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post #16 of 28
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Originally Posted by Associate
I guess it won't do too much damage.

lol!

Yeah, just stick in one full-body workout. You'll live!

Besides, all swimmers have that awesome chest you can attain much faster by bench/dumbell pressing.
post #17 of 28
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by bystandering
lol!

Yeah, just stick in one full-body workout. You'll live!

Besides, all swimmers have that awesome chest you can attain much faster by bench/dumbell pressing.

ahem, still trying to get rid of whatever chest I have now...
post #18 of 28
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Originally Posted by Associate
ahem, still trying to get rid of whatever chest I have now...

lol! Sorry! But still, working out your chest will undoubtedly help shape it as you lose fat.

What's your current condition? I can maybe sympathize. I used to be pretty overweight after gaining 50lb in college. Went from 150 --> 200 in one semester.
post #19 of 28
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by bystandering
lol! Sorry! But still, working out your chest will undoubtedly help shape it as you lose fat.

What's your current condition? I can maybe sympathize. I used to be pretty overweight after gaining 50lb in college. Went from 150 --> 200 in one semester.

No worries, I'm semi-kidding - I'm 5'8", 155 and trying to go to 145, so I'm not morbidly obese, just on the broad side. Wow, 150 to 200, I feel for you. I had a friend who started at a law firm with me and pulled a similar feat, but I'm afraid he went beyond 200. I guess 14 hours a day in front of a computer will do that to you.
post #20 of 28
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Originally Posted by Associate
No worries, I'm semi-kidding - I'm 5'8", 155 and trying to go to 145, so I'm not morbidly obese, just on the broad side. Wow, 150 to 200, I feel for you. I had a friend who started at a law firm with me and pulled a similar feat, but I'm afraid he went beyond 200. I guess 14 hours a day in front of a computer will do that to you.

I'm only 5'7 and have been at 150 (+5 or -5) for 40 years. I'm not sure why you believe you need to lose weight. Maybe rearrange it a bit. Reduce butt - or reshape it a bit - and reduce love handles. But add muscle to legs, arms, back and chest. You could probably find more clothing choices if you gained a bit (in the right areas). I'm impressed that you have found the dedication to keep with a program that you are following. Better than me.

There are lots of internet sites on weight training. I'm not into body building, per se, but the theory will work for general fitness. Most of us could use a bit more muscle and less fat. As well as improved cardio fitness for stamina.

My general overall fitness level is so darned poor that I need to do SOMETHING. A couple of posts on this forum have prompted me to get started, just a bit, generally with some body weight exercises and planks.

Good luck on reaching your goals.
post #21 of 28
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Originally Posted by Charley
There are lots of internet sites on weight training. I'm not into body building, per se, but the theory will work for general fitness. Most of us could use a bit more muscle and less fat. As well as improved cardio fitness for stamina.

I agree. I've been involved with the bodybuilding culture for some time now, and I'm tellin ya, the serious bodybuilders are the most obsessed, anal, efficient people on the planet when it comes to health, fitness, and bodily appearance.

I've been a member of http://forums.bodybuilding.com for over 3 years now, and I see transformations every day people would drop their jaw upon witnessing. Best source of info ever. Seriously. Give it a shot to learn some info. Just be sure to trust only the people with high post/rep counts, or any of the moderators, since there are quite a good amount of trolls around there (Most I've seen on any boards). Anyway, you know you're doing things right when Professional Natural bodybuilders are giving you advice w/ scientific backing. Layne Norton (username: str8flexed) and Derek Charlebois (u: Beast) come to mind as the premier experts on nutrition and weightlifting.

Anyway, you will find that just making small choices will go such a long way! I first started off by cutting out bits and pieces of my usual junk food intake. Then, I just cut off almost all processed foods. Immediately my body responded positively, trimming my waistline and most of all making me feel much better. I didn't feel so groggy all the time, a lot of my dryness problems went away (No doubt I had them before because of high sodium intake from shitty foods), and even without really watching my diet, my waistline was trimmed.

You know, this thread has inspired me to lean out a bit as well. I did not successfully complete my transformation, stopping short about a month or two of a six-pack. I recently saw Equilibrium, and man, Christian Bale had a pretty nice bod. Just seeing stuff like this every day is good motivation.
post #22 of 28
Thread Starter 
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I'm not sure why you believe you need to lose weight. Maybe rearrange it a bit. Reduce butt - or reshape it a bit - and reduce love handles. But add muscle to legs, arms, back and chest. You could probably find more clothing choices if you gained a bit (in the rig

My weight is borderline okay, but its concentrated in my upper body, whereas from the waist down I never gain a single gram.

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Originally Posted by bystandering
You know, this thread has inspired me to lean out a bit as well. I did not successfully complete my transformation, stopping short about a month or two of a six-pack. I recently saw Equilibrium, and man, Christian Bale had a pretty nice bod. Just seeing stuff like this every day is good motivation.

That's my problem too. I'm on this two-year cycle whereby I'd lose most of the unwanted weight and then something would come up and I'd gain it again. Thing is, its getting harder and harder to lose.
post #23 of 28
If you don't train in the morning, you might consider giving that a try. That could carve a few pounds off.

Running is another great idea.

Good luck.
post #24 of 28
include some interval training.

if you workout five days a week and are having trouble losing weight, it's your diet. eat better, or start doing two-a-days.
post #25 of 28
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Thomas
If you don't train in the morning, you might consider giving that a try. That could carve a few pounds off.

Running is another great idea.

Good luck.

I shudder at the thought... not a morning person, really. But seriously, being a lawyer divorced dad with shared parenting duties and having to get a 3.5 yo ready for daycare 2-3 mornings a week and then be late to work, means that I can only either take an hour in the middle of the day (luckily, there's a great pool 5 blocks from my office) or do it after the little one goes to sleep, which in the summer is rather late.

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include some interval training.

if you workout five days a week and are having trouble losing weight, it's your diet. eat better, or start doing two-a-days.

My diet is generally better than most people's. I do lose weight when I'm training 5 times a week, albeit (i) slowly, and (ii) if I get lax on the training, I gain it back very quickly. I suspect it is my otherwise sedentary lifestyle whereby, when I'm not sleeping or training, I sit in front of a computer up to 14 hours a day.

I think that I will try to incorporate a weight session in lieu of one of the other workouts and see how this works for me.
post #26 of 28
...which is even more reason to watch you diet.
post #27 of 28
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Renault78law
...which is even more reason to watch you diet.

One thing that seating in front of a computer makes you is constantly hungry. My firm has this pantry where all leftover refreshments from the countless luncheons and meetings are brought and laid out at about 2:00 every day. I just had a very contemplative mement in front of a large tray of brownies. I ended up taking a postage stamp size piece and a few grapes. Now I just hope it all gets eaten before I see it again.
post #28 of 28
I understand your predicament and realize that not everyone is in the same situation. If I don't get out early then my day gets away from me in a hurry, so I wind up on the roads well before sunrise. At local races I get the weird eye due to my moon-tan, but that's my only option.

That said, Saturdays and Sundays tend to be great opportunities as well, and I can sleep in (relatively speaking...)
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