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Wow took the age fitness test. I got aways to go.

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Gents, the point for this discussion (which I started) was not meant to come up with ways to beat the system or do crazy things (which some might think of as a "trick"), but rather for us to share ideas that have worked for each of us in working towards or achieving a healthy lifestyle. My apologies if the word "trick" offended or put some of you off. I am all for doing it the right way...

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"I can do all things if I just get off my but's and admit I'm in control of me!" SGM 1:1-5 The only real verse I need.

Never say you didn't have enough time: You have the same amount of time that was given to Helen Keller, Albert Einstein, William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Winston Churchill.

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10/3/14 11:38 A

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Personally, I don't believe in tricks.

To borrow a parable, in order to look like the hare (lean, trim and fast) you have to work like the tortoise (slowly, steadily and consistantly).



Nothing tastes as good as healthy feels and looks.


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"I can do all things if I just get off my but's and admit I'm in control of me!" SGM 1:1-5 The only real verse I need.

Never say you didn't have enough time: You have the same amount of time that was given to Helen Keller, Albert Einstein, William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Winston Churchill.

I teach because I love to Learn!


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I'm starting to use the nutrition tracker to keep track of my calories.



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As my previous post suggested, I was making small changes, and hoping something would happen weight and fitness wise by instituting those changes. Well, it has been happening. Finally, after nearly giving up making changes, I am seeing my waist come down. Persistence and diligence are paying off. Glenn



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"I can do all things if I just get off my but's and admit I'm in control of me!" SGM 1:1-5 The only real verse I need.

Never say you didn't have enough time: You have the same amount of time that was given to Helen Keller, Albert Einstein, William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Winston Churchill.

I teach because I love to Learn!


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Hi gents, a "trick" I just learned about adding pictures to SP -- if you have any trouble adding a picture (as I have been having), add the picture but don't put any text into the caption when you add it. Once it gets added, you can add words to the caption of the picture.



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I would say to work in changes gradually. Start with a few basic ones, and then keep making adjustments until you reach a point where the weight is coming off and the fitness is improving. The changes don't have to be big, but I am determined to stay with all of my changes until I see results. Change what you are comfortable with. (I for one, don't like counting calories, so I will make a whole bunch of changes in my routines just to avoid getting back to the position where I have to count them.) Glenn



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I'm so not a self-starter.
My knee operation has been slow to heal. The O.D. told me for every pound I shed, that was also less pain. That put me back in the gym.
I used SP's recommended workouts for people with knee pain. I also dedicate 2 days a week to eating grains and veggies only. I'm down 3 pounds: sleeping better, and walking better.


"I can do all things if I just get off my but's and admit I'm in control of me!" SGM 1:1-5 The only real verse I need.

Never say you didn't have enough time: You have the same amount of time that was given to Helen Keller, Albert Einstein, William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Winston Churchill.

I teach because I love to Learn!


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In getting started on my fitness program, there were days I just didn't want to go in. My wife would say, "Just go in and start on your exercises, and see what happens". Every time I've done that, I've stayed for the whole routine. Glenn




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Dave, it's great when you can see a change like that in only one month.
You'll have to check it again in a few months.

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What a difference a month makes! I've been back at it consistently for over a month now and my numbers have flipped from 6 years over to 6 years under my chronological age. Lesson learned? I sure hope so.

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Ouch. I just did the calculator with my current numbers and my fitness age is 6 years older than my chronological age. Based on my numbers from six months ago it would have been just the opposite - six years younger than my chronological age. I like that number much better which makes for a nice incentive to help me get back to where I was.

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Thought this was an interesting way to look at your fitness. Told a former running buddy who is trying to get back in shape to see what his Fitness Age is. It came back saying he is 2 years older than his chronological age. I'm older with a younger fitness age.
You might give it a try to see your Fitness Age and your VO2 Max.

www.ntnu.edu/cerg/vo2max

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Yes Joe, at times its more difficult to focus on our goals. Any positive change is worth the effort.

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I am best when I keep my eyes on the goal. It is easy to get sidetracked and discouraged

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Seems like we sometimes focus on motivation. I am at my best when I just do it. The mind can find more reasons not to do something sometimes, than reasons for doing something.

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I sometimes trick myself when I exercize. On days when motivation is low, I'll tell myself I'll just do a short run and when I'm at the turn around point, I push just another telephone pole or other landmark beyond.

Sometimes I'll weigh myself and then go for a run and weigh in again just to remind myself of how much I can lose simply by a run. I know it's not a permanent loss but pyschologically it's a boost to me to see that lower number - gives me more incentive to keep up the program.

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Glad your staying positive despite your recent challenges. Keep the positive thinking thoughts alive. Look forward to hearing from you regarding your future progress. Good luck!

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On June 20 I had my right leg amputated below the knee. I decided then that I had to get up and go or set down and die. I am 62 and decided I needed to get up and go. I am now walking with a cane and soon will be walking unassisted. Positive thinking is a good motivator.

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Great advice from the Dr., get healthy or die. Kind of like take 2 aspirins and call me in the morning. Your better off participating in your life in a positive way rather than assuming there is no tomorrow. Love the carrots and water advice.

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Water and carrots.

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I see my Dr at least once a year. Blood panel is run so I have that and other risk factors that he evaluates.

I'm age 56. I'm at pretty good numbers (e.g. average risk factor from the blood work is less than 1/2 the average risk). Are you suggesting that I also see a cardiologist?



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My tip is to see a cardiologist. Heart disease is the #1 killer in the US. Most of us over age 55 have problems with either blood pressure or choloestorol (when was the last time you had either of those checked?) or with parts of our ticker. So, the first thing your cardiologist is going to say, is "get healthy or die" - sooner than later. These words are a great motivator, expecially in light of the test results and numbers you are going to see. Its time to wake up and do something about it. Fear, in this case is a great motivator.
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No I don't have any medical conditions. If you are on meds I would check with your Doctor before you try a fast. I've not even thought about food today and I am already 17 hours into my fast. Once I am back down to my target weight all I need to do is one fast a week to allow for days when I over indulge.

Lean gains is another good site to check out, slightly different approach than Brad Pillion, I have tried both and like Pillions better. Not eating for 24 hours frees up a fair bit of time, no cooking or dishes to worry about emoticon

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Do you have any medical conditions. I take some meds and the fasting angle sounds attractive before being diagnosed. Michael Jackson used to fast on Sunday I believe. My diet doesn't afford me as much leeway in my weekly calorie intake. I am glad it works for you.

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I try to keep my calories around 2000 and fast 2 times per week for 24 hours. I go from supper time to supper time. This compensates for days that I go over. I got all my fasting information from eat stop eat by Brad Pillion. You do have to strength train on your fasting days and it does seem to keep my energy levels stable and has stopped my cravings for sweet things.

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The serving industry became a little less attractive when IRS began to tax their tip earnings. Tax free tip earnings use to be a great incentive to be a server. Another perfect scheme fouled up by government intervention.

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Yep, in the Real World, tips can make a real difference to servers' ability to live independently. Ever since our daughter worked as a server while at university and immediately thereafter, DW teases me that when it comes to tipping, I behave as if it's solely my responsibility to ensure all servers are able to live in the manner to which they'd like to become accustomed : )

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Some family members have been waiters, and they seem a lot more sympathetic to 20% tipping.
I visited some family members and they left some very nominal tips while we were visiting. I stay around 15% unless service or food was poor, sometimes more if they were better. It was embarrassing to see a little tip left. Especially when we may have picked up the check, and all they had to do was leave the tip.

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If there are six or more folks in the thread, then 18%.

Unless or course, you are a pastor and you expect waitresses to give 10% on minimum wages!



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I'm going with the quality of service--ie, advice and encouragement--and tipping 25% : )

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Not sure if I understand the reference. Does the service or quality of the food have anything to do in your consideration?

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Just wondering, do we tip 15%, or 20% here? Don't want to commit a gauche gaff.

(The forum is called "Tips and Tricks." Since it's not Halloween, I thot I'd go for tips.)

Edited by: ALDEBARANIAN at: 2/5/2013 (19:50)
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I used to be much older then, I'm younger than that now. Bob Dylan

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Yes. Very tranquil. Kind of a great change of pace. Dog loved it too!

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Long walks in the country are grand, aren't they?
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Nice mild day, pretty much all day. Went for a long walk in the country. Nice outing.

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Cold enough to freeze the 'ahems' off a brass monkey.



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Colder than a witches, erm, something in a brass umm, something else. Er, maybe I better use the polite version. Cold enough to freeze a Polar Bear's um, nose.

It takes a long time to grow young. Pablo Picasso

I used to be much older then, I'm younger than that now. Bob Dylan

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How cold was it?

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It's been so cold the only tip I have is the tip of an iceberg.

It takes a long time to grow young. Pablo Picasso

I used to be much older then, I'm younger than that now. Bob Dylan

Strong is what happens when you run out of weak. Healthy Inspiration www.sparkpeople.com/resource/quotes.
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Sometimes those Doctors are advertising things which may or may not be healthy. They are in a position of trust.

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My Health Food Store manager said as soon as Dr. Oz features a product, it's impossible to keep it in stock : )


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Standing in line to fill a prescription at Wal-Mart I noticed a couple of display boxes. The Coffee Bean Extract was half-full and the Rasberry Ktones was empty!



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Doctors try to do their best. Someone made a comment, There's a reason why they say they are practicing medicine.

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Heard on the radio this morning:
Rasberry Ktones, fat burner, as touted by a "certain" TV doctor.

If I ever invent something, I'm going to do my best to get on the Doctors or some other TV show!



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Hope things work out with the protein focus. Let us know how it works!

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Ken,
I am trying out some new items as well. Once observation, when you implement 3 at a time,
it will be hard to determine which of the three had an effect.

Since I switched gears last month from weight loss, to building muscle, I am changing my diet to increase protein intake. I'm drinking shakes 1st thing in the am and also for my small meals of the day, etc. I'm trying different brands and different items such as casein vs whey protein, etc. I will be considering some fat burners like the green tea as time goes on.

So, let us know how your "trials" go, as I keeping an open mind on supplements.

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I appreciate that Dr. Oz promotes a lot of good concepts but I'm not a fan. He oversells things and tries too hard to "shock" his audience. He has good information on his website but he distills it too much for my liking. I like the information I find on Livestrong.com. They primarily present the necessary information and then link to the research without too much editorializing. The papers I saw on raspberry ketones don't sound particularly promising and I saw one add saying you would have to eat an enormous amount of real fruit to equal what is in their product. That's always a warning sign to me.

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Raspberry ketones and green coffee bean extract have been touted on Dr. Oz as having components that speed up metabolism or block fat absorption. Everything Dr. Oz touts sounds too good to be true and you know the adage about if it's too good to be true . . . .
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