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Aceon6
04-29-2011, 07:53 PM
I just couldn't get excited about any diet that included egg-white omelets. An egg isn't an egg without the yolk and I couldn't fool myself into thinking otherwise. IMO, I'd rather just skip the omelet and breakfast altogether.

I do one yolk and two whites. Tastes pretty good.

Another option is white only with wilted spinach and some non fat cheese. I put it in a whole grain tortilla for a grab and go breakfast.

genevieve
04-29-2011, 07:57 PM
congrats! :)

SmallFairy
04-29-2011, 07:59 PM
Avid Lurker, just want to wish you all the best with your excersie, CONGRATS to your results, and keep up the good work!!

I cheer for you!! :cheer2:

danceronice
04-29-2011, 09:09 PM
One thing about cholesterol specifically I never knew until I had to take Nutrition in culinary school--it's not only about your diet/exercise. Your body produces it on its own, and some people produce more than others (that did explain why I can pretty much eat whatever and my cholesterol is always staggeringly low.) If you happen to be one of those who has a lot naturally, you have to be VERY aware of what foods are high cholesterol, because no matter how much you exercise, if you have high levels naturally it won't help without altering your diet.

For sticking with exercise, get some variety! I find after a few months of one routine I get very bored and start slacking. Lately, I've been into altering the eliptical with hand weights for upper-body back/shoulders sculpting. It's working, which is always nice, plus it shook up my routine.

attyfan
04-29-2011, 09:46 PM
I am updating this post, which I started one year ago.

I have been exercising regularly for the past year. Until four months ago I just wasn't ready to tackle my bad eating habits. Then, around the new year, I felt like it was time. I started making small, sustainable changes to my diet, mostly cutting back on salt, sugar and animal fats and replacing them with fruit, veggies, whole grains and lean protein.

I'm happy to say that it seems to be working!

I lost 14 pounds in one year, which likely makes me a Slowest Loser candidate. I have gone down two sizes (from a 16 to a 12) so I believe most of my weight loss was fat.

My blood pressure and blood sugar have both dropped to within the normal range. My triglycerides are down from crazy high to just slightly above normal. The treadmill test shows that my fitness level is much improved. And my liver is happier - it isn't "fatty" anymore and my liver enzymes are normal!

I still have a long way to go. My cholesterol is remains high, and I have quite a bit of body fat to lose. And all of my numbers have room for improvement.

I'm happier and have more energy. I actually enjoy food more now - I think all the fat, sugar and salt impaired my ability to enjoy the taste of fresh, real food. And I love the benefits of exercise - I never want to give it up. It took me a while to find the right path but there's no stopping me now.

I hope next year the news is even better!

Mazel tov!!!

manhn
04-30-2011, 07:40 AM
You can lose weight from activities such as vacuuming, walking, swimming, climbing stairs, dancing etc).

I am of the view that you do not count physical labour (vacuuming) as exercise unless you are doing those activities for the specific purpose of exercising (and who does that with vacuuming?). I vacuumed tonight for tomorrow's FSU gala--I did not count that as my daily exercise. I still went on the treadmill while watching the Food Network.

It is important to maintain a specific exercise regimen not only for the physical benefits, but for the mental aspects--it forces you to focus on your health and wellbeing. Climbing stairs instead of taking the elevator is a nice extra thing to do on top of your exercise regimen--unless your exercise activity of the day involves climbing stories of stairs or something.

I live in a wet climate, so outdoors exercise is tough to do on a consistant basis. I also find outdoor activities boring (unless it involves walking in an urban setting with a cup of coffee in my hand). I'd rather run on a treadmill while watching Gossip Girl than run outside. Or go on the cross-trainer or bike while reading FSU on my blackberry (that's usually when I write my bitchier posts). I also do cardio classes. You may feel intimidated but don't. Virtually everyone in your class will be supportive and don't care how clumsy you may be.

Diet is important, but I am not an expert. I tend to be more a counting calories kind of person. I do believe that by exercising more, you are more inclined to eat better because you don't want your exercise to have been a waste of time and effort. Exercise sucks--I've done it for years and years and I doubt I will ever really find enjoyment out of it. It is what it is. Just do it.

LilJen
04-30-2011, 12:43 PM
A big congratulations to you, Avid Lurker! Sounds like the hard work is paying off.

iamawake2
04-30-2011, 05:55 PM
I don't post often at all - but I too struggle with exercise. I have limited mobility - arthritic knees, and I have a pedal cycle at home - you know the portable kind where you sit in a chair and put your feet in the pedals - it has a tension knob.
I park it in front of the tv and knit or use hand weights every other day if I remember. It's boring. I love to walk but my knees don't hold up well anymore.

Stretching is vital to me and I do so every other day.

I'm supposed to do floor exercises everyday - but I don't. leg lifts, clam shells, calf raises, ab work (very hard! my lower back kills me!). I hate the gym.

Someone just gave me an older model home NordicTrack ski machine. Not quite what you would find at the gym - but you get the idea. I can do 10 on that at the most.

I lack motivation and I could use suggestions for a daily routine. I really need to do this.

Ajax
04-30-2011, 08:15 PM
iamawake2, you could try pilates. Plenty of DVDs or if you have cable tv subscription with on-demand programs, they have tons of pilates workouts on demand (free with the cable subscription in my case). If you have access to a pool, swimming is also an excellent low-impact exercise.

Also, if I may make a suggestion for the knee pain: You can try cutting grains from your diet. All grains - flour, bread, pasta, rice, barley, millet, oats, quinoa, CORN (that means all processed foods made with high fructose corn syrup as well). Grains are thought to have inflammatory effects that can lead to joint pain. Here's an article:
http://jugalbandi.info/2011/02/whats-wrong-with-grains/

UMBS Go Blue
04-30-2011, 09:20 PM
:cheer2: :respec: Yay Avid Lurker! Our new FSU hot-stuff pinup cover model, eh? :grope: ;)

millyskate
04-30-2011, 09:52 PM
Ok, I'm arthritic and I've always felt grains were bad for me. No rational reason, they're just one of those foods that my system does not appear to like. Now I know why.

danceronice
05-01-2011, 12:16 AM
I am of the view that you do not count physical labour (vacuuming) as exercise unless you are doing those activities for the specific purpose of exercising (and who does that with vacuuming?). I vacuumed tonight for tomorrow's FSU gala--I did not count that as my daily exercise. I still went on the treadmill while watching the Food Network.

It is important to maintain a specific exercise regimen not only for the physical benefits, but for the mental aspects--it forces you to focus on your health and wellbeing. Climbing stairs instead of taking the elevator is a nice extra thing to do on top of your exercise regimen--unless your exercise activity of the day involves climbing stories of stairs or something. .

Which is sorta of okay from a psychology standpoint, but has nothing to do with whether or not the activities burn calories or build muscle, which is ultimately all that matters. Ignoring any heavy physical activity that isn't structured exercise and doing the structured exercise on top of it not only teaches you to treat exercise as a chore in and of itself, it's also an invitation to hurting yourself if what you did already put a lot of stress on yourself. I'm not doing weights after mowing today--I have a half-acre lot and a push mower. I actually have to hydrate/add electrolytes after mowing like after riding on a hot day. It's heavy work (the sort of thing people used to do on a routine basis that meant they did not have to have gym memberships and fitness videos.) Pushing a heavy upright around a two-story house is work. Climbing lots of stairs is work. Your body doesn't know the difference between it and a TreadClimber.

If you climbed five flights of stairs and can feel it, you're not helping yourself by hitting the treadmill anyway. For people who don't like exercise, that just confirms that it's a painful chore that makes you hurt and can't be integrated into your daily routine but has to be an added expense in money and time. Not a great way to get low-activity people moving.

iamawake2
05-01-2011, 12:55 AM
Ajax ~~ Thanks so much for the link. Very helpful. I try to stay away from grains but I do have oatmeal for breakfast often - time to look for a substitute. I also grew on rice - which is hard to kick but I'm trying.

I do have on demand and will look into pilates. Thanks again.

PAskate
05-01-2011, 01:50 AM
Congrats on your successes so far. You're doing a great job. BTW - the experts say that if you lose it slowly and steady that you are more likely to keep it off.

Like you, I made a conscious decision to get myself healthy and in shape about 18 months ago. Still a work in process, but the improvements feel great. One thing that I haven't seen anyone else suggest is one of the guidelines that my personal trainer gave me. The minimum amount of cardio-exercise that you should get each week is 150 minutes. It can be in any combination, but you must do it in at least 10 minutes increments. You can do 30 minutes a day for 5 days, but you have to do at least 10 minutes at a time to count against the 150 minute total.

Ajax
05-02-2011, 04:07 AM
millyskate and iamawake2, I am glad if the link was helpful in any way :) I myself have been on a grain-free eating regimen for the past six weeks. Not because I have any joint pain, simply for weight loss (and it works like a charm!). I first came across the idea on a website called Mark's Daily Apple (http://www.marksdailyapple.com). If you struggle with joint pain I suggest poking around that website's archives and also in the forums. Many, many people who eat this way seem to have resolved their issues through the diet change.

Avid Lurker, sorry to hijack your thread :)