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Will today be your Day one?

Friday, September 10, 2010


This morning I woke up to a ton of email and a lot of messages on my facebook page which I encourage you to add me www.facebook.com/people/Zeusmeatball
-Zm/100000803315795
if it pleases you! that AOL article is to blame and it has put me into a magnificent mood! yes folks I just said magnificent! I have mentioned this before, I started this blog literally as a place to put my progress or back steps in a more public kind of way and it has become so much more than that in the last 983 days which wow! I've been at this for 983 days?? When I began down this road I wasn't sure what would come of it, I did not know if it would be a failed attempt or if I would be down to my goal weight in record time and for whatever reason it stuck this time and here I sit in my plush couch typing a blog and there is an article on a website called "Thatsfit" with me in it! I tell you that I can clearly remember writing my first post titled Day 1 zeusmeatball.blogspot.com/2008/01/da
y-1.html
and never did I think that I would be associated with something called Thatsfit, perhaps "ThatsFAT" but not the other.



My Thursday went very well, my calories came in at 1810 which is just about perfect and I went over because of having a pear around 8:30 last night so I am cool with the slightly over. When I was at the gym I decided that I hadn't been on the arc-trainer in a while so I did my 20-20-20 routine for an hour of cardio. The 20-20-20 is 20 minutes on the stationary bike, 20 minutes on the arc-trainer finishing up with 20 on the treadmill, I did change it up a bit because I did 25 on the bike and only 15 on the treadmill but a good solid cardio workout was had either way. My fluid intake was on par with just under 2 gallons of fluids between the H2O and green tea so hydrated I am and as I type I am already down a little more than a half gallon for Friday. I will not have a chance to get to the gym today so it looks like a bike ride around the lake is in my future which is more than ok with me, in fact I have come to enjoy my bike rides more than almost anything that I could be doing, almost.

I enjoy what I have done for myself and for my family, a two hour walk through a virtual world to kill a notorious monster has turned into a bike ride to the playground with the kids. Instead of a sack full of sodium laced processed meats and cheeses on a corn tortilla...er on 7 corn tortillas I eat fresh grilled salmon and sweet potatoes, Mangoes and green tea, the flavor difference is quite amazing if you don't believe me try for yourself! The fact that I can now decide that a walk around the lake or a hike on a local trail would be a good way to spend my afternoon is light years away from hoping that I was going to make it up the stairs before my heart grenaded inside my chest and ending up with a hole in the side of my house so that the firemen could drag me out.

When you were once 534 pounds and limited by that fact things look a little different that they do from a closer to normal weight, somehow things seem impossible when simply walking up a flight of stairs is a huge task. For the longest time I was in pain, I don't mean emotionally though that was there too, I had a back injury and 3 disks that were just not the way that they should have been after a work accident and something like that controls the way we feel mentally and obviously physically. Having been through an injury like that left me feeling helpless to get out of my own way and there were times that I physically could not get out of my own way but that has all seemed to change and that happened when I decided to completely revamp the way that I was doing things. I in the last couple years have learned that if a person wants something they need to grab it and make it what they want it to be, no one will hand life to you but giant plates of food and a sedentary lifestyle can and will take it from us each and every time.

Take back what is yours..

As Ever
Me

  
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SIMPLE_TAILOR 9/20/2010 4:03PM

    I hope that more people will continue to be inspired by your story. You are getting to be an evangelist for better health, by simply stating basic truths.

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TRACYZABELLE 9/13/2010 1:32AM

    added u on FB

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DDOORN 9/12/2010 2:43PM

    Couldn't think of a better fellow to get all this buzz, Tony!

Keep at 'er! :-)

Don

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MRDPOLING 9/11/2010 7:27PM

    I just added you on FB.

Love this blog... Today is a NEW DAY!!!!

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SWEETZMIX 9/11/2010 11:39AM

    I meant to tell you I read the articles and loved them. I haven't been on Spark due to a death in my family. I would add your FB persona, but I think you know I am already a fan!


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VEMAN1 9/10/2010 12:49PM

    Great blog. Taking back what was yours. I like that philosophy! Grab hold and be bold!

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ANALOGY 9/10/2010 12:23PM

    Great post. I haven't had to come quite that far, but I like taking back my life. Even if I did waste 2 hours last night on the imaginary monsters, I did take an hour exercising and I am grilling the salmon. Which does indeed taste better than the junk I was eating for years.

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HAPPYSOUL91 9/10/2010 12:12PM

    Reading your blog puts me in the positive mindset. It can be done and is being done!

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SIRIRADHA 9/10/2010 11:53AM

    I really enjoyed this blog! Sometimes I feel like I really need to go back and re-read mine just to revisit why I started sparking in the first place. Isn't it weird to see how much people change when they're serious about wanting something. I need to reignite the spark, and your blog was a big help with motivation for today!

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AMBERROGUE 9/10/2010 11:53AM

    Take back what is yours...
Neil Dover wrote a similar song that I find very inspirational. Here's the chorus:

Takin' back the night
let there be light
I am not afraid anymore.
You took what was mine
And now it's time
for you and I to settle the score
so if you don't mind
step aside
I'm taking back the night.

I substitute "my life" for "the night"
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KAREN_01 9/10/2010 11:20AM

    Every day seems to be my day one - in one way or another. Today was one of those days you just had to make a day one of - new things on the menu for me - food and exercise wise.
I am so happy for you. You've come a long way from where you have started. Stay strong for yourself and all of us!! One always need a winner in your corner. That is you!



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JBMT08 9/10/2010 11:19AM

    That is so awesome! I loved seeing where you blogs originated from! I am feeling pretty good myself....not stressing the food intake and making sure that I have some protein, and complex carbs in each meal (90% of the time). On wednesday, I noticed that I was down 1.2 lbs, and this morning (I know, not official weigh in day, but was curious) am down another .6 lbs! Feeling pretty good! and reading your blog will make me chug along a little farther! Thanks for always sharing your everyday goings on!!!

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CECE0330 9/10/2010 11:01AM

    I had a good summer (16 lbs lost, plus busted through a previous plateau) and now I've gotten lax, so YES! Today IS my Day 1 (again!). I've not gained, but my loss has stalled, and this is NOT my stopping point! Let's conquer the world, one day at a time!

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Day 982 some new and old photos of moi and a menu.

Thursday, September 09, 2010


Well we're movin' on up, to the East side to a deluxe new outlook on life, oh we're movin' on up! ok ok, enough of that but can you tell that I am in a good mood today? My plan for today is to get to the gym and do an hour of cardio and get home fast as I have some things to do around the house. My intake plan for the day is going to be a fruit and vegetable filled smorgasbord of crunchy and sweet goodness because that's how I roll. The Thatsfit www.thatsfit.com/2010/09/08/moderati
on-helped-tony-lose-229-pounds/
article that came out yesterday put me into a really good mood and I got a couple pretty cool emails from people that were linked to my blog from the page and thats always a good thing.


This photo was taken in Texas I would say somewhere around 2005 and I am pretty sure that I was more than my high weight of 534 pounds but will never know for sure.


This was taken Aug 3rd 2010 for the Thatsfit article, now that the article has posted I wanted to put it up on the blog.

My intake for yesterday came in 100 calories over what I usually eat at a whopping 1800 total but I went over with an apple so a good choice was made and I ain't going to worry about it. My largest meal was breakfast and it held me over for a long time all while being more than extremely yummy, I have noticed that my drinking has gone down slightly over the past day or so with me polishing off only about 1.5 gallons per day but its still enough so no worries. Have a look at my menu from yesterday.

Breakfast
7:30 AM
8 oz potato 200
peppers/onion/Smart balance 50
5 egg whites 75
1 whole egg 70

Lunch
12:45 PM
5oz ground turkey 225
2 whole grain deli slims 200
1.5oz light chips 110

3:15 PM
1 T peanut butter 95
1 banana 105

Dinner
6:00 PM
6oz baked Haddock fillet 240
3/4 cup steamed white rice 150
1C green beans 40
Tartar sauce 50

6:45 PM
1 banana 105

8:15 PM
1 apple 85

Grand total of 1800 calories for the day and it was more than enough food for me to feel full all day, which is always a plus right? Its always good when a person can feel satisfied with what was eaten in a day while it remains healthy. I am the one calling the shots just as you are and every other person out there struggling with losing weight, I am not perfect and in my years on this planet have yet to find a person that is perfect so when a mistake is made as long as we get back up and on track is just a mistake. I struggle with making the right choices even still after being on this path for more than two and a half years and though it is easier than in the beginning or in the past its a daily struggle to stay on top of something that is an ever present itch on ones back. Today I will go to the gym, I will eat within my calorie range and I will drink at least 1.5 gallons of fluids because if I want to get to my goal weight its what I will need to do.

Maintaining my weight for the last year has taught me that I can live a relatively normal life meaning not carrying my salter scale around and measuring every ounce of every bite that goes into my body but it also reminds me that it is a lot of work to keep weight falling off. Its time to go for another hard push and get that 275 pounds that I put in my sites when I started this whole weight loss gig and prove to myself that I can and will get there on my terms.

Making my way towards that line in the sand and I am shooting for that goal this year, will I make it? will I get to that 275 pound mark? lower perhaps? all to be found out in a future episode of Fatman and Blobin!

As Ever
Me

  
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SIMPLE_TAILOR 9/20/2010 11:25AM

    It is difficult to keep going as I sit closer to goal. I was within 20 pounds of the target and I let up. I'm still within about 30 and it is starting to creep back down. It really comes down to working on the veggies and the fruits for me. I just need to pound more of those.

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PSMITH3841 9/15/2010 8:19PM

    Thanks for taking us on your adventure....it was fun, let's do it again! emoticon

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NWFL59 9/10/2010 10:13AM

    Excellent! You're doing so well on achieving a healthy lifestyle!

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LFLFLPLP 9/10/2010 8:43AM

    Amazing change already, and yes, you will make that goal and beyond!!! emoticon emoticon

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PSMITH3841 9/9/2010 8:45PM

    Will you make it????? Yep, no doubt about it! emoticon

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KAITLYNSNAMMY 9/9/2010 5:22PM

    Hey Me...............you rock!

emoticon hey look, there's that guy Me!

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THREEE 9/9/2010 4:26PM

    you are doing great...read the article...very impressive--i can't believe you didn't mention SPARK...THAT's where you could have spread it a lot!!! emoticon

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FIGHT_FAN 9/9/2010 1:23PM

    I read your article. Good stuff there, thanks for sharing the link. Looks like you got the momentum on your side again. Keep it up!

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MRDPOLING 9/9/2010 10:49AM

    That is nothing short of amazing!!!!!!! Doesn't even look like the same person in the photos.

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AMBERROGUE 9/9/2010 10:34AM

    Great blog, as usual! Congrats on the article!!
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LAURELSPARK 9/9/2010 10:29AM

    Wow! What a great job you have done! I just started maintenance yesterday and am very hopeful about it.

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HAPPYSOUL91 9/9/2010 9:55AM

    You my friend can do anything you set your mind on doing! LOL, reading your meals made me hungry and it is only 7:00am out here

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BETTERMOMMA 9/9/2010 9:37AM

    Your better than perfect. Your dedicated and honest. Thanks for sharing and inspiring us to be better people. Keep up the great work.

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JBMT08 9/9/2010 8:59AM

    AWESOME!!! I am going to read the other article now! emoticon

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HEIDE69 9/9/2010 8:42AM

    Awesome job!!! Shoot for your dreams and you will make it!

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SHAY1KM 9/9/2010 8:39AM

    Inspiring. emoticon

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SHELLY_DO 9/9/2010 8:37AM

    I know what you mean about that itch. Keep up the great work!!

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AFITJULIE 9/9/2010 8:35AM

    Love it! thanks for sharing.

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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
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) 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

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

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.

Comment edited on: 9/2/2010 9:02:36 PM

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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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