TRENTDREAMER's SparkPeople Blog TRENTDREAMER's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Y2TD Weigh-in: 21-Jan-2017 #PREMISE <BR> The 20 pound range that I've been at for the last decade (196-216) has mirrored the last 20 years (1996-2016) without centuries. <BR> <BR> Motivation: To reach the new Millennium 200.0 pounds. <BR> <BR> #LASTWEEK - Eating <BR> Just kept to what I've been doing. Once the weight loss plateaus, I will take another big step. For now though, we're good. <BR> <BR> #LASTWEEK - Exercise <BR> Worked out 5 times (20 minutes per session). Plan to do more. I know I always get the hun... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 10:05:06 EST Y2TD Weigh-in: 14-Jan-2017 #PREMISE <BR> The 20 pound range that I've been at for the last decade (196-216) has mirrored the last 20 years (1996-2016) without centuries. <BR> <BR> Motivation: To reach the new Millennium 200.0 pounds. <BR> <BR> #LASTWEEK - Eating <BR> Kept on course. Changed practically nothing from the previous week. When the weight loss slows, I will dig deeper. Until then though... <BR> <BR> #LASTWEEK - Exercise <BR> Really meant to workout more...But after Monday the hungries started coming ba... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 10:20:22 EST Y2TD Weigh-in: 07-Jan-2017 ** Y2K Weight-Loss <BR> OK, so here goes. I shot my mouth off last week and mid this one. I have come up with a rock solid master lock strategy/campaign to secure weight loss. I've noticed that if you take the centuries out of every year for the last 20 or so, they are my weights 196-216. <BR> <BR> ** Motivation <BR> I like pop music. Not so much because it's great music (*), but more because the songs remind me of times when said songs were popular. I remember "We Are Young" by Fun pla... Sat, 7 Jan 2017 12:06:55 EST Y2TD Blog One: Welcome to the Crazy-ne$$ You know the old saying: "Those who learn history are doomed to forget it right after their final exams". That makes sense to me <BR> <BR> As I've looked at my weights over the past now 8 #ugh years here on SP, I've noticed that they essentially represent the last 20 years without the centuries. <BR> <BR> As such my goal is to get to the year 2000 (200 pounds) <BR> <BR> Having an inexplicable fondness for pop music, each weigh-in I will include a link to a video that I liked from that ye... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 12:53:34 EST W3igh-1n :::: 1.0 (Got rear end handed to me) So.....yeah. When I say something, I say what I mean and mean what I say (as the kids would say *). I may not always be right. Heck if you ask my ex-GFs, parents, most bosses/professors, they will politely point out that me being right is a bit of a "Haley's Comet" concept. <BR> <BR> That being said I say what I believe and, again as the kids would say, sally forth ** <BR> Things like: <BR> - "I will go below 200 pounds this week" (which I did back in the day) <BR> - "I will graduate from... Sat, 5 Nov 2016 17:05:27 EST W3igh-1n :::: 0.0 Well you know what they say; "The definition of insanity is trying the same thing over and over again and expecting different results (*). Well, I say why not embrace a concept that probably has a .jpeg of me on its Wiki entry. <BR> <BR> A couple of months ago on a major milestone, I weighed myself. I was 208.0@22%. <BR> <BR> Since then I have been taking 2 fitness classes pretty much every week and though the calories have been a bit high eating-wise, I've laid a pretty good foundation f... Sat, 29 Oct 2016 12:26:30 EST Are You "TROUGH" Enough? #NSV <BR> I am very proud to say that I have brought lunch to work every single workday for the last two months except for 3. One of the times it because my team was planning a lunch outing. The other two, I literally prepped the lunch and left it in the fridge by accident. <BR> <BR> #DAILY LUNCH <BR> Sunday evenings I cook up a pound and a half of chicken or turkey. I always have a couple of jars of some version of pasta sauce, usually tomato based. When I'm prepping up my breakfast smo... Sun, 23 Oct 2016 11:42:18 EST NSV (a Towel and a Token) #ODD PERSPECTIVES <BR> I admit that I have some pretty out there perspectives on things. They don't always seem to make sense at first, but time usually proves them right (or at least in the ballpark). Even if they never seem legit to anyone else, I stand by them. Heck it scares many that I live by them. <BR> <BR> Perspectives like: <BR> * It's not where one's life is that's important. It's what direction one's life is heading <BR> <BR> * If it makes news, it's the exception not the nor... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 19:39:31 EST Weekly Update 08.06.2016: Brick By Brick So I returned to SP back in April. Goal the same as it ever was and seemingly ever will be: <BR> 195 pounds @ 15% Body fat. Gave it my all but it wasn't quite enough. I basically took the past few weeks off from focusing on weight. <BR> <BR> Though I still have a target weight and BF% in mind, I plan to take the rest of the year to start building a more permanent weight-loss/healthy lifestyle. Like the one SP preaches. Frankly, like the one I preach. My weekly blogs will include weight,... Sat, 6 Aug 2016 16:22:51 EST Cucumber Update ##Original blog: <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6194579 </link> <BR> <BR> About a month ago, I realized that I was a SP motivator so I should probably do something.....well, motivator-ey. <BR> <BR> ##Premise <BR> I see a lot of people try to do these crazy changes to their diets usually involve a lot of eliminating of "Bad" foods. This lasts a few days/weeks. I've been there. <BR> <BR> SP itself is founded on setting very small goals ... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 10:32:16 EST The 5-5-5 Eating Plan @@WEIGHT LOSS <BR> So last Saturday it finally dawned on me. Weight-loss the American way totally sucks. Like, totally totally. It's a necessary evil for me when I am 205 or much above. Don't get me wrong for basic health reasons, I do need to lose a bit of weigh over the long haul (and frankly unless I muscle up, gaining weight does me no good). But this really isn't worth it <BR> <BR> <BR> @@REFLECTIONS <BR> I reflected a lot over the weekend over things I want came up with a lot of ... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 10:03:17 EST Weigh-In 07/23/2016: For the Last Time..... **THE GOAL <BR> 204.x by 7/23!! #today <BR> <BR> <BR> **THIS WEEK <BR> Ate well and got in some great exercise classes. Full hour of Pilates and 45 minutes of Spinning. <BR> <BR> The hungries came back in droves. When I exercise heavily the hunger never really goes away, no matter how filling the foods are. <BR> <BR> It's not emotional eating. My body just craves energy. I fought them, though, because I wanted to hit my goal weight. <BR> <BR> <BR> **MIDWEEKS <BR> The midweek weigh-i... Sat, 23 Jul 2016 09:43:26 EST A Tale of Two 203s **CONTROVERSIAL THINGS <BR> I have said some really controversial things. Stuff very counter-culture to this site. They make one think. They frustrate, even vex sometimes. They're views that one doesn't want to hear, but can't help addressing. Things like: <BR> - "Go ahead and beat yourself up if it helps you to address the situation" <BR> - "It's only positive thinking if it leads to POSITIVE results" <BR> - "It's OK to say one has failed if one misses a goal. srsly itz ok" <BR> - Thes... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 08:55:13 EST Weigh-In 07/16/2016: Good Week This Week, But... **SHORT TERM GOAL <BR> 204.x by 7/23 (or 7/30 if I miss next week) <BR> <BR> <BR> **THIS WEEK <BR> Ate really well. Ate 2 cucumbers. Will buy 3 this week. Have been trying to eat out a lot less (especially later in the week). Have been seriously reducing smoothies and trying another set of foods that has worked well in the past. <BR> <BR> Exercise is going very well. Doing a lot of indoor cycling and reacquainting myself with kettle bells. Varying my workouts. <BR> <BR> I got blinds... Sat, 16 Jul 2016 09:07:58 EST Stagnancy: The Silent Killer One of my main mantras is this, "Life is not f(x), it's dY/dx" (*). It's not really where one is in life that matters most, rather it's in what direction one's life is going. This is especially the case with weight loss. <BR> <BR> <BR> **SUCCESS: <BR> Give me a good solid 1.0+ pound loss any day after a week of good healthy eating. If I've had to eat out a lot and managed to squeak out only a few ounces, I'll gladly take it. <BR> <BR> <BR> **FAILURE: <BR> If I've tried anything new that... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 08:15:48 EST Weigh-In 07/09/2016: I **REALLY** Needed This One $$THIS WEEK <BR> I ate really well. have started stabilizing a lot of foods and food types (salsa or tomato sauce every day, at least 2-4 servings of whole grains, etc.) <BR> <BR> Worked out 4 times this week. Did have a few days where I regretted not getting up and driving over to the gym, but last night I took a walk. <BR> <BR> <BR> $$MIDWEEKS <BR> The midweeks were brutal.I didn't eat out much after Saturday so the initial spike went down to the mid 207.x's....but then it didn't budge... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 10:17:19 EST Trent's First Motivation Blog: THAT food **THAT FOOD <BR> We all have at least one. It's not that food that we love. It's not a food that curls our lips and triggers a gag reflex. Not only isn't it a food that we dislike, it's actually a food that we kind of enjoy...when we get around to eating it. <BR> <BR> It's a food that we see in a store. We buy a decent amount...but then 2 weeks later it gets thrown away because it goes bad. <BR> <BR> It involves a few extra seconds of preparation to consume. Often it has to be cut up o... Mon, 4 Jul 2016 11:17:29 EST Weigh-In 07/02/2016: Perfectly "Meh" **THIS WEEK** <BR> Eating:: Got totally nailed with a project Monday morning that took me straight through Wednesday late afternoon. On the plus side, I didn't eat out during that time, but..... <BR> <BR> Exercise:: Did not work out or get in as many walks as usual. <BR> <BR> The midweek pointed to a gain <BR> <BR> That being said, I pulled it together Thursday and Friday. Ate a lot more religiously than I like to do this late in the game. But still. I drank a lot of water and didn't... Sat, 2 Jul 2016 09:33:42 EST Weigh-In 06/25/2016: 1 Month Until Goal **GOAL: 204.x By 7/23 <BR> Ultimately I'm looking to go below 205 by the end of July. There's an event on the 23rd that I've been planning to go to for awhile that I've been looking forward to. How much more perfect would it be to have just hit a major goal that morning? <BR> <BR> I always whoop it up big for the 205 pound milestone. 210 is usually really easy to hit with some basic effort. Going below 200...well, let's just say it kinda speaks for itself. <BR> <BR> 195 is the ultimate... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 19:46:31 EST Wait, That's Right! I'm a...... SP MOTIVATOR AWARD <BR> Recently a dear SparkFriend, all of whom I love very much was given a SP Motivator award. I'm not going to call her out by name, but if you look through my friends it will likely *dawn* on you which one based on her *success* here on SP #seewhatididthere <BR> <BR> In her, I could totally see why. High energy. Great success. Practicing what she preaches. Being and keeping it real. Being actively and effectively involved in a SP community. I am very thankful for ... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 09:47:43 EST Weigh-In 06/18/2016: 4 Pounds Next Week!! THIS WEEK (DIET) <BR> Overall did OK in the beginning. The big thing was eating out Wednesday, Thursday and Yesterday. Thursday was a much larger meal than the other two. And yesterday I ate out later than I usually do on Friday. <BR> <BR> "Threw the weigh-in" would be overstating it. "Sabotaged it" would be more accurate <BR> <BR> <BR> THIS WEEK (EXERCISE): <BR> I am extremely happy with my exercise. I'm working out 5 times a week 35-40 minutes a pop. Worked slowly up to that over t... Sat, 18 Jun 2016 08:46:04 EST Weigh-In 06/11/2016: Attack of the Hungries **THIS PAST WEEK <BR> Eating was good. I tracked for a couple of days to get a baseline. Exercised 5 times, very intensely. <BR> <BR> <BR> **THE HUNGRIES <BR> I know that the workouts are starting to pay off because of Wednesday. After 4 straight days of doing some pretty intense workouts. I started feeling extremely hungry. Like, all the time super-hungry! <BR> <BR> No matter how much I ate, the body just kept wanting more and more and more and more. <BR> <BR> Last time this happene... Sat, 11 Jun 2016 10:21:12 EST This Week, I'm Trying...... --THE HOLY GRAIL <BR> Anyone who has ever tried to lose weight has had this experience at least once (usually many times). They get a piece of advice which is considered the holy grail of weight loss. It's the Rosetta stone. The advice is given with great confidence. It is absolute; THIS is the key. <BR> <BR> Then the one desiring weight loss tries it. They are able to do it for a day (maybe 2). It's very hard. They "fall off track". They feel guilty. Try again and fail again. Rins... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 09:59:11 EST Weigh-In 06/04/2016: 8 Ounces None the Poorer **THIS WEEK........ <BR> The midweek(s) showed expected amount of resistance. Was down an ounce or two. <BR> <BR> Frankly I made the mistake of changing my workout too much too fast (will likely blog about it midweek). This lead to me only working out once or twice. The time off was kind of cool, though. <BR> <BR> The eating was meh, but not too bad. Ended up eating out last night, but only had a few small items. The foundation of my eating is tight. That being said, water intake has... Sat, 4 Jun 2016 21:26:56 EST Yeah, I rewarded myself.....With Food!! OK, so here's how I know that I am going to succeed. Not because I am making some religious effort to eat better and exercise more. It's because I am changing my life for the better. <BR> <BR> <BR> **THIS MORNING <BR> I had one of those meetings (one sees them in rom coms and dumb yuk comedies all the time). It was the one where if it went well, it could take my career easily to the next level. If not, would take some recovery. I prepped for it as best as I could and was r... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 11:56:39 EST Weigh-In 05/28/2016: And *Boom* Goes the Dynamite **6 WEEKS AGO <BR> I started back on SP in mid April. Though my official first weigh-in back was 212.8, I had been floating more around 214/215. <BR> <BR> **LAST WEEK <BR> I ate out a grand total of twice and could feel the difference. Less cheap carbs less salt. Mid-weeks were pointing to going below 210.0 as all but an inevitability. <BR> <BR> **WEEKLY WIGH-INS SINCE <BR> 212.8@23% (initial) <BR> 211.6@24% <BR> 211.4@24% <BR> 211.6@24% <BR> 210.4@23% <BR> 210.0@24% (Yeah, that happen... Sat, 28 May 2016 09:57:12 EST *THAT* Workout It was awesome. I have no idea why, but I showed up at the gym and had THAT workout. It felt really good. I felt well, but not over, exercised. My body felt like it was asking for more all throughout the workout. As such, I actually added one set of each ST exercise and 5 extra minutes on the elliptical. <BR> <BR> Even through my right forearm was sore, I did a full body workout including bicep curls. My workout included: <BR> -10 minutes on the elliptical <BR> - 5 minutes on the han... Tue, 24 May 2016 19:14:39 EST Weigh-In 05/21/2016: Yup, THAT Happenned **LAST 3-4 WEIGH-INS <BR> It's been trippy. Never in my 7 years her on SP have my mid-weeks and weekly weigh-ins been so consistently disconnected. <BR> <BR> Yeah, back in 2009/10, I would have a weird sunspot week here and there. Even so, 99 out of 100 times I could take my midweek number, look at the remaining days until official weigh-in and know at least whether I was going to lose or not. <BR> <BR> So for the last 3-4 weeks, my midweeks would point to high 209.x or very low 210.x offi... Sat, 21 May 2016 10:46:17 EST Judgment Jeans (dah duh DUHHHHH)!! OK, so at any given time I usually have 6-7 pairs of wearable jeans for whatever weight I am at. They generally fall into one of four tranches of my collection: <BR> * The Fat Jeans: Usually loose 38" or 40" best when I'm 215+ <BR> * Heavier Jeans: most size 38" jeans I own. Fit best when I'm 205-215) <BR> * Transition Jeans: mostly loose 36" jeans. When I'm losing weight and am usually 200-207ish) <BR> * Victory Jeans: These are the size 36" jeans that fit best when I am 196-202 pounds.... Tue, 17 May 2016 16:44:02 EST Weigh-In 05/14/2016: You Can Bet.. **THIS WEEK - EATING <BR> Ate really well. Did not eat out a lot. Did not eat as many of the foods that bust sugar cravings, but also did not eat nearly as much sugar. <BR> <BR> <BR> **THIS WEEK - EXERCISE <BR> Hit the gym 4-5 times and got a good workout. But even better, I did 4 major walks (including one yesterday evening) <BR> <BR> <BR> **THE BUILD UP <BR> So yesterday, I decided against a fast food lunch. Had a very light dinner. Drank water throughout the day. I have been at t... Sat, 14 May 2016 10:13:24 EST The Ba-con Was a Mista-con PIZZA CRAVINGS <BR> So Saturday night I was craving a meat lovers pizza. I usually get every topping and sub the ham for onions (not out of a sense of needing veggies, just like onions with both sausage and hamburger). At the same time I've been focusing on healthier carbs, so the crust was not desirable. The craving was strong though. <BR> <BR> In the end I realized pizza after 7:00pm usually translates into a poor night of sleep, so I decided to treat myself to a next day hot breakfast ... Wed, 11 May 2016 10:18:12 EST Weigh-In 05/07/2016: You can't say..... #THIS WEEK <BR> ate relatively well. worked out 6 times @ 22 minutes a pop (I count a set of a ST exercise as 1 minute). I have a good routine going and even have a cheat. I will do 5 minutes of cardio and 4 ST exercises at home (earlier) and still magically do 20 minutes when I get to the gym for a "total" of "22 minutes" #winkwink <BR> <BR> <BR> #MIDWEEK <BR> It was still stagnant from last weeks weigh-in, but still pointing to a decent 1-1.2 pound loss this week. but then as the old... Sat, 7 May 2016 09:48:58 EST Weigh-In 04/30/2016: I'm Positive...... **THIS WEEK <BR> I ate well. 2-3 smoothies a day. Actually kept my self engaged and active enough to consistently go 3-4 hours between meals and snacks to let my food digest properly. Been doing the whole not combining meat and carbs thing (Not religiously. A blog for another day). <BR> <BR> **EXERCISE <BR> I actually hit the gym 6 times (20 minute workouts, slowly working up). Have been doing 3-4 time per week for a few weeks now. <BR> <BR> **MIDWEEK WEIGH-IN <BR> Went *eerily* well. ... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 10:05:22 EST Smoothie Recipie Back in 2014, I got into smoothies. Really into them. Like 2 a day usually into them. <BR> <BR> Being that I bought my personal blender as a means to more efficiently get more fruits and vegetables in my diet, I've kept the ingredients relatively pure (never use ice cream, sugar, etc in my recipes). Mostly fruits, vegetables and super-food seeds (flax, chia, cacao, acai) <BR> <BR> Carrots have been a tough food for me. The taste and texture have been a struggle, even with smoothies. No... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 08:03:30 EST Weigh-In 04/23/2016: And it begins **RESTART: <BR> Restarted on Spark a couple of weeks ago. Am trying to go heavy on the foods that lost me over 20 pounds a few years ago. They are the ones that chop down sugar cravings <BR> <BR> **KIND OF FREAKY <BR> I was grocery shopping and almost forgot to buy chocolate. This has not happened in awhile. I literally walked past the chocolate section twice. Had to force myself toward the end of the trip to go pick up my weekly stash. <BR> <BR> I am literally craving quinoa, garlic, ... Sat, 23 Apr 2016 09:51:52 EST D*rn Proud of Myself OK, So I am re-instituting a super-food diet that kills off sugar cravings. It helped me lose 20 pounds back in 2013. It takes a few days to totally kick in, but tonight I got a big time NSV (*). <BR> <BR> I was craving an chocolate-covered coconut candy bar. Basically a Mars Bounty Bar, coconut covered in chocolate. There might be other candy bars like that, but I'm not aware of them`. #trolling <BR> <BR> So Anyhoo...I was craving it but not as strongly as before the SF diet. <BR> <B... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 19:55:28 EST [Weigh-In] & [The 11 Month Plan] OK so after 3 months of not being on SP, I've decided to come back. Suffer my first weigh-in. I'm essentially the same weight as when I restarted earlier this year. <BR> <BR> **WEIGH-IN** <BR> 212.8@23% <BR> I've been walking a lot over the past couple of weeks, and have noticed the % going down. <BR> <BR> As such I am going to shoot for two15-20 minute walks a day for 5-6 days this week. As I lose weight, we'll see if that goes down to 22 then 21. I will look for stagnation and then ad... Sat, 16 Apr 2016 09:13:15 EST The Forgotten 11 Months..... **REFLECTION <BR> A lot of my frustration has been my initial success, followed by a lot of stagnancy. I've been running it through my head for the last 5+ years. As I pondered it: <BR> * I joined SP <BR> * struggled a bit at first <BR> * got on my game and lost the 25 pounds very quickly <BR> * finally went below 200 <BR> * almost hit my goal <BR> As I remembered it it was a short time from joining to when I went below 200. <BR> <BR> <BR> **BUT....... <BR> last night as I was looking ove... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 20:33:45 EST Weekly Weigh-In 01.09.2016 **This Past Week: <BR> So I ate well, but the eating out and sugars killed most of my progress later in the week. Really epic midweek weigh-in. I think this week I am going to try to eat out as little as humanly possible and start re-upping the foods that have killed off sugar cravings in the past. <BR> <BR> !! I've lost over 4 pounds in a week before and if there was ever a week where I could do it again it could be this one. <BR> <BR> **Weigh-in <BR> Last Week: 214.4@24% <BR> This Week... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 08:45:35 EST What the Dreamer Drank For Breakfast Anyone who has read my blogs from years ago know that my biggest food type struggle besides sugar is eating vegetables. I've occasionally been able to make salads or stir-fries to get by, but usually my enjoyment of them comes from other ingredients (usually the fruits, sauces or nuts that accompany). <BR> <BR> Smoothies have changed that <BR> <BR> Back in August of 2014 a friend and I were at the mall and we hit the personal blender display. The smaller older version of the product was o... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 08:24:58 EST Once Again.... I really am giving this one more shot. <BR> <BR> Weight loss will really be my main and only real goal of 2016. <BR> <BR> I weigh myself on both NYE and NYD on every year. On NYD 2015, I was 206.0@22% (only 11 pounds from my goal :S). over the last 12 months the only thing I have succeeded in is gaining almost 10 pounds. <BR> <BR> Today, 2015.01.01: 214.4@24% <BR> <BR> even failed at my goal to be below 210 by NYE!! Nothing new. <BR> <BR> I know the mantras: <BR> * "Don't beat yourse... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 09:11:18 EST Weigh in and NSV (a tighter belt) **WEIGH-IN <BR> So I started my triumphant return to Spark people last week at 211.8. I've been stuck at around 213 for about 5 months. Not going to lie, it's been a bit painful. <BR> <BR> 2 pounds is a lot for a week, but the weight loss is always easier for me at 210/215 than it is 196/200. Midweek looked good, but that certainly doesn't guarantee success (especially when we're talking 2 pounds a week). All that said.....(drumroll)........ <BR> <BR> Last Week: 211.8 @ 23% <BR> This W... Mon, 14 Dec 2015 19:52:35 EST Come Party With The Dreamer (Party Next Monday) Back in 2010 I was on the verge of going below 200. It was a half a pound a week for awhile, but the habits were in place. It was just a matter of time. My weigh-ins were religiously on Saturday morning (blogs still there if you're having trouble sleeping) <BR> <BR> I stepped on the scale one Saturday and the weight was weird. Despite a really good week of eating, I was up to 201.x. I knew the number was off. I then made a promise in my blog "I will be below 200 next weigh-in. I not o... Tue, 8 Dec 2015 11:17:26 EST Another Year, Another Failure and Another Restart **Gained 10 Pounds This Year <BR> Wow. I was reading the 2 other blogs I posted this year (will try to be more consistent going forward). One was a weigh-in in February. I was 10 pounds lighter. <BR> <BR> Back when I was more active on Spark ('09/'10), I bought into a lot of the "positive" "thinking". I tried to avoid (arguably) negative terms like: <BR> - "Complete failure" <BR> - "Total waste" <BR> - "Sc**wed the Pooch". <BR> - "Jersey Shore" <BR> <link>http://images.fashionnstyle.... Sun, 6 Dec 2015 09:30:38 EST 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