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  • dimitrispearljamdimitrispearljam NINUNINOPROPosts: 135,666
    we need more hard sex at 2016 so we burn more calories
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  • Sprunkn7Sprunkn7 Posts: 5,160
    I finally have some time to sit and work on my goal planner. Doing it today and I'm excited about it :-)
    No gym today but I'll hit in early tmr. I have in my head (and heart) a lazy rainy stay at home and do chores at my leisure day.
    Thank you fellow 10 clubber for saving my ass....again!!!
  • NatashapearljamfanNatashapearljamfan AustraliaPosts: 3,336
    Ms. Haiku said:

    It could be anyone. Someone who recovered from cancer or had open heart surgery, or some time where they went to a very scary place, and made it through, and are living life as curious playful people. That inspires me. Anyone can be a giant in that situation. Someone who thought in words similar to, "no matter how cold the winter, there's a springtime ahead" during her/his ordeal, and then ran a 5K after all was said and done. That would do it. There are a lot of people who are truly awesome out there.

    Damn, I should blog. I would inspire someone like me :)
    I hope this motivates you, it's a beautiful story
    https://youtu.be/Ja9BFx5Mhqo
  • NatashapearljamfanNatashapearljamfan AustraliaPosts: 3,336
    Today's healthy tip: Taking a plate of food to a party or get together.
    Always bring a healthy plate, so you can nibble on that food and you will eat less of the high calorie foods on offer. Ideas include: fruit platter, salad sticks (carrot, capsicum, cucumber, cherry tomatoes etc) with rice crackers and salsa or hummus. Or a bowl of mixed raw nuts, most people enjoy walnuts, almonds, pistachios and cashews.

    Today's Recipe: Wholemeal and oat pancakes - perfect for a lazy weekend breakfast or lunch.
    Serves 4 (with a few left over)
    Ingredients:
    1 cup wholemeal flour
    2 tablespoons baking powder
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1 & 1/2 cups oats (pulsed in blender, so oats are broken, doesn't need to be powdered)
    2 cups of milk
    3 eggs, lightly beaten
    1/4 cup olive oil
    1 teaspoon vanilla essence
    Optional: 1/2 cup blueberries, fruit, plain or Greek yoghurt, maple syrup

    Method:
    1. In one bowl mix wholemeal flour, baking powder and salt.
    2. In another bowl mix oats, vanilla essence, oil and milk, then whisk in eggs.
    3. Pour oat mixture into dry mixture and mix until smooth.
    4. Fold in blueberries.
    5. Turn on stove top and heat up frying pan and a small drizzle of olive oil, when hot add in spoonfuls of batter, turning pancakes when they start bubbling, they should be golden on both sides.
    6. Serve pancakes with fruit (berries, melon, banana, kiwifruits etc), a few spoonfuls of yoghurt and drizzle 1- 2 tablespoons of maple syrup over pancakes. There any many modifications you could do. Sprinkling cinnamon on top is yum too :)

    Another yummy breakfast is French Toast with banana, berries, cinnamon and maple syrup (serves 2) Ready in under 15 minutes.
    Ingredients:
    1 medium raw egg
    1/4 cup of milk
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
    Sprinkle of Cinnamon
    2 slices wholegrain bread
    2 teaspoons margarine or olive oil
    1 medium banana- sliced
    7 ounces of berries- sliced
    2 tablespoons maple syrup (heated for 10 seconds in the microwave)

    Method
    1. Whisk egg,milk and vanilla in a shallow bowl. Soak one slice of bread into the egg mixture for about 15 seconds on each side.
    2. Heat the frying pan with a small drizzle of olive oil or margarine, place egg bread into frying pan and cook for about 2 minutes or until golden, on both sides. Then cook second piece of egg bread.
    3. Serve toast with banana, berries, cinnamon and warm maple syrup.

    Both breakfasts are high in fibre and low in fat, so they will keep you full.
  • ldent42ldent42 NYCPosts: 7,843
    ^^ for my fellow 'muricans Capiscum = bell peppers
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  • FoxyRedLaFoxyRedLa Lauren / MIPosts: 4,770
    ldent42 said:

    ^^ for my fellow 'muricans Capiscum = bell peppers

    Thanks!! Haha.

    I'm making some food choice changes this week! 1 step at a time. My goal is 20 lbs lost by my first rumored pj concert! Ready goooooooooo!
    Oh please let it rain today.
    Those that can be trusted can change their mind.
  • NatashapearljamfanNatashapearljamfan AustraliaPosts: 3,336
    FoxyRedLa said:

    ldent42 said:

    ^^ for my fellow 'muricans Capiscum = bell peppers

    Thanks!! Haha.

    I'm making some food choice changes this week! 1 step at a time. My goal is 20 lbs lost by my first rumored pj concert! Ready goooooooooo!
    You go girl :) believe in yourself, work hard and you'll be 20lbs lighter when you see PJ. Good luck, I know you can do it :)
  • Sprunkn7Sprunkn7 Posts: 5,160
    edited January 2016
    FoxyRedLa said:

    ldent42 said:

    ^^ for my fellow 'muricans Capiscum = bell peppers

    Thanks!! Haha.

    I'm making some food choice changes this week! 1 step at a time. My goal is 20 lbs lost by my first rumored pj concert! Ready goooooooooo!
    My goal as well! I'm off to a pretty good start.
    So happy to find some support on here. I'm reading all the posts and they are really helping. I even like Dimi chiming in with his food porn :-)

    I'm trying to find a good balance between a healthy diet but being able to eat my favorites in moderation but keep losing. LOL...the dream
    Thank you fellow 10 clubber for saving my ass....again!!!
  • rr165892rr165892 Posts: 5,697
    I think it's great that some of you are making the effort to transform your lives.It really is the key to health and longevity,self confidence and stamina.

    Others on here need to shelve the excuses and just push thru it.Make the time,find the energy.

    I live this way and am very committed to the gym and overall health.it's easy with a little self control and fortitude.Fuck genetics,fuck excuses.everyone can be the best them they can be.Transformation is possible and realalistic in a short amount of time.

    Common sense is important here.Moderation and caloric intake/vs energy burned is key.Be careful to not pay to much attention to the scale.Muscle weighs more than fat.And if your trying for gains working out a low calorie diet can burn muscle as well as fat.You don't want this at all.Monitor by your clothing fit.

    Concentrate on Whole real foods,kinda the outside of the grocery store.Fruits,veggies,nuts,lean proteins,etc.
    And as RK said earlier slow release low glycemic index carbs like sweet potato,brown rice,Oatmeal are great.
    No sugar,no sugar,no sugar.No diet anything,no trans fats and remember if a product is low fat,then sugar and other crap has been added to make up for the loss of fat.Simple carbs and sugar are way worse for your eating plan then fats.Dont be afraid of fat.Moderation is key.

    You don't have to deprive yourself either.I take a lunch and dinner ,usually on sat night and eat whatever I want.Pizza,greasy burgers,ice cream ,carbs etc.It actually ramps up metabolism and keeps your head right.

    Again moderation with everything.I still enjoy some beers and drinks.

    Let me know if anyone needs some advice.
  • rr165892rr165892 Posts: 5,697
    Sprunkn7 said:

    FoxyRedLa said:

    ldent42 said:

    ^^ for my fellow 'muricans Capiscum = bell peppers

    Thanks!! Haha.

    I'm making some food choice changes this week! 1 step at a time. My goal is 20 lbs lost by my first rumored pj concert! Ready goooooooooo!
    My goal as well! I'm off to a pretty good start.
    So happy to find some support on here. I'm reading all the posts and they are really helping. I even like Dimi chiming in with his food porn :-)

    I'm trying to find a good balance between a healthy diet but being able to eat my favorites in moderation but keep losing. LOL...the dream
    Try a cheat evening once a week.You won't feel like your missing out and it will curb the cravings thru the week.Give you something to look forward to.
  • rr165892rr165892 Posts: 5,697

    we need more hard sex at 2016 so we burn more calories

    D,this is of course solid advice.
  • Ms. HaikuMs. Haiku Washington DCPosts: 6,960
    Only halfway through the first month of the year. If we have made progress, congratulations! If being motivated is a little harder than expected, no problem. We are only two-ish weeks in. Let's enjoy life and sweat, yay!
    There is no such thing as leftover pizza. There is now pizza and later pizza. - anonymous
    The risk I took was calculated, but man, am I bad at math - The Mincing Mockingbird
  • ehbaconehbacon Posts: 1,920
    I start training for a half marathon Monday.

    :(
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  • FoxyRedLaFoxyRedLa Lauren / MIPosts: 4,770
    rr - thanks for your input. Good for you that you're already in great health!

    EH - I have 3 good friends that train for marathons - good luck bud!!
    Oh please let it rain today.
    Those that can be trusted can change their mind.
  • ehbaconehbacon Posts: 1,920
    edited January 2016
    FoxyRedLa said:

    rr - thanks for your input. Good for you that you're already in great health!

    EH - I have 3 good friends that train for marathons - good luck bud!!

    just realized today was actually Monday (MLK Day so we had school off), guess I get started on Tuesday! haha!

    I'm a cross country runner so I've gotten up to 8 miles before, shouldn't be much worse to get up to 13.1. It will be different though, because now I have to do it in the thick of winter in Wisconsin...

    race is in May, thanks for the support :)
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  • Thoughts_ArriveThoughts_Arrive Melbourne, AustraliaPosts: 12,813
    I've put on 4kgs this summer WTF! :-(
    Adelaide 17/11/2009, Melbourne 20/11/2009, Sydney 22/11/2009, Melbourne (Big Day Out Festival) 24/01/2014
  • FoxyRedLaFoxyRedLa Lauren / MIPosts: 4,770

    I've put on 4kgs this summer WTF! :-(

    Kgs=kegs?? :lol:
    Oh please let it rain today.
    Those that can be trusted can change their mind.
  • rr165892rr165892 Posts: 5,697
    Foxy,it's a never ending battle fighting the good fight.lol
  • Thoughts_ArriveThoughts_Arrive Melbourne, AustraliaPosts: 12,813
    FoxyRedLa said:

    I've put on 4kgs this summer WTF! :-(

    Kgs=kegs?? :lol:
    lol, nah I don't drink alcohol
    Adelaide 17/11/2009, Melbourne 20/11/2009, Sydney 22/11/2009, Melbourne (Big Day Out Festival) 24/01/2014
  • FoxyRedLaFoxyRedLa Lauren / MIPosts: 4,770
    rr165892 said:

    Foxy,it's a never ending battle fighting the good fight.lol

    Gotcha :)

    FoxyRedLa said:

    I've put on 4kgs this summer WTF! :-(

    Kgs=kegs?? :lol:
    lol, nah I don't drink alcohol
    Just teasing :wink:
    Oh please let it rain today.
    Those that can be trusted can change their mind.
  • Thoughts_ArriveThoughts_Arrive Melbourne, AustraliaPosts: 12,813
    FoxyRedLa said:

    rr165892 said:

    Foxy,it's a never ending battle fighting the good fight.lol

    Gotcha :)

    FoxyRedLa said:

    I've put on 4kgs this summer WTF! :-(

    Kgs=kegs?? :lol:
    lol, nah I don't drink alcohol
    Just teasing :wink:
    haha I know
    Adelaide 17/11/2009, Melbourne 20/11/2009, Sydney 22/11/2009, Melbourne (Big Day Out Festival) 24/01/2014
  • Ms. HaikuMs. Haiku Washington DCPosts: 6,960
    PJ tour is inspiration! Yay!
    There is no such thing as leftover pizza. There is now pizza and later pizza. - anonymous
    The risk I took was calculated, but man, am I bad at math - The Mincing Mockingbird
  • Sprunkn7Sprunkn7 Posts: 5,160
    I Have my date! April 28th :look_at_the_time:
    Thank you fellow 10 clubber for saving my ass....again!!!
  • NatashapearljamfanNatashapearljamfan AustraliaPosts: 3,336
    Today's tour announcement is so inspiring. Keep up the hard work everyone.
    It's great to see we have so many people challenging themselves, with going to the gym, eating healthier and even training for a marathon. It's hard work, so keep at it. Every healthy bite keeps you stronger and healthier :)

    Today's tip:
    Quick and healthy lunch/dinner ideas- always keep tinned beans, chickpeas, and tin tuna in your cupboard or cooked chicken breast in your freezer. These foods are high in protein and will keep you fuller for longer. Everyone is always busy, when I’m extremely busy during uni semester I poach 3-4 chicken (skinless) breast fillets it only takes about 20 minutes (depending on the size of the fillets). I drain them and chop them up and freeze in 2.8 ounce portions, perfect size to add in a salad, toasted sandwiches, omelette (with your favourite vegetables) or toasted wholegrain wraps with some chopped up bell pepper, mashed sweet potato and mixed herbs or dried chilli flakes.
    Lunch or dinner suggestions: make a salad (tomato, cucumber, lettuce, spinach leaves, bell pepper, shallots, mint leaves, whatever veges you have) add ½ can drained and rinsed beans, chickpeas or tin tuna, drizzle over 1 tablespoon lemon juice and ½ teaspoon balsamic vinegar. If you are having friends over and want to make a special salad roast the tomatoes, bell peppers, pumpkin or sweet potato and add raw nuts or seeds (nuts give any salad crunch and by changing the texture it satisfies the eater).
    A quick healthy creamy style dressing for your favourite salad: in a container with a lid add ¼ cup natural or Greek yoghurt, ¼ cup water, 1 tablespoon mustard (any mustard is suitable, wholegrain or Dijon are yum) and a sprinkle of black pepper, then place lid on container and shake well (serves 2).

  • Ms. HaikuMs. Haiku Washington DCPosts: 6,960

    Today's tour announcement is so inspiring. Keep up the hard work everyone.
    It's great to see we have so many people challenging themselves, with going to the gym, eating healthier and even training for a marathon. It's hard work, so keep at it. Every healthy bite keeps you stronger and healthier :)

    Today's tip:
    Quick and healthy lunch/dinner ideas- always keep tinned beans, chickpeas, and tin tuna in your cupboard or cooked chicken breast in your freezer. These foods are high in protein and will keep you fuller for longer. Everyone is always busy, when I’m extremely busy during uni semester I poach 3-4 chicken (skinless) breast fillets it only takes about 20 minutes (depending on the size of the fillets). I drain them and chop them up and freeze in 2.8 ounce portions, perfect size to add in a salad, toasted sandwiches, omelette (with your favourite vegetables) or toasted wholegrain wraps with some chopped up bell pepper, mashed sweet potato and mixed herbs or dried chilli flakes.
    Lunch or dinner suggestions: make a salad (tomato, cucumber, lettuce, spinach leaves, bell pepper, shallots, mint leaves, whatever veges you have) add ½ can drained and rinsed beans, chickpeas or tin tuna, drizzle over 1 tablespoon lemon juice and ½ teaspoon balsamic vinegar. If you are having friends over and want to make a special salad roast the tomatoes, bell peppers, pumpkin or sweet potato and add raw nuts or seeds (nuts give any salad crunch and by changing the texture it satisfies the eater).
    A quick healthy creamy style dressing for your favourite salad: in a container with a lid add ¼ cup natural or Greek yoghurt, ¼ cup water, 1 tablespoon mustard (any mustard is suitable, wholegrain or Dijon are yum) and a sprinkle of black pepper, then place lid on container and shake well (serves 2).

    This sounds yummy, Natashapearljamfan
    There is no such thing as leftover pizza. There is now pizza and later pizza. - anonymous
    The risk I took was calculated, but man, am I bad at math - The Mincing Mockingbird
  • NatashapearljamfanNatashapearljamfan AustraliaPosts: 3,336
    I hope you try my salads Ms Haiku. Because they are yummy, especially including a spoon full of chopped walnuts and the yoghurt dressing.
  • Sprunkn7Sprunkn7 Posts: 5,160
    Salad is my go to lunch. Even on the run the grocery has a bagged salad with chopped kale and cabbage. It comes with a package that you can add toppings so you can add as much (or as little) as you want. I always have a protein to keep me full.Yesterday and today it was roast beef from the deli. It looked sooooo good, nice and bloody, just the way I like it. A big salad with lots of color and all the things good for me AND it was yummy!
    Thank you fellow 10 clubber for saving my ass....again!!!
  • NatashapearljamfanNatashapearljamfan AustraliaPosts: 3,336
    Sprunkn7 said:

    Salad is my go to lunch. Even on the run the grocery has a bagged salad with chopped kale and cabbage. It comes with a package that you can add toppings so you can add as much (or as little) as you want. I always have a protein to keep me full.Yesterday and today it was roast beef from the deli. It looked sooooo good, nice and bloody, just the way I like it. A big salad with lots of color and all the things good for me AND it was yummy!

    Keep the salads up. Just check the fat, salt and content of the dressing and the aactuactual calories, sometimes dressings are very high, so good to make your own. I know time constraints is hard, I make dressing at start of week and mid week if I run out.
  • NatashapearljamfanNatashapearljamfan AustraliaPosts: 3,336
    Today's recipe

    Frittata
    serves 6 - you can take extras for lunch the next day (takes an hour or so to cook, but not much to prepare a good recipe when you are at home and can start dinner early, then walk away from it while it cooks and do whatever needs to be done or relax!

    Ingredients:
    ½ teaspoon olive oil
    1 large onion, peeled and chopped
    2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
    1 tablespoon water
    2 zucchini (courgettes), grated (could be replaced with 2 carrots and 2-3 tablespoons of frozen spinach)
    7 ounces sweet potato, peeled and grated
    4.2 ounces (4 rashers) lean middle bacon, trimmed of visible fat, finely diced
    1 cup grated reduced fat tasty cheese
    1.5 cups wholemeal self raising flour
    7 eggs
    Green salad or steamed vegetables, to serve
    Method:
    1. Preheat oven to 356 Fahrenheit and rub baking dish with olive oil, or line with baking paper. (I use metal baking tray with baking paper and no oil)
    2. Place onion and garlic into a saucepan with a tablespoon of water and cook for 1-2 minutes, or until softened.
    3. Place onion and garlic mixture into a large mixing bowl and add remaining ingredients until well combined.
    4. Pour into baking dish and bake for 60-70 minutes,
    5. Stand in dish for five minutes and slice into 6-8 squares.
    6. Serve with a green salad or steamed vegetables.
  • ldent42ldent42 NYCPosts: 7,843
    Natasha, I think I want to pick your brain. A dear friend of mine has just been given some pretty awful dietary restrictions. Could I pm you?
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