Real Jock Weight Loss Challenge - After Party!

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    Nov 16, 2008 6:49 PM GMT
    Now that the Real Jock Weight loss challenge is over, I wanted to start a new thread for those that are going to continue to lose weight using the Nu4You plan. We can continue to support each other as we continue to lose weight and reach our final goals!

    As of this morning, I have lost 18 pounds on the challenge! icon_biggrin.gif I still have another 14 pounds more to lose to reach my goal of 165. I am hoping to reach it by the New Year.

    The contestants are now all waiting for the final results of the challenge. It will be exciting to know the final line up.

    So lets continue the support... icon_biggrin.gif
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    Nov 16, 2008 10:17 PM GMT
    Yup, I'll still be doing it. Now that I've almost reached the goal I set, I'm not satisfied with it and feel I've got another 10 lbs. or so to loose, or at least when my stomach is flat. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Nov 17, 2008 8:36 PM GMT
    Hey Guys,

    I will definitely be continuing with the weight-loss and www.nu4you.net after the challenge! This has completely opened my eyes and made me extremely conscious of food choices/activity levels.

    So far, I have lost almost 27 pounds and 6" of mid-section fat. I am very excited about the opportunities for my future. I plan to continue with www.nu4you.net after the next 90 days as well.

    I took my after pic and sent it in. I was a little discouraged when I saw it, until I compared it to my before pic. I didn't even have a NECK in my before picture! Now I can see my original chin and neck...woohoo...and there seems to be more of me now in the **good** places! icon_twisted.gif

    Journaling my food intake and activity level has been really important to me and pushes me to do the right things. I have always been 100% honest about everything I have consumed and about my lack of activity - even when I REALLY, REALLY, REALLY didn't want to! If I can't even be honest with myself...

    I know that Ken and Chris are very motivated to contiue - even though they don't have near as much to lose as I do - so I plan on sticking with them along the way...I know they are here for me to!! Thanks guys!!

    As most of you already know, I will be turning 40 in January. January 8th actually. I would VERY MUCH like to be down to 200 pounds by my birthday. That will be a HUGE milestone for me.

    That will give me 5 months to drop the remaining 30-35 pounds I want to lose to get back to my pre-relationship weight & goal of 160-165 pounds. Then I'll be able to show it off during the Summer months.

    My plan is to start working on adding lean muscle after losing the bulk of the fat I'm carrying around. I know that I need to increase calories in order to grow muscle...so that will have to wait until after I'm close to my goal.

    Thanks so much RJ and Nu4You for giving me the hope that I can once again be the man I used to be!

    Joseph
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    Nov 17, 2008 8:41 PM GMT

    I think the after party should be a pool party, no t-shirts allowed and if you wear one, you will become subject to a relentless wet towel attack.
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    Nov 17, 2008 9:08 PM GMT
    Joseph,

    Good for you. I'm basically on the same journey as you, but I'm just a little ahead of you in the game. I'll be looking to add on the muscle once I get rid of another 8-10 lbs. My 45th birthday is on January 26th, and I'm hoping to be about the same weight I am now, but looking a lot hunkier. icon_lol.gif You can stay along for the ride!

    So, I'm not the only one who's noticed that I've gained in some areas, or at least it looks bigger. icon_twisted.gif

    So GuiltyGear, are you hosting the pool party? I wouldn't mind being attacked by you.
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    Nov 17, 2008 9:25 PM GMT
    You guys ROCK!!!!
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    Nov 17, 2008 9:27 PM GMT
    Congrats to all you guys who particpated and stuck with it!
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    Nov 17, 2008 9:35 PM GMT


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    Nov 18, 2008 11:03 AM GMT
    okay... so today I step on the scale and I have gained 3 pounds back!?! I am totally pissed... I did not go off the plan this weekend except to have a few cocktails to celebrate my weight loss! I can't believe my body did this to me! I even did my walk last night...

    I guess my body is just not getting rid of 'stuff' as fast as I am putting it in! Hopefully it will catch up... but I have been hovering around this weight now for 2 weeks and my body does not want to go down any more. icon_cry.gif

    I will have to get a new prescription from Nu4you next week if this does not go back to normal and I continue to lose weight.

    Very fustrating!!

    Chris

    PS... my hip has been hurting me. The past few days I have been getting a sharp pain in my left side... not sure what I did but my walk last night was only half the distance and not up to full speed for me. I hate getting old!
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    Nov 18, 2008 12:45 PM GMT
    I'm sticking with the Nu4You program. (I was actually intending to sign up to pay for it when I got the email that they were extending our access to the site.) I didn't do nearly as well as you guys, but they didn't set my bar as high. I was geared to 1.3 pounds per week, and made that goal...but, I've got more to go. I was hoping to reduce at least one belt size during the challenge, but I went from a tight size to a loose size, so at least I'm seeing a change.

    I've had difficulty guaging the exercise portion of my prescription. I have a trainer and he says I'm doing a "vigorous" weight program, but I can't imagine that I am, so I've plugged it in at "Light/moderate". Also, my cardio is often on a stationary bike, but they have me reporting as "bike...fast". The difference in number of calories burned is huge. Kate suggested a heart rate monitor, but that doesn't report correctly because of my heart medication. I'm not really sure what to do to get an accurate reading.

    My "after" picture was a little disappointing to me...it's not the same person I'm seeing in the mirror, but everyone else thinks it looks o.k. I guess the photographer can't fix old!

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    Nov 19, 2008 4:16 AM GMT
    Chris,

    Sorry to hear that your hip is hurting. If you are experiencing a **zing** sensation upon standing or sitting, it could be sciatica (inflammation of the sciatic nerve that runs down into your leg). It's generally not serious and will go away in time. Exercise actually will help it.

    Something I noticed in my weight-loss is that if I just continue doing the same ole same ole, my body gets smart and catches on. You have to mix it up some. Try to jumble the caloric intake some each day...a little over one day and a little under the next, etc.

    Exercise seems to work the same way as well. If you go on a walk every day for the same time/distance then your body will "catch on" and start holding on to those calories again. Mix it up. Go for a quicker/shorter speed walk one day and a slower/longer walk the next.

    Hope you can jolt yourself back into a loss! Keep up the GREAT work!icon_biggrin.gif

    Joseph
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    Nov 19, 2008 10:35 AM GMT
    jkw69 saidChris,

    Sorry to hear that your hip is hurting. If you are experiencing a **zing** sensation upon standing or sitting, it could be sciatica (inflammation of the sciatic nerve that runs down into your leg). It's generally not serious and will go away in time. Exercise actually will help it.

    Something I noticed in my weight-loss is that if I just continue doing the same ole same ole, my body gets smart and catches on. You have to mix it up some. Try to jumble the caloric intake some each day...a little over one day and a little under the next, etc.

    Exercise seems to work the same way as well. If you go on a walk every day for the same time/distance then your body will "catch on" and start holding on to those calories again. Mix it up. Go for a quicker/shorter speed walk one day and a slower/longer walk the next.

    Hope you can jolt yourself back into a loss! Keep up the GREAT work!icon_biggrin.gif

    Joseph


    Hey Joseph!

    Thanks for the great ideas! I will try them. My walk the other night was actually shorter due to the pain. I will try the same thing tonight. I totally know that 'zing' of the sciatic nerve! and now that you remind me, I did injure it years ago while doing Buzz Lightyear at work one day. I put all my weight on that leg when I did a turn and ZING... I was on the ground in such pain! I might have done the same thing a work (just not as bad) and that might have hurt it again. I also think the weight loss challenge is part of another problem... lets just say that I need to go to the bathroom... soon... icon_redface.gif That might 'clear' things up!

    I will keep you all up to date! Thanks again...

    Chris
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    Nov 19, 2008 12:08 PM GMT
    I've been having a problem with my left hip for three years, and it's made it so that I can't race walk anymore. It's a real bummer. I've been getting massages, stretching (probably not enough), and trying to do other exercises, and it's a long uphill battle. I think that I did something wrong repeatedly over the years and now I'm paying for it. Deal with it now while it's small.

    I'm doing okay here. I'm staying with the plan, but I don't have the intensity I did last week. Sort of taking a mental break. Going to the gym now, but I'm letting my calories slide a little (hitting more 1700 a day instead of 1600). My weight spiked up a bit too after this (the wedding on Saturday didn't help, although I tried to be reasonable and I was dancing for hours), but it's coming down again. I think it's a temporary thing.

    Keep going!
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    Nov 21, 2008 10:53 AM GMT
    Good morning everyone! I have two things to tell ya...

    First, my hip is feeling better! Have been walking a bit more 'carefully', taking hot baths, and applying ice to the hip. All of this seems to be making it feel better.

    Second, as of this morning, I have lost a total of 20 pounds! This was where I wanted to be when I finished the challenge but hey... it only took me an extra week to get here! It is one of the goals I had for myself. One was to finish the challenge and the next one to hit 20 pounds. My next goal is to hit 170 pounds... I will aim for Christmas day for that one!

    I hope everyone is continuing to do well and is staying warm! It is a bit chilly for us down here in Orlando... 40s at night and then 60s in the days... but today should be back in the 70s.

    The next big thing to hit us will be Thanksgiving... any suggestions or stories on how we will handle the holiday?? I have started to look up low fat recipes to make... but for me... it will have to be portion control! icon_smile.gif

    Also still looking forward to the final results of the challenge...

    Yak more later... Chris
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    Nov 21, 2008 12:40 PM GMT
    Congrats Chris! 20 lbs. down, and the rest of them are looking scared. icon_lol.gif

    As for Thanksgiving, it's all about control. You can have the turkey, not a lot of gravy, don't go for the stuffing, and lots of vegetable sides. That said, it's only one day, enjoy yourself. As long as you get back with the program you'll be fine. You can even it out over the week.

    I've stayed the same weight, as it's been a little stressful for me here, and I haven't been as aggressive. My mom's been in the hospital for over a week, and she's going into rehab for a week or two, and not sure how she's going to do. It's just gotten me to be not as focused and I'm not watching what I'm eating as strictly as usual. I'm not going overboard, but it's not following the plan as well as I should.

    I just have to be kind to myself and say that today's another day to succeed, and what can I do now to move me forward.
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    Nov 22, 2008 3:20 AM GMT
    Good job Chris!! I know how you feel...20 pounds is a LOT!

    Sorry to hear about your mom Ken, I hope she is better soon and will be able to enjoy the holidays with you.

    I'm gonna post a couple of recipes in the recipes forum. I got a subscription to Cooking Light magazine and am pretty excited about the recipes they have in each issue. The most recent one is all about Holiday foods.

    And...what the heck is taking so long to determine a winner??? Get on with it already!!! icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Nov 24, 2008 12:38 AM GMT
    Congratulations Matt45710 for winning 1st place in the www.nu4you.net weight loss challenge!! Good work!

    Congratulations to you too CTOCITY for your second place finish!

    And congratulations to everyone who stuck with it...and to everyone who will continue with it.

    Have a great Holiday Season.
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    Nov 24, 2008 12:46 AM GMT
    Congrats everyone. It was odd for me, the nutrition part really helped me as I found out I had been starving myself, and I actually gained 5 pounds during the challenge but lost 2 more inches and gained a lot more definition in my torso, and I do believe I now have an ass.

    Now to attack the rest of the midsection and I will be good to go. Here's a shout out to Coach Kate, she really did help me, fantastic advice.
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    Nov 24, 2008 2:22 AM GMT
    jkw69 saidCongratulations Matt45710 for winning 1st place in the www.nu4you.net weight loss challenge!! Good work!

    Congratulations to you too CTOCITY for your second place finish!

    And congratulations to everyone who stuck with it...and to everyone who will continue with it.

    Have a great Holiday Season.


    Thanks Jkw69!! Matt really did a great job! But you and I were on his tail! I truly enjoyed the challenge and met so many great guys along the way! I never thought I could get this far but knowing all of you were right there with me made it possible to KEEP GOING!

    Thanks to Real Jock... Nu4You... and all of you who supported us along the way!

    Woo Hoo!

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    Nov 24, 2008 2:52 AM GMT
    Congratulations to everyone. We all got healthier, which is the biggest reward.

    I'll agree to check out Bastiaan's ass, and get back to you. icon_twisted.gif I now know that I have a lot less ass than I used to, and it's actually looking good. I don't feel like I've got a big bootie anymore, but one that's the right shape.

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    Nov 24, 2008 10:24 AM GMT
    SlightlysmallerBastiaan saidCongrats everyone. It was odd for me, the nutrition part really helped me as I found out I had been starving myself, and I actually gained 5 pounds during the challenge but lost 2 more inches and gained a lot more definition in my torso, and I do believe I now have an ass.

    Now to attack the rest of the midsection and I will be good to go. Here's a shout out to Coach Kate, she really did help me, fantastic advice.


    Yes Matt... please check out his ass and let us know the details! LOL...

    Glad it helped you rethink your eating habits... it did the same for me. My ass has never really been there... I leave that role to my husband who has the best ass I have ever seen! icon_twisted.gif My husband likes me for other parts...

    On that note... I am off to work this cold monday morning....

    Chris
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    Nov 25, 2008 8:36 AM GMT
    Congrats to those who put in the dedication and hard work- Keep it up!! icon_smile.gif
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    Nov 26, 2008 4:27 PM GMT
    Good job guys....!!!

    I was with you the whole way....since mid-September I've lost 5+% body fat.

    Lost 13lbs fat and gained 4 lbs muscle.


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    Nov 26, 2008 4:31 PM GMT
    you guys do rock, doing the challenge is not an easy thing. Congratulations!
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    Dec 04, 2008 4:37 PM GMT
    An odd revelation came to me yesterday as I was working out in the gym in the exercise room doing the Strong & Lean workout (Week 11, Day 5) and there were all the mirrors all around and I looked at myself and quickly thought "I'd do him" icon_twisted.gif First time in a long time I've seen myself as someone worthy of rubbernecking.

    Ah, the little victories.