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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.

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

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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)


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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