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Strength in Numbers

This is a discussion on Strength in Numbers within the Check-ins & Challenges forums, part of the Cathe Friedrich Fitness Forums category;; Good Friday morning! My thought process behind the name for this thread is this: The more people we have working ...

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Old 01-07-2011, 08:34 AM
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Good Friday morning!

My thought process behind the name for this thread is this: The more people we have working together toward a common goal, the stronger we are, collectively and individually. I know that I need the support and advice from other people to reach my fitness goals and I hope to offer as much support and advice as I can to help YOU reach yours.

I'm bringing a few people along with me who will be phenomenal at this also. Janie, Pam, Cheryl, Julie, Workinprogress, and anyone else who might have been lurking on the "Lurkers Invitation For The Holidays" thread.

Now for any "new" people, here's a little about me: I am a 47 year old wife and mother. My husband and I have been married for 23 years and have 3 great kids, ages 21, 19, and 14.

I cannot remember a time in my life when I didn't "wish" I was more fit and I've dabbled in fitness and workouts off and on (more "off" than "on") for as long as I can remember. Four years ago, a trip to my doctor for a routine physical smacked me into reality. I stepped on the scale and was mortified at the number. I am 5'3" short and was stunned to discover that I weighed 174 pounds. I had no idea how I had gained 20 pounds in one year. I decided, before I got off that scale, that it was time to take things seriously.

I started working out every day at home with a beachbody workout (Slim in 6) that a co-worker loaned to me. Power 90 followed, then P90X. They, along with online help and support, helped me lose 35 pounds in a little over a year. I discovered Cathe Friedrich workouts quite by accident less than 2 years ago and have been absolutely hooked on her style, demeanor, and oh-so-challenging workouts. I am currently working out with STS for the second time and can't say enough good things about this program.

I have had ups and downs in the last few years and have slowly gained about 15 of the 35 pounds back in the last year and a half. Injuries and job changes have hampered (but not stopped) me, and I am still trying to master one of the most important elements to any fitness journey...nutrition.

Okay...so maybe that's more than "a little about me". Join us, please, because there truly is Strength in Numbers.

Have a wonderful day, and thanks for joining us! Helen
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Old 01-07-2011, 09:24 AM
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Helen Thanks for starting this new thread and for the details about you! I think that is more than you had shared in the past. I started to post on the old thread but saw that you were starting this one so decided I should wait and post over here.

Cheryl Sorry to hear that you have been having a tough week. Getting ready to start a new job and starting a new job take a lot of time and energy, so it's understandable if you get off track during that transition. Hang in there and get your workouts in when you can as long as you are taking care of yourself.

Janie I'm glad to hear that Joey is feeling better. How is your back doing? I hope it's better. As for the toilet test yesterday, I was definitely failing! It's feeling quite a bit better today but I can still feel those tender glutes! Cathe sure knows how to work the legs and glutes doesn't she?? I don't remember being this sore after the first time I did STS total body. I'm not sure if I used heavier weights this time or if I had been doing a rotation that had more leg/glute focus. In any case, it was a real killer!
Great job on the push up! Give yourself a big pat on the back.

Julie I imagine I'll be catching your post after I'm done so will catch up with what you did this morning. I hope DH is feeling better!

This morning was KPC for me. I think I did something to my left hip during Intensity yesterday, it was not feeling so good when I started this morning. I thought I might have to stop early, but it seemed to loosen up as I went. Then I did 28 pushups on my toes! Yea! I'm always amazed at how out of breath I am after doing pushups. They kill me! I'm glad this week is almost over, it's so hard coming back after vacation. I'll be even happier when January is over, it's my most dreaded month because it's appraisal month. Ick. I hope everyone has a great Friday and remember - Strength in numbers! I love the new name Helen!

In case we get some new folks, I am 49 and will have been married for 10 years in April. I have 3 step children 2 boys (18 and 14) and 1 girl (16). Our 2 fur babies are both cats: Shorty and Butters and they are both spoiled rotten. I got into working out in my 20's and have been an avid exerciser since then. I started teaching aerobics classes in my 20's, then added step, spinning and boot camp classes as those started becoming popular. I stopped teaching about 7-8 years ago because my work travel schedule was making it difficult. That's when I discovered Cathe and started working out at home and haven't looked back since. Since discovering Cathe I'm in much better shape then I ever was when I was teaching. I used to do weights, but was not at all enthusiastic about them. I am still a cardio junkie, but Cathe's workouts have really changed my attitude about weights and I truly enjoy them now. I have a few other video instructors that I enjoy, but Cathe really is the gold standard!

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Old 01-07-2011, 12:16 PM
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I typed this up early this morning and then got busy at work and couldn’t post until lunch time! Good thing since we now have a new thread started! Thanks Helen for the great name!

This morning I did Imax Extreme from the Terminator. Wow!!!! I didn’t know a person could sweat that bad!! I think DH is feeling better because he went to work today and got up at the same time as me.

Pam Great job on doing Intensity even though you had DOMS. 25 pushups is awesome again! Man I really need to get my butt in gear and do those again! I do the same thing when Cathe changes her weights. I don’t know how she does it so fast. I have the same clips on my barbell as she does. I have actually gotten into the habit of pushing pause before she even starts changing her weights. I will change one side of my barbell, push play, and then change the other side while Cathe changes both of her sides. That way we finish at the same time!! Great job on KPC and 28 pushups (you are truly amazing!). When I used to do pushups every day , it always amazed me that I would be out of breath after doing them. I hope your hip continues to get better.

Helen Great job on CCC. It is a great workout! It was one of my first non-step Cathe videos and I loved it even though I can’t do most of the roll-back moves she does. I’m working on it but I certainly have to modify more than I would like. I don’t have any words of encouragement on the food issue but I am right there with you. I often times thought, I can have a cookie because I worked so hard this morning. I need to change that mindset to be “because I worked so hard this morning, I don’t need a cookie.” I have good intentions most of the time (I think) I just don’t follow through and that is not good for me. Here’s to hoping we can both finally conquer that demon!

Janie Great job on Athletic Step. I was thinking about your saying of “head band wringer” this morning when I finished Imax Extreme. I don’t wear a head band so I would have to say my workout today was a “workout bra wringer”! Good luck with your pushups! Getting 1 is the start of many to come! I know you will be able to do it if you put your mind to it. I did it and then got lazy and need to get back in the habit. I keep telling myself “tomorrow”, then tomorrow comes and goes without any pushups.

Cheryl So sorry you didn’t sleep well and are overwhelmed with work right now. I hope that the “lot for you to do” isn’t too much and you can get some stress out of your life soon. I bet most of us talk to Cathe during our workouts. I would like to say most of the time my comments are not mean just telling her to hold on or give me a minute but sometimes they are moans/wimpers or “Low ends again! Are you kidding me?!”

Have a wonderful Friday!

My info/story: I am 30 years old. I’ve been married for 10 ½ years to my high school sweetie. We don’t have any human children but do have two incredibly spoiled fur babies. Oscar is a 10½-year-old boxer and Maggie is a 7-year-old lab/pit bull mix (this is a guess as she is a rescue). They are really the highlight of mine and DH’s life and our world truly revolves around making them comfortable and happy. I unfortunately did not grow up in a fitness enthusiastic household so working out was not something to be enjoyed but rather torture used to help you lose weight. About a year ago, I realized this should not be the case and fitness can be fun and serves multiple purposes other than weight loss. I found Cathe in April of 2010 as my intro to step workouts with Basic Step and quite honestly have not even done another instructor’s workout video since July 2010. I do have some other instructors but there is just something about Cathe that makes all types of workout routines fun!
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Old 01-07-2011, 04:23 PM
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Haven't finished all my workouts yet, but just wanted to chime in here, will post again later tonight. Also will do personals as well.

Helen, Want to thank you so much for starting this thread. I love your story behind the name you chose. It hits home like you wouldn't believe, especially when it comes to nutrition! I agree wholeheartedly that the more people we have to encourage, support, and advice, gives us motivation to continue on to reach our goals.

I also love the fact that you invited other people to this thread. Awesome.

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Well I did get up and workout this morning but it was really hard. I couldn't really put my all into it. Even though I want to work out in the morning my body is saying "What are you crazy". So I think I will try afternoon workouts for a while and see how it goes.

Pam It looks like I will be a bit overwhelmed for a while at work but I do have a good bunch of people who work for me so that will help. KPC was what I tried to do this morning. It is one of my favorite workouts but it just wasn't happening.

Julie Good job on Imax Extreme. I have to go back and try those workouts again. I have forgotten what they are like. The "lot for me to do" isn't too bad. It is things that I am not too familiar with but I can muddle my way through.

My Story I am 50 years old and have been with my husband for almost 22 years though we have only been married for 2 of them. We don't have kids but we have three feline fur babies named Taylis (10), Tigger (8) and Tango (2). I have been working out with Cathe since 1997 or 98. I can't remember exactly when I started. I like Cathe's style so I really don't do any other instructors. I have started doing yoga on Sunday mornings at our local Lululemon store. I have been working out since my 20s starting in gyms. However I find that Cathe's workouts are better than anything I ever did at a gym.

Anyway have a great Saturday everyone.

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Old 01-08-2011, 03:11 AM
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Joey and I did Upper and Lower Body Sculpt, and Stability Ball abs, (from Basic Step + Body Fusion DVD), plus I did 25 min. jumping and watching TV on the trampoline. Oh, and 2 push ups on the toes. Whew! It was a good exercise day.

Pam, My back is great and able to continue with all exercises. I feel great! Thanks for asking. I bet you are sore, because you are stronger and using heavier weight. It just makes sense. Great job on KPC. If you have a roller, sometimes that is all it takes to roll out the soreness. It hurts soooo good.LOL Give it a try, you will love it. 29 push ups on the toes is no small feat. Congratulation. Be careful, I'm just behind you.LOL! Love your story, nice to know you a little better.

Julie, Great job on Imax Extreme. That one must be hard! Well done. Glad your honey is feeling better. LOL "a bra wringer", you are too funny! Love it. Hope to see some push ups from you. It can only do us good, right? Love your story too, I now know more about you as well. We all have the same goal. Being Healthy. It's a great motivator for me.

Cheryl, You will find a good time for you to work out, I know you will. It's hard I know, but you are doing great. What workout did you do? Joey and I have been together 22 years and been married for 20 years in June. I have always wanted a long relationship, and I now can say I do. I also love yoga and Cathe. Seems though, I don't do enough of yoga. You are inspiring me. Need to work that in somehow.

My Story: Was married twice before I met Joey. The first time I was only 18 and didn't know what I was doing. Way to young, and had a baby. The second time I was married to an alcoholic for 13 years. I sure learned what I didn't want in my life. He divorced me for a younger woman. It wouldn't have worked out anyway, too much pain.

I met Joey working at Boeing in a meeting. I was so attracted to him, I asked if I could take the minutes, even though I had no idea what I was doing. Joey helped me twice a week before the next weekly meetings. He actually wrote them for me. LOL I found out his wife died of cancer not long ago and he has 4 kids. 2 girls and 2 boys. Most all grown up. With my daughter and his 4 children I was in 7th heaven. By the time we married, (a year and a half after we met) none of the kids were left to live with us. I've always wanted 5. Though they may be grown up now, they always ask me for my intake on life and I know they all love me.

Joey retired about 2 years after we married and I quit Boeing to be with him. We traveled, for awhile, kids got there careers and we have our furry babies now to keep us entertained. We do love our little animals like family. Joey has two cats Winkle and Higgin and I have my dog Rolly.

We've been exercising together for years, started out with The Firm. Found out about Cathe from buying a VHS from the 2nd hand store, and was so impressed with her. Most of the time those are the ones we usually do. Joey is 72 years old, and it's hard for him with choreography, so we use the beginners workouts and work with heavy weight. I'm 59 and in April will be 60. I like using other instructors, and decided the only way to find time for it, is to double up on some workouts, at least once a week. So this year I decided to do just that.

Have a great evening everyone.

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Old 01-08-2011, 09:34 AM
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Good morning!

Pam: Yes, that's more personal information than I've shared before. Maybe some other people will be able to relate and join us. I hope your hip feels better quickly! I'm still trying to figure out all the abbreviations for Cathe's many workouts. KPC must be Kick, Punch, Crunch, though. Good job!

Julie: I would love to be able to get control of my diet. I wouldn't say that I'm out of control. I just stray a little off the path. :P I also have to pause the dvd on occasion when changing barbell weights. I have gotten into the habit of setting up my barbells the night before a workout. I have 2 of them, so I set up one for the first barbell exercise, and the other for the next. At least that way, I'm a little bit ahead of the game. I can't do the roll back moves very well either. I call them "flop backs". I go slower and do what I can. It's another thing to work on.

Cheryl: I hope your job stress gets better. Just as you are going to try afternoon workouts, I'm going to try to get back to the early a.m. workouts starting on Monday. I'm thinking 5:15 - 5:30 for a start time.

Janie: It was my pleasure to start this new thread under the new name. I'm glad I responded to your "Lurker's Invitation". I liked the story of you and Joey. Wow! You've doubled your pushup numbers in such a short time!! Good job.

My daughter and I did Meso 2 #18 Back & Biceps yesterday. I love that workout. Today we've got 4 of the Ab Circuits workouts scheduled. My goal for today is to NOT give in to my popcorn craving. I can NEVER eat jus ta little bit.

Have a great weekend! Helen
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Old 01-08-2011, 10:55 AM
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Julie Imax is Extreme is so tough but so much fun. I used to reach for that one often when I wasn't doing a scheduled rotation. Definitely a bra wringer though Glad to hear DH is feeling better! I don't know about your husband, but mine can be a real pain when he isn't feeling well! Luckily that doesn't happen very often though.
I used to have these horrible barbells that were threaded and it took SO long to change them. I was always whining about it and one day last year DH came home with a new barbell for me! I guess he was tired of listening to me complain Then I ordered the quick release clips and it has made such a difference, but I STILL can't always change them as fast as Cathe does Of course sometimes I'm happy for the little break when I have to pause the DVD You were my biggest motivator on the push ups, so I have you to thank for the progress I have made! Now I have a goal that I am working toward and that really helps!

Cheryl Sorry to hear that your morning workout was so tough. It sounds like you just need to find the time that works best for you. It doesn't help at all if you are just trying to drag yourself through the workout because you are so exhausted. I know you'll figure it out because you are so commited to your workouts.
It's so good that you have a great team at work, that certainly helps!

Janie Wow, you had quite the workout day! Good Job, especially on adding the pushups after all of that!!! Way to go!
I'm so glad to hear that you back is better too! Oooo....a roller sounds like a great idea. I don't have one, but maybe I need to get one. Just thinking about it is making my sore body feel better! OK, now I have more motivation on my pushups because I have to stay ahead of you!!
You've been through some tough times in your life, so great that you found Joey! I sometimes think that we have the bad relationships so that we can truly appreciate the good ones! I think DH and I really appreciate what we have because we both had a bad first marriage.

Helen Thanks, my hip is already feeling better. I guess it was just one of those things. I don enjoy how we are all getting to know each other here. It's funny how you can get to know people that you've never met!
Yes, KPC is Kick, Punch and Crunch. I don't know if there are official abbreviations for Cathe's workouts, but I usually just use the initials because it's quicker to type!
Great job on Disc 18! I can't believe you are going to do 4 of the ab circuits workouts at one time! OUCH! You must like pain
Not sure if this will help with your popcorn craving, but I buy the 100 calorie packs of microwave popcorn and I have one of those for my afternoon snack. It is a LOT of popcorn, I was surprised. I know the microwave popcorn isn't the best from a healthiness standpoint, BUT this works great for me.

This morning was a double up day for me. STS Total Body and MMA Fusion. Whew! I was still a little sore from Total body on Wednesday and once I finished I thought there was no way I would make it all the way through MMA Fusion, but I did and it wasn't too bad I even did pushups after, but could only do 23. I still felt like it was an accomplishment because at the end of STS I said no way am I doing pushups today! Last night we got together for dinner with our waterski club. It was fun to see everyone since we usually only see each other in the summer. One of the guys commented on how much different everone looks with clothes on! Anyway, have a great Saturday everyone!

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I did Muscle Endurance today. I noticed during at the beginning of the 3rd set of leg presses that my left glute is not as strong as my right. I guess it is natural for me to think my left arm would be weaker but I never thought about my butt muscles being unbalanced! I also did 25 pushups (after the warm up and before the weight work). I was quite happy with that as I thought for sure that taking almost two weeks off I would be starting at square one again.

Janie Great job on all your workouts! I bet that would be fun to jump on the trampoline while watching TV! I actually had a mental of image of you doing it when I read that and it made me giggle a little. Makes me almost want to get one of those! Your story of how you met Joey is just too cute! I love it!

Cheryl I’m sorry you couldn’t give KPC your all the other morning. Hopefully your afternoon workouts will work out (sorry for the bad pun). Maybe they will be good stress relievers for your work days. It was also nice reading a little more about you. This is the first forum I have ever belonged to so I just find it so cool to be able to meet and connect with people that live so far away (and in another country).

Helen Great job on STS 18! Back is one of my favorite body parts to work (chest being the other). I have two barbells also but one is the threaded kind so I don’t use it except as a balancing stick for calf raises. I love popcorn too but I only eat plain air-popped popcorn. I bought an Orville Reddenbacher air popper from Kohl’s for $15 and I love it. It takes about 3 minutes to get 4 Cups of air popped popcorn (which is only about 100 calories).

Pam Great job on pushing through your double workout. That had to be very tough but I’m sure you were proud of yourself afterwards. Plus to do pushups after that is just amazing! I’m glad I was able to motivate you to do pushups. That is what we are all here for to support and motivate. Now I am trying to work those pushups back in my workouts. I did it today so that is the first step!

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Janie Good job on your workout and your two pushups. You are two ahead of me . That would be fun jumping on the trampoline and watching TV. Ummm I can see the strange looks on my cats faces if they saw me doing that. You and Joey have been together for as long as myself and Frank though you have been married longer . I really like the yoga. I just need to do it more at home. It was nice reading your story. Actually it was nice reading everyone's story, it kinda makes us feel more like friends even though we will probably never meet each other in person.

Helen 5:15 - 5:30 seems like a reasonable hour to workout. I am really struggling with the 4 a.m. time though I love the thought of it being done and not having to worry about it after work. Wow you are going to do 4 of the Ab Circuit workouts. Good for you, I think my abs would be screaming after that. I gave into my popcorn craving last night. I really had a craving for chocolate but the popcorn had to suffice since I had eaten all the chocolate we had in the house .

Pam I did the same workout as you this morning. I was wondering if I should do one in the morning and one in the afternoon. But I figured I would get busy and then sluff it off so I got them both done this morning. I like that comment on how much everyone looks different with clothes on.

Julie It is nice that we can connect with people in other parts of the world. It was nice reading about everyone, it helps us get to know each other better. My Friday workout was not great but I did have a good one this morning. If I could start my workout at 8 a.m. every morning I would be very happy.

Well this morning was the same double dose as Pam did. STS Total Body and then MMA Fusion. I was a puddle of goo by the end but I sure did feel good. Workout Manager said that I burned over 800 calories this morning. Woo Hoo bye bye muffin top.

Have a great Satuday everyone.

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