You Want Answers?

Posted: March 24, 2007 in Biblical Weight Loss, fat, fitness, Food, life, Me, misc, my life, personal, weight, Weight loss

I have been asked (via e-mail) several times how I’ve accomplished my weight loss.  For those of you who just tuned in, I have lost almost 20lbs since Feb 8, 2007.  So let me present my various and sundry views regarding food, drink, and everything else fitness.

Food: Don’t mess with counting calories.  Eat healthy foods in healthy portion sizes often throughout the day.  Try to have a portion of carbs and a portion of protein in each meal (including snacks if possible).  I also try to eat at least four servings of veggies and fruits daily. 

Tip: Pears taste great and are the highest fiber fruit on the market (6 grams in a medium sized pear).

Water:  I drink 3-4 mason jars of water a day.  Each mason jar holds about 4 cups of water.  I try to drink at least one mason jar full of water before each major meal (breakfast, lunch, and dinner).  This keeps me from overeating when the opportunity presents itself. 

Tip: Try drinking a fiber shake mixed with water about two hours before lunch- it is supposed to help with blood sugar levels over the next 10 hours. 

Other Liquids: I drink the V8 Fusion drinks because they are quite tasty and each 8 ounce serving equals a FULL serving of fruit and vegetables. 

Exercise: Begin with the basic principle that something is better than nothing.  From there try to find the point where something is maximizing your results without overtraining your body.  For example, if you haven’t dont ANYTHING in years and are more than 50lbs overweight you might want to start with simple steps like walking, cutting out soda (or other high calorie junk foods), drinking more water, etc.

Once you’ve gained a certian level of fitness then you can consider turning up the heat a bit and walking for longer periods of time, lifting heavier weights, etc.

I should say I think anyone can benefit from weight lifting even in the very beginning of their weight loss journey.  Just start small with high reps and low weights.  I superset (which means doing the exercises back to back) which gives my weight workouts a cardio component. 

Eating Out: Order water and drink lots of it before your food gets there.  Want to know how much to drink?  If you don’t have to get up and pee before your food gets there you probably haven’t drank enough.  Well you don’t have to go that far, but I try to down about 2 full large glasses before I even set eyes on my food. 

Net step, order leans meats (chicken and fish) and if it is grilled that is even better.  Don’t worry if you splurge on a side of mashed potatoes (although stick with a normal portion size), just keep that in mind when you eat dinner later that night. 

Running: I hate it!  So I work a routine that allows me to keep it to a minimum.  I do a walk/run combination that  allows me to exert myself at a high intensity for short periods of time, with periods of rest in between.  Plus by using supersets in my weight workouts I get some cardio work in through a means I enjoy.

Most Important: I constantly remember that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.  Without God I would never have made it this far.  All the glory to God.

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*I am not a medical doctor.  Please consult a physician before you attempt a weight loss program.  🙂

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Comments
  1. WhoreChurch says:

    Hey Tranny,

    While I take time to mess with your mind I want to make sure I tell you this is a major accomplishment. Good job. Your advice seems great–especially the “drink as much water as possible before your food gets there”, never heard that one before.

    I was also impressed with your workout routine (posted earlier.) Focusing on major muscle groups–especially squats and deadlifts–is a key to really gaining muscle.

    Good for you. You should be proud.

  2. TT, I am very proud of you 🙂

    I know it is very hard to put yourself on a diet and exercise program.
    Keep it up!!

    Love and Blessings
    Andrea

  3. Thanks WC. I don’t mind the messing around, grew up (well part of my life) in a family of extreme teasers. No joke is too harsh- well few at least.

  4. cumby says:

    Good advice! It’s a lifestyle change not a diet. Running? I only run when someone’s chasing me or I’m chasing them. 😀

  5. Great tips!

    And I’m with you…I don’t enjoy running and doubt that I ever will. I’ve built my exercise routine to get cardio in without running. 🙂

    Brian

  6. nickyvw says:

    I LOVE the idea of running, but I HATE actually doing it. I even bought a REALLY nice pair of Nike running shoes, but I gave up soon after. Oh well. Thankfully I like to walk fast!

  7. code says:

    Be careful with the water tho — too much can literally kill you.

    http://health.howstuffworks.com/water-intoxication.htm

    If you have a membership at the gym or have a rec near you, you should try the eliptical machines. You burn a lot more calories than running and they are much easier on your knees.

  8. Oh yeah, I keep an eye out for the warning signs. If my pee gets too clear, I slow down the whole water drinking process 🙂

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