The Nu4You Ongoing Support Thread

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    Aug 18, 2009 7:11 PM GMT
    This thread arose because the 2nd RealJock Weight Loss Challenge (WLC) [now old] support thread was getting too big to load and even after the contest, many people not just those participating continued using the thread as general weight loss support.

    So this is an open invitation to anyone and everyone to post anything about status, progress, confessions about their quest for that body we want. I think we contestants have learned a fair bit in going through the Challenge as well and have gained some knowledge demonstrated in our various experiences of success.
  • FredMG

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    Aug 20, 2009 2:03 AM GMT
    I'm on the wagon of maintenance.

    As near as i can tell I've "averaged up" about 4lbs in weight, but dropped a bit of bodyfat. anything larger than a 34" waist is really loose on me, and the 34"s are very comfortable, but the thighs and butt are too tight.

    Serves me right for getting a job where I average 4500 calories burned at work (my record was just shy of 8000 calories at work one day, but that was an awesome death march). and all I do is hiking icon_biggrin.gif. Considering how much my ass hurts, by the time I'm done I should be able to crack open walnuts with my ass cheeksicon_eek.gif.

    Now I just have to burn off the tummy (love handles are nearly gone) and the man boobs.

    Sorry Jack, I'm looking for more of a "decent" body, instead of "awesome" body.

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    Aug 20, 2009 2:38 AM GMT
    I wasn't a contestant, but I do see Manuel regularly and he is part brain child behind the Nu4You program. Since beginning the program, I've lost 9.4 pounds (8 of which has been pure body fat), and have gone from 16.1% body fat to 11.8%. I LOVE the results I've seen so far and will be moving on to the maintenance phase next week. After that, it's on to muscle building.
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    Aug 20, 2009 4:21 AM GMT
    It's been great and life changing. And mostly because of what I've learned through the process. I've gone from 32.4% bodyfat to 16.6% at last count and am down 30 lbs. Getting back with the program when I get back from vacation on Sunday!
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    Aug 24, 2009 11:56 PM GMT
    Soooo ... I've fallen off the wagon in the sense that I'm not record keeping anymore ... but I'm maintaining my weight ... and that's what's been prescribed of me. However, my goals were to start bulking sometime. I have an appointment tomorrow, we'll see what happens then. But I'm going through some big life changes now and it's hard to keep up with nutrition ... hopefully, once things settle down, I can refocus ... I still want that 6 pack when all is said and done!!

    How bout the rest of you?
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    Aug 25, 2009 4:31 AM GMT
    I'm a few weeks into starting my program. I want to post before, during and after info somewhere but have now clue where.

    I have a trainer who is really inspiring me now. I have a nutrition and a workout plan that I've been sticking to pretty well.

    I expect to lose the weight in 6 to 9 months and put on muscle along the way.

  • FredMG

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    Aug 27, 2009 1:50 AM GMT
    Back on "the wagon". I'm upping my veggies and keeping the fats and alchohol down. That half gallon of rum every week or so wasn't doing me any favours. At least I was (usually) cutting it with diet Root beer.

    What is going to be the tough part is figuring out how to balance cories in and calories out. I work 4 days a week, hiking through south east Oregon and average nearly 4000 calories at work. It's pretty hard to carry that much food and water AND. All the stuff I need to do my job wthout humping a 40lb daypack every day.
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    Aug 27, 2009 2:42 AM GMT
    Maintaining my weight, working out, but having a harder time with the logging of the food. I've been doing it for so long, it's more difficult for me.

    Also been on vacation, which has been difficult and I'm just in the throws the start of a new relationship, so I'm getting all gushy and lots of emotions are coming out. Gawd.
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    Aug 28, 2009 6:23 PM GMT
    Oh yeah Fred, I changed my original description to be "body we want" instead of "awesome body" ... I think we're all on the same page now right? ;)

    Did some recording for first time in months, and I actually missed it! Should try and get back to doing it some more. Still maintaining my weight and amazed I've been able to do so without recording anything. I've definitely gone off the wagon indulging with bits here and there with sweets and such, but I think my mind is compensating eating less and healthy all other times, which is why I been able to maintain the same weight. I'm guessing in general I'm undereating, which isn't the greatest, but I guess we can always be improving.

    Nutrition goals were to get back to recording 3x a week at least. Yay, I'm glad we still have this thread! Hope everyone else is doing well!!
  • FredMG

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    Sep 04, 2009 9:12 PM GMT
    All is Ok out in eastern Oregon.

    I've started being more meticulous in weighing out portions for lunch. So for a day in the field:
    10oz (a full 32oz zip lock container) of a mix of celery, baby carrots and sugar snap peas.
    3 servings, of ryecrisp crackers
    4 oz of low fat cheese
    4 oz of turkey, turkey ham etc..
    1 apple
    1 small dole fruit cup.
    16 oz of crystal light
    (sometimes) 16 oz of V8 juice.
    1 gallon of water.

    it's amazingly hard to eat that during 5 hours of hiking.

    But I'm still watching the body fat % on my scale creep downwards and my kilts, knickers and trousers get more and more loose.

    I'm also more tan than i've been in years.

    I don't look forward to the winter and an inside job...icon_sad.gif
  • FredMG

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    Sep 04, 2009 9:16 PM GMT
    oh, yeah and for those of you who remember my ode to things like Kettle Potato chips and butter...

    Since June I've used 1.25 lbs of butter.

    Kettle Chips, especially my faves, the new york cheddar, are a great barometer for how well I'm doing on my fat intake: if they don't taste amazing and give me shivers down my spine, because of the way the fat molecules dance on my tounge, I've obviously had enough fat for the the last couple of days. in that case, I just have a couple, and then put the bag away.

  • FredMG

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    Sep 04, 2009 9:18 PM GMT
    dr_jackl saidOh yeah Fred, I changed my original description to be "body we want" instead of "awesome body" ... I think we're all on the same page now right? ;)



    Hmm. the body I want belongs to Ben Browder (of Farscape & Stargate SG1) ;) If I get it for christmas I promise to be very nice and treat that body very well icon_twisted.gif
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    Sep 11, 2009 6:08 AM GMT
    FredPDX said
    dr_jackl saidOh yeah Fred, I changed my original description to be "body we want" instead of "awesome body" ... I think we're all on the same page now right? ;)



    Hmm. the body I want belongs to Ben Browder (of Farscape & Stargate SG1) ;) If I get it for christmas I promise to be very nice and treat that body very well icon_twisted.gif

    I just can't win with you can I Fred ;)

    Haven't been able to record much icon_sad.gif
    Haven't been able to exercise much icon_sad.gif
    Life has been stressful icon_sad.gif
    I been eating lots of junk food icon_sad.gif
    I'm still maintaining my weight loss challenge weight though! icon_smile.gif
    I guess things are going well icon_smile.gif
    Hopefully once I'm settled, I can refocus on those goals again ...
  • FredMG

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    Sep 17, 2009 3:50 AM GMT
    dr_jackl said
    I just can't win with you can I Fred ;)


    you're totally wrong, you tops in my book, and if I didn't like you I wouldn't give you shit ;)

    Actually I'm thinking starting in November, I may jump back in the driver's seat and sign up for the new for you plan. My life right now swings from extremly active to moderatly active.

    In that spirit I dedicate last wednesday's day off from work to Jack. After 15 miles of gnarly biking on monday, and 6 miles of off trail hiking for work, I had thighs of jello.

    the kind with fruit coctail in it ;)
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    Oct 23, 2009 4:07 AM GMT
    Okay, it's been a while since posting here (seeing I've been in the hospital and recovering from that would be my excuse) but I saw this great article entitled The Habit Change Spreadsheet and figured it would be a good one to share here, as a lot of changing your diet it about changing habits.

    I've gains about 5 lbs. as I can't exercise except going for a walk, but I'm up to about 2.5 miles a day (broken up into 2 chunks), and hope to be able to get back to the gym in a week or two.

    How about all of you?

  • FredMG

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    Nov 01, 2009 6:59 PM GMT
    Back in Portland! yay, real internet access and a gym!

    and man I'm just a little sore from the gym, but back on the wagon, aside from the gym I made my lean lasagne, and have a huge bin of spring greens in the fridge.

    I'm trying to decide what sort of workout program i want to jump into. So far the top contenders are Body for life, 5x5's or a Real Jock muscle building program.

    Any suggestions? I'd like to get rid of the small pudge that developed the last few weeks....icon_redface.gif
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    Nov 01, 2009 7:12 PM GMT
    You should do the Weight Loss Challenge workout Fred! It's very well rounded, and I talked to Billy and Mike the other weekend and it's definitely the most "up-to-date" in terms of their philosophy of what makes a good workout

    Thanks for reviving this thread again Matt and good to hear you're doing well.

    I'd like to start getting back on the wagon too as well. Had first appointment last week for first time in 2 months. I been sick basically the last 3 weeks getting the flu out of my system, and that's put a damper on pretty much all aspects of my life. Hopefully can start getting back on track again soon ...
  • FredMG

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    Nov 05, 2009 1:54 AM GMT
    Hey Jack,

    Sorry to hear that you've been sick. I think that I avoided the first wave of H1N1 by being in the back end of no where. And avoiding contact with kids - snottly little germ factories that they are, god bless them.

    I think i need to go on a quest for a trainer who is as big an outdoor junkie as i am. I've never met Mike or Billy, but almost every trainer I've ever met has a hard time working in a couple mondo cardio days every week. I'm not going to give up my long hikes and bike rides, that'd just kill my quality of life.
  • inmidair

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    Nov 24, 2009 5:11 AM GMT
    I've been doing this program since September, and overall it's been really helpful. I've lost 15 lbs in 10 weeks, which includes a bit of a bounce from when I was sick and resting at home and snarfing salty noodly soups.

    I've got a couple of questions, though. According to my scale, my percent body fat has dropped only about 3%. If I try to use math, my %bf should have dropped by 6%. So either the scale isn't reading my %bf very accurately, or I'm losing weight that is not fat.

    Also-- even though my waist has gotten smaller, I am still not happy with the lovehandley shape. What does my %bf have to be before that starts to shrink? I wasn't enormous to start with, but now that I've been in it for 10 weeks, I'd like to figure out what sort of goals are realistic.

    Finally, I'm extremely irritated by the new way that they are handling nutrition coaches. I was in the process of trying a couple of different coaches to see what they had to say, and then suddenly they dropped a new policy and I was locked into a woman I'd never even spoken with. She was very grateful that I'd "chosen her" as my coach, but if I can't talk to the others, how do I know that she's the right one for me?

    I'd love to hear from people who've done this before or are doing it now and can help me know where to go from here. Thanks!
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    Mar 02, 2010 10:31 PM GMT
    Okay, it's been a while since I've been on here, and I need to refocus. Anyone still around?

    I went through a hell of a fall (mother died and I immediately went into the hospital for 5 days with an infection) which has caused me to gain a little of the weight back. Not too bad, but I'm not where I want to be. I'm about 162, and would like to get back on track.

    Anyone still out there?