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07 Jan 2010 - 15:1924936
while I was flicking through this months Runners World I can across this article, which is for complete beginners! Which has helpfully now been put up on the website for all to read! it has some great tips!


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07 Jan 2010 - 16:4824945
Quote Member-XI:
I started working out when I started university again, and it went really well, sadly though because of wanting to fit in with friends, I didn't have a very healthy diet(My diet at university is normally very bland but a healthy bland that I like and others hate XD), so this only maintained my weight at a steady 136lbs. I'm in the low end of my weight range, being 5'7 and having a BMI of 21.5. However, like a few other people, I dislike how my weight is distributed. I have an hour glass figure, so my weight tends to settle on my hips, stomach and bum. So my main plan in New Year is to really tone up and hopefully shift some weight as well, and possibly build some muscle mass eventually.
I've set a goal of May expo to see at least SOME difference, i'm not expecting to be amazingly toned or anything, but a general increase in stamina and over all body shape would be nice.

I think my main motivation is that i'm cosplaying a lot of female characters this year, and non of them (except possibly Bayonetta) have an hour glass shape to them, so i'd at least like to tone up before I cosplay them.
I'm also determined to fit into one bloody size of clothing! I'm stuck between an eight and a ten due to the sheer size of my hips and waist. (My waist is 25inches, my hips 40inches)While neither of those sizes are bad, i'd just like to fit into one or the other, preferably the eight (if my hips will allow it, as their is only so much you can loose and tone) so that it makes clothing shopping easier and cheaper and gives me a bit of variety. (I find that when you go into sales, particularly Next's end of year slaes, the size eights and lower are always cheapest and have more left on the racks)

So yeah, its gym time again! XD I actually really enjoy the gym when its not crowded. I think thats the best advice I can offer really, if you want to start at the gym, but are nervous about going, try and find out what times are less busy. For me its early morning and then 1 o'clock till 3 as thats when other students come in. I was so nervous about going to the gym, thinking everyone would look, but no one even raises an eyebrow when you go. :3

I'm also trying to get better health wise, as over the past year and a half, i've suffered with anemia, which, coupled with a very stressful year at university has made my hair fall out and its now very thin and brittle. So one of my goals is to try and increase my intake of vitamins and minerals (I buy them, then ignore them >_> to encourage my hair to get thicker again and also to control my anemia. 8D

Anyways, good luck everyone! I'm sure we can all do it and be pleased with ourselves at the end of it all! <3


I hope all goes well for you ^___^ Im sorry to hear about your hair and anemia that is so sad.

I struggle with my weight. I am also 5'7. And move between 93lbs and 100lbs So quite badly underweight sadly. You are so lucky you have an hour glass figure i wish i was blessed like you! I have a very boyish figure sadly. With measurements of 32' 25' 32' so quite like a pole ahha or a so called athletic build. I feel the same as you i dont want to be mega toned, but nicly toned with better stamina I am worried about starting a gym as im worried about people staring, thinking nasty things, but i hope they dont! You have given me resurance here also.

I hope we can all stick to our plans, and should bring this thread up in 6months time and see how everyone is doing, thanks for all the great tips and resurance ^_^ Good luck!


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07 Jan 2010 - 17:2024947
Quote GunstarVixen:
while I was flicking through this months Runners World I can across this article, which is for complete beginners! Which has helpfully now been put up on the website for all to read! it has some great tips!


Ah that article is excellent! Thanks for posting it here!


07 Jan 2010 - 17:4424949
Quote FairyPorchQueen:

I hope all goes well for you ^___^ Im sorry to hear about your hair and anemia that is so sad.

I struggle with my weight. I am also 5'7. And move between 93lbs and 100lbs So quite badly underweight sadly. You are so lucky you have an hour glass figure i wish i was blessed like you! I have a very boyish figure sadly. With measurements of 32' 25' 32' so quite like a pole ahha or a so called athletic build. I feel the same as you i dont want to be mega toned, but nicly toned with better stamina I am worried about starting a gym as im worried about people staring, thinking nasty things, but i hope they dont! You have given me resurance here also.

I hope we can all stick to our plans, and should bring this thread up in 6months time and see how everyone is doing, thanks for all the great tips and resurance ^_^ Good luck!


Hehe sometimes its annoying having a funny figure, nothing fits right XD But I do hope you can get toned and achieve what you want, maybe if you're looking to tone up and put on some weight, you could ask a doctor for adivce? I'm sure they could give you a sheet of tips and foods that will help you put on safely and in a healthy way? 8D

I was really nervous about the gym, as I said, but I swear, no one will even bat an eyelid if you go, just think of it this way, they have no reason to laugh or point at you, as they are in the exact same situation as you, which is looking to get fit and healthy. So everyone has a common goal. ^-^ If you can find a small gym as well, that tends to have quieter times rather than say Fitness First.


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07 Jan 2010 - 18:0824952
Building up muscle can actually give women more curves. If you focus on thighs during excercise muscle will build on there, making them larger, and you look more curvy.

There's a lot of bad reputation for women putting on muscle, but it's actually very hard for women to bulk up in a way that's unattractive. Look at female athleates for example- they look great even with muscles.

-Tab


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09 Jan 2010 - 08:0725094
Quote Member-XI:
Hehe sometimes its annoying having a funny figure, nothing fits right XD


Too right, it's a pain in the ass having the genetic lottery against you! Every woman in my family is quite voluptuous - and yet somehow I've been designated Chun-Li thunder thighs, I have wide hips, plenty of, errr... "junk in the trunk". And even so, when I've put on weight recently I still haven't fought my way into a B cup. I need either an hourglass figure to balance out those hips, or to be skinny to balance out my chest. But no such luck for me, silly spoon figure.

So anyway, for a long term goal I'd like to have a figure that makes sense. Currently I'm trying to work out the best way to lose weight without it shrinking my chest back down. Has anyone else been in this situation and have any tips?


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09 Jan 2010 - 12:4725110
Quote diphenhydramine:


Too right, it's a pain in the ass having the genetic lottery against you! Every woman in my family is quite voluptuous - and yet somehow I've been designated Chun-Li thunder thighs, I have wide hips, plenty of, errr... "junk in the trunk". And even so, when I've put on weight recently I still haven't fought my way into a B cup. I need either an hourglass figure to balance out those hips, or to be skinny to balance out my chest. But no such luck for me, silly spoon figure.

So anyway, for a long term goal I'd like to have a figure that makes sense. Currently I'm trying to work out the best way to lose weight without it shrinking my chest back down. Has anyone else been in this situation and have any tips?


My thighs are the same XD I get it off my nanna's on both sides of the family I think as they had tiny waists and big hips when they were my age -_- *shakes fist*

I've not managed to find a way of not loosing it off your chest sadly. I wasn't actually aiming to loose a cup size when I lost around 20lb last year and I still dropped one. -_- (To be honest though it worked out for the better as I was an E cup and trying to find anything pretty in that size is impossible, more so when your back is small as well.) I have heard a few people mention doing things like push-ups, planks and bench presses can help to keep your bust lifted so if you loose a cup size it might not look like it? I have no idea if it works though. D8 Sadly as your bust is predominantly made of fat, I think its pretty hard to not loose some weight off it D8

I think women with muscle mass look great Khaos I don't know why their is this big thing against it either. ;-; When I saw Meryl on MGS4 I told my flat mate that she had the best body in the world for a video game character, to which I got the reply "Ugh no way! Women shouldn't have muscle mass!" D8

Personally, if I ever got weight training going and built up muscle mass, if it was toned and obviously muscle rather than body fat i'd probably not mind having larger thighs, because i'd know its muscle. ^-^ I just have no idea how to go about building muscle as a woman. Not to the point of being too built, but I certainly wouldn't mind having a good muscle mass. 8)
Its such a shame that some people are all 'Thats gross!' about women having muscle. My friend sent me a FANTASTIC picture she found on the net of a female with the most amazing six pack and I think it looks amazing. x.x
I'd post it here, but its not my picture and I don't own copyright over it. >.<


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12 Jan 2010 - 16:0425275
too cold to get out of bed lately

anyway i tend to read of lot of mens health/fitness mags and thought id give some tips i've picked up from these.

1. cut down your 3 meals a day to 6
this helps to up your metabolism, just as long as you keep your meal portions smaller than normal

{b]2. Vary your work outs around once a month[/b]
this is more for people that would be working on muscle as your muscles would get use to the routine its goods to switch it up a bit

3. Write a Food/workout diary
It helps keep track of your progress and gives you an outlook on what you may feel like your falling behind on for example i used to do a food diary and i got major obsessed with what i was eating as i was counting the calories and all and every week id look at what i had and im like oh uh have i had too much for my calorie week.... more carrots instead of biscuits!

thats my tips and a few tricks... i may come up with more once i read some more mens health/fitness >,>;;;;


17 Jan 2010 - 04:5025554
Hmmmm, on a health note, after getting fitted while going shopping yesterday, turns out I was wearing 2 bra sizes too small O.o I thought the chest pains I sometimes get were just sits-around-on-her-lazy-ass-all-the-time-eating-rubbish-related, but I guess that's probably what was causing them.

Anyway, thanks to that, it transpires that I'm not in fact flat chested, just that I have too much waist for it to notice. Also read in the Metro the other day that the fat you get on your bottom and legs is different from the kind you get on your tummy, and is in fact beneficial to your health, within reason still need to fit into those shorts though xD but focusing more on stomach than I was before now, spending more time on things like the rowing machine and doing stomach crunches.


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