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    Hello all,

    I ran across this website through Google and was instantly intrigued. A brief background:

    I've always been the overweight guy. Not morbidly obese, but definitely not skinny. The chubby guy I suppose. I was around 180 when i graduated high school ten years ago and somehow managed to slowly climb to 220 by the end of 2010.

    I lost a brother last year when he was 29, which made me realize that life is short and I better get my butt in gear and turn things around. Since new years I have quit smoking, started a pretty strict low-calorie diet (around 1200-1500 per day), and started a strict workout regimen of what Mark would call "chronic cardio".

    I am now sitting right around 180, and still not smoking, so I guess I should pretty darn happy with myself. I am, actually, but the problem is that I've been at 180 for about 3 months now and I can't get off the plateau. In fact, I found this website googling about plateaus and ran across one of the many blog posts that Mark has written about every topic under the sun. I got excited enough that I ran out and bought the PB book last night and am devouring it.

    This afternoon I cleared out the cupboards and did some primal grocery shopping and I'm ready to go. I've done low carb diets before, so I'm not really worried. I don't get the carb flu that people talk about, if anything I get anxiety the same way that I used to get from cigarettes. I know that it will pass.

    My goals: my ultimate goal is to get to around 160. Originally I wanted to be there by the end of the year, but I realize we are quickly running out of months so this may no longer be feasible. I am going to Costa Rica in five weeks, if I can get close to 170 by then I'll be pretty darn happy.

    Also, I have a last addiciton to Red Bull that I need to kick. It's sugar free, not that this is much better since its still full of methylethylgonnakillyas. but at least there's no carbs? Gotta kick it.

    My worries: It's hard for me to believe that I can lose weight by REDUCING the amount that I am working out. I've gotten into such a Chronic Cardio routine, that I'm a little worried to slow things down. Any input on that is appreciated.

    Well now you know me, hello to all, let's go!
    Last edited by GrokJosh; 09-22-2011 at 09:48 PM.

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    Welcome Josh. It really does work, for most people.

    At 1200-1500 calories with chronic cardio, your body thinks it needs to hold on to all the fat it has. Forget calories. Think carbs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hedonist View Post
    Welcome Josh. It really does work, for most people.

    At 1200-1500 calories with chronic cardio, your body thinks it needs to hold on to all the fat it has. Forget calories. Think carbs.
    100% agree. Your body think your starving, so its holding on for dear life. You need to up your intake of fats, and work out smarter. It will work.

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