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This Sunday, I'm starting the SparkDiet

Monday, December 28, 2009

Fast Break Stage, Here I come. For the rest of the week, I will be continuing to lose the weight and picking my three fast break goals. Wish me success!!!

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SROBBINS02 12/29/2009 9:59AM

    Whooo! Good luck emoticon

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HIGHLIFE73 12/28/2009 6:02PM

    Good Luck emoticon

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Fat Suit go BYE BYE!!!!!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

When I was at my highest weight and looking for work, I decided that buying a suit would be helpful. I had been a 36/38 waist for most of my life. I figured that I would need to get size 40 trousers (you know, because I had gained a few pounds). I figured incorrectly.

You see cotton, unlike wool, is less honest. It stretches. I could always find a size 38 pair of jeans or Khakis that was generously cut enough to help me live in denial.

To paraphrase Damon Wayans, "Wool don't play that". I tried on the size 40 trousers. Way WAY too tight. I didn't cry per say, but kind of emotionally shut down. It was one of three times where I finally realized, "Ah, I get it. I'm really really FAT".

So I got the size 42 trousers and the high-stanced 46 Jacket (Suit separates, gotta love 'em). The suit looked nice enough, but still. It was a Fat Guy's suit. My chest is a 44 but my gut was way to big, so I had to go up a size on the jacket.

The suit got me through the interviews and I got a great job, but I've hated that suit more than life itself. The jacket fit horribly and got worse as I lost weight. I thought I had gotten rid of it awhile back, but last night (35 pounds lighter) I stumbled across it while organizing my closet (what the cool kids do on Saturday night!!)

For giggles I put the thing on. The pants fell straight to the bottom of my hips and the jacket looked like a Navy blue version of the suit that the guy in the picture below was wearing.

So yeah, the dragon has been slain. The fat suit is toast. It is now in a bag awaiting my weekly donation trip to the goodwill store. May it help someone else find a job. I hope the dude has much bigger shoulders than I.

R.I.P Fat Suit: 2006-2009

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TSEWARD 1/2/2010 7:19PM

    Hot Dog! I bet you look spiffy. What a dream come true to be able to ditch a suit that you felt uncomfortable in. I think feeling comfortable in your clothes is a HUGE part of 'feeling comfortable in your own skin'. You have just moved right through your goals with flying colors. How do you stay motivated? I think I have asked this before...forgive me for being repetitive. I can't seem to stay motivated past losing 9 lbs, and something slips and I gain some of it back...only to begin the cycle again. Grrrrrr. I have received my copy of the spark, so I am engrossed in reading it. Such a great read! Thanks for stopping by my page, and looking forward to more of yours.

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ANGIE_1230 12/27/2009 8:15AM

    Awesome!!! Congrats on all your hard work. I love the feeling I get when I try on clothes from my closet and they are now too big. You'll make someone's day by donating it to goodwill.

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EVILKLOWN 12/27/2009 7:56AM

    Ha ha. I've had one suit in my closet for about 15 years. I thought I'd try it on the other day to see how far I had to go before it fit. Wasn't even close. It was HUGE. No possible way for me to wear it. It's all over.

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SROBBINS02 12/27/2009 7:02AM

    Whoooo congrats! Way to kick that fat suit's woolen ass. Bet you look slammin' peeking out from the folds of material anyway lol. This is totally what it's all about! emoticon

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My 2nd Worst Christmas Ever

Saturday, December 26, 2009

** Note: If you are someone who usually reads my blog and finds it positive, helpful, etc. please understand that this is not going to make you happy**
Ahhhhh Christmas 2007...What a Christmas indeed. The previous night I came down with an illness and one of the worst bouts of it ever. I spent 2/3 of Christmas morning in the waiting room of the ER to get it looked at (watching "The Soup", no less). The other 1/3 of the morning was actually getting the disease looked at (Yayyyy!!!). Yeah, it totally sucked. It definitely earned itself the rank of being my second worst Christmas ever (ever ever).

As of has officially been demoted to third.

My friend and his girlfriend invited me over to her house for Christmas dinner. I shouldn't have gone, but I did. I forgot the wonderful, "third wheel" feeling. To boot, she is constitutionally incapable of talking around people besides my friend.

It was great seeing them be all cutesy toward and hug each other. Yeah, I even got to see him open the oh so sweet gifts that she gave him. It was their, (sigh), FIRST CHRISTMAS TOGETHER!!! (Cute woodland creatures: "ahhhhh") It was like Norman Rockwell meets a Disney movie. For me the highlight of the night was turning the tricycle back into a bicycle (Translation: leaving). I'm sure it was for them as well.

Ugh. If you are someone who has recently started dating someone, please do your pathetic single friends a favor. Either don't invite us to be with you and your "wuvvy duvvy" if you'd rather just be with said wd, or at least hold off on the d**n pda's until we're gone. I'm just saying.

Please don't misunderstand, I hate Christmas more than just about anything, generally speaking. However, it is going to take a humdinger of epic proportions to dethrone this one from its current seat. I've never been happier to be home.

-TD out

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NEWMOON 2/6/2010 3:01PM

    Not sure how I found this, but glad I did. Totally enjoy your writing style in spite of the sucks-to-be-you Christmas evening you endured.

Did you catch glances of pity from the 2 of them? Bet they told all their friends how incredibly generous and compassionate they were, spending their First Christmas Together (cue Choir of Angels) with you and your third wheeliness of it all.

I can just hear them..."Yes, this WAS our First Christmas Together (cue Choir of Angels), and YES, we DID have plans for a Special Romantic Evening, BUT we just couldn't allow dear Trent to spend the evening ALONE! I mean, it's The HOLIDAYS and the it's the least we could do."

Sorry, I know it sucked, but it's funny as hell.

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TSEWARD 1/2/2010 7:29PM

    Sounds like your friend and his girl focused completely on themselves and didn't spare a thought for anyone else. HOW RUDE! It sucks to be a third wheel when visiting any two friends who are closer to each other than to you...double sucks when they are wuvey duvey (pretty sure the woodland animals wanted to vomit their last meal).
The lack of personality was definitely on their end. I apologize for speaking so of your friends. I am sure as they mature socially they will do a complete 180 and surprise you one day. On the up side, this horrible experience will make you the most awesome host and friend if ever you find yourself on the bicycle end of the deal. I am certain you are a good friend know what I mean, right? Anyway, glad I caught up on your blogs! Always insightful.

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GETTIN2OLD4THIS 12/26/2009 10:23PM

    Sounds horrifying. I can't stand lovey dovey crud. Even as a teenager. If someone was being like that around me I would practically yell "whadda ya tryin to do? Make me sick or something" ala Rosann Rosanna Dana.

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MYLAUREN2 12/26/2009 10:44AM

    We all live and time take a friend with you. At least you would have some one to have a conversation.

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MUSYCLAU 12/26/2009 8:03AM

    I was "adopted" by married couples when I was single, however, it turned out to be more positive than your experience. I think you did the right thing in going and leaving early.

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What 213 Means to Me

Thursday, December 24, 2009

OK, so I did a midweek weigh in and I was 213. This is exactly one week from New Years Eve. I want to weigh 209.8. While it doesn't look likely that I will make the weight, I am fine with that. At this point 213 means that my weight is moving again. Yay!!!

I have three major goals for next year:
(1) Decreasing Real Age: There is a site where you take a quiz and either add or subtract years from your life given your lifestyle. I did this a couple of years ago. I am going to take the quiz again this upcoming week and then again this time next year

(2) Decrease waist size: I just bought the tailors tape and my waist was 43.5". I will take an official measurement on New Years Day and then once a month

(3) Finish the 195 goal. At the rate I'm going, it's just a matter of time. I'm 18 pounds away. In order to accomplish the first two, I will have to do stuff that will inherently lead to this one. So it's not top priority.

I will weigh myself on New Years day and then on the first Saturday of each month. I will try this through April.

Wish me success!!!!

Merry Christmas!!!!

-TD Out

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TSEWARD 12/25/2009 2:48PM

    Funny you should mention real age! I just did that this morning (before reading your blog) and found out my real age is two years older than I am. Interesting thought that one can change his/her real age for the better. I am excited for you...I am certain your real age will have improved! Thank you for your comment on my blog. I haven't been relying on Jehovah God as much as I should. Or on SP. I've just been winging it through each day.
I noticed that I am getting out what I am putting in...and that is not much. When I started out, I daily read motivating stories on SP, commented on a new blog every day and kept more in touch with my Spark Friends.

Ahhhhh! I am whining again. DELETE DELETE DELETE! Anyway, you are doing awesome. Your positive attitude is rubbing off on me. I always have a little more zip in my step after reading your blogs. One day my blogs will be this fun, so my Spark Friends can have zip in their step too! I might try it today.

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ANGIE_1230 12/24/2009 8:18PM

    You'll meet your goals in no time. Thanks for mentioning Real Age. I took the quiz a few years ago so it will be interesting to see the results now.

Hope you have a wonderful and healthy Christmas!!!

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If you are an attractive lady, I have a question/questions for you.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

OK, so here's the situation. It was three days before Thanksgiving and I'm at the front desk at the fitness club. I ask the attractive young lady behind the desk what the club's Thanksgiving hours are, she points me to the holiday weekend schedule and cheerfully says, "we're open until 3:00". I go over to the schedule and start looking at it for the other days.

Out of totally nowhere (at least that's how I perceive it), she smiles at me and says, "So, is your wife going to let you work out on Thanksgiving morning?". This was a brilliant and poignant question of the ages (deserving of a definitely honest and unbiased answer), except for one minor detail....I'm not married.

I showed her my ringless left hand, smiled and said, "She doesn't have much say in the matter." to which the lady behind the counter smiled back and said "Cool!". I left with that "I just had a conversation with someone from a different planet" feeling.

OK so here's the question/questions:
What did she mean (or might she have meant) by the question in the first place? Why did/might she have asked the question? Is this something that you have ever done or known friends to do? If so why? It didn't bother me, I just thought it kind of odd.

I had one friend point out that the club I was at was in a town with a primarily married demographic. Another friend told me that she was definitely flirting with/hitting on me. I don't know. I'm opening the question to all of the attractive ladies on SP (This means YOU, (unless, of course, you're a dude))

-TD Out

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ANEPANALIPTI 2/14/2011 5:46AM

    ( i can't believe i had missed this blog way back when, would have cheered me up... )

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ANEPANALIPTI 2/14/2011 5:45AM

    FLIRTING ALERT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CASE IN POINT- ME. Really cute guy at my university, and I'm planning on using the same tactic just replace the marriage with girlfriend.

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MARCYNA 2/14/2011 5:24AM

    Totally flirting.
She assumed that you MIGHT have BEEN married and not wearing a ring, which she considered cool. And I gather, you looked attractive to her otherwise her reaction wouldn't have been consequential emoticon

Comment edited on: 2/14/2011 5:25:31 AM

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TSEWARD 1/2/2010 7:38PM

    Cue Wolf Whistle! I am not a dude, so I will comment. Yes, I would definitely say she was checking you out. I think you have the rare and beautiful trait of humility. Keep it up! Chicks dig that.


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SLIMMERJESSE 12/25/2009 9:58AM

    She was definitely interested. And a good sign that she is respectful of marriage/commitment as many people (both men and female) just don't care.

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STLRZGRRL 12/25/2009 9:48AM


She was absolutely hitting on you.

How can guys not know this?! LOL...

It appears that all those Cosmo articles are correct: You men are simple creatures... if we want you to do something, we need to tell you,

In this case, the poor girl should have said, "You're cute as a bug. Can I buy you a drink at 8 pm Wednesday evening at Houlihan's?

Merry Christmas, Trent... Can I buy you a drink?

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ANGIE_1230 12/24/2009 8:21PM

    If it were me, I would totally be fishing to see if you were married, because I was interested. If you are interested, I'd definitely chat with her to see if there's any connection.

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SROBBINS02 12/24/2009 2:01PM

    I would totally only ask that if I was a) flirting and b) in a really weird mood, where people's marital status seems amusing... lol.

So YAY- flirting and potentially a slightly odd sense of humour! Double win!

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APHRODITEFLAME 12/23/2009 7:25PM

    I'm not sure, she could have been fishing to see if you were indeed taken or just in a holly jolly mood.

I wish I could assist you in sussing out the little details of what do they mean when they say... but honestly, when I say things they come out flirtatious anyway ... regardless of my meaning.

However it was meant, it wouldn't hurt to include some conversation in your days, if you frequent that gym. You never know!!!

Enjoy your holidays!

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