Jan 10, 2013 7:40pm


this is the result of children not being instructed to suck in their gut at all times (or of them not adopting the practice for themselves).  When you always suck it in (not such that you can't breathe, but just what you can sustain), you keep your muscles engaged, which, in addition to smoothing out your silhouette, actually takes the stress from belly-weight off your heart too (and I think it causes less fat to want to go down there at all, for some reason). 

Case-in-point:  I have one sister.  When we were growing up, Mom would tell us to suck in our gut.  Mom did it and I did it.  My sister did not.  Consequently, whereas my mother and I have relatively flat tummies, my sister's belly has gotten quite round and large (even to such an extent that whereas I weigh more than she does, my figure is more proportionate than hers). 

Pardon if I don't have all the scientific information to impart, but please do take my advice!  Sucking in your gut is part of good posture which our society seems to be neglecting--- just look at others around you and see the results. 

I have seen more than one girl who was used to celebrating and flaunting her little midriff as a teenager become transformed into a different shape of girl once she hit womanhood because her mother never told her to suck it in. 

So if you don't want a 'muffin top', now you know what to do. 

DISCLAIMER, BEFORE ANYONE JUMPS ON ME:  obviously I'm not suggesting that posture is a substitute for good eating and lifestyle habits, but when I saw the phrase 'muffin-top' my compassion was engaged and I wanted to offer a public service by way of passing on this important piece of body-sculpting wisdom. 


Jan 10, 2013 7:41pm

He hates the Ebonics. 

All white, hillbilly teens with sideways ball caps and oversized, beltless pants who position their hands in pseudo gang signs for emphasis hate ebonics.


Jan 10, 2013 7:48pm

I always think of muffin-top as being on the side. 

^Yup. That's him.


Jan 10, 2013 8:12pm

You got me.

kicker: You still lose.


Jan 10, 2013 8:19pm

Yeah, I do if I have you.


Jan 10, 2013 9:04pm

No pics, but my goal is my H.S. weight.

Also, muffin tops used to be these really nice crispy tops of muffins that were better than the whole muffin. Now they sell just the muffin tops, but they're soft and not crispy. Boo. Who buys those terrible things anyway?

On the subject of OP's 'muffin top', you're way cute Miss, I had to look twice and couldn't find whatever you're referring to, but this is a nice challenge. 


Jan 10, 2013 9:36pm


We both lose, Sherip.

We. both. lose.


Jan 10, 2013 10:24pm

a tub of pure rendered pig fat

and you're trying to lose weight?

Ever hear the expression "you are what you eat"? This is what they're talking about.


You want to lose weight, stop eating all this carnivorous bullshit.

But you can't do that, you've invested too much of your mind to defending this flesh-eating mentality. And you will remain as you are as a result, trying to resolve to lose weight through all kinds of methods, including the buddy system and the challenge system, and never succeeeding, until around the age of 50 or so you finally give up and say it's impossible.

Or until a miracle occurs and you finally wake up to what you're doing to yourself with this bloodthirsty diet you refuse to give up. If that day ever arrives, then and only then will you actually begin to lose excess fat.


Jan 10, 2013 11:54pm

I want to get back into shape.  I was thinking about joining a gym.  Failing that, I got the chance to play with my friend's kettlebell recently and it is awesome.  I want one.

I don't think I'm ready yet, though, so no pics or 90 days of anything for me now.  Sorry.  I hope you achieve your goals though.  Caring about nutrition and fitness and taking the initiative to do something about it is great.


Jan 11, 2013 12:28am

I used to have an inexpensive version of a kettlebell, and it was incredibly easy to change the weight. We called it a bucket, and, sometimes, to change things up, I'd use anything with a rope tied to it.



.......... aaaaaaaand there go all my excuses for not training at home.


Jan 11, 2013 3:15am

The kind of cool thing about (most?) gyms or at least mine is that you can sign up to have someone show you what to do fo' free. 

ANY respectable gym will have a certified(in Maine, I think they must be licensed) trainer introduce you to the equipment and recommend a routine for you. They do not want you to die on the floor. They do not want your lawyer to send letters. Most gyms will have at least one trainer on the floor watching. Be advised, a newbie (especially this time of year) will pretty much have to show up regularly for several weeks before the floor person will take serious interest in the effort. If you are serious, they will take you seriously, and most of them are there because they love the job.

Start slow and steady, but don't slack. Push. Do not use caffeine ("power" drinks) to get you there. The energy will come with steady involvement. Look at your local Adult Ed. brochure and take a class in Tai Chi if there is one available. 

preach off:

(Breathe in: BIG belly, Breathe out: little belly.) Hardest thing to learn? Let your belly be big when you breathe. Breathe well. (the belly won't be as big, and you will feel able to breathe!)



Jan 11, 2013 6:33am

OscarDorian: no need to join a gym (although they are nice, especially if they have extras like whirlpools and steam rooms to use as rewards). If you can invest around $50 just once, you've basically got yourself a home gym. The set I have is something like this. The cool thing about the dumbells with the disks is that when you're ready to add more weight, you can just buy more disks, which end up cheaper in the long run than buying new dumbells.

You should be able to buy the pieces separately and just get 4 disks in a lighter weight at first, and then buy heavier disks later when you need them, but it adds up to more than just laying out the $50 up front. 

If you're really not able to invest much at all, get a couple of buckets and some bags of flour, sugar, or anything you will use. The dynamics won't quite be the same, and you'll have to watch that you don't hit yourself in the head when you lift them, but it's better than nothing.

Muffin tops: I agree that cooking only the muffin tops do NOT produce the same result as tearing the top off a full muffin. But, in terms of humans, I'm pretty sure the muffin top is any bulge which appears over the waist band, whether front or side (or *shudder* back). 

Lard: if you do your research, you'll find that lard is not the demonic bucket of makes-you-fat that it has previously been made out to be. Shortening and margarine are actually worse for you. And as far as animal products, ask a nutritionist and they'll tell you that junk carbs and additives are the true demons: white flour, white rice, white bread, sugar...MSG, high-fructose-corn-syrup, hydrogenated oils, etc. I don't eat a lot of processed foods, and I eat a huge amount of assorted veggies, and even my baked goods are mixed whole grains. Our ancestors ate lard for thousands of years, and didn't have the problems we do. 

If you want to find the culprits in our diets, ask yourself what changed. What are we adding, subtracting, or doing different than our ancestors? 

We're eating refined foods with lots of additives and chemicals, and not enough veggies. That's what. Even our meats are less nutritious because they're full of hormones and antibiotics, and NOT full of the nutrients the cows should have gotten from grass, because they're fed corn instead to make them fat.

And then there's portion sizes.  Americans are greedy. We want our money's worth. We want bigger food. Even if it's killing us.


Jan 11, 2013 6:53am

"dumbells with the disks" = barbells

So many people buy weights and other exercise equipment with good intentions, then, after they've lain unused for several years, decide to get rid of them, that there are a lot of them on the second-hand market -- from weight sets and individual plates to whole systems.

Check classified ads and thrift stores. I once saw a Universal machine for $65.


Jan 11, 2013 6:58am

Barbells are considered to be the long ones which you use with two hands. At least at my gym they are. The small ones are "adjustable dumbells."

But that is a good point. Check Craigslist. Also, see if there's a used sporting goods store in your area. We have a couple, and you can get some good shit really cheap.


Jan 11, 2013 8:15am

That's a great suggestion. I'm going to take a look around and see what I can find. Also, I'm doing a bit of grocery shopping today. Any brand or staple suggestions? Other than spinach and lettuce I don't eat a lot of veggies. Nothing else tastes good. What could I mix other veggies with? I'm planning to make fruit and veggie smoothies. What veggies go well in smoothies besides spinach?


Jan 11, 2013 10:15am

For veggies, just go for a variety of bright colors. Carrots go well in smoothies. Also, if you're averse to veggies, try some fresh herbs like parsley or rosemary. They have a lot of good shit in them as well.

Grocery list advice: read labels. Try to stay away from stuff like monosodium glutimate and high fructose corn syrup, nintrates and nitrites. Buy stuff which you can pronouce, and which have as few ingredients as possible, and come in their most natural form. If you look at the nutritional lable, pay attention to how much sugar and sodium it has (bad) and how much fiber and vitamins/minerals it has (good). 

Also, even if you're buying pre-made crap, try to stay away from canned goods. Buy it in glass jars or those hermetic cardboard cartons instead. Most cans are lined with BPA plastics which can leach into food.

If you're not big on veggies, try adding them into grains and shredded carrots and onions in brown rice, or bell peppers in black beans. Throw some fresh tomatoes into almost anything. If you concentrate on just adding some color, you'll end up with a nice variety without adding a bunch of hassle.


Jan 11, 2013 10:22am


Jan 11, 2013 12:18pm

What could I mix other veggies with?

I have found recently that yellow squash is yummy in an egg white omelet. Just cut into thin coins, saute the squash, then add it to the egg whites. I also add tomatoes to quinoa. Eggplant is great in stir fry. Also, everything snuggles said about color. Finding colors that appeal to you make food a lot more appetizing. Yellow and red bell peppers taste different than green ones and are good raw also in a salad or just as a snack. I also like to buy or make hummus and you can dip carrots and bell peppers in hummus. You can also buy hemp seed to add to salads it's a good source of omega 3. Red Onions are also good in salads, and in quinoa. I make a tuna salad with drained tuna, diced avocado, diced red onion, diced tomato and a little lime juice, no mayo.


Jan 11, 2013 1:31pm

We are all waiting for OP to post her 90 day challenge pics.   



O.o  ?


Jan 11, 2013 5:27pm

My before pic is already up. It's the second one. Want to join, Amber?

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