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Friday, June 25, 2010


This morning when I woke up I decided two things, the first was that I would weigh in since its Friday and the second was that a post would have to wait until after I got a bike ride into my morning. I weighed in 318.2 this morning which is .6 lower than yesterdays weigh in and I am still not sure that I am completely over the bloat that I was in because of not eating correctly but that's what the number was so it will be the measuring stick for next Friday. Having to re-lose these pounds again pissed me off last night and I think that my focus is back because of that fact, I mean honestly it is what it is but I don't have to like it right? Yesterday was 1750 calories but that was before I stole a bite from my daughters cookie sandwich ice cream and ate a couple tiny little chocolate covered ice cream nuggets from the boss lady so just over, which is ok since my range is 1700 to 1900. I am trying to stay as close to 1700 calories as possible but on occasion I will have a "treat" like the bite of ice cream last night or a beer with my neighbor because I am not going to not have some of those things once in a while.



I mentioned a bike ride today, as soon as I woke up and saw how perfect a day we were having I decided that a bike ride was going to happen not later, not tonight, not tomorrow, it was happening right after breakfast. I hooked up the trailer and popped the little one in, got my son on his bike, my neighbor joined us as well and we took off for a playground that's about two and a half miles away but I decided to take "the scenic route" also know as "the hilly(er) route" which just adds a couple more hills to the already all hills ride making it about a three mile ride one way. We get to the top of the first biggish hill and my son has this smirk on his face as if to say "Ha! I beat you old man!" and down the other side we went, the next crest he had a little harder time with but still had the smirk because technically he hit the top first (I was going slow as our neighbor was a bit behind) and again the smirk. We didn't want the lad getting too cocky so the next hill I went up at the speed that I normally go when I ride solo and hit the top, turned around to meet him about 3/4 of the way up and then rode back to the top with him interestingly enough no smirk this time. A couple more like that where I spun around and came back down partially to meet him and he stayed in line rather than trying to pass me at every chance, I told him that he should keep trying because eventually he should be able to smoke me on the hills once he gets a little stronger given my current weight disadvantage.



The day started off good enough and I am about a gallon and a half worth of fluids so far and its only just after lunch time, I have a 6 mile ride under my belt and may just take another before the day is up. I did pick up an old habit over the last couple weeks and its kicked as of this morning once again as I skipped my am cup of coffee that I have been having so things are getting back to the way they should be. I once again feel random with my post today but hey it is what it is and what it is is a way for me to hold myself accountable for my decisions concerning my weight loss goals so there it is.

I don't want to set any "goals" just yet but the first thing on the list now that I am doing things right again is to get below 300 pounds. Second on the list is to catch up on some of my regular blogs that I follow because I have not read many at all in the past month because all of what I have been dealing with, I just haven't had the time so hopefully going through some of them will help keep me in the frame of mind that I need to stay in so that I can realize my goals. With that all said, I thank you for the support and comments that you leave me of your own free will, know that I read and appreciate every last one of them and they do me more good than you probably know so again Thanks!

Thats all this round boy got for today.

As Ever
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AMPETIT 6/29/2010 11:43AM

    I bought my bike yesterday, and am looking forward to riding it. It's been said before, but I'll say it too - you are inspiring!

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LECIADB 6/29/2010 9:27AM

    I'm concidering a bike!

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PRETTYBLKGYRL 6/28/2010 9:25AM

    You've inspired me to get my bike out of the shed (get the tires fixed) and hit the trail this weekend. emoticon

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TRACYZABELLE 6/28/2010 5:45AM

    Keep on going man-- you are an inspiration to us all!

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CATLADY52 6/26/2010 6:01PM

    You are getting u all back on track so to say. With a nudge and a shove now and then. It is up to each of us to follow or lead, it just depends on how we wake up in the morning. emoticon emoticon

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1NUGGET1 6/26/2010 5:17PM

    Great blog!! Love the pics :)

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FIGHT_FAN 6/26/2010 10:30AM

    Good blog. Don't worry about having to relose the pounds. It happens to us all. Look at the big picture and what you have accomplished so far. Your still down 200+ lbs. You have a winning formula for weight loss just keep it up and you'll get under 300 lbs.

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 6/25/2010 10:42PM

    June has thrown me for a loop too. I'm going to be working on getting caught up on my blogs as well as getting some re-added weight off.

Let's set our sights on it.

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BAYBELIEVER 6/25/2010 10:32PM

    What a great job to get your bike ride in early when you know it is a perfect day! I love the story of your son smirking too! Glad to hear you are back on track! You have done such a terrific job, keep it up! Thanks for blogging. You are an inspiration!

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AXISLADY 6/25/2010 9:28PM

    Good Evening. Your day was a perfect one for you and your family.

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VEMAN1 6/25/2010 6:18PM

    Nice start to the day. It is very encouraging to hear about you including your family in your endeavors. I finally got my son to walk the dogs with me yesterday. My daughter, well let's say we are still trying to find the correct motivation for an emerging teenager.

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CODEMAULER 6/25/2010 5:33PM

    I love my AM bike ride; glad you got yours in, too.

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BEAR_GURL 6/25/2010 5:11PM

    You are AWESOME!!! Reading about your journey helps motivate me and gives me the kick in the pants I need whenever I feel like skipping daily exercise emoticon


Thanks for sharing and stay positive; remember, you are never alone...your SP pals are pulling for you: )


HUGS,

Melissa

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KSGROTHE 6/25/2010 4:56PM

    emoticon on the bike ride and the friendly competition with your son! emoticon emoticon

You may think you're still a "round boy", but you know you couldn't have done that ride with your kids and neighbor before you lost weight.

Keep up the good work! emoticon

- Karen

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HAPPYSOUL91 6/25/2010 4:21PM

    You really are right on in your thinking. Back to exercise, back to drinking your water/tea and back to feeling better.

Great job

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JBMT08 6/25/2010 3:44PM

    that is awesome! back on track!!! WOOHOO!!

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SUNNYWBL 6/25/2010 3:41PM

    You rock! Good for you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PSMITH3841 6/25/2010 3:31PM

    Ya know what???? Not only are you an awesome motivator, you're and awesome DAD too!!!! Congrats on being a great multitasker! emoticon emoticon

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TAMMIE1006 6/25/2010 3:27PM

    awesome to get things going first thing in the morning - now later today will be cake!! (oops, bad analogy, haha!)
keep it up!!
~tammie

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SUNNY89 6/25/2010 3:01PM

    Rock on. Way to go!!

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NWFL59 6/25/2010 2:59PM

    Enjoy your weekend.

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MILNE81 6/25/2010 2:51PM

    I think it's great that you are motivating your kids to be active and teaching them how to live healthier. Hopefully they'll hold onto the experiences with you and continue the active lifestyle into their adult lives. They are lucky to have you as Dad!

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JBUGZY 6/25/2010 2:28PM

    Sounds like you had a grand adventure :)

We all lose track once in awhile. The main thing is to brush off and get going again!

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THEBOOKBINDER 6/25/2010 2:18PM

    Good for you, you can do it./

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As the fat guy turns..

Thursday, June 24, 2010


Last week I was pushing closer and closer to the 330 pound mark and I didn't like the taste that it was leaving in my mouth, tie that in with the reboot that I did the other night and this morning I am 318 pounds. That very fact is the reason that I wasn't over worrying about the up because I knew that I wasn't doing my part in the hydration department and had a feeling that it was more bloated than honest to goodness weight that was showing up, either way it was not something that I was happy about. Something that I noticed during my little hiatus was that I didn't feel as good as I do when I am doing things right, and I don't mean that I was moping around because I knew that i was fuvking up I mean physically. My feet hurt when I am not eating the right nourishment, I am sluggish, I am tired and unmotivated and I have been back on the straight and narrow for a whopping three days now and I feel like the old me, or is it the new old me? the old old me was 534 pounds, the new old me goes to the gym daily and eats properly and the...anyways, you get what I mean...I think.

Focusing on me in the middle of a $hit storm hasn't been fun but it is a necessary item to drop into the shopping bag because as always, without my health and well being what have I got? With that said I have been 100% on the ball and intend to stay there from here on out, Yesterday my calories came in at 1790 which is right in there as I am trying to stay as close to 1700 as possible. My fluid intake was just over two gallons again with one gallon being green tea and the rest was straight H20. I get a good amount of emails and or comments about my drinking and lots of people think its too much and I keep getting advice to drink less and I just want to mention that its not gonna happen. I have been drinking 1.5 to 2 gallons of fluid from day one of my better health gig and am down as of this morning 216 pounds using that plan, I am currently 318 pounds and workout (and sweat my ass off) daily, my doc is aware of what I drink and agrees that all is well and since for one its working, and two my doc is aware of how much I drink I see no need to change anything. I just wanted to mention all of that because I got a rather in depth and semi rude email from someone trying to make a case that I am hurting myself by drinking what I do so I thought I would sort of respond in today's post.

My exercise plan for today is going to start off with a walk with my daughter while she rides her bike followed by a seven or so mile ride with her in the trailer, I want to try and get out before the 90's and thunderstorms roll through. I can see that all of the bike riding that I do is paying off in the muscle department as my quads lately are rock solid in a way that I have never witnessed before and I think I like it. Even through my little slipping point the bike riding remained, I rode my daughter to and from school a lot even when the eating was not up to par and I guess just under 10 miles per day towing a kid and school supplies has its advantages. I am far from a distance rider when it comes to my bike, the furthest ride that I have done on a solid go has been in the 11-13 mile range and that was at a slow clip (hills and all that) but I am going to start pushing myself to go a bit further as I have discovered an old trail not far from where I live.

Going back to my regularly scheduled eating plan while exercising daily once again should get me moving in the right direction again with my weight and sooner than later I will cross that 300 pound mark....hopefully. I am feeling random with my post today but it is what it is and I am today at this very moment in time 18 pounds away from being under 300 pounds and crossing yet another century mark on this trip and somehow feel re-energized and ready to get the pounds falling off again and so it begins....again.

This is a process and will remain a process, nothing comes easy and a lot of work is still in front of me, failing is not an option and neither is anything less than hitting the goals that I have set into my direct path.

As Ever
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LUCYSRAIN 6/27/2010 1:22PM

    As I continue to read your blogs I continue to see the big picture...

We fall down we get up!

YOU MOTIVATE ME!

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Isn't it great to be you....

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 6/25/2010 11:57PM

    I am right there with you. I know that I can really feel it when my veggie/fruit content goes down. The water has less of an effect on me, but I can tell when I'm not drinking as well.

I personally think that you are dead on on your consumption. For your size and activity level, you could probably even get to drinking more, but I wouldn't push that much.

Keep on being you, my friend.

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LIZZIE13 6/25/2010 9:40AM

    Congrats of the amazing weight loss You will reach you mini goal of 300 in no time. Don't you just love all these "doctors" who get their diplomas off the internet. You have a good doctor who got his diploma the god old legal hard way so stick to his advice and pay no mind to the "internet doctors" emoticon emoticon

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TRACYZABELLE 6/25/2010 3:24AM

    I think some people just do not realize the amount that you sweat... hello-- I am pretty sure that you know how much to drink considering your success-- I try to get in about 15 cups of water or non calorie beverage a day.. if I dont drink enough... I swell! You can do it-- you are doing great!

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DIFROMWYOMING 6/24/2010 11:34PM

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CATLADY52 6/24/2010 4:37PM

    Definitely GO WITH IT! And don't beat yourself up over what anybody says. Your body knows what it needs.



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THEBOOKBINDER 6/24/2010 4:29PM

    DO what feels right to you. If drinking more helps you then do it. I say try kicking it up another notch and those 18 lbs will come off quickly. I'm behind you 100% emoticon

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SKINNYPOWELL1 6/24/2010 3:47PM

    Wow, you are doing so wonderful on your weight loss, you got a goal in sight and you're determined, nothings gonna stop ya. Keep on SPARKING. emoticon

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HOKIEJEN13 6/24/2010 2:58PM

    Hmm, I found it odd that you would be told you were drinking too much. I am 152 right now and if I don't get at least 64 ounces of pure water a day (while at work), I can tell when I run. I cramp up like crazy. Then, when I go home at night, unless I have milk with dinner, it's water again. I'm not much of a tea drinker and I have 1 cup of coffee in the morning, so it's pretty much water, water, water. But, I will tell you that if you don't get what your body needs, it will let you know (as you found out)!!!

Keep up the great work!

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PSMITH3841 6/24/2010 2:37PM

    Random thoughts in a post are good things...means we have to think to keep up...keeping up with you is a good thing too! Keep on keepin' on! emoticon

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TINYC887 6/24/2010 12:33PM

    go for it, you are truly an inspiration

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CNTRYGAL 6/24/2010 12:25PM

    You're doing GREAT!!!

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HAPPYSOUL91 6/24/2010 12:13PM

    If you feel good and the Drs. don't say "stop what you are doing", then go for it.

Simple NOT easy

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MYLIDDLEDALLAS 6/24/2010 12:09PM

    Whoo-hooo!!! You're kicking some major butt .. uh, your own it looks like! LOL Glad you're coming out of the dark and following your path again! Sh*T storms happen all the freakin' time it seems, wish there was a way to avoid them, but until we find it, grab an umbrella and keep pushing!! You'll get there!

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NWFL59 6/24/2010 11:58AM

    Glad to read you're sticking to your guns with medical approval/awareness to back up your decisions for what works for you. I look forward to reading your continued progress.

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MAGPIE17 6/24/2010 11:20AM

    With regards to the drinking, I asked my holistic nutritionist a year ago if there was such a thing as drinking too much water. She said no - if your body has too much, you'll just go to the bathroom! And the amount of water you need to drink varies with size, activity level, etc. It cleanses your body. WTG on drinking 2.5 gallons a day; clearly your body needs it b/c it's working!

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BOOKSCATSTEA 6/24/2010 11:09AM

    TRACYDUKA is absolutely right on about drinking half of your body weight (in ounces). I once read a book about how important water is and how drinking WAY more than most people drink, will actually help solve a lot of health problems. (The book was "Your Bodies Many Cries For Water" by Dr. F. Batmanghelidj.) He used that same equation - e.g., if a person weighs 200 pounds, they should drink 100 ounces of water (12.5 cups) per day. I've been doing this for YEARS (since I read the book) and I am a LARGE heavy woman - and I have a lot of energy and stamina for someone who is WAY over 200 pounds. So do what is working for your body, and don't worry about the people who don't get it!
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CINCYDORA 6/24/2010 11:00AM

    I'm with you on the water Botzzz. You know what your body needs. Just ignore anyone telling you otherwise. We don't live in your skin.

I love that you see you are still bike riding. Isn't it funny how our standards change as new habits form? Used to be a 15 minute walk each day was enough to make me satisfied. Now I can exercise for an hour and feel I haven't done enough.

You can do this, Botzzz. If anyone I've discovered on Sparkpeople has the determination to meet their goals, it's you.

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CRISPINI 6/24/2010 10:50AM

    Wow, can't believe someone was rude to you about how much water you drink! That's nuts!

Just for the record, there actually IS a condition where a person can drink too much water and dilute your sodium level and screw up your electrolyte balance - it's called "hyponatremia" and I know of people who have done it and it is serious. However, we do get a lot of electrolytes through food, and you're a big guy, and if it's been working for you it obviously must be OK. So there you go. Good luck and you can do it!

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KAILIIA 6/24/2010 10:47AM

    You will reash your goal of breaking that 300lb mark, when is the only question.
As for the naysayers about how much you drink - most people dont realize that the 64oz guideline is supposed to be for an "average weight person, of average health on a sedentary day". If a person is heavier, or is really active, the hydration needs go way up, nearly exponentially.

If you are feeling good drinking the 2Gal then stick with it and don't feel the need to justify yourself to anyone other then yourself, and your doc.



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VEMAN1 6/24/2010 10:28AM

    Time to shift the gears and crank for speed!

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JBMT08 6/24/2010 10:17AM

    you WILL cross the 300 lb barrier!!! emoticon

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TRACYDUKA 6/24/2010 10:14AM

    I've heard that a good marker for fluid intake is half your weight in ounces. So a 200lb person needs to drink 100oz of water a day in order to properly keep hydrated. If you think of it, you're drinking green tea which has caffeine in it and that acts as a mild diuretic, so in order to support your green tea habit you need to increase the number of oz of water you drink daily. So it would make sense that if you drink a gallon of green tea/day, then you should also drink at least a gallon of water/day. And the way I see it, if your doctor knows how much you drink and is ok with it, then why shouldn't I be? I'm not your doctor. For that matter, I'm not a doctor. I think, too, if you're a heavy sweat-er, then you should drink plenty of fluids. I don't sweat much, no matter how hard I work out, I just barely perspire. (wished I sweat more because I'd cool off better) My boyfriend on the other hand, THINKS of working out and breaks a sweat. He gets dehydrated faster than I do.

I need to follow your path more. I really should drink more water than I do. Thanks for reminding me!

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TIFFANIE150 6/24/2010 10:11AM

    "I will cross that 300 pound mark....hopefully"

Take out and cross off the word hopefully, my friend. You WILL do it. emoticon

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BRANDYCELIZ81 6/24/2010 10:10AM

    I also don't understand the whole drinking too much thing, I barely manage to get my 8 cups in a day and a family member of mine thinks even that is too much! Even when I told her the benefits all I saw was this blank stare. Oh well.

Great job on your loss so far, it is so motivating to read how far you've come.

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TRACEYLY2001 6/24/2010 10:03AM

  I wish you all the best...you can do this.

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When you start to doubt yourself the real world will eat you alive.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010


Business as usual, meaning I done good yesterday on the better health front. My intake was perfect at 1720 total calories and I managed to get 5 servings of fruits and veggies into that along with some game hens that I quartered up and tossed onto the grill so a good day intake wise indeed. Two and a quarter gallons of fluid went down the hatch in the way of a gallon of green tea with the rest being H2O so hydration is there once again and the scale showed a 4 pound drop from yesterday where it went from 325 to 321, hydration...its whats for dinner! and away we go.


My handy work post wash pre thunderstorm, not too shabby.

There wasn't anything on the menu that I would consider real exercise, just normal day to day chore type stuff, washing and waxing the car which apparently pissed off the rain gods as it dumped buckets all night, a short bike ride, cleaning up the yard etc etc. Somehow I have become re-focused on the task at hand and I believe that the pause that I took the night before last with the bats, lightning bugs and the little girl let me sort of reboot the gray stuff in my skull and get back into my groove. I am what I want to be and every day I have to prove it to myself, if I stop because of bumps its me that I am letting down most, which is something that I will not allow to happen. When the $hit hits the fan it continues to spin, now its just covered in $hit and eventually all of that $hit will spin from the blades, eventually the fecal matter is thrown from the blades and once again its just a fan doing what its suppose to do. Now if that fan bogs down or stops because it is covered in $hit it then sits motionless covered in said $hit and nothing changes from that point, ultimately that $hit will end the fans existence and it is because the fan allowed itself to get bogged down.

When looking at what I am doing for myself I think about this, No such thing as spare time, no such thing as free time, no such thing as down time, all you got is lifetime...Go!! (points for you if you know where that came from without a google search) This is how I felt at one point in my life, that time of my life I took it by the throat and did what I wanted to do when I wanted to and with whom I wanted to do it with and nothing got in my way. I still feel that way and I need to adjust back into a full on mind swap to get myself back to that, when life takes over we soon forget who we are sometimes and that's something that should not happen. I am never going back to that 534 pound guy sitting on a couch wishing things would be different, there is too much happening outside that tiny bubble that we get put into at that stage of the game and its just not me to be there. Making my way through life on my terms is how imma' roll and there ain't $hit anyone can do to change that so through the woods I steamroll back onto the path that I was making before the splatter flung gracefully through the air slamming violently into the blades disrupting the zen that had been created.

I do believe hes back.

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DLR430 6/24/2010 8:41AM

    Amazing as usual -- whenever I need a kick in the butt I revisit your site and read some of your blogs - you are amazing and you inspire others around you to go for it and to know we too can achieve our goals... It is a long long road - but one that is easier to take knowing others are having a successfuly journey. Keep up the good work - keep inspiring!! Thanks for your honesty and sharing!!

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LORISEVERANCE 6/23/2010 11:20PM

    nice fecal matter images. thanks for that. emoticon

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SUNNY89 6/23/2010 10:53PM

    Love it.

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ASHARON 6/23/2010 9:15PM

    Keep up the great work!

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THEBOOKBINDER 6/23/2010 4:31PM

    you are doing awesome

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CATLADY52 6/23/2010 3:17PM

    emoticon is all I can say. Just freaking emoticon. emoticon

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PUCKYGIRL 6/23/2010 2:26PM

    Way to go. I knew you could do it. I had faith in you. Keep it up!

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VEMAN1 6/23/2010 12:24PM

    Yep, back on track. The focus of our lives is our lives. What we decide to allow to happen will happen. So, take no prisoners and full steam ahead.

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NWFL59 6/23/2010 12:01PM

    Glad you got you back.

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BAYBELIEVER 6/23/2010 11:44AM

    Love the fan analogy! Glad you are working your way back! You still have a lifetime of things to achieve! Here you go...

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CINCYDORA 6/23/2010 11:07AM

    All you got is lifetime. I love that.

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TAMMIE1006 6/23/2010 10:54AM

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the man is back!! knew it wouldn't take too long - now, moving onward & downward (in weight, that is!!)
good luck!!!
~tammie

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JBMT08 6/23/2010 10:49AM

    I agree with the other posters....keep on keeping on!!!

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BOOKSCATSTEA 6/23/2010 10:32AM

    LOL - I love your $tuff & Fan analogy! Keep up the great work!
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FIGHT_FAN 6/23/2010 10:20AM

    Nice blog. Keep going. It'd nice to find a guy on here with a similar weight. I amd fighting to get under 300 lbs. I have lost 80+ this year. I always stall out around 300 but I really feel something is different this year. The spark has helped keep going and I really feel the "lifestyle change" thing happening.

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PSMITH3841 6/23/2010 10:14AM

    Well said.....Keep on Keepin' On!!!!!! emoticon

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SLIMMER150 6/23/2010 10:13AM

    Go Go Gooooooooo! Keep scraping those fan blades! A little each day..and eventually it will be ALL clean and moving good! I call it Chipping away at things. Since my move to a new house, state, retirement.. I chip away at the mess.. Now I am BACK to working on ME!!! Now that you got me Blogging.. I stop and THINK... 23 days into being Good again.. sugar down from 224 in morning to 111 That is big! Weight is moving down! I am really excited to know you are back on track... You had it all going before, and you know what you are doing
and I see your back doing it ! ...299 Here You Come! emoticon

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 6/23/2010 10:11AM

    Yeah, whenever I am gardening and turn the sprinklers on the lawn, the rain-gods let go and put an end to my gardening. That happened to me last week, so this Monday when I wanted to garden I "didn't" turn any sprinklers on. LOL

Two and 1/4 gallons of fluid!? Do you have normal potasium levels in your blood. My docs ride me cause I drink just over a gallon of fluid a day, and my potasium levels are 'washed out' (right down at the bottom).

I love what you're doing with taking your life and health back.
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Keep on keeping on,
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SPARKINGIT 6/23/2010 10:11AM

    awesome! emoticon

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The fattest fat guy and a lawn chair, Bats, bugs and a little girl.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010


Here I sit typing this out because I need to get back into a groove, I have not really gained but I am not losing either and with the amount that I still need and want to lose that's not what I should be allowing to happen. I have been floating around 320 pounds for weeks now not going up but not going down and I am unsure if that means that I am maintaining a 320 pound status or if things can and will eventually start going south again for my health if I don't get back on that horse. Thinking about how when I was 500 plus pounds got me mad at myself last night, I was sitting on the couch with nothing special on my mind and there was a commercial where the woman said "I lost 12 pounds and my acid reflux is already lessening" to which I thought "wow I haven't had that feeling in years" and then my mind hopped into the time machine and started thinking about how things were.

At 534 pounds I struggled to do almost everything and compared to now I am living a different life from then on more levels than I think that I allow myself to realize on a daily. I had heart burn on a nightly basis and slept with a bottle of tums next to me munching all night, taking a shower was frustrating because of a small shower...um it was a full sized shower by the way, my back hurt me literally twenty four hours a day seven days a week, walking to the car was as far as I would/could go and I rationalized that I just needed to make it to the car and then to a store so distances past that were unnecessary and wondering if today would be the day that the grenade in my chest went off was more than stressful. Those things listed are not even scratching the surface of what I was dealing with physically and mentally on a daily basis at 500 plus pounds but alas! I am not here to depress you on this fine day as last night I basically told myself to suck it up and do what I have been doing for the past two and a half years and finish what I have started.

The life that I live today is not even in the same galaxy as what I was doing back then and I know that I am more active now a days just on any given day whether I exercised or not. I did not exercise yesterday at all but that doesn't mean that I was sedentary either, I tuned my bike up and gave it a once over cleaning and scrubbing it down for about an hour, I worked on my neighbors 1951 Concord, I took a 15 minute bike ride slow and easy just checking out my handy work and making sure the bike worked as it should and my day pretty much keeps that pace throughout and I really did not relax a single minute all day. I did not exercise though, I consider exercise to be cardio and or weight lifting in some measure or another and none of what I did was that, The summer is here and the kids make it extremely difficult to get to the gym so my exercise is suffering for it.

Getting a little off track from where I was going with this post here so where was I? Getting pissed at myself..that's right. Thinking about where I was and where I am I realized that mister 97% may have a part in this stall..yeah we will call it a stall because I haven't fallen off the wagon per se, I am just not in "losing" mode, its more of a maintenance feeling because though I did pop up slightly in weight its not going any higher and I am pretty much floating around in a 4 pound bubble right now. I ended up walking outside in my front yard and just sitting there thinking about how far I have come with the weight loss and health thing and I know that I am a changed person mentally even more so than physically from this process and even though I am not "doing what I need to" right now to drop more weight in these past few weeks I have held onto the habits that I created in the last couple years. Am I weighing my food? nah BUT I am not really over eating either, I think that my extra calories are coming from things like enjoying an ice cream with the kids after dinner or having a beer with wify here and there and when you tie that into the missing out on the gym I think its equating to more of a maintenance type lifestyle at the moment.

So My intake yesterday was exactly where I wanted it coming in at 1875 total calories but in light of needing to boost myself back down in weight I am going to drop it back down to 1700 calories per day for a while and will be trying to make time to get to the gym. Hectic is not even close enough to whats happening around here lately and I won't really get into it but how does the saying go? "when it rains it pours"? yeah that's the one so getting even an hour to myself is far and between. While I was sitting outside in the yard in the plastic lawn chair (which I would have collapsed 2 years ago) I was watching bats pluck insects out of the air and just thinking about how far I have come with my health and realized that I am already "there" because I am not limited in what I can do any more, I can enjoy some of the small things and still feel good about the decision to eat that ice cream cone with my daughter and not beat myself up over it and that IS the point of being healthy, so that those little things can be enjoyed.

The bottom line is that focusing on getting the last chub from my bones has to be a part of what I do in my daily because its what I want, its what I need and its what I owe myself. My night ended with my daughter coming out and sitting on my lap while we watched lightning bugs or Fire flies depending on who you ask because we debated the subject for a good 20 minutes last night and again it dawned on me that this is not something that would have been possible if I was still 500 plus. Getting aggravated with myself (probably more the stress hanging around as well) ended by completely being turned around on me and I have a feeling of being re-focused on the task at hand, who wouldda thunk that watching bats and chasing lightning bugs around the yard with a little girl would have that effect, doesn't matter I suppose I'm just glad to be back.

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ANDASI 6/27/2010 6:56PM

    Hi ! Well there is a saying DONT FORGET WHERE YOU COME FROM so i would say it is not depressing when you recount where you were i would say it is helpfull and at times needed.

The working out thing in my personal experience well i do love working out and it is a permanent part of my life but i dont do it the way i used to i was very in to it before 6 days/week and long sessios did this for years.

I was forced to cut back do to life circumstances meaning i did not stop but cut down to about 3 times per week.

Things happen for a reason this in turn showed me i was very overtrained and really showed me that the food really is 80% of the equation and exercise is 20 %. Having said this my eating must be clean and high protein.

I eat around 2000 to 2500 calories per day and still loosing 1 pound a week and only working out formaly in the gym 3 times a week the rest of the time i walk my dogs and do the stuff around the house.

Life on lifes terms it does defenetly come at us from all directions at times so even if you stay where you are as long as you dont go back.

Stay strong Hang in there and NEVER EVER GIVE UP !!!!!!!!!!!

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SWEET-T 6/23/2010 10:14AM

  thanks for sharing emoticon

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PSMITH3841 6/23/2010 10:09AM

    Stuff happens for a reason (sounds really stupid, but I am a true believer!) backing off a bit might be what you need to do right now (pretend you're watching me shrug)...by the way, who won the debate? Lightning bugs or Firefly's??? emoticon

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TRACYZABELLE 6/23/2010 5:53AM

    Taking a break and staying at the same weight might be what you need right now-- then when you kick it up a notch the weight will seem to melt off again.. you do what feels good for you and when you are ready, rev up that engine again! YOu have done fabulously well and are my hero!

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LORISEVERANCE 6/23/2010 2:26AM

    Sometimes taking a break so as not to burn yourself out on all the exercise and hyper-awareness of every little thing you eat is an ok thing to do. As long as you are not gaining, as long as you are not eating crappy and throwing aside all the good, healthy things/habits you've worked so hard to obtain, then cut yourself some slack and just...maintain awhile. You are clearly not done with your journey. You still have fierce motivation and intense desire to continue to lose the weight. A short "vacation" from all your hard work is probably good for your body and spirit too. You are still on track. You will still take care of business. You have accomplished so much, and you aren't done yet. Don't stress. Just enjoy a few nights in the chair on the porch watching the fireflies and eating ice cream with your daughter. You will be back on the bike and back in the gym in no time at all.

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DIFROMWYOMING 6/22/2010 9:03PM

    I've been in a 'bubble' of about 4 pounds since January! I really don't know why I'm here, either, as I still have about 70 pounds I would "like" to lose.
If you figure yours out...I'll sure be paying attention!

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SUNNY89 6/22/2010 7:40PM

    My daughter is usually who I need to "hear" when I need to really know the truth. She just tells me the way it is. She doesn't even have a clue she is doing it.

I am glad you are back. Look how far you have come. You are going to have slow downs. I really think it is the bodies way of catching up to you.

Way to go for holding your own. emoticon

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WOOKIE68 6/22/2010 4:52PM

    Ok, so you know how you lose a lot at the beginning then it levels off? Sometimes it is better to relax a bit, maintain for a while, then go back at it! It makes your body go back into loss mode. my theory. Plus, maintaining has always been harder for me than loss, so practicing that cannot be all bad. You know where you are headed- for you and your baby girl.

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SUNNYWBL 6/22/2010 3:31PM

    OK, you rationalized away the almost 20 lb weight gain that you had, as I recall you were nearing 300# not that long ago. Congrats on the amount of weight you have lost so far, emoticon emoticon but what HAVE you done for yourself lately? emoticon

Put one foot in front of the other and walk off some pounds, buddy! Sometimes, when it seems that everything is out of control in my life, the only Thing I CAN control is my eating and exercise.


Your bike is great when hauling your dd around, but 'not so much' when just hauling you around. emoticon You certainly don't have to go to the gym to work out, if just getting there is your big problem! Use your brain to figure out how to get some of that "workout stuff" done at home.

Just thought a swift kick might help to get you going again! emoticon

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LEOLO_1 6/22/2010 3:30PM

    I love this post - and I love Carolyn's bike analogy... I've been coasting for almost 2 months.... time to gear up (down?) and get up the next hill!

Thank you so much for writing this!

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KSGROTHE 6/22/2010 3:14PM

    Another emoticon reflection! I have been coasting myself for much longer than you have, I think. It's time to get back to basics!

Good luck getting back on track and reaching your goals! emoticon

- Karen

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CAROLYN1213 6/22/2010 2:30PM

    It's okay to coast every now and then. Sometimes it helps recharge the batteries and gear you up for the next round of hills to climb. Think of that bike metaphor while your out on your new bike and give us a great blog about coasting and climbing!

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FRANNIEDID 6/22/2010 2:16PM

    I have been coasting for awhile too so I get where you are coming from. You have come so far, I know you will go the rest of the way! Keep working at it and even if you don't get to the gym, those kids can provide quite a workout!

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PRUPLEBEAR 6/22/2010 2:14PM

    Yeah, Kids will do it to ya everytime! The "slap" the life back into ya!

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HAPPYSOUL91 6/22/2010 2:07PM

    I am in your corner cheering you on to complete this task. You are right....you DO DESERVE it!

What a good pleasure you had with your daughter, it adds not only to your life but hers.

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ONECOOKIETWO 6/22/2010 1:33PM

    This is a great blog, and you are a good writer.
And more than anything, you are inspiring to and if I dare say, to all of us.
Thank you for being real, and thank you for getting back back into the game.
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(this is for the fireflies and your daughter)

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CODEMAULER 6/22/2010 1:32PM

    I think we all encounter "pause points" during the journey. It can be daunting to get back to the hard work, but I know you'll do it. Meanwhile, enjoy the bats & bugs and time with your daughter.

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BOOKSCATSTEA 6/22/2010 1:14PM

    You've come a LONG way = my hat's off to you! You're in it for the long haul - you're not just aiming for a short sprint, but more like a long-distance marathon. Of course you're not going to give up or go back to the way you used to be! Maybe you just need some time to contemplate and do the best you can do for right now? Regardless, we're all rooting for you and we have confidence in your continued success.
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TINYC887 6/22/2010 1:11PM

    i cant wait to get back on track with exercise, havent exercised and cant until 7/8, boy do i miss the gym,lol

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NEWYORKORCHIDS 6/22/2010 1:03PM

  I literally teared up through this whole blog. This is exactly how I've been feeling lately. Exactly.

At least we got maintenance down when the time comes, right? *watery smile*

Time to get back out there.

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CINCYDORA 6/22/2010 12:57PM

    Have you ever tried incorporating your kids in your exercise? Small children make great weights and even at only 5'4' my nephew feels like he's soaring through the air when I pull him up by his wrists for shoulder exercises. Maybe one could man the stop watch for you while you run in place or do push-ups.

I know their attention tends to waver but even 5 or 10 minutes a day is something and may at least keep you from back-sliding. And if you can make it a part of the daily routine you might find the kids pushing you.

Just a thought. I'm glad you are still pushing ahead.

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VEMAN1 6/22/2010 12:48PM

    Yes! And, welcome back although you were never really gone. This summer I jumped from my plan and now I have returned. The jumped felt good for a while but things always seem better after you sit a spell and ponder the outcome. Nothing ventured, yet there are some gains :(

Keep it real. I have reset myself into steps to help emphasize a clean restart. My new goal is 200 in 11 weeks, 5 days (and counting). This slower approach is more difficult for me as discipline will have to increase. I'll catch you on the floip side.

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NACHOSMAMA 6/22/2010 12:47PM

    Glad to hear you're back on your chosen path. Reflection is important when changing or returning to old habits.

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GAIAMOTHER 6/22/2010 12:35PM

    Wow, good for you for getting your motivation back. You have already have a huge accomplishment from getting down from over 500! You can do it, it's funny how a fleeting precious moment can change your whole prospective for ever. emoticon

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JBMT08 6/22/2010 12:34PM

    We are glad you are back too! just keep on keeping on....I know you are not giving up. Sometimes the body has to catch up to what you have been doing, and I believe that is what it is doing now. Soon, the numbers will fall off! CHIN UP!

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Shifting focus, A tale of a clyde and his 1988 Rockhopper.....er something like that.

Friday, June 18, 2010


Though I have not been on game lately with my calories and exercise I have been staying on my bike and I am starting to realize that I enjoy riding my bike as much as I enjoy anything. Now I know this is not really a bike kind of blog but biking plays a HUGE role in why I am where I am with my health and weight loss today so veering into a project that I picked up isn't really that off the beaten path. A while back I picked up a bike on Craigslist for a great price, the title of the post was "Specialized Rockhopper comp FREE" and when I saw that there was no way I could let an old Rockhopper not be mine for that price. When I got to the owners house I then saw how much worse the bike looked in person than in the picture that was posted but she was mine at that point and off we went home with the dirty ol girl and into the shed it went. Yesterday I had an hour and a half to myself and decided to wash it up and check out where we stood on the real condition of the bike and after a good bath it actually looks pretty good.

The bike is a 1988 Specialized Rockhopper comp which is a fact that I found out with some research and it is adorned with all Shimano Deore components that are all in good working condition. I will need to replace the shifter cables and possibly the brake cables though the brake cables look like they were recently replaced so I may leave those alone, it will need tires, tubes and possibly a chain though I am going to try and rehab the chain that is on there now. I snapped a few pictures of the bike post scrubbing and was actually considering making a blog for the project to chronicle in detail how its coming along but I might just do it here instead, anyways here are a couple of the photos.

Full sized clickable images are on my Blogspot page here zeusmeatball.blogspot.com/2010/06/sh
ifting-focus-tale-of-clyde-and-his.html



This is the day that I brought it home, check out that rear cassette in this image and then the next one, I wish that I had taken more close ups before washing it.


A side shot post wash, the pictures do not do justice to the difference from before to after, I think when I get new tires on it that it will look awesome.


Front shot, You can see the difference in the wheels in this one, they look almost new close up after the scrubbing they got.


Here is a shot of the biopace crank which looks a lot better than it did, I am planning on doing a more in depth cleaning but even with just a wash there is a big difference.


Finally a look at the Cassette and you can see part of the rear derailleur and how clean it came out.

After washing it up I noticed that a lot of the chrome bits had some surface rust on them and I started researching how to remove said rust, I found lots of different methods posted by lots of different people but I found one that I had all of the stuff on hand so I tried it. It was said that using some crumpled up aluminum foil with some automotive polish/rubbing compound should take the rust off but leave the chrome alone as the foil is softer than the chrome, I was skeptical that this would work but to my amazement it had incredible results! The seat post had a section at the top where it was pretty rusty (more so than the images above show) and the clamp to hold the seat post was also rusty and now they both look great.


This clamp looks like new after polishing with the compound and aluminum foil and I am planning on doing some more of the small parts this afternoon.


This is the polished seat post and you can see the damage to the upper part where the rust was, it shows up in the photo much more than with the naked eye because it looks almost perfect in person, either way I am pleased with how it came out.

I did adjust the seat and filled the tires with air to see how everything functioned but the bike will need two tubes as they leaked out pretty fast but I did get to ride a short distance which was long enough to find out that it shifts and brakes as it should. I am trying to refurbish this bike as cheap as possible but am willing to drop a few bucks into making it function and look good, New tires and tubes will probably be next on the list. I may just swap the Kenda Klaws that are currently on my K2 onto this bike as I was planning on changing to a more road friendly tread on that bike anyways so tubes will really be the only thing that will be bought to complete that part of the project. Hopefully I can save the chain that is on there now, it moves freely except in one spot where it binds slightly but I am hoping that some elbow grease and oil can work that out for me, a new chain is only about $15 so its not too bad even if it does end up needing to be replaced.

The paint has a lot of small chips in it pretty much everywhere, I do like the paint scheme and there is something cool to me in keeping the original paint job on an older bike like this but I haven't decided whether I will repaint it or just touch up the chips. The decals are in ok shape though they could use some love and ultimately decal condition may determine the bikes future in the looks department. I was thinking of an olive drab paint job on the entire frame with a flat white star somewhere and maybe "no step" in a pseudo military theme leaving all of the chrome and aluminum parts alone besides polishing them up a bit while the black parts stay black but like I mentioned I am not sure just yet, opinions would be great.

With everything that's happening right now in the stress department taking on this little project that I had hanging in the basement is taking my mind off of things and well, I'll take it. I am back to counting the calories and am heading out shortly for a bike ride with the kids as school is over so getting to the gym will be a tad harder and the bike will be my go to for exercise for at least a while until I figure out a compromise with a sitter. I will keep updating the status of this bike in this blog and may still create a specific blog for that project but that's to be found out I mean if I am finding it hard to update here lately imagine if I had two to update.

Keep on keepin on and all that and I'll do the same, that's all I got for today.

As Ever
Me

  
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TRACYZABELLE 6/22/2010 1:40AM

    What a great project!! be safe!

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VEMAN1 6/21/2010 2:21PM

    Fantastic! This style of bike was one I broke my collar bone on. Always wear a helmet. It saved my life that day on the trails in Utah.

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JBMT08 6/21/2010 11:28AM

    That is cool!!!!! refurbish away!!!!!!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 6/20/2010 12:58AM

    I think you got a definite steal on that one. Enjoy the refurbishing.

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CAROLYN1213 6/19/2010 11:00PM

    Great bike!!! I don't know what I would have done without my bike!

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DIFROMWYOMING 6/18/2010 10:58PM

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JSFORSELL 6/18/2010 6:49PM

    you've inspired me to go on a bike ride when I get off work
have you been following the 330# women's blog-she wrote about biking today also, both of you are doing so great!! You look great and I'm sure you feel great -Ucandoit

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PSMITH3841 6/18/2010 2:25PM

    The bike's looking pretty good...don't know much about them, but I still can tell when something looks cool....glad you found a project to help clear your brain...you found that bike for a reason...Good luck with it... emoticon

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NWFL59 6/18/2010 1:13PM

    Congratulations on your free find and your clean up job and the photos make it look really good. Hope you get a lot of miles on it.

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CATLADY52 6/18/2010 12:40PM

    Isn't it great how "Free" things can sometimes be better than spending lots on new stuff. It looks great! Just remember to keep on drinking your tea.

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AXISLADY 6/18/2010 11:50AM

    I'm so envious of people who have a place to bike. For me, it would mean loading it up0, taking it somewhere, I don't know just where. Not a lot of biking here in our county. I've only seen a couple people. But at 70 I don't want to be a "trailblazer". Great blog - as always.

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 6/18/2010 11:14AM

    It is amazing what a little work can accomplish. Cool find. Hope the bike gives you many great workouts!! I like the military theme, would probably come out looking really great-if you have to paint.

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CINCYDORA 6/18/2010 11:07AM

    The bike looks good. It sounds like just the type of project you need to help take your mind off the stress. Glad to see you are enjoying it.

Keep fighting the good fight. And drink your tea!!

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ELIZABETH525 6/18/2010 10:55AM

    What I love is the sense of accomplishment you get when you take something old and beat up and turn into something nice, something usable! Great job!

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DEREKCSIMMONS 6/18/2010 10:38AM

    Looks great!

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