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Making The Grade

Thursday, February 20, 2014

So without a doubt, the only time in my life where I was really successful was University, Many talk about grade inflation or how the material has been dumbed down over the years.

When you are a solid B- highschool student and you're trying to get your colleges top honors, you learn that university is not always such fun and games (especially when they've set up a program to limit the number of students who graduate with said honors).

What kept me going and on track were the grades themselves. Success was clear. Needed a certain final GPA or better and had to take x number of classes at a certain level. I had to be on top of changes to the program itself (as well as know which courses/professor to avoid).

So I'm setting up a 0.0-4.0 grading system. 4 areas at 1 point apiece. Combined, it will be a dashboard for the week. I will break the years out into "semesters" by next week.

Below are the courses:

**1) Weight:*****
The ultimate goal is 195 pounds.
Less than 205 = 0.1 points
Less than 204 = 0.2 points
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195.2 to 196.8 is 0.9 points
195.0 or less is a full 1.0

**2) Body Fat*****
The ultimate goal is 15%
24%=0.1 points
23%=0.2 points
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15%=1.0 point


**3) Eating*****
Will take 10-20 foods that will help me reach my goals and try to eat 1-10 of them each day. Will average out the highest 5 days and.
Average of 1 = 0.1 point
Average of 2 = 0.2 points
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Average of 10 = 1.0 point


**4) Walking and Exercise*****
Goal is to walk 5 times a week and workout 5 times a week (At least 20 minutes each)
1 walk or exercise session each week = 0.1 points
2 walks, two sessions, or 1 of each = 0.2 points
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5 or more of each = 1.0 point


**Conclusion
I will tease out the details of the foods and exercises. My weigh-in blogs of the late 00's and early 10's will be replaced with weekly report card.

Class starts Saturday.

4.0 baby. WhooooHoooooo!!!

- TD Out!


  
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CATHYGETSFIT 2/22/2014 1:34AM

    I like the way you did this! I'm a numbers kind of person too. emoticon

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MEADSBAY 2/20/2014 5:25PM

    You are definitely a numbers guy.
I did pretty well in college but don't ask me how-
I was a high school job with 2 toddlers and a part time job in a flower shop.
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PICKIE98 2/20/2014 4:21PM

    Are we talking Cum laude, Magna Cum Laude or Summa Cum Laude?
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FITGRL124 2/20/2014 10:03AM

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4.0 Ever

Saturday, February 15, 2014

So I weighed myself this morning (first time since initial weigh-in this year). Didn't expect anything good. Wasn't disappointed.

Dec 31, 2013: 205.0@22%
Feb 15, 2014: 207.4@23%

The four years I was active on this site, several messages were drilled into my head:
* Don't beat yourself up
* Tomorrow is another day
* You can do it.
* Bunny Rabbits can be really big
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What I've found is that tomorrow wasn't ever much different. Apparently as I was trying to hit my goals, I couldn't do it.

At university, I did well because there were definitions and levels of success that combined being active in classes and actually performing when taking exams or writing papers.

So going forward, I'm going to establish a weekly grading system, that will include 4 factors.
* Diet
* Exercise
* Weight
* Body Fat

The first two I will obviously have more direct control over, but they should lead to the second.

I will blog about these over this week.

And yes, I reserve the right to be angry or angry at myself if I don't have a good week. I'm a guy. punching a locker when angry, metaphorically (*) is part of my job description. Yelling at myself that what I did was garbage and that I can do better is probably what I need more of.

195 by 2015

(*) or literally if one's around. Locker had it coming :)

  
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STESSOUTCHICK2 2/17/2014 8:43PM

    sweet

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MARCYNA 2/16/2014 12:46PM

    I think you're doing great in terms of self-awareness, of setting goals and all the rest!
You're setting an example. Success will follow!!!
Love.
M

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PICKIE98 2/15/2014 3:20PM

    Annhh.. "That's all Folks!"
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JITZUROE 2/15/2014 11:36AM

    I know you can do it. You're unstoppable. Just not the type to throw in the towel. Ever.
As for the last line...

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!
!
Attack of the killer rabbits! Wait, was that from SNL or Kids In The Hall?
A man after my own heart. You crack me up.

Bren


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MEADSBAY 2/15/2014 10:12AM

    SUX!
We are apparently aboard the same boat-
a cruise to nowhere?
Just had my 5th sparkaversary and I down maybe 12-14 lbs (at one time down 28).
What the heck else can we do but keep trying?
The medical-industrial complex can't figure out this whole wt loss (esp. Maintaing wt loss) either, so there is some comfort in that.
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LJOYCE55 2/15/2014 9:03AM

  Locker had it coming anyway.

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Weigh-in 20140104 Gettin' Down With It

Saturday, January 04, 2014

OK, so you all know me. I'm the hip crazy cat that uses all of the bleeding edge up to date lingo (*). Fo Sho!!

NEW YEARS EVE:
I wizzayed myself on New Years Eve and weighed exactly 205.0 pounds. New Years Day I was down a few ounces. I like the non .x-ness of 205.0. It's a non-prime, non-imaginary and non-Fibonacci(**) number. It's a multiple of 5.

It's exactly 10 pounds away from my weight goal. No Diggity!

So it's my official starting weight for my one year goal for 31-December-2014.

GOAL:
The goal's officially sanctioned name by the Chairman of the Board of Trent is......wait for it......

"195 by 2015"

WEIGH-IN:
Dec 31, 2013: 205.0@22%
Jan 04, 2014: 203.2@23% (BF% always goes up when I lose, don't ask why)

Down 1.8 pounds! Tooooooooooooooo sw33T!!!

I didn't eat out over the last couple of days, so I'm sure it's mostly water-loss, but not all so. We'll see. Word to your mother!

195 by 2015!

- TD Out! (***)

Editor's Notes
(*) If by "bleeding edge", he means less than 50 years out of date
(**) Yes, he not only knows what that means, he did the calculation sequence. I know, how does he stay single exactly?
(***) OK, so I haven't come up with NS goals yet as I said I would in my last blog. I'll get there.

  
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CATHYGETSFIT 1/12/2014 8:15PM

    LOL You're the first person I've ever seen or known here on SP that knows anything about prime numbers or the fibonacci ratio! emoticon on your loss!

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1DERLAND14 1/5/2014 12:20PM

    Too funny :)

Congrats on your loss!!!

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PICKIE98 1/5/2014 9:26AM

    Gravy, Man, gravy!!!!!!!!!!! Farm out!

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YAY! You rock my friend!!!

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JITZUROE 1/4/2014 11:41AM

    YESSSSSS!!!!
"Party On Wayne!"
Bren

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MEADSBAY 1/4/2014 9:52AM

    You are a funny boy!
Do you drink Green Tea?
and by green tea I mean tea bags or leaves- the real deal- not that green tea flavored sugar water processed crap!
I try to drink at least one a day- hot or chilled in a green smoothie and find it really helps to get rid of retained water from eating out or salty foods- like our xmas ham which took a week to finish up.
Happy New Year, TD!
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So What Happened November and December of 2013?

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

In Mid October I got a great piece of news. Something that I have been dreaming of and fighting for for years finally came to fruition. It was going to involve a major relocation, a tighter than usual schedule for a time, and less flexibility eating and exercise-wise as I adjusted.

When the news came in, every friend and family member wanted to take me out to lunch/dinner to celebrate.

I dealt with this on a smaller scale the year before last and gained about 20 pounds

My good exercise and eating habits mitigated that this time. Yes, I only worked out 2-3 times a week, but I did work out. Yes I've been eating out a lot, but I still am getting 2-3 servings of lean dairy and 2-4 servings of fruit.


I've gained about 8 pounds since mid-October and am happy with that. Starting now, I'm going back to the foods that lost me 20 pounds last year (practically destroyed any desire to eat sugar).

It's been the holidays with lots of parties and candy always available. Nothing for me to be ashamed of. It's life.

Though it's not really my goal for this year, I would like to lose about a pound every month (0.2-0.4 pounds a week). I'll blog about my actual goal Saturday.

I'm not sorry that I took the time away from SparkPeople, I needed it.

I'm not beating myself up over the 8 pound gain. I factored it in to my life when the good news came in at holiday time.

Now it's time for me to focus, figure out what my goals are, reseach how to achieve them, hit the gym and hit the fridge. In early July this year, the beach is not going to go to itself.

Just Sayin' (Yes, I think I'm the last person who still uses that term)

- TD Out!

  
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MEADSBAY 1/3/2014 9:02PM

    Welcome back, TD!
I, too, am enjoying stepping away from SP as I am in a wt loss study using WWonline and I don't have time to do both.
I would be happy to lose 2 lbs a month for 2014.
Let's do it!
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PICKIE98 1/1/2014 5:47PM

    Congratulations Trent! On the move, eh outlook, the restraint and the future!!

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CATHYGETSFIT 1/1/2014 4:24PM

    The good thing is that you didn't gain back everything you lost. That is very good! emoticon on the whatever it is you've been fighting for and dreaming about for years coming through!! Sometimes it's good to take a step back from SP every now and then. It's good that you are ready to refocus your attention to losing your weight and setting goals so you can achieve them! emoticon

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NEELIXNKES 1/1/2014 11:06AM

    Congrats on your good news! emoticon on gaining less than half of what you have gained in the past. That is an accomplishment. emoticon

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BYEBYEFAT. 1/1/2014 10:57AM

    Even though you haven't missed spark.......... I've missed you!! :D
Congrats on whatever this new relocation dealio is!!
So stoked for 2014... hope you are too!

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FITGRL124 1/1/2014 10:45AM

    Well you're right - it's life! But I am happy to say that I'm glad you're back!!!

Let's make 2014 the year that we both finally see our goals met!

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Weigh-In 11.02.2013: And Life is Happenning

Saturday, November 02, 2013

**MAIN EVENT WORKOUT
Today I will be doing the same kettlebell workout as last week.

1 full round
- Halos (15 each direction @8KG)
- 2 Hand Swings (20 swings@12KG)
- Goblet Squat (15@12KG)
- 1 hand Rows (15 each side@12KG)
- Reverse Lunges (15 each side@8KG)

I may try to up the lunges to 10KG, though my legs are sore from walking this week. I'll try to do a proper warmup. Next week, I will likely add a second set of Halos and continue from there until I have three full rounds.

**BODYFAT %
I attribute this mostly to walking and the kettlebell routine (plus a slight weight gain), but I am once again down to 20%. I won't really take that number seriously until either (a) I see it 3-4 weeks in a row or (b) I see 19% and my body shows the corresponding definition.

**MAJOR MILESTONE
The week before last I achieved something major in my life (not weight/health related). As a result friends and family have all been taking me out to celebrate over various meals. I see this trend continuing over the next couple of weeks. It's not a bad thing. It's just life

The foundation of my eating at home is basically good, such that eating out 3-4 times a week and then a beer/pizza night on Friday isn't going to make or break me.


**WEIGHT
I gained 1.2 pounds and am up to 198.0. Over the next couple of weeks I may go up to and slightly above 200, but then the weight will taper as I settle back into fairly sparse eating out.


**EATING
I think my goal for November is going to be to eat more healthy carbs. I'm going to shoot for 1-2 a day. I'm up to 2-3 vegetables a day. Fruit and lean dairy is absolutely not a problem. I think if I can replace a good amount of the dark chocolate I eat with Green Tea and whole grains/sweet potatoes/brown rice, I will hit 195 by the end of the year.

We'll see!

- TD out!

  
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AKELAZ 11/4/2013 12:24PM

    You're doing well TD. Glad life is going your way - in many respects by the sound of it.
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FITGRL124 11/3/2013 10:38AM

    I like to add spinach to my pasta sauce. It's a good way to sneak veggies in. Also, I like to add spinach to refried beans and salsa mixed with brown rice. Frozen spinach thawed out works great!

Good luck with your November nutrition goal!

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PICKIE98 11/3/2013 9:26AM

    toss some green beans in with that rice and make it a serving.. A veggie rice casserole, if you will.. sneaky way to get those veggies in..

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BYEBYEFAT. 11/2/2013 4:11PM

    You got this!

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MEADSBAY 11/2/2013 11:27AM

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