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For all of you on the diet, keep it up

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defunctlife says:

While i'm not taking this diet persay I found it via a blog and thought it was a great idea.

Just wanted to give you all some inspiration to keep at it.

youcandoit

After 2 months in Europe walking daily, eating better and smaller portions (drinking lots of beer though...) I lost 40 lbs.

And 2 years later i'm still keeping it off by regular exercise and just plain old eating better.

So the best of luck to you all, you CAN do it.

2004: 215 lbs
2006: 175 lbs

Justin.
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cdevroe is a group administrator cdevroe says:

Justin: Thanks a lot for stopping by. Wow, I can definitely say that your specific story is an inspiration for me - especially since the photo you are showing reminds me of myself and my goals.

I had/have about 35 pounds to drop, and the second they are gone I am off to the beach like you did! Again, thanks for stopping by to share your story with us.
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Breigh.com says:

Eish I'm the exact opposite, I came from Canada to Europe and GAINED 40 lbs! Gah! haha

You look great btw :D
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defunctlife says:

Glad I can help in some way, I remember what it was like being overweight and it was hard and is always on the back of your mind.

That picture was actually taken in Jan 2006 while visiting Cuba.

But the way it happend for me was very fast (40 lbs in 2 months is very very fast).

I walked everywhere in Europe, where I drive everywhere @ home. I sometimes walked 8 hours a day there.

Also I had a friend that was trying to gain weight for sports so I just gave him half of everything I ate. In your cases, just throw it out. I know it seems like a waste but it works. That made every portion of everything I ate half and my stomach and body got used to it.

I drank more water in 2 months there than I did in 2 years at home probably. My friend also would not let me have any pop of any kind and would slap me if I tried to buy some (and I did want to!).

I did no weights, however weightlifting DOES burn a ton of calories and fat.

But in the end it was simple math, I ate fruit every morning there and then only ate dinner (well half of a dinner, gave the rest to my buddy) and walked all day long. I simply burnt more calories than I was consuming and the weight came off.

So remember if eat 2000 less calories a week, or burn 2000 more it's still 2000 gone.

And some more tips:

1) Join a gym, get in the habit of going. Search for a good one you WANT to be at. Tredmill + TV = time goes by so fast.

2) Take all the crappy food out of your house. I used to pound 2 litre cokes all the time. I have nothing but water in my house, no juice or anything. I have a lot of fruit and veggie meat supplements (i'm a vegetarian and need to get protien from somewhere). So when i'm hungry I only have good stuff to eat. If you are lazy like myself, get fast healthy meals. If you have no chips but just fruit guess what? you will eat the fruit.

3) Join a sports league! I just tried this lately and it's great. People depend on you being there so you HAVE to show up. Something like dodgeball is a simple game and you just run run run. These are normally cheap as well ($40 for a season).

4) Slowly adjust your lifestyle. Get off the computer as much as possible and go enjoy the day.

5) Walk more, way more. If you have daily routines, such as shopping, eating out, buying groceries whatever. Walk to them.

6) This one is funny, but if you go to the bar, walk home. Everytime I would do a heavy night of drinking on a weekend I would walk home instead of take a cab. Some places took over 3 hours to get home but they go by fast and you get some great stories from a nice drunk walk.

7) If you need to get fast food, DON'T GET THE FRIES OR THE DRINK. A mcdicks burger isn't all that horrible for you, but the fries and pop are killer. You can still eat the foods you like, just eat smaller portions. A simple example is at subway I would always get a footlong sub. Now I never get anything but 6 inches. If you still feel hungry wait 20 minutes. The feeling goes away.

It all adds up in the end, but remember i'm no nutritionist so I would also consult someone who knows what they are doing.

Many gyms have told me to eat 6 times a day, small portions 30g protein and 30g of carbs per meal. I am just experimenting now with eating once or twice a day or eating 6 times to see if there is a difference.

Don't let any of this get you down if it seems like a lot of work, it's really not. We are human and we adapt, you will get used to your new routines and your new lifestyle, just take it slow and start changing 1 thing at a time.

You guys can all do it and now grab a bottle of water and slam it down.

Justin.
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bovious says:

Thanks, Justin...I remember Germany (I was there in the early '80's) as a walker's paradise. Nice places to walk to, a different view around every corner, well-tended trails through the forests. You're a lucky man!

Another thing about throwing away food...the little voice that says, "But it's so wasteful!" is the voice that wants you to eat that food. Throw it out if there's any chance at all that you'll eat it instead.

It all works out, because you'll get in the habit of taking smaller portions pretty soon.

And (this is my own crazy brain talking, but maybe it'll work for you too) - throwing food out is a great way of establishing the power over food that we all lack.
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defunctlife says:

Very true :)

Germany was so lovely (specially northen Germany) and I do consider myself lucky, not only was it an amazing trip but it was also a $7000 diet :P

As for the food thing i was fortunate enough to have a friend support me the whole way through and eat half of everything I ate, but the same principle applies, throw it way put it in the fridge, give it the homeless, whatever you have to do to not eat it all.
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freshyill is a group administrator freshyill says:

Hey defunctile, where'd you hit up north in Deutschland? I lived in Kiel for four months and visited Hamburg just about every other weekend.
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mstickel is a group administrator mstickel says:

One other option or suggestion about the "half the portion" bit. Instead of throwing it out, make a normal meal as you would but immediately, before you start eating, portion out half into plastic containers and put it in the fridge.

Obviously the meal is going to be healthy so by cooking once you end up with two meals. Twice the meals and half the dishes, brilliant! ;^)
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defunctlife says:

@freashyill: I was in Hannover actually and of course the other big places, Berlin, Munich etc...

@mstickel: Only reason I said throw it out is because i remember when i was trying to do it and I would just go to the fridge and eat the rest, I guess it depends on how much self control you have. But for money savin' 2 meals outta 1 is great.
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cdevroe is a group administrator cdevroe says:

Justin: Thanks for the tips. These are some of the things that I need to start doing, while others on your list I am already doing in an indirect way. I definitely need to get away from the computer more. I'm thinking of starting to leave the computer around 3pm everyday, and see how that works out.

Again, thanks for the tips, and I look forward to being a success story like yourself.
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alclark75 says:

Justin thank you for the tips I will certainly try incorporate a few of those into my diet.
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bovious says:

Colin, here's how I get away from the computer. I have a timer (I'm using the AleJenJes Timer available for free at www.gonebowlin.com/freeware.html) and I keep it set at 25 minutes (I'm ADD - others might benefit from longer time slices). I've set it so the "Time's Up" message actually says, "Get up and walk around a little."

Good luck!
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defunctlife says:

It's all about small choices. At lunch i used to go to mcdonalds. Now I walk around for an hour and then eat something healthy and quick after.

Doing small little choices everyday are going to add up big time especially if you add exercise to the list.

You won't notice anything though for a long time, odds are people will make comments to you before you really realize how different you are looking.

time for my 1 hour lunch walk. Here in Calgary, AB, Canada it's a great hot day. You should all do the same. GO GO GO!
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cdevroe is a group administrator cdevroe says:

Brian (bovious): I used to use one of those things, but when it came up when I writing a function (I am a programmer btw) - I got really mad. So I ditched it.
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elizard says:

Thanks so much for the inspiration. I myself have lost 25 pounds. Your story is a real motivator! You look great!
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