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Old 05-11-2005, 05:18 PM   #81
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Is it the same as Boxercise? Sounds like a lot of fun, I used to do jiu jitsu, and miss that sort of physical activity. I will look into it.
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Old 05-11-2005, 05:41 PM   #82
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Probably is similar to that -
This class has cardio type stuff, running and lots of boxing
Sure is fun!
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Old 05-12-2005, 12:38 AM   #83
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I bought Robert C Atkins "New Diet Revolution" book. My whole approach to nutrition has changed. Atkins teaches you to limit your carbohydrate intake, virtually eliminating "empty calories" from refined sugar and bleached flour. He also advocated cutting trans fats and nitrates from your diet, as well as the use of supplements for health and wellness. On Atkins, the only carbs you eat are healthy ones, primarily from veggies with a low glycemic index.

The advantages of this style of eating are many. First, since you get most of your nutrition from fats & protein, you're virtually never hungry. You'll look at the clock and say to yourself, gee, is it time to eat again already? And it's much easier to stick with that your typical "diet", because you can eat pretty much til you're full, so you're never feeling deprived. Plus, since you utilize the metabolic advantage you get from eating things that require more energy to digest, instead of restricting calories, you won't lower your basal metabolism.

That's the main problem with "diets"- starvation response. When dramatic lower your caloric intake, your body "turns down the furnace" so to speak to conserve fuel. This is a mechanism that evolved in mammals to survive periods of famine and food shortage. Unfortunately for the overweight person, this means that if you used to burn, say, 2400 calories a day, your body may slow it's metabolic rate to burn only 1600 calories per day. So once you've lost the weight and resume eathing a sensible diet of 2200 calories, you actually begin to regain weight again. Sadly, many will gain back all the weight, plus some. This simply doesn't happen when you go with a high fat & protein diet.

Okay, I'll get off my soapbox now! But I strongly recommend the book to anyone, especially those that are borderline diabetic or over 100 lb everweight. It's changed my life and improved every aspect of my health.
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Old 05-12-2005, 01:06 AM   #84
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Rob, you forgot to tell us if you were exercising as well
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Old 05-12-2005, 01:47 AM   #85
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I am not sure I could do Atkins, but I am following a Low GI diet, which I will be on for the rest of my life, with the odd maintenance week here and there.

I think exercise has been the biggest factor for me so far. I was eating a reasonable diet before (with far too many treats but plenty of good protein and veggies) but I was completely inactive. Now I am whizzing about everywhere (I am on holiday from work this week and am still up at 6.30 to go to the gym for my morning swim!!!!)

My whole outlook on life has changed, I no longer think about food all the time, and because the carbs I do eat are the good kind, I like Rob look at the clock and think, Gosh it's lunch time already!! I have my breakfast at 8 after my swim (I have a yoghurt and apple before I go) and then lunch not until 2 or so, as I don't physically feel hungry until then. Befoer I would skip breakfast, snack at 11 lunch at 1, not good at all.
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Oh, yeah- I do work out. I walk about 3 miles per day and I've been working out on my Total Gym. I've been easing myself into Matt Furey's Combat Conditioning course (the "Royal Court), but I've had to take that slow. The Hindu pushups are brutal, and I can only do ten or so, although I'm up to 90-100 Hindu squats per day.
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Wow, good for you, Rob.
I'll have to go find that book.
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Old 05-16-2005, 07:02 PM   #88
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Kyles -
I was in Vegas over the weekend and checked out the newest casino, WYNN, which just opened 3 weeks ago. Anyway, there is a JO MALONE store in there! I got to test your wild fig and casis perfume. At first I thought it was a bit spring-y for me, with the grassy scent, but then the sweetness took over - wow! It smelled so yummy! I wanted to try the others, especially the one with nutmeg (I think it was ginger and nutmeg, but I may be wrong), but the husband was getting impatient.
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Oh how exciting!!! Ginger and Nutmeg was her first perfume, she made it for friends, and her friends insisted she had to open a business so other people could experience it! The great thing about her perfumes is they are designed to be layered, so you can mix say the ginger and nutmeg with the wild fig and cassis.

I feel like we shared something there!!! How cool!!!! If I am ever in your neck of the woods, we must go shopping!!!!
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You are always welcome at my home, Kyles. Really!

Now, if you want great shopping, meet me in Vegas - it's the best ever!

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