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Friday, July 30, 2010

Just another Friday and I am being over run by tomatoes! which isn't really a bad thing right? Last year I planted three lowly tomato plants and got a few decent sized tomatoes off of them before the blight hit so this year I figured try four plants to see if I could get a few more and boy have I! For the last week or two I have had to pick tomatoes almost daily and my wife's response was "thats ok you are the tomato fiend I am sure you will get em all" truth be told I have too many now! I daily get a handful of grape tomatoes and two to four better boys and I just can't keep up! perhaps I will make a tomato salad today because I have three left from Wednesday and this morning I picked another four along with the handful of grapes. My neighbor was happy when I dropped some off to him that were picked yesterday morning and I have a feeling that he will get some more over the weekend. This is much better than the blight stricken bunch from last year and I am going to try and talk wify into letting me expand my garden a little bit next year, to expand it means that I will encroach further into the front yard than I already am with my current set up.

Just a shot of some flowers in my yard.

My honeydew melons are starting to pop up in my little melon patch as well, I have two pretty good sized melons out there now and a bunch of smaller ones and since the melon patch was an experiment to see if I could grow them I am happy with whats out there. I only have three pepper plants and that is the reason that I want to expand the garden, I eat peppers pretty much daily and three plants just isn't holding me over, I eat loads of peppers. This all ties in with my better health program because hey! if I have a ton of free fresh veggies 30 feet from my front door it makes things easy in the getting them into my day thing. My daughter and I head out each morning to see what is ready to pick and bring it on in for the table, I have three eggplants out there right now that should be ready all about the same time so I will plan on perfecting that stuffed eggplant recipe from a couple posts ago when that happens.

This is today's pile O Maters fresh from the garden, literally 5 minutes off of the vine.

One of the three eggplants that is growing right now, yes yes, I do know that I need to weed around my eggplants!

One of the Honeydew melons from my tiny little patch, I am very curious to see if these turn out to be as big as the store bought melons.

My intake for Thursday came in at 1830 calories because of a skinny cow ice cream sandwich that I had with my daughter, 1830 is a little bit high but not so much that I am worried about it, especially because I got to the gym last night. Somehow I feel like I have focus again, staring through the things that would stand in my way and I can see that line in the sand with "300" carved next to it and I am aiming for that spot. Here is a look at my menu from yesterday, it was not the best of the best but I am just barely over on my calories so its a good one to me, and yes it says that I had a Coolata from Dunkin' donuts! A 16oz Coffee Coolata made with skim milk is 140 calories and Wify did get whipped cream on it so I added 30 for that but it falls within my caloric range so no worries, here is the whole menu.

8:00 AM
5 egg whites/1 whole egg 145
8oz red potato 200
Whole grain English muffin 100
smart balance/onions 50

12:30 PM
1 banana 105
1 T peanut butter 95

1:45 PM
1 tomato 25

3:45 PM
1oz Cheddar chips 140

4:30 PM
16oz Coffee Coolata 170

6:15 PM
4oz turkey burger 160
1oz American cheese 110
2 slices whole wheat bread 140
2oz Lays light chips 150
1 deli slim 100

7:00 PM
1 Skinny cow ice cream sandwich 140

I mentioned that I made it to the gym last night, this is not optimal but I figure going late and then being all energy before bed is better than not going so that's that. I also noticed that there were 7 comments from yesterdays post so that's 70 push ups that I owe you guys that left me the comments so they will be done today and I am going to do an extra 30 which is what I was going to do anyways for an even 100 push ups for today, wish me luck on that one. The past few days I have been trying to clear my head and I seem to be VERY motivated to keep this train rolling I'm looking for some good losses so that I can finally and once and for all bust through that 300 pound mark and finally see what the 200's feel like.

Thanks for following along with me as I go up and down learning what I need to do to take off and keep off the weight that has held me back long enough, the support is more than appreciated. If you read this all the way to here then you owe yourself a big ol glass of H2O so hop on up, go grab yourself a bottle or fill a glass in your sink and drink it up Johnny!

That's all I got.

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SECRETMUSIC 7/31/2010 9:09PM

    Here in NW Missouri our tomatoes are finally beginning to ripen, although we have wilt that we are just barely keeping trimmed out. The cucumbers are still going like crazy, and I think we'll have green beans before long. Your eggplant looks delightful -- enjoy your wonderful garden!

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AXISLADY 7/31/2010 10:54AM

    Going up to the farm market for tomatoes! We live on a hill all around the house. No way can I go up and down to get them, plus I've been there done that. I'll put a few coins into someone else's hand for all their hard work! Enjoy those 'maters.

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SLIMMER150 7/31/2010 8:54AM

    Kool! On the garden! Nice pics too! First time I grew 2 tomatoes but the plant seems to have given up on me? Now I walk across the street and pick my neighbors.. works for me! Plus, being a Type 2 Diabetic a salad should ONLY have 2 cherry tomatoes.. because they have too much sugar in them.. so have to slow down on them. Love Green Peppers too! Don't they just make everything taste good.. but then I am Type A Blood and I think I read green peppers not good for that type... but I don't know why..and hmmm don't want to find out any good reason..those I can eat! Maybe next year I will try to grow more.. thanks for the pics... it shows it can be done!...where is 299??????

Comment edited on: 7/31/2010 9:00:09 AM

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MIDNITE_LADY 7/31/2010 6:53AM

    Great Garden Keep up the good work your doing fantastic

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NWFL59 7/30/2010 11:33PM

    You're doing great and have a good handle on making it happen. Congratulations on your success in the garden and having fresh veggies so handy!

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SHELLY_DO 7/30/2010 10:56PM

    I think you are trying to drown all of us. Keep up the great work!!!

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RIVERCITYTOM 7/30/2010 10:00PM

    Your garden looks great. Eggplant, and the Honey Dews look fantastic. Home grown taste is a lot better than the mass market stuff.
Thanks for sharing.

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DIFROMWYOMING 7/30/2010 6:54PM

    Yum! emoticon
I am glad you feel back on target...I am still working to get there myself.

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FAIRYFANTASY 7/30/2010 5:40PM

    great garden. my poor tomatoes are in a bucket. but they taste great.

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SURCH1 7/30/2010 5:16PM

    Are you eating enough calories a day?? I tried to grow some tomatoes last year but it didn't work out so well for me either... only herbs this year! Keep up the great work! You are such an inspiration.

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 7/30/2010 4:14PM

    I'm a big fan of the Skinny Cows as well. Just wish that they were a little cheaper.

I'll go get another glass of water after I get through this afternoon coffee.

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 7/30/2010 2:43PM

    Nice garden!

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SNOWFLAKELILYM9 7/30/2010 1:06PM

    The vegetables in your garden look beautiful and delicious. We are also over run with tomatoes and zuccini right now. No excuses for me not to get my veggies in! Every little bit of help helps. How wonderful melons are growing where you are. That's surprising to me.

Great job on kicking that hill to the curb and reaching the top and not even feeling winded. I really enjoyed reading that blog !! Yeah!! Now that's something to keep you going and going. Awesome. I look forward to your eggplant recipe when and if you have time to post it!

Thanks for the comment on my Spark page.

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HAPPYSOUL91 7/30/2010 12:54PM

    Little garden, ha...that seems to be big to me! Love the pictures and tomatoes do have a way to run away from us. Do eggplant take up a lot of room...really love the purple veggie?

Nothing like fresh veggies to make us healthy and have a great meal

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BAYBELIEVER 7/30/2010 12:43PM

    Love the eggplant! I have two plants but only one eggplant so far. Mine is a white/purple eggplant, yours looks like the long Italian kind? And I agree! What is better than being able to step out your door and pick your lunch! I have tomatoes, peppers, and carrots for my salad today! Yum!

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CODEMAULER 7/30/2010 12:17PM

    If I lived in your neighborhood, I'd take those tomatoes off your hands in a heartbeat! Since I live in a high-rise, my garden consists of culinary herbs and catnip for my beasts.

Have a great weekend!

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TXDREAMSPINNER 7/30/2010 12:15PM

    I am the world's worst gardener. I can't grow anything but weeds. My tomato plants died very quickly and even my herbs did not do well. It would be great to have a neighbor like you. I would definitly take some.

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 7/30/2010 12:01PM

    We're still waitin' on our maters to grow and ripen(and hoping the deer leave the plants along long enough to allow for said growth and ripening).

You are doing so great!!! I'm off to drink up that water,friend! Thanks~~

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MYLIDDLEDALLAS 7/30/2010 11:58AM

    So now you're giving us homework? LOL Okay, Okay, so you probably have guessed that the water intake is a little low, I'm drinking ............... good job on the veggies! And congrats on sticking to it .. the path is not an easy one to trek but you're getting it done! I too can't wait to celebrate with you when you crossover to the 200s!

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FIGHT_FAN 7/30/2010 11:41AM

    I been enjoying the tales from the garden. It has got me thinking about putting one out next year.

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CATLADY52 7/30/2010 11:40AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonand many, many more mon amie.

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JLUVSHIKIN 7/30/2010 11:16AM

    I love homegrown tomatoes but like you last year.... really get blight often.
Instead of giving away ALL of your tomatoes you should freeze some so you can have them this winter, when you can't get fresh tomatoes. It may take work but you will be so glad you did! You can stew them, make tomato sauce.... anything that will let you enjoy them later!

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PSMITH3841 7/30/2010 11:15AM

    Go to it with those push-ups, mister!!!!! Your gardern is growing great!!!! Have a great weekend.... emoticon

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LECIADB 7/30/2010 10:42AM

    Drinking that water now! Love your blogs.

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VEEJAY3 7/30/2010 10:30AM

    Alas, I must buy the expensive heirloom tomatoes from Whole Foods to get that "real tomato" taste. Colorado has a shockingly short growing season, so I don't even try with the tomatoes. My nephew did bring me some great squash from his beautiful garden (he's just 16, but an incredible gardener!). Farmer's Market tomorrow!

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DEREKCSIMMONS 7/30/2010 10:24AM

    Love the skinny cow. Number 1 and I have them occassionally for treats! But, I haven't let myself back into the yummy coffee drinks category yet. Too addicting! Be strong brother and that 300 mark will be blown away!

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MILNE81 7/30/2010 10:15AM

    I wish you were my neighbor! I could eat tomato sandwiches for every meal. I'd be happy to take some of those extras off your hands. Enjoy your day - and your push ups. I'm off to fill my water jug.


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PUCKYGIRL 7/30/2010 9:49AM

    I could live on tomatoes. Blight has taken mine this year. The weather has been really crappy to us here in WI. Too much rain or too much drought. No happy medium. Your melons look fab. Keep up the good work

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SPALM01 7/30/2010 9:41AM

    It looks beautiful where you live. We tried planting a garden this year, but it just doesn't work with the Texas heat, lol. I think were are going to try again in the fall. Kudos to you for all your hard work!

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KARITINA 7/30/2010 9:31AM

  yum love tomaties and lycophen

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Give me the forkanspoon! what did she say??

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Its raining its pouring the old man is snoring, well I was anyways but now I am up and at em with breakfast down the hatch and a glass of green tea in front of me I am ready to get today going. This morning I am feeling somewhat run down and I am unsure whether its the stress of my father being in the hospital that's caught up to me or if I am coming down with something, whichever it is its going to have to step aside because I need to get rolling again. My intake for yesterday was a bit high coming in at 1820 total but it went high because of a mango that was calling to me so I am not too worried about it, I kind of LOVE Mangos when they are perfectly ripe like this one was so it was irresistible. Drinking is always on par except when I get into situations where I am stuck in a car all day so I am definitely hydrated right now and am still loving the iced tea maker that I got for my birthday as it is making my life easy with the keeping fresh brewed tea around.

Making sure that I am recording my intake has again become a priority which means that I can share with you what I ate each day as long as I am keeping up with that. I made some grilled salmon on Tuesday and had a couple small fillets left and I won't eat a reheated salmon fillet so I usually end up preparing it like you would tuna and it turns out pretty damn amazing if I do say so myself. I simply take some of the fillet and break it all up so that it looks like tuna, dice some red onion into it, a tiny bit of sweet relish, Miracle whip and a shake of black pepper later its done and I serve it on sandwich thins which are 100 calories each with some fresh from the garden tomato sliced on top, bamn! a very yummy lunch made from leftovers. Have a look at yesterdays complete menu, the meals are a little heavy so there was less snacking but that's ok as long as its not an all of the time habit.

7:30 AM
2 servings corn pops 240
1 cup 1% milk 110

12:15 PM
2 deli thins 200
3.5 oz grilled salmon 175
1 T miracle whip 50
onion/relish/tomato 35

3:00 PM
1 banana 105
1 T peanut butter 95

5:45 PM
5oz ground turkey (turkey burger) 200
hard roll 170
1 cup rice and beans 300
grilled onions 30

8:00 PM
1 mango 110

Not too shabby and that lunch really was good, I drank a gallon of green tea and just over a gallon of straight H2O for the day and am feeling fairly good about where I am headed this week. Remembering where I came from with my health and weight loss I have to keep in mind just how unhappy I was back when I was 200 plus pounds heavier and use that to push me through stressful times because without my health stress is something that I lived with on a daily and constant basis. I use to do challenges to myself and since I haven't had time to get to the gym I am going to post a little challenge for myself on today's post, for every comment that I get on THIS
(COMMENTS ON THE BLOGSPOT PAGE COUNT FOR THE PUSH UPS) post by midnight tonight where the poster promises to drink an extra 16 oz of water today I will do 10 push ups tomorrow. Here is your chance to make a fat man sweat and not feel bad about it so let me know that you are drinkin' that extra H2O and I will pay for it with my sweat, so the bar tab is on me this time.

With that the end has come to this installment of as the fat guy turns and I am off to do my crunches for the day, drink some more H2O and try to get out for a bike ride when/if a clearing floats over me. I am trying to work something out with the boss lady that will allow me to get out to the gym later in the day but its going to take some doing so we shall see because I NEED to get back to regular cardio ifin' I'm going to win this fight and with the little animals home from school for the summer is making that task harder than it has been. That's all I got for today so keep on keepin on and all that good stuff but whatever you do never forget that You are the one controlling that fork at the end of your arm.

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TRACYZABELLE 7/30/2010 3:55AM

    I hope your dad is out of the hospital soon.. we tend to feed our stress when we are in that position. I am a fan of the multigrain arnold sanwich thins. Keep on doing what you are doing, it works!

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PSMITH3841 7/29/2010 4:51PM

    You know, I've been reading your blogs for over 6 mos now, and it never ceases to amaze me about how hard you have worked and how much you have accomplished.....You have inspired me, made me sad, made me laugh like a loon, but, there is one thing that I wish ....I wish you would stop calling yourself the "fat guy". You are not that guy any more.....and you will never be again! So, no more "fat guy" OK? emoticon emoticon

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NWFL59 7/29/2010 3:39PM

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PUMPKINFACE73 7/29/2010 2:58PM

    Put me down for 2 extra waters....give me 10, or can I get 20 since I am drinking for two emoticon

That salmon sounds good, hope you get in a bike ride before the rain

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BETTERMOMMA 7/29/2010 2:45PM

    Add 10 more push ups! I just re-filled my water bottle.

Hope Dad feels better soon. Up you vitamin C to help get rid of the "Drag Butt" feeling!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 7/29/2010 12:50PM

    Sounds a lot like our old BOTZZZ is coming back.

I'll keep you in my thoughts with regards to your dad.

Again, the mail is always open.

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VEEJAY3 7/29/2010 12:23PM

    No no no, Botzz! I have a bionic elbow and wrist, installed by Acme Prosthetics when I was about 25. Until that fateful operation, I was rail-thin and healthy. But due to a malfunction in Acme's bio-engineered computer chips, which were implanted in my "eating arm," I was overfed from that time forward. It was like a conveyor belt turned on high-speed! Kind of like that episode of I Love Lucy where Lucy and Ethel are trying to keep up with the conveyor belt at the chocolate factory.

Sad, sad, sad, and I probably could sue for millions.

So you see, this extra weight: not at ALL my fault! I TRIED and TRIED to walk away from extra helpings, but that Acme Arm just kept shoveling it in.

Sigh. I guess I'm just a victim.

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DEREKCSIMMONS 7/29/2010 12:06PM

    Challenge accepted. I just refilled the brita in my office!

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HAPPYSOUL91 7/29/2010 11:14AM

    Yup, that fork/spoon thing, at times I am sure someone has wrestled me to the floor and force feeding me. But seriously, I really loved the comment about us in control.

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CUTIECAT1 7/29/2010 11:00AM

    thanks for keeping us honest - loved the last comment about controlling the fork!

Hope your father gets better soon...

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SHELLY_DO 7/29/2010 10:51AM

    "You are the one controlling that fork at the end of your arm", so true. I am trying to remember this. Hope you have a great rest of the week!!!

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LECIADB 7/29/2010 10:47AM

    The food sounded yummy. I may try that recipe with tuna. Keep up the good work!

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MILNE81 7/29/2010 10:39AM

    Cheers buddy! I'm going to fill my water jug now. That will be 64 oz which is my normal but for today - I'm going to get in an extra 32 oz of water! Bike ride scheduled for this afternoon and I'll easily down 2 water bottles at 16 oz each. So your challenge is accepted. Now drop and give me 10! emoticon

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VEMAN1 7/29/2010 10:33AM

    Keep rolling! You have a great plan working for you!

Sorry to here about your father.

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That hill over there? yeah thats my bitch...

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Disaster averted? perhaps, perhaps not but lets pretend that it was anyways because I have a body to sculpt into that of a Greek yeah, lets just say that I have some work left to do. You may have noticed that I changed the layout of the blog a bit and that was mostly because of boredom but partially because I need to start working on me again and I thought a new look for my chicken scratch might go with that so there you have it. I have been working on other people for the last two months and suddenly I am reminded that the last time I paid myself no mind that it didn't end up so good for my hard body status, you know, that time where I ended up weighing 534 pounds? So onto me for a while, I mean, keeping things in focus for the other things is a must just because they are but that doesn't mean that I can't squeeze in some time for Me, Myself and I and with that it begins again.

Today as I type this at just after 6PM I am 1680 calories into my budget and as full as I ever want or need to be, I made some rice and beans with grilled turkey burgers or should I say burger because I only had one but either way I am where I should be with the calories. I am a little light on my fluids today compared to my usual, I have about a half gallon of green tea down the hatch along with just under three quarts or so of straight H2O but I do have a half gallon of tea in the fridge for when I am through with this post. Yesterday my calories were over by 2 yogurts a banana and a bowl of cookies and cream ice cream with some whipped cream and I honestly don't know what the calories for my side dish at dinner was as I made stuffed eggplant and did not figure what a serving would be on my excel sheet yet.

The dish turned out good and I winged a stuffing for it consisting of the guts from the eggplant, chopped red onions, green bell peppers, yellow summer squash and baby bella mushrooms sauteed and then coated with a light amount of panko bread crumbs and seasonings. A shake of Parm cheese some bruschetta and mozzarella later and it was pretty damn good for a "wingin' it" kind of recipe and sort of had an eggplant parm meets stuffed mushroom feel to it. I do need to adjust the recipe a bit with the next couple few eggplants that I have in the garden growing right now and when I do I will post a complete recipe and the steps that I took along with the calorie value for the dish.

Yesterday I was granted what some people call a "non scale victory" when I went for a ride on my bike, apparently all of that towing the little monster, er I mean darling around for the last few months has improved my strength on a bike. Let me start with a short description of the road that I live on, there is a very steep hill that is shorter than another hill that is twice as long but not as steep until the very top, one hill is on one side of a Y in the road and the other is down the opposite way. Last I want to say September or so I took a ride up that longer hill and was out of commission for a couple days because of it and I have since dubbed that hill evil and have not tried to ride it again. Now if you read this blog regularly you probably know that I rode my daughter to school in her trailer for the last several months since it was warm enough to do so and I needed to go up the shorter but steeper hill to get her there. Yesterday I decided to go out for a quick 6 mile ride and thought about that hill and frankly I was just bored with the other route so off I went.

The bottom of the hill looking up feels like it goes for a mile and I was quickly brought back to last year and the sore hips and arse from the previous time me my bike and that hill were acquainted but I stood onto the pedals and went for it. Hitting the top of the hill I was barely winded and thought "Ok here is a flat spot now for the run at the top, you can do this" but alas the stop sign that brings me into the turn down a really steep decline was right there in front of me. I looked back to make sure that there was a hill behind me because I really was not winded as much as I felt that I should be but there I was, at the top with nothing but a fast ride down to the next incline. This route is longer than the other one by just about a mile and I am going to start riding this way instead as it offers me a change of scenery and now that I made the hill my bitch I need it to remember it.... I need to remember it.

Making the best choices for my health has to be priority one and I need to keep that in mind somehow, as soon as tragedy strikes in another facet of my life I go straight into fix it mode and the focus on myself is out the window. This isn't going to be easy and it has never been easy but I have come so far along now and so many changes have happened that I am making it hard for myself to fail and I need to keep pushing as hard as I can because I have to, not because I want to, not for someone else, not so that I can wear my yellow polka dot speedo to the beach but because I must and that's how its going to be.

That's all I got..

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 7/29/2010 3:27PM

    That's a great story about the hill.

Just make sure to carve out some time for you (even if it is only time to do 25 pushups or crunches). You are the anchor of your family and you need to take care of yourself.

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HAPPYSOUL91 7/29/2010 10:08AM

    When a crisis hits, it is so easy to forget to take care of ourselves. However, you got back on track, we need to put ourselves #1 and then we really can care for everyone else.

PS: I love egglplant and am always looking for new recipes

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FROGGERHKC 7/29/2010 7:52AM

    Can't wait for the recipe! Awesome job on conquering that hill!


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TRACYZABELLE 7/29/2010 12:25AM

    That sounds great-- Myself I love eggplant and here are a few I like:

Eggplant Caviar
1 large eggplant
1/3 cup chopped onion
3 tablespoons olive oi
2 teaspoons sea salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper (I use more)

Preheat oven to broiler setting.
Wash eggplant thoroughly, then pierce skin with a fork in several places. Place on a baking sheet and broil in preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes, until soft. Turn eggplant over and broil for an additional 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven and slice in half.
Scoop out eggplant pulp with a spoon and place in a medium bowl. Mix in onion, olive oil, dill, salt, and pepper. Serve hot or cold. Spread on crackers or scoop with veggies

BR>2 onion, sliced into thin rings
8 cloves garlic, minced
1 large eggplant, cubed
2 zucchini, cubed
2 medium yellow squash, cubed
2 green bell peppers, seeded and cubed
1 yellow bell pepper, diced
1 chopped red bell pepper
4 roma (plum) tomatoes, chopped
1/2 cup olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
(can add other herbs if you like)

Heat 1 1/2 tablespoon of the oil in a large pot over medium-low heat. Add the onions and garlic and cook until soft.
In a large skillet, heat 1 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil and saute the zucchini in batches until slightly browned on all sides. Remove the zucchini and place in the pot with the onions and garlic.
Saute all the remaining vegetables one batch at a time, adding 1 1/2 tablespoon olive oil to the skillet each time you add a new set of vegetables. Once each batch has been sauteed add them to the large pot as was done in step 2.
Season with salt and pepper. . Cook over medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes.
Add the chopped tomatoes to the large pot, cook another 10-15 minutes. Stir occasionally.

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NWFL59 7/28/2010 10:14PM

    WooHoo you're doing terrific and got yet another real world confirmation of your progress with conquering that hill. Your eggplant side sounds delicious. Keep up the great work and congratulations.

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ASHARON 7/28/2010 9:09PM

    I love eggplant and will have to try that one.

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AXISLADY 7/28/2010 9:09PM

    I Am over the hill and it's almost too late, but I am so short of breath from not doing anything, from being 50# over weight, this heart thing is causing me too much stress. Time to ACT!

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RIVERCITYTOM 7/28/2010 8:36PM

    Keep it up Botzzz, it is so good reading your blog. Thanks for sharing.

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DEREKCSIMMONS 7/28/2010 8:23PM

    Always great to slay a dragon! Keep it going brother.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 7/28/2010 8:21PM

    Glad you're "over the hill" emoticon

Good job on the bike ride and putting the focus back on YOU. You've come such a long way, keep on going, the success is yours for the taking.

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DUTCHIEKIWI 7/28/2010 7:41PM

    This journey you're on is still going as strong as ever, and you have have have to promise me...
When you DO get to goal and wear that; yellow polka dot speedo to the beach, post some pics for me.

You are an inspiration and a good friend.
Nevertheless.... how awesome it would be to see a Greek god wearing those awesome speedo's ;0)

Love ya, keep blogging!!


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VEEJAY3 7/28/2010 7:16PM

    Yess!!! I have several hills on my longer bike rides that once got the better of me, but that now I can charge right up. I know how GREAT that feels!


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TEDDYBEARGIRL 7/28/2010 7:14PM

    Glad you conquered that hill!!!!!!

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DYA177 7/28/2010 7:06PM

    Food looks very good

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JBMT08 7/28/2010 7:06PM

    Keep on keeping on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Flashback to 1985 for day 937

Monday, July 26, 2010

Lets take a step back in time to say somewhere around 1985 and see where some of these issues with being the fat kid came into the picture. I was in the boy scouts for more than a few years as a kid and we would hike, camp and do all kinds of stuff on our camping trips that was extremely fun even though we were kind of considered the misfit troop getting into trouble a lot of the time, good old troop 24. Sometimes we would participate in the Jamborees where all of the area troops would get together and show off our scout skills in the way of fire making, knot work and all kinds of other things that we were learning about back then but as I said we were kind of known as "the wild troop" for some of our antics . Each troop would set out on one big project and then do a sort of demo for the other troops showcasing our mad skillz yo, ok ok let me not get out of character because this is a reflection kind of thing going on here. The biggest Jamboree of the year we decided that we were going to shake that stigma and make the best suspended rope bridge that anyone ever did see because it was a big project and could include every one that was in our troop on some level of the construction between all of the knots and cutting of wood and rope not to mention if we pulled it off it would be pretty cool.

The Jamboree started and we all put everything that we had into this little rope bridge that could, I clearly remember working on it all day Saturday while we all took turns making knots and lashing the braces together. Dragging logs from the woods the whole of the troop was like a perfectly oiled machine all working together like the borg to get to a single point where this rope bridge was built and we were going to win that first place badge for our project if it killed us. I can remember being covered in sweat and wood chips, sore hands and feet from cutting and tying all day and by Saturday mid day we were almost complete. Off we went to get some food onto the table because there was a daily time limit on working on the projects so we were done for the day but went back to our lean to and literally discussed between the all of us how we were going to get up at first light and finish the bridge before the time limit was up so that we could enjoy some of the other things that were going on.

Sunday the first glimmer of light we wake up and off we went again working all morning, more than proud of what we were creating and confident that we would win the projects stage of the Jamboree. I can honestly say that it was one of the first times in my life that I can remember feeling a sense of pride about something that I did, we worked hard, I worked hard to make sure that our bridge was exactly how it needed to be in order to win the day. We all sat back covered in sweat, blood and little pieces of wood and rope just staring at the bridge, it was perfect and we made it that way, it was our bridge. Excitement set in and we were all going nuts because we wanted to of course test it out and have a little bit of fun with our new creation so into a line we filed and one at a time started crossing the bridge. Someone said "Hey don't let Tony try it out we don't want it to break" which was silly as I was still just a Husky lad at that point and no where near heavy enough to do any damage to the structure but alas I was indeed told not to cross the bridge. Standing on the side line I watched most of the others including a couple full grown men cross the bridge in victory while I felt like my heart was torn out because I literally put everything that I had into that silly rope bridge and now I was suspended from actually trying it out.

Everything that I felt because of the accomplishment was taken from me with a single sentence and a silly decision from a scoutmaster that probably didn't think about what he was doing by denying me the opportunity to experience what all of the others got to. I can honestly say that I wanted to cry and just go home, I lost interest in the entire Jamboree at that point and didn't care about whether we won or not. When it came time for the whole group of scouts to make the rounds and see what each troop did as a project I stayed in the lean to, you guessed it eating roasted marshmallows and chef boyardee straight from the can. I remember everyone coming back and declaring victory as we placed second for the projects but I didn't care. I worked as hard as anyone yet was not able to enjoy what we had done I just pretended that I didn't care either way about any of it but I did, I wanted to celebrate with the others but I was down and didn't want to let any of them know how hurt that I was so as far as anyone knew I just was not interested in any of the afterward. I got over it and life went on but looking back at it I can see now that it was definitely one of the stepping stones to an obese me, and just think, the project was meant to be a confidence reinforcement tool at its very root.

There are a lot of things that happen to a person that helps push them into the path of that moving train that is obesity and sometimes no one sees it happening at the time but it happens. I have plenty of stories like this one that I could write about or reflect back on where I remember feeling completely left out of situations and turning to food for comfort as a kid and even as an adult as a result. Now I don't blame this event for anything, its just one of the notches in my belt of growing up and becoming who I am today and we all have notches like this, fat thin, short or tall everyone has felt this way at some point in their lives, I like to look at it as I learned to have a little bit of compassion that day. Pile experiences like this one on top of one another and a person starts believing that its the only truth that is there for them, I can say that because I know first hand how it happens now that I can step back and examine some of the things that happened in my younger days.

To be continued..

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GBSUTPHIN 7/29/2010 11:19AM

    Ouch. We do all have those stories, but it doesn't make it any easier to share them. Congrats on your matter of fact way of looking at it and for not letting one or two (or twenty) incidences like this to define who you are as a person.
Thanks for sharing.

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CUTIECAT1 7/28/2010 9:45PM

    Wow, i could feel the pain of that day...and it brought tears to my eyes. It also reminded me of some of my childhood incidents. But look at what you have done with that experience...if you had let it defeat you, you wouldnt be here now, writing some of the best blogs i think any of us have ever read on SP.

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TAMMIE1006 7/28/2010 4:25PM

    wow, i can just imagine how hard it was for you at that age - heck, even now it would be hard, but you would know better to stand up for yourself. it's good to know the factors that got us to where we are today so that we can work on them and get over them.
thanks for sharing!

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 7/27/2010 2:30PM

    Words are a very powerful tool and once said they can never be taken back.....hurtful words hurt more than any physical injury to the body!

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SLIMMER150 7/27/2010 1:48PM

    Good Story. It is good to look back and think about where we came from.. with our weight. I remember when moved to a new town in 2nd grade going around meeting the neighborhood kids.. one group of brothers.. called me Little Tie short for Titanic. I was only a little puggy back then.. I didn't even know I was overweight or what that really was. But, I can still here him say that now, over 50 yrs later.. A beginning of many such moments to come. So now it is time to review and file away those moments... and we are making New Better Moments for ourselves and others...

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CHRISSYVB 7/27/2010 10:03AM

    I'm both sad and angry about this story. I cannot believe the adults in your troup allowed this to happen.

I have 2 daughters and I can see the way that strangers treat them based soley on appearance. One daughter is naturally thin without trying (actually skinny) and one is not (she is in the average range but not thin). I struggle a lot with how to keep her engaged in life when I see her want to hide. I continually encourage her but there is only so much a parent can do.

Hopefully she will embrace the healthful way of life and keep living fully - the way you have chosen to.

Thanks for sharing.

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PSMITH3841 7/27/2010 9:59AM

    Wow, what a shame, so sad...I wish people would think before they make comments in front of kids...I read that as a "2 smack comment" # 1, that you kids couldn't make something substantial enough to accommodate a husky person; #2 the cruel joke about your size...Some people just don't get it....Sorry you had to experience that....but boy, look at you now! emoticon emoticon

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SNOWFLAKELILYM9 7/27/2010 6:44AM

    Wow, what a painful experience for you. It takes courage to share those kind of experiences. Thank you. It was hard to read it because it brought back so many similar memories and that kicked in the stomach hurt feeling, among other feelings, I had at similar experiences like that. I know for me it's hard to want to remember and face past experiences but I know it helps unravel the hurt from the past and see how it has contributed to our present. Thanks for being open and honest and sharing your heart. Your success and your perseverance in your battle of health and fitness continue to inspire me. Thanks.


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TRACYZABELLE 7/27/2010 2:47AM

    I know all about being "husky" or in my case "pretty plus" according to Sears at that age.. I was called every big butt name in the book-- I was not fat I was bootylicious beofre it was popular, lol

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REINVENT_ME 7/26/2010 9:51PM

    Very deep! Indeed, we all have stories that we can share that helped get us to where we are, but we can look back on those experiences and not cry but rejoice that we overcame them!

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REINVENT_ME 7/26/2010 9:50PM

    Very deep! Indeed, we all have stories that we can share that helped get us to where we are, but we can look back on those experiences and not cry but rejoice that we overcame them!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 7/26/2010 3:32PM

    Wow. That is a brutal story.

That being said, I'm glad it happened because it made you the person that you are today, someone that I am proud to call friend.

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SLEEKKITTY 7/26/2010 1:35PM

    Awww, how sad. The mother in me wants to hug and protect you, but parents can't shelter their kids from the hurt.
I could feel your pride and joy in the project coming through, and the hurt from that comment. But if we survive, we can grow stronger as we mature. Great writing.

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ACROSONIC 7/26/2010 12:13PM

    I remember my little brother being asked to not sing in a school program (I was in high school at the time). When I became a music teacher, I never left anyone out, no matter their singing ability. It hurts to be left out! I was always the last picked for sports because I was so uncoordinated. I hated when teams were picked at school! And the list goes on....
And you're right, hopefully we learn from those experiences and become stronger and more compassionate to others. And more forgiving.

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ACROSONIC 7/26/2010 12:12PM

    I remember my little brother being asked to not sing in a school program (I was in high school at the time). When I became a music teacher, I never left anyone out, no matter their singing ability. It hurts to be left out! I was always the last picked for sports because I was so uncoordinated. I hated when teams were picked at school! And the list goes on....
And you're right, hopefully we learn from those experiences and become stronger and more compassionate to others. And more forgiving.

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HAPPYSOUL91 7/26/2010 12:10PM

    All the emotions add up in our lives...good, bad, sad, anger and no doubt it affects our behavior.

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DEREKCSIMMONS 7/26/2010 11:10AM

    Your Scoutmaster was wrong and I hope I'm smart enough to take away the lesson with my boys. I'm happy that you can turn the memory into inspiration! Thanks for the reflection.

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SPALM01 7/26/2010 11:09AM

    Thank you so much for sharing this story. It means a lot to so many people on here to know that others have had to endure similar heart wrenching experiences that contribute to our emotional eating. It is recognizing instances such as this and our triggers that help us to change our current paths. So I truly appreciate your honesty and willingness to help all of us gain insight into ourselves.

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AMBERROGUE 7/26/2010 10:57AM

    Nothing much to say except I know where you're coming from. Glad you've learned from it and moved on.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 7/26/2010 10:54AM

    That is so sad, made me get a little teary eyed. Kids are so mean sometimes and I am sorry you had to deal with such a self-esteem blow at that Jamboree. Ya never know what you say and do - it can make a true difference in the lives of others, good or bad. You are spending your time now inspiring others - way to go.

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MINIDRIVER63 7/26/2010 10:47AM

    I was remembering similar stuff this weekend. When looking back at pictures of myself, I don't see a fat girl. But boy did I think I was one, thanks to mean kids at school. That boy who didn't let me in his car 'cause he was worried about his shock absorbers certainly didn't help, LOL.

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MILNE81 7/26/2010 10:42AM

    What a powerful memory. I think we all have moments like those where we have been discounted because of one thing or another... weight, age, sex, appearance. And what those people who discounted us don't realize is the impact that a few words, no matter how innocent they may have meant them, can have a bigger impact on someone's self believe and self worth than ever imagined. I've always hated the phrase "Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me". Bones heal much faster than mental scars and damage. Those words can stick with you for a lifetime.

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Day 934, a weigh in update.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Its just your friendly neighborhood fat guy checkin' in with a weight update because I said that I would, this post will be short and sweet but in the interest of staying accountable and consistent here goes. This morning I woke up after a night of sleep that was less than enough but onto the scale I went and I am up 2 pounds from Last Friday BUT I was totally expecting an up after last weeks Giant number along with the fact that early in the week I know that I went over on the intake. Wednesday while at the gym I hurt my ankle while running on the treadmill because of a trip so I did not go to the gym Thursday as I want to give the ankle a rest but I have been doing crunches and push ups all week so hopefully some exercise is better than none come next Friday for me.

Some good news is that my garden is starting to produce veggies on a regular basis now so I am into some great fresh vegetables lately. Tonight for dinner I am making a baked Ziti but am replacing half of the pasta with grated up Zucchini to save some calories and as a side I am going to try and wing a garlic and veggie stuffed Eggplant as I picked a good sized Eggplant from the garden this morning. Perhaps I will post a recipe depending on how the eggplant turns out but as I am totally as I said winging it this may not go how I am planning, either way I am curious to try it out.

The excrement has made contact with the air circulation device in some non weight loss/health areas of my never not exciting life recently but I am staying as on track as I can in lieu of those distractions the best I can. I have to get down below 300 pounds as soon as possible just for that mental kick in the ass because with everything else that's buzzing around my head currently the win will be huge.

I'm running on 2 hours sleep and my day is getting ahead of me so with that the end has come to this installment of as the fat guy turns.

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 7/26/2010 3:15PM

    While definitely not my cup of tea, the stuffed eggplant might be good for other people in the house.

Anytime you need to talk, I'm here, my brother.

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PSMITH3841 7/25/2010 1:21PM

    You're going to get there, but you're gonna need more rest.... emoticon

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DENACARPER 7/24/2010 10:02AM

    sounds good - I am really curious how the eggplant turned out! I love it and would try the recipe myself if you think it turned out well!

Let us know.


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NWFL59 7/23/2010 11:33PM

    Best wishes for continued signs of improvement in your overall fitness and health.

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VEMAN1 7/23/2010 7:10PM

    Good luck on dinner! Get some sleep if you can.

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SLIMMER150 7/23/2010 6:33PM

    Food sounds good! Love them veggies! You eat and then hit the sack! Mom, always told me ..ya can't lose weight if you're tired. I think I have even heard Dr Oz speak on this and others... so catch up on the sleep!

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CATLADY52 7/23/2010 4:48PM

    Keep on fighting guy. You will eventualy win. emoticon

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HAPPYSOUL91 7/23/2010 4:19PM

    Yike, you are running on 2 hrs sleep...been there, done that...and it isn't pretty.

Your garden sounds great, nothing like fresh veggies and herbs to make your meals taste wonderful.

Keep up the great work you are doing and under 300 lbs is just around the corner

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STAYSUPLATE78 7/23/2010 4:03PM

    I want a fruit and veggie garden bad!!! I hope that meal turns out good i would love the recipe myself. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MILNE81 7/23/2010 3:52PM

    I hope dinner turns out great because I really want to see the recipe!

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SHELLY_DO 7/23/2010 3:43PM

    I wish I would have put a garden out this year. I just get tired of trying to fight the grass and weeds. Keep up the great work!!!

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