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  1. Slight twist of plans... I finally went through with something I've been debating a long time, which is hiring a personal trainer. My first session was very positive and I think this is going to help me a lot on the whole accountability/structure thing, which I've been struggling mightily with since Christmas. I did the same routine I did with the trainer again today at the rec -- interval training of running/weightlifting/pushups or situps, basically, with some kettlebell swings thrown in for good measure, and my abs, obliques and pecs are complaining mightily, which makes me hope I'm accomplishing something good. Still need to increase my protein intake, I am sure, but baby steps.
  2. Turns out it wasn't paleo. I managed it for a whole two weeks, then freaked out because I felt so crappy and had a huge breakdown of junkfood. I've repeated this 4 or 5 times now and the thought of no carbs at all makes me panicky, so I think Paleo is not for me. (This all happened over a month ago). I will admit, I am VERY frustrated at times. I started just reducing my caloric intake to 1780 a day and working out 4-5 days a week. And I quit Coke Zero. My precious, precious Coke Zero. Two weeks later, I weigh 10 lbs. MORE. I was so pissed. That led to another minor freak-out until I realized, hey, torn muscle fiber retains water like a biatch, and I had just done my first serious barbell workout the day before. The 4 L of water I drank the day I lifted probably all stayed put right in my body. So I've slowed down, created a weight-lifting program for myself I can follow out of Starting Strength by Mark Rippletoe, and my diet is just eating whole foods, making sure I eat 1g protein per 1 lb of body weight a day, and avoiding things that are processed--while trying to stay under 2000 calories. Hopefully something good will happen. If not, f*ck it. I'm lifting weights, which is what I love, and as long as I'm getting stronger the rest can take care of itself. I'm really too mad to focus on anything else right now. But yeap, that's about where I am. Congrats on your weightloss. Hopefully I will be joining you soon.
  3. Hey all, here for the 6-week challenge. Wish you guys the best of luck. This month's goal's: Fitness: 1) Complete "Starting Strength" lifting program 3x a week. (Will detail this in my own thread, cutting it short here to save space.) Cycle 1 (1 week): Day 1: Overhead Press, Deadlift, Squat, Body Row, Hanging Leg Lift Day 2: Bench Press, Power Clean, Squat, Body Row, Crunches w/ Plate Day 3: Overhead Press, Deadlift, Squat, Body Row, Hanging Leg Lift Cycle 2 (1 week): Day 1: Bench Press, Power Clean, Squat, Body Row, Crunches w/ Plate Day 2: Overhead Press, Deadlift, Squat, Body Row, Hanging Leg Lift Day 3: Bench Press, Power Clean, Squat, Body Row, Crunches w/ Plate 2) Maintain a steady progression of increased weight per weight cycle (1 week), as outlined in Starting Strength. Set 1: Bar (Warm up) Set 2: 10 lbs. + 10x (x being the number of cycles I have trained) Set 3: 10 lbs. + 20x Set 4: 10 lbs. + 30x 3) Maintain good form on all lifts. 4) Cut my body fat % by at least 5% at the end of the challenge. (Currently I'm at 42.6% bodyfat, so the goal is 37.6% bodyfat). Diet: 1) Keep a caloric intake of 1800-2000 per day, monitored via MyFitnessPal. 2) Eat 1g of protein per lb. of body weight per day. 3) Drink at least 3 L of water per day. Life goal: 1) Complete wedding planning without losing my mind.
  4. I too have plantar's fasciitis, and yes, it's one of the most painful things ever. Some tips and tricks I've learned over the years. If you're walking or running, try to make sure you shift your weight to the balls of your feet and don't strike your heels. A pair of Vibram five-fingers is great for this because striking your heels is too painful to do when you're running, so you quit. Run or walk on something softer than concrete, like sand or grass. Cardio I've found which doesn't hurt my feet too badly is an elliptical, so I'd recommend that. Hope that helps!
  5. I'm giving Paleo a shot because I tend to get bad cravings and really overstuff myself on carbs, like granola/bread/etc., and I tend to be less hungry and NOT overstuff myself on Paleo-friendly foods. The only thing I miss like awful is dairy. Love me some whole milk. And granola in the whole milk. And you see how the destructive cycle begins. But thanks for the tips! I'll give the shake a try. Also will give bananas a try. They're so starchy, they're ALMOST like bread...
  6. Yeah, amen to that. My first week of paleo has been really shaky. The hardest thing for me to give up? Granola. My stomach get's really acidic and angry in the morning, and I have a hard time eating fruit or meat (instant stomachache). And yet, I am completely devastatingly hungry when I wake up. I'm going to go full paleo when I run out of granola and just not buy anymore. But still, I wonder what I'm going to do for breakfast when I run out, because bread-type things are the only thing I've ever been able to eat in the morning. Ideas, folks? (And even worse, I don't like eggs. Call me crazy, but I don't. I eat boiled egg whites, but that's about it. Anything else is too... "eggy.")
  7. Great post... this is about where I am, right now. What I did was let myself have what I call an "ugly" weekend -- ate whatever I wanted, when I wanted, and logged all the calories... Apparently I was averaging 2700-3300 calories a day. No wonder I'm fat! O_o Nothing like a little bone-chilling reality to soothe my appetite. I packed up four grocery bags of junk food from my pantry on Monday night and threw out all the carbs and "junk" food.
  8. Hey all, I just struck out on trying to eat primal/paleo-ish. Below are some of the recipes I've tried out and liked. Note: I include cheese and milk in my "paleo", because ye olde Northern European ancestors certainly ate a lot of dairy products to survive, and I find they keep me very satisfied. Recipe #1: Spicy Almond-Crusted Chicken What you need: Chicken breasts Montreal steak seasoning Smoked almonds Olive oil Mortar and pestle Apply a generous sprinkling of salt and pepper to each side of the chicken breasts. Then spread some olive oil on each side of the chicken breasts. Set aside. Take a handful of smoked almonds and mash them up in your mortar and pestle into a fine meal. Mix in 1 tablespoon of Montreal steak seasoning into the crushed almonds. Spread on a dry plate evenly. Press each side of your oiled chicken breast to the almonds. Then pan fry on medium high heat in olive oil. Result: delicious "fried" chicken, no breading, batter, or carbs involved. Recipe #2: Stuffed Mushrooms What you need: 12 small-medium mushrooms Pesto Red pepper flakes (optional) Paprika Salt Pepper Cheese (optional) First, preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Scoop all the gills and stems out of the mushroom caps. Set aside. Put 2-3 generous tablespoons of basil pesto in a small bowl. Mix in 2-3 pinches of red pepper flakes (or skip if you don't like spicy food). Sprinkle in some paprika (2-3 shakes). Mix together with a spoon until it's mixed evenly. Carefully spoon in pesto mixture into mushroom caps until they are full. Place mushrooms about 2'' apart in an ungreased baking pan (put on top of a sheet of tin foil if you don't feel like washing the pan). (Optional step): If your paleo includes dairy, put a small pinch of cheese on top of each mushroom cap. Cover with more tin foil. Let bake for 10 minutes, and serve immediately. And that's what I've got so far!
  9. Hey all. Sorry for the radio silence. I've been working on my book. Just hit 23,000 words. So I'm pretty pleased about that. Only, oh, 100,000 to go. LOL. Anyways, I have good news. My weight's been stuck around 232 for a week now. However, I've lost 1.5'' off my waist and 2'' off my hips these last couple of weeks. My grandmother remarked to me that I had trimmed up a lot. And my fiance said my waist looked smaller (what better way to make a woman near dizzy with happiness?). So, I've pulled together the eating habits, too. I sent the chocolate to work with the fiance. And then we took out the buckets of whole grain and made ourselves a bunch of porridge out of hulled barley and oat groats. Besides being super-cheap, I've always found eating whole grains to be like a sort of superfood. Easy to stay full, keep my energy up, and keep my body running smoothly. For those who do paleo, great for you. I've never really been able to make it work for me, and I'm of the school that you do what works for your body and what you can live with, because that's the only way you're going to succeed. So this is what today, one of my good days, looks like: Breakfast Kellogg's Special K - Vanilla Almond, 3/4 cup 110 cal Walmart Great Value - Whole Milk, 1/2 Cup, 1/2 Cup (4 oz) 75 cal Lunch Great Value - Boneless Chicken Chunks - Garlic Parmesan, 6 oz 380 cal Generic - Hulled Barley - 1 Cup Dry, 46 g 163 cal Generic - Oat Groats, 1/4 cup 160 cal As an aside, I just want to say how important support systems are during a challenge, especially for me. My fiance has been especially supportive during all of this, even though he works a 46-hour work week and is running a full time fencing business at night. I'm so proud of him, and so proud to have him behind me. I'm sure most of us have a person like this, and we should probably thank them and let them know we realize they're there for us. So yeah. How are ya'll doing?
  10. That sucks, dude. It's happened to me too, which is why I always brought a book to read while I waited. Glad you are staying focused, though. That is very impressive. Keep us posted.
  11. The last two days SUCKED calorie-wise. I ate my work-frustration, and then ate some guilt for dessert. I logged my calories, ALL of them, so I know how bad I went. I've hit a plateau right at 231-232. I'm SO CLOSE to being in my 220's again. I am determined to see them by the end of this week. On the bright side, I've been very good about both logging my calories and making it to the gym. I took a step aerobics class, which was harrowing. It was tiring, and also kind of humbling to see all the little old ladies kick my ass.
  12. Hey, stay strong, dude. You have a whole group of people right here behind you cheering you on. I know part of what keeps me going is seeing you guys going, a lot more successfully that I am, sometimes, but it's just an inspiration to strive and do better.
  13. Oui, tres bien! Mon francais est OK, mais mon devoirs est tres difficile! >_< So how have you been otherwise?
  14. I love Tallahassee! <3 So if we were all in Zombieland, what'd our names be? I'm Largo.
  15. Jabba, reading your posts this morning just lit me on fire. I'm so glad to see you doing so well, and it's an inspiration. Congrats on the lady friend as well. Just remember to get some sleep!
  16. Thanks! Today is going well so far. Working on a project at work that sucks, but I am keeping at it. Under my calorie goal so far. Planning on going to the gym later tonight. (Weights or step aerobics? Weights or step aerobics?) Weights. Like I had to ask. Hehehehe. I seem to have recovered the stalling from my bad eating last week. I want another five pounds off by the end of the challenge!
  17. Today is an A. I stayed under my calorie goal, worked out, and found out I shaved off 1.4% of my body fat percentage this week. It was cool.
  18. Today is definitely an F. Valentine's Day + bad day at work + being STARVING at work and then driving past Checkers on the way home = horrrrrible day. I shot over my limit by 1164 calories, which is DISGUSTING. That is a Backstreet Boy. A guinea pig. Or at least a small poodle. (How many calories are in a poodle?) Also, my stomach is horribly upset and rebelling on me. So tomorrow I'm going to cook a big pot of oats and barley to clean myself out. I'm talking whole kernels, here, folks. And then I am going to lay off the refined sugars and carbs. No more super-sweet golden raisins. No more sugary trail mix for breakfast, though oh how I love it... So yeah. I'm pretty depressed about the whole thing. But I'm trying not to be demoralized and instead of whining and eating myself back to where I was, I am going to man up and get back on it tomorrow and have the BEST DAY EVER. Sorry for the painful honesty, guys, but I am a dumpling. A dumpling struggling to not eat myself to death.
  19. Today has been kind of depressing. I've spent about four hours on French homework already and probably another two to go. (That's what I get for letting a month of homework pile up on me, but at least it's finished...) Went to the gym. Today I mixed up my exercises and took a different approach. I've been lifting as heavy and often gassing out mid-set. This was beginning to worry me, as I stopped being able to recover after a day or two and I could feel the tweaks setting in. So I scaled back my weights 10% and increased my reps and went in with the philosophy that when I can no longer do a movement with PERFECT form, I am done. I came out of the gym today feeling great. Tired, yes, but also not frazzled. I am going to go for a walk to get my supper here in a little while, whatever that's going to be. (Gotta love the grocery store being a block down from my house...) I had one of those moments of quasi-panic this week. I'm within the 2-3 week window frame when all of my past attempts to diet and exercise have failed, when I get jubilant at my first signs of progress and eat my way back to the beginning. Trying to eat right this week has been a huge struggle, and I can't say I've succeeded spectacularly. I HAVE been excellent at logging everything I eat. But because of that I know I've been running an excess everyday of at least 400 calories, enough to put a pound back on this week. I haven't seen it, but I also haven't really lost any weight this week, so shame on me. But I am not f*cking backing down on this one. I've done it too many times before and I refuse to binge eat again. So I am going to finish my French homework and go buy myself a vegetable to cook with my pork tenders when I am done. Hope you are all also doing well.
  20. For those of you who are curious about what a fencing Viking looks like, here's a video of me fighting at the historical European martial arts tournament in Baltimore a few weeks ago. The weapon I'm using is a short leather practice blade called a dussack that was quite popular as a sparring weapon circa the 1500-1600s in Germany. I get my arse kicked in this match, but I don't feel too bad about it - the guy I'm fighting here won the tournament and is an instructor. On the note of the challenge, A+ for logging food, D- for eating habits this week, A for exercise. So...C+?
  21. You rock, amigo. Party to the left.
  22. For warming up I usually jump rope for a few minutes and do jumping jacks. It has to be pretty vigorous, or my muscles don't warm up. Thanks for the advice.
  23. Anivair - Being a fellow sufferer of knee pain, I found two things helped me. One was working on my quads and losing weight. My knees were a lot less aggravated when I was thinner than I am now. Ther'es a distinct possibility that as you lose weight this will probably get better. The other thing was changing my shoes when I ran and worked out. I am flat-footed as a duck and tend to heel-strike a LOT whenever I run or walk. This resulted in near-crippling knee pain every time I wanted to run or walk somewhere at a distance. I switched to Vibrams and they enforce good walking/running form because heel-striking is just too painful to do. I stopped pronating my feet and heel-striking, and mysteriously a good chunk of my knee pain vanished. Hope that helps.
  24. Totally guilty of this one, and always have been. I often binge-ate as a teenager and right up into my twenties - which would lead to feeling guilty and pissed off, more binging, ad nauseum (and + 50 lbs.). And I'm not saying I never do it anymore either. But I have gotten better. One thing about "fixing" this is that I don't think everybody does it the same way. I didn't wake up one day with a startling moment of clarity and never binge-eat again. (And what's more dismal than self-aware binging?) I DID have that moment of clarity, but I personally did not have the oomph to stop old habits immediately. It probably took me about two years. If I binged, I ate less. I binged less often. I learned to recognize the feeling when it was coming on and succeeded in avoiding the bad outcome more of the time. And most importantly, I stopped thinking about all the times I had binged before. There is is an incredible amount of guilt and shame that a person can feel about binge eating (speaking from experience here), and I personally think that these are not useful feelings. Worse, I personally found it difficult to talk about, share, or even acknowledge such feelings to anyone. I also found myself in an emotional short-circuit: shame leads to desperation leads to feverish efforts at IMMEDIATE change. Because huge life changes like this are so rarely immediate and clean-cut, the moment you don't score immediate and miraculous resorts, you go right back to being ashamed and binge all over again - thus starting the vicious cycle anew. It was only when I started refusing to think about past binges (even if they were just yesterday) and started thinking about the feeling happening right now, how to not binge TODAY, that I started seeing any real progress and results. So for the four or five people like me who I know are probably lurking on the board who have read this post but haven't said anything, we've got your back, too.
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