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Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Topic Author's Original Post - Apr 9, 2013 - 12:21am PT
That is what I am working on. Hope to show up in The Valley in the best shape of my life. 40 pounds lighter and ready to send.

I am thinking of that line by Yoda in Star Wars.
"Do, or do not, there is no try"

Plaid

MisterE

Social climber
Apr 9, 2013 - 12:25am PT
That is what I am working on. Hope to show up in The Valley in the best shape of my life. 40 pounds lighter and ready to send.

I am thinking of that line by Yoda in Star Wars.
"Do, or do not, there is no try"

Plaid

Dude, your math sucks unless you are a freakishly skinny midget.

You have lost forty pounds, and are half the man you used to be.

That necessitates a weight of 80 pounds BEFORE YOU STARTED YOUR WEIGHT LOSS.

Maybe that is why I didn't see you last year at Facelift - I wasn't looking low enough?
ms55401

Trad climber
minneapolis, mn
Apr 9, 2013 - 12:42am PT
I like it. Paring weight usually pays huge dividends.
Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 9, 2013 - 12:55am PT
It's not literal. It might as well be half of what I am now. Really chunky.
I gained a bunch of weight and need to shed the tonage.
When I do, I am going to float up some really cool stuff.
Been dreaming about the Steck Salathe. Gotta be thin to get through The Narrows.....
I'd really rather not get stuck in there.

Plaid
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Apr 9, 2013 - 01:03am PT
Plaidman, I've found that getting in your best shape takes time. Creating a diet you eat on a daily basis that is healthy is super important.

Then, figuring out an exercise plan that includes the things you love to do such as rock climbing, backpacking, hiking, kayaking, biking, swimming....

The MOST important thing is taking a simple plan and then DOING it. What's super great is this may take time, but you are creating a lifestyle for yourself that will last.

Cheering yo on. lynnie
Dr.Sprock

Boulder climber
I'm James Brown, Bi-atch!
Apr 9, 2013 - 01:06am PT
just hike over the Hindu Kush and then the Sahara like Alexander the Great, then get poisoned on some MD 20/20,
moosedrool

climber
Stair climber, lost, far away from Poland
Apr 9, 2013 - 01:11am PT
Alex the Great lost 40 pounds???
Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 9, 2013 - 02:15am PT
I have got a meal plan and learning how to eat right. Working with a coach. I am not doing this on my own. My wife is doing this with me too. I have help. Working on better habits. It's gunna happen all I have to do is DO IT.

In good health now. Passed my physical. I was really just eating like crap.
Never felt better after I stopped eating junk.
Still was climbing and humping loads when needed. Just have to be a whole lot lighter.

Plaid
Captain...or Skully

climber
Apr 9, 2013 - 08:05am PT
Remember that muscle is heavier than fat. ;-)
justthemaid

climber
Jim Henson's Basement
Apr 9, 2013 - 08:16am PT
Meh.. that means this extra large I *heart* CHOSS shirt I got for you will look like a circus tent on your frame by Sept. I'll reorder a Med. ;)

Fer real.. good on you. I'm with ya. Cut the crap out of my diet and get in fighting shape for a great year of climbing.
Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 9, 2013 - 08:30am PT
Thx Maid- I'm gitt'in done!

Sick and tired of being sick and tired.

Now to get to work.

Plaid
Captain...or Skully

climber
Apr 9, 2013 - 08:34am PT
Will you still be large enough to display you jaunty tartan? Or just a square or two? ;-)

edit:Now now, there, Randisi.
Randisi

Social climber
Dalian, Liaoning
Apr 9, 2013 - 08:59am PT
Yoda's wrong.

Of course there's such a thing as try.

Trying and not doing and not trying and not doing are very different things.

Why do people like this quote so much?

How else are you going to learn?
moosedrool

climber
Stair climber, lost, far away from Poland
Apr 9, 2013 - 09:53am PT
'coz if you try and don't do it you are not trying enough, and it will weaken your will if you fail. Prepare yourself for a difficult task before you start. For me, it takes a few weeks to months of mental preparation. For example. When I wanted to stop smoking (27 years of pack/day), I set a date a few months ahead and I thought, visualized, and dreamed about it. When the day came, I quited smoking cold turkey for a full day! Kidding, I quited for a few years. The stress after those few years made me to start smoking again for another few years, but I quit again and haven't smoked for 6 years now. I do the same mental preparations for getting off medications, fasting for 10 days, or starting excercising.

That's how I understand Yoda's words. (If you want to jump over a big hole, you don't try it half way, right?)

I hope it helps ;)

Good luck!
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Apr 9, 2013 - 09:59am PT
You can lose weight by doing nothing, it takes real work to put it back on.

Beware the Narrows, my partner got stuck in them 1.5 years ago and took 1.5 hrs to follow the pitch. Pretty much wasted him.
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Apr 9, 2013 - 10:11am PT
Though you're excited about a new diet and weight loss presently, train you mind to see this as your new way of living. The same way you don't drink anymore, and don't even think about it anymore, is the way you have to think about foods you used to commonly eat. Chips, soft drinks, fast food, the Pizza Deck, all empty calories filled only with fat and sugar and lay on the road back to the old you.
You can do this, I know you can.
Randisi

Social climber
Dalian, Liaoning
Apr 9, 2013 - 10:27am PT
So Moosedrool, a musician who is trying to learn a difficult piece of music and making slow progress is going to lose his will because it is slow and difficult?

You seem to ignore the existence of the learning curve.
moosedrool

climber
Stair climber, lost, far away from Poland
Apr 9, 2013 - 10:33am PT
Mark, it is interesting that it works for you.

I think quite often about the things I quited. I smile and think, I don't need it anymore. It actualy gives me some pleasure.

But maybe I am just weird that way ;)
moosedrool

climber
Stair climber, lost, far away from Poland
Apr 9, 2013 - 10:36am PT
Not at all Randisi! The musician is learning, not trying to learn.
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Apr 9, 2013 - 10:42am PT
I think about them, and actually fondly, but with no desire.
moosedrool

climber
Stair climber, lost, far away from Poland
Apr 9, 2013 - 10:44am PT
Yep, Mark. me too.
Edge

Trad climber
New Durham, NH
Apr 9, 2013 - 10:53am PT
April 2009: 245#
April 2010: 232#
April 2011: 210#
April 2012: 200#
Today: 189#

So worth it.
Gunkie

Trad climber
East Coast US
Apr 9, 2013 - 11:20am PT
I thought this was a thread about kneeboarding.

Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Apr 9, 2013 - 11:41am PT
Yoda can wrong be?
moosedrool

climber
Stair climber, lost, far away from Poland
Apr 9, 2013 - 11:44am PT
Yoda wrong is never.
Captain...or Skully

climber
Apr 9, 2013 - 11:47am PT
Perspective is All.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Apr 9, 2013 - 11:48am PT
Edge, my congratulations. That's really great.

My curve is like April of 2010--245. Two years later last April, 185 +/-, and still there, but more minus.

My current project is to get my upper body stronger than it ever was.

We used to toss around the term strength-to-weight ratio in Camp 4, when we thought about training, which was seldom. We thought more about climbing, in general.

It's interesting that several many of the older guys hereabouts fall into the Donini mold, the Ron Kauk mold, if you will, where they never were not fit and dialed in. This includes, honorably, the dudes and ladies who have had injuries which have barred them from truly feeling fit or close to 100%.

And then there's the slobs (raising my hand, here, Zumba-boss-lady) who've dropped their guidebooks, if you will, and lost their way in fast foodism, Bud-ism, and overindulgence in BACON and other necessities. Divorce, child support, more booze, it's killer, boys and girls, so keep fit and live each day like it's your last.

The last mail Rick Sylvester sent he was on about Crossfit training and how he's now up to five pull-ups. He barely made ONE when he started, and it wasn't that long ago. We know how Rick is when he gets his teeth into something.

So, Edge, and all the rest of us fitness hackers, I don't know your ages, but Rick's like Jim's age. We can do this.

No more jokin' 'bout Jim, here. Best of weather and health for the NIAAD.*



*Nose In About A Day



"However, the young have a problem with vicarious experience, Brian."--Brother Cassian, dean of men/St. Mary's College
Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 9, 2013 - 05:49pm PT
Thanks Mark for the reminder. I plan on doing a change of lifestyle for the better. Now I can see the difference between eating right and good food. I am on a high right now. Sometimes called a pink cloud.

I am determined to make some healthy choices and develop new habits. We will have to see how this plays out. It really is just like quitting drinking. Food is insidious. I mean sugar! I want the benefits of a clean body so I am willing to do the work. I just need the good habits and those come with making good choices daily. I think I am on the path.

With a little help from my friends I will be standing on El Cap this fall and then have a plethora of other adventures. Life IS an adventure. I am re-inventing myself for the ump-teenth time...... It's always something...

Plaid
TwistedCrank

climber
Dingleberry Gulch, Ideeho
Apr 9, 2013 - 06:19pm PT
Fukk Yoda! That b!tch couldn't urinate his way out of a paper sack.
moosedrool

climber
Stair climber, lost, far away from Poland
Apr 9, 2013 - 06:25pm PT
Fukk Yoda!

That's just twisted...
Captain...or Skully

climber
Apr 9, 2013 - 06:40pm PT
Right on, Plaid!!6! You will keep reinventing yourself as circumstance requires. Or some such.
Now get out there and sweat. It's good for ya.

And no junk "food". Eh?
Elcapinyoazz

Social climber
Joshua Tree
Apr 9, 2013 - 06:48pm PT
Give yourself a little time and experiment with healthy foods. Soon enough, you'll find what works for you and your taste buds will adjust and you'll prefer the good healthy stuff. Give it a few months for the taste buds to come around.

I found all kinds of things I didn't expect to like (sauteed turnip greens, for example) that are now regular menu items at my house.


Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Apr 9, 2013 - 08:04pm PT
I am re-inventing myself for the ump-teenth time......

Dude, just tell us you're not gonna go paisley on us!

Keep up the gud fight!
Captain...or Skully

climber
Apr 9, 2013 - 10:12pm PT
He'd have to change his name, Reilly....PaisleyMan just doesn't have the same ring to it, IMHO.
Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Apr 9, 2013 - 10:39pm PT
Plaidman!

Thanks for posting your "getting-in-shape" adventure.

Stick to it and you will be so happy!

(I'm on the cusp----never in really horrible shape-----and never in Donini shape, with a weight gain of about 10 lbs every winter and the equal loss by late summer.)

Going to South America and doing a lot of hiking, in Feb or March, helps me a lot! I'm only 5 lbs over my last year's low at the moment, and going into outdoor exercise season!

GDavis

Social climber
SOL CAL
Apr 9, 2013 - 11:01pm PT

5-7-2010


4-6-2013







Something funny happened. I was going to put the caption along with these photos something like "You can do it!"

While looking for a before pic... for the first time in over 2 years... I don't recognize myself. It doesn't look like me, move like me, and I can tell looking into my face that I am not thinking like me.

Just be happy and love yourself. F*#k, man. If it was only that f*#king simple.
Captain...or Skully

climber
Apr 10, 2013 - 12:28am PT
Dig it.
Wayno

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Apr 10, 2013 - 12:39am PT
I think I can appreciate the sentiment, although weight is not an issue I have to work on. For me it is a a bunch of other crap that adds up faster and faster these days. Change is a good thing. Keep on.
Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 10, 2013 - 01:00am PT
I ain't beating myself up. Just happy I got off my ass. This time literal.
I have been working on changing my mind for a while. I am getting my teeth fixed too. That is helping with the mental crowd of voices in my head.

With eating the food I was shoveling in my face, I think I was poisoning myself. My joints were killing me and felt so bad all the time. No energy.

Now lots of energy, working out and eating right....hmmmmm...who woulda' thought.

Glad I woke up. That is exactly how it feels to me today. Like I just woke up from a coma or something.

Plaid
moosedrool

climber
Stair climber, lost, far away from Poland
Apr 10, 2013 - 01:08am PT
Plaidman, you realise it is 10:00 PM. So you just slept the whole day???

lol
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Apr 10, 2013 - 01:15am PT
GDavis, Proud Dude, work with you each week and it's awesome seeing someone change their life.

Plaid, good changes take time. Keep making the right choices and everything will follow. I eat right and exercise, but I want to get rid of the last love handle. It is difficult and once in a while I cheat, but I make it a rule not to eat after 6pm and do small work outs everyday.

I'm almost there. Eating is so important. Eat only when you are hungry. Eat small light meals and eat healthy. Trader Joe's frozen chicken, lots of salads and fresh veggies with a few fruits and greek yogurt, salmon. To me most stuff tastes better grilled while watching the sunset.

My life phrase....may make a bumper sticker....Not Quitting is Winning. If you keep trying it Will Happen. Cheers, lynnie
Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 10, 2013 - 01:17am PT
@moosedrool - So literal

My day started at 5am. At work at 5:50am. That was after eating a proper breakfast that I made myself. Made my lunch for the day and snacks. Worked, ate right, came home did homework, worked out for 1 1/2 hours and then went to school. Got home and made a salad, drank water and now to bed. BIG DAY.

I think I was awake all day.

Plaid
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Apr 10, 2013 - 06:04am PT
hey there say, plaidman... oh my, first post i did on this, disappeared, :(
so, again:

great work, keep it up... very glad for you and wife!
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Apr 10, 2013 - 08:55am PT
Most of us are half the man we never were.

7 inches of fresh snow on the deck, firing up the Sportsmobile and heading to Cochise!!!
Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 10, 2013 - 10:23am PT
Jim I tried to be the bigger man. It didn't workout to well. Smaller is better. I am not just trying to lose weight. I am changing my lifestyle.

Have fun in Cochise! With the snow won't it be cold?

When you leaving for Yosemite? Soon me thinks.


Plaid

Edit: Actually I was the bigger man. That was the problem.
Conrad

climber
Apr 10, 2013 - 11:08am PT
Plaidman! Way to go!

My short cut:

Chips of all sorts, soda pop & ice cream. On the no list.

Micro work outs - sprint stairs, walk fast.

Your Hyalite goal next season:

Credit: Conrad
WyoRockMan

Social climber
Flank of the Bighorns
Apr 10, 2013 - 11:21am PT
I am not just trying to lose weight. I am changing my lifestyle.

In my experience that is really the only way to lose weight with any lasting results. I spent years of half-assed weight loss efforts only to do the dreaded yo-yo. It wasn't until the "lifestyle change" that the results manifested themselves into tangible and lasting results. I (as most fattys do) started out with an obsession with the scale. There was much mental strain as I fretted about the standard up/down noise generated by many data points of standing on a scale on a too frequent basis. I would eat based upon what the scale said and this (in hind sight) is a horrible plan. In the last three years I finally managed to make the lifestyle changes necessary for better fitness and as a result have seen the weight come off. 35 pounds to date or the equivalent of 7 tubs of partially hydrogenated vegetable oil spread.

Without the support of my family, I really don't think it would have been possible. We downsized our dinner plates, made gradual changes to our menu (even including meatless meals!), removed most processed foods, keep a stock of fresh fruit available instead of ice cream, and decided as a group to MOVE every day. And the ciggys. I'm glad they are gone.

Now I am more focused on non-weight specific goals. I started running last year and use a 10K time as a benchmark for my cardio. A 10K was a ridiculous concept a couple years ago. Now it is a twice weekly relaxation. And the climbing? That is where I have seen the most improvement. A crag day used to be hang out and do a few pitches with a lot of "recovery" time in between. It wasn't really recovery, I was just out of shape. Now it is all about spending the day climbing more than hanging out at the crag.


Strong work Plaidman and GDavis. It is great to see others in the same boat, pulling towards the same goal. Being fit.
10b4me

Ice climber
Happy Boulders
Apr 10, 2013 - 11:28am PT
I don't eat ice cream anymore, and have cut way back on the beer. Have cut back on fast food.
I know a couple of people on the paleo diet. Anyone here tried it?
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Apr 10, 2013 - 01:16pm PT
I dumped off a fair bit of blubber by only "eating colourful foods" - uhhh, that doesn't include sprinkled do-nuts or gummy worms.

It means brightly coloured fruit & veggies . Avoid white, tan & brown foods.

Although I'll never give up chocolate..........it's been fairly easy to stop eating snax like muffins and sweetened coffee drinks.

Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 10, 2013 - 06:01pm PT
Conrad - Thanks man. Working hard to make my Oct time in Yosemite very profitable. I want to get in a least one route on El Cap and the Steck Salathe on The Sentinel.

What route is that in Hyalite that you are putting me on? Looks like a mixed route. Rick and I will have to go back next season. We had such an awesome time last January. 8 climbs in 5 days. We weren't even trying very hard. I will definitely be up for some WI4 and harder routes. Last trip was a recon. Now we know where to go and have the lay of the land.

Super stoked to be working toward being fit. Eating good food with plenty of good calories as I am working out hard not just to loose weight.

I did something similar 10 years ago. I just never did get the eating thing right after I got the weight off. Slowly over time the weight came back my energy level drifted lower and lower. Got plans for more adventures. It will be safer, easier, and more fun in my new shape. Which will be less round and more rectangular.

Plaid
Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 17, 2013 - 07:43pm PT
UPDATE! Down 6 pounds and my clothes fit much better. I'm gunna have to start wearing a belt soon. Not just looking at the scale. Getting stronger too. I can feel the difference. Can't weight to get to the crag to do some floating up some bad ass cracks.

Been sick for the last 5 days. Still eating right and not getting into the junk. Eating good food and resting as that is what the doc ordered. Got some kind of viral bronchitis. Really miserable. Hate being sick in bed.

Read a couple of good books though. Savage Arena by Joe Tasker and The Last of His Kind: The Life and Adventures of Bradford Washburn, America's Boldest Mountaineer by David Roberts.

I love to read but I would rather be climbing, working, or working out. Anything than being stuck in bed.

Plaid
Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 17, 2013 - 08:05pm PT
Good on you man. Sure is easier climbing weighing less.

Plaid
MisterE

Social climber
Apr 17, 2013 - 09:17pm PT
Great job Plaidman!

I lost 32 when I left the Pacific Northwet and moved to AZ.

In the last 5 years I have gained about 10 back, 155 was pretty light for me.
Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 17, 2013 - 09:23pm PT
Maybe I should move to AZ! No maybe it's a greater challenge staying here and getting it done.

As I lose more weight I hope to get the FFA of this:
It's Not Easy Being Green - La Verde, Oregon
I put this up last year and haven't got it free yet. Good crack, great...
I put this up last year and haven't got it free yet. Good crack, great gear. 100 ft.
Credit: Plaidman
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Apr 17, 2013 - 09:33pm PT
Less M (mass) can lead to more CS (climbing success).....< M = > CS. Some archaeologists date this formula to the Anasazis. I believe it comes from the DB (Dale Bard) era..
Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 17, 2013 - 09:47pm PT
That's some crazy math. But I like it. I like it a lot!

Thx Jim for the chuckle. How ya doing on your project? NIAD? Leaving soon?

Plaid
Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Topic Author's Reply - May 3, 2013 - 09:12pm PT
Update: Down 15 pounds. Feeling good.

Plaid
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
May 3, 2013 - 09:58pm PT
Good work, Plaid. Keep at it, it'll happen.
Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Topic Author's Reply - May 3, 2013 - 10:25pm PT
I am ON the path of fitness! Thx for the atta boy Mark. It goes a long way.

I never did have the eating thing down. I am learning everyday how to do it better. And I am finding if I put good stuff into my body I get good stuff out. Like a clear mind and lot's of energy. I have my ups and downs, but mostly up!

Plaid
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
May 3, 2013 - 11:02pm PT
Plaidman, Proud of yo Dude. Few stick it.

Learned that as you exclude the junk food and fast food from your diet, when you do eat it......Body says, "please no!" And when you do partake of the grease, sugar, etc. Body says, "Dude are yo trying to hurt me?"

After a while the fast foods and the huge realm of empty food (and drink)only tempt you when you are hungry and haven't been eating the 6 small Healthy meals a day and keeping hydrated. Water is muy importanta.

Cheering for you and Super glad for your reports. Lynnie
Captain...or Skully

climber
May 4, 2013 - 10:51am PT
Hey, Plaid...Didja get down to supermodel weights yet?
Jebus H Bomz

climber
Peavine Basecamp
May 4, 2013 - 10:52am PT
I just can't believe he weighs 80 pounds.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
May 4, 2013 - 01:40pm PT
Has Plaidman been hanging with Lance Armstrong?
Course, when yer only 80 pounds I guess you don't need to be armstrong.
Sonic

Trad climber
Boulder, Co
May 4, 2013 - 01:52pm PT
Hey Plaid,

You end up going to Smith last weekend? Sorry I couldn't make it. Thanks for the invite though! Good job on the fitness track. I'm doing the same thing right now. Moving to Colorado beginning of June and want to be in top Alpine Shape. Living in Florida right now doesn't give me many opportunities for elevation.

Was suppose to climb at Laurel Knob NC this weekend, but got rained out again...Now its just lots of squats and time on the erg (rowing machine) so I can handle the approaches!

Have a good one!

Wade
Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Topic Author's Reply - May 5, 2013 - 11:59am PT
Hey guys, not even close to 80 pounds. more like 201 right now. At 5 foot 7 inches that still makes me fairly round

Sorry we didn't get to climb together Wade.

Plaid
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
May 5, 2013 - 12:06pm PT
What is your goal weight, Plaid?
kennyt

climber
Woodfords,California
May 5, 2013 - 09:35pm PT
Plaid, Is there a blue basic cam?
Michelle

Social climber
1187 Hunterwasser
May 5, 2013 - 11:51pm PT
Hey, I lost 70lbs in 18 months recently by totally changing my diet and excercising moderately. You can do it!
Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Topic Author's Reply - May 6, 2013 - 12:25am PT
@Mark - Goal weight 176 for the first phase. then
Then I plan on getting down to 165. Not sure I can go lower. I will have to when I get there. My old personal trainer said I could get to 155. Sure would be wild. Taking it all in stride. First goal 1st.
Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Topic Author's Reply - May 6, 2013 - 12:29am PT
@kennyt - Soon. I want to get the first blue Basic Cam
There will also be a blue/green hybrid
There is also supposed to one smaller than blue Totem.
I'm getting 3 of those.

Plaid
Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Topic Author's Reply - May 22, 2013 - 10:15am PT
Down 20 pounds this morning. 196. Shooting for 176. It is coming off and in the meantime I am working out like a fiend. Getting stronger. Feeling a whole lot better with eating right. No junk.

Went to a new area and gave the new bod' a test run. Super fun. Flying up overhanging routes and dynoing to holds on faith. It's sure is easier climbing lighter.

Sure am looking forward to Facelift and the month of Oct. I'll get that route on El Cap and maybe the Steck Salathe too. Maybe a NIAD run. And a route on Half Dome. Then there is Crest Jewel. Oh to be in THE VALLEY! Super Stoked!

Plaid
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
May 22, 2013 - 10:17am PT
Plaid! I was going to write "it's sounds like you are a new man" but that sounds too trite!

Impressive!
matty

Trad climber
under the sea
May 22, 2013 - 01:34pm PT
GO Plaid you can do it!!!

I can back from a shoulder injury and lots of drinking last summer at 192 lbs. I changed my diet and started working out more and dropped 30 pounds from september to feb. Now I stay steady about 164. Oh yeah I'm 5'10"

DO IT!!!

Matt
Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Topic Author's Reply - May 22, 2013 - 04:33pm PT
Thanks Mark! Thanks Matt! I am doing it and it ain't that hard. Some days harder than others. With the goal in mind and having this as a life style change makes it easier.

And being able to send and not struggle is AWESOME! I can't wait to shed another 20 pounds.

2 pounds a week is good progress and I am willing to be patient.

Plaid
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
May 22, 2013 - 04:41pm PT
I've lost 35 lbs since Jan.
I'm down to a svelte 156 lbs
Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Topic Author's Reply - May 22, 2013 - 04:43pm PT
Nice job Cosmiccragsman!

Plaid
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
May 22, 2013 - 04:52pm PT
Good work, Cosmic!
matty

Trad climber
under the sea
May 22, 2013 - 06:05pm PT
Sweet job Cosmic...bet you feel like a champ and have more energy to boot!
Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 3, 2013 - 12:45am PT
Here are some pics of the change.
Man I was a fat bastard.
Not as fat, still a bastard!

Plaid
Before Start
Before Start
Credit: Plaidman

After Phase 1 Done!
After Phase 1 Done!
Credit: Plaidman
Jebus H Bomz

climber
Peavine Basecamp
Jun 3, 2013 - 01:04am PT
I've lost 35 lbs since Jan.
I'm down to a svelte 156 lbs


I hope it's healthy weight loss!
Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 3, 2013 - 01:09am PT
Mine has been in the 2 to 3 pounds a week range. And I am working out and getting stronger too. So yes I would say mine has been healthy weight lose.
Feel awesome. Climbing is so much easier. I never quit climbing. I was weight training. Get heavy and you don't have to climb with a weight belt to get strong. Can't wait to get to the Valley. I am only a 1/3 of the way through my workout program.

Plaid
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jun 3, 2013 - 01:47am PT
Choss stoke for the Chossmaestro!

Quality choss! Spigolo Dibona - Cima Grande di Lavaredo
Credit: Reilly

Special order choss anchor for Plaidman!
Credit: Reilly

GO PLAIDMAN!
Tobia

Social climber
Denial
Jun 3, 2013 - 06:43am PT
Keep up the work plaidman!

No one should lose more than 2-3 #'s a week! If following a weight loss plan at this loss rate the "new you" will likely be more permanent (no yo-yo) and a much healthier you. Higher rates, your body is consuming muscle mass along with fat and that is not healthy.

And don't be disappointed if you, don't achieve the 155 level your trainer spoke of. As the good captain said, "muscle weighs more than fat".

I have never had a weight problem, although I maxed out at 220 (6'2") when taking some medications about 10 years back and had lost my motivation for working out and running.

I run 30-40 miles a week, workout with free-weights and body weight exercises now and hang around the 184 weight range; not sure of body fat percentage. 27 years ago I weighed just about the same; but had a body fat percentage of 5.6%. I was doing triathlons then.

At 56 it would be hard to get down to that low of a body fat percentage; due to the aging process. Not impossible; but it would be difficult.

I have to accept the increase in body fat with the same attitude that I can't run a 35 minute 10K (5:37 pace) anymore.

I don't eat junk food; but I eat a lot of frozen food and canned food; the majority of which is vegetables.

However I can't pass by the Reese's Cups without eating at least 6. That is a genetic problem. (When my mom passed away my brother put a package of Reese's Cups in her pocket before we closed the lid.)



Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 3, 2013 - 01:51pm PT
Thx Tobia! It is work. But the results I've got so far are awesome.

I used to love Reses Peanut Butter Cups. I could kill one of those family sized bags of em.No More of that stupidity. I've got goals.

Plaid
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Jun 3, 2013 - 02:35pm PT
Mouse from Merced, is HALF the man I thought he was!

Credit: Cosmiccragsman

Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Jun 3, 2013 - 02:39pm PT
"DORF" has a brohter?? ^^^^^
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Jun 3, 2013 - 02:40pm PT
^^^^^^
And I got a Pic of Dorf's other other brother on my computer at home.
Seamstress

Trad climber
Yacolt, WA
Jun 3, 2013 - 03:10pm PT
Fabulous - hope you make your goal of being half the man you used to be for years to come.

I manage to keep my weight with a few pounds of where I want it to be even as I join the AARP generation. I have to work at maintaining strength/muscle. Loss is speed and grace seems to be the first casualties of the aging process. Fend them off as long as possible by moving and playing. I watch my husband struggle to enjoy what used to be fun for him, but it isn't anymore with so many extra pounds. A permanenet lifestyle change does it, not a diet. Once you resume past habits, you will return to the former unhealthy trajectory.

Waiting for the trip report WITH PHOTOS.
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Jun 3, 2013 - 03:16pm PT
I lost six pounds last Friday. Drank a gallon plus of water and never pissed.

Kind of scary, really.
Tobia

Social climber
Denial
Jun 3, 2013 - 04:57pm PT
Brandon, osmosis.

Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 4, 2013 - 09:37am PT
Seamstress it is the lifestyle I have chosen. To be not a fat bastard. I was explaining to my son that I am making choices everyday and they do not include ice cream, candy, McDonald's, and crappy food. He asked don't you treat yourself. Yes I told him. I treat myself by having my health and to be able to climb. That is my treat. There is no treat in empty sugar calories for me anymore.

Plaid
Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 7, 2013 - 09:27am PT
Dropped another 5 pounds. That is 3 pounds this week. Still getting lighter and a WHOLE lot stronger.

Climb this weekend. Send city!

Plaid
Studly

Trad climber
WA
Jun 7, 2013 - 12:24pm PT
Credit: Studly
Its not all fat Plaidman, ya got some gear to!
McCfly

climber
Jun 7, 2013 - 02:28pm PT
No that i was ever heavy but for me i was not in shape.

April through May down from 155 to 145

Now a good deal June and still heading south. Should be just over 140 by months end.

137 is the goal. Should be flying at that weight..

Secret to success. 100% vegan and little by slow week by week cutting my portions. Eating vegan makes it real easy to eat well unless you are a potato ship junk food vegetarian or vegan.

No packaged foot other than rice, nuts, nut butters stuff like chia and hemp seeds and various oils. Not even any packaged tofu.

Eating this way accomplishes two things for me. First i like big portions. For the most part you can eat as big a portion of vegetables you want and not get fat. Second after a while eating is not so reward driven as you don't look forward to it the same way. You begin to see eating and food as just a form of function rather than a treat or something that you look forward to.

After a while like this it just feels so good to feel so healthy you naturally dive deeper and deeper into eating cleaner and cleaner.

Breakfast was a green smoothie, Kale, spinach, almond milk, chia seeds, hemp seeds, coconut oil, peanut butter, banana. And it tastes great and feels even better!!


Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 7, 2013 - 03:52pm PT
Studly just call me a gear whore. Love my gear
especially my Totem Cams.

Eating so much better.
Snacking on almonds and no junk.

Plaid
Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 8, 2013 - 12:33pm PT
Climbing today. Gotta test drive the new body.
Climing with Greg Orton and Harold Hall near Roseburg Oregon. Whaoo!

Plaid
Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 11, 2013 - 10:28pm PT
Got poison oak during my climbing trip. Maybe I can scratch a few pounds off.

Plaid
Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 29, 2013 - 02:21pm PT
Now at 184 after my trip to The Valley and getting spanked on Lurking Fear. Only have 8 more pounds to lose to get to my goal weight. Feeling RAD!!!

Plaid
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Jun 29, 2013 - 03:16pm PT
Awesome!
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Jun 29, 2013 - 07:07pm PT
Keep it up!
'Pass the Pitons' Pete

Big Wall climber
like Ontario, Canada, eh?
Jun 29, 2013 - 11:23pm PT
Nice meeting you on the bridge the other day, Plaidman. Thanks for saying hi.

Keep on keepin' on, eh?
Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 30, 2013 - 08:56pm PT
Thx Mark and Jim. Great to see you too Pete. The climbing this weekend at home. was magical. I'm back and floating up climbs I had struggled on. Super excited!

Plaid
Studly

Trad climber
WA
Jul 1, 2013 - 11:06pm PT
Plaidman stoked rope soloing the 3rd pitch of Lurking Fear
Plaidman stoked rope soloing the 3rd pitch of Lurking Fear
Credit: Studly
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jul 1, 2013 - 11:22pm PT
Does Plaidman's parole agent know he's not on choss?
MisterE

Social climber
Jul 1, 2013 - 11:30pm PT
The season should help in the continuing weight-loss goal.

I hope there is some Plaidman left for this fall's Facelift...












;>)

Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 2, 2013 - 08:16am PT
Thx Studley for posting up that pic from last week.

Choss is good to make Plaid appreciate granite even more.
El Cap granite is SO GOOD!

Mister E I will be at Facelift even though I will be a shodow of my former self.

Plaid
ncrockclimber

climber
The Desert Oven
Jul 2, 2013 - 12:03pm PT
Good for you!! Getting the weight off is a bitch, especially after 40. Keep up the hard work. The rewards for getting to your ideal weight (and staying there) are worth the effort!
Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 3, 2013 - 09:00am PT
Thx Ncrockclimber. I have definitly made rhe lifestyle change.
I have a new mind set on food and eating.
For instance when I eat my snack
it is raw almonds. I know that 23 is 200 calories.
I eat 5 at a time, chew them thoughly eating 5 more.

Plaid
Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 8, 2013 - 09:50am PT
Now at 182. 6 more pounds to go to get to a net lose of 40 pounds.

Tried to climb a 5.11b yesterday. I think my arms are broken. Lay backs on finger tips is hard work.

Much easier now. My foot work was good. Lose more climb better.

What was that formula? <# = >FUN!!!! Fun should have a symbol. :)!

So

<# = >:)!

Plaid
Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 16, 2013 - 11:18am PT
179 this morning. That is 37 pounds gone, gone, GONE! That is a confirmed 6 inches off my waist. WAIT! I now have a waist. Maybe I could buy a waist coat. Whatever that is?

Plaid
Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 24, 2013 - 10:38am PT
I reached my goal! I am now at 176. That is 40 pounds since Feb. I have been taking it easy since the surgery on my mouth. Still eating right though. Going climbing tonight with my wife at Beacon Rock!

I originally in Oct. of 2012 set a goal to lose 40 pounds. I was 210 then so to stay true to the first goal I will continue to lose. So 6 more pounds to go. So I am now shooting for 170. At 5' 6" I think I have a few more to lose. I think I will try to get to 155. I was told by a coach/trainer that that was doable. We will see.

All I know is that I am a sending machine!

Plaid
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Jul 24, 2013 - 10:42am PT
Scott, that's crazy! Congratulations!
Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 24, 2013 - 08:35pm PT
Thanks Mark! Sure has been the best gift I could EVER give myself. Feel fit and ready to send whatever.

I am going up Mt. Adams next weekend to get my son his first glaciated summit so that he can be a real deal Mazama like his dad. Should be fun. A buddy of mine is a cheerleader coach and is taking his team of girls up. That should be fun for my boy.

Looking forward to my time in The Valley in Oct. I think I have earned it.

Plaid
Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 26, 2013 - 12:56pm PT
ANOTHER 2 POUNDS DOWN. I led something last night that I have had on the list for the last 4 years. Got it clean. Super psyched. Lighter is better. I'm a sending machine!


Plaid
Studly

Trad climber
WA
Jul 26, 2013 - 03:01pm PT
Plaidman led the infamous "butthole" 2nd pitch on Young Warriors at Beacon Rock. Sketchy gear, chossy rock, and sustained climbing, its a head game for sure. Way to send Plaid, you are getting after it and getting it done.
Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 26, 2013 - 10:45pm PT
Thx Studley! You are an awesome climbing
partner and a great friend.

By the way thx for the beta.

Plaid
matty

Trad climber
under the sea
Jul 27, 2013 - 11:41pm PT
Congratulations! Feels great huh. I had a similar goal a year ago and have kept it off.
John M

climber
Jul 28, 2013 - 12:05am PT
Congratulations plaidman. The last time I was at 176 was 30 years ago in college while on the swim team. Then I started playing rugby and bulked up to 200 pounds and was right around there for years. Then my health went south and I gained a bunch of weight because I couldn't be as active as I was accustomed to. I ballooned to 252 this winter. Now I am down to 240 and I hope to keep taking it off.

Don't hate me cause I'm fat
Love me cause I beat anorexia

heh heh..
Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 28, 2013 - 11:22pm PT
I beat the hell out of anorxia.

Thx guys. It feels better than awesome. Besides the climbing being better, my wife really likes her new man.

Plaid
Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 1, 2013 - 10:23am PT
Hit 172 this morning. Getting closer to the Oct 2012 goal. Just 2 more pounds to go! That's 44 pounds down since Feb.

Here are another set of before and after Photos. I'm not sick I'm just a little green. It's not easy being green.

Credit: Plaidman

Plaid
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Aug 1, 2013 - 10:24am PT
Super!!!
Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 1, 2013 - 02:45pm PT
Jim your right about that. It's almost super duper!
I think I can now easily get through the Narrows on the Steck - Salathe.

Plaid
Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 3, 2013 - 09:27am PT
I DID IT!!!!! 170 this morning. I set the goal last year in Yosemite in Oct. Now for the other half of the goal. Climb El Cap. It will be done!

Plaid
justthemaid

climber
Jim Henson's Basement
Aug 3, 2013 - 09:28am PT
Awesome , good on you for keeping at it.
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Aug 3, 2013 - 10:53am PT
Impressive, Plaid!

Knowing your level of determination, I don't think your next goal is going to be any trouble for you.
DaClimber

Trad climber
Union City
Aug 3, 2013 - 10:57am PT
Success is about perseverance!
Congratulations.

Erik.
Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 3, 2013 - 10:13pm PT
Thanks Maid, Mark. and Erik.

I am one determined guy. If I say it. I do it.
It's kinda an integrity thing.

Super happy with the new bod.
It floats up cracks and hardly slows down.

Plaid
MisterE

climber
Aug 4, 2013 - 01:07am PT
Apparently we have a new USA rep for Totem Cams!

A kind-of mini-me of the previous rep.

Don't be afraid, he is not the evil mini-me - it's a good thing!
Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 5, 2013 - 10:34pm PT
I'm not a mimi me. I didn't get any shorter.
At 5' 7" that's short enough.
I have been called a lot of things, but evil is not one of them..
Yep Totem Cam rep I am. I will be bringing 2 sets
of Totems to the Valley for the demo again.

Plaid
Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 24, 2013 - 02:25am PT
I have surpassed my first goal as I ticked down 2 more pounds.
Now at 168. I am going to go for an even 50 pounds lost since Feb. 2013.
That will be 50 pounds lost in my 50th year.
Then I am going to give it a rest for a while and learn how to maintain this weight and allow my body to find a little equilibrium.

I lost all this weight once before so this is the second go round.
Now I need to incorporate this life style change and go from deficit eating to a maintenance mode.

This will be the real test. Now that I am here at the weight I want to be at, how to live in the skin I am in. It's weird and I am not used to the change. It happened kinda fast. None of my clothes fit and my arms are lean and.....
Well it is going to take some getting used to.

Climbing is off the hook though. Sure is easier.

Plaid
Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 6, 2013 - 10:34am PT
OK here is the last pics I will post on this topic.
AS IT IS DONE!!!!!

Before
Before Start
Before Start
Credit: Plaidman

After
Credit: Plaidman

Thanks P90X

Plaid
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Sep 6, 2013 - 11:14am PT
That's awesome!! How much did you lose?

In high school I used to be 300 lbs, than I joined football team in my senior year, did boxing/muay thai after HS and worked out on my own. Now I am 180. Not half, but will be close enough if I lose another 15 like I should!

Good luck on El Cap!
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Sep 6, 2013 - 11:18am PT
Plaidman, WELL DONE!!!

Well done, Sir.

No back sliding now... you know what happens to back sliders???!!!!



DMT
Ottawa Doug

Social climber
Ottawa, Canada
Sep 6, 2013 - 02:15pm PT
Hey Plaid,

You were so psyched in June when we were chatting. You must be beyond psyched now. Congrats on the goal! Looking forward to hearing of you floating up routes.

Cheers,
Doug
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Sep 6, 2013 - 02:18pm PT
Sh#t man, that's a huge change! Strong work!

You've got me motivated to go from 170 to 150 now!
Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 7, 2013 - 01:54am PT
Vitaliy M. I lost 48 pounds since Feb 2013.

Doug floating is already happening. I am free climbing at least two letter grades harder. Struggling up 5.11b but able to get into the top step of my aiders on hooks super easy.

Brandon you will be happy when you get there. I sure am glad I made the effort.

OMG. You got a bandaid?

Cause I'm cut!

Plaid

Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Sep 7, 2013 - 09:04am PT
Simply impressive, Plaid! Good luck in Yosemite.
Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 8, 2013 - 09:31am PT
I was thanking P90X, but my old partner in climb told me I should be thanking myself first as I was and am the one doing the work and keeping it real and bringing it. I see his point, but I sure needed help and a structured program to adhere myself to. The eating part was difficult. I just had to tell myself where do I want to be. Instead of eating a monster crappy meal or just plain junk. Where I want to be is on the summit of El Cap. The other thing I did was I never call it a diet. It is a lifestyle change. I ain't going back. NEVER! I quit drinking 28 years ago and now I have decided to eat different. So this is the new challenge. To keep eating different and stay with the new lifestyle.

I have to say thank you Mark for introducing me to P90X and inviting me to the best years of my life. You may have just saved someone from serious medical issues as I was getting kinda large.

I am really on the path to some great adventures in the vertical world and that is where I thrive.

Plaid
Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 13, 2013 - 12:23pm PT
I will be leaving PDX for Yosemite in less than a week. Now for the next part of the challenge after losing 48 pounds......Climb El Cap. I have 5 weeks in Yosemite. SUPER PSYCHED!
Plaid
couchmaster

climber
pdx
Sep 13, 2013 - 01:11pm PT
KEEP STOKE ALIVE PLAID!


Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 13, 2013 - 03:52pm PT
Thx CouchMaster! Stoke is good. I'm bringing a bunch.

Plaid
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