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No witty title, so this is it.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

No witty title, so this is it.

I woke up this morning feeling like I would surely be down in weight from yesterday and yet I am up 1.6 lbs from Fridays weight. I am very frustrated with this fluctuation upward the only thing that has changed is that I had that bad meal on Sunday and that I have my bike back and am working out more as well as adding the calisthenics in with some light lifting again, I wonder if there is a connection because I jumped right in instead of taking it slow, I guess it is possible that I am retaining water because of the extra working out, I am sore and have been doing some weight lifting and that can be a cause for retention because of the inflammation, I am unsure and will find out with the coming week but that is my best guess for now. My son has taken notice that I am working out and has become active with doing exercises throughout the day. last night he was doing crunches so I told him that I would do double what he could do, he is not the most athletic kid on the block so I knew I would be relatively safe from failing the super dad challenge. He only did 13 crunches, which surprised me, I thought it would have been more, so I had to do 26 which was an easy number. then he was feeling bold and started in on some push ups and I said to him "I could probably do push ups with you on my back" challenge accepted. 10 push ups later (even though they were not flat on the floor I used the stairs for leverage) my son looked amazed that I did it, I don't think he will challenge me any more for a while. I have lost more weight than he weighs so I knew I could do the push ups beforehand, but I don't think he realizes that fact.

Last nights workout consisted of 20 minutes on the bike at a decent pace, followed by 40 push ups and the above mentioned exercises with my son, not a bad workout, but it was later in the day 7:00 pm ish. I am taking a break from the bike today and I will not take a walk either I want to see if giving my body a break helps the weight, and I know that a single day won't give me a definitive answer but it helps mentally sometimes. Intake was pretty good for Tuesday and I stayed under goal.


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

11:45 AM
dannon lite yogurt 60

2:30 PM
2 boiled eggs 140
2 slices whole wheat bread 140
1.5 tbsp miracle whip 50
1/4 tbsp newmans own lite honey mustard dressing 15
large dill pickle 10

5:15 PM
6 oz deli Turkey 180
3 slices of light rye bread 150
1 oz Tings 160
1.5 tbsp Miracle Whip 50

7:45 PM
2 tiny apples 7.8oz 110

8:30 PM
1 quaker granola bar 90

Grand total of 1355 calories for the day, frustration is creeping in because of the gain this week so far. I will try taking it easier with the exercise for a few days and see if it evens back out and if that does not work I will become insane workout guy for a few weeks and force a loss. people talk about addiction to food and being under the control of the food, welp I think I am coming back around to the old me, the 22 year old me that was working out every day and when I was in workout mode thats all that I wanted to do. It would be very easy for me to turn into crazy workout guy and beat my body into submission, I am addicted to losing weight at this point in the game and a gain will be unacceptable. now maybe I am just in a mood this morning and feeling driven and determined or maybe the old me is surfacing because I have seen real results and I am feeling better so a different me...the real me is taking over the wheel, time will tell but it doesn't look good for the fat on my body either way.

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ZOESMAMA03 5/15/2008 1:56AM

    Lots of water and give it another week. I have noticed how workouts or increases in it can show a delay in loss. I've always found more water intake to help best with retention.

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TANSHAN1 5/14/2008 10:27PM

    You Go Done Dude!! Have you been monitoring your sodium? That is what always throws me..just a thought.

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MESACHICK 5/14/2008 2:58PM

  Go Zeus! You will rock this. You already have!!!!!

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SAMANTHA212 5/14/2008 1:36PM

    You are frickin awesome!!!!! I just love your can-do attitude.

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GLORYTOGLORY 5/14/2008 12:52PM

  My weight fluctauates a lot with weight lifting. The harder I work out the more I gain then i will lose that weight and some more eventually. I have bicep mucles and cuts in my shoulders for the first time ever at my weight that is crazy that my hubbie can see them. My point being in the long run the muscle gain helps you lose more weight but you do gain sometimes so you have to adjust your thinking and accept thats how your body works. I did ww in the past I lost 2-3 pounds consitantly a week. Now I have beenlosing only 10 amonth but I have dropped way more inches and made more headyway on the way my body appears. The size I am wearing now I usually have to be 20 pounds lighter to get into. you are setting a wonderful example for your children!!Remember as frustrating as it can be it is not a race for the finish line it is getting the whole package muscle ,strength, your heart , lungs and all systems healthy, Changing habits and learning new ones to sustain your goal weight for a life time. By the way you are doing amzingly well and losing quit fast!!!!

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KMEKATE 5/14/2008 11:53AM

    Good job in getting your son active! I totally get the gain frustration. I think it is because you are so close to the 100 pound mark and you want it so bad that you're irritated more than you normally would be. Years ago on WW I lost 100 pounds and the week they thought I was gonna reach it, they had filled out a certificate and had it framed, etc. LOL I didn't make it that week, and I don't know who was more disappointed, them or me! Kinda funny. I hit it the next week and got a standing ovation in a room packed with people. It was a great day. I want it again soon!

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LAURABRAT 5/14/2008 11:32AM

    Excellent work on being such an example for you son, that's awesome! Keep up the great work, and keep your head up. You know you are doing what you are supposed to be doing, don't let that number on the scale take anything away from the work you are doing:)

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PUMPKINFACE73 5/14/2008 10:03AM

    Hey DONE are doing incredible........and you losing each and every week.........Woo cute that your son is doing crunches with you.......You continue to inspire me each and every day


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The bike is back, bring the pain.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

The bike is back

I have an easy feeling over me because I have my bike back, so now I feel like I can get in a good cardio workout in no matter the weather. for the first time in probably 2 months I rode the bike and I have to admit that I must have come a ways physically in that time as I rode for 20 minutes and barely felt it, and back when I was riding the bike exclusively for exercise 20 minutes felt like a lot more work. In fact, I only stopped riding because of the seat hurting my behind, so with that said if anyone that rides a bike for exercise reads this and has a suggestion for a nice cooshy seat or knows where one can be had for a fair price I would love to know. Being limited by the seat making me uncomfortable is not good. the workout went like this, start the mp3 player and load it with some Bad Religion and turn that up loud, got on the bike for 21 minutes, 20 mins of riding with me sprinting for a minute at a time every 5 minutes and a 1 min cool down. I stretched and did 50 push ups, 20-15-15, and onto some light dumb bell work, 3 sets of 10 concentration curls, 3 sets of 10 hammer curls, followed up with some lateral raises, 20 to the front 20 to the sides (using fairly light weight for the laterals) . finished up with a nice stretch routine and a glass of water. Even though that was not what I would consider a hard workout, it was a good solid routine and I can really feel it this morning especially in my biceps. I want to try and work a routine like that into the schedule three times per week while keeping the cardio up, and the walks steady through out the week. I feel like I have made it to a point in this weight loss regimen where I can step the exercise up a bit to include some more strength movements because losing muscle and strength is a worry of mine with this much weight to lose. so with that said, even though I am very sore this morning its that good sore, and I will just ride the bike today without the weights, I may or may not do some push ups because I don't want to over do it this being the beginning of the soreness again.

My calories ended up at 1285 for Monday, I ate balanced and spread through out the day. I did not write down the times etc but the food I did, but because I don't have it structured on my excel sheet I am not going to post the exact times and meals for today, I plan on putting the menus back up here regularly in these posts. My weight has stalled at the same weight that I was on Friday, Usually by Tuesday I am down at least a pound so this weeks weigh in should be interesting, and hopefully I do lose something by Friday. I have to admit that I am slightly worried about it but it is what it is and if nothing drops so be it, but hopefully because of the reintroduction of the bike that will not happen and the weight will keep on dropping. the week is looking up because of the bike and yet down because of the no drop as of Tuesday, there is not a gain so I guess thats a positive.

Until next time...

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IRNWKRSWIFE 5/13/2008 9:16PM

  Awesome job! I would love to get back on a bike again, but haven't for many years. I had a horrid experience and just have never been able to ride again. I love being outside, and riding through the area would be awesome, but thinking i am gonna have to look into a stationary bike for indoor use, but for now. I am loving my ellip. Your workout sounds intense even if you say it wasn't, lol. Good job!

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GLORYTOGLORY 5/13/2008 3:36PM

  mike besurfing mentioned getting abike seat that was comfya sk him! Keep up the great work!

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H2O4LIFE 5/13/2008 2:23PM

    I wear bike shorts. I used to use a gel seat cover as well, but don't use it anymore. Great job!~hugs

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SAMANTHA212 5/13/2008 1:44PM

    Way to go done guy!!!!

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WRITER28 5/13/2008 11:56AM

  Congrats on getting your bike back. Although I'm not a bike user, might I suggest this:

http://www.globalbikesonlin They have one seat that is wide. Don't know if that's the seat which would help, just look through the products. You could call and ask for help. No sense feeling bad while you ride.

I tried to link, but didn't work, so you'll have to type it in youself.


Comment edited on: 5/13/2008 11:57:29 AM

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MESACHICK 5/13/2008 11:44AM

  That is awesome!! When I started added strength training in February, I started to lose more and felt so much stronger. You are going to kick some booty!!! Bike seats - I have the same problem for my regular bike. If you find a good chain place to get them, let me know! :-)

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PUMPKINFACE73 5/13/2008 11:33AM

    Hey DUDE....I hear ya on the bike butt cant take it....I found a decent one at wal mart.....gel ok, but still sore after a ride....

Congrats on getting biking.......I love it and wish I did it that the weather is getting better I will have no more excuses to get back on it and go

Have a great day


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CILLA0025 5/13/2008 11:24AM

    You Rock Done Dude!!!

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Hmm, this thing on my page? Motivator? me?

Monday, May 12, 2008

I log into spark and theres this thing there that says that I motivated enough people to get this little thingamajig on my page along with an email stating the same. who wouldda thunk? some random fat dude that made a page to try and drop some poundage could actually motivate someone else. Thanks to whoever voted me for that, pretty cool.

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HEIDIS2NDCHANCE 5/12/2008 4:21PM

    As others have said, You totally deserve it! I read your blog and it totally motivates me! Thanks for being willing to share with all of us! You rock dude!

Comment edited on: 5/12/2008 4:20:26 PM

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UTSEAN 5/12/2008 2:18PM

    Congrats on your Motivator!!! Thanks for post on the blog. You're doing great! Keep up the work bro!

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KMEKATE 5/12/2008 12:47PM

    Yay you!

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MESACHICK 5/12/2008 12:05PM

  Toldja you were an inspiration!! SEE!!!

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GLORYTOGLORY 5/12/2008 11:49AM

  You are so motivating!!!! Congrats!

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PUMPKINFACE73 5/12/2008 10:44AM

    DUDE you are the Bomb.........but I bet you already know that....

Congrats to YOU

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CLASSICSHELL 5/12/2008 10:13AM

    WEEHOO! Way to go dude. :D You are one motivating man.


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MRSHONEYC 5/12/2008 9:49AM

    Well, you ARE motivating!!!!!! YOU DESERVE THE AWARD!

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Weighing in and the Spiders have return a 3 lb loss

Friday, May 09, 2008

This 1996 GSF600 Bandit weighs in at 438 pounds.

Weighing in and the Spiders have return.

Wakie wakie eggs and bakie, ummm not really but the spiders are back..Last year around this time my wife walked out onto our back porch and between the wrought iron hand rails there was spiderwebs, and when I say spiderwebs, I mean a lot of webs and it was covered in about 2000 tiny yellow spiders with black markings on their abdomen. I opened the back door this morning to show my daughter that it was still raining outside and she says "look dad buggys" so I take a look at her eye level on our screen door and its covered in tiny yellow spiders again. She takes off running like in the cartoons with her legs becoming a blur, pausing for just a moment and I could swear I heard the sound track from an old Scooby Doo cartoon as she shot into the living room, and out came the 409 spray because bleach works well and they were all over the screen and in the jam so I gave them a spray and this set is gone, but if they are like last years batch we will have 4-5 days worth of huge ol piles of them at a time. ahhhh spring time, ya gotta love it.

Onto the weigh in for the morning. This morning at wake up time I was 437.6 then 438 on the nose then 437.8, I always take the highest weight so we will call it 438 lbs, so I am into the 30's solidly. That is a 3 pound difference from last week and I am happy with that, even though it was a 4 lb drop on Wednesday. I know that I will weigh less in an hour or two because last night before bed I drank almost a half a gallon of water while watching ER. but since 438 is what the scale said thats what the weigh in will be counted at. I am 4 pounds away from being 100 pounds down now, that is very cool to me. each week I put up a photo of something that weighs as much as I do and usually its a motorcycle because when I hit goal weight (or close to it anyways) I am rewarding myself with a motorcycle, and since I am so close to 100 lbs lost and I feel its a significant enough number, I will be posting something that weighs as much as I have lost along with the other pic on weigh in days. here is the first in that series.

Sorry people on spark, I can only put a single photo per blog on here but if you want to see the photo of what weighs the same as me its @ it is Eva Longoria :)

I have to admit that I really did not think that I would have lost this much weight in so little time but I also have to admit that I am impressed with myself because of it. I also wanted to mention that my wife is down 43 pounds as of this morning as well, I am equally impressed with her loss and feel that I am very lucky to have someone that is following the same low calorie plan that I am. She looks great and we both feel better than we have in a long while. if you add together what we have both lost the number is 139lbs, that is truly insane to me that we were carrying that amount around just over 4 months ago, a lot of hard work and a ton of determination goes a long way it would seem. Thanks for reading.

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    Wow, you guys both should pat yourselves onthe bck. That is amazing. Seriously, that is a bug feat. Don't downplay it! Things can only get better...

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MESACHICK 5/11/2008 9:47PM

  That is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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AROCHFORD 5/11/2008 5:00AM

    dude that is wonderful!!!!!!!!!! I cannot imagine 96 pounds in four short months.

Congrats on being a SP Motivator you sooooooooooo deserve it.

Keep SParking!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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JANET_LA68 5/10/2008 7:24PM

    Its great that your wife had joined you on this weight loss journey. Congratulations on almost reaching 100lbs lost. emoticon

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RDORTON 5/9/2008 4:28PM

    Congrats on the weight loss!!!

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JAIN_DOE 5/9/2008 3:17PM

    Awesome! You lost an Eva! Thats uber cool dude! emoticon

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KMEKATE 5/9/2008 12:19PM

    Good morning....I think? Although spiders could make me think it wasn't. But thankfully that weigh in of yours....dude, you are so cool! I'm so happy for you. You make this all seem so easy I swear. The pounds are just flying off of you and your wife. Wonderful! You inspire me. Thank you!

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GLORYTOGLORY 5/9/2008 11:56AM

  Enjoy reading your blogs.. Congrats on your weight loss and congrats to your bride woohoo. Me and my love have both been losing weight it makes such a differance when its a family lifestyle! What a good example you are making for your children too!

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SECRETO58 5/9/2008 10:09AM

    I hate spiders! I always get these huge ones in my garden. They are also yellow with black spots. In our other house we used to get these gigantic, big hairy looking spiders in the laundry room. EEEEEWWWWW!!! emoticon

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PUMPKINFACE73 5/9/2008 9:52AM

    Dude I LOVE your inspired by YOU

Have a great weekend


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Bike pedals and a rainy Thursday morning.

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Bike pedals and a Thursday morning.

We start the day off with the sound of rain bouncing off of the sill of my window, its gray its gloomy and the first thing out of my daughters mouth is "Daddy go park" sorry not today honey. so far neither mine nor my daughters days were looking like they would end the way we wanted them to. I had to run out this morning to Downtown Hartford and all of the little worker bees were running about trying to get to their respective offices on time. 9:21 am a nicely dressed man enters the cross walk, there he stood waiting patiently for the sign to initiate his forward motion. standing there in his suit, tie and very nice pair of shoes as I thought to myself about the fact that I would need a new suit myself soon given the weight I have lost, 2 steps into his journey across the street an SUV tears through the intersection and totally covers this man with puddle water. An umbrella flies in the direction of the SUV and muted by the falling rain and my windshield was the obvious curses and yells by this totally soaked if not well dressed gentleman. I think to myself, well his day is surely more disappointing than mine at only 9:21 am. onward homebound as I attempt to convince the kiddo that our day will be just as fun at home as it would have been at the park, she totally can see through my cunning ruse but I mention that an ice pop may be in her future and I enjoy a quieter ride with a smiling child in the back seat. There you have my morning summed up nicely, now to come through on the more fun day part of my earlier conversation.

The scale was kind with its words today when I woke up and I am expecting a pretty decent weigh in tomorrow. Keeping within meal plans is second nature at this juncture of the game, it is to the point where I can cut meat, potatoes, and pile veggies without a scale or measuring spoons or cups, I still use the cups and scales etc but I honestly don't need to. It IS a lifestyle change now, This is how I eat this is what I eat It is who I am now, pretty cool if ya ask me. Also I got an email today that stated that the pedals that I found for my bike are shipping today! this makes me happy as I will not have to rely on good weather to get in some exercise when they get here. once they get here I think I am going to email the fella that was nice enough to take the bike apart and ship me just the pedals a link to my blog and let him know that they are indeed going to a good cause.

Here is my menu from Wednesday.

8:30 AM
1 banana 105
1 tbsp peanut butter 95

1:00 PM
1 pear 85

2:15 PM
4oz BBQ rubbed roasted chicken 220
2oz sweet potato fries 50
sliced tomato 10

4:15 PM
quaker granola bar 90

6:30 PM
2 gortons fish fillets 340
3/4 cup white rice 150
2/3 cup corn 100
ketchup 20

8:30 PM
1 dannon lite yogurt 60

Grand total of 1325 calories for the day, not too bad over all but I do want to find an alternative for the Gortons fillets. slowly but surely I am fine tuning my intake to be as healthy as possible, I think I do a fine job but there are places it can still be tweaked. making dinner for a family of four which includes a 2 and a half year old, a 9 year old with type 1 juvenile onset diabetes and 2 adults following a low calorie intake routine has its challenges. as always I thank you for reading along with my trip to the half.

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KMEKATE 5/8/2008 4:17PM

    I just knew that dude was gonna get splashed! You are doing so well. Thank you for always encouraging me that I can do this. You the man! Your daughter sounds so sweet. I have a 17.5 year old son that "is grown" ya know LOL and a 4.5 year old that still needs his mommy. Thank goodness. I don't know what I would do without him. He is rambunctious, at times too much, but the sound of those feet running to the door after work and the 'MOMMMYYYY!" take any bad day and leave it out on the porch. So, in my rambling, I totally get the ice pop and easier drive home bit. :)

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MRSHONEYC 5/8/2008 2:33PM

    Yeah, I have to agree - your writing takes me WITH you - I can see the things you are seeing, feel what you're feeling. You have a real knack for the pen!

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GLORYTOGLORY 5/8/2008 2:33PM

  I got to ask how do you prepare the sweet pototae fries? I do not fry anything any more? Hubby didn't like just baked plain in the oven. Have a good day with that 2 year old. I got a 4 yr old, 2 yr , old and 1 yr old at home its fun trying to keep them entertained. Kids are such a gift from God!

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MOEDANCING 5/8/2008 2:04PM

    A very good cause indeed!

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DONEPAT 5/8/2008 1:50PM

    I'm having Gortons fillets too. :( I'm not liking the square fish, but it's all I got. LOL). I could not stomach turkey chili 4 days in a row...........

Again, you describe everything so well, I thought I was walking with ya.
Yes, it is a lifestyle change, and I prefer it over feeling crummy all day, and not eating good stuff.


Patty xxoo emoticon

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MUPP1970 5/8/2008 12:46PM


Love it... as always!

Made me hungry!


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PUMPKINFACE73 5/8/2008 12:39PM

    Hey DUDE

I feel bad for the soaked you are getting your pedals........we must be even closer neighbors than i thought........I am right over thie bridge from there........Woo Hoo


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