Sunday, December 25, 2011
(Knock on door, Trent opens and motivation walks in wearing a contemporary high stanced black suit, a wrinkled modern-fit shirt unbuttoned at the top and loosened tie)
MOTIVATION: Hi Trent!
TRENT: I hate you.
TRENT: I know exactly what youíre doing.
MOTIVATION: ÖAnd that isÖ..
TRENT: The suit. You know my situation
MOTIVATION: Yes, I do. Your SparkFriends donít, though. Inform them.
TRENT: OK. (walks over to computer. Starts blogging)
When I was in really good shape my first year out of college, I bought two suits. I was a few pounds overweight, but proportioned like a typical American. A size 44 right off of the rack fit perfectly, both the jacket and the pants. Suits usually have a 6Ē drop (the difference between the jacket size and pants size). A size 44 suit comes with size 38 pants.
When I gained the 50+ pounds, I was forced to buy suit separates and sizes far larger than I cared for (size 46 Jacket and 42Ē pants). I dreamed that someday when I lost the weight, I would once again be able to buy a regular suit. Not separates.
A few weeks ago, I needed a suit for a special occasion. While my jacket size is now a snug 42Ē. The pants had to be a 38Ē waist. 36Ē pants are still way too tight and a 44 jacket looks big on me. It annoys me.
- TD Out!
MOTIVATION: OK, so whats the goal, motivation and game plan.
TRENT: The goal remains the same. 15% bodyfat. The motivation, one of them anyway, is to buy an actual suit rather than separates. The game plan is to burn fat and build muscle.
New Years Eve 2013 is now only 372 days away. Next year is going to be my year health-wise. Lord willing, I will go to a New Years eve party either rocking a modern fit size 42 suit or be able to if the dress-code deems said attire inappropriate. Iíll wear the suit on the last non-jeans day at the office (or another occasion) if the later is the case.
Motivation #3: To be able to wear regular suits instead of separates.
Barney Stinson, watch out. Thereís going to be a new player in the suit game!
MOTIVATION: Cool beans, sounds like youíre on this one.
TRENT: Iíve got a couple other related goals and motivations which I will blog about this week.
MOTIVATION: Excellent! Happy New Year, both this upcoming one and the next.
TRENT: Thanks, You too.
(Motivation leaves apartment)
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Motivation #1: Freedom from Sugar and Salt
"TRENT: (Snaps fingers) Iíve got it. My motivation is freedom. I want to be free to make healthy decisions. I want to be able to reap the benefits of the exercises that I do. I want to have the healthy food choices shape a healthier life rather than offset other unhealthy ones. I want to sail my ship, not constantly be bailing water out! Thatís my motivation. Freedom! "
Motivation #2: To be Able to Exercise to the Fullest
Even though I've lost 20-30 pounds over the last 2 years, I've still felt like the fat kid when exercising. I met with a potential personal trainer this morning, and it finally hit me why.
Even though I was able to do all of the exercises with proper form, the stretches were killer and I felt more resistance than the weights should have been giving.
I lack flexibility especially in the neck/shoulders and lower body (a product of sitting in front of the computer all day). I could probably do several more bootcamp, kickboxing and Pilates moves (and moves to the highest level) if my neck and legs weren't so tight.
As I looked back over the survey that my motivation sent me last week, I realize that I ranked my satisfaction with my flexibility really low. It's time to do something about that
So, My goal is to improve flexibility through basic stretching and Pilates (not much into Yoga). I work out the details next year and learn how to stretch properly
I want to feel healthier and less tense throughout the day. I want to recover more quickly from workouts. I want to feel healthier. I've heard that good flexibility will increase strength. I want to be able to do 90-100% of the moves in any given fitness class without having to modify them to accommodate unstretched, tight muscles.
I fully admit that I don't know what that increased flexibility will feel or be like....
But I will find out.
- TD Out!
Monday, December 19, 2011
(knock on door. Trent opens door. Motivation walks in with Santa suit on).
MOTIVATION: Ho Ho HO!!!
TRENT: To you as well.
MOTIVATION: So...read your answers to the email.
TRENT: Cool, what did you think?
MOTIVATION: Generally average. Some areas better than others. Again, your satisfaction levels reflect that you are a typical slightly overweight American who could use some improvement, but are generally OK.
TRENT: Again, thatís where I struggle.
MOTIVATION: You ranked your satisfaction with your vegetable consumption as ď4Ē. Really, Trent? Really?
TRENT: My lack of vegetables doesnít bother me. I know it should, but it doesnít.
MOTIVATION: Cíest la vie. So this was to isolate areas that you were dissatisfied. For your eating you had some really goods and really bads, but your overall satisfaction didnít average out. Talk to me.
TRENT: I still donít have my eating under control. The dairy intake is good, the fruits are consistent. Itís just that the sugar intake and the eating out is keeping me back.
TRENT: Even if I ate 5 vegetables a day this would still bother me.
TRENT: because I feel like I have this weight/burden on my shoulders. Every good thing that Iím doing is being offset by my eating habits.
MOTIVATION: So whatís the remedy?
TRENT: I want to reduce my sugar consumption. I want to eat out less. Thatís my goal.
MOTIVATION: Those arenít goals. Those are restrictions. State that in goal form.
TRENT: (Thinking): My goal is to consume more healthy carbs and to prepare more healthy meals at home.
MOTIVATION: Awesomesauce on Pasta! Great goal. So hereís the real question: ďRegarding that, who am I? Whatís your motivation for that?Ē
TRENT: To be healthy
MOTIVATION: You already are healthy. Remember?
TRENT: Right, rightÖ.
(Trent thinks for a few seconds)
MOTIVATION: What do you get or have if you are able to achieve that. Why do you want that?
TRENT: (Snaps fingers) Iíve got it. My motivation is freedom. I want to be free to make healthy decisions. I want to be able to reap the benefits of the exercises that I do. I want to have the healthy food choices shape a healthier life rather than offset other unhealthy ones. I want to sail my ship, not constantly be bailing water out! Thatís my motivation. Freedom!
MOTIVATION: Gives thumbs up (Santa suit has gloves). Thatís probably not going to be your only motivation and goal, but itís a great start.
MOTIVATION: Nah, that oneís all you! Iíll send another email for you to ponder.
(A sleigh being pulled by 8-10 flying reindeer pulls up to Trentís window. Trentís motivation opens the window, hops into sleigh, and waves at Trent)
MOTIVATION: Merry Christmas, Trent!!!
TRENT: (Waves back) You too!!!
(Sleigh flies off into the night as a silhouette against the moon)
TRENT: (watches as sleigh flies off, closes window, smiles and shakes his head) What a strange little man.
(To be continued)
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