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    Scottish Rogue
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    3rd Shift Worker in need of ......

    A HELL OF A WORK OUT SCHEDULE. I work third shift for a major machine shop in the Houston area. I have a problem with motivation in the morning when I get off of work at 6 am it is just too humid. I would like to ride 5 miles an evening (road) or 2 miles of trails. I am trying to lose 50-75 pounds by January 1st. I am going to surprise my wife with a cruise and I would like to be fit enough to be on the sun deck catching rays rather than being locked in the cabin hiding from the world because I am ashamed of my weight. The closest trail system is Cypresswood off of Collins Park. I eat moderately healthy and am on my feet all night long (10-6). I sleep from 9am to when ever my wife wakes me (sleep apnea is a b*tch). Currently I weigh 285 and would like too get down to 210-235.


    Any and all feedback would be greatly appreciated,
    Justin

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    ilmfat
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    the humidity does suck, but it is great for weight loss. the pounds literally melt away. drink LOTS of water. i grew up out west, now i live in kentucky. gimme dry heat any day of the week. but i think i can do a 1/2 pound a day this summer. i was 275 in feb. now 245. and i don't even ride all that far. but i do ride alot. can't help w advice, but keep it up.

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    I feel for ya, man. Off shifts suck. Motivation would be a problem for any sane person that time of the day. Not to mention the fact that it may wake you up enough not to get to sleep quickly. My advice/what I am going to do is ride for 10min stop turn around and come back. That gives me a 20min workout. Each time trying to get further, better, faster. That keeps me going. Competing with myself. I have been slacking though, motivation is a bitty. Maybe eat some fruit/carbs or something an hour or so before you get off of work to help give you a boost.

    We are in very similar in respect to current weight and goal. Maybe we can help each other out. I am 6'1 or so and 275. I plan on gaining a little muscle and ending up at about 230 and 12-15% bodyfat.


    Not my business but I know my wife would kick my ass if I planned a "bikini" vacation and didn't give her proper warning. Maybe yours is where she needs to be or so you think but she may feel differently. Maybe mention a weekend at the shore or something and then surprise her with the real deal?

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    ilmfat
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    good advice

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    I think your best bet will be to choose a time of day for riding, and try to stick with it.

    Maybe you need to get a little more systematic about when you wake up in the afternoon/evening so you can get the ride in and they shower to start your day.

    I used to find it hard to workout right after I got up, but once I got in the habit, I found it was a great way to start a day.

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