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    Quote Originally Posted by Prepuce of Doom View Post
    Been feeling unacceptably fat, lazy, and out of shape for the past couple of months. I'm 5'6", 40, and have a sedentary job and lifestyle. I work hard enough that I generally want to just relax with my time off, and I have a 1.5 year old that takes up a lot of time and attention. I used to skateboard, but have come to the realization that I am on a break from it until I can get the boy on board in a few years. I have never set foot in a gym, and don't plan to do so unless a doctor threatens me.

    I travel a fair amount (~85-90k miles a year, about 6-8 days a month over 2-4 trips) and eat like a decadent pig at fancy restaurants while on the road. I also generally drink to excess at least once per work trip. I had a fair amount of work in New Orleans this fall, and gained about 7 lbs. in October and November. After the holidays, I topped the 200 mark for the first time, cresting at 201 lbs. a day or two ago. Fat, drunk, and short is no way to go through life, son.

    I've taken incremental steps to try to get my act together (eliminating soda in favor of unsweetened iced tea and La Croix water; switching out dark booze for vodka rocks and other clear-ish drinks; not giving as much of a $#@! if I leave food on my plate) but I'm in need of doing something more substantial.

    I've been tracking my food on the MyFitnessPal app as people recommended upthread, and hope to start making data-driven improvements to be more efficient and healthy in my gluttony. I would ultimately like to get down to about 180 (+/- 5 lbs.) as my regular weight.

    Has anyone paid for the premium version of MyFitnessPal? I'm kind of a data nerd and suspect that having full access to it all may make it more engaging for me and therefore more likely to be successful.

    I'm also going to try to do the 30 burpee a day thing from the other thread.
    Man. I was going to type out my story, but you did it for me. That's scary accurate. My fighting weight should be 180, I'd been at the 190-195 range since I was about 25, and just in 2016 did I top 200. Once I did, I've never been able to get it back below that. Desk job, stopped playing softball and basketball even recreationally, diet is largely fine since we try hard to cook as much as possible but I drink WAY too much. And on the road, well, forget about it.

    My wife is an amazing inspiration - she took off the baby weight from #2 and then some, and is back to her college weight. Plus, she's in the best shape of her life - being weaker and slower than your wife is a hell of a motivator.

    I had minor surgery in late november, and the 10-day recovery w/o alcohol saw me drop 6-7 lbs (saw 198 on the scale!). I was fully aware that it was the alcohol that my biggest issue, but I'd successfully avoided acknowledging that fact for several months :). Not anymore ... dropping that, and going to do some morning nine holes of golf where I walk instead of ride. Start slow, but keep going.

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    Of course, portion control is fundamental to diet and calorie intake. Two tricks I used when I lost a fair amount of weight a a few years back was to clear my plate the moment I felt I had enough. Pissed my wife off, who eats like a snail, but if I have food sitting in front of me, I'll eat it. Second, I would immediately go brush my teeth. Once that was done, you didn't want to eat and $#@! up your freshly bushed teeth. And it helped.

    One challenge i have is lunch. I eat out every day. Hard to find satisfying low-calorie reasonably-priced meals that you don't get totally sick of.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SBBruin View Post
    Of course, portion control is fundamental to diet and calorie intake. Two tricks I used when I lost a fair amount of weight a a few years back was to clear my plate the moment I felt I had enough. Pissed my wife off, who eats like a snail, but if I have food sitting in front of me, I'll eat it. Second, I would immediately go brush my teeth. Once that was done, you didn't want to eat and $#@! up your freshly bushed teeth. And it helped.
    My wife does the teeth-brushing thing .. something to look at for sure ...

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    2017 Body Transformation Thread (aka- If I don't lose weight it's gonna kill me)

    I'm gonna join in here and report weekly. I crossed 3 bills for the first time since playing ball. Even with a large frame at 6'2" it's too much. I saw a pic of myself taken a few weeks ago it was shocking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gardner Barnes View Post
    I'm gonna join in here and report weekly. I crossed 3 bills for the first time since playing ball. Even with a large frame at 6'2" it's too much. I saw a pic of myself taken a few weeks ago it was shocking.
    Been taking some golf lessons. That include video. With still frames. Of my gut. Fuuuuuuuck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by capnamerca View Post
    Man. I was going to type out my story, but you did it for me. That's scary accurate. My fighting weight should be 180, I'd been at the 190-195 range since I was about 25, and just in 2016 did I top 200. Once I did, I've never been able to get it back below that. Desk job, stopped playing softball and basketball even recreationally, diet is largely fine since we try hard to cook as much as possible but I drink WAY too much. And on the road, well, forget about it.

    My wife is an amazing inspiration - she took off the baby weight from #2 and then some, and is back to her college weight. Plus, she's in the best shape of her life - being weaker and slower than your wife is a hell of a motivator.

    I had minor surgery in late november, and the 10-day recovery w/o alcohol saw me drop 6-7 lbs (saw 198 on the scale!). I was fully aware that it was the alcohol that my biggest issue, but I'd successfully avoided acknowledging that fact for several months :). Not anymore ... dropping that, and going to do some morning nine holes of golf where I walk instead of ride. Start slow, but keep going.
    capn, where are you going to play? I will join you this year!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chitwood View Post
    capn, where are you going to play? I will join you this year!
    75% of the time, I'll be at Kizer or Clay. It's close to my daughter's day care, so I can drop her off on the way. Alternately might do something at Onion Creek (that's where I"m taking lessons) or at Greyrock (but $#@! they're proud of that course so maybe not).

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    I weighed in this morning on my first day of this. 268lbs. I am 6'3" but I need a change. I had a massive surgery a few years ago that was sort of life or death and it left 40 staples on my stomach. I have lost all my core strength and it has been adding to my weight gain over the years. I am going for a 60 lbs weight loss. If I work on 2lbs a week I will reach my goal in 30 weeks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillo Pad View Post
    I weighed in this morning on my first day of this. 268lbs. I am 6'3" but I need a change. I had a massive surgery a few years ago that was sort of life or death and it left 40 staples on my stomach. I have lost all my core strength and it has been adding to my weight gain over the years. I am going for a 60 lbs weight loss. If I work on 2lbs a week I will reach my goal in 30 weeks.
    We're like twins, but not really. Let's do it. I honestly want to get to 220 and stay in the 215-225 range

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    Quote Originally Posted by capnamerca View Post
    75% of the time, I'll be at Kizer or Clay. It's close to my daughter's day care, so I can drop her off on the way. Alternately might do something at Onion Creek (that's where I"m taking lessons) or at Greyrock (but $#@! they're proud of that course so maybe not).
    Damn, we are on the opposite side of town. Lions is on the way from home to work for me.

  • #111
    Quote Originally Posted by chitwood View Post
    Damn, we are on the opposite side of town. Lions is on the way from home to work for me.
    might be some days where an afternoon nine would work ...

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    So far so Good! I weighed 253.8 on December 24th morning after perfecting homemade tamales over the prior three days, tasting and modifying until I got the "Santa Barbara Christmas" themed tamales just right. I weighed 250.2 on the morning of December 30th but part of that was dehydration from the night before of drinking, but I had already started cutting back drastically on carbs and eliminated most sugar, even though tough at Christmas time. I went full blown Keto on the 27th and got "lucky" being sick on New Years day so no drinking Which saved a massive booze calorie intake. I have been pretty strict and my breakfast is like 2 eggs and a half an avocado to start the day and pretty much eating what I want with smaller portions now satisfying me and trying to wrap my head around eating so much avocado, eggs, nuts and protein. I also bought these keto strips at Walgreens to let me know if my diet was working and I have been in the moderate Keto range since the morning of the 30th. I am pretty content and not really craving anything, but like I said in my OP, I am motivated to lose. This morning I weighted... 243.2. So off to a good start during the "easy" part when they pounds peel off. I have been drinking water like a frigging psychotic as this Keto makes me thirsty as hell! Minimum of 120 ounces a day or more. I drink about 30 ounces of water the first hour of the day along with my red bull (bad i know).

    Side effects- Felt generally Lethargic the first few days the test strips said I was in keto. Starting taking an Ibuprofen several times a day to stave away the aches and pains associated with the body converting to burning fat. Sort of like a mild hangover for a few days, nothing horrifying but annoying. Only thing I am really craving is going out, and I do miss the booze a bit, but I just have a glass of wine in the evening if I really craving. Plan is to only go out once a week as my cheat day, but still try and keep the diet clean with booze being the cheat. But I am fairly pleased closing in on 243 after about 10 days and no real exercise. Lifted a little this morning and am going to go for a nice walk this evening and see how I feel on the energy levels.

    so far so good!

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    I usually chime in on these threads an am doing so again. I usually stay in pretty good shape but have trailed off in the last year-I turn 50 this weekend so that might be part of it. Coming in at 5'-11" 195-not too bad but I could easily be 175.

    One site that helped me in the past was Mark's Daily Apple. It is a large site that covers everything concerning better health. The OP should read some of the success stories-a lot of TII diabetics losing weight and getting off the meds.

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    Day 1 for me today. Pretty much went on a food and drink bender from thanksgiving until yesterday, gaining probably 10 lbs over the holidays. I'm 32, 6'0 and was 205 this morning. Lots of water weight-bloating from the weekend, so wouldn't be surprised if my "real" weight is closer to 200 tomorrow morning.

    My biggest complaint, aside from not feeling as good as I used to, is that when I gain weight, it seems to disproportionately go to my face. Starting to develop a double chin and I $#@!ing hate it. That, and my clothes are starting to get more than a little tight, and I'll be damned if I start buying bigger $#@!. 180-185 is a good look for me, so really only trying to drop 15-20 lbs. I'm not exactly a big fatty right now, but have gotten pretty damn doughy and just plain not satisfied with what I see in the mirror lately.

    Gonna start off by doing almost exactly what I did at this time last year: Cut out booze Sunday-Thursday, eat low calorie meals at my desk instead of going out for lunch, and just generally try to make healthy-ish meals for dinner. All of that and get back to exercising at least 3x a week. With that routine I could typically lose about 3 lbs from Monday to Friday and then regain a little each weekend. On average, ended up dropping 1.5 lbs a week and got down to 186 by beginning of April before falling back into old habits.
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    I just did my first serious workout in a month. I thought I was going to die - but I finished. So that's good.

    299.6 this am
    Target is 240.

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    232.8 this AM. Going to do weight watchers and post weekly.

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    Started the 5x5 strong lifts today. Time to clean up the diet as well. I think I can add 8 or so pounds of muscle and drop 15 lbs overall. The weight is ridiculously light right now. Will be interesting to see how it goes.

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    I've been going to Orangetheory for a few months now but not getting the results I want, so going to quit pretty soon as soon as I figure out what to do next...

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    Quote Originally Posted by gatchaman View Post
    I've been going to Orangetheory for a few months now but not getting the results I want, so going to quit pretty soon as soon as I figure out what to do next...
    Really?? what the hell are you eating?

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    Count me in...I'm a giant fat ass and need to change. I'm 45 and well over my target weight for 6'5"...don't even want to say because it's that bad...but I'm pretty sure I'd be on top of the leader board.

    I've got the metabolism of a tree sloth so I've got that going for me. I drink too much soda...partly due to ADHD (caffeine helps) and partly because it helps my never ending S Texas allergy drainage . I don't smoke, drink, or do drugs. I really don't eat massive amounts of food...but 99% of what I eat is high carb/fat/sugar/cal.

    Weight has always been a struggle for me...and that's also part of the issue as it's easy to just give up. Also work, kids, and life just beat you down and take your time. I need to make a work change for my mental well being...but I'm worried that it's going to be stressful because I'm thinking self employment. It seems like no one wants to pay, but they all want your every waking minute. I don't mind...but not for $#@! money.

    Anyway...good luck to everyone. I'll try and keep updates.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xr4ticlone View Post
    I don't smoke, drink, or do drugs.
    Well there's your problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SBBruin View Post
    Of course, portion control is fundamental to diet and calorie intake. Two tricks I used when I lost a fair amount of weight a a few years back was to clear my plate the moment I felt I had enough. Pissed my wife off, who eats like a snail, but if I have food sitting in front of me, I'll eat it. Second, I would immediately go brush my teeth. Once that was done, you didn't want to eat and $#@! up your freshly bushed teeth. And it helped.

    One challenge i have is lunch. I eat out every day. Hard to find satisfying low-calorie reasonably-priced meals that you don't get totally sick of.
    Both of these. I'd add the simple rule. Half the plate green, 1/4 protein, 1/4 you choose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xr4ticlone View Post
    Count me in...I'm a giant fat ass and need to change. I'm 45 and well over my target weight for 6'5"...don't even want to say because it's that bad...but I'm pretty sure I'd be on top of the leader board.

    I've got the metabolism of a tree sloth so I've got that going for me. I drink too much soda...partly due to ADHD (caffeine helps) and partly because it helps my never ending S Texas allergy drainage . I don't smoke, drink, or do drugs. I really don't eat massive amounts of food...but 99% of what I eat is high carb/fat/sugar/cal.

    Weight has always been a struggle for me...and that's also part of the issue as it's easy to just give up. Also work, kids, and life just beat you down and take your time. I need to make a work change for my mental well being...but I'm worried that it's going to be stressful because I'm thinking self employment. It seems like no one wants to pay, but they all want your every waking minute. I don't mind...but not for $#@! money.

    Anyway...good luck to everyone. I'll try and keep updates.
    Dittos, except I'm 49 and don't really have a soda problem. I'm not going to drink a single coke, diet or otherwise, this entire year. Yesterday was the heaviest I've ever been in my life. 311.2. Never again. Already down a pound this morning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RollLeft View Post
    Both of these. I'd add the simple rule. Half the plate green, 1/4 protein, 1/4 you choose.

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    In. I've been a steady 6 ft 270-280 for as long as I can remember. I carry it well, don't eat sweets, fried food, etc. and have always had good blood work so I've always said $#@! it. I've had some BP issues lately which got me concerned, plus my knees and ankles are starting to feel it. I've got to get down to closer to 225-230 where I was in college.

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    First 24 hours in the vault. Worst part was after dinner last night. Usually have wine with dinner, and a nice whiskey before bed. I felt bored, and it was all due to trying to break that habit. Did not weigh in, I will do that on Tuesday again. Sleep was weird, woke up several times, but when I was asleep I slept good.

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    official weigh in this morning was 189. Drank alot water yesterday but probably need to up the intake as I barely got to 50 oz or so. I do well mornings to mid afternoon. Need to get the late afternoon intake up.

    My real struggle will be to fight the urge to head over to my neighbor's garage and drink beer.

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    Been a good three days. No alcohol at all, lots of water during the day, good meals. Eggs and avocado at breakfast, chicken/rice/peppers at lunch, and chicken/veggies/beans at dinner. Weighed in yesterday at 201, didn't weigh this AM (trying not to obsess over it).

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    6' ", 205.8 lbs. I'm going lacto-ovo vegetarian for the month of January (my plan is to celebrate on Groundhog's Day with some nice grilled salmon). First hot yoga class is tonight; the wife and I are in this thing together. I hope to be back under 200 by next weekend (the first 10 pounds are usually pretty easy for me, it's keeping going that's always the problem).

    Eventual goal is to get to 180 by my birthday at the end of July. And then stay there.

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    Here is my problem, I figure this thread is close enough for my thing. I have a career, wife has a career, we have kids, we eat out way too much. This year I'd like to start cooking more at home. Problem is, only cooking ive done is steaks on Saturday night. My wife only knows how to use the microwave. Both of us could stand to lose a little weight and I think it would be healthier for our kids if we ate at home more often and prepared our own meals. That being said, where do i start? Is there a "Dads cooking guide for dummies" because I haven't ever cooked in my life, wife hasn't either (she grew up in a home where they had an Alice, yea, must be nice) but the chicken fingers and quesadillas every night for the kids cant be doing them much good.

    Here is another thing that I think will help me, is if I planned my meals. Right now I think about it when my stomach growls, but i think if i cooked more at home and planned my meals out they would be much, much healthier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 254 View Post
    Here is my problem, I figure this thread is close enough for my thing. I have a career, wife has a career, we have kids, we eat out way too much. This year I'd like to start cooking more at home. Problem is, only cooking ive done is steaks on Saturday night. My wife only knows how to use the microwave. Both of us could stand to lose a little weight and I think it would be healthier for our kids if we ate at home more often and prepared our own meals. That being said, where do i start? Is there a "Dads cooking guide for dummies" because I haven't ever cooked in my life, wife hasn't either (she grew up in a home where they had an Alice, yea, must be nice) but the chicken fingers and quesadillas every night for the kids cant be doing them much good.

    Here is another thing that I think will help me, is if I planned my meals. Right now I think about it when my stomach growls, but i think if i cooked more at home and planned my meals out they would be much, much healthier.
    maybe check out MealPrepSunday? https://www.reddit.com/r/MealPrepSunday/

    i am guessing that someone will have a better resource but that is at least a decent one...

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    Great thread. I am 41, 5'8", 218 pounds. I have been working out, mostly weights, 2-3 times a week for a couple of years now, so that 218 pounds is better than the 210 pounds I had 2 years ago which was just gross -- and the physical results reflect that. Still, I feel like a fat ass, and it is because of diet. I eat pretty well for breakfast and dinner, but lunch kills me. Eat out almost every day and have a lunch crew that I have a couple of beers with at least twice a week either at lunch or at happy hour. Totally a self-discipline issue. Plus the wine with dinner most nights and the 4-6 fingers of bourbon 2-3 nights a week. I am at 15-25 drinks a week depending on the week and I know that has to get cut back to <7 somehow.

    I came in with <200T at my physical in August and did TRT this fall. When I went in after 12 weeks, I was up over 900. I was only doing 0.5 mL a week, so Dr. was flummoxed but thought I should roll off it and see where I land in my physical this summer. I felt *no* difference with the TRT. None.

    Anyway -- my plan is to work out at lunch at least once, if not twice a week to take a couple of days of bad habits out of the picture, work to keep calorie intake at less than 1800/day using MyFitnessPal with one cheat day (if I want it) and just track, track, track -- weight, calories, exercise. I want to be at 200 by end of March and 185 by end of the year. Good luck fellas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 254 View Post
    Here is my problem, I figure this thread is close enough for my thing. I have a career, wife has a career, we have kids, we eat out way too much. This year I'd like to start cooking more at home. Problem is, only cooking ive done is steaks on Saturday night. My wife only knows how to use the microwave. Both of us could stand to lose a little weight and I think it would be healthier for our kids if we ate at home more often and prepared our own meals. That being said, where do i start? Is there a "Dads cooking guide for dummies" because I haven't ever cooked in my life, wife hasn't either (she grew up in a home where they had an Alice, yea, must be nice) but the chicken fingers and quesadillas every night for the kids cant be doing them much good.

    Here is another thing that I think will help me, is if I planned my meals. Right now I think about it when my stomach growls, but i think if i cooked more at home and planned my meals out they would be much, much healthier.
    Here's one to get you started - this is our standard meal at CasaCapn, and it's 1) dead simple and 2) easy to throw in variations.

    Get a two pyrex dishes - this is a great start Pyrex @ BB&B. (apologies if you already have these and this seems overly simple, just trying to be thorough).

    But a package of chicken thighs (Costco, holla), a bad of brussels sprouts, a head of broccoli, a head of cauliflower, box of mushrooms, a sweet potato, and the pre-minced garlic. Substitute any veggies you like.

    Line the larger pyrex dish with foil. Preheat oven to 400*.
    Cut the veggies to bite sizes. Remember the veggie trays you see at weddings and funerals? Think that size. We prefer to cut the brussels sprouts in half - good prep video here http://www.finecooking.com/videos/ho...s-sprouts.aspx.
    Throw all the veggies into a large mixing bowl, add a few teaspoons of the minced garlic. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil (any oil will work, don't stress), and toss until the veggies are coated. You may need more oil - don't drown the veggies, but make sure they're coated. Once coated, pour them into the pyrex and distribute evenly. Throw that into the oven.

    Now to the chicken. You're going to bake your chicken - if you have a double oven, this is the time to use it. IF you don't, we'll just share space with the veggies. The veggies can cook for a WHILE without getting overdone, and you just need to cook the chicken until it's not pink inside, so just cook until it's done. You can always grill the chicken, too. Lots of ways to season the chicken, and believe it or not, just plan ol' baked chicken is GOOD. A little table salt when you sit down is plenty. But Tony Chacheries, garlic salt, a little soy sauce in the pyrex, lemon pepper, anything in the spice rack is really good. Let's go with some garlic salt ...
    1. Pour some olive oil in the pyrex, enough to coat the bottom thinly.
    2. Put the chicken in the dish, swish it around to get some oil on one side, then flip it over and do the same. (a pair of tongs can help keep your hands dry, but good soap gets your hands clean anyway so get in there).
    3. Sprinkle some garlic salt on one side (a little goes a long way), flip the chicken and sprinkle some more.
    4. That's it, you're done, put it in the oven (or on the grill).
    5. Cook for 10 minutes a side, flip and cook for 10 more. Check for doneness by cutting one of the thighs open - if it's still pink, put it back in the oven. When it's not pink, put it on a plate.
    * note that we've purposefully started the chicken prep while the veggies were in the oven, and we didn't set a timer on the veggies. Chicken prep should take 7-10 minutes. Once the chicken is done and in the oven, and you've washed your hands and maybe straightened up a little, check the veggies. When the tops of the exposed broccoli start to singe, grab a plastic spoon and stir / turn over the veggies. Get the ones on the bottom up to the top. Ideally, this happens at the same 10-minute mark when you flip the chicken. With practice, it'll go veggies in, chicken prep, chicken in, turn veggies and chicken, chicken out and plated, then veggies out, and eat everything hot.

    Boom, chicken and veggies. Baked/roasted veggies like this have a totally different flavor that boiled/steamed, and the chicken is a good solid protein. If you want to kick it up a notch, get a rice maker (Rice Maker at Lowes ) like this one, and make some brown rice or some quinoa. Quinoa is cooked in the rice maker just like rice.

    Best part about this is you can vary it so much. Grill the chicken. Marinate the chicken for a few hours in italian dressing, soy sauce, bbq sauce, whatever. Add different spices to the veggie bake - we really like the Costco 'no salt' seasoning. Or Old Bay is amazing on that veggie bake. Bake with different oils for different flavors - sesame oil tastes awesome, avocado oil is cool, etc. Add different vegetables, like asparagus, onions, carrots, bell peppers, etc. Take out the potatoes for less starch. Throw an avocado on the side for a creamy addition. If you aren't hard-core about dairy, a slice of cheese melted over the chicken is nice.

    (* to the other cooks on this thread - yeah, there's a decent amount of salt in the above. Let's focus on getting chicken and veggies on the plate first :)).
    Last edited by capnamerca; 01-04-2017 at 11:00 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 254 View Post
    Here is my problem, I figure this thread is close enough for my thing. I have a career, wife has a career, we have kids, we eat out way too much. This year I'd like to start cooking more at home. Problem is, only cooking ive done is steaks on Saturday night. My wife only knows how to use the microwave. Both of us could stand to lose a little weight and I think it would be healthier for our kids if we ate at home more often and prepared our own meals. That being said, where do i start? Is there a "Dads cooking guide for dummies" because I haven't ever cooked in my life, wife hasn't either (she grew up in a home where they had an Alice, yea, must be nice) but the chicken fingers and quesadillas every night for the kids cant be doing them much good.

    Here is another thing that I think will help me, is if I planned my meals. Right now I think about it when my stomach growls, but i think if i cooked more at home and planned my meals out they would be much, much healthier.
    When our kiddo was born, at my wife's urging and against my protestations, we started using Greenling food delivery. It was absolutely awesome -- it had meal kits with exact portion amounts, add ons you could buy, etc. Its customer list was bought by Farmhouse which has more creative meals, but can be more difficult. They also don't pre-prep the veggies like Greenling did, so it's more work. The instructions aren't always as clear either. That said, we still use it, and it is a guaranteed 3-4 meals a week for us with local ingredients (unlike Blue Apron and its ilk), and controlled portion sizes. There are a couple more, I believe, that have recently moved into town that are sourcing locally if that is important. I credit Greenling/Farmhouse for me not absolutely ballooning into a complete fat turd given the rest of my diet. I eat really well at dinner time, and am generally satisfied with the meal (Vietnemese chicken wings on Tuesday), although there are a few clunkers (the slow cooker pozole we made last night was awful).

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    2 years ago I was 230 pounds and in by far the best shape of my life. I was working out for at least an hour 5 days a week (cardio and weight training). I got down to about 225 for a day and that's the lowest I had been since probably middle school.

    I got complacent, quit the gym to save some cash, stopping taking the diabetes medication (Type II and the Dr. said I was good to go) but maintained for a good 18 months.

    6 months ago I fell off the wagon - hard. Kept telling myself I would enjoy the holidays and then start up again Jan 3rd. Figured - how bad could it be? Clothes stopped fitting and even the fat clothes I had hanging in the back of the closet were getting a little snug. I went to the gym yesterday and weighed myself for the first time in months - 270 pounds. 40 $#@!ing pounds in 6 months. Just infuriating.

    Goal is to get to 215 by the summer. Gives me 7 months to lose 55 pounds. Entirely doable so long as I can keep reminding myself how much $#@!ing better I feel when I'm healthy.

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    One thing I didn't mention in my post above (and can't edit now), is that you won't need all the veggies. If yoiu're only feeding two people, cut up a "handful" of each. Once you get 4-5 different veggies in, you'll have plenty. Don't skimp on the mushrooms or sweet potatoes - if you like those items, they're the best done this way (imo). Then adjust portions for your eating style, or family size.

    This also serves as a hugely cost-efficient meal option. Everything listed, bought at Costco, should be <$40 (less than $30 I'd think, just not sure). But you can easily get 6 meals for 2 out of what you just bought.

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    No alcohol now for 48 hours. My ankles and wrists have shrunk -as inflammation and fluids have either been used elsewhere or have just exited my body.

    It's kinda funny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 254 View Post
    Here is my problem, I figure this thread is close enough for my thing. I have a career, wife has a career, we have kids, we eat out way too much. This year I'd like to start cooking more at home. Problem is, only cooking ive done is steaks on Saturday night. My wife only knows how to use the microwave. Both of us could stand to lose a little weight and I think it would be healthier for our kids if we ate at home more often and prepared our own meals. That being said, where do i start? Is there a "Dads cooking guide for dummies" because I haven't ever cooked in my life, wife hasn't either (she grew up in a home where they had an Alice, yea, must be nice) but the chicken fingers and quesadillas every night for the kids cant be doing them much good.

    Here is another thing that I think will help me, is if I planned my meals. Right now I think about it when my stomach growls, but i think if i cooked more at home and planned my meals out they would be much, much healthier.
    if you want to cook just sign up for blue apron or plated and try that out for a couple months to see if you like it.

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    Does anyone know where to score some blow? I'm thinking that's my only hope.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MissingInAction View Post
    Does anyone know where to score some blow? I'm thinking that's my only hope.
    Yes

    GF made squash spaghetti last night for dinner and that $#@! was bomb, if anyone is thinking about trying it I highly recommend

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    Quote Originally Posted by capnamerca View Post
    Here's one to get you started - this is our standard meal at CasaCapn, and it's 1) dead simple and 2) easy to throw in variations.

    Get a two pyrex dishes - this is a great start Pyrex @ BB&B. (apologies if you already have these and this seems overly simple, just trying to be thorough).

    But a package of chicken thighs (Costco, holla), a bad of brussels sprouts, a head of broccoli, a head of cauliflower, box of mushrooms, a sweet potato, and the pre-minced garlic. Substitute any veggies you like.

    Line the larger pyrex dish with foil. Preheat oven to 400*.
    Cut the veggies to bite sizes. Remember the veggie trays you see at weddings and funerals? Think that size. We prefer to cut the brussels sprouts in half - good prep video here http://www.finecooking.com/videos/ho...s-sprouts.aspx.
    Throw all the veggies into a large mixing bowl, add a few teaspoons of the minced garlic. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil (any oil will work, don't stress), and toss until the veggies are coated. You may need more oil - don't drown the veggies, but make sure they're coated. Once coated, pour them into the pyrex and distribute evenly. Throw that into the oven.

    Now to the chicken. You're going to bake your chicken - if you have a double oven, this is the time to use it. IF you don't, we'll just share space with the veggies. The veggies can cook for a WHILE without getting overdone, and you just need to cook the chicken until it's not pink inside, so just cook until it's done. You can always grill the chicken, too. Lots of ways to season the chicken, and believe it or not, just plan ol' baked chicken is GOOD. A little table salt when you sit down is plenty. But Tony Chacheries, garlic salt, a little soy sauce in the pyrex, lemon pepper, anything in the spice rack is really good. Let's go with some garlic salt ...
    1. Pour some olive oil in the pyrex, enough to coat the bottom thinly.
    2. Put the chicken in the dish, swish it around to get some oil on one side, then flip it over and do the same. (a pair of tongs can help keep your hands dry, but good soap gets your hands clean anyway so get in there).
    3. Sprinkle some garlic salt on one side (a little goes a long way), flip the chicken and sprinkle some more.
    4. That's it, you're done, put it in the oven (or on the grill).
    5. Cook for 10 minutes a side, flip and cook for 10 more. Check for doneness by cutting one of the thighs open - if it's still pink, put it back in the oven. When it's not pink, put it on a plate.
    * note that we've purposefully started the chicken prep while the veggies were in the oven, and we didn't set a timer on the veggies. Chicken prep should take 7-10 minutes. Once the chicken is done and in the oven, and you've washed your hands and maybe straightened up a little, check the veggies. When the tops of the exposed broccoli start to singe, grab a plastic spoon and stir / turn over the veggies. Get the ones on the bottom up to the top. Ideally, this happens at the same 10-minute mark when you flip the chicken. With practice, it'll go veggies in, chicken prep, chicken in, turn veggies and chicken, chicken out and plated, then veggies out, and eat everything hot.

    Boom, chicken and veggies. Baked/roasted veggies like this have a totally different flavor that boiled/steamed, and the chicken is a good solid protein. If you want to kick it up a notch, get a rice maker (Rice Maker at Lowes ) like this one, and make some brown rice or some quinoa. Quinoa is cooked in the rice maker just like rice.

    Best part about this is you can vary it so much. Grill the chicken. Marinate the chicken for a few hours in italian dressing, soy sauce, bbq sauce, whatever. Add different spices to the veggie bake - we really like the Costco 'no salt' seasoning. Or Old Bay is amazing on that veggie bake. Bake with different oils for different flavors - sesame oil tastes awesome, avocado oil is cool, etc. Add different vegetables, like asparagus, onions, carrots, bell peppers, etc. Take out the potatoes for less starch. Throw an avocado on the side for a creamy addition. If you aren't hard-core about dairy, a slice of cheese melted over the chicken is nice.

    (* to the other cooks on this thread - yeah, there's a decent amount of salt in the above. Let's focus on getting chicken and veggies on the plate first :)).
    Thighs will take longer than 20 minutes; closer to an hour to bake, depending on how hot the oven is. Just sayin'; besides that little nitpick, this is pretty spot on, showing how easy it is to prepare a healthy meal.

    Don't forget to make enough for leftovers that you can take for lunch the next day; cheaper and better than eating out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bat Guan0 View Post
    Thighs will take longer than 20 minutes; closer to an hour to bake, depending on how hot the oven is. Just sayin'; besides that little nitpick, this is pretty spot on, showing how easy it is to prepare a healthy meal.

    Don't forget to make enough for leftovers that you can take for lunch the next day; cheaper and better than eating out.
    Boneless. Twenty minutes at 400 is usually pretty perfect. It'll be a little more if you're sharing a single oven with the veggies ... but again, just cook until it's not pink :).

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    One thing that you could look into if you're looking to cook at home more, but you have a busy life is an electric pressure cooker. You can make pretty good, healthy meals in about 30 minutes. You can find a lot of recipes online. We just picked up one called an Instant Pot, and it's been pretty nice. It will also serve as a slow cooker, vegetable steamer, rice cooker, and a few other things that we'll never use.

    Also, I'll add to the others that have spoken positively about a keto diet. I started in mid-December and so far it's been pretty great. I have noticeably more energy and I really don't get hungry all that often. There's a lot of good info on reddit.com/r/keto with a lot of links on the side bar if anyone is interested in reading more about it.

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    Good luck to everyone trying to get in or stay in shape. As others have said, it's a lifestyle change. Luckily, I've never gone way up and down on my weight, but I wasn't really in shape until around my 42nd birthday when I finally started an exercise routine. I do some kind of workout every day or I'll play golf (walk at least 9 holes) or tennis.

    Question for you guys that go up and down with your weight. Do you constantly have to buy new pants? I'm a cheapskate so I cut back on food/alcohol whenever my pants seem a little tight.

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    Eating healthy leftovers for lunch also helps a ton. It is really hard to eat healthy while eating out. Portions are usually too big even when you do find good options.

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    Quote Originally Posted by capnamerca View Post
    Boneless. Twenty minutes at 400 is usually pretty perfect. It'll be a little more if you're sharing a single oven with the veggies ... but again, just cook until it's not pink :).
    Gotcha. I usually get the bone-in.

    Spoiler!

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    I did something this week that I'm loving.

    One big cookie sheet, with edges. Line with foil.
    Quarter and slice (like you get at BBQ joints) one full onion.
    Slice two bell peppers (make one yellow or red for color!)
    Set onions and peppers in a large mixing bowl, add some minced garlic, toss in oil.

    5 boneless chicken thighs (again, the costco packages are perfect for this).
    Drizzle with olive oil and season to your taste. I like spice, so I coated liberally in creole seasoning (Tony's 'more spicy')
    Flip thighs and repeat (that's what she said)

    Put thighs central on the cookie sheet, and spread onions and peppers around.
    Cover the chicken liberally in salsa (helps baste the chicken, adds some flavor, and also the runoff seasons the peppers during cooking)

    Throw in a 425 oven for 20 minutes.
    Cook 2 cups brown rice.
    Portion into 5 separate tupperware containers - voila, 5 lunches, TOTAL prep and cook time no more than 45 minutes.

    *Full disclosure, I saw this on some stupid facebook "15-second recipe" post. It's still delicious.

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