No added salt
1 gallon+ water per day
No dairy (other cheese in sauces of my low-calorie TV dinners)
No candy, chocolate, etc
under 1200 calories per day
Bow-Flex workout every other day
30-45 minutes of walking every evening
I had my first major hunger pang in 2 weeks last night. I think it was because I was skipping scheduled meals - I should be eating a small amount every 3 hours or so. I basically fasted the entire day except for a 400 calorie diet TV dinner around 2 PM. At 1:00 A.M. I was so hungry that I ate 3 or 4 "meals" (a diet snack bar, an apple, my other TV dinner and a SlimFast shake) all at once. It was the first time I had felt full in 2 weeks and I stayed within my scheduled daily diet, but I just ate most of it at the same time - just before going to sleep. BAD.
Lesson learned - eat my scheduled fruit and plain popcorn snacks at their scheduled times whether I feel hungry or not!
I have been eating only 900-1200 calories per day, walking 45 minutes a day 5 days a week at a very rapid pace. I switched to the BowFlex 3-day on, 1 day-off 1 hour per day plan, I drink a gallon of water per day - I cut out fruit juice because of the natural sugars and I still GAINED 2 POUNDS?!?!?!
I don't get it. I am beginning to think that the $20 scale I bought at Sears that has a supposed max weight limit of 300 pounds may not be totally accurate. I have been on this diet for over 3 weeks now. I lost a lot of weight right at the beginning and now - nothing.
I don't care - I will drive-on. It may take a while to see results, but DAMN. How could I gain 2 pounds?!?!?
Yes! I got over the hump of my body switching to "efficiency mode". It has realized it isn't starving to death and began burning fat again.
Yesterday I weighed 290 - today 292. Big deal I realized the weight will sort of move around during the day but the good thing is that is going steadily downwards.
I actually look forward to my evening walks and use them as times to think about porgramming problems, women I have seen that day, what I would do if I had 100 million dollars, etc. etc. I even ran a couple of blocks 2 days ago. Doesn't sound like a big deal, but I couldn't even do that a month ago.
It only took 10 years to completely fall from a soldier that could run 10 miles and max my PT test to a 300+ pound couch potato who couldn't even roll over in bed without having his pulse shoot up.
I blame it completely on my laziness - when I no longer had to follow military orders, I began doing nothing at all that wasn't directly related to my own hedonistic pursuits (other than going to work).
So why the sudden lifestyle change? Why didn't I do it as my New years resolution? Why April?
Because I saw that damn BowFlex commercial 1 time to many and I really liked the way the man looked and I remember looking a lot more like that then I currently looked. I thought for awhile and analyzed my feelings - was I currently self conscious about my weight? No. Was I frightened about my health? No. Was there some activity that I wanted to do, but couldn't do now because of my weight? No. Was I jealous of the BowFlex dude? No. So why did I experience such a major paradigm shift?
I realized that I simply missed feeling good. I had slowly gotten used to always feeling sort of fuzzed out and disconnected. I finally made the obvious realization that maybe all of those perky, hyper-active bubbleheads were actually telling the truth about how alive and good you can feel when you are in top physical shape.
I have a "thing" whereby I am unable to remember feelings. Maybe everyone experiences this, but the english language doesn't express the difference between remembering feelings and remembering *how* you felt very well. For me, extreme emotional experiences don't lay down memory tracks for me. I am unable to "learn" from how something made me feel. Maybe that is just part of having an "addictive" personality. I can learn from facts, but not emotions. Anyways, since I couldn't remember what "feeling good" felt like, it was as if it never happened and so I never listened when people on TV said how good you can feel when you excercise and are in shape.
So, I allowed my intellect to take over and forced myself to excercise on the assumption that there would be a reward in the form of feeling better. It was agony at first - without having a past to remember and without believing the future exists making the effort to excercise and feel horrible in the short term was a major leap of faith for me. I wrote down how I felt - the fuzziness, the disconnectedness, etc. I am glad I wrote it down, because I would never have believed it and the transformation would have been lost to me forever.
Anyways, I am on the 3-days on, 1-day off BowFlex regimen at 1 hour per day and I am still taking my 45 minute walks in the evening and even throw in some jogging from time to time.
My diet is now averaging 1000 calories a day and I almost never feel really hungry. There is no salt, sugar, snacks, etc. in the house. I am forcing the water through me all day. I have replaced at least 5 cigarettes a day by drinking more water. Yada yada yada
I have lost almost 20 pounds in the last month and although I can't for sure say that I am feeling better, I can say that I now feel good.
I am getting a new digital camera soon and will put up a link to my progress photos.
I wish I would have started taking pictures at 311 - it would have been really cool.
Already I can't even make my gut stick out so that I look pregnant. I used to totally look like a pregant woman - most of my extra weight is concentrated in a deadly "beer belly". Even when I sucked my gut in I had a major pooch (think St. Bernard, not beagle). Now, I can almost pass for average weight when I suck it in
I am already wearing shirts that I couldn't wear a couple of months ago.
Well, 26 pounds down, 85 pounds to go!
I used to hate my scale and thought it was broken because my weight wasn't changing. Now I think it is the best scale on earth!
Well, my current weight (as of a second ago) was 281, but I weighed in at 279 this morning after doing my AM ablutions and before eating and that is what I am sticking with
I think part of the larger loss this week was due to my beginning to run instead of just walking. Now, during my walks, I will run when I am going downhill - probably totals around a mile of running. I was going to hold of running until I hit 250, but it feels right to do it now.
I will be losing a whopping 10+ pounds in one day soon - I am going to schedule some "hydro-therapy"
A good week for saying goodbye to my excess baggage!
Believe it or not, I have cut back on my outdoor exercises - the past week has been drizzling or raining almost every night and I just didn't feel like getting wet. But I still lost 5 pounds.
I think that my metabolism is high enough that just by eating less I am able to burn the weight. Don't get me wrong - I still use the BowFlex and now the swimming pool is open so i will still be exercising, but to lose 5 pounds without spending 5 hours walking was a pleasant surprise!
I have levelled off my diet at 3 weight-watcher dinners, 1 Slim-Fast shake and 1 Slim-Fast meal bar per day (around 1500 calories). The rare times I do feel hungry, I drink an extra glass of water.
I have now lost 36 pounds in 68 days. At this rate I will reach my initial goal of 200 pounds by the middle of October - well ahead of my Dec. 31st goal. (knock on wood).
I am 25 pounds away from quitting smoking (except for when I go out and shoot pool).
I'll be having a physical exam in September and figure out my actual body-fat percentage. Based on that, I may change my target weight goal.
I plan on quitting smoking on July 2nd. I'll be out of town visiting family, where no one else smokes, so it will be much easier to quit. It's a 4 day trip so I'll get the initial cravings out of my system by the time I get home.
Terry O`Nolley wrote: Based on that, I may change my target weight goal.
I've thought about that as well. As I get into better shape, I may come to find that my ideal weight is more or less than 200. but I'm still 35 lbs. away from getting a good picture of that, I think.
Thanks for mentioning the pool. Though the one in my complex isn't great for laps, they do have a hottub next to it. So I a dip in the hottub and pool after a run would be quite relaxing I think.
Terry O`Nolley wrote: bought an Olympus C-4000 4 mega pixel camera
Ha. I have the same camera. It's a great buy! Takes awesome pictures, good flexibilty with manual/auto modes, etc.. You'll enjoy it.
Congrats on the 271 drop! 260's coming up soon. You'll pass me fairly soon at this rate. So far 240's have been great! A girl at work supposedly thinks I'm "hot". Always nice to hear.
Great motivation to keep going, too.
My Bowflex arrived yesterday. My first workout was in assembling the 8 boxes it came in.
I realized with shock that I am overweight. It happened very stealthily. I used to have a high muscle-mass low body fat physique. I am just over 6' 1" tall. I weighed 220 pounds when I left the army.
What happened was that my muscle was disappearing while my body fat was going up and my weight stayed very stable for several years. Then when my muscles had atrophied about as far as they were going to and the fat kept piling on I noticed my weight shooting up.
I went from 220 pounds in 1992 to 310 pounds in 2004 - with the last 30 pounds being put on in the last year!!!!
2 weeks ago I threw out all of my sugar foods, I threw away my salt (I used to salt everything very heavily). I threw out everything and went shopping. I am now on a modified Slim-Fast diet.
I eat a shake in the morning, a snack bar for brunch, a Healthy Choice TV dinner for lunch, a piece of fruit mid-afternoon, a snack bar for dinner, a tv dinner at night and I drink fruit juice and water throughout the day. Calories: around 1100 daily.
I lost 10 pounds the first week and had my first BowFlex workout this morning. I forgot how good it felt to really work my muscles.
So, I will use this forum to track my progress and rely on the unseen peer pressure of imaginary readers to stick to my program.