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  1. Quote Originally Posted by littlejeni View Post
    I am so excited for you that you've made this decision. I know it is such a committment.

    I am one that needs to be held accountable. If you are that type also, then maybe start a log on AM. This way you can log your progression and you'll also have a lot of people supporting your effort. That is only a suggestion, logging does get time consuming. But I would love to see before and after pictures...even if it is a year from now!

    Also, the weight loss thing is trial and error. I'm sure this isn't the first time you've tried to lose weight (although this time you sound like you're doing some research). Try to recall what you did in the past and what your limiting factor was (ie-diet, motivation, energy...) and see if you can identify that when it sneaks up again this time (because most likely it will). Play offensively when faced with obstacles.

    My buddy at the gym just went from 400 lbs to about 260 lbs in about 6-8 months. I know that he has been in the gym 6 days a week. He started going to spinning classes about 3 days a week. He said that at first he needed a reason to go to the gym and the classes helped him. After awhile he has become a fixture and people hound him if they haven't seen him in about 2 days...accountability really works.

    I don't know you, but I really want this for you, everyone deserves to be healthy! Good luck!

    Thanks LJ.

    I am not sure where to go to start the log. I have a before pic but I really wanted an after pic before I posted it. Right now, it would be more of a before and still pic.

    I had some success between June and August 2008 in dropping about 15 lbs, but it came back by Christmas. My limiting factor was time. I commute from Birmingham to Montgomery every day, working out in the gym at my hotel in Montgomery, then driving home. My commute is about 75 minutes each way. I just really grew sick of not being at home, so I guess it was motivation. Right now, my wife is taking classes towards her doctorate at night, so with her not being home at night either, it has taken that limiting factor out of the equation...for now anyway.

    The folks on here have been very supportive, and I appreciate being able to have you on board the list of folks checking in on me.

    One question...What is a spinning class?


  2. its a specialized exercise bike class.

    I used to work (telecommuting) for a company in Troy. damn good bbq around there
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  3. Quote Originally Posted by EasyEJL View Post
    its a specialized exercise bike class.

    I used to work (telecommuting) for a company in Troy. damn good bbq around there

    Got it. I was really hoping Dreamland BBQ would somehow make it to the good side of the graphic you provided me. On that note, I spent about 20 minutes cutting up pineapple, watermelon, canteloupe, and mango and have about 10 lbs of fruit salad in my work fridge.

  4. Quote Originally Posted by Fat Ass 101 View Post
    Got it. I was really hoping Dreamland BBQ would somehow make it to the good side of the graphic you provided me. On that note, I spent about 20 minutes cutting up pineapple, watermelon, canteloupe, and mango and have about 10 lbs of fruit salad in my work fridge.
    smoked chicken without extra sauce isnt too bad, same with beef brisket. the sauce kills you and so does serving size.

  5. Quote Originally Posted by EasyEJL View Post
    smoked chicken without extra sauce isnt too bad, same with beef brisket. the sauce kills you and so does serving size.

    I agree. I have cut down my portion sizes and am bringing leftovers to work for lunch.

    I am trying to take LJ's advice on the log. I posted what I ate today, but the exercise options seem limited. I don't see where treadmill would go as there is no mile counter, only pounds.

    My hotel had a military group in last night, so I was a bit embarrassed at the gym. Nothing I can't overcome, but there is a certain level of intimidation when I am wheezing from running 1/4 mile on the treadmill and am surrounded by guys sprinting for 5 miles and doing one armed pushups.
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  6. then just worry about time on the treadmill, track that. there really isn't any single right or wrong way to do any of this if there was then everyone would have abs so just keep working towards it and keep in mind these are changes for life, not something you'll do for 6 months then go back to how you were.

  7. Quote Originally Posted by Fat Ass 101 View Post
    My hotel had a military group in last night, so I was a bit embarrassed at the gym. Nothing I can't overcome, but there is a certain level of intimidation when I am wheezing from running 1/4 mile on the treadmill and am surrounded by guys sprinting for 5 miles and doing one armed pushups.
    I wouldnt worry about being intimidated in front of them. If they were like my friends and I were back in the day, theyre just a bunch of goobers that are more worried about finding the next opportunity to slap their buddy in the nuts while hes holding weight over his head. I love my military brothers, but please dont feel intimidated around them.

    If you had your supervisors at your job giving you written evaluations every quarter and they affected your chances of promotion or demotion, Im sure youd be in better shape too.

  8. Quote Originally Posted by EasyEJL View Post
    then just worry about time on the treadmill, track that. there really isn't any single right or wrong way to do any of this if there was then everyone would have abs so just keep working towards it and keep in mind these are changes for life, not something you'll do for 6 months then go back to how you were.
    I've gone back and added yesterdays workout and todays diet. I should be able to keep pace with this. Again, I am trying to do what I think is right, but if you see something that looks bad, please let me know.

  9. Quote Originally Posted by Maverick60 View Post
    I wouldnt worry about being intimidated in front of them. If they were like my friends and I were back in the day, theyre just a bunch of goobers that are more worried about finding the next opportunity to slap their buddy in the nuts while hes holding weight over his head. I love my military brothers, but please dont feel intimidated around them.

    If you had your supervisors at your job giving you written evaluations every quarter and they affected your chances of promotion or demotion, Im sure youd be in better shape too.

    Thanks Maverick. These were grown men and I am sure they were just doing their own thing, not paying me any mind. I am over it.

  10. Quote Originally Posted by Fat Ass 101 View Post
    One question...What is a spinning class?
    Spinning is an indoor cycling class. What part of Birmingham? If you are near me in Helena/Alabaster, PM me...I may be able to hook you up with a gym. It's not a Gold's so maybe the price would be more realistic.

    And I know you won't have any before/afters now...but make that a goal for a few months from now or every 3-4 months.

    To log your workout or diet, go to your the top of the AM page and find the button that says diet tracker. You can enter your foods in.

  11. Quote Originally Posted by littlejeni View Post
    Spinning is an indoor cycling class. What part of Birmingham? If you are near me in Helena/Alabaster, PM me...I may be able to hook you up with a gym. It's not a Gold's so maybe the price would be more realistic.

    And I know you won't have any before/afters now...but make that a goal for a few months from now or every 3-4 months.

    To log your workout or diet, go to your the top of the AM page and find the button that says diet tracker. You can enter your foods in.
    I tried to figure out the log. I have been goofing on this all day.

  12. It sounds like youre on the right track and youll make great progress if you keep this up. Just keep pluggin away!

  13. I am still hung up on cycling class...I don't know what that is. Does someone just get up in your grill and make you pedal faster?

  14. sort of, they play music and give you a sort of story to follow, so you have uphill stretches, downhill, etc. so they set the pace for you to follow and keep motivation up

  15. I guess that makes sense. Thanks for the clarification.

  16. they are a freaking brutal 1 hour torture session. includes cooldown and stretches too generally. we could have used spinning class in guantanamo bay to get answers

  17. Quote Originally Posted by EasyEJL View Post
    they are a freaking brutal 1 hour torture session. includes cooldown and stretches too generally. we could have used spinning class in guantanamo bay to get answers
    LOL....

  18. Imagine an aerobics class on bikes. But brutal like E said. The instructor is up front to pace the session and push you past what youd normally do on your own.

  19. Quote Originally Posted by Maverick60 View Post
    Imagine an aerobics class on bikes. But brutal like E said. The instructor is up front to pace the session and push you past what youd normally do on your own.

    And people pay for this??? Too funny. I have never done aerobics but it sounds like hell.

  20. Yeah the ladies eat that stuff up, it seems it just kicks our asses. I think its some kind of strategic targeted revenge on guys by the cardio bunnies...

    Ive never done aerobics either, I just watched it on espn2 when I was growing up. lol.

  21. Quote Originally Posted by Maverick60 View Post
    Yeah the ladies eat that stuff up, it seems it just kicks our asses. I think its some kind of strategic targeted revenge on guys by the cardio bunnies...

    Ive never done aerobics either, I just watched it on espn2 when I was growing up. lol.
    Beats watching fat, old guys playing poker, I suppose.

  22. Wasn't able to get to workout last night as the gym was packed and my agreement was to never displace a paying guest. I will hit it tonight.

    There is an interesting conversation going on with another thread regarding which is better for weight loss.. Cardio before or after weights. There seem to be a lot of opinions, but with the light weight training that am doing, is it really a concern for me at this time? Would one way benefit more than the other?

  23. Quote Originally Posted by Fat Ass 101 View Post
    Wasn't able to get to workout last night as the gym was packed and my agreement was to never displace a paying guest. I will hit it tonight.

    There is an interesting conversation going on with another thread regarding which is better for weight loss.. Cardio before or after weights. There seem to be a lot of opinions, but with the light weight training that am doing, is it really a concern for me at this time? Would one way benefit more than the other?
    I'm going to sound like a broken record, but the one that you will keep doing regularly is the most beneficial

    probably after is slightly better, but you are talking about relatively small differences - like i wouldn't expect the difference to add up to a pound of fat loss in 3 months. Unless you are a serious lifter lifting for strength.... in that case it has to be after, if you did cardio before you'd never reach the intensity for the 3 rep max sets

  24. Quote Originally Posted by EasyEJL View Post
    I'm going to sound like a broken record, but the one that you will keep doing regularly is the most beneficial

    probably after is slightly better, but you are talking about relatively small differences - like i wouldn't expect the difference to add up to a pound of fat loss in 3 months. Unless you are a serious lifter lifting for strength.... in that case it has to be after, if you did cardio before you'd never reach the intensity for the 3 rep max sets

    Thanks.

    I didn't think at my level it would be a big deal, but I have already learned so much from these threads, that I wanted to consult the experts.

  25. for me right now i'm doing cardio only on non workout days. I'm also on a carb free diet, and minimal calories as well. so if i tried to do cardio + workouts the same day, one or the other would suck royally
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