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10-17-2017 09:18 AM
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(10-16-2017 01:30 PM)Redwingtom Wrote:  Just thought I'd share a little personal story that I'm pretty proud of.

I decided on April 7, 2017 to change my life to a one of health. Giving up soda, added sugar and fast foods, for a diet of fruits and vegetables along with healthy proteins.

I also started walking...and a lot of it. For several months, while the weather was nice, I was averaging close to 20,000 steps a day. Of course my employer helps in this as I can get around $100 every quarter for tracking my steps and a few other daily things.

Anyway, I'm happy to report that for the first time in over 30 years I am now below 200 pounds and am less than 20 away form my ultimate goal to lose 100 pounds total.

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Good job Tom. You should be proud. Doing this is hard. Im on a similar quest. I have to lose 15 more to be below 200 and not "overweight" according to my BMI. Wife and I joined a gym 7 weeks ago and am going at least 5 days a week. I feel so much better today than 7 weeks ago.
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(10-16-2017 09:11 PM)miko33 Wrote:  
(10-16-2017 06:01 PM)nomad2u2001 Wrote:  Congrats my man!

Now get to lifting some weights to avoid skinny fat status.

I've started sticking kind of strictly to macros and have gotten pretty good results from it. I just got tired of cutting this and that out and trying to have a special diet.

I've been lifting weights while trying to lose weight. You have to keep an eye out for your protein intake primarily. I'm using elements of the Starting Strength program (with some modification) - which is a variation on the beginner's 5X5 programs you'll find. SS starts is a 3X5 program, and that is fine for me since I'm 43 years old. Plus you can easily enough find Excel files for these types of programs that will automatically fill out your weights for warm up and working sets. I do the following routine:

A
Squat
Bench Press
Deadlift

B
Squat
Seated military press
Bent over rows

As you can see - squats are king. It's a beginners program so it's a leg dominant routine - which I'm completely fine with because when it comes to health leg work is more important. I'm not a weight training beginner; however, when you stop for a long period of time you are no different than a beginner IMHO. So you can up your lifts by 5 lbs per session.

Im doing circuit training on machines. Going hard for 20 minutes of cardio on the Xtrainer and then 40 minutes on the machines...going directly from each set of 3 without a rest. By the time Im through every muscle is burning. I sweat profusely for 30 mins afterward. Im alternating upper and lower every other day with core each day. I cant believe how quickly Ive gained muscle in just 7 weeks. Ive picked up 15 yards on my Tee shots due gaining strength.
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(10-17-2017 11:47 AM)Fo Shizzle Wrote:  
(10-16-2017 09:11 PM)miko33 Wrote:  
(10-16-2017 06:01 PM)nomad2u2001 Wrote:  Congrats my man!

Now get to lifting some weights to avoid skinny fat status.

I've started sticking kind of strictly to macros and have gotten pretty good results from it. I just got tired of cutting this and that out and trying to have a special diet.

I've been lifting weights while trying to lose weight. You have to keep an eye out for your protein intake primarily. I'm using elements of the Starting Strength program (with some modification) - which is a variation on the beginner's 5X5 programs you'll find. SS starts is a 3X5 program, and that is fine for me since I'm 43 years old. Plus you can easily enough find Excel files for these types of programs that will automatically fill out your weights for warm up and working sets. I do the following routine:

A
Squat
Bench Press
Deadlift

B
Squat
Seated military press
Bent over rows

As you can see - squats are king. It's a beginners program so it's a leg dominant routine - which I'm completely fine with because when it comes to health leg work is more important. I'm not a weight training beginner; however, when you stop for a long period of time you are no different than a beginner IMHO. So you can up your lifts by 5 lbs per session.

Im doing circuit training on machines. Going hard for 20 minutes of cardio on the Xtrainer and then 40 minutes on the machines...going directly from each set of 3 without a rest. By the time Im through every muscle is burning. I sweat profusely for 30 mins afterward. Im alternating upper and lower every other day with core each day. I cant believe how quickly Ive gained muscle in just 7 weeks. Ive picked up 15 yards on my Tee shots due gaining strength.

Are you tracking your calorie intake...especially your protein levels around your workouts?
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(10-17-2017 11:41 AM)Fo Shizzle Wrote:  
(10-16-2017 01:30 PM)Redwingtom Wrote:  Just thought I'd share a little personal story that I'm pretty proud of.

I decided on April 7, 2017 to change my life to a one of health. Giving up soda, added sugar and fast foods, for a diet of fruits and vegetables along with healthy proteins.

I also started walking...and a lot of it. For several months, while the weather was nice, I was averaging close to 20,000 steps a day. Of course my employer helps in this as I can get around $100 every quarter for tracking my steps and a few other daily things.

Anyway, I'm happy to report that for the first time in over 30 years I am now below 200 pounds and am less than 20 away form my ultimate goal to lose 100 pounds total.

02-13-banana

Good job Tom. You should be proud. Doing this is hard. Im on a similar quest. I have to lose 15 more to be below 200 and not "overweight" according to my BMI. Wife and I joined a gym 7 weeks ago and am going at least 5 days a week. I feel so much better today than 7 weeks ago.

Thanks! Yeah...hard to believe how much better I feel just doing normal day-to-day things now.
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(10-17-2017 11:47 AM)Fo Shizzle Wrote:  
(10-16-2017 09:11 PM)miko33 Wrote:  
(10-16-2017 06:01 PM)nomad2u2001 Wrote:  Congrats my man!

Now get to lifting some weights to avoid skinny fat status.

I've started sticking kind of strictly to macros and have gotten pretty good results from it. I just got tired of cutting this and that out and trying to have a special diet.

I've been lifting weights while trying to lose weight. You have to keep an eye out for your protein intake primarily. I'm using elements of the Starting Strength program (with some modification) - which is a variation on the beginner's 5X5 programs you'll find. SS starts is a 3X5 program, and that is fine for me since I'm 43 years old. Plus you can easily enough find Excel files for these types of programs that will automatically fill out your weights for warm up and working sets. I do the following routine:

A
Squat
Bench Press
Deadlift

B
Squat
Seated military press
Bent over rows

As you can see - squats are king. It's a beginners program so it's a leg dominant routine - which I'm completely fine with because when it comes to health leg work is more important. I'm not a weight training beginner; however, when you stop for a long period of time you are no different than a beginner IMHO. So you can up your lifts by 5 lbs per session.

Im doing circuit training on machines. Going hard for 20 minutes of cardio on the Xtrainer and then 40 minutes on the machines...going directly from each set of 3 without a rest. By the time Im through every muscle is burning. I sweat profusely for 30 mins afterward. Im alternating upper and lower every other day with core each day. I cant believe how quickly Ive gained muscle in just 7 weeks. Ive picked up 15 yards on my Tee shots due gaining strength.

You are getting a lot of cardio when you add in the circuit training on top of the cardio workout you are already doing.
10-17-2017 12:44 PM
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(10-16-2017 09:11 PM)miko33 Wrote:  
(10-16-2017 06:01 PM)nomad2u2001 Wrote:  Congrats my man!

Now get to lifting some weights to avoid skinny fat status.

I've started sticking kind of strictly to macros and have gotten pretty good results from it. I just got tired of cutting this and that out and trying to have a special diet.

I've been lifting weights while trying to lose weight. You have to keep an eye out for your protein intake primarily. I'm using elements of the Starting Strength program (with some modification) - which is a variation on the beginner's 5X5 programs you'll find. SS starts is a 3X5 program, and that is fine for me since I'm 43 years old. Plus you can easily enough find Excel files for these types of programs that will automatically fill out your weights for warm up and working sets. I do the following routine:

A
Squat
Bench Press
Deadlift

B
Squat
Seated military press
Bent over rows

As you can see - squats are king. It's a beginners program so it's a leg dominant routine - which I'm completely fine with because when it comes to health leg work is more important. I'm not a weight training beginner; however, when you stop for a long period of time you are no different than a beginner IMHO. So you can up your lifts by 5 lbs per session.
Have you thought about Wendler's 5/3/1?
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Bully for you Tom, it's not easy to work towards a healthier life like that. Best of luck in keeping it up.

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I was pretty overweight graduating high school but I lost a lot of weight strangely enough in college - it helps that I hardly drank my first two years and lived close to our rec center a few times. I also found that playing the mental game with myself was the major barrier. I'd say think "Yeah eating that slice of pizza feels good, but you know what else feels a lot better? Not breathing heavy after walking up some stairs or a big hill." Or when I didn't feel like going to the gym, "Stop being a p****, yourself two hours from now doesn't give a s*** about what you don't wanna do." Whatever works I guess, I've been pretty good about hitting the gym ever since.

Anyone ever try interval training like Orange Theory before? I hear it's an incredible workout even for how expensive it is, I'm thinking of trying it out some time.
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Well done. I lost 45 pounds eating sensibly, walking and lifting almost daily. But I stopped all that and have since put back on about 20 of it. I'm almost at a point that I have to make a decision soon. It doesn't get any easier as we age. When I first became seriously fitness conscious I was about 52, I'm now going on 62 and I've tried several times to get back into it but it's much harder now. Keep up the good work!
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Congrats, Tom!

I figured out something about 4 years ago that changed my life. That is, I, and I alone would be responsible for my health. No one was going to do it for me.
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