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User currently offlineStabilator From United States of America, joined Nov 2010, 710 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1610 times:

Hello non-av! I thought it was time for a non-political discussion to grace the boards.

This thread piggy-backs off of Doc's Paleo Thread, which gave me motivation to see a nutritionist here at my University.

I am now (as of last friday) on a structured diet, which allows for 7oz protein, 3c milk/dairy, 8oz whole grain, 3 cups each fruits and veggies (with no limit on how much I can consume). And to be honest, I have never felt so energized, and suddenly my 8am course doesn't seem so bad!

After spending the entirety of my life severely overweight I feel I am now on the right track to lose weight. I get roughly 2-3 miles of walking in a day, just from navigating a large University campus. Now that spring has rolled around, taking a walk is quite pleasant.

As far as my diet goes, I quite enjoy it. I feel more full than I did when I was eating junk food, and I love to cook so I have found some extremely tasty recipes that are healthy.

Spinach is now a go-to staple of mine. I recommend "baby" spinach - the leaves are smaller and more tender, I've found. My favorite thing to do with it is to pair it with a vinaigrette recipe I found. Add walnuts and feta and it's a pretty amazing lunch! My dinners consist of a lot more fish - wild salmon (something just looks funny with farmed salmon - ie weird pale pink color) Mahi-Mahi (aka Dorado and Dolphin in other parts of the world) and Halibut. I try as hard as I can to stay away from ground beef/ red meat in general.

At first only being able to eat 3oz protein at a meal seemed undoable, but the trick is to pair it with a whole grain - like a serving of brown rice, and eat a lot of fruit and salad. My nutritionist said we like to eat by volume, but 4c pasta won't fill you up as much as 1c spinach, 3oz protein, 1c milk, and tons of fruit for dessert.

Anywho, I am rambling, but I am rather excited at the prospective progress to be made.

Recipe:
Honey-Mustard Balsamic Vinaigrette (This is what I pair with my salads):
3tbs EVOO
2tbs Balsamic Vinegar
1tbs Honey Mustard (I go a bit less than this)
Squeeze of Lemon Juice
Salt and Pepper to Taste (Go light on the salt!)
*This can last a long time - use the vinaigrette sparingly

I just wanted to share my progress, and hopefully encourage others! Feel free to share your own progress, recipes, etc.


So we beat on against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.
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User currently offlinejetblueguy22 From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 2798 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1606 times:
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Good to hear you found something that works for you! I have been trying to lose some weight but I wouldn't go as far as calling it a diet. My freshmen year of college I was introduced to the wonderful world of the unlimited dining plan. I couldn't believe I could walk in somewhere, swipe my card, and eat as much as I could stomach. Well my academic year went by and I got home. I looked at myself in the mirror and was surprised. I had put on more weight than I had realized. When I jumped on the scale it turned out the freshmen 15 was no joke. It actually turned out to be the freshmen 20. Well over the summer I adjusted my diet a bit, but had a really physical job. I lost a couple pounds. Nothing really to write home about. But when I got back to school I realized I was still a little overweight. Thankfully my new dorm was pretty far from most of my classes. It meant plenty of walking, although this isn't so great in the North Dakota winters... It was also far from the dining hall I preferred. The one closest to me really isn't that great. Well when I mixed in the walking and eating less because of less temptation I found myself losing a few pounds. My appetite had become much smaller as well. Instead of cramming a plate full of food, I was only grabbing a few small things. Well after the first semester I had lost 12 pounds. So far this semester I'm down another 6. I feel fantastic and I'm hoping to lose some more. My only problem is love of fast food. I could eat a burger and fries everyday. Trying to fight that urge is my biggest problem. I'm finally getting an apartment next month so I'll be even further from the dining hall temptation. My plan is to kind of stick with smaller portions and eat healthier. Though I'm sure plenty of burgers will be mixed in.
Pat



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User currently offlineStabilator From United States of America, joined Nov 2010, 710 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1588 times:

Oh man, didn't realize you went to UND! I just transferred from there (got the main licenses/ ratings, decided to give pre-law a try - will probably resume training at a local FBO this summer)

Hopefully you've learned to stay away from Wilkie - what a nightmare. I generally found Squires to be a bit more fresh.

Congrats on losing the weight you put on, especially in such a hostile environment as NoDak!

I remember when the Five Guys opened up...my friends and I were waiting in line haha. Have the burger, but just eat the junk food in moderation. It helps that UND has a pretty great fitness center. Was always a tight squeeze in the Cessna and Seminoles with me and my instructor (he had a pretty similar build to me, and from any onlookers on the ramp I bet we looked pretty ridiculous!)



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User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19708 posts, RR: 58
Reply 3, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1580 times:

Well, 10 days in I was down six pounds. I've tightened a notch on my belt.

Tonight's dinner:
-Coconut Thai green curry salmon and shrimp
-Sauteed bok choy
-Paleo cauliflower "rice."

I made tomorrow's breakfast
-Omelete (one egg, four egg whites) with sauteed peppers and onions

And lunch
-Grilled asparagus
-Sauteed peppers and onions
-Grilled marinated chicken breast

I'm certainly not hungry! But everyone notices the difference now.


User currently offlinejetblueguy22 From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 2798 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1570 times:
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Quoting Stabilator (Reply 2):
Oh man, didn't realize you went to UND! I just transferred from there (got the main licenses/ ratings, decided to give pre-law a try - will probably resume training at a local FBO this summer)

Hopefully you've learned to stay away from Wilkie - what a nightmare. I generally found Squires to be a bit more fresh.

Congrats on losing the weight you put on, especially in such a hostile environment as NoDak!

I remember when the Five Guys opened up...my friends and I were waiting in line haha. Have the burger, but just eat the junk food in moderation. It helps that UND has a pretty great fitness center. Was always a tight squeeze in the Cessna and Seminoles with me and my instructor (he had a pretty similar build to me, and from any onlookers on the ramp I bet we looked pretty ridiculous!)

No way! Small world. Best of luck with your future flight training and in law!

Yeah I avoid Wilky like the plague. I'm in West so it's tough to do, but luckily my best friend is in Pike so I can meet him half way.
Well luckily I can't have Five Guys because of the oil they cook the fries in. But I'm absolutely addicted to Qdoba. Best place in Forks if you ask me. Though a little late night Red Pepper always hits the spot!

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 3):
Well, 10 days in I was down six pounds. I've tightened a notch on my belt.

That's fantastic Doc! Congrats!
Pat



You push down on that yoke, the houses get bigger, you pull back on the yoke, the houses get bigger- Ken Foltz
User currently offlineQFA380 From Australia, joined Jul 2005, 2072 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1556 times:

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 3):
Well, 10 days in I was down six pounds. I've tightened a notch on my belt.

Very impressive. Paleo can do wonders.


User currently offlineAC_B777 From Canada, joined Aug 2000, 809 posts, RR: 13
Reply 6, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1468 times:

I can't really do the diet thing...I have found it too hard to stick to a certain meal structure or foods. Back in early Feb I started calorie counting on myfitnesspal.com and since then I have lost about 20 pounds.
I still have 15lbs to go to reach my goal of 200lbs, but it is working for me. I can still eat most of the foods that I ate before I started, but I had to reduce the portion size. I have cut out a few things from my overall diet like butter/margarine on toast. I hardly eat eggs now and I'm trying to eat more fruit, however, that is still high is sugar which turns to fat.
I do find that it is sometimes a mental thing too. I find that by telling myself that I'm full after I eat a meal works and, if you would, convinces/tricks my mind into believing it instead of thinking I'm still hungry and to keep eating.
Anyways, it has worked and like I said, I'm down 20lbs and went from a 38/40 waist size to a 36.



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User currently onlineHOONS90 From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 3015 posts, RR: 52
Reply 7, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1429 times:
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Glad to hear that it's working out for you!

I've tried the South Beach diet and Atkins diet before, but I realized that I couldn't part from white rice and pasta and I didn't go beyond the induction phase of the diet. White rice has always been the staple food when I was growing up.

I've also tried calorie counting on MyFitnessPal, but I'm always on the go and it was cumbersome trying to add up all the calories, especially since I ate out a lot.

I've started to create my own meal replacement shakes with a blend of whey and casein protein powder recently. Since I just started it, I don't have any results yet. However, I can say that it really does a good job in the satiety department. I usually have one in place of either breakfast or lunch.



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User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19708 posts, RR: 58
Reply 8, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1375 times:

Quoting jetblueguy22 (Reply 4):

That's fantastic Doc! Congrats!
Quoting QFA380 (Reply 5):
Very impressive. Paleo can do wonders.

New update. This AM after swim practice, my belt led me to the NEXT notch. I think this is the last notch for a long while, but I'll take it!


User currently offlinefuturepilot16 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 2035 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1350 times:

I've been trying to lose weight too, I started by looking for more high energy foods and healthier eating options.

Lately i've been trying to get some whole wheat in my breakfast (either bagel or bread) lightly toasted with lowfat spread. Usually I have 1 banana as well with a half cup of strawberries and a bottle of water. Also blueberry/banana/strawberry oatmeal some days.

Lunch is usually deli sandwich like a veggie from subway or something random like that.

For dinner i'll eat a bowl of baby lettuce with spinach (loving spinach lately too) with some croutons and vinaigrette or ceasar dressing. I've been eating a lot of lean meats for dinner, mainly grilled chicken breast (I want to try turkey as well). Later i'll have a banana or some strawberries again for snack.

If you haven't done so yet, get a George Foreman grill, it does wonders for healthy grilling. I didn't realize how eating healthy would make me want to visit the supermarket more often for fresh produce like fruits and veggies, it's still the same price as a mcdonalds meal tho, and you feel much better after you eat. My problem now is portion control, if I can get that then i'll be all set.



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User currently offlineYVRLTN From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 2469 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1321 times:

Onto the 6th month of this now

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zone_diet

All about balanced diet really, with an obvious elimination of bad things. I can get through because I can still eat things like cheese and have a glass of wine. While I can eat a cup of spinach and green veggies, I dont think I will ever enjoy them.

Got through 2 notches on my old belt and already moved 2 more on my new one. Now it is sort of stopping raining, now try to do an hour out on my bike every day for the next step.

I really miss beer though   



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User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19708 posts, RR: 58
Reply 11, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1246 times:

Quoting YVRLTN (Reply 10):
I really miss beer though   

I haven't had to give it up. But then again, I was never a big drinker. Hand me a beer and I might get through half.

Last night a friend who I haven't seen in about two weeks came over for dinner and a soak in the hot tub. He's the one who got us onto Paleo.

His first words when I opened the door: "WOW! Look at you, skinny!"

I was wearing a T-shirt I last was able to wear before I gained weight. It's still a wee bit tight on me, but I can put it on and wear it comfortably.

I still have my "skinny jeans" in my dresser. And finally, after five years of wondering how and if I was ever going to get into them again, my sights are set. I don't know exactly when, but in the next six months, I am getting back into them. I am going to wear them out to go dancing.


User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 13602 posts, RR: 61
Reply 12, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 1233 times:
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Quoting Stabilator (Thread starter):
This thread piggy-backs off of Doc's Paleo Thread

Where is this thread? I can't seem to find it for some reason.



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User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19708 posts, RR: 58
Reply 13, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1215 times:

Quoting EA CO AS (Reply 12):
Where is this thread? I can't seem to find it for some reason.
Has Anyone Tried Going Paleo? (by DocLightning Mar 17 2013 in Non Aviation)?threadid=2497681&searchid=2497681&s=paleo#ID2497681


User currently offlineStabilator From United States of America, joined Nov 2010, 710 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1169 times:

I am down 5 pounds after one week of sticking to my guns, and I feel great! I think I've noticed a change in the shape of my face, but maybe thats me being wishful haha. For the first time ever, I have recorded a drop in my weight, which is incredibly overwhelming. I am aiming for a weight of 200-220, so quite a long way to go, but I'm looking forward to it.

Two weeks until my next nutritionist appointment. Will keep you all updated.



So we beat on against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.
User currently offlineaaden From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 835 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1157 times:

That's awesome to hear as a health professional! Welcome to the healthier happier side of diet and exercise.


Everyone is dieting Becuase everyone has a diet, it's just wag it consists of...
I like to think of changes like that not as diet changes but lifestyle changes... Welcome to living well friend.


User currently offlineAesma From France, joined Nov 2009, 6658 posts, RR: 11
Reply 16, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1131 times:

So, wasn't your size a problem for flight training ? That Cessna 152 cockpit seems pretty tight !


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User currently offlineYVRLTN From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 2469 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1127 times:

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 11):
I haven't had to give it up. But then again, I was never a big drinker. Hand me a beer and I might get through half.

I am still allowed to drink it too, but one beer is all my blocks of carbs and I dont find that "drink" does anything towards hunger as "food" does. I drank 5+ pints at a time 2-3 times a week and a bottle of wine with a meal...

Im glad its working for you and I think thats the key - to find something that works for you ie you enjoy it too. I could never give up dairy, particularly cheese, so my diet is eating balanced quantities of all foods, with obvious omissions or at least extremely reduced quantities of bad things and emphasis on "good" fats and lots of fruit. You can go to a restaurant or someones house and pretty much eat normally. I detest salad in any quantity, particularly lettuce and not too good on green veggies either, as much as I try to eat them and hope the taste will grow on me, but I would rather be dead than go through Paleo.

At the end of the day, portion control and cutting out "bad stuff" is going to have some effect regardless of the name of the game your are playing. But a lot of these "fad diets" out there you cant be on forever and you soon pile it back on again once you stop. At least this one teaches you to eat normally and gets you into a way of life which you can maintain forever if necessary.



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User currently offlineStabilator From United States of America, joined Nov 2010, 710 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 1095 times:

Quoting Aesma (Reply 16):

The 172's are what my schol used. It was never a problem. The tight squeeze was mostly due to the broad shoulders of me and my instructor. We were always safely within weight and balance limits.



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User currently onlineFighterPilot From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 1396 posts, RR: 22
Reply 19, posted (1 year 5 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 1090 times:

I used this program for the most part of the full 12 weeks.
http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/kris...-12-week-daily-trainer-week-1.html
Had some pretty great results. I'm going to start it again soon and try and keep the daily cardio more in check and not be so slack about only doing one session of cardio a day.

Cal   



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