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I have lost a good friend this week. That's four in three years, all in their 50s. A couple of pints every night, blow outs every weekend and all regular smokers. Its time to time take a reality check for this cat. I topped out at 15st after Xmas and to my eternal shame I couldn't do the button up on my 36 " waist levis I bought in the states. I've been right on it, lost a stone, haven't touched anything apart from meat and greens. I'm going to get back in proper shape.

 

I speed walk four miles five days a week, it takes 45 minutes. But, what exercises can I do to tone up? Do press ups and sit ups really work?

 

Advice please chaps.

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Advice please chaps.

Doesn't sound like you need it pal.

 

Monday - Friday, it's salad, greens and lean meat, and excerise 4 times on average. Come the weekends, I'm injecting lager, farmhouse cider and burgers like it's going out of fashion. I must fluctuate by 1/2 stone over the course of a week.

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At the gym I just do three quarters of an hour on the treadmill - I walk for two minutes and jog for two minutes in cycles then do a couple of minutes on this pull down weights thing. I don't know what that pull down weights thing is called but that's does everything you need. It's like doing pull ups but you pull the bar down. I guess a pull ups bar would work as well.

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I'm one to talk because I'm bang out of shape but you might want to take a look at Freeletics. It's bodyweight exercises and having a bit more muscle burns the fat. Chucking a kettlebell around will tighten you up a bit too. Like you're doing though, eating the right stuff is key. Can't remember where I read it but someone said you can't outexercise a crap diet.

 

I back on to Parkrun in the morning.

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I have started walking just got back from a 5 miler . My lad got an Apple watch so he gave me his Fit Bit, Its quite addictive especially if you know someone who as one as well because you vie against each other . I set up to do 8000 steps a day after a while it got easy and I kept upping it, its set for 15000 a day now, its 9 0clock as I post and I have already done 11000. I also do a weight routine at the gym designed for Hikers ready for my Eastern Europe hike when I retire.

 

I am in Hospital Monday and I had to go see this specialist last week to talk through what they were going to do, when they checked my blood pressure she said I will do it again it does not seem right, she did it again and said its the same I said whats up , she says you have a young mans blood pressure. I said I hope its not fucking Boynseys.. I put it down to the walking. Me knees ache and my ankle gives me gyp but its worth it. I have got a stalker now . I walk over the top cut after work and this bird forties always seems to be walking at the same time. If shes walking towards me she stops for a chat and then turns and walks with me the way she has just come , She aint bad looking but she is strange.

 

I do two swim sessions a week now as well . I think if you do low impact stuff so now strain on your joints mate you will get into it. I am feeling sound for it.

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Forgot to say if you aint got a fit bit theres an AP I down loaded to my phone called Walkmeter it maps your route and gives you kilometre splits times pace etc . There,s an add on if you want it but I use it without and its fine.

https://abvio.com/walkmeter/

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I have done 20lbs since Christmas and joined a gym and slimming world. Am in Poland at the moment undoing all my hard work but when I get back will be straight back on the diet and exercise

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Forgot to say if you aint got a fit bit theres an AP I down loaded to my phone called Walkmeter it maps your route and gives you kilometre splits times pace etc . There,s an add on if you want it but I use it without and its fine.

https://abvio.com/walkmeter/

 

Does this App compensate for your short, dwarf-like legs? You must walk 2 or 3 steps more than any other normal person...

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Does this App compensate for your short, dwarf-like legs? You must walk 2 or 3 steps more than any other normal person...

You type in your weight and height and through that it measures your stride , I aint saying its 100% but its near enough as I compare the fit bit with walkmeter and that uses G.P.S.

 

No need for personal insults shitface.

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Lost 2 friends last year. I'm only 40! I put on about a stone in about a year or so by being less active due to a back injury. Since july i've lost almost 3 stone by walking more. (got myself a fitbit to monitor, tend to do about 15,000 steps a day), drinking less and swimming 1km crawl 4 mornings a week before work.

Could get hit by a car tomorrow and end it all but I definitely feel better for it so far.

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Get a push bike, simple way of getting that ticker really pumping.

Legs get the exercise and also an easy way of getting the raised heart rate that matters.

 

Lots of nice rides around Notts & Derby. Erewash valley trail is the fav.

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Funny this thread is active now as I've had a weird weekend. I had what can only be described as a 'funny turn' last night when getting up to go to the bog. Ended up lying on the floor, white as a sheet, sweating, feeling a weird tingly feeling in my hands and my heart seemingly pumping out of my chest. I came round about 15 mins later but by this time the missus had called an ambo. They did a few tests on me and everything seemed ok until the ECG which showed an 'abnormality' which could be caused by anything, but one of the reasons could be a historic minor heart attack. Anyway they sent me to A & E which on a Saturday night is just a warzone. Ended up not seeing anyone for anything purposeful for 6 hours and just left just sick of the whole thing. Going to go GPs this week to see if it means anything to be concerned about. There is a history on both sides of my family of heart problems though.

 

I don't smoke though, have a pretty healthy lifestyle (go gym a few times a week) and drink very moderately nowadays so I don't know what much more I could do...

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Bloody hell bet that scared you. Glad your ok now and hope future tests show it was just a "glitch" in your body.

 

 

I've always been a big fucker, lightest I've been since leaving school is 16 stone but I've always led an active lifestyle and never had any blood pressure problems or anything like that. I was a postman from the age of 21 to just over a year ago so that was 12 years of walking 10-15 miles a day and I used to do a lot of overtime. For five of those years I used to bike to work and back which is a 10 mile round trip. No matter how hard i tried though I could never lose weight. I ran the Robin Hood half marathon three years in a row in a time of 1:40, 1:42 and 1:33 and each time I was above 17 stone.

 

I don't really do anything now though and my body is pretty fucked after being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. Tired all the time, any sort of over stimulation exacerbates my symptoms and I can only eat root vegetables and can't eat any fruits, anything with too much fibre, nothing with the fat removed as the additives fuck me up, no brown pasta rice or bread, basically anything that makes your stomach work hard.

 

Added to that constnt medications, in and out the hospital every two weeks to be banged on a drip all day which turns my immune system off and makes me feel ill for a couple of days after and a near constant intake of steroids for three years plus inactivity and my weight has ballooned to over 20 stone.

 

I fixed my bike this weekend though, I'm determined to do something about it, Even if it's just a little tootle around the estate a couple of nights a week.

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, Even if it's just a little tootle around the estate a couple of nights a week.

Got to start somewhere. Even doing that burns more calories than sat on your arse watching footy!

The fitnesspal app helped me too, when you realise how many snacks you have each day.

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Got to start somewhere. Even doing that burns more calories than sat on your arse watching footy!

The fitnesspal app helped me too, when you realise how many snacks you have each day.

Is that the underarmour app? Blue and silver one? Just downloaded that and looked at the calories of a few things, having three chocolate biscuits with my morning tea adds 240 calories!

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Bloody hell bet that scared you. Glad your ok now and hope future tests show it was just a "glitch" in your body.

 

 

I've always been a big fucker, lightest I've been since leaving school is 16 stone but I've always led an active lifestyle and never had any blood pressure problems or anything like that. I was a postman from the age of 21 to just over a year ago so that was 12 years of walking 10-15 miles a day and I used to do a lot of overtime. For five of those years I used to bike to work and back which is a 10 mile round trip. No matter how hard i tried though I could never lose weight. I ran the Robin Hood half marathon three years in a row in a time of 1:40, 1:42 and 1:33 and each time I was above 17 stone.

 

I don't really do anything now though and my body is pretty fucked after being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. Tired all the time, any sort of over stimulation exacerbates my symptoms and I can only eat root vegetables and can't eat any fruits, anything with too much fibre, nothing with the fat removed as the additives fuck me up, no brown pasta rice or bread, basically anything that makes your stomach work hard.

 

 

Genuine question , how long was you ill for till they diagnosed the Colitis? . Reason I ask is my daughter as some kind of problem and stuff like Broccoli creases her up . She has had this trouble for years and had all sorts of tests.

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Genuine question , how long was you ill for till they diagnosed the Colitis? . Reason I ask is my daughter as some kind of problem and stuff like Broccoli creases her up . She has had this trouble for years and had all sorts of tests.

For years I would have trouble eating veg but I thought eveeyone was the same. Then when I was 25 I started passing a bit of blood, went to the doctor and he said it's probably nothing, over the next year I went ten more times and every time he said it was piles. Then I started passing out and got told I was severly anaemic, I told them why and two days had a colonoscopy which showed a foot of my lower intestines was severly infected and swollen. The fuckers had the cheek to say if I had gone sooner they might have been able to control it but by then it was too bad and would take a lot of effort. From my first visit to when they eventually listened was probably 18 months. All I can suggest is keep going and going until they do everything they can, keep annoying them.

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She's probably got IBS Lviv if she's had all the tests and nothing has shown up. Not a big deal if it is, just drink peppermint tea all day - a couple of cups between meals - and avoid foods that mess with her. Try that, if it is IBS she'll be right in a week.

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After reaching a lofty 15st about 9 months ago, 10 weeks ago I decided I'd better sort it out. I'd put about 2st on in 2 years - big jumps in my weight coinciding with a drop in exercise levels (45 now and the body can't take as much footy as it used to). Also changes at work meant a little more travel which resulted in my missing some regular road/mountain bike rides with mates etc.

 

So what has happened? Well I looked at doing different/more exercise than I do now and decided that was a no-go and also remember the old truth about it being impossible to exercise-away a bad diet.

 

So in the end I decided to try a low carb diet and see how I got on. I have never been on a diet before. For the last 10 weeks I have been cutting out the beer, bread, pasta, rice and potatoes - bread and beer by far the worse for me as I love them far too much than is good for me. I have been mainly living on a diet of eggs, meat, fish and fresh vegetables with some fruit (the right fruits are needed for fibre but not too much due to the sugar).

 

So far I'm loving the diet. Apart from the beers I'm not missing too much. When I do drink now I'm going for wine more often than beer and to be honest that is hardly tough as I love wine.

 

So 10 weeks in and I've lost 2st 4lbs. I plan to stay on the diet for another 1/2 stone and then increase my carbs a little and easing off slightly - having a few jars on a Friday and Saturday and getting some more fibre into my diet. The lack of fibre means I would not be happy to run a low carb diet really long term but I do know that many people do - it's just not for me. My wife is on the same diet and she has lost over a stone.

 

Biggest surprise for me is the bread - I no longer miss it at all. 10 weeks has not cracked my love of beer though.

 

Anyway just thought I'd put this out there. Anyone looking to shed some pounds should have a look at whether a low carb diet could be right for them. Big question now though is what will I be like in a year or two? Long term change or just another yoyo dieter?

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Good work.

 

I should be about 11 stone and was close to 13 stone a couple of weeks ago so hit the gym. I'm down to 12 already so that's pretty good. Still carrying a bit of timber though so will keep at it for a couple more weeks.

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I go through phases

 

I'm either completely on it, from a food perspective or totally pigging out. It's difficult for me as I run in excess of 50 miles per week so my body needs about 3,800 calories today

 

Even with all that running, I can still put weight on, if I eat the wrong things

 

Sugar is the killer. Refined Sugar. A year or so ago I lost 2 stone in 2 months by running but cutting out Sugar and pretty much everything "white" from my diet. I ate well and plenty but just dropped white rice, potatoes, sweets, chocolates, crisps, milk. It really worked

 

Still struggling a bit with sugar, apparently it's in our DNA to be greedy cnuts - comes from when we were wandering around the savannahs, if we saw a tree bearing fruit we'd scoff it all before any other fuckers could get it as food was so scarce

 

Right now, I'm eating loads of veg, salad, meat and fish but most important of all - complex carbs like brown rice/pasta, sweet potatoes

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In Italy on my honeymoon and I've pretty much eaten my body weight in glorious pizza and gelato and nailed a fuck-ton of italian lager and wine.

 

Need to get back to a low-carb lifestyle when I get home. I have this weird thing where it's obvious on a day to day basis if I've eaten lots of carbs the previous day. Seem to have an instant bloat of I've overdone it yet if I skip carbs for only a day or two I look much leaner.

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In Italy on my honeymoon and I've pretty much eaten my body weight in glorious pizza and gelato and nailed a fuck-ton of italian lager and wine.

 

Need to get back to a low-carb lifestyle when I get home. I have this weird thing where it's obvious on a day to day basis if I've eaten lots of carbs the previous day. Seem to have an instant bloat of I've overdone it yet if I skip carbs for only a day or two I look much leaner.

 

Savo - that's because your body can't process sugar and all the white doughy shit so it sits there whilst your body tries to digest and process it

 

Saying that, I ate a huge fucking pizza last night

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