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Old 08-09-2017, 01:13 PM   #151
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Re: LVL Weight Loss Challenge

Any one ever hear of the military diet? It seems so odd that I could see if working, reminds me of the Mayo Clinic diet that people my parents' age used to do, very regimented food choices. I like the fact that it lasts three days then you go off it for 3-4 days but don't think it includes enough protein and it discourages working out.
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Old 08-12-2017, 06:57 PM   #152
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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.
Hey Guys,

Been traveling for the last month so kinda out of range. Went to Europe for three weeks and did a 10 day cruise in Norway. All that and I lost 5 pounds! Woohoo... Down to the lowest weight I have been in 25+ years. The 250 mark is a huge barrier I have approached several times and have never been able to break. Heading towards the next goal of 240. Also realized as I looked at records I started at 284 not 280.

Current weight 247

-37 total
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Old 08-13-2017, 10:01 AM   #153
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Any one ever hear of the military diet? It seems so odd that I could see if working, reminds me of the Mayo Clinic diet that people my parents' age used to do, very regimented food choices.
If you are looking for a diet where you eat (close to) nothing during the day and things like ice cream at night, look at intermittent fasting. People have really good results with that, but you have to be willing to change your lifestyle for it to work.

I am feeling way better in the late morning and afternoon if I didn't eat anything for breakfast/lunch than when I am eating so little that I am still hungry right after the meal. A slice of toast with peanut butter and half of a fruit or an egg doesn't even satisfy me for 30 minutes.
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Old 08-14-2017, 11:24 AM   #154
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I have an unrelated question or comment. I've got my walking/jogging up to 10 miles per day some days. I feel great when I'm doing it but my toe nails are starting to feel weird. My main girl does a lot of marathons and half marathons and she used to lose nails when she first started. I am deathly afraid of that happening, sounds painful and gross. Does anyone know how to avoid nails falling off from putting in big miles? I wear sandals and flip flops when I'm not working out or in the office so maybe I could start wearing them to run/walk to ease the pressure? I used to only work in flipflops in college so I'm not worried about dropping weights or anything, blisters could be an issue though.
A problem most runners face when changing to longer distance is that they tend to buy their shoes too small. When upping your distance, and in your case you have, you need to buy your running shoes a half to a full size bigger than your normal shoe size. The reason for this is that all of that repeated pounding causes your feet to swell significantly during your run and your toes bang in the front of your shoes, over and over and over.

As a basic rule you should have a thumb width between your longest toe and the front of your shoe. This should give you enough room for your feet to spread out during your run and avoid toe nail issues. Also remember that different brands run either long or short on sizes so the actual size printed on the shoe doesn't mean as much as how it actually fits. When you first put them on they'll feel weird being that big, but you''ll get used to that and be much happier on long runs.

As to blisters while you run be sure to wear non-cotton socks.

This information comes from me, as a guy who just started significant weight loss (Down 17 lbs in 2 weeks) but was previously a serious triathlete and marathon runner. I also worked at a running specialty store and fit and sold running shoes for over 5 years.

I hope this helps.
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Old 08-15-2017, 12:06 AM   #155
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Been out for a couple of months due to multiple surgeries. Still at it, though. Weighed in this morning at 209.4. Goal for the end of the year is 195. I'm trying to make small changes rather than a full blown diet/workout plan so that it becomes normal and not something I can easily fall out of.

Thanks to Travis for starting this.
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Old 08-24-2017, 03:05 PM   #156
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@JABSolstice I'm really glad people are making positive changes through this thread. Maybe- no without a doubt - the coolest experience I've ever had on the internet!

Thanks again all of your for input re: toe nails. Was kind of a weird thing to be asking about, but the input was helpful and I think my problems are behind me in that area.

Also thanks for analysis re: military diet. I am thinking I may give it or something similar a whirl around holiday time because LDT really loves his family's holiday cooking and knows he has no self-control in that area.

Just got back from another cruise vacation and folks. I lifted 1-3 times per day but did not do as much cardio as I had planned. My arms, legs, chest and back feel really full from the increased food and lifting. I did extremely high reps with light weight to avoid injury but had great results. Sadly this is the first cruise I didn't feed any kitties on, oh well got comped again so there's always next time.

I am posting today to say that I failed and stepped on the scale before September. I did it before the cruise, 2 days after and 5 days after (today). Happy to say I only only gained 3 pounds on the ship despite eating a ton.

As of today I am at 229 and dang it I'm starting to look fit! I'm 9 pounds from what I thought was possible by the end of the year and I've still got 4 months to go!

Thank you all for your help and giving me someplace to be accountable. Let's keep up the awesome work together!
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Old 08-24-2017, 05:04 PM   #157
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Gogogo LongDT! Sounds like you're making positive lifestyle changes.
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Old 08-30-2017, 10:40 PM   #158
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physical yesterday. 178, down 25 lbs since superbowl weekend.

still walking >10 miles/day. still avoiding high fat foods. upped my beer intake to <2 ltrs/day. priorities
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Old 08-31-2017, 12:28 PM   #159
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physical yesterday. 178, down 25 lbs since superbowl weekend.

still walking >10 miles/day. still avoiding high fat foods. upped my beer intake to <2 ltrs/day. priorities

Way to go, does the booze intake correlate with the miles increase? Whenever I drink (which for me means getting drunk because I don't see the point of having a couple) I always wake up with insane miles logged. I think I did 16.2 one day in June this year and had a 17+ day at the Republican National Convention last year on the night I blacked out. I can't sit still when I'm drinking or I get really tired.
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Old 08-31-2017, 11:28 PM   #160
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Way to go, does the booze intake correlate with the miles increase? Whenever I drink (which for me means getting drunk because I don't see the point of having a couple) I always wake up with insane miles logged. I think I did 16.2 one day in June this year and had a 17+ day at the Republican National Convention last year on the night I blacked out. I can't sit still when I'm drinking or I get really tired.
thanks.

booze increase correlates to i drink too much. made a choice. food or booze. drinking won.

miles are a product of summer and walking 27 holes /day at our club. once fall comes i go back to work, lose the daily miles...and gain back the lbs. wife insists the cheese and crackers and chips and sausage are far more dangerous than three beers/day. i plan to see if that bears out this winter. no more high-fat foods. keep drinking. and swim 1k each morning.
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Old 10-06-2017, 11:57 PM   #161
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Hey Guys,

Been traveling for the last month so kinda out of range. Went to Europe for three weeks and did a 10 day cruise in Norway. All that and I lost 5 pounds! Woohoo... Down to the lowest weight I have been in 25+ years. The 250 mark is a huge barrier I have approached several times and have never been able to break. Heading towards the next goal of 240. Also realized as I looked at records I started at 284 not 280.

Current weight 247

-37 total
Wanted to revisit. Down nine more pounds since last check in. Finally got past 240 after a several week plateau. 230 here I come. Just started training for my first ever 5k. I really suck at running but am trying the couch to 5k plan. I have now completed 3 weeks, and have run more than i have ever in my life. Cant imagine running 5k, but could not have imagined being below 240 pounds or even 250 pounds. Seriously this blog was one of the reasons I started. So a big THANK YOU to the community!

Current weight 238

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Old 10-07-2017, 11:27 AM   #162
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Excellent news! Good for you.
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Old 10-24-2017, 03:31 PM   #163
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How's everyone doing??? Sorry I haven't been interacting as much lately, work blocked this site and Has been picking up lately so Ive been out of the loop.

Unfortunately, I gained 15 pounds since the last checkin as of today. However, I just got back from a cruise some I'm going to blame some of it on that!

Goal is to start walking/running to the gym and build up to a 5k turkey trot!
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