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    235.8 Week 1
    233.8 Week 2
    232.0 Week 3
    230.0 Week 4

    I dropped 2 even pounds this week. It is so funny how steady my drops are (2 pounds per week) when I am eating and exercising well. I am sure I will hit that plateau though.

    I'm excited thinking about getting under 220... which is still some time away. That is when I'll be able to start wearing some clothes I haven't worn in a long, long time. I refuse to spend much money on my clothes when I gain weight b/c I always plan on dropping the weight.

    Ah well... hope and pray I stay strong another week.

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    Los Angeles weigh-in: 173.8

    brichard, in my experience, and from talking to others, I hear the plateau doesn't really hit until you're under 200.

    plus, 8 pounds a month doesn't sound like a lot until you do some math.

    8 lbs/mo X 6 mos = 48 lbs.

    That's only half a year to lose a decade's worth of gain.
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    sorry i havent checked in, alot of family stuff going on. 255 this week.

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    Los Angeles weigh-in: 173.8

    brichard, in my experience, and from talking to others, I hear the plateau doesn't really hit until you're under 200.

    plus, 8 pounds a month doesn't sound like a lot until you do some math.

    8 lbs/mo X 6 mos = 48 lbs.

    That's only half a year to lose a decade's worth of gain.
    Yeah... I think that is pretty accurate to my past experience as well... but I can't remember. In about 1998-1999 I dropped from 220 to 185... or something like that. It has by far been my largest weight loss. I know I hit plateaus, I just can't remember when. But it was probably towards the end as I remember those last pounds to be the tougher pounds.

    I've also heard it is more difficult as you get older, and I'm assuming it will be more difficult at 37 than it was back then. But so far... so good!
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    Well, all that drinking and eating had an impact(Thanks Jay!). The weigh in this mornign was not pretty.

    247.

    Now I have to go work my *** off to catch up with some of you that are actually sticking to the plan.

    We will start walking again tonight. The only walking I did while I was down there was on the baech for about 20 minutes and when inthe Casino from Machine to machine loosing my ***. Too bad it was just my wallet getting lighter instead of my actual ***.

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    Eh, I haven't done anything at all. This weekend doesn't look good at all sincve my sister is gettin' hitched...

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    I was already on my diet long before this started, but just as a show of solidarity with everyone else I'll mention that I dropped 20 pounds the first 3 months and then another 15 so far in the 2nd 3.

    Started April 2 at 195, now at 160, 18% of original weight. About 5 more to go. Low carb, moderate exercise (push ups, dumbell work, light running). First month sucked but after my wife and I got used to things it got a lot easier.

    I have no pants that fit, the one drawback to the whole thing. Lots of belt time now, probably 3-4 inches off the waist. On the other hand some shirts that were too small fit great again.


    I've hit plateaus several times. Around 178, around 172, around 164...stuck for maybe 1-2 weeks, then suddenly a few pounds down in a few days. Many times I wanted to give up because of it. A couple of times I did a carb splurge (like popcorn at the movies) and then got right back on track, seemed to kick the stall a little bit though I can't be certain that it worked that way.
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    Out of mild curiosity, how tall are some of you? If I got to the weight Naptown is at now, I'd be hospitalized for malnutrition. But he's making me feel like a fatty.

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    I'm 5' 10.5"

    And I would be hospitalized for malnutrition if I was at Seth's weight.

    At my peak physical condition coming out of the army with very little if any fat on my body, I was 182.

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    Ah, I'm 6'3 so Nap's weight terrified me.

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    5'7"

    At my height, I'm considered overwieght over 155. But that's if you actually believe the BMI scale, which has been roundly rejected by most doctors and nutritionists because it doesn't account for muscle mass.



    On a side note, my current rut is directly related to my inability to exercise without serious back and hip pain.

    After mucho research, and two trips to the chiropractor, I've found the culprit: piriformis syndrome. Meaning there's a tiny muscle under your *** that presses against your sciatic nerve. In my case, the muscle is locked up and swollen, and all my other muscles are overcompensating throwing my back and hip out. Just taking a step with my right foot causes a sharp pain. and sometimes the swollen muscle piches my sciatic nerve causing my entire leg to go numb.

    Kids, you don't want this. Make sure you stretch your piriformis and glutes before excercising.
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    I don't know where my piriformis is(if its under my ***), but I bet stretching it is interesting.

    Sounds like something Btown may be into more than I.......

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    233.8 Week 2
    232.0 Week 3
    230.0 Week 4
    229.6 Week 5

    I only dropped .4 pounds and I won't lie to you, I'm pretty pi$$ed about it. I did have one evening where I had three slices of Pizza Hut stuffed crust pizza and a few handfuls of nuts. But I must tell you that one meal should not screw me for the entire week... unless I'm going buffet or something.

    I had to post about plateaus last week didn't I? I am hoping that is what I ran into. B/c the day after I ate pizza I only had some beef jerky for lunch and I did a double workout that night. On the shiny side, at least I can say I am in the 220's... even if it means barely in the 220's.

    I upped my Elipitical workout from "Fat Burn" to "Cardio" last week. I'm looking at starting to add to my treadmill intensity and exercise bike as well. I'd like to be running.... even at a slow 6.5 mph when I get to 220. So, I might as well start ramping that way.

    For the other conversation, I am about 5' 10". I honestly don't know how low I can go, but in the 180's would tickle me pink. I do think that the 170's is possible, but that would probably be my limit. I wrestled 160 in high school... and it was the best shape of my life. I just think my 175 football weight is more doable.
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    Out of mild curiosity, how tall are some of you? If I got to the weight Naptown is at now, I'd be hospitalized for malnutrition. But he's making me feel like a fatty.
    haha. i know i'm not doing this whole dropping weight thing, but you wouldn't believe the reactions i get when i tell people that im 5'11 and like 135-140 lbs tops.

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    I didn't weigh in two weeks ago as I was in Chicago vacationing for a few days. I weighed in at 244 over the weekend. Last time I weighed in I was technically 244.8...although I mistyped 244.5...I lost the .8 and am back to 244. Net, I am still up one pound (sadly) from where I started this thing, but I am finally in a zone. I started a weight loss contest at work, and I have kicked up the excercise. I am doing some kind of excercise every single day, and I have tightened up my calorie intake.

    If I stay on course...I should drop a couple this week and hopefully be officially headed in the right direction.
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    When the second round of this starts I want in. So if I read correctly the weigh in for this round is Nov 26th? So does the next round start right after that or will there be a break?

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    I weighed in at 242.2...that is 1.8 down versus last week, and net since the beginning of this contest (including starting off taking a few steps backwards)...I am down .8. I am not doing backflips, butI have lost 2.6 lbs in the last two weeks...and I have been busting my butt working out. I have a short term goal of getting to 230...and a mid-term goal of getting to 220. I am on the verge of breaking into the 230's...just need another good week to keep my momentum going.
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    173.0

    I'm looking forward to returning to surfing this week.
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    235.8 Week 1
    233.8 Week 2
    232.0 Week 3
    230.0 Week 4
    229.6 Week 5
    224.4 Week 6

    A drop of 5.2 pounds!

    Well to answer my question... I either must have hit a plateau or been full of sodium last week when I weighed in. Once I get below 220 I will really feel like the real weight loss will begin.

    This doesn't count for the PD portion, but when I originally started losing weight I was 248. With a total net loss of 23.6 pounds, lots of folks are starting to notice. I'm wearing a suit I haven't worn in over 2 years as 2 suits no longer fit me and are in need of alterations.
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    Out of mild curiosity, how tall are some of you? If I got to the weight Naptown is at now, I'd be hospitalized for malnutrition. But he's making me feel like a fatty.
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    the last two weeks have been flat.

    start of diet in May: 331
    start of log here at PD last week of August: 298.5
    after week 1: 295.5
    after week 2: 296.5
    after week 3: 293.5
    after week 4: 295
    after week 5: 294

    I need to focus more-- to many late-night cravings/snackings and too much giving in to a convenient fast-food run.

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    Today there is an interesting Boston Globe article describing the complex ways your body tries to scuttle a diet:

    http://www.boston.com/yourlife/healt...gin/?page=full

    Let the post-diet era begin
    By Judy Foreman | October 1, 2007

    Is permanent, significant weight loss really possible?

    If you're talking merely 10 to 20 pounds - and nobody knows the actual figure - you probably can diet and exercise your way to a svelter self and stay there, provided you stick with your weight control program rigorously. Forever.

    But if you're among the two-thirds of adult Americans who are overweight or obese, permanent, substantial weight loss appears to be almost impossible by diet and exercise alone.

    Only about 1 to 2 percent of obese people can permanently lose weight through diet and exercise alone, said Dr. Lee Kaplan , director of the weight center at Massachusetts General Hospital.

    "Dieting is like holding your breath," he said. "You can do it, but not for long. Your body is stronger than your willpower."

    In other words, Americans have probably wasted way too much time, money, and hope on diet programs that don't help enough. It still makes sense, however, to eat as healthily as you can and to do whatever you can to avoid gaining any more weight.

    One famous study conducted at the University of Minnesota during World War II illustrates the ineffectiveness of severe dieting. The researchers put 36 physically and emotionally healthy young men of normal weight on a strict diet, allowing them only half the calories they were used to. The men lost weight, but became psychological wrecks, obsessing about food, bingeing, and, even after the diet was over, eating way too much, often 8,000 to 10,000 calories a day until they regained the weight, recounted New York Times science writer Gina Kolata in her recent book, "Re-thinking Thin."

    In another classic study in the 1950s, researchers at Rockefeller University in New York City recruited obese people who were so desperate to lose weight that they agreed to live in the hospital for eight months, including a four-month period in which they subsisted on only 600 calories a day of liquid formula. They lost weight, Kolata noted. But, to the dismay of subjects and researchers, they all quickly regained the weight.

    That's because the basic biochemistry of the body's weight management system can work against even highly motivated dieters.

    When a very fat person loses a lot of weight by diet and exercise, the brain goes into panic mode, reading a complex array of chemical signals as proof of impending starvation. Metabolism slows. The body hangs on to every calorie it can get. The chemical signals that trigger appetite soar, creating a drive to eat so powerful you can't resist. From the standpoint of evolution, this makes sense: Our DNA was built when we were hunter-gatherers to protect us against starvation, not obesity.

    Consider one of the best-studied weight control hormones, leptin, which is made in fat cells and is designed to tell the brain: "Stop eating. I'm full."

    "Obese people usually have high levels of leptin because they have so many fat cells making it," said Dr. Eleftheria Maratos-Flier, an obesity researcher and associate professor of medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. "The heavier you are, the higher the circulating leptin." In theory, being fat should mean that the brain would be flooded with "stop eating" signals.

    But when people go on severe diets, "they lose more leptin than you would expect. So the brain thinks there is less fat than there ought to be," which makes people eat more, she said.

    And leptin is just one of many hormones involved in weight control. "In the stomach and intestines alone," Kaplan said, "there are 36 hormones that regulate weight, and another 30 in the brain. The end result of all these chemicals is to keep our energy stores, that is, fat, in balance."

    Put differently, some researchers believe that one reason weight loss programs ultimately fail is that diet and exercise do not change the body's "set point," the thermostat-like mechanism in the hypothalamus and other parts of the brain that keep weight fairly constant.

    Dr. David Heber, director of the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition, is more optimistic about the effectiveness of dieting. "The set point can be changed. Yes, there are signals to eat and to hoard fat, but having said that, humans do adapt to starvation and do change," he said. While the hormones that control appetite and satiety do tilt the equation toward regaining lost weight, "psychology trumps physiology. I see people every day who have overcome their genes and kept their excess weight off for decades."

    Many researchers do agree that one weight loss strategy does seem to change the set point - bariatric surgery, the stomach-stapling procedure. Doctors used to think it worked by simply reducing the size of the stomach, preventing people from eating much. Now, they think it works because, with less stomach tissue pumping out hormones such as ghrelin, which stimulates appetite, a person's appetite and satiety signals may be altered to help them eat less.

    So if dieting sets up a battle between our free will and our hormones, are America's fat masses wasting their time desperately trying to lose weight?

    To some, including the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance, a civil rights organization that is fighting discrimination against fat people, all this suggests not so much a hopeless message as a liberating one. "Most people do not choose to be fat," said the group spokeswoman, Peggy Howell. "But once people are fat, it is next to impossible to change that. It's far healthier to accept who you are and get on with your life than to be obsessed with what goes into your mouth."

    That makes a lot of sense to me, though I resist the idea that our genes are the big culprits because we have basically the same genes today that our skinnier grandparents had. What's changed is our lifestyles - more sitting around eating Twinkies, less walking to and from daily activities.

    So, here's my take. Because of the body's complex biochemistry, it's very difficult to lose weight once you gain it. So, exercise as much as you can - for general health, in addition to weight control. Eat right - fewer refined carbs, more fruits and veggies - again, for general health. If you're fat, don't just blame your genes and let yourself get fatter and fatter.

    At the same time, be gentle with yourself, and with fat people you see.

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    Sorry I haven't wieghed in the last two weeks guys. Actually I did weigh, but haven't been very active on the net for the past week due to work and travel.

    I am now back down to 243.5 So back at my starting weight.

    Looks like Brichard has got a huge lead on us so far. Great job!

    Gonna have to ramp up my efforts.

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    235.8 Week 1
    233.8 Week 2
    232.0 Week 3
    230.0 Week 4
    229.6 Week 5
    224.4 Week 6
    223.2 Week 7


    I dropped another 1.2 when I weighed in yesterday. Last night wasn't a great night for me as it was the first time I felt like I overdid the night snacking thing in a long time.

    My morning workouts have been down as I have been studying for my Realtor license tests. I am going to IU's Homecoming a week from Saturday, and I really hope to be at 220 or below for that event. So, I'm going to try to use that for motivation for the rest of the week.
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    I admit it, I gave up for a week or so and ate nothing but crap.

    But today was my first day back in the water, and I am IN IT TO WIN IT!

    I'll weigh in tomorrow morning.
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