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Postby [old] Kagi » February 21st, 2006, 9:44 am

Greetings, all. <br /><br />I'm currently at 350 whopping pounds. I just got my concept2 rower and have used it a couple of times. I have a problem in that I cannot complete the rowing motion (due to my large girth) with my feet in the stirrups. Is it just as good a workout with my feet flat on the ground? I was thinking about rigging something up so that I can have a wider stance with my feet to accomodate my stomach. <br /><br />I used to be a bodybuilder many years ago, and love to row. I'm hoping this will bring me back in shape. :)<br /><br />
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Postby [old] Meri Goehring » February 21st, 2006, 10:42 am

<!--quoteo(post=56621:date=Feb 21 2006, 07:44 AM:name=Kagi)--><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td><div class='genmed'><b>QUOTE(Kagi @ Feb 21 2006, 07:44 AM) </b></div></td></tr><tr><td class='quote'>Greetings, all. <br /><br />I'm currently at 350 whopping pounds. I just got my concept2 rower and have used it a couple of times. I have a problem in that I cannot complete the rowing motion (due to my large girth) with my feet in the stirrups. Is it just as good a workout with my feet flat on the ground? I was thinking about rigging something up so that I can have a wider stance with my feet to accomodate my stomach. <br /><br />I used to be a bodybuilder many years ago, and love to row. I'm hoping this will bring me back in shape. :)<br /> </td></tr></table><br /><br />My husband has the same problem with about the same weight or more (he won't tell me what it really is). He started with his feet flat on the ground for the first few weeks of rowing. Shorten your stroke and keep at it, slowly, make sure your drag factor is low. After 2 months of rowing every 2-3 days, based on how sore he is, he can now row about 4500 meters at a time and is gradually loosing weight. I will be interested to see how others manage this so I can give him some more tips. It is much easier on his joints than other exercises he has tried. I'm not sure he loves it yet, so you're way ahead!<br />Meri
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Postby [old] eyespliced » February 24th, 2006, 10:57 pm

start wt- 282lbs<br />end of week 1 275lbs<br />end of week 2 272lbs<br />end of week 3 270.5<br /><br />i kinda had a "bad" week for weight loss, at one point I was back up to 274. but i brought it back down and so i'm happy. <br /><br />also again i PR'd today(i weigh on fridays and 2k erg tests usually fall on fridays) new 2k erg time<br />6:52.3 - 1:43.1/500m i'm also quite happy about that.
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Postby [old] billandmargaret » February 25th, 2006, 12:06 am

<!--quoteo(post=56619:date=Feb 21 2006, 05:41 AM:name=soundave)--><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td><div class='genmed'><b>QUOTE(soundave @ Feb 21 2006, 05:41 AM) </b></div></td></tr><tr><td class='quote'>-4 pounds last week.<br />-22 pounds over six weeks.<br /><br />Doing WW points and rowing the Pete Plan.<br /> </td></tr></table><br />What's the Pete Plan, or where can I find it?<br /><br />Margaret
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Postby [old] Warduke » February 25th, 2006, 1:30 am

<a href="http://www.machars.net/peteplan.htm" target="_blank">The Pete Plan</a>.<br /><br />There's a thread about it <a href="http://www.concept2.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5409" target="_blank">here</a> .<br />
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Postby [old] Meri Goehring » February 25th, 2006, 1:28 pm

Start 206 lbs. (goal 180)<br />wk one 203<br />wk two 201<br />wk three 202<br />wk four 201 (this week) <br />Goal is to loose 1 lb per week, so I'm actually 'on track', but did my first half marathon this week and felt I should have lost a bit more. Oh well. Congratulations to all who keep up the fight!<br />Meri
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Postby [old] Steelhead » February 26th, 2006, 6:43 pm

<!--quoteo(post=57108:date=Feb 25 2006, 09:28 AM:name=Meri Goehring)--><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td><div class='genmed'><b>QUOTE(Meri Goehring @ Feb 25 2006, 09:28 AM) </b></div></td></tr><tr><td class='quote'>Start 206 lbs. (goal 180)<br />wk one 203<br />wk two 201<br />wk three 202<br />wk four 201 (this week) <br />Goal is to loose 1 lb per week, so I'm actually 'on track', but did my first half marathon this week and felt I should have lost a bit more. Oh well. Congratulations to all who keep up the fight!<br />Meri<br /> </td></tr></table><br />New results as of 2/26/06:<br /><br />Total lost since February 2nd: -11 (from 203 to 192)<br />First week: -4<br />Second week: -4<br />Third week: -3<br /><br />
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Postby [old] Meri Goehring » February 27th, 2006, 4:03 pm

<!--quoteo(post=57307:date=Feb 26 2006, 04:43 PM:name=Steelhead)--><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td><div class='genmed'><b>QUOTE(Steelhead @ Feb 26 2006, 04:43 PM) </b></div></td></tr><tr><td class='quote'><!--quoteo(post=57108:date=Feb 25 2006, 09:28 AM:name=Meri Goehring)--><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td><div class='genmed'><b>QUOTE(Meri Goehring @ Feb 25 2006, 09:28 AM) </b></div></td></tr><tr><td class='quote'>Start 206 lbs. (goal 180)<br />wk one 203<br />wk two 201<br />wk three 202<br />wk four 201 (this week) <br />Goal is to loose 1 lb per week, so I'm actually 'on track', but did my first half marathon this week and felt I should have lost a bit more. Oh well. Congratulations to all who keep up the fight!<br />Meri<br /> </td></tr></table><br />New results as of 2/26/06:<br /><br />Total lost since February 2nd: -11 (from 203 to 192)<br />First week: -4<br />Second week: -4<br />Third week: -3<br /> </td></tr></table><br /><br />Very impressive! After reading some of your other posts regarding plant based diets, I can see how well these might work. Obviously, it's working for you. I'm not sure my current lifestyle can be adjusted to allow such a diet, but I'm going to give it some careful thought. My family loves meat, but perhaps wie can learn how to gradually eat healthier. Congratulations on the loss.<br />Meri<br />
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Postby [old] Afterburner » February 27th, 2006, 4:16 pm

I was extremely excited to make weight at the CRASH-B's this weekend with half a pound to spare.<br />Started at around 146 in early January. Came in around 134.5 on Saturday.<br />Maybe I can do this lightweight thing afterall :) <br />My diet is simple calorie restriction. I'm allowed x number calories per day and within that I can eat whatever I like. (Altho I like to try to make it low cal food so that I can eat more :roll: )<br />Keep up the good work everyone!<br /><br />Heather
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Postby [old] gwjones » February 27th, 2006, 9:14 pm

Sorry - I didn;t post last week.<br /><br />This week's stats:<br /><br />2/23/06: 235.5 - 3 lbs lost in 2 weeks.<br /><br />Down 3 lbs in 2 weeks. Total loss since start is 22.5 lbs.
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Postby [old] Kappy » February 28th, 2006, 10:49 pm

<!--quoteo(post=57542:date=Feb 27 2006, 08:14 PM:name=gwjones)--><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td><div class='genmed'><b>QUOTE(gwjones @ Feb 27 2006, 08:14 PM) </b></div></td></tr><tr><td class='quote'>Sorry - I didn;t post last week.<br /><br />This week's stats:<br /><br />2/23/06: 235.5 - 3 lbs lost in 2 weeks.<br /><br />Down 3 lbs in 2 weeks. Total loss since start is 22.5 lbs.<br /> </td></tr></table><br /><br />I didn't weigh in yesterday. But today I was 151.6. Ugh. I hope I make it to 149 soon and get some degree of psychological boost from that. I've been really sick and unable to row or erg much. I'm actually just barely walking a bit this week. I hope things get better soon.<br /><br />Heather - your stats are really great. You can do it, and you are going to ROCK at lightweight weight. Way to go.<br /><br />kappy
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Postby [old] artmom5 » March 1st, 2006, 2:26 pm

<!--quoteo(post=57108:date=Feb 25 2006, 11:28 AM:name=Meri Goehring)--><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td><div class='genmed'><b>QUOTE(Meri Goehring @ Feb 25 2006, 11:28 AM) </b></div></td></tr><tr><td class='quote'>Start 206 lbs. (goal 180)<br />wk one 203<br />wk two 201<br />wk three 202<br />wk four 201 (this week) <br />Goal is to loose 1 lb per week, so I'm actually 'on track', but did my first half marathon this week and felt I should have lost a bit more. Oh well. Congratulations to all who keep up the fight!<br />Meri<br /> </td></tr></table><br /><br /><br />Congrats Meri on the half marathon! Great time!<br />The first (and only) time I did it last year during the summer solstice challenge I was barely under 3 hours and couldn't move not sore just tired for 2 days!<br />Great job! I saw that you are doing 100K's in a week where most of us are doing 25K, great job. I of course take all the credit being one of your motivational rowing partners! LOL!<br /> :lol: <br />Mary
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Postby [old] Steelhead » March 1st, 2006, 3:19 pm

<!--quoteo(post=57476:date=Feb 27 2006, 12:03 PM:name=Meri Goehring)--><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td><div class='genmed'><b>QUOTE(Meri Goehring @ Feb 27 2006, 12:03 PM) </b></div></td></tr><tr><td class='quote'><!--quoteo(post=57307:date=Feb 26 2006, 04:43 PM:name=Steelhead)--><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td><div class='genmed'><b>QUOTE(Steelhead @ Feb 26 2006, 04:43 PM) </b></div></td></tr><tr><td class='quote'><!--quoteo(post=57108:date=Feb 25 2006, 09:28 AM:name=Meri Goehring)--><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td><div class='genmed'><b>QUOTE(Meri Goehring @ Feb 25 2006, 09:28 AM) </b></div></td></tr><tr><td class='quote'>Start 206 lbs. (goal 180)<br />wk one 203<br />wk two 201<br />wk three 202<br />wk four 201 (this week) <br />Goal is to loose 1 lb per week, so I'm actually 'on track', but did my first half marathon this week and felt I should have lost a bit more. Oh well. Congratulations to all who keep up the fight!<br />Meri<br /> </td></tr></table><br />New results as of 2/26/06:<br /><br />Total lost since February 2nd: -11 (from 203 to 192)<br />First week: -4<br />Second week: -4<br />Third week: -3<br /> </td></tr></table><br /><br />Very impressive! After reading some of your other posts regarding plant based diets, I can see how well these might work. Obviously, it's working for you. I'm not sure my current lifestyle can be adjusted to allow such a diet, but I'm going to give it some careful thought. My family loves meat, but perhaps wie can learn how to gradually eat healthier. Congratulations on the loss.<br />Meri<br /> </td></tr></table><br />Thanks Meri. <br /><br />I love meat too. I keep waiting for my body to tell me to eat some, but so far it hasn't. And I do have plenty of energy now compared to when I was eating a high (animal) protein diet. I'll keep on with this experiment of a whole food, plant based diet and see how things go. I just eat meat and dairy sparingly (abstemiously?) and avoid adding any oil (the oil in the food is enough, and when I need an "oil-fix" I eat avocados and walnuts, etc.). We'll see.<br /><br />Mike
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Postby [old] devans » March 1st, 2006, 5:52 pm

<br />Well I bought the C2 a bit over 5 weeks ago now and things are going well.<br /><br />Lost 10kg (22lbs), about the same to go.<br /><br />Averaging 11k per day and growing. As I hadn't really done any real exercise for a few years I started out very light and now comfortably doing between 10k & 15k per day, mostly low intensity 5k blocks.<br /><br />Interesting to note that with some very rough maths this total distance rowed (425k) is equal to about:<br /><br />24,000 KCal expended<br /><br />Which is typically described as being equivelent to about 3kg (6.8lbs) of bodyfat burned - suggests rowing is directly responsible for only about one third of my weight loss so far. Actually its the (psychological) mainstay of my plan so in a way its more important than a third. I recently noticed I should be able to make my first million meters before season end so pushing along for that.<br /><br />As far as eating is concerned:<br /><br />Breakfast: Small bowl of cerial + a little honey &/or berries<br />(was never eating breakfast before - bad)<br /><br />All day: Snack whenever I'm hungry (or not) on fruit. Always make sure I have apples, bananas, grapes, etc on my desk. Drink a *lot* of water.<br /><br />Dinner: Whatever, but usually the quantity for one meal split across two sittings. I find that irrespective of how much I eat at meal #1 I still get hungry before going to bed and need to eat again. By spreading dinner over time I consume less total. I find that the body is a bit slow to tell you you're not hungy any more so its easy to eat more than you need before feeling the need to stop. I serve half (so I don't power through the whole lot) and after I drink plenty of water which seems effective at making a small meal make me feel sated.<br /><br />If its something fatty like sausages i make sure its small in quantity and have a heap of salad or veg but little or none of the high cal veg like potatoes. Basically I don't exclude anything but try to keep the total energy content way down but not heaping lots of high cal things togeather. Try to keep things like cheese to an absolute minimum.<br /><br />Also, since starting I've completely eliminated:<br /><br />Drinking coffee at the office (was having dozens of little cups of sugary nasty machine coffee each day)<br />Alcohol (except a few beers on a few nights out)<br />Sodas etc, in fact I drink almost only water and after 5 weeks really sugary stuff like coke now tastes quite different and if I try it I actually don't like it much any more.<br />Chocolates, pastries, all that crap.<br /><br />The main thing really seems to be preparation. Don't put yourself in a losing fight by getting hungry and then having tasty/easy high cal things around. I had fun eating most of that stuff around the house, then just made sure I never bought any more - if its not there I can't eat it. Stay on top of hunger with lots of low cal snacking, water etc. So far I haven't struggled at all, its been surprisingly easy. Fun in fact.<br /><br />Dave<br />
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Postby [old] DIESEL » March 1st, 2006, 8:39 pm

<!--quoteo(post=57479:date=Feb 27 2006, 03:16 PM:name=Afterburner)--><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td><div class='genmed'><b>QUOTE(Afterburner @ Feb 27 2006, 03:16 PM) </b></div></td></tr><tr><td class='quote'>I was extremely excited to make weight at the CRASH-B's this weekend with half a pound to spare.<br />Started at around 146 in early January. Came in around 134.5 on Saturday.<br />Maybe I can do this lightweight thing afterall :) <br />My diet is simple calorie restriction. I'm allowed x number calories per day and within that I can eat whatever I like. (Altho I like to try to make it low cal food so that I can eat more :roll: )<br />Keep up the good work everyone!<br /><br />Heather<br /> </td></tr></table><br /><br />Hey Heather, congratulations on the weight loss! <br /><br />Now for the bad news - I fear that given your "eat whatever I like part" that you may have sacrificed too much lean mass to drop the weight. <br /><br />When on a weight loss plan - the first place you start dropping calories is from your carb intake. You need protein and good fats (fish oils, olive oil, flax oil) to preserve lean tissue and keep your metabolism stoked longer. The body works harder to break down protein and fat than it does carbs. A good rule of thumb is that all your carb (no more than 40% of your total calories) intake for the day should come in the 3 hours immediately after your workout. Your carb choices should be limited to oats, rice, whole grains and sweet potatoes - stay away from simple sugars, and refined flour. The rest of the time you are feeding on lean protein, dark, leafy greens and fibrous fruits - apples and berries are excellent choices. <br /><br />Another idea is to cycle your calories up and down 100-150 calories - that keeps your metabolism guessing as well and keeps your weight loss from stagnating. <br /><br />A couple of sessions a week with the weights also do wonders for keeping you tight and strong - which is key when you are cutting calories.
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