Progress and Pitfalls (lots of words inside enter if you dare :O)

  • Chumpchamp

    Posts: 22

    Nov 09, 2012 4:35 AM GMT
    Hey, Im new to this site, lets get past all the obligatory welcomes and onto the mater at hand.

    I've been a big guy all my life. I blamed it on a crappy upbringing, starting in divorce and ending in alcoholism with all the junk in-between, but the truth of the matter is I am unhealthy because I choose to be unhealthy... No this post isn't going to be all negative and wallows.

    3 years ago I stood on the scale and saw a number I never wanted to see outside of my television screen. I was 303lbs little muscle, the rest fat. I made a pact to myself that it would be my highest weight and so my journey began.

    I started walking everyday, about 30-40 mins a day. While changing what I ate, slightly. I made sure to have breakfast everyday. Frozen fruit, yogurt, and juice all blended up into a sweet little concoction the weight started coming off, I was feeling good and more confidant.

    A year after my pact I had lost about 60lbs and was sitting at 243 pounds! I was happy, had to change belts and pants then I picked up a job at my families restaurant been working there for 2 years now and in that time I stopped eating better and walking as much.

    Currently I'm sitting at 228 pounds (Grand total of 75 pounds) I've tried going back to smoothies and walking but it didn't stick and I didn't see any weight loss. I want to get back on track and looked at the 2100 calorie meal plan on this website and was thinking about trying it out with an exercise routine but am a very picky eater (im working on it)

    Anyways thats my story, Im looking for advice anything would be great icon_smile.gif

    I've also been skimming the forums reading peoples stories and trying to soak in the info that I can

    If you made it this far THANK YOU lol

  • Kagse

    Posts: 261

    Nov 09, 2012 1:58 PM GMT
    A buddy of mine made a list of all the foods he loved and couldn't stand the taste of. For him it was pretty much all fruit and most veggies. Each week he looked up recipes online, which there are thousands, and chose one that highlighted one of the foods he hated. There of course were hits and misses, but basically through this process he developed a better relationship with his food.
    It's amazing with the right techniques, cooking can change almost any ingredient. I should also note that when my buddy started this, he didn't have any cooking knowledge what so ever.

    With any workout, important to set realistic goals and to give yourself time. Every "Adonis" looking guy on here had to start from somewhere and it didn't happen over night. Also I can tell you that your body does respond when you change up your routine. Start walking everyday, after a month start putting jumping jacks, push ups, etc into it. Doesn't have to be epic just what you feel comfortable. The most important thing is training yourself to be in a routine that is integrated into your life, loosing weight and building muscle will come there after.
  • mybud

    Posts: 11837

    Nov 09, 2012 2:42 PM GMT
    First..Welcome to the rj brotherhood......Our lives are made up of realizations....Theses realizations help us focus on ourselves...You came to the realization that you wanted to live a healthier lifestyle...with the weight loss and exercise....eating right.... you're doing it....Continue to follow your path...They'll be times when you question if it's worth it...You're going to have to block out negative thought and move forward...On this journey always know the members of this forum are here to support you......All the best......Steve
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    Nov 09, 2012 3:43 PM GMT
    Welcome to RJ and congratulations on your progress so far.

    I'd give you two pieces of advice that I think will serve you pretty well.

    (1) Remember that everyone is trying to get in better shape. You'll never get exactly where you want to be. It's a journey that doesn't stop. You can always get better or worse. Enjoy it and just try to do better every day. Don't beat yourself too much for any regressions and don't get too full of yourself for any successes.

    (2) Set reasonable goals and stick to them. No matter where you are, if you set unreasonable goals, you're never going to get there. Have bigger ones but then break them down into something manageable. Don't try to change your whole life routine at once. Say your goal is to be under 200lbs by next summer. That's great. But the way to succeed at that goal is to say in November, I'm going to start walking so far, so often every day. Then in December, I'm going to start eating such and such foods or not eating such and such foods. Build on your progress in incremental steps and change your habits. You'll get there.

    Good luck bud and keep us posted with your progress.
  • Chumpchamp

    Posts: 22

    Nov 10, 2012 2:02 AM GMT
    Kagse saidA buddy of mine made a list of all the foods he loved and couldn't stand the taste of. For him it was pretty much all fruit and most veggies. Each week he looked up recipes online, which there are thousands, and chose one that highlighted one of the foods he hated. There of course were hits and misses, but basically through this process he developed a better relationship with his food.
    It's amazing with the right techniques, cooking can change almost any ingredient. I should also note that when my buddy started this, he didn't have any cooking knowledge what so ever.


    I think this is a great idea! and will help me out of a serious rut! Thank you for sharing!!!

    mybudThey'll be times when you question if it's worth it...You're going to have to block out negative thought and move forward...On this journey always know the members of this forum are here to support you......All the best......Steve


    Thank you Steve! I'll make sure to try and keep my head up! and turn to the forums on successes and failures!

    imasrxd(2) Set reasonable goals and stick to them. No matter where you are, if you set unreasonable goals, you're never going to get there. Have bigger ones but then break them down into something manageable. Don't try to change your whole life routine at once. Say your goal is to be under 200lbs by next summer. That's great. But the way to succeed at that goal is to say in November, I'm going to start walking so far, so often every day. Then in December, I'm going to start eating such and such foods or not eating such and such foods. Build on your progress in incremental steps and change your habits. You'll get there.


    This is something I need to work on! being a very motivated person I tend to psyche myself up (Not just in weightless in life too) I end up finding myself over whelmed with all the goals I pile on and then quit before I get started!

    Thank you everyone! been a big help!

    Adam