are there ever any guys at these zumba classes, or is it women only? this kinda sounds like something i'd enjoy.
December 13 - Bell Witch
January 17 - Tool
January 26 - Sleep
January 27 - Sleep
February 13 - Black Sabbath
March 23 - Abbath/High On Fire/Skeletonwitch/Tribulation
March 24 - David Gilmour
May 13 - The Cure
Personally, I don't see what the harm is in keeping breakfast simple. I do love eggs sometimes, but really, I find I mostly just have a piece of fruit and some nuts or yogurt or something for protein. I figure as long as I'm getting the nutrition in there, that's what matters. But to each their own.
I don't think the simple/light breakfast is harmful, but my personal experience so far is that if I eat breakfast, I am much less hungry for the entire day and tend to eat smaller portions for the rest of the day. Not suggesting it needs to be a huge breakfast -- eggs or turkey sausage, some wheat bread, fruit, maybe veggies (such as home-made "salsa" type stuff) has been working really well for me.
Made 2 gallons of the above suggestion on Monday. 4 bags to 1 gallon of water.
2 oz blended whiskey
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 tsp powdered sugar
1/2 slice lemon
Shake blended whiskey, juice of lemon, and powdered sugar with ice and strain into a whiskey sour glass. Decorate with the half-slice of lemon, top with the cherry, and serve.
I find the trick to not having green tea get bitter is to make sure you are not using boiling water, and not to steep for too long. It shouldn't be bitter.
I don't find green tea to be bitter, but I suppose you get used to the taste over time. In fact if I add anything to it, it's usually a bit of lemon or lime juice.
Edit: and yea, what Courtney said. I never catch my kettle before it boils, so I just take it off the heat and let it sit for a couple of minutes before making my tea.
I do wonder if I was better off without the diet green tea at all. There was a point where I was strictly drinking water but every now and again I get a craving for a flavored drink. Now i'm just abusing it though.
Courtney, thank you for your continued encouragement. I think the reason I was going to try and have a real breakfast was to see if that would cut me back a bit on my appetite later in the day and early evening. I don't know that it will work or not. Plus I kept hearing about how important and good it was to have a big breakfast. I'm torn on this one and open to suggestions. Maybe i'll have eggs just a couple of days a week or something.
Talk about challenges, I just got my dried fruit/nut snack out of the vending machine and out came a milky way with it. Both have the same amount of calories.
I stared at the labels long and hard and decided all the sugar in the milky way was a bad idea. Now to gift this candy bar to someone.
I don't think one diet green tea a day is harming you in any way. Just make sure you keep drinking plenty of water too.
Mark, the breakfast thing really helped me, and I suspect that's one of the reasons I've not really gained weight back, even though I stopped watching my diet otherwise. Portion size is my biggest challenge, and after eating a reasonably full breakfast, I'm just not hungry for the rest of the day. I eat lunch and a snack because I should/need to, but I am physically unable to eat very much and more over I find my interest in eating is quite less for the rest of the day. That's key for me -- I am not preoccupied with food or what I'll be eating later.
"Diet" tea has always kind of pissed me off. Tea has zero calories - what the fuck are they adding to it that they have to make it diet?
Also, Mark, green tea is really good with just a little bit of honey in it. That way you get the sweet fix.
iced-tea maker, faxy. invest in one. i drink a ton of tea and both twilight & amy gave me one for xmas. it's wonderful and a cheap way to get my caffeine fix, like hannah suggested.
also, faxy, they make these water bottles that i get at target for like $10. they have measurement indicators on the bottle & a dial on the top that you can adjust to show how much water you have drank. that might motivate you to keep track.
I'm worried about why you're running around licking 4H booths.
Ice water burns more calories than room temp water.
Grrrr, I have to get in on the happenings of this thread. I was such an out of shape puss this year.
The old standard was 8-8oz glasses a day but now I usually read that you should drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces. I definitely need more than 64 oz a day. Even when I was a scrawny little kid I drank water constantly. I use 1 or 1.5 liter bottles, drinking 2 of those a day is more than enough.
Yes, I was starting to dip below 70 oz a day. I probably need about 125 oz. a day right now. Drinking that much water also helps with portion control and appetite as well.
I have had some great great compliments about my appearance and weight loss the last couple of days. It's been really nice to hear so many compliments. I have to admit one co worker this morning was a bit too excited and made it rather embarassing. She was just so loud about it and she kept repeating it over and over again and saying things like "oh my god" and "you really really look great". I don't do well with those. I can take a compliment and say thank you but the whole spectacle she was making made me uneasy and probably sound ungrateful. It was also very exciting for her that I was wearing a shirt tucked in. I felt like a kid who was getting slobbered over before heading off to church on Easter or something. Awkward!
Anyway, tomorrow is the completion of this months 30 days in a row of exercise. I will finally weigh myself either tomorrow evening or Wednesday. I don't physically feel like i've lost any more weight since the last time I weighed myself a week after Coachella. I think i'll always have that fat boy mentality though no matter how much I lose. I will say I haven't felt this good and alive in a very long time. I had a fantastic weekend and ate a bunch of food I should not have but I don't even get angry about that stuff anymore. I know that 99% of the time i'm making the right choices and more importantly I know i'm exercising every single day and being active and having a not so healthy meal isn't nealry as bad as eating that way every day and never exercising.
When I went to L. A. this weekend I made it a point to get in a jog on Saturday morning in N. Hollywood. It felt great. The weather was fantastic and it kick started the day in a great way. I knew I was going to be eating some not so healthy food too so the jog was definitely a priority. I followed it up with my first ever chicken and waffles experience at Rosco's in Hollywood. I had 3 chicken wings and a waffle. Delicious. In the afternoon I had some great Mexican food while visiting my roommate in El Monte. I don't remember the name of the place but I had an all meat burrito and a hard shell deep fried shredded beef taco. Again, delicious and I was stuffed. Then I drove back to phoenix and obviously wasn't hungry the rest of the day and night. Then yesterday I didn't eat anything all morning and afternoon. I went to eat some tasty BBQ for dinner though and that was the most full I felt in a very long time. Absolutely stuffed. I got a sampler which was bbq chicken, rips, briquette and slices of pork, mac n cheese and cheesy potatoes and TWO giant cups of homemade rootbeer. Damn that was tasty. As stuffed as I was I unnecesarily ate some hot cappy and provalone cheese around 10PM on a low carb tortilla.
I did get my exercise in yesterday as well. I jogged for 1.5 miles on the treadmill in the late AM and then I spent a couple of hours in the pool in the afternoon. It was absolutely beautiful and perfect pool weather yesterday. I was doing laps and my arms are even a bit sore today. So i've found another active outdoor activity. I plan on swimming more this summer. I didn't step foot in the pool once last summer but it was such a great day, I would do laps and then read a book and get sun for a bit and then back in the pool some more and read some more. I felt like a million bucks after that.
I have been neglecting my bike for a bit, I was waiting to lose more weight before taking it out again and I think it's about time for me to do that again soon. Hiking, swimming, jogging and next biking! I feel like a different person with a whole new active lifestyle. It even sounds weird saying active lifestyle when i've been a non mover for so long. I have made my list of a few changes for this next month and I will review it. Tomorrow is day 30 so it's likely I will not push myself very hard during the week long break between 30 day challenges. I'm going to let my body recover a bit. I know for a fact though I won't be stopping everything during the short break.
How was everyone elses weekend? Hopefully you didn't eat as much as me but you got out and did some stuff!
Mark - I forgot to suggest earlier that if you don't want to give up your sweetened green tea, you could always dilute it with home-brewed tea and then your allotted one bottle would last you longer. The same method could be used to step down gradually from the sweetener, too.
Thanks Hanna, I hadn't thought of that and I had some regular unsweatened tea this weekend. That would work well. I'm taking a break from the tea all together for a bit. I finished the last bottle last night and i'm going to try sticking to water except on occasions when i'm out and traveling. I'm not even going ot have the one glass a day for a while. I'll come back to it more gradually next time and use your suggestion.