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      05-08-2012, 09:22 PM   #19
MMME30W
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Good for you.

In Aug 2010, I got down to 179. My goal was so close, 172; and I started at maybe 220.

I am now back to 196. Started dating, got married, lost track lol. It happens.

But I am back and going to re-start the program that got me the weight to come off in the first place.

Here is what worked for me.

- Joined a local gym, and worked out in the morning, before 6AM.
- I spent about $200 for a personal trainer to design a lifting program for me and help me learn proper technique
- The did that 30 min strength training followed by 30 min cardio (elliptical) just after lifting, every day
- Ate a protein bar or shake after working out
- Did this program 3 to 4 times a week.

- Religiously counted calories and stuck to about 1,750 a day
- Drank a lot of water
- Avoided beer, alcohol, maybe 1 on a Saturday night

- Ate 1/2 c oatmeal with ground flax seed for breakfast virtually every day.
- Had reasonable, healthy lunch and dinner of normal food.
- Ate snacks of raw almonds; maybe a protein bar at 3PM if I got hungry
- Had occasional treat (ice cream, etc.) but never overboard.

Good luck to you. I hope you succeed in your plans. If you can stop smoking, please do. It killed my dad.
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