About Me

I live in L.A. I work, I like birds and I have a book review website. I'm trying to stop my weight from going up and down throughout the year with a steadier diet and exercise plan. Going to need some luck, here.

25 years California, USA

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In the past week

Lifetime Stats

has shed:

19 lbs

has exercised:

7632 min

has burned:

44486 kcal

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  • as far as I know, rapid weight gain can definitely be a symptom of PCOS.  do you also have really irregular or missing periods? are they super heavy? THere’s no way to know if this is what it is unless you talk to your doctor and then you’ll need to probably have an ultrasound to get a better idea. there’s no real test to know for sure but you…[Read more]

  • Is it normal for your lower back to feel stiff and hurt after a good run?  Not right away, but that evening?  It’s not crippling or anything but it’s pretty uncomfortable.  Enough that I’ve had to take a painkiller a few times.  Anyone else get that?

  • Good thinking.  It hadn’t even occurred to me that the sugar or artificial sweetener is what you don’t want.  Normally that’s the first thing I look for.  Thanks for pointing that out.

  • Envirotodd replied to the topic ocean/lake vs pool in the forum Swimming Forum 1 month ago

    Definitely an ocean or lake.  The pool makes it easier to exercise for longer and to do different kinds of swimming though.  Lakes and oceans give you more of an HIIT experience in a natural way though.  They both have strengths.

  • A lot of fitness supplements, the energy ones, are based on guarana.  I noticed that’s the same ingredient in energy drinks.  Doesn’t that mean that I could just have an energy drink instead of using fitness supplements?

  • Low blood sugar makes weight loss hard because of sudden extreme hunger and powerful sugar cravings.  So the key is to eat small meals regularly and paying attention to what you’re eating so you don’t cause spikes and crashes in your blood sugar.

  • Moving around in any way in a pool is good.  The water provides resistance so it’s not the same as just strolling around on land.  When you’re in the water it helps to challenge the muscles moving around in it.

  • Good question.  I would definitely say a ginger tea.  Ginger is wonder for your health and is very calming to the stomach.  Just make sure that you let them steep for a long time.  The flavor should be strong.  otherwise, you’re likely not getting enough of it to really do too much.  It tastes amazing.  I love it. You can have it plain or you ca…[Read more]

  • Envirotodd replied to the topic yoga socks in the forum Gear Reviews 2 months, 1 week ago

    I love them. I absolutely love them especially with the socks.  Downward facing dog is a much stronger pose using them and because we do that repeatedly throughout a routine.  I strongly like them except they are horrible in hot yoga.  The socks too.  Hot yoga you really just need to go with bare hands and feet and have a good microfiber towel.

  • Envirotodd replied to the topic stevia in the forum Health Forums 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    I think if you use a tiny amount of it, it won’t hurt you.  It’s not something you want to have regularly.  It messes with your body’s insulin response because it tastes sweet so the body sets up to be ready to deal with sugar.

  • I dont even feel the difference one cup of coffee makes anymore.  I drink it so slowly the caffeine doesn’t really do much.  I feel exactly the same after a decaf cup as I do after caffeinated.  Is that normal?  I’m starting to think that the caffeine from one cup isn’t enough to really do much for me – possibly for anyone with a normal tol…[Read more]

  • Envirotodd replied to the topic snacks in the forum Health Forums 3 months, 1 week ago

    That’s a good idea, Penny4Thoughts.  I always forget about iceberg lettuce.  It’s the one I usually skip in favor of a leafy green that has more “superfood” in it. I’m going to give that a try.  I bet it would be good ripped into “chips” or even rolled up to make it easier to dip.  Even if you eat more lettuce, it’s not like it will hurt anything!

  • What burns more calories, walking on snow or walking on sand?  I’m just curious

  • Envirotodd replied to the topic snacks in the forum Health Forums 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    I hate to be the person who brings up kale, but has anyone else tried making kale chips?  SO good.  Just a few minutes under the broiler and that’s all it takes.  You can do the same thing if you coat chickpeas in some great spices.  Toast them for a while in the oven and they come out crispy and full of flavor.  Also nutritious and exploding with fiber.

  • Yoga is good.  So is just getting up and doing things.  Make sure you walk every day for example.  Or maybe go swimming.  Do things that are active and that get you to move around and stretch. Keep the area around it loose.

  • If you’re a beginner, try to find a beginner workout video that advertises that it boosts energy.  There are a few beginner dvds that come with several workouts – a regular one, an energy boosting one and a relaxation one, for example. I think a good 20 minute workout is perfect because there’s always time to do it and it’s long enough to really…[Read more]

  • One trick you could use is to buy only pure maple syrup just because it’s very expensive.  That way, you’ll only use it when you absolutely have to and you’ll use as little as possible.  Otherwise, you won’t be able to afford it 😉

  • I’d probably say the same thing.  There are some brands that are meant for that kind of foot though.  Saucony lets you choose shoes based on that kind of feature when you shop on their website.  THink about checking out their site and some other brands, too.

  • I agree with you.  I’ve read a lot about how much of a difference cutting added sugars can make. white sugar is pretty much an addictive drug in the body.  It puts us at risk of diabetes and a lot of other health problems.  The more you can cut it, the better it is for you.  If you want sugar, get it from fruits, veggies and whole grains.

  • I think that float tanks are wonderfully healing and prepare he body to help it to perform all its functions properly.  It boosts the immune system, lowers stress, detoxifies the body through the skin.  Because you’re floating in very salty water it draws out impurities from the skin.  It’s very good for the body and the mind to completely shut do…[Read more]

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