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  1. Hi all, Just thought I’d share a a bit of my overall plan and progress so far. I’ve been doing cardio most days, which varies between cycling and walking in the hills. I alternate the two a day at a time and find that both complement each other quite well. While this hasn't necessarily affected my weight in any way, I’m generally feeling a lot better than I did a few weeks ago. I used to lift free weights when I was younger (and a lot slimmer) so I’m keen to start introducing that into my general routine, in the hope that I can start converting some of the excess fat into muscle. I guess I won’t really notice anything looks-wise, but I’m confident I’ll feel a lot better as a result, though I’m expecting weeks and months to really feel the difference. I managed to get hold of a good quality ‘back support’ belt online (https://www.easyprices.com/fashion/weight-lifting-belt-xxl-cheap) as I still have mild back injuries from years ago, and a friend of mine is selling a nice set of free weights (not too heavy), which will all be perfect to get me started. As long as I’m sensible with all this and keep in mind that my physical ability is nowhere near on par with my mental ‘dream’, then I should be ok. Above all else, I just want to feel ‘well’ again, and that in itself will help my confidence.
  2. They really are! Though what I see in the mirror is somewhat different to what I see in the movie.
  3. The 'Rocky Training Montage', it motivates me every time. (Not joking).
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    Friend joined group to be nosey

    I agree with Lidia. That's just not acceptable. Definitely get him away so that you're off his radar, either by contacting admin or blocking him directly. If not, you'll have the added pressure of not wanting to disclose or discuss your feelings in the group for fear of being watched or revealing too much. That won't help you at all. Hope you get this resolved soon.
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    Tofu Recipes?

    In Asia, tofu is used widely. One of my favourite (healthier) recipes is tofu with Asian chives and beansprouts. It uses a minimal amount of oil just to cook off a couple of cloves or garlic with pieces of tofu that take on the garlic flavour along with the seasoning. Once they're cooked a little, just add heaps of fresh beansprouts and chives with a splash of veggie stock and cook through. Be careful not to cook it too much as the point here is to retain the crunch of the beansprouts and chives. It's absolutely delicious and I can't recommend it enough. Obviously the recipe varies from country to country though the principle is still the same. To give you an idea I've just found an online recipe that's as close to the real thing as I can find: http://relish.com/recipes/stir-fry-tofu/ This particular recipe uses spring onions/scallions as opposed to chives, but both would work equally well. Enjoy!
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    That's wonderful to hear. The picture speaks volumes! Congratulations.
  7. A fantastically written article and a great one to keep in the back of the mind. I'm pre-op and this has certainly encouraged me to keep these points in mind, especially as I often tend to struggle from things in my earlier years. Thanks for sharing.