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marc's diet update

So a while back I wrote about Marc going on a diet. It's a 12 week thing, he's at around week 8. It basically goes until the end of January. But he made it through the holidays sticking to it which is awesome!

He's doing an HMR (Health Management Resources) program through a local hospital (Via Christi). They give him all the entrees he's allowed to eat, and he has to add fruits & veggies. There's a short list of allowable condiments. He eats about 1500 calories a day and tries to work out several times a week. He keeps track of everything he eats and attends a weekly group meeting with other people in the program, and a facilitator.

He's totally the star of his class and making everyone jealous with how much weight he's lost! He's got a lot going for him though. First, he's only 32, it's a lot easier to work with your metabolism in your 30s than your 50s. Second, he's male. Third, he has no major health issues to keep him from working out and being active. They give you a health club membership while you're in the program and he likes hitting the treadmill, so that's been good.

He's lost almost 50 pounds! I'd probably better not tell you what he weighed before... let's just say less than 300. He was overweight enough that doctors were concerned. Never really phased me though, I never really would have described him as obese, just sort of a big guy. I mean when you're 6'2" and broad-shouldered you're just going to be big. But he had put on weight since our wedding, I could see it in pictures, and I wanted to be very supportive of his diet.

I think he's going to enroll in a "phase II" of the program, but even if he was going to stop he's found some diet-y things that he can keep doing for a while. I mean sure, part of the diet involves cutting out all alcohol and I just don't see him doing that forever. But he has done some other good stuff like:

- Eats more than 5 fruits and vegetables a day. Favorites are salads with fat-free dressing and loads of bell peppers and tomatoes as topping, cans of fruit packed in water or fruit juice, and honeycrisp apples
- Looks at calories of what he's eating
- Totally switched up breakfast. He used to eat giant burrittos with eggs and cheese, now it's a can of peaches and a shake blended with banana. Or an egg white omelet with some salsa.

Last weekend we were at the zoo and I saw this picnic bench where we took a photo back in September-ish, so I had him sit there again for a "diet in progress" shot. Check him out:

Before:


After:


Same hotness, less man! I gotta say, I'm proud of him.

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tearsofthegods
Jan. 2nd, 2011 03:10 pm (UTC)
Wow, he's doing amazing! That's what? 50 pounds in 56 days? Incredible.

Roberts decided to start counting calories again and exercising with me once so many photos were taken of him for Christmas/New years. I hope he actually sticks with it.

But seriously though.... Great job Marc!
peacegood
Jan. 2nd, 2011 03:37 pm (UTC)
Marc is looking awesome!
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spacefem
Jan. 2nd, 2011 04:33 pm (UTC)
yeah, i've slacked lately. when he first started on the diet I tried to only eat really healthy, non-delicious foods around him. I mean delicious for me, but not tempting for him... like bean sprout and salsa sandwiches, or pasta tossed in olive oil. As the diet's worn on I'm like "screw it you're tough I gotta have a pizza". I was losing weight, and still breastfeeding the baby, and freaking hungry, so yeah. But it's been good.

I'm actually the one who brought the brochures home for the diet, but it was like a year ago. I didn't bug him about it after I initially said I'd support him, I really wanted him to do it himself because that's the only way to be successful.
lillerina
Jan. 2nd, 2011 03:55 pm (UTC)
He looks totally awesome. If he gets tired of hitting the treadmill he should go to Eastern Europe and move some steel sheep around for a bit, I guess they're pretty heavy.
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deana_in_texas
Jan. 3rd, 2011 05:55 pm (UTC)
Completely agree, though some of that could be the change in posture and lack of glasses. But he looks great, I'm impressed!
wig
Jan. 2nd, 2011 04:49 pm (UTC)
It's nice to see someone succeeding at their goal :-)
litlebanana
Jan. 2nd, 2011 04:53 pm (UTC)
That's amazing!

Just knowing how many calories are in what you're eating makes a huge difference, I think. In NYC, it seems like they're now forced to display calories on menus in chain restaurants and stuff. Did you know that a large popcorn at the movies is like 2000 calories??? I don't know how that's possible... I mean, it's all air!
feanelwa
Jan. 2nd, 2011 05:36 pm (UTC)
Air, covered in oil and sugar.
spacefem
Jan. 2nd, 2011 05:52 pm (UTC)
yeah, popcorn can be healthy!

I really never think about calories, marc's like obsessed with them now. When I look at a label I look at sodium, fiber and protein. Marc's always like, "damn this is 500 calories!" and I'm like "is that a lot?"
mrs_dragon
Jan. 2nd, 2011 06:20 pm (UTC)
I started looking at calories in high school, but I don't really bother with the other stuff too much. I kind of figure that as long as I'm eating a diverse diet with lots of fruits and veggies (which I'm better at some times than others) that'll even out. I rely on my body to let me know if I'm missing something via craving.
mrs_dragon
Jan. 2nd, 2011 06:16 pm (UTC)
Air and lots and lots and lots of butter!

I think the calorie displays are a federal legislation as well, but they have until X date to comply and X date hasn't come yet. I'm seeing them more and more places.
season
Jan. 2nd, 2011 05:12 pm (UTC)
Congrats to him. Also, I love his expression in the second photo. It screams "I'm sexy, damnit"

feanelwa
Jan. 2nd, 2011 05:38 pm (UTC)
Whoa, that's an amazing amount of change. Go Marc!
njntrubl
Jan. 2nd, 2011 06:14 pm (UTC)
LOL. Thanks everyone. It's been rough but the diet is getting easier now that the holidays are over. I've still got a month to go and may continue for another 3 months.

-marc
humaazul
Jan. 2nd, 2011 06:51 pm (UTC)
You look awesome. In person too. I can totally tell a difference in person.
njntrubl
Jan. 2nd, 2011 07:10 pm (UTC)
thx!! it was great to see you!
mrs_dragon
Jan. 2nd, 2011 06:18 pm (UTC)
That's awesome! Go Marc! : )
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tequiladawn
Jan. 2nd, 2011 09:16 pm (UTC)
I kept looking at the 'after' pic thinking "somethings just not right..."

Its the hat. He looks weird to me without a hat.
njntrubl
Jan. 3rd, 2011 03:10 am (UTC)
lol...indeed
aliki
Jan. 2nd, 2011 09:55 pm (UTC)
Wow! You can really see the difference in his cheeks.
rottenfruit
Jan. 2nd, 2011 11:24 pm (UTC)
He looks hot! Hope ya don't mind me sayin. :)
spacefem
Jan. 3rd, 2011 01:13 am (UTC)
lol not at all, he can't help being hot!
jennyrhill
Jan. 3rd, 2011 12:00 am (UTC)
So awesome! I've had a kind of dramatic weight loss this past year myself, so I'm kind of in the same boat as he is. Glad he found something that works for him and that he's enjoying the success!
selltick
Jan. 3rd, 2011 07:51 am (UTC)
Yay! That's very impressive an your support and acceptance the whole way is great. He's looking amazing, can imagine how much healthier hes feeling! Hes done and is doing super well! Go Marc!
olithered
Jan. 3rd, 2011 10:46 am (UTC)
Wow and well done!
smittenbyu
Jan. 3rd, 2011 07:41 pm (UTC)
that's just wonderful!! he is looking great!
astrogeek01
Jan. 3rd, 2011 11:44 pm (UTC)
Wow, awesome for him! Go Marc!
rawbery79
Jan. 4th, 2011 08:10 pm (UTC)
Nicely done, Marc! He's also oozing confidence in the second picture, which helps.
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