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December 21, 2010: Decision Made

Monday, February 14, 2011

After being visited by ghosts throughout most of the month of December, I finally realized that I had a sugar addiction. Much like my original decision to lose weight. I vowed that I would spend the rest of my life if necessary either killing my sugar addiction or finding a way to make life without sugar bearable.

I had tried stopping it altogether quite a few times two days worth of headaches later, I was clean. For awhile. Then I fell. Fell hard.

Yes, if there was a way to not crave sugar I was going to find it.

First step after admission

A few days later, a friend and I were in a bookstore. While my friend was looking for a book that he wanted, I went over to the health and diet section. There I saw a book with a bright white and pink cover titled "Beat Sugar Addiction Now!". I'm usually a find-it-in-the-library kind of guy, but this was different. This was war. It was written by a doctor and not a super hyped diet, so I figure what the heck. Maybe it would work, if not, maybe I could learn something. If it didn't, I would find another book or go online.

The book started with 4 different sets of life-style questions to determine which type of sugar addict I was. Two of them were clearly not me. I certainly haven't given birth recently and certainly haven't gone through menopause. One other was sort of close, but upon reading the profile that one was clearly out as well.

The other type though. my response totals were double the "this is probably you" score. When I read the profile, it described my sugar eating habits to a T.

The problem: Candida yeast overgrowth
The solution: A candida cleanse.

Now the book's prescription on how to handle it was clugy at best. It would tell me what to eat and not eat very generally. It had some natural remedies but never dosages. It diagnosed the problem, but really wasn't helpful. So I went on this new-fangled invention called....

The internet!!

I Googled candida and found a site completely about cleaning oneself of candida overgrowth. Unfortunately, phase one was the textbook overly restrictive diet. As I was about to go looking elsewhere, I saw a link that said, "For more details on how the foods you eat can help cure your Candida, check out our Top Candida-Fighting Foods page."

So I clicked the link and it listed 10 foods that would help fight the problem. I knew that it probably wouldn't be as effective as a full-score cleanse, but I could eat copious amounts of these foods until I was ready for the cleanse.

I started eating lots of these foods the first week in January. I noticed two things:
* My cravings for sugar were greatly diminished
* I lost almost 4 pounds.

I've gone from eating 800-1000 calories of chocolate and sugar a day to 200-500 on average. Sometimes more. Sometimes less. I have started eating more sugar/chocolate when not eating them, but I feel like I have the power at anytime to goose up the volume of these foods and my sugar/chocolate cravings go way down. It's a power that I've exercised a few times

Over the next 7 months, I'm going to introduce and regularly start eating many of the foods in the initial detox step 1 phase that I don't already eat regularly (read vegetables). If I have to give up fruit even for two weeks, it's not going to be in the Summertime

So that's how I lost 6 Pounds in January with almost no effort.

The point of this blog is not to say, "look into a candida cleanse". Rather it is to challenge you to make a decision to fight a stronghold. Commit to exploring many options. Be willing to try something that fails (who knows, this one might for me in the long run).

Make the decision. Fight the stronghold.

- TD Out!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

KT-NICHOLS-13 2/17/2011 7:40PM

    It's when we leave our comfort zones that we find the answers that seemly have been evading us. (Insert cheesy grin here) You went left instead of right and found your path. So proud of you ... you must feel fantastic in mind and body.

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SCRAP317 2/17/2011 6:41PM

    I do love me some chocolate, TD - I should look into this as well. Thanks for sharing and continued good luck!

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MEADSBAY 2/15/2011 2:25PM

    We all need to search for what works for us.
I am very happy for you.
Anything that gets a few veggies into you is a good thing.


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MARCYNA 2/15/2011 8:45AM

    I'm a sugar addict and I fight this addiction, thanks for letting us know, is there any other type of addict? I must have been of another kind emoticon

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URLEEC 2/15/2011 7:59AM

    Thanks for the bog post. Actually for me, it is about the candida overgrowth :) and so I am going to check out your link. You've given me something to research into.

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ANEPANALIPTI 2/15/2011 3:47AM

    I totally got you that your point wasn't look up a candida cleanse. emoticon

It rings clear throughout the whole blog - Find what it is thats eating away at you and attack IT!!!!!!!!

Love it love it love it. emoticon

Thanks for inspiring me Trent, I am really proud of you.


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JEN-TINK2 2/14/2011 9:27PM

    Boy do I relate!

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Weekly Weigh-in (02.12.2011)

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Goal: 182
01/01: 204.8
01/08: 201.0
01/15: 201.4
01/22: 200.0
01/29: 198.0
02/05: 198.8
This week 198.2 (-0.6)

6.6 pounds in 6 weeks. Yay!

Two things about this week:
* I ate like a horse (I ate a lot of food, not like an actual horse )
* I did some hardcore strength training.

While this week I was technically down 0.6 from last week, I'm up 0.2 pounds from two weeks ago. the 0.2 pounds doesn't bother me as much as the fact that I eat so much when I strength train.

I know that my body needs the calories. I know that muscle weighs more than fat.

But I also know that I'm trying to control my eating and I feel like I'm very much in uncharted territory when I am constantly this hungry. That and the reality that a plateau should be on it's way anytime (so maybe eating more than usual against a infernal metabolism isn't such a bad thing)

I'm going to try to see if there is a way I can feed my body enough of the right nutrients to maybe eat a little bit more, but not out of control.

So I have a few options:
* Keep doing intense strength training and let the chips fall where they may over the next few weeks with my weight and hope that the numbers start going down.
* Give it two more weeks and if I go back over 200 revisit the other options below.
* Go back to what I was doing before (basic core work some cardio). Mostly focusing on eating healthy.
* Continue lifting but do lighter weight workouts.
* Really step up the cardio and leave the weight training for another day.

Each of them has potential advantages and disadvantages. I'll think about it over the weekend.

I am very happy with my progress so far. I've lost over 2/3 of the 9.4 pounds that I lost over all of 2010.

- TD Out

p.s. How do I log a complaint to SparkPeople? These ads at the top of the blogs are really annoying me.

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KT-NICHOLS-13 2/13/2011 10:37PM

    "I am very happy with my progress so far. I've lost over 2/3 of the 9.4 pounds that I lost over all of 2010. " In a word, Awesome!

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MEADSBAY 2/12/2011 9:15PM

    Oh, yeah- I see it now- I think I just tune out all the ads on SP.
You can complain to SP over at the message boards.

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MEADSBAY 2/12/2011 9:01PM

Make sure you're eating lottsa protein for ST.

What ads?
I don't see any.

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JEN-TINK2 2/12/2011 2:44PM

    Awsome as usall!

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ANEPANALIPTI 2/12/2011 2:12PM

    You're doing great trent. :-) Looking forward to joining you

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CMADSTYLE 2/12/2011 10:16AM

    (I accidentally posted 2 comments. LOL!) So has truly been awesome following your blog and your journey to get where you are. I LOVE your attitude towards your goals and how you achieve them. You are a huge inspiration to me TD!

Comment edited on: 2/12/2011 10:19:52 AM

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CMADSTYLE 2/12/2011 10:15AM

    Awesome Job Mr. Trent :) Keep up the great work! Hope you have a wonderful Day

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The Power of Negative Thinking (Part IV): Got Guilt?

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Let's face it, there are a lot of roadblocks in life. Things that hinder us for success and happiness. Even when we are able to overcome them, they still take a piece of our life and a piece of our heart. But they are things that we still need to overcome to be truly successful, happy and at peace.

I'm talking things like:

* Emotional pain and suffering

* Heartbreak!

* Loss!!

* People who need to end deep thoughts with, "I'm just sayin..."!!!

* Monkeys giving CATS BATHS!!!!


(Hmmmmm, I hope that this whole YouTube/Internet thing catches on someday.)

Today, I'm going to take on something tougher than all 6 combined.


There is a lot of guilt associated with being overweight, over-eating and not exercising. This is especially the case when others are affected by it (spouses, children, friends, etc.). It's bad enough when one sits pathetically alone on Friday nights eating a whole bag of chips in the one pair of pants that still fits, unable to simply physically stop putting food in one's mouth.

How much worse when one can't walk the mall with friends for fear of knees hurting or eat out at a restaurant with a spouse/date for fear of judgment. The beach and swimming pool are a whole other blog.

I've lived with the sense of shame and guilt of my excessive weight and poor appearance. I know.

Please hear me on this one. There is a way out.

I beg you to take it.

Here's why I no longer struggle with guilt.

First off I looked at motive. I didn't really want to be overweight. I didn't want to live life at half-mass when hanging with friends. I didn't want to eat 600-1000 calories of junk food a day. I didn't want to look disgusting in swimming trunks.

As hopeless as they were, the looking at and trying of all the diets was a cry for help stemming from a desire to not do and be all of those things (Heck, their failure got me here onto SparkPeople).

Was I ignorant of the solution? Yes. Did I know that I was living below my potential? Yes. Was I deliberately doing it to hurt myself or someone else? No. Definitely not.

Failing miserably at life? Yes
Guilty? No

I felt guilty because I thought I should have control over my eating, despite the very cold, clear and obvious reality that I didn't. Once I finally accepted the possibility that I didn't know enough of what I was dealing with to stop trying and start learning, I took my first step to freedom from guilt.

I admitted to myself that:
* I had a sugar addiction
* Trying to give up sugar for good with just "will power" was not working.
* There may be a way out that I didn't know about and that someone else might have the answer.

Then it was no longer "What's wrong with me"

It was "OK, what can I do or will it take to fix/overcome this?"

Please don't misunderstand me. I was responsible for my health and what I ate, I don't deny that. But I was no longer of the mind-frame that *I* was the problem and that *I* was was in some way a bad person. It was an *actual problem* I had that was the problem. And maybe I could figure out what it was and fix it.

That was the first step toward me becoming free of the stronghold that sugar had on me and the end of the guilt in my life.

For your sake, and for the sake of those who you love (and love you (including me)), please take that step. Make sure that the guilt that you experience is real. Test it. Do you really want what you have. Are you really doing this deliberately to hurt yourself or others. If you do and you are, then the guilt may be warranted, but if you're not.....

Identify any strongholds and figure out how to conquer them. Doing so could lead you to a guilt-free life like the one I'm experiencing today.

Doing so would be one of the (if not the) most freeing thing you will ever do for yourself.

I'm just sayin...

- TD Out!

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MARCYNA 2/15/2011 8:49AM

    So lovely thanks!!! emoticon

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SCRAP317 2/13/2011 11:26AM

    "Identify any strongholds and figure out how to conquer them. Doing so could lead you to a guilt-free life like the one I'm experiencing today."

emoticon Love it! You are absolutely right! Guilt is for the guilty - we need to "identify any strongholds" (name it) and "figure out how to conquer them" (fix it). We have the tools and the power to do it. Knowledge is our greatest weapon! Once we figure out step-by-step what our road blocks are we can over come them step-by-step.

Well done, TD! Well done! xo Chris

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ANEPANALIPTI 2/9/2011 9:34AM

    I loved it. YES. YES. YES.!

I agree- It's about identifying what we're actually going through and taking the steps, we're not internally flawed, just dealing with something, OK, so there's a solution, there is!!

You did it! I can too!!! :)


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MEADSBAY 2/8/2011 9:01PM

    Wow- one giant stop down the road on your journey to better health.
It truly does start on the inside.
Most of it is on the inside!
I'm just sayin'

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State of the Dreamer (02.05.2011)

Saturday, February 05, 2011

Below are my starting numbers for the year and where we are as of this morning.

Start: 204.8
Today: 198.8
(-6.0 Pounds)
A healthy BMI would have me at 182.0. That's 17 pounds to lose. That comes to about a third of a pound per week on average.
* I will continue to take this measurement once a week.

Body Fat %:
Start: 21%
Today: 20%
When I gain water weight as I did last night, my scale always knocks me down a %. It does the opposite if I lose a good amount of weight. This may or may not be back up to 21% next month

8-19% is listed as healthy for me. I am not too concerned about this. I believe that as I lose the weight, change my diet and work out increasingly throughout the year, the number will be well below 19% by the dawn of 2012.
* I will continue to take this measurement once a week.

Start: 41.0"
Today: 40.5"

I have one of those body types that loses fat and size everywhere before my gut. I expect to see this number go down really slowly until most of the weight is gone. At that point, I think the stomach will start to shrink more rapidly.

I've got to research this stat more to determine what is the healthy range for my height. I believe that this will correct itself as I exercise more and eat more healthfully.
* I will continue take this measurement once a month.

Blood Pressure:
Start: 122.33 / 73.66 (average of three measurements)
Today: 119.00 / 76.66 (average of three measurements)

* Normal is below 120 / 80. we're doing good :D YA!
* I will continue to take this measurement once a month.

Resting heart rate (bpm):
Start: 71
Today: 70

Not sure about this. I think had 72 and above as being something to watch, but I don't remember for sure. I'll look into this
* I will continue to take this measurement once a month.

Cholesterol: (TBD)
About half way through the year, I'm going to get this checked. I want to have lost some weight and made some changes that would give me a healthy reading. This is a tough measurement to get frequently so I'm going to make it count

Bottom Lines:
* January was a great month
* I have about 17 pounds to lose (about .4 per week).
* Overall, I'm happy with my health and we'll see how the rest of 2011 goes.

I will continue to post a monthly blog with updates to all of these numbers

Happy February 2011 to you!!

- TD Out!

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JEN-TINK2 2/6/2011 5:36PM

    What can I say You Rock Baby!

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SCRAP317 2/6/2011 8:14AM

    Good job Trent! I was flipping channels and I was watching the show "The Doctors" and they did a segment on resting heart rate. They said significantly below or significantly above 60 was cause for concern. Mine was 61 at that time. My son's was near 80 and his pediatrition was concerned so we have to take him for a cholesterol check. My son met me at the doctors from lacrosse practice, so it could have been high from recent activity. Maybe yours too? Did you exercise an hour or two before?

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ANEPANALIPTI 2/5/2011 11:26PM

    So we're totally going to be at Healthy BMI this summer. emoticon

ps. I think that the working on your sugar should help with the reducing the waist... I've noticed it helped for me!! Seems its the first place the sugar goes!

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KT-NICHOLS-13 2/5/2011 7:33PM

    You are doing great! I'm loving this positive vibe ...
"I have one of those body types that loses fat and size everywhere before my gut." ME TOO! BOO!
Thanks for your continued support on this journey. emoticon

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MEADSBAY 2/5/2011 6:14PM

    Holy crap!
Did you lose 6 pounds just in January?
Here am I: emoticon
green with envy.
Not that it's gonna stop me from going out for Mexican food tonight. emoticon
You are doing grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreat!

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Best Bad Week Ever

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

This week's weigh-in is probably not going to be like any of the stellar ones recently. I've started exercising again. That always causes an increase in appetite. Friday night, I'm having dinner out with a friend (Night before weigh-in). The salt itself will probably cause a higher number by water retention.

All that and, let's be realistic, 7 pounds in 4 weeks. If I don't run into a plateau soon, I will actually be concerned.

I may or may not be above 200 Saturday, but I may or may not care. OK, actually, I totally won't care. I am really happy with the way my health and nutrition is going now. I'm planning on doing a half marathon over this month (a total of 13.1 miles of running, walking or elliptical over 28 days). I tried this over the last 1/2 of January, but never finished. So I'm lowering the bar for February. I'll work my way up to a full one over a moth's time by the end of the year

Who knows, maybe I'll run an actual 1/2 marathon later this year. In one day even. I know, crazy talk.

I'm one vegetable away from the top of my goal range of five for the week. That's five more than usual. the 13.1 miles over 28 days is 13.1 miles more than usual.

So here's to my best bad week ever!

Crowd: (lifting champagne glasses) Here Here!!

(Crowd starts clinking glasses)

Trent: There you go.

- TD Out!

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TANNERS 2/5/2011 9:03AM

    Thanks for all of the perspective. I know you are donig it for you, but it really helping me with my journey and attitude. Keep up the great work! I'm so proud of you!

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CWOMACK138 2/2/2011 5:27PM

    SO glad you are focusing on your health instead of a number on the scale Trent!!!

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ANEPANALIPTI 2/2/2011 2:20PM

    Aweeeessoooommmeee on the freggies.

Hey, all runner talk is crazy talk. ;-) :D :P

I love that we're around the same place (I'm at 204.8) this week, can't wait till we're cruisiiiiiing into summer together in the 180s! :D

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AKELAZ 2/2/2011 5:00AM

    * I am really happy with the way my health and nutrition is going now*

GO YOU!! That's what REALLY matters - tho the veggies and half marathon are good too.

Here's to you - I'm raising a glass in salute . . .

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MEADSBAY 2/1/2011 9:28PM

    Love the devil-may-care winning attitude!

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BIRRRDY 2/1/2011 9:18PM

    Wow! How inspiring! Very awesome. I need to get running. I've never really tracked how many miles I do a week, but after reading this, I'm thinking I should. =]

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JEN-TINK2 2/1/2011 8:32PM

    I hope you have a better week

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KT-NICHOLS-13 2/1/2011 6:01PM

    "... but I may or may not care. OK, actually, I totally won't care. I am really happy with the way my health and nutrition is going now." What's this crazy talk .... LOL, you are the best, absolutely the best!!! Love the new attitude, veggie intake and a throw down on the half marathon this month.

(Crowd starts clinking glasses) - OOOPS, I got so excited I broke my glass.

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