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joecml01 [userpic]
chat and support
by joecml01 (joecml01)
at November 30th, 2006 (05:17 pm)

I was wondering how many people in this group had a messenger program (ie. yahoo, msn, aim, etc). I go back and forth between staying up on working out, and slacking off. And I think all the support we could give each other would be great. And I love to chat about working out as much as I like doing it (and I love getting new ideas). So if you have messenger, post it here or message me.

Thanks,

Jon

yahoo: joecml01
msn: joecml00@yahoo.com (although that email broke a while ago...lol)
aim: joecml00

C [userpic]
Vitamins
by C (lose20)
at November 29th, 2006 (04:37 pm)

I usually take a multivitamin with green tea extract daily.  Recently I started taking a B-complex supplement (for energy & immune boost) and a healthy bone supplement with calcium, magnesium, and zinc, and I feel like I have a lot more energy and I'm not as insanely hungry during the day as I have been getting in recent months.  (I also went off BC pills too, so maybe the decrease in appetite is partially due to that as well, but I have heard things abotu BC decreasing your Vitamin B levels....)  

Is this bad for me to be taking?  I don't seem to be having any problems so far.  In other words, is there such a thing as TOO MANY vitamins?  I do eat lots of fruits & veggies in general, so should I even be worrying about supplements? 

What is everyone's opinion or experience with vitamins and supplements? 

lauxx [userpic]
by lauxx (lauxx)
at November 28th, 2006 (02:05 pm)
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current mood: blah
current song: Rufus Wainwright - The Tower Of Learning

Hiya im new to this community so id thought id say hi = ) im lau and im 18 i became addicted to exercise about four years ago after two years of anorexia. I had to give up most of the exercise i did when my parents found out how much exercise i was doing and the extent of my ed. Ive been in recovery from ana for five months but now my head is messed up and i dont know whether i want recovery. anyhow i recently went and played badminton for three hours and it hit me again how good exercise was. Im getting a free sports pass in two weeks and i cant wait cos it means ill be able to use the gym to my hearts content without my parents fussing over me!! yaaay. anyway sorry for the long ramble but ive realised how vital exercise in my life and that i was stupid to give it up these last five months. x

sick
by xstainedglassx (xstainedglassx)
at November 27th, 2006 (05:17 pm)

im so sick of feeling like im in a rut. everytime i turn around im reading that my workouts arent enough my fat loss isnt progressing enough, i should be pushing harder working longer.. ALL this after i had started to feel good about working out..

it already consumes my days and now its taking over my life!

C [userpic]
by C (lose20)
at October 19th, 2006 (08:05 am)

I have done decently well since I last posted.  Went to the gym Mon, Tues, and Wed (lower body, abs, & spin class Mon; treadmill, elliptical & pilates on Tues, spin class Wed--no time to lift since I had things to do afterwards), and ate pretty well, except for I had about 2-3 pieces too many of dark chocolate on Tuesday.  I got pretty bored at work on Monday afternoon & had a bit too much caffeine--that's my problem, I get bored at work & to keep from falling asleep I go get a cup of coffee.  But the reverse is also true when I am very busy at work--I feel like having a cup helps me focus. 

Does anyone have any suggestions on how to wean yourself off fake sugar?  I know it's extremely bad for you but I have a huge sweet tooth.  I seem to do okay mostly controlling myself by eating fruit instead of sweets, and I mostly avoid all soft drinks including Diet Coke, but my main problem is that I drink coffee (around 2 or 3 12 oz cups/day) & that's where I use it most.  I *do* eat a little something sweet like a SF chocolate pudding w/FF whip cream or ice cream bar a few times/week or a couple of pieces of dark chocolate.  It is a big problem for me since it seems like everything is sweetened with Splenda, and well...it gives me problems, if you know what I mean.  I don't like how Equal or Sweet-n-Low taste, and I don't want the extra calories of real sugar.  Stevia is too expensive & I don't know where to get it anyways.  Any suggestions or am I just doomed to be bloated & chemical-ized forever?

C [userpic]
Progress over the past several days
by C (lose20)
at October 16th, 2006 (11:40 pm)

So, I haven't been doing as well as I would have liked calorie-wise, but I've more or less been limiting myself to 3 or less caffeinated drinks per day and only on Friday did I have 2 glasses of white wine.  I have at least been eating healthily for the most part, with the exception of about 2 slips.  In my defense, 1 of them was when I was out on a lunch interview & ordered what I thought was going to be a salad, and instead it came out *covered* in creamy dressing and full of potatoes and had about 3 pieces of lettuce, and I was too worried about impressing my interviewers and being agreeable than to ask the waiter to take it back and bring me something else.  (Note to the restaurant:  don't call something a "salad" when it's clearly just a carb-fat trap! The other "salads" at this place were no better--about the same amount of lettuce and covered with fried fish!)  

I *have* been exercising every single day of this challenge, at least 30 min per day but generally closer to 1 hour, which is good.  And starting today I'm back to my old strategy of planning my meals in advance on sparkpeople.com.  I do so much better when I'm accountable!  Speaking of which, I haven't been very good on here...so feel free to kick my butt!  I've been only mediocre & I'm really going to try harder at this.  Scale's been at 117-118 lately & I think it needs to be closer to 115.  I was down to about 107-109 back over the summer and I think that weight made me look a little too thin, so I think 115 is optimum.  (I am 5'4.5", btw...a little over 3 years ago at this time I was nearly 180.  Even though admittedly 107 is a nice number to see after years of seeing 150s-170s, I sometimes felt unhealthy at that weight too.  And considering how far I've come & how hard I've worked to keep the weight off all these years, I shouldn't fret over a couple pounds, but not being vigilant about my weight previously was what got me so high up there in the first place.)  

Hope everyone else is doing well!

where_no1knows [userpic]
by where_no1knows (where_no1knows)
at October 14th, 2006 (10:25 pm)

At the gym tonight I weighed myself naked. It read 122 lbs which is too high for me. I want to get back down to 115 as soon as possible. The worst thing was seeing my ass in the mirror - It's way too big and FULL of cellulite. Just seeing that is enough motivation for me to change the way I look.

where_no1knows [userpic]
Music
by where_no1knows (where_no1knows)
at October 14th, 2006 (10:19 pm)

I'm going to make a new gym play list for my ipod. What is everyone else listening to right now??

Beautiful Sakura [userpic]
New Community
by Beautiful Sakura (beautifulsakura)
at October 12th, 2006 (04:27 pm)

I dont know if this is allowed. If its not I'll gladly delete this entry, but I wanted to tell everyone about a new community I just made. I got really tired of looking for fitness/exercise communities and finding all of them inactive, so I created my own. Its going to be awsome and I don't even care if I'm the only one who uses it. Its weekly_fitness. Its for daily and weekly fitness goals. Its a great place to keep yourself motivated and to be motivated by others. Check it out.

where_no1knows [userpic]
Retaining water?
by where_no1knows (where_no1knows)
at October 11th, 2006 (09:38 pm)

The last two days I've noticed that my socks are leaving HUGE imprints on my ankles. I think I'm drinking enough water 6-8. (on the good days 8) but I'm still getting these marks. I've read months ago that if you had the "ring around your ankle" from your socks - it was an indication that you weren't drinking enough H20. 

Does anyone know if this is true? Or what might be going on w/ my body. I AM on my period and I have been eating more carbs then I usually do. (I know carbs retain water)

So what's going on???