Recent Posts by Anna W.

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Mar 23, 2015 8:46am
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Motivation & Support / Area above hips are problemtic for me

Ladies. Doing some lunges or crunches 2-3 times a week will help you nothing. To get rid of belly fat or love handles you simply need to get rid of fat, and that takes a bit more work.

First: diet. Track your food intake with an app like Myfitnesspal, set a healthy calorie goal and stick to it. Second: working out. Combine cardio and weight training. HIIT exercises are excellent. Work the biggest muscle groups in your body and sweat it out real good. Do core training to build up a strong core.

Remember: working your abs will not burn fat specifically from your belly. Actually you can end up building a bulging six pack underneath your belly fat, making your belly look even bigger. Focus on losing fat and building strength first, then on toning.

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Mar 22, 2015 9:54am
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Diet & Nutrition / Healthy eating and nutrition for beginners

I've read a couple of articles on carb-cycling now and what hits me the most is that my regular diet is extremely low in carbs. I based my calculations on 1 g of protein per pound of bodyweight and calculated the percentages based on that. According to the calculations a low-carb day should give about 25% of my calories from carbs (0,5 g of carbs per pound). I very, very seldom eat that many carbs. A high-carb day would be 45% or 175 grams of carbs and from where I stand that just sounds plain crazy.

I'm thinking I might develop my own variation of this, but first off: is 1 gram protein per pound a good starting point? I see different numbers everywhere. I'm guessing I weigh somewhere around 175 pounds.

22 Mar
Scotty, I need you!
22 Mar
Me??????? Wasssssssssurp??
23 Mar
I need a bit of help with numbers. I'm not quite sure how many grams of protein per day I should go for.
23 Mar
No worries, I'll be able to help later today
23 Mar
I'm hitting the gym in about an hour, but i'll be free until then if you still need my help. Just lemme know how I can assist.
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Mar 21, 2015 1:59pm
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Ask the Pros / Any suggestions....best overall toning program?

I started with the Lose it Tone it program and I really liked it. Then I did the Fit Flex & Fierce which I liked too. If you're a complete beginner, start with a casual program that targets the whole body. From there you can move on to putting more focus on specific body parts, while still working your whole body. Move to higher levels of difficulty when you've mastered the casual level.

And remember, your body is made in the kitchen. Your eating habits have a bigger impact on your body than working out.

22 Mar
Anna sounds like some great advise. Just signed up today for that lose it lean program. Here I go! Thanks!
22 Mar
You're welcome!
28 Mar
Great post Anna :)
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354 Posts
Mar 21, 2015 1:45pm
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Women's Locker Room / Breast implants yes or no

Hey I know you're all just reassuring Veronica she's attractive and her boobs are just fine and I totally agree. But there's a problem with comparing bodies this way and it's that someone will always be left feeling unattractive. It's like the "real men like curves" thing. There's no point in saying curvy women are better than skinny women or small breasts are better than big or whatever. When doing this kind of comparing to say someone is attractive you're at the same time saying someone else is unattractive. This time it's women with big boobs, next time it's something else.

And Veronica, you are beautiful and no one should tell you anything else! Confidence and beauty comes from within. Work on accepting and loving your body for what it is. You are worth it.

22 Mar
Sorry it really wasn't my intention to put someone else down (I like all body types, big and small). However I don't agree with you that we're implying that someone is unattractive by expressing that someone else looks good. Alot of people need reassurance (but sincere) when they're left feeling undesired but it's impossible to please everyone at the same time because everyone have different features. I'm also first now realising that this is a woman-only subforum and for that i appologize.
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Mar 21, 2015 1:12pm
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Women's Locker Room / Only women to answer!!!!

I created a yoga session for menstrual cramps yesterday. I haven't tried it myself yet so no guarantees! I did a lot of googling so I'm certain these poses are safe to do during your period. Sources are among others Yoga Journal. Take it easy and listen to your body!

Yoga For Menstrual Cramps

21 Mar
Oh how cool. This might be a saviour for many.
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354 Posts
Mar 20, 2015 2:36pm
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Diet & Nutrition / Healthy eating and nutrition for beginners

Hey I started thinking about something today. The body needs to be shocked and kept guessing workout wise, but what about calorie wise? Could there be an advantage to now and then eating above or under your normal intake? Or would that just cause it to not let go of it's reserves?

20 Mar
Workout wise, workoutwise, workout-wise, I don't know. They all look wrong and weird.
20 Mar
You should check out carb-cycling. That's very popular on the same principle. I prefer to shock my body with beer & nachos!
21 Mar
LOL Scotty. I'm too scared to try that (beer and nachos) in case my body says "Is that all you got? GIMME MORE!!" ;)
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Mar 20, 2015 2:06pm
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Weight Loss / Losing inches off the waist must be the hardest part?

"Eat smaller portions" is lousy advice. Smaller than what? A lot of people, especially women, already eat too little and eating even less won't help at all. The solution might actually be eating more.

Start logging your food intake with e.g. Myfitnesspal if you're not doing it already. Calculate your optimal calorie goal (see the post Want to lose or gain weight by Scotty K) and find a macronutrient ratio that works for you. Mix it up and try a few different approaches for the first weeks to see what works for you. Make sure you eat enough and don't starve yourself.

As Matthias points out, belly fat is unfortunately often the most stubborn. Keep going and don't give up!

20 Mar
Thank you so much for your help! In all honesty, I'm just probably being impatient haha. Slowly but surely, as they say. It's better for your health not to lose too much too fast. Thanks again!
21 Mar
You're welcome! And I know the feeling, you're eager to see results where you want to see them. Make sure to appreciate what you've gained with the rest of your body too and give yourself kudos for that!
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354 Posts
Mar 20, 2015 12:57pm

30 Somethings / Scared to try!

Why are you scared to try? The worst thing that can happen is that you fail. If you fail, you get up again. It's a thousand times more worth trying and risking to fail, than not trying at all.

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Mar 19, 2015 1:27pm

30 Somethings / Unfit and want to burn fat any advice for a beginner

Hi Sharon, I can't reply to your message unless you follow me. It's because your account is set to private.

19 Mar
And apparently I can't delete this post from my computer either. Accidentally replied instead of commenting.
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Mar 19, 2015 12:18pm
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30 Somethings / Unfit and want to burn fat any advice for a beginner

You should struggle because otherwise nothing's happening, but as a beginner I feel you should have to struggle only to a certain extent. If it's too much of a struggle there's a higher risk you give up.

Start on the casual level and with shorter workouts. Concentrate on form rather than reps. Modify the exercises you can't perform, but try every time to see if today's the day you make it. Suggestions: elbow and/or kneeling planks instead of full planks, kneeling push-ups instead of regular push-ups, taking a few seconds of rest if needed and then going at it again. Still, you will need to keep pushing yourself, so rather try a full plank and then go down on your knees if you need to, instead of not trying at all. As you feel yourself getting stronger, step it up a notch. Both cardio and weight training burns calories and it's recommended to mix the two. Remember you CAN NOT spot reduce, so doing crunches just to get rid of belly fat will get you nowhere. Work on your whole body instead of concentrating on certain parts. If some part of your body is weaker, you can focus a bit extra on it.

The best time to work out is the time you do it! Some people say in the mornings on an empty stomach will burn more fat, others say that it's not true. The important thing is you do it, not when.

Good luck! 💪

19 Mar
Thanks
19 Mar
You're welcome!
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Mar 19, 2015 10:17am
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Help / Technical Support

I've tried to schedule workouts in my calendar (I've tried aCalendar and Samsung's built-in calendar). The calendars link to Skimble's web page but nothing happens when I press Go to app. I've tried with Dolphin and Samsung's built-in browser, neither one launches the app or asks if I want to launch it as standard. I still have to manually go to and search through the app to find my planned workouts.

Is this a problem within the browsers or on Skimble's end?

01 Apr
Hi Anna, no it's something we need to fix. Thanks for the info, we're gonna get on this issue ASAP.
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Mar 19, 2015 9:17am
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Motivation & Support / Support challenge

I've had two heavy duty workout days so far this week AND I've done some lighter working out on the between days. I just realized I have visible biceps. Tiny, but definitely there. I'm looking forward to measuring day tomorrow and to body pic day next week.

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Mar 19, 2015 7:33am
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Motivation & Support / DO YOU KNOW YOUR "WHY" ?

My motivation: me, me and me. This is something I do entirely for my own wellbeing and not for anyone else. It's alone time. It's getting rid of all that energy that builds up inside me and makes me feel restless and anxious. It's the satisfaction of having used my body for what it's made for. It's the curiosity to see what I can do, how far I can go. Along the way, it's developed on its own into a journey instead of just a habit.

The looking good part and the healthy eating has come as a very pleasant bonus. But I don't want to put too much focus on that.

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Mar 18, 2015 5:23pm
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Diet & Nutrition / Why do we eat unhealthy?

Keep on sharing your thoughts! It's really interesting to see what theories you all have. :)

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Mar 18, 2015 8:14am
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Motivation & Support / HOW TO LOSE A LOT OF WEIGHT IN A SHORT SPACE OF TIME

If there are simple quick fix solutions that make you lose weight or get abs in two weeks, why are people fat?

I'm so fed up with the Help I need to be in shape for my vacation in two weeks and I want to lose 40 pounds in two weeks-questions. And when people get the answer that it isn't possible, they just give up, feel bad about themselves and ask the same question next year. Well, if you would've gone ahead and done it the healthy way you wouldn't have to feel this way AGAIN.

Six months might sound like a huge amount of time, but six months taking good care of yourself and losing fat are six months better spent than not doing it.

18 Mar
Yes, the time will pass anyway so why not make the most of it?! It took me 5 months to lose just 9 lbs when I started. But I know I'll keep it off this time around because I've chosen to be healthy. Besides I'm kind of addicted to this app and the working out deal ;)
18 Mar
I used to think like this about education. "No, there's no meaning in me going to college, it's gonna take years and I'll be so old when I graduate". Then one day I suddenly realized these years will pass anyway and I'll still get older, but without an education. And now I've got about half a year left of my education. :)
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354 Posts
Mar 18, 2015 6:29am
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Help / Good way to start running?

Is the problem you don't feel comfortable with your running skills, or do you feel awkward running in public because you're not used to it?

18 Mar
My skill are fine, I just feel awkward with strangers watching me run, rather than my team.
18 Mar
I understand. I felt the same way and still do sometimes. Like Jai said, start by going out after dark or really early in the morning when there's less people out. Wear comfortable clothes that you feel good in. Pick places where there aren't so many people or people who themselves are running, like trails. Make it easy for yourself in the beginning and you'll grow more confident! I still feel a bit awkward sometimes but I just repeat to myself that all the other people are focusing as much on themselves as I do on me.
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Mar 18, 2015 5:39am
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Women's Locker Room / Help me!!! Girl advice please!!

I do the same kind of workouts. If I feel off, I do yoga. If I have severe cramps I lie on the sofa moaning in foetal position instead.

Losing that much weight in four days is ridiculous. Try four months instead. And that might even be a too short time.
If you want to change your body, start now even though it won't happen in four days. Six months working for the body you want are six months well spent that make you never have to want to lose large amounts of weight in just a few days again. The healthier and slower you do it, the bigger chance you stay that way and it never ever comes back again.

18 Mar
Oh boy....you have patience my lovely. Well said. :)
18 Mar
When working with customer service you develop HUGE amounts of patience. :) It's my superpower!
18 Mar
Lol yes customer service is the second best superpower! The first is toddler power lmao
18 Mar
I'll make you guys capes. :D
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354 Posts
Mar 18, 2015 5:32am
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Weight Loss / What's the best way to lose weight fast?

Why don't you do it the healthy way instead? You might not be in the shape you desire for this vacation, but you won't have to lose weight fast again next year.

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Mar 17, 2015 9:58am
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Motivation & Support / Feeling stuck..

My immediate thought is depression. Look into yoga, meditation and mindfulness. If it's a milder depression you can work your way through it on your own. If this continues, you should seek medical help and therapy. There are also herbal remedies that can help giving you more energy. Vitamin D and potassium are essential for both physical and mental wellbeing and strength.

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Mar 17, 2015 9:54am
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Diet & Nutrition / Why do we eat unhealthy?

So here's a question: why is it so hard to eat healthy? Why do some people have to struggle so much with it, while it comes more or less naturally to others?

Are there social or socioeconomic factors, like peer pressure or upbringing? Does it have to do with sense of self worth or confidence? Is there such a thing as sugar addiction, or is it a cognitive behavior that makes some people go for the short term reward that comes from eating while others can easily focus on longterm goals and wellbeing? Does it have to do with unhealthy food options surrounding us all the time, and some people finding it harder to say no? How come some can have a cheat day while others immediately resort to binge eating and falling back into old habits just from having a single piece of chocolate? Or is it something completely else?

Please discuss in groups. :)

17 Mar
For me personally, and as stupid as this sounds, but buying fast food was the easy way. I could just go and have food ready rather than make something at home. But of course, that can get expensive. So that's something that has motivated me to start cooking food at home. I try and prep for the next day and the Daylight Saving Time has actually helped because it's still light out when I leave the office. 😊
18 Mar
Their are so many variables to that question that in order to simplify it you would have to write an equation... But the answer would be different everytime because no two situations would ever be identical...seeing as no two people are identical... I like this question it makes me think
18 Mar
When i'm feeling down i eat crap also around time of the month.
23 Mar
Very good question
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Mar 16, 2015 5:28pm
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Workouts and Programs / Beginning Running Program

In the Lose it! Tone it program there are a couple of running sessions. I started with that program when I first began using Skimble and I liked it. If you search for running in the workouts section there's plenty.

A lot of people start for instance with walking for two minutes, jogging for one minute and so on or something similar. Another approach is to have time blocks of for instance three minutes. You start by jogging for as long as you can and then walk until the end of the time block. When the next time block starts, repeat.

Do some kind of short warmup and stretching before and you're good to go! Good luck!

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Mar 16, 2015 6:58am
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Motivation & Support / Is there a right time

I agree with the rest. The important thing is to do it, not when.

There is some research saying that for weight-loss working out in the morning on an empty stomach is the best, since it would continue to burn calories the rest of the day. As for me, casual to moderate weight training works on an empty stomach, intensive weight training and cardio doesn't. I still prefer to do it in the morning, having a snack before, since then I'm not gonna skip working out because of making up some excuse during the day or just procrastinate. But the more I work out, the more I find I end up doing it at any time of the day, simply because I want to.

IF you suffer from sleeping problems though it's not recommended to work out or in any way work yourself up physically or mentally for a few hours before bedtime.

16 Mar
Thankyou for the advise anna xx
16 Mar
You're welcome!
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Mar 16, 2015 5:30am
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Motivation & Support / 1-3 stone

You need to mainly change your diet to lose fat. Cut out sugar, sodas, fast food. Use Myfitnesspal or some other app to keep track of your food intake. Drink enough water and eat healthy, homemade food with lots of vegetables. Do some research and find what works for you.

Working out tones you, builds muscle and burns calories and can help you in weight-loss, but diet is 80%. High intensity cardio and weight training are my best bet.

Remember that diet does not mean starving yourself or depriving yourself of everything for a limited time. It means eating healthy as a lifestyle and it's completely acceptable and allowed to have cheat days as long as you stay on track the rest of the week. Good luck!

16 Mar
And please don't try fasting for a month. You'll lose the weight but it will be water weight and not fat, and you'll gain it right back as soon as you start eating again.
16 Mar
Thanks for the advice.
16 Mar
You're welcome!
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Mar 15, 2015 12:11pm
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Pregnancy & Fit Moms / Workouts for belly fat

Focus on diet, do intensive cardio and weight training. Diet is THE most important and does NOT mean starving yourself or depriving yourself of everything. If you do that, you're most likely to go back to your old ways and end up gaining the weight back.

Read through Scotty K's post "Want to lose or gain weight" for some scientific background on how the body works. I'm happy to help you if you have questions or need something explained after reading it.

What you need is a lifestyle change. To lose fat permanently, you need to change whatever you are doing "wrong" now. Focus on your size rather than your weight, it's dress sizes you want to drop and not numbers on the scale, right?

About the belly fat I unfortunately have to say it's usually the last fat your body gives up. But that doesn't mean YOU should give up!

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Mar 15, 2015 7:52am
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Diet & Nutrition / Greek yoghurt

When it comes to advice about food, everybody's got their own opinion. Some still avoid fat, while others say carbs are what needs to be avoided. Yet others say everything in moderation and don't avoid anything.

What you need to do is gather information and knowledge and make your own choices. Don't go by someone saying "you shouldn't eat Greek yoghurt" and you don't even know WHY you shouldn't do it. YOU decide what to eat and what's healthy for you, you know how your body reacts and what makes you feel good or not. Of course there are some general guidelines considering nutrition etc, but when it comes down to it it's your choice. But you need to know why you choose it.