Starting from Scratch

  • DarMar106

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    Jan 29, 2016 4:22 PM GMT
    Hello All...I wanted some fitness wisdom if you all can share it. Places to build a decent workout to start with. Over the years i've been gaining alot of weight, though I don't really look it from what people tell me. If I had a saving grace it's that I drink nothing but water, rarely touch soda or juice. Anyhoo I've gotten to eating fast food WAY more than I should and I know what your thinking, "Well then don't". But as suggests its easy but that's another hill to climb.

    Anyway long story short, it's high time I get my butt into shape. Not only for my health but for more self confidence because I'll be honest I don't have much luck in the dating department.

    So what's some advice you can offer? Keeping in mind I'm on a "starving college student" so I don't have a whole lot of money to spend. I haven't worked out in many a moon so take this as coming from a beginner, fresh new. My friend said he would let me borrow his P90X, is it as good as they say?

    Some basics I'm 26, 5'9, about 215lbs. I enjoy swimming, weight lifting, jogging, I used to do wrestling and I'd get back into it if I could
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    Jan 30, 2016 12:34 AM GMT
    I really thought when I first read this post that people would pound you with advice. I can't offer you much, I am not the fitness fanatic that some of the dudes here are. But I will say this:

    1. You gotta kill the fast food now. Absolutely no more until you learn how to control yourself or to make the right choices at fast food joints.

    2. Start keeping a food journal. You can use Fitocracy or LoseIt or any number of apps if you don't want to actually write shit down. You have to be super faithful to this.

    3. If you can afford it, get a few sessions with a personal trainer with the sole goal of learning good habits from them before continuing on your own. DO NOT become reliant on them for motivation (especially if it's a cute guy.) You need to learn how to self-motivate.

    4. You need to take care of your overall health-- that means eating the right things in the right amount, getting enough sleep, not drinking a lot of alcohol, and so on.

    5. You need to be, at first, merciless with yourself. You need to be strict. You need to stick with whatever you do.

    6. Remember that whatever you start, it will seem like it is not working at first. KEEP GOING. KEEP FIGHTING. It takes time for this stuff to come together.

    7. The best indicator of your weight is how your clothes fit and how you look in the mirror naked. THAT SAID-- still weigh yourself OFTEN and HONESTLY.

    There, that's all I got. I hope some others here have good advice for you too. Good luck!
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    Jan 31, 2016 7:08 AM GMT
    DarMar106 saidHello All...I wanted some fitness wisdom if you all can share it. Places to build a decent workout to start with. Over the years i've been gaining alot of weight, though I don't really look it from what people tell me. If I had a saving grace it's that I drink nothing but water, rarely touch soda or juice. Anyhoo I've gotten to eating fast food WAY more than I should and I know what your thinking, "Well then don't". But as suggests its easy but that's another hill to climb.

    Anyway long story short, it's high time I get my butt into shape. Not only for my health but for more self confidence because I'll be honest I don't have much luck in the dating department.

    So what's some advice you can offer? Keeping in mind I'm on a "starving college student" so I don't have a whole lot of money to spend. I haven't worked out in many a moon so take this as coming from a beginner, fresh new. My friend said he would let me borrow his P90X, is it as good as they say?

    Some basics I'm 26, 5'9, about 215lbs. I enjoy swimming, weight lifting, jogging, I used to do wrestling and I'd get back into it if I could

    5'9" and 215lbs? I don't think you're starving. icon_lol.gif

    On a serious note, cleaning up your diet costs nothing. Cut down on the fast food, or order from the "healthy" menu. Like if you go to McD, get the artisan grilled chicken sandwich. But ask for no dressing/spread. Or you can just order the chicken breast for like less than $2.

    If you find yourself being hungry, then load up on high fiber foods. Eat a salad mid day. Or add some steamed broccoli with each of your meals.

    As for exercise, if you don't like working out then find some activity you enjoy. Even going for long walks or riding a bicycle will burn calories.
  • DarMar106

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    Jun 11, 2016 1:33 PM GMT
    Hi guys little bit of an update. Last month or so I've started some light exercising nothing crazy. Jog for about 15mins and another 15mins of stretching/cardio. That coupled with walking to work which is about 2miles round trip. A few days ago I started some new stuff. For one thing I decided to completely cut out fast food, which is easier said than done. So far only 2 days in I am finding myself hungrier, but I've bought more fruits and healthy snacks to supplant that. Also I started the gallon of water a day challenge, I am a bit more uppity. But havent noticed any crazy changes yet. Also I got a membership at 24hr so there that as well. Any ideas for cheap pre workout meals?
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    Jun 11, 2016 9:54 PM GMT
    Amazing what you can come up with when you google "cheap pre workout meals:"

    https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl

    A video search conjures dozens of videos on the subject.

    Even an image search pulls up lists of cheap pre workout meals and foods.

    I know as gay men on a gay fitness site we're supposed to be supportive and all but what can we, as gay men, specifically tell you that your own preliminary research couldn't?

    Not to browbeat you on this but it's such a simple question it's easily researchable without a lot of conflicting opinions, which would be more common with generic "which diet to follow" questions.

    As for the rest of us, did we really need to tell you to cut out soda and fast food? That's just common sense to most - even if they choose not to do it, they know it. How can a presumably native Californian not know this, lol? I thought granola was in your blood.
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    Jun 13, 2016 8:36 PM GMT
    DarMar106 saidHi guys little bit of an update. Last month or so I've started some light exercising nothing crazy. Jog for about 15mins and another 15mins of stretching/cardio. That coupled with walking to work which is about 2miles round trip. A few days ago I started some new stuff. For one thing I decided to completely cut out fast food, which is easier said than done. So far only 2 days in I am finding myself hungrier, but I've bought more fruits and healthy snacks to supplant that. Also I started the gallon of water a day challenge, I am a bit more uppity. But havent noticed any crazy changes yet. Also I got a membership at 24hr so there that as well. Any ideas for cheap pre workout meals?


    You might want to start logging your diet with MyFitnessPal or something. It's a minor PITA to get used to but once you figure it out it's not bad. That really helped me when I was starting out. I had no idea what food was comprised of or what kind of macros (fat/protein/carbs) I was consuming. I still use it occasionally but I have a pretty good handle on what I need to do to progress at this point.

    It's great that you joined a gym! You can start out in the P/T section (machines) but I would look at some YouTube routines for starter dumbbell exercises and try moving away from the machines if you want to get serious. If you're losing weight, diet discipline is what you will need to develop. Maybe look at the "paleo diet" because it emphasizes not eating processed food. You can modify that (I don't give up all dairy) but it was educational for me. If you fail one day, get back on the horse and keep trying. You'll make progress.

    There was a guy here a while ago who thought he was eating clean and I looked at his food log... it was a train wreck of snacks. If you log your food and show us what you're eating, we can give you better advice. You're my height and the weight I was when I started, but way younger. You can do amazing things in 6 months if you can dig deep and keep the motivation.

    Good luck icon_smile.gif
  • Destinharbor

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    Jun 13, 2016 9:01 PM GMT
    Sounds like you're getting the diet together and have plenty of advice above. A couple of things I'd add. One is portion control-- try to keep the meat to about 5-6 ounces and everything else probably 2/3 or less than you normally would. Keep it all fresh and healthy and eat nothing white except cauliflower or milk. Second, on your gym routine, put some organization in it and you'll enjoy your time more and see better results although it takes time, like six months to start seeing results. Until then, rely on your scale, daily. For the gym, develop on paper a rotation of days where each day you do a different focus: back, shoulders, arms, chest, legs. Find 4 or 5 different exercises that focus on that area and do 3-4 sets of ten reps. When they get easy, raise the weight. When you feel you've plateaued, change out some alternative exercises that work the same area but are new. Work each area of focus at least once/week, preferably twice. If you can't commit to 5 gym visits/week, separate arms day and add bi to back day and tri to chest day. Or you can temporarily skip legs if you feel you're getting that from aerobics. Your motivation will be will-power at first, but then mirror and scale as you start loving the improved look. Good luck!
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    Jun 14, 2016 12:41 AM GMT
    DarMar106 saidHello All...I wanted some fitness wisdom if you all can share it.

    If your primary concern is to get leaner, it's pretty simple: you have to eat at a caloric deficit--you have to consume fewer calories than you use. You will have to calculate what your recommended caloric intake would be and then track those calories you consume with an app like MyFitnessPal and make sure you keep your calories to deficit. Doing this was the only way I was able to cut 50lbs of fat in about six months.
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    Jun 14, 2016 1:19 AM GMT
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    DarMar106 saidHello All...I wanted some fitness wisdom if you all can share it.

    If your primary concern is to get leaner, it's pretty simple: you have to eat at a caloric deficit--you have to consume fewer calories than you use. You will have to calculate what your recommended caloric intake would be and then track those calories you consume with an app like MyFitnessPal and make sure you keep your calories to deficit. Doing this was the only way I was able to cut 50lbs of fat in about six months.


    That's also what I did... caloric deficit, MFP to make sure. From what I read over and over, it's really the only way.
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    Jun 14, 2016 1:25 AM GMT
    Casting my ballot for MyFitnessPal too... it's a great little app.

    As a type 1 diabetic, general heath and fitness is a delicate balance. Calories in and calories out is bad enough to calculate, but also having to deal with carbs in, insulin, and how all the math changes during different workouts, it's almost impossible to calculate.

    MyFitnessPal helps SO much! Get it! Use it!

    GoMeals is also useful. Recommend them both.