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  • Lilyanne
    Lilyanne asked the Question: Workout with a sprained ankle

    I sprained my ankle a few days ago, and am wondering if anyone has suggestions for workouts I can do seated. I did crunches yesterday, but need something more. It hurts to stand right now, and I want my ankle to heal as soon as possible, so I don't want to stress it doing too much on my feet. Any ideas other than arm weight lifting while seated? Thanks!

    7 days ago
  • Lilyanne

    I've read arguments on both sides of this question. Some say that Stevia, or the splenda brand monk fruit sweetener (both of which have erythritol, which is technically natural) don't impact insulin levels like aspartame or saccharine. But will these natural sweeteners cause the same sugar craving problems as other "diet" sweeteners? I've stopped drinking diet sodas, because they are so chemical, but I'd like the option to have lemon water with a packet of something sweet for watered down lemonade. Any suggestions? Thanks!

    7 days ago
  • Lilyanne

    I'm just starting my quest to get in good shape and lose weight. I'm 5'10", and 278lbs. I'm obese, in other words. I have an underactive thyroid and PCOS, both of which were diagnosed recently and both of which contribute to the fact that I've found it pretty impossible to lose weight in the past.
    I would think that big people would get more support when we try to get fit, but the opposite seems to be the case. I feel awkward shopping for clothes to wear working out (sporting goods stores don't carry my size, that's for sure!) or shopping for equipment. I tried out a couple gyms in my area, and was amazed and embarrassed at the dirty looks I got. I have good gym etiquette, but all the pretty people didn't want to look at me, I guess.
    It's hard enough being fat in this culture without feeling I'm running the gauntlet every time I want to run on a treadmill. I'm just curious if other big people have the same problem. It would be nice to know I'm not the only sporting goods pariah.

    7 days ago
  • Lilyanne
    Lilyanne commented on Anthony's answer to Membership:

    I canceled my subscription then decided to re-subscribe before my current month was up, and the page with subscription options includes the $60/year. I tried to choose that, and it did not go through properly. If that promotion is truly over, it should not be a choice on your website. And since it is offered on the website today, and nowhere does it state that this is a temporary offer, it is very poor customer relations to come back and say "well that promotion, which is currently advertised, has ended." I'll let my subscription lapse if it means continuing on the monthly basis. It's the principal of the thing, and very sketchy service.

    over 1 year ago
  • Lilyanne

    That's the studies which should be taken with salt, not the egss!

    over 1 year ago
  • Lilyanne

    Eggs got a bad rap in the sixties when the medical community decided they were full of cholesterol oh no oh no how horrible. Then, as often happens, more research showed eggs actually have good cholesterol!

    Also, no study, not a single one, has linked a diet high in cholesterol to having high cholesterol. Doctors just make that assumption, and so do we. In other words, if eggs satisfy you, and keep you full till lunch, eat them! There will always be new studies coming out and contradicting what came before, so take them with a heaping spoonful of salt!

    over 1 year ago
  • Lilyanne

    I often order plain seltzer water or club soda out at a bar, and ask for a twist of lemon or lime. It looks just like a gin or vodka and tonic, and no one's the wiser. Plain cola or sprite would give the same effect.
    At a party at someone's home, if there are mixed drinks available I do the same thing with the seltzer or tonic water. Generally some sort of mixer is available which can be drunk alone. Or ask for water! If your friends or co workers think it's odd, either hang out with different people or tell them you're on a medication which requires you to avoid alcohol. There are plenty (I'm on metformin and shouldn't drink, but I think more women take that than men so make it your fake drug of choice at your discretion) and a bit of research gets you a cast iron excuse.

    For beer, I'm gluten intolerant so that's an excellent excuse. If you politely explain you can't have wheat, no one will press beer on you. And really, if you politely decline anything you're not likely to have a problem. As long as you don't berate your friends for drinking, they probably don't care whether or not you abstain!

    over 1 year ago
  • Lilyanne
    Lilyanne joined a nutrition challenge.

    I joined the Get a Full Night's Sleep challenge.

    over 1 year ago
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    I successfully completed the Hydrate All Day challenge.

    over 1 year ago
  • Lilyanne
    Lilyanne asked the Question: Workout with a sprained ankle

    I sprained my ankle a few days ago, and am wondering if anyone has suggestions for workouts I can do seated. I did crunches yesterday, but need something more. It hurts to stand right now, and I want my ankle to heal as soon as possible, so I don't want to stress it doing too much on my feet. Any ideas other than arm weight lifting while seated? Thanks!

    over 1 year ago
  • Lilyanne
    Lilyanne joined a nutrition challenge.

    I joined the Hydrate All Day challenge.

    over 1 year ago
  • Lilyanne
    Lilyanne answered the Question: What are some good soda alternatives?

    Entirely serious- go without soda for one week. Then a second week will be really easy. Then try coke zero, and you'll realize the taste isn't what you remember! Lemon water is great, so are flavored seltzers. Not the bubbly sweet flavored drinks, but regular old seltzer. TrueLemon makes unsweetened lemon individual mixes you put in a bottle of water that really taste like lemon juice (because it is just dehydrated lemon juice!) if you don't have lemons on hand or are traveling. I've been off soda about a month, and I don't like sweet drinks at all any more.

    over 1 year ago
  • Lilyanne

    Thanks, Gary! I didn't know that about raw agave, I'll look into it. I'm finding I don't need sweeteners for most things, save the odd cup of black tea. I gave up diet soda about a month ago, and now I can't stand the taste! And I'm just fine with that, lemon water tastes better than diet coke ever did.

    over 1 year ago
  • Lilyanne
    Lilyanne answered the Question: Can't stay motivated... It's so hard

    It is hard! I'm struggling, as are many people here, I'm sure. Start slow. Going all out right away - working out every day, changing your diet completely - is too hard. I've been doing daily burn workouts for a little over a month, and I'm still pretty exclusively doing the easy ones. I started with the modifiers, now I do the normal versions. You can't push too hard. Change your habits slowly.

    A month ago I decided to give up diet sodas for a week (I drank a LOT of diet coke! Like, scary lots) and after a week I found I didn't want it any more. After two weeks, I found I no longer liked the taste! A change that small made me feel like I could make bigger changes, too.

    I track calories, but I don't beat myself up if I eat a cookie or go over my planned calories. I do find, though, when I am tracking conscientiously, it gives me pause. I look at something I want to eat and think "no, I don't really want to write that down. I don't need that."

    I also find writing a quick note on how I feel post workout is a huge motivator. If I've done a daily burn video, had a snack, had a shower, I feel amazing after that. Even sore muscles feel like victory. Write down what being active feels like, and read it over when you feel discouraged. But don't write down how crappy you feel if you don't work out! It's like training a dog. Reward good behavior, ignore the bad. We're animals, too, we like positive reinforcement!

    It's hard for the leapard to change his spots, and impossible to do all at once. But by making changing slowly and steadily, you can create new habits. I still have a long way to go losing weight and getting healthy. It can be discouraging at times, but I take each five pounds as its own victory. We can do this, because it feels good. Not because we're supposed to, because we want to.

    over 1 year ago