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Exercises / Re: Title Changed: Agility Training?
« on: July 12, 2012, 08:51:58 AM »
I've been thinking about trying Parkour.  There's a gym in my area that offers classes.  They use all kinds of obstacles to jump over, hang from, climb through, etc.  Seems like it would be good agility training.

Diet and nutrition / Re: Do you guys count Kals?
« on: February 01, 2011, 10:35:29 AM »
I don't specifically count, but I do know how many I'm getting.
I log in FitDay right now, to keep track of my carbs - because I am trying to lose weight.  I'm also keeping an eye on my nutrients, % fat/protein/carbs, etc until I have a better feel for this WOE.  And in addition, I want a history so I can look back and see why something might or might not have happened (e.g. if my weight loss stalls, or if I have particularly bad menstrual cramps, or if I feel fatigued - I can go back and see if something I ate was the cause).

But since it's all right there in FitDay, I know what my calories are, as well.

Initially I watched my calories simply because I wasn't getting enough - I would get through a day with 700-800 calories and feel full.  But now I've got myself balanced better - and my calories seem to vary between about 1000 and 1500/day.  One day I actually broke 2000.  I don't worry about it, just watch it.

Interviews / Re: Weightloss TV Show Discussion Thread.
« on: January 31, 2011, 05:33:49 AM »
Some of them have dramatic results on the shows (usually because of abuse to the body - eating SO little, exercising SO much, forced dehydration before weigh-ins, etc) - I'd love to see a REAL follow-up study (not handpicked by the show) with stats showing where they are today - how much they put back on.
It seems the only ones who can keep it off are those who completely dedicate their lives to that way of eating, usually by becoming a motivational speaker, or fitness trainer.  Those who go back to "normal" life seem to put it right back on.

Miscellaneous / Work Competition
« on: January 31, 2011, 05:19:28 AM »
My office likes to have health competitions.
Usually they're interesting - every 5 flights of stairs you walk up, you get one entry into the weekly drawing.  Every 5 servings of fruit you eat, you get one entry into the weekly drawing.

But they just started a new "eat healthy" campaign - each day that you eat at least 5 servings of grain, you get an entry into the weekly drawing  >:(

Does anyone else get really angry when you see stuff like this being promoted?

Diet and nutrition / Re: Another one for the cavewomen
« on: January 29, 2011, 04:51:25 AM »
Thanks for the responses - and yes, as some of you mentioned, that's what happened to me yesterday.  I had just a "taste" of the chocolate, thinking I could stop at that, and then just kept going.  "Just one more" ... "well, just one more" ... "Well, what's just another one going to do" ...  :(

I usually don't have any in the house, but when I went shopping yesterday, with the craving already developing, I couldn't resist it.
But that gives me an idea - when I'm coming up on my next PMS I should make sure my kitchen is well-stocked, so that I have no need to go to the store at all.  Then I won't have the temptation to buy it in the first place.

Diet and nutrition / Re: Another one for the cavewomen
« on: January 28, 2011, 04:49:46 PM »
Well, of course caveMEN opinions are welcome, as well :)

I was thinking about it more from a hormonal perspective.  Since for me, the cravings are completely predictable based on the time of the month, I was wondering if there were some other ways of controlling it.

But of course, general ideas for dealing with cravings are always useful, as well!!

Diet and nutrition / Another one for the cavewomen
« on: January 28, 2011, 04:20:45 PM »
I have a question related to the other thread, but different enough I thought it deserved a place of its own.

In my pre-Paleo days, during PMS (generally 2-3 days prior to menstruating) I would crave all kinds of junk food - pizza, potato chips, chocolate.  And I had no willpower, so would have plenty of each.

So now I'm on three weeks Paleo.  For three weeks I was quite strict (an occasional bit of goat cheese as a cheat, but that was it), and also low carb (first week at <85g, next two weeks at <50g).

But now I'm coming up on my first Paleo experience with PMS, and while the potato chips sound disgusting, pizza has been occasionally crossing my mind, and chocolate has been way too prevalent in my thoughts.
Today I couldn't resist, got a thing of individually wrapped small chocolates - only 5g carbs each.  But I've had 7 of them so far today, and am not sure I can stop there :(

Any tips for dealing with PMS cravings?

Introductions / Re: Week One successful
« on: January 17, 2011, 09:47:34 AM »
Thanks for the cooking tips!  I'll definitely check out that book and site.  Anything to help!

I'm definitely not in ketosis.  I've been pretty liberal with fruits so far, as I think in the short term it helps prevent the chocolate cravings (nice big plate of blueberries and I'm not thinking about anything sugar anymore  :) ).  Once I'm farther into this I'll try to lesson the fruits to help drop fat, but for now I've been averaging about 85 carbs/day.

Introductions / Week One successful
« on: January 17, 2011, 06:52:14 AM »
Hi all,
Been reading these forums a lot over the past week.  I started paleo a week ago (I do admit to an occasional cheat with goat cheese, but otherwise I've stuck to it).  I had a horrible headache two days in, had to go home sick from work.  I've been generally fatigued through yesterday.  But today I feel completely different - no fatigue, no headaches, more energy.  Not quite back to the energy level I had with an almost constant sugar intake, but a noticeable improvement from the past week.

I need to lose weight, but was attracted to this strictly because it's NOT a weight loss diet (you can lose weight on it, but that's not the goal).  Even when I was temporarily semi-successful on other diets, I never understood the "what next" part - once you reach a healthy weight, what happens?  With paleo it's a lifestyle, so I know exactly what comes "next" - more of the same!
And I used to be a firm believer in calories in/calories out.  When I was "dieting" I was happy eating 3 Snickers bars, as long as I cut back everything else, feeling that I was doing good.  Needless to say, it didn't work.

So first week paleo, I have so far had zero cravings, which is so odd for me because prior to starting it I could barely make it half a day without chocolate.  I suppose they might come back later, when the newness wears off, but for now it's fine.  Mashed potatoes used to be my other major weakness, and so far no cravings for that, either.

My biggest challenge has been the cooking.  I have never done much cooking before (sure, I knew how to make a "great" frozen pizza.  I could even do a decent spaghetti), and a couple times this week I've had to throw out dinner due to royally screwing it up.  But I guess that's how I learn - and I probably need to start with more simple dishes until I get the hang of it.  I'm looking for some cooking classes, but it's really difficult to find any that don't incorporate pasta or breads into the class.

One of my other challenges has been eating enough.  Sounds funny for someone working on weight loss, but I am still tracking my diet and try to keep a minimum daily calorie intake of 1200.  I've been struggling to reach that simply because I'm not hungry.  But I also think staying under that a couple times (around 800) contributed to my first-week fatigue.  So I've started forcing myself over 1200 calories/day even if I don't feel like it.

Today I am finally going through the fridge and pantry and throwing out everything non-paleo.  I have to admit, I feel a lot of guilt throwing out perfectly good "food" (no longer food to me, but still food to a large portion of the people out there).
But once that's done, I'll feel better with no temptations around, and more space to hold my real food!

Anyway, just wanted to say hi, and let you know I'm here reading away.  Enjoying all the great information here.

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