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Diet menu deceptions [May. 21st, 2008|09:22 am]
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Well well well. I have suspected such things could/would happen. But with such prevalence is a bit surprising.

Regardless this is good to know.

The article states:
"You may think you’re doing all the right things. Exercising, eating healthy, maybe even choosing the healthy options from menu’s that offer a low calorie/low fat meal.

In a groundbreaking investigation, we went undercover to test the so-called diet menus at some popular restaurants. With the help of our seven sister stations across the country, we bought more than 20 “healthy” meals from Applebee’s, Cheesecake Factory, Chili’s, Macaroni Grill and Taco bell.

Next, we placed each sample in a Ziploc bag, labeled it and packed it on ice in a cooler. We shipped all our samples overnight to E.P.A. certified Analytical Laboratories in Boise, Idaho.

Once our food arrived at the lab, technicians unpacked, logged and weighed each sample. To simulate how our bodies digest food, the lab put each sample in a processor. The chemists mathematically determined the amount of fat and calories in each serving.

Next, it was placed in a dish and heated to a set temperature that removed the ether. The fat left behind was weighed and chemists mathematically determined the percentage of fat in the original sample.

Many of the meals weren’t as advertised on their menus. The Pollo Magro Skinny Chicken we ordered from Macaroni Grill was supposed to be 500 calories and 6grams of fat. Our results showed the meal had 1022 calories and nearly 50 grams of fat.

“Whew! That’s just off the charts!” exclaimed Dietician Robin Spence when we showed her our results. “Their menus really lead you to believe you’re doing great and you’re ordering the right things. You might as well get what you really wanted to order which is the fried chicken and mashed potatoes.”"

Page has video of interview.
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Links [Apr. 18th, 2008|01:20 pm]
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Best and Worst Ab Exercises Just as I suspected, that Ab Rocker thing is a waste of money. I wonder if I can do a single Captain's Chair thingy?

Most Common Sports Injuries This one is pretty interesting too. Lots of info on how you can hurt yourself working out, including prevention and treatment.
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(no subject) [Apr. 4th, 2008|09:36 am]
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Oh, here's a body fat calculator that seems pretty good. You just need a tape measure.

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April update [Apr. 4th, 2008|09:19 am]
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Weight: 170.6 -2.0 (-8.6)
Body Fat: 29.8% (-1%)

Bust: 38.5 (-.5)
Waist: 31 (-.5)
Hips: 42.5 (-.5)
Thigh: 25 (0 change, and I discovered that my right thigh is 1" bigger than my left)
Calf: 15.5 (0)
Upper arm: 12 (-.5)
Forearm: 10 (0)
Wrist: 6.25
Change: -2.0

I have not exercised at all in the last 2 weeks, aside from walking while shopping. I forgot to post an update last week, and I had gained 1lb. But, yay, I lost it again this past week. I'd gotten pretty off track while out of town and sick, but I'm getting back where I should be now.
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Status report..or something like that [Mar. 17th, 2008|12:39 am]
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Alrighty.  Last week got off to a bit of a rocky start regarding my stated goals for the next ~2 months.  No gym time or dietary expectations met on Sunday.  2 of 3 "homemade" lunches during the work week consisted of either a Lean Cuisine thing that I nuked or food (homemade chicken biryani) that a coworker brought in.  I was better about doing the afternoon protein snacks & evening shakes than the morning ones, but still need to work on that.  Technically I've already failed my challenge, but eh.  I'm not going to beat myself up about the start, I'm just going to recognize it as something to improve upon.

So, Tuesday & Friday lifts:

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okay, i'll play [Mar. 11th, 2008|04:14 pm]
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1) List at least 3 fitness/health/eating goals.
I will go to an exercise class (belly dancing or yoga) at least 1x per week.
I will use the stepper at home 3x per week.
I will do more healthy substitutions in recipes, such as sometimes butter instead of margarine, or tzatziki sauce instead of higher calorie options

2) List at least 3 ways you will stay on target and meet your goals.
I will pre-prep dinner the night before on days that I'm going to a class, so that I don't have an excuse not to go.
I will put the stepper in front of the TV and pick a Tivo-d show that I am only allowed to watch while on it (prolly the Daily Show =)
I will watch more Good Eats for recipes that I can modify to be more healthy.

3) List at least 3 rewards you will allow yourself upon meeting these goals you've set out.
Erm...rewards eh? I'll buy some new clothes =) Maybe some fabric to make myself something new and swanky. Long term wise, maybe I'll buy a bathing suit someday =) Oooh, or get a pedicure...
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(no subject) [Mar. 5th, 2008|10:44 am]
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Okay, a challenge has been issued and must be answered! All plans are for the time period 03/09/2008 to 05/03/2008.

Fitness/health/diet goals:

  1. Cook dinner from scratch at least 4 days out of 7.
  2. Prepare lunch to take to work at least 3 days out of 5.
  3. Better regulate protein intake throughout the day by having a morning & bedtime shake and a mid-morning & mid-afternoon snack.
  4. Use my gym membership. Get back into things with full-body workouts Sun/Tues/Fri, not just occasional stationary bike riding.

Tracking these goals:

  1. Get a big calendar & write out general plans per day. Check them off as they're completed.
  2. Keep more detailed record either online or on computer at home.
  3. Post to this community more often, lol


  1. See development of physique. 
  2. /flex
  3. Feel good about it.
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An informative poll! [Feb. 15th, 2008|03:07 pm]
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attention members: please take a moment to fill out this poll. It'll give me, and everyone else, some good feedback on a few aspects that have an impact on this community & it's members. thanks!

Select the goals that you're currently working on.

Maintaining current weight
Gaining muscle
Losing fat
Eating healthier in general
Creating a regular workout routine
Getting more sleep
Being more active in general
Sticking to a particular diet/eating habit(s)
Training for & competing in an event [ie: 10k run, triathalon, etc]

Which of the following kinds of posts would you like to see more of?

Healthy recipes
Links to informative articles
Testimonials from members of successes
Questions answered on various health/fitness issues
Polls asking what I think
Information on exercises to keep things new/interesting
Inspirational quotes
Regular progress updates from members

Would you be interested in weekly fitness/eating/health challenges run by this community?

Yes - I like a challenge & it might be something to keep me going!
Maybe, if it isn't TOO challenging :P
No, I don't like internet-based challenges.
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(no subject) [Feb. 8th, 2008|10:01 am]
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I was recently pointed to this article, "17 Fitness Truths to Get You in Great Shape" - and thought it so good that I had to share it w/you all! it's got a lot of stuff that seem obvious, and that we've probably touched on here before, but it's got some common sense stuff, and encouragement too. check it out if you're looking for some inspiration or just up for reading more about being better :)

in other news, I am taking the day off from the gym/working out to let my muscles heal, cuz I did shoulders/arms/back weights on Weds night, and last night in krav all we did was punch combos and choke escapes! [not to mention pushups, etc]. OOF I am sore.

but it is a good kind of sore. >:)
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(no subject) [Jan. 31st, 2008|09:46 am]
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I am proud to report I have worked out 3 days in a row now, and I have plans to get my 4th night in tonight. I have given up the 6am waking-up and working-out idea I had originally set out with. After lots of thought, the notion of switching both my exercise routine AND my sleeping pattern was a HUGE thing to do at the same time; no wonder I was having difficulty seeing success!!

Now that I am back to my evening workouts, I'm pleasantly sore from a job well done, and looking forward to the end of the workday even more!! :) I truly believe my goal of being beach-bunny bikini-ready by June is completely reachable - I've got 4 months to get this habit tweeked to where I'm doing it ...well, out of habit. ;)

I got the following article in my email from my gym, and thought it was a nice little pick-me-up. I've copied/pasted it below for your reading pleasure. Enjoy!

Laughter is the best medicine; along with your consistent exercise routine.

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