New Here! Getting in better shape and have some questions.

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    Aug 29, 2010 2:47 PM GMT
    Hey Everyone! I just joined this site today and it looks pretty awesome. I've been a member of plenty of forums before and I've been lurking around here for a while to see if I should join. I didn't put my real location, birthday or any pics in my profile because I'm not sure yet if I want my real self to be known here. I don't plan on hitting on any guys or being a creeper but a lot of the convos on this site tend to be of a more personal nature and I'd like to be able to contribute to them without everyone knowing that it's me, y'know?

    Anyway, I've been trying to lose weight for the past month~5 weeks and so far it's been working. I'm 19 years old, 6'3-4 and started out at around 206ish lbs (which isn't too bad I think) and am now around 190 give or take a pound or two for fluctuation. My goal is around 185ish and *maybe* 180, we'll see though.

    I'm really happy I lost so much but something about it doesn't seem right. In 5 weeks I've lost 15 pounds apparently which is about 3 lbs per week, but I thought that one could only healthily lose around 2 lbs per week. So I'm a bit concerned that maybe the weight came off too quickly?

    But the weird thing is I'm not doing anything overly strenuous nor am I starving myself. Before I started losing weight I literally did almost NO exercise at all and ate whatever, whenever and in as big of portions as I wanted. Now I drink only water (and lots and lots of it), eat smaller portioned foods more evenly throughout the day and eat healthier choices (salads without fattening dressing, fish, egg whites, grilled chicken, lots of vegetables like spinach/asparagus, fruit, nuts like almonds/walnuts). Although I have on a few occasions slipped up slightly and had some pizza (small slices) and some ice cream (small cones). Which isn't too bad I guess considering when I used to eat pizza/ice cream I ate A LOT of it. Overall though with my new eating habits I don't feel like I'm starving myself or anything because I always feel pretty satisfied and don't "feel" hungry too often.

    As for my work out routine it consists mostly of running. Now in the past 5 weeks there was probably a 2 week period or so where the combination of work + exercise got me so exhausted that I just stopped exercising. I was getting up in the morning at 6 and getting home from work at 7pm and for a while tried to do that and exercise but it became too much. But I still kept up my healthy eating. Now my summer job ended and I started working out again and I'll be going back to college soon which admittedly is less exhausting so I'll be able to continue working out. But other than that I try to run at least 4 times a week, a few miles each run, including hills. I also try to lift weights and do push ups/sit ups but I admit to definitely NOT doing as much of this as I should. I hate doing repetitive motions so I've definitely slacked off in this department, although I'll *try* (not necessarily succeed though lol) to work my muscles twice a week, sometimes more.

    So that's me in a nutshell. So as you can I'm not doing anything outrageous (I think?) but is 15 lbs or so in a month OK? Should I keep doing what I'm doing? Is there anything I can do to improve?

    Also, although I notice the weight lose, I still feel kind of flabby around my midsection. I guess the only way to fix that is to hit the gym more often. But anything in particular there I should be doing? I kind of like the way the rest of my body looks. Like I think I have relatively nice arms, legs, upper torso. Just my stomach is a little...bleh.

    So if you've read this entire obnoxiously long post (sorry!) thank you! I look forward to being more a part of the RealJock community.
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    Aug 29, 2010 3:13 PM GMT
    Don´t get caught up on numbers, either in terms of the initial large loss (which is normal) or final goal. 180 at your height is on the thin side. hell I weigh 180 and I´m 5 9 and am on the thin side.

    Eat well, train well, keep doing it. of course your issue is finding what both of those htings mean for you... Your body will catch up with your new weight soon enough. Fear not...

    Ask more specific questions and you get more specific, focussed answers.
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    Aug 29, 2010 3:59 PM GMT
    Lostboy saidDon´t get caught up on numbers, either in terms of the initial large loss (which is normal) or final goal. 180 at your height is on the thin side. hell I weigh 180 and I´m 5 9 and am on the thin side.

    Eat well, train well, keep doing it. of course your issue is finding what both of those htings mean for you... Your body will catch up with your new weight soon enough. Fear not...

    Ask more specific questions and you get more specific, focussed answers.


    Thanks Lostboy! So it's normal in the beginning to drop a lot and then you start losing at a slower rate? I can definitely see how that can be the case. Even though I'm not doing anything dramatic I guess the changes were a lot for my body (no exercise+very unhealthy diet to regular exercise+healthy diet).

    And you say my body will catch up to my weight? I'm not 100% clear on what you mean. If I understand you correctly, are you saying that even though I've lost 15 lbs, it will take some time for my body to actually look like it's lost 15 lbs and that currently it's in a state of adjusting itself?

    I think my biggest focus now is getting my midsection looking better. As I said I think I have pretty good arms, legs and upper body, but my stomach and waist area are still kind of flabby. I've definitely noticed my stomach has flattened out but I'm not sure what to do to make it flatten out more. My initial goal of 185-180 was because I figured the only way to get my stomach looking how I wanted was to drop more weight/fat and 180 was the lowest I thought I could go and still be at a healthy/non-anorexic weight. So are there ways to get my stomach tighter without necessarily dropping another 10 lbs?

    I'm definitely going to continue running. It's my primary form of exercise. Do sit ups/crunches and/or push-ups work to trim around the waistline? Because other than doing those + running I don't see what else I could do. Doing weights would only really help my arms/chest and legs, right? There doesn't seem to be any weight machines that deal specifically with the midsection and if there are, I'm a bit skeptical of them.

    I'm trying to ask more focused questions but I'm not 100% sure what kind of questions I should be asking in the first place. I feel like a noob lol. This is probably my 10th attempt at trying to lose weight and it's the first time I've lasted more than a week and that I've actually seen real results so I'm feeling excited and motivated because for the first time ever it's working for me and I want to do what I have to to make it continue working.
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    Aug 29, 2010 5:06 PM GMT
    My understanding is that you can lose about two pounds of FAT a week. Sonic you are losing more than that it is most likely water and/or muscle that you're losing. Initially, it is ok to lose more than two pounds per week because your body is getting rid of excess water. After the first two or three weeks though, I don't think it is healthy to lose more than two pounds a week.

    As far as tightening up the midsection, what has worked well for me is doing compound weightlifting movements like deadlifts and squats that force you to use your core to stabilize your body. Also, doing unilateral movements, such as unilateral bench presses and unilateral standing shoulder presses cause the core to engage and could maybe help your stomach get tighter. These movements aren't a substitute for crunches and like but they work the abs in a different sort of way.
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    Aug 29, 2010 9:05 PM GMT
    for sustained weight loss I think the recommendation is 1-2 lb a week, depending on how much you are loosing. If you loose a lot fast then you suffer from the deflated balloon syndrome where your skin is still a bit bigger than your body... that will catch up fast. You can easily get rid of wobble and gain weight at the same time... it´s about body composition, which is mostly about diet. At your height you can easily hold 190 or 200 and still look slim if it´s muscle. I´d recommend that you do whole body training.... eat a good, clean diet with heigh calories and be kind to animals.

    The big trap is thinking that weighing less will give you a 6 pack. It doesn´t. You have to eat a lot to get a six pack and still look height/weight proportional. Read the forums a bit... lots of info there

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    Aug 30, 2010 3:07 AM GMT
    Greekboy9768 saidI don't plan on hitting on any guys or being a creeper but a lot of the convos on this site tend to be of a more personal nature and I'd like to be able to contribute to them without everyone knowing that it's me, y'know?
    Why would you want to contribute to a conversation of a personal nature without being known? That's rude, and it's not fair. A lot of members here know each other, if not in real life then from talking online for a while and getting to know a little about each other. They also know what each other looks like, and where they're from. It's really not fair to butt in on their personal conversations without introducing yourself. It's the equivalent of wearing a mask to the mall...not many people are going to trust you.

    As for your fitness goals, I wish you the best. Be patient and you'll get there. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 30, 2010 3:51 AM GMT
    paulflexes[quote][cite]Greekboy9768[/cite] paulflexes said

    I don't plan on hitting on any guys or being a creeper but a lot of the convos on this site tend to be of a more personal nature and I'd like to be able to contribute to them without everyone knowing that it's me, y'know?

    Why would you want to contribute to a conversation of a personal nature without being known? That's rude, and it's not fair. A lot of members here know each other, if not in real life then from talking online for a while and getting to know a little about each other. They also know what each other looks like, and where they're from. It's really not fair to butt in on their personal conversations without introducing yourself. It's the equivalent of wearing a mask to the mall...not many people are going to trust you.
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    Well quite frankly I've been on a lot of forums and this is the only one thus far where members post a lot of personal information. And if I want to talk about sexual issues or health issues or anything, that's personal and I don't need my face attached to that. And I'm not "butting in" on anyone's personal conversations if it's on a forum. Whatever you post on here is free game for anyone to see and anyone to comment on. There's nothing unfair about it. You may be completely comfortable in talking about your sex life openly for all the world to see and to know those details about your life, but I'm not. One of the great things about the internet is being able to talk anonymously about issues that you may be too shy or uneasy to talk about in real life and plastering my face all over this forum defeats that purpose.

    But thank you for your encouragement about my fitness goals.