunhilde is the one most people know of. Type up Valkyrie in google search and there are plenty of pages on them. or Artemis since she's the goddess of the hunt. I figure she'd be fairly fit and strong. With a more real role-model in mind, Jelena Abbou is a great example. Click to see pictures of Jelena AbbouCollapse ) She's very strong and in my mind, that's what a valkyrie or Artemis would look like. She's only an inch (at the most) taller than me, with a similar build (ie, bone structure). However, like the information page of this community mentioned, she represents an ideal and I don't want to look too much like her. She has to maintain a high protein diet and weight trains more than I'd ever want to. I'm also no fond on having my body fat percentage under 10% like she has.

Why You Picked Her:
Valkyrie represent strength to me. I want to get into shape, but I don't want to be thin. I want to be strong, feminine and sexy.

Where You Are Now:
I'm 5'5" (165cm) tall and about 125lbs. If I gain enough muscle, I might end up gaining weight after losing some. I can lift much weight now. I can maybe barbell squat 95 pounds (bar included) at the most, but I should be able to do at least my weight. I have a ways to go, but I'm getting there.

What Your Immediate Goal Is:
In a month I should be able to squat more weight more easily... I've been slimming down as a byproduct of weight-lifting, doing cardio, and eating a cleaner diet. I will continue this and little by little I will get stronger, more trim, and so on.

Your Strengths and Weaknesses:
I don't always make myself go to the gym. I don't always eat as well as I should. I eat too much in one sitting. I don't chew well enough. My strengths are that I have the ability to change my bad habits, I can, and have been able to change quite a bit already.
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[09 Mar 2006|08:57am]

quembelle
Yesterday was a bad food day for me.

I shouldn't say that.

The day wasn't too bad. i had an oatmeal for breakfast, a yogurt for a snack, a nice salad and a PBJ and some grapes for lunch (and a chocolate soy milk mmmm) some animal crackers for a snack, and almonds throughout the day. i got home and made a spinach and mushroom salad and a plate of spaghetti for dinner before heading off to class.

After class, i went to the grocery store and got fruit, cold cuts and cheese, some veggies and hummus, and picked up some milk and cereal for the boyfriend. Went over to his place and he hadn't eaten yet, so we ordered a pizza. He wanted a calzone and i thought "i could go for a salad" but for some reason every place but papa johns was closed, and so we had to just get a pizza. So, we got an onion pizza, he had pepperoni on his side, i had black olives, green peppers and mushrooms on mine. We ate the whole thing... 4 slices each.

Ahh, i felt so gross. we were being sweet with each other but then i just... it wasn't that i wasn't interested, i just felt so full. And he of course tells me he loves me no matter what and reminds me that we're starting at the gym on monday, so that this is the last time i'll ever be this fat. so we spent some time saying goodbye to said fat and being silly. ONce i got home, took a shower and got to bed, i felt better. I'm trying to force myself to not feel guilty... today is a new day and all that stuff.

Sunday night i'm going to weigh myself and take measurements. I've lost about 11 lbs since the beginning of the year but who knows where. and then, woo! 5-6 days a week at the gym plus yoga on sundays.
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[08 Mar 2006|11:42am]

quembelle
So, its two months done with the new year : How's everyone doing on their goals?
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[03 Feb 2006|06:16pm]

quembelle
[ mood | aggravated ]

So, i have just now hit the frustration with losing weight stage. please be advised.

i am SO JEALOUS of my roommate, rachel, she looks so good! like, total difference. and Seth too, though he's been working out pretty much non stop since we broke up...

but... i feel like i'm not really getting anywhere. like, i'm not doing enough. and i'm bored. like... there is a bit of a difference. my clothes fit better, but i'm still a 16. i would love to be able to fit into a 14, i would love to have to go out and buy new clothes... :sigh:

so i was thinking... what do rach and seth have that i don't have? the answer? a gym. i've got DDR which is getting annoying, tae-bo which was always annoying, two 5lb weights and two 3 lb weights. Saving grace is Seth coming over on Sundays to do yoga with me - nothing like doing yoga with your ex to get some motivation. its like... part i need to show off because he'll see what he's missing, and part i need to do better than him competitiveness, and part just pure anger which is motivation in and of itself, and part i get to see him struggle and suffer. ooooh, i'm an evil bitch sometimes, but if it gets me to work out...

I've gone for walks on all the nice days, but soon there won't be any for a couple months. I want to be able to take yoga classes, and salsa-robics, and get to choose between using the treadmill or the eliptical, or having all sorts of machines to do weights on. I MISS the GYM!!!

so, i'm gonna go work on joe's valentines present for a while and let dinner digest, and then, i'm gonna play DDR. I'll take a nice shower, maybe a face mask and paint my nails, and i'll go to bed. i can clean and stuff tomorrow. tonight i just need to make myself feel better and motivated and confident that what i'm doing is actually working.

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New Mamber! [29 Jan 2006|10:32am]

synn1977
[ mood | determined ]

Your Goddess:
Morrigan...the celtic goddess of war

Why You Picked Her:
I chose Morrigan based on the fact that for me, getting fit is an internal war.  I am looking to this community to help keep me motivated to be a better me.

Where You Are Now:
I am actually just starting again.  I have been on this ride many, many times (on and off since I was 13....which equates out to 15 years)

What Your Immediate Goal Is:
My immediate goal is to get fit....do something new everyday that helps me to appreciate working out and getting fit.

Your Strengths and Weaknesses:
My Strenghts are that I am in tune with what is needed to maintain a healthier lifestyle, I know the right comination of food and exercise for my body.
My weakness is that I am tempted easily to cheat or be distracted.

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[26 Jan 2006|01:09pm]

quembelle
i didn't work out yesterday. instead, i made enchilladas. good: low fat sour cream. bad: full fat cheese. but otherwise, they are pretty healthy. chicken, tomatoes, chiles. they are just big and heavy. i also made rice with tomatoes, added some red pepper which gave it a nice kick.

but, i didn't work out. and i've been feeling guilty about it all day. i need to just shrug it off!

i need to find my tae bo tape to do tonight because the thought of playing DDR again is making me cringe. i'll do a really good hour of yoga though, too, and then i'll feel better.

and, i wanted to tell you. Almonds are really great and curbing hunger for a little while. i ate 5 of them around 9:30 and wasn't jonesing for my yogurt at 10 like i usually do.
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