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  1. Ok, Sol... I'm in. Are you going for a Robin Hobb thing here? I'm sold, but I'm also a bit drunk. I've read hundreds of sci fi and fantasy books. Your writing perks my interest in way few do. Fly, my friend. Send me tales of your flight, and I'll follow your wing-ed trails.
  2. Most every new fitness activity is gonna make you sore at first. But after a bit, probably between 5 and 15 sessions, you're body gets accustomed to the activity and usually gets sore when you're at or near failure - either in max weight or reps. It may take a little tinkering, but finding a good happy medium of reps and weight will let you progress, but keep you from getting too sore. Powerlifting is a great place to go for general strength, health, and weight loss - and the strength helps all sports. Especially martial arts. You can get in to the gym and get a decent session in in 25-30 mi
  3. Breakfast - a single Premier Protein vanilla shake (I get these at costco) Not whole food, but low carb which seems to fit your goals. Paleo - 6.5/10 Lunch - 4 scrambled eggs and 3 pork sausages Paleo? If naturally fed, 10/10 If factory farm fed, 8.5/10 Dinner - usually a rib-eye steak and a salad. Paleo? If naturally fed, 10/10 If factory farm fed, 9/10 That's it - I'm pretty good at keeping away from the sweet stuff. My wife doesn't by chocolate and as long as chocolate isn't in the house I don't eat it. I work
  4. If you want both the fitness benefits and martial arts benefits of training, you're much better off training in martial arts and getting the fitness-related side benefits than you are in training in a program that's primarily fitness-based with some martial arts thrown in. The vast majority of cardio-kickboxing classes are nearly a complete waste of time in terms of developing martial arts skills. Most good modern mma schools include a decent amount of cardio development in their programs. You can get a crap-ton of effective cardio work done in 10 or 15 mintues twice a week. The same just
  5. Oh dear, jengy... how did you even get married?
  6. My wife (of 15 years) and I rarely wear our wedding rings. Never really have. I like it when women flirt with me. I'm human, it's fun. Part of the fun for me of losing weight and getting fitter is getting a little more attention from women. Not sure how on point this post is - but it seems like a tangentially related opinion.
  7. Depending on how much you like the burn, you might consider cutting your workout volume in half for a few weeks, then turning up the intensity. When you're trying to build new habit of regularly going to the gym, getting DOMS can deter you from going your next planned session. Habit is the most important thing when you're changing your health. If you love the burn, and find it motivating, keep it up. If DOMS causes you to put off your next training session you might consider dialing it down a bit.
  8. It could be you, but it could be her as well. Big people tend to get bigger over ten years. The girl you remember lifting probably isn't the same person she is now. And it kind of doesn't matter what you were 5 years ago, 10 years ago, or more. What matters is where you're going. You're getting healthier and stronger, which is awesome. Is your core stability lacking? Maybe, but don't bother comparing yourself to where you were - that way lies madness. Focus on where you want to be, and what the best way is to get there.
  9. People are only ready to make a change when they're ready. Until that point, not amount of cajoling, convincing, or arguing will help. Your can't make her change if she's not ready, you can only support her when she is. You've made your case by changing your life. You're not responsible to change her even if you could- she is. Maybe more importantly, it's your job to accept her as she is. Ideally that healthy foundation will lead to positive changes in her attitude and life. If not, the real question for you is, "Can I live with her in my life the way she is?". It's a hard question to ask, but
  10. You can easily do a heavy bag routine for either a sprint workout or for steady-state. I like doing sprints. 30 sec hitting as fast and hard as you can followed by 2 to 3 min of rest. Rinse and repeat. Starting out you may want to do 15-20 second rounds. Sprints work better when you're closer to the bag, so I do low left hook, low right hook, high left hook, high right hook - repeat to bell. (I have a ring timer app on my phone) Next round I start low right hook. Next 2 round I switch leads. For steady state I go much slower and do 3 minutes rounds with 30-60 sec rests. My progression looks
  11. Parrot, if your sugars are high, the LAST thing to do is bump up your carb intake. If your blood sugars are on the high side, then that may be a strong factor in why you're having trouble losing weight. Generally it isn't losing weight that causes reduced risk of type 2, it's the menu and lifestyle change that causes both. Reducing (depending on where you're at) carb intake is the number one place to start affecting chronic high b.s. Surgery is pretty traumatic for your body. It's an enormously stressful event. And you've got to make sure you're eating enough protein to recover - which is
  12. Any of you NFers out there have have a favorite tried-and-true low-carb smoothie recipe you want to share? I'm trying to increase my veg intake.
  13. Don't keep bread in your house - it's hard to eat if it's not there. Ooorrr... try buying some crappy-ass breads and keep those around the house. You'll get out of the habit of eating bread nearly as often.
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