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Discussion in 'Newcomers' started by Durak, Mar 17, 2017.

  1. Durak

    Durak New Member

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    Hi Everyone! Well, not so sure where to start, so let me just dive right in.

    I’m a 46 year old man and I don’t know how to watch what I eat. I mean, I do – but the bottom line is that I make bad choices.

    I think before I get too much into it, it might be important for me to back up a little bit and tell you my background and all that because maybe it will all make more sense. Or, maybe it’s just an excuse, I’m not sure.

    I spent 10 years in the military, where I was extremely active. In addition to just the nature of being in the military, I also played a lot of sports – there was always soccer, or softball, or volleyball, our weekly racquetball tournaments, or just chasing each other and knocking the crap out of each other like a bunch of idiots. :)

    After that, I was in the construction management space. Always walking job sites, running up and down and throughout buildings that didn’t have elevators installed yet – I couldn’t even tell you how many flights of stairs I was tearing through a day. I did this for 12 years.

    So, that brings me to 40 years old, and I never had to worry or pay attention to what I was eating or how many calories I was taking in on any given day because I was burning them as fast as I could get them in me. With that, came me eating pretty much whatever I wanted and tasted good. REALLY GOOD!

    40 years of bad habits and never having to watch.

    Well, after that, I switched careers – something that put me behind a desk and tethered to a phone.

    So now, not only did I hit 40 when my metabolism is going to start slowing down, I didn’t make the adjustment. I really couldn’t – I just didn’t know how. I still wanted bacon cheeseburgers. I still wanted a pastrami sandwich. I still wanted fettucine alfredo. Ugh – you guys get the point, I’m sure.

    I’m probably about 30-40 pounds more than I need to be, and the doctor put me on medication because my triglycerides and cholesterol were super high. When I try to diet, I do it in such extreme fashion that it will hold for a week or so, and then I slowly start to get right back to my old habits.

    I know it’s self-discipline, but I’m wondering if I’m just going too extreme too fast? My girlfriend tells me that I diet like a 1950’s housewife – I’ll clear out my fridge and get cottage cheese, melba toast, celery, jello, yogurt, etc..

    So, I guess the reason I’m here is I’m looking for your experiences and support. I had tried quitting smoking many times in the past, but 12 years ago I found a group not too dissimilar to this (in format, at least), and it was what I needed to get me to the point where I knew I was in control of it. That was 12 years ago.

    So here I am, looking to get myself on the right track with this. Any assistance/advice/suggestions would be most welcome. I won’t be afraid to share my successes and/or failures, I’d just like to get onto a path.

    Thanks for reading, and I look forward to a new journey.

    Best,

    Eric
     
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  3. -Cory-

    -Cory- Senior

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    Hey Eric! I think a lot of people start out taking an extreme approach and then wonder why they can't sustain it. When just starting out, I found it helpful to implement just one change at a time. So like, first week I quit drinking soda, a couple weeks later I started walking, a couple weeks after that I started exchanging fries for vegetables/salad. That way it doesn't feel like you've been hit with all these big changes at once. I also find a lot of value in counting calories. If you are genuinely honest about what and how much you are eating and keep it below a certain amount, you WILL lose weight. I think it's also important to remember that losing weight doesn't mean you can't ever have a cheeseburger ever again. It just meats you probably need to space out the cheeseburgers with some healthier stuff in between. So, like for every one cheeseburger you have, maybe go five or six days where you choose a leaner option.
     
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  4. Jo Handley

    Jo Handley New Member

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    Hi,
    I bet it's tough trying to diet after not having to think twice about what you eat!

    Personally what's worked for me is a low carb diet! It's called the keto diet although it's a short term fix and it's not for everyone as it comes with some health problems so I'd 100% advise speaking to your doctor before starting it! You can make it sustainable once you've lost the weight by adding in carbs to see how many you need a day in order to avoid putting the weight back on!

    It's best to avoid most diets as they aren't sustainable in the long run.. try adding in some light exercise to start like walks, bike rides and eating clean healthy foods and drinking 3/4 litres of water a day.
     
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  5. Durak

    Durak New Member

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    Hi Cory - thanks so much. What you are saying makes complete sense - I will definitely look at a couple of things that I can eliminate/replace. I really do agree that my changes were so extreme that it was just hard to adapt. I guess this is a good scenario where I can pull the band aid off slowly rather then just yank it off.

    Thanks so much, and it's very nice to "meet" you!!!
     
  6. Durak

    Durak New Member

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    Hi Jo - I know the carbs are something I have to totally watch. I just love bread and pasta too much!!! Lol.

    I'm not sure about looking for a specific "type" of diet (if that makes any sense at all?), but really just learning to control and watch/monitor what I put into me.

    The carbs are definitely a problem for me that I have to take a good hard look at!

    Thanks so much, and it's nice to "meet" you as well. I appreciate the feedback!!
     
  7. Jo Handley

    Jo Handley New Member

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    No problem!
    Losing weight hasn't been easy for me I struggle to maintain it.
    Instead of avoiding carbs try eat complex ones like sweet potatoe, brown rice etc!
    If you love pasta etc again try the healthier option wholewheat :)
    Nice to meet you too.
     
  8. I am on a mission

    I am on a mission New Member

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    I am with you on this. I spent 7 years in the military. Was in great shape back then. Just hit 50.

    I cut out the processed food. I started exercising. I lost 20 pounds. I feel great and I am motivated to lose another 20.

    A few wake up calls for me.... It took me so long to get out of bed in the mornings. Not a good thing overall I will say. More important, however was my visit to the doctor. It had been years since I had a physical. I learned I had high blood pressure and high cholesterol. This was Jan 2017. I just had my blood pressure taken this week and it is so much improved. I will wait this summer to have a new cholesterol test. I suspect cutting out processed foods will help.

    Good luck!
     
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  9. Durak

    Durak New Member

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    Thanks so much! Processed foods are definitely an issue (I love sandwiches - and I live in NYC so the best delis and overstuffed sandwiches (overstuffed with processed meats :-/ ). Anyway - - small changes - cutting those out will be huge.

    I look forward to moving through this process. Thanks for your message, and good luck to you as well!!!!
     
  10. I am on a mission

    I am on a mission New Member

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    Based on the feedback from another member, I decided to start a log to track what I eat. It seems to help, in that I have to write it down and I am a little more cautious to make healthier choices knowing I am writing it down, and more so knowing that I will be reviewing it with my fitness trainer.

    I agree, start with small but noticeable changes. Once you start seeing improvements, it certainly gets you more motivated to make more change.

    I am down 23 pounds since starting in mid January. I feel great and very motivated to lose another 15 pounds by summer.

    Given that I have been doing this for 2+ months, I will share what has been successful for me, and hopefully some of what has worked for me you can carry over to create your own game plan for a healthy lifestyle.

    1) Start to exercise, even if 4 times a week for 30 minutes each time. I am up to an hour 4 times per week.
    2) Cut out the processed food
    3) Drink more water
    4) Eat more small meals vs 3 large meals
    5) Cut out the alcohol

    So the above items are what I am doing. It is working for me.

    Good luck!
     
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  11. Durak

    Durak New Member

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    Thanks! Cut out the alcohol?!?!?!?!? Ugh - - next someone will say...."I've found that not breathing has been working for me....." LOL

    I'm just kidding - and I know that alcohol is something good to cut out - - I may hold out and make that one of my last things. :)

    This is all good advice, and I think that writing it down and making myself accountable is a great idea. I work from home now, so I've been making it a point to get out and exercise a bit. The fact that it's starting to warm up is making that easier.

    I appreciate the advice, and I'll continue to check in and update.

    Congrats on your success so far, and I wish you continued success! Thanks again!
     

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