Recent Posts by Anna W.

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354 Posts
Apr 22, 2015 10:35am

Sports Injuries & Prevention / Tailbone injury

Woke up with a horrible pain in my tailbone. A friend of mine who does bodyfitness said that I probably hurt a tendon or ligament and caused an inflammation. Sounds plausible since i attempted the crow pose yesterday which I haven't done in a long time.

What can I do to ease the pain apart from resting? Should I use painkiller gel or pills? Cool it or heat it? I can't even sit at the moment and walking is really painful.

22 Apr
I'm literally about to start crying from the pain. :(
22 Apr
Lay and rest muscle relaxers and probably prednisone from a Dr -- heat and cold packs
22 Apr
At beginning, cool pack. Then heat after day or so to tide you over until you can see doctor. I stood in hot shower, and used aspercreme. But the strain I had wasn't as bad as yours sounds.
22 Apr
I hurt my tailbone many years ago & I was told to take advil. There was nothing they could do. It hurt for several months.
22 Apr
I'm sorry Anna. Just hope it's nothing serious, but you better should go to a hospital and check it,
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Apr 22, 2015 8:09am
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Motivation & Support / Working the night shift

I used to have a three shift job where the shifts were 7 am-3 pm, 3 pm-11 pm and 11 pm-7 am. I usually would have all three shifts mixed in just a few days, which sucked. Like Friday 11pm-7am, Saturday 3pm-7am (double shifts were common during the weekends), Sunday 3pm-11pm, Monday 7am-3pm. That's 40 hours of work in three days, but the worst part is you never get proper sleep. I sure didn't mind the paycheck after working night shifts in the weekends and having a lot of time off was nice but it was a relief not having to work night shifts anymore. Eventually the evening/morning shift mixing started to get to me too and I was constantly tired and was never able to create any routines.

Unfortunately there are studies showing that shift work and working night shifts are hazardous to your health in the long run, mainly because you don't get proper sleep, routines and eating habits and because you force your body into a cycle that's unnatural for it.

22 Apr
Lol I didn't even answer your question, I just complained about my job. Make it a habit to work out when you get up, whether it be 6pm or 1am. Start with baby steps.
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Apr 21, 2015 6:58am
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Women's Locker Room / Female advice

I quit all hormones four years ago and it was one of my best decisions ever. I used NuvaRing that releases a lot less hormones in the body than pills but when I quit I was just baffled by how much it actually affected my body, in terms of decreased sexual desire and so on (I often say that of course hormonal birth control works, there will be no babies made if you never feel like making them 😹).

Options are for instance using condoms, safe periods, diaphragm or the FemCap, which I've looked into but not tried yet. It's like a tiny diaphragm that you place so it covers the extocervix/portio (anatomy in a foreign language, gaargh) and you can have it in for up to 48 hours. As far as I understand you then just have to remove it for a while before reinserting in. Unfortunately FemCap seems to be difficult to get and even though it was invented in the 80's not even birth control clinics and gynecologists seem to have any knowledge about it.

22 Apr
I looked it up, after 48 hours you take it out, clean it and apply more gel to it and then reinsert it. Apparently people who have a very light menstrual flow even use it as a menstrual cup. (Getting a menstrual cup was btw my second best decision ever regarding my body and reproductive system!)
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354 Posts
Apr 21, 2015 6:34am
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Health Conditions / Is sleeping important?

Sleep is extremely important. Sleep deprivation affects your body and brain in a number of negative ways, and being completely deprived of sleep will eventually lead to death.

In general 8 hours of sleep is advised for adults, but of course everyone is different. Some people need 7 hours while others need 9. Children need a lot more sleep since their bodies and brains are developing at a much faster pace. Elderly people need less sleep since their brains are not developing that much anymore (with that said, it's completely possible to keep your brain working and developing even at a very high age, it does not start deteriorating until you stop challenging it).

Apart from the obvious like your body being in rest and so on, sleep is also important to your endocrine system and your brain's normal functions. There is for example evidence showing that sleep deprivation messes with your hormones in ways that will make it harder for you to lose fat because it throws off your metabolism. The most important aspect of sleep for the brain is that while you are sleeping, your body "flushes" out toxins from your brain.

Your sleep moves through 90 minute cycles of deep sleep, REM sleep and so on. How you feel when you wake up actually has a lot to do with when in your sleep cycle your wakened. Maybe you've experienced that you can feel well rested after just five hours of sleep and really tired after eight.

If you don't sleep enough, you build a sleep debt that you will have to even out sooner or later. This is one reason why people feel the need to sleep in on the weekends: they have a debt from not sleeping enough during the week. Unfortunately it doesn't work the other way around, you can't save up or reserve sleep to use it later.

An interesting study where the subjects lived under stone age-like conditions for some time showed that they went to bed earlier and slept for longer than in their normal life. All of the test subjects thought that they got enough sleep in their normal life.

Try a sleep tracker like SleepBot. It will give you an idea of how much you sleep and hopefully you'll also learn how to get more and better sleep.

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Apr 20, 2015 8:55am
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Workouts and Programs / Knee feels uncomfortable from foam rolling?

I'm certainly no expert but my best bet is you're irritating your IT band or some tendon. I googled it-band and came up with an article called "Your IT band is not the enemy (but maybe your foam roller is)" on breakingmuscle.com.

20 Apr
The whole site was very interesting. WBR from someone who's supposed to be working.
20 Apr
I think you're right. Next time I use the foam roller I'll skip the IT bands and we'll see :)
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Apr 20, 2015 8:41am
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Motivation & Support / Disappointed ...

Photo diary taking full body pics from front, back and side once a month, at the same day of your menstrual cycle every time, wearing the same clothes. Measuring waist, chest and hips once a week, always the same day and time of day (I recommend Fridays, since we tend to eat more during the weekend and you might be your slimmest right before the weekend, and in the morning before you eat and drink). I also measure upper thigh and upper arm. I haven't weighed myself at all, because the scale is a useless indicator of size and health.

As for your family and friends saying they don't see any change: you don't see subtle changes in someone you see everyday. Go to my profile and look at my pics from February 27th. Neither me nor my fiance had noticed any change before we saw the pictures. We were both amazed by my progress.

As for the working out part, it's actually not recommended to work out that much. 45 minutes to an hour is what's usually advised. Focus on HIIT workouts and weight training. Look up Anita O's post "The best ab exercise EVER that no one does". It explains why high intensity training is your best bet. Good luck!

20 Apr
Also, look up Scotty K's topics "What "morph" are you" and "Want to lose or gain weight".
20 Apr
Yes dear that photo idea seems very good.... I hate scales :))) And for the workout time.... 20m jogging then an hour exercising 20m streching it's almost 1.40 and nothing much done.... If u get what I mean!!
20 Apr
Great information Anna :)
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354 Posts
Apr 19, 2015 12:56pm
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Motivation & Support / ANY SUGGESTIONS

Diet is always the most important. In the sense eating healthy, not fad diets. Working out will tone your body and building muscle speeds up your metabolism, but losing fat through only working out and not eating healthy is pretty much impossible.

21 Apr
Hi Anna , I really appreciate your comment can you suggest me should I do calorie counting or not?? Or eating healthy foods is enough?
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Apr 19, 2015 6:54am
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Yoga / The #badyogisdoitchallenge

Hey everyone! Who's participating in the #badyogisdoitchallenge on Insta? If you're not, come join us! You find the challenge on Erin Motz's profile, @erinmotz. We're a whole gang from Skimble doing it! My name is @amwiksten, in my challenge photos you find a bunch of Skimble people tagged. And btw, how about starting to use the tag #skimbleteam?

19 Apr
I 'am anna w :-)
19 Apr
I know. :)
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Apr 19, 2015 6:49am
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Help / Trouble posting

I've been trying to post a topic since yesterday, about a yoga challenge on a specific photo sharing app. I get constant error messages. I'm starting to think that some words, like the name of the app in question, are blocked and can't be posted? I don't know but this is really weird.

19 Apr
Yup, this was a test, I tried posting my original topic first but got an error message. Apparently either the word Instagram or the use of # and @ are blocked somehow. I've tried at least ten times from two different devices since yesterday.
19 Apr
When I wrote Insta instead of Instagram I could post. I then tried editing my posted topic to write Instagram instead, it refused to update it. Good to know.
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Apr 18, 2015 11:35am
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Welcome Wagon / The 5 hormones for six pack

I read about this leptin thing just the other week. Apparently women produce MORE leptin than men, but our bodies discard it instead of using it. I need to read more about it.

19 Apr
Thats why men can get so bulit but it takes us way longer its all in your hormones.
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Apr 17, 2015 4:47pm
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Men's Locker Room / Masturbation and workout

It doesn't affect at all apart from that sexual relief, whether it's by yourself or with another person, releases hormones that makes you feel good. So you could say it's just healthy. At the same time not doing it isn't unhealthy either.

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Apr 17, 2015 11:00am
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Weight Loss / Lowest of the lower abs...

It's not that uncommon for men to have a mons pubis or whatever it's called. Our genitals are developed in the womb from the same framework and the lines between what's female and what's male genitalia are somewhat fluent. We're all built differently. I don't think there are any particular muscles in that area, and the only way to lose that fat would be to lower your body fat percentage even more.

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Apr 16, 2015 2:03pm
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Workouts and Programs / Calf muscle

I did the On Your Toes workout the other week, it's a leg workout where you do all the exercises standing on the balls of your feet. Felt effective. Otherwise it's calf raises, calf raises and some more calf raises.

16 Apr
I wanted to recommend this one too, but it's a pro workout
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Apr 15, 2015 10:39am
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Women's Locker Room / Let's talk about Body Image!

I can tell you people do call fat people fat to their face. I don't know how many times strangers have said that I'm fat, disgusting etc and this in real life, not hidden behind a screen. I acknowledge that skinny people get rude and hurtful comments too, but I don't think skinny or average built people could ever even imagine how fat people are treated in our society.

With that said, a couple of years I made the decision to NEVER comment on anyone's looks again. Not people on TV, not people I see on the town, not friends or family, neither out loud or to myself. I don't review people's looks and I don't give compliments on looks. I don't want to be part of the social game where you judge people by their looks rather than who they are (although I've had to bend a bit on this principle here on Skimble, because people deserve praise for the hard work they put in to transform their bodies). I don't participate in the "I'm so fat I need to diet" or "my nose is so big and ugly" conversations.

What I soon realized after making this decision was how much of the social interaction that revolves around looks. People constantly talk about how they look, how others look, how they compare to them, how they would want to look etc etc etc. And they get REALLY uncomfortable if you don't participate! I also find it sad that some friends automatically say "wow you look so good, you must have lost weight" every time we meet, no matter how I look. What's wrong with "it's nice to see you and get to spend time with you"?

I could go on about this forever, it's a favorite topic of mine, but I'm gonna end by saying that among other positive things that has come out of this for me, a strong confidence and positive body image are the best.

15 Apr
I think you are beautiful Anna! :) I love your spirit and confidence too. I wish I could borrow it.
16 Apr
You have no idea how irritated I get when people comment on my appearance. I feel like that is the only thing they notice. I go to track practice and people immediately comment on my slim build. I am at track practice to improve my technique, not to constantly feel so insecure that I can't concentrate on my training. But that it how I end up feeling. It is hard to be confident when you are surrounded by judgement.
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354 Posts
Apr 15, 2015 6:34am

Help / Adding team leaders

Is it possible to make another team member leader? I can't find the option anywhere.

15 Apr
I don't think so at least not yet.
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354 Posts
Apr 14, 2015 9:25am
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Welcome Wagon / Which one should I do 10 or 5 km walk

If you feel ready for the 10k, do that. If you feel unsure, do the 5k. You can always do the 10k later! I'm thinking it could be discouraging if you don't make it through, but on the other hand, if you're a competitive person it might also boost your determination to improve.

14 Apr
Thankyou anna
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354 Posts
Apr 13, 2015 10:25am
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Diet & Nutrition / Healthy eating and nutrition for beginners

I've been trying carb-cycling now for a couple of weeks and despite of my efforts it hasn't gone that well. Low carb days are no problem to me but the high carb days have been rough. I've managed to eat a bit more carbs but the problem is they end up taken out of my proteins, not my fats. On my low carb days my protein intake is at an acceptable 30% level, so that's good!

The real problem that this has brought with it is that as soon as I moved to a more "advanced" level and started keeping track of macros, planning my workouts etc, working out and eating became chores instead of fun and games. Instead of being rewarding in itself it's about results. Instead of being about feeling good it's about progress. And I'm a feelgood person. If something isn't fun, I don't bother. I haven't gotten any better results either, so there hasn't really been any positive side to it.

So what do I do now? Well, I'm gonna try going back to basics. Take a few steps back and see what happens. Make working out fun again and let food be, you know, food instead of molecules. I'm gonna try not tracking my food intake for a week or two, but of course I'll stick to my healthy eating habits and my calorie goal, which I know well by now.

Let's see what happens!

13 Apr
And yes, I know I keep changing my mind constantly, lol.
13 Apr
Sometimes it takes an experiment to help us learn if some new technique works for us. Carb cycling, taking the portion from fats, did not work for me. Following the US CDC macro guidelines of 20% protein, 30 fat, 50 carb has worked for me. But I'm not allowed to lift heavy any more, so my body's needs are different on my program than your body's. My goal is to establish good eating habits for the rest of my life. Anna, your greatest asset is your brainpower! And you have plenty of that. You're using that intelligence, and we are...
13 Apr
Thank you, Sharon! I'm all about informed decisions. :)
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Apr 11, 2015 4:24pm
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Motivation & Support / TO ALL GIRLS ON THIS APP!!!!!

First few worth mentioning are Eva Matei and Gina Turner. They are fake accounts, probably the same person and most definitely a man.

11 Apr
Beat me to it Anna. :D
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354 Posts
Apr 8, 2015 5:18pm
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Workouts and Programs / 6 hour workout!

Looks wonderful! 💤

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Apr 8, 2015 11:25am
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Motivation & Support / "you are not a diamond

Lol I listen mostly to doom, progressive and black metal so no. Unless you want to be inspired to kill yourself.

08 Apr
08 Apr
I always thought killwhitneydead had some amazing lyrics hehe. And who wrote the song "nothing says party like her head on a stick" again? Very inspirational right there!
09 Apr
I laughed so hard
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Apr 8, 2015 5:24am
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Welcome Wagon / Where is everybody from?

The Åland Islands, located between Finland and Sweden.

08 Apr
I enjoyed your meal yesterday. Tonight I'll bring the night vision glasses. Makes it easier to see at night. Please trim the bush by the window by then Anna.
08 Apr
Haha you're seriously freaking me out!
08 Apr
Get away from the window. I was watching your TV!!
08 Apr
I'll have some of that smoothie Anna! It's rude not to offer!
08 Apr
It was yoghurt with protein powder and cottage cheese, so the lol's on you! I KNEW you couldn't see me, you troll! :D
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Apr 8, 2015 5:12am
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Welcome Wagon / I have a few questions!

Whereas if you reply, your reply forms a new post. This happens whether you use the reply button in the upper right corner or the small reply button underneath a post.

New posts in a topic bumps the thread up to the top of the active topics, comments do not. I prefer using them like this: when replying to the original topic, I use reply. If someone comments on my reply, I continue using comment to discuss with them. To reply to another person in the thread, ie not the original poster, I use comment. And also if I simply don't want to bump up the thread for some reason.

Hope this explains it!

08 Apr
Thank you!
08 Apr
About comments and replies being out of order. It happens if people use reply to reply to comments and so on, everything gets jumbled up. There are also cases where the original poster for some reason deletes other's comments, making the thread look like they're talking to themselves. Other people's replies in turn are not possible to delete.
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Apr 7, 2015 6:40pm
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Motivation & Support / Support challenge

One hour of working out today and an excellent low carb day! Yesterday I was complaining about how celebrating Easter might have "destroyed" my results and blah blah what not, what the hell was I thinking! Holiday's over and I'm back in the routine. Everyone deserves a bit of time off now and then!

07 Apr
Goooo Anna! Fantastic attitude! Festival coming up too...so one more reason to work it! :D
07 Apr
Yes omg I apparently have to re-learn how to have fun before that! Maybe I need a bit more exercise. ;)
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Apr 7, 2015 5:37am
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30 Somethings / Running

Maybe you should start by slowing down your pace and training endurance first? If you last only for ten minutes you're probably running way too fast which is a common beginner's mistake.

Three things to focus on: breathing, form and tempo. Work each one at a time. With two months of training (what kind? How often?) you should be able to jog for 30 minutes at a slow to moderate pace.

Warming up and stretching is really important too and at least for me it improves my performance a lot.

18 Feb
Golden rule don't increase your milage than 10 percent every week . Run like 4 days a week tops and cross train especially legs and core 2 days especially do planks . Upper body work out is also recommended as simple pushups and pull ups works great
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Apr 6, 2015 9:33am
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Help / track workouts

I use Endomondo instead and track all my Skimble activities there too. It's double the work, but running and walking are easier to track with Endomondo and it also syncs with Myfitnesspal which in turn syncs with various health bracelets if you're interested in that. On Endomondo I can track past workouts easily. I've actually created five second walking, running and yoga workouts here so I can play through them quickly and just write a note about what I did.