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    Default My weight loss journey

    I figured I would make a journal to keep track of my progress, get tips, help others, and be accountable for any of my screw ups.

    Age: 29
    Height: 5'8
    Starting weight: 228lbs
    Starting body fat: 35%

    I started with a personal trainer around Oct 2012, a few times a week when I was home but took 2 months off for vacation, xmas etc. when I got back I decided it was time to smash this weight, I spent the next 2 weeks online learning about nutrition, diets etc and figured I dont wanna learn from anyone who hasnt lost weight themselves so I turned to Canadabodybuilding.com and some bodybuilding friends from home. I have learned alot but still have alot to go. I have worked out in gyms before, when I was 21 I did a juice cycle and went from 160lbs to 200lbs. the problem I had was I pumped anything and everything into my body unaware of what it was or what it did, then I just stopped, quit working out and kept carbing.... I got gyno and had surgery for it.

    I have decided to use the Dave Palumbo diet as my base, I am taking suppliment and going to the gym often when I can. I drive a semi and work 7 days living in the semi then 7 days im home. I go to the gym everyday Im home for cardio as well as weights with my trainer 4-5 days on my days off.

    I got down to 218lbs 33%bf between Oct 2012 and Feb 2012, on Febuary 12/2012 I started my diet and suppliments. I have been advised against some of these suppliments by some and told its fine by others, Im letting my results dictate and may change at a later date. here is how I looked on Feb,12/2012

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    I will write out what a typical days meals look like:

    meal 1: 2 omega 3 eggs, 3 egg whites

    meal 2: 2 scoop whey shake, 1 tbsp all natural peanut butter

    meal 3: 5 oz chicken, 1/2 cup almonds

    meal 4: 2 scoop whey shake, 1 tbsp all natural peanut butter

    meal 5: 5 oz salmon, 1 cup asparagus

    meal 6 : 2 scoop whey, 1 tbsp all natural peanut butter

    *chicken,turkey,sirloin tip traded off but usually chicken*
    *salmon,tuna,scallops traded but usually salmon*

    I take my suppliments first thing in the morning and once at noon, they are:

    8mg ephedrine: 2 a day
    200mg caffeine: 2 a day
    500mg l-carnitine: 4 a day
    400mg green coffee bean extract: 2 a day

    when I am home I do a half hour of cardio a day then weight training with my personal trainer to try and maintain my muscle mass. when I am at work every morning I walk around the camp for about 15 minutes so I at least get something in for cardio. works good with steel toe boots on.

    Today is Febuary,24/2012 and I weigh 209lbs 30%bf. here Is what I look like today:

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    I have a long way to go. I have learned everything from the guys on this site and welcome any suggestions as I am still very green at this. everyone here is very helpful and I am hoping my journal can maybe help motivate someone else down the line. I will keep this regularly updated.

    Thank you.

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    I know bf % can be very subjective, and i'm no expert, but in your last 2 pics there's no way you are at 30%. If i was to go the mile i'd guess around 18% tops. I'd be interested in seeing what the more experienced guys on here think..
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    i am using one of those scales that send a electric shock through you to determin your bf%. if i dont flex my stomach i still have alot of fat, it just flexes well i guess.

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    Throw that scale out, seriously, they're designed to mess with your head. Now i'm more convinced than ever that your bf% is way lower than you think.
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    Its not mine, its the one the trainers use at the gym I go to. I figured by my first pic that it seemed about right, but wasnt sure of another way to figure out my bf%

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    the scales are USELESS esp. when used for determining bodyfat . Prime example i used it with my coach it said i was 25% bodyfat then right after we used calipers and my pinches put me at 8% bodyfat....... THROW IT OUT....go my pictures, clothing if you really want to know bodyfat id say go calipers over scale!

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    Quote Originally Posted by D.J.Brock View Post
    Its not mine, its the one the trainers use at the gym I go to. I figured by my first pic that it seemed about right, but wasnt sure of another way to figure out my bf%
    I think those scales are supposed to measure body mass index which is something totally different than body fat. I wouldn't put you at over 20%, at the most. Make sure your trainer isn't putting that 30% in your head to keep you buying more sessions.

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    the scale they use asks for age and height, then displays my weight on a digital screen then it says body fat% 30.3 ( I have paid for a full year of sessions already so he has nothing to gain by getting in my head).... I am going to try the calipers to compare, as I said flexing it makes a big difference so here is a pic of me letting my belly loose. lol. to give a more accurate depiction on the body fat left to lose.

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    Thanks for all your input!

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    Just the fact that you can see your abs, (when you flex), would tell me that you are more around 20% or less? I think if you're over 30% there would be no sign of abs no matter how hard you flex.

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    I'd say you're still in the low-mid 20's %...either way, you've made good progress, and you have a really decent base to work with! Nice job


 
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