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  1. Dio's advice is good. I go through periods where my appetite doesn't just take a plunge - it rejects food altogether. This is usually tied to periods of high stress. When does your appetite decide to go on vacation? Are there any triggers or circumstances that are consistent with this? When my appetite takes a dive, I try to eat according to the clock and not according to a physical sense of hunger; in these periods, physical hunger feels the same as nauseous don't-you-dare-put-anything-in-me anti-hunger, so I can't trust it. I'll have small amounts of food around the times when I normall
  2. This sort of self-talk is going to get you nowhere. There are variations you can apply to any exercise to make it possible. Try focusing on what you CAN do instead of on what you can't. As Oogiem said, a change in your mindset has to come from within. Work on that, and if you need to find someone who can provide external motivation, then join some sort of physical activity class that you enjoy or look to investing in a few sessions with a personal trainer who can tailor a fitness routine to suit your abilities. Get the crap food out of your house. Honour yourself enough to feed yourself
  3. Correlation does not imply causation. Diseases caused by poor nutrition, poor hygene, and lack of physical activity cannot be narrowed down to the consumption of one, single, culpable food type. Nor can the lack of such diseases be boiled down to the consumption of that same food. Don't oversimplify.
  4. Indeed. The bodybuilding capabilities of a well-grown 17 year old are going to be vastly different from those of a smaller 14 year old.
  5. Hey Masaru - way to go on starting your epic quests! You should look at making your Pain & Sweat Quest much more specific - the other quests are pretty reasonable as far as solid goals go, but "Establish a workout habit" might be a bit trickier to achieve without the what, how, and when laid out. How do you want to establish the habits, what sort of workouts and activities will you do so, what is your workout schedule, and how are you going to make sure you stick to it? And nope - none of these quests are easy, not by a long shot. Stepping out of your shell and developing new habits is
  6. Holy crap, dude, listen to what everyone else is saying and start eating a) WAY more calories, and WAY more varieties of food. Being on such a restrictive diet at your age when you do not medically need to lose weight is insane, stupid, and damned dangerous. Let's hit some facts here, which will just repeat what other people have already said: 1) You are 14 2) You are growing 3) Your caloric needs as a pubescent adolescent are VERY different from that of a fully grown adult 4) You will gain fat at this age. Your body NEEDS fat at this age if it is to properly regulate its own hormone p
  7. Love mine. I use it for a wide variety of pains 'n' aches. I got mine from a fitness store and purchased the more expensive high-density foam roller, like they have at my physiotherapist's office. It holds its shape longer than the cheaper ones, so is worth the extra couple of bucks.
  8. Welcome to the rebellion! Fellow karateka here. I'm not a big fan of running, but it's growing on me and part of that is due to how we train at my club. We do quite a lot of running, and usually spend half an hour to fourty minutes doing pure conditioning at the start of each class. Generally, we to either a really varied run (which includes hallways, stairs, parkades, fields, pretty much wherever Sensei takes a notion to go), or alternate sprints with full-power katas (sprint/run one loop, then do one kata, then do the running loop again, then do the next kata, etc), or wind sprints with
  9. I've started using it as one of the main cooking oils when I'm making anything that I want to have a sort of South East Asian or Thai flavour to it. It is REALLY nice with pork, as well as lightly flavoured veg like snap peas, bell peppers, and the like. I recently did a stir-fry with snap peas, bell peppers, pork, and mango, cooked with coconut oil and thai basil, and it was divine. I would avoid using other strong seasonings with the coconut oil, though, as the flavour is fairly delicate; ginger, for instance, would overpower it.
  10. This is what I like to refer to the "tweaking" phase. Like feaver said, keeping up with the protein is key, but you likely need to reintroduce some additional calories in there if you want to build or maintain weight. Figuring out how many more calories you need is less math than trial and error. Start with adding a very small amount each day - between 250 and 300 calories (high quality, nutrient dense food, of course, with a suitable emphasis on protein), and see what happens to your weight, energy levels, and measurements (esp. hips and waist, if you want to focus on fat loss). If you co
  11. I'd love to, but hubby and I are already blowing this year's travel money and time budgets on a Germanic odyssey. YAY!
  12. There are a lot of exercises that ballet dancers to which are designed specifically to strengthen their ankles, arches, and toes. Here are a couple of YouTube videos featuring some really solid and well-explained exercises (and no, none of them require you to be a dancer!): Ballet Exercises - Strengthening your Feet - similar to the above clip, with a bit more explanation. At dance, we would also draw the alphabet with our feet and ankles for a few minutes before the start of class. This is done sitting on the floor with your legs stretched out in front of you. Every letter should be
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