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    Apr 06, 2009 3:27 AM GMT
    Howdy folks -

    I thought I might stop pussyfooting around and delurk and introduce myself. So please allow myself to .... introduce.... myself.

    I've always been (physically) lazy pretty much my whole life, although I loved using the excuse that I'm clumsy and accident prone (quite true). One to two years ago, the multiplicity of eating too many calories, eating too much fat, sitting on my ass playing WoW constantly, lack of aerobic exercise, etc., finally started to take my body from 'simply' fat to being fat with fat-related health issues.

    I became hypertensive (blood pressure 130/90), my blood sugar indicated entry into 'pre-diabetes', and my cholesterol and blood lipids were high. My uncle had a heart attack and survived; my aunt had blood clots and suddenly developed a stroke and died. These events really forced / helped me to change my life around... that and the last time I moved apartments and had friends help me, I was literally humiliated by how out of shape I was carrying my own stuff around. I was disgusted, beyond a simple emotional level. I was disgusted with my core identity.

    ***So nine months ago, I completely stopped living off of fast food and frozen pizzas, and started to learn to cook for myself. (I already knew how to bake really well; which was part of the problem).

    ***So seven months ago, I 'officially' started my diet, cooking all my meals, high protein, high complex carbs, low simple carbs, low fat, very low saturated fat, no trans fat meals! And I started limiting my daily calories. I had ups and downs. A had a couple shitty weeks where I couldn't make myself comply with my diet, but after those times passed, I got right back up and started cooking and counting calories again.

    ***So three months ago, I started just very basic exercise. And I mean basic, because I was going from 13 or 15 years of zero to something. I actually started out on the Wii Fit. I know it gets a lot of knocks from athletes because it's way too easy for someone in shape. However, the very first levels made my fat ass sweat like a pig. I did the newbie exercises each night, and kept working up through the harder and longer exercises. Now, I can't break a sweat on the Fit. The Fit was great in that it helped bridge me from starting a position zero working my way up to the gym.

    ***So one month ago, I started going to the gym and doing the elliptical trainer three times a week. Each week I increase the resistance and the time. Now I'm up to 45 solid heart-pounding minutes a session, and there's NO way I could have done that three months ago.

    ***So today! That brings me to today. Since I've been going to the gym, I've been wanting to take it to the next level and start weight training. But I feel really intimidated by the muscle walls in the weight area... they are so... not obese like me! Well, I said "suck it up, buttercup", mainly because it rhymes, and I talked to the personal trainers there, and signed up for six sessions with one I felt comfortable with. And today! I had my first session, we spent a long hour doing wussy sets of all the major muscle groups, some machines, some free weights.

    I did free weights! For the first time in my life! They always used to scare me before. And right now, my body is singing with pain. This pain is new and scary to me. And I fucking love it. Because I did it, and I got this far, and I did something that was really intimidating to me. And I may currently think of my trainer as a sadistic bastard, but I can't wait to go back (but not in the next day or two).

    Oh yeah, blood sugar is better than most people's now, cholesterol and blood lipids are awesome, I'm completely off blood pressure meds, and I walk up the stairs to my apartment without effort, where I used to pant like a pig. I feel so much better than I did a year ago.

    Uh, sorry, I didn't really mean to ramble on for so long. Anyway, I'm fat, losing weight, 57 pounds gone in 7 months. There's a before-and-after picture in my profile if anyone cares to see.
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    Apr 06, 2009 3:32 AM GMT
    Self-discipine is so hard to do. You deserve to take great pride in what you have achieved!

    funny pictures
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    Apr 06, 2009 3:52 AM GMT
    Ha! Thank you lolz-cat man!

    Yeah, I wasn't really raised to have much discipline, so kinda had to force it on myself... a bit of a Catch-22, but somehow I've been making it work.

    I kinda think about the person I want myself to be, and I say "that guy goes to the gym today even though he got stressed out at work"... and I somehow magically end up at the gym. Weird.
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    Apr 06, 2009 3:55 AM GMT
    ruggie saidHa! Thank you lolz-cat man!

    Yeah, I wasn't really raised to have much discipline, so kinda had to force it on myself... a bit of a Catch-22, but somehow I've been making it work.

    I kinda think about the person I want myself to be, and I say "that guy goes to the gym today even though he got stressed out at work"... and I somehow magically end up at the gym. Weird.

    Whatever works for you.....just keep doing it....it only gets better and better!

    This is my favorite food site: http://whfoods.com/eathealthy.php

    Check out my muscular arms! Pyow! Pyow!
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    Apr 06, 2009 5:39 AM GMT
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    Apr 06, 2009 7:13 AM GMT
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    Ditto the "HAI 5" too.

    Congrats again and for choosing to live.
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    Apr 06, 2009 7:26 AM GMT
    Yup!

    Kudos to you and keep it up!


    Great to hear such inspiration!
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    Apr 06, 2009 7:52 AM GMT
    ruggie saidHowdy folks -

    I thought I might stop pussyfooting around and delurk and introduce myself. So please allow myself to .... introduce.... myself.

    I've always been (physically) lazy pretty much my whole life, although I loved using the excuse that I'm clumsy and accident prone (quite true). One to two years ago, the multiplicity of eating too many calories, eating too much fat, sitting on my ass playing WoW constantly, lack of aerobic exercise, etc., finally started to take my body from 'simply' fat to being fat with fat-related health issues.

    I became hypertensive (blood pressure 130/90), my blood sugar indicated entry into 'pre-diabetes', and my cholesterol and blood lipids were high. My uncle had a heart attack and survived; my aunt had blood clots and suddenly developed a stroke and died. These events really forced / helped me to change my life around... that and the last time I moved apartments and had friends help me, I was literally humiliated by how out of shape I was carrying my own stuff around. I was disgusted, beyond a simple emotional level. I was disgusted with my core identity.

    ***So nine months ago, I completely stopped living off of fast food and frozen pizzas, and started to learn to cook for myself. (I already knew how to bake really well; which was part of the problem).

    ***So seven months ago, I 'officially' started my diet, cooking all my meals, high protein, high complex carbs, low simple carbs, low fat, very low saturated fat, no trans fat meals! And I started limiting my daily calories. I had ups and downs. A had a couple shitty weeks where I couldn't make myself comply with my diet, but after those times passed, I got right back up and started cooking and counting calories again.

    ***So three months ago, I started just very basic exercise. And I mean basic, because I was going from 13 or 15 years of zero to something. I actually started out on the Wii Fit. I know it gets a lot of knocks from athletes because it's way too easy for someone in shape. However, the very first levels made my fat ass sweat like a pig. I did the newbie exercises each night, and kept working up through the harder and longer exercises. Now, I can't break a sweat on the Fit. The Fit was great in that it helped bridge me from starting a position zero working my way up to the gym.

    ***So one month ago, I started going to the gym and doing the elliptical trainer three times a week. Each week I increase the resistance and the time. Now I'm up to 45 solid heart-pounding minutes a session, and there's NO way I could have done that three months ago.

    ***So today! That brings me to today. Since I've been going to the gym, I've been wanting to take it to the next level and start weight training. But I feel really intimidated by the muscle walls in the weight area... they are so... not obese like me! Well, I said "suck it up, buttercup", mainly because it rhymes, and I talked to the personal trainers there, and signed up for six sessions with one I felt comfortable with. And today! I had my first session, we spent a long hour doing wussy sets of all the major muscle groups, some machines, some free weights.

    I did free weights! For the first time in my life! They always used to scare me before. And right now, my body is singing with pain. This pain is new and scary to me. And I fucking love it. Because I did it, and I got this far, and I did something that was really intimidating to me. And I may currently think of my trainer as a sadistic bastard, but I can't wait to go back (but not in the next day or two).

    Oh yeah, blood sugar is better than most people's now, cholesterol and blood lipids are awesome, I'm completely off blood pressure meds, and I walk up the stairs to my apartment without effort, where I used to pant like a pig. I feel so much better than I did a year ago.

    Uh, sorry, I didn't really mean to ramble on for so long. Anyway, I'm fat, losing weight, 57 pounds gone in 7 months. There's a before-and-after picture in my profile if anyone cares to see.


    Cool. On with the rest of your life. Spread the word.
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    Apr 06, 2009 7:55 AM GMT
    you sir, are effing awesome!!!

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    Apr 06, 2009 8:12 AM GMT
    chuckystud said
    Cool. On with the rest of your life.


    Oh, Chucky.... you're making me teary-eyed! Group hug? icon_razz.gif

    Congratz! You are doing great! The only thing I'd be weary about is your attitude (or percieved attitude--you may know all of what I am about to write already) towards this "diet." When people say "I'm on a diet," it usually means a temporary thing. You do not want a temporay fix--this has to be a lifestyle change... otherwise you will gain some or all of the weight back + more. Once you reach you goal... contiue on with this "lifestyle change." Just adjust your calories a little so you do not shrink down to nothing.

    Ya ya I know ... details. But you like details, Mr. Molecular Biologist! (soooo cool by the way) Many people cannot keep the weight off solely because they go on diets... rather than a "lifestyle change."

    Enough lecture... Congratz again!
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    Apr 06, 2009 11:30 AM GMT
    Great Job!! I know from experience that it can sometimes be hard to stay on track. Keep up the good work and keep us posted!!icon_biggrin.gif
  • Timbales

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    Apr 06, 2009 11:35 AM GMT
    Good for you! My background isn't all the different from yours. Just remember - be patient. It took years four you to get to the starting point, it's going to take years for you to get where you want.
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    Apr 06, 2009 12:41 PM GMT
    Best of Luck! Look forward to seeing more pictures. AS we taloked about,you can see the smile in your face!
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    Apr 06, 2009 12:49 PM GMT
    You know, I just love posts like this. Your success and your story is inspiring and heartwarming. Keep it up, as it sounds like you're changing your life in a big way!

    I want to say one thing about the "muscle walls" in the weight room, even though you decided to say "fuck it" and hit the weights. Speaking as someone who is not a "muscle wall," but is in much better shape than he used to be and has gained a lot of muscle in the past (though by no means am I lacking in the fat department; I just wouldn't consider myself fat), when I see fat folks at the gym it puts a smile on my face, and not a mocking one. I think it's so great to see people realize their physical shape and start doing something to change it. I look on with admiration and respect and a renewed dedication to do exactly what they're doing and what I had to do, which is to commit to a healthy and active life.

    Cheers!
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    Apr 06, 2009 1:09 PM GMT
    Good for you. Keep up the good work!
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    Apr 06, 2009 1:22 PM GMT
    Man you have got me so inspired and psyched I wanna run to the gym right now!!!!!! You have shown such dedication, devotion and determination! You should be so proud of yourself man!!! I looked at your before and after pic in your profile and man! what a change!!! absolutetly incredible!!!

    Good job man!! I know the weight room can be intimidating and times but hold your head up high, everyone has to start somewhere. We are all in the same boat. Alot of the guys are actually pretty nice and if they know you are serious they dont mind offering advice or help.

    You are awesome man!


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    Apr 06, 2009 1:49 PM GMT
    Welcome and congrats. Awesome work!
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    Apr 06, 2009 2:15 PM GMT
    I also love posts like this. No excuses, no whining... you just got on with it, took the knocks when it went wrong and kept going. That attitude means you will suceed

    Oh and when i see overweight guys in the gym (not being a muscle wall...) I´m with Chewy: props for being there.
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    Apr 06, 2009 2:24 PM GMT
    That is one of the best posts I have seen in a long time!! Kudos to you my friend...it takes a lot of effort to finally ply one's ass from the couch and say enough is enough!!

    You are doing everything right, and have not fear of the others in the gym who intimidate you...I have the same problem...and my thought now is fuck em!...I have worked hard (and will keep pushing myself) on my body, and I feel like I'm 25...so fuck em all! I may not be the biggest, or lift the heaviest weights, but that does not matter to me...and it should not matter to you....don't be afraid to ask questions.

    Keep doing what works great for you...and it sounds like your present course is working famously. Soon you will see that the rock you felt like you were pushing up the hill in the beginning is actually starting to roll down the hill now..and things will start to happen faster.

    Congratulations again!!
  • CAtoFL

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    Apr 06, 2009 2:51 PM GMT
    Congrats and well done!

    Your experience is a reminder that making key changes in our life's routine can make a huge difference.

    Way to go, "buttercup"!
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    Apr 06, 2009 2:52 PM GMT
    Outstanding job. Not an easy thing to do (either mentally or physically) but you've managed to accomplish both! Kudos to you! Keep it up now. Great job, congratulations!
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    Apr 06, 2009 3:06 PM GMT
    Great Job!
    Keep it up!
    The self discipline and determination you exhibit is admirable. these are qualities that make a man sexy!
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    Apr 06, 2009 3:28 PM GMT
    Hey Ruggie,

    I know how you feel - been there - and there is a pot of gold at the end of this rainbow! Great to see you're accepting where you're at and taking the strides to get where you want to go. It takes a lot of courage and you can be damned sure it's all worth it! Good Luck!

    Jason
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    Apr 06, 2009 3:40 PM GMT
    Ruggie,

    Congratulations and best wishes for continued success in your weight loss / getting back to health endeavors! Great job. Just keep going. Never lose sight of your goals - don't let anything stand in your way. What an inspiration to other guys who are fat. I wish they could all read your story.

    Note: Read this over and over five times, NoNameGuy. This is how you go about regaining your health & looking/feeling terrific..........that is - if you really WANT to accomplish these goals.

    Ruggie - again - best of everything to you! Keep us posted on your progress!
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    Apr 06, 2009 3:46 PM GMT
    Can I get a woot woot!? Congrats man!