The start of my journey...

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The start of my journey...

Postby SolidFloyd » October 27th, 2015, 5:25 pm

Hi all,

Have been lurking on the forum a while now and decided to make a post…

First off some details regarding me and myself …
I am a 30 year old male and have basically been obese all my life, gradually getting bigger and bigger, sadly like many others. January 2. this year I decided to change the trend and turn my life around. At that time I weighed in at 168.4 kg (~371 lb), and I am only 178 cm ( ~5.84 ft) tall, so I was kind of a big fellow…
Anyhow, over night I changed my diet to healthy, non pre-processed food and cut back on salt, snacks and sweets. It is not like I don’t eat stuff like that, but if I do I make sure to keep it within acceptable limits and within the weekly kcal budget. I am logging all my meals to ensure that I reach my kcal goal and correct amount of complex carbs, fat and protein.

This was a struggle in the start, but after a few months it was a routine, and to be honest, when eating healthy food it sometimes was a struggle to eat enough to reach my daily goal of 2500 kcal, because that is a lot of food! Yes, I know I could have lost more weight faster by lowering my daily kcal goal, but I want to keep as much of my muscle mass as possible, so then I need food :lol:, also – I have no rush, and the diet I am doing now is something I can and want to live with after I have reached my goal weight.

Anyhow, being me, I like to do things properly, so I wanted to start exercising as a supplement to the diet changes. I do believe that most of any weight loss journey is in the diet, but if you want a healthy body you need to do some kind of exercise. Also, increased muscle mass = burning more calories :D
Well, I did not want to join a gym at that time, so I was looking for exercise I could do at home, I started walking a lot, but living in Norway it can get quite cold and snowy in the winter, so it was not always ideal to take a walk outside. I started looking into buying an erg.bike, but I decided to get a C2 instead, as I learned that rowing is a superior exercise to biking due to engagement of more muscle groups…

I got my C2 in mid. Januray, and the first week I could only manage sessions of like 3-4 minutes… with the typical fatman form (knees out to make room for the belly) but it got better, next week I could mange 10 minutes sessions… Tried to row 6 days a week. I remember I did my first 2k after about 3 weeks of rowing, I clocked in at 11:42.6… hehe, not the best time, but hey – we all have to start some place… I started doing longer sessions, some slow and steady pace, others with intervals, before I knew it I could easily do an hour long session and my 2k time was improving, so I was happy.

After about 3-4 months I was down about 18 kg (~40 lb) – I then decided to join a gym to do some strength training as a supplement to the cardio I was getting from the C2 rower… I wanted to keep, or if possible increase my muscle mass, so I started lifting. I had 20 hours with an personal trainer to learn the basic, get a good program, correct form and learn how to push myself and track my progress.

Since I joined the gym I have been going to the gym 4 times a week, for 3 lifting sessions and one yoga session (WTF! Lol :mrgreen: ). I am still trying to get 5-6 60 min sessions on the C2 a week, with a good mix of slow and steady, high intensity and interval training. I do also like to do long walks / hiking/ tracking in the weekends in the mountains here in Norway, which can be a good workout!

Anyhow, I am now down approx 47 kg (~104 lb) and I love my new way of life. I still have a long way to my goal weight, but I know I will get there and I know HOW to get there. There is no doubt in my mind, the C2 was my ticket to getting into exercising, and I would highly recommend it to anybody, in any shape and size – it is awesome (if you can manage the first few weeks of pain).

Btw. I joined the 1 Million Meter Club a few weeks ago and today I hit an new 2k PR, 7:20.2, I know it is not an exceptional good time, but I am happy as it shows that I have progress. And all in all, I am only comparing my results up against myself…

Thanks for reading and keep rowing!
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Re: The start of my journey...

Postby mdpfirrman » October 28th, 2015, 3:32 pm

That's impressive Floyd. You're doing the weight loss the right way. Exercise not only helps you lose (along with diet) but I'd argue it's more important when it comes to maintenance. I lost 60 lbs four years ago and have kept it off. Without weights and cardio, I wouldn't have kept it off. My metabolism hums now compared to the way it used to be.

Also 7:20 from 11 minutes is not easy. That takes a lot of work. You should be very proud of yourself and keep it up!
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Re: The start of my journey...

Postby G-dub » October 29th, 2015, 12:43 pm

Well done Floyd! Keep up the good work. It's your lifestyle now.
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Re: The start of my journey...

Postby hjs » October 29th, 2015, 1:07 pm

G-dub wrote:Well done Floyd! Keep up the good work. It's your lifestyle now.


Indeed, good start, keep going !!
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Re: The start of my journey...

Postby jackarabit » October 29th, 2015, 4:42 pm

Man that is terrific progress on all fronts! Jack
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Re: The start of my journey...

Postby DavidA » November 6th, 2015, 3:10 pm

SolidFloyd wrote:Hi all,

Have been lurking on the forum a while now and decided to make a post…

First off some details regarding me and myself …
I am a 30 year old male and have basically been obese all my life, gradually getting bigger and bigger, sadly like many others. January 2. this year I decided to change the trend and turn my life around. At that time I weighed in at 168.4 kg (~371 lb), and I am only 178 cm ( ~5.84 ft) tall, so I was kind of a big fellow…
Anyhow, over night I changed my diet to healthy, non pre-processed food and cut back on salt, snacks and sweets. It is not like I don’t eat stuff like that, but if I do I make sure to keep it within acceptable limits and within the weekly kcal budget. I am logging all my meals to ensure that I reach my kcal goal and correct amount of complex carbs, fat and protein.

This was a struggle in the start, but after a few months it was a routine, and to be honest, when eating healthy food it sometimes was a struggle to eat enough to reach my daily goal of 2500 kcal, because that is a lot of food! Yes, I know I could have lost more weight faster by lowering my daily kcal goal, but I want to keep as much of my muscle mass as possible, so then I need food :lol:, also – I have no rush, and the diet I am doing now is something I can and want to live with after I have reached my goal weight.

Anyhow, being me, I like to do things properly, so I wanted to start exercising as a supplement to the diet changes. I do believe that most of any weight loss journey is in the diet, but if you want a healthy body you need to do some kind of exercise. Also, increased muscle mass = burning more calories :D
Well, I did not want to join a gym at that time, so I was looking for exercise I could do at home, I started walking a lot, but living in Norway it can get quite cold and snowy in the winter, so it was not always ideal to take a walk outside. I started looking into buying an erg.bike, but I decided to get a C2 instead, as I learned that rowing is a superior exercise to biking due to engagement of more muscle groups…

I got my C2 in mid. Januray, and the first week I could only manage sessions of like 3-4 minutes… with the typical fatman form (knees out to make room for the belly) but it got better, next week I could mange 10 minutes sessions… Tried to row 6 days a week. I remember I did my first 2k after about 3 weeks of rowing, I clocked in at 11:42.6… hehe, not the best time, but hey – we all have to start some place… I started doing longer sessions, some slow and steady pace, others with intervals, before I knew it I could easily do an hour long session and my 2k time was improving, so I was happy.

After about 3-4 months I was down about 18 kg (~40 lb) – I then decided to join a gym to do some strength training as a supplement to the cardio I was getting from the C2 rower… I wanted to keep, or if possible increase my muscle mass, so I started lifting. I had 20 hours with an personal trainer to learn the basic, get a good program, correct form and learn how to push myself and track my progress.

Since I joined the gym I have been going to the gym 4 times a week, for 3 lifting sessions and one yoga session (WTF! Lol :mrgreen: ). I am still trying to get 5-6 60 min sessions on the C2 a week, with a good mix of slow and steady, high intensity and interval training. I do also like to do long walks / hiking/ tracking in the weekends in the mountains here in Norway, which can be a good workout!

Anyhow, I am now down approx 47 kg (~104 lb) and I love my new way of life. I still have a long way to my goal weight, but I know I will get there and I know HOW to get there. There is no doubt in my mind, the C2 was my ticket to getting into exercising, and I would highly recommend it to anybody, in any shape and size – it is awesome (if you can manage the first few weeks of pain).

Btw. I joined the 1 Million Meter Club a few weeks ago and today I hit an new 2k PR, 7:20.2, I know it is not an exceptional good time, but I am happy as it shows that I have progress. And all in all, I am only comparing my results up against myself…

Thanks for reading and keep rowing!


Congratulations on your progress.
You are making a lot of good decisions about losing weight, and how to go about it.
Best of luck on reaching your goals.

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Re: The start of my journey...

Postby Donnie » November 10th, 2015, 9:00 pm

Great progress. Keep it up. Congrats.
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Re: The start of my journey...

Postby SolidFloyd » November 12th, 2015, 4:06 pm

Thanks guys!
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Re: The start of my journey...

Postby SolidFloyd » November 29th, 2015, 11:06 am

So I did my first 10k for ranking row and first ever halfmarathon this week, they went OK, I think however I could have upped the pace some in the start of the HM... well well

The times are as following:
10k - 40:21.3
HM - 1:27:27.9
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Re: The start of my journey...

Postby G-dub » November 29th, 2015, 1:23 pm

Good stuff SolidFloyd. Those are two nice times for first time doing them. Keep it going!
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Re: The start of my journey...

Postby Hanzo » November 29th, 2015, 1:33 pm

Velkommen til forumet!

I must say that's a very decent time. Maybe not compared to some of the people on this forum, but as a 39 year old fellow Norwegian who has been somewhat fit for most of my life, I'm still at 7:38 for a 2k, so that's not bad at all. I'm very happy to hear your progress, I dont think I every heard about anyone else on this board just about halfing their 2k times!
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Re: The start of my journey...

Postby bisqeet » November 29th, 2015, 2:48 pm

Impressive times, the hard work is showing it's toll.
Very respectable scores.
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Re: The start of my journey...

Postby SolidFloyd » November 29th, 2015, 3:21 pm

Thanks guys!

I felt it was due to give HM a try now - as I am lurking upon one year of rowing... :D


Hanzo wrote:Velkommen til forumet!

I must say that's a very decent time. Maybe not compared to some of the people on this forum, but as a 39 year old fellow Norwegian who has been somewhat fit for most of my life, I'm still at 7:38 for a 2k, so that's not bad at all. I'm very happy to hear your progress, I dont think I every heard about anyone else on this board just about halfing their 2k times!

Takk for det! Ser ikke så mye nordmenn her inne akkurat...

I know my times are not much compared to many others, but that don't bother me at all - I have my one battles to fight.... but it sure feels good to be above the average time in my age range in both 2k, 10k and HM... Looking forward to improve my times in the future... :mrgreen:
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Re: The start of my journey...

Postby SolidFloyd » December 16th, 2015, 4:13 pm

Just hit a new 2k pr today; 7:04.4, quite happy with this - can't wait to get below 7 minutes :D
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Re: The start of my journey...

Postby chrisa770 » December 17th, 2015, 6:34 pm

That is awesome!
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