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Strange Visit 1.3: The Cold Hard Facts

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

(Trent and an anthropomorphic representation of his goal of 15% body fat discuss)

15%: When you started on Sparkpeople, what was your weight and bf%?

Trent: 225 pounds at 25%.

15% (takes out smartphone and loads calculator app.): So 225x25%Ö. 56.25 pounds of fat. And whatís your average been over the past few weeks?

Trent: about 200 at 21%

15% (enters numbers): 42 pounds. So youíve lost 25 pounds of weight and 14 pounds of fat. Youíve actually lost muscle.

Trent: Ouch.

15%: OK, so why did I become goalum non gratum?

Trent: I wanted to hit 195. I assumed that you would follow.

15%: And I followed. For awhile. You became more basically active. You walked more. Shoveled snow when it came. You worked out once or twice a week. Heck, when you took pilates weekly, you were down to 20%.

Trent: yeah. I focused more on eating than exercise. Never went too deep with that.

15%: And that really was the right thing to do at first. Your eating was a mess and your body couldnít have handled much more than you were giving it exercise wise. As you lost the weight, once you were at 210 or so, you probably should have started focusing more on exercise. In late 2009 what you have been doing was smart, now in late 2011 itís a bit irrelevant.

Let me ask you this, ďWhat did your exercise and eating look like when you were in fact 195 pounds, 15% and member of the month at your gym?"

Trent: Gosh, I worked out 7-8 times per week. Two step classes a week taught by a very aggressive instructor. Two 40 minute heavy exercise bike sessions and three weight lifting (upper and lower body sessions). I ate a ton. Junk food. Fast food. More chocolate than I do now, if thatís possible.

15%: Not that I would advocate going back to eating like that, but I think itís time for you to start playing it less conservative with the exercise. You do 25 mintes five days a week right?

Trent: Yes adding one minute each week to each session.

15%: Switch over to cardio. Machines and classes that youíre not used to. Youíll burn more calories and probably build more muscle. Go up by two minutes each session per week for 4 sessions per week cardio wise. Get a couple of regular classes back into the mix. Kickboxing, bootcamp, etc. Get a good calorie burn going for you.

Trent: Sound good Iíll work on a plan.

(To be continued)

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TSEWARD 11/2/2011 9:50PM

    That is some spot on, straight talkin' inner dialogue. It is a challenge to master eating right and progressively more challenging exercise. And sufficient rest. And...well, you get my point. To keep up on one goal without slacking on the others.

BTW you are doing awesome! keep up with the honesty.

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SILVERANGEL6 11/2/2011 1:06AM

    Boyohboyohboy!!! Sounds just how I talk to myself. When I started 14 months ago, I was walking 5 times a week, (and doing stretching & other exercise that befits an old woman with arthritis lol) but stopped at Xmas, I am about to re-start, this Friday is my goal. But this year I am determined not to stop at Xmas, but to keep on walking and exercising. I have lost 17 kilos in that time, and yay for me, but am sad I stopped exercising, as my skin never tightened up as it would have if I'd kept up the work. My belly is now all flabby & horrible, and feels bigger, even though all my pants are now too big! So, alternately happy & sad.....I will do it, I will do it.....Good on you Trent. Keep it up, I wish you all the best with it.

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RUNJEWELRUN 11/1/2011 8:59PM

    Awww! I love how you are talking to yourself! So, basically you know what to do, its just taking that leap to do it.
You got this homie :)

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Strange Visit 1.2: Trentís Reminder

Saturday, October 29, 2011

(Trent walks out to parking lot. Athletically lean built strange guy wearing a black zipped up track jacket is sitting on the hood of Trentís car holding a folded black leather belt casually snapping it. Trent walks toward him frustrated. Pointing finger at him)

Guy (smiles. Opens arms): Trent! Howíd the rest of the blog go?

Trent: Cut the crap. Who are you?

Guy (still smiling, shakes head in disbelief): You really donít recognize me.

Trent: I donít *recognize* you because Iíve never *met* you

Guy: Youíve never *met* me because you *created* me.

Trent (Throws arms backs and rolls head/eyes in complete disbelief): Given that youíre about the same age as me, I seriously doubt that that will hold in a court of law.

Guy (resigned impatient sigh): Maybe this will jog your memory.

(guy jumps off hood of car, puts down belt and then unzips and removes track jacket, revealing a dark faded vintage ringer t-shirt with a large ď15%Ē on the front)

Trent (stunned. jaw drops): OhÖ

Guy (nods): yeah, the other half.

(Trent still stunned)

Guy: Most of your friends and SparkFriends donít remember me because itís been so long since youíve mentioned me. Please enlighten them. What was your original goal when joining Spark People?

Trent (nods acceptingly): 195 pounds at 15% body fat.

Fifteen: Ding Ding!!! Yup. Now we can start talking.

Trent: Letís. (Trent extends right hand)

(They shake)

Trent: Good to see you again.

(To be continued)

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AKCHELLE 11/1/2011 4:00AM

    I like this guy.

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RUNJEWELRUN 10/29/2011 6:58AM

    LOL! Yes, I forgot about him :)
You can do it TD :)

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Strange Visit

Thursday, October 27, 2011

(Trent at computer starts writing a blog)

Trent: Since joining Spark People, Iíve pondered many deep questions:
* What does success really mean?
* How do I withstand and break plateaus?
* How do I put this journey into perspective?
* Could SHE be the future Mrs. TrentDreamer

The way I see itÖ.

(Knock on door. Trent stops, walks over and opens door. A guy roughly Trentís age walks in past Trent. Heís wearing a pair of darkwashed jeans and a ĺ zipped up black track jacket with a tshirt underneath. Heís carrying a black leather belt).

Trent (kind of surprised. Doesnít recognize the strange person): Please come in.

Guy (flops himself down on Trentís futon): Donít mind if I do.

(Trent shrugs and walks back to his computer)

Trent: So the way I see it, no question have I pondered more than, ďWhat will it be like to hit my goal?Ē Iíve been less than five pounds away from it for over a year now.

(Guy on futon coughs twice forcefully. Trent pauses, briefly glances over shoulder at guy then turns back to computer)

Iíve been struggling in this area. Iíve tried everything. Better eating. More fruits, more vegetables, proper amounts of protein, etc.. Despite all of this, for some reason I feel like Iím missing something. Itís like Iím totally on the wrong track.

Guy (sarcastically): HmmmmmmmmmmÖ.

(Trent looks over shoulder give the strange person a glare. Guy smiles and waves at Trent).

Trent (back to computer): Anyway. Iím just going to keep trying. Keep making adjustments. Make no mistake about it. I will get my goal by doing what Iím doing itís just a matter of time!

(guy chortles)

(Trent whips around facing Futon)

Trent: OK! What!?! WHO ARE YOU? What do you want!? Why are you here?

Guy (Surprised smirk on his face): Seriously? You donít know who I am?

Trent: Ummmmm. No.

Guy (sighs): Meet me outside when youíre done with your blog.

(guy gets up and walks towards door)

Trent: OK, see you in a few.

Guy: l8r

(guy walks out door)

Trent (back to blog): So anyway. Like I said, ďJust a matter of time before I hit my goalĒ.

- TD out!

(to be continued)

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TEENY_BIKINI 10/29/2011 11:38AM

    Well, go on with your bad self.


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STESSOUTCHICK1 10/28/2011 2:40PM

  Sounds like he is what u want to be babe.

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RUNJEWELRUN 10/28/2011 9:15AM

    Is the guy the new you?
Can't wait to hear the rest :)

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FITGRL124 10/28/2011 8:50AM

    I love this blog Trent! So insightful.


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The ďEmpty FridgeĒ Feeling

Monday, October 24, 2011

One thing Iíve noticed about my life recently when it comes to eating is my fridge.

There are two general stereotypes of the refrigerators of single guys.
* The fridge thatís full of canned drinks and expired perishables/takeout containers
* The empty one, save a half gallon of milk and leftovers from the previous night (because said single guy usually eats out 3 meals per day)

Mine has traditionally resembled the former despite living a lifestyle that should yield the later. Food was always going bad, or being rushed to eat before doing so.

Around July, I decided to get more organized in my life in several aspects. One of them involved food shopping. I reduced the number of vegetables I bought to match the 1-3 per week I was eating. When shopping for fruit each week , I would buy enough for 3-4 per day. The same with Dairy and Meat (less if I knew I was going to eat out more).

A few of weeks ago, I put a moratorium on buying non-perishable grains and have finished off some brown rice and couscous that have been in my cabinets for a while. Iím now down to a box of cereal, a bag of pasta and two boxes of Risotto. By next weekís trip to the grocery store, I will be down to few enough grains to justify buying new ones again.

Much like the other four food groups, I will by them per what I will reasonably consume over the next 7 days (maybe a little more for variety sake).

I no longer throw out vegetables. I no longer feel forced to pay attention to whether the milk is about to expire.

I love the feeling the day before I go shopping when I see the food in my fridge down to just about a days worth. As I head to the store the next day thereís a cup of yogurt, 1-2 pieces of fruit and maybe a few eggs left.

Itís freedom to not waste the food and know that Iím eating all of the healthy foods that Iíve bought. I love the new once a week empty fridge look.


TD Out!

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RUNJEWELRUN 10/28/2011 9:13AM


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DIEHL79 10/25/2011 8:44PM

    The empty fridge feeling is the best. Makes shopping fun!

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MEADSBAY 10/24/2011 9:10PM

    My DH LOVES to have an empty fridge.
I hate it.
It reminds me too much of growing up poor.
I understand your thinking, though- makes sense.
Maybe if I was alone I would feel better about it.


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KT-NICHOLS-13 10/24/2011 8:21PM

    This is great! I love that you're not wasting food or money and you are eating fresh, fresh, fresh.

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STESSOUTCHICK1 10/24/2011 7:14PM

  good for you. I have the same feeling.
I also am doing well in kickboxing.
See what Baby Jen did now!

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LANNIEMANUEL 10/24/2011 6:45PM

    good for you.

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7% CHALLENGE: Last Week 197.8 | This Week......

Saturday, October 22, 2011


Had a large lunch out yesterday. Lots of salt. Probably would have weighed about the same as last week if I hadn't.

I'm really struggling with motivation weightloss-wise. Not in that broken "is it worth it" sense.

I just feel like I'm climbing the wrong tree trying to.

Next week, I will try to eat healthy. I will continue to:
* Eat 3-5 servings of fruit
* 2-4 servings of dairy
* shoot for 5 servings of vegetables (been only getting four per week this month)

I think that I'm going to focus on whole grains and try to eat less sugar. Maybe that's the ticket.

Either way, I feel like it's more about trying to do things to get healthier, not losing weight.

Don't get me wrong I will probably lose some weight, but I feel that I will get more satisfaction from the other health benefits that it will bring.

I dunno.

- TD Out

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STESSOUTCHICK1 10/23/2011 5:30PM

  HUNNY that might as well be me.
AS I would put it GOOD GRIEF!
Well I have some great news, See my blog.
You would be proud of me.

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SYN-CA 10/23/2011 11:55AM

    Never quit trying to try! You will get to your goal. You are still under the big 2 oh oh!!! Yay! Keep up the good work!

Ya baby! in the ones.....

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RUNJEWELRUN 10/23/2011 10:07AM

    You can do it TD :)

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HICALGAL 10/23/2011 2:33AM

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KT-NICHOLS-13 10/22/2011 9:01PM

    "... I feel like it's more about trying to do things to get healthier, not losing weight." Love this! Looking forward to hearing about your journey next week.

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SCRAP317 10/22/2011 3:08PM

    Amen brother! I agree, getting healthy is the focus, losing weight is one of the benefits of feeling good about how you feel inside. Keep up the good work - you're the best meal builder I know!

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MEADSBAY 10/22/2011 12:00PM

    I have had to do the same thing.
Just keep trying to eat healthier and healthier and work out as much as is comfortable and reasonable and nip the negative dear-lord-look-at-that-huge-butt thinking in the bud.
The hell with the scale.

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FITGRL124 10/22/2011 9:17AM

    I'm up too!!!

"I'm really struggling with motivation weightloss-wise. Not in that broken "is it worth it" sense."

OMGOSH - ME TOO!!!!!! Sometimes I just want to give up. However, then I realize that when I give up is when I get fat and besides I really like eating healthy and exercising.

Moving forward - this is all we can do!

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