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Girlie Newbie!

Postby Pingu on Thu Jan 08, 2009 11:57 pm

Hi all!

Just wanted to introduce myself....

Pingu...a bird built for water not for land!! I am an open water swimmer, nearly 31 (in March) and have only been weight training since the beginning of December 2008. However, after "meeting" your very own GymBunny I have found someone who truly inspires me and she (even though she will deny it!) is a huge factor in my progress so far.

I decided to weight train because off season swimming is soooooo boring, up and down the pool (I did that for too many years as a child!!!). I also kinda fell into it...I am not a girly girl and have never liked asking you boys to lift anything for me etc. so thought I would use it as part of my off season plan.

Also, I needed to transform my body, big time. I have struggled with an ED for nearly 20 years now, and after last swim season I had put on so much fat it was simply unacceptable. However, I did not want to go about things in the wrong way again, so sought advice of a nutritionist (who turned out to be a complete dickhead and actually made things worse for a while). BUT.... it's all turned out great because I met GB who has helped me start with the training effectively, have done so much research and hard work, and have got a great gym with an Over 40s Mr England at the Helm!

At the moment I am following a keto diet (Christian Thibaudeau) to shed this fat, and will transition back to carb cycling when my body fat is low enough. Everything is measured and recorded to the gram and calorie!!!

Goal 1 - To lose body fat. Initially to 20% by my birthday in March and then for further review.
Goal 2 - To continue to train well and hard and give my body a good muscle base from which I can take things forward in the future when I have got to my BF goals.
Goal 3 - To keep the fat off next season!!! (June - September).

I thought it would be good to show you all my progress so far...

Current Stats

* Height - 5ft 2in
* Weight - 61.6kg
* Body Fat - 24.5%

When I first started measuring my weight on 15 September 2008 my weight was 67kg and god knows how much body fat.

On 23 November 2008 I was 64.7kg and 30% body fat.

So I have made some great progress already!!!

Now the pictures....

THE FAT PICTURE - THE ONE THAT MADE ME REALISE IT HAD TO CHANGE

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Now my two montages which show the difference between November 2008 (when I started taking photos) and today. Really pleased!!!

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And this is now me full body:

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I look forward to meeting you all, and to taking my training and knowledge further!!!!

I will be posting my training log separately....
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Re: Girlie Newbie!

Postby ollie on Fri Jan 09, 2009 12:00 am

Wow...amazing transformation there. Great work. Must've been very dedicated to achieve what you have over the festive season :D

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Re: Girlie Newbie!

Postby cleaver on Fri Jan 09, 2009 12:00 am

Welcome Pingu!

A penguin and a bunny on the same forum! Sweet! :D
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Re: Girlie Newbie!

Postby Alex on Fri Jan 09, 2009 12:04 am

Welcome aboard Pingu.

Excellent progress :)
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Re: Girlie Newbie!

Postby kp1512 on Fri Jan 09, 2009 12:05 am

Welcome!

As said - you must have been dedicated to diet over the Xmas season!

Excellent stuff!!
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Re: Girlie Newbie!

Postby Will on Fri Jan 09, 2009 12:12 am

We're getting the whole female animal zoo here - love it! :D

Welcome to the board. Fantastic progress very very easy to see too. :)

There's a bunch of fantastic guys on here who know a damn lot about this mysterious world of fitness and training. Look forward to hearing/seeing more of your progress and banter! :)
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Re: Girlie Newbie!

Postby Max on Fri Jan 09, 2009 12:19 am

Welcome pingu!
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Re: Girlie Newbie!

Postby Rilla on Fri Jan 09, 2009 12:20 am

Is the angry penguin by any chance named after you? :D

Oh and welcome. :)
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Re: Girlie Newbie!

Postby Dtlv74 on Fri Jan 09, 2009 12:32 am

Hey Pingu, welcome to ESN. Great progress as the other have already said... looking forward to your posts :D
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Re: Girlie Newbie!

Postby Pingu on Fri Jan 09, 2009 12:38 am

Thanks guys!!!!

(Max... :oops: :P )

It was difficult over Christmas but there was no way in hell I was gonna let things slide again. I can fully enjoy next Christmas when I have some playing room. For now it's all strict and no getting round it, if I want things to change the only person who can do that is me!!!

(Although how having less body fat is going to be during the open water season is going to be interesting!!! Hmmm...more hypothermia methinks! :lol: )

Angry penguin definitely named after me!! I don't do calm... some may say stroppy but I like to say assertive! hehehe

Yup..roll on the whole zoo. Wonder what will be next...
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Re: Girlie Newbie!

Postby Pingu on Fri Jan 09, 2009 12:45 am

Oops, forgot this one...my "signature shot"...

Call me Calves...

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Re: Girlie Newbie!

Postby Coop_de_Ville on Fri Jan 09, 2009 1:00 am

Im currently on a fat burning cut. Keep us posted with ur diet.
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Re: Girlie Newbie!

Postby Resurrected on Fri Jan 09, 2009 1:44 am

Welcome to ESN.

I seem to recognise you from another forum?
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Re: Girlie Newbie!

Postby Craig on Fri Jan 09, 2009 5:40 am

Hi welcome to ESN

How do you get inspired by GB shes always injured :mrgreen:
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Re: Girlie Newbie!

Postby Rilla on Fri Jan 09, 2009 5:57 am

Craig wrote:Hi welcome to ESN

How do you get inspired by GB shes always injured :mrgreen:


Or whining to me on MSN. :D
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Re: Girlie Newbie!

Postby Jake The Muss on Fri Jan 09, 2009 6:54 am

Wecome to ESN! As has already been said,great progress!
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Re: Girlie Newbie!

Postby Pingu on Fri Jan 09, 2009 8:11 am

Resurrected wrote:Welcome to ESN.

I seem to recognise you from another forum?


Hey Res. Yes you do. I just fancied a change!

Craig wrote:Hi welcome to ESN

How do you get inspired by GB shes always injured :mrgreen:


Hehehehe. Maybe, but she's damn good at getting going again!!!! Like me and a canoe. Great at getting back in again! :lol:

Coop_de_Ville wrote:Im currently on a fat burning cut. Keep us posted with ur diet.


I will! Should I post a separate you reckon or add to training? What are you following?
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Re: Girlie Newbie!

Postby Will on Fri Jan 09, 2009 8:19 am

I can see why your calves are your signature shot. :)
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Re: Girlie Newbie!

Postby Marks1972 on Fri Jan 09, 2009 8:26 am

Welcome Pingu

What sort of distances does open water swimming involve? Is it cross channel that sort of thing?
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Re: Girlie Newbie!

Postby GymBunny on Fri Jan 09, 2009 8:36 am

Rilla wrote:
Craig wrote:Hi welcome to ESN

How do you get inspired by GB shes always injured :mrgreen:


Or whining to me on MSN. :D


Bastards the pair of you! :P

Glad you found your way across Pingu! Hadn't seen the latest pics of you, extremely impressed with the progress you are making. Serious kudos me darlin.

Rilla wrote:Is the angry penguin by any chance named after you? :D

Oh and welcome. :)


No it isn't named after her. Pingu I'll explain later but he is being obscene... :roll:
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Re: Girlie Newbie!

Postby simon m on Fri Jan 09, 2009 8:46 am

High there - great to you on here
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Re: Girlie Newbie!

Postby Pingu on Fri Jan 09, 2009 8:55 am

Marks1972 wrote:Welcome Pingu

What sort of distances does open water swimming involve? Is it cross channel that sort of thing?


Hi Mark

The Channel is for the best of the best!!! Not that good!! I have a dodgy left arm from a serious injury when I was 10 which does hamper me somewhat.

My open water swimming is done mainly in the lakes of the Lake District, Wales and hoping to do some in Scotland next year. There are a couple of reservoir swims as well but most aren't fit for swimming in!!! A lot of people do the sea as well, but that's not my bag. I like fresh water.

The furthest I have swum is 8 miles (my first open water season though and I had never swum over 1500m in one go before that!). I would have done more but the 10.5 mile event was stopped part way through because it got too dangerous due to the weather.

Was going to do the 22 mile 2 Way Windermere this year but as I didn't do the single way last year as it was stopped have decided to do the 10.5 mile. My friend did the Channel last year...good god, her stories scared the bejesus out of me!!! :lol:
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Re: Girlie Newbie!

Postby Pingu on Fri Jan 09, 2009 8:58 am

GymBunny wrote:
Bastards the pair of you! :P

Hehehe...you love me and you know it!! ;)

Glad you found your way across Pingu! Hadn't seen the latest pics of you, extremely impressed with the progress you are making. Serious kudos me darlin.

Thanks babe! Only did them last night... am rather chuffed. Missing my mince pies over Christmas has been worth it!

Rilla wrote:Is the angry penguin by any chance named after you?

Oh and welcome. :)


No it isn't named after her. Pingu I'll explain later but he is being obscene... :roll:


Ah I see...or maybe I don't want to!!! :lol:
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Re: Girlie Newbie!

Postby Rab on Fri Jan 09, 2009 9:20 am

Welcome Pingu. Great to have you here

Damn good calfs and great progress so far
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Re: Girlie Newbie!

Postby SCOTT GALTON on Fri Jan 09, 2009 9:34 am

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