Sunday, April 11, 2010
All right! Here's the deal!!
TD: Hi Deal!
When I was first accepted at University I wanted to get into the Honor's Program. With my solid B-minus high school gpa, the HP rep kind of indicated that I should take "regular" classes and see how I did. That semester I took said regular classes and got a 3.9. I was sent a letter indicating that I should sign up for an Honor's class.
I did, took an honors level course and very unceremoniously got my 455 handed to me. Got another bad grade to boot. Now most sane/smart people would have said, "OK, maybe I should rethink this. Perhaps this plan wasn't meant to be. Me? Nahhhhhhhh. It was right when I opened up that semester's report card that I made a decision.
I was going to graduate with Honor's. Not regular honors, not Magna Cum Laude. No, I was going to graduate SUMMA Cum Laude (Latin for "Studies Friday Nights").
I looked at my current GPA and did the calculations to determine what it would take and I came up with the two part solution:
Part 1: Get a crap load of A's
Part 2: Get practically nothing below an A in any classes over the next 3 years.
It was extreme. It was tough. But three years, three burnouts, two flabbergasted girlfriends , and one failed thesis defense later I confirmed with the Honor's office that I had gotten the grades necessary to graduate SCL. Give the dreamer his due, victory was in fact mine.
So how does that apply to me and my weight loss?
Deal: How does it?
TD: I'm glad you asked, Deal. I've had a bad weekend eating. I literally need 7 consecutive two pound loss weeks to make my goal of weighing 195 pounds by May 29. I should give up. I should be reasonable and move out the date. I should put less pressure on myself and lower the goal.
But I'm not going to.
I am going to fight with every weapon and last breath so that on May 29 I will weigh 195 pounds. Everything that I eat over the next 50 or so days will be with the questions of whether it will help or hurt my goals.
I didn't tolerate failure then. I won't tolerate it now.
The one thing that's different now is that I have friends on my side. Seriously, I love you all. Any advice on how to pull big numbers would be greatly appreciated.
Ead-re aye-me ips-le (Pig Latin for "Here's what it is, YO!"),
195 by 5.29!!
- TD out
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Goal Weight: 195
Last Week 207.8
This Week 208.4
OK, so things didn't go so well yesterday eating wise and not so well exercise-wise last week.
in order to make 195 by 5.29 I need to lose a few ounces shy of 2 pounds per week for 7 weeks straight. Granted last weeks mid week had me at 206.4, but still. Basicaly, I need to lose a lot of weight and I'm not sure that it's reasonable. I WILL eat a ton of Fruits and Vegetables, I WILL boost the fiber intake and I WILL keep working out. I'm just not sure that I can get there by then.
"But don't give up. You can do it!!!!"
* Maybe, but it's not likely
"Tomorrow is another day"
* I've had so many tomorrows that haven't been another day. It's not that I don't believe you, but.....
It was a noble goal and if I had eaten right and exercised regularly, maybe I could have done it. We'll see. I have seven weeks. If I don't weigh 207 or below by next week, it's over. We'll take it a week at a time.
- TD Out
Monday, April 05, 2010
Anyone who has read my blogs in the last month has probably noticed three concepts repeated ad nauseum. Pop quiz!! Fill in the blanks.
1) _ _ _ by _._ _
2) I'm going to the _ _ _ _ _.
3) and will wear a pair of _ _ _ _ _ _ _
They beg many thought provoking questions:
* Would 196 be so bad?
* Exactly what type of beach would a 195 pound Super-Stud like Trent choose to go?
* What would the Jabberjaw theme sound like in POLISH? www.youtube.com/watch?v=2WJWq
The real question, though, that I'm sure all of the ladies are truly asking, or rather demanding to know is......
Ladies: What's the deal with the cargoes?
Thanks Ladies! Here's the deal.
The late 1990's were when I was at the top of my game. Life was really good. I had a great job, even if it didn't pay all that much. I was in great shape (worked out 6-8 times a week). I drove the stereo typical 10+ year old car. Fuel injection? phhht! I had fm radio, baby, FM Radio!!!
I would cruise with my friends from school. I'd listen to all of the legendary pop stars and their unforgettable songs of the day. You know who I'm talking about:
* Vitamin C! www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckcCq
* Len! www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1fzJ
* Splender!!!! (OK, they were technically very early 2000's, but still)
* And who could possibly forget THIS song?
I know! How is it that we don't still hear them every 5 minutes on the radio?
The late 90's were definitely My third of a decade. Mine you hear me! All Mine!!! Yeah...
And who doesn't remember the fashion of the day. Ovoid sunglasses (NWO 4 life!!), bowling shirts, BSB style t-shirts with 1-2 small stripes across the front. Vans/AirWalks.
Then there was the GAP and their khakis and cargoes. I owned one pair of Khakis and two pairs of cargoes. I looked good in them and they felt great!! When I was 195 the 38" waisted khakis hung off me.
The 36"cargoes fit absolutely perfectly.
The early to mid 2000's didn't go so well for me. Lost my job, broke up with the only girl who I can truly say I ever loved. I ate the pain away. 195 became 205 which became 215 then 225, 235 and eventually 249. The cargoes became really uncomfortable and eventually wore out from the stress of my weight (long before 249). The khakis faded at the cuffs.
When the cargoes were clearly on their last legs (no pun intended), I bought a replacement pair of 36"s. You see, cargoes are a magnifying glass for one's shape. On thin TD, they accentuated how lean I looked. On fat TD, they accentuated how fat I was. I've since tried on 38" and 40" ones. They don't work. Plus I had a pair that I would someday fit into again.
Ten years later, that someday is in 8 weeks. That pair of cargoes sits there in the corner of my room. They kind of fit now, but like the old ones did in their final days. That will change.
You see, it's really not just about a pair of pants fitting. It's a symbol of me taking back the life that I once had, enjoyed and squandered.
1997-1999, leave the porch light on. I'm coming home. 195 by 5.29!!!
- TD Out
Saturday, April 03, 2010
Goal Weight: 195
Last Week: 207.2
This Week: 207.8
On the plus side my body fat % was down to 21 for the first time. I also had a very heavy dinner last night at around 7:30. We'll see what happens next week. I'm not worried.
That being said I have about 10-12 pounds to lose in 8 weeks. It's going to be close, but I can do it. There are three things that I believe will get me there:
1) Continue getting more Fruits and Vegetables (3-5 per day this week)
2) Continue upping my cardio
3) 25-35g of fiber per day
195 by 5.29!!!
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