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It took 10 years to go from 210 to 185. Started with walking, evolved to jogging

Now I do HIIT: (45s sprinting + 15s rest) x 15 every morning + 30 weight lifting at night. Sat, Sun - rollerblading 10 miles.

Diet: I eat everything I want for total of 1100 cal/day Used to use Noom but now I know how much to eat.

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There have been some great replies to this thread, and I really like the personal stories that folks have shared. One thing you can glean from this thread is...find something that you will DO. For me, that means working out at home. I work (job) from home, and I hate leaving the house to go to a gym. For a couple of hundred dollars I bought a bench, some power blocks (adjustable dumbbells), and few other things. If I were to do it again, I wouldn't even mess with the weights...I have become a fan of body weight exercise (search Mark Lauren You are your own gym). Now I mainly use a pullup bar, some cheap TRX style straps, and an ab wheel.

The second thing that made a big difference for me was to get out of the 3 or 4 day a week thing. I work out every day. These workouts are not as intense at a once-every-other-day workout would be, but the daily system keeps me in the groove. No rest days. Every Damned Day!

It's been mentioned what a big component nutrition is. Bodybuilders say that competition is 80% diet and 20% workout. Paleo has worked well for me.

Many will argue this, but lots of cardio is not productive, in my opinion. Resistance training, done right, will give you sufficient cardio. Weight/resistance training is much more effective for overall health and fitness. Lots of research out there on the topic, Google is your friend.

Good luck!

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@peaceandlove: Your post is great advice for most people but not most women. There are a tremendous number of women who are carb sensitive, meaning, the "complex" carbs are hard to work off and turn into fat. I am one of these women. I "try" to eat more fibrous carbs....you know the greens, etc. I hear people say, Oh, I cut out carbs and I lost all this weight. It doesn't happen for me or for many women. We really have to cut our diet down to beyond clean which doesn't translate into eating less but eating good quality food in smart amounts, kick up the weight training and cardio and be patient. Also, don't compare your results to anyone else. Make the decision to get that ass off the couch and let the rest happen...good luck.

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Eat before your workout and after your workout. Especially for strength training, you've got to tear into the muscle fibers in order see results. Carb load before getting to the gym. You will lift longer, and you will lift larger weights for greater results. Stay hydrated for cardio by drinking small sips during your routine. Dehydration is a killer! Be careful.

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Exercise alone isn't enough. You have to watch what you eat. It's best if you eat 5 small meals a day as opposed to 3 large ones.

The easiest way to cut calories is to reduce/eliminate your soda, chocolate, and candy consumption and reduce your carb intake. Never take seconds. Also, the more protein and fiber you eat, the longer you feel full and the less you eat as a result.

For exercise, running is best to slim down, but that's going to cut into your muscles (not desirable for men). If you're a guy, you need to balance it with strength exercises too.

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Watching family members age. That was pretty much a wake up call for me. Fortunately I work in a military organization that values fitness so it was easy to get back in shape. Running and hiking for the cardio and free weights/TRX for body toning. Better shape now than I was 20 years ago. Just start moving people.

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Mine was a "mental" decision. Until you REALLY make up in your mind that you want to do it, like anything else in life, you won't. Case in point. I really hate cardio inside or outside, whatever. However, this morning, I decided to do the 30 mins of cardio first and then did my weight training. It wasn't a picnic but I got through it. The music in the gym helped as well.

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Male half weight training and mountain biking, female has always done cardio classes, zumba, etc. but just started T25 and the results have been amazing for her.

Arlington TN
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cycling. 25-30 mile rides with hills provide an amazing workout.

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Trail running. It's all about stamina.

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