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    Thu, May 9

    Breakfast: Life (150) + milk (50), 200
    Lunch: 1.2 roast chicken breast (120), roast beef (220) on brioche bread (150), 490

    Total: 690

    BP: 114/93

    Weight (I bought a scale): 235.0
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kepler View Post

    Weight (I bought a scale): 235.0
    That actually was a very important move.

    Personally, though, I wish you'd hold off posting this for another hour or two each day. I'm in the Central Time Zone and I always get hungry when I read your posts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kepler View Post
    Thu, May 9

    Breakfast: Life (150) + milk (50), 200
    Lunch: 1.2 roast chicken breast (120), roast beef (220) on brioche bread (150), 490

    Total: 690

    BP: 114/93

    Weight (I bought a scale): 235.0
    Did you really only have a serving of Life? Iíve gotten away from dry cereal, but I donít think I ever in my life ate just a single serving. It was never filling enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spartanforlife4 View Post
    Did you really only have a serving of Life? I’ve gotten away from dry cereal, but I don’t think I ever in my life ate just a single serving. It was never filling enough.
    This is why I just tend to skip breakfast (or if it's the weekend I just have a really late breakfast/brunch and eat egg scramble w/ hash browns).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spartanforlife4 View Post
    Did you really only have a serving of Life? I’ve gotten away from dry cereal, but I don’t think I ever in my life ate just a single serving. It was never filling enough.
    Yeah, I'm fine with it. Always have been.

    I'm not hungry at all in the mornings; when I eat at all it's to ensure I don't get a headache because that can spoil the whole day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SJHovey View Post
    That actually was a very important move.

    Personally, though, I wish you'd hold off posting this for another hour or two each day. I'm in the Central Time Zone and I always get hungry when I read your posts.
    If you're serious I can post at 2 my time. Srsly. I'm recording everything as I go anyway so I have the data.

    I'm braced for showing very little/no weight loss for a while. I originally saw a drop from 245 to 235 (only noticed because I went to two doctor's appointments very close to each other) but I assumed that was the quick loss you see when you start doing ANY dieting. My 6-month target is 220 which is 0.6 lbs per week. The idea here is everything I take off never comes back, so spurts by definition are meaningless, it's the mean that counts. Hockey season I'm just going to try to hold the line -- between holidays and trips and birthdays and such I'l be very happy to still be at 220 next April. Then Phase II and a target of 205 by November 2020.

    That's The Plan. If things go a little better maybe I'll make it under 200 by Election Day, and then I can vote D with a clear conscience. (I'm voting D anyway; no worries.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kepler View Post
    If you're serious I can post at 2 my time. Srsly. I'm recording everything as I go anyway so I have the data.

    I'm braced for showing very little weight change for a while. I originally saw a drop from 245 to 235 (only noticed because I went to two doctor's appointments very close to each other) but I assumed that was the quick loss you see when you start doing ANY dieting. My 6-month target is 220 which is 0.6 lbs per week. The idea here is everything I take off never comes back, so spurts by definition are meaningless, it's the mean that counts. Hockey season I'm just going to try to hold the line -- between holidays and trips and birthdays and such I'l be very happy to still be at 220 next April. Then Phase II and a target of 205 by November 2020.

    That's The Plan. If things go a little better maybe I'll make it under 200 by Election Day, and then I can vote D with a clear conscience. (I'm voting in anyway; no worries.)
    Yeah, my comment was in jest, except that your posts do make me hungry. But I'm only an hour behind so I'm sure I'll survive.

    The first 10 pounds are always the easiest. I've frequently told my wife that if I could just figure out a diet where you start, you lose that first ten pounds right away, then you stop for a period of time without gaining the weight back, then rinse and repeat a few times, I'll pretty much be canonized as a hero.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mookie1995 View Post
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    Doesn't burn as much weight as you'd think... Good for muscle building though.

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    The only way to burn calories in any significant amount is moderate to rigorous exercise several times a week. Even the hardest days of P90X burned around 500-700 calories in ~80 mins. But youíre so wasted after that it almost isnít worth it. 200-300 calories a day exercising is much more reasonable but youíve got to keep after it. The biggest benefit was building lean muscle mass which will increase your metabolism burning more. But you have to work at it.

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    Pretty much. I would say having a mix of lifting and cardio (or at least anaerobic activities) is the best way to do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dxmnkd316 View Post
    The only way to burn calories in any significant amount is moderate to rigorous exercise several times a week. Even the hardest days of P90X burned around 500-700 calories in ~80 mins. But youíre so wasted after that it almost isnít worth it. 200-300 calories a day exercising is much more reasonable but youíve got to keep after it. The biggest benefit was building lean muscle mass which will increase your metabolism burning more. But you have to work at it.
    Thanks. This is good information. It also sucks, but most facts suck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mookie1995 View Post
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    Friday, May 10

    Breakfast: Life (200)
    Lunch: Apple (80), Liverwurst sub (300), Sm. chili (170), 550
    Total: 750
    BP: 119/68
    Weight: 235.1
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    Quote Originally Posted by dxmnkd316 View Post
    The only way to burn calories in any significant amount is moderate to rigorous exercise several times a week. Even the hardest days of P90X burned around 500-700 calories in ~80 mins. But youíre so wasted after that it almost isnít worth it. 200-300 calories a day exercising is much more reasonable but youíve got to keep after it. The biggest benefit was building lean muscle mass which will increase your metabolism burning more. But you have to work at it.
    You shouldnít underestimate how much an increase in activity can help though. If Kepler could increase the amount of steps he takes each day by like 5k Iím sure it would help him lose a couple extra pounds each month and it wouldnít take a ton of effort, just change a few habits here and there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drew S. View Post
    You shouldn’t underestimate how much an increase in activity can help though. If Kepler could increase the amount of steps he takes each day by like 5k I’m sure it would help him lose a couple extra pounds each month and it wouldn’t take a ton of effort, just change a few habits here and there.
    I'm trying to do this, too. Activity is annoying but necessary. It's 250 steps around my building so 4x for 1000.
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    I used to run pretty regularly and got up to 5-6 miles per day for a while (probably 4-6 times per week). Problem was between my diet (which you're improving, good) and not doing any weights I plateau'd pretty quickly in terms of weight loss, though I did feel a lot better mentally. It wasn't until I started lifting that I really saw results again and got past the plateau. I think that's mostly because even when resting, your muscles use what you consume up to a certain point. At the time I was just lifting more like a body builder because I didn't know what regimen I wanted to do but fortunately I ran across a training regimen more specifically focused on what I like to do for fun (hockey goalie) and I've stuck with that ever since. It checks a lot of boxes in terms of flexibility, entire body workout, and even includes an anaerobic component (sprinting and mobility drills). And then I also like to bike when it's nice out so that covers aerobic which isn't part of my workout routine.

    Just my 2 cents on why you might want to do some lifting (and if you get into a routine where you just go straight from work straight ----> gym without thinking about it that should help you stick with it more easily), it's more efficient as you alluded to before though you don't want to sub it out for cardio completely (I feel like the positive mental effects of cardio alone are worth it and it's good for fat loss). It's doubly helpful if you train toward something specific and see progress in your game or whatever you're training for rather than just looking in the mirror/at the scale.

    edit: I know starting all these different things at once can be daunting so don't bite off more than you can chew all at once, it's just something to consider for now
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    I've always found exercise for its own sake absolutely, brain-torturing boring. My only hope in making it tolerable is to make it a contest of some kind, particularly against someone else, where there is a winner and a loser, and then to challenge people better than I. Then my completely unbalanced competitiveness will kick in and it's off to the LSATs.

    The key to my losing weight will be to crush my enemies, see them driven before me, and to hear the lamentation of their women.
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