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I feel like a newb all over again :( Losing fat, keeping active, any advice ?

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2009/07/22 10:47:15 (permalink)

I feel like a newb all over again :( Losing fat, keeping active, any advice ?

Hi folks,

I was hoping you guys could help.  Basically the usual sob story applies, I was happily following a decent training program, making good gains, then got injured, then got married, got a new (god awful) job and put on lots of useless weight.

Quite frankly it's depressing me.  I used to be very active at 6ft 2" @ 14.3 stone and regimented in my training but now I don't seem to be able to keep anything together in regards to my training and diet. I am now somewhere around 15.2 stone and whilst some of it is muscle a big chunk of it is surely fat!

So now I am trying to do something about it.  Something that will stick and work.  I know the first thing to drop off my list of things to do was cardio so I have set myself a goal of being able to complete a half marathon in October which has given me a realistic goal in regards to my cario work.  Normally I do cardio either in the mornings or after work on my non weight training days.

Secondly my diet took a dive.  Basically my new job is a lot more sedentary which whilst driving me mad is also making me fat.  Hurrah. So I figured I need to revise my diet to ensure I don't get bored and eat junk while sat at my desk.

As mentioned I'd like my diet to accomodate the fact I run in the morning (Mon/Wed/Fri) and train weights on the evenings (Tue/Thur/Sun)

So far I have come up with this:

6-7am: 2x Shreaded Wheat, Orange Juice, Protein Shake with Water (Protein shake on running days)

10am: Snack, Fruit or wheat cakes

1230am: Chicken sandwich (Wholegrain bread) with small amount of sauce.  Yoghurt and one piece of fruit

1500pm: Salad (Maybe cheese, ham, little bit of meat but mainly salad)

1800: Main meal (Fish, Steak, Ham, Eggs, Something reasonably health, probably my best meal of the day tbh normally with pasta, rice or occasionally some oven fried chips or wedges) with pudding (Fruit, Jelly nothing huge just something to help me sweet tooth)

2100: Snack (Crackers, milk and protein, something, not always required)

2300: If I am lucky - bed ...

How does this sound to folks? Is there anything I really should be avoiding in there? I know it's not perfect but I figured if I had something I could work with for now and adjust accordingly that would be better than nothing.

On the weekends I plan to have 2 units of alcohol for now (I don't think I can cut alcohol completely at this stage, however once I am in the swing of things I think I will, I'm not a big drinker it's just a weird psychological thing with me ...)

I'd be really greatful for peoples opinions on this.  I know this kind of stuff gets posted on a daily basis but feel like I am running from pilar to post and getting no where fast :(

Cheers guys n gals
post edited by Probs - 2009/07/22 10:48:33
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    theiopener
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    Re:I feel like a newb all over again :( Losing fat, keeping active, any advice ? 2009/07/22 11:46:16 (permalink)
    Sounds fine to me mate.

    Good luck!
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    Re:I feel like a newb all over again :( Losing fat, keeping active, any advice ? 2009/07/22 14:00:56 (permalink)
    Yup sounds like a plan, might adopt that plan for myself, it's amazing how things can be going so well then somthing happens and it all goes to pot.
    Good luck, stay focussed & you'll do it.

    Whatever it takes !!
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    Re:I feel like a newb all over again :( Losing fat, keeping active, any advice ? 2009/07/22 16:21:32 (permalink)

    Meals look pretty good.
    I would give the chips a miss, but a jacket potato should be cool.
     
    I've been there myself- just getting through the first month is the hardest, once you get some results you'll be fine. 
    On the alcohol front- whatever gets you though- apply the 80/20 rule. As long as you aren't sinking 5 pints a night, a couple of drinks are fine esp if it means you won't go on a binge after a period of denial, like some people.

    I did 2 units a week for the first 3 months but ended up dropping it all together.
    I decided I'd rather have a scoop of ice cream once a week rather than a couple of pints.

    Good luck with it- maybe start a journal if you feel it helps.
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    Re:I feel like a newb all over again :( Losing fat, keeping active, any advice ? 2009/07/22 20:24:17 (permalink)
    Heya folks,

    Thanks for the positive feedback.  Octatonic I did start doing a diary but it just got to the point where it wasn't really doing me any good. I might do a new one once I get going but I am keeping an accurate diary of whats occuring to help me 'focus'

    Your binge thing I am sure would be my problem. I fear if I cut it totally at this stage I will fail.  Hence, I shall give it a go for a bit and like you say may well end up cutting it out totally.

    I have two vices, chocolate and beer.  Not great for a healthy life style !

    I hope to start losing weight off this gut of mine shortly :)

    I have found keeping a photo diary is helping.  Allows me to see the difference as you do tend to see things through rose tinted glasses sometimes.

    Wish me luck, and thanks for the advice it is very much appreciated.

    Cheers,

    - J
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    Re:I feel like a newb all over again :( Losing fat, keeping active, any advice ? 2009/07/22 22:25:56 (permalink)
    If it matters any, I have the same vices- although ice-cream eclipses both of them.

    I play a whole bunch of mental games with myself to make sure that I stay on the straight and narrow.
    Also, I have a photo of myself at my fattest on the wall near the fridge.

    I also have an obese brother- he's 6ft 8 and 180kg.
    Seeing him (albeit via webcam) is enough to keep me off the bad stuff.

    I am not great at doing a public journal- I keep a private one but it isn't something I would want others seeing.

    Good luck with it- keep us updated.


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    Re:I feel like a newb all over again :( Losing fat, keeping active, any advice ? 2009/07/22 23:27:07 (permalink)
    It is hard keeping on the straight and narrow.  Bad food is too easy to come by, not to mention cheaper than the good stuff in many cases.

    I think my vices live deep down somewhere which one day maybe I can address properly.  However, having a life to live stops me from analysing them too deeply at the moment I suppose.

    Your motivations are pretty heavy hitting, I hope to find something which will have a similar result !

    Thanks again, I shall keep folks posted, I think for my own sanity this ones going to have to work, that has to be the greatest advocate of them all I think.

    Cheers,

    - J



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    Re:I feel like a newb all over again :( Losing fat, keeping active, any advice ? 2009/07/25 22:22:06 (permalink)
    Hi there,

    I try to get to bed as early as possible however it's difficult in the week and I sort of naturally get to bed around 1130ish however I am trying to move it.

    Have started a bit of a food diary as well as a training one so should hopefully be able to see whats occuring a bit easier too :)

    As for the job, well, it's not that stressful, it's just boring, which I find more distructive than having a stressful one!

    Least I have one which is something.  Way things are I should be most certainly greatful for that.
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