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Old 06-23-2013, 10:50 AM   #901
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I'll chime in now that I'm finally having some success - working out more, eating right and just plain sick and tired of being sick and tired.
joined a gym in March and am now 20 lbs and 20 inches less than I was! Yay me!
That's awesome.

A lot of times getting on the horse is the hardest part

Keep it up!
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Old 06-28-2013, 10:14 AM   #902
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Hello friends! I'm still alive. Still crossfitting four days a week and adding springs and yoga here and there and eating clean! Working on trying to find the perfect calories balance. But leaning out and seeing more muscle! Haven't stepped on a scale in several weeks. May do that this weekend.

So glad to see this thread still going! You guys are great!!

Here is a progress pic for me! Ignore the shameless selfie {it was for a blog post}.



And I PR'd by back squat this week by 35lbs making it 185lbs! I almost had 190... But I think I did too many singles and my body was done.

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Old 06-30-2013, 10:48 AM   #903
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Lookin' good Bossbunny!


I was reviewing the records I have kept since starting on the first New Year's Resolution thread and I can feel pretty good about things. When I started I had already lost down from a size 16 to a 12 & had been stuck there for a long time. I didn't think I'd ever be lower than that & gave away all my expensive suits that were size 10. I was at about 163 lbs then. That first year I got down to a size 10 & then got stuck again. In January this year I bought scales that calculate weight, % body fat, muscle & water. My first measuremant was 153 lbs, 27.1 fat, 55.4 water, & 27.1 fat. Now I'm at 146.6 lbs, 25.4 fat, 56.7 water, and 27.5 muscle.


lbs:153 -146.6= (-)6.4
fat:27.1 - 25.4= (-)1.7
water:56.7 - 55.4= (+)1.3
muscle:27.5 - 26= (+) 1.5

I know that does not seem like huge numbers but it has made a big difference. I do wish I had taken measurements, but alas, I did not. I have had to buy size small PJ's because my large ones were falling off my butt. My short shorts I bought for the Fest last year are now too big. Soooooo, I guess I will have to do some shopping . The bad news is the tummy (the loss of which has been my motivation) is still there. I'm sure it is smaller but since everything else is MUCH smaller, it still sticks out like a sore thumb. Sooooooooooo I will push on.
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Old 07-01-2013, 02:35 PM   #904
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Hi everyone. I'm Mike/Zabo's girlfriend. I've struggled with my weight for as long as I can remember, and after a talk last night, he showed me this thread. I read through quite a few of the posts here, and want to say that you've all been doing a great job. My goal is to lose 50lb. My 24th birthday is just a month away, and I would really like to see what I'm capable of by my 25th.
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Old 07-01-2013, 02:51 PM   #905
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This would be the place to help. Be prepared though for a lot of questions about your current diet and activity level and the need to make a lot of permanent lifestyle changes in both. You will soon learn which folks in here really know their stuff. You may want to pick up a copy of Feed the Muscle, Lose the Fat to get you off & running. It can be a little intimidating to read but the guys & gals on here will help simplify it. Good luck with your challenge. There is a lot of support here for you along the way.
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Old 07-03-2013, 08:59 PM   #906
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I'll check the book out. Might be able to find it for my Kindle...

I'm going to be brutally honest. Prepare to cringe.

I've lost weight in the past. I've counted calories, cycled calories, portioned out food, made meals the night before, etc.

Right now, we don't eat that great. We don't eat terrible, but we don't eat that great, either. We just moved in together around the end of May, and with me unable to find a job yet, money is tight. We live off ground beef, sausages, and pasta. Lot of carbs. I did buy myself a bag of frozen vegetables, and I do have chicken I eat sometimes. I normally cook whatever it is we're having while Mike is still asleep, eat my portion (I measure out 1 cup, then 1 cup of vegetables, too), and send the rest off with him for lunch. I might have air popped popcorn later in the evening. Also, when I lived at home, I guzzled water like a fish. Well water. Here, the water taste horrible. I do my best and leave it sit out in a jug overnight so some of the chlorine taste is gone, and I'm slowly starting to drink more and more.

I exercise 4 days a week while he's at work. I prefer tae bo, yoga, pilates -- essentially cardio, but I do a few tapes that incorporate some weight training. I'm using canned food right now in lieu of weights though. I start my tapes around 8pm when he leaves, and finish around 9:40-10pm. Occasionally I'll throw in another tape later in the evening, especially if I give in and eat something bad.

I know my plan needs fine tuning. Last year before we met, I was really on the ball. I lost about 27lb, and then I had family issue that made it impossible to continue, and gained it all back. My depression became the worst it's ever been, and I'm only now beginning to pull myself out of that hole and make changes again. Baby steps, though, I guess, right?

I think that's about it for now. Thanks for listening.

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Old 07-03-2013, 11:57 PM   #907
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You got it, Baby steps. I have found if you buy smart, it is just as cheap to eat clean as it is to eat junk. I buy large bags of frozen chicken tenders, large bags of frozen mixed broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, zuccini & yellow squash, quiona (a substitute for rice/pasta), lots of fresh vegies, frozen bags of individually portioned salmon & tilapia, eggs, ..........................just for starters. If you go back through this thread, you will find a lot of good recipe suggestions. My contribition is that I prepare my lunches to take to work on the weekends. I coat a caserole dish with olive oil, sprinkle several chicken tenders with whichever Ms Dash spice combo I want, cover it with the top (or foil) & bake for about 30 min. I let it cool a while then put one tender in each ziplock freezer bag and add 1/4 cup of cooked quiona and 1/2 cup mixed frozen vegies & sprinkle in a little more Ms Dash. I freeze them & take one to work each day. Then just pour it onto a paper plate & zap in the microwave.

I was not eating all that well when I started either, but getting better all the time. I have learned a lot hanging around this crew. I think some of our folks must be on vacation or just busy with Camaro or holiday activities. But trust me .......they'll be back.
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Old 07-04-2013, 10:32 AM   #908
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Just stopping in to say HI! Great to see
everyone -BB it's been along time and you look amazing --
keep it up (I know you will)

Mike/Zabos' girlfriend - this is the place to be. I struggled with
finding the balance to eating right and thought I'd never get it.
Finally it sunk in and everything is just humming along - I'm
down 20lbs (took about 5 months) boot camp 3 days a week
and eating right keeps it off and I feel GREAT!!! You can do if
you want to - it's a matter of mind set.

Can't wait for C5fest!! I'd like to know who from this thread is
going to be there - I really like a picture of as many of us as
possible.

I went shopping a couple of weeks ago - how fun!! My slacks
that were 10-12 are now 6-8 I'm thrilled and LOVE
the compliments from friends and family. Not much change in
size to the upper body - still have fairly broad shoulders and
didn't lose much in my chest

Keep up the good work everyone!!
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Old 07-04-2013, 11:10 AM   #909
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Happy 4th everyone!

Becky, I'm jealous now. My size 10's are baggy now and I may be in a smaller size pants now when I go shopping next, but I lose weight EVERYWHERE before the tummy starts to go and I don't have any to spare in the, uhhhhhh..............upper body. This almost made me give up on losing the belly fat. I had to make a tough choice, but health won out over, uhhhhhhhhhh..............enjoying the looks from the guys.
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Old 07-04-2013, 11:23 AM   #910
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Good to see people making healthy decisions with their lives. Far too many people could care less.

I've always been a fairly slim guy at 6'5 200lbs. Most of it is genetic fortunately for me. I've played ice hockey as long as I can remember, though the last few years I've struggled with back problems. It made me lazy, I began drinking a lot and I ate like crap. Over the last few months I've been getting back into shape playing hockey again, cycling, hitting the gym and even running which is something I've hated my entire life. It's amazing what affect your diet has on you. I've completely cut beef of any kind out, I eat fish or chicken mostly and take in as much fresh produce as I can. My back is still hurting but with some visits to the chiropractor and exercise it's become manageable.

I have to say at 30 I feel better now than I have in quite a few years. My motivation comes from my girlfriend I met 6 months ago. She runs every other day and hits the gym in between. She's been more of a blessing to me than she'll ever know.

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Hi everyone. I'm still here lurking in the background and am still at it as usual.

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I'll check the book out. Might be able to find it for my Kindle...

I'm going to be brutally honest. Prepare to cringe.

I've lost weight in the past. I've counted calories, cycled calories, portioned out food, made meals the night before, etc.

Right now, we don't eat that great. We don't eat terrible, but we don't eat that great, either. We just moved in together around the end of May, and with me unable to find a job yet, money is tight. We live off ground beef, sausages, and pasta. Lot of carbs. I did buy myself a bag of frozen vegetables, and I do have chicken I eat sometimes. I normally cook whatever it is we're having while Mike is still asleep, eat my portion (I measure out 1 cup, then 1 cup of vegetables, too), and send the rest off with him for lunch. I might have air popped popcorn later in the evening. Also, when I lived at home, I guzzled water like a fish. Well water. Here, the water taste horrible. I do my best and leave it sit out in a jug overnight so some of the chlorine taste is gone, and I'm slowly starting to drink more and more.

I exercise 4 days a week while he's at work. I prefer tae bo, yoga, pilates -- essentially cardio, but I do a few tapes that incorporate some weight training. I'm using canned food right now in lieu of weights though. I start my tapes around 8pm when he leaves, and finish around 9:40-10pm. Occasionally I'll throw in another tape later in the evening, especially if I give in and eat something bad.

I know my plan needs fine tuning. Last year before we met, I was really on the ball. I lost about 27lb, and then I had family issue that made it impossible to continue, and gained it all back. My depression became the worst it's ever been, and I'm only now beginning to pull myself out of that hole and make changes again. Baby steps, though, I guess, right?

I think that's about it for now. Thanks for listening.
It seems like you have an idea on what is needed to succeed at fat loss, you just have to implement it and stay motivated.

You do have to count and measure to some degree and food choices are very important.

Exercise is also a key element but yoga and pilates won't do. You have to step it up and burn calories and with weight training you must use heavy enough weight to challenge your muscles.

There are many posts with what a proper meal should be, diet plans etc. skim through them and or post your current eating and exercise in a bit more detail and we can make suggestions. Or you can ask anything you would like to know, once you get started posting here and getting tips and input from others will help in keeping you motivated as well.
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My main question for the moment is how do you deal with saying no to people? I get so tired of it. They push and push, until I have to start getting bent out of shape...then the mood is ruined and I look like a $#¥&^.

ETA:

I just don't understand people. I really do try, but people always ALWAYS derail me, and I let them, because I just don't know what else to say after they've shot down every excuse I have and won't even take "no" for an answer. I don't know what they don't understand about "You know that tray of brownies still in my oven from last week? Yeah, you need to take them or eat them, because I'm going to throw them out. I don't want them." How can you immediately after say, "ooh, cookies. Want to make them?" NO! I don't want cookies. I don't want brownies, either. I was good and I had 2, last week. I haven't touched them since. I don't WANT them.

When it comes to food I get really...weird. I want to do things my way, when I want to do them, how I want to do them. I hate that I get this way, because I really shouldn't get so upset about food, but when people start interfering with my food and my schedule my anxiety sky rockets. Especially when I just said I'm not hungry, and I'm trying to lose weight. I don't want it. Ask me 10 different ways and I STILL won't want it.

It just really, really upsets me and nobody seems to understand. I feel like I'm being backed into a corner and I don't like it. This is my home, and I shouldn't have to feel this way anymore because I should be able to control what food comes in.

Long story short, I ate a slice and a half of pizza and bread sticks tonight, and I'm not pleased with myself. Stupid, empty calories.

From now on, it's my way, or no way. I am so done with giving in. I'm going to sleep now. :/

Start again tomorrow.

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Old 07-05-2013, 12:32 AM   #913
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Hey there.

It's not a New Years resolution I made, however I am finally going to really be addressing my weight.

I'm not going to divulge much right now, however the reason I'm going to North Carolina is specifically to lose weight. I'll be out there for 6-8 months, and I expect to have some nice "after" shots.
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i know this is mainly about losing weight but i'm still working on gaining 10 more pounds! still working on it and still going strong!! from 165 to 175!
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[QUOTE=Heydownhere!;6752467]My main question for the moment is how do you deal with saying no to people? I get so tired of it. They push and push, until I have to start getting bent out of shape...then the mood is ruined and I look like a $#¥&^.

JUST SAY NO !!!!, lol.

It's easy for me to tell you what, when and why to eat but making bad choices is something you have to deal with. Unless your family/ friends are holding you down and force feeding you then it's on YOU, not them. Think like this, get on an elliptical or tread mill for about 30 min. Work hard, well beyond your comfort zone. Now, the next time that measly 2x2 browny is in front of you remember the 30 min on the treadmill because that's what it takes to burn of the brownie WITH NO PROGRESS towards your goal.
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i know this is mainly about losing weight but i'm still working on gaining 10 more pounds! still working on it and still going strong!! from 165 to 175!
I'm assuming the weight gain you are refering to is muscle gain, if so,there is not much difference between the two, only a few hundred cals. If you're just looking to " gain weight" then eat heydownhere's brownies and you will both succeed.
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My main question for the moment is how do you deal with saying no to people? I get so tired of it. They push and push, until I have to start getting bent out of shape...then the mood is ruined and I look like a $#¥&^.

JUST SAY NO !!!!, lol.

It's easy for me to tell you what, when and why to eat but making bad choices is something you have to deal with. Unless your family/ friends are holding you down and force feeding you then it's on YOU, not them. Think like this, get on an elliptical or tread mill for about 30 min. Work hard, well beyond your comfort zone. Now, the next time that measly 2x2 browny is in front of you remember the 30 min on the treadmill because that's what it takes to burn of the brownie WITH NO PROGRESS towards your goal.

That's true. And honestly, the pizza kind of sucked. Don't know whether it was the pizza itself, or the fact that I'm just not craving it anymore. Same with the brownies. I thought I'd give in and have one the other night, took a bite and it just didn't taste that great so I spit it out and went on my way.

I found a healthier recipe for Hamburger Helper tonight, with the last of the whole wheat noodles we had. I think I'm going to hit the store up after I'm out of my last batch of frozen hamburger (sunday?), and head to the store; try a whole week of home cooking to see how I like it. I think, for the most part, it will be easier than I thought. I just rarely do it.

And tonight I'm just going to do a full body work out instead of just upper body...still feel guilty about last night.
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That's true. And honestly, the pizza kind of sucked. Don't know whether it was the pizza itself, or the fact that I'm just not craving it anymore. Same with the brownies. I thought I'd give in and have one the other night, took a bite and it just didn't taste that great so I spit it out and went on my way.

I found a healthier recipe for Hamburger Helper tonight, with the last of the whole wheat noodles we had. I think I'm going to hit the store up after I'm out of my last batch of frozen hamburger (sunday?), and head to the store; try a whole week of home cooking to see how I like it. I think, for the most part, it will be easier than I thought. I just rarely do it.

And tonight I'm just going to do a full body work out instead of just upper body...still feel guilty about last night.

Cooking in bulk is a great way to insure good healthy meals that meet your nutritional needs. The thing is you must know how much of what to eat. Do you know or are you winging it?

You can post up the recipes you are trying/using and I can analyze them for you and possibly make adjustments if needed.
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I just follow what the recipe says, and then I eat around 1 cup, sometimes less. I know the actual Hamburger Helper boxes say 1/4 cup, but I'd rather just eat 1 cup, that way I don't have to eat twice (seems too heavy for me to eat in the evening) and I can find something like air popped popcorn for a snack later in the evening. I have a whole folder on his laptop full of recipes. Tonight I made this one:

http://freezeyourwayfit.blogspot.com...hamburger.html

I only used half a pound of hamburger though. A whole pound has always proven to be too much for us. Skipped the broccoli since we had none and made up some of those frozen veg as a side dish, and used a little less than a cup of cheese...didn't feel like opening my last package lol. I also liked this one because I can make it without milk, and we run out of milk fast!

But I think I liked this one better:

http://iowagirleats.com/2012/01/26/bachelor-food-redo/

I'm looking through a few things posted here, and I also just started checking SparkPeople's recipe corner. We typically eat some type of Hamburger Helper-esque meal, or something with noodles and brat/mettwurst. I want to try something different once in a while.
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I just follow what the recipe says, and then I eat around 1 cup, sometimes less. I know the actual Hamburger Helper boxes say 1/4 cup, but I'd rather just eat 1 cup, that way I don't have to eat twice (seems too heavy for me to eat in the evening) and I can find something like air popped popcorn for a snack later in the evening. I have a whole folder on his laptop full of recipes. Tonight I made this one:

http://freezeyourwayfit.blogspot.com...hamburger.html

I only used half a pound of hamburger though. A whole pound has always proven to be too much for us. Skipped the broccoli since we had none and made up some of those frozen veg as a side dish, and used a little less than a cup of cheese...didn't feel like opening my last package lol. I also liked this one because I can make it without milk, and we run out of milk fast!

But I think I liked this one better:

http://iowagirleats.com/2012/01/26/bachelor-food-redo/

I'm looking through a few things posted here, and I also just started checking SparkPeople's recipe corner. We typically eat some type of Hamburger Helper-esque meal, or something with noodles and brat/mettwurst. I want to try something different once in a while.

They aren't the worse I've seen, a little high in saturated fat, if using the turkey then the saturated fat is from the cheese, substitute it with a reduced fat cheddar and the saturated fat content will drop making it better. It is also a high starchy carb meal so would be better for a mid day meal than later in the day. Try to stick with fiberous carbs as the day progresses. Reason being unburned carbs are stored as fat so eating them earlier in the day will use them as fuel rather than storing them as fat.
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Well....

Back from 11 days in Mexico

Put on 15 lbs and I had a wonderful time putting it on lol 190 when we left....205 yesterday.
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[COLOR=black][COLOR=darkred]This would be the place to help. Be prepared though for a lot of questions about your current diet and activity level and the need to make a lot of permanent lifestyle changes in both.
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I'll check the book out. Might be able to find it for my Kindle...

I'm going to be brutally honest. Prepare to cringe.

I've lost weight in the past. I've counted calories, cycled calories, portioned out food, made meals the night before, etc.


I exercise 4 days a week while he's at work. I prefer tae bo, yoga, pilates -- essentially cardio, but I do a few tapes that incorporate some weight training. I'm using canned food right now in lieu of weights though. I start my tapes around 8pm when he leaves, and finish around 9:40-10pm. Occasionally I'll throw in another tape later in the evening, especially if I give in and eat something bad.
Check out body for life by Bill Phillips. Use as a "general guide".

If you have done it in the past why did you stop?

Incorporate free weight training.
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Good to see people making healthy decisions with their lives. Far too many people could care less.

I've always been a fairly slim guy at 6'5 200lbs. Most of it is genetic fortunately for me. I've played ice hockey as long as I can remember, though the last few years I've struggled with back problems. It made me lazy, I began drinking a lot and I ate like crap. Over the last few months I've been getting back into shape playing hockey again, cycling, hitting the gym and even running which is something I've hated my entire life. It's amazing what affect your diet has on you. I've completely cut beef of any kind out, I eat fish or chicken mostly and take in as much fresh produce as I can. My back is still hurting but with some visits to the chiropractor and exercise it's become manageable.

I have to say at 30 I feel better now than I have in quite a few years. My motivation comes from my girlfriend I met 6 months ago. She runs every other day and hits the gym in between. She's been more of a blessing to me than she'll ever know.

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What part of your back is hurting? Upper, mid, or lower?
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Low, I've got sciatic nerve problems from bulging disc's. It's getting better but I have a ton of tightness in my low back ever morning getting out of bed. Takes a few hours to wear off.

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Low, I've got sciatic nerve problems from bulging disc's. It's getting better but I have a ton of tightness in my low back ever morning getting out of bed. Takes a few hours to wear off.

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