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19 hours ago, joewilly12 said:

I recently lost 6 lbs. 

Cut back on the junk food and the beer. 

Didn't quit it but consume less. 

Cant do the whole wheat bread thing. 

Other than giving you a bit more fiber, doesn't really make much difference from a good loaf made with white flour.  Carbs are carbs.  Just look for bread made with a few simple ingredients and free of additional sweeteners or preservatives.  And cut back on the amount of other carbs in a day when you consume bread.

The French have it right as their baguette is, by law, to only have flour, salt, yeast and water as ingredients.

Congrats on the weight loss. 

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On 5/19/2021 at 1:55 PM, Jetsfan80 said:

 

 

Masterbation is good.  But I'm proof positive that masterbation with too much reliance on porn tends to be dangerous for our brains.  I freely admit my porn addiction and my efforts to overcome it.  Finally finding some victory in the last few months.  

Why dangerous to brain?

and how much is too much?

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1 hour ago, batman10023 said:

Why dangerous to brain?

and how much is too much?

It fundamentally changes the way you view women and sex; operates like any addictive substance (too much dopamine), can destroy intimacy you experience with others due to the prism through which you view the world.  You start to operate in a “fantasy world” where any situation with an attractive woman (or even not so attractive women and men) can be sexualized in your brain.  This happens with or without your realization it’s happening and directly impacts your behavior as a result.

This only really impacts truly addicted people who have been in that state for years, and so how much porn is too much varies depending on situation.  But for me once daily or even 4-5x a week was more than enough to cause me a lot of problems.  Once the neural pathways in the brain are used to that regular dopamine fix that comes with the addictive pattern, you’re in trouble.  

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On 8/25/2021 at 12:24 AM, Jetsfan80 said:

It fundamentally changes the way you view women and sex; operates like any addictive substance (too much dopamine), can destroy intimacy you experience with others due to the prism through which you view the world.  You start to operate in a “fantasy world” where any situation with an attractive woman (or even not so attractive women and men) can be sexualized in your brain.  This happens with or without your realization it’s happening and directly impacts your behavior as a result.

This only really impacts truly addicted people who have been in that state for years, and so how much porn is too much varies depending on situation.  But for me once daily or even 4-5x a week was more than enough to cause me a lot of problems.  Once the neural pathways in the brain are used to that regular dopamine fix that comes with the addictive pattern, you’re in trouble.  

that's interesting.  i have heard that - but mostly from the side of anti porn activists.

the dopamine fix causes lots of issues - video games are another one.

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On 8/27/2021 at 6:12 PM, batman10023 said:

that's interesting.  i have heard that - but mostly from the side of anti porn activists.

the dopamine fix causes lots of issues - video games are another one.

And our phones.

No matter where it is you get it from, too much dopamine is a problem.  It is strongly linked to anxiety and depression.  And everything in the digital category is designed to get us addicted, fueled by information we provide with every button tap.  It's an uphill battle for all of us and we are rarely aware its happening.

Like everything else, moderation (and an occasional several days/weeks break or detox when needed) is important.

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On 6/6/2021 at 11:32 PM, Jetsfan80 said:

Weighed in at 276 today.  At my peak (late March) I was hovering around 300 lbs.  

I want the weight loss to go faster but I'm headed in the right direction.  

Hopefully one day a few months or a year or so from now I'll be able to start a "No more Mr Fat Guy, Redux" thread like @Jet_Engine1's.  :)

 

On 8/18/2021 at 12:48 AM, Jetsfan80 said:

Update:  Down to 249 lbs per my weigh in today.  I've lost 45 pounds since late March.  


Update:  Weighed in today at 235!

 25-30 more and my BMI will be in the “green”.  My goal is to get there by the end of 2022 if not sooner.  

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Dear Ann Landers,

The wife went on a post thanksgiving baking binge.  My sales people are sending me gift baskets in an attempt to get me to give out fat bonuses.   

Up about 7 pounds.  Feel like a slug.  Thinking about going on a diet one week out from Christmas and New Years.  With the virus blowing up I just want to sit home and eat cake.  The g*d dam virus attacks fat cells.  

Best,

Fat, depressed and pissed off in CT.  

PS  the fat bonuses are in the mail

 

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On 5/20/2021 at 1:52 PM, Jetsfan80 said:

In my case, I knew a great deal about nutrition.  I just didn't follow through with the advice.  At every turn I failed to treat food as fuel.  Instead it was all about taste and getting as much sugar as possible.  My relationship with food was unhealthy in every way.

You must always have compassion for obese people because we all are fighting an uphill battle, even the healthy people.  Nearly all food in this country that is not fresh is designed to get us addicted, with almost no regard for actual nutritional value.  It's all about finding the right combination of sugar, salt and fat to get us hooked.  

I'm still obese but I'm making strides.  I was well over 300 during the height of the pandemic (and was also gaining weight at an alarming pace well before then).  As of last week I was down to 282 and am continuing to drop.  I don't own a digital scale currently (which also demonstrates how unhealthy I've been, lol), but will get one and start to track my weight more diligently.  

You and I seem to have a lot in common. You aren't me when I take ambien, are you?

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