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Old 03-12-2017, 11:30 PM
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One of the first things I did when I finally committed to building my RV-8 in 2015 was to also commit to a weight loss program, because I had gained a LOT of weight in the previous decade. I had used Jenny Craig in the '80s with some success, so I chose to take that route. It's been two years now, and I've gradually gone from 290 to under 220. My target weight range is between 200 and 220, and I will NEVER AGAIN be over 230 for the rest of my life. I know I can do it... because I've done it, and I did it right. I intend to keep the lessons learned as part of the way I will live from now on.
Martin J Filiatrault
Clarkston, MI
RV-8 #83507 - empennage complete (except fiberglass)
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Old 03-13-2017, 08:55 AM
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Default Sugar...

...A.K.A. "The White Death!"
Mike Rettig
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Old 03-13-2017, 10:13 AM
Neal Trombley Neal Trombley is offline
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I am so impressed with this thread,,, I am 53 with a family history of heart disease and diabetes and that scares me yet I am 30lbs overweight and starting on my 9A build this month,, Brain you have inspired me to START TODAY to lose the sugar and start moving..

I am in knoxville quite often for business ( seeing boat builders ) I hope to meet you someday and see the 7 as well..

just wow..
Neal Trombley
SW Florida
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July 2017
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Old 03-13-2017, 03:23 PM
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Default Useful app and another tip


Your non-sugar diet is going to pay off big time. It will also get easier to adhere to it once you get it out of your system and your digestive system returns to a healthy state (probiotics help). It made a huge difference for me.

A couple of things for you, if you have an iPhone, try the "Lose It" app. I have NEVER counted calories before, but this made it super easy to set weight and calorie targets.

Another suggestion, if you haven't already, try eliminating all dairy. For me this was super challenging. I LOVED dairy in all shapes and forms. That said, once I gave it up, I immediately lost 15 pounds, without any exercise. After that 15 went away, I added the very low sugar and no alcohol modifications in and lost another 15. I added in some very basic body weight exercise and the scale keeps going down and the muscle tone I lost 20 years ago is coming back!

I have added approximately 35 pounds of useful load to the plane and ideally have another 10 to go.

Good luck!

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Old 03-14-2017, 04:04 AM
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First of all, congratulations on your progress and another excellent thread! My wife and I made similar decisions some time ago and we have never looked back. I want to live to fly this RV for a very long time and this is the path to travel.

One point I wanted to elaborate on a bit is that I see a lot of builders going to extraordinary lengths to "keep it light" when it comes to building their plane. Shave an ounce here, an ounce there, and end up with a lighter, more nimble RV, right? But you can only go so far with this plan. Although they do add up, most weight-saving techniques result in fractions of a pound.

Then one day it occurred to me, I'm going to all this effort to make my airplane as light as possible. But the pilot becomes a part of the airplane when it flies. I think when the airplane is weighed at the end of the project, the pilot should be seated in it. That's the true weight you're dealing with, when you weigh your airplane to see how well you built it. After all, it doesn't fly itself! It's not really accurate to take the pilot out of the picture. So if you think about it that way, the quickest (and healthiest) way to take some weight off of the airplane is to take it off of the pilot who flies it. It's easy to overlook that. And here we're talking about pounds, not ounces! In some cases, many pounds. In my case, my finished airplane with me in it will be at least 25 pounds lighter than a few years ago. Keeping that in mind really helps me when I'm temped to stray. If I eat or drink that junk, my airplane will be heavier and more sluggish as a result.

Just a few thoughts to ponder. It's a different way of looking at it, and it helps me.
Bruce Swayze
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Old 01-03-2018, 04:32 AM
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Fellow RV friends,

Just wanted to give you an update on my battle to stay healthy enough to keep enjoying my RV7 (and most of all be around to love, support and enjoy my family). As many of you know I started taking this battle seriously about 4 years ago.

While I have had a few setbacks, I am proud to say that tomorrow I will attempt to complete my second Dopey Challenge at Disney World. It is a 4 day progressive 48.6 mile road race. 5k, 10k, half marathon, full marathon.

For me running has been the best way for me to maintain my RV performance enhancing weight loss and for me to keep my known coronary artery disease in check!
Brantel (Brian Chesteen),
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Old 01-03-2018, 04:45 AM
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Default Go for it!

Happy for you Brian,
Rooting for you from frigid Va!
Bob Martin
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James extended cowl/plenum, induction, -8VS and Rudder. TSFlightline hoses. Oregon Aero leather seats.
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Old 01-03-2018, 04:51 AM
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I happen to be in Orlando and the weather sucks seriously today. Be careful!
RV-8 #81077 Super Slow Build
Titan IOX-370, Dual P-Mags, AFP FM200A FI, Sensenich GA Prop
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Old 01-03-2018, 10:17 AM
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Default Awesome!

Way to go. It is a daily battle to live a healthy lifestyle. The race sounds like a grueling affair. I would say enjoy, but survive seems more appropriate.
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Old 01-03-2018, 11:22 AM
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Originally Posted by Brantel View Post
I am proud to say that tomorrow I will attempt to complete my second Dopey Challenge at Disney World. It is a 4 day progressive 48.6 mile road race. 5k, 10k, half marathon, full marathon.
Proof that someone who built a plane in their garage really is nuts!

Go for it, Brian!
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Ellensburg WA
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