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Old 02-15-2017, 09:15 PM   #26
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That made me laugh hard

At 5"8 I'm prolly too tall and certainly way too heavy to be a jockey. No sports background besides soccer in high school and some long distance running in my mid 20s. Started running again 2 years ago and plan on doing a half-ironman this fall and hopefully also qualify for the Boston Marathon. Especially for the latter, every extra pound really hurts.
Glad I could provide some unintended comic relief haha. Seriously was just curious, I know jockeys typically are around 120 or less, harness drivers are usually a little heavier. Boxers and wrestlers vary in size obviously. It didn't seem too far-fetched for you to have been involved in those if you are in the 130s and trying to drop!

Also, it was worth asking for potential tips alone - I'm not up on the racing industry like I was when I was a pup.

I know even less about running and triathlons, but definitely a wise decision to take as much weight off as you can if you are going to be putting that kind of punishment on your knees, hips and ankles. Good luck with your training!
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Old 02-16-2017, 12:39 AM   #27
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If you're like me and don't want to stop with the sweet stuff, you should start baking your own cakes and cookies.

There are tons of recipes on the internet for sweets that are at least a little less unhealthy by substituting white flour with whole wheat flour, oat flour or almond flour; white sugar with honey, brown sugar or fruit juice; cheap oil with coconut oil or butter.

Same thing as with cooking, preparing your own stuff lets you cut out the bad stuff in convenience/carry out food and gives you a way better understanding of what you eat exactly. I bought a cook book for endurance athletes last summer that really helped me with that.

I'm around 135lb right now, on pace to get back to 130 before the end of March. In a perfect world, I lose 1 pound a week from now on to get there a week ahead of schedule. I'd hate to have to cut snacks in the end to get there but even worse would be to have to cut weight into April.

That's a good idea!
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Old 02-18-2017, 11:00 AM   #28
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Weight at 212. I should add that I'm on the east coast. You guys gonna kick me out of this thread ?
209 as of this AM. Started walking yesterday. Plan to increase the distance slowly.
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Old 02-18-2017, 06:03 PM   #29
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As I mentioned, I'm heading to Vegas tonight for a couple jam packed days. Weighed in at 264.x (forgot the tenth digit). All is going really well. I find myself craving "healthy" foods as opposed to "death" foods when I'm hungry which is progress. Biggest cravings are sushi, tuna steak and cow milk. I gave up fried foods this week, no entertaining so it was a lot easier than last week. Hoping I skip the buffets and just eat pu$$y this weekend! Wish me luck.
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Old 02-22-2017, 01:39 AM   #30
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Down to 216.7
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Old 02-22-2017, 12:43 PM   #31
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Back from Vegas. Weight is 262.0. I have always noticed that I lose weight on vacation despite eating and drinking. It could be because I generally walk much more than I do in my normal life. Have others, particularly midwest folks w/o walkable cites, noticed this as well? I was not able to abstain from alcohol, the lady I stayed with the first night is still in her mid-twenties raging days so the abstinence was crushed in a matter of hours (in more ways than one I suppose).

Gambling was so so. My first day gambling (second day) I almost doubled my $3500 trip bankroll in my first 5/10 session in at least a year. Every time I go to Vegas or a gambling trip I go with the intentions of hitting a big score of 10k or more. It has only happened once (24k in 2011) and I've busted many smaller rolls trying to do it. The start made it seem like I was going to hit a decent score in one of my shortest trips.

Unfortunately, the next day I dusted off $1500 in 20 minutes playing $5-100 per hand in a DD BJ game. In the second and third deck, dealer had natural 21 6 times and naturally I had table max out there every hand. Lost a big split, double down hand for $320 and tilted off 400 not even trying to get an advantage. Traded a few $500 stacks with casinos and tournament entries put me around even for the trip.

Trip in numbers

Days - 3.5
Miles walked (according to phone) - 39.14*
Snatches consumed - 2
Buffets consumed - 1
Starbucks trips- 5
Trip P/L - (544)
Gaming P/L - (130) - thanks airport slots for sending me home a loser!

*this can't be right can it? I walked 14 miles one day at Trump inauguration and 17 once in New Orleans, but I feel don't remember ever consistently putting up those numbers for several days. I know I was trying to milk my time in the system for comps purposes - so I was walking around the casinos a lot when I was playing BJ. How accurate are iphones at keeping track of miles walked?
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Old 02-22-2017, 04:39 PM   #32
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203 this morning. all time high. i blame the patriots.

loss plan; walk, walk some more, cut back on dairy and beer. target, 170, by Sept 1. weekly weigh-in.
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Old 02-23-2017, 06:30 AM   #33
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Peloton bike arriving in a few hours, time to get unfat.
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Old 02-23-2017, 07:11 PM   #34
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209 as of this AM. Started walking yesterday. Plan to increase the distance slowly.
206 as of today. Been taking 30 minute walks daily
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Old 02-27-2017, 02:29 PM   #35
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264.3- back to around pre-Vegas weight unfortunately. Did not drink enough water this week and I think I overate as a result. Going to up the walking and water intake next week. I'm giving up pork for lent so a couple big calorie bombs, sausage and bacon in the morning, are going to be out of the equation very soon.
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Old 03-01-2017, 01:25 PM   #36
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Ok I will join.

1/30/2017 - 280 pounds.

Trying to cut out refined sugar as well.
2/28/2018 - 272 pounds.

-8 pounds month of February.
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Old 03-01-2017, 02:22 PM   #37
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I'll jump in for a few months!

Just got back from a cruise (not so subtle brag?) and am at the highest number I've ever been at. 234.4. (I'm only 5'9" on my tallest day).

I have a "75 days of Healthy Habits" plan now in place as I prepare for my next big trip in mid May which will he going to Europe for the first time ever! Iz excite! (Last not so subtle brag, promise!)

I have daily steps and miles goals in place, and will be using My Fitness Pal to track calories every day. Goal is to stay under 2000 calories, and keep carb consumption to a minimum. I only drink diet soda on occasion, and stick to zero carbs/sugar drinks as a whole. (With only exception being I am a coffee drinker, and I will use small amounts of store bought flavored creamer on occasion).

I do like craft beer, so I'm limiting myself to just 10 days out of the next 75 that I can drink any alcohol at all. (Planned weekend trips and social events already will use up most of these days, which is when I normally will drink).

I will hike/mtn bike/run(fast walk?) 5x per week a minimum of 5 miles, and I will average 7,500 steps a day for the entire duration of this challenge. These two goals may change as I get a few weeks into the challenge.

I've been out of shape for a few years now as a result of sitting on my ass playing too much poker and not playing sports almost daily like I used to. I still remember the day I hit 200 lbs and I hated myself, haha. Being in the over 40 club, and not being as active as I once was has finally caught up to me.

Time to get myself back on healthy track!
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Old 03-01-2017, 06:33 PM   #38
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I went to the Endocrinologist the end of January. Was given a stronger med for one condition, and a second med for diabetes. Started working out regularly on 2/19, along with low carb diet. Cardio every morning, weight lifting in the evening with my son when he is free, 4x in week 1. Haven't lifted in a while, so this first week was relatively low weights just to get the proper mechanics going. So far down 20lbs, with 12lbs of that between 2/20 and 2/27. I do weigh ins on Monday mornings. Long term goal is to get back to near HS weight.
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Old 03-02-2017, 01:32 AM   #39
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203 this morning. all time high. i blame the patriots.

loss plan; walk, walk some more, cut back on dairy and beer. target, 170, by Sept 1. weekly weigh-in.
197. five rounds of golf, walked them all, and 'cut down' to max 1 ltr beer/day. and less cheese.
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Old 03-02-2017, 11:43 AM   #40
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209 as of this AM. Started walking yesterday. Plan to increase the distance slowly.
Only lost 1 pound last week. Weight at 205. Still, that's 20 pounds YTD.
Will increase/speed up the walking this week and no beer (my weakness)
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Old 03-02-2017, 01:29 PM   #41
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and no beer (my weakness)
I hear that!

Already used one of my beer allowance days unexpectedly when a friend flew into town last minute yesterday... At least I kept it to 2 Mich Ultras and 2 Guinness and avoided the crafts/IPAs haha
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Old 03-04-2017, 08:52 PM   #42
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Welcome, welcome! Another bad week for me despite working out amd eating clean. I'm at 264.1. I do feel a lot stronger and can tell my clothes a fitting differently so it's possible I'm adding muscle and losing fat. I would like to move the scale regardless so will be upping cardio next week.

Keep up the awesome work team! Gobbo and Trooper, the door is still open for you two knuckleheads!

I know that it isn't a lot of people's favorite beer but Natural Light is a lot better for you if you're going to drink than IPA or craft brews. I've always been a green bottle beer guy but if I start drinking again I'm going to do Natty and Bud Select because they aren't that bad and get you drunk just the same. Added bonus, drinking the lighter/lower abv beer fills me up so I'm less likely to crush food when I get the beer munchies.
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Old 03-04-2017, 10:43 PM   #43
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I do feel a lot stronger and can tell my clothes a fitting differently so it's possible I'm adding muscle and losing fat.
The way you feel about it is the most important thing anyway.

Do you have access to a trustworthy scale that calculates body fat / muscle / water percentages? The cheap ones are unfortunately not very accurate in my experience.

If you have one, multiply your weight and body fat % to get your total amount of fat. Write that number down once a week, that might be a good way to track your progress if you are building up muscle.
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I know that it isn't a lot of people's favorite beer but Natural Light is a lot better for you if you're going to drink than IPA or craft brews.
To each their own, but I feel like life is too short to drink bad beer. If my options are light beer, good beer and water, I always pick one of the latter two options.

At 136 pounds as of today. Not totally were I wanted to be but still feeling pretty good about where I am at. Have to decide if I want to keep up the biking/swimming or switch back to 4 quality runs + 2 recovery runs a week for the next 5 weeks.
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Old 03-05-2017, 02:09 AM   #44
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Haha I've had the good beer/bad beer real life struggle before for sure!!

I am going to consider Mich Ultra or Top Shelf vodka + soda for some of my splurges, and perhaps red wine in moderation of course as I can enjoy all those options fairly well these days if needed. They certainly don't replace the flavors of a good craft brew/IPA but those will still be enjoyed on some occasion as well, just less often and only within my set parameters. Also a solid middle ground beer is Guinness as it is only 125 calories, has flavor, and it can be enjoyed in moderate amounts quite nicely and much more so than the slightly lesser caloric beers that have no flavor!

I would say I will now 'end derail', but in fact, these sorts of journeys are in real life and real time often derailed by the very substance with which we are speaking of here. Cheers to all to the continued achievements of the weight loss goals!
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Old 03-05-2017, 10:47 AM   #45
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I'll jump in for a few months!

I will hike/mtn bike/run(fast walk?) 5x per week a minimum of 5 miles, and I will average 7,500 steps a day for the entire duration of this challenge. These two goals may change as I get a few weeks into the challenge.

Time to get myself back on healthy track!
Cross training is key to any fitness plan, whether losing weight or maintaining current fitness level. Walking, biking, running are excellent choices, as is swimming. 5X a week is also perfect, as 2 rest days are important. 5 miles of fast walking is perfect, although the 1 hour 15 minutes may chew up more time than you want to invest. 4 miles is also fine. For cycling, you don't burn up all that many calories so bump it up to 10 or 12 miles. As for running, be very careful. A skinny 19 year can go out and run 3 or 4 miles, but a sedentary older guy needs to work into it. To avoid injury do some research. There is plenty of information on the web. I used the "couch to 10k" plan which took about 3 or 4 months.

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Old 03-05-2017, 10:25 PM   #46
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Cross training is key to any fitness plan, whether losing weight or maintaining current fitness level. Walking, biking, running are excellent choices, as is swimming. 5X a week is also perfect, as 2 rest days are important. 5 miles of fast walking is perfect, although the 1 hour 15 minutes may chew up more time than you want to invest. 4 miles is also fine. For cycling, you don't burn up all that many calories so bump it up to 10 or 12 miles. As for running, be very careful. A skinny 19 year can go out and run 3 or 4 miles, but a sedentary older guy needs to work into it. To avoid injury do some research. There is plenty of information on the web. I used the "couch to 10k" plan which took about 3 or 4 months.

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Thanks for the input!

I did that couch to 5k a few years back to support the mrs and ya that was the perfect way to go! We downloaded the app and did it a lot on treadmills without doing actual hard ground running. I am actually not much of a runner at all. I don't enjoy it, and neither do my knees and shins. I think the plan will be mostly doing the walks and hikes and I really enjoy mtn biking, so that is the easiest one for me. I live in a pretty cool part of town (Lone Mtn area) with tons of hills also, so it really is ideal to just avoid running altogether and still hit my goals.
I actually snuck in a day of downhill skiing this week, and it's possible I get another one in this month as well, so any other fun form of fitness that doesn't include running will help keep the cross fitness plan alive! Will do first weigh in tomorrow, as I'm going to do it weekly on Mondays.
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Old 03-06-2017, 11:06 PM   #47
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Dropped 3 lbs and am at 180. On day 5 of a 90 day sentence on a diet a gave myself. Target weight is when I lose my gut
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Old 03-07-2017, 02:03 AM   #48
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Dropped 3 lbs and am at 180. On day 5 of a 90 day sentence on a diet a gave myself. Target weight is when I lose my gut
Nice work! If I still have a gut when I weigh 180 I'll die haha...

As expected my first week saw the biggest drop I'll ever see in a weigh in... dropped 7.8 lbs, weighing in at 226.6.

Of course my initial weigh in happened the morning after a gluttonous 7 day cruise so I knew it would be easy to shed a few of the extra lbs of water weight from high sodium crap diet all week. The next week(s) will tell the real story of any progress (or lack thereof) I make. I am planning on/hoping for about a 1.5 lb per week average loss.

Adjusted one of my goals from "5 miles of activity" to just "activity". Since I am already tracking steps and have a daily goal of 7,500 per day (which equates to about 3.8 miles) it felt redundant to then track miles as well. Now I will just be sure to track that I do an activity (the same as my initial list above) 5 out of 7 days.

I have used up 2 of my allotted 10 days for alcohol consumption in the first 8 days. I am on pace to not make my goal by almost double! 67 days to go in the challenge. To be fair, 1 of the days was literally me drinking ONE 12 oz Guinness draft. I didn't even want to count it as one of the days, but the gf guilted me into doing so. On to week #2!
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Old 03-08-2017, 04:49 PM   #49
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madlex: 5'8" and 130 lb? I hope you are a woman

I am. I am 5'7" and 135 lb (and I am one of the thinner women I know). I am almost 50, so feel pretty good about myself, but want to weigh 125 - 130 -- although my mother always thought I was too thin at 125. It should be easy once soccer season starts in April. Yes, I still play -- I've been playing for more than 40 years.

Congrats to you guys who are really going at this and working hard. You will feel so much better in so many ways. One thing that really helps is a treadmill desk. I have one at home and instead of watching TV or playing poker online sitting down I do it walking. I highly recommend them. Of course, I have a glass of wine in front of me, but I drink slower (hard to do walking fast) and it's still better than sitting!
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Old 03-09-2017, 12:58 AM   #50
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197. five rounds of golf, walked them all, and 'cut down' to max 1 ltr beer/day. and less cheese.
195. thought might be less. six rounds, walking, four long hikes, lots of ocean swimming. perhaps not sharing my pizza last night, and the three pints of ale used to wash it down. maybe the scale is off...

on the subject of beer; i'm only drinking what i like (stouts, porters, ipa's ), just trying to drink a lot less of them.
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