Getting Started / Starting Over - Without Supplements This Time.

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    Nov 02, 2007 8:12 PM GMT
    New Member Here.

    Last year I dropped about 30 pounds. I went from 225 to 191. I was obese. My doctor told me so, and it frightened me.

    I was so psyched I felt great. I would get up in the morning, go for a run, then come back have a pieve of fruit and juice. Then I would do an ab work out followed by some more cardio. I eventually started doing some dumbell work, but not much. I looked the best I had in years and I felt GREAT. I quit smoking, I was eating well, and really restricted my alcohol intake. I ended each day with Yoga and meditation.

    One of the things though, was that I started taking a supplement with a multi-vitamin for my metabolism. The person at the GNC store said it was not addicting and I should just take a multi-vitamin with it. As the months went on, I looked and felt great, but began to plateau. I also hurt my knees by running, so I just started doing more walking. The guy at the store reccomended the next "level" of supplement to burn off the remaining extra pounds.

    The new supplements turned me into the biggest raging jerk. I was so sped up, my temper was short, I was anxious and nervous all the time. It took me awhile to realize that it was the supplements. I quit right away cold turkey.

    I went through a couple of MONTHS of withdrawl. Always tired, fatigued, lazy. I gave up working out, I didn't have the energy. My husband & I bought a house and puppy and our schedules changed big time. We gave into a comfortable lifestyle- going out to eat a lot, drinking on weekends at our pool parties, etc., etc. I even started social smoking again occassionally.

    Now I am overweight again,- I feel like crap, but I know I am at a point where I can and WANT TO start again. I quit smoking- #1. Its been a month. I start a new job which will give me more time in the morning and afternoon. I guess I will just do it in steps like I did last time, but this time- NO SUPPLEMENTS.

    Anyone have any advice? I am going to start with nutrition and eating habits. Making changes rather than "dieting". That was my perspective before and it worked. Trouble is I was unknowingly dependent on the stimulants so it was easier with appetitie control.

    I am really interested in learning more about a work out program. I like the program featured here on the site, but I don't have access to a lot of equipment. I have some dumbells, and that's about it. I don't really have the money to spend on equipment or the gym.

    Also- What keeps you motivated?
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    Nov 02, 2007 8:15 PM GMT
    I should also mention that I didn't gain all the weight back. I weighed in at 208. Funny thing is, at the end of last winter I gave all my clothes to my brother and bought new sizes. Now I took out my winter clothes and they are all so tight! icon_redface.gif
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    Nov 02, 2007 11:15 PM GMT
    What were those supplements?
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    Nov 03, 2007 2:50 AM GMT
    Ripped Fuel 5x by Twin Labs, was the first ones. Then I did the 5x Fat Burner.
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    Nov 03, 2007 5:44 AM GMT
    Yea, those supplements are dangerous, i found out the hard way a few years back the hard way.

    I highly recommend keeping track of what you're putting into your body. I use fitday.com, I know people say not to calorie count, but there's a lot to be said for keeping track of what goes in your body. It's helped me lose 40 lbs.

    The strong and lean workout program has a lot of body weight bearing exercises...so why not tweak it so you can do those in a circuit. For things such as pull ups or dips maybe you have a park or playground with a fitness trail or chin up bars near you?
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    Nov 03, 2007 6:40 AM GMT
    To get the weight off and keep it off, you already understand that nutrition is the answer. You cannot exercise the weight off.

    You can build more lean mass, and that will help you in a number of ways. But the essential path to lasting weight loss is a different approach to eating.

    An all dumbbell workout is perfectly OK - when accompanied by some basic calisthenics and cardiovascular exercise. It won't turn you into a big bodybuilder - but I don't get the sense that is where you want to go anyway.

    Fitday is one approach, there are several others. You might find the book "Living Longer, Stronger" by Ellington Darden to be helpful.

    Good luck, Jim.
    Joey
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    Nov 04, 2007 3:13 AM GMT
    Thanks for sharing your experience with supplements. Best of luck getting back into working out!
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    Nov 05, 2007 3:22 PM GMT
    Well, I am already doing better. I lost a couple of lbs last week. I think I am going to stay focused on nutrition. I have a week off next week before starting the new job. I think I am going to try the 12 week fitness program starting next week. I will have more time in the morning, so I will be able to continue it.

    Thanks for the support, guys!