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About Last Saturday...

Monday, June 03, 2013

OK, so when I'm faced with a really alarming piece of news that I don't really know how to process, I basically deflect or change the subject until I can figure out exactly what the heck happened.

Case in point, Saturday's weigh-in. My midweek had pointed toward a razor close weigh-in around 210 (a 2.2 pound loss).

Whether above or below, it was going to be within ounces of 210. My actual weigh-ins are precise (same time in the morning, before breakfast, etc.). The midweeks I'm a little lackadaisical, but can kind of guess what my weight would be given variances (this is why I rarely post a midweek weight).

So as I stepped on the scale I expected a loss of 1.6-2.2 pounds, yielding 209.6-210.0.

What I got was a 4.8 pound loss to 207.4. I was absolutely shocked!

As one of my dear SparkFriends, all of whom I love very much, put it (and I quote):
**"Holy Mother of Pearl Trent!! Didja hack an arm off???????? "**

The only thing that I knew of that could cause such a disproportionately huge number was water retention the previous week. But I hadn't eaten out two days before either weigh-in! It was consistent.

As a result, in my blog I focused on what I did that week and all but ignored what was by far my biggest weight loss ever.

So.........

I've been researching possible causes of sugar addiction and eating foods that combat one possible cause of it. Apparently a symptom of said cause that I've been addressing is ...wait for it... Water Retention!!! I read this Saturday evening after the weigh-in.

The midweek was taken 1 day after I started changing toward the new foods, so not much of a change was reflected.

Issue resolved.

So, now I can honestly say.
- I lost about 4.8 pounds last week
- I'm really proud of this
- I celebrated the entire weekend (blog to come later this week or next)

I really appreciate all of your support and friendship since coming back.

- TD Out!

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

AKELAZ 6/4/2013 4:35PM

    SO-O happy for you! You work so hard at all this and generally have a really methodical approach - delighted it's paying off.

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PS DO share the chocolate - and while you're at it, is there one for wine?!!

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PICKIE98 6/4/2013 2:33PM

    I believe you were going to share your big secret spice consumption to us oh mighty one!!! If it is garlic, I have already eaten enough to wipe out the entire vampire population worldwide.

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SCRAP317 6/4/2013 7:06AM

    - I lost about 4.8 pounds last week EXCELLENT WORK MY FRIEND!
- I'm really proud of this AS YOU SHOULD BE!
- I celebrated the entire weekend I HOPE YOU WENT DANCING!

REALLY WONDERFUL, TRENT! KEEP UP WHAT YOU'RE DOING BECAUSE IT'S WORKING!

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MEADSBAY 6/3/2013 5:12PM

    How wonderfully fantastically stupendously COOL!
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JEAN111766 6/3/2013 4:03PM

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Love your blogs!!!

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Weigh-In 06.01.2013: What tha? i don't even...

Saturday, June 01, 2013

**Note: I know that I've been whooping it up about going below 210 this week. But I had to write about this**

So this week, I decided to take on my sugar addiction. I found a potential cause of it and looked up possible foods that could fight it. I found a site with a list of 10 direct ones. As I read some of the articles on the site, I also found one or two more that weren't on the list to be potentially effective.

Starting Tuesday, these foods/spices became staples. At least 5 with breakfast and my mid-morning snack. Many more throughout the day. I'm not following the site's program as it seems a bit extreme.

My usual chocolate intake before this week has been roughly 1000-1200 calories a day. Not wanting to go cold turkey, I decided to try to chop 100 calories per day every month (25 per week. Slowly and gradually).

So far though, the foods that I've been eating are making it tougher to actually eat the chocolate.

Tuesday and Wednesday, I was able to eat about 1000 calories
Thursday, I ate about 800, though the last couple hundred were forced.
Friday, I barely managed 600 and the last 150 were brutal.

If this continues to work, I will absolutely blog about the foods and the site. I want to make sure that this will work long term before I raise even my own expectations (let alone my dear SparkFriends' (who I love very much)).

All that said ... As goes my junk food consumption, so always goes my weight. This week was no exception :)

Goal Weight: 195.0 @ 15%
Jan 1 Weight: 217.8 @ 25%

2 Wks Ago: 212.6@23%
Last Week: 212.2@23%
This Week: 207.4@24%

Results:
- Down 5.2 pounds since two weeks ago
- Down 4.8 pounds since last week.
- Down over 10 pounds since the beginning of the year
- 12.4 pounds away from my goal weight

Usually, this is where I say that I don't expect to see this every week or that I will probably gain some of it back next week...

Honestly though, I don't know. If sugary foods are soon to be extinct from my diet (and not by will power, just total lack of desire), there really is no telling.

We'll see.

- TD Out!

  
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AKELAZ 6/2/2013 11:24AM

    Precious moments, TD emoticon
Wish I could find mine.
Truly hope it comes good for you - DO keep us posted.
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TRENTDREAMER 6/2/2013 9:30AM

    "Holy Mother of Pearl Trent!! Didja hack an arm off???????? "
* No, but now that you mention it, I wasn't wearing that 5lb anvil neclace that my xgf bought me that I usually wear at my weighins (lol, jk, etc.).

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PICKIE98 6/2/2013 9:09AM

    Holy Mother of Pearl Trent!! Didja hack an arm off????????

I do not know what spice you are ingesting, but only hot peppers that kill my taste buds could have that effect on me!! Bring 'em on!!!!!
You are actively seeking a change and it is working. That is called motivation and emoticon emoticon emoticon perserverance. Applause, applause!!!

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MEADSBAY 6/1/2013 10:17PM

    Holy moly!
You may have found your eureka!
One of the ladies in my Tai Chi group lost 25 lbs in 2-3 months just by giving up sugar (she went cold turkey- said she knew she was addicted to it).
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JEAN111766 6/1/2013 9:28PM

    Way to go TD!!! So happy things are going in the right direction for you! I know sugar and junk carbs are my biggest down fall...

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FITGRL124 6/1/2013 8:17PM

    WOW! I am impressed! Please - do share and do tell! I bet I have the same problem. Lately, things haven't been going well. The plan that I'm not making is just making things worse. I'll blog about it later.

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RUNJEWELRUN 6/1/2013 2:34PM

    You know, a lot of people are doing that. I am so happy for you!

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SCRAP317 6/1/2013 11:15AM

    That is awesome Trent! One of the things I love about you is your determination to figure out what makes you tick and take control over the things you can. I hope this change to your eating habits is just what you are looking for! Freedom from sugar addiction is awesome! I'm trying to figure out if I will ever be able to be one of those people who can eat "a" piece of chocolate and walk away - or a small dessert, etc. I sure hope so, but I feel so good right now while I am sugar free that I am almost willing to just not have it again if I can't be that person. Wish I had a crystal ball!

Can't wait to hear more about your research and how it goes with you! XO

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Weigh-In 05.25.2013: Lost AND Gained

Saturday, May 25, 2013

I have a love/hate relationship with encouragement. I think in attempts to encourage people, many are tempted to not address frustration. If one is stagnating, losing the same 1-2 pounds, there is pressure not to express frustration.

The "a loss is a loss" mantra gets really painful when it's on a seemingly permanent two week rotation with "we all have bad weeks" on the weeks between.

Taking an investment perspective, imagine if your financial adviser recommended a stock/fund that consistently lost $1.00 per share on one week and gained it back the next. This continued for three years. How would you react if your adviser said, after said three years, "Oh well, a $1 gain is a $1 gain and you've had 76 of them!!!"

So, I will express my weigh-in very genuinely.

Goal Weight: 195.0 @ 15%
Jan 1 Weight: 217.8 @ 25%

2 Wks Ago: 211.4@23%
Last Week: 212.6@23%
This Week: 212.2@23%

Results:
Gained 0.8 pounds since two weeks ago
Lost 0.4 pounds last week.

I expected a better weigh-in. My midweek pointed to a much better one. Only thing I can thing of is that I didn't drink enough water in the past couple of days.

Oh well. I've been on SP for 4 years and my body always seems to curiously wait until I am 1-2 pounds from a major milestone to plateau. This is nothing new.

Maybe next week.

- TD Out!

  
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PICKIE98 5/27/2013 2:43PM

    "Life is a job."

- Father Guido Sarducci

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SCRAP317 5/27/2013 9:07AM

    I just wrote a blog about my plateau so I am right there with you brother! Re-examine your week and plow ahead to next week - you'll figure it out and learn where to "invest" and where to "cut"! XO

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JEAN111766 5/25/2013 10:03PM

    Well, I know you read my blog, so you know, I can totally relate and understand what you are saying here... and thank you for providing the comments that you did... It does suck and it is annoying and frustrating and downright aggravating. I am with you!!!
For me, I know I need to cut the junk carbs and up the activity... but persistence and dedication is what it takes and you can do this.... we can do this... and we will do this.
Stay strong my Spark Friend!!!
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FITGRL124 5/25/2013 9:48PM

    This sucks!!! Going emoticon and then going emoticon Blah!!! I feel your pain!

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MEADSBAY 5/25/2013 3:18PM

    SUX!
I have also bobbled up, even with my fasting days.
Drinking more booze than usual lately-
that must be it.
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MAMADWARF 5/25/2013 12:02PM

    Yea it IS very frustrating! I think we all try to be encouraging but you're right, platitudes suck. I am in my 4 th year here and I was stuck at 230 for the LONGEST time! Now I gained 20 back so I'm working really hard to lose it and bust past 230. All I can say is keep going, keep fighting and we will get there!!!

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JITZUROE 5/25/2013 11:51AM

    Don't less the scale mess with your melon!
I see it as, 'you are almost there dang it!'
Don't give up don't you dare...
Bren

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Weigh-In 05.18.2013: Market Correction

Saturday, May 18, 2013

So last week I lost over 3 pounds. I was a week and a half into a new workout and ate out a grand total of three times. This week was a little more normal. Was out a lot more. Muscles were sore, so I did 5 workouts, but two of them were fairly low intensity. Yesterday, I walked.

Midweek weigh-in had me maintaining the previous week, but yesterday, I had a fairly large early dinner (a lot of salt). So, no surprise...

Goal Weight: 195 @ 15%
Jan 1 Weight: 217.8 @ 25%

Last Week: 211.4 @ 23%
This Week: 212.6 @ 23% (+1.2 pounds)

It's what's called in the financial world a "market correction"

This week, I am going to phase out fruit and focus on vegetables, low fat proteins, whole grains. Poor quality carbs have been a bit of a silent killer of my diet.

I'm going to keep up the cardio, but move to interval training to switch it up.

Bold as this may be to say, I believe that next week I could very well be below 210.

Time for the market to rebound.

- TD Out!

  
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FITGRL124 5/18/2013 11:03AM

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MEADSBAY 5/18/2013 11:03AM

    Good plan- don't forget plenty of good fats in there- veggies taste better with evoo. I'm enjoying a 1/4 avocado a few times a wee or a small handful of nuts.
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SCRAP317 5/18/2013 8:35AM

    Do you like to try new recipes? Not sure if you like to experiment with foods or not but I thought I would suggest Pinterest for low carb veggie recipes and paleo recipes are also good for eliminating unhealthy carbs. Lots of quinoa recipes and whole grain recipes too.

Do you like eggs? Egg cups are so easy and gets some veggies in you - just dice up any veggies you like (can add turkey bacon, sausage, cheese, too), put them into a muffin pan 2/3 full, then top with an egg (or egg whites) and bake until egg is cooked. I usually stir with a knife before cooking so the egg falls through the veggies. Its a quick breakfast on the go and they last all week in the fridge.

Stir fry veggies and shred up a rotisserie chicken to make a quick lunch on the go, too.

Good luck friend! You are doing great! XO

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EVIE4NOW 5/18/2013 7:44AM

  Hate it when the market corrects itself. But I think of it as a stabilizer too so it's not too bad. Go for it!
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Thank You For The Award

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

To my dear SparkFriends, who I love very much:

It confused me at the time. Back in November of 2011 one of my Spark Teammates put a comment on my page saying that visitors and friends should nominate me for the Motivator award.

At the time, I thought, "That's a nice gesture and I appreciate it". I didn't figure enough people would recommend me for it. Upon review, I figured the Spark Jedi Counsel would review my page and take the recommendation into consideration. When push came to shove though, I figured that they would see a guy with no before/after picture whose weight loss was stagnant and hadn't reached goal.

I was very surprised the next day to see that I actually got the award. To be totally honest, I lost respect for the award itself. Yes, I had lost a lot of weight but I was kind of in limbo as far as my goals went. Friends would tell me that they liked my blogs and appreciated comments, but I wasn't seeing how either was actually making a difference in anyone's life.

In all honesty I saw the award as kind of a token of appreciation. Kind of a glorified SparkGoodie. I didn't get why. A month later I burnt out and wasn't active much on Spark until about a month or so ago.

Last week I re-read several of my blogs from when I was losing the weight. The NSVs, the weigh-ins, the milestones, the week leading up to breaking 200. And yes, the blog where I actually went below 200. It made me remember those days. I want it again.

Though it sounds conceited to say "I read my old blogs and they motivated me." I want 195 and 15% more than I ever have. I can see why the nomination.

So to all of my SparkFriends who nominated me (even if this is a year and a half late),

Thank you for nominating me for the Motivator Award.

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- TD Out!

  
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JEAN111766 5/17/2013 10:20AM

    Sounds like you are getting your mental focus back on track! This is a never ending life time committment we are in.
Congrats for the award and congrats for coming back!

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MEADSBAY 5/16/2013 3:57PM

    You absolutely deserve(d) it, TD!
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AKELAZ 5/16/2013 10:06AM

    You are one of my most motivating friends here - I read your blogs avidly and sometimes even copy bits of them to add to the 'MOTIVATION' file that I keep on my laptop. In so many ways you definitely deserved that award. The fact that it - and your own blogs - are motivating you still is excellent and NOT conceited at all. Just go on doing what you're doing and we'll ALL be the better for it.

AND - BTW - thank you for visiting my blog which now seems rather trivial. I did have a good and refreshing few days in London though and would recommend you to visit it (and Paris where I also lived and also crave sight of occasionally) Can't speak for Italian cities - though hope to be able to one day.

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FITGRL124 5/16/2013 9:25AM

    I know what you mean!! When I got the award, it was great and then my motivation went away. Weird how that happens.

Kudos to you for getting motivated again! Keep it up and you'll be under the 200 mark again soon!

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