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  • mattmitchel
    mattmitchel asked the Question: What is a good step up from TBT?

    I've cycled through TBT 4 times, and I'm doing several of the exercises at level 3. I still feel challenged, but I think I can do more, and would consider investing in some equipment.

    about 1 month ago
  • mattmitchel

    I completely agree with ErinP. Planning ahead is really key. If you're really hungry, and all you have around the house is sweet stuff, then you're going to eat the sweet stuff. Keep healthy alternatives around like fruits and light proteins, and prepare large quantities of healthy meals that you can eat or snack on over the course of the week. If you really crave sweets and have trouble resisting those cravings, it may be really uncomfortable to set limits on yourself at first. That is totally normal. What is also normal is for these new and healthy lifestyle behaviors to eventually become self-reinforcing and habitual. Aside from the self-esteem boost that comes with results, your body will also just learn to do more with less, and your cravings should diminish.

    about 1 month ago
  • mattmitchel

    I bought a short one, which was a mistake. I really like it, but you can't do several of the upper back exercises. My advice is to get a 36" roller. You should be able to lie upon it so that when it is parallel with your spine both your lumbar and neck are supported. It's nice to have a short one, too, but these things are ridiculously overpriced. If you have to get one, buy it on amazon or get it used.

    about 1 month ago
  • mattmitchel
    mattmitchel answered the Question: Exercises to do at my desk?

    Good answer, Faery. I would also add that it is very helpful to stand up as often as possible at work. The CDC wrote a paper on this that can be found at the following link: http://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues....

    about 1 month ago
  • mattmitchel

    It is really frustrating to buy tons of food only to find out you can't eat it. While I am no nutritionist, I imagine that potato chips are forbidden because they are loaded with saturated fat and carbohydrates, to say nothing of the additional chemicals typically found in processed foods. As for fruit juices, I typically cut these out completely when I'm restricting. Sure, they're made of fruit, and fruit is healthy, but do you know how many oranges it takes to make a glass of juice? There is a ton of sugar in fruit juices. You get more health benefits and fewer calories from eating fruit and not drinking it.

    about 1 month ago
  • mattmitchel
    mattmitchel asked the Question: What is a good step up from TBT?

    I've cycled through TBT 4 times, and I'm doing several of the exercises at level 3. I still feel challenged, but I think I can do more, and would consider investing in some equipment.

    about 1 month ago
  • mattmitchel

    Hey ErinP, I agree with Jacksoki's response. It can be difficult to remain consistent when you don't get the obvious results that can reinforce your healthy behaviors. For this reason, it's often helpful to set different kinds of "process goals" (i.e., goals that focus on your behaviors) as opposed to "outcome goals" (i.e., goals that focus on "numerical evidence"). An outcome goal of losing 30 lbs, for example, is a great goal, but it probably feels like a tremendous undertaking at first, and some of us lose weight much slower than others, so there's plenty of opportunity to get discouraged. Examples of process goals, in contrast, may be to keep as consistent as possible to your routine, or to increase the number of exercises that make you feel challenged. In my case, I've gone through TBT almost 3 times, and I'm always aiming to do the hardest variants of each exercise, even if I have to drop down a level or two midway through (which I do constantly). In the beginning, I could only do level 1, but now I'm starting most moves at level 3. My process goals are to remain consistent as possible in my workout schedule, and to start every exercise at level 3. These are things over which I have more control, and watching myself improve my strength, form, and stamina has been much more satisfying than losing weight. I really hope this is helpful.

    3 months ago
  • mattmitchel

    I bought a short one, which was a mistake. I really like it, but you can't do several of the upper back exercises. My advice is to get a 36" roller. You should be able to lie upon it so that when it is parallel with your spine both your lumbar and neck are supported. It's nice to have a short one, too, but these things are ridiculously overpriced. If you have to get one, buy it on amazon or get it used.

    3 months ago
  • mattmitchel

    I completely agree with ErinP. Planning ahead is really key. If you're really hungry, and all you have around the house is sweet stuff, then you're going to eat the sweet stuff. Keep healthy alternatives around like fruits and light proteins, and prepare large quantities of healthy meals that you can eat over the course of the week. If you really crave sweets and have trouble resisting those cravings, it may be really uncomfortable to set limits on yourself at first. That is totally normal. What is also normal is for these new and healthy lifestyle behaviors to eventually become self-reinforcing and habitual. Aside from the self-esteem boost that comes with results, your body will also just learn to do more with less, and your cravings should diminish.

    3 months ago
  • mattmitchel

    I prefer the fresh fruit for flavor, and I add 3-4 large ice cubes to the blender.

    5 months ago
  • mattmitchel

    Very good answer. Having just gotten through all the TBT workouts and restarting TBT 1, I can tell you that you will feel so much better by day 25, but TBT 1 is still really challenging for me. It's a lot more enjoyable, though!

    5 months ago
  • mattmitchel
    mattmitchel answered the Question: Exercises to do at my desk?

    Good answer, Faery. I would also add that it is very helpful to stand up as often as possible at work. The CDC wrote a paper on this that can be found at the following link: http://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues....

    5 months ago
  • mattmitchel

    It is really frustrating to buy tons of food only to find out you can't eat it. While I am no nutritionist, I imagine that potato chips are forbidden because they are loaded with saturated fat and carbohydrates, to say nothing of the additional chemicals typically found in processed foods. As for fruit juices, I typically cut these out completely when I'm restricting. Sure, they're made of fruit, and fruit is healthy, but do you know how many oranges it takes to make a glass of juice? There is a ton of sugar in fruit juices. You get more health benefits and fewer calories from eating fruit and not drinking it.

    5 months ago