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My main quest:

Get to 145lbs and can bench 160lbs or higher.

 

Smart goals

1.       Eat one meal a day (omad).

2.       Eat paleo 80/20.

3.       Workout at least 2 times a week doing bodyweight workouts

 

I guess I should introduce myself since that’s next in the line. I’m 37, I’m a dragon, I like nerdy stuff. I just finished watching The Tick on Amazon and it was amazing. Go watch it. I also draw, play ffxiv and sometimes wow, and I’m currently going to college to try to become a web developer.

I just bought a Kawasaki Vulcan S 650 that I named Leonard and I’m riding again for the first time in 2 years. It’s good to be back in the saddle.

 

Nowadays, I’m in a place where I no longer give 2 bits about anybody’s opinion, and therefore am clear to, say, run or walk along the road. Find and go to a gym. Walk around the mall just for the sake of walking, things like that. So I think I’m free to explore what I need to explore in order to lose weight.

Also, my main thing really isn’t about the weight loss anymore. Sure, I’d prefer to lose weight but I want to be strong more than anything. So my goal is really to gain muscle. If I lose weight while I gain muscle, great. If my body refuses to lose weight despite my attempts and I just end up as some weird creature that’s 200lbs of fat and 150lbs of muscle than great too.

 

So today was my first of my omad. Pretty hard actually considering my mother decided to bake freakin bread after she got home. I could really go for some right now and the smell is driving me crazy. But I can’t. A couple of weeks ago I went 4 days without food (lost 15 lbs woo) so I think I should be able to handle omad. I am, however, going to have some white hot chocolate, which I know is so not paleo and breaks my omad rule but this history class is driving me slightly insane, and it’s too dark for me to ride so I’m treating myself. Horribly, yes, but I’m doing it anyway.

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hey! welcome! I'm a rider too, I love it. I have a DRZ 400 SM, it's pretty scrappy and lightweight. :) 

gaining strength makes motorcycling SO MUCH EASIER! it's kind of incredible.

 

so, what kind of bodyweight workouts are you thinking about? do you have a routine or plan that you like already?

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13 hours ago, karinajean said:

hey! welcome! I'm a rider too, I love it. I have a DRZ 400 SM, it's pretty scrappy and lightweight. :) 

gaining strength makes motorcycling SO MUCH EASIER! it's kind of incredible.

 

so, what kind of bodyweight workouts are you thinking about? do you have a routine or plan that you like already?

 

Hi fellow biker! 

 

I have been doing https://www.nerdfitness.com/blog/beginner-body-weight-workout-burn-fat-build-muscle/ 

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  • 20 bodyweight squats
  • 10 push ups
  • 20 walking lunges – 10 each leg
  • 10 dumbbell rows (using a gallon milk jug or another weight)
  • 15 second plank
  • 30 jumping jacks

 

For the past 2 weeks, 3 times a week. Instead of using a milk jug I have resistance bands that I've been using. I do like this, and I'm breathing like I ran from Godzilla afterwards but it doesn't feel like I'm doing enough. I may switch out my 10lb bands for 15lbs and have a go, see if that works. I also have been thinking about adding some ankle weights and maybe a weighted shirt to keep on me on a constant basis.

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Another dragon! Outstanding. Welcome to the challenges! :)

 

16 hours ago, Dragon_Lady said:

Also, my main thing really isn’t about the weight loss anymore. Sure, I’d prefer to lose weight but I want to be strong more than anything. So my goal is really to gain muscle. If I lose weight while I gain muscle, great. If my body refuses to lose weight despite my attempts and I just end up as some weird creature that’s 200lbs of fat and 150lbs of muscle than great too.

 

Love this attitude. The great thing about building physical strength is that the mental strength kind of grows and develops right along with it. Once you learn how to push through that very last rep when everything seems to be working against you and gravity activates yet another Limit Break, you can take on anything.

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2 hours ago, scalyfreak said:

Love this attitude. The great thing about building physical strength is that the mental strength kind of grows and develops right along with it. Once you learn how to push through that very last rep when everything seems to be working against you and gravity activates yet another Limit Break, you can take on anything.

 

QFT and welcome to the rebellion @Dragon_Lady

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So today I did another omad. I am able to separate my body's hunger from my brain's desire to eat. Like right now, I'm 20% hungry. Just enough to feel it. My brain is trying to get me to eat something but I refuse. I can wait until tomorrow. 

 

My big issue though is that Friday, Saturday and Sundays are family days and I don't really know what they are going to be doing all the time. If I go omad those days, I may not enjoy it. So I think for the time being I'm going to just do it M-Th. I may even completely do a 24 hour fast on Wednesdays.

 

Today I did my bodyweight workout, I upped the tension on my resistance bands, and decided to buy some more with higher resistance. So those should be here soon. Probably Sunday I'm going to go down to the Anytime Fitness and get a 7 day pass to see if  their weights are worth paying $40 a month for.  Also, next week I start tracking food again. I stopped for Thanksgiving, there was no way I was going to sit and measure out everything...most of what I ate was homemade so I couldn't even begin to think what was in it.

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On 11/29/2017 at 6:00 PM, Dragon_Lady said:

My main quest:

Get to 145lbs and can bench 160lbs or higher.

 

Smart goals

1.       Eat one meal a day (omad).

2.       Eat paleo 80/20.

3.       Workout at least 2 times a week doing bodyweight workouts

 

 

Hi Dragon_Lady! Welcome to the game.

 

Your goals look good.  I see in another post you're doing the NF BBWW for your workout, so that answers my main quest-clarifying question.  :encouragement:

 

 

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Thats a smexy bike you have there. Once in a galaxy a long time ago and far far away (or Europe so that still applies) I spent a summer driving around on a Ducati and loved it. I always wanted to buy one here in the US but always put it off. 

 

I love your philosophy of 80/20 as well. I found that while researching, because thats what historians do is research it all to DEATH, and thought it a great idea. So you eat omad. Do you ever feel like it's too many calories to eat at once? Does your body ever feel like you overstuffed it? Im curious because Im not a breakfast eater but I make myself do it and sometimes don't have time for lunch but Im afraid to try and eat all my food at dinner time and then feel sick.

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I screwed up today. It's not really going to set me back or anything, but it for sure confirms what I need to do.

 

I was supposed to fast today and I ended up not only not doing it, but I ate 2 batter dipped fish piecs and some of the chocolate pudding in the fridge. Feeling pretty upset w/myself. So tomorrow I'm contemplating a very small OMAD: 2 eggs, a bacon, 1 boiled egg and a salad and call it a day. It's going to be about 767 calories. I'm trying not to do that thing I used to do where when I messed up I'd go halls to the wall crazy about it. 

 

I'm also trying to rationalize actually eating since I know if I water fasted I'd be under 280 lbs by now. 

 

Matter of fact, I have full water fast still on my calendar. I should really just doit like I said I was. Full water fast until the 23rd, break for Xmas, go back on Jan 3rd, and don't stop for 14 days. Take a week off then do it another 14 days. 

 

Hmmm. 

 

Either way, my resistance bands have come in so now I have bigger ones to use to get stronger. Tomorrow I get to use them for the first time. kinda excited, oddly enough. 

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On 12/2/2017 at 2:18 PM, ValkyrieRising said:

Do you ever feel like it's too many calories to eat at your body ever feel like you overstuffed it? Im curious because Im not a breakfast eater but I make myself do it and sometimes don't have time for lunch but Im afraid to try and eat all my food at dinner time and then feel sick.

 

Yes. Take today, i didnt eat much but god it feels awful putting all that in your face all at once. Some days I feel like being full would be awesome but some days it's really not. 

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22 minutes ago, Dragon_Lady said:

 

Either way, my resistance bands have come in so now I have bigger ones to use to get stronger. Tomorrow I get to use them for the first time. kinda excited, oddly enough. 

 

That's not odd at all. Bigger resistance bands means the old ones can't keep up with you, because you are getting stronger. That's more then enough reason to be excited. That's clear progress.

 

Keep at it!

 

 

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Used my resistance bands for the first time today. Was great! I also did a full body workout with them and I am tired but not sore which is good. Cooldowns are ftw.  

 

I did fantastic in the food department today. I had a giant salad for lunch and meatballs I got from Ikea with Brussels sprouts and onions that I sauteed in some butter to go with it. I ended up with 1187 calories for the day with 48 carbs. A little more calorie and carb than I want but it's a big improvement over my mess up yesterday. AND the most important thing to mention here is that I ate when I was hungry AND waited until my fasting time. No nibbles here and there,  just mindfulness and tea. Lots of tea. I've been craving tea for a few days and honestly I don't mind that at all.

 

All in all a good day. And I feel zero guilt for eating!

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I have had a hellish week. Finals in the term have pushed me to the limit, at about 8pm every night I'm so tired I can barely think straight. Thank the Force for Halo Top. I can't even eat the whole thing in one sitting so that 260 calories gets stretched to like 2-3 days. Either way I enjoy the hell out of it. 

 

Saturday I made plans to go to the mall and get some stuff for my family for Christmas. This is something that's so huge to me, it's kind of crazy. Before, it took everything I had to be able to walk in Walmart without feeling like I didn't belong there. For me to think "hey I bet I could find something for my sister in law in the mall" and not feel any fear about going in is a huge thing. Not in all my 37 years have I ever gone to the mall by myself and not felt like shit about being there. Like everyone was staring at me, wondering why I had the audacity to walk in their space, and invade their lives with my ugliness. Now, I don't care about them or their opinions. I only care about what I can get on sale and finding a decent parking space.

 

It's funny what a severe anxiety attack and some Reddit trolls can do for you.

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I just want to briefly speak up for whoever moderates the forums

 

I think this is "ambassadors" and "guild leaders"

 

at any rate; there is a great feeling of shared encouragement within the forums.  I don't think I've ever been in an online community that is so encouraging.

 

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There's something about myself that I had an epiphany about. I figure it's something I should have picked up years and years ago, and despite what I've been trying it's just now donned on me. 

 

I don't need a lot of food to survive. Also that I don't really like OMAD. I need a bigger window of like 2-3 hours to eat foods and not feel awful.

 

I guess the fact that fasting has become a thing for me lately that I even really put much thought into it. Well, much good thought into it. Sure I'd be angry at myself, yell at myself and cuss myself out because I don't have the genes to be able to eat whatever I want and just cut out soda and lose 15 pounds in 3 weeks. I'd look at posts on reddit, on here, on other fitness forums from people who did little things and immediately their body just focused in and the weight dropped off and I'd get so angry at myself about it. Because it's something that I can't change. Seemingly everybody else has a body that isn't so stupid as to hold on to everything I give it instead of using it. 

 

This morning, as I was half asleep staring at the coffee pot, wishing I had kept the Keurig hooked up it dawned on me. My body isn't stupid. It's efficient. My body is holding onto everything I give it because it doesn't need very much to run. I have been overflowing the gas tank of a hybrid electric that doesn't go on the highway to use the gas I'm giving it. Sure, everything says my TDEE is 1869 calories, and to eat less than that to lose weight would be around 1500...but I don't think I even need that many. I think I can honestly get away with about 800, maybe 900 a day. I think I am going to redo everything from trying to eat 1100-1200, and honestly strive for under 1000 or right at 1000. 

 

Not only that, but, I'm going to attempt to do one full 36 hour fasting day every week. From Tuesday night through Thursday until 1pm. I realize that's longer than 36 hours but, 36 is the minimum. So this is what it's going to look like:

 

Sun: Free time day

Mon - Tues: 1pm-4:30pm eating window

Wed: Water fast (or broth if needed)

Thurs - Fri: 1pm - 4:30pm eating window

Sat: Free time day

 

My weekends being free time allows me to have a nice big breakfast if I want and have dinner with the family. It feels like it's sustainable, since Mon-Fri I'm at home all day and don't usually go out, barring holidays. I'm going to try this for now through Feb. 1st and see if I lose any weight. If this fails, I'm going back to my water fast for 4 days, eat Friday after 1pm - Sunday schedule where I lost 15lbs easily. 

 

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Also, check what the nutritional facts are of the stuff you go to get. I went to the store and found some paleo cookies that were supposed to be almond flour based (and they really are) and have dark chocolate chips in them. What I didn't see was the fact that they are

 

150 *^%$#% CALORIES PER COOKIE

And I'm not talking some huge special sized cookie, no, I'm talking they are regular ass sized cookies. I didn't realize this until too late as I was going to add them to MFP before I went to bed and ended up having 3. I had 450 extra calories in 3 cookies. I could have had NESTLE TOLL HOUSE COOKIES AND HAD LESS CALORIES AND CARBS

 

sigh.

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Introspection is good. Introspection that leads to insight is better. Good for you for working your way into a better mindset.That's not easy to do. :) 

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I like the way you put it...

 

A small bunch of cookies have an Huge amount of calories; enough for many, many minutes of vigorous exercise

 

but Even THIS is not the end of the story.  Sugar, stored will turn to fat.. and fat is really hard to burn because only certain Kinds of exercises burn much fat.  Short out of breath workouts Don't Do it. 

 

Instead;  burning fat is a time game; where you keep your intensity down and you exercise for a long time.  so having the time to burn fat like that is another barrior to weight loss.  (This my understanding of it )

 

if sugar exceeds exercise; your body does this to "hold on" (as your put it) to calories.

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I feel like I failed myself. But that I didn't.

 

I stayed around the same weight, but, I also started to do workouts, I started to really pay attention to my life choices, and I have decided on what I want to do going forward.  That's kind of a 50/50 win/loss type thing. The only real reason why I think I "failed" this week, is because I got a viral infection and it's been painful to do much of anything. It's like I had the flu, with fever, coughing, sore throat, dizziness, all the works but it's not a flu strain. I managed to get a workout in on Tuesday, and even went up to 30lbs resistance too...only to have the virus really smack me in the face and make me practically sleep all the way through until Friday. I also have had mostly soups, which you'd think would make me lose weight but, who knows.

 

Either way, next week, Anytime Fitness has their join for $1 program, which I was waiting for, and I'm going to join up so I can get some real walk/jog and lifting action. Hopefully I'll feel better by then and I can really get into the swing of things. I plan to have this year be my year. I don't have anything to stop me, except for me, so I think I can pull it off this time.

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