2010 - I am going to undo the weight gain

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    Jan 08, 2010 2:21 PM GMT
    Well guys, I am making my intentions to lose weight public. My trainer/fraternity brother suggested I do so because it will provide me with an incentive to do the workouts and stick to the plan if I feel I am accountable.

    Ergo, here I am. I am here to announce that I will lose some weight - 70 lbs (rather a lot really) this year in a planned and consistent manner.

    I have posted my back story and motivation on my profile - but if anyone is interested and asks, I will re-post it here.

    I will be uploading the "Before"/"Current" pictures on Saturday after we take them. I will be uploading videos charting my progress on youtube and photos detailing my weight loss here on realjock.com.

    I will be honest - I am scared shitless of posting my pics on here - especially when I look at many of the guys on here. I may not be much right now, but give me time and I am going to try to knock someones socks off. icon_biggrin.gif

    Anyway I will post more when I have uploaded the photos.

    Cheers!
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    Jan 08, 2010 2:28 PM GMT
    Also all commentary is very welcome thanks!

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    Jan 08, 2010 6:32 PM GMT
    Good for you!

    Your trainer is right, the more people you let know, preferably in person and not innernet, the more accountable you are the more likely you will drive yourself to succeed.


    For that matter, I wanna get shredded by summer!
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    Jan 08, 2010 6:57 PM GMT
    makavelli saidGood for you!

    Your trainer is right, the more people you let know, preferably in person and not innernet, the more accountable you are the more likely you will drive yourself to succeed.


    For that matter, I wanna get shredded by summer!


    Yes you are correct - I have let most of my friends know (that are still here in town - we are currently on winter break. I intend to let the rest know when they get back - prolly at a party or something...lol idk.

    But yeah, letting people know on the internet - I just felt like like letting anyone I could let know...know. Plus, I do not know many gay people here on campus, well except for what is called "the gay mafia" here on campus. But most of them are sorta, uhm...I am not sure how to say this - catty and would most likely be rather hateful (they get hateful about most things).

    Thank you for the support!

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    Jan 08, 2010 8:39 PM GMT
    remember, all this body stuff is about consistency: if you consistently overeat and don´t exercise you gain, if you consistently eat properly and exercise then you will end up looking good, eventually. No magic.

    you will totally have to relearn how to eat, re-educate your tastebuds, preferably learn how to cook so you are not reliant on buying fast food and getting all your flavour from sugar, fat and salt.

    You will also have to learn how to workout with intensity, but without overdoing it, or becoming obsessive.

    Good luck.
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    Jan 08, 2010 8:46 PM GMT
    Lostboy saidremember, all this body stuff is about consistency: if you consistently overeat and don´t exercise you gain, if you consistently eat properly and exercise then you will end up looking good, eventually. No magic.

    you will totally have to relearn how to eat, re-educate your tastebuds, preferably learn how to cook so you are not reliant on buying fast food and getting all your flavour from sugar, fat and salt.

    You will also have to learn how to workout with intensity, but without overdoing it, or becoming obsessive.

    Good luck.


    Thank you very much for the info - yes my trainer and the dietician have both stressed to me that the majority of this battle to lose the weight is going to be fought in the kitchen.

    I am lucky in that I have never been one for sweets - my great weakness lies in a love of bread and potatoes, also rich sauces, cheeses, and the like.

    I am keeping a food diary per the dieticians instructions and measuring out portions using a digital scale.

    You are correct - I am very much having to learn how to eat all over again. But then it is fun learning new things.

    I am scheduled for my next workout tomorrow (Saturday) today, I am going to go for an extended walk (6 miles) to get in a light cardio workout.

    Again thanks for the advice!

    Cheers!
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    Jan 08, 2010 9:01 PM GMT
    TX_Nacster saidWell guys, I am making my intentions to lose weight public. My trainer/fraternity brother suggested I do so because it will provide me with an incentive to do the workouts and stick to the plan if I feel I am accountable.

    Ergo, here I am. I am here to announce that I will lose some weight - 70 lbs (rather a lot really) this year in a planned and consistent manner.

    I have posted my back story and motivation on my profile - but if anyone is interested and asks, I will re-post it here.

    I will be uploading the "Before"/"Current" pictures on Saturday after we take them. I will be uploading videos charting my progress on youtube and photos detailing my weight loss here on realjock.com.

    I will be honest - I am scared shitless of posting my pics on here - especially when I look at many of the guys on here. I may not be much right now, but give me time and I am going to try to knock someones socks off. icon_biggrin.gif

    Anyway I will post more when I have uploaded the photos.

    Cheers!


    You need to dig into why you dislike yourself as you do. I read your profile, and, clearly, you're an example of someone who has a lot of baggage and you need to start at the beginning and get the mess cleaned up.

    You can make all the declarations about not being a fat ass you want, but, until you changes your views, and modify your behavior, things will remain the same.

    I suggest you work with a professional on your low self-esteem, low confidence, and paralyzing, self-induced, irrational, fear.

    Until you get a tiny bit of courage to show your face, a bit of integrity about who you are, and give yourself permission to like yourself, you WILL CONTINUE TO FAIL. That's where the underlying issue is. The weight issues are as much a symptom of your poor underlying mental health as anything.

    You have to become less self-centric. In a world of nearly 7 BILLION folks do you honestly think that many folks give a shit about you to the point you should be afraid to have integrity about who you are, and what you look like? If you do, you're fooling yourself. You're making yourself miserable over completely stupid stuff, and the demon is within. That's the issue you need to address. That issue being why it is that you're so self-involved and self-loathing.

    Chances are that if you don't like that fat ass you, you aren't going to like the slim ass you a lot better. That's the part you need to work through.

    Whether you're conflicted by false belief systems, or lazy, or whatever the issue is, you need to get past the hiding, the lack of courage, the fear...that's all self-imposed. You ARE your worst hindrance and that's the part you need to address.
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    Jan 08, 2010 9:20 PM GMT
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    TX_Nacster saidWell guys, I am making my intentions to lose weight public. My trainer/fraternity brother suggested I do so because it will provide me with an incentive to do the workouts and stick to the plan if I feel I am accountable.

    Ergo, here I am. I am here to announce that I will lose some weight - 70 lbs (rather a lot really) this year in a planned and consistent manner.

    I have posted my back story and motivation on my profile - but if anyone is interested and asks, I will re-post it here.

    I will be uploading the "Before"/"Current" pictures on Saturday after we take them. I will be uploading videos charting my progress on youtube and photos detailing my weight loss here on realjock.com.

    I will be honest - I am scared shitless of posting my pics on here - especially when I look at many of the guys on here. I may not be much right now, but give me time and I am going to try to knock someones socks off. icon_biggrin.gif

    Anyway I will post more when I have uploaded the photos.

    Cheers!


    You need to dig into why you dislike yourself as you do. I read your profile, and, clearly, you're an example of someone who has a lot of baggage and you need to start at the beginning and get the mess cleaned up.

    You can make all the declarations about not being a fat ass you want, but, until you changes your views, and modify your behavior, things will remain the same.

    I suggest you work with a professional on your low self-esteem, low confidence, and paralyzing, self-induced, irrational, fear.

    Until you get a tiny bit of courage to show your face, a bit of integrity about who you are, and give yourself permission to like yourself, you WILL CONTINUE TO FAIL. That's where the underlying issue is. The weight issues are as much a symptom of your poor underlying mental health as anything.

    You have to become less self-centric. In a world of nearly 7 BILLION folks do you honestly think that many folks give a shit about you to the point you should be afraid to have integrity about who you are, and what you look like? If you do, you're fooling yourself. You're making yourself miserable over completely stupid stuff, and the demon is within. That's the issue you need to address. That issue being why it is that you're so self-involved and self-loathing.


    As far as having low self-esteem issues and needing to work on them, that is being done. I began last year in the fall - but this, like anything worthwhile, takes time. I did not feel the need to share that with the good folks here.

    With regards to my having baggage - I think everyone, if they are honest with themselves, has baggage of some sort. I acknowledge my "baggage" as it were, but it does not make me less capable of doing anything - it is a matter of getting rid of it.

    In so far as my having integrity and the courage to post a pic - I did in fact point out that is coming Saturday - tomorrow in fact.

    To address your commentary regarding my "poor underlying mental health," are you someone who is qualified to make that judgment based upon what in the real world amounts to less than 2 typed double spaced pages of commentary? The counselor at university that I am speaking took around a month of twice weekly interviews to come to his diagnosis. There are some issues - depression and PTSD among them but nothing that would render me in poor (I am understanding poor to mean mentally ill in some sense) mental health and this is being addressed.

    However, overall your reply to my posting was not entirely without accuracy or merit. If you honestly meant your reply in a positive way fine...please continue to post away; such honesty is a refreshing thing. If however, your reply was meant to denigrate or belittle my efforts then please keep them to yourself. I should like to think they were meant in the best possible way. I do appreciate any and all input.

    Anyway, thanks for the reply.

    Cheers!
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    Jan 08, 2010 10:20 PM GMT
    And think in 3 month blocks: you may see some difference before then (weight typically comes off fast then plateaus). if you think in 3 month blocks, work steadily and sustainably then you WILL notice changes. Also do the picture thing: take some pics now, and then say every month so you can get some objective feedback.
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    Kudos, TX, on your resolve and on having the brassies to make yourself accountable. IT WORKS! I did it last Jan through March to the tune of 37 pounds.

    In my experience, my frame of mind was key to confidence and commitment. It's easy to think of a fitness program as some temporary self-inflicted Hell you're entering for the narrowly defined goal of losing a set number of pounds. And that's the wrong approach.

    With the help of some friends and (this is a little embarrassing to admit) The Biggest Loser, I took on the mindset that I was re-adopting a healthy lifestyle, and re-cultivating healthy habits - for good.

    We all live our lifestyle one day at a time. So I worked my plan and my commitment the same way - one day at a time. Every morning I set the same goal: "Today I will eat my nutrition plan, and I will work my fitness plan. Today, I am only responsible for today." It really took the mental pressure off.

    I stopped worrying about weight and deadlines. My daily success metric was a calorie deficit of a certain amount. I used fitday.com, which is free, to track calories consumed and burned, and the resulting calorie surplus or deficit. But instead of using the weight log on fitday.com I just used a very plain computer generated 3-month calendar that I duct taped to my bathroom mirror. Every evening I graded my performance with an "N" if I kept to my nutrition commitment, and an "F" if I kept to my fitness commitment. Simple pass/fail with no partial credit.

    Once you get a rally of 3 or 4 consecutive days going, it's a fun challenge to keep it going. I told friends and some guys at my gym about it, and they helped by constantly asking me "How many days in a row?!"

    Some nights I calculated that I was 100 to 200 calories off, because I either overate or under-exercised. So I either took the dogs for a half-hour late night walk or did a half hour of calisthenics to get that passing grade. (Dog walking with a 25 pound backpack was a key activity for me. My dogs got buffer than I did.)

    I hope something here helps. You're certainly off to a great start! I'll keep checking in for your updates.

    YOU CAN DO IT!!!


    PS Check out The Biggest Loser. There are some really hurting people on there who worked on me two ways. First, their commitment was inspiring. Second, they were morbidly obese and much worse off than you or I have ever been, so if they have what it takes to keep to their plan, I have what it takes to keep to mine.

    Also, watch for their ad for the weight loss challenge. You sign up online and for every pound you take off, a pound of food is donated to foodbanks around the country.
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    Jan 09, 2010 12:00 AM GMT
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    Kudos, TX, on your resolve and on having the brassies to make yourself accountable. IT WORKS! I did it last Jan through March to the tune of 37 pounds.

    In my experience, my frame of mind was key to confidence and commitment. It's easy to think of a fitness program as some temporary self-inflicted Hell you're entering for the narrowly defined goal of losing a set number of pounds. And that's the wrong approach.

    With the help of some friends and (this is a little embarrassing to admit) The Biggest Loser, I took on the mindset that I was re-adopting a healthy lifestyle, and re-cultivating healthy habits - for good.

    We all live our lifestyle one day at a time. So I worked my plan and my commitment the same way - one day at a time. Every morning I set the same goal: "Today I will eat my nutrition plan, and I will work my fitness plan. Today, I am only responsible for today." It really took the mental pressure off.

    I stopped worrying about weight and deadlines. My daily success metric was a calorie deficit of a certain amount. I used fitday.com, which is free, to track calories consumed and burned, and the resulting calorie surplus or deficit. But instead of using the weight log on fitday.com I just used a very plain computer generated 3-month calendar that I duct taped to my bathroom mirror. Every evening I graded my performance with an "N" if I kept to my nutrition commitment, and an "F" if I kept to my fitness commitment. Simple pass/fail with no partial credit.

    Once you get a rally of 3 or 4 consecutive days going, it's a fun challenge to keep it going. I told friends and some guys at my gym about it, and they helped by constantly asking me "How many days in a row?!"

    Some nights I calculated that I was 100 to 200 calories off, because I either overate or under-exercised. So I either took the dogs for a half-hour late night walk or did a half hour of calisthenics to get that passing grade. (Dog walking with a 25 pound backpack was a key activity for me. My dogs got buffer than I did.)

    I hope something here helps. You're certainly off to a great start! I'll keep checking in for your updates.

    YOU CAN DO IT!!!


    PS Check out The Biggest Loser. There are some really hurting people on there who worked on me two ways. First, their commitment was inspiring. Second, they were morbidly obese and much worse off than you or I have ever been, so if they have what it takes to keep to their plan, I have what it takes to keep to mine.

    Also, watch for their ad for the weight loss challenge. You sign up online and for every pound you take off, a pound of food is donated to foodbanks around the country.


    Thank you very much for the input - we are taking the current/before pics on Saturday and then the updates will be posted once a week - mainly a weigh in. About every 3rd week their will be progress pics put up.