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Strange Visit 2.0

Sunday, December 04, 2011

(Trent Dreamer sits down and starts writing blogs)

In life we all constantly face tough decisions. Ones that affect us and others. Ones that change our lives or maintain our lives. Decisions such as:
* To speak up or stay silent.
* To keep trying or give up!
* Yoga vs. Pilates!!
* Being content with just plain old radio loving us
letting WAKY radio love us!!!!

Me, I'm a pilates kind of...

(loud knock on the door)

Trent (forehead down to palm): oh no, not this again (*sighs*).

(Trent gets up and opens door and sees nothing. He hears footsteps walk in past him and then sees an indentation on his futon mattress as a seemingly invisible person flops down on it)

Trent: I really need to cut down on the chocolate

Voice (from futon): Why?

Trent: OK, let's totally skip this little game here. Who are you?

Voice: Not who. What?

Trent (frustrated): OK, What are you.

Voice: I'll give you a hint. You don't know me. I can help get you to your goals.

Trent: Drawing a blank

Voice: You not knowing me is the reason you have been floundering aimlessly for the past year and a half despite having lost 20+ pounds and having the best life you've ever had.

Trent (snaps fingers and points toward futon): You're my motivation!!

Voice: Ding DING!!!!

Trent: So basically, you're here to call me out on the fact that I have been treading water here on SparkPeople because I don't really have a solid motivation behind my efforts.

Motivation: With cramps.

Trent: I don't see you because I don't know you.

Motivation: And unlike your 15% goal, you've never even established me.

Trent: And you're going to ask me some really difficult questions that I need to answer to proceed. Ones that I will need to think about.

Motivation: Really hard about.

Trent: Sweet (holds out fist. Motivation pounds). OK, fire away.

(To be continued)

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SCRAP317 12/10/2011 11:40AM

    Love it - sign me up too! I can't wait to hear the questions so I can steal them and ask myself!

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TSEWARD 12/7/2011 10:34PM

    Motivation, come out, show yourself!!!!

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BYEBYEFAT. 12/7/2011 10:48AM

    yay!! cant wait for..... part 2... your so fun to listen to :)

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DEBBICZ 12/6/2011 5:56PM

    love this! can't wait to read the next one!

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STESSOUTCHICK1 12/6/2011 11:53AM

  Yeah Baby

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FITGRL124 12/5/2011 8:55PM

    Your blogs are just so inspirational to me!!!! I love how you speak to yourself in these with questions that all of us (or at least most of us) need.

Love ya TD!

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KT-NICHOLS-13 12/5/2011 2:42PM

    I'm looking for the continuation.

It seems my motivation stayed in Jamaica - I'm calling her home and she best show up by 6:00 p.m. tonight! :)

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MEADSBAY 12/5/2011 1:21PM

    Love the jingles. TD!
Did you see the article 'sneaky ways that yoga helps you lose weight' somewhere here?

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11.19.2011: "Weigh In"

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Start: 40"
Last week: 40"
This week 40" slightly tight

Had Pizza last night. Definitely retained water from all of the salt.

Eating well has been tough, but the workouts are building up. Made it through a whole hour of Pilates (able to do most of the exercises). Back to doing kettlebells.

Things are going really well. I'm excited for next Summer.

I'm going to the beach and am going to wear a t-shirt that has never really fit well.

It will fit well.

- TD Out!

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STESSOUTCHICK1 11/28/2011 2:15PM

  OOOOOOOOLALA! making me look bad.
Keep it up

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TSEWARD 11/23/2011 7:32PM

    AWESOME GOALS...I have tried pilates, and it is way harder than it looks.

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AKELAZ 11/22/2011 12:35AM

    Sounds like a change of goal is a good move for you. An hour of Pilates is no mean feat - well done you. I love Pilates & have been doing it for years - keeps me supple which is some satisfaction at my great age.Dunno about kettlebells tho . . . Keep chasing the body fat % - I feel I may join you if I can just get some solid discipline into my life where food and movement are concerned. Rock on TD - you will get there for the summer. emoticon

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KT-NICHOLS-13 11/21/2011 1:57AM

    Great goal for summer!
Your positivity is shinning!
Awesome job on the Pilates - that's a tough workout.

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SILVERANGEL6 11/20/2011 6:02PM

    Well done! Feels good to be in charge, doesn't it?
In my book the key is when you say to yourself, "I will do such and such" and follow that up with being determined to see it through. That's making the decision in your head, and the rest will be easy. Just try not to obsess about food, just try and stay calm, and put it to the back of your mind, keep very busy, then negative thoughts won't fill your head. Deliberately make yourself busy. It's working, like it
s now working for me.
I lost 2 kilos, one which I had put back on & another one. As I've been stuck for 6 - 7 weeks, I'm so happy that I'm moving again. My walking, although sporadic is working....yeah!!

My congrats to you...keep it up....

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FITGRL124 11/20/2011 4:22PM

    I love pizza. emoticon

What if you make it at home? Sometimes I improvise and use a whole wheat low carb tortilla wrap. I use it as my crust. I add low sodium pizza sauce, part skim mozzarella cheese topped with peppers, onions, mushrooms and tomatoes. It's delicious and really gets me over the pizza cravings.


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HICALGAL 11/20/2011 2:04AM

    i like to make my own pizza with pita bread or eng muffin. throw on marinara sauce, sauteed veggies (bell peppers, mushrms, onions, etc) olives and low fat mozarella and pop it in the toaster oven till cheese melts...soooo good! enjoy a happy and healthy thanksgiving! emoticon

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STESSOUTCHICK1 11/19/2011 7:58PM

  Good 4 u! as far as the missing teacher goes, I
only had 2 lessons and I am not sure if I am doing
it right. But what I did learn I am practiceing.

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STEELKICKIN 11/19/2011 7:30PM

    I saw kettlebells where I work and wondered about taking them up....wonder if a person with neck problems should do it??

You're doing so GREEEEAT! I've been diving into the pecan pie too often now I'm paying with it with tight pants, too. Gotta get back on the bandwagon.

Keep up the awesome work!

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TRENTDREAMER 11/19/2011 6:12PM

    Not going to post a real picture of myself.

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MEADSBAY 11/19/2011 5:15PM

    THEN will you post a pic of the real TD?

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RUNJEWELRUN 11/19/2011 3:33PM

    Yay! I know you will :)

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11.12.2011: "Weigh In", This Week, and NSV

Saturday, November 12, 2011

** Given a disproportional focus that I've had on my weight at the expense of exercise, cardio health and bodyfat%, I'm not weighing myself until New Years Eve, Instead, I am putting on a belt whose notches measure 37"-41" and using the most comfortable notch as a "measurement".**

1) Waist:
- Start: 40"
- Today: 40"

2) This Week
Eating and exercise went well. Interval training and bootcamp :)

3) NSV: Buying whole grains.

about 3-4 months ago, I started getting more organized with my grocery shopping. I started to plan my purchases of perishables (meats, dairy, fruits and vegetables) so that I would buy enough to last me a week, until the next trip to the grocery store.

Once I got that under control, I noticed that I had a lot of non-perishables that had been hanging around a long time (Oats, rissotto, whole grain cereal, etc). about 6 weeks ago, I decided to put a moratorium on buying new grains until I had used all of them up (with a few exceptions).

I am now down to:
* 1/2 cup oats
* 1/2 cup cereal
* 3 servings of pasta

The oatmeal and cereal will be eaten first thing Monday when I get to work. The pasta will not likely make it through the weekend. If it does, it will be finished off Monday for dinner

So this weekend for the first time in a long time, buying whole grains will be part of my shopping for the week. My grain cabinet is now under control.

I feel as though I have symbolically closed the last chapter of my attempt to organize my food shopping.

Just thought I'd share.

- TD Out!

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SYN-CA 11/20/2011 11:17PM

    TD, you must have watched Dr. Oz's cowboy with his belt as his marker for his weight loss?

Great grocery planning!

Keep up the good work, and you'll have that 36' waist soon!

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SILVERANGEL6 11/20/2011 5:56PM

    Well done, feels good to be in charge, doesn't it? The key is, you made a decision in your head, and being determined to stick to it will do the rest.
In my book, once you've made that decision, "I will do such and such" and telling yourself that you are determined this time to see it through, well, the rest is easy.

Keep it up, we are all proud of you....

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MEADSBAY 11/17/2011 1:10PM

You are making all kinds of progress on your journey to better health, my friend!


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STESSOUTCHICK1 11/15/2011 2:51PM

  Now we could b doing the same same thing.
Good Job Captain!

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KT-NICHOLS-13 11/15/2011 12:16PM

    I often look at my over stuffed pantry and reflect on your new approach to shopping. I must find the balance too and get more creative in ways to use what we already have. Which will make room for something new and exciting that I have yet to discover. Thanks for the inspiration!

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SILVERANGEL6 11/13/2011 11:47PM

    Well done, feels good, doesn't it?


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TRACEYROCK 11/12/2011 10:10PM

    Grovery shopping under control? Planned for a whole week? What's that feel like?

Way to go!

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Strange Visit 1.5: In Conclusion

Sunday, November 06, 2011

(Trent and his 15% goal walk back into Trentís apartment. 15% sits down on the futon. Trent writes a blog)

Trent: Since joining SparkPeople, Iíve made many bold statements about life and weight loss. Statements such as:
- Being able to analyze a bad day is can be better than having a good day.
- Starting slow and small and gradually building up is the way to go (Thanks, SparkGuy!!!)
- My SparkFriends mean the world to me and I am eternally grateful to God for providing them
- Forget the Beatles, Elvis, the Stones, Joplin and Hendrix. THIS GUY should be the musical act the world remember from the 1960ís

Today, though, I make perhaps the boldest one yet.

My goal has been and will continue to be 195 pounds at 15% body fat. Unlike the last couple of years, my primary focus will be on the later part of the goal rather than the former.

(15% goal makes crowd-cheering exhale noise)

Iíve focused on eating well, but at the expense of exercising. As a result, Iíve lost a decent amount of weight, but not gotten much physically healthier. Iíve kept the first part of the goal on a pedestal while neglecting the second. Iím in better shape than I was 20-25 pounds ago, but I want more.

Until New Years Eve, I will not weigh myself. Rather, I will keep track of my waist-line and general definition. I will measure this by using a new belt that fits at the second notch in (about 40Ē)

Going forward, I will continue to eat healthfully in the ways that I do and try to improve on the ways that I donít. Just not at the expense of exercising. If I am ravenously hungry as I continue to exercise, I will find ways to feel more full on less calories. I presume through fiber, protein and healthy fats. Weíll see.

I will push myself to do more exercise. Starting at 25 minutes per session this week (4 sessions) and will add 2 minutes each week to each session till I am at 45 minutes per. Then I will start adding another day. I will go into more details in future blogs.

In conclusion. Same goal. Balanced focus. 15% is just as important as 195. More so now, given how close I am to 195 and how far from 15% I am. The road is long to get to 15%, but itís one Iím willing to travel no matter how tough it is. We'll see.

(15% goal gets up and starts to walk to the door)

Trent: Hey, where are you going?

15%: Iím leaving for now. My work here is done. Donít worry, youíll meet me again. For real next time. I would say in the next half year or so.

Trent: Thanks for stopping by.

(15% bows respectfully and walks out door)

Trent (back to blog): - TD Out!

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AKELAZ 11/9/2011 3:27PM

    Your blogs are always so interesting and thought-provoking XXX
Only just caught up with this one - and I LOVE it!! I'm far too obsessed with the scales and my weight right now and have become concerned about how often I am jumping on them. I don't have an eating disorder and I don't want one but I've suddenly had a glimpse of how that happens. You are possibly my saving grace in that respect - and others, I may say.

Sounds like a great goal to me - aiming for loss of pounds is not always the healthiest way to go. All the best with your 15% goal. emoticon

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TRENTDREAMER 11/7/2011 9:07PM

    Not going to post a picture of myself.

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HICALGAL 11/7/2011 5:44AM

    i luv non scale vics..helloooo belt! good luck!!

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RUNJEWELRUN 11/6/2011 9:31PM

    Yay! Yes I agree it would be nice to see an actual pic of you :)

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SILVERANGEL6 11/6/2011 6:25PM

    When you meet him again, are we to be treated to a nice pic of the real Trent?............. I hid behind my 18 yo self for ages, before posting a photo of the real me, (taken 3 years ago.) Still haven't felt confidant enough to have another (new) one taken even though I'm 17 kilos lighter. Maybe at Xmas!!

Looking forward to your journey. I've just started mine, too, as I was the same, lost the weight but didn't exercise, and still need to lose another 17 kilos, so I'll be watching your story closely.

Good luck, Trent.... emoticon

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FITGRL124 11/6/2011 3:52PM

    YES!!! You will meet 15% again and then so will all of us!! emoticon emoticon

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Strange Visit 1.4: New "Scale"

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.

Trent: How?

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.)

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SCRAP317 11/5/2011 9:47AM

    I love your mind! And I think you're onto something! Keep us posted! xo

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RUNJEWELRUN 11/5/2011 9:25AM

    Hmmm interesting. I can't wait to see what happens next :)

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TOOTERFISH 11/4/2011 5:20AM

    excellent shift Trent --

your belt concept is kinda what i've been doing with my old jeans.
now that i'm in them, I've pulled out my smaller funky black jeans to try on every few days or so (when the mood strikes)
heh, instead of notches, i gauge thighs, butt, and muffin top :)

Hope you find this method more satisfying than the % on the scale.

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TRACEYROCK 11/3/2011 3:05PM

    I think 15% is right- sometimes using a measuring stick other than the scale is the best thing you can do. I guess I'll cheer for you to put another notch in your belt. (First time I've ever said that!) emoticon

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