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Tuesday, January 04, 2011

About my weight......

Saturday, I took all of my initial numbers and almost all of them seemed reasonably close to healthy range (one was actually in the healthy range).

I had hoped to come up with a general picture of my health that would involve a holistic analysis of what I needed to do to get my health, as a whole, back into check and not just focus on my weight.

A) My weight is the only number that is really high
B) The other numbers will most likely all fall into place once I lose more weight
C) My weight has been pretty stuck

**2009/2010 course of action:**
A) Tough it out and lose five to 5-10 pounds in 3-5 weeks
B) Get really excited, celebrate and enjoy the ride (blog about it)
C) Get stuck in a plateau for 2-4 months (get frustrated about it)
D) Tread water and then rally
E) Repeat steps A-D

As bad as the plateaus got, I never gained the weight back. This last plateau didn't stick and I gained the weight plus some back. I'm starting to realize that I've been able to get by with minor modifications and by making slightly less bad health decisions without addressing the real issues.

**The 2011 course of action:**
- Come up with a gap/swot analysis
- Figure out the root of the issue involving my weight-loss or lack-thereof
- Figure out how to over come.
- Address the issue head-on and unrelentingly, but calm and collectedly.

The ultimate key is to remember one of the things that I learned from one of my "dream" blogs

"Understand that you may be technically overweight, but that it's 'something to address' not 'something that will kill you in six months'. Focus on the road, not the destination. This isn't a game and the number on the scale is not your 'score'. "

(Gotta love visits by ghosts and guys from New Jersey)

So, it's time to address:

Yes, I'm overweight....but I'm not "Heart-Attack/Stroke coming right around the corner.

I'm a typical young American male who needs to lose 10-20 pounds, eat healthier and exercise a little more.

It's time to get to the bottom of why I am where I am.....the rock bottom.

- TD Out!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

RUNJEWELRUN 1/7/2011 6:01PM

    You are going to kick this in the butt :)
Have a great weekend :)

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KRITKRIT 1/6/2011 1:30PM

    You've always been my spark rock and you still are, TD!!!

I know you got this. I have 100% complete faith in you!

Here's to you in 2011!

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ANEPANALIPTI 1/6/2011 10:52AM

    So freaking awesome. Thank you for blogging, I totally admire you!!!!

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TEENY_BIKINI 1/5/2011 7:07PM

    This is a great blog with a great conclusion. Realizing that you are normal is quite liberating - it completely shifts the focus in many ways. Kudos for you for getting to that place. It's a great place! Now, rock bottom - that is hard core stuff which I am sure you will and can conquer. The answers are all there - I agree wholeheartedly.

Seems like you have the clarity you need. Now, go on and battle! You can do it!


Proud of ya :)

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TANNERS 1/5/2011 2:08PM

    You can do this... just keep talking it out to your masses!! I'm proud of how hard you are working to get to the root of the problem!!

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STEELKICKIN 1/4/2011 11:00PM

    Niiiice! A man with a gotta love that. TD IS KICKIN'!

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MEADSBAY 1/4/2011 8:42PM

    "This isn't a game and the number on the scale is not your 'score'. "

LOVE this thought.


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VIVRE5 1/4/2011 8:00PM

    hmmm aren't you an interesting fellow... I will be following you , perhaps a bit slapdash, to see how it is flowin' :) good luck in the new year , pal. Not that ya need seem to keep your head above water decidedly well :) emoticon I won't forget to check back... pretty sure it will be thought - provoking.

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MNGIRLIE 1/4/2011 7:51PM

    If you haven't already I would suggest you check out this link:

You'll get there. It's important that you're patient with yourself. Driving yourself batty over those 10 - 20 pounds won't do you a lick of good mentally.

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State of the Dreamer (01.01.2011)

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Below are my starting numbers for the year.

Weight: 204.8
A healthy BMI would have me at 182.0. That's 23 pounds to lose. That comes to about a half of a pound per week on average. I will blog about this goal specifically, Lord willing.
* I will take this measurement once a week.

Body Fat %: 21%
8-19% is listed as healthy for me. I am not too concerned about this. I believe that as I lose the weight, change my diet and work out increasingly throughout the year, the number will be well below 19% by the dawn of 2012.
* I will take this measurement once a week.

Waist: 41"
I've got to research this one more to determine what is the healthy range for my height. I believe that this will correct itself as I exercise more and eat more healthfully.
* I will take this measurement once a month.

Blood Pressure: 122.33 / 73.66 average of three measurements
-The diastolic number is actually really good (below 80).
- While my systolic is a bit higher than the max healthy range (120), I am totally not worried about this. Again, as I make gradual changes to my diet and add exercise, I believe that this will correct itself
*I will take this measurement once a month.

Resting heart rate: 71
Not sure about this. I think had 72 and above as being something to watch, but I don't remember for sure. I'll look into this
* I will take this measurement once a week.

Cholesterol: (TBD)
About half way through the year, I'm going to get this checked. I want to have lost some weight and made some changes that would give me a healthy reading. This is a tough measurement to get frequently so I'm going to make it count

Bottom Line: I have about 23 pounds to lose (about .5 per week). Overall, I'm happy with my health and we'll see how 2011 goes.

I will post a monthly blog with updates to all of these numbers

Happy New Year 2011 to you.

- TD Out!

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KRITKRIT 1/4/2011 12:16PM


Look forward to seeing those numbers go down!

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SYN-CA 1/4/2011 9:43AM

    Your goals look very realistic and right on track, Trent. I know you can accomplish them! Happy New Year!


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RUNJEWELRUN 1/3/2011 11:26AM

    YOU will totally do it :)
I love you muah!

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SCRAP317 1/2/2011 3:12PM

    Good job and good goals! You're on it! emoticon

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TANNERS 1/2/2011 8:45AM

    I love your new approach TD! It gives me a lot to think about. Keep us posted!

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Final Weigh-in For 2010

Friday, December 31, 2010

Goal 195
First Weigh-in for 2010: 213.8
Final Weigh-in for 2010: 204.4
(-9.4 pounds.) yay :)

While I fully admit that I would have like to have lost the additional 10 pounds (I actually had at one point), I'm ok with the 10 pounds.

The fact of the matter is, I've been going about this whole weight-loss/healthy lifestyle thing all wrong. I've been focusing on the weight itself, not the changes that I need to make to be healthier (which, by proxy will help me weigh less).

Post ghostum, I restarted the actual Spark Diet fast break stage my goals are
* 1-2 fruits veggies a day
* 10 minutes of cardio a day
* Read something motivational

I happen to own a copy of "The Spark", so I've been reading that. It's helping me to understand the importance of picking goals that will challenge me, but not overwhelm me. While I still have a lot to sort out regarding motivation, I am limiting my cardio and weigh workouts to 10 minutes apiece. I will add 10% each week.

We'll see how it goes.

Thank you to everyone who has read my blogs and commented on my page. I really appreciated your friendship and support.

At the highest level my plan is to:
"Make 2011 a little slice of heaven"

Happy New Year.

Drive safely and please drive sober.

- TD Out!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

KRAFTIJAN 1/1/2011 5:43PM

    Lovely blog. At last you "get it".. that is an achievement in it self. Well done so very proud of where you have landed for the start of the new year. Together we can do this.. Very pleased to call you my friend and I know that my journey will be easy to continue with you walking along beside me.

Always your friend Jan.. emoticon emoticon emoticon
( AKA Aty J..)xxx

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ANEPANALIPTI 1/1/2011 5:27PM

    I own the Spark too and am ashamed to say I haven't read past the beginning! My copy is in Greece so when I get back I am going to restart it and read it too... Good idea.

And I am loving the 10 min idea. Would definitely help me with ST, which I tend to start and stop, start and stop!!!

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TANNERS 1/1/2011 12:02PM

    Looking forward to being your cheerleader in 2011!! This will be your year TD!!

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SCRAP317 12/31/2010 4:47PM

    Awesome goals and love your slogan! You will have a great year Trent - I just bought the Spark Book and am enjoying it so far. Happy New Year! Chris emoticon

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MEADSBAY 12/31/2010 9:52AM

    "Make 2011 a little slice of heaven" LOVE this!

Sure wish I had lost 10 pounds in 2010!

I am confident that I will in 2011. emoticon

May 2011 be your best year ever!

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What the Dreamer Dreams (The Dreamer Awaketh)

Saturday, December 25, 2010

(Trent wakes up, yawns and stretches.)

Trent: Hmmmm. Where to begin.

(Logs onto Spark people)

Let's see (typing) New Title and Introduction.

(continues typing) Hmmmm...New goal.

Save your changes......and click

(Saves changes)

Picks up a birth certificate and sees "December 25, 2010" forming in the date line

(Clicks change status link)

(types) Trent Dreamer says...."Merry Christmas!!"


(Thinking out loud) I get it. "Old Christine" would become "Christine 1"........ and "New Christine" would become Christine 2!!!

(The End)

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MEADSBAY 12/25/2010 7:44PM

    omg- I'm intimidated by Mary Ann's clever reply!
Merry Christmas!

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DREMARGRL 12/25/2010 7:33PM

    (Mary Ann smiles and lets out a little chuckle)

Praise Trent for being on Spark People and gets a big "E" for effort

(Smiling from the inside out)

Be sure to tell Trent that he is special and I love his style!

(Wishing out loud)

I certainly hope he'll join me in losing these damn lbs. packed on eating goodies over the holidays and be my friend to encourage me to do so!!

(Pass on a loving message to above fabulous person)



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What the Dreamer Dreams (part 12)

Friday, December 24, 2010

(GIT of Dreamer's future and Trent are flying through the early morning sky back to Trent's Apartment complex. Trent is completely drained)

GIT: Make decision to change. Your life not bad now. It can be so much better though. Less burden. More freedom.

(They land about 15 to 20 feet from Trent's building)

GIT: Take what we've told you. Think about it. Let it make difference in your life so you can make difference in others' lives. Make decision to start really living.

Trent: (barely awake, mumbles) Thanks.

(Trent starts walking back toward the building)

GIT: Oh, and Trent!

(Trent turns around toward her)

Merry Christmas!

Trent: You as well.

(Trent continues to door takes his keys out of his pocket as he approaches the door)

(GIT of Dreamer's future watches Trent enter his apartment as the Ghost of Dreamer's past and Joey come over to her and stand on each side of her)

GIT (leans over to GODP and whispers): What you think? Is good?

Ghost of Dreamer's Past: (with quiet confidence) He'll be fine.

Joey: (nods in agreement) Yeah, just fine.

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DREMARGRL 12/25/2010 7:36PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

We'll BOTH be fine....just fine! Goodnight..
From your new dreamer friend,

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MEADSBAY 12/24/2010 4:00PM

    I agree.
You will be fine.
You ARE fine.
It will only get better and better.
Enjoy today.

Comment edited on: 12/24/2010 4:06:14 PM

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LIFEGENESIS 12/24/2010 2:50PM

    I like. :)

Thanks for stopping by, haven't heard from you in a while. How are things going in your neck of the woods? have given me some ideas. So thank you! Have a Merry Christmas! And dream a little dream for me.


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