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  • Yeah, I certainly wouldn't have done this a year ago. I think I had a real hard time accepting that I needed help with this, that I couldn't do it myself, by myself.

    Once I got that through my thick skull, then I had to justify the expense, It is expensive, about $40/session. Ouch. But the way I figure it is that it is about the same as the deductable on my healthcare plan annually. So if I get sick, I'll be paying that amount anyway. If I pay it and it helps to keep me well, I am no worse off financially.

    Then I just had to find the right trainer and that was just luck.

    No regrets.
    Height: 5' 10"
    Starting Weight: 292
    Starting Primal Weight: 275
    Current weight: 224
    Goal weight: 172
    Body Fat 30.5

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    • Yeah, I am really liking the training a lot!

      Last night it was pouring rain so we couldn't do wind sprints and farmer carries (yay!). So we stayed indoors and did more traditional weight lifting, squats, rows, deadlifts; things I am more familiar with. It was fun, though it was totally exhausting, in a deep muscle kind of way. I slept like a rock and didn't get up early to walk :-(

      Maybe I can get a walk in tonight.

      Incidentally, food had been really good. I've sort of hit my stride on the diet front. The centerpiece is still the warrior fasting, so skipping breakfast every day. Two or three days a week I do have lunch, but that is because I go out with co-workers. Fortunately I have discovered that I can have a dozen clams on the half shell and at only 7 calories each it's a lot of food, good protein and low in calories. I avoid the cocktail sauce (full of sugar) and just have some horseradish and lemon juice. Then I follow that up with an entrée sized salad and it's a nice light meal. Then I just have a smaller dinner than I would had I fasted through lunch.

      So living on the shoreline has some distinct advantages.

      Since I look at myself daily I don't see the difference due to the weight loss, but last night I saw one of my friends who hasn't seen me since the holidays and remarked that I'd really lost weight. :-)
      Height: 5' 10"
      Starting Weight: 292
      Starting Primal Weight: 275
      Current weight: 224
      Goal weight: 172
      Body Fat 30.5

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      • The recognition is always a huge asset in losing weight. It's a reminder that you are doing something noticeable! If you ever want a good alternative to farmer carries you should try putting together a slosh pipe... Don't ask me what it is it's just easier to look up on youtube. Fun and cheap to make and adds a new dynamic of unpredictability to your workout.
        SW (Nov 22nd 2011): 333
        Current Weight as of Nov 25 2015: 248
        Short Term Goal: Fit into the shirts I got on my honeymoon at disney and universal in august next year when I go back to for my 1 year anniversary
        Met Goal: Be a 2x Shirt, Fit in a standard airplane seat belt without the use of a seat belt extension
        Long Term Goal: 166lbs (One day!), Buy whatever cloths I want to wear.
        Pain is temporary, quitting is forever- Lance Armstrong #NoExcuses

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        • I think I've used one of those at one of my training sessions. Well something similar anyway. It was a big plastic tube, like PVC drainpipe, capped both ends and filled with sand, but not all-the-way full. I had to carry it over my head with arms fully extended forward and backward up and down a hill.

          It wasn't too heavy, maybe 15 - 20 pounds but it got heavier as I carried it longer. I had to keep adjusting my position or all the sand would run into the low side making it heavier, so that's got to be good for some core training somehow.

          In other news, I rested, I ate well, I walked and tonight I go to training again.

          Just for giggles I tried on my skinniest suit, the jacket fits! The pants are too snug, but I can clasp them! Yay!
          Height: 5' 10"
          Starting Weight: 292
          Starting Primal Weight: 275
          Current weight: 224
          Goal weight: 172
          Body Fat 30.5

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          • Here's a recent picture. Either my face is getting thinner or my nose is getting bigger!


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

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            • Hmm, I haven't lost much weight but I know even 5 lbs different makes a huge difference on my face and thus on the way I see myself. i read an interesting article once from someone who had been clinically obese and suffered from body image related depression, but found the depression worse once she lost all the weight, because she felt people treated her so drastically different as a thin woman that she felt her worth was all in her weight and was so ephemeral... very sad and interestingly stated. Probably more applicable to women but you reminded me when you said something about your nose- lol- my point was to be mindful that you might see yourself even more differently than you realize at a different weight, and not to reject the differences or make judgements until you are more comfortable with still being yourself in a physically different looking self.
              Which may not even be a problem for you seeing as you're easily identifiable from all the pictures chronologicalyouve posted, just by your friendly eyes
              If you have a few minutes- please take a look at my story, in my journal
              http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread87400.html
              I do warn you, I am a copious writer.

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              • Thanks! :-). I know exactly what you're saying. As a young man I lost a great deal of weight over the course of a summer spent away. When I returned I was treated completely differently by everybody. It was difficult for me and I did feel somewhat resentful about it. It didn't last long however because I quickly put the weight back on.

                This time I'm losing the weight in full view of friends and family so the difference won't be so abrupt and I've seen a few more sunsets than I did then and hopefully will keep perspective. But I already do notice people (strangers) treating me differently. It's mostly good.
                Height: 5' 10"
                Starting Weight: 292
                Starting Primal Weight: 275
                Current weight: 224
                Goal weight: 172
                Body Fat 30.5

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                • Looking good buddy!! It's gotta be the bigger nose!

                  Seriously though- there's a certain joy in your face. Glad to see that you're doing well and feeling good!
                  SW (Nov 22nd 2011): 333
                  Current Weight as of Nov 25 2015: 248
                  Short Term Goal: Fit into the shirts I got on my honeymoon at disney and universal in august next year when I go back to for my 1 year anniversary
                  Met Goal: Be a 2x Shirt, Fit in a standard airplane seat belt without the use of a seat belt extension
                  Long Term Goal: 166lbs (One day!), Buy whatever cloths I want to wear.
                  Pain is temporary, quitting is forever- Lance Armstrong #NoExcuses

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                  • Thanks Ecks!

                    Last night's training session left me with a bit less joy in my face! Lol! He had me run an obstacle course, which included hopping over a grid of robes, sort of like football drills I did in High School. I had to go back and forth 4 times and nearly passed out! It was way too intense for me at the fitness level I'm at now. But he's gently prodding me to make modest gains.

                    It would actually be a lot of fun (the obstacle course) if I was in better shape. It will come in time. Who knows, I might do a warrior dash some time next year!

                    Or die trying!
                    Height: 5' 10"
                    Starting Weight: 292
                    Starting Primal Weight: 275
                    Current weight: 224
                    Goal weight: 172
                    Body Fat 30.5

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                    • It was a nice weekend, our town had its fireworks display Saturday night. The fireworks are shot off right at the end of the street, so we just walk down to the beach to see them, along with 10,000 other folks. It's always a good show, the fireworks and everybody trying to get their cars to get home, which takes until well after midnight.

                      We had a friend over and had a cookout, all Primal fare. It was fun. I did have one beer, but just one. My workout went well on Saturday. We discussed nutrition. I have been doing the Warrior diet (fasting through Breakfast and Lunch and eating a big meal at dinnertime). This hasn't been good on workout days because I poop out right away. The trouble is that my workout is at 7:00pm Tuesday and Thursday. So basically when I go to workout I haven't eaten for nearly 24-hours.

                      So he suggested that I eat a decent Paleo lunch on workout days, and then a half hour before training I eat a half a pint of blueberries or some other fruit. So I'll be trying that tomorrow and Thursday.

                      I think I am beginning to get a bit stronger, and he weighed me again and I lost two pounds! :-)
                      Height: 5' 10"
                      Starting Weight: 292
                      Starting Primal Weight: 275
                      Current weight: 224
                      Goal weight: 172
                      Body Fat 30.5

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                      • Sounds like you are doing awesome David! And I love the latest photo! You have lost a marked amount of weight on your face and it definitely suits you ... you go! And your workouts sound awesome ....
                        Start weight: 225.5 lbs Feb 14th 2012. Height: 5'7"
                        Primal low: 186 lbs
                        Current weight: 221.4 lbs
                        Goal weight: 140 lbs

                        "You are free to choose, BUT you are not free from the consequences of your choices."

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                        • So my one year Primal-versary is approaching! (July 6th) I am within 2 lbs. of my Primal low of last summer (236). So yay!!

                          Tonight is my training again. I ate a little lunch and a half an hour before I will eat some blueberries and I will see if I feel more energetic (I hope so!). Of course it is in the 90s and humid and I'm a whining sissy in the heat, so I must factor that in.

                          The 230's is a real sticking point for me. I've stalled at this weight several times, but now with the weight training, I am hoping this year it will not be an issue :-)
                          Height: 5' 10"
                          Starting Weight: 292
                          Starting Primal Weight: 275
                          Current weight: 224
                          Goal weight: 172
                          Body Fat 30.5

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                          • You look great! Such a difference from your profile pic.

                            The workouts sound so fun!
                            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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                            • Thanks Coll and Siobhan!

                              Last night's training went really well. I sweat buckets! This owing as much to the 90-degree temps as to the level of vigor with which I trained! ;-) But my shoulder is getting better, so we went a bit harder on it and it felt fine. The core strength is coming along! I planked (push-up position) for two minutes! During my fitness evaluation (first week of June) I could barely hold 30 seconds. It's great that there is demonstrable progress already!

                              My pre-workout eating worked well too! I had energy enough and didn't hit the wall until it was the appropriate time (the end of the workout).

                              All is well :-)
                              Height: 5' 10"
                              Starting Weight: 292
                              Starting Primal Weight: 275
                              Current weight: 224
                              Goal weight: 172
                              Body Fat 30.5

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                              • So one of the benefits of really working out to exhaustion three times a week has been the quality of my sleep. I hit the pillow at 10:00 and I'm out in a couple of minutes and the next thing I know it's 6:00 AM! It's really pretty remarkable. I've always been a pretty reliable sleeper, but was often awaken several times in the night to semi-consciousness.

                                But in the past few weeks, my sleep has been really regular. I'd love to say I wake up all chipper and raring to go, but that would be a stretch. I still have muscle soreness depending on what particular parts we worked on in training. It does take me awhile to stretch out and I really look forward to that morning coffee.

                                I've also pretty much given up the morning walk, in order for me to do that I need to be up at 5:00 and out the door. I used to get up without an alarm at 4:50AM (for the past 25 years), but no more. Now I'm a sleepyhead. I miss the walking, and have promised myself to start again July 1st. By then I'll be better acclimated to my workouts (it's already happening).

                                I don't know if any of you read Mark's Link blog post about chocolate flavanols acting like a sunblock in folks that drank a cup of dark chocolate cocoa every morning. It intrigued me, so I read the article. It was just one of the many benefits of cocoa. I've been eating an ounce or two of 85% dark chocolate every couple of days (when I think of it). But I really don't want the sugar, so I switched to unsweetened bakers chocolate, but that's really nasty. I tried melting it and adding it to coconut milk, or my whey protein shake, but that's not really very convenient. So in the article, the cocoa they used was a cocoa extract powder made by Mars, which at the time of the writing wasn't available commercially but now is. So I bought some. It's unsweetened, 30 calories and melts readily in hot coffee. It's great! It has 250mg of cocoa flavanols and even though its not sweetened, adds a nice coca flavor to coffee.

                                I bought a six month supply, (one packet a day) and it wasn't too expensive, about equal to buying premium dark chocolate bars.
                                Last edited by DCarr10760; 06-27-2013, 07:22 AM.
                                Height: 5' 10"
                                Starting Weight: 292
                                Starting Primal Weight: 275
                                Current weight: 224
                                Goal weight: 172
                                Body Fat 30.5

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