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Hi all,

 

I’m a newbie here and excited to participate in this challenge. I’m a 31 year old doctor with a complicated relationship with health and fitness. Currently I’m overweight and committed to reclaiming my health. Generally I’m pretty good about getting in good exercise, but my diet is horrible. As my metabolism slows with age, working out alone is not enough to keep me in shape. 

 

Goals for this challenge:

 

Main goal: lose 7 pounds while building enough muscle to curl 55 lbs each arm and bench 140 lbs with dumbbells. 

 

Small quests:

1) bring home cooked meals to work daily, and plan to eat 3 meals/day, nothing after 9pm.

2) go to the gym 3 times M-F, and once over the weekend. Post gym meal will include a protein shake on those days. 

3) limit use of food delivery apps to once per week at most.

 

Im really looking forward to this challenge and following everybody else’s progress!

 

TheDoc

 

 

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Hey Doc! Welcome to the rebellion!! Nice realistic goals!

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Welcome!  Sounds like you have a good picture of where you are.  There's an old saying, "you can't outrun your fork".  Diet is definitely key.

 

One thing I've learned in my time here is that everyone's relationship with food and fitness is complicated.  You're in good company.  :-)

 

 

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16 hours ago, One Tough Mother said:

Welcome. Are your home cooked work meals only lunch or breakfast too? I need ideas for breakfast that I can heat up in a microwave. I'm trying to get away from oatmeal.

Oh I have one! I make these for my wife.

I shred a sweet potato and microwave for one (1) minute, chop and cook some bacon (about 1/2 a pack), distribute these in a regular size muffin tin (12 muffins), whisk 10-12 large eggs and pour over the sweet potato and bacon mixture, distributing as evenly as possible, bake at 350 for 20 minutes. You can add some shredded cheese to the top of each before baking if you like as well.

Heat for 30 seconds before eating.

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Hello TheDoc!

Excited to follow your progress this challenge. Good luck bringing lunch to work everyday! I have a coworker that does this no problem - he eats a sandwich of some variety and packs them all sunday night so he can just grab and go in the morning. I've tried it a few times and find that the bread hasn't gotten soggy at all by the time Friday rolls around. 

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On 11/24/2018 at 9:46 PM, TheDoc said:

limit use of food delivery apps to once per week at most.

 

 

 

Have you been doing this a lot? Because I know when I was trying to cut down on fast food I kept trying to go from 4+ days a week to 1 or 2 right off the bat and it never worked out. Although considering my eventual solution was literally leaving the country, maybe my advice isn't always the most practical. :playful:

Good luck with everything!

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On 11/25/2018 at 10:09 PM, One Tough Mother said:

Welcome. Are your home cooked work meals only lunch or breakfast too? I need ideas for breakfast that I can heat up in a microwave. I'm trying to get away from oatmeal.

I haven’t really been eating breakfast. I usually drink one of those pure leaf teas for a little caffeine in the morning. Every now and then I’ll have a sandwich or cereal for breakfast if i wake up hungry. Most of my eating is towards the end of the day. 

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On 11/27/2018 at 6:44 AM, fantasticmsfo said:

Hello TheDoc!

Excited to follow your progress this challenge. Good luck bringing lunch to work everyday! I have a coworker that does this no problem - he eats a sandwich of some variety and packs them all sunday night so he can just grab and go in the morning. I've tried it a few times and find that the bread hasn't gotten soggy at all by the time Friday rolls around. 

I’ve tried these before too, it works pretty well! Last week I also bought a few frozen meals that you cook in the oven, the ones that are a ate up from lean cuisine etc. (Amy’s is a good one), and I brought to work in Tupperware - they’re also great. 

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On 11/28/2018 at 10:26 PM, OrangeJorwell said:

 

Have you been doing this a lot? Because I know when I was trying to cut down on fast food I kept trying to go from 4+ days a week to 1 or 2 right off the bat and it never worked out. Although considering my eventual solution was literally leaving the country, maybe my advice isn't always the most practical. :playful:

Good luck with everything!

Yes I was so dependent on these apps. The convenience is amazing but it’s bad for my bank account and my fitness goals. It was tough limiting to 1x a week this week but I did it. I think I can do it.

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Update after week 1:

 

First, I thought I’d be more active on this forum but I got pretty busy with work last week. I’ll be looking through the posts and I’m excited to see how everyone is doing!

 

Week 1 was not easy but I got through it and for the most part met all my goals. 

 

I mostly brought sandwiches or frozen meals cooked at home to work for lunch. This worked out very well and I will continue to do this. Not eating after 9pm has really helped my GI health. Going to the gym 4 times a week is tougher than I thought! The temptation to just go home and chill after a long day’s work is a tough one to beat. The potential shame of having to come back here and report I failed to meet this goal got me to make it to the gym 4 times. I did waste a lot of time in my head though trying to come up with various excuses as to why it’d be ok to not go. 

 

I used ubereats just once this week. I did want to use it a couple of other times but I was able to resist.

 

For this coming week, one thing I want to do is spend less time thinking of excuses and just doing what needs to be done. I want to be able to tell myself that tomorrow, I’m going to the gym in the morning, and when tomorrow comes I want to be able to just do it. I think the key is being realistic with making these goals so that I meet them and continue to build discipline. 

 

25% of the 4 week challenge completed!

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10 hours ago, TheDoc said:

I want to do is spend less time thinking of excuses and just doing what needs to be done

 

This is, without a doubt, the hardest thing to actually do. So if you're still trying to come up with reasons not to do it, don't beat yourself up. Especially since you seem to be doing a good job of actually going to the gym and not eating out. Those may seem like small victories, but each time you do it makes it every so slightly easier the next time. Good job so far!

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13 hours ago, TheDoc said:

For this coming week, one thing I want to do is spend less time thinking of excuses and just doing what needs to be done.

 

You and me both, Doc :) 

I spent five days of last week trying to justify why I didn't go to a yoga class. 

 

Keep up the good work for this week. To me it seems like health and fitness is mostly a case of just showing up and you were nailing it last week!

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22 hours ago, TheDoc said:

I got through it and for the most part met all my goals

 

Great work!  You're doing fine; keep it up!

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On 12/3/2018 at 12:15 AM, TheDoc said:

Going to the gym 4 times a week is tougher than I thought!

Agreed! I try to  make myself get up early and go but sometimes it doesn't happen...I know it will rarely happens after work because so much going on, mostly wanting to make sure I eat before it gets too late...Good job on your first week!

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Thanks for all of your support guys! It means a lot.

 

Week 2 update:

 

Week 2 was good! I did mess up a few times. I ate at 10:30pm one night because I got out of work pretty late, and I used those food ordering apps twice this week, exceeding my limit of once. Overall, however, this week felt easier than week 1. I had fewer cravings this week, and I think it’s because I’m eating a little cleaner. I’m feeling less bloated, I have fewer GI issues (not perfect but better than before), and I don’t want to eat something that may jeopardize that. I don’t feel like I’m fighting these cravings as much as I used to. 

 

I feel more fit at the gym. Jogging on the treadmill is a bit easier and more enjoyable. 

 

I’m not making as much progress as I’d like with weightlifting. I have been lifting the same amount of weight since last week and by the last rep I’m worn out. I’m thinking maybe adding a different routine will help me advance. This week I’m going to add 2 new exercises (dips and pull ups).

 

In some ways I worry I’m going to get complacement. I’m going to bed tonight without having thought through what I’ll be bringing to work for lunch. Gotta remember to keep going!

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17 hours ago, TheDoc said:

In some ways I worry I’m going to get complacement. I’m going to bed tonight without having thought through what I’ll be bringing to work for lunch. Gotta remember to keep going!

I get boring with a lot of things, I generally do the same thing for breakfast and lunch through the week when I'm working. I'll make it all up on Sunday then don't have to think about it the rest of the week!

 

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20 hours ago, TheDoc said:

progress as I’d like with weightlifting

 

If you don't mind my asking, are you following a particular program?

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On 12/10/2018 at 4:37 PM, Cheetah said:

 

If you don't mind my asking, are you following a particular program?

Not really a particular program. Just doing some basic lifts.

 

Week 3 and 4 update:

 

I lost some steam these last 2 weeks. I violated my no eating after 9pm multiple times, and I went to the gym 3 times a week instead of 4. I also brought lunch to work maybe 2 or 3 times a week.

 

Despite that, I’m glad I didn’t completely lose it and give up entirely. I’m usually an all or nothing kind of guy. Wish I did better but thankful it wasn’t worse.

 

I’m currently out of town but will weigh myself when I return in a couple of days to see if I met my 7 lb weight loss goal. I did meet both weight lifting goals this week, though I’m gonna back down a bit on the arm curls because the heavier weight is hurting my back. 

 

Will post back back after I weigh myself. So glad I did this challenge!! It was definitely a source of motivation. Looking forward to the next one!

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Great job on your progress!!

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