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Diet and nutrition / Coffee + Calcium and bone health.
« on: August 31, 2010, 10:41:41 AM »
I drink coffee. 1 - 2 cups a day. I have no desire to stop. I love the taste, smell, and physiological/psychological effect.

I also take a Calcium/Magnesium/Zinc/Vitamin D supplement. This is my "athletic performance supplement" because after the stress reaction in my left shin, I don't want to take any more chances! I also drink Vitamin D milk and I get plenty of sun. So I know I'm not low on D, and I get 100% RDV of CalMagZinc.

But I've also read that coffee de-mineralizes your bones.

Considering I do not drink soda, or eat sugar, or smoke, is coffee an acceptable indulgence or will it be my undoing?

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Exercises / Updates
« on: August 20, 2010, 11:25:37 AM »
I can run an 8 minute mile now.

I can jog continuously for an hour now.

I have not had a PVC in weeks.

I take Calcium, Magnesium, Vitamin D and Zinc supplement (I noticed an endurance increase within 2 days of starting on the zinc)

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Exercises / Joining the Navy. Need to improve my running.
« on: May 01, 2010, 06:17:58 PM »
So, I started swimming again. I was a little rusty but my breathing is improving greatly and so is my speed. (Need to do 450 meters in 8 minutes for an "outstanding" score.)

I'm doing pushup program, do 100 pushups in 6 weeks. So far so good (I need to do 80 in 2 minutes to get an "outstanding score")

Once I lose some bellyfat I'll start on the crunches.

I'm also doing some bicep and upper back work for balancing the muscle groups.

My problem is running. I can swim for hours and hours but I can't run half a mile without coughing my lungs out. I haven't smoked in a week and from swimming my breathing already feels very powerful. But my running still sucks, my legs feel so heavy and clumsy, my whole body feels like I'm full of sand. How can I improve my running? I want to do an 8 minute mile.

But I'm short and very stocky (5'6" 170lbs, need to lose 15 lbs to make weight)

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Recipes and meal photos / Ground beef recipe I'd like to share.
« on: February 22, 2010, 03:49:25 AM »
Take any amount of ground beef you'd like. Butter (or oil, I use butter) your pan. Now take 1 - 2 onions and dice them up. Mix it all up real good, put it in the pan - now the important part: COVER IT. Every few minutes uncover and stir. Keep doing this until you have a simmering liquid. Remove the cover and let the liquid absorb/biol off. Serve. :) Enjoy.

I put some Parmesan cheese on mine but you may opt out of this. ;P

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Exercises / P90X!!!!
« on: February 22, 2010, 03:13:29 AM »
My friend is burning me copies of his P90X discs.

I've only been working with four of the exercises and let me tell you I am WRECKED. With my diet, I'm sure I'll get stacked and ripped in no time.

Wish me luck.

Also giving up coffee.  :o

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Diet and nutrition / Short on cash: Rice?
« on: January 27, 2010, 06:37:58 PM »
I'm really short on cash lately. I manage to scrape by on chicken (my butcher let's me take home some beef fat trimmings, which helps immensely to add flavor to the chicken), "reduced for quick sale" (expired) meat, what I manage to sneak without paying, and etc.

But I'm really scraping, and I'm by no means eating any expensive meat. None of the organic, free range, etc meat. I was looking for some "bulky" type food to include in my diet for a few extra calories, and I was weighing my options.

Rice seems like the best option right now. It's cheap, and I don't know very many fat Orientals (and by that I mean people who are actually native to an Oriental country).

I'm not sure though. I would not be eating a lot, maybe 1 cup a day. What do you guys honestly feel would be the best option if you had to cut back on the meat and include something cheaper? Meat will still be my staple, but I don't feel like I'm getting enough calories.

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Workout Journals / Starting My Workout Journal
« on: January 09, 2010, 01:40:00 AM »
Stay tuned.

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Exercises / Where does endurance come from?
« on: January 04, 2010, 11:41:35 AM »
If endurance sports and training are deleterious (let's just assume it for the sake of argument, but I've read a lot of supporting information), then how do you develop endurance? Where does it come form when you need it?

Kinda confusing.

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Exercises / WTFBICEPS!
« on: January 04, 2010, 11:40:37 AM »
So yesterday I did some excersizes (been a few months). I was a little below capacity but I hadn't done it in a while.

The thing is my chest and triceps are sore after the pushups. Yet my biceps (I do 3 sets of 8, the last 2 reps are close to failure) feel FINE. Makes me feel like I didn't even stimulate them. If I go higher weight my reps will be like 4 - 6.  ???

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Diet and nutrition / Diet Soda.
« on: January 03, 2010, 01:57:19 PM »
Yeah I admit. I love diet soda. If I'm thirsty I'll drink half a gallon of water in an hour. If I drink diet soda I only have a couple glasses in a day.

So I'm wondering if anyone has more information on diet soda. I've heard aspartame is really bad for you. I've also heard you'd have to consume half a truck load to experience ill effects. And I heard it affects your blood sugar the same way real sugar does. So I'm very confused.

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Diet and nutrition / Shrimp got a bad rap.
« on: January 02, 2010, 04:43:55 PM »

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Diet and nutrition / I think calories are crap.
« on: January 02, 2010, 11:39:28 AM »
I really do. I did the calculation on my diet and I consume about 1kcal per day (on days that I eat). My weight is staying steady and I can build muscle if I want. By all accounts I should be a skeleton by now.

Thoughts?

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Miscellaneous / QUITTING SMOKING - Going on the patch
« on: December 18, 2009, 02:48:32 PM »
I'm getting some free patches shipped to me in 10 days. I've only been smoking again for about a month but it's already back in my system. I've tried going cold turkey over and over but I just can't seem to do it.

I do feel kinda weird about putting the patch on. I mean it's better than smoking, but at the same time I hear the patch can be really bad for you?

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Food Journals / My Hardcore Paleo Winter
« on: November 30, 2009, 05:30:18 PM »
Day 1:

Fasted all day, had some coffee
8:30 PM: 6 oz of Bison steak and 6 lamb tenderloins

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Diet and nutrition / Hardcore Paleo Winter. Input please.
« on: November 28, 2009, 09:10:08 PM »
It's winter here in upstate NY, and with all the vegetation dead and snow coming soon, the only major source of calories will be:

MEAT!

Truth be told I've been about 90% Paleo for the past two months. I've afforded myself some leniency while we caught up on bills. Now, we're all caught up and I can once again afford an all meat diet.

So, for the rest of the winter, I am going to eat nothing but meat. It will be mostly chicken, beef, and some pork. I will eat fish and shellfish when I'm able. I hope to lose those last 10 lbs that just don't seem to want to budge, even with a low carb diet. So I'm going no carb.

Now, as for exercise, I was thinking of joining a gym and hitting some heavy heavy weights. Thoughts?

Maybe Wlfdg could think of a good program for me. I've never trained with weights before, just my own body.

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