The update...The PT Dr. was concerned during and after the contest that my calorie consumption is too low and now states my workout routine is too rigorous and time consuming. During this month of May I upped my calories and my workout. Fact is I've not really lost any substantial amount of weight with these philosophies. I'm fluctuating between 209 and 205. I have a goal to drop below 200 by 5/31/11. That was and is my target. I will achieve this goal as I have an understanding of proper nutrition, fat storage and metabolic changes within my body. I recall how I got form 145# to 245#. Supplements and whole foods combined with lots of cardio and moderately challenging strengthing exercise is the key to stimulating my metabolism. It's not easy to follow this regiment. The last thing I need are people who do not understand why I'm conducting this regiment. HEALTHY SUCCESS. The very reasons so many recommended weight loss and exercise to cure my ills. I WILL NOT LET OTHERS HOLD ME BACK FROM MY TRUE POTENTIAL.
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LOVE IT! Thanks Carolyn. The competition is formally over. Yes, I did it-I WON with the help from all my SP Friends, the folks at my physical therapy GYM and my special son.
I talked Dan into one more week of competition since his goal was to hit 250- He just needs to lose 3.5 more lbs. Since 3/1/11 Dan dropped from 280 to 253.6 employing Atkins techniques. I follow a very restricted self imposed diet limiting intake while keeping the nutrients balanced. I switched it up as needed and used broth and lots of veggies. The real key was rigorous workouts. Cardio= 99min. Long elliptical sessions at level 11-(music was key) Extensive Core strengthening execises. Lots of stretching before and after. The workouts began at 4x per week. By the end I am happily involved everyday. I workout at PT everday they are open 4x per wk. Ride bike, do core on the swiss ball, jump rope and stretch with a dog leash plus alot more at home! My result was 3/1/11- 235#, 5/2/11 209.8#.
The contest was based on % of weight loss so although Dan lost 26.41 lbs and I lost 25.2 lbs. my weight loss represented 10.8% of my original body weight. Dan was chasing close behind at 9.5%.
Dan was consistently ahead after the first week due to my weekend failures. Together we figured out how to WIN through the weekend. My secret weapon.....MAX...(I Love You) .
The Spark program is nothing short of Phenomenal. I cannot believe all this computer programming, tracking features, fitness instruction, diet suggestions,recipes and links all for free! Plus these wonderful TEAMS and forums. I can't Thank All the Spark People Enough. The support and feedback from my friends at the Slowest Losers Group is greatly appreciated. And I promise to slow down as I get closer to a weight that is healthy for me!
My son Max (15) is now really helping me. We worked out together yesterday and today. He sees a personal trainer (www.garagestrength.com) Dane is remarkable for Max but too intense of a workout for my old bones! (so far)
You can see amazing feats of strength and great nutritional ideas on the site links too. I can't say enough for this local guy who has returned from college to share his training success with many atheletes young and old.
Max plays football and throws shot and disc ( Dane's specialty).
So as it turns out, the money I'm spending on Max's fitness is paying for my success. Max is a wonderful Boy and a great beginner trainer. He got me to run and do push ups again- He has a lot of great fitness techniques he employs. Today we were in a field picking boulders to throw in a shot put circle. It was alot of fun doing these things with my beloved son.
So folks, tomorrows weigh in should be very good. I did not gain any weight this weekend and actually lost a couple lbs or so. THANKS EVERYONE FOR HELPING ME TO SUCCESS! Paul P.S I'll post tomorrow as to winning the competition or not.
Hi Paul, welcome to the team. Spark is a great website with tons of support. We are all here the for same reason; to try something different for different results.
I bought a kit to do home brewing when I lived in Boston. One of my roommates brewed beer for the different seasons and it was a special treat. You will surprised at the wealth of knowledge here. And who knows, you may even make a new "virtual" friend or two. Best of luck to you.
Daphne in Doral (Miami)
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Paul, Welcome to the team. Congrats on the weigh you have lost to date.
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Pounds lost: 24.1
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Hi Paul & welcome to the team. I also like to home brew but I don't drink much of it. I give it all away as presents (well most of it anyway). I haven't brewed in some time but would love to start again at some point.
Congratulations on your weight loss and doing so well during your competition. You have come to a great place for support and challenges to keep you moving.
Cyndi C.A.M.O.Crew co-cap, PDT Southern California
I began Physical Therapy for a back lower problem 12/09. I ended up joining the Dr's gym program and am glad to be supported by he and his staff. I've met lots of new friends. Last month "Dan" asked me if I'd participate in a weight loss challenge with him. This Monday is final weigh in. We are about tie. This weekend is tough because I rely on the elliptical (99 min @lev 11) daily plus strengthening exercises and weights etc- not to mention the ritual of stretching out for the original problem.
I'm joining this group because there is no pressure and I know I can succeed here. I Love to cook and must relearn so much. Grilling with real wood and smoke from fresh fruit wood. Real barbeque that I've employed for 20 years-brisket,turkeys,chickens, fish-pork and ribs. All verbotten now. I'm or was an avid homebrewer-more high cal hobbies-baking-oh the irony.
Well my peak weight was 247 at 5'4" and age 52. I'm now 54 and have lost weight down to 211 over the past month from 234. If anyone is interested in writing me....feel free- I wonder if anyone really cares! Love to All! Paul
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