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Old 06-16-2008, 09:57 PM   #801
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Vinny, DSL, welcome to the thread. Achieving FI and RE is not much use if if we aren't healthy enough to enjoy it. Hence we have this support group within a support group - a bit sad possibly, but this is a group that is hoping to FIRE and be healthy enough to enjoy it.

May be it should have a snappier name than Wednesday Weigh In's such as "Weight, Weight don't tell me"
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I guess that I will join in...I have been using a combination of stairmaster and incline bike as well as making some subtle changes in my diet (allow cheese once a week and avoid sugar and control portions) since Easter and am down around 20 pounds...would like to lose another 40 by the end of the year...
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184.6 this morning. BP was 108/76 last Saturday. Only posting when I have good news to share ;-)

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185.0 this morning. BP was 108/76 yesterday. I sorta fell off the wagon for the last few months -- eating due to work-related stress -- but am back on now and have "re-lost" about 8 pounds in the last few weeks. Still want to get down to 174.

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Old 06-18-2008, 10:22 AM   #804
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1/23: 196.8 17.1% body fat.
1/30: 196.0 16.6%
2/06: 198.2 16.9%
2/13: 194.8 16.4%
2/20: 191.8 16.5%
2/27: 192.0 16.6%
3/05: 190.0 16.3%
3/12: 192.8 16.2%
3/19: 191.2 15.8%
3/26: 193.2 16.4%
4/02: 192.6 15.6%
4/09: 193.6 15.8%
4/16: 187.4 16.2%
4/23: 193.6 15.4%
4/30: 188.8 15.9%
5/07: 190.0 15.7%
5/14: 191.0 15.7%
5/21: 190.0 16.0%
5/28: 193.0 15.9%
6/04: 193.6 15.4%
6/11: 192.0 15.5%
6/18: 192.8 15.7%

Goal: 185.0 15.3%

Over the last week, fat percentage has been down, though it spiked on the day that I publish my weight. Shows how accurate these things aren't -- a day or two ago weight was a pound higher and fat percentage was at 14.7. I measured my waist-to-hip ratio yesterday. I came out with a .85 (34 waist, 40 hips). Anything below 1.0 is supposed to be good for men. So at least my weight isn't being carried in the wrong place.
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Old 06-18-2008, 10:39 AM   #805
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157 today, that is 12 lbs above where I need to be. The only good news is that we went out last night to eat with friends, and I managed to only drink one beer (and lots of water) and had a salad and gazpacho instead of the other offerings.
Worked out every day this week but boy, we are fighting the motivation monkey big-time! It is so hard to look at this as long-term lifestyle change and not feel depressed that we'll always have to watch what we eat and work out all the time. Oh how I long for my 20s....

Kronk, that is good waist to hip--I think you are probably in a good weight range right now, gonna be hard to push it down in the 180s consistently, but I admire you for working on it!
2Cor, yeah, stress eating--I know it! Helps to find some other distraction, if only for a few minutes until the impulse passes.
Maddy, that is amazing that just a few tweaks to your diet, and adding in the cardio
to your routine has made that much difference!
Alan, yeah--name change, and maybe make it on Friday so we'll weigh before we fall off the wagon over the weekend!
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268.5 (+.5 lbs).

It's odd, my diet's good and I've been doing weights and cardio every day, but I seem to be at a sticking point. Over the next month, I'll be changing my diet almost completely; rice, beans, fish, fruit with little meat and moderate amount of veggies versus lots of red meat, chicken and fruit with moderate amount of veggies and little rice or beans. I figure there will be me protein overall, a whole lot more fiber, with better kinds of fat.
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My BMI is 23!!!! 5'10, 160, but I'm 27 and I can run a 5k in 18:30 and I can bench 225 about 8 times (it used to be way better back in the day:-((((((( ) But I'm not FI, so you guys win!!!!!!!!! Damn it! Care to trade?
Ah....to be 27 again..........

I couldn't bench 225 when I was 27,but my PR for the 5K is 16:30.........
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Worked out every day this week but boy, we are fighting the motivation monkey big-time! It is so hard to look at this as long-term lifestyle change and not feel depressed that we'll always have to watch what we eat and work out all the time. Oh how I long for my 20s....
Boy, I can relate to that! It is depressing to think about how much long-term dedication and self-control it takes to maintain your goal weight. However, it's the cold hard truth!

So far, I've been maintaining at 128# by being good on the diet during the week and livin' it up a little over the weekend. I have only been working out 2 times a week due to major stressors lately - lucky I haven't put extra weight on. I know I can't keep that up and hope to maintain at 128#. I hope to get back to my normal life within the next month or two.

I do weigh myself every day (at the same time) and that really works for me. It makes me think daily about how much I'm eating/exercising. I know people say not to weigh more than once a week, but I disagree. It helps me stay focused.
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SimpleG, with all you've got going on, I'm totally knocked out that you've made it to the gym at all. Tough times.

We were doing the good during the week/bad on weekends and it just got away from us, ie, 12 lbs worth. If you don't weigh every day, you can make believe you aren't adding lbs. I even write it down, however painful.
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221 and bmi is 31.7 I lost only 2 pounds but my bmi droped a full point? Does that sound logical. I am 5 10, I really need to lose 30 pounds
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Old 06-18-2008, 08:23 PM   #811
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175.5 today. Still a touch over the top of my 170 - 175 range, but not bad.

I confess that I weigh every day - being an engineer I believe in control loops and I prefer daily measurements of the measured variable

Kronk, that's a great ratio. While I was losing my 40lbs a few years ago I measured my WH ratio regularly and was delighted when I got into a healthy range. I started at 210 and had a 40" waist and was more pleased actually with losing 6" on the waist than the 40lb.

SG, I ditto Sarah's comments - great effort.

Vinny, don't knock the calculation - it is what it is, knocking a whole point off your BMI is great progress.
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Actually redid the measurements with last weeks total and dropped it to .40 instead of 1 % point so my math was bad when I posted last week. I would take a .40% loss every week though
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I'm in the "weigh every day" camp, too. Harder to fool yourself if you keep a constant eye on things. Yeah, some days will be higher or lower, but if you have 2-3 days of higher weight, that's a trend.

When I was at 260, my waist was around 40". Feels much better now. Thanks for the kudos. I still have a tux I bought in the closet. With suspenders, the pants are kind of like the clown pants that stick out all around. ;-)

Kind of nice that this thread is keeping people on track.
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I weigh myself twice a day, once in the morning (after the usual male morning routine ) and once after my nightly workouts. I'm beginning to wonder how accurate my scale has become, after being close to 10 pounds off the scale at work; the kind with the have the slide rule they have at hospitals. Then tonight it shoots up 6 pounds from this mornings weigh in and then drops a pound when I try again a few minutes later. The typical difference is a pound one way or the other. I eliminated the usual suspect--not putting all my weight on the scale by an odd stance--by trying several different measurements all with the same result, so I'm thinking it's time to get a new one. I don't know what the typical life of a digital scale is, or even if that's the best choice to begin with, but this one has to be close to 10 years old by now.
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RetGypsy, I think you might try a new scale, but be warned, I bought a new one (cheap, though) and when I calibrated it with some weights, it was way off. I returned it and revived the old scale, which seems to be working fine.
Do you happen to have any weights (like from a weight bench set) to test your scale? Or can you sneak a couple out of the gym for a night?
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I do weigh myself occasionally at the Y on an electronic scale...but the one method I find the best everyday gauge is how loose or tight my pants are throughout the day..the day my jeans hang down below my hips is the day I know I met my weight goal!
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Kronk, since you commented that this thread is keeping people on track, I did look back to my first post, well more than a year ago, and felt better about my progress, especially since my goal weight at that time was 150, not 145. I see that my beer habit and sighing habit have not changed in the intervening months!

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Joining late, but down to 179 today from a high of 204 in November. About 1100 calories a day, 2x week personal trainer, new bikes! A challenge from my insanely healthy boss; who pays for the trainer. Hoping to get to 150. 5' 8" 36 yrs old.
If only beer had no calories....sigh.
And T-Al, how are you liking that scale you got for Christmas, as RetGypsy might be in the market?
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RetGypsy, I think you might try a new scale, but be warned, I bought a new one (cheap, though) and when I calibrated it with some weights, it was way off. I returned it and revived the old scale, which seems to be working fine.
Do you happen to have any weights (like from a weight bench set) to test your scale? Or can you sneak a couple out of the gym for a night?
When you use the weights to check accuracy, also test at the top end, ie weigh yourself without them then pick up 10/15/20lbs and weigh again.

(When we had a fat cat and were trying to get its weight down, that was how we used to weigh the cat).
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It's good to see everyone's back on the wagon

As for me....

End of week 14: down 1.6 lbs
Total Lost: 26.8 lbs

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End of week 14: down 1.6 lbs
Total Lost: 26.8 lbs
That is a near perfect weight loss rate over the last 14 weeks, well done.
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