Weight loss (own experience)

  1. Weight loss

    From my own experience.

    Back in 2010 started seriously working on my overweighted body (230 lbs and 6’2”). First steps were hard — short distance running (1-2 miles) on local stadium during weekends combined with 2-3 hour “promenades”. 2-3 months later increased running distance to 5-8 miles (still weekends).

    Meantime added some kind of diet: simply gradually replaced red meat and high calories food like various salads with a lot of mayo, white bread, pasta, mashed potatoes, sausage, etc. — that was my eating style — from Eastern european kitchen — by fresh vegetables, fruits (except for bananas and grape), chicken, turkey, fish, rice, light calories salad dressings, diet coke, etc.

    Also, my sweets (I like chocolate candies, cinnamon buns, donuts, McDo milkshake and Ben & Jerry’s style ice cream) daily intake has been cut down by 90-95% (a blast for my sweets-seduced stomach). Did not touch white bread for 2-3 months.

    Two things were difficult to overcome for the first 5-6 weeks — the fight with the hunger — my stomach did not want to admit that he had to shrink and the fight with my lazy being.

    After loosing 20-25 lbs went to GYM and swimming pool. Continued staying on diet. GYM is a 2-sided stick. The first side is: you’re getting stronger, probably look younger (not sure about that) — maybe because of more intensive blood circulation. The second side is: exercising wears off your body. Even moderate exercising. I did moderate — sorry, no bodybuilding — it was not my goal.

    Forgot to mention that I was doing 2 jobs (full and part-time) and was taking daily (in the morning) 1 pill of multivitamins and minerals — the product called “Multivitamins and minerals. High potency, one per day. Time elapsed release. Iron free formula” (the manufacturer name is: Nature’s Harmony).

    I went down to 175-180 lbs for 6-7 months. Honestly, it was too much, so I gained back 10-15 lbs and stabilized my “body mass”.

    New “body mass” maintenance isn’t simple. You have to stay active every day (walking, some basic exercises) — need to minimize your “TV viewing experience” (couch potatoes, my apologies) and, what the most important is: sleep well and eat healthy (Hello, Elen DeGeneris!).

    Two important things are: if you’re pizza, pasta & burger lover but thinking about loosing weight please cut that kind of food down for 3-4 months. You can always add it back to your daily eating (of course, in moderate amount) later. The second thing is: salt and sugar — yeah, some saltless or containing reduced salt plates taste awful and a lot of people do not like sweetener in their cup of coffee or tea. But you still can control that too.

    My son does Insanity training (results are impressive, by the way).

    Be creative. Do not give up. Learn and try.


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