New Years Resolutions: 2015 Edition

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  1. Master_Craig

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    It's good that you've set yourself goals Link, and by getting up and doing something you're already doing a lot better than other people around the world.

    Look after your knees, please. Knees suck when it comes to injuries. If pain persists or if it gets worse I would highly recommend seeing a specialist doctor about it. I tore the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) in my right knee back in late 2011, resulting in reconstructive surgery where I now have a synthetic ligament in my leg and some titanium screws. I'm totally Adam Jensen.

    "I didn't ask for this..."

    Well, I kinda did.

    What I would recommend is set yourself a plan with your walking and with your calestetics. It doesn't have to be much... it could just be, I dunno... on this day you're going to try and walk <this distance>, you're gonna try and do this many push ups, sit ups, squats etc... then maybe two days later, try to increase the load to go higher. Give it a go if you're not doing that already. :)
     
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  2. UrbanMasque

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    Craig is right - one of the biggest hindrances is hurting yourself while doing something then taking too much time off to recover and never coming back. 2-3 miles is great, make that at least 4 times a week and you'll see changes, but switch it up if your knees are hurting. Speedwalk -> Sprint -> Jog ->Sprint -> speedwalk, etc. (but don't cheat and use the speed walk as an excuse to take it easy, you're still working!) The more you move the more you'll get used to the pain and recover quickly from it.

    I'm stuck at 263lbs... Been there for a while.. pretty depressing.. DESPERATE MEASURES - #Avoid sugar for the month of May.. and I'll report back in at the end. If I see the scale at 255 at the end of the month, I think I'll be so motivated by that I don't know what I'd do next.

    Its soo close...

    ....yet so far..
     
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  3. Master_Craig

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    Pretty happy this morning as when I weighed myself, I weighed 100.7 kg (222 Ibs). On Wednesday I was 101.2 kg (223 Ibs). I'm very close to my goal of being under 100 kg (220 Ibs), very close! I suspect (more so hope) that I will reach my goal in two to three weeks. :)

    I hope I don't sound like a wanker, but in this post I'd like to throw some hopefully helpful advice to both Links and Urban.

    For Links:

    I think Urban's got a good idea there, Links. If your knees can handle it, I would suggest interval training as well. If you can, try running (or jogging at least) and then when you start to grow tired, reduce speed to walking speed. When you've recovered, return to running (or jogging). The idea is to simply keep moving and not stop. Your walking will essentially be "resting" however as Urban suggested, you're still working and you're still moving. Like I said before, please take care of your knees... if it starts to hurt while running (and not muscle fatigue/lactic acid "sore", but I mean sharp, not nice pain) then stop what you're doing and rest up instead.

    If you haven't already Links, I would highly recommend seeing a physiotherapist about your knees. They may be able to help you identify the problem and in turn, give you exercises to help strengthen areas where you might be weaker, in order to make your legs better and stronger. I know I suggested seeing a specialist but... scratch that. Try a physiotherapist first and if in the unlikely events it gets worse, I'm sure your physio will direct you to a specialist.

    For Urban:

    Urban, that's a really good idea about the no sugar thing. :) Not to discourage you but having no sugar in your diet, especially if you're used to it, is very hard. When I first started my new and current diet, I hated the first week and in the first few days I was experiencing head aches, I wasn't sleeping and I was getting grumpy and agitated very easily, all because my body was having a spasm for the lack of sugar (yeah, I was having sugar withdrawal).

    My suggestions for combating sugar withdrawal is to drink lots of water throughout the day. If you're really craving something sweet, I would suggest drinking a diet or "zero" soft drink/soda. Even though these drinks have no sugar or calories, they're still not good for us because of the shit they put in it to make it taste nice, so I would only suggest falling back on a diet/zero drink if you absolutely need to. Maybe once a week, or once every couple of days? Once you break through the first few days (it can take some people anywhere between three to five days, personally it took me five days) you will be fine. :)

    Another solution to combat sugar withdrawal is to eat multiple meals a day, lots of good, healthy food. I would probably suggest five to six small meals a day, meals that consist of protein, complex carbohydrates and vegetables. If you're craving junk food, or maybe you're going out with friends for dinner, try to limit that down to once or twice a week. Finally, avoid alcohol. Depending on what you're drinking, alcohol can contain a crap tonne of sugar, so that's a big one.

    If you have no sugar for a month while continuing to try and do your exercise, then I'm confident you will lose weight. How much weight? I have no idea, everyone is different and our bodies work differently.

    Give you an example... Kevin Smith went on a no sugar diet last year. He quit sugar, basically. He lost about 20 Ibs (9.7 kg) in a month. On top of that, he was walking to the equivalent of five miles per day. Sometimes he would go for regular walks but Smith said he tried standing up a lot during the day, which got him moving more often. Below is a before/after picture of him.

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    Big difference. No pun intended. :)
     
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  4. LinksOcarina

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    The no sugar part is not going to happen for me.

    Thankfully I haven't put on weight since college, I have been sitting in the 220-240 range since 2008.

    So far it has been interval walking/running, once finals are done next week I can actually walk a lot more and well see what happens.

    I do have to wait to see for a specialist for my knees, so far it's not hindering my walking or anything like around the house thankfully.

    I will have to check it out though if it persists.
     
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    The no sugar part is very hard, believe me I know. It's certainly possible. You honestly could do it Links, but it is very hard.

    Like I said to UrbanMasque above, three solutions to help cope with no sugar is to drink lots of water, to eat lots of healthy food throughout the day and finally if you need something "sweet", drink diet soft drinks... they're still no good, so don't have them too often.

    Sugar is also something you cannot go cold turkey on. Well, you could... but that's really hard. Regardless, you may experience side effects from sugar withdrawal, again as I have. Like I said before, I experienced head aches, difficulty sleeping and mood swings, as silly as that sounds.

    I'm glad to hear you're doing the interval walking/running. Once your finals are all done and dusted you'll have more time to keep it up and do other stuff too. Please keep us posted. :)

    Yeah, seeing a specialist may take some time especially if you are going through the public health system. The private system would be faster albeit a lot more expensive I believe. At the very least as you've said, it's not hindering your day to day life and you're getting by just fine. :)
     
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    I probably can do it, but I know i'm not going to.

    Cutting out all sugar is not exactly a good thing either. You need some at least. Plus the sugar I do eat is not from like candy or shit, it's coming from apples, bananas, grapes, some milk and a few other things.

    On the plus side, my knees don't ache now, it's my foot and the heels and joints above them now.

    I think I need new shoes.
     
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  7. UrbanMasque

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    Prudent advice.. I like craft beer, so while I may not be eating a donut or sugary cereal,. you're definitely right about the amount of sugar in it.

    We'll see.. My dad had diabetes and I just dont want that same fate - but i also need to acknowledge it and not let it get to that point! Life sucks without sugar (that would be a great high school yearbook quote). xD
     
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    Yup. Alcohol is a big one.

    As Urban said, even if you don't eat or drink much crap, you need to identify what it is exactly that you're consuming that has a lot of sugar in it and make a cut down from there. Find foods/drinks that can replace and supplement what you're currently consuming.

    Sorry to hear about your father having diabetes. My girlfriend's father is also a diabetic. He was diagnosed with diabetes a fair while ago and it was due to diet and life style. Alcohol was a big one there, especially pre-mixed drinks like Bundaberg Cola (rum and coke).

    I think whether you "need" sugar or not is honestly entirely up to you. It really depends on what you're doing and what you want to achieve. If you're looking for general health, weight loss etc. then cutting out sugar completely is probably not necessary. When I first originally lost all my weight back in 2009 (losing 32 kg / 72 Ibs in nine months) I still consumed some sugar in some form every day, I was just eating better, more often and exercising intensively on a regular basis. I ate a lot of foods high in fibre, moderate in protein and carbohydrates... so high in fibre cereal breakfasts, apples/bananas, salads or vegetables as my side meal with dinner or lunch, big healthy sandwiches etc.

    Before my original weight loss when I was at my heaviest (128 kg / 282 Ibs back in January 2009) I did no exercise, had sugar in my diet but I also ate very bad foods on a regular basis. Foods high in sugar but also high in carbohydrates and high in saturated and transaturated fat. Basically, junk food, food that just did the body no good. McDonalds, KFC, Chinese food, alcohol (beer) and flavoured milk drinks. Rarely did I eat fruit or vegetables. A recipe for disaster. If I had stayed on this track, I could very well be dead by now, or at least have serious health complications like high blood pressure or worse.

    Nowadays my goals have changed. I'm seeking to get rid of body fat while retaining (and even building additional) muscle mass with the help of a recomposition specialist and trainer. Because of this, my sugar intake is limited to once or twice a week. The coach would prefer I don't have sugar at all and I honestly would get better results that way but man, I do that to keep myself sane and to enjoy myself a little bit.

    So again... cutting out sugar completely? No, you don't have to. It depends on your goals, some goals will require you to cut it out completely, some goals you won't have to. If you just want to lose weight and be healthier, no you don't have to cut it out completely. I would suggest cutting down on sugar, not cutting it out. For one it is a lot easier and enjoyable and two, you can still achieve results with sugar in your diet. I guess the best things you can do is just figure out what foods/drinks you're consuming that has sugar in it and start making adjustments to your diet by removing certain foods/drinks from your diet or replacing them with something else.
     
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    Beer is way too good for me to ever try to do low carb or something like that.
    Fucking love beer.


    Oh, and I got into a Master's Program. So go me.
     
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  10. Master_Craig

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    You could always try low carb beer, unless that's what you're talking about? :p

    I can drink most beer whether it's light, low carb or full strength. There's two beers I can't stand... Australia's VB (Victorian Bitter) and Corona's.

    Congratulations on getting into the Master's Program, Longo. :) What will you be studying?
     
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    Paradox is Longo? Longo is Paradox?
     
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    What a... conundrum.

    I drink low carb beer. But I also drink high carb beer.

    And history. It's what I like.
     
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    Ha ha, sorry about that one Longo, my brain is off course today!

    You are a bit of a paradox though, Longo. ;)
     
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    Good for you man i just graduated with a degree in electrical engineering a lot of people asked if i wanted to get my master in it. I looked them dead in the face and laughed and quoted billy madison about school is for fools
     
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    Nice work, Gunner37, congratulations on the graduation! Well done :) what's the next step for you now?

    I just got updated results from my new training and diet regime, here they are below:

    Started (February 20th 2015): 108.5 kg (232 Ibs) @ 23.7% body fat
    Now (May 15th 2015): 101.1 kg (222 Ibs) @ 14.3% body fat

    So in just under three months I've lost 7.4 kg (16.3 Ibs) and lost 9.4% body fat so far. I'm really happy. :)

    My maximum lifts and overall strength have also increased. I'm very happy with the increase of my bench press and dead lift, but I'm not too impressed with the squat. Here are the numbers:

    Bench Press: Was 110 kg (242 Ibs) max, now 119kg max (262 Ibs)
    Squat: Was 140 kg (308 Ibs), now 146 kg (321 Ibs)
    Dead Lift: Was 170 kg (374 Ibs), now 180 kg (396 Ibs)

    My planned goal is by August 7th to be at the same body weight of 101 kg (222 Ibs) @ 10% body fat. My planned (hopeful) lifts will hopefully be a bench press of 132 kg (291 Ibs), squat of 163 kg (359 Ibs) and a dead lift of 200 kg (440 Ibs). Hopefully I can achieve these numbers.

    The Australian Judo National Championships are in three weeks time. Wish me luck. :p
     
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    Well I am not keeping tabs on total weight loss yet, but so far I am down 5 pounds for sporadically running/walking 3 days a week for the past two weeks.

    With work done for the summer, next week I can try it daily and see how far I can push myself.
     
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    Great job, Craig! Kick ass!
     
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    Great work, Links. That's a very good start. :)

    Not sure if you know this one already but just in case - you'll find that at first, you may lose weight quite quickly in the first week or two and after that the weight loss may begin to slow down. If this happens to you (and to be honest it probably will) don't freak out, this is a normal process of losing weight at a healthy pace.

    It's awesome you're seeing progress and you will keep seeing progress. Honestly I don't think you need to do it every day, I would recommend doing it five to six times a week. Give yourself a free day where you don't have to do exercise, a "rest" day.

    I'd suggest weighing yourself weekly. If you have a set of scales at home, I'd recommend weighing yourself in the morning, after you've gone to the bathroom and before you've had anything to eat/drink, I'd also recommend weighing yourself with no clothes on or at least underwear. That way you'll get an accurate reading of your "true" weight.

    Weighing yourself in the afternoon or at night can give you an inaccurate reading, this is because your body will be carrying whatever you've eaten/drunk throughout the day and whatever wastes may be in your insides.

    If you're not losing much weight, don't freak out too much. Weighing yourself is a good indicator to see how much weight you've lost, but you can also judge your weight loss by how your clothes may fit you, how you look in the mirror and "before and after" photographs too.

    Also, don't forget...

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    Keep it up Links and keep us posted. :)

    Thanks man! :) Really appreciate it.
     
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    I did know most of that already, thank you for the advice though.

    As for the weighing...honeslty I am not too worried about it, at least right now. Let me just get going then start to set goals after a few weeks.
     
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