Kody's Weightloss/Workout Thread

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    May 06, 2011 6:58 AM GMT
    Hey guys,

    Hopefully my earlier antics in the mental health board didn't turn a lot of you off to me. I was going through a rough time there and fully admit to the mistake of posting that topic in the first place.

    So, without further ado...

    Over the past few months, I've managed to gain around 20/25 pounds of weight. Friends seem to believe that it was due to the fact that I was binge/nerve eating before and while I was in Idaho. I tend to believe them on that. So, last time I stepped on the scale and saw that I weighed somewhere around 180 pounds, I started to freak out, as only this past December I weighed somewhere around 155/160. For that reason alone, I've decided to instate hardcore dieting and workout mode.

    So, to give you all some basics:

    - I am 19 years old.
    - I weigh somewhere around 180 pounds.
    - I am 5'6" tall.
    - Most of my primary hobby (writing) involves sitting at a desk for extended period of time.
    - I am currently unemployed (likely due to the fact that I have a GED) and am preparing to start college this fall.

    As of right now, I've decided (based on a friend's suggestion) to go with Creatin (sp?) protein mix for shakes. Also on his suggestion I have purchased Special K cereal. My plan (as of now) is to start drinking one/two of these shakes a day (preferably in the morning and after working out.) I plan on working out at the community center (which, as of now, has very little actual workout supplies other than dumbells/a treadclimber and an exercise bike) and trying to take up jogging.

    Here are my basic starting images.

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    Basically, I'm looking for any and all help/input on what I can/should do in regards to my eating/workout plan, though I have to say before this thread continues any further that I can't seem to eat chicken and/or fish due to some weird texture issue (I get horribly sick when I eat either of them.) The two have been recommended to me and I can't seem to work with either of them.

    Anyhow, I'll be starting tomorrow. Already started today somewhat. Ran a mile, nearly threw up, did a few jumping jacks, drank a shake, ate some cereal, etc. My tentative plan is to keep myself on track by posting what I'm eating in this thread and the like, so hopefully it won't become too spam-worthy.

    (Also, I hope this is in the right spot.)

    Thanks!

    - K
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    May 06, 2011 6:59 AM GMT
    Shit. Guess I'm A LOT heavier than I thought I was. Heh. >.>

    Ah well. I've done this weight loss thing before. I can do it again.
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    May 06, 2011 2:51 PM GMT
    Good luck, Kody!

    I used to exercise with a friend who wanted to (and eventually did) lose a significant amount of weight. From that experience, I can offer a few tips:

    1.) Don't start off all gung-ho and overdo it with your workouts in the beginning. There's a higher chance that you'll start seeing exercise as a source of pain and drop the program before you see results. In the case of my friend, the one time she stuck with a workout program, she started small - walking a few miles a day, and lifting light dumbbells. She gradually ramped up the intensity as she got in the habit of working out. And lost 50 lbs.

    2.) Buy a small notebook and write down everything you eat for a week (in your pre-healthy diet, I mean) - don't skip on ANYTHING. Seeing it all on paper can definitely be a wake-up call, and can also help to identify when you're eating most or what situations are causing you to do so.

    3.) Take a picture of your body every week throughout the program. Sometimes it's hard to see results when we just look in the mirror, but when you compare pictures over a few week's time, then you'll see the difference. And seeing that difference can be a big motivator.

    4.) Go to MuscleComeBack's profile page. Be inspired. Maybe lick the screen.


    Hope that helps in some way - I realize it all sounds like generic workout advice, but I figured I'd share my experience. Talking with a professional trainer/nutritionist is always a smart decision, though, so don't be afraid to reach out to someone like that. Plus, there seem to be quite a few guys on here who started off overweight and ended up glistening, ripped Adonises (Adonisi?). I'm sure they would be invaluable resources.

    Cheers and stick with it,
    Chris
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    May 06, 2011 3:10 PM GMT
    Good luck Kody! Chris gave you plenty of advise already. I guess my suggestion is you can also read Tom Venuto's Burn the fat, Feed the muscle book. It has a lot of great knowledge. Keep us posted!
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    May 06, 2011 4:01 PM GMT
    Kode... running a mile from the get go isn't a smart idea. It can cause injury and will turn you off to an enjoyable sport. Google a beginner running program called 'couch to 5k' and follow it. It won't seem difficult in the beginning, and you'll want to skip ahead, but stick with the program and give your bones, muscles, and tendons time to ease into the sport.

    As for eating, you'll have to eat more in order to lose. Doesn't sound logical but it's the science. Err, eat more good stuff that is! If you have $100 it might be a wise investment to set up an appointment with a nutritionist who can create a meal plan to help you meet your goals. The nutrition is the #1 key. Don't eat too little, you'll destroy your metabolism and end up gaining fat.

    If you're losing 1-2 lbs per week you're on the right track. Anything else and you need to reevaluate. Biggest loser type losses are made for tv and aren't healthy.

    Now go do it kid
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    May 06, 2011 4:59 PM GMT
    aerovaulter said





    4.) Go to MuscleComeBack's profile page. Be inspired. Maybe lick the screen.



    This! icon_lol.gif


    Actually, I find it really motivating to see the changes made by some of the guys on this site, including musclecomeback. If they can do it, so can we!
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    May 06, 2011 9:00 PM GMT
    It may be jumping the gun for someone new to training to take creatine. That's the sort of thing I thought people used when they hit sticking points after at least their first round of beginner's gains. Why use up all your ammo when you don't need it? Is the texture of ground chicken or turkey an issue? Grinding makes it similar to hamburger.

    aerovaulter saidGo to MuscleComeBack's profile page. Be inspired. Maybe lick the screen.

    Though you have significantly less weight to lose don't expect the same results in a year as MuscleComeBack - he's a knowledgeable former competitive bodybuilder who trains with great intensity with muscle memory under his belt. When I grow up maybe I'll look like him but for now a year's worth of progress for us lesser mortals looks more like this:

    11/09 (240lbs, down from 260+) vs 11/10 (188lbs):
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    But I may be wrong! I'm about 6' whereas you're both about the same height. Plus you've youth on your side.
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    May 07, 2011 5:26 AM GMT
    Feeling rather bad because I tanked the first day by eating a whole bowl of pretzels (ugh) and a cheeseburger from Jack in the Box (even more ugh.) Other than that, I stuck to eating cereal and a protein shake (with a banana,) so that sort of lessens the impact, but not really.

    I hate that I've gained so much weight back. So much for being not self conscious at all.
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    May 07, 2011 6:04 AM GMT
    I did, however, walk two miles shortly after posting that, so I guess it's not a completely failtastic day.
  • james716

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    May 07, 2011 2:15 PM GMT
    Case in point why diets don't work. Eventually you're going to feel deprived then binge. Diets are a temporary solution to a chronic problem.

    You really need to set up the appt with a nutritionist.
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    May 07, 2011 9:18 PM GMT
    As someone who HAS dieted weight off before, I can say that they do work. And had I the money, I likely would set up an appointment with said nutritionist.
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    May 08, 2011 12:17 AM GMT
    I think the point that James was trying to make was that in the long run, diets don't work. If the diet you followed worked long term, you wouldn't have gained weight back.
    I would advise going to http://www.fitday.com/or http://www.sparkpeople.com/ and filling out a profile.
    Spark people has multiple nutrition plans to help you and the daily food log really makes you accountable. I advise all my clients who want to lose weight to use a food journal. You need to know that you are eating enough of the right food (as mentioned earlier) and/or too much of the wrong.

    Eagermuscle has a point about creatine. You don't need it at this stage of the game. You need to get your body accustomed to exercise and to lifting first, worry about the building later.

    To get you started, walking is fine, running is fine, but as mentioned--start off slowly. In the weight room do compound exercises. These are exercises that use more than one muscle group eg: squats, lunges, pushups, pullups, bench press, seated row.
    Work the legs. Muscle burns fat. The more muscle you have, the more fat you will burn all the time. Your legs are your largest muscle group so go after them with squats and lunges. Step ups are great too (climing stairs).
    Back and chest are your next largest muscle groups. The nice thing about working them is that your arms get a work out too.
    I hope this is helpful too and good luck.
  • james716

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    May 08, 2011 1:44 AM GMT
    No need to be so defensive, just offering advice.

    Too many excuses, you're obviously not serious. Ciao.
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    May 08, 2011 5:19 AM GMT
    james716 saidNo need to be so defensive, just offering advice.

    Too many excuses, you're obviously not serious. Ciao.


    Wasn't being defensive. And as to not being serious, well, all right. Guess our definitions different. Ciao to you too. ;)
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    May 08, 2011 6:04 AM GMT
    From what I have seen / read of Anomalous - I would seriously consider taking his advice on-board. icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 08, 2011 1:15 PM GMT
    Walk as often as possible, as fast as possible.
    Google the Paleo Diet.
    Pick and choose what foods from it that you actually enjoy.
    Spend your whole paycheck on those foods (after paying bills, of course).
    Read labels and avoid any type of corn syrup (corn syrup solids, high fructose corn syrup, etc.)
    Reduce the amount of sugar you eat as much as practical (gotta have some sugars, just not too much).
    Eat as often as possible, in small portions...like...nibble all day long on the stuff you bought.

    Most importantly, be patient and let your lifestyle dictate your weight. As you continue eating healthier and being more active, your body's composition will adjust accordingly.

    PS. Whoever came up with handstand pushups should be shot. My shoulders are sore as fuck. icon_lol.gif
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    May 08, 2011 1:29 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidWalk as often as possible, as fast as possible.
    Google the Paleo Diet.
    Pick and choose what foods from it that you actually enjoy.
    Spend your whole paycheck on those foods (after paying bills, of course).
    Read labels and avoid any type of corn syrup (corn syrup solids, high fructose corn syrup, etc.)
    Reduce the amount of sugar you eat as much as practical (gotta have some sugars, just not too much).
    Eat as often as possible, in small portions...like...nibble all day long on the stuff you bought.

    Most importantly, be patient and let your lifestyle dictate your weight. As you continue eating healthier and being more active, your body's composition will adjust accordingly.

    PS. Whoever came up with handstand pushups should be shot. My shoulders are sore as fuck. icon_lol.gif


    I second Paul! Wise advise!

    PS. My left wrist loath handstand pushups! Roll out, brother!
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    May 10, 2011 5:14 AM GMT
    Thanks for the recommendation, guys! After listening to your advice, I think I'm going to do the controlled/limited diet thing (which I've been doing anyway) and start working on my legs/back/chest, etc. My poor little wrists seem to loathe doing pushups, but hey, I can do twenty without completely killing myself!

    Also, wanted to share this little photo collage showing my progression through the year(s), just to show how far I've come since around 2006 (when I was around fourteen) and how much determination I have to beat this weight thing once and for all.

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    Here's the link to the full image, since it won't let me resize it here on the forum: http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z118/Kody_Boye/51994_467282653232_594383232_5621128_28457_o.jpg

    Obviously I've gained a decent amount of weight since December again (which I am loathing myself for doing,) but I guess a lot of people who do the kind of dieting/readapting lifestyle thing I ended up doing face this kind of problem.