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  1.  (11123.1)
    Rode the bike ~25.5 miles today.

    Bike riding seems to be working for girth loss, as on Saturday I was able to comfortably wear a waistcoat that I could barely breath in the last couple times I'd worn it.
    • CommentTimeAug 21st 2013
    For eating when you're not hungry, I would recommend celery, string beans, oranges, nuts and granola bars. The first three are very light but crunchable (for the first two) and refreshing. I often find that fruits like oranges and apples make me hungrier rather than fuller. Nuts and granola bars are good for when you need to fill up on calories when you're building or if you have trouble keeping on weight. Granola bars are a bit of a problem, though, as they're also packed with sugar. I tend to keep some hardboiled eggs in the fridge for quick protein snacks, and almonds are always around as we put them in our oat porridge in the mornings.

    I've started a new workout plan for putting on some muscle, and this time I'm trying not to think TOO much about keeping my tone and paying more attention to putting enough calories in me to allow my body to build. I fill up on a lot of eggs, veg and beans and the occasional Quorn/ Linda McCartney thing and pieces of meat. Honestly, my favourite part of all this exercise is the eating. :D

    I try to keep meat consumption down while still getting enough protein, so I'm starting to seriously consider whey powders for when my training gets really serious. After this month of exercise, I kind of want to hire a PT for another month or two to really drive me hard, and the whey might come in handy then. My overall goal is to gain maybe 5 kg of muscle.

    After two weeks at the combat workshop, I've gained some tone I didn't have before. I am now dangerously close to having a six pack I don't have to move into flattering light to see and my obliques have become my favourite body feature. I came across a photo from 2008 which hit home to me how much has changed in five years (and even less than that, really), and the comparison inspires me:

    Paintball victim 2 A bit tied up
  2.  (11123.3)
    Upped my biking distance to around 32 miles, round trip. Trying to work my way up to doing it on a daily basis, but that's a ways off, and if I get the job I'm interviewing for on Friday I won't have time to do any biking at all during the week. Seem to have managed to drop enough weight that if I tighten up my abs I can see the tip of my sternum, so I can make the owl face again (suck in gut, tip of sternum looks like the beak, pecs and nipples look like the eyes), which I haven't been able to do in years and years. Lower abs are still pretty flabby though. The tone on my legs is nuts, but fat on my body doesn't tend to build up on my limbs so much anyway, so my legs tend to respond to exercise really quickly. I really need to start doing push-ups at night again.

    I would be totally okay with it if I had Magnulus '08's physique.
    • CommentTimeAug 21st 2013 edited
    I was quite happy with my body in '08 as well. :) Still don't think there's anything wrong with that body (there isn't anything wrong with ANY body as long as visceral fat is kept to an absolute minimum, which has little to do with size) I weighed maybe 3-4 kg more then than I do now, but I weighed a good 12 kg less than I weighed in '99. I was never huge, I'll admit, but that also means that since I started getting serious about Fitness, I had a lot of trouble putting on muscle. Still do, to be fair, but I'm getting there.
  3.  (11123.5)
    @ DavidLejeune - 32 is a really respectable distance. Once you can do 30 miles with energy to spare, you could totally do a 70 mile ride.
    • CommentAuthordnewling
    • CommentTimeOct 7th 2013
    I've won a month's free membership at a gym and making the most of it. I think my arms are building up!
    • CommentTimeOct 8th 2013
    I'm gonna get some kettlebells, I think. Get swole.
    • CommentTimeOct 8th 2013
    Ended up falling out on the 10,000 steps a day + 1-2 mile run due to the two day trip and just feeling wiped. Gradually getting back in to it.

    Also thinking of incorporating some evening yoga in to my days along with some light weights. We'll see.
  4.  (11123.9)
    You guys, I can't recommend enough using a calorie counter app like "my fitness pal" to keep track of everything you eat, and to log your exercise. I've been at it since late August and have managed to lose more than a pound and a half a week consistently.
    • CommentTimeOct 12th 2013
    My Fitness Pal is incredibly helpful, yeah. It can flag up some huge surprises for you in terms of calories and fat/protein/carb ratios. I eat a LOT less starches now (rice, pasta, cous-cous, etc) after I realised that while they're easy way to bulk up your meals and make them filling, they are just a HUGE carb/calorie dump. I sort of knew that in the abstract already, but using MFP really hit it home. All those little things we don't really think about that actually have a huge impact.
    • CommentTimeOct 12th 2013
    Holy fuck I just ran 7.6 miles.

    Related, audiobooks are fucking AMAZING to listen to while running.

    Will write a bit more later when I'm not about to die.

  5.  (11123.12)
    I fell back off the wagon for biking. It got too hot, and then I was depressed about not getting the job that I really wanted, and then I got a new job. Six weeks and my butt has reverted to mush.
    • CommentTimeOct 13th 2013
    Nice one, Robin!! :D
    12K is my longest run so far, which I ran in LA and is 7.4 miles. Got me beat! It feels great when we manage to push through those boundaries and surprise ourselves. :)

    David: Take solace in the fact that your butt will remember not being mush and should re-steelify pretty quickly once you get back on it. It will hurt, though. :D
    • CommentAuthorAnopheles
    • CommentTimeOct 14th 2013
    My fiancee and I started walking in the evenings during the summer. We started out at a mile, then transitioned to 1 1/2, and now we're doing 2 miles every night. The nearby high school has a track, which we incorporated into our random walking routes. We've both had great results. We don't have goals per se, but we feel better, and have gained definition and lost some weight. So yay!
  6.  (11123.15)
    Help me out, folks.

    Last week I found myself at my lowest adult weight that wasn't brought about by Lyme Disease or youthful drug use. Yay! This week, I am to start a new regimen of prednisone, notorious for it's ability to pack on the pounds. Fuck. The last time I was on it, I kept from gaining weight, but I wasn't anywhere near as thin as I am now. I've been so pleased with how much better I feel at this weight, I'd hate to wreck it all. Every pound makes my joints hurt more.

    Prednisone causes weight gain from: shifting the hormones and making the body save fat, causing water retention, and making me ravenously hungry all the time. I am already a snack monster, and this is NOT helping. So, I need some ideas on what I can eat that will curb these issues that is gluten-free, low fat, preferably low-carb, crunchy and/or sweet, and cheap. (I've been chowing on popcorn regularly, which isn't low carb, but it's SO CHEAP when you make it on the stove.)

    Also, any diet hacks that you are aware of that would help specific needs is totally welcome!
    • CommentTimeOct 17th 2013
    Hmmm... The best I can say is nuts. Nuts are not so low-fat, but they're good snacky things. Also, boil some eggs and keep them in the fridge/ bag for snacking. Lots of protein, reasonabl low in fat, almost no carbs at all. Omelettes will fill you up as well. Oat porridge is a good way to fill your belly in a way that won't leave you hungry in a few hours.

    There's a huge problem with stuff that shifts your hormones in that way, because (if I'm understanding prednisone right from your description) they don't allow you space for energy to burn fat, it just saves all of it. Same as what sugar does, basically. Saps you of energy and stores it as fat instead.

    Fibre-rich things should help you out as well as protein-rich snacks. I think.

    This is beyond my remit as a "random dude who has no education or training in nutrition".
    • CommentTimeOct 20th 2013
    I turned 30 this year, and decided that I wanted to finally get serious about my health. I've always had weird body confidence issues, but as I've gotten older I've gotten more and more confident about being in my own skin. Back in high school, I was lifting weights, and I thoroughly enjoyed it, so I decided to experiment with running and weights, to get back into the swing of it. A new job and running on the streets being murder on my legs put the cap on that, but I was determined to keep it up.

    I joined a gym a month ago finally, mixing cardio (running on the machine) with core workouts, weight machines, and free weights. I can feel my endurance and strength slowly building up. I don't go every day, but I try a few times a week to run, do leg stuff, core stretches, arm stuff, yadda yadda. I was considering CrossFit, but I've been adding variety on my own to the routine to keep it fresh, plus I prefer to exercise alone.

    I also finally hit my target weight, so I'm slowly working on not losing any more weight by changing my diet to be more carbs and proteins. At my peak I was 210 or so like two years ago, and lost about 15/17 lbs. I am a sexy motherfucker, now.
    • CommentTimeOct 23rd 2013
    Alright humans, I've gotten into one of those periods where all I want to do is eat my feelings. Trouble is, in terms of healthy snacks? I'm ... well I'm allergic to a lot and I have braces. But I'm looking for healthy snack food options that I can have on hand and not want to stab m'self after.

    Braces = no mega-hard food, so my previous I'M GONNA EAT ALL THE BABY CARROTS solution is not applicable.

    I'm also allergic to a lot of raw fruits/veggies, plus some nuts (oral allergy syndrome, look it up). Also gluten. Also soy. Gluten allergy (well, celiac) means nuts and dried fruits can be hard to find safely anyway. Dairy is fine.

    SO: Assume that nuts aren't an option. Cashews kind of are (only when roasted), but those things are crack and I will eat them until I feel sick. Peanuts are maybe okay.

    RAW FRUIT NO-NOs: Apples, any stone fruit (peaches, plums, nectarines cherries etc.), kiwis, raw bell peppers (UGH THIS IS RECENT AND I HATE IT), mangoes. I'm mildly allergic to sesame so I had to back off the hummus for a while.

    If nothing else, this will be an interesting thought experiment for you folks? HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHhahahahahahahahahahahaaa... haaaaa....h ahahah.
  7.  (11123.19)
    @ dorkmuffin - jeezus, that's a list of a lot of "no". It has a lot of sodium, but maybe the occasional nori snack? Maybe edamame?
    • CommentTimeOct 23rd 2013
    Dork - Right off the bat I wanna say stuff like Kale chips or Eggplant chips. Get choice soft veggies, cut them thin, use cookig spray on a baking sheet, place veggies on 'em, put whatever the hell ingredients you want, give 'em a quick spray and then pop them in the oven until desired crispy levels are there.

    Other than that...yogurt and honey. Um.

    Yeah, sorry if any of those things is unhelpful.