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    Quote Originally Posted by AE-Stephen View Post
    Looks like I'll be going under the knife, close to 36 months after my injury the NHS have decided I need an Operation on my shoulder. Don't know what us brits pay National Insurance for, id of gone private but they woudnt cover my shoulder because the NHS have looked at it in the last 2 years.

    Either way i cant wait to get it all sorted so I can get back to training.
    Good luck with the surgery & have a super-fast recovery!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AE-Stephen View Post
    Looks like I'll be going under the knife, close to 36 months after my injury the NHS have decided I need an Operation on my shoulder. Don't know what us brits pay National Insurance for, id of gone private but they woudnt cover my shoulder because the NHS have looked at it in the last 2 years.

    Either way i cant wait to get it all sorted so I can get back to training.
    Good luck with the operation Stephen, hope you don't have to stay in there too long.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CasinoTom View Post
    The fitness bug bit me pretty hard about 8 months ago, I'd been going to the gym on and off for the past 2 years but after a particularly heavy time at work and out of work in late 2012/early 2013 I noticed that my clothes didn't quite fit as I'd liked any more, so I decided to try and be a bit more disciplined outside of work and get into it properly.

    The more I read and studied about proper nutrition, form in the gym (over weight) and general tips on how to be successful with the time you spend in the gym I found things getting easier and decided that if I was going to do it, I was going to do it properly.

    I decided to do a pretty intense 12 week regime, with 2 exercise 'sessions' per day - light cardio for 20 mins in the morning to get the fires burning (a light jog, fast walk into work, a quick bike ride) and then hitting the weights hard in the afternoon 4/5 times a week (or cardio again if you're not lifting any heavy metal things).

    From the reading i'd done, everyone who'd had any success had not just changed their diet, but the lifestyle that goes with it, as it's very hard to maintain your agenda if you're not disciplined enough. The adage 'abs are made in the kitchen' is 100% true, and you can train as much as you like, but if you're not fueling yourself correctly, then you're destined to fail.

    I sorted out my diet completely, 6-7 small meals a day with absolutely no 'rubbish', all slow burning carbs (wholewheat pasta, rice, sweet potatoes and a lot of steamed veg), a good measure of protein (fish, chicken, turkey & Steak) and cut out the alcohol entirely. Getting my head around the preparation of it all and remembering to eat all the time was a bit of a pain at 1st, but after a week it was second nature - I actually realised as I was cooking everything myself and thought that all this top-quality food was a bit pricey, I was actually saving a fortune on sandwiches, takeaways, etc. Tupperware is now my best friend.

    If you're trying to lose weight, eating so much may sound odd, but it's the quality of the food, portion sizes mixed with the amount of activities you are doing means your metabolism will be burning at maximum all day, therefore burning fat whilst rebuilding your muscles. You need the food to power you through some pretty intense gym sessions too.

    So the 84 days was done by mid-May, i'd lost around 11kg (78kg to 67kg) and gone down from around 18% bodyfat to 8% and felt and looked better than I'd ever done before. The best thing was the sense of achievement knowing that I'd been that committed and not faltered once.

    Sure there were a few times where I thought 'why am I doing this?' and constantly turning down invites to places in order to avoid temptation and go to the gym instead did get a bit tiresome, but I was determined to prove to myself that I could do it.

    There was no fad diet or workout program *coughP90Xcough*, no starving myself (I ate very well and actually learned how to properly cook using a far wider range of ingredients) - I just looked after myself and had a constant 'calorie deficit' which meant I was burning fat whilst still adding lean muscle.

    Now my goal has been to put on weight whilst keeping down the fat (which is not easy - especially during a Maltese summer!) -I'm currently back up to 75kg, but managed to keep my body fat to a decent 11/12% during the process due to keeping up with eating correctly and en masse.

    I've also learned that you need to have a healthy balance. What I did for 3 months was amazing for results, but you can't constantly do that sort of thing - mostly for your own sanity. I still go to the gym at least 5 times a week and eat very well, but I don't say no to everything like I did, it's just about moderation. Have a few drinks, have a blow-out meal, but I try to limit that to once a week.
    When I saw your before and after pic on instagram i had to look twice to see that it was you!

    I am very impressed with your results and I will admit I do show people your photo often and tell them that if they really want to do something they can and that they can do it in 3 months if they wanted to.

    I too stopped drinking (had a few on the weekend for my bday but only because it was a big one) and also cook everything at home too. Once you "find" all the things you can make at home that are cleaner and healthier than buying them and that are cheaper you don't really want to eat out anymore.

    So many things in my life have changed for the better since I got so fit and healthy. I could never go back to not working out every day and not eating clean. Building good habits def works in our favour.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AE-Stephen View Post
    Looks like I'll be going under the knife, close to 36 months after my injury the NHS have decided I need an Operation on my shoulder. Don't know what us brits pay National Insurance for, id of gone private but they woudnt cover my shoulder because the NHS have looked at it in the last 2 years.

    Either way i cant wait to get it all sorted so I can get back to training.
    Good luck mate!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Renee View Post
    I do show people your photo often and tell them that if they really want to do something they can and that they can do it in 3 months if they wanted to.
    I'm going to have to start charging you for that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CasinoTom View Post
    I'm going to have to start charging you for that!
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    Thanks everyone, next appointment is 7th Oct so I'll find out more then hopefully it will be an in and out thing and I can get on with my life.

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    My colleagues at my day-job office have organized a "Biggest Loser" contest. Weekly weigh-ins, prizes, glory! 12 weeks long starting on Tuesday.
    I have some hefty goals (no pun intended).... 40 or so lbs.....

    The accountability of the contest will help but I think I will need to:


    -Exercise more
    -Eat smaller portions
    -Not eat late at night
    -Reduce the amount of pasta and bread in my diet

    Wish me luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lucky Bob View Post
    My colleagues at my day-job office have organized a "Biggest Loser" contest. Weekly weigh-ins, prizes, glory! 12 weeks long starting on Tuesday.
    I have some hefty goals (no pun intended).... 40 or so lbs.....

    The accountability of the contest will help but I think I will need to:


    -Exercise more
    -Eat smaller portions
    -Not eat late at night
    -Reduce the amount of pasta and bread in my diet

    Wish me luck.
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    That sounds like a good plan! I wish you the best of luck and let us know how it goes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lucky Bob View Post
    My colleagues at my day-job office have organized a "Biggest Loser" contest. Weekly weigh-ins, prizes, glory! 12 weeks long starting on Tuesday.
    I have some hefty goals (no pun intended).... 40 or so lbs.....

    The accountability of the contest will help but I think I will need to:


    -Exercise more
    -Eat smaller portions
    -Not eat late at night
    -Reduce the amount of pasta and bread in my diet

    Wish me luck.
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    Good luck Bob!

    A lot of people think that bread and pasta are bad things, but they really are not.

    A couple of tips for them:
    Choose breads that are low GI - ones with wholegrains and seeds are the ones to look out for.
    Pastas - same thing, wholemeal pasta is your friend.
    If you are doing weights, have bread/pasta on the days where you train legs.
    Otherwise have it on the days you train your hardest. That way you don't have to give it up

    Your body needs carbs as they are it's main energy source! It's just a matter of choosing the good carbs vs the bad ones.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lucky Bob View Post
    My colleagues at my day-job office have organized a "Biggest Loser" contest. Weekly weigh-ins, prizes, glory! 12 weeks long starting on Tuesday.
    I have some hefty goals (no pun intended).... 40 or so lbs.....

    The accountability of the contest will help but I think I will need to:


    -Exercise more
    -Eat smaller portions
    -Not eat late at night
    -Reduce the amount of pasta and bread in my diet

    Wish me luck.
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    Good luck Lucky Bob!! I love that show and actually have the workout Wii game from the show. I lost 21lb from eating better, not eating bread / pasta as much as I did and doing the Biggest Loser so I am sure you will hit your target.

    Renee always has great advice to give on health and nutrition!

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    Thanks Renee.

    I will never totally give up bread and pasta - that would be silly talk. I do need to reduce my carbs and bread and pasta are my main culprits.

    My neighbour lost a lot of weight by making simple changes related to wheat so I'll give it a whirl.

    I'm looking forward to wearing some pants I have stashed away that I thought I shrank doing laundry.

    Cheers & best of luck Stephan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IhreConsulting View Post

    Renee always has great advice to give on health and nutrition!

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    Thanks Claire
    I've done a lot of research and tested and tried it all out which is mainly why I know these things. But I'm also studying it at the moment.

    I eat bread sometimes 3 times a day. The body needs carbs to function, it's just a matter of eating good carbs (low GI/slow releasing carbs).
    Also, your brain is made of protein, so it is the only organ in the body that cannot eat protein. If you don't eat any carbs, it will make a huge difference to your mental health too.

    There are phases during cutting that I have 0 carbs in a day once a week (which is the most you should really go with any carbs at all) and it is very hard. You are constantly hungry. It's like your stomach is a bottomless pitt.
    If you're at the stage where you're trying to cut though, have 1 day with no carbs each week over 4 weeks and you should notice a difference. On the day with no carbs I'd not recommend a heavy workout though. Your body will already be trying to eat everything stored that it can. Placing extra stress on it can be detrimental. You could also try carb cycling which is where you have a few days with low carbs/high protein/high fat and a few days with high carbs/low protein/low fat. Again, on the days with high carbs is the days you do your hardest workout and on the low carb days you'd either have a rest day or upper body training.

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    Good for you. I hope I could lose some pounds too.

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    Right so I have been sick for 2 weeks. Went back to the gym yesterday and it was chest, shoulders and biceps day.

    I lifted heavier than normal which considering I had 2 weeks away was a bit surprising.

    When I got home after the gym I couldn't even lift my arm to drink my protein shake. I had to sit the cup on the side of the bench and lean it over into my mouth. Then I couldn't even lift my arm to draw my eyebrows on.

    Today my chest is killing me. I feel like I have muscle boobs. And I'm still having trouble lifting my arms.
    Haven't had doms in a long time so it feels awesome.

    How is everyone else going?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Renee View Post
    Right so I have been sick for 2 weeks. Went back to the gym yesterday and it was chest, shoulders and biceps day.

    I lifted heavier than normal which considering I had 2 weeks away was a bit surprising.

    When I got home after the gym I couldn't even lift my arm to drink my protein shake. I had to sit the cup on the side of the bench and lean it over into my mouth. Then I couldn't even lift my arm to draw my eyebrows on.

    Today my chest is killing me. I feel like I have muscle boobs. And I'm still having trouble lifting my arms.
    Haven't had doms in a long time so it feels awesome.

    How is everyone else going?
    I've ended going boozing everyday this week so having this week off now and getting back at it next week

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    Well I ran Tough Mudder...SO AWESOME, yet, SO PAINFUL

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    Quote Originally Posted by robin.armit View Post
    Well I ran Tough Mudder...SO AWESOME, yet, SO PAINFUL
    OMG THAT IS CRAZY!

    How did you fair? Isn't it like 21kms or something? Did you go through the one that gives you electric shocks? I wouldn't be able to go through that one or the ice bath. I think the rest is ok. But it would still kill.

    I haven't done any running since our city 2 surf on 11th August so I went for a 4km run yesterday and it was so hard and my legs are actually sore today. I have a 9km fun run next weekend so I'm going to have to get a few more in before then otherwise I will die. It's unreal how much stamina you lose after being sick.

    @thebookiesoffers - boozing every day. I guess it will shock your body back into it when you're back next week.
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    Yeah 20Km I ran it with a mate and we did it in 2hours 40mins, so an average time I guess. The obstacles were tough and the electro shock ones felt like I was being hit by a hammer! The ice bath was also bad because they put that right at the start after the first couple of kilometres. So you were warmed up and then suddenly freezing it made everything that came after it very difficult.

    On top of that it was 20km of running through very muddy very hilly English country side. So just the running itself was a challenge. There were people much fitter than I am who were getting cramp just from trying to get their feet unstuck from the mud!
    It took until yesterday before I could move properly again. haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by robin.armit View Post
    Yeah 20Km I ran it with a mate and we did it in 2hours 40mins, so an average time I guess. The obstacles were tough and the electro shock ones felt like I was being hit by a hammer! The ice bath was also bad because they put that right at the start after the first couple of kilometres. So you were warmed up and then suddenly freezing it made everything that came after it very difficult.

    On top of that it was 20km of running through very muddy very hilly English country side. So just the running itself was a challenge. There were people much fitter than I am who were getting cramp just from trying to get their feet unstuck from the mud!
    It took until yesterday before I could move properly again. haha
    OMG It looks like you went to hell and back! but it sounds fun LOL

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