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Phil's mid life crisis
« on: December 13, 2012, 08:05:48 AM »
My wife thinks its a mid life crisis but I'm just trying to get fit. At 46 my hair is starting to thin and I don't want to be fat and bald by 50.

I have been walking for about 5 hours a week for the last 2 or 3 years to try and lose weight and it works but as soon as I stopped walking the pounds come back on.

My heaviest weight was 15 stone a couple of years back and i am 5 ft 9 inches tall. Problems with my weight was mainly discomfort when trying to get to sleep and lots of digestive grumbles. I also was prone to straining my lower back whenever I tried to do anything physical. I have an office job so I am sat at a computer all day.

My proper weight loss journey began when I got a Kindle for christmas last year. I don't really like fiction so I read books on hobbies mostly. One day I spotted a book on getting fit for the over 40's which mentioned cutting out pasta, potatos,rice and bread. I was intreged by this as these foods where my staples. This lead me to get a book about the Atkins diet.Within 2 months on the Atkins I had lost 20lbs going from over 200lbs to 180lbs then I hit a plateau.

The reaction to this rapid weight loss was life changing and lead me to do more research and I found out about the paleo movement . My focus now is not just on weight but mainly body recomposition.

As motivation I want to keep a diary on here and also any feedback is always good. Trying to explain to friends and family what I'm doing is just asking to be ridiculed. So at least here we are all on the same page so to speak. 8)     

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Re: Phil's mid life crisis
« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2012, 08:47:55 AM »
Ok , current workout programme, based on the book, 4Hour body;

3 sets 5 reps of kettlebell deadlifts from between legs
3 sets 5 reps of kettlebell deadlifts from back of heals
2 sets 20 kettlebell swings

2 complete rest days until next work out.16kg Kettlebell

Everyday 90 sec muscle contractions 1hour 30 mins after lunch.10 Air squats,10 wall presses,10 chest band pulls.

Measurements  :embarassed:

hips;37 inches
waist;39 inches
Bicep;14.5 inches
thigh ;22 inches
weight;180.8lb

Supplements;
with lunch500mg L-carnitine
100mg CQ10
cod liver oil capsule
with breakfast
Multi vitamin/mineral (iron free)

Diet;
Breakfast; 2 Paleo bacon ,2 organic free range eggs
Lunch;Mackerel,spinach,tomatos,cucumber
Evening meal;Paleo turkey breast or wild salmon,lettuce,tomatos,cucumber,spring onions,mayonaisse,extra virgin olive oil.
Drinks;water 4 glasses per day,occasionally coffee with double cream


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Re: Phil's mid life crisis
« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2012, 09:49:00 PM »
Welcome to the forum, Phil!  :)

Your new diet sounds really good. Don't worry about the nay-sayers, your results will soon be speaking for themselves. They can be fat and sick if they want to be. Two years ago I was obese and pre-diabetic. Being slim and healthy feels so much better I don't care who thinks I'm a nutter.

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Re: Phil's mid life crisis
« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2012, 01:17:04 AM »
Welcome to the forum, Phil!  :)

Your new diet sounds really good. Don't worry about the nay-sayers, your results will soon be speaking for themselves. They can be fat and sick if they want to be. Two years ago I was obese and pre-diabetic. Being slim and healthy feels so much better I don't care who thinks I'm a nutter.

Yes, I ilke this quote;

"The nice thing about getting old, is that you realize what a madhouse it all is. Instead of a young person's view, which is that the world must be sane, with occasional pockets of insanity, you come around to my position, in which the world seems to be a complete madhouse - with occasional pockets of sanity" (John Cleese 1988)
 

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Re: Phil's mid life crisis
« Reply #4 on: December 19, 2012, 01:41:31 AM »
Talk about bad timing. So near to Christmas is a really bad time to start a diet.

I trained on Saturday but done nothing since due to christmas festivities . Alcohol, chocolate and mince pies have been getting in the way and I have put on a pound. ;D

I have a new kettlebell coming my way on Christmas day and a training video so that should get me back on track.

Training tonight with the 16kg kettlebell will do me good. I will feel better about my lack of discipline with my diet after a few kettlebell swings.

I have had all my food delivered for the Christmas holidays, cod fillets,Wild alaskan salmon,chicken breasts and Paleo meats including beef,turkey,bacon and pork loins. Got some duck eggs and veggies coming on Friday. :P   


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Re: Phil's mid life crisis
« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2013, 03:10:26 AM »
Happy New Year!!! ;D

I started a new kettlebell routine starting from 31.12.2012.

Warmups
Strength
3 x 5 reps kettlebell squats 16kg
3 x 5 kettlebell rows (each arm) 16kg
Strength -endurance
2 x 20 Kettlebell swings 16kg
Core
2 x 10 Kettlebell through the legs and round the legs 12kg

Practising
Half turkish get up with small dumbell
Jerks with 12kg kettlebell

My wife says she will  start doing Kettlebell swings with the 12kg Kettlebell .

Very impressed with Vytautas Lalas in the worlds strongest man 2012.(born July 21, 1982)  He is a professional strongman competitor from Mažeikiai, Lithuania, currently residing in Dublin, Ireland. He is a beast of a man.

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Re: Phil's mid life crisis
« Reply #6 on: January 30, 2013, 07:39:00 AM »
Training is going well with the kettlebells and I have added 3 sets of barbell curls with 25kg at the end of the workout for the upper body.

Feeling strong and healthy. Looking forward to spring/summer which is when I enjoy the outdoors the most and usually shed a few pounds.

Belly fat still with me which is rubbish but I will post some measurements in a couple of weeks to see if anything has changed. :laugh:   

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Re: Phil's mid life crisis
« Reply #7 on: February 20, 2013, 08:43:30 AM »
Just when everything was going so well I have a shoulder injury. >:( It didn't happen during training but came on after going fishing with freinds. We were casting for a few hours solid and then it came on over the next few days.

Took NSAID's for 5 days along with some very light lifting which cleared it up but I am going to train lighter for the next month.

I took my blood pressure as well and it was interesting that as well as it being normal my pulse has gone from being around 75 bpm to 64bpm. I'm taking this as a sign that my heart is working more effeciently - result. 8)

new light routine from saturday

Warmups
Strength
3 x 5 reps air squats
3 x 5 kettlebell deadlifts 16kg
Strength -endurance
2 x 20 Kettlebell swings 12kg
Core
2 x 20 Kettlebell through the legs and round the legs 12kg
arms
bicep curls 25kg

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Re: Phil's mid life crisis
« Reply #8 on: April 23, 2013, 07:32:26 AM »
Not much to report other than seeing some improvement in strength ;

Strength
3 x 5 reps kettlebell squats 16kg
3 x 5 kettlebell deadlifts 16kg
Strength -endurance
2 x 20 Kettlebell swings 16kg
Core
2 x 20 Kettlebell through the legs and round the legs 12kg
arms
bicep curls 35kg

My biceps and forearms are getting more muscular and I can just about see the veins under the skin but no real definition yet.

My weight has been very stable at 185lb with belly fat still a problem.

I still havn't done any measurements since I started so that would be interesting to do.

I am now training in the garden which is much better than training indoors and of course much more primal. ;D

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Re: Phil's mid life crisis
« Reply #9 on: May 13, 2013, 08:57:00 AM »
Measurements  13.5.2013

hips;38 inches
waist;39 inches
Bicep;15 inches
thigh ;22.5 inches
weight;183.6lb

I have gained half an inch on my arms,half an inch on my thighs and an inch on my hips with no change in my waist size and put on 2.8lb.

I feel its time to change something so I am only having nuts/dark chocolate as a rare treat instead of most days.i have purchased a low carb Whey protein powder to have once a day to add 20g of protein a day.

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Re: Phil's mid life crisis
« Reply #10 on: May 14, 2013, 03:28:48 PM »
Great work with those kettlebells Fish. Love kettlebell exercises and they are an awesome workout! Clearly you are hitting it hard with the results you just posted. Half an inch on the arms is incredible! Same with the increase in mass on the legs.

Thanks for posting these work outs . Will certainly be following along :)

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Re: Phil's mid life crisis
« Reply #11 on: June 12, 2013, 04:49:29 AM »
Just a quick update.

Cutting out the nuts,chocs and wine and adding a protein shake is working well and I am losing weight again.Currently 180lb.

Also got Carbtracker App on the iphone. This makes you think about ratio's.I am aiming for;
Protein 30%
Fat 60%
Carbs 10%