Joined: 2:00 AM - Apr 02, 2002

4:06 PM - Feb 08, 2018 #1101

PS - I also ordered a sterol supplement which is supposed to help lower cholesterol.

PPS - I already take a fish oil supplement every day as well.

PPPS - As well as a multivitamin and probiotic.
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Joined: 12:39 PM - Oct 17, 2005

2:58 PM - Feb 09, 2018 #1102

I couldn't do any lifting this week because you jerks all fucked my arm and shoulder during arm wrestling
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Joined: 2:00 AM - Apr 02, 2002

3:18 PM - Feb 09, 2018 #1103

Really? Didn’t even feel like you were trying...

😬👉😖
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Joined: 9:48 PM - Jul 20, 2012

3:16 PM - Feb 11, 2018 #1104

Way to go Bruz. My advice would be to never skip snacks or fast. You need to eat. The only snacks I might have would be an apple or nuts. Walnuts, almonds and peanuts are good for the cholesterol. Foods high in monosaturated fats are good and can be found in alot of nuts. Use more olive oil in cooking, its much better for you then vegetable oil. I ate alot of those last year to get my cholesterol numbers down. I still do. 

A high fiber breakfast is great. Gluten free and sugar free oatmeal is good. But add some fruit in it and you good to go. Low sugar cereals are good too. Fiber One and Shredded Wheat is good. Ezekiel bread is great too, toasted with almond butter is great for breakfast. 

Stay away from the processed foods and foods high in saturated fats. Find alternatives. Instead of regular potato chips, have baked chips or Sun Chips. Salsa and chips are a nice alternative too. That would be a good snack to have too.
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Joined: 6:12 AM - Jan 15, 2004

3:07 PM - Feb 12, 2018 #1105

Cutting out the snacking. If I can’t eat junk food, what’s the point?

That sounds terrible lol

i couldn’t go without a snack, but mainly because working nights i don’t get dinner until like 8pm

I cut up cucumbers and dip it in hummus most every day, go through the giant tubs from costco all the time, i like to add jalapeños and hot sauce on top for a kick
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Joined: 12:02 PM - Jan 06, 2005

4:48 PM - Feb 22, 2018 #1106

200 lbs on the scale at the gym last night.  fuck it, my clothes still fit and I feel good.

Pulled a PR dead lift last week (455) that I never would have been able to do at 170 lbs.
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Joined: 2:00 AM - Apr 02, 2002

7:26 PM - Feb 28, 2018 #1107

Had a follow-up w/ my Dr today to discuss my cholesterol - he was happy with the changes I’ve made already. Will have my blood work done again in 4 weeks - he thinks I’ll be fine 👍

Continuing to lift 5-7 days/week, do elliptical every day for 35+ mins, and eat better...

Down 8-9 lbs since I started this.
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Joined: 9:51 AM - Jan 16, 2004

1:00 AM - Mar 04, 2018 #1108

nice bruz

I took february off from drinking and made some dietary changes and it definitely paid dividends

still not getting that much exercise but at least started working out a couple times a week and biking when it's nice out

bought an awesome bike a few weeks ago and thus far really pumped about it, can't wait for it to get more consistently warm so I can do some wild explorations

didn't lose much weight, I'm not sure what I started at but probably 203-205 and now 196

but the weight redistributed a little for sure and I feel way better

had a basketball game break out at work yesterday and played (half court) for an hour and was surprised that I was completely fine in terms of energy etc, I'm not sure a month ago that would have been the case

so far so good
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Joined: 9:02 PM - Oct 21, 2005

9:33 AM - Mar 04, 2018 #1109

Good work Beansy. A month off is no easy ride for me so respect dude.

Agreed - can't wait for the weather to improve so I can get out more


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Joined: 9:48 PM - Jul 20, 2012

5:21 PM - Mar 04, 2018 #1110

Update. Have for the most part kept the weight off and continue to.  A year later and had some blood work done, I have a clean bill of health. Cholesterol and triglycerides are at a very healthy level. I think I have finally nipped this in the bud. Doctor said go easy or else I would be put back on meds to control that. The biggest killer he said is sugary drinks like soft drinks. Have to be honest, have not had a Pepsi, Coca Cola or Dr Pepper in well over a year. Don't think I will ever drink that again. Too much sugar and too many empty calories. Not even diet tastes good to me. Lately all I drink now is coffee. As for beer consumption, got to keep it only to a minimal and on weekends. Can still enjoy a couple, but just enough. 

The one thing I learned from all this was I let myself go for years. I had the worst diet. I was not eating enough of the foods that were beneficial to my health. I was downing too many beers in a week with a very poor diet and that is not a good combo. In addition I was not exercising or was not as active as I should be. In addition this was effecting my overall mood and energy which was low, sluggish, miserable and just being an all around jerk. Today I feel like I have more energy and much happier then I was a year ago. I am happier at work and feel I am performing better.  If that isn't motivation to keep the weight off, I don't know what is. 
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Joined: 9:51 AM - Jan 16, 2004

6:08 PM - Mar 17, 2018 #1111

Barefoot9troyer wrote: Update. Have for the most part kept the weight off and continue to.  A year later and had some blood work done, I have a clean bill of health. Cholesterol and triglycerides are at a very healthy level. I think I have finally nipped this in the bud. Doctor said go easy or else I would be put back on meds to control that. The biggest killer he said is sugary drinks like soft drinks. Have to be honest, have not had a Pepsi, Coca Cola or Dr Pepper in well over a year. Don't think I will ever drink that again. Too much sugar and too many empty calories. Not even diet tastes good to me. Lately all I drink now is coffee. As for beer consumption, got to keep it only to a minimal and on weekends. Can still enjoy a couple, but just enough. 

The one thing I learned from all this was I let myself go for years. I had the worst diet. I was not eating enough of the foods that were beneficial to my health. I was downing too many beers in a week with a very poor diet and that is not a good combo. In addition I was not exercising or was not as active as I should be. In addition this was effecting my overall mood and energy which was low, sluggish, miserable and just being an all around jerk. Today I feel like I have more energy and much happier then I was a year ago. I am happier at work and feel I am performing better.  If that isn't motivation to keep the weight off, I don't know what is. 
that's awesome

all this sounds very familiar to me except the issue with the sugary drinks, which I've always kept to a minimum (I'll have a soda maybe 3x a year and a gatorade or iced tea once or twice a month but that's about it)

I legitimately feel happier and have more energy than I did just 6 weeks ago and I haven't lost any real weight yet

the big thing for me right now, besides maintaining and slowly increasing the exercise, is keeping the booze limited to once a week

that one time I'm going to drink as much as I fucking want haha but if I go any more frequently than that I just lose motivation for anything

the first weekend after I took a month off I drank both friday night and saturday but the last couple weeks I've cut out the fridays and it's been great

get up feeling super fresh, do some errands and bike rides, and then dialed in for power booze by early afternoon
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Joined: 9:02 PM - Oct 21, 2005

9:20 PM - Mar 21, 2018 #1112

beam21 wrote:
dialed in for power booze by early afternoon
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Love an all dayer.

I have similar problems with motivation for exercise and drink. Have no problem going to work at all - which is pretty physically demanding at times.

Laying of the beer for a while - did Jan dry then been flat out in Feb and intermittent in March. Paddys Day out fecked me and thought time to get back on the wagon.

The problem I have is I just fancy one pint. But me with one pint drunk wants another two. With three in I want another three and then I want to stay out. So moderation I'm struggling with. It's easier to abstain all together than moderate and exercise.

Weather has been shit here - coldest March I can remember. So little chance of getting out early to exercise. That's my only window - pre work. Daytimes and evenings are full of kids, work, kids and wife. Cunting weather - best get better soon
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Joined: 12:02 PM - Jan 06, 2005

2:49 PM - Apr 13, 2018 #1113

The once a week boozing is a great way to keep from becoming a shithead boozebag.  
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Joined: 2:00 AM - Apr 02, 2002

11:46 PM - Apr 13, 2018 #1114

About 2 months + 1 week into my latest go and I’m down to 206.5 (from 231+)... down 24 pounds so far 👍

Lifting as much as ever if not more in some areas 💪

Still have some more belly fat I’m working on. Don’t want to get too lean either though.
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Joined: 5:29 AM - Mar 21, 2018

12:00 PM - Apr 14, 2018 #1115

Good to know some of you are into weight loss and like living healthy. Alcoholism and obesity together is to be taking serious because it will take years of your life. Since February I've lost 15lbs and all I did was stop binge drinking. Drink only water and walk at least a mile a day and if your going to drink beer keep it under 100 ounces a week. And don't forget to cut the junk and fast food.
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Joined: 9:48 PM - Jul 20, 2012

2:57 PM - Apr 14, 2018 #1116

Weekend boozing only I think is the best way if you are to lose weight. I used to slam beers after work 2-3 a night a week, even more on Friday and Saturday. You could get away with it in college or when you are in your 20s, but as you age your metabolism is just not what it used to be. When I was young, I felt I could eat anything and not gain so much weight. I was wrong. As I got older it crept up on me. That is the reality. Now you have to be more active or else you will not be conditioned to have the energy you once had. That means get the fuck outside, go to a gym and work. Take a long walk. Ride the bike. Even just going outside and clearing brush and yardwork is good. If you are losing weight, look at the scale once a week. You will drive yourself nuts looking at it every day. 
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Joined: 9:51 AM - Jan 16, 2004

7:51 PM - Apr 14, 2018 #1117

you're totally right about the daily scale shit

thankfully it's been a while since I was on the "2-3 beers after work" plan

I took a long break from drinking prior to grad school but started that plan (plus getting hammered both friday and saturday every weekend) when I went to school and straight up gained 60 pounds in like a year and a half

I was not even old, I was 27 years old and 155 when I started (I'm short 5'8" so good shape but not like super thin) and at one point got up to 215!

it was slow and barely noticeable up until I got to 175 or so, but just fucking ballooned after that

I still struggle to keep it down even with just weekend boozing (going back to "once a week" has helped, although I've been on vacation both the last 2 weekends prior to this one and that has focked that up somewhat), I've been mostly at 200-205, about 193-195 now, never got much below 185 since I've been in my 30s

fat and sucks haha
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1:31 PM - Apr 15, 2018 #1118

I prefer the daily weigh-ins.  I like knowing when I creep up so I can try and keep it from creeping up too much, and when I make progress it keeps me motivated.
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