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Packing It In

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.

*::Inner Dialogue::*
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!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

KA7MONTOYA 7/11/2012 9:58AM

    You know, this theory sounds like it just might work. I haven't looked at exercise from this angle. It's 30 minutes to an hour or nothing. But I'm thinking that last night while I was craving a burger king whopper for 3 hours, I might have been able to solve my dilemma in a positive way by just going out to the gym for 15 minutes or so. After feeling like I did something positive for myself, why would I want to ruin it with a calorie-gut-busting whopper???

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TRACEYROCK 7/8/2012 12:03AM

    I will say that I am impressed with your determination to stick with your revolution. I would have a hard time stopping at the 16 minutes if I really wanted to work out and my body felt like I needed to be pushed more. But it sounds like the revolution is working for you because you are working outmore consistently. I haven't tackled that hurdle yet!

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DEBBICZ 7/5/2012 3:01PM

    I like how you are making each minute count. Sometimes if I'm feeling lazy I'll do the exercise anyway but with not enough effort as if I really wanted to. It doesn't really count toward improving if I don't have the all out effort. Nice thoughts on this and I'll take this into consideration next time I'm not putting it all in!

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Join me! The Revolution Isn't Going to Revolve Itself!!

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"
- repeating/rinsing
then join me and my crazy revolution.

Join me.


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BESSHAILE 7/18/2012 7:57AM

    this is SO cool - a back door way to Live Healthy - nothing to do with weight, right? You go!

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DEBBICZ 7/5/2012 2:58PM

    Keep it up - work what works for you!!

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CMEEHERNANDEZ 7/2/2012 10:05AM

    You gotta do what works for you or it won't work. Important thing is to keep aiming for that goal, even after setbacks!

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ROBBGIN 7/2/2012 9:50AM

    I just want to tell you that your idea is not wacky, but definitely revolutionary as diet books and articles tell it all differently, including Dr. Oz!! I started doing something very similar last June 1, 2011, and in one year, I had lost 72 pounds. I wasn't hungry but I wasn't starving either and I didn't eat the way the diet books said. I followed what was basically a low carb diet but modified it to fit me because of diabetes. The one thing I tried to stay away from was bread because I love it. Did I cheat....of course I did, but I got right back on the bandwagon. I've blogged about this but just want you to know that you've got a great plan and I wish you the very best with it and LOTS OF SUCCESS!

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DANAWALKER4 7/1/2012 5:59PM

  Interesting way to put it. Good luck.

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The Crazy Revolution That's Crazy and Revolution-ey

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 one’s very sense of reality.

Claims like:
- 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 jivin’, no kiddin’, no scrubs

I am starting a crazy revolution that is both crazy and revolution-ey. Join me if you dare. Here’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, I’m going to do the same next week adding a whole extra minute for each workout.

I know. It’s complete **M4dn3SS**


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 we’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.

Just sayin’

- TD Out

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KRITKRIT 6/27/2012 11:06AM

    Hey TD! Awesome idea! How are the workouts going?!?!

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STESSOUTCHICK 6/22/2012 1:05AM

    Rock On Baby!

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SCRAP317 6/6/2012 8:54PM

    okay, I'll try it. No, wait, I'll DO it!

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AKELAZ 6/6/2012 8:13AM

    LOVE this - start small so I'm not over-faced and I see that building up to something more and better can only be beneficial. Just need - as you say - to decide what it is I am going to do. Will be working on that thought and starting on the best thing I can find for myself by next week. I set that delay only because I want to get it right.

Thanks TD - you are some kind of genius . . . . simplicity rules - Xs

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DEBBICZ 6/5/2012 10:52AM

    I'm in. So, this week, I will work out 10 minutes 4 days. Next week I'll up it to 11 minutes 4 days. The next 12 minutes for 4 days. Do I have that right? That's an interesting way to get started increasing the time. Something new and funky! Good luck on your challenge!

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MONTREAL12 6/4/2012 10:58PM

  Bravo! emoticon

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Just Part of Getting Older

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)

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CHANGEISGOOD 6/1/2012 9:56AM

    How sad that she is aging so dramatically and prematurely.
I wonder if she realizes how much you care...
Thanks for sharing. You are a good friend to care and to want to set a better example for her.

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BYEBYEFAT. 6/1/2012 9:17AM

    another amazing inspiring blog by TD! I am re motivated :)
Its crazy when like... actual health benefits come into play instead of looks. Sometimes I get so caught up on the looks end of it, because despite being heavy, I don't have to take any medications what-so-ever. I have been so much more aware of how lucky, no, how smart I have been to atleast TRY to obtain somewhat healthy lifestyle throughout the years. My roomate takes like 9 pills EVERYDAY, and she use to take almost 16. She is a year older than i am, she is 23!! RIDICULOUS. she weighs less than i do, and is so much more unhealthy. Thats where the looks aspect ends, I may be bigger than she is... but i am healthy in the fact that i dont take any meds, except maybe an ibuprophen once and awhiile! Well this was a novel, anyways.... You might be getting older, but I bet you havent aged at all :) love ya td!

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FITGRL124 5/28/2012 9:12PM

    How sad that she doesn't see it. But you're right, most of us have been there. We find it hard to believe that what is going on in our lives could be caused by us. Isn't it so frustrating that you can't tell her that you understand and that she wouldn't believe you? Just know that what you've done to get healthier is GREAT! Keep doing it and maybe someday your persistence will inspire her.


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CMEEHERNANDEZ 5/28/2012 8:04PM

    You're right. It has nothing to do with getting old! I'm in much better health now than I was 80 lbs ago. If someone told me in the past that I would run a 5k (and do it in less than 35 min!) I would have laughed. But that is just want I did last month! Just keep doing what you are doing and hopefully she will "get it." Maybe every now and then mention something that you are glad you can do now that you couldn't do before.

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KT-NICHOLS-13 5/28/2012 7:32PM

    I really, really, really dislike when people use the "this happens when we get older" excuse. No, No it is not - SERIOUSLY. When you are active, eat well, and keep your mind fresh with experience age doesn't matter. I shake my head at a few friends of mine that start chatting about age and their health - in fact, I won't even participate in the conversation unless I know they are actively trying to better their health. *My rant*

I can understand your frustration and then your realizations at the end. I hope for her own health that she finds the other side of denial and moves in a better direction.

I look forward to hearing about your adventures and healthy adventures.

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AKELAZ 5/28/2012 2:16PM

    How distressing for all concerned. Caitlin certainly needs help to stop hiding and change her life but that's never easy. Trouble is: - messengers tend to get shot!

I have to say that actually I am well on the way to getting old - tho you would rarely catch me admitting it or using it as an excuse. What I have learned - despite my food failings (blah!) is that so far I still have the ability to exercise and stretch my way out of most problems - and long may that last. Don't spose it would help even slightly to mention that, which is a shame.

It's great of you to be so concerned for her and there's some hope that with your wisdom and great way with words - plus your personal experience - you might find a way to help her.
DO hope so! Good luck!

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Where The Dreamer Has Been

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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STESSOUTCHICK 6/23/2012 12:53AM

    Miss my friend

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HICALGAL 5/8/2012 10:04AM

    i'm sorry you've been having a rough time of it but glad you have the support you need and that things are improving. friends understand that sometimes we need to do whats best for ourselves. take care of td. luv u too.

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KT-NICHOLS-13 5/7/2012 10:37PM

    You've been missed but sometimes we just need our space. Thanks for posting.

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KRITKRIT 5/7/2012 11:19AM

    Hi TD!! I haven't been around much myself. I totally get it. Glad to hear that things are panning out for you. Stick with it! Your SP friends love you dearly!!

"Rootness to my wootness!"

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SCRAP317 5/6/2012 11:41AM

    Welcome home friend - we've missed your wit and wisdome!

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FARRAH511 5/6/2012 2:30AM

    It happens to all of us, LIFE happens sometimes...

I hope that the crises you had helped you to be stronger. Have a marvelous Sunday!

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PICKIE98 5/5/2012 5:57PM

    Regardless of your relationship to any of us, we are still here for you, even if you choose not to open up areas of your life that are none of our business. That is a FRIEND..
If you have a trusting online friend, all the better, but all we care about is that you are okay,, we DO worry when Trent fades out of cyberspace!!
I had visions of you floating off into space with your proverbial space suit getting disconnected from the air supply hose!! Geesh!! Too much MST3K...

As long as you are safe, sane(relatively speaking)...

We missed you John-Boy!!

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FITGRL124 5/5/2012 8:44AM

    You have been so missed lately! I am hoping you're on your way back!!!


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