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Finally Broke the 206-209 rut

Saturday, April 19, 2014

The grading system that I've been doing has been helpful. I've been exercising and walking regularly. That has been definitely making a difference in my muscle tone, energy level and general health. Eating is always a struggle when working out heavily (especially weights).

Basically two months ago I was a flabby guy who weighed 206-209 pounds and could barley fit into size 38 jeans (waist size, I'm a dude).

As of last week, I was a 207 pound guy (after eating out twice the previous day) whose 38" jeans are too loose, but the 36" ones are a bit snug.

Every week for the past several weeks, I've been between 206 and 209, weight-wise. Today the scale finally budged:

Today's Weight/Body Fat: 205.6@23%

I hate to do this, given that the point of the grading system was to de-emphasize weight as a success factor, but........I think it's time to refocus on weight loss:

Basically:
* I like the way my body is shaping up with the exercise
* The eating is straight forward. When I eat foods that fight sugar addiction, I'm healthy. I did this last year without evaluation
* The exercises and weight loss will lead to a lower Body fat %

I think now that I am in a good place exercise-wise, I will start setting actual goals and blogging on them (Weight and exercise). It's time to put the grading system to pasture.

The weekly weigh-in blogs will recommence next week (hopefully below 205)

Wish me luck!!

-TD Out!

  
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PICKIE98 4/20/2014 6:18PM

    Oh Trent!! This is so exciting!! It is a BIG deal!!
Whatever works,switch back and forth to make it the most useful tool you have. Sure wish you would share that sugar-addiction blaster list of foods you use... I need it!!

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CATHYGETSFIT 4/20/2014 2:44AM

    emoticon It looks like you've really been working your plan and it's working for you! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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1DERLAND14 4/19/2014 8:02PM

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awesome job :) all your hard work is paying off!! Keep at it... looking forward to your next post at 205 or below!!!!

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AKELAZ 4/19/2014 12:30PM

    Totally wish you luck, TD though basically you're making your own luck as far as I can see. I always notice that when you hit a bump, you re-jig your strategies - often due to the research you do - and off and away you go again! Working on your sugar problems is def good - diabetes is not, of course, entirely down to sugar consumption, but it's certainly a condition to avoid, so I also wish you success with that and with the regular exercise which can only be good.
Proud to have you as a friend here - I'm not in any way consistent but one of the people who play a part in the improvements I DO make in my lifestyle is certainly you.

So I thank you for letting me be a part in that 'luck' that you feel you need.

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FITGRL124 4/19/2014 12:28PM

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You're sticking to your plan and doing a great job!

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Report Card 2014.04.05: (Hi C)

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Nutrition (1.0): ate so many of the healthy foods I didn't bother counting
Exercise (0.9):
Weight (0.0): still above 205.
BodyFat (0.2): up to 23%
Total: (2.1)
Grade: C (grading chart below signature)


**EXERCISE (0.9):
Exercise is going really well. upped the cardio. Did the Kettlebells, boxing bag, Pilates and spin bike (up to about 10 minutes on all of these). Only took 4 walks. The 5th wouldn't have made a difference.


**BODY FAT (0.2):
started losing weight so this went up a bit. Probably only temporarily, given my exercise.


**WEIGHT (0.0):
Down to 207.6 from 209.0 (Have been stuck at 206-209 for months now)

"But any loss is a good loss. It's better than gaining"
* not when it's the same 2-3 pounds. That's why going below 205 is when I start giving myself points. I don't play that game anymore.


**EATING (1.0):
I chose foods that would fight sugar cravings. They worked, but they are full integrated into my diet. I eat well over 10 of them every day (franly too many to track. I may make 10 of them worth 0.5 points and then have another group of foods make up the other 5.


**CONCLUSION:
I'm really hoping to kill of the sugar cravings by Friday. Would love to be below 205. This week, it's exercise and more exercise.

- TD Out!

0.0 to 0.4: F
0.5 to 0.7: D-
0.8 to 1.2: D
1.3 to 1.4: D+
1.5 to 1.7: C-
1.8 to 2.2: C
2.3 to 2.4: C+
2.5 to 2.7: B-
2.8 to 3.2: B
3.3 to 3.4: B+
3.5 to 3.7: A-
3.8 to 4.0: A

  
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JITZUROE 4/18/2014 11:18AM

    Hey, I like that you've got such a great layout for this plan. Seems like you're making progress. I'm wondering if you've killed some of those sugar cravings? I went 99 days and couldn't shake the cravings (which honestly just p!ssed me off). Of course I hope that you can kick your cravings to the curb ASAP!

Thanks for your offer of picking apart my dream. I just might take you up on it since I have some wonky dreams!

Happy Friday.
Enjoy the weekend (or else!)

Bren

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STESSOUTCHICK2 4/11/2014 8:31PM

    sweet great job as always

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FITGRL124 4/6/2014 12:06PM

    Sugar is rough but I wish you the best of luck of kicking that to the curb! emoticon

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PICKIE98 4/5/2014 8:06PM

    It sounds like you have been making the right choices, your body is going along for the ride. Soon there will be a change,, your scale will smile back at you..Go ahead and glue a mirror to it!

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AKELAZ 4/5/2014 7:27PM

    WOW! Exhausted just reading about all your exercise emoticon

Sounds like you're getting on top of the healthy eating - and the anti-sugar craving food too. Good for you - C+ before you know it!

Keep at it, TD. Rooting for you.

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JLAMING263 4/5/2014 12:25PM

    Keep it up!!!

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Report Card 2014.03.29: (I got a C !!!!!)

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Nutrition (0.8): 8 fruits and vegetables per day
Exercise (1.0): Totally killed it this week
Weight (0.0): still above 205.
BodyFat (0.3): Down to 22%!!
Total: (2.1)
Grade: C (grading chart below signature)


**EXERCISE (1.0):
Got all five walks in despite a very tough schedule and poor walking weather. Got all four exercise sessions that I wanted plus the 1 misc work out. Exercise is going really well. The walks are really becoming real exercise as my legs get stronger. Body is remembering kettlebells

Exercise is really going well. have upped the intensity. Hence......


**BODY FAT (0.3):
Let me just say, i don't think that I have ever EVER (note the all caps for emphasis) gone down 2 weeks in a row on this. The intensity and frequency of exercise has made this possible.

Unfortunately, this has come at the expense of....


**WEIGHT (0.0):
I have been holding at a range of 206-209. The eating is still up there. The solution to this will be a change in my goals for....


**EATING (0.8):
The good news is that I ate a round-up average of 8 fruits and vegetables my highest 5 days this week. My weight/health issue, however has been eating the calorie-dense but nutrient weak foods (chocolate, chips, eating out, etc.)

I'm going to take a shot at eating the foods that I did last year that will kill carb/sugar cravings (lost 20 pounds). I did a defacto super-food diet by taking said foods and eating a ton of them (especially early in the day).

For this quarter, those will be the foods that I use for the grade rather than fruits and vegetables (many fruits may actually be a hindrance for what I'm trying to accomplish). This week, Lord willing, I will blog about this portion of the grade going forward.


**CONCLUSION:

I'm going to try for another C this week. A C+ is possible, but not likely. I would have to either:
* lose over 4 pounds (done it before but not often)
* up the eating score (maybe. Still gotta figure out the new one)
* lose 1% body fat for a 3rd week in a row
Frankly, I kind of hope to hold at C.

I am a lot healthier than I was 4 weeks ago, but my weight is still higher than I would like. Hopefully the new foods will take care of the later.

- TD Out!

0.0 to 0.4: F
0.5 to 0.7: D-
0.8 to 1.2: D
1.3 to 1.4: D+
1.5 to 1.7: C-
1.8 to 2.2: C
2.3 to 2.4: C+
2.5 to 2.7: B-
2.8 to 3.2: B
3.3 to 3.4: B+
3.5 to 3.7: A-
3.8 to 4.0: A

  
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FITGRL124 3/30/2014 9:18PM

    Congratulations!! I would definitely call your week a success!!!!

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PICKIE98 3/29/2014 7:10AM

    Congratulations!! I will put your gold star on the chart on the fridge!! remember, there is no such thing as a failing grade as long as you try!!

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Report Card 2014.03.22: (C-)

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Almost got a C this week.

Nutrition (0.7): 7 fruits and vegetables per day
Exercise (0.8): 5 walks, 1 Heavy Bag, 1 Pilates, 1 Misc
Weight (0.0): still above 205.
BodyFat (0.2): Finally hit 23%!!
Total: (1.7)
Grade: C-


**EXERCISE:
When I originally set up the exercise potion of my grading system it involved basically this:
*0.1 points for up to 5 walks (0.5 total)
*0.1 point for 1 heavy bag session
*0.1 point for 1 Pilates class
*0.1 point for 1 Kettlebell workout
*0.1 point for 1 session on the spin bike
*0.1 point for 1 an exercise session of my choice
Last week I counted a weight session as an entity in and of itself rather than a misc session. The grade would have still been a C-, just a 1.5 instead of a 1.6

**EATING:
4 fruits a day pretty much every day. 2 vegetables most days. I average the highest 5 days count.

This week I am going to try something totally wacky. When I stir fry vegetables with a serving of meat, I am going to use 3/4 cups per. That way when I only have "2" vegetables, it will be 3 servings.

I will get a C next week, consarn it (pardon my language)


**WEIGHT:
My midweek had me really close to going below 205. I am going to make this the week. I am going to eat the foods that kickstarted my weight loss last year. Try to eat mostly real foods (non-processed/pre-packaged). We'll see.

Assuming I maintain my levels in all other areas, a 0.1 gain will put me in the C range (see table below)


**BODY FAT:
Down to 23%!!! Who Hoooo!!!. I'm happy about this. I have sacrificed the kettlebells and spinning because my lower back and hips have been in very intense pain these past few weeks. They have been replaced by some pretty heavy weight workouts.

I've had a few midweeks that coughed up 23%, but never on Saturday morning. extra 0.1 point earned!


**CONCLUSION:
Hopefully I will dip below 205, average 8 FVs and get all desired exercise in.

A C+ is probably totally out of the question (unless I lose a mad amount of weight and drop another 1% BF). A C though is very attainable. I'm doing wayyyyyyyy better than my first week

All that said, I am definitely leaner and healthier than 4 weeks ago, even if the numbers aren't representing that.

Wish me luck!

- TD Out!

0.0 to 0.4: F
0.5 to 0.7: D-
0.8 to 1.2: D
1.3 to 1.4: D+
1.5 to 1.7: C-
1.8 to 2.2: C
2.3 to 2.4: C+
2.5 to 2.7: B-
2.8 to 3.2: B
3.3 to 3.4: B+
3.5 to 3.7: A-
3.8 to 4.0: A


  
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1DERLAND14 3/24/2014 11:45PM

    23%!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

You are simply AWESOME!!!!! Your determination is what it takes to meet all of your goals! you'll be below 205 in no time! :D

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PICKIE98 3/23/2014 8:51AM

    23%!! Yahoo!! that is SO much a victory!! Remember, over time your body will build itself according to what you fuel it with...
it is not a race, but a stroll down the country lane of life!! (Oh, a pet and don't know it!!)
What would Jack LaLaine do?(WWJLD) The pioneer of fitness, healthy eating..

make a little vinyl wristband like the WWJD ones with WWJLD) on it and snap it everytime you feel like you are emoticon slacking..

You are doing great Trent...

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FITGRL124 3/22/2014 1:02PM

    I think that I need to start giving myself a grade too! This week I would have gotten an F for sure!!!! I am going to start a blog about a grading scale and see how next week will go. Best of luck to you!

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Report Card 2014.03.15: (C-)

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Weight: still above 205 = (0.0)
BodyFat: = 24% = (0.1)
Exercsise (1 Pilates, 1 weight, 1 reg, 5 walks) = (0.8)
Eating = 7 fruits/vegetables average = (0.7)
Total= 1.6 (C-)

Exercise (0.8):
My core has been weak and kettlebell workouts have hurt. I've turned to Pilates for help with that and it's paying off. Didn't get a heavy bag or spin session this week.


Eating (0.7):
Steady tacking. 4 fruits almost every day and 2 vegetables.

Body Fat (0.1):
It's not reflecting how I look and feel at this point. Between some pretty hardcore upper and lower body weight workouts. I thought that I would be down to 23%, especially with relatively little weight loss. It will come.


Weight (0.0):
Still above 205 (207.0). I've blogged about this before. When I start exercising, I start building muscle. My metabolism and appetite go through the roof. Even if I were to eat a reasonable amount of calories, there is little or no weight loss.

Plus I had dinner out with a friend Friday night. I ate low calorie, but high salt. I'm not sure that I would have made it below 205 if I hadn't, but I know that I am closer than 2 pounds away.

What I call "*Boom* Week" is the week when the muscle kind of stops building in such great strides, the appetite goes down and the metabolism stays strong. I lose 3-4 pounds on that week. I think that will happen either next week or the week after.


Total (1.2) C-
I am actually seeing some good changes. Size 38" jeans fit a lot better than before I started grading. I'm actually hitting my stride on the cardio machines. Better energy in general.

I feel that I definitely feel like I earned my C- this week!

Say what one will about my grading system, this week is tied for best week so far and for good reason. A C will be tight for next week, but I will go for it (Grading Chart Below).

Boom Week will definitely get me there. Otherwise, I will shoot for 10 exercise sessions and 8 FVs.

-TD Out!

Grading Chart:
0.0 to 0.4: F
0.5 to 0.7: D-
0.8 to 1.2: D
1.3 to 1.4: D+
1.5 to 1.7: C-
1.8 to 2.2: C
2.3 to 2.4: C+
2.5 to 2.7: B-
2.8 to 3.2: B
3.3 to 3.4: B+
3.5 to 3.7: A-
3.8 to 4.0: A

  
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1DERLAND14 3/20/2014 12:14AM

    Great job on getting in all those fruits and veggies!!!

...and here's to "Boom Week"!!!!!!!!!!!

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PICKIE98 3/17/2014 7:34PM

    Great job eating those fruits and veggies.
Give yourself a blue star on your chart for switching to Pilates instead of suffering out the kettle balls. recognizing one's needs and willingness to switch to make goals, is very important.

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TRIING2GETFIT 3/17/2014 12:38PM

    Its good to see you've made it out of the D's :)

I have the same problem when I start exercising my appetite jumps up a notch, I'm trying to ignore it and chew gum and drink water instead hopefully tomorow it will be easier !

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CATHYGETSFIT 3/17/2014 3:22AM

    NSV's are always good even if your weight hasn't changed. If your grading system works for you that's all that matters. emoticon emoticon

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