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  • Re: HCM Biggest Loser Contest

    You all did great!!! I lost one pound:

    Start 162
    End 161

    I've notice inches lost though from working out, clothes fit better. Will still keep trying...
    Mer

    Diagnosed 09/2009 @51 yrs old- HCOM
    Myectomy 2/17/2011
    Son & Daughter no findings as of yet (echos)
    No family history determined yet -- 1 sister, 2 brothers & extended family.

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    • Re: HCM Biggest Loser Contest

      Final Results!!!!

      If my math is right, which is a huge question mark, I show Judy to have the greatest total weight loss at 12.8 pounds (4.4%) and Marc to have the largest percentage weight loss (5.1%). I straggled in with 11 pounds and 5.09%. Other honorable mentions include Jim at 2.8% and MCruz (.6%). JLaurie held her own with a lot going on and is already way ahead of most of us on total body weight (to the downside that is).

      Some suggest keeping the thread going, and I am okay with that. I have decided that I am no longer on a diet, but will instead keep the same eating habits I have developed this summer indefinately and see how far it takes me. I suspect that I will reach an equalibrium somewhere along the way and will just have to see if that point is a healthy weight. I will continue to post as long as others do.

      As Judy said, this stuff is not easy. Anyone who says it is easy is in my opinion probably a horticulturalist from Northern California who is smoking too much of his own crop. But as these modest results show here, however, it can be done with a lot of patience.

      thanks to all who participated and contributed. If I missed anyone's final number, I apologize for the same.

      Jeff
      Jall

      Diagnosed with unobstructed HCM in 2004 after a bad experience playing tennis
      Graduated to obstructed HCM by Dec, 2008.

      Life outside of HCM: Law, Photography, Tennis, Music, raising kids and camping

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      • Re: HCM Biggest Loser Contest

        Hello

        I have reset myself, I should be out walking or doing something but my feet are a little sore from work today. I need new shoes. I now have a smart phone with a weight watchers type app on it. It keeps track of my points, and the cool thing is that I use the scanner and it will tell me the point values from the bar code, being a single guy TV dinners work great for me. If I do not know the points of what I am about to eat I will start taking pictures to remind myself what I have or have not done.

        I did look at sparkpeople and a few others but decided to stick with the weight watchers type stuff. I am also going to get an activity app to keep track of calories burned. I just have to DO IT! I turn 50 soon and want to look and feel better, that cycling across Iowa is great but I need to slim down so I can have more fun. I am going to try and average over a half pound a week, cause I am thinking slow and steady is the way to go. It is gratifying to see other people have some success on this.

        My vote to end the greatest loser contest part deux is Dec 23rd.

        Scott
        Every day is a present I was diagnosed when I was 38, I have asthma which made me assume it was ashtma, getting old, and being about 30 lbs over what I should be. I have days when I would rather not know. Myectomy club 3Jan06 CCF, my life is so much better!!!!

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          Start 233
          End 215

          I have no idea how to calculate percentage, but I started like a month late because I was waiting to start cardiac rehab before I got going and that started later than expected due to you get a set amount of weeks and if you miss any, they just extend your weeks, so whoever was in my spot before me must have missed some days and extended. Anyway I finally got in and somewhere around that time I noticed this thread about losing weight and joined in. I didn't want to track myself very closely because I was afraid going slow would be depressing, even tho I know it's safer to go pretty slow. The first month I didn't weigh in at all, but when I finally had the nerve to weigh in I was pleased enough with the results to ask the intake nurse what my start weight was (I had no idea but I figured it would upset me to know it) and now that I know my numbers I am jumping on the scale daily, which I hope I get tired of doing soon because it kind of still bothers me.

          Anyway, I am going to keep going clear into next summer at the rate I'm going because I want to end up around 160 lbs by next July and what I'm doing seems to work (so far) at least for losing it. When it comes to maintaining it, that will be another story I guess, but I'll cross that bridge when I get to it. Meanwhile I'm consulting my trainer and my dietician about ways to make sure maintenance works as well as losing it seems to.

          Aside from whatever % I lost, my jeans have gone from being tight to being able to put on or take off without undoing the button, which is really a fun thing. I love the way all my clothes feel so loose on my body now. I am determined not to buy clothes until next summer, so I guess I may have to duct tape some on by the time they are falling off to avoid arrest... but anyway my 1X and XL stuff is getting pretty loose and I figure I'll just try to by-pass L altogether and I plan to buy more clothes when I can get M, which will be really fun and those will see me thru to my eventual goal weight, whatever that turns out to be.

          Anyone can see my food diary or my exercise diary if you want to see what I'm doing.
          Deedee
          Major Contributor
          Last edited by Deedee; 09-07-2011, 06:13 PM.
          »-(¯`·.·´¯)-> HCMA LOVES YOUR HEART <-(¯`·.·´¯)-«
          Murmur detected in childhood (3rd gen, 3 clear siblings)
          Chronic dyspnea, dizziness & palpitations (21+)
          Echocardiogram showing 3X thicknesses 2000
          Cardiac CT 2009 no significant obstruction or plaque (Yay!)
          Cardiac MRI 2010 showing septal scarring (Boo!)
          Verapamil 280mg a day (metoprolol starved extremities)
          ICD MAR 2010 - Canadian Trials St. Jude FORTIFY

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          • Re: HCM Biggest Loser Contest

            DeeDee: Great results. I calculated percentages by taking the total weight loss (18 pounds for you!) and dividing that by the starting weight, so you have lost 7.7% of your body weight. Way to go. That was better than the rest of the bunch, even with a late start.

            I agree that the best payoff for dropping weight is in how your cloths fit, or being able to fit into clothes that you previously could not. And like you, I have a long term target (172lbs) which I hope to reach before next April which is my 52nd birthday. I figure its now or never.

            Continue to share your great progress and tips.

            Jeff
            Jall

            Diagnosed with unobstructed HCM in 2004 after a bad experience playing tennis
            Graduated to obstructed HCM by Dec, 2008.

            Life outside of HCM: Law, Photography, Tennis, Music, raising kids and camping

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            • Re: HCM Biggest Loser Contest

              Again - Thanks Jeff for spearheading this, and to all who shared their weight, goals, technique, and tried. Ounce or Pound, lose or gain, We're all better for it!
              Marc
              Diagnosed @ 48
              Saw Dr. Michael Debakey @ age 5 - "He's fine, just a little noisy"
              Father to 3 boys 22, 25, 29 (all currently clear - pending genetics)
              AICD - Valentines Day '08, Spark Plug replaced 11/14
              After much research, I had a Myectomy @ Mayo for my 50th Birthday '08
              Quietly going insane . . .

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              • Re: HCM Biggest Loser Contest

                I don't know if everyone was serious about continuing this thread, but I will start. Today I weighed in at 273.8. I was astounded that I lost anything this week due to many big meals, but I'll take it anyway.

                JudyA
                Dx Dec 2005 - HOCM with gradient of 80at rest, provokable to 150. Alcohol Ablation on Dec 22, 2005.
                Echos in April 2007 shows 0 gradient at rest, but gradient of 100 on provocation

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                • Re: HCM Biggest Loser Contest

                  Judy, I was 204 this morning and am still eeking out about a pound a week. I will continue to post but may not do so every week.

                  Jeff
                  Jall

                  Diagnosed with unobstructed HCM in 2004 after a bad experience playing tennis
                  Graduated to obstructed HCM by Dec, 2008.

                  Life outside of HCM: Law, Photography, Tennis, Music, raising kids and camping

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                  • Re: HCM Biggest Loser Contest

                    I'm 213 this week - so a nice even 20 lbs down so far. Cardiac Rehab asked me to take a 4K (2.5 mile) walk this week and it took me a few days to get around to it because I was a bit nervous it would hurt my feet a lot - but I finally did it and it was fine. The next day I even took a 1.2 mile "mini" walk that was even easier (virtually no pain at ALL after) and both walks were about a 2.5 pace, which is not fast - but for me, it's what I'm comfortable doing right now outside. It feels sort of fast to me outside, I don't know why.

                    On the treadmill I am up to 3.3 and I do not know why I can go faster inside, but for some reason I just can right now. I am going to get addicted to walking I think... I can sort of feeling it coming on (LOL) the ocean side scenery is just too nice to walk around in, and I even hit up the marina and go down the docks - although I tend to slow down and stare at boats when I do, it's all good as long as I'm out there doing it!

                    I'm a little more than halfway thru cardiac rehab now and already everyone that was there when I started has graduated and gone. I think I'm going to cry my eyes out when it's time for me to leave. Not only because it's changed my life, but because I'll be scared of being on my own and trying to make sure I stay motivated and keep going until I reach my weight goal next summer and my fitness goal next fall (when I hope to run a 5K) all from this past spring when I was mostly stuck in bed with black feet and too out of breath to do much of anything.

                    I'm going to feather in some bike riding as well as walks this fall just to keep things interesting. Even tho someone stole my nice comfortable city street bike, I'll have to make due with my mountain bike. I could sit straight up on my city bike and I have to lean over the bars on the mountain bike so that used to really tire out my arms, but I've been doing weight training with my arms at rehab, so I figure maybe I can get back on a regular bike and it'll be okay... I'll be working on it in any case. I'll check back in - especially when I get to 30 lbs. Every 10 actually takes quite a bit of time, so maybe a month.

                    I've been struggling a bit eating my full 1500 calories too. Especially if I do 500 calories of exercise, I'm supposed to eat 2000 those days and I just don't. I'm scared to. Everyone says for sure to eat back the exercise calories, but it's just mentally tough to do it. When you're losing weight, it's hard to change ANYTHING because you get afraid you'll break whatever it is that's finally working. I just hope I don't screw this up. Anyone can lose, but maintaining is supposedly MUCH harder to do - and I think the reason for that is because of the way people used to drop the weight. So if I'm not doing it right, it'll make maintenance that much harder. So I know I'm not doing it PERFECTLY but I hope I'm doing it "good enough" to succeed, long term.
                    »-(¯`·.·´¯)-> HCMA LOVES YOUR HEART <-(¯`·.·´¯)-«
                    Murmur detected in childhood (3rd gen, 3 clear siblings)
                    Chronic dyspnea, dizziness & palpitations (21+)
                    Echocardiogram showing 3X thicknesses 2000
                    Cardiac CT 2009 no significant obstruction or plaque (Yay!)
                    Cardiac MRI 2010 showing septal scarring (Boo!)
                    Verapamil 280mg a day (metoprolol starved extremities)
                    ICD MAR 2010 - Canadian Trials St. Jude FORTIFY

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                    • Re: HCM Biggest Loser Contest

                      Deedee

                      You are doing awesome!!

                      Scott
                      Every day is a present I was diagnosed when I was 38, I have asthma which made me assume it was ashtma, getting old, and being about 30 lbs over what I should be. I have days when I would rather not know. Myectomy club 3Jan06 CCF, my life is so much better!!!!

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                      • Re: HCM Biggest Loser Contest

                        OK, so................
                        I've been reading this thread for awhile and looking at myself in the mirror and saying "i really got to do that". I saw my HCM specialist last month and got a good scolding (it was deserved and I swear the scale lied). When I mentioned that I didn't understand how this had happened I all but laughed at myself. So I weighed myself on Monday morning and the scale continues to lie. Today I bit the bullet and joined a wellness center. It is a .25 mile from my home, if that. They do a $40 month to month. At 10am this morning, I was the youngest (and fattest) person there. I used the treadmill and recumbant bike for starters. No pressure in that place to perform and I liked it. I exercised for a whopping 22 minutes at pretty low settings.

                        So here is my question, after I work up to a higher resistance on the bike and faster speed on the treadmill (my target is where I was during cardiac rehab and I've got a way to go to reach that), should I do a longer session once a day or 2 - 20 minute sessions twice a day? I hate to exercise because I hate to sweat. Sweating is as nasty as puking in my book, but I'm ready to bite the bullet. I'm all ears for those of you who have been doing this for awhile.

                        And by the way, I think those who have posted their weights, I applaud you. I will not be doing that, just posting the lost pounds (and hopefully not the gain).

                        L
                        Onward and Upward !

                        Diagnosed 4/07 HCM with fixed & dynamic obstruction
                        Myectomy with resected cordonae tendonae 4/08 CCF
                        ICD 10/08

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                          I've not posted in quite a while I weighed in day before yesterday at 176! Back in February I was 216. Biggest thing was ditching the soda. I've kinda let it sneak back in this semester because Research Methods at 0900 is closer to torture than it ought to be. I have found the best sleep aide in the world my Research Methods textbook within 15min that book has me knocked out don't matter what time of day. I'm very active at work my last 8 hour walker post I walked 28,886 steps or 11.3 miles. Now Halloween Horror Nights is upon us and I can say good bye to my life for a month and a half. My PT ends on Tuesday and so does my weekly exercise. I have a gym membership but I never go. It seems unless I have an appointment then I don't exercise. I'm thinking about asking the cardio about cardiac rehab again because I'm not entirely sure what my target HR should be my rehab was when I was 23 and Deedee I was in it for a year and a half. Everytime I would get stable enough to graduate I'd start a run of v-tach and get to start over again.

                          Congrats to all who are going on the tough road to health. I can tell you it is worth it. 21lbs until I will be at my ideal weight! Can't imagine what I will look like!

                          Mary

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                          • Re: HCM Biggest Loser Contest

                            Well if Mary had been posting regularly, it looks like she would have blown all the regualar participants away in our little contest. Going from 216 to 176 is what I want to do, but thus far have only gotten to 203--and hit a plateau, which is a topic I want to briefly address because it kind of answers Linda's question. Over the years, I have noticed that if you try and lose weight that it never comes of in a straight linear fashion, but rather you drop for a while and then stop and after weeks might start to lose again, or might give up and start going the other way. Having hit one of those plateaus, I did some reading and learned a couple of things.

                            From what I read, people plateau for several reasons. When you get into an exercize regime, your body cleverly learns how to do the routine more efficiently over time, and hence if do the same routine, you burn less calories. Hence I think there is great value in doing lots of different routines and constantly mixing things up (walk, bike, light weights, etc.). So for Linda, I would find as many different things that you can safely do and keep mixing it up. I don't know, however, if you can ever burn a whole of calories without some sweat. God put sweat glands on us for a reason. It can't be all bad. Second, when you run consistent calorie deficits, and your body can't get any more efficient in periods of activity, it depresses your metabolism when you are not active to make up the deficit. Genetically, we are wired to survive in periods of famine. I guess it is a hold over from times when there was not a Burger King on every corner. So I wonder if spacing out days of light eating with a few days where you eat exactly what you burn might not help. Or I have heard of some people who fast for a day every week or two weeks. And many plateaus come from "leaks" in our diet where we are simply consuming more calories that we think.

                            I am fighting through a big plateau now. I have basically written out a list of about ten things to try to break through (different food habits to give up or adopt) and will try them one at a time to see if they work. Since it supposedly takes about 90 days to effectively break an old habit, or adopt a new one, I a resigned to the fact that this will take time. As an example, I had been enjoying a glass of wine or two in the evening. My new habit is to not do that Monday to Friday. At 200 calories per day, that is an extra 1000 calories or a third of a pound. Maybe more if you consider the cheese/crackers. If that does not get me to breakthrough, I will try the next thing on the list. Who knows, maybe I will even start eating Lisa's menu items.

                            Jeff
                            Jall

                            Diagnosed with unobstructed HCM in 2004 after a bad experience playing tennis
                            Graduated to obstructed HCM by Dec, 2008.

                            Life outside of HCM: Law, Photography, Tennis, Music, raising kids and camping

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                            • Re: HCM Biggest Loser Contest

                              Mary - wtg on getting so near your goal, that is fantastic. I really want to see pics for inspiration!

                              I did slower this past month than before... now down to 211 so that's my 3 month effort. 4 lbs in a month is a nice sustainable amount to drop, but it feels like a plateau after August, which was quite a bit more at once, but like you say - it seems to drop in fits and starts.

                              I too was trying to find info and I came across some bodybuilders discussing something called carb cycling. Have a look at that if you want to let me know what you think.

                              I will endeavor to mix up my workouts more... can do... great tip.

                              Cardiac rehab has also done wonders for my semi-frozen left arm since the ICD surgery 18 months ago after which I didn't move it enough... now I feel more confident than ever that I will get back on a tennis court... it's great to have that to hope for instead of a few months ago, when I had mostly given up on the whole idea.
                              Deedee
                              Major Contributor
                              Last edited by Deedee; 10-01-2011, 03:18 AM.
                              »-(¯`·.·´¯)-> HCMA LOVES YOUR HEART <-(¯`·.·´¯)-«
                              Murmur detected in childhood (3rd gen, 3 clear siblings)
                              Chronic dyspnea, dizziness & palpitations (21+)
                              Echocardiogram showing 3X thicknesses 2000
                              Cardiac CT 2009 no significant obstruction or plaque (Yay!)
                              Cardiac MRI 2010 showing septal scarring (Boo!)
                              Verapamil 280mg a day (metoprolol starved extremities)
                              ICD MAR 2010 - Canadian Trials St. Jude FORTIFY

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                              • Re: HCM Biggest Loser Contest

                                Minus 3. I am pleased !
                                Onward and Upward !

                                Diagnosed 4/07 HCM with fixed & dynamic obstruction
                                Myectomy with resected cordonae tendonae 4/08 CCF
                                ICD 10/08

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