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Weigh-In 06.22.2013: Dancin' Like I'm (wait for it...) TWENTY-TWO-OU-OOH-OOH!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

So this week was the week where I decided to reduce my intake on the foods that have been killing my sugar cravings. Saturday through Monday I ate them as usual and my body wanted about 300-450 calories. Midweek weigh-in looked good on Tuesday. From then I reduced the amounts of the foods.

Though the quality of my food dropped dramatically, my calorie intake stayed pretty level. Had one day where I hit the 3000 daily calorie mark, but's that's still not that far over from a long term perspective. My sugar intake went as high as 800 kcals (still about half of what I was eating a month ago).

Yesterday morning, I went back on the foods and the sugar intake was back down to 400 without a hitch. Ate a few hundred total calories short of my recommended intake.

So regarding this, to make this permanent, I realize that I have to:
- Keep doing what I've been (eating the foods in the quantities that I have been)
- Slowly taper the sugar from 400 per day down to about 50-100
- Do an actual cleanse and program to finish the problem off.

As promised, I will blog about what I've done to get here this week (Tuesday or Wendesday). Speaking of here........

**THE NUMBERS (pounds @ bodyfat%):
Goal Weight: 195.0 @ 15%
Jan1 Weight: 217.8 @ 25%

May 25: 212.2@23% (The week before I started addressing the sugar addiction)
June 01: 207.4@24%
June 08: 208.2@23%
June 15: 206.4@23%
Today : 205.4@22%

- Down 1 pound since last week
- Am finally below 23% body fat (22% baby! Whoooooo!)
- Down 6.8 pounds since this time last month
- 0.6 pounds from my last minor weigh milestone (below 205)
- 4.6 pounds from going below 200.
- 10.4 pounds away from my goal

My midweeks have been showing the bodyfat% steadily improving. For some reason, that's not ended up getting reflected in the actual weigh-ins.

Though I am well aware that one doesn't lose weight as I have been without facing a plateau at some point, I still think I might be below 200 by July 20th or 27th (the 3 year anniversary of last time I first dipped below).

Today, I'll keep dancing like I'm 22%!!!!

Thanks for reading.

- TD Out!

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KT-NICHOLS-13 6/24/2013 4:17PM

    Your results are great. Keeping dancing friend.

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STFRENCH 6/24/2013 6:50AM

    You're doing brilliantly! emoticon

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    Awesome job on the loss! Congrats on getting to 22% body fat. You are super close to reaching your goals. Keep up the good work!

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MY1FAN 6/23/2013 10:22AM

    emoticon way to go! You're doing great.

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GLAZED-DONUT 6/22/2013 8:40PM

    RAWK ON my friend!! So proud and happy for you!
Just keep in mind the numbers are a decent guide, but they are NOT the end-all be-all... and if youre using a fat scale to monitor progress also keep in mind they are limited a bit.
ie: time of day, fluid retention will make you read high/low and I also found with my various models (including my highly rater Tanita) that then more lean you get, the less accurate they become. Just wanted to give you a heads-up in case you get stuck and cant figure out why ;-)

Thank you for not lettin' us hang with major market teaser ;-) Paybacks wouldve been brutal from those '14 attractive ladies' hehe.
Way to go - you flippin; rawk! happy weekend!

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FITGRL124 6/22/2013 4:11PM

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You're doing an amazing job! I am incredibly proud of you! You're going to ROCK it this summer in your shorts and @ the pool! AAAAAAAAMAZING!

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FITGRL124 6/22/2013 4:11PM

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You're doing an amazing job! I am incredibly proud of you! You're going to ROCK it this summer in your shorts and @ the pool! AAAAAAAAMAZING!

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PICKIE98 6/22/2013 3:00PM

    Ooh!! Time for the happy dance!!
Viewed as luggage on top of a family vacation station wagon: You re losing a little here and there going down the highway, not all of your luggage flying off the car at one slam-of-the-brakes!! Good going Trent-Guy!

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MEADSBAY 6/22/2013 11:38AM


I'm dancing with you!

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SCRAP317 6/22/2013 10:53AM

    Mav-a-lous Dah-ling (insert my best Billy Crystal voice) - I am so happy for your success! I'm dancing with you, my friend! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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AKELAZ 6/22/2013 10:14AM

    emoticon HOORAH! Been waiting for this and am delighted that all that research and hard work have paid off.
Kudos to you my friend - you deserve every lost ounce and %.

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If you are an attractive lady, I have a question/questions for you (Part II).

Monday, June 17, 2013

** It's been a while since I posted the first one of these

So, I�ve asked many questions on this site. Tough questions. Deep questions. Ones that challenge the mind and spirit of one�s very being.

Questions such as:
- What's stopping you from reaching your goals?
- How does one overcome set-backs/plateaus!?
- Why WAS 6 afraid of 7!!?
- Can drinking too much coffee make someone see DEAD PEOPLE!!!???

Today though, I ask an even more pertinent question:
** What beach should Trentdreamer go to next Summer? **

I�m now about 10 pounds from my weight goal and am seeing the results. Looser belts going, down a jean size etc.. I haven�t been to the beach in about a decade. OK, I�ve been to the beach, but never felt comfortable actually doing beach stuff (catching rays, playing Frisbee, etc.).

I would go to the local beaches and sit on the benches, eat at a restaurant with a view of the water. Maybe walk the beach in cargoes and a t-shirt. Never actually enjoy the beach gong experience (swimming, try surfing, etc.).

**Next Summer I've decided to actually "go to the beach" and am planning a week's vacation around it. The question is which one(s).**

So, I'm looking for a really top rate beach. One with a good single population (vibrant but not tacky). Relatively clean beach itself. Good local shops and restaurants either right on or near the beach. Good nightlife, but good hotels 5-10 minutes away from the action.

If you know of any in your area or have vacationed at, please let me know. It doesn't necessarily need to be one beach (if there�s an area that has a cluster of 2-3 beaches that are really good, even if not great, I can make a week of it). I will look into any recommendations.

So, What is your favorite beach or best beach you've vacationed at?


- TD Out!

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    My top three are Kauai Hawaii, Montego Bay Jamaica and Miami beach. All three are so beautiful and straight out of a post card, lots of fun and a crazy night life for the 2nd two. Congrats on getting out there and living it up on the beach!

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AKELAZ 6/20/2013 5:15AM

    Hard to help from the UK! There are some lovely beaches but not a lot of that heat that makes you want to swim, bask and do beach sports etc.
I actually agree with Traci - the Caribbean beaches in Mexico are wonderful - sunshine - heat - great (and healthy) food in the bars plus the opportunities for open air Yoga and massages. I have wonderful memories of dipping my toes in the Caribbean at sunrise - great start to the day. Give it some thought!!

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TRIING2GETFIT 6/18/2013 4:42PM

    Go to Boracay in the Phillipines its beautiful and popular with the single 30 something so good nightlife and lots of sports activities !

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PESKIGIRL 6/18/2013 3:57PM

  I live in Lima, Peru, and the beaches here are amazing (up north). I'm sure you're not planning such a huge trip, but just thought I'd share.

If you are interested though, you'd need to search for "Mancora". It's got it all:

I go every time I can -hopefully next summer I will be able to enjoy myself and not feel uncomfortable with my body. I think it's great you have such a clear goal!

Best of luck!
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PICKIE98 6/18/2013 3:30PM

    Santa Barbara,, volleyball on the beach, weight lifting on the beach,, world class hotels, dining,, perfect weather 24/7, 365. I wanted to move there when Tweety and I saw the beach..

As far as Mexico goes, if you can make it from the airport to your hotel without getting robbed at gunpoint(research online)(younger males are mostly the targets) go for it.. Jamaica is young, hot and very laid back.

If Hawaii has some white sand beaches too.. .. World class surfing on the North Shore,, or just watching them surf, ,,,

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FARRAH511 6/18/2013 2:07PM

    As you, I haven't feel comfortable in a beach in like forever, but I'm from Texas and I'm going to go to South Padre Island at least one day on my July break... and I'm wearing a two pieces swimming suit!...

I've always believe that the fun is something you have to have with u wherever you go... Hope you enjoy yourself wherever you decide to go...

What will you wear?

- Farrah out

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1DERLAND14 6/18/2013 1:55PM

    Hawaii is amazing :D

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KT-NICHOLS-13 6/18/2013 12:27PM

    Are you looking to stay within the U.S. or travel outside the country?
Within the U.S. I'm not sure ... I live in Northern Cali so our water is cold.
I travel a lot to Montego Bay Jamaica (the Mr is from there so we visit family/friends) and they have awesome beaches. I've also traveled to Mexico and beach time there is good too.

I totally understand your goal here and I remember this very issue from last summer. So I ask this - with love and affection and NO judgment - are you working on the mental side of this issue? Yup, 10 lbs CAN/WILL make a difference in your physical appearance but I have to wonder, is there something else going on that's stopping you from really enjoying beach time now?

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TWEETYKC00 6/18/2013 8:02AM

    I am sure that any beach you go to will be where the action is!

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TSEWARD 6/17/2013 9:47PM

    I live in an area with freezing water and horse flies, black flies, and mosquitos that are as big as hummingbirds. And I haven't travelled more than two states away.....yes I am borrrrrring. But I have heard good things about Mexico as well.
I have no doubt before you know it the ladies on the beach will be asking.."does your wife appreciate how nice you look in your scuba gear?? (or speedos, whatever you be wearin" LOL.

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FITGRL124 6/17/2013 9:15PM

    Myrtle definitely has a younger crowd which would be great for a single guy. It can get pretty wild there so if you want to have lots of crazy fun, that's the way to go.

Good luck to you in your search! GO YOU for getting out there and making the beach your next goal!

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SCRAP317 6/17/2013 7:02PM

    The Outer Banks is nice, but more of a family beach.
Myrtle Beach is where all the young adults go - and tends to be more expensive.
I've heard Roehobeth is good, but never been there.
Google it! You'd be surprised how much information you can get online!
Good luck!

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GLAZED-DONUT 6/17/2013 6:57PM

    If you want upscale, all adult, all inclusive that's got one of the most awesome beaches I've even been to Secrets Maroma Beach in Mexico is going to steal your heart.
Top shelf drinks, posh dining and good mix of couples and singles, the resort is just amazeballs, they pamper you like royalty... the biggest decisions you have to make there are 'what cocktail do I want next' and 'which restaurant do I want to dine at.'
Its NOT in the hotel district (which to me is fine), but is a short drive to night life (Cancun party town), if you dont mind the cab ride.
A more amazing beach would be the CRT Mexcio, Catalonia Royal Tulum, also All adult AI, but not quite as upscale (read half the cost of Maroma Beach) - still epic fun, the beach is awesome. The water beckons you to go play with the fishes. However its way further away from any nightlife (as its in the rain forest) BUT on the other hand its close to some amazing, once in a lifetime, type excursions, and the wildlife is so lush.
If its all about the party and nightlife then I think you MUST be in Cancun in the hotel district, maybe somewhere like Aqua Live!
I'm a big fan of Mexico, you can get good deals there, the best time to go is early to mid May if you want to avoid the storms and rainy season (-:

By the way..... she was totally flirting with you!!! ;-) ... and if I were single and saw you... I totally wouldve too! (-:

xxoo Susie*
aka: Donut*

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MEADSBAY 6/17/2013 5:53PM

    Sorry- I am not eligible to answer your questions but good luck.

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Weigh-In 06.15.2013: Good Week Eating-Wise

Saturday, June 15, 2013


So this week was easily one of the best weeks eating-wise ever. Though there were a few days where I ate more junkfood than I would have liked it was still about 1/2 to 1/3 as much as I used to.

Coolest thing is that with the reduced amount of chocolate, I'm actually able to track and keep track of what I eat. Midweek had me down a bit, weight-wise, but some of the tougher days eating-wise were later in the week.

THE NUMBERS (pounds @ bodyfat%):
Goal Weight: 195.0 @ 15%
Jan 1 Weight: 217.8 @ 25%

June 1: 207.4@24%
June 8: 208.2@23%
Today: 206.4@23%

* -1.0 pounds since two weeks ago
* -1.8 pounds since last week.
* Well over 10 pounds since the beginning of the year
* 6.6 pounds away from the 190s
* 11.4 pounds away from my weight goal

Every time I've ever been at or about this weight, I've either been excited that I'm getting close or upset that I'm moving further away from it. This time though, it's not that dramatic. I really believe that in the next 10-20 weeks, I may well hit one of my first two goals, if not both.

Have a great weekend.

- TD Out!!

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AKELAZ 6/20/2013 5:06AM

    Sounds like you're doing well - and that reduced desire for chocolate is helping. Will be interested - VERY interested - when you share the results of your research.

Rock on TD - success is coming. emoticon emoticon

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KT-NICHOLS-13 6/18/2013 5:37PM

    "This time though, it's not that dramatic."
BRAVO ... A mental shift must have occurred. This can only make your journey more successful and pleasurable. :)

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COMPUCATHY 6/16/2013 10:00PM

    You can definitely hit those goals! Keep tracking...the accountability makes all the difference. Watch out for complacency...sometimes, the more I move forward, the more complacent I get...then it all slips away. Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon

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GYPSYGOTH 6/16/2013 10:16AM

    glad you're back on track and feeling great about it. gosh, i wish my boyfriend would get into this! he thinks calories and numbers and websites are for silly women. he's gained 40 lbs since we've been together. (i am just about exactly the same, on my way down). it's a problem.

i also like that you're focusing on body fat % rather than JUST a number on the scale! especially on a guy, a lot of muscle can weigh a lot and still look great.

thanks for commenting on my blog!

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FARRAH511 6/16/2013 8:59AM

    Thank you for commenting in my blog TD... I really appreciate the support!

You know that as you (most ppl) get near from the goal, it seems to be more difficult, some times because the goal is to "extreme", most times because that's human nature... What I did, and worked for me, is changing my goal, not to less but to more, and I'm still "almost there" from my "new" goal, but I'm usually between 2 and 3 pounds ligther than my "old" goal...

My goal as of January this year was to be able to maintain my weigth between 64 and 66 kilograms (141.096 and 145.505 pounds), so by the end of January I changed my goal, the new goal, make it to 60 kg (132.277 lbs), my weight when I was doing my bachelor... and since mid-february I've been fluctuating around the 62 kg (136.687 pounds) that's for sure lower than my goal for this year, but still struggling "to get there"...

Now, after being in Spark People for some time, you have more tools, and since you're eating better, drinking you water and exercising, you know you can do it.

My advice to you... change your goal for real... not only as an attempt to really reach your other goal (because then won't work)... being from 64 to 66 was my goal, my dream getting to 60 kg "first" then start doing Strength training [I was a body that rocks ;) ]... Think about it! ... Hope it helps you as it helped me.

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FITGRL124 6/15/2013 7:15PM

    Hey - you're doing awesome!!! :)

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MEADSBAY 6/15/2013 6:21PM

    You're doing great.
Try to find things you can do happily and comfortably for the rest of your life.

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STFRENCH 6/15/2013 5:50PM

    Keep it up! You're not far off achieving your goals emoticon

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TRIING2GETFIT 6/15/2013 2:32PM

    One step closer to goal ! your almost there ! July will definitely see you back in Onederland!

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WHOVIANGIRL23 6/15/2013 10:59AM

    Awesome sauce! Keep up the great work!

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TWEETYKC00 6/15/2013 10:36AM

    Whoohoo, that is great! rock on and keep it up.

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PICKIE98 6/15/2013 10:20AM

    Farm out man, farm out!!! You're living the DREAM Trent!! When you do reach goal, would you consider sharing a pic of you(even if you feel the need to cut your head off) so we can drool and share in your glory??????? If you wanna stay incognito like James Bond bad guys, you can wear a mask, but I think modeling those sharp new jeans would be apropos`!!

If I had a son, I could not be more proud of him than I am of you for all of this work. And it IS a job!! emoticon emoticon

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The Celebration Was In My Jeans!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

On my 06.01.2013 weigh-in, I went below 210 (from 212.2 down to 207.4). My weigh-ins are Saturday mornings. I was ready for the scale to read a few ounces below 210, so I was planning on maybe treating myself to a nice lunch and possibly buying a belt or pair of shoes (a typical above-205 type gift).

When the scale said 207.4, I was like "Wow!". And thought, hmmm. Maybe I should try on that pair of 36" jeans and the 80's retro t-shirt that my dad gave me. I've had them hanging up on a door knob for the past 6 months as my motivation.

I thought that they might be tight (not wearable outside the apartment) but ok around the apartment.

I was wrong. They fit perfectly!

At that point, I was like "You know, though I usually like to be a little bit extravagant and buy one slightly more luxurious item of clothing as a gift, there is a style of Old Navy jeans that fit me really well". I've blogged about them in the past.

They have since put out three new washes for that style since I was last near/at 200. So that Saturday, I bought one of each of the new washes (36"). Some are a little snug, but 5-7 pounds from now, they will fit perfectly.

I can't wait.

As for the 5 pairs of fat pants I had to start wearing again last year:
*the two pair of 40" ones flat out don't fit (saggy and baggy). They're going back into storage after laundry day.
* The medium wash DKNY pair (38") are sort of wearable but very loose
* The dark blue rock-washed (38") ones probably don't fit either (not going to bother trying. They have really faded, being the most worn pair for the last 6 years.)
* The lighter pair with the flaps on the back pocket fit OK. They are faded, VERY out of date and usually become too loose at about the 200 pound mark.

Where I plan to be in a few weeks, Lord willing.

So that was it. I bought three pairs of really cool jeans. Wore the pair of jeans I've been wanting to wear for awhile and had a great weekend getting out and doing cool stuff.

- TD Out!

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GLAZED-DONUT 6/14/2013 6:10PM

    Dudeness - okay, so IMO i think we need a picture of you sporting the stealthy pair of 36" jeans with the 80's retro t-shirt. Its only fair - yes! (nod head in agreement), then go take a selfie, post! Yes yes yes... emoticon
Way to go!!!

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TRIING2GETFIT 6/14/2013 7:37AM

    Way to go !!

I'm aimer t obe in a small size before the end of July I have so many clothes just sitting waiting for that day :)

But Congrats to you !

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PESKIGIRL 6/13/2013 12:28PM

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Wow, reading this has inspired me a lot, I swear I can picture myself fitting into my old clothes naturally, the image is such an energy booster!

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PIZZAHOLIC33 6/13/2013 9:18AM

    Congratulations!! emoticon

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JEAN111766 6/12/2013 9:56PM

    yaaaaaaaayyyyyyyy for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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SCRAP317 6/12/2013 1:44PM

    That's awesome Trent! Woo hoo to new jeans! XO

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WHOVIANGIRL23 6/12/2013 8:15AM

    Awesome! I love getting to buy new smaller sized jeans!

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STFRENCH 6/12/2013 6:21AM

    Well done you! emoticon

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MEADSBAY 6/11/2013 5:39PM

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You are amazing!

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JITZUROE 6/11/2013 4:43PM

    Good for you!!!! Congrats. That is so GREAT,
And good GAWD, with a title like that and your sense of humor, of course I came running to check out your blog, HA!!!

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NEELIXNKES 6/11/2013 4:35PM

    I've actually been donating all my stuff that is too big with the exception of two pairs of work pants but even those are going to the donation bag once I can get below this stinking number I have been chasing for 4 years.

WTG on shopping in your closet and for getting to shop for smaller clothes for real!

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AKELAZ 6/11/2013 3:57PM

    I do agree with PICKIE98 about throwing away clothes that no longer fit - because possibly a negative vibe arises from the 'just-in'case' mentality and worms its way into our brains. HOWEVER - that said I never actually do it myself!

All of which is just an aside from what I want to say - which is
emoticon emoticon and HOORAH FOR YOU!!

Keep it up - you must - you can - you will. emoticon

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PICKIE98 6/11/2013 3:43PM

    THROW JEANS AWAY? AS IN AWAY, AWAY? Dude, would you consider washing the baggy , loose ones in really hot water? that will shrink them up at least one or two sizes.
the last ones that are out of style, you could cut the legs off.. cutoffs are back in style again!!

I remember one of the jeans stores USED to have a weekend that you could trade your jeans in for a big discount on new ones..Either Old Navy or Levi's,, can't recall..
Just a suggestion kiddo.. Linda

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Weigh-In 06.08.2013: Did Trent lose ANOTHER 5 Pounds!!??

Saturday, June 08, 2013

No, Not exactly.

From a weight loss perspective, the good news is I had 5 really healthy days of eating really fresh foods, not eating out much, this week. The bad news is that the two other ones were Wednesday and yesterday. Those two days are the ones where I leave my apartment at 7:30ish in the morning and come back at 8:30 in the evening. It often involves eating out once or twice and relying on convenience store foods (the ones that I don't like anymore).

I expected Wednesday, but Friday kind of came out of nowhere. A pulled pork sandwich, huge portion of fries and a really large piece of very rich chocolate cake for late lunch (*). I figured water retention itself would yield about a 2-3 pound gain (combined with such a massive loss the previous week).

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

2 Wks Ago: 212.2@23%
Last Week: 207.4@24%
This Week: 208.2@23%

* -4.0 pounds since two weeks ago
* +0.8 pounds since last week.

I'll tell ya. With my chocolate intake this under control and a measly 0.8 pound gain after a full score eat-out meal like the one yesterday, I'm thinking next week has some real potential. I don't think that I'll be below 205, but I kind of said the same thing about 210 for last week(**). So we'll see.

This week, my goal is to put together a few TIFA (***) stashes. These will be small Tupperware containers of non-perishable snacks that will keep me from needing convenience store/rest stop foods when I'm out. They will be mostly nuts and slow-to-rot or dehydrated fruits.

Recommendations are definitely appreciated.

So let's see about next week.

- TD out!

(*) OMG they were SOOOO good!

(**) And was wrong by about a third of a stone (See last week number above).

(***) TIFA stands for "Trent Is Fr**kin' Awesome" :)

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AKELAZ 6/10/2013 10:31AM

    Late coming to this, TD, forgive me. Had unavoidable stuff to attend to and behind with everything.
Very happy to see you feel you have your chocolate consumption under control and that you are so optimistic about next week.
We all have to find our own paths through all of this which takes hard work in so many ways - truly hope this is THE moment when everything comes good.

BIG hopeful emoticon

PS - sorry that I have no worthwhile advice to offer about snacks - don't really do them as it happens. X

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MEADSBAY 6/8/2013 7:41PM

Some things are beyond are control-
life throws things at as-
always have
always will.
We have to learn to live with it.
You are doing grrrrrrreat!

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JEAN111766 6/8/2013 11:40AM

    Love your blog and the TIFA!!! That is so great!!!

You are doing well to fake out your metabolism, keep it guessing.

I hope your next week is great for results!

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SCRAP317 6/8/2013 11:36AM

    "With my chocolate intake this under control and a measly 0.8 pound gain after a full score eat-out meal like the one yesterday, I'm thinking next week has some real potential." I AGREE - KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!

"This week, my goal is to put together a few TIFA (***) stashes." EXCELLENT PLAN, HERE ARE SOME OF MY FAVES:






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PICKIE98 6/8/2013 9:58AM

    Almonds are the number one snack!! Unsalted. Very high protein, last forever(Tupperware) and no water retention.

peanut butter/melba toast
actually, peanut butter on anything healthy.. .unsalted..cooled, celery, dip carrots, celery in it.

(Water secret Trent: Cucumbers and radishes are natural diuretics. Stay near a rest room when eating these. They are low in calories and high in go-power!) You WILL lose water!
They both can go for long periods without cooling too.
Anything sweet will make you thirsty..
DO drink lots of water.
Water flushes the cells, making them more efficient fuel burners.

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