OP should give this a crack . . . Lol
I have joined a gym to help my weight loss. My weight has crept back up but not as severe as it was (back up to 88kg when I got as low as 80kg) which is annoying but only have myself to blame since I cut out the shakes, but have gotten back on them and getting back into it.
Good on you SB for getting back into it, good luck.
When I was 40 I was up to 100kg, but then got into veterans road bike racing, went crazy at some points with dieting and got down to 80kg. Had a racing crash, stopped dieting and the weight crept back on slowly.
Since then (about 12 years on on now) I got a very sedentary, long hours job about 3 years ago and slided up to 112kg from around 100kgs.
I'm 6" 1' and not at all happy when I have seen some recent photos. I got back on the bike a couple of weeks ago (not planning on racing this time) and now have started to get serious about diet and down to 109kg now. Just a matter of keeping it up, but pretty happy that the weight went a little south rather than north over Christmas.
Going to try to ride most mornings before work and work into some interval training to get the motor good enough to tackle some hill climbing and then hopefully mountain climbs (I live in the Yarra Valley not to far from Mt Donna Buang). I will get stuck into the gym in winter (that's the plan anyway), I will probably need to get a trainer to keep me engaged in the gym.
Trying to eat simple foods, no snacks (although I may keep some nuts handy, as you did/do, just in case I weaken) and emphasise more vegetables and very little sugar and maintain meat and fish.
It is a challenge to maintain a healthy lifestyle, but at my age and with my job, I figure I don't have a choice if I want to be healthy.
Yeah it is tough. With my job I am on my feet constantly so by the end of the day I could chow down a chicken Parma and glass of coke or a large big mac meal. The biggest thing is the sugar which is hidden in everything so I am trying to cut that back. Some simple things have been just having Soda Water with lemon or Lime has helped me cut back the coke Zero's which has sweetners instead of sugar.
I am using The MAN Shakes and that has helped. I dont need to be overly active, but the formula they use has added ingredients to help absorb and remove fat and has been designed for men. Doesn't make me cut out the whole 'eating food all day'.
Breakfast - Shake
Morning tea - chobani yoghurt and apple
Lunch - Shake
Afternoon tea - strawberries
Dinner - meat and vegetables/Salad (meat is usually one of chicken, steak, salmon, lean meat or their MAN pie recipe)
Desert - one of: 4 squares of dark chocolate, blueberries, Paddlepops (yes they are on his program), small scoop of light ice-cream.
Because my work is nut free, I am not allowed anything containing nuts.
The hardest thing with a diet, is not giving into cravings. Tonight I was craving a serving of Lasagna and garlic bread, but I know if I gave in it would lead to giving it all the time.