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Old 12-29-20, 12:28 PM
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Lifting dumbbells instead of beers

Age has caught up with me. The days of curling beers and eating like a pig are gone It was a fun ride being able to outride gluttony. But that is no longer the case and I am sick of these BP and cholesterol medications. They make me feel worn out. My goal is to get off these meds and my doctor says drop some weight and there is a good chance of getting off medications. I have great aerobic endurance from years of bike riding but the weight crept up regardless. I can see 20-25 pounds can come off my carcass and believe that is a realistic goal at my age 52 , 53 in a few weeks. Cutting out Monster energy sugar caffeine bombs and all junk food. Going to start lifting dumbbells instead of beers and the first time ever Iím going to pay attention to diet. The doctor told me diet is the most important factor in health at your age then exercise. Focus on diet I am told and for once I will listen ... Not a news years resolution because Iím started on Dec 29 so technically itís not a corny new years resolution.
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Aren't they the same thing? Disclaimer: I've put on the "Covid 15" or so.

I've never been one for NY resolutions. However, "no snacking after suppertime" would be a good start on my part.
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I just heard a podcast about habits - making new ones and stopping old ones. She had some interesting insights on it but mostly it was about FRICTION.

For example she said everyone knew cigarettes were unhealthy in the 1950's, but cigarette sales still increased.
In the 1960's they put the Surgeon General's notice on the packs, cigarette sales still increased.
In the 1970's they stopped allowing advertising, and made PSAs about cancer and emphysema; cigarette sales still increased.
In the 1980's they stopped allowing cigarette vending machines, they made you ask the retailers to get the cigarettes for you, they started heavily taxing cigarettes, and they forced you to go outside to smoke... that's when cigarette sales started to go down - because it was a pain in the ass (friction) not because smoking would kill you.

So I propose you find some way to make drinking beer and eating like a pig to be high friction activities.
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More friction in eating healthy and exercising and drinking in moderation because that makes my health expert neighbor Mr. Basketball Gut angry.
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Do single leg deadlifts with them. You're going to hate me for a few weeks but stick with it. Start with an empty coffee mug, it forces you to go down low enough, and progress as appropriate. Do the movement in a slow and controlled manner. We all lose balance as we age.

I turned 43 a week ago. Never thought it would happen to me, this getting old crap.
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Originally Posted by skijor View Post
Aren't they the same thing? Disclaimer: I've put on the "Covid 15" or so.

I've never been one for NY resolutions. However, "no snacking after suppertime" would be a good start on my part.
I tend to make a list every other year. I write it out on paper, and draw little boxes to check off. It's very satisfying to be able to check one off. I leave some blank space to add or change goals as the year goes on because sometimes I find out I really like or don't like something.

2020 was a dumpster fire of a year and I didn't accomplish much of what I had hoped to this time a year ago. I've felt inspired to draw up a new list of goals for 2021.
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Cutting out Monster energy sugar caffeine bombs

Monster Zero Ultras are pretty good ... I usually get the silver one, I have no idea what flavor it is.
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Yup, I will drink the zero monsters they taste ok. I like the vitamin B bombs.
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Do single leg deadlifts with them. You're going to hate me for a few weeks but stick with it. Start with an empty coffee mug, it forces you to go down low enough, and progress as appropriate. Do the movement in a slow and controlled manner. We all lose balance as we age.

I turned 43 a week ago. Never thought it would happen to me, this getting old crap.
Sounds good. Starting off with body weight to get the form right. At 47 I ripped my guts open squatting and deadlifting too heavy. Gained a ton of strength but ended up in the hospital kept getting stronger with no strong enough stopping point so nature said you exceeded it when my intestines started poking out. Today it will be more about staying fit not caring about numbers.
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Originally Posted by DiabloScott View Post
I just heard a podcast about habits - making new ones and stopping old ones. She had some interesting insights on it but mostly it was about FRICTION.

For example she said everyone knew cigarettes were unhealthy in the 1950's, but cigarette sales still increased.
In the 1960's they put the Surgeon General's notice on the packs, cigarette sales still increased.
In the 1970's they stopped allowing advertising, and made PSAs about cancer and emphysema; cigarette sales still increased.
In the 1980's they stopped allowing cigarette vending machines, they made you ask the retailers to get the cigarettes for you, they started heavily taxing cigarettes, and they forced you to go outside to smoke... that's when cigarette sales started to go down - because it was a pain in the ass (friction) not because smoking would kill you.

So I propose you find some way to make drinking beer and eating like a pig to be high friction activities.
they also started making smokers out to be like lepers while all the time promoting alcohol. Now it's pot, cigarette smoking is a nasty old habit but legalizing pot is all the rage.
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do single leg deadlifts with them. You're going to hate me for a few weeks but stick with it. Start with an empty coffee mug, it forces you to go down low enough, and progress as appropriate. Do the movement in a slow and controlled manner. We all lose balance as we age.

I turned 43 a week ago. Never thought it would happen to me, this getting old crap.

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After 40 diet and exercise are both important, before that people can get away with one or the other.
When you start thinking of food as fuel for the body instead of something that makes you feel good right now you'll have an easier time eating healthier.
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Good luck with your journey. Eliminating beer alone, you can usually drop 5 lbs the first week.

Like you I really need to clean up my diet. I'm not proud of it, but when people ask me what I eat I usually tell them that a "cleaned up" diet for me would be a really bad diet for you. I consume way too much sugar, empty carbs, red meat and fatty foods. When I'm with friends and I tell them what I've eaten so far today they just cringe. The weird thing is that whenever I get a checkup and blood work done everything comes back perfect. In my doctor's eyes I'm a perfectly healthy specimen.
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Cutting way down on beer will save me $.. Don’t recover from partying like I use to .. it was a good run but my excessive gluttonous lifestyle is over. I refuse to end up a blob riding a scooter in Walmart asking someone to get me the industrial size bag of Doritos. 2020 was horrible and 2021 will be even worse. Good time to make health a priority.
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Did you know that Doritos glow in the dark?
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So that is why Doritos are addicting! They add refined uranium at the factory.
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I have a ridiculous routine I do every morning For background - I love real Italian coffee. 1984 my sis went to Italy and sent me a Bialetti Moka pot and a bag of Italian coffee for my birthday. Roughly the same time I visited my cousin in Seattle, an accomplished chef. She took me to this coffee place downtown called Starbucks. Also served me their coffee. Took a bag home and tried it in that pot. Wow! Been my drink ever since. Over time, I've played with beans, grinds and packing. My first grinder died after 30 years of daily use. Time to go burr. Found a small spice grinder. Good coffee!

But, to the theme of this thread - it takes 1200 revs! I've had hamstring issues (as in chrondomalcia patellae of the knees) for 40 years) and Achilles for more recent partial tears. My PT got me doing the stretches with the ball of my foot on a small block. So now I do those stretches while I grind coffee! Roughly 250 spins per stretch per side, then I stand and straighten out for the final 100 or so. Dumb but I feel better all the time. Bending down to pick things up or tie my shoelaces is easier at 67 than it was 25 years ago.

On the dietary side: I "got the word" twice. First time that quiet little voice. March freshman year at college while I was on the track trying to run off the weight I'd put on. (1972. The drinking age in Michigan had just gone to 18.) That voice said that I was to never, ever weigh as much as 165 pounds, in fact I should stay below 160 because my body could not support that weight. I heard it. Ever since, if I step on a scale and see 160, it's time to get serious. I've hit 165 maybe a half dozen times. (152 is a good all around weight for me. My racing winter weight. Full on race was 145. If people say I am looking good, I know I Have work to do.)

Second revelation; my first year of serious racing. I'd done a huge diet change. No meat, almost no fish, no white powders (sugar, salt or flour). No processed food. No caffeine. Sugar intake entirely from fruits, juices (no sugar added) and honey. After a month and a half of that I tried an experiment. Went for a ride and ate a candy bar. Wow! Felt like I'd injected speed into my arm. Fun sugar high, then a crash to below where I started. Just like a drug. For the rest of the summer, no sugar, except as a late ride drug to get home with full knowledge I was using a drug. My epic ride from Boston to the top of Pack Monadnock in NH where I got lost and turned it into a 175 miler - I bought a black coffee with sugar 50 miles from home. Worked like the drugs they were and I managed to get home (no stops) before I crashed.

I'm no saint now. An ounce of coffee beans every day, brewed Italian. My sucrose though is near zero save one vice. I allow myself a package of M&Ms per day, no more, and just the small packages by the checkout counter. (Never a bigger bag! Each bag is just one serving - bag size doesn't matter!)
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Good for the OP. I've put on 7 pounds since November with just holiday foods and disrupted cycling schedule. Time to knuckled down again. Not sure if I can give up the beer yet.
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Cutting way down on beer will save me $.. Donít recover from partying like I use to .. it was a good run but my excessive gluttonous lifestyle is over. I refuse to end up a blob riding a scooter in Walmart asking someone to get me the industrial size bag of Doritos. 2020 was horrible and 2021 will be even worse. Good time to make health a priority.
But but...but beer is proof that something something I forget how that saying goes.
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Have you considered water?
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We get to choose what kind of old person we're going to be, although sometimes lady luck chooses for us. I don't want to be the "I've fallen and I can't get up" kind.

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Through with my return to weights went light. Form and muscle memory session. Wasn’t too taxing but by rep number 12 I could feel it. If I make it to 90 I hope I can still walk and have my mind.
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Through with my return to weights went light. Form and muscle memory session. Wasnít too taxing but by rep number 12 I could feel it. If I make it to 90 I hope I can still walk and have my mind.
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Does this mean you'll find it some where up the road of Life?
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