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Well, Mrs. Gigabit and I stepped onto the scale this morning for the first time in 2-3 weeks and were somewhat surprised shocked at the numbers staring back at us. We are determined to not only eliminate the holiday pounds, but also remove some additional unwanted weight.

Reading about the success that Dale451 has had this past year has provided further inspiration for me.

I thought that a thread dedicated to other forumites wishing to shed some pounds/kilos would be a good idea. A support group, if you will, where people can post goals, receive encouragement, and share successes.

My goal is to lose 20 pounds by March 31.
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The thread idea is a good one. My "M-O" is I begin working out NOW and I'm usually good, and thats 5-6 days at the gym/week. I'll lose 20 lbs by May. Then by the 4th of July the wheels start to fall off. Backyard parties, fun food, but I know its not the wine Wink. So no working out say from june/july to september. Back to the gym for 1 month, hunting season starts in october and I won't be denied my venison, so no gym for the rest of the year!! I'll pack on 20-25lbs and the cycle begins again. YO-YO diet I guess. Really should lose about 30lbs.I feel thats realistic in a 12 month period, cus you gotta still have wine!
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Originally posted by napaccoast:
The thread idea is a good one. My "M-O" is I begin working out NOW and I'm usually good, and thats 5-6 days at the gym/week. I'll lose 20 lbs by May. Then by the 4th of July the wheels start to fall off. Backyard parties, fun food, but I know its not the wine Wink. So no working out say from june/july to september. Back to the gym for 1 month, hunting season starts in october and I won't be denied my venison, so no gym for the rest of the year!! I'll pack on 20-25lbs and the cycle begins again. YO-YO diet I guess. Really should lose about 30lbs.I feel thats realistic in a 12 month period, cus you gotta still have wine!
Your post above would peg you in your late 20s, early 30s napaccoast. Am I right? Big Grin

That's excellent if you can get that diet method of "on & off" to work for you so quickly. Don't expect that to work once you hit 40, eh? If you think otherwise, I think you're in for a real shock, my friend. Wink
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Originally posted by KSC02:
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Originally posted by napaccoast:
The thread idea is a good one. My "M-O" is I begin working out NOW and I'm usually good, and thats 5-6 days at the gym/week. I'll lose 20 lbs by May. Then by the 4th of July the wheels start to fall off. Backyard parties, fun food, but I know its not the wine Wink. So no working out say from june/july to september. Back to the gym for 1 month, hunting season starts in october and I won't be denied my venison, so no gym for the rest of the year!! I'll pack on 20-25lbs and the cycle begins again. YO-YO diet I guess. Really should lose about 30lbs.I feel thats realistic in a 12 month period, cus you gotta still have wine!
Your post above would peg you in your late 20s, early 30s napaccoast. Am I right? Big Grin

That's excellent if you can get that diet method of "on & off" to work for you so quickly. Don't expect that to work once you hit 40, eh? If you think otherwise, I think you're in for a real shock, my friend. Wink


WOW my first New Year compliment! Clock'n in at 50 my good friend. It can be done just a mind set thing or lifestyle thing. Although I can't maintain that lifestyle beyond july Mad. Anyway I will use your doubt as motivation!! GAME ON!! I'll weigh in at the gym tomorrow, probably around 240ish as I was 243 a week ago.
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Originally posted by napaccoast:
Clock'n in at 50 my good friend. It can be done just a mind set thing or lifestyle thing.

Eek Alright, I admit it. Being 50 as well, I'm impressed.

Well then!! Happy 50th, you can do the same. I agree with Dr. Tannin, no fad diets. I will eliminate refined foods and stick with lean meats, green veggies some grapefruit handful of nuts, eat often, but no gorging, lots of water, excercise. Its a sinch(sp?)once you get past the sugar withdrawals, but thats were the wine comes into play Big Grin
Latour,

Stop fussing you ancient cuss. In your age group, +/-10 pounds is rarely meaningful.

The noise completely obscures the signal in this topic.

Obesity is a real health problem, but unless you are 4'5", 10 pounds one way or another is not real risk.

Even most current measures of vascular health indirectly by various serum cholesterols and triglycerides are incomplete assessments too often overrated because they are simple.
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Originally posted by TBird:
weighed in at 197 this am. Eek

i'm dropping 15 immediately, then another 10. Frown


187 Frown this morning. Will weigh again next Monday.


reff...don't even think of doing the weight loss challenge with tbird. That dude is the king of the yo yo diet. He'll go on a bender for a week and drop 20. Eek
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Originally posted by wineismylife:
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Originally posted by mareff:
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Originally posted by TBird:
weighed in at 197 this am. Eek

i'm dropping 15 immediately, then another 10. Frown


187 Frown this morning. Will weigh again next Monday.


reff...don't even think of doing the weight loss challenge with tbird. That dude is the king of the yo yo diet. He'll go on a bender for a week and drop 20. Eek


I know, I am up against a monster!!!!
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Originally posted by gigabit:
Update: I am down 5 pounds since starting this thread, however, that was easy to lose. The real work will now begin.

My biggest challenge will be to eliminate any late-night (while watching movies) snacks, which lead to drinks, which lead to other snacks. You get the point. Big Grin


It is fun for a little while, especially when the number is decreasing, but then something happens....

209.8
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Originally posted by gigabit:
My biggest challenge will be to eliminate any late-night (while watching movies) snacks

I feel your pain, it took me a year to change ever since I saw the Michelin Man appearing on my waistline. In the end, sleeping earlier helped the most, because I am less hungry in my sleep than awake.

The transition slowly went from Steak/Meat -> instant noodles/pasta -> granola bars/ cereal-> Nothing
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Originally posted by napaccoast:
Drum roll please!!! weighed in at 241lbs

Don't forget: If you're at the gym lifting weights, while burning calories on the treadmill etc, you'll be adding back in some heavier muscle mass to replace some of the fat. Thus you may be losing more fat weight than shows.

Just throwing a little excuse out there for ya' napaccoast.
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Originally posted by KSC02:
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Originally posted by napaccoast:
Drum roll please!!! weighed in at 241lbs

Don't forget: If you're at the gym lifting weights, while burning calories on the treadmill etc, you'll be adding back in some heavier muscle mass to replace some of the fat. Thus you may be losing more fat weight than shows.

Just throwing a little excuse out there for ya' napaccoast.


...and us 50 year old people need all the excuses we can get Big Grin
Simple plan for me more cardio, more reps and lighter weights lifting, and cut down on snacks (hard when you work at home). I already work out 4 days a week, but most is lifting with a bit of cardio. I weighed in at 201 on Friday and am already down to 195 by just cutting out snacking and focusing my workouts differently. Not much different in my overall diet since I already ate fairly well. We'll see were it takes me.
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Originally posted by latour67:
This is a depressing thread!

I'd have to give up wines, eating out, and no more martinis, & especially no more Bookers Bourbon.

Like I said, this is a very depressing thread!


Latour- I couldn't disagree with you more. I am a bourbon guy, with 13 different bourbons in my cabinet, and have one almost every night. I like to have one, and then a glass of wine with some cheese, grapes and cashews/almonds/pistachios. That is my go to meal for "dinner" and has helped me cut out the large dinner meal that so plagued me. And, Bookers is my favorite, go to bourbon and you definitely do not have to give that up. So don't disparage there!
Also, here is what appears to be a polarizing question/concept for the dieting world. Do you weigh yourself everyday or once a week or __x week/month?

I am firmly in the camp of everyday. I have a large "desk" calendar tacked to my bathroom wall over the scale and get on every morning first thing and write down that day's tally in bright blue permanant marker. That way I see the monthly trend (good or bad) and know that if I want to splurge, that I will see the bad result the next day. That way if I wake up very hungry, I see a (hopefully) positive result that morning that incentivizes me to be strong for another day. And on the flip side, if I see a +++ day, that gets me going as I don't want to see multiple +++ days in a row!!!

My issue (among many others) in the past was that I would not get on the scale every day and that could/would allow you to get so far gone that I would lose momentum (or get it going in the wrong direction) and would feel out of control. Control is everything. I have good days and bad days. I have good weeks and bad weeks. But, for the last 13 months, I am trending down and am 121 pounds down over that period of time and still take clients out for steak dinners. I still eat well, just much, much, much less of it and if i know that I have a "big night" planned, I skimp for a day or two so that I don't blow my goals.

I am in way shape or form a diet guy, but I have found what is working for me and so am doing it.

Dale
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Originally posted by mareff:
Did someone break your jaw???

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Originally posted by MJAlbers:
24 lbs since December
Big Grin
Just doing what I know I should be doing.
- cut out the "habitual" eating/snacking...no need to eat when you're not really hungry.
- a good breakfast
- eat less toward the evening, probably the biggest key to losing weight imo.
- a glass of wine in the evening is the norm
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Originally posted by MJAlbers:
24 lbs since December

Nice work, MJ. I agree completely with eating less at night. It is often a big challenge for me and, I would imagine, many others on the forum, as alcohol will strongly induce such cravings.

I have lost weight since the start of the year, but not to the degree I had hoped. However, I have supplanted some bad weight with more positive pounds (i.e. more weight training). Smile

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