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    Lifestyle change

    Well I'm creating this thread to keep track of my weight loss. I've decided this is the year that I'm going to start really working at it. I'm 23 6'2'' and weighed in yesterday at 270.8 lbs. I've been as high as 315+ and am hoping to get down to 215 by the end of the year and see if I want to lose more after that. If all things go as planned I'd love to be 230 by the end of May so that I would look and feel better by the summer. I won't be able to do much riding until the snow and cold disappear so I will be going to the gym after work and do some weightlifting with a lot of cardio. Cardio will be my main focus, as I've lifted before and noticed no difference in weight, but gained a lot of muscle. I'll be doing some weightlifting so I do not lose much of the muscle that I have now.

    My biggest problem is portion control and I will be taking charge of that more. I've been eating much more salads, but I use Ranch dressing which I've read doesn't help when you're trying to lower caloric intake. Any ideas on a different dressing? I eat at a restaurant for lunch everyday and hopefully this summer we will bring our lunches with us. Otherwise I will just continue to eat salads. I'm trying to incorporate more fruits and veggies into my diet as well, but it will just take some time before I can get fully used to it. Any response to help me achieve my goal would be greatly appreciated.
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    I was in the same boat. Loved me some ranch dressing. Then I decided to try to make my own Balsamic vinaigrette and haven't looked back. It is a dramatically different taste, but I totally dig the tartness and bite of the balsamic that I make. Plus it has a nuanced flavor from the garlic being in it.

    In terms of stuff you can buy, most balsamic vinaigrettes you can buy are ****. Make your own with extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, grey poupon coarse ground mustard, powdered garlic, and some honey to taste.

    The Annie's Naturals you can buy aren't horrible for you. The Goddess one has an interesting and complex tahini taste and has about half the calories of full-on ranch dressing.

    But I wouldn't sweat the dressing too much anyhow. If your diet is so perfect and immaculate that you are worrying about the 2 tbsp of ranch dressing that you are putting on your salad every day, then you are doing pretty good.

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    My diet is definitely not perfect or immaculate. Thanks for the info on the dressing though!
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    I'm the same age and the same weight right now after losing 48 lbs over the past year. I have faith in you bro. I made the same decision to live a healthier life last March and I have worked my ass off to get where I am today. My weight loss goal is similar to your's as well. I was 317 when I started and I want to lose 100 lbs all together.

    The best thing I've done for my diet is packing my lunch and cutting out all fried food, all candy, and all soda. I used to go to restaurants every day too and I sit in an office all day so I don't get exercise during the day. I make up for it by packing healthy lunches and eating oatmeal or grainy (like Kashi) cereal for breakfast. My dinners are usually some form of chicken, soup, salad, or pasta. Planning a decent diet is fairly easy once you figure out what you like.

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    You can do it!!!

    I have lead a dormant lifestyle for the past 15 years. This Christmas, after weighing in over 300lbs, I finally decided to do something about it. Started January 3rd. Diet: consume less than 2000 calories/day. Exercise: burn at least 3000 calories a day. Method: I do 40 minutes of hard cardio (treadmill/recumbent bike) 4-5 days a week, then lift with a trainer 2 days a week. I usually burn 3500 calories a day, so in 59 days, I've lost 31 lbs. Now 271 and getting ready to buy my first mtn bike. Hopefully the extra cardio will melt the pounds even more.

    The best thing for me was buying an armband that tracks steps/exercise time/calories burned. I enter my weight each morning online and also enter my meals and track calories to keep it in check. My trainer tells me that a 1000 calorie deficit per day should result in a 1-2# a week weight loss. Some days I burn more than 4500 if I am on my feet most of the day. Costco sells the armband if anyone's interested. I got mine from my gym, but the costco one looks the same.

    Good luck, I'm heading toward 210-215 (hopefully by Thanksgiving).

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    Vinegrette.

    My advice on weight loss (I'm a former Clydesdale - down to 198 lbs.) is to cut out anything that is white (bread, pasta, white rice, etc.) and don't drink calories (except for beer of course).

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    Quote Originally Posted by BubColorado
    Vinegrette.

    My advice on weight loss (I'm a former Clydesdale - down to 198 lbs.) is to cut out anything that is white (bread, pasta, white rice, etc.) and don't drink calories (except for beer of course).
    +1 I'm trying to be an ex-Clyde... I'm a hair under 6'5" and 210#. I was over 300# before changing my lifestyle. I have a sedantary job and ate at restuarants every day.

    Drop the simple carb (most white crap), sugar, and do not drink any calories even diet sodas! This includes juices. Don't drink those either. Small healthy complex carb or protein snacks throughout the day will take care of the hunger and caffeine cravings.

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    vinaigrette on salads, soon you can be happy with just vinegar to season the salads. you'll enjoy the freshness of the veggies and not want to gloss over. sashimi if you can afford it (i treat myself once a month), ceviche at mexican restaurants, venison, boiled chicken with salsa, steamed veggies, whole grain minute rice.

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    I actually quit drinking soda quite a few years ago and only drink water and beer. After this weekend I think I'm going to try to not get drunk every weekend. I know that really kills me on the hangover day. I'll have to give vinaigrette a try. I usually have a glass of orange juice in the morning and for lunch I've been sticking to salads. At supper I eat "bad" food, but try to limit my portion. If I get hungry later at night I'll start having a piece of fruit and less sweets.

    I went to the gym last night and went on the elliptical for about a half hour or so. Can definitely tell I hadn't been on there in a while. I felt really good afterwards though. I'm going to start lifting weights as soon as my shoulder starts feeling better. Slipped on a roof the other day and landed on my bad shoulder so it's a tad tender.

    I'll be updating this thread at least once a week with what I'm doing, and what my weight is. I appreciate all of the feedback and encouragement. It definitely helps me stay motivated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by toxicity_27
    I actually quit drinking soda quite a few years ago and only drink water and beer. After this weekend I think I'm going to try to not get drunk every weekend. I know that really kills me on the hangover day. I'll have to give vinaigrette a try. I usually have a glass of orange juice in the morning and for lunch I've been sticking to salads. At supper I eat "bad" food, but try to limit my portion. If I get hungry later at night I'll start having a piece of fruit and less sweets.

    I went to the gym last night and went on the elliptical for about a half hour or so. Can definitely tell I hadn't been on there in a while. I felt really good afterwards though. I'm going to start lifting weights as soon as my shoulder starts feeling better. Slipped on a roof the other day and landed on my bad shoulder so it's a tad tender.

    I'll be updating this thread at least once a week with what I'm doing, and what my weight is. I appreciate all of the feedback and encouragement. It definitely helps me stay motivated.
    I'm looking forward to it! One step at a time... If you plateau look for another change to make! You'll get there! It's way worth it!

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    Thanks for the encouragement dadtorbn! I read your thread at the beginning of the year and it inspired me to take charge of my life.
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    Well this morning 3/5/11 I'm down to 267.8. I'm having some trouble avoiding cravings/temptations. What did you guys do to avoid them? Also, what do you recommend for breakfast? I'm trying to find something that will fill me up, but won't be a bad food.
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    Breakfast for me is two cups of coffee with Splenda with Fiber, and fat free Coffee Mate. Then I eat a 200-250 calorie protein bar (Costco). Friends who have been successful eat instant oatmeal, have a V8, a banana, an egg-white omelet with veggies and hot sauce. Pretzels are a great craving food. I'm almost done needing them, but two servings of pretzels are only 220 calories. Whey protein shakes with water, ice and banana are also great. About 350 calories and good protein. Fresh fruit always works too. Drink tons of water, eat a few sugar free hard candies, chew gum, fresh cut veggies, etc...

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    In the same boat.

    Toxicity,

    I too recently decided to make some changes. I got on the scale after avoiding it for almost 2 years and topped out at 260.0 which is the heaviest I have been in my entire 42 year life. I spent almost 20 years pretty active and camped around 230lbs eating anything and everything I wanted. Obviously those days are over. I decided right there on the scale that I was making some changes. I rode my old mountain bike (Wally World Cheapo Murray) a couple of times and the thing sounded like the rims were going to come apart and the brakes were horrible (i.e. barely stopped my butt!). After scouring this site to get educated, I went to my local bike store last Friday and selected a 2011 Specialized Rockhopper Comp 29er after riding several models (Giant, Cannondale, etc). I upgraded the pedals to clipless, bought some shoes, gloves, chamois boxer briefs and helmet. The thing that sold me was the price point and full hydraulic discs w/ awesome braking. I've been road riding about 5 miles every other day on very hilly courses until my butt and legs come back and watching what I eat. Portion control, NO junk food, NO chocolate, NO Soda, One-A-Day vitamins, and lots of fruits, nuts, and vegetables. I've eaten more grapes and apples in the last week then I did in the last 2 years. After a week I've dropped 3.6 lbs but feel a whole lot better. My goal weight is 200 even. If I can get there it will be the lightest I've been since 11th grade. We'll see!

    Keep up the good work and I'll drop in from time to time, see how your doing, and give you an update.
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    Quote Originally Posted by toxicity_27
    Well this morning 3/5/11 I'm down to 267.8. I'm having some trouble avoiding cravings/temptations. What did you guys do to avoid them? Also, what do you recommend for breakfast? I'm trying to find something that will fill me up, but won't be a bad food.
    Drop the OJ. Eat an orange. It's way better for you. Eat some low fat or fat free protein and fruit. If you're still hungry wait a little bit and eat more fruit. It takes a couple of weeks to get off the simple carb roller coaster. Stick with it. As you have success your tastes will change and your cravings for crap will be replaced by cravings for good food. Skip the artificial sweeteners also. They're not needed.

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    +1 on getting rid of the oj and any other drinks besides water. when you have a craving or temptation for food and you already ate, do something to take your mind off of it. or you can drink a big glass of water. good luck!

    it's fun when the pounds start falling off like crazy! take a look at my thread about cutting out sugar from my diet- for some reason, i'm not able to search right now.
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    Sounds good guys. I'm definitely a big fan of water so you won't have to work hard to get me to drink lots of it. I'll try to stay off the OJ and start eating an orange or something else. I'm hoping this week is going to be a good weight loss week for me as I'll be going on the elliptical every night and then recovering over the weekend.
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    Well after procrastinating all week I finally got to the gym. I went for an hour on the elliptical and felt as thought I could have gone longer, but I didn't want to push it. I feel like I'm doing better portion wise but am still having a bit of trouble keeping away from meat and such for supper. So I just dial what I eat way back from what I used to eat to try and keep things in check.
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    Going to hit up the gym this morning after I make some breakfast. Might head back later this afternoon or tonight and hit up the bike trainer as I'm starting to get quite antsy waiting for all this snow to melt and the trails to open.
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    Went to the gym again tonight. 35 minutes on the elliptical and about 20 on the trainer. I really don't like the trainers at this gym. Might get the bike out this weekend and go for a little road ride since the trails are still closed. I can't wait for this snow to disappear.
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    I am in the same battle right with you man.. I am 5'10 and roughly 245-250# but 48 years old. It is my goal to eat healthier and make cycling an everyday part of my life..that includes errands etc, by bike! Can't wait for the trails to open!! We can do dis!
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    Right on. I haven't noticed much weight change but I can already pull my belt tighter, and I feel as though I look "thinner" when I look in the mirror. I got sick this weekend after trying to fight it off for a week and a half. This week is going to be rough and I probably won't make it to the gym until maybe this weekend.

    Also I've basically decided that to keep up the wight loss I'm going to need to go the gym on the weekends. I will take it easier over the weekends as it will be more of a recovery thing, but I tend to lose most of what I've worked for during the week over the weekend, so I'll make this change and hope it helps.
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    Just a little advice, find out what your bmi is and then find out how many calories you need to eat daily in order to be in maintenance. Maintenance means staying at your current weight without gaining or losing any weight. Once you find out what your maintenance number is, eat 500 calories less than that daily and you should have a steady 2 lbs weekly weight loss provided you get exercise. I'm 5' 8" and used to be 275 today I'm 200 lbs and I feel great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcp916
    Just a little advice, find out what your bmi is and then find out how many calories you need to eat daily in order to be in maintenance. Maintenance means staying at your current weight without gaining or losing any weight. Once you find out what your maintenance number is, eat 500 calories less than that daily and you should have a steady 2 lbs weekly weight loss provided you get exercise. I'm 5' 8" and used to be 275 today I'm 200 lbs and I feel great.

    Good Luck
    500 less than maintenance is good for 1 pound per week:

    500 x 7 days = 3500

    1 pound = 3500 calories

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    Weekends are tough...

    Quote Originally Posted by toxicity_27
    ... I tend to lose most of what I've worked for during the week over the weekend, so I'll make this change and hope it helps.
    I had two weekends that between weddings, dinner with friends, and a charity event with a 5 Star Mexican Chef and a few dozen margaritas, I thought I was going to gain it all back.

    My trick so far is to invite friends to my house where I can control the meal and bringing them to activities during the Weekend day that are more active like paddling, cycling, and hiking. So far they have been very open to it. I have lost 10lbs in 4 weeks and feel a ton better. Averaging about 20 miles per week on the bike and swimming on Monday's and Wednesday's with my boys.

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    You need to further embrace the fact food is as addictive as drugs.....hence, the FDA. I too, used to be a lover of food. Now, I only eat for energy and survival. Read Tom Venuto's eBook, "Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle." I went from a size 42 waist to a 29. I dropped 88 pounds, strictly on cardio alone. I now have a ripped six pack and bulging veins....yet, I have NOT done a single crunch, or lifted a heavy weight, since 1988. The muscle I built up back then, was more than enough for cycling. I just needed to shed the fat I accumulated over the course of 22 years. It took nearly forever(ok, 3 years)....but I don't have the nasty-looking skin flaps associated with rapid weight loss. If you take your time losing the fat - your skin's natural elasticity will envelop your new body like shrink wrap.
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    Thanks for the advice! I'm still getting over being sick so I might hit the gym this weekend if I feel better. Otherwise I'll be hitting it on Monday. I can't wait for this snow to be gone so that I can finally get out and hit the trails. After a weekend long binge of beer and not much else I decided that I'm going to stop drinking until further notice.

    I get exercise everyday at work so I'm not too worried about the exercise, plus I'm going to be going to the gym every night. Though when it gets nice out and I get more used to it, I'll be running outside. I'll basically only be able to hit the trails on the weekends if I'm not busy doing other crap, which sucks, but at least I get to go and ride some. Here's to hoping for a good week next week!
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    urgh some of that advice was painful above.

    You want to eat a healthy balanced diet, not starve yourself.

    100g of fat is the RDA, try not to exceed it, but in turn try not to crash to low.
    This is about a lifestyle change, not a crash diet.
    Do something you can keep up, I like cake, so eat cake, just make sure I exercise.

    That is a good way of motivating me, I reward myself for exercise.
    ride = cake run = cake

    Rewards are a better motivator than punishment (unfortunately human nature dictates you are more likely to do the latter).

    For breakfast, oatibix really fills me up. i used to eat porridge (oatmeal) as that fills you up a lot, but oatibix does it better.

    And to end on a piece of info you will like. The fitter you get the lower your appetite is. You will get less hungry as time goes on, so it will get easier.

    p.s. Was over 250, dropped down to 210, am climbing up again as lifting a lot of weights. I have a fat measuring weighing scale (they are awesome), my fat keeps sliding.
    Why would I care about 150g of bike weight, I just ate 400g of cookies while reading this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bryank930
    500 less than maintenance is good for 1 pound per week:

    500 x 7 days = 3500

    1 pound = 3500 calories
    I said provided the OP EXERCISES. I realize the amount of calories in a pound of fat but what kind of advice would it be to tell someone to eat at 1000 daily caloric deficit. Let's assume the op's caloric maintenance # is 2300 daily calories. That would mean that he needs to eat 1300 calories a day in order to lose 2 lbs of fat a week without exercise. That would just be a recipe for failure.

    So my advice to you OP remains the same. Eat at a 500 daily caloric deficit and EXERCISE. The amount of exercise is up to you but don't over estimate the level of exercise you think you get at work. I'm sure your job is taxing but a lot of people over estimate the level of exercise they get at work. Myself included, I line pump concrete (not one of those boom crane pumps) for a living and lift 3" diameter hose's full of concrete all day long. The hose's I use weigh 75 lbs empty and when their full they weigh about 150 lbs. That being said I still managed to balloon up to 275 lbs.

    I guess my point on the whole work/exercise thing is your body get's use to the everyday grind of work and adapts. So diet combined with exercise is the key to weight loss. I post with experience like I said I used to be 275 and today I'm 200 and am currently working towards a goal of 185 before I start a muscle bulking phase. Like the title under my user name says I'm a CLYDE by Choice I just don't feel right being sub 200 my overall fitness goal is to maintain 200 lbs at 10-12% body-fat. Sorry to hijack your thread OP but Bryank930 kinda got me frazzled.

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    I exercise every night other than Mondays. I'm going to start exercising on the weekends to keep my eating to the lower levels. I'm going to start doing some weight training, but nothing serious, and stick with the cardio. I finally got over being sick so I'm excited to get back to it and do work this week. Only two more months to try to get to my early goal.
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    Good job!

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    vinaigrette on salads, soon you can be happy with just vinegar to season the salads. you'll enjoy the freshness of the veggies and not want to gloss over. sashimi if you can afford it (i treat myself once a month), ceviche at mexican restaurants, venison, boiled chicken with salsa, steamed veggies, whole grain minute rice.


    Beat me to it Vinegar and a little olive oil just to coat the salad. I im buy no means the right person to be asking but i have a unused Culinary degree from 1990. Stay away from sugars breads pastas some rice is better than others (brown rice Basmati Rice)

    Think veggies and lean proteins at first then you'll get the hang of it. Play around with Herbs marinades spices. You'll find yourseld grilling alot as well.

    You guys inspired me to get back to running and waiting for my trails to thaw and dry here in Ohio to ride again. Just by writing this i wanna live breath and eat a healthy life style. Turning 40 sucked last year and i think sitting on my ASS didnt help.

    Thanks PEEPS

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    If you're making your own salads, mix everything up in the bowl then put it in a gallon ziplock bag, pour 1/2 the amount of dressing you would normally use then shake until everything is coated with a little dressing. You cut the calories and every bite will have dressing on it.

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    yes what he said

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    Unfortunately most of the salads I eat are at a restaurant for lunch. Though the ziploc bag trick is a good idea, I will have to give it a try. I've been eating more poultry instead of red meat lately, but have definitely been eating a lot less meat/poultry than before, and eating a lot more leafy greens. I've got 8.5 weeks until my first goal, which I will more than likely miss, but hopefully I'll at least get close. I'm hoping that by the end of the month the snow will be gone and the trails will be dry enough for me to finally go and hit them. Here's to a tough 8.5 weeks.
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    Well it's been a couple of weeks since I've updated this thread. I got sick again, so going and working out has fallen by the wayside. This week I've started to feel better so I'm going to be hitting up the gym again. The diet is going okay. I lose about 5-10 lbs a week, and then put it back on during the weekend, so I need to figure something out there. Maybe just more motivation?

    I've got 5 weeks left to get my goal of 230. I think I can get there if I just really buckle down during the weekends, and kick more ass during the week. If I get close I'll be happy, but I'm going to really strive to achieve that goal.
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    Well I'm going to have to get a new scale since for some reason mine stopped working. Ate too much for Easter so I'm going to be getting back into the swing of things this week, and will be hitting it very hard in the coming weeks to try and get close to my goal.
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    Well I cut part of my finger off with a saw yesterday so I wont be riding or doing any exercise for a while. Though I will be able to keep track of what I eat better. Guess I'll have to start going for walks or something. Nothing ever seems to go the right way for me.
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    Sorry to hear about your tough luck. Especially cutting your finger off....wow!!!

    Hopefully you will find someway to get a ride in & stay motivated even missing part of a finger......wow again!!!

    You can do alot in 4 weeks with proper changes to your diet. Hang in there.
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    Sorry to hear about your finger! Hang in there and follow docs' advice. When you can start cardio look into spinning. Either a computer thing like a Life Cycle or an actual spin class. They'll help get you the cardio you want to help get to your goals. Also, like Shocker99 posted, keep up on your dietary changes. After all, your goals are lifestyle change not quick fix!

    Keep at it! Things WILL turn around!

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    Keep it up man, sorry about the finger, I know how that goes. I got sidetracked last summer with a bench grinder and my left index finger.

    Watch what you eat closely, I think you can put a bigger dent in your weight with your food intake than through biking. Get back to it once you're healthy again!
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    Well the doctor said the finger is looking better, so that definitely brightened my day. Though she said she wasn't sure when I'd be able to get back to work. Wish I could even just get out and ride on the road, but I basically can't use my right hand at all. Hopefully I'll be able to do some long distance walking soon without the finger throbbing.
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    Stay strong and get through it. Dont let the injury get in the way of your long term goals. Do any exercise you are capable of in the mean time.
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    I've been pretty depressed about my whole finger and not being able to do anything for the past 3 weeks. I was able to do a little bit of work, and will be trying to do some more tomorrow. I'm going to be getting back on track with my diet and with whatever exercises I'm able to do. I'm contemplating making a spreadsheet to help me keep track of my weight, what exercise I did and so on so I can see what works for me. If anyone has any ideas on a spreadsheet that'd be great. I really just need to get over the depression and get motivated again.

    Oh, and the orthopedist said my finger looked very good and was healing nicely. I have another appointment in a week so I'm waiting on the good word.

    I brought my Rockhopper to the LBS on Saturday to get a free tuneup, and that seemed to boost my attitude quite a bit as well, so here's to hoping for a faster recovery.
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    Journal everything! From what you eat to what activity you do. It will hold you accountable as well as help you better track what works and what doesnt.
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    Focus on weightlifting (squats and deadlifts and other compound exercises) more than cardio. You need to build up muscle mass in order to increase your metabolism. And when you do cardio, make it interval training (I recommend stair running), rather than steady state. Much more effective. Also, don't let your finger injury slow you down too much... you still got nine of them working good, right ? Shouldn't stop you from light lifting or riding.

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    Well I basically can't use my right hand for much of anything. I'm going to be getting my bike back this weekend hopefully so I plan on going on some paved rides to see how the finger takes it. It still throbs quite a bit from time to time and I still have to keep it elevated, so we'll see how it goes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by toxicity_27
    Well I basically can't use my right hand for much of anything. I'm going to be getting my bike back this weekend hopefully so I plan on going on some paved rides to see how the finger takes it. It still throbs quite a bit from time to time and I still have to keep it elevated, so we'll see how it goes.

    It would likely be worthwhile to do a lot of core exercises (various types of crunches and plank exercises), and leg exercises (squats, calf raises, etc.). That way you'll still be burning/building during the time you can't use your hand. Don't forget about walking/running and calisthenics for your cardio work.

    Try single leg squats without any weight, your body weight alone would be a great leg workout.

    You can do it like this without the dumb-bells:

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    Quote Originally Posted by toxicity_27
    Well I basically can't use my right hand for much of anything. I'm going to be getting my bike back this weekend hopefully so I plan on going on some paved rides to see how the finger takes it. It still throbs quite a bit from time to time and I still have to keep it elevated, so we'll see how it goes.
    DO NOT GIVE UP!

    Make a change and commit to it! Ideally something on both the diet and exercise regimens!

    Make it habit then pick something else and change it. There's no reason why you can not make small permanent lifestyle changes now! After all, your finger is a small bump in the road of life (no offense meant). Whatever it is you'll adapt and move on. That said, I hope it heals quickly and your able to pursue the path you had previously chosen!

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    Definitely not giving up. Getting "re-motivated" seems like the proper term. Hopefully when I get home from work tomorrow I won't be so tired so that I'll be able to see what kind of exercise I can accomplish. Just going back to work has helped me lose a couple of pounds because I'm more active. I just need to really get my head into the food I eat.

    I appreciate everyone helping me get my mind straight. I'm going to be making a spreadsheet/journal tonight and will start tracking everything tomorrow. I really want to get out and do a bit of running, but I'm going to need to work into that. I'm hoping in a month or so the finger is completely healed and I can finally be back on track. Thanks for the encouragement everyone.
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    Good luck with everything! I'm not using it as much anymore, but often use FitDay.com to track calories, and lately google documents to keep track of my workouts. I have it where i record the time on trainer (time of day i trained) duration, and how I felt.

    Currently doing 2 days on 1 day off, and from there planned out my workouts through the races so I know I have to go be accountable on my worksheet and have a little pride that I reach those mini goals. Currently it's adding 5 minutes on the saddle for each 2 day burst. Perhaps you could do something even with walking/jogging/stairs if biking proves too be too much on your finger

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