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    Things have changed

    The gym I normally go to is now packed all the time due to their lower prices and new year resolution members (nothing wrong with that). This means I have to wait to use a bench or weights because it's so busy. Normally I'd work in with them but most of them seem to ignore my polite and friendly request all of the sudden. This means I work out maybe once a week, which has really hurt my physical activity. On top of that, I used a flat tire and broken pump as an excuse not to ride. I haven't used my bike in almost two months (?).

    I've also worked my way up from prep cook to line cook. My hours have almost doubled and I work five days a week, so when I get home that's another excuse I use not to go to the gym. Line cooks get two free meals per shift, and like an idiot, I thought it would be okay to eat whatever at work to try out stuff on the menu and eat healthy at home. NOPE, that's another lie. Instead, I go home craving more garbage and end up eating 1000 calories over my maintenance most days. From an "all time low" of 260, to 290lbs. At this rate I'll be 320lbs again by summer.

    Honestly.. I know what needs to be done, I have just chose not to. It's so easy to become comfortable with the weight your are at. Yet at the same time I have serious periods of depression like I had prior to the weight loss. Hell, the bike was put on Craigslist a few days ago. Earlier today something hit me; "WHAT HAVE YOU DONE, LOOK AT YOURSELF."

    So..

    • The ad was removed from Craigslist
    • There is a gym a few blocks away from where I work. It's not as nice but it's a little cheaper and there is usually nobody there. This will be my new gym soon.
    • The food part won't be difficult, but restraining myself will.

    Not sure what else to post..
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    Glad you kept the bike ... now keep the faith
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    You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
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    I love free food, which is why I also hate free food. I did not grow up in a rich family, I am not rich, my mentality is to take advantage of free food! This also makes buffets dangerous for me, once it is paid for, you want to get value for money!! I really understand where you are coming from at least with the free meals at work, would be extremely hard to resist for me.

    It is great that you have an alternative for the gym, and that you KEPT YOUR BIKE!! A new floor pump wont cost all that much, and once you have that, that flat tyre should be easy to overcome. Agree with yourself now as to when you will be able to go and get that pump and fix the tyre. When that time comes, do not think about it at all, just do it.

    When you get your bike back on the road, be sure to join in the monthly thread to commit to some distance you will put down on the road, and then report back on your progress.

    Good luck with it all!
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    I think you made the right call.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Axiom View Post
    The gym I normally go to is now packed all the time due to their lower prices and new year resolution members (nothing wrong with that). This means I have to wait to use a bench or weights because it's so busy. Normally I'd work in with them but most of them seem to ignore my polite and friendly request all of the sudden. This means I work out maybe once a week, which has really hurt my physical activity. On top of that, I used a flat tire and broken pump as an excuse not to ride. I haven't used my bike in almost two months (?).

    I've also worked my way up from prep cook to line cook. My hours have almost doubled and I work five days a week, so when I get home that's another excuse I use not to go to the gym. Line cooks get two free meals per shift, and like an idiot, I thought it would be okay to eat whatever at work to try out stuff on the menu and eat healthy at home. NOPE, that's another lie. Instead, I go home craving more garbage and end up eating 1000 calories over my maintenance most days. From an "all time low" of 260, to 290lbs. At this rate I'll be 320lbs again by summer.

    Honestly.. I know what needs to be done, I have just chose not to. It's so easy to become comfortable with the weight your are at. Yet at the same time I have serious periods of depression like I had prior to the weight loss. Hell, the bike was put on Craigslist a few days ago. Earlier today something hit me; "WHAT HAVE YOU DONE, LOOK AT YOURSELF."

    So..

    • The ad was removed from Craigslist
    • There is a gym a few blocks away from where I work. It's not as nice but it's a little cheaper and there is usually nobody there. This will be my new gym soon.
    • The food part won't be difficult, but restraining myself will.

    Not sure what else to post..
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    It's all priorities and you will figure yours out. I managed 10700km last year working 12 swing shifts, two kids a wife and looking after house and gardens. I don't let anything get in the way of my cycling its what keeps my sanity. Good to hear you kept the bike the enthusiasm will return.
    Best thing about cycling is when I'm at work I'm thinking of cycling, when I'm cycling I'm thinking about cycling.

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    Mr tuffy liners inside the tire that's what i had to do to get ride of flat as i don't like to change a tire. (who like it anyway)
    New year resolution members usually don't stay long at the gym they just give up after a few weeks.
    That's ok to have ups and downs short terms doesn't matter as much as the long term trend where you want to be in 1 year or 2.
    You did the right thing when downs come it's perfectly fine to change of exercise or place to keep focus on the goal.
    Last edited by erig007; 01-28-13 at 10:19 PM.

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    Axiom: I didnt know you were in the food industry. Now we are family!

    I have been in your shoes before. What has worked for me is to go workout before going to work. You will feel much much much better. Also packing a lunch will help too. When I was working in the country clubs, I would just pack snacks and then cook healthy. I know you have veggies available at the restaurant and also chicken too. With a little effort on your part, you can make some stellar meals.

    But my strongest suggestion is to go workout before going to work. You will feel great.
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    Lets get the "Soon" taken off of the new gym statement...."You got this man"!!!!!
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