I'm 22 years old... It's time I take control of my life and transform my body!

  • newtothis89

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    Dec 31, 2011 3:11 AM GMT
    My weight has fluctuated throughout the years, but I had the largest change this past year. I studied abroad in Switzerland, and prior to leaving weighed 240 pounds. By eating healthier, exercising and walking everywhere, and traveling extensively throughout Europe, I managed to drop 25 pounds in 3 months. When I came back I was down to 215 pounds, but being back at school (a culinary school, nonetheless) has put the pounds back on.

    I'm currently weighing in at 225 pounds, and today, December 30, 2011, I pledge to transform myself, into a healthier me. I want to lose this fat, pack on the muscle, and be healthier than I have ever been.

    All the support you can give me will be much appreciated, even if it's just a small message tell me I'm doing great. I will post photos ever week or two to show my progress.

    My goal weight is 180 pounds; 45 pounds less than I am now. I hope to be down to 180 by August/September, as that is when I start my masters program. I want to look great, and be able to show off my new body!

    Any advice anyone can give would be great! Also, feel free to friend me, or send me any tips/hints. I want this to work, and I feel it will be much easier with the support from the community icon_smile.gif
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    Dec 31, 2011 3:28 AM GMT
    You've made a great start. You've made a decision.

    Remember, there's no "short cut". Being fit is a lifestyle choice. And, you have to consider all of the "inputs", the "tools and techniques", to get the "outputs" which you want.

    Diet. Not dieting.
    Exercise consistently and persistently. Do some cardio first thing in the morning to kick start your metabolism.

    You can do it. You just have to want to show yourself the most love you can. Just be the best you that you can be.
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    Dec 31, 2011 3:32 AM GMT
    Yer in the right place. You can learn everything you need to here. These guys really do know what their doing.

    Just don't turn your back to them in the dark. God only knows what can happen.

    I suggest carrying a loaded gun as well.

    Good luck!!!!!
  • waccamatt

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    Dec 31, 2011 3:34 AM GMT
    Good luck - track everything you eat and you'll see the pounds melt away. I'll be happy to email you the tracking chart I devised if you want to pm me your email address. Make sure you maintain a regular exercise program first. Cardio>weights, but both are important.
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    Dec 31, 2011 3:36 AM GMT
    Good luck dude!

    And congrats, on getting the motivation to make changes.

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    Dec 31, 2011 3:39 AM GMT
    We look foward to seeing your new body in August icon_wink.gif

    Best of luck!!
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    Dec 31, 2011 3:44 AM GMT
    You're almost exactly where I was at the end of 2009. I had put on some weight that year, more than I realized, and when I hopped on the scale at the doctor's office, I couldn't believe I was 223. As I walked back home, I resolved to get down to 190.

    I bought a scale on the walk back and getting on it every day and logging my weight helped keep me focused on the end goal. I cut back on my portions (I have a big appetite), but didn't really cut any foods out. That's how I was able to stay on the path without cheating. I also ramped up the exercise because I booked a cycling tour and needed to be in better shape for it.

    In the end, I got down to 173 at my lowest. Now I bounce between 175-180.

    Once you start losing weight, it will be real easy to keep going because you're going to get lots of compliments from people and you're going to be amazed at how much better you feel and look. Congratulations, and good luck!
  • EricLA

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    Dec 31, 2011 3:51 AM GMT
    You're in this for the long-haul. Don't be discouraged if you don't see results quick enough. Just be consistent at living healthier. Do not look at your dietary choices as a diet. Just start eating healthier: reduce your calories (watch your portion size, for instance), reduce the bad fat and sugars. But do not totally deprive yourself of the things you really enjoy. But if they're your weakness, know the dangers of having them very often.

    As for the gym, make sure you're properly trained on the equipment. I see guys use weights and machines using bad form. Not only will this postpone results, you could run the risk of injury. Do not rush an exercise. Both the power stroke and the return to original position, whether a machine or free weight, should be slow and controlled so both the primary and its reverse muscles are exercised.

    Don't overdo it at the gym. You might be eager at first and try to go four or five days a week. But for most people this schedule is hard to maintain. Or they get bored of going that often. FInd a routine that works for you. And be consistent.

    Find buddies to go with, or make friends of the regulars at the gym for motivation.

    If you slack off from time to time, don't let it get you down. Just get back in there and take up where you left off.

    Look forward to hearing about your results. We're pulling for you!
  • ramblerman

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    Dec 31, 2011 7:08 AM GMT
    Get going while you're young. Keep in mind after like 35 it's harder to build muscle, but if you already have it then it is easier to keep it... investment for your future.
    More studies have shown cardio does not work as well for weight loss as a good weight resistance work out. Work your legs, they will be the biggest burners.
    Most likely you will have some weight gain, I'm sure you've heard, but don't be discouraged while you metabolism switches over.
    Consider even getting a home gym, might cost alot for a good one but saves you time if you're feeling like you don't have the time to run to the gym... (unless the eye candy keeps you motivated icon_rolleyes.gif ) I use a Hoist V2. http://homegymreviewsexpert.com/hoist-v2-home-gym/
    Keep up the good work you are going down the right trail.
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    Dec 31, 2011 7:34 AM GMT
    Well done - you have started right by being determined to change. Always keep in mind what it is you want to be because that is a great motivation. I guess the key message is that there are no short cuts, you just have to work at it systematically: eating and lifestyle habits, getting cardiovascularly fit and building muscle. I tell my clients to lose weight slowly at the rate of 2 pounds a week and that works. Let me know if I can be of further help ( am away for ten days from Jan 2 getting some sunshine).

    Go for it - you will do well if you stick at it. A great motivator is to get some photos of yourself now and then say every 3 months so that you can see the change talking place
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    Dec 31, 2011 8:09 AM GMT
    I wish you much success on your journey. Like many have said, once you get the ball rolling you will definitely continue (especially with consistent compliments).

    Diet is truly 70% of the battle. Keep us all posted bro! And if you ever need support I am sure there will always be someone on this website who can support your efforts, especially when you reach an impediment.

    This is awesome...GOOD LUCK!
  • aj101

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    Dec 31, 2011 12:04 PM GMT
    Good luck, i wish you the best. I will be joining you in trying to get into shape, i too need to take control of my life. Since starting school i have slowly but surely gained weight. Freshman year I weighed 140 lbs, now at senior year I am at the 170's. Both of us can do it if we put our minds to it.
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    Dec 31, 2011 1:47 PM GMT
    Increase your protien, eat great vegetables, cut out the junk *carbs and such* and also just do cardio... thats the only way you're going to get there... plenty of water... Do interval traning while running.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Dec 31, 2011 2:01 PM GMT
    Congrats on making this kind of a decision. This kind of decision can be a life changing.. powerful and awesome decison. Now make sure you have the tools to succeed!

    Certainly make it a part of your lifestyle. Map out how you will make it happen. We all have our strengths and areas of fitness that may be a mystery or you need considerable input. Ask information from a personal trainer or fitness professional. But I'd encourage you with something else!

    Since you are in culinary school, I'd encourage you to set out and develop
    your ideas for those of us who are into fitness. What do "you" recommend for us as fitness buffs? What should you be eating as a part of a healthy, fit
    prone lifestyle? That could be an area of emphasis for you.

    Above all, take it and run with it. Exercise is so ingrained in my life, it would be very strange not to engage every day. I'm confident your weight won't be a problem with defined goals and effort made. Happy New Year
    and best wishes!
  • LuckyGuyKC

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    Dec 31, 2011 2:15 PM GMT
    Congratulations - you can do it.

    Fitness: Three years ago I went from 221 to 180 in about 6 months. But I hovered at just under 200 until I started lifting weights. I finally got to the place that weight didn't matter because my waist was going down as my weight was going up.

    Food: My secret has been beans. I eat beans with feta cheese and greens with all kinds of dressings and adds. It is yummy creamy and satisfying. Also Eggs - eat them every day - often with lots of spinach and mushrooms.

    I've held 183 for about a year.
  • newtothis89

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    Jan 01, 2012 3:32 PM GMT
    Thanks so much for the responses thus far!

    I'm very excited to be taking this *huge* step in the right direction. I will post some "before" pics today, and every week or so thereafter.

    In an attempt to stay focused, and motivated, my roommate (6', 240) and I have decided to do a little 'biggest loser' challenge, with $100 on the line. We decided that the highest % of body fat lost after 6 months is the winner - of the $$, however we're both winners by losing the weight

    Thanks again guys, y'all are great!!

    *** Also, I work out at Planet Fitness in Warwick, RI... so if you have a membership there (or at any PF in the area) feel free to hit me up, more than willing to learn a thing or two at the gym!
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    Jan 01, 2012 4:00 PM GMT
    Expounding upon what HndsmKansan said, culinary school (my own degree is in Hospitality Management) is a great opportunity to educate yourself on nutrition and to innovate in the kitchen to turn out dishes and menus which are both satisfying to the senses AND designed for healthy lifestyle. You may find your niche. Eventually, we might see you on The Food Network or something like that.
  • newtothis89

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    Jan 02, 2012 1:11 AM GMT
    Hey hndsm and GAM,

    I want to clarify... I go to a culinary school (Johnson & Wales) and the food is prepared by future chefs of America, however I myself am not in any food related major.

    I major in International Hotel & Tourism Management with my concentrations in Applied Mathematics and Modern World Languages.

    So, in a sense, I'm like every other guy that will need help with choosing his foods and portioning.

    Sorry if I was a bit unclear in the earlier post!
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    Jan 02, 2012 1:16 AM GMT
    Run in place my friend. that is how i lost all my weight
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    Jan 02, 2012 1:20 AM GMT
    good for you...making a decision that you will never regret...stick with it and you will be very happy that you did...you will make your goals..and you will feel great about.it..the healthy way you will feel is incredible...bro...a good rule of thumb is this...eat 6 small meals a day...each meal includes a portion of protein.lean meat,chicken,fish...a good carb...and a vegetable...each portion the size of your fist...for your carb,choose a complex carb...that helps fight hunger pangs...i know 6 meals seems like a lot...but when you start exercising...you will build muscle...and muscle needs more energy than fat...and the muscle will burn more fat and use more calories,you will be feeding muscle and burning fat...
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    Jan 02, 2012 1:36 AM GMT
    Bodybuilding.com is awesome. Go there, create a profile.

    These routines helped me a lot:

    http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/wotw41.htm

    http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/dorian-yates-blood-guts-6-week-trainer.htm

    But there are a gazillion pages and workouts on bB.com, so take a look.

    I also found this book helpful:

    The Testosterone Advantage Plan, Lou Schuler, et al.

    http://www.amazon.com/Testosterone-Advantage-Plan-Lou-Schuler/dp/1579545076



  • newtothis89

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    Jan 02, 2012 10:27 PM GMT
    Hey all,

    So I just got back from the gym, first time in years! First day to my new body!!!

    But I have a question... I followed the plan my personal trainer gave me, and I was on the elliptical and my heart rate reached 190 bpm. I feel like that's kind of high, no? Granted I was moving pretty fast, but my heart rate stayed at a high level (over 175 bpm) for well over 10 minutes. It was to the point where I felt a little light headed and had to stop altogether and sit down. It took almost 20 minutes before I could even stand up again.

    This past summer I had some heart problems (palpitations, irregular beat) and was hospitalized for some time. I also have very bad asthma (but I took my albuterol before I left...)

    Not too long ago I was cleared by doctors and my personal trainer to start my weight loss routine, so I don't know what's going on...

    Do you think I should get this checked out again? Or is what I experienced normal, especially for someone first starting out?

    Finally, does anyone have a routine they would like to recommend for someone first starting out, who is looking to lose weight? I'm 5'8" 225 pounds, and very inexperienced when it comes to exercise/weight training. Anything will help.

    Thanks guys - sorry to be a pain in the derrière :/
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    Jan 02, 2012 10:31 PM GMT
    newtothis89 saidHey all,

    So I just got back from the gym, first time in years! First day to my new body!!!

    But I have a question... I followed the plan my personal trainer gave me, and I was on the elliptical and my heart rate reached 190 bpm. I feel like that's kind of high, no? Granted I was moving pretty fast, but my heart rate stayed at a high level (over 175 bpm) for well over 10 minutes. It was to the point where I felt a little light headed and had to stop altogether and sit down. It took almost 20 minutes before I could even stand up again.

    This past summer I had some heart problems (palpitations, irregular beat) and was hospitalized for some time. I also have very bad asthma (but I took my albuterol before I left...)

    Not too long ago I was cleared by doctors and my personal trainer to start my weight loss routine, so I don't know what's going on...

    Do you think I should get this checked out again? Or is what I experienced normal, especially for someone first starting out?

    Finally, does anyone have a routine they would like to recommend for someone first starting out, who is looking to lose weight? I'm 5'8" 225 pounds, and very inexperienced when it comes to exercise/weight training. Anything will help.

    Thanks guys - sorry to be a pain in the derrière :/




    Again... run in place, screw the elliptical
  • ozhanSean

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    Jan 02, 2012 10:34 PM GMT
    I was 255 lbs a year ago. I decided to lose it, and I am now 170 lbs. Woork out, run and swim and eat right. Learn as much as you can about food. dont try to look good, work on being healthy.
  • wellwell

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    Jan 02, 2012 10:35 PM GMT
    GOOD IDEA