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On 11/26/2019 at 2:30 PM, alfriday101 said:

"Atomic Habits," by James Clear.  Subtitled "Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results," and "An easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad ones."

I first became aware of the book "Atomic Habits" through golf websites.  It was recommended by a several instructors/writers because of it's application to improvement in golf.  (Google "atomic habits golf" to find the different articles.)

 

I then started seeing references to the book on weight loss sites and fitness sites.  (Google "atomic habits weight loss", "atomic habits diet", and "atomic habits fitness.")  

 

I finally downloaded and read the book.  I highly recommend it.  

 

It is not a golf book, or diet book or fitness guide.  It looks at habits--those things we do during the day without really thinking about them.   It helped me recognize all sorts of things I was doing out of habit, what triggered the habitual response and best of all, how to change the bad habit into good.  Small changes, but changes that lead to big changes.  

 

I recommend the book, for golf and for weight loss.  

 

 

I am going to read this, and thanks for the recommendation. Modifying my own behaviour has been the biggest challenge in trying to change my life style. 

 

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On 11/27/2019 at 3:59 PM, Pug said:

I can relate to the reduction in your playing time - I also had a hip replaced  on 6 Dec 2018. The surgery didn’t go well and I am still using a cane. Tough getting a decent cardio workout when you can’t walk unassisted. I lost about 35 yards off of drives and fairways became erratically elusive. I am working on getting it back. Good for you for persevering. I intend to do the same.

Pug - just now seeing this. Sorry to hear your surgery didn't go well man. Post or Anterior? My "big miss" was that I didn't do enough research prior to the surgery and picking a surgeon who does "Anterior". Lots of trauma on the muscles Post.

Anyway, hope you get better soon. Do you have a stretching program? Stretching helped me tremendously. I did a session with Golfstretch in Scottsdale while visiting family.......they have several great stretch/strengthening programs specifically designed for hip replacement folks. 

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I don't know, Rev.
People grow.
I boxed as a welterweight in novice class, middleweight in open class, and light-heavyweight as a club pro.
[This was a million years ago, of course.]
Now, anything under 240 is doing really well from my perspective.
Otherwise, I have to give up bread, pasta, potatoes, pastry, and Guinness for a while.
You're too hard on yourself!
 
 

I was OK with everything until you got to Guinness


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I lost just shy of 20 lbs post-surgery! I really didn’t need to lose it, but it’s gone.... For now! Definitely not a way I’d recommend for losing weight though!


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I lost just shy of 20 lbs post-surgery! I really didn’t need to lose it, but it’s gone.... For now! Definitely not a way I’d recommend for losing weight though!


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WOW that’s a lot. I lot 12# with my shoulder surgery last year but have put 5 back on.


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Thanks for the sympathy Dalejbrass. As it happens I did do the research,  and had an anterior surgery, but the stem misaligned when it was inserted into the femur. The result was that it had to be removed but when it couldn’t be extracted my surgeon held a consultation with another surgeon it was decided to cut the greater trochanter from the femur. This worked, but then the procedure regarding the stem has to be done again including reaming out more marrow, selecting aligning and inserting an even longer stem as part of what is now a revision surgery. What should have taken 45 minutes to an hour wound up stretching over 3+ hours. At least I was comfortable while I got to listen to all of this was going on. The joy of only using a spinal block for an anaesthetic meant I was awake for much of it.

As for stretching, as an ardent gym rat stretching forms a routine but important part of my workout. I continue to modify and bring on new stretches to keep it fresh. Some of what I do are straight yoga poses, such as baby pose which I always do after push ups and blanks, but others are directly from my physio therapist and osteo therapist. I mentioned elsewhere that I also use the stretching routine recommended by the Super Speedstix as part of their warmup. If that’s not enough, I took a tip from another MGS thread on fitness and ordered a book on stretching for golfers! It arrives this Thursday and I will be very interested in seeing what more I can learn that is going to help. I am determined to walk the course again, and in closing I just want to say how impressed I am with the MGS community. 

 

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Back to the grind. Carbs are killing me, I think. I've put on at least 5 lbs so I'm going to start really watching my carb intake and maybe change breakfast up a bit, less garbanzo beans at lunch and easy on the potatoes, bread, pasta and rice at dinner.

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Back to the grind. Carbs are killing me, I think. I've put on at least 5 lbs so I'm going to start really watching my carb intake and maybe change breakfast up a bit, less garbanzo beans at lunch and easy on the potatoes, bread, pasta and rice at dinner.

How’s the finger? Healing OK?


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4 hours ago, Rickp said:


How’s the finger? Healing OK?


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It's looking really good but is still a bit tender. I may go out to a range on Monday and have a hit with the new 3 wood. 

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Now that everything in my life has died down 🤞🏾 I plan to get my on the wagon and lose the weight I put on stressing about surgery and from being injuried. I hope to be back where i was this summer by may and then surpass that by the time summer is in full swing

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Today is the day I start really looking at my carb intake and changing things up a bit. We'll see where this road leads.

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2 hours ago, MattF said:

Today is the day I start really looking at my carb intake and changing things up a bit. We'll see where this road leads.

Carbs aren’t evil just like fat isnt.  Weight loss is nothing more than calories in vs calories out. Unless an allergy to gluten or some medical condition there is no need to eliminate carbs or certain types of food.

between exercise and food consumption you just need to be below your tdee. 

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2 hours ago, RickyBobby_PR said:

Carbs aren’t evil just like fat isnt.  Weight loss is nothing more than calories in vs calories out. Unless an allergy to gluten or some medical condition there is no need to eliminate carbs or certain types of food.

between exercise and food consumption you just need to be below your tdee. 

I know and I'm not going the keto route, just lowering my intake of refined carbs...bread, sugar, pasta etc. I spoke to my Doctor about it last week at my annual physical and he's on board.

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I know and I'm not going the keto route, just lowering my intake of refined carbs...bread, sugar, pasta etc. I spoke to my Doctor about it last week at my annual physical and he's on board.

Yup the refined stuff is not good. Also it's interesting how much sugar there is in everything. Sugar is one of the triggers for my wife's migraines so she avoids it like the plague - but tough to do.


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Holidays almost done, the Aussies will be leaving end of week. I have not been a very good boy. Gained 20 lbs over this time. At my age, lbs don't just fall off. Will have to put some serious time into the gym and diet.

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20 hours ago, kardboard.kid said:

Gained 20 lbs over this time.

What were you eating?? Sausage rolls and pies diet? 😁

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What were you eating?? Sausage rolls and pies diet?

Sounds like Golden Corral



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What were you eating?? Sausage rolls and pies diet?

Must have been a competitive eating and drinking holiday


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Must have been a competitive eating and drinking holiday


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Trying to give my extended family every American holiday food, treat,pie, booze..... I of course had to lead the way. We use a lot more fat in our cooking. Yeah, 'Merica

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On 12/31/2019 at 1:36 PM, kardboard.kid said:

Holidays almost done, the Aussies will be leaving end of week. I have not been a very good boy. Gained 20 lbs over this time. At my age, lbs don't just fall off. Will have to put some serious time into the gym and diet.

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I feel your pain and I can relate. It’s called the All Santa Diet: beer, burgers, beer, fries, beer, pizza, beer, donuts, beer, chips, beer, nachos, beer, stuffing, beer, cranberry sauce, beer, sweet potato pie, beer, muffins, beer, cake, beer, chocolates, beer, ice cream, beer, fruit cake, and if you get thirsty, have a beer! Personally I only gained 8 pounds from Dec 23 to Jan 2, but I will drop that by 14 Jan. I have found turning a keg into a six pack happens in the kitchen, not in the gym. 

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