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Gen. Chat “Getting small! (OB not-quite-so-fat thread)” by A Study in Pink

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Bad Wolf 3 years ago on 07/19/14
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-13 lbs
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Skits 3 years ago on 08/10/14
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-40 lbs. Yeah buddy.
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Bad Wolf 3 years ago on 08/10/14
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-20 in a month
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John Booty 3 years ago on 08/11/14
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About a month ago I started running. It was really hard to run a mile at first. Still kind of is. A couple of weeks ago I timed myself and the best mile I could do was over ten minutes.

As of Friday I got it down to 9:25. On Saturday I beat that time by a few seconds... 9:18.

That's still really slow, but I'll get there. This is a fun challenge.

Bad Wolf said:
-20 in a month

This is impressive, but are you eating ok? In your earlier post you said it was stress...
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B======D 3 years ago on 08/16/14
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Here is a list of things from my nutrition class that have helped me lose weight, some of them may seem obvious:

- Eat whole foods. Besides being the best thing you can put in your body if you eat whole foods instead of processed foods you can eat more and be satiated easier. Additionally, phyto-chemicals you consume from whole fruits, vegetables, and grains give you serious health benefits that you can't get any other way. Try to stay away from foods that have only 6 or fewer ingredients listed on their nutrition facts.

- Only eat when you're hungry. This sounds stupid, but most over eating habits are psychological and people will eat when their happy or sad or bored or to deal with stress. Paying attention to when your body actually needs food is the biggest step to thwarting psychological over eating.

- Fad diets do not work. Atkins, master cleanse, paleo... ect. These are unhealthy solutions to quick results that never last. If you want to lose weight you have to burn more calories then your bodies daily needs, it's that simple. So start paying attention to what you eat and start working out to burn those cals. Also STOP CUTTING CARBS: your brain and nervous system can only be fueled by glucose, and having your body turn amino acids into glucose if a quick way to lose lean muscle and organ tissue.

- Avoiding high cal foods. Sugars, butter, saturated fats, alcohol; these are the things your tongue craves but do terrible things to your body. Avoiding a tablespoon of butter or a can of soda from your daily meal over the course of a year you will lose 10 pounds. Every pound of fat takes 3500 calories to burn so start cutting out the shit you don't need it really isn't that hard once you start.

- Carbs are 4 calories per gram
- Proteins are 4 calories per gram
- Fats are 9 calories per gram
- Alcohol is 7 calories per gram


- You don't have to eat the whole thing! Listen to your body when you're full. I used to believe I was wasting food by not eating the last three bites of my burrito. There are kids starving right? Well think about it can go in the trash can, or it can go in your bodies trash can and just be more calories to work off. Shed a tear for those kids in Africa but throw that shit away, or save it for when you're actually hungry again.
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B======D 3 years ago on 08/16/14
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- Find healthy foods you enjoy. Guacamole or salsa are the only way you can eat vegetables? Eat that shit, then maybe try something similar like Gazpacho. Changing your palette and introducing new healthy foods to your diet will make you actually crave good food instead of those fucking chocolate chip cookies. What gets me are smoked oysters, holy shit, so good!

- Exercise, you lazy bitch. I know man, I know. It sucks, I don't have time to go to the gym, gym memberships cost money, it's raining outside, I'll just work out tomorrow. Fuck you. Get off your ass and do something, if anything for your own body, you're not getting any younger. Run up the stairs instead of taking the elevator. Race from your terrible parking spot to your house. Carry your groceries to your car instead of using a cart. Do anything that will get you sweating. One huge boon for me to keep up exercising is machine free exercises. Trust me, I'd much rather be playing video games too, or re-watching Firefly. Buy a yoga mat for like 10 bucks and your have an entire plethora or exercise you can do naked in your own home with no reason to feel what ever your particular hang up is.

Fat burning:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOPJhZKa40g
Yoga:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQaENEaAHqc
Abs:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ci-T6l4AU7g
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John Booty 3 years ago on 08/19/14
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I'm still a crappy runner but I am now addicted to it. I mean I'm literally addicted to the high you get when you push yourself a little harder on the track.

Which is funny since I'm still basically moving in slo-mo out there!

Moderator Lord_BullGod Says:

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John Booty 3 years ago on 08/21/14
Equipped: Sparkledonkey's Gallbladder
Sunday - Tennis
Monday - Ran in the AM and PM
Tuesday - Tennis
Wednesday - Tennis
Thursday - Tennis (if it doesn't rain tonight)

My weight hasn't changed but I feel good, not really any soreness or anything and compared to when I was in my mid-20s I am FLYING around the tennis court.

One thing I'm a believer in now is getting some protein after a workout. It seems to really help with day-after soreness.
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Bad Mongo 3 years ago on 08/21/14
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Bad news, everyone! It looks like I overdid a workout last weekend and gave myself tendinitis in my left foot. Today my doctor ordered me to take it easy on said foot for at least two weeks. My normal routine involves a lot of high-impact cardio, squats, and lunges, so this naturally has me rather concerned.

I've been uncharacteristically successful at keeping up my exercise momentum for the last 4 months (5 days of workouts and 2 days of rest/stretching per week), so I don't want to give myself a chance to wind down. Does anyone have any suggestions for cardio and lower body exercises that'll put little to no stress on my foot? I don't have a gym membership, so an elliptical or a swimming pool isn't an option.

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John Booty 3 years ago on 08/22/14
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Is cycling possible with your injury? It's low-impact, obviously, but I don't know anything about tendinitis...
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Bad Mongo 3 years ago on 08/22/14
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It is, as long as I avoid hills (admittedly that isn't much of a problem in the San Fernando Valley).
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Bad Wolf 3 years ago on 08/25/14
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It's getting pointed out to me that my collar bones are becoming more prominent and I can tell when I slip on my pants that I'm gonna need to go shopping for newer, smaller clothes soon. I haven't lost much more weight on the scale since the dramatic 20 lbs. I lost over the course of a month due to a bunch of stress, but I'm still unable to find myself eating more than one meal a day. I'm trying. I try to snack a bit, reminds myself that even though I'm not hungry, I should make myself eat.

The plus side is that a lot of the things I'm eating are a lot healthier than my usual choices and my portion controls are smaller. I think I have to get back into the habit of cooking and just making myself bring small meals to work, etc. I'm going to try to force myself to work out when I have more free time. I'm usually always hungry after a workout, so it could boost my appetite and all the while be a lot healthier for me.

Guys, depression and anxiety disorder suck giant balls. But at least I look good?
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John Booty 3 years ago on 09/08/14
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I signed up for a floor hockey (you play on foot, not on skates) league!

First game on Thursday. I'm probably going to struggle to keep up but I'm SO PSYCHED.
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Bad Wolf 3 years ago on 09/09/14
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I think I'm down another few pounds or so. That's a total of around 22-25 lbs. in the last couple of months. I'm eating better so it's not from lack of food so much anymore or stress, and I think I'm going at a rate at about 2 lbs a week, which isn't unhealthy (I don't think). I'm starting to see a me in a body that I haven't seen in many years and it's pretty neat.
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the.avidpedestrian 3 years ago on 09/09/14
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I am back on the wagon (again) of not drinking pop (three days so far) and hopefully I can stick with it this time. I've found a recipe for home-made ginger syrup, which yes, has a lot of sugar, but less than store-bought pop. Also, more control over the syrup to sparkling water ratio. The last time I ate out, I had a Coke and it made me so sick to my stomach and phlegm-y that I just decided to quit. We'll see how it goes this time.
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John Booty 3 years ago on 09/10/14
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That's awesome! That is NOT easy.
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the.avidpedestrian 3 years ago on 09/10/14
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It's NOT easy. And like most people, I'm an emotional eater. Every emotion-especially bad ones like stress, sadness, anger- is treated with food. I'm really trying to cut back on added sugar like in pop. I cheated today and had sweet tea at a restaurant, but it was also almost too sweet. So I guess it's working so far. Also, left food on my plate at the restaurant, which is a rarity. And got my 10,000 steps in.
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Bad Wolf 3 years ago on 09/11/14
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I'm addicted to diet coke, which is awful and totally unhealthy. Might I recommend sparkling water with some flavor pouch added to it? Or those calorie-free flavor drop thingies... forgot what they're called. I think I just have a thing for carbonation and flavor, but not too sweet (thus why I'm addicted to diet).
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nategri 3 years ago on 09/12/14
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I also count it as a vice (at least for all the unnecessary money I spend on it, coupled with the caffeine addiction) but I justify it by realizing it's far better than the alternative.

I'll take diet coke's difficult-to-quantify, probably-nonexistent health concerns over the very real very likely chance of getting metabolic syndrome or diabetes from drinking a large amount of full sugar coke.

Obviously if you can NOT drink it, that's cool, haha. This is just how I personally get around wasting a bunch of energy on trying to quit.
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the.avidpedestrian 3 years ago on 09/13/14
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I am working my way to carbonated water with lemon/lime. I made my own ginger ale syrup; it still has a good bit of sugar in it, but I can control the amount of syrup I use. I am allergic to most artificial sweeteners, though. I once chewed my cheek so badly I ended up in the hospital because it was bleeding so badly after my membranes swelled from chewing Extra. I still have scars on my cheeks and tongue. I'm just trying to quit all together. As long as I keep my morning coffee, I won't get migraines from caffeine withdrawal. It's more the comfort/alleviating effects of the sugar on my brain when I'm in stressful situations than the taste itself.

Bright side: I was at the Ohio Renaissance Fair today, and had very little junk food. A small glass of wine and some roasted cashews. The only really junky food was the chicken fingers and fries, and I didn't finish those.

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