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April 29th, 2008, 09:23 AM #1Here I go...
At the super bowl I bet a good friend that I'd be down to 185 by August 5th. It's almost May and I haven't started yet, and for every pound over I have to pay him $100!!! (Yes, I had a few cocktails before placing the bet.) For every pound I'm under he owes me $100 though. (This is REALLY too rich for my blood, but at the time I rationalized that it would keep me motivated so that I didn't have to write him a check for a few hundred dollars or more. Damn you, bourbon!)
So I'm going low carb/high workouts. (Did this a bunch when I was doing the martial arts thing.) Got in ketosis on Saturday, and I have to tell you, carbs REALLY ARE AN ADDICTION!!! These last couple of days have been really rough, although I'll tell you - I feel a lot more alert and don't have the post-lunch drowsies like I did when I was eating pasta and sandwiches every day.
I'm finding the key is really to drink a boat load of water and not think that low carb = no veggies. I'm eating lots of lean meat, salads, mushrooms and a bit of spinach and broccoli, and so far so good.
As for workouts, I'm committed to 6 per week. I get in here pretty early (was working from home @ 5am today, in the office by 6.30), so mid-week workouts aren't always doable. I worked out on Friday, twice on Saturday, twice on Sunday, and I'm going to the gym tomorrow night and Friday night.
So far so good. I'm feeling better just from the weekend of workouts and improved diet, and my weight is starting to come off already. Granted, some of it's water, but I'm happy just to see the scale go down!
Wish me luck! I will keep you posted in this thread!
April 29th, 2008, 09:33 AM #2
Good luck Joe! Nothing let a bet to motivate you. I'm not sure where you are weight-wise (I can't imagine that you have that far to go to hit 185!), but you should be able to easily drop 5-10 pounds per month (and probably more your first month) with low-carb if you're disciplined about it.
Veggies are fine with low-carb. Just avoid the potatoes and corn.
April 29th, 2008, 10:53 AM #3
Good luck Joe!
I love carbs! As soon as I limit myself I want them even more! Cookies, french fries, pizza, pasta.... YUMMY!
I did Atkins once and lost 8 pounds in two weeks.
Are you going to tell us your starting weight!? LOL
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April 29th, 2008, 12:40 PM #4
MC and Debby - Thanks for the wishes!
Actually MC, I was 230 up until Thursday. I'm now down to 224. That means I'm currently in the hole $3,900. Ouch.
The weigh in is August 5, which means that as of today I have to lose 2.5 pounds/week or 11.2 pounds per month to hit my goal. Aggressive, but (safely) doable.
One of the things that Atkins preaches is staying hydrated, so I figure if I'm within a couple of pounds on the 4th I can just sweat out my last remaining weight. I notice a 2 pound shift in the am between when I wake up and my first glass of water. If I really got to it I'm sure I could sweat out a gallon of water the AM of my weigh in...that's 8.3 pounds right there.
My goal is to wake up on the 5th at weight, hit the gym and drop 4-5 pounds in water, and then weigh in dehydrated to make a few hundred bucks. Some caffeine and a boat load of B vitamins will help with that.
Then I'll use some of my profits to buy water and PIZZA!
April 29th, 2008, 02:08 PM #5
For the final couple days, drink plenty of tea (a natural diuretic) and avoid all salt (which causes you to retain water) and any excessive sitting or standing. Then don't eat or drink anything the morning of your weigh-in. That should give you a temporary loss of several pounds (of water weight). (You won't want to do this all the time though, because when you're dehydrated your metabolism slows and you'll lose less weight.)
Find some good low-carb snacks for throughout the day. Myself, I like nuts and cheese.
Be very careful eating out. I usually do good until I eat out, but I eat out enough that I never make much progress.
April 29th, 2008, 02:24 PM #6
Dining out is the WORST!!! I'm finding that most places can whip me up a steak and a small spinach salad with little trouble, though - so that's great.
Re: the last few days, I was actually just discussing this very strategy with one of my friends as I saw your post come through.
Thank you for the tips - I think I'll go buy stock in Planter's!
April 30th, 2008, 05:32 AM #7
WOW! Thats one heck of a bet!
Best of luck to you! Sounds like you have your game face on so I'm sure you'll be successfulBe the change you want to see in the world ~ Gandhi
April 30th, 2008, 01:05 PM #8
Day 6: Crab legs are still fantastic. Bacon no longer delicious.
April 30th, 2008, 06:10 PM #9
May 1st, 2008, 10:45 AM #10
Hey Joe~How's the diet coming?
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May 1st, 2008, 05:51 PM #11
Great! Down a couple of more pounds!
May 1st, 2008, 06:54 PM #12
Fabulous! Isn't it an awesome feeling to hop on the scale and see that??? It's like finding your favorite brand of shoes on sale good!Be the change you want to see in the world ~ Gandhi
May 2nd, 2008, 09:02 AM #13
May 2nd, 2008, 02:36 PM #14
If by August 3th you're at 189-190 lbs, and must loose the rest quickly, grab a good ole lawn mower (must be hand-operated, not a tractor!), and mow an acre of lawn. Boy, does this work!! I did it myself a week ago. Lost 4 lbs within 2 hours (regardless of drinking close to 3 pints of water in the process!)... The method does work!! ...I can only image how much I would've lost if the mower weren't self-propelled.
Wait..... Do you have grass in Vegas?!
Oh, well... You can always borrow my lawn and my lawn mower!!
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May 5th, 2008, 09:44 AM #15
I don't think we have that much grass here. Maybe I could mow lava rock.
May 9th, 2008, 12:44 PM #16
Day 16 update:
- Crab meat still delicious. I love this diet.
- I got to break out my OLD CLOTHES as I'm down a SHIRT SIZE and 2" already!
- Current weight 219 - 12 pounds! Woo hoo!
- Still eating like a hog but keeping very low daily carb count...under 25g.
- Bacon is no longer fun.
May 9th, 2008, 01:05 PM #17
Wow! You go!Be the change you want to see in the world ~ Gandhi
May 9th, 2008, 01:19 PM #18
Oh, I'm going!
May 13th, 2008, 03:37 PM #19
I should really start twittering this or something.
Today's note to self: carbs are hidden in many places. Almost fell out of ketosis yesterday. That would've been bad.
May 13th, 2008, 06:00 PM #20
You're so much tougher than me! I would die without my rice and potatoes!!!!Be the change you want to see in the world ~ Gandhi
May 13th, 2008, 06:16 PM #21
Every time I see a breakfast place I weep over my hash browns.
May 13th, 2008, 06:37 PM #22
Oh I hear your pain! I tried the Adkins. I became so mean without the carbs my daughter finally threw a loaf a bread at me and shouted "eat it" roflmao
But sounds like you're doing great on it! keep it up!Be the change you want to see in the world ~ Gandhi
May 14th, 2008, 09:06 AM #23
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Congrats on the progress so far! I'm leaving my fulltime job at the end of the week to go fulltime into affiliate advertising, rather than working fulltime and then trying to squeeze an extra 30-40 hours a week into the side business.
With the extra time and working for myself (along with my wife), I'm hoping to start hitting the gym again. I'm about 205 lbs, 6' tall, and would like to drop 25 lbs. I ran a half marathon once (5 years ago), and at the time I managed to get all the way down to 168 lbs or so. I'm also hoping to do more fun stuff, essentially cross training, like mountain biking, swimming, and maybe even rowing (I need to take some lessons first, though). Maybe that will help me stay focused and not get bored.
May 14th, 2008, 10:10 AM #24
Being on the affiliate site of this industry is great for scheduling flexibility. I'm sure you'll succeed in your gym goal!
May 20th, 2008, 10:15 AM #25