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Old 02-25-2008, 10:24 PM   #621
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Sounds like the 8 glasses myth.

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Medical myths -- Vreeman and Carroll 335 (7633): 1288 -- BMJ
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Old 02-26-2008, 03:55 PM   #622
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Holding at 234 today.......must be a plateau........
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Old 02-26-2008, 07:49 PM   #623
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My everyday breakfast smoothie for the past two years is this: (Makes 2 servings of aprox 285 calories) 2 scoops vanilla protein powder, 8 oz 1% milk, 150 grams frozen peaches, 1 tbsp peanut butter, one tbsp flax meal, and one small banana. Whirl it up and it is delicious and the ingredients are easy to keep on hand. High in protein and very satisfying. You can add more PB to increase the protein.
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Do you have to go to a health food store to get the vanilla protein powder? I'm interested in trying this smoothie, sounds yummy.
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Old 02-27-2008, 06:20 AM   #624
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We have been getting it at Costco in a big plastic tub, about 2 gallons (low-carb, no sugar added). Last time I bought it was a little over a year ago. If you don't use it every day it takes a long time to use up, but stores well (just had some).

Sarah-I gotta try that smoothie...sounds great.

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Holding steady at 128, and pretty happy with that. The scale "flickered" 127...128, so I know I've lost a little. I'd like to get to 125 and would be thrilled to get to 121 (my weight at college graduation), but I'm feeling pretty good at 128. I guess that's the top range of my goal weight.
127. Another pound bites the dust.
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Old 02-27-2008, 07:12 AM   #626
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An up-and-down week. I ate way too much last weekend. Chinese Friday night (egg roll, scallion pancakes, sesame chicken and fried rice), big lasagna dinner on Saturday, sweet-and-sour chicken on Sunday. So at least I didn't gain any significant weight over the week. Still need to drop that body fat number.
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Old 02-27-2008, 08:50 AM   #627
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I just joined a health club and met with a personal trainer yesterday. It seems everything I've ever known about dieting and working out is wrong. Some interesting strides they've made of late on muscle toning and building. It seems I am completely out of alignment. I wonder if I need a trainer or Pep Boys?
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Old 02-27-2008, 10:39 AM   #628
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Art, I wouldn't have ever been able to keep the weight off if it wasn't for our 2x weekly personal trainer making us stay on track. I am a total cheapskate, but it is well worth it. If you have an SO, go together!

The protein powder is available at Wal-mart or wherever, get a small container to start in case you don't like the brand. I buy the one with the guy with huge muscles on it! <grin>

148 today. These weekends are pretty much eliminating the good stuff I do all week.

Kronk good job on the weight--the BF% is a pain--we are going back to get tested in the "egg" again in another month--I'll see how I've fared in the BF% department at that time. BODPOD
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Old 02-27-2008, 10:55 AM   #629
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Sarah, may I ask how much you pay per session? I was a bit peeved that my "free analysis" was basically just a push to pay a personal trainer, but I have got to admit she sounded as if she knew what she was talking about. She also is willing to cook all my meals for a fee. That price seemed fairly reasonable.
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Old 02-27-2008, 02:59 PM   #630
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Free analysis? That's like asking an orthodontist if your kid needs braces!

I pay for two private 1/2 hour sessions each week for two people. Our session payments also include our membership at the gym, which is an "ordinary folk" community gym. The trainer is a separate company, and they contract to use the gym and maintain an office there.

The sessions are $30 per person, so we pay $480 per person per month. My boss pays for mine, so our own out of pocket is $240 a month. I can say in complete honesty that there is nothing else in our budget like this! If we still had a mortgage, or owed on cars or paid for cell phones, cable tv, or what-have-you, we'd never justify it. But, it has paid off in the form of 60lbs of weight lost for each of us.

Our trainer is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with certification from the National Strength and Conditioning Association and received his athletic training certification (ATC) through the National Athletic Trainer’s Association. Be sure that you are paying for a trainer that has real training, not just some weekend classes.

If it helps to have someone cook your meals for a while, then go for it. I know from experience that the only path to change is to change your habits. I write down in a little book just about every day what I've eaten and how many calories it was. Plus I get on the scale every single day. I know now that these changes have to be for life. Be sure that she teaches YOU how to cook healthy meals, too!
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Old 02-27-2008, 03:09 PM   #631
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Back to 138, lost that pound I gained last week. Am drinking more water, walking and staying away from chocolate!
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Old 02-27-2008, 03:15 PM   #632
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Thanks Sarah. I know the girl I spoke with is studying kinesthology (did I spell that right?) and nutrition, and like I said, she impressed me with her knowledge. However, she wanted about $65 per 1 hour session and this seemed a bit high, especially when she's recommending two to three sessions per week for my son and I.
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Art, think hard about doing 1 hour sessions...frankly after a 1/2 hour, I'm bushed, and if I were paying for an hour, I'd feel that I'm not really getting the full value of the session. Why not try 1/2 hour sessions instead? Our trainer recommended them for that reason. They have very few clients (almost none) that do a full hour. I know, I'm in the gym every day!
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Sarah, she never mentioned a half hour session. The place is so big, I'm not sure we could move through the machines in a half hour.
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Wait, she wants you to pay her for you to work on machines? Like a nautilus thing? Hmmmm....I'm not liking that. Our trainer does very little with any sort of machines, except the cable crossover weight machine where we do a few things like hi-pulls and squat pulls and the like. I've never used the nautilus stuff before--I get on the rower, treadmill and elliptical on the days I'm not with the trainer.
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LOL! I have no idea what she'll want me to do. I do know I have lower back problems and she says she can work out the pain. She talked about exercises to use and others to stay away from. I guess without paying her, they'll stay her little secret.
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How about she offers you a discounted or free first session? I just am wary of the value of showing you how to work on a machine--I have bad knees and my elderly DH (45) has shoulder issues, so we work around those as well. We do a lot with free weights.
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They offered an introductory $99 for the first two hours, which I gave to my son to use. I thought I could split them between the two of us, but his first hour was spent collecting data and little else. So far, my radar tells me that while it may be worth it, they're not going to do much until they hook us. I tend to resist this sort of selling technique.
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First couple of weeks doing Atkins really pulls it off fast. I know most of it is water, so I am drinking lots of it to stay hydrated. Hope I am fully into it by the time I leave for the US and Europe next week. (I'll be buying some protein bars in the US to take with me so that if I have to push away from the table in Europe I'll still have a snack that fits in with the Induction Phase).

I was able to fit in a suit today that I could not wear two weeks ago! Yeah!

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