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3 years and 185lbs lost Total

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  • OppaloopaOppaloopa Member Posts: 43 Member Member Posts: 43 Member
    Yes wonderful job. Please tell us how you did this.
  • JuanSLOjourneyJuanSLOjourney Member Posts: 53 Member Member Posts: 53 Member
    To be honest, my focus was always on dialing in my food. I was doing a low carb(under 20 net carbs) as well as under 2k calories. After a few months of learning different low carb alternatives and becoming confident in my food menu.(Took about 3 months) I started walking. Goal was just 10k steps a day. Then winter hit so I signed up for the gym. I fiddled around with the machines 3 days a week until I finally sat down and learned the purpose of each exercise. Then I needed to figure out what I wanted to work on. Then put something together for that. So for about 2 years I did 45 minutes of cardio(rotate every month between treadmill, elliptical, and bike) and 45 minutes of weights. I had pretty good success for over a year. I also began coaching youth football and ladies basketball, so that kept me moving more as well.
    Then COVID hit, sports cancelled, gyms closed, work was moved to my house. So I gained back 58 pounds due to my lack of a plan.
    After 5 months I realized that I needed to find a new routing. A new normal. So I bought a NordicTrac that had Ifit built in and begin doing a pure cardio program. That took the weight back off pretty quick. December came around and my treadmill broke. I bought adjustable dumbells and have been doing weights every day(until my treadmill repair man comes next week).
    I think my main thing has always been my food. I was always taught "you can not out train a bad diet" But even more critical for me was not using the word "cheat" as a meal. My new way of thinking was I get a "reward meal" for meeting my goals. And I save those for special occasions.(wife and kids birthdays, anniversary, thanksgiving, christmas)
    The hardest part of everything for me was no rice and beans, or pizza! But with the discovery of Chaffles! I have found that I am not missing out on anything while maintaing a low carb diet and exercising 6-7 days a week. I dont ever really take a "day off" I take an "Active Recovery Day" I go ride bikes with the kids, play football outside, play basketball, go to the beach. I never really just plop down on the couch!

    Not sure if I wrote to much, but that feels like everything!
  • kevchenk01kevchenk01 Member, Premium Posts: 24 Member Member, Premium Posts: 24 Member
    Love your story, you have exceptional determination and mental strength & you look great. Super inspirational 💥💪
  • lynx853lynx853 Member Posts: 65 Member Member Posts: 65 Member
    I dont ever really take a "day off" I take an "Active Recovery Day" I go ride bikes with the kids, play football outside, play basketball, go to the beach. I never really just plop down on the couch!

    Not sure if I wrote to much, but that feels like everything!

    I love this. Making life your exercise. It's what my plan is for long term success as well. Amazing job!
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