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Saturday, April 7th, 2012
2:19 pm
10k Race
Hey everybody!

Thought I'd make another attempt to revive this group.

Earlier this year I decided to continue challenging myself from last year's 5k race by entering into a 10-km race series.  That's right, got off my tail 3-times over the course of 3months to take part in it.

Here's the results and a breakdown of what all happened:

Race 1:
Woke-up early, excited, motivated and primed to go.  Showed up with enough time to get in a short warm-up before taking my place at the head of the crowd.  Spent most of the race trailing a small group.  used them to keep pace and eventually met up with them and broke ahead.  adrenaline of a new challenge was definitely working in my favour today.
Finishing time: 52m22s

Race 2:
5-more minutes of sleep.... 5-more minutes... okay i'll just close my eyes and rest... x_x
Wasn't my best day.  I showed up at the last possible moment.  No time for warm up.  just chugged some water and went for it.  As i was walking from my car, i heard the starting horn.  FML.  I was the last person to cross the starting line and spent the first 10-15minutes of the race bobbing-and-weaving through the crowd.  about halfway through the 2nd lap, I was about to shit my pants.  all-around bad performance.
Finishing time: 54m47s

Grand Finale:
Made it a point to get up early and have a proper warming up.  I knew i had to do better than my previous performance.  Took my place towards the start of the line and had a decent run.  There was some significant course changes which made it more interesting.  My timing and pace just clicked.  I set a new personal best time for the 5k distance, then ran out of steam near the end of the final lap, but still managed to sprint the last 100m, passing 2 people with that burst and breaking another that had been on my heels the last 3ks.
Final Time:  52m45s
Not as good as the first time around, but still better than the previous leg which left me quite stoked.

Next big adventure:
Starting at the end of July, carrying a backpack from the southern bit of Norway to somewhere up North...a distance of roughly 2000kms in around 6-7weeks.
It's 10-weeks until I fly to Europe.  So not much time to get used to walking ~50ks a day with a medium-weight pack upand down hills.  Wish me luck and give me some motivation!!

Sunday, July 31st, 2011
1:40 pm
Today was the 5k I've been training for over the past couple of months.
I don't have my official time yet, but I want to say that I was still close to what I did last month at the practice one.  I had some issues come up in my personal life and haven't really had the motivation to get out the past 2-3 weeks.  This week however I made the decision to re-commit and did 6ks each day for the past 4 days to get back into the groove.

Thanks everyone who's followed along, offered words or encouragement, or has been there before to set the way.
I'll update with some pics and an official time once it's been posted.

Current Mood: cheerful
Monday, June 27th, 2011
3:13 am
Progress Update
Hey everybody who's been reading up on this lately.

Just thought I'd pop back in with a quick update of how my training has been going.
i've got just about another month left to train.  last weekend i decided to participate in a trial race, giving myself only about a half-day's notice.

I was excited and nervous. Managed to get a place at the front of the pack even. my partner and running buddy looked at the map of the course, and came up with a strategy for tackling it. The outline showed the first third of the course to be mostly flat with some variation of ups-and-downs, but nothing overall challenging. then roughly 800m of steep downhill followed by some more moderate flat which eventually carried back uphill.

the race started off quite well for me. it must've been the adrenaline rush from doing something new and exciting. then however, something unexpected. the course was being done backwards from what it was listed as!! i suddenly found myself staring up from the foot of a g*dd*mn mountain!! I was feeling good after having run a really good first section, so I 'embraced the suck', dug deep and decided to give it hell. about 3/4 of the way up, it claimed victory on me. after a brisk walk to the top, i realized i hadn't lost too much momentum. those who had also been struggling beside me weren't gaining any distance on me. once at the top i tried my damnedest to regain my pace but was pretty much spent.

i pushed forward tho and kept focused on the ground in front of me. a little bit too focused perhaps. somehow i managed to let an entire bus stop sneak up on me. gave my arm and should a decenter smacking, and i have a red bruise partway down my arm. luckily nobody else noticed or was concerned enough to enquire or laugh. ^^ i didn't notice any more mile markers, i smiled for the lady with the camera, and next thing i knew, i was could see the finish line coming closer.

once i crossed over it took me longer than expected to recover. the smells of everything were too much for my stomach to handle. after washing my face, putting warm sleeves on my arms, and walking for a while, i finally felt really good.

i finished with an official time of 26mi5s which placed me 36th out of 279.

Since the race I've picked up my training- and warm-up paces substantially.  I've done a bit of speed training on the track, learned that even when it rains it's not so bad, and tomorrow I'm gonna try and go for a 9km run.

Something tells me i'm gonna need a massive feed after that one!! lol

Current Mood: geeky
Sunday, May 29th, 2011
5:59 pm
8-weeks left to go!
So i've committed myself to doing a 5k race.
it will be taking place the final weekend of july.
the gives me 8-weeks to get myself up to where i want to be.

on friday I did my usual 2-miles in the gym, then that evening i decided to go along with the bf for his run.
we did a 5k loop by our house and estimate the time to be around 25-minutes.
i felt pretty good about the pace and feel i still have room for improvement.

now I know that on the road, i can handle the distance if i keep myself properly paced, and that hills aren't going to be as difficult as i always led myself to believe.

my strategy will be doing 3 days of running each week  [at least one distance run, and one speed intervals], with three days of misc weights and core strengthening between those, and a day of rest wherever i need to put it.

wanted to keep you guys up to date with the process and would love to hear some feedback, questions, or comments.

Thanks for reading.


Current Mood: optimistic
Thursday, May 19th, 2011
7:44 am
**blows off the dust and removes the thick layer of cobwebs**
Just a quick post here.  I'll re-introduce myself as it's been quite a while since I've plastered anything here.
I'll be 27 next month, i'm currently around 168#, and 5'11".
At my heaviest was just over 10years ago when i was in high school.  220#.
It's been a long bumpy ride, and I've had varying success over the years.

The hardest part for me was originally taking the weight off and changing my habits for the better.

What worked for me?
Actually getting outside of the gym!!
Everytime I went, it felt too much like work, and I didn't enjoy it as much as i could have.  Don't get me wrong, i liked going, but I found myself spending more time in the sauna and hot tub than using the equipment.  And that wasn't really benefiting me any.  If anything it just turned my gym membership into a pool membership.
I started with doing more of the physical activities i do like.
Tennis, walking, and bike riding.
When I quit thinking about exercise, I saw that I was being more active and having more fun.  It sounds retarded, but it worked for me.

Impossible habits to break:

Eating the foods I want, when I want.
I still struggle with it today and I have a feeling I always will!!
Your body craves salt, sugar, and carbs. there's no sense in denying yourself those.  you need them for energy.
i tried to be "healthy" and not eat too much when I went on an all day bike ride with my best friend.  at the end i was completely exhausted and barely able to move.  i laughed at him when he ordered a 2nd cheeseburger at lunchtime, but 5hrs later, i was regretting not having done the same!

I love to feel full. pastas with meat and sauce are my weakness and guilty pleasure. lasagne and pizza especially.
To work around that, I save the food I know I'll eat too much of for special occasions or limit it to once every week or two.
I tell myself that I'll appreciate it more if I don't have it everyday like i want.
By telling myself I can only overindulge sometimes, I'm actively reminding myself that my body doesn't always need all this extra stuff inside it.  And can therefore be content with eating less of something else.

Sweets and lollies
Nothing to me beats going to the cinema with a bag of chewy gummies and a big bucket of coke. or even just picking up a bag of sweets to nibble on while making dinner.
To cope I've switched to treats that are made with sugar and other 'real ingredients' opposed to corn syrups and chemicals. same with sodas.
Also I don't buy the big bottles of coke anymore, instead I get the 20oz bottles and only have the one a day (if any).  which is typically when i go out for lunch with friends--also no refills, and just the normal size drink.  I don't drink diet coke because I feel it tastes flat, and eventually makes me hungrier.  Also I offer to share my candy with whoever else is around.  I still get the satisfaction of eating a whole bag, but a few pieces aren't going to be noticeably missed.

Staying up all night, sleeping away half the day; what could be more relaxing--especially for a weekend or random day off?
Just because half the day is wasted, doesn't mean the entire day should be a total loss!  Big rest, perhaps go on a big adventure.  If the weather's nice I see if anyone's up for an activity.  Day at the beach, hike through the woods, meeting up and going for a long walk around town, or a few games of tennis.  Sometimes even a walk on my own to get lunch at the mall rather than drive.

Having friends around who enjoy doing more than sitting at home playing video games or spend all day trolling on-line while binge-drinking is a great benefit as well.  While I still enjoy those things, I feel better about myself when I keep active.  That's what keeps me going.

Current fitness goals is to put on some more muscle, and bring in the definition.  There's a 5k race I want to participate in at the end of July!!  If I manage to finish at a new personal best time I would be super ecstatic.

Challenges I'll have to overcome in the process:
Running has never been my forte.
Knees can be a bit touch-and-go from years of tennis and rough bicycling as a kid.
Just spent a month on-holiday in China, drank too much beer, ate too much food, and smoked too many cigarettes!!

Plan of Attack:
As of this Monday I committed myself to a new fitness regime. HIIT sprint-interval training to improve cardio fitness, drop excess fats, and improve speed/endurance.  Emphasis on core strengthening exercises for overall performance and personal aesthetics.  Upper body strength training to keep a balanced physique.
My partner is being super supportive and isn't rushing me to start back working just yet.  He himself is training for an Iron Man competition, so he's keeping me motivated in wanting to be the best I can be.

Current Mood: optimistic
Thursday, November 18th, 2010
7:33 am
I've been slipping badly...

I had not been to the gym in a couple of months and let my weight get up again, 248 this time.

So enough of that shit, I started using the ActivTrax (www.ActivTrax.com) program at my local gym to help me get the gym clutter out of my head. I pretty much helps me set up a routine each workout and it has really helped me stay on task. I have been lifting for so many years and times have changed so much that I really found myself lost for what to do in the gym. It was a humbling experiance.

I am down to 240 now and it's only been a couple of weeks, I hope I can get under 220 but that will be tough being 6'3" tall. I haven't been that low since college in 1987.

Current Mood: accomplished
Tuesday, September 8th, 2009
2:39 pm
Hi there.
Going to try to make this as short as possible.

I'm just looking for tips or someone who knows anything.

I'm trying to lose a bit of "chub" on my stomach, back(fat), and sides. I'd love to have a flat stomach, but that isn't the huge thing. I just want to at least lose the back fat and the blub that's on my sides. (And thighs? I have... womanly... thighs)

Age: 21 (about to hit 22 in Oct)
Weight (around since i took it with my heavy pants on): 190
Height: 5 foot 5 inches

I have gone over to my apartment's gym, doing the treadmill for a good 40 minutes and doing the biking for 30 minutes. I'm not the most in shape guy, so I tired out a bit. I love to swim, but it's starting to get cold. :\

Anyone with suggestions or tips or something? I'm going into this without really any knowledge. Don't have money to really go to a nutritionist and the internet is full of scams.

Current Mood: discontent
Tuesday, February 10th, 2009
8:47 am
Wolf Run
I'm on a 15 month quest to do 1,500 miles on the treadmill.  Nine days I've done over 41 miles, only 1,459 to go!

Calories on exercise equipment:  Someone (my other half) I'm very pleased I have got to work out comes and runs with me on the treadmill.  He found a different brand of treadmill in the gym and is encouraging me to try it.  His logic is that I burn off only 800 calories running for an hour at 5.5 mph on a 4-6% slope (cybex ) while he is burning off 950 calories on this treadmill (lifestyle) at 4.2 mph on a 4% slope. *lol* I found that funny but I don't want to discourage him so I didn't point out there is a small logical flaw there!

I find the calories are mostly useful when comparing the relative amount of effort expended on the same piece of equipment. Does anyone have any comments on the meaningfulness/usefulness of the calorie counters? I can't help watching the calories and I'll confess reaching a high calorie count is motivating.
Sunday, January 4th, 2009
5:19 am
It's been just over two years since my last serious workout.

From spring 2003 to September 2006 I embarked on an effort to get healthy.  I chose to explore the amateur bodybuilding realm, taking some supplements, eating the right foods, doing the right exercises.  This post is a quick notation of what I've realized to be my biggest weakness:  food.

In recognizing that up to 75% of a bodybuilder's success revolves around their diet, I made an effort to follow that principle by altering my eating habits.  For the last year of my journey, I behaved quite admirably with my diet.  While I LOVED Mcdonald's, pizza, sodas, sweets, etc, my willpower got more of a workout than my body did.  After a while it got easier, and I passed by a Mickey D's every day for three months without even stepping inside.  I sought out substitutes for the foods I loved, not always finding that which I wanted (a cucumber doesn't make for a candy bar).  I literally made myself sick with those protein shakes, and mixed creatine with my liquid breakfast. 

I hung up the barbells in September 2005 when my then-girlfriend said I'd become an "asshole" since I started this regimen.  Looking back, perhaps she was right.  But what she calls "asshole", I call "confidence"; but that's a post for another time.

Upon reflection, I've come to realize that I derive a far greater sense of satisfaction from food than I do from working out.  It just so happens that the vast majority of the foods I enjoy most, are horribly bad for me.  I don't consider myself a "foodie" by any stretch of the imagination, I just simply enjoy what I enjoy.   Recently I've noticed a real joy from eating, the taste and sensations I get from some foods are almost intoxicating.  I never got this much joy from a workout...ever.   If I have to make a choice between the food or the fitness, in terms of quality of life, the food comes out the champion.

With that said, I am fortunate that for the most part, I am still relatively active and decent looking, and can probably trim up again in a few months if I put my mind and soul into it.   There is a bit of a pear shape going on around my midriff, and my pecs aren't as stout as they used to be.  My stamina isn't quite up to par, either.  I know I pay a price for my joy of food, and one of those prices could very well be a sense of being "weighted down" and not in the good way. 

Every so often I get a mild desire to get fit again, but the old fire just isn't there anymore.  Two years ago I got satisfaction from seeing the results of my hard work and sacrifice in the mirror.  Today that is but a shadow of the satisfaction I get from nomming a pizza or double cheeseburger (or ice cream or shake or candy bar etcetc).

If anyone has any advice to help me overcome this mountain, where I can still enjoy good food AND get trim again (most of it has to come from deep inside me, I know), then I'm alll ears.
Tuesday, December 30th, 2008
1:06 am
Come on, furs...It's the new year!  While I'm not big on resolutions, it's good to reflect on where we'd like to be health and fitness-wise by the end of the year.  So post it in the comments or make your own resolution post in the group!

Personally, I'd like to:

 - Get to below 10% body fat for at least a short period of time
 - Deadlift 400lbs once
 - Climb a 5.11b or 5.11c wall or cliff
 - Lift my bodyweight overhead in a Clean and Jerk, Press, or Snatch
 - Do a kipping muscle up on rings from a dead hang


Current Mood: bouncy
Monday, December 8th, 2008
9:52 pm
Going on my 2nd Exercise Cycle: My quest to GAIN weight!
Hello all, I am just beginning my second cycle of exercise, towards an overall goal to gain weight! I am six feet tall and I am aiming for a lean weight of 180 pounds.

This is Day 5 of my exercise program. I am weighing in at 160 lbs. That is up from 135 pounds in my "Year of Hell" 2005, down from my rugby weight of 165 (summer 2007), and down 12 pounds from my highest 172 last spring.

The lost weight isn't much concern to me even if I am now trying to gain again. When I was at 172 I was carrying a bit extra. My last cycle which began in October hit cardio 1st, so now I am quite lean at 160. Most of my lifts are at their heaviest. I am pressing with bodyweight for the first time, still working on bring my squats to 1.5xbw. All of these are highs for me though they may not seem spectacular.

The one area where I am not quite as strong is in the back, which is kind of odd. My chinup numbers are down. I get fatigued in the single digits though I do not know where failure is. My best in this category is 18 to failure.

Adding weight to my frame is one of the key goals again this time. My diet this week is nearing the 6,000 calorie/day mark that I aim for. I was real moody last week as my system adjusted to the new diet.... There is always a lag when asking the system to move that much food, and that means constipation. Well, probably TMI there.

This Cycle Two starts with something I call Staggered Lifting -- this means that the weight and reps I use continually varies. There are 28 actual workout days in the program, which means that with breaks and holidays I'll be on it through January. I put two programs in each cycle and a break in between cycles: first a volume program like staggered or pyramid lifting followed by a shorter non-volume program.

There are two best options for what form of non-volume training I chose to end this cycle with. They are dynamic lifting (which I am leaning to) with its conventional lifts using moderate weights and high speeds, or olympic lifting (which I have never done before but would like to try). I may opt for the dynamic program and throw in some olympic lifting with moderate weight to see if I can get the technique down. Those lifts require a LOT of coordination and can be dangerous.
Sunday, September 14th, 2008
11:26 pm
So I'm curious, do we have many cyclists out there? I decided this summer was a great time to get a new bike. That is, when the hubby was out of town and couldn't chew me out for spending too much money. It's worked out alright, though. I've since talked HIM into getting one which means I didn't have to feel guilty spending more on extra gear. Now all we need is the car rack! Anywho, for me it's a great supplement to the aerobic workout -- I did learn to love jogging, but I've ALWAYS loved taking my bike out (well, up until I got a car). Given where I live, this is strictly for fun right now, but after we move next year I'd seriously consider doing the work commute via bike.

Anybody else?
Sunday, May 4th, 2008
12:13 pm
Needing Help
I saw some of my friends belonged to this community and figured why the heck not?

I'm Thorn, and I've experienced some rapid weight gain over the last couple months and it seems that it's only getting worse.

I was living on my own for awhile and working from home and kind of being a hermit for awhile and oddly I think this is where a lot of my recent weight gain happened. I was already heavier than I wanted to be, at 132 lbs (I'm 4'11", I've been a stable 105 lbs for years, but I'd be happy at 115-120), but then I moved and I didn't have everyday access to a scale and it wasn't until when I went to the doctor a couple of months ago I realized I had ballooned up to 156 lbs! On my small frame this is just..terrible. I had to buy 'fat clothes' and ended up crying in the dressing room wondering how I let myself get this bad.

I'm only 23 and I weigh as much as my mom did when she was in her 40's and I'm smaller than her. Clothes don't fit right and above all, I worry about my health.

With my dad's recent stroke I figured that was a wakeup call to start taking better care of myself. Before that I've eliminated fast food out of my diet, have been drinking milk and water, no sodas save for the occasional rum and coke (generally the only time I'll drink a soda), and have been more active in my "hikes" at school and also around the lake where I live, though I could do a lot more. The problem is finding the right motivation. I'll go on this exercise regiment for a week and then peter out and go back to my lazy ways again.

I've recently plateaued at 140-142 and don't know what else I can do to keep the weight loss moving. Yesterday I went to a chili cook off in my town and went up to 145 but hopefully that's just temporary weight. This is generally what my meals are like:

Breakfast: Bowl of cereal usually special K or Honey Bunches of Oats, roughly 160 calories
Lunch: Either no lunch or a 90 calorie granola bar
Dinner: Usually some kind of lean chicken dish, home cooked

I keep sweet intake low and if I have cookies I stick with the suggested serving size on the package, and this isn't an every day thing.

I think a lot of my problem is also beer. I've had more of a social life lately compared to my solitary days of being a hermit and when I'm social I drink. When I'm alone, I don't really. And beer is such a social beverage. I need to cut a lot of beer out of my diet but its so hard when everyone else is drinking a nice carbonated beverage and not only are you trying to avoid beer but the empty calories of soda, and water just doesn't cut it. I'll try to have orange juice to help but that's just pure sugar.

I also need to come up with some better exercises I can do at home rather than going to a gym because I live out in the middle of nowhere. Not to mention I am /horribly shy/.

Ideally I want to be 120. 120 is still a little heavier on my frame, but I'd be healthier. I think I've gained some muscle recently, which I can only hope for, but I still want to be able to wear size 5 jeans again. Right now I'm at an 8, possibly bigger.

I refuse to buy more 'fat clothes', because that's just giving in to the uncontrollable weight gain. On more than one occasion I've had to call in "fat" to work because my work clothes didn't fit. How embarrassing!

I hope this community helps keep me motivated. :3 Thanks all for listening!
Thursday, April 24th, 2008
7:35 am
After the Slim
'ello there, newbie to the group here :) Over the last three months I've been doing a sponsored slim through work. Through diet regulation (basically cutting out the crap) I've managed to slim down nicely, but the routine I put in place during that period has carried over into everyday life, and is working rather nicely :)

Here's table of weight loss over the three months of the slim, for the record I'm 6'3" tall :)

Date Weight (lbs) Loss/Gain

The last time I weighed myself was on Friday morning, and my weight then was 262, switching from Monday to Friday weigh-ins should give me a basis on which to carry on, I shall still be keeping a record and hopefully another table.

My feeling at the moment is that I'd like to lose some further weight before I have knee surgery in the summer - 'cause it frustrates the hell out of me that I can't do any kind of serious aerobic exercise in order to lose further weight - but hopefully once I've had the surgery I can be back on the pitch in no time :)

The routine will continue and I shall probably add to this over time :)

Current Mood: pleased
Saturday, March 15th, 2008
1:05 pm
Trainer Session
Wow, I haven't posted here in foreverish (me and...most every other member I think). I first joined just over a year ago when I started a Body for Life program. When I started, I tended to hover in the 250-260 lb range, and I got myself down to 225-230 lb. I actually managed to maintain it over the fall and winter, and have recently started up a new challenge. This time around, though, I thought I'd join a local gym--the facilities are basic, but it's quite affordable, and it's nice to bring some variety into the workout (not to mention being able to jog INDOORS in the winter).

As part of their new member plan, I got a free trainer session which I decided to take advantage of this past week. I was a little hesitant when greeted by Paige, this tiny little woman with an almost squeaky voice, but actually she was great help. We touched up on a little bit of my lifting "But you probably know all that stuff already" "Well, not really, so any tips are great!" She basically confirmed that I have very good form on a lot of what I've been doing, and then gave me some new things to work into routine.

Paige's biggest suggestions were to up the cardio and to focus more on core. She said to get away from the classic ab stuff like crunches and such, and instead work on a more 'holistic' core program (my choice of word there). She gave me a few new exercises, and some modifications I can do to current ones (like doing free weight curls on a bosu to add in a balance element). The cardio...I may take it or leave it. My 'plan' so far has served me well, though there is always room for improvement. Change is certainly good, too, when it comes to the workout.

All in all, she declared that I was actually in really good shape (not to mention surprisingly flexible), and as far as trimming up it really is just a battle of calories in-calories out. I am pleased!

Current Mood: accomplished
Wednesday, October 24th, 2007
1:05 am
Day 188, weigh in...
6-24-2007 8-13-2007 8-26-2007 9-9-2007 9-23-2007 10-7-2007 10-21-2007 11-4-2007 11-11-2007
Weight 256 lbs 288 lbs 266 lbs 263 lbs 253 lbs 245 lbs 237 lbs
Chest 46 in 51 in 47.5 47 in 46 in 45.5 in 45 in
Waist 43 in 46 in 44 in 44 in 43 in 42 in 41.5 in
Belly 46 in 50 in 48 in 47 in 46 in 45.5 in 45 in
Arm 14.75 in 15.5 in 14.5 in 14.5 in 14 in 14 in 14 in
Thigh 27 in 28 in 27 in 26.5 in 26 in 25.5 in 25 in
Neck 16.75 in 17.5 in 17 in 17 in 16.5 in 16.5 in 16 in

237 pounds--almost 130 pounds down from the original starting point--over a year ago now. The last time I was in my 230s was June 2004.

That's just 22 pounds away from my final goal--215 pounds. I think that I can hit 225 by Midwest Furfest. Likewise, I think that I may toss the "it's a con, a con's a vacation" mindset this one time and try to retain my focus that weekend, so the bounce is minimal. I'd really like to be 215 by the time I go home to Michigan for the winter holiday--if just so I can claim the 150-pound-loss title.

As a reference, those are the shorts I've been weighing in this whole time. Those are the shorts that I was wearing the night I first stepped on that scale. That night, they were tight, and I had to wear them under the gut. Now, they're barely hanging on and only serve as a frame for each weigh in.
Tuesday, October 9th, 2007
12:03 pm
Day 174, weigh in
6-24-2007 8-13-2007 8-26-2007 9-9-2007 9-23-2007 10-7-2007 10-21-2007 11-4-2007 11-11-2007
Weight 256 lbs 288 lbs 266 lbs 263 lbs 253 lbs 245 lbs
Chest 46 in 51 in 47.5 47 in 46 in 45.5 in
Waist 43 in 46 in 44 in 44 in 43 in 42 in
Belly 46 in 50 in 48 in 47 in 46 in 45.5 in
Arm 14.75 in 15.5 in 14.5 in 14.5 in 14 in 14 in
Thigh 27 in 28 in 27 in 26.5 in 26 in 25.5 in
Neck 16.75 in 17.5 in 17 in 17 in 16.5 in 16.5 in

245 pounds, I'm wearing XL's and 42's again. My chest and belly measurements are just 1.5 inches away from the lowest I was in 2003--all feels well here.

As of now, it just feels like I'm on auto-pilot here: just keep doing what I'm doing and wait for the last 30 pounds to drop off. The next big test will be this coming weekend--my conference in Kansas City. If I can make it through that one without going apeshit on food, I should be fine.

Thirty nine days until Midwest Furfest. I'm not sure if I'll hit 215 by then. 225, maybe.
Sunday, September 23rd, 2007
10:32 am
I've been on and off the wagon here for a few years. Last Labor Day, I stepped on the scale and saw 356 pounds, so I declared war. I had falls off in November, February, and June, before diving back in August and continuing the push. Most of the links are internal on my own LJ. Add me if you want to be added, so you can read them.

I restarted started this twenty three weeks ago. Adjusting for the time, this is day 160...

6-24-2007 8-13-2007 8-26-2007 9-9-2007 9-23-2007 10-7-2007 10-21-2007 11-4-2007 11-11-2007
Weight 256 lbs 288 lbs 266 lbs 263 lbs 253 lbs
Chest 46 in 51 in 47.5 47 in 46 in
Waist 43 in 46 in 44 in 44 in 43 in
Belly 46 in 50 in 48 in 47 in 46 in
Arm 14.75 in 15.5 in 14.5 in 14.5 in 14 in
Thigh 27 in 28 in 27 in 26.5 in 26 in
Neck 16.75 in 17.5 in 17 in 17 in 16.5 in

June 24, I got on the scale and was at 256. I then started the big slide. Now, three months after starting the slide, I'm out of it. This is it--new territory. The last time I pushed, I burned out at 256. I'm now at a weight I've not seen since mid 2004--right before I moved out of Eric and David's place. It's both scary and exciting at the same time.

I must confess: I kept one item from the old wardrobe, my shorts. The shorts you see me taking pictures in are the same shorts I've tried to use all along--a pair of 3XLs. Those were the shorts that were tight on me on September 5, 2006, when I decided to start this. Those were the ones I was wearing in April, when I restarted this. I want to keep them as a sort of frame, if you will--a way to see what I've done here.

It's strange to think that I'm approaching a goal:

From September 5, 2006...

I was talking with a friend last night, and the topic of weight came up. So this morning, I decided to step on the scale, which I've not done in ages.

365 pounds. I felt sick when I saw the number, almost shocked into disbelief.
Just looking at that number, and realizing that I need to beat it down, it feels defeating before it starts. In the past, I've just had to lose about 50 pounds or so. But now, I'm looking at at least 115 pounds.

115 pounds. That's a person.

The original goal was 250 pounds. Then, I'd have been happy with 250. Now, at 253, it's not that I'm unhappy, but I want more. I want to push this.

I want 225. I may even want 215.

As I've been doing this, I've had food in the house. I have a new bag of frozen Chinese dumplings and fried mozzarella sticks in the freezer. I've had a king size Snickers bar in the pantry. I've got two bottles of Vault in the icebox. And in the last six weeks, I've not been tempted by them once. I know that I still have control issues around food--I learned that at MFM. In spite of those control issues, I know that I can control them; otherwise, I'd not be here. I think I can push this. I can keep going. The last time I was 225 was 2001, when I essentially started using the gym as my replacement routine activity after being laid off from Lucent. The lowest I got then was 215--forty more pounds.

If I could push down to 215, I'd have lost an accumulated total of 150 pounds from the time I started this.

It's so tempting, if just to say that I did it...then maintained it.
Saturday, August 25th, 2007
10:41 am
Furry Fitness!
Hi, I'm Sly the Foxamander, and next week at MFM I will be hosting a furry fitness panel.

There's some stereotypes going around that a lot of furries, if not the majority, are both fat and lazy. Well...ok well maybe that's partly true. :P However, the purpose of the furry fitness panel is to beat those stereotypes! There are two panels this year at MFM, one on Saturday, the other on Sunday, and both start at 9 a.m. The furry fitness panels will be hosted in the hotel gym, which is located in the Executive suites area, across from where the Consuite was last year. The panels will start with a 30 minute discussion on how to start getting fit and stay that way and how to lose weight effectively. The next 30 minutes will involve a short workout, starting with a good stretch, then a short jog around the hotel. I'm told it's rather hot and humid in Memphis these days, so we'll stick to the inside of the hotel, probably just a couple laps around the executive suites. Depending on how many furs attend, we may just use the cardio equipment in the gym. Afterwards, we'll go back into the gym and do a short workout with the weight equipment provided, and then follow up with another stretch so we all don't ache our way through the rest of the con. Sound like fun? Dress in your workout clothes and come join me!

Current Mood: excited
Friday, August 17th, 2007
8:33 am
Working up, not down!
Just joined so I thought I'd say HI!

Is anyfur in the same boat as me, working to gain not to lose? Being underweight is a seldom talked-about health issue, one that I have struggled with personally. It sucks to be left out of sports or to be considered unattractive for any weight issue. So I took matters into my own hands after college. Tried dozens of programs, got physically active despite sucking at everything, and managed to gain a handful of pounds in four years.

Then in 2005, life dealt me a series of very hard blows. My weight dropped back to the low-bound weight of my college days. I regained traction in life, then fought back tooth and claw. I began what I dubbed my Tiger Way, which is a mix of weights, diet, and cardio. Finally I hit on what works for my body, patterned after the big cats! This brought me to gain 28 solid pounds in two years.

Those are results but the process takes patients. Inching along with little over 1 new pound showing on the scale each month was discouraging. But I had found Furry (yes, Furry!), it helped me accept myself and my path. Fundamental and lasting changes to your body are possible, even after your growing years. You are not just stuck as you are.

I am still walking my path. My goal lays just to the right of the median arrow, but if I can keep it lean and tight I'd sure like to hit 190. We'll see! Any support for my new goal would be deeply appreciated. :-)
Current stats
age   : 29
height: 6'0"
weight: 165
sports: union rugby, mountain biking
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