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You could spend your time walking around coward, or you can get up!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Losing weight has changed my life in ways that I am unsure are describable in words on a computer screen written in a blog, I have found direction in more than one instance since deciding to get my $hit together in the health department. People have told me that I am "amazing" and that I am "dedicated" right down to "holy $hit you've lost how much? dude you are my hero" and yet I don't feel that I am any different from you or the next guy walking down the street. I am in the belief that anyone that finds themselves in a situation where their health is declining faster than our current presidents approval rating that they can make small changes and get decent sized results. January 2008 was a turning point for me and most of you that read my blog already know that but in the beginning I literally just limited my calories and exercised when I could and when I did it was usually 15 minutes or so at a time or a short walk around the block, that doesn't seem so drastic now does it? yet the results are stunning because I am more than 200 pounds lighter today because of those tiny steps in the beginning.


Circa 1995 pre back injury and more hair screwing around my brother asked me to make a "get the fuvk away from me" face (I will spare him by not posting his image from that day) but this is probably the last time in my life where I felt unstoppable until recently so to remind me what it felt like I decided to pop it up here.

Evolving into something more every day my plan became something stronger than the baby steps that it started with, walking turned into running and that into biking onward to joining a gym and here I am today. Creating habits with my eating that I don't have to think about because its what feels natural now and is just how I am or should I say who I am now. I think that is pretty good considering where I started back in 2008 at 534 pounds unable to sustain a slow paced walk for even a quarter of a mile without feeling like I was going to grenade my lower back or have my heart beat right out of my chest only to explode on the sidewalk in front of me. I almost see it as being a coward, the older me that is because instead of taking life by the throat and making it what I wanted it to be there I was sitting idly by as it flew past my eyes at breakneck speeds as I grew more rotund. I always feel the need to give myself the tiniest bit of a pass because of the back injury that I got back then because it really was the pivot point from being a "big guy" to weighing more than 500 pounds but I can still look at it with unbiased eyes and call it an excuse at this point because of the fact that eating less is always an option no matter how much pain is involved, the two are unrelated.

So whats my point? "where are you going with this today man?" I actually don't have a point right now other than deciding that I needed to put into words something, anything because its what I need to do to get my ass back on the path. I've got no time to lose and If you think you got 1000 years to mess around....You're wrong! I got no time for addiction, no time for smoke and booze, too strong for a shortened life span, I've got no time to lose! It's time to shine, yeah, it's hero time.

Hero time starts right now.

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TRACYDUKA 7/13/2010 8:31AM

    I've read several of your blog entries. And you seem almost inhuman in your ability to bicycle everywhere with your little girl in the back, drinking your 2 gallons of water/green tea. And for someone like me just starting out, that seems so daunting. Like "there's NO WAY I could do all THAT!" I should check out your earlier blogs when I have time. But this inspires me. Because I WANT to do all that. Now, i don't feel like my 5 minutes of zumba (that's really out to kill me!) is getting no where. :) Thank you.

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RJANE40 7/13/2010 7:41AM

    Wow, what an inspiration you are!

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TRACYZABELLE 7/13/2010 4:03AM

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LORISEVERANCE 7/13/2010 12:38AM

    You are possessed, a demon, an outlaw....let nothing stop you. Your inspiration shines....

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DIFROMWYOMING 7/12/2010 11:50PM

    Yay! A new blog from Botzz. You're getting there....let me know when you figure it all out! I could use some direction myself.

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 7/12/2010 11:01PM

    I was just thinking about you today. Got to hear from you.

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HAPPYSOUL91 7/12/2010 9:27PM

    So glad you showed up, was concerned. You said " can make small changes and get decent sized results", well your small changes became major changes but you did it.

Glad you caught up to the wagon and swung yourself back up, my hand is out to you so that you don't fall off!

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ALIZA77 7/12/2010 8:53PM

    you are a hero....because the road seems so long...and because you give hope.



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NWFL59 7/12/2010 7:55PM

    That's one scary mugshot! Keep up the hard work! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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CUTIECAT1 7/12/2010 7:21PM

    Hey Botzzz,

I love your blogs, I cannot find the words to describe why they strike such a chord with me, but I must say you possess a talent for writing - write us a book about your life - it will be a best seller!

You are a hero and never stop thinking you are!

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CATLADY52 7/12/2010 5:51PM

    As usual, you leave not a word unturned, say it like it is, and d@#$%^ the torpedos, full speed ahead!
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SLIMMER150 7/12/2010 5:21PM

    Whew... there you are.. Oh my, what a pic above! By the way is it Day 913 or Blog 913 or do you need to add more days? I am trying to Blog Days since I decided to Do Right, little hard to count, but need those days to add up.

Amazing...etc yeah you really are all that.. but I know what you mean. Actually it is hard to listen and accept all the new words directed to us... just something else to learn... and might as well get used to it .. I truly believe you have special things in your future...you have no idea where all your good works will take you... Kind of a Twilight Zone moment here.

Ordinary guy.. ok but you have a system.. Blogs, counting food, exercising.. and you Are Working through this system and it IS working for you... and you are continuing to work it. You got me to believe in blogs.. still working it... thinking more on the calorie counting for next... There are lots of good people doing great things on Spark... but since I found your page a longggggg time back ...I believe in you and believing more in myself and good to be working along with you... going to celebrate your 299.. I am close to 219... love those 9's!

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AXISLADY 7/12/2010 5:05PM

    Once again, an a$$ kick for me. Oh woe is me, I got atrial arythmia, I feel so bad, I don't think I'll exercise today. What a bunch of crap. Thanks BOTZZ!

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SHELLY_DO 7/12/2010 5:02PM

    Glad to see you back on the path...that is what makes you a hero, never giving up. :)

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CECE0330 7/12/2010 4:44PM

    If anyone can do it, you can! emoticon

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PSMITH3841 7/12/2010 4:23PM

    Time to shine!!! Hero Time!!!! You go mister! emoticon

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JBMT08 7/12/2010 3:46PM

    As usual, keep on keeping on! You are doing emoticon

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MILNE81 7/12/2010 3:11PM

    To the part of your blog that says - "People have told me that I am "amazing" and that I am "dedicated" right down to "holy $hit you've lost how much? dude you are my hero" and yet I don't feel that I am any different from you or the next guy walking down the street"

I really thing the thing is (esp for me) in seeing you as amazing and an inspiration is that you ARE different from the next guy. Because the next guy gave up. He saw that working out was hard work and eating right wasn't as easy as pigging out. And when we look to the next guy we see that giving up is an option when the journey gets hard for us too. But when we look to you... we see that yes sometimes like sucks and things don't go like we want, we don't like the scale and we don't like getting up at the crack of dawn to get in another workout before work, but we don't let that make us feel like we aren't worth making the effort. We see that through determination and most of all, self worth, we can achieve our goals and we can make amazing progress. Because you, my friend, have made amazing progress. On days that I think this is for the birds, you post a blog that make me rethink my attitude and appreciate what is around me... like the lightning bugs and a bike ride. So thank you... for being different than the next guy. I really do appreciate it.

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RUNNER12COM 7/12/2010 2:54PM

    I can't tell you how many times I've been working out, needed a shot of motivation and cranked up Rollins and Shine. It always gives me the boost I need.

Love it!

SDJ

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SUNSHINE634 7/12/2010 2:45PM

    what a wonderful post 200 pounds lighter. Even with a scary picture. It is Hero time! emoticon

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CODEMAULER 7/12/2010 2:43PM

    It really is a head game at times, isn't we... and we tend to change sides with alarming frequency, if we're left unchecked. A solid hop in the shorts always does me some good, no matter who is administering it.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 7/12/2010 2:39PM

    Hero time, I like that. Keep up the fantastic work, you're doing super.
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Day 913 and a weigh in.

Friday, July 02, 2010


Getting right to things, this morning I was 320.4 pounds which is up from last Friday but I am all kinds of sore so I am not too worried that its up 2 pounds from last week. My guess is that I will be down come next Friday because there is no party planned mid week to muss the groove up this time around but as always its to be seen when it comes. My intake yesterday came in a tad over with a total of 1835 and I drank more than 2 gallons of fluid throughout the day. Exercise lacked partially because of the soreness but last night before bed I did some yoga stretches followed by 50 crunches and 50 side crunches on either side more just to stretch things out than anything else. Here is a look at my menu from Thursday which is nothing special but it got the job done.

Breakfast
7:15 AM
coffee creamer 75

8:00 AM
2 cups banana nut cereal 220
1 cup 1% milk 110

Lunch
12:45 PM
1 can tuna 120
2 sandwich thins 200
1 T miracle whip 40

3:00 PM
2 slices whole wheat bread 140
1 T peanut butter 95
1 T strawberry preserves 35

Dinner
6:30 PM
7oz grilled chicken breast 350
3/4 cup rice/beans 225
Grilled Zucchini 55

8:00 PM
2 oranges 170

I am planning on a bike ride this afternoon to get the blood flowing a bit and this weekend I am going to try and get to the gym for some weight lifting. I am noticing that since the weather got nice that I would prefer to ride my bike or do work in the yard rather than go to the gym but there is something about the atmosphere at the gym that gets me in the mood to workout so I will have to find a nice blend of the two. I am starting to feel like I am back into a groove a bit with the eating and drinking, now its time to get my exercise back to what it was before the kids were home from school all day because I am finding it harder and harder to find time for myself to get out to the gym and bike rides are dependent on things that are sometimes not in my control.

With all of that said, I am heading outside to wash, wax and detail Wifys car and then I am going to pop the kiddo into the trailer and take a ride to the playground so that will mark the end of today's installment of as the fat guy turns.

How do we make time for ourselves and our workouts when there is no time to do it? that's my question for the day.

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LINIS_THIN 7/12/2010 12:02AM

    I'm dropping in to cheer you on.
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You rock!
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SKINNYPOWELL1 7/6/2010 4:12PM

    You are so inspiring to me, you have accomplished so much. Keep up with all your hard work.
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NOTFATCAT 7/5/2010 11:44AM

    You are trying, and that is half the battle.
I would not be able to live on the little bit of food you consume. My body needs lots more veggies to fill around the tiny amount of meat I can eat.
The gym inspires me to work out as well, I just don't like making the effort to go. Once there it's all good. So, making myself go two or three times a week has become an appointment for me.
Continued success. You are doing good.

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TRACYZABELLE 7/5/2010 2:40AM

    I will be upping the exercise..hoping to reach specific goals this month!

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HEALINGHANDS615 7/4/2010 9:12AM

    As always Botz you inspire me! I find myself asking the same question. I'm trying to wrap my head around the idea of exercising in chunks of time rather than an hour straight and then doing longer workouts on my days off. Keep pedaling! emoticon

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 7/3/2010 12:37AM

    We all do the best that we can. Just remember that all of the trouble and inconvenience are paid 100 fold in smiles and amazing thing from our children.

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RIVERCITYTOM 7/2/2010 11:14PM

    It is always a pleasure reading your blog. Thanks for sharing.

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NWFL59 7/2/2010 7:42PM

    Glad you're back on your healthy lifestyle track. Enjoy the memories you're creating.

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LORISEVERANCE 7/2/2010 5:24PM

    Making time is always my issue too but...I recently read a quote that put that issue to rest- permanently! This is not the exact wording, but the point of it was something like this...

If you think you don't have enough time in the day to accomplish what you want to accomplish, just remember...
you have the same number of hours in your day as Michelangelo,
Mother Theresa and Einstein had.

Wow. Now that put the issue to rest for me!!

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SLIMMER150 7/2/2010 4:35PM

    TIME... Hmmm, well retired, so no work, no kids, no family etc... So I don't have to do all the things most people HAVE to do all day. But, being single and it is always just me... the other side of this input is.. I don't HAVE to do any of it... just minimum to keep house running and food in the frig.. I have NO reason to bother ..Don't have to care for anyone ..responsibilities at a minimum... Could it be a..Watch What Ya Wish For...or Grass is Greener on Other Side? I often think if I ONLY HAD to do things I would be more organized to get more done.. it is not so easy being sooooo single...people and work and allllllll that Purpose of life.. it is really missing *** BE Glad you have so much to Have To Find an Order to.. to get it done ..You CAN fit it all in...it's the Game of Life ..better than a Facebook game for sure!
You just Won:
-- Sending 30 min. of Uninterrupted Exercise Time your way!

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AXISLADY 7/2/2010 3:34PM

    And when you retire there is NEVER enough time in the day for all you want to do! It's amazing!

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MIZZSB 7/2/2010 3:19PM

    i totally understand your question, i have an almost 15 month old daughter.. And boy oh boy she is wearing me out during the day....
So i try to do the workouts when she is sleeping, stationary bike and strenght training with my dumbells.

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LIVESTRONG2010 7/2/2010 3:08PM

    I have to be thankful that I don't have kids but I do have parents that I take care when need be. I just make it happen and that at 5:00am Monday-Friday. You have to make the time so you will be around for them later.
Good luck and I'm sorry I guess I should have responded since I don't have kids.


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ITSHOWYOULIVE 7/2/2010 2:18PM

    Thursday and Saturday are the two days I'm guaranteed a workout. On Thursday I get up to go running with my sister. We start running at 4:00 am. On Saturday hubs is home so I get to run at 6:00 am. Early is the key for me...

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DIASTER 7/2/2010 1:53PM

  Thank you for going back to posting your menus, they give us some ideas. And have you noticed since you cut back to the 1750 range you have been dropping the pounds? When you uped it because you were exercising more it just did not balance out. See you are helping us all while being so honest. your resoulve is amazing, you do not seem to go food crazy very often wonder if that is a guy thing. Again thanks.

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PSMITH3841 7/2/2010 1:52PM

    Wish I had some sage type response to your question, but, it beats the hell out of me! Have a great 4th of July! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HAPPYSOUL91 7/2/2010 12:50PM

    Sure sounds like you hit the big question with all of us...time and how to work in exercise/personal time.

I make exercise my personal time and snatch it when I can when I am working long hours. You do an excellent job of working it in with your daughter's bike rides. So, more family activities where you can share the workout with others

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VEMAN1 7/2/2010 11:30AM

    The making time question is tricky. I choose to make exercise a priority in my day, even if it is broken into 6 x 10 minutes breaks. I prefer 20 to 120 minutes at a time. But, take what you can if you cannot plan for it. Find a good bike trail, I'll post a Zorinsky trail blog soon. Very nice and lucky for me it is only 1.5 miles from my house.

Marine motto "Semper Fidelis" - Always faithful. Remember 7Ps - Prior Proper Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance!

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JBMT08 7/2/2010 11:20AM

    Please let me know, especially when the little girl is about to pop out!! Where to find time to dedicate to yourself?! Happy 4th!

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PUCKYGIRL 7/2/2010 10:40AM

    Please when you figure out the answer to that question let me know. I know it was so much easier to get to the gym and do our own thing when the kiddos were in school. I started going to the gym at 5:30 in the morning so that I would not burden them with my time during the day. So it has worked perfect so far and I think this may be the key thing also when they get back to school.

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PINKBEANBOO 7/2/2010 10:36AM

    I recently subscribed to your blogs & really enjoy reading them. Do you know how tough you look? Seriously. Your pictures look like you could do some major butt kickin. Very cool. Very inspiring.

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DENVERTIGERLILY 7/2/2010 10:27AM

    When you find the answer to that question, please share. Most parents have a trying time juggling house, kids and taking care of ourselves...more so during summer months when kids are out. Keep on truckin! emoticon

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LECIADB 7/2/2010 10:07AM

    That seems to be one of my biggest struggles is time. Good luck!

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SEKAMP 7/2/2010 10:01AM

    I was looking at your home page. You have done an incredible job on your journey. Congratulations. You are a real inspiration to those of us just starting out. emoticon

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Day 912 and an attack on me.

Thursday, July 01, 2010


Wednesday went pretty good on all fronts of this war on blubber and you could imagine the shock and awe that my body experienced in the beginning when it was all brandy spankin' new and this morning my quads looked up at me with a whimper and said "no mas senior" not unlike back then. I woke up and my quads and shoulders are sore because of a bike ride that I took and the fact that I waxed my entire car yesterday afternoon, the bike ride was of course with daughter in tow but I hammered the entire ride both ways standing on the pedals for almost the entire cruise and I have to say that riding that way uses a slightly different muscle group than when sitting judging on the way I feel today. My intake was slightly over but well within my limits and I drank more than two gallons of fluid throughout the day, oh and I found out that I am NOT allergic to wasp stings when I was attacked during my bike ride and making green tea just got easier.

Deciding to take a ride over to a dam that's close by turned out to be more painful than I was expecting because of some small flying terrors. We roll up to the dam and hop off of the bike and head on over to look at some wild life and bamn! bamn!! BAMN! my right calf felt like it was burned and hit with a bat or something all at the same time I look down to see a small swarm of black wasps all around my leg. Looking up I told my daughter to run as I watched wasps in formation slip one after another out of the hand rail on the bridge so we took off down the dam and stayed about half way across until the cloud of attackers dissipated. I will very likely be heading back over to the dam later this afternoon with a can of wasp spray to exact my vengeance on the little fuggers as I am sitting here with 6 stings on my leg not feeling to awesome, here are a couple shots from our ride.


A shot of our chariot parked next to the dam, this was pre wasp attack.


We had a few visitors come over to see what we were doing out on the small pier near the dam.


A shot of the bridge over the dam taken from the pier.


Finally a look at the lake from the middle of the bridge.

For my birthday Wify got me the bestest gift that ever was! an ice tea maker! so now when I forget to make a gallon over night I can just plug in the old ice tea maker and bamn! 13 minutes later three quarts of fresh and ice cold green tea. The instructions says that it calls for filters but when using tea bags there is no reason to use any as the bags work just fine all alone and last night I brewed my first pitcher of the good stuff and to my amazement it was strong enough. I was expecting it to be weak because it brews the tea hot in a little catch thingy at the top and then drops it into the pitcher of ice thus making iced tea, I love this gift. I brewed a pot this morning so that I could take a couple pictures to post up and I timed it to see how long it would take and 13 minutes seems to be the magic number, here is a photo of the new toy and some tea that I made this morning which is darker than normal because of the black tea that I added.


Some tea plus that dandy tea maker plus a pitcher of ice and..


Bamn! 13 minutes later an ice cold pitcher of green tea! I used 3 green tea bags, 1 green tea/passion fruit bag and a black teabag in this batch but haven't tasted it yet so I will report how it came out tomorrow.

Over all my focus has returned and we seem to be getting it done again in the intake department while the exercise is starting to come along as well. Measuring every bite that goes into my mouth again to kick start some losses is my plan and I'm stickin' to it because like I said yesterday it works. Its time to head out and do a little weeding in the garden followed by a bike ride so for today that's all I got, Thanks for following and thanks for the support and remember that we are the ones controlling what goes into our mouths.

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SATINSWAN 7/2/2010 10:23AM

    I've gone 31 years without finding out whether or not I'm allergic to bees, wasps, and their counterparts. I run the opposite direction as fast as I can when I see one headed at me. Which makes for a fantastic summer workout :D

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TRACYZABELLE 7/2/2010 5:04AM

    Groovy man!!

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KSGROTHE 7/1/2010 6:36PM

    Great pictures! Thanks for sharing!

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- Karen

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SKINNYPOWELL1 7/1/2010 3:56PM

    Great job on the bike ride. Keep up the good work. emoticon

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LORISEVERANCE 7/1/2010 3:25PM

    ok, so i am finally gonna ask this...what is the deal with green tea? i keep hearing about people's regular intake of green tea and you seem to be the king of green tea. does it have some wonderful, magical qualities i don't know about? hell, i'm just trying to keep the damn chocolate out of my mouth....who knows if i will ever graduate to something as healthy as green tea, but thought i'd at least get the question answered. you talk regularly about massive amounts of the stuff....so could you enlighten me????

by the way....looks like a beautiful bike ride...thanks for the pics!

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TINYC887 7/1/2010 3:05PM

    way to go, as soon as the dr releases me, im kicking it into high gear, been stuck to long

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AXISLADY 7/1/2010 1:38PM

    Thank you Botzz for enlightening as always!

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KAYOTIC 7/1/2010 1:05PM

    I LOVE my iced tea maker, and when I got it, I thought "what the heck am I going to do with this?" It's one of my favorite kitchen gadgets now....

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HAPPYSOUL91 7/1/2010 1:05PM

    I like the ice tea maker you posted, heard about them but never heard any comments. Good job on getting the old routine back

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NWFL59 7/1/2010 12:50PM

    Sounds like another adventure was had by y'all. Glad you're not allergic to those nasty painful stings. I have one of those tea makers and have enjjoyed it for several years now. It certainly beats the traditional method I use to use or the sun tea I invariable forget is outside waiting on me. Hope those quads are singing your praises again soon and belated happy birthday.

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 7/1/2010 12:41PM

    Son got stung by a bee while swimming yesterday, got him right through his rash guard. Nature took care of that nasty bugger, hope your wasp spray takes care of the other nasty buggers, you'll be doing the community a service and making that gorgeous spot safe for other visitors! Cool tea maker-spouses are great at getting just the right thing!

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DEREKCSIMMONS 7/1/2010 11:57AM

    Sorry to hear about the stings. Most painful. Cool gadget though!

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VEEJAY3 7/1/2010 11:19AM

    Keep up those bike rides with the girl! My (22-year-old) daughter gets sentimental every time she thinks of the early-early-early drives up the mountain with her dad to go skiing. (She and her dad went alone when her little brother was too itty-bitty to ski. But we put HIM on skis when he was 4. Around here, you learn early!)

Anyway, girls ADORE their daddies, and making memories like this ... pays off for a lifetime. I can see it now -- just before you walk her down the aisle, you can lean over to her and whisper "Would you like me to ride my bike down the aisle and pull you in the little trailer?"

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MICHELLENRGZED 7/1/2010 11:05AM

    Ugh! Wasp stings! My brother was attacked by a whole hive when he was very, very small, thanks to our cousin (he's a nice guy now, really, but back then, man, I couldn't stand him - my cousin, that is). Anyway, he was totally swollen. I'm glad you're not allergic to the stings, & I'm glad that your daughter was safe. Yes, get those guys!

Such a cool present that your wife got you! I'd never heard of one, but for those who love iced tea from real tea, so cool! :)

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PSMITH3841 7/1/2010 11:03AM

    Hope you got you revenge on those buggers!!!! Stinging an unsuspecting Dad with his daughter (I assume your daughter made it away safely) is extremely rude! This iced tea maker looks pretty cool...sounds like you're going to enjoy it! emoticon

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SHANTRA 7/1/2010 10:41AM

    OK.. Iced tea maker here I come!! Hope you got the little waspy devils!

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JBMT08 7/1/2010 10:04AM

    GET THOSE WASPS!!! I am excited about the iced tea maker for you!!! the pics are amazing!!! Keep it up soldier!!

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MUDMOUSE 7/1/2010 10:02AM

    Take a big can with you!

Silly old fashioned remedy that actually works - we live with a cagillion wasps and bees in a a wooded area near our house..

Take a bottle of meat tenderizer with you. If you get a wasp or bee bite, take out a little bit of tenderizer - about the size of a dime - add a couple of drops of water (if you don't have water, spit works..) and make a thick paste. Put the paste right on the bite.

Meat tenderizer breaks down protein. A bee/wasp sting is protein. If it starts to bother you again (sometimes a day or two later) just make more paste and put it back on again.

We keep meat tenderizer in our glove compartment just in case!

Have a blast when you go back with your can of bug spray..

Barbara

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CINCYDORA 7/1/2010 9:56AM

    Wasps suck. My hubby got stung on the chin by hornets 2 summers ago and has been on the attack ever since. Any time he sees one, even if he's inside, he'll grab one of the 5 cans of insecticide he has stashed around the house and spray the buggers down. The upshot is they seem to have stopped trying to build nests in our railing now.

Have fun with the tea maker. Don't forget to explore that little dial that allows you to adjust the strength. If you ever get into rooibos or some herbal teas, you might want to make things stronger.

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FROGGERHKC 7/1/2010 9:46AM

    I totally support your revenge on those sneaky little bastards! I love the gift your wife gave you (and happy belated birthday!), I am going to have to keep an eye out for one of those. As always, a pleasure to read, and keep up the fantastic work!

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BETHANYBOO 7/1/2010 9:31AM

    Wasp stings hurt like a bitch!! Go kill those effers!!

Happy Belated Birthday. Looks like the wife did a great job with your gift! Great idea.

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Day 911, a menu and an omelet.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010


We're taking it back to old school kind of posting for a bit to get a groove going which means that menus, exercise and hydration will be posted daily along with a Friday weigh in. Tuesday went well in the intake and hydration area but I didn't get anything into my day that I would call exercise past regular daily kind of chores. Two gallons of straight H2O went down the hatch as I forgot to make my green tea the night before and my calories came in at 1725 which is right in there as far as what I want to be eating right now. For dinner I made a really good omelet consisting of 1 whole egg, 4 egg whites, 1.5 oz New York strip, Egyptian onions, yellow onions, tomato, green bell peppers, jalapeno, baby bella mushrooms and 2 oz of Kraft low fat cheddar cheese with a couple Zesty dill spears and some whole wheat toast on the side all for 515 total calories and as you can see from the menu it was an eggy kind of day for me.


Straight from my garden here are some of the smaller Egyptian onions that I didn't use in the omelet.


This is my omelet, there are many like it but this one is mine...you can see some of the Egyptian onions next to the plate, they have a strong smell and a mild flavor.

Breakfast
7:15 AM
coffee creamer 50

9:00 AM
1 whole egg 4 whites 130
2.5oz steak 150
2oz kraft low fat cheddar 90
peppers/jalapeno/tomato 35
pickle 10

Lunch
1:30 PM
2 slices whole wheat toast 140
1 T almond butter 95
1 T strawberry preserves 35

2:00 PM
banana 100

Dinner
6:15 PM
1 whole egg 4 whites 130
1.5oz steak 90
2oz kraft low fat cheddar 90
peppers/jalapeno/tomato/mushroom 55
Zesty pickle 10
2 slices whole wheat toast 140
Smart balance 25

6:45 PM
3/4 banana 75


8:15 PM
1 banana 105
2 oranges 170

There was nothing in the way of exercise in my life yesterday, cleaned up the yard a bit, weeded my garden and some normal house cleaning kind of stuff but no bike rides, no gym, no calisthenics or the likes. Today will be different, I will at least get a bike ride into my day at some point and would like to try to get to the gym as its been a good while since I have been able to get there because of the kids not being in school. The idea to wake up at O dark thirty and go to the gym has entered into my head but I have never been a morning person and my back still smarts for about the first hour of my day unless I give its space to warm up naturally so I am unsure thats the best idea but I am going to explore it because I have to get my cardio in each day and its just not happening lately.

The plan for today is to eat within my 1700 calories, get a bike ride in and drink a plenty, I did not get any green tea in yesterday because I forgot to make it the night before. Forgetting to brew my green tea the night before usually means one of two things, I run out and give Arizona tea a couple more of my dollars buying a gallon of tea or I miss out for the day. I did get an iced tea maker from wify for my birthday (most thoughtful gift award) and am planning on reading the instructions today so I shouldn't have a reason to miss out on a day without tea any more and hopefully it saves us a few bucks because of not having to buy a gallon of the pre-made stuff.

I have been going through some of my older posts from the first year and am beginning to get myself back into a frame of mind where I have to push myself to the front of the things to do list again regardless of the other stuff that's going on currently in the life of me. Tomorrow will be more of the same as I continue down this road to a healthier me, I have a few goals that still need to be reached and I have not gotten down to my goal weight just yet so that must be a priority because not doing for myself is partially what got me into this obese situation (man I hate that fuvkin word) in the first place.

Making ones self priority one is as important as the air that we breathe sometimes and I can't lose sight of that again.

As Ever
Me

  
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SIMPLE_TAILOR 6/30/2010 9:33PM

    The omelet looked fantastic.

I think I am going to have to take some time and rebuild that focus too. I wish I would have blogged a bit more.

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BOTZZZ 6/30/2010 8:37PM

    Asharon, yes they grow above ground, sort of :) they do grow below but thats the part that I leave alone, the tine onions (look like pearl onions) is what I eat along with the greens when they are small and tender. they spread like weeds and have to be kept in control but are crazy hardy, I have some in a whiskey barrel and they came through stronger than last year even after being frozen solid in the barrel this frigid winter.

Thanks for all of the comments everyone! they help!

As Ever
Me

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ASHARON 6/30/2010 8:08PM

    So do the onions grow above ground?

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SLIMMER150 6/30/2010 4:41PM

    Hmmm, Obese... is when your are only 20 lbs from your meant to be weight.. for your height and bone structure... Not from where we think we will be good at. Diabetic Doc said the Book weights we all this are so low.. well they are where we are to be..old or young or any other health excuse. Obese is going to be around a long time... Morbidly Obese is a killer word..that ones got to go! Gotta think on doing the each food writing down.. for me that's a big move..since I just started so much else. I used to live in the Circus town.. you know the act where they keep plates spinning on poles.. Sometimes it is pretty hard to keep them all spinning..and then even to add more.. I am thinking you got a First Class Act going on!

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LORISEVERANCE 6/30/2010 3:43PM

    I agree with you. I try to think of exercise as similar to brushing my teeth! I just get up and do it every day without thinking about it at all....of course, sometimes this doesn't work, but it is my goal...

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PSMITH3841 6/30/2010 3:01PM

    Your last sentence says it all! emoticon

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NWFL59 6/30/2010 2:37PM

    Your closing sentence rings so true. Congratulations on keeping it real for us all.

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MIZZSB 6/30/2010 1:17PM

    i just love the following sentence:

Making ones self priority one is as important as the air that we breathe sometimes and I can't lose sight of that again.


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CINCYDORA 6/30/2010 12:58PM

    My husband loves his tea maker and it really does make it easier to have tea on hand, as long as your ice maker can keep up with you!

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TINYC887 6/30/2010 12:21PM

    you have such determination

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HAPPYSOUL91 6/30/2010 12:18PM

    Like that you are getting back to the basics. You were/are so successful when you do this, I am cheering you forward!

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DEREKCSIMMONS 6/30/2010 12:17PM

    Glad to see you back brother!

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CATLADY52 6/30/2010 12:17PM

    And so it goes, round and round. If we are No. 1 in the scheme of life we are considered egocentric, and if we aren't we're considered almost martyrs. Neither is an option. So put yourself first and famly t 1.2. If that doesn't cut it, OH DARN! emoticon

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JBMT08 6/30/2010 11:32AM

    YOU are the priority! I LIKE THAT!!! I MUST REMEMBER THAT!!! Thank you for educating us yet again !

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VEMAN1 6/30/2010 10:16AM

    Making yourself the priority to you is always a difficult disciplinary problem for me. I have to maintain the credo, "If I won't do it for me, I eventually can't do it for others. Therefore I will do it for me because I want to do it for others."

Be at peace.

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VEEJAY3 6/30/2010 9:43AM

    emoticon
In case of emergency, please put on your own oxygen mask FIRST.

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AXISLADY 6/30/2010 9:26AM

    Unfortunately, hubby tells me that is my problem. My stress is my children-related and I have a hard time pushing that to the back ground. Today will be such a day as my oldest son comes to visit. Food is my answer and that has never changed in my entire life. Now that I have said that out loud, maybe I will recognize it for what it is.

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Day 910..woah I've been at this for 910 days?!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010


The smell of Jalapeno and steak is wafting through the air right now as I type because of the most amazing omelet that I just had for breakfast and its back to the grind that is my weight loss journey. This weekend I did step away from the wagon because of a little shindig that was thrown in honor of my aging 365 days and I did not want to disappoint the hostess, that and there was Haitian "rhum" and Italian rum cake, a themed party perhaps? It was a very small gathering and was a good day but as I said off the wagon I went and that's just how its gonna be because from the beginning I have refused to pull out my salter scale etc for an event, there are times when enjoying the moment is more important than measuring every ounce of whatever will be eaten, I didn't notice a nutrition label on the bottle or rum either so that must mean it s void of calories right?

Other than the weekend being that of drinking and pillaging the weak and unprepared...um I mean the junk I ate at the shindig it wasn't all too bad. I stayed hydrated throughout and did manage to stay clear of any chips or party mix sticking to steak and potato salad for the most part. This morning I am up in weight but I am 100% sure that its the bad eating Sunday and the trickle effect that spilled into yesterday that's causing that and today everything is back where it should be with my counting and the omelet that I just made was weighed, measured and put into my excel spread sheet as normal. Since the humidity today feels less like Ecuador and more like New England I am also planning on a bike ride this afternoon with my daughter in tow to get the blood pumping and a few more miles under my belt.

Recently it dawned on me that I am closer to a normal sized person than a super obese person now and its a hard stigma to shake. I look in a mirror and can see HUGE differences from where I was but I do still see that bigger me more often than not and catch myself getting caught up in that thought for longer than I should at times. Am I sitting around feeling bad for myself? not even for a second, I am in a place where physically I can do whatever I want and feel unlimited, I mean I am not out in the yard doing cart wheels but I did say anything that I "wanted" to do so I am cool with the no cart wheel rule as I prefer my arms don't look like an accordion. Sunday we were going through some pictures from my wedding and I am a lot bigger in those photos, a friend of mine who was in our wedding party looked at a picture then looked up at me and said (obviously busting my balls) "you look goofy thinner" and I looked at the picture from the wedding and honestly thought "I don't look much different than in that picture whats he talking about" and left it at that. Later I was thinking about it and I was in a 70 long jacket at my wedding and a shirt that I had to special order tailored and the works, I am now in a 2XL shirt all day long and thought about how my mental image may need some adjusting.

With that all said things are where they should be, I am enjoying being a smaller version of my prior self and taking it all in, eating to live instead of living to eat and the realization that it just takes a little bit of hard work to have everything that a guy could want physically is sinking in a little bit at a time. Ultimately I do believe that I will end up at a healthy weight as well as being in a physical place with myself that will allow me to do whatever I want to do in an unlimited fashion, even cart wheels if I so choose. Drink much, weigh the fuel and exercise the machine is the plan that will get me where I want to go so its what I'm going to stick with and why not? so far I am more than 200 pounds lighter doing just that.

I am going to start posting my menus again as I feel that it helps me keep a closer eye on whats going in and honestly I need the accountability with my choices because currently I know that I am lacking in the fruits and veggies department. There is always someone willing to in a comment say "Hey man! where is all of the foliage???" and most times when I review the menus after a comment like that the pattern of less veggies is in fact present. Perhaps I will start logging my exercises again as well and go a little old school with my posts again because if you re-read some of the older posts I was big about posting my menus and exercises, back in the first year when most of my posts were titled "Day 1" etc so maybe its what I need right now because I was more than focused at that point.

A less critical health situation for myself paired with some bigger fish to fry in the giving attention to things department has made me less concentrated on my program than in the past and I feel that it needs adjustment because I am not through with what I have started and honestly deserve to give myself that attention. I shall return tomorrow and will post my menu and exercise for today no matter what it is, good, bad, ugly it will be here for your discerning eyes to ponder and tear apart if you wish and with that the end has come to this episode of Fat man and Blobin so until next time.

As ever
Moi

  
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KATHLOW 7/2/2010 4:06AM

    haha, love rum! unfortunately the no calories thing? not so much :-)

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LORISEVERANCE 6/29/2010 10:25PM

    I have always heard that many people who have spent a good amount of time being significantly overweight have a difficult time adjusting their body image to their real new body! Well let me tell you, there is a HUGE difference in your "before" and "today" pics, so I really hope you allow that to sink in deep, deep down. You look great. And you deserve to feel all the good stuff associated with all your hard work and new body.

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RIVERCITYTOM 6/29/2010 10:20PM

    thanks for sharing...bet the steak tasted better than ever. good luck on the next 910.

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CODEMAULER 6/29/2010 3:23PM

    I find that logging the food and exercise helps me with accountability AND helps me see the gaps. Every tool on the belt helps!!

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NWFL59 6/29/2010 3:10PM

    Your tenacity and honesty is very refreshing and inspiring , thank you!

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HAPPYSOUL91 6/29/2010 1:22PM

    You have come so far along the path that you won't fall down the slope. Keeping healthy is most important to you and being able to enjoy children is a must.

Look forward to seeing your menu tomorrow

Make it a good one

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VEMAN1 6/29/2010 12:36PM

    Persistence pays! Keep smelling the roses as you go too. I would recommend bridge ups before you go tumbling into a cartwheel. Since I have a bad back too, I can tell you your anti-cartwheel philosophy should stay until you can hold a freestanding bridge-up for 30-seconds. But, what the hey, we are all different.

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TRIGRAMPS 6/29/2010 12:09PM

    Day 910... hey that means that tomorrow you can call 911! emoticon

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TRIGRAMPS 6/29/2010 12:09PM

    Day 910... hey that means that tomorrow you can call 911! emoticon

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JBMT08 6/29/2010 12:04PM

    WOW 910 days?! Keep up the trend my friend. nothing wrong with detailing each day, no matter how many it is. You have given yourself 910 more healthy days than if you didnt start logging, so KUDOS to YOU!!! emoticon

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DEREKCSIMMONS 6/29/2010 11:45AM

    Congrats on keeping everything rolling the right direction for 900+ days! I had the body image discussion with a friend last week (he's lost 150+ compared to my just shy of 100) as we were getting ready to strap on a rope and rapell off a cliff. It was a short discussion as nobody else saw our limitations but us. Talk your self sane and fit brother!

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TAMMIE1006 6/29/2010 11:43AM

    glad you enjoyed your birthday celebration and that you have a solid plan for the future!! keep up the great work!!
~tammie

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PSMITH3841 6/29/2010 11:42AM

    You're on the road again.....Keep on keepin' on..... emoticon

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BRIDGET5K 6/29/2010 11:31AM

    Wow! Congrats on the the journey! I haven't made 40 days yet, and I really haven't even started doing much except the past couple of weeks. You're really inspiring!

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