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Really want to get in shape this summer...

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by babyburb, Apr 18, 2007.

  1. babyburb

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    ...and would like some ideas. I am 6ft 285. I only gained about 10 lbs since high school 9 years ago. Here are my obstacles that I face all the time.
    1. 5 disc screwed up from an injury in 98, arthor through it all
    2. I never have been able to run distance even in my glory days. Not sure why, upper chest has never been able to handle it.
    3. biking is a thrill but my big arse brakes and bends every bike I get. I never seem to be able NOT to ride it hard and jump off of stuff
    4. I like to EAT. Not junk food per se, mainly a meat eater. I cannot stand veggies. I usually skip breakfast, eat a medium size lunch and a Big supper. (It's my meal)

    I have always had a big gut and would like to loose it. Crunches kill the back though. Besides my small man boobs, the rest of my body has always been solid. I have the summer off and plan on joining a small family type gym with the wife. My IDEAL weight would be in the 235 range but not sure if that is even doable.

    Any suggestions from the brotherhood would be great.
     
  2. TexasBlazerBoy

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    Good luck, summers already here. You might be in shape by the time the Holidays roll around though:D. No disrespect intended, just the truth. People want to get in shape for the "summer", only they start about two months to late.

    Eat multiple low carb meals and drink lots of water even if you don't like or want to. Breakfast is important, try a glass of choclate milk.

    Any exercise you can do will help.

    Any type of cardiovascular excercise, step arobics with the wife, seriously, my wife does them and she loves it and you get to spend time with her.

    Working-out doesn't mean macho 1,000 lb. squats and trying to bench press more than you can. A good cardio workout will take you a long way in life.

    Is there a boxing gym in your area. This is a great way to work out and learn some stuff. Plus it is really enjoyable.

    Just my .02$

    Good luck,


    Larry
     
  3. babyburb

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    Not trying to get in shape FOR summer, trying to get in shape by the END of summer. That is 3 months to work on it. I could care less how everyone thanks I look. IM SEXY, at least the wife says so.:D
     
  4. Craig Artzner

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    I was in almost the exact same position you are in right now at the beginning of 2006. I'm 6' tall and at that time I weighed 189 lbs. I started counting calories (1600 per day) and doing a mile on the treadmill (walking/running) every day. In two months I lost 20 lbs and my although my gut is not a sixpack, it's at least flat now and I dropped a waist size (32" to 31") Once you get in the habit of eating right and excercising, it gets to become habit.
     
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    you suck....






    just kidding, but it's not quite the same....
     
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    not quit the same as what? 6' 285 vs. 6' 189:D
     
  7. jekbrown

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    your back is jacked up, which seriously limits the types of cardio you can do.... not good. Sit ups and pumping iron isn't what you need... I assume you have plenty of muscle mass already. If you are able to do it, I'd recommend joining an athletic club and swimming 4-5 times a week. That would be low impact, burn lots of calories and really help tone up your entire body. If you can only do 1 excersize, swimming is definitely the one to do. Great cardio, works a lot of muscle groups etc. Helps with lung capacity also... lots of holding of the breath + deep breathing + pressure from the water making breathing an excersize = goooood.

    As far as meals go, quit eating cookies, crackers, chips and snacks like that. You don't have to become a plant eater or anything. You can eat meat and be bean-pole skinny. It would help to eat 3 evenly-sized meals a day also, instead of skippinmg b-fast and gorging yourself every night at dinner. Try not to eat much in the hour or two before you go to bed also.

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  8. Craig Artzner

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    Yeah I know, I was off by 100lbs :doah: I just realized. I always do that with weights and gas prices for some reason. Oops. But anyhow I did lose weight by doing the calorie counting and running, etc.
     
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    I am about 6'1" / 205lbs right now. I'd like to get down to 180. When I went in the Marines, my first weigh-in (to determine who needs special treatment at the chow hall), I was 6'1" and 131 lbs. Talk about a scrawny bastage! Bootcamp put about 10 pounds on me... grunt school another 5 or so. When I got out of the Corps I was about 165-170.. lean n mean.

    j
     
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    I'd recomend weights and cardio work. Also I personally don't think it's a good idea to go to a gym with your wife. For me it's best to hit the gym when it's not busy and your alone. Don't know why but I can push myself harder that way. Before you do any of this see some kind of specialist to see what your back can handle. You don't want to get hurt getting in to shape. Chances are your a big guy and will never be light but you can be strong and healthy. I'm 6'1 about 255. I work out about 4 nights a week and play hockey 2. The only way I could ever get below about 230 is quit working out and starving myself. Probably the same as you.

    By the way, i'm not in the best shape either. I'm a little fat but idealy 230 to 240 would be healthy.
     
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    You need to give the Can Can program a try...........:deal:
     
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    Hey canny been meaning to tell ya, I modified it slightly and am getting some pretty sweet results.
     
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    Do weights and for non-boring cardio go buy a longboard and ride for a long time. Fun and good exercise. :d
     
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    I went from 240 last January to 180 in June. Not too quick but not slow either. This sounds goofy and cliche, but what worked for me was Subway and Slim-Fast. Plus lots of yogurt. Yogurt and high-fiber cereal are your friends. Calcium and fiber help keep the weight off. I would eat a bowl of cereal and plain yogurt for breakfast (still do that), 6" sub for lunch (veggie or turkey breast only, no cheese or mayo, just mustard), then for dinner i'd eat half of the portions i used to. Or when I went out I would get a salad or baked/grilled fish. No real need to do low-carb or any other fad diet BS, just simply watching your calorie and sodium intake should do the trick, especially if you're young and still have good metabolism.

    Don't forget exercise. I started by just walking on our treadmill for 20 minutes every other day, then stepped up to the Nordic Track. I never have and never will jog or run. Jogging/running doesn't necessarily burn any more calories, and all out running actually burns more sugars and carbs than fat. Moderate weights help keep metabolism up too.

    Good luck, even with all the above said I still went through a major struggle getting the weight off. One key player was the fact that I gave up soft drinks temporarily. Dr. Pepper is my vice and when I was heavy I would drink 2-3 24oz. bottles a day, plus a glass with every dinner.:eek1: That's about 750 (empty) calories worth of pop!
     
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    not to mention over a 100 grams of sugar.



    The trick I find to getting off the weight is to get your metabolism up. Eat 5-6 smaller meals a day, lay off any simple carbs and sugars (this is key). Find your target heart rate for burning fat instead of calories when you work out.

    What's your age? I can tell you were you need to be for a heart rate.


    The trick is to get
     
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    I know a good nutritionist/trainer that works with people over the internet. He plans out your workout and meals for 6 weeks. It's worked great for me. I've only lost a bit of weight but my body fat has dropped like mad. It isn't cheap at $350 for 6 weeks but for the service and results you get it beats paying some schmuck trainer at the local gym to "train" you. If you want the info let me know. :waytogo:

    PS He'll have you eating so many meals you won't want to even look at food at the end of the day. :haha:
     
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    Sope, I plan on going with the wife for her support as well as mine.

    What's the CAN CAN program?

    I am 27.

    Thanks to all who have responded and gave information.
     
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    Coors lght, jalopeno & cheese corn dogs and wasabi funyuns....Seems to be working for me, maybe you should try that???:D
     
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    I can just imagine the smell that comes outta your ass... :haha: :haha:
     
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    Holy crap, I thought I was a bean-pole. 6'1" 155 :o I was 146 when I entered the AF
     

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