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Self discipline and weight

Updated on October 13, 2011

Losing weight

Great Body Decision Away

I am not overweight. I have almost always been healthy.

I recently hit 30 and put on about 15 pounds. I realized I had to step up my discipline a bit and within a month, was back in shape.

But this is not about me.

I will give credit to diabetes and poor genes here for a quick second and then no more. I will say it is feasible that in some it could play a roll.

But having been a personal trainer and having recently helped someone who had been struggling with weight for 20 years, I will say that i firmly believe one who wishes to get into better shame really can do it. But it is a slow painful process for the most part which has to be committed to.

My father for the past 10 years has been overweight. But he has started to face serious obesity. His main problem. He will finish his plate and then everyone elses.

He constantly said he wanted to change it, but he never would change his habits. I finally brought in my beautiful friend who my dad really liked and she shared with him her calorie counting guide and how she had once been overweight and by moderate exercise and good eaiting, she had lost 8 pounds a month.

My dad made a committment to try it.

Generally, you take the person's reasonable goal weight, let's say 175 for my 6 ft dad. Basically, the body needs your weight times 10 (in this case 1750 calories) to get by and another 20 percent to walk around, etc. (so 350). And then a bit more if you are doing exercise. So we allowed my dad 2200 calories a day. This was tough for him. He had obviously been eating a lot more.

But we worked hard on it and he has now dropped 30 pounds in the past 5 months and it has become a life style for him.

For years he blamed asthma and other body ailments.

But when he finally committed, he had some great success and I thought I would share it with you guys.

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      Daniel Christian 

      8 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      You are so welcome and I am very happy to hear about your success Mark!

      Daniel

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      markminer 

      8 years ago from Albany, Oregon

      I have to admit, that I am 5'7" and weight 180lbs. Some might think that it overweight for my height. And sometimes I do to. I choose to walk to work and walk home. I park further from the front entrance anywhere, and I take a lot of bike rides when going out into the public. My main fault is my eating habits. I used to not eat any breakfast or lunch, and then eat a sensible dinner. But then I would snack all night. But now, I eat a snack for breakfast, a snack for lunch, a sensible dinner, and then a sensible snack for bedtime. And I don't drink soda anymore. I have lost 15lbs in 22 days. Amazing. I feel so much better. Thanks for sharing festersporling1.

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      Daniel Christian 

      8 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Thanks Ang. He's doing great!

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      Daniel Christian 

      8 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Tim, it's a long term thing. If you routinely count calories over the course of a few months with some light exercise, walking, swimming, it's almost a guaranteed formula for success as long as there is no medical condition. Good luck my friend!

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      anglnwu 

      8 years ago

      Good advice on how to calculate how many calories one should have based on weight. Glad your dad is doing well with your guidance.

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      Priscilla Chan 

      8 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      I have been struggle with my weight too. I tell you,gained 15 lbs. when you hit 30 is not bad. Try gained 30 when you hit 50. It is so hard to lose any. I don't think counting calories will help me. I lost 20 lbs. once in one week because I limited my intake of calories but once you eat again, you gained it all back and more. I need some magic wand to make my fat go away! Thank you for the hub!

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      Daniel Christian 

      8 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Thanks Creativeone. Appreciate your feedback.

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      Daniel Christian 

      8 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Wow Winsome! Good catch and hilarious typo. I will fix it. :) Thanks for reading my hub.

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      benny Faye Douglass 

      8 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thank you for very helpful hub on self discipline and weight. Thanks for sharing. Godspeed,. creativeone59

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      Winsome 

      8 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      Hi FS, I sympathized with your Dad recently in "I'm Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" because, after all if it's on someone else's plate it doesn't count, right. =:) You inadvertently hit the nail on the head with your typo above: "I will say that i firmly believe one who wishes to get into better shame really can do it." =:) Best Wishes

    • festersporling1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Daniel Christian 

      8 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Thanks so much. Ya, it's been good for me. Because I see that really if you decide something and stick with it even when it's really difficult, it generally pays off.

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      IĆ°unn 

      8 years ago

      Congrats to your dad on his successful lifestyle change and kudos to you for inspiring him.

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