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51  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Who fasts here? on: April 10, 2014, 12:22:04 AM
Could you expand on this?  I've never fasted as long as you have, usually only 36-48 hours, but I'd like to hear your thoughts on how to best break the fast

I only do a long fast once or twice a year and I do think shorter fasts can be just as helpful. I tend to do a long one when I'm mentally bogged down so my process kind of reflects this.

Two days before starting I'll stop animal products. The day before I'll just eat very lightly. I don't feel good starting a fast if I still have a pile of food digesting inside me. Depending on how I feel I may or may not eat that night before.

When I break the fast I'll take 2-3 days to start eating more complex foods, so typically my first meal afterward is a piece of fruit, with some vegetable soup for dinner.

The next day I'll eat a little more than the first day back, perhaps adding some rice or 'heavier' more fibrous veggies.

Third day back I'll introduce a little bread and some nuts/seeds. Maybe I'll have some plain yoghurt (I tend to avoid dairy anyway).

Fourth day back in and I'll have some eggs.

Day 5 I'll start back with chicken or fish.

I don't really see the sense in giving your body a break only to jam it full of food again the minute you stop. It takes awhile (for me at least) to get back up to speed and I try and think in terms of how long something will take to digest. I know nuts are pretty complex but I don't go overboard. Other than the nuts I'll try and keep fats as low as I can until the end.

If I'm just eating intermittently though (like just having dinner, or just breakfast and lunch or whatever) then I don't worry too much.
52  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Who fasts here? on: April 09, 2014, 03:20:10 AM
of course you should drink water. Total abstinence won't benefit anything.

I usually drink water, herbal teas, and vege or vege/fruit juices.

First day is easy, second day is usually the challenge, after that it's all good.

You feel like you have more energy (when you probably don't). I did notice this time around at day 5 I was starting to struggle with my German and had to really concentrate to speak it properly. I broke the fast the day after.

Breaking a fast correctly is also important. You have to restart slowly. It was about 4 days before I ate any animal products again.
53  Getbig Main Boards / General Topics / Re: why do smelly foreigners insist on shaking hands with everyone in the gym? on: April 08, 2014, 11:44:54 PM
Try living in Germany. Every time you see someone they want to shake your hand. Doesn't matter if they saw you a week ago, out comes the hand. Drives me crazy.
54  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Who fasts here? on: April 08, 2014, 01:11:09 PM
Similar to Pedro - I usually fast a week or 6 days every year. It's a good mental clean out as well as a rest for your body.

Depending on how I'm feeling, I may also not eat once a week, or not eat until midday. I think it's done me a lot of good.
55  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: I thought kids were bad but parents are far worse on: April 08, 2014, 12:58:36 PM
Europe is not far behind...  Embarrassed Cry

Australia too.

I was back there for Christmas. Of all the friends I caught up with, only one of them left their phone alone.

We are becoming a species that photographs everything, but pays attention to nothing.
56  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Men are nothing more than Clowns to the Modern Woman; on: April 07, 2014, 10:56:42 PM
http://www.rooshv.com/men-are-nothing-more-than-clowns-to-the-modern-woman

 Whatever natural connection that once existed between the sexes has now been severed. Neither sex needs each other so we dedicate ourselves to corporations, entertainment, and base pleasures instead, and this is a great tragedy that most people believe is a sign of progress, a cause for celebration.


Very well written. I think this part is especially accurate. I see this in many 20-30 year olds I know - minute attention spans, constantly looking for the next bit of entertainment.
57  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: how exactly does money get you women? i think this is a myth on: April 07, 2014, 10:29:12 PM
I had a mate a few years ago - not a good looking guy - who would go out, find a hot woman and position himself in her vicinity and then proceed to have a fake conversation into his cellphone, reorganising his 'surgeries' for the next day. Or sometimes it was to close a real estate deal on an apartment in Paris or New York or somewhere similarly exotic.

He'd speak loudly enough to be overheard and he would be swimming in pussy. I can't think of a night where he didn't pick up some stunning woman.
58  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Young and old: differences? on: April 05, 2014, 10:21:26 PM
I've been at it for 26 years. I'm 44 now. You don't realise how indestructible you are when you're young and how easily you can bounce back. I've had a couple of bad injuries (ruptured disks) but otherwise it's the niggling little things that start to bug you - the tendonitis in the elbows or the sore knees that seem to reappear too soon.

I've always tried to lift heavy but have recently changed it up and am now doing more volume. I don't enjoy it as much but I think it's easier on my body. Falco is right - you train just as hard but the body doesn't respond as well as it used to.

The good thing is I care a hell of a lot less! If I miss a workout or two (or three or four), I don't care. If I only eat vegetables or bread for a few days, I don't care. I'd much rather be having fun kicking back or eating good food than worrying about what it's doing to my body.

I think from early to late 30's I was my biggest and strongest, but as I said, I don't really care so much anymore. I've even contemplated just stopping completely for awhile and doing something else. I would never have thought that way even 5 years ago.
59  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Who kills themselves at 96? on: April 05, 2014, 10:06:09 PM
My grandmother died at 96 but would have suicided a few years earlier if she'd been able. She'd say she'd just had enough, her body wasn't hers anymore and living in a nursing home was undignified.
60  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Who owns or runs a gym? on: April 01, 2014, 10:39:30 PM
The demographic in your area (apart from racial mix) almost exactly matches a new suburb my cousin has moved into.

The one gym in that area is booming and from speaking to her, it's pretty much the courses people are coming for.

They have a fairly standard equipment profile (cables are popular) but it's the zumba, cardio boxing, walking group, diet group etc etc that people are coming for according to her.

Daytime is downtime, but when the stay at homes come in to train - usually women. Don't forget some of those adductor/abductor machines!
61  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Pissed off teacher makes kid clean piss... on: March 31, 2014, 03:00:46 AM

Liberal pussies. Boy will these kids get a shock when they enter the work place.


I know it's kind of the in thing to bash the millenials but I really think most of the next generation are in for a big awakening when they hit the workforce.
62  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Pissed off teacher makes kid clean piss... on: March 30, 2014, 10:49:09 PM
Fuck. I was once made to clean the entire toilet block and then sent to the principals office for a caning!
63  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Fucket lists on: March 28, 2014, 10:19:49 PM
I'd be more than happy with just one....

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64  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: High Volume vs HIT on: March 27, 2014, 12:05:01 AM
I've been doing high volume for selected body parts for the past few months - chest, back and shoulders mainly.

The pump is cool but it takes a lot of time.

Always had very good results on a low volume high intensity programme, but I'm getting older and find that training this way now leaves me with some joint pain.
65  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Random pics on: March 25, 2014, 11:20:23 PM
who dat ?  Shocked

Eva Green
66  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Question for the Getbiggers with a non English first language on: March 25, 2014, 05:49:32 AM
Thanks for all the responses people.

I should have disqualified you Scandinavians - it seems like you all come out of the womb speaking English better than native English speakers (maybe not the Finns so much).

I was recently at the Europa School in Varese, Italy, where there are 3 languages of instruction in every class. It was so humbling to see the students chatting to each other in Italian, then switching to French or German when they spoke to a teacher, then making phone calls in perfect English. I really think multi-lingualism is one of the best gifts a parent can give their children.

I have friends I learnt German with who refuse to speak their mother tongue to their children because they want them to be as 'normal' as possible. I can kind of understand the thinking but it seems like such a wasted opportunity to me.

Sev - I am open to the prospect of past lives. When I first came to Germany on a visit I couldn't leave fast enough. Hated the place. Had an almost physical reaction to the people - hated them. I promised myself I would never return. Nowhere else in Europe did I feel this way - just Germany.

Fast forward a few years and I found myself in a spiritualist church (totally by accident - long story) and some woman tells me I died in a concentration camp in Germany. (Strangely enough, I had mainly jewish friends growing up).

fast forward a few more years, here I am living in Germany, married to a German. Must be a lesson there somewhere...
67  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: People are sick on: March 25, 2014, 05:37:30 AM
mt druitt waterworks. awesome urban legend.

Yeah - it was definitely Mt Druitt in my memory. Good to know that it wasn't true.
68  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Question for the Getbiggers with a non English first language on: March 25, 2014, 01:36:49 AM
Cool. Your English is excellent. Is it normal for English to start at age 8 in Romania?

I used to teach at a bilingual high school here and while some of the kids left with a high level, there were some kids who couldn't manage a sentence (not too different from most schools I guess).
69  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Question for the Getbiggers with a non English first language on: March 24, 2014, 11:59:12 PM
What was/is the hardest thing to learn when you learnt English?
I was trying to explain something to someone here in Germany the other day and thought, English really could be confusing if you didn't grow up with it.

Second question - how did you all get so good at it? I'm always pretty impressed at how well some of you non native speakers write in English.
70  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: People are sick on: March 24, 2014, 11:54:22 PM
I heard that was just an urban legend.  I remember when people used to tell that story.

maybe you're right - I would have heard it at school, but I was pretty sure it also appeared on the news. Memory is a bitch though - I just remember the thought leaving an impact on me.
71  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: People are sick on: March 24, 2014, 11:27:24 PM
There was a case in Australia back in the 80's where razor blades were found glued inside waterslides. There are some strange types out there.
72  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: About the defunct WBF on: March 22, 2014, 12:15:17 AM
That was Mike Quinn's excuse for coming in fat. Said he was doing hours of cardio but the high fat diet was making him fat.
73  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Another classic Weider lie on: March 17, 2014, 11:46:39 PM
U were 17 in college and then 25 yrs later in HS??

It felt like it sometimes.
74  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Another classic Weider lie on: March 17, 2014, 11:25:12 PM
I was 17 and had just started uni when I picked up Muscle and Fitness for the first time. I thought "Fuck - I need EVERYTHING shown here. How am I supposed to afford it all?".

25 years later I had a high school class with a guy who would rattle into class with a bag full of beta alanine, chicken embryo capsules, protein powder, creatine, L carnitine and god knows what else.

Some things don't change (except for how much disposable income the kids have these days).
75  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: La fitness minnesota: Somalian thunderdome? on: March 17, 2014, 08:43:56 AM
My friends in Sydney tell me some suburbs are becoming unliveable because of the Somalian refugees. One of them left her job because of them and the area where she was working.
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