My Fitness Journey So Far. A Little RJ motivation Please?

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    Nov 09, 2012 12:42 AM GMT
    So lately I've been super busy with schoolwork, and my fitness goals have become more of "whenever it happens" than a goal to work towards. So I'm hoping to get some feedback here to remotivate myself.

    My original goal was to go from 205 pounds at the end of June (this year), to 160 pounds by the end of December. (It was more of tryin to get all the fat off, but I thought these numbers were good indicators.) It is the beginning of November, and I weighed myself this morning to find I now weigh 177 pounds. So that's basically 25 pounds for 4 and half month.

    I'm definitely pleased with my results so far, but I'm wondering if I can be doing better.
    I've cut out almost all junk food, and replaced it with healthy alternatives. I can't afford a gym membership, but do what I can at home. And I don't really eat unless I'm hungry.

    So my questions for the RJ community:

    1. If you were fat at one point in your life, (Or know someone who was) what did you weigh and how long did it take to get to a "healthy" weight.

    2. Do these results seem slow, fast, or somewhere in between?

    3. Any suggestion for exercising with no equipment? I've got my two hands, the floor, and a jump rope. That's about it.

    Feel free to comment or question on anything, just don't be mean please.

    Edit: I'd just like to say, I don't have a school gym, and though I may have a park nearby, I'm not adventurous enough to go on my own. Thanks for bringing it up Macaque
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    Nov 09, 2012 1:00 AM GMT
    WaytoDawn saidI'm definitely pleased with my results so far, but I'm wondering if I can be doing better.
    No, you can't...unless you want stretch marks and flappy skin.

    Keep doing what you're doing as long as it's working.

    Slow progress is the best because it's the most sustainable. icon_wink.gif
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    Nov 09, 2012 1:08 AM GMT
    Your school doesn't have a gym you can use?
    There's no park nearby?
    Many times when people say they don't have access, they haven't looked very hard. (You could look at the "hotel room" workout.)

    Looks like you made lifestyle changes with your diet, but maybe you need to find a partner or at least someone to hold you accountable for your fitness.
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    Nov 09, 2012 1:39 AM GMT
    Invest in some TRX cables. Don't give up. Take pictures and record your progress.

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    Nov 09, 2012 1:52 AM GMT
    congrats on your progress so far. I lost 45 lbs since this past February and reached a plateau where no more was coming off. I invested in the Beachbody Insanity workout and the rest of the weight I needed to lose has been coming off. I like it because it really works your body and requires no equipment. I finish my first 30 days Saturday and have had great results so far. I not only lost body fat but have gained muscle in my legs, chest and arms. It really works your core so I am sure that there are some abs that are going to show up soon.

    Keep up the good work.
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    Nov 09, 2012 1:59 AM GMT
    I think you should seriously pat yourself on the back. At my largest, I was at 245 and very unhealthy. Now I'm at 185 and feeling so great. Yes, I look much better, but to me the most important gain has been much better health. Cholesterol way down, blood sugar levels are always great now (the only non-diabetic of my family so far; I was borderline when I was heavy), blood pressure and all other indicators are great.

    It took me about 18 months to get most of the fat off....dropped it slowly and surely, while adding about 25 pounds of muscle. I was careful and did not get injured, educated myself about diet and exercise. Got lots of advice and encouragement from the guys here in the forums and the workout and exercise finder on the main page is an excellent tool.

    I think you can do lots with the minimal equipment you have; there are lots of good body weight exercises, but also take Macaque's advice. Your profile suggests you live in an area where parks are common and the weather there should not keep you indoors much of the year. Also, check out the local garage sales and Craigslist and such for a great deal on a bike, or a stability ball or TRX cables...the latter are so great! Many folks will buy this stuff and never use it...you can get lucky and pick them up cheap.

    Regardless, remember this is a life-long journey...each step is making your quality of life better. Enjoy the journey and pat yourself on the back!
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    Nov 09, 2012 2:39 AM GMT
    WaytoDawn, Way to go! I don't have enough experience but I would say something logical would be to keep yourself organized and motivated.

    Organized: keep a daily/weekly record of your progress in terms of weight, BMI, metabolism (if you have the machine at your gym, I don't), body far, etc.

    Motivated: take pictures weekly and compare. You see results with your own eyes, you want more. Buy relatively tighter clothes if you can afford it. Baggy clothes (especially jeans) will shield your metamorphosis from your friends and coworkers, who won't compliment/support, something essential to stay motivated. Also, notice how people start looking at/ noticing you more -and they are believe me.

    Let us know how it goes. Never give up
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    Nov 09, 2012 3:17 AM GMT
    I appreciate the feedback guys icon_biggrin.gif

    @paulflexes: I'll make sure to keep that in mind.

    @Macaque: My school is actually an online school, since I can't afford to stay on campus, so the gym is out of the question. But since it's an art school, I don't know if they have a gym.
    I do have a park nearby, but I would never go alone. I would love to go with a friend and play some sports, but time barely permits.
    I've tried to stay open, but I'm not adventurous enough to try to do stuff alone.

    @smudgetool: How much do the TRX cables cost? They look like they may work for me, though I'm not sure where I'd put them. Does that bar system come with it? If it comes separately how much does that cost?
    I'm a bit camera shy, so progress pics may be out of the question for me. I never take my shirt off, and I'd honestly rather have no evidence of my previous weight, but I'll keep it in mind. I know I may regret it later if I don't have progress pics, so I may take some now.

    @thirtytwentythree: Thanks for sharing your story and the kind words. I fear I may plateau soon, so I'll keep something like this in mind for the future. I hope you will be able to reach your future fitness goals.

    @ftwcycle. Thanks for sharing your story. I was hoping to give myself a year to get a body I was happy with, but if it takes as long as your weight loss (And if I continue on my current path it probably will) It may be more like 18 months. Unfortunately I don't know how to ride a bike, but I'll try looking at garage sales for fitness equipment.

    @Madmanliquor: Thanks. icon_smile.gif. I have been keeping some record of my progress, but I'll see if I can organize it better (For the time being it's all in my head). I don't have access to any machines, so I'm not sure what you mean when you say the metabolism machine. I have been keeping track of weight and BMI though (to a certain extent)
    I don't really like taking pictures of myself, but I'll probably try monthly progress pictures. Unfortunately I haven't seen any results yet, but I do feel it. I really can't afford new clothes, and yes my clothes are baggy. Motivation from those around me can help, but I think I work best when I have to motivate myself.
    Unfortunately people rarely ever look at me, or notice me, but I don't mind that. After all, I'm doing this for myself, not them.

  • Nov 09, 2012 3:59 AM GMT
    1. If you were fat at one point in your life, (Or know someone who was) what did you weigh and how long did it take to get to a "healthy" weight.

    I was 245 January 2012 and am down to 205 now with a goal weight of 190. I truly started exercising hard in March, so it's been a 8 month progress. In May/June I was stuck at 220 and September/early October was stuck at 215. As of this post I am at 204. I am eating better and running 1.5 to 2 hours a day or every other day. So I would definitely recommend running. I run outside because I can't stand the gym. I have improved my minute mile from 9:30 in may to 7:37 in my most recent 5K in October.

    2. Do these results seem slow, fast, or somewhere in between?

    See above, you will hit plateaus, you will just have to work through them.

    3. Any suggestion for exercising with no equipment? I've got my two hands, the floor, and a jump rope. That's about it.

    Running outside. Also, push ups and sit ups. Pretty basic, but I can see a difference in my arms.
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    Nov 09, 2012 4:04 AM GMT
    Nice!! Def keep it up! I'm balancing school/work too. Take 1 day out of the week and just cook a whole bunch of the basic food groups for the week. Bake up chicken breast, couple cups of rice, mashed potatoes maybe. I also prep individual cups of fruit because it's cheaper to buy the large cans then to buy the prepackaged cups. ha usually beginning of the week you can open my fridge and there is an entire shelf of meals premade. IT SAVES SOOOO MUCH time during the week. Then when you're feeling lazy instead of skipping a meal or going for something out of your diet, you have no excuse because you can just heat it up.

    That'll help alot with your time management.
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    Nov 09, 2012 4:27 AM GMT
    Macaque said... but maybe you need to find a partner or at least someone to hold you accountable for your fitness.
    Worst. Advice. Ever.

    If you don't want to workout with yourself, why would you expect anyone else to? Are you really that bad to be around?

    People come and go. They move, grow apart, die, become unavailable for whatever reason, etc. Expecting someone else to hold you accountable is stupid, because they probably won't be around you your entire life. You gotta hold yourself accountable, otherwise you're just a co-dependent pussy.
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    Nov 09, 2012 4:32 AM GMT
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    @smudgetool: How much do the TRX cables cost? They look like they may work for me, though I'm not sure where I'd put them. Does that bar system come with it? If it comes separately how much does that cost?
    I'm a bit camera shy, so progress pics may be out of the question for me. I never take my shirt off, and I'd honestly rather have no evidence of my previous weight, but I'll keep it in mind. I know I may regret it later if I don't have progress pics, so I may take some now.

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    hey buddy, the progress pics are for your eyes only. it helps keep you motivated and in touch with how you're doing. I think that the pics mean much more than a scale ever would, because if you're working out, you are most likely gaining some muscle mass as well. A scale could disappoint, but pics never lie!

    TRX cables can run up to $200 new. Find a used set, as mentioned, on Craiglist or ebay. They are pretty indestructible and you can put them in a door jam in your home, on a tree limb while camping (or in your backyard) or pretty much anywhere. The training you can do on these can match almost anything you could do in a gym (well, except for squats and dead-lifts with heavy weights...there'll be plenty of time for that later).
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    Nov 09, 2012 4:37 AM GMT
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    Macaque said... but maybe you need to find a partner or at least someone to hold you accountable for your fitness.
    Worst. Advice. Ever.

    If you don't want to workout with yourself, why would you expect anyone else to? Are you really that bad to be around?

    People come and go. They move, grow apart, die, become unavailable for whatever reason, etc. Expecting someone else to hold you accountable is stupid, because they probably won't be around you your entire life. You gotta hold yourself accountable, otherwise you're just a co-dependent pussy.


    Wrong. Everyone is different. Just because something works for you doesn't mean it's a universal truth. I know folks that rely on a buddy for workouts and motivation. Why are you so mean, calling someone you don't know a co-dependent pussy? Grow up.
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    Nov 09, 2012 5:23 AM GMT
    You're doing great, man, remember -- the faster you take it off, the faster it can come back on again.
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    Nov 09, 2012 11:07 AM GMT
    www.mymadmethods.com

    www.sealfit.com

    No gym needed.....body weight exercises.

    Keep up the good work and congrats on the weight loss!

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    Nov 09, 2012 7:44 PM GMT
    @az_softball: Wow, thats a lot of progress, and you're so close to your goalicon_biggrin.gif, and congrats on your running progress. Unfortunately for me, I've never been a good runner (I have legs built for running, but feet that can't handle it) But When I get my next break, I'll probably give it a shot. I just worked through a plateau recently, so I know what you mean. I do push-ups every day, but I'll try adding sit-ups in. Thanks for the advice.

    @lgswimer: Thanks for the encouragment icon_smile.gif. Cooking during the week isn't a problem for me right now, but I'll keep your methods in mind for the future, thanks.

    @Paulflexes: Thanks for the ... advice? I agree that I have to motivate myself first, before having anyone else do it.

    @smudgetool: I already found an old pic that will be a good base, and plan to take another pic in a couple weeks as 5 month progress. I'll be interested to see the progress myself. $200 seems doable for an all purpose piece of equipment. I'll see if I can make it happen icon_smile.gif. Just curious, do you know how much that bar system they were using in the video costs? Unfortunately I don't have any trees around my house, and I would rather not break anything in my house by accident (Its a really old house, so I'd rather be safe than sorry). I appreciate all the help. icon_biggrin.gif

    @mileshelvetica: Thanks for the advice. I definitely want to keep it off for good, so I'll make sure to take it slow.

    @BiBosten: Thanks for the encouragement, and links. I think I'll try to incorporate some of those exercises into my routine. (Though the first few days may be a bit rough)