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Friday, February 18, 2011


Its amazing how a simple thing like sitting on an aluminum framed contraption and an afternoon can change ones mood to the point that I would compare it to a high. The thermometer hit the mid 50's yesterday and wet roads be damned I wasn't missing the opportunity to get out on the bike for a ride! The trails are still covered in a heavy layer of snow so for safety's sake staying off of them until its clear and I can see the land mines which fell from the trees laying on the path is how its going to be. Everything is melting so the street looks like it is raining out and I was completely peppered with dirt, mud and puddle water by the end of my ride but it was more than worth that small nuisance, I thought that I had the bug to ride but after yesterdays trip around the lake and surrounding roads I am bit and can't wait for the weather to warm up for good.


The one time I stopped to snap a quick picture of my trusty steed next to the still frozen lake.

Figuring that I could get a decent workout if I targeted all of the hills I came up with a just over 6 mile loop that would assure that I hit all of the steeper hills and off I went. Amazingly enough not a single hill phased me, perhaps all of the high RPM spinning that I have been doing at the gym is helping me more than I thought! Dealing with puddles and just an over all soaking wet road for 70% of the ride only to have the other 30% be slush/ice patches or really sandy declines it was a dodgy ride to say the least and I did have one pucker moment where the Darwin alarms sounded loud and clear.

Coming down the steepest decent I got up to about 25MPH, this hill is usually a 35MPH hill but with the roads the way that they were I took it easy but there is one section that has a curve to it and I had relaxed because the middle section of the grade had no sand and was dry. Coming around that bend suddenly there was a small patch of slushy ice sort of like where the car tires make a rut and left that small patch on the side towards the center of the road and it was lining up perfectly with my line and I had to hit it, ooops. All at once in the 1.2 seconds that I had before hitting the patch I thought "Oh $hit!", "I hope the tires hold onto this", "I should get a helmet", "You Shall NOT Pass!!" in my best in my head Gandalf voice and then the front tire connected with the beginning of what I thought may be the end. The warm weather had softened it up enough that the patch split with my tire in the center and for a split second I thought "Yay!!!" and then up onto the patch I went "Oh $hit!", the bike slid off the side and I was back on the road surface with an adrenaline rush for my efforts.

Upon getting back to the house with my ear to ear grin I cleaned the heavy debris off of the bike and wiped it down, changed my dirt covered clothes and felt relaxed. I did get to use my new Garmin 305 that Wify got me for Christmas for the first time and it seemed to perform as it should have, it reported that I burned 762 calories on my 38 minute ride and I'll take it! I very much dislike wearing things on my wrist so getting a handlebar mount is on the top of my list of things to do and will likely place an order as soon as I click publish on this post. I still find it amazing that I was once upon a time a 500 pound guy that struggled to walk for more than 5 minutes at a time and when I hammer up a hill on my bike I think its somehow pushing me because I know what it feels like to be caged within my own body.

My life is completely different these days because of losing the weight, I am not alone in that I am sure anyone that has done it has similar feelings on the subject. My love for riding a bike was very likely always there but I stripped it away from my options when I allowed myself to grow to more than 500 pounds but I assure you that I will never see that side of the equation again. Make the choice, refuse to accept a life that involves a cage made of flesh and the entire world gets as big as it was when we were children with new experiences around every corner. For too long I sat idle on an old couch wishing that things could be different, these days I choose to take the difficult line and go uphill merely because it will get my heart pumping a little harder than the easy path would. Taking the easy path only got me into the quarter ton club and its not something that I want to be a part of ever again so I refuse to let it be a part of my life ever again.

My bike, my life, my terms, I ride for me and that will never change I will not be caged by my own hand ever again.

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TRACYZABELLE 3/2/2011 7:39AM

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THEWEIGHTSOVER 3/1/2011 11:40AM

    BRAVO!

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LUCYSRAIN 2/27/2011 5:39PM

    You are a hero in my book!

The analogy of being in a cage of fat.....wow, that was powerful to me!

We all know, at least I know of the isolation that happened when I was at my high points on the scale. Life is meant to live, and your living it!!

Kudos....

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DDOORN 2/22/2011 9:37AM

    There just is NO HIGH that compares to what cycling does for me! No WONDER I had such a godawful winter of withdrawal...lol!

And, hey, yeah, gotta echo the others: Get a Helmet! No Future Darwin Award winner for YOU! (that's what our cycling club calls cyclists without helmets...ESPECIALLY those ALSO plugged into mp3 players...lol!)

Don

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OLIVERNABBYSMOM 2/21/2011 2:10PM

    I'm so glad you were able to get out on your bike - I know you've been needing / wanting that for a long time. And good to know the inside spinning was doing it's job until you could hit the wet pavement. Hopefully spring is around the corner (just weeks away) and we can all get out and do what we like to do again - move in the fresh air! Do be careful though ... cause I know of a lady that was hit by a car riding a bike just like you were doing and well ... you don't want to hear the whole story. But be very careful - and yes, get a helmet for the serious rider / athlete you now are! You continue to be an inspiration to me - that person who is really struggling. I seem to get to a certain weight loss / point in my life and I am not sure what happens, but I'm fighting it this time!

Peg

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MIZCATHI 2/20/2011 9:10AM

    A cage of flesh... wow, how true this is. I compare my life fat to being a bird in a cage, longingly looking outside and unable to be free.

I am changing this with my Diamond Head bike soon. My husband and I recently resurrected it from spider webs and years of dust. It still feels intimidating, as I haven't developed enough lower body strength to lift my leg over to straddle it, but I am starting conditioning for cycyling today, and will be on that bike safely next month at this time!

Thanks for taking me on that ride with you today!

Cat

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DIFROMWYOMING 2/19/2011 9:56PM

    Make the choice, refuse to accept a life that involves a cage made of flesh and the entire world gets as big as it was when we were children with new experiences around every corner.

That is awesome, Botzz, truly. I must add that to my words of wisdom motivation quotes...and I love your certainty that you will never go back there...I'm not sure I'm there yet...but I am looking forward to it some day!

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MEGA_MILES 2/19/2011 9:50AM

    Another fabulous blog dude! "A cage made of flesh" That my friend is a memorable quote!

But on another note, YOU MUST BUY A HELMET!!!!!

A head injury will return you to your cage faster than anything else. Don't wait, don't hesitate, go buy one NOW!

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HEIDIS2NDCHANCE 2/18/2011 4:00PM

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I've really contemplated getting into biking lately, and your post has made the thought become more of a desire. Thanks for sharing your awesome day!
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RAJANIEMI 2/18/2011 2:53PM

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Sounds like a great day!
Ride safe, wear a helmet. emoticon

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MNCYCLIST 2/18/2011 2:51PM

    Great blog, thanks so much for sharing the journey of this day! Glad you didn't wreck but I have to say, get your butt up and get a helmet!

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MRDPOLING 2/18/2011 2:18PM

    You were missing the joy of the wind rushing past your face!

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NUTSNUTSGETEM 2/18/2011 10:24AM

    I just looked for a bike helmet on the spark goodies page. There is none. Go get yourself a real one. It's one thing if you are just riding around the block, but you are more extreme. So be safe!

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AXISLADY 2/18/2011 10:14AM

    sounds like you had an uplifting time on your bike. By the way, thank you for my spark goodie. You always inspire whether you know it or not.

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 2/18/2011 9:42AM

    OMG!!! You have a way with words that is just amazing and awe-inspiring! So glad you didn't wipe out with that patch of icey slush. The ride sounds great! I'm anxious for the weather to warm just a bit more so I can get out my bike,too. Should probably get her to the shop for some brake work before the thaw hits....


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Define oneself by reinvention.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Getting over the flu and having not been out on my bike since before it got too cold and snowed in to do so has me itching for a ride but if you read my blog you probably know this. Today I woke up and the little man in the magic box claims that the weather gods shall shine upon my part of the world blessing us with a sunny 54 degrees today which means that I will perhaps get a chance to take ye olde mountain bike out for a trot around the lake. The rail trail is still covered in what appears to be more than a foot of now retreating snow and ice but the roads are pretty clear so I will take advantage of it congested chest be damned! My eating has been on point for the last week or so and my weight is reflecting that...sort of, I am not going up at all and coming down very very slowly over the past week but for being under the weather with no real workouts to speak of it is what it is.


This is whats in my bike bag, The bag itself with a map of some trails wify and I hike stuck in the net, 1 Live strong wrist band, 1 tube, 1 patch kit, 3 tire spoons, allen key for my brakes, small allen key set, 2nd small allen key set with screw drivers, multi-tool with small led flashlight, pressure gauge and the pump rides on my frame usually but it was in the bag when I emptied it so it made the shot.

This break in the weather is going to give me a chance to go over my bike and see what I need to do if anything to get it set to start riding regularly again, which probably just means putting the proper pressure in the tires. I do need to get a new under the seat wedge bag for my tools and junk that I bring along when I ride because last year the zipper failed on the one that I had which es'ploded the contents all over a bridge at speed during a ride so if anyone has a suggestion for a decent yet economical wedge bag I'm all ears! I don't mind using the small camelback style pack that I switched to when the bag broke last year but rides like today where I don't expect it to be more than a couple "warm up" miles on the hills around my house I would rather not have to wear a pack so getting a new wedge would be nice.

I think that its important to find a form of exercise that we enjoy doing as it will help to keep us interested in doing it day in and day out, I tried running and though it had its moments of awesomeness I just didn't take to it like I did to the bike. The bike riding allows me to see trails and sights that no other form of exercise would offer, I suppose running could give me some of the same but the range that a bicycle gives me dwarfs what running could ever hope to. My longest ride last year was 20 miles and this year I am hoping to achieve at least 50 miles in one shot perhaps even more! I have been mapping some routes for me to try out when it warms up and have a 21 mile trail ride that I am looking forward to and hopefully I will be able to do the round trip version of that ride and make it a 42 mile fun ride before the end of the season. My normal rides were falling between 15 and 20 miles depending on whether I left from my house or drove to a trail head in a different city and I was doing that two maybe three times per week, I would like to make my average ride a 30 mile round trip maybe extending out to 50 or 60 at a time but we shall see how that pans out.

My physical limitations shrink by the day as I get stronger and stronger, more weight comes off as muscle builds and my legs are starting to get quite large muscularly with all of the biking at the gym and on the trails. When I was 500 pounds I always thought about how strong my legs were, I mean hell hauling 500 pounds around everywhere I went they needed to be right? but since I started riding I have realized that they were strong as far as raw one time pushing ie: peeling my ass off of the couch to take a piss but when it came to anything lasting longer than about 4 minutes they didn't really have lasting power. These days I am seemingly unlimited strength wise and with my endurance and its clearer today than it ever has been how much I was fooling myself back at 534 pounds, I cannot stress enough at how happy I am that I decided to make that change in my life.

Today I leave you with a quote.

"I believe that one defines oneself by reinvention. To not be like your parents. To not be like your friends. To be yourself. To cut yourself out of stone."
~Henry Rollins~

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JOHNSONZ 2/23/2011 10:59PM

    I had to come back & grab your quote.
Love it & kept thinking about it.
I live to be unique...and happy!
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DDOORN 2/22/2011 9:31AM

    Yep: gotta have ourselves some FUN! That's the ultimate pay-off! Enjoying the things we would NEVER otherwise be able to! Cheers to the cycling! Haven't yet been able to get out there myself...the few days of pleasant weather also coincided with crazy / busy work days... :-(

The opportunities will soon be abounding! :-)

Don

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L_CHANGES 2/21/2011 10:08AM

    Thanks! I love reading your blog posts! You are very articulate and such and inspiration!

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RAJANIEMI 2/18/2011 2:57PM

    Too cold to ride in Maine yet...but when the snow goes...I will be on my bike for sure! emoticon

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DAISY-HIBANA 2/17/2011 11:00PM

    Ha, ha...now you have me entertaining thoughts of the Virginia Creeper Trail. I must make a plan to ride it this year!
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KSGROTHE 2/17/2011 8:17PM

    Great quote! Thanks for sharing! I hope you got your ride in!

- Karen

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MYLIDDLEDALLAS 2/17/2011 3:20PM

    Enjoy that bike ride! I know you've been missing it. emoticon

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 2/17/2011 2:56PM

    hope that bike ride is what you need to get thru the last of this winter! and get rid of that darned chest cough!

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XTIGERLILYX 2/17/2011 1:58PM

    Love the quote! emoticon

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 2/17/2011 12:47PM

    I definitely have certain preferences for exercise. My favorite is white water kayaking.

I also like road cycling, XC skiing, and have started snowboarding.

In order to be able to do these things comfortably I do other forms of exercise that aren't as entertaining: weight lifting, body pump class, tae kardio class, and spinning. It's not that I hate them or anything - I still get endorphins - but I do them for the results more than for the experience...

Keep on keepin' on. Just wait until you do your first CENTURY!
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P.S. For gear I often turn to nashbar and order online. I haven't bee disappointed by anything from there. Maybe they have a wedge that would be good. Mine has velcro straps that hold it together as a backup for the zipper.

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MRDPOLING 2/17/2011 12:41PM

    Supposed to be the same here. Bit overcase earlier when I walked on my work break but otherwise was a beautiful 51 degrees!

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DIANE2110 2/17/2011 11:24AM

    Go Tiger, Go! Nothing like a break in this dragging winter weather to lift your spirits. And going out with this other love in your life to boot! Have a great day.

Diane : ) ** Make it Happen in 2011 **

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VEEJAY3 2/17/2011 10:55AM

    I agree with you: biking spoils you for running or walking. I have a group of dear friends -- they always want me to go walking with them on Friday mornings. I do, once in awhile, and all I think about the whole time is "if I were on my BIKE, I'd be ... like ... 20 miles down the trail by now!!"

I'm taking my Trek out today. Any time it's over 50 degrees, the addiction strikes.
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Gymnastics of the mind...

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


"You just gotta want it"

"Enroll in *insert main stream diet program here* and you will be successful"

"Walk"

"Join a gym and go every day"

If you ask anyone that's lost a significant amount of weight or even just 10 to 20 pounds how to lose weight you will undoubtedly get a plethora of different answers and none of them will be the same usually. Losing weight and getting healthy is not exactly rocket science though there is science involved I am in the camp that it is almost totally a mental issue that needs to be dealt with if successful long term weight loss is to occur. Eating unprocessed whole foods will help the cause for sure, exercising daily will almost certainly aid in shrinking your waistline but in the end if the mental part of that equation is left unchanged short term transformation just might be on the menu. Learning that food is merely fuel for our bodies has been something long lost on lots of people that find themselves in the position that I was in a couple years ago, when food takes on an emotional attachment is when we find ourselves on the wrong side of 500 pounds.

"Drink lots of water"

"Portion control is key"

"Count calories"

When we look at food for what it is things become very clear, food is merely the product that we ingest so that our bodies can function on a daily basis, in simpler terms, it is energy. So many of us find comfort in food beyond it being purely sustenance for our ever working bodies and unless we can get past that part of losing weight I am afraid it will be a constant struggle back and fourth almost infinitely ongoing tennis match with ourselves. Decide, make the choice to look at food as nothing more than fuel and the entire ordeal simplifies and yes I called it an ordeal because it best describes how the transition from emotional to as necessary feels. This change isn't easy, I will never say that it is an easy thing because its not and people who have never struggled with it may not understand the phenomenon but trust me its real and I feel it every time I get over stressed but not giving into it is key. I just said that its not easy but at the same time that I believe its not easy I do believe that its simple, Decide, eat right, exercise, see? simple.

"Ride a bike"

"Get a personal trainer"

If we approach it as if we are machines again things simplify, a machine has no emotions it does what its suppose to do and it continues as long as it is fueled and maintained properly. Food is our fuel and exercise is our maintenance we are in fact just a complicated machine driven by a motherboard or brain if you will full of emotion, control the emotional part and the machine will run as it should. When I began, this machine theory is how I lived, it was my mantra and I followed it as close as a human could because it was either that or deal with the possibility of dieing by my own hand which was clenched tightly around a fork. I still look at food as fuel but as I got more and more comfortable with the newer me I found that I am more willing to let things slide where grabbing an extra bite of this or that goes, no more.

When I started writing this blog I was a more than 500 pound man that honestly felt that unless huge changes were implemented that death was in fact not far away. Now that I am down more 200 pounds and have kept it off for a couple years the game has changed somewhat, the players are the same in some ways but the stakes have changed a bit. Not having death looming ominously over my chubby shoulder has in time slowed my pace and the weight has not come off lately. Realizing that this game is one of a mental challenge more than anything else I need to push through the stresses that are slowing me down at this stage of my journey and get down to my goal weight more so to prove to myself that I can more than anything else at this point. Physically I am so far away from that 534 pound man that struggled up a flight of stairs worrying about if the pin would be pulled in the grenade of a heart that was beating in his chest but mentally I still find myself in conflict at times but then I suppose that is a game I will play for the rest of my life, just like every other person who struggles with their weight.

Weight loss is a game played in oneself head, it has nothing to do with the food, it has even less to do with the exercise, beat yourself in that chess game and you will have won your health back.

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DDOORN 2/22/2011 9:27AM

    The head-heart check is always a crucial part to this journey. Part of it IS machine-like...yet we all know how we can undo the best of efforts if we allow our hearts (emotions) to undermine ourselves!

Don

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HAPPYSOUL91 2/17/2011 9:53AM

    Without learning the "why", you will not be able to keep off the excess weight. The head must get into the game. You realize that and therefore will keep exploring ways and means necessary to keep off the excess weight.

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TRACYZABELLE 2/17/2011 2:14AM

    I hate admitting that I GAINED 260 pounds above my starting weight the fist time I joined WW-- joined at 250 and my high was 509.8--WTF? Yeah lot's of carp in my life that caused it but now no more excuses-- 100 gone and more to follow-- stay tuned!

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MYLIDDLEDALLAS 2/16/2011 7:07PM

    Ah yes. Totally agree. I have lost and gained the same 100 pounds for the past 10 years and you better believe it's all mental. You have to see food for what it is and what you your wrote, fuel, that's it. IIt's not a hug, not a kiss, nothing else, it holds no emotional, or rather, shouldn't hold any emotional connection to you .... and yet, that is the battle!! emoticon

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 2/16/2011 5:28PM

    I always thought of it like a struggle to outsmart myself. Because my brain can come up with all kinds of excuses and rationalizations for why I "should" eat more than I need, etc.

For me it's still the best solution to approach this mechanistically. Plan and log all my food. Get into the habit of frequent exercise. Change things in small ways now and then to keep from getting bored, lather, rinse, repeat.

Keep on keepin' on, dude.
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NACHOSMAMA 2/16/2011 2:50PM

    It's so hard to win that mental game. That's what I've been struggling with for almost 3 months. I hope you win yours. I'll keep trying to win mine...

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DEREKCSIMMONS 2/16/2011 2:24PM

    Clear and consise as always my brother. Isn't it funny though how we learn to use food as comfort and relate it to everything good. Thanksgiving Dinner with the family, Christmas cookies, New Years banquets, birthday cake and ice cream, etc. etc. etc. I can almost hear my grandmother saying "eat some more, it's cold and you need something that will stick to your ribs!" Grandma, it stuck, and now it's becoming unstuck!

Be strong!

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She will not have a fat daddy...

Friday, February 11, 2011

Sorry this one is staying over on my blog because of some personal reasons but please feel free to check it out there! I insist in fact! :)

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DIANE2110 2/15/2011 8:31PM

    I loved the poster. I guess it could also say: " Inside every fat person, there's a thin one wanting to get out! "



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PSMITH3841 2/14/2011 8:56PM

    As usual, stellar writing...I just love your blogs! emoticon

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MYLIDDLEDALLAS 2/14/2011 1:01PM

    Awesome!!! As real as it gets!

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HAPPYSOUL91 2/14/2011 11:50AM

    excellent and as you sure know....where there is determination and drive a way will be found. I can see the little one and you taking for the woods this summer together.

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CATLADY52 2/13/2011 1:27PM

    Keep it going however you can. **YOU** are the one in charge of you, nobody else. Just keep on keepin on man. emoticon

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BOSOXGYRL33 2/11/2011 6:40PM

    Congrats on the new addition to the family! Thanks for sharing, you are such an inspiration.

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DDOORN 2/11/2011 5:04PM

    Always love your "honest point of view"...!

Kudos and two HUGE thumbs up for viewing your daughter as a crucial motivator for taking care of yourself!

I so DEEPLY regret not having done the same many moons ago when my son was a child. But am doing the best I can to be a role model now!

Don

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KROLES55 2/11/2011 4:00PM

    Congratulations on your new addition.

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PLANTAHOLICS 2/11/2011 3:48PM

    emoticon read and congrats to your family for the upcoming bundle of joy. Your story is super inspriational - ty for sharing.

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DEREKCSIMMONS 2/11/2011 3:39PM

    Love the graphic and CONGRATS!

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AXISLADY 2/11/2011 2:57PM

    Your blog is wonderful!!!!

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As the fat guy turns...

Wednesday, February 09, 2011


Where the hell ya been man! ice dams & leaky roofs, what the hell is a roof rake? a bruised hip, piles of snow days for the kiddos then throw in some fevers and the fact that we're trying to get the house ready for the new addition to the family and well ya get a fella that doesn't have a lot of time to sit down and write a post. Over the past couple weeks I have gotten lots of emails and messages asking if everything is ok and the short answer is yessiree all is well besides the fact that I am nursing away a pretty gnarly cold that has been kicking my ass over the last week or so. Making it to the gym has been nothing more than a dream between the $hitty weather, being sick, hurt hip and the fact that the kids have been home more than not lately but this shall be remedied as the arctic snow gods have seemingly taken us out of the target area for now so the animals are back to school and the roof is mostly shoveled clear so hopefully I can get my big ass back in the gym.


My inspiration.

My whole regimen has been suffering for the last couple weeks because of all of the crap going on and because of that I haven't been sticking to my calories as tightly as I should be. I am not gaining weight but I am not losing either, I have fallen into a holding pattern and have been circling the landing strip again which needs to stop! Not being able to workout seems to put me into that place where I start going nuts and thinking back to my 500 pound days I find myself wondering how I did it for so long without kicking down the walls. Being stationary is NOT in my repertoire any more, bat $hit fuvking crazy is where I am at right now with the walls of snow and ice that surround my house and my bike taunts me from the corner of the room to get on and go for a ride snow and 9 degree weather be damned. Everything seems to be easing back to being normal so as soon as my chest clears the gym is going on my list of things to do as I haven't had a proper workout in at least a week and a half unless you count the shoveling and roof clearing and I don't count that as a workout, that is merely work.

Very shortly with a new kiddo on the way my time will once again be taken up by changing diapers and reading books, this will undoubtedly change the way that I workout and when I can workout. I foresee lots of evening rides on my bike when the wife lady can take over and perhaps walking will become once again a daily workout as I will be plus one for a while. I need to pack into the next couple months as much work as I can so that I am as far along as possible when the tides change and my program will be dictated less by when I want to workout and it becomes more about when the free time shows up.

The hip is feeling better, my chest has finally stopped rattling and since the snow has stopped school is back in session! all of those things mean that I can get back to the gettin' down in the gym and with the days getting longer again the warm weather will be here in no time so the bike will once again be in use thus allowing happiness to flow from my pours as it should. Mainly the thing that has to stay constant is the keep on keepin' on along with the good habits so that I may one day actually cross over that 300 pound line drawn in the sand! I am as healthy as I have ever been in my entire life, I do what I want to when I want to and am seemingly unlimited physically these days.

My life, my rules, my end result because I insist on things being that way.

That's all I got.

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BIGGIRL2082010 2/10/2011 12:39PM

    Congratulations on the coming-soon-new-arrival! Good to hear from you again - was definitely getting a bit concerned!

Cheers,
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DDOORN 2/10/2011 9:44AM

    Hate it when "life" gets in the way of LIVING!

Good to hear you're bounce-back is imminent! :-)

Don

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SWEETZMIX 2/10/2011 9:27AM

    Hey my friend. I have been reading your blogs off and on & I too noticed you not being around. Congrats to you and the wifey!! Another bundle of joy!! I know the snow has slowed all of us down in the Northeast, but as long as we keep our eyes on the prize, it's all good!

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CAROLCRC 2/10/2011 8:21AM

    One of the best signs of fitness is how antsy not being able to work out makes you! So - look at your frustration as a positive indicator of how fit you have become.

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IONA72 2/10/2011 4:40AM

    Keep on keeping on, been missing your words of wisdom.

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TRACYZABELLE 2/10/2011 1:12AM

    Congrats to you and the Mrs on the upcoming big event! We just added to our family in the form of a little orange furball but nonetheless an addition! I have hit my 100 pounds lost and you have been my inspration!!

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JOHNSONZ 2/9/2011 11:17PM

    Boy - I was wondering where you were but checked & you were in my unsubscribed blog area, so I rechecked the box. Congrats on all your "to-comes" in the future.

Keep on Keeping on - warm weather is upon us - somewhere..
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Lynn

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PAULKNUTH 2/9/2011 7:51PM

    Enjoy the baby when it comes - time passes so fast.

Make today your Day 1 and get into a pattern.

Take Care - Paul

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AXISLADY 2/9/2011 3:41PM

    Daisies are my inspiration as well. They have always been my favorite! Congratulations on the new baby. I guess I missed that post. How wonderful. Truly a blessing and proof that life is goooood.

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MEGA_MILES 2/9/2011 3:18PM

    One day at a time. All things pass. emoticon

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HAPPYSOUL91 2/9/2011 3:15PM

    Love your go get attitude. You really have a miserable winter going on over there. B y the way congrats on a new baby coming....OMG, will your schedule change LOL.

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PARKERJEAN 2/9/2011 2:50PM

    Love your blogs! You should publish a book! In your free time! LOL Good reading and Good work on the weight loss!

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OLIVERNABBYSMOM 2/9/2011 2:03PM

    Just missed ya - but you know the saying - they can't keep a good man down! as in YOU.

Welcome back from the arctic - hopefully.

Peg

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MYLIDDLEDALLAS 2/9/2011 12:32PM

    Worried there you were chillin' on the driveway again!! Glad to hear things are getting better in the homefront and the weather is cutting you some slack .... for now! Still laughing about the 'animals' comment ... emoticon

Keep doing what you're doing and you'll cross that line in no time!

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DIANE2110 2/9/2011 12:15PM

    Daisies!!! I like you even better. Glad that you're on the mend and back with us.
Keep on keeping!

Diane : ) ** Make it Happen in 2011 **

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 2/9/2011 12:10PM

    Congrats to the new baby on the way!!! You'll keep rocking out the workouts and weight loss,I've no doubt about that.
Take care of yourself and heal!

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CODEMAULER 2/9/2011 11:47AM

    First, many congratulations to you and your family on the upcoming addition. What a terrific motivator to stay on the healthy path!!

Snow and ice are not to be trifled with (so sayeth the gal in the Frozen North). Use your energy to keep the sidewalks clear, and maybe do some squats with a heavy bag of salt if you feel you need the workout.

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Bike season is coming... just not soon enough!

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MRDPOLING 2/9/2011 10:51AM

    Glad you are still fighting the good fight!

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L_CHANGES 2/9/2011 10:43AM

    Glad that you are back!

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SLMTRACE 2/9/2011 10:40AM

    Wow it has been a while since i've read your blog. Congrats on the new little one on the way! Glad to hear your feeling better! Keep up the great work!

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