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theshrew

4,602 posts

72 months

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Hoofy said:
I hear it does that! What about nuts? (Go easy on them as they are high in calories - 25g (a small handful) can contain 150 calories!) Or breakfast bars (they're not really healthy as they're loaded with sugar rolleyes ).

From my initial investigations, swimming appears to be a good way of burning fat and building muscle (unless you want to look like Arnie).
Nuts on my shopping list then.

I quite enjoy swimming and it must do something in the way of muscle. In the mornings when ive been going swimming club is just finnished. Some of the lads have great figures ( defo no homo ) id like to be a bit bugger than that but the the same shape. Thats my goal at the moment anyway.

Hoofy

56,651 posts

170 months

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theshrew said:
Some of the lads have great figures id like to be a bit bugger
Quoted for amusement.

Yes, exactly, it works the upper body as well as the legs. I wouldn't mind looking like an Olympic swimmer.

theshrew

4,602 posts

72 months

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LordGrover said:
Bacon and egg sarnie from the van in a few mins... lick

For a more regular snack, I quite like to keep a few hard boiled eggs about and maybe a pitta bread. Tins of tuna/mackerel/sardines/salmon are also useful to keep in the office desk drawer - all I need then is a pitta, rice, whatever. Cottage cheese (with chives?) and rice cakes.
Not a bad idea to keep stuff in my desk. Ive got breakfast stuff but thats about it. Tins would come in very handy just in case i miss lunch etc to. Light bulb moment thanks.

What are rice cakes ? Those white ish round things about size of the palm of your hand ? All the big mammas at work eat them washed down with 2L Coke lol.

Hoofy

56,651 posts

170 months

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theshrew said:
What are rice cakes ? Those white ish round things about size of the palm of your hand ? All the big mammas at work eat them washed down with 2L Coke lol.
Ha. Yes, they're fine for avoiding heavy calorie carbs but if you eat them with something high calorie or eat loads of them you might as well eat sponge cakes. I quite like Snack-a-jacks.

theshrew

4,602 posts

72 months

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On the shopping list then.

How about Rivita ? Are they ok ?

Ive been trying to substitute the smokes for a drink of water or cordial. A little snack wouldnt hurt every now and then.
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Hoofy

56,651 posts

170 months

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theshrew said:
On the shopping list then.

How about Rivita ? Are they ok ?

Ive been trying to substitute the smokes for a drink of water or cordial. A little snack wouldnt hurt every now and then.
There's a whole host of choices. Depends on whether you're going for low calories or high calories. I sometimes eat oatcakes with salads but they are high calorie. Best off hitting your local supermarket crackers aisle and reading the packets.

Edit: also there's peanut butter... just shovel it in by the spoon but again, high calories! I use it when I am below my target or want a quick, useful (PB has more than just calories) high calorie snack.

Edited by Hoofy on Thursday 4th October 12:23

CaptainPeanut

928 posts

46 months

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I order a Graze box once a week, comes with 4 snack size pots of treats that you choose delivered to the door (and no I don't work for them). Tend to go for nuts/seeds or granola with the odd sweet treat every now and then.

I have a code for a free box if your interested.

LordGrover

23,118 posts

100 months

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A few like Ordinary_Chap and Hoofy are more disciplined than me and have enjoyed better results being more strict, but it's not the only way, IMO.
There are very few 'bad' foods [in my book these days], it's more about quantity and portion size. I eat pretty much what I like, just not as much as I used to. However, I'm no Charles Atlas or Andy Whitfield - I gave up smoking nearly two years ago and after a brief ballooning in the early days have lost or maintained my bodyweight pretty well since, with a few hiccups along the way. paperbag

Sushi

810 posts

88 months

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Hoofy said:
Ha. Yes, they're fine for avoiding heavy calorie carbs but if you eat them with something high calorie or eat loads of them you might as well eat sponge cakes. I quite like Snack-a-jacks.
I was happy to find that a bag of pickled onion Monster Munch is similar in calorie count to a pack of snack-a-jacks.

fatpasty

1,561 posts

54 months

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Sushi said:
Hoofy said:
Ha. Yes, they're fine for avoiding heavy calorie carbs but if you eat them with something high calorie or eat loads of them you might as well eat sponge cakes. I quite like Snack-a-jacks.
I was happy to find that a bag of pickled onion Monster Munch is similar in calorie count to a pack of snack-a-jacks.
Wouldn't the sat fat be a lot higher in them than the snack-a-jacks?

Hoofy

56,651 posts

170 months

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fatpasty said:
Sushi said:
Hoofy said:
Ha. Yes, they're fine for avoiding heavy calorie carbs but if you eat them with something high calorie or eat loads of them you might as well eat sponge cakes. I quite like Snack-a-jacks.
I was happy to find that a bag of pickled onion Monster Munch is similar in calorie count to a pack of snack-a-jacks.
Wouldn't the sat fat be a lot higher in them than the snack-a-jacks?
Thing is, it depends who you believe and your lifestyle as to whether saturated fat is really going to be a problem.

That Fat Head was interesting (see yesterday's thread).

Smitters

862 posts

45 months

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In my quest to do more endurance stuff, I did my first ever marathon yesterday, in about seven hours. I might add, if that seems a bit slow, that was a shade over halfway and I've just become an ultra-endurance fool, doing 50 miles, with 2500m of climbing in a total of 14.39.

Expect threads titled "what to do when most of my foot is a blister" and "recommended exercises when you can't bend at the knee"...

LordGrover

23,118 posts

100 months

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Y'see, in my mind marathon running is about as far from fitness training as it's possible to get. It's whole raison d'etre is to push your body to the limit and invariably the competitor/athlete is fooked afterwards. For days/weeks/months/ever. The point? I just don't get it. confused
Best of British to all who attempt or do them, but not for me thanks. hehe

theshrew

4,602 posts

72 months

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Smitters said:
In my quest to do more endurance stuff, I did my first ever marathon yesterday, in about seven hours. I might add, if that seems a bit slow, that was a shade over halfway and I've just become an ultra-endurance fool, doing 50 miles, with 2500m of climbing in a total of 14.39.

Expect threads titled "what to do when most of my foot is a blister" and "recommended exercises when you can't bend at the knee"...
Well done Mr Crazy

theshrew

4,602 posts

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Ive been back training 2 weeks and im loving it.

I can tell its making a difference already i can see my face has slightly lost a little flab. A week off the smokes to which im happy about.

Right hangover this morning though :-(

Hoofy

56,651 posts

170 months

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LordGrover said:
Y'see, in my mind marathon running is about as far from fitness training as it's possible to get. It's whole raison d'etre is to push your body to the limit and invariably the competitor/athlete is fooked afterwards. For days/weeks/months/ever. The point? I just don't get it. confused
Best of British to all who attempt or do them, but not for me thanks. hehe
I guess it's about endurance.

I only run if I'm late, the bus is coming or there's a hungry bear looking at me.

Smitters

862 posts

45 months

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LordGrover said:
Y'see, in my mind marathon running is about as far from fitness training as it's possible to get. It's whole raison d'etre is to push your body to the limit and invariably the competitor/athlete is fooked afterwards. For days/weeks/months/ever. The point? I just don't get it. confused
Best of British to all who attempt or do them, but not for me thanks. hehe
I suppose variety is the spice of life. I've battered on about functional fitness being my aim and in losing weight and gaining cardio fitness I guess this is the point. I physically couldn't have done this 12 months ago. I can now. I'm functionally fitter. I'm probably not ever going to need to lift my own bodyweight above my head, and training to do so would hinder almost all other things I like doing. It's all very well my weight-lifting in an attempt to get a movie star body, but you need a movie start face to go with it. And I don't!

Hoofy said:
I guess it's about endurance.

I only run if I'm late, the bus is coming or there's a hungry bear looking at me.
It's also about the mental test. I knew I could do half of it easily, was fairly sure I could 35 miles. 50 miles? Total unknown. There were bleak bits, but the memory of those is passing quickly and the euphoria is still very much present and add to that this massive boost of capability I've unlocked in myself. It's very true for me to say that the last 20 miles were mentally much tougher than they were physically. Warm, welcoming checkpoints with comfy seats become dangerously alluring at half past two in the morning.

Also, don't forget, it's not about running faster than a bear. It's about running faster than just one other person in the group you're with... True story.

Smitters

862 posts

45 months

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theshrew said:
Ive been back training 2 weeks and im loving it.

I can tell its making a difference already i can see my face has slightly lost a little flab. A week off the smokes to which im happy about.

Right hangover this morning though :-(
It's all about the balance! I too notice weight fluctuations in the face early on. It's a good and motivational indicator for me.

Hoofy

56,651 posts

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Smitters said:
It's also about the mental test. I knew I could do half of it easily, was fairly sure I could 35 miles. 50 miles? Total unknown. There were bleak bits, but the memory of those is passing quickly and the euphoria is still very much present and add to that this massive boost of capability I've unlocked in myself. It's very true for me to say that the last 20 miles were mentally much tougher than they were physically. Warm, welcoming checkpoints with comfy seats become dangerously alluring at half past two in the morning.

Also, don't forget, it's not about running faster than a bear. It's about running faster than just one other person in the group you're with... True story.
Fair enough. I'm still not gonna run unless I've got a bare behind. :rimshot:

I'll get my CV/mental kicks from waving lighter weights around when doing non-strength training days. smile

Halb

23,717 posts

71 months

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Smitters said:
Also, don't forget, it's not about running faster than a bear. It's about running faster than just one other person in the group you're with... True story.
Or about throwing the Girlyman in the group to the bear, would that be you or Hoofy?biggrin
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