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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Nooska » Fri Aug 09, 2013 10:29 am

Vegan sushi? but sushi is with fish O.o - is what you are eating is sushi inspired vegetable/fruit rolls?
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Lieris » Fri Aug 09, 2013 11:01 am

Nooska wrote:Vegan sushi? but sushi is with fish O.o - is what you are eating is sushi inspired vegetable/fruit rolls?


Nope, sushi does not = fish. It just means rice prepared a certain way and served with whatever. You can make pepper, cucumber, tofu, avocado, sweet potato, carrot... whatever roll you like.

One of my favourite types of sushi is inari zushi which is sushi rice in a sort of bean curd pouch.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Rhiannon » Fri Aug 09, 2013 11:02 am

Sushi is the particular preparation of rice combined with other ingredients. While often that's fish, it can be lots of things - it's the rice that defines sushi.

Lieris - without knowing how much sushi you actually had and other details about you it's impossible to know if you ate "too much", but sushi/white rice isn't inherently unhealthy or anything like that. Sure brown rice is generally considered healthier than white, but that doesn't make sushi bad.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Nikachelle » Fri Aug 09, 2013 11:26 am

Maybe you can all educate me on vegetarian sushi, because while I like sushi, I'm totally grossed out by the raw fish idea. As a result, the only think I know how to order is a California roll!
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Shoju » Fri Aug 09, 2013 11:47 am

79.5 pounds... DAMN YOU HALF POUND.

I have 39 days until my birthday.... I'm wondering if I can hit 90 pounds by then. That seems a little unrealistic though. That's another 11.5 pounds, and as I lose more weight, the weight loss is slowing down. It would require me to duplicate my weight loss from the previous month.

Though, I'm still quietly rooting for 100 pounds by Christmas. 100 pounds, 10 months, I think I can do it.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Lieris » Fri Aug 09, 2013 12:57 pm

Nikachelle wrote:Maybe you can all educate me on vegetarian sushi, because while I like sushi, I'm totally grossed out by the raw fish idea. As a result, the only think I know how to order is a California roll!


What do you want to know?

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This is the sort of sushi I buy from Japan Centre. With the maki zushi on the left I see what looks like daikon with green onion, kakiage (tempura vegetables), avocado and at the bottom is cucumber, tofu and some sort of spicy red vegetable which I don't like! The trio on the right is inari zushi which is sushi rice wrapped in tofu.

For nigiri zushi I like a slice of tofu, courgette or asparagus on top.

There are so many possibilities with sushi and vegetables. :)
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Nooska » Fri Aug 09, 2013 1:06 pm

Ohh, I completely forgot to add, new scale arrived today. Will be trying it out tomorrow morning (first the old scale, then the new, so we can see the difference thats bioound to be there, so we can "write it off" mentally, and say X = Y.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby KysenMurrin » Fri Aug 09, 2013 1:32 pm

If you're concerned about having eaten sushi for dinner, just know that my grandma visited on Wednesday and she left me an entire chocolate cake. You could be doing worse than sushi. (I have no regrets. She makes good cake.)
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Fivelives » Sat Aug 10, 2013 5:13 am

The term "sushi" itself just refers to the rice, that's why there are a number of different words on a sushi menu: temaki (hand rolled, looks kinda like an ice cream cone filled with sushi rice and topped with the other ingredients), maki (rolled using a mat and served in bite-sized chunks, the rice is inside the nori [seaweed] sheet), uramaki (maki rolls with the rice on the outside of the nori), nigiri (ball of sushi rice topped with sliced fish), and sashimi (thinly sliced raw fish).

Anything sushi with shellfish - generally only shrimp and crab - the shellfish is poached before being used in a roll (or in some cases, tempura fried). When in doubt, you can ask the server or the chef themselves if the ingredients are raw or cooked. It's also generally listed on the menu as well; anything that's not shrimp, crab, or specifically noted as tempura is most likely going to be raw, though.

Here are the most common things that are always cooked in sushi: crab, shrimp, eel, and octopus. Sometimes, if they can get it fresh enough, shrimp sashimi is available raw, but it's generally not available outside coastal towns with a shrimping industry. Shrimp goes off very quickly, sooo yeah.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Orthien » Sun Aug 11, 2013 8:05 pm

Thought it time to throw in my own work into this thread.

Just over 3 months ago I brought myself some home gym equiptment changed up my diet and started on the Stronglifts 5x5 stregth building plan.
My goal was to bulk up a bit due to being not at all muscular and burn off the stomach and torso fat that my family is predisposed to, all in an effort to mostly build confidence. No one thinks I am fat by any means but its always been something I felt ashamed of particularly at the beach etc.

Since then my weight hasn't really changed at all, I am still around 85kg for a 6'2" male but I have definitely gained mussle which means I have burnt off some of this fat. I still have quite some way to go but its nice to see some progress. Parts of my body are starting to not look like my body which is weird but also very cool.

This week I start 100kg squat which is a great milestone making it my second lift after Deadlift to pass that mark which is great.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Rhiannon » Mon Aug 12, 2013 7:37 am

Awesome! Out of curiosity what did you buy, and how much room does it take up? I've really wanted to move on to barbells to help progress my compound lifts as my dumbbells are a) not heavy enough b) too unwieldy to allow me to really progress further, but space concerns have put me off making the leap.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Orthien » Mon Aug 12, 2013 1:59 pm

I started with a bench/frame combo set(which really should never be used to squat off) and a 100kg set that consisted of a 15kg Olympic Bar(Training bar rated to 300+kg) and 85kg of plates. As soon as I could afford it I picked up a Heavy Duty Power Cage which I greatly recommend if your lifting at home. The spotter arms are a literal lifesaver if your doing Bench Press without a human spotter.

I have set mine up in the garage which isn't all that roomy. Width is the biggest space constraint as the bar is 7' long and then you need room to move around and add plates etc. The Cage is at a guess 4'x4'x7'.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Fridmarr » Mon Aug 12, 2013 2:45 pm

The power cage + adjustable bench combo is very versatile. You can usually get them used for really good prices, because people who aren't using them anymore just want to dump them. Plus they don't really have much in the way of moving parts, so aside from superficial scratches they don't really suffer much from wear and tear. Pretty low risk as far as used exercise equipment goes.

If you have the room, that equipment can provide more bang for you buck than almost any "machine".
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Rhiannon » Tue Aug 13, 2013 2:51 am

Thanks guys. Looks like the garage would be the only feasible location for me though it'd be a bit of a squeeze as it's 8' wide. I'll start having a look around for used cages and get on with a much needed clear out in there.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby cdan » Tue Aug 13, 2013 6:04 am

http://forum.bodybuilding.com/forumdisplay.php?f=26 That is the Workout Equipment forum on the Bodybuilding site and it is full of massive amounts of useless information, but you can also find some amazing stuff about home gyms, etc. There is a lot on there about power cages especially and some very good, practical advice.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Nikachelle » Wed Aug 21, 2013 1:12 pm

Just signed up to take gymnastics at a place that basically specializes in circus tricks. Was the only place downtown Toronto I could find that had enough space for a full tumbling gym. I'm so frigging excited and slightly terrified that my 30 year old body is going to be absolutely wrecked. Come on muscle memory... you still know what to do... right?!?
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Arnock » Wed Aug 21, 2013 7:13 pm

Out of curiosity, for anyone here who's done crossfit, do they usually let members just... come in and use their equipment? Or do you need to go in and do the actual WOD along with the rest of the group?
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Zalaria » Thu Aug 22, 2013 5:11 am

It depends on the gym. Some do, some don't. If there's one you're wondering about, just ask them. Box owners tend to be fairly approachable in my experience.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby firstamendme » Tue Sep 03, 2013 5:03 am

So I started running again. I'm in very good shape in terms of cardio and endurance from playing a ton of raquetball and low impact cardio at the gym so I have no problem with breathing or becoming winded, but I noticed I started getting shin splints that were pretty horrible as I started increasing my run to 7-8 miles. I am landing properly and I have good general form. I had 2 questions that I hoped someone here could help me with:

1) I went to a running store and they had me walk around and helped me find a pair of shoes good for my running style. It turns out I supinate pretty badly. My question is: Should I trust the shoe to help absorb the impact or should I forcibly try to keep my foot at a neutral angle before hitting the ground?


2) My shin splints got bad enough that I took a bit of a break to heal up. Eventually the pain went away, but I noticed that the front of one shin is sort of asleep. It's just the front of the shin, and it isn't fully numb, just pins and needles as though it had fallen asleep. I did some digging around and found examples of shin splints causing foot numbness, but not what I'm experiencing. Anyone know what's going on and if it's a normal thing? It's been over a week and not really getting any better or worse.


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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Fivelives » Thu Sep 05, 2013 1:39 am

Trust the shoe to help absorb the impact. That's its entire job.

No, numbness and tingling that lasts over a week isn't normal. Get a referral to a neurologist to have EMG and nerve conduction tests done on your shin to see what the deal is - there's quite possibly some nerve damage there, and if there is then that needs to be corrected, if at all possible. There are some quite alarming things that can happen to muscles when the nerves that innervate them are damaged.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Nooska » Thu Sep 05, 2013 2:16 am

Just to post an update.
Weightloss has been at a standstill, though I have been eating a bit more than I should in regards to weight loss, so nothing too surprising.

Todays weigh-in was at 248 lbs (112.6 kg), so a total loss of 32 lbs (14.4 kg) in 15 weeks. Also, since I didn't update last thursday (waist measurement), I was down to 46 1/4 inch (117.5 cm) - a total loss of 5.4 inches (13.5 cm) over 13 weeks (didn't measure the first 2 weeks).
Its great seeing/feeling my formerly tight-ish clothes hang loose - have to get a new belt soon, after going down to the one I had to upsize from a while back.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Shoju » Thu Sep 05, 2013 11:07 am

Grats Sir. It's a great feeling to see results.


For me, I'm down to 206. That's 87 pounds since 2/28 - 3/2. I haven't kept "strict" measurements of what I was or whatever, but I'm able to slide into a pair of 34" pants (regular fit even), and I'm wearing size XL shirts, and they are starting to hang a little loose.

I should hit the 90 lb plateau right around my birthday in 2 weeks. The Weight loss has definitely slowed from the rocking numbers I was dropping in the beginning, but it's still weight loss, every week, no gaining, no staying the same.

I've struggled with setting realistic goals for myself. I haven't hit a single goal (short term) that I have set, as I'm unable to gauge the loss for the upcoming weeks. I wanted to be under 200 by my birthday, something I had thought about a month or two ago. That's probably not going to happen. I just don't see dropping 6+ pounds in 13 days. So I'll take a total loss of 90. I'm still shooting for 100 by Christmas. I'm not sure if it's possible, but That's the goal. 100 by christmas, and I'm taking a goddamn vacation next year.

Now, to start seeing some results in the toning part... I look pretty good clothed, but.... to quote Lester Burnham "I want to look good naked". I'm sure my wife thinks I look good naked, especially considering the weight loss in general, but I don't. And really? I'm not doing this for her, or for my kids (well, ok, sort of for my family), but I want to feel good about the way I look, something I haven't been able to say in a damn long time.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Fridmarr » Thu Sep 05, 2013 9:47 pm

Shoju wrote:I've struggled with setting realistic goals for myself. I haven't hit a single goal (short term) that I have set
On one hand, I'm thinking that you are obviously setting bat shit insane goals, because your weight loss is, seriously, nothing short of remarkable. On the other hand, what the fuck do I know? You're the one losing the weight and if that style of goal setting works, don't change a thing.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Nikachelle » Fri Sep 06, 2013 6:26 am

Shoju's loss is nothing short of amazing, but I totally feel you about the losses getting slower and slower as you get smaller and smaller.

For myself, I'm slowly inching back to the 150 pounds I was before we went on vacation to England/Ireland in May (I put on 5 pounds while on vacation then got lazy afterwards with my food intake). Scale was comfortably sitting between 151 and 152 pounds this morning. I'm just dying to get into the 140s. The last time I remember even being 140 I was figure skating competitively in my mid-teens. So... uh... it's been a while.

Been "lifting" for about a month now (on top of running, although that's scaled down a bit). I say "lifting" because I'm still trying to figure out what my upper end for weights are without totally damaging myself with high weights to start off. The first day I decided to lift weights, despite using really low weights... I was totally wrecked for the following three days. I'm now using weights that are double, if not more, starting weight without feeling as sore as I did then. So the weights are going up and up every time which is a bit encouraging. Definitely didn't think I'd be using 20 pound dumbbells to be doing anything several months ago!

However, if someone could just install these arm muscles into my body, that'd be much appreciated:

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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby cdan » Fri Sep 06, 2013 8:02 am

http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/other7.htm

That link takes you to a page where you can work out your one rep max without actually doing one. Should give you an idea of the upper end of what you can achieve and the weights you can lift.
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