My Weight Loss My Lifestyle Changes

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Brian M.'s Comment
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A few people in the forum have asked me to share my weight loss "secret". First I would like to state that I am not considering it a diet. My opinion the word diet is a four letter word that usually gives you temporary results, then when achieved you go back to the patterns that you revert back to after you achieve them.

The hardest part of any of this has been breaking bad habits. So when I realized this I began taking a half hour or so meditating. Emptying my negative thoughts, perhaps my bad day and relieving the stress that built during that day. I never eat after driving until I have done this. With a clearer mind I find I make heathier choices.

Making healthy choices is extremely difficult on the road. As many of us know exercise is really hard to achieve when your driving down the road. What makes it more difficult for me is the fact rarely does my truck ever stop. Employing a co driver has been great finically for me but imagine never stopping more than 3 or 4 hours at any given spot. So exercise is a luxury but still needs to be achieved right?

Even though I never joined the driver wellness program at Prime I still have to thank them for the advise they gave us during orientation. Basically it comes down to 15 minutes a day raise your metabolism. Take a brisk walk, run in place while I fuel. Just get that heart rate up and sustain it for 15 minutes. It allows you to increase your metabolism enough to eat any extra calories during the day.

Some days strength exercises are difficult to do I have strength bands and a jump rope in the truck. I do crunches before I go to bed and use bands for strength conditioning as well. Something I do easily in my bunk as Jim is driving down the road. I just lay a yoga mat over my bunk.

So the million dollar question what the heck do I eat? Before I tell you let me state the 3 items I've needed to accomplish my results a real refrigerator w/ a small freezer compartment, microwave and the ever loving George Foreman Grill. I've found personally spending the $600 for the refrigerator that belongs in the truck vital. The freezer is essential for me!

I have tried many different diets during my adult life. Low carb, juicing, weight watchers you name it I probably have tried it. Of course I certainly lost weight with short term success, maintaining the loss always is another story. So this time I've decided I would buy food that I wouldn't mind eating even if I wasn't so called dieting. So after I achieved my "goal" weight I would be able to continue eating the same foods that got me there in the first place.

My first trip with my new objective in mind was an eye opening experience. First thing I decided was to see what the heck I was eating by looking at the labels of everything I wanted to purchase. Staying away from processed foods with exceptions of a few emergency rations I consentrate on 3 departments produce, meat seafood and dairy. Of course my first trip I over purchased and walked out with a ton of healthy food unfortunately it hit the trash can.

This was actually a great thing though. It gave me the ability to sample what I liked and didn't like. It's then I decided if I didn't actually like something that was healthy I wouldn't eat it! So I buy items that I like and will continue to eat all my life instead of eating it just because I was on a diet. Here's a list of items I've found I like that helps me with my goals Produce - Keep in mind this will take up most of the room in your refrigerator so buy smart. Buy a ton of zip lock bags to consolidate your purchases. Try to buy fruits that do not require refrigeration. Also ones that have a larger shelf life.

My list- blueberries ( one of the best fruits for your waistline ) apples,oranges, nectarines,grapes, and strawberries. I take the berries and divide them in portion zip locks with a paper towel on the bottom of the bag. This helps with shelf life. Veggies- spinach and kale mix ( same zip lock deal) onion, tomatoes, prepackaged mashed avocado in portion bags, hummus, carrots, and brocolli already cut florets.

Bread- whole grain bread or whole grain English muffins.

Grocery aisle- oatmeal real not instant another post I will tell you how to prepare without having to cook it. Honey, raisins, blackening seasoning, sea salt, pepper, hot sauce, balsamic vinager, olive oil, organic cambell soups, prepackaged brown rice and guilty but emergency staple is these prepackaged Pace/Prego pasta meals.Not the most healthy meals but not really that bad either. Just great in a pinch.

Well it's almost time for my driving shift so I am going to exercise with bands and get ready to be continued later. Please respond if this is helping so it motivates me to finish quicker. Thanks Brian

Magoo's Comment
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Love it.

It is amazing how just cutting out processed foods and replacing with FRESH (or frozen) can make a difference! I am down from 340 to 285 and all I've done is cut out processed foods. Sodas and my sugar intake is next...that's gonna be real hard.

I look forward to reading more, Brian!

Sam the Wrestler's Comment
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As a big guy, I thank you for this. I have been wondering how I was going to eat and not blow my current losses. Thanks again.

TonyTheNewGuy 's Comment
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Congratulations man sounds great keep it up and any advice for me would help went from 310 to 297 in a month. Last month hopin to continue to lose weight I got physical at prime inc for my first day at orientation I'm sill nervous

Love it.

It is amazing how just cutting out processed foods and replacing with FRESH (or frozen) can make a difference! I am down from 340 to 285 and all I've done is cut out processed foods. Sodas and my sugar intake is next...that's gonna be real hard.

I look forward to reading more, Brian!

TonyTheNewGuy 's Comment
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How are the meal watching routines going for you any update would be appreciated ?

A few people in the forum have asked me to share my weight loss "secret". First I would like to state that I am not considering it a diet. My opinion the word diet is a four letter word that usually gives you temporary results, then when achieved you go back to the patterns that you revert back to after you achieve them.

The hardest part of any of this has been breaking bad habits. So when I realized this I began taking a half hour or so meditating. Emptying my negative thoughts, perhaps my bad day and relieving the stress that built during that day. I never eat after driving until I have done this. With a clearer mind I find I make heathier choices.

Making healthy choices is extremely difficult on the road. As many of us know exercise is really hard to achieve when your driving down the road. What makes it more difficult for me is the fact rarely does my truck ever stop. Employing a co driver has been great finically for me but imagine never stopping more than 3 or 4 hours at any given spot. So exercise is a luxury but still needs to be achieved right?

Even though I never joined the driver wellness program at Prime I still have to thank them for the advise they gave us during orientation. Basically it comes down to 15 minutes a day raise your metabolism. Take a brisk walk, run in place while I fuel. Just get that heart rate up and sustain it for 15 minutes. It allows you to increase your metabolism enough to eat any extra calories during the day.

Some days strength exercises are difficult to do I have strength bands and a jump rope in the truck. I do crunches before I go to bed and use bands for strength conditioning as well. Something I do easily in my bunk as Jim is driving down the road. I just lay a yoga mat over my bunk.

So the million dollar question what the heck do I eat? Before I tell you let me state the 3 items I've needed to accomplish my results a real refrigerator w/ a small freezer compartment, microwave and the ever loving George Foreman Grill. I've found personally spending the $600 for the refrigerator that belongs in the truck vital. The freezer is essential for me!

I have tried many different diets during my adult life. Low carb, juicing, weight watchers you name it I probably have tried it. Of course I certainly lost weight with short term success, maintaining the loss always is another story. So this time I've decided I would buy food that I wouldn't mind eating even if I wasn't so called dieting. So after I achieved my "goal" weight I would be able to continue eating the same foods that got me there in the first place.

My first trip with my new objective in mind was an eye opening experience. First thing I decided was to see what the heck I was eating by looking at the labels of everything I wanted to purchase. Staying away from processed foods with exceptions of a few emergency rations I consentrate on 3 departments produce, meat seafood and dairy. Of course my first trip I over purchased and walked out with a ton of healthy food unfortunately it hit the trash can.

This was actually a great thing though. It gave me the ability to sample what I liked and didn't like. It's then I decided if I didn't actually like something that was healthy I wouldn't eat it! So I buy items that I like and will continue to eat all my life instead of eating it just because I was on a diet. Here's a list of items I've found I like that helps me with my goals Produce - Keep in mind this will take up most of the room in your refrigerator so buy smart. Buy a ton of zip lock bags to consolidate your purchases. Try to buy fruits that do not require refrigeration. Also ones that have a larger shelf life.

My list- blueberries ( one of the best fruits for your waistline ) apples,oranges, nectarines,grapes, and strawberries. I take the berries and divide them in portion zip locks with a paper towel on the bottom of the bag. This helps with shelf life. Veggies- spinach and kale mix ( same zip lock deal) onion, tomatoes, prepackaged mashed avocado in portion bags, hummus, carrots, and brocolli already cut florets.

Bread- whole grain bread or whole grain English muffins.

Grocery aisle- oatmeal real not instant another post I will tell you how to prepare without having to cook it. Honey, raisins, blackening seasoning, sea salt, pepper, hot sauce, balsamic vinager, olive oil, organic cambell soups, prepackaged brown rice and guilty but emergency staple is these prepackaged Pace/Prego pasta meals.Not the most healthy meals but not really that bad either. Just great in a pinch.

Well it's almost time for my driving shift so I am going to exercise with bands and get ready to be continued later. Please respond if this is helping so it motivates me to finish quicker. Thanks Brian

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