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Motivation #2

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Motivation #1: Freedom from Sugar and Salt
"TRENT: (Snaps fingers) I’ve 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! That’s 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!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MEADSBAY 12/21/2011 9:44PM

    Wow- what great insight, TD.
Think about adding massage to your self-care regime.
Even a 30 minute chair massage would do wonders for your upper body flexibility.
Think about it.

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KT-NICHOLS-13 12/21/2011 5:55PM

    "Increase flexibility" - I finally admitted to myself that I must also do this. I started last night.

I look forward to hearing about your journey as you move toward your goals and strengthen your motivation.

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Strange Visit 2.2: Trent’s Christmas Gift

Monday, December 19, 2011

(knock on door. Trent opens door. Motivation walks in with Santa suit on).


TRENT: To you as well.

MOTIVATION: 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, that’s where I struggle.

MOTIVATION: You ranked your satisfaction with your vegetable consumption as “4”. Really, Trent? Really?

TRENT: My lack of vegetables doesn’t bother me. I know it should, but it doesn’t.

MOTIVATION: C’est 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 didn’t average out. Talk to me.

TRENT: I still don’t have my eating under control. The dairy intake is good, the fruits are consistent. It’s just that the sugar intake and the eating out is keeping me back.

MOTIVATION: Hmmmmmmmm.

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 I’m doing is being offset by my eating habits.

MOTIVATION: So what’s the remedy?

TRENT: I want to reduce my sugar consumption. I want to eat out less. That’s my goal.

MOTIVATION: Those aren’t 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 here’s the real question: “Regarding that, who am I? What’s your motivation for that?”

TRENT: To be healthy

MOTIVATION: You already are healthy. Remember?

TRENT: Right, right….

(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) I’ve 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! That’s my motivation. Freedom!

MOTIVATION: Gives thumbs up (Santa suit has gloves). That’s probably not going to be your only motivation and goal, but it’s a great start.

TRENT: Thanks!

MOTIVATION: Nah, that one’s all you! I’ll send another email for you to ponder.

(A sleigh being pulled by 8-10 flying reindeer pulls up to Trent’s window. Trent’s 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)

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

NUMD97 12/25/2011 7:00PM

    Love it! Thanks for posting.

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MEADSBAY 12/20/2011 12:44PM

    I think you're doing great, TD.
It's probably true that you would eat less sugar if you were filling up on veggies.
Your digestive system will thank you.

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SCRAP317 12/20/2011 6:59AM

    "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! That’s my motivation. Freedom!"

I love this - this is EXACTLY where I am right now too. So tired of "breaking even" and "not good enough". It really does come down to the food.

Merry Christmas my friend! xo

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BLUE42DOWN 12/20/2011 2:06AM


This was wonderfully done. Cheers!

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FITGRL124 12/19/2011 9:32PM

    emoticon Ho, Ho, Ho!!! LOVE it!!!

You are an awesome opossum! emoticon

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Snapshot of My Motivation

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Answers to questions that my motivation emailed me

01=extremely dissatisfied. Absolutely hate where you are.
02=really bad
03=needs work
04=could use a bit of work, but OK
05=meh. ok. basically satisfied
06=happy with
07=really happy with
08= really proud of
09=Can't do much better
10=Better than 99%

We’ll talk later this week.

Physical Health
* Upper body (4: need more definition):
* Core (6: been taking pilates and doing kettlebells. Getting stronger):
* Lower Body (5: should get more cardio in):
* Cardio Health (3: need to integrate more cardio into workout):
* Flexibility (2: need to start stretching):
* Basic Activity (7: become a lot more generally active):
* Other:
OVERALL (4: need to work on this):

Food Intake
* Vegetables (4: need to get more of these):
* Fruits (7: three to four per day):
* WholeGrains (4: need to be more diligent in tracking these):
* Dairy (8 usually 3: per day skim milk and yougurt):
* Meat/Protein (5: need to consistently get the leaner types, but generallyh good):
* Fats : (5: get both good and bad ones, need to eat out less to get mostly good ones)
* Sugar (2: really need to get this under control):
* Eating out (3 prepare more meals than I used to, but still get trapped in the cycle of eating out too much):
OVERALL (3 really happy with some areas, but really need to get sugar and eating out under control):

* Amount of Sleep (4 average six to six and a half):
* Energy through the day (5 but I feel like sugrar and carbs prop that up):
OVERALL (4: Want 7-8 hours of good natural sleep)

Stress (Different Types)
* Anxiety: (4 generally good but have trouble coping with big changes)
* Excitement (Going for the brass ring): (7 Growing by leaps and bounds in life)
* Treading Water(Holding things together): 5 Things are pretty stable
* Defending the castle: (4)
OVERALL: (4: getting better but really need to be able to manage stress)

* Family: (5: meh)
* Friendships: (4: need to be more diligent in this area)
* Relationships (5: happy where I am):
* Other:

*Career Direction: (8: know where I want to be and am working toward that)
*Co-Workers: (5: They’re there)
*Work Life Balance (7: Forty hours per week. Struggling with an opportunity that might throw this out of balance):
OVERALL: (5 Some good areas, some bad ones. Really need to make sure life stays balanced)

Hobbies and Other Activities
* Kickboxing (3: Can last a full class but need to implement regularly)
* Pilates (6: Really making good progress. Need to update to 2x per week)
* TV (3: Watch too much)
OVERALL (3: Need to make the fun classes and exercises a bigger part of my life)

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SCRAP317 12/19/2011 6:47AM

    Trent - nice job! I don't think you are being too hard on yourself - in each category you are making huge progress. You are being honest and pinpointing the the areas in which you want to get better - bravo! We have to take an honest look at where we are so we can really change what we are unhappy with. Work and health is hard to balance but you have the motivation to take initiative and work on it. I love that you are taking the bull by the horns! Just be realistic - change is a slow process and you can't focus on too many things at once or you will get frustrated. Aim first for those things that will give you the energy and drive you will need to tackle more. Be careful at work - stress is the biggest negative factor to success in a healthy life style. Some people can use that stress to motivate them and use exercise to combat it - how do you handle stress? Good luck with your work decisions and with your motivation - you are such a smart guy - you will make the right decisions and your motivation in those areas will improve. I can't wait to watch it happen! xo

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STESSOUTCHICK1 12/19/2011 12:30AM

  Marry Christmas 2 u 2

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FITGRL124 12/18/2011 8:32PM

    Wow - I think you're doing an excellent job! Don't be too hard on yourself! Give yourself credit for everything that you've accomplished and keep pushing on!


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TRACEYROCK 12/16/2011 11:34AM

    TD- To me- those numbers make it look like you are doing really well. Stop being so hard on yourself. Work decisions are tough- especially when they impact your work-life balance. The questions I ask myself are (1) is this a permanent disruption to that balance, or am I putting in the time to prove myself/achieve some goal/etc before the work life balance can return? (2) is this job something I REALLY want or was it a goal I set because I wasn't sure what else/where else to go and I can't imagine the job I am doing now as the job I will do for the rest of my life. Good luck with your decision!

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Email from Motivation

Monday, December 12, 2011

To: TrentDreamer
From: TrentDreamer's Motivation
Subj: Motivation/satisfaction

Hi Trent,

Please rate the following areas of your life and health on a scale of 1-10 (and why).
01=extremely dissatisfied. Absolutely hate where you are.
02=really bad
03=needs work
04=could use a bit of work, but OK
05=meh. ok. basically satisfied
06=happy with
07=really happy with
08= really proud of
09=Can't do much better
10=Better than 99%

We’ll talk later this week.

Physical Health
* Upper body:
* Core:
* Lower Body:
* Cardio Health:
* Flexibility:
* Basic Activity:
* Other:

Food Intake
* Vegetables:
* Fruits:
* WholeGrains:
* Dairy:
* Meat/Protein:
* Fats:
* Sugar:
* Eating out:

* Amount of Sleep:
* Energy through the day:

Stress (Different Types)
* Excitement (Going for the brass ring):
* Defending the castle:
* Treading water(Holding things together):
* Anxiety:

* Family:
* Friendships:
* Relationships:
* Other:

*Career Direction:
*Work Life Balance:

Hobbies and Other Activities
* List and rate them:

Let me know.


Your Motivation

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KITTENPYE 12/15/2011 1:47AM

    Found this after you commented on my blog (thanks for that). This is, as everyone else has said, a really great idea, and something I expect to be stealing for my own private use. I've added you as a friend so I can keep track of further brilliance... hope that's ok.

Best wishes!

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WINACHST 12/14/2011 8:13AM

    WOW! Actually sitting down and rating each of these areas, I can definitely see where I need to make improvements and where I am all right.

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SCRAP317 12/13/2011 6:29PM

    Hey I love this! I'm going to answer those myself! Love how your mind works my friend! xo

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MEADSBAY 12/13/2011 4:36PM

Love it!

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STESSOUTCHICK1 12/13/2011 11:29AM

  Well according to the caculations I came
up with for myself, I need work. But
we all do

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TRENTDREAMER 12/13/2011 9:24AM

    Absolutely, probably Thursday.

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AKELAZ 12/13/2011 7:05AM

    Well - there's a task and a half! Thorough chap your Motivation. Useful too. Are you likely to share?? emoticon

Comment edited on: 12/13/2011 7:06:18 AM

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KT-NICHOLS-13 12/12/2011 7:28PM

    Your motivation is getting down to business!

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Strange Visit 2.1: Why is Trent still here? (And Herzberg)

Saturday, December 10, 2011

(Trent and his currently invisible motivation are in Trent’s apartment)

Trent: OK, hit me with your best shot. Ask me anything, I can take it.

Motivation: Ummmm, why are you still here on SparkPeople?

Trent: Come again?

Motivation: Why are you still here? On Sparkpeople?

Trent: Ummm, I have great Sparkfriends (who I love very much)……I ………..hmmm….

Motivation: You use this site like it’s Facebook. There are so many other things that can get you to your goal(s) on this site. Articles, Daily Sparkblogs, recipes, communities. You know this. You used to chase the SparkPoints.

Oh and speaking of goals, what exactly is your goal at this point?

Trent: I want to be 195 pounds and 15% body fat

Motivation: Bravo! So…….why do you want to be that?

Trent: Ummmmmmm……… good question.

Motivation: Come on, seriously, you’re like 5-10 pounds above that. You’re in basically good shape. You’re blood pressure is good. You’re physically the typical American that could “stand to lose a few pounds”. You’ll puff up a little over the holidays and then lose it right after New Years. If you had gotten to where you are by any other means, you would probably have no clue as to why people would go on this site.

Trent: Fair enough.

Motivation: You can last an hour in any class from Pilates to Kickboxing. You’re probably one of the healthiest people on this site that hasn’t gotten that motivator award thingie…

Trent: Actually…..I kind of have gotten that.

(clunking noise from motivation hitting head on table)

Motivation (in total disbelief): You’re joking, right?

Trent: I know.

Motivation: You are one of the least motivated people ever to come on this site!!! How can you possibly motivate anyone!!?? It would be bad enough if you had an actual vision and struggled/fumbled for it, but YOU DON’T EVEN HAVE A BASIC IDEA OF WHAT YOU WANT or WHY!!???

Trent: But that’s why you’re here, right? To get me to that point

Motivation: No, *YOUR* job is to figure out what *I* am.

Trent: OK

Motivation: Alright, I’m going Herzberg on you (starting at the bottom teir). Here’s your challenge for the week:

** Identify what about you and your health or related, if anything, you are dissatisfied with and why**

Start reading SP Motivation Articles. Dust off your copy of the Spark and see what that has to say. Keep commenting on Friends’ blogs like you usually do, but put out on the table what you are dissatisfied with where you are and why (if you actually are).

Also establish how dissatisfied with these things you are on a scale of 1-10. What you come up with may be enough to start building some motivation. Write one of your “Pity Party” blogs with the disclaimer. Those are h00t to the w00t!!

Trent: Why Herzberg? Why not Maslow?

Motivation: Too complicated. Save the self-actualization stuff until you’re off of training wheels. Just sayin’

Trent: Gotcha

Motivation: I’ll be back next week or early the following and we’ll discuss further.

(Motivation gets up and walks to the door)

Trent: Cool. l8r.

(Motivation exists apartment)

(to be continued)

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AKELAZ 12/12/2011 6:11PM

    LOVE these new blogs – just haven’t had time to say – or at least not the time they deserve. Now you’ve started I’m sure your motivation will eventually show itself and be on your side in the way that you wish rather than giving you a hard time – I seem to remember that your previous blog series gave you the insight you were searching for. Examining my own motivation is just what I should be doing – how did you know? Well – guess there are many of us who could say that and are encouraged by you. Mine is packing its bags ready to leave me – AGAIN!! Consistency has never been easy for me but I must go on trying. Thank you for drawing my attention to the process – Herzberg vs Maslow huh? Interesting. You have made me want to work on myself – so you certainly are a motivator – to me and to so many others.
Thank you also BTW for your various comments on my status/blog - they were much appreciated.

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SCRAP317 12/11/2011 7:19AM

    Well you are a motivator - to us. You are great at it! You are right to find out how, what and why you are motivated. Other people see things in us that we can't because we are too close to it - like you do for me. But it takes a very different kind of perspective to see yourself that way. Good luck to you my friend - you will figure out the keys to your motivation! That's what you are so good at - critical and analytical thinking! XO emoticon

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THE-MORE-GIRL 12/10/2011 3:14PM

    Funny. But I'm glad my motivation is nicer to me than yours is to you!


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MEADSBAY 12/10/2011 2:34PM

    Yea, yea, yea!
I know!
I really needed to hear this right now. emoticon


Comment edited on: 12/10/2011 2:34:49 PM

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