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Long story short is probably the best way to go here. Not overweight as a child, but then broke hip at 11, hip repaired with 6 metal rods, then surgery at 12 to remove pins which had caused a deformity in the ball and socket of my hip joint. Lifetime of discomfort enough to keep me from doing much of anything so I became overweight for the rest of my life. (So overweight that when I started this journey 9 months ago I weighed 265 (5'6"). Fast forward about 28 years. I had a full hip replacement, back surgery for a blown disc (from compensating for bad hip all my life) and a couple other surgeries for good measure, all within a 1-year period. It took a couple YEARS to feel like joining life again. Fast forward to 9 months ago (5/2011) and I joined a gym. One of those "ladies only" gyms with 2 ellipticals, 2 treadmills and (single-muscle) weight machines. I know, I know, that's not a "real gym" but it's what I've got right now. I've since quit the weight machines (maxed out on them really quickly) and most of the elliptical I do is HIIT or Tabata style and in those 9 months I've managed to lose 30 lbs. For weight work, I do a full-body TRX workout 2-3x/week and am doing the 100 pushups challenge. Then I hit a plateau that lasted more than 2 months. No matter what I did I just bounced up and down the same 5 lbs. A couple weeks ago, I found this site and leangains.com and made a few dietary changes and in the last 6 DAYS I've lost 7.2 lbs. No change in calories, just a lessening of "white" carbs and sugar and adopting the 16 hr fast/ 8 hr feast from leangains. I know 7+ lbs in 6 days is "atypical" but it was just what I needed RIGHT when I needed it to stay motivated, work smarter, not longer and keep focused. I just hit the 30 lbs loss a few days ago and now I'm knocking on 35's door. Love everything I've seen here and hope to learn, and grow stronger daily, with the information and community here!



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