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Just thought I add a comment. I'm a male in my 30s and have lost 30 lbs myself (going from 255 to 219lbs) in about 3-4 months. Two years later, I've gained back 10 lbs, but to be honest-- I haven't exercised :)But the main point is, I knew I couldn't devote my whole days to losing weight. I knew I wouldn't count calories, or spend hours in the gym, but I also didn't want any quick fixes so I knew I'd need to put in effort. It truly is about creating a calorie deficit-- whether by lowering intake, or upping aerobic exercise.Here's what I did:1. I exercised 3-4 days per week (no more-- I have a life you know :) )2. When I exercised, I ran on a treadmill for at least 25 min (started at 10 min.) It didn't matter that I wasn't running 10 miles an hour like the girl next to me, what mattered is that I was running period and for at least 25 min. Also, I kept increasing the incline to make things harder any time I got too comfortable. Running is hard-- especially if you're out of shape-- but you don't want to drag this weight lose out too long, right? If you're doing it-- do it full force.3. After treadmill, I'd do 20-30 minutes of strength training. 10 reps each time-- 3-4 times (sets) of each exercise. You can fit about 2-3 exercises in to the 20-30 min. Doing different muscle groups each day-- legs one day, arms another.... However, I did core every day that I exercised-- just different exercises on it each day.4. I drank more water-- bought the 16 oz water bottles and tried to drink 3-4 during the work day. Didn't drench myself in water, but upped my intake from normal.5. Cut out all processed foods, high calorie dressings and all the overkill.6. Ate smaller portions but more often 5-6 times per day. Boiled/roasted veggies, yogurt, chicken breast, fruits, veggies, blah blah. There are many websites that give you meal plans. I used the Military website. I figured they're about the results-- not making money and got more trust from me. As Ali suggests-- you need to burn more calories then you take in-- create a deficit and you'll lose weight. However, again, as Ali says-- you're doing this to change your life-- not to lose weight and gain it back. So, find the portions and meals that you can eat the rest of your life and not feel like you're on a diet. For example, I like pop (soda) and I used to drink it daily. Now I like water-- but still drink pop once a week or so-- just not daily.7. Some weeks you weigh yourself-- you see the numbers fall. Some weeks the weight doesn't change or goes up. Make sure you weigh yourself the same time each day though for more accurate numbers.8. If you're doing everything I said above and the numbers stop changing (maybe a month or two after steady weight loss)-- you hit a plateau. If working harder doesn't make you cross it, take a break. Take a week off, eat whatever you want without dieting and don't exercise. I know, sounds counter intuitive. But you need to trick your body in to losing weight again. Then, next week-- back to your routine, you'll think it's funny how that works.9. As an optional bonus, try and get more sleep. I say optional, because when I was doing my routine, I had an infant at home. There was no sleep until she was 4 :)Someday maybe I'll do a full blog writeup somewhere-- but these are the things that worked for me without flipping my world upside down. Also-- I found it best to exercise over lunch hour at work and eat lunch at the desk later-- I'm no morning person and have things to do at home after work :)Enjoy!Julian
Thanks for the inspiration. You were kinda lucky you had an existing structure and could get right to the fun part. :) I recently finished building a 12'x14' outdoor wood burning sauna that consists of a 6'x12' hot room and an 8'x12' changing/party room. I tried to document as detailed as possible each step of the build hoping it helps someone like us that tries this DIY project. My write up and photos can be found here:http://outdoorsaunabuildmndiy.blogger.com/Thanks again!Julian
Thanks for the inspiration. After wanting to build a sauna for many years and scanning through many build sites like yours, I finally decided to try my luck and built a 12'x14' sauna consisting of a 6'x12' hot room and an 8'x12' changing/party room. I tried to document as detailed as possible each step of the build hoping it helps someone like us that tries this DIY project. My writeup and photos can be found here:http://outdoorsaunabuildmndiy.blogger.com/Thanks again!Julian
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