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Title: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: supershigi on January 15, 2015, 11:27:43 PM
:pompoms:    *Healthy 2015* :pompoms:

Hi everyone! One of my new year's resolutions for 2014 was to exercise more consistently... and amazingly (I say "amazingly" because it's usually tough for me to keep such resolutions haha) I've actually kept up with it. Having a mini-elliptical at home, and being able to go on near-daily walks has helped tremendously with this. Another thing that's helped a lot has been having friends and family who are also working out, because we help keep each other accountable. For example, if I'm about to do a workout, I'll text my Mom... "Mom, I'm gonna workout and drink water, you wanna join??" And then afterwards we'll talk about it, haha. It's a great way to stay on track, and knowing that someone else is there with you mentally can help a lot!

Soooooo..... that brings me to this thread. I thought it might be nice to have a place here where you can:

1.) Post about your health goals for the year (whether you want to lose or gain weight, walk everyday, do regular exercise, eat healthier, learn how to cook more nutritious meals, whatever you want really... You can be as specific or as ambiguous as you'd like)

2.) Ask for advice, get moral support from others, or just vent about things!

3.) Be one another's workout buddies! Help one another to be accountable! Knowing that others are working out with you can make things a lot nicer. I imagine a conversation to go like this:

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Mike: Hey I'm going to run today, anyone wanna run with me?
Craig: Yeah dude, I'll run with you!
Mike: That was an awesome run! I feel so good now!
Craig: Not for me man, I ran into a tree. And then I tripped over a skunk.
Mike: Wow man...
Craig: Yeah.

Or like this...

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Aimee: I'm gonna try making this healthy vegetable dish I read about today. I'll post the recipe!
Kan: That inspires me to make a healthy meal, too! I'm gonna cook something today!
Aimee: Hey Kan, how did your cooking adventures go?
Kan: I was dancing, and I lost track of time, and well... one thing led to another and the fire department just left.
Aimee: Oh... I see...

This thread is meant to be pretty casual. So feel free to use it for discussion, finding folks to work out with, posting recipes, venting, anything related to becoming healthier in 2015! To get things rolling, feel free to go ahead and post if you'd like to participate, and if you have any health goals ^_^

Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: WishfulThinker on January 16, 2015, 01:27:45 AM
I was doing pretty well with this until the last few months when the weather turned cold. Today was the first day in a while that I got outside to do a little hiking. I'd like to improve on my last year's effort in this regard. I managed to hike just about every day during the summer and early fall last year. This year I want to expand that to include as much of the rest of the year as possible. Snow and cold temperatures will still stop me some days (and I honestly do fear tripping over skunks!), but I shouldn't have these long periods of inactivity.

As far as food goes, I had a pretty awesome streak of no sweets worked up until cookies defeated me during my last grocery store visit. That has to stop. :-) I think I'll throw away the bag tomorrow after a good breakfast gives me the willpower. Sometimes I have to remind myself that a dislike for "throwing away money" can't logically serve as an excuse for making another bad decision after the money is gone.
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: pokusan on January 16, 2015, 04:16:16 AM
Quote
Mike: Hey I'm going to run today, anyone wanna run with me?
Craig: Yeah dude, I'll run with you!
Mike: That was an awesome run! I feel so good now!
Craig: Not for me man, I ran into a tree. And then I tripped over a skunk.
Mike: Wow man...
Craig: Yeah.
You captured us perfectly! haha

...I had a pretty awesome streak of no sweets worked up until cookies defeated me during my last grocery store visit...
Many a cookie has stood triumphant over man. *moment of silence for the defeated*

On that note, I used to run 5 miles a day and was eating really well, but I got pretty far away from that habit/discipline. Life threw me for some turns and I just sort of cut regular exercise out, BUT I definitely was excited to see this post. I think I do better being accountable to people, so i'll be posting in this to exercise and hopefully be able to exercise with y'all.
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: small on January 16, 2015, 01:16:46 PM
Hahaha! I like the theoretical conversations.

I recently purchased this stepper (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0016BQFSS/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1) - it's great 'cuz it's compact and doesn't require electricity. It also fits in with my makeshift standing "table". It almost feels like riding a unicycle.

I'd go non stop on it if I could, but after 10 mins, it starts overheating. So I have a sporadic workout schedule. It has a step counter, so great way of keeping track and gamifying it so you can beat your previous day's record. Plus I no longer have the excuse "it's too cold/dark out".

I'm not a good workout buddy 'cuz I'm really bad at updating people. But I could try.  :D
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: Omni on January 17, 2015, 03:30:40 PM
Hmm... Yeah, I could give this a shot. (http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f362/DPTDTKF/Smileys/Deseret/happy.gif)  Though I have one question: how might we reliably contact each-other? (http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f362/DPTDTKF/Smileys/Deseret/hehheh.gif)

I started paying for classes for health/meditation/martial arts and stuff awhile ago.  I'll get three two-hour classes per week (minus holiday breaks).  Ideally, I'll also use a home workout DVD once a week (which I should get to after posting this), which adds another half-hour.  I guess I could let someone know when the classes start, if anyone's interested.  (Note that I don't expect you to go the full two hours. (http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f362/DPTDTKF/Smileys/Deseret/wink.gif))

Personally, I find paying for something and having scheduled times to do it gives me more incentive to do it - if I can do something 'whenever I want,' I'll never get to it.  (I seem to remember there being a proverb along the lines of 'that which can be done any day, will be done no day.')

Another thing is that my teachers gave the students training journals.  We're encouraged to do just a little bit of certain exercises every day, and we use the calendars in the journals to help us keep track, and to remember to do the exercises.  (It also says when there will be breaks, tests, and stuff, so it helps alert us of those, too.)  So that's another thing someone might be able to use. (http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f362/DPTDTKF/Smileys/Deseret/happy.gif)



Anyway, for a goal, I'm thinking of a subtle shift to my diet, namely to add more fruits and vegetables.  (Not necessarily to subtract other things, especially for calories; if anything, I think I might need more calories between the exercise, and trying not to eat much before said exercise.)  I should probably start simple - like right now I have Cran-Raspberry and Cran-Pomegranate juice in the fridge - though any recipe suggestions and such would be appreciated. (http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f362/DPTDTKF/Smileys/Deseret/happy.gif)

Aaaaand I'm rambling again.  But anyway, hope someone finds something helpful, and help back would be appreciated. (http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f362/DPTDTKF/Smileys/Deseret/happy.gif)
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: nicktendowii on January 17, 2015, 04:55:11 PM
I'm hoping to take up running this year. I did start last year but ended up giving up around Christmas time :/ So hopefully i'm going to get back into it! :D oh and also I've started drinking green tea which is very healthy apparently! And eating plenty of fruit too! Need to do more exercise now i'm working in an office sat at a desk most of the day~! :/
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: Harpsichord Lady on January 17, 2015, 05:08:22 PM
This is the perfect thread for me. ^_^ I actually gained 20 pounds in one year! D: Last year, I had a junior recital and a difficult class that stressed me out and made me temporarily quit working out. Unfortunately, when you start working out your metabolism just shoots downward, so it really sucked. Now, I'm taking less classes so I can focus more on practicing and my own health.  :D

I plan to work out at least an hour a day. I don't feel satisfied when I work out 30 minutes a day. You'll be surprised how addicting exercising can be! I'm definitely eating healthier, especially since cooking is fun. :) My boyfriend and I are encouraging each other to be healthier so it's excellent motivation and this thread will be even more motivation.

My goals are pretty simple: do areobics exercise for an hour a day and cook nutritious food. I used to work out a lot so an hour a day is nothing for me. Once I'm healthy enough, I'll take up rock climbing! It's been a dream of mine to do such. Good luck to everyone else and have fun with it. ^_^
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: SuperRoo on January 19, 2015, 03:11:10 PM
The conversations made me smile. So fun!

My goal is to walk a least 10,000 steps a day. I have been using a great app when I go walking, it's free: http://www.resqwalk.com/ (http://www.resqwalk.com/) When you walk it will track how far you go and each mile can be donated to an animal rescue of your choice. :)

I also really need to eat healthier meals, I'm on some medication that the main side effect is weight gain so I need to do whatever I can to not gain more than I have. Christmas treats didn't help. LOL.
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: leprous hare on January 19, 2015, 07:41:57 PM
My goal is to lose 50 lbs by cutting out sugar and fried foods. Also I need to do a cancer screening cause I'm worried I might have the same cancer my roommate has (since I have similar symptoms to what he was experiencing before he had to get surgery).

I also need to develop a workout regimen that doesn't include my roommate since I used to work out with him but now that he's recovering from cancer, I have to go at it solo.
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: supershigi on January 30, 2015, 06:40:08 PM
Thank-you everyone for sharing your goals and what's been going on in your lives lately!

I just wanted to get this rolling by saying that I'm gonna go on a walk today in about 15 minutes, and afterwards I'd like to do the elliptical for 20-30 minutes. If anyone wants to join me, let me know! If you can't work out at that time, no biggie! Just let me know if you're planning on doing something healthy/active today or tomorrow (or if you already did) ^_^

@bufkus: I really hope your roommate makes a full recovery and that you don't have any sort of complications if/when you get screened. I know I mentioned this before, but I also get concerned about that from time to time since I frequently get nauseous after the first thing I eat each morning (it's such a normal thing for me now that I just call it "first tummy" lol).

Quote from: SuperRoo
I'm on some medication that the main side effect is weight gain so I need to do whatever I can to not gain more than I have. Christmas treats didn't help. LOL.

Ack, my mom is on something right now called Prednisone that is causing her to feel hungry all the time. She gained a significant amount of weight the last time she was on it, so when the doctor's were saying she had to take it again she was really bummed out. I only experienced that medicine-induced ravenous feeling once in my life (after taking a muscle relaxant) and it made me feel so crazy! I can't even imagine having to feel like that for weeks or even months; it sounds awful. I hope that whatever you're taking, you can get off of it soon or adjust to the effects. *hug*

Quote from: Omni
Hmm... Yeah, I could give this a shot.   Though I have one question: how might we reliably contact each-other?

Folks can contact one another either by posting here on the thread or if you have a specific arrangement with someone else on the forum, you could PM/email them/etc. I figure, even though some of us won't be able to work out at exactly the same time, being able to read about folks trying to get healthy here might be helpful or motivating!

On another note, I loved hearing about your martial arts classes! If you ever feel like sharing more about what you've been doing, feel free to post about it - I think it's so interesting ^_^
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: Reives on January 30, 2015, 07:23:05 PM
Got back home today and it's too cold out to walk, but I'm gonna be on the wooden dummy for a bit.
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: supershigi on January 30, 2015, 09:13:47 PM
^Oooh wooden dummy practice, nice! How did it go? What kind of exercises do you do on it?

I just finished my workout, ended up going for 25 minutes on the elliptical! It was tough getting started because I didn't really do much exercise this past week due to fighting off a cold. I was really dragging my feet at first lol. But after about 10 minutes it started feeling good. I'm really glad I did it ^_^
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: Reives on January 30, 2015, 09:19:27 PM
Whoot, nice job pulling through. :) And ah, with the wooden dummy it's mostly just the premeditated sets and routines; not that different from the kind of exercise elderly Asian folks do in the parks now that I think about it, just faster and there's actually stuff being hit.
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: TRUEfoe on January 31, 2015, 06:47:01 AM
More whooping wooden dummy footage!

TRUEfoe recently got a Fitbit which has been really motivating him to get out and be active!  It has this neat thing where you can challenge your buddies to get more steps, etc along with leaderboards too.  Slowly but surely trying to get active again!
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: Harpsichord Lady on January 31, 2015, 12:18:23 PM
So I started a myfitnesspal account. ^.^ It is a great way to keep track of what you eat and see how much calories you consume in a day. Feel free to add me as a friend. :) It's really helpful to see what you eat so you can adjust next time. You'll be surprised how small things can add up like soda, condiments, or even a little extra sugar and salt.

http://www.myfitnesspal.com/stellarlights24 (http://www.myfitnesspal.com/stellarlights24)
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: kreyg on January 31, 2015, 05:25:52 PM
Heyyyyyy... how did I miss this thread until now?  Must be the concussion after that time I ran into a tree and tripped over a skunk.

My activity level is usually somewhere between "low" and "abysmal."  I lift weights a little most weekdays, and we used to get out for a walk most days during the summer, but when the winter rains hit Vancouver there's not quite so much motivation.  :)

I've used myfitnesspal quite a bit too - it's great to track everything that you're eating, and their food database is huge.  I haven't used it for quite a while, though, I just decided to start using it regularly again today.

It looks like iOS 8 has a bunch of new health/fitness stuff, so I'm also going to poke around at that on my iPhone and see how the pedometer works.

TIme to get rid of some of the winter weight.  :)
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: TRUEfoe on January 31, 2015, 05:55:31 PM
Nice kreyg, you can challenge TRUEfoe in the pedometer game.  (TRUEfoe sits at home all day)
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: SuperRoo on February 05, 2015, 10:38:32 AM
I have a FitBit too! Love it (except when I have really low step days).

It's been nice here, like in the high 40s! So I have been getting out in the mornings for walks. I learned a new word recently, apricity, and I have been trying to take full advantage of the fact that we are having it!

Apricity, which means the warmth of the sun in the winter. :)
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: SebastianAurion on February 05, 2015, 11:03:54 AM
I have an exercise bike in my room that I try to use at least every other day.
Guess what I haven't touched in a week! :D
........ I suck at this. ;-;
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: supershigi on February 05, 2015, 12:03:59 PM
After reading enough TRUEfoe comments I have this weird urge to speak in 3rd person. I'm gonna do it just for this post haha...

supershigi decides that maybe a bit of exercise will help get the ball rolling... Thursdays are usually very busy, so if she is able to conquer 20-30 minutes of exercise, she feels that maybe she can take on the other things she has to do with more confidence! Yeah? Who's with me!?? (Oh I broke the 3rd person thing already...)

I'll be doing elliptical and some push-ups and stuff probably in about a half an hour.
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: pokusan on February 05, 2015, 02:15:01 PM
Who's with me!?? (Oh I broke the 3rd person thing already...)

I'll be doing elliptical and some push-ups and stuff probably in about a half an hour.
@supershigi: (I'll refer to you in 3rd person just for this post, since you posted in 3rd person.)

Laura's starting it off! I'll follow her, our fearless leader! I'll go running for about a mile. Let me know how many push-ups she does and i'll match them.
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: supershigi on February 06, 2015, 07:36:18 PM
^Hahaha so awesome!! I read about you running 2 miles poku, yeahhh!! I ended up doing my 30 minutes of aerobic stuff yesterday (the last bit I tried to do interval stuff, where you go to max capacity for 30 seconds, then back to normal, then alternate). But I ended up not getting around to the push-ups. My next workout though will involve push-ups, now that I know you will match me!
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: leprous hare on February 06, 2015, 09:48:26 PM
shigi did 500 pushups, now go go match!
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: TRUEfoe on February 07, 2015, 03:29:54 AM
We're all gonna be so healthy this year!  ;)  Aimee, add TRUEfoe on Fitbit so he can cheer you on!  ;)
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: SuperRoo on February 07, 2015, 11:57:02 AM
We're all gonna be so healthy this year!  ;)  Aimee, add TRUEfoe on Fitbit so he can cheer you on!  ;)

Just sent you a request! :)
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: supershigi on February 08, 2015, 06:11:08 PM
Exercising again... anyone want in?? Wooooo!!!!!!!!

(I don't know exactly what I'm doing, but probably 20-30 minutes of aerobic stuff. Maybe I'll try to do a bunch of push-ups so poku will match me. But seriously, it's sad how few I can do. I have like no upper-body strength right now, so it will be a cakewalk for Mike I'm certain)

 :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: Reives on February 08, 2015, 07:07:34 PM
Did stretches and tried to learn some taekwondo kicks from YT like a nub if that counts. :p
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: supershigi on February 08, 2015, 07:10:34 PM
^Haha, that's awesome! I remember you told me that you learned some martial arts back when you were in China. I still think that's so cool they taught that in elementary schools. I wish our elementary school taught us martial arts :P

Workout complete! I did 20 minutes on the elliptical, some dancing, and some strength training exercises (as for push-ups, I did 3 sets of 15).

Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: Reives on February 08, 2015, 07:17:22 PM
Nice job. :) And hahah, it was fun back then, though it wasn't a program in the schools itself (extracurricular stuff); and all I remember from it was doing that side rolling thing.
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: pokusan on February 08, 2015, 08:42:13 PM
45 push ups eh? I shall match them tomorrow when I run some more. =]
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: Omni on February 10, 2015, 10:10:56 PM
Oh!  Since Harpsichord Lady mentioned salt, I thought I'd mention something I learned about and started doing after my heart acted up.

In many cases, it's not exactly salt that's the problem: it's sodium.  Or rather, a lack of a balance between sodium and potassium - your heart needs both.  People basically associate the problems with salt because we get a lot of it from table salt, which is refined sodium chloride.

Salt also naturally exists in the form of potassium chloride, which is chemically very similar - your heart seems to be the main thing that notices the difference.  Sea Salt and Real Salt contain some potassium salt.  However, since they're still mostly sodium, I personally got salt that was half of each (Morton brand calls it Lite Salt (http://www.mortonsalt.com/for-your-home/culinary-salts/food-salts/3/morton-lite-salt-mixture)).  After that, I'll take potassium supplements, and eat more foods with potassium (in my case, mostly bananas and potatoes).

I'll note that you still want some sodium - again, your heart needs both.


I got a scale for Christmas that measures body fat percentage, bone mass, and hydration.  (I specifically asked for it - I wanted something more accurate than BMI for weight-health.)  I've had a little trouble remembering to weigh myself, but I think it will help to keep track of how I'm really doing.  (So far, it seems to be looking pretty good. (http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f362/DPTDTKF/Smileys/Deseret/happy.gif))
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: TRUEfoe on February 11, 2015, 04:35:11 AM
Went to the gyms today ya'll!  Gotta get that beach body during the summer right?  (Almost said bikini body...)  It's been real motivating working out with a partner.
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: Omni on February 13, 2015, 12:45:27 AM
Okay, so had my martial arts classes earlier.  In said classes we usually start with some sort of running activity.  A lot of the time - like today (or yesterday, I suppose) - we pretty much just run around the room in laps for about five minutes.  When I started, I would get really winded and tired in, like, a lap or two.  I would lag behind the others so bad that, one time, a little girl who had just finished the children's class (and happened to have not gone home yet) decided to run up next to me and give me encouragement.  (I admit, she was cute: 'You can do it!  Pwetend thewe's a wolf behind you!  That's what I do! =D')

The main-teacher guy typically leads the group.  It used to be that he - and others - would pass me when I was already behind everyone else.

This time, I got to hear him say "What the heck [Omni]?!  You're running past me!"

Granted, I was only ahead for a few moments, and I do tend to run on the inside, but it was still quite satisfying. (http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f362/DPTDTKF/Smileys/Deseret/grin.gif)


Anyway, I think I'll try to mention more-often when I'm going to take a class, or otherwise get some exercise.

Also: does anyone have any suggestions on what to do for training for running?  We're supposed to do a five-mile run for finals.  I know I can make it if I treat it more like a power-walk (I did that for the three-miles during midterm), but I'd still like to be as prepared as I can be and see how good of a time I can get.
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: pokusan on February 13, 2015, 03:19:30 AM
@omni: I used to run 5 miles a day, but I got away from that a little bit. When I was working up to it though, it wasn't some big thing like "Ah man, i'm running 5 miles." It was just sort of a byproduct of what I was doing. Here's what helped me:

1. I didn't treat it as a really big deal. I just kept telling myself. "I ran 3 miles, so I can probably run 4 miles. If I can run 4 miles, 5 isn't much more, I can totally do it."

2. Run every/every other day. I'm not sure i'd recommend running every single day, just to give the muscles some time to relax, but that's up to your discretion. Getting used to it is just gonna come from running, so try to do it often.

3. Focus on your breathing and not on your running. Breathe in the nose, out through the mouth and control it. It'll stop you from breathing too quickly and making yourself even more tired. Once you realize that the time you run is inconsequential compared to the goal, it's easier to get in the rhythm of running and your time will get better on its own. While I think it's good to push yourself, setting a time isn't always the best way of doing it. That's just my opinion; I ran for fun and exercise and not at all for training.

4. I chose a route in my neighborhood without first looking at the distance. That way the goal was to finish the route and not the amount of miles. I didn't realize I was running 5 miles when I was doing it. I picked a route and said to myself, "I have to run home, it's not like I can have anyone pick me up." It gave me the incentive to keep running because I knew as far as I went away from home, I would have to run back to get back home. It would just take longer to walk home, so it's not worth it to walk.

5. This one is conditional.
Run with another person IF: it helps you set a good pace and also challenges/motivates you to keep running alongside someone.

DO NOT run with another person IF: it's detrimental to controlling your pace, breathing, and focus. Running with another person that is slower or faster than you can really mess up your own rhythm. Remember that overworking yourself actually isn't good for you and can be not as beneficial for you. If it messes that up, i'd suggest running alone.

I'm sure you're on point about your diet, so I don't really need to go into that, but I think some of that will help you. ^^
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: SuperRoo on February 13, 2015, 11:41:06 AM


Also: does anyone have any suggestions on what to do for training for running?  We're supposed to do a five-mile run for finals.  I know I can make it if I treat it more like a power-walk (I did that for the three-miles during midterm), but I'd still like to be as prepared as I can be and see how good of a time I can get.

I hear great things about the app called Couch to 5K. Loads of friends have done it and said it really works. I have been tempted to do it too, I think it's a paid app though. Anyway, it walks you through getting from no running at all to being ready for a 5K.
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: Harpsichord Lady on February 18, 2015, 07:31:51 PM
So thanks to that stressful music history class I had, I actually gained 20 pounds in one semester. >: I finally reached the 200 pounds mark. I need all the encouragement I can get. So my problem is that I have NO  time to cook.

As a music major, I am extremely busy. Unlike people who aren't in the fine/performing arts, we have to spend our day practicing. Even if I only have one class, I am still stuck in the music building because I gotta practice. All the healthy food are at least 10 dollars while the junk food are often cheap. I HATE this.

So, I decided that I should just cook in the evening. I'll be cooking my dinner AND lunch for the next day. Breakfast is easy since I just get cereal or oatmeal. xD Because of this, we should all share healthy reciepes! So I can use it all and eat better. xD Also, I think it will benefit others. :) Kinda hard to eat healthier if you don't enjoy what you eat. :P
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: kreyg on February 19, 2015, 11:53:41 AM
@HL:  How is the myfitnesspal thing working out?  I think I've managed to log in every day since Jan. 31. - not always under the calorie target, but it really helps to get a sense for how "expensive" different things are in terms of calories.  (690 calories for a Costco muffin - ack!)   I'm targeting about 1600 net calories per day - as long as I'm under 2000, I should be below maintenance intake, and I'm pretty sure I'm managing that most of the time.

I can certainly see how having limited food options could be a problem!  Definitely try to pack a lunch, keep an extra piece of fruit on hand for a snack to help avoid the junk.  :)  You can do it!

My iPhone 5 doesn't have built-in pedometer support for Apple's Heath app, but I got another app (Pacer) that links with it.  It looks like I'm usually only hitting around half of the target 10K steps per day, so I need to get moving around more I guess.
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: pokusan on February 19, 2015, 12:16:42 PM
@harpsy: I know how you feel. I remember being a music major and how much practice and work went into it. It probably wasn't nearly as much as you right now, but it took up a really good chunk of my life. I agree though, it sucks that junk food is super cheap and healthier foods are relatively expensive. Like kreyg said, having fruit on you definitely helps tie you over and just look for what's on sale. Try to eat at least 3 or 4 hours before you go to bed, so your body has time to properly digest. Another thing that is really helpful is having fruit for breakfast, as fruit helps stimulates your metabolism for the day, letting your body more efficiently digest. As we get older, our metabolisms start to slow down, but you can stimulate your metabolism with exercise and a good diet. We got this thing the other day called the Veggetti, which is one of those "As seen on TV" products, as seen below.
(http://cdn2.bigcommerce.com/server3500/8dab4/products/214/images/684/Veggetti_Main__48561.1411537039.1280.1280.jpg?c=2)
I wouldn't say it's the most amazing thing, as it does require a good bit of effort to get the veggies and get them cut up with the Veggetti, but we've been using it this last week and amazingly, zucchini stays together really well. As it's cooked, it retains sort of the same consistency as noodles/pasta. We made some good stir fry with it and spaghetti and while it's obviously not the same, you are taking in less carbs and less calories because it's all veggies, so i'd say it's worth it. You would have to have time to cook with this, but it's something you can consider.
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: Harpsichord Lady on February 19, 2015, 08:42:25 PM
@HL:  How is the myfitnesspal thing working out? 

Well, it really helps me learn about my eating habit and see what I can adjust! I am getting better at finding time to work out, even with my 4-5 hours a day practicing! I have to keep a schedule for myself and be incredibly strict. The best part is that, this made me realize that I am actually an early bird! I practice a LOT more efficiently in the morning than at night. So, sometimes I can get away with practicing for 2-3 hours a day and my piano teacher still compliments me. :D  So, doing something as simple as waking up earlier and practicing in the morning gave me time to workout in the late afternoon and enjoy a nice dinner later.
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: supershigi on February 25, 2015, 12:32:29 PM
Anyone wanna work out with me today? I'm a bit tired still from last week, so I might not go that hard today. Perhaps 20 minutes of aerobic stuff and some floor exercises if I still have strength left over hehe :)
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: kreyg on February 25, 2015, 12:37:01 PM
I'm going for a walk before lunch.  See you at the other end.  :)
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: pokusan on February 25, 2015, 01:10:43 PM
I can join you! Though, it will probably be later today.
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: Davixus on February 25, 2015, 03:51:00 PM
Sure I'll join in!
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: supershigi on February 25, 2015, 04:11:34 PM
Yay, you guys are awesome!! I finished my workout and just got out of the shower a bit ago - Man it was hard today!! The first 6 minutes I just chugged along. When I saw I'd only done 6 minutes I was like, "there's no way I can do 20 wahh" ... but then I just kept going and listened to music, so minute 10-20 went by really fast. Good luck you guys, you can do it!!
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: TRUEfoe on February 26, 2015, 04:32:02 PM
Feeling lazy so it's time to stop by the local gym for a good jog and leg workout!  Gotta get those spartan-like thighs back somehow.  It's always motivational to have a picture of fitness to look at.
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: RyujiRakkan on February 27, 2015, 10:07:06 AM
A little late to the party, but I need to lose weight and been meaning to get back into shape since I used to be relatively fit. Sooooo this morning I went out for about a 2-3 mile jog. Feeling good and feel more awake than I usually do.
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: supershigi on February 28, 2015, 11:33:26 PM
Whoa, that's awesome Kevin! I haven't run in a long time... I sort of miss it :)

I've been eating a lot of starchy stuff lately so I really wanted to work that off. So tonight I did 20 minutes on the elliptical, a bit of dancing beforehand to warm up, and 2 sets each of: 15 push-ups, 20 crunches, and 20 of these backwards arm things (dunno what they are called). It was hard today! I think because I didn't get much sleep last night... I was already stressed when I went to bed, but then Metroid was inexplicably going crazy and he kept waking up me (at some point he tried to jump at the door handle, and got stuck... so I had to go help him down).
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: pokusan on March 01, 2015, 01:10:12 AM
So i gotta match that then ^^ sounds good.
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: Omni on March 01, 2015, 07:31:03 PM
Way to go, Shigi! (http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f362/DPTDTKF/Smileys/Deseret/happy.gif)

The bit on push-ups reminds me: something we do at my martial arts classes to get more out of our push-ups is we'll put our hands in different positions.  Along with the standard, we'll have our fingertips outward, inward, fingers interlocked, one hand on top of the other (switching after so many), hand wide, hands further back...   The teachers will usually pick a few and have everyone do about 6 of each.  The basic idea is that you're working out slightly different muscle groups - doing the same muscles over-and-over starts to lose a lot of its benefit over time.

Other variants that have been done in the class are whether we have our arms close to our body and pointing outward, 'triangle' push-ups (downward dog with hands diagonal and thumbs out to make a triangle shape - lower your head but don't let it hit the floor), and 'rolling push-ups' (going from downward dog to upward dog/cobra, trying to get as close to the ground as you can during the transition without actually falling onto it).  They've also mentioned that when doing push-ups, it's better to have your hands closer to your chest than your shoulders (less risk of injury).

So yeah, some things to try out if you're up for it. (http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f362/DPTDTKF/Smileys/Deseret/happy.gif)


On a side note, I've got this pair of pants with an elastic waistband that I'll sometimes casually wear around the house when I just want to throw something on real quick.  They've been getting looser and looser lately. X3
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: SuperRoo on March 02, 2015, 10:56:22 AM
Who's up for giving this a go with me? :)

http://youtu.be/djkoXh4axAo (http://youtu.be/djkoXh4axAo)
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: kreyg on March 05, 2015, 01:44:33 PM
Went for a noon walk today, while doing quaternion math and physics in my head.  My brain is sufficiently exercised, not sure about the rest of me.

How's your day going?
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: Udderdude on March 06, 2015, 03:38:13 PM
I've been forcing myself to walk every day, even when it's below zero.  Augh.
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: supershigi on March 09, 2015, 11:10:51 AM
Wow great job you guys!! I shouldn't take for granted being able to walk in mild weather!

Last week was GDC, so I unintentionally got a lot of physical activity haha... (unfortunately I also lost a lot of sleep, so I'm trying to recover still). But I definitely feel better after walking around so much. I also noticed that if I felt sleepy or cold, walking really helped with my circulation and fatigue. I think today I'm probably going to take it easy and do a walk later on instead of something more intense :)

@Omni: That's awesome Omni! And that's a really big variety of push-ups! When I did Shotokan, I remember they had us do 3 different types (the triangle one, knuckle push-ups, and regular ones... oh and I guess at some point we did knuckle push-ups on boards of wood).

Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: supershigi on March 30, 2015, 12:10:15 PM
Now that my coughing isn't as constant, I'm gonna do the elliptical for 20-30 minutes if anyone wants to join for some quick exercise! Remember, even a quick 10 minute walk around the block is good for you, every bit counts ^_^
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: pokusan on March 30, 2015, 12:40:56 PM
I will join! Gonna go on a run. :thumbup:
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: Reives on March 30, 2015, 03:58:18 PM
Belated, but going for a walk in the woods now. (and then, Tim Hortons, where I shall make the healthiest choice possible in honour of this thread.)
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: Portoro on April 04, 2015, 09:40:25 PM
I love this thread!

My wife and I have started a health kick this last month and we are loving it (mostly... ha). For myself I am trying really hard to eat a better diet, because up until now my diet has been pretty atrocious (well not really, mostly I just didn't eat fruits/veggies at all), but my biggest worst habit was/is my snacking.

So my question for everyone is: what are some healthy snacks that you guys like? We are trying to keep them as low carby (is that a word?) as possible and if they store well that's even better! (because we both are college students so being able to bring snacks to school is the best).

 :tea:
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: Zeriab on April 05, 2015, 06:41:42 AM
Good idea for keeping up motivation.

I just got my card activated for my climbing club so will I join. My plan is to go twice every week.
With Easter happenings and such I will start bouldering on Tuesday.
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: Charybdizs on April 07, 2015, 12:11:21 AM
I should share what I did health-wise recently, it's kind of a silly story. :p

Last September, I noticed I was getting in a rut where I'd just wake up and feel miserable, to the point where I didn't even want to get out of my bed. It was due to a bit of depression I was going through at the time, and just feeling crappy in general. It just so happened that I was also playing Fire Emblem: Awakening about this time too.
Now, I've never played any of the other Fire Emblem games unfortunately, so this was my first exposure to the series, and I was loving it. The story is inspiring, and the characters are fun. I became rather enthralled with one of the characters, Frederick. You know, this tank of a man. (http://static.zerochan.net/Frederik.%28Fire.Emblem%29.full.1443322.jpg)

Everyone loves Frederick! In addition to being massively overpowered to the point where he can clear most of the story missions singlehandedly, he's got a strong, dependable nature, and a well developed sense of morality. A sly sense of humor balances him out nicely.

I wanted to be like Frederick, I decided. If I could have half the discipline he has, a third of the altruism, and even a tiny fraction of the overpoweredness, I'd definitely be a force worth reckoning with. So I made myself a strictly regimented set of disciplines, and a checklist spanning three months. Then, I set a few of the friends from my own community (much like this) to keep me accountable (a.k.a. nag me), and they were good enough to do so.

The Frederick Challenge, as I called it, consisted of a good workout program three times a week, daily maintenance and cleaning disciplines, and a strict "no sugary cereal" rule, among some other dietary commitments.

Three months is a long time! But by the end of a month and a half, I was starting to forget checking off my boxes, because the habits had become part of my daily life and routine. I no longer had to try, or put any real perseverance into keeping up the Frederick Challenge.

That was 8 months ago. Since that time, I've never once eaten sugary cereal (and I don't miss it either, frankly), I keep working out every other day, and I've in general become much more disciplined. Do I feel stronger? Not really, but not all strength is immediately apparent. I definitely feel a lot better about myself, and I have a strengthened belief in my own abilities and capabilities. I wake up each day feeling ready to tackle whatever comes my way. The end date of my checklist passed some time back in December or January, and I didn't even notice the occasion!

It's worth mentioning that I wasn't able to live up to all the dietary plans, mostly due to context, but where I can, I have. I know when I get the chance to do so, I'll be perfectly capable of doing so. I'm still a long shot from the title of honorary Frederick, but it's a start, at least. A very good start. :p
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: pokusan on April 07, 2015, 11:51:03 AM
@Charizard: That's a great story! I'm impressed that you had the tenacity to follow through. That's always the hard part, REALLY committing to it. I'm glad that it's working out for you and that you feel better about yourself though. Depression is a hard thing to conquer, but you came out better for it. :thumbup:

Also, the characters in Fire Emblem:A are definitely awesome. I like that they show both sides to everyone, it really shows the human side of them. I like how you can chat with them in between your journeys and stuff too. Everyone has fears, doubts, and weaknesses, but they also have intense drive, faith, and a strong moral compass (and much more).
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: supershigi on April 07, 2015, 03:20:20 PM
@Charybdizs: Wow, thank-you so much for sharing that story! I absolutely love hearing about that kind of stuff, it's so inspirational ^_^ I'm really big on the whole "make a change and follow through long enough that it sticks" deal, as well as being inspired by video game characters. What a great story!

Quote from: Portoro
So my question for everyone is: what are some healthy snacks that you guys like? We are trying to keep them as low carby (is that a word?) as possible and if they store well that's even better! (because we both are college students so being able to bring snacks to school is the best).


I really like almonds; they're tasty as well as being very low in carbohydrates (and have more protein than many other nuts, so they're great after a workout). I often pair them with some easy-to-eat fruit like Cuties (not sure if you guys have them; they're those tiny oranges that are really easy to peel) or blueberries or apple slices. If you want a snack that has virtually no calories but a lot of flavor, try roasted seasoned seaweed... I'm finding it in more regular grocery stores these days. (http://www.traderjoes.com/fearless-flyer/article/1690) It's crunchy and fun to eat, and the whole pack is like 15 calories.
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: SuperRoo on April 30, 2015, 02:33:45 PM

I really like almonds; they're tasty as well as being very low in carbohydrates (and have more protein than many other nuts, so they're great after a workout).

Word of warning, don't get the Lemmoncello Almonds at Costco... they are SOOOO yummy and so naughty! They are almonds covered in white chocolate with lemon cream. Best almonds in the world, but totally not healthy. ;)
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: TRUEfoe on June 09, 2015, 12:24:39 PM
Threads been quiet lately; you guys better not be slackin'!   :P 

TRUE's getting back into it!  Ran 3 miles with the lady friend just nyow.  We're going to be participating in a 5K Color Run together in a week.  Has anyone done any of those before?  More importantly, will TRUE's shoes get ruined?  haha.
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: kreyg on June 09, 2015, 09:06:48 PM
Not slacking.  :)  I actually intensified activity a bit in the past couple of months.

I've been getting out for one 25-minute walk every day at least, I usually try for two.

I've been lifting weights a bit in the morning.  Doing pushups - and planks as well, harder than it looks.  :)

So far, I have lost about 10lbs, and feel quite a bit stronger, so I'm pleased!
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: leprous hare on June 10, 2015, 08:50:25 PM
been eating a ton of pizza and fried foods recently, prob gonna die of a heart attack soon woot
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: TRUEfoe on June 23, 2015, 03:11:31 PM
TRUEfoe just ran a 5K Color Run over the weekend; it was an absolute blast!  It's crazy how motivated you can get when there's a huge crowd!

(http://i62.tinypic.com/23roa6r.jpg)
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: supershigi on June 23, 2015, 03:53:52 PM
Omg wow!! Congrats TRUEfoe and TRUEfoe's lady friend... that is awesome *\^_^/*

I have to ask... how does a Color Run work? Do people shoot you with paintball guns while you're running? Are there like, arches that rain paint that you run under as milestones?? It looks fun^^
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: TRUEfoe on June 23, 2015, 04:32:40 PM
So when you register for the Color Run, you get a small bag of color!  It's just corn starch mixed with food color.  You can buy additional packs too.  As you're running there'll be stations where people are waiting to throw a specific color at you as you pass by.  Would do it again!

(http://i58.tinypic.com/301fr5i.jpg)
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: pokusan on June 23, 2015, 06:04:49 PM
Nice colors yo
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: supershigi on June 23, 2015, 06:45:16 PM
Would you say that you ran until you were... blue in the face... ohohoh~!!

(aw... now that I look, I don't even think there is blue paint on your face, my pun failed!!)
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: pokusan on June 23, 2015, 10:47:26 PM
Laura...you are my hero.
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: Charybdizs on June 27, 2015, 11:29:16 AM
Yellow in the face!

TRUEfoe has liver problems I think.
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: SuperRoo on June 27, 2015, 01:57:42 PM
Way to go TRUEFoe and friend!

The husband and I have been working really hard to get our 10,000 steps in each day. We both have FitBit trackers and have been getting our goal for almost a month now. Sadly the scale isn't moving downward for either of us, which is strange since we upped our activity and not our food, but at least we are doing it together and getting more movement in our days. :)
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: WishfulThinker on June 27, 2015, 10:19:03 PM

The husband and I have been working really hard to get our 10,000 steps in each day. We both have FitBit trackers and have been getting our goal for almost a month now. Sadly the scale isn't moving downward for either of us, which is strange since we upped our activity and not our food, but at least we are doing it together and getting more movement in our days. :)


There was a flurry of news reports a couple of months ago about an article written by some health professionals that stated exercise doesn't help much with weight loss. http://bjsm.bmj.com/content/early/2015/05/07/bjsports-2015-094911.full (http://bjsm.bmj.com/content/early/2015/05/07/bjsports-2015-094911.full) They clarify that exercise has plenty of other benefits, but when it comes to weight control, their advice seems to be to focus less on calorie counting and exercise and more on the types of calories that are consumed. There is still plenty of debate on the subject.
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: WishfulThinker on June 28, 2015, 03:22:03 PM
I think exercising regularly this summer would be easier if I lived in one of the cooler than average regions:

(http://dsx.weather.com//util/image/w/temperature-july-sept.jpg?v=at&w=980&h=551&api=7db9fe61-7414-47b5-9871-e17d87b8b6a0)
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: supershigi on June 28, 2015, 03:59:55 PM
That is so true! It's so hard to go outside for a run when it's 90 degrees and above, and the sun is beating down!

Wait... Texas, Arizona and New Mexico are in the "below average" region?? Isn't it like 120 degrees there in the shade? Oh... by "average" do they mean their average temperature (like this year it's cooler than it usually is there), or like, world temperature averages?
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: Davixus on June 28, 2015, 04:44:58 PM
Haha I think it's below average for the region.  Like Texas was pretty rainy as of late in the 70s, where last year with droughts and all it was in the 90s.

Having lived in some of the areas:
New Mexico - You might see some greenery.  The local vegetation only blooms/turns green after rains and cooler temps (usually dry 80s+)

Arizona - Pretty much a monument to the hubris of man.  Not unusual for 110+ temps during the summer months.



The husband and I have been working really hard to get our 10,000 steps in each day. We both have FitBit trackers and have been getting our goal for almost a month now. Sadly the scale isn't moving downward for either of us, which is strange since we upped our activity and not our food, but at least we are doing it together and getting more movement in our days. :)


There was a flurry of news reports a couple of months ago about an article written by some health professionals that stated exercise doesn't help much with weight loss. [url]http://bjsm.bmj.com/content/early/2015/05/07/bjsports-2015-094911.full[/url] ([url]http://bjsm.bmj.com/content/early/2015/05/07/bjsports-2015-094911.full[/url]) They clarify that exercise has plenty of other benefits, but when it comes to weight control, their advice seems to be to focus less on calorie counting and exercise and more on the types of calories that are consumed. There is still plenty of debate on the subject.


Yeah, depending on what kind of exercise you do, it can do different things that may or may not impact weight.  Like I am lifting now, with the goal of building muscle mass, so I may not actually lose weight.  However, muscle is ~4x dense as fat, and with proper training and diet, you essentially convert the fluffiness into muscle which results in a "leaner" look.  Another side effect is that more and larger muscles require more energy, which also helps keep your metabolism in check.

The best thing to do to "cut" fat though is cardio, 20 mins a day.  The general rule is energy in and energy out - if you consume less calories than you use, you lose weight.  Consume more, you gain weight.  There are slight nuances (portion sizes, appetite control) that you can tweak to couple with exercise to achieve your results better.
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: WishfulThinker on June 28, 2015, 06:14:38 PM

Wait... Texas, Arizona and New Mexico are in the "below average" region?? Isn't it like 120 degrees there in the shade? Oh... by "average" do they mean their average temperature (like this year it's cooler than it usually is there), or like, world temperature averages?

Haha, yeah, "cool" is more a state of mind in these states. But yes, the graph meant relative to the normal temperatures for the regions. They are expecting the El Nino event to change things up quite a bit this year.

Yeah, depending on what kind of exercise you do, it can do different things that may or may not impact weight.  Like I am lifting now, with the goal of building muscle mass, so I may not actually lose weight.  However, muscle is ~4x dense as fat, and with proper training and diet, you essentially convert the fluffiness into muscle which results in a "leaner" look.  Another side effect is that more and larger muscles require more energy, which also helps keep your metabolism in check.

The best thing to do to "cut" fat though is cardio, 20 mins a day.  The general rule is energy in and energy out - if you consume less calories than you use, you lose weight.  Consume more, you gain weight.  There are slight nuances (portion sizes, appetite control) that you can tweak to couple with exercise to achieve your results better.

It's interesting to watch the new ideas and strategies that researchers come up with. There seem to be quite a few variables involved, so I guess it's not really surprising that we often hear them give different advice. It's all a little mysterious to me. I've been pretty lucky in that my winter inactivity didn't cause me to gain weight, even though my diet didn't really change.

I like your word, "fluffiness." :-) It's much nicer to think that America has just gotten fluffier over the years.
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: SuperRoo on June 28, 2015, 10:08:43 PM
We just got back from our nightly walk (it's about 11:00 PM here) and it's still 83F out. It's been in the 100s the past few days so it's been harder to get out, that map is lying!! LOL, we are above average actually for this time frame.

Oh yes, it's very important to watch calories in vs. calories out. That's why we were surprised, we should be creating a deficit since we added more activity and are not increasing our food intake, but there are many variables. Like being older. Why do our bodies have to punish us with slow metabolisms as we age?! ;)
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: supershigi on June 28, 2015, 11:42:51 PM
Quote from: SuperRoo
Why do our bodies have to punish us with slow metabolisms as we age?!

Yeah!! And it seems like our bodies just can't handle bad food as well anymore either! In high school I remember I used to be able to eat all kinds of bad food at whatever hour of the day and I would be fine... now if I were to go like, eat Denny's at 2am I would definitely be sick to my stomach afterwards. No more middle of the night Grand Slams for me, haha!

On a better note, good job on getting out and walking! I've been trying to walk everyday, it's definitely easier once the sun sets (or before it gets too hot).

Last night I went on a run for the first time in a very long time... I was on the fence about it because running is so hard on the body, but for some reason I just got the urge, and it was so nice at dusk. I'm surprised I got through it! My left knee started hurting a bit partway through, but then it went away... I did about a mile (probably going at a pretty slow pace), but I felt good afterwards.
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: WishfulThinker on June 29, 2015, 06:25:24 AM
Slowing metabolism, fading memories and crap knee joints are three design flaws I've made up my mind I'm going to bring up to the Boss when I get finished here on Earth.

...and omg i want a $2.99 Grand Slam at Denny's now. The only thing they ever did to rival that was their very brief introduction of caramel shakes.
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: Omni on July 14, 2015, 12:46:01 PM
So I'd like to get more fruits and vegetables in my diet - particularly fruits.  Problem is, when someone in the family gets fruit, we tend to kind of forget it's there and then it goes bad.

I do think refrigeration can help, but this even happens with stuff we put in the fridge.  I think one problem is 'out of sight: out of mind' - the spaces we have to put fruits and veggies, such as the crisper drawer, kind of tend to hide them and so it doesn't even occur to us to use them.  The rest of the fridge is also pretty full a lot of the time... and even things in the main bulk of the fridge can get forgotten.  Similar problem with canned things.

Any suggestions?
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: supershigi on July 14, 2015, 02:47:17 PM
Oooh I have this problem, too... I have some suggestions for you!

-I really like cherries, and I find that they're super easy to eat (no preparation required except maybe washing them). So what I do is get a collander, and set it near where all the other food is. That way it reminds me of how easy it is to eat the cherries... I see the collander, pour out a bunch of cherries into it, run it under the sink for a few seconds and then munch!

-Do you eat cereal? I often have blueberries on hand because just like with cherries, they're super simple. I pour a bowl of cereal, and then throw a handful of blueberries on top with the milk... and there you go! Easy serving of fruit taken care of.

-Have you had mandarins before? (our most popular brand is called "Cuties" (http://cutiescitrus.com/))... They taste great, and are muuuuuch easier to peel than oranges (I love oranges, but I have a tough time peeling them, especially since I keep my nails so short). You can usually buy a big box of mandarins here, and I'll just set them out in plain site, so when I go for a snack I see them and grab one (or three, haha... they're pretty darn tasty).

-If you are looking for easy-to-eat veggies, I've seen in many stores that they sell bags of sugar snap peas that are all ready to eat. Pairing that with some kind of protein (like cheese, or hard boiled eggs, etc.)... or even having some cherry tomatoes (which are also very easy to just snack on) is pretty convenient.

-Sometimes working fruit into your meals or snacks can be helpful, too... though this one requires a bit more preparation. You could have strawberries, and make a really simple low calorie shake by throwing strawberries, greek yogurt (or any yogurt), and milk into a blender (maybe some ice if you're hot). Or you could get some cheese, and apples.

I think the key is just keeping them in plain site, and tricking yourself, haha. I try to identify where I tend to be lazy, and work around it... I know that if it requires too much preparation, if I'm busy then I'm less likely to do it. So on days where I get groceries I try to plan around that. Likewise, I try to think "when do I snack, and where do I look for a snack?" and I'll plan the placement of healthy snacks (and how to make it more convenient) around that.

Oh! One last tip: Put a note somewhere that you frequent (like taped to the side of your computer monitor for example) that says "have you had enough fruits/veggies today? Go get some!!" and then it'll remind you to work that in. I find that sometimes if I think of life like an rpg, and I imagine that every good thing I do adds up over time, it really motivates me to go grab something healthy, or go for a walk, or anything like that :)

Good luck!
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: leprous hare on July 16, 2015, 08:33:44 AM
trying a low carb diet and its the hardest thing in the world. eating fewer calories is easier than low carb, geez.
only doing it cause it worked for my friend who dropped 50 lbs in 6 months. anyway, had a cheat day yesterday so i gotta really lower the carbs today.
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: SuperRoo on July 16, 2015, 03:21:36 PM
bufkus Low carb is tough, and it does work (mainly because cutting out a food group forces you to eat less calories). We did South Beach which has some great recipes that do have some carbs too. Personally I like to count calories, that way I can still eat my favorite foods, I just have to be aware of how much I am actually eating of them.
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: supershigi on July 19, 2015, 11:16:31 AM
A quick word of caution about low carb: I've found that if you lose weight from cutting calories and exercise (causing the weight to come off gradually), it doesn't seem to come back as drastically (and generally stays off if you are careful).

However, with cutting carbs I've found that the bounce back is TERRIBLE! The reason I discovered this is because one summer when I went back home during college, my parents and sisters were doing a low carb thing, so we didn't have any carbs in the house (no bread, no rice, no sweets, etc.)... Since I was home, I just ended up eating how they were eating for about two weeks. At that point I wasn't trying to lose weight, but I ended up losing weight due to not having carbs. But then... once I returned to college, even though I was eating light and healthfully, the re-introduction of carbohydrates made me gain everything back and more! And I eat very light... it's just that my body was like, "holy crap we can have rice again?? Let's store this bad boy!!!"... It took me about twice as long to stabilize again, and it was difficult.

I've also heard this from several other folks who tried low carb diets. I think it's not as bad if the diet isn't as drastic... but it's best to be careful. The way I see it, is if you plan on losing weight via low carb (and you want it to stay off), you're gonna have to eat like that for the rest of your life. If you can't give up chocolate cake and fried rice forever, then do low calorie instead... it's much safer.
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: SuperRoo on July 19, 2015, 08:45:57 PM
A quick word of caution about low carb: I've found that if you lose weight from cutting calories and exercise (causing the weight to come off gradually), it doesn't seem to come back as drastically (and generally stays off if you are careful).

This is totally spot on. When my husband and I were doing South Beach the same thing happened to my husband. I never did it the whole way, I would still eat cereal or toast, so even though I lost weight it wasn't as much as he did. Then when we stopped, he gained his back and then some and I didn't.

Really counting calories and making sure your food is close to it's natural state is best. :)
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: Ben on July 25, 2015, 01:07:16 PM
@Davixus That is true.  The best way to loose weight is to eat fewer calories than you expend.  Adding muscle mass is key to this because muscle use more calories during the day than fat.  The idea isn't to loose weight but replace the fat weight with muscle mass, and loose inches from waistline, etc.  If you want to lose weight you must weight lift. Muscle mass also brings a host of other benefits.  I have found that the food part of the equation is about retraining your mind.  Many times when we think we are hungry we are actually thirsty and need to drink water!
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: Omni on July 30, 2015, 07:53:04 PM
I thought I'd pass along something that was mentioned to me: Gamer Push-ups.  The basic idea is when you have a long loading screen, or you die, or whatever's fitting for the game, you do 10 push-ups.

Naturally, it doesn't have to be push-ups: it can be squats, crunches, or whatever you want.  And I figure if you can't make it to 10, you can start with 5. (http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f362/DPTDTKF/Smileys/Deseret/happy.gif)
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: WishfulThinker on July 30, 2015, 09:02:51 PM
I thought I'd pass along something that was mentioned to me: Gamer Push-ups.  The basic idea is when you have a long loading screen, or you die, or whatever's fitting for the game, you do 10 push-ups.

Naturally, it doesn't have to be push-ups: it can be squats, crunches, or whatever you want.  And I figure if you can't make it to 10, you can start with 5. ([url]http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f362/DPTDTKF/Smileys/Deseret/happy.gif[/url])


Haha, I'm not sure if that would make me do more push-ups or less gaming! Perhaps both would be healthy. :-) I'm crossing my fingers that Virtual Reality or Augmented Reality gaming in the future will include exercise. It seems like HoloLens could be used to create a pretty awesome multi-player war game. Take Laser Tag to the next level with a virtual maze in your back yard. (edit: I'm getting off on a tangent here, but I hadn't thought about the possibilities for something like HoloLens to create a virtual world for us to physically move around. I could imagine an auto-generated dungeon maze RPG designed to fit the constraints of a room or yard. Reaching the edge of the space might lead you to a door that generates a new section of the labyrinth, essentially re-using the same physical space to show new areas of the game. I might look a little silly creeping around my yard and running from imaginary dragons, but it could be really fun - and healthy!).
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: Omni on August 27, 2015, 12:24:56 AM
So I've been taking protein bars/mix after workouts, but for health reasons, I'd like to start using something that doesn't have much soy.  Does anyone know of anything portable I can use?  Or should I just keep stuff like hard-boiled eggs in the fridge to eat when I get home?  (Something that won't take long to prepare after a workout, please.)
Title: Re: **Healthy 2015**
Post by: supershigi on August 29, 2015, 02:20:35 PM
Do you have any other restrictions? (for example: if you need it to be low sodium or vegetarian) Because one thing that comes to mind is beef jerky (or turkey jerky if you have that)... it's got a lot of protein and is very portable (it does have a lot of sodium though). Besides that:

-Almonds (high in protein, easy to carry around - I like to keep a canister of Blue Diamond (http://c3240dd96f54819fb6f2-90846526673b19d9a04c27097b58cb86.r6.cf2.rackcdn.com/2015/05/bluediamond.jpg) ones around)
-Snacks that you can prepare beforehand and just keep in the fridge as you mentioned (hard boiled eggs, chicken tender strips that you could just eat with your hand, cheese, etc.)
-If you can have milk, this is a good source as well.