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The Cassinis Fit!!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Two years ago when I was 20 pounds heavier, I bought two pair of Oleg Cassini jeans. Yeah, I called good ol' Oleg and ordered me some. The conversation might have gone something like the following:

(imagination sequence begins)
Oleg: (picks up phone )Hello?
TD: Oleg! Baby! Wassup!?
Oleg: Hi loser, what do you want?
TD: I need Jeans and I need them hasta la chop-chop-snap-snap.
Oleg: OK, let me get your measurements. What's your waist?
TD: 38
Oleg: (snickers)Is that in inches or feet?
TD: Oh, Ha ha. You're funny. Inches.
Oleg: Wow, what are you going to do? Stop eating for two years straight?
TD: Shut up, man! I can fit into that. Just send them when you're done.
Oleg: OK. Say, what's that chomping noise? Are you eating baco...
(TD slams phone down)
(imagination sequence ends)

Yeah, that's exactly how my purchase went (*1).

So anyway, suffice it to say neither pair fit. One had the faded-front look with a 7 for all mankind type design on the back pocket. The other was a pair of the pointy flapped back pockets with a metal button. The former was so tight, my back almost went into spasms after 30 seconds. The later simply wouldn't close even with gut totally sucked in. I chose not to return them because I figured that they would fit on that someday when I finally lost enough weight.

Well, two years and 20 pounds later, I am proud to say that I wore the faded-front pair all day today and they felt good. I even wore them outside of the house. I am really excited. I have a new pair of jeans and they look really cool. Anyway, don't ask me why I felt the need to share this (*2).

- TD out
(*1) Or maybe I found them cheap at Marshall's. Definitely one of the two.

(*2) Oh, OK, you can ask. No big deal. I may not have a great answer though.

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GETTIN2OLD4THIS 11/16/2009 3:51PM

    That is so cool. I remember how cool it is to fit into jeans you haven't been able to in a while. Good going.

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PHOXYM 11/14/2009 7:27PM

    LOL I inspired you!!! I just fit into my old jeans now you fit into yours!! The day is great!!!! and me being the smart A** that I am, I was wondering why you posted this blog?????

Anyhoo have a great weekend and get out there and show off your new pants! emoticon

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Down Down Down!!!!!!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

* I'm on the lose 10 pounds by 2010 team
* Last week's weigh-in, my weight did not go down (it actually increased by a few ounces)
* Have been hovering between 220 and 222 for about 2 months now.
* Last week's weight 220.4

This week, my current weight is (Dramatic music played during the "your current weight is" potion of the biggest loser starts) 216.8!!!! (crowd claps, fellow teammates put hands over their mouth, Bob or Jillian look stupified, TRENTDREAMER starts tearing up, etc.). OK, I've been watching way WAY too much of the Biggest Loser. Gotta love Hulu!!

OK, I'm now back in the game. It comes down to roughly 1 pound per week for the next 7 weeks. It's tough but doable.

The gym has become part of my daily routine. Most of my dinners this week were made at home. Yesterday I brought lunch to work. I even decided to do a "last chance workout" set of workouts 3 short, but very intense workouts in the morning, lunch time and by the end of the night (both cardio and weights). My daily calories have been 2400-2500, rather than 2900-3200 as in previous weeks.

I got my 10+ miles of walking for my 10x2010 team's challenge. Knees are sore, so I'm watching it. Today I will probably do some light swimming and core while the rest of my body rebuilds muscles.

So yeah, this was a really good week. Hope that you are well. Have a great weekend!!!

- TD out

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TRADTRAV 11/14/2009 8:32AM

    Congratulations!! That's a great success!! emoticon

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SEONAG 11/14/2009 7:03AM

    Wow! You really are on track! Good news on the weight loss. It's hard when you're doing everything right and the scale doesn't move. But you can do it!

I keep reminding myself that this is a lifetime journey and part of a lifestyle I want to keep whether or not I am losing at the moment. Weight loss has really slowed down now that I am closer to my goal but I feel better and I'll stick with it.

Good luck on your challenge! Don't forget rest.


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RIDLEYRIDER 11/14/2009 7:01AM

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Breakfast of Champions

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

For some reason, I really don't have much to say. No rants, no drama about the upcoming weigh-in, No stupid footnotes/post scripts at the end of this blog(*1). So I'm going to post my usual morning eating pattern. I vary it from day to day but this is basically it. Hope that this helps/inspires you.

6:30ish: lean protein with fat: 2 fried eggs, 3-4 oz of chicken or ground turkey w/ 1T olive oil, etc. [150-210 calories]

8:30ish: 1/2C Fiber one & 1/2 cup milk (skim, soy, rice, almond or whatever) [105-120 calories]

9:30ish 1/3-1/2C Country Choice oats/multi-grain cereal and 2T peanut butter (or pecans or raisins.) Often add cinnamon. [290-320 calories]

I am very rarely hungry before lunch time. The peanut butter really knocks my hunger right out. You can adjust the portions and ingredients according to your weight loss goals, eating style or what ever the Rice Crispies tell you to do (*2). Whatever works for you. Bon Appetit.

- TD out

(*1) Or are there?

(*2) Heck, they told me to go with the Fiber One (No ulterior motive there, I'm sure).


Re-Match against the evil Prime Rib Monster (Dah duh DAH!!!!!!)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

There is a good steakhouse near where my family lives that has prime rib at a very reasonable price. A couple weeks ago my Dad and I met after work to try it. I figured for the price that they were charging, it was definitely not going to be a very large portion of Prime Rib. I figured incorrectly.

I'd like to take this occasion to say that despite the size of the prime rib, I did OK with all of my other decisions regarding pre-meal bread, sides, potato, etc. But I can't (because I didn't :( ). That was part of a six day binge. My total calorie consumption was around 4300-4400 for the day. I had a stomach ache so bad that it lasted through the next day. I even blogged about it (Title: "My Stummy Hurts". Check it out if you dare/care to)
What I ate and what I estimate were the calories involved
10-12 oz prime rib - 1010 cal
Corn bread - 188
Dinner roll - 150
1 T Butter - 100
Steamed carrots - 50
French Fries - 400
(Yes, I ordered french fries with Prime Rib. I have a lot of class. It's all low, but I've got a lot of it. My dad was probably very embarrassed)
Total: 1898 (possibly 1998 if I had 2T of butter)

I've decided that from now on, if I have a meal where I make bad decisions. I am going for a rematch, eat there again and make better choices. Tomorrow night, my brother and I are going to meet for dinner there. I am already planning my strategies. I will win this time. Wish me luck!! Death Star coming in!!! (R2D2 makes beeping robotic noises)

- TD out

p.s. My stomach is starting to feel ill just remembering that night

p.s.s. French fries with Prime Rib? Jeesh, what was I thinking?

p.s.s.s "Beeping Robotic Noises" would be a good name for a techno band

p.s.s.s.s I was going to try to phonetically spell out R2D2's utterances, but I can't even figure out where to begin. At least Beaker uses the same syllable.

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GETTIN2OLD4THIS 11/11/2009 11:47AM

    Good luck. I think you'll do good. Me and my dad go to a restaurant every Tuesday, and it is hit or miss whether I'll do good or not. Well, lately I've been doing good. As long as I think about the upcoming eat-fest and plan on not eating too much.

At least it is easy with my dad. He eats really healthy. I should just say "I'll have what he is having".

Good luck on tonight.

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TRENTDREAMER 11/10/2009 9:08PM

    "Can you take 1/2 of the beef home for the next day?"

* Yes, that is definitely part of the plan. Half of the baked potato will be in tow as well.

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MEADSBAY 11/10/2009 8:57PM

    I have learned to HATE feeling full.
I will not allow myself to feel that, ever again.
I hate it so much that sometimes I feel ill after a biggish (small) breakfast.
Just finishing my tea does it to me.
Can you take 1/2 of the beef home for the next day?
That's another trick I do-
I eat whatever I want,
but exactly half (near as I can honestly figure it) of what I used to eat.
I will not go hungry, either.
I just won't do it anymore.

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A Really Tough Decision

Monday, November 09, 2009

OK, so lunch has traditionally been the biggest meal of my day, calorie wise. Dave runs the cafeteria in my workplace. He sells the entree with two sides type hot lunches. He's one of those people who will happily give you more food if you are a regular customer (to show his appreciation). Even before joining SparkPeople, I was constantly asking/telling him to only give me one scoop of pasta/mashed potatoes. Even with the reductions most of my lunches were still 1000-1300 calories.

He makes some of the best roasted potatoes. I always get the roasted potatoes because (a) the taste awesome and (b) I don't think I get enough potassium in my diet. Recently I've sworn off all of his pasta dishes (simple carbs, don't need 'em).

Dave also has one genre of food that is simply out of this world and that's Mexican food. He knows how to spice all foods just right, but his Mexican dishes are totally in a league of their own.

All right, on to the Really Rough decision:

Recently, I've started watching the biggest loser and it really has inspired me to start (a) pushing myself exercise-wise and (b) make healthier eating decisions. This morning, I felt like chicken (had no clue what he was serving for lunch). Chicken is one of the few lean healthy dishes that Dave makes.

So I go down to cafeteria and , sure shootin', he has chicken(crowd goes nuts)! And roasted potatoes (crowd starts dancing on the ceiling)! And the 800 calorie huge Burrito (sound of record scratching to a stop followed by crickets).

The only thing that was clear was that If I got the burrito, I shouldn't get the roasted potatoes, both of which I really like. I froze. "What should I do here?", I thought to myself The burrito would have been roughly 700-800 calories of really low quality food (a plain white tortilla and 6-8 oz of fat hamburg. maybe cheese and rice). The skinless spiced chicken and potatoes would have netted 525-600 calories, but it would have had lean protein, fiber and nutrients.

So what to do indeed. As I thought about sacrificing the burrito, part of me felt like, "I shouldn't have to give this up". The other part of me felt like "These unhealthy decisions are what's keeping you back". I just stood there. I could hear Jillian saying/shouting/decimating my ear-drums, "What are you thinking, don't you know what's in that burrito. Come on! This should be easy"

So I moved up to the counter still undecided. Dave says, "Burrito, right?" and starts reaching for one (he knows me wayyyyy too well). Now I have absolutely no clue exactly how I did this, but I just said "Actually....I'd like the rosemary chicken with roasted potatoes" (crowd goes nuts and starts dancing on the ceiling again). And that was settled. That was lunch.

Yes there were more potatoes than usual and yes the chicken was not Dave's finest effort. I would be lying if I said I wasn't still thinking about the burrito (Did I mention that he does a really good job with Mexican food?). But the decision was worth it. May the decision someday be easier.

- TD out

p.s. Thank you for reading! I know that this was a long post.

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PHOXYM 11/10/2009 12:38PM

    Oh that is such a great choice that you made!! YAY I do love me some Mexican Cuisine... in fact I think I used to eat so much of it that it is a wonder I didn't turn into a Mexican (either that or a pickle) lol anyhoo Way to go and you should be proud!!

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VEDDIE78 11/10/2009 10:43AM

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Good for you!! That is a tough decision. I know, I have many like those and I don't always make the right decision. Making this decision will pay off in the end!

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FLUENTFROG 11/10/2009 9:28AM

    Your mind battles sound sooo like mine -- YAY for you! Keep it up!

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FLUENTFROG 11/10/2009 9:28AM

    Your mind battles sound sooo like mine -- YAY for you! Keep it up!

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DOOBRIE 11/10/2009 3:57AM

    Sounds like Dave's food is too good! Maybe you should avoid it altogether and take a packed lunch? Just a suggestion ...

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MEADSBAY 11/9/2009 8:46PM

Spark on, my friend!
one meal,
one day,
one inch,
one pound at a time and soon: emoticon

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KARENCHAPTER2 11/9/2009 8:43PM

    Way to go on a good choice for lunch! I know it is difficult but well worth it in the end.

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