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Mike2228 03-22-2013 10:26 AM

Went fat, trying to get back.
 
I went through some tough emotional and mental issues about 5 or 6 years back and my life changed dramatically. Before the issues I was in the gym 5-7 days a week, mountain biking all the time and hiking a ton too. I was also holding down a fairly physical job. I weighed 150 pounds soaking wet at 5 foot 11. After the issues I became depressed and sedentary and literally more than doubled my body weight. At my biggest I was up in the mid 330's. Since Jan 1st I've dropped my weight to about 303. My goal is to drop at least a 130 pounds more.

I dropped the weight pretty much with an adjusted diet. With this winter having been so snowy and so cold I couldn't get out much to walk. But so far this week I've probably put in 10 miles walking and 3 miles on my bike. Eventually when I get some weight off my knees I'll try to do some jogging.

I just had to share that. I'll check in occasionally with progress.

comeback 03-22-2013 10:43 AM

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Originally Posted by Mike2228 (Post 7295414)
I went through some tough emotional and mental issues about 5 or 6 years back and my life changed dramatically. Before the issues I was in the gym 5-7 days a week, mountain biking all the time and hiking a ton too. I was also holding down a fairly physical job. I weighed 150 pounds soaking wet at 5 foot 11. After the issues I became depressed and sedentary and literally more than doubled my body weight. At my biggest I was up in the mid 330's. Since Jan 1st I've dropped my weight to about 303. My goal is to drop at least a 130 pounds more.

I dropped the weight pretty much with an adjusted diet. With this winter having been so snowy and so cold I couldn't get out much to walk. But so far this week I've probably put in 10 miles walking and 3 miles on my bike. Eventually when I get some weight off my knees I'll try to do some jogging.

I just had to share that. I'll check in occasionally with progress.

Hi Mike, thanks for sharing your experiences..I've been on a variation of the gluten free/paleo diet for about 2 weeks now with good results..It's basically giving up processed grains and sugar which raises your insulin levels and causing abnormal calorie intake and more cravings..I am doing well so far and am waiting 4-6 more weeks to post my experience and hopefully some before and after pictures..try to google or utube some info to get motivated or email me comeback@safe-mail.net if you need any help

Mike2228 03-22-2013 10:43 AM

Thank you!

Mike2228 03-22-2013 10:48 AM



This is a before. I'll get an after soon.

Mike2228 03-22-2013 10:54 AM



This is a pic I took today. Not a very good one but it is plenty good enough to show the added weight.

I have some video's of me hitting some practice serves at the park the other day but I'm hesitant to post them. For one I'm not good with the editing software and my clothes are actually not fitting that well after losing this 30 pounds and my crack seems to be on display after every serve. lol

comeback 03-22-2013 11:45 AM

Thanks for posting the pictures Mike,. You are a young guy and a tennis player..Great..Many of us here would love to have your youth but time marches on and we older guys have to accept it..For you though, you have your whole life ahead of you..I'm sure whatever happened to you was traumatic enough to stress you out greatly..Did you know that great stress increases more cortisol (a natural hormone) which makes you hold much more weight than normal..I took 4 books out of the library by these authors Jeff Volek, Gary Taube, Robb Wolf..They are all great and motivating, which is what you need right now to get started..Try at least looking them up on Amazon and read the motivating comments by hundreds of people..it might help.
here is a link to Robb Wolf's books' comments http://www.amazon.com/The-Paleo-Solu...owViewpoints=1

Mike2228 03-22-2013 11:53 AM

Thank you. I'll have to check my local library.

kslick 03-22-2013 11:56 AM

Welcome back Mike. I share a similar story. Just keep working at and keep fighting. Staying active is the real key.

Mike2228 03-22-2013 12:16 PM

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Originally Posted by kslick (Post 7295599)
Welcome back Mike. I share a similar story. Just keep working at and keep fighting. Staying active is the real key.

I'm hitting the courts tonight.:)

And I hope everything is going well with you.

Mike2228 03-22-2013 12:24 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-cpN...ature=youtu.be

Excuse the minor wardrobe malfunctions.

edit: i don't know how to embed a video.

comeback 03-22-2013 12:35 PM

You've got a very good serve Mike, it looks like you know how to play,,
Best of all you took the challenge of going out in the cold, snow laced courts to practice..You are on your way my friend..Keep going and by the summer there will be a NEW MIke

Mike2228 03-22-2013 12:38 PM

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Originally Posted by comeback (Post 7295661)
You've got a very good serve Mike, it looks like you know how to play,,
Best of all you took the challenge of going out in the cold, snow laced courts to practice..You are on your way my friend..Keep going and by the summer there will ne a NEW MIke

Thanks for the support. I'm definitely feel myself gaining some momentum.

bluetrain4 03-22-2013 12:55 PM

Don't get down. It happens. And, although we always sterotype women for feeling frustrated, depressed about their bodies, plenty of men (especially ex athletes) go through the same thing.

Though, not as much weight as in your experience, I had a pretty significant weight gain (50lbs) in law school. Had a shin splint right before starting, couldn't be active like I was used to. Then just stressed out by school which led to eating (bad food) and drinking. Plus, there were legit reasons to eat and drink besides stress. I was in school, I wanted to be social and go out with my classmates. Then I was semi-depressed at getting in such bad shape, blah, blah. It was a pretty quick cycle and before I knew it I couldn't recognize myself. It sucked.

During my third year, I took stock of everything. Basically laughed at myself. Realized that if I could put it on, I could take it off. At first, I just cut back on food and drink. Seriously, didn't even really improve the quality of food and drink. I still ate some bad food and drank alcohol, but just less.

Started walking everyday. Would go to the track and run a little. Frustrating because my performance was SO much worse than previously, but I always felt so much better. And exercise actually reduced my appetite. Then I started to improve food choices - no eating late, more fruits and vegetables, lean protein, salads, whole grains.

then, it all started to roll the other direction. I got in better shape which would enable me to work out longer or more intensely. Kept on eating good, but was realistic - it wasn't like I was never going to have a beer or a slice of pizza again. Just tried to eat well most of the time, and when I didn't eat well, I didn't go crazy - 2 beers when out at the bar, instead of 5. 2 slices of pizza, instead of a whole pizza. If you can learn this, you can stay sane while you get in shape. Eventually, I lost all the weight.

When I was younger (I'm now 40), I exercised so much that I could basically eat what I wanted. Now, diet is much more of a focus. I'm not going to recommend any particular diet, or even recommend something called a "diet". Everyone knows that overall calories, moderation, healthy foods, etc., are all necessary. It's a change in habits.

The one tip I will offer is don't look at your progress, your days of trying to get back in shape as an "either-or" propositon. I see too many people do this. In their mind, they have to be "perfect" - all vegetables, brown rice, lean protein, no sugar, etc. They'll do it for a day or a week, but inevitably something will happen. They get invited out and have a beer. There's cake in the office at lunch and they have a slice. They're in a rush, so go get a sandwich at Jimmy Johns or a slice of pizza. That will happen, and if it does, just regroup. Do not use it as an excuse to go crazy and tell yourself you'll start being perfect again the next day. Again, I see it a lot. People dedicated to eating better and generally doing well, but one thing goes off-plan, so they figure, "well I screwed up today, so I might as well eat like I used to, lots of junk food, big amounts, and I'll start tomorrow." That's the road to nowhere, because you'll inevitably, repeatedly not be perfect. So, if you have a healthy breakfast, and then for some reason have a candy bar during the day, fine. Regroup and eat a healthy dinner, and go from there. Don't destroy the day and start over tomorrow. It's all about the big picture.

And, of course, activity. Again, no need to be perfect every day. Just do something. Running, swimming, biking, tennis, weights, whatever. Try to get your heart rate up. Walking is underrated and a good thing to do when you're sore or if your motivation is really down for exercising. Just get your phone or MP3 and something you enjoy listening to and go for a walk, outside or on the treadmill.

It's a slog, but once you get going, you can do it. And, you'll be happy you did. Good luck!

LeeD 03-22-2013 12:59 PM

Those stormy, snowing days are the most fun to walk in. Think, we pay upwards of 90 bucks to ski and snowboard in those condition.
I feel the difference in just 15 lbs of excess weight. Like you, I'm an inch shy of 6', and played my best tennis at around 135 lbs., up to age 29.
Ballooned to 155 when I turned 35, I barely make it down to 145 after a summer of windsurfing, starving myself, and tennis.
After Christmas holidays, could barely move at 165 lbs. Now working back down around 158, heading in the right direction.
Get a g/f who rides her bike 50 miles just for fun (twice a week), and one who windsurfs 5 days a week, and likes to run 5 miles each day.

cluckcluck 03-22-2013 12:59 PM

Man, I can't believe you left the toilet seat up!

I'm kidding. I know your situation very well, once my wife became preggers with our daughter, I gained a bunch of weight. Everyday it's a struggle to drop the weight.
I'm not where I used to be but I have managed to tone a little bit using an exercise program that I can do at my own pace; and playing tennis as often as I can.

The one thing I do when I play is that I push myself to hit as many balls as possible, it's too easy to let a ball go by because you might be a half step too late, you gotta make yourself get there and try! There's the ultimate satisfaction of dripping buckets of sweat after going hard for a couple of hours - the sweat is fat crying.

As far as workouts, try the Spartacus workout: http://www.menshealth.com/mhlists/hi...rcuit-routine/

I do it in a small space and I only commit 30 minutes to this (it's as much as I can do right now). It's tough at first, but like everything else in life, it gets better. :)

Keep pushing my friend. We're here for you on these boards.

Mike2228 03-22-2013 01:03 PM

Thanks everybody.

cluckcluck 03-22-2013 01:06 PM

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Originally Posted by LeeD (Post 7295701)
Those stormy, snowing days are the most fun to walk in. Think, we pay upwards of 90 bucks to ski and snowboard in those condition.
I feel the difference in just 15 lbs of excess weight. Like you, I'm an inch shy of 6', and played my best tennis at around 135 lbs., up to age 29.
Ballooned to 155 when I turned 35, I barely make it down to 145 after a summer of windsurfing, starving myself, and tennis.
After Christmas holidays, could barely move at 165 lbs. Now working back down around 158, heading in the right direction.
Get a g/f who rides her bike 50 miles just for fun (twice a week), and one who windsurfs 5 days a week, and likes to run 5 miles each day.

So you're saying you have 3 girlfriends? Teach me master LeeD

Mike2228 03-22-2013 01:10 PM

Anyway about tennis. I guess I'm a NTRP 3.0. Which sucks because I think I definitely have the strokes to be at least a 3.5/4.0. My lack of quickness(inability to reach balls most people, and my former self would easily get to) and stamina really bring my game down. Eventually I'll get there though.

LeeD 03-22-2013 01:21 PM

cluckcluck, same girl.
You can look for fat sedentary S/O's if you want, or you can associate with athletes who want to stay in shape even past their 50's.
It's your choice....meet them at bars, or out snowboarding, windsurfing, playing tennis, or surfing.

Mike2228 03-22-2013 01:22 PM

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Originally Posted by LeeD (Post 7295743)
cluckcluck, same girl.
You can look for fat sedentary S/O's if you want, or you can associate with athletes who want to stay in shape even past their 50's.
It's your choice....meet them at bars, or out snowboarding, windsurfing, playing tennis, or surfing.

What is an S/O?


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