The "quit whining" and lose some weight thread

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  1. pushpull7

    pushpull7 Banned

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    Ok, now that the sensa experiment is over it's time to focus on this from a more realistic angle.

    Weigh in: 195lbs
    Goal: 185lbs (for now) One hurdle at a time.

    I have two really glaring problems that can't have much done about them.

    A medication that known to cause weight gain
    Age (47)

    However, what I'm willing to do:

    -keep track of my daily food intake
    -exercise. Though I can't run or do anything too strenuous (back issues) I most certainly can and will walk. Luckily there is a nice hill on my walk (long/fairly steep). I go for about an hour (I think it ends up being about 3 miles)

    I'm not an all day snacker. My problem becomes at night when it's time to tube out. This is priority number one! My fear is that by simply cutting it off, I'll just think about it all the time.

    Portions. Yeah, I like to eat. When I dropped from 215 to current weight I went with lower portions. Time to start this again!

    This is mostly a discipline. By posting this here I'm hoping that it will keep me in check.

    thanks for listening :)
     
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    Trying to figure out how to do this w/o it being a lame "diary" type thing. I'm keeping track of what I eat. I guess maybe post once a week with everything I ate in a condensed way?

    Or maybe not at all? :lol:
     
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    I support this. :yesway: I decided to man up last year, made sure I was burning more calories than I was taking in, and I've lost 154 pounds in the last year. I am no longer obese, I can sleep, breath and walk better, and have reached a nominally healthy weight. It really is possible, and easier than people think.
     
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    As boring as it sounds, one of the best ways to keep your meals within a pre-determined calorie portion, is to just pre-determine your meals.

    In other words, construct a few meals (along with the right portions) that fall within the calorie goal, and just stick with them.

    This is why so many bodybuilders have their select few meals that they eat over and over.

    Then it just becomes a matter of meal spacing.
     
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    Holy shit dude! That's awesome!
     
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    Hats off to you man :bowdown:.

    That's some seriously consistent long-term willpower. :metal:
     
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    Thanks guys! I was just sick of being unhealthy, and decided to change. It was a change borne of unhappiness, and once I got a rythym established it was easier than I thought to keep going.
     
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    Nice! I'm starting my workout/diet plan next week. I can't wait to be healthy again.
     
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    Best thing I did regarding snacking while watching movies: replaced a sofa with an exercise bike. When I watch, I'm either standing or pedaling.

    First off, it turns that that time from a slow calorie injection to a zero intake time.

    By either using a stationary bike with heartrate monitor pads, or a worn heartrate monitor, you'll be able to get your heart rate up to either 60% of maximum (easy but constant), or even higher, up to 80% (less efficient in terms of burn... which means you burn even more).

    Few shows are less than 30 minutes, so you'll have at least that in any given session.

    You'll be entertained and distracted. In fact, if you have the right movie on (Die Hard, Bourne Identity, etc.) you'll be surprised at how fast the time goes.

    I either have a metronome click going so I know my lowest target cadence, or wear that little vibrating metronome so I don't disturb other people if we're watching together.

    My riding position is not aggressive at all. I also bought one of those completely split saddles (two pads, no horn) to keep the dream alive.

    I picked my bike up from Craigslist. It's silent, and it was cheap.

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    If a bike isn't an option due to the back thing, think about a treadmill. Going with "pushing the cart uphill" (pushing against the handles/grips to involve the upper body) and using a steep angle, you'll quickly ramp your heartrate up much higher, and without the knee stress of running.

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    And, of course, there's always using a yoga ball instead of a chair, and either doing really light freeweights while watching, or using something like a Bullworker for your upper body. Doing something comfortable over a long period of time can do amazing things. Ever see a postal carrier's calves? That's just from walking.

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    In my fridge for snacking, I have black beans and salsa. I have a hard time eating more than 1 cup of beans and half a cup of salsa, along with chips for dipping (I get the baked chips). Sure, they all have carbs, but most complex carbs. Then, when I'm getting to the end, I might have a quarter of a chocolate Power Bar, which isn't as calorie dense as actual chocolate.

    I drink a lot of water, especially right before eating. Doing this at a time when one might instead be snacking allows one to feel full and not as tempted to *keep* snacking.

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    Man, I'm excited for you. I can't wait to hear how this goes!
     
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    So today's weigh in was 192.4

    Last night I had two handfuls of tortilla chips, NOT in front of the tube. Eating was pretty much predetermined. I not feeling hungry or deprived.

    Water. Something I DON'T drink enough of. Coffee is my vice, I only put a little sugar in it (no cream) and I have two coke zero's a day (can't stand not having carbonation, coke zero is the only "diet" drink I like)

    I love the idea of the bike/treadmill. I don't watch a ton of TV, it's what I do at night when I'm winding down. The only time I watch allot of TV is when I'm sick or football season. I do have a "yoga" ball :)

    I sit in front of this computer ALLOT. I post, I read stuff, I play guitar/do music but it is sitting a ton. I should take more breaks and do something.

    One good thing is there is more yardwork to do at this time of year (about to get some of that done today) This should be good for a few extra calories.
     
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    I don't know if you are doing it yet or not, but I have had a lot of success eating 5-6 small meals a day instead of the standard 3. Now when I say meal, it could just be an apple or an orange as opposed to what people traditionally think a meal is.
     
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    My legs are like this. I push carts as my main job so it's a combination of walk/jog/running and when I'm at work and not doing carts it usually involves walking.

    But I do have some flab in my middle I need to get rid of and I've been using free weights 2-3 times a week to tone up my arms a bit.
     
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    I might as well join in! Since February I've lost around 40 pounds or there abouts... From 242 to 202, got at least another 15-20 to go, or until I get my body fat down to get some BrOOtAl pecks ;-)
     
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    Yes. As a matter of fact, it's kinda being adopted. Smaller portions and If I'm hungry, another smaller portion later. However, of late, I haven't been very hungry.
     
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    Er...

    There's a lot of studies out there which, for whatever reason, show a link between the artificial sweeteners used in Coke Zero and:

    Weight gain
    Cardiac events
    Premature birth
    Diabetes.

    You can do some reading on your own, but if you want to increase your chances of success, why not just give up the diet drinks with aspartame and acesulfame potassium?

    And, if you don't want to give up soda, you might as well just substitute something with actual sugar for the diet stuff, given that the "zero calorie" thing might give you a false impression of how "healthy" that intake amount is. (Not high fructose corn syrup, either, which also has a few negative intake results.)
     
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    If you really like carbonated drinks, drink ginger ale!
     
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    I dunno about that, when I lost the 20lbs 3 years ago I went from real coke to coke zero. I was assuming that was part of the reason.

    I can't give up everything (crying)
     
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    btw, you should be careful, I'm starting to think of you as my personal trainer :lol:
     
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    Seltzer is good, too. It seems more carbonated than soda, so it drinks slower, and drinking slower is a good habit to develop for when you do have a soda or a beer.

    I'm down ~55lb in this past year and it has been a lot of hard work, but it's so rewarding even with the progress made so far.

    Good luck!
     
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    Seltzer water, interesting idea. It would have to be flavored me thinks.

    Problem is I REALLY crave coke..........coke zero is so close. Ironic me thinks too that I gave up the real thing if it isn't helping.
     

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