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Time To Listen Honestly
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Posted: April 25, 2013
20 lbs underweight. Ah... right. I see you are not from America. That is not typically an issue here. ;)

My 2 cents on the breakfast... skip the grain mix and go for the bacon!
Run 100K in April
Exercise & Training Tips
Posted: April 25, 2013
Guess who's back. I'll be starting to post in this thread again soon.
Week 1 Weigh In!!! Post your weights here please
Off-Topic & General Chat
Posted: April 25, 2013
Aimee - I'm sure they can accommodate. Welcome to Traineo. Post your start weight here for them to record. Then use week 2 for your first weigh in.
Kiwi's New 24 Day Challenge Log
Diet & Nutrition Tips
Posted: April 24, 2013
I am a fan of Mark's Daily Apple and I found this article there about Intermittent Fasting. He also gives his opinion about IF here. This is basically my little experiment to see how it works for me. I have not done any kind of 24 hour fast... just the "window of eating" as he alludes to at the end of the first article. Here is another blog written by Dr Andrew Weil on the subject.

I don't know how sustainable this can be... but so far it is not that bad. You are right... I need to figure out how to avoid the yo-yo... I have not figured that out at all. I do find that I am drinking more water than previously, which is good anyway. Not to mention that this is also causing me to want to go to bed a little earlier as well... and I can benefit from the sleep. So far, no real down side.

Now - I also very much agree that I may be a little low on my calories for this week... I need to do another calorie evaluation and bump that up a bit... but I also know that at least for this week... I feel like it is reprogramming my mindset to get back into this and get the weight loss rolling again.

Time to eat right now actually.



So far - I'm at 1500 calories. I still have room for a subway on my way to my next commitment for the evening. I'll post my MFP food tracker tomorrow. :)
Week 1 Weigh In!!! Post your weights here please
Off-Topic & General Chat
Posted: April 24, 2013
Week one is always a good week. I'll post on Friday.
Kiwi's New 24 Day Challenge Log
Diet & Nutrition Tips
Posted: April 24, 2013
Well, I've started off way behind where I was at this time last year. I am going to do things just a little different in 2013. First off, 2012 was a great success... but I burned myself out. Training for a marathon was nuts... but I accomplished my goal and made it across the finish line.

Last year, my only focus was physical. The theory was that with all my physical activity walking/jogging etc, miles and miles on end, the weight would just fall off. I was not really focused on the diet as much. So while I did lose weight, it was only becuase I was insanely active.

One thing I learned was that while I do not consider myself to be a runner, I really did enjoy getting my body to the point where I could run a few miles without it being a big deal at all. I got to the point where I could do 6-8 miles without so much as a walking break. My body felt great. My mind was very clear. The runner's high was in full effect. BUT - toward the end, I was eating a lot... and not choosing the best foods. Lots of carbs... bad carbs like cookies and muffins and crept into my diet. That is how one can actually gain weight while on a running program. My low last year was around 274. I ran the Marathon at 283 (I think). And by the time the marathon was over... I was done... finished... completely wasted. I stopped the activity, continued to eat like crap and much of the time worse than crap. That is how you can gain 45 lbs in less than 6 months.

So - 2013... I need to lose what I have gained.. and then some. I am going to move my body again... a 10K and a Half Marathon. My goal is to do these things and not be so burned out by the end of the year that I can continue on into and through the winter. I cannot allow for such a complete reversal of gains next winter.

As for the diet... I am trying to be right around 2000-2200 calories per day for right now... occasionally a little less. The main difference is that I am only eating between the hours of 12pm and 7pm. So a 7 hour window of eating good clean healthy food... and 17 hours of nothing but water and coffee. I started this on Sunday (322)... I was 317 this morning. Physically... I have begun walking and trying to jog... wow... I forgot how difficult it was starting out last year. I've done about 6 miles so far this week.

Next thing to ponder... time for hitting the gym... I just don't know when it fits my schedule until June when I no longer have to take the kids to school in the morning.
Time To Listen Honestly
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Posted: April 24, 2013
Looks healthy indeed. I can hardly wait until lunch today... salmon is awaiting.
Down 20(ish) pounds!
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Posted: April 23, 2013
Good stuff!
Anyone want to be in the next weight loss challenge??
Off-Topic & General Chat
Posted: April 23, 2013
I'm in. 320 as of Monday 4/20
Adventures in Mommyhood/Rachael Gets Her Body Back
Off-Topic & General Chat
Posted: April 23, 2013
Angie's Preggo Update
Off-Topic & General Chat
Posted: April 23, 2013
Wow. It's been a while since I've been in the forums. And look what I missed. Congratulations! What a cute kid. How awesome!
Kiwi's New 24 Day Challenge Log
Diet & Nutrition Tips
Posted: April 23, 2013
Impressive. Good work. I take it you are continuing with your efforts since concluding your 24 day challenge.
Big, Bald and Sweaty.
Introduce yourself!
Posted: April 23, 2013
It is great to get back out into the sun. I'm finally back at it myself. I feel like I am getting my diet and my activity level in order all at once this week. It feels good to finally have some good weather.
Time To Listen Honestly
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Posted: April 23, 2013
This thread is making me hungry.
12 Week Weight Loss Challenge - Start Weights here please!!!
Off-Topic & General Chat
Posted: April 23, 2013
Start weight: 320 (as of Monday 4/20)

Hi guys. I'm finally straightened out. Ready to rock. Let's go with week 1.

Getting straightened out... time to get to work
Off-Topic & General Chat
Posted: March 27, 2013
So, I'm really trying to get back into my Paleo and organic mindset. I'm watching some Paleo vids on youtube and reading my books again. All to get my head back in the game.

So, I picked up a packet of a meal replacement shake from Whole Foods the other day. It is called RAW MEAL, Beyuond Organic Meal Replacement, by Garden of Life.

Let me say, that I am not hungry after drinking it, but man was it difficult to choke down. I would much rather eat whole, real foods any day. The one I tried was the vanilla flavor and I have a Cacao one still. I am slightly afraid. Glad I did not go and buy and large canister of the stuff.

It has been a tough week for my family. My MIL is in the hospital again so it seems like all of my time has been spent at the hospital. So while I have not been logging anything yet, I am working on my head and getting psyched back up to get moving again.

Oh, and BTW... I decided that the Half Marathon in October was the right choice for me this year. My registration is paid... so it is in stone.
Getting straightened out... time to get to work
Off-Topic & General Chat
Posted: March 27, 2013
Tree trunks for legs... yeah.. the roots really slowed me down too.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, here is 1000 swear words with !!!! after each one.
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Posted: March 15, 2013
primal


That is the way get it done.
Getting straightened out... time to get to work
Off-Topic & General Chat
Posted: March 15, 2013
I would die, pucking my guts out after the first mile


Not true. I completed the Chicago Marathon in 2012 weighing 283. Granted, I was slow...no choice but to just move my body and get through it. But you could do this if you wanted to. I guarantee it.
Getting straightened out... time to get to work
Off-Topic & General Chat
Posted: March 14, 2013
Yeah... same event. Not running a Marathon and a half in the same day. :D

The interesting thing about the Detroit Marathon is that it is an International event. The route takes you over the Ambassador Bridge into Windsor, Canada where you run for a few miles and then cross back under the river by running through the Tunnel.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, here is 1000 swear words with !!!! after each one.
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Posted: March 14, 2013
Man... that Versus commercial got me pumped. ARHHHH

I'm in. I'll be following along.
Getting straightened out... time to get to work
Off-Topic & General Chat
Posted: March 14, 2013
Well, here I am again. Getting myself straightened out after my winter decline. I am feeling more motivated again. That is a good feeling. I am still struggling with the temperatures... still in the low 30's here and I really don't enjoy getting outside to exercise when it is this chilly. But I know that losing weight is 80% diet and 20% exercise... so I know I can start there.

Step 1 - See my doctor - CHECK. Went to my doctor today for my "What the hell happened to you over the winter", visit. He asked what I am doing differently and the answer was simple... I have been eating what I want to eat and not training for a marathon. Funny how running 30 miles a week and watching what I was eating really worked... and how stopping all that translates into fast weight gain.

So he basically told me to get my but in gear, which I had already decided that I would be doing, so there is no real surprise here. He did take a bunch of bloodwork so we will see how that goes. I'll be able to compare that against how it looked last summer and see just how bad inactivity and eating junk looks in a matter of a few months.

Step 2 - Set a goal. - Well darn it. Last week I said my goal would be a 10K and a Half Marathon this year. Last Saturday was the kick off meeting for my church's efforts for the Team World Vision Detroit Marathon. I was sort of called out / called attention to, by the organizers as being an inspiring story from last year... and how I had lost nearly 100 lbs... which is not entirely true considering about half of that had been lost prior to training for the event .... AND that I have gained back what I had lost last year... but hey... 420 people got to see that a big guy in the room had actually finished the marathon and now know that they can do it too! So that is good.

That brings me to my thoughts of this year's event... to which I was thinking the half marathon... and now I am thinking full. Am I crazy? Probably. I'm an idiot. What the hell am I doing? But yeah.. I am leaning toward the full. Partly because I know I can do the half. I can do the half and it doesn't seem to be as big of a challenge. But a friend of mine really said something that hit home for me. He ran the Chicago Marathon with me last October. He told me he is doing the full because it is hard to talk about how wonderful the feeling it is to know that God can help you finish a marathon, when you are not going to trust Him and be there for the second half of the run. Wow. Powerful thoughts. Folks, let me tell you, the pain of my marathon began in the second half. I know already that I can do a half. But I feel like my friend is right. So, again, I'm leaning toward the full.

Step 3 - What did I do wrong last year? - In 2011, I lost a lot of weight by doing the HCG program. It stopped working for me and by the beginning of 2012 I was ready for a new goal. I changed my focus in 2012.. I was tired of "trying to lose weight." I no longer wanted that to be my focus. My goal last year was all physical. My thought was that I would set a physical goal... the training for a marathon... and that the byproduct would simply be weight loss. That worked to an extent. Well it worked until it stopped working. In the end what I found was that all of the physical activity of training for a marathon did help me to lose some weight, but that only got me so far. At a certain point, I found that I was making up for my burned calories, by consuming some of the wrong foods. It is not easy though... you crave carbs when you burn that many calories. And those carbs will ultimately help you to be a "fat athlete"... unable to shed weight at a certain point.

So, what is the next step?

Well I think it is fairly clear that I need to combine my focus of 2011 and 2012 to have better results for 2013. I feel like I am speaking the very obvious. But it helps to get all this down on paper (so to speak). :) I feel like I am mentally ready to get my head in the game for the diet aspect now. That is where I will begin. Getting back to the basics. Tracking what I am eating. Posting here for accountability. Spending time focusing on the Physical, Intellectual, Emotional and Spiritual aspects of my life. Putting it all together so that I can actually make 2013 better than the past 2 years.

And with that, I begin.
Brutal step backwards - time to undo the damage
Off-Topic & General Chat
Posted: March 12, 2013
Stina - hope so. Time to get moving.

I just saw a picture of me that was taken last summer... I looked so thin in that photo. I hate that I let that go so quickly. MOTIVATION
Brutal step backwards - time to undo the damage
Off-Topic & General Chat
Posted: March 06, 2013
Wow - a Kiwi Dave post. Hope you become a regular again.

@Tania - A tough mudder huh. Those sound fun... but with my arm still bothering me, I do not think I want to attempt that. My left arm still bothers me from a slight tear in the bicep tendon last February. (not to be confused with when I tore my right bicep tendon the previous January '11). From what I have seen of the tough mudder events, it is an all body sport.

@Rachael - Ya know, I miss having the little babies... my girls are 7 and 9 now. But the night time feedings were tough. I did many of them with a bottle. My wife used a pump and did not have any issue with supply, so that allowed me to help with the feedings.
Brutal step backwards - time to undo the damage
Off-Topic & General Chat
Posted: March 05, 2013
Bulking up. Ha. Yeah, I've bulked up alright. Funny too how the "holidays" are now almost reaching out to St Patrick's Day.
Brutal step backwards - time to undo the damage
Off-Topic & General Chat
Posted: March 05, 2013
@Tania - I need to have multiple goals, with one major goal in mind for later in the year. Still building out my plan... but in 2012 I did two races... a 5k and a Marathon. That was a bit nuts. I think I will shoot for the middle ground in 2013... a 10K and a 1/2 Marathon.

If you recall, my Marathon last year was with my church and we ran for Team World Vision. Well, World Vision was so impressed that Southeast Michigan had such a large rate of participation that they decided to expand to the Detroit Marathon. The difference is that they are also making the 1/2 marathon an option for fund raisers. Many of the people who ran on my team last year are wanting me to be out there again this year. And I think I want to. And since the much more manageable 1/2 marathon is an option, I am inclined to say yes.

But, that is 7 1/2 months away. So I will be setting some incremental goals for along the way.

@Rachael - I will have to jump over to your thread to get caught back up on how you are doing. I'm sure you love being a Mom!
Brutal step backwards - time to undo the damage
Off-Topic & General Chat
Posted: March 05, 2013
Well, I feel like crap. I hate winter. I just don't like going outside when it is cold. It is still cold, but I have to get off this track that I am on now. After the marathon last October, I was beat. Done. I had used every last ounce of motivation and strength to get across that finish line. I SHOULD have set a new goal right away, after I had completed the marathon. But I did not. I decided to take a break. BAD NEWS. Since then, I put on about 40 lbs.

So, here I am. Out of shape. Depressed. Moody. Feeling sorry for myself. The only thing that I can pull from the experience is that I know I did it last year. Here I am on March 5th 2013, and I need to start moving my body again. And therefore I return once again. I am going to spend some time this morning looking at calendars, making some goals and coming up with a plan.

It sucks, but it is what it is. The first step was back onto the scale today. Now I know how far I've fallen. I need to pick myself back up and move my body in the right direction again. And of course, I have returned here, to my fellow traineolies, who have been here as my support system for years and years.

Time to get serious again.
Getting back in the game
Motivation Tips
Posted: December 13, 2012
Wow. Found the gym again today. I even managed to have a protein shake today. Treadmill was still tough... but I think it will get better soon.

Getting back in the game
Motivation Tips
Posted: December 11, 2012
Too bad I am an anti-Facebook person.

Wow, November 29th was already almost 2 weeks ago and this is just my second post since. yikes. Time flies.

Found my way back to the gym today. Felt pumped. The last time I ran, I covered 26.2 miles. I was ready to get going! CRAP THAT WAS A HARD 2 MILES.

Oh well, gotta start somewhere. I gained a bunch of weight really quickly. So, I am going to chip away at that first.
Your 2012 GOALS - Post here please!
Off-Topic & General Chat
Posted: December 11, 2012
You don't need to set a goal rightthissecondnow.


Maybe I should have. Instead, I allowed myself to "recover", and proceed to get fat and lazy really quick. The good news is that I found my way to the gym today for the first time in too long. The weight has jumped up there and now I have to fight to get back on track. I only hit the treadmill today... for 2 miles. LOL - the last time I ran I covered a total of 26.2 miles... these first 2 miles back were punishment for allowing myself to let go to the past 10 weeks.

But, again, I will not dwell on the past and I can feel good about breaking a sweat today. It felt "good." ... kind of.