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It'll be just like starting over

Post by Drayven on Thu May 09, 2013 9:41 pm

Okay, I'm new here. A podcast backlog means I only just found out this was a thing.

I get the sense that after an initial burst of enthusiasm this forum has fallen flatter than a slice of New York pizza (that's the flat one right? And Chicago is the deep dish? I'm not from there). Obviously all you were waiting for was my auspicious arrival. I'm here! Let's kick this thing into high gear.

I've tried, and failed, to lose weight a bunch of times over the last few years. I had a little success last year, but then I slumped and gained it all back again and more. I'm confident this forum will hold me accountable enough that I can lose weight and keep it off.

I'm currently 5'6" and around 250lb (115kg). I'd ideally like to be under 220lb by the time we hit the target date.

So how do I get there?
I'm glad you asked! It's a two step process that I'm sure will look familiar:
1) Eat less.
Smaller portions, fewer snacks. I know there's a lot of talk about carbs and protein and when it's best to eat what. I'll get to that level of nutrition eventually, but I think it's important to start out with simple goals so I don't give myself more excuses to stop trying.
2) Move more.
Last year when I had my burst of successful weight loss I was walking every day using Zombies, Run! (an excellent fitness app that was mentioned in another thread). This time around I'm going to try their 'couch to 5k' equivalent. I was certainly enjoying the walking last year, and even got up to running a bit before I lapsed. The 5k training is only three days a week, so I'll be spending the remaining days of the week starting the second season of Zombies, Run! I'm genuinely excited to see where that story is going.

So that's me. I'm going to share my successes and failures with you all here. I'm probably not going to take a photo in a bikini on August 15th, but I'd like to feel a lot less ashamed to take my shirt off.

If you've slipped in enthusiasm, don't worry. It's never too late to start again. I'm only just starting again myself. Let's all recommit to loving our terrible bodies.
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Re: It'll be just like starting over

Post by Chiddycho on Wed May 15, 2013 6:50 pm

Ok- I'm still committed to this and my friends are sick of hearing, so I'm putting it down here! I'm having success! I feel like I've got momentum and that I can finally, finally do this!!
My current weight (after breakfast and a lunch of sliders no less! and on the mean scale at the gym) is 166.5 so my BMI is 29.5 which is terrible but for the first time since middle school I'm not obese. I think that's down only 6.5 pounds since I've been on this forum, but not really cause I gained back 3 pounds at one point, and it's down almost 40 from where I was when I started working on losing it seriously. I've joined a dragon boat team and a hula hooping class cause I hate the gym, but I'm still hitting it about thrice a week. My friend who teaches pole dance keeps trying to get me into it, and I think my confidence is almost there. I'm feeling good, mourning the loss of my boobs, but once I'm at my goal weight for a year, I've promised myself a boob lift, I don't fucking care what people in this hippy town think of that. I know that's so far in the future, but I feel like it's actually going to happen and I won't spend my life as a fat fuck. *exultant hurray!*

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Re: It'll be just like starting over

Post by Drayven on Wed May 15, 2013 8:11 pm

Fuck Yeah Chiddycho!

That's what I'm talking about!
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Re: It'll be just like starting over

Post by Chiddycho on Wed May 15, 2013 8:39 pm

Thanks Drayven!

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Re: It'll be just like starting over

Post by tamalogo on Thu May 16, 2013 2:58 pm

I've fallen off the exercise-diet bandwagon this week, because I wound up getting a tooth abscess after a visit to my dentist. Sad Of course it had to swell up over the weekend, so I didn't have the option to go to my usual dentist to get it checked out, and had to go to an emergency one. I was put on antibiotics and was told I was running a fever as well. Thankfully, the swelling has gone down, and I hope to get back into it all soon. My diet didn't go horribly in that time though, because it just plain hurt to eat, so I wasn't eating much anyway.

Now that I'm feeling better though, I'll hope to get back into it soon! *Fingers crossed*
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Re: It'll be just like starting over

Post by Chiddycho on Thu May 16, 2013 4:51 pm

Guys, I'm telling you- this working out and eating right stuff is hard, harder to do on the reg, but drinking a whey protein drink for breakfast is not. I just talked to a close friend who lives in NZ, so it had been a while and we were both talking about our diets and she's been having all this success and the key is protein shakes. And she wasn't even what I'd consider overweight in the first place. One for breakfast and one after working out (not as a meal replacement)- I swear that works- and I can't even consider my diet low carb, what with all the whiskey and hamburger buns. Go to any big gym chain and they have them for sale at the front.

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