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  • 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
  • Lilyanne
    Lilyanne completed a nutrition challenge.

    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
  • Lilyanne
    Lilyanne answered the Question: What are your biggest nutrition pet peeves?

    That drives me nuts, too! But because I am gluten intolerant, and on those occasions I want some junk food I can eat (big family party, for instance, I put out Food Should Taste Good tortilla chips along with crackers for cheese and dips) I assume I'll find it in the junk food aisle. Where it belongs. Taking bread or baked goods and replacing the wheat flour with rice flour or coconut flour and xanthem gum doesn't make it healthy. That seems really obvious to me, as someone who can't have gluten (I break out in a terrible rash!) but people are gullible, and fads are good marketing.

    My biggest pet peeve, though, are things like light mayonnaise. I don't like mayo, personally, but if I did I'd want the real stuff. Egg, vinegar, and that's pretty much all you should find in the ingredients. When I look at a food label and see all sorts of things not found in the full fat, or "real," version, that seems really unhealthy! Speaking of gluten, actually, I had a reaction from sour cream at a restaurant that was cut with filler made from wheat. Light versions of certain foods are just chock full of additives and chemicals to keep the consistency of a full fat version, and it can't be good for you.

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

    I successfully completed the Fill Up on Fiber challenge.

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

    I joined the Fill Up on Fiber challenge.

    almost 2 years ago