fitness n00b...would just like some input on things

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  1. carpet muncher

    carpet muncher New Member

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    Hey all. I only started really caring about my body a couple weeks ago and would like to cover some things with other, more knowledgable people. I'm going to cover a range of topics and points of interest that may seem dumb to you guys but please be patient with me:

    EDIT: sorry this turned out a lot longer than I expected :o


    STARTING POINT

    I'm 32, 5'11", 250 lbs. According to a scale I bought recently I have 22.0% body fat (much lower than I expected) and ~60% water level. Oh, the scale uses BMI to gather these measurements.

    I have a beer belly and (obviously) a layer of fat all over I'd like to toss. I used to be in the USMC and had no problems w/ weight but after working at a desk for 6 years it's gotten out of hand. I drank on a regular (almost nightly) basis and smoke.

    The drinking I've cut back to weekends only. If I drink, I'm trying to limit it to a couple mixed drinks - no beer.

    Smoking is a different story. While I've slowed down I've by no means quit, yet.


    GOAL

    I'd like to drop a total of 70 lbs. or so. When I was younger and at 180 I was in good condition and had no problems going w/out a shirt, etc. Obviously I'm heavily focused on weight-loss now but I'm mixing in weights at the same time to get a head start on that aspect.


    ROUTINE

    I'm basically starting with something I dreamed up. Three times per week I bike to my gym (4.5 miles) at a decent pace. I don't race, but I'm not casual, either. Most of the trip is over pavement, but about a mile is undeveloped land that has some bumps, hills and sand.

    When I get to the gym I hit arm, back and chest weights for an hour. I usually work with lower weights/higher reps but try to squeeze in about 15 minutes of heavier weights near the end. I'm not going to list all the machines I use simply because I'm still trying to determine exactly what to do and when.

    Afterwards I bike back home (another 4.5 miles) along the same route. I use the same level of intensity on my way back except for the last mile; which I cruise as a sort of cool down period. (I've crashed twice already :o so I guess I'm toughening up my skin, too :mamoru:)

    On off-days I tend to do a lot of stuff around the house - yard work, home maintenance, car maintenance, playing a little basketball w/ the kids, taking my daughter & dogs to the park, etc. I rarely get to just sit still.


    DIET/DATA

    Two days ago I signed up for fitwatch.com and started tracking my meals. I've tried to learn about how the graphs default to certain numbers. I think I get it but I'd like to post it here simply to confirm my understanding.

    BMR: Basic Metabolic Rate? Essentially the number of calories your body should consume on a day w/out extra activities such as a workout. Mine's ridiculously high...2976 :eek3:

    Calories Consumed: Obviously calories I've consumed. The last few days mine has been around 1500-1700 per day. If my BMR is correct, is it dangerous to consume too few calories? I just wonder if the gap can be too large...

    Foods: Making the switch and monitoring all the details of what you eat is a hard thing to do at first.

    * Breakfast: I like to start off with fruit. Usually a banana in the morning (sometimes 2) as breakfast.

    * Lunch: Usually something light like a salad w/ a teaspoon of dressing...just enough for flavor.

    * Dinner: Preferably baked fish or poultry. I'm still trying to nail down some variety on this but increasing my options takes some research. I like foods that are bad for me and I figure eating the most obvious things first should be beneficial in some way. After I learn more I can add more dishes.


    So what does OT think? Is there anything that I should change now, in the beginning stages, that will help more down the road? Am I doing anything absolutely incorrect? Thanks for any replies and thanks for reading allthiscrapbyme.jpg
     
  2. _Kanwisher!

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    i think if you were going to take it seriously, you would have already
     
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    carpet muncher New Member

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    Okay, that's fair. I don't really have an answer to that except I'm not a robot. I do have the option to alter how I do things along the way.

    PS. you didn't even read the whole thing so why bother replying?
     
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    thanks dru. I read that second one already but hadn't seen the first.

    For anyone else that bothers, this is just a high-level overview of what I'm doing. A lot of what's discussed in here seems to be low-level things and I'm still learning a lot of how X interacts with Y and how that interacts with Z, etc.
     
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    You've made several mistakes.
    1. You need a good, tried tested and true routine and not something you "dreamed up"
    2. You need a real diet, counted down to every calorie
    3. Quit drinking/smoking
    While it may take you time to achieve goal 3, the first two are essential to your success.
     
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    stickies!!!!
     
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    toxicity: you're right. I hadn't thought of #1 like that but I can't argue it.

    dru: thanks again for that first link. I'm reading it now and, in combination with #1 on toxicity's list, I think you two have already provided valuable info.

    GTLifter: sorry :wtc: I read the stickies but didn't even notice F&N had a separate archive all it's own. my mistake
     
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    5'11 at 250 and 22% bodyfat, Im gonna doubt that measurement unless you have worked out before. How was that measured?

    Routine: I would do like a HST type routine if your starting out

    Diet:6small meals, start out by cutting out a couple hundred calories from what you normally eat. You dont wanna go from shoving down 4k+ calories a day to 2000k calories.
     
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    The scale measured it by BMI (electric signal through the body). I'm sure it isn't 100% accurate and I figure it's probably off by +/- 3%. The only confirmation I have is my son recently had a body fat analysis at school (pinch method) and what they told him and what the scale determined were off by ~1%.

    Can you give me a clue why a dramatic reduction in caloric intake is bad? A simple URL will work as I'm more than willing to read up on it if you have a trusted source.
     
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