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11/16/14 1:43 P

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The only pressure I feel is from myself. 40 years ago I lost a lot of weight on the ww program and didn't keep it off. Spent most of my life losing and gaining. Magazines, media and relatives don't influence me. I want to feel better, that's all.

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4/9/14 10:36 P

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LUKEDADDY, could not agree with you more!

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4/9/14 10:30 P

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I don't feel pressure like that.

My pressure is from within. I am tired of doing the mental math as to whether a chair can hold me. Im tired of being sweaty from a short walk on a spring day. Im tired of having to buy new suits every time I have a function because the last one won't button. Im tired of having my feet hurt.

Externally, most people know me as I am and have never said a word.

I think our (guys) experience at being overweight is VERY different from the Girls'...

Edited by: LUKEDADDY at: 4/9/2014 (22:31)
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3/21/14 6:52 P

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This is an interesting question. I don't think magazine imagines were an influence on me. I wasn't the fattest kid, but I was never athletic and got teased a lot about it while growing up, and then when I became an adult, what access to more junk food plus no longer having to walk from class to class finally caught up with me. As an adult, my influences to get fit came more from seeing co-workers successfully lose weight and then seeing informercials for various gadgets and exercise programs.

So I guess I would say images of people in good shape don't influence me, but if that image was actually an advertisement for something claiming to help you look like that, I might pay attention.

My friends and family are not supportive at all. I've even had people sabotage me and found out later it was deliberate. Spark friends help, but most of my motivation has to come from within, and I think it's more about how I feel than how I look. Being overweight was making it hard for me to deal with stress. It was like an exclamation point at the end of whatever problem I was having on any particular day. Also, having been at a comfortable weight before, it's really hard not to get obsessed with getting back down to that weight, because of the memories of how good it felt.



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3/21/14 11:10 A

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My target is my high school weight. My secondary target is a high school distribution of fat. I flirt with maintaining my HS weight and can't even imagine having the low body fat of a teen age boy. Nevertheless, I like the idea that I'm about the same size as I was when I left for college.

As far as marketing (the cover of Men's Health, for example), I simply don't aspire to looking like those guys, but I am interested in being healthy and independent. I want to be able to keep on my bicycle, continue hiking, and continue walking to do errands, climb stairs without hesitation and so on. I feel no pressure at all from my wife (who thinks I'm in good shape) or other family or friends. Very occasionally a stranger will express surprise that I'm trim at my age, but I know that there are lots of my peers in good or better shape, so I take the complement in context.



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3/21/14 10:40 A

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For me the biggest pressure comes from work.
I run a martial arts school. People seem to have this notion that black belts can fly, walk on top of bamboo, and do the splits between moving vehicles........

I can do none of those things even though I have been training for over 20 years lol.
But there is pressure to at least look the part. Not so much from other martial artists, but from new and potential students. We talk a lot about being healthy, and making good choices. So if I don't walk the walk it's hard to get students and especially their parents to buy in.

I don't pay much attention to the marketing. The majority of it is photoshopped anyway.

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3/21/14 10:22 A

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Interesting and thought provoking question. Besides my Dr, the only other person who pressured me to lose weight was my mom, and she had been on my like a badger. While she did not see the finished product (she passed away at the end of 2011), I did see her a few weeks before then and at that point had dropped 33 pounds, and it meant a lot to me when she told me she was proud of what I had accomplished to that point.

So I know I'm never going to have 6 pack abs, but I have to admit I am proud of what I have accomplished when I look in the mirror, and that is all the pressure I need to make sure I eat right and exercise often.



Patrick
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SW = 287 (01/08/07)
1st Goal Weight = 210
(achieved 03/13/2012)
2nd Goal Weight = 199
(achieved 05/03/2012)
3rd Goal Weight = 187 [100 pounds lost since starting on SP]
(achieved 08/18/2012)
Final Goal Weight = 179
(achieved 02/21/2013)


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3/21/14 6:28 A

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There's a lot of chatter about women and body image so I was wondering if men experience being overweight in the same way.
When you see guys on "Men's Health" and other fitness magazines, does a voice in your head tell you that they have ideal bodies.
If you're not aware of "marketing" pressure to be thinner, what about from family? Friends?
For me, I gave up on having a Speedo body a long time ago and the only pressure that I am conscious of now is my own. I like the way healthy feels but I don't always like doing what I have to do to stay here.

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