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Old 06-12-2017, 01:13 AM   #126
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Re: LVL Weight Loss Challenge

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Starting Weight - May 1st, 2017 @ 273
Current Weight - June 11th, 2017 @ 247 (-26)
Goal Weight - 220

And the grind continues...nothing of note to discuss this week. Being six weeks into this healthier lifestyle, I'm pretty much on auto-drive when it comes to food choices and physical activity level.

I've been pretty good when it comes to allowing one cheat meal per week that I don't beat myself up over. I try to save those for special events/group activities where alcohol is typically involved and I don't want to spend too much time counting calories.

One of my mini-goals was to be around 235 pounds when I head to the WSOP this year. It looks like I won't hit that goal, but I won't be far off either, so I'm still going to consider it an accomplishment if I'm within 5 pounds by the time I take off.
We seem to still be on basically the exact same pace/trajectory.

I'll be interested to see what happens when I get to 220. My "hey, I look great in clothes" weight is right around 220. But I want to head to 199 this time. I have a feeling I will find motivation more difficult to come to when I get to the point where every person is doing the "wow, look at you" thing. Those last 21 pounds will be a challenge.
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Old 06-12-2017, 06:28 AM   #127
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We seem to still be on basically the exact same pace/trajectory.

I'll be interested to see what happens when I get to 220. My "hey, I look great in clothes" weight is right around 220. But I want to head to 199 this time. I have a feeling I will find motivation more difficult to come to when I get to the point where every person is doing the "wow, look at you" thing. Those last 21 pounds will be a challenge.
Yea, I totally understand where you are coming from. The last time I dropped weight, I got to around 225 pounds. I was able to comfortably fit into my nicer clothes and people were really noticing the progress. As a result, I got complacent and decided to start maintenance around that weight.

My goal this time around is 220 pounds, but similar to you, I'm going to try my best not to get too comfortable and see how far I can push myself past my original goal. I'm hoping these posts will help with my accountability and keep me motivated. So far so good...
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Old 06-17-2017, 08:06 AM   #128
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Re: LVL Weight Loss Challenge

Starting Weight - May 1st, 2017 @ 273
Current Weight - June 17th, 2017 @ 241 (-32)
Goal Weight - 220

Saw a nice drop in weight this week after a slight stall last week. Very happy to see the progress, as I tweaked my knee this week and wasn't able to do much in the way of physical activity. That being said, my food intake has been really consistent and I know that is most of the solution.

Seven days out from my WSOP trip and I'm only six pounds away from my mini-milestone of 235 for Vegas. I'm not going to push to hit that mark, but I should be within a couple of pounds going through my usual routine. If I continue seeing similar progress, I am hoping to hit my goal by the end of July. Gotta keep focused!

LDT and Making the Move, where you guys at? I hope you both are still trucking along and making progress. Let us all know how things are going!
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Old 06-17-2017, 11:18 PM   #129
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5/6/2017

258

-22 total.

Getting into uncharted waters for me. Can not remember the last time I was under 260. Big mental breakthrough for me. I have gotten close many times, but usually get off track.
252
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Had a slower month. Continued to eat the same as I have but didn't lose as fast or as much previously. Super happy with the results so far and feel better than I have in a long time. Getting below 250 would put me at the lowest weight I have been since high school. I just turned 50.
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Old 06-18-2017, 10:04 AM   #130
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Had a slower month. Continued to eat the same as I have but didn't lose as fast or as much previously. Super happy with the results so far and feel better than I have in a long time. Getting below 250 would put me at the lowest weight I have been since high school. I just turned 50.
Way to go decoop! 3 more pounds and you hit a major milestone. Keep it up!
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Old 06-19-2017, 02:42 PM   #131
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Hey guys, just wanted to give an update and post a question. I got back to pre-cruise weight last Thursday, but gained a whopping 8 pounds this weekend.

Does anyone else see really large fluctuations in their weight like that? Is this a sign of something maybe I should be getting checked out? I ate lot a pig Friday night, but ate pretty reasonably Saturday and Sunday. I hope fluctuating my carb and sodium intake is doing this to me, but I feel like crap after I gain the extra weight for at least a couple days.

Maybe just maybe my body is getting to the point that it doesn't want me to have cheat evenings or cheat weeks, it just doesn't like filth anymore! Hopefully the stuff will stop tasting so good soon then. I am still a sucker for some mexican food.
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Old 06-19-2017, 05:00 PM   #132
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Does anyone else see really large fluctuations in their weight like that? Is this a sign of something maybe I should be getting checked out? I ate lot a pig Friday night, but ate pretty reasonably Saturday and Sunday. I hope fluctuating my carb and sodium intake is doing this to me, but I feel like crap after I gain the extra weight for at least a couple days.
Hey LDT,

While I don't know if everyone reacts the same to certain foods, I do know that my weight can fluctuate pretty significantly around cheat meals/days. Typically for me, these cheat meals include foods higher in sodium, in addition to alcoholic drinks.

As a result, I either weigh myself the morning prior to a cheat meal/day or 2-3 days after a cheat meal/day. Even in the latter case, I could still see a variance in weight, which results in somewhat inaccurate weigh-ins. I try not to let those measurements get me down, as things will return to the accurate results the following week if I stick to the healthier food options that I've been working on.

Like you said above, sometimes seeing the fluctuating numbers can get you down. Remember that the numbers can be misleading sometimes, so try not to focus too much on them. Having more good days than bad and continuing good habits will get us where we need to be eventually.
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Old 06-19-2017, 05:21 PM   #133
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Does anyone else see really large fluctuations in their weight like that? Is this a sign of something maybe I should be getting checked out? I ate lot a pig Friday night, but ate pretty reasonably Saturday and Sunday. I hope fluctuating my carb and sodium intake is doing this to me, but I feel like crap after I gain the extra weight for at least a couple days.
Yeah, that has happened to me too. I have not 100% figured out the trigger but I'm fairly certain that salt plays a significant role in it. Salt is in darn near everything that is prepared by others / prepacked. I also tend to fluctuate when my soda pop levels significantly increasd after an extended period of little to no soda.

It could also be a food sensitivity. E.g. not enough of an "allergy" to make you feel ill after eating it, but may be just enough to cause some water retention / bloating for a few days. I started a new eating program May 1 and lost 11 pounds that month. Then on June 1, I also stopped eating wheat for a week and noticed a general bleh feeling after the first big wheat meal. Not sick by any means - but a general bleh feeling. I stopped eating wheat again and "seem" to feel better. Also, maybe TMI, I notice that my "digestive issues" are LOTS better when I don't eat wheat.

So, maybe track the specific foods that you are eating on cheat days and try to see if there are common ingredients (wheat, corn) or a lot of sodium.
Note: If you haven't tried it yet, the My Fitness Pal app is a fairly easy way to log meals and it will show you how much fat, sodium, carb etc is in each food item. When, I started logging my food, I realized that I was consuming FAR more salt than I thought that I was.
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Old 06-20-2017, 06:38 PM   #134
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Great thread. Thought I would hop in as I have recently started to make a serious effort to drop some pounds.

Currently - 251 pounds (6'4"). It's all in the gut. Too much bread. Too many cookies.

I divide my time between two offices and spend a lot of time in the car. So much in fact that my wife and I were eating way too much fast food. So, we started ordering meals from Freshly and their portions are just enough but not too much. Plus it is a helluva lot cheaper than fast food and Door Dash.

I've always walked a lot and do about half and hour to 45 minutes per day. I'm also easing my way into sit-ups, push-ups and things I haven't really done since my military days. My goal is to get down to 230 and then reassess.

I look forward to keeping up with what everyone here is doing and using that as part of my inspiration.
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Old 06-20-2017, 07:03 PM   #135
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I look forward to keeping up with what everyone here is doing and using that as part of my inspiration.
Welcome to the thread grdred! Looks like your goal is right around the corner, so keep up the great work.
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Old 06-21-2017, 01:40 PM   #136
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#1 reason for weight fluctuation is water weight. Sodium and alcohol not only make you retain more water, they also make you thirsty which leads to more drinking and more water weight. Soda and other high sugar drinks also create thirst.

One more reason to not weight yourself too often and also make sure you always get on the scale under equal conditions.
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Old 06-24-2017, 05:49 AM   #137
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Re: LVL Weight Loss Challenge

Starting Weight - May 1st, 2017 @ 273
Current Weight - June 24th, 2017 @ 238 (-35)
Goal Weight - 220

The day has finally arrived for my WSOP trip!

One of my mini-goals was to weigh between 230-235 for this trip. This morning, I weighed in at 238, which I'm going to chalk up as 'close enough' and consider it a victory. My eating has been going really well, while my exercise has scaled back a bit since tweaking my knee playing volleyball. Still, I'm happy to continue to drop the pounds which is just further indication how important food intake really is.

For the next week, I'll be in Vegas for the WSOP and then New Orleans for my bachelor party. Given the circumstances, I have already come to terms with the fact that I will be gaining some weight back from all of the delicious food and booze. Knowing that, I'm going to enjoy myself and not worry too much about weight over the trip. Once I get back, it will be back on the grind with the final countdown to my wedding in September.

Let me know if anyone else in this thread is planning on playing the Monster Stack on Sunday. I'll be around, so DM me if you want to meet up and talk about cool things like weight loss!
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Old 06-26-2017, 10:46 AM   #138
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Not a weight loss update, but somehow managed to luckbox into Day 2 of the WSOP Monster Stack!

Looking for some rungood today.
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Old 06-26-2017, 12:28 PM   #139
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Not a weight loss update, but somehow managed to luckbox into Day 2 of the WSOP Monster Stack!

Looking for some rungood today.
Gl! I was not fortunate enough to make day 2 of this one...

My focus has been on da pokerz and have let my health and fitness routines slide too much. Looking forward to getting back to better routines at the close of the series!
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Old 06-26-2017, 01:38 PM   #140
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Thanks for the tips, reassurance and pep talks again team. I hope everyone had a good weekend and has a good week in store. I'm going to avoid the scale until September but just wanted to check-in with everyone and let you all know I'm rooting for each of you!
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Old 06-26-2017, 02:03 PM   #141
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Gl! I was not fortunate enough to make day 2 of this one...

My focus has been on da pokerz and have let my health and fitness routines slide too much. Looking forward to getting back to better routines at the close of the series!
I kinda wanted to elaborate on my post here to mention that there is no coincidence that my mental and technical poker game tends to weaken when my health and fitness routines are way off. Therein lies the true irony. If my focus is on da pokerz CORRECTLY, then my health and fitness wouldn't be slipping or even overlooked. I journal about this often in my PG&C, but felt it applicable to mention here as well, to hopefully better align my goals and reasons for being in this thread in the first place.

I'm with ya LDT, wishing all the best of luck in this health and wellness journey, and will continue to follow and update as the summer marches on!
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