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If I could, I would. I swear. DrWatson private msg quote post Address this user
I made another coconut cream pie.
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Pie #2. I didn't burn the toasted coconut on top this time. Mary Ann would be proud.


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I made a pot of tuna noodle salad. It was pretty good.
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I'll probably wake up constipated. Pre_Coder private msg quote post Address this user
@BrianGreensnips You've mentioned recently that you are physically in bad shape. Due to your diet posts, I'm assuming that you are overweight. I don't know if that is all the details, but due to your posts, you seem to be serious about making corrections.

Physical Activity - Are you capable of any physical activity,... even if it's just getting out and walking a few blocks? Do it! And do it everyday until you can do more than just a lengthy walk. Our bodies are designed to require, not just a healthy diet, but also physical activity. That's just the way it is.

You can't beat beets - I've mentioned this before, probably earlier in this thread. Our bodies need Nitric Oxide to dialate blood vessels, and beets are the way to go. The brain requires more NO than the entire body itself. This is primarily due to mineral oxidation. Minerals (iron, zinc, etc..) oxidize in the outside world, but these minerals also oxidize inside the body as well, and primarily in the brain. The oxidation resembles microscopic meatballs that eventually grow a create blockage in the blood flow leading to strokes, Alzheimer's, and seizures. Back to beets, and I'm not talking about the canned stuff. You can buy a bundle in the produce section. Cut off the rat tail and discard. Cut off the top but save the leaves for later. Wrap the beets loosely in tinfoil, place in preheated oven at 400F for 1 hour. Shut oven off and let them set for maybe another 30 mins. Take them out, rinse, peel the skin, place in storage container, put in fridge.

Morning Wakeup Call - Try to do this every morning, and yes it can be difficult. First thing (after bathroom activity of course), even before a cup of coffee,... heat olive oil in a skillet with 1 or 2 cloves of garlic, add raw spinach, kale, greens (mustard or turnip), and beet leaves from the paragraph above. Do this every morning... your body will thank you. Then walk a few blocks, or do more depending on your physical capabilities. Eventually you will find yourself capable of doing even more, and more,.. and you are going to love it.

Where's the beef? - If you are overweight/obese then I suggest concentrating on fish and chicken breast, rice, and leafy greens. Forget the salads,.. there is absolutely no nutritional value, and the body requires nutrition to be physical.

Discouragement - I've spent almost 15 years studying combat martial arts with the Japanese masters. In 2000 I was going to go professional but that was cut short due to injuries... long story.... but I'm getting to something here. After about 8 months of recovery, I just decided to go with just physical training. And I'm not talking about anabolic steroids and blasting iron to look like a freak. More like trimmed and defined,.. sub-aesthetics I guess you could say. I've trained high school/college football players, people who just wanted to get in shape,.. and I have also trained obese people. The obese were the more difficult because they could not grasp being patient with the process. "I'm exercising but still gaining weight!" Are you fatter?.. NO! Do you look fatter?.. NO! It's because muscle is heavier than fat, and many were not patient enough with the process to begin witnessing the positive results.

And lastly....

Reprogram and Replace - Are we truly in control?... the answer is NO! We only think we are. We use our brain for mathematical calculations, operating a vehicle, making business decisions, etc.. whatever. But there is a VERY powerful entity inside the brain called dopamines. Dopamines are responsible for allowing us to feel positive pleasures and motivation. But there are very powerful negatives that influence our dopamines,... fatty greasy foods, alcohol, tobacco, drugs, pornography, etc. And the dopamines can subtly take control, and you will satisfy them regardless of the consequences.

I didn't intend for this post to become so long and drawn out. This is meant for anybody who is aching and wants to regain control of their health.
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@Pre_Coder agree with everything you say (not that I do all of the specifics) but want to add one more concept.

A sustainable -system- is key. That system ideally incorporates a health “equation” that initially yields either/both:

A) gain in muscle, strength and/or endurance (to facilitate more calorie burn than prior)
B) reduction in caloric intake vs same or higher caloric expenditure

This creates an inflection point towards weight loss. Once calories burned are higher than calories added, weight loss occurs because… well, if not you are defying physics.

For some it is more difficult because a lot of the energy burn side (majority) is not during activity but during rest. Your basal metabolic rate “BMR” (to simplify, your resting caloric burn) may be very low. This would potentially mean caloric intake required for a net burn is so low (especially vs prior intake) that it’s difficult to sustain.

This is why building endurance and strength is so critical. Muscle even in a rest state will contribute to BMR more significantly (much more significantly) than fat. Building cardio endurance is another option (if you have time to utilize the newfound endurance).

A lot of this becomes a mix of virtuous vs vicious circles and willpower. Improving BMR is incredibly difficult because if you do weight training you will get more hungry… offsetting some of the quick benefits. If you attack it through cardio instead, you… well, will get hungry too.

Energy levels are also key. Being rested enough to workout is important. I naturally don’t require much sleep (never slept much)… but when I am running off the lower range of my sleep schedule, workouts are difficult.

In combination, ideally a plan that is sustainable but meets criteria of addressing the calorie calculation as its end goal is key. I know people who cycle through “diets” that don’t address the math and mental sides adequately… and they fail. Others (like pre coder) have a plan and systematic approach. The system details can vary but at the end of the day, success is scientific and I believe requires addressing those basic equations.

Finally, once you achieve your desired fitness goal - you can rebalance the equation to equilibrium.
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For the exercise part of the equation, this is my compact setup that covers 100% of my specific workouts.

Power rack, bench, free weights, bands and a rowing machine. Plus a heavy bag / wraps and gloves.

Excludes my bikes but with my schedule over the past few years, cycling is difficult (plus weather)!

I actually write a lot of my longer forum posts during rests between sets haha





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The apple sauce and pudding were the best part... Bronte private msg quote post Address this user
@Davethebrave

If it was you that got the ooni, they are having a masterclass this weekend on the 16th and 17th. They sent the info in their email to me. Lmk if you need me to forward the email to you.
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@Davethebrave

If it was you that got the ooni, they are having a masterclass this weekend on the 16th and 17th. They sent the info in their email to me. Lmk if you need me to forward the email to you.


Got the email :-) Thanks for the heads up.
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I'll probably wake up constipated. Pre_Coder private msg quote post Address this user
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Nice setup you got there.

My setup isn't so elaborate anymore as I sold most of my equipment when I moved from Dallas a couple years ago into a smaller house a few hours west.

I did my own half-ass rigging and anchoring, so now probably 90% of my workouts are free weights attached with resistance bands. I find that using ligher weights with bands are much kinder on my old joints.
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I'd like to say I still turned out alright, but that would be a lie. flanders private msg quote post Address this user
@Pre_Coder do you ever cycle indoors on a trainer?
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I'll probably wake up constipated. Pre_Coder private msg quote post Address this user
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@Pre_Coder do you ever cycle indoors on a trainer?

I used to, but I haven't had an indoor cycle for some years. Back then, after about 5 sets of squats, leg curls, and extensions,.. I would slam a protein shake and jump on the cycle. I would start out with the tension very tight and lessen as my legs started burning really bad. Rest about 2 minutes, and repeat 2 times. After all that, my legs felt like tree trunks.

Then I did the food business.

I think it may have been @Bronte who mentioned he also did a protein shake prior to bed. That's when the healing process takes place due to microscopic muscle tears.
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Masculinity takes a holiday. EbayMafia private msg quote post Address this user
I just go with the "3 Saltines A Day" theory of weight loss. The theory is that the average annual weight gain is the equivalent of 3 saltine crackers per day. So you just quit eating Saltine crackers and presto...weight is gone. Seriously though, along those lines I'm always trying to figure out how I can have life on my terms and just make calories out slightly greater than calories in, on a daily basis. Hasn't worked out very well for me so far.
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@Pre_Coder I appreciate all the tips and advise. 2021 was a great year for me physically. I have lost almost 100 pounds and it is very much a new life style for me and it has been amazing. I do cardio and weight lifting about 4-5 times a week and really watch what I eat. I love how I am not out of breath all the time and I love not being in pain everyday. I am also starting to like how I look in my new clothes. When I am feeling up to it, I might post some photos. I look extremely different.
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Doing whole chicken in crockpot. Seasoned with lemon pepper and salt. Stuffed with rosemary, basil leaves, thyme and half a lemon. Cooking on top of potatoes, carrots, yellow squash and pearl onions.

Will be ready in about 6 hours.


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Nice setup you got there.

My setup isn't so elaborate anymore as I sold most of my equipment when I moved from Dallas a couple years ago into a smaller house a few hours west.

I did my own half-ass rigging and anchoring, so now probably 90% of my workouts are free weights attached with resistance bands. I find that using ligher weights with bands are much kinder on my old joints.


Bands are massively underrated. When I travelled more I would often have a medium band with me. Versatile, inexpensive, compact, effective.
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Chunky pasta sauce with spicy Italian sausage I made a few nights ago with Basil off my Aerogarden.
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Forgot to take a pic but made quesadillas with the leftover chicken from last night.

Chicken, diced chili peppers, diced pearl onions, cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper. Mexican cheese and flour tortilla.
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Roast pork. Pretty sure brother is going to make some Chinese pork buns....


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Hibachi Chicken made in a non-stick skillet.


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@DrWatson Um, that looks,.. really good!
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If I could, I would. I swear. DrWatson private msg quote post Address this user
It was!

It's fairly easy. I use a box of PF Chang's Signature Rice as a short cut.
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"Forum Overlord" bah ha ha ha... JustThatGuy private msg quote post Address this user
Brown rice, gai lan, and char siu pork. It was yummy.



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I'd like to say I still turned out alright, but that would be a lie. flanders private msg quote post Address this user
A half pound cheeseburger for Timmy's 10th bday.




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Happy bday Timmy!
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I'll probably wake up constipated. Pre_Coder private msg quote post Address this user
Happy B-Day to Timmy!

I also gave my deceased Maltese a burger patty on her 15th B-day,.. along with rice and broccoli.

EDIT... The life span of the small terrier breeds (Yorkies/Maltese) is generally about 15 years. My Maltese lived to 15-1/2 years. And I didn't feed her garbage dog food,.. what I ate, she also ate. Up until 15 yo, she was outside chasing rabbits and squirrels, and climb through the fence and butt heads with young billy goats. That little dog was my valium during difficult times.

When I was in Jr High/High School, I owned a huge solid black German Shepherd. My parents dared not discipline me else they would get eaten. But that's another story.
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Happy birthday, Timmy!!!!!!!
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Yay Tim-aay!
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