How strongly do you adhere to your regimen?

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    Jun 23, 2007 1:09 PM GMT
    Do you ever take the Ofuckit Pill? Eat dark meat, ice cream? A couple of extra drinks? Go a little heavy on that late night snack? Order chinese food?

    I'd say Im about an 85%er as far as sticking to the good stuff.

  • Jun 23, 2007 1:18 PM GMT
    I'm pretty bad at cheating. I simply can't do it anymore. For example, on the rare occasion I get frozen yogurt, I won't even finish it (too many processed sugars, you know? :/) Then again, my friends describe as a fitness nazi, so I suppose that would be typical.

    I also rarely skip the gym when I know I have to be there. Every so often (maybe 7 days out of the year?) I'll take an extra day off.
  • atxclimber

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    Jun 23, 2007 1:59 PM GMT
    Last night after climbing I went out for a delicious calzone stuffed with pepperoni and sausage and had 3 beers. But I power-walked 2 miles each way from the pizza place to offset a couple hundred of those calories.

    The night before was my weekly cooking night, and I had 2 glasses of wine with a delicious Indian meal including naan with chutneys, saag paneer, fried samosa, and -- not Indian at all -- a cupcake. But I went climbing hard for an hour beforehand to help offset that, too.

    The night before that I celebrated my friend's first published novel with a group of us at one of Austin's nicer restaurants, and had, uh, 4 glasses of wine if you count the muscat.

    I eat a small but filling breakfast, a small but filling lunch, and a snack during the day, because I know when I cheat it's with dinner, and I try to burn a lot of calories every week with exercise to offset that stuff. I do track it all (painful though it is to enter "meat calzone" and "cupcake" in a calorie tracker!) so I know how it balances out. And, shockingly enough, it does.

    I think my results would be much worse if I felt like I was always eating a crust of bread and dry-roasted chicken breast for dinner; I'd feel like I was constantly denying myself and be unable to take it.
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    Jun 23, 2007 2:25 PM GMT
    Eh, I'm allowed two days (per my trainer) where I get to eat food I like. Not binge, mind you, but maybe have some pasta for dinner or a glass of wine with dinner. I find it's easier to stay on track when you get to enjoy really yummy food from time to time. My big cheat meal is dimsum for lunch.
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    Jun 23, 2007 3:52 PM GMT
    "My big cheat meal is dimsum for lunch."

    Mmmmmmmmm. Chicken feet!
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    Jun 23, 2007 4:07 PM GMT
    Hmm, pork dumplings. But I'm asian, for us pork is a vegetable.
  • trebor965

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    Jun 23, 2007 5:02 PM GMT
    i work at a very fine eatery that feeds us. to turn it down would be rude. plus i love food, and call it cheating if you want, but i know when enough is enough. my biggest cheat lately has been milkshakes. oh damn them! chocolate fudge icecream with oreos.
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    Jun 23, 2007 5:37 PM GMT
    Four years ago, I was nicknamed the Carb Nazi during my weight loss phase. For about a year and a half, I was rigidly strict about potatoes and refined carbs. Now that I have 25 more pounds of fuel-hungry muscle, I've relaxed considerably, and I cheat with an occasional piece of coffee cake or pie. I've been sober for 11-plus years, so I don't drink at all. Ice cream hurts my teeth, late-night snacks tend to give me headaches, and I don't worry about the few meals with red meat I eat each week.
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    Jun 23, 2007 5:40 PM GMT
    Well, if you're already in good shape, being extremely active lets you not worry so much about what you eat, as you just burn it off. I bike at least 10 miles a day, run and swim 3 times a week. If I got all my calories only from healthy foods, I'd probably drop weight like a brick.

    Granted, that isn't the case if you're trying to lose weight. But for me, I tend to eat whatever I'm hungry for. I let my body tell me what it needs. And it doesn't tell me it needs 2 pints of Haagen-Daaz a week, so we're good.

    "Regimens" are great, but you should give yourself some flexibility. Denying yourself something for too long just makes it worse.
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    Jun 23, 2007 6:18 PM GMT
    If we're talking strictly food then I am no good at all with a regimen. I have a passionate love affair with food, and I can never hold myself to a good regimen, at least as far as eating all the "right" kinds of foods go. So, I just try to eat smaller portions.

    I'm pretty good about a gym regimen, rarely if ever skipping a scheduled day. But I do allow myself at least one day a week where I don't go to the gym.
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    Jun 23, 2007 6:31 PM GMT
    Funny enough I have to stick to a high calorie diet and I have a hard time doing it.

    Skipping meals is a second nature to me. If I get busy or sidetract I almost always skip lunch. Breakfast is a must. Dinner is important, again, time can get away from me.

    I think I need to invest in a wrist watch that beeps every 4-hours and reminds me to fill my tank.

    But even when I skip meals I try to make up for it.

    If I were as consistent eating as I was working out, I wouldn't have troubles putting on weight. =/
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    Jun 23, 2007 6:34 PM GMT
    I have a number of food allergies, so I avoid those things. Beyond that, I don't really care. I used to count calories, grams of protein, etc., but I found that behavior just made me feel a bit crazy. When I lived in LA, I had a trainer, meal plans, etc., as did most of my friends. I got good results, but found that being so strict really robbed me of the pleasures of eating. Not to mention that conversations about how many protein grams to ingest, when to eat, etc. became rather ridiculous after a while.

    Where I live now, none of my friends cares about all that stuff, yet they're in better shape than my LA friends and not nearly as neurotic about body image. Eating is common sense, in my mind. Avoid the processed crap, eat lots of veggies, and try to achieve some measure of balance between your carbs, fats, and proteins. And steer clear of the booze!

    Anyway, to each his own, but I know that I'm much happier not being a slave to my diet/exercise routine.
  • Lincsbear

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    Jun 23, 2007 7:05 PM GMT
    I`d say I`m pretty regular with my exercise and eating,but far from obessional/fanatical.Sometimes you`ve just got to enjoy yourself beyond training as there`s mmuch more to life than this fitness lark!
  • GQjock

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    Jun 23, 2007 8:17 PM GMT
    If there's any problem it's that I stick too tightly to any given regimen when it comes to exercise
    ...and this brings me to a lot of plateaus along the way
    Diet I never watch myself
    it only makes me feel deprived and then I start "looking" for the bad stuff
    as a rule...I like what's good for me
    I hate fried foods
    and cold roasted chicken is my favorite thing to eat
    give me a handful of almonds and a bike trail and I'm good to go :)
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    Jun 23, 2007 9:52 PM GMT
    My regime sucks. I either eat too much fatty stuff or I eat too lightly and don't get enough to eat. I probably need to operate a tighter regime. I haven't been to the gym much recently either. The only exercise I've been getting is from a bit of cycling and an hour a day of hiking. That's about it!

    Hopefully, I'll try fencing again next week. See how that goes.
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    Jun 24, 2007 9:33 AM GMT
    I try to go to the gym 4 or 5 times a week. I cycle to work when it's not raining too much.

    Food-wise I eat healthily 80% of the time. But I do like a glass of wine with my evening meal. I also like cake. Yum. But I don't eat chocolate, ice cream or biscuits because I'm not keen on them. Well, actually that's a lie, I love chocolate. And if I'm out with friends I'll always drink lager. Life is too short to live it in denial.