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The ďEmpty FridgeĒ Feeling

Monday, October 24, 2011

One thing Iíve noticed about my life recently when it comes to eating is my fridge.

There are two general stereotypes of the refrigerators of single guys.
* The fridge thatís full of canned drinks and expired perishables/takeout containers
* The empty one, save a half gallon of milk and leftovers from the previous night (because said single guy usually eats out 3 meals per day)

Mine has traditionally resembled the former despite living a lifestyle that should yield the later. Food was always going bad, or being rushed to eat before doing so.

Around July, I decided to get more organized in my life in several aspects. One of them involved food shopping. I reduced the number of vegetables I bought to match the 1-3 per week I was eating. When shopping for fruit each week , I would buy enough for 3-4 per day. The same with Dairy and Meat (less if I knew I was going to eat out more).

A few of weeks ago, I put a moratorium on buying non-perishable grains and have finished off some brown rice and couscous that have been in my cabinets for a while. Iím now down to a box of cereal, a bag of pasta and two boxes of Risotto. By next weekís trip to the grocery store, I will be down to few enough grains to justify buying new ones again.

Much like the other four food groups, I will by them per what I will reasonably consume over the next 7 days (maybe a little more for variety sake).

I no longer throw out vegetables. I no longer feel forced to pay attention to whether the milk is about to expire.

I love the feeling the day before I go shopping when I see the food in my fridge down to just about a days worth. As I head to the store the next day thereís a cup of yogurt, 1-2 pieces of fruit and maybe a few eggs left.

Itís freedom to not waste the food and know that Iím eating all of the healthy foods that Iíve bought. I love the new once a week empty fridge look.


TD Out!

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RUNJEWELRUN 10/28/2011 9:13AM


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DIEHL79 10/25/2011 8:44PM

    The empty fridge feeling is the best. Makes shopping fun!

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WINACHST 10/25/2011 6:51AM


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MEADSBAY 10/24/2011 9:10PM

    My DH LOVES to have an empty fridge.
I hate it.
It reminds me too much of growing up poor.
I understand your thinking, though- makes sense.
Maybe if I was alone I would feel better about it.


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KT-NICHOLS-13 10/24/2011 8:21PM

    This is great! I love that you're not wasting food or money and you are eating fresh, fresh, fresh.

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STESSOUTCHICK1 10/24/2011 7:14PM

  good for you. I have the same feeling.
I also am doing well in kickboxing.
See what Baby Jen did now!

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LANNIEMANUEL 10/24/2011 6:45PM

    good for you.

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7% CHALLENGE: Last Week 197.8 | This Week......

Saturday, October 22, 2011


Had a large lunch out yesterday. Lots of salt. Probably would have weighed about the same as last week if I hadn't.

I'm really struggling with motivation weightloss-wise. Not in that broken "is it worth it" sense.

I just feel like I'm climbing the wrong tree trying to.

Next week, I will try to eat healthy. I will continue to:
* Eat 3-5 servings of fruit
* 2-4 servings of dairy
* shoot for 5 servings of vegetables (been only getting four per week this month)

I think that I'm going to focus on whole grains and try to eat less sugar. Maybe that's the ticket.

Either way, I feel like it's more about trying to do things to get healthier, not losing weight.

Don't get me wrong I will probably lose some weight, but I feel that I will get more satisfaction from the other health benefits that it will bring.

I dunno.

- TD Out

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STESSOUTCHICK1 10/23/2011 5:30PM

  HUNNY that might as well be me.
AS I would put it GOOD GRIEF!
Well I have some great news, See my blog.
You would be proud of me.

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SYN-CA 10/23/2011 11:55AM

    Never quit trying to try! You will get to your goal. You are still under the big 2 oh oh!!! Yay! Keep up the good work!

Ya baby! in the ones.....

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RUNJEWELRUN 10/23/2011 10:07AM

    You can do it TD :)

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HICALGAL 10/23/2011 2:33AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KT-NICHOLS-13 10/22/2011 9:01PM

    "... I feel like it's more about trying to do things to get healthier, not losing weight." Love this! Looking forward to hearing about your journey next week.

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SCRAP317 10/22/2011 3:08PM

    Amen brother! I agree, getting healthy is the focus, losing weight is one of the benefits of feeling good about how you feel inside. Keep up the good work - you're the best meal builder I know!

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MEADSBAY 10/22/2011 12:00PM

    I have had to do the same thing.
Just keep trying to eat healthier and healthier and work out as much as is comfortable and reasonable and nip the negative dear-lord-look-at-that-huge-butt thinking in the bud.
The hell with the scale.

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FITGRL124 10/22/2011 9:17AM

    I'm up too!!!

"I'm really struggling with motivation weightloss-wise. Not in that broken "is it worth it" sense."

OMGOSH - ME TOO!!!!!! Sometimes I just want to give up. However, then I realize that when I give up is when I get fat and besides I really like eating healthy and exercising.

Moving forward - this is all we can do!

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7% CHALLENGE: Last Week 197.6 | This Week......

Saturday, October 15, 2011


(+0.2 pounds)
(-1% body fat)

I started working out regularly again this week, so perfunctorily the appetite went crazy. My body feels great. I feel healthy I have an adam's apple again. Given that I am trying to lose 14 pounds by mid december, any gain represents a potential set back.

@ the same time, I'm clearly on track to lose 7% of my fat (3 pounds) and maybe even 7% off of my waist(not sure what that is).

ive been @ this w8 loss thing enough to know that when one starts working out, there is a short term gain invovled. in my attempts to hit 195, ive backed off from ST because of this. not this time. if i have a 34-36 inch waist and 15-16% body fat, yet the scale says 196.x, so be it

If that's a reality i have to deal with I will. but for now, the goal is 7% of my body weight.

- TD Out!

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STESSOUTCHICK1 10/19/2011 9:23AM

  Thanks for the tips. I love the picture and stay strong.
U still rock

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MUNCHKIN131 10/18/2011 8:43PM

    Protein is a good thing to add. If you are into drinking protein drinks my favorite is Muscle milk. It has 25 grms of protien and 9 grm fat,3 grams sugar 14fl oz.That is one serving. It comes in all kinds of forms and flavors. I like the pre-mixed it is smoother. Good luck with your %? emoticon

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AKCHELLE 10/18/2011 8:56AM

    Stay strong all the way through my friend

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RUNJEWELRUN 10/16/2011 10:53PM

    Rock it!

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MEADSBAY 10/15/2011 6:40PM

    Still in 100ville- don't sweat the .001% wt gain.
Just read your last blog- interesting about the emoticon
I miss them already.

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FITGRL124 10/15/2011 9:34AM

    I think you're doing emoticon

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BEVSMOSS 10/15/2011 7:16AM

    keep on tracking... emoticon

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7% CHALLENGE: Last Week 200.2 | This Week......

Saturday, October 08, 2011


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1% down. 6% to go.

Had a gr8 week eating-wise. Had trouble at the beginning of the week tracking because of eating out and stress eating. Tuesday morning, I started going with lighter calorie breakfasts that were extremely filling and my appetite was the most in check it has ever been (I was able to actually eat within my SparkPeople calorie range 3 days. hundreds of calories below the I need to lose7%).

Exercise, on the other hand went well for the first part of the week. Then Wednesday, i did a Kettlebell workout with the correct weights. I'd been previously using heavier weights so i was using only the muscles that could handle the weight and sort of using momentum. When I downgraded the weight, all of the muscles were able to play along with all of the exercises.

suffice it to say i was sore. My chest was so tight, i was having slight problems breathing at times the next day. This morning i finally feel better.

So, over all a success. to lose 14 pounds (7%) this Fall will be a challenge. But 3 days in a row eating within my calorie range? It's doable.

Either way, I'm back in the 100's again.....

and not planning on leaving anytime soon :)

@goodbye130: Thank you for running this challenge. You're an inspiration and a great Sparkfriend.

@you: come visit the lose a pound a week team and join in the fall 7% challenge.

- TD Out!

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STRESSOUTCHICK1 12/11/2012 10:02PM

  you still rock! and I had loads of grrrrrrrrrr emoticon

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STESSOUTCHICK1 10/13/2011 3:30PM

  Still the bomb baby!

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RUNJEWELRUN 10/13/2011 9:34AM

    Way to go !

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STESSOUTCHICK1 10/8/2011 12:36PM

  Your doing great! I don't even know how to count
my caleries. You Rock as always

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    Good luck with your challenge. I also "learned" to downgrade my dumbbells.

Have a lovely weekend.

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Huge First Step

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Yesterday, I joined the Fall 7% revolution that one of my dear sparkfriends (who i love very much) started. im doing weeks 1 and 2 this week (get bmr then try to 500 fewer calories AND do 2 cardio and 2 strength training sessions). The exercise should be easy enough to get this week.

ive calculated my 1 pound per week number. yesterday I went over by about 300 (not sure about some of the calories in some of the food i ate in the evening). I will get better about that. that being said...

I got together with a friend yesterday and we went to the mall. there's a restaurant that we've traditionally eaten at when we go to the mall. when it comes to meal options it is you say......generally the stuff that pre-sparkpeople Trent appreciated far more than he does now.

lots of fried breaded food, cheap carbs/starches (Fiber? Whole Grains? pfft who needs those?). and in case you are worried that you will wake up the morning with extremely low cholesterol, they douse/drown gosh darn near everything in some kind of gravy. really thick gravy. if you are worried that your front fender might fall off the car, i think it can be used as glue once it starts to cool down.

so yeah, biscuits, dumplings, gravy, potatoes and breaded fried foods. Good ol down home cooking. grampy would have been proud...before his first double bypass, anyway.

knowing that this was probably where we'd end up eating, i did some things that i have never ever done in my lifetime.

1) planned out meal possibilities ahead of time.
* went online to check out the caloric damage for the food that i really wanted.
* found out what sides were better options
* figured out how to mitigate the inherent desire to have desert.
* budgeted in the calories for the options, given the caloric intake of the foods eaten during the rest of the day

2) actually ordered and ate a vegetable as a side at a restaurant.
* im trying to get 4 veggies per week (per WEEK not per day). up to 5 starting tomorrow.
* i ordered the 50-80 calorie green beans for a side rather than the steak fries or mac and cheese

3) mitigated desert
* one of the side options was a small apple cobbler type dish. it was 150 calories. i got that so i wouldn't desire the gigantic butter, chocolate and sugar laden desert options. it was still unhealthy, but not nearly as bad as what i would have ordered previously.

4) for the main course, i went with a leaner option. The chicken and dumplings, fried steak or chicken fried chicken would have each run me about 700 calories, but the 6-8 oz plain sirloin was 400-450. It was awful (parlez vous shoe leather) and i knew it would be, but it had iron and protein. Eaten with the greenbeans, i could swallow it.

5) I isolated what i really wanted. There is a potato caserole side that they had that i really like. so i got that (150 calories). everything else had a nutritional motive behind it (even if a mitigating one). I got it and enjoyed it.

the meal came out to 1225 calories, rolls and butter included.

i approximated what my calories would have been if id gotten my usual meal there and with rolls and everything, it would have easily cleared 2000.

I could definitely have picked better foods......

but i defintiely could have done worse.

it was a huge first step (planning options and ordering a plain vegetable as a side when eating out).

- TD Out!

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MEADSBAY 10/12/2011 8:20PM

    Hloy moly- whilst I have been MIA you have been growing by leaps and bounds, sparksvillewise!
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DEBBICZ 10/4/2011 12:43PM

    Yay Trent!! That is the way to do things. That is real life. We have to be able to go to those places and still eat something. You planning paid off, you got something you liked and enjoyed it. Good for you. That is what I have the hardest time with. I plan but then don't stick to the plan. Way to go! I'm going to follow your lead the next time that I am going out, which is this Friday. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WINACHST 10/4/2011 8:42AM

    emoticon You took that first step and planned what you were going to eat.

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KT-NICHOLS-13 10/3/2011 7:22PM

    I applaud you and the success! Nicely done, nicely done.

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MUNCHIE718 10/3/2011 7:00PM

  Congrats on planning ahead & making healthier choices!

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SCRAP317 10/2/2011 9:21PM

    Good job with the preplanning! you rock!

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STESSOUTCHICK1 10/2/2011 4:34PM

  WOW!!!!!!!! planed a of time. I myself never thought of that.
All I got to say is Yes I defiantly agree you rock.
thank you 4 all your support, and sorry 4 the car. The only
thing i say is we need to pray for those people. They
really dont know Jesus. And that is sad.

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BYEBYEFAT. 10/2/2011 10:23AM


you rock. seriously.

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FITGRL124 10/2/2011 9:23AM

    OMG - who is this Trent? Oh yeah - the lean, healthy, HOT one! emoticon

You did an excellent job at picking out your meal options - and I bet that you still enjoyed your time with your friend! Excellent!

I wish I would have done the same thing yesterday with family - ugh - I haven't even posted by calories. I KNOW it was well into 3000 for the day yesterday. I did not do a great job on day one. emoticon

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