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New Start?

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I’ve said this time and time again, or so it seems. I could write a self-help book on fresh starts, but not on sustaining them. We have a natural fresh start, the beginning to every year thanks to Pope Gregory XIII (you know, he reformatted the calendar into what we have today). Just wait for January, its your reward for surviving a long year—for making it through. Bring on those traditions of new years and resolutions following it. Turn your back, start fresh. It’s hard to resist wanting to make a fresh start, to forget the previous year. Who gets to determine how much you can forget about the previous year, it’s certainly not yourself. It’s not a new year, where you can forget everything that happened before—it’s a new way of living, a new way of evaluating the world around you.

That is what this week is for me, it’s a new way of evaluating the world around me. I can’t promise I’ll stick to this, but I want to. 

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February 21, 2014 at 12:34 pm

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I’m Back… again

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Recently, my best friend, Amanda, started blogging. Something clicked when I read her post. She said, “I really don’t care if someone has an issue with what I write, because this is not for you, this is for me.” That made me realize, that I stopped blogging because I was afraid to publish my opinions. Last year, a student published a critique of my analysis regarding diet and exercise, which scared me. Not to mention when she refused to publish my response on her blog—I got furious.

 

I approached my weight loss lifestyle from a scientific viewpoint. Losing fat (triacylglycerides, or fatty acids) is a process. When fat is consumed in a meal it is usually in the form of a triacylglyceride. In order to break up these TAGs for short, the gallbladder secretes bile acid, creating smaller globules of TAGs. Then, Lipases breaks down TAG into 2-monoglycerol and fatty acids. These digested fragments are then taken up or absorbed in the small intestine and reformed into TAG. Fat loss occurs when these fat cells are stimulated by different hormones (growth hormones, glucagon, ACTH). There are two states that directly affect a fat cells break down. When a body is fasting, hormones are elevated which promotes the fat breakdown response, or when insulin concentrations are high. (I will publish my sources soon—I just wanted to get this up). In simplicity, if you eat more than your body naturally burns in a day, you will pack on the weight. That is as scientific as you get from me at 6am.

 

I have remained stagnant for a year—haven’t gained weight and haven’t lost weight. I’ve had a renewed focus at the gym and want to make 2014 the year I actually hit my goal weight. I know this seems crazy, but I’m turning 24 this year. I lived 21 years of my life as a morbidly obese kid, and now almost 3 years overweight (when I say overweight, I mean by both BMI and Body Fat Index analysis). I have a ton of clothes that I bought and want to be able to fit into, and I will make that happen this year.

 

I’m not one for new years resolutions, so you may be saying “ahhh, you’re late to the party—I started almost two months ago,” but you can’t make a change unless you are ready for it. I am ready for this right here, right now.

 

I recently ended what I would call a bittersweet relationship, we were happy together (on the outside, and sometimes on the inside), which made me realize I hadn’t been doing much for myself. I wasn’t taking the vacations I wanted, I would give up gym time to have couple time, I wasn’t cooking much anymore, but that has all changed.

 

Welcome to my renewed take on this journey.

 

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February 20, 2014 at 6:44 am

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February 19, 2014 at 10:19 pm

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Bored at the gym? Make a new friend

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If you want to succeed at your weight loss journey, you need to enjoy going to the gym. If you spend day in and day out on the elliptical or stationary bike; chances are, you won’t like the gym. You’ll in fact dread it. The easiest thing to do is discover a new friend and you will look forward to going to the gym just to see the new friend.
I used to go to the gym and follow the same routine: 30 minutes on the ARC trainer, followed by 30 minutes of circuit training (weights and bike) followed by 10 minutes on the treadmill and then 20 minutes of yoga. I would do this routine 6 days a week, and run four out of six of those days. Four months later, I would skip the gym because “I was bored.” And I didn’t really look forward to it.
However, I have discovered two new lovers at the gym (no, not people-equipment!) I was on the ARC trainer just running (for lack of a better verb) along, and I noticed something that resembled a stair climber. I was intrigued. So, I moved to the ARC trainer closest to it to get a better look. I began a flirtation with this machine. I would take glances at it, find out how it works, but every time I found myself getting too attracted to the machine, I would look away. I was scared to try something new.
Finally, I remembered what my friend Tara told me once, “Just do it!” She took a challenge last year to climb an astronomical number of stories. I got on it and was amazed at how much I loved it! I climbed 30 stories my first time, and was SORE AS HELL! Now, I climb between 30-50 stories at a time as a part of my circuit workout. However, while I was on the stair climber, I noticed something else…
The ROWING MACHINE! This woman was on the rowing machine for nearly an hour, I remember thinking to myself “I had no idea what that was!” until now. As soon as she got off, I jumped off the stair climber and hopping on the rowing machine and rowed 3000m. It was the best feeling in the world, I upped the resistance and kept going! Yesterday, I reached 5000m in 30 minutes and man am I sore today. However, I can’t wait to go back to the gym and do my new workouts!
I love the gym! Make a new friend, you’ll love it too!

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March 8, 2013 at 9:28 am

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March 6, 2013 at 8:26 am

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Dear Diet Beginners

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Dear Diet Beginners,
You may have received your welcome packet from the Atkins diet, Jenny Craig, The Gapefruit Diet, the cave-man diet, the drop 10-pounds in a week diet, or the Special K diet. What I say next may shock you. You need to throw that packet out. No one can create a lifestyle plan for you revolving around eliminating food groups, or only allowing you to eat one thing (like Special K or Grapefruit-who could live on that anyway? Special K is great and all but I love me some salad!) How about I send you the welcome packet from the simple lifestyle diet? It’s called “Eat Less and Exercise more!” This diet has been around forever, and has scientifically proven results.
If you look for one piece of advice, look for this: monitor your calories, approach your new lifestyle mathematically, scientifically and emotionally don’t discount anything. Find out how many calories you need to consume per day, eat a little less than that amount and exercise moderately. You will lose weight. By paying attention to what you’re putting in your mouth, you’re learning what needs to be consumed in mass quantities (like water and vegetables) and what needs to be restricted (like sugars and carbohydrates and sodium). You’ll also learn through this beginning stage of your new lifestyle how your body is supposed to feel. Once you know how your body is supposed to feel, I guarantee you that you’ll try and maintain that feeling no matter what!
Do not let anyone come into your life and tell you that you should only be eating meat, and that you should eliminate everything that can’t be processed through a juicer. If you listen to those people your new lifestyle will fail. Have you ever met someone who didn’t have dessert once in a while? Or have you ever met someone who only ate grapefruit-for their entire life? I sure haven’t. Losing weight is a matter of calories in being less than calories out. If you burn more than you consume it doesn’t particularly matter from where those calories come. You will lose weight eating any type of calories. Yes, avoiding processed foods and fats is good for your health: it is not essential to lose weight.
However, eating only two meals instead of three is not the way to cut those calories. By skipping meals, you will be more hungry and you may very well consume more. And skipping a meal runs the risk of putting yourself too far below your calorie intake requirement for the day. This will put your body in starvation mode. That is never a good place to be when trying to lose weight. Starvation lowers your metabolism, and when you begin eating again (yes, when you begin eating, because you can’t starve yourself forever), your body will put the pounds right back on, because instead of needing 2,000 calories a day, your body will only consume 1,500. Starving yourself also sets your body up for nutritional imbalance.
Moral of the story, and if you take anything away from reading this, I ask that you take this piece of advice away: listen to your body. Don’t put yourself in a position where your body is crying out for something and you’re denying it. Live your life in moderation, both food and exercise, and you will feel better and lose weight.

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March 4, 2013 at 2:59 pm

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Battling two eating disorders

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Everybody Knows Somebody. This week is National Eating Disorder Awareness week, and their campaign is that you don’t have to look very hard to find someone with an eating disorder. In my case, I didn’t have to look very far at all. As I have recently posted, my name is Mike and I am a binge eater. However, I have previously shown characteristics of exercise bulimia as well. Now normally I have a little bit of education to go along with my posts-I am after all a big advocate of presenting facts along with my experience-so that my actions don’t go unsubstantiated; however, this will deviate from that norm.
When I began to diet, I lost a lot of weight and fast. I dropped from 322 pounds on January 5th (I believe) to 199 pounds that October. I knew it was a lot of weight, and quickly. I attempted to get down to 175 from 199 from October to the following March, and I did that through exercise bulimia. I would calculate how much food I consumed, and I would sit on the treadmill for hours, “I ate that food, now I need to stay on here until I burn X amount of calories.” If I didn’t splurge and eat what I wasn’t supposed to-my goal was to “exercise off my lunch.” And I would willingly tell myself this. Finally, I reached 175lbs and I started making excuses for my bad eating habits. I would eat and workout to cancel the “bad eating choices” out. Soon the eating increased to the point of binge eating again. I would binge eat on day one, and then on day two I would stay at the gym for over three hours-running, biking, using the elliptical and the arc trainer. I didn’t really know this as exercise bulimia it just seemed normal to me.
Soon though, I stopped exercising and continued binge eating. And I gained back the weight. I guess this point forward will be my story battling both exercise bulimia and binge eating-two pretty serious eating disorders (well binge eating isn’t considered an eating disorder-technically, yet.)

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February 28, 2013 at 11:26 am

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