BFL Start: 2/13/13 (15 weeks)
Male - Age: 52
Height: 5' 11
Starting weight: 195
Current weight: 180
Target weight: 170
I started BFL on Feb 13 - Ash Wednesday. My goal was to do it for Lent and then do it for an additional 40 days after that but I'm continuing 100+ days into it. Sorry I won't share pics - I'm modest. I've lost 15 lbs in 15 weeks and feel great and look pretty good. I can actually see my abs again. My wife is just a bit shocked by it all. I'm going to look pretty good at the beach July 4th week during week 20.
Some advice ...
-Follow the food advice - but eat more fruit than what BFL says
-Follow the work-outs pretty closely - except the HIIT
Threadstone, very good advice not only to starters, but those with multiple challenges under their belts.
I'm 49 and finished C1 back in early April. Went from 212 to 194 which I was generally pleased with, but still plenty of work to do. I had posted my pics shortly after on this thread. I am like you that I hope to see my abs soon. The HIITs and hitting my 10s made a big difference but diet discipline is the key. THis time around, I have cut out wheat bread and pasta completely. Just started reading "Wheat Belly" and it is an eye-opener. Glad to see someone else likes the rotisserie chicken. Had it at lunch myself with an apple - NO SAMMICH.
Congatulations on you successul transformation and keep going strong!!
You said you can actually see your abs but you aren't in adequate shape enough to do Hiit cardio? I wouldn't suggest skipping the cardio to anyone starting out. Unless someone is hundreds of pounds overweight or has been advised not to do cardio by a doctor, there's no reason to skip it as it is very important. This is a good post with helpful tips, but I just feel it is important to coment on that one thing.
People have different 10's. In the book it says your level 5 might be walking up a flight of stairs. That used to be my 10. I mean I started out with a belly like santa clause and had really weak muscles. I feel like the cardio improved my life very significantly. I couldn't ride my bike around the corner for a pack of smokes at the beginning of this year. Last week, I rode a total of 90 miles. I ride 30 miles in one trip like nothing! It feels so awesome. I did it all as a smoker, too. I am trying to quit. I just keep thinking about how much better I can ride without it. But anyway, don't short-change yourself by skipping the cardio! It keeps your heart healthy, too.
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