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Mind and Body – how are you staying fit and focused?

  • Mind and Body – how are you staying fit and focused?

     Chris Hoyt updated 3 days, 21 hours ago 7 Members · 30 Posts
  • Chris Hoyt

    Organizer
    September 9, 2020 at 9:47 am

    It’s not a secret that a few years ago I lost ~65lbs. I did this through mindful meditation, moderate cardio, a basic workout plan, and the self-discipline to no longer eat an entire bag of Doritos in one sitting.

    With all of us working from home and gyms being closed – or just not feeling safe – I’ve been occasionally riding a Peloton, doing some yoga, and trying to run (when the air quality isn’t orange due to fires.)

    Today, a Tonal that I ordered MONTHS ago is being delivered and installed. So I’m hopeful this will get me back into the gym habit that I’ve been removed from for ~5 months now.

    But I’m wondering what others in here are doing… virtual workouts? home yoga classes? your own homemade gym? fancy equipment?

    Hey, @gcloughaarp-org I’m talking to you, sir!

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  • Shannon Pritchett

    Member
    September 9, 2020 at 10:46 am

    65lbs is amazing! I gained 30lbs when William was born at the start of the pandemic. I’ve lost 22lbs so far and I’d like to lose another 22lbs. I enlisted the help of a weight loss coach and started taking regular doses of vitamin B injections. The weight loss coach keeps me motivated. I know I have to report my weight every Friday. If I don’t lose enough weight, she’ll put me on a strict detox diet (2 eggs for breakfast, and 4-6 ounces of protein and raw green veggies for lunch and dinner).

    My basic daily routine is:

    Run/Walk 5 miles (I can’t run for another 5 weeks)

    Vegan Smoothie for Breakfast (berries, spinach, kale, vegan protein powder, almond milk, psyllium husk powder)

    Turkey Wrap for lunch (carb balance spinach wrap, turkey slice, 1/2 slice of vegan cheese, a slice of tomato, mixed greens, diced avocado, sweet Thai chili sauce)

    A vegan protein bar or 100 cal almond pack for a snack

    Lots of protein and veggies for dinner!

    What I like most about this routine is that I enjoy the food I eat, so it doesn’t feel like a diet (unless I’m forced into the detox diet). Once or twice a week, I’ll enjoy a cheat meal, but only if I’ve lost enough weight that week. I’ve avoided sugar and chips (my weakness) for five weeks and counting. I even got my husband Mark to join me and he’s down 10lbs too.

    I’m curious to hear what others are doing.

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    • Chris Hoyt

      Organizer
      September 9, 2020 at 2:22 pm

      Love it. I eat lots of protein and veggies and very little carbs if it can be helped.

      I like the accountability factor, lol!

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  • Mary Brogan

    Member
    September 9, 2020 at 2:02 pm

    Soo I have gained weight over the last few years – I got remarried and I am very HAPPY! Both my hubby and I are rounder than we used to be. Soo we have started hiking – Colorado has some amazing trails – and we have started intermittent fasting. The approach is simple, we follow a 16:8 approach…no food only water, black coffee and/or tea during the 16 hours and eat healthy during the 8 hours. And finally, we just purchased a treadmill for the snowy days to follow.

    Mary

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    • Chris Hoyt

      Organizer
      September 9, 2020 at 2:23 pm

      You hear everyone talk about the COVID-19lbs but it’s a real thing, lol.

      I have put 9lbs back on since not being able to go to the gym. The good news is that the Tonal folks just got here and are installing my new home gym as I type this!!!!

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    • Barb Ruess

      Member
      September 9, 2020 at 2:32 pm

      I started intermittent fasting with the same approach this spring – right before COVID hit and I’ve just stuck with it. Between that and the very low carb diet we’re following for my son, I’m feeling pretty good these days. I’m jealous of your Colorado hiking trails!! I’ll think of you while I’m out hiking this week at the dunes 🙂

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  • Grant Clough

    Member
    September 10, 2020 at 5:04 am

    I’m here for the fancy equipment suggestions Chris. You know I’m excited to hear what you think about the Tonal.

    The last month with a new baby has thrown my self care regiment into chaos but I’ve recently trying to get back on track with daily dog walks, a running plan, intermittent fasting, and guided meditation.

    Some tech I’ve been trying to use to help:

    – Garmin Smart Watch: In January I updated my Fenix 3HR to the new Fenix 6X. The new version allows me to load music (no running with a phone), add workouts, and measure some new metrics (VO2 max, PulseOX)

    – Pavlok Habit Trainer: I wear this from 9pm to Noon to encourage me not to break my intermittent fast.

    – Aaptiv App: This app is cool because it has audio only workouts and guided meditations.

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    • Chris Hoyt

      Organizer
      September 10, 2020 at 8:18 am

      Oh I’ll check out the watch! My Gear 3 wouldn’t connect via bluetooth to the Tonal, unfortunately.

      But I had my first workout last night.

      Went easy as I haven’t moved weights in months and the weights are not the same when magnet versus free.

      Sumo deadlift, pull throughs, various stretches and moderate cardio. Was a surprisingly good workout.

      Waiting on the bracket caps that my larger studs require and ordering a shelf for the equipment so that it’s out of sight.

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      • Grant Clough

        Member
        September 10, 2020 at 8:26 am

        You were a larger stud than Tonal expected?

        That watch isn’t the most compatible with other ecosystems (it’s a fitness watch with smart capabilities as opposed to a smart watch with fitness features). One of my favorite things about it is that it doesn’t have a touch screen and the crystal is indestructible.

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        • Chris Hoyt

          Organizer
          September 10, 2020 at 10:24 am

          Not sure about that but it certainly felt great to do deads again!

          I’m on the hunt for something simple that will function as GPS when mountain bike riding (when the air gets better!) and heartrate for working out.

          Also trying to find the best combination of macro and body composition tracking. Historically I’ve used UA’s MyFitness, Arboleaf, etc. and funneled everything into Google Fit but it would be nice to just have everything in one place and no need to sync all the time.

          It’s a little crazy nobody’s nailed this yet. I wonder why Tonal, Peloton, etc. don’t use the open-source data for nutrition and just incorporate it into their ecosystems…

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          • Grant Clough

            Member
            September 10, 2020 at 10:36 am

            The Garmin app (no monthly cost) integrates with MyFitnessPal and you can add from within the app. I don’t really track my macros anymore but it will update my hydration, sleep, weight, cals etc bidirectionally with MyFitnessPal.

            The GPS is really good, and their Golf product (tracking your courses, distances, scorecards, and handicap) is topnotch.

            The built in optical HR monitor is ok for all day tracking, I still pair it with an ANT+ chest strap on for working out.

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            • Chris Hoyt

              Organizer
              September 10, 2020 at 12:55 pm

              I just pulled the trigger on the Fitbit Charge4 w/GPS. I was really hoping for something without a screen, but we’ll see how it goes. MyFitnessPal will still be my macro tracker, however.

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            • Grant Clough

              Member
              September 10, 2020 at 1:33 pm

              Cool… as a fitbit stockholder I appreciate it. I haven’t looked at they watches for a while though. I know you already bought, but Whoop is also really popular right now though.

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            • Chris Hoyt

              Organizer
              September 10, 2020 at 2:08 pm

              Whoop was my second choice. But no GPS along with nagging me that I might drink too much? Nope, I was out.

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    • Barb Ruess

      Member
      September 10, 2020 at 8:37 am

      Thanks for the tech recommendations… downloading the Aaptiv app now and excited to add some new workouts to my regular rotation!

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      • Grant Clough

        Member
        September 10, 2020 at 10:30 am

        I really like the guided stretching sessions they have. Sometimes I feel like that if I have video, I spend more time watching than paying attention to what i’m doing.

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  • Chris Hoyt

    Organizer
    September 14, 2020 at 9:25 am

    Okay, @gcloughaarp-org and anyone else considering the Tonal – one week in and it’s very much worth it. Last night created “custom” workouts that mirrored my gym routines and will be giving one of those a shot this afternoon.

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    • Grant Clough

      Member
      September 14, 2020 at 10:13 am

      Is it sturdy? I saw a video with Mike Tyson that looked like he might break it https://twitter.com/tonal/status/1304153980638035985

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      • Chris Hoyt

        Organizer
        September 14, 2020 at 11:36 am

        That looks pretty sturdy to me considering who is pulling on it!

        Yeah, no problems at all with my installation. Doing rows tonight (my version of Tyson’s punches?)

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  • Chris Hoyt

    Organizer
    September 18, 2020 at 9:42 am

    Hey, @gcloughaarp-org looks like it might be the right time to grab this.

    https://www.tonal.com/press/tonal-announces-110-million-in-new-funding/

    I suspect we’re going to see a lot of these put into hotel rooms in the coming years. Private workouts in your room versus a little gym downstairs in most Marriott’s or Hiltons…. Just sayin’.

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  • Christina Ousley

    Member
    September 22, 2020 at 2:08 pm

    Since I have been working from home since March, I have made it a point to wake up early and hike/run/jog at least 4 miles before I start the day. On the weekends, I hike around 8 miles.

    I have also tried to stick to minimal carbs, dairy and sugar and drink Arbonne protein shakes.

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    • Chris Hoyt

      Organizer
      September 22, 2020 at 2:18 pm

      4 miles every day?! NICE!

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  • Alison Becker

    Member
    October 23, 2020 at 6:25 am

    Bravo Chris!! Great topic.. So with the pandemic in place and gym closed for an unforeseeable future, I joined the Peloton movement! Bought a spin bike (not a Peloton) and subscribed to their app. Morning routine is wake up, hop on the bike, spin and sweat, sing out loud and get daily affirmations from the many coaches and feel great that I showed up! It’s a great app, yoga, meditation, stretching, cardio, strength, running, walking and of course the original spinning. Gets me in a great mindset to tackle the day!

    Additionally I joined the Noom program and happy to report I dropped the extra weight baggage I was carrying (20 lbs so far!) super easy program to follow and more about being accountable for what you eat/drink.

    What every y’all are doing, so important to take care of mind/body during these turbulent times!!

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    • Barb Ruess

      Member
      October 23, 2020 at 6:56 am

      Same here Alison! I’m not hitting my gym up anytime soon so I set up my bike on a trainer in the garage and downloaded the Peloton app for my own personal spin sessions! Also loving the yoga, stretching & strength workouts. It’s a great app.

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    • Chris Hoyt

      Organizer
      October 23, 2020 at 12:59 pm

      20lbs is no joke – congrats!!!

      I love my Peloton – it’s a lot of fun although I have not been on it as much as I should be lately.

      I’ll jump on this weekend – you’ve inspired me. 🙂

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  • Chris Hoyt

    Organizer
    November 20, 2020 at 10:25 am

    @gcloughaarp-org it’s official. 24 workouts and 100,000lbs. I’m a hero. The app even said so this morning!

    Are you going to pull the trigger and do a team workout with me?

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    • Grant Clough

      Member
      November 20, 2020 at 5:37 pm

      I was hoping to get a product (for the tonal and remarkable) review from you yesterday but we ran out of time in happy hour.

      They just opened a retail location in Tysons’ Corner so I was planning to book a demo

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      • Chris Hoyt

        Organizer
        November 21, 2020 at 10:45 am

        Happy to chat if you’d like.

        The only thing I miss are traditional squats (bar on my back vs front squat) but the workouts are pretty great. I’ve done 24 and some were done with my girlfriend as it recognizes two people working out together and changes weights for your partner automatically.

        I’ve done a few with her like yoga and bar and those were pretty good, also.

        Cables are strange for me and took some getting used to but it is most definitely a workout that I feel and can see a difference during a program.

        Coaches vary as they do with the Peloton – so I like some better than others. Overall, 5/5 would buy again.

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