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The Lounge Would you tell a co-worker's spouse you witnessed them cheating? or butt out? touchy subject Jan 16 2013
01:14 (UTC)

All those saying that it's not a moral issue and stay out, etc. This is something that I haven't seen brought up....

This guy could be opening his wife up to STDs by his behavior. He in fact could be endangering her well being.

I'd say that at least gives her a right to know. Or at least I would feel obligated.


On the other hand... did you get a close enough look to see if he was using a condom?

If so, disregard the above.


Weight Loss Has anybody lost 20 pounds in 6 weeks? Jun 28 2012
22:47 (UTC)

It's possible.

Parris Island.


Weight Loss Weight Log Trend Jun 28 2012
22:27 (UTC)


like the person said above, it's a rolling average.

This is the main reason I weigh in every day, it keeps things more accurate.

As long as your weigh in today is less than your eleventh weigh in back then the green line will go down.  This is because that eleventh weight drops off and is replaced by the most recent one. The other nine weights in between stay the same.

If you weigh in weekly then really you're comparing your current weight to your weight ten weeks ago. That's probably why your line still went down.

Weight Loss How often should I weigh myself? Jun 26 2012
16:01 (UTC)
if you are weighing every day anyway why dont you just log them?
Weight Loss Skipping meals? Jun 26 2012
12:06 (UTC)
Wow. I've been wondering who was in charge here. I see now it is solustaphillia.
Weight Loss How often should I weigh myself? Jun 26 2012
06:10 (UTC)

For your sake I hope you don't have a situation where you weigh yourself one week at a low and the next week at a high simply because of fluctuations like that, then you'll really flip out.

For example, check out this past week for me:

2012-06-24 268.60 267.66
2012-06-23 265.40 268.16
2012-06-22 266.00 268.68
2012-06-21 266.60 269.08
2012-06-20 267.00 269.56
2012-06-19 267.00 269.86
2012-06-18 267.80 270.08
2012-06-17 267.80 270.30

If I only weighed myself on the 17th and the 24th I would have thought I had gained, but I was actually losing.

The more data you collect the more accurate you will be, well... to a certain extent.


Weight Loss How often should I weigh myself? Jun 25 2012
22:31 (UTC)

I weigh everyday at the same time. Right after I wake up and use the bathroom.

I don't pay attention to that weight.  I enter it into the weight tracker here and pay attention to the trend column.  That helps balance out the day to day fluctuations.  It is a rolling average of the last ten weights.

Weight Loss Skipping meals? Jun 25 2012
22:28 (UTC)

Why is it bad?  Why are set meals required?  Why do we have to log everything? I've lost 50 pounds over the past few years and some days I don't log or sometimes I may miss a meal.  Barring some injuries I would have lost more. I think the idea is that once you learn what portion sizes are right you won't even need to log anymore.

I wouldn't focus so much on what others may or may not be doing. Life's much easier that way.

Fitness Home strength training ideas? Jun 24 2012
02:51 (UTC)
Original Post by science_chick:


No one said you can't get stronger doing yoga.  What we said was that yoga has different goals.  If your goals align with yoga and you get the benefit of added strength, great, but if your goal is strength, why not train for strength?  


See post #9.

Why are you attacking me? And for someone who is supposedly ignorant I haven't said a single incorrect thing.  I didn't even say your advice was bad, or that following a program was bad, just that there are more options. At this point your simply putting me down for the sake of it.

I was done with this thread, but since you brought me back into it...

Saying that yoga isn't strength training isn't the same as saying that you can't get stronger doing yoga.

If I were to say that a Cadillac sedan isn't a sports car doesn't mean I'm saying that you can't use it to drive to work?

If you are not in shape and not very strong to begin with then yoga can make you somewhat stronger, so can working on a farm, or in a warehouse.  But that does not make them forms of strength training.

This is mostly a semantic argument you are having now anyway. If it makes you happier then I suppose I could start calling yoga strength training, but I'll say it is mostly ineffective in providing substantial strength gains for people who are already fit. 

To go back to my former analogy.  Just because a Cadillac sedan is not a sports car does not mean that it is a piece of crap or that it doesn't have it's own uses and merits.  Just like yoga.

Fitness Home strength training ideas? Jun 22 2012
01:39 (UTC)

There is only so much you can do with your own body weight. I didn't say anything about barbells and NRoL.

Even if there are specific poses, etc to yoga that require some strength, as the gentleman said above, the purpose of yoga isn't strength training.

Just like lifting weights is actually a form of cardio.  But if you want to really improve your cardio and endurance you'd be better off doing something else.

This article sums it up pretty well: s-strength-training

The author knows what she's talking about:

I probably should have linked to it instead of making my initial snarky comment. And it actually includes a decent workout for the OP.

Just like your feeling that you get... sometimes I get the feeling that people think that yoga can do anything and everything and if you aren't doing it then you aren't doing it right.

There is far too much misinformation on these boards, and I'm not saying that what you are saying is this, but most people that know better are too overwhelmed to try and correct everything.

You are correct in that the person that speaks the loudest and most often isn't always right, though.  But they are hard to combat.


PS - and yoga isn't near to being free unless you believe you can be self taught effectively through books and videos. Sounds like the way to injury to me.

Fitness Home strength training ideas? Jun 21 2012
23:10 (UTC)

Yoga isn't really strength training.  Really, it isn't.

Fitness Complete Beginner - Marathon Training May 29 2012
01:44 (UTC)

Here's a 20 week training plan for beginners.  And it seems like you've probably got exactly 20 weeks.  So get started! a/marathonbeg.htm

Don't slack off on it either.  If you don't manage to complete it then I would not advise attempting the race, that's a sure way to injury. Trust me, I learned the hard way.

I just realized the base mileage for this plan is a bit higher than what you're at.  Have you thought about doing a half marathon first?  I bet the one you're interested in running has a half.  And then after you finish that you'll have a year to train for the full.  Slow and steady!

Weight Loss Does psyllium husk's calories when taken as fiber count toward caloric goal? May 19 2012
11:58 (UTC)

Exactly, if the label says it has calories then that's how many calories it has. Not all of the contents of what you are eating is simply nondigestible fiber.

Fitness What type of exercise should I pursue? Feb 03 2012
17:09 (UTC)

I'm surprised no one else on here mentioned that you are almost underweight for your height.  To maintain your weight at 120 you are going to have to eat more regardless of what exercise you choose, if it is more exercise than what you are doing now.

So, you're going to have to eat more if you want to get healthier.  From another post you made I assume that you are recovering from severe alcohol abuse.  The exercise really will help you, but you don't want to lose any more weight.

Weight Loss Bathroom Scale Reccomendations? Jan 30 2012
15:35 (UTC)

I bought mine cheap from walmart four years ago and it is still working fine.  I can't remember the brand but it was 30 bucks.  It uses bioelectric impedence to measure BF% also, but that isn't that accurate.

I don't know of any that can have that many people in memory.  And if you find one then it'll probably be a lot more expensive.  Mostly because if it has that feature it will probably have a lot of others. city-Recognition-Technology/dp/B004L6NTHU/ref =dp_cp_ob_hpc_title_2

this one has an 8 person memory, but i don't know much about it.

Young Calorie Counters What is going on!? Jan 30 2012
13:48 (UTC)

You also only weighed yourself once.  Who knows, it could have been a high weight day for whatever reason.  If you are basing the other weight on your absolutely lowest that might account for why it is 10 lbs.  How long of a time period was this over?  It'd be very hard to gain an actual 10lbs in under a month.  10lbs = 35,000 calories.  You'd have to eat a surplus of over 1000 a day over longer than a month to do that.  I'd just get back on track if I were you.  You'll probably see that you really didn't gain that much back.

The Lounge Obama Student Aid Reform Jan 27 2012
18:30 (UTC)

I guess a quick analogy would be if you were to try and buy something at a garage sale.  It's priced at $10 dollars.  You go to pay for it and pull out a wad of twenty dollar bills.  The seller then says, "Oh, no, this is actually $20."

Do you think education has really improved in its quality and value fifty fold or more over the last 40 years?  No?  Then why the heck does it cost fifty times as much?  Extravagant dorms and facilities is part of the problem.  But heck, colleges have the money to spend on that kind of stuff now, and it helps to justify some of the increases.  But do institutions of learning really need gyms with jacuzzis and rock climbing walls?  I'm sure that they would argue that they do now, because they are competing for students with each other.  But that doesn't have anything to do with what their goals should be.

The Lounge Obama Student Aid Reform Jan 27 2012
18:25 (UTC)
Original Post by nomoreexcuses:

(dave, student loans are in the special category of there being no way out of them. you can file bankruptcy til you're blue in the face and you'll still have to pay that loan back. And if you don't, they will just take it from you.)

I don't think you get the point of what I was saying.  That, because the requirements to being issued student loans are very basic, it's essentially free money.  Yes, the students will have to pay it back.  But there are virtually no controls that help make the demand for college education more elastic.  Essentially, enrollment hasn't decreased even though the price of higher education has skyrocketed over the last 40 years.  Part of the reason for this is because the money is always there to pay for it.

I can't explain it as well as it has already been explained. 2/03/rising-college-costs-a-federal-role/

Note that is from the liberal slanted NYT as well.

For more explanation in a site not as vetted: _bubble

And specifically: in_the_United_States#Student_Loan

"Another proposed cause of increased tuition is U.S. Congress' occasional raising of the 'loan limits' of student loans, in which the increased availability of students to take out deeper loans sends a message to colleges and universities that students can 'afford more,' and then, in response, institutions of higher education raise tuition to match, leaving the student back where he began, but deeper in debt. Therefore, if the students are able to afford a much higher amount than the free market would otherwise support for students without the ability to take out a loan, then the tuition is 'bid up' to the new, higher, level that the student can now afford with loan subsidies.[6] One rebuttal to that theory is the fact that even in years when loan limits have not risen, tuition has still continued to climb.[7][8] However, that may not disprove this proposed cause: It may simply mean that other factors besides 'loan limit' increases played a part in the increases in tuition."

The Lounge Obama Student Aid Reform Jan 27 2012
17:08 (UTC)

The Federal government backs student loans through the Stafford, Perkins, and PLUS programs.  This isn't like a car or a house loan where there is collateral and an assessment is made about a person's ability to pay.  They are just given out based upon "need".  And if that "need" raises by 5% every year because tuition is increased the government just pays out that much more money.  Are you seriously arguing that this isn't the case?

And that doesn't even consider government grants at the federal and state level.

So, yes, I would say that it is, in a way, the government throwing money at colleges.  Certainly, most students wouldn't be able to pay these rates if they had to finance it by themselves.


There's also this, but it's another story: 12-billion-student-loan-industry-bailout-a-le sson-in-corporate-welfare/


Fitness Im a girl and i want to b able to do push ups Jan 27 2012
14:14 (UTC)

You are trying to do this: ternal/BWPushup.html

It is a pushing exercise using the major pectoralis muscles.  When performing a push up women are typically lifting 71% of their body weight.*

I'd find an alternate machine or free weight exercise focusing on the same muscle groups and gradually build your strength up to the level for your push ups and beyond.  Having a strong core is also important during push ups.  So make sure you are doing sit-ups, crunchs, etc as well.

The bench press is basically the exact same thing as a push up except you're doing it on your back and you don't need the support from your midsection and legs.  The benefit is that you can bench press a weight much less than 71% of your body weight to build your strength.  This will also give you an idea of where you stand and how much you will need to improve in order to do those pushups that you want. #anchor165455 ; See variations of the bench press here.

You can do it.  When I was in the Marine Corps I knew several women that had no problem with push ups.  I even knew a few that could do 20+ pull ups at a time.


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