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By Old and Busted
From Centennial, CO
Jun 30, 2011
Stabby
Darren Mabe wrote:
i could stand to lose about 4 lbs.

I usually do that every morning.

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By Glenn Schuler
From Monument, Co.
Jul 5, 2011
A grey fox skull wedged in a crack 100' up on a FA I was working on - don't see that every day...
OK Mike & Mike, I got it going today with the lunchtime workout. Got on the scale for the first time in a long time, it's worse than I thought! I'm 5' 7" and I clocked in at 178 lbs. Yea, I got some work to do.

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By Kirk Miller
From Golden, CO
Jul 5, 2011
Bugaboos, 1978 <br />Photo by Ken Trout
Anyone look'n to sweat off a bit of the old spare tire, consider joining us to raise a Yurt above
Cactus Cliff. Just building the deck has me back to high school weight and I'm pushing 55.
In addition to beer, we're willing to trade future visits for a bit of help. We'll be up there from Friday the 15th through Monday the 18th. Hard work in the hot sun followed by star gazing from the hot tub and cold beers...
Pulling down in the wee hours of the morning with exclusive access to Cactus...

did I say beer, yup there will be beer.

Cheers from one crinkly old fart to the rest of ya.

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By Glenn Schuler
From Monument, Co.
Jul 5, 2011
A grey fox skull wedged in a crack 100' up on a FA I was working on - don't see that every day...
Mike McHugh wrote:
you guys up for a Wednesday - Saturday challenge?


Sure thing! How do these challenges of yours work? Whoever loses the most weight type of thing or what?


Kirk, I would love to help you out with the Yurt. Don't know for sure if I can get down there though. Let me talk with the wife & see whats going on that weekend. I gotta tell ya though, all the beer offerings you speak of will be counterproductive to the task at hand!

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By Andrew Gram
Administrator
From Salt Lake City, UT
Jul 5, 2011
Andrew Gram
I'm in too. I had an awful work situation in Denver and coped by eating and drinking too much and not working out enough. Since I moved back to Utah two months ago, I cut the drinking way back, quit eating out more than once every two weeks, started eating veggies/hummus/fish/chicken/whole grains instead of burritos/pizza/bacon cheeseburgers, and i've been climbing or peak bagging 5 days a week.

I've dropped from 213 to 199 in the two months, feel better than i have in years, and since i've started exercising so much more i don't really crave the high cal comfort food much. Everything i'm doing differently is a lifestyle change and not a diet, and it has turned into enough of a routine that I think it should be sustainable long term.

I'd like to be down to 185 by September, and over time down to 170.

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By Glenn Schuler
From Monument, Co.
Jul 5, 2011
A grey fox skull wedged in a crack 100' up on a FA I was working on - don't see that every day...
Perfect, lets do it!

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By Darren Mabe
From Flagstaff, AZ
Jul 6, 2011
wham bam hand jam. Wrapping up the final moves of Twist of Fate, Oak Creek Canyon. <br /> <br />photo: Blake McCord
190lbs.

EDIT: 6'2"

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By David Hodges
From Parker, Colorado
Jul 6, 2011
Rubicon J Tree CA
I'm in 196 on the dot this morning. I'm not sure the Jonas Brothers medley is a deterrent for me but we'll see how it goes! I will be 195 by Sunday.

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By Jim Gloeckler
From Denver, Colo.
Jul 6, 2011
I am probably one of the worst of the bunch! I was always 5'10" and around 170-178lbs but now since I've quit smoking I seem to have aquired a new eating habit. My weight has gone up to 220lbs. I was working out at balley's quite hard for awhile but when I got home I just ate more than ever. Part of the problem is, I lost my job over 2 years ago and have not been able to find the job that I want since then. Being depressed all day with not too much to do hasn't helped. Also being almost 56 years old and having a hard time commiting to getting myself back in shape to climb the way I once did. I no longer have the want to chase numbers because I know none of us will ever be totaly happy with any particular level of climbing. But with all of that said......I just cannot continue being the fat climber that I am, and will probably start going to balley's and work out almost every day for quite some time. All I have been doing recently is going to the rock gym and being embarrased about my weight while struggling toproping 5.9's. Maybe some day I will be able to reach the goal of leading a 5.10 outside when I am 60. :)

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By Count Chockula
From Littleton, CO
Jul 6, 2011
Count Chockula
I'm pushing 42, 5'8" and 160lbs (weight as of yesterday). I've fluctuated between 165 and 175 for the past few years.

This past winter, I decided that I wanted to get in better shape for the climbing season, so I focused on simply working out on my home wall for 30-45 minutes 2-3 days a week with 1-2 days of after work/weekend warrior climbing outdoors. This has helped me get in the best shape of my life, and I'm climbing harder than ever.

As far as diet is concerned, I don't eat healthy all the time, but I try to stay away from junk food as much as possible. Reducing sugars and soda has been HUGE in keeping off the extra poundage. I will never give up beer just to climb harder...that's where I draw the line.

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By Mark Roth
From Boulder
Jul 6, 2011
not climbing
I'm in. Weighing in @ 210 (with 2 pints of Ben&Jerry's in the freezer)

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By cassondra
From las vegas, NV
Jul 6, 2011
in repose
For our camping trip a few weeks ago, my husband bought bags and bags of chips, which relieved me of the task of preparing as much food as I ought to have. Consequently, I am in the same boat as Darren; I could really stand to lose about 4 lbs. So, at age 52, 5'4", and weighing in at 122 this morning, I'll join the fray.

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By Mike Pharris
From Longmont, CO
Jul 6, 2011
Climbing above Black Lake
count me in - 5'10" and 177, 43 yrs old.

Been trying to run 3 mornings a week and get to the gym a couple of times. Biggest issue i have is staying motivated to work out and then trying to NOT go get a burrito or a burger when I don't get out of the office until 6:30 or 7:00.

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By snowdenroad
Jul 6, 2011
bolts
Losing weight is cheating!!!! LOL....

rockandice.com/component/content/article/37-tnb/1494-climber>>>

I'm 46, and it takes some effort to stay slim damn-it-all! If losing weight was easy it *might* be cheating but b/c it takes EFFORT, even if its just 'closing your pie-hole', or remembering that spoonfull of metamucil in the evening ha ha, its effort, and IT IS NOT CHEATING!!

that's all;)

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By Darren Mabe
From Flagstaff, AZ
Jul 6, 2011
wham bam hand jam. Wrapping up the final moves of Twist of Fate, Oak Creek Canyon. <br /> <br />photo: Blake McCord
i am challenging myself to drink a little less beer this week.

:/

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By sunder
From Alsip, Il
Jul 6, 2011
ICE PIT 2011
Im in and close engough to 30 to join.

29yo 6'2" and 228. Good goal would be 210 for now with long term 195.


I have used caloriecount.com in the past to help track food, water, weight, and activites. It really helps you track what you eat and your calories.

So when is the end date or next weigh in.

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By Olaf Mitchell
From Paia, Maui, Hi,
Jul 6, 2011
rockerwaves
This is a worthy thread!
Let's hear about some dynamic results!

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By chuck claude
From Flagstaff, Az
Jul 6, 2011
First climb after knee surgery <br />
djkyote wrote:
don't think that you can't stay strong or stay thin because of your age, there is plenty of evidence to the contrary. low or no carb diets with whole foods are the way to go. intervals increase hgh production. the routines and diets that worked when you were 25 or even 35 won't necessarily work now.


Little or no carbs... Carmichal (Lance Armstrongs old coach) would say that you would be an idiot to attempt such a diet being an athlete. An athlete will need the carbs for efficient muscle glycogen loading. Especially after a hard workout

Lets get real, 1g of carbs...4 calories, 1 g of protein, 4 calories, .....1 gram of alcohol, 7 calories..... 1 g of fat. Carbs, protein and fat are all needed but in moderation. If you are active and having problems maintaining a weight, first check your portion size. Most americans have no clue what a real portion size is.

Cut out frilly coffee drinks. There are Starbuck coffee's that are 1200+ calories. As for going gluten free.... if you are allergic to gluten (a protein in wheat) then cut it out by all means but good home-made breads in moderate portions are not a problem.

When you eat out checkoutmore ethnic foods that are prepared a little bit more authentically, and still watch your portion size. Chances are it will be healthier then MacDonalds and will taste better too.

Alcohol... instead of drinking a lot of crap beer/wine/vodka or whatever your poison is.... drink a little bit of the good stuff (doesn't have less calories but why deny yourself) (your kidneys and liver will thank you also).

Its not rocket science......ps: myself I am 5'10"/149lbs and have been measured at ~5% body fat. I am also 46yrs old going on 47yrs old.

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By FrankPS
From Atascadero, CA
Jul 6, 2011
chuck claude wrote:
Its not rocket science.... ps: myself I am 5'10"/149lbs and have been measured at ~5% body fat. I am also 46yrs old going on 47yrs old.


An infiltrator! Hey, no skinny guys allowed. Get him! :)

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By SlowTrad
From St Paul, MN
Jul 6, 2011
Wow, I am so glad to hear that I am not alone in my fatitude. I am 45 years old, 6'2" and 225 lb. A back problem gave me the excuse to not exercise, but I now feel great and am working out 3-4 times per week trying to get down to my climbing weight of about 200 lb.

I still won't be able to climb 5.11, but 5.10 should be within reason by the end of the summer.

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By Jim Gloeckler
From Denver, Colo.
Jul 6, 2011
It is somewhat funny that folks that are not that old or overweight respond to this thread. I guess it's their chance to kick us while we are down. I just love the one about being 120lbs and overweight.

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By Tradster
From Phoenix, AZ
Jul 6, 2011
58 y.o; 5'10"; 188# now. Stress caused me to eat too much...something to do with three job changes in last 12 months. Less stress now. I am looking to get down to 180 or 175 in another month. Have started to hit the weights twice weekly at the gym. I am usually riding my bike four X per week. Mountain biking two out of four outings, which does burn some major calories while keeping my knees healthy. A 40 mile road ride burns some fat for me. I just don't keep any cookies, ice cream, or other tasty items in the house, as I have little will power if I have it, I will eat it.

What are you all doing to lose weight? I can use some help!!!

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By Old and Busted
From Centennial, CO
Jul 6, 2011
Stabby
6'-0", 202 Lbs. But that is after 3 weeks building a flagstone patio involving 9 tons of material in my spare time. Climbed horribly this past weekend, could not do the crux moves on a route I flashed just a couple years ago.

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By Ryan Tuleja
Jul 7, 2011
standing on the summit
HAHA!! Old, fat dudes UNITE!!
5'9-195 lbs........Oddly though, I'm having one of my best climbing years ever.....

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By Peter Beal
From Boulder Colorado
Jul 7, 2011
Mike, you have really tapped into something here. I won't post my statistics other than age (47) and will add that IMO the main thing that holds older climbers down is time.

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