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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Whenever I hear someone doing a "detox" I always wish them the best of fortune. I admire the desire, but I am simply do not have that will power to make such a big step (stop eating abc food for x days/months and eat only xyz foods).

The best advice I ever read regarding the three step Phase 1 Detox, Phase 2 re-introduce and Phase 3 maintenance advice was simple:

"Just do phase 3"

Currently, I am running an eating program that in theory starts with such a detox (I will go into more detail sometime next month if it continues to work). As with most Phase 1 detox diets, it involves (a) Giving up sweets and (b) eating copious amounts of vegetables.

Eating too much sugar and doing the opposite of (b) is what got me there in the first place. It makes sense.

At the same time when I have been eating 600-800 calories of junk food and and average of a vegetable a month, that's a tall order.

So what I have been doing to prep for this diet is what I call a "pretox".

* There are 10 foods/seasonings that, for lack of a better term, knock down sugar cravings. I've gone heavy on them and am down to about 400 calories of sweets per day (have gone as low as 270).
* I am going to up my vegetables over the next 7-8 month. This week, I'm shooting for 1-3 per week and will gradually up that number to 3-5 per day.
* As I finish foods that would be forbidden on the detox I will replace them with smaller quantities and better options.

Because the detox requires giving up fruit, I will wait until Fall to do the formal detox. Give up fresh strawberries, cherries and other summer fruits? Not a chance.

Until then, I will focus on working the recommended/allowed foods into my diet.

Wish me success.

- TD Out

  
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SCRAP317 1/21/2011 6:53AM

    Hey - what are the 10 foods/seasonings that knock down sugar cravings? Would love to know that!

Great thinking and planning TD emoticon

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SHELMG2010 1/20/2011 10:59AM

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ANEPANALIPTI 1/20/2011 2:13AM

    Now THIS is success. Tailoring it to FIT YOU. That shows commitment and devotion and respect for YOUR body!!!!!!

Thanks for being my friend,

Dimitra

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MEADSBAY 1/19/2011 9:20PM

    I thought you were kidding before about how few vegetables you eat.
How is that even possible?
You were serious?
Do your bowels EVER move? emoticon

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JEN-TINK2 1/19/2011 8:52PM

    Good job!

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KT-NICHOLS-13 1/19/2011 7:48PM

    I would go into a serious food depression if I had to give up fruit in the summer. emoticon

You are doing great!

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WEIGH-IN and HALF MARATH

Saturday, January 15, 2011

WEIGH-IN

Starting Weight (1/1): 204.8
Last Week (1/8): 201
Desired weight:182
Goal to lose an average of 0.5 pounds a week

This Week........(Biggest Loser scale music and beeping noises from scale)

201.4!! (+0.4). Yayyy!!

I had 5 of the best eating days of my entire life this week. There were five of them in which I ate within 100 calories of my actual suggested calorie range.

One of them was even within my range.

One of the two days where I didn't keep my calories in check unfortunately happenned to be yesterday (a lot of sodium and simple carbs for lunch).

I'm kind of happy because it means that next week has the potential to be another big number. I think that this week's number is definitely inflated and only less than a half of a pound up.

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DO THE HALF MARATH

One of my dear SparkFriends (all of who I love very much) posted a blog about running a marathon.....with a twist. And "by twist" I'm not talking doing one of those iZumba! marathons where you do the entire 26.2 miles doing the cumbia, merengue, and other latin dance moves. That would be stupid (although she never really defined "walking" and "jogging". Hmmmmm).

No, her twist was that she was going to do a total of 26.2 miles, but over the 31 days of January (walking, jogging and elliptical). Not 26.2 miles every day. That would probably be painful

My first thought was, "Gosh I wish I could have started and done that this month."

My second thought was, "Hey I can do it in February. A couple of double sessions will give me the same slack"

My third thought was, "What would Big Fluffy say about this?"
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujLt4GqMdF8

My fourth thought (yes, I've got lotsa thoughts) though was, "Why wait?". It's the middle of the month.......I'm can and will do a HALF marathon over the next 16 days and you can take that to the bank Tito."

Tito: Gracias, senor.

Trent: De nada, Tito.

iDe Nada!

- TD Out!

p.s. If anyone knows how to do the upside-down Spanish exclamation mark in these comment blog pages, please let me know how. I feel really lazy when I use a small "i"

p.s.s It's not that I don't respect Big Fluffy's advice. I may actually use it later this year.

p.s.s.s. I gotta find me one of them iZumba! marathons. I take back what I said about them. They actually sound pretty cool.

  
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SHELMG2010 1/18/2011 1:41PM

    Great motivation!! Nothing wrong with lots of thoughts!!!! emoticon

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ANEPANALIPTI 1/17/2011 4:05PM

    lol love it!

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JEN-TINK2 1/15/2011 4:50PM

    Good 4 u!

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KT-NICHOLS-13 1/15/2011 11:11AM

    WOOO HOOO! Glad you joined the party, see you at the finish. emoticon

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MOMONTHERUN1 1/15/2011 9:41AM

    Interesting twist on a Half Marathon! Good for you for doing something different.

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SCRAP317 1/15/2011 9:14AM

    Love your attitude! And love the idea of the half marathon!

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45ANDFIT1 1/15/2011 9:00AM

    Fabulous!!

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TANNERS 1/15/2011 8:35AM

    Great job this week TD!! I'm so proud of you!!

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New Found Freedom . . . . Possibly

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Honest to Goodness, my worst fear has not been that I will never lose the weight. Rather it's been that I will lose the weight and always have to struggle. Always wondering when I'm going to fall off the wagon. Always being one breakup, stressful project, lonely weekend, etc. from losing control of my eating (not that it has ever been under control, just kept at bay) and by proxy my weight.

This week more than ever, I feel close to permanent victory.

So for the past week, my chocolate consumption has taken a drastic drop. Last year I was averaging at least 550-600 calories a day (usually more if there was a filled candy jar anywhere in the office or desert was available when eating out). The 600 calories was the daily chocolate bar that I ate before I gave up tracking calories. The honest numbers would have probably had me between 800 and 1000.

This week my typical consumption has been around 350-400 with everything tracked. The last 90-100 calories are usually forced because I do want to gradually knock the numbers down on this. I honestly don't enjoy chocolate very much any more.

Recently my dream has been to be able to eat 1 oz of dark chocolate a day for the health benefits but no more. Up until now it has seemed impossible.

Now it seems like a dream soon to come true.

I'm partially trying an eating program which, from it's description seems to indicate that one of its ramifications is a decreased craving for sugar. For the last 7 days, it has seemed to deliver on its promise.

I want to give this time to make sure that it really can be permanent before I share. I have seen and tried so many things that worked well at first, but gradually became less effective. If by early to mid next month I am still doing OK, I promise to share what it is.

This is a new found freedom (possibly), that I never dreamed I would have.

Wish me continued success.

- TD Out!

  
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NINJAJO926 3/13/2011 9:14AM

    Can I ask what program you are using to decrease sugar cravings? I also struggle with that and I would love to know what you are doing!

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ANEPANALIPTI 1/17/2011 4:06PM

    YES! I am happy for you!

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ANNE7X7 1/13/2011 9:28AM

    The thing with healthy food is that it makes you feel good, leaving you wanting to eat more!! I had very much the same fear as you, but when I found myself craving a humongo salad during Christmas time cause of all the sugar I was eating, I realized that there was no going back, because my body WANTS good food! Awesome progress! Keep it up!!

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KRITKRIT 1/13/2011 9:22AM

    What great news! Hope it keeps doing well for you. Looking forward to hearing what it is!



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TRADTRAV 1/13/2011 7:15AM

    I'm sure you can come over chocolate and enjoy the ark one! You can do it! :-)

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AKELAZ 1/13/2011 1:37AM

    Oh Dreamer – if there’s one thing I wish, it’s that your dream will finally come true. Behind you all the way. emoticon

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MEADSBAY 1/12/2011 9:52PM

    You big tease.
pm me.
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VIVRE5 1/12/2011 8:10PM

    Wonderful news! Sending successful vibes your way!

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KT-NICHOLS-13 1/12/2011 7:58PM

    I will always wish you continued success!
So glad to hear things are taking a turn for the better. It's not fun to feel like your being held hostage by a food you love.

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Weighing in and Conquering the Enemy

Saturday, January 08, 2011

WEIGH-IN:

Goal: 182
2011 starting weight: 204.8

Last Week: 204.8
This Week: 201.0
(-3.8 w00t!!)

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CONQUERING THE ENEMY:

There was an old cop TV drama years ago that my parents used to watch. In one episode one of the main cops was showing a newer cop the ropes. He pointed out a group of four potential trouble makers.

The younger one asked how would they would deal with the group if the group started trouble. The older one basically said that the solution was to:
1) Go up to them and tell them to knock it off.
2) If they didn't comply and got hostile, the next step was to crack/drop either (a) The biggest one in the group or (b) The one with the biggest mouth.

My dad explained it conceptually. The big guy represents the symbolic strength of the group. The loud/frisky one represents attitude. If you neutralize one of them, the group loses strength and confidence.

So how does this apply to weight loss?

I thought a lot about areas of health and nutrition that I've never fully addressed. I've tried, but never overcome. They've included the following:
* I still rarely eat vegetables
* Never been able to get a steady workout regimen going
* Eat out at least once a weekday and twice a day on weekends

With all three I believe that I could slowly fix with minor modifications or gradual implementations.

There is one thing, though, which has been a total stronghold and I believe that until I address and overcome it, I will always be just treading water with cramped arms and legs. So here it is:

** I can't stop eating sugar ** (There, I said it)

I eat at least 600 calories of chocolate a day, usually more. The concept of eating sweets "in moderation" is such a foreign concept to me. While my desire is to get to the point of being able to do that, I will take complete abstinence from it if necessary.

So I'm looking into possible ways to overcome. I think I've found one that appears to be working and will share if it does (I hate saying that something is working after a few days only for a month later no progress)

So that's the biggest/loudest problem in my diet/exercise. I will spend the rest of my life if necessary fighting this until I overcome it. I want freedom and I want to bring this freedom to others who may be suffering.

If you have any ideas that have worked for you or others regarding this, please share.

Much Love,

- TD Out

  
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NANCYCA555 1/10/2011 11:57AM

    Congratulations on your weight loss this week. 3.4 pounds!! Excellent, and very honest, blog. emoticon

I can relate to the issue with sweets. My biggest sugary sweets problem is ice cream. What works best for me is to not have the delicious...er, dreaded food in my house. When I first started my wieght loss journey in earnest a year and a half ago, I literally had to shield my eyes from the ice cream cartons as I wheeled my shopping cart through the frozen section. It's hard, but you will get better at it. We're with ya!

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RUNJEWELRUN 1/10/2011 10:22AM

    Hey handsome! Congrats on the weigh in. If you cannot quit the sugar cold turkey, you just have to try and ween yourself off of it! I bet that I love chocolate more than you, but what I do, is incorporate it into my daily calorie count so I can't go over.
How are you doing on the exercise front? Are you interested in strength training? It does wonders(I only have two 5 lb dumbbells, but I already see a difference in a week or two).
We are all here for you!!

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MEADSBAY 1/8/2011 9:42PM

    I'm no help with the sugar issue- not one of my many vices- but it occurs to me you would be a wealthy man (and probably much trimmer) if you would eat at home more often!
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KT-NICHOLS-13 1/8/2011 4:43PM

    Sugar (sigh). I started with getting the subsitute sugars out of my life first ... sweet & low, equal, splenda etc. That greatly improved my health and energy. Many cravings stopped or were reduced after that. It's a good place to start.

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JEN-TINK2 1/8/2011 4:24PM

    Aww! The momories

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STEELKICKIN 1/8/2011 12:10PM

    Sugar should be against the law. Not only is it bad for ya, hosts multitudes of empty calories and risks your health in more ways than one, it is ADDICTIVE! I'm sugar-free. Have been for awhile, although I have the occasional slip-ups where I feel I've been slammed into by a Kenworth semitruck. It's those times that make me realize how much of a tyrant that substance is. It is something that you're going to have to put your mind to and your foot down on. There's really no easy way to kick it. You just gotta KICK IT. You are stronger than it is...you are bigger than it will ever be. You just have to reach down deep and prepare yourself for the withdrawals, the headaches and the shakes. It's gonna happen. Tell yourself along the way that it is NORMAL to be grouchy, to be sick, to be in complete chaos at this time because that means your body is getting rid of the poison it has been carrying around. But let me tell you something...three weeks into it, after being sugar-free, your body is going to love you. You will experience a release. Your moods will even out, your skin will glow and you will feel liberated and AWESOME. There's gonna be times that you will be tempted, but you have to remember that you worked hard to get where you are.

YOU CAN DO IT. One more thing, when you go sugar-free, the weight will slide off and your body will become proportionate. It's like, every body part will even out in all the right places. You'll lose weight where you don't want it, especially the tummy area. TRUST ME. It'll be a hard road to get there but definitely worth the climb.
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TANNERS 1/8/2011 8:50AM

    Sugar is a huge obstacle for me too... YOU CAN DO IT!!

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AKELAZ 1/8/2011 8:20AM

    Great blog - as always (Don't think I haven't been following - just completely without time to respond last few months of 2010).
You use words like a paint brush and it's great to see the analogies and then follow them to whichever picture you want us to see.
Excellent that you've got fixes in place for your nutritional blips - just remains to follow them thro I guess. Easier said than done of course.
As for the chocolate - well . . . I've never liked chocolate (yeah I know - weird!!) but I lu-urve bread and it causes me so many problems. I have regular major bread-fests which make me feel terrible. Applies to any sort of bread - the best I can get (or indeed make sometimes) - once I start I'm lost. So - I've resolved this year to stop eating it - again - easier said than done. Joined the South Beach team and for one blissful week I've avoided wheat and other carbs as directed (sugar is also forbidden for a few weeks) and have had no-o cravings at all and indeed no unreasonable wish for any particular food. Just balanced and careful eating with no effort at all. Who knows if it will work long term - certainly not me! See how you get on with your own solutions and then maybe consider SB if you need to . . .
Best of luck with it all - I follow your struggles with such sympathy - would love to see you get to goal.


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VIVRE5 1/8/2011 7:37AM

    loved the cop drama analogy. ANd CONGRATULATIONS on the weigh in!

still paying attention :) emoticon

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Rock Bottom

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

About my weight......

Saturday, I took all of my initial numbers and almost all of them seemed reasonably close to healthy range (one was actually in the healthy range).

I had hoped to come up with a general picture of my health that would involve a holistic analysis of what I needed to do to get my health, as a whole, back into check and not just focus on my weight.

Unfortunately:
A) My weight is the only number that is really high
B) The other numbers will most likely all fall into place once I lose more weight
C) My weight has been pretty stuck

**2009/2010 course of action:**
A) Tough it out and lose five to 5-10 pounds in 3-5 weeks
B) Get really excited, celebrate and enjoy the ride (blog about it)
C) Get stuck in a plateau for 2-4 months (get frustrated about it)
D) Tread water and then rally
E) Repeat steps A-D

As bad as the plateaus got, I never gained the weight back. This last plateau didn't stick and I gained the weight plus some back. I'm starting to realize that I've been able to get by with minor modifications and by making slightly less bad health decisions without addressing the real issues.

**The 2011 course of action:**
- Come up with a gap/swot analysis
- Figure out the root of the issue involving my weight-loss or lack-thereof
- Figure out how to over come.
- Address the issue head-on and unrelentingly, but calm and collectedly.

The ultimate key is to remember one of the things that I learned from one of my "dream" blogs

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3842226


"Understand that you may be technically overweight, but that it's 'something to address' not 'something that will kill you in six months'. Focus on the road, not the destination. This isn't a game and the number on the scale is not your 'score'. "

(Gotta love visits by ghosts and guys from New Jersey)

So, it's time to address:

Yes, I'm overweight....but I'm not "Heart-Attack/Stroke coming right around the corner.

I'm a typical young American male who needs to lose 10-20 pounds, eat healthier and exercise a little more.

It's time to get to the bottom of why I am where I am.....the rock bottom.

- TD Out!

  
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RUNJEWELRUN 1/7/2011 6:01PM

    You are going to kick this in the butt :)
Have a great weekend :)

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KRITKRIT 1/6/2011 1:30PM

    You've always been my spark rock and you still are, TD!!!

I know you got this. I have 100% complete faith in you!

Here's to you in 2011!

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ANEPANALIPTI 1/6/2011 10:52AM

    So freaking awesome. Thank you for blogging, I totally admire you!!!!

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TEENY_BIKINI 1/5/2011 7:07PM

    This is a great blog with a great conclusion. Realizing that you are normal is quite liberating - it completely shifts the focus in many ways. Kudos for you for getting to that place. It's a great place! Now, rock bottom - that is hard core stuff which I am sure you will and can conquer. The answers are all there - I agree wholeheartedly.

Seems like you have the clarity you need. Now, go on and battle! You can do it!

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Proud of ya :)

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TANNERS 1/5/2011 2:08PM

    You can do this... just keep talking it out to your masses!! I'm proud of how hard you are working to get to the root of the problem!!

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STEELKICKIN 1/4/2011 11:00PM

    Niiiice! A man with a plan...you gotta love that. TD IS KICKIN'!

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MEADSBAY 1/4/2011 8:42PM

    "This isn't a game and the number on the scale is not your 'score'. "

LOVE this thought.

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VIVRE5 1/4/2011 8:00PM

    hmmm aren't you an interesting fellow... I will be following you , perhaps a bit slapdash, to see how it is flowin' :) good luck in the new year , pal. Not that ya need it...you seem to keep your head above water decidedly well :) emoticon I won't forget to check back... pretty sure it will be thought - provoking.

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MNGIRLIE 1/4/2011 7:51PM

    If you haven't already I would suggest you check out this link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/773677
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ith/1478008897/

You'll get there. It's important that you're patient with yourself. Driving yourself batty over those 10 - 20 pounds won't do you a lick of good mentally.

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