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Weigh-In 10.12.2013: First Main Event Blog

Saturday, October 12, 2013

So this evening, I hit the gym for my first main event workout. I'm working up towards a 40-45 minute kettle-bell routine (gradually replacing my current workout). Each week, adding 1 minute or exercise set. I wasn't sure if I did 1 or 2 exercises last Saturday, so I did 3 this week:
* 15 halos both direction (8 kgs)
* 20 kettlebell swings (12 kgs)
* 15 Goblet Squats (12 kgs)

I will blog about the full version of the workout this week. Next week, I will add 15 bent rows (each side) (10 or 12 kgs)

I don't really enjoy eating out anymore. I do so only (a) when meeting up with friends and (b) Beer and Pizza Friday nights. I met up with a friend Thursday night and we had Indian food. The place we ate at had more salt in its food than I have ever tasted in Indian food. I had a slice of meat lovers pizza on Friday. It had a lot of the saltier Italian meats on it.

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday I didn't eat out and my midweek had me about a pound away from 195. The official numbers from this morning do not reflect that.

I will dispense with the long list of numbers. I'm too close to my goal at this point. I've lost all but a few of the pounds of my goal.

198.6@21% (up 0.4 pounds from last week)
Again, I believe it to be mostly water retention.

Depending on how much I eat out this week, I may be as low as 196.x next Saturday.

We'll see.

TD Out!

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SCRAP317 10/15/2013 10:22AM

    Fabulous my friend! Keep up the good work! Very reflective! Hey, have you noticed any changes in your taste buds with your sugar under control? I feel like I have noticed some changes in sweet things tasting sweeter, but also in things like bacon - it just doesn't taste the same to me and I'm wondering if you get extra sensitive to salt when the candida is under control? Foods for thought!

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FITGRL124 10/13/2013 7:16PM

    Four'll have that gone in no time!!!

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PICKIE98 10/13/2013 4:11PM

    If we knew then,what we know now...
up four ounces? A mere spit-cup in the dentist chair my son!!

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MEADSBAY 10/12/2013 10:54PM

    You're doing so sososo grrreat!
One of my sparkbuds just did a blog entitled
'Remember when eating out was more fun?'
or some such.
Ignorance was bliss, I guess.
Enjoy the long weekend.

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The Triple Threat!!! One Minute at a time

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

So at the 25th mile of this four year weight loss marathon that I've been on for four years. I'm having to face some realities about the future. Some really harsh. For example:
* I've never really focused on building muscle. It's a new thing to me.
* My trip to the beach is only 10 months away.
* I've never *not* focused on my weight before. It will be a new thing for me.
* If I ever get engaged, "That" conversation may happen with my fiance

Some though, really *Awesome*.
* I'm on the verge of achieving a huge weight loss goal.
* I'm in about the best shape of my life since high school.
* My eating is finally under control para siempre
* The 2014 Triple threat

"What is the Triple Threat?" you may ask. It's the next phase of the plan.

Since May, I've been going hard and heavy on the weights and cardio. I've noticed recently though that I'm not getting the bang for buck that I was. It's time to take it to the next level. 1 Minute at a time for 40 weeks.

For now, I am still doing the same workout, but replacing 1 minute incrementally each week with:
* Kettlebells
* Spinning
* Kick Boxing (will start at the beginning of next year)

Currently, I'm doing two minutes on the spinning bike and two kettlebell exercise each workout.

When I hit the 15 minute mark on both, I will start to separate the two workouts onto different days. Maybe start taking actual spin classes. We'll figure something out, anyway.

**TH3 3ND GAM3:
The end game is to work my way up to a 40-45 minutes spin or kick-boxing class.

There is an online kettlebell workout, It's a 40 minute "beginners" workout using 12 and 16KG bells. Yeah, a 40 minute kettlebell workout that uses 25 and 35 pound kettlebells. My goal is to be able to do it by the end of next year. Until then, I will be adding the exercises in at lower weights and working my way up. add 1 exercise each week (approx 1 minute per exercise).

Each Saturday morning I will post my Saturday morning's main event kettlebell workout in my blog (It may soon replace the weigh-in blog). Practice two minutes each workout on non-Saturdays. I'll blog about the workout soon.

So there you have it. The Triple Threat:
* Kickboxing for the legs, arms and core
* Kettlebells for the legs, arms and core
* Spinning for the legs and core

2014, here I come. You're on notice.

- TD Out!

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SCRAP317 10/15/2013 10:25AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon sounds like a great plan!

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NEELIXNKES 10/12/2013 8:09PM


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_VALEO_ 10/10/2013 3:36PM

    ... "jaywalking tickets" uh-oh emoticon
I didn't even know it was even possible... Boy, they are really desperate, and they try hard to squeeze some money for the man in the street. Literally.

Now, get yourself a tatoo: "I was jay-walking when he hit me."

(check the second pic:

I like interval training. I'm following a program on Youtube, called BeFit Go.
Good luck wiht your goals!

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JITZUROE 10/10/2013 10:53AM

    Sounds like a nice plan. Be sure to throw something fun in there just for giggles like taking over the Whack A Mole game at the local arcade. Great for your triceps! Ha!

This is awesome!

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TRENTDREAMER 10/10/2013 8:09AM

    far worse. I'm the one with the *gasp* jay-walking tickets. *sniff* I'm not proud of that.... emoticon

...and btw who *is* Dan Fogerburp? emoticon

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MEADSBAY 10/9/2013 10:48PM

    Are you trying to tell us you have an embarrassing tattoo somewhere?

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Weigh-In 10.05.2013: It's not LIKE I'm 20 again....

Saturday, October 05, 2013

So last night, as promised, was my first Beer and Pizza night in a while. I honestly didn't feel like eating pizza or drinking pop (spoiler alert: it was gross). At the same time. If I write a several paragraph rant about doing something as I did this week, it's a defacto promise in my mind.

Also, per my blog, I want to really drive home the point that if one's general diet is healthy one can enjoy basic foods that one enjoys with friends. Not in the "sure, it's OK to splurge/treat oneself occasionally" way. But in the "I feel like having pizza on Friday" sort of way. Ironic, given that I didn't feel like pizza last night.

As a former Econ nerd, I used the law of diminishing marginal utility to my advantage wrt "beer" (pop). I knew that anything in a plastic bottle was going to be way too much. I couldn't do 16-20 ounces of pop when I was 249+ and 12 ounces felt kind of overwhelming.

Usually I enjoy the first few sips . By about sip 3-4 I start to enjoy it less. By the end, I'm just drinking it bc it's there. The pizza place I go to sells the 20oz bottles, so Thursday night, I went to the grocery store and bought a six-pack of the mixer 8oz cans of ginger ale. And yes, I brought one with me and drank it with the slices.

**16-20oz bottles of pop......Economisted!!!!


But still, I ate "bad" fatty foods that were "bad", "fatty" and "foody" so that must have totally killed my weigh-in. I must be over 200 again.


08.31: (198.4@22) Below 200!!!!
09.07: (198.6@22)
09.14: (199.0@22)
09.21: (197.0@21)
09.28: (199.2@21)


See!? bleeding edge up to date references here in TD-land

- Down 0.6 pounds. But most importantly
- Down 19 pounds since the beginning of the year
- Down 16 pounds since my return to SparkPeople
- But most importantly...

IT'S NOT **LIKE** I'M 20 AGAIN....

I am!! 20% body fat. And down on a week where I lost weight!!!

20% is the lowest I've ever been since joining SP and that was over 2 years ago.

I have been adding extra pounds and minutes (1-2 per week) at the gym. Slowly, but it's been paying off. As you may have noticed, I'm big on the concept of consistent moderation (steady progress wins the race. Slow vs. fast progress is up to my body).

Diet has been tough, because my body has been wanting more calories, but it's all balancing itself out.

So yeah, I hope to consistently lose 0.5-.75 pounds over the next several weeks.

Wish me bona fortuna

mille grazie.

- TD Out!

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AKELAZ 10/6/2013 2:44PM


Love the way you find new approaches - bonne chance.

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PICKIE98 10/6/2013 8:30AM


Trent did an experiment and he still won out!! Life is a low-paid, high learning potential job.

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    Good Job!

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FITGRL124 10/5/2013 7:52PM

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MEADSBAY 10/5/2013 1:32PM

    Ooohhh... I was just going to say emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

But then, those Italian phrases just sent me into a tailspin.

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Beer and Pizza Friday Night *boomph*

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

These past few weeks I watched most of the last season of Extreme Weight Loss. I think it might be the last weight loss show of it's genre that I ever watch (EWL, Biggest Loser, etc.). When I was overweight, I was inspired by watching people lose so much weight. Nowadays, I kind of see the weight-loss religious aspect a little more clearly.

There are "good" foods and "bad" foods. There's a lot of guilt about eating "badly". There's a lot of guilt and a sense of "letting people down". There's "temptation" to eat the "bad" foods. It was all starting to drive me a bit crackers frankly. Both BL and EWL are shows about people competing to lose 100's of pounds (even if it's against just the trainer's goals).

One notable cliche is the noise whenever a contestant/client let's himself/herself/their trainer down by giving into the temptation. This is demonstrated by showing a collection of unhealthy food (with a dark grainy visual filter) with a soft poof-like sound (*boomph*)

Back in the late 2000's and until the end of 2011, I had a Friday night ritual that I called "Beer and Pizza Night". After a long week of work, I would stop at my favorite pizza place and get two slices of pizza, sometimes a ginger-ale and usually a candy bar. I would cap off the night by watching a few hours of TV when I got home. Even though there was no actual beer involved, I called it beer and pizza night.

Now to be totally honest, I made a lot of other needed changes to my eating. My lunches became a lot less calorie intense. Though not many more vegetables were eaten, my fruit, low fat dairy and lean protein intake skyrocketed. Yes, as I was coming close to 200, it became mostly 1 slice of pizza and either the ginger-ale or the candy bar (not both). This was because I wasn't hungry enough to eat as much.

Though I did not have a beer and pizza night the night before my first sub-200 pound weigh-in back in 2010, I did for many afterward.

I lost almost 30 pounds during that time. Yes, while regularly consuming pizza, a candy bar and ginger-ale for dinner *boomph*

its more recent incarnation the past few months has been having Burger-King for breakfast Saturday to celebrate the weigh-in (again, *boomph*). Somehow, despite eating the evil fatty foods that are fatty, evil-ly and food-y, I've managed to lose about 20 pounds. Last week after consuming three slices of pizza on Friday (out with friends), I gained a whopping 2 pounds of water-weight which are already gone, per the mid-week weigh-in.

I've only stopped eating at burger king on Saturdays because it tastes gross. Not in some attempt to get back on any wagons.

If that didn't kill me, then how much harm can 1 slice and a ginger-ale or coke do me. If that's consistent and the rest of my week is the high nutrient, low sodium foundational foods that have lost me 20 pounds these past 6 months, I'll still be 195 in a matter of weeks.

I really do get the religious mentality of foods being good and bad. I get the inherent desire to turn healthy weight loss into a "competition" and the sense of accomplishment that comes with a big number on the scale. I've been there.

At the same time, I am so done with it. I also get the sense of guilt and failure that come with trying to conform to the standards. I know the feeling of let-down when the number on the scale doesn't reflect the effort. I see people who judge themselves and start the self loathing and try to live up to standards that shouldn't (and barely do) apply to even the 400+ pound people on the shows. It makes me really sad. Like, REALLY sad (again, I've been there).

For me it is and always has been about laying a foundation of healthy eating, basic exercise and a real motivation for a healthier life. It's about addressing health issues and getting to the root(s) of what's getting in my way.

Yes I lose weight at a not-so blazing average speed of 0.75-0.80 pounds a week, but it's without guilt and disappointment.

So yeah, Friday night is now once again "Beer and Pizza Night" (*boomph*).....

...unless I feel like eating something else.

- TD Out!

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READY4CHANGE81 10/6/2013 8:16PM

    You totally get the LIFESTYLE transformation.

calories burned = more than calories consumed = weight loss.

I've noticed if I am too strict I will eventually binge so it is better that I treat myself a little here and there and limit myself to 1 slice of pizza rather than completely cutting it out and eating 3-4 down the road.

Great blog!

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NEELIXNKES 10/4/2013 1:54PM

    Naturally thin people eat pizza occasionally. Just because you have had to pay attention to your eating and your weight doesn't mean that you can't enjoy an indulgence of your choice on occasion. The whole good food bad food scenario drives me batty. I try to think of it as daily foods, weekly foods, and occasion foods. I'm not always successful but there are just some foods that I can only eat on occasion (potato chips) otherwise they become an unhealthy daily habit :)

You will figure it out as you find your groove with maintenance but one slice of pizza a week isnt going to break your journey emoticon

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PICKIE98 10/2/2013 6:43PM

    I dare anybody on this site to raise their hand and admit that they gained ALL OF THEIR EXCESS WEIGHT IN TWO MONTHS, SIX MONTHS, ONE YEAR!! Maybe one year for fifty or less pounds but historically, we all have lost or gained enough weight to scare an elephant.

You are growing in your life habits, your sleep, your personal evaluation and your health choices. IT is called:Growing Up! Growing up is not about age, it is about maturity in different things.

I have matured only in the past ten years to keep my big mouth closed when I want to rail on somebody about how their choices are oh-so-obvious to the world, but not them.

You are getting to BE a lean machine, with all of your parts starting to synch and feel better. YOU GET IT!!!!!

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MEADSBAY 10/2/2013 5:15PM

    Life is for living.
I watched BL the 1st yr or 2 it was on but then it became to sappy and formulaic- as are most reality shows (so I don't watch any of them).
You're doing grrrrrreat!

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GINGERLY4 10/1/2013 9:00PM

    I understand the need to be fanatic at times, but I also recognize the eating disorders that can follow. We all have our own personal balance.

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Weigh-In 09.28.2013: Not much to report

Saturday, September 28, 2013

So I've noticed over the past few weeks that my weight has been kind of staying put. With both mid-weeks and weekly weigh-ins, if I eat out the night before, I'm around 199. If I don't, I'm around 197. This week was no exception

Yesterday, some friends and I got together for pizza and my weigh-in reflected that. Don't take the number too seriously. I certainly don't.

Cure the numbers.

08.31: (198.4@22) Below 200!!!!
09.07: (198.6@22)
09.14: (199.0@22)
09.21: (197.0@21)

09.28 (199.2@21)

I'm going to focus on really healthy carbs and upping the ante protein-wise. We'll see.

- TD Out!

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KT-NICHOLS-13 9/30/2013 6:47PM

    If you care to share, let me know what your healthy carbs are.

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BLKLILY 9/29/2013 8:36PM

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PICKIE98 9/29/2013 10:41AM

    Funny how that pizza didn't feel that heavy when you were eating it,did it??Two pounds?? Must have been that heavy tomato sauce that weighed that much...

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DEBBIERN22 9/28/2013 10:28PM

  good luck

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FITGRL124 9/28/2013 10:17PM

    Best of luck to you!

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