Real Jock Weight Loss Challenge Support Thread

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    Sep 05, 2008 1:24 AM GMT
    Hey Guys,

    As we've seen from the thread NoName started, there's a lot of support here for those of us who are embarking on this challenge, both from the guys involved and those who are on the sidelines. I was on the initial call this afternoon/evening with many of you, and I figured that it would be good to have a thread to just talk about our challenges and get support.

    To start off, I did weigh all the ingredients in my dinner tonight, and as a result I could look at the nutritional information of what I eat. Ended up with 415 calories and 80 calories from fat, so that's about 9g of fat. Now, if I can just keep that up.

    What are your challenges?
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    Sep 05, 2008 1:40 AM GMT
    Unfortunately, I had a bad phone connection and it was really wearing to try to hear thru all the background noise and squealing.

    It would have been interesting to hear who was on by our RJ names....I couldnt recognize guys by their real names....I guess it doesnt matter, we wont be together as a group again anyway.

    Now I eagerly await our sign-ons in ten days. I feel like a bloated pig and really want to get this going.

    My challenge is going to be coping with hunger, if there is any. But I really think that doing this was "coach" to answer to ...and the assurance that this will work...will keep me stronger.
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    Sep 05, 2008 1:50 AM GMT
    I just checked out his website where it lists the toolkit he talked about. While we don't have access yet, you can look and see what he's talking about to get a sense of it.

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    Sep 05, 2008 3:55 AM GMT
    I had a lot of questions but I decided they would be best answered by my coach.
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    Sep 05, 2008 3:51 PM GMT
    I can't wait to get started. I've already got all the measuring equipment that Manuel spoke about yesterday. I'm working on cleaning out the fridge and cupboards of all the things that I know need to go away! I'llneed to find a place to measure body fat though.

    My biggest challenge is finding time for exercise, not to mention doing the exercise. I have a gym in my home and another one at my office, so access to equipment isn't the problem, it's just finding the time to do it and knowing what to do.

    What's the best way to get going on an exercise/training program? I've never worked out at gyms as I've always felt stupid for not knowing what I'm doing and then there's the whole being self conscious thing when you are the "big guy" in the room and everyone else are "gym gods".

    Any tips or advice anyone has will be greatly appreciated.

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    Sep 05, 2008 4:10 PM GMT
    My advice is to make it part of your schedule...do your exercise at the same time each day or every other day in your schedule...if you leave it to be decided on a daily basis life will always have something else to do.

    You might actually want to join a gym or get a personal trainer.

    A gym gets you into an environment that is dedicated to working out. You cant just quit in mid workout and go do something else.

    A personal trainer is a GREAT INVESTMENT (NOT EXPENSE) to get you started. The schedule with your personal trainer will keep you exercising regularly. Your PT will provide the knowledge, guidance, and encouragement that you need to learn how to workout.

    As far as feeling self-conscious in a gym, I hear this all the time. It flabbergasts me. Like the rest of the gym gives a flying fuck about you. Probably the most ego-centric place in the world is the gym. Everybody is into themselves. NOBODY is giving two hoots and a holler about you. Besides, even if they were thinking evil thoughts, what's it to you? Who is being hurt by not going to a gym, them or you? YOU! ...they are getting their proper exercise. ...while you are home having head-fantasies to excuse yourself from working out. ... icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Sep 05, 2008 8:46 PM GMT
    Dave,

    I know that Manuel suggested 2 hours of cardio a week and 3 one-half hour weight training sessions. I'm not sure what the coaches will suggest, but I've heard that you can probably incorporate a lot of walking into your schedule going to places in small sections. For example, park further away from a place that you're going to, and walk the 15 minutes to your destination. You'll have to do the same back, and you've fit in 30 minutes of the 2 hours.

    As far as knowing what to do, I'd suggest maybe starting with one of the workouts here, as they have lots of descriptions and videos of what to do. If you need help with getting back in the swing, the Strength Foundation Workout might be a good place to start.

    Granted, Caslon is right about investing in a trainer. If you can swing that, it'll work for you.

    If you're worried about what other people think at the gym, the reality is that they think "This guy should be in the gym" when they see people out gorging on food while roaming the streets. People in gyms are there to improve themselves, and if you there (and not just cruising the locker room) you'll be appreciated for that.
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    Sep 06, 2008 1:32 AM GMT
    Something that has left me baffled is that the phone call is like 10 days before we receive our sign-ons. I am kind of all psyched for this and then told to wait for 10 days. That's rather frustrating to me. I dont understand it.
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    Sep 06, 2008 2:11 PM GMT
    I'm at least trying to measure things I eat and try to practice writing things down. I know that's going to be a difficult pattern to get into, so if I can get used to it before hand, I think that will work.
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    Sep 06, 2008 2:47 PM GMT
    The introductory call was pretty much what I expected. I am a little curious why it preceded the start date by 10 days...doesn't make much sense.

    As far as getting used to the gym, it may take a while, so be patient. Don't expect immediate miracles. I hope your success is better than mine. I've been going to the gym for three years now...with gaps off for varioous reasons...and am only now feeling it's a habit. I tried various combinations, but have found setting my schedule around a midday workout is best for me. I have an appointment with my trainer regularly, and am fortunate enough to be able to plan my work schedule around it. I do recommend a trainer if you can afford it. And for goodness sake, don't be embarassed to go to the gym...you won't be the biggest guy there, and we're all concentrating on what we're doing, not you.

    I'm looking forward to information about portions. I think I eat reasonably well, but I really have no feel for the correct portions. I'm also interested in the food combinations...instead of just a piece of fruit, we should eat fruit, etc., etc...intuitively that says we're eating more to lose weight????? because of the calories expended to digest the extra food? With that kind of philosophy, I can't imagine we're ever going to be hungry!

    I'm on my way out to get gas for my generator, propane for the grill, drinking water, etc. (we're waiting on Hurricane Ike to show up) and I need to squeeze in a digital scale.

    I'm really looking forward to getting started.

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    Sep 06, 2008 6:09 PM GMT
    Massive good luck to all of you icon_biggrin.gif
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    Sep 07, 2008 12:54 AM GMT
    Hey everyone!

    Glad to see a thread for all of us! The phone call the other day was interesting... I enjoyed hearing all of us being so excited! It was a challenge with trying to hear Manuel but I got most of it.

    My challenge will be the weight training and finding someone to measure my fat! I have no access to weights... I will have to make something up! I have a friend who has a trainer so hopefully he can do the measure for me. I used to have that device but can't find it!

    I do like the fact of eating every 3 hours but of course it does not fit in with my work schedule... I will make it work!

    I am also getting rid of a lot of the 'bad' food in the house... hopefully I will be able to afford 'good' food! Its so expensive to eat well....

    I know we will all do well on this challenge! Let me know if I can help any of you! Good luck to everyone!!

    Chris O
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    Sep 07, 2008 1:09 AM GMT
    This is going to be a very interesting and intense time for me. Not only am I doing this challenge, but on Monday I start training for my first half-marathon being held on Thanksgiving day. It's going to be amazing to have a "nutrition coach" to help me with the healthy eating while simultainously training for the half marathon! Plus, I noticed on the guys site that they offer plans for both vegetarians and vegans too. I am thinking about taking this time to really learn how to eat healthy on a vegan diet. I've been wanting to go vegan for so long, but basically just didn't have a whole lot of knowledge on eating vegan while exercising to stay healthy.

    I am hopeful that this be the life altering event I am hoping it will be.

    -Den
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    Sep 07, 2008 1:13 AM GMT
    One more thing....

    I was on the Thursday call and one thing the guy said that was SO true is that no matter what the "prizes" are, the real prize will be getting control over food and starting a life of healthy eating.

    Good Luck to everyone, and may everyone realize their intentions during this challenge.

    Namaste,
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    Sep 07, 2008 1:34 AM GMT
    Den,

    I'm a vegetarian and I can't handle eggs (milk products are fine for me) so I think it will be a challenge for me to get the protein levels that they want. We'll see what the coaches say. It should be great.

    I'm trying to figure out what I'm going to train for (other than to be thin enough to wear a squarecut at the beach next year!) icon_biggrin.gif

    I agree re: prizes. I don't know what they are, and while it'd be nice to be acknowledged, the real prize is getting the help I need and getting my body where I want it to be.
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    Sep 07, 2008 1:40 AM GMT
    ctocity saidHey everyone!

    Glad to see a thread for all of us!

    My challenge will be the weight training and finding someone to measure my fat!

    I have no access to weights... I will have to make something up!


    Well Chris, I'm getting a friend from RJ who can do body fat measuring to do it for me. Maybe there are some RJers from your area that have that capability?

    A lot of the exercises in the Strong & Lean workouts can be done with relatively low weights and probably therabands. You could probably purchase a set of them and do most of the activities at home. Check out the workouts and see what you think.

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    Sep 07, 2008 4:43 PM GMT
    I thought about buying a scale that measures bodyfat. Unfortunately I am past the weight limit for each one I have found. I don't know how I'll overcome that obstacle.
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    Sep 07, 2008 4:54 PM GMT
    Noname, you can usually find a gym that has the capabilities of measuring body fat, and they charge a fee but you don't necessarily have to join the gym. That's how I am going about it.

    I already have the measuring tools and have used them off and on. I think this is my key, the nutrition aspect, I already hit the gym 5 times a week and go running on the weekend so I think I have that covered.

    And I can tell you from experience that the reward part is incredible. It's always nice when others notice you are getting slimmer, but the day something happens that makes you realize it's really happening is the best day.

    Good luck all, I hope we keep this post going, helping each other is definitely going to help out in the long run.
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    Sep 07, 2008 7:29 PM GMT
    Wish we all didn't live so far apart. It would be great to have a party at the end of this challenge to celebrate all our hard work!

    -Den
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    Sep 07, 2008 8:48 PM GMT
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    ctocity saidHey everyone!

    Glad to see a thread for all of us!

    My challenge will be the weight training and finding someone to measure my fat!

    I have no access to weights... I will have to make something up!


    Well Chris, I'm getting a friend from RJ who can do body fat measuring to do it for me. Maybe there are some RJers from your area that have that capability?

    A lot of the exercises in the Strong & Lean workouts can be done with relatively low weights and probably therabands. You could probably purchase a set of them and do most of the activities at home. Check out the workouts and see what you think.



    Thank you Matt for the great ideas! I will do that! I am also going to check out a local company called "play it again" that sells used sports equipment. I might find a bargin there!
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    Sep 10, 2008 6:42 PM GMT
    So, has anyone else gotten their log in information?
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    Sep 10, 2008 8:30 PM GMT
    matt45710 saidSo, has anyone else gotten their log in information?
    As of wed 9/10 - 4:30 pm est I have not heard anything. I will post here when I do get an e-mail.

    Chris
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    Sep 10, 2008 9:07 PM GMT
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    matt45710 saidSo, has anyone else gotten their log in information?
    As of wed 9/10 - 4:30 pm est I have not heard anything. I will post here when I do get an e-mail.

    Chris


    Just got the email! 5:05 PM est...

    Enjoy!

    Chris
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    Sep 10, 2008 9:29 PM GMT
    Thanks. Just checked my mail and I got it too. Gotta go home from work and log in!
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    Sep 10, 2008 10:27 PM GMT
    I just got through filling out my initial info. There were a couple of errors on the sight, but all in all I think I got everything taken care of.

    IT HAS BEGUN!!!
    -Den