Posts by d_hag
|Motivation||Help! I'm on the Ultimate Plateau||Apr 06 2012
I joined CalorieCount specifically so I could prove to myself that I was eating what I thought I was. I have been logging everything going into my mouth. Except for an occasional "binge" day between 2500 and 3000 calories, my daily intake has been between 1700 and 2000 calories. And even on the binge days, I have had a minimum -500 net calories.
As I work out and change routines, I can notice a difference in my strength and tone. So I can build and drop muscle pretty much at will.
I just can't get rid of this extra 5 inches around my waist. I don't care what the scale says, 'cuz I'm used to it always being "high" for my height. I just want my 36-inch waist back. (My abs are solid. There's a six-pack under the layer of fat. You can just make out the outline.)
I stopped using free weights because I don't feel safe using them. There is an extra benefit you get with having to balance them besides just lifting. I got my Weider machine when I "maxed out" my free weights, and was faced with either buying more weight or getting a machine. Strength is not my issue.
When those weights start going over 200 pounds, you really need a spotter. I didn't mention that a spotter isn't really available to me, since I live far outside of the nearest town where there is a club.
I'll take your suggestions into consideration. I'll check the fitness forum, too. Thanks.
|The Lounge||Does he JUST want fashion advice?||Apr 05 2012
Truth be known, it's not that men "can't" match their clothing. It's mostly because we don't care. I could care less if my plaid shirt goes with my striped pants. All that matters is that I'm covered up and comfortable.
Take it as a good thing that he asks you. He loves and respects you enough that he's willing not to embarrass you with what he wears.
|Foods||Poll for Sweet toothed people!!||Apr 04 2012
I find the combination of #2 and #3 works best. For me, though, I found that the real key to pulling this off is to eat only "quality" goodies, especially when it comes to chocolate.
For example, I get way more satisfaction by savoring two squares of Lindt brand 70% cacao chocolate (20 gram serving, 100 calories, 6 g fat) than I get from a whole Hershey Special Dark chocolate bar (180 calories, 12 g fat). Same goes for ice cream. A single round scoop of Haagen Dazs is much more satisfying than a salad bowl of cheap store brand.
Plus, even though the quality brands cost more, I save money. I make sure to enjoy dark chocolate every day. A Hershey's Special Dark bar costs about a dollar, and that's one serving. Or a Lindt Excellence bar costs about three dollars for five servings. So over five days I save two dollars and 400 calories.
This applies to every snack or treat or sweet. Buy quality, eat less (and savor it), get more satisfaction, and save money. It's a win/win/win.