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Old 01-08-2009, 12:06 AM   #1241
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Harley, any chance you could buy a treadmill for home use? There are always a ton for sale on Craigslist. I have one and have to say it is a lifesaver. We have a room set up with a treadmill, a stationary trainer where DH and I can swap out our bikes and a TV and DVR to distract us from how boring it can be. It enables me to stay on track with my cardio, if I don't have to take the time to go somewhere to do the exercise I am more likely to do it.

Alan 3.5lbs over two weeks is not that bad. Given your track record that will be gone in less than 2 weeks.
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Old 01-09-2009, 02:48 PM   #1242
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Hi All,

I've rarely posted on this thread. Yet, I read it regularly. I've been Type II for 17+ years. I've always worked out pretty regularly and pretty hard. However, I was really starting to lose the battle with diabetes. Anyway, after reading this thread and a few other websites I somehow got very motivated to taking my fitness level to the next level. Back in Sept. I set a goal to try a triathlon this year (2009). So far, I've lost 25lbs (trying to lose another 10lbs before showtime, LOL). I bike, run and swim everyday. I've reduced my weightlifting to 2-3 times a week.

When I started, I couldn't run more than a mile (my knees and ankles). I've relearned how to run and I'm up to 10 miles. I couldn't swim (I would completely panic once my head was in the water) I'm now swimming fairly good (still a long ways to go). My biking has greatly improved as well.

The best news, my Type II has virtually disappeared (for now). I'm taking less than a 1/3 the meds I was taking for years.

I am rooting for all of you and your individual battles. I just wanted to share my progress (maybe brag a small amount, LOL).

Thank you for letting me and good luck.
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Alan 3.5lbs over two weeks is not that bad. Given your track record that will be gone in less than 2 weeks.
Thanks for the encouragement DM, just what I need. This week has been tough as I have been working 10 hr days, but today (Friday) I got away at lunchtime and DW and I went for a 90 minute walk - first exercise of the week, but I have been trying to eat better. 180 is the trigger point after which I force myself to "journal" every day, weight-watcher style, recording everything I eat. I haven't had to do this for many many months and just the thought of doing it is usually a good enough incentive.

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Welcome to the thread. Boy oh boy, haven't you been doing well, your story is fabulous. Please do post regularly and keep us up to date on your progress towards the triathlon and ongoing fitness level.
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Rhonda, welcome and congrats on your progress. I'm type II too, but have only been diagnosed for about 3 years. It's great to hear that even after an extended period you can control the disease. So far I haven't needed drugs, and I'm hoping to keep it that way. Keep us informed. I really like to hear the success stories.
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I lost 45 pounds or so since May of last year.....goal of 20 more by May. I have been adding more weights and push up and increasing my incline bike time since it appears that I have slowed down in my weight loss...Its been a trip since I havent been able to lose any weight for over 10 years with some pituitary problems....

Also get to pull out some cloths from right before getting diagnosed....My family was starting to make fun of me "cinching" my big boy pants...
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I lost 45 pounds or so since May of last year.....goal of 20 more by May. I have been adding more weights and push up and increasing my incline bike time since it appears that I have slowed down in my weight loss...Its been a trip since I havent been able to lose any weight for over 10 years with some pituitary problems....

Also get to pull out some cloths from right before getting diagnosed....My family was starting to make fun of me "cinching" my big boy pants...
Well done Maddy. 4lb/month for the next 5 months is a good target, please do keep us informed. Looks like you have been averaging ~6lb/month for about 8 months now - superb.
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Nice, Maddy! And Rhonda, you are an inspiration--that's quite the goal, a triathlon! You sound very committed and I'm sure you'll do it!
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Good job Rhonda, very inspirational.

Between thnaksgiving and new years I gained back most of what it took months to lose...but I had very little exercise or options for exercise for the past three weeks while on home leave. For a week before I left, I was sick and couldn't do much either. Back in the saddle tomorrow morning at the gym, maybe most of the gain will turn out to have been temporary. Next home leave though, I think I have to buy a treadmill...I need to be able to do more than "mall walking" while DW shops.

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Hi All,

I've rarely posted on this thread. Yet, I read it regularly. I've been Type II for 17+ years. I've always worked out pretty regularly and pretty hard. However, I was really starting to lose the battle with diabetes. Anyway, after reading this thread and a few other websites I somehow got very motivated to taking my fitness level to the next level. Back in Sept. I set a goal to try a triathlon this year (2009). So far, I've lost 25lbs (trying to lose another 10lbs before showtime, LOL). I bike, run and swim everyday. I've reduced my weightlifting to 2-3 times a week.

When I started, I couldn't run more than a mile (my knees and ankles). I've relearned how to run and I'm up to 10 miles. I couldn't swim (I would completely panic once my head was in the water) I'm now swimming fairly good (still a long ways to go). My biking has greatly improved as well.

The best news, my Type II has virtually disappeared (for now). I'm taking less than a 1/3 the meds I was taking for years.

I am rooting for all of you and your individual battles. I just wanted to share my progress (maybe brag a small amount, LOL).

Thank you for letting me and good luck.
Rhonda, Are you also on the RV forums?
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No, I'm not. Should I be ??

Two years ago we rented an RV and took our two teenagers (daughter & son) and Golden Retreiver to the Sun Bowl. We took two weeks. Not sure if the kids would agree, but DW and I had a blast. Mind you, it took two days for the Golden to get over his car sickness. But after that even he had a great time.
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Old 01-13-2009, 09:43 PM   #1251
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No, I'm not. Should I be ??

Two years ago we rented an RV and took our two teenagers (daughter & son) and Golden Retreiver to the Sun Bowl. We took two weeks. Not sure if the kids would agree, but DW and I had a blast. Mind you, it took two days for the Golden to get over his car sickness. But after that even he had a great time.
No you don't have to be if you don't want to. I was asking because there was a Rhonda on the RV net that used to be on alot but I haven't been on in a while and thought you might be one in the same.If I recall, Rich in Tampa was on a few times as maybe others.Thanks for the reply and have a Happy and safe New Year!
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1/23: 196.8 17.1% body fat.
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7/30: 191.8 16.0%
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11/12: 195.2 17.1%
11/19: 195.0 17.0%
11/26: 195.6 17.1%
12/03: 198.2 17.8%
12/10: 196.6 16.8%
12/17: 197.6 16.5%
1/07: 200.6 17.9%
1/14: 200.0 18.0%

Goal: 190.0 15.3%

Not too bad -- nearly identical to last week. I'm still not really exercising because I can't walk without a limp because of my broken toe. And my shoulder surgery is this coming Monday. I was able to do some stationary bike riding and ab work. I'm hoping that next week my foot might feel well enough to do some lunges, or walking, or something.

If I can make it through the next 3 months (includes 6 weeks in a sling) within spitting distance of 200 lbs, I'll take that as a win.
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I fell off the wagon during the holidays, but want to track my weight more consistently this year. Down 9 lbs now, after stuffing myself all through the holidays; not a bad start.

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Dec 27 08 68.2 kgs (150.04 lbs)
Jan 7 09 66.6 kgs (146.52 lbs)
Jan 14 09 67.3 kgs (148.06 lbs)

Goal: 60kgs (132lbs) - by the end of February.
Unfortunately I gained this week due to 4 days of being bad. Went out on the booze on Friday night, and boy has it had an impact for the next 4 days. Poor diet, inability to exercise, non-existent sleep. It's a sure sign for me that binge drinking is never going to feature in my future. It's not like the good old days in my 20s when I could drink huge amounts with no affect.

However I did have my body fat measured again by my trainer and in the past month I have lost nearly 1% of fat which is good. I think overall I have lost 3.5 lbs of body fat, which whilst it does not sound like much, when you actually see a physical lb of fat you realise what an achievement each pound is.

So tomorrow I am back into routine, cardio plus recording all my foods.
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Feeling discouraged

Trying to get to 133#.
Last week I was 141 #.
This week: 140#. It's progress, but it's awfully hard-won. It seems like it would be very easy to gain the pound right back!

Since last week, nary a sweet has passed my lips, I've limited myself to 1500 calories a day (yogurt, lean meat, whole grains, fruit, vegetables), worked out in the gym 5 days, and gone for at least a 3-mile walk on the days I didn't work out. I've been feeling rather hungry, too.

So when I stepped on the scale today, I was expecting a drop of at least 3 pounds.

How do others keep this up week after week?
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If I can make it through the next 3 months (includes 6 weeks in a sling) within spitting distance of 200 lbs, I'll take that as a win.
With the luck you've been having, you'll probably sprain your tongue with all that spitting

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Since last week, nary a sweet has passed my lips, I've limited myself to 1500 calories a day (yogurt, lean meat, whole grains, fruit, vegetables), worked out in the gym 5 days, and gone for at least a 3-mile walk on the days I didn't work out. I've been feeling rather hungry, too.

How do others keep this up week after week?
I guess we must be a tough bunch

Seriously, don't give up, it will happen. If, after a few weeks you are not losing weight, maybe check how accurately you are measuring your calorie intake. for example, you may count an apple as 50 cals but the usual apple you get in the shops is 100 cals (3.25" across rather than 2.5")


6' 1" Target range 170 - 175.

Highest was 210lb (2002)

10/08 - 176
10/15 - 176.5
10/22 - 175
10/29 - away
11/5 – 180
11/12 – 176.5
11/19 & 11/26 - away on business & vacation
12/3 - 177
12/10 -178.5
12/17 - 176.5
12/20 - 1/4 - away on vacation
1/7 - 180.0
1/14 - 178.5

phew, managed to start moving down.
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Trying to get to 133#.
Last week I was 141 #.
This week: 140#. It's progress, but it's awfully hard-won. It seems like it would be very easy to gain the pound right back!

Since last week, nary a sweet has passed my lips, I've limited myself to 1500 calories a day (yogurt, lean meat, whole grains, fruit, vegetables), worked out in the gym 5 days, and gone for at least a 3-mile walk on the days I didn't work out. I've been feeling rather hungry, too.

So when I stepped on the scale today, I was expecting a drop of at least 3 pounds.

How do others keep this up week after week?
It's not easy! For me, the trick is letting myself enjoy bad food every now and again, then getting right back on the diet/exercise wagon.

Also, keep in mind that the less weight you have to lose, the harder it is to lose it. I started out at 139# October 2007. Got down to 133# by January 2008. Got down to 125# by March 2008. Since then I have fluctuated between 124# and 128#, with one bump up higher recently - so I got a little more serious about my diet.

Overall, some weeks I had no weight loss at all, despite being very very good. When I lost weight, it was never more than 1 or 2# a week.

So I guess my main point is, don't expect large weight losses every week, slow and steady and persistent wins the game.
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