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Hovering at 201lbs

Old 10-12-11, 01:03 AM
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Hovering at 201lbs

Hey folks, I've been more lurking here on this BF forum than posting. Since I've been bustin my ass to lose over 50 pounds and being so close to success I figured I wouldn't spend too much time here.

But then I thought folks might wanna know how I lost them thar 56 pounds? Well cycling (both road and mtb) and a huge change in what I stuff myself with.

My wife has been a health nut since I met her some 11 years ago. Me, I've been Mr meat n taters. Then I got sick, real sick. Not sure I was gonna make it sick. I won't gross you out with the details but I was operating on batteries for 8 years. Let's just say it SUCKED. Sucked the life right out of me. You know your life is messed up when you roll into the ER, again... and the nurse says "Oh Mr. Lamb you're back!" That is just so wrong...

Then slowly ever so slowly I got better. Much of the credit goes to my wife. She was an amazingly patient angel. Me, I was a PITA... Why do they call the sick people "patients" when it's the care givers who are the truly patient ones...?

I got better and as I did I wanted to change my old habits. I bought a mtb bike and I bought one for my wife too. Off we went over hill h dale! I lost some weight but nothing significant.

One day Nancy (my wife) comes to me and wants to know if we can buy a juicer. Well I have been looking at ways to eat better so I said sure. Poof!! This opens pandora's box!! We decide to massively change our diet and go waaaaay healthier! We now eat one normal meal of 80% fruit/vegetable and 20% protein a day (sometimes two) and juice the rest of the day. Anywhere from 2 to 3 juices at 12 ounces each containing 80% vegetables and 20% fruit. These juices are like liquid energy! I can feel my body soaking it up! Sounds weird I know but trust me it's amazing! Yup I'm a believer! Phreaky man very very phreaky for this former meat n taters boy!

We also decided to kick up our exercising and bought two Trek Madone's! I figure the more excited I am to ride the more likely I will! Yup that worked GREAT!

Today I am down 56 pounds to 201 and I'm 6'-2"! I feel soooo muuuch better! I live in an awesome place to ride both mtb and road. We have a mtb trail right out our back door and miles of beautiful roads to enjoy. All of this kicked my sorry ass at first!! But over time I've gotten lighter and stronger! My size 38 jeans no longer fit and that really pleases me!

I no longer scare myself when I see meself in the mirror wearing cycling shorts!! LOL!! Instead I just smile.

What worked for me can work for you. But that's a personal choice one has to make. I pass no judgement on anyone. I do know that I am so very very happy to have survived my years through hell to be able to cycle my way to a better life!

I've been a Clydesdale for a very long time. It feels mighty good to be on the cusp of not being so.

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Good for you and congratulations on your recovery.

As far as the juices are concerned, I'm not surprised. Eating a diet dominated by vegetables improves my energy levels, too. I'm not vegetarian, I eat a fair bit of fish, but I seldom eat red meat these days, and I feel better.
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vert: was it hard for you to drink that much juice at first?
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What kinds of vegetables do you juice and what do you do to improve the taste? Something like pea juice does not sound appetizing.

I have a juicer but so far I have only juiced fruits and I have stopped doing this because the fruits have too many carbohydrates for me.
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It shows how different thing work for different people. I absolutely can't stand juice. Never liked fruit juice and absolutely hate veggie juices. Ah well.
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Good for you.

My digestive system will not allow me to eat that much fruit/veggies.

I love fruit and am OK with veggies, but . . . . (well, you know!! )

But, it is great that it works for you.
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Originally Posted by goldfinch
It shows how different thing work for different people. I absolutely can't stand juice. Never liked fruit juice and absolutely hate veggie juices. Ah well.
It works just as well if you eat them instead of juicing them.
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Originally Posted by chefisaac
vert: was it hard for you to drink that much juice at first?
I've always loved fruit juices so Nancy started me out on those. Then she made a juice with Cucumbers, Celery, Kale, Lemon, Apple and Ginger and OMG was that good!! The balance between 80% vegetables and 20% fruits in the juices makes it vastly more palatable.
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Here are the base recipes we use to juice every day:


Apple-Pear

1 Apple

2 Pears

1 Piece Ginger (thumb sized)


Carrot-Kale Combo

1 Green Apple

3 Handfuls spinach

6-8 Kale Leaves

4 Large Carrots

1 Piece Ginger (thumb sized)


Green Lemonade

1 Green Apple

3 Handfuls Spinach

6-8 Kale Leaves

Cucumber

4 Celery Stalks

Lemon


All Green

Use as much greens as needed

Romaine Hearts

Kale or Collards

Spinach

2 Handfuls Parsley

2-3 Celery Stalks

Lemon

1 Piece Ginger (thumb sized)


Apple-Beet-Carrot

1 Apple

2 Beets

3 Large Carrots

1 Piece Ginger (thumb sized)

Spinach / Kale – (optional)


Spinach-Fennel-Cucumber

1 Fennel Bulb

1 Cucumber

2-3 Celery Stalks

Loads of Spinach


Mean Green

1 Bulk of kale

4 Stalks of celery

1 Cucumber

2 granny smith apples

lemon

Ginger root (thumb sized)
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Here is a link to the juicer we bought:

Breville ikon Multi-Speed Juice Fountain

We got a screamin good deal on one at Macy's for $140.00! It was their last one - the model on the shelf that had been sitting there for months. Took it home and washed it up real good and it's been a great machine.

It has variable speeds which allows us to set the best speed for each produce density. Slow for Cucumbers very fast for quartered lemons. This optimizes the juice extraction.

Do note in the recipes I posted above that there is always a fruite element in each one. This helps tame that overwhelming vegetable bitterness that many of us don't care for. So yeah pea juice isn't going to make me happy either!!
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Originally Posted by chasm54
It works just as well if you eat them instead of juicing them.
Yup. That is what I do. I eat a lot of spinach and chard and kale.
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Originally Posted by goldfinch
Yup. That is what I do. I eat a lot of spinach and chard and kale.
I do this in addition to the juicing. My wife makes amazing salads full of fresh vegi goodness!
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