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Jun. 27th, 2012 01:47 pm Conditioning

Got my stairs workout (10 trips up and down 168 outdoor stairs) to under three minutes a lap! Identical weather conditions as last week, but unlike then, I didn't feel like dropping dead at the end!

I really feel this rigid workout schedule is working out well. It's good for both time management and self esteem. Hoping to extend these benefits to other areas of my life.

They say the mirror can be a better judge of your fitness than the scale. On that score, I'm very happy with this photo that I asked mactavish to take of me at the Pride Parade this past weekend. (Click through for larger version. More photos here.)

San Francisco Pride Parade 2012

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From:traballenguas
Date:June 28th, 2012 02:52 am (UTC)
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Fitness! Parading is hard work. I need to get into the City more often, I have no idea where these pictures were taken.
From:funcrunch
Date:June 28th, 2012 04:19 pm (UTC)
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I geo-tagged them (though not precisely); they're all along the parade route from Market St. at the Embarcadero to Civic Center.
From:traballenguas
Date:June 29th, 2012 01:53 am (UTC)
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Cool!
From:funcrunch
Date:June 28th, 2012 04:18 pm (UTC)
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Maybe your totally ripped thigh muscles are preventing your pants from getting looser? ;-) But yeah, cupcakes are not waist-friendly.
From:funcrunch
Date:June 28th, 2012 08:23 pm (UTC)
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Cycling is also not weight-bearing, but you're getting plenty of that from your trapeze arts I assume. Regardless, for me diet has always come first in importance before exercise; it can take a huge amount of exercise to burn off a relatively small number of calories. (Though exercise also boosts your metabolism, of course.)
From:funcrunch
Date:June 28th, 2012 08:46 pm (UTC)
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I just don't think it's possible to have a completely unrestricted diet without suffering some adverse health consequences down the line, no matter how much you work out. I totally realize the dietary choices I've made are not reasonable or appropriate for everyone though. (And of course I went vegan for reasons other than health.)
From:funcrunch
Date:June 28th, 2012 09:32 pm (UTC)
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I try to eat nuts and seeds as part of recipes rather than as snacks. Though I do sometimes take a sandwich-sized baggie of almonds and raisins if I'm going to be out and about as I feel that's a better option than a Clif bar, even if it has more fat. Fresh fruit is good too, though often messier.

ETA: I've also found a cup of tea can often satisfy me if I'm not actually that hungry, and just looking for something to occupy my mouth with while I'm working at my desk. If I am really hungry though I will eat no matter what time of day it is, unless it's within an hour of bedtime (to avoid acid reflux).

Edited at 2012-06-28 09:36 pm (UTC)
From:plymouth
Date:June 29th, 2012 07:08 am (UTC)
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But working out so much just makes you so hungry

Yeah, and the flip side is that reducing calories makes working out REALLY REALLY DAMNED HARD to the point of being torturous and headache inducing. So I really feel like I can EITHER concentrate on increasing fitness OR concentrate on losing weight but attempts to do both over the same time period just fail.
From:funcrunch
Date:June 29th, 2012 04:47 pm (UTC)
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I haven't tried to reduce calories specifically while losing weight, i.e. I don't count calories, independent of my workout schedule; I've just changed what I eat to have lower calorie density while still keeping me full and satisfied. So the end effect is yes, I am eating fewer calories but I still have the energy to work out. Without question, every time in my life when I've been working out the most has been when I've been following a lowfat, starch-based vegan diet, because I've personally just felt better on that kind of fuel.

ETA: I just reposted a note on Facebook about calorie density in case anyone's interested.

Edited at 2012-06-29 05:11 pm (UTC)
From:inflectionpoint
Date:July 1st, 2012 02:42 am (UTC)
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Yay for pull ups! Can you do negatives? (Jump up, and then lower yourself down really slowly?)

I love negatives. They will eventually get me to pull ups!