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Okay. Today (Monday) I started up Insanity again. This time I will go the entire 60 days without stopping.

The last time I did Insanity was back in September or October and stopped after a month and a half (and 35 lbs). I started out at 285 and dropped to 250. I stopped because I hurt (wrists, knees, feet), I was having trouble keeping to the diet (eating 5x a day...the food was great), got sick, was having trouble finding time to eat consistently at work, and really wanted to pig out for thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years.

No excuses anymore, though. I definitely gained back some weight (I hover between 260 and 265), and want to get down to 200lbs before I stop. I am going to calculate my caloric needs, but chances are I will probably just stick to 1800 calories a day (unless the calculated need is drastically different) because it is easier to make the recipes at 300 cal each (plus my after workout drink).

I did my first workout and am shopping tomorrow for my short list of groceries...I just hope I can get it all done before work. My workouts are going to be at midnight (so I don't have to worry about what time to workout at), and I want to start taking jasper for walks in the morning.

On a side note, I broke down and bought hip hop abs and rockin body. Both are workout videos by Shaun T, and look incredibly fun to do (plus they were cheap). I figure I will throw one of those in on Sundays, with friends, or whenever! They are more dance style workouts to terrible music.

Well, I'll keep you guys posted on my weight loss and such!



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Apr. 30th, 2013 04:16 pm (UTC)
Good luck! I want to give you advice, but I know it's not helpful so I'm using all my restraint to not to.
May. 6th, 2013 05:10 pm (UTC)
Give all the advice you want! Whether helpful or not it is always good to hear because it can spark more research into a greater difference.
May. 9th, 2013 06:10 pm (UTC)
I think most people can tell what will work for them and what won't, so that's why I'm hesitant to give advice. Like for me, counting calories and keeping a food journal was pretty much the key. But I have talked to other people who find the idea of counting calories totally overwhelming, and do better when they try to "just eat healthy", which I'm not even sure what that even means.

And I suspect I would not be motivated enough to stick with an exercise plan, so trying to regularly exercise would probably make me give up on any kind of diet as well. But for people who like it, it's fine. I get super unmotivated to exercise when I compare the amount of work to burn 100 calories (a lot) with the amount of enjoyment to eat 100 calories (minimal).

I get especially concerned when people make (what I consider) weird changes to their diets, like avoiding whole classes of foods or insisting on eating things like protein shakes or omega-3 fatty acids or acai berries. I was only successful when I made sustainable changes to my diet, which involved eating essentially the same things, only in medically-recommended amounts. Being aware of the calorie counts in foods caused me to start adjusting my food choices in presumably healthy ways, for example by eating more vegetables so that I could stay within my calories without being hungry, but I still allow myself to eat what I want. I still can have a Mountain Dew, but only like a can, instead of, you know, liters a day. And I can get a burrito, but I have to plan on either getting a small one or on that being most of my food for the day. I also figure that sensible people pig out on holidays or binge drink at parties, so I let myself do those things, but try to make sure it's not a habit.

I'm also hesitant to give advice, because I lost like 50 pounds in like 6 or 7 months, and then kept it off for...I guess two years now, but even then I've been creeping upward. I sort of bottomed out at 17 lb above my goal weight, and then creeped back up to 25 lb above my goal weight, and have been struggling with the motivation to get rid of the last bit.

Anyway, good luck!
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