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From "Why Bother?" to "Why Waste?"

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

There have been several great things that have changed in my life physically and emotionally over the past year:
* Increased self-confidence
* Ability to do exercises that used to totally wind me or leave me in great pain.
* Increased attention from the ladies (w00t!!11)
* The ability to beat Don Flamenco in 15 SECONDS!!!!

But I say that one of the more simple-joy benefits, though, has been something that is so simple that "simple people" who are really simple are now called "Whatever Trent is about to say" people (until Trent actually says it, of course)

Getting Dressed:

When I was 225-250 pounds...
It was always about dressing well. The right shirt/tie/jacket combo. Looking well put together. One of the keys was creating vertical lines to hide/de-emphasize my weight. Sports jackets and dark colored sweater vests usually took care of that

Pants were also all about dark colors that would hide what I looked like physically. Wore the Jeans loose and at the waist to de-emphasize the gut. Sure, I would try to find clothes that looked modern , but most of them were too small, so I would buy them for "when I lost the weight"

It was all defensive in nature. I wanted to draw attention to the clothes and combinations, not my physical appearance. I wanted to hide my body behind good fashion sense.

Jeans and t-shirt? No, that look was for thin people.

Dressing for the weekends? Mostly dark colored sweaters or anything that would hide the gut.

**Basically it was about "dressing well", not "looking good" **
(looking good was totally not "in the cards", "on the table", "in the table" OR "on the cards")

Now that I'm 190-205 pounds...

I now buy clothes that make me look good. I still wear sports jackets and vests sometimes, but not very often(usually when it's cool out). More so because it goes well with whatever else I'm wearing.

I don't hide behind vertical lines. I wear just a button front shirt and trousers in the office.

On Weekends: Instead of, "Will this hide/de-emphasize my weight problem", I ask, "Will this make me look attractive to to potential first/second dates (or go with something else I have that already does)"

Since I don't really have a gut that hangs over my belt any more, my jeans wear slightly below the waist and shout, "This is a kid who has a good core and leg workout routine.

* Skinny jeans? No.
* Safe fat jeans? No way, Jose.
* Modern wash jeans that look smokin' hot and rockin' cool on me? Amassing a small army of them.

Jeans and t-shirt? Wear them to the mall with pride on weekends.

** Basically, it's now about wearing clothes that make me look good, not about hiding my body neck down.

Bottom Line: Getting dressed is no longer about hiding a body I'm ashamed of. It's about adorning a body that I'm very proud of.

When it comes to the thought of dressing myself to look attractive, I've gone from "Why bother" to "Why waste?"

Thank you, SparkPeople!

- TD Out!!

p.s. I guess that they are now called "Getting Dressed People". Hmmmm....

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AZCUPCAKE 8/9/2010 9:00PM

    So proud of you!!! So happy!!!! Congrats on your new clothing choices, but SUPER congrats on the way you FEEL in them since you look so HOT in them! YAY! emoticon emoticon

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MARYMAC45 8/6/2010 7:32PM

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TEENY_BIKINI 8/6/2010 6:49PM

    Look at you - ladies man. That is freaking awesomeness. I am happy for you. It must feel good :) You know, I never knew men thought about vertical lines, etc. Totally fascinating. And isn't it good to feel good in clothes - it is amazing how this detail in life takes on a new meaning.... Sweet freedom - but in the form of nice pair of jeans.


Enjoy those jeans - you've certainly earned them. Cheers.

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STARGLADE 8/5/2010 11:24PM


That's all. Simple. Just YES.

WTG, you.

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-JENSSPARK- 8/5/2010 12:54PM

    A big YAY for jeans and t-shirts! Something that's so simple yet so elusive for so many of us.

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CALLIKIA 8/5/2010 8:57AM

    "Getting dressed is no longer about hiding a body I'm ashamed of. It's about adorning a body that I'm very proud of."

*love* that! Glad to see that you're really taking pride in the work you've put into this. Keep adorning that body you're proud of! I'm sure the ladies are taking some serious notice! *wink wink*

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    emoticonto all you have achieved. emoticon

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HICALGAL 8/4/2010 3:45PM

    i can so relate to the 'why bother' days, especially knowing i was NOT the clothes i wore!! never want to go there again! these days it's (at the risk of sounding sooo vain) 'damn i look good!" and working on 'damn i look freaken hot!" ;););)

as much as i'm into clothes being rockin' cool and smokin''s always what's under all the fluff that leaves 'the' lasting impression...and confidence is soooo sexy!!...;) rock on with your sexiness! emoticon emoticon

ps..thanks for checking in. just more bad days than good...all part of the 3 Ls...letting go, loving and living. (((hugs)))

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KRITKRIT 8/4/2010 12:54PM

    "Will this make me look attractive to to potential first/second dates (or go with something else I have that already does)"


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TANNERS 8/3/2010 9:59PM

    I'm so glad to see you enjoying your success that you have worked so hard for!! Keep it up and relish in it.. I'm so happy for you!!

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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'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


Great job on the weight loss this week!!

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FCASTELO 7/31/2010 7:46AM


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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)........



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

    Congrats!!!! emoticon

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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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CALLIKIA 7/27/2010 2:36PM

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

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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


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!

You, my dear friend, are emoticon!!!!!!!!!!!

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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'
YOU CAN DO IT! xxoo V emoticon

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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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TABTAYLOR 7/24/2010 12:07PM

    Way to go!! emoticon

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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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MEEBELO 7/24/2010 10:48AM

    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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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.


Yeah you!!

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KARENIN1DERLAND 7/24/2010 10:12AM

    Welcome to ONE derland!

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J_MARAMA_T 7/24/2010 9:51AM

    Yay yay yay! So pleased you've made it! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Welcome to Onederland!!!


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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 7/24/2010 8:47AM

    This makes me feel like this... emoticon

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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


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!


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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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MEADSBAY 7/23/2010 7:27PM

    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)
***Update Below***

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 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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