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Not my regular kind of a blog post but I didn't have a lot of time today to write so this is it!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

You are ( not ) allowed to use my answers ... you must use different ones!!!

Remember, you can't use the same answers as the person who sent it to you....

1. Name something you use in the shower?... My hands

2. Something people hate to find on their windshield?.... A bleeding deer

3. Name something a man might buy before a date? .... Condoms

4. What is something you cook in the microwave?.... Green tea of course

5. Name a piece of furniture people need help moving?.... Takes two to get the waves going just right in a water bed am I right?

6. Name a reason a younger man might like an older woman? ... knows what she is doing in the bedroo....... ok ok, Knowledgeable in current events and such..

7. Name something a dog does that embarrasses its owner?.. Trots out of the bedroom with a sex toy in his mouth during a party (and no this has never happened to me, I don't even have a dog!)

8. Name a kind of test you cannot study for?.... blood test

9. Name something a boy scout gets a badge for?.... His shirt

10. Name a phrase with the word 'home' in it?.... I'm sorry, I think you have the wrong room. My name is Sadie. We don't have any coke but there's a Pepsi machine down the hall. I don't know anybody named Clarence but perhaps my husband does. You can ask him because he'll be home any minute. He plays football. He's just at a... practice.

11. Name a sport where players lose teeth? .... Just gonna say hockey on this one

12. Name something a teacher can do to ruin a good day?.... Detention of course but then thats the obvious answer.

13. Name something that can brighten your day? .... The sun

14. Name a bird you wouldn't want to eat? .... One that is still alive

15. Name something a person wears even if it has a hole in it? .... Their head

16. Name something that gets smaller the more you use it? .... Ummm its after I use it but um...yeah

Remember...NO copying!!

Let me know if you decide to play so I can check on your blog for your answers...
This was stolen from SIMPLE_TAILOR. You can see those answers,

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 8/29/2010 12:56PM

    I love the bleeding deer answer!!!

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TRACYZABELLE 8/24/2010 5:07AM

    love these things!

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NWFL59 8/20/2010 10:42PM

    Thanks for the humorous post and sharing your responses.

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SPARKYWATSON 8/20/2010 2:45PM

    1. Shampoo
2. The neighbor
3. Yogurt
4. A small dog if you use it like a dryer
5. Pool table
6. Because she's his mom
7. Hump your guest's leg, why I too don't have a dog also see #4
8. EKG
9. Becoming a police man
10. Home, home on the range
11. Rugby
12. Let their dog eat your homework, see #4 again
13. Nuclear detonation
14. Jailbird
15. Condom...oh no, you already used that answer
16. Body fat!!!

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VEMAN1 8/20/2010 10:00AM

    I had to stop and go to the bathroom half way down. Your answers were really great. What a great sense of humor!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 8/19/2010 2:19PM

    Love your witty answers, great for a laugh today, thanks. emoticon

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JEANNE0724 8/19/2010 1:42PM

    I have read a few of these but the first one I laughed out loud! good one! all I could think of was a cold dog nose sniffing at inappropiate moment but we wont go there, lol! :)

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MRDPOLING 8/18/2010 8:23PM

    That was very interesting.

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CYNDER 8/18/2010 3:17PM

    I was laughing so hard at your answers. I think I might have to play along here later.

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PUMPKINFACE73 8/18/2010 3:01PM

    green spongy thing
bird poop
breath mints
.life skills
humping someones leg
Home is Where the Heart is
Pop Quiz
Bike Ride
Sea Gull

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AMBERROGUE 8/18/2010 2:59PM

    I'm in! I love these!!

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I have an addiction thanks to my weight problem.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Addiction is a funny thing, for some people its the burn in the back of their throat from a stiff drink and others get it from drugs and then there the people that get it from a good solid workout. There is a group of people that are addicted to food and I do believe that I fell into that group for a good long period of my life. Addictions can control us in ways that no one would ever want to admit because they show our weak side, something that can control us, decide our fate for us. This weekend my wife has discovered that I have an addiction, and this addiction is not made of ground beef a hardy roll and a half pound of toppings, this addiction is not made from plastic and electronics that display digital characters running through Batilla downs on the tv and computer screen, it is much different.

My daily rider K2 ZED that started it all.

1988 Specialized Rockhopper Comp which I cleaned up and it is tuned and ridable, it has new tubes and tires on it now but I haven't taken a new photo yet.

Old Murray Legacy, this is no where near big enough for me but the price was the same as a 6 pack so I couldn't pass it up.

1990 (dated from component dates) Specialized Hardrock sport, This bike is very fun and I have been riding it twice a week or so in place of the K2 just for kicks.

This is a Trek Mountaintrack 220 that I picked up yesterday from craigslist, its a kids bike but fits my son perfect so I will likely clean it up and let him ride it a little bit as he is riding on a Next MTB currently.

I have in the last year been consumed by bikes, reading about bikes, buying bikes, and most importantly riding bikes, I have come to love bike riding once again. I see biking as a huge factor in how I lost most of my weight on this trip to the half as I started off on a used stationary bike bought from Craigslist back in the beginning
and I loved it even back then on that old used monstrosity of a bike looking thing. I ride a stationary bike at the gym and then come home and ride my bike around the lake that I live on, When you are caged and unable to participate in something that you know is enjoyable it hurts. Biking was something that I knew I loved because when I was a kid I rode everywhere on an old Schwinn Super Le Tour with my best friend, like clock work we meet in front of the house and headed over to the corner store to fill our bike bottles with 25 cent juices and off we went.

Missing something and not knowing that you miss it is unfortunate because it could have been a huge motivational tool for me with my weight loss a lot sooner if I realized how much I actually enjoy riding a bike. This is an addiction that I am proud to say that I have, I love my bikes and am planning on a few more before the summer is over which should make the boss lady happy as she tells me daily to move this one or that one out of her way. I would love to find myself an old Super le Tour in dark blue with the chrome fork tips like back in the day for nostalgia's sake so I am always keeping my eyes out for one of those to pop up, mine was stolen from my back porch back in about 1993 or so. Last night I told Wify that having all of the bikes was a lot better than having all of the video games and systems with a side of big fat cheeseburger addiction and she agreed wholeheartedly so they get to stay.

Finding something that we love to do that will keep us fit while we spend precious time doing it is more than a good thing, its the absolute to sustain a healthy life. If we enjoy what we do for exercise then it becomes a hobby more than exercise and we want to do it every day if not every minute.

So I am more than proud to say that I have an addiction, that addiction is going to help me excel with my health and fitness level all while giving me views that I have not had for quite some time on top of a frame and some wheels pedaling my ass off every day.

Hi, my name is Tony and I am an addict...

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JESS95841 8/22/2010 5:34PM

    Awesome addiction!! I do indoor cycling 6 or 7 days a week at my gym..I love it!! It's so much more fun than running or the elliptical, which is also one of my staples. Keep up the awesome work!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 8/22/2010 3:10PM

    That's a very cool addiction. Keep on enjoying it. Maybe you could get a couple bikes fixed up and trade them for that one that you want.

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JBMT08 8/18/2010 3:46PM

    WOOHOO!!! LOVE your addiction!!

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NAPITOVSFAME 8/18/2010 2:36PM

    Hi Tony. Love the new addiction. My old workout partner (who doesn't work out anymore and is still fat) says I am just obsessed with working out in general. I call it consistent. I love to bike and that is my favorite part of the tri. I saw an old add for Schwinn bikes in the antique store and almost got it. I need to go back and get it, but I was afraid of starting my own addiction. Have fun.

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TRIGRAMPS 8/18/2010 12:31PM

    And everyone replies, "Hi, Tony!"

Hey, you have more bikes than I do! No fair!

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DEREKCSIMMONS 8/18/2010 12:22PM

    Thanks a lot, now I'm sitting here thinking about my old KHS mountain bike in the garage :). Hmmm, I wonder what tires, tubes and new brake pads would cost.....

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TRACYZABELLE 8/18/2010 4:55AM

    What a great addictioN!

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DIFROMWYOMING 8/18/2010 12:32AM

    emoticon emoticon

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SWEETZMIX 8/17/2010 5:42PM

    "Biking is one hell of a drug." - in my best Rick James impersonation!

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BETHSEM7272 8/17/2010 4:43PM

  I would take this addition anyday. Way to go.

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AFITJULIE 8/17/2010 4:08PM

    I recently rediscovered biking too! Big fan. I ride the Airline Trail from East Hampton to it!!

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LADYZHERRA 8/17/2010 1:38PM


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PSMITH3841 8/17/2010 1:25PM

    Literally peddling your ass off!!! emoticon Keep on keepin' on, my friend! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CATTI53 8/17/2010 11:45AM

    A great addiction to have! I'm addicted to dancing and dance shoes. Would rather spend my money on that than junk food. I'm guessing choosing which bike to ride each day is as motivating to you as choosing my shoes is to me. I love my addiction too! emoticon

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WENDYSPARKS 8/17/2010 10:23AM

    Some addictions are good! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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AMBERROGUE 8/17/2010 9:34AM

    Not all addictions are bad things! emoticon

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MIGOLFADDICT 8/17/2010 9:12AM

  You are sooo right! I am working my way through my weight loss journey and have started riding more and more! I find the bike to be the most fun of all the exercises because of the scenery and the changing conditions. Takes all the boredom out of workouts! Hang in there and keep up the good work! You keep a lot of us motivated!

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AXISLADY 8/17/2010 8:54AM you picked the bike!

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  Good for you. I think it's absolutely essential to find something you love and immerse yourself in it. I'm still waiting to find my perfect form of exercise, but I keep trying.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 8/17/2010 7:39AM

    Love your addiction, let us all find a healthy addiction. Great blog as always, enjoy riding all your new toys.

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MRDPOLING 8/17/2010 7:34AM

    I used to love to bike but it killed my bottom and my man parts to sit on that seat. Peddeling also killed my knee. Do you find this to be a problem for you? If so how have you overcome it? I have thought about getting a recumbent bike but I worry that spending as much as $2000 on it would be a waste of money if I didn't take to it as you have with your biking.

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MROSE721 8/17/2010 7:33AM

  lol u go Tony, best addiction i have ever heard of. no therapy needed lol best to u and ur wife. what an encouragement to all of us. I to like to bike so bout 5 years ago me and my husband got mountain bikes. we were in our mid 50's and thought a good way to get outside an get some exercise. 2 years ago, i was in an auto accident and broke both my legs just below the knees, my rt ankle, 4 ribs, deflated lung, bruised heart, broke rt hand, 2 black eyes. needless to say no more outside bike riding for me. so i am giving my bike to my new daughter in law. my son and her also like to ride. my husband wont let me try to ride my bike anymore because of rods left in my legs, he is afraid i may fall or hit my legs on something an set me back. am now looking for an indoor bike for i still like u enjoy riding. keep u the riding, hope ur wife likes to ride with u. keep us posted, be blessed my friend!!!

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GROEDER 8/17/2010 7:27AM

    Great blog and nice photos of your bikes. I have to admit, I'm a little jealous!!! I only have an old hand-me-down that I am making due with for the rest of the summer. But come spring, I will have a new one that actually fits and is comfortable to ride.
Good luck with NOT breaking your addiction!!

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NUTRON3 8/17/2010 7:24AM

    Have a great ride today! Thanks for sharing

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Eggplant parmesan recipe for the calorie conscious.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Today we have a recipe, this is something that I have been missing since I started down this road to better health and that thing is eggplant parmesan. The way that I was shown how to make this dish is to thinly slice the eggplant, dip it in egg followed by seasoned white flour fry the be'jesus out of it, layer it between mozzarella, parmesan cheese and sauce which was always followed by greasy smiling faces and full bellies. Since I had some eggplant growing out in the garden I thought I would try a lighter version of this all time favorite for us calorie conscious folks and I have to admit that it turned out pretty amazing if I do say so myself.

Here are the ingredients.
21oz fresh eggplant
2oz low fat mozzarella cheese
3 T parmesan cheese
1.5 cups spaghetti sauce
1 cup Panko bread crumbs
2 egg whites
Less than 1/4 cup 1% milk
Garlic powder
Black pepper
Goya Adobo
Olive oil cooking spray

I am keeping the recipe itself on my blogspot page here
for all of the photos and the instructions please check it out there.

The entire pan had a total of 1040 calories in it which translates to 260 calories per serving if split in 4 equal parts which was a very good size portion as you can see from the photo above. If the pan was cut into sixths the calorie cost per serving would be right at 175 per piece and as a side dish going off of what I got with my quarter pan piece a sixth would probably be a decent portion considering that the plate above is a full size dinner plate. The calorie counts are based on the measured ingredients and the final product I did have slightly less calories that that total, I did have some panko and the egg wash left over when all was said and done but for the sake of simplicity I divided all measured ingredients and used that number for my calorie count. The dish was incredibly tasty for being baked instead of fried and I can honestly say that everyone loved it! I will be making it again.

Roses are red violets are blue this eggplant recipe today is all I got for you!

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SHARAMARIE 1/4/2012 7:38PM

    I found your recipe yesterday and made eggplant parmesan for dinner tonight! It was fabulous. My hubby and my kids loved the dish and they said it had more flavor than lasagna! Thanks for sharing and posting the recipe! Shara

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 8/18/2010 10:02PM

    Looks like a real winner and it doesn't look like it would take that long.

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MGRIFFITH32 8/16/2010 9:01PM

    Yummy! My daughter is a vegetarian and I am making a similar recipe this weekend. I can't wait. Thanks for sharing!

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ALIZA77 8/16/2010 8:52PM

    those eggplants look funky

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RACKETMOM 8/16/2010 5:46PM

    Oh, I am so glad you posted this! I saw a recipe in a magazine awhile back & didn't save it. I will definately be trying this-I have saved it and called it BOTZZZ Eggplant Parmesan :)

emoticon Just one question-What's Goya Adobo emoticon

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MRDPOLING 8/14/2010 8:14PM

    Oh man that looks good... um want a job as my personal chef?

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PSMITH3841 8/14/2010 11:15AM

    I'm not a big fan of eggplant, but I must admit, this dish looks really yummy! emoticon

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SLCOLMAN 8/14/2010 10:55AM

    What a great recipe makeover!!

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BAYBELIEVER 8/13/2010 11:58PM

    Yum! I will have to try this with my eggplant! Your pizza was great!

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MOONBIRD 8/13/2010 4:39PM

    That sounds delicious! I am going to have to try that!

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AFITJULIE 8/13/2010 3:57PM

    that top picture is eggplant? at first glance I thought they were eel!
The finished product looks yummy.

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HAPPYSOUL91 8/13/2010 3:47PM

    ooooh, looks good and you bet I will be making this as I love eggplant! Thx for posting

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SHIFTYD2 8/13/2010 3:36PM

    Can't wait to try it!!

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CATLADY52 8/13/2010 2:38PM

    Tasty too. All I've ever seen are squatty eggplants in the markets. Didn't know they came long and skinny. It's amazing what you can learn by reading blogs. Good eatng.

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NATKITA 8/13/2010 2:17PM

    awesome! will def. try this!

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AMBERROGUE 8/13/2010 2:13PM

    Sounds delish!! emoticon for figuring out how to have a family favorite that's healthy!

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AXISLADY 8/13/2010 1:44PM

    Never tried it! Sure looks delish!

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XTMONT 8/13/2010 1:42PM

    Looks yummy! Just the thing I need for the eggplants that are getting to be harvest ready in the backyard! Thanks for sharing!

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CARRIEMT 8/13/2010 1:21PM

    Awesome, I've never had egg plant parm, but have always been interested in trying it. I looked at the recipe and I would be comfortable making this at home. Looks delicious.
I've also never eaten egg plant- so will be excited to give it a shot!

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MILNE81 8/13/2010 12:26PM

    Many thanks! I'll be trying this on Sunday and I'll let you know how it goes! It does look AMAZING!

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Day 953 and a menu.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Making better choices in my diet and exercise for nine hundred fifty three days now and loving every minute of it, I promise you I am! Starting off not being able to walk a half mile to where I am today hiking, biking and hitting the gym regular like my life is completely different than it was when I began down this road paved in low calorie meals and sweaty bike rides. Living life on this end of the spectrum is a lot nicer than where I started, the view is much better from this side to put it simply. Something that has happened recently is that since the kids have been off of school my exercise has slowed way down and I know that having them here makes it more difficult to have a strict exercise schedule but I should honestly be able to get something into every day regardless so my lack of movement sits squarely on my shoulders, it is what it is. My weight has sort of whats the term the kids are using these days? plateaued? for the last couple months...hey! exactly when I stopped going to the gym every day, who wouldda thunk?? but its the reason that I am not too worried about it too. What it shows is that I can maintain my weight pretty easily because I am not really up in weight in the grand scheme but I am fluctuating within about a 10-15 pound range that hasn't changed in a couple months.

Did somebody mention the view being better on this side?

Here is my menu from yesterday, I did go over slightly but I swear its not my fault! those rice and beans that I make are seriously addicting for me and I really should stop making it! but I can't! I must!! there is no way that I can't have them! think of your ass man! but! but! no pun intended! or was it? oh I don't know any more....see?? I've gone crazy talking to myself in my own blog over them..... here is the menu at any rate.

8:15 AM
onion/peppers/tomato/1T smart balance 87
6 egg whites 1 whole egg 160
1 whole grain deli thin 100
1 garlic pickle spear 5

11:30 AM
1 banana 105

12:30 PM
1 med tomato 25

2:00 PM
1 T peanut butter 95
1 T strawberry jam 40
2 slices whole wheat bread 140

2:30 PM
1 Yoplait thick and creamy yogurt 100

3:45 PM
1 med tomato 25

6:15 PM
1 1/3 cup rice&beans 400
6oz panko breaded baked haddock 250
tartar sauce 50

8:00 PM
1/2 cup rice & beans 150

That comes to 1732 total calories for the day which is not bad at all and pretty much on the button but truth be told I did take a bite or two more than the measured portions that are listed so it is a tad bit higher than the 1732 on my excel sheet. I've started weighing everything again too which means that all of my chopped veggies and smart balance etc is getting itemized into my spreadsheet again, its sort of just a check system for myself to make sure that my visual scale skills are still sharp. I never stopped weighing portions of meat and I never stopped measuring my rice or pasta etc on my salter scale or in measuring cups but my diced veggies, whole fruits etc I have been eyeballing for a while now. before I weigh anything now I take a guess and I am happy to say that I am still pretty much right on so my eyeballing skill has held up.

I am working out a schedule to make sure that I can get to the gym every day because I must do it, I miss going regularly to the gym and my weight hasn't budged since I stopped going daily so it must resume. The problem that I run into when I go to the gym later in the day, meaning early evening is that I am all kinds of pumped up and awake after my workout that I end up staying up until after midnight because of that high so my sleep suffers. When sleep suffers everything suffers because I am tired and not at my best so its hard for me to commit to a late workout but I am thinking that I have to because besides the fact that I am not getting in the cardio that I would like to be I just plain old miss it.

Today I will be at the gym at some point, the plan is my 15-15-15 workout but I changed it to 20-20-20 so that its an hour of cardio instead of the 45 minutes. I have 4 eggplants out in the garden that are ready to be picked so perhaps a healthy version of eggplant parmesan will be born today. My day must begin so that's all I got for now, the one thing that I ask of you is that if you made it all the way to this point of my post is that you get up now and go grab a glass of H2O to start your day off right, I am already down 1/2 a gallon of water and 30 seconds after I hit publish I will have a glass of Green tea in my possession.

Keep on keepin on, its all that we can do..

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 8/14/2010 7:55AM

    There is a really good recipe for eggplant parm in SparkRecipes. It is incredibly tasty, but it takes a long time to fix (about 2-3 hours).

I see the post with the recipe. I'm going to check that one out here in a minute.

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SLIMMER150 8/13/2010 9:59AM

    Hmmm I need to start logging my food... interesting looking at yours.. for some reason today it does not look like a lot, but it sure added up... and I need to stay in the 1200 range not only to lose but probably from my height. Thinking no wonder I am not showing a loss so fast.. .. almost middle of the month.. Are ya getting close to that 299?... Since you have been logging and doing so good.. I humor that you really have past it and well on the way to your final Goal????????????? Watching

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VEEJAY3 8/12/2010 12:27AM

    Soon you will be hearing those sweet, sweet three little words:
Back. To. School.
Truly, this summer has blazed past so quickly, hasn't it? And c'mon -- ya gotta live and enjoy summer. I think maintaining for certain periods of time is pretty darned important, actually. (You say "plateau", I say "maintain.") It lets you know that even in times when life throws you curve balls, you can stay steady.

Time enough for regular (early) gym hours soon. I like the way you're treading water right now.

But why'd ya have to say "beans and rice?" That's SUCH a good idea ... I think I'll make some tomorrow ...

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AXISLADY 8/11/2010 10:16PM

    Always good to read your amazing mind and life! Thanx

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DONNA5456 8/11/2010 7:37PM

  You amaze! Thanks

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VEMAN1 8/11/2010 5:28PM

    Keep crunching man. Persistence pays!

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AMBERROGUE 8/11/2010 3:32PM

    Yup, I'm a morning work-out-er myself! Can't work out late in the day or sleep suffers and I'm not a nice person when that happens. emoticon

Keep on keepin' on! emoticon

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HAPPYSOUL91 8/11/2010 12:13PM

    Your menu's always look good to me, now if I could get you to come out here and cook for me

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SKINNYPOWELL1 8/11/2010 11:15AM

    emoticonBottoms up!!! Enjoy your day.

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CODEMAULER 8/11/2010 10:53AM

    I'm glad to see that I'm not the only person using pickles in a square meal.


Living well involves dedication, but it requires balance, too. If we could stick to our plans 100% of the time, Weight Watchers would be out of business. The difference for us Sparkers is that we have the tools and resources to keep on track and the community to help motivate us to use 'em!

Thanks for another terrific blog!

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PSMITH3841 8/11/2010 10:44AM

    Great Pic! Beautiful scenery, a much slimmer, healthier you....Good going, it is a much better view on this side! emoticon

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DEREKCSIMMONS 8/11/2010 10:37AM

    Great picture brother!

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KAILIIA 8/11/2010 10:12AM

    Life still happens on this weightloos journey and maintenance is an important skill to learn. No you may not be at goal weight but I see the little plateaus as training for when I finally do get to goal.. all the experiance at maintainging will hopefully help keep all the weight off eventually.

Just a couple weeks of summer vacation left for the kids and then you'll have a bit more time. Kepp plugging away until then :)

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YOU are the one...

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Don't tell me that you can't do it, if you do I will not believe the words weakly falling from your pie hole.

That sounds a lot like an excuse to me, perhaps you should reevaluate your stance before making the decision to not workout today.

I understand that its just a tiny amount of cereal grabbed from the box but you don't need it so put it back right this very moment.

I will start being strict again tomorrow, do in NOW not later.

Making the decision to get and stay healthy has to be all of the way, it has to be how we live each and every day of our lives, we need to eat real foods and exercise our bodies in order to be at the top of our limits every day. I can tell you that at 500 plus pounds nothing is easier, not a single thing in life is made more simple because of weighing more than a quarter ton unless we are talking about anything gravity related, or perhaps breaking the inner structure of a couch. Being chained to an uncomfortable life because of our weight is not a fun thing, I do not wish it on anybody and I feel for people that I see walking around or in a lot of times rolling around in motorized chairs breathing heavy while struggling to appear as if they are in control of things. I honestly at times have to stop myself from offering help to random people that I see struggling to breathe because of their weight, I know first hand how it feels as well as knowing that a hand reached out would feel like an insult because at my highest if someone offered to help I would have insisted that they were crazy and that I was just fine.

Making the decision to snatch our lives from an almost certain heart attack or hand grenading our knees isn't easy, its not something that is a snap change in the way we eat and exercise but when a person weighs 500 plus pounds its time to start making it a priority. I don't think that anyone can just flip a switch and be mister super weight loss eat right guy but over time and lots of research that can develop and a healthy life can be his. Nobody forces us to eat badly, there is no giant with a club holding our mouths open while he shoves greasy morsels of artery clogging food down our gullets, it just doesn't happen like that. We have to be our own police, when its food that is the addiction its hard because we need to eat, and we need to do it every day so how do you police that effectively all while not obsessing over it? You have to want it more than you want the handful of cereal or the bacon double bacon cheeseburger pizza dipped in chocolate sauce and melted cheese.

When I was 500 pounds I was the very same man that I am now but there was a difference, that difference is that I hid behind the difficulty of what was in front of me where as now I take responsibility for whatever I do, they are my decisions and mine alone. Nothing is going to change if we don't make it change, in some cases we must force a change because if we don't then it will always be our downfall and when you are (if you read my blog regularly you know I hate this term) Morbidly obese time is against you. I wish that someone would have told me that I had a case of being a little bitch and prescribed me a heavy dose of man the fuvk up a long time ago because that's what it comes down to for me, and its how I look at my health these days. I have to do what I need to in order to assure that I am around a very long time so that I can show my kids that there is a right way and a wrong way to approach their health so that they will never have to concern themselves with the struggles of being an extremely heavy individual in a society that just does not accept it not to mention all of the health risks involved with weighing as much as a silver back gorilla.

Make excuses or make your mind up to do something about the weight, it is your choice, your decision and your life. I can't tell you that its easy because it really has been one of the most difficult things that I have done in my life but I can tell you that I am happier right now than I have been in my entire adult life because of making that decision to live life on my terms.

I can and am doing it..

I will workout today...

I did walk past that cereal box without dipping into it....

I am on plan and full steam ahead NOW not tomorrow.....

Won't you join me?

As Ever

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

TAMMIE1006 8/14/2010 8:32AM could've been talking right to me - i've been having such a hard time lately with things in my personal life and my eating/weight has taken the brunt of it.
thank you!!!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 8/13/2010 6:12AM

    Another fantastic blog from the meatball. It speaks the truth.

I would suggest printing off some of the cards that they have here on the site to hand out. I keep a few with me and I hand them out. I don't know if they do any good (I think that they probably just get thrown away), but the effort has to be made to help people. They may not know about the changes that can be made to get this life to be full and open.

Keep on being you.

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LINDOKAS 8/12/2010 12:11PM

    I love your blogs... you rock!

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AMPETIT 8/12/2010 9:54AM

    Most of the times your blog is really happy go lucky and I'm glad to read it because it gets me smiling (for you, and for the rest of us who are "working it").

This blog was a kick in the @$$ for me. And I just want to say: Thanks, I needed it.

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INIT2LIVEIT 8/11/2010 4:36AM

    Reading your blog always helps make heads or tails of the jumbled thoughts inside my own head. Of the process and why doing it is worth the (on some days extreme) effort.
Thanks again and from half way around the world, I am joining in too!

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RIVERCITYTOM 8/10/2010 9:26PM

    Botzzz Again you hit a homer! Thanks, we all needed that message.

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PSMITH3841 8/10/2010 8:35PM

    How is it, you always seem to come up with a kick-a$$ blog just when I need a boot in the butt????? Thanks, my friend, for being there! emoticon

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NWFL59 8/10/2010 7:06PM

    YeeHaw! Love this blog and it definitely resonates with me and its rawness and directness is just what I need to read and give me that push I seem to require daily to do the right thing for my longterm health. Thanks.

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ALICIA214 8/10/2010 7:05PM


I am about to walk with my dog,we both enjoy that a lot.

I enjoy reading your blogs, they are really great.!!!

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CATLADY52 8/10/2010 4:37PM

    I'll join in your parade. It's such a nice day for a walk. emoticon

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AXISLADY 8/10/2010 3:02PM

    I have been needing to blog, and keep procrastinating even though I have something to say. Thanks BOTZZ as always.

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AUNTRANDOM 8/10/2010 3:00PM

    What an awesome blog. The only things in life you can control are the things you choose to say and the things you choose to do. You have a good grip on both those things, I would say!

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SLIMMER150 8/10/2010 2:07PM

    Right on!!!!!!! Moon/Sun must be in a Good Phase... woke up today also thinking Positive... Wasting Time again...I am eating good to HOLD a weight... Got to do something to make it MOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! No more cheating... by end of this month.. going to weigh less than 215 .. Period!
Just waiting for your 299!!!!????!!!!????

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LECIADB 8/10/2010 1:41PM

    Yes, it is tough but I will join you.

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HAPPYSOUL91 8/10/2010 1:35PM

    Drats...sure wish I had read your blog before I had the piece of coffee cake emoticon

I will follow you from this moment for the rest of the day

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CODEMAULER 8/10/2010 12:50PM

    Well, if that doesn't motivate me to get my @$$ on the bike, nothing will. Thoughts like these need to be our waking mantras, to power us past the excuses and BS.

Thanks for telling it like it is!

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SNOWFLAKELILYM9 8/10/2010 11:42AM

    Wow, thanks for that blog. I needed that in my face today. You are right nothing is easy when you are obese. 70 pounds gone, 90 to go and I wouldn't want to go back for anything. Thank you.


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SKINNYPOWELL1 8/10/2010 11:32AM

    Count me in !!!!

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AMBERROGUE 8/10/2010 11:28AM

    Right there with ya! emoticon

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