• newtothis89

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    May 31, 2009 2:15 PM GMT
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    May 31, 2009 2:37 PM GMT
    Losing 15 pounds in 9 weeks might be a little aggressive, but at 5'9" / 240 it is doable. Making small incremental gradual changes in your eating habits tends to last longer but with that kind of target won't be fast enough.

    By small incremental gradual changes I mean over 3 weeks replacing soft drinks with water, teas and fruit juices, then the next 2 weeks reduce the juice to 1/2 cup per day. Meanwhile switch from 5 supersize fast food a day to 3 for 2 weeks, then 1 per day, then 3 per week, while replacing those meal with small portions of lean turkey, boneless skinless chicken breast, cottage cheese, oatmeal and so forth. Ramping up the cardio the whole time: brisk walk 20 minutes a day for 6 days, then add 5 minutes every 2nd or 3rd day until you get over an hour then gradually replace a portion of walking with biking. Lift weights too, light weights 3 sets of 15-20 for a few weeks to learn good form, then gradually heavier weights and less reps, then a 2 day split then a 3 day split.

    But all that is for changing lifelong habits, not for your August deadline.

    Maybe dive headfirst into one of the 12 week workout plans at the top of the page instead. I know I would get discouraged and burn out doing that, but apparently lots of guys do great with those plans
  • DCEric

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    May 31, 2009 4:09 PM GMT
    Best of luck. Work hard. Don't be discouraged if you don't make your goal, it is a high bar you have set for yourself. Get support from people off-line, it will be better quality than what we can give.
  • EricLA

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    May 31, 2009 5:48 PM GMT
    It's tough, but consistency is key. Stick with it, even if you aren't seeing results fast enough. Be disciplined about the food you take in, but don't beat yourself up if you cheat once in a while. But don't deprive yourself, either. Give yourself a cheat day where you can reward yourself with some treats, just don't overdue it. Keep to a regular workout schedule. If you miss a day, it's okay, just get back on your schedule ASAP.

    With that philosophy, not only will you lose the weight, but you'll set yourself up for life for success beyond that goal.

    Best of luck,

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    May 31, 2009 5:52 PM GMT
    You have to view food as a fuel, and the body as a machine, with the quality of food determining the performance of the machine, with excercise a way to may you feel and perform better that isn't work or a chore, but, soemthing that you enjoy and adds many benefits to your life.

    Your first choice of action has to be a firm commitment to change many things in your life. Not just that you're tired of being a fat ass, but, that you're tired enough to take action and continue taking action for the rest of your life and to change your lifestyle and playthings. You can not use food as a drug. You cannot hang around folks who behave in derelict behavior and utilize food improperly. You have to learn to make decisions, on a minute by minute basis that will change your life for the better, and that you will no longer, NEVER be a lazy, undisciplined, out-of-shape, self-pitying, fat ass you now are. You take the world by the balls, and squeeze, and WIN.

    The change comes from the mind; from the lifestyle; from doing it consistently, and getting rid of folks in your life that would be enabler to your old life no matter how enchanting they might be..

    While the change is incremental, the change MUST be forever, unless you want to return where you are: fat, sick, low esteem, making excuses, lazy, wishful, and so on. CHANGE. Stay changed.

    Obesity is by far the single most preventable Inness on the planet. You need to get off your dead fat ass, join the living and the benefits of good health, if not just for yourself, but also for your loved ones, and so as not to burden society in general as you grow older.

    Walk into, through, and beyond your comfort zone to a better way of living.

    Get up from the computer, right now, and get going on it.

    Being healthy is one of the EASIEST things you can do for yourself. Now, just go do it.
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    May 31, 2009 10:29 PM GMT
    Good luck man! It is a lifestyle change that you will NEVER regret.
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    May 31, 2009 10:46 PM GMT
    DROP ALL POP! I used to drink so much pop daily. Not only did it cost money but my diet was horrible when I was and I could never pull out that 6-pack. Flat abs but thats it.

    But once I cut out all pop (and caffeine). I felt better, my workouts were better, I slept better. Now its maybe 1 or 2 cokes a month if that. I love that diet change and don't regret it. It's just sugar water and the caffeine dehydrates you like no other.

    So I would suggest if you do consume a lot of pop, just cutting that and replacing it with WATER would do your body wonders. Guaranteed. icon_wink.gif

    Supposedly dairy helps maintain weight? You know how those studies are so it's up to you. I go through a gallon a day and I stay lean I guess but also workout anywhere from 2-5 hours a day (swimmer). But water is natural and you can't go wrong with it. It cleans your body!
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    May 31, 2009 10:53 PM GMT
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    May 31, 2009 11:19 PM GMT
    I cant say how much you remind me of myself about two years ago...

    I gained about 100 pounds between Junior and Senior year of high school, at times gaining 50 pounds within a span of a few months. I could NOT STOP EATING!! All I did was eat the worst possible foods and never got any exercise. I lifted, and I was strong as an ox, but I had no intensity in my workouts to burn fat or all the excess calories off that I was consuming.

    I was well on my way to becoming morbidly obese, and I freakin knew it. 18 years old, with my whole life ahead of me and I was on the path of facing serious health problems, a decreased quality of life, and a substantially shorter life span. I looked at myself in the mirror and I just wanted to roll over and die.... what in the hell had happened to me!! I had tried to control my eating numerous times and never could, I tried to do take working out seriously but could never stick with it. I was horrified when I weighed in at 315 pounds, and honestly was scared about my future.

    Finally I just snapped because I couldn't take it anymore, I had hit a bottom in my life. I started running everyday and for the first 3 or 4 weeks I would loose about 7 pounds a week (mostly water though, although I did look much better!) I started lifting seriously as well. I still struggled to control what I ate, but you will gain control over that in time. Currently I’m 225 pounds down from 315, but I've added a lot of muscle. In my estimation I probably lost around 110 pounds of fat in a two year span!

    I cant relate in the slightest way with who I was before I started my journey. Not only has my body changed drastically, but my mind, and my outlook on life has changed for the better and I am honestly just the polar opposite of what I was two years ago!

    Best of luck on your journey!! ANYONE can do it as long as they want it bad enough!! I can tell you with absolute certainty, that you will never regret for a split second, loosing the weight…. NEVER!!