Thursday, November 03, 2011
(Trent continues discussion with 15% body fat goal)
15% (picks up black leather belt off of the hood of Trentís car): Here you go. This is your new scale (holds out for Trent to take).
Trent (puzzled): Huh?
15%: You heard me. Eat well on Friday, like you usually do and weigh yourself on the old scale Saturday morning. After that, until the end of the year, use this as your guide.
15% Put it on. How many notches?
Trent (puts on belt): Second notch in.
15%: Good, thatís 40 inches.
Trent: But my scale measures bodyfat.
15%: Itís not very accurate, you know that. When you eat a salty meal and retain water. It takes you down a percent. When you lose 2 pounds on any given week it knocks that number up by a percent. Your obsession with your actual weight has held you back from exercising. I donít think you could handle the scale saying 205-207, but that might happen at first it you let it.
Instead, every Saturday morning, put on a pair of higher waisted jeans or cargoes and put on the belt and see what notch youíre most comfortable at and whether itís loose, tight or just right.
Trent: OK, so 40 inches slightly loose today.
15%: Exactly. If say next week 40 is more than slightly loose and 39 is more than just a little tight, call it 39.5 (Otherwise stick with the most comfortable notch and Ďslightly loose/tightí). Donít get into percentages/fractions if you can avoid it. Keep it simple
Trent: Wait, what about my ďlose 7% goal by end of fallĒ goal.
15%: If you focus on me, youíre probably going to gain at least three pounds short term. You may lose some of that late November to mid December, but I highly doubt that you can or want to be 185 pounds in 7 weeks. You havenít been that since high school and you had no muscle to speak of then.
With all due respect the leader of the team running that challenge is the leader of a team called ďlose 1 pound or 1 inch a weekĒ. I think sheíll be on your side with your wanting to chop down the waist-line.
Trent: Iíll talk with her.
(15% holds belt out. Trent takes it)
(To be continued.)
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.
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)
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!
(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 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)
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.
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