Weight Loss Transformation

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    Jan 27, 2012 8:26 AM GMT
    SO I have asked a few guys on here who have photographs posted of their weight loss transformations (congratulations if you have had one, as well) how they did it and how they stuck with it.

    I am looking to do the same myself, and hearing from people that have done it is always great. There are a few great guys who responded, and a few who I will not call douche bags, but I will just assume were too busy to respond. Sh*t happens.

    I thought I would take it to the larger RJ crown and go aead and ask if any of you guys have tips, and how to stay ON the wagon, which seems to be the hardest part.

    Be well, and have an awesome day.

    -Catholicskoolboy
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    Jan 27, 2012 5:20 PM GMT
    If you fall off the wagon get back on. Don't try to go cold turkey and drastically change your lifestyle at once, or you won't stick to it. Start by making small changes- decreasing the amount of fast food you eat, cutting out soda, eating smaller meals, switching empty carbs for whole grains, etc. Set goals for yourself so you have some direction.

    As far as the gym- either get a trainer or a friend who knows what they are doing to work out with you and show you around. Once I knew what I was doing and was confident in it, I had no issue going on my own. It really only takes a few weeks of getting into a routine, and then you'll stick to it because it will have become a part of your life.

    Motivation is key- do some introspection and figure out why you want to do this beyond just looking better. And remember that. It's not easy but it is so worth it in the end.
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    Jan 27, 2012 6:01 PM GMT
    Set small goals that are achievable. Track your milestones. Take pictures - it will help you see the progress.

    My secret this time was to make the focus on the exercise and less on the diet. Don't get me wrong, the diet is important, but by shifting my focus to the exercise, I was able to gradually shift my life away from revolving around food and on other things.

    That allowed me to schedule cheat days periodically without it sabotaging me completely. Just remember to burn more calories you take in and find activities you can enjoy to help you stay committed and focused. If you see yourself losing interest, change something up, but don't lose the momentum.

    Best of luck to you.
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    Jan 28, 2012 3:01 AM GMT
    1) Have measurable goals with numbers and benchmarks, both long term and near term.
    2) Write everything down. Food, workouts, weight, strength, measurements, even mood. Write everything down and keep track.
    3) When you fail, don't let one failure turn into a day or a week of failure. If you eat a double cheeseburger off program, don't let that turn into an all weekend gorge. Accept the stumble and get right back into the game.
    4) Allow yourself breaks. You need one meal a week where you eat whatever you want... or your body gets used to what you're doing and locks down on the metabolism. A high calorie, high sugar and fat meal shocks your body and keeps it from adapting to your diet.
    5) Take pictures (like Onaquest said). They're motivating.
    6) Stay positive. Transformation can be a long, trying process, but negativity is the surest way to sabotage yourself.

    Finally, no matter how long it eventually takes, you can change and it will have been worth it.

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    Jan 28, 2012 5:15 AM GMT
    Larkin said1) Have measurable goals with numbers and benchmarks, both long term and near term.
    2) Write everything down. Food, workouts, weight, strength, measurements, even mood. Write everything down and keep track.
    3) When you fail, don't let one failure turn into a day or a week of failure. If you eat a double cheeseburger off program, don't let that turn into an all weekend gorge. Accept the stumble and get right back into the game.
    4) Allow yourself breaks. You need one meal a week where you eat whatever you want... or your body gets used to what you're doing and locks down on the metabolism. A high calorie, high sugar and fat meal shocks your body and keeps it from adapting to your diet.
    5) Take pictures (like Onaquest said). They're motivating.
    6) Stay positive. Transformation c
    an be a long, trying process, but negativity is the surest way to sabotage yourself.

    Finally, no matter how long it eventually takes, you can change and it will have been worth it.

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    Thank you! If you don't mind me asking, how long did it take you to get to your goal weight, and how many pounds lost was it? Incredible what you have achieved, congratulations!
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    Jan 28, 2012 7:51 PM GMT
    The time between those two picture is about 4 years I believe. I lost 100 lbs of fat, and now I've gained about 50 lbs of muscle.
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    Jan 28, 2012 7:52 PM GMT
    Larkin saidThe time between those two picture is about 4 years I believe. I lost 100 lbs of fat, and now I've gained about 50 lbs of muscle.


    you are an inspiration
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    Jan 28, 2012 7:59 PM GMT
    Larkin and other show what realjock is actually about icon_smile.gif
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    Jan 28, 2012 9:58 PM GMT
    Larkin said1) Have measurable goals with numbers and benchmarks, both long term and near term.
    2) Write everything down. Food, workouts, weight, strength, measurements, even mood. Write everything down and keep track.
    3) When you fail, don't let one failure turn into a day or a week of failure. If you eat a double cheeseburger off program, don't let that turn into an all weekend gorge. Accept the stumble and get right back into the game.
    4) Allow yourself breaks. You need one meal a week where you eat whatever you want... or your body gets used to what you're doing and locks down on the metabolism. A high calorie, high sugar and fat meal shocks your body and keeps it from adapting to your diet.
    5) Take pictures (like Onaquest said). They're motivating.
    6) Stay positive. Transformation can be a long, trying process, but negativity is the surest way to sabotage yourself.

    Finally, no matter how long it eventually takes, you can change and it will have been worth it.

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    his ideas are awesome!
    I have been writing every little thing i eat down, and it helps to control ur
    hunger a bit.
    ^-^ good luck on ur transformation icon_smile.gif
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    Jan 29, 2012 7:32 PM GMT
    Thank you all! I will definitely be using your suggestions, and I am so happy that you guys were able to make it happen for yourselves!
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    Feb 21, 2012 7:42 PM GMT
    I've been working out every single day (with a one-day break if I get tired but no more than one day), and I only drink water now. I will post another progress photo in 2-3 weeks. You can see the progress I've made on my profile pics. I can't seem to post photos on here.

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    Feb 21, 2012 11:56 PM GMT
    Larkin saidThe time between those two picture is about 4 years I believe. I lost 100 lbs of fat, and now I've gained about 50 lbs of muscle.

    and 80% more datesicon_idea.gificon_idea.gif
    Congrats
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    Feb 22, 2012 12:21 AM GMT
    Larkin's earlier post is spot-on, and the results speak for themselves. Well-done, sir.

    To this conversation I can only add that food has been my largest obstacle, and where most of my learning/growth has taken place. Eating a healthy, well-balanced diet is not about eating less necessarily - it's about making better choices.

    Until I calculated my daily caloric needs and started working my way back from there, I was never able to successfully develop a strategy about eating that made sense. That, plus researching the foods that are good for my body (imagine that!), have been the keys for me to be able to maintain a 50 lb. weight loss for 4 years.

    Good luck and do keep us posed.
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    Feb 22, 2012 5:41 AM GMT
    Larkin saidThe time between those two picture is about 4 years I believe. I lost 100 lbs of fat, and now I've gained about 50 lbs of muscle.


    WOW! Congrats. Your before pictures is almost where I am right now. I have 80 lbs to lose and I am so looking forward to getting to where you are today.

    PS - I'm looking for workout buddies in either the Bakersfield, Antelope Valley, Santa Clarita Valley or Los Angeles area. There aren't any gyms near me so this would be whatever outdoor activity we decide on - I like to go hiking.
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    Feb 22, 2012 5:46 AM GMT
    Larkin said1) Have measurable goals with numbers and benchmarks, both long term and near term.
    2) Write everything down. Food, workouts, weight, strength, measurements, even mood. Write everything down and keep track.
    3) When you fail, don't let one failure turn into a day or a week of failure. If you eat a double cheeseburger off program, don't let that turn into an all weekend gorge. Accept the stumble and get right back into the game.
    4) Allow yourself breaks. You need one meal a week where you eat whatever you want... or your body gets used to what you're doing and locks down on the metabolism. A high calorie, high sugar and fat meal shocks your body and keeps it from adapting to your diet.
    5) Take pictures (like Onaquest said). They're motivating.
    6) Stay positive. Transformation can be a long, trying process, but negativity is the surest way to sabotage yourself.

    Finally, no matter how long it eventually takes, you can change and it will have been worth it.

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    #4 never occured to me and it makes a lot of sense! I'm taking down all of your advise, it's golden icon_smile.gif
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    Feb 22, 2012 5:59 AM GMT
    I hope I never have to lose this weight again.
    But, I learned a few things the first time through.

    Treadmill: If you aren't using the incline, and sweating, you're doing it wrong. Stop trying to run 8 mph like the anorexic gazelle guy on the next machine. You can't. Flat inclines suck and you'll just get frustrated. Crank that incline 'till all you see is ceiling tiles and try to work up to 3 miles in an hour. That calorie gauge will put your effort at 750 calories. Who cares if its accurate? Just don't use this an excuse to mow down a Chinese buffet. They get grumpy if you eat all the chow mien in one visit.

    #2. Diets suck. I ran into the problem where I try to cut out carbs randomly and ended up with no energy by the time I got off work. You can't fix this with caffeine. But, why does a snickers bar help?

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    http://www.amazon.com/Flat-Belly-Diet-Men-Vaccariello/dp/B005FOEMIW/

    This book does have a diet formula. But, more important, it's written by the editors of "Prevention" magazine and does a darn good job of explaining why most diets fail.

    #3. Look at those poor people suffer on The Biggest Loser. If you aren't as miserable as they are, that is why you aren't dropping 15 lbs a week.

    #4. Donate your bathroom scale. You can dehydrate yourself one day and then wonder how you gained 6lbs the next. I do weigh myself. But, I do it first thing in the morning after I have one cup of coffee which triggers my morning goal: a life-altering dump. A big day of leg exercises will cause me to gain weight if I've not maintained a healthy and steady calorie intake and my body went into flab-conservation mode.

    If you really want numbers to track your progress, find the only accurate solution that separates the fat pounds from the rest of you: Hydrostatic Body Comp testing.

    Google it.

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    Feb 22, 2012 6:10 AM GMT
    A lot of people have already said the key things:
    - Incremental changes to diet and exercise
    - Get back on the wagon when you fall off, as soon as possible
    - Variety in food, and substitute taste (spice etcetera) for fat, sugars, and starches.

    I'm not an extreme case, but I'm nearly 60 pounds lighter than a was a couple of years ago. One of the pix on my profile shows the "before", and you can really see it in my face...
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    Feb 22, 2012 6:36 AM GMT
    yourname2000 saidI'm on this journey.

    ...details...


    yourname's transformation is amazing. And he truly practices what he preaches, I've seen it. icon_smile.gif

    And no, it's not painful as long as you aren't looking for instant transformation.
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    Feb 22, 2012 6:49 AM GMT
    yourname2000 said
    intensity69 said...I've seen it. icon_smile.gif

    ...seen it...touched it.... icon_redface.gif


    Mmmmmmhhhmmm, and I'm smiling ;-)

    Oh, you've forgotten "tasted"! icon_wink.gif

    EDIT: Yes, unabashed fan club president here.
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    Feb 22, 2012 7:02 AM GMT
    Hi,

    I have not had to lose weight myself but have worked with a lot of clients who have. Firstly, brilliant that you have lost weight ( or as I prefer to say started to get a great body shape - getting something is positive, losing it is negative). But it is really hard to maintain it and indeed get to an even better weight (if you need to). Here is a summary of what my clients do:

    Lose weight slowly - about 1lb a week.

    Keep eating healthily and exercise regularly

    Have a couple of people who support you

    Have some strategies so that you have healthy eating as a daily life style.

    Visualise what you want to look like

    Keep a photographic record so you see your progress

    I can unpack each of these more if that would help.

    You are doing brilliantly