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Posted on January 24, 2014, in announcements, kitties, pledge drive. Bookmark the permalink. 238 Comments.

  1. Thanks, my favourite is the Starsky and Hutch cardie, which I have wanted since the show originally ran in the 1970s, so only a 35-year wait. :) Fair Isle/intarsia is not my favourite knitting technique.

  2. @ophelia, I’m kiwi-pally on Ravelry.

  3. Ophelia, you’re not a failure at knitting! Geez, it’s not like you haven’t a few other things to deal with. ::wags finger at Ophelia::

    I saw that throne! Love the way the sun looks like it’s asleep. Perfect throne for a kitteh.

  4. Ally, could you strength train your legs? Women with thick leg muscles always look nice, IMO. Leg muscles seem to look equal in gender.

    I usually don’t do strength training specifically for my legs, but I do like running and jogging. I’ll try to start doing that again because it has a positive impact on my stamina, leads to reduced stress (of which I currently have way more than I need), and is proven to be effective for weight loss. (Weight loss is important to me mainly because my entire body makes me feel dysphoric and reducing my body fat will help get rid of some of my dysphoria.)

  5. @Kiwi girl, wow, I LOVE the poncho. Also liked the fingerless gloves, they are the one thing I do a lot of. Although I tend to prefer wearing fingerless mittens as they’re more comfy and happen to be a lot easier for slackers like me to knit.

    @Kitteh, :) (I know, I know, just can’t stop smiling!). Hope the heat is at least not as bad as it was, sending cooling vibes your way. Love to Louis x

    @Ally, healthy weight loss is really important though. Have you tried some of the intensive core type exercises? I’ve been doing a lot of the core strengthening stuff and Pilates. Even though you do get muscly, you also get a very narrow waist, it’s the same for Mr M. (Although, we’re both a bit out of shape at the moment.)

    I’m not an expert but Mr M was telling me why he does heavy or light weights. (I think I’m remembering this right.) To lose weight/tone up he does many repeats with lighter weights. To build larger muscle he uses weights that are heavier. Apparently you lift heavy weights to the limit of your ability (without injuring yourself) for fewer reps.

    So if you run and/or work with smaller weights and do lots of core work, that should just result in a very toned and wiry physique. The great thing is, you can eat like a horse, I know I do now.

  6. Does picking up a 5kg cat count for weight exercise?

  7. Definately counts, in Yoga that’s called ‘The upward lifting cat’. :)

  8. ‘Definitely’ even, spell it wrong once, iOS 7 replaces it with the WRONG spelling every time. I hate Apple!

  9. I’m not an expert but Mr M was telling me why he does heavy or light weights. (I think I’m remembering this right.) To lose weight/tone up he does many repeats with lighter weights. To build larger muscle he uses weights that are heavier. Apparently you lift heavy weights to the limit of your ability (without injuring yourself) for fewer reps.

    That’s right. Light weights + high reps + low sets = dense, lean muscle. Heavy weight + low reps + high sets = bulking(not like GIANT muscles, no one turns into Arnold Schwarzenegger from only that).
    It’s hotly debated whether cardio/light weights is better for weight loss than lifting heavy weights. Traditionally cardio is thought to be better for burning calories, but it seems like it’s changing to the idea that you need both cardio and weights(both at the same time, if you want to some serious burn, like jump squats). There are some that argue weight lifting is way better, and cardio is total waste of time, but I’m not an expert and can’t say whether these people are legit or not.
    The idea I’ve heard is that the light weight/cardio burns a lot of calories while you’re in the gym, but building muscle raises your metabolism throughout the day, and eventually having bigger muscles means you burn more naturally even when just laying down.

    I’m kind of wondering what yoga counts as. Yoga people seem to have the densest muscles.

  10. Oops, when I mentioned the jump squats, I don’t mean you *have to* do cardio and strength training at the same time. Some people just do both just to get it done twice as fast(BUT IT BURNS). Sorry if that wasn’t clear.

  11. Pete Seeger died: Himself to the last, here is is at OWS, This little light of mine

  12. The essential problem with some cardio exercise is that, say, you might do something for 20 minutes and burn 126 calories and think, “eh, all right” (or an hour and do 400)

    The problem is that the human body has a basal metabolic rate (that varies tremendously, mind) that can be short-handed to about half a calorie per pound of body weight an hour (eg, me? 142 pounds ends at 71, near abouts but is probably higher). So if you don’t do more than that within the span of an hour, well, you’re just kind of treading water. 126 ends up at 55, with another 40 minutes to go, which is in fact great, because I desperately want to gain more weight but I digress.

    Cardio is a great great thing to do, but you just need to do a whole bloody lot of it, while with weight training, you get slightly more muscles which end up burning off more stuff every hour of every day because your basal metabolic rate goes way up (another 10 pounds is an extra 96 cals a day, so a free hour over 140, using my math)

    It screws a bit with your perceptions, because you suddenly need to do a lot more once you realize that to get the “same result” – that’s why people do that “To burn off ONE MARSBAR, you will have to RUN FOREVER AND EVER AND EVER AND EVER AND EVER!” to try and get people motivated. Or something, because all it ever does is make me want more mars bars.

    I am not a dedicated dietist.

    My recommendation is to do things you find enjoyable and which, in some part, help you get to where you feel you want to be. Whether that’s military standard pushups (Where Pecunium is once again awesomely right, proper pushups are the devil) or something else. If you want a burning sensation of death that doesn’t actually push more muscles into you, as such, I’d recommend jump squats or kettle bell swings. I do 24 kg / 75-125 times and then I weep bitter tears and can’t walk (But my fat percentage is now so low that I hate the sudden winter, because I am bloody well freezing, ack)

    Weight training can be fun, but an often overlooked other way of exercise is just doing stuff with your own body weight. Pushups, after all, is you lifting hundred pounds and more. Standard squats done 60 times in sets of 3 are great, takes a couple of minutes and produces a lovely result (eg: you can’t walk)

    I think I’ve said it before, but the best book I found on progressive body weight training was convict conditioning… where you just filter away all the *everything* but the pictures and guides on proper form.

    Having rambled on about things I know, I want to ask a question!

    I need to learn to code, and preferably quickly. I have no experience in these matters, but as per yesterday, I am in a web programming related education, and figure having extra curricular material to expand knowledge with is a good idea.

    Any tips / books / things I should acquire?

  13. Thanks for that Fibinachi, Mr M was talking about some of that the other day. He says he has to vary the speed he runs at during each run to get max benefit, because running at the same speed each day for a set amount of time will just be treading water.

    I conclude I’ll never really understand it, and that this might be the one area Mr M gets to tell me what to do. Although he also says sprouts and beetroot juice are really good for you so I’m starting to think Kitteh’s right about his sadistic side. ;)

    On the programming stuff, Mr M just left for work but he’s a software engineer so I’ll ask him for some tips tonight and get back to you, if you like.

    I’ve not been to bed, so I hope that makes sense, I really need to get some sleep.

  14. @Fibinachi

    There are many sources (including some PDFs that I can email you if you want), but a really awesome place to start is Derek Banas’ YouTube channel. He teaches programming, web development, etc. really well. I recommend you start with his playlists on HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and then if you’re ambitious his videos on PHP and MySQL. (I think he also has videos on jQuery and Ajax and if so you should check those out as well after his stuff on JavaScript.)

    Also, W3Schools.com is a great resource for HTML, CSS, and JavaScript and will come in handy very often if you’re like me and forget the little rules all the time.

  15. @Fibinachi

    I bought a book back in the day from the called “Build Your Own Database Driven Web Site Using PHP & MySQL” by Kevin Yank. It’s 10 years old now, but it’s awesome because it takes you through PHP in the order you need to actually build a site, rather than from simplest to hardest like most books. He seems to have it free as articles online – http://www.sitepoint.com/php-amp-mysql-1-installation/

    Definitely look into jQuery and AJAX if you get a chance, they are awesome. Also, once you’re into CSS, look at LESS or SASS too. They make CSS more fun. And if you want to use custom fonts in you sites, check out http://www.google.com/fonts/

    @Ally – have you tried doing any javascript web apps? A firnd of mine recommended learning Dart, which looks like fun. Plus a lot of job ads I’m seeing are asking for backbone.js or similar.

  16. Off topic, but Angela Davis is giving a talk here, and I’m pretty excited about it.

  17. @Kim

    I’ve looked into Dart a little bit. It looks awesome. Right now though I’m mostly focusing on JavaScript, jQuery and Ajax, though – those are essential and I need a good foundation for web development. And thanks for reminding me of backbone.js; I’ve heard that it’s pretty useful, although I haven’t really looked into what it actually is.

    @auggz

    Awesome! I wish I could meet Angela Davis here – she actually used to be a part of the UCSC faculty.

  18. That’s beautiful, thank you all. I would love anything Mr. M has to say, Mrs M – and also pdfs pdfs pdfs. I might not be able to code, but I can read like no one’s business.

    I believe you have my email already, Ally? If not, it’s still Fibinaut at g of mail.

    (Everyone is more or less welcome to use that if they want to reach me, for whatever reason you could even want to do that)

    I’ll do some youtubing, and see if I can acquire that book Kim. It sounds remarkably brilliant ,because functional approaches of “We’re building this” rather than difficulty based steps tend to make things way easier for my mind to grasp.

    You people are great, thanks :)

  19. Although he also says sprouts and beetroot juice are really good for you so I’m starting to think Kitteh’s right about his sadistic side. ;)

    See? See? That’s proof, that is!

  20. Interesting timing. I’ve been thinking of investing in an elliptical (As in, going to buy one after work today.)

    At my last job, I had two strictly enforced 15 minute breaks in a work day. I’d spend the time walking around the old school across the parking lot for the entire time. By the end of four months I’d dropped about 2 inches from my waistline. The only other diet change was changing the afternoon donut to an apple.

    Self-image issues (and difficulty in establishing good habits) make gyms a losing proposition for me, so I’m hoping this will allow me to get into an increasing workout. Any thoughts?

  21. PS, I realize this is very late in the thread for this, but I’m trying to get better at this sort of thing. MEZ, I’m very sorry to hear about your mother, and for missing it when I made my original post of condolences to cloudiah.

  22. There are at home strength training workouts you can do. Squats and lunges are fantastic for burning calories and strengthing. You can use everyday items like chairs and such too.
    Even if you don’t get a full hour workout in, those can be effective. Like I used to promise myself I’d do 10 minutes worth of elbow planking(in separate planks) if I was on the computer, since I’m lying down anyways. The planking still helped my stomach get stronger even though it was just 10 minutes total.

    Sometimes those Pilates balls are good beginner tools. You basically can do modified versions of a bunch of moves using the ball. It works slightly better because you have to use more muscles to balance.

  23. @Auggziliary, meant to say this morning (was very tired) your explanation was really interesting/informative too.

    @Fibinachi (sorry, called you Fibi in your email.). Mr M emailed you with some info, hope it helps.

  24. Elbow planking?

    Sounds like a cousin of kneecapping. D:

  25. @ophelia, thanks!

    @Kitteh, they burn but not that much, OW. You prop yourself up on your elbows or hands and try to keep your body as flat as possible.

  26. I think gravity would win that one! :D

  27. BTW, push ups (done right) are much better for ab/core strength than sit ups or crunches.

    But they hurt. I had a great book by Mitch Gaylord (US Men’s Gymnastics Team member) about doing workouts with just the body; had a whole lot of different push-ups, so isolate different parts of the body.

  28. @ophelia, ty for the compliments. The poncho was quite easy, just crocheting motifs together as you go, but it’s the first time I have done motifs.

    David – small amount of $$$ your way. I shall try to do a donation every drive.

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