Just saying Hi
I am like a lot of people, tired of being sick and tired. I am 45 years old male and have struggled with my body composition since I got out of High School, at one point about 6 years ago I hit my heaviest weight at about 230 lbs., I was having gout attacks 2-3 times a year (had it since my early 20s).
I decided I better do something as I had struggled with high blood pressure, cholesterol, and borderline diabetic. I lost some weight but eventually put it back on. Then a couple of years ago I did the p-9ox thing and got my weight down to 173, just 8 lbs. short of my high school weight, I put about 10lbs back on and felt awesome. Then I took a fall at work and broke some ribs along my back and that's where the wheels fell off again.
I gained all the way back to 215lbs. by late last fall, so I decided to meet with a trainer but he had about a 6 mo. waiting list. He told me to go to my Dr. and get some blood work done and get clearance to train, I then made an appointment and when I was in the office the nurse took my blood pressure and it was 195/115, they then escorted me to the emergency room as they thought I was having a heart attack, needless to say it put a little scare in me. I then went and had stress tests done and everything was ok so Dr. gave me clearance to train (of course they put me on all the meds, I hate meds).
So 6 weeks ago I started training with the trainer. I have lost 13.5 lbs but the change in my appearance is what amazes me. He has me on an 1800 calorie diet with 40 grams of healthy carbs,100 grams of healthy fat,and about 200 grams of lean protein, and every once and awhle he throws in a high carb day. That is what has led me here to the "Daily Apple".. My training is 3 days a week of cross fit type work and the off days are lite cardio.
I am currently reading The Primal Blueprint and have been using some of the recipes from the cookbook, I am committed to this lifestyle change and the spouse is kinda following along which helps....
Thanks for reading my long post
hello wapkap, Keep on keeping bro! Consider what you're doing a life style change and stick with it! I am 52 (holy shit!) and have lost weight and lowered my BP dramatically 145/95 to now 108/64. It's great you're addressing it now for me it was hard giving up my 3/4 micro brews a day, but I want to live 40ish more years bro! If I can do it I know you can, I've friends doing P90x asking me what the heck am I doing (while they're eating potato chips)!? It's almost hard to explain that it all starts with diet.
I've been pretty healthy my whole life but a gain in weight over the years and a diminished ability to scrap with the youngsters, has shown me that changes needed to be made in my life. I've totally embraced the Primal way of life. After several months I feel better, look better according to my wife and girlfriend (same person), and can put up a good scrap with dudes half my age (when you retire you're not really retired). Your trainer is probably hip to the skip but I actually consume double the fat intake over protein, super low carbs for the past month and am down to 175 from 205 lbs in Dec. 2012.
Wapkap, congratulations for changing your lifestyle! You won't regret it! You'll live longer and be happier bro! And you'll be able to look good scrapping with youngsters 1/2 your age. Don't stop! won't stop! Peace...5x
Basically what FiveX said.
Good luck, and don't give up!
I had a good week I lost another 2.5 lbs. and my energy and mental health have been awesome....feelin great