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A video and a bike ride for today

Monday, September 20, 2010


Today we have something a little different for you fine folks that care to read my little space on the net, that's right its a video! I always bring my camera when I go out for a ride longer than just around the lake and as I was finishing up today's ride I said awww what the hell and pulled it out..the camera you perverts! and took a short video for the blog. This is the first time that I have ever posted anything more than a photo on here and perhaps I will do more? I don't know quite yet. Ignore the pants and heavy breathing and focus on the freshly changing leaves and the fact that there is a 300 pound man barreling through the woods!


Video is posted here zeusmeatball.blogspot.com/2010/09/vi
deo-and-bike-ride-for-today.html


I headed out and was going to go in the opposite direction that I normally do on this trail but when I got to the trail head I went with what I knew but decided to go a bit further than I normally do. There was only 2 other people on the trail today, another fella on a mountain bike and a girl on a horse which was a bit nerve wracking because I wasn't sure of the "trail etiquette" that went along with a horse rider. I did pull to the side and let the horse go by and going off of the reaction of the girl I think that she appreciated it, I said hello to her she waved and said Hi back then thanked me for stopping the bike instead of flying past the horse.


Just a shot down the trail over my bars.

I know that I was pedaling faster today than I have on the past couple rides and I felt fast for almost the entire ride but my bike computer was acting all kinds of wonky so I had no clue how fast I was really going at any point of the ride or how far I went. When I got home I used Gmaps pedometer to calculate my distance and I was just over 15 miles if I was including the street portions of the ride, which is where all of the hills are! On the way to the trail head I am going mostly down hill which of course means the way home, after about 13 miles on the trail is all uphill yay fun! I really don't mind the hills but they aren't exactly what I would call fun either, as I said I am still a 300 pound guy.

This weather is perfect for this type of riding and I am going to take full advantage while I can because sooner than later New England will be covered in the white stuff and I will have to settle for the gym and a stationary bike. I want to also say that apparently there is a problem with the comments on my blog! I got a few emails from different people saying that there is no link to leave a comment and I am looking into why that is but since I am not the best at this whole html thing I am having a time of figuring out exactly whats happening. If you want to comment or message me and the comment thingy is not at the bottom of the post feel free to email me through the link in the profile for email or directly at Zeusmeatball@gmail.com because we all enjoy getting comments/feedback right?

That's all I got for today so I hope that every last one of you enjoyed your day as much as I have.

As Ever
Me

  
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MSNICHOLS39 9/22/2010 8:30AM

    I'm so happy you are video blogging occaasionally, I have to watch later, I'm at work now, and I look forward to seeing you.
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DEREKCSIMMONS 9/21/2010 2:56PM

    Won't be making any videos soon but I'm that much closer to getting my old bike running. Watched a few bike "campers" on the I&M Canal trail this weekend and thought that might rock.

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DDOORN 9/20/2010 10:11PM

    Okay, you unknowingly twisted my arm...going to HAVE to start hauling my camera around with me on my rides...! You are SO right about this being such a PERFECT time of year for heading out on the bike! I've missed SO many beautiful scenes / situations that would have been great to capture in a pic.

Today I stopped by our friendly, good Samaritan neighborhood Bike Guru and bought a HIGHLY used, but VERY CHEAP (my middle name...lol!) carrier which straps nicely on my back fender / rack. Now I have a convenient spot to stash my camera, not to mention other handy things.

Thx for the inspiration! Enjoyed a great 9 mile ride to work this a.m. and a 15 mile roundabout return home later. Nice sunny, low-60's kinda day! :-)

Don

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ASHARON 9/20/2010 8:50PM

    Nice place to bike ride!

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MRDPOLING 9/20/2010 8:44PM

    You make me want to go for a bike ride RIGHT NOW! Of course I cannot because it is too dark and more importantly, I don't own a bike!

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PUCKYGIRL 9/20/2010 7:11PM

    Don't take this the wrong way but I literally thought I was watching the Witch Blair project and then your face popped up and I jumped. :) I seriously was getting nauseated watching the road go by. Next time you are trying to video pedal slower so you are not all over the road. Just kidding.

Looked like a nice trail & a lot of fun. I am for sure saving up for a bike for next year.

Keep it up.

Barb

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AMBERROGUE 9/20/2010 6:54PM

    Gorgeous trail to ride along! I'm jealous! lol emoticon

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CUTIECAT1 9/20/2010 5:12PM

    what a beautiful trail - i dont know how you held the camcorder and rode at the same time - i wouldve taken a header over the handlebars! emoticon

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Bombarded with acorns..

Thursday, September 16, 2010


Today was another wonderful day in New England, about 65 degrees, clear sky and the tiniest of breezes, so of course that meant that I would pass on my drive over to the gym and take a bike ride. This whole kids back in school thing really makes it easier to do what I gots ta do with the weight loss game, I have felt awesome the past couple weeks since they went back and am hitting on all cylinders again. I almost forgot to eat breakfast today but caught it around 9:30am and ate a banana with peanut butter on it which is light but if I wasn't hungry for anything more I didn't want to push it. I decided that because yesterdays bike ride was a good length and pretty hilly that I would take a short hard ride this morning but when I got to the junction to either head back towards the house or go the other way to the MUP I bet you can guess which way that I went.



Because of the original plan of going for a shorter ride I had pushed myself to that point and was feeling it a little bit about half way through the 12 mile ride and I came across a cat just rolling in the dirt right in the center of the path. I stopped to say hello to my feline friend and the cat ran towards the bike and started purring and rubbing itself against me and the bike, a cat was not what I was expecting to find on the trail. Off I went back towards home and the whole ride lasted just about exactly an hour and was 12 miles and that my friends is a good workout let me tell ya! I wanted to try and get to the gym later just for a quick trot on the treadmill or some light weight lifting but this ride has wiped me out, I don't know if its the small breakfast, the ride yesterday, or the fact that I was up late watching UFC and Nate Marquardt beat Rousimar Palhares but I am done for the day.

I went over my calories yesterday by about 200 but my weight this morning tells me that it was ok as I am down from the previous morning and I am thinking about upping my calories a bit but haven't decided yet for sure. Hydration has never been an issue with me but I like to mention it as much as possible because I believe that its more important than we know when trying to lose weight and I drank 2.5 gallons of fluid yesterday between my tea and H2O. Exercise? well yeah I would say that I have it covered for yesterday and today so I won;t get into that any further.

The acorns were plummeting to earth as I rode through and a good time was had by all, even that cat that got a quick rub before I was on my way. This day would not have been possible just two and a half years ago and honestly I don't know where I might be if I hadn't changed things when I did but I am glad its turning out the way that it is. I have learned in the past couple years that if you want something that you have to do something about it because no one will just walk up and hand you life, its one of those things that we must do ourselves in order to appreciate all that it has to offer.

That's all I got for today, I hope that you enjoy your day as much as I am enjoying mine.

As Ever
Moi

  
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SIMPLE_TAILOR 9/30/2010 11:30AM

    A definite great day. big kudos on the improv on breakfast. Sometimes it is easy to falter when the planning breaks down. Also big kudos for knowing your body on the when to back off the exercise and how to feed it what it needs.

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BEAR_GURL 9/19/2010 8:08PM

    As always, my friend, you are an inspiration to us all; I throughly enjoy reading about your success and am BEYOND proud of you= ) Have you ever considered writing a book? Perhaps a collection of your blogs? Best wishes and I look foward to reading your next blog!!!


HUGS,

Mel
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DDOORN 9/18/2010 9:14PM

    Kudos to the ride! My VERY FAVORITE way to SPARK! :-)

Don

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ALEXSGIRL1 9/18/2010 7:05PM

    i am glad that you enjoyed your ride and that you have come a long way in these two years. you are an awesome motivator. emoticona lot of people dont get any exercise how sad. emoticon

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DIFROMWYOMING 9/17/2010 9:20PM

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PSMITH3841 9/16/2010 8:57PM

    Another great ride.....it was a perfect day for one! Lightning and torrential rains screwed up my outdoor plans for tonight, but a workout with free weights inside, helped improve my disposition! (the family is breathing a sigh of relief!) emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SIRIRADHA 9/16/2010 7:27PM

    Sounds like a great ride! I'm in Colorado, too, and the only acorns I ever see are from the scrub oaks that grow wild and the oak tree that DH and I planted out front. This is an absolutely gorgeous time of year to get out on a bike!

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CODEMAULER 9/16/2010 4:19PM

    I did a 38-mile ride on Sunday and I felt like I had a target on my helmet; acorns raining down all over!

I've been downing the tea this week, too, primarily because I have coughing and sniffling co-workers all around me. I needed to build my defenses!!

Enjoy the remainder of the week; here's hoping for more bike-worthy weather.

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VEEJAY3 9/16/2010 3:59PM

    I just got back from my ride. Maybe 15 miles or so. What a spectacular time of year!!! No acorns for me (not many oaks here in Colorado ... more aspen and cottonwood and linden) but I had to tread carefully to keep from squashing the millions of grasshoppers. Also a LOT of fallen cottonwood leaves. Marks the season's change, sadly.

Am enjoying a big glass of iced green tea, so I feel especially akin to you today!
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DEREKCSIMMONS 9/16/2010 3:43PM

    Sounds like your bike helmet got to do double duty this ride!

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HAPPYSOUL91 9/16/2010 3:41PM

    I am having a wonderful day, just got back from my walk on the ocean. You should have seen how many bikers there are along the walk/run/skateboard/bike road. All ages and all sizes!

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AFITJULIE 9/16/2010 3:36PM

    I heard recently that trees communicate with each other and all drop their acorns at the same time...I found that funny. I was imagining trees nudging each other to drop their acorns as I run by, trying to hit me in the head!
......I may be having weird thoughts due to a lack of sleep :)


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MRDPOLING 9/16/2010 3:13PM

    I was fully expecting you to say you brought the cat home. LOL. Way to go on the ride! it sounded awesome!

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AMBERROGUE 9/16/2010 2:58PM

    It's awesome to hear you talk about how much you enjoy your life now and how much more you can do. Petting a random cat, going for a bike ride may seem like small things to some people, but they mean the world to you, and it's refreshing to hear you talk about it.

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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.

As Ever
Me

  
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KRITTERKEEPERS 9/21/2010 3:27PM

    emoticon Love the blog and all the photos!

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NEWYORKORCHIDS 9/16/2010 9:59AM

  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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TXDREAMSPINNER 9/15/2010 4:33PM

    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!
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    emoticonblog!

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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.

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

Lunch
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

Dinner
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.

As Ever
Me

  
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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! :)

Cheers,
Maya


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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 Friday...you'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.

As Ever
Me

  
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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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TX.PATRICIA 9/14/2010 8:00AM

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TRACYZABELLE 9/14/2010 4:43AM

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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...!

Don

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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!!
~tammie

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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.

As Ever
Me

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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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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 9/13/2010 11:10AM

    AMEN

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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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