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Plateaus are AWESOME!!!

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

OMG, let me just come out and say it:

**Plateaus are AWESOME!!!**

I used to hate them very much when I was struggling to lose weight. Now, not so much.

It used to bring up feelings of stagnancy. The focus being on not losing weight. The one thing that I ignored or never fully realized was that I never gained weight either!

In the last 4 days, I have had one day worth mentioning eating-wise (didn't eat out. Ate less than 600 calories of sugar). The other three were hanging with friends and living life. I didn't go much over 600 calories on the sugar, but didn't really pay much attention to it either.

My eating habits are stable calorie-wise. The quality of my eating this past weekend was poor, but the calories were around the range. Workouts are going well.

So last night, after my workout, I had cookie based ice cream and a slice of super salty pizza. This morning's midweek had me at about the same weight as Saturday (slightly less).

This is the 4th of July weekend coming up. I'm going to enjoy it guilt free. Eat to my stomach's desire. Saturday I will most likely weigh the same 205.x or 206.x pounds as I have been.

Next week, I will start making strides to lose weight again. It will be week three of the plateau. My understanding is that that's how long they usually last.

After that I'm going to (Lord willing):
* Bust through 205 like a hot knife through butter.
* Hopefully hit 199.x shortly thereafter
* Hopefully hit 195 by my 4th SparkPeople Anniversary or the following Saturday.

Bottom Line: I'm glad that my body decided on the plateau for now. I wouldn't have thought to do so!

- TD Out!

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TRIING2GETFIT 7/6/2013 12:04PM

    Are you plateauing so i can catch you up ?? 1 more week and I might just do that you better get moving onwards to onderland - go and keep the doors open I'm right behind ya !

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PESKIGIRL 7/5/2013 5:26PM

  Like the attitude!

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MEADSBAY 7/4/2013 11:13PM

I appreciate learning a fresh perspective!

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FITGRL124 7/3/2013 5:48PM

    Hahaha - you're hilarious and I LOVE your blogs!!!


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GLAZED-DONUT 7/3/2013 3:56PM

    Way to what I call 'embracing the suck' - sometimes its gonna suck... those are the times where changes are being made, no matter if we can see them or not!
That said, I wouldnt go into the entire holiday 4-day weekend with a 'pig out' mindset. Treats and worthy indulgences, YES... eating anything/everything until youve reached belly buster mode, personally I wouldn't suggest it. Whatever your choice, just be in control. Happy 4th of July-eve!!
Keep on rawkin' it!!! (-:

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SCRAP317 7/3/2013 3:22PM

    Plateaus do teach us patience, don't they? Once you learn to not get wrapped up in the negative that is - great job turning it into a positive! You're in control and it shows...go YOU!

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LADYJ6942 7/3/2013 3:07PM

    A plateau can be awesome and frustrating all at the same time. Good luck

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PICKIE98 7/3/2013 2:51PM

    Every machine needs to pull the plug every so often... Have a great Independence Day Trent!

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JEAN111766 7/3/2013 1:56PM

    I am so glad you are so excited about your plateau! I can't say that I enjoy them, although I am glad when I don't gain any weight during them!

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  That is inspirational. It is very hard to embrace those pesky plateaus.

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Weigh-In 06.29.2013: My First Comp-In!!

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.

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AKELAZ 7/2/2013 5:20AM

    I don't know much about body fat and measurement, except that it's hard to get a true reading, so I can't really comment here, except to say that I really admire you, TD, for never giving up and constantly finding new ways to fight the fight.Will be following your progress with interest. emoticon

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TRIING2GETFIT 7/1/2013 3:27PM

    I have body fat % scales they drive me crazy - that % moves allover the place - but maybe yours are more steady.

I think I like the good olde tape measure waist band effect the most !

emoticon Good luck for July - operation beach body is almost complete !

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SCRAP317 7/1/2013 8:05AM

    "Rather than focusing on my weight and lightly addressing body fat, I'm going to do the exact reverse." SOUNDS LIKE A GOOD PLAN. I WOULD LIKE TO FIND SOMETHING TO FOCUS ON OTHER THAN POUNDS ALSO. I THINK I WILL BLOG ABOUT THAT.

I have heard the same thing about the fat % on scales, but even though the exact percentage may not be right, I think the difference in percentage would still be accurate, don't you? It's like weighing at the gym or weighing at home - all the scales are different but choose one to use as your accurate measurement tool.

Hey did you get the beach info you were looking for?

How do you incorporate the candida/sugar buster type foods each day? Just thinking about you and imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right? XO

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STFRENCH 7/1/2013 6:56AM

    Urgh, the dreaded plateau! Well done for shifting your focus and not letting it beat you down! emoticon

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PICKIE98 6/29/2013 10:56PM

    Great job! As long as you are doing your workouts and eating right, the weigh-ins are just a formality.

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FITGRL124 6/29/2013 9:22PM

    I am proud of you TD! Your weight didn't get you down and for that, it's progress!!! YAY! I'm so excited for you. emoticon

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GLAZED-DONUT 6/29/2013 8:03PM

    That Spark-friend was sooo right on the scales not being accurate, the fitter you get the less accurate they become. ;-) flammin' technology! ugh... i digress.
A trusted / experienced professional with calipers would be the cheapest way, but even that can be inaccurate if ie: you're retaining water due to excess salt consumption, or even being HOT ~I will gain 2lbs in the matter of a couple of hours from just getting hot (mainly happens when humid), my legs and ankles will go from sleek emoticon to blowfish emoticon - its reDONKULOUS, same goes for hydration levels. SO with that said, I would go with A. How you FEEL, if we listen to our bodies they will tell us what we need. B. How your clothes fit... I'd be willing to bet your clothes will be fitting differently over the next few weeks even though there may not be 'results' on that scale. A plateau is cool though - its our bodies natural defense kicking in trying to preserve/protect us, it wants to hold on to anything it has in order to save us from what it considers DEATH! TIME (Things We Must Earn). Just keep on truckin' jive turkey (-: I am so very proud of you, slow and steady win the sexy jeans!!
Happy weekend - Susie*

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MEADSBAY 6/29/2013 5:43PM

    Really, no body fat measure is totally accurate but the immersion in water technique- and how often does anyone get to do that?
Whatever way you are measuring it- it's dropping and that's what matters, right?
I may have done it wrong (tho I doubt it) but I used a hand held one at my gym for the first time in over a year and I know mine is way down -
which explains why, although my wt has only gone down 7 lbs or so, I can wear some summer pants I could not even zip last summer.

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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)
* Oregano
* Yogurt/Kefir (unsweetened)
* Cinnamon

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!

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TRIING2GETFIT 6/28/2013 12:44PM

    Some really interesting reading - I might have to get the book !

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PICKIE98 6/27/2013 4:25PM

    Thanks Trent!! i appreciate the link!

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JITZUROE 6/27/2013 3:44PM

    Awesome blog! This is exactly why I am doing the Whole30 way of eating. The whole premise is to remove what they consider to be inflaming foods for the body.the list of no-no's seemed HUGE and scary, but shoot, it's been officially over 45 days since I've eaten refined sugar, popcorn, or chocolate. It seemed so drastic to cut out things entirely, but for me, even a smidge of something awakens my sugar beast. Best to cut out that b!tch beast for now, to give myself the power over her later if&when I introduce her back to my crazy life.
If you would have asked me last month if I thought I would get this far without my junk food crutch, I would say no way. But it's amazing how things don't seem so terrifying when we allow our own mind to 'permit ' our body to get back on the healthy track.

I'm so happy this is working for you!
And it will only get better.

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NEELIXNKES 6/27/2013 8:30AM

    Glad it is working for you. Keep pushing forward!

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AKELAZ 6/27/2013 6:55AM

    *Don't accept defeat* Love this!
You certainly haven't done that. I feel you will win through - and certainly you deserve to after working on yourself so hard.
Kudos to you for your research - for intelligent interpretation - and for sharing it all with those who need it.
Wish you every success emoticon

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FUNNYBOYX 6/26/2013 11:02PM

    there are no bad foods,just bad choices....accepting defeat,awesome....i always tell others to remember there is only one person in the whole multiverse that can stop you from reaching any goal in life,and that person is..... you.....awesome realization on your part my can do this...i am insulin dependant,and i know you are right in your statement about your own addiction,and a decision to change....focus and realizing are key to keeping on not give in to self...if you don't care about you,how can you expect others to respect and care about you.......keep that train of thought,and you will win !!!!!! emoticon

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Freedom (Step 5)

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

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!

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ROEANDGO 6/26/2013 7:06PM

    Thanks for doing the leg work on my sugar addiction!!! I can't wait to read the book you recommended!

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NEELIXNKES 6/26/2013 7:17AM

    Thank you for sharing your journey with us.

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MY1FAN 6/25/2013 5:35PM

    Great blog. I'm going to go research candida now. Thank you.

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AKELAZ 6/25/2013 5:07PM

    I don't really have a sugar/chocolate problem but I completely respect the thorough research you have done and how clearly you put your points - and with such conviction!
Not only does it seem to be helping you, which is great, but I'm sure there are many many others whom you will help too through sharing what you have found. emoticon
AND - you don't need to beg me to read your blogs - they're always - without exception - totally worthwhile.
Hope all goes well for you now you've made this discovery. emoticon

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GLAZED-DONUT 6/25/2013 4:15PM

    The final 'bullets' you outlined here I think are some of the most solid, valuable peices of advice I've read on a single blog in a long time.
Candida issues or other issues, mental or medical the points you made are still 100% valid!
Finding out the underlying issue is key. People (all of us) are looking for something to blame so badly they miss all of the little things that may very well be the rich soil to the weeds growing.
Start simple, move slowly, one day, one choice at a time. Be consistent no matter what the goal or issue and with time... all good things come to those who wait... while busting their tails!!!
Excellent EPIC blog series my friend - you may never know how many people you reach with this. emoticon

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PICKIE98 6/25/2013 3:39PM

    great blog..

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JEAN111766 6/25/2013 3:30PM

    This is a great blog Trent! So glad you took the time to research this issue and experiment with it. The Candida growth sounds a bit gross, but I'll check into that and see if anything strikes a cord with me.
I don't think I am addicted to sugar... I'd say I'm more of a carb addict. I can eat limited amounts and do ok, but if I start munching on pretzels, chips or cookies, I can eat them for hours without even thinking about it... therefore, I must eliminate these for the most part for now for me...
I have been focusing on loading up on fruits and veggies and serving size amounts for proteins and carbs and tracking my calories. I have also been walking daily on the treadmill.
I am going to reach my goals this time.

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Freedom (Steps 3 and 4)

Monday, June 24, 2013

So after acknowledging my sugar addiction and making the decision to actually overcome it My next steps were...


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.


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.

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!

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GLAZED-DONUT 6/24/2013 7:50PM

    This is an awesome blog series you have going on, and I feel it will be very helpful to many!
Sugar is like any other drug IMO, it can be very addictive. I mean the sugars we eat in junk'foods' in particularly are made to be additive, by design of their manufactures to keep you coming back for more.
The sugars themselves are processed crap, then they add in other chemicals and modified STUFF to compound the effects - in essence taking it from a simple addiction of marijuana to heroin!
I used to be addicted to processed 'food' and it took me a long time of clean eating to get out of the addiction cycle, so I know the vicious cycle that can occur.
That said, do i think one choice ie: an Oreo cookie, or single serving of potato chips will lead in a downward spiral of fast-food haven chased with chocolate shakes... NO!! Everything in balance and in moderation... but first you have to learn your triggers. Wow this comment got long...
what Im trying to say is.. great blog TD! haha ;-)
emoticon -points at sugar / chemical-free / un-processed digital donut-

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