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Cakes
retsgip wrote:
Whenever I have half year to year long stints of no exercising due to forces I can't compete with, I always start out the same way. Just like your body, you shouldn't overwork your heart right away. Not only is this dangerous for obvious reasons, but you won't be able to preform at peak intensity for an extended period of time to gain maximum results from the exercise.

So first comes long distance. I just mentioned earlier that you should be able to run at 70% for a good 45 minutes before attempting the sprint exercise. 70% is just a number really, but what I mean by 70% is basically just under your best km pace. If you can push through 45 minutes consistently at a pace fast enough to make you breathe hard and cramp up, then you're ready for sprints. It's also good to keep doing long distance running periodically in order to build up endurance because everything helps.

Oh I can run for a long period of time at about 70-80% for quite a long time, maybe 35minutes? It used to be around the hour mark when I was trying to get 4.5min/km's a while back.

My heart rate takes a long time to get below 120, where as I peak at 185 which is pretty low really, and I can sustain that for a pretty long time before needing to back off.

I'm fit enough for the sprints, perhaps how I said my recovery was made it look worse than it is. It's the getting back to resting that takes me a while.
Cakes
rhialla wrote:
I have so little upper body strength at the moment that I can't do a single chin up, pull up, or shoulder-width pushup :?

Then start by aiding yourself getting up (a chair, someone lifting you, a llama) and hold yourself at the peak for as long as you can, lowering yourself down as your muscles begin to fatigue. Reverse pullups/chinups/widegrips are great ways to build the muscles needed to do them the regular way.
Fork
Just did 40 min walking on the treadmill, got me through 2 episodes of Parks & Recreation :D

I think the hardest part of this whole thing for me is the booze. I love my drinks, and while I've cut down a lot (used to be 4+ stubbies of beer a night) I thought it'd be worth looking into how bad it was properly and it's quite surprising.

1 stubbie of beer is 140 calories
1 pint of beer is 200 calories
1 can of jacks+coke is 240 calories
1 glass of wine is 90 calories
1 shot of spirits is 66 calories
source

At least I know my migration to scotch and water is better than a bottle of beer or cider.

However looking at some other things you eat during the day puts it in a bit of perspective.

10 almonds is 70 calories
10 cashews is 85 calories
A 375ml can of coke is 160 calories
1 tim tam is 97 calories
30g of cheese (thin ass slice) is 80 calories
6 pieces of sushi is 270 calories
A tiny bowl (35g) of chips is between 100-200 calories
1 scool of vanilla ice cream is 100 calories
source


In the end it seems damned if you do, damned if you don't.

Just don't be a retard and make healthy decisions.. and have everything in moderation.

Bah.
retsgip
The more water you drink, the more full and less inclined to snack you'll be. Stay away from sugary drinks if possible. I drink a lot of tea, which has calories, but you can't JUST drink water right?
Fork
retsgip wrote:
The more water you drink, the more full and less inclined to snack you'll be. Stay away from sugary drinks if possible. I drink a lot of tea, which has calories, but you can't JUST drink water right?

Yeah I've tried to sworn off fizzy drinks for good, but that didn't really work at Christmas :P

I drink a lot of water, at work I've got some instant miso soup packets I make instead of coffee (not a coffee drinker) and at home I try drink vodka+lime+water or scotch+water.
Hanlol
Roasted Chickpeas
Tin of chilli tuna
Miso soup
Vita wheat low salt biscuits and some tomato hot salsa.
A carrot
Ham

Diet sarsaparilla
Diet coke zero
water
Trim milk
Jug of cordial(not all at once ;))

These are my main snacks :)
retsgip
Fork wrote:
retsgip wrote:
The more water you drink, the more full and less inclined to snack you'll be. Stay away from sugary drinks if possible. I drink a lot of tea, which has calories, but you can't JUST drink water right?

Yeah I've tried to sworn off fizzy drinks for good, but that didn't really work at Christmas :P

I drink a lot of water, at work I've got some instant miso soup packets I make instead of coffee (not a coffee drinker) and at home I try drink vodka+lime+water or scotch+water.

Holidays and Gatherings can be exceptions to the rule as long as they're not all the time. Leveling up your body is much harder than video games unfortunately. Takes a lot more time and is usually much less fun, unless you're a freak like me and others who participate in this forum.
Xant
Snacking is the hardest thing imo, you can't properly keep track of what you're consuming.

If I'm at work I'll normally bring in some hard boiled eggs and have them with some cayenne pepper, or if I'm thirsty I'll mix water with a fat burner, if you get define8 grape it tastes like sour warheads.
Vodkangel
A trick I have been doing is packing a lunch(snacks) as if I am going to work, but leaving it on the kitchen bench on my days off and snacking from that set food. I find I don't over eat that way.
I also portion out my food in the fridge and freezer. Saves me wasting food and avoids me over eating.

I drink 2-3L of water per day. I have over 8 1L bottles of water floating around between my fridge, computer desk, car and bedside table. I found if I don't have water right there to drink, I would start to crave softdrink(in particular coke).
retsgip
Damn angel is a nutrition pro. When I was cutting big, I just never had any food in the house besides eggs, water, carrots, and some yogurt. I always forced myself to go to the local market to buy fresh veggies and meat for my meals.
Vodkangel
retsgip wrote:
Damn angel is a nutrition pro.

No!!!!!
I am only still learning about that side of things, and don't plan to go into it fully either. I can do eating plans, that's about it.

Edited: Removed "good"
retsgip
I feel like eating plans are necessary for shedding the weight but I honestly can't be fucked right now. I just make sure to eat more protein than carbs and lift/run enough to make use of the calories. I should really only be eating ~1500 cal if I wanted to slim down, but I'm probably over 2000 consistently. Oops.
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