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)
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....
Saturday, July 31, 2010
Goal 191 by 9.11!!
Last Week: 198.2
This Week: 197.6
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
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Goal 191 by 9.11!!
Last Week: 201.4
This Week.........(Drum Roll)........
We did it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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.
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"
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