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#1681 Habbler   Run! CAGiversary!   793 Posts   Joined 5.2 Years Ago  

Posted 24 April 2014 - 10:38 PM

With the help of this thread I went from ~310lbs down to 220lbs at my lightest. Some of you may remember the pics.

 

Sadly since then I have lost a job to outsourcing, opened a small business, watched said small business fail, lost my house and moved 800 miles to live with my parents again. Currently sitting at 270 lbs and I am terrified of my mother's southern cooking. LoseIt! did wonders when I made all my own meals, but it's hard to track what others prepare for you.

 

I just got a $20/month for 6 months deal at Gold's Gym. What motivators are out there these days? Should I jump back into calorie counting?



#1682 Mega Man   SUPER FIGHTING ROBOT CAGiversary!   17100 Posts   Joined 5.5 Years Ago  

Posted 24 April 2014 - 11:23 PM


I just got a $20/month for 6 months deal at Gold's Gym. What motivators are out there these days? Should I jump back into calorie counting?

You're 270 lbs is enough motivation and yes calorie count. I count every day except cheat day



#1683 encendido5   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   3580 Posts   Joined 11.1 Years Ago  

Posted 18 September 2014 - 05:26 PM

How's everybody doing? 

 

I managed to sort of maintain where I've been for the past year or so.  I creeped up to about 205/206, but am back down to 199.  I started T25 last week and it's been pretty good except for the pushups, which still give me trouble because of my elbow surgery a few years ago.  


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#1684 Pookymeister   I like almonds Super Moderators   15211 Posts   Joined 10.1 Years Ago  

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Posted 19 September 2014 - 04:32 PM

Got down to about 170lb in the summer, but after the Bahamas i creeped back up to about 177. 174lb now and looking to get down to 165lb. Have some weekly 1lb challenge with a friend that started at 177, so im kinda on track (month later)



#1685 dohdough   Sum Dum Guy CAGiversary!   6410 Posts   Joined 5.9 Years Ago  

Posted 19 September 2014 - 04:44 PM

LOLZ...since the birth of my kid, I went from 155 to 165. Eating better got me back down to 160.
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#1686 Rig   Rig = Lunar CAGiversary!   13298 Posts   Joined 11.0 Years Ago   Has been playing Bayonetta 2
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Posted 19 September 2014 - 06:27 PM

Still in the 180's.  Probably around 12-14% bodyfat.

 

I'm ready for a slow, clean bulk as it gets colder.  Will help that I'm getting married in a couple weeks, and my fiance cooks more than I do.  (I run and grab something too often.)



#1687 encendido5   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   3580 Posts   Joined 11.1 Years Ago  

Posted 19 September 2014 - 06:55 PM

Congrats man!

 

Yeah, it's tough for me food wise too since we have access to the school cafeteria where my wife works.  It's basically a buffet every night for dinner.


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#1688 Versafied   Formerly known as vlv723 CAGiversary!   2768 Posts   Joined 11.5 Years Ago  

Posted 23 September 2014 - 08:03 AM

I'm at my worst. I shot up to 290lbs.

 

I was down to 195 lbs. 6 years ago and then the gluttony demons came back.

 

I am doing group workouts at my gym as it motivates me to dig deeper. Is it a good or bad thing to take out my frustrations (ie. getting flaked on, shot down by potential dates, getting snubs for special occasions, etc. and it's all because [which I believe that's why] I'm fat) and use it to work out harder and stronger?

 

I recently invested in a Trek Fitness/Hybrid Bike. Right now, I am driving half way and biking the other half to work on some days. I hate the saddle though as it hurts my ass. You think getting a wider, cruiser like saddle will allow me to pedal faster?

 

My diet sucks though. What can you recommended for a "meat and potatoes/rice" guy to get the healthy stuff in me?

 

If all else fails, I'm considering weight loss surgery next year. Anyone here or someone they know had it? I am most likely considering the gastric sleeve as it's the most effective and reversible. 



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Posted 23 September 2014 - 12:47 PM

We have a friend who had gastric bypass surgery, he's always been big (since I've known him, he might have been skinny in school, but I don't know as he was my husbands friend so I met him later) and we haven't seen him in about a year and he's super skinny now. I didn't even recognize him, they had to tell me who he was.

My cousins husband also had it done. However he's had the procedure done two times. The first time after a few months his body ended up rejecting it and he had to go to hospital. The second time which was about a year ago everything took. He's lost a tremendous amount of weight. The only thing with him though is his body sort of feels like a deflated balloon. The extra skin I guess?

They both seem a lot more energetic now

Hope this helps

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#1690 encendido5   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   3580 Posts   Joined 11.1 Years Ago  

Posted 23 September 2014 - 01:06 PM

I'm at my worst. I shot up to 290lbs.

 

I was down to 195 lbs. 6 years ago and then the gluttony demons came back.

 

I am doing group workouts at my gym as it motivates me to dig deeper. Is it a good or bad thing to take out my frustrations (ie. getting flaked on, shot down by potential dates, getting snubs for special occasions, etc. and it's all because [which I believe that's why] I'm fat) and use it to work out harder and stronger?

 

I recently invested in a Trek Fitness/Hybrid Bike. Right now, I am driving half way and biking the other half to work on some days. I hate the saddle though as it hurts my ass. You think getting a wider, cruiser like saddle will allow me to pedal faster?

 

My diet sucks though. What can you recommended for a "meat and potatoes/rice" guy to get the healthy stuff in me?

 

If all else fails, I'm considering weight loss surgery next year. Anyone here or someone they know had it? I am most likely considering the gastric sleeve as it's the most effective and reversible. 

Have you tried counting calories?  I'm not a nutritionist or a health expert, but I've done some reading on losing weight and what most people recommend is to calculate your TDEE and then eat about 20% below that.  Keep track of everything you eat using myfitnesspal or similar app so you can see how you are doing.  When you log your food, it will tell you the percentage breakdown for protein, fat, and carbs.  A popular goal to set is 40% carbs, 30% fat, 30% protein.

 

The myfitnesspal forums are really helpful and if you go into the success stories section you'll see people who have dropped over 100 pounds without having to resort to surgery.  Here's the link:  http://www.myfitnesspal.com/forums

 

Good luck man, you've already taken the first step, now just keep going.


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#1691 Rig   Rig = Lunar CAGiversary!   13298 Posts   Joined 11.0 Years Ago   Has been playing Bayonetta 2
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Posted 23 September 2014 - 02:17 PM

I'm at my worst. I shot up to 290lbs.

 

I was down to 195 lbs. 6 years ago and then the gluttony demons came back.

 

I am doing group workouts at my gym as it motivates me to dig deeper. Is it a good or bad thing to take out my frustrations (ie. getting flaked on, shot down by potential dates, getting snubs for special occasions, etc. and it's all because [which I believe that's why] I'm fat) and use it to work out harder and stronger?

 

I recently invested in a Trek Fitness/Hybrid Bike. Right now, I am driving half way and biking the other half to work on some days. I hate the saddle though as it hurts my ass. You think getting a wider, cruiser like saddle will allow me to pedal faster?

 

My diet sucks though. What can you recommended for a "meat and potatoes/rice" guy to get the healthy stuff in me?

 

If all else fails, I'm considering weight loss surgery next year. Anyone here or someone they know had it? I am most likely considering the gastric sleeve as it's the most effective and reversible. 

Good luck.  Definitely keep at it!

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#1692 Navex   CAG in Training CAGiversary!   857 Posts   Joined 2.7 Years Ago  

Posted 23 September 2014 - 02:32 PM

I think I might be getting older finally. I weighed myself after about a year or two and saw I had gained twenty pounds from the usual weight I've come in at over the years. I don't get it since my eating habits have not changed in years nor has my level of activity. But taking my shirt off and looking myself over it's disheartening to see I have gained enough where it shows physically. I'm guessing at least part of this might be because I'm getting older and thus my metabolism is finally starting to slow down.

 

I'm not going nuts in the changes yet since most will immediately set themselves up on a fail diet which ends in them starving themselves but I'm looking to change a few things off the bat. One, I drank nothing but soda so I've already quit that. It's something I've wanted to get off for years and seriously is like cutting out smoking or something else addicting if you've been using it a lot but I'm drinking pretty much nothing but water. It sucks but I'm getting used to it and hope that alone will help me. I'll start looking at healthier eating habits next since in truthfulness I didn't eat a whole lot but the stuff I did eat wasn't super healthy either. I got a gym membership through a friend so I intend to start there once I take care of my eating/drinking changes.



#1693 encendido5   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   3580 Posts   Joined 11.1 Years Ago  

Posted 01 October 2014 - 02:34 PM

I don't know what I'm doing wrong, but I've lost only 2 pounds since I started eating healthier, counting calories, and exercising a month ago.  Last year, I did the same thing and was dropping around 2 pounds per week.  I can't seem to break down below 199.  Maybe I should have taken some measurements when I started to see if I lost any inches, but my pants don't really feel any looser.


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#1694 zman73   Got six? CAGiversary!   3583 Posts   Joined 11.1 Years Ago  

Posted 01 October 2014 - 08:05 PM

I would recommend ANYTHING else besides surgery, I only see it as being acceptable in EXTREME cases. And in many cases those who did it eventually reverted to old habits and gained weight back, my ex went to work with someone who had it twice because she gained the weight back. I have only known ONE person who kept her weight off after the surgery, but she has had other vitamin deficiencies and problems because of it. Its not the easy fix many people get it for, when you do it for those reasons, you will ultimately fail

 

Doing it the correct way is going to be slower, but that extra dedication will stick with you and make you less likely to revert to bad habits when you know how had it was to get to where you are at. I have never been obese, and am thankful for that, but I also work out and am conscious of what I eat and how much I eat. I slipped up for a couple years when I was having knee and heel issues, but still was only around 185, I just had a little bit of a gut. I slowly cut out things in my life that led me to that point, such as less sodas and much more water... over a year lost 30 lbs. When I was in my early 20's I had the metabolism to be able to eat anything and not gain weight, it eventually catches up with everyone

 

Don't rely on the needing someone to work out with you gimmick either, odds are when you do that someone will flake out sooner than later. My jogs and workouts have become MY time, those occasions where I do get to actually enjoy a jog or workout with someone else are treats for me, but not expected. Lord knows I ask people to go jogging with me ALL the time


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#1695 Navex   CAG in Training CAGiversary!   857 Posts   Joined 2.7 Years Ago  

Posted 03 October 2014 - 12:39 AM

The hardest thing for me so far to get used to is going by the recommended servings or at least trying to. Like I never considered myself someone who ate a lot but I also know I'm someone (until now) who ate whatever he wanted. Most of which wasn't the healthiest things but I figured since I only eat about 3 times a day can't be that bad. Yeah, good mentality. Anyway, I've tried changing my eating habits before but have crashed and burned as I was trying to make too drastic changes too quick in my life and ended up quitting so I've been starting slow. Really slow as in I'm not eating nothing but healthy stuff right off the bat but just trying to pay more attention to what I'm eating and how much. Some of this stuff it just kills me haha, 200+ calories and it's like 6 little things. I hear so many great things about peanut butter, which I love, and many say it's a great snack if you eat a spoonful but maybe I'm just saying this because I'm not use to more control yet but who the hell just eats a spoonful of that!? It's like chips to me, you can't just have one (or in my case since no one else here likes it I use a knife)

 

Water adapting is pretty easy. I'll still drink a soda if I'm out somewhere (but that's not often as I don't eat out much) but it's never in the house anymore and that's a big deal to me since I literally would only drink here.



#1696 encendido5   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   3580 Posts   Joined 11.1 Years Ago  

Posted 07 October 2014 - 05:57 PM

Lost 2 pounds this past week.  I tried eating a bit more than usual but still keeping under my TDEE.  It seems that might have helped kick start my metabolism.  We'll see what happens next week.


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#1697 bobo2k4   OooSplendiforous CAGiversary!   3182 Posts   Joined 11.4 Years Ago  

Posted 11 October 2014 - 08:27 PM

I think I may need some help here. About 8 years ago I was lucky enough to go from 220 lbs down to 155 and was able to maintain 155 until recently when I weighed myself and the damn scale showed 175. My schedule is pretty harsh these days with school in the morning and a full time job. It's hard to eat healthy around here, salads are super expensive and I think I've had enough Subway to last 2 lifetimes. 

Any good tips on time management? I used to be able to get in about 2 hours of cardio a day but now the only day I get any real workout is on sundays. I still carry my fitbit everywhere I go and try to accomplish my 10,000 steps but with winter creeping up, I'm worried that I'm going to be stuck in this slope. 


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#1698 encendido5   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   3580 Posts   Joined 11.1 Years Ago  

Posted 14 October 2014 - 07:59 PM

^^ I think if you're doing 10,000 steps a day, you're doing great.  A lot of the weight loss happens in the kitchen too.  Are you eating out or buying stuff at the supermarket?  You can get bags of salad for $1 a pop and chicken breast should be pretty cheap too.  

 

I gained a pound this past week.  I expected it though since it was my wife's birthday and I didn't keep track of what I was eating.  I've noticed I can fit into pants I haven't tried on in a long time though, so that's a good sign.  Hopefully the scale will keep moving in the right direction.


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#1699 Pookymeister   I like almonds Super Moderators   15211 Posts   Joined 10.1 Years Ago  

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Posted 14 October 2014 - 09:40 PM

Been stagnant for a while. Sitting at 176 (5'11) right now. Was discussing with another friend and we might incentivize our weight loss.

If i hit 170lb i think plan is to buy a PS4. If i hit 165lb will buy a Mercedes. (actually, just Xbox One)



#1700 encendido5   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   3580 Posts   Joined 11.1 Years Ago  

Posted 28 October 2014 - 01:32 PM

Weighed in this morning and looks like I'm finally shedding weight.  I'm down 9.4 pounds since starting two months ago.  I hurt my ankle somehow though so I haven't really been able to do the T25 anymore.  I took last week off to rest it and got back on it yesterday.  Unfortunately, it started to hurt again 5 minutes into working out so I did the modified low impact version for the rest of it.  I'm going to move on to more weight lifting oriented stuff so we'll see how that goes.


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#1701 Kay_Faraday   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   952 Posts   Joined 5.2 Years Ago  

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Posted 28 October 2014 - 11:09 PM

 I'm down 9.4 pounds since starting two months ago.

You lost a giant baby :D/

 

I hurt my ankle somehow though so I haven't really been able to do the T25 anymore.  I took last week off to rest it and got back on it yesterday.  Unfortunately, it started to hurt again 5 minutes into working out so I did the modified low impact version for the rest of it.  I'm going to move on to more weight lifting oriented stuff so we'll see how that goes.

hope your ankle feels better bro :grouphug:



#1702 encendido5   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   3580 Posts   Joined 11.1 Years Ago  

Posted 29 October 2014 - 05:02 PM

You lost a giant baby :D/

 

hope your ankle feels better bro :grouphug:

Lol, that's true.

 

Thanks man, I did Tony Horton's 10 minute trainer yesterday and that was a lot better since there's no jumping around or running.  I don't really like Tony's quips though so I may just mute it and put music on or something.


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#1703 xXI SPECTER IXx   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   728 Posts   Joined 5.8 Years Ago  

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Posted 12 November 2014 - 02:04 AM

nice stuff guys, i was using my fitness pal. it is free and works great with fit bit. I am embarrassed by my weight, I outweight you guys vastly. Il post my weight once I lost more pounds.

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Posted 02 December 2014 - 01:40 PM

Weighed in this morning and looks like I'm finally shedding weight.  I'm down 9.4 pounds since starting two months ago.  I hurt my ankle somehow though so I haven't really been able to do the T25 anymore.  I took last week off to rest it and got back on it yesterday.  Unfortunately, it started to hurt again 5 minutes into working out so I did the modified low impact version for the rest of it.  I'm going to move on to more weight lifting oriented stuff so we'll see how that goes.

It's about a month since this last post and I just did my final weigh-in for the biggest loser competition at work.  I'm down 24 pounds since I started!  I am now at 180 and about 10 pounds left to my goal weight.  After my ankle healed up, I started on T25 again and then Insanity to step it up.  It seems the jump in activity helped kick-start the weight loss again.


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#1705 Access_Denied   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   2834 Posts   Joined 7.9 Years Ago  

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Posted 03 December 2014 - 03:29 PM

I've never noticed this thread before, but I figured I'd chime in. I just started dieting on Monday after stepping on the scale. I'm 6'2" and 200 pounds, which puts me just barely in the overweight category. My goal is to get down between 170 and 180 (we'll see how I feel when I get there). My current diet is 1,960 calories a day, and I'm trying to put in a few miles of walking a day. (I have a desk job and work from home, so exercise is rare for me nowadays.)

I do have a question though. What kind of exercises should I be pairing with my diet? A lot of people tell me to run, but I fucking HATE running. Would cycling be a good alternative to running? (Maybe a stationary bike in the house?) Should I be doing any strength exercises too?

#1706 dohdough   Sum Dum Guy CAGiversary!   6410 Posts   Joined 5.9 Years Ago  

Posted 03 December 2014 - 05:19 PM

I've never noticed this thread before, but I figured I'd chime in. I just started dieting on Monday after stepping on the scale. I'm 6'2" and 200 pounds, which puts me just barely in the overweight category. My goal is to get down between 170 and 180 (we'll see how I feel when I get there). My current diet is 1,960 calories a day, and I'm trying to put in a few miles of walking a day. (I have a desk job and work from home, so exercise is rare for me nowadays.)

I do have a question though. What kind of exercises should I be pairing with my diet? A lot of people tell me to run, but I fucking HATE running. Would cycling be a good alternative to running? (Maybe a stationary bike in the house?) Should I be doing any strength exercises too?


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#1707 Jasper & Harley   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   438 Posts   Joined 8.5 Years Ago  

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Posted 07 December 2014 - 12:44 AM

Question for you guys. Recently I decided to change my diet and start working out. I'm 5'11 and about 175 lbs. I cut out all fast food, candy, soda and bread. I've been going to the gym for the past 6 days and running / walking on the treadmill for 45+ minutes each day. All I eat now are bananas, vegetables, chicken and drink water and a Gatorade here and there.

Before starting my diet I would estimate I ate fast food 6 days a week and drank soda regularly. I've essentially cut my calories down by two thirds and have exercised everyday for 6 days. I know it's foolish to think I would see a difference in the mirror in only a few days, but I figured I'd notice something by now after the drastic cut in calories and large increase in exercise.

How long would you estimate it would take before I start to see in a difference in the mirror if I stay on my current track? My real goal is to fit back into my size 30 pants (wearing 34 waist currently).

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Posted 09 December 2014 - 07:59 PM

Question for you guys. Recently I decided to change my diet and start working out. I'm 5'11 and about 175 lbs. I cut out all fast food, candy, soda and bread. I've been going to the gym for the past 6 days and running / walking on the treadmill for 45+ minutes each day. All I eat now are bananas, vegetables, chicken and drink water and a Gatorade here and there.

Before starting my diet I would estimate I ate fast food 6 days a week and drank soda regularly. I've essentially cut my calories down by two thirds and have exercised everyday for 6 days. I know it's foolish to think I would see a difference in the mirror in only a few days, but I figured I'd notice something by now after the drastic cut in calories and large increase in exercise.

How long would you estimate it would take before I start to see in a difference in the mirror if I stay on my current track? My real goal is to fit back into my size 30 pants (wearing 34 waist currently).

I don't think you're going to see results in just 6 days.  Keep track of your measurements to see results though.  Even though you might not be losing weight, you will probably be losing inches.  Taking pictures is also a good way to keep track of the changes being made.  When I look in the mirror now, I don't really see a difference from when I started since I see myself every day even though I've lost 20 pounds.  Does that make sense?  I actually didn't start losing any weight until about a month and a half of working out and eating right.  

 

I have a question for you pros too, how do I go about losing fat %?  I started at about 32% and am down to 29.5% according to my scale.  I figured after losing 20 pounds, I would see a major change, but 2.5% doesn't seem like much.


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#1709 Rig   Rig = Lunar CAGiversary!   13298 Posts   Joined 11.0 Years Ago   Has been playing Bayonetta 2
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Posted 09 December 2014 - 08:28 PM

Weight training is the biggest factor in decreasing bodyfat.  Cardio will help decrease it some, but with cardio, you're likely not putting on much muscle.  (Too much cardio can burn some muscle, too.) 

 

If you're strength training (weights), you're building muscle.  That is working to replace the fat.  As a bonus, muscle burns more calories than fat will, so putting more muscle on is also helping you to burn more calories while doing nothing. 

 

I've gained and lost weight the last three or so years almost exclusively without cardio.  (I run races sometimes, but that's about it.)



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Posted 09 December 2014 - 08:41 PM

Thanks Rig, I'll give that a shot.  I'm still working towards finishing the Beta cycle of T25 and there is some weight training in there, but it's mostly cardio.  I don't want to pay for a gym membership so I'll have to see if I can find an exercise video more focused on weight training.


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