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  • Birthday 09/16/1988

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  1. Thanks! As far as your two tips... I had actually done a couple weeks of paleo in October and saw great results... but then I got stuck in the hospital. So that derailed everything. And I had done it pretty much cold turkey (though I did have 2 days that were non-paleo). But this week I may try and do the transition thing. For the snacks, those are some good ideas... I actually have some tuna pouches (it's straight tuna, just in a pouch not can, nothing added) but it's really hard for me to eat tuna without stuff mixed in, definitely working on that though. And fruit... I know fruit consumption is somewhat frowned upon with paleo, but for me it's better than eating any of the other things I would normally eat. Also apples and almond butter are delicious.
  2. First week is over. Needless to say I'm not really happy with myself, as I gained 1.4 lbs. Turns out it's pretty hard to eat paleo when you're not 100% prepared and when you have very little paleo-approved foods. We ended up not going to the grocery store until Friday, so that messed things up. Only day I ate 100% paleo was Wednesday. However, my other two goals I set I met. I definitely drank 64 oz of water every day, and I walked 30 minutes a day for 4 days. I'd like to make that at least 5 days this week, and I don't think this week will be as crazy as last week was. And I'm a lot better prepared food-wise.
  3. Hey everyone, my name is John. This is not my first challenge but the previous challenge I was in a while ago I didn't complete. Anyhow, I feel that a little backstory is needed. In 2012 I lost about 70 lbs through proper diet as well as discovering that I love running later in the year, then in January i got really sick (bacterial endocarditis) and had to have open heart surgery to repair a valve that was damaged by bacteria. I spent pretty much the first half of 2013 recovering and getting back in shape. During this recovery period I actually met my goal weight of 195 lbs. But then in July I had another illness related to my surgery that put me back in the hospital and out of commission for 2 weeks. And then in October I was back in the hospital for the same thing as in January. Anyways, the last few months have been really rough on me physically and mentally, as I haven't been able to work out as much as I wanted to, and as a result of that and everything else going on I gained back about 20-25 lbs. I'm still recovering from my last hospital stay, and I can't really exercise like I used to for the next month or so because I have an IV in my arm 24 hours a day to get antibiotics. I'm also off of work for the next month so that's basically motivation for me to be lazy and not do anything. But after trying and failing to get everything back in order I saw that a new challenge was starting and decided to join in. While even now I'm healthier than I was before I started losing weight, I want to get back down to 195 lbs (or even lower) because I felt really good then, and I also want to be able to get back into running. While I won't be able to run for most of this challenge, I should be able to start doing so at least for the last week of the challenge. So with that out of the way. Main Quest - Lose weight to get down to 195 lbs or lower. Main Quest Goals - Eat paleo (including dairy) 5-6 days a week - Walk at least 30 minutes at least 4 days a week. - Drink at least 64 oz of water a day Life Quest - Complete 3 classes on Codeacademy (Web Fundamentals, Javascript, jQuery). I've always wanted to learn web coding and possibly make that my career, but I've been making too many excuses and been derailed too many times since graduating high school. And since I'm not working for the next month, what else am I gonna do? My Motivation As I said before, it's to get back to how healthy I was at the end of 2012/beginning of 2013. I've been overweight all my life so to have gotten down to under 200 lbs was really amazing for me. I felt fantastic, even though I had heart surgery, and I want to get back to that point. Weekly Progress I will be tracking weekly the following items. I will update this post later today after I've taken all of my first-time measurements. Weight: 218.2 lbs Neck: 14.5 in Chest: 41 in Bicep: 13 in Waist: 43 in Thigh: 22 in
  4. I've read and been told that 1-2% is comparable to running outside. I do 2% because 1% would e equal to running on flat ground outside, but as we know the entire world is not flat, thus the extra 1% for minor inclines.
  5. Here's the deal. Back in January I had to have open heart surgery, due to a bacterial infection that damaged a heart valve. The valve was repaired, I went in for cardiac rehab, and from the middle of February to the middle of May I went to the hospital for my rehab. My therapist gave me an exercise prescription to use until the end of June. Well, now it's the end of June... And now I'm a bit clueless as to where to go from here. My prescription had me doing a mix of cardio (running) and strength training (weight machines). I still want to run as I enjoy it, and I would like to do more strength training, but again, not sure where to begin. And for the record, my surgeon had me on weight restriction of no more than 30 lbs until the beginning of April, and after that no restrictions. I was also cleared to go back to work, and I work in retail so I'm regularly picking up things that weigh more than 30 lbs. As for details on my prescription strength training... They had me doing 50 lb leg extensions, 60 lb back rows, 50 lb lat pulldowns, and 50 lb incline press, and 20 lb bicep curls. So basically I'm just wondering what would be best for me to be working on now. I'm thinking of following the Rebel Strength Guide... But I've never really used free weights before (before my surgery I was focusing on running, with doing bodyweight exercises), so I'm pretty clueless.
  6. My favorite is simple, a BLT except instead of mayo you use mashed avocado. So delicious.
  7. I don't think I've ever seen so many banana haters in one place, haha (don't worry, I hate mushrooms as much as you guys hate bananas). Anyways, I used to be a super-picky eater but over the past year I've very slowly incorporated foods into my diet, and I've found I liked them. What personally worked for me was cooking the food myself and looking for recipes involving the food. For example, I found a recipe for a zucchini grinder, which is sort of like a traditional grinder (sub with meat and sauce) but used zucchini instead of meat. Very delicious. More recently, I've been experimenting with spaghetti squash and I love it now. I don't really eat it in place of pasta as a main meal, but as a side dish I like it (even something as simple as tossing it with olive oil and some spices/herbs).
  8. Oh you have no idea haha... In January I had a bacterial infection in my blood, which led to the bacteria damaging a heart valve, which led to me having open heart surgery done and an IV line (sort of a mobile line that I carried with me) in me for 6 weeks after the surgery. Prior to all of this I was 201.6, less than 5 lbs away from my goal weight. When I got out of the hospital about a week and a half after I was admitted, I had gained a whopping 40 lbs of weight (and I had started out actively losing weight at 273 lbs, and my highest weight ever was somewhere around 300 lbs). This whole thing definitely hurt me, as I had to lose the 40 lbs (it was basically all water weight thankfully) and I was really sidetracked from my exercise (I had been running and was just starting to train for my first long race, a 10-miler, in April at the time), but I quickly got back on track. I've been doing cardiac rehab since being released from the hospital which has really helped me recover. Having set appointment times as well as people who are looking out for me and want to help me get back in shape has been great. I also was just cleared to lift more than 10 lbs so now I'll be able to really exercise and push myself, and hopefully I'll be able to start running again within the next month. As for the diet side of things, I was detracted a bit... I had to stay with my parents' for the first few weeks of recovery out of the hospital as someone had to be with me, and at their house... I was like a kid in a candy store. It was a struggle to eat right, and while I did pretty good I definitely had my moments. Luckily though with the meds I'm on, for about a week or two I was able to eat whatever and still lose weight (diuretics). But now I'm back home and while I'm still a ways from 100%, I've gotten my diet under control and my rehab has been progressing great (it's kinda nice to basically have a physical trainer that's covered under your insurance haha), I see nothing but good things for me now. I guess what I'm trying to say with all of this is that you're going to have bumps in the road to losing weight, getting stronger, being healthier, whatever... But the important thing is that you don't let those bumps get you off track too much. What's funny and ironic about my situation is that once I'm done with cardiac rehab, I'm probably going to be stronger than before all of this started because of the guided training (and before it was hard for me to keep momentum going with a strength program). And while I won't be able to run the 10-miler in April, I was able to get a full refund (which is unheard of) and there's always next year.
  9. Originally I ran because I was losing weight. But then I realized that I love running, not just because I'm losing weight from it, but because I actually love it. It gives me a chance to be outside, and it calms me especially after a frustrating day at work. And more recently, once I'm cleared to start running again, to show that not even open heart surgery can get me off track.
  10. I use mine a lot. I don't use it quite as often now that I'm closer to my goal weight, but when I first started losing weight it was invaluable. I still think it's a useful tool, even for people who don't count calories.
  11. MyFitnessPal is sort of considered the de facto food tracking/calorie counting website, mainly because it has the most users and has the largest database of foods. I use it for tracking and really like it. The website I think is also a lot cleaner than the others out there.
  12. Eat less, move more. It's that simple. Start counting calories and do 30 minutes of exercise a day.
  13. jjhatch


    I don't know about the OP, but I've tried this for breakfast and I still get hungry mid-morning (I have to eat breakfast early, around 4-5 am before work, and lunch is at 11 am-12 pm).
  14. I've been running for a few months and tomorrow I'm starting a training plan for a 10-mile run that I'm doing in April. However I also am doing the exercises in the Rebel Strength Guide, specifically the bodyweight ones. My training schedule basically calls for runs on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday (Monday is long run), and bodyweight exercises on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday (Sunday is complete rest day). I know the bodyweight exercises in the rebel strength guide have a few leg exercises, my question is that with my training for the 10-mile run, should I skip the leg exercises in the strength guide or cut down on how many reps/sets I do? I don't want my muscles to get too fatigued/overworked.
  15. This sounds like fun! I wish I could go, but I'm going to be running the Austin 10/20 (10 miles with a band playing live music every half mile, so 20 bands total) that same morning, haha.
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