Jan 11, 2013 6:32pm

I have to JOIN now?      hehe


what is this?   third grade?


Anyways, upon reading this, i just hogged down buttered maple parsnips and carrots ROASTED.....


Jan 11, 2013 8:09pm

HAVE to? No. But the offer is there. It can be motivating to work with a group and have some support and accountability.

Parsnips are among my favorites! I don't add sugars to my veggies, though. At most, a balsamic or honey vinegar glaze...


Jan 11, 2013 8:11pm

I have never eaten a parsnip. What do they taste like?


Jan 11, 2013 8:17pm

And will there be some cameltoe in the after photos?


Jan 11, 2013 8:17pm

They have a tangy, almost vinegar flavor. Awesome roasted with balsamic and thyme

Ewwwww! Cameltoe! No thanks!.


Jan 11, 2013 8:23pm

Count me out then.


Jan 11, 2013 8:24pm



Jan 12, 2013 2:20am

Isn't honey practically sugar??     lolz    


A parsnip is a cross between a carrot and a potato.  Not literally, but in my opinion.


Jan 12, 2013 3:48am

Good question re: honey v. sugar.  I could use a little advice about that.  I'm trying to make my 420 muffins as close to sugar free as possible.  Correct, avoid the whites.  Flour, sugar, sodium are all no -no's.  Kudos to all of the afore participating postees for the adoption of a work out initiative.  Personally, I feel a lean healthy life-style can be accomplished by a healthy combination of the following.  Exercize, sex, food and sleep.  None being more important than the other.  


Also, this seems to be a good time to add ; I personally feel full body shots should be mandatory for any dating site.  Thus eliminating any kind of body type "discrepancy".  The self descriptive terms used for profile content are far too nebulus.  It is possible to be "scammed"  into meeting a person with an undesirable body type simply based on deception.  Before meeting Lori,  I have had several experiences of the lean attractive woman I was messaging drastically change overnight into someone totally different ,then, being called "shallow" for inquiring if this was in fact the same individual.  LOL.  Sure am glad that BS has ended.


On another subject;  The core area of a man is crucial.  I would also assume the same for a woman.  Since the mid-70's ex-national league short stop Mike Schmidt has reminded us the dire importance of core exercise.  This "muffin top" as you call it is clearly an indication of a man's physical and sexual capability.   Most of these pregnant looking men are hard pressed to get hard.  Correct, abdominal fat lowers an already lo T.  It also inhibits blood flo and in general just makes life a bitch.  Image ALWAYS carrying an extra 20 lbs of full frontal baggage!!!  How inhibiting.  Some guys can't even see what they are doing yet alone use it!!!!  Seriously, abdominal fat affects everything from waking up in the am to getting it up in the am.  Wanna find a hawt lover?  Look for the 6-pak.


IMHO.  A constant supply of exercize, sex ,  good food and sleep makes life a lot more fun.  In and out of the bedroom. I personally find isometric execize the most effective.  A minimum of 30 min cardio exercize daily makes a lot of "antix" a lot more possible.  PX90 is a great program.  Chin ups are soooo beneficial.  Incorporating leg lifts with those chin ups seems to be very effective.  Keeping a regular section for exercize tips on the forum might be a good idea. 


Jan 12, 2013 4:35am

Parsnips were developed by selection of Italian flat-leaf parsley to produce a carrot-like root vegetable, and they look like white carrots. They're good for flavoring stock or broth and in winter soups and stews. I wouldn't eat them by themselves. Balsamic vinegar would dominate the blandness of cooked parsnips, which may be the point. To me, they have the texture of fibrous carrots and the flavor of cooked celery. Raw, they taste a little like celeriac with the bitterness of carrots that were pulled too late.


Jan 12, 2013 6:02am

Good question re: honey v. sugar.


Honey does contain sugars. It contains a lot of other stuff as well. It's a good alternative, but keep in mind, it's still full of sugars, so don't overdo it. 

I use honey vinegar a lot (my favorite) to make glazes, and there's very little sugar in it. You can also use balsamic or apple cider vinegar, but this one is already nicely seasoned with ginger. If you cook chopped bacon, then caramelize onions in the bacon grease, and deglaze the pan with this stuff, it makes an awesome sauce for green veggies like french green beans, asparagus, snow peas, or sugar snaps. 

If you're making muffins close to sugar free, honey isn't going to help. You might try stevia which is supposed to be a natural sweetener. I haven't played much with it, but others have had some success baking with it.

And yes, core is important. When I first joined my gym, I had a few sessions with a trainer so that I would know what I was doing. Those BOSU balls are the best thing in the world for core training. 



Jan 12, 2013 8:22am

Seems like balls are the latest and greatest gym craze.  That's cool ; whatever works.  Sure would like to see a Health and Fitness Section set up on OKC Forum.  Good for x-changing ideas ;  as wombat was kind enough to do.  

I'm running into a problem with the brownies and also my morning "mello" bar.  Sadly, sugar adds to shelf life.  When we go sugar-free, the dispensary's complain of pre-mature spoilage of product.  So here we sit sampling our edibles trying to come up with the perfect cannabis snack for the diet conscious.  I guess things could be worse.  Splenda and or Stevia will be our next alternative ; after we destroy the current evidence.  Thanks again, for the advice.

Seems the core is more of an issue for guys.  I'm thinking women are more interested in hips, thigh and glutial areas.  Also, the tricep seems to be an area of weakness with many females.  








Jan 12, 2013 8:37am

Has anyone heard of just going for a walk? Run? Or taking a dance class?  I lost 40 pounds after i had my baby because i would walk everywhere and took Middle Eastern (belly dance) classes. I loved it!  i still take them.   I hate gyms. They are disgusting and annoying. I have always wondered why people can't loose weight or get in shape without a gym....  O.o    You need a gym? And or someone telling you what to do with your own body?  It is just so cliche~


Parsnips taste sweet to me.  Not bitter, and NOT like celery.


Jan 12, 2013 8:49am

^It's more difficult to do strength training without equipment, which is what OscarDorian specifically asked about. That's why we were pointing her in the direction of minimal expense (flour sacks, used equipment, etc.) but for cardio, there's limitless options. Anyone who'd rather hit a treadmill is crazy. But gyms do offer things that are hard to obtain at home. I personally don't want to buy a BOSU, a whirlpool, or a steam room, but I sure do enjoy using them. And the treadmill is still an option for when the weather is miserable...but then so is running up and down the nearest set of indoor stairs.

And yeah, I've never thought of parsnips as celery-like. They're not as sweet as carrots, and they have an astringent tang, but it's more like a hint of sweet vinegar or wine than celery.

^^Core training should be an issue for women as well. It not only helps us maintain an hourglass, but it also helps with posture, breathing, childbirth, sex, all sorts of things.

My roommate swears by Splenda, but he doesn't really bake. I'm not sure how it would age in baked goods, but I'm sure you can Google it and get some good information.

Stevia is a whole lot sweeter than sugar, so you only use a little. It's been around forever. But unless you get one of those processed Stevia mixture concoctions, you're going to have to research measurement equivalents. 


Jan 12, 2013 10:11am

I don't feel required to go to the gym. As a student I have free access (more like included in tuition anyway) to my school's gym and figured I may as well utilize it. Besides, while beneficial, walking and running won't give me the definition I'm looking for.


Jan 12, 2013 2:04pm

Yeah, you definitely don't need to lose weight, but one can always be fitter. It's awesome to wear something sexy and have someone comment on how great your back looks. I'd like to get back to that point. My back muscles were very sexy. Not big...just visibly toned.


Jan 12, 2013 3:00pm

I have always wondered why people can't loose weight or get in shape without a gym....

I use the weight machines at the gym. I get my cardio elsewhere most of the time, but here it's scorching hot in the summer, and as snuggles pointed out, there are other amenities at the gym.


Jan 12, 2013 3:20pm

sure you ever wonder how often those apparatus amenities are cleaned?





Jan 12, 2013 3:40pm

My gym provides antibacterial wipes. When you want to use a machine or some weights, you just pop one out, wipe it down, use it, and hopefully (if you're polite) wipe it down again. If your gym doesn't provide them, bring some with you. Gyms don't have to be germ fests. 

I bring a towel to sit on in the steam room, the whirlpool and swimming pool are chlorinated. There's a shower right beside them, and you're required to rinse off before getting in either, and you can rinse off again immediately when you get out (I don't like the smell of chlorine on my skin.) This way the water doesn't get all sweaty.


Jan 12, 2013 3:53pm

sure you ever wonder how often those apparatus amenities are cleaned?

Like snuggles said, my gym requires users wipe down with antibacterial spray. I see people wiping everything down and I wipe stuff down before I use it. I'm also not a germaphobe. 

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