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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Passionario » Tue Jul 10, 2012 12:33 am

firstamendme wrote:After you apply the one size fits all solution of 'just don't eat first or else you'll die' that evoke problems.


To be fair, 100% of all people who eat before exercising will die. :P
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Fivelives » Tue Jul 10, 2012 1:05 am

This calls for a venn diagram!

... so someone make one.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Nikachelle » Wed Jul 11, 2012 5:54 am

Second morning run completed. Gets easier every time. Planning to run Monday/Wednesday/Friday mornings for the rest of the summer, temperatures permitting.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Arnock » Fri Jul 13, 2012 4:01 pm

Finally made it back to the gym after a ~3 week hiatus on wednesday, Between being sick and spending a week doing hard physical labor, I lost ~10 lbs in a 3 week period, I need to start eating more...


On a completely unrelated note, by body is weird when it comes to caffeine. I only got about 4 hours of sleep last night, and I drank a cup of coffee this morning after waking up (~150mg of caffeine) had a piece of Stay Alert gum (100mg caffeine) on the way to work, and a double esspresso after arriving (another ~150mg of caffeine) all within a 2 hour period.

Most people start to feel overdose symptoms at ~300-500mg according to teh internets, yet my heart rate hadn't risen noticeably, I wasn't feeling hyper or jittery, nor was I shaking at all.


At the same time, on days when I don't drink any coffee, I don't feel any withdrawal.


This makes me mildly confused.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Fivelives » Fri Jul 13, 2012 9:05 pm

Teh Internets is wrong on that one, methinks. You'd be feeling "overdose" symptoms at 2 cups of strong coffee, if that were the case.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby firstamendme » Sat Jul 14, 2012 3:41 am

I think the internet is actually correct on that one. The full line (if he got the info where I think he did) is:

"Generally a dose between 300-500mg could produce some of the above mild to moderate symptoms, especially in those with no tolerance."

I could see 300mg causing mild overdose symptoms in someone with no tolerance, especially when they list one of the 'symptoms' as jitters.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Skye1013 » Sun Jul 15, 2012 5:05 pm

especially in those with no tolerance.

I'd imagine that's the key right there. If someone was relatively new to caffeine, 300-500mg COULD likely be the start of overdose symptoms. Though for most people, we're innundated with caffeine on a regular basis, so we're either accustomed to the symptoms (therefore not realizing they're happening) or our bodies have adjusted to not show those symptoms until higher levels.

Of course... how often do you shotgun two cups of coffee? I can't say I'm well versed in the subject (since I don't drink coffee) but don't people usually spread a cup of coffee over a .5-1 hour period?
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby firstamendme » Sun Jul 15, 2012 5:57 pm

For me, a cup of coffee usually lasts somewhere between 5 and 15 minutes.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Skye1013 » Sun Jul 15, 2012 6:10 pm

Do you then immediately get a second cup, and also down that in another 5-15 min?
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Skye1013 » Sun Jul 15, 2012 6:51 pm

This seems appropriate.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Fivelives » Mon Jul 16, 2012 2:15 am

Taking restaurants as an example, the coffee served is bottomless, so generally your cup is refilled before you're finished with it. But yeah, somewhere around 5-10 minutes is about average for a cup. I've never seen anyone take more than 15 minutes to finish a fresh cuppa joe.

I read that site, and I'm pretty honestly confused as to which of the listed symptoms are intended and which are just side effects, but it still sounds fishy for the average adult to experience an overdose of caffeine from two cups of coffee.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Nikachelle » Mon Jul 16, 2012 6:21 am

Fivelives wrote:I've never seen anyone take more than 15 minutes to finish a fresh cuppa joe.

I find this is mostly true... except at the office. At the office it can take me anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes to drink a cup. And I like it that way - Feels more leisurely than pouring a scalding hot coffee down my throat as I'm trying to do my makeup and get out the door for work in the mornings!
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby firstamendme » Mon Jul 16, 2012 7:48 am

For me it's actually the opposite. Since I can't bring my coffee into the lab, I sneak out and pound it down in as few gulps as possible so I can run back to the instruments :P.

I usually drink the shitty stuff as a result, and save the stuff my wife's family sends us from Costa Rica for home use.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Fivelives » Mon Jul 16, 2012 7:51 am

Nikachelle, are you talking about the standard coffee mug sized cup, or one of the coffeehouse cups? One 12oz "tall" coffee from a coffee shop is just shy of 2 standard coffee mugs (7oz each), so that's just about 300mg of caffeine right there.

firstamendme, same here. At our station, we spike our 24oz travel mugs with a 5hr energy shot and guzzle it down with 2 No-Doz as a chaser (right around 1000mg of caffeine, heh).
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Nikachelle » Mon Jul 16, 2012 7:55 am

Fivelives wrote:Nikachelle, are you talking about the standard coffee mug sized cup, or one of the coffeehouse cups? One 12oz "tall" coffee from a coffee shop is just shy of 2 standard coffee mugs (7oz each), so that's just about 300mg of caffeine right there.

firstamendme, same here. At our station, we spike our 24oz travel mugs with a 5hr energy shot and guzzle it down with 2 No-Doz as a chaser (right around 1000mg of caffeine, heh).

Uh... whatever the tall or grande sizes are from Starbucks.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Fivelives » Mon Jul 16, 2012 9:33 am

Tall = 12oz (354ml)
Grande = 16oz (473ml)
Venti = 24oz (709ml)
Trenta = 31oz (916ml)
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Nikachelle » Fri Jul 20, 2012 6:46 am

Just jumping in here to rave about how awesome morning runs are. I think I've been doing it two or three weeks now (generally aiming for Monday, Wednesday and Friday 6 am runs) and I find I actually look forward to getting up and going out for a jog now. It's not only given me more energy (I'm up even later at night than normal), but it's also keeping me frequent with off days (non running days that is) to do strength training.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Fivelives » Fri Jul 20, 2012 1:06 pm

Welcome to the morning club, Nika.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Nikachelle » Fri Aug 10, 2012 7:34 am

Just throwing this in here for anyone who may find it useful... there's an app (and web site) that can help you track your exercise, calories burned and calories consumed called My Fitness Pal (http://www.myfitnesspal.com/). Very helpful in the sense that you can see patterns in your eating habits and correct yourself as necessary.

I've been using it for about two months now and really do love it. I also find it motivational as well.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Melathys » Wed Aug 22, 2012 8:02 pm

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Got this in the mail today. Used it to slice up a zucchini. I'm actually very surprised by the noodlely-ness of it. We stir fried it up with some oil and salt and pepper, very tasty. This will be a staple of our household from now on. We may not ever buy spaghetti noodles again, and instead use zucchini noodles.

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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Fivelives » Thu Aug 23, 2012 3:50 am

Huh. I use a spiral slicer to make curly fries, but never thought about running zucchini through it. Although I do loves me some spaghetti squash.

Thanks for the tip.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Aubade » Thu Aug 23, 2012 10:29 am

Fivelives wrote:Tall = 12oz (354ml)
Grande = 16oz (473ml)
Venti = 24oz (709ml)
Trenta = 31oz (916ml)


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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Fivelives » Thu Aug 23, 2012 12:42 pm

Yes, because we should all start the day off right! ... With a quart of coffee.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Nikachelle » Tue Aug 28, 2012 7:22 am

Been sick with some cold/flu thingy for just over a week and was really worried about going back to running after having not done anything physical in two weeks. Couldn't believe how easy the 4k run was this morning. Felt like I could've kept going much longer which is really not what I expected.

Also dropped 10 pounds in about 2.5 months which I'm pretty pleased about. On to the next 10 pounds! Think I'm aiming for mid-November to lose those next 10.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby katraya » Tue Aug 28, 2012 12:03 pm

Bah, I had a stomach bug a few weeks ago that knocked me out for over a week and now I have a cold. It's seriously pissing me off. I'm only a few pounds from my wedding weight goal (thanks to the stomach bug) and it's really frustrating to be sapped of all energy.
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