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Fight the Flab!

4/1/07 06:34 am - clonedkitty

A photo gallery of Super Foods:

There are some yummy ones in there!

3/26/07 03:44 am - acafe - some tips and motivation

i was perusing some literature (and i use the term lightly) at chapters and i thought i'd post a bit of it here. you know, spread the love/advice/what-have-you. so. this is a guide to help during weight loss. i have modified it a bit as it had some douchey elements to it.

the first thing to do is write out a a list of affirmations, to be placed on your fridge or by your bed or on your dresser - wherever you see it and it will affect you.

1. i am personally responsible for prioritizing my needs and knowing that my needs to feel comfortable in my own skin and be healthy are higher priorities than my need for excessive food.
2. i will stay aware and conscious fo what my weight is and of what i'm doing to lose or maintain my weight.
3. whatever else motivates you. i like the quote "nothing tastes as good as thin feels", even though it's a total anorexia quote. i figure it's ok for me because i'm DEFINITELY not anorexic.

then, there are some things you can do to achieve your goals.

1. create a weight/exercise chart and posting it on the refrigerator.
2. find a photograph of you at your heaviest, you now, and you at your goal weight (if you have one). put these pictures on the fridge. every week (or month, depending how much you have to lose), take another current picture of yourself and put it between your current weight and your goal so you can see your progress.

what goes on your monthly chart:
1. six columns labelled day, date, weight, and three specific exercises of your choice (or just write "exercise" to give yourself more freedom if you like a lot of different forms of exercise)
2. under day, fill in monday through sunday.
3. under date, fill in the corresponding date.
4. draw row lines across the paper, one per day.

every day, weigh yourself - the best time to do this is after you wake up in the morning and go to the bathroom, but before you eat breakfast. write your weight on the chart. if you weigh yourself later and it is less, put your lowest weight on the chart.

it is recommended to get 45 minutes of moderately intense exercise five days a week (and not necessarily all at once). if you want, you can break this into 15 minute units of exercise since you have three spaces on your chart for exercise activity.

this guide is adapted from py kim conant's "sex secrets of an american geisha" (a feminist nightmare but has some good information just the same)

it's all about the psychology of motivation. i will post later (tomorrow?) with some more tips. girls let us know how this is working for you if you try it out!

11/27/06 01:35 pm - clonedkitty - Exercise shrinks abdominal fat cells better than dieting does

Thought this might help those of you (like me) who get frustrated with their stomachs...


Exercise better than dieting to trim waistline
Working out can shrink abdominal fat cells, study showsCollapse )

10/11/06 10:52 pm - t_natalia - Help!

Dear Duel,

I'm a poor student and I don't like to spend a lot of money on food, but's hard because I work in the mall....and I constantly find myself eating mall food. ie mcdonald's. I've noticed a slight change in my appearance and apparently, so has my mom. ha. i'm gaining unwanted weight :o( Please help me! I don't know what to do!!

- slowly gaining

7/15/06 07:06 pm - clonedkitty - Watermelon

So, I've discovered something. I've been getting bored with drinking water, and the other day watermelon was on sale, so I bought one. Usually, it's really hard for me to go through an entire watermelon by myself, but then I figured I could solve two problems at once:

When I was thirsty, I could eat watermelon, and that would also make sure that I ate it all before it went bad.

So then I was curious as to the nutiritional info of watermelon, and discovered that it's really good for you:


Water, vitamin A, B6 and C, lycopene...yay watermelon!

6/28/06 12:15 am - acafe - Yellow and Green Bean Salad

1 lb. of long green beans, clean and ends removed (454 g)
1 lb. of long yellow beans, clean and ends removed (454 g)
2 x medium vine ripened tomatoes, peeled and cut into large wedges
2 x medium vine ripened yellow tomatoes, peeled and cut into large wedges
5 tbsp of sesame oil (75 ml)
2 tbsp of lemon juice (30 ml)
2 tbsp of white wine vinegar (30 ml)
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 x green onion, chopped finely
1 tsp sugar (5 ml)
salt and pepper, to taste

1. In a small sauce pan cook green and yellow beans until they are tender but still crisp. When cooked, drain the water and rinse them with cold water and allow them to cool.
2. In a medium glass bowl combine sesame oil, lemon, wine vinegar, garlic, green onion, and sugar until well blended. Add salt and pepper to taste.
3. In a large bowl combine yellow beans, green beans, red and yellow tomato wedges and drizzle the dressing on top. Combine gently until all beans and tomatoes are coated.

6/20/06 07:51 pm - ktsparklegrrlie

I haven't posted here yet. I'm Katie, and I am trying to lose about 2 stone in weight.
Curry, beer and chocolate are my vices. Today I started what I hope will soon be part of my daily routine - using my exercise bike for at least half an hour every day. However, I had curry for dinner which no doubt cancels out all my good work this morning.
Heres to doing better tomorrow!

*edit* I find it pretty amusing that the smilie for full (fat) is smiling?! Lol.

6/13/06 10:33 pm - t_natalia - yay me!

despite the mcdicks, i've managed to lose weight. down 2 sizes. SWEET. i was so scared to buy new pants because i knew i had to try them on first. i had no idea i had lost so much weight in my legs. i now have 2 new pairs of pants :o)

and yes, i will still eat mcdicks :oP

6/13/06 08:25 am - clonedkitty


I just did the first 15-minute workout for abs on Tamilee's "I want that Body" recommended by the lovely diasphora and wow.

6/12/06 02:32 pm - acafe - nicola's super killer pasta salad

here you go, lovies. it's worth it, not too difficult at all, and very healthy (if you use whole wheat pasta). i was posting this in a comment and said, hey -- this deserves an entry in the_duel.

rotini (i like to use whole wheat -- initially i couldn't tell the difference, now i prefer it, and it's healthier)
chopped brocolli florets
-- when the pasta is almost done, dump these in the boiling water too, you want them to be cooked but still crunchy

while this is cooking/draining/cooling, take a huge bowl. in it, throw:
-diced: green onions, red peppers and or yellow/orange peppers (really it's to your taste), any other vegetables you want.. the more veggies, the more healthy
-olives (either kalamata or large marinated green ones, either whole or cut to desired size, but never your standard BLACK)
-LOTS of chopped FRESH parsley
-crumbled feta cheese

make sure the broc and pasta is cool as you don't want to wilt the veggies and melt the cheese (running cold water in collander helps here), then dump it in the big bowl and mix it all around.

now, here is the best dressing for it (and, as you've probably figured out i measure nothing, but it depends on the size of your salad)...
-fresh lemon juice (making up 2/3 of the sour part... and make sure you use real lemons and not the one in the bottle)
-some form of white wine vinegar (making up the last 1/3 of the sour part
-teaspoonish of dijon mustard
-salt and pepper
-fiiiinely chopped shallots (1 tablespoonish?)
-more chopped FRESH parsley, get it all mixed around
-some kind of healthy canola oil or something, i use becel. olive oil is way to heavy for this. adjust and tweak the sour/oiliness levels to your liking. i usually do it at about 2 parts sour, 3 parts oil.

mix it all around. this salad likes a lot of dressing. DO NOT chicken out and use bottled dressing! it will not be the same!
i am done now.
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