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Losing Weight and Getting Fit

Discussion in 'Random Discussion' started by Rodney-2187, Sep 17, 2019.

  1. Rodney-2187

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    This is a thread for encouraging each other in our efforts to lose weight and get in shape for better health. Advice of course is welcome, but this is not a thread for debating nutrition or methods. The primary purpose of this thread is to set goals, track progress, and celebrate accomplishments. It's all about the positivity.

    Remember to follow the advice of your licensed healthcare provider.​





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    Starting my exercises right away I will.
     
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    I hereby declare to put my fitness plans off no longer. Let's do like ESB-Luke and work up some sweat!

    Will you be my back-pack coach, @Meister Yoda? ;-)
     
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    Together as Master and padawan we will rule our fitness.
     
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  5. Rodney-2187

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    I'll share my own personal story.

    I was an average weight growing up. Maybe just a few extra pounds. As I got older, the extra got more and more. Several years ago, I decided to do something about it. I started watching what I ate and riding a bicycle. I lost a ton of weight, but I didn't keep it up. After a year or so, I gained it all back and more. My weight has never caused me any serious health problems, but the older I get, I know it's only a matter of time before it catches up with me.

    About 2 years ago, I decided to give a vegan diet a try. Now again, as I said above, this is not a thread for debating methods. Not trying to convince anyone of anything here, just sharing what works for me. If you have any vegan questions, feel free to message me.

    I've lost all the weight I previously lost and a little more. I still have more to go though.

    Some find it helpful to weigh themselves every day, because it helps them stay on track. For me, that only gets me discouraged and frustrated, so I don't weigh myself at all. I had a physical for work just before my most recent efforts and I was 330 pounds. Now, 2 years later I haven't weighed myself since, but I can now wear clothes from several years ago when I was about 220, so I estimate I've lost about 110 pounds. I have a pair of pants I bought when I was in my early 20's. When I can put those on, I will weigh myself again. I was about 190 then. My goal is to get down to at least 170.

    A vegan diet isn't necessarily a weight loss plan. There are a lot of vegan foods, especially desserts, that are not healthy. They can have just as many calories and fat as regular food. Around the holidays last year, the weight loss slowed to a crawl, but I have since gotten back on track eating mostly a whole-food plant-based diet with lots of vegetables, fruit, and whole grains. The weight loss has picked back up.

    I don't ride a bicycle as much as I used to, because I only have an old beach cruiser. I've started walking and running (mostly walking). I've found it helps to enter 5K races (3.1 miles). It's very motivational to be out there running with other people and trying to beat your previous times. Most 5Ks in my area are around $25 and you get a shirt, a medal, and a bunch of fruit and a beer when you finish. I think that's a value and a lot of fun. I don't like gyms at all. I get bored just sitting in one place. I prefer the moving about of walking/running and bike riding.

    I've entered a half-marathon (13.1 miles) on December 22nd, the same weekend The Rise of Skywalker premiers and just before X-mas, so I will have a busy holiday! I know the distance isn't a problem, because I've actually went as far as 16 miles a few times, but I want to have a decent time. You have to finish in less than 3 1/2 hours to get a medal. That's about 16 minutes per mile and I'm faster than that, but the course has lots of big hills and I usually stick to flat areas, so time to change my routine to get ready.

    Well, those are my goals and what's going on with me. With the weight I've already lost, the first thing I noticed was how much better I sleep. I didn't realize how bad I felt until I actually started feeling better. I'm loving my new lifestyle so much, I know there's zero chance of me ever going back to my old ways.

    Anyone else have a story or goals they want to share? We have three months before the Rise of Skywalker. Let's all try to be healthier on opening night!
     
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    Not much extra weight I have but being ~1.75 meters, I have been somewhere in the low 70 (kg) but when I got older it increased a bit. Now I'm somewhere between 80 and 90. Aiming at 12.125 stones I am, that means losing one or two stones. But lifting stones is easy when gifted by the force you are. At least that's what I've heard.
     
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    I had to ask Alexa to convert all those numbers to something I recognize.
    (c-3po):D
     
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    Make a lifestyle choice.

    Thankfully I have a job which involves walking, but as I got older the weight does creep on, especially with having kids as sometimes you can't help but finish off food than see it wasted. However, the walking wasn't enough to combat bad habits, so I took up running.

    I have completed 6 events in the mountains of the UK, all within 24k, but a lot of climbing. Some of these with a Bergen with 40lbs+, as they are run by ex-UKSF. In order to achieve this with the kids I went running at least twice a week, a third if lucky. Running burns off weight faster than using a bike, I think for 20 mins running you need to pedal 40-60 ins.

    Due to the kids I needed to fit runs in around them, so one or two short (30mins), and one long (60mins). I build these up only if aiming for an event, the fist three were for charity as a motive.

    I do stress not to go mad. My first run was short, 3k. I stayed with that until my pace improved and then pushed the distance and lowered the speed. Do your own thing. Running with people is a great motivation, if you find the right person, but it can effect pace and enjoyment if they are competitive. Don't be afraid to go solo.

    Don't forget the core. Press-ups, pull-ups and sit-ups are vital. You don't need to go to the gym. Do as little or as much as possible, the aim is to be regular. I personally do something 3-6 times a week, even if its only 20 press-ups, it all helps and is a mental boost.
     
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    The short version of a very long story (and I apologize if this is too much information): I've struggled with food and weight all my life, I've never seen a professional for it and I know it's not the smartest thing to self diagnose, but in my mind I'm a food addict. At 16 I decided I had enough and decided to lose weight. I went about it the complete wrong way, I crash dieted, it was so very unhealthy... but I couldn't ignore the results that I was getting from it, they were rapid too so in my mind of course I was doing something right. I managed to lose about 150 pounds over roughly 8 months, but as they say, if you lose it quick, it won't last... and it didn't. It's been seven years since then and it's been a constant up and down.

    Over the past few months I've made very small changes to my lifestyle and eating habits in an effort to hopefully once and for all get my weight under control and stabilize it. I haven't seen much result, but I don't really expect to... as I said, they're very small changes. Over time however, I do plan on incorporating more of those changes. I'm not vegan and I don't ever intend to be but I've been trying out a lot of protein alternatives to meat which has led me to some very interesting and delicious places. I've slowly been cutting down on sugar (never had much of a sweet tooth though) and white flour (my main weakness), replacing them with fruits, grains and whole wheat. The idea of quitting the way I eat cold turkey (pun?) and going straight to a diet has always been daunting to me and it's something I've never been good at, even when I went on my crash diet, I was still eating the food that I was prior, just much less of it. Easing into it this way has allowed me to pick out what I do and don't like making the eventual full transition a lot easier.

    As far as exercise goes, I've always been a pretty active person so I won't be changing much to what I've been doing for most of my life. I bike, I play basketball, I love swimming, I box and I'm extremely lucky to have a full set of weights + a bench in my garage. Unfortunately with the weather changing I won't be able to swim anymore until next Summer, maybe I'll take up running.
     
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    I am too. The only problem is, an alcoholic can just abstain from all alcohol, but we still have to eat. I love food and I love to cook, and I'm pretty good at it. What has worked for me is just finding foods that are less calorie dense, so I can still eat and feel full, but not have too many calories. Processed foods and oils have lots of calories, you don't have to eat very much of those to get those calories way up.



    Very true. For me at least, it couldn't be something that I did temporarily, or I'd just go right back to the weight I was. I had to find an entirely new way to eat. Fortunately, there is virtually no end to foods that taste wonderful and are not bad for you. Just had to find the ones that work for me. I completely avoid some things I used to have regularly or at least have them less often, but I am adventurous and had no problem finding new things to replace them with. It actually didn't even take long, maybe a few weeks, and my tastes had changed. I started craving some of the new things I'd discovered more than the old ones.



    We're all a work in progress. I know it's certainly taking me longer than it has taken some others. I just try to be better today than yesterday as I learn more. One thing is certain, no matter how long it takes, I am at least going in the right direction.
     
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    I wish you would have started this thread in March this year. In February I visited the Doctor on a routine checkup and found out I was at 295 lbs. Then and there I told myself "I am not going to be 300 lbs".

    I got the App "LoseIt" - great app. Started playing racquetball again (used to play a lot as a young guy). Walk 30 minutes at work every day.

    I am now at my target weight of 240 lbs and plan on keeping it here....
     
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    Great thread, Rodney. Found it while avoiding spoilers like the plague.

    To all of you, thanks for sharing your stories, very motivating. :cool:

    You can do it. Really.
     
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    How to loose half of your body weight in seconds!

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    World Health Organization
    https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/obesity-and-overweight
    • Worldwide obesity has nearly tripled since 1975.
    • In 2016, more than 1.9 billion adults, 18 years and older, were overweight. Of these over 650 million were obese.
    • 39% of adults aged 18 years and over were overweight in 2016, and 13% were obese.
    • Most of the world's population live in countries where overweight and obesity kills more people than underweight.
    • 41 million children under the age of 5 were overweight or obese in 2016.
    • Over 340 million children and adolescents aged 5-19 were overweight or obese in 2016.
    • Obesity is preventable.
     
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    Take the Jedi way and use it for our health:

    "Once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny, consume you it will."
    We only have one body, we have to start taking better care of it. Our lives depends on it.

    "The greatest teacher, failure is."
    We've made mistakes. We have to learn from them.

    “Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering."
    We can't be so afraid of failure that we don't change.

    "Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose.”
    Foods can be an addiction, but you can beat it.

    "Always with you what cannot be done. Hear you nothing that I say?
    It can be done, and you can do it. Not believing is why we fail.

    “You must unlearn what you have learned.”
    There's a lot of bad info out there. Don't believe the marketing. Turn it around and read the label.

    "A Jedi uses the Force for knowledge and defense, never for attack."
    We do not shame anyone, we help and encourage each other.

    "A Jedi must have the deepest commitment, the most serious mind."
    What's more important than your body, your life?

    "Do, or do not. There is no try.”
    Do it!
     
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    I agree @Rodney-2187 ...
    ... but I am a Sith, and I deal in absolute.



    Lose weight ?
    I hate to lose. redface.gif
     
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    And finally
    "Size matters not"
    It doesn't matter how many kilogramms/pounds/stones you're looking at. We take them on one by one.
     
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    Currently counting calories. Keeping myself on a deficit so that I can eventually lose all the weight I need to. So far I'm down 12 lbs after 3 weeks, but that's less than ten percent of what I have planned.

    Just have to pay attention to what (and how much) you put into your stomach. Most menus and food items you buy at the store have the calorie value right there, so it keeps things simple. As a 6'2" man in my mid thirties, I'm technically allowed up to 800 calories per meal, but I've been keeping it around half that.
     
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    A good friend of mine is obese. He's about 400 pounds. I try to motivate him but I think he's fat and happy. He used to practice martial arts but hasn't practiced in years. He always talks about going to the dojo but it's all just talk. I love him like a brother and would like to see him get in better shape. My martial arts instructor said if you don't practice Martial Arts you are not a Martial Artist, yet he tells everyone he is. We're both Correction Officers, so being big and intimidating is a plus for our job. His wife caters to his obesity. She's serves us tons of coffee with milk and sugar, and beer, while we play our favorite video games. I feel bad when I tell her I'm just fine with water.

    He is so big that when he uses the bathroom, his wife has to help him wipe his own ass. You are a grown man but your wife has to help you wipe ur ass like an infant is really sad to say the least.( That's what really scared me! I'm addicted to the gym and martial arts. I quit drinking and smoking. If I do have a drink its rare with a good friend). I rarely hang out with him anymore because when I do we sit on his couch all day and play our favorite video games. I used to attack him when I came over and try to motivate him to practice his martial arts, but he complains that his shoulder or back is hurting him. I hit the gym right after work and practice my martial arts at home as well.

    I'm 50 years old, my knee hurts sometime and my shoulder, but I still go to the gym and practice. My instructor is 62 years old he has 7 different Black Belts. He injured his back, but instead of complaining about his back and sitting at home. He came to the gym everyday and performed several back exercises. Now his back is stronger than before.

    You don't have to go to the gym to get in shape. I read on here that some people find the gym boring. As long as you remain active do something you love like running, swimming, or riding your bike with a healthy diet you should be fine.

    I'm not a doctor or nutritionist but motivation is the key to staying in shape. I'm just a Padawan learner. My goal when I'm in my sixties is to have a couple of black belts around my waist and still be able to see my feet!
     
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    He may tell you that, and he may even believe it himself to a certain extent, but in my opinion, there is a fair amount of cognitive dissonance going on there.


    Very true. The best exercise is whatever you like doing. You don't have to do it the way anyone else does it because you likely won't keep it up of you don't enjoy it. Mabe your friend doesn't enjoy martial arts anymore? Is he depressed? I sincerely hope you can help him.


    I just don't want to be one of those people will a giant pill box and an oxygen tank, riding around on a little scooter. I'm not participating in that. I want a better quality of life and I want to live long enough to see all the Star Wars I can.
     
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