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I think I Actually May Have Inspired Someone

Sunday, March 07, 2010

At this point, most of my friends and coworkers have noticed that I've lost a considerable amount of weight over the last year and a half. Even when talking with those who are too polite to say, "Hey, have you lost weight?", I can tell that they notice.

Around October of last year a co-worker came up to me and was hesitant to say anything (she errs on the side of polite), but asked "have you lost weight?". I told her that I had. Through November and December a friend of hers mentioned that she had mentioned my weight loss. "Good to know that people are noticing," I thought to myself. I didn't think much of it because she didn't look particularly overweight.

In mid January, she and I were talking and the topic of weight loss came up. She made a comment to the effect of "I was like, I want to know what he's doing." I was flattered. In another conversation, she confided that she had joined Weight Watchers. I didn't really put the two together. I figured, "Who doesn't make some small token act of weight loss in early to mid January?"

In February she and I were talking and she mentioned that she had lost 7 pounds. "Coolness" I thought. I congratulated her on it.

Last week I was walking down the hall and saw her talking to another co-worker and I noticed that she really did look leaner. Later when we were talking, she mentioned that she was down 10 pounds. I told her that it really was showing and that WW was paying off. As usual, she mentioned that I was doing well with the weight loss.

That's when it occurred to me. I may have actually contributed to her decision to try to lose weight and keep on trying. I don't know for sure if I did (For all I know, a doctor's ultimatum, a relative, or a P90X infomercial may have been what finally inspired her to start trying). At the same time....

- TD out

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1DEBIE1 3/10/2010 1:38PM

    You inspire those around you with your own dedication and persistence!

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CHRISTINA816 3/9/2010 5:41PM

    Just goes to show you never know who is watching and the impact your personal decisions can have on others. Way to go!

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AKELAZ 3/9/2010 4:21PM

    Have to add (belatedly cos I've abeen away) to all these SPFs - OF COURSE it was you!! I often nose around your page cos I know I'll find something useful - kind - inspiring - oh and loadsa good things. You're a great guy - you've achieved a lot for yourself and others - and you need to tell yourself that - often!

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AZCUPCAKE 3/9/2010 3:35PM

    OF COURSE it was you! You are an inspiring kind of guy! Besides having a great sense of humor, being a great cook (LOOOOVE the recipe you gave me, BTW), and a knowledge of what works in the 'losing weight' department, I'd say you are batting 1000! Be proud of yourself -- your SparkPals sure are! emoticon emoticon

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FITGRL124 3/8/2010 11:05AM

    YAHOO!!! You've sparked someone! emoticon job Trent!!! Keep up the good work! You're an inspiration!

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SROBBINS02 3/7/2010 3:48PM

    Yep, was you :)

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TSEWARD 3/7/2010 9:05AM

    Go Trent! I have no doubt you inspired your coworker to work at losing weight. Your modesty is very endearing, but do allow yourself the warm glow of influencing someone for the better. This is not new! You do this all of the time! But it's a little more noticeable when you can see your coworkers weight loss.

Go Team!

And thank you much for rejoicing over my accomplishments with me, small though they are. It means alot to me!

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PATHUMPHRIES 3/7/2010 8:42AM

    Feels good to know your positive actions inspired someone else, doesn't it? Thank you for sharing.

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STLRZGRRL 3/7/2010 8:21AM

    Jeeze Louise, TD... wouldja' give yourself some credit once't in awhile... HUH???

I'm really proud of HER... If someone is looking for "The Answer" and they think you've found it... and you tell them "Eat Less, Move More, Drink Water"... they generally walk away disappointed,...

This chica saw your results and has been willing to do the hard work of becoming accountable for what she eats and what she does...

therefore... this morning... BOTH'A YINZ are getting BIG. FAT. HUGS!



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ROCKMAMA72 3/7/2010 7:30AM

    I'm betting that you contributed. It tends to be contagious! Congrats on all you've accomplished.

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GROEDER 3/7/2010 7:20AM

    Isn't it a great feeling that you could have helped your friend? Good for you! Keep talking whenever some one asks.

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I Love The 00's

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

So I've started reading the Staff blogs again (Gittin' me mah SparkPointz, BOYIEEE!!!!). I found two blogs both about the eighties one was about 80's workout fashion trends and one was about the 50 best workout songs of the 80's. There seems to be a lot of nostalgia surrounding the 1980's. The other decades must feel so neglected.

Me? My high times in life were the late 1990's and very early 2000's.

So for those who want to get out of the 1980's and not deal with the 90's I give you my list of 50 favorite workout songs from 00's. Put these on your Walkma...... sorry, iPod and enjoy!!!

What do you think? What were your favorites from last decade?

Faded - Soul Decision (2000)
When It's Over - Sugar Ray (2000)
In The End - Linkin Park (2000)
Li da Di - Amber (2000)
You Rock My World - Michael Jackson (2000)

Smooth Criminal - Alient Ant Farm(2001)
Bouncing Off The Wall - Sugarcult(2001)
Pacific Coast Party - Smash Mouth (2001)
Fat Lip - Sum 41 (2001)

I'd do anything - Simple Plan (2002)
Ketchup Song - Las Ketchup (2002)
My Friends Over You - New Found Glory (2002)
Walk With Me - Seven and the Sun (2002)
Punk Rock 101 - Bowling for Soup (2002)
Girl All the Bad Guys Want = Bowling For Soup (2002)
Addicted - Simple Plan (2002)
All the Things She Said - tAtU (2002)
Remedy - Jason Mraz (2002)

Toxic - Britney Spears (2003)
Mr. Bartender - Sugar Ray (2003)
On the Way Down - Ryan Cabrerea (2003)
I Believe in a thing called love - The Darkness (2003)
Swing Swing Swing - All American Rejects (2003)
Amazing - Josh Kelley (2003)

Let's get it started - Black Eyed Peas (2004)
Nobody's Home - Avril Levigne (2004)
Get Right - Jennifer Lopez (2004)
Pieces of Me - Ashlee Simpson(2004)
Accidentally in Love - Counting Crows (2004)
With you - Jessica Simpson (2004)
Somebody Told me - The Killers(2004)

Dirty Little Secret - All American Rejects (2005)
Dance, Dance - Fallout boy(2005)
L.O.V.E - Ashlee Simpson (2005)

My Love - Justin Timberlake (2006)
Hips Don't Lie - Shakira(2006)

Paralyzer - Finger Eleven (2007)
I like you just the Way You Are - Timbaland (2007)
Car Crash - Matt Nathanson (2007)
Take You - Sean Kingston (2007)

4 Minutes - Madonna (2008)
Viva La Vida - ColdPlay (2008)
Stay Beautiful - The Last Goodnight (2008)
So What - Pink (2008)
Elevator Flo Rida (2008)

Evacuate The DanceFloor - Cascada (2009)
Don't Trust Me - 3oh3 (2009)
Don't Stop - (Ke$ha) (2009)
Fire Buring on the Dance Floor - Sean Kingston(2009)
Sugar - Flo Rida(2009)

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AZCUPCAKE 3/9/2010 3:37PM

    Thanks for the suggestions! I see some fun music on here that will DEFINITELY spice up my MP3 player! You are the MAN! emoticon

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HICALGAL 3/3/2010 5:01PM

    i'll take a dozen in red and purple! emoticon

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TSEWARD 3/3/2010 6:47AM

    Great List! I must admit there were a few I didn't know either, but I LOVE Remedy. Like the concept of not worrying my life away. Thanks for giving other decades a chance to shine!

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STEELERCRAZY 3/2/2010 11:50PM

    Help me! I'm a seventies classic rocker! But then again, I ride a motorcycle and dig guys with long hair. I do like Pink and Flo Rida though. Cool list. Love it!

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1DEBIE1 3/2/2010 11:27PM

    wow, this old lady...and I even reconize a couple of those songs...hahaha.

I'm more into heavier rock, since I bike. Need the head pounding, heavy beat when I'm pumping it up the hills....bring on Def Leppard, Aerosmith, Guns n' Roses, Kiss, Ozzie, Marilyn Manson, Twisted Sister, and many of the other Big Hair 80's bands as well as some techno for long stretches.

Thanks for the list buddy

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My Stummy Still Hurts...

Monday, March 01, 2010

Below is a repost of a blog 4 months ago that is sadly as true today as it was then. Ugh.

Originally Posted 10/29/2009
Like O...M...G (Note the capital letters and ellipses for emphasis). If there was an international "My stomach feels really gross" contest being held right now, I would probably come in second (Not too far behind that frat guy who drank 3 cups of battery acid to impress nobody in particular (*1)). I feel like I just ate potato salad where the chef was torn as to whether s/he should use 2 year old warm mayonnaise, 6 ounces of crushed ibuprofen, or enough vinegar to K.O a Clydesdale (*2).

Yuck! I just finished a four day binge. We're talking thousands of calories. Last night I rang in at 4300 calories by the end of dinner. My stomach hurts even now, a whole day removed(and I actually ate well today (*3)).

Anyway, it's time to waddle on forward and get back on the Spark Diet train again. All aboard!!!!! (Choo CHOO!!!)

- TD out (of it).

(*1) I should call him to congratulate him for his victory. No sense in being a sore loser

(*2) S/he opted for "all of the above"

(*3) Probably why I only placed second in the contest.

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DAWN-MARIE3 3/9/2010 6:44PM

    We have all been there one time or another, (or a thousand times as in my case) but what really counts is that you realize that you messed up and got back on track.

So I can say congrats on getting right back on that "Clydesdale."

Your doing GRRRRREAT!


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AZCUPCAKE 3/9/2010 3:39PM

    No worries, TD. We have all been there. Recently, in fact. Thanks for your honesty. Now I don't feel so bad about MY "last time." emoticon

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HICALGAL 3/3/2010 4:56PM

    you crack me up because i can soooo relate!!! guess it just takes longer for some things to click than others, but when it does...more power to us!!!

hope your sore stummy is feeling better. emoticon

Comment edited on: 3/3/2010 4:57:07 PM

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1DEBIE1 3/1/2010 10:08PM

    okie you waddled up to the trough, and now you are paying the price for your indulgence.

Did you get it all out of the way? Hopefully so...I know the feeling...gawd, I could just consume ice cream in massive quantities.

So, I know that if I have it in the house, I eat it, therefore I keep it out and FORCE myself to go to the store to buy it. That helps weed out the craving and pig-out sessions

Sorry you ate so much to make your stomach hurt, but I hope you are able to cut back the next time the urge comes over you.

Good luck

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SROBBINS02 3/1/2010 9:30PM

    What's a Clydesdale?

And dude... as Lisa Simpson would say, meh. And I think we all know that that is actually very wise advice coming from a yellow animated 8 year old. As JACKIEUSE says... reset button. Can't be used every day, as it only recharges every so often, but it is invaluable emoticon

Peace out. emoticon

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YOGINI_JACKIE 3/1/2010 7:56PM

    Just hit that reset button--you can get there!

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So What Would a Smart Alec Say to These?

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

OK, enough blog drama for awhile. While I take the next couple of weeks to sort my life out, I want to share with you the worst Truth or Dare game I've EVER played. And a three and a two and a one and a....

1. What time did you get up this morning?
This morning? Jeez, can't a guy sleep in?

2. How do you like your steak?
On my plate.

3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema?
Dumb and Dumberer: (How could that movie have POSSIBLY failed?)

4. What is your favorite TV show?
Old re-runs of "Cop Rock".

5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
What do you mean "if"? I do live in the world.

6. What did you have for breakfast?
The tears of a smurf

7. What is your favorite cuisine?
I didn't become a SparkPerson by being so discerning.

8. What foods do you dislike?
The ones that disliked me first (except for chocolate)

9. Favorite Place to Eat?
I didn't become a SparkPerson by being so discerning.

10. Favorite dressing?
The one first thing in the morning. The rest are bonus.

11.What kind of vehicle do you drive?
a 1956 Dodge LeFemme ( )

12. What are your favorite clothes?
They're like my children. I don't have any favorites.

13. Where would you visit, this weekend, if you had the chance?
The washroom.

14. Cup 1/2 empty or 1/2 full?
I'm more of a 3/5 full guy. Cautiously optimistic

15. Where would you want to retire?
The 1990's

16. Favorite time of day?
Hammer Time!!! de de de du duh!!

17. Where were you born?
I don't know. I was there but kind of young....

18. What is your favorite sport to watch?
any of these (

19. How many siblings?
Do imaginary ones count?

20. Favorite pastime/hobby?
Filling out useless questionairres.

21. Who are you most curious about their responses to this?
People responding to this is a curiosity in and of itself.

22. Bird watcher?
I prefer to call them ladies. But hey I'm English, I can deal.

23. Are you a morning person or a night person?
I'm an afternoon person.

24. Do you have any pets?
Do imaginary ones count?

25. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share?
) This is why I kept on the D-Lo at mine.

26. What did you want to be when you were little?

27. What is your best childhood memory?
Being let out of the dungeon.

28. Are you a cat or dog person?
Noooooooo, I'm just a plain old person person!!!! Sure there are people who are part doggie or kitty and that's fine, but that's NOT ME!!!!!!1

29. Are you married?
Like OMG, the quiz is totally hitting on me *blushes*

30. Always wear your seat belt?
Usually only when in a car......usually.

31. Been in a car accident?
My life arguably is one.

32. Any pet peeves?
Yes, people who make quizzes that passively ask a yes/no question to get the taker to expound on their ans......Shoot!!

33. Favorite Pizza Toppings?
) What else?

34. Favorite Flower?
Sure *blushes* I told you not to call me that in public.

35. Favorite ice cream?
See pictures in below answer's link.

36. Favorite fast food restaurant?
) Need I say more?

37. How many times did you fail your driver's test?
Wait, you mean people can pass it?

38. From whom did you get your last email?
I sent one to myself telling me to stop sending myself emails. I'm going to reply with a "Thank you" one.

39. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card?
Anyone that sells "get yourself out of debt" books.

40. Do anything spontaneous lately?
Yes, decided to fill out this quiz

41. Like your job?
I'm actually very different than it. You know, because I'm like a person and it's kind of not.

42. Broccoli?
No thanks, I'm driving

43. What was your favorite vacation?
My three week stay in Tenney, MN (,
). Who WhEEEEEE!!!! I love my travel agent!!

44. Last person you went out to dinner with?
Do imaginary ones count?

45. What are you listening to right now?
The voices in my head asking me why I didn't stop at question 30.

46. What is your favorite color?

47. How many tattoos do you have?
Not as many as THIS guy ( dontdatethatdude.files.wordpr

48. How many people will fill this out?

49. What time did you finish this quiz?
I haven't finished it yet!!!!! There's still a question!!! Look!!!! RIGHT BELOW!!!! SEE!!!?? 50!!!?? McFLY!!!??

50. Coffee Drinker?
No, I'm a coffee SMOKER!!! Jeez, who came up with these?

I hope that that helped.

- TD Out

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KRITKRIT 3/8/2010 10:28AM

    That was the best 5 minute read ever! You kill me!!!!! I need more of your humor!!!!

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V-RON_CAN 3/4/2010 11:48PM

    he he.. I havent seen one of these in ages. Way to bring it back FWD: FWD: FWD: style

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LEOLO_1 3/4/2010 11:32PM

    Excellent....! Thank you for posting...


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AZCUPCAKE 2/27/2010 11:05AM

    Try to convince your devoted fans that you are not a successful stand-up comedian....JUST TRY! You are TOO FUNNY - almost illegally too funny! Thanks for the bellylaffs! emoticon

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STEELERCRAZY 2/24/2010 11:12PM

    Okay, now that I've almost peed myself, WHERE DID YOU COME UP WITH THESE?? The tears of a Smurf? Favorite childhood memory is being let out of the dungeon? LOL! You're great. Thanks for the awesome laugh!

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SROBBINS02 2/24/2010 6:41AM

    Yo dude.

I heart numbers 7 and 9 the best I think. They appeal to me and my lack of discernationmentalitly.

e also established that you're not a furry (28)...


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    *LMAO!* You crack me the he11 up man. lol

PLEASE tell me you participate in extreme ironing and that you have videographic proof.

is videographic a word?

hmm . . .

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KELLYGIRL77 2/23/2010 8:14PM

    Haha, love it. For whatever reason #29 cracked me up. I hate these quizzes, thanks for putting a fun spin on it.

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Thank you, Friends

Monday, February 22, 2010

Thank you so much for your comments, emails and page comments on my last blog post. You have no idea how much they mean to me. You all gave me much to think about. I will process it all this week.

Please don't misunderstand. I'm not giving up on the weight loss. I'm more concerned about being able to make it and stay there. I feel as though I don't have a strong foundation and that is what I'm looking to build.

I need to do some serious meditation on it all. Over the next couple of weeks I will ponder what all y'all have said, I will comment on your posts and statuses. It actually just occurred to me that I could comment on statuses and it might be helpful (special thanks for commenting on my statuses Thursday and Friday). I have traditionally only commented on blog posts. Finally, I will invest all of my article reading to the motivation category.

I am blessed to have you as friends.

Much Love.

TD Out.

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SROBBINS02 2/23/2010 2:41AM

    Yo dude. I think I agree with STLRZGRRL... we need to work on getting you happier with you, no matter where you are. Then we can start making refinements :) emoticon

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STLRZGRRL 2/22/2010 7:35PM


My humble opinion, TD, is that YOU are not too impressed with that guy you see in the mirror. I know.

Some days that chick peering back at me is not anyone I want to hang out with, either...

But it really... I mean really, really, really, really, REALLY doesn't matter what ANYone else thinks about how you look or what you do or what you're doing or not doing... YOU are the only vote that counts.

You need to come up with whatever it is that is going to make a difference... TO YOU!

It doesn't matter how interesting or funny or bright or good-looking or even how healthy WE all think you are... YOU have to do that part...

And we will be sad with you when you are unhappy and we will say YIPPEE when you are glad and when you have to kill something, we will bring the shovels...

I KNOW you can find that place inside you that will give meaning to the time you have decided to put in on this planet... and when you find it... I am going to be the first one to say YIPPEE!!!!

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