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MOREBASS
02-26-2007, 11:25 AM
So, I've been doing fairly well since about the beginning of the year. I've dropped from 194 to 176, but I've been at 176 for about a week now ! I can't figure out what's going on because I was losing the weight pretty consistantly, and fairly quickly.

I've stuck to my diet, but haven't been able to make it out to the gym as much as I had been, but I still go about 4 times a week.



Any ideas on what I could be doing wrong, or any ideas on what could help me get through this slump...?


On one hand, its motivating, being that I feel like I have to be extra cautious about what I'm putting into my body, but on the other hand, its sort of a motivation killer, in that I feel like these last 26 pounds are going to be a near impossible feat !


Help please from anyone that's gone through it !


My goal is to get down to 150lbs by my birthday in May !



I have stepped my cardio endurance up a lot, mainly because I wanted to get into a boxing class, I went in for a session in the very beginning of the year, and was in horrible shape, so I thought I'd return a little lighter, and at least in a little better shape.

me2007
02-26-2007, 11:27 AM
its normal to pleateau... you need to start ramping up the cardio and organise your meals into 6 portions throughout the day. I`d suggest running 6 times a week with 1 day off for 3-5 miles each time.

MOREBASS
02-26-2007, 11:46 AM
^ I've been doing pretty well, as far as getting in 6 small meals a day, I'll have a breakfast, mid morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack, dinner, then an evening snack.

I think you're right about the cardio, I sweat, but it doesn't feel anywhere near the amount of sweat that I had going on when I tried the boxing class out...I could literally see the steam coming off of my head. LOL..

I should push myself a little harder during cardio...and maybe a couple more times a week.


Thanks bro ! Its just frustrating !

Darkstranger
02-26-2007, 11:49 AM
Everyone goes through a plateau at some statge. You either need to just rest up for a week or change your training routine to shock your body. Maybe you should start the boxing class now as they maybe the shock your body needs to start its weight loss again. Give it a try and see.

All the best and good luck!!!

MOREBASS
02-26-2007, 11:52 AM
^ I was thinking the same thing, that maybe this would be a good time to start up, since I am in at least a little better condition. I've just been a little timid, because I'm not gonna lie, I was sore for 4 days after trying the class out, and I hadn't worked that hard since my days of unloading UPS trucks !

About taking off a week, I would so love to do that, but I'm afraid that I'll regress and put on the pounds that I've worked so hard to get off !


Appreciate the words !

potatoes
02-26-2007, 11:55 AM
Your goal is 150 pounds.....why 150? Why not 140 or 160? Perhaps 150 is a good compromise between 140 and 160? Then again, perhaps you just pulled that number out of the air.

Cus D'Amato did not agree with this habit of abusing the body to make some arbitray weight number. I don't agree with it either. Forget about your weight and concentrate on your fitness. Once you achieve boxing shape you won't have any excess weight.

*!#@PBRick@#!*
02-26-2007, 11:57 AM
Your goal is 150 pounds.....why 150? Why not 140 or 160? Perhaps 150 is a good compromise between 140 and 160? Then again, perhaps you just pulled that number out of the air.

Cus D'Amato did not agree with this habit of abusing the body to make some arbitray weight number. I don't agree with it either. Forget about your weight and concentrate on your fitness. Once you achieve boxing shape you won't have any excess weight.

I've been thinking that myself... Don't worry about numbers...

MOREBASS
02-26-2007, 12:06 PM
Good post Potatoes...I agree !



Actually, the number 150 is more or less like a milestone, I would just like to reach by May. ( My 24th birthday ) I agree, that the numbers don't mean much, but its one of the only ways that I can keep track of how I'm doing.
When I was in shape, and active, my weight was around 140-150, and I would just really like to get back to, or even exceed that level of fitness, and health that I was at. Thats how I got the figure.

So the weight, as a number is just my way of keeping track.

potatoes
02-26-2007, 12:20 PM
Good post Potatoes...I agree !



Actually, the number 150 is more or less like a milestone, I would just like to reach by May. ( My 24th birthday ) I agree, that the numbers don't mean much, but its one of the only ways that I can keep track of how I'm doing.
When I was in shape, and active, my weight was around 140-150, and I would just really like to get back to, or even exceed that level of fitness, and health that I was at. Thats how I got the figure.

So the weight, as a number is just my way of keeping track.





The weight number is not necessarily an good indication of fitness. A better indication of fitness is keeping track of your times for roadwork. Whether you are doing intervals or just the old fashioned 5 miler, going a bit faster every week will get you in better shape and it will get rid of excess pounds. In his prime Joe Louis could go 30 consecutive hard rounds on a heavy bag. That's a good indication of boxing shape!

MOREBASS
02-26-2007, 12:38 PM
Very true...but it seems like your weight would be one of the few ways that you could see if all of the hard work was actually paying off right...?

fraidycat
02-26-2007, 02:04 PM
Very true...but it seems like your weight would be one of the few ways that you could see if all of the hard work was actually paying off right...?

Actually, bodyweight is pretty deceiving. If you're working hard and eating a high-protein diet, you could easily build muscle while losing fat, which will keep your weight pretty much the same -- or even increase it! :eek: A digital camera is your friend, here. Snap a pic every 2 weeks and compare. A tape measure is good, too. Measure your waist every week. I could tell I was losing weight b/c I hit the last notch on all my belts and had to go buy new ones!

MOREBASS
02-26-2007, 02:20 PM
Cool...thanks bro. Simple yet effective. I have noticed that I'm down to the last notch in the belt, and its not snug anymore !

Need to snap some flicks...

Trick
02-26-2007, 03:19 PM
Like everyone else has said man, don't get caught up in the numbers. My brother is like 140 pounds, but he's just in terrible shape, another friend of mine of almost equal height is 180 and in great shape. If you're working as hard as you say you are, I doubt you're in bad shape man. That being said, it is natural for your body to stall its weight loss for a week or two, changing up the routine will help, but after this, your progess is going to be slower.

You mentioned you were healthier at 150 back in the day, I don't know how old you are, but there is a big difference between 150 at 17 and 150 at 23 for example. You might think you're all grown up or whatever at 17, but trust me you're not, a lot of your bones aren't where they will be, not will they be at that size, usually not even until 25 (for a man). As long as you're training hard, your ideal weight will come man, at your body decides that, not your brain.

Peace,
Trick

fraidycat
02-26-2007, 03:27 PM
Cool...thanks bro. Simple yet effective. I have noticed that I'm down to the last notch in the belt, and its not snug anymore !

Need to snap some flicks...

An addendum: get down to where you're looking good and moving well in the ring, then check out your weight. After you've been boxing for awhile, you will know your ideal weight class. And it will change every few years as your body matures. I walk around at about 172-173; I can make Middleweight if I have to but I've got some leeway to bulk up for a Light Heavy match -- I'm scheduled for a match in June at Light Heavyweight and I'm changing up my training and nutrition routine to add 3-4 lbs. of muscle over the next few months.

EDIT: Sorry, Trick, I didn't see your post, above. Get outta my head, man.

MOREBASS
02-26-2007, 04:29 PM
Thanks folks, really appreciate the help ! How do I send points or karma or whatever...? I don't have much but you guys helped out a lot...and I don't use this stuff anyways !

Trick
02-26-2007, 06:01 PM
EDIT: Sorry, Trick, I didn't see your post, above. Get outta my head, man.

Haha, we always seem to be giving the same advice


Anyways, no prob man, just work at it, it'll all come in time. I could weigh 135 or 175, depending on how much and how I workout, and what I eat. If I really wanted to impress the ladies or something I could force myself to gain weight and get big ass biceps or whatever, but I wouldn't be at my optimal weight which is between 153-160 for me at this point. You can force your body up or down to a pretty suprising degree, but just because you can get to 150 doesn't mean you should be there. Just keep trainin' hard man.

Peace,
Trick

dario
02-27-2007, 05:45 PM
Just smoke weed like your avatar Bob, best solution right there.
..jk but I sure do miss those days.

MOREBASS
02-27-2007, 07:12 PM
^ Hahaha...yeah, that was actually part of the whole problem. I'd toke and eat about 5 days worth of food. :nonono:

phillies04
03-02-2007, 12:16 PM
It happens to everyone. When I was into lifting I started eating well and was pretty ripped out for my size. When you change your diet and start to workout you loose weight fast and fat, but then after about a month or so it slows down.