Wednesday, July 04, 2012
(**Note I’ve been at the forefront of a crazy revolution that’s crazy and revolution-ey for the past 6 weeks. Exercise-wise, I started at 4 sessions per week @ 10 minutes per session. I’ve added 1 minute per session per week. I work out an extra session or two if I feel like it (but only if I feel like it). I’m more concerned about getting 4 sessions per week. If you’re interested in joining the crazy revolution please let me know. You know where my SparkPage is ;)
*::How I’ve Been::*
My body has wanted more recently, exercise-wise. Though I’m up a couple of pounds since the beginning of the revolution (expected. It will go back down), my exercise has become more regular.
Today, my body was like:
“Trent, bastante with this this 16 minutes of speed-walking cr4p. I feel flabby”.
So I was like:
“OK, we go all out for the full 16 minutes today. Not a minute more”
My body was like:
“br1ng 1T! 0n”
So my workout was the following:
A) 5 minute on elliptical with handles
B) 3 sets of bicep curls (curl bar)
- 12reps x 30lbs
- 10reps x 40lbs
- 06reps x 50lbs
C) 3 sets of military presses (straight bar)
- 12reps x 30lbs
- 10reps x 40lbs
- 06reps x 50lbs
D) 5 one minute sets of two handed kettlebell swings (35 swings per set)
- 08 KG
- 10 KG
- 12 KG
- 10 KG
- 08 KG
(Next week it will be 10-12-14-12-10 KGs. Increasing slowly each week until it's 20-24-28-24-20 KGs)
Because I’m trying to pack as much as I can into each workout because they are short, I’m going heavier on the poundage and maximizing upper-body workouts by doing two-handed exercises for the most part. My body wants more exercise-wise (knew that it would eventually). So I’m packing as much into the 16 minutes as I can.
That being said, I will not conform to the norm by upping my workouts to 45-60 minutes 5-6 times a week overnight. If my body wants a whole 17 minutes of exercise at a time, it will have to wait until this Saturday. I will make each of the 16 minutes count this week. I will build strength now and work on endurance later this year when I’m up to 40 minutes per day.
If I feel like I really want to exercise once or twice more this week I will do so. Otherwise I’m done for the week. I got my four sessions in.
Making the most of it.
- TD Out!
Sunday, July 01, 2012
I write this on July 1, 2012.
As of this last Saturday morning, I weighed 202.6 pounds. 21% body fat. My goal is to be 195 pounds and 15% body fat by July 1, 2013 (post college weight and percentage)
I have started the Crazy Revolution that is both Crazy and Revolution-ey (Hence the name "Crazy Revolution")
Lemme 'Splain (See? Bleeding edge cultural references)
In the world that we live in most people who want to weigh less do the "normal" things.
They vow to exercise at least 45-60 minutes a day and eat perfectly (no "bad" foods). You know "evil foods" that are "evil" and "food-ey".
Me? I'm going totally counter culture. While I would like to weigh 7 pounds less and lose a decent percent of fat and build muscle, I'm going to do it totally differently.
A month and a half ago, I set the outrageously psycho goal (again, both outrageous and Psycho-ey) of 10 minutes of exercise a day for four days a week. I will add 1 minute per session a week until I am up to 45 minutes. I may work out 5-6 times per week, but only if I feel like it.
As I write this I'm up to 16 minutes per session (4-5 times per week).
Regarding eating: I have not been much of a vegetable eater. So two weeks ago, I decided to incorporate vegetables into my diet. Not the 5 religious servings per day (every day (and I 'm a bad person if I miss one)). No. 2 servings PER WEEK. Adding 1 per week until I am at 35. I am at four this week so I have 31 weeks to go. About the same time as my workouts.
If you've been in the cycle of:
- self-loathing, Hating where you are
- getting "back on the wagon" (you know, the back-ey and wagon-ey one)
- doing well for 2-3 days
- "falling off the wagon"
then join me and my crazy revolution.
Monday, June 04, 2012
Those who have read my blogs over the last 3 or so years have seen me say some really outrageous things and make some really bold claims. Claims that boggle the mind and challenge oneâ€™s very sense of reality.
- Do it for those you love, not just you.
- Strive for perfection but accept excellence!
- All or nothing usually reaps the later!!
- Sometimes it takes a couple of chickens to break up a fight between two angry bunny rabbits!!!
Today though, I make my boldest claim yet to date, no jivinâ€™, no kiddinâ€™, no scrubs
I am starting a crazy revolution that is both crazy and revolution-ey. Join me if you dare. Hereâ€™s the 411 on the cray-cray.
- This week, I will work out a whopping 4 days a week! (crowd goes totally nuts)
- I will work out an astronomical 13 MINUTES per workout!! (crowd goes even more totally nuts)
- I will add a ludicrously ridiculous 1 Minute per workout PER DAY!! (crowd gasps for air in complete amazement).
Yes, you read that right. After working out four times this week for a whopping 13 minute a pop, Iâ€™m going to do the same next week adding a whole extra minute for each workout.
I know. Itâ€™s complete **M4dn3SS**
BUT WAIT! THEREâ€™S MORE!!
I will continue doing that over the next 31 weeks until I am up to 45 minutes a day. By then it will probably be more like 5-6 times a week, but weâ€™ll jump off that bridge when we get to it.
So I beg you to join me. Start at 10-15 minutes a day for 4 days. Add a minute each day.
It will be tough, but I know I can do it.
So can you.
- TD Out
Monday, May 28, 2012
Today’s rant will be a little more raw than usual. I’m not referencing anyone on SP that I know of.
Yesterday something totally set me off big time when visiting a friend I’ve known for awhile. His friend/roommate Caitlin is about two years older than I.
She is about 5 feet tall. If not obese, she is extremely overweight. She has recently had gall bladder surgery and is on multiple meds for either pre-diabetes or diabetes. She does not exercise to speak of, the closest she comes to doing so is giving her dog a 10 minute slow walk (though that task seems to often go to my friend and their roommate). She has no discernible muscle on her body. She has a desk job and watches TV almost every minute she’s home, per my friend.
She recently suffered a major injury and was hospitalized (I think that it was lower back). She’s been going to physical therapy and taking pain killers. This injury is one that, best as I can figure, could have been prevented by 15 minutes on an elliptical a few times a week and a 15 minute abs class at the gym here and there.
So I was getting her usual tale of woe about her slow recovery and her insurance company and her boss not understanding (no doubt frustrating, I get that). Then she made - (cue “record scratching noise”) - the comment.
“Oh well, I guess it’s part of getting older”
(record scratching noise, stopping background music)
Getting older!!?? Really!!?? That’s what’s causing the problems?! Not the butter you drown your food in when you fry it? Not the endless parade of cookies and cakes that make it into your pantry? Not the hours upon hours of TV you watch?
I reiterate: She’s TWO YEARS OLDER THAN I.
Two years ago when she had the surgery and was on diabetes meds, she was the same age as I am now!!! Apparently everyone graduates from college and faces impending physical degeneration, fully paralyzing injuries and major surgeries just a few short years later. Apparently I drink that magical milk that’s making me YOUNGER!!(*)
I get it. Denial can be really powerful. I’ve spoken with both my friend and the other roommate and they acknowledge that she’s not dealing with reality. Two years ago, as I write this, I was a matter of weeks away from going below 200 pounds (started at 225 on Spark but was over 250 at one point).
What frustrates me most about her situation is that I’ve been there. Overweight and not feeling able to do anything about it. I know what it’s like. No energy. No motivation.
She is really intelligent, very easy to talk to and a basically good person. She should be living life to its absolute fullest.
She should be in a healthy relationship and taking that next step in her career. They’re tough, but so is she. Her Saturday afternoons should be filled with waltzing up and down Union and Fillmore, hitting the boutiques and then chatting over lattes with her gal pals. Not dealing with a new medical scare every 3-9 months worrying about new medications. Not spending her entire weekend on the couch watching basic cable.
Not that I planned to do differently, but for the next two years, I am going to live my life to the fullest. Train with kettlebells (maybe get certification) maybe learn kickboxing. Maybe plan a trip to Europe or the UK. Maybe put myself out there more in the dating world a little more. I’ll figure it out.
Two years from this blog I want to be even healthier than I am now, Lord willing. If for no other reason, I want Caitlin to see what a healthy lifestyle can buy a person. She deserves so much more than she’s giving herself. I hope that she realizes that.
If you’re in her shoes, as I once was, I hope that you realize that.
- TD Out!
(*) Explains why I like Katy Perry, David Guetta and Fun (Though I can’t stand Nicki Minaj, so I’ve got a few years before returning to high school)
Saturday, May 05, 2012
About a year ago, a dear SparkFriend who I love very much left a comment on my page asking me what my plans were for the weekend. I replied something to the tune of “Pilates on Saturday and cardio on Sunday”. She sent back a comment which asked something to the tune of, “Why do you always have the game face on?” (Her original question was more “You doing anything fun this weekend?”).
She was basically commenting on the fact that when I’m on SparkPeople I pretty much only talk about health, exercise, nutrition and weightloss concepts (sometimes something about the SparkPeople site itself). I don’t get much into my personal life if it isn’t part of a healthier lifestyle (nutrition/exercise).
There have been exceptions (even then usually there is some reference as to how my weight loss affected my ability to basically live life). As far as the “I’m going out partying with my friends on Friday and seeing a movie with my gf on Saturday” statuses go, those would be FaceBook status updates for me. I personally have trouble sharing non-SparkPeople related stuff with SparkFriends.
**I understand that does not come from my SparkFriends. It’s a Trent thing.**
That being said, the last three months has been the most stressful period of time in my entire life (by a longshot). Three major areas have been going really wrong in my life and I have had a really hard time coping with them (and their ramifications). They have made being away from it all a far more desirable state (that includes being away from my computer). As a result, to say that my time on Spark has suffered would be a pretty extreme understatement.
If my eating was regressing, the weight was going up and my gym time was bad, I would probably have been on SP more, but my weight has totally stayed the same. Heck, I’m down a belt size. Truth be told, I’m more frustrated at myself for not logging in and going on my friends’ pages than I am for myself personally (or at least saying that I might not be on as much).
The last three months have been one of the only times in my life where I really needed the supportive members of my family and the “been friends since highschool/college” non-line friends to be there. The friends who know me really intimately (all facets of my life). No matter how good an online friend can be, there are times when one needs others physically around who really know one.
Many of these were the friends who couldn’t be there for me when I was trying to lose the weight because they didn’t understand what I was dealing with. I am as thankful for them these last three months as I have been for my Sparkfriends during my weight loss journey over the past two years.
Two of the three storms are now starting to calm. The third has been an ongoing issue, but has been more of a nag than a problem. With the other two areas under control, I will be more able to address and overcome it. Things are still stressful, but far more manageable.
All that to say, I will probably have more time and emotional energy to be there for my dear SparkFriends (all of whom I love very much) going forward. Thank you for your friendship. I love you very much.
Thanks for reading.
- TD Out!
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