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Hunt Talker 2023 Fitness Goals


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Oct 20, 2020
thanks for the prompt for updates and accountability...

I finished 7th, so, meeting the goal I suppose, they changed the scoring this year, I would have won using the metric every other comp uses, and this one used last year... a bitter pill to swallow considering I've wanted that trophy really bad for the better part of a decade...

I did drunkenly sign up for the TMR 40 miler immediately afterward though, so goal number 2 is on track...
Good on ya for going down there and trying! I had some friends compete this year. It looked like a good time.

I prefer my winter sufferfest to be of the two planked variety :)


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Jul 15, 2020
I like that! I think I’m going to start dropping granby rolls on my wife at random times throughout the day, it will be a good workout for both of us. Will report back with progress.😀
If she gets in tight on top and Gable grips all bush league you can both go for a ride.


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Jan 9, 2019
East central, Il
I'm a big college wrestling fan. I try to watch a couple matches on BTN each weekend. For every match I come up with a different excercise that I have to complete during that match. By the end of the ten individual matches its a pretty good workout. However, its probably offset by the amount I drink leading up to, during, and after the match. My wife also thinks Im nuts.
Sometimes after runs I do stance drills in my front yard 😂


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Jul 27, 2017
Kalispell, Montana
Been between 183 and 190lb for at least the last 15 years. Want to get down below 170 and stay there. Have always tried to stay active and exercise a lot. However, now at age 62, I've finally figured out that my eating habits have to change, if I actually want to lose weight. More time backpacking is the goal this year, maybe some Bob Marshall Wilderness trips.


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Aug 17, 2021
I started working out in my late teens with weights which progressed into full on cross training by mid twenties. I spent a good 3 hours a day lifting weights, isometrics, cardio, racquet ball. By 30 I was 100% addicted to working out and my day went bad if I didn’t get my morning workout in. By 40 I was totally burnt out, had no desire to do any of it anymore. Between marriage, kids, grandkids, work, I had too much on my plate anymore. I packed on 30 lbs of fat, burnt up my lungs from solvents and welding on stainless steel carriage bodies on trash trucks, basically went from healthy to miserable.
Decided this was the year to leave the pity party, re-dedicated myself to God and getting healthy. I am now a month into my workout on the rowing machine and recumbent exercise bike and have taken the next step. I moved my workout back to mornings today. My body wasn’t thrilled at first when I put on my shorts and tennis shoes at 5AM but by the end of the workout -10 minutes rowing machine, 20 minutes bike I was feeling that old feeling of YES!!! That felt great let’s get this day going!!!!
All that said to say…you can do it! Don’t talk yourself out of being healthy!
God Bless!


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May 20, 2009
Three Forks, Mt
One random comment for now....I still have the barbell set I bought in 8th grade.
It never made me big, but I guess I was pretty strong.


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Dec 21, 2018
Two days into the rising sun
I’m down 7lbs since Jan 1. My goal is to lose 45. That will get me down to 200. At 6’2” that’s about as far as want to go.
Keep it up Southern Elk! I am 6’1” and might push the weight loss a little farther than initially planned and see if I can’t get into running shape. I have had all kinds of foot problems, and also some cardiac concerns over the past two years. Alot is due to eating poorly, stress (in addition to wear and tear, work, and being 47). I got reassuring reports from the cardiologist after a bunch of testing, and have been self-tending my feet with stretches, warmups, inserts, better boots, and rest. It is working some. But getting weight off and already seeing my tummy tuck in and jeans getting looser after less than a month is exciting and my feet DO feel better. I used to be a State caliber distance runner in HS and then scholarship in college. I was 160-170 back then. If I can get back to even jogging without injury, I will be so happy. Might need to get to 175-180 for that. Pretty skinny. We’ll see.

I am having great success so far since the new year. 11 lbs in 3.5 weeks. Down to 199 from 210. I am eating a lot less and much better but not really torturing myself. though I am still a little hungry generally. Hard exercise has not even really come into play yet or else I’d eat more. Wanted to just drop some fat first before doing much, mostly to protect my foot.

Typical Breakfast options: eggs or 1/2 avocado w/ 1/2 slice rye toast or 1/2 cup grape nuts or cheerios with 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (200-300 cal) Black Coffee and water to drink.

Snack: Celery, carrots, peppers, grape tomatoes with single serve hummus cup ( 200-300 cal). Water / Black Coffee

Lunch: Greek yogurt cup and more celery/carrots, etc or an avocado. ( 200-300 calories). Water.

Snack: Tin of sardines or almonds or walnuts (150-200 calories). Water. Green Tea.

Dinner: Grilled chicken or venison with salad, beans or other vegetables (450-550 cal)

Adjust accordingly to give yourself a moderate daily calorie deficit but not go nuts. You can fill in a chip or two or a single cookie or something similar if you get really craving, or the overall calorie count is justifiably low for your day. But no Cokes, bowls of ice cream, bags of chips and dips, piles of cheese, 1/2 pizzas, bags of doritos, etc like I’d normally do. Keep your protein, good fats and nutrients up since basically this is a light starvation diet for someone your specs.

Good luck!
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Nov 22, 2018
No Chukar were harmed in the making of this post.


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Mister Bisley

New member
Jun 5, 2022
North Idaho
I've lost 40 pounds since July with a goal of losing another 45 pounds by this upcoming July (85 lbs in a year total). Been doing 40-60 minute dumbbell workouts at home, 5 days a week and trying to walk for a 45-60 minutes most days. Body composition is changing nicely while burning fat and converting fat to muscle.

I think the biggest part of my success has been tracking my macros daily (Calories, Protein, Carbs & Fats). This allows me to eat the maximum amount of food as possible and know that I'm giving my body enough fuel, while still running at a daily caloric deficit (burning more calories than I consume). I eat a TON of food, just the right kinds. Most people fail, myself included, because they are trying to "eat healthy" and they actually end up not eating enough food, particularly calories and protein and they wind up starving themselves and then giving up. The plan that I'm on is very sustainable to achieve long term, life changing goals and results.

I also focus getting quality sleep and drinking 120 Oz to a gallon of water each day. The rest helps your body to recharge and recover and the water helps you burn fat.


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Feb 17, 2019
At 60 in few weeks 5 11 and 187lbs blood pressure 126 over 70 just had it checked but hadn't been out west for a few yrs due to covid trained all last yr for sept elk and even tho I thought I was good an ready it was tougher than ever before I guess its a bit of living at 300 ft above sea level and age so I'm training harder more squats and elevation on the treadmill.
And will be hitting the local mtns with my pack as soon as it warms a bit a lot more than last yr Im not concerned about my weight just better conditioning for the back country


Jul 5, 2020
Big goal for the gear is the Pfiffner traverse with some good buddies in late August. Goal is to be fit enough to do it in 4 days without it being a total suffer fest and without injury. Then I will feel really ready for elk seasons - which is kinda the best part. Along the way I would like to:
Do the Manitou Springs incline in under 30minutes this year.
Stick with keeping my weekly drink average to 2 or less.
And streak for the year on 30mins a day minimum of intentional exercise - which could be a hard work out or just a walk with the kids - anything counts as long as it’s not just incidental.

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