TRENTDREAMER's SparkPeople Blog TRENTDREAMER's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Unfinished Business I joined SparkPeople 6 years ago. my goal was simple. I wanted to weigh 195 pounds again. I wanted a body fat ratio of 15%. In 2009/2010, I made several small changes to my diet that yielded a consistent, albiet slow, weight loss (didn't always seem like I was making progress #hindsight2020). <BR> <BR> I amassed a great number of wonderful SparkFriends. Ones who were there for me and allowed me to be there for them. Commenting on each others blog, liking and commenting on daily statuse... Sun, 28 Jun 2015 08:18:51 EST Weekly Weigh-in (02.22.2015): New Week, New Low ==THIS WEEK <BR> Not a lot on the exercise front, but a decent amount of physical activity. Eating was pretty good. Nothing to report. Upping the number of daily vegetables has changed a major aspect of my life. The grocery store chain I've been shopping at regularly for the past several years doesn't do as well with their distribution when it comes to veggies. <BR> <BR> Their price-point is considerably better than the health-food store down the street. As one who needs to buy 21 servi... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 09:12:07 EST Weekly Weigh-in (02.15.2015): Boom Week!! As those of you who have known me longest know, my blogs become very scarce when there's nothing really new to report. In a lot of ways I feel as though I just really don't have that much to say. I sometimes feel as though my time at SparkPeople is already over. I don't know <BR> <BR> **LAST 4 WEEKS <BR> My weight has been seriously stagnating over the past month. Every week it's been 204.x or 205.x. It's been frustrating and it's hard to be encouraging when no progress is being made. ... Sun, 15 Feb 2015 09:42:39 EST Weekly Weigh-in (01.24.2015): Never Seen THAT Before... ==THIS WEEK <BR> I exercised three times this week, but did much more walking than usual on one of the others. I ate out a fair amount, but am starting to realize a lot of the choices I started making back in the early 10's really have become ingrained habits and are paying pretty big dividends. <BR> <BR> Smoothies have become a regular habit and I am now starting to branch out and find other ways incorporate vegetables. For dinner I try to fry up a vegetable with chicken. Sometimes onion... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 08:29:03 EST Weekly Weigh-in (01.17.2015): No Apologies ##EATING <BR> <BR> Overall good. My typical not-so-good days are when I only get two vegetables a day rather than 3. <BR> <BR> My team at work had it's company meeting this week. We ate and ate. That's how we roll. The midweek showed a gain. <BR> <BR> Last night I got a last minute call from a friend who was new in town who wanted a birthday celebration dinner. I figured "What the heck". <BR> <BR> Here's the thing..and I make no excuses.... <BR> <BR> ##EXERCISE <BR> I'm up to 4 pret... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 08:09:42 EST Evil Plan Part II: Defining Success On MY terms **BACKGROUND <BR> My first year on SparkPeople was great. I started at 225 having already lost 25 pounds. My goal was 195 pounds. I fought for that goal. Three times between 2010 and 2011 I was literally less than a pound from that goal. My goal was and still is 195 I hit 195.8 stayed there for a few weeks and then my weight would go up a few pounds and stay there. <BR> <BR> I found especially after losing over 25 pounds, any expression of frustration of having not met my goal was met w... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 21:08:58 EST Weekly Weigh-in (01.10.2015): It Didn't Suck Too Bad ##EATING <BR> OK, so this week I ran into two major obstacles: <BR> - a couple of social events that involved eating out at restaurants that I liked. <BR> - I ran out of food in the fridge at the odd amount of time where going shopping wasn't reasonable. <BR> <BR> As such the eating suffered. <BR> <BR> ##EXERCISE <BR> I worked out 3 times. I've taken about 4 spin-style classes since Mid December and I really like them. (Taking one later this morning). One of them was this week. <BR> <BR>... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 09:31:50 EST Evil Plan Part I: Not Tracking ALL of My Food So I've decided to unleash my evil plan in parts. There are going to be several really evil facets to my master plan that will be really evil, really facet-ey and really plan-ey. <BR> <BR> The First One: Not Tracking All Of My Food!!!! <BR> <BR> Years ago I had a personal trainer who was hard-core about nutrition tracking. Me? Had never done so. She gave me the "if you bite it, then you gotta write it" mantra/ultimatum/dogma (*). That being very much work for someone who had never don... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 08:23:27 EST Weekly Weigh-in (01.03.2015): The Third Number Set Is Lying!! ##Third Number Lying##### <BR> Well, the numbers don't lie...except for the 3rd set below. I do my first of year weigh-ins after a night of either a nye party or eating a really heavy meal out. Either way, the information I'm giving you is 75% honest. <BR> <BR> ##Evil Weight Loss Plan##### <BR> This Week I will unhatch the first part of my evil weight loss plan. <BR> <BR> ##The Numbers:##### <BR> --Weight When I first Started on Spark (@bodyfat) <BR> 225.0@25% <BR> <BR> --Goal Weight <BR... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 08:00:34 EST Official First Weigh-in For the Year. I've Already Epic Failed #Hopeless ==Premise <BR> The 24 hours between 8:00am on December 31 and 8:00am on January 1 are my favorite 24 hours. My last day of the year weigh-in establishes my final weight for the year as a sobering sense of accomplishment, good or bad. The next morning's weigh-in establishes the number that is the baseline for the end of year weigh-in that I have a whole 364/365 days for. <BR> <BR> I always inflate the later number each year to yield a better former one by (and I use a very deep academic psy... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 09:29:53 EST End Of Year Weigh-in (The Dawn of the Quit) #HisStory <BR> For those of you who I haven't met yet, my name is Trent. I joined SparkPeople in 2009 (yes those new years '200x' sunglasses worked back then). My goal was 2-fold. I wanted to weigh at or below 195 and have a bodyfat ratio of 15%.. My starting numbers were 225@25%. <BR> <BR> I lost a ton of weight (like "literally" a #TON of weight) (*). At one point I was literally 0.8 pounds away from 195 (**). I lost all of the weight I've lost in the first year here on SparkPeople. ... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 08:07:48 EST September 2014 Weigh-in #SMOOTHIES <BR> Back in mid August, I became a born-again smoothie junkie (2 on most days, 3 on weekends). I bought one of those really small blenders that makes 1-2 portions of any given smoothie recipe. My weight had been consistently 204-207 and I was really tired of being in that rut. <BR> <BR> One thing which a lot of non-veggie eaters on YouTube pointed out, is that a lot of the vegetables get really drowned out of the taste equation when combined with 2 pieces of fruit, vanilla flav... Sat, 27 Sep 2014 10:52:48 EST Weigh-In 06/21/14 **Warning. This blog contains expressions of frustration. If you are someone who doesn't feel comfortable with this (or needs to squelch such expressions with the usual "don't beat yourself up" or "tomorrow is another day" yada yada), then please either don't read or read and don't comment** <BR> <BR> **THIS WEEK <BR> Did not get my footing a lot of stress. Didn't even log onto SparkPeople. Didn't really address the SparkDiet. I'll get to it tomorrow. <BR> <BR> **IN GENERAL <BR> I'm fr... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 09:08:21 EST Weigh-In 06/14/14 OK, so I didn't really stick to my fast break goals this week. Tracking is really hard for me. Fact of the matter is I eat a lot and I am not consistent with my eating patterns. I don't have that bowl of cereal with fruit every morning for breakfast, sandwich/salad for lunch. I snack throughout the day so remembering is hard and writing everything down is a chore to say the least. <BR> <BR> I'm still ruminating over a small portion of the book that I had planned to read every day. <BR>... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 08:12:58 EST Focus: Values and Beliefs **FOCUS <BR> <BR> So last week for the fastbreak portion of my SparkDiet I read the chapter addressing the cornerstone of "Focus". It includes three building blocks: <BR> <BR> * Values and Beliefs <BR> * Purpose and Vision <BR> * Goal setting <BR> <BR> Each one builds on the one before it in the process. I'm not going to lie. As a guy I found it kind of touchy-feeley at first. The goal setting thing made sense, but the other two seemed kind of enigmatic and unnecessary. I read the sec... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 20:17:32 EST SparkDiet: Week 1 Recap and Weigh-in ** PROJECT RESTART <BR> <BR> So last week, I made the decision to recommit myself to SparkPeople. Unlike last time, this time is going to be about following the program as designed. I got heavily involved in the community aspect of the site back in the late 00's early 10's. <BR> <BR> I've been reading the new member guide and it points out 3 basic pillars to the site: <BR> * Tracking <BR> * information (articles/videos) <BR> * Community <BR> <BR> Tracking has always been something that I... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 08:48:51 EST My 3 FastBreak Stage Goals So recently, I've decided to give SparkPeople a true try. Over thee last few years I have been not done well. I wonder if the program works. Whenever I wonder if something really works or not, I choose to follow it. By its own defintion, both in letter and in Spirit <BR> <BR> So I am now doing the SparkDiet and reading the book "The Spark" by SP founder Chris Downie. I am also going through the new member welcome guide. <BR> <BR> As I read the book this week, I am reading the chapter o... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 19:01:30 EST More Than Burnt Out. I Give Up. I'm Giving SP a Try. "Burnt Out" doesn't even begin to describe how I feel about being on this site. That would have described me two years ago when I had only been on for 3 years and was still nowhere near my goal. At the five year mark I don't even know if there is a word. <BR> <BR> Don't get me wrong, I love my Sparkfriends. I love blogging and commenting on others blogs. I love the support that I've gotten as I've striven for my goals. It has been an experience..... <BR> <BR> At the same time, I'm just... Sat, 31 May 2014 21:13:44 EST Yup, That About Sums It Up So I was having lunch with a friend a few months ago. We were at a restaurant that was well known for it's southwest portion of the menu. <BR> <BR> As a 23x-24x pound guy, I could easily shoot down a plate of nachos as an appetizer, and then eat both the 8oz burger and big plate of fries. As a 20x pound guy, not so much. <BR> <BR> So I asked the waitress what some options were to sub out fries. All of them were either another version of fried potato or white rice (no brown, I asked). I ... Tue, 20 May 2014 08:35:53 EST How I Lost 25 Pounds With Practically No Effort (Part III) *This is Part 3 of a 3 part blog series about how I lost the 25 pounds I did before joining SparkPeople. I don't tend to talk about those days much* <BR> <BR> OK, So I had lost 13+ pounds by making one change to my diet a few years prior. Instead of a sausage biscuit, 2 hashbrowns, a 12oz coke and 6 mini donuts for breakfast every morning I was eating a bowl of whole grain cereal, 2T walnuts, 1/2c skim milk, and protein (eggs, chicken steak, etc.). All organic. I went from 250+ down to 2... Fri, 16 May 2014 15:47:28 EST How I Lost 25 Pounds With Practically No Effort (Part II) *This is Part 2 of a 3 part blog series about how I lost the 25 pounds I did before joining SparkPeople. I don't tend to talk about those days much* <BR> <BR> In my previous blog I outlined the basic day of eating that got me up to and kept me at about 250 pounds. McDonald's pretty much every morning. Pizza pretty much every day for lunch. Fast food or hoagies for dinner. Candy throughout the day <BR> <BR> I had tried all sorts of fad diets. I'd take out the books from the library, re... Mon, 12 May 2014 17:44:44 EST How I Lost 25 Pounds With Practically No Effort (Part I) *This is Part 1 of a 3 part blog series about how I lost the 25 pounds I did before joining SparkPeople. I don't tend to talk about those days much* <BR> <BR> ***It was a really dark day for me. <BR> I knew that I had gained a huge amount of weight since a very tough breakup a couple years prior. I was at a friend's gym where the scale had a reputation for being fairly generous compared to the one I had been using. <BR> <BR> it said 249. I stopped weighing myself at that point, because I... Thu, 8 May 2014 17:58:59 EST Did Trent Go Back up ABOVE 205 this week? OK So this was a major swing week. I had some extremely good workouts. I wasn't at home very much to prep food, but have become fairly savvy especially when eating out. My midweek had me well above 205 and yesterday I had a large lunch, but curiously I wasn't hungry for most of the rest of the day. I felt hungry around 8:00, but decided to forego eating so late. I finished the day with a 2ish mile walk. <BR> <BR> I mentally guess what the scale is going to say when I step on it. I thin... Sat, 3 May 2014 12:21:45 EST Did Trent Go Below 205 This Week **LAST WEEK'S WEIGH-IN <BR> OK so last week I took a solid 1.5 pound drop by simply not eating out the two days before weighing in. My stats were 205.6@23%. Going below 205 seemed pretty reasonable for this morning. <BR> <BR> <BR> **THIS PAST WEEK <BR> I ate out a lot last weekend due to social commitments. My midweek showed a potential gain, but not much of one. Wednesday afternoon, I decided to go hard-core on the foods that fight sugar/simple-carb cravings. I plan to continue to do ... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 07:36:56 EST Finally Broke the 206-209 rut The grading system that I've been doing has been helpful. I've been exercising and walking regularly. That has been definitely making a difference in my muscle tone, energy level and general health. Eating is always a struggle when working out heavily (especially weights). <BR> <BR> Basically two months ago I was a flabby guy who weighed 206-209 pounds and could barley fit into size 38 jeans (waist size, I'm a dude). <BR> <BR> As of last week, I was a 207 pound guy (after eating out twic... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 11:46:12 EST Report Card 2014.04.05: (Hi C) Nutrition (1.0): ate so many of the healthy foods I didn't bother counting <BR> Exercise (0.9): <BR> Weight (0.0): still above 205. <BR> BodyFat (0.2): up to 23% <BR> Total: (2.1) <BR> Grade: C (grading chart below signature) <BR> <BR> <BR> **EXERCISE (0.9): <BR> Exercise is going really well. upped the cardio. Did the Kettlebells, boxing bag, Pilates and spin bike (up to about 10 minutes on all of these). Only took 4 walks. The 5th wouldn't have made a difference. <BR> <BR> <BR> **BO... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 12:22:55 EST Report Card 2014.03.29: (I got a C !!!!!) Nutrition (0.8): 8 fruits and vegetables per day <BR> Exercise (1.0): Totally killed it this week <BR> Weight (0.0): still above 205. <BR> BodyFat (0.3): Down to 22%!! <BR> Total: (2.1) <BR> Grade: C (grading chart below signature) <BR> <BR> <BR> **EXERCISE (1.0): <BR> Got all five walks in despite a very tough schedule and poor walking weather. Got all four exercise sessions that I wanted plus the 1 misc work out. Exercise is going really well. The walks are really becoming real exercis... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 07:08:14 EST Report Card 2014.03.22: (C-) Almost got a C this week. <BR> <BR> Nutrition (0.7): 7 fruits and vegetables per day <BR> Exercise (0.8): 5 walks, 1 Heavy Bag, 1 Pilates, 1 Misc <BR> Weight (0.0): still above 205. <BR> BodyFat (0.2): Finally hit 23%!! <BR> Total: (1.7) <BR> Grade: C- <BR> <BR> <BR> **EXERCISE: <BR> When I originally set up the exercise potion of my grading system it involved basically this: <BR> *0.1 points for up to 5 walks (0.5 total) <BR> *0.1 point for 1 heavy bag session <BR> *0.1 point for 1 P... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 11:58:21 EST Report Card 2014.03.15: (C-) Weight: still above 205 = (0.0) <BR> BodyFat: = 24% = (0.1) <BR> Exercsise (1 Pilates, 1 weight, 1 reg, 5 walks) = (0.8) <BR> Eating = 7 fruits/vegetables average = (0.7) <BR> Total= 1.6 (C-) <BR> <BR> Exercise (0.8): <BR> My core has been weak and kettlebell workouts have hurt. I've turned to Pilates for help with that and it's paying off. Didn't get a heavy bag or spin session this week. <BR> <BR> <BR> Eating (0.7): <BR> Steady tacking. 4 fruits almost every day and 2 vegetables. <BR>... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 11:15:51 EST Report Card 2014.03.08: (D) Weight: still above 205 = (0.0) <BR> BodyFat: = 23% = (0.2) <BR> Exercsise (1 Pilates, 1 weight, 1 reg, 1 boxing, 3 walks) = (0.7) <BR> Eating = 3 fruits/vegetables average = (0.3) <BR> Total= 1.2 (D) <BR> <BR> Exercise (0.7): <BR> Got most of my exercise in the first and last two days of this week. <BR> <BR> <BR> Eating (0.3): <BR> Only tracked the first few days, so the number was low. <BR> <BR> <BR> Body Fat (0.2): <BR> Did Pilates yesterday and ate out yesterday. Those each individ... Sat, 8 Mar 2014 08:20:19 EST Report Card 2014.03.01: Earned a C- Did a little bit better this week <BR> <BR> Weight: above 205 = (0.0) <BR> BodyFat: = 24% = (0.1) <BR> Exercsise (5 walks, 1 spin session, 1 weights, 1 reg) = (0.8) <BR> Eating = 7 fruits/vegetables average = (0.7) <BR> <BR> Total = (1.6) = C- <BR> <BR> **Exercise: 5 gym sessions/ 3 walks (0.8): <BR> Took a bad spill Sunday morning. Took a dime of skin off of one of my hands and a quarter off of each knee. Had one exercise session under my belt by then. By the end of the week got two ... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 08:57:10 EST Report Card 2014.02.22: Grade D performance **I've developed a grading system based on my weight, bodyfat, diet and exercise.** <BR> <BR> <link><BR>blic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=56<BR>28971 </link> <BR> <BR> **EPIC FAIL THIS WEEK <BR> Weight: >205.0 = (0.0) <BR> BodyFat: = 23% = (0.2) <BR> Exercsise (2 walks, 1 kettlebell, 1 heavy bag, 1 spin session, 1 weights) = (0.6) <BR> Eating = Didn't track = (0.0) <BR> <BR> Total = 0.8 = D <BR> <BR> <BR> **Weight: 209.0 (0.0) <BR> Definitely not... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 09:05:13 EST Making The Grade 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. <BR> <BR> 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). <BR> <BR> What kept me going and on track wer... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 08:14:22 EST 4.0 Ever So I weighed myself this morning (first time since initial weigh-in this year). Didn't expect anything good. Wasn't disappointed. <BR> <BR> Dec 31, 2013: 205.0@22% <BR> Feb 15, 2014: 207.4@23% <BR> <BR> The four years I was active on this site, several messages were drilled into my head: <BR> * Don't beat yourself up <BR> * Tomorrow is another day <BR> * You can do it. <BR> * Bunny Rabbits can be really big <BR> <link><BR>bit2.jpg </link> <BR> <BR>... Sat, 15 Feb 2014 08:40:27 EST Weigh-in 20140104 Gettin' Down With It 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!! <BR> <BR> NEW YEARS EVE: <BR> 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. <BR> <BR> It's exactly 10 pounds away from my weight goal. No Diggity! <BR> <BR> So it's my official starting weight for... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 08:13:34 EST So What Happened November and December of 2013? 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. <BR> <BR> When the news came in, every friend and family member wanted to take me out to lunch/dinner to celebrate. <BR> <BR> I dealt with this on a smaller scale the year before last and gained about 20 pounds... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 08:52:01 EST Weigh-In 11.02.2013: And Life is Happenning **MAIN EVENT WORKOUT <BR> Today I will be doing the same kettlebell workout as last week. <BR> <BR> 1 full round <BR> - Halos (15 each direction @8KG) <BR> - 2 Hand Swings (20 swings@12KG) <BR> - Goblet Squat (15@12KG) <BR> - 1 hand Rows (15 each side@12KG) <BR> - Reverse Lunges (15 each side@8KG) <BR> <BR> 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 fro... Sat, 2 Nov 2013 08:28:55 EST Weigh-In 10.26.2013: Foundation Has Been Built **WORK OUT <BR> 1 full round <BR> - Halos (15 each direction @8KG) <BR> - 2 Hand Swings (20 swings@12KG) <BR> - Goblet Squat (15@12KG) <BR> - 1 hand Rows (15 each side@12KG) <BR> - Reverse Lunges (15 each side@8KG) <BR> <BR> I did not warm up and definitely need to work on squats and lunges. I might have been able to eek out 10KG lunges, but wasn't really sure. I think next week, I will keep at the five exercises. Over the next two weeks I will add 2KGs to the Reverse lunges. <BR> <BR> *... Sat, 26 Oct 2013 20:26:11 EST Missing a Couple of Letters By Chance? This is one of those blogs where I say something that I've been meaning to say for a while. It's a pattern that I see for a while and then it goes away. I hate to blog on it when the pattern is in full force because I don't want to seem like I'm directly attacking anyone. I ask you to remember it as you move forward. <BR> <BR> <BR> **PRECEPT #1: <BR> One of the guidelines we all read about wrt weight loss is "1-2 pounds a week is healthy". I believe that it is (though I couldn't imagine... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 09:35:29 EST Weigh-In 10.19.2013: Body Fat and Main Event Results As Well **MAIN EVENT WORKOUT (Check!!) <BR> <BR> This morning I did 4 of the 5 Kettlebell Strength exercises. 1 set of each <BR> - Halos (15 halos, each direction@8KG) May move up to 10KG next week <BR> - 2 Hand Swings (20 swings@12KG) <BR> - Goblet Squats (15reps@12KG) <BR> - 1 Hand Bent rows (15reps, each hand@12KG) <BR> <BR> Next week, I plan to add reverse lunges. This will be a challenge in that my core and upper legs are not as strong as when I took Pilates. Those along with the swings and... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 14:51:50 EST Cute Kitten + Marmalade + Irish Girl + 12-16kg Kettlebell ...And madness ensues. <BR> <BR> **THE WORKOUT <BR> So, I found a beginners kettle-bell routine. Yes, it's 45 minutes, 15-20 minutes of strength exercises and 20-25 minutes of ballistics. Yes, on the video she's using a 16 kg kettlebell for the overwhelming majority of the exercises (*). <BR> <BR> And, yes, it's my goal for the end of next year. <BR> <link><BR>-kettlebells/ </link> <BR> <BR> **PROGRESS <BR> I'm taking it 1 minute or 1 exercise per ... Thu, 17 Oct 2013 10:25:06 EST Weigh-In 10.12.2013: First Main Event Blog **SATURDAY NIGHT'S MAIN EVENT <BR> 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: <BR> * 15 halos both direction (8 kgs) <BR> * 20 kettlebell swings (12 kgs) <BR> * 15 Goblet Squats (12 kgs) <BR> <BR> I will blog about the full version of the workout this... Sat, 12 Oct 2013 21:56:49 EST The Triple Threat!!! One Minute at a time **HARSH REALITIES <BR> 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: <BR> * I've never really focused on building muscle. It's a new thing to me. <BR> * My trip to the beach is only 10 months away. <BR> * I've never *not* focused on my weight before. It will be a new thing for me. <BR> * If I ever get engaged, "That" conversation may happen with my fiance <BR... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 18:23:35 EST Weigh-In 10.05.2013: It's not LIKE I'm 20 again.... 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. <BR> <BR> 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/... Sat, 5 Oct 2013 08:43:18 EST Beer and Pizza Friday Night *boomph* 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. <BR> <BR> <BR> 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 p... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 20:45:23 EST Weigh-In 09.28.2013: Not much to report 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 <BR> <BR> 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. <BR> <BR> Cure the numbers. <BR> <BR> PREVIOUS WEEKS: <BR> 08.31: (198.4@22) Below 200!!!! <BR> 09.07: (198.6... Sat, 28 Sep 2013 22:15:04 EST I Tapped Out Really, it wasn't all that long ago. <BR> <BR> I had just graduated from college and was back on campus every couple of weeks to visit all of my friends still on campus. I was continuing a three year old tradition of getting together with my guy friends on Friday/Saturday nights. We'd cram into my 10 year old compact car and hit the local off-campus dive Chinese food buffet (7.00 buffet even for dinner). <BR> <BR> We'd laugh and say the usual guy things that dudes say on the weekend when ... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 20:58:39 EST Weigh-In 09.21.2013: Today I weigh 19........ 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. <BR> <BR> 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. <BR> <BR> 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... Sat, 21 Sep 2013 10:24:23 EST Hail-Mary Weigh-in (Part 2) Original Blog: <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4137538 </link> <BR> posted April 02, 2011 <BR> <BR> <BR> **HAIL MARY WEIGH-IN DEFINED <BR> 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. <BR> <BR> <BR> **ODDLY ENOUGH** <BR> My weigh this morning was the exact sam... Sat, 14 Sep 2013 09:50:55 EST Weigh-In 09.07.2013: Most Worthless Weigh-in EVER!!! (fading echo ever ever)) **BACKGROUND <BR> I have had some significant weigh-ins in my days here at SP. The ones where I went under certain milestones. The **Bam** ones where after stagnating or starting to work out again. I'd lose a battle-shot 3+ pounds. The one where I finally went from being obese to just overweight <BR> <BR> I've had some really sobering bad ones as well. Ones where I started gaining weight and went back over certain milestones. Ones where I would weigh-in after a week of really high calo... Sat, 7 Sep 2013 09:07:33 EST