Tuesday, June 01, 2010
OK, those of you who have been reading my blogs regularly know that I have said some very strong and daring things. Things that make one think really hard and wrestle with some of the deepest and most existential concepts. Things such as:
* "If you wouldn't beat a friend up for a bad day then don't beat yourself up for one."
* "If you vary your foods a lot you won't be as hungry."
* "Forget Ginger. Baby was by far the best looking Spice Girl."
* "My gosh, this kid is TOTALLY adorable!"
Ahhhhhhh, if God ever has enough of a sense of humor to give me children, SHE will definitely flunk at least one of them in Biology class. She'll get the whole cat/cow thing by then, I'm sure. That WAS a really good horsey, imho.
But here's something even more controversial than all four statements above(*).
Go to the FastBreak portion of the Spark Diet and look at what it tells you.
No, seriously.....do it.
Notice that it tells you to pick one thing from each of 3 sections. One thing. One small thing. Let's say hypothetically you picked the 4 whole grains option. You can meet your fb goal without infinitesimally upping your Fruits and vegetables, giving up all sweets for the rest of your life and eating nothing but lean proteins and skim milk.
Here's the rub.........
The Spark Jedi Council not only understands this. They designed the program that way. It's as if they want us little SparkBunnies to take small steps get some initial victories and make gradual changes to our lifestyle rather than give up every "evil" food in the world and subsist only on celery/carrot sticks (while doing the perfunctory 3 hours a day at the gym, of course).
Tito: So why are you telling us this?
Trent: Ah! I'm glad that you asked, Tito.
I've been reading random blogs from people who are coming back from having "fallen off the wagon" and now they're going to really kick it up a notch to get back on track. Gym 6 days a week and stick right to the calorie range. I never hear anything about a ramp up period.
It saddens me. I did that for almost 10 years. 10 years! Every single time, I failed. It was actually the SP articles and staff published blogs that drove home the "Rome wasn't built in a day" concept.
So it breaks my heart to see people who are given the opportunity to break free of the aforementioned cycle of self imprisonment just keep on doing the same thing which almost invariably doesn't work. More restrictive diet! More intense cardio! The cycle continues....
I hate overused expressions as much as the next martian....but less really is more.
If you've fallen off the wagon. Analyze why. Did you try to do too much too fast. Did you try something too new. Did you give one habit change enough time to sink in. Were you so set on two pounds a week that that 0.5 pound loss psychologically knocked you to the mat?
Figure out how to start again. What was working? What came easily. If you stopped doing cardio, shoot for 10-15 minutes and add a minute or two each week. If your body craves a little more, give it a little more.... a LITTLE more.
To me, trying to instantly go from "off the wagon" for any period of time to the whole kit and caboodle (nutrition/exercise-wise) is like surviving a 100 mph car crash and then getting right into another car and driving 100 mph again. What's going to be different this time?
I love you and I want you to succeed. Pick an option from the 3 areas of the fast break stage and do them and only them for a couple of weeks (unless of course your doctor/nutritionist is telling you otherwise). Take it slowly.
As the funny meowing cat who wants turkey would say....
That's right, funny meowing cat who wants turkey! You said it!!!
191 by 9.11!!
- TD Out.
(*) Except for the Spice Girl choice. I know that I'm going to get cr4p from the Scary Spice fans. 4ll y'4ll r H-8-R's!!!
Monday, May 24, 2010
Goal: To Weigh 191 pounds or less by Saturday, September 11, 2010
The first week of June. I will do 60 minutes worth of cardio (yes, 60 min total for the whole week, not per day). Each week, I will add 10% to that number (66, 73, 80, etc.). I should be up to about 240 minutes per week by Labor day week.
for the month of June, I will eat an average of at least 1 fruit per day. Each month I will add 1 to that until I reach 7 for the month of December. This is a slightly longer term goal, but it applies.
Calorie Flavor Disassociation. I will vary my foods, especially the high calorie meals. Try to eat different foods and at different restaurants. Regarding sweets, I will not eat the same candy bar, cookie or pastry more than once a month. This will mediate hunger and cravings. It's been working really well for the last month for me.
* Build Strength and Muscle.
* Big full body weight workouts to burn more calories while ramping up cardio.
* Don't worry about numbers. Eat when hungry. The body always craves calories when beginning a strength training routine and muscle weighs more.
I hope to maintain. Any loss is good but it's not what I'm striving for at this point.
- TD Out
Friday, May 21, 2010
Last week I didn't quit.
I finished a process of quitting that I started about three weeks prior.
(The Past: 195 by 5.29!! and previous)
I started making excuses in my head: "I may not make it", "More than two pounds a week is not healthy so I shouldn't strive for it".
It would have been bad enough if I had been making said excuses after it was clear that I was totally done for. But I was making excuses after losing over five pounds in 3 weeks!!!! I was just waiting for the bad weigh-in.
While everyone was cheering me on, while everyone was telling me not to give up, I felt a pressure to not fail, to not lose
I took "control" of the situation, by blogging for three weeks that I might not make it. Letting everyone know that they shouldn't expect anything of me (lest I let them down). One by one, pretty much everyone eventually accepted (or at least verbalized acceptance) that I was doing the right thing.
I think one person actually bought it....me.
Sure, the rationalizations made sense.....sort of:
Rationalization 1: "6 pounds in two weeks is too much, it's not healthy"
* So isn't weighing over 250 pounds and that didn't kill me.
Rationalization 2: "I may not make it"
* So what!? Maybe I would have.
GaHHH!! I've done this every time. Not just in weight loss. Everything in life. I start doing something that will make my life better. I get good at it. I get strong. I start to see the finish line. All my friends believe in me.
I feel higher expectations. I feel pressure. I become critical of myself. I fear failure. I create "escape" routes.....
The one time in my life I succeeded to my full potential on something. I rationalized my success to be a failure with a face. I "fooled" everyone into thinking that I'm something that I'm not.
** I WAS smart enough to graduate Summa Cum Laude D*rnit!!! I STILL AM!!!**
(The Present 191 by 9.11!!)
I watch the BL at least a week delayed on hulu. There was an episode where one of the contestants gave up on a challenge that they knew deep down that they could win. As I was rationalizing my "pending failure" a person on one of my teams emailed me about the episode, trying to get me to stay on track (not quit).
The night after I wrote the official resignation blog of my 195 by 5.29! goal, I watched that episode and it hit me.....That's what I did. I saw the regret in the contestant's eyes and voice and felt it for what I had done.
Two words: (1)Not (2)Again.
This time will be different. There is a saying on the 24 hour fitness gym on the BL that quotes Bob as saying "Stand up and finish what you started". Atsa what Ima gonna do.
This time WILL be different. I don't care if I have to lose 3 pounds a week for 4 weeks straight. I don't give a care if I have to lose 12 pounds in one week. I will fight to the very last minute with all my strength. I may fall short of the number after all is said and done. But I will not quit! I will NOT QUIT!!! I will fight to the end.
This time WILL be different.
191 by 9.11!!
- TD Out
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
I have a ritual where I go to the library and pick out 1 or 2 diet books. I joke with the librarian that said diets, "can't POSSIBLY fail". They're all kind of the same(the diet books not the librarians). They tell me that I can eat whatever I want and then give me a rigid program. If I'm lucky, I get a principle that I can apply (South Beach Diet/F Factor). The smart money always involves starting at stage 3, but even that usually doesn't work.
The oddest diet by far was "The Shangri la diet". Not only didn't it spend the perfunctory 60-70 pages telling me why all other diets were horrible, it actually quasi endorsed one and said how I could integrate this diet with any eating plan. It was weirdly written (but mercifully short).
While the diet itself involved drinking 150-400 calories of plain sugar water and light oils (safflower, extra Light Olive, Canola) spaced well between meals, the principles behind it were not so weird. I don't generally sip the sugar or oil, but I do a few other things that are recommended and they have been working. Over the past few months, I've been losing weight and my cravings, especially for sugar, have gone down
I strongly recommend reading the book, but not following the actual diet itself. Understand the principles behind it and focus on his 6 "Extra Credit" (The guy's a college professor) suggestions.
Below is what I've been doing
1) Eating Foods that are slow to digest: Whole grains, lean proteins and healthy fats (nuts and flavored oils)
2) Eating different foods and at different places: I still eat a candy bar or pastry every day but it's a new one or one that I haven't had recently. I usually don't crave any more the one. My lunch is still 600-900 calories, but I try to eat at different cafes/restaurants. When I eat at familiar places I order items that I haven't ever, rarely have or not recently eaten. I always feel full after.
Again, I recommend reading the book (It's a very short book, that's why I took it out), but don't recommend the diet itself. The precepts have been really working for me. My cravings have gone down and I've been losing weight.
191 by 9.11!!
- TD Out
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