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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

SO, let's start with a few questions...

1. what's a good whey protein? where do i buy it? what do i put it with?

2. do other people bruise when they work out? it happens when i work out pretty hard. like last week i worked out every day, and i went rock climbing and snowboarding for two of those days. next thing you know, i have a huge bruise on my calf.

3. how do people realistically deny themselves things they want? i seriously can't say no. and some people would say avoid the situations, but i can't. the stuff is everywhere.

4. my working out isnt working. it's because i'm still eating crap. and maybe i'm not working out hard enough. maybe because i'm past 30 now. whatever it is, it's been harder, and i know i've done it before without killing myself. yet that's not the case right now.

5. lean proteins to snack on? i need protein to fill up!

ok. well that's enough for now. more soon!
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    emoticon Wish I had all the answers. But I'll try to give you some feedback anyway... I used to get whey protein at GNC. I got vanilla and I would add it to my smoothies and my oatmeal...yum. Not sure about the bruising...I'm wondering if maybe it has something to do with hydration. Maybe up the water intake and see. I don't usually deny myself things...but I do moderate and track. Working out is great for your health...the muscles, heart, and lungs; but I find that the weight loss is more a result of eating in range. Lean proteins to snack on...egg whites and chicken are my go-to lean proteins. Hope that helps a little. Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon
    1943 days ago
    I can always work off a bad diet. Then, when I was working, I did physical labor. I'm now on disability. I love to exercise and I can workout as much as four hours even five some days. I only lose weight through exercise. Diet has never allowed me to lose weight for longer than a few months.

    The last time, I was on SP. I kept the weight off for a year through exercise. Eventually, I couldn't exercise an hour or more a day and the weight returned. I suppose that might happen again. It won't for awhile since I have planned to walk at least three months on the AP trail this spring. I might go six if I find reasons to continue walking.

    Our bodies are different. I might have hypothyroidism. My TSH was on the borderline where the recommendation is to retest. I'll talk to my doctor about it after I return from my three to six month walk.
    1950 days ago
    I have to tell you that I pretty much eat what I want..pizza, hamburgers, chips, cookies.....but I don`t overeat those things. I use to deny myself those things and would feel so guilty if I even took a bite of a cookie....not anymore. I love the crap!!!
    I dont think it is an age thing...I am forty and hit my goal weight. I think it is about findiing a workout that you REALLY enjoy and keep mixing it up.

    Hope this helps!!
    1951 days ago
    You have some legititmate gripes and questions. Can't give the best answers on all of them, but I can say, peanuts work great for proteins, as does peanut butter! Just keep reading nutrition labels, they are our friends, not foes! Also, don't worry about the working out stuff, it'll come! I have tried to maintain an exercise routine and totally stressed myself out, so now I do what I can when I can and try to make sure it all adds up to the amount of time I want to exercise each day. Remember, it only takes ten mins. in one setting, and you can do that as many times a day as you want! All the best, stay positive, you can do this!!!!!!
    1951 days ago
    Interesting questions...

    1) I like Optimum Nutrition brand whey protein....you can get it on amazon at a good price...tons of flavors to choose from. I used it in smoothies....my wife puts some in yogurt. depending on the flavor you like, you can mix it in water too.

    2) don't know.

    3) Ahh, that's the holy grail! I have had to find other things I like and make them important. I ditched starchy carbs a while ago (sugar, bread, potatoes) and that has helpe me with appetite control. I substituted things I like (pecans) as snacks, and explored other things that I had no idea I like (fresh blueberries) that I now love.

    4) You can't work off a bad diet. I have changed my thinking about exercise. I exercise to be healthy and fit....not to lose weight. 80% of weight loss is about diet. I exercise because I feel stronger and fitter by doing so. I'm 53 and feel fitter today than I did at 33....go figure!

    5) See #3.....almonds and pecans are good snacks. I make sure to get some protein in every meal (eggs at bfast, chicken, shrimp, or salmon at lunch and mid-afternoon snack) these help to stabilise my appetite....I eat protein with a meal, not as a snack.

    Good luck! It gets better with practice, just have to find what works for you! Keep checking in to SP and blogging.....I've found public accountability to really help!

    1951 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/22/2013 9:45:15 PM
    Try GNC, they have pretty good whey protein choices.
    Can't comment about the bruising other than to say if you pulled a muscle you could have a small tear under the skin that bled??
    I am not sure "real life" people completely deny themselves anything. I think it's a matter of setting priorities, managing portions, and being flexible.
    The older you get, the harder it is to bounce right back. Just a sad fact. It will take more effort on your part this time around, I suspect.
    I would ask, do I "really" need a snack (of any sort) or do I just think I do because it's what is pushed by all the current fitness info out there? I say, if you eat a complete breakfast, lunch, dinner, odds are you will NOT be hungry for between meal snacks. The trick is that each of these meals needs to be enough calories, and enough balance of carbs/fat/protein - I'd pretty much guarantee you won't be hungry to snack.
    Otherwise, I'd suggest string cheese or greek yogurt. Or a glass of milk.

    Hope that helps.
    1951 days ago
    I know how you feel. Sorry to say, part of it is age. I didn't believe it but doctors have said it to me for too long for it not to be true.

    Hopefully a combination of eating a bit smarter, not entirely cutting out my sweets, and exercise will make enough of a difference.

    It does work, I have lost a little over 20 pounds, but it is work! Hard work!!


    1951 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/22/2013 8:53:17 PM
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