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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Cogglamp » Tue Sep 10, 2013 9:44 am

Let me be the first to say:

That is an amazing transformation. You look great. Keep at it one day at a time. I'm sure your family and friends are very proud of what you've accomplished. I hope you can see and feel the difference.

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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Shoju » Tue Sep 10, 2013 10:18 am

Thank you sir.

They can see it a lot more than I can. I still see myself naked. I still see the fat in the stomach and thighs, and the stretched skin that will probably never go back to a "non stretched". But, I can see it in little instances. I can fit into "regular" fit jeans now, instead of laughing at the very idea of getting my thighs in them. Something, that even as a kid I don't think I could do. I see that my face is a lot thinner. I just noticed that for the first time a couple of weeks ago. I walked by a mirror, and freaked out a little, because I thought someone else was in the room. I didn't even recognize myself. I notice that my stomach doesn't hang over my pants so bad, and that I can lift my arms up without exposing the world to the buddha belly.

And I feel better. I feel a FUCK TON better.

I want to dig out the clothes I wore last summer for a photo shoot with my wife, and take another photo in them for comparison. I just always forget to dig them out of the pile of stuff to get rid of.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Sabindeus » Tue Sep 10, 2013 3:28 pm

Way to go Shoju

man you look kinda like me in your "before" picture. weight/body-shape-wise that is. Of course i was never as skinny as you are in that HS picture so I think I have a very different path to walk.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Shoju » Tue Sep 10, 2013 7:06 pm

That high school pic is a result of copious amounts of drugs. I abused any and every pill I could get my hands on.

It's been a long road, and sometimes It feels like its been a long time coming. I didn't end up this way overnight, so I can't hope to undo it overnight. One of these days though.... I'll be under 200.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Shoju » Fri Sep 13, 2013 12:00 pm

Step on scale: 204.

5 days until my birthday.

I WILL LOSE ONE MORE POUND

or die trying.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Nooska » Thu Sep 19, 2013 3:40 am

Time for an update (and a belated Happy birthday to Shoju which was yesterday judging from the above post - did you make it? or did you die, I don't recall seeing you post yesterday ;-))

Scales today say 244 lbs (110.7 kg), thats a loss of 36 lbs (16.3) since I started may 21st (17 weeks), and marks me crossing the halfway point to my current goal; 209.5 lbs (95 kg), which will see me at a BMI of 24.
Current BMI of 28.2, down from 32.4 when I started.

App says I can be at my target weight in 10 weeks, a bit later than I originally hoped, but I did have a stagnancy period over the summer, so I can't really complain - apart from slight fluctuations its been a steady decline :D
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Arnock » Thu Sep 19, 2013 5:58 am

So, I haven't been able to squat or deadlift for about 6 months now, due to some lower back pain.

I finally had the time and money to go in to see the doctor about it, had an MRI taken, and apparently I have both a bulging disc, and a herniated disc.


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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Sabindeus » Thu Sep 19, 2013 8:43 am

well, I joined a gym

we'll see how THAT goes.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Cogglamp » Thu Sep 19, 2013 8:53 am

Grats Nooska.

Stay with it. Long term changes FTW.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Nikachelle » Thu Sep 19, 2013 4:01 pm

Sabindeus wrote:well, I joined a gym

we'll see how THAT goes.

YAY! Keep us updated!
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby cdan » Fri Sep 20, 2013 6:48 am

Arnock wrote:So, I haven't been able to squat or deadlift for about 6 months now, due to some lower back pain.

I finally had the time and money to go in to see the doctor about it, had an MRI taken, and apparently I have both a bulging disc, and a herniated disc.


Wheee!


Are they going to fuse them? Know a guy, now in his 50's, who broke his back about 10 years ago. He squats more than I do these days. No excuses :)
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Shoju » Fri Sep 20, 2013 11:57 am

90 pounds by my birthday achieved.

I kicked ass. Now, 100 by christmas.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Arnock » Fri Sep 20, 2013 4:51 pm

Shoju wrote:90 pounds by my birthday achieved.

I kicked ass. Now, 100 by christmas.


Congrats shoju!

After losing that much weight, 10 lbs over 3 months should be nothing =P


cdan wrote:Are they going to fuse them? Know a guy, now in his 50's, who broke his back about 10 years ago. He squats more than I do these days. No excuses :)


Nope.

I'm going to try physical therapy/injections for a LONG time before I want to try messing with surgery.

Hoping to find a way to fix this so I can go back to getting some gainz, yo.

In the mean time, I've been just been doing bench, machine rows, OHP, and chinups, followed by half an hour or so on a stationary bike.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Nooska » Sat Sep 21, 2013 1:30 am

Shoju wrote:90 pounds by my birthday achieved.

I kicked ass. Now, 100 by christmas.

Big Gratz :)
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Shoju » Tue Sep 24, 2013 10:26 am

Ty much :)

well, it's tough. I'm down to a point where I'm not losing nearly as fast as I was. I mean... over the last month, I've only lost 7 pounds. Which is a huge difference as compared to 19 pounds over the past 2, 29 over the past three.

I knew it would happen though. I'm not down to 201.5, cruising ever so close to the 200 barrier. And then from there, it's only 30 or so pounds until it's about maintaining weight and toning.

Hard to believe really... I would never have thought I could get this far in 213 days. I would never have thought that I could get here in 365 days. I thought this was going to be hard. And sure, there have been times when it's been hard. But overall? It's been pretty easy.

Now... if only I could become the "Jared" of MyFitnessPal... I could definitely be a spokesman. Especially for something that I believe in as much as I do MFP.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Nikachelle » Tue Sep 24, 2013 11:08 am

Arnock wrote:
Shoju wrote:90 pounds by my birthday achieved.

I kicked ass. Now, 100 by christmas.


Congrats shoju!

After losing that much weight, 10 lbs over 3 months should be nothing =P

Except it gets harder and harder the less you weigh! (Not being a downer, Shoju's already remarked on how he's noticed that he's not putting out as big numbers in terms of loss as he was at the start.)
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Nikachelle » Tue Sep 24, 2013 11:20 am

I hit 150 pounds again this morning, which means only another 5 pounds to lose by Christmas (*fingers crossed*), and another 10 overall until I hit my "goal weight". I'll reassess my situation when I hit 140 pounds. I'm not sure I can be bothered to pull off dropping somewhere between 130 and 139.) I'm so close to the 140s that I can taste it!

I've switched to barbells for a lot of my weightlifting at the gym now (which I suppose I should've been doing all along, but that "man" area is just so rife with gym stereotypes that it always felt a bit awkward going up to the squat racks with my piddly amounts of weights on the bars). The reason I've ended up switching to barbells now is that gripping those dumbbells was becoming impossible. Holding 30-35 pounds in each hand for squats was just stupid and painful as my hands were giving out before my legs were.

I just wish the bars didn't weigh 45 pounds! I feel silly only adding 5 pounds onto the bench press one (and I only did it because I didn't want to just be lifting the bar!) It'll go up eventually but for now my little plates look so sad.

And not sure if anyone has any thoughts on this... but if your gym has no deadlift platform, is it okay to do them in the squat rack?
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby cdan » Tue Sep 24, 2013 1:23 pm

Doing deads in the rack is fine. Doing curls in the rack is Verboten! and should earn the curler a Bert stare.

Don't worry about what weight you put on that bar - just doing any barbell squats at all puts you miles ahead of most people who go to a gym.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Fridmarr » Tue Sep 24, 2013 8:04 pm

Can you just use an open spot on the floor? It seems like a waste to lock up the squat rack for dead lifts.

And yeah, don't sweat the what the weight looks like. You get far more "points" for even doing a bench press than you could ever lose by having little weights at the end of the bar.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Nikachelle » Tue Sep 24, 2013 8:37 pm

Oh barbell squat weight isn't the problem - I'm doing 70 pounds atm and increasing to 100 won't be an issue. I've been increasing roughly 5-10 pounds every week just so I don't destroy myself with high weight all of a sudden. (My muscles had almost an allergic reaction the first time I started lifting and it put me out of commission for about 5 days, so I'm leery about increasing too quickly.) It's the bench press that makes me look pathetic.

And unfortunately there's just no open space on the floor aside from in front of the squat rack. Even the two squat racks seem almost too close to each other. The place is pretty well crammed full of stuff. I did see some guy pull a bench over to the Smith machine, stand on it, and proceed to do deadlifts on it (with his feet together). Was seriously odd looking.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Arnock » Tue Sep 24, 2013 9:08 pm

It usually isn't frowned upon at my gym. But, then again, people also love taking the squat/power racks for curls and shrugs...
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby cdan » Wed Sep 25, 2013 6:37 am

Nikachelle wrote:I did see some guy pull a bench over to the Smith machine, stand on it, and proceed to do deadlifts on it (with his feet together). Was seriously odd looking.


Was he doing Romanian Dead-Lifts (stiff-legged)? Even if he wasn't doing stiff-legged lifts he might just have been looking for the extra range of motion the bench would give and the extra stretch at the bottom. Although if he wasn't doing Romanians then he's not really getting much out of that extra ROM.
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Nikachelle » Wed Sep 25, 2013 7:54 am

Can't remember which kind they were tbh. But I thought legs together was a big no no for any kind of deadlift?
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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Fivelives » Wed Sep 25, 2013 10:27 pm

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Re: Fitness and being Healthy

Postby Nikachelle » Thu Sep 26, 2013 11:43 am

I ended up using some pre-set barbells that have some funny ass curve in the middle. It looks like this set goes up to about 120 pounds, so I'm fine using that until I outgrow that weight. Since I did 50 pounds this week, and will be doing 60 pounds next week, it'll take me a while to grow out of them. (And they're not as ridiculously long as the Olympic bars so I can move them into the smaller spaces to use them.)

I still can't get over the feeling of just how weird doing deadlifts feels. I've looked up form until my eyes bleed and yet whenever I do it just FEELS wrong. Maybe the weight is too low, but I just don't really feel it anywhere in my muscles yet. And I know you're supposed to feel it through the back of the thighs but I definitely don't as of yet. (Doing stiff leg btw, when I've tried to do regular ones, I feel like I'm doing too much of a squat.)
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