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TeriM
January 2nd, 2008, 02:30 AM
So, it seems like a lot of us want to get more in shape and lose weight for 2008 so I thought maybe I'd see if there was interest in a thread for that. I would like to drop at least 30 pounds over the next while so ...... is anyone else interested?

SARAH
January 2nd, 2008, 05:27 AM
I'm in! Hey, I'm the resident trainer, guess I should be in :D

Need to burn off some fat too after the early winter and more to come ...

Rottielover
January 2nd, 2008, 07:50 AM
me..me..me...me..me.. Does that say it all :)

luckypenny
January 2nd, 2008, 08:40 AM
I would like to drop at least 30 pounds over the next while so ...... is anyone else interested?

That depends. Do I have to limit what I eat and exercise more :frustrated: :D ? Sounds like fun :rolleyes: :D .

Seriously, I think it's a good idea. Nothing compares to the kind of support found here :thumbs up .

SARAH
January 2nd, 2008, 09:23 AM
I think we can basically each follow the program we already use, or ask for ideas if we don't have any.

Weight programs, cardio workouts, nutrition, and mainly ... motivation!!

Frenchy
January 2nd, 2008, 09:26 AM
Need any motivation girls ? This is a chocolate/caramel/peacan cheesecake :laughing: sorry , I couldn't help myself :p

happycats
January 2nd, 2008, 09:27 AM
me too me too me too!!! I need all the help I can get!;)

Stacer
January 2nd, 2008, 09:27 AM
Count me in too!!! I actually started my new "Lifestyle" yesterday. I hate the word diet.

I'm trying out the Fat Flush Plan, I've heard people have really good results living the Fat Flush Way.

Stacer
January 2nd, 2008, 09:27 AM
So cruel Frenchy, so cruel!:laughing:

happycats
January 2nd, 2008, 09:29 AM
Okay, someone needs to kick Frenchy out of the club!!! She's killing me! JK

actually that pic is so bad, it almost looks like ummmmmm "poop":laughing:

Frenchy
January 2nd, 2008, 09:32 AM
actually that pic is so bad, it almost looks like ummmmmm "poop":laughing:

If only my dogs could poop that way :laughing:

Just think of this cake as your reward , after you loose a couple lbs , you can have a piece of cake to celebrate , right ?

14+kitties
January 2nd, 2008, 09:34 AM
I'll join in too! I need to drop another 20 pounds or so. Weight I gained when I quit smoking 5 years ago. :o
And Frenchy.............. I have a chocolate cheesecake I made for Christmas still sitting in the freezer along with a pumpkin pie. Seems I baked a tad too much again this year. :rolleyes: And the Sex In The Pan cake on Boxing Day.........mmm yummy!!!!

happycats
January 2nd, 2008, 09:36 AM
If only my dogs could poop that way :laughing:

Just think of this cake as your reward , after you loose a couple lbs , you can have a piece of cake to celebrate , right ?

If I lose a couple pounds, and I ate some of that cake I would probably gain 5 pounds!!:eek:

no no no no!! NO CAKE!!!...........Treat yourself to new cloths, spa, casino, never reward with food:D

Kristin7
January 2nd, 2008, 09:41 AM
Sure! I need to lose about 15 lbs, which is what I have put on since moving to the Midwest from sunny San Diego. :sad: I am not much for sweets but love good food and drinks. Working out on a regular basis is key, as then I can eat what I want!! :D

krdahmer
January 2nd, 2008, 09:44 AM
Count me in too... I need all the help I can get in the motivation department!!! And I can make all of your weight loss goals seem so much more attainable... I mean I have 140lbs to go!!! So, 20 won't seem so insurmountable will it?!!!!!:rolleyes::laughing: Oh and I did just finish a group on BED, Binge Eating Disorder... so I could have some good tips.

Did anyone catch the start of the biggest loser 'couples', I think this is gonna be a good one to watch... because they brought their enablers!

Rottielover
January 2nd, 2008, 09:58 AM
I missed it yesterday, was so sad, but I am addicted to that show. I have to say for me it is a huge motivator. I never want to be like that.....
The holidays were really tough for me because in 2 weeks I was only able to get to the gym once. No sitter. I feel horrible, plus all the food.
BUT even though I snacked a lot, I did make better choices than I did a year ago, so that is better. I maintained over the holiday, I did not gain nor lose. :)
I had about 80 or 85 lbs to lose.....I have made the 1/2 way mark in 7 months.

CearaQC
January 2nd, 2008, 10:17 AM
I need to lose 40 pounds. Lost 50 pounds a couple of years ago but have since hit a plateau. Not in a big hurry or anything, but would still like to be more fit.

Main reason I got a dog - an excuse to get out more!

Don't really like sweets that much and prefer veggies and really all I need is more exercise.

allymack
January 2nd, 2008, 10:17 AM
i am definately in on this one, i need to shed 10-15 pounds before i go to florida in april, i tihnk that should be enoguh time, but good thinking on this thread, i know everyone will get a tremendous amount of support from this which anyone can always use :thumbs up

lewisw
January 2nd, 2008, 10:19 AM
Count me in too!!! I actually started my new "Lifestyle" yesterday. I hate the word diet.

I'm trying out the Fat Flush Plan, I've heard people have really good results living the Fat Flush Way.

You do know what the first three letters of Diet spells :)
Need I say more .
Lewis

allymack
January 2nd, 2008, 10:21 AM
I'm trying out the Fat Flush Plan, I've heard people have really good results living the Fat Flush Way.what is the fat flush plan?

lewisw
January 2nd, 2008, 10:22 AM
I'll join in too! I need to drop another 20 pounds or so. Weight I gained when I quit smoking 5 years ago.

20 pounds from quiiting smoking ....
Ouch maybe I should rethink my new years resolution and go back to smoking ...
Nahh I don't think Sarah would like that too much.
Carrots ... Carrots ..... where forth art thou !!

Stacer
January 2nd, 2008, 10:23 AM
It's true, you do feel like you're gonna "die"! But after the first week you're fine and it turns back into "diet". lol

Stacer
January 2nd, 2008, 10:38 AM
what is the fat flush plan?

It's a diet that starts with a liver detox (the liver being the organ that metabolizes fat) so that the liver is working in optimal condition without all the crap that bogs it down and prevents it from doing its job properly. Then the actual diet itself removes all processed and refined foods. So, no sugar, no simple carbohydrates (white bread etc...), no caffeine, no alcohol.

At the beginning it removes pretty much everything from your diet except fruits, veggies and protein, then slowly reintroduces dairy, whole grains etc..., I guess the premise is that alot of people have sensitivities to certain foods that they're not even aware of (ie: dairy and wheat), so by removing them completley and then reintroducing them you can really tell what you're sensitive to(these sensitivities can hamper your weight loss goals).

It's a somewhat complex diet/lifestyle. I'm still learning. Here's the website about the diet www.annlouise.com/

allymack
January 2nd, 2008, 10:46 AM
thanks for the link, i will check it out:)

SARAH
January 2nd, 2008, 11:15 AM
Count me in too!!! I actually started my new "Lifestyle" yesterday. I hate the word diet.

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I saw Lewis made a comment on that already, but the thing with diets is that you "go on" one, implying you will be "going OFF" it later. A lifestyle, is a permanent thing. MUCH better :thumbs up

Okay, someone needs to kick Frenchy out of the club!!! She's killing me! JK

actually that pic is so bad, it almost looks like ummmmmm "poop":laughing:

Tell yourself that is IS poop, at least to your veins it is ...

If I lose a couple pounds, and I ate some of that cake I would probably gain 5 pounds!!:eek:

no no no no!! NO CAKE!!!...........Treat yourself to new cloths, spa, casino, never reward with food:D

Exactly! clothes are good, new things to show off the new you. Or shoes. Or a handbag, or jewelry, whatever, anything but food!

Count me in too... I need all the help I can get in the motivation department!!!

Did anyone catch the start of the biggest loser 'couples', I think this is gonna be a good one to watch... because they brought their enablers!

It taped, but for some reason, the stupid PVR didn't tape the finale of the last one, so I'm pretty p:censored:d at that, don't even know who won :(

A few links for you :) got this from a friend who is a PowerLifter (PL) and competes in strongman competitions. WAYYYYY out of our league, but fun to watch. But ... 240 lbs bench press !? My PR (personal record) is 110 lbs, peanuts! OK< I'm a girl, I know ...

I have a few on You tube of my last PL comp ( and first PL comp) where I broke the midwest regional and Kansas Satae record in DL for a 242lb Raw lifter. Here is the record Pull it was a slow one real dog fighthttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUR0SXsWvm0
here are a few more
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ml7Xd5x90vc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBk6Qa2-A24&feature=user

And Lewis, no quitting quit-smoking :frustrated: no need to put on weight (other than muscle) if you eat right (which I will fix) :lovestruck:

SARAH
January 2nd, 2008, 11:19 AM
Hey, that's 12 already! Guess there is a demand out there in pets.ca land :thumbs up

Rottielover
January 2nd, 2008, 11:29 AM
I refuse to use the word diet, many reasons. Most diets are a short term help that you fall off of very easily, and most of the time you gain back more than what you lost originally.
I am using the word lifestyle change, and it has been working so far. The loss is a lot more gradual, but I know it will not creep back. I still eat what I want...( ask Frenchy) but in portion controls, and a lot healthier.
It also helps that my daughter loves healthy food too, i guess mainly because I do not really keep junk here other than popcorn, and frozen yogurt(she believes to be ice cream) LOL

poodletalk
January 2nd, 2008, 11:33 AM
I am in!!! I would like to drop couple of extra pounds as well.

Ford Girl
January 2nd, 2008, 12:17 PM
Me too!!! Count me in this challange!!! I have lots to lose. I have lost over 80lbs on Weight Watchers, only gained 20 back over the last 2 years, so I know what I need to do to get fit!

By the end of the weekend I will have a new treadmill, exercise ball and weights at home. I am also using FitDay to track food and exercise, it's pretty cool and very easy if anyone needs help tracking. I know for me, being accountable to myself and writing it down helps - you can't hide from it if you write it down.

So, are we going to select a weigh in or results day where we can all post that weeks successes in a thread of it's own? And have another thread for support and questions?

I am so in...it's not even funny!!! hahah! My DH is in too, he just doesn't know it yet. Tee Hee!!!

SARAH
January 2nd, 2008, 12:29 PM
Me too!!! Count me in this challange!!! I have lots to lose. I have lost over 80lbs on Weight Watchers, only gained 20 back over the last 2 years, so I know what I need to do to get fit!

By the end of the weekend I will have a new treadmill, exercise ball and weights at home. I am also using FitDay to track food and exercise, it's pretty cool and very easy if anyone needs help tracking. I know for me, being accountable to myself and writing it down helps - you can't hide from it if you write it down.

So, are we going to select a weigh in or results day where we can all post that weeks successes in a thread of it's own? And have another thread for support and questions?

I am so in...it's not even funny!!! hahah! My DH is in too, he just doesn't know it yet. Tee Hee!!!

Good for you that you use FitDay, it's one of the best free programs available (I use another one, but it's not free, but it is better IMO)

I think we should first set a goal date, then a precise nr of pounds we want to lose, and stick to that plan. Of course, if the losing is faster than expected, revise to a lower weight or an earlier date, but not the other way around!! Also, a safe loss-speed is 1-2 lbs/week.

Don't know about you guys, but I've always weighed and pinched and measured on Saturday mornings (pinched, as in calipers to see bodyfat levels). That said, there is no reason not to pick another day for posting if some want to weigh in on Fridays, or Sundays, or even Mondays ...

Shall we be brave ... and post before pics? Or do we just post those when we can post the glorious after pics next to them?

I vote for the befores, even if they may be awful, they will also be a good accountability factor, a motivator to keep on our toes and follow up on the program we chose to follow.

I agree on one thread with just the individual goals and pics and updates, no comments (other than a well done! ) and we can keep this one for commenting, rants, ideas, questions ...

Anyone have a better idea?

And yes, hee-hee, hubbies have no choice, WE cook !! :D

Rottielover
January 2nd, 2008, 12:39 PM
everyone saw my before. YUCK :(

Ford Girl
January 2nd, 2008, 12:43 PM
I vote for a results thread with pictures, before and during....with weekly results good or bad and small comments or encouragment on other posts made in this thread!! And another thread we could call "healthy living" or something like that, maybe both by the month so it's not a zillion pages long. A place where we can post things like .."help me - my coworkers just brought in donuts!!" LOL! Or questions on food, tips or exercise.

Is there a sub thread we can use or can one be created?

SARAH
January 2nd, 2008, 01:03 PM
Karen, you look terrific! And you're over half way to your goal too! By "end next year" do you not mean 2008 (i.e. this year end)?

I vote for a results thread with pictures, before and during....with weekly results good or bad and small comments or encouragment on other posts made in this thread!! And another thread we could call "healthy living" or something like that, maybe both by the month so it's not a zillion pages long. A place where we can post things like .."help me - my coworkers just brought in donuts!!" LOL! Or questions on food, tips or exercise.

Is there a sub thread we can use or can one be created?

Like a HelthyTJT but not really jacked, since it's all about healthy lifestyle and rants ... like those donuts!! ? Sounds good. Now go post your goals and picture in the appropriate thread! :mad: :laughing: :laughing:

CearaQC
January 2nd, 2008, 01:05 PM
And yes, hee-hee, hubbies have no choice, WE cook !! :D

My hubby cooks at least half all our meals. :D But he and I think alike and rarely eat junk food or desserts. We're just slightly on the lazy side, but that will change now that we have two dogs that we want to train for field hunting.

Frenchy
January 2nd, 2008, 01:32 PM
Yes Rottielover and Kayla eat very healthy , never saw a kid that finished all her veggies without complaining before ! Not only Kayla eats her veggies , she even likes them ! :thumbs up

So I guess you girls need to get red of all cake / chocolate / chips from your house.

Please send to #33 ste-..... :D

Ford Girl
January 2nd, 2008, 01:38 PM
My hubby cooks at least half all our meals. :D But he and I think alike and rarely eat junk food or desserts. We're just slightly on the lazy side, but that will change now that we have two dogs that we want to train for field hunting.

My DH never cooks, he will if I ask him to but then we end up with fish sticks and french fries or hamberger helper...so I don't ask unless I have to. He's scared of the spice rack. :laughing:

Yes Rottielover and Kayla eat very healthy , never saw a kid that finished all her veggies without complaining before ! Not only Kayla eats her veggies , she even likes them ! :thumbs up

So I guess you girls need to get red of all cake / chocolate / chips from your house.

Please send to #33 ste-..... :D

Seriously - someone needs to come overhaul my house - get rid of it all. I can resist cake and chocolate, it's the chips and dip and salty snacks that call to me in my dreams.... :laughing:

SARAH
January 2nd, 2008, 01:45 PM
http://www.pets.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=48040

Just so we don't lose this one, with all the awful before pics and soon, the great afters!

First on the agenda ...

EMPTY THE HOUSE OF ALL JUNK !! Rather than have the colleagues bring donuts to work, unload your junk on the break-room :evil: you'll look generous, and won't feel bad about throwing things in the garbage :cool:

Then ...

EMPTY YOUR CLOSET OF TOO-LARGE CLOTHES because ... hey, you don't want to get bigger so why keep'em? This is a fun exercise to do once a month or so, as you drop sizes. I know, if you're like me, the smaller sizes have NOT been thrown out as you got bigger, so you'll still have clothes to wear (or reward yourself with one new pair of pants and a top)

Just keep one pair of the biggest pants/jeans/skirt ... for that after pic where you can hold that waist-line waayyyy out in front of the skinny you!

Rottielover
January 2nd, 2008, 01:48 PM
And Kayla even said no to cheese cake. Which made Frenchy very happy as there was one more for her. LOL
I am proud of her, she has helped me a lot to stay motivated. She loves dancing, so we take turns. LOL

Frenchy
January 2nd, 2008, 01:54 PM
And Kayla even said no to cheese cake. Which made Frenchy very happy as there was one more for her. LOL


:laughing: and BTW , no more cheesecake :sad: someone must had broke in my house during the night and ate it all :yell: :wall:

Rottielover
January 2nd, 2008, 01:54 PM
wow, you really do love cheese cake. LOL

SARAH
January 2nd, 2008, 01:56 PM
Don't forget too, Kayla is young but not stupid nor blind! She has seen your transformation right there in front of her eyes, I'm sure kids at her day-care have made comments (kids do) and she knows how you got away from the old you to the now-you. She sees a mom she is proud of, before you were her Mom, period, she was proud to have a mom, now she's proud to have a great-looking mom (I hope that came out right ... I know what I mean to say, but did it come out in writing the way I was thinking it ... help! Hope you get my idea here).

You are setting a great and huge example for her, by living your comitment to yourself and your health. :thumbs up to you for that :grouphug: and congratulations again on your intermediate results :highfive: you'll get to your goal, I know it!

Frenchy
January 2nd, 2008, 01:56 PM
wow, you really do love cheese cake. LOL

I needed the proteins for all the shoveling I just did . :shrug:

SARAH
January 2nd, 2008, 01:57 PM
Ms Cheesecake :D are you just going to sit there and be that little :evil: tempting us and trying to get us to slip up ? :laughing: :laughing:

Frenchy
January 2nd, 2008, 01:58 PM
Ms Cheesecake :D are you just going to sit there and be that little :evil: tempting us and trying to get us to slip up ? :laughing: :laughing:

But I'm being a good girl by not posting in your other thread :angel:

SARAH
January 2nd, 2008, 02:01 PM
:laughing::laughing: :wall: :laughing: :laughing: you are at that :thumbs up :thankyou:

Frenchy
January 2nd, 2008, 02:06 PM
ok but don't push you luck :mwaha:

:laughing:

Actually , I may not need to loose any weight , but I should eat more , mostly more healthier. But good food (cake,chocolate,salty stuff,greasy stuff) is all I got left in life :rolleyes:

SARAH
January 2nd, 2008, 02:17 PM
ok but don't push you luck :mwaha:

:laughing:

Actually , I may not need to loose any weight , but I should eat more , mostly more healthier. But good food (cake,chocolate,salty stuff,greasy stuff) is all I got left in life :rolleyes:

No it's not. You also have your health and I think you should want to keep that! For yourself and for all the dogs that need you! Besides, you're sure to meet someone nice one day too, someone with a little money and room for more rescues!!

Frenchy
January 2nd, 2008, 02:20 PM
But eating healthy sucks :laughing:

SARAH
January 2nd, 2008, 02:27 PM
Does not! And your brain, your liver and kidneys, your arteries and your heart will be SO grateful to you!

Frenchy
January 2nd, 2008, 02:29 PM
http://bestsmileys.com/notlistening/2.gif

Ford Girl
January 2nd, 2008, 02:41 PM
But eating healthy sucks :laughing:

Agreed.

Does not! And your brain, your liver and kidneys, your arteries and your heart will be SO grateful to you!

Agreed.

http://bestsmileys.com/notlistening/2.gif

LOL!

I hate it too Frenchy - I hate the fact that I HAVE to work out and I HAVE to eat good. I want to eat and drink and be merry! :p But I know that I need to do this for me and my health.

14+kitties
January 2nd, 2008, 02:49 PM
20 pounds from quiiting smoking ....
Ouch maybe I should rethink my new years resolution and go back to smoking ...
Nahh I don't think Sarah would like that too much.
Carrots ... Carrots ..... where forth art thou !!


Umm, maybe I shouldn't tell you then....my total weight gain was actually 50 lbs! I have been working on losing it by changing the way I eat. But Christmas sabatoges me every year.
And don't you dare go back to smoking! All the weight gain in the world is not as bad as that!! Sarah must be so proud of you, aren't you Sarah? Sarah?? :D

SARAH
January 2nd, 2008, 02:53 PM
Of course, of course !!! Third ... or is it fourth attempt ? But I'm giving up chocolate, so there ! It's as hard as the cigarettes.

Wine I'm quitting too (not a big sacrifice taste wise, but more so socially) and coffee (no sacrifice at all), and deserts at Rockaberries!!!! That sucks :frustrated: but ....

nothing tastes as good as being lean feels

NOTHING !!

Rottielover
January 2nd, 2008, 03:36 PM
I am willing to sacrifice chocolate...sweets in general. But no one..I mean no one can take my coffee away from me...

SARAH
January 2nd, 2008, 03:39 PM
I won't try :) and I do like a capuccino once in a while, but that's because the milk makes it drinkable (to me) :D

Ford Girl
January 2nd, 2008, 04:13 PM
I am willing to sacrifice chocolate...sweets in general. But no one..I mean no one can take my coffee away from me...


I am right there with you. I actually make room in my daily consumption for the cream and splenda I take in my coffee. It's worth the points to me. (I count points - Weight Watchers). I can't drink it black or I would.

SARAH
January 2nd, 2008, 04:49 PM
You do realize ... splenda is made with chlorine? Like ... in the pools? Look for STEVIA, it's 100% natural and won't hurt you. No chemicals involved at all. Of course, as it's not something the industry can make (it's a plant) it's been given a bad rap, but I'd rather have a bad-rap-plant than a good-rap-chemical any day!

Ford Girl
January 2nd, 2008, 04:55 PM
You do realize ... splenda is made with chlorine? Like ... in the pools? Look for STEVIA, it's 100% natural and won't hurt you. No chemicals involved at all. Of course, as it's not something the industry can make (it's a plant) it's been given a bad rap, but I'd rather have a bad-rap-plant than a good-rap-chemical any day!


Thanks Sarah, I knew it wasn't the best for you, but it's better then my other options at work that are made of aspertame. Question - how much clorine? Like enough to harm you, or like the city uses to purify water? I guess it's like chooseing the best of 2 evils?

Here's a whole list of foods with chlorine in them, some of it occuraing naturally...

http://www.healthyeatingclub.com/info/books-phds/books/foodfacts/html/data/data5h.html

I will try and find STEVIA tonight....but is it really any better for you? I guess like everything else you research it's got lots of pros and cons....

sue038
January 2nd, 2008, 05:01 PM
I also am following the weight watcher program. I was down 50 pounds since August!! I gained a few back over the holidays, but plan to get right back with it. also have my pup Oreo on a walking program. Since he had what the vet determined to be a stroke 2 weeks before Christmas. I am happy to report is is almost 100% back to normal!

SARAH
January 2nd, 2008, 05:02 PM
Well, I have a report on the Splenda and I have read a lot of things by a couple of chemists-turned-anti-Big Pharma, and stevia is the safest in that it is actually just a powdered plant. No refining involved, just drying I take it, and grinding to a powder.

I buy mine at Loblaw's because it's handy for me to get it there ... of course, the Loblaw's that has the stevia does not have the soft, multigrain pitas, and vice versa :frustrated: and they are 20 minutes apart on the highway !! On purpose? Nah, just coincidenece that I use two things they don't both have.

Chlorine ... + something else I forget what. Together they act like an "explosive" in your cells. Not really what I want. Aspartame turns to formaldehyde ... you know, the embalming fluid? No thank you, I'm still alive here !! I keep the little paper pouches of stevia in my purse and leave all sweet-and-low and nutra-sweet and splenda packs (they have that at Tim Hortons!) and white sugar where they are. If I've run out and not noticed ... I add an extra pod of 10% fat milk to the coffee and bear it - or if I notice in time, skip the coffee.

SARAH
January 2nd, 2008, 05:04 PM
... also have my pup Oreo on a walking program. !

You do realize that your dog will sabotage you? With a name like that, you'll always be reminded of the cookies, the cheesecakes, the ice creams ...

sue038
January 2nd, 2008, 05:18 PM
My two yr old grand daughter is the one I worry about. She always wants tootsie rolls! She feeds Oreo everything she is eating...not helping with his weight loss!

TeriM
January 2nd, 2008, 05:29 PM
Holy crap :eek:. I post an innocent question and come back and this thread is already at three pages :thumbs up.

Frenchy
January 2nd, 2008, 05:30 PM
Holy crap :eek:. I post an innocent question and come back and this thread is already at three pages :thumbs up.

I think it's a hit ! There's already another thread about it ! :thumbs up

happycats
January 2nd, 2008, 05:33 PM
And frenchy's our bestest cheerleader!!
and whipper when we're bad:evil:

TeriM
January 2nd, 2008, 05:33 PM
I know :eek:, that is soooooo great :thumbs up. I was kinda planning to eat up the rest of the giant toblerone (Costco) bar this week and then start but you guys have all inspired me to send it with hubby to his work instead :crazy:.

TeriM
January 2nd, 2008, 05:38 PM
I'm not sure what thread to post this in. I would really like to see everyone do a weekly update. I think once a month is just to long to go ... it's the "I'll be better next week because there is lots of time before I have to confess" thing :o. I think we should report any weight loss/gain and also how much exercise (days, types etc) we accomplished that week.

happycats
January 2nd, 2008, 05:40 PM
I like the weekly idea too!

Maybe like a weight loss poll every Monday?

with minus as well as plus?

crazydays
January 2nd, 2008, 06:19 PM
This sounds interesting!!! I realize more than ever that I do an amazing job at regulating the type, quantity and snacks of my dogs. If I only had that much control over my own diet!!!
Yes-for health and happiness I need to lose weight around the middle. It would be nice to be able to look down and see my toes again!!!:sad::yell::frustrated:
Heres hoping!!!!!!!!!!!

Ford Girl
January 2nd, 2008, 10:24 PM
Well, I have a report on the Splenda and I have read a lot of things by a couple of chemists-turned-anti-Big Pharma, and stevia is the safest in that it is actually just a powdered plant. No refining involved, just drying I take it, and grinding to a powder.

Chlorine ... + something else I forget what. Together they act like an "explosive" in your cells. Not really what I want. Aspartame turns to formaldehyde ... you know, the embalming fluid? No thank you, I'm still alive here !! I keep the little paper pouches of stevia in my purse and leave all sweet-and-low and nutra-sweet and splenda packs (they have that at Tim Hortons!) and white sugar where they are. If I've run out and not noticed ... I add an extra pod of 10% fat milk to the coffee and bear it - or if I notice in time, skip the coffee.

Very interesting!!! I was just at the Super Store (wasn't too bad actually??) and in the weight loss and health section there was several forms and options of stevia. I will deffinitly check it out!

I know :eek:, that is soooooo great :thumbs up. I was kinda planning to eat up the rest of the giant toblerone (Costco) bar this week and then start but you guys have all inspired me to send it with hubby to his work instead :crazy:.

Teri, me too. I hear ya sister!! (Did you know my name is Teri too? :D ) There is so much junk in my house, BUT I made a great healthy dinner, and went grocery shopping and got lots of good choices. I would normally do the exact opposite, go shopping hungry and buy bad and quick foods then come home and binge cuz I would be starving! LOL! DH is taking a care package to work tomorrow.

I like the weekly idea too!

Maybe like a weight loss poll every Monday?

with minus as well as plus?

Me too! I like weekly updates with numbers and details, good and bad. Pictures, stories, temptations.

Would anyone be interested in putting their numbers in their signature? It could be descreate like...222/212/150 starting, current and goal, without wording, those who were in would know what it means. Just a thought.

Cheers! The Flames just scored, got to jet....

TeriM
January 2nd, 2008, 10:33 PM
I've asked Marko to retitle this thread to Tips/Rants/Raves :D.

SARAH
January 3rd, 2008, 05:56 AM
Very interesting!!! I was just at the Super Store (wasn't too bad actually??) and in the weight loss and health section there was several forms and options of stevia. I will deffinitly check it out!

The liquid is purer, it's the sap and very concentrated. Do not lick your fingers, lol. A drop will sweeten a mug of coffee. However, the little individual-sized packets like with sweet-n-low are handier to stick in your wallet or even back pocket ;)

Teri, me too. I hear ya sister!! (Did you know my name is Teri too? :D ) There is so much junk in my house, BUT I made a great healthy dinner, and went grocery shopping and got lots of good choices. I would normally do the exact opposite, go shopping hungry and buy bad and quick foods then come home and binge cuz I would be starving! LOL! DH is taking a care package to work tomorrow.

How many hubbies have taken junk to the break room today? (show of hands pls) Well, Lewis took the rest of the Christmas cookies and another bag of gift-cookies yesterday, and that was what we had, so we're junk-free!!

Me too! I like weekly updates with numbers and details, good and bad. Pictures, stories, temptations.

Would anyone be interested in putting their numbers in their signature? It could be descreate like...222/212/150 starting, current and goal, without wording, those who were in would know what it means. Just a thought.

Sure, why not? Anyone wonder, well they can just ask :thumbs up

Cheers! The Flames just scored, got to jet.... ??

I've asked Marko to retitle this thread to Tips/Rants/Raves :D.

OK, why not :D

Ford Girl
January 3rd, 2008, 11:52 AM
How is everyone doing today? Did you start the day off right? Any set backs?

Who plans on exercising today?

Does anyone know the pros to green tea, health wise?

SARAH
January 3rd, 2008, 01:20 PM
Doing great, although a detox is a bit tough, but hanging in there and looking forward to a nice crisp salad in the "blazing heat" (nuts, right!?)

Green tea, yes ... hang on, I'll find the info ... brb!

poodletalk
January 3rd, 2008, 01:25 PM
I am doing well, I had a bowl of musliex cereal with fresh banana, stawberries and blueberries. I even cut back on the sugar I put in my morning coffee.

At lunch, I had a tuna salad, with assortment of veggies and beans and a glass of water.

Later this afternooon, I will snack on a orange.

I hope to go the gym this evening, since I pass it on my way home from work. I am not sure if I will work out tonight I have abit of a stiff neck from the cold weather.

SARAH
January 3rd, 2008, 01:27 PM
Green tea has a 5,000 year history of use in China and has been praised for countless health benefits. With the release of recent research findings and a little help from Oprah, Green Tea and Green Tea supplements have become more popular than ever.

Unfortunately, this has also attracted the attention of unscrupulous marketers who advertise Green Tea as a weight loss miracle, with promises such as "lose 20 pounds in 30 days" or "Lose one jeans size every week."

Research has revealed that green tea may have some legitimate benefits for men and women seeking to lose weight, but the enthusiasm for green tea may be a bit ahead of the science and it's buyer beware when it comes to weight loss claims.

**

Unfortunately, the info I have is an a pdf file which is only for sale and copyrighted, but yes, green tea is of some help - if nothing else it's a diurhetic - and it does have lots of other benefits other than just the possible fatloss help (like combatting free radicals among a long list of benefits)

SARAH
January 3rd, 2008, 01:29 PM
The First Two Steps To End Emotional Eating :::

Fit Tip By Tom Venuto

In a study published in the American Journal Of Clinical Nutrition, Susan Kayman and colleagues set out to discover the difference beteen women who took off weight and kept it off succesfully (maintainers), and those who took off weight but eventually regained it all (relapsers).

One of the differences stood out like a sore thumb:

Relapsers were emotional eaters who lacked skills to respond to and cope with stress and unexpected problems.

While almost all of the women surveyed reported stressful issues or problems, there were major differences in the way the relapsers and maintainers coped with their problems.

Very few relapsers used problem-solving or confrontive ways of coping with their problems as compared with maintainers.

Instead, they were more likely to use emotion-focused or escape/avoidance behaviors for coping, such as eating more, sleeping more or just wishing the problem would go away.

Relapsers reported using food to make themselves feel better when they were upset. They also attributed weight gain to unexpected or unpredictable stressful life events.

Maintainers, by contrast, confronted their problems directly and looked for alternative ways to cope with them (other than eating)

These included relaxation techniques, exercise, focusing on productive work, seeking social support, getting professional help, or talking out their feelings with other people they trusted.

This confirms previous research in the area of addiction recovery which found that a person who has made a successful behavior change will return to a previous negative pattern if a stressful situation occurs but no coping skills have been developed to deal with it.

Another big difference between maintainers and relapsers was conscious awareness (or lack of it)

70% of relapsers surveyed ate unconsciously in response to emotions and they also tended to be unaware of creeping gains in bodyweight and the need to remain forever vigilant to keep what they had achieved.

Maintainers, on the other hand, were conscious of EVERYthing:

* They were conscious of the quanity and type of food they ate

* They were conscious about the amount of activity that they needed personally to maintain their weight

* they consciously worked to "keep in shape" after they reached their initial goal

* They were conscious of their weight by and they noticed immediately if they gained even a little weight such as a few pounds after a vacation

* They intentionally wore close-fitting clothes to keep themselves aware of their bodies, which prompted them to exercise more eat less if clothes felt tighter.

From these findings emerge two of the very first steps absolutely necessary for you to end emotional eating:

1. Develop greater conscious awareness 2. Develop alternative behaviors and coping mechanisms for dealing with stress

It takes courage to directly confront your problems and strength to overcome them, but you can't even begin to solve a problem unless you are aware you have one. It all begins with AWAREness.

Begin with these two steps, starting today, and you will be that much closer to becoming a "successful maintainer."

Train hard and expect success always,

SARAH
January 3rd, 2008, 01:31 PM
not sure if I will work out tonight I have abit of a stiff neck from the cold weather.

But ... you don't do biceps curls and squats with your neck :confused: don't start procrastinating! :D

poodletalk
January 3rd, 2008, 01:37 PM
But ... you don't do biceps curls and squats with your neck don't start procrastinating!

I am not procrastinating, it hurts to move my head especially turning left I think a day of rest would be a good thing today.

Dukes Mom
January 3rd, 2008, 01:41 PM
I'd be very interested!

Ford Girl
January 3rd, 2008, 01:42 PM
I am doing well, I had a bowl of musliex cereal with fresh banana, stawberries and blueberries. I even cut back on the sugar I put in my morning coffee.

At lunch, I had a tuna salad, with assortment of veggies and beans and a glass of water.

Later this afternooon, I will snack on a orange.

I hope to go the gym this evening, since I pass it on my way home from work. I am not sure if I will work out tonight I have abit of a stiff neck from the cold weather.

Good job poodletalk, sounds like you made the effort to eat good today! I too planned good meals and snacks, it's easier if you plan ahead! Nice job!


Green tea has a 5,000 year history of use in China and has been praised for countless health benefits. With the release of recent research findings and a little help from Oprah, Green Tea and Green Tea supplements have become more popular than ever.

Unfortunately, this has also attracted the attention of unscrupulous marketers who advertise Green Tea as a weight loss miracle, with promises such as "lose 20 pounds in 30 days" or "Lose one jeans size every week."

Research has revealed that green tea may have some legitimate benefits for men and women seeking to lose weight, but the enthusiasm for green tea may be a bit ahead of the science and it's buyer beware when it comes to weight loss claims.

**

Unfortunately, the info I have is an a pdf file which is only for sale and copyrighted, but yes, green tea is of some help - if nothing else it's a diurhetic - and it does have lots of other benefits other than just the possible fatloss help (like combatting free radicals among a long list of benefits)

Thanks! I found lots of info on it too...I thought I would try and find something to sip rather then my 100 cups of coffee a day! My work only has the caffinated kind tho...

Great - a diurhetic - just what I need! :mad: I don't need anymore help in that department! LOL! :eek:

SARAH
January 3rd, 2008, 01:45 PM
OK, it's your body :D it's just that I've heard so many weird excuses for not training ...

sprained ankle. Fine, skip legs workouts.
stiff neck. Then, do legs.

etc.

But you did go yesterday, right? So you're excused ;) I'm relaxing today after the full-body snow-removal workout yesterday. On top of that, I'm detoxing so I'm really only getting lots of water, some fruit and salads all day, not a lot to use for training (salads... all raw veggies, no grain products and no protein, for 3 days).

Next week, weights and cardio for sure, and I'll even post some of the workouts if you want (probably also if you don't want, keeps me on my toes to do the workouts!)

Dukes Mom
January 3rd, 2008, 01:48 PM
me..me..me...me..me.. Does that say it all :)

Hi my name is Sherry -I saw the picture of your gorgeous rottie and just thought i would introduce myself and see if i could maybe ask you a few questions regarding my 8 mos old! I am a new mom and having trouble establishing my alpha role - my husband didn't want a dog and duke listens to him more than me & i do everything for him! I've taken him to puppy socialization class and waiting for a beginning obedience class to start up - i live in a very small town in Michigan and not alot of options available for training! Any tips youcould give me would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks!

SARAH
January 3rd, 2008, 01:51 PM
Hi my name is Sherry -I saw the picture of your gorgeous rottie and just thought i would introduce myself and see if i could maybe ask you a few questions regarding my 8 mos old! I am a new mom and having trouble establishing my alpha role - my husband didn't want a dog and duke listens to him more than me & i do everything for him! I've taken him to puppy socialization class and waiting for a beginning obedience class to start up - i live in a very small town in Michigan and not alot of options available for training! Any tips youcould give me would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks!

Hey ... :offtopic: ... this is a training and weightloss thread for the pet owners :rolleyes:

Anyone, Rottielover included and first in line, will answer you on a on-topic posting about your baby rott!

Oh, and you're welcome to join us in the battle of the bulge by the way :thumbs up

poodletalk
January 3rd, 2008, 01:56 PM
I actually like working out and I feel really good afterwards and have a healthy rosey look to my face.

I don't want to do weights until I have a proper program from my friend who's a trainer at the gym.

You need to know how to do the weights properly so you won't hurt yourself. I did abit of excerises and stretches with free weights last night.

I notice alot of women are doing weights and ball lunges standing on these half balls. (no jokes Frenchy) looks pretty interesting.

SARAH
January 3rd, 2008, 02:05 PM
I actually like working out and I feel really good afterwards and have a healthy rosey look to my face.

I don't want to do weights until I have a proper program from my friend who's a trainer at the gym.

You need to know how to do the weights properly so you won't hurt yourself. I did abit of excerises and stretches with free weights last night.

I notice alot of women are doing weights and ball lunges standing on these half balls. (no jokes Frenchy) looks pretty interesting.

I agree, you have to know how to do the exercises right when you use free weights. With machines you can't really go wrong unless you load them up too much, because they will only move in the direction they were made to.

Those stability balls are probably ok, but you really need to know what you're doing so you don't strain or sprain something. I'd love one for push-ups!

Rottielover
January 3rd, 2008, 05:34 PM
I did eat well all day. had a little pasta ( whole wheat with home ade spagetti sauce) low fat cheese, and a v8 for dinner. I went to curves this morning as well...

Dukes mom feel free to open a post in an appropriate thread, I will be happy to help you...
Back to skinny days :)

Kristin7
January 3rd, 2008, 05:39 PM
Stability balls are great! Try doing some sit-ups on them, it will really make your abs burn! You have to maintain your balance so it is more of a workout than if you are on the floor - also good for doing certain stretches. Probably good to have some instruction before doing anything on these, true.

TeriM
January 3rd, 2008, 08:30 PM
On top of that, I'm detoxing so I'm really only getting lots of water, some fruit and salads all day, not a lot to use for training (salads... all raw veggies, no grain products and no protein, for 3 days).

Why and how often do you "detox"?

Frenchy
January 3rd, 2008, 09:36 PM
I notice alot of women are doing weights and ball lunges standing on these half balls. (no jokes Frenchy) looks pretty interesting.

:D ok , but only because nothing comes to mind right now :laughing: I might come back later :evil:

Ford Girl
January 4th, 2008, 06:53 AM
I'd be very interested!

Welcome! Please post with us!

I did eat well all day. had a little pasta ( whole wheat with home ade spagetti sauce) low fat cheese, and a v8 for dinner. I went to curves this morning as well...

Back to skinny days :)

It's all about portion control, good on you Rottielover....do you like curves?

What type of plan does everyone follow??

SARAH
January 4th, 2008, 08:11 AM
I use a training program by an on-line trainer over in Chicago. He'd made it to go with a nutrition program, but I have other plans for the food, so I just do his weight program for now. 5 days a week weights, with two muscle groups per day, so it's just once a week per muscle. In other words, perfect for doing heavy weights!! :thumbs up

Another trainer promised he'd send me his DVD with his program on it, this program is 3 days weights (so I think 3 muscle groups per day) and 2 days cardio and stretching. I'll see how it looks and if it could be something I'd like, but I'm sticking to the first one until spring. Don't like winter cardio :frustrated: it's too cold in the mornings.

Food wise, I have decided to start something "new". Rather than the protein-heavy bodybuilder nutrition, I'm going back to the Natural Hygiene I used to do; the plan that got me to 128 lbs!! That was with little muscle tone, so I would imagine 130-132 now with more muscle and less fat would probably give me the same size but better look.

NH food is fruit from breakfast till lunch, then a salad, and more salad + a cooked vegetable for supper. You can have either starches or protein with the two main meals, but not both together. Since I mostly have meals alone at lunch, I skip the meat then. No one will look at you twice for leaving your potato on your plate, but if you leave the steak/fish/chicken ... :eek: so the easiest way not to make waves and have to explain forever, is to have the protein with supper since that's the meal I'll most often be having with other people. Of course, if I want to skip meat and have legumes, on days when it's just Lewis and me, then no problem, I do that.

Oh yes, and WATER, lots of it! At least 2 liters a day, preferably 2Ŋ. And no, coffee does not count as water (in fact you need another extra glass of water to neutralize the acid from the coffee - and with a soda it's 43 extra glasses !!! Extra, yes. On top of the 2Ŋ liters you need to rehydrate. And it makes no difference if it's diet soda or regular either). I fill 3 710 ml bottles of water every morning and keep in the fridge, making sure I have each one by supper time. Yes, I do get to see a lot of bathrooms :D

Kristin7
January 4th, 2008, 09:41 AM
Well, I don't really have too much of a diet plan. For me, I already eat healthy foods and limit sweets. I would like to start eating more veggies and fruits but feel like I don't want to spend a whole lot of time thinking about food and planning out a 'diet' so to speak. I would also like to try and bring food for lunch to work more often, rather than being forced to eat in the cafeteria here, which mostly has unhealthy choices. Over the years I've pretty much cut out sweets, make a lot of homemade meals w/o processed foods and even recently this year have managed to stop eating so many chips (my downfall - salty treats!) and way cut back on diet sodas. I already drink a lot of tea. So basically, my plan involves working out more, on a regular basis and making a few improvements to my diet. In the past I have been able to eat whatever I want if I work out enough, so hope to get back to that again. I don't have much of a sweet tooth, eat reasonable portion sizes, so aside from a few things, I feel most of my focus should be in the area of physical activity, and not special diet.

Ford Girl
January 7th, 2008, 01:42 PM
OMG I am hungry today!! I have lots to eat and all good choices...but I am still hungry....sometimes I have days like that...where I could eat my right arm...:eek:

Water water water!!!!! I guess...

TeriM
January 7th, 2008, 02:04 PM
I hear you! Try a cup of tea :thumbs up.

SARAH
January 7th, 2008, 03:16 PM
Take out your blender:

Add one peeled orange in cubes
+ one peeled and sliced banana
+ one slice pineapple, cubed
+ one cactus fig
+ one peeled grapefruit in cubes
and a little water to make it bled-able.

Blend, and add more water to taste, or even ice cubes.

I poured this into a large wine glass today, looked like a frozen daiquiri but without the alcohol. Remember, we eat with our eyes first, so make it look nice otherwise you risk "falling off" because your eyes/brain are bored with what they see.

Anyone need/want a bean-burger recipe, I've got one. Made it earlier for dinner tonight, with sweet basil carrots, and a salad.

poodletalk
January 7th, 2008, 03:40 PM
Can I have it Sarah? Every once inawhile I miss havinga hamburger so maybe this could be an interesting substiture.

Today was a very boaring eating day..my fault..I forgot to bring the "extras" to work today.

Breakfast...none...running late.

Lunch: Salad.(lettuce, tuna and tomotoe) Normally I add some three bean salad to it..and other veggies. I use no salad dressing..just a tiny bit of olive oil.

Afternoon snack..Grapefruit..which I brought with me to eat for Breakfast..but busy day didn't have time

Getting ready to go the denist for a check up. If my mouth is sore, I will just have a bowl of soup for supper.

Ford Girl
January 7th, 2008, 03:54 PM
I hear you! Try a cup of tea :thumbs up.

I've had a few cups of green tea, I honestly don't think i can be hungry eating what I already ate today, I think it's just that I haven't been stuffed in 2 weeks? LOL! This is what hungry feels like??? hahah!

Take out your blender:

Add one peeled orange in cubes
+ one peeled and sliced banana
+ one slice pineapple, cubed
+ one cactus fig
+ one peeled grapefruit in cubes
and a little water to make it bled-able.

Anyone need/want a bean-burger recipe, I've got one. Made it earlier for dinner tonight, with sweet basil carrots, and a salad.

Ya, I will just pull my blender out of my desk and pick a cactus fig from the bush growing in the lunch room!! LOL!! Just kidd'n Sarah, thanks for the tips...sounds yummy!!! A bean berger eh? I'd be all for eating beans, what does it look like...that matters in my house....

I have been useing my blender for breakfast smoothies...DH even likes them, altho he'd eat anything I put in front of him! The thing he misses most since we started getting healthy is his...peanut butter on white wonder bread sandwiches...

So you know what I did for him? I bought a loaf of the white wonder bread, the enriched kinda, and put 4 pieces together in baggies, seperated them all out, so he can have 2 of his favorite sandwiches per week, instead of one per day after work, before dinner. He works physical labour 10 hours a day so he's entitled to his pb on white once and a while...:lovestruck:


Today was a very boaring eating day..my fault..I forgot to bring the "extras" to work today.

Breakfast...none...running late.

Lunch: Salad.(lettuce, tuna and tomotoe) Normally I add some three bean salad to it..and other veggies. I use no salad dressing..just a tiny bit of olive oil.

Afternoon snack..Grapefruit..which I brought with me to eat for Breakfast..but busy day didn't have time

Getting ready to go the denist for a check up. If my mouth is sore, I will just have a bowl of soup for supper.

Good work! At least you packed a lunch and brough healthy foods! Thats the first step!

Almost home time....dog give me strength to stick to the shopping list! :pray:

waste of paint
January 7th, 2008, 04:00 PM
Ooh, am I too late to get in on this? I have been slacking for a couple of months and I've put on quite a few pounds. :o I'm trying to get back into my fit-girl routine!

Ford Girl
January 7th, 2008, 04:27 PM
Ooh, am I too late to get in on this? I have been slacking for a couple of months and I've put on quite a few pounds. :o I'm trying to get back into my fit-girl routine!

Of course you can join us!! :thumbs up This thread is for stats and updates on progress, and there is another one for rants and raves and advise...please post up.

Start with your stats, and your plan and goals. :grouphug:

happycats
January 7th, 2008, 04:27 PM
Ooh, am I too late to get in on this? I have been slacking for a couple of months and I've put on quite a few pounds. :o I'm trying to get back into my fit-girl routine!

It's never to late!! Come join us in the weight loss thread :) http://www.pets.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=48040

SARAH
January 7th, 2008, 04:29 PM
Ya, I will just pull my blender out of my desk and pick a cactus fig from the bush growing in the lunch room!! LOL!! Just kidd'n Sarah, thanks for the tips...sounds yummy!!! A bean berger eh? I'd be all for eating beans, what does it look like...that matters in my house....

I have been useing my blender for breakfast smoothies...DH even likes them, altho he'd eat anything I put in front of him! The thing he misses most since we started getting healthy is his...peanut butter on white wonder bread sandwiches...

So you know what I did for him? I bought a loaf of the white wonder bread, the enriched kinda, and put 4 pieces together in baggies, seperated them all out, so he can have 2 of his favorite sandwiches per week, instead of one per day after work, before dinner. He works physical labour 10 hours a day so he's entitled to his pb on white once and a while...:lovestruck:

give me strength to stick to the shopping list! :pray:

I only used the cactus fig 'cause it was sitting in the fridge :D

Re reanut butter ... that's super healthy stuff!! Just make sure 1) it's pure peanut, no added anything and NO TRANS FATS/ HYDROGENATED OILS (even partially) and use whole wheat bread, and the poor man can have his pb-sandwich 5 days a week, NP !

Bean burger coming up!

SARAH
January 7th, 2008, 04:34 PM
Can I have it Sarah? Every once inawhile I miss having a hamburger so maybe this could be an interesting substiture.


I found this recipe Saturday night, leafing through a vegetarian cookbook (light at that!) and borrowed the whole book. Tried this out tonight for supper, with some maple syrup and basil carrots. Totally yummy, totally healthy, totally filling without stuffing you.

Black Bean Burgers with Dill Sauce (8 burgers)

Burgers:

2 cups … black beans, cooked and drained … 5 dl
Ŋ cup … dry, seasoned bread crumbs ………1.25 dl
1/3 cup .. chopped, fresh dill …………………7.5 cl
1/3 cup .. chopped, red onion ………………. 7.5 cl
ŧ cup … finely chopped carrots ……………. 5 cl
2 Tbsp … cornmeal
1 ……… egg
1Ŋ tsp … minced garlic
ŧ tsp ….. salt

Combine all ingredients in food processor. With wet hands, scoop out
about ŧ cup (5 cl) of the mixture to form a patty. Place on sprayed baking
sheet and bake for 15 minutes at 425ēF (220ēC), turning patties after half
baking time.

Dill sauce:

3 Tbsp … light sour cream or 0% fat yogurt
2 Tbsp … light mayo
2 Tbsp … fresh lemon juice
1 clove … crushed garlic
1 Tbsp … chopped, fresh dill (Ŋ tsp dried)

Combine.

Per burger:

Calories … 126
Protein ….. 7 g
Carb …… 20 g
Fat ……... 2 g

Serve burgers with whole wheat pita or tortilla, salad and the sauce.

I added a little fried onion as well.

The carrots:

Slice 4-5 carrots depending on size. Melt a Tbsp butter/margarine in a pan with 1/4 cup water. Add carrots, 1 Tbsp maple syrup and about 2-3 tsp basil (dry) - more or less to taste. Simmer until carrots are tender. Watch so the liquid doesn't all evaporate and burn the carrots!

Writing4Fun
January 8th, 2008, 08:44 AM
Not sure if this will fit in here...

www.fitnessdepot.ca is having a contest. You have a chance to win a $2500 gift card. That'd buy some pretty decent equipment, right? :thumbs up

SARAH
January 8th, 2008, 09:02 AM
What would I get for that prize ... hmm, let's see ...

Can I fit a leg press into my gym? Maybe, if I put the elliptical in the hallway :D

And a second, good bench?

Or no, a decent power rack!!! Much better! With olympic bar and weights! Won't be enough, but a good help.

Anyone else entered the contest yet? (I did, heheh)

Good workout again today.
Concentration curl/triceps extension
Hammer curl/tricep dips
Weighted crunches on Swiss ball/2Db russian twist on same ball
20 minutes cardio

Getting ready for my mega-smoothie again!

poodletalk
January 8th, 2008, 09:05 AM
I also had a good work out at the gym this morning. I arrived there around 6:30 am (by the time I got upstairs to the gym...it was 6:45)...... did about 30 minutes on the stairmaster on a high level.

Then, I did the elliptical for 10-15 minutes. Did some free weights for the arms and crunches...

Looked at the time, it was 8:05 am...had to run take a shower...get dressed and be at work for 9:00am.

SARAH
January 8th, 2008, 09:14 AM
May I suggest you do your weights before the cardio?

Reason being
1) you have more energy for the weights, but
2) you mobilize the fat stores in your body when you lift, this is what gives you the pumped feeling (especially when you lift heavy enough). The trouble is, the fat stays trapped in the muscle and returns to where it came from once the pump goes away. However, by doing the cardio after the weights, you allow the pump to subside while still in activity and that fat gets burned without going back to the fat-storing cells!

"8 Military Fat Loss Secrets"

http://instantTeleseminar.com/?eventid=1536852 <---- Click To Listen

It's in one of the secrets revealed here (from the interview I did yesterday).

Sort of promotional, Marko I hope it's ok, because it's mainly to get people to hear the free tips!

poodletalk
January 8th, 2008, 09:21 AM
I could do the weights before the cardio...but I feel more warmed up and have more energy after the cardio. (Plus the stairmaster is in demand)

But I will take your suggestion the next time I go to the gym.

SARAH
January 8th, 2008, 09:25 AM
Well, I do a 5-minute warmup on the cardio machine first, then weights for about 30-40 minutes and 20 minutes cardio after. Can you hang your towel on the stairmaster to reserve it, LOL :laughing:

poodletalk
January 8th, 2008, 09:33 AM
There's a scheudle...you write your name on the list. There's only couple of decent stair masters...and everyone is waiting for it. This morning, I had a girl asked me twice when I was getting off so she could take it.

Actually, I plan on sending the gym an email asking why don't they repair the other stairmasters when we pay so much money for the membership. The girl who kept asking me when I was getting off, is going to send an email as well.

SARAH
January 8th, 2008, 10:25 AM
For sure they should do that!

When I ran my gym, I had 2 treadmills, one elliptical, 1 stair machine, 3 spinning bikes and 2 regular cardio bikes. Period. Hardly anyone used the stairs, too tough :D the elliptical was too weird :confused: the bikes had decent exposure, but the treadmills ... line-up! So the day one of them broke down, it was crisis city. I had a guy come fix it within the week.

And how many times was I out there with the tool box, unscrewing things, replacing cables ... lol, it was fun. Got my workout done before I opened the doors so I wouldn't be interrupted all the time, and kept everyone going the rest of the day; cooking on a hot-plate in the back office and making shakes as well since I had a blender there too (and a small fridge).

I sort of miss the cameraderie of the gym, but I also know that not all gyms are that "clubby". I just managed to get everyone to feel like this was their own private gym. They'd bring their CDs and I'd put them on while they were there, one day I put on waltzes :laughing: because no one was working seriously, that woke them up! And a few times I had to put on the Village People song "Macho Macho Man" to get the guys to calm down a bit. Everyone had fun. All through December we'd play jazzed-up Christmas music, I'd dress up at Halloween, it was fun. Still, I do the same in my own gym at home too, only no one sees me :laughing:

SARAH
January 8th, 2008, 10:31 AM
http://www.cbc.ca/health/story/2008/01/07/vitamind-study.html

Just read this ... not that it's new or revolutionary or anything, I mean ... I've know this for absolute years, but now someone has made an official study of it, so it makes it truer I guess :rolleyes:

Ford Girl
January 8th, 2008, 11:35 AM
Re reanut butter ... that's super healthy stuff!! Just make sure 1) it's pure peanut, no added anything and NO TRANS FATS/ HYDROGENATED OILS (even partially) and use whole wheat bread, and the poor man can have his pb-sandwich 5 days a week, NP !

Sorry, he only eats Kraft Lite PB and White Wonder Bread - but I buy the enriched stuff, and label to label, it's the same, if not better then the whole wheat stuff. He won't eat natural pb, or any kind other then Kraft. He's super picky, so I pick and choose my battles with him, if I push too much, he will fight back and say :censored: it!....he did have the choice of healthy pb and bread or 2 per week, he'd chose the 2 per week...

He operates a plasma cutter all day long, which operates at a very high heat, and requires him to shift around very large and very heavy pices of steel, he's one of those guys that just cuts out the stupid stuff like chips and cookies and loses 10lbs. It doesn't take much for him. :frustrated:

I also had a good work out at the gym this morning. I arrived there around 6:30 am (by the time I got upstairs to the gym...it was 6:45)...... did about 30 minutes on the stairmaster on a high level. Then, I did the elliptical for 10-15 minutes. Did some free weights for the arms and crunches...Looked at the time, it was 8:05 am...had to run take a shower...get dressed and be at work for 9:00am.

Good for you, another day down! :highfive:

Last night I walked 5klm in about 45 mins, with the dog, faster pace then usual...felt good, but I am sore today! Today I have healthy food to eat, and I won't be working out....my gf's are taking me out for the bday dinner, the first real challenge for me since I started this, but I researched the menu...here is it, what do you guys suggest?

http://www.moxies.ca/index2.htm

I was thinking the roasted chicken, ask for no starch, extra veggies or the spinich salad, dressing on the side, no bread, add chicken? I will have water and maybe a diet soda to drink, altho this meal was planned along time ago it's suppose to be a girls night out for drinks and appies...but I asked them to change the vendue from a steak house to Moxie's, and told them no drinks for me...so I am DDing tonight to ensure I don't have any belini's...LOL!

(My girlfrineds and I get together every second week, girls only, someones house, dinner - we all bring a dish, and watch Sex and The City, yak and vent, so much fun!)

diandpat
January 12th, 2008, 03:02 PM
Hi all. I have seen Stevia mentioned on this and other threads a few times as a natural sweetener substitute. Where do people buy it? I live in Montreal and have looked in a few stores but I don't see it anywhere.

Thanks.

Rottielover
January 12th, 2008, 03:06 PM
ok I did the contest...I want to win..I want to win :)

SARAH
January 12th, 2008, 03:52 PM
Hi all. I have seen Stevia mentioned on this and other threads a few times as a natural sweetener substitute. Where do people buy it? I live in Montreal and have looked in a few stores but I don't see it anywhere.

Thanks.

Go to the Loblaws on St Jean, they have Stevia in the dietary section (the isle closest to the rest of the goods, to the end closest to the beauty articles), it's a blue cardboard package :thumbs up