Convert to Fit!

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Re: Convert to Fit!

Postby jaswon » Wed Apr 24, 2013 12:03 pm

Hey Voldreg,

I am in about the same boat as you I'm 5'10 and about 260lbs. My wife and I have been going to the gym a couple of times a week and I have been walking on my breaks at work. So far I am down 18lbs since January 1, the food is the hardest part for me, and when friends want to hang out we always go out to eat instead of having them over. Keep up the fight and keep doing it for your health.
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Re: Convert to Fit!

Postby skul » Thu May 09, 2013 1:15 am

hey! im Skul .. or as you guys know me pandaslicer... im also beginning on my path to better health ... i am 6'2'' 270ish lbs now .. 27 yrs old ... this is quite a change from last fall .. following summer last year i was up to 320 lbs ... now ive joined Army ROTC at my university and working toward hitting the requirements to actually contract with the ROTC. ... ive been working on running better and longer...ive already made some progress... my goal is to be at my maximum allowable weight to go to BCT by december ... (228 lbs) ... also id love some advice on building up my stamina for running ... right now i can run about 1/2 mile in around 5:00- 5:30 ... before i leave for BCT i need to run 1 mile in 8:30 .. i would love to be able to actually pass the APFT (Army Physical Fitness Test) before i go ... for that i need to run 2 miles in 17:00
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Re: Convert to Fit!

Postby SpencerHD » Thu May 09, 2013 2:11 am

I am happy to finally add my story to here. My work is pretty physical, I work in theater/concerts, TV/film and a lot of other things in between. The easiest way to describe it is I do the set up, running it, and the take down. I am 6'3" tall with size 13 1/2 feet. I am a big guy. The lightest I have ever been in my 20's was 203 pounds, that was following a summer inspiration to lose some weight for a cruise I was going on. I was also the weakest I have ever been, and I didn't like it. Going into that weight loss I was 238 pounds and lost those 35 pounds in 2.5 months doing mostly aerobic. That was when I was 21. Several years and plenty of life experience later, I found myself at my heaviest I have ever been, 316 pounds. I really wanted to try and get at least down to the 230 range. Now I know muscle weighs more than fat, and I have a large build as I work in a physical job. The people I worked with were pretty shocked when I told them my weight, they all guessed I was around 250/260, but I really did want to get back to a point where I felt light, and really energized.

So I started working out regularly, I did 4 one hour workouts a week, on top of the work I was doing at my job and I saw some change in weight, but not much. I getting better tone, but not losing weight, I was just getting bigger. Now bigger is good, in the sense that larger muscles burn more calories, so just in my day to day work I was burning more calories and losing more weight. It also made my job a lot easier as everything was pretty light compared to what I was used to. This went on for about 2 years. In December 2012 I was 312 pounds. I know, not a huge change in weight, but I am pretty strong. So, that December I decided to go see a nutritionist.

Now, something to know about my diet going into this. I am a pretty picky eater, a lot of foods I am just not a fan of. That being said, there are some I love. My dad once described me as Unique, I am pretty sure he meant it in a good way. It seems when I set my mind to do something, I can do it, and maintain it. When I was 15 years old, I was at a friends gaming with a large group. We were having a LAN Party, I had a 1 liter Coke in one hand and a pack of Reece's Peanut Butter cups in the other. I had one of those moments where everything just sort of clears. I asked myself if I got anything positive from the food and drink I was consuming. They cost me money, they are both terrible for me, they make me feel like crap, and the only thing I could come up with was I liked the taste. So I said hey, I will just try and go a week without. That week has now turned into over 12 years, I haven't had a birthday cake(I do BBQ's instead), I didn't have my wedding cake, no pop, no candy, nothing. I just don't do deserts anymore. So that's the big thing to note with my diet, the other thing that I know a few other people do is I don't drink, smoke or do any drugs. I am a pretty clean guy.

So I went to go see a nutritionist. She has been great, I've met with her a couple of times. She recommended I make some changes in my diet, taking out foods that could potentially cause any sort of irritation. I started this change immediately, my wife and I cleared out our pantry (I am so grateful she is on board with the change, not that she had a ton of choice, I do all the cooking.). That was December 18th, 2012 I weighed in at 312 pounds. I am as of today 257 pounds, a total loss of 55 pounds in under 5 months. Now she didn't just recommend a change in food, she also recommended Tabatas. Tabatas are a way of exercising where you do a period of time doing as many reps as you can, followed by a short break and then repeat usually 8 times. There is plenty of youtube content out there about them. The nicest thing about them, is the most common one takes only 4 minutes to do. She started me off doing just 1 a day, then 2 weeks later I went to 2, then 3, I kinda stopped at 3, but I supposed I could have kept going. So I was doing 20 seconds on, 10 seconds off, 8 times, that's 4 minutes. There are apps for Tabata timers for your phone. You can do them anywhere, the exercise can be anything from a squat against a wall or push-ups to standing on your tippy-toes. The point is it shocks your system into getting moving, it jump starts your metabolism daily, you can easily fit 4 minutes into your day, and it makes you feel way better.

My wife has changed her diet as well, she works a desk job and works out twice a week with me for 1 hour. She's lost 35 pounds, that's without the Tabatas and a physical job. I cannot stress enough how what you are eating effects your weight. I couldn't figure out why so much exercise, even large amounts of aerobic just wasn't dropping my weight the way I wanted it to. My goal is to be under 220 for Blizzcon this year. Up to this point I haven't really shared this information outside of my family. But I think this guild is pretty amazing, and am looking forward to seeing the people I can at blizzcon this year.

I hope this helps to motivate and inform. Please know if you want to talk at all, feel free to contact me via PM on the forums anytime.

Cheers,
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Re: Convert to Fit!

Postby Rulueashk » Thu May 09, 2013 1:28 pm

I <3 this topic. Thanks for sharing, guys. Very inspirational.
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Re: Convert to Fit!

Postby Voldreg » Mon May 13, 2013 10:57 pm

Well, here is my first update:

Since I've started I've lost almost 5 pounds. I've lost a half inch around my neck and 2 inches off my waist. I've slipped a bit in working out and missed most of last week due to being sick, but maybe that lost me a extra few pounds so I'll take it. :P I plan to return to the gym tomorrow.

To help me track my progress I got a Withings Bodyscale. It tracks weight, BMI, and body fat. The body fat part is somewhat questionable in its reliability, but from what I've read, its fine for tracking long term trends. What I really like about it is that its wi fi and automatically logs your data so you don't have to worry about recording anything. Stand on it and your done. I got it on clearance from where I work so it was about half off what it regularly goes for. If you can swing the cash, I think its worth it.

I only weigh myself about every week. I find its pointless to track your weight everyday since it will fluctuate a lot in any given day. Plus since I'm exercising with strength training, I'm hoping some of my fat is being replaced with muscle so I'm more interested in my measurement changes. As you can see from above, that's my waist and neck.

I'm also tracking my calorie intake with the site my fitness pal as others have mentioned. I'm not being overly detailed and watching it to the exact calorie. To be safe, conservative, and make the tracking simple, I overestimate on calories and underestimate on exercise. I want a decent number to learn my eating habits and stay healthy, not get so wrapped up with tracking that I feel overwhelmed with my eating choices. That feels counterproductive. I also don't use the "banked" calories from exercise as a reason to eat more. I also treat each day as its own thing and won't try to justify eating more one day because I ate less on another. I find its better to focus on the present day than trying to win for a whole week. If I go over one day (and believe me it happens), I just work on it tomorrow. If I spend time beating myself up for the past day, the next day, I lose.

Congrats to all those success stories! Its seeing that others are succeeding and hearing your experiences which motivates me everyday. I'll keep posting and let you folks know how its going.
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Re: Convert to Fit!

Postby Saliira » Wed May 15, 2013 9:57 pm

Thanks for starting this thread. I'm also starting on the "get fit" track, working towards losing the weight I gained since college and especially since having two kids. I'm 5'6" and 220 lbs. My first goal is 165, the last weight I felt healthy at.

Since I work full time (at a computer, very sedentary) and have a family, it's nearly impossible to motivate myself to go to the gym or even downstairs for a "long" stretch of exercise, but I've found that I can fit in small spurts of exercise, which for me (currently) entail a couple laps around my office before work, a walk around the block after work (a total of .85 mi), and 20 reps of "something legs", "something arms", and "something abs". I plan to increase this as I go forward, but the key for me is doing something, ANYTHING.

Really, though, the hardest part is watching what I eat. I'm working to eat more whole foods locally grown and fewer processed foods, especially the processed carbs (cookies and pastries are my downfall) that taste so great but make me tired/sluggish and give me headaches and heartburn. I've started tracking my foods so I know what I'm eating and can keep a handle on my calories.

Good luck and keep up the great work!
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Re: Convert to Fit!

Postby Ariyah » Thu May 16, 2013 9:56 pm

so I decided to tell my story here since a few others have, mostly men so as a woman I'm hoping to reach others like me.

I just want to tell you that at age 34 I am 5'4 and weight 265lbs. Yes, you read that right. I've heard all the comments, jokes and even worse "but you have such a pretty face". As if that's all I am.

I was always athletic growing up, my parents never allowed us to not be active. Until my early 20's when I the man I was SURE was my soulmate. He dumped me after a few years and I gained weight, since I was so depressed (ladies, we've all done it).

Over the years, that little weight turned into a lot until one day 5 years ago I'd had enough. I was turning 30, not married, no kids, no job and I was fat. How was I to get on with my life looking the way I did? I started every diet I had read about and NOTHING worked! Low fat, Low salt, Low carb, etc. I tried it all.
Life went on, the weight stayed but I was happy. I finally got a really good full time job, got a dog, moved out and became an actual functioning adult in society.
In the back of my mind I kept thinking I'd like to lose weight but since I was at least working out, I wasn't too bad.

Then the worst happened. 2 years ago I went to NYC to visit my cousin and her baby. Our first day there and I was in the hotel all day as I was too sick to stand. I thought it was nerves as I hadn't been on vacation in years and I had never been so long away from my dog! The rest of the weekend was great and I didn't feel sick again. A week later I got a pain in my neck at work. Again, thought nothing of it, those desks are terrible. But the pain got worse. And the sickness from my trip came back. Two weeks of this went by before caving to see my doctor.
I get into the doctor, who listens to me cry about how bad I feel and I can see there's something clearly worrying him. He starts to take all the usual tests until he gets to my neck.
There is now something there that wasn't there a month ago. As he's touching it, I can feel it and IT HURTS.

After an ultrasound, it's found there's a 5 inch nodule in my thyroid. 5 inches! Do you know how huge that is IN YOUR NECK?
Not only is it annoying, it can also be cancerous. Nodules usually are an indication of thyroid cancer. I get sent to a specialist who over the course of 3 months takes multiple biopsies and I'm finally in the clear. No cancer, yay!

But, I'm still not well. I'm sick after eating. I'm so hungry I eat everything I see. I'm never hungry and force myself to eat something so I don't pass out. I'm being tested for everything my doctor can think of, plus he's sending me to others and no one can tell me what's wrong.
Not to mention the worst part is according to different dieticians, the way I eat and workout there is no way I should weight this much. I go on a supervised diet and workout with a personal trainer for 6 months and my weight is EXACTLY the same? Yes, something is wrong.

I gave up a few months ago with these doctors and decided to go a different direction - I was going to test myself for food allergies, something my doctor laughed at. And you know what? Everytime I ate processed wheat (white bread, etc), I was so sick, or I'd be hungry again or I'd look at bread and cringe. So maybe this is what's been wrong all this time. Wheat/Gluten Free is a fad right now and doctors do not like testing for it for every patient that comes in thinking they have it. But people do have allergies.

Now, I am undiagnosed with this but this is where I'm headed now in my journey. Who knows, months from now I may laugh at myself and say, "silly you, why did you think this was what was wrong?". So far the days I don't eat wheat I feel a whole lot better.

I'm now more serious than ever to find out what has been making me sick. I also want to lose the weight so I can have surgery for my thyroid. As your weight increases, you are more likely to not survive any kind of surgery and that scares the heck out of me.

I've heard so many people talk about a reward system for weight loss to motivate you. I tried that before and it never worked, I'd just give myself the reward no matter what. As I'm sitting down thinking of this whole process I thought - I LOVE video games, especially WoW. Why not make this journey more like the game? I created goals, with rewards and I put them into a quest format.
I know, you're thinking it's silly. But it's not. Each quest is specific, detailed. If I complete it, I get the reward, much like WoW.
I'll upload some examples this weekend if anyone's interested (if anyone has read this far!)

I'm more than happy to help others out, even if it's just online. I'd really like us to support each other since you can never have too much support.
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Re: Convert to Fit!

Postby Turarts » Fri May 17, 2013 11:09 pm

My story is definitely from a female perspective. My husband and I were set to get married 11-11-11 I was excited, and had the perfect dress. September 24 2011 a little over a week before my bachelorette party I found out I was pregnant. Luckily I was still able to fit into my beautiful dress. Flash forward to my third trimester, I was fat. Yes I was pregnant but there was no cute baby bump, just a fat squishy belly. As odd as it sounds, I could tell when we were out and about that people were looking at me wondering if I was pregnant or not.

Then my son wae born. He stayed in long enough to be born on June 6 (1203am) I was determined to lose weight. As luck would have it postpartum depression was in my cards. I would sometimes not eat 2 or 3 meals ina row and then gorge myself. Which was especially bad since I was breastfeeding. This was (until recently) a huge struggle for me. It affected everything including my goals to better my health for myself and my son.

For me, the biggest issue was learning when to be hard on myself and when to just relax. For example, being hard on myself to exercise when my son is napping as opposed to napping with him or watching TV. As for being easy, sometimes eating healthy just isn't going to happen. Whether it's a family get together or it's that time of the month and I want chocolate. I would also highly recommend a support group or a close friend. They can keep you accountable and give you support when you need it.
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Re: Convert to Fit!

Postby Saliira » Sun May 19, 2013 8:23 pm

Thanks Aryiah for sharing your story. Congratulations for paying attention to how your body feels and I hope you find your solution sooner rather than later. I would love to see some of your quest writeups -- I also have trouble not rewarding myself anyway.

Mndnisius -- keep up the good work. Staying fit while breastfeeding and dealing with post-partum depression is hard -- I breastfed both my boys and it was hard (but worth it). With the first, I was working full time and with the second I had post-partum depression. That first year was the hardest. Now that my youngest is 3, I'm trying to lose the baby-and-lazy weight.
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Re: Convert to Fit!

Postby Voldreg » Sun May 19, 2013 10:20 pm

@Saliira: I know how being sedentary at work and family life make it hard to get exercise. I'm glad to hear that you're finding a way to get some exercise in and watching your diet. It's the hardest thing for me to make it to the gym or just exercise, but I agree that every bit helps.

@Ariyah: Your story is certainly inspiring, and It's great to know you're finally on a path that makes sense to you. Sometimes listening to yourself when others tell you something different is hard. Finding your own voice is powerful and listening to it doubly so.

@mndnisius: I'm glad you found a way to focus on geting in shape and cope with your postpartum depression. Finding the balance between knowing when to get tough and when to relax is key concept I am trying to master. Sometimes I want to beat myself up too much when I have to remember my long term goal and not sweat the small stuff.

Thank you for some ladies' perspectives!
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