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#161 Mackus

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Posted 04 March 2019 - 03:02 PM

How tall are you?

 

Yeah, it's hard. I turn 40 in May and wanted to be in my best shape since college. That was my motivation or else I would be coming out of a 4-5 day long weekend bender myself. And that's every weekend.

 

I'm 5' 11".  I'm not really fat but I've got a gut now when I usually don't and I'm quite out of shape both cardio and strength wise.  Mostly I just need the nice weather to get here quickly and then everything will more or less take care of itself.  I'll start doing more and should slim down.

 

I've done Whole 30 before, at least half-assedly.  My wife did it full throttle, I still drank and didn't worry about meals when I was away from home.  I'm generally against most fad diets, even though I tend to shed weight quickly if I do it, I can go a week or two without carbs and probably drop 10 lb.  I find that I enjoy food too much to really get into many diets.  I am not much for junk food or desserts or snacking, so even if I'm eating a lot of heavy meals, I don't eat all that horribly.



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Posted 04 March 2019 - 04:49 PM

I'm a pizza or two away from being the heaviest I've ever been. It's been a rollercoaster with me. They say when you diet, if you don't keep to it, you put it back on and then some. That's me. I was 318 about 6 years ago. Got down to 285 for my wedding which was 4 and half ago. Hovered around 300 for a year. Got down to 265 3 years ago. Back up to 305 over the next two years. Back down to 280 about 6 months back. Right now I'm about 310, and all the bad things that come with it. Snoring. Gout. Joints hurt, back hurts. Not sleeping through the night. Heartburn every day. Usually 300 is the mark. if I'm 299, I feel great. If I'm 301, all the bad side effects come out. 

 

Instead of a diet, I just need to slow my intake. Old fashioned counting calories and realize the goal I want to be (250ish) isn't going to happen overnight. Or even in a month or two. I could do some gimmick diet and lose 30 pounds in 6 weeks. I'd put 40 back on in the 6 weeks after. 


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Posted 04 March 2019 - 07:03 PM

Last year, I took off the last 14 weeks of the year from running.  This was my longest layoff in 19 years when I was out for almost as long with a stress fracture.  Needed the break both physically and mentally.  I started running again on January 1st (how cliche).  Mainly because I was at home from the shut down and had extra time on my hands.  It wasn't enjoyable for a few weeks but I kept at it, and before I knew it I was back into a routine again.  I haven't ran a marathon since fall of '16  (for many reasons).  I'm not sure yet if I want to do one, but I'm considering and have my eye on something.  It's been going good for the most part but with Spring coming and sports season coming for 3 kids free time is scant which makes it harder.  I'll see what happens, but it feels good to be back into it (even though my tendinitis in my achilles is coming back)

 

One other thing I'll mention is DDP yoga.  I've been doing it for about 6 sometimes 7 days a week for 2 years now and I still love it.  This is probably the strongest I've been since right out of college when I was lifting every day.  My flexibility is also the best it's ever been.  I've plugged this program before and I'll plug it again.  It's great, you get a full body workout and it's doable for any fitness level (no stress on the body at all).  Even when I took my time off from running I was still getting in my yoga and it was helping scratch my itch of still working out.  Need one more plug for it.  Apparently Ed Reed is one of the ambassadors of DDP Yoga and is looking to help get other NFL retirees into doing it.



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Posted 05 March 2019 - 04:08 PM

I'm a pizza or two away from being the heaviest I've ever been. It's been a rollercoaster with me. They say when you diet, if you don't keep to it, you put it back on and then some. That's me. I was 318 about 6 years ago. Got down to 285 for my wedding which was 4 and half ago. Hovered around 300 for a year. Got down to 265 3 years ago. Back up to 305 over the next two years. Back down to 280 about 6 months back. Right now I'm about 310, and all the bad things that come with it. Snoring. Gout. Joints hurt, back hurts. Not sleeping through the night. Heartburn every day. Usually 300 is the mark. if I'm 299, I feel great. If I'm 301, all the bad side effects come out. 

 

Instead of a diet, I just need to slow my intake. Old fashioned counting calories and realize the goal I want to be (250ish) isn't going to happen overnight. Or even in a month or two. I could do some gimmick diet and lose 30 pounds in 6 weeks. I'd put 40 back on in the 6 weeks after. 

Do you drink soda?


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Posted 05 March 2019 - 04:53 PM

Do you drink soda?

No, thankfully.

I probably don’t drink enough water a day, supposed to be a gallon for my size. Maybe I get half that. I’ll get unsweet tea and add a pack of sweetener if I’m out to eat. I drink socially, so a few times a month.
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#166 Russ

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Posted 11 August 2019 - 10:19 AM

I'm finally (and by finally, I mean after 5 years) feeling healthy after some serious health issues that lingered and didn't seem to go away.  Multiple surgeries, VA hospital botching some easy stuff.  After many starts and stops on my return to fitness, I finally am able to physically withstand a regular program.  Anyway, I'd been working out at a Merritt in White Marsh.  It's a fine gym, really.  Nothing to speak ill of.  The people are nice, nice amenities.

 

But my friends at work turned me on to Exile in Rosedale.  And it's the best gym I've ever gone to.  It's big and there's no bullshit.  People don't go there for a social club.  Just a bunch of people putting in work and it has everything that you'd need to get strong.  I love it.  I can't recommend it enough.  If you're in the area, check it out.  It's on 40 by King Liquors.

 

Also, I've gotten back to basics.  Kind of a 5x5 inspired program.  Almost 100% barbell and the results have been fantastic. I am seeing some serious progress, my sleep issues have almost disappeared, mentally I feel the best I have in years, my energy is through the roof and a woman at work told me how good I look.  She was missing the majority of her teeth and smelled bad, but it was encouraging nonetheless.


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Posted 11 August 2019 - 12:30 PM

I'm finally (and by finally, I mean after 5 years) feeling healthy after some serious health issues that lingered and didn't seem to go away. Multiple surgeries, VA hospital botching some easy stuff. After many starts and stops on my return to fitness, I finally am able to physically withstand a regular program. Anyway, I'd been working out at a Merritt in White Marsh. It's a fine gym, really. Nothing to speak ill of. The people are nice, nice amenities.

But my friends at work turned me on to Exile in Rosedale. And it's the best gym I've ever gone to. It's big and there's no bullshit. People don't go there for a social club. Just a bunch of people putting in work and it has everything that you'd need to get strong. I love it. I can't recommend it enough. If you're in the area, check it out. It's on 40 by King Liquors.

Also, I've gotten back to basics. Kind of a 5x5 inspired program. Almost 100% barbell and the results have been fantastic. I am seeing some serious progress, my sleep issues have almost disappeared, mentally I feel the best I have in years, my energy is through the roof and a woman at work told me how good I look. She was missing the majority of her teeth and smelled bad, but it was encouraging nonetheless.


Always glad to hear stories like this. I’m happy for you. Most of any health problems I have stem from weight. But I find myself too busy to workout (bad excuse) or when I do I’m sore for three days so I don’t get in a good routine (another bad excuse)

Did you tell that woman that you are human being with feelings and not a piece of meat looking to be objectified. #metoo ;)
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Posted 11 August 2019 - 12:52 PM

Always glad to hear stories like this. I’m happy for you. Most of any health problems I have stem from weight. But I find myself too busy to workout (bad excuse) or when I do I’m sore for three days so I don’t get in a good routine (another bad excuse)

Did you tell that woman that you are human being with feelings and not a piece of meat looking to be objectified. #metoo ;)

I've got a long way to go, no doubt.  It's been a long time since I was on a dedicated training program.  And I'm working 60 hours a week.  I imagine once the euphoria rubs off, that it's going to be easier for me to make excuses not to train.  

 

I think I've passed a benchmark, though.  It feels like I'm past the "just getting back" phase to "this guy's here 5 days a week every week" phase.  Just got to keep getting in there.


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Posted 19 June 2020 - 07:44 AM

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