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NOT Forever 21

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Goal 191 by 9.11!!
Last Week: 198.2
This Week: 197.6
(-0.6) Yay!!

So last week was a victory beyond all victories for me. I finally broke through the 200 pound mark and am now in the 190's. Thank you to everyone who commented on my last Saturday's blogs.

Definite thanks as well to those who commented on the "Worst of" series. I have to admit that by the end of the week, even I was getting sick of them.

200/199 aside, it's really starting to sink in that I am near my first big goal of 195. The thing is, I look smaller than I did and slightly leaner than even 10 pounds ago. At the same time, I don't look as healthy as I thought I would at this point, so I did some body/soul searching this week.

As I've looked over my past 6 months of tracking stats, one thing has jumped out:

**My Body Fat, with a few exceptions has been at 21-22% since the beginning of January**

This needs to change.

Last time I was down at this weight, I was fresh out of college and addicted to exercise. I took step aerobics with "THAT" teacher. You know, the one who sees herself as more of a drill Sargent than exercise facilitator. Her class was tough, but it made me real healthy. I took it twice a week. I ate mostly fast/junk food and chocolate, but still managed to score 195 pounds with a 15% Body fat ratio.

I think that the difference is that this time, I've done extremely well with the eating, but have never been consistent in exercise. So now I'm right around the same weight, but at 21%. This will change.

So here's the deal. I want to weigh 195 long term and 191 by mid September. So for the next 6 weeks I will focus on getting to those two numbers.

** And believe you me, I will (Lord willing) **

During that time, I will refocus my efforts on Strength training, core training and cardio. I believe that I may lose even more weight (and coolness if I do), but I would be happy if I traded about 10 pounds of fat for 10 of muscle. I need to come up with a plan and will do just that. For now though, we're going to finish what we started.

191 by 9.11!!

- TD Out

  
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CALLIKIA 8/3/2010 2:17PM

    You have done such amazing work, and I love that you are refocusing your goals even though you're so close to goal and things are still working. The fact that you see a need to increase in one area of your healthy lifestyle is huge! Great job and good luck! Can't wait to see the rejoicing blog on reaching that goal!!

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STEELKICKIN 8/2/2010 10:46AM

    I'm so proud, so happy, so giddy with excitement with you! What an inspiration you are to me! I wish I could actually be there with you planning a big party, to be honest. Seriously, you need to celebrate big time! And I would want to celebrate with you.

This is really getting serious...you're bustin' through some road blocks and it is a time of reckoning from the Dreamer. But yet, your dreams are coming to life; reality is a good thing, isn't it? YESSIRREE, they are!

Big humongous hugs from your biggest fan, Trent.
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CMADSTYLE 8/1/2010 11:05PM

    Great Job! I am so proud of you :)

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AKELAZ 7/31/2010 6:30PM

    Congrats on your persistence TD! I love the way you put your mind to all of this and calculate the best way forward - I really should take a leaf out of that book. emoticon

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TANNERS 7/31/2010 9:14AM

    Ahhhh.. we all have those people in our exercise life that we love/hate. Mine was my Kung Fu teacher in high school. He kicked my butt in training on a regular basis, but I was in the best shape of my life.

Congrats on the continued success. I had no doubt that you would be under 200 again this week. I also hope that you find enjoyment in strength training. Personally, I would rather do that any day of the week vs. cardio. I just find it empowering and so much easier to see results.

Keep kicking butt TD!!!

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FITGRL124 7/31/2010 8:42AM

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Great job on the weight loss this week!!

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Today I Weigh 2........No....Wait a Minute! (taps scale to see if it's working correctly)

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Goal 191 by 9.11!!
Last Week: 201.4
This Week.........(Drum Roll)........

198.2!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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(-3.2)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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We did it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Good bye 200's. Hello 100's!

Last Saturday, I weighed in at 201.4, and thought that that was a bit high given the week I'd had. So Sunday morning I did a re-weigh and the scale said 200.2. I knew that it could and probably would happen today.

The journey has been long. The journey has been hard. But the journey has been more than WORTH IT!!!!! Whoooooooooooooooo!!!!

Major shout-out, props and thanks to everyone who has ever commented on any of my blogs. I love you and am thankful for you in ways that you probably couldn't possibly imagine.

Yes, I am thankful for all of the articles that SP has to offer. Yes, I think that the tracking tool is brilliant. But really, for me it's been about having friends who have been there for me and that I have been able to be there for. It's they who have made this possible.
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I've tried all sorts of programs and diets on my own and was never able to lose the weight. It is knowing that people cared about me that has made this possible and frankly worth it. It has been knowing that I could make a difference in other people's journeys that has sometimes kept me logging on when the times have been tough and the weight loss slow.

I love you all more than words could possible say.

Thank you so much!!!

If this is your first time ever reading or commenting on one of my blogs many thanks to you as well, because my journey's not over. The really big number for me is 195 (The 191 goal is for a special occasion). 195 pounds was my weight the last time that I was really healthy. I'm less than pounds away and I'm going to get there in weeks, Lord willing.

That being said, to paraphrase Prince: "Tonight I'm going to party like I'm 198.2"

TD out!!

  
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JOLENE662 7/28/2010 8:37AM

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CLEVAGAL 7/28/2010 4:28AM

    Finally...........thank God for that aye!!!!!

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MEEMMOM 7/28/2010 12:08AM

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HEALTHYASHLEY 7/27/2010 10:35PM

    Congrats! That is amazing.

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MAMADWARF 7/27/2010 10:33PM

    awww congrats!! I know how much you wanted this and worked so hard for it! That is awesome!

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NEWYORKORCHIDS 7/27/2010 2:44PM

  ONEDERLAND!!!!!

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CALLIKIA 7/27/2010 2:36PM

    Congrats on One-derland! Congrats on all your success! Now let the cheering section commence...

RAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!
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YOGINI_JACKIE 7/26/2010 7:36PM

    This is a little late, but YAY!!! Welcome to ONEderland, my friend :-D

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1DEBIE1 7/26/2010 6:15PM

    Congratulations my friend. I am so very proud of you!!! All of your hard work and efforts are finally paying off!!

Love you tooooooooo
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STEELKICKIN 7/26/2010 3:29PM

    OH YEAH! OH YEAH! OH YEAH!

Cue the fireworks, the Las Vegas showgirls, and my dancing feet, I am so so so happy for you! I always knew you could do it! Oh, what a feeling it is, huh? BE PROUD! BE SO PROUD!

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SROBBINS02 7/25/2010 3:17PM

    Eeeeeeeeee! Well done you! That is 100% hard work and dedication, quit trying to give away the glory! emoticon

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HICALGAL 7/25/2010 8:44AM

    you don't know how happy i am for you in hitting this major milestone!!! congrats on persevering, committing and making it happen!! you are an inspiration and wonderful friend!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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VAMPS351 7/25/2010 1:51AM

    Congratulations thats fantastic. Im so proud of you!
Keep up the good work.
Ure doing great.
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KT-NICHOLS-13 7/25/2010 1:21AM

    OMG! OMG! OMG! So happy for you .... I've been quietly following but just have to do a happy dance with you now! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!

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ROBANA82 7/24/2010 7:06PM

    Goodbye 200's Hello 191 It's right around the corner emoticon

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FITGRL124 7/24/2010 4:23PM

    HOLY WHAT!?!?!?!? YOU DID IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Goodbye 200's, hello 100's.

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I am so incredibly happy for you! You've been working so hard. You deserve this. Maybe your success will rub off on me when I stand on the scale this weekend! LOL!

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STLRZGRRL 7/24/2010 2:58PM

    I believe a Woo! AND a Hoo! is in order here!!

Awesomesauce, TD!


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SYN-CA 7/24/2010 1:22PM

    BRAVO! Now, the real work begins. Don't party too much! Put water in that champagne glass, Trent! We'll all count the pounds down with you.....8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.....Voille'
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MEMEEMEEE 7/24/2010 1:01PM

    Congratulations that's gotta be an awesome feeling! Keep up the good work it all always worth it!

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MOMOFGILLIAM 7/24/2010 12:48PM

    So awesome!! What a great feeling!!


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GOALWEIGHT4LIFE 7/24/2010 12:35PM

  Congrats!

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STARGLADE 7/24/2010 11:41AM

    CONGA RATS to you!!!!

I remember VERY well how ecstatic I was when I reached that same milestone mumblety-mumble years ago. (Years. You read it right. I've been below 200 for a few years now--it's these last 50 or so pounds that have been the truly difficult ones.) You have EVERY right to be PROUD and HAPPY!

Well done, you!

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AZCUPCAKE 7/24/2010 10:56AM

    You TOTALLY DESERVE the success you have achieved, TRENT! WooHoo in billboard-sized, neon letters!!!! So happy for you - but even more PROUD of you than words can say! You made this happen. YOU DID! Enjoy every moment, and just think of all of the good stuff to come!! My heart is full of hugs I am sending your way this very minute! Thank you for sharing your happiness with your pals! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Congratulations for reaching this milestone!! emoticon

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QUEENAN1 7/24/2010 10:45AM

    Way to Go! Congrats on your success!


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ELYMWX 7/24/2010 10:36AM

    Congratulations and welcome to Onederland!

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    Welcome to Onederland!!

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Congrats!!!!

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TYCA41458 7/24/2010 10:23AM

    That is absolutely fabulous! Congratulations and good luck with all your future goals!

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TEENY_BIKINI 7/24/2010 10:23AM

    Holy crap! I don't even know what to say. I am sooooooooooooo proud of you.

Go on with your bad self, hot stuff.

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Yeah you!!

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KARENIN1DERLAND 7/24/2010 10:12AM

    Welcome to ONE derland!

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omg,omg,omg!

Welcome to Onederland!!!

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TANNERS 7/24/2010 8:42AM

    YAY YAY YAY YAY!!! I am so happy for you, and I knew you could do it! I've anxiously been awaiting this blog! Totally bask in this day for everything it is worth! And remember, as grateful as you are for us, we are grateful for you! You rock!!!

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AKELAZ 7/24/2010 7:59AM

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HOORAH! HOORAH! HOORAH!

Many congrats to you, TD! However wonderful everyone is here (and Sparkers are totally wonderful!!) the effort and perseverence were YOURS. You've done good - VERY GOOD - and should credit yourself first and foremost.

Dee-elighted to read this blog - you should and must feel fantastic.

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LIANDYWARHOLA 7/24/2010 7:49AM

    Oh my goodness! What an AWESOME feeling that must be! Looks like that hard work is paying off!

:D

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SCARLING24 7/24/2010 7:32AM

    Well done!!!
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LYNNDE 7/24/2010 7:11AM

    Congratulations!! The journey is always worth the end result!

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The Very Worst of TRENTDREAMER (Part V)

Friday, July 23, 2010

Originally posted: Saturday, Monday, February 22, 2010 (2 responses)
***Update Below***

Thank you, Friends

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.

***Update 07.23.2010***
- I'm still struggling with burnout and motivation
- Have totally not given up on weight loss
- Updating my status has been a bit of a lifeline for me when I'm out of words
- Most importantly:
- I am definitely still blessed to have all y'all as friends
- Still much love!!

  
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TEENY_BIKINI 7/29/2010 10:13PM

    You rock! That is all.

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    all y'all- where you from?
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TANNERS 7/23/2010 10:53AM

    You are such an inspiration!! Much love back at ya!!

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J_MARAMA_T 7/23/2010 8:35AM

    Awesome, Trent. Believe me, I know how hard it is to keep up the motivation, especially when you're over that initial buzz of starting something new, and have to keep it going as well as all the other stuff you have in your life. Very much enjoyed your 'worst of' series!

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The Very Worst of TRENTDREAMER (Part IV)

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Originally posted: Saturday, January 30, 2010 (2 responses)
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There IS a good day to be sick after all

You hear people say it about bad things all the time. There's never a good time to...fill in the blank. Never a good day to be sick, get locked out of your car/house, lose your job, etc. In general I agree with such statements (Although I once got locked out of my car on a warm Spring day that I had off from work and had nothing scheduled until hours from then. Couldn't think of a better time personally).

So I'm hearing that everyone is getting this cold in my office. I hate taking sick days if I can avoid it. I'll absolutely do it if I'm actually sick, but still. I hate getting sick when I'm on vacation or have a day off as well. That leaves, you guessed it, Weekends. On Thursday, I was talking with a co-worker and said, "I hope that if I catch this stupid cold going around that I get it on a Weekend".

Sure shooting, late Friday afternoon, I started getting the sniffles. Today I've got the whole kit and caboodle: Sniffles, sneezing, burning sinuses etc. And the cool thing is that this weekend I had nothing actually planned anyway. Monday I will be mostly recovered but have the really deep voice so I can do my Barry White/Isaac Hayes impersonation (w00t!!!11) for my poor co-workers to enjoy/endure/suffer.

Plus I will be healthy enough later in the week to get my four hours of exercise in for my blogumentary. How cool is that?

Ahhhh, the 1990's are going to be a great decade.

-TD out.

***Update 07.22.2010***
- Three weeks later, I got sick AGAIN on the weekend. I should have bought lottery tickets
- The blogumentary lasted about 1 week. Went over like a lead balloon. Yes, I couldn't even hold to a goal that involved eating Cheetos. Sad, really...
- I've gotta be careful doing my Barry White impersonation around the ladies these days. I was barely resistible to them back then :D
- So far the 1990's are, in fact, a great decade

  
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1DEBIE1 7/22/2010 3:37PM

    Hey hey Barry...er....I mean Trent!! hahahaha!! If you're going to get sick, the weekend is the time to do it. I was the same way. I think our bodies know that we will force ourselves to work during the week, so it saves it up until Fri to crash.

Sorry to hear about the Cheetos...yeah, yeah, we all have those moments.

But....not sorry to hear that you are having to fight off the ladies...ahhh, poor thing; so many women, and only one of you!!!!


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TANNERS 7/22/2010 1:17PM

    I bet you are a blast to work with.

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STEELKICKIN 7/22/2010 11:19AM

    The nineties were much better than the 80s, that's for sure. Are they better than the 00s? I don't know....I'm still trying to figure that one out. But the Barry White impersonation? Honey, I'm already weak at the knees.

Let's hope that you don't battle the sicknesses again anytime soon. A runny nose always gets in the way of doing push-ups.

Great blog update...loved it!
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RSKMOM 7/22/2010 6:47AM

  Love it!

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The Very Worst of TRENTDREAMER (Part III)

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Originally posted: Thursday, December 24, 2009 (2 responses)
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What 213 Means to Me

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

***Update 07.21.2010***
- I didn't make 210 by NewYear's day
- (1) When I originally took the test back in December, I was aged at being 2.6 years older than I actually am. I took the test earlier this week and I am now Health-wise 2.3 years YOUNGER than I actually am.
- (2) Waist is now 41.5
- (3) Potentially just a few weeks away. Just a few weeks
- The once a month weigh-in thing totally didn't pan out

  
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J_MARAMA_T 7/23/2010 8:32AM

    Wow - excellent! So in a sense you've lost 5 years off your age? Way to go! Brilliant way to go about getting younger!

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 7/21/2010 11:59PM

    SWEET!!!!!!!!!!

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STEELKICKIN 7/21/2010 9:11PM

    Just the fact that you made yourself YOUNGER is a mind-blowing experience. How many people can actually say that they turned back their biological clock? You have GAINED life for doing this, you have given your mind, your heart, your spirit a new breath of life! Gosh, TD, I am so motivated by you. I am really, in your words, psyched out. You've given me a spark to continue doing better...

Just like you are. You're so awesome!


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CWOMACK138 7/21/2010 2:00PM

    I can't do the once a month weigh-in thing either Trent - maybe someday, but sure not there yet. Hope you are having a great week - I can't wait to hear from you on Saturday!!!

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TANNERS 7/21/2010 10:56AM

    Not potentially... you can do this!! You are going to break your trend this time.. I know it! All of the signs from above show that you are heading in the right direction. Come on.. I'm rooting for you!!

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