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TOPIC: From Couch To Fit, what worked for you
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When I was 20 to 21 I let myself go and got way too big, and by way too big keep in mind that I am 6'4", so I can carry a lot of weight really easily. I was up to 350lbs. When I got divorced I looked at myself in the mirror and realized I had to fix this is someone new was going to want to have sex with me. I burned that weight off in less than a year and held on to 220lbs for a long time. Even joined the military which I never thought I would do and got into long distance running.

Fast forward 10 years and I've let myself go again, this time while finishing my degree. Told myself that I didn't have time to exercise, go to school full time and work full time. It was convincing too. So again, I've been burning it back off. Except this time I'm in my 30s, not my early 20s. Big difference.

When I started out I could barely walk a mile. Now I'm up to running 3 routinely and starting to ramp it up to train for a local marathon in January. I work out in the gym five times a week in order to add my muscle mass back. Muscle mass is important because muscle burns up calories just being there. Also, when you damage a muscle by working out your base metabolism increases for up to 72 hours while that damage is repaired.

This time around I do have something that makes the effort much easier and helps offset my age. It's a book called "Eat to Live". I won't get on a pulpit and start preaching but the basics are this. Examine food based upon the nutrition per calorie, not the nutrition by weight. When looked at that way broccoli has 2 times the protein as steak. So now, by the book so to speak, 90% of my caloric intake comes from vegetables, fruits, legumes and very very few animal products. I feel like a new person eating this way.

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I'm a big guy that's always been relatively fit, but started piling on the weight when I started working desk jobs 15 years ago. For me, there was barely enough time in the day to do the stuff I liked doing, much less exercise. I had bad knees from skateboarding and doing lots of crazy stuff in my youth, so I thought high impact workouts would be bad for me. I was self conscious about being at the gym and having folks laugh at the fat guys trying to work out.

Then one day, I decided I needed to do something. I started going to bed an hour earlier and waking up an hour earlier. During that extra hour in the morning, I committed to doing a 45 minute, high impact work out. It hurt and was no fun, but I stuck with it. The program wasn't a video tape or anything like that. It was an app on the iPad called "Volt Fitness" and cost me a dollar. At first I could barely complete any of the moves, but the results soon started becoming noticeable.

Today is the final day of the 60 day fitness plan. I've changed my diet to lots of fruits and veggies, as little starch as possible, and sensible portions for dinner. I've worked out each day as instructed, whether I wanted to or not...and I have lost over 20 pounds so far. I've built up a good amount of muscle and dropped two pants sizes. All after committing myself for only two months. Keep in mind, I'm not a robot. I've still had junk food here and there, drinks with friends on the weekend, even the occasional ice cream, but the results were still amazing.

I plan to keep working out and eating well to see how my body will keep improving. The only motivation I really have and need, is that I like to feel good. That's why my wife and I are on this site. And that's why we keep ourselves committed to healthy diet and exercise. While it doesn't feel good to restrict your diet or to work your muscles so hard you think you'll pass out. The results from those actions, make me feel incredible!

I urge everyone to try and do something. You don't have to love the workouts or the diet changes. It won't be easy, but the work will be worth it!

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Steve - get some new pics and then compare them...it's amazing to see! Good work!

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Update: I've now lost 58 lbs. I've gone from 260 to 202. Hoping to be under 200 lbs really soon.

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Thanxs for the support. For a short time I wore 2 different foot pads. Then in July when I was at the NAS Jax exchange I bought Dr Sholes foot pad. The ones that you stand on and it maps your feet. I felt the different almost immediately. I also found out that Nike makes sneakers that have arch support built into the sneakers. Steve( I still haven't taken new pixs yet.)

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Clayhillcpl - Good on ya! Awesome!

Jacksonville FL
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Congratulations on your success,

What solution have you found for your heel spur issue?


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Congrats on your progress (and making it from couch to 10K)!!

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Hi.. Last June(2011) I stopped making excuses. I started a low diet plus started walking. Listening to my body I worked my way thru minor aches and pains of my shins and joints. By Dec I had lost 35 lbs. I was to keep my weight stable at about 225lbs thru the winter. I started back walking about 5 miles in Feb. Then in March I got heel spur in my right foot. It took until This July to find proper solution to that problem. From late until this this morning I've lost another 19 lbs. I've been able to mix in jogging in my walks. This morning I did 10k(6.22 miles) in 74:03 mins. Steve P.S. I need to take a new pic.

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After my husband died a few years, I used food as my comfort. I was 30 pounds away from weighing 200 pounds!! I'm only 5'3" - so you can imagine! I also was losing my balance and falling a lot. I decided to get into Pilate's & TRX. I had taken a Pilate's class at a gym - which was awful! Lead by a skinny, flexible 20something; and the class was way too crowded, no personal attention at all. So I went to a smaller studio that specializes in Pilate's & TRX. I sign us for 50 private lessons. OMG what a change in my body, stamina, balance, etc.! Plus weight loss. Pilate's/Pilate's Barre/TRX has saved my life! I go to a Pilate's Barre class (Pilate's + Ballet) which is a small group. It is so inspiring! I'm hooked now and miss it when I can't go. I also started eating fresh foods, staying away from packaged/processed foods as much as I can. I have an organic protein shake for breakfast, then make lunch my main meal - lean meat with veggies. Have a protein snack in the late afternoon and skip dinner. Men - TRX was design by a Navy Seal for his team! Try it!


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