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Tangible results from this summers training

post #1 of 15
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I woke up today knowing that skiers are active at Loveland, A-Basin, Wildcat and K-Mart. Living in a large city, 700 miles from skiing can be hard on the spirit at a moment like this.

So I did the next best thing. I decided to do 20 miles on my rollerblades along the Chicago lakefront. This may not be a special achievement for many Epic readers. For me, yeah. Six months ago I weighed in at 250 lbs and my 49th B-day was this month. 20 miles on a windy day, almost as good as carving up the hill...

Almost :

Barrettscv
post #2 of 15
Way to go!
post #3 of 15
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Originally Posted by barrettscv
...I decided to do 20 miles on my rollerblades along the Chicago lakefront. This may not be a special achievement for many Epic readers. For me, yeah. Six months ago I weighed in at 250 lbs and my 49th B-day was this month
That's an impressive acheivement by just about any standard, and made all the more so considering from where you started; congratulations!
post #4 of 15
Felicidades! I'm 51, swim 1500-2000 meters 6 days/week, run/walk 7K 6 times/week, and can't seem to loose those darn 15 lbs. I gained from January-August (no excercise). I've been pretty good about eating correctly (no ice cream, pizza, cookies for 1 month!).



Any advice?
post #5 of 15
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Originally Posted by Gpaul
Any advice?
I came back from Snowbird in May (perfect weather, perfect conditions, perfect vacation) and knew that my fitness level was poor. My Doctor told me my ideal weight was 185, but I was not medically overweight at 249 (?); she also said all health indicators were very good. A little confused with that kind of advice, I decided to control calories and work out at the YMCA every other day for about 75 minutes. A fitness instructor at the "Y" gave me a basic circuit training and elliptical equipment routine.

I used Jenny Craig to reprogram the dietary habits and maintained 2000 calories a day using controlled portions. I did this for about 10 weeks. I now maintain a small portion diet permanently on my own.

I added Rollerblading to make it a little fun. I try to do 30 miles a week in two or three outings. Rollerblading is great for ankle, leg and core strength. Coordination and balance have improved also.

I tried to run, but found that my back doesn't like impact. Running on grass is not an option, locally.

I've lost 33 Lbs. I hope to lose another 30 by this time next year. Preparing for skiing is going to add a few quality years. Anything that motivates!

Cheers,

Barrettscv
post #6 of 15
Barrettscv,

Impressive!

My dad struggles with weight issues and always finds the holiday season to be a challenging time. Always keep your goal in mind and keep up the healthy eating habits!

GorgeSkier
post #7 of 15
barrettcsv, congrats!

Would a couple of beers/day be hurting my weight-loss?
post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by Gpaul

Would a couple of beers/day be hurting my weight-loss?
GP,

In a word, yes . I don't abstain but I do limit beer and wine to one or two days a week/one or two glasses each event. I drink wine more than beer. I don't like lite beer and wine is fewer calories than regular beer. Wine is better with food, IMO.

Sincerely,

Barrettscv
post #9 of 15
Knew you'd say that. Appreciate it.
post #10 of 15
Thread Starter 
Gpaul,

On a more positive note...

Rebuilding and adding muscle mass, combined with diet, will help me keep it off. Weight training has help me rebuild healthy muscle, replacing weaker tissue. Muscle burns calories on a 24/7 basis, not just during exercise. I was able to triple my weight lifting capacity over a 3 month period. This transformed and added muscle; muscle that requires fuel, even while I sleep.

You might consider adding weight training to your swimming. I lost inches on every part of my body while lifting weights. My old muscle mass was taking up space, without producing strength or demanding fuel. My renewed muscle mass requires less volume, is much stronger and pulls calories from storage like a Ferrari at the gas pumps.

Cheers,

Barrettscv
post #11 of 15
Nice job Barret. I like hearing stories like yours where people realize they are not living healthy and do something about it. At my last job, 2 people that were a bit overweight took the easy way out and had their stomachs stapled. These operations are being used when simple diet and exercise would do the trick. The health insurance costs are going through the roof and that is part of the reason. The funny part was that one of the guys had to lose some weight before the operation and he lost about 15# in 2-3 weeks, so you know he could have done it himself.

Good luck on your new, improved lifestyle.

Gregg
post #12 of 15
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Originally Posted by northeasterner
Nice job Barret.
Good luck on your new, improved lifestyle.

Gregg
Thanks for the kind remarks, Gregg.

I just came back from skiing at Killington & Stratton. The fitness effort increased my enjoyment substantially. I'm going to increase my goals and prepare for a trip to Utah in the spring.

Cheers,

Barrettscv
post #13 of 15
What got you doing this?
For me...I had a major surgery 3 years ago. Begged my doc to let me wait until after ski season but he insisted on December 11th surgery date.

As soon as I got the go ahead from Doc, I wanted to get back on the slopes FAST so I hired a personal trainer for a week to get me started (Great investment). I was supposed to be laid up for 6-8 weeks but was back on it at 4 weeks and close to normal at 6 weeks.

That made a believer out of me. I skied better than ever. My weight training gave me control on the slopes I'd never had in my life.

I only dropped 10 lbs but my body fat went from 28.5% to 22 % (not bad for a woman).
I took up mt biking & kept up the fitness routine every since, and I can say I'm in better shape at 39 than I was at 20.
I'm hooked!
post #14 of 15
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Originally Posted by trekchick
What got you doing this?
For me...I had a major surgery 3 years ago. Begged my doc to let me wait until after ski season but he insisted on December 11th surgery date.

As soon as I got the go ahead from Doc, I wanted to get back on the slopes FAST so I hired a personal trainer for a week to get me started (Great investment). I was supposed to be laid up for 6-8 weeks but was back on it at 4 weeks and close to normal at 6 weeks.

That made a believer out of me. I skied better than ever. My weight training gave me control on the slopes I'd never had in my life.

I only dropped 10 lbs but my body fat went from 28.5% to 22 % (not bad for a woman).
I took up mt biking & kept up the fitness routine every since, and I can say I'm in better shape at 39 than I was at 20.
I'm hooked!
Those are great results T.C.; especially considering you were coming of surgery.

I was motivated by the urge to get fit for skiing, to feel and be active in general and to reverse some of the effects of aging.

I enjoyed my skiing and will be getting in shape for my trip to Utah in the spring.

Cheers,

Michael
post #15 of 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by trekchick
What got you doing this?
For me...I had a major surgery 3 years ago. Begged my doc to let me wait until after ski season but he insisted on December 11th surgery date.

As soon as I got the go ahead from Doc, I wanted to get back on the slopes FAST so I hired a personal trainer for a week to get me started (Great investment). I was supposed to be laid up for 6-8 weeks but was back on it at 4 weeks and close to normal at 6 weeks.

That made a believer out of me. I skied better than ever. My weight training gave me control on the slopes I'd never had in my life.

I only dropped 10 lbs but my body fat went from 28.5% to 22 % (not bad for a woman).
I took up mt biking & kept up the fitness routine every since, and I can say I'm in better shape at 39 than I was at 20.
I'm hooked!
Great job on the bf loss!!

I've noticed, since adding in weight training many years ago, that I ski better, recover better and my overall health is better.
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