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
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Starting Weight (1/1): 204.8
Last Week (1/8): 201
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.
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?"
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.
- 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.
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!
Saturday, January 08, 2011
2011 starting weight: 204.8
Last Week: 204.8
This Week: 201.0
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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.
- TD Out
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.
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
"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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