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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Arcand » Thu Apr 29, 2010 8:19 pm

Thalia wrote:I still do drink soda, but I drank caffeine free soda, and only two cans a day tops. The rest is water. I would recommend you start training yourself to drink diet soda, your sugar intake will drop by so much! Seriously, now I taste regular soda and want to spit it out because it tastes like I'm drinking pure sugar.


I've trained myself to drink diet pop too, but I haven't stopped liking the regular. In fact, the regular now tastes orgasmically good to me. It's like what happens when you get used to skim milk and then somebody gives you a glass of 3%.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Thalia » Thu Apr 29, 2010 8:21 pm

Arcand wrote:
Thalia wrote:I still do drink soda, but I drank caffeine free soda, and only two cans a day tops. The rest is water. I would recommend you start training yourself to drink diet soda, your sugar intake will drop by so much! Seriously, now I taste regular soda and want to spit it out because it tastes like I'm drinking pure sugar.


I've trained myself to drink diet pop too, but I haven't stopped liking the regular. In fact, the regular now tastes orgasmically good to me. It's like what happens when you get used to skim milk and then somebody gives you a glass of 3%.


Heh my teeth hurt now too when I drink regular, I avoid them for sure.

Oh i fixed my quote I meant to say "I drink caffeine free diet soda".
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Nakama » Thu Apr 29, 2010 8:23 pm

Diet Mountain Dew and Diet Dr. Pepper are great in this regard and even the decaffinated versions aren't too bad, if you're looking for a tasty calorie-free soda to go to.

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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Shathus » Thu Apr 29, 2010 8:25 pm

Thalia wrote:I still do drink soda, but I drank caffeine free soda, and only two cans a day tops. The rest is water. I would recommend you start training yourself to drink diet soda, your sugar intake will drop by so much! Seriously, now I taste regular soda and want to spit it out because it tastes like I'm drinking pure sugar. At first I hated it, I felt like I was drinking Robitussin, but I forced myself to drink diet, and after a few weeks I came to love it and it became a lifestyle change for me. Just think about it, each one of those little soda cans contains 150 calories a lone, as compared to diet which is 0.

Now taking it one step further is replacing sodas with water. I'm still a soda addict, like I said I drink 1-2 cans a day, but, I have learned to drink water throughout the day. To me water is not that tasty and I used to avoid it, but I found that if it's cold I can drink it forever. If you still don't like plan water, get those crystal light packs and add them to it, they are 0 calories and delicious.


I don't want to say this is fact, but I thought there have also been studies that show diet soda can be be less healthy than regular at times. Here's a quick summary article. Obviously as you and others have mentioned, the end goal should probably be to cut out soft drinks all together, so whatever helps you do that is good. Just be wary of switching from drinking a lot of regular soda to a lot of diet in the meantime, it may not be as beneficial as it seems.

Note: I used to drink a lot of soda (and beer) after getting out of college, and after cutting back on both, it helped get rid of a few extra pounds I was carrying around, so I can speak to that helping.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Dapaladin » Thu Apr 29, 2010 8:39 pm

I used to drink soda when we had it and i still will (very little one can max a day) but i generally drink a TON of water. I'm poor as well so i never order soda when i go out XD gogo water being free!. I normally feel thirsty throughout the day and have to keep getting drinks so i drink tons of water. Which is a nuisance in itself because drinking that much water only leads to more bathroom breaks but meh i think I'd rather be using the bathroom a lot then drinking a high calorie drink.

If you can't do with the blandness of water you could drink some juice from time to time. Just make sure it's actually juice.

So speaking of water who thinks city water tastes like crap compared to well water. I have a well under my house and i think the water tastes GREAT but whenever i go to someplace with city water i feel like it always tastes metallic or something.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Snake-Aes » Fri Apr 30, 2010 5:19 am

It's the fecal coliforms contrasting against the chlorine.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Nikachelle » Fri Apr 30, 2010 6:13 am

I stopped drinking soda when I was 12 because I read something so horrible about it that it made me quit right then and there. 15 years later, I haven't had a single sip of soda and the smell of it makes me feel nauseous.

I just wish I could remember what I had read.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Shathus » Fri Apr 30, 2010 6:31 am

Nikachelle wrote:I stopped drinking soda when I was 12 because I read something so horrible about it that it made me quit right then and there. 15 years later, I haven't had a single sip of soda and the smell of it makes me feel nauseous.

I just wish I could remember what I had read.


*doesn't want to read Nika's article if she finds it so I can continue to enjoy the occasional sweet, sweet soda* :lol:
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Arnock » Fri Apr 30, 2010 6:48 am

Stopped at a random corner store and realized that they had coke that was bottled in mexico. Haven't had any in awhile, and it was delicious


Also, comparing city water to well water, I generally am not a fan of the sulfur taste in most well water I drink.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby mew » Fri Apr 30, 2010 7:07 am

Arnock wrote:Stopped at a random corner store and realized that they had coke that was bottled in mexico. Haven't had any in awhile, and it was delicious


Also, comparing city water to well water, I generally am not a fan of the sulfur taste in most well water I drink.

Are you even supposed to drink unfiltered well water?
We used to have a well when I was little :( I used to ask my relatives to bring me filtered-suburb water when they came to visit. That well water was even horrible to shower in.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby hoho » Fri Apr 30, 2010 7:08 am

Get better wells then (or ground water in general).
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Arcand » Fri Apr 30, 2010 7:49 am

Arnock wrote:Stopped at a random corner store and realized that they had coke that was bottled in mexico. Haven't had any in awhile, and it was delicious


Was it in glass bottles? I wonder if the difference is not having godknowswhat leeching out of the plastic into the drink. Or the other theory I've heard is that it's made with cane sugar instead of corn syrup.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby firstamendme » Fri Apr 30, 2010 7:52 am

I've often wondered about different locations having slight taste variation based on production/distribution location. Related to the soda incident above, my mother-in-law despises the Budweiser (not that I blame her *gag*) that they get in Costa Rica. They joke about it being 'Gringo Water'. When she came to visit Boston and see where we live, she got a Budweiser bottle when we were out at lunch and really thought it tasted good. She still hates the bottles she gets down there, but I havn't been able to inspect them to determine the location it was processed.

Makes you wonder what causes these minor variations for sure.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Shathus » Fri Apr 30, 2010 7:57 am

Arcand wrote:
Arnock wrote:Stopped at a random corner store and realized that they had coke that was bottled in mexico. Haven't had any in awhile, and it was delicious


Was it in glass bottles? I wonder if the difference is not having godknowswhat leeching out of the plastic into the drink. Or the other theory I've heard is that it's made with cane sugar instead of corn syrup.


That might be it. I know Pepsi did a 'retro' thing a couple months ago and was using real Sugar instead of HFCS or other sweeteners and from what I had heard/read it was much more well received than the normal stuff.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby katraya » Fri Apr 30, 2010 8:04 am

Arnock wrote:Stopped at a random corner store and realized that they had coke that was bottled in mexico. Haven't had any in awhile, and it was delicious



They use actual sugar, rather than high fructose corn syrup. It tastes much better. (Edit: Oh hi, everyone else already said that :( ) You can also get 2L of Coke with real sugar around Passover in certain stores too.


I drink water all day long at work and usually lime seltzer when I'm home. I've been drinking beer way too much while out recently, need to find a better bar alternative.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Dapaladin » Fri Apr 30, 2010 8:17 am

mew wrote:
Arnock wrote:Stopped at a random corner store and realized that they had coke that was bottled in mexico. Haven't had any in awhile, and it was delicious


Also, comparing city water to well water, I generally am not a fan of the sulfur taste in most well water I drink.

Are you even supposed to drink unfiltered well water?
We used to have a well when I was little :( I used to ask my relatives to bring me filtered-suburb water when they came to visit. That well water was even horrible to shower in.


There is nothing wrong with well water assuming the water isn't contaminated with anything... AKA a gas company that will go unnamed had a gas tank from a gas station nearby crack and gas leaked into the ground so some houses on the opposite side of the gas station can no longer drink their well water and said gas company has to send all those houses bottled water now till the end of time. Luckily the water flows toward the gas station so our house wasn't effected.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Thalia » Fri Apr 30, 2010 8:20 am

I do believe when you are young and single or just young and having fun it is more of a challenge to cut down on the drinking.

For me, I used to have a beer about 3 times a week, or a glass of wine 3-4 times a week. I don't have beer anymore, and when I do it's only on my cheat day and it's light beer. I occasionally have my glass of wine during the week but put it into my points system. Plus, if you are going for empty alcoholic calories, wine has better properties for you. There is sweet wine if you don't like the very tart ones. And if you want to be a starter, white zinfandel is very mild.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Kelaan » Fri Apr 30, 2010 9:43 am

Thalia wrote:I am asking for your advice and life tips on how to sustain feeling fit and looking healthy as part of your everyday life.


I have friends that do Crossfit, for exactly those reasons. The workouts are varied every day, but promote whole-body movement and intense effort. The idea is, you're a well-rounded athlete. See if there's a Crossfit gym near you that you can visit and talk to people there.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Sabindeus » Fri Apr 30, 2010 10:06 am

this thread is pretty inspirational
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby firstamendme » Fri Apr 30, 2010 11:29 am

Inspirational definetely. Weight sucks. I gotta see if I still have pictures of the way I looked before. I went from 300-310lbs in 11th grade (heavy overweight my whole life) to 160 by freshman year of college (waaaaaaaayyyyyyy too skinny) to maintaining a swing of 210-225 the past 5 years or so (relatively low body fat%).

I actually have some visible stretch marks on my inner arm and underarm/side, though thankfully they are minor as I still lost the weight when I was young enough to have good skin elasticity. I have family members who have done the same later in life and had to actually get the extra stomach skin (apron as they call it) surgically removed afterward as the skin itself was 20 lbs.

Edit: I am in no way advocating losing 140-150 lbs in 14 months. I did it with just diet and exercise, but to an overkill and unhealthy level. 160lbs on my frame is essentially count-the-bone structure thin.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Thalia » Fri Apr 30, 2010 11:37 am

firstamendme wrote:Inspirational definetely. Weight sucks. I gotta see if I still have pictures of the way I looked before. I went from 300-310lbs in 11th grade (heavy overweight my whole life) to 160 by freshman year of college (waaaaaaaayyyyyyy too skinny) to maintaining a swing of 210-225 the past 5 years or so (relatively low body fat%).

I actually have some visible stretch marks on my inner arm and underarm/side, though thankfully they are minor as I still lost the weight when I was young enough to have good skin elasticity. I have family members who have done the same later in life and had to actually get the extra stomach skin (apron as they call it) surgically removed afterward as the skin itself was 20 lbs.

Edit: I am in no way advocating losing 140-150 lbs in 14 months. I did it with just diet and exercise, but to an overkill and unhealthy level. 160lbs on my frame is essentially count-the-bone structure thin.


I remember I saw an episode of Grey's Anatomy once where this lady had lost 100 lbs in one year. She had heart surgery and apparently she was fine through it but after relapsed. They eventually found out that her losing 100lbs in one year was like her being anorexic to her body. As other people have stated, yes we are eager to lose as much weight as we can as soon as possible, but if it's A LOT of weight, it's best to go to a dietitian and your doctor to monitor your progress and to make sure you are not endangering yourself.

Another fact I learned a few weeks ago. Human Growth Hormone apparently works wonders in the recovery process for any surgeries, plus it actually helps you stay feeling and looking younger. It is pretty red tapped though to get it, and a lot of doctors protest the rule because they can give it to cancer patients etc, blah blah blah to help hem recover better from surgeries. Anyway, of course you can build your own, because we do have it, but the best way I heard Dr. Nixon say to build it up is by exercising regularly, being at a normal weight, not eating much red meat, etc.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Arnock » Fri Apr 30, 2010 1:03 pm

katraya wrote:
Arnock wrote:Stopped at a random corner store and realized that they had coke that was bottled in mexico. Haven't had any in awhile, and it was delicious



They use actual sugar, rather than high fructose corn syrup. It tastes much better. (Edit: Oh hi, everyone else already said that :( ) You can also get 2L of Coke with real sugar around Passover in certain stores too.



I live in a heavily jewish area, so I might have to look around more next time passover rolls around
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Sabindeus » Fri Apr 30, 2010 1:21 pm

firstamendme wrote:Inspirational definetely. Weight sucks. I gotta see if I still have pictures of the way I looked before. I went from 300-310lbs in 11th grade (heavy overweight my whole life) to 160 by freshman year of college (waaaaaaaayyyyyyy too skinny) to maintaining a swing of 210-225 the past 5 years or so (relatively low body fat%).

I actually have some visible stretch marks on my inner arm and underarm/side, though thankfully they are minor as I still lost the weight when I was young enough to have good skin elasticity. I have family members who have done the same later in life and had to actually get the extra stomach skin (apron as they call it) surgically removed afterward as the skin itself was 20 lbs.

Edit: I am in no way advocating losing 140-150 lbs in 14 months. I did it with just diet and exercise, but to an overkill and unhealthy level. 160lbs on my frame is essentially count-the-bone structure thin.


wow dude that is pretty incredible. I wish I could do that. (yes I know you say you're not advocating it but I wish I could do it anyway)
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby mew » Fri Apr 30, 2010 1:54 pm

firstamendme wrote:Inspirational definetely. Weight sucks. I gotta see if I still have pictures of the way I looked before. I went from 300-310lbs in 11th grade (heavy overweight my whole life) to 160 by freshman year of college (waaaaaaaayyyyyyy too skinny) to maintaining a swing of 210-225 the past 5 years or so (relatively low body fat%).

I actually have some visible stretch marks on my inner arm and underarm/side, though thankfully they are minor as I still lost the weight when I was young enough to have good skin elasticity.

That's kind of what happened to me. I complain about my dad a lot, and this is kind of one of the examples of things he used to do.
I lived away from home, at a residential high school. I wouldn't exercise at all and eat really poorly and I gained over 20 lbs in one year. So I was home for the summer and my dad, being the awesome guy that he is, is all "You are going to lose all that weight". He gave me obesity meds (I was 5'2" 153lbs, no where near "obese") and would make me do cardio for 3 hours a day (one in the morning, one in the afternoon, one at night) and he would yell at me if he saw me eating. So that combined with my boyfriend at the time breaking up with me (but that is another story), I lost 20 lbs in 20 days.
Now my thighs are completely stretch marked all the way around (it's a bunch of small marks, no solid colored patches skin really) and I pretty much can't show my legs (I didn't before anyways). They look like they aren't shaved or something from a slight distance because of the odd coloration. I would offer to take a picture and post it, but no one wants to see that (not even me).
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Grehn|Skipjack » Fri Apr 30, 2010 2:04 pm

katraya wrote:
Arnock wrote:Stopped at a random corner store and realized that they had coke that was bottled in mexico. Haven't had any in awhile, and it was delicious

They use actual sugar, rather than high fructose corn syrup. It tastes much better. (Edit: Oh hi, everyone else already said that :( ) You can also get 2L of Coke with real sugar around Passover in certain stores too.

We sell these bottles at the store I work so I bought one just now. Needed to get my mother a lottery ticket and next week's schedule anyway. I don't think it tastes that much different, but I'm the guy who thinks generic cola, Coke, and Pepsi all tastes the same.
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