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Bumping for the start of a new week!!! How is everyone doing?? Im exercising regularly and all that but def not eating the way I should be!!!!
I'm down 2 more pounds.
But my first issue has arisen. I have arthritis in my spine, and I couldn't sleep tonight because I had twitching and nerve pain through an area where I know I have osteophytes and disc issues. Pretty concerned. Might need an MRI in the next week or so if the nerve doesn't calm down.
Crockett, you and I are one almost the exact same path. I was 278, wanna be 220. You were 272, wanna be 220, it looks like.
I'm not sure what your process is, but wanted to offer some unsolicited advice in this thing. You see, I'm a LOT older than you, it appears (I'm 44). Anyway, have had my own back issues (severely ruptured L4/L5) and have bad Achilles tendonitis in my left achilles/foot (it's 'insertional' mostly, meaning the problem is right on the back of my heel. Hurts like hell, every step, every day).
Anyway, I told you all of that to tell you this. You don't have to excercise incredibly hard to lose a lot of weight. When we're carrying the extra poundage, we're very succeptible to injury. My theory for this thing has been that I can't really jog or run much without aggravating my achilles to the point where I can't even walk. So, I barely do any jogging or running. I walk. Yeah, for an old sort-of-athlete, it's humbling, but you gotta keep your eye on the ball. Hurt yourself and you can't even walk. Might get discouraged in this whole thing.
So, consider keeping your main goal the weight loss first (is fine to lift - I'm doing that, too). But hold off on the heavy impact running and even jogging, until you've peeled another 20-30 off. Then, your odds of not aggravating your back or developing this cussed Achilles tendonitis is much better, and you can then work more on your heavy cardio, etc.
Apologies if I'm off base and you haven't been doing that anyway. Figured even if that's true, someone might benefit from this.
There's a guy here at work who has always been about my size. He and I are always trying to sneak around and lose some weight so the other guy's the recognized fat-tail around here. Well, when it was obvious I was losing, he started running steps, jogging, sprinting, etc. He's about my age, so he broke himself about a week in. Back's out, feet hurt, etc. Now he's given up and all of a sudden, I'm 20 lbs under him.
Keep your eye on the ball - how you eat has a much bigger bearing on weight-loss than high impact cardio will in the short term.
A few weeks ago my doctor said I needed to make some changes before I ended up with blood sugar issues and high blood pressure. At 38 it is only going to get harder. I graduated high school at 198 and 6' tall. I worked out for football in my first year of college and went to 228. I have now ballooned to 305 a couple weeks back. I have been watching my calorie intake. My goal is to loose about 2 lbs a week and get to 225. I have actually lost a little more than 2 lbs a week and have lost 10 lbs over the last 3 weeks with only playing softball 2 nights a week. I am in on this deal with you all.
One thing that has helped me in an app on my phone. It is called "My Fitness Pal". You can find it online at myfitnesspal.com. You can total you calories for the day. Things that you buy with a bar code you can scan it and it will bring up the calories for you. I recommend the app. I go back to the doctor to check progress on June 5th. Let keep each other accountable.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by UT JWEBB 11 months ago
Welcome to the club. I think you are setting some very realistic goals and will possibly find you will lose significantly more than your weekly target just by paying attention to the quantity and types of food you are ingesting. I enjoy eating out, but in the interest of being healthier, cooking at home and paying attention to what I eat is making all the difference. Be careful not to base all of your progress solely on the amount of weight lost. I have only lost 10 lbs this year, but I have taken a little over 4" off my waist line. We are going to have a leaner meaner fan base this year, so the rest of the SEC is being puts on notice. GO VOLS!!!
I have already moved up a notch on the ole belt. I will have to go buy another as there are no holes left. I am watching my weight so once I get down a little more I can exercise more without destroying me knees and back. We are well on our way.
This post was edited by UT JWEBB 11 months ago
I'm with you, JWEBB - love myfitnesspal. It's a key in my success so far.
I tend to lose faster than the 2lbs/wk that they hold sacred on the boards there, though. Just thought I'd mention because you and I were pretty similar (I had gotten up to 305 or so when I was around 40, myself). Keep the protein up and the impact down and you can lose faster pretty safely, imo. I've lost around 3.7 lbs/wk for around seven weeks now with no ill effects and no lost muscle that I can tell from lifting results. Quite the contrary. Just an FYI...love MFP, but not sure the 2lbs/wk they generally espouse there is necessarily applicable for bigger guys like us (hey, you've done 10lbs in 3 weeks, so it seems that you're with me on this!).
I know the feeling. My left knee is giving me hell, forcing me to cut down on running. I'm subbing the exercise bike, but it doesn't burn near the caleries. Lifting's fine, but I need cardio to lose weight.
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