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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.

I got the idea for this from here. I'd never known this could be done.

http://www.againstallgrain.com/2012/07/ ... i-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.

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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)


I need to get my local black bear to start doing Trenta Sizes. wooo
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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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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Melathys » Thu Sep 13, 2012 10:55 am

When I start to think that I'm getting old, that I'm past the prime of my life... Stallone.

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Seriously, the guy is nearly twice my age and in better shape than I've ever been, and I realize its not too late for me to get started. That I can find the prime of my life not in the years behind me, but in the years ahead.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby degre » Fri Sep 21, 2012 3:46 am

The problem is not much in getting started, I guess lots of us at a point signed up to the gym or got on doing some exercise, the problem is consistency, how long do you go before you get bored and start making excuses because you really can't be arsed?
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Nikachelle » Fri Sep 21, 2012 6:27 am

degre wrote:The problem is not much in getting started, I guess lots of us at a point signed up to the gym or got on doing some exercise, the problem is consistency, how long do you go before you get bored and start making excuses because you really can't be arsed?

If you're getting bored with your exercise you're either not switching it up enough or you're not doing something that is fun enough for *you*. Also, the longer you keep at something, the more easily it becomes a part of your routine where it gets to the point where it's actually hard to miss a workout. I think the saying is that it only takes four weeks to make a habit or something?

Also, you'll stay consistent with something if you actually see progress, since that's pretty motivational. If you start working out, but then end up overcompensating by eating too much, if your goal is weight loss, then you may not see any progress and figure there's no point in exercise after all.

I read/look at way too many motivational tumblrs and whatnot lately, and damn does that ever keep me going. One of the most commonly used phrases is something like "One hour of exercise is only 4% of your day". And it's so true! One hour is peanuts. I also got to the stage in my life where I'm tired of making excuses. No, I'm not too tired. Yes, I do have time. Yes, it's too hot outside but instead I'll go running in the mornings when it's cooler. No, I won't just eat less today to make up for the lack of exercise. No, I don't need a break. No, my work day wasn't too hard. Like seriously, at some point, you just have to smack yourself and say enough is enough.

Anyway, all that to say... if you don't enjoy your physical activity, you won't stick with it for long. So find something that you truly find entertaining, and stick with it. Be it running, going to the gym, special classes (I just found something called hooping that they've actually turned into an exercise class - yes, with a hula hoop), a sport, dancing, whatever.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Skye1013 » Mon Sep 24, 2012 10:46 pm

Just did a quick check of all of my "standard" fast food nutrition info... while not surprised by most of it, there are a couple of things on the list that just make me go "really?"

For example, grilled chicken fajitas from Chili's, sounds healthy(ish), right? When factoring in the condiments (sour cream, guacamole, cheese, pico de gallo) and tortillas it comes out to 1090 calories. As opposed to the Whopper w/cheese and a side of fries (or onion rings) that I get from Burger King that totals up to 1110 calories...

My healthiest is a 6" Sweet Onion Teriyaki on Flatbread from Subway, clocking in at 380 calories. I don't normally get the chips, but even if I did, that would only add ~200 more (depending on the type.)
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby katraya » Tue Sep 25, 2012 3:20 am

Skye that is why I track all my calories. There are a lot of things that really surprise you on their values, some good and some bad. For example one of the lowest calorie things to get at Outback is a steak rather than a fish or chicken dish.

I like having a mobile app too now so that I can check things before I order in a restaurant.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby degre » Tue Sep 25, 2012 4:09 am

Nikachelle wrote:
degre wrote:The problem is not much in getting started, I guess lots of us at a point signed up to the gym or got on doing some exercise, the problem is consistency, how long do you go before you get bored and start making excuses because you really can't be arsed?

If you're getting bored with your exercise you're either not switching it up enough or you're not doing something that is fun enough for *you*. Also, the longer you keep at something, the more easily it becomes a part of your routine where it gets to the point where it's actually hard to miss a workout. I think the saying is that it only takes four weeks to make a habit or something?

Also, you'll stay consistent with something if you actually see progress, since that's pretty motivational. If you start working out, but then end up overcompensating by eating too much, if your goal is weight loss, then you may not see any progress and figure there's no point in exercise after all.

I read/look at way too many motivational tumblrs and whatnot lately, and damn does that ever keep me going. One of the most commonly used phrases is something like "One hour of exercise is only 4% of your day". And it's so true! One hour is peanuts. I also got to the stage in my life where I'm tired of making excuses. No, I'm not too tired. Yes, I do have time. Yes, it's too hot outside but instead I'll go running in the mornings when it's cooler. No, I won't just eat less today to make up for the lack of exercise. No, I don't need a break. No, my work day wasn't too hard. Like seriously, at some point, you just have to smack yourself and say enough is enough.

Anyway, all that to say... if you don't enjoy your physical activity, you won't stick with it for long. So find something that you truly find entertaining, and stick with it. Be it running, going to the gym, special classes (I just found something called hooping that they've actually turned into an exercise class - yes, with a hula hoop), a sport, dancing, whatever.

Personally there is nothing I find entertaining, the only period I've ever had a fun in a gym was when I used to play to rugby and was training with the team, the fun being the banter, but I don't really care for it otherwise.
Anyway, thanks the same but I wasn't asking advice, I have solved differently, I don't go to the gym, I don't do running, I started a simple free body workout that literally takes me 10 minutes a day, no way I can miss that and is getting perfectly in my routine, once you are in the habit of getting things done then you can push up.

I'll avoid much running for weight loss though, counter-productive, sprints or a good strength workout produce better results.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Sabindeus » Tue Sep 25, 2012 12:27 pm

degre wrote:Anyway, thanks the same but I wasn't asking advice, I have solved differently, I don't go to the gym, I don't do running, I started a simple free body workout that literally takes me 10 minutes a day, no way I can miss that and is getting perfectly in my routine, once you are in the habit of getting things done then you can push up.


What's in your workout?
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Arnock » Tue Sep 25, 2012 7:25 pm

I haven't been to the gym in... an unfortunately long time. I was going to my local LA fitness 3 times a week doing stronglifts 5x5, but then I got an internship where I was able to use the company gym for free, so I cancelled my membership at LA fitness. Unfortunately, I got really sick in mid-june, sick enough to run a fever of 103 and lose 5-10lbs over a weekend, and any strenuous activity for 2 months afterwords sent me into a fit of uncontrollable coughing.

I've been hired by my company since then, but that means I can't use the company gym now until I have health insurance. So I'm just itching to get back into the swing of things and hoping that I haven't lost too much ground since early summer =/
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby degre » Wed Sep 26, 2012 9:44 am

Sabindeus wrote:
degre wrote:Anyway, thanks the same but I wasn't asking advice, I have solved differently, I don't go to the gym, I don't do running, I started a simple free body workout that literally takes me 10 minutes a day, no way I can miss that and is getting perfectly in my routine, once you are in the habit of getting things done then you can push up.


What's in your workout?

It's nothing serious, every day Monday to Friday 2 reps of:
Body Weight Squat x10
Push-Up x9
Plank 15 secs
Jumping Jacks x15
Crossover Reverse Lunge x6 each leg
Lying Hip Raise x10

On Friday I pick on rotation one of the exercise and after the regular reps I push it as far as I can.

I could easily push way more but the plan is to go light for a bit with a 10 minutes workout to gain consistency and integrate the workout into my daily routine, so far is working as intended.

My main problem with the gym that was causing me to pass was that in between travel time and all together took 2 hours a day and I couldn't be arsed to spend that time, whereas now I'm not doing much, but 10 minutes a day is better than nothing and once is a solid part of my daily routine pushing up the reps is going to be barely noticeable.

With October I'll add a full rep and then I want to talk to a trainer to vary the exercises so that I'm not training the same groups every day, would probably allow me to easily push harder.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Nikachelle » Tue Nov 20, 2012 9:30 am

I'm not exactly on track (was hoping to have lost another 10 pounds by now), but I have dumped another 6 pounds in the past two months. Having surgery kind of waylayed (sp?) my progress throughout October, but I'm feeling back on track. Just in time for Christmas to come around and nail me in the butt with the goodies + alcohol! (haha)

Also, still loving My Fitness Pal for calorie + exercise counting. Best thing EVER.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Fivelives » Tue Nov 20, 2012 1:40 pm

6 pounds in 2 months is a sustainable loss, so that's pretty decent.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Nikachelle » Wed Nov 28, 2012 8:37 am

Hah! Awesome shirt!
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Arnock » Wed Nov 28, 2012 9:19 pm

So I more or less completely stopped working out for the last month or so of the summer, a combination of sickness and losing access to the company gym. But I re-joined my old gym and after a heavy deload and a month of re-training myself, I'm back up to 200lb deadlifts and 150lb squats. Yes, I am still weak, but I'm working my way back up.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Fridmarr » Thu Nov 29, 2012 7:24 am

lol, if I was a bit older, I'd totally buy that shirt. It might motivate me to actually be ahead of someone ;)

Great job on getting back Arnock. I know when I have come back after a break, the loss strength from the time off can be a bit demoralizing, so it can be difficult mentally to want to stick with it.
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