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Jul 18, 2011
A grey fox skull wedged in a crack 100' up on a FA...
phil wortmann wrote:
Keep it up Glenn! LMK if you wanna join up on a few runs.


Thanks Phil, maybe I'll do that. You'd have to dial it waaaayyyy back though - ran 4 miles and just about died!!
Glenn Schuler
From Monument, Co.
Joined Jun 24, 2006
964 points
Jul 19, 2011
brenta wrote:
What happened to the line printer fanfolds and punched paper tape?


Oh, shit...I dropped my stack of punchcards on the way to the compiler room!! :eek:

Pushing 43, 5'10, 169#...down from 174# July 5th.

Since the holiday weekend, I've been keeping a food journal (Excel spreadsheet) with everything I've eaten and its corresponding calories. Having the data staring me in the face every day made it real clear how easy it is to blast through the average 2,200 calorie daily recommendation for an active male of my age/height/weight.

The steps I've taken so far:

1. Limit alcohol to the weekends only (Fri night-Sun night) and then a 2-drink limit.
2. Eat more whole foods (i.e,. raw blueberries) and less processed foods (i.e., blueberry NutriGrain bar).
3. Run 3X-4X/week (training for an Oct 2nd trail half marathon helps here).
4. Eat 5-6 meals/day. Small regular meals combined with a couple snacks.
5. Don't undo a week's worth of good behaviour by going ape-shit on cheat day! ;)
6. Stop getting take-away pizza (our family's regular Friday night ritual). Pizza is my weakness food -- I would routinely eat half a large pie myself -- so I just don't want it round the house.


Long-term, I wanna be at 160# and climbing like a beast!

(Hell, with my schedule these days, I'd be happy climbing at ALL...)
Alpinisto
From Connecticut
Joined Mar 16, 2011
30 points
Jul 24, 2011
A grey fox skull wedged in a crack 100' up on a FA...
Nice suspenders there Mike, great photo!

I did pretty good this week, down 3 lbs. to 171. Got the 100 situps no problem, but nowhere to do pullups at the office. Just as well though, I was going to do 100 pushups instead but my shoulder isn't quite ready for that much strain. (did 30 on my Tuesday work out and it was painful) I'm going to lay off any upper body stuff for a few more weeks. The shoulder feels decent when I'm climbing on the weekend, psyched about that.

Any other success stories for this week?
Glenn Schuler
From Monument, Co.
Joined Jun 24, 2006
964 points
Jul 25, 2011
A grey fox skull wedged in a crack 100' up on a FA...
Looks like it's just the two of us Mike - I liked your challenge from last week. Lets roll with that again. Lose 1 pound, 100 situps and lets throw in a minimum of 3 aerobic workouts before next Sunday morning. Glenn Schuler
From Monument, Co.
Joined Jun 24, 2006
964 points
Jul 25, 2011
You can love your rope but you can't "LOVE&qu...
52 years on the frame, and 142 lbs. down from a high of 158. My secret? The divorce diet, lose your job diet, unfortunate love affair diet, work 2 jobs to pay the bills diet.

I am in a pretty happy place right now and I wouldn't recommend losing weight the way I did, but it worked.
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Lee Smith
Joined Sep 5, 2003
1,686 points
Jul 25, 2011
wham bam hand jam. Wrapping up the final moves of ...
lookin great Lee!!!


this morning i weighed in at 187. two more to go! attribute to route development workout/diet.
Darren Mabe
From Flagstaff, AZ
Joined Dec 12, 2002
3,733 points
Jul 26, 2011
I'm loving this thread!

36+, just started gaining weight at age 35....was 160s from Jr. year of high school to 35. Now mid-180. I really need to do something. Life, work and kids are my excuse.

Keep up the good work you old f*cks!!

(but I gotta ask....since when was 36 "middle-aged"??) ;-)
Mike Wysuph
From Broomfield, CO
Joined Dec 7, 2007
6 points
Administrator
Jul 26, 2011
Andrew Gram
Unfortunately I don't have a scale this week since I am traveling, but i climbed a bunch of 14ers and didn't eat badly so i am sure i lost a pound or two. i'll check in for two weeks when i am home again next monday. Andrew Gram
From Salt Lake City, UT
Joined Jan 1, 2001
3,577 points
Jul 27, 2011
very inspirational, I'm from Oz, I came and lived in maryland / DC back in 2004 when I was 46 and dropped from 185 to 170 lbs (cycling 45 to and from climbing gym, and a hard-arse wife controlling my beer) and i was probably climbing the best ever, I onsighted 20 5.12's one october and thought they were soft. I came back 4 years and 20lbs heavier and couldn't get to the 2nd bolt of many of them.

Now after a 3 year elbow problem (pain inside and outside, on each elbow, probably from putting up too many multipitch sport climbs) I climb in bits and have ballooned to 200 lbs (5'11") and should take a stand on my weight now.

Besides, I still want to be climbing when i'm 70. And it's got to be easier on the body at 180 lbs - my new target.
mikl law
Joined Jun 22, 2009
27 points
Aug 1, 2011
A grey fox skull wedged in a crack 100' up on a FA...
I'm still on track - lost another pound and did my lunchtime workout 4 days. Increased my situps to 130. Started using the calorie counter site that someone else posted (thanks) so I'm more aware of what I'm eating & how much. So I'm down 8 lbs. and feeling a little less flabby. Psyched to keep losing pounds, a great day of climbing yesterday has got me even more motivated to get in shape. Glenn Schuler
From Monument, Co.
Joined Jun 24, 2006
964 points
Aug 1, 2011
Ok, I'm currently working on losing weight also. I'll chime in with what works for me, in case any others want to add it to their program.

The only method that works for me is to keep a food log and count calories every day. 2000 is my limit, and no evening beer/snacks if I'm over it for the day. Results in about a pound or so a week if I stay honest and allow one day over (not binge, but can go over). I have tried other exercise based programs, and just 'eat lightly', and such with no real effect. YMMV, but that's my experience.

Did it 9 years ago to drop from 199 (the idea of 200 scared me into it) to 180 and started again in March to try to get from 183 to 160. I'm currently at 169 and really sick of doing it. But just a couple more months to go if I don't go backwards any more like I did on a trip this summer :P

So, 169 for me, target is 160, and 1 pound/week.
Wayne
From Superior, CO
Joined Jul 5, 2007
16 points
Aug 4, 2011
Big Rock
Loved this thread, but of course I don't fit into the normal "Extra Weight" climber category, more of the Fatty McFat Fat Climber. I am 6'2" 280lbs, fattest climber I know. I love climbing, and love food and beer... who doesn't right? I just need to get motivated because I can't imagine how much more fun climbing would be if I was 80lbs less, but mmmm beer, she will be hard to give up, or tone back. Eric Holden
From Temecula, CA
Joined Dec 30, 2010
30 points
Aug 4, 2011
Second pitch Arrow in the Gunks.
Alright. Guess it's time to represent. I too have been struggling with putting on the pounds with turning the 'middle-age' corner. Have put on 15 lbs in the last two years, and aiming to take those back off. I know exactly what caused the increase--dropping down from climbing 4 days a week to maybe 1 or 2 if I'm lucky. My partner/husband started back to school, so my favorite climbing partner is now less available. So with the drop in climbing came a general slow down in all activity. Result = +15 lbs.

What I'm doing: Been hiking a 3 mile trail (1200 ft elevation gain) 2-3x/week. Bike to work, though only a 5 mile R/T. And trying to at least hit the climbing gym 2x/week. Replaced all lunches with salad/veggies/something healthy. And trying to monitor my dinner portion sizes. Been doing this for the last month. Result: Nada. Scale hasn't nudged a bit. I truly despise middle age.

So keep the weekly challenges going. I'll try to hop on the bandwagon. Looks like I'm going to have to give up carbs/gluten and all non-fruit sugar next. I hate dieting and generally prefer making life style changes, but I think I need to do something to get the ball rolling in the right direction.
Wanderinfree
From Boulder, CO
Joined May 30, 2006
31 points
Administrator
Aug 8, 2011
Andrew Gram
I've been traveling and not around a scale, but now that I am back I am down 3 more pounds in the last 3 weeks - 194 now. Still on track and I don't have to post an embarrassing photo yet. Andrew Gram
From Salt Lake City, UT
Joined Jan 1, 2001
3,577 points
Aug 9, 2011
I like Mayonnaise and my SUV Grover
Joined Jul 12, 2010
326 points
Aug 10, 2011
A grey fox skull wedged in a crack 100' up on a FA...
Lost another pound last week, down to 169. I caught a dang cold so I wasn't up for much excercise - only worked out Friday. Didn't have much appetite, that helped me out.

Good job on getting after it on the Diamond Mike, I'm in for this week.
Glenn Schuler
From Monument, Co.
Joined Jun 24, 2006
964 points
Aug 15, 2011
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Great thread everyone. Though I have somehow managed to keep my weight somewhat under control - I could still stand to loose 5lbs or so. However, the main thing for me is as time passes I have become less active. Gone are the days of 4 or 5 workouts a week and or 3 or 4 climbing days a week. Heck, I'm lucky to climb twice a month right now. Work, life and a broken ankle will do that to ya.

But! ... following the progress of you all has given me new inspiration! Don't know if you'll continue to post your successes and failures from this point on but, I have been prodded on to simply exercise more and think about it less. Thanks!

54 y.o
5'7"
152lbs - I think, I have no scale
Don LaMoureaux
From Denver, Co
Joined Apr 12, 2008
231 points
Aug 17, 2011
Thunder Ridge- Storm, 5.12, Wasp Canyon
Stick with it guys! It'll happen!! You're in the right place I think. All of your partners are pulling for you . Kevin McLaughlin
From Colorado Springs
Joined Dec 8, 2007
1,595 points
Oct 23, 2011
In the sea of Cortez - Baja California, Mexico
Y'all have been quiet recently -- probably too busy running, eating healthily and losing all that weight :) AJS
From Boulder, CO
Joined Mar 4, 2008
33 points
Oct 24, 2011
Thunder Ridge- Storm, 5.12, Wasp Canyon
I believe the Schu has not fallen from the wagon but he has torched it instead. Something about barbecue season. Kevin McLaughlin
From Colorado Springs
Joined Dec 8, 2007
1,595 points
Administrator
Oct 24, 2011
Pure bliss..
175lbs and not happy about it, I'm in. Hank Caylor
From Golden, CO
Joined Dec 9, 2003
589 points
Oct 27, 2011
A grey fox skull wedged in a crack 100' up on a FA...
Why you gotta punk me like that Kev? In fact the smoker has been collecting dust since we all threw down back in early July. I have been working out regularly (3-4 times/wk.) since the 4th of July weekend. I've lost 13 lbs. and seem to be holding steady there. I'll need to step up the workout routine and cut back on the beers to gain any more ground I think.
McHugh, Andrew G. et all - How the rest of you guys been doing this summer/fall?
Glenn Schuler
From Monument, Co.
Joined Jun 24, 2006
964 points
Oct 27, 2011
wham bam hand jam. Wrapping up the final moves of ...
I am +7 lbs since i hurt my finger tendon 7 weeks ago. i will get back on the rock in one more week. Darren Mabe
From Flagstaff, AZ
Joined Dec 12, 2002
3,733 points
Oct 27, 2011
Stabby
One of our old friends (hint: could get folks fired up in the forums like no one else) just dropped 40 or so w/ a juice fast. I am considering trying his system too. Actually want to, but my fat is really pleading with me to stick around. Mike Lane
From Centennial, CO
Joined Jan 21, 2006
839 points
Administrator
Oct 28, 2011
Andrew Gram
I've been holding steady at around 195, which is 17 pounds down from where I started. I want to drop another 20, but I've found the discipline to be unmanageable while i've been moving in to my new house. I'm pretty settled in now and working hard to get ready for ski season so i think i'll be able to start making progress again.

I'm happy that i've been able to maintain my lower weight while eating reasonably well and working out consistently but not really intensely. It definitely has shown me that actually losing weight takes a real commitment to hard working out and really watching what you eat - it just doesn't happen unless it is your #1 priority. Time to get back to work.
Andrew Gram
From Salt Lake City, UT
Joined Jan 1, 2001
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