Weight Loss Group - 2011 Edition (New Goodjers Welcome)

Just a quick update on mine for my height, 5'10". I haven't weighed myself yet, and I think I may wait until after the holidays, since those are going to have great potential for playing havoc.

One problem I'm having now is being stuck behind a desk for 7 hours. I'm so motivated to be active and sitting in one spot for most of the day is killing me. I took a rare lunch break today in which I bundled up with jacket/gloves/180s and took a roughly 1/2 mile walk around the campus in 37 degree weather. Cold as f*ck but I felt good when I got back and it was really the only form of exercise I could get. Wish I had a treadmill or bike at my desk.

Switching the topic to food, I've been struggling with the lack of one of my favorite bad foods - pizza so I came up with a healtier option that I might fall back on when I've craving it. I took a large tortilla shell rubbed with a little olive oil and baked it for a few minutes. Then I took it out and added homemade tomato sauce, fresh garlic, salt/pepper, 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella, and some grated Parm. Baked that for about 10 minutes and added a ton of fresh basil when it was done. It was pretty good with a helluva lot less carbs/sugar then I would have gotten with a frozen or fresh dough.

Anyone else have any good workaround recipes for their favorite foods (or any recipes in general)?

One of the biggest rules I used to get through the change of eating habits was the 19 and 2 rule.

You have 21 meals a week, so have 19 good ones and you can splurge and have something bad twice a week. If you're eating right and your body is getting used to it you'll find that the disgustingly greasy food you're craving will make you feel sick and you'll look forward to wholesome food the next night.

93_confirmed wrote:

One problem I'm having now is being stuck behind a desk for 7 hours. I'm so motivated to be active and sitting in one spot for most of the day is killing me. I took a rare lunch break today in which I bundled up with jacket/gloves/180s and took a roughly 1/2 mile walk around the campus in 37 degree weather. Cold as f*ck but I felt good when I got back and it was really the only form of exercise I could get. Wish I had a treadmill or bike at my desk.

Youtube has a couple of 5 or 10 minute quickie workouts you can do at your desk. Here's a 15 minute one from Spark. Do a couple during the day, and you've got a 30 minute workout, bam. (After all, nobody says you have to get your exercise in one big chunk, right?)

Switching the topic to food, I've been struggling with the lack of one of my favorite bad foods - pizza so I came up with a healtier option that I might fall back on when I've craving it. I took a large tortilla shell rubbed with a little olive oil and baked it for a few minutes. Then I took it out and added homemade tomato sauce, fresh garlic, salt/pepper, 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella, and some grated Parm. Baked that for about 10 minutes and added a ton of fresh basil when it was done. It was pretty good with a helluva lot less carbs/sugar then I would have gotten with a frozen or fresh dough.

Anyone else have any good workaround recipes for their favorite foods (or any recipes in general)?

Try making your own pizza. Homemade pizza will ruin you for life on the delivery kind.

Katerin is not kidding. Homemade dough is far and away better than anything I've ever had at a pizza joint, save it was a little one off mom and pop place that made their own dough, because that is essentially the same thing. Anyway, here's the recipe Mrs AnimeJ and I use, and will be making tomorrow night in honor of a 27 year old family tradition

It's a bit long in prep time, but the results are totally worth it IMO.

KaterinLHC wrote:

Try making your own pizza. Homemade pizza will ruin you for life on the delivery kind.

This.

Kepheus and I make our own pizza - and it's nowhere NEAR as greasy as the delivery kind.

I'm OK with my weight, but I really, really need to get back into shape. I was in much better shape when I was taking sword fighting classes - but I stopped going after I injured my knee.

I'm going to join a gym near work in the New Year and I'll join in and post my results here too!

Homemade dough is definitely much better but the new me is trying to avoid all the carbs, sugar, etc. I'm fine with the pizza on a tortilla - light, thin, and crispy.

Thanks for the desk exercise link KaterinLHC. The problem for me is I sit in more of a low-wall desk setup then a traditional cube. I have on other person right next to me and no room to do any of these. Also, it'll be pretty embarassing with everyone watching me.

I weighed myself tonight. 214, so let's go with that for the official starting point.

EdemaKNN wrote:

I also like your fitness goals and would love to do a pull-up some day in my life.

Pull-ups are one of the best exercises you can do. And if you can't do one, you can have someone spot you by holding your feet. You can also build up to doing a 'real' one by doing negatives: start with your chin over the bar (with help) and lower yourself as slowly as you can until your arms are extended. 10 seconds per rep would be an ideal speed.

So far I have been doing good on eating right, getting some excercise, etc... I was down 14 pounds from the starting point. But my friend decided to give me three racks of ribs with all the fixings for Christmas. He knows my weekness. I ate the first rack last night and am up a pound. I am thinking of eating the second today and the third tomorrow just to get it done with and then go back on the diet. I was thinking of spreading it out but some of it says best if eaten within 48 hours.

We need to keep this on Page 1.

Christmas is one of one the toughest food holidays of the year. So many tempting drink, snack, and meal options and it's pure evil for all of us who are trying to lose weight. I had a tough time getting through and had a few bumps along the way. Crab cakes/tartar sauce, croissant french toast, hot chocolates and eggnog, cookies galore, etc. I think I put back on the 3 lb. that I had already lost. It's time to get back on track!

On a positive note, I cracked on EA Active (superior to Wii Fit from what I've read) today and did a nice 30 minute workout. You create a profile, put together the resistance band that comes with it, and you're off to exercising in no time. They have suggested workout plans, custom plans, journals, state tracking, etc. and it all works well. There's cardio, yoga, strength training, and sports activities. I defintely recommend this for any Wii owners looking to workout at home.

6'2"
Starting Weight 12/26/09: 235
Current 12/26/09: 235
Goal: 185
Goal Date 05/01/2010

Bleargh... Christmas is killing me, and my birthday is on the 3rd of Jan, so I'm just letting loose on all the horrible bad things I shouldn't have, I'd guess I'll put on about 10 pounds. I'll be in this thread for a sign up on the 4th of January

LOL Christmas is killing me only in that the gym is closed, my schedule is all wonky because of the holiday and the snowfall we had near it... so I can't go out and burn some of those calories I've been taking in and it throws me off a bit, but I've drank a metric boatload of water the last several days (a gallon or more each of the last three days) so that has helped curb the hunger a bit.

Good luck guys, though, I'd like to make a sort of proposition or a goal for myself... I'm not really sure what to call it.
I'm the type of guy that most guys and girls like you (no offence and it's mostly the females) get annoyed at, I'm lazy eat badly and I don't put on any weight. My doctor has been telling me that I both need to put on weight and exercise more as while I'm thin, I'm quite out of shape. I have no excuses, really. I weigh 130 pounds and I am 6' 2''. I've ignored most of this and continued on with my unhealthy, lazy lifestyle staying thin (in the more creepy way than fit way) and out of shape.
SO, what I want to do is set a weight gain for myself, this weight hopefully being more muscle then other. I think and hope that knowing other people are doing similar things (though, granted, much more difficult) will help me to actually start.
If you guys are all cool with it (and it's fine if you aren't) I'd like to set my goal at 150 pounds by April 1st.

Height: 6'2"
Starting Weight: (12/27/09): 130 lbs
Current Weight (12/27/09): 130 lbs
Target Weight: 150 lbs
Target Goal Date: April 1st
Weight Gain Progress: 0 lbs

Fedora you're 17, one growth spurt and you're there

On a serious note though I used to PT at my university gym, mostly with people with your build.

I'd advocate a High protein diet and high intensity core strength workouts to develop the main muscle mass. You can worry about sculpting and whatnot later if you want. But if you are not sure what to do or how to go about it find a Professional! don't go off half arsed and hurt yourself.

Prozac wrote:

Fedora you're 17, one growth spurt and you're there

On a serious note though I used to PT at my university gym, mostly with people with your build.

I'd advocate a High protein diet and high intensity core strength workouts to develop the main muscle mass. You can worry about sculpting and whatnot later if you want. But if you are not sure what to do or how to go about it find a Professional! don't go off half arsed and hurt yourself.

Perhaps the 'catching up' that I keep hearing about from people will happen but when/if it does I still want to be in shape and healthy at the very least.
Thanks for the tips and I'll be locking my doors and windows from now on by the way.

Was going to do this alone this year, but this'll be fun. Count me in:

Height: 6'1"
Starting Weight: (12/26/09): 370 lbs
Current Weight (12/26/09): 370 lbs
Target Weight: 225 lbs
Target Goal Date: 12/31/2010
Weight Loss Progress: 0 lbs

FedoraMcQuaid wrote:
Prozac wrote:

Fedora you're 17, one growth spurt and you're there

On a serious note though I used to PT at my university gym, mostly with people with your build.

I'd advocate a High protein diet and high intensity core strength workouts to develop the main muscle mass. You can worry about sculpting and whatnot later if you want. But if you are not sure what to do or how to go about it find a Professional! don't go off half arsed and hurt yourself.

Perhaps the 'catching up' that I keep hearing about from people will happen but when/if it does I still want to be in shape and healthy at the very least.
Thanks for the tips and I'll be locking my doors and windows from now on by the way.

I was like that at 17 too, except I had about 15 or 20 pounds on you. Wait till you hit 22-23, and you'll ballon, but until then I'd recommend pushups & situps every morning along with some good cardio, running is best IMO. You'll pack the pounds on pretty quick that way, once you're up around 100-200 pushups a day.

Alright, I think I'll hop on the bandwagon as well. But, I'm going to have to wait until I get back home tomorrow before I post my vitals. I'm afraid that I've gained weight since the last time I weighed myself.

I haven't weighed myself yet, but I tried to eat healthish over Christmas, but I definitely ate too much (especially as far as desserts and sweets are concerned). I tried to make healthier decisions and passed on or ate very small quantities (basically just to get a taste) of things I had the will power to pass up.

I'm just hoping I broke even.

Well, one of the good things about not going on my vacation to Mexico is that I didn't eat and drink to excess over the holiday, although I didn't get nearly as much exercise as I'm accustomed to. (I blame Uncharted.) I somehow even managed to avoid scarfing down an entire batch of special holiday chocolate chip mint cookies, and only scarfed down a half batch. Progress!

KaterinLHC
Height: 5'7
Starting Weight: (12/12/09): 192 lbs.
Current Weight (12/27/09): 185.6 lbs.
Target Weight: 150 lbs
Target Goal Date: 5/4/2010 (~2lbs per week)
Weight Loss Progress: 6.4 lbs

I somehow managed to lose a pound this week. I'll take it!

Starting Weight: (12/21/09): 289 lbs.
Current Weight (12/28/09): 288 lbs. (approx)
Weight Loss Progress: 1 lbs
Target Weight: 200 lbs.
Target Goal Date: 10/31/2010 (~2 lbs per week)

Well, I held up miserably to the temptation of too much food and drink over the holiday. The upside, however, is I've managed to get myself out every day for the last week for running or P90 workouts. As a result, I'm up 1 pound since last monday. Certainly not what I wanted, but at least the damage was minimal. Back on the wagon this morning, maybe if I am disciplined enough I can make that pound back up.

On a side note, I did manage to extend my run yesterday and felt pretty good. I had been hitting the 30-35 minute mark for the most part and yesterday I stretched it out to 40 minutes. Took a new route so I don't know the distance, but my goal is to be able to hit 5 miles a few days a week. My dog appreciates the extra workout as well.

Height: 6'6"
Starting Weight: (12/21/09): 261 lbs.
Current Weight (12/28/09): 262 lbs.
Target Weight: 240 lbs.
Target Goal Date: Memorial Day 2010. (5/31/09)
Weight Loss Progress: +1 lbs.

Oh yeah, Santa also brought me a heart rate monitor for Christmas. I really like being able to track calories burned, but does anybody know how accurate those things are? I entered my age, height and weight into the profile. It seems really high to me, but maybe since I'm so big I really am burning that many calories, who knows? (Example: yesterday I ran 40 minutes, average 140 bpm or so, plus walking warmup and cool down and it said I burned over 800 calories. Kept it on as I did the P90x ab ripper workout afterwards and ended up closer to 950 calories.)

I failed the self imposed workout mission last year, I started strong but crashed mid year. I had lost about 24 lbs, but have officially gained it all back. Hooray for me. I'll like to try jumping on this bandwagon, maybe the extra support will help... I've been steadily gaining weight for the past few years and my bad back has been really bad as a result. Honestly I'm not too self conscious, but I feel I owe it to my wife and children to lose some weight before things get really out of hand.

The Plan: Along with dietary changes, I plan on swimming 3 times a week (easier on my back) and supplementing another form of working out (TDB) on another 2 or 3 days. I did just buy the Mrs. a Wii Fit and may pick up EA Active as well. That should help keep my video game loving psyche involved as well

(as a interesting aside, I see (via Destructoid) that EA Sports may be releasing a new "trainer" in January... NFL Trainer.

Anyway I needed to post sooner rather than later so that I was committed.

Height: 6'4"
Starting Weight: ~240 lbs (I'll update with a "official" weight when I start)
Current Weight ~240 lbs
Target Weight: 200 lbs
Target Goal Date: 12/2010
Weight Gain Progress: -

clever id wrote:

(as a interesting aside, I see (via Destructoid) that EA Sports may be releasing a new "trainer" in January... NFL Trainer.

I wonder if it'll come with a session called "learning to ignore that broken arm." (See today's Peter King column on si.com for more info.)

OK. I'm in. I was good for about exercising for a while until a couple months before my wedding. And I've been very bad this holiday season. Come 2010 I'll be hitting the gym twice a week and using the shangri-la diet.

Height: 5'10"
Starting weight: I'm projection 255 on 1/1/10
Target weight: 220
Goal Date: 11/1/10

Sign me up, been waiting for January salary to purchase a gym membership. Already got the sneakers bought

Height: 1m 88cm
Starting Weight: (12/29/09): 86Kg
Current Weight (12/28/09): 86Kg
Target Weight: To be determined
Target Goal Date: Summer
Weight Loss Progress: -

For me it's not as much about losing weight, as it is about getting in shape. Never done any of this watching thing, so I don't know what figures are wrong, and what are acceptable. I'll do proper measurings the day after tomorrow.

I do really well until it hits late at night. I haven't been able to sleep for months so I end up snacking. So, I need to get that undercontrol. I've gained 22 pounds since November.

I'm in, and I'm 160 pounds.

Hear me out.

I have no muscle, so I want to lose 10 pounds so I can continue to fit into my 32x32 paints comfortably, but I also want to move a lot of my excess skin (I used to be 240 pounds) into muscle. Believe it or not, I have flab because I have no muscle mass.

So I want to be 150 pounds and semi-muscular by the start of summer.

Finally dusted off my Wii Balance Board (a.k.a. my only scale)

Height: 5'7"
Starting Weight: (12/28/09): 222 lbs
Current Weight (12/21/09): 222 lbs
Target Weight: 177.6 lbs
Target Goal Date: 11/25/2010
Weight Loss Progress: 0 lbs

I'm attempting to twice decimate myself next year.