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      CommentAuthorMagnulus
    • CommentTimeJul 26th 2013
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    *pats dork's heel*

    I went on a rough terrain hike in my normal-use Vivo Barefoot shoes once... It was not a great idea. I kept jamming my heel down on jutting rocks, which is generally a bad idea. Had a bruised, sore heel for about a month after that. Prompted me to get some Vibram Fivefinger Treks, though, and they've been amazing for hikes.
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeJul 26th 2013
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    @dork - Glad to hear that it's not a long term thing, For years I had this bruising in my right foot right at the balls of my feet. I practically limped everywhere.

    Have lost 3lbs since Monday due to eating better, keeping the beer to a minimum, running and walking *checks the fitbit account* christ, about 30 miles. And with that, I'm no longer in the "obese" portion of the BMI scale.

    We'll see though. My stomach is weird in that I can lose a lot fast, but I also gain a lot fast too.
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeJul 26th 2013
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    I love vibram five fingers!! Most comfortable things for me feet, unless it's terribly rocky. But I wear mine to walk around the city so I don't usually need the treks.
    • CommentAuthorScrymgeour
    • CommentTimeJul 27th 2013
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    If you like sweet things but don't want to eat sugar I cant recommend enough.......

    AGAVE syrup (ideally blue weber)

    This is lower on the GI than brown rice and is suitable for diabetics, and the best thing is the taste, like a cross between treacle, maple syrup and honey.

    perfect
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    I will second the agave syrup, especially since stevia (etc) does not work for me. I think I'm going to have to give this thread a second read when I am more awake (unlike last night), and have the time to respond properly (unlike today). I find that some of the achievements and recommendations quite admirable, but suspect that for some of us, something less hardcore might be more doable.
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    Agave nectar is basically high fructose corn syrup. It's anywhere from 47% to 70% fructose (or higher, according to some sources). This article goes into quite a bit more detail. TL;DR version: Agave nectar is terrible for you. It doesn't affect your blood sugar levels because concentrated fructose doesn't get processed by your intestine and enter your bloodstream, but rather gets processed by your liver where it makes Bad Shit happen.
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    There are many different brands and types of stevia. Some are awful. Some are not.
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeAug 1st 2013
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    Dear christ, apparently I've walked more than 60 miles in a week.
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    Had a doctor's appointment today (for non-fitness related reasons) and found that I weigh 217.8 lbs, not the 225 that the bathroom scale told me on Tuesday. So that's cool. Found a bicycling route that's not totally awful, but still not as good as my old mountain routes.
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeAug 1st 2013
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    yeah, I definitely use my scale as a way to measure the fluctuations of my weight as opposed to my absolute weight.
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    I don't tend to use bathroom scales all that often, because they tend to have weird fluctuations that are caused by so many disparate factors (how are you standing on it, how old is the scale, how much do the people that use it most often weigh, is it on a level, hard surface, etc) that getting an accurate reading is basically impossible, but seeing 225 on it the other day kind of freaked me out, since that was much higher than it should be and not at all consistent with my diet since I quit my job. 217.8 at the doctor made a lot more sense.
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      CommentAuthordorkmuffin
    • CommentTimeAug 1st 2013
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    Gym! Gyms frequently have scales that are SURRIOUS BIDNISS.
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeAug 1st 2013
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    So far it's looking like I lost 5lbs (10 lbs overall since the end of the holidays) which makes me feel good. People are also starting to notice it, which makes me feel good too.

    Averaging on about 15,000 steps per day plus a one mile run a day. Keeping track of calories and for the most part staying the hell away from dairy and bread.
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      CommentAuthordorkmuffin
    • CommentTimeAug 1st 2013
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    @Oldhat, how do you feel about fat free greek yogurt as a dairy thing to be avoided? Just curious.
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    yeah, if you can't afford a really good home scale, most gyms have really accurate ones that will give your weight down to the ounce. a fun little game is to weigh yourself before the workout and then after to see how much you lost in sweat. I easily can lose 3 or 4 pounds working out (I look like a drowned rat afterward).

    @DavidLejeune - whenever I find out I weigh less than I thought I did, it feels similar when you take a jacket out of your closet that you hadn't worn in awhile and find a dollar in the pocket.
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    And that is why I never do understand how people notice losing 5 pounds. It's all so variable. I tend to fluctuate a lot in a 10 to 8 pound range. For this reason I try to go by measurement. I've lost my tape measure, which is doubly frustrating because I'd found a page of a notebook where I'd written down my measurements (hips, waist, butt, thigh, underbust) in 2004, and I'm dying to compare them!
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    Back at the gym....

    It´s been a few months since I last went. Basically just never felt that I had any energy, so spent most of it in bed.

    Right now I'm big 120Kg, and it shows a bit. I've always been big but I've been able to carry it fairly well, as I played rugby for years so my legs are huge and so are my back/shoulders. But I'M not playing ruby any more. For me it's not so much the exercise but that I eat like a clydesdale horse that's gone for days without food. So It´s time to get my arse moving.

    So far this week I've been twice, It's not been too bad a mix of high intensity cardio (15 mins crosstrainer, 20 mins running, 5 mins rowing) and strength resistance work. Basically circuits. the only problem that seems to have come up is a long standing flexibility issue with my groin/Hamstrings. I can do all sorts of things, but when it comes to stuff that includes squats, then my inflexible hammies puts a lots of strain on the groin. this means that when i bend down to pick something up afterwards, my whole groin goes "ping! ping!" and it hurts like buggery for a few days afterwards.

    On a side issue re. fitness, Iceland is rather funny right now. Because there is a very strong strength body fascism culture here (Icelanders are the strongest, most beautiful people in the world), coupled with a small nation syndrome (i.e. overcompensating for everything), this means that when they take to something, they take it to extremes. Crossfit? Bootcamp? They are absolute maniacs for that. Everyone is on some kind of supplement or quack beauty treatment (Which is big business here the papers are covered in ads for gyms, tablets, powders, "Health" shops etc). Everyone is trying to be a fitness model or take up body building. You've got guys who are 13,14,15 years old lifting weights at the gym to bulk up. the police have seized more steroids in the first 3 months of this year than in the past 3 years combined.

    It´s rather interesting/unsettling to watch. I'd rather just run, lift wrights, and hit things to be honest...
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    I've noticed mentions of a good protein powder (for shakes) and better forms of stevia as tools for eating healthier/weight loss. Any recommendations for what to look for and brands that are actually good?
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeAug 12th 2013
     (11123.19)
    Alright, so...I'm down. Which is good.

    Though I still eat waaaaaaay less than I should.

    A question though is, anyone know a good way to motivate yourself to eat when you're just not hungry?
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      CommentAuthordorkmuffin
    • CommentTimeAug 13th 2013
     (11123.20)
    Foods that are small and pop-able. Popcorn is a favorite for that. Corn chips, potato chips. Healthy alternatives: raisins, almonds, other nuts.