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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Did really well the first half of the week. Last part of the week got really hectic. I ate out a lot. I didn't track. Ate a really high sodium breakfast and lunch yesterday. My stomach is still reeling from it all.

Did really well Saturday through Tuesday. Woke up Wednesday with an extremely sore shoulder. Muddled through Pilates class, but Thursday took a rest day which turned into Friday (9 minutes of kettlebells).


1) Freedom from sugar addiction: Need to do something about this. Trying to focus on Fruit and dairy more for sugar and green tea for caffeine to replace the caffeine from dark chocolate. I dunno. Is there a way to track cane juice and hfcs?

2) Flexibility: The Pilates classes have definitely been paying off. Soreness this week aside, shoulders and neck are better. My right hamstring has gone from excruciating pain when stretching to very tight. We're making progress. My Pilates instructor has really good stretching in her class. I am now able to do more of them and better quality of the ones I could do before

3) New Years Eve 2013: The trousers for the suit that I bought fit better. I may go back to the store and buy the one size smaller ones just in case. That would create the 6" drop that I am looking for.

4) The Beach (August 2012): I need to pace myself better (hurt my shoulder this week and got sick the previous week). I need to shop around for cardio exercise classes that I enjoy. The swimming trunks fit well, but I definitely need to tone up.

5) SparkTime: Still going full force this year. I think for this I need to start structuring what I eat, meal wise. Getting past the sugar trap will make this far easier.

At least twice a week, I put on a suit and a pair of swim trunks to remind myself of 3) and 4)

* Goal (Weight and Body Fat): 195.0@15%
* Jan 1,2012: 204.0@22%
* Last Week: 199.2@22%
* Last Week: 201.4@21%
Weight: (+2.2) Pounds
Body Fat: (-1%) (scale always does that when I gain. Doubt that will stick)

* We track again.
* I start addressing the sugar issue
* Take either a spinning or a kickboxing class
* Create a meal/snack on the run packet for days like the ones this week.

Even given the week that I had, I still feel that the weight was inflated. I don't usually go so bold and say this, but I believe this week I'm totally going to own it and may lose as much as 3-4 pounds. 1-2 of them honest, the other 2 water retention.

Watch out, the Dreamer is taking no prisoners this week (except maybe prisoner squats. Just sayin')

- TD Out!

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SILVERANGEL6 1/22/2012 3:10PM

    Re - low fructose......I forgot to say the there is also a proven link to gout, and lots of anecdotal evidence on the Marks Daily Apple forum and the Dr Jack Kruse forums, that it can reverse Type 11 diabetes, or at least level it out so you can stop some of the meds, (not sure on this you'd have to read about it yourself). I'm no expert, but I would say worth a look. I myself have had lots of annoying lady problems for years, that have now cleared up, after 17 months low fructose, making life worth living again.

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SILVERANGEL6 1/22/2012 2:58PM

    Hi, TD, doing the right things are seemingly paying off for you, Pilates is indeed a great type of exercise, maybe after a bit you could join a Quigong class, or yoga, maybe, to complement it.
As for the sugar, read my last post, in reply to your 'privacy' blog. Google Dr Robert Lustig, and watch his youtube video. It's not the sugar that makes you addicted, it's the fructose, also Scrap317 is right, cutting back on those simple carbs will indeed stop them turning into sugar in your body. The forum I follow is called Sweet Poison, there is also Sugar Addiction, and others out there. Don't take my word for it, be your own researcher. The sugar molecule is half fructose, half sucrose, and it's the fructose that keeps you addicted to sugar. For others interested, just doing these few things will help. Don't eat dried fruit, or drink fruit juice, both are just concentrated fructose. Limit your fruit to 2 pieces per day, cutting back on apples, bananas, melons and grapes. Berries are good, as are Kiwi fruit, and pears. Use Rice Malt Syrup as a substitute for honey, molasses, Maple syrup, golden syrup and treacle, all over 70% fructose. Become a label reader, don't buy any processed foods that say they are more than 3 or 4 grams of sugars per 100 grams of product, (lactose doesn't count, read the ingredients also). If you are really serious about getting off sugar, eat 'clean' or paleo. ie, no processed foods at all. Google these 3 things,
1. 50 different names for sugar
2. The Worst Additives
3. Fat doesn't make you fat.
The way they make things lo-fat is worse for you than eating full fat, just remember to limit the saturated fats, or it will give you heart disease. But it won't make you fat. For 'clean' eating, try Mark's Daily Apple site/forum, great food porn on there, too.
That's my contribution for the day, and now I'll go away. I hope this helps anyone who is trying to become sugar free, I lost 19 kilos (about 45 pounds) by going low fructose, to my regret, not exercising.
You did motivate me, but keeping motivated is not happening ATM, but I am working on it, as usual. Must try do do this in a different way, methinks.

I wish you well on your journey, as always, TD


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GINGERLY4 1/22/2012 1:55AM

    Take no prisoners, love it!

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CMEEHERNANDEZ 1/21/2012 9:14PM

    Don't forget to keep adding those veggies that you don't like. The more you eat them, the more you'll like them (hopefully!).

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FITGRL124 1/21/2012 8:58PM

    emoticon blog!!! In terms of your sugar addiction - I wish I had some advice there but I look forward to seeing how you combat this.

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LIVELAUGHXO 1/21/2012 1:06PM

    I believe in your goals!! You will do amazing!! emoticon

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SYN-CA 1/21/2012 9:52AM

    I have one word for you Mr. Dreamer! It is "Massage, baby"! Well, two words...

Whenever I have a sore spot and get a massage, I am always amazed when Emily finds many sore spots and works them out. I am always amazed at how invigorated I feel for days turning into weeks sometimes after a massage! It not only relieves the muscles, and revitalizes the soul, it also helps the fluid from the lymph system move on. Moving that out of the body gets those menacing toxins to move on! The trick is to find a good masseuse that knows your body and how to releive the knots, then relax it.

You are such an amazing guy with your verbal repertoire and making it motivational for all to imbibe!

If you got your suit at certain shops like the Men's Warehouse (I'm thinking you are on the East coast, and not sure if they are out there), they take them in at no charge! I bought my hub a tux years ago, and they were fabulous (and he looked incredible!) Hmmmm let's see, 199 and about six foot, maybe a 44 jacket and 38 x 30 Pant??? Pictures please! (You can take from the neck down or from the back and stll remain anomomous...haha) Hey, now there is a new pic for your avatar!

I agree with Chris! You have to get off sugar and lower carbs to kill the cravings. Tough job, but you are up to the challenge!

Keep up the great work, Mr. Dreamer! Woop Woop! emoticon

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SCRAP317 1/21/2012 9:01AM

    "Freedom from sugar addiction: Need to do something about this." I can honestly tell you that I am totally free from sugar addiction and craving right now. For the last two weeks I have kept my carbs under 70 per day. My energy is high, my craving is zero. The battle is in my head - but it is easy to fight back. I will say that I want something but then I tell myself I can't and walk away. The fact that it actually works is a testiment to my lack of craving for it. I really believe that once I gave up the carbs from flour and switched to full fat dairy it changed every thing. Now, we'll see how it goes once I begin to add back some carbs in a couple of weeks. Good luck to you - I know it's frustrating.

"My right hamstring has gone from excruciating pain when stretching to very tight. We're making progress." Excellent! I know how maddening that can be as well to finally get your body pain under control and then push forward - hopingnot to get injured. Your progress is inspiring!

"SparkTime: Still going full force this year." I am so happy to see you on the forum and reading your blogs. This is such an excellent resource for us and you are rockin' it for sure!

"I believe this week I'm totally going to own it and may lose as much as 3-4 pounds." I believe you will too - good luck and I hope nothing pops up to derail your efforts this week!


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Itís About Privacy and Anonymity

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

It was about two and a half years ago. I was stuck at 225ish pounds. I had actually found the building where the nearby weight watchers meetings were held. I knew that I needed support from others in losing the last 30 pounds. I had tried a bunch of other weight loss programs and was ready to try as many more as I needed to get to 195.

At the same time, two things concerned me. Permanence and transparency. Mostly the later. Yes, I know that the meetings are supposed to be anonymous. But what if Iím in a meeting and someone who I work with was in there. What if a spouse of a co-worker is describing a discussion in the meeting and said co-worker figures out that itís me.

**My life is an open book to my family and close friends. Others get whatever pages they need to read.**

To really be able to share as I have been required and still requires freedom to share my frustrations anonymously. I need to feel safe to be who I really am. I want the freedom to be able to share that frustration and work it out within without risk of judgment from those who I work with or go to church with but am not really close to. Itís really none of their business.

As I read reviews of WW that night I saw a recurring theme. People who complete the program gaining the weight back. Come to think of it, I donít remember anyone saying, ďI completed the program, am no longer part of it and havenít gained the weight back."

I remembered a 5-10 minute workout video I had seen a year previous where the instructor (read: coach) had mentioned that her site had free diet plans and online support. While I had doubts that an online community of people who I would never really see face to face would be able to help much, it really was worth a try. If/when it failed, then WW could work and I could figure out how to make it permanent.

I took the plunge and joined SparkPeople the next day.

The rest as they say is history.

If I posted an actual profile pic of myself on my page, it would come with baggage. All of my previous blogs would be wiped. I would never get emotional or into any depth of whatís really going on in my life (blogs would be about what I did, what I ate, focus on the positives). They would be very ďpositiveĒ, but would lack real expression.

I would put on the same facade that I would in real life addressing a large group of acquaintances; the same faÁade that I chose SP over WW to get away from having to put on. The same faÁade that probably got me to where I was in the first place.

I choose privacy in the form of anonymity. Itís why I came to SP. Itís why Iím still here. Itís why I feel free to share as I do.

Iím glad that Iím here.

- TD Out!

Notes to those who tell me that Iím ďhidingĒ and ďashamed of my appearanceĒ because I donít post an actual picture of myself on my SparkPage:

* I understand wanting to see what people on SP look like. If a personís profile pic is clearly not really them, I will check their gallery. I get it. I respect their desire to remain anonymous, though, and would even if I posted my own pic.

* Truth is I post my actual profile pic every day in 3D plus when I leave my apartment, come into the office, go out with friends, go on dates, etc..

* I am actually very proud of my appearance for the most part. I wasnít ashamed of my appearance when I was 250 pounds. Unhappy and frustrated perhaps, but I still left my dorm and dressed myself well. When I wear all/mostly black (which I almost never do), itís for impact (not to ďslimĒ myself).

* When you tell me to ďquit hiding behindĒ and ďstop being ashamedĒ. It doesnít bother me as it used to. It did bother at first. I understand from what you usually say after that that youíve struggled with that sense of shame (those two statements are almost always followed by ďI used to hide behindÖĒ). I am really sorry that youíve ever had to feel that way about your physical appearance.

* When addressing others who donít have real pictures of themselves, especially new people, please keep your projections to yourself. You may be right that they are. But you may also be wrong. Get to know them first. Ask them politely if they are going to post pictures. When they say no, let them be. If you grow really close maybe ask them why. Donít just jump to the conclusion that they are ashamed of themselves or hiding behind something and blurt it out. I personally feel that thatís rude.

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KRITKRIT 1/24/2012 2:17PM

    You're my friend no matter what you look like so I dont care if you post a picture or not! Of course, in the early days of our friendship I was curious, as most human beings are! Im just happy that you are able to be so open and honest with your life and you hold nothing back. I appreciate you on this site and I'd rather have your friendship and encouragement than your self portrait christmas card on my fridge. Hugs!

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SILVERANGEL6 1/22/2012 2:34PM

    Ouch, indeed!!!! I'm sorry if you thought that I was applying my low standards to your good self. Was just sharing a little more about myself.........I wasn't confident enough to share a pic of myself back then, when I started. So, if I offended you with my seemingly innocent remark, I apologise. I can see how it would be frustrating for you to see people making assumptions about you. I too get a bit annoyed when people do that to me, so thanks for the lesson. I have taken it on board. I have been feeling a little more confident since then and have bitten the bullet and posted a very unflattering pic of myself in my (then) favourite top. When I saw pics of myself in that top, that was the trigger for me to start my weight loss.
On another tack, WW doesn't work, because they don't limit fructose. On my low fructose site forum there are heaps of ex WW'ers. So 2 pieces of fruit only per day, and only the ones that are low sugar. No dried fruit or fruit juice, it's just concentrated fructose, which is the half of the sugar molecule that keeps you addicted to sugar. That's how I lost my 19 kilos, (approx 45 pounds), by going low fructose. I still eat the glucose half of the sugar, you can buy powdered glucose, called dextrose, it's really good in baking, also you can use Rice Malt Syrup instead of the high fructose things like honey, molasses, Maple syrup, golden syrup, and treacle. Rice Malt syrup is great on a no-fruit muesli, with a half a banana, or in un-sweetened yoghurt with mashed up berries, things like that.
A great idea for helping one become un-addicted to sugar, and all those sugar cravings. I hope this info is of some help to anyone who reads it.
I wish you well, as always, TD.

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SYN-CA 1/21/2012 10:16AM

    TD, Oooouch. I knew when I 'met' you that you had none of those negative feelings going on, and I understood and understand totally. I was such a private person when I was young, that I totally agree--no one knows about Spark in my circle. I am very private now for other reasons. Some people are just plain mean and twisted, and do things sometimes that are reprehensible--even when they consider themselves a "friend".

Working on goal achievement is so very personal down to your soul, especially goals relating to our appearance, that I also try to remain somewhat anonymous to my circle of humans. I must admit that I do google myself from time to time to

see if the ole' spark shows up. Every other morsel of information does though, so I am in the same arena dear Dreamer.

Now, I can't wait to see your 'next alter ego' avatar!

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ITSMEBUSYGUY 1/21/2012 8:07AM

    My wife said to me a few years ago (I get lots of wisdom from her...) "it's none of your business what other people think!"
Embracing that has set me free.
I copied this from another SP Friends page:
Way of the Warrior

I am a warrior...
I create every moment of my life.
My choices create my reality.
My response creates my outcome.
There is no "can't." I choose to or choose not to.
There is no "try", I do or do not do.
I am true to my own heart.
I speak my truth... with compassion.
I keep my commitments.
My word is law.
I approve of myself, now.
I don't have to please everybody.
I don't take anything personally.
I understand that how others judge me is about them.
I look 'em in the eye, I tell 'em who I am, and if they don't like it, eff 'em!

Stuart Wilde

Wishing you continued success...and happiness YOUR WAY!

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    Wow-sorry for the triple decker post. Im on a not-so-smart phone in Disney.

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    I very much agree with the importance/value of anonymity. As I write this, I sit across from a dear friend whom I have recently turned "on to" SP. She has not asked my SP identity and I have secretly hoped she wouldn't ask-and feeling that way made me feel uncomfortable-guilty in fact!
In my life outside of SP I am a fairly open book. I am finding though, this second time around (in SP), that I need to be a more active participant by making Spark friends (support) and attempting to discern the root of my attempts at self sabotage by trying to blog a bit more. The feedback I receive is invaluable and I'm certain I would not be as honest knowing I was exposing myself to people in my real life. Because blogging "honestly" does make me feel both exposed and vulnerable.
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    TD, this was a really great blog. I've always admired and appreciated your complete honesty.

You're a really great person, and SP friend; I'm lucky to have you on here :)


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JITZUROE 1/19/2012 9:36PM

    Umm, remember this is coming from Fozzy Bear here - I too see NO reason why anyone should make you (or myself) feel like we HAVE to post a pic either. My best life long friend recently joined Spark. My initial thought was - YEAH! Woohoo! - followed by - oh cr*p, she is going to see how messed up I have been with food for so long - and then I got over it. If she loves me, she will love all of me - even my wonky ways with popcorn and other nonsense. And I DO find solace in some anonymity, since I can be truly honest.
I think my friend is still on Spark, and even she commented on how Spark can be a great vehicle to share your inner most thoughts and fears (rather than dodging eye to eye contact with a pal). It can be easier to write at times : ))

Go Trent!!!! Woohoo!

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SCRAP317 1/19/2012 8:05PM

    I will admit that I have often wondered what my dear friend Trent looks like, but I have never wondered if you were hiding or ashamed of your appearance - you are way too clever and outspoken for that. I dearly love you, no matter if you have a big fat wart on your nose or if you are a pretty boy like Thomas here (love Criminal Minds by the way). You're fantastic and you're a mystery to me - and I love it! xo

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BYEBYEFAT. 1/19/2012 9:23AM

    Love you TD!

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FITGRL124 1/18/2012 8:58PM

    I agree! I love the anonymity of this place! It's AWESOME!!

I know what Dharma & Greg was - it was a great show. However, Thomas Gibson wasn't serious in that show at all; he's much different on Criminal Minds.

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MEADSBAY 1/18/2012 8:41PM

    I'm glad you're here, too.
Some people are just rude.
It's none of their beeswax.

How did you type that c with a little squiggle tail?
A cedilla?

So, Darma and Greg was on like in the 70's or 80's- way before your time.
She was extremely hippie- as were her parents, and he was an uptight lawyer, and his parents were rich and snobby.
It was hilarious!
I haven't seen his newer show and often wondered where she went- so talented. Guess I'll go google it.

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AKCHELLE 1/18/2012 7:52PM

    TD you've hit the nail on the head as to why I do not share my SP profile with facebook.

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KT-NICHOLS-13 1/18/2012 6:21PM

    A well written, to the point, don't get me wrong, blog. People do project and they do judge and sometimes it's important to just say, *stop it.* Most people situp and take notice at that point.

**My life is an open book to my family and close friends. Others get whatever pages they need to read.** I'm the exact opposite.

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TRENTDREAMER 1/18/2012 4:43PM

    Not often. It happens once or twice a year usually. I've gotten two to three of the "Quit hiding"/"stop being ashamed" comments.

Most people are more polite and respectful. A few Sparkfriends (all of whom I love very much) have nicely asked me why.

I post this mostly for their understanding and as a response to any more of the "ashamed" comments. I'll put the URL as a comment so they can understand where I'm coming from.

I've been meaning to write this for awhile.

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SNUGGLY4U 1/18/2012 4:29PM

    I can't believe people demand pictures! How rude!

If I choose to post pictures of myself that is MY choice. If you choose NOT to post pictures of yourself that is YOUR choice. I won't post your pictures. You won't take mine down. And we will get along famously.

Jeepers. I would be furious if people demanded pictures of me and I have no problem posting a few pictures on the internet.

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MJROBB 1/18/2012 4:28PM

    Do people really rag on you for not posting pictures of yourself? That seems a little absurd... Anyways, glad to hear things are going well and way to go for standing up for your choices here. Always a good thing!

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SoÖÖDid Trent Break Back Into the 190ís This Week?

Saturday, January 14, 2012

see bottom of blog for details.

I had a stomach virus earlier this week, but it was mostly gone and I was back to normal eating by Wednesday. I donít believe that it impacted my weight loss that much. Now that Iím tracking and focusing on cardio, I believe that the weightloss will be tough and gradual, but they will happen. My eating is more stable in general.

* 2 light workout sessions with 10 minutes of cardio and light weights, because of the virus
* 1 20 minute interval session with heavy leg workout toward the end of the week.
* Bootcamp
Have started doing the coach Nicole 5 minute beginner abs on the stability ball (workout featured earlier this week)

Tracked every day of the week. Did not eat out a lot. Had a stomach virus for about half of the week, but my appetite was normalized by Wednesday. Ate a good number of fruits (3 per day) and a few servings of vegetables. I will shoot for the same this week.

Itís going to be about cardio. Exercise classes, interval training, kick boxing, etc. I did the best cardio and strength wise when I had to support my body weight and pushed myself hard in this area. Going to shoot for 3 sessions of 25 minutes and smaller sessions on heavy lifting days.

* Goal (Weight and Body Fat): 195.0@15%
* Jan 1,2012: 204.0@22%
* Last Week: 200.8@22%
* This Week: 199.2@22%

Weight: (-1.6) Pounds
Body Fat: No change

Back in the 190ís!

Iím hoping for a pound next week if I can get it. I think if I get that a plateau should reasonably be expected. At which point, I will go totally house with exercise

- TD Out!

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SILVERANGEL6 1/22/2012 2:03PM

    Going great, well done....


Sylvia x

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MEADSBAY 1/17/2012 8:11PM

Now, to stay there!

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PICKIE98 1/17/2012 2:14PM

    Farm out man, farm out !!! Did you buy your new trunks for this summer yet? No speedos I hope,, unless you wear them on your head,, I like guys who wear surfer trunks,,
you are now under the 200's so you are headed right into the sand!! I am proud of you!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JCDROLSHAGEN 1/16/2012 11:12PM

    Congratulations on reaching the 190's. Not far to go to goal! emoticon

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    Congratulations on getting into the 190's! Sounds like a solid plan this week. I need a plan for working out. I've been leaving it to chance....need I say more? Have a great week!

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SEPPIESUSAN 1/15/2012 7:57PM

    Yes he did! Congratulations to you.

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SYN-CA 1/15/2012 12:35PM

    Isn't it wonderful to achieve a goal! Yay Trent!

But, isn't 15% a little on the lean side? I don't know what is a standard number, but that sounds very low....buffed, but low;) hehehe. No muffin tops there, six pack man!!!! Woot Woot!

Good luck on continuing on with your goals!

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AKELAZ 1/15/2012 9:22AM

    YAY for you!! 190s - great!!!
Love the way you work on your psyche/attitude to help you get further along the way. I don't use 'awesome' often - being in the UK - but that is what you are. Keep it up, TD, you are one of my inspirations here.

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CMEEHERNANDEZ 1/14/2012 10:49PM

    Congrats on reaching the 190s!

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SCRAP317 1/14/2012 3:30PM

    way to go man! right back into the exercise and seeing great results - i know you are on the right track! Good job! xo emoticon

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KRITKRIT 1/14/2012 3:20PM

    WOOOOT WOOOOOOT!!!!!!!!!!!!

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FITGRL124 1/14/2012 11:10AM

    TD - glad you're feeling better! And glad to see that 190# again! Keep up the tracking! It helps - Trust me!!! Since I've been back to diligently tracking I'm down too in pounds too!!


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How I've Inspired a Friend to Eat a Lot and Gain a Lot of Weight

Monday, January 09, 2012

One of my motivations for accomplishing my goal this year and maintaining it is to make this the last year where I spend as much time on SparkPeople as I do. Once I hit my goal and maintain it, then I will probably go on mostly to be there for my friends and maybe to track if I feel that my eating habits start to go awry. Again, that's the motivation.

As such, I've started looking to other social networking sites as sort of the where to go when the music has stopped playing or in the final decrescendo.

I went on FaceBook and found that most people I know aren't very active on it and keep their wall and photos under lock and key. Completely understandable given privacy and internet stalker/security/privacy issues. At the same time, the point of it was kind of eluding me. No blogging capability without a really long wall update.

I went on Twitter. I like the concept. 140 characters. quick to the point. Pithy with a little bit of Snarky. Makes sense. @ the same time (see what I did there? lol), I can't imagine my life being that interesting without the level of SparkTeam and blog activity that SparkPeople allows. It's like SparkPeople if all you could do was update your daily status, read others' daily status and send a SparkMail and leave a comment.

Google+ has way too many privacy issues for me.

So in my frustration, I was talking to a friend who was really into social networking in the late 2000's and has kind of tapered. He updates his wall every so often. I was venting about how (to put it politely) non-robust these other SN sites were.

As he seemed to not understand the point of my frustration, I described a basic SparkPage.
* 3 Images and a profile pic.
* Status
* images of 6 friends and six groups
* Page comments at the bottom
* A button to the Blogosphere with one's most recent entries
All on the main page

He was like "Wow, that's really cool! I'm going to eat a lot this Winter and gain a lot of weight so I can join and be on"

I reassured him that SP was a healthy lifestyle site, and that one didn't need to be overweight to reap the benefits, just seeking to live or maintain a healthy lifestyle. He seemed to get it (though I doubt he will join, given his activity on the other SN sites.)


Maybe I will continue to be more active on SparkPeople in 2013.

- TD Out.

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PICKIE98 1/17/2012 2:10PM

    I am on NO social media sites, and miracle of miracles, I still have friends, I am not locked in a cave, I am around those who want to be around me!! How am I able to exist without parking my fat arse on a chair for hours on end to see pics of people who, if they chose, could simply call me on the phone,, that plastic thing hanging on the wall, docked on my table,,

Obviously, your life is,like mine, not so bankrupt, that you have to rely on others who sit around reading and not personally interacting with me, I do not have B.O.. or killer guard dogs behind my gates, people may enter and actually knock on my door or invite me to their home,,
no need to gain wait to have friends,,
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    The "At Goal and Maintaining" team is very active (and awesome!) here on SparkPeople. :)

This site is just as much fun for maintainers, so feel free to stick around! :D

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AKELAZ 1/11/2012 11:13AM

    Well that's a relief! emoticon
So many people here on Spark would really miss regular doses of your wit and wisdom.

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STESSOUTCHICK1 1/10/2012 10:00PM

  OK so I go to add blog amd yea nothing. Yes it does nothing it
is frozed.
I went to the dr and my hypothyroid is abnormal.
so with that please pray for me.

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OPTIMIST1948 1/10/2012 9:13PM

    I dont SN at all because of my privacy concerns. I'm here, but I keep my comments and thoughts within a very narrow range relating soley to health & weight. Nothing that is likely to bite me in the hiney on a future job interview.

Anyway thank you for your comments on my blog. I'm off to go find some of the videos you mentioned.

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SEPPIESUSAN 1/10/2012 7:06PM

    Your title is hilarious. :) I agree - Spark is way better than those other sites!

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MEADSBAY 1/9/2012 9:39PM

    What a great summary of the components and benefits of SP.
I tell people it's like FB but for healthy living- but it is so much more than that.
I check fb every day but mostly looking for new pics of family.

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KT-NICHOLS-13 1/9/2012 8:21PM

    Maybe I will continue to be more active on SparkPeople in 2013.

Selfishly, I hope so!

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JITZUROE 1/9/2012 4:21PM

    Hysterical!!!!! And I guess I am just antisocial now that I read this, since I only belong to spark. I have no Facebook stuff, I don't tweet, etc.
Frankly, it all scares me.

It was just a random thing that I found Spark, and once I saw the support for not only weight loss but also my health issues, I apparently dove right into the pool (without my floaties!)

Great blog


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SCRAP317 1/9/2012 12:25PM

    Yay for us! I hope you will because you are a great cheerleader/encourager/strategic thinker and we benefit immensely from your wise counsel! You just have to figure out what's in it for you at that point :)

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STESSOUTCHICK1 1/9/2012 10:19AM

  Great job! Now is there any other way
I can blog. I dont know what happened
but I cant blog on this computer. and
ofcouse my lap top stoped working
all together.
by the way love your blogs and the friendship

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Saturday, January 07, 2012

Last Week/Beginning of Year:

This Week

Weight: (-3.2) Pounds
Body Fat: No change, officially

On my weekly weigh-ins, I will usually take the best 2 out of 3 scale readings, mostly for the weight because of the precision of the scale. The body fat percentage is usually the same for all weigh-ins. It rounds to the nearest percent.

Today the first weigh-in had 22% body fat. The second one showed 21%. The tiebreaker said 22%, so thatís the number Iím going with. If I keep putting in the exercise, I believe that I will very likely be down to 21% by end of month.

Exercise went OK this week. Did:
* a 45 minute brisk walk
* 2 very small kettlebell exercises (5 minutes)
* a huge upper/lower body and cardio
* 50 minutes of kickboxing

The kick boxing really made me again aware of my need for greater flexibility, mostly shoulder/neck and hip/hamstring. I will work on some of the moves and the appropriate stretching this week.

In the past couple of weeks, Iíve kind of become a born-again tracker (both exercise and nutrition). When I was a lot heavier, tracking was too much of a discouraging burden. I was hitting my daily calorie range by 11:30 in the morning. Over the past couple of years, Iíve made enough small changes so that itís far more feasible to track.

The best part of the week was when I tracked the calories for a buffet and realized that I had eaten over 1500 calories (really opened my eyes). Later in the week, I had an 8oz bacon cheeseburger with fries with bread and butter before. I thought surely it wouldnít be even near 1500 calories. I was right, sort of. Over 1200 (*) (**).

Until recently I would have just not tracked either meal (too much, too many different foods, too many unknowns, no nutrition labels). Now my eyes are open to how potentially dangerous eating out can be to the diet if I donít start making more calorie efficient choices. Iím glad to be tracking. The tracker is a lot easier to use than it was 2 years ago.

Thanks for reading,

- TD Out!

(*) How did I lose weight this week, exactly?
(**) I only ate ĺ of the cheesburger and half of the fries. Tracked accordingly.

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MEADSBAY 1/9/2012 9:41PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon
on losing over 3 lbs!

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FITGRL124 1/7/2012 9:47PM

    Trent - you've had an excellent week!! emoticon job! Let's move to week 2 and ROCK IT too! emoticon

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DEBBICZ 1/7/2012 4:03PM

    Good for you Trent on the weight loss and the intense tracking of both food and exercise. It was very open and honest to track the bufette and cheese burger and fries. I brings everything out on "paper" as honest in what you are doing. Being honest is the only way that you can really learn and move in the direction that you want to. Great week!!

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SYN-CA 1/7/2012 1:59PM

    Yay for at 200 pounds TD!!! WooHoo almost to onederland! I'm totally jealous of your body fat percentage. I fear doing mine. Maybe the next 20 pounds off, I'll check it. I'm totally with you on eating out. I gave that up for the most part last year--now only special occasions or business meetings. Keep up the great work!

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JITZUROE 1/7/2012 1:50PM

    Congrats Trent!!! We seem a like in the tracking department. When I fell off the wagon on an oreo bender (AKA black discs of death), I would avoid tracking it. I just didn't want to see all the carnage I left behind. But now I am better at tracking, and better all around!

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SCRAP317 1/7/2012 11:24AM

    TD - congrats on -3.2 that's awesome! I can't wait until I am 22% body fat! What kind of scale do you have? I would love to track my body fat too. When I went to the doctor they told me my BMI is 41.8% and I sure can't wait for that number to go down!

When you said "Until recently I would have just not tracked either meal (too much, too many different foods, too many unknowns, no nutrition labels). Now my eyes are open to how potentially dangerous eating out can be to the diet if I donít start making more calorie efficient choices. Iím glad to be tracking." it really hit home for me. Last night we went out to celebrate my son's awesome grades and while I made good choice it was still probably going to double my calories for the day so I didn't track them. Plus you are right, it takes a long time to figure out those kinds of foods - especially if the restraunt doesn't post their nutritional information. But because of your blog I am going to track that dinner. Otherwise how will I know where to cut calories next time? Thanks TD!

Keep up the great work! xo

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    Great job! Keep up the good work!

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TEENY_BIKINI 1/7/2012 11:16AM

    You better go on with your bad self!!


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