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  • I've found that the best way for people to learn pullups is by doing "negatives"; use a chair or something to get up to the pull up position, then lower yourself down as slowly as possible. Keep your feet on the chair at first if necessary.

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    • Thanks Ecks and Mr. Anthony! I will incorporate both ideas into my workouts. I'm assuming that at the same time I am building strength, my losing weight will make it easier. But it was surprising I couldn't even lift myself a little!

      Onward! (And upward!)
      Height: 5' 10"
      Starting Weight: 292
      Starting Primal Weight: 275
      Current weight: 224
      Goal weight: 172
      Body Fat 30.5

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      • This morning's workout was disrupted by changing schedules, SWMBO had to get up and leave abruptly to cover a trade conference at the last minute, so I had to get Boy dressed and off to school solo. So no walk or weight lifing. The rest of my day is busy and I'm not sure I'll get to working out until tonight, if at all.

        I know missing a single workout is not really a big deal, but I like to do something intentional for my health every day. Just for the sake of continuity. I once read in some health book somewhere that every derailed fitness program started with a single missed workout.

        Food has been good lately, still doing the Warrior diet, using Primal foods, trying to keep my calorie totals near, but not above 2000. It's all good. I've really hit my stride with the fasting during the day schedule. I'm rarely hungry, and if I am I have some water or coffee and I'm okay.

        The biggest change in all of this is that I am never sleepy during the day, and I have a lot of energy. It's amazing how the body can adapt to nearly any schedule.
        Height: 5' 10"
        Starting Weight: 292
        Starting Primal Weight: 275
        Current weight: 224
        Goal weight: 172
        Body Fat 30.5

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        • Well it was a nice weekend. I've decided that now that I am feeling better, I need to get out of the house and do more things. Boy has tennis lessons on Sunday mornings so I decided to join him and SWMBO. I played tennis all through High School and College but haven't really played very much since. But there were courts open and SWMBO and I hit the ball around for half an hour and I was amazed at how much I remembered.

          It was really fun.

          When we were finished we met up with friends and we drove around looking at local tennis/swimming clubs to see if we would like to join. They are pretty expensive, but the two we saw were beautiful and had great courts and pools as well as all kinds of picnic areas and activities for Boy (camp programs etc.) We're seriously considering it. One of the clubs has a lot of families from Boys school, so we saw several people we are aquainted with. Playing tennis is much better when there are lots of people to play with and I think I'd find people.

          It was also nice to be with people, I've kind of shut myself off from everybody this Winter, getting out and doing some fun activity that supports my weight loss, was really fun!

          People are really beginning to notice my weight loss now, which is nice.
          Height: 5' 10"
          Starting Weight: 292
          Starting Primal Weight: 275
          Current weight: 224
          Goal weight: 172
          Body Fat 30.5

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          • I hope you join the club, I bet you will enjoy it. They probably have a round robin, right? So you always have someone to play with. And it will be great for Boy.
            My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

            "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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            • I hope they have a round-robin! We're actually looking at several different clubs, we have one more to see next Sunday. I never imagined myself to be the type to join a club, but I am trying to be more social in general, and to get to play tennis would just be an added benefit.

              I somehow turned the volume way down on my phone, which I use for an alarm clock. So I overslept and missed my walk this AM :-(. I'll try to get a short walk in at lunch time today.

              Food was good yesterday, I steamed a bunch of veggies and some chicken and then sauteed it in some coconut oils, once off the heat I mixed in some fresh salsa and plain full fat yogurt, thent I cut in an avocado! It was very tasty, but looked like glop.

              Eating only once a day means that I get only the one shot to get in a days worth of calories. The mess I made only came up to about 1500, but it was late and I didn't want to eat any more, so I just went to bed.
              Height: 5' 10"
              Starting Weight: 292
              Starting Primal Weight: 275
              Current weight: 224
              Goal weight: 172
              Body Fat 30.5

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              • Don't forget us once you join a high-falutin' club! Maybe you can find a Warrior Paleo Tennis Club. (HAHAHAH)
                My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

                "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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                • Well I didn't find a Warrior Paleo Tennis Club, but I did find a local personal trainer who runs a fitness studio right in my town, who is a Paleo enthusiast when it comes to weight loss and nutrition. I am scheduling a fitness evaluation (Yikes!) with him soon and then I will likely do some one on one personal training with him until I am fit enough to do the group training classes.

                  His prices are very competative and its 10 minutes away from my house on the way to and from work.

                  I am hoping that this will work out!
                  Height: 5' 10"
                  Starting Weight: 292
                  Starting Primal Weight: 275
                  Current weight: 224
                  Goal weight: 172
                  Body Fat 30.5

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                  • That is great! I wish I could hook up with something like that, not likely here on the edge of nowhere. (Not complaining, though!) Let us know how it works out. Sounds like a really good thing for you.
                    My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

                    "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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                    • I go tomorrow after work for my "fitness assessment" (yikes!).
                      Height: 5' 10"
                      Starting Weight: 292
                      Starting Primal Weight: 275
                      Current weight: 224
                      Goal weight: 172
                      Body Fat 30.5

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                      • My Assesment is tonight at 7:00. I'm a bit nervous, but in a good way. Here is what the guy wrote to me in setting up the appointment:

                        "The first step in my process is a fitness assessment, which lasts 30 to 45 minutes. During the assessment, I'll take your weight and bodyfat measurements as well as take you through some cardiovascular and strength training tests. We'll test upper and lower body maximal strength as well as muscular endurance, and we'll go through some core and abdominal strength tests. Lastly, we'll test flexibility and anaerobic capacity. Throughout the assessment, I'll answer any questions that you may have and we'll go over your intended fitness goals. We can also discuss nutrition at that time."

                        So it seems pretty thorough. I can't imagine that I'll do too well in some areas, but all I want is to become healthier, so anyplace is a start.

                        I'm not really sure what my fitness goals are. I want to be fit enough to not have to consider my age, weight, or fitness level in choosing any activity and I do want to look good naked! ;-)

                        I'll go with that.
                        Height: 5' 10"
                        Starting Weight: 292
                        Starting Primal Weight: 275
                        Current weight: 224
                        Goal weight: 172
                        Body Fat 30.5

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                        • That sounds like a really good assessment, this guy must know what he is doing. I know what my fitness goal is! To do something about my soft middle! I'm not craving a six-pack, but somewhere in between would be good. Let us know how it goes -
                          My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

                          "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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                          • He really does know what he is doing! He was looking at me doing some of the exercises and asked if I had any shoulder pain. I said yes, but only in certain movements and when my hands were in certain planes. He said that I have a rotator cuff injury and that we would have to be sure to design a program to gently strengthen that while at the same time avoiding further injury.

                            It was an exhaustive and exhausting assessment, very thorough. I signed up for an hour of personal training (1 on 1) 3x/week for three months. The price is high, but reasonable. I guess I wish I had the motivation and discipline to do this on my own, but having somebody there to direct me and to motivate me, and to hold me accountable (literally) will be a good thing. Hopefully as my fitness level improves, I'll be able to participate in the group training sessions and other offerings.

                            So I am pretty happy about the whole thing. It's a nice small facility, not at all fancy, but well equipped. I got there early and he was just finishing up with a group of older people working on pull-ups! Hopefully that would be a group I could join as I get more fit and the risk of injury is less.

                            When I got home I was as tired as I can ever remember being.

                            I managed to eat a bit of chicken and a bunch of lettuce from the garden. Then crawled off to bed and slept hard.

                            It was great!
                            Height: 5' 10"
                            Starting Weight: 292
                            Starting Primal Weight: 275
                            Current weight: 224
                            Goal weight: 172
                            Body Fat 30.5

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                            • That is fantastic! I am seriously jealous. Would love to have something like that. Of course there is personal training at the Y, but I don't think it is of great quality. I wouldn't dare mention paleo there. Probably get asked to leave. (That is an exaggeration.)
                              My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

                              "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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                              • I must admit that when he suggested the Paleo diet for clients who wanted to lose weight I was sold right then and there. But he seems really knowledgeable... I was worried about getting some juicehead who was just into weights.

                                I wanted somebody who would shepard me through getting fit slowly and without injury and so far it seems like he's a good fit!
                                Height: 5' 10"
                                Starting Weight: 292
                                Starting Primal Weight: 275
                                Current weight: 224
                                Goal weight: 172
                                Body Fat 30.5

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