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Its YOUR life, live it! lots of pictures.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

There are days when a person feels like they don't want to get up out of bed and then there are days when we jack in the box out of that bed, hit the ground running and have the most amazing of days and today, well you can call me Jack. I think that the program going as intended is starting to get my body back into a rhythm because I have not stopped moving today and feel like I can do more than I already have. This post shall be dedicated to movement and my bike for I owed her a nice ride because of the state that she was in yesterday with the clothes hanging from her limbs.

I had to start off with the tunnel of love to warm her up to me again

My trip to the gym this morning was a good one, I did 25 minutes on the stationary bike followed by 20 on a treadmill and finished up with some light weight lifting for about another 20 minutes. I did some light shopping for bananas and oranges and homeward bound I was but as I drove I noticed just how gorgeous the day was and decided that a bike ride around the lake was in my future. Upon getting home I ate a banana and topped off the tires on the bike and off I went but when I hit the spot in the road to turn and go around the lake I decided that I would hop onto the Rails to Trails path that's not too far from my house and off I went. These photos are just a few shots that I took during my ride, I figured that since I disgraced my poor bike with the clothing photos yesterday that I would make it up to her with a few pictures more in her element.

oooh! a Bridge!

and the purpose for the bridge.

Just me stopping for a drink about half way through my ride.

Same spot as the image of me above just shot from behind the bike.

This is one of the crossings where the path crosses a street.

oooh! a Lake!

I came across a couple other riders on the trail today but otherwise it was all mine and I have to tell ya, enjoyable does not even begin to describe the just over 10 mile ride. I also came across a couple deer! I was cruising about 11 mph down a nice sunny part of the path when about 100 yards in front of me I see a deer cross the bike path, then another and in the interest of not plowing into a deer on my bike I slowed down and kept my eye open for any more crossing. I wanted to get a photo of the deer but as soon as they heard the bike coming down the path they leaped back across the way they had come about 30 feet in front of me so no picture but it was pretty cool none the less.

I am still floored at the fact that I can just on a whim hop onto my bike and head off for an awesome ride like the one I took this afternoon because I can clearly remember not being able to run and this is a far cry from that old me. I at times think about all of the things that I must have missed out on in the past because of my weight and I can with all honesty that it saddens me. There are whole blocks of years worth of my life that I cannot get back and they were wasted on brown bags full of greasy fast foods laced with sodium and who know what else, I could have been enjoying things like I did on today's ride all along. Making the decision to lose the weight that was holding me back was one of the best and most important decisions that I have ever made in my entire life because now I am actually living that life unlike in the past when I was much heavier.

If you are on the fence about starting a weight loss program I recommend that you hop on down and start today, it doesn't matter if you count calories like me, join one of the pay to play programs or if its just making the choice to go for a walk after dinner tonight just do it. Who knows what I have missed out on because of being so heavy? I will never know the true extent of it but I wish that I had started earlier than I did because this side of the fence is a lot better than the one where dragging myself up a flight of stairs to take a piss was a reality. You owe yourself the chance to live life on your terms just like I do and everyone else that's in this world and if its weight that's holding you back you CAN do something about it and you MUST do something about it or else you are cheating yourself out of what life really has to offer.

That's all I got for today but you can be sure that tomorrow is another day and another post will be on the way, until then keep on keepin' on.

Oh yeah, I caught my bike smiling at me through the dust on the gears so she ain't mad no more.

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    emoticon Love the blog and all the photos!

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  I snickered at the "oooh! a bridge" and "ooh! a lake", it's like the bike edition of Flat Stanley.

Carry on Jack, carry on.

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WILLKEEPTRYING 9/16/2010 12:00AM

    Enjoyable. Wish I was there.

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RAINBOWANGEL99 9/15/2010 9:53PM

    Great Blog! So true that it can be sad to look back on how much we have missed out on or held back from due to excess weight... and all the more reason to keep on keepin on! emoticon.
Btw, so glad u managed to talk your bike round emoticon they can be sooo temperamental!

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PSMITH3841 9/15/2010 8:25PM

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

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FOTOGRAFFITI 9/15/2010 6:43PM

    Your post reminded me of how much fun it is to get out and ride. I have to admit my bike has probably been feeling neglected for awhile. It is nice when you can get out on the trail and away from all the noise and commotion and just enjoy nature a little bit. The realization that you are doing something that was once difficult or maybe even impossible before is also rewarding.

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BELFASTBIKER 9/15/2010 6:34PM

    Love the bike. :)

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PEGGY-BEE 9/15/2010 5:52PM

    WWII, the DH got me a new bike in May, ridden it 3 times. No reason not to use it. I will now!!!

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CBARRETT10 9/15/2010 5:19PM

  Looks like you were one with nature! I love the photos and how cool was the ride and scenery! Thanks for sharing!

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HAPPYSOUL91 9/15/2010 5:03PM

    fantastic as always

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GETHEALTHY231 9/15/2010 4:33PM

    Great blog! I just spent the other day lamenting for a bit on how much I have missed and have resolved to miss no more. Cannot wait to be on the other side. I AM doing new things now cuz I'm not waiting! - it's just harder than it should be. I don't bike, but I love to hike and trail run. We have plenty of dunes and trails to explore. Keep that bike dusty and muddy - I'm sure it loves it (just like my shoes)!

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    Sounds like a great ride and beautiful scenery. Thanks for sharing!

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CATTI53 9/15/2010 4:32PM

    This is probably one of the most inspiring blogs I've read. I would be surprised if anyone reading this still refuses to at least try. I'm happy for you that you are now enjoying life. I've learned not to look back anymore - just forward.

I think I would really enjoy bike riding. I know there are a lot of trails not far from me. I'll have to find a bike and start exploring. Thanks for the motivation.

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MRDPOLING 9/15/2010 4:19PM

    I love how you take pics of your bike the way others do their kids. hehehehe!

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P0KERS0PH 9/15/2010 4:13PM

    Great blog!!

I'm getting my bike sorted soon, looking forward to just getting out there and exploring.

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PARKERB2 9/15/2010 3:16PM

    Thanks for the blog. More people need to find out about Spark's being free and how helpful it is. We went for a 17 mile bike ride just recently after years of not riding a bike and we really enjoyed it. It was called the "creeper trail" and it's in Demascus, Virginia. Maybe you've heard of it. Keep on biking. emoticon

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AMBERROGUE 9/15/2010 3:02PM

    You are so lucky to live near such beautiful trails!! I think I may just have to dust off my bike, fix the tires and take her out for a spin to see if I can't find some beauty around my area.

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DEREKCSIMMONS 9/15/2010 2:42PM

    Just had the conversation about greiving over lost years to obesity. No more. I can't get those years back but I won't be stopped now!

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KIMH239 9/15/2010 2:39PM

    Excellent post! So true!

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FOXXYROXXYD 9/15/2010 2:37PM

    emoticon Blog - nice to see you back!
emoticon Keep riding!

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Day 987 and a menu.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Monday went well for me on the better living front, My calories were on par, I drank more than enough and I made it to the gym bright and early. My plan for Tuesday is to copy Mondays level of success but there is a possibility that there will be no gym trip for me today as the little girl of the house is home from school sick today, which was a borderline decision as she seems perfectly fine as I type this. I've already done a stretching routine and 100 push ups (on the stairs) this morning and am planning on a bike ride with daughter in tow later this afternoon so that I don't miss out on my cardio so the exercise portion of today's lesson has been taken care of. I do after all owe my bike a ride after what I saw this morning because what I saw is reserved for unused fitness equipment not my baby! She is NOT a closet!

True enough I do keep the bike in the bedroom but man! she don't deserve that kind of treatment! anyways, we will be out for a ride later today at some point and I will make it up to her. The fluids in have been right where they need to be, we got a gallon of green tea down the chute along with a little more than a gallon of straight H2O so I am very much hydrated. My calories for Monday came in at 1745 so pretty much where I wanted them to end up and I have been doing well with keeping within range, have a look at the menu taken from my excel sheet.

8:00 AM
60g corn pops cereal 220
1 cup 1% milk 110

12:45 PM
2 multigrain deli slims 200 1 T Kraft Olive oil Mayo 50
4oz deli turkey breast 120

3:15 PM
2 whole grain light english muffins 200
1oz turkey pepperoni 70
2 wedges laughing cow cheese 70
sliced tomato 15

6:15 PM
6oz grilled chicken breast 300
3/4 cup curry rice 150
1 cup garlic/pepper green beans 40

8:00 PM
1 banana 105
1 T peanut butter 95

My garden is still giving me veggies but that will be short lived as the days are getting cooler and cooler but I still have a gang of eggplant out there that I need to pick soon. I just made eggplant parm on Sunday so I am kind of eggplanted out, not to mention the fact that there is still some of it in the fridge! perhaps I will make an eggplant based stuffing to have with dinner tonight. Next years garden will definitely have eggplant in it again as I got a lot off of my 6 plants and they did quite well in the area that I put them. I still have an abundance of tomatoes out there as well and have not bought a tomato since they started bearing fruit months ago! but it will soon be time to tear up the plants and clean out the beds as it gets colder and colder with each passing day.

I still have about 8 eggplants out there!

There is so much that I am able to do since losing the weight off of my bones that just wasn't a possibility before and I truly do appreciate the little things a lot more these days than I ever have. Just the fact that I can go out and dig some holes in a garden bed that I made pleases me more than anyone can possibly understand because there was a time in my life when I tried to make excuses for not liking things like that and it was merely because I couldn't do them. I enjoy riding my bike more than a 10 year old does, sitting out in the yard digging holes in the ground and planting vegetables is something that I consider fun now, just going for a walk and enjoying the fact that I can go as far as I want to and not be forced to stop because of pain is not taken for granted with me.

My life is just that now, Mine and I plan to keep it that way for a good long while with moderate eating and lots of exercise because the alternative just isn't as fun. Its time for me to kick it up a notch and get these last pounds off and finish what I started back in January 2008 and get down to my goal weight of 275 pounds which will ultimately just be another stop because I want to be lighter than that. We are just about half way through the month of September I am up in weight from my lowest point of 305 pounds and on the 30th I will post my weight no matter what it is and will start the Friday weigh in posts again from then on once again.

Any way that its cut I am a different person now than I was when I started and you will not find a more driven man anywhere.

That's all I got for today.

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 9/26/2010 4:38PM

    I've just got the tomato cages out this weekend and will finish cleaning out the garden next weekend.

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WILLKEEPTRYING 9/16/2010 12:08AM

    Love your blogs-they are so inspiring. Your eggplants are awesome. I'd like to grow them too.

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CATTI53 9/15/2010 4:52PM

    Your poor bike.... how humiliating!

Just a quick eggplant recipe I made up because even though I love eggplant I was tired of eating it the same way.
It's a great side dish and anyone I've served it to has enjoyed it.

Spray a non-stick pan with some olive oil spray (or you can use a few tbsp. of olive oil if you prefer). Skin and cube the eggplant. Add some crushed garlic, a dash of cayenne pepper and a few splashes of balsamic vinegar (the vinegar gives it the flavor). After the eggplant has softened a bit add some diced tomatoes. Cook till tomatoes are softened. You can also add some sesame seeds before serving and/or sprinkle with a bit of parmesan cheese. (It's also good as a sandwich).

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SKINNYPOWELL1 9/15/2010 11:30AM

    Keep up the good work and your eye on the prize.

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BIGGIRL2082010 9/15/2010 9:35AM

    Eggplants? Ratatouille. :) Just sayin'

Love the look of your garden - glad you're getting the bike out from that temporary clothing rack stage! :)


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TRACYZABELLE 9/15/2010 4:22AM

    The eggplants look delicious-- oh and your bike looks good in pink, lol!

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PSMITH3841 9/14/2010 9:20PM

    See you on'll be fine! emoticon

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ASHARON 9/14/2010 11:58AM

    Garden looks great! Love fresh veggies.

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VEEJAY3 9/14/2010 11:15AM

    Hi!! I'm out riding today, too. Wanna head this direction, and I'll head yours, and we'll see where we meet? (I'm guessing we'd meet in St. Louis sometime around Christmas. But I only average 12 mph on long trips. Maybe you're faster, but you'd have that kiddo in a trailer behind you, which would certainly pull you down on the hills.)

So ... whattaya say?

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LFLFLPLP 9/14/2010 10:52AM

    Oh how I would LOVE to have a garden. Between the kids and the dog, okay and the fact that I kill everything, it just wouldn't survive. Maybe one day I'll move somewhere with a lot of land so I can have an area dedicated to that.

You are doing so great. This was a very motivating blog. Time to kick myself into higher gear!!

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HAPPYSOUL91 9/14/2010 10:51AM

    Ditto on loving your blogs, there is always so much information to take away. Your determination is outstanding

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AMBERROGUE 9/14/2010 10:45AM

    emoticon I love reading your blogs. You are always inspiring!

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INIT2LIVEIT 9/14/2010 10:40AM

    Thanks for always being able to put into words, what is usually tumbling incoherently around in my own head :)

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MRDPOLING 9/14/2010 10:37AM

    Oh your poor, poor baby! Get those clothes off her at once!!!

The egg plans look great too.

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Simply inspire.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Weekends seem to go by too quickly, Saturday morning comes, the day begins and it seems that Sunday night is there faster than it should have been. There is a difference in the weekends now compared to back when I was much heavier though and these days my time is spent enjoying life instead of shooting people up in Socom2 online. I had the luxury of going to a local fair on Saturday and spent about 4 hours walking around the fairgrounds while the kids rode the rides and Wify and me just enjoyed all of what was going on. I did however eat a fried dough and a cinnamon bun at the fair so I didn't stay where I needed to with the intake but its not anything that will ruin my outlook on how my weekend went. My daughter has been copying me lately and that's something that I am not disappointed in one bit because she is making up exercise games and said that she wants to start coming to the gym with me, of course I told her that she would have to wait until she was 16 for the gym but I will exercise with her any time that she wants to.

Just me at the fair, yes yes I know I always have an Adidas shirt on, truth is I have about 10 of them, same shirt, same size, three colors no waiting. When ya find one that fits right ya go with it!

Sunday I was relaxing on the couch while my daughter played with a friend in her bed room and when the play date was finished she asked for some plain white paper, so I obliged and gave her some from the printer. She began writing in little boxes that she had drawn onto the paper and then asked me for some names of exercises and how to spell them, Wify wrote a few and the kid wrote some more and then cut them all out. The game that she made up was that Mom would pull a random paper square out of a box and read the exercise off of it, I would demonstrate how to do it and she would then do as many as she could. I don't know if Wify picked up on it but I was smiling ear to ear when that little girl asked me to play it with her because I was genuinely enjoying this game that she made up on a whim and I believe that it shows that I am making a difference in her way of thinking even at age five.

Something that I have realized during this whole process is that our kids will follow us, whether it is into oblivion or to mountain tops they do as we do. I think that I am going to dedicate this week to inspiring my kids to be as active as possible in everything that they do more so than I do normally, if I had been inspired at an early age to be active perhaps I would never have made it to more than a quarter of a ton in weight. I think that every one of you that reads this post should do something inspiring to one child this week, even if you have no kids find a way to be a positive role model to a child in some kind of a way that promotes health and fitness. Let a child see how fun you are having when you are out for your run, or your bike ride, perhaps just give a positive smile or a wave to a kid playing a sport and I think it will go further to better their young outlook on fitness than we know.

Making a game from paper clippings followed by some exercise is far from socom2 on a PlayStation and I am happy that its the way things are going. I have said before that I have changed my life by deciding to lose some weight and make fitness a huge part of that life but in truth I am changing more than just my life because the lives of my children will certainly be enriched because of how I live now. Eating healthy and exercising as much as possible is as much a part of my days as anything else and I actually enjoy this healthier way of living a lot more than the drag ass days of sodium and fat packed dinners from a sack followed by hours of being stationary.

With that the end has come to this episode of as the fat guy turns, now get out there and inspire a child to walk the path of healthy living so that we may not have to read their blogs about how they struggled to lose 200 plus pounds.

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 9/25/2010 9:32AM

    That story brought a tear to my eye.

Keep on inspiring, my brother.

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JCORYCMA 9/13/2010 10:54PM

    What a great dad! Kids do emulate our behavior. I think that it's important especially for young girls to get the message that we exercise and eat right to be healthy and not to look like unnaturally thin models. Thanks for spreading this message!

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DDOORN 9/13/2010 10:32PM

    That is SO AWESOME how your daughter is learning so much from you!

I SO regret that I hadn't made my changes earlier in life to have had a better impact on my son's upbringing and taught healthier habits instead of all those nasty things...ugh!

Better late than never though...!


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TAMMIE1006 9/13/2010 10:31PM

    it's awesome that you've become such a positive influence on your daughter!! it's something that will stay with her as she gets older and will hopefully remain on a healthy course throughout her life!!
way to go!!

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PSMITH3841 9/13/2010 9:48PM

    Spread the inspiration...share with a child....Great idea! You should be grinning from ear to ear! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DIFROMWYOMING 9/13/2010 9:05PM

    That is a wonderful, inspiring idea! emoticon

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 9/13/2010 7:29PM

    That is awesome about your little girl!!!!!!

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TANSHAN1 9/13/2010 5:50PM

    Kudos to you & your family!

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DEREKCSIMMONS 9/13/2010 3:20PM

    Gotta love the home-made games, especially this one. Good on you and the wife! That occassional spark is the reason I scout and work with the youth group in my church and the biggest reason I love being dad. Even if I am quickly becoming the stupidest man on earth.

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PINKBEANBOO 9/13/2010 3:20PM

    You are raising one smart little girl. This was a great blog.

PS: You are SUCH a MAN - buying 3 of the same shirt.

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CODEMAULER 9/13/2010 12:42PM

    How awesome; I'm grinning as a result of your blog. I think you are providing a great role-model for your daughter. All the gals in your life are lucky to have you "living" with them on the weekends! ~ Trish

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BOTZZZ 9/13/2010 12:13PM

    "You look so serious. Where's the smile? hehe "

I was smiling on the inside! ;) thats just my regular look I always get yelled at by people for not smiling in photos.

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MRDPOLING 9/13/2010 12:03PM

    You look so serious. Where's the smile? hehe

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COBRACOMMANDER 9/13/2010 12:01PM

    Reading your blog post, I latched onto the multiple Adidas shirts you have. I, too, have favorite shirts and have multiple copies. My wife doesn't really get it but it's great to know I have a reliable wardrobe I feel good in.

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CHRISSYVB 9/13/2010 11:15AM

    I love this!!! As a mother of 2 daughters I am always aware of not passing my negative body issues on to them. This isn't easy because sometimes they see me not eating what everyone else does (I will have Lean Cuisine when the rest of the family has pizza or fast food). Even though it doesn't happen often - they notice and question me. I usually say that I didn't get enough vegetables or protein during the day, so that is why I am making a different choice, but as they get older it is getting harder.

Tonight I will make a point of showing them how much I enjoy my walk so that they can see the good side of being active.

Thanks for the reminder!

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AMBERROGUE 9/13/2010 10:18AM

    emoticon Off to find a child to inspire...

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TINYC887 9/13/2010 8:02AM

    way to go. I am working with a client to get him to be more active and to eat healthier. we are definately role models whether we realize it or not.

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KAREN_01 9/13/2010 7:41AM

    I'm inspired to do just that!!

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NANN66 9/13/2010 7:36AM

    You said it all! We as a nation need to be serious about being better role models for the young ones coming up in the world. Obesity and diabetes is on the rise in an alarming rate. I for one am learning how to be healthier and have a ways to go. I have two family members that are now diabetic due to being obese and I am not going down that road.
You are a great inspiration and I very much enjoyed reading your blog and you have a beautiful family!!

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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
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
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 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

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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! :-)


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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
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.

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

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

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

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

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 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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    Hey rock!

emoticon hey look, there's that guy Me!

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THREEE 9/9/2010 4:26PM

    you are doing 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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