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Gittin' Mah "D" On!!!

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog about successful self motivation using the formula Motivation=DVF
D: Dissatisfaction with current state
V: Vision of future
F: First Step(s) success

This past weekend I decided to reward myself by going to the beach with my "new" cargoes and t-shirt to enjoy my success of losing weight. No longer did I have to be ashamed of my appearance at the beach. Yeah, that WAS the theory.

OK, didn't go so well. Apparently as I got out of my car I gained about 170 pounds or so, because I was still the fattest guy on the beach. Really frustrating. Man, the other dudes on the beach were buff. On the plus side, I didn't have to worry about that whole annoying "girls noticing me" thing. This Ken and Barbie couple walked by me and I swear that between them they didn't have half the fat on their bodies as I do. Ugh.

No harpoon, no problem I guess.

So, fortunately now the "D" in my motivation equation is back up. After my current September goal ("191 by 9.11!!"), I am going to focus on toning up and getting my body beach ready for Summer 2011. Don't worry, I won't do another "1XX by M.DD!!" cry. Yes, even I'm getting tired of them.

On the plus side, I was able to leverage FCDA. I had a double cheesburger, fries and a "Kiddie sized" ice cream cone (it was still a lot of ice-cream. In the 1990's it would have been called "Pro LineBacker sized"). I wasn't hungry for the rest of the day. I had a small dinner and the next day's weigh-in had me down 2 pounds for the week. w00t!!!1

I hope to be below 200 this Saturday.

191 by 9.11!!

-TD Out

  
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AZCUPCAKE 6/11/2010 1:44PM

    Here's the thing, Trentdreamer - between the two of them (the Barbie and Ken duo on the beach), their collective brain sizes would probably fill a small thimble! I know that sounds mean and a little extreme, but as you already know, a person's size and shape are not the only defining factors of what makes a person HOT & ZESTY! We are always more critical of ourselves than we are of others....I'll bet you look fantastic, too! Unless you plan on spending, like, NINE HOURS A DAY in the gym, forget about it! Shout it loud, shout it proud -- I AM THE ONE AND ONLY TRENTDREAMER!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SROBBINS02 6/11/2010 9:10AM

    Dude, you rock. Plus, I bet you were actually the hottest person at that beach emoticon

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CLEVAGAL 6/9/2010 1:14AM

    I used to be totally self concious about wearing bathers on the beach. I would wear a shorts and t shirt even into the water. Then one day I thought F it! I dont care anymore, this is who I am and I have every write to ba in bathers if I want. So I put on some bathers and went in the water and I loved every minute of it. Since then I havent cared about what ppl think and I have stopped comparing myself to the others on the beach. If only I could apply that to my everyday situations.....Cleva xxx emoticon

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191 by 9.11: 14 W33k5 2 g0!!

Saturday, June 05, 2010

Goal: 191 by 9.11.2010
Last Week: 203.2
This Week: 201.2
2 pound loss. Yay!

110c:
Did 60 minutes total of cardio for the week (12 minutes 5 days). I did 5 days consecutively which was not good. I was really tired Friday morning. This week I'm going up 10% to 66 minutes. I am going to do a double session on Tuesday and take Saturday and either Wednesday or Friday as a second rest day. It will probably be Wednesday.

se7en:
I ate 1 serving of fruit a day (except for Tuesday and Wednesday on which I ate 2). Mission accomplished for the week. Next week.....one serving of fruits or vegetables a day. Taking this one slowly. Next month, I'll go up to 2 per day.

FCDA:
Didn't really focus this as much as on weeks past. Did not have access to the usual cafe that I eat at. The guy there preps several different foods and spices them just differently enough to make it work.

My appetite has been off the charts this week. I'll eat an 800 calorie meal and be hungry an hour later (not "feel" hungry, mind you. We're talking stomach growling). This is nothing new. I've been through this 3 times before when starting new exercise regimens. I'm totally not worried

My body is building muscle. I can feel it. At midweek, my scale clocked me at 19% body fat. I am not worried about eating, maintaining or even slightly gaining. This is an initial gamble that I feel will lead to some big payoffs number wise in 5-10 weeks.

191 by 9.11!!

- TD Out

  
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TSEWARD 6/7/2010 6:16PM

    Hey! Sounds like you are doing Tony the Tiger GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRrrrreat!
I have been ridiculously busy. I mentally visit my spark page every day. I have been putting sleep as top priority. It has helped. I may not get to SP, but I am getting top bed at a decent time and I have been actually doing a decent job at work and I haven't been overwhelmed. Now I need to figure out what else can go so I can spark....

The "choose your own rewards" info talked about encouraging yourself for all of your little accomplishments. It gave the example, if your boss followed you around and criticized everything you did every minute of the day, how motivated would you be to keep working for him? I couldn't take it man! My boss is pretty encouraging.

So if I am beating myself up all the time, why would I want to continue? I thought it was a great illustration. kind of got me outside of my head for a minute.

Thanks for never forgetting about me, even when I am not around much! It means alot to me!

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GINGERLY4 6/6/2010 11:39PM

    Wow, you are doing awesome!

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CLEVAGAL 6/5/2010 10:50PM

    go darlin go...im barracking for you!

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AZCUPCAKE 6/5/2010 9:12PM

    Wow, you are on a roll! Way to go with your food and recognizing what your body is needing with the shake-ups you have been putting it through! All good -- awesome results!! Very proud of you for figuring out the way to eat, exercise, and THINK about getting to your goal! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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STEELERCRAZY 6/5/2010 6:52PM

    OMG, I bet you already look outstanding. 19% body fat??? YOU GO, DUDE!!!!

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LESSOFJEN 6/5/2010 3:20PM

    awesome job!

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HICALGAL 6/5/2010 8:51AM

   

"I'll eat an 800 calorie meal and be hungry an hour later (not "feel" hungry, mind you. We're talking stomach growling). This is nothing new. I've been through this 3 times before when starting new exercise regimens. I'm totally not worried"

*and neither am i. have to say though that your honesty with your stomach growling an hr after an 800 cal meal had me LMAO. what did you have? emoticon

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"My body is building muscle. I can feel it. At midweek, my scale clocked me at 19% body fat."

* 19% body fat??? i believe the ideal fat range for men is 15%?? so why the ugh at the beach status? oh wait! that punch on the shoulder after i said lookin' good Dreamer! sorry sometimes i forget my own strength...;P

great week...WOOT!!!

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This Blog Might Make Your Head Explode

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

OK, those of you who have been reading my blogs regularly know that I have said some very strong and daring things. Things that make one think really hard and wrestle with some of the deepest and most existential concepts. Things such as:
* "If you wouldn't beat a friend up for a bad day then don't beat yourself up for one."
* "If you vary your foods a lot you won't be as hungry."
* "Forget Ginger. Baby was by far the best looking Spice Girl."
* "My gosh, this kid is TOTALLY adorable!"
www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVgVbBb9MYw

Ahhhhhhh, if God ever has enough of a sense of humor to give me children, SHE will definitely flunk at least one of them in Biology class. She'll get the whole cat/cow thing by then, I'm sure. That WAS a really good horsey, imho.

But here's something even more controversial than all four statements above(*).

Go to the FastBreak portion of the Spark Diet and look at what it tells you.

No, seriously.....do it.

Notice that it tells you to pick one thing from each of 3 sections. One thing. One small thing. Let's say hypothetically you picked the 4 whole grains option. You can meet your fb goal without infinitesimally upping your Fruits and vegetables, giving up all sweets for the rest of your life and eating nothing but lean proteins and skim milk.

Here's the rub.........

The Spark Jedi Council not only understands this. They designed the program that way. It's as if they want us little SparkBunnies to take small steps get some initial victories and make gradual changes to our lifestyle rather than give up every "evil" food in the world and subsist only on celery/carrot sticks (while doing the perfunctory 3 hours a day at the gym, of course).

Tito: So why are you telling us this?

Trent: Ah! I'm glad that you asked, Tito.

I've been reading random blogs from people who are coming back from having "fallen off the wagon" and now they're going to really kick it up a notch to get back on track. Gym 6 days a week and stick right to the calorie range. I never hear anything about a ramp up period.

It saddens me. I did that for almost 10 years. 10 years! Every single time, I failed. It was actually the SP articles and staff published blogs that drove home the "Rome wasn't built in a day" concept.

So it breaks my heart to see people who are given the opportunity to break free of the aforementioned cycle of self imprisonment just keep on doing the same thing which almost invariably doesn't work. More restrictive diet! More intense cardio! The cycle continues....

I hate overused expressions as much as the next martian....but less really is more.

If you've fallen off the wagon. Analyze why. Did you try to do too much too fast. Did you try something too new. Did you give one habit change enough time to sink in. Were you so set on two pounds a week that that 0.5 pound loss psychologically knocked you to the mat?

Figure out how to start again. What was working? What came easily. If you stopped doing cardio, shoot for 10-15 minutes and add a minute or two each week. If your body craves a little more, give it a little more.... a LITTLE more.

To me, trying to instantly go from "off the wagon" for any period of time to the whole kit and caboodle (nutrition/exercise-wise) is like surviving a 100 mph car crash and then getting right into another car and driving 100 mph again. What's going to be different this time?

I love you and I want you to succeed. Pick an option from the 3 areas of the fast break stage and do them and only them for a couple of weeks (unless of course your doctor/nutritionist is telling you otherwise). Take it slowly.

As the funny meowing cat who wants turkey would say....
www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1EuLONfcN0

That's right, funny meowing cat who wants turkey! You said it!!!

191 by 9.11!!

- TD Out.

(*) Except for the Spice Girl choice. I know that I'm going to get cr4p from the Scary Spice fans. 4ll y'4ll r H-8-R's!!!

  
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AKELAZ 6/4/2010 3:00PM

    Aha!! Just caught this and see where your constructive and TRULY motivating comment on my page came from. Big gratitude coming your way.
You have truly 'got it' - and I am happy that you were therefore in a position to confirm my new thinking. The 'other' thinking has done me no good at all for more years than I care to acknowledge and I am now devoted to trying to change that.
Bad day today for reasons I wouldn't dream of boring you with - 'binged' on Ryvita emoticon. Thrilling huh? OK if it hadn't been for the butter - oodles of it! Thanks to you I am not jumping on the scales to see what damage I did and definitely not doing hours of cardio and self-flagellation. Just limiting my butter intake till that's a new habit.
Thank you Trent - you just never fail to inspire.
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WILDVIOLETS 6/4/2010 10:45AM

    Whoa! I have seen the same thing, and didn't get it. I'm still in early stages, but needed to hear that, since I do want to push to hard, then give up (typically). Thank you!

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OPERATIONMILF 6/4/2010 8:38AM

    I liked baby spice too! I have to say your blog is food for thought!

I had to join the gym. I do get discouraged when I don't see a loss after feeling like I am doing really well with the food. I seem to have a difficult time losing the smallest amount of weight, even if I add in some walking on the treadmill.

I need to work on building lean muscle mass, increasing my metabolism, and excercising my heart muscle as well. I remember when a Dr. on the Biggest Loser show said that when we have a lot of fat on our bodies, it also collects around our organs.

That is just plain scary to me.

I wonder if you think going to the gym and eating really well ... from eating.. sorta good... half of the time... and being sedentary..most of the time.. is too much of a change?

I believe doing this differently *this time* for me is doing more of an extreme change from sedentary to a low rep workout with cardio.

I don't think I could do it any other way and see myself commited long term. Feeling my body burning the calories works for me. I know I may not always lose, but if I am in that gym putting the time in, I can physically feel like I am doing this. Does this make sense?

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J_MARAMA_T 6/4/2010 6:35AM

    Great blog post, Trent! I'm trying really hard to avoid that whole all-or-nothing mentality and take baby steps. One of the things about Weight Watchers that I'm trying to take on board is the statement 'you didn't gain the weight all at once so don't expect to lose it all at once' - so I'm trying really hard to think of this as an ongoing process, rather than a quick fix.

I guess that most important thing is just to keep on keeping on, continuing even when all you want to do is give up...

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PUCCIOLA08 6/3/2010 10:07PM

    Im more of a Sporty Spice kinda girl. She needs to put out more solo albums :)



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GINGERLY4 6/3/2010 12:57AM

    Great Blog! Kind along the lines of don't do something to lose weight now that you won't be able to do for the rest of your life...I'm one of those people who have fallen off the wagon for various reasons. I'm back now, but with the focus of keeping it simple. Staying within my calorie range, which is generous enough, and getting my exercise in. Those are my two primary focuses for the month of June, I'll evaluate what to do for July when that month comes along...

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DAISYBELL6 6/2/2010 1:01PM

    Good, sane advice!

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MARJIJANE 6/2/2010 12:41PM

    It is so nice when our brains finally understand that our very own "Rome" (our temple, our fat body) was not built in a day... and we will not lose the excess overnight! Losing the weight is a bi-product of doing the "right thing" when we choose to eat. Everything that passes our teeth is a choice... once I accepted that as a fact, the rest of the logic easily followed... even the part that wanted to deny that getting fat was my fault.."somebody made me do it!"

Reality is what it is...and once we truly understand that WE have the control of our body reality...the choices seem to be easier. Log the food going in... do it truthfully for at least 7 days... THAT is harsh reality...then make your changes accordingly...

WE HAVE CONTROL... we blame no one else for our lack of "won't" power" (I have plenty of "willpower"...I WILL eat most everything) I can have (eat) whatever I wish to have (eat) and the benefit or ramification is mine and mine alone to bear... and sometimes it means losing the weight, sometimes gaining... or sometimes plateauing... the cycle is never completely gone, sometimes it just takes a detour!

Glad to see you are hanging on to the wagon with the rest of us! Reality is that WE CAN DO THIS! ...er or should we say...
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VMCSHANNON 6/1/2010 7:21PM

    Why did I fall off the wagon? Cause after ten years and yet another failure at losing weight... After seeing other people pass me up ( I know, I'm not supposed to compare!) who started the same time I did ....
I give up.

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LESSOFJEN 6/1/2010 1:59PM

    you are sooooo right and I see this all the time too and have to bite my tongue and leave the blog because until it "clicks" for them anything we say won't completely matter.
So here's to us who finally GOT it after all those years of NOT getting it and reaching our goals FINALLY!

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AZCUPCAKE 6/1/2010 1:55PM

    I always thought SCARY Spice was the cutest Spice Girl....hmmm. Now I need to re-evaluate! emoticonI can definitely say that Posh Spice is too skinny to even be considered HUMAN. So, at least that eliminates ONE of them from my personal fav list!

You are quite the sense-maker (see: Mentos, the FreshMaker!) !! Just ONE of the many qualities I love about you, Trent!! Okay, so I need to refocus and NOT go to the gym for three hours for a week and eat nothing but Boston Creme Pie yogurt with carrot sticks for that same week and then just - GIVE UP. What a concept! I will definitely give your ideas some thought -- !

Thanks for not giving up on all of us SparkBunnies! You are the real deal walking the walk, and what is better than THAT?! Zip, Zilch, Zero, NADA!

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KT-NICHOLS-13 6/1/2010 12:42PM

    Love the blog today. I don't fall onto or off of a wagon - LOL, but I am one of those who moves through life wondering why I make the choices I make in the moment I make them. Self reflection is tough and can often be brutal and today I reflect on why I ate so much Chinese food on Saturday and Sunday. All I know is this, it goes deeper than Chinese food or a silly urge of self indulgence.

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PICKIE98 6/1/2010 7:22AM

    Farm out man, farm out!! Gravy!! Don't really give a rip about the Spice girls thingie, I am sure you are right, but sure do agree about the I-500 diet people. I think they don't get the whole concept, they just want to rush in and fix it, which is a Catch-22.
I did lose a lot at first, But diabetes was my new middle name, so I upped the ante, only because there never WAS a game to begin with,, I am a ramper, fer sure! the ramp is always there, we just need to grab the rail and hang on!! DUH!!! Thanks for the great post... Linda

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Mourning and Celebrating

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Goal: 191 by 9.11.2010

Last Week: 203.8
This Week: 203.2
(-0.6) Yayyy!!!

So today was the original day of completing my "195 by 5.29!" challenge that I unceremoniously (or over ceremoniously) quit on a couple of weeks ago. But still....

I've been noticing that my 38" waist pants have been a bit loose, so today, for the first time in about 8 years, I donned the pair of 36" cargoes that I was planning to wear and wore them for the whole day. They do fit a bit snugly and I may or may not wear them to a cookout on Monday. It is still a victory that they are even an option for wearing.

I'm going to dig out a couple more pairs of 36" khakis and jeans and see how they fit

I am happy to have lost a half of a pound. I've really upped my exercising (both strength and cardio) and I know that I always end up eating more as well as gaining some muscle weight. I think I have one more week before my appetite will regulate. I may or may not lose next week and am not too concerned. The week after though, it's game back on.

I mourn for "195 by 5.29!" but celebrate a "new" pair of cargoes.

191 by 9.11!!

  
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CMADSTYLE 8/1/2010 10:46PM

    I find it so rewarding when you can fit into smaller sizes...The beginning of summer I was about a 10 in Women's and Now I am a 8 even 6 sometimes...So obviously I gained some weight (7 pounds all summer) but not on my waist :) Good job

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AZCUPCAKE 6/1/2010 1:57PM

    You are getting the job done, TRENT! But you are doing it the RIGHT way this time. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonHOORAY!

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GINGERLY4 6/1/2010 3:57AM

    What a great attitude.

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MRS-DUTCHER 5/30/2010 6:45AM

    Great job

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ROCKYCPA 5/29/2010 11:33PM

    Congrats on getting in the smaller size. Keep up the great work.

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Care if I celebrate with you??
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GREEKGAL1 5/29/2010 6:35PM

  Great job for getting back on the horse and it sounds like you are making progress. Keep up the good work.

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191 by 9.11!!: The Plan

Monday, May 24, 2010

Goal: To Weigh 191 pounds or less by Saturday, September 11, 2010

THE TOOLS:

110c:
The first week of June. I will do 60 minutes worth of cardio (yes, 60 min total for the whole week, not per day). Each week, I will add 10% to that number (66, 73, 80, etc.). I should be up to about 240 minutes per week by Labor day week.

Se7en:
for the month of June, I will eat an average of at least 1 fruit per day. Each month I will add 1 to that until I reach 7 for the month of December. This is a slightly longer term goal, but it applies.

CFDA:
Calorie Flavor Disassociation. I will vary my foods, especially the high calorie meals. Try to eat different foods and at different restaurants. Regarding sweets, I will not eat the same candy bar, cookie or pastry more than once a month. This will mediate hunger and cravings. It's been working really well for the last month for me.

JUNE:
* Build Strength and Muscle.
* Big full body weight workouts to burn more calories while ramping up cardio.
* Don't worry about numbers. Eat when hungry. The body always craves calories when beginning a strength training routine and muscle weighs more.

I hope to maintain. Any loss is good but it's not what I'm striving for at this point.

Target numbers:
7.03: 203
7.10: 202
7.17: 201
7.24: 200
7.31: 199
8.07: 198
8.14: 197
8.21: 196
8.28: 195
9.04: 193
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9.11: 191!!!

- TD Out

  
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RUNJEWELRUN 5/25/2010 10:56PM

    Sounds like a great plan :)

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TSEWARD 5/25/2010 6:21PM

    I agree with the others...great plan! Eating when hungry is suh-weeet. You are a smart man! To skimp on calories while started an exercise program would be a recipe for disaster (if it were me, anyway). Better to eat plenty of healthy stuff, instead of losing self control due to not enough calories and eating junk.

Thank you so much for your encouragement. I really, really, really needed that.

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AZCUPCAKE 5/25/2010 1:00PM

    What I love about you and your plans is this: They are REALISTIC. They are not CRAZY!!! They are DOABLE! You are going to be one happy camper by 9.11, and it will be all because of your plan! I can't wait to follow along with you on your road to success (although you are already a winner, I hope you know!) !!!!! emoticon emoticon

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YOGINI_JACKIE 5/25/2010 7:43AM

    I love the balanced approach you take to all of this. It gives you a lot of wiggle room and allows you NOT to become obsessed with what you are eating or how you are working out. I need to take some signals from you!

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STEELERCRAZY 5/24/2010 10:10PM

    GREAT, GREAT, GREAT! I love a man with a plan and you, my dear friend, have a definite plan!

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