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Back on the horse 4 years, 4 months ago #93519

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So I'm continuing my rollercoaster ride of fitness, trying to not have so many peaks and valleys.

Last year I lost my job in May and for the first month, I sat around in my depression, barely working out and playing softball. I had a fitness anniversary come up in July and that motivated me to get back on track and get back to my best weight loss of 71.lbs achieved 8 months earlier(got down to 225 from 296). I had put 21 pounds back on so I started P90X, AGAIN (3rd time, did not complete first two attempts for different reasons).

This time (last summer) I took advantage of being out of work and followed the workout routine diligently, using LIVESTRONG to count my calories and Excel spreadsheets to track my process. I lost 30 pounds and was strongly headed to my goal of 196.lbs. After 60 days + I got to the point where I could do Plyo, and immediately jump on the stationary bike AND then immediately run the stairs in my Apt. community complex. I felt great!

During my recovery week, something happened and I got injured and sidetracked somehow, and I lost two weeks. During that time I won 8 free workouts at a new facility featuring cross-fit/ core-strength type training. This place was 50 miles away and I tried to make it twice and week while still trying to incorporate my P90X routine. That led to Thanksgiving where I looked to improve my 5K time in the Turkey Trot, but got the start times mixed up and ended up running the 5 mile instead. I didn't train for that distance but still averaged 11 minute miles( ran the first in about 9:30).

(WHEW)Sorry for the long post. After Thanksgiving, my training fell off completely and so did my diet. Like most, I tried to start January off with a bang, but got sick and then injured my leg in a softball tournament. I turned 47 in February and I can testify it gets harder each time to start over. I gained back the last 30 pounds I lost haven't been able to train seriously until now, this week. I'm signing up for a 5K that happens May 4 and that was what I needed to motivate me back to my fitness.

My wife suggested some fitness challenges she found on another website, but I came back to this forum because I'm already a member here, so I thought to look here 1st.

Again, sorry for being long-winded, just wanted to give background to my current state and all positive feedback/constructive criticism is welcome.

Re: Back on the horse 4 years, 4 months ago #93526

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I'm fighting some of the same battles you are. I managed to lose 40 pounds a couple of years ago while unemployed. Put it all back on. Started again. Lost 20. Life gets in the way, put it all back on again. Now I am trying to do it all over again for the third time.

I'm now 42 and realizing just how much harder it is now than it was just 3 years ago. I am working my way through power 90 and power 90 Masters trying to get ready for P90X. The workouts seem to go well, but the biggest challenge is sticking to the diet. I have worked out probably 20 days every month for 4-5 months (with more starts and restarts) with hardly losing any weight. You really can't out exercise bad diet.

I usually do well all day until I get home from work. I hate it when someone gets pizza for dinner, or brings home girl scout cookies. Ugh! Kills me every time.

Maybe we can work together to get through it this time. I frequented this site a ton three years ago and there are mountains of great information still contained in the forum. If you run into any questions, let me know. I will try to be more actively checking this site going forward.

B

Re: Back on the horse 4 years, 4 months ago #93527

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BJ, nice to meet you man!It's great to have someone to identify with in this fitness struggle.

Diet is my weakness as well. I'm a choco-holic and gotta have it everyday. I'm also a big lover of bread and all things crunchy full of carbs. So I'm using Livestrong calorie counter and trying to burn more calories than I take it, but that is very difficult to accomplish. I'm managing about 2000-2400 calories a day intake and only burning from 1200-1800 calories in my workouts. I'm trying to workout twice a day now, but time management doesn't always permit.

I try to prioritize and brain wash myself so keep my workouts on top of the list; that it will get easier as I keep it up and once I hit my goal weight, I will only have to work out a few times a week, but as you know, it doesn't always work out that way.

So for today, I ran a 5K + stairs this morning(improved my time by two minutes from last Friday), and I am planning on either riding a stationary bike or doing Zumba with my wife tonight. Did you get your workout in today yet?

Re: Back on the horse 4 years, 2 months ago #93631

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I found that I have been restarting way too frequently lately, so I bit the bullet and decided to just plain start P90X and just do my best modifying as I went along. I find that I can better maintain my diet if I am working out. I am on day 9 today.

Some of the things that I eat that have helped me:

- I have a Chocolate Shakeology with milk and a serving of protein powder after my workouts in the morning (acts as my breakfast).
- On weekends and sometimes for lunch I have a large serving of oatmeal with protein powder and some fruit.
- A weekend lunch can be a medium oatmeal with protein and fruit with an eggwhite fritata with morningstar sausage, onions, maybe some veggies or mushrooms topped with salsa.
- The biggest help for me has been my homemade protein bar. It has a chocolate base and combined with the shakeology drinks, it really helps with the chocolate cravings because, I'm eating chocolate almost every day.

I hope some of this helps out. I may eat more fruit than recommended, but it is better than cookies, crackers, and pizza.

B

Re: Back on the horse 4 years, 2 months ago #93632

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Cheers B! It sounds like you're off to a great start, especially nutrition-wise.

Just to give you an update; after my last post I started P90X again and have stuck with it for the most part. I have missed most of the AB Ripper X workouts and I'm regretting that. Why? well I'm now in my recovery week and I'm feeling pretty good. I'm stronger, my wind/endurance is better, I haven't missed any Yoga X workouts(that used to be the one I skipped/swapped for running a 5K),buuutt... when I look in the mirror everything is toning up but the gut still hangs. So I have now committed to NOT missing any more Ab Ripper X!

On a positive note, I'm proud that I am actually doing the workouts outlined in the Recovery Week schedule. My first couple of times doing P90X- I wouldn't work out at all during Recovery week. I've got a weigh-in scheduled for Monday but I'm not expecting a big loss, but numbers/inches/sizes should be good.

Nutrition has been good, but not great. I'm now averaging around 1900 calories a day and sometimes burning more than I take in. Eating a lot more veggies, steaming most of them. Thank God for watermelon season- my favorite low calorie fruit. I'm taking 100% Whey protein after every workout as my recovery drink which is one of the reasons I'm not expecting a big weight loss.

Another breakthrough I had is waking up to my fat intake. I'm now paying more attention to grams of fat, when before I was only concerned with calorie intake. I have discovered that my favorite chocolate snacks/desserts are my biggest fat culprits, because like you, I eat chocolate EVERYDAY.

Be encouraged B! It will get easier as long as you keep pushing play.

Kev

Re: Back on the horse 4 years, 1 month ago #93642

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Kev,

Keep up the good work!!

Two major observations doing P90X this time around:

I am seriously getting old!! With shoulder problems and hip problems, I am truly struggling with some workouts. I haven't done any ARX for the first month, partly from hip issues, partly due to time, but more realistically purely out of laziness. ARX is hard.

I still have to do most moves modified and all push-ups on my knees. I have become a modifying fool. For some moves, I simply can't even do one rep, never mind making the last three reps tough (side-tri-rises). All vinyasas are on my knees with cobra rather than upwards dogs. It certainly doesn't help that I am doing P90X about 30 pounds heavier than when I last did it. UGH! Getting old really sucks.

Diet is the biggest key to all of this. I continue to struggle with my diet (usually pretty good until about 7PM most days, followed by just plain crap at night). I can't even let myself sniff or cheat a small bite of a cookie or next thing you know 10 cookies are gone and I have started working on some chips or crackers. I have only missed one workout (Yoga) in the first 30 days (other than not doing ARX). I bring it as best as I can. Some days suck, others are pretty good. The end result of all that work for a whole month? essentially zero weight loss. Pretty discouraging.

I'm going to keep going, though. I start each day with the intention of giving myself an A for my diet each day. I will keep starting every day and try to do my best with the diet as well. If I can manage to at least make a habit of the exercise, I know I can, eventually, reign my diet it (I hope).

Still pressing play!

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