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redalertlures
10-03-2015, 03:40 PM
I have come to the realization that if I want to change my body I have to start somewhere...

I am ashamed to say I am 321 lbs. I have tried to justify my weight in every way possible. I am 6'1" and people say you don't look close to 300...well the scales do not lie...I am 47 years old. The same age as my father when he had his first heart attack. He wasnt heavy, but he was a heavy drinker and smoker...so I rationalized it won't happen to me....Did I mention I am a Licensed Nurse, former body builder, and former HEAVY STEROID user? My military days took away my ability to effectively run more that 3 steps without wincing in pain...

But as GOD IS MY WITNESS, I will lose 100lbs!!!

I am not diabetic...YET. My last A1C was 5.9...as close to the border as you can get...

I ask for a simple prayer that I can overcome my late night binges and constant need for food... I have been laid off for 6 months and have gained 40 pounds in that time frame...

Thanks for reading my post, and thanks in advance for your prayers...

PaulMyers
10-03-2015, 03:56 PM
Best of luck to you my friend!

ckinchen
10-03-2015, 04:39 PM
Best of luck to you I really hope you can do this and you can.

Ed32
10-03-2015, 08:39 PM
I know you can do this. think about your family and why you want to be around for them. Also if you mess up its not the end of the world. You can pick back up at the next meal

redaddiction
10-03-2015, 09:03 PM
The first step is always admitting the problem. So kudos to you and good luck.

redalertlures
10-03-2015, 10:40 PM
Thank you all for your words of encouragement. I am determined to get to where I need to be.

meaux fishing
10-03-2015, 11:07 PM
Healthy eating and exercise. Stay away from fad diets and miracle pills. Good luck on your journey

fullrutt
10-04-2015, 05:30 PM
Redalertlures i own a couple gyms and a personal training business. I can tell you that admitting you have a problem is the first step like some have said.
The next step is setting monthly goals. 20-30-40 pounds are easy to get ride of but it takes dedication to do it. It's extremely hard the first 30-45 days but once you get past that it's easy maintaining it. There are NO miracle drugs and so many ridiculous diet companies out there.

Set monthly goals, eat right and find a workout that makes you want to keep going.

If you ever have any question please email me anytime


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swamp snorkler
10-05-2015, 06:31 AM
I really need to do the same. I've dropped 40lbs in 2 months just by moving around more, went from 238 to 198 and I need to do it again. Remember the only way to loose weight and keep it off is to eat less and move around more.

BassYakR
10-05-2015, 09:52 AM
all you have to do is create a Calorie defict....if you consome 2500 per day... burn 2800.... I am doing this journey also. Good luck...

Lyle Savant
10-05-2015, 12:18 PM
Admission is the 1st step! Lol

Seriously, you can do it. Get active, don't drink Pop & reduce portions. Oh, & don't snack at night.

You'll be glad you did it. God Speed

tboy
10-05-2015, 02:11 PM
Best of luck to you. I have to agree with your friends, you definitely don't appear to weigh over 300 pounds.

Gasper Master
10-05-2015, 10:02 PM
as a former bodybuilder, you know your way around the weight room. Hit the weights and work on your diet. A guy here at work was just like you, former bodybuilder, steroids, etc. weighed well over 300. he hit the gym and adjusted his diet. he has lost 75lbs so far. Good Luck!!!

Crawl79
10-06-2015, 09:03 AM
You got this! Find something you like and will keep you interested and motivated.

I started CrossFit 4 weeks ago and have been loving it but whatever works for you and your life style. Just remember have to eat right as well to loose the weight.

redalertlures
10-06-2015, 10:53 PM
Best of luck to you. I have to agree with your friends, you definitely don't appear to weigh over 300 pounds.

I certainly wish it were not so...In2011 I reached 387lbs...I was working as Nursing supervisor in a prison. The inmates would cook anything I asked for so I got big...I lost down to 275 and in 2014 I just got depressed with my daughter being gone and that empty next syndrome...I was 321 at last md visit...today I weighed 315...so I have lost 6 lbs in the past week. Just cut way back and making a conscious decision to eat better...I have had 13 knee surgeries so when I get back to a respectable weight I am sure my knees will thank me as will my back LOL

Thanks to all of you for your encouragement...I am not stopping and God willing I will bet back to 210-215 range...I can live with that.

redalertlures
10-06-2015, 10:56 PM
as a former bodybuilder, you know your way around the weight room. Hit the weights and work on your diet. A guy here at work was just like you, former bodybuilder, steroids, etc. weighed well over 300. he hit the gym and adjusted his diet. he has lost 75lbs so far. Good Luck!!!

I am doing just that sir!

I have a 13 year old stepson that wants to work out with me so I have him
for motivation and hopefully we can build on a solid Father/Son relationship. His dad is seldom around. I will not knock the guy, he just lives in Abilene. I know I can't replace his dad, not trying to, just wanna build a good thing.

fishinpox
10-06-2015, 11:04 PM
It dawned on me when I was looking at having custom lightweight mountain hunting rifles built to shave 2+ lbs off a gun .... Then I realized I didn't need to spend 8000 on a rifle I could go to the gym n lose 25-30lbs . Been at it everyday for past 3-4 weeks... Huge change mentally and physically !

redalertlures
10-06-2015, 11:11 PM
It dawned on me when I was looking at having custom lightweight mountain hunting rifles built to shave 2+ lbs off a gun .... Then I realized I didn't need to spend 8000 on a rifle I could go to the gym n lose 25-30lbs . Been at it everyday for past 3-4 weeks... Huge change mentally and physically !

I was definitely a gym rat back in the day...I loved the feeling of a great workout...

I am looking forward to getting that back again...

kudos to you sir for doing it and encouraging me to also

AcadianaProp
10-08-2015, 02:44 PM
High cholesterol at 36. Not good. The wife started cooking everyday and within 6 months we were back in normal range. Meat, Veggies and Fruit. Lots of water. Don't give up! You can do this!

redalertlures
10-12-2015, 12:19 PM
down to 312 in 2 weeks...Tonight I start taking my 13 yo to the gym. He wants to see if lifting weights is something he wants to do. I am praying this will be something he and I can do to build a great Father/Son relationship.

I am nervous and excited!! Thanks again for the support gents!!

MathGeek
10-12-2015, 12:45 PM
I've had a lot of success with a minimal amount of setting goals and then keeping records to see if I reach the goal. The attached pic shows my mountain biking/kayaking goal and progress for the second half of 2015. In the past, I've used weight goals. Nothing like setting a goal and charting one's progress to keep the motivation up.

I'm posting the current chart to social media once a week, and a few friends are being consistent in offering encouragement and feedback, usually along the lines of not letting the progress drop below the line keeping pace with the goal.

I think the science is pretty solid showing that aerobic/cardio is better at achieving and maintaining healthier weights and BMI in the long run. The science is also pretty solid showing the risk factors for diabetes are also better mitigated with aerobic/cardio/reduced calories. If lifting weights does not reduce your BMI or waistline, you are likely not reducing your diabetes risks or quality of life and health in the long run.

redalertlures
10-12-2015, 05:44 PM
You are right that cardio in any form is healthier in the long run...my problem is having had several knee surgeries(13) and couple back surgeries...I am getting past that with the kayak...I am gearing up to buy a bicycle and eventually I will begin running again.

And I like the chart...goals are key to any successful workout!! Thanks again!

MathGeek
10-12-2015, 10:27 PM
You are right that cardio in any form is healthier in the long run...my problem is having had several knee surgeries(13) and couple back surgeries...I am getting past that with the kayak...I am gearing up to buy a bicycle and eventually I will begin running again.

And I like the chart...goals are key to any successful workout!! Thanks again!

I hear you. Most of my exercise is tailored around the limitations of my age: mostly back and joint issues. Biking, kayaking, and walking are the easiest things on my back and joints. I can also tolerate about an hour of tennis each week. My body does not hold up well to running or basketball any more.

A key point in my workout philosophy is NO PAIN - NO PAIN.

Sustainability is very important in any program. Injuries or just not liking it are not conducive to sustainability. If it hurts I and find some other way to accomplish the goal. At my age, real pain means something is wrong.

simplepeddler
10-13-2015, 08:01 AM
at 51 something usually is wrong............all the time.........LOL
I admire you guys.........the older I get the less I care to do. Summer helps me because a have a large place to keep up.......winter is okay because I duck hunt old school style.

but I can go days without really anything........

I just can't seem to get it done.

I'm not over weight per se, but I am heavier than I have ever been and stamina is just not there.

I know I will have to get off my butt sooner than later.
Thanks to threads like this to remind me

MathGeek
10-13-2015, 10:13 AM
at 51 something usually is wrong............all the time.........LOL
I admire you guys.........the older I get the less I care to do. Summer helps me because a have a large place to keep up.......winter is okay because I duck hunt old school style.

but I can go days without really anything........

I just can't seem to get it done.

I'm not over weight per se, but I am heavier than I have ever been and stamina is just not there.

I know I will have to get off my butt sooner than later.
Thanks to threads like this to remind me

It ain't much, but I keep some free weights and grip strengtheners near the spot where I sit and watch football. My wife does the elliptical while watching her favorite programs. (I don't like the elliptical. It doesn't hurt, but it is boring.) I used to jump rope a lot for indoor exercise, but the back and joints don't allow that any more.

I've also started to ride my bike instead of sitting and watching my teens' sports practices. It didn't take too much effort to find decent bike paths (some off road) near their practice locations, so I throw my bike onto a hitch mounted bike carrier and hit the trails while playing taxi driver. It's more work to throw the kayak on top, but there's also water near most of their practice locations, and kayaking is pretty good exercise and a nice change of pace.

I actually prefer biking and kayaking in the fall, winter, and early spring.

skeeter77346
10-14-2015, 09:01 AM
Hey Red, a few thoughts for you.
First, congrats on your decision. It all starts there, then the action you take.
What will I/you/we do differently tomorrow to end up in a better place?

Set some short term goals as others have said. Say "I will do "X" for the next 30 days."
30 days, bring it on, right? 30 day goals are manageable and attainable.

Intake:
NO empty calories for 30 days. NO wine, beer, alcohol, sodas, even the diet ones. NO flash carbs like white flour anything, white rice, sugar, no processed packaged stuff. You get the idea. NO candy, etc. NO 'energy' drinks either.
YES to lean protein, every meal. Also lots of fresh veggies (not smothered in butter or sauces) and complex carbs, sweet potatoes - (no butter or brown sugar though), brown rice, whole wheat pasta. LOTS of water. Small snacks in between meals can include sliced turkey or roast beef, (low cal & have lots of protein) and add in some carrots and celery to munch as a snack. A handful (not a bucketful) of almonds, or pecans. Maybe a protein bar. And again LOTS of water. Your body runs on protein and protein will keep the hunger edge in check.

Metabolism: Find something that you can do regularly that bumps up your metabolism. If you are doing zero now, then start out in first gear and build from there. Easiest start is a brisk walk for a distance that gets your system cranking at a level up or two. Even when you get back from the walk, your system keeps burning. Stationary, bikes, elliptical, weight interval training are all good. Fine to mix up your routines, and move up the difficulty scale at your pace. Do a daily log of what you did and the length of the workout. Steady 30 mins of 'something' each day, is better than just 2 hrs on Sat. Do the warm up and stretching needed before you start any workout routine. Core strength and flexibility are important to keep in the routine.

The first step to weight loss starts with intake. Put the right fuel in your furnace and watch the weight fall off. Supplement that with some extra physical activity as mentioned above. Normal people simply cannot burn enough calories to make up for a 'bad' diet. Sure Olympic athletes can burn 6,000 calories a day, but that likely excludes everyone on this board.

Best of luck to you.

fullrutt
10-14-2015, 09:46 PM
A lot of reading of this thread and a lot of great things you guys are doing!

One thing I notice is a lot of people are saying they have joint, knee, back issues which is common just remember to stretch this will help so much! With all these issues! What I mean about is stretching should be 30 mins of you have any of these issues!

Supplements are important for joint pain! Fish oil is huge in this and should be taken everyday! It's cheap and you can buy a huge bottle from SAMs or Costco for cheap! Also apple cider vinegar is great with joints will help them loosen up and feel better when performing workouts

Do not cut out red wine if you like to drink! Don't kill 2-3 bottles a night but 1-2 glasses of red wine is great and should be added to dinner if your a drinker!

Yaking-upper body or bottom if you have paddled yak
Biking lower body a lot of pressure on lower back

Consider out the box on new exercises. Boxing, HIIT, some crossfit, boot camps, etc

You HAVE TO STRETCH THOUGH.

I've have a bunch of 50+ lady's and guys who said they can't do boxing or kick boxing because of joints-back-shoulders-wrist-ankles-arthritis-Gout etc etc. Now if you have had serious accident where you broke your back or had knee surgery there are different steps. But for someone who just hasn't been very active you have to start and work
Your self into it. My 50+ members haven taken 1-2-3 weeks to get there body to pain free and few have taken a little longer. Beat through the pains don't over do your self but break the pain and push a little deeper each exercise session!

If it's been 10 years since you've done any style of exercise then your joints and muscle memory will tell you, your just crazy! It takes a average person 15-30 days to break your body into wanting to exercise but once your past that the exercise is easy.

Now the diet is always complicated! But unless your a fighter, competing or training for a event it's really not that hard just have to push and not give up. 8 out of 10 will give up on a 30 day challenge!

Good luck with all
Your goals guys


Sent from the baddest GYM in La

redalertlures
10-21-2015, 04:46 PM
Great advice and once again thank you all for your support and kind words.

I have an appt friday to see someone because I think I have a tumor recurrence...

In 1997 I had a softball sized tumor removed from my right colon and in the past 2 to 3 weeks I feel something there...in the same spot...

I beat it once, I will beat it again...

BTW I am down to 309 from a start of 321 so I am getting some of the weight off...

Thanks again Gents

Red Tuna
11-19-2015, 10:35 AM
redalert, I wanted to recommend a book for you called the "4 Hour Body". The weight loss program recommended in the book is called the "Slow Carb Diet" and I highly recommend it. Long story short, it is a high protein, low carb diet that allows you to eat quite a bit as long as you are sticking to the diet's protocol. Basically you cut out the grains and the sugar and eat meat, beans, and veggies. What I like about it is that you can actually eat food you like and feel full, and actually stick to the diet year round.

Good luck!

redalertlures
12-05-2015, 03:05 PM
redalert, I wanted to recommend a book for you called the "4 Hour Body". The weight loss program recommended in the book is called the "Slow Carb Diet" and I highly recommend it. Long story short, it is a high protein, low carb diet that allows you to eat quite a bit as long as you are sticking to the diet's protocol. Basically you cut out the grains and the sugar and eat meat, beans, and veggies. What I like about it is that you can actually eat food you like and feel full, and actually stick to the diet year round.

Good luck!

I appreciate the info Red Tuna...

I plateaued at 298 and cant seem to go lower, but my energy level has
greatly in creased. Im trying to stick with going to the gym, but when you have to start over from scratch its not easy. I lifted weights and did the bodybuilding thing for a long time...seems like it was 3 lifetimes ago...

But I am still at it!!

StinkyPink
12-27-2015, 07:15 PM
When you change your daily eating habits from great tasting junk food to healthy clean food, your body reacts to the adjustment with Headaches and feeling like your in a fog.

Do yourself a favor, and either get a B-12 Shot once a week for 12 weeks, or go to the health food store and buy some Liquid B-12 and drink a capful first thing in the morning.

Buy a fitness tracker, get on myfitnesspal.com to track your food, and try to do some form of exercise for 1 hour everyday. A person with a 3.0/hr walking pace can walk about 3.2 miles.

When you get in from work, do not sit down in your chair, and turn on the TV. Put your tennis shoes on, and do something for an hour.

Flex
02-10-2016, 04:11 PM
Good luck bro. Keep it up. Hardest part is sticking through the first 3-4 months to make it a habit!

I was never really "out of shape" but it was a real eye opener when I finished college football at 320+ and had to adjust my lifestyle and stop eating everything in sight constantly. 6 years later and I walk around between 245-260 and stay lean.

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fun w son
03-22-2016, 03:04 PM
how's your progress goin... I'm following myfinesspal app and I'm down 30lbs so far, but i cannot exercise due to health reasons.

good luck to ya!

sportfish
07-06-2016, 03:03 PM
This thread caught my eye - I am sending "healthy vibes" your way my friend. Please check back in and let us know how you're doing. You're not alone on this journey, and I hope you're doing okay! I like the advice about "Saying no" to empty calories and stoking up on the lean protein. But, the important thing is: Please check in. Lots of people cheering you on!

bjhooper82
07-06-2016, 08:29 PM
Hope your still doing good red. I'm down about 30/35 pounds just from cleaning up my diet,not over eating, and cutting out soft drinks. I find portion control to be the hardest because of our amazing Cajun cooking. I always want to eat until I'm about to bust!