I've Hit a New Low

  • chrisnyc87

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    May 23, 2012 5:36 PM GMT
    So, after this spring semester was over I have messed up big time by binge eating, I was 332 and in one week I went up to 344.6, I have less than 5 weeks to my cousins wedding, so here's my concern I have started drinking muscle milk as a meal replacement plus a multivitamin for breakfast and lunch and a paleo dinner (no bread or dairy) my only concern is is this just a temporary solution or can this work life time?

    ps-- I do use the elliptical and some weight training 2-3 days this week so far
  • dfrourke

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    May 23, 2012 7:52 PM GMT
    Does this sound sustainable to you?

    It doesn't to me. Many of us are working on difficulties and "go off track" now and then - it's part of the journey and struggle. The goal is to build skills to get back on track faster each time.

    I typically run every morning for 5 miles before going to work. Well, the last month was rough and I didn't run at all. I didn't start running 7 miles to make up for lost time. I started running 2.5 miles and try to sustain it for the week with a goal to get back to 5 miles by June 1st.

    It's a process. Build realistic goals that will keep you moving in the right direction and build more motivation to continue.

    Good luck my friend.

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    May 23, 2012 8:15 PM GMT
    It may be sustainable for five weeks, but not a lifetime. Dave above has given good advice. May I suggest one thing more: It has always been my thought that people who are morbidly obese have underlying issues (other than poor diet and exercise habits) that are best handled by a professional. If you cannot afford to see a counselor to get at what food is replacing or providing you psychologically, find a trusted friend or someone in the same boat to talk to about what food means to you, someone to exercise with and keep you motivated to get the weight off and more importantly - keep it off.

    Good luck on your journey.

    P.S. Do if for yourself. Do it because you are worth it.
  • neosyllogy

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    May 23, 2012 8:21 PM GMT
    dfrourke saidIt doesn't to me. Many of us are working on difficulties and "go off track" now and then - it's part of the journey and struggle. The goal is to build skills to get back on track faster each time.

    Very nicely put.

    +1 also to UcM's note about mental health. If you're working at a problem for a long time and it's really hurting you and you're not making headway it's probably a good idea to seek outside help. I'm not saying you need it, just that it would probable help.

    Good luck buddy. People have made bigger turn arounds and so can you ;)
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    May 23, 2012 8:29 PM GMT
    chrisnyc87 saidSo, after this spring semester was over I have messed up big time by binge eating, I was 332 and in one week I went up to 344.6, I have less than 5 weeks to my cousins wedding, so here's my concern I have started drinking muscle milk as a meal replacement plus a multivitamin for breakfast and lunch and a paleo dinner (no bread or dairy) my only concern is is this just a temporary solution or can this work life time?

    ps-- I do use the elliptical and some weight training 2-3 days this week so far


    no

    do you travel outside of your region ever?
    I'm not being tacky, I'm asking.
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    May 23, 2012 8:38 PM GMT
    One of my best friends had to stand on a trailer scale to be weighted. (justbefore a lot lizard put her johns head through a windshield.) He did amazing work then lost his progress and resorted to stomach bands and all of that crap. But when I was running Semi and repoing for mercedes with him he improved. Not what you expoect but get your ass in the world. I was there when he saw his dick the first time, and I was there when he climbed his first mountain in Utah.

    get your ass out in the world, declare your intent and take the world with you.
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    May 23, 2012 8:44 PM GMT
    randall lost 250 lbs, and yes going across country I made him clime mountains and he lost 250 lbs. I didnt do it. He did.
    fat bitches want to be skinny; skinny bitches want fat.
    we all seek a medium.
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    May 23, 2012 8:45 PM GMT
    I'm concerned about your new diet.

    You still have to eat to fuel your workout. If I have a decent breakfast but skip lunch, I'm eady for a nap around 4pm when I'm supposed to go to the gym.

    http://www.amazon.com/Flat-Belly-Diet-Men-Vaccariello/dp/1605291668/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1337805262&sr=8-1

    Written by the editors of Prevention Magazine. There is a book written for men and a separate book for women. I believe this book uniquely explains the underlying body physiology before diving into the diet plans.

    That book recommends, after a two week adjustment period, a diet of 2,000 calories per day. If you consume less, your body will fight harder to conserve stored energy or worse, you won't have the energy to get through your workout.
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    May 23, 2012 8:49 PM GMT
    water seeks its own level and we want to be level
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    May 23, 2012 8:50 PM GMT
    we are 74 % water
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    May 23, 2012 9:01 PM GMT
    i think the guys are correct that there is likely more to the binge eating and extreme weight carriage which is buried deeper down. this is not only about food and nutrition, but rather your emotional/psychological relationship with food, consumption, pleasure, happiness, and survival.

    the diet you are proposing may help in the short term, but i don't advise it. ask any medical professional and they will indicate some serious potential side effects (e.g. ketosis for one, and complications for liver and kidney function) if you try to sustain this diet over several weeks/months.

    studies show that fad diets don't work. they tend to rebound and in a worse way. this rebound then compounds the underlying psycho-social issues and if you gain more weight than you initially lost, you're going to feel worse than before, and the cycle will continue.

    the only way to lose weight is through a gradual reduction of calories, a proportional increase in cardio-vascular exercise, and eating a balanced diet of whole foods (which are not processed or contain a lot of saturated fats). the counselling can help uncover the unconscious relationship you have with food, and you may discover that this awareness will have an impact on your consumption habits.

    i wish you the best of luck!
  • gwuinsf

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    May 23, 2012 9:46 PM GMT
    No, this is absolutely not sustainable. A muscle milk shake for breakfast and lunch is 230 calories each. Assume you eat a large dinner of 1,000 calories, that still only 1,430 calories a day. If you're trying to lose as much weight in 5 weeks, as people said, this might be an OK crash diet, but it is most definitely not sustainable.

    I think it's great that you're on Paleo. I've been doing Paleo for a few months and I'm very happy with the results. The good thing if you're having a hard time with self control is that Paleo is more about what you eat and not portion control. Portion control is always important when you're trying to lose weight, but it's not the key factor of this diet.

    I would suggest that once you get past your wedding that you go on strict Paleo. Read as much as you can and if you have cravings, satisfy them with Paleo substitutes. There are some amazing Paleo treat recipes out there.

    I'm not sure how much cardio you're doing but I'd also suggest doing some every day, even if it's only 30 min. Sorry but 344 lbs at 5'10" and 25 years old is not healthy.
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    May 24, 2012 12:56 AM GMT
    dfrourke saidDoes this sound sustainable to you?

    It doesn't to me. Many of us are working on difficulties and "go off track" now and then - it's part of the journey and struggle. The goal is to build skills to get back on track faster each time.

    I typically run every morning for 5 miles before going to work. Well, the last month was rough and I didn't run at all. I didn't start running 7 miles to make up for lost time. I started running 2.5 miles and try to sustain it for the week with a goal to get back to 5 miles by June 1st.

    It's a process. Build realistic goals that will keep you moving in the right direction and build more motivation to continue.

    Good luck my friend.

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    This is very wise advice.

    To add, you shouldn't use your cousin's wedding as your motivation to lose weight. You need to use the motivation of a healthier lifestyle, better self esteem, better quality of life, etc as your motivation. THIS is what's going to make what you do sustainable and will avoid the extremes of crash dieting.
  • Perry123

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    May 24, 2012 1:25 AM GMT
    I'm going to make this short and sweet; I'm going to guess u have debt. Especially Credit Card Debt; also other emotional things going on in ur life. If u have bad debt (CC) debt; u take that away and the lbs. Will come off. Build ur self esteem and there won't b anything stopping u. I'm curious to know if that's the case. Email me if u want: PJBruneo@gmail.com.

    The Best

    Perry
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    May 24, 2012 5:26 AM GMT
    chrisnyc87 said... is this just a temporary solution or can this work life time?
    Is it a way of eating that you enjoy?

    If not, I think you know the answer.