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You RUINED it for me!!

Sunday, February 07, 2010

I have a friend who enjoys him some food. He's really into cooking. He got addicted to "Good Eats" back in the mid 00's. Anytime I have a question about food, I can ask him. He knows a lot.

One of the ways that I've been able to reduce my eating out is isolating the foods that I tend to eat when I do eat out and learn to prep them at home. I passed this tid-bit of advice on to my friend, for financial reasons, when he lost his job.

So a couple of months ago my friend and I got together. We both talked about our health. He mentioned that he was down 10 pounds or so. And that some of his old clothes were starting to fit again. "That's nice", I thought.

Hours after that conversation, my friend out of nowhere says "You've ruined it!!". I was taken aback and asked him to clarify. He mentioned that now he doesn't enjoy eating out as much as he used to (because he knows how to cook better than most restaurants. I've eaten his cooking, and I'll vouch for that).

So later that night as I was driving home, it occurred to me....

The advice to learn how to cook his favorite eat out dish led him to learn how to prep his favorite meals on his own. Because he cooks better then most, he doesn't eat out as much. He's lost weight (I'll vouch for the fact that when I don't eat out as much, I lose weight).

I guess I did "ruin" it for him emoticon. Please allow me to ruin it for you.

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CMADSTYLE 2/24/2010 11:36AM

    That's awesome. I wish I can cook better than that amazing mexican place in Victoria! But it does make sense to experiment and try new things at home that way you know what is in every dish...THanks Trentdreamer!!!!!

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STEELERCRAZY 2/7/2010 11:43PM

    Okay, ruin it for me. Let's go.

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GEMINISUE 2/7/2010 6:15PM

    Thanks, If I go out, I get a box to go, and put 1/2 to 2/3 of the meal in the box, except for dessert (I have to be honest, here) but lately I have been giving the rest of it to my brother, so I am eating less of it, too.

Bonus two more meals most of the time, so that is a blessing in disguise.

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AZCUPCAKE 2/7/2010 4:28PM

    Truer words were never spoken! You are so on target with your concept of making great food yourself that you once enjoyed in a restaurant. It DOES spoil you, because you know what you are putting in it, it ALWAYS costs 90% less than when you order it out, and even the satisfaction of accomplishing the act of making a meal yourSELF! I can totally identify with that! I used to love McDonald's fish sandwiches, and they are one of the the WORST things you can eat! So, with some tweaking, I now make my own super-quick "fishburger" with some canned salmon, one egg white, and some bread crumbs out of my cupboard. After heating it up in a non-stick little frypan (no grease this way!), VOILA! I put it in a bun with a giant lettuce leaf, some fat-free tartar sauce, and my craving for the old McD's fish nightmare is a thing of the past!

What are some of your fav things to make ?? I would love to hear!

Thanks for this great blog -- !
Hey, who are you rooting for in the Superbowl??? I like the Colts this time.
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SROBBINS02 2/7/2010 2:06PM

    I try to only ever have food out that I don't have the skillz or patience to make... namely sushi and curry emoticon

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HICALGAL 2/7/2010 11:32AM

    ok...ruin it all you want. i'm a ready and willing participant but don't hurt me...or i'll have to hurt you

ps...thanks for commenting on my latest are one of a kind. i appreciate it. have a great week...eating in.

debbie emoticon

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FITGRL124 2/7/2010 9:57AM

    Too funny but I think this is WONDERFUL!!!! emoticon

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MRE1956 2/7/2010 7:49AM

    Maybe one day your friend'll look back on this and laugh.....and maybe another day he'll look back and say "Thank you, buddy"! Here's to that day!


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RIDLEYRIDER 2/7/2010 7:17AM

  If that's what 'ruining' is, I'll take it any day! So much healthier!

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LESLIETX 2/7/2010 6:53AM

    Ok this is funny. I can cook everything Or anything I want to consume, but eating out is about social events for me. So I will add another little hint. It is quite possible to go out and not clean the plate. I don't go much, but when I do go I never finish the absurd portion that is served. I usually get a to go box so I don't get into that head game of "waste" then often the wildlife around my yard end up with the food. I have a bunch of friends who say "oh I Couldn't do that..." Why not?

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Championship Burnout!!

Thursday, February 04, 2010

When you break it down, there are two kinds of sports championship symbols. A trophy and a championship belt. Both of them can take various forms and appearances but there are only two concepts.

Trophy: After busting your butt for a season/year/lifetime, competing against the best, you prove yourself superior to the all of the competition. You are handed a trophy/medal that says you were the top for the finals of that year. No one can ever take that away from you. Next year you can lose every competition, but the trophy you won remains on your mantle as a symbol of victory.

Championship belt: There is someone who is the best in your sport. You fight them. You beat them. You become known as the best. The title belt is yours. It is defended every time you compete. One bad night and you get to "enjoy" the same experience that your predecessor enjoyed when you whupped em'. The pressure is always on. You can lose it any day.

I'm a trophy kind of guy. I like being able to say "I was once the greatest". It gives me freedom to have a great future year/season, not win that year's award/trophy/medal and still hold my head up high. It almost is enjoyable to watch someone else take over as top dog.

This has been my whole life: striving for top honors at school. Being awarded member of the month at my fitness club (years ago). Winning at an office sports tournament. No one can ever take those away.

Weight loss is the exact opposite. When I get down to my goal weight, I will only stay there if I continue doing well eating-wise. I always feel like I'm just a candy bar away from falling off the wagon. Like last time, I'm one illness away from losing motivation to go to the gym.

This week has been horrible eating-wise. Put it to you this way: If I gain weight this week, it's not the Cheeto's fault. In trying to lose weight it feels like I'm always lying on the bench trying to lift too much weight and that at any given point it will all come crashing down on my chest and throat. I'm burning out. Not just on this weight loss thing, but definitely on it.

Three short years after being in nearly perfect shape, I was too fat to even be in my church's choir (*1). I went from enjoying slim jeans fitting perfectly and getting random compliments on my personal appearance to only having two pairs of fat pants that fit. It happened in no time. I went from being someone that my girlfriend at the time thought was extremely handsome to being someone she looked at with pity two years after we had broken up when we ran into each other.

It's not not winning the belt that scares me. It's being able to keep it.

- TD Out

(*1) When I lost 10 pounds the director told me that I could join. I politely declined. Yeah, I know, why did I leave that church exactly?

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TSEWARD 2/5/2010 7:00PM


I think the fact that you are aware of how easy it could be to slide backwards is the reason why you will keep moving forward. When I stand on the edge of a cliff I think: "One step and I could fall off"...So I don't take that step...but the idea that all it would take is one step totally freaks me out! On the up side, with our health/weight there are so many little steps involved that one step off the path does not "destroy" us. I know you will continue to strut boldly down the path of good health. You have made so many changes. Your choir leader and your ex can stick it.


p.s. btw thank you for your calm logical reasoning re: my worries about boss/surgery etc. really helped.

Comment edited on: 2/5/2010 7:04:22 PM

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SROBBINS02 2/5/2010 5:15PM

    Yeah, it scares me too. If we recognise that and 'own' it, as well as all the other crap that makes us fat, then it should be easier shouldn't it? We WILL do this :)

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YOGINI_JACKIE 2/4/2010 9:40PM

    You definitely can do it--you just need to keep reminding yourself of how much you're worth it, and I know you are!

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    That's what scares me too. At least you have the experience of being there . . . I've never been there so I'm afraid I won't know how to keep it . . .

BUT . . . if we keep going like we are . . . day by day . . . we can. :)

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Cheeto-Size Me!!!!!! (Part 1)

Monday, February 01, 2010

In her book "The Great American Detox Diet", Alex Jamieson recounts the moment that the idea for "SuperSize Me" was conceived. She and her boyfriend, Morgan Spurlock, were watching a news report on the McDonalds lawsuit. Apparently a spokesperson for McDonalds made some kind of comment to the tune of "McDonalds food is perfectly normal healthy food". Morgan, taken aback by the comment, said basically that if that was the case, then he should be able to eat McDonalds three times a day and it shouldn't impact his health.

Now years later, I read an equally troubling comment (*en1) about eating in "moderation". Apparently "THEY" say that when trying to lose weight, one can eat any food in moderation (whoever "THEY" are (*en2)). Well, to that I say "Harumph!!"(*en3). This simply can't be. I must stop the INSANITY (*en4).

So here's what I'm going to do: I'm going to beat "THEY" at their own game. I will:
* Eat reasonably healthfully (details below) and track my calories.
* Exercise 3-5 hours a week as I have (Mix of cardio, strength and core)
* Motivation? Well, my SparkFriends give me that(*en5).
* Eat a small 160 calorie bag of Cheetos (Look MAW / "THEY"!! Moderation!!)

If the person selling me the Cheetos (a) asks me if I want a larger bag, (b)makes fun of me/my masculinity/my ancestry for buying a small bag (*en6), or (c)starts whistling "Turkey in the Straw"(*en7), then I will either upgrade to the 320 calorie sized bag or eat two of the 160 calorie sized ones.

My starting weight is: 209.4

Get ready to eat your words, "THEY".......

-TD Out

Editor's Notes:
(*en1) To him, anyway.

(*en2) "THEY" are people who know what they are talking about (a category of people that "NIT-WIT" generally gets easily confused by).

(*en3) That's British for "OMG like, as IF!!"

(*en4) And yet, he's going to post another blog next week. Sigh.

(*en5) Amen! Wow, he said something accurate. Whoda thunk?

(*en6) Kids can be so cruel.

(*en7) Don't ask. Trust me, don't ask.

Eating Plan Details:
* 4 oz Lean Protein fried in 1T Olive Oil
* 1/2C Fiber one & Soy Milk
* 1/3C Multigrain Hot cereal/Oats with 2T Peanut Butter
(600-700 calories)

* Whatever Dave serves at the cafeteria. Vegetables as sides when available. Will eat out on weekends.
(600-800 calories)

* 1/2C Fiber one & Soy Milk
* Copious fruits and vegetables
* If hungry: 1/3C Multigrain Hot cereal/Oatmeal with 2T Peanut Butter
(500-600 calories)

* Will eat home cooked meals mostly (Maybe eat out 1-2 times per week)
(400-600 calories)

* Fage or Kefir with berries (and flax seeds if low on Omega 3's) or similar 100-200 calorie snack

My calories usually come out to 2500-2900. Weekends will have the same calories but different foods.

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AZCUPCAKE 2/7/2010 4:34PM

    Cheetos are okay; I am more of a Doritos girl myself! emoticon

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SROBBINS02 2/1/2010 6:05PM

    Firstly- kefir, ew. Ew ew ew. Madness. Never seen it outside Russia, would never wish to.

Secondly, as a modern Brit chick, I prefer 'humph' to 'harumph'. 'harumph' is faintly redolescent of early 1900's bankers in immaculate pinstriped suits, no idea why...

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TSEWARD 2/1/2010 5:56PM

    Love it! I would love to hear the turkey in the straw story. One day, if you are up for it. Thanks for your suggestions on checking for sugar free teams on SP. It is so obvious, yet I didn't even think of it. I am on it!

Cheetos Rule!


P. S. PLEASE! if you will, delete my second posting of the same comment!

thank you!

(ps turkey emoticon meant to be a joke. hope you find it funny.)

Comment edited on: 2/1/2010 5:57:49 PM

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    So where do the cheetos come in? :) Are you adding them to your plan, or on top of your plan?

Happy Cheeto Monday!

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YOGINI_JACKIE 2/1/2010 9:06AM

    Awesome. So is this day 1 of your Cheeto-size challenge?

You should also try to "stay happy" in February--I invited you to my new team this morning!

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There IS a good day to be sick after all

Saturday, January 30, 2010

You hear people say it about bad things all the time. There's never a good time to...fill in the blank. Never a good day to be sick, get locked out of your car/house, lose your job, etc. In general I agree with such statements (Although I once got locked out of my car on a warm Spring day that I had off from work and had nothing scheduled until hours from then. Couldn't think of a better time personally).

So I'm hearing that everyone is getting this cold in my office. I hate taking sick days if I can avoid it. I'll absolutely do it if I'm actually sick, but still. I hate getting sick when I'm on vacation or have a day off as well. That leaves, you guessed it, Weekends. On Thursday, I was talking with a co-worker and said, "I hope that if I catch this stupid cold going around that I get it on a Weekend".

Sure shooting, late Friday afternoon, I started getting the sniffles. Today I've got the whole kit and caboodle: Sniffles, sneezing, burning sinuses etc. And the cool thing is that this weekend I had nothing actually planned anyway. Monday I will be mostly recovered but have the really deep voice so I can do my Barry White/Isaac Hayes impersonation (w00t!!!11) for my poor co-workers to enjoy/endure/suffer.

Plus I will be healthy enough later in the week to get my four hours of exercise in for my blogumentary. How cool is that?

Ahhhh, the 1990's are going to be a great decade.

-TD out.

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YOGINI_JACKIE 1/30/2010 11:23AM

    Hope you feel better. Haha, I know what you mean--I used to sing in college, and I was second alto anyway, so when I was sick my range was very low. It's fun to get in touch with your inner bass :)

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SROBBINS02 1/30/2010 11:03AM

    Whenever I get a cold my voice is the first thing to go and I sound like a 40's nightclub singer on 80 cigs a day. It totally rocks! Enjoy the Walrus of Love voice whilst it lasts, and don't overexert yourself whilst you're sick emoticon

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Cheeto-Size Me!!!!!! (Part 0)

Thursday, January 28, 2010

OK, here's my conundrum. I read on this here SparkPeople interweb site that I can eat anything I want in "moderation" while building a "healthy" lifestyle. Makes sense......or DOES IT (Dramatic conundrum music flashes)? I'm sorry, I'm just not buying it. Yeah, sure I've lost almost fifteen pounds while eating out at least once a day and having a candy bar or potato chips on most afternoons. But let's be realistic.....How do I know that I actually lost the weight (Selah)?

I read so many people who start this and other diets say that they are going to stop eating all of these "bad" and "sinful" and "awful" and "(insert-your-favorite-pejorative-adjectiv
e-here)" foods. Give 'em up for good. You know which ones I mean: carbs, sugar, chocolate, deep-fried butter, pasta, glue (*en1), etc.

You see, Mr. Chris Downie (If that is in fact his real name(*en2)) thinks that I'm stupid(*en3). That I'm going to believe him just because he runs a healthy lifestyle site. Oh and then there's Coach Nicole talking the same rubbish, the same poppy-cock, the same balderdash, the same banana oil (pardon my language).

Oh yeah, really!!? Well let me ask you this, "Could they kick my b@#t?"(*en4). I rest my case.

So here it is. In the spirit of Morgan Spurlock, I will unleash my Blogumentary starting in February........"Cheeto-Size Me!!!!" Here's the deal. I will prove them wrong. I will eat healthfully every day in February(*en5) and continue my core, cardio and strength exercises. However, every day, I also will eat Cheetos (mmm MMM, I loves me my Cheetos, so I's gonna eats me my Cheetos). And I will do it on Their Terms!!! In Moderation(*en6)

So in conclusion(*en7), for the entire month of February, I'm going to eat really healthy, as I have been, and I'm going to exercise at least 4 hours/week. At the same time, I'm going to eat a snack sized bag of Cheetos every day. Be ready to watch my diet go down in Flames!!!!

I will blog about it once a week.

-TD out!!

Editor's Notes:
(en1) He's just seeing if you're still reading. I probably wouldn't be.

(en2) It is.

(en3) A really tough case to argue against.

(en4) Yes they easily could: Coach Nicole with both hands tied behind her back and Chris Downie probably could while on horse tranquilizers.

(en5) Unless he has a bad day or two. We all have bad days.

(en6) Snack size bags are 160 calories. Quite reasonable.

(en7) Thank goodness, I thought that he'd never shut up.

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SWOMIC 3/1/2010 7:07PM

    lol, emoticon

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CARLEY2010 1/29/2010 6:34PM

  Hey baby cakes! good luck with one..... i havent seen chester since i dumped him january 1st. youll have 2 tell me how he is

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ANGIE_1230 1/29/2010 3:11PM

    Thanks for a good laugh on a Friday afternoon. I'm looking forward to the results of your adventure!

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LIMELITESHINES 1/29/2010 10:21AM

    Ok so I've seen you around on many of my friends pages and I had to come see what they were chuckling about. :)



b) I can't wait to hear about your Cheeto adventure.


I think they need to make that smiley guy with bright orange teeth. Just for you.

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SROBBINS02 1/29/2010 7:01AM

    I think the UK version of Cheetos are called Wotsits? Anyhoo, they're totally addictive too. Enjoy the diet, I'm looking forward to it!

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DKAB55 1/28/2010 10:18PM

    I'd love to see your stand-up're so damn funny!
Keep tickling the funny bone. Looking towards your upcoming blogs.

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YOGINI_JACKIE 1/28/2010 9:41PM

    Hahaha, I LOVED this blog. Can you please take a picture of yourself with a mouthful of cheetos like morgan spurlock?

I am looking forward to following the blogumentary! I was never a big cheetos person, but cheezits? That's another story...hehehe

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