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  • Ditto on the trail running. My knees are much less forgiving of too many miles on pavement versus dirt. Definitely add in the strength training.. that adds strength fast and will improve the cycling and running (except in cases where you aren't recovered before the next ride/run). I found it made me much faster in both…
  • Simultaneously overloading the bar and lifting with poor form for your personal physical geometry is, IMHO, a bigger risk on the Smith Machine. If the supporting muscles are too weak for the weight and/or your form is bad, in the case of free weights, you're pretty much just not going to be able to lift the bar (rather…
  • ditto. basic small notebook. and about as Keep-it-Simple-Stupid program as it gets. Repeatedly futzing with the phone would be a PITA while I'm rushing through my workout. I do log the final working weight and achieved reps in a spreadsheet later on to track history, particularly as I do occasional massive deloads during…
  • The "Bro diet" potentially has a place for those bodybuilders doing a massive cut (like say before a competition), where they have reason to temporarily cut calories very very low while keeping protein very very high. Otherwise, very very unnecessary. If your calories are at what you want, and you're getting the protein…
    in Food choices Comment by ritzvin April 6
  • This. For me, bars serve the purpose of providing calories (particularly easily digestible ones) when I don't have other options. "Dinner" for me is often Clif or granola bars in my car and/or bars/fruit snacks a small while later while riding/running/hiking. (Followed by a 'supper' of more substantial food later). Macro…
  • I don't usually log my strength workouts (Not a GPS activity, so a Garmin won't auto-attach any calories sans wearing a HR monitor, and it's a fairly small calorie burn so I'm too lazy to update it manually), so if the pre-workout didn't contain many calories (less than what the unlogged strength workout would have been…
  • I can only handle so much gluten (and pizza dough is particularly high in it), so cauliflower pizza is something I occasionally get if at a restaurant that has it. Personally, I like it. Someone that doesn't like thin crust pizza probably wouldn't. If cooking at home, you definitely do need to make sure there is good air…
  • Not inappropriate at all. A rather healthy comment IMO. I think having a mindset of recognizing a high-calorie food and deciding if you think it's worth it (maybe yes, maybe no) is so much healthier than the 2 far alternatives that are so common: mindlessly eating something that's there or being obsessive about eating…
  • If it is a gluten issue, then there are gluten-free-1-to-1 all purpose flour blends available these days (the one I buy is even a store brand) that work pretty well (at least for biscuits, pancakes, crepes..I've never made noodles). (I don't have any suggestions for a keto alternative though)
  • I normally add a large pile of sucralose (splenda) and some vanilla and almond extracts to 2% Fairlife (lactase- and protein- added milk), and then usually add A LOT of it to my coffee, but consider it part of breakfast (reasonable calories and good macros for the volume).
  • If it's a boredom snacking-idle hands issue, then either find something to do in the evening (some people knit, etc - something you'll use your hands for if sitting around), or stock something very low calorie density like veggies to mindlessly munch on (like celery sticks, etc).
  • The main issue for the OP is attempting to estimate *trail* running (which is a very different animal than pavement running hills or no hills)(there are easy formulae for the latter such as posted above). I've been logging it as hiking (well, comparing the 2 numbers and adding an 'adjustment' to bring it up to the hiking…
  • I think OP means 3 days in a row and then 1 single rest day in a 4-day cycle (rather than 3x/week)..so 5 or 6 days /wk.
  • Depending on the amount of ice/snow, I either go with non-spiked trail running shoes or a retired pair of spiked XC shoes with shorter 1/8" spikes. (I don't recommend the latter if significant amount of bare pavement).
  • To get that much, it would have to be somewhat low intensity cardio that you'd be able to do frequently for long durations. Running/jogging would definitely not work - it would take possibly years to work up to that kind of volume. Cycling (150-200 ish miles per week) would possibly be the most viable option...but you'd…
  • Have you weighed your 2 bars and confirmed they are the same weight?
  • It's always somewhat buggy. I've gotten in the habit of only making a few edits/matches at a time and re-saving if entering it on the computer instead of phone.. since it so frequently freezes up on save. been like that for years though.
  • Also, if you are looking to train in running/cycling, Garmin is fairly ubiquitously supported by pretty much every training metrics site. ETA: (one reason I didn't consider the competitors like Polar and Suunto at the time).
  • My Garmin 920XT is 7 years old. They seem like they last almost forever (so, alas, no excuse to upgrade for added features (I want a basemap and a few other things that weren't available pre-Fenix line...they merged features of the triathlon & outdoor watches)). I can't necessarily speak for the longevity of newer models.…
  • in addition to the meat mentioned above, greek yogurt & cottage cheese are very good protein sources.
  • Just to sum up what most are trying to explain to you: if money is tight (and even if it's not), then ditch ALL of those products (the creams, the pre-workout, and also the protein powder if you're getting enough already). Spend some time looking up a structured strength training program (there are quite a few in the forum…
  • You can use whatever you want as a serving size for the total number of servings. If you're not pre-dividing similar amounts into a set number of containers at the beginning, then it's generally easier to indicate the total number of servings as the total weight (or total cups, or total ... ). If I immediately divide a…
  • You might have an allergy or intolerance to one of those...several of those are common allergens. My knees throbbing are one of the main symptoms I get if I have too much wheat.
  • for the curious... Wegmans: (note that the instacart prices for Wegmans are usually significantly marked up...more often than not they've been $2/lb when I've gone to get a pack).. (the large pack of boneless, skinless thighs is higher per pound, and smaller packages are significantly more per pound) It's not unreasonable…
  • (For the curious), in my area you can usually get boneless skinless chicken breasts for close to $2/lb at several of the nearby main grocery stores, but it does require buying a fairly large package (something that might be a major hurdle if someone is living paycheck-to-paycheck).
  • I do definitely see where those who find it potentially more expensive are coming from. Those who are truly poor would have difficulty front-loading the expense of cooking tools/implements/appliances and/or bulk-priced packages of food items and/or storage bags/bins/jars and/or not have the ability to store much food (may…
  • Same here on it being cheaper. 'Eating healthier' for me largely means walking right on past the tasty high calorie gourmet morsels I might otherwise have impulse bought, and eating out much less. A lot of bulk batches of stews, soups, chili largely using cheap basic vegetables and fairly inexpensive chicken, pork, turkey.…
  • Adding that while I don't love lifting all that much, the major improvement it made to the sports that I do love (and that I am bit more competitive in), made it continue to be a priority for me to get it done. (Ran, cycled, mountaineered for years... My ability in all of those jumped up massively after a mere few months…
  • For the lifting, I had to schedule it into a fixed set of time blocks. I needed it set into schedule to force myself to go and build the habit. And I go to the gym closest to work right before work when the gym is less busy and it doesn't cut into time for the cardio I enjoy, and doesn't really add to my required…
  • if dairy is an option (don't know if you are vegetarian or vegan), then greek yogurt is high protein per calorie. Also, protein-added milk is commonly available (and easily added to coffee/tea/cereal/oatmeal/..).
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