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#1 Murph

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Posted 10 August 2016 - 0659 AM

Well after 56 years of abuse to my body, the doc gave me the ultimatum, change your lifestyle or else.  I took her seriously.  So...no more potatoes, pasta, rice, etc.  I am walking daily (up to 6.5 miles/day), drinking protein shakes, lots of salad (*gag*), and NO SWEETS.  NONE, NADA, ZIP, ZERO.  So in the last four months I have lost 25 lbs, and am working on 25 more.  Then if I can get down to 188-192 lbs I will be happy.  Lupe tells me that I am really, really grumpy and irritable.  No sh*t Sherlock, I just gave up all the foods I love for the rest of my life.  The craving for sweets has lessened to a mere annoyance.  Haven't had a soda in months and don't miss them.  Unsweet tea with lemon, and life is good.  Eating lots of nuts, and such.  Spicy has become the new sweet in many ways.  Hummus with jalapenos (lots of them) is actually pretty good. 


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Posted 10 August 2016 - 0724 AM

The 'Police Diet' can be a killer...hopefully, your tastes will adapt and you will find the 'new' diet enjoyable.


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Posted 10 August 2016 - 0856 AM

Law & Order: SVU (Southern Victims Unit). 

 

No sweet tea, no fried foods, no use living?


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Posted 10 August 2016 - 1017 AM

Well after 56 years of abuse to my body, the doc gave me the ultimatum, change your lifestyle or else.  I took her seriously.  So...no more potatoes, pasta, rice, etc.  I am walking daily (up to 6.5 miles/day), drinking protein shakes, lots of salad (*gag*), and NO SWEETS.  NONE, NADA, ZIP, ZERO.  So in the last four months I have lost 25 lbs, and am working on 25 more.  Then if I can get down to 188-192 lbs I will be happy.  Lupe tells me that I am really, really grumpy and irritable.  No sh*t Sherlock, I just gave up all the foods I love for the rest of my life.  The craving for sweets has lessened to a mere annoyance.  Haven't had a soda in months and don't miss them.  Unsweet tea with lemon, and life is good.  Eating lots of nuts, and such.  Spicy has become the new sweet in many ways.  Hummus with jalapenos (lots of them) is actually pretty good. 

 

Good for you, don't forget that once in a while you will have a glorious day in which you will allow yourself the taste of days gone by... :D


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Posted 10 August 2016 - 1555 PM

I'm in denial.
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Posted 10 August 2016 - 1914 PM

Lifting any weights?


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Posted 10 August 2016 - 2113 PM

No, I have developed arthritis in my shoulder.  Just walking, only did 5 miles tonight since my knee was bothering me.  6.5 tomorrow night though!  I get an apple fritter from Shipley's donuts twice a month as my treat.  A regular apple with cinnamon sprinkled on it, is pretty tasty.  Not as good as apple pie, but not bad. 


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Posted 10 August 2016 - 2114 PM

56 sounds like the perfect time to get a road bike.


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Posted 10 August 2016 - 2331 PM

Last year I got tired of being fat, so I cut out most sugars and starches, cut out all fast food, ate lots and lots of protein (I've never eaten so much steak and grilled chicken), and lost quite a bit of weight. I'm not sure how many pounds because I never weighed myself when I started, but the jeans I wear today have a waist size six inches smaller than the ones I wore a year ago.

 

​Kept drinking real beer and cocktails the whole time, too.



 


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Posted 11 August 2016 - 0506 AM

No, I have developed arthritis in my shoulder.  Just walking, only did 5 miles tonight since my knee was bothering me.  6.5 tomorrow night though!  I get an apple fritter from Shipley's donuts twice a month as my treat.  A regular apple with cinnamon sprinkled on it, is pretty tasty.  Not as good as apple pie, but not bad. 

Maybe just use small amounts of weights for all body parts to begin with? When it starts to hurt, quit. It sounds like your doing your walks all at one time. Perhaps breakup the 6 miles into two, 3 or 4 mile parts in the morning an evening. Or maybe Jason's idea of a bicycle?


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Posted 11 August 2016 - 0738 AM

Consider some form of yoga, for stretching and flex.  After that for a while, you might be able to branch into some form of resistance exercise to build strength and muscle mass, which improves metabolism.


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Posted 11 August 2016 - 1154 AM

Ive lost 120 pounds in the past 3 years.  I have learned how to eat again..  chew slowly, take my time, no more hurry up and wait gotta eat yesterday feeding for me.  all those forced meals in the military really screwed me up.

 

Now I talk  take my time let my body tell my head I am full.  I also use smaller plates so it looks like I am eating lots

 

The surgery helped a lot, but I have seen people gain wait cause they did not take care and follow the rules.

 

I am no longer diabetic, and taking no meds

I am no longer suffering with high blood pressure

I no longer have high celosteral

 

I was over 330 pounds

I am now 210 -220  Ive gone from 4CL jackets to a L

Pants have gone from 48 to 34-36 depending on the make

 

You can do it Murph, simple case of mind over matter.

 

 

We don't mind, and you really matter



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Posted 11 August 2016 - 1236 PM

Try Pilates, it is a decent full body workout. It focuses on core strength and overall toning so you won't bulk up much but it is pretty easy to work around injuries or impaiments during the workouts.  I kind of like it, other than the fact that I am about as flexible as a 2x4 and started with basically 0 ab strength, both have improved since I started.


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Posted 11 August 2016 - 1254 PM

Try Pilates, it is a decent full body workout. It focuses on core strength and overall toning so you won't bulk up much but it is pretty easy to work around injuries or impaiments during the workouts.  I kind of like it, other than the fact that I am about as flexible as a 2x4 and started with basically 0 ab strength, both have improved since I started.


Pilates has been invented for wounded veterans after the great war actually. Odd that it took off in recent years for the celebrities.


Swimming is great for building endurance. And one can do it even with a broken back or worn knees. Nobody expects you to make gold in the olympics. ;)


all those forced meals in the military really screwed me up.


If there is one really shitty tradition in military culture this is it. Makes no sense at all and damages your eating habits for life.
I have scaled back the speed, but I still eat fast and am most often the first that finishes at the table. And annoy my significant other by it. :(
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Posted 11 August 2016 - 2111 PM

Thanks.  My pants size is down, I am eating slower with smaller portions.  My BP medication was cut in half, I feel somewhat better (job stress still is horrid), I walked 5 miles tonight, feel good, drinking more water, and unsweet tea.  Haven't had any cravings for sodas.  My only issue is I want the weight to come off faster.  Doc says don't push it, it will come off.  Clothes really fit better. I just need the push to get going with my life. 

 

 

Ive lost 120 pounds in the past 3 years.  I have learned how to eat again..  chew slowly, take my time, no more hurry up and wait gotta eat yesterday feeding for me.  all those forced meals in the military really screwed me up.

 

Now I talk  take my time let my body tell my head I am full.  I also use smaller plates so it looks like I am eating lots

 

The surgery helped a lot, but I have seen people gain wait cause they did not take care and follow the rules.

 

I am no longer diabetic, and taking no meds

I am no longer suffering with high blood pressure

I no longer have high celosteral

 

I was over 330 pounds

I am now 210 -220  Ive gone from 4CL jackets to a L

Pants have gone from 48 to 34-36 depending on the make

 

You can do it Murph, simple case of mind over matter.

 

 

We don't mind, and you really matter


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Posted 11 August 2016 - 2159 PM

I thought you had retired already?


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Posted 11 August 2016 - 2256 PM

 

Thanks.  My pants size is down, I am eating slower with smaller portions.  My BP medication was cut in half, I feel somewhat better (job stress still is horrid), I walked 5 miles tonight, feel good, drinking more water, and unsweet tea.  Haven't had any cravings for sodas.  My only issue is I want the weight to come off faster.  Doc says don't push it, it will come off.  Clothes really fit better. I just need the push to get going with my life. 

 

 

Ive lost 120 pounds in the past 3 years.  I have learned how to eat again..  chew slowly, take my time, no more hurry up and wait gotta eat yesterday feeding for me.  all those forced meals in the military really screwed me up.

 

Now I talk  take my time let my body tell my head I am full.  I also use smaller plates so it looks like I am eating lots

 

The surgery helped a lot, but I have seen people gain wait cause they did not take care and follow the rules.

 

I am no longer diabetic, and taking no meds

I am no longer suffering with high blood pressure

I no longer have high celosteral

 

I was over 330 pounds

I am now 210 -220  Ive gone from 4CL jackets to a L

Pants have gone from 48 to 34-36 depending on the make

 

You can do it Murph, simple case of mind over matter.

 

 

We don't mind, and you really matter

 

 

Excessive pushing will lead you to plateau fast and get frustrated easily, it also dramatically increases your chance of injury.


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Posted 11 August 2016 - 2300 PM

 


 

 

Excessive pushing will lead you to plateau fast and get frustrated easily, it also dramatically increases your chance of injury.

 

 

I think that's wot happened to me. Plus work-induced stress.


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Posted 11 August 2016 - 2301 PM

I just got fat. I have no excuse.


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Posted 12 August 2016 - 1031 AM

 

Try Pilates, it is a decent full body workout. It focuses on core strength and overall toning so you won't bulk up much but it is pretty easy to work around injuries or impaiments during the workouts.  I kind of like it, other than the fact that I am about as flexible as a 2x4 and started with basically 0 ab strength, both have improved since I started.


Pilates has been invented for wounded veterans after the great war actually. Odd that it took off in recent years for the celebrities.

 

Didn't know that about it, my wife got introduced to it by some friends who opened a studio several years ago.  She goes 4-5 times a week (at a studio closer to home) and she really enjoys it.  She finally convinced me to give it a serious try a couple months ago and I like the low key nature of the sessions and find it pleasantly devoid of new agey semi mysticism crap.  


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