On losing 26lbs - 50 more lbs to go!

  • underbearboy

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    Apr 27, 2009 5:04 PM GMT
    On February 1st, 2009 I weighed 245lbs... now, on April 27th, I weigh 219lbs. Accomplished via cutting out all sweets (except fruit), all snacks, all fast/junk food, very low fat intake, upped my veggies considerably, counted all my fuckin' calories each day... and I've been walking briskly 5 miles each day.

    Just as a reminder to myself... but hey, maybe to inspire someone who is sitting on the fence about losing his weight, just with 26lbs off my body, I can do the following things icon_biggrin.gif :

    1. Easily stand up from sitting on the floor.
    2. Actually bend over to pick something off the floor.
    3. Not be out of breath climbing a flight of subway stairs.
    4. Cross 4 lanes of traffic at a brisk pace so I don't get run over by damn Jersey drivers!
    5. Actually WANT to walk all over the place... and not spend money on cabs, because I'm too tired.
    6. No longer tripping all the time - an effect of carrying too much weight for my body.
    7. No longer bumping into things all the time, because my equilibrium was off with the extra weight.
    8. More secure on subway stairs... i.e. if you're stomach-heavy, being pushed to the side by a rude person, can put overweight you out-of-balance and more likely to fall.
    9. More easily sit up in bed or roll over
    10. Actually see my dick (when it's not erect!) instead of the tractor trailer tire-size gut I did have!

    Actually feel confident enough to
    a) appear in public in shorts and a sleeve-less shirts to exercise.
    b) know that dating will be possible in 5-6 months as I won't be feeling like 'the blob' for too much longer... in the meantime, I feel I can 're-join' the gay race and actually look at other hot (gay) men I see around me... instead of feeling locked up into my own world.
    c) stop and look at clothes in store windows... or in catalogs, as I know eventually I'll want to change/add to my wardrobe clothes which are flattering.... and I'll actually be able to fit properly into 'em.

    If I can take off 26lbs (the most successful I've ever been in losing weight in my entire life), then I can take off the 50 more lbs (at least) to get down to my target weight of 170lbs. And while I have more 'extra baggage' to lose, I do feel the happiest I've been in 3 years. But I do realize that most probably I'll be dieting somewhat for the rest of my life... but I'm ok with that... esp. if I couple it with joining a gym or getting a home gym.

    While my attitude towards losing weight changed way before I ever found RJ, I must admit that many folks here have been very inspiring with their help, and their no-nonsense 'tough love' approach to losing weight icon_wink.gif... and hopefully I'll live way into my 50's and beyond because of the changes I've made in my life!

    Thanks, guys!

    New pictures to be posted soon... seems like losing weight is easier than figuring out the new digital camera!

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    Apr 27, 2009 9:33 PM GMT
    Great for you!!!!
  • Timbales

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    Apr 27, 2009 9:42 PM GMT
    good job!
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    Apr 27, 2009 9:44 PM GMT
    Good luck to you, man. Just keep going - and never let anything stand in your way of making your goal! Someday you will be so glad you stuck with your program! Nobody can take from you the sense of accomplishment you will derive from losing your excess weight!
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    Apr 27, 2009 9:47 PM GMT
    We're all on a diet!

    Well done, go for it.
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    Apr 27, 2009 9:47 PM GMT
    Right on man! Keep it up! icon_wink.gif
  • CAtoFL

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    Apr 27, 2009 9:51 PM GMT
    Good work and keep it up!

    [Aside to my brethren Jersey drivers: Yo! What the hell's wrong widchoo!]
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    Apr 27, 2009 9:59 PM GMT
    GOOD JOB! You should be very proud. Keep up the good work!
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    Apr 27, 2009 10:34 PM GMT
    You're doing awesome.

    OK, just so you know, if it's a lifetime diet change, it's no longer referred to as "on a diet."

    I cut Coca Cola out of my diet awhile back. I was a sturdy fellow, in that I was muscular but with a soft envelope of caramel sauce. Drinking the sugary stuff began giving me horrible cramping gas and an upset stomach, so I stopped drinking it, switching to water and Diet Coke. I quickly lost 25 pounds that has never come back. So, I don't think of it as my non-Coke diet, I just don't buy Coke, and it's not been missed. Think of it that way.
  • cesarin03

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    Apr 29, 2009 7:42 PM GMT
    congrats to you underbearboy. Keep going at it, and make sure to keep us updated with pics also. it helps reinforce the process.
  • underbearboy

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    Apr 30, 2009 11:47 AM GMT
    Thanks y'all. icon_smile.gif

    Luckily for the past several years I've grown to love 'sparkling flavored water' (0 calories). Though once in a great while I'll splurge with a Dr. Pepper or a Mike's Hard Lemonade (for a buzz) in the summertime.

    Last night I moved the coffee table out of the living room, clearing a space now large enough to do aerobic and other exercise in front of tv. I'll let you know what dvd's I've bought and found useful.

    Feel free to pass on any books or dvd's that have helped you.

    At least now I can no longer eat dinner or snack in front of tv (which certainly didn't help with my already sedentary lifestyle).

    Yesterday I added a second (brisk walking) lap around a small local lake... so I'm walking for about 2 1/2 hours straight each day (with 3 short breaks).

    Pictures... ahhh, yes... need to find hot local RJ guy to take them of me! icon_wink.gif
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    Apr 30, 2009 12:18 PM GMT
    Terrific man!
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    Apr 30, 2009 12:46 PM GMT
    Good for you to making yourself a priority. Just keep doing the little things that keep you on a positive track.
  • Westwood

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    Jun 03, 2009 7:17 PM GMT
    THATS SO WONDERFUL MAN, I HOPE U LET NUTT STOP U FROM BEING A BETTER Uicon_wink.gif
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    Jun 03, 2009 8:46 PM GMT
    underbearboy said But I do realize that most probably I'll be dieting somewhat for the rest of my life... but I'm ok with that... esp. if I couple it with joining a gym or getting a home gym.



    First of all - CONGRATULATIONS on your losses!!! icon_smile.gif

    So here are some unsolicited observations that I've made based on my own personal experiences, which I've drawn some parallels to your situation. They may not be 100% accurate as everyone is different, however, take a read and if it resonates, great - if not - toss it icon_smile.gif


    With my personal experience, I've failed every attempt at keeping the weight off with the thought behind it being "ON A DIET" for the rest of my life.

    Reason being is that you think that this diet is only a temporary fix to a problem. From your post, I've gathered that this excess weight is a long standing issue. Temporary fixes can not fix long term problems. Don't get caught up in a band-aid solution.

    This time, I've learned to eat properly - commit to an exercise regime, and it has become my new way of life.

    I don't know if this school of thought will help you get where you want to go, but it's helped me understand what has to change permanently in my life if I want to attain the goals I've given myself in terms of my body and it's fitness.

    Keep up the good work - in no time, another 25, 45, and 50 lbs will come off - before you know it icon_smile.gif

    Cheers
    G
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    Jun 12, 2009 6:56 PM GMT
    That's great news!! My partner and I started our plan this past Sunday and we are doing very well. We are excited about losing weight together since we gained it together over the past 17 years. It's a whole new thought process.

    I will post updates once we are at least one month into the plan. icon_wink.gif
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    Jun 12, 2009 7:09 PM GMT

    ....you wanna gain 215 pounds....for atleast 2 hours? icon_twisted.gif

  • underbearboy

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    Jun 12, 2009 10:27 PM GMT
    DolGe saidblockquote>

    I do understand that I am not 'on a diet'... at 52 years of age, I realize that this is a complety lifestyle change which involves not just diet and portion control, but exercise, proper sleep, and educating myself about my mind, body and spirit. As I may have mentioned before, I've buried two partners both from heart-related problems (one at 50, the other at 52)... it took some time for those deaths to sink in totally and to realize that I didn't really care to join them at an early age myself. There was, at least in my case, a psychological aspect to my keeping the weight on... one that has lifted finally after many years.

    Anyhow, an update: As of June 10th, I've lost 40lbs and now am at 205lbs... it was interesting to check my BMI and see that it was registering that I was "slightly overweight" (believe me I still look fat! LOL But I at least feel good), but that was better than it still saying I was "obese" back in February at 245lbs!

    I'm hoping to be at least at 200lbs for NYC Pride on June 28th... then continue to drop more weight to be around 170 to 150lbs range (whatever looks good).

    Thanks to everyone's support here... and best wishes to everyone else who is also doing this 'lifestyle change' thing!

    peace,
    Brian
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    Jun 12, 2009 10:33 PM GMT
    Congratulations, keep it up and when discouragement grabs you, reach out for encouragement from the large support group you have here on RJ! Way to go Brian!!!
  • shoelessj

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    Jun 13, 2009 12:43 AM GMT
    Wow, you are an inspiration! Please keep us updated and if you care to send along more keys to your success, please do so, as this is an ongoing struggle with me, too.
    But I am going to read and re-read your first and most recent post to get me motivated to stick with my diet/exercise plan so one day hopefully this year, i can achieve the same type of success!


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    Jun 13, 2009 12:45 AM GMT
    underbearboy saidOn February 1st, 2009 I weighed 245lbs... now, on April 27th, I weigh 219lbs. Accomplished via cutting out all sweets (except fruit), all snacks, all fast/junk food, very low fat intake, upped my veggies considerably, counted all my fuckin' calories each day... and I've been walking briskly 5 miles each day.

    Just as a reminder to myself... but hey, maybe to inspire someone who is sitting on the fence about losing his weight, just with 26lbs off my body, I can do the following things icon_biggrin.gif :

    1. Easily stand up from sitting on the floor.
    2. Actually bend over to pick something off the floor.
    3. Not be out of breath climbing a flight of subway stairs.
    4. Cross 4 lanes of traffic at a brisk pace so I don't get run over by damn Jersey drivers!
    5. Actually WANT to walk all over the place... and not spend money on cabs, because I'm too tired.
    6. No longer tripping all the time - an effect of carrying too much weight for my body.
    7. No longer bumping into things all the time, because my equilibrium was off with the extra weight.
    8. More secure on subway stairs... i.e. if you're stomach-heavy, being pushed to the side by a rude person, can put overweight you out-of-balance and more likely to fall.
    9. More easily sit up in bed or roll over
    10. Actually see my dick (when it's not erect!) instead of the tractor trailer tire-size gut I did have!

    Actually feel confident enough to
    a) appear in public in shorts and a sleeve-less shirts to exercise.
    b) know that dating will be possible in 5-6 months as I won't be feeling like 'the blob' for too much longer... in the meantime, I feel I can 're-join' the gay race and actually look at other hot (gay) men I see around me... instead of feeling locked up into my own world.
    c) stop and look at clothes in store windows... or in catalogs, as I know eventually I'll want to change/add to my wardrobe clothes which are flattering.... and I'll actually be able to fit properly into 'em.

    If I can take off 26lbs (the most successful I've ever been in losing weight in my entire life), then I can take off the 50 more lbs (at least) to get down to my target weight of 170lbs. And while I have more 'extra baggage' to lose, I do feel the happiest I've been in 3 years. But I do realize that most probably I'll be dieting somewhat for the rest of my life... but I'm ok with that... esp. if I couple it with joining a gym or getting a home gym.

    While my attitude towards losing weight changed way before I ever found RJ, I must admit that many folks here have been very inspiring with their help, and their no-nonsense 'tough love' approach to losing weight icon_wink.gif... and hopefully I'll live way into my 50's and beyond because of the changes I've made in my life!

    Thanks, guys!

    New pictures to be posted soon... seems like losing weight is easier than figuring out the new digital camera!



    I am proud of you!
  • underbearboy

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    Jul 09, 2009 1:16 PM GMT
    Well, my update is that by Saturday, June 27th, the day before NYC PRIDE I was 199lbs (one pound less than my goal weight! LOL). Of course, between the Sausage Hero, Funnel Cake and drinking at the bars AND eating over 4th of July Weekend I then gained 4 pounds (203lbs), but with a day of fasting and being back to calorie counting I'm back to 199lbs again as of this morning. It has been interesting to visually plot my weight at:
    http://caloriecount.about.com
    For instance I learned that I lost 15 lbs between Feb 1 and March 31st;
    10 lbs in April
    9 lbs in May
    10 lbs in June, so my losing has be pretty consistent. I've heard that as you lose weight, it becomes harder to lose weight as fast as you have early in the game. I'm hoping that's not the case, as I really would like to be down to 170 by the end of September. I've also gone from a 44 inch waist to 40 inches. That said, I still have a sizable gut, thighs and ass... and because I haven't been exercising there is (to me at least) a noticable flabbiness esp. in my arms which bothers me.

    I have to say my esteeem has improved and I've actually been proactive in checking out the bars (and yes, drinking water or Diet Pepsi, mostly)... nothing like having your ass groped by a 'somewhat' hot guy to make you feel better about yourself. I actually got invited out on a date by this 56 year old bodybuilder which was nice after not having done that for 3 years. It was not a love match as all he could talk about was the different guys he had been screwing the past week... and how steroids had 'changed his life for the better'... I ended the date pretty quickly at that point.

    So that's my update for now!
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    Jul 09, 2009 2:04 PM GMT
    Good for you! Keep doing positive things for yourself!
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    Jul 09, 2009 2:13 PM GMT
    Good for you and thanks for the update!
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    Jul 09, 2009 2:21 PM GMT
    That kicks so much ass. Congrats!