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Wanna go see a dead body? a Video post.

Friday, October 08, 2010

So I decided that today I would try and go to the end of the shorter trail that I ride and see how far I could get, google pedometer showed it as almost a 20 mile round trip so I figured it would be fun. I left down the trail and was feeling good until I found the "Warning bridge closed" sign at one of the trail heads so of course I rode down the over grown trail to see what this bridge looked like and they were right, it sure was out! so I had to settle for 15 miles round trip.

The video can be seen at my blogspot page here

My ride may have been cut short but it was still a nice ride on a sunny fall day, I had a tail wind on the way out which means a head wind on the way back and man did I feel it. Tomorrow I am taking the day off from working out partially because I feel beat between the ride and the weight lifting yesterday, that and I have some things planned with the kiddos tomorrow.

My bike at the bridge out sign.

Reminded me of the movie Stand by me, "anyone wanna go see a dead body?" this thing was tore up!

Moo cows!

Over all it was an awesome ride and the new pedals worked like a charm and MUCH more grippy than the cheap resin pedals that came with my bike. I ended up riding through an over pass that was flooded with water about 10 inches deep at one point and my feet got splashed a bit but my feet stayed put unlike with the old set of pedals so I am happy with that purchase. I took the video and had a few minutes tonight so I thought that I would share, I am still happy with the loss for the week and will do my best to get that number even lower come next Friday and if I continue to push myself with my riding I have no doubt that I will have another loss come next week.

That's all I got for this late edition of as the fat guy turns, I hope you enjoyed the second video post by lil ol me and i wish you all a great weekend.

I'm out.

As Ever

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RYANDEJONGHE 10/12/2010 1:15PM

    lol, today reminds me of "stand by me". Can't see the video here at work (lunch break). Beautiful weather, isn't it?

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HAPPYSOUL91 10/11/2010 2:01PM

    You take such great pictures, really enjoy them very much. Beautiful country where you live

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TRACYZABELLE 10/11/2010 3:35AM

    That is one scary bridge!

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BIGGIRL2082010 10/10/2010 4:17PM

    Hey, that DOES look like the train tracks in that movie - which is an AWESOME movie, of course. Glad you didn't feel you had to cross. :)


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HOPERISING 10/10/2010 4:03PM

    What??? You didn't want to try crossing that bridge?? Hahaha, great video blog. I like hearing people's voices. You sound just like I thought you would sound when I "hear" your voice in my head through your blogs. Keep up the great work man!

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ZIRCADIA 10/10/2010 8:31AM

    DUDE!!!! I MissED YOU! I just watched your video and you pretty much sound exactly right. :D hahaha You know what I mean? How some people you're like OHHHH they sound like THAAAAT

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FIGHT_FAN 10/10/2010 1:25AM

    Brings back memories of watching "Stand By Me"

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MMALONEY15 10/9/2010 8:21AM

    OMG...I love that movie. That looks like a beautiful place to take a ride. Glad you didn't try to cross the bridge anyway. I know some guys who would have just because they were told not too! LOL! Great blog again!! emoticon

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DDOORN 10/8/2010 10:45PM

    Had a GREAT ride today too...this weather is positively INTOXICATING! Whew! :-)


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VANB01 10/8/2010 10:16PM

    Love the description of your ride. BTW- I would have had to check out the bridge too- who knows, there *might* have been a way never know until you check it out. Kind of like a lot of things in life!

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PSMITH3841 10/8/2010 9:36PM

    Contrats on the loss! Enjoyed the video.... emoticon

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MRDPOLING 10/8/2010 9:06PM

    I don't blame you for cutting your trip short.... I would have turned back too

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ASHARON 10/8/2010 8:31PM

    I always enjoy your blogs....keep them coming!

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Weigh in time, how did he do folks?

Friday, October 08, 2010

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Lets get Friday off to a good start shall we? Of course as soon as I got up I headed for the scale, warm feet hit cold hard wood and I was off after a brief stop in the little boys room. Last week I weighed in at 334.4 pounds as my starting point and I gave myself a goal to be at or under 275 by April 1st 2011, that equated to a 2.26 pounds per week average that I will need to drop to reach that goal. As per usual on weigh in days I step on and off 3 times just to make sure that the same number is displayed and all three times the scale flashed a 331.0lbs on there and that is a 3.4 pound drop this week! not a bad start giving the fact that I need 2.26 to stay on track for my goal.

I haven't a clue what this bike weighs but wanted to put one up here today just because its a weigh in day and who doesn't like an all chrome motorcycle?

This week I stayed within my calories, I went to the gym every day and the scale is telling me that I did it right this time around and to think that I almost skipped going to the gym yesterday. The day was gloomy, it was unseasonably cold outside and I was feeling very tired but I made myself go because its what I need to do and the old me would have stayed home so with those two things I decided that it was time to get up off of my ass and do something. I got to the gym and did my 20 minutes on the stationary bike and decided to punish my chest, shoulders and arms with some weight training and that I did! after about an hour and some minutes later it was back on the bike for another 15 minute ride just for kicks. I was feeling awesome about half way through the weight lifting and was glad that I went. Walking out of the gym it was like I was in a movie, the gloom had gone, the sun had come out and I was in an incredible mood, I got in my car, popped in a mixed CD and was caught getting into "when doves cry" a little too much by a fellow gym goer on my way out of the lot.

This week was a good week for the health and weight loss in general, I got some weight lifting in, lots of cardio and am down 3.4 pounds for my efforts. The rain has stopped and we're suppose to have some fantastico weather here in New England for the next week so perhaps another ride report soon! I will finally get to go give the new pedals on my bike a real test and I think that I am going to go for a new personal distance record on my next ride. I mapped out a 20 mile ride on the rail trail which will be 2 miles longer than my previous long ride with the option to make it 24 miles by going to the next trail head depending on how I am feeling. Over all I am pleased with the 3.4 pounds that has been dropped from my bones and the plan is to keep on keepin on until I get to where I want and need to be with my health and weight.

With that, I have nothing more for today and I need to get some things done this morning before I get out for some movement, will it be the gym? perhaps a bicycle ride? not sure yet but rest assured that I will be out there sweating more pounds off before this day is done.

What is your plan for the week? how will you better your health?

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 10/26/2010 9:41AM

    Fantastic way to kick things off (Yea, I know I'm behind . . . I blame being old)

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SKINNYPOWELL1 10/11/2010 11:48AM

    emoticonto the weight loss. Keep up the fantastic work.

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TINYC887 10/8/2010 10:18PM

    way to go

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AFITJULIE 10/8/2010 12:49PM

    Congratulations on surpassing the weeks goal!

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RUNNER12COM 10/8/2010 12:41PM

    Congrats on the weigh-in.. and heck yeah, everybody loves a chrome bike!


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MYLIDDLEDALLAS 10/8/2010 11:53AM

    Whoo-hooo!! Didn't doubt it for a minute!! AND, even if the number would've been all over the place, you were right on par this week and that's all that matters!! You're gonna get this done!! emoticon

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KAILIIA 10/8/2010 10:16AM

    congratulations on a successful week. You stuck to your plan and everything fell into place.

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CINCYDORA 10/8/2010 10:14AM

    Way to go!

I've had that same feeling at the gym. Sometimes I want to make every excuse to not go but I've never regretted going. I usually regret not going, though.

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MRDPOLING 10/8/2010 10:05AM

    I had to look close 'cause I couldn't figure where the handlebars were on that machine!

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RYANDEJONGHE 10/8/2010 10:04AM

    Awesome man! Glad to see the scale still moving in the right direction for you! Love the picture too!

Where is the rail trail? I used to LOVE running one in Ohio, wayyyy back when. Since I'm in the New Haven area, what is the closest one?

Oh yeah, I'm ready for this rain to be over with and enjoy some nice weather too! I did a run in it on Tuesday, a walk in it on Wednesday, and I'm ready to dry off.

Keep up the awesome work!

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SHEILA376 10/8/2010 9:38AM

    That's awesome :) congrats on the weight loss. I also step on the scale 3 times to make sure it says the same thing every time.

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FROGGERHKC 10/8/2010 9:35AM

    Great job! emoticon

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FOXXYROXXYD 10/8/2010 9:25AM

    Congratulations on an awesome week!! emoticon

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JBMT08 10/8/2010 9:03AM

    emoticon you are on your way!!!!!!!

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NANA_BEA2 10/8/2010 8:41AM

  Taht's Great! emoticon

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Pre weigh in blabber and some eggs?

Thursday, October 07, 2010

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Ahhhh a whole week down in this new "goal" that I have set fourth for myself, will I be down the 2.26 pounds that I need to be in order to stay on track? will I fall short? surpass the goal? honestly I don't know because the weight has been toying with me on a daily basis all week. If going off of this mornings weight I should make that 2.26 pound mark but yesterday I was lower than this and the day before higher so I don't know what to expect for the weigh in tomorrow morning. Have I done my part? absolutely I would say yes I have, My calories have been perfect other than going over a bit yesterday, hydration has been right where it should be and I have been to the gym every day this week so if going off of that I should be where I need to be but only tomorrows scale reading shall tell.

My intake for Wednesday was a little high coming in at 1890 total calories because of an upset stomach right before bed which I drank 8oz of 1% milk in an attempt to settle it but its not much over at any rate. I started my day off with a HUGE scrambled egg plate which held me over pretty good as I didn't feel hunger until almost dinner time!

What I started with

This is the end product, and of course I had hot green tea with it.

Here is a look at the whole menu from Wednesday.

8:45 AM
5 egg whites 75
1 whole egg 70
4oz potato 100
pepper/onion 40
smart balance 25
3 slices turkey bacon 105

11:30 AM
oatmeal cookie zone bar 170

1:15 PM
1 deli slim 100
1 cup eggplant/beans 135
2oz roasted chicken breast 100

4:00 PM
1 banana 105
1.5 T peanut butter 140

6:15 PM
5oz roasted chicken breast 250
3/4 cup white rice 150
1/2 cup black beans 110

7:45 PM
1 banana 105

10:00 PM
8oz 1% milk 110

My day today will follow suit with what I have been doing, I will be at the gym at some point today where I will do at least 30 minutes of cardio followed by 45 to 60 minutes of weight lifting and probably some kind of light cardio to cool down. My intake will not exceed 1700 calories and I will drink at least a gallon and a half of fluids, more than likely more than that even. The scale will whisper softly into my ear tomorrow morning and whatever it says shall be posted here no matter what it says and I will update the goal tracker thingy that I put on the side bar.

Any way that its cut my life has completely changed from how I was living it just over two and a half years ago, I can honestly say that I have done more physical activities in those same years than I had done in the 7 years prior to starting down this path to better health. Won't you join me in living a healthier life? if you are on the fence about making the choice to better your life by losing some weight and or getting healthier I say swing that leg over and hop on down because the longer that you wait the longer it will take for you to get there.

That concludes this episode of as the fat guy turns, now get up off of your ass and do something about that fat on your bones.

As Ever

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 10/25/2010 9:12AM

    Kinda curious about the eggplant/beans line. What is involved there?

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TRACYZABELLE 10/8/2010 5:09AM

    I love eggs!

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DDOORN 10/7/2010 10:48PM

    Good stuff! Yum!

Just finished my 'millwork and ST w/ dumb bells and resistance bands...!


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PSMITH3841 10/7/2010 8:33PM

    Breakfast looked Yummy.....see you tomorrow! emoticon emoticon

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    I love the fact that you don't remove anything from your meal plan. You eat from all food groups and are getting awesome results... this just shows that balance is key and deprivation isn't!! Way to go!!

Yummy omelette!

emoticon Bacon? You mean you eat bacon too? emoticon

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MILNE81 10/7/2010 4:06PM

    That breakfast looks GOOD! Looking forward to reading about how tomorrow goes! Enjoy your evening!

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MRDPOLING 10/7/2010 3:33PM

    I must be hungry 'cause that plate of food looks amazing!

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CODEMAULER 10/7/2010 12:32PM

    Here's hoping that some of the fantastic weather we're having makes its way to your neighborhood. Outdoor activities are always fun when the weather is great!!


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KAILIIA 10/7/2010 10:53AM

    I added you on FB if that's ok: You are still an inspiration and it is always a pleasure to read about your progress.

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Why be fat when you can live healthy?

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Chugging along I am hitting on all cylinders with my nutrition and exercise, and its showing on the scale! of course I get on the scale almost daily and have done that for the last two and a half years, I'm liking what I see thus far for my "week 1" of the run at 275lbs. My calories for Tuesday came in right on the button at 1700 even while I drank a gallon each of straight H2O and home brewed green tea. The gym was fun too! I started off with 20 minutes on a stationary bike ending with average 99 RPM's followed that up with about 45 minutes of weight lifting and finished up my workout with a 15 minute go at a spin bike. We're rolling right along with this and I am hoping to see a good loss come Friday's weigh in, I think that if I can get off to a great start with the raw numbers that I am losing that it will just perpetuate my momentum and I believe they call that the snow ball effect my good people.

Wify is not happy about where the bikes are right now but she said and I quote "I am just glad to have them out of the bedroom" its all about compromise I suppose.

I got a few emails in the past couple of weeks asking me about my daily intake menus and why I don't post them as often as I use to in the beginning and the honest truth of it is that I use short hand these days to show me what I ate for any given day. I think that its a good thing to post some menus up so I have started writing them out again and will try my best to post as often as I can what the daily menu was, and with that here is yesterdays intake.

7:30 AM
2 cups corn pops 220
1 cup 1% milk 110

11:45 AM
1 banana 105
1 T peanut butter 95

1:00 PM
2 deli slims 200
1/2 oz American cheese 55
Miracle whip 60
2oz baked haddock 70
2oz deli turkey breast 60

3:00 PM
1 plum 30

6:15 PM
7oz roasted chicken breast 350
7oz baked potato 175
2 T light sour cream 40
1/2 T smart balance 25

8:00 PM
1 banana 105

I have been at the gym every day this week and the end of last and am really missing my bicycle rides! The last real ride that I was on was that 18 mile rail trail run that I did a little more than a week ago when I busted a pedal and its been raining since I got the new pedals installed on my bike. As I type there is a steady rain outside and I have two bikes sitting not more than 12 feet from me on the other side of the room and I really can't wait for this to stop so that I can go out and hit that trail again because I want to go a bit further this go around, that trail is like therapy for me. I rather enjoy the gym as well, there is something about being in a room full of equipment that is designed for health while people all shapes and sizes work out, every single one of them has issues with themselves, goals to reach and personal triumphs already reached, its almost like a collective mindset where each individual is getting something more out of being there than just the actual work out. My bike though is my me time, 15 mph down a dirt trail with the sound of the bike below me, staying alert is a must and the sounds of the woods around me as I get an awesome workout all at the same time, yeah I can't wait for the rain to stop.

The fella in the little plastic magic box says that the rain should stop some time tomorrow and Friday should be sunny and clear, this means that by Saturday the trail shouldn't be all mud any more so a ride should be had this weekend for sure. Eating well and balanced while maintaining an exercise regimen that will nurture a better lifestyle is how I get down these days and how I have been doing it for the past couple of years now, it has changed my life and it has changed the lives of those closest to me. Making the decision to get healthy was possibly the best decision that has ever been mad by me, of course there is a close race between that and marrying the woman that I did because she is a huge part of why I have been able to achieve what I have to this point in the game. As an over weight person you can have a healthy life if you choose it, You can live the life that you have dreamed of but only if you make the decision to do something about your situation right this minute, so what are you waiting for?

The success of each and every one of us is completely dependent on how much work we want to put into it.

That's all I got for today.

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MMALONEY15 10/7/2010 7:48PM

    Bananas and peanut butter..MMMM my favorite!!

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DAYHIKER 10/7/2010 5:39AM

    You and Don are bound to meet up with each other out on those bikes some day!! emoticon emoticon

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TRACYZABELLE 10/7/2010 1:42AM

    I hope that you get many bike days! Will you bike in the house on the days you can not go outside?

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DDOORN 10/6/2010 11:40PM

    Don't know about you but I plan to pour on the steam in the remaining "bike-able" days left to this year...keep those tires smokin'! :-)


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DEB_NC 10/6/2010 1:47PM

    lol Bicycles in the bedroom. Is odd she would find that strange. Sounds like you got a keeper there buddy. Keep up the good work. Proud of you. Love you blogs emoticon

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MYLIDDLEDALLAS 10/6/2010 11:23AM

    Whooo-hoo!! Great job sticking to the plan! You're gonna rock this weigh-in!!

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MRDPOLING 10/6/2010 10:47AM

    Hmmm, that pic... is that a pic of bike luv'n? Should that be censored? hehe!

(Sorry, my mind is in the gutter today!)

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PHERRERA79 10/6/2010 10:16AM

    I love your blogs too!

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HAPPYSOUL91 10/6/2010 10:13AM

    Love your blogs....good menu!

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VEMAN1 10/6/2010 10:00AM

    Great Blog. Your commitment lines are spot on. My success depends upon how much I desire the end result. Without that deep desire we are bound to flounder on the water. Keep your focus, you inspire many more people than those whom respond to this blog.

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You could spend your entire life walking around in the nowhere land of self doubt.

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Or you can get your ass up and do something about a situation that you ultimately do have control over, I mean it, YOU control how you live life and there is only one go at it so why not make it count? In the beginning I was doubtful that I would be successful with this whole weight loss game yet I kept going and upon doing so I found out that as long as I did my part the rest sort of happened, when I didn't do my part, well the rest stopped happening, simple right? sort of.

There are challenges that each and every one of us face on a daily basis and we somehow make it through to the next day each and every time but with weight loss it feels different, the word that comes to mind is impossible. It takes months or even years to put the weight on and we expect it to come off over night and honestly in the beginning it felt like it was! My experience with weight loss and gaining a better place within the health spectrometer has been very eye opening for me. When I was 500 plus pounds and feeling like there was no way out compared to how I see things now I sometimes can't believe that is how I felt after coming to the realization that my health is heavily dependent on what I do to keep it where it needs to be.

Its hard when you weigh 500 pounds and almost everything hurts, emotionally and physically to get up and do something about it but if you are wearing those shoes and are reading this trust me when I say that the pain only lasts as long as you let it. We doubt ourselves every day when we weigh as heavy as I did when I started down this road and that doubt will keep us from our goals all day long, know that when we apply a healthy eating regimen along with some movement then follow through with that plan that the weight has no choice other than to evacuate from our bones. There is a lyric that resonates through me almost daily, it goes like this "When you start to doubt yourself the real world will eat you alive" in many of our cases where we are extremely over weight while the real world is eating us alive we are eating ourselves to death, its as simple as that.

I am not super weight loss guy and I only know what I have learned in the last couple years about health and weight loss, I hold no degrees in this field and I am not a doctor but I do know from my own experiences that as long as sitting on my ass was my sport of choice that things were getting worse by the day. Losing weight and keeping it off is a full time job and not an easy task by any means, it is a daily struggle and takes a $hit load of dedication along with a lot of hard work so when you start down that road don't expect it to be bunny rabbits and baby chicks else you are setting yourself up for a let down. I will say that how you will feel and all of the things that are possible after losing a sizable amount of weight is more than worth the struggle, sweat and pain that needs to be put into the process.

Stop doubting yourself and what you are capable of this very second and get up off of your ass right now, not later, not in a minute and certainly not after you finish your muffin! and do something for your health, for yourself, for your life!....ANYTHING! but do it now because we only get one go at this ride called life and its shorter than we want to believe.

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RUNNER12COM 10/8/2010 12:42PM

    "Shine" is one of my all time favorite, get-my-ass-moving tracks. Love it!


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TRACYZABELLE 10/6/2010 4:14AM

    We can achieve whatever we put our mind to do-- Shoot for the moon!

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GROUCH201 10/6/2010 1:35AM

    Reminds me of the maxim: Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right! It's all about perception and commitment. We all vary on our scales somewhere between apathy to total commitment and it's all about being aware of where we are on the scale (literally and figuratively) and making the necessary adjustments. Excellent blog!

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DDOORN 10/5/2010 11:39PM

    Great blog!

I'm a firm believer that we ALL are MUCH more capable of succeeding than we think we are!

Let's all keep pushing the envelope! Woo hoo!


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SHELLY_DO 10/5/2010 10:14PM

    totally true!!

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TINYC887 10/5/2010 1:30PM

    great blog, thanks for sharing

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RYANDEJONGHE 10/5/2010 1:13PM

    You sir, are my hero. It is one thing when you see healthy people that seem like they've always been healthy post this type of stuff. But, you've been there. There are so many of us that can relate to you. Thanks so much for your motivation, insight, and inspiration!

I'm hitting "like this" for sure.

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PEGSTER999 10/5/2010 12:44PM

    Great blog! Thank you for posting this.

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MYLIDDLEDALLAS 10/5/2010 12:12PM

    So true... we live in a society built around instant gratification and patience is not something easily acquired. As much as I hate to say it, losing weight is a journey and like any journey it has it's ups and downs but you keep going until you get to your destination. It's how you pack and prepare for the journey that makes the difference on whether you'll let yourself steer off course or press through to the end.

Kudos to you for staying on your journey through all the ups and downs!

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MRDPOLING 10/5/2010 10:39AM

    Preach it brother!

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DEREKCSIMMONS 10/5/2010 10:37AM

    Shorter than I want to believe and I already wasted enough time being fat. Thanks brother!

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MEGA_MILES 10/5/2010 10:28AM

    Great blog! No varnish or sugar coating. Thanks

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