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Thank You For The Award

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

To my dear SparkFriends, who I love very much:

It confused me at the time. Back in November of 2011 one of my Spark Teammates put a comment on my page saying that visitors and friends should nominate me for the Motivator award.

At the time, I thought, "That's a nice gesture and I appreciate it". I didn't figure enough people would recommend me for it. Upon review, I figured the Spark Jedi Counsel would review my page and take the recommendation into consideration. When push came to shove though, I figured that they would see a guy with no before/after picture whose weight loss was stagnant and hadn't reached goal.

I was very surprised the next day to see that I actually got the award. To be totally honest, I lost respect for the award itself. Yes, I had lost a lot of weight but I was kind of in limbo as far as my goals went. Friends would tell me that they liked my blogs and appreciated comments, but I wasn't seeing how either was actually making a difference in anyone's life.

In all honesty I saw the award as kind of a token of appreciation. Kind of a glorified SparkGoodie. I didn't get why. A month later I burnt out and wasn't active much on Spark until about a month or so ago.

Last week I re-read several of my blogs from when I was losing the weight. The NSVs, the weigh-ins, the milestones, the week leading up to breaking 200. And yes, the blog where I actually went below 200. It made me remember those days. I want it again.

Though it sounds conceited to say "I read my old blogs and they motivated me." I want 195 and 15% more than I ever have. I can see why the nomination.

So to all of my SparkFriends who nominated me (even if this is a year and a half late),

Thank you for nominating me for the Motivator Award.

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- TD Out!

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JEAN111766 5/17/2013 10:20AM

    Sounds like you are getting your mental focus back on track! This is a never ending life time committment we are in.
Congrats for the award and congrats for coming back!

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MEADSBAY 5/16/2013 3:57PM

    You absolutely deserve(d) it, TD!

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AKELAZ 5/16/2013 10:06AM

    You are one of my most motivating friends here - I read your blogs avidly and sometimes even copy bits of them to add to the 'MOTIVATION' file that I keep on my laptop. In so many ways you definitely deserved that award. The fact that it - and your own blogs - are motivating you still is excellent and NOT conceited at all. Just go on doing what you're doing and we'll ALL be the better for it.

AND - BTW - thank you for visiting my blog which now seems rather trivial. I did have a good and refreshing few days in London though and would recommend you to visit it (and Paris where I also lived and also crave sight of occasionally) Can't speak for Italian cities - though hope to be able to one day.

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FITGRL124 5/16/2013 9:25AM

    I know what you mean!! When I got the award, it was great and then my motivation went away. Weird how that happens.

Kudos to you for getting motivated again! Keep it up and you'll be under the 200 mark again soon!


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Weigh-In 05.11.2013: **BOOM!!!!** Week

Saturday, May 11, 2013

I call it "**BOOM!!!!** week"

When I first start exercising and eating better there is always that one week (usually either week 1,2 or 3), where I lose a big number of pounds. It's often the first week. If I start midweek it can be the second or third.

Sometimes they happen after a several week plateau as well.

It's the week where the water weight goes away and the fat loss starts to out pace the muscle growth, leading to a really good number on the scale

**This week was that week.**

q the #s:

Goal Weight: 195 @ 15%
Jan 1 Weight: 217.8 @ 25%

Last Week: 214.6 @ 23%
This Week: 211.4 @ 23% (-3.2 pounds) **BOOM!!!!**

I definitely know this will not happen every week. I anticipate one or two weeks of more modest loss followed by a plateau (which I am prepared for and will address).

Still on track with vegetables for the month. The workouts were intense when I was up for them, but did lighter days or took rest days when I needed them.

I ate out a few times, but admittedly wasn't making a concerted effort not to. Just didn't feel like it as much.

This week or next, it's very possible that I will be below 210 again!

- TD Out!

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AKELAZ 5/11/2013 4:23PM

    Excellent! Efforts paying off. YAY for you!! emoticon

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KT-NICHOLS-13 5/11/2013 9:53AM

    YES!! Nicely done friend.

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FITGRL124 5/11/2013 9:35AM

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YAY! Awesome job this week! Keep up the amazing. You're doing so well! And great job getting in those veggies!

You are going to be below 210 again - I can just feel it! *woot woot*

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CARL-ASCHLUGE 5/11/2013 8:10AM

    Keep pushing!

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Thursday, May 09, 2013

OK, so I'm kind of naturally the rebellious type, but mostly the "rebelling against the cool kids who think that they're being individuals by doing the same individualistic thing that all of the other 'cool' individualistic kids are" type. Get my drift?

When I was much younger and all of the kids were wearing loose t-shirts and baggy pants, I put on the pair of nice khakis, button front shirt and yes even a tie occasionally. To high school.

When all of the kids in college were slacking, drinking and partying, I worked hard, shot for the highest honors that the school would give me and left with a solid education that has more than paid for itself in my professional life so far. I made great friendships which I am happy that I've maintained since.

There were a lot of unspoken "rules of success" that the first gym out of college had that I flagrantly broke as I lost about 30 pounds and got member of the month status.

in the past few months, my current gym has embraced yet another fitness fad. It's a perfectly legitimate concept, but you can't walk 5 seconds without seeing a poster or hearing someone grunting loudly doing some exercise that will probably lay them up or burn them out in a month.

It's very HIITS, body weight and kettlebell oriented, which is good in moderation, but I would like to see more diversity in their emphasis. The people I see there more than once or twice are the ones who are already in great shape.

You can probably already guess from my first few paragraphs what my plan is :)

Yes, my exercise plan for May and June involves....wait for it...
* Main Focus: 30-45 minutes on cardio machines 4-5 days/week
* Basic upper body weight exercises (benchpress, bicep curls, etc.)
* Pilates

If I can find a pair of Zubaz at a second hand store I may buy them (grow a mustache and sport a mullet) and a few tank tops or vintage ringers. As I continue to lose weight, I will start to do the exercises right outside of the new program's classroom and training area.

The end game is when I've lost the 20 pounds (which I will) and one of the trainers evangelizes the new program to me (Yes, they will approach me and suggest I try it), I will do a full flex and say, "dude look at my arms!!! I think I'm going to start jogging and power lifting now". Why be 20 years out of date in fitness trends when one can be 30 years out of date?

As always, in about a half of a year, the training area will be empty most of the time and the gym will have moved on to something else.

At that point, I will make what's "in" now the main part of my workout at the time of my greatest visibility. This will keep the personal training staff thinking.

Especially the really cute one who already rolls her eyes when ever I'm around ;)

Now THAT'S what I'm talking about.

Rebelliously yours,

- Trent

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KT-NICHOLS-13 5/10/2013 7:06PM

    I adore your rebellious side!

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PICKIE98 5/10/2013 2:20PM

    I think you should be sporting a pair of leg warmers, a headband, a muscle shirt (One size too small of course)if you feel brave, you could bedazzle it, and of course, the short shorts with white piping, like Richard Simmons. *S*P*A*R*K*L*Y!!!!!
Sign in as Dick Simmons and REALLY keep them scratching their heads!!!!!!!!! If you can find HUGE set of headphones from the 70's, put 'em on!!! Or a walkman..

Might as well go for the gusto baby!!!
When you are as buff as you want to be, THEN waltz through the joint in the one thing women absolutely cannot resist: A sweatshirt with the arms ripped off,, so your underarms kinda show, your muscles definitely do.
oh, BTW,. before and after pics are required to post here!! We want to join in on the fun!! Get a good close- emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon up of the looks on their faces...

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FITGRL124 5/9/2013 4:09PM

    emoticon That's what I'm talking about too!

Such a positive blog TD & I love it!!!


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JITZUROE 5/9/2013 10:57AM

    HYSTERICAL!!!!! I'm like you, fighting the trends since they not only pass too quickly, but aren't as much fun as sticking out!
But as for working out, you have tailored your routine to your needs and desires. N one can take that away from you- even with the scary Billy Bob mullet...

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MEADSBAY 5/9/2013 10:43AM

    TD- we wise ones know that, in the gym, as in all of life, there is no ONE right way to do things!
But, puleeeeeaze- no tank tops!

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2013.05.04 Weigh In (And yes, I ate out yesterday)

Saturday, May 04, 2013

Earlier this week, I was wondering why I have been stagnating both weight and body fat wise. My eating is far better than it's been in the past. Sure I eat out a bit, but I did when I was below 200 as well (Worse even. We're talking twice a day).

I never ate vegetables when I was fresh out of college, chopped my weight down to 195 and was member of the month where I worked out. I ate tons of chocolate then, again even more than I do now.

My strength workouts were awful back then. Never pushed myself. Maybe benched 40 pounds tops.

**Then it occurred to me. Cardio!**

Back then, I took two step classes a week with the prototypical drill sergeant instructor. She was off the charts tough. On two of the other three days, I would do the exercise bike, but was always pushing to get a few extra .10ths of a mile for each 40 minute session.

These days, I've been using my "cardio" time as warm up for weights and kettlebells

So earlier this week, I decided for May to refocus and reestablish cardio as the main workout (I'll blog about my program Wednesday). The result?

This weeks numbers:

Goal Weight: 195 @ 15%
Jan 1 Weight: 217.8 @ 25%

Last Week: 215.6 @ 24%
This week: 214.6 @ 23% (-1.0 pounds)

But weight (*) there's more.

Anyone who has read my blogs about my scale and BF% knows that when I lose 1-2 pounds in a week, I temporarily gain a percentage of body fat per the scale. This week, I both lost weight AND am down a percent.

**Oh and yes, I ate out yesterday**

Today, I will take a rest day from cardio, probably do walking and core.

As you can tell, I am cautiously optimistic.

- TD Out!

(*) See what I did there?

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SCRAP317 5/7/2013 6:12AM

    Excellent Trent! I agree with adding in more cardio - my naturopath swears that you have to mix it up and have a good amount of both - not hours of it, but a solid 20+ of each regularly. Good luck! emoticon

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FITGRL124 5/5/2013 10:04AM


It appears that you're really figuring things out. Awesome!


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JEAN111766 5/5/2013 12:14AM

    Awesome!!! Glad you see your excitement and well thought out planning for what has worked in the past and what is working now for you!!!

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MEADSBAY 5/4/2013 5:02PM

Sounds like you are finding your sweet spot!

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KT-NICHOLS-13 5/4/2013 12:32PM

    YA!! I love that you keep searching for the key to your success. Enjoy your walk.

EDIT: I'm strangely happy that you didn't change the eating out routine OR your weigh-in day.

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2013.04.27 Weighing In and Complaning About It

Saturday, April 27, 2013

***Warning: This blog contains expressions of frustration. If you are someone who is not comfortable reading such expressions (or dealing with "negative" emotions) , please either don't read or please read and don't comment. I take my right to have a bad day/week and b**ch about it very seriously :)***

I've got to stop eating out on Fridays. When I first started on SP, I was very religious about this. I ate relatively well this week.

Much like for the past 4 years (maybe 5, I've kind of lost track) I have almost exactly 4 months until labor day. My plan is always to lose a lot of weight by the end of summer and hit the beach. Every summer, I still somehow manage to not lose any weight and end up not at the beach.

I'd say that I fear the same thing happening this year, but it's more of a resignation than fear. The two years where I was near goal weight, I still didn't like the way I looked in swim trunks.

One of my general mottoes in life when dealing with redundancy is "When you're stuck on a treadmill in life, you may not go anywhere, but you do get exercise"

In this case, after 4 years, all I've got is sore legs and cramps.

Oh well, whatever. Here are the numbers:

Goal Weight: 195 @ 15%
Jan 1weight: 217.8 @ 25%
Last Week: 214.4 @ 23%

This week.....
215.6 @ 24% (+1.2)

When I eat out the day before weigh-in, I kind of mentally subtract 2 pounds of water weight. This week, I will try to not eat out Friday. We'll see.

- TD Out.

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RUNJEWELRUN 5/3/2013 8:59PM

    I would go to the beach anyway :)

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PICKIE98 4/28/2013 2:16PM

    I agree!! What is the deal with Friday? Accountability? It is setting yourself up for failure..

Change the goal to a pound at a time,, very good for motivating..
I like your whine, but I do prefer an unpretentious Riesling.. emoticon emoticon , Linda

(Isn't that Linda a weenie? Making snarky remarks to poor Trent....) emoticon

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SCRAP317 4/28/2013 9:56AM

    I agree with MEADSBAY - change your weigh in day to Thursday or Monday. Thursday would make you feel good about your great week and then if you did go out on Friday you would have 5 days to kick the extra sodium out of your body. The other way you retain water is through inflammation - have you increased your weights lately or do you have a food sensitivity you aren't aware of? And furthermore, my naturpath says you can have up to 5 pounds of waste in your bowels at any one time - so keep that in mind when you weigh in too!

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FITGRL124 4/28/2013 9:40AM

    Join the club my friend! I feel the exact same way that you do. I almost* always resolve to be @ goal weight before summer and that NEVER happens. I still eat crap at least one day a week and therefore ruin all efforts. I am with you.

This week - you don't eat out on Friday and I don't eat crap one day a week to ruin my efforts. Deal?


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TRENTDREAMER 4/28/2013 8:26AM

    - By 2 pounds
- About the same
- no

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JEAN111766 4/27/2013 11:37PM

    Hey dude,
I gained this week also... look at your inches and your overall loss... you are still lower than your Jan 1 weight.
How do your clothes feel?
It is not all about the scale... just keep that in mind, are you feeling stronger and more in control?
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KT-NICHOLS-13 4/27/2013 10:50PM

    Sodium sensitive?
I was a bit bitter this morning after I stepped on the scale and it showed a 9 lbs GAIN in three days. A gain that is "FAKE WEIGHT" ... I didn't eat enough in those three days to gain anything but water weight. *KICKS ROCKS*

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MEADSBAY 4/27/2013 9:35PM

    btw- how are you doing on your f&V's?
Can you do smoothies at all?
good way to sneak them in.
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MEADSBAY 4/27/2013 9:33PM

Why not weigh in on Mondays?
or, even better- Thursdays?
It's the slow downward movement we are seeking.
I use Sundays since we rarely go out on Fri or Sat, since we are old retired folks nd can go out whenever.

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UMBILICAL 4/27/2013 8:29PM

  No complaining

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