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I've Been At This Long Enough to Know...

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Background: Shooting for 195 pounds by 5.29
4 Week(s) ago: 208.4
3 Week(s) ago: 205.4
2 Week(s) ago: 204.6
1 Week(s) ago: 203.0
Goal for this morning: 201

Every week is pretty much the same. I eat really poorly early in the week (Eat out a lot). My midweek weigh in has me up by 2-3 pounds. I get my rear in gear eating-wise for the rest of the week and I miraculously lose a good chunk of weight

This week no different, except for two things. I ate slightly better Monday and Tuesday. My mid week was the same as last weigh in 203. Who Hooo!!!

Two more pounds on their way. 201 baby!! So onto this morning's weigh in..........

This week: 203.4 (OK, three things)

Yup. I've been at this long enough to know a couple of things.

1) This could be a one week deal and my weight could correct itself next weigh-in. Usually this is a result of sodium intake. Yesterday though I ate almost nothing with salt after 12:00. still...

2) I could be hitting a real plateau. Most of my "plateaus" have come from my body wanting to consume massive amounts of calories from upping the ante exercise-wise. This might actually be a plateau where my body says, "You've lost enough weight for the time. Give me some time to stabilize".

The Midweek will be key at this week. I am not giving up on 195 by 5.29 at this point.

I will do everything reasonable to jolt my weight loss. I will:
* Up the intensity of cardio.
* Change up the diet big time.
* Switch strength exercises.

That being said, if my weight next week is not below 201 next Saturday, I will call it a plateau and call it a week. 6 pounds in two weeks is something that I totally don't want.

I am not upset. I am not discouraged. I am extremely proud and joyful for the 5 pounds that I've lost over the past few weeks. My eating really is under the most control that its ever been.

I am still motivated to shoot for 195 (whether by 5.29 or whenever). I am physically in the best shape I've been in for a long time. No apologies, no excuses. We're throwing in another hard hitting week whether the scale moves or not.

195 by 5.29!!

- TD Out

p.s. If you haven't done so already please read either of my two last blogs (The "Santa" one or the "Black Belt" one). Specifically the Black Belt one. In that one, you'll see how "disappointed" I really am with my "lack of progress" at this point .
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STEELERCRAZY 5/10/2010 12:26AM

    We should all be so down-to-earth about what our bodies are most likely going through during dieting. It's so easy to get tempted to give up and say, "Oh, THIS JUST ISN'T WORKING! WHY BOTHER!" You got your head screwed on straight and it's a good thing. Awesome blog. Makes me wanna go kick some serious butt...just like you're doing.

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SROBBINS02 5/9/2010 6:36PM

    I know I'm just saying what you're thinking... The scales an arbitrary piece of metal, and it's really all about how you feel emoticon emoticon

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FITGRL124 5/8/2010 1:54PM

    I am proud of you for taking the time to realize that progress is progress. Yes - it would be great for you to reach your goal however if you don't get to 195 - you have A LOT of things to be very happy about!!

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AZCUPCAKE 5/8/2010 9:36AM

    Good morning, TRENTDREAMER! Well, it is Saturday - and after reading your latest blog, it is a day to feel really good about where you are. You used the word "reasonable" in describing how you are planning to "jolt" your weight loss. I LOVE it that you used THAT word, as small a thing as it may seem! I really can "hear" a different attitude in your "voice", and I think you have turned a major corner in your way of thinking that is going to serve you very well in these next weeks where you are kicking the last pounds off of your body AND out of your soul! Just the fact that you bought the 'Dreamer' t-shirt was a major step in you ACCEPTING yourself at this stage of your wildly-successful game! You didn't call it quits-you did not give up! You are going to be one very hot and zesty TRENTDREAMER when you get to that 195 whether it is 5-29 or two weeks later! Don't you see how the weeks are flying by in a GOOD way because you are staying the course?! This is ALL GOOD, my friend. You are SO right -- your body DOES need time to stabilize when you really jump up your exercise or change up your food -- it's frustrating, but THIS TOO SHALL PASS. And the good news: YOU KNOW IT! YOU GET IT! 195 by 5.29! You are SO CLOSE NOW!

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2-0-3 . . O-M-G

Monday, May 03, 2010

So for the past 170 or so years (editor's note: a month and a half or so, actually. But it does seem like what he said), those of you who have been reading my blogs and going on my page or sitting beside me on the bus or anything have heard the echos of my war cry... (queue war cry)....

"195 by 5.29!!!"
(crowd goes nuts)

I've lost over 5 pounds in the last 3 weeks, but have been struggling over the fact that I have to lose exactly 2 pounds per week for the next four weeks to make my goal. Really pulled a rabbit out of the hat this last week. I have to admit that I've been obsessing about it. Wondering what to say on that "bad" week. Asking myself the tough questions:

* Do I continue or not if I miss by one pound?
* Am I a quitter for shelving the goal temporarily if I fall behind?
* What will those who have been my most ardent supporters think if/when I have to concede?
* Why am I so focused on/obsessed with failing to begin with?
* Did these two guys really think that they could beat him?
www.youtube.com/watch?v=1t9SCHLRDoY

Today it hit me....(queue what hit him)....

"Holy crap, I'm 203 pounds!!!"

I've gone from being "well over the 200" pound mark to "over the 200 pound mark" to "a few pounds over the 200 pound mark" to "a few/couple weeks from being slightly UNDER the 200 pound mark"

I am the healthiest I have been in a long LONG time. I'm over 20 pounds less than when I started SP and almost 50 pounds less than I was 5 years ago today (editor's note: He stopped weighing himself at 249).

The whole clothes fitting thing has become weird. It's like I grab a pair of pants that I've never been able to wear before and just assume that it will fit....and it does. The vintage bright red t-shirt that I was going to wear for the first time in years when I first wore the cargoes on 5.29? Already wearing. It totally fits.

9 months ago I could barely even finish the warm up at my Pilates class. Last week, it was the whole hour with only 2 or three moves that I couldn't do. I'm walking for hours at a time without getting winded or sore joints.

I know that I've put the "lost 20 pound" SP success pics ups and have referenced in my blog that I used to be 250 pounds. Today though, for some reason, it's really hitting home.

Oh, and here's the most amazing thing......(queue most amazing thing).....

I look really good (editor's note: For those of you who have never read his blogs before, he is not one who has traditionally spoken very well of himself in any way, especially in the physical appearance department. This is a big deal.)!!

I don't hate the mirror below the neck any more. I look healthy and handsome. It was shocking enough when girls started looking at me more favorably. But today, it occurred to me that even *I* like what I see now. I no longer hide under loose t-shirts, clothing with vertical lines, vests/jackets, etc.. I don't hate hair cuts anymore (my face used to always look fatter post cut)

I have abs!!!

So yeah, I'm going to continue for my Memorial day goal (and if I am more than 1 pound away from my weekly step, then I will call it if not back on track the following week.). But I am actually at peace if I miss it at this point.

To everyone who has supported me and encouraged me, whether on my page, blogs, daily chatters, etc......(queue whatever it is he's going to say)....

Thank you so much. Without you, there is no way I could have had the day today that I did. I know some of the more humble among you will give me the "Yeah, but it was you who did it" mantra. While I understand what you say and yes, I did make the decisions to live differently. I've tried this on my own and it has never EVER worked. This victory is as much yours as it is mine. It's OUR victory!!!

Again, thank you.

195 by 5.29!

- TD Out

  
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CMADSTYLE 8/1/2010 10:29PM

    This is pretty much the BEST blog I have ever read in my entire LIFE!!! Great Blog TD!!! Seriously...This blog has encouraged me in so many ways. WOW emoticon

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CLEVAGAL 5/6/2010 8:23PM

    Boom chickah wah wah!!!! What a great place you are in at the moment. I have lost 40 pounds and have plateaued damn it!
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LIMELITESHINES 5/6/2010 6:54PM

    Yo man . . no matter what . . . whether you reach 195 by 5.29 or 6.15 or whatever . . .. you're still reaching it. You're still putting the work in and rockin it out.

I think you hit on the most important thing. What if you hit 195 and you still hated the way your body looked. Would you feel as accomplished as you do now, looking at what you've transformed?

It's not just about a number on the scale . . . but it's about how we feel about ourselves and I think you just proved with this blog that you are already a success story.

Great job!!!!!!!

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LESSOFJEN 5/6/2010 12:24PM

    whoo hoo heres to liking what you see!! YOU CAN DO IT YOU CAN DO IT YOU CAN DO IT YOU CAN DO IT YOU CAN DO IT RAH RAH RAH

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STEELERCRAZY 5/6/2010 12:06PM

    One thing I have always noticed about you, you may get flustered but you never get discouraged. You don't get down and out, my friend. You may be tempted within to do so, but you don't. That says so much about your character as a person, as an individual. YOU ARE A GOOD GOOD GUY. You strike me as the type of person who would be there to help someone up who had fallen, to hold the hand of someone who needed comfort, to pep talk someone when they felt alone...that is why we are all always here for YOU. Because you are such a good guy! I agree with SROBBINS02...never seen you, but I think you're a "hot" guy. I bet you've got it got it going on. But the inside of Trent, that part of him that makes him a warrior, is the "hottest" thing ever.

195 by 5.29!

We are chanting the warrior cry with you.

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SROBBINS02 5/4/2010 9:57AM

    I have 4 comments:

1) GO TRENT! GO TRENT! With accompanying appropriate dance moves. emoticon
2) Even though I've never actually seen you, you've always been hot to me (does that make sense?) emoticon
3) YAY healthy living! emoticon
4) GO TRENT! GO TRENT! With accompanying appropriate dance moves. emoticon

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CWOMACK138 5/4/2010 8:51AM

    I hear you Trent & agree with every word you said - I can understand it all from the bottom of heart - your writings speak to me as always.....now I'm an old lady that doesn't say this frivolously, you ROCK!!!!.....Cynthia

P.S. Isn't it an absolutely amazing feeling looking in the mirror and NOT hating what you see????


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MEADSBAY 5/4/2010 8:33AM

    I do the same obsessing self-flagellation with specific goals so STOPPED doing them.
They are goals not LAWS!
Good job appreciating and celebrating your accomplishments,
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YOGINI_JACKIE 5/4/2010 7:31AM

    Awwwwesome blog. And yes, that one pound short? It doesn't matter in the slightest in the long run. I am not a big fan of the numbers anyway (yes, they can track your progress, but when you somehow put on 4.5 pounds in one week....ahem....yes, still trying to figure out how that is scientifically possible, especially when I am eating well and working out like a fiend), but anyway, what matters is when you put something on, look in the mirror, and like what you see.

Rock on!

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AZCUPCAKE 5/4/2010 1:35AM

    I think we are going to see TRENTDREAMER starring in those super-fun, hip Gap khaki commercials any day now! Please wear the vintage bright red t-shirt so you stand out in all of your gorgeousness even MORE!! So proud of you - I AM!! emoticon Grinning my head off right now!! emoticon

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CARLEY2010 5/3/2010 10:42PM

  You are amazing!! A pound short or not, my hat is off to you! A true inspiration and I love you for it!! Keep it up and hang in there buddy. Im sure you are gorgeous!!

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I Believe In SANTA!!!

Saturday, May 01, 2010

I remember it as if it was yesterday. My parents letting me know that Santa Claus didn't really exist. I ran into the adjoining room and cried and cried and cried. My mom made a batch of my favorite brownies while my dad told me how much he loved me as his son and that it was OK to be sad. I just cried.

Between that, the new car and major organizational changes at my company, 2008 really was an extremely tough year for me :D.

This morning......
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Goal: 195 by 5.29! (29.M4Y.2010)
Last Week: 204.6
This Week: 203.0
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I believe in Santa again.

This was suppossed to be a totally disasterous week. I ate poorly, didn't exercise. Got sick. One of my midweek weigh-ins had me at a few ounces short of 207.

As those of you who follow my blogs and daily stati noted, though 203 was the goal, I was willing to take 204 before putting the kibosh on the "195 by 5.29!" goal. I wasn't going to give up on SparkPeople or weight loss in general, but losing more than two pounds a week is extreme, imho. Though, I'm finding it more doable as the weeks trudge on.

To all my friends (and friends of friends) who have visited my page and been so encouraging and supportive (you totally know who you are):
* Thank you. Thank you. 4 everything!!! This week, I'm going to review everything that all y'all said and try to implement.

Next week, we're shooting for 201 (Will take 202 if I feel I've eaten and exercised for less).

Bottom Line: It's still on!

I reit.....

195 by 5.29!!!1

- TD Out

  
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KRITKRIT 5/4/2010 11:18AM

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You SO go this TD!!!

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HICALGAL 5/2/2010 5:57PM

    emoticon sometimes a miracle is just what we need to get through the hard patches. keep workin' it and don't let the scale determine your worth. you're too smart for that. emoticon emoticon

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FITGRL124 5/2/2010 10:42AM

    emoticon You are doing AWESOME!!!!

And, I like to think Santa is still real as well! LOL!

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AKELAZ 5/2/2010 3:34AM

    HOORAH!! Knew you could/would!!! Keep at it - know you can/will. emoticon

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SROBBINS02 5/1/2010 5:11PM

    YAY! Well done emoticon

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AZCUPCAKE 5/1/2010 2:44PM

    Yay! I KNEW you believed --- IN YOURSELF! You are too funny about Santa! I still don't believe my parents when they tell me Santa doesn't exist! emoticon Who rings that bell and slams the front door every Christmas Eve if he doesn't exist?? Who could make all of that UP?! emoticon

Okay, seriously now -- you are the SUPERSTAR, TRENTDREAMER! I am all busting with pride on how you pulled it together and kept the faith - and LOOK what it got you! And I ain't talking about a consolation prize, either! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Just like K.C. and the Sunshine Band say: KEEP IT COMING!!!

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YOGINI_JACKIE 5/1/2010 11:38AM

    You rock! Glad the week is turning out better for you...and we can kill those last few pounds before memorial day :-D

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I've got a black belt ....... in CRAZY!!!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

So a few months ago, I bought a new t-shirt with a picture of a man in a karate gee that says "I've got a Black Belt in Crazy". The shirt might as well have said "Trent, you will buy me because you are a weirdo".

I also saw a shirt at the Gap this past weekend that is plain with the word "Dreamer" on it. I want it.

It's as if the t-shirt industry (or "BIG T" as the daily cos crowd would say) is watching me. I do have a conspiracy theory surrounding t-shirts, but I will save that for another blog. See? I keep my readers in suspense :)

Anyway, I was at Aldo checking out accessories (like a real man) and I saw this awesome looking belt. It had a really cool belt buckle. "Aldo" unfortunately is northern European for "Way too small for typical fat Americans.". I've tried on their belts before and, well, no dice.

But I liked the buckle and had just bought a belt with snaps so figured I could put the buckle in the other belt. I love belts that I can switch out buckles, but I hate reversible belts. Go figure. Maybe I do have a black belt in crazy. Hmmmm.

I mean, I knew that the belt itself clearly wouldn't fit. Again, this is Aldo we're talking about. Of this, I was confident. Of this, I was sure. Of this, I was absolutely positive.....

Of this, I was wrong. (Record scratches to a halt).

It actually fit with only one notch left. Yes, I'm actually going to go back to Aldo to buy a smaller size for when this one becomes too big. Thanks SparkPeople!!!

So if you see someone walking down the street sporting a t-shirt that says, "I have a black belt in crazy" and a black leather jean belt with a large buckle, feel free to go up and punch them on the shoulder and say, "Hey Dreamer, you're lookin' good."

Just understand that that would probably become very awkward because that wouldn't be me. I don't tuck my t-shirts in.

195 by 5.29!

- TD Out

  
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VAEMPYRESS 5/6/2010 8:46PM

    I love buying whacky t-shirts, usually web comic ones.

I LOL'd Thank you!

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LESSOFJEN 5/2/2010 9:11PM

    that tshirt sounds awesome! I guess I am weird too then LOL

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SROBBINS02 5/1/2010 4:25AM

    Never heard of Aldo despite being a northern european (pronounced eur-OH-pean), but that is nothing compared to the awesomeness.

As for t-shirts, personally I'm awaiting this one in reprint: http://lolmartshirts.com/2010/03/19
/lolmart-shirts-tldr/ I have a dream of going into work (on Casual Friday, natch), being asked to read a contract, pointing to my shirt, and watching the hilarity that will of course ensue. I'm fully aware that in real life no-one's as much of a geek as I am, and thus no-one will understand the reference. To this, I say meh!

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AKELAZ 4/30/2010 1:09PM

    emoticon re the Aldo belt - great moment!! Have to say that Aldo is more to do with making anybody above the size 'they' (who?) consider fat (or whatever) feel bad - not just Americans. I - and many others - have the same problem with Aldo here in the UK.

Oh - AND . . . re your status . . . DO - don't die - we'd all miss you so much. Hang in there and let us know - well know you will. emoticon

Thanks for the smiles -
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PS - you simply HAVE to have that Dreamer tee!!

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TYLARDERDIN 4/29/2010 3:48PM

    Congratulations on the clothing/belt size situation!!

Trust the process. Do right, things go right.
TylarDerdin

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AZCUPCAKE 4/29/2010 2:11PM

    Thanks for the hint in recognizing you when I see you: YOU don't tuck your t-shirts IN, because YOU, my dear, are COOL~! emoticon I am so happy for you about the ALDO belt situation...! Sometimes it feels GOOD to be WRONG! See? You are not seeing yourself the way you really are, even though you just wrote that your clothes are fitting so well and that you are happy with the apparel you have been able to wear lately! You said you look different -- believe the mirror, and believe your clothing!! I felt like you were bummed out the other day when you posted in your status that 195 by 5.29 might not be possible :( -- !! Reading your blog today, I feel like TODAY you are back to the positive TRENTDREAMER that you are 99.9% of the time!! You still have a whole month left to GET WHAT YOU WANT -- YOU CAN DO THIS! Don't give up! Your fans are in the stands cheering for you! emoticon emoticon

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STEELERCRAZY 4/29/2010 1:57PM

    I love this!! I love YOU!! Thanks for the smiles...

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KRITKRIT 4/29/2010 10:22AM

    emoticon to cool for school!

Absolutely LOVED it TD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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CWOMACK138 4/29/2010 8:29AM

    Okay, now you HAVE TO HAVE THE "DREAMER" T - it was simply meant to be!!! Congrats on the "Aldo" belt - I love the line:
northern European for "Way too small for typical fat Americans.".....I actually have shops that I go into like that as well - just to dream of someday being able to fit into their stuff and it look descent.

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FITGRL124 4/29/2010 7:31AM

    emoticon Trent - your blogs always make me laugh!!! Seriously though, you're doing
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GSREMUS5 4/28/2010 10:25PM

  Nice! Congtrats!!

I'm with you in the crazy department, but it's fun, isn't it??

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HICALGAL 4/28/2010 9:58PM

    you had me laughing from the start.

t-shirt sounds like funny honey...lol
dreamer...cool!! gotta get that one!!
belt...even cooler. i always say..never say never!!

let's see...oh yeah if i came close to seeing any guy wearing those clothes you described...i think i'd call out 'Dreamer"? and if that person answers yes..i'll die laughing. note: and if that guy wore his shirt untucked and replied Debbie??...i'd give you the biggest hug and aloha to hawaii.

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CLEVAGAL 4/28/2010 9:37PM

    Ahhhhhhhhhhh Trent..... I would love to meke some jokes but Im afraid my Australian humour wouldnt be understood aye. I think some of what you wrote went over my head. Booohooo to cultural differences! (what is Aldo?)

Cleva xxx emoticon

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STITCHES182 4/28/2010 9:31PM

    I want that t-shirt with the ninja on it! Great story!

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M=DVF!!!!!!!!

Monday, April 26, 2010

So a couple of months ago I was floundering, motivation-wise. The weight loss was stagnant. Most of the decisions I had made in late 2009 were no longer paying off in early 2010. I did a good bit of soul searching to figure out something to get me motivated and came up with nothing.

A few weeks later, I just decided that I had about 12 weeks until Memorial day weekend so I should make a goal to hit my goal of 195. Then I can dawn the cargoes, cotton oxford shirt, sandals, white panama hat and Seersucker Jacket (sleeves rolled up of course) and hit the beach (*en1).

This morning I read another blog from someone struggling with motivation and then I had a flashback to a leadership class that I took a few years ago.

The instructor mentioned that one's motivation is based on the presence/abundance of three factors (if/when any of the three are missing, motivation is diminishes or disappears). The equation: M=DVF. M, the dependent variable of the equation, is motivation. The other three are as follows:

D: Dissatisfaction with the current situation.
* Let's face it, few of us started our SparkJourney with "Geez, I look great. I'm healthy. I'm really happy with my current physical state". We were dissatisfied with out health, appearance, clothing not fitting, etc. It motivates us to do something about it. Unfortunately, once we lose some weight we sometimes are not as dissatisfied and stagnate.

V: Vision of success.
* There is something that drives us. It's an image we see of when we finish losing weight. It may be a reunion, wedding, cotillion, or "Yo Mama" debate at the basketball court (*en2). It could involve a triathlon, half marathon, full marathon, double marathon or quadrupole marathon (*en3). When we're tempted to binge or make bad decisions, it's this vision that can inspire us to trudge on. Without it we will stay out of dissatisfaction, but flounder/struggle in reaching our goal.

F: First Step Success
* How well the first few steps go. I see it all the time. New Sparkie joins. They have a great first week and are excited. They have mediocre second week (not upset, but not happy). Then the weight loss slows, they have a few bad days, they get disheartened, stop blogging/tracking and then they are rarely or never heard from again. Those who take the perspective of overall health, new physical capabilities and clothes fitting can overcome this.

I hit frustration with my weight not going down, but really wasn't dissatisfied with where I was. I lacked a vision of what being a 195 pound Trentdreamer would be like. I didn't really like myself when I was 195 last time. I was at a plateau.

For lack of a better term, it took a blind faith of sorts that it would be worth it. If I gutted it out and lost the weight that good things would come. It has paid off. It was the best decision that I've made in my Spark Journey. I now am enjoying all of the spoils of weight loss once again.

If you are struggling with your motivation, analyze all three. Ask yourself the tough questions:
* Am I really dissatisfied with my health/my physical appearance/my physical fitness/my dancing llama www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUfND
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* Do I have a vision of what my life will be like at the other end of the rainbow? What am I really striving for? Forget satisfaction, what does awesome look like!?
* What is a new set of first step that I can take to reignite the spark and get back on track?

Find out where you are stuck. Which independent variable is holding you back?

As these really cute cats and kittens would say.... www.youtube.com/watch?v=nX1Yz
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Y'all said a mouthful, kitties!!!

195 by 5.29!

- TD Out!

Editor's notes:
(*en1) You think he's kidding, but he's totally not.
(*en2) Admit it, they ARE fun!
(*en3) This from a guy who gets winded if he has to climb 2 flights of stairs.
(*en4) He's just checking to see if you're still reading at this point. I wouldn't be.

  
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SROBBINS02 5/1/2010 4:12AM

    Just what I needed emoticon emoticon

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HICALGAL 4/28/2010 9:45PM

    hi Trent, like how you give advice...cool...;) and congrats on getting over that hump to get you where you are today!

en1 - nope, actually pictured you wearing them and i was right there with ya in my matching white panama hat, blouse and shorts..of course can't go without my shocking bright neon pink flip flops...j/k...;) weather must be cooler there than here cause you'd be peeling all those clothes off within an hr after arriving at the beach. beach attire in hawaii...swimming trunks, slippers (flip flops) and a surfboard.

en4 - will it work for my dancing cow too?? emoticon

enjoy the rest of your week and thanks for the nice compliment...it made me smile and i appreciate it!!


195 x 5.29 yes you can...make it happen!!! emoticon emoticon

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STEELERCRAZY 4/26/2010 11:17PM

    Trent, do you realize just HOW AWESOME YOU ARE??? Seriously, do you know that you motivate people, make them thing, rethink their priorities? Well, you do ME. Your blogs are always so well-written and you are such a great person...it shows through every word, every sentence, every punctuation mark! I feel so privileged for knowing you.

I promise I will never drive a car without brakes again. I wouldn't want to miss out on anymore of your blogs and kind words.

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AZCUPCAKE 4/26/2010 6:59PM

    You know, your scientific approach/explanation of WHY this whole journey is successful (or UNsuccessful, for that matter!) is mind-bogglingly CLEAR. M = DVF: This simple formula dispels all the myths we hide behind when we finally realize that moment: the THIS IS IT moment, when we are at the last pair of pants in the closet and yes, they FIT, but it is because they are the FAT PANTS that we HAVE to wear, not the ones we WANT to wear. We don't initially think of this journey as a lifestyle change; just a YO-MAMA fantasy in front of all of the old boy/girlfriends, or the wedding/reunion when we were going to "show" those people who look at us funny, but twelve weeks later we didn't give up the candy and ice cream for longer than three days. We have to be in this thing as if we are a living science experiment that will yield great results -- IF IF IF we use the FORMULA! The formula is our FRIEND, not our FOE!! And I for one am going to post it on my refrigerator and bathroom mirror and even on the BOX OF NUTRI-GRAIN BARS in the secret snack cubby I keep for the kids' lunchboxes! (Funny thing I discovered: eating several Nutrigrain bars a day is really NOT part of the formula....!)

You are one smart dude, Mr. TRENTDREAMER. I am so fortunate to be in your science class!! Now I have to go and study the materials you have just provided, in case you decide to give us a pop quiz tomorrow! emoticon emoticon

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SLIMLILA 4/26/2010 6:03PM

    I'm going to print this blog for reference, you did a great job. And interestingly enough, I hit 195 yesterday and I was so ecstatic..... I weighted 199 back in Feb. and despite all my efforts - dieting, tracking, exercising - I stayed almost at the same number until yesterday.... so Yeah!! hopefully this plateau is over and I am on my way to success again. GOod luck to you too!

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