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Castu
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1,000,000 meters done

Post by Castu » July 8th, 2020, 1:36 pm

I reached a million meters today since I started rowing in February.
I was 400lbs on December 1 and decided to eat healthier and less to be supportive of my wife who had started dieing on her own. I figured I'd lose some weight but it was not my primary motivation.
Near the end of January I was down about 40lbs and decided to go all in, lose down to 170lbs and actually get healthy and on a spur of the moment, having never rowed before, I decided to get an erg. Quick internet research later and concept 2 was the obvious choice.
Since February 2 I have rowed a million meters and dropped another 100lbs. Still have 90lbs to go but wanted to share my milestone. Ordered the t shirt a size small so I can grow into it B)

(For those curious, my diet is a combination of OMAD, ADF, and some extended fasts mixed in. No real miracle cure, except that fasting gets easier as you get used to it. It is mainly just a huge reduction in calories with the hope/expectation that my BMR stays relatively normal because of relatively high calorie meals when I do eat.)

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Re: 1,000,000 meters done

Post by DavidA » July 8th, 2020, 5:12 pm

Castu wrote:
July 8th, 2020, 1:36 pm
I reached a million meters today since I started rowing in February.
I was 400lbs on December 1 and decided to eat healthier and less to be supportive of my wife who had started dieing on her own. I figured I'd lose some weight but it was not my primary motivation.
Near the end of January I was down about 40lbs and decided to go all in, lose down to 170lbs and actually get healthy and on a spur of the moment, having never rowed before, I decided to get an erg. Quick internet research later and concept 2 was the obvious choice.
Since February 2 I have rowed a million meters and dropped another 100lbs. Still have 90lbs to go but wanted to share my milestone. Ordered the t shirt a size small so I can grow into it B)

(For those curious, my diet is a combination of OMAD, ADF, and some extended fasts mixed in. No real miracle cure, except that fasting gets easier as you get used to it. It is mainly just a huge reduction in calories with the hope/expectation that my BMR stays relatively normal because of relatively high calorie meals when I do eat.)
Huge congratulations on the million meters, the desire to be healthier, and the weight loss!
Good luck on continuing with all of it.

David
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Re: 1,000,000 meters done

Post by mict450 » July 8th, 2020, 7:55 pm

Castu wrote:
July 8th, 2020, 1:36 pm
I reached a million meters today since I started rowing in February.
A hearty well done!!!
Castu wrote:
July 8th, 2020, 1:36 pm
concept 2 was the obvious choice.
Great choice!! C2, being non-weight bearing is easier on the body when one is heavier than optimal.
Castu wrote:
July 8th, 2020, 1:36 pm

For those curious, my diet is a combination of OMAD, ADF, and some extended fasts mixed in. No real miracle cure, except that fasting gets easier as you get used to it. It is mainly just a huge reduction in calories with the hope/expectation that my BMR stays relatively normal because of relatively high calorie meals when I do eat.
Sounds like you got this. You may want to add a little strength training in your mix. You don't have to go crazy & get an Olympic barbell set. Calisthenics would do just fine. Also a word of caution...for all of us, not just you, we will need to be on some regimen of intake restriction for the rest of our lives, especially since all/most of us live calorie-rich environments. Caloric restriction was, is and forever will be the key to losing weight & subsequently maintaining our new, svelte boyish figures. Your IF approach seems well fitted to you. You just have to keep it up. The reptile part of our brains takes kindly to habits. All the best to you & another well done.
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Re: 1,000,000 meters done

Post by Castu » July 8th, 2020, 9:57 pm

Sounds like you got this.
I am feeling confident at the moment but there are still some tough days. I have failed before and it'll be a lifelong effort. But so far so good
You may want to add a little strength training in your mix. You don't have to go crazy & get an Olympic barbell set. Calisthenics would do just fine.
I have been wanting to add a bench and a set of adjustable dumbbells . But with covid prices are just stupid. I figure as long as what I am doing drops weight at a good pace I can continue this, and then mix it up once I plateau, if prices have gone back to normal. I was lucky to get the rower just before things went crazy.
And once I am skinny my reward for myself will be a fancy bike so I can get outside and keep fit in even more ways.
Also a word of caution...for all of us, not just you, we will need to be on some regimen of intake restriction for the rest of our lives, especially since all/most of us live calorie-rich environments. Caloric restriction was, is and forever will be the key to losing weight & subsequently maintaining our new, svelte boyish figures. Your IF approach seems well fitted to you. You just have to keep it up. The reptile part of our brains takes kindly to habits. All the best to you & another well done.
I totally agree. And how I am doing it is not for everyone, but I think it can be a sustainable lifestyle for a lot of people who have tried and failed at other diets. Because once it becomes habit it doesn't feel like a diet.
Making this post was part ego boost for myself because of my progress, but also a hope that it can be an inspiration for someone else, along with sharing the idea of intermittent fasting. The motivation has to come from inside one self, but inspiration from outside can help.

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Re: 1,000,000 meters done

Post by Tony Cook » July 9th, 2020, 3:52 am

Well done Castu. I’m closing in on my 1M and it will feel good to get there.
Fortunately I have never had a problem with weight, but always being active and not actually liking ‘bad’ food probably helps. That said during lockdown I have consumed more ‘bad’ calories than I did before - mainly from getting into baking cakes, and then you have to eat them!
Even with that the 65-70k a week on the rower has taken 3kg off my weight and I can see a fat reduction.
Anyway, we are all different and what you have achieved is amazing. It’s great that you enjoy the rowing and I look forward to hearing how you progress and where you are at 2M metres.
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PBs only from 2020 - 100m 15.7s - 1min 355m - 500m 1:30.0 - 2k 6:47.6 - 5k 17:59.4 - 6k 22:06.7 - 30min @ 20SPM 8,132m - 10k 39:47.3 - 1 hour 15,691m - HM 1:23:13.1

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Re: 1,000,000 meters done

Post by Bill » July 9th, 2020, 10:11 am

Massive achievement, well done.
Bill
(6+ million metres on rowing machine all my PBs were long ago)

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Re: 1,000,000 meters done

Post by Robert31987 » July 27th, 2020, 11:25 am

That is amazing, Castu! Well done.

Did you have a strategy to get to the one million meters? Was there an amount per day/week that you were targeting?

I started at 380lb and I've lost about 150lbs, looking to add some rowing to help get down the next 50lbs. I'm really encouraged by your story.

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Re: 1,000,000 meters done

Post by Dangerscouse » August 2nd, 2020, 3:43 am

Castu wrote:
July 8th, 2020, 9:57 pm
I totally agree. And how I am doing it is not for everyone, but I think it can be a sustainable lifestyle for a lot of people who have tried and failed at other diets. Because once it becomes habit it doesn't feel like a diet.
Making this post was part ego boost for myself because of my progress, but also a hope that it can be an inspiration for someone else, along with sharing the idea of intermittent fasting. The motivation has to come from inside one self, but inspiration from outside can help.
Great to hear that you have made it a lifestyle and a habit rather than a means to an end. That is an essential part of the process as you don't focus so much on the results, and lose motivation when you try and micro manage it all.

Well done on reaching one million metres and that is a great idea to get a t-shirt that is too small
46 HWT; 6' 4"; 1k= 3:09; 2k= 6:36; 5k= 17:24; 6k= 21:09; 10k= 35:46 30mins= 8,428m 60mins= 16,331m HM= 1:18:25; FM= 2:45:49; 50k= 3:21:14; 100k= 7:52:44; 12hrs = 153km

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Re: 1,000,000 meters done

Post by capetownmike » August 4th, 2020, 2:56 pm

Well done Castu

That is a fantastic achievement that you should be very proud of! Consistency and determination is key to results and you have those attributes. You will achieve your goals.

Well done!

Regards

Mike

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Re: 1,000,000 meters done

Post by Alan_Schenk » August 7th, 2020, 3:31 am

Well done on your effort to date, excellent results and a lot to be proud of. I'm closing in on 1M myself (currently 840,000) and have lost 120lbs to date having been 324lbs, and need a further 30lb loss to get into the healthy BMI range. I have found the classic low carb diet to be most effective combined with a good food diary (I use mynetdiary) and it feels much more sustainable going forward. As we all know, maintenance is the mountain yet to be climbed, but I feel more confident going into that by year end, than I have previously. I expect that I will need to keep a food diary for the rest of my life, given how calorie dense foods can be and weight can get away from you so easily without keeping tabs on it. Rowing has now become a habit, rather than a burden and being weight bearing, is much more sustainable going forward.

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Re: 1,000,000 meters done

Post by clampe1066 » September 21st, 2020, 10:58 am

Castu wrote:
July 8th, 2020, 1:36 pm
I reached a million meters today since I started rowing in February.
I was 400lbs on December 1 and decided to eat healthier and less to be supportive of my wife who had started dieing on her own. I figured I'd lose some weight but it was not my primary motivation.
Near the end of January I was down about 40lbs and decided to go all in, lose down to 170lbs and actually get healthy and on a spur of the moment, having never rowed before, I decided to get an erg. Quick internet research later and concept 2 was the obvious choice.
Since February 2 I have rowed a million meters and dropped another 100lbs. Still have 90lbs to go but wanted to share my milestone. Ordered the t shirt a size small so I can grow into it B)

(For those curious, my diet is a combination of OMAD, ADF, and some extended fasts mixed in. No real miracle cure, except that fasting gets easier as you get used to it. It is mainly just a huge reduction in calories with the hope/expectation that my BMR stays relatively normal because of relatively high calorie meals when I do eat.)
Reaching a million meters is a big accomplishment.

Losing 140 pounds is HUGE accomplishement!

Congratulations and keep at it!

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Re: 1,000,000 meters done

Post by Doubleplay » September 22nd, 2020, 6:43 pm

Congratulations to all.
Keep it up.
Half of the challenge is not to gain the weight back.

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Re: 1,000,000 meters done

Post by mict450 » September 22nd, 2020, 7:38 pm

Doubleplay wrote:
September 22nd, 2020, 6:43 pm

Half of the challenge is not to gain the weight back.
Truly, but I would put it at 95% of the process. Maintenance is a lot harder than the weight loss, because it lasts for the rest of your life.
Eric, YOB:1954
Shasta County, CA, small town USA

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