Joined April 2010
Weight History

Start Weight
215.0 lb
Lost so far: 36.0 lb

Current Weight
179.0 lb
Performance: Steady

Goal Weight
175.0 lb
Still to go: 4.0 lb
Well, just a typical dude in his 40's that put on about 1-2 lbs a year for the last 20 since basic training. Started in April 2010 restricting calorie intake to average 1200-1300 and daily brisk walking.

Took me about 100 days to drop 40 pounds and now I am right where I wanna be in the mid 170's .....

My methods were simple, track everything on Fatsecret, never cheat (no taking a little of this or that without recording) and at the end of the day make sure I had not gone over calories. Using diet and exercise maintain a 1000-1500 cal. deficit. ( 2-3 lb loss a week)

Of course I found that eating really good foods and staying away from any junk was the best way to get the most out of the calories I allotted myself for the day. No sugar beverages, no cakes, cookies, candies etc while on weight loss regimen.

Now I maintain -- Gym 6 days a week ( 30 min cardio -- 10 min weights )
Got to a low of about 160 pounds at one time but too many friends and family comments were telling me I was looking too thin ( I am 6ft 2in tall ) so I put back on about 15 lbs of muscle and I agree, looks better and I feel healthier in the 170's

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cals: 195kcal | fat: 8.53g | carbs: 26.48g | prot: 3.99g
Light Sweet Potato Fries
A delicious and healthy side dish.
cals: 159kcal | fat: 0.22g | carbs: 36.26g | prot: 4.70g
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Very Large Lady: Exercise Question
I began by walking because

1. I am cheap and did not want my weight loss journey to cost me $$ ( gym membership -- gas to get there and back )

2. I hate jogging/running

What I found after months of walking is that it is THE perfect exercise for my lifetime --

It is portable, I can do it ANYWHERE and it requires NO EQUIPMENT except for decent shoes so I always buy shoes that I would not mind walking in.

Also it can ( if done briskly ) get your heart rate up to a level that you are doing serious exercise while at the same time not beating your joints to death.

I get alot of thinking and praying done on my walks now as I am not soooo stressed with the act of exercising that I cannot think of other things.

I walk 1 hour briskly ( 4.5mph for me) everyday 7 days a week -- most of the time I knock it out from 430-530 am before work (also taking my Chocolate Lab along which he loves )

I do it on vacation or travel --- and never skip -- sometimes if I suspect I might not be able to get it in the next morning due to having to be at the airport early or something I will do another evening walk the day before just to make sure I am good to go and then the next day if I can get it in anyways at some point then it is a bonus ---

Finally walking as your exercise allows for oppotunistic exercise very often --- for example when I used to take my car to Sam's Club to get a flat repair I would shop even though I really did not need anything, now I leave my cell # and head outside to do laps around the building until it is finished.

You do however have to get past excuses like... **weather** ( it is too cold or hot or wet ) I have figured out that I can walk in almost any temperature now that I am in good shape ( I have done 110 degree days and 25 degree days ) as long as the wind is not really bad on a cold day --- If there is a really rainy day I just breakdown and go to a mall that walkers in my area frequent ( the anchor stores are gone and it has very few normal stores )

Walking is where it is at !
posted 12 Jul 2012, 13:47
Mixing it up
I'd say eggs, lean meats, unflavored plain Greek Yogurt (and add pack of Brand "TRUE" lemon/lime or orange and stevia to flavor)

posted 18 Apr 2012, 13:56
Thigh problem
KEEP DOING what you are doing!!! --- Everyone has an area that the fat will come off last at... For me it was belly fat, around the middle, as is typical for a overweight fortyish male. How did I get it off? Walking --- 7 day a week, 1 hour of brisk walking and calorie control to steadily lose the weight -- Not sure how tall you are but I am 6'2" and down in my 160's now and the belly fat finally HAD to come off because after the legs were toned and muscular (from the walking) my body started gobbling fat from where ever else was left --- I am convinced that if you stay on course and continue to lose weight the same will happen with you.

Good Luck!
posted 11 Apr 2012, 11:04
No soda challenge
Gave up all soda (drank a bunch of diet) in January 2012 and have not had too hard a go at it... Still drink coffee morning, noon and most nights ( about 44 oz a day total ) so I still get my caffeine fix.

I carry crystal light with me everywhere and have it at meals but use about half a pack per 14oz fluid ... Eventually am going to switch to all Stevia as my "non-sugar" sweetner of choice .... I just am working thru the Nutrasweet and Splenda stock I had built up. Also will be switching to the Stevia version of Crystal Light
posted 02 Mar 2012, 12:57
List your benefits of weight lost
I have been sick only once in the last two years and that amounted to a sore throat for about 4-5 days. I did not go to the Doc and just kept up my exercise routine and healthy eating and pushed through it with no Rx.
posted 23 Feb 2012, 14:20
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