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14 hours ago, Pug said:

Hey MattF, you’re lucky it’s only your calves!🏋️♀️

Not quite as sore as yesterday, but still tender. BTW, I sweat a lot, who knew?

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My only suggestion is one that works for everyone every time. It's not in a book, seen on TV, or the web. Doesn't require any special shopping or meal plan subscriptions. You can eat any food you like

I'm in. I'll avoid shirtless posts, but I assume bottomless are still ok.

Alrighty! These quests always work better when there's a group and there's a little friendly competition involved. I know I don't want to be the guy who actually gains weight during this challenge...

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On 2/16/2020 at 10:20 AM, MattF said:

49 tomorrow. 5' 8" Right now, 210lbs. I'd like to get to 180lbs.

I do. Put almost everything into My Fitness Pal. Sometimes I'm over but I'm mostly around the 1600 mark.

I meant to mention I am happy to hear that 1300 calories isn’t your norm. To be frank I was mildly alarmed. Tracking what you eat takes the guesswork out of the process and really helped me get on track with what I had to change to get my blood sugars under control, so I am glad to hear you are doing it. As a datacratic Golf Spy 🏌🏻‍♂️ I suppose I shouldn’t have expected anything less 👍

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22 hours ago, chisag said:

 

... On a side note, I am either very foolish or very lucky. I drank so much in high school and college, I stopped my senior year in college after a particularly bad 2 day hangover. Took off 6 months and when I had a drink for the first time after that alcohol recess, I felt a little queasy and I stopped after one. I have not had a drink since. Been over 40 years now and I can honestly say I really never missed it. OTOH I am no monk either and they have made weed legal in 11 states now and while I am philosophically too healthy in my thinking to smoke anything, edibles are a friend and companion. Talk about putting a strain on your diet, there is nothing quite like the smell of popcorn in a movie theater or seeing some chocolate chocolate cake at the table next to you in a restaurant or watching someone on TV eating a pizza after an edible really kicks in. 😳🤪🤣

I hear that chisag. The hangover only gets more savage and long lasting as we age, so good for you not succumbing to the social pressure to have a drink. A couple of my golf buddies who were drinkin’ and token back in the day are total abstained now, although I have noted they are discussing the joys of edibles. Evil weed is legal everywhere here in the Great White North. Being an asthmatic I won’t ever consider smoking it again. You saw the earlier bit about my misspent youth, right?  They are having a hard time meeting the demand for edibles here. I have been using CBD for the arthritis in my right hand since they made it legal. It’s not a cure but I get enough relief that I have stopped using Aleve, the other little blue pill. As for the munchies... I did mention I had to loose over 100 pounds to get to a not weight range and I don’t want to go through that again. Should I decide to give edibles a shot, well I love 💕 popcorn and make a really filling chocolate meal replacement bar that should help 😉

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On 2/17/2020 at 10:33 AM, revkev said:

Wow - reading Pugs thing was scary to me - I have far too much going on in my life to think of 4 or 5 tines a week in a gym. But good for you.

 

When I started my fitness program I told my trainer that everything she gave me needed to be doable at home or work - like Matt I started with a goal of 180 - got there easily and didn’t really plateau until the low 170’s - cracked that barrier and have stayed in the 160’s ever since - a year and a half plus.

 

I never have counted calories - I just try to avoid junk and keep my portions reasonable - I’ve learned to stay active - i walk the campus for 5 minutes every hour (it would be easy to sit all day with my job), park far away from store entrances - top floors of the parking garages when I visit hospitals - never take elevators - it gets me to around 6 miles of walking and 8 flights of stairs a day - throw in 2 or 3 strength building sessions a week and I’m pretty fit for a busy 63 year old guy.

 

I need to cut back on my alcohol intake - that’s a goal for this years Lent. I don’t do Lent to punish - I do it to change - that’s the next ange that I need to make.

 

 

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Hey revkev, your post has been on my mind and I don’t want you or the other readers to get  misleading impression. Right now I am full tilt boogie into my winter routine as described. I am going to transition into my pre-golf season routine starting next week. Working outs 🏋️ will happen on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Tuesday and Thursday is for putting and range practice (and a little banjo) which still has to be inside for the next couple of months. The work outs will still include 32 to 46 sets, depending on what I am working on. To that I have added Superspeed Stix. Unlike what is posted elsewhere I do that after my workout. To be true to my own health if I miss a session I do a make up session on the weekend. I did drop the 5 pounds I put on on Valentines Day and got my blood sugars back to normal by last Thursday so this program is working for me. Now it’s time to shag off to theGolf Expo. Cheers.

May the course be with you 🏌️♂️

 

 

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So I got a good talking to at the doc's last week. I'm 5'11" and 201 lbs. Not so bad compared with the general public... but I have a history of knee problems and he's been telling me for years he wants me around 185lbs to reduce wear & tear. My father's had 2 total knees and my mother just had her hip done. My dad was my age when he had his first total knee done. 

I honestly don't want to have to go through that so it's time to get serious. My wife is very fit and has a Beachbody on Demand subscription for her workouts that I'm borrowing. I'm starting with a 10 minute daily workout for 1 month to ease my body back into things before I ramp things up. Today was workout #1 and it's looking like I'm going to need to rethink my shower schedule because WOW I didn't think 10 mins of cardio would kick my butt like that. 

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9 minutes ago, russtopherb said:

So I got a good talking to at the doc's last week. I'm 5'11" and 201 lbs. Not so bad compared with the general public... but I have a history of knee problems and he's been telling me for years he wants me around 185lbs to reduce wear & tear. My father's had 2 total knees and my mother just had her hip done. My dad was my age when he had his first total knee done. 

I honestly don't want to have to go through that so it's time to get serious. My wife is very fit and has a Beachbody on Demand subscription for her workouts that I'm borrowing. I'm starting with a 10 minute daily workout for 1 month to ease my body back into things before I ramp things up. Today was workout #1 and it's looking like I'm going to need to rethink my shower schedule because WOW I didn't think 10 mins of cardio would kick my butt like that. 

I'm doing the Focus T25 and yes, I sweat a lot!

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anyone tried Phil's diet.... I remember that he was always chubby and had the 'man boob' thing.  NOW - he's totally fit and will be 50 soon.  Makes me really want to try it.  The intermittent fasting thing is interesting.

https://nypost.com/2019/07/16/phil-mickelson-takes-you-inside-the-diet-he-hopes-reinvents-his-career/

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There’s no such thing as a magic diet. Losing weight boils down to calories (energy) in vs calories (energy) out. Dieting doesn’t work and it’s why there are hundreds of fad diets and/or pills and devices out there being sold daily.

it has to be a lifestyle change. There are a number of ways to accomplish weight loss such as intermittent fasting assuming one is not over eating in their window, keto, high carb low fat, flexible eating which has numerous studies out to show to be the most effective at losing weight and keeping it off. This allows a person to enjoy foods they like while also eating nutrient dense foods. The more single nutrient foods you eat the more flexible you can be with a snack or meal out.

Find what works best for you and you can sustain both thru the weight loss phase and after you reach your goal.

 

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9 minutes ago, RickyBobby_PR said:

Losing weight boils down to calories (energy) in vs calories (energy) out.

And this is why intermittent fasting does work well for a lot of people. Not eating a meal (or two) will usually result in less overall caloric intake throughout a day. Especially since most people tend to skip breakfast, and a lot of common "grab-and-go" breakfast foods (donuts, Pop-Tarts, energy/granola bars) are pretty much glorified candy bars nutritionally. 

38 minutes ago, GolfSpy Stroker said:

anyone tried Phil's diet.... I remember that he was always chubby and had the 'man boob' thing.  NOW - he's totally fit and will be 50 soon.  Makes me really want to try it.  The intermittent fasting thing is interesting.

https://nypost.com/2019/07/16/phil-mickelson-takes-you-inside-the-diet-he-hopes-reinvents-his-career/

Modified "bulletproof" coffee, it looks like. Essentially, fat (MCT oil) for energy, electrolytes, probiotics and some collagen for joint health. 

MCT oil is big among the keto community, but I'm not a huge fan. Tends to have a big laxative effect, and I'm not a huge proponent of adding unnecessary fat to the diet, especially for people who have already have plenty of body fat to lose. For an athlete, however, MCT oil is immediate energy so I can see the benefits for Phil.

 

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I think I could do intermittent fasting if it was just coffee and water all day.

But IMHO you need to exercise.  You can't just drink slim fast and sit around and expect the weight to fall off.  Do Something.  Every day.  

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1 hour ago, GolfSpy Stroker said:

I think I could do intermittent fasting if it was just coffee and water all day.

But IMHO you need to exercise.  You can't just drink slim fast and sit around and expect the weight to fall off.  Do Something.  Every day.  

Exercise will help but isn’t necessary. My cousins husband lost 20lbs by eating in a caloric deficit. His job is somewhat active but consuming less calories than your body needs to maintain weight is all that is needed. Find what your TDEE is and then eat ~500 calories less/day. Monitor your weight daily to get a weekly average for 2 weeks and if no change in weight then reduce by another 100-150 calories/day

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3 minutes ago, RickyBobby_PR said:

Exercise will help but isn’t necessary. My cousins husband lost 20lbs by eating in a caloric deficit. His job is somewhat active but consuming less calories than your body needs to maintain weight is all that is needed. Find what your TDEE is and then eat ~500 calories less/day. Monitor your weight daily to get a weekly average for 2 weeks and if no change in weight then reduce by another 100-150 calories/day

You want to live longer?  Exercise.  Plain and simple.

Don't believe me?  Google it.  "exercise to live longer."  there's no point in starving yourself if you can't live to enjoy it.

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A little bit about my story, the summary version. Growing up I was always on the heavy end of the spectrum and eventually ballooned to 230 pounds (at 5'5"). In my mid-20 to late 20's, I dieted and exercised all the way down to a low of 143. Now in my mid-30s, I've kept off most of the weight, but gained some back, with a high of 167. Since I started to pick back up golf again, I lost about 8 pounds, and am just under 160. I would like to lose about 5 more pounds right now while focus on getting stronger.

One odd note, I always gain weight on low carb diets. The reason being is I love meat and can way overeat my allotted calories in a day when eating "low carb". When I eat a higher carb diet and restrict my meat intake, I tend to lose weight. Sounds strange, but it's because of quantity of calories. i.e. 1 to 2 servings of homemade spaghetti have less calories than me eating a 16oz ribeye steak.

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2 hours ago, RickyBobby_PR said:

There’s no such thing as a magic diet. Losing weight boils down to calories (energy) in vs calories (energy) out. Dieting doesn’t work and it’s why there are hundreds of fad diets and/or pills and devices out there being sold daily.

it has to be a lifestyle change. There are a number of ways to accomplish weight loss such as intermittent fasting assuming one is not over eating in their window, keto, high carb low fat, flexible eating which has numerous studies out to show to be the most effective at losing weight and keeping it off. This allows a person to enjoy foods they like while also eating nutrient dense foods. The more single nutrient foods you eat the more flexible you can be with a snack or meal out.

Find what works best for you and you can sustain both thru the weight loss phase and after you reach your goal.

 

Spot on. Just minor addition it's the type of calories in: one could consume 1600 calories of Oreo's but that wouldn't be very good for the body or one's health.

One thing I found about exercise (which I do but not fond of it)  is that I start making better decisions. So when I think about reaching for the chips or cookies I stop myself because I relate it to the number of additional minutes of exercise  I need to work that junk food off. 

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And this is why intermittent fasting does work well for a lot of people. Not eating a meal (or two) will usually result in less overall caloric intake throughout a day. Especially since most people tend to skip breakfast, and a lot of common "grab-and-go" breakfast foods (donuts, Pop-Tarts, energy/granola bars) are pretty much glorified candy bars nutritionally. 

There are some of us who eat more frequently but less at each meal. I probably eat 4-5 times a day (light meals) and don't gain weight - drives my wife crazy. I find that if I miss a couple of meals,  I overeat at the next meal (with substantially larger and more caloric meals). My point is that this is very individual approach and you have to find what works best for you.  

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36 minutes ago, GolfSpy Stroker said:

You want to live longer?  Exercise.  Plain and simple.

Don't believe me?  Google it.  "exercise to live longer."  there's no point in starving yourself if you can't live to enjoy it.

Never said it wasn’t a good idea to exercise just that losing weight doesn’t require it. 

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10 minutes ago, tony@CIC said:

Spot on. Just minor addition it's the type of calories in: one could consume 1600 calories of Oreo's but that wouldn't be very good for the body or one's health.

One thing I found about exercise (which I do but not fond of it)  is that I start making better decisions. So when I think about reaching for the chips or cookies I stop myself because I relate it to the number of additional minutes of exercise  I need to work that junk food off. 

For sure. All depends on who good one wants to feel during the day. I like a 80/20 or 90/10 mix between “good” and “bad” foods. 

4 minutes ago, tony@CIC said:

There are some of us who eat more frequently but less at each meal. I probably eat 4-5 times a day (light meals) and don't gain weight - drives my wife crazy. I find that if I miss a couple of meals,  I overeat at the next meal (with substantially larger and more caloric meals). My point is that this is very individual approach and you have to find what works best for you.  

I’m the same way. I eat 5-6 meals (includes snacks), cut it to 4-5 on weekends as I don’t wake up as early so midday meals usually get combined.

if in a deficit then I’ll cut it to 3-4.

One other thing to point out is high protein intake will help with satiation.

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10 hours ago, GolfSpy Stroker said:

I think I could do intermittent fasting if it was just coffee and water all day.

But IMHO you need to exercise.  You can't just drink slim fast and sit around and expect the weight to fall off.  Do Something.  Every day.  

And SlimFast isn’t going to qualify as something you drink while fasting. I do drink tea and coffee on fasting days like today. It helps when I am having a hunger pang. If I was going to give a tip on managing pangs it would be to try to eliminate all highly processed carbs for 4 or 5 days before fasting. I found this really helped diminish the pangs. Also, after a couple of fasts it actually gets easier. 

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