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Today I Weigh 19...(long dramatic pause)... Part 4

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Goal: 195
Last week: 198.4
This week: 198.8
(+0.4) Again, meh.

Superbowl is still a few weeks away.

Fallen off the wagon is a bit strong. Distracted is more like it. My life has become extremely complicated over the past month or so. I'm going to try to write a blog about how it has later this week. My time on Spark has become scarce.

My eating has not been good. I'm going to give my best shot over the next week, but 191 is not likely to happen. I will stay the course. I've upped the weight workout and am now always hungry. I did eat horribly this week, but still. I am going to try to lose this week.




  
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62NVON 9/1/2010 4:03PM

    Hey, recognizing where you've gone wrong is half the battle. Now you have to do something about it to fix it. It's tough sometimes. I weighed in with a big fat ZERO this week. But that is NOT going to stop me from pushing on. You can do this! Do NOT give up!

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TEENY_BIKINI 9/1/2010 3:59PM

    Can't wait to hear what's happening in the blog.

Dish, my friend.

You are still a rock star to me. These things happen and it's okay.

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KRITKRIT 8/31/2010 11:28AM

    "I am going to try to lose this week"

You are in control this week! I have no doubts that you will do good things. Lose/Maintain/Gain its all part of the bigger picture. Its not speed that gets you to the superbowl. Its your strategy and determination that will get you there.

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AKELAZ 8/31/2010 4:24AM

    It's all so **** difficult isn't it? Fine when life is chugging along but we only need 'distractions' of one sort or another and off the track we all go.

Sounds like you're staying strong and keeping on keeping on - good for you! Just don't overreach yourself - it WILL happen - just not quite when you hoped. Sometime is better than notime tho. emoticon emoticon

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STEELKICKIN 8/30/2010 3:22PM

    Hang in there, babe. Don't try to lose the weight too fast to get to that magic number either. You'll end up gaining it back and then some in no time. Slow and steady, dear friend. And do me a favor? Pat yourself on the back for the wondrous things you've already accomplished?

Don't let your life become a number on a scale. I've made that mistake before. I've actually thrown out my scale. And I lost the weight.
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LIBBYFITZ 8/30/2010 1:42PM

    emoticonJust remember it is a whole of life change so just eat healthy food, drink you're water, exercise if you can. emoticon

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SROBBINS02 8/30/2010 1:53AM

    I've said it before, but... 19x is a lot lower than your start weight. Remember how excited you were a few months ago when you could fit in smaller sizes and your cargo pants? I'm still as happy for you now as I was then emoticon

Message me if you need anything... but I *know* you're going to have a good week, no matter how in-demand you are!

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Today I Weigh 19...(long dramatic pause)... Part 3

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Goal 195
Last Week: 196.0
This Week: 198.4
(+2.4) I am better than this.

I saw this one coming. My week was over cluttered, as was last weekend. I wasn't able to scrape together the time Sunday and Wednesday to prep lunches. Afterwork activities and get togethers made at home dinner prep not so feasible. I'm actually happy with the number in that my midweek had me slightly over 200.

While today will be a continuation, tomorrow we start a two week rally that will bring me below 195.

Years ago there was a football team that was constantly in contention for the Superbowl championship. Great quarterback, strong coaching, etc.. One year they were running an undefeated season and I remember personally being concerned for them. I was like, "If they don't lose a game, they will be over-confident because they will lose touch with their vulnerability." It's not that they couldn't go undefeated and win the big game, but the risk would be high.

Very late in the season, they had a very high profile network game against a very stunningly average team. This was supposed to have been a "the underdog team comes in riled up but still get squashed" game. I emphasize "supposed to". The underdog team beat them pretty soundly. I'm not a football fan and I didn't know the two teams that well. But from what everyone was saying, it was humiliating for the odds-on-favorite team.

That year they won the Superbowl.

A year or two later, they actually had an undefeated season and made it to the Superbowl against a team that they had barely squeaked by in the regular season. The other team came with their best game. The undefeated team was undefeated no more. I was not surprised.

Please don't misunderstand me, I didn't try to gain this week. I didn't throw the weigh-in. Deep down I was kind of hoping for one of those "Hail Mary" weigh-ins where you wonder if the scale is broken. And yeah, I would have loved for this week to have happened late next month.

At the same time, I needed a sobering loss like this one. As much as it stings.

And yes, I WILL beat myself up...just as that team's coach did when they lost the high profile game. I'm a dude. The "You know you can do better!"/"You're better than that!!!" pep-talk has a strangely beautiful tone when the one who can do better knows it. I don't need a pat on the back to spare my feelings. I need to tell myself the reality that I ate like I did when I was 225 and if I don't smarten up soon, I'll be headed back in that direction.

Bottom Line: I lost a high profile weigh-in this week. I played poorly and underestimated the challenge. I could have and can do far better. I'm better than a 2.4 pound gain.........

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have a 195 pound Superbowl to win!!!!

- TD Out!

  
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LEBJKI 8/24/2010 10:07AM

    We have all been there. A gain can definately wake you back up and push to get to that big win. You will win.

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KRITKRIT 8/24/2010 9:41AM

    TD that was absolutely PERFECT!!!! Great, great, great way to look at it!!! I have no doubts you will win your superbowl!!

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TANNERS 8/23/2010 12:16PM

    I so know how you feel!

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LIBBYFITZ 8/21/2010 10:03AM

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BLUEANGELLK 8/21/2010 9:05AM

    Great analogy! I know I have been at 4th and 40 and gotten sacked in a bad way. As great as the "Hail Mary's" are it is sometimes the 2-3 year gains that win the game!!!

May you have a great game this week!

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Today I Weigh 19...(long dramatic pause)... Part 2

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Goal 195
Last Week: 195.8
This Week: 196.0
(+0.2) Meh.

This week I did not eat very well. My exercise has been focused on strength training.

I've also lost about 3-4% of my body weight in 4 weeks. I am a lot leaner than I was 29 pounds ago, so the mad 1-2 pounds a week every week is not something that I'm going to be really demanding of.

The way I see it, if my body needs the time to stabilize or just wants to lose weight more slowly, I say to it, "Take your time". Notice I'm not using roman numerals for the "Part" portion of the blog title this time. "Part CCCLXVIII" might be tough for those who are reading for the first time and aren't very familiar with Roman numerals (myself included)

But make no mistake about it, this week I'm kicking it up a notch. I'm going to go down to 2 super strength training sessions (from three), but I'm going to add 2 hardcore cardio sessions combining the elliptical and the exercise bike (or maybe one of those and a spinning class).

While I am still trying for "191 by 9.11!!". 195 is a huge deal to me. It was the weight I was at when I was at my healthiest. It is the original goal weight I set with Spark People. So that's the focus.

Who knows, maybe three times will be the charm. Part 3 next weekend.

- TD Out!

  
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COMPUCATHY 8/19/2010 11:06PM

    Good that you are accepting of the body's limits on weight loss. And you said you're focusing on strength training...so you're building muscle under fat...which weighs more...sooooo...that could also explain fluctuations and small increases when you should be going down. You're doing great! Good luck with Part Three! emoticon emoticon

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HICALGAL 8/19/2010 6:10PM

    a huge congrats for MAINTAINING your loss!!! glad to see you're taking it in stride and not stressing it. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FITGRL124 8/16/2010 9:22PM

    You've come a long way and I think you are doing awesome! emoticon

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CWOMACK138 8/16/2010 8:53AM

    Congrats to you Trent, you've done a fabulous job & are really an inspiration to us all...!!!

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PURPLESPEDCOW 8/15/2010 11:04AM

    sometimes I think our bodies do need time to adjust to a new weight before being able to move on. I like your attitude. I know that you will lose the 4 pounds before 9-11.

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STEELKICKIN 8/14/2010 11:12PM

    Just simply and positively "CHA-CHING!" You've come a long way, baby! Awesome!

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LINDAGRAVEL 8/14/2010 11:04PM

    Way to go trent

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AKELAZ 8/14/2010 7:28PM

    Well TD - sounds like you have so cracked it - you've reached 195 which is emoticon and if you can get to 191 by 911 that will be the icing on the cake but actually YOU are the icing on the cake. You will have the confidence at 195 of knowing you look good at the wedding and your cool personality and wit will carry you through. Everyone with anything about them knows that that is so-o important. It's not all about numbers and pants sizes though they are good too - confirmation of efforts made and battles won. Keep moving on - but don't beat yourself up. Oh yes - and give me lessons emoticon Truly I admire your achievements and your planning and your fortitude. Go TD - you're doing good - very very good emoticon emoticon

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TEENY_BIKINI 8/14/2010 6:00PM

    So proud of you. I like that you are giving your body time to respond to all of your hard work - it needs it and you deserve it. You will still be awesome on 9/11 regardless of how much you weigh.

And I am sure you will not be denied anything with the amount of sheer dedication you are applying right now. 191 will happen for sure.

Cheers.

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TSEWARD 8/14/2010 5:43PM

    Thank you for your comments, all! Interesting, I was just thinking about your "1xx by m.dd" goals, wondering if I should do the same and thinking I just was not that brave or confident. It takes guts to shout to the world your goals.

I am so proud of you for reaching your goal! You must feel awesome.

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LIBBYFITZ 8/14/2010 10:28AM

    As you said you're body will do it in good time. just keep on keeping on! emoticon

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DIANNED4 8/14/2010 8:35AM

  Great idea, not being demanding of the 1-2 lb loss. With the exercise plans you are incorporating into your life, those inches will drop and your body itself with built up muscle will become a lean-mean-fighting machine. A look in the mirror is worth more than a step on a scale, seeing your transformation from fat to muscle. Keep up the great work!

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AZCUPCAKE 8/14/2010 8:06AM

    WAY TO GO, Trent! You are so focused and disciplined, and your weight in pounds is just ONE definition of how much stronger, leaner, and HEALTHIER you have become. You have completely TRANSFORMED yourself; you have not just "lost weight!"

You are the cover guy for the word WOW! I can see why and HOW your steps towards becoming the best Trent there is has been successful! And by the way, thanks much for NOT using Roman numerals in your blog -- they always made me break out in hives when I had to deal with them on my fourth grade math quizzes one hundred years ago! They can stay in the dark, cobwebby closet forEVER, as far as I am concerned!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Turned the big 5-0!!!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

For all of the hype regarding going below 200, hitting 195 and accomplishing the "191 by 9.11!!" self challenge, there has been one important number that I have forgotten about (even having already accomplished it).

Background. . . . .
It was the Summer 2004. I was visiting a college buddy of mine out in his hometown in Colorado. School was out until September and we spent a good few days just hanging around seeing the sites and having a good time.

We went to the local YMCA where my friend was a member to work out. I knew that I had gained a bit of weight, but hadn't weighed myself recently. They had a scale. Mind you this is in a state with a relatively high elevation so gravity isn't as tough as in other areas.

Basically, the scale was going to be far more generous that I was used to.

Even with that particular handicap, I still got the scale to cough up 249 pounds. Yep! 249! This was probably the lowest point of my life health-wise.

I'm sure if I had continued I would have easily come close to 260 at some point. I kept 249 my max. I decided to cut my losses (or gains). I stopped weighing myself at that point.

Today . . . . .
It is now the Summer of 2010. My midweek weigh-in during the week I finally fell below 200, I weighed 199. Exactly 50 pounds gone since six years ago.

I had already lost a chunk of that when I started SP.

Anyone who has lost weight will tell you how it goes far beyond just the physical. At the same time the physical is a big deal when we're talking that much weight.

Earlier this week at the gym I picked up two 25 pound free-weights and did Bicep curls as a symbolic celebration of my 50 pounds gone.

Unlike six years ago, it felt really great to just put the 50 pounds back on the rack and walk away from it when I was done.

It felt really REALLY great.

Wish me a happy 50!

- TD Out!

  
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MPALMER15 8/12/2010 11:27PM

    Happy 5-0!

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HICALGAL 8/11/2010 11:28PM

    congrats on hitting the big 5-0!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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AZCUPCAKE 8/11/2010 6:00PM

    Happy 50, TRENT! It was very good for you to pick up that 50 pounds in free weights and FEEL how much less there is of YOU to lug around! Congratulations, these days you can be proud you are the TRENTDREAMER you always knew you were inside!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KRITKRIT 8/11/2010 10:44AM

    TD your attitude, your hard work, your commitment and your results are outstanding. I'm glad to have someone like you on my weight loss team! I hope one day I can be as cool and as neat of a person you are.

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TANNERS 8/11/2010 10:12AM

    TD, I know I have said it many times before, but I am so proud of you! I love your perspective. It often makes me take a second and look at my situation differently. You bring so much inspiration to spark and I don't think you even realize it.

Question though, once you reach your goal. Are you going to post a real picture of the new and improved TD, or are you really part of South Park? LOL

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YOGINI_JACKIE 8/11/2010 9:26AM

    Amazing. Congrats on the big 5-0 (When I first saw the title, I was like there is NO way he is 50 years old, hehehe), and here's to continued success!

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LIBBYFITZ 8/11/2010 8:21AM

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AKELAZ 8/11/2010 6:36AM

    TD - I wish you Happy Everything - including 5-0. emoticon

Your analogy is great emoticon - *just put the 50 pounds back on the rack and walk away from it * LOVE it!

Glad you're feeling as victorious as you actually are. You really do deserve it.
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PUCCIOLA08 8/11/2010 12:20AM

    How WONDERFUL! Way to go!! That's so amazing. When you held the 2 25 lb weights, can you imagine what our poor bodies have to put up with our extra weight? I can;t wait to get mine off for good!! Great job, you are very inspiring! Happy 5-0!!! :D

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PUCCIOLA08 8/11/2010 12:20AM

    How WONDERFUL! Way to go!! That's so amazing. When you held the 2 25 lb weights, can you imagine what our poor bodies have to put up with our extra weight? I can;t wait to get mine off for good!! Great job, you are very inspiring! Happy 5-0!!! :D

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PUCCIOLA08 8/11/2010 12:20AM

    How WONDERFUL! Way to go!! That's so amazing. When you held the 2 25 lb weights, can you imagine what our poor bodies have to put up with our extra weight? I can;t wait to get mine off for good!! Great job, you are very inspiring! Happy 5-0!!! :D

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PUCCIOLA08 8/11/2010 12:20AM

    How WONDERFUL! Way to go!! That's so amazing. When you held the 2 25 lb weights, can you imagine what our poor bodies have to put up with our extra weight? I can;t wait to get mine off for good!! Great job, you are very inspiring! Happy 5-0!!! :D

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LINDAGRAVEL 8/10/2010 10:55PM

    Happy 50th emoticon

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Today I Weigh 19................(long dramatic pause).......

Saturday, August 07, 2010

Goal 191 by 9.11!!
Last Week: 197.6
This Week: 195.8
(-1.8) Less than a pound from my 195 goal Yay!!

This past month has been really great weight-loss wise!
(Quick recap)
7/10: 202.8 (End of the "Bowling for Soup" days. I'll blog about this)

7/17: 201.4 (200.2 next days re-weigh)

7/24: 198.2 (Broke 200!)

7/31: 197.6 (Stayed under 200!)

8/07: 195.8

My goal when first starting SparkPeople was and still really is 195. Yes I have my 191 by 9.11 goal!! That is about trying again to meet a deadline goal. I set a goal some months back on that I quit on (195 by 5.29). Even if I don't make 191, I will not quit. I will not give up.

Heck, even if make the goal, I will probably go back up to 195 and not care if that's what my body would like.

Unlike all of my other goals which have been being in a new 5 pound range, this one is not about being below 195 (194.6/194.8). 195.0 or less is the goal and I am possibly a week away from it. This week I am going to continue:
* Eating out as little as possible
* Avoiding products High Fructose Corn Syrup (eating the versions with regular sugar)
* Heavy weight workouts
* 2-4 fruits per day

I may actually buy some vegetables this week. Probably not though. The weight workout, and the no eating out/HFCS thing are major changes. I'm going to stick to what I'm doing for now and hope that the trend continues.

Have a great weekend!!

- TD Out!

  
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KRITKRIT 8/10/2010 11:37AM

    TD Im so freaking proud of you! .8 .8 .8 away from your initial goal!!!!!!!

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HICALGAL 8/9/2010 7:09PM

    as i'm reading your blog...i'm feeling proud of you, smiling and in my heart...shouting WTG TRENT!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BYEBYEFAT. 8/8/2010 4:22PM

    Congrats! how exciting to be basically at your goal!! thats so awesome. :) and im interested to see if the "bowling for soup" blog is related to the band haha.

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COMPUCATHY 8/7/2010 10:41PM

    Keep doing what you're doing...it's working...and allowing those changes to get ingrained and become more of a habit will have the lasting effect...so you don't have to "do this again" in a few weeks. emoticon emoticon

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EYESOFERIN 8/7/2010 4:50PM

    Good progress! It's great that you are willing to be so honest with yourself, and that's got to be a big part of why you are seeing such progress. Keep it up!

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TANNERS 8/7/2010 10:06AM

    "I may actually buy some vegetables this week. Probably not though."

Love the honesty! So often we tell ourselves that we are going to do something when deep down we know it won't happen.

Keep up the great work TD! You rock!!

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YOGINI_JACKIE 8/7/2010 10:02AM

    Glad you're doing so well! Enjoy your weekend!

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T-ROY0019 8/7/2010 9:50AM

  Congratulations on the progress. I too have a goal set for September, mine is the 25th though and I want to be at 185lbs, now I'm at 194. Good luck

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