Saturday, September 21, 2013
So the week before last and this week were both pretty hectic. Out a lot in the evenings. Ate out more than I have these past couple of months.
Because I'm so close to my weight goal, but still a good distance away from my bodyfat percentage goal, I've been upping the ante ST-wise.
I'm in a plum position in that the way I'm eating pretty much nixes any major weight gains. If I do start gaining slightly, as I did last week, I just go back to eating the same 10-15 foods a lot, as I did this week. The sugar cravings go down, the water retention stops, the weight comes off.
I'm finally starting to find how to off-set the hungries. Picture those two nephews in high-school/college who are into sports at the Thanksgiving dinner table. You wonder how they are under 300 pounds given how they eat. That's kind of me now.
08.31: (198.4@22) Below 200!!!!
- Down 2 pounds
- Body fat percentage starting to reflect new class I've been taking (will blog about it soon)
- 2 pounds away from my weight goal!
I think that it will take me about 8 weeks to get to 195. I've been losing weight at a rate of .8 pounds a week (2 weeks). I will almost indubitably hit a plateau at around 195.8 (3 weeks). There will be three weeks where my basic eating will slow down the actual numbers (Like the previous two weeks). That's 8 weeks. It's my best guess anyway.
I am not sabotaging my efforts or deliberately slowing them down. Burning fat and building muscle is really the main event in my life at this point.
That being said, I hope by the weekend before Thanksgiving to be at or below 195. Could be sooner could be later. Would be even happier if I could get a body fat reading of 19% or 20%.
Saturday, September 14, 2013
posted April 02, 2011
**HAIL MARY WEIGH-IN DEFINED
It's that weigh-in where I've eaten too much, not exercised enough, usually not slept all that well. Sometimes, like this week, the midweek points to either no loss or a gain. Yet the scale does something totally unexpected.
My weigh this morning was the exact same as the last HM.
This week I was out and about all week. Midweek had me up by about a pound and a half. I ate out every day this week except Thursday. Sometimes twice a day.
Yesterday was the most stressful of them all and most awkward logistically. Seeing as my goose was pretty much cooked (*) weigh-in-wise, I decided "what the heck". Let's see if we can hit 205!!
I got an order of the general's chicken from the local take out place before getting home, went out grabbed a slice of pizza (**) an hour later, and washed it down with a ginger-ale.
It wasn't a question of whether I would be back over 200, it was a question of how much. The scale had a different slant.
**THE PREVIOUS NUMBERS
08.31: (198.4@22) Below 200!!!!
09.07: (198.6@22) Most worthless weigh-in ever
09.14: (199.0@22) Back abov.......wait a minute. What?
I'm probably the only person on the planet that is wondering whether his scale is broken because I expected a higher number (***)
I've kind of promised this to my sparkfriends. When the summer fruits started going out of season, I would start really striving toward detox mode for beating the sugar addiction. While there are still a fair amount of peaches, strawberries, etc. at my local store, there are far less organic offerings.
Over the next week, I plan to eat a lot of the foods that knocked my sugar cravings to about 400 and then start whittling even further. By early November, I hope to be really close to or at a full detox.
the pair of dark grey jeans that has traditionally fit me best when at 210-215 has officially been relegated to the fat pants pile. They fit awfully.
Next week, I plan to be really close to 195, if not there.
- TD Out!
(*) I don't know. Who DOES still use that term. See? I can read your mind.
(**) At the place who cuts large pizzas into 4 quarters and calls each a slice
(***) Don't hate him because he's beautiful.
Wednesday, September 04, 2013
So after 5 days of absolute non-stop eating, and we're not talking the low calorie nutrient dense kind, I was up about a half of a pound on the midweek. So yeah, that can mean only one thing.....
**The Dreamer has been back in the weight room**
For what I'm trying to accomplish at this point, weight loss as I have been executing it, is not going to help me much in and of itself. Even a good numerical body fat percentage, though it won't hurt, won't really help. Last time I was at 15% I liked how I looked in jeans and tshirt, but still didn't hit the beach much.
Next year, I'm going on vacation to a major beach or area with a lot of beaches. I'm looking to be really ripped and chiseled by then. This is a lot more qualitative of a goal than I'm used to. Waist and body fat percentage measurements won't be of much benefit at this point.
According to the A.C.E's website, at 21% I'm already at a good body fat percentage (18-25% is considered "acceptable), so it's not like I can use that as a motive.
This all complicated in that:
(a) My goal, even if it had a number attached to it, is very different than the norm here on SP.
(b) I don't post actual pictures of myself. Even without said pictures, losing and gaining weight or body fat percentage does mean something to anyone reading. This, not so much
When I hit 195, which I plan to in the next couple of months (3.4 pounds to go, Who hoooo!!), I plan to switch my ticker to body fat percentage. Even if it's only part of the picture, it is still something reportable.
I've admitted this to a few of my friends on here, but I'll say it out loud.
**I'm starting to struggle with my relevance here on SP.**
I'm basically a dude who is about 10-15 pounds overweight but is basically healthy. I don't really struggle with my weight. I've got a bit of flab on the midsection, but that can be worked off with the right program.
I'm more of an off-line kind of guy to begin with. I like going out and socializing. I chose SP as an online community because it was free and anonymous (WW wasn't and only kind of was). Online, I really prefer anonymity.
The reality is that if in 2009 I was where I am now, I would never have bothered joining SP. I would have just gone to the gym, gone to classes and found cliques of people doing the same exercises as I.
I believe that as I burn fat and build muscle, I can bless and be blessed for the rest of this year and well into 2014 here.
Late 2014 and 2015, though? I don't know.
I just don't know.
- TD Out!
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!
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