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    Default "Fired Up For Fitness" -- Yeah...right...whatever...

    First I'd better state the purposes of this thread:

    1. Selfishness - This could be motivation for me.

    2. Unselfishness - To maybe help someone in the same boat as me.


    At the end of April I decided to take the challenge. I weighed 310 pounds (footnote, I am also 6'8"...but still no excuse for being 310 pounds). I have modified my diet and walk (I was happy to see they counted lawn mowing) I have seen modest success to this point. I am now at 294 pounds...last time I saw the 290 pounds was three years ago. My goal? Somewhere around 240 to 250.

    Posting all this info here is taking a hell of a risk...for if I fail, this little thread will haunt me...no doubt (thus the selfish part). I also thought there might be others who have taken the challenge and would benefit from a thread such as this (thus the unselfish part).

    Whilest I'm not looking to go all "12 Step Program" on you...I do think it is important enough to share. Someone once had a thread about "What did you do today" regarding the reduction of LODD and injuries. It made me think. All the latest information regarding heart attacks and the fire service...really made me think. Something as simple as a little "Fired Up For Fitness" program...made me finally act (LOL...this is not a paid endorsement).

    Funny thing is, I don't even know what direction this thread will take...I know I want to give occassional updates...but I don't want it to be a "Today I threw rocks at a plate of fudge...look at me." thread. I dunno...but it's out here now, so I guess I'll find out.

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    Awesome SB! Keep up the good work on your diet and exercise! You can do it!

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    Cheffie -- its exercise and diet not vice versa!! You don't always have to put diet and food first you know!!!

    Stayback... congrats!! Getting started is a huge step and of course sticking with it is probably equally hard if not worse, but seeing results always makes it easier.

    It's funny you mention the lawnmowing thing. Whilst (these damn Aussies and Kiwi's, they've gotten us both with this foreign language) I'm not really overweight by any means, I was unhappy with my conditioning and how I felt overall. I decided to sell off the year old riding mower and go back to the walk behind, 22" at a time push mower. So far this lawnmowing season, I have to admit that I feel much better. Better energy levels, etc. Next step is walking with the wife then up to running and come cold weather this fall it's back to the gym.

    PS.. at least you've learned about the forums. We are always lurking out in cyberspace waiting to HAUNT you so keep that as some motivation!

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    Here's to "losing it!"

    So far has it been harder to keep at it, or was it the getting started part that was the biggest challenge?
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    Stayback congrats on your weightloss. I am glad to see that you are taking your health and fitness level seriously, that can only lead to good things for you.
    While I am not a "gym rat" by any means, I do take the time to stay in shape, I am 30 yrs old and looking forward to at least 25 more yrs on the job (God willing). Keeping your routine simple and convenient are the keys to sticking with it. Sounds like you are on the right path. Good luck Bro.

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    Thanks all.

    I have found days 2-4 to be the most difficult, as (of course) I was seeing no change...then I started to feel it. It's easier now I have seen a diference.

    Cheffie - Frank's Red Hot and Tabasco have become my new best friends. Boneless, skinless chicken breast is good when it's slathered in hot sauce. I've been eating a lot of hot banana peppers too.

    The mowing thing is good...besides my lawn has never looked better!



    Simple and convenient works for me!
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    UPDATE: For those that are with me in the battle of the bulge...I have lost 23 pounds and now walk two miles every morning. Keep the faith Brother and Sisters.
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    WELL DONE! keep up the good work.
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    Originally posted by StayBack500FT
    UPDATE: For those that are with me in the battle of the bulge...I have lost 23 pounds and now walk two miles every morning. Keep the faith Brother and Sisters.

    Well done SB!!!!! You made my week with your good news.

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    23 lbs in 22 days!! Excellent job!

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    Thanks to all...it's a hard road.
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    Good job Bro! Keep up the good work.


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    Excellent Stayback! The first few pounds are hard.. once you get into the "routine" it becomes easier.

    One of the guys on my FD recently lost 53 pounds. He keeps wearing his old belt (now with an additional set of holes in it!) as a reminder... when he passes The Creamery (a local ice cream shop) or Dairy Queen and wants a hot fudge sundae, he looks at the belt and says..nah...
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    That's a good strategy. I have chosen a very bad picture of myself...and placed by the handle of the refrigerator. Ya gotta do what ya gotta do.
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    Great job. Proud of you brother.
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    So, Stayback...other than mowing the lawn, eatting chicken, and keeping a old pic on the fridge...what are you doing differently? We're interested in your progress and keep up the great work; I bet you feel great...and look great, too!

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    Try to get some members of the station involved, maybe for charity. Our president got a bunch of us hooked up on the ALS Express bike ride. Yesterday was "D" day, everyone did the 70+ miles.

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    Originally posted by FFTrainer
    Cheffie -- its exercise and diet not vice versa!! You don't always have to put diet and food first you know!!!
    I have to disagree with trainer here. I read somehwere dieting is about 80% what you eat. Having lost 50 pounds myself (From an obese 210 to a trim 160 -- i'm 5'8) i found that that figure is fairly correct.

    Also, GOOD JOB and keep up the good work! My only other words of advice are that you might plateau, but just think how great it will be after a few days and the numbers start to drop again. KEEP IT UP!

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    Hey Stayback, nice job. I have to say that getting your routine down is the hardest part. I guess I'm what SAFD calls a "gym rat". Even for me though there are days that I what to blow the gym off! I find though those are the days that you feel the best afterwards.

    Keep up the good work, and enjoy your summer. I am sure you are looked up to by your students as well, so your helping and motivating them too.
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    I, too, have been doing the exercise and eating thing (I wouldn't call it a "diet"). Through smarter choices in my meal planning and regular exercise and strength training I have lost 18 pounds in the past couple of months.

    Being a father of four kids, I had to do something to keep up!

    I have done nothing "drastic"... just healthier food choices and finding ways to incorporate exercise into my daily routine (ie, stairs instead of elevator, parking farther away from the door, walking the dog on a more regular basis).

    I have gotten my inspiration through a program offered at my workplace where the focus is cardiovascular health risk reduction. They take blood at the beginning for benchmark measurements and then every 12 weeks or so. I have seen my LDL and Triglyceride levels drop significantly as a result of this. Not to mention I just "feel" better all around.

    Keep up the good work, Stayback!
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    Originally posted by IACOJRev
    I have done nothing "drastic"... just healthier food choices and finding ways to incorporate exercise into my daily routine (ie, stairs instead of elevator, parking farther away from the door, walking the dog on a more regular basis).
    That is the key Rev. Keep up the good work guys.

    sbfdco1- I agree with you about the gym. I am one of those "gym rats" too. Even when I go on vacation, I have to have a hotel with a gym.

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    After the winter of 2003-2004, I found myself at an unacceptably portly 255 pounds. I carried it fairly well, I guess--at 6'4", I share StayBack's "more room to stow it" frame. But shirts were uncomfortable and grabby at me, and pants were getting tight.

    Not cool.

    So I did simple things. I really changed little food-wise, just drink-wise. I drank water in lieu of carbonated baddies, or drank one pop at a restaurant and got water for the refills. I can't get into diet drinks.

    By spring I was more like 235 and felt like a human being again. I'm maintaining at 240-ish now; thank God for summer & working outside!

    Speaking of which, that's where I am headed. Good luck, StayBack!
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    My next step is to join a gym...we have a really nice, brand-new facility in Coolspring Township (about 6 miles from here).

    Thanks again for the kind words.
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    I had my "gym rat" days when I was younger and single. These days my wife and I have found it more convenient to have a home gym. (going to the gym together never really worked for us...my workouts were longer than her aerobic/spin class). Now we just have a room with a nice treadmill and a Bowflex (if you want to make the investment this is a fantastic and versatile machine). We save a ton of time and since it's always there we are more consistent about exercising. I do 3 hrs of strength training a week and 2 hrs of running. Weekends are just for being lazy.
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    As of today I weigh 270 pounds...that makes 40 lost since I've started. My friends that are in the same boat with me, keep the faith and keep working toward your goal. REMEMBER if you slip a bit on your healthy eating or exercise...DON'T GIVE UP...jump back on the train and keep ridin' it out!!!

    (BTW folks I do plan to show before and after photos...but I'm nowhere near "after" yet. )

    Joining the fitness club August 1'st.
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