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Thatsfit featured little old me in an article? Very cool!

Wednesday, September 08, 2010


Later than usual today but its been a long hectic day for me! Alarm goes off at 3:30 AM and I jack in the box out of bed to drive my mom to the airport I had the idea that I would hit the gym on the way in since I drive right by it. Walking into the gym at ten minutes to five in the morning was a little different because other than the Arc trainer army the gym was relatively empty so onto my bike I went and 30 minutes later was on a treadmill. Home I came to greet my wonderful wify getting ready for her day and I prepared an awesome scramble for breakfast that only cost me 390 calories and had peppers, onions, potato and egg whites. Somehow I am feeling driven lately like it was in the beginning, to the point where I am excited about this whole better health thang all over again.



I suppose that being featured in an article on a site as big as AOL can get me feeling awesome again and the Thatsfit article was indeed posted up today! see it at " www.thatsfit.com/2010/09/08/moderati
on-helped-tony-lose-229-pounds/
". To think that I would be associated with anything that was health related was eons away from reality just two and a half years ago and now something called "Thatsfit" has my image and some info on me on their site. A once 534 pound guy changed his life for the better and I honestly see myself going into a health related field at some point as a job because I really do feel passionate about staying on this road that I am paving for myself and my health.

My calories have been more than perfect lately and I am getting in loads of foliage and green tea, I am drinking about 2 gallons of fluids per day between the H2O and green tea and am loving the gym again since the kids are back to school. For far too long I sat in the back row watching everything happen around me and now that I have slid up more than a few rows life is going to be on my terms from here on out because its the little things that we miss that are most important. Being able to run around the yard with my daughter kicking a soccer ball instead of sitting on the porch watching is one of the best rewards that have come from this whole weight loss thing and I would not give it up for anything in the world. Once upon a time I was literally leashed to my couch and now that the tether is gone I dare you to try and get it back on me but don't be too upset when you go home with rope in hand and a hollow feeling of failure because I tell you I am not going back to that.

I want to thank Martha Edwards for the article and hopefully there is someone out there who can take something from it that will help them start down their own path to better health. Onward and upward we go and I see good things in my future and all it took was to make a decision not to sit in the darkest corner of the theater watching as the show happened around me.

That's all I got for today and this episode of as the fat guy turns has come to an end, tune in tomorrow for more.

As Ever
Me

  
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SIMPLE_TAILOR 9/17/2010 10:28AM

    Just another venue for spreading your meatballness.

Sparks should put you on a celebrity team. You are everywhere.

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CATLADY52 9/9/2010 12:49PM

    Man are You cool or what. Next month Time will be knoking at your door. emoticon

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DEREKCSIMMONS 9/9/2010 10:52AM

    congrats brother!

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CAMERABABE 9/9/2010 6:53AM

    That is AWESOME!!!!!!

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TRACYZABELLE 9/9/2010 5:18AM

    emoticon

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 9/9/2010 2:44AM

    I think it is awesome that you were featured in an article.....You are doing great!

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HAPPYSOUL91 9/8/2010 10:51PM

    Amazing how far you have come and how focused you are. Thx for sharing your thoughts with us!

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DDOORN 9/8/2010 10:16PM

    Wow are you sounding SPARKED or WHAT?!?

Great to hear! Need to do some revving and ramping up myself...big bike ride coming on Sept. 25-26...fund-raiser for MS, biking the City to Shore from Philadelphia to Ocean City and back...175 miles in two days...whew! :-)

Don

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LAGREBE 9/8/2010 10:16PM

    That is truly awesome! Congrats and thanks for the inspiration!

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DIFROMWYOMING 9/8/2010 9:54PM

    emoticon congrats! I thought it was a wonderful article and I'm sure others will (continue) to be inspired by you, as I am.

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PSMITH3841 9/8/2010 9:48PM

    Very, Very Cool, great article...Way to go big guy....You Rock!!!!! emoticon

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TINYC887 9/8/2010 9:23PM

    that is so awesome! Keep up the awesome job. I love going to the gym at 430 and the one i go to has about 20 of us there at that time,lol

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TAMMIE1006 9/8/2010 9:08PM

    that's awesome!! you deserve the kudos for all the hard work you've put in. i KNOW you can get to your goal, just a little further!
congratulations and good luck!
~tammie

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PHERRERA79 9/8/2010 8:26PM

    That is so cool! emoticon

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JUSDUCKY 9/8/2010 8:04PM

    Very awesome. Congratulations!

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SPIDERLOCKHART 9/8/2010 7:59PM

    Very cool. A career in healthcare, maybe even working with people who are struggling with weight, would be an inspiring way to live and to make the most out of life. Go for it. Good luck- Spider

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ADALAI 9/8/2010 7:28PM

    That is so amazingly awesome! You are, indeed, an inspiration!

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MRDPOLING 9/8/2010 7:22PM

    You are famous... hope you remember us little people (pun intended) when you are a big shot (pun intended again) hehehe! :P

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CATTI53 9/8/2010 6:54PM

    Congrats on the article. You are an inspiration!

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EKKING 9/8/2010 6:29PM

    emoticon That's awesome! Read the blog. Keep up the great work!

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TELERIE 9/8/2010 6:13PM

    You just continue to be an inspiration, Tony! Great news on the article! Thanks for sharing so honestly and accurately what works and what doesn't on this road we're on!

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OTTAWABOUND 9/8/2010 6:00PM

    Way to go. Love to think of you running around playing footie with your daughter.

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TWOTIMESS 9/8/2010 5:49PM

    emoticon
If that isn't motivational, then I don't know what is! Great stuff!

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Hey fat boy! the gym is that way!

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Plugging right along with this whole weight loss gig, this weekend has not afforded me the chance to write you fine folks or myself a blog post but fear not! I hath return from my long weekend away! My mother is here visiting from California and that's added to the lack of time to myself but my plan stands, full forward until I get to my goal of 267 pounds which will be 50% of my highest weight. My return to the gym has been great! having the kids back to school is great on more than one level because I am getting all kinds of home projects done in addition to the being able to have a normal gym schedule again. Friday I did miss the gym because I hyper extended my left elbow somehow and woke up Friday morning with some pain and discomfort so I skipped going, the good news is that by Sunday it felt 100% again so onward we go.

Thursday I mentioned that AOL and Thatsfit.com was doing an article on me and if you read regularly You probably noticed that I never posted a link! The email that I received from the writer doing the article said "Just wanted to let you know that we're featuring your story this Thursday at 3pm ET (that time could change at the last minute, but that's the plan right now.) Here's the link" BUT the link was dated 2010/07/09 and that is today so I am thinking that the "Thursday" was a typo in the email and that perhaps since its dated for today that the article will be up some time today? we shall see!


Sold! to the lady with the crisp twenties!

This week will be my getting on a roll with the gym again week, I am also planning on taking advantage to the September weather and my bike because today is a Winnie the pooh kind of day out there and not taking a ride around the lake would be a shame on me. I did something that I thought would be harder than it was concerning one of my bikes this weekend too, I sold one. It was a Craigslist find bike that I got a while ago and put some time and effort into cleaning her up with all intentions on keeping and riding it myself and I did! but my brother in laws girlfriend was looking for a bicycle and when faced with five crisp twenty dollar bills I folded and gave it to her. I put an old bike back on the road, helped someone out with a quality bike for a good price and made a little green all at the same time so I am happy with the transaction. Perhaps I will make bike flipping an alternate means of a little extra income if I can convince myself that letting go of a bike is ok!

Today I will be making my Calorie conscious eggplant Parmesan recipe zeusmeatball.blogspot.com/2010/08/eg
gplant-parmesan-recipe-for-calorie.html
because of the 17 eggplants that I currently have growing in my garden, they really have taken off within the last couple weeks. I get a lot of emails asking about my menus for each day so I will very likely start posting them daily again because it really does help me when I post them and it seems that some you guys that follow along are interested too so look for those to start popping up again. I mentioned earlier that I have 10 months before the kids are back out of school and the plan is to see if that original goal weight is obtainable in that time, I think that as long as I stay on task that getting there should happen.

Today the plan is to stay within my caloric range, drink at least 2 gallons of fluid of course my fluids of choice are green tea and straight up H2O and as soon as I hit publish I will pull the bike out and go for a quick ride around the lake before I head to the gym. Today is My day, You have a today that is yours too, what will you do with it that is for you?

That's all I got for today.

As Ever
Me

  
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ABRIDGESRNC 9/8/2010 11:08AM

    Bike flipping - you dare-devil you. Oh - not that kind of flipping.



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AMBERROGUE 9/8/2010 10:55AM

    Faced with the green, I can understand why you folded! I think bike flipping is a great idea!

How was the bike ride yesterday?

Keep it up!

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RJANE40 9/8/2010 7:43AM

    You cracked me up with the comment about flipping bikes. What a wonderful alternative to house flipping since the housing market fell! LOL.

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 9/8/2010 4:28AM

    That is fantastic. Isn't this the third time you've been published about?

Hope that the visit with your Mom is good.

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SLIMMER150 9/7/2010 11:49PM

    Kool... on the bike sale! Yes, Bike Flipping!!! What a great thing to do! Even for a business working with bikes is good and always has been. Don't know how much room you have... I used to collect parts and bikes out the weekly trash.. and take them to a man who put them together and sold them... and ALSO to put together bikes for kids and people who need them and can't aford them... WHAT A TALENT!
(as to egg plant I bought... I was soooooo busy.. I never got to them.. and they got soft. I don't know if you can cook soft egg plant.. Don't know when one is bad? Don't know much about veggies period ...)

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DDOORN 9/7/2010 10:30PM

    Great to know a thing or two about bikes...! I'm all thumbs around them as yet..looking to get into a workshop on basic bike repair. That way I'll feel more brave to venture into hinterlands on my bike far from possible rescue...lol!

Don

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AXISLADY 9/7/2010 6:20PM

    You have a way with words you silk tongues devil!! haha I do appreciate how you get to the meat of it all.....no mincing around...this is the way it is!

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 9/7/2010 5:55PM

    Great job on selling one of those bikes! I did not see a link in your blog to that article you mentioned so I could not go look it up.

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HAPPYSOUL91 9/7/2010 3:36PM

    Lol, I had to read the "sold my bike" 3 times, did you have trouble breathing after? You have 17 eggplants ...good grief, I love eggplants but that would be just too overwhelming for me, though I am looking forward to a few recipes

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PSMITH3841 9/7/2010 1:25PM

    Holy Cow!!!! YOU sold one of your bikes????? You did good, big guy, you did good! You never know, selling them will get easier and easier, a side job could be in the works, hmmmm....... emoticon

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DEREKCSIMMONS 9/7/2010 12:09PM

    Uh oh. Sounds like a new job being generated out of a fun hobby! Be careful! (note tongue fimrly planted in cheek)!

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VEMAN1 9/7/2010 11:46AM

    Fantastico - Dude! I too returned to the gym today as the rug rats are learning copious amounts of knowledge once again. Fear not brave warrior of the loosing. Your time approaches a zenith soon. The weather here is idyllic for riding around the lake too. I share your sentiments, shame on me if I do not take advantage of the opportunity.

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KAILIIA 9/7/2010 11:22AM

    It's great to hear that you're back in a routine. I thrive with routines myself so I know how awkward it can feel when things aren't quite "right"

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MRDPOLING 9/7/2010 11:21AM

    You sold a bike? But that means you only have 137 now! What will you do? :P

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SKINNYPOWELL1 9/7/2010 11:03AM

    Today is your day and my day - I'm celebrating kids going back to school, yippie. I have used my day so far to run 3 miles, eat a healthy breakfast and tonight will be body sculpting class and leftovers for dinner.

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MOCACHOC 9/7/2010 10:53AM

    I'm glad your back into a steady routine. Love the fact you have an eggplant garden. Congrats on the bike sale and you should look into make it a side job if it doesn't take up to much of your time. The money seems to be worth it anyway. Make it a productive day and enjoy the ride around the lake.

Peace

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JONNYJETPROP 9/7/2010 10:51AM

    Today is your day. Great attitude!

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Day 975 as the fat guy turns.

Thursday, September 02, 2010


Feeling amazing I float through my days effortlessly where this whole diet and exercise thang is concerned, at the gym I am in my element and I started the weight lifting again with yesterdays trip. There is something about being at the gym that motivates me, it could be that other people doing the same thing in a group sets the pace or perhaps just having all of that equipment just waiting for me to hop on and go, I am unsure. Yesterday I did 30 minutes on the stationary bike followed by some weight lifting for my biceps, shoulders and upper back when that was finished a 15 minute brisk walk on a treadmill finished my time at the gym. When I joined the gym I was worried ( zeusmeatball.blogspot.com/2009/10/ea
sy-like-sundaer-monday-morningand.html
) about what all of the "healthy" people would think about this fat dude riding his ass off on a stationary bike, I worried about using the weight machines and competing with hyper ripped body builder types and was plain old intimidated with the idea but as soon as I went I quickly found out that all of the worry was for naught.

My life has changed so much in the last two and a half years because of making the decision to live healthier, I am sure that it has changed in ways that I am even unaware of. A once 534 pound fella I am now unlimited in what I do, simple changes in the way that I eat and conduct my exercise regimen has brought me to where I am today. Now don't let the word simple fool you, the changes were simple but following through with them well that was the hard part because losing any amount of weight is not easy when they are backed up by years of bad habits.



When I started writing in this blog I just wanted to have a place to write down how I was doing and today around 3PM AOL and Thatsfit.com is featuring me in an article about people that have blogged away weight, too cool. My wife has dropped 75 pounds in the same time that I dropped my more than 200 pounds and to say that our lives are improved since making the decision does not begin to say how much has changed, we are different people inside and out. When you weigh as much as a sports bike its hard to do anything past sitting on your ass and lifting fork to mouth let alone do anything that could be considered living a full life but somehow when I was on that side of the equation it was easy to rationalize the situation as normal. There is no one way to have a successful weight loss program but the root must be the same in my opinion, we have to get to a point where enough is enough and simply making the commitment to stick to whatever plan we choose has to be made.

I know people that have lost weight by calorie counting and have been successful, just look at me, then there are those that have used plans like weight watchers and have had great results and still other people who have used other means. There is no one way to do it but the one thing that every successful weight loss regimen has in common is being consistent with the chosen plan, I didn't gain 250 extra pounds over night and its not going to come off over night but if we are consistently eating well and working out better health will follow every time.

The time has come for me to go beat up on a bike at the gym but I will be checking for the article on Thatsfit pretty much all day and i will post a link directly to the article as soon as I see it pop in there. Tomorrows episode of as the fat guy turns will be sure to have white knuckle moments along with some tears and possibly a new recipe so make sure that you tune in to see what happens next. As always thanks for following along with me and my trip to the half, drink much and move more than that and a healthy life can and will be yours for the taking, that's all I got for today.

As Ever
Me

  
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SLIMMER150 9/3/2010 8:12PM

    True.. what needs to be done is easy... but doing it.. even knowing better is Hard... How long is it going to take to flush out those bad habits... I do so good ..then go crazy when offered a table of goodies.. and shove the brownie down KNOWING I don't want to do that... Thank Heaven I never like to drink smoke or do drugs.. Saying No at times is either not going to be the option or is too hard to do - We Will Fight the Urges...

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INTERSTATEVERSE 9/3/2010 3:30PM

    congrats on the article, and way to go with the exerercise.

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TRACYZABELLE 9/3/2010 12:03AM

    emoticonHow awesome to be recognized!!

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NWFL59 9/2/2010 10:29PM

    Congratulations.

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DIFROMWYOMING 9/2/2010 9:54PM

    Can't wait to read the article! Congrats on that.

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DEB_NC 9/2/2010 9:01PM

    What a great blog this was. You are truly an inspiration to a lot of people and that includes me also. Since school got started back , I too, have got started back to the Y. Heck some people probably hate exercise, but I love what I am doing, and look forward to being able to just get out of the house awhile to do it. I told my daughter when school started, every day that she was healthy enough to be in school this year, it was gonna be my job to go to the Y and workout daily. It is my time to be healthier too.

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DETERMINDCHICKY 9/2/2010 5:09PM

    You are doing emoticon!!! Keep moving forward!

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KAITLYNSNAMMY 9/2/2010 5:01PM

    My first time reading your blog and I just subscribed. You do have a way with words and you are inspiring me.

Thank you and I'll be checking out Thatsfit.

Susie

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BEAR_GURL 9/2/2010 4:48PM

    As always, I can't wait to read your next blog; I'll be sure to check out the article once in print. You are simply amazing and humble me: how can I complain (and continue to sit on my ass) when you've accomplished so much? Thanks for being such a GREAt motivator to me and anyone trying to lose weight: )


HUGS,

Melissa

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CATTI53 9/2/2010 4:33PM

    Looking forward to reading the article. I love reading your blogs. You are so honest and inspiring!

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DEREKCSIMMONS 9/2/2010 2:51PM

    Dude, congrats and congrats for girls wanting to hug you, if only in a bloggish sort of way :)!

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MRDPOLING 9/2/2010 1:41PM

    that pic is very interesting. think I will hang on to that one.

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AMBERROGUE 9/2/2010 1:22PM

    I can't wait to read the article! You're awesome!

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PAYGIRL1 9/2/2010 10:39AM

    Awesome!

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PSMITH3841 9/2/2010 10:30AM

    Great job as usual, see you tomorrow! emoticon

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TAMMIE1006 9/2/2010 10:28AM

    awesome job - and it's great that you've got that "feeling" again when you go to the gym!!
can't wait to see the article!! you deserve to be in the spotlight for all your hard work!!
~tammie

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HAPPYSOUL91 9/2/2010 10:28AM

    I am looking forward to reading it.

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TINYC887 9/2/2010 10:25AM

    awesome, i will be reading that one for sure

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AFITJULIE 9/2/2010 10:21AM

    Can't wait to see the article! I never got back to you about the biking thing...where do you bike? We are looking for some new trials bc the Airline trail is full of people who refuse to move when I scream "LEFT" , that just leads to near misses and frustration.

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KAILIIA 9/2/2010 10:15AM

    Congratulations on your article!

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NEWYORKORCHIDS 9/2/2010 10:05AM

  I always just want to give you a big hug at the end of your posts.

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PLUSTODOWNSIZE 9/2/2010 9:54AM

    Congrats on the article!

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War huh what is it good for? for making asses smaller I tell ya!

Wednesday, September 01, 2010


Getting right back into the swing of things at the gym I got in a good solid 50 minutes worth of cardio yesterday followed by some yard work and I can honestly say that I feel more up because of the movement. Its almost like having that time to myself makes me want to do more with it, when we have a little bit of time that we can call our own things somehow feel easier. Children take up a lot of time and attention, especially when one of them has special needs so its not always easy to get to the gym no matter how important getting there is, but you can always take a bike ride man! True enough that a bike ride is an option, push ups are too, I mean hell I have time to write this very post I should be able to find time to get some kind of exercise into my day right? sort of. All at the same time I can and will never make an excuse for not working out, I should be able to find time in every day for at least something even if its just some calisthenics but there are the days that its a struggle to do it and we will all have them.



Being able to focus on myself 100% again since the kiddos are back to school is important because when we focus on us 30% of the time and take care of other things in the remainder it can be difficult to drop weight and keep or build muscle in the same way as when its 100%. This is why weight loss is so hard, it really is like a full time job, if we lose it as a focal point it becomes very easy to start slipping back and before we know it weight is coming back on. We need to find a balance between keeping our lives rolling forward while we eat clean and exercise daily, doing this really is simple but is as hard as they come if that makes any sense at all. I say that its simple because it is, eat a certain amount of food, make sure that its clean, drink enough water, exercise daily and that as a concept is simple and honestly as a practice should be simple too. It becomes hard because of all of the other things happening in concert around us while we do those things, kids, jobs, house work, spouses, pain and breaking old habits but it is possible and as long as we believe that while we follow through with the basics you can have success with becoming healthy.

Right now as I type this I know that I will be in the gym 20 minutes after I hit the publish button and honestly it will be the highlight of my day. Now that the kids are back in school I can focus on me a little more closely than I have been over the summer, There are some other plans in the works for me and where I am going with my weight loss and plans because of it but that will be for another post some other day! In an earlier post I mentioned that I will weigh in on September 30th and every Friday thereafter and I am planning on getting some more motorcycle pictures up here, My plan includes smashing my weight goals to the ground and going into full on war with myself to get the weight lower than it has ever been won't you join me with that task? awe c'mon you know ya want to!

Also worth mentioning, Thursday the 2nd which is yes TOMORROW! I will be featured in an article on thatsfit.com, I was contacted by a writer for AOL a couple weeks ago asking if I would be interested in being featured in an article and of course I humbly accepted! tomorrow around 3PM ET the article will be up on the site! very exciting! I have seen the article in draft already and will post a direct link as soon as it appears on their site so that anyone that is interested could read it. When I started writing this blog it was purely so that I could have a place to reflect back on and have a little accountability in a public eye and here I am being asked to be featured in an article, I truly am humbled by it.

That concludes this message from the emergency weight loss broadcast system, this was only a test, if it had been an actual weight loss emergency the post that you just read would have been followed by official information, news or instructions and that's all I got for today.

As Ever
Me

  
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SIMPLE_TAILOR 9/9/2010 8:45AM

    Great point about treating weight loss/living healthy as a full time job. Just in general being better is that way.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 9/2/2010 7:35AM

    Can't wait to read the article, you are so inspiring, glad you are back to devoting 100% to YOU, you are so worth it. emoticon

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TRACYZABELLE 9/2/2010 3:12AM

    You are an awesome dad-- glad you can find time for you now!

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DEB_NC 9/1/2010 11:17PM

    Wow I really loved this post. It sounded so much like my own situation. I also have a special needs child to care for. The first day school started back, I was right back in the Y, working my butt off an enjoying every minute of it. Some people dont like exercise, but I really do like it, or like the kinds I am doing anyways. Good luck on your journey and congratulations on your weight loss.

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DDOORN 9/1/2010 11:13PM

    Great to hear from you as ever and SO COOL to get published!

Don

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NWFL59 9/1/2010 10:00PM

    Congratulations on your success and being featured in an article.

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CATLADY52 9/1/2010 5:54PM

    me three

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LUCYSRAIN 9/1/2010 3:48PM

    The Article sounds WAY COOL! Cant wait to see it, talk about a motivator...

I am ready to start the engines and finish this race myself!

Thanks for the Blog....your a true inspiration



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AMBERROGUE 9/1/2010 1:24PM

    emoticon Congrats on the article!! That's really cool!!

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MRDPOLING 9/1/2010 12:28PM

    me too

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AXISLADY 9/1/2010 11:43AM

    I will definitely look forward to reading the article!

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SLIMMER150 9/1/2010 11:29AM

    Great thing will continue in your future... you just don't know...yet! I am not going to waste anytime either....

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KAILIIA 9/1/2010 11:22AM

    Glad things are getting back into the typical swing. It is hard to focus on getting healthier when there are so many thing that need to happen so it is a joy that having a bit more time gives a bit more focus.

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NEWYORKORCHIDS 9/1/2010 11:13AM

  YOU might be happy the kiddos are back in school, but if I have to sit behind one more school bus....arrrggh (it brings out the pirate in me).

In other news, though it may seem slightly odd to you that someone would want to feature you in an article, it doesn't to me - you continue to inspire me on a daily basis. There are times when I really just want to quit because I've "rationally" decided that it is better (read:easier) to be fat and be able to eat what I like; but then I think about you or NotAboutTheFace and I realize that if you can do it, I can do it. And then I put down the french fries and back away slowly.

Enjoy your time at the gym and I'll be waiting for the link!



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DEREKCSIMMONS 9/1/2010 11:09AM

    Congrats brother!

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MRSSMITH622 9/1/2010 11:05AM

    Congrats on the article I look forward to reading it.

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JBMT08 9/1/2010 10:37AM

    THis is a great blog....a true testament that we should all "keep on keeping on" no matter what happens in life...I am on the lookout for the article!
Joni

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Day 973, The most wonderful time of the year.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Back from my camping trip with the wife she is complaining about her sore back because of where she was forced to sleep but it will all be ok dear, the bike was safe and warm. This week affords me the opportunity to get back to the gym on a regular basis and I decided that its time to blast through this 300 pound barrier that I have been looking at from the distance. Somehow I have become easy on myself and that's because I am comfortable right now where I am with my health, I have not been left out of anything because of being too big in quite some time but we have come now to a point where I want to get to the other side of that 300 pound line in the sand.



Walking into the gym yesterday for the first time in a month felt good, I belong there and I am happy that is how I feel about it. Saying that I haven't been to the gym in a month doesn't mean that I have not been getting in some movement, I am on a bike at least 4 times per week and as much as I am on a bike I enjoy going to the gym almost the same I have decided that September 30th will be the next weigh in for the blog and then its back to normal with Friday weigh ins as I have done in the past, I find that having those weekly posts with the weight helps me a lot more than when I don't do it.

I started this blog a good long while ago now and when I did I made an image for the header that depicted the way I felt when faced with my weight loss, zeusmeatball.blogspot.com/2010/08/da
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a train bearing down on me with nothing in my hand to stop it besides my willpower and wits. The last year I have become compliant because of getting to a place where I am not limited and I have settled into a routine that allows me to have a beer now and again, not weigh and measure every bite that goes into my body and miss workouts without any real negative besides not losing any more weight. I have maintained my weight for the last year without gaining more than a few pounds which come back off on their own and that my friends is called fluctuation but it shows me something, it shows me that I am very capable of maintaining a weight and that is kind of important because at some point I am going to have to maintain for good.

I am ready to slam my shoulder into the front of that train and finish what I've started, The children are back to school and the summer is coming to an end so forward momentum must be gained again. Enjoying the summer without adding the stresses of being as strict as it takes to drop weight the way I like to the stresses of every day life as is was a necessary evil this time around. The gym will be my second home for a while and I have a feeling that sub 300 pounds is right around the corner for me and I am proving to myself that living a healthy life is possible even when lifes not so fun moments poke their head into our personal business.

Its that time again folks, step to the side or get run over.

As Ever
Me

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SIMPLE_TAILOR 9/8/2010 8:34AM

    I need to do the same as well. The weight is starting to creep back on and I need to get to the 230's again.

Water, fruits/veggies, movement.

The keys to success.

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AFITJULIE 9/1/2010 10:47AM

    Cheers to pushing forward with everything you've got! (I'm of the same mindset at this point). Status quo just isn't good enough!!

Take care!


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TRACYZABELLE 9/1/2010 3:21AM

    The picture cracks me up but I think you would be out laying on the rocks instead of the wife, lol

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DIFROMWYOMING 8/31/2010 11:22PM

    Love the bike photo! I will be watching from the sidelines to see how far you push that train! emoticon

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DDOORN 8/31/2010 10:40PM

    Great to hear you're BACK!

Keep on Sparkin'!

Don

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QUILTINGB52 8/31/2010 5:39PM

    What???? You couldn't have placed the bike upside down & each slept on either side?? LOL

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TINYC887 8/31/2010 3:57PM

    lol tks for the laugh

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CATLADY52 8/31/2010 3:50PM

    Welcome back! The photo is really funny. emoticon

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VEEJAY3 8/31/2010 1:24PM

    The picture is hilarious: and reminds me of the time that the kids and I all had to squeeze into the back of a compact rental car so that my husband's PRECIOUS GOLF CLUBS could have the seat of honor up front with him. Seriously. It was the only place they'd fit, but I think it spoke volumes about where his heart was.

I'm in the same boat, having lost 70 pounds and then just maintained instead of pushing for the last 20. In my case, I've been trying, but the thyroid has taken up arms against me. So it's been frustrating. But it DOES feel nice to be "in the ballpark" of a healthy weight as opposed to freakishly large, doesn't it? I think that's worth celebrating for a year ...

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MRDPOLING 8/31/2010 12:48PM

    LOL on the pic. Man that was funny!

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CODEMAULER 8/31/2010 12:13PM

    Ah, bike love; so few mortals can truly understand!

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HAPPYSOUL91 8/31/2010 12:11PM

    Ok, why is your wife on the outside of the tent and you are on the inside??????

Glad you enjoy being back in the gym

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FIGHT_FAN 8/31/2010 11:35AM

    Funny picture. I am glad you kept up the biking and are heading to the gym. You sound really motivated. I made it to the 270's so I am looking for you to join me under 300lbs. Go get 'em.

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PSMITH3841 8/31/2010 11:27AM

    That pic is just too funny... emoticon Keep on keepin' on ... you're goal is just around the corner!!!! emoticon

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AMBERROGUE 8/31/2010 11:25AM

    emoticon I believe in you!!

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DEREKCSIMMONS 8/31/2010 11:03AM

    That picture makes me smile :)!

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AXISLADY 8/31/2010 11:03AM

    Such a funny picture and your comments as well. Good Luck!

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PINKBEANBOO 8/31/2010 10:29AM

    That picture is too funny.

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VERAWILLSUCCEED 8/31/2010 10:04AM

    You are amazing! What a trip you have been on losing 200lbs - you give me hope! I know, by your accomplishments so far, you WILL blast through the 300 lb barrier head on and never look back!!! emoticon

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