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Old 03-11-08, 10:46
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Thought I would share my new diet and excercise program hoping I can motivate someone else who feels as i did, that it was impossible. This is a bit over 2 week at this point, I believe close to three.

Finally fed up with weight gain having hit 203 peak on my scale. I looked around for way to get a jump start and realized that there are no shortcuts to diet and excercise. Not healthy ones. Decided a lifestyle change was due. Or else.

No more soda, vitamin waters, only water and green tea. Spent time in store counting calories, comparing fats and watching sodium intake. Sodium is the tough one. Opted to buy as much organic food as I could and lower meat intake. After 2 weeks, I literally find most snack foods disgusting, I refuse to even look at the chip and cookie aisle, it looks like hell to me regardless of the pretty packaging. I eat a multivitam and flax muffin or health bar for breakfast. Helps me eat a more reasonable lunch and dinner. It is hard to get away from the crap on store shelves and Mcdonalds convienience. I read a book called "Fast Food Nation" which might motivate you regarding the crap you eat.

Started walking on the treadmill. I still smoke, so 10 minutes was all I could do. Then I tried the brooklyn bridge simulation on the treadmill, could not finish it. I finally finished it the next day at 45 minutes. I now do it in 25 minutes. Where 1.7 mph was all i could walk, I can now walk 2.5 mph. Heated up the room to build up a sweat. Decided to try DVD's. Found Billy Blanks Taebo. Fun. Could not complete Taebo Flex first time, second time I finished it no problem. I have purchased 7 of the Taebo DVD's now plus accessories. Taking today off because I am so sore from yesterdays workout. You might think those DVD's are crap, they are not. They will make you sweat, get good cardio and stretch muscles all in the privacy of your own home.

Next up I am going to quit smoking. Got my Chantix prescription and Nicorette and am setting April Fools day to quit because I aint no fool. Not anymore.

So, you might wonder about results. I got on the scale this morning (after eating a muffin and a cup of green tea in my belly) and saw 192.4 pounds. I cant really see it on myself yet, but my pants are starting to fall off. I remember when I first saw 195 pounds on the scale last week, something not seen in many years.

Its hard. Weight loss can be 1-2 pounds a week if done healthy, so it is easy to think you are not getting results and give up. I early on felt that way, but decided healthy living was worth it regardless of how much weight I lose. Now the results are coming in and I am more motivated then ever.

I hope I can motivate someone else with this. I now LOVE what I am doing. I continually set SMALL goals. Next up is to come in under 190 pounds consistently, something within reach by early April. After that, or at the same time, is to have my pants fall off and have to buy 34 waist instead of 36. After that is to tone up and get some ab definition, maybe even head back to my pre-marriage waist of 32, but that might be tough
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Old 03-11-08, 12:21
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Well good on ya MA! Great to see people taking a healthy interest in their well-being. Wish you the very best. I have a large box of unused Nicorette gum that my husband never used when he gave up. PM me if you want me to mail it to you.

I said to my husband the other day "Hunnie - why don't you get in shape a little?" as he has also reached the 204 mark, to which he replied "Dear, round IS a shape!"
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Old 03-11-08, 12:24
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Congrats, MA. It isn't easy starting a healthier routine.
I have started going to the Y myself. Eating a bit healthier but not quite ready to give up cookies yet. (Darn Girl Scout Cult!)
I'm kinda of lucky. I left off my diet and fitness stuff around October and haven't gained any, but I am still close to 15 lbs. above what I want to weigh.

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Old 03-11-08, 12:29
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Night eating was huge for me. I walk on the treadmill or something as eating is usually a response to boredom for me. Last night I ate a bit much but it was peanut butter granola and grapefruit. Try a vitamin if you dont, it seems to help me fill up all day overall. Thanks for the kind words.

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Wow Congrats man.. I too have opted for healthier living. I go to the gym on a daily basis and have cut down on the junk foods. the only thing the seems to get me is late night eating. I'm such a night person I don't crash before 11pm usually and thats when I seem to get them munchies :P

One thing I will take from your diet and excersise experiance is to try out that taebo video. For cardio I usually stick to jumprope/hitting the heavy and uppercut bag/ and stair stepper, but I'm getting bored and taebo seems like a fun way to mix up my routine.

Eventually I will cut out some other bad habits that are holding me back

Also like to wish you best in achieving your goals. From what you say I can tell your definitely on the right track bro
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Old 03-11-08, 12:34
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Read that book i mentioned, it might change your mind about how these cookies are made. It disgusted me. It has me eating about 70% of most foods I now consume from the organic section of the local grocery store. Id kill for a whole foods store here. Downside, it costs more, but then again, preservatives and artifical flavoring are mass produced and cheap.

http://www.amazon.com/Fast-Food-Nati...5256745&sr=1-2

I cant do the gym, dont like the people, the smell or anything about it. Taebo videos are killing me, I am sore from head to toe today from doing Taebo Flex yesterday, its amazing. It just seems awkward to workout in front of your tv without gym equipment thinking it will work. It does.

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Congrats, MA. It isn't easy starting a healthier routine.
I have started going to the Y myself. Eating a bit healthier but not quite ready to give up cookies yet. (Darn Girl Scout Cult!)
I'm kinda of lucky. I left off my diet and fitness stuff around October and haven't gained any, but I am still close to 15 lbs. above what I want to weigh.

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Old 03-11-08, 12:40
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Most definitely it works! My son when he was training to play football was given by his friend who is a personal trainer two main exercises to do. They more than toned his whole body and were simple stretches and incremental timed holding positions. It needed no equipment and you could do it anywhere. He became so toned (and he is only medium build for a guy) that people asked him if he was taking steroids (which he is very much against).
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Way to go Tim!

Ive been working out 3 days a week for a while now. Results are good as im trying to bulk up, but I need to hit the cardio as well to start workign on the spare tire a bit. I cannot for the life of me pass up a cookie. And beer, well, not as much as I used to drink but I can't quit that either it seems lol.

Tell me about the green tea you are drinking. Is it bottled like Lipton or are you brewing it? I don't drink sodas, maybe one a month and that is rare. I do drink between one and two liters of water a day plus coffee. Maybe its time to switch to green tea...
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No, bottled Lipton and the likes have high fructose corn syrup which I believe is evil. I drink Tazo China Green Tips or Salada and warm, rather then buy store bought. You can try Taxo at any Starbucks, I found the bags at a grocery store. I usually add a pinch of sugar now, rather then a teaspoon as well. Im not sure about the store, some of the healthy ones taste bad to me, but look for an organic store to see what they have. Its about the calories and sugar you take in and most bottled drinks tend to screw that up. I cant even drink Vitamin water anymore after reading the label

As for alcohol, do what i do, a glass of Whiskey and water, drink less and pass out
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Way to go!! Fantastic!

Calltaker and I tried a Health thread last year which kinda picked up a few...but sizzled out.

You've got the right attitude (definitely no pun intended) by looking at diet (fibre for breakfast is a must for me), exercise and setting goals.

But don't knock back gyms, they have a fantastic range of equipment and some also have pools (great for water exercise), spas (for relaxing) and saunas (great after exercising and before a cold shower). Real gym people are nice people too (I'm one, so I reckon I'm a nice person)

If you're really into just home exercise, that's great too...I'ld like to suggest you look at Swiss Ball Exercises - these are great for body definition.
I have my own at home which I use all the time. And if you're into home video work outs, then definitely check this one out if considering the Swiss Ball:
http://www.coresecrets.com.au/CoreSe...FQgmawodDj659Q

Swiss Ball also called the Fitball: (http://www.fitball.com.au/)

Diet wise, I find the rule of parts of 5 vegies and 3 fruits a day a good way to get all the natural vitamins. And full fruit Smoothies a great alternate to a meal

Keep up the fabulous work!
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Wow, that is incredible! Congratulations!

I recently started changing the way I eat and not eating so much of it(and as most people here know, I like to eat)

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Taebo videos are killing me, I am sore from head to toe today from doing Taebo Flex yesterday, its amazing. It just seems awkward to workout in front of your tv without gym equipment thinking it will work. It does.
I agree with you he first time I did it in front of my computer I felt so silly but I absolutely love Billy Blanks dvds, they seriously do kick your butt but is so worth it when you see the results. They are good alternative for someone who cant afford to go to a gym (I think I got my dvds on ebay for like $8) or whatever their reasoning might be. You've shamed in into putting on my dvd (which I havent done in forever :o:D)

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Congratulations, not easy to change your life style. Check into those stop smoking scripts, heard some bad things about some of them think one was Chantix, might cause more harm then the smoking. The side affects scared me so bad I went cold turkey. I'm on my treadmill, well not enough, twice a day. It's a push for sure. Good luck,
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Sounds like you are doing the right thing Major Attitude. Except for the quitting smoking part. Note, my opinon only, I wish you the best in this aspect. Using a drug to quite is the wrong way in my experience. Once you stop smoking, then you have to get off the drug, drags it out.

I tried Nicorete(sp) Wellbutrin(sp on that also :D) Just did not do it for me.

I quit smoking May 17 last year. Cold Turkey. It sucked for about a week. I was out applying for jobs on the first day I quit, and that is one thing I really hate. I recommend just quiting on your own. Put 'em down and deal with the nicotine devil. 72 hours... long hours. But then it is pretty much done, after that, you are pretty much fighting a habit.

Just my 2¢ worth. Regardless of how you quit, I hope you make it. I feel so much freaking better now! You can do it!

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. . . . I hope I can motivate someone else with this. I now LOVE what I am doing. I continually set SMALL goals. . . . . .
I second the idea of setting small goals - I think a lot of people get frustrated with trying to lose weight and get in shape because they have unrealistic expectations. I know I used to.

Now, if I lose at least 5 pounds a month, I'm happy. All the stuff I've read about dieting indicates it's better to lose weight slowly and gradually.

Night eating (well, night for me) was a problem for me also - I'd get off work and chow down, then go to bed . . . well, I've knocked that habit, and it's helping.

Congratulations, Major! Sounds like you are squared away. good luck on the smoking issue. I've been a non-smoker since Dec 2002, and if I can do it anybody can - I've got the willpower of a monkey with a cupcake . . .
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way to go MA if you feel it yourself you need to get the weight off then it's time to do something about it.

i have been in a chair for a few years and with a number of operations it has been difficult to do any real exercise but now i am upright again i am beginning to do some gentle work to try and get my muscles back.

one of my big problems is smoking i have too much time on my hands (and no willpower) i stopped for 4 months and then restarted that was done with Champix it really works but you need to have the will to stay off cigarette's after the course of meds.

best of luck in the challenge ahead and i hope you reach your goal.
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Good for you MA! Don't depend on the scale too much especially if you start weight training as muscle is heavier than fat. You could be gaining pounds but losing inches. I'll also agree with you all on all this dieting crap that's being pushed is just that, crap! Keep the money in your pocket and spend it on better food. Now get off the computer and get cracking.:D
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I did hypnotism, wellbutrin nicorrete as well. Chantix is the new miracle drug. Take a week before you quit, usually 3 weeks tops after. I know people who smoked 40 years and walked away. My brother in law smokes so badly, he wakes up in the middle of the night to smoke!!! He quit immediately.

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Sounds like you are doing the right thing Major Attitude. Except for the quitting smoking part. Note, my opinon only, I wish you the best in this aspect. Using a drug to quite is the wrong way in my experience. Once you stop smoking, then you have to get off the drug, drags it out.

I tried Nicorete(sp) Wellbutrin(sp on that also :D) Just did not do it for me.

I quit smoking May 17 last year. Cold Turkey. It sucked for about a week. I was out applying for jobs on the first day I quit, and that is one thing I really hate. I recommend just quiting on your own. Put 'em down and deal with the nicotine devil. 72 hours... long hours. But then it is pretty much done, after that, you are pretty much fighting a habit.

Just my 2¢ worth. Regardless of how you quit, I hope you make it. I feel so much freaking better now! You can do it!

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Maybe these were unstable people to begin with but what an awful way to discover your one too. Unstable isn't what I wanted to say, susceptible is better.

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I have taken and know lots who have, so I will offer 2 short comments.

1: All drugs have side effects and each person is different.
2: Lawyers.

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Read that book i mentioned, it might change your mind about how these cookies are made. It disgusted me. It has me eating about 70% of most foods I now consume from the organic section of the local grocery store. Id kill for a whole foods store here. Downside, it costs more, but then again, preservatives and artifical flavoring are mass produced and cheap.
NO, it can't be true! Cookies ARE good!! The Girl Scouts told me so.

On the serious side, eating healthier and with smaller portions, does help you to lose weight. Considering the only real exercise I have had in the last four months was snow shoveling, I can say that eating wiser has kept me from gaining weight. I used to cover my veggies with butter, now it's just a bit of salt and pepper.
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Im with you my old friend. Im at a crossroads now, I believe. 2 and a half weeks and losing 10 pounds was "easy" because I made the diet changes, excercise and can see it on the scale. NOW, i need to see it on my waist and body and fat burning and toning will take time, so I expect the next month to be slow. No problem now, I commited to a life change. Maybe ill send pictures in a few months

And watch that salt intake!!
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