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  • I found that eating at maintenance for a week or two every few months really helped. I also changed my exercise regularly...walking, running, cycling, weights, classes at the gym etc. I get bored easily so I need a lot of variety.
  • There is a theory that if you get up early and are physically outside in the early hours of the morning, at daybreak, then your body absorbs the serotonin from the morning sun and uses this serotonin to create melatonin later on. Worked for me...but that may have been getting up really early for a week or so made me tired…
  • See a physio and get a proper diagnosis. They will also show you how to strap it properly to support it when you exercise. When I had plantar fascitis I used an exercise bike until it got less painful. Biking is also easy on the knees and other joints.
  • I rewarded myself with a facial (my 1st ever) after 20kg. Then a pedicure (again, my 1st ever) after 30kg. A 3-day tramp after 50kg...which meant buying a pack and tramping boots. So ... expensive... but they are now well-used. Loving my new hobby and getting out there again. Best reward ever.
  • I started off doing it for weight loss. Burning 400-500 calories a day (I was way overweight) helped with the deficit. But I've always enjoyed it. Now, I do it because I hate that "blah" feeling I get when I don't exercise. I enjoy feeling physically tired after a run. I also bike to work (saving lots of $$ rather than…
  • Thanks everyone for your comments and support. I got out there...put on my merino, running rainjacket, and braved the elements. Got pretty wet, but had a long, warm bath and was pleased I'd done it. 4 wet days later, and the sun came out but the wind picked up. Almost got blown backwards at times. Just needed to make the…
  • I like this idea. The weather is still appalling so I'll go out and give myself permission to come home if I hate it. I guess once I get going I'll be fine.
  • I think I just need to harden up and brave it! I have plenty of warm, wet weather gear. It's just getting motivated to get out when it's just so horrid out there!
  • Falafel. Delicious cold in a salad. Hummus and raw vegetables (crudités) Vege spring rolls Seeded crackers with cheese and vege sticks You can make wraps from red lentils, and have a wrap that is bread-free.soak the lentils, blend to a batter and cook like a crêpe. They're fab, and high protein, wheat-free.
  • What about sauces/dips etc made with veges? I make a dressing from blended roasted capsicums, olive oil and garlic. Hummus is a good base that you can add things to (carrot hummus, beetroot hummus etc).
  • I have a Garmin 245 music...love it. No phone, can play music through it, can get a range of data while I'm running. Just bought the Garmin Venu for my son. Similar watch, but his is touch screen, which I don't like, but he loves. He's a professional athlete so loves the data he gets. My tramping buddy has a Garmin…
  • @AnnPT77 flare-ups for me are completely random. I'm lighter and fitter than I've been for years and the flare-ups have definitely reduced since losing weight. However, I can't work out what causes them. I can run four days in a row and be fine, or I can go for a gentle walk and have a flare-up. There's no rhyme or reason.…
  • @sijomial thanks...but no thanks! Wouldn't it be great to be able to insert new cartilage?
  • How exciting! I love my Garmin. Just bought my son a Venu SQ Music. I'm sitting here looking at it in its box, itching to set it up. My next purchase for myself with be a fenix but can't justify the cost with my forerunner less than 6 months old!
  • That would be awesome! Given my love of a long bath, I'd be the thinnest person ever. If only we could literally melt it away in a bath...
  • I bike to work. It's about 7km each way. I don't do anything different than if I was driving other than leave earlier and wear clothes appropriate for cycling and weather. I change once I get to work. I went from no cycling to cycling every day with no problem. Rain, hail, shine. I've biked in all of them. Gloves in…
  • I heard an interview with Paul Coll, the current World number 1 male squash player. He said after every point he focuses on the next....asks himself "what do I do next?" I apply this to my approach to weight loss. Did I manage to refuse that donut we got offered at morning tea? If I did, what helped me say no, so next time…
  • I tried a range of different classes at my gym. My favourite ended up being "pump". Mostly because I run and wanted something for resistance on days I don't run. I also enjoy their other group classes, body blast and BTT. It's great to mix it up for me, mentally, because I get bored easily! Try different things and you'll…
  • I walked for a year before I started running. You can burn a lot of calories walking, you can vary your pace, use hills etc to push yourself. One day I just broke into a jog and carried on. I used c25k once I had run for a few weeks. The walk/run method is great. You can run as fast or slowly as you like, and you can walk…
  • My boys went to Switzerland recently and their Airbnb host made them a special dinner on their last night. Part of the dinner was raclette which they'd never had before. They're bringing a raclette grill home with them. So excited! A fab way to have cheese...but not something I would have spent money on myself.
  • I bake. Baking needs precision. Weighing, measuring, timing, kneading, rolling etc. By focussing on the recipe, I find I relax and let go of everything else. So I'm always challenging myself with new recipes...the more complex the better! Learning a new skill like folding dumplings is always a positive as well. Then I give…
  • I would look at the reason the ingredient you don't like is included, and then substitute with something you do like, that does the same job or just leave it out altogether. So if the onion is for sweetness, I'd choose something else that adds sweetness. Or if it's for flavour I'd add more garlic or use onion powder.…
  • I had a big issue 60kg ago with "having" to finish everything on my plate. It was a thing from growing up ..we weren't allowed to leave the table until we finished our plate. Not sure of my parents' reasoning, but it meant that for my entire life I ate whatever was in front of me. So my first thread to pull was allowing…
  • I'm sorry you're not feeling well. Why not eat at maintenance while you're feeling unwell rather than try for a calorie deficit? It'll give you more to eat, and will take some of the pressure off. Also, I find filling up on low-calorie food like vegetable soup helps when I'm in the mood to eat too much. Use lots of colours…
  • I have a Garmin forerunner 245 and it will allow you to set the pool length, and it tells you the distance you swam.
  • Start with one thing you can change, that's an easy change. I'd suggest water. Have a bottle of water with you...at your desk, on the table or wherever you are. And just sip as often as you can. If you reach for the water bottle instead of anything else, not only will it be good for you, but it might stop you reaching for…
  • @heybales I am a slow runner. I can run for two hours and easily hold a conversation! I'm currently increasing my speed and working hard, but I reckon I could still talk while running. I do stretch and roll...the yoga is just an extra workout I do a few times a week. Sugar is definitely a trigger...a can of coke or bowl of…
  • Lentils in any form. My favourite is a creamy Dahl with potatoes (roasted if I have time). Or a quesadilla made with black beans, lentils and tomatoes. And cheese. Got to have cheese in a quesadilla! If you buy a can of lentils, the Dahl takes literally 5 minutes to make. I buy a can of beans, lentils and oats and make a…
  • In case anyone was following...I think I've narrowed the problem down to yoga rather than running. I took a break from yoga (I just do online, YouTube sessions, no classes) while I was away on holiday. Continued with the running. My migraines went away. I've been back for two weeks, re-started the yoga and have had two…
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