100 lb. Club - Frenchiepolarbear, introduction

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12-06-2004, 02:13 PM
Good afternoon ladies (As it seems i'm one of the only guys here!!)

I've been overweight since age 10. I'm now 34 and my last medical checkup was not great...I taught i was in relatively good condition. Since i'm 6 feet tall and strong build, my 305 pounds did not look that bad....but a physical exam could not lie.

I'm starting to get hypertension and the doctor wants to put me on pills for this condition. I'm not really interested in this so i decided that i will loose 100 pounds within next year. By dec. 1 2005 i should be 205.

To give me a good start, i completely cut off fast food from my menu. I'm also having meal replacement shakes once or twice a day. This is hard....

I also need to exercise a lot. This is a bit easier. I never stopped training (Laps at the pool, hiking, cross-country skiing....) since i was 22.

Now as we are dangerousely close to the holidays, i'd like to find a buddy on this forum, men or women who is in a similar situation. We may help each other not to fall in our old habbits.

By the way, as you may have noticed in my nick. I'm french speaking, so please excuse the wording that may sometimes sounds a bit strange.

here are my stats:

Highest weight: 335 (August 2003)
Lowest since August 2003: 292
Current: 305
Blood pressure: (Taken on Nov, 30) 150/80 without meds.
Height: 6.0
Age: 34
Living in: Montreal , Canada
Occupation: Archivist
Status: single

12-06-2004, 02:48 PM
dude another guy awesome well there is 3 of us here well 2 currently and 1 awol. i'm sy i'm 22 from the uk i'm 6'0 and dropped from 322 to 226 in 8months am now around 240ish but workign my way back down to many beers and bbq's this summer. there other guys round here are MATT_H when he returns from where ever he has gone. and Howie who post quite often well i'm sure you'll fit in no probs. don't worry about all the women here we males are rare and thus very valuable commodities :lol:

12-06-2004, 02:48 PM
Welcome! You sound very positive!!! We're all here to help one another and we'll be here for you!

12-06-2004, 03:00 PM
Hi and welcome. I'm sure you'll fit in just fine as long as you can stand the "girl talk" every now and then around here ;).

12-06-2004, 03:13 PM
Hey, hey, hey...Welcome to the group!! I've lost 50 pounds and my bp is just slightly less than yours...Grrr!! I keep hoping that with the weight loss it will start going down. We shall see. You picked a great place to receive support and encouragement. It sounds like you have already made some really good choices on as how to start. You sound super up-beat and motivated. Well done on making your decision to lose weight. You won't regret it!!

12-06-2004, 03:17 PM
:coffee2: Hello. There are a few guys who post here so you aren't completly alone. It's always nice to have a mans input.Sounds like your really ready to go. :goodluck:

12-06-2004, 03:17 PM
Welcome, Monsieur Frenchiepolarbear! :wave: Nice to have you join us. I think you'll find us extremely supportive and mutually motivating, and I sincerely hope you return often for sustenance and to share support with us as well. As for the testosterone factor, I see you've met charming Sy already; I think you're really going to enjoy Howie as well -- he's just an absolutely wonderful guy who posts here frequently and has come a long way in his own weight loss journey.

I look forward to getting to know you better -- please feel free to just jump right into some of our weekly threads, like the exercise thread and the weigh-in thread, for starters... It's great to have you here. I have no doubt whatsoever that your goal of losing 100 pounds by this time next year is completely achievable. Just remember that each step along the way will get you where you're intending to go -- I've lost 77 pounds since March, and I really believe that the certainty that I was in it for the long haul has kept me motivated all along the way.

If there's ever anything that you need, please don't hesitate to give a shout -- or a whisper! :)

Inca's Momma
12-06-2004, 03:22 PM
Hi there hun! We do have a couple guys gracing our presence on this board so don't feel to alone. We also have a great bunch of women also trying to lose those pesky unwanted pounds. We also have a couple pregnant women putting on more of those :censored: pounds, myself included. :p Feel free to jump in anytime and post and questions, concerns, random spontaneous thoughts, etc. Welcome to the group! :grouphug:

Ivanna B. Skinny
12-06-2004, 03:37 PM
Welcome frernchiepolarbear! Glad to see a new face around...and a man at that! You 3 are valuable comodities, indeed! :lol:

12-06-2004, 03:47 PM
Welcome, Frenchie! Look forward to getting to know you.. jump right in, we don't bite! :lol:

12-06-2004, 04:05 PM
Mais oui alors!! Another Canuck joins the fold - tres bien!! :D As long as you don't start with the "viva les habitant" talk we'll get along (I'm a diehard Leaf fan). I think you'll be fine here - we're all doing well and are a pretty motivated bunch heading into this difficult season. Si, Howie and Matt (upon his much anticipated return) will save you from the PMS and pregnancy talk that happens on occasion. ;)

You sound ready, willing and able to do everything you need to do to succeed. All I'll say right now is never doubt your success - it will happen (I've lost over 100lbs.)

a bientot!

12-06-2004, 04:05 PM
Whell, thank you for such warm welcome!!!

@ Slimmingsy: Since i have the same specs / Goals as you; may i ask how you did it?

@ All ladies who replied to my introduction post: even if we barely know each other, you all now have a little place in my heart...

12-06-2004, 04:13 PM
Welcome Frenchiepolarbear I look forward to helping you with your weight loss plan.

12-06-2004, 04:28 PM
sure frenchie well first up there is some comparrison pics of me on the uk fat chicks section of the forum of me at 322 me at 226 and me now. basically i made up my own diet lol i never stick to ones easily. but the big thing was the excersise loads of boxing rowing and running with lots of rugby giving up chocolate and cutting right back on the beer. now i wouldn't suggest this to you cos its soul destroying while you are doing it but i did 90lb in 7 months you want to 100 in 12 just get the heart rate going is the best way get out as much as possible. if you do lots of hiking then should be easy for you i used to hike loads would do 30+ miles a day with weighted pack training for a competition

12-06-2004, 04:30 PM
the main reason for my harsh regieme is i have no will power lol i can say no no no to everything but if i start taking "treats" then it all goes to pot so i avoid treats each to there own after a while you become tuned into your body like i can now tell when i'm putting on weight when i'm stable and when i'm burning fat simply by the amount of sleep i get

12-06-2004, 04:59 PM
Thanks for the info....

Same problem here; it's wether extreme diet or pigout 2-3 times a week at fast-food restaurants....Many weight loss web sites talk about one "cheat day" a week. This will just be impossible for me to do, as the one cheat day will become 2,3,4 times a week....i know myself too whell!!

It will indeed be soul destroying, especially for the holidays. Tonight I'm invited to an Italian Restaurants with some friends....It will be hard watching them eat out their big Pizza, Garlic bread and desert.... while i'm having my basic Spaghetti....!!!

12-06-2004, 05:17 PM
It really is hard, frenchiepolarbear, but you'll learn to just talk yourself through it. It has helped me to keep in mind the following phrase: "Never trade what you want the most for what you want at the moment." It's not worth the regret afterwards.......and the feeling of accomplishment and self-worth you get from having made the right choices and then seen a loss on the scale or in how your clothes fit.....well it's much more gratifying than any garlic bread ever could be. I promise. Maybe after you get some real loss under your belt and are well on the way to permanently effected behavioral changes, you can incorporate an off-plan meal periodically...once you feel comfortable and confident that you can just hop right back on plan the following morning. You can play that by ear.

In the meantime, just know that you're doing something IMPORTANT, and that you're never going to regret having made the choice that supports your goals. NEVER. And if you ever need help getting talked off the ledge (so to speak) just come here for help and we'll always be here for you....we've all needed it at one time or another..... :)

12-06-2004, 06:07 PM
frenchie - suffering is optional. be as sensible as you can, enjoy the fact that you are with your friends having fun, rather than sitting at home sulking. or laid up with a broken leg or something else awful.

so when you're out with your friends at that italian place, remember how HEALTHY the mediterranean diet really is, and make your choices accordingly. in north america, we've managed to corrupt the italian diet so that it's really not the same as it is 'over there.' there are many reasonable choices... and lots of restaurants will make 'special' things if you ask.

or sauce/gravy on the side. or whatever else.

bottom line, frenchie: on this forum, we're not talking about losing 5 pounds here. we're talking about revamping every aspect of our lives, and learning how to live with ourselves, both with food and with emotions. it's a long process. and we need to make sure that whatever we do, however we do it, that we do it with self-love and kindness and a happy soul. if we don't, we're gonna fail!!!!!!

12-06-2004, 06:34 PM
Jiff, I love you. :grouphug:

12-06-2004, 08:26 PM
oh geez, sarah... i felt like i was giving a huge long lecture [so i cut it short]. but you KNOW - as does everyone else, since i can't keep my mouth shut [or fingers still?] - that i've been through the wringer with weight issues, and in many respects, i'm still at square one!!!!!!

right now, i'm dealing with the basic issue of 'unconscious eating.' i sometimes call it the POPCORN syndrome [ever watch people when they get popcorn at the movies? they zone out completely - they have no idea what they're doing, what they're eating, or even that they're eating.

soooo. i've gotten rid of every single snack at my desk [no matter how 'acceptable' it is]. i have a huge stash of tea in the drawer. my lunch bag is packed with the day's food, and there's an untouched tangerine on my desk.

AND THAT'S ALL. i GOTTA get this under control, or every single one of those nearly 300 pounds that i've lost are gonna find me again!!!!!

12-06-2004, 10:15 PM
....When i finally got there after driving around 30 minutes to find a parking spot (Downtown Montreal), i learned that supper got cancelled and my friend forgot to call me ARGHHH!!! :mad:

So i drove back home. For suppper i ate onion soup and a grilled cheese ......and there comes the nice surprise....Even tough very light, the supper was enough to get me going through the whole evening. In fact, it is now 9.15 and i'm not hungry :D

Maybe i'm starting to get over the "addiction" fast food created. So that is at least a positive point in the evening!!

12-06-2004, 10:22 PM
Congrat's, frenchie! Great news.....you're on your way, one decision at a time. So I guess that annoying experience was a blessing in disguise! ;)

12-06-2004, 10:29 PM
I always beleive that there is a reason for everything happening in our lives..

12-06-2004, 11:07 PM
Welcome welcome welcome!!

Glad to have you on board!!

12-06-2004, 11:46 PM
Way to go Frenchie!! You know sometimes I often have soup and a sandwich and it seems to fill me right up.

12-07-2004, 02:37 AM
Hey frenchiepolarbear nice to meet you. We share about the same goal. I'm shooting for 245 and then may go lower after I get there. I do 1800 calories a day and am one of the people who advocate a treat meal once a week. However it can lead to more if your not careful but it's something that really keeps me going. I get to feeling really deprived if I don't give myself once a week to eat the things I love.

I have not introduced exercise into my plan yet and really need to. I just keep puting it off. I have a bad back and can't do a lot of things but still need to something.

Anyway you found a great place for support and everyone here are really good people.

12-07-2004, 09:52 AM
Hello Howie,

Nice to meet you... :)

Regarding your bad back, ever tried doing laps at the pool?Very complete exercise, without putting stress on your bones / muscles...

12-07-2004, 12:11 PM
Yes I have and I just need to get off my but and join the local YMCA so I can do that. I've seen good results with just dieting so it's made the incentive less for the exercise. I know I would feel so much better if I did it though.

12-07-2004, 12:50 PM
Welcome Frenchiepolarbear! Congratulations on making the decision for a better lifestyle. Sometimes that's one of the biggest obstacles to overcome! Everyone on this board is so friendly and helpful. You are going to do wonderful!!

12-07-2004, 05:23 PM
swimming is great i normally get about 30 laps in before the uni girls arrive in ther bikini's so not much swimming after that :lol:

12-07-2004, 05:39 PM
Think unsexy thaughts, think unsexy thaughts!!!!!!!

Me in a bikini for instance :yikes:

12-07-2004, 08:24 PM
I never would have thought of such a thing. :devil: :o

12-08-2004, 07:29 AM
C'est bon! Another canadian! :) We are slowing growing here! Bienvenue M. FrenchiePolarBear