Saturday, August 31, 2013
Original Entry Posted July 24,2010
08.17: (200.0@21) Sooooo close. Thought I had it
08.24: (202.4@21) Ate out a lot
**THIS WEEK (DRUM ROLL...........)
And once again........
- We did it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- Good bye 200's (more like "good riddance)". Hello 190's!
- Many thanks to all of my Spark Friend who have supported me
After eating out every day last week, I knew that the gain was mostly water weight. The day after the weigh-in, I did an informal re-weigh and was just a few ounces over 200.
**THE DIFFERENCE (LAST TIME)
Last time I went below 200 the weight loss was a struggle, bordering on being a burden. I made tons of small changes but hadn't addressed the most major one which was really keeping the losses slow and uncertain.
Though I was extremely proud of the accomplishment, I always knew and kind of feared that it was going to be temporary and if not, it was always going to be a struggle/burden.
This fear was realized last year when I had a major stressful situation and the pounds started packing back on again. I was less than 5 pounds from my original starting weigh again.
**THE DIFFERENCE (THIS TIME)
This time it was healthier. I figured out how to overcome the main issue. I'm eating foods that slow down the cravings for sugar and empty carbs. I'm not depriving myself of foods I like, I simply don't enjoy them as much and eat them when I feel like doing so.
I'm not a sugar addict who eats 1000+ calories of candy every day anymore. I'm not a "recovering" sugar addict who has to abstain from eating any sugar, lest I revert back. I'm basically a recovered sugar addict who just eats a few ounces of chocolate each day and enjoys it along with other healthy foods.
It's no longer a religious battle. I don't have "good" days or "bad" days. I don't fall off of and need to get back on any wagons. I have days and weekends where I eat more then usual. I have days/weeks where I eat out more than others. That's not something I feel bad about anymore.....That's just normal living.
I no longer worry about my weight going back up like last time. It probably won't happen. I will probably continue to lose weight. Even if I start gaining, I have the tools/weapons to stop it.
Last time, I was really Victorious!!!
This time, I'm living in FREEDOM!!!
Again, thanks to all of you who have been there for me.
3.4 pounds until the final weight goal.
195, here I come!!
- TD Out!
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
I did a midweek weigh-in this morning. I don't publish numbers from midweeks because they are usually not as exact/consistent/structured as the "official" Saturday ones. I'll often have eaten breakfast, be on the way out the door for work or have eaten a large meal the previous night.
Mentally I will calibrate the factors (subtract x pounds for water retention or shoes etc.) and come up with a projection for what I will weigh Saturday. Realistically anything can happen between now and then.
To me, consistency is important. So If the scale said 202.4 last Saturday, I'm that until next Saturday.
That being said, best as I can figure....To NOT go below 200 on this Saturday, I would either have to:
* Eat out three times on Friday, or
* Eat nothing but candy for the rest of the week, more probably
* Forget to put weights down before stepping on the scale, or
* Have dinner with Joey Chestnut
None of the four I plan to do.
Again, nothing is for sure. However, I think last Saturday will be one of the last 200 or 200+ weigh-ins for me for a long time if not ever.
- TD Out!
Saturday, August 24, 2013
This week was too much. A lot of drama with a major purchase I recently made. A lot of social stuff in the evening. Didn't really get my act together when it came to prepping meals in advance.
I've started working out again and the hungries came back. I took the advice that some of you gave regarding how to make them go away, but the raw amount of stuff that I had to get done this week, made eating out a lot almost necessary.
As goes my eating out and junkfood consumption, so goes my weight:
-This all came after 6 straight weeks of very healthy weight loss (no complaints).
-The heaviest/saltiest meal I ate was mid yesterday afternoon (would have still gained but not nearly as much).
-I've fully transitioned down to the next to last notch on my belt, even with a dress shirt tucked in.
-I look a lot leaner than I did 2 months ago.
As I lost the 15 pounds and kept strength training to a minimum, I found myself losing weight, but getting flabby. After these past two weeks of ST, I feel really good.
I kind of hate to say it this close to the 190's and my final goal, but I'm kind of wondering if I really care about weight loss at this point.
On one hand, I really do want to hit the numerical goals I set.
On the other hand, my body fat will almost absolutely not hit 15% if I don't build muscle, which will and has been contributing to weight gain.
On yet another hand (I gots lotsa hands :D), I believe that even with the hungries, muscle-weight and even water retention from two slices of 'za on Friday nights, i can and will still hit my numerical goals (including the actual weight goal). It just may take awhile longer.
Back in 2010, I was not willing to sacrifice weight loss even if it meant building muscle. I was obsessed with hitting 195. In retrospect, I think that that might have been a mistake.
In about a year, I plan to go on vacation to a fairly upscale beach/resort area (TBD). For what I'm trying to accomplish, I would rather be 225 pounds of raw muscle, than 195 with some flab. And frankly, I don't think it will come down to having to choose.
My plan going forward is to:
- Continue doing cardio workouts.
- Try to do about 3 minutes of core-work a day (up that by a minute or so to that each week).
-Continue fighting the sugar addiction and the hungries
-Definitely continue strength training
Monday, August 12, 2013
This weekend I plan to go below 200 pounds again. Three years ago I went below 200 for the first time in a long while. I stayed around there for a couple of years and gained it all back last year.
My real major goal is 195. Those who read my blogs back when I went under 200 last time may remember me missing 195 by less than a pound. 0.8 pounds to be exact. This happened at least twice. I would go for 195.0, hit 195.8, stay around there for a few weeks and then gained a few pounds.
When I was struggling with my weight, this became really #annoying.
Back in June/July. I hit a plateau right above the 205 pound mark. Yes, when I ate healthfully I was consistently bottoming out at ....wait for it.... 205.8 on the midweeks (206.0 when I wasn't trying).
So, even though the plateau is over and I know I'm going below 200 this Saturday (Lord willing), I wasn't surprised at all that my weight this past Saturday was 200.8. A multiple of five plus #pointeight.
I feel like I'm very realistic in that when I'm close to actually hitting 195 in the next few months, I will plateau out at 195.8 again. If not, cool. But I presume....
I don't care if the plateau lasts for 10 weeks. I will keep doing what I'm doing and the weight will come off. This time will be different. It's no longer a fight to lose weight. It's no longer an epic struggle. I'm eating basically healthfully and my sugar consumption is under control.
I look forward to going below 200 this Saturday or next, possibly for the last time ever.
I look forward to possibly hitting 195.8 and waiting it out this time.
I look forward to finally reaching the milestone I have been reaching for for four years.
Count.8 on it!
- TD Out.8 !
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