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Where is everyone from?
I was born in Vancouver, BC...moved to Alberta at age of 18 for school/work, and now live in central Alberta near Red Deer but work in Wood Buffalo region (one of those oilsands guys) I love living in Alberta. We still get all four seasons! Most people are afraid of winter, but when you have a bright sunny morning with frost on all of the trees and surrounded by fields of snow...looks like a post card all winter, love it! Oh yeah, and we have lots of work ;-)
by madjak30 (submitted a week ago)
How Often Do you weigh yourself?
Once a week...focus more on how my clothes fit than the number on the scale.
by madjak30 (submitted 3 weeks ago)
Maintenance Diet Plan...
Well...things have changed quite a bit since the last entry. I'm now divorced (long story) and 14lbs heavier than I was at the last posting...sitting at 244lbs now, but the goal is still below 200lbs. I'm eating much less calories, more veggies, a little meat and almost no treats. Cookies are a rare treat. A bad day now is when I go over 2000 calories. Daily exercise, eating right and a new love in my life...life is looking up! Here I go...(again ;-) )
by madjak30 (submitted 3 weeks ago)
Why should you weigh yourself?
Most people weigh themselves once per day, I don't...I weigh in every couple of weeks...but to each their own. When you do weigh in, you should try to do it at the same time everytime. Not necessarily clock time, but when you get up within an hour and before you eat...or just before bed or a couple hours after your last meal for the day...as for the measurement system, that is for people that are more concerned with body fat & body proportions...weight doesn't really measure your health, it's an indicator but not a direct measurement...one guy can weigh 200 lbs & be unhealthy, another guy can be 200 lbs and be the picture of health (two guys of same height). Your build and muscle developement will play a big part, so when they are measureing they are more health concious than weight concious...I basically just go by how my cloths are fitting, getting looser or tighter...I've recently dropped from XL to just L...and I feel much better...my pants have gone from a 42 waist to a 36...if you focus too much on the number on the scale, you may get discouraged and feel like it isn't making any difference. You might just talk yourself into not trying anymore because "it isn't working", but even losing 1 lbs per week makes a huge difference...52 lbs in a year is nothing to be ashamed of. But it isn't as impressive as talking about losing 5-10 lbs in a week...those numbers are not sustainable though, where as 1 lbs per week is...until you get close to your goal, it will slow down at that point...anyway, I'm rambling...Good Luck.
by madjak30 (submitted a year ago)
Hungy All the Time! HELP!
You may want to be checked for diabetes...I just read that hunger can be a symptom...your body is craving energy, but your cells don't accept the sugars that are already in your blood so they keep sending the hunger trigger for you to eat...hope it's not something more serious...could also just be a mental hunger...see a doctor to be sure & rule stuff out. Good Luck!
by madjak30 (submitted a year ago)
Maintenance Diet Plan...
I'm doing pretty good with planning out my diet the day before...I still have a couple of stumbles once in a while, but overall I'm sticking to the plan. I have only been home for three days since posting that last update and didn't weigh myself...so I have no proof that I'm doing okay, but I'm exercising more & eating better...I head home this Saturday and will be home for 10 days! WOOHOO! It will be nice to spend time with the wife & kids...instead of being Uncle Dad. I'm planning on another change to my diet...more vegetables and less fruit. I currently eat 5 pieces of fruit per day and only a cut of carrots and a large salad for dinner. I will be adding a couple of hard boiled eggs to my salad to gain some protein, and add some cucumber & brocoli to replace two pieces of fruit...that will happen starting tomorrow, as I am going to be doing some grocery shopping tonight! I plan on starting to really step up the exercise & change my diet to feel more full and take in less calories...I want to reach my goal by the end of August, which is approx 30lbs...16wks to lose 30lbs, doable but not easy. I have a challenge on with a buddy of mine to see who gets under 200lbs quickest, so the race is on! Later.
by madjak30 (submitted a year ago)
Maintenance Diet Plan...
Well that was a year already? Wow...but I have only lost 8lbs over the last year...had a couple of stumbles along the way. I was down to under 210lbs, but Christmas and New Years took their toll and I fell of the healthy eating wagon for about a month...so I ended up going back to 226lbs, and it's slowly coming back down. I'm still following the same plan, but trying to keep the calories under 2000 daily now. I was allowing myself to eat upto 2900 for a while since my work was more physical, but I wasn't loosing weight...then at the holiday season I had a pretty sedentary life and continued eating the higher calories...bad science there! Now I'm back on track and getting back into the exercise routine that I had through the fall, but I'm not allowing myself to constantly eat that many calories. I want to reach my goal weight by my birthday in August, so 185lbs by August 29th...here we go!
by madjak30 (submitted a year ago)
Best time for doing exercise, morning or night?
I think the best time is mid morning...after a good breakfast has time to provide the energy...but in reality the best time is whenever you have the time. You just need to have the drive to "just do it!"...make sure to stretch, then exercise...approx 150mins per week. I'm not a morning person & can't stop in the middle of my day, so I exercise about an hour after dinner...then relax.
by madjak30 (submitted a year ago)
Before and After, anyone?
Here's a couple of pics of me... The first one is from Jan 2012, I had lost about 35lbs and was feeling pretty good about myself... [img]https://lh4.googleusercon... And this second one was taken on October 6, 2012... [img]https://lh3.googleusercon... I can't believe the difference...I'm feeling pretty good about myself these days...it's a big change from this guy... [img]https://lh6.googleusercon... My wife has been exercising too, but I'm not posting her after shots unless she says it's okay...and I'm stuck in camp right now... Later.
by madjak30 (submitted 2 years ago)
Before and After, anyone?
Well, it's been a while since I've posted on this thread...so here goes. My start back in December 2011 @ 250lbs [img]https://lh3.googleusercon... Me now @ 220.7lbs [img]https://lh4.googleusercon... I think there is a noticeable difference...and I need new pants again (too baggy) I'm just over half way to my goal...would be nice to hit the goal by the end of August, but I just want to get there... Later.
by madjak30 (submitted 2 years ago)
Maintenance Diet Plan...
It's funny how my attitude toward food has almost completely changed...a bad food day now is when I take in 3200-3500cal...that used to be cutting back, my average day would have been nearer to 4000-4500cal...I don't even know if I could eat that much food anymore, and that was just a few months ago... I guess when you are determined to change, you just change...I don't even really think about it anylonger (not true, I make a concious decision to make healthier choices...but I'm not starving, not even hungry most of the time)...this just seems to get easier the longer I'm doing it, so I'm thinking maintaining will be the same as it is now...think before you eat...and that's it...well, exercise is now part of my life too soooo... Later.
by madjak30 (submitted 2 years ago)
Maintenance Diet Plan...
Thanks, both of you!! And yes, I don't mind if it takes a couple of years to reach the goal. I know the loss will slow the closer I get to the maintenance weight, so I don't doubt it will take longer this way. Like keld said, it took time (over 20yrs) to put on the weight so why do we feel it should come off in just a few months...although I don't think it will take 20yrs to come off, but 20 months isn't out of the question... Later.
by madjak30 (submitted 2 years ago)
Maintenance Diet Plan...
Basically my diet plan is to create a maintenance diet for my goal weight, and use it now as my diet. It seems to be working, although I am usually a couple hundred calories below that. I don't feel hungry, but I have planned out my meals (between 5 & 6 per day) I've added 30-40mins of exercise four to five times per week (trying for everyday, but I tend to miss a couple). It really seems to be working. I started around November at 255lbs, and I am now at 230.2lbs...not the fastest diet, but I'm in it for the long haul anyway...trying to maintain 2lbs per week loss, which I have done since the new year... The one trick that I find helps the most is to plan out the days meals (all of them, snacks included) the day before. That way you know what you are going to eat, instead of getting hungry and then guessing. This allows you to check how many calories you will be getting and you can make adjustments to fit into your plan. Some days are hard, like when the wifey wants to go out for dinner...or the guys in the office ask you to join them for lunch...but I've started looking online at menus and the nutritional info before going, that way I can still plan it out ahead and not have to guess... Anyway, how do you do it?? and is it working for you? Later.
by madjak30 (submitted 2 years ago)
Before and After, anyone?
I was lucky and found about four old pairs of pants that were in the back of the closet...they were like new!! Good thing I'm a cheap bugger & still had those pants...but I think I will donate the old 42" pants to Good Will...there is no reason to keep those!! Later.
by madjak30 (submitted 2 years ago)
overwhelmed
For me, I find it easier to plan everything out the day before...all meals & snacks, even the exercise...I use the tracker for this, then I can see how my planned meals will end up calorie wise...if it is too many calories, I have the chance to make changes to be where I want...then if I stray from the plan, I only have to remember what was different & make the change that night when you are planning the next days meals... just a suggestion. Later.
by madjak30 (submitted 2 years ago)
Before and After, anyone?
[quote=mama cracker]madjak30... you totally made me smile! I have never been called anything close to a "hottie" in my life :D [/quote] Glad I didn't "step over the line" with that one...some people take things the wrong way...as for making you smile, well my work is done here!! That's what this thread is all about, positive re-enforcement...(although I have a hard time believing you..never?? ask your Hubby, I'm sure he knows how lucky he is ;) ) @kingkeld: Thanks buddy...I forgot to mention that in the first pic I am wearing 42" waist pants, the second pic is with 38" waist pants...it doesn't look like much in the pics, but I feel pretty damn good about myself. 8) Later.
by madjak30 (submitted 2 years ago)
Before and After, anyone?
Thanks...I'm pretty happy with myself right now, but I know I still have a long road ahead...slow and steady...my diet is basically maintenance for my goal weight, so my progress will slow as I approach my goal but then I will already be used to the portions and choices...I'm in this for the long haul, health not weight is my driving factor... Your pictures are amazing!! HOTTIE ALERT!! ;) :d Later.
by madjak30 (submitted 2 years ago)
Calorie counter app
Yes...I changed my "resting" to "sitting" since resting is you laying on the couch or bed doing nothing...there is "driving" in there for commute time or travel... I don't get that fussy about it...I only add my exercise time & changed resting to sitting, along with adjusting my sleep time to what my actual was... Good Luck!! Later.
by madjak30 (submitted 2 years ago)
Before and After, anyone?
[quote=madjak30]Here's a couple of better pics of my current weight... [img]https://lh4.googleusercon... Me at 250lbs [img]https://lh3.googleusercon... Me at 250lbs [/quote] Here's an update of how I'm doing...now 235lbs... [img]http://i1065.photobucket.... [img]http://i1065.photobucket.... Baby steps...20lbs to next milestone!! Later.
by madjak30 (submitted 2 years ago)
Food Trackers
Do it once and save it as a meal...then you will have a quick reference for meals that you regularily prepare... Later.
by madjak30 (submitted 2 years ago)
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