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#3262336 diets

Posted by tim2 on 26 January 2016 - 10:06 AM

I lost 5 stones in 2010-2011 - put a little bit back on because I've been a greedy bar-steward over Christmas and have just been to America. It's coming off gradually now.


Whatever you do, don't think of it as a diet but as a lifestyle change and make it something you can genuinely see yourself sticking to. This means things like:


  • Get rid of some totally ###### foods that you really don't need to eat (e.g. takeaways)
  • Reduce your alcohol intake
  • Reduce your portion sizes
  • Try cutting out carbs in the evening meal and have them at lunch
  • Drastically reduce one or more of: cheese, bread, sugary stuff (one at a time) until you can observe what does the damage
  • Bigger breakfasts, smaller evening meals
  • No eating between meals

Whatever you do (and different things work for different people) make sure you allow yourself an occasional blow-out or a Friday treat. It's so much easier to make a permanent change if you don't have to face rabbit food for the rest of your life.


Exercise is great but nowhere near as effective as reducing what you shove in your face. Weight loss occurs best at slightly elevated heart rate, not full-on energy burning. Small and often is as good as anything.


I didn't need WeightWatchers or similar - their eating plans are fine I'm sure but I think what works there is the peer pressure of having to show up. This would make you think twice about raiding the fridge.

#3262332 Silly question, maybe, about cricket

Posted by tim2 on 26 January 2016 - 09:55 AM

I've checked and there's no maybe about it.
Your question is definitely about cricket.
Don't thank me, I'm happy to help


I need to check with the Grammar Police as to whether he was right or wrong - had he said


"Silly question, maybe about cricket"


then you can definitely attribute the maybe to the cricket and not the question. By adding the extra comma the "maybe" clause could be considered automatically to be about the question. To disambiguate this he could have said "Maybe a silly question about cricket" or "A question about cricket, possibly silly"


I remember a German once berating me about the amount of allowed ambiguity in English compared to German. I agreed but pointed out it wasn't my responsibility.

#3257979 Reserves Comp Shambles

Posted by tim2 on 14 January 2016 - 05:54 PM

Can anybody confirm what other major sports and leagues do?






NRL - Use feeder teams or have their reserves in the equivalent of the Championship. Also have U19s.


FA Prem - https://en.wikipedia...elopment_League- changed recently to U21 / U18 structure, no reserve teams.


Spanish football - reserves play in tier 3 of the structure.


RFU - Run Academies, reserves and U18 but formal fixtures seem very thin (10 per year?) and are regionalised

#3255627 Government Alcohol Intake Guidelines

Posted by tim2 on 08 January 2016 - 11:19 AM

They are on the planet where drinking that level of alcohol is harmful. Let's face it, it's a dangerous, addictive chemical with long term harmful effects and which can induce anti-social and self-harming behaviour. If it were discovered now, it would be instantly banned.


However, it's only a guideline so carry on, folks....

#3251188 Favourite sporting moment of 2015

Posted by tim2 on 25 December 2015 - 08:42 PM

NRL final, GB winning the Davis Cup, Stokes' catch off Broad at Trent Bridge.

#3249535 Sports England - Active People survey

Posted by tim2 on 21 December 2015 - 12:25 PM

It's about time. Some idiot looked at the figures and saw a drop off in participation in all sports at 15 and said "Let's spend more money on that age group to solve the problem!"


Well, unless you stop teenagers being interested in members of the opposite sex, alcohol and online gaming you're on a loser. You need a bigger base to the pyramid and then the inevitable drop-off will have less of an effect.


Years ago when I was actually trying to get things going in a new region I saw the money that was wasted on the wrong projects and over the wrong time period. It made me despair.


Start at 5 and assume you have a 15-20 year return on investment. There's no quick fix - if that means spending less per year then so be it. I would also encourage the non-contact and limited contact social forms of the game to keep teenagers, parents and former players interested and involved.

#3242242 Sheffield Eagles return to the city

Posted by tim2 on 02 December 2015 - 01:07 PM

Can we get back to slagging Sheffield off please? I was enjoying that, especially when the Leigh fans started arguing with each other.

#3241036 Tennis: Davis Cup Final

Posted by tim2 on 29 November 2015 - 11:24 PM

Or possibly because he was still focussed on a Grand Slam win and didn't want any distractions?


Whatever, his strategy was right. Don't you agree?


Actually, GB had sunk to division 3. Murray's argument was that the other players had to get their fingers out and beat players  they should be beating and not rely on him until they had to. He was right - it forced a major change in attitude amongst the rest of the team and they are now reaping the rewards.

#3234988 Trident v IS

Posted by tim2 on 16 November 2015 - 05:06 PM

You may well be right but Trident won't solve cyber crime either.


It would if you bombed Moscow with it. None of us would need to worry about having our identities cloned after that.

#3230905 RLIF to focus on 'targeted' and G20 nations

Posted by tim2 on 09 November 2015 - 02:34 PM

I don't think we are in a position to pick and choose where our game will take hold.
This may not be the place, but did they announce the dates for the World Cup, as I thought that was one of their to dos?


Yes we are - there are limited development funds and you have to make hard choices about where you spend them.

#3226676 twitter exchange with Eleanor Oldroyd

Posted by tim2 on 03 November 2015 - 11:44 AM

TotalRL training video.....


#3226541 Bêtes Noires - what annoys you most about the world and it's inhabitants?

Posted by tim2 on 03 November 2015 - 07:36 AM

Motivational memes on social media, particularly the ones from US 'life coaches'.


My friend posted one that said "Why is it that your really successful friends never post motivational quotes"


My current ones are:


People at the cinema who put their feet up on the seat in front of them

People who talk loudly at gigs while the music's playing

All meat appears to now be "pulled"

Hipster beards and topknots

People at work taking all the cutlery and never returning it

People at work taking up all the car parking spaces

People at work


#3219375 The Poppy

Posted by tim2 on 23 October 2015 - 01:29 PM

The CEO of TalkTalk was wearing one this morning. Perhaps to make her customers feel slightly less angry towards her for leaking their personal data.


I have no problem with the poppy and the appeal - I don't think it glorifies war in any way. However it should not be some kind of badge of patriotism (or lack of) if you do or don't wear one. If people turn up at the BBC with one, then let them wear it. If they turn up without, don't pin one on them like the tail on a donkey. It's false.

#3214663 Royal Mail returned to private ownership

Posted by tim2 on 15 October 2015 - 08:33 AM

Whatever the status of the Royal Mail pre-1969, it certainly wasn't in "Private Ownership" or the "Private Sector"

#3208249 5K run on a treadmill

Posted by tim2 on 05 October 2015 - 02:56 PM

Chester marathon for me today. Best organised race I've ever done - highly recommended if anyone feels daft enough to do one. They also have a "metric" version - 26.2km.


Well done! I ran a Half marathon PB on the Tissington Trail on Saturday - 1.45.08 


That means I've PB'd at every regular racing distance between 5K and Marathon in 2015; 5K, 5 miles, 10K, 10 miles, Half marathon, 30K, 20 miles and Marathon.