SparkPeople Fat 2 Fit Team Messageboard Fans of Fat 2 Fit Radio with Jeff Ainslie (in archived episodes), Russ Turley and Helana Brigman. Live Like The Fit, Healthy Person You Want To Become SparkPeople Fat 2 Fit Team Messageboard Music Hi Fat 2 Fit Fans, <BR> Question: I find that music really keeps me motivated during a workout. However I'm getting tired of what I have. I'm curious if the kind of music that motivates other people. What keeps you moving? <BR> Any suggestion is helpful, <BR> Thanks, <BR> Geri Tue, 17 Mar 2015 12:58:23 EST Fat 2 Fit Show #25 – Choosing A Great Gym Fat 2 Fit Show #25 – Choosing A Great Gym <BR> <link><BR>it-show-25-choosing-a-great-gym/ </link> <BR> <BR> How do you choose a gym? How many calories do you need to eat in a day? Give the podcast a listen & post your comments here. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 14:58:27 EST weather outside is frightful- how do U xercise? It is 19F here on the mountain and snow is on the road and driveway. A bit daunting, but once again it is so nice to be retired. I got some fitbit steps toward my goal by shoveling and walking the road to my shortest stop sign and back. Cold toes but two miles + toward my daily goal.6800 steps! Tue, 17 Dec 2013 09:49:45 EST Hello. I'm Nicole. Really glad to find this place, even though the podcast seems to be dead. I'm hoping to make some friends here. I'm still brand new to SparkPeople so I'm still figuring out how things work. I need to set up my profile page (or whatever it's called) and lots of other stuff! <BR> <BR> I'm 39 (40 in 2.5 months) 5'4", and 246 lbs. I was a chubby teenager and turned into a fat adult. I have no idea what it feels like to be thin. I have no idea what it feels like to be flirted with by a random st... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 05:37:55 EST INJURY Injury scares me and is the thing that could most derail me! I had a torn meniscus in my knee, and it threw me off course for quite a while and set up my biggest weight gain several years ago. <BR> <BR> I became acquainted with the concept of inflammation and was treated by the team doc of some Philly teams. He taught me less is more. Reinforced my ethic of using PT to strengthen small muscle groups to avoid and repair injury etc. I am a believer.............. I forget! I remember fe... Wed, 20 Nov 2013 09:20:29 EST What do you do for leg cramps after hard exercise? I am an old guy and for the last ten+ years or so get hugely painful charliehorse cramps after overdoing it or just exercising strenuously. <BR> <BR> What do you do to get rid of them? Bananas usually but not always work for me. Mon, 4 Nov 2013 00:29:19 EST How's everyone doing? Hi everyone, just checking to see how everyone is doing. Thu, 12 Sep 2013 16:20:04 EST Hi everyone... I'm back. I feel kinda relieved that my triathlon is finally behind me and I can now return to normal life again. One of the toughest things I have to do is to get back to tracking my eating and being diligent. I have really let things slide and I'm no longer shielded by the invincibility of training, however, the eating habits have remained and its tough to get back to a disciplined, everyday routine. Not to mention my exercise is pretty compromised as I recover from the big event... <BR> <BR> My ket... Sat, 17 Aug 2013 12:34:31 EST How consistently do you track Nutrition? I was out of contact with my computer and didn't track quite as well as I have been doing. I didn't have a big regression but I was not as on target nutritionally. <BR> <BR> How consistent and detailed are you in tracking especially if you have been at it for a while? <BR> How long have you been doing it? <BR> How much time do you spend doing it daily? <BR> Is the app on the smart phone worth it ? Does it make it easier? Tue, 13 Aug 2013 15:05:58 EST just a few more days... its getting so close to race day. The excitement is building along with all of the checklist double checking...OCD to the max. <BR> <BR> My race is August 11th and I cant wait. Thanks to everyone for the notes and support, you guys n gals have been great. Thu, 1 Aug 2013 22:28:49 EST Hello F2F'ers! Hi everyone! I was listening to a now-2-months-old podcast and heard there is a F2F team here on SP! I haven't been on here in a while; I gave myself a break and stopped obsessively tracking after I completed a 12 week challenge in april. (Also, on that podcast, I received a shout-out from Russ from an e-mail I submitted letting him know how I did in the challenge. He's such a great guy! :D) <BR> <BR> Anyhow, I'm pretty busy on the other site, answering questions and such. I was rece... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 19:25:17 EST ferocious appetite! What do you guys do when you've been exercising hard and you have a ferocious appetite for a few days? How do you feed or ignore the hunger pains? I feel like nothing is satisfying my hunger lately after having a few days of tough hiking/backpacking. Sun, 14 Jul 2013 15:44:02 EST Biggest Loser Contestant sued for weight gain. Former contestant Tara Costa is being sued for weight gain. Where are Bob and Julian when you need them? <BR><BR>ontestant-sued-allegedly-gaining-far-t<BR>oo-230230201.html <BR> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 18:24:37 EST Pop ups - how many can you do in a sitting? <BR> <BR> Nope not a snack not a receipt for corn chips, and not a new salty junk food either. <BR> <BR> I started keeping track in January 2013 do them when I think of it. Maybe 8-10 times a month. <BR> <BR> It is sitting on the edge of a chair and standing up without touching anything. That is one pop up. How many can you do in a timed minute. One of the things I want to do when I am 80 is stand up without looking like I am trying to extricate myself from glue. <BR> I work on t... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 13:40:08 EST Fat2Fit Facebook post... If you haven't checked it out, Fat 2 Fit posted a link to "I want to look like THAT guy" on their Facebook page. Its a really interesting documentary on what a guy had to do to achieve the body image that is portrayed in the fitness industry ads. <BR> <BR> Really interesting <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 17:24:43 EST Been AWOL... How has everyone been doing? I have been pretty busy getting ready for my big event, my mind has been pretty full lately. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is doing good and pushing forward toward their goals... <BR> Sun, 16 Jun 2013 21:01:52 EST Antidepressants And Weight Gain - F2F podcast This is a really interesting subject that a listener brought up. The hosts covered this in a previous podcast and included chapter 50 of their book to explain the topic. <BR> <BR> Chapter 50 <BR> <link><BR>it_Book_Ch-50.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> Previous Podcast covering this subject <BR> <link><BR>it-81-medication-that-make-you-fat/ </link> Sun, 2 Jun 2013 16:23:20 EST Cudos- Caren Bluejeans sharing story doubling F2F Hey Caren (sometimes misspelled Karen), <BR> <BR> I have been noticing that the size of this group has almost doubled since April when you were interviewed on the podcast. I would bet the mention was a factor. You did a great job sticking your neck out publicly. <BR> <BR> I wish that the podcast would be picked up as an alternative to Spark Radio's only show. The women who do it now, I am sure have an audience. However they drive me up a wall! It would be neat to hear Jeff and Russ ... Mon, 27 May 2013 10:38:31 EST Lunch Lunch is always a hard thing for me because like so many people, I work in an office and so often I'd rather get outta there at lunchtime rather than have lunch in the breakroom with all my beloved co-workers. I don't live close enough to go home and obviously I shouldn't eat out all the time anyway for financial reasons. What do you guys bring? Is there someting you can kind of eat on the go or at least quickly so you can get out and take a walk or something? How do you deal with this ofte... Fri, 24 May 2013 19:29:00 EST Hi, I'm jewellake907 I've been listening to Fat 2 Fit for awhile, and I'm so glad it's back :) I lost about 10 pounds but I'm struggling to keep it off let alone move forward. It's so frustrating because I only want to lose 10-15 more pounds! On one hand I know "all I have to do" is track all my eating and excercise 3 or so times a week but it's SO HARD when I have other plans and distractions. Hoping maybe being a more active part of the forums will give me some moral support. Fri, 24 May 2013 19:23:21 EST fitbit not the easiest to use for sure. I have been having trouble with the fit bit softwear site. It seems to make my touch pad wild. the cursor jumps around like crazy since I installed it. I have traced it back to when I installed the softwear and left the dongle in the USB Port. <BR> <BR> I had the cursor move six times typing this short paragraph above. Anyone else have this issue? Wed, 22 May 2013 01:50:11 EST finally got fitbit Flex- want new model Flex Santa I finally got the Flex it electronically syncs with the hard drive when you come near it. It tracks your sleep and movements counts steps etc. It vibrates and flashes when you reach a goal. It was sold out and hard to locate. <BR> <BR> But I want the newest version to be released just before Christmas. The Flex Santa It knows when you are sleeping. It knows when you re awake. It knows when you ve been bad or good so be good for goodness sake! <BR> .....and it syncs with your hard drive... Sat, 18 May 2013 06:47:32 EST emotional eating - a problem for anyone? I found myself eating because I had put myself out for my younger sister. The internal dialogue is something like I did this thing trying to help someone out (at least I should allow myself to have a ......... fill in the blank) usually when it didn't work out easily, or was not successful. <BR> <BR> I found myself "forgetting food I hadn't tracked". this is why I took notes and take notes at lectures It helps me remember what I am hearing. It engages another circuit neurologically? <BR> <B... Wed, 15 May 2013 10:56:15 EST Lentils! Vegetarian! Recipes Just finished the last F2F podcast and and would like to see some more posts with Lentil recipes as per Russ and Heleana's request! Please add to this thread! <BR> <BR> I love lentils---We do alot of recipes with them as an Armenian; was raised with them in soups and other ethnic foods! <BR> But: When trying to please a vegetarian friend, I remembered a Lentil enchilada recipe from Sunset years I have it? Nope, but did some searching and this is what I did: <BR> <BR> Vegetari... Tue, 14 May 2013 19:20:50 EST first ride of the year... it went really well... looks like my strength and conditioning training really paid off over this winter. I haven't done very much indoor cycling and the last ride was in October last year so I wasn't really sure what I was going to face when I got out there. In short, very close ot last years numbers. <BR> <BR> Last years best bike times were <BR> <BR> For distance - 75 miles in 5 hours avg speed 14.9 mph <BR> for time - 42 miles in 2hrs 29 min avg speed 16.9 mph <BR> <BR> This year I did 38 miles in 2hrs 23 ... Tue, 14 May 2013 18:09:27 EST Featured Member Blog - ON2VICTORY Congrats - ON2VICTORY for having a SP Featured Member Blog!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5352117 </link> Mon, 13 May 2013 11:47:47 EST Exercise is treatment! Preaching to choir here! Exercise is much more than just burning calories. The calories burned during exercise, unless you're a professional athlete, make up a very small portion of our total calories burned for the day; what we eat has a much greater influence on our body weight. So why should we bother to exercise? Because burning a few calories is just one of the many benefits of exercise: <BR> <BR> The heart: <BR> Regular physical activity reduces the risk of coronary heart disease and diabetes by 30-50%.1 <B... Sat, 11 May 2013 09:37:04 EST I'm Tasha Hi All! <BR> <BR> I'm Tasha and found SP back in...2008(?) and used it off and on until 2010 when I became really focused and serious and went from 220 to 160 from 2010-2011 by monitoring my portion size and finding my passion for running. While I have been battling depression for the last 2 years, I have stopped running as much but failed to change my calories until I realised that I have gained 10 back. I stopped THAT practice in its tracks and have started running again as it is a fan... Fri, 10 May 2013 15:29:57 EST Fat 2 Fit #147 – Weight Loss with Parkinson’s Please give this episode a listen and post your comment here. Thanks! Fri, 10 May 2013 09:50:19 EST Hungry For Change Movie... I was given a link to this by one of the trainers at my gym... totally fantastic and a must see if you really want to understand what drives food addiction. I am going to post this as a sticky topic so our members can find it easily... this is a really good free resource to educate yourself. <BR> <BR> NOTE- There is alot of reference to juicing and stuff like that, that part is subject to opinion but the parts about the concepts of food addiction and the use of salt, sugar and fat are really... Tue, 7 May 2013 17:28:33 EST Emotional eating informati on...real facts... I read the book by Dr. David Kessler and why this guy was not given the Nobel Prize is beyond me. This really explains how I learned new eating patterns but actually puts factual information to the concepts to back it up. <BR> <BR> If you want to really understand what makes your cravings tick and how to form better associations with food, this is for you <BR> <BR> This is worth your time to watch... <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Book.. <BR> <link>w... Sun, 5 May 2013 11:08:10 EST Hello, I'm Kimberly Hi, All! <BR> <BR> I'm Kimberly! <BR> <BR> I love F2F and am glad that Russ has decided to continue. I wish Jeff the best. I have enjoyed Helena so far and I'm looking forward to the new episodes. <BR> <BR> I lost the weight I wanted to lose but failed to maintain. Now I'm working to get my weight back down and to increase my strength and flexibility beyond where I was before. <BR> <BR> I'm not trying to break any speed records for weight loss but I do want to see the number on the scale ... Sat, 4 May 2013 10:07:19 EST mid week roll call.... Ok everyone...we are past hump day, are we still on track this week in reaching our dietary and fitness goals? Does anyone need a little extra push o finish out the week strong? Post here... let's encourage each other... that's why we're here :) Wed, 1 May 2013 23:59:08 EST exercise minutes discrepancy fitness per week I noticed I did a hike with a meetup group over the weekend and I posted 220 minutes of walking. Quite a long hike. I entered it on Sunday's fitness mintues fine, but only got an increase of 100 minutes on the cummulative tracker on the extreme right hand side of the overall tracker page. Any one have that experience? I really like the site because it is so comprehensive and I am still new so maybe I am screwing something up? <BR> <BR> I am open to instruction? Any thoughts? Tue, 30 Apr 2013 17:16:42 EST I got published on Ben Greenfield fitness... I was pretty excited to see this in my inbox this morning :) <BR> <BR> Anyway, I'm just sharing my woo hoo moment.... <BR> <BR> Link to my post... <BR> <link><BR>1 </link> <BR> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 08:43:01 EST weight loss challenges and solutions.. What is / was your biggest weight loss frustration and how did you get through it? <BR> <BR> Let's share our experiences... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 19:03:10 EST Finally... Just a quick update to all of my F2F friends. Spring has finally arrived in my local area. I can finally get outside and start kicking my training into high gear. No more treadmill, and eventually, I can hit the roads and get my cycling workouts. <BR> <BR> I'm feeling a tad behind with my training for my 70.3 but this is where I can really start taking it to the next level. <BR> <BR> I'm excited, gonna make this happen. <BR> <em>237</em> <em>309</em> <em>57</em> <BR> Swim 1.2 mile... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 17:16:05 EST I shape me! / How to run your body! I have been away from a body weight scale for a few days up on the mountain, working mostly outdoor work. I did squeeze in some walking but mostly just working outside too down a tree and cut it up with a chain saw, A friend helped me in exchange I did his taxes. <BR> I am curious to see how I have done. My body feels tighter, Iwould bet that I have lost some body fat at least. <BR> I am considering a fit bit. It will help me to be more conscientious in work around the house and woods. ... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 05:57:32 EST Fat 2 Fit #146 – Menopause and Weight Loss This is from the Fat 2 Fit website: (not my questions, just want to clarify that) <BR> <BR> “I’m eating 1500 calories. Why am I still gaining weight?” ”Does menopause play a role in weight gain?” ”How much can I eat?” and, “How can I make DOMS more bearable?” <BR> <BR> These are some of the questions Russ and Helana answer in Episode #146 of Fat 2 Fit Radio. Understanding the role diet plays in maintaining a healthy lifestyle kicks off the show. Russ emphasizes the importance of whole (u... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 11:10:42 EST Interesting thought: preparing for success. I like this idea. <BR> <BR><BR>should_you_maintain_your_weight_before<BR>_you_lose <BR> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 15:09:51 EST OK.. It's monday.. What are YOU going to do? Today is the start of a brand new week. If you have been on target with your fitness and nutrition goals, that's awesome! If not, today is the brand new day of a brand new week. <BR> <BR> My weekend was....less than perfect but no worries... <BR> <BR> I don't get caught in the perfection trap, time to remind myself of my goals and take the first step. <BR> <BR> What will you do this week to get one more step toward your goals? <BR> <BR> Me? <BR> -Less coffee, more water <BR> -less sitting... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 11:41:31 EST Looking for support and role models! I have been retired since Jan 1, so I have some time to focus on health and fitness. I just found this spot again. I had time to cruise the net when I had a hip replacement in 2010, and found spark people but it was not a good fit. I was really focused on physical therapy at the time, and working from home when awake. Now this is my opportunity to get weight under control. No excuses. I was 229 on my favorite scale, but learned it was 6 pounds shy. I am using my wife’s body fat ... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 19:05:25 EST Public Declaration of Intent Hello Team! <BR> <BR> Current Stats <BR> <BR> Body Fat: 29% <BR> Long-Term Goal: achieve 17% body fat <BR> 30-Day Goal: Lower body fat <BR> <BR> I am not sure how it will shake out in terms of numbers, but I am currently trying to establish a routine that leads to fat loss. <BR> <BR> Waist circumference: 29" <BR> LT Goal: 23" <BR> 30-Day Goal: 26" <BR> <BR> Exercise Goals: <BR> Running 5 X per week <BR> Upper & Lower body weights 3 X per week each <BR> <BR> And as we've heard, resul... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 14:35:43 EST Question of the week How do you deal with Easter Candy (avoid, induldge or moderate)? Sat, 30 Mar 2013 05:22:45 EST Hi I'm Alice I am a fan of Fat2Fit but sure miss Jeff. I have reached my goal weight and currently working on maintaining it under 130 lbs. I work out once a week with my trainer and get to the gym a couple of other times per week usually. I also wear a Fitbit and try to get 15K+ steps per day, and I hike almost every weekend in the southern Sierra area. Fri, 29 Mar 2013 17:39:54 EST Welcome To All Of Our New Members! We are really glad to have all of our new faces here on F2F Radio Sparkteam. Tell us a little about yourself and what your goals are and most of all, how can we help each other succeed! <BR> <BR> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 14:45:18 EST back in town - I have the time to be serious Hi F2Fers: I was on here several years ago after surgery but had to get back to work, and lost interest. I am recently retired and committed to becoming fit and reaching my ideal weight by year's end at 1 or 2 pounds a week. I have lost about ten pounds or so since after christmas. I found F2F radio around December and think that Jeff and Russ have their act together. They make sense to me. I have never been out to lose weight overnight. I am totally content to lose over months, and ... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 18:21:50 EST great advice, but! first off thank you all very much for the podcasts. The thing is your diet programs to me seems to miss one main factor. i am 36 years old 173 cm and my weight is 90 kg, by the Custom BMR Calculation charts ( i know it is not accurate ). <BR> Moderately Active (moderate exercise/sports 3-5 days/wk) 2719 cal <BR> Very Active (hard exercise/sports 6-7 days/wk) 3026 cal <BR> <BR> isn't that too much? <BR> from these calories you never say how much protein or carbs or fat do i need? Mon, 25 Mar 2013 07:46:54 EST Hi, I'm Robert I started my journey 5 years ago at 385 pounds. Today, I am 116 pounds lighter. It has been a long road but I have learned alot of things along the way which has given me strength for the rest of my life. <BR> <BR> I started from barely being able to climb stairs to finishing my first marathon, triathlon, and now I training for a half iron distance triathlon consisting of a 1.2 mile swim, 56 miles on the bike followed by 13.1 miles on the run. <BR> <BR> I am curently working on losing the r... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 13:47:04 EST Fat 2 Fit #145 – Running with Endomondo In today’s episode of Fat 2 Fit Radio, Russ and Helana check back in with listener Caren about her fitness and weight loss goals before listening to a voicemail from a caller in Kennedale, TX. Helana reveals some good weight loss news, and Russ keeps things real with helpful advice for listeners James, Caren, and “Jolene.” <BR> <link><BR>f2f145.mp3 </link> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 12:29:58 EST Do you follow the Spark tracker calorie range? The calorie range suggested by the Spark tracker is lower than suggested by the F2F philosophy of never eating below your BMR, multiplied by your activity level. Was that too confusing? Just follow this link to the F2F BMR calculator <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Do you eat at the Spark tracker calorie range or at your BMR? Tue, 12 Mar 2013 08:03:10 EST Hi I'm Caren I'm a big fan of the Fat 2 Fit Radio podcast. If you're new to the show, there are the original hosts Jeff and Russ. Russ left for medical reasons, and Helene joined Russ so he wouldn't have to host alone. Russ is a great inspiration, because he lost over 100 pounds over the course of 3 years in a sane and sustainable way. <BR> <BR> I'm a 52 year old female. I've been stuck at and around 180 pounds for over a year and a half. I woke up this morning, and thought "If I was on the podcasts with... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 07:52:22 EST Fat 2 Fit #144 – New Measurements Of Success Guest listener David does his initial weigh-in, Helene discusses various running apps, and how to deal with side stitches, while Russ checks in with Dr. Rick. <BR> <BR> Please chime in with what you thought about the show! Mon, 11 Mar 2013 22:14:53 EST Fat 2 Fit 143 – Metabolic Adaptation Episode 143 was my intro to the F2F listening audience, and I was so nervous about going public with my weight and body fat percentage in the Keeping it Real segment of the podcast. <link><BR>f2f143.mp3 </link> Other segments were about overuse of photoshop in the media, about metabolic adaptation, and the recipe of the day. <BR> <BR> Please add your thoughts and comments about the show! Mon, 11 Mar 2013 22:11:21 EST