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That's my only option it seems at my old age.. I just did an online BF calculator that uses waist/hip and girth measurements to obtain BF% and I discovered that after 13 months of 100% lfrv (90/5/5), I am still at 21% BF (aka unhealthy per Dr. D page 145 in 80/10/10)... I've been 180lbs for the last 12 months, and my BMI is still 25, even though I've been exercising vigorously six days per week for over six months now.. I've tried and tried to get this weight to budge, but I suppose it's just not ready yet.

I started playing Ultimate Frisbee again a couple months ago, twice per week for at least a couple hours at a time, and playing with mostly young college aged folks.. It has caused me to desire weight loss even more, because I need to lose it if I am to ever stand a chance at being more competitive again out there.

I just have to guess that age 39 pushing 40 now, spending a few years being mostly sedentary just really set me back really far, and I need a bigger picture perspective on regaining any reasonable level of fitness like I once had.. Even with the significant amount of exercise I am doing, I also have to assume that large number of hours I spend sitting on my ass in front of computers for work doesn't help the cause...

Still, it's just perplexing to me when I notice that am not seeing the results I want to see. I used to make gains so much more easily.. I did a full three months solid of P90X and Insanity videos and still do them at least three times per week, yet I have not seen any significant strength gains since I started in April, and that simply bums me out.. I get to that point in the video when Tony Horton says to go easy on yourself because it can be tough in the first month, so don't expect to keep up with them, but what about after six months and I can still barely churn out sets of 10 on the pushups, and still can't do more than one or two unassisted pullups... UGH!

When I started playing Ultimate and realized that I desperately need to lose this weight, I cut back on bananas and dropped my daily calories from the 3000-3500 range to the 2500-3000 range, as an experiment. I still felt great and noticed no lack of energy/fuel.. I lost a few pounds after a couple weeks but without changing anything the pounds just came right back on after a couple more weeks. Knowing the science of it, I assume that I must have let my calories gravitate upward again, especially because I don't always remember to count my calories, but I really don't think they could be much over 3000 on a daily basis...

The one thing that helps the most for me in trying to keep it all in perspective is that regardless of my fitness level, I just feel so amazingly well all the time on this diet... (And that's with eating conventional produce on a tight budget. I can't wait for the day when I can eat more organic with more variety)... As much as I want to improve in the fitness arena, I am still grateful for the knowledge and opportunity I have to live healthfully, and will keep pushing myself physically as much as I can, and just remember to enjoy the ride of being as healthy as I can be..

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Comment by ednshell on October 6, 2010 at 5:22pm
ya. me too, we are in the prime of our lives! I don't have any answers, just interesting to read and hear other's experiences, thanks for posting! :)


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