Saturday, June 29, 2013
Today was absolutely no surprise. Saw it coming over a week ago.
I've lost almost 10 pounds in the last two months, since returning to SparkPeople. seven of them in June as I've been able to keep my chocolate consumption under control. A plateau was inevitable.
My midweek weigh-ins are usually really sloppy/inconsistent. I'll weigh-in after eating breakfast or after a really heavy dinner the previous night and guesstimate what the weight would be. I make comments/forecasts based on that, but rarely ever post the actual weight.
Official weigh-ins are very regimented. First thing out of bed, before breakfast, usually no eating out at least the day before (often times a Friday night heavy workout).
This week, seeing the potential for a plateau, I took a Saturday-style weigh-in for a midweek and was down a whopping 0.2 pounds (doing exactly what I've been doing the past month). To see if it was a fluke, I did another one yesterday morning and I was up a half a pound or so.
As a final test to see if it was a plateau, I had the worst of the worst lunches yesterday (12" Dagwood, fairly big bag of chips and a candy bar). 235 pound Trent would have had trouble with that lunch. This would usually result in a 2 pound gain.
Given all that.
**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%
June 22: 205.4@22%
Today: 206.0@22% (Yep, definitely a plateau)
I'm actually really happy that my weight is plateauing. It's a sign that my weight loss is healthy and that I'm doing the right thing.
That being said, if I keep doing weigh-in blogs in July they're going to be awfully boring. So here's a what Ima gonna do...
Starting next week, I'm going to do comp-ins rather than weigh-ins. Rather than focusing on my weight and lightly addressing body fat, I'm going to do the exact reverse.
My first official comp-in this morning is (bf% @ weight):
22 @ 206lbs
My goals for July are to:
- Work out really hard
- work out really hard some more
- Establish a baseline of 400-450 sugar calories a day (then start tapering in August)
- Get the scale to say 21% by the first week of August (*)
- Be able to comfortably fit into the three pair of 36"jeans I bought a few weeks ago
**So no weigh-ins, just comp-ins**
- TD out!
(*) A dear SparkFriend, all of whom I love very, much has pointed out that body fat scales can be not very accurate. I can totally vouch for that. I started really questioning mine at the 20% mark when I was around 196. I think for now 21% is reasonable. We'll see. It's more about not making boring weight plateau blog posts all next month. The jeans fitting are a far bigger deal.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
About a month ago, I started eating a lot of foods that I thought might bring my sugar intake more under control. They were based on a site that I found a few years ago.
It's a site whose focus is on Candida overgrowth.
A couple of years ago I bought a book called "Beat Sugar Addiction Now!" by Jacob Teitelbaum. I bought it because it diagnosed various types of sugar addictions and their causes. I strongly recommend it for its diagnostics.
In my case, it indicated that candida growth was, in fact, a potential issue. It gave a very in depth treatment with not a lot of details. I reasoned that if there were foods that could fight candida (which the site I had found years ago had a list of) I should be able to eat a decent amount of them and it should at least knock down the cravings somewhat.
It paid off. On my worst day, my sugar intake is about half of what it was. I hope to eventually whittle my intake down to about 100 calories of sugar and then do a full cleanse/detox/whatever.
This is the list:
Some of the other foods include:
* Almonds (were on the list when I first found it. Replaced by rutebegas)
* Yogurt/Kefir (unsweetened)
I try to have at least two foods/spices with each meal and at least one with most snacks.
There are a couple of other sites that have similar lists. I will start introducing other foods from those as well.
I know I sound like a bit of a broken record, but these foods may not and probably will not help you unless your addiction is based on the same thing mine appears to be.
I always dreamed of the day I could control my sugar intake. I never fully believed that I totally had to give up sugar for good. Today I have realized that dream.
If you are struggling with a sugar addiction. Fight to be free of it. It may not be the same as mine, but find out what it is and research it. If you can handle a more regimented program than I and its necessary/more beneficial, do it.
Don't keep living a life of guilt. Don't demonize foods. Don't just accept defeat. If after fighting, you really do find out in the end that for you it is an addiction, then you can at least be at peace with that.
- TD Out!
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Step 5: MODERATED THE EXTREME SOLUTIONS
I strongly recommend "Beat Sugar Addiction Now!" by Jacob Teitelbaum. Unlike a lot of articles I've read on sugar addiction that basically just focus getting sugar out of the diet. This book focuses on getting to the root of the actual addiction itself.
- Gives 4 questionnaires whose responses may point to a cause
- Gives a profile of what that type of sugar addiction looks like
- provides some general guidance on sugar addiction.
- Points the reader to a more targeted solution based on which type they are
I can't vouch for the three types that I'm not. I can't vouch for the solution, because I haven't tried it yet.
But after taking the quizzes and reading the summary of what it looks like, it became clear that I had issues with candida growth. It described my symptoms and sugar consumption patterns to a T.
That being said, like every other solution, I was faced with an extremely restrictive eliminate-all-sugar cleanse, detox, fast from sugar (Been there, done that, failed repeatedly). Don't get me wrong, my endgame is to get there and do it. But going from 1600 calories to absolutely none was/is a burden that I couldn't/can't bear.
I remembered another site that had focused on candida as the issue (with just as regimented of a diet). But that one had a list of foods that the author referred to as candida fighting foods.
My plan was to really go heavy on those foods while not changing much else and then maybe try to drop my sugar intake 20-30 calories a week from 1200 or so down per day down to 100-150. I took those foods and others that she referenced on her site's articles and just started eating them a lot (they became staples in my daily eating).
In four days my daily chocolate calories fell from 1200 down to about 400 (I actually don't really like the stuff anymore). I've lost 6.8 pounds since I started doing this 4 weeks ago.
Over the Summer, starting next week, I'm going to monitor my chocolate calories closely and try to gradually drop my intake by about 20 calories each week until I'm down to 100-150 (give or take) and then try a full detox. That should be much more doable than going from 1200/1500.
I'll be totally real with you, You can Google "candida fighting foods" and you will find this list. Search the site you'll see the other foods. I'll blog about the list and provide the URL tomorrow, as promised.
That being said, if a candida build is not the cause of your sugar addiction it will not help you much, if at all.
My point of this blog series is to encourage you to:
- Address your sugar addiction if you have one.
- Stop vilifying foods.
- Stop leaning on guilt as a coping mechanism.
- Admit the problem without self judgment.
- Do some research on what you're struggling with.
- Identify realistic potential underlying causes and address them
- Don't bite off more than you can chew. Build toward a solution if you're not ready for it yet.
I don't know your individual issue with sugar or even if you have one. What I'm doing or the book I recommend may or may not help. Try, fight, research, learn, build. Talk to a medical or nutritional professional if that will help.
I'm not done by a long shot. I'm eating 1/3 to 1/2 of the junk food that I was and can actually stop. I used to think that I was stuck being addicted to sugar for the rest of my life. I have hope now that I can, in fact, eat 1-2 ounces a day of chocolate, stop, and continue to grow healthier.
For me THAT'S freedom.
- TD Out!
Monday, June 24, 2013
So after acknowledging my sugar addiction and making the decision to actually overcome it My next steps were...
Step 3: RESEARCHED SUGAR ADDICTIONS
I went online and looked for natural cures or whatever I could find that might help me overcome. There was a lot of information and a lot of possibilities (blood sugar levels, candida buildups, hormones, emotions, etc.). Each site/book with solutions. Almost all involving full-score sugar fasts and detoxes.
I was willing to do something like that, but had failed several times in the past. My goal was (and still is) to find a way to chop down the amount of sugar so that I could make it through a full detox or fast without crashing or getting really sick.
The key, though, was finding a program that I could do partially/gradually/incrementally until I could do the whole program.
Step 4: GOT A DIAGNOSIS
I don't think that I've ever recommended a book before, but I recommend the book "Beat Sugar Addiction Now!" by Jacob Teitelbaum. Rather than just talking about sugar addictions and giving an all encompassing detox, it gives four questionnaires that point to 4 different sources of the addiction. Based on which one(s) the reader scores highest it directs the reader to the chapters that give a profile of what that type of sugar addiction looks like, identifies the cause, and then provides a solution.
I took the four quizzies. on two types, I scored in the "possibly" range. One wasn't even close. One though was an absolute lock. Scored really high on it. When I read the profile it described my eating patterns to a T.
The solution was not well written. It would describe what to do but was ambiguous on amounts and dosages. The diagnosis, though, gave me great comfort. It gave the problem a name. I will write about it in my next blog.
I found what appeared to be the root of the problem (or at least a major part of it). It may not be the entire problem, but if I eliminate it and I still crave sugar I can look at something else. Only 400-500 calories a day of sugar though? I'm hopeful.
I refused to take a pat cure-all overkill solution that may or may not work. I got to the bottom of the issue (or at least one of the issues) and am now eating about 25-30% of the junk food that I was a month ago.
I BEG OF YOU:
If you struggle with a sugar addiction, take the time and do the research. Find possible reasons for it and their corresponding cures. With the sites, books, nutritionists,etc make sure what they prescribe will actually address what needs to be addressed. Make sure that they describe your symptoms
Wednesday, I will post what I have been doing this last month to cure what I believe has been causing my addiction. That being said, it will do you little if any good if the cause of your addiction is different than mine (It will actually be bad for you because it will waste your time and disappoint you when it doesn't work).
I know, way to sell my midweek blog.
- TD Out!
Sunday, June 23, 2013
For the past few weeks, I have been doing something that I've dreamed of for years upon years. I'm eating sugar/chips in moderation. I used to be addicted to the stuff and would eat 1200-1500 calories of candy/chips every day. Today I eat 400-500 calories a day and don't usually crave much more, if any.
I've promised my friends that I would tell them what I've been doing this last month that has worked regarding this (and I will this Wednesday), but it started way before then.
Step 1: ADMITTED THE PROBLEM
I had to face the fact that it was what was holing me back. Sure, I could eat a few more vegetables and whole grains. But my sugar and simple carb consumption was the elephant in the room. That being said....
Step 2: REFUSED TO FULLY ACCEPT IT AS A PERMANENT DISEASE
I saw a lot of people talking about sugar and chocolate as if it was crack cocaine, cigarettes or alcohol to an alcoholic (No way out. One puff or drink and it's over). I even bought into it to some extent.
At the same time, part of me was still unwilling to accept a life that meant that I could never eat anything with sugar again without relapsing into a 1500 calorie a day habit. It just didn't seem worth it.
If there were people walking the earth that could have a bag of chips and a candy bar at lunch without falling into an unbridled carb binge or bender then I wanted to be one of them.
Don't get me wrong, if that really was how it is, then so be it. But that was last resort. At that point, I probably would have just chosen to go with the addiction (I pretty much did).
I dropped the guilt. I stopped demonizing food and judging myself as a bad person for what I was doing. I dropped the "Rah Rah, this time I'm going to just do it" attitude with nothing to back it up. I stopped fighting a battle that I was unarmed for and decided to arm myself. My next blog will be about that.
I BEG OF YOU:
If there is a problem/issue or pathology in your life that you have accepted, question that you need to accept it. I'm not talking real medical issues, medicines that your doctor has prescribed or even legitimate addictions (sugar may be for you, I don't know).
But if there is something in your life that is a burden, check to see if there is a way out. Don't play dead for it. There may be a way out. There may not be. Either way, at least you'll be at peace one way or the other.
- TD Out!
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