Where is everyone?

JDWPokerJDWPoker Simi Valley, CA.Red Chipper Posts: 21 ✭✭
I've just joined RCP last week and am still getting a feel for the site and the forum, but this group is interesting to me. Unfortunately, it looks like no one has posted here since Sept. 2018. Has it simply run it's course?
The reason I'm asking is that I'm on a very exciting journey. I made a promise to my wife & children ( I have 7!) that I would lose 100# by 1/1/2020. I made this promise while sitting in Outback Steakhouse eating a huge plate of nachos, on 12/16/2019.
I'm 59 years old, semi-retired, also retired USN vet, and play a great deal of poker, both online & live. Although I wanted to lose the weight because I knew it was sorely overdue, I also had read that being healthier translates to better poker play as long as you're doing your studying, reviewing, and just generally trying to get better.
Anyway, I began this journey at a whopping 315#. Today I am down to 280#. I began by simply tracking my calorie intake using the MyFitnessPal app online. I also use MapMyWalk, another online app, to track some of what Im doing physically. I've incorporated about 10 minutes of stretching into my morning routine, along with some low impact at home exercises which takes me about 15 minutes to complete. I know this is rudimentary for most, but with the weight I've been carrying, my age, and my other physical limitations, I've found that this is getting the job done without risking injury, which would for course slow me down, or burning myself out in a short period of time.
I guess the reason for the post is to just ask if anyone else is, or has considered doing something similar. Maybe, I'm looking for some outside accountability, or maybe just a friend or 2 to share my experiences with along the way. I have support at home of course, but it can't hurt to reach out and see if anyone else is familiar with the struggles I may encounter along the way. I hope this didn't bore you too much and that hopefully we can get this thread moving again. Have a great day!

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  • ericmwhiteericmwhite Red Chipper Posts: 34 ✭✭
    Congrats on making amazing progress toward health! Very inspirational. I'm not in the same boat (plenty of struggles, just different ones), but would enjoy following your journey and providing encouragement. Please keep us posted!
  • JDWPokerJDWPoker Simi Valley, CA.Red Chipper Posts: 21 ✭✭
    ryon341 wrote: »
    Good luck with your weight loss and your poker. I'm a newbie to the site, but have learned a ton in just a few weeks. The group has been very supportive on the forum at answering questions and helping me understand the concepts.

    For what it's worth, i recommend you spend at least as much time on studying as you do on playing. I made the mistake of spending too much time at the table without understanding the prerequisite concepts. i'm going back now and hammering my way through CORE before I spend too much more time at the tables. (I play mostly online)

    I joined the pro side of RCP, but I think I may have done so prematurely. I don't really grasp the concepts in PRO because I don't have a grasp of all the concepts in CORE.

    I had a similar weight loss journey. I went from 290 down to 195 about 5 years ago and have kept it off. I'm also semi-retired, on disability from the Air Force. (i jumped out of one too many airplanes.)

    Good luck!!

    Ryan, thanks a bunch for sharing!! What a great job not only losing the weight, but then keeping it off. It is certainly a lifestyle change and it sounds like you've done it!! Awesome!

    I've actually been playing for many years, but thought CORE might get me past some of the rough spots. As for the studying, I spend ~2 hours a day with it and am lucky enough to still be able to find time to play. It's very cool to go out and try some of the new concepts right away, though I will say I've gotten lost along the way a couple of times while trying to implement things and not knowing what to do when the going gets rough. :)

    It's great to hear from another Vet (I'm also disabled, having suffered 2 brain tumors while on duty), but I'm doing alright compared to others who have served and ended up on the short side of the stick. I wish you the best my friend!
  • JDWPokerJDWPoker Simi Valley, CA.Red Chipper Posts: 21 ✭✭
    ericmwhite wrote: »
    Congrats on making amazing progress toward health! Very inspirational. I'm not in the same boat (plenty of struggles, just different ones), but would enjoy following your journey and providing encouragement. Please keep us posted!


    Eric, I sure will! Thanks for posting & I look forward to any and all encouragement.
  • kageykagey Red Chipper, KINGOFTAGS Posts: 2,241 ✭✭✭✭✭
    If you haven't already - I'd consider buying a Fitbit. It's awesome at keeping track of a ton of stuff related to your health including drinking water, resting heart rate, sleep, burnt calories and weight. Every week you can get emailed a progress report. (My brother in law has an Apple watch and he uses it to monitor his heart after he got a valve replaced... I think it may do more than Fitbit.)
    when you're making goals, this kind of technology is great at helping you stay on track.

    Best of luck keeping up the good work.
    Run good at the tables!
    and thanks for your service... we really do appreciate our military!
  • Paul_KPaul_K DFWRed Chipper Posts: 322 ✭✭✭
    They serve nachos at Outback?
  • JDWPokerJDWPoker Simi Valley, CA.Red Chipper Posts: 21 ✭✭
    Thanks Kagey! I've considered a FitBit and will probably start looking at them shortly. Although I'm a huge Apple fan, I'm not sure I need the watch, considering the price. :).

    I hope all is going well with you too!!
  • Paul_KPaul_K DFWRed Chipper Posts: 322 ✭✭✭
    @JDWPoker

    I have a Fitbit Charge 2 that is gathering dust on my desk. It has a small crack in the screen but it isn't very noticeable and doesn't otherwise interfere with the display. If you're interested, PM me and I'll send it to you at no charge.

    https://www.amazon.com/Fitbit-Fitness-Wristband-International-Version/dp/B01KSX374E/ref=sr_1_4_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1549135652&sr=8-4&keywords=fitbit+charge+2&th=1
  • kenaceskenaces Red Chipper Posts: 1,394 ✭✭✭✭
    JDWPoker wrote: »
    .
    I guess the reason for the post is to just ask if anyone else is, or has considered doing something similar. Maybe, I'm looking for some outside accountability, or maybe just a friend or 2 to share my experiences with along the way. I have support at home of course, but it can't hurt to reach out and see if anyone else is familiar with the struggles I may encounter along the way.

    Sure thing :)

    I lost/kept off a bunch of weight starting about 10 years ago. Like you I use myfitnesspal and tracked workout/steps... but I have never lost the last ~#10. I shifted from maintenance yesterday with the target of getting really lean so I can do some big hikes in the mountains this summer.

    Learning about Health/fitness/weight loss is an ongoing obsession for me so I am happy to chat about any of this stuff - here or offline(just PM me)

  • EazzyEazzy Red Chipper Posts: 955 ✭✭✭✭
    About 6 month ago I also took to making life changes, too loose some weight and eat healthier do to high blood pressure. No where near as extreme...I' am a 6 foot 3 my weight was about 20 to 25 pounds over....at 225

    I had dieted a little on and off loosing 5 to 10 pounds but always gained it back. This time I changed by overall approach...

    Playing a lot of poker in Atlantic City..and spending more time on the free food programs then the making money at poker programs, I get free food for almost all my meals....Diamond club, Chairman's club...3hrs poker free buffet ect. Hell it took me 3 month to not take all you could eat shrimp as a challenge.

    I eventually found what worked for me was to nock off anything that was empty calories. Cut way back on bread, pasta, and of course deserts.. Loaded up my plate with more vegetables, and salads. Have fruit for desert most of the time. The food not designed for weight loose but you can always finds some things.

    At home replaced my snacks with popcorn (popped in a microwave popcorn popper with no oil), and adding deactivated yeast instead of butter and salt.

    eat wallnuts and peanuts in the shell, take time taking them out of the shell. so I don't eat as fast. Sliced apples with a little cheese. Instead of a two egg sandwich for breakfast have one hard-boiled egg and a banana. Hamburgers I eat with no bread just tomato onion and letus wrapped around it.

    I don't care if fruit has lots of sugar or orange juice is high in sugar, its not empty callories so I can eat it.

    Ive lost 20 pounds and its been pretty easy keeping it off. I east most of my meals in the casinos (I moved into the area a few month ago) to make playing poker easier) and still keep the pounds off/
  • JDWPokerJDWPoker Simi Valley, CA.Red Chipper Posts: 21 ✭✭
    That's awesome Eazzy, and thanks for rate tips. I am also very conscious about empty calories and have included many more veggies and nuts into my diet. So far things are going as well as I could have expected. :)
  • kenaceskenaces Red Chipper Posts: 1,394 ✭✭✭✭
    Eazzy wrote: »
    Playing a lot of poker in Atlantic City..and spending more time on the free food programs then the making money at poker programs, I get free food for almost all my meals....Diamond club, Chairman's club...3hrs poker free buffet ect. Hell it took me 3 month to not take all you could eat shrimp as a challenge.

    I know what you mean because I eat ~5-6 meals a week at my home casino's buffet. This hasn't been a problem with maintenance but I think I will have to tighten up to lose the last #10.

    Nice job!

  • kenaceskenaces Red Chipper Posts: 1,394 ✭✭✭✭
    JDWPoker wrote: »
    That's awesome Eazzy, and thanks for rate tips. I am also very conscious about empty calories and have included many more veggies and nuts into my diet. So far things are going as well as I could have expected. :)

    Nice!

    I would suggest you plan for failure/setbacks now while things are going well. Weight loss is rarely a straight line so if you accept that you can prepare for the challenges to come.
  • JDWPokerJDWPoker Simi Valley, CA.Red Chipper Posts: 21 ✭✭
    I'm as prepared mentally as I can be and understand that there will be plateaus and setbacks along the way. Shoot, nothing comes easy, right?
  • jeffncjeffnc Red Chipper Posts: 4,683 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I find that the better I understand something, the more likely I am to make the right choices. Hearing "rumours" that a lot of sugar isn't good for you, when you've never noticed any issues yourself, is one thing. Truly understanding the biochemistry involved is different.

    This book had an impact on me.
    https://www.amazon.com/Barbell-Prescription-Strength-Training-After/dp/0982522770

    While it looks like a weight training book (it is), it's actually a lot more. The first few paragraphs before they get to weight training were really informative for me.
  • ericmwhiteericmwhite Red Chipper Posts: 34 ✭✭
    Starting Strength. Hell yes. Totally agree that’s a life changing book.
    jeffnc wrote: »
    This book had an impact on me.
    https://www.amazon.com/Barbell-Prescription-Strength-Training-After/dp/0982522770

    While it looks like a weight training book (it is), it's actually a lot more. The first few paragraphs before they get to weight training were really informative for me.

  • BigDaddyBigDaddy Red Chipper Posts: 22 ✭✭
    JDWpoker:
    You and I are in about the same boat on many issues, except I did not start my weight loss journey until 6/5/2019. Down 17 pounds since then. Plenty more to go, but I feel different/much better already. I joined WW and track everything on my app. I have a fitbit and synced it with my WW app so my food and activities get tracked together on a daily basis. Lots of exercise and eating right will eventually result in me having to change my screen name to just Daddy!
    The two main poker rooms I play in the Detroit area are ½ mile from each other, so they compete very aggressively against each other, including offering a wide variety of FREE food. All the pizza, dogs, sandwiches, chips, burgers, and fried chicken sandwiches you want. Up until a month ago I partook in it all, but no more.
    I joined RCP in May, and also started tracking my results specifically in June. No more “I think I’m doing OK”. I track money as well as interesting hands where I learned something I can apply in the future. I am a better player now, no question, but the adjustment to being “The Guy That’s Always Raising” has been a challenge. As @SplitSuit has stated, post flop you just have to get in there and learn to fight for pots. Kinda like life.
    Which brings up a point everyone knows but always don’t apply: If it’s a goal that’s important to you, write it down and track it. If it’s not written down, it’s just a wish. Write it down, and it becomes real, a road map to where you are going.

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