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Public shout out to Cam who's been immensely helpful in setting me on a course to try and finally get these last bastard lbs off of me. I'm on a lower caloric deficit than I have tried before so we'll see how things go. I certainly haven't had any concerns about not eating enough since I started totalling up my calories and macros again since Sunday. I did give into the subscription on MyNetDiary and, while a bit fiddly, I really do think it is a better app than MyFitnessPal that I had used in the past. 

 

I'm currently opting for a 55% Protein, 22% Carb and 23% fats split with the Macros. I suspect it will take a week or two of locking a regular meal plan down for hitting those targets daily, but that's fine. Protein is coming from chicken, tuna, eggs and plant based burgers (the latter being a fantastic source), but I do find that purely for the sake of my digestion I lean towards protein shakes to bring me up to my daily goal so, depending on the meals I have, I'll add two or three of those throughout the day. 

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Well I survived my first marathon... which just happened to end up the hottest on record for London, and it knocked me back hard. My times were way, way out from everything I had achieved in training,

Officially (although I have been sick for a few days) lost 60 lbs. since starting this diet/lifestyle change.  I still firmly believe in the 16/8 diet more than anything I've come across over the year

Rise again, thread!   I lost 20 pounds March 2020 through October 2020, but gained it all back during November 2020 to now. I need to get back on track, and I will try cold weather running f

As an aside, I found out semi-recently that my favorite thing in the world, milk, which I consume by drinking lots of every morning or at least consuming via cereal every morning of my life, was responsible for Acid Reflux that I've had since I was 10 years old.  Or so.  I would go from place to place with TUMS in my pockets at all times.  Ready to take them several times a day.  

 

As an adult I started taking a drug to control it and that worked.  Changed my life.  Then in the last 6 months (I am 42), I stopped eating cereal and drinking milk in the mornings and stopped taking my medicine.  BAM.  No more acid reflux.  Consider though that I love dairy so much that I still eat pizza, have feta cheese on my salad, etc.  But just removing it as a DRINK and only eating cereal every once in a while has changed my life.

 

This has cost me quite a bit of money since Acid Reflex is correlated with cancer and as a result my life insurance is higher than it would be otherwise.  Because of my DIET!

 

Anyway, thought I'd share in case anyone else has a similar story about how their ever changing diet surfaced explanations for life-long medical issues.

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15 minutes ago, Mark E said:

Love almond milk. We drink it pretty exclusive except for my morning breakfast shake, but my girlfriend uses it for that too.

 

I just like an excuse to drink chocolate milk on the regular ;)

Have you tried the Silk dark chocolate almond milk?  OK, has sugars, if you are trying to avoid those, but AMAZING!  Best chocolate milk on the planet! 

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2 hours ago, foogledricks said:

As an aside, I found out semi-recently that my favorite thing in the world, milk, which I consume by drinking lots of every morning or at least consuming via cereal every morning of my life, was responsible for Acid Reflux that I've had since I was 10 years old.  Or so.  I would go from place to place with TUMS in my pockets at all times.  Ready to take them several times a day.  

 

As an adult I started taking a drug to control it and that worked.  Changed my life.  Then in the last 6 months (I am 42), I stopped eating cereal and drinking milk in the mornings and stopped taking my medicine.  BAM.  No more acid reflux.  Consider though that I love dairy so much that I still eat pizza, have feta cheese on my salad, etc.  But just removing it as a DRINK and only eating cereal every once in a while has changed my life.

 

This has cost me quite a bit of money since Acid Reflex is correlated with cancer and as a result my life insurance is higher than it would be otherwise.  Because of my DIET!

 

Anyway, thought I'd share in case anyone else has a similar story about how their ever changing diet surfaced explanations for life-long medical issues.

 

If the issue was lactose by any chance, maybe look into Fairlife milk https://fairlife.com/ It's actual milk, just highly filtered. The price on it isn't much different from regular milk from what I've seen. I've used it a lot and it tastes great. I like Almond and Cashew milk quite a bit as well like others said. 

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Back on the fast, as I made a PIG of myself last weekend (wife was gone for the weekend) and want to lose a few before our 23rd anniversary this Saturday.  Actually, fasting isn't a tough as before and should be smooth sailing the next 4 days.  This one is a modified fast, with some fruit along the way to keep up my strength.  Also, need to get back on my daily ACV drink, as I stopped during last fast because it ate up my stomach.  

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On 5/3/2019 at 11:49 AM, Jordan_E said:

On Day 4 of a self-imposed 5-day fast.  I just wanted to break my increasing snacking habit.  Lost 6 pounds so far, not as much as I had hoped.  I try a 5-day fast at least 3 times a year.  

Wait, perhaps I don't know what "fast" means.  I thought it meant you don't eat food.  But you said "5-day" - and I thought "5-day" meant that you do something for 5 days.  Having trouble understanding how you could actually mean "fast" and "5-day" if those are indeed the definitions you're using.

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"Fasting is the willing abstinence or reduction from some or all food, drink, or both, for a period of time. An absolute fast or dry fasting is normally defined as abstinence from all food and liquid for a defined period. Other fasts may be partially restrictive, limiting only particular foods or substances, or be intermittent."  -Wikipedia

 

 

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Let’s resurrect this thread again :) 


Well I should listened earlier - I’m now doing 16/8 intermittent fasting combined with reduced calorie intake ( I’m using the “Lose it” app) and walking 2 miles every day. For the past 2 days I’ve started lightly jogging as I think I reached the limit of fast walking.

 

The  first week was brutal, out of shape and lots of cravings. Second week got better. By the third  cravings were minimal - then just felt normal.


I started doing this since the beginning of the year and have dropped 25lbs to this date. I don’t feel groggy in the afternoons - I don’t feel bloated and always have energy now. 
 

According to healthy weight range tables I’ve looked at online I still have another 40lbs to go to get into the upper range of “healthy weight”.

 

 

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The  first week was brutal, out of shape and lots of cravings. Second week got better. By the third  cravings were minimal - then just felt normal.

 

If I ever get cravings, it's usually early to mid-afternoon which is still a few hours before I eat. If there's any trick I've discovered to help with this is to simply drink some water. After that I can usually go quite a bit before I feel hungry.

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I think it's a rite of passage to get hurt while trying to lose weight - so last Sunday I fell while cycling. I don't remember the fall at all. The last thing I remember was I was about to join a concrete trail path from a grassy area and the next thing I know is I'm getting put into an ambulance. Got a mild concussion, fractured my orbital socket, my elbow and wrist and needed 4 stitches around my eyebrow/eye area.

 

It's weird not remembering the fall - I don't remember losing control of the bike at all. I have no idea what I did wrong. On the other hand, I have no qualms about returning to cycling as soon as I'm able again, which may be a while... so back to walking for me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2 hours ago, dogbert said:

What's the verdict on Strava's subscription service?

 

I never found that I needed it when I was marathon training personally as some of the perks and stats that are offered via the subscription I get from my Garmin watch, but I think I can see the value in it for some people. Having said that I also like to be cautious when it comes to consuming exercise data as I don't think doing so is always to one's benefit short of being a professional athlete. 

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10 hours ago, dogbert said:

What's the verdict on Strava's subscription service?

 

For cyclists, it's probably worth it just for the Segments alone. It can be a powerful tool for finding and competing on good routes near you. Segments is great but probably less valuable for runners who typically run in the same neighborhood. Runners who travel a lot would get great benefit from it.

When I was on the paid version I didn't use the training plans feature at all. As Daniel mentioned, I think this is an area of overlap where the built-in features from a Garmin watch would be equal to whatever Strava offers.

Strava's data analysis is better in the paid version. I also think it's considerably better than what I get from Garmin Connect. Same data, but Strava adds better visuals. Another competitor I liked for data was Smash Run.

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I'm starting to see some definition, but I've got a long way to go. I might need to buy a at-home work out bench (might be Amazon one) since long-term cost of gym membership is a little high for me at this point. Or I could just use my apartment's gym

 

I still need to find a good dumbbell for the back that doesn't require a work-out bench in the mean time. I try to flex my traps while doing rear delt rows, but I feel like I'm neglecting my lats. Anybody got a lat workout with dumbbells that aren't rows? I tried using a plain fold-out chair, but the lack of padding really hurt my wrist during the flexion part. 

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14 hours ago, Dimness said:

I'm starting to see some definition, but I've got a long way to go. I might need to buy a at-home work out bench (might be Amazon one) since long-term cost of gym membership is a little high for me at this point. Or I could just use my apartment's gym

 

I still need to find a good dumbbell for the back that doesn't require a work-out bench in the mean time. I try to flex my traps while doing rear delt rows, but I feel like I'm neglecting my lats. Anybody got a lat workout with dumbbells that aren't rows? I tried using a plain fold-out chair, but the lack of padding really hurt my wrist during the flexion part. 

 

Reverse fly?

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