My New Erg Adventure for Weight Loss and Health!

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Re: My New Erg Adventure for Weight Loss and Health!

Postby IMHester » August 4th, 2017, 9:55 am

BPP Week 3 is in the books! Took a couple of breaks on the long distance pieces which is an improvment from week 2. Did the last workout (BPP 3.5 - 500m rows /2min intervals x6) this morning and kept the final interval separate and made it my PB! Just about killed myself but it felt good when I saw that it was a big improvment on my last 500m ranked piece!

Still not focusing too much on the pace, just glad I've got this far with it.
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Re: My New Erg Adventure for Weight Loss and Health!

Postby Steve1960VA » August 4th, 2017, 3:45 pm

I was once nearly your weight, not so long ago, so this thread is interesting to me.

I always read your updates. For many people, a lot of weight can be lost, if they really, really put their mind to it.

Good luck to you.
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Re: My New Erg Adventure for Weight Loss and Health!

Postby IMHester » August 4th, 2017, 4:43 pm

Steve1960VA wrote:I was once nearly your weight, not so long ago, so this thread is interesting to me.

I always read your updates. For many people, a lot of weight can be lost, if they really, really put their mind to it.

Good luck to you.


Steve:

Absolutely correct. I'll be the first one to admit that I have barely made any changes to my diet. As you say, I need to put my mind to it (which hasn't happened yet). The posting to this thread is somewhat of a motivator in itself; I want this thread to ultimately be a success story since I see a lot of people have been reading it and I want to be an inspiration. Of course nothing is easy, especially when you weigh what I weigh.

I know myself, and I know from experience if I start 'dieting' (I hate that word btw) I'm doomed to fail and fall off of it eventually. I ultimately need to transition to a lifestyle change that is something that I can accept for the long term.

As for rowing, I love it. It makes me feel great and I'm starting to embrace the BPP. I will own an erg for the rest of my life.

And thank you for reading my posts and updates. It's always good to know I'm not the only one out there!
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Re: My New Erg Adventure for Weight Loss and Health!

Postby IMHester » August 12th, 2017, 5:27 pm

BPP Week 4 - Complete!

Did the first 4 days during the work week and finished the 5th and final workout for the week today. Also completed the C2 Dog Days Challenge for week 2 so it was a good accomplishment. I have to admit I had some beer and whiskey last night so my head was hurting a little so I was dreading today's workout, but once I got on and got a rhythm going I felt very good!

My attitude is getting better towards the distance workouts; when I tried to start the BPP up a couple of months ago I was not looking forward to the longer distances which made me quit at week 2. I'm finding what works for me and I'm now looking forward to the distance pieces - I'm typically doing them in the mornings before I go to work and found that this keeps me energized all day and I'm getting a very good nights rest.

I'm not paying attention to the paces either, I'm just focusing on doing the best I can. If I actually complete the entire plan I may consider doing it again and putting more focus on pacing but that's far away :D
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Re: My New Erg Adventure for Weight Loss and Health!

Postby Anth_F » August 17th, 2017, 5:47 pm

IMHester wrote: I have to admit I had some beer and whiskey last night so my head was hurting but once I got on and got a rhythm going I felt very good!



Wish i could say the same for me.

Never have a good session after a night on the plonk.
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Re: My New Erg Adventure for Weight Loss and Health!

Postby IMHester » August 19th, 2017, 4:07 pm

BPP Week 5 complete!

Thursday's 7k was a little rough; absolutely didn't want to get on the rower in the morning before work but I didn't have time after work and I'm trying to stay true to keeping each week's workout confined to Sunday-Saturday at the same time completing the C2 Dog Days Challenge. I broke through the funk about half way through the piece and felt great! Just goes to show that once you get going you WILL feel good.

I'm also proud to say that I jumped on the scale this morning - I haven't weighed myself since the beginning of the plan - I'm down to 285 pounds (129kg)! Lost 25 pounds since starting the BPP at 310 pounds 5 weeks ago. I've slowly made some minor changes such as eating more oatmeal in the mornings and decreasing my meal portions. These are things that I can definitely do without feeling like I'm starving myself.

Still a long way to go to my goal of being 220-200lb range but I'm glad I'm seeing a difference. Much more energy nowadays and it felt pretty good change the number to 285 on my signature :D
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