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#102 Aug 21 2012 at 5:43 PM Rating: Good
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I'd love to get into this, but for the life of me, I think my body has basically said FU and won't change since this last year. Since June, when I got really serious about losing weight, ive been drinking 80-100 oz of water a day, riding the exercise bike an hour a day, or doing a Zumba work out, five days a week. Protein shake with almond milk in the morning, light lunch, smaller portion protein dinner, and maybe a glass of wine twice a week. Add on top of that vitamin B12 and oxy elite pro thermogenics I've lost a total of........ 8 pounds. And I keep see sawing between five and eight.

I'll keep at it and watch you guys with progress, but I'm not holding out much hope on losing anything drastic.
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So she really is a flea. Huh.
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Well I did descending sets of burpees on Sunday going from seven down. All day my latissimus dorsi have been extremely sore. I barely could lift my arms and when I tried to do a pushup I collapsed and decided I would rest for a bit on the floor. Smiley: tongue

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Pretty sure my at-home scale just sucks. Weighed myself with the giant scale at Publix last night, and it said 201. If I went from 210 to 201 in four days only by working out for an extra 45 minutes a day and eating under 1500 calories... I probably have tape worms or something.

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#108 Aug 23 2012 at 9:18 AM Rating: Excellent
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I'd love to get into this, but for the life of me, I think my body has basically said FU and won't change since this last year. Since June, when I got really serious about losing weight, ive been drinking 80-100 oz of water a day, riding the exercise bike an hour a day, or doing a Zumba work out, five days a week. Protein shake with almond milk in the morning, light lunch, smaller portion protein dinner, and maybe a glass of wine twice a week. Add on top of that vitamin B12 and oxy elite pro thermogenics I've lost a total of........ 8 pounds. And I keep see sawing between five and eight.

I'll keep at it and watch you guys with progress, but I'm not holding out much hope on losing anything drastic.

This. You sure you don't have Hashimoto's? Have your MD run your TSH antibodies, much more reliable than basic TSH test.

I cut out all gluten and have been dropping inches but the scale is disappointingly the same. I am down one dress size, two on a good day, and thankfully once again have a waist and can no longer see my tummy past my boobs. It's odd to me that everything seems to be slowly shrinking but that it doesn't reflect on the scale. I'm not working out at all though, so that's probably what's missing. I always MEAN to, but then I fall asleep (exhaustion being another lovely side effect of my thyroid self-destructing).
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That's how I got my wife.

So she really is a flea. Huh.
And he really is an earwig.
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I always picture Joph as a velociraptor in a suit polo.

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I always picture Joph as a velociraptor in a suit polo.

Edited for accuracy.

...and wearing glasses (not the cool sunglasses).

This thread got the best of me. I just went and weighed myself - 120lbs. I feel best when I'm at 118 so I might make an effort to drop a pound or two before heading into winter and holiday gorge season.

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In the interest of tracking: 333.8. Weighed 335.4 last week around this time, but it fluctuates a bit, so can't be sure how much of that is loss and how much is good timing on the weigh.
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I started back in March. Had a bit of an awakening, and decided to do something about it. I tipped the scales at 308 at 5' 11". After seeing a bunch of ads on ESPN and doing some research, I signed up for Nutrisystem. I've lost 55 lbs so far, hoping to get down to 220 by Christmas.
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I'm hoping to start exercising again and, coupled with the holiday feasting season, hit 150 again by New Year's.
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I started back in March. Had a bit of an awakening, and decided to do something about it. I tipped the scales at 308 at 5' 11". After seeing a bunch of ads on ESPN and doing some research, I signed up for Nutrisystem. I've lost 55 lbs so far, hoping to get down to 220 by Christmas.


How does that work exactly. Are the meals they send you all microwave meals or...?
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Not all, but most of them. Breakfasts consist of a protein drink, and an entree such as a small bowl of cereal, oatmeal, or a breakfast bar/muffin. Lunches are either microwavable (such as a small container of soup, or a lunch bar) with the add-ins. They focus a lot on getting your veggies in, with lunch and dinner. The snacks are tasty, cookies, chocolate bars, trailmix, things like that.

I was getting the Men's core package, basically a big box of food to last the month. I had to spring for some of the add-ins, what they call power fuels and smartcarbs. Everything is vacuum sealed so you don't have to refrigerate, which is nice. They more or less just focus on eating multiple times a day (3 mains, and 3 snacks) and portion control along with tracking what you eat of course, and getting in some exercise. And drinking water, plenty of water. I've been pretty happy with it.

The big danger (for lack of a better term) of the plan is when people transition off they go back to old habits and gain the weight back. But if you stick to what they teach, and concentrate on transitioning to a comparable eating plan it can work. I know one guy on the plan who has been pretty much on his own substituting food from the grocery store for the nutrisystem items, and he still loses weight. He was a big fella too, 400+ when he started. He's down to 215 or so now.
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The second dietary change I made was reducing added salt. It's like people say about quitting smoking - after you get over the hump, food tastes so much better


The really good news is that the better tasting food doesn't make you want to have a pile of salt afterward that much more, either.
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I'd love to get into this, but for the life of me, I think my body has basically said FU and won't change since this last year. Since June, when I got really serious about losing weight, ive been drinking 80-100 oz of water a day, riding the exercise bike an hour a day, or doing a Zumba work out, five days a week. Protein shake with almond milk in the morning, light lunch, smaller portion protein dinner, and maybe a glass of wine twice a week. Add on top of that vitamin B12 and oxy elite pro thermogenics I've lost a total of........ 8 pounds. And I keep see sawing between five and eight.

I'll keep at it and watch you guys with progress, but I'm not holding out much hope on losing anything drastic.


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Pretty sure my at-home scale just sucks. Weighed myself with the giant scale at Publix last night, and it said 201. If I went from 210 to 201 in four days only by working out for an extra 45 minutes a day and eating under 1500 calories... I probably have tape worms or something.

Thank you, tapeworms


Pretty sure my at-home scale is just a little wonky. That Publix scale weight (201) from Wednesday night was before a bit before a BIG dinner (like, 1500 calories: went out with friends). Last night, at home scale says 204.5. So it does seem pretty likely that I'm losing weight, but it's hard to figure out how much. Best I can seem to do is weigh myself at the same time, on the same scale, in the same clothing, each night.

My appetite is... weird. I'll typically get the urge to eat around 3:00 or so, but I wouldn't call it "hunger," more "habit." Yesterday I only ate around 850 calories by 8:00pm. Had to force myself to up it to 1350, because sub-1000 is dangerous and will work against me if I go into starvation mode. But I wasn't hungry at all; the ~350 I had for dinner filled me up (and I drank around 12 large glasses of water throughout the day; likely kept me feeling full). I think my stomach is getting used to less food. But heading into the weekend I'm getting nervous. The consistent schedule of a work week is really useful in keeping my time (including eating time) in nice chunks. The weekend is a lot tougher, because
A) I'm around the house, which has food.
B) I don't have anything set to do. Sure, I have gaming for ZAM, but I find that every hour or so I go for a snack. That adds up.
C) There's a huge temptation to sleep in (and thus skip the 4:30am workout, which I've done for 4/5 days this week), and perhaps worst:
D) There's a huge temptation to drink

On that last part, this week has actually been pretty good. Whoever said that waking up early would lessen the desire to drink was right: going to sleep around 9:30 each night and waking up at 4:30 has killed most of my urge to drink. That said, I'll need to keep myself from picking up something on the way home from work tonight. Trying to combat that urge by going to run stadiums with a co-worker and his wife. Stadiums... heh. I'll be lucky to survive!

Still, I've dropped at least a couple lbs this week. This thread is great motivation; thanks all and best of luck on your goals too! Smiley: clap
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A) I'm around the house, which has food.
B) I don't have anything set to do. Sure, I have gaming for ZAM, but I find that every hour or so I go for a snack. That adds up.
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D) There's a huge temptation to drink
Well, those are easy to solve. Replace or remove the temptations. The work out thing you'll probably want to stick to, but the time isn't as important as the activity really. You can sleep in, but it's still pretty important early on to still be active. Really, you'll want at least one rest day before you start your week again.
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Schedule an activity/meeting of sorts that requires you to drive in the evening (this can be anything just has to require you to drive so you can't drink, heck do your groceries late, pickup a friend from work). Get up early, but not 4:30 am early, sleep in a couple of hours as a treat but make sure the first thing you do when you get up (other than eat) is go to the gym, it'll set the tone for the day and make it so you're ready for bed at a decent time (which, again, will help with the drinking which is probably what's been putting you to sleep for years.)
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I'd love to get into this, but for the life of me, I think my body has basically said FU and won't change since this last year. Since June, when I got really serious about losing weight, ive been drinking 80-100 oz of water a day, riding the exercise bike an hour a day, or doing a Zumba work out, five days a week. Protein shake with almond milk in the morning, light lunch, smaller portion protein dinner, and maybe a glass of wine twice a week. Add on top of that vitamin B12 and oxy elite pro thermogenics I've lost a total of........ 8 pounds. And I keep see sawing between five and eight.

I'll keep at it and watch you guys with progress, but I'm not holding out much hope on losing anything drastic.

This. You sure you don't have Hashimoto's? Have your MD run your TSH antibodies, much more reliable than basic TSH test.

I cut out all gluten and have been dropping inches but the scale is disappointingly the same. I am down one dress size, two on a good day, and thankfully once again have a waist and can no longer see my tummy past my boobs. It's odd to me that everything seems to be slowly shrinking but that it doesn't reflect on the scale. I'm not working out at all though, so that's probably what's missing. I always MEAN to, but then I fall asleep (exhaustion being another lovely side effect of my thyroid self-destructing).


I had my DR check thyroid levels three times (borderline but normal each time), but I'm going back Monday and making him run a full panel and anything else we can think of. I've been exhausted for no reason, like my SAD is kicking in, but its the middle of summer, and even after I've been working out which usually wakes me up. Did some research this week and noticed I have a lot of symptoms for hypothyroidism. Would make sense.

Smash, tried it. Didnt work. Bastid

Still at it abd refusing to give up, but it sure makes you feel like sh*te when you're being consistent with watching what you eat and exercise and cant lose anything, while people around lose 50+ pounds.
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#124 Aug 24 2012 at 9:32 AM Rating: Excellent
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I wish I could say it's a thyroid/gland/something on why I have gained weight lately. But it's because 1) I'm overeating and 2) I haven't been too physically actively.

I wish I could say it's a thyroid/gland/something on why I haven't lost weight. But it's because 1) I haven't modified my eating habits and 2) I'm being too lazy.

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I wish I could say it's a thyroid/gland/something on why I have gained weight lately. But it's because 1) I'm overeating and 2) I haven't been too physically actively.

I wish I could say it's a thyroid/gland/something on why I haven't lost weight. But it's because 1) I haven't modified my eating habits and 2) I'm being too lazy.

Smiley: frown

Might want to have your gag-reflex checked.

I was banking on the ice cream stand I have to drive by and stop at nearly every day on my way home from work closing come Labor Day and eliminating one source of my fat intake. But yesterday I was cheerfully informed they'll be staying open through Halloween as long as it doesn't snow too much. Smiley: rolleyes
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I wish I could say it's a thyroid/gland/something on why I have gained weight lately. But it's because 1) I'm overeating and 2) I haven't been too physically actively.

I wish I could say it's a thyroid/gland/something on why I haven't lost weight. But it's because 1) I haven't modified my eating habits and 2) I'm being too lazy.

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This.

And the bad thing is, I'm not caring as much as I should.
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Well, I have only had one beer this week, probably because it was a really easy week at work. I modified the "keep the beer in the cabinet" idea to keeping only one beer in the fridge. One of my friends wants to start going to the track a couple nights a week, and I haven't gotten to hang out with her in quite some time, so that should be pretty fun.

Actually sort of looking forward to my weigh-in on Sunday.
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162.5, movin' right along.

Though I think being sick is at least partially responsible.
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My biggest challenge is keeping fit and not gaining weight while traveling. Eating out often and being jet lagged and over tired does not help.
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The second dietary change I made was reducing added salt. It's like people say about quitting smoking - after you get over the hump, food tastes so much better


The really good news is that the better tasting food doesn't make you want to have a pile of salt afterward that much more, either.

I guess eating a two-pound bag of salted pistachios isn't a good idea.
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Had a pretty big set back when I weighed in last Tuesday. I only lost .8 from the previous week number. That was a big bummer since I thought I had made slight positive adjustments from the previous week in the hopes of losing more than the 10 previously lost. I did miss working out three days though that week, and the fact that I continue to shrink down leads me to believe that I was still gaining muscle, just not dropping as much fat.

Weighed in this morning at 434.2 so down another 7 pounds since last Tuesday. This brings the total to 17 since I started tracking my weight on 08/13/2012.
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Well, I proved that I could lose almost 10 lbs in a week. Bottomed out around 198 on my home scale two weeks ago... and since then I totally regressed. My schedule is crazy mixed up for the next week, what with getting a new job and quitting my current one. I'm back at 204 now, so that's no good. Don't see me correcting that this week; I'm off to MA tomorrow through Monday, as a friend is getting married. Expecting a lot of eating... doh! Also some beach time, though (assuming it's still warm enough; we're still hitting the 90s here in FL, but MA can get down into the 60s in September).
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I don't have a scale and that's fine by me. I just want my clothes to be looser.

Been trying to pay a bit more attention to what I'm eating and I've started walking more. I figure with just these small adjustments, I should start noticing a difference soon. And once I'm a bit more in shape, I'll go get me some weights. I used to love strength training. Good for your bones.
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The long weekend wasn't good for my eating habits, either. Haven't gotten on a scale yet, but I suspect I'm up around 167-ish right now. Time to buckle down.
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Yeah, I had hanburger mania all weekend and burned up most of my weekly WW points. Smiley: frown
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I had an appointment with an endocrinologist last week. I get multiple tests tomorrow and next week to see what's up. They're thinking it could be hypothyroidism or PCOS. Either way, I'm excited to get an answer on why I can't lose weight.
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I went here way too much in the last week. Smiley: frown

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By the way, for anyone on the fence about exercise, do it. I used to hate exercising when I was a smoker, even when I was my fittest around 230lbs. Now that I've been clean for a year, I am absolutely loving cardio exercise. It's a hassle biking forty minutes every day, but if you can clear a bit from your schedule at least a few times a week, it makes such a huge difference in how you feel. I'm not going to turn all Richard Simmonsy on you, but yeah, it's kind of like that. I get off the bike after my forty minutes and within a half hour, I want to get back on and have another go.

Not to mention the fact that it's done wonders for my demeanor. Sure I've always been a sarcastic, bitter fuckwad, but now I can be so with a ridiculous grin on my face. All that shit they say about diet and exercise is true. Just wish I'd listened sooner.

Also, I plan to get to a manageable weight in the next two years where I can bike across the US (coast-to-coast) if any of you douchebags want to let former, almost felon crash on your couch. Smiley: tongue
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I gained an lb, up to 145# now. Smiley: yippee
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The long weekend wasn't good for my eating habits, either. Haven't gotten on a scale yet, but I suspect I'm up around 167-ish right now. Time to buckle down.


I don't think it was quite as bad as I had suspected. Didn't get to weigh myself before my workout, but afterwards I weighed in at 162.8. It was a crazy workout*, so I'm guessing that I was probably walking around at 165.5-ish beforehand.

*Seriously crazy:

50 burpees
50 v sits
50 jumping pullups
50 russian twists
50 power overs
50 split lunges
50 dumbell curls
50 dumbell push presses
50 lateral jumps
50 trx rows
50 dumbell swing switches

...then 1.5 hours of no-gi. Argh.


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Labor day weekend was not good to me. I was down at the start of it, but imagine I've jumped up 2 pounds in the last couple days. It didn't help that my welcoming neighbors brought me pies as a house warming gift.

Mmmmm pie....
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#146 Sep 04 2012 at 9:10 PM Rating: Good
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Debalic wrote:
I gained an lb, up to 145# now. Smiley: yippee

Have you been using any other tools besides a scale to track results? I'm in a similar position of wanting to gain muscle mass, but I find myself unsure of how much progress I'm making. Did the scale go up because I'm suceeding or did it go up because I'm failing?

Also mind sharing you workout regime? Which groups are you going for?
#147 Sep 05 2012 at 5:31 PM Rating: Decent
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Allegory wrote:
Debalic wrote:
I gained an lb, up to 145# now. Smiley: yippee

Have you been using any other tools besides a scale to track results? I'm in a similar position of wanting to gain muscle mass, but I find myself unsure of how much progress I'm making. Did the scale go up because I'm suceeding or did it go up because I'm failing?

Also mind sharing you workout regime? Which groups are you going for?

My other metric is pant size; most of my 32" khakis don't fit anymore. And my exercise regime consists of playing with a four-year-old and a seven-month-old.
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#148 Sep 06 2012 at 4:30 AM Rating: Excellent
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213 lbs, 5'6" and my scales tell me I'm at 42.2% body fat (bought body fat monitoring scales because I want to be able to tell if I'm not losing weight or if I'm building muscle). I'm planning to ease myself gently back into proper dieting as I think part of my problem is I get frustrated with weighing and monitoring everything I eat, so I'm more likely to give up altogether. I've increased my exercise greatly over the last couple of years, so on that front it's more about making sure I've got a good range going on as much as about increasing the amount that I do.

I'm currently waiting on some test results from the doctor and if they come back positive, the treatment will hopefully mean I have more energy, which would be great.

I'm also waiting on the latest class timetable to come out before I get a new gym membership, so that's potentially another couple of weeks before I'll be able to go to the gym or work out what classes I'll do each week.

By next week I will get my bike fixed, and start going out for at least one cycle a week. I'm going to keep a food diary (was doing well at this until I went on holiday), to start with just writing down what I eat and when, but at this point not being specific about amounts or working out calories. I'm only going to eat sweet things if they are free or I make them at home (I seem to be better at rationing stuff I make myself than stuff I buy) and I'm going to find something better to drink than pints of cider at my weekly social (usually the only day I drink each week).

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#151 Sep 13 2012 at 12:47 AM Rating: Decent
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Down about twenty pounds over the last month. This is great, but not good enough. I cannot be satisfied because for two week, I lost under a pound (for reference over the last four weeks: 12, .5, 7, .7). Last night I worked out harder than I think I might have ever worked out in my life. I pushed myself because I have allowed myself to plateau. Thinking that the same effort was good enough to continue. Especially when one of the weeks I missed biking for three days total, this last week I missed two days. I worked out my usual forty minutes yesterday and today, but I made sure to push well past my wall and it felt freaking great. I feel more secure incorporating a medium-high paced HIIT (5-8 20 second fast pedaling intervals followed by 10 seconds of slower) into the middle of my workout in the hopes of further upping my metabolism.

I face an uphill battle over the next few weeks. I'm going to the Packer/Bears game later tonight and we'll be tailgating. Next Friday, I'm going to see Typical Cats in Chicago and plan on getting a combo beef and a gyro as well (might stop into Phillies Best as well for a philly on garlic with their hamazing cheese fries). The following week, we're going to a decadent restaurant to throw my mother a surprise 60th birthday party.
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