Nothing left to do but smile, smile, smile
- May 31, 2007
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Great job man!
Now fix the forks on that bike!
Now fix the forks on that bike!
The Under Armour App for Walking is phenomenal ,, just do the free version ,, all you need to know is how far , the mile spilts and the total calories burned .. its up to you if you want the pay version ,, too much stuff to load in the app...Hey guys looking to drop some pounds two easy things you can do.
1: Watch your caloric intake.
2: Walk. As much as possible.
I was amazed at how much and how quickly I dropped weight mostly doing these two things.
I used my Fitbit and its associated app to watch how many calories I was taking in (it has a really good food product lookup feature) and how many I burned each day.
For me I can consistently do a mile in 19 minutes and will do two one hour walking sessions each day. Each one hour three mile walk burns about 500 calories and gets my heart rate to peak around 160 BPM with an average around 120 to 130 BPM. So if you're taking in 2000 cals you can easily get rid of half of them in two pleasant hours.
I lost 10lbs this past couple months. Just those ten pounds made a huge difference for me. My back is better, my knees don't hurt as much and I feel better.
That’s so great to hear Rob! I’ve been right there with you, unknowingly but still.
It’s hard man, the tedium is one thing, but damn... I’m not built to withstand certain temptations!
I don’t have a sweet tooth, I’ve got a full set of sugar addicted chompers, or what’s left of the full set anyway.
And I’m not so lucky to have a particular hankering, I want ALL the junk food. Waking through the supermarket now is what I imagine going online and NOT looking at porn must be like.
I’ve even cut out 75%+ of my red meat and especially fried food intake.
I’m starting to feel like @TheX.
I’m down a full 120 from about 2 years ago and just now starting to hit some weights on top of my push-ups and sit-ups. Can’t quite make a full pull up yet, but I’m fuckin a close and that’s better than I’ve been in over a decade.
Keep at it brother, it’s a hard row, but it’s worth it.
SAMSON CUT. HIS HAIR ,, LOOK WHAT IT. DID FOR HIM. !!!Wow, that's fantastic! Great job!
I recall that some time ago, you and I had a discussion regarding hair length and hair cuts, along with our respective physical conditions. I'd no idea that you got crackin' on the weight loss, but I do recall that you said you were about to start trying to lose some weight...
...but holy crap man! 120 pounds? That is very impressive!
Now, quit cutting your hair!
Roberteaux,, one more thing ,,, I pretty much only eat twice a day ,,, never after6 o’clock Anymore, except a handful of almonds or some citrus style fruit ,, grapefruit and oranges are the best for losing weight . I take KETO ONE pils twice a day too,, I m playing. A show tonight with my band and I will not eat When I get home and if I were to eat anything , it would be a bowl of healthy cereal. Or a cereal bar. ,,, I am not hungry much anymore like I used to be ..Wow!
I'm extremely gratified to have had so many of you say that my story is helping you to juice up mentally and keep the motivation strong... this is giving me a case of warm fuzzies like you wouldn't believe, because in fact I really *did* hope that maybe somebody might read my crazy shit and realize: if this guy can do it, I can do it too!
And you can... you really CAN!
Now, I do not consider myself to be some dietary expert, okay? So what I'm about to say might be a little goofy-sounding, or maybe it will ring a bell... I dunno.
We'll find out in just a second, 'cause this is what I think enabled me to succeed: it was the particular psychological approach I took to the business of dieting.
That is: I realized that the only approach that I would be capable of sustaining for a relatively long period of time called for a mindset that could be summed up as NO MERCY.
Let me try to explain: I'd be in the grocery store line, reading the covers of the scandal sheets, but also noticing that there were quite a few magazines and other publications that dealt with the subject of keto dieting, and which usually featured recipes that would make the diet itself more tolerable by featuring a greater variety of foods and seasonings.
And for some folks, this is the way to go: take it easy, don't go all knucklehead like I did... make it nicer, more pleasant and not such a cruddy kind of thing to endure.
But for me, that wouldn't work. All it would have done was to make the keto diet seem even worse because now I had to juke around just to make my food seem like something tastier and more exciting.
And in my case, that would have led to me hanging up the diet pretty quickly. And so would doing stuff like eating tofu burgers and fake meat, and so forth.
I realized that for me, the only approach would be the most miserable ordeal I could possibly contrive for myself to pass through, because when I hit shit like that I tend to enter an emotional state that's probably a kissin' cousin to rage or something along those lines... and my determination tends to present itself as an exponentially greater force than what I get when I try to take it easy on myself.
Even more weird is to admit that I also considered that there was a karmic element to all of this. I'm not talking about "karma" in the theological sense, so much as to say that I'd been an all-out glutton for a very long time, and it was about time for a little payback. The diet wasn't punishment, per se... but it was a consequence of having gotten to be so porky that I could sit on a heavy-duty park bench and hear the planks groaning under my ass.
So, being me, I just kinda abandoned all thoughts of satiation for my cravings and accepted the idea that my era of hedonistic gluttony had come to a screeching halt. And I deserved it, too... I had it coming!
Eating the same boring shit, six times a freakin' day in those birdy little portions a la the South Beach Diet sucked just enough to really piss me off. And just to make sure I stayed pissed off, I didn't go in for the South Beach approach, which is more "keto friendly" than totally ketogenic.
But here's a thing, and I'm going back to the psychological component of dieting: there are many, many thousands of people who met with great success using the South Beach program, because it's *not* such a miserable ordeal as the program I designed for myself.
I'm not particularly pushing the South Beach Diet here, though... it's just one of several approaches to ketogenic (or keto-friendly, at least) dieting and it might not be right for you.
Don't be afraid to do a lot of looking around, as you figure out what sort of tactics would be best for you as an individual.
You know: sometimes I think that the Army really fucked me up, man. It's like ever since they got their hooks into me, I couldn't stand anything at all unless I really, really *hated* it...
And then I'd love it! It was nuts!
So never mind me when it comes to my particular approach-- seriously.
What folks maybe should do before really hitting it is just to figure out what they can put up with. Not everybody has to go all kamikaze with this shit... and if you do, expect to deal with Olds442 once he gets wind of what you're doing to yourself.
LOL Olds and I had a three-hour conversation on the phone one night, and there were times when he sounded almost alarmed to learn what I'd been up to down here. He even scolded me a little bit! I loved it!
But once he was done with that, he started laying down some really good information concerning nutrition. And I could tell that the guy knew his stuff. Per usual, I was sitting there jotting down notes as we spoke...
But if you want to know what Olds really did for me, it was this: he gave me permission to resume a more normal sort of nutritional intake. He told me that it was okay for me to have a soft drink once in a while... or a couple of slices of pizza... or a candy bar, even. Just watch it, and make those treats special little things... not what you actually tend to eat as though it were a meal of some sort... and damn, do NOT eat an entire pizza at once!
He advised me that the really heavy-duty part was now over, and then directed me to stop worrying about weight and to simply be aware of BMI and such. But mostly, he wanted me to start eating like a normal human being again, instead of like a lunatic living in a desert made up of protein powder instead of sand.
I continue to marvel at that conversation, and the effect it had on me. I didn't realize it right away, but I had actually become so entrenched in my mindset and habits, that I really did have to have somebody else come along and actually tell me that it was okay to cool my jets...
Amazing. And don't ask me how or why it was Olds who got his finger on the button and shut it off like that. But that's who it was, and that's how he did it.
But I digress... what I really wish to say is only that I think that doing a little bit of realistic personal inventory-- figuring out what you can put up with and what you think would be over the top-- is the best way to go.
You can even do stuff like just go ketogenic for a few weeks, and then lay off and resume a more normal-- but carefully metered-- dietary intake. And for a lot of people, that's a really great way to go because you get some relief from the strictures of dieting, but you're gonna lose that weight anyway.
Just, it wouldn't work for me. Due to my particular nature as a being, for me the only way for me to go was to go to hell... no mercy, and I could go screw myself if I didn't like it. So I just ate my incredibly boring meals, drank my yucky protein shakes, and loved complaining about it to anybody dumb enough to actually talk to me.
It was miserable... damn, I was so happy!
But setting aside the jokes, I'm very impressed by you guys who've also been dieting... and those of you who are getting ready to go back to it, you've got my vote.
I wish each and every one of you greatest success with your goals, and I look forward to seeing some of you guys coming in to let us know how you're doing in your own personal efforts. I just know that some of you guys are gonna kick serious ass once you commit to it and the mission is on.
YOU CAN DO IT!
Roberteaux,, one more thing ,,, I pretty much only eat twice a day ,,, never after6 o’clock Anymore, except a handful of almonds or some citrus style fruit ,, grapefruit and oranges are the best for losing weight . I take KETO ONE pils twice a day too,, I m playing. A show tonight with my band and I will not eat When I get home and if I were to eat anything , it would be a bowl of healthy cereal. Or a cereal bar. ,,, I am not hungry much anymore like I used to be ..
Good job! I'm on the verge of doing this myself.
The hard part is actually buckling down and getting started. I need to lose about 30 pounds. Your story gives me the motivation to make the leap.
82nd Airborne. AA
You da man!
I did it up until things started feeling much better and then I stopped. I can never thank you enough for turning me on to that!!Thanks, bud!
Great job, man! Very happy to learn that you're not in the kind of pain I knew you to be suffering...
A question: are you still doing your Tai Chi exercises? As I recall, you had success and a really noticeable easement of pain and stiffness in your knees back when we got you going on that stuff...
Either way, though: I'm very happy to hear that you not only lost weight, but that it also made a real difference in your daily life.
Drive on, brother!
I did it up until things started feeling much better and then I stopped. I can never thank you enough for turning me on to that!!
I got yanked out of retirement again and have been doing heavy lifting and yoga moves while working.
Doing a lot of fascia, soffit and gutter work. Kinda keeping me in shape...or killing me, not sure which.
(I've passed those videos you sent me on to many people and have heard some success stories with them. Everybody should do that shit!)