My new fitness and health journal!

  • HollywoodHist...

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    Feb 19, 2012 7:42 AM GMT
    I joined this site yesterday because I really need to make a change in my life. I am overweight, like by 80-100 lbs. I've been very lucky in love. I've had three long term boyfriends, all now friends, who were incredibly hot. You could almost hear the thought bubble of people - "wow, that guy is lucky, what a mismatch" - one lady even said it to me outloud by accident and immediatley apologized. I laughed it off. But my last boyfriend had to move back to Brazil when his student visa expired 6 months ago and I'm single again. I have zero interest in dating because I'm just not happy with my physical appearance. I'm also a professional stage actor and singer but I'm not getting many of the parts that I want because I'm just too heavy. I've been told time and again that they really want my ability, but that I just don't match the roles in appearance. So far the roles I repeatedly get are Amos Hart in "Chicago", Sancho Panza in "Man of La Mancha" and Edna Turnblad in "Hairspray" and other similarly heavy roles, lol. Great parts, lots of fun, but I'd like something different. While I've always felt healthy, and I'm a pretty happy and awesome guy, this extra weight is now effecting my life, career and happiness and I can't allow that to happen.

    So as part of my transformation I'm going to start this fitness and health journal as a new thread and I want to invite anyone else who is in the middle of a major change to join me - if you're big like me and want to lose weight or if you're a rail and trying to bulk up - the idea is to show the progression and share what we learn along the way. For the time being, this is what I'm going to write every day - and I'm sure it will change and develope as time goes on.

    Date:
    Weight:
    Workout:
    Calorie intake:
    Mood:
    Observations:

    Since my work schedule is pretty insane, it's not possible for me to make a set workout schedule, where I work out at the same time every day before or after work. I can be working at any time and for any numbers of hours. So the daily period will be from midnight to midnight each day and what I did during that time. It's almost midnight now here in California - so my first day will start soon.

    For training I'm going to start with the "Real Jock Complete Strength 12-Week Workout Program". I don't have a gym near me but I do have some equipment in my garage and might have to get creative to replicate some of the workouts - but I'll do my best. As far as nutrician, for the time being I'm just going to watch the calories and I'll learn more about that as I go along.

    Anyone want to join me?

    Also happy to hear any constructive comments or suggestions and I hope to meet some great new friends here as well.

    WISH ME LUCK!!! - Dale
  • Ironman4U

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    Feb 19, 2012 4:33 PM GMT
    Good luck! Awareness of your situation and desire for change are the first steps. Having a way to hold yourself accountable, whether it's on RJ or other means, is a great way to keep you focused and honest. Sounds like you're off to a good start. You can do it!
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    Feb 19, 2012 4:52 PM GMT
    Have you considered starting with the Strength Foundation 12-Week Workout?

    "...Strength Foundation is made for the guy who has never worked out, or hasn't worked out in a long time. The exercises are basic, the expectations manageable, but the program is progressive, and takes you through the beginning stages of exercise up to a serious lifting and cardio program. ...."
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    Feb 19, 2012 4:53 PM GMT
    Congrats to you and good luck.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Feb 19, 2012 4:56 PM GMT
    I think that's a great idea. Stick with it, keep your goals clear and attainable and work hard. We'll look forward to hearing your progress!
  • HollywoodHist...

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    Feb 19, 2012 5:09 PM GMT
    Caslon18453 saidHave you considered starting with the Strength Foundation 12-Week Workout?


    Thanks! I missed that this one was for starting out. Will have a hard time replicating that first part of the workout without real gym equipment, lol, but I'll figure out something.

    Thanks guys for the kind words and support, I appreciate it icon_biggrin.gif
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    Feb 19, 2012 5:13 PM GMT
    Best of luck to you man! Keep us updated
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    Feb 19, 2012 8:24 PM GMT
    I'd get stuck into the nutrition as soon as you can. After all, it's what got you to where you are now. To make life easy, remove all the white stuff from your diet, sugar, bread, white flour, rice, pasta etc.
  • HollywoodHist...

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    Feb 20, 2012 7:37 AM GMT
    Date: Sunday Feb 19, 2012
    Weight: 235 lbs
    Workout: Day 1 of RJ Strength Foundation
    Calorie intake: 1288
    Mood: Optimistic
    Observations: I need to start my workout as soon as I wake up, whenever during the day that may be (have an irregular schedule). Today I had to get up early and went non-stop until late and didn't get home until 9pm, then got my workout in. But I was so tired by then that it was far more of a chore than it should have been. In the future, when I need to wake up early, I need to plan ahead and go to bed earlier so I can get that workout in first thing. Now I'm off to bed! So TIRED!
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    Feb 20, 2012 7:49 AM GMT
    Congrats on taking the first big step towards accomplishing your goals icon_smile.gif Good luck! With such an open and realistic attitude you are bound to succeed! It's guys like you that inspire me to give it my and all and more in the gym!!!
  • HollywoodHist...

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    Feb 21, 2012 9:06 AM GMT
    Date: Monday Feb 20, 2012
    Weight: 233 lbs (down 2)
    Workout: Day 1 of RJ Strength Foundation
    Calorie intake: 1690
    Mood: bright, ordinary
    Observations: I'm down two pounds from yesterday but I'm going to assume that this has something to do with loss of water retention or general fluctuation. I decided to do Day 1 of the RJ workout over again because I was so tired yesterday when I got around to it that I really didn't give it my all. Today was much better. icon_smile.gif
  • helios01

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    Feb 21, 2012 9:10 AM GMT
    good luck ^0^
  • HollywoodHist...

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    Feb 22, 2012 11:27 AM GMT
    Date: Tuesday Feb 21, 2012
    Weight: 235 lbs
    Workout: Day 2 of RJ Strength Foundation
    Calorie intake: 1350
    Mood: Happy
    Observations: As I suspected I'm back at 235 this morning, lol. My goal is to lose at least 1 lb a week so I'm good. I need to get an ipod or something to listen to while I'm on the treadmill, my god so boring! Also need to get better lighting in the garage. Went down to work out a little bit more (in addition to my scheduled workout) but it was evening and couldn't see the weight machine or treadmill! lol. I was hoping the display on the treadmill had a light but apparently not. Never noticed that before. Also started taking a protein shake in the morning and multivitamins and I'm feeling pretty good. I've noticed that I have a lot more energy and I had no urge to snack.
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    Feb 22, 2012 11:55 AM GMT
    Good luck to you... not just on your health journey, but your career.

    I know for me, people say I look a lot younger than my age now - so maybe you can go from playing those roles to

    Mark or Roger from Rent (Personally, I would rather play Mark)
    or really daring...
    Claude from Hair (nude scene)..
    or
    Jean Val Jean from Les Mis...
    or really young...
    Melchior Gabor from Spring Awakening...

    Lots and lots of roles.

    Break a leg...


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    Feb 22, 2012 12:04 PM GMT
    @mlitsonata - Wishing you well as you start your journey on the road to getting healthier. You're really smart in keeping a journal. Forcing yourself to think about your workouts and eating makes it much more likely you'll stick with it.
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    Feb 22, 2012 12:09 PM GMT
    Best of luck on your journey... been on one of my own as well!

    I am using www.myfitnesspal.com to track all of my calories and workouts. I have found it to be extremely easy and helpful in keeping me on track (and that is saying something!). You can input recipes and find any food imaginable in their database.

    Again, best of luck!
  • HollywoodHist...

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    Feb 22, 2012 12:16 PM GMT
    onaquest saidGood luck to you... not just on your health journey, but your career.

    I know for me, people say I look a lot younger than my age now - so maybe you can go from playing those roles to

    Mark or Roger from Rent (Personally, I would rather play Mark)
    or really daring...
    Claude from Hair (nude scene)..
    or
    Jean Val Jean from Les Mis...
    or really young...
    Melchior Gabor from Spring Awakening...

    Lots and lots of roles.

    Break a leg...




    OMG I would LOVE to play those roles!!! And so many others. I've sung Val Jean and Javert for concert performances but haven't played the actual roles. I think I prefer Javert, Val Jean's "Bring Him Home" is a killer just within my range. I'd also like to play the Baker or even Jack in "Into the Woods". One of the roles I was turned down for was Sweeney Todd. The director and producers struggled over it a bit but I just "didn't fit the vision". That was kind of the catalyst for my change here. It will open up so many doors!

    I'm 33 now but people already tell me that I seem younger, late 20s, so I'm sure once I've lost the weight I'll seem even younger.
  • HollywoodHist...

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    Feb 22, 2012 12:18 PM GMT
    sashaman said@mlitsonata - Wishing you well as you start your journey on the road to getting healthier. You're really smart in keeping a journal. Forcing yourself to think about your workouts and eating makes it much more likely you'll stick with it.


    Thank you! That's the plan and I hope it works. I've tried something similar and did pretty well for a while until my schedule was interrupted and didn't get back on the horse. I need to be flexible this time around. Thank you for the kind words icon_smile.gif
  • HollywoodHist...

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    Feb 22, 2012 12:20 PM GMT
    laurbob saidBest of luck on your journey... been on one of my own as well!

    I am using www.myfitnesspal.com to track all of my calories and workouts. I have found it to be extremely easy and helpful in keeping me on track (and that is saying something!). You can input recipes and find any food imaginable in their database.

    Again, best of luck!


    Thank you! I will check out that website. Best of luck to you as well icon_smile.gif
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    Feb 22, 2012 12:29 PM GMT
    Rock on, Dale! icon_smile.gif
  • HollywoodHist...

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    Feb 23, 2012 4:12 AM GMT
    Date: Wednesday Feb 22, 2012
    Weight: 234 lbs (1 lb lost)
    Workout: Day 3 of RJ Strength Foundation
    Calorie intake: 560
    Mood: So sick!.... but still motivated dammit!
    Observations: So I woke up just miserable this morning! OMG, really bad head cold and completely drained of energy. But I still managed to get at least part of my workout in - the strength training part - and did my additional pushups for the RJ pushup thread - even though it felt like I was pushing the earth away from me, lol. I didn't do the cardio on the treadmill because I'm completely knocked on my ass but I did walk around the park and get outside a bit. I had less than 600 calories today and no bad carbs, but I don't feel hungry at all or lacking. I had a protein shake in the morning with a multivitaim and that helped me get through the workout. Took it easy for the rest of the day, no appetite at all. For dinner I had some steamed chicken and brocolli which was great - no oils or butter that I would normally put on it. I think I handled this sick day pretty well and please god let me feel better tomorrow!!!
  • HollywoodHist...

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    Feb 25, 2012 8:52 AM GMT
    Date: Friday Feb 24, 2012
    Weight: 233 lbs (2 lb lost)
    Workout: none (slept almost all day)
    Calorie intake: less than 500 (not good, I know)
    Mood: Got worse :'(
    Observations: So on Wednesday I was starting to get sick and was feeling pretty miserable but I pushed through it. Yesterday I was knocked completely on my ass!! But I still had rehearsals and meetings so I pushed through and stayed away from people to keep them from getting sick - cleaned my hands with antibacterial like a maniac. But I couldn't get in a work out at all and I ate about 1400 calories which was a struggle, no apettite to speak of. When I finally got home I crashed and pretty much slept all day. I had to cancel rehearsal, there was no way I could make it. I'm starting to feel a little better but I have 0 energy. Had some tomato soup with chicken and steamed broccoli on the side and that's all I've eaten today. I'll try to get some more sleep and let my body heal because I have to be up early in the morning. I took some supplements and multi-vitamins to make sure I was at least getting the nutrients I need and I'll probably try to get in one more snack or something before I go to bed. Maybe a spoonfull of peanut butter or some granola. I'm looking forward to getting over this crazy cold and getting back in the game.
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    Feb 25, 2012 2:23 PM GMT
    Congrats for starting this!! Best of luck and keep up the good work!!
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    Feb 25, 2012 2:29 PM GMT
    Hang in there, mil. It sucks being sick when you're starting something like this. Knocks me completely off my game. Hope you are already better as you read this.
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    Feb 25, 2012 2:33 PM GMT
    mlitsonata said
    onaquest saidGood luck to you... not just on your health journey, but your career.

    I know for me, people say I look a lot younger than my age now - so maybe you can go from playing those roles to

    Mark or Roger from Rent (Personally, I would rather play Mark)
    or really daring...
    Claude from Hair (nude scene)..
    or
    Jean Val Jean from Les Mis...
    or really young...
    Melchior Gabor from Spring Awakening...

    Lots and lots of roles.

    Break a leg...




    OMG I would LOVE to play those roles!!! And so many others. I've sung Val Jean and Javert for concert performances but haven't played the actual roles. I think I prefer Javert, Val Jean's "Bring Him Home" is a killer just within my range. I'd also like to play the Baker or even Jack in "Into the Woods". One of the roles I was turned down for was Sweeney Todd. The director and producers struggled over it a bit but I just "didn't fit the vision". That was kind of the catalyst for my change here. It will open up so many doors!

    I'm 33 now but people already tell me that I seem younger, late 20s, so I'm sure once I've lost the weight I'll seem even younger.


    If I could ever get voice lessons, I think I could sing Stars - Javert's song from Les Miz... I have pitch issues. I would rather play the villain anyway. Bring Him Home is too high for most guys - I think.

    Well, like I said - break a Leg.