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UCF FINatic's Weight Loss Diary

Discussion in 'Health and Fitness' started by UCF FINatic, Jun 10, 2012.

  1. finattic79

    finattic79 Season Ticket Holder

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    What time of day are your weighing yourself? I know the best time to weigh yourself is when you first wake up. That could possibly explain the variation in your weight if you taking it at the end of the day or middle of day after a few meals and hopefully lots of water.
     
  2. UCF FINatic

    UCF FINatic The Miami Dolphins select

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    I weigh myself daily both in the mornings and at night to constantly track my weight, so I've seen how it can fluctuate throughout the day. When I record my weight weekly I do it first thing when I wake up to keep it consistent.
     
  3. UCF FINatic

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    WEEKLY UPDATE

    04/01/13: 223.2 lbs
    04/08/13: 218.0 lbs
    04/15/13: 214.0 lbs
    04/22/13: 214.2 lbs
    04/29/13: 214.8 lbs
    05/06/13: 212.0 lbs
    05/13/13: 213.6 lbs
    05/19/13: 211.8 lbs

    TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS: 11.4 lbs
    WEIGHT LOSS THIS WEEK: 1.8 lbs
    AVERAGE WEIGHT LOSS PER WEEK: (11.4/7)= 1.6 lbs

    Workout Stats
    Squats: 190 lbs (5 sets of 5) +5 lbs
    Overhead Press: 75 lbs (5 sets of 5) +5 lbs
    Deadlifts: 195 lbs (2 sets of 5) +5 lbs
    Bench: 100 lbs (5 sets of 5)
    Pull Down Machine: 115 lbs (5 sets of 5)
    About 40 minutes of cardio (burning 400+ calories)

    I do squats, overhead press, deadlifts, and cardio one day and then squats, bench, pull down machine, and cardio after an off day.

    I can see a difference in my body. I am more defined from lifting, and look a little thinner in my upper body (sternum up) from doing cardio. I still don't understand how I lost 1.8 pounds this week and gained weight last week; it's really confusing but I am continuing to stick with it. I can feel myself getting stronger each day.
     
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  4. padre31

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    It happens UCF, would suggest adding additional fiber to your diet if you can manage it.

    Lately I've been eating like a horse and actually losing a bit of weight, probably from not indulging in alcohol any longer, those extra empty calories are no longer on the metabolism.

    30 grams of protein when you first wakeup also really works, for example eggs/bacon/beans or spinach.

    Looked back and have been amazed how much weight I've lost in 3 yrs, as in 60 pds, and I've kept it off.
     
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    60 pounds is absolutely incredible. That is such a great accomplishment and I have no doubt that losing that much weight will have significant health improvements, especially longterm benefits. Without a doubt I can say that you have increased the length of your life by losing all that weight.

    Ironic that you said to start with protein in the morning because I had a protein shake with 60 grams of protein this morning and felt awesome (satisfied, full, and fueled).

    Alcohol is a real pain in the ***. I love it but hate it. I've found that even when I drink a little bit I will almost never lose as much weight as I could have without it. I have been trying to stop all consumption of it unless I go out for the night with friends to celebrate (which usually comes down to once every two weeks or so).

    I'll try to add some fiber into my diet to get the old bowels moving. Additionally, I have added a couple vitamins to my regiment; notably Vitamin C, Multivitamin, Ginkgo Biloba, Fish Oil (with Omega-3), and occasionally Valerian Root and Melatonin to help me sleep at night.

    Oh and try taking a caffeine pill before working out!! Clark Kent recommended it and I cannot tell you how much it has helped me. Simply put it's awesome.
     
  6. padre31

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    60 pds seems like a lot, but really it was very little problem losing it on the bike commuting daily, what you do daily is what you "are" so to speak. Since I've radically changed my diet and cut waay back on the booze have no real worry about putting it back on, if anything more worried about getting rocked up for the summer and fall.

    If I put in the work, I muscle up really quickly, like two inches on my chest and an inch on my arms in about 3 weeks or so.

    Abs are another story!


    Honestly I drink such a massive amount of dilluted black tea I have little problem with a weight fluctuation after drinking, if anything the slight dehydrating effect causes me to lose weight.

    I do take melatonin from time to time, but my go to isn't valerian it is St John's Wort.

    BTW, when I take fish oil it is cod liver oil.
     
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  7. UCF FINatic

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    Yeah, it's really about getting into the "lifestyle changes" mindset compared to a "diet" mindset.

    I might have to try that St John's Wort, because I have been sleeping like crap the last 4 nights. I can't fall asleep at night, will be tired all day, and then can't nap. It's really frustrating.

    I've really upped my cardio at the gym and I am seeing the results already. I burned 750 calories on Sunday and Monday and today I burned 500 calories after lifting. I also improved on the following weights:

    Workout Stats
    Squats: 195 lbs (5 sets of 5) +5 lbs
    Overhead Press: 75 lbs (5 sets of 5)
    Deadlifts: 195 lbs (2 sets of 5)
    Bench: 105 lbs (5 sets of 5) +5 lbs (seemed really easy, definitely upping it again next time I bench)
    Pull Down Machine: 120 lbs (5 sets of 5) +5 lbs
    About 40 minutes of cardio (burning 500+ calories)

    EDIT: One of the reasons I have upped my cardio at the gym is because I do not anticipate being able to workout next week due to having 4 exams in 2 days. Figured I'd try to kill myself now so I don't feel as bad/guilty when I don't go to the gym next week. I should be able to lift on Thursday, Saturday, and Monday (if the gym is opened; if they are closed I'll just work out Tuesday), but I don't anticipate being able to workout after that due to all of the exams. You can bet money that I'll hit the gym on Friday after I take my last exam though :)
     
  8. padre31

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    TBH UCF, I took almost 2 weeks off from everything, bike commuting lifting, and I had not felt better.

    Don't look at downtime as feeling guilty, it is a time to rest, heal up and when you hit it again you'll feel a lot stronger.
     
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  9. GridIronKing34

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    Pretty much this. A week off after a solid 2-3 months will help you more than you'd think. You'd still calorie count and eat right though.
     
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    Thanks guys! And looking at the schedule it's only like I am going to take 2 or 3 days off lol, that is not much at all.
     
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    Been killing myself this week. After getting frustrated on seeing limited progress on the scale I said F' this I am going to lose weight and gain muscle if I die trying. Here has been my route thus far:

    Sunday: lifted and burnt 750 calories
    Monday: burnt 750 calories
    Tuesday: lifted and burnt 500 calories
    Wednesday: burnt 750 calories
    Thursday: lifted and burnt 500 calories
    Friday: burnt 900 calories

    Total calories burnt between Sunday and Friday: 4,150 (and that's just been cardio)

    I guess burning all that extra calories has made me hungrier because I have been eating more. Starting with Sunday I have eaten the following amount of calories: 1465, 2010, 1764, 2010, 1885, and about 2050 tonight. I have made sure that despite eating more calories, the deficit between calories eaten and calories burnt was less than 1650 (which is my daily limit). Basically my thinking was if I am burning 750 calories and I eat 2000 calories it is as if I am only eating 1,250 calories (which was less than my original plan). I know I would see even better results if I cut down the food, but I've honestly felt hungrier since lifting and adding cardio.

    Anyways my weight till hasn't changed much. I will weigh up to 212 before working out and will weigh around 209.x after working out, but again I am feeling better physically and think i can see a difference so I am going to keep doing it. It is awesome with weightlifting and cardio that in one week your body can do something that it simply could not do the previous week.

    Stay hungry my friends.



    PS- I went to the Doctor Thursday for a cough I have been having when i lay down at night. Anyways, it was funny the nurse took my height and weight and sure enough I saw that I was obese on that stupid BMI chart, well then she goes to take my vitals and every number was fantastic; IIRC my heart rate was like 66 and my blood pressure was 119/67 and apparently my lung expulsion was around 550 which was right inline with the norm too (they did that because they were checking for asthma).
     
  12. UCF FINatic

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    WEEKLY UPDATE

    04/01/13: 223.2 lbs
    04/08/13: 218.0 lbs
    04/15/13: 214.0 lbs
    04/22/13: 214.2 lbs
    04/29/13: 214.8 lbs
    05/06/13: 212.0 lbs
    05/13/13: 213.6 lbs
    05/19/13: 211.8 lbs
    05/26/13: 208.4 lbs


    TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS: 14.8 lbs
    WEIGHT LOSS THIS WEEK: 3.4 lbs
    AVERAGE WEIGHT LOSS PER WEEK: (14.8/8)= 1.85 lbs
    PERCENT OF TARGET WEIGHT REACHED: (223.2-170)= 53.2 ---> (14.8/53.2)= 27.8%

    Workout Stats
    Squats: 195 lbs (5 sets of 5)
    Overhead Press: 75 lbs (5 sets of 5)
    Deadlifts: 195 lbs (2 sets of 5)
    Bench: 105 lbs (5 sets of 5)
    Pull Down Machine: 125 lbs (5 sets of 5)
    Cardio: 500 calories on lifting days, 750 calories on non-lifting days


    I can really see a difference in my body now and it is great to see those changes reflected in the scale. The added cardio really helped me drop some weight this week (I burned 5,150 calories since last Sunday). That being said, I think the added cardio has hurt my lifting numbers. I do not feel nearly as powerful as I used to when I used to lift prior to doing cardio, but I suppose that is understandable. I will continue to lift even if I feel weaker; I've read that lifting (even if you just stay at the same weight) will help your body retain muscle and lose fat when dieting.

    Stay hungry my friends!
     
  13. UCF FINatic

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    Just wanted to let you all know that I am still going strong. I took about 3 weeks off; 1 week because I had 4 exams in one week and then 2 weeks off because it was my "summer break" and I went back home (didn't have a gym membership and I wanted to eat whatever I wanted and enjoy my break). Well I got back up to Gainesville this Sunday and have been going hard since then. I'll post an update soon. Probably Sunday. Weight has been fluctuating all over this week, but I know that I am heading in the correct direction so I stopped letting that bother me.

    Stay Strong.
     
  14. padre31

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    For some lifting then doing cardio just fits them better UCF.

    Myself, cardio is so important I'd rather do that then lift if it comes down between the two activities..I'm already muscled up, now have to lean a bit.

    IE..no beer..and it's Summer...*sigh*
     
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    I've started working out in last 2 1/2 months and thoroughly enjoy it again. I was at 265lbs when I started in April and I'm down to 231. I usually lift about 30-40 minutes and then 60 mins of cardio. I do about 30-40mins on the tread mill and finish off on the eliptical so I don't wreck my knees. One thing that I started incorporating in my runs on the treadmill is sprints, read that the high intensity cardio really helps to lose alot of fat.

    I'm 6'4 and my goal is to get down to about 200 then start to build up the muscle and try to get cut like I used to be in high school. Right now I have time to put in the work, and it will be that way until at least the end of the year. I think I can do it, and will continue to work hard.
     
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    Okay finally have time for an update. Like i said before, I took 3 weeks off from everything and just started to eat healthy and workout last Sunday. When I weighed myself on Sunday it said 215, but then throughout the day my weight went down and hovered around 213 so thats what I changed my weight in myfitness pal to. Throughout the week of working out and eating healthy my weight jumped all around from 213, to 210, to 209, to 207, then 210, to 213, and then leveled off around 210. So I recorded my weight this Sunday at 210 (so I lost 3 pounds this week, by jumping back into my program.

    The weight jumping all over the place could be due to couple things. First off, the UF gym was closed on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday so I had to try to make use of my apartments ****ty *** gym (which I can guarantee brought my productivity down). To further complicate matters the gym is closed every other day this week, so I have to hit it hard with both weights and cardio when I do go. Another reason my weight jumped all around is the fact that I went out partying and consumed a lot of beer and drunk food on Friday and Saturday. The reason I went so hog wild is the fact that I got braces on Monday. Nothing like getting braces at 24 while your single to depress you lol. I was trying to have fun and hook up with girls while I still could.

    So now, I am resuming my weight loss plan with braces and a renewed sense of self. This week I was able to work my way back up to my previous workout stats and actually increased my overhead press 5 pounds.

    Anyway without further ado:

    WEEKLY UPDATE

    04/01/13: 223.2 lbs
    04/08/13: 218.0 lbs
    04/15/13: 214.0 lbs
    04/22/13: 214.2 lbs
    04/29/13: 214.8 lbs
    05/06/13: 212.0 lbs
    05/13/13: 213.6 lbs
    05/19/13: 211.8 lbs
    05/26/13: 208.4 lbs
    06/02/13: ------
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    06/16/13: 213.0 lbs
    06/23/13: 210.0 lbs


    TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS: 13.2 lbs
    WEIGHT LOSS THIS WEEK: 3.0 lbs
    AVERAGE WEIGHT LOSS PER WEEK (since break): (3.0/1)= 3.0 lbs
    PERCENT OF TARGET WEIGHT REACHED: (223.2-170)= 53.2 ---> (13.2/53.2)= 24.8%

    Workout Stats
    Squats: 195 lbs (5 sets of 5)
    Overhead Press: 80 lbs (5 sets of 5) +5 pounds
    Deadlifts: 195 lbs (2 sets of 5)
    Bench: 105 lbs (5 sets of 5)
    Pull Down Machine: 125 lbs (5 sets of 5)
    Cardio: 500 calories on lifting days, 750 calories on non-lifting days
     
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    Everyday I lift I do squats so I pretty much have to start with that to get the most out of my muscles. After working out I feel that it makes the resistance settings on the elliptical less noticeable so I am able to do more work.

    If you are craving a beer have a Beck's Light. It has the most alcohol to calories ratio out there and is only 64 calories a bottle. I really enjoy the taste of it too. No beer at all sounds unbearable though.
     
  18. UCF FINatic

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    Losing 34 pounds that fast is incredible! I am really happy to hear how you enjoy working out. As someone that had never really lifted in my life I found lifting to be very therapeutic and made me feel great about myself.

    Keep up the good work! :knucks:
     
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  19. padre31

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    Nah, it's not that UCFF, it's more that where the females are..there is beer..you pretty much have to drink in my town..

    So pretty much, lifting weights, dieting etc, uhm..to be more attractive to ladies means one has to break the health chain..there is nothing quite like a female one is interested in touching your face and telling you they are happy to see you.

    Sorry brother, won't apologize for being a man, will say..even my Discipline cracks sometimes
     
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    Hahaha we speak the same language. I always have to have some liquid courage when I go out.
     
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    I'd happily drink coffee if that was the culture, but it just doesn't work that way.

    3 beers tops, sometimes 4, otherwise it's just to much booze even if you drink them over 3-4 hours
     
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    Quick recap, got braces on Monday and they have ironically, really helped me improve my lifting numbers. Reason being is that my mouth/teeth have been hurting so much that I cannot feel when my muscles hurt and/or are sore; thank you Gate Control Theory of Pain. It is like lifting without feeling the pain of your muscles only experiencing whether you can or cannot do a set, rep, or certain weight. I am wondering if this will wear off with time since the pain has been reduced day by day. I am sure this experience will come again when I get them tightened though.

    Additionally, the braces have effected what I can and cannot eat making the dieting aspect much easier. I only eat when I am really hungry so I don't have to brush my teeth every two seconds when I munch on something. It has also effected my food choices to an extent too.

    I was doing great on my diet and workout regiment until this Friday and Saturday when a friend from back home came and chilled with me. We had to go to a Birthday party which I consumed a lot of beer and later Taco Bell. On Saturday I had to go to a Birthday Potluck and also drank and ate in excess. My workout on Friday was only lifting and no cardio due to a time constraint with the Birthday party. All in all, with everything accounted for I am very happy with this weeks progress, especially my lifting improvements.

    One thing I have changed is instead of going to the gym every single day and burning 750 calories on non-lifting days and 250 calories on lifting days I have altered my schedule to burn 1,000 calories on the elliptical on lifting days (after lifting) and then not going to the gym at all on off/non-lifting days. This made my lifting days super long at about 2.5 hours, but I save time and energy in the long run and it will also aid my study habits as I have a hard time studying after lifting. I am curious to see whether I will be able to burn 1,000 calories on the elliptical after my leg days.... might be too much of a ***** to tackle. I guess I'll find out on Tuesday.

    One super frustrating thing I found out today is that my scale is apparently miscalibrated and is giving out wrong weights. I figured this out because my friend who came up here weighed himself and instantly noted how my scale was off by 7 to 8 pounds. I didn't believe him until he went home today and used his own scale after checking it with 20 lb weights and then weighing himself and noting how it was 10 pounds less than what my scale said earlier today. We theorized that it could potentially be due to the fact that I am on the 3rd floor of an apartment and there could be uneven beams, etc. I checked this hypothesis by taking my scale down to the 1st level and the street and weighing myself. In 3 different locations I got 3 different readings 209, then 212, then 212.4; this was immediately after weighing in at 208.4 on the 3rd floor; so this basically told me that the scale is completely screwed up and has nothing to do with the beams of my building, etc. I might go back to using the scale at Publix weekly on weigh in days and just using my house scale to monitor my weight daily. I usually weigh myself in just underwear at home so it will be interesting to see if I wear clothes and shoes and still weigh less on the Publix scale.


    WEEKLY UPDATE

    04/01/13: 223.2 lbs
    04/08/13: 218.0 lbs
    04/15/13: 214.0 lbs
    04/22/13: 214.2 lbs
    04/29/13: 214.8 lbs
    05/06/13: 212.0 lbs
    05/13/13: 213.6 lbs
    05/19/13: 211.8 lbs
    05/26/13: 208.4 lbs
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    06/16/13: 213.0 lbs
    06/23/13: 210.0 lbs
    06/30/13: 208.4 lbs



    TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS: 14.8 lbs
    WEIGHT LOSS THIS WEEK: 1.6 lbs
    AVERAGE WEIGHT LOSS PER WEEK (since break): (4.6/2)= 2.3 lbs
    PERCENT OF TARGET WEIGHT REACHED: (223.2-170)= 53.2 ---> (14.8/53.2)= 27.8%

    Workout Stats
    Squats: 205 lbs (5 sets of 5) ++++ 10 lbs
    Overhead Press: 80 lbs (5 sets of 5)
    Deadlifts: 205 lbs (2 sets of 5) ++++ 10 lbs
    Bench: 115 lbs (5 sets of 5) ++++ 10 lbs
    Pull Down Machine: 130 lbs (5 sets of 5) ++++ 5 lbs
    Cardio: 1,000 calories burnt on the elliptical on lifting days and 0 on non-lifting days (SWITCHED UP)
     
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    UCF.. a binge day or two is not really a problem, the real problem is letting it run on then not working out.
     
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    Updating today because I have two exams on Tuesday and quite frankly need to put all my effort into them. I will keep my diet still though. I lifted today, but will probably have to skip working out Monday to study. I will just move Mondays workout to Tuesday (after my exams).

    I kept switching up my cardio, but this in my opinion is the perfect balance for me. Yes, it isn't as much as I was doing before but by burning less calories I have been having less food cravings and I believe it will help me put on muscle.

    I've linked a picture of my progress above. I am feeling much better about my progress this time around compared to last time. Last time I was starting to get "skinny-fat" while this time around I am getting more "built."

    Thanks for all the help and motivation along the way guys! You all rock! :knucks:

    WEEKLY UPDATE

    04/01/13: 223.2 lbs
    04/08/13: 218.0 lbs
    04/15/13: 214.0 lbs
    04/22/13: 214.2 lbs
    04/29/13: 214.8 lbs
    05/06/13: 212.0 lbs
    05/13/13: 213.6 lbs
    05/19/13: 211.8 lbs
    05/26/13: 208.4 lbs
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    06/16/13: 213.0 lbs
    06/23/13: 210.0 lbs
    06/30/13: 208.4 lbs
    07/07/13: 206.2 lbs



    TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS: 17.0 lbs
    WEIGHT LOSS THIS WEEK: 2.2 lbs
    AVERAGE WEIGHT LOSS PER WEEK (since break): (6.8/3)= 2.27 lbs
    PERCENT OF TARGET WEIGHT REACHED: (223.2-170)= 53.2 ---> (17.0/53.2)= 31.95%

    Workout Stats
    Squats: 210 lbs (5 sets of 5) ++++ 5 lbs
    Overhead Press: 80 lbs (5 sets of 5)
    Deadlifts: 215 lbs (2 sets of 5) ++++ 10 lbs
    Bench: 115 lbs (5 sets of 5)
    Pull Down Machine: 130 lbs (5 sets of 5)
    Cardio: 500 calories burnt on the elliptical on ARM lifting days, 250 calories burnt on the elliptical on LEG lifting days and 0 on non-lifting days (SWITCHED UP)
     
  26. finattic79

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    Yea I was surprised how fast it went down as well. I'm down now to 227, but I've kinda been lax on my diet. Haven't missed days working out, but I'm starting to buckle back down on my diet so I can hit my goal of 200 before I go home for a visit.

    Keep up the good work, knock out those exams then hit the gym with vengeance!!
     
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    Ended up not counting calories all week. I still worked out, but had a pretty big set back from the lifting aspect (I'll get to that later). Basically, I ate like **** Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday because of two exams on over 900 slides. Then after I finished the exams on Tuesday I ended up going out to eat with my big and then out to eat with my friends another day. I also got drunk a couple of those nights and caved a little to my late night munchies. Then to make matters worse i went home to visit my family this weekend and continued t gorge myself on "forbidden foods" aka stuff that doesn't usually fit into my protein and caloric limits.

    As far as the major gym set back, I messed something up in my lower back either doing Squats or Deadlifts. Basically anytime I rack the weight after doing a set I get this flash of pain in my lower back for about 2 seconds and then it goes away. I continued t workout, but it has really effected me and I dropped the weight a decent amount. I squatted much lower than 215 on Saturday and today I did 205. I deadlifted 135 and only got through 3 sets before I stopped because I wanted to let my back heal. Luckily I just have to squat, bench, and do the pull down bar on Wednesday, so hopefully by Friday my lower back will be back to normal. If anyone has any advice as to what could help/prevent/or have been the cause of the lower back pain I would greatly appreciate it.

    Started eating healthy again today and finally righted the tracks. I feel much better in general this time around compared the the last time I dieted. I feel like I have made lifestyle changes now, and while i will have a bad week here or there overall I have kept up my general tread a lot longer than before. I think my big goal is to be below 200 by August 26th.


    WEEKLY UPDATE

    04/01/13: 223.2 lbs
    04/08/13: 218.0 lbs
    04/15/13: 214.0 lbs
    04/22/13: 214.2 lbs
    04/29/13: 214.8 lbs
    05/06/13: 212.0 lbs
    05/13/13: 213.6 lbs
    05/19/13: 211.8 lbs
    05/26/13: 208.4 lbs
    06/02/13: ------
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    06/16/13: 213.0 lbs
    06/23/13: 210.0 lbs
    06/30/13: 208.4 lbs
    07/07/13: 206.2 lbs
    07/14/13: 207.2 lbs



    TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS: 16.0 lbs
    WEIGHT LOSS THIS WEEK: -1.0 lbs
    AVERAGE WEIGHT LOSS PER WEEK (since break): (5.8/4)= 1.45 lbs
    PERCENT OF TARGET WEIGHT REACHED: (223.2-170)= 53.2 ---> (16.0/53.2)= 30.08%

    Workout Stats
    Squats: 215 lbs (5 sets of 5) ++++ 5 lbs
    Overhead Press: 85 lbs (5 sets of 5) ++++ 5 lbs
    Deadlifts: 215 lbs (2 sets of 5)
    Bench: 115 lbs (5 sets of 5)
    Pull Down Machine: 130 lbs (5 sets of 5)
    Cardio: 500 calories burnt on the elliptical on ARM lifting days, 250 calories burnt on the elliptical on LEG lifting days and 0 on non-lifting days
     
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    Well the good thing is you didn't really gain that much weight at all!! That's what is good with lifting weights, more muscle helps to burn more calories so having a week like you did doesn't make a huge dent on the scale. Keep up the good work, hope whatever is causing your pain goes away with no major issues.
     
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    UCF, it appears like you've hit a plateau in the mid 200 range, if you want to lose more weight you may have to change things up, like more cardio.
     
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    Yea, I keep letting little things get in the way. I actually cut my calories back a little bit and was down to 204.2 after my workout yesterday. Hopefully, I will be able to keep my weight down around there.
     
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    Other thing is one will put on muscle and lose fat, so the scale doesn't lie but it may not tell the whole story.
     
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    That's been the most damning thing during this process; I have been trying to listen to the scale, but more importantly the mirror. I am actually going to a university run Boot Camp tonight. I've heard it is a High intensity program which is good for losing fat and retaining muscle. Today is my "off day" so hopefully this will help me towards my goal of losing fat and gaining muscle.
     
  33. SICK

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    Dude you're thinning out like crazy, your last pic on imgur your legs are cut, and your waist is real thin from the side. Good **** man. Don't worry as much about the number, if your bmi is down, and muslce is up, your weight may not change as much due to the muslce growth adding pounds....but from the naked eye, and as someone who doesnt see you everyday (like you do in the mirror) I can say without a doubt you're thinning out and getting in much better shape. Well done bro!
     
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    Well, just keep in mind...your belt doesn't lie, if you have to go down notches you know what is up in real terms.
     
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    Thanks man! It means a lot to me. I've actually had a couple classmates randomly come up and compliment me on my weight loss unsolicited. It really is motivation and I am staying hungry.

    I am actually going to use a Bod Pod and have other measurements taken on me soon to gauge my Fat percentage, lean body mass, and a bunch of other measurements. It should help me see progress from a fat loss prospective in addition to helping me out diet wise. I'll keep you all posted soon.

    Also Boot Camp today was brutal. Haven't had cardio like that since I played lacrosse in high school. I'll probably try to add it into my regiment each week one or two times. All I know is there is no way in hell I would be able to do it after a leg day in the gym.

    Tomorrow is Leg day so I am curious as to see how my lower back is coming alone. It's gradually been getting better but I still experience some pain after racking the weights after a squat set or stopping after a deadlift set for about 2 to 4 seconds. Hopefully, I'll be back on track tomorrow.
     
  36. padre31

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    TBH UCF, you should probably lay off of the heavy leg work while your back is even the slightest bit not right.

    You could probably do just fine with just a stair master for now, just use the steeper hill climbing settings.
     
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    Agreed no need hurting yourself and putting yourself out of action longer just to push it a bit. Never a bad thing to heal, and work out your legs other ways.
     
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    Had a pretty good week. It's crazy how much my weight fluctuates though, one day this week I was down to 203.4 and then the next I was up around 209 or something ridiculous like that. I am really, really motivated to lose these last 5 pounds to get below 200 pounds. A long time ago I made a promise to myself to not buy any clothes for myself until I get back under 200 pounds; well it just so happens that the No-Sales-Tax shopping weekend is August 3rd and 4th; so that gives me 2 weeks to lose 5 pounds. I am going to reach that goal.

    Additionally, I get to go into the Bod Pod and get all kinds of measurements this coming Friday. I will post my results when I get them.

    WEEKLY UPDATE

    04/01/13: 223.2 lbs
    04/08/13: 218.0 lbs
    04/15/13: 214.0 lbs
    04/22/13: 214.2 lbs
    04/29/13: 214.8 lbs
    05/06/13: 212.0 lbs
    05/13/13: 213.6 lbs
    05/19/13: 211.8 lbs
    05/26/13: 208.4 lbs
    06/02/13: ------
    06/09/13: ------
    06/16/13: 213.0 lbs
    06/23/13: 210.0 lbs
    06/30/13: 208.4 lbs
    07/07/13: 206.2 lbs
    07/14/13: 207.2 lbs
    07/21/13: 205.0 lbs



    TOTAL WEIGHT LOSS: 18.2 lbs
    WEIGHT LOSS THIS WEEK: 2.2 lbs
    AVERAGE WEIGHT LOSS PER WEEK (since break): (8/5)= 1.6 lbs
    PERCENT OF TARGET WEIGHT REACHED: (223.2-170)= 53.2 ---> (18.2/53.2)= 34.21%

    Workout Stats
    Squats: 215 lbs (5 sets of 5)
    Overhead Press: 85 lbs (5 sets of 5)
    Deadlifts: 215 lbs (2 sets of 5)
    Bench: 120 lbs (5 sets of 5) +++5 pounds +++
    Pull Down Machine: 135 lbs (5 sets of 5) +++5 pounds +++
    Cardio: 250 calories burnt on the elliptical on ARM lifting days, 150 calories burnt on the elliptical on LEG lifting days and 0 on non-lifting days
     
  39. Clark Kent

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    Just skimming through. Good job with the weight loss. keep at it.

    Some advice on squats/DL and your back issues. Breath in through your diaphragm and hold it. This is called the valsulva (SP?) method. This helps lock your core (and lower back) into place. Breath out through your mouth after you have finished your rep (don't completely let the air out, just enough), not during the rep itself. Then breath through diaphragm again, hold it, do the rep, release and repeat. If your chest moves a lot while breathing into your diaphragm, you're doing it wrong.
     
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    Thanks for the tip! I'm definitely going to try that the next time I squat.
     

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