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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 minutes at the beginning levels. It would be really easy to put a program together that would prioritize you're ability to train mostly pain-free in aikido. Some days there will be pain - its your muscles thanking you for making them stronger. If you're concerned with calories to lose weight, the best strategies are going to revolve around what and how you eat.
  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 out 4 times a week and I lift some weights for about 30 minutes and run for 30 minutes - usually 3 miles. Maybe try replacing a lifting session with something fun? Soccer, tennis, rugby, volleyball - team sports are particularly paleo in my mind - relationships and activities with a community of other people is great for good health. People with active friends live longer and are happier and more vital. Any changes to my diet/exercise routine you'd like to recommend? If it works for you and you're getting the results you want, everything looks solid. I think increasing your veg intake is a good place to improve your food quality. Anything I'm doing wrong? I think you look solid. I still would say more veg. Your body needs all types of nutrition, not just protein, fat, and carb, and if you're running low on your other micronutrients your body only has one way to tell you to get more... hunger. Get more vitamins and minerals, get less hunger. More veggies take longer to digest and keep you feeling full longer. Get more veggies, get less hunger. More veggies equals more options and less food boredom which makes it easier to stay on track over the long run. More veg=more success. I know that for me, personally, if I don't eat veg for a week i lose weight slower than if I ate the extra calories (including extra dressing). That's just me, but I know many others with the same experience. For weight loss, you might try skipping the morning shake. You could just try having some heavy cream in your coffee with a little sugar-free sweetener. Keep the shake around at work in case you get hungry, but once you've been doing low-carb paleo for a while you might find it very easy to get all the way to lunch without a meal.
  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 can't be said about martial arts skill development. For weight-loss specific goals, you're much better off concentrating on what and how you eat.
  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 necessary. If the answer is no, then maybe it's time to start moving on.
  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 like this: jab jab, cross jab, cross, hook jab, cross, hook, cross jab, cross, hook, cross, step in, low hook, high hook, push off I add kicks, but I'm not sure you kick. Change Leads and Repeat Continue til the bell rings. When the bell rings, finish each round with 20 hooks like in the sprint rounds. (If you finish with the hook sprints, give yourself a longer break.) Power isn't terribly important on your longer rounds. If you're too tired keep punching, but ease off the power. You can use any progression you want. Progression is important. Use one or you'll start improvising and wipe yourself out (or at least I do). This is a great way to develop some solid cardio output. And fun... if you like to hit stuff. Oh - and you can replace any of your treadmill work with either of these sessions.
  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 difficult on a vegetarian diet. Think of 50% more than standard protein recommendations if you're otherwise healthy. So like 150g of protein a day for you for a month or 2 after surgery. That's a lot of eggs! Add some fish if it's acceptable to your philosophy. Otherwise Onnit makes a good complete vegan protein. Until you're mostly recovered you probably won't lose weight. And until you're mostly recovered, weight loss probably shouldn't be your main focus - if it should even be one at all. Getting your full micro-nutrition spectrum is an excellent thing to focus on, as well as finding a healthy long-term approach to a non-diabetes inducing diet.
  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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