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2017-10-20 09:20:57 PM  
What are you eating? Do you have the motivation to exercise?
 
2017-10-20 09:25:45 PM  
Furious masturbation.
 
2017-10-20 09:27:59 PM  

revrendjim: Furious masturbation.


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2017-10-20 09:28:58 PM  
Eat no fast food.

I used canned soup for lunches at work because it is very easy to control portion size and calories. I eventually shifted to a no breakfast intermittent fasting routine i eat lunch at 11:30, dinner around 7:00pm and nothing after that. So basically a 16 hour fast every day. Works for me, might not for you.

You can never work off all the calories. Better to not consume them in the first place. BUT working out gets your body moving and does help you feel better. Try a couch to 5k program or app.

Weigh in every day and enjoy the progress!
 
2017-10-20 09:42:27 PM  
DO A BARREL ROLL
 
2017-10-20 09:45:13 PM  
Cocaine, sushi and power walking.
 
2017-10-20 09:52:17 PM  
Go back to working retail.
 
2017-10-20 09:56:53 PM  
You can fight the good fight, but it's just going to get worse as you get older.  I'm in the same boat.  The key is that you really have to get active as you get older and your metabolism slows down. This can be as simple as taking the stairs whenever you can or parking out in the boonies when you go to the mall.

And get used to eating less.  It sucks at first, but after a week or so you will get used to it, and maybe instead of a full lunch, you'll be able to get by on a pack of peanuts. IgG4 has a good routine, and it's similar to what I'm doing and I've managed to drop 15lbs since summer.
 
2017-10-20 10:00:57 PM  
And lay off the booze.

/Okay, okay.  Just try to lay off the booze before noon.  Fair enough?
 
2017-10-20 10:06:43 PM  
Meth
 
2017-10-20 11:33:03 PM  
Download myfitnesspal and count calories. Be scrupulously honest with yourself. Eat a lot more vegetables. Don't go for fads like juice diets.
 
2017-10-20 11:38:11 PM  
I dropped 40 lbs in 2 months last year. I have psoriasis and came across a diet that was supposed to work so I tried it out. Basically, do all your grocery shopping in the produce section with some fish, eggs, lean meat every once in a while. No added sugar in anything, nothing very processed at all. I ate lots of bean, lettuce and avocado tacos, celery and hummus with a generous portion of sciracha, and other healthy stuff. No alcohol (grrrrrr) with the exception of getting memorably wasted (or so I'm told) at Thanksgiving dinner. I put 15 lbs back on when I stopped but developed habits that have kept me healthier.
 
2017-10-20 11:39:10 PM  
Cut out sodas and just drink water.   You'll lose 5 pounds within 10 days - no matter your weight.
 
2017-10-21 12:21:45 AM  
YMMV, but in my case it was finding something active to do (biking in my case) that both helped me physically, in terms of exercise, and mentally.  I could never get myself to go to the gym, but living California I can bike year-round.  A few hours a week (along with a reasonable, healthy diet) helped my body a lot, and also gave my mind a time where I could just zone, with no mental work pressures, for a few minutes most days, and some hours on the weekends.

(And then I got into racing, and started going all wacko, down to weighing portions of rice and meat I was eating, riding 1-2 hours a day and 4-6 per day on the weekends, and dropped a LOT of weight.  And then realized I am not genetically made to be a competitive biker, and a 40 year old is not going to be competitive trying to move from Cat 3 to Cat 2, and I dropped that shiat and started drinking beer again.  Now I ride for fun and my health, and am a little heavier but much more sane, thank you.)
 
2017-10-21 01:18:53 AM  

8 inches: Cut out sodas and just drink water.   You'll lose 5 pounds within 10 days - no matter your weight.


yup, and juice isn't much better. its almost all sugar too.
 
2017-10-21 01:25:55 AM  
If you can, hire a personal trainer and join a gym.  It's a commitment that will get you kick-started and off your mark.  If you're paying for it, you're more likely to go, and if you go, you WILL succeed.  Identify your weeknesses.  Mine were sweets, fine wines, beer, fatty red meats and whole milk dairy products, and I enjoyed progressively less of those over time.  Didn't cold turkey any of 'em, but enjoyed less of them over time.  I liked Dr. Pepper, a lot, but switched to a high mineral content sparkling water (Garolsteiner) that I've come to enjoy more, and drink a case of it a week.  Guiltlessly.
/-110 so far
// in a year
///YOU CAN DO IT!
 
2017-10-21 01:30:46 AM  
Weight Watchers has been working for me. Yeah, the meetings can be a little hokey, but it's helped me get in control of my eating. I know myself - doing one of the fad diets like Whole30 or no sugar/ wheat will work for a week and then I will give into my cravings and go on a binge. WW is based on being able to eat anything you want in moderation. Every food has a point value, and you have a certain amount of points for the day and the week, based on your weight. Lower fat, healthier foods have lower points, so ideally you end up eating more of those. Fruits and veggies have zero points, so they are a great way to bulk out a meal. I can plan for splurges - again, another way to feel in control. You get more points when you work out, so it's another motivator to make some healthy choices. The app makes it really easy to keep track of what you're eating. And there is accountability in that you have to weigh in every week. Even though I said that the meetings are a bit cheesy sometimes, the support from others is helpful. And because I can build in my favorite foods - a good piece of chocolate, a half cup of ice-cream as a snack - I really don't feel unreasonably deprived.

I have a couple of good cookbooks, both by America's Test Kitchen, whose recipes are practically no-fail. One is Comfort Food Makeovers, the other is Healthy Slow Cooker Revolution. I will make a couple of those over the weekend and portion them out for lunches and dinners during the week, and keep some in the freezer so I don't feel like I'm in a jam and hit fast food on the way home from work. Do you get a lunch break or breaks during the day? Take half of your lunch break or regular break to take a walk outside - even in the cold (I live in Montana, so I know about walking in the cold. It's refreshing, I tell myself! :-)

Finally, best wishes to you. I'm on the same journey. Good for you for wanting to make some changes to get healthy.
 
2017-10-21 01:31:22 AM  
It's not nearly as hard as many people seem to think;
You should, every single damn day, try to push yourself to walk as much as possible. Then start do some serious weekend hiking.
Hike until it hurts a bit and then eat a really light dinner.
Every. Single. Damn. Day.
 
2017-10-21 01:36:18 AM  
First and easiest is weigh yourself every day. Download an app that tracks it and just watch the line graph move. Once you have a feel for what makes it go up and down, just do the down thing (over a long period of time), and you'll get where you need to be.

There is a decent study somewhere that showed the act of daily weigh ins reduced weight by about 6-7 pounds over 6 months with absolutely no other intervention.
 
2017-10-21 01:38:04 AM  
I lost 35 lbs (15% body weight) over 12 months. *You* can do this.

Eat less and exercise. Harness your inner OCD - write a "program" for yourself.

Myfitnesspal.com and a Fitbit and a literal written program

0. I will not lie to myself about what i ate or did or didn't do for exercise.
1. if i miss my daily goal for exercise or calories, I'll be honest about it, and decide to do better tomorrow.
2. I will either go to the gym or walk the dogs for 25 min or 1 mile every day.
3. I will weigh myself every day, understanding that weight can fluctuate - i'm looking for a trend over a week, not a daily loss. Make sure the trend is down.

I can walk up three flights of stairs without huffing, and I can carry my scuba rig (70 lbs) 200 yards. It was a painful slog; I've been overweight most of my life, at 55 I decided I needed a change.

I'mat 750 days of daily checkins on myfitnesspal.

It gets harder as you get older, but not impossible. You *can* do it.

/Good luck, and check in
//Fark is nothing if not supportive
///unless you're an asshat
 
2017-10-21 01:51:59 AM  
Greet all your coworkers with 2 minutes of pelvic thrusts
 
2017-10-21 02:05:22 AM  
Just be fat and let the haters hate!
NO BODY SHAMING FOR SUBBY!!
 
2017-10-21 02:07:02 AM  
 Not that I'm an authority on this but my suggestion would be to find something you like doing that counts as exercise and do more of it.
Walking helps too, not sure where you live or work but if you can make a point of walking a lot more than you are now that will help.  I used to live close to mass transit so once I got to work I'd walk everywhere until I got home, now I'm forced to drive but i still try to walk around as much as i can.  If nothing else, you'll discover things that you'd otherwise never see since your driving by them on your way to wherever.
 
2017-10-21 02:07:23 AM  
1. No sugar no sugar no sugar. Instead, start with Trader Joe's chunky applesauce or any unsugared applesauce. Mix in cinnamon, walnuts, raisins, thawed frozen berries, or somesuch to make it fun, and have it frequently. Get used to good natural fruit sweetness, and learn to hate the lifeless sugarchrystals.

2. Mix lentils, chickpeas, corn, tofu, etc with your favorite spice. Those packets of India food are always good, as are India simmer sauces. But pesto, soyaki, whatever you like.

3. Get the Runkeeper app.Start with a 20 minute mile, add on more miles whi h you can walk while listening to music or podcast or internet radio. Besides the exercise, it's a discipline, a meditation, where you can relax AND prepare and envision and pictorially problem solve.

4. Steak, not fried chi ken, fish are all good protein. More protein, and avoid carbs like the plague except keep the fruits and add veggies. Do what you must to eat veggies, for example dipping them in guacamole is always ok.

5. Always have some Roquefort and snack a little frequently. It reduces inflammation and it gives a ton of flavor......also a way to encourage more veggie consumption.


That's my top 5 off the top of my head.
 
kab
2017-10-21 02:18:54 AM  
Probably answered already, but the first step is to actually assess what you're eating, and begin the process of actually monitoring / tracking your intake religiously (myfitnesspal is free / easy to use).  What you need to do after that will become pretty clear, drop soda entirely if you drink it, start reducing pasta / bread intake, reduce your junk food / sweets intake.    Once you stay away from most of that for long enough, you'll simply stop caring that it even exists.   Then just have patience and keep at it.   Loss is a grind, and happens far slower than the weight gain process.

Last recommendation would be that weight loss is primarily diet driven.    If you don't get a handle on that, killing yourself exercising is going to be pointless.   Good luck!
 
2017-10-21 02:21:15 AM  
The easiest is to just choose a shape that more closely resembles the one you're already in.
 
2017-10-21 02:25:34 AM  
In other words, you're at a desk job, and no longer on your feet 8 hours a day?

Your career choice may have been financially sound, but it inadvertently cut out a good source of exercise. Don't sit around on your ass during your time off.
 
2017-10-21 02:29:01 AM  

JustSurfin: I lost 35 lbs (15% body weight) over 12 months. *You* can do this.
not supportive
///unless you're an asshat


Damn it took way too much time for me to get in shape with algebra and figure out that you went from 233 to 198 to lose 35 pounds and have that be 15%. Give or take.
 
2017-10-21 02:34:17 AM  

cyberspacedout: In other words, you're at a desk job, and no longer on your feet 8 hours a day?

Your career choice may have been financially sound, but it inadvertently cut out a good source of exercise. Don't sit around on your ass during your time off.


Hah. It's only a "good source of exercise" if you're actually moving. Standing in one place for 8 hours a day isn't "exercise".
 
2017-10-21 02:35:59 AM  

Notabunny: Greet all your coworkers with 2 minutes of pelvic thrusts


Yes. It's the pelvic thruuuuuust that really drives you insaaaaaaaane
 
2017-10-21 02:38:43 AM  

Mikey1969: cyberspacedout: In other words, you're at a desk job, and no longer on your feet 8 hours a day?

Your career choice may have been financially sound, but it inadvertently cut out a good source of exercise. Don't sit around on your ass during your time off.

Hah. It's only a "good source of exercise" if you're actually moving. Standing in one place for 8 hours a day isn't "exercise".


If you try it after not having done so in a while, your leg muscles might disagree.
 
2017-10-21 03:39:19 AM  
Fight club.
 
2017-10-21 07:49:51 AM  

King Something: DO A BARREL ROLL


I read this while brushing my teeth, laughed, shot snot out my nose all over my face, and briefly ended up brushing my teeth with my own snot. Hope you're happy.
 
2017-10-21 07:55:11 AM  
You can't do it without diet control, but. cycling is the only thing that gets me there.
Cycling burns a lot of calories per unit time and may lower your appetite somewhat.
And you can start at your own pace.
 
2017-10-21 08:22:06 AM  
I work offshore on an oil platform and sit mainly at a desk. So 12 hours of sitting, 100 ft from all the food I would want, helped me pack on the pounds. I finally got serious at losing weight when my blood pressure had gone through the roof. I started exercising with the "7-minute" app, walking and then moved up to using the "Couch to 5k" app. But the toughest part was staying away from sweets, I would deliberately avoid going into the mess hall. Fill up my plate with salads and I would bring in low-fat snacks to work, ate a lot of "Total", but it paid off. It isn't easy, it was easier to quit smoking the cut back on sweets.
 
2017-10-21 10:35:45 AM  

IgG4: Eat no fast food.

I used canned soup for lunches at work because it is very easy to control portion size and calories. I eventually shifted to a no breakfast intermittent fasting routine i eat lunch at 11:30, dinner around 7:00pm and nothing after that. So basically a 16 hour fast every day. Works for me, might not for you.

You can never work off all the calories. Better to not consume them in the first place. BUT working out gets your body moving and does help you feel better. Try a couch to 5k program or app.

Weigh in every day and enjoy the progress!


Canned soup?   No.   Just no.

Eat less crap, work out in some way to build muscle, don't eat after 630pm if possible and as little bread and crap carbs as possible.
 
2017-10-21 10:39:08 AM  

gas giant: It's not nearly as hard as many people seem to think;
You should, every single damn day, try to push yourself to walk as much as possible. Then start do some serious weekend hiking.
Hike until it hurts a bit and then eat a really light dinner.
Every. Single. Damn. Day.


All this.  Move.   Move.   Move.
 
2017-10-21 11:09:39 AM  

cyberspacedout: Mikey1969: cyberspacedout: In other words, you're at a desk job, and no longer on your feet 8 hours a day?

Your career choice may have been financially sound, but it inadvertently cut out a good source of exercise. Don't sit around on your ass during your time off.

Hah. It's only a "good source of exercise" if you're actually moving. Standing in one place for 8 hours a day isn't "exercise".

If you try it after not having done so in a while, your leg muscles might disagree.


Yeah, my wife will disagree with you. But hey, whatever's exciting for you. Standing still is not exercise.
 
2017-10-21 11:45:39 AM  
If you don't have one, I recommend you develop a regular fitness routine. The best activity is whatever you'll stick with, so that can be lifting, running, climbing, tennis (though find something to do when the weather is bad), whatever you like. Ideally you should have fitness things 3 or 4 days a week (or more depending on what it is). It should be on a schedule

Now for the most important part. You don't have to do everything you planned when it comes up in your schedule. However, you do have to change into whatever clothes are appropriate and do a warmup. If you still don't want to do anything after your warmup, that's fine; you can be done for the day. But you'll likely feel much better and ready to go after you've warmed up. Habits are easy to lose and laziness is powerful, but so is inertia. The goal is to trick the part of you that says "Can't I just go home and browse the internet?" by telling it that it will just be a quick trip to the gym to warm up.
 
2017-10-21 05:23:57 PM  
Get rid of your self-imposed "FAIL" tag, for starters.

You are not a failure. Now, get up and move!
 
2017-10-21 06:50:27 PM  
Best thing i did was to cut out 98 percent of the soda i used to put away. Replaced it with arrowhead lemon burpwater, good stuff. I do occasionally crave a caffeine and sugar hit,operative word is occasionally...I started making a big salad with everything i like in it except dressing. Good for controlling sodium intake too. So its oatmeal or grits for breakfast, then the salad for lunch or whenever i feel hungry. Salad for dinner too but its key that you dont burn out on it, so enjoy a good dinner. Eliminating the alcohol helps too but hey, i have to draw the line somewhere...
 
2017-10-21 08:30:02 PM  
To echo all those saying cutting sugar/carbs/crap, I'll toss out the Keto Diet (Ketogenic Diet Wikipedia). I'm down 40 - 50 lbs in the past 6 months, with the last 30+ loss being from doing Keto.

There's a rather good first week meal plan on Reddit, and some other good advice on their Keto sub-thingy, plus a bunch of other rather good sites out there.
 
2017-10-21 09:51:20 PM  
Find something you *like* doing.  For me it is mountain biking.   If you have to force yourself to do it, you're much less likely to continue it.
 
2017-10-22 01:32:30 PM  

batrachoseps: Find something you *like* doing.  For me it is mountain biking.   If you have to force yourself to do it, you're much less likely to continue it.


This.

I was never in good shape until I started trail riding.  Unfortunately that ended in 1997 when I ruptured a disk.  Lately I've been having fun beating the tar out of a heavy bag, which is a lot more exercise than I imagined lol.
 
2017-10-22 03:07:41 PM  
If your neighborhood is amenable, WALK!!

In my early 30's my metabolism changed and I went from my fighting weight of 200lbs to 270+. I couldn't eat to excess like I was a teenager any more. I started walking, first a 3/4 mile circuit, and worked my way up to a 3 mile circuit with a lot of hills (the little town I lived in at the time was mostly vertical.) I'd do it around 9:00pm, walk for an hour, take a shower, and go to bed.

I don't walk much anymore, but I burned off the excess over the course of a year and my body has gotten used to it, I've been within 5% +- of my ideal weight ever since.

Good luck!
 
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