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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old 12-04-2004, 08:41 AM Thread Starter
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Progress report...1 year later

Okay, here is my progress report, it has been one year since I started my personal plan to get in shape. I did a modified version of Atkins, but basically it was a lifestyle change. I now eat my biggest meal in the morning instead of late evening, I workout early in the mornings at least 5 days a week. I do aerobic excerise for 40 minutes, and strength excerises for 40 minutes. I don't do alcohol, and I watch my carb intake. I take 70% of carbs in the morning, I try not to eat anything after 6 PM. The results are I have lost 38lbs, 7 inches off my waist. I have gained a full inch on the biceps, and 2 inches on my thighs, I can actually see my abs! I have a 10" drop, that refers to chest size to waist size, eg 40" chest, 30" waist. Goals for next December, are a 14" drop and a washboard gut.

This all came about, because of one very unflattering picture of me. I thought I'm such a pig, how did I let that happen? So I changed my habits.

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post #2 of 37 (permalink) Old 12-04-2004, 10:56 AM
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Congrats!!! It's amazing how how you change even the little things it helps. I use to drink about 4-5 cans of pop a day. I'm down to about a can a week, and I drink mostly water (and bottled water is cheaper too). Just with that I feel better. We now even eat at home a lot more. It may not be health stuff that I make; but I know what ever I make, it's better than McD's. I do like your idea about not eating after 6, but that wouldn't work for us. Maybe I can make it for 7 or something.

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good job rick----oops hang on i can type faster if i put this krispy kreme package down.

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Nice job Rick <---- Alcohol free of course! LOL
I really need to get back into a routine as I can already feel the winter spread starting. NOOOoooooo...
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Way to go Rick! I hope i can do somewhat the same. Oh its been 13 years since i saw ab muscles!

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Wow, that's great Rick. I couldn't stop drinking though, especially for a year. Maybe a week or 2, but not a year.

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Thanks guys, quitting alcohol was tougher (for me) than quitting smoking. In my situation booze took a harder toll on my body than cigarettes. I was out with friends last night and one made the comment, that I was just as much fun without alcohol as I was with, it was good to know my sense of humor doesn't come out of a bottle.

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wow, great job!
after I recover from my October spill, I'll start exercising. all this seating around is taking a toll even though it's been only 7 weeks

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Thats amazing Rick! Great job!!! Im just trying to figure out how you find the time for an 80 minute workout before work 5 times a week?

Im also curious as to how much TV did you cut out of the day? I remember you saying you hardly watch any TV.
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Great job Rick ! Im envious....and also belching from the huge gyro I just had for lunch

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Thats amazing Rick! Great job!!! Im just trying to figure out how you find the time for an 80 minute workout before work 5 times a week?

Im also curious as to how much TV did you cut out of the day? I remember you saying you hardly watch any TV.

John, I get up a 4:45 AM And I'm asleep by 9:30PM The wifey was telling all my friends, I'm a great big bore now, no smoking, no drinking, no eating, early to bed, early to rise, but hey, I'm in shape

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Man you look totally different from you avatar to your pic in the other thread. I could tell just in those to pics you have made a big change. Good for you.
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Good for ya Rick. Great job.

Now go out and write a book, produce a workout tape, and watch the cah start following in. Don't forget us when you've got more money than you know what to do with.

A medical situation has caused me to start eating better, but the temptation to stray is killing me.

Congrats again Rick. Keep it up.

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Great Testimonial! Seeing someone else make these types of changes is inspiring. Awesome Job Rick Keep it up

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great job rick!!!!! after 4-1/2 months i have dropped 25lbs, weight is slow to come off now but im optimistic about reaching my goal of 200 by summer. ive cut back on the carbs and do not drink pop anymore. now if i could quit the beer on the weekends!!

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great job rick!!!!! after 4-1/2 months i have dropped 25lbs, weight is slow to come off now but im optimistic about reaching my goal of 200 by summer. ive cut back on the carbs and do not drink pop anymore. now if i could quit the beer on the weekends!!
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Rick you say breakfast was your biggest meal, typically what did you eat? I'm curious, I usually can't find anything good to eat for a first meal. I usually eat a banana or two and eat some yogurt, but thats not filling enough to not feel hungery until lunch.

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4 eggs (2 with just the egg whites), maybe scramble them up with some ham, an apple, and a scoop of peanut butter would be a good start IMO.
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What kind of strength training do you do? I used to work at a health club as a fitness consultant (same as a personal trainer, but I didnt get paid as much) and Im big into weights. Hate cardio, but if I could, Id lift everyday. Just interested in what you do everyday in that dept. Congrats!!
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Rick you say breakfast was your biggest meal, typically what did you eat? I'm curious, I usually can't find anything good to eat for a first meal. I usually eat a banana or two and eat some yogurt, but thats not filling enough to not feel hungery until lunch.
Usually, two eggs, a 6 oz steak, a lo-carb bagel, a apple, hard cheese and lo-carb yogurt, lunch is usally a very large salad with either, chicken, tuna or sliced up steak, supper, is a small salad, an apple and a hunk of cheese, then a 0 carb, lo cal dessert.

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What kind of strength training do you do? I used to work at a health club as a fitness consultant (same as a personal trainer, but I didnt get paid as much) and Im big into weights. Hate cardio, but if I could, Id lift everyday. Just interested in what you do everyday in that dept. Congrats!!

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I'm not into weights (at least not yet) I find cardio extremely important for me, so I run 3 miles, then I hit the heavy bag for 30 minutes (yes I know it's a cardio workout too, but IMHO it's also strenght training too), then I have a NordicRider which is a good over all strength trainer, then pushups and I work on abs training, which is my biggest problem, I'm trying to shape and contour them, what a biatch

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Usually, two eggs, a 6 oz steak, a lo-carb bagel, a apple, hard cheese and lo-carb yogurt, lunch is usally a very large salad with either, chicken, tuna or sliced up steak, supper, is a small salad, an apple and a hunk of cheese, then a 0 carb, lo cal dessert.
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Congrats Rick!! I would have had no idea you even had 38lbs to loose

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Sky,

I'm not into weights (at least not yet) I find cardio extremely important for me, so I run 3 miles, then I hit the heavy bag for 30 minutes (yes I know it's a cardio workout too, but IMHO it's also strenght training too), then I have a NordicRider which is a good over all strength trainer, then pushups and I work on abs training, which is my biggest problem, I'm trying to shape and contour them, what a biatch

Rick

Lifting weights will help you loose more inches than just doing cardio. I lost a total of 9" in three weeks just lifting wieghts (no cardio). I did alot of toning using lighter weights, with alot of reps. I also combined freewieghts with the bar. Abs stuff is hard, Im horrible in that dept even though I do an ab work out every other day. If you want, I might be able to give you some new abs excerises that you wont be used to. Cant keep doing the same thing over and over or youll get used to it. I cant believe the amount of cardio you do, thats awesome, Id never be able to survive that! Keep up the good work!
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Congrat Rick! I know doing that and staying on it can be tough.

I am right now the heaviest I have ever been in my life. I took the job I am in now 4 years ago and have been traveling ALOT for 2 of them. In the last 2 years I have put on about 30 pounds!

My mom pulled out a picture of me when I was on the Olympic trails in 96. I couldn't beleive the difference! Made me think it is time for a life change myself. My biggest challenge will be how to eat healthy while I am traveling. It is not hard since I eat out all the time. Need to cut back on the beer as well!

But Congrats man keep it up!!!
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