Recent Posts by Anna W.

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Dec 18, 2015 6:44am
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Yoga / Yoga strength

What are your favorite strength drills for improving your yoga practice?

25 Mar
Sun Salutations.
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354 Posts
Nov 10, 2015 6:31am
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Help / Technical Support

Is there an option to change the start of week day? In my part of the world weeks start on Mondays, not Sundays.

16 Nov
Hi Anna, thanks for your suggestion to make the weekly schedule editable-- we'll see what we can do!
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354 Posts
May 20, 2015 10:59am
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Help / No reps no weight

Just want to point out that you wouldn't have to download and use another app that's specific just for logging reps and weights, you can use a memo or note app which you probably have pre-installed on your phone. Or just good old pen and paper, which I prefer for logging reps and weights since I feel it gives me a better overview.

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May 19, 2015 8:48am
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Diet & Nutrition / How to stop eating unhealthy?

It's easier to add things than remove things. Ie add more healthy foods, and you won't simply have room for the unhealthy ones. And also: cheat days. It doesn't matter if you stuff your face with whatever on your and your partners birthdays, as long as you eat healthy the other days. As a wise person put it in another post some time ago: it's not what you eat between Christmas and new year's that's important, it's what you eat between new year's and Christmas.

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May 17, 2015 8:24am
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Motivation & Support / How to motivate your workout partner

If you work out together with someone and the person starts complaining and saying "I can't do this", "I'm too tired", "this is too hard", "I don't have the energy" and stuff like that in the middle of the workout, what do you do? I tend to just get annoyed and cranky which of course doesn't help at all, so I need some advice on how to react and what to say. :)

17 May
Maybe they're not really that interested in exercising. Ask them if they really want to do it or not :-)
17 May
I would be slightly annoyed too anna .
17 May
"Yes, it's hard. Isn't it great to feel it working?" "You're doing great." We have an old song called Home on the Range in the western U.S. that has a phrase: "where never is heard a discouraging word." My approach is to say to myself, "Encouraging word," then think of something positive to say. The irritation at a whiner is counterproductive to my state of mind, so I actively suppress the irritation and redirect to the positive so I can reduce my blood pressure. :-)
18 May
I'm all about positive thinking, but sometimes it just gets to me and I can't stop myself before I get annoyed, and then it's difficult to turn your mind. You know how I mean? Next time I'm gonna load up on positive thoughts beforehand!
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May 13, 2015 6:53am

Health Conditions / Acne from working out?

The problem with washing, scrubbing and so on is that I have very dry and sensitive skin. :/ Even though it's now oilier, it's still very sensitive to soap. Using regular soaps or face washes that target acne would make my face fall off, lol. 

At least now I've cleaned my yoga mat (yuck), I'm gonna change my sweat towel for a clean one more often and I'm going to begin a more regular face cleaning routine washing my face every evening. Because of my dry skin I haven't been washing my face daily since it dries it out completely. 

I also realized yesterday when I went to bed that there might be another villain of the piece: the sleeping mask in some horrible, cheap synthetic fabric that I've been using for some time now. 

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May 12, 2015 10:37am
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Health Conditions / Acne from working out?

A couple of months ago I started getting a lot more pimples. I've never had any issues with pimples before, just a couple on my chin before having my period, now both chin and cheeks are covered in pimples all the time. At first I thought it was my new face creme so I quit using it and changed back to the old one. It didn't do any change at all and now I've started getting pimples on my back which has NEVER happened before. My eating habits are roughly the same but healthier with a lot less sugar and more veggies, so I don't think that's the problem. I of course shower if I sweat during my workout, if I don't sweat I wash my face. I haven't changed my washing routine, I use the exact same products as before. That leaves only the working out in itself. Has anyone else experienced this? Could working out affect hormones somehow, for instance increasing testosterone? Hormonal changes could also explain why some people get moodier from working out (I saw a thread with a question about this). Whatever the reason is this sucks.

12 May
I experienced this when I first started working out. Many years ago bug thought it was from being a teen. Turns out when you sweat more that seems to bring them to the surface. I'm no expert but I've found that washing back/ body with like a dove soap helps. Just wash away toxins. And especially in the summer time don't sit in ur swear for too long after a workout. Get in a pool and rinse or jump in shower. Something else may be stressing you out bc I don't recall my face acne getting worse. Actually improves the...
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May 6, 2015 11:12am
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Workouts and Programs / Same exercises feel harder

This happens to me too from time to time. I have a couple of theories. 1. You might be tired for some reason. Stress, not getting enough sleep, the time of your menstrual cycle, not getting proper nutrients without noticing. And sometimes we can just get tired from no particular reason at all. 2. Your form is better. When we start working out we often don't pay enough attention to form and all exercises seem pretty simple. As you get stronger, you start working your muscles harder, for example going lower into squats or really tightening your abs while doing crunches. This will give the impression that the exercises get harder but the real reason is that you are working harder.

06 May
I agree with Anna. Every day is different, we're not always in best mood and our body is not always in best form too. When you start, you don't gain muscles at once. Just your body "works" better (nerves, Joints, bowstrings) and it's easier. Then you do more or do it better and it feels harder - which makes your muscles working more and they will grow
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May 6, 2015 8:33am
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Motivation & Support / Loss of a pet

I'm so sorry for your loss. It's completely normal to be sad. Our pets become family members and dear friends and losing them is sad and upsetting. I cried so many times when one of my cats decided to move to another family, and then I cried again when they called me a couple of years later to tell me he had a stroke and was no longer with us. It's been many years since but I can still feel sad about it now and then.

Let your tears out, acknowledge your feelings and cherish the memory of your little friend. In time the sadness will become easier to handle. Big hugs to you.

06 May
Im sorry for your loss aswell. I just loved him so much such a sweet little bird
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May 4, 2015 8:23am
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Motivation & Support / Longer lasting burn?

I agree with Pinky. Especially crunches are actually quite useless for building abs and core. Try burpees and sprinting. I find that doing push-ups really works my core too, after doing a push-up fitness test the whole front of my upper body was sore for a week. I'm having the same problem, while working my abs I feel a satisfying burn, the next day nothing. My opinion is that abs are one of the hardest body parts to work until you've got absolutely nothing more to give. The only times I get that satisfying feeling like after leg day (mmmm) is when I do push-ups, burpees and planks until I almost faint.

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May 4, 2015 5:43am
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Sports Injuries & Prevention / Back problems

DON'T WORRY, it's not me being injured again, lol.

My fiance has the most horrible posture, like a sack of potatoes. He's unable to keep his shoulders back and back straight while leaning forward. He says he can't breathe if he tries to stay straight. This worries me of course, since I don't want to do anything that will cause him to get injured. We did stifflegged deadlifts yesterday and he said he felt it only in his lower back and calves, not the back of his legs. The same goes for rear lateral raises, tricep kickbacks, more or less anything where you lean forward. He starts shrugging his shoulders and arching his upper back.

What should I do? What exercises should we do to strengthen his lower back, which I think is the root of the problem. Or might it be his pecs are too tight? He has a very physical job so he's got a strong upper body, but his lower back is weak.

04 May
Try a dead lift with dumbbells as he is hanging from an edge that how I got rid of my father's back problems
04 May
Maybe he has to strengthen his core first. Do this and yoga or stretching workouts
04 May
Burpees, here we come! There are some good posture building yoga workouts on here too, we're gonna try those.
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May 3, 2015 6:36pm
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Ask the Pros / Muscle groups

Go to the menu in the upper left corner. Tap on exercises. There you find exercises by muscle group and also by equipment.

03 May
Lol, I can't believe I couldn't find that. Thanks Anna much appreciated
03 May
You're welcome. :)
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354 Posts
May 3, 2015 4:20pm
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Motivation & Support / Covering up in the gym...?

Nope, I would notice and think you're a Muslim woman wearing a head scarf and then I wouldn't pay any more attention to it. And I live in a community with very few women wearing hijabs, if any. It's the 21st century and we should all respect one another and let people be who they are and choose to be.

The gym is as much for you as for any other person. Go strong and don't worry about other people! 💪

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May 3, 2015 9:36am
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Diet & Nutrition / Healthy eating and nutrition for beginners

I've been weighing myself daily for the past week to find my "perfect" calorie intake. It's been really interesting and I'll continue doing it at least next week as well since I feel I'm learning a lot about my body. And I'm happy to say I haven't gotten discouraged by weighing myself at all!

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May 1, 2015 5:07pm
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Workouts and Programs / Yay!

I bought a set of weights today to celebrate reaching my first goal (whoop whoop!) and it made my fiance finally express interest in starting working out too. He doesn't want to use any apps so he asked me to put together a program for him. I'm really nervous but giving it my best! It would be sooo great if he became genuinely interested in working out and clean eating! So happy now!

01 May
That's great!! (:
01 May
Now that's what I call "making gains!"
01 May
Congrats to you!
02 May
This is good news Anna. Am happy for you girl.
02 May
Thank you, wonderful Skimble friends!
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May 1, 2015 4:56pm
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Motivation & Support / Slacking

Me too. Last week was the first week since December that I didn't work out at least four days. :/ Been falling back into old eating habits of loads of crap one day and not enough calories the next day (not on purpose). Not restricting sugar only to weekends. Cheat days are Friday night to Sunday night instead of one day. I've not fallen completely off the wagon but I feel I'm balancing on the edge to a very slippery slope.

On the positive side: when I work out I do well, I've lost that final centimeter around the waist to reach my first goal (wohoooo!) and I've actually lost 1,3 kgs of fat the past week.

02 May
Keep in mind that first goal that you set out to achieve 4 months ago and how you've just achieved it now. That might give you a motivation boost because I am sure you are feeling proud to how far you've come! Woooooooo!!!
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Apr 29, 2015 11:04am
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Motivation & Support / Exam time..

Try the pomodoro technique! You do focused work for 25 minutes and then take a 5 minute break. After two hours you take a longer break and have a snack or lunch or go for a short walk. During the short breaks you can fit in some working out, crunches, squats, whatever. I've looked up short workouts that are maximum five minutes of length that I do. When on break you should get up from your desk, go grab a coffee, walk around the room, do some stretches or whatever.

I know it sounds like it's a lot of breaks but in 25 minutes of complete focus you get HUGE amounts of work done. When I use the pomodoro technique I get more work done in one day than I usually do in two days or even more of working several hours in a row without breaks. Look it up on the Internet. There are pomodoro timer apps for Google Chrome that you can use.

29 Apr
And good luck with your exams!
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Apr 29, 2015 5:34am
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Weight Loss / Average weight loss

Do you mean seeing as in seeing change in the mirror? That can take over a month or even more.

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Apr 28, 2015 9:11am
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Motivation & Support / You need MOTIVation?

For me it's just fun, fun, fun! My whole life revolves around having fun and feeling good. Luckily, I find trying my own limits fun and I don't mind pain at all. The downside is I want fun NOW which also leads to making not-so-good decisions in the moment.

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Apr 28, 2015 8:33am
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Teen Zone / Should I take a bath after workout?

I'd say it completely depends on how much you sweat. If I do 10-15 minutes of yoga and only break a little sweat in my face I don't take take a shower. I wash my face and then I'm good to go. If I get sweaty all over I take a shower of course.

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Apr 24, 2015 4:09pm
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Apr 24, 2015 9:41am
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Sports Injuries & Prevention / Tailbone injury

Update: felt no pain whatsoever yesterday. It might just have been that I slept in a weird position or something that induced the pain.

Since I accidentally hit the back of my head yesterday I'm continuing with the painkillers for a couple of days. Nothing to worry about, just my normal clumsiness.

24 Apr
If you're wondering: I did "the professional laughter" where you throw your head back and laugh in an urbane manner. I just forgot there was a wall behind me. OUCH.
24 Apr
Well I'm doing a professional lol, with a big smile. Glad you're feeling better.
24 Apr
:D It wasn't the first time either.
25 Apr
Lol.. but I'm glad you feel better. Little slaps on the head are good for blood circulation sometimes;)
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Apr 24, 2015 9:34am
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Teen Zone / How would you define beauty?

Agree with Manuel. Beauty comes from within and beauty is in the eye of the beholder. What I consider beautiful might not be what you consider beautiful. Just think of how you begin to see people as beautiful once you get to know and love them. Loving yourself and loving the skin you're in is the most important part. Your body is your temple.

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Apr 23, 2015 11:36am
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Women's Locker Room / How do i lose weigh

Most people, if not all, have to work REALLY hard to get visible abs. They won't appear just from losing weight. The same goes for other muscles, you won't become bulky unless that's your goal.

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Apr 23, 2015 4:41am
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Sports Injuries & Prevention / Tailbone injury

Thanks for your replies! 💗

I'm gonna rest a couple of days and see what happens. If it doesn't get better I'll go see a doctor. I've got some strong anti-inflammatory painkillers at home and it feels like they're helping. I'll keep you posted!

23 Apr
Sending you good thoughts. Hoping you're feeling better.
24 Apr
Thank you Sharon, I am!