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Re-introduction of sorts

Discussion in 'Introductions & Advice For Beginners' started by lordkovacs, Dec 3, 2015.

  1. lordkovacs

    lordkovacs Well-Known Member

    Feb 12, 2004
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    Hi all...

    If you see my join date (2004), I've been back and forth on this site since very soon after its inception. I can say in all honesty that, back then, it was a huge part of my success. Back in 2005 (I lurked for a bit before finally taking the plunge) I weighed 255lbs., was constantly tired, didn't have confidence, and was bordering on depression. After meeting people here and enlisting their help, things turned around. I lost 80lbs., got down to 10%BF, ran a half marathon, did my PT cert and THOUGHT I'd never look back.

    I was wrong.

    Two kids later and countless excuses, the weight has crept back a big. I'm not back to the 255 lbs, but am north of 200, closing in on 220lbs. I have tried to start but, for whatever excuse I came up with at the time, I just never got back, really. But now, and having read John's article on Excuses, I am ready. And what's more, I have a partner to do this with--my wife!

    I am planning to turn my garage once again into a fitness studio, a place where we can feel comfortable and make it our home base of sorts. I used to have a similar set up in my basement, until I sold all my stuff having told myself I didn't have the room any longer with kids -- excuses, excuses.

    I am starting to turn the garage this weekend. Here is starting equipment:

    - olympic bar and plates
    - adjustable db's and plates (can't afford set of hex yet)
    - treadmill (I already have one that is very, very good quality)
    - power rack
    - adjustable bench
    - BOSU -- already have one

    We will be buying flooring, but looking for suggestions for something economical -- those squares sold at fitness stores really add up! I do have 4x8' plywood to put underneath the power rack. Ideas?

    I also have stereo, mounted tv/dvd and wall mirrors that I can install once I finish painting. I'll send pics after.

    Anyway, glad to be back and hopefully for good.


  2. volleyball

    volleyball Pickled

    May 29, 2004
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    Welcome back!

    Regarding flooring, I've found that the 4' x 6', 3/4" thick horse stall mats at farm supply stores (in the States, places like Tractor Supply or Family Farm and Fleet) are very resonable -- often as cheap as $24.99 when on sale. They work great! :tu:
  3. Seltzer

    Seltzer Elite Member

    Apr 29, 2005
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    Welcome back and I wish you and your wife success!
  4. phillydude

    phillydude Don't Never Give Up.

    May 23, 2005
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    +1 on the stall mats... but unless you have a heavy duty vehicle, you'll probably only want to buy/transport one at a a time... they weigh around 100lbs and it's a workout just getting them from point A to point B!

    Welcome back!
  5. FreeYouNow

    FreeYouNow New Member

    May 29, 2016
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    Hi Mike, when you lost all that weight the first time, and got in shape, what were your main motivators?

    Was it to run the half-marathon? To get PT certified?

    Just curious what your "Why" was at that time, and what it is now.


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