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    Jason Brightwell is offline Senior Member
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    Default agreed

    It helps to relieve stress, too. Not that exercise doesn't, but to do something "just for the fun of it."

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    Default Walk/ride a bike instead of driving

    Before I got my driver's license, I rode my bike everywhere (BMX, not mountain). It was then that I could eat anything I wanted and not gain weight (still growing might have something to do with it, too). Only after I got my license did I start to gain weight.

    Also, I was talking with a guy from church who stayed down in S. America for a while. He didn't have a car, so he had to walk everywhere he went (being in a town vs. the city probably helped). It was only when he came back to the 'States that he started to gain weight (again, driving instead of exercising to get there).

    Remember Jared & the Subway commercials? He walked 2 miles 1-way to lunch.

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    Default Take your lunch to work

    Along with anything else you're going to consume during work. And stick to what you brought, nothing else. Eating out for lunch is bad for a variety of reasons, e.g. not knowing calorie contents of what you're eating (some exceptions to that), influence of coworkers (i.e "oh come on, not you're diet again !") etc. Cafeterias are a little better, but not much. In addition, if possible stay away from all work gatherings that involve eating - pot lucks, birthdays, "let's get takeout" days. Birthdays etc. might be hard to avoid for political reasons, but you don't HAVE to eat the cake. If you absolutely must go out for lunch with colleagues (I got stuck with one the other day) order something as low cal as possible off the menu (e.g. large salad with grilled chicken - dressing on the side).

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    Default Nutrition Class...

    I am taking a nutrition class and learning good and bad sources of foods.

    In this class i am also learning the difference between a portion and a serving. a portion is the amount of what you are eating and a serving is a standard measure of units. This portion of meat is 3 serving sizes. with this information i can now look at what i am eating and decide if i want eat the whole thing or eat half now and some more later.

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    Default How much do you want to loose?

    the wrong answer is 440 lbs minus 220 goal weight = i want to loose 220 lbs this makes the journey a distant out of site out of mind event. if you want to loose 220 lbs then that little slice of pie is no real threat to your goal.

    The correct answer is ONE POUND. if all you want is to loose is one pound then that slice of pie is not so little and looks like it will have a real impact on your goal.

    Smiles,
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    Default Excersize... Challanges

    At 440lbs it is difficult to excersize.

    At the gym you do not fit into the equipment. and you dont look like that metro or barbie when you find a machine you do fit into.

    Go to a Yoga class and see a bunch of broom sticks getting down on the floor and back up like nothing. it is a real motivator for a double chub.

    Swimming? Fat floats so there is not much to it and you end up just floating for an hour not burning much energy.

    Bicyle? biggest seat still feels like a pole where you do not want one.

    Impact excersizes, Running, Jump Rope... out of the question as the impact will blow out your joints.

    Roller skating, quickly becomes an impact sport.

    Martial Arts, I can not see my feet so you tell me did i kick him in the face?

    A look into the challanges for someone that has a long road to travel.

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    Default Excersize... Challanges

    Why don't you try walking and eat significant less...walk everywhere all the time and start training intensely and infrequently (2-3x weeks).

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    Default Excersize... Solutions

    Loose the gym membership. i dont go anyway. put the saved money into the following.

    Sign up for a dance class, there are lots of dance styles that are in the range of motion of someone that is in it for the long hall. 100lbs or more. since it is a class and only runs for 6 weeks you have to go it will not last. Latin clubbs usaly have free lessons a couple nights a week. and every one wants to show the new guy a different step.

    Put the money into PTP and a 7' Olympic set. the work out is with in my range of motion and a good challange. about $150.00

    RKC and 26lb KB. Resistive Arobic workout with no impact. Lots of workouts i can do with-in my range of motion. about $150.00

    Three wheeled recumbant cycle. Easy on the back and butt. 21 speeds will get you up any hill. Three wheels meens you do not have to maintain a speed for ballance and fits in the pick up and on any bike trail.$800.00

    Get a couple workout partners. I do not have one yet, but i have seen that a study buddy in school helps alot. i am sure it will help with workouts when i find a few.

    get a calendar and schedule your workouts, like an appointment. then keep the appointment. Find some one to keep you accountable.

    Smiles,
    Skog

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    Default Education...

    If you have a PHD in nutrition,

    Where a trained World Class Cheif

    Where a Certified Physical Therapyst

    and taught Yoga, your phycal self would be very different.

    Get a book on Nutrition, Fittness, Cooking.

    Take classes on Nutrition, Fittness, Cooking.

    Classes and class materials are tax deductable if they are for advancing your profession.

    Smiles,
    Skog

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    Default The number one NO-BRAINER....

    Get rid of your TV. You burn more energy when you sleep than you do watching TV.

    I am sory to bombard you with so much information but i have been working towards a goal of getting below the 400lb barier since i turned 40 earlier this year.

    In the past 10 weeks i am down to 421 lbs. I have done alot of reading on the subjects of Nutrition, Fittness, Cooking. and am taking classes as well as made some purchases for equipment. For the first time in 5 years I feel the 400 lb mark is with in reach.

    Hope this helps,
    Skog

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