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11 Dec 2012 - 03:1694941
Exercise is the healthiest way to weight loss. Plus, if your already trying to eat healthier, then exercise will speed it up a bit.

I think you really have to get creative and sometimes, just throw junk out. You have to think of every possible way to make it healthier. I don't eat food from school, I make my own for the fear of what is in the other stuff. Make sure the stuff your eating, though it might SEEM healthy, doesn't have any preservatives, chemicals, fat ect. I've noticed that my problem was what was in the food I ate.

What I do sometimes is every week I go two or three days eating only vegetarian food. That really helped me.

And to get motivated,I finally just printed out pictures of the thin character I want to cosplay and posted them on the fridge, pantry, bread drawer. So whenever I go there to eat something, I see the pics and am reminded to ea healthy so I can cosplay that character!

Somethings I do on a daily basis to burn some calories (This doesn't include what I do at the gym) are I do 20 situps, 20 push-ups and 20 squats before bed and in the morning. It's quick and easy. With your back problems, I suggest putting a folded blanket under your lower back for the sit ups. Also, if you need to, do girly swim push ups. Cross your ankles, use your knees, push up, go down, lift hands, do another push-up.


11 Dec 2012 - 21:0294980
I thought this might be the best place to ask.

I'm trying to tone up for a future cosplay, mostly my fat thighs. Is there a way to tone up your thighs? Everything else about my body is perfectly fine, I'd just like to have a gap between my thighs.


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11 Dec 2012 - 21:1794981
Quote kishi:
I thought this might be the best place to ask.

I'm trying to tone up for a future cosplay, mostly my fat thighs. Is there a way to tone up your thighs? Everything else about my body is perfectly fine, I'd just like to have a gap between my thighs.


Squats, lunges and running will tone up your thighs


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11 Dec 2012 - 21:4294985
Cycling is also an excellent method of toning thighs and butt - higher gear the better. You'd be surprised by the difference 20 mins a day 5 days a week makes!


02 Jan 2013 - 23:0195471
Quote J-Po:
Quote kishi:
I thought this might be the best place to ask.

I'm trying to tone up for a future cosplay, mostly my fat thighs. Is there a way to tone up your thighs? Everything else about my body is perfectly fine, I'd just like to have a gap between my thighs.


Squats, lunges and running will tone up your thighs


I second this. Squats and lunges all the way! A good amount of CV from running, cycling or X-trainer will be needed too.

Unfortunately you can't spot lose fat (i.e. lose it from one area only) and thighs are a very stubborn area to shift it from. But regular exercising (especially with the above) will help sort them out nicely


08 Jan 2013 - 21:4595701
This is the diet I used which worked for me fairly quickly if you stick to the routine:

Switch from white bread to seeded wholewheat,
same applies with pasta and rice, there are wholewheat and brown versions.
Eat grilled meats like chicken breast, and oily fish like salmon which is rich in omega oils.
Eat leafy greens in replacement of chips or mash (unless its sweet potato)

No fizzy drinks on diet days, and cut down on sugar.

Lentils, wheatgrass, and chilli improves your metabolism as well as being very good for your body

You can have two 'free' days out of the week to eat what you like, obviously dont go overboard on portion size.
Having the free days, will stop you from cracking. Eventually your body will crave more natural sugars like oranges.

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Exercise is important too. Try to work out for 30mins twice a week minimum. The other days, just do 15 min stretches. If you are sat down for a long period of time, get up and walk around for a few minutes then sit back down to continue what you were doing.


Hope that helps anyway ^_^



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10 Jan 2013 - 00:0595737
After a recommendation from a friend who swears by it, I'm going for a trial lesson at a pole fitness class tomorrow

Apparently it's amazing for toning your whole body, and I've been worrying for a while about never getting into shape, as while studying abroad in Australia last year I put on a couple of stone : /

(Long story short, this guy right here:



YOU SWEET DELICIOUS BEAUTIFUL DEVIL YOU. Also there was the chocolate shop that sold boxes of 12 Lindt Excellence bars which had just expired for $7. "These will last for a couple of months!" my partner and I said. A week and a half later, we were proved wrong.)

Anyway, I've joined the gym since getting back and returning to uni, although I haven't been in a few weeks since before christmas. But since I started I HAVE been losing weight again, most likely from not being around all that temptation anymore. My diet now consists of trying to get my 5-a-day as much as possible, and more often through vegetables which as a rule I can't stand. However, at Lidl the other day I discovered that you can buy carrot slices in water in a tin for 20p, and I bought a bag of fresh green beans, which it turns out are delicious and I never even knew!

Even better, I think I'm finally getting there in the grand scheme of coming to terms with my body shape. Recently discovering characters who are leading ladies, developed and interesting, attractive and independent, and do all this within a body shape that I recognise to be my own (more focus on hips, butt and thighs, rather than being a telegraph pole with two melons attached) means that I have cosplay options I can be excited about, and pull–off accurately and naturally, which is a new thing for me and I like it C:

Next step is to continue eating healthily (I'm far more paranoid about health than weight gain) and to keep toning up at the gym. I do Legs, Bums & Tums exercises, lift weights, and run for cardio.

Interestingly I used to be dreadful on a treadmill, and ace on a cross–trainer. Going on a cross-trainer now destroys me within a couple of minutes, while conversely I can run for a long time. (Anyone got any knowledge of why this might be? I have always been a very-short-distance sprinter rather than a long-distance runner so this is scary and new.)


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10 Jan 2013 - 10:3095747
Quote diphenhydramine:

Next step is to continue eating healthily (I'm far more paranoid about health than weight gain) and to keep toning up at the gym. I do Legs, Bums & Tums exercises, lift weights, and run for cardio.

Interestingly I used to be dreadful on a treadmill, and ace on a cross–trainer. Going on a cross-trainer now destroys me within a couple of minutes, while conversely I can run for a long time. (Anyone got any knowledge of why this might be? I have always been a very-short-distance sprinter rather than a long-distance runner so this is scary and new.)


Lifting weights is ace.

I think with the treadmill/crosstrainer your muscular strength is being tested on lifting weights as well. I see cross trainer as more muscular strength demanding.

I am seeing more definition on myself than ever, to the point where I must remove the mirrors from my room so I don't get distracted by how ridiculously shredded I look. Dynamite latimus dorsi. I eat a lot of fat, protien and carbs, then go see if I can put the equivalent of my bodyweight on a barbell, lift, clean, overhead press it and put it on my shoulders to do one squat, do the reverse and put it back on the floor. That's one rep. 7-8 of those later and it's a miracle I'm still standing.

Work out hard people, you won't get anywhere by staying within comfort zones. Now if you excuse me, I just spotted my reflection.


10 Jan 2013 - 21:3595761
Quote diphenhydramine:


Interestingly I used to be dreadful on a treadmill, and ace on a cross–trainer. Going on a cross-trainer now destroys me within a couple of minutes, while conversely I can run for a long time. (Anyone got any knowledge of why this might be? I have always been a very-short-distance sprinter rather than a long-distance runner so this is scary and new.)


I'm dreading getting back into cardio again...I think everything will destroy me to start off with! I've put on a good amount now and soon it will be time to cut as much as possible.

The two weeks off over Christmas has messed things a bit but I'm back in the swing of it now. 4 more weeks or so and the cut will begin I think. Early morning cardio...urg..


31 Jan 2013 - 22:1296752
I'm 'dieting' at the minute. I say dieting like that because it's more like just being aware of what I'm eating to lose a pound or two.

This might sound dumb, but I downloaded an app on my phone simply called Calorie Counter, and my god it helps so so much. It just helps me be aware of what I'm eating, and half the time I can scan the bar-codes instead of inputting everything.

the job and lifestyle I'm in make it hard to do a lot of exercise, but I do sit ups and stuff when I get in from work whilst I watch tv before I eat.

And that's the point I've hit- Does anyone have any good 'at home' exercises? I do sit ups and several leg exercises i have to do because I have knee problems, but if anyone can recommend some more, then thankyou!


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31 Jan 2013 - 22:2796754
My Fitness Pal is a great community site to help you track exercise, food/diet and general progress. It's a great community full of supportive members which really helps!

Plenty of fruit and veg, complex carbs, lean meats, fish, etc. Don't be afraid to indulge a little bit. It is unhealthy to limit yourself from anything you enjoy. Plus, blacklisting your favourite foods isn't a sustainable way to lose weight/eat cleaner >___<

Exercise always helps but a lot of weight loss is down to diet. (In my experience at least)

I'm currently doing the 30 day shread which is 20 minute work outs over 30 days. I'm doing this in preparation for LSCC and will probably do it again for May Expo. It's hard but it seems to be helping so far


31 Jan 2013 - 22:3096755
I know what it's like trying to loose weight haha, I had a stage where id try out loads of different diets and then I give up

But about 9 months ago I joined a pole fitness class and believe me I haven't felt this healthy and strong in ages! And it's fun to you build up so much strength from pole I go once a week and have my own pole at home so I can work out at home to I was also thinking of joining a gym as well

My job also keeps me in shape, I work as a housekeeper in a hotel so I'm always on my feet and moving furniture about lol.

As for food etc i still eat the same stuff I used to but I eat a lot less of it

But yes I would definitely recommend trying out a pole fitness class, it's fun and it also helps you build up a lot of confidence x


01 Feb 2013 - 16:5796790
Quote Ria:

And that's the point I've hit- Does anyone have any good 'at home' exercises? I do sit ups and several leg exercises i have to do because I have knee problems, but if anyone can recommend some more, then thankyou!


Yoga, that'll assist with joint problems.


01 Feb 2013 - 22:0796810
Quote JaeXD:
Quote Ria:

And that's the point I've hit- Does anyone have any good 'at home' exercises? I do sit ups and several leg exercises i have to do because I have knee problems, but if anyone can recommend some more, then thankyou!


Yoga, that'll assist with joint problems.


Ooooh, I never thought of yoga before. thankyou!


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