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Eating and Riding and and and...

Monday, August 08, 2011


A flawless weekend where my intake was concerned and got out for a 20 mile ride on Saturday, my weight is down a good amount and things are feeling "normal" again. My normal once upon a three years ago was completely different than what I consider my normal now so getting back to it is definitely a good thing! Almost as if a light switch was clicked into the up position I am back to weighing and measuring things that go into my body, I decided that I need to focus on what I need to do in order to get my health in line and the rest will hopefully follow suit.


Just Ed and his new Jamis Exile 1.

My riding has gotten easier the last few weeks as well, I ride the same 20 mile section of trail each week sometimes changing it up a bit but its mostly the same area. The last three weeks after our weekend ride I feel like I can do another 10 miles with ease.. ok maybe not with ease but I know that I could do it and its not been the case until about 3 rides ago. The way I see it is that if my weight keeps coming down back to where it was and beyond that the rides will just get easier and that is a good thing! Getting stronger while getting lighter is a formula for better rides so that's what I am going to do as last year I was riding easier than this year and I would like to get back to that level. I have mentioned that I have a riding buddy now and we snapped a couple few photos during one of our stops this Saturday but the images of me came out blurry, I suspect that sweaty Ed touched the lens of the camera so all ya get is the shot of him and his new Jamis this time around.

Aiming for 1700 calories per day is where I am at but on "bike ride" days I allow myself an extra 200 calories for the Zone bar that I eat at the half way point of my rides. I have been doing good with the intake with lots of fruits going in which is very easy this time of year as everything is in season! Yesterdays fruits included 2 plums, an apricot, a peach and a banana which were all very good and sweet, then trying to keep the carby stuff for the earlier part of the day is part of the plan as well so over all I am doing well on the intake.

Focusing on me again is trying, its hard to focus on something that does not take up most of your thinking time but I have to do it because like I said, without my health everything else will surely fall apart that much faster.

Until next time...

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 9/14/2011 4:56PM

    Keep going like this, and we'll have you riding centuries by next summer!
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TRACYZABELLE 9/7/2011 7:44AM

    Always make time for YOU no matter how a hard it is!

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PSMITH3841 8/10/2011 1:32PM

    Again true, positive words...keep on peddling Mister, you're going to get where you want to go! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DIFROMWYOMING 8/9/2011 10:07PM

    So good to see you here as well as FB.
Your loyal fan, Di
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INIT2LIVEIT 8/8/2011 3:28PM

    and still an inspiration...
Glad to see you back in the saddle!

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SOOTHINGGLOW 8/8/2011 12:18PM

    i LOVE LOVE LOVE mountain biking! Glad to see youre doing well! Keep up the great work!

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DDOORN 8/8/2011 9:45AM

    It's so easy to lose oneself in the press of day to day "stuff"...no?

The one downside when I cycle longer distances is dealing with the king-sized appetite that comes with it!

Don

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My wife asked me to start using protection...

Friday, August 05, 2011

So, the little animal... er baby has fallen blissfully to sleep and I had a moment so I thought it was a good time to pop a post up here, yes yes, I could be exercising instead and that I did! I did a push up routine along with some stretches and for now that's what its going to be. Life lately has not been peaches and cream but that doesn't mean that there aren't high points! and with that thought lets us focus on my bicycling for a moment.


A quick stop from last Sundays ride I took a shot of ye olde steed leaning on a rock with her new handlebars/grips installed.

Last year I was riding a just under 20 mile section of a local rail trail and not feeling it besides for the immediate hour after the ride and that stamina deteriorated over a long winter. I started riding again more regular like when the weather warmed up but couldn't really get back to that pre winter oooomph that I had, that is until the last two weeks in the saddle. The week before last we went out for our Sunday ride and by the end of the ride I felt like I could have kept going, it would appear that the stamina has returned? after one week? nope not gonna believe it. This past Sunday we left on the same ride, same bat time same bat channel and waddya know? same deal, felt awesome after the ride so if this weeks ride goes as well I am going to declare that I am back stamina wise on the bike.

In other news wify asked me to start wearing protection a while back...no no pervert get your mind out of the gutter she meant a helmet, and though I wasn't against the idea it just wasn't on the top of the list for me. I happened into a local Eastern mountain sports a couple weeks ago and meandered on over to the helmet section where I saw more than a couple brands and designs to consider so I popped a few onto my bald melon to see how fitment was. Now the fella that I ride with on the weekend has a Giro branded helmet, it seems nice and he said that it worked for what it was suppose to all while being fairly comfy so onto Giro brand brain buckets I went. Finding a Giro Xar on the shelf I placed it onto my cranium and it felt like I was wearing a ball cap, maybe even less bothersome than a ball cap but the price was $130 and I was meh on that. I tried on a couple few more but kept coming back to the Xar because if I am buying a helmet its gotta be comfy or I will just strap it to my back pack and not wear it, I left the store.


My new brain protection unit, I give to you the Giro Xar.


I was extremely surprised when my wife asked me to start using protection after so long as you can see in my expression.


Talking to wify about the choices that I found and the fact that this Xar for $130 was perfect but I did not want to spend that much on a helmet her response was "go back in and get it, I don't care what it costs if you'll wear it its worth it" I told her I wanted to research it first. I got home and couldn't find a bad review online so I started looking around online for a better price since I now knew what size fit and that it was in fact a comfortable fit, not one of the one size fits all helmets that never seem to feel right on my head. I pull up ebay and Viola! found one for almost $40 less than at EMS so using buy it now the helmet was here 2 days later, I haven't had a chance to ride with it yet but it is all adjusted and this weekend I shall give its first test ride.

I need to start gettin down like I know how to again, not because I want to and not because of anything other than I NEED to, I worked more than extremely hard to drop the weight that I have thus far and life is not what it was at 534 pounds. I have to try my best to stay in line and Yoda once said "Do or do not, there is no try", fortunately for me Yoda is just a puppet and I do not hold his words very close to my heart. Try is all anyone can do, we will all slip and fall from time to time and we are not a single one of us perfect and all as human as the next guy or gal, the way I see it is as long as we get back up and keep going we will not have failed.

stick that in your pipe and smoke it Yoda...

That's all I got for now, keep on keepin on and all that.

There is another post posted from last night but since spark censors me for saying $hit it didn't get posted here, feel free to check that one out on my blogspot if you are interested zeusmeatball.blogspot.com/

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OH_HAPPY_DAY 8/17/2011 1:55PM

    I could beat you for not wearing a helmet from day 1! Shame! shame! Glad wifey is taking care of you!

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JENNKFIT 8/10/2011 10:09AM

   
Actually it's not just Yoda, it's Tao...most of the Jedi wisdom is from Tao:D yes wear the helmet!!!!!

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MRDPOLING 8/7/2011 8:38PM

    OK you got me with the title!!!! LOL

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HOPE2LIVE 8/7/2011 8:09AM

    Clever title. It definitely grabs the attention. Yay to your wife for wanting you safe and an even bigger YAY to you for agreeing with her.

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WALKWITME 8/6/2011 11:49AM

    and I thought she meant something else....

I said " huh"


wife need you to be around alot longer

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LADYIRISH317 8/6/2011 11:47AM

    Bless your wife, she's absolutely right! She loves you enough to care about your safety.

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KCNEWF 8/6/2011 11:10AM

    Years ago. On the first ride I rode a bike with a helmet, I got creamed by a car. . . . I hope you have better luck. And yes I always wear a bike helmet whenever I ride

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HAPPYSOUL91 8/6/2011 10:17AM

    LOL...your title sure caught my attention.

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DDOORN 8/6/2011 12:44AM

    OMG...no helmet till now...?

Our bike club regards helmet-less riders as future Darwin award winners...! Just can't see you in THAT group! :-)

Don

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BILL60 8/5/2011 10:16PM

    You have a very smart lady on your hands. Listen to her.

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CODEMAULER 8/5/2011 4:16PM

    Helmets are a very good idea. No matter how safe or careful you are, you cannot change what the dough-head in traffic / on the trail nearby will do. My helmet saved me when I crashed. Based on the headache I had for the rest of the day, I gave my bell a good ring.

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DEREKCSIMMONS 8/5/2011 4:15PM

    You inspired me to get my bike out and back up to speed. ok, maybe not speed and it still needs work but I did get out last weekend for a few miles. Found a few muscles in my legs I'd forgotten about. Can't wait to hit it again this weekend. Glad to see you posting again!

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PSMITH3841 8/5/2011 3:39PM

    It's good to hear you're getting back on track....I wish I could get my tail in gear! I'm working on it though....Also good news on the "Brain Bucket"...it never occurred to me you weren't using one...hmmmm.....Ride well this weekend, mighty warrior.....your goal awaits! emoticon emoticon

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BOSOXGYRL33 8/5/2011 3:37PM

    Enjoy your new helmet! emoticon

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AINTSKEERD 8/5/2011 2:51PM

    Glad to see you posting again...and just as entertaining as ever!

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SAVAGE2001 8/5/2011 2:51PM

    You are inspiring me to get my dualie out for a spin. And yes, a helmet at all times!

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MARYONAMISSION 8/5/2011 2:26PM

    Yah, you're posting again! The helmet looks good on you. Mine is super annoying and so I never wear it. I'll have to check out the Giro brand. Thanks for the tip!

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ELDUNBAR 8/5/2011 1:57PM

    Ok...I'm shamed but I'm going to be honest...I feel duped...I saw the title and thought it was something juicy emoticon

Any hoo...enjoy your helmet and keep sparking! emoticon

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JOHNSONZ 8/5/2011 1:56PM

    Good to protect the melon! Thanks for the tip on the Blog.
Have a Great weekend. Nice to hear all is well.
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    Good to hear from you! emoticon

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    glad to see you posting...bout time emoticon

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You fat f@%# you...

Thursday, June 23, 2011

So where were we? that's right I was a fat guy losing weight, a Dad taking care of the small herd of children that have amassed in my house and someone that was putting it all out there for the world to see in the name of accountability via this blog. I am not limited to any of those titles but as far as whats on the surface those are up there, I have over the last few years dropped more than 200 pounds and kept most of it off for the entire time BUT I am going to admit something that I was none too happy nor proud of. In April I began to notice that some of my clothes were snugging up...ok lets just call it what it was, $hit stopped fitting and I hadn't been on the scale in quite some time so it was in fact the right time for a reality check. On April 28th I decided to see what I weighed, the dim blue light lit the dark kitchen as a zero flashed across the display signaling that she was indeed ready to ruin my evening. My feet made contact with the cool unforgiving black plastic that makes up the platform of my scale as the digital dots danced around in a circle where she would stop nobody knows and bamn! 370.4 flashed onto the display.... what the $hit?!

I had not seen a number that high since October of 2008! which was 10 months into my weight loss, to say that I was and am disappointed in myself is an understatement, the word failure comes to mind. There is a lot that goes on in my life which does not make the blog, some of those things keep me from making me the most important thing in my life and it is what it is, with that said I do need to keep an eye on myself and my health. That night I got Pissed, upset, and as I mentioned disappointed with myself, so I decided that enough of the bull$hit and doing what I need to do must be a big part of my life and must remain a big part and since that day I have been on point with my intake. In the beginning of April a 10 mile ride just about killed my legs and ass, I am happy to say that I am back up to 25 mile trail rides on my newly upgraded with a new and improved bottom bracket and crankset bicycle. My calories are as I said on point while getting in loads of veggies and whole foods, oh I have also dropped 31...yes Thirty one pounds in the last 56 days aka since that night when I stepped on the scale.

Learning to balance all that life has to throw at us with the hardest thing that I have had to face all at the same time is just a part of the game that needs to be dealt with, making an excuse is just that an excuse...to fail. Sure I have a $hit ton of other fires burning that need attention but without handling the fire that is me the rest will burn out of control without me here planted with my feet on this planet. Finding time to do what I do is a priority, there will be times when it slips, there will be times when a workout is just not a possibility but if I let myself to slip back into the abyss that was my life at 534 pounds I will have let every single person in my life down including myself and that I will not allow.

Oh yeah...and those shirts that were snug? yep they fit again..

I am making every effort to get posting more regular like but time is at a premium these days, so don't be shy, drop a comment I am not so proud to not admit they help...

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CRIS76 8/3/2011 2:44PM

    Right there with you except my scale day of revelation was today. I'm 30 pounds heavier than I was in the fall and my clothes are looking none-to-good.

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 7/12/2011 10:42AM

    I am right there with you. I stepped on the scale and I am up about 35 lbs from my low and I just can't get my mojo back. Let me know if you find the cure . . . Wait, maybe I'll go eat some baby carrots and track something for a change . . .

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BIGGIRL2082010 7/11/2011 9:47PM

    Hey, you got back on the horse that threw you, so I'd say you should be looking at this as a win. Yes, it's difficult to face that thrown-off feeling, but what you did (taking prompt action) was the best response!

Congratulations on the renewed focus and the predictably positive results!

Cheers,
Maya

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RAJANIEMI 7/5/2011 9:42AM

    Be proud that you realized what you needed to do...keep at it... emoticon
You have come so far...stay steadfast...you will do it.
I love reading your blogs... emoticon

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EDDYMEESE 7/4/2011 6:25PM

    Way to go!!!

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GIANT123 7/3/2011 3:46PM

    Thank you u give me a purpose.I to have run into that same problem. I have gained weight back to. I am very disappointed in myself but I know Ican get back on track.I know now there are certain things I probally wont be able to have again and I am fine with that. You can beat this just as i can myself. Thanx for being honest because u are true to yourself. I hope u continue the blog and keep up getting fit with us all.

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DBALZER 7/1/2011 4:48PM

    Man, you inspire me! I always look forward to hearing what's going on with you. The refreshing thing is your honesty. When things aren't what they should be you don't sugar coat it. That's what inspires me. Knowing that other people struggle with the same crap I do. And that everyday isn't perfect and rosey in the land of healty living! Thank you!

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PSMITH3841 7/1/2011 1:42PM

    I've been ghosting through "Spark" for the past few months and I'm paying the piper as well...but I still haven't kicked my a$$ into gear yet...like you, the food I eat is reasonable, but my work-out schedule sucks! No, wait, it doesn't suck.....it's almost non-existent...I love working out and I have no idea why I've become so disinterested in that and everything involving a healthy lifestyle. Ahh, this too shall pass, but I wish it would hurry the he[[ up! It does help that "my hero" had the same problem, but I lack your spirit of determination. Keep pounding on those keys, my friend....your blogs help a lot of people, especially me! Thanks! emoticon emoticon

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COOKWITHME65 6/28/2011 9:06AM

    You are a important. Glad to see that you are making yourself a priority. Amazing results in losing 30 plus lbs in such a short time. I'm going to check out your blog.

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DAISY-HIBANA 6/27/2011 10:57PM

    Sometimes, I want you to come to my house and personally kick me out of the doldrums. Lately, it feels like I just want a breather from tracking, weighing, measuring, and everything else. Somehow I have the stupid "cruise control" mindset going...and it is plowing me towards a cliff. I know what I want to do and I need to flippin' do it. Getting those last 65 pounds off forever...I have to want it more than anything I eat.
As for your April wake-up call- Way to go! Seeing your predicament, then doing the work to solve it...
Thanks for reminding us that it is a life-long commitment. -M

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SKINNYPOWELL1 6/27/2011 9:16AM

    Glad you are back to making YOU a priority. Keep up the good work. Sometimes we just have to say "enough is enough" - I had one of those moments two weeks ago. Hang tough. We can do it.

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SRHALLIN 6/25/2011 8:25PM

    Such an honest blog, on a subject that almost everyone can identify with. Please know that the most important part of what you are doing, is begining from where you are. You are picking yourself up again. Keep that heart, and you'll succeed.

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GOING-STRONG 6/25/2011 12:24PM

    Some days those food demons bite me in the butt and there is no stopping their torture. I'm sure you know what I mean. After one of those sessions I wake up the next day feeling like crapola... but having a routine and getting my butt in gear sets me back on the straight and narrow. I am soooo thankful for SP and the tools it has given me. That is one powerful helping hand. All the best to you on your continued journey to health and fitness... it is in the palm of your hand. Spark on my friend!

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BUTEAFULL 6/24/2011 9:08PM

    perhaps you need to visit your nemesis emoticona little more often to keep reality in check and not wait for the clothes to tell you the facts. I'm still losing, and I'm not trying to, I think it's because of the nutrition tracker setting me straight and avoiding my foes like pizza and ice cream

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RUTGERSM0M 6/24/2011 8:23PM

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ANDYLIN90 6/24/2011 3:44PM

    Give yourself a big pat on the back for getting back in the game...it would have been easy to say, "Oh, what the heck, I guess I need to lose a little" and then do nothing.

What I've found in this journey is there will always, always be ups and downs, but the most important thing is not giving up and getting right back on your plan. Congratulations!!

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JIMDAB 6/24/2011 12:40PM

    I found myself in that same situation and it was very disheartening. It (I am sorry to say this) made me feel a lot better to hear that you also had this problem. You have been a big inspiration to me since I started way back when. And it makes me feel way better (I am delighted to say) to see that you are remastering the problems.

One title you didn't mention in your blog is "Inspiration".
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CINCYDORA 6/24/2011 11:37AM

    You aren't a failure if you keep trying. I'm glad to see you woke back up in time to kick your own a$$ before you could no longer reach it.

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HAPPYSOUL91 6/24/2011 10:37AM

    Great job on getting those shirts to fit. It can really get away from us and that is why we must get on the wicked scale. Glad you are back!

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DDOORN 6/24/2011 9:09AM

    Whew...this sure ain't easy is it? Sounds like you had your 2 X 4 moment...I need one of those upside my head now & then to remind myself of what is really important!

Don

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PINK-PEONY 6/24/2011 8:00AM

    So glad you're back! I find everything else is a little easier to hold at bay if I find the strength to take care of myself, but right up to the time I'm actually doing it, I rationalize why I should take care of "more pressing" issues. Keep fightiing the fires, man...

Melissa

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INIT2LIVEIT 6/24/2011 4:01AM

    Great to have you back, and on track. Good job on moving forward to where you want to be.

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HEATHER1969 6/24/2011 2:02AM

    Sounds like your back on track, kickin a$$ and taking names ... GOOD FOR YOU!

Its true life can get in the way and really make it hard to keep yourself the priority, the trick is to not let it take over for too long....

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DIFROMWYOMING 6/23/2011 9:57PM

    I have followed you since I got here. Inspired. Grounded. No matter the ups and downs I related and still do. Clothes snugger? Check. Pounds up? Check.
I am in the same boat...carving out time for ME in a place where there seems to be none, in a life that has become a little complicated and nothing I'll post here. But I am in the same boat. I CAN control what goes in my face. And I CAN figure out a way to still carve out some time for me and still keep breathing in and out, and keep those around me doing the same. It is just getting up and living day by day in the end, isn't it?
Thanks for keeping this real. Always real. And that is an inspiration.

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BABYBRITE 6/23/2011 7:02PM

    Congrats on the 31 pound loss. =)

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BABYBRITE 6/23/2011 7:01PM

    Wow....I just stepped on spark myself after having a small salad letuce tomatoes and carrots....thinking about doing some more wii fit. Tomorrow getting on the treadmill. Maybe if I can get down to 178 or 180 I can start riding my bike. I would hate to buy a new one just to be too big to ride one. Currently I weigh in at 206.

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 6/23/2011 6:48PM

    Okay! you lost your way and you're back on the trail again. Good for you! Yeah, it's a setback, but that's all. Nothing permanent. You're right-you have to take care of YOU so you can take care of all the littles and that precious wife.

Stay strong and focused and keep on guzzling the tanks of water and tea,Buddy!

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ANATASHIKI 6/23/2011 6:46PM

    the same happened to me, lost 70 pounds , gained back 50, pulled myself together and i'm closing to how I was , but it's absolutely clear to me that i have to do this for the rest of my life. and I 'm willing to do it. take care , and don't let yourself on second place

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AHODGES7 6/23/2011 6:15PM

    I can't believe you used the word FAILURE.
That definitely does NOT describe you.
We need to understand that our bodies were made to store calories in the event of a famine, They were NOT designed to lose weight. That is the toughest thing about being 'on point' with everything we put in our mouths. We need to figure out how we can trick our fat storing machine into becoming a lean mean fighting machine - and it isn't easy.
YOU do belong on the slim side of life, enjoying your children and family. You have experienced that kind of enriched living.
You have decided it is FOR you.
Live on the best way, and Keep looking UP!
Way to go!

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PUCKYGIRL 6/23/2011 5:49PM

    You know it is really scary how the pounds just come back when you aren't watching or think you are watching but not doing the right way. If I don't track & measure I can eyeball anything to be a cup, a tablespoon, etc. Got to stay on track, you need to make sure you are tracking what you eat & weighing & measuring. Glad you got it back under control and took the bull by the horns. Stay there for you and for that family of yours.
Take care
Barb

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AMYMOHIO 6/23/2011 5:30PM

    I'm joining you :-)

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THOMS1 6/23/2011 5:18PM

    Glad to hear you're back on track. FYI You might try weighing yourself once a month. Just to keep you on track. emoticon

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SALLY_MANDER 6/23/2011 5:06PM

    You are awesome. It takes more courage to make yourself a priority than it does to sit around and just accept the stuff life throws at you. Congrats on your success, and for not giving up!

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JOHNSONZ 6/23/2011 4:52PM

    PERSEVERE.
That is what we do. Just keep on going.
I loved this post! Made me smile because I have been reading a bunch of similar blogs.
We all have these times & it is good to call them out, then push them aside & carry on moving forward to that goal.
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...and Wahhooo on the shirts & 25 miles!
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BOSOXGYRL33 6/23/2011 4:34PM

    Way to own it and take back control! Great job!

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CODEMAULER 6/23/2011 4:12PM

    Whatever it takes, right? Grab the challenge, wrestle it to the ground and TAKE CONTROL!

Glad to see you're back on the trails again!

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CATLADY52 6/23/2011 4:11PM

    Good for you! emoticon

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MYLIDDLEDALLAS 6/23/2011 3:43PM

    Whooo-hoooo!! Way to go. And yeah, if you can only spare enough time to get busy and get your sweat on, then by all means, don't spend it blogging here!! LOL

Good job! So glad you put yourself in check!


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ALLYALLYT 6/23/2011 3:37PM

    Way to make a comeback! emoticon

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CARLA-216 6/23/2011 3:32PM

    Do you know how awesome it is that you put a stop to the gains? AND you turned it around and took action and now are on the losing end again. Keep it going...I know you can!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 6/23/2011 3:08PM

    Good. You got back on track.

Never, Ever, EVER give up!

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JDECKNESS 6/23/2011 3:01PM

    Good job. You are an inspiration. Thank you.

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RUNBAREFOOTMAMA 6/23/2011 2:48PM

    Thanks for sharing.... emoticon

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LCHADBOURNE 6/23/2011 2:46PM

    Way to turn it around and get yourself rededicated. You already know you can do it. We know you can do it. Keep up the great work!

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SKYEFYR 6/23/2011 2:42PM

  You slipped. You realized what you were doing wrong and made immediate changes to correct it. In no way is that a failure. It's a setback.

You inspire me every day Botzzz. You're one of the reasons why I've come back to spark. I've been frustrated and took a break from the constant stress of trying so hard and having nothing to show for it. I've finally found out that yes, I was correct and my thyroid is so totally out of whack it's not even funny, so I've got hope again. And I've got amazing people like you to inspire me. I feel like I can win this battle again.

Thank you for your honesty and for just being yourself.

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PIXIEMOM13 6/23/2011 2:39PM

    Congratulations on putting the brakes on the gain and getting back in gear. Sounds like you are kicking major a$$.

I added you as a friend, hope you don't mind.

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BECKYBEFIT 6/23/2011 2:29PM

    It is so great that you realized your won't to point and did something about it!! That is half the battle!! Congrats on all of your weight loss, not just the most recent 31 pounds, and keep up the great work!! Hope you don't mind if I add you.

Best of luck in every aspect of life!

~Becky
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MRDPOLING 6/23/2011 2:25PM

    Got more to say that I want to put here so going to sparkmail you.

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KNH771 6/23/2011 2:23PM

    Good job getting back on track! Great lessons to be learned there...

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OH_HAPPY_DAY 6/23/2011 2:11PM

    I hate it when life happens!!! It just screws everything up!!


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Grenading a Bottom bracket and some work on an old friend.

Tuesday, June 07, 2011


A little more than a year ago I picked up a little project that I have been playing around with when I have time in the way of a 1988 Specialized Rockhopper Comp. It is kind of the bike that started me in on my "Buy fix sell at a profit" thing that I do from time to time with bicycles but there is something about this one that I liked so I could never bring myself to sell it. The frame is an 18 inch and I can ride comfortably on a 19 to 21 inch frame depending on the bike so it is a tad small but with the stem up as high as it can go and the seat is up almost as high as it can go I can ride the bike comfortably. Whats your point Mister Meatball? I'm gettin' there, I'm gettin' there, Last weekend I grenaded the bottom bracket on my K2 AKA my main bike and I ordered a new BB/Crankset but the catch is that it will not be here until Monday the 13th and there ain't no way I'm going to not ride until I get the BB and get it installed. I suppose a 300 plus pound fellow Hammerin' on a bike for the past two years warrants the equipment failure, especially as it appears that the BB that was on the bike when I bought it was not of the highest quality so onto an upgrade it is.


Here is the Rockhopper the day I brought it home mangled and forgotten.... until that day.

So I looked to the Rockhopper with soulful eyes and requested its help, it looked at me as if to say that there were some conditions to this arrangement and I listened. I did an initial clean up and rust scrubbing a while back and got the bike looking decent but never finished the job to a point where I would call the bike perfectly ride-able. This time around she ended up with a new pair of shoes even if they are only 26 x 1.95 instead of the 26 x 2.2 that I normally like, some Brandy spankin' new grips and I cannibalized a seat and post from an old Trek that I have just sitting there doing nothing in particular. I figured that since She was getting a make over and going into temporary service I may as well pull out some touch up paint and hit the spots that were chipped up. Since the bike was going to be in service for a bit I may as well give it a proper tune up while I was at it right? so that I did, out came the tri flow and the tool bag and 15 minutes later she was right as rain.


This is what it looked like after my first go at it to get the heavy rust and grime off.


New grips, new/old tires, cannibalized seat and post, changed out the bottle cage, touch up paint and a tune up this is as she sits right now, sorry for the cell pic.


New/old seat, its pretty comfy I do have to admit


New grips, no more styrofoam these are knock off Oury grips I think, Origin 8 is the brand, knock off or not they are comfortable and very grippy.

After the tune up I took the bike for a quick ride around the lake and I have to admit it rides really nice for a 23 year old bike that a novice like myself had a whack at fixing up, I like it. It is a tad too small like I mentioned but it is honestly comfortable enough that I believe I can make a 20 mile ride without issue on my body and plan on testing that theory out on the weekend! I have exactly $22 into this bike and some of my time and am very pleased with how it has come out so far, I may just keep going with it and make it "nice" I think right now as it sits it looks pretty cool and is a good solid road ready Vintage mountain bike, not bad for $22!

The K2 will be fixed sometime next week after I take possession of the new crankset and the repair is not exactly a surprise. I knew the BB was going because of a noise it has been making and I am looking at it as a chance to upgrade something rather than "damn I have to fix my bike", gotta look on the bright side sometimes. If the Specialized ends up being a good rider on longer rides for me I will very likely upgrade the pedals to a set of Odyssey Trail Mix pedals like I have on the K2 but otherwise I like the fact that this old bike is what it is, an old, well used vintage mountain bike that is still bringing enjoyment to someone riding down a trail on it and won't change too much more.

I have been more than busy with the new addition to the Fam and trying to stay on my bike as much as possible (I almost have my 2010 legs back) but am trying to get back to daily blogs again, I promise! Putting my time where it is needed most is what I am doing and I love writing this blog but it is just not possible for me to find enough time in every day to get here and post up my thoughts. I am on track with my calories, I am riding my bike LOTS! and I am in fact down 26 pounds from where I was just a tad over a month ago so trust that I am doin' what I do where my health is concerned.

Until next time..

That's all I got for tonight...

As Ever
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BUTEAFULL 6/10/2011 11:23PM

    bike looks like new great job of tweaking it

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DBALZER 6/10/2011 10:03AM

    Good to hear you're hard at it. And the results are nothing short of spectacular! I am just starting to get into biking a little. I just have a stock Mongoose Men's mountain bike, nothing special, and at this point I'm only riding with my kids. My 5 YO doesn't go very fast with his training wheels, but I'm liking it as an alternate form of getting off my arse, and if I can get some rides in by myself, I think it may turn out to be one of my favorite forms of exercise.

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MRDPOLING 6/8/2011 7:39PM

    Such a beautiful old friend you have there.

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KSGROTHE 6/8/2011 5:50PM

    emoticon on all the bike work, bike riding, and losing the weight! That is some serious weight loss!

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- Karen

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DEREKCSIMMONS 6/8/2011 3:14PM

    Enjoy the trails brother!

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SWEETZMIX 6/8/2011 1:26PM

    Down some poundage is always a good thing. I know you are busy with the little one & just adjusting to having an infant around the house. But I am glad to hear you are getting it back to business!

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PUCKYGIRL 6/8/2011 12:52PM

    Congrats on the -26. Glad to hear you are keepin it up. I like the bike pics & the posts. Keep them comin. But do what is right for you - get on the bike.
Barb

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 6/8/2011 12:19PM

    Congrats on the -26.

And good job on the bike.

I can't bear to get rid of my original 10-speed, an 1979 Peugeot U-09 that I bought with babysitting money when I was 15.

It's had a complete repaint with additional braze-ons from a framebuilder and I use it as my commuting bike. It may be heavy but it's got comfortable geometry.

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HAPPYSOUL91 6/8/2011 12:14PM

    Hard to believe the bike is so old, looks very nice

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DDOORN 6/8/2011 11:15AM

    Kudos on both the cycling and pound-shedding!

Don

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CINCYDORA 6/8/2011 9:34AM

    Good for you! Glad to see you are still kickin' it.

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TRACYZABELLE 6/8/2011 1:10AM

    Congrats on releasing those pounds!! Awesome~!

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 6/7/2011 10:35PM

    HOLY COW!!!! 26# down from a m onth ago???!!!! Seriously! AWESOME!!! and I'm glad that you are spending plenty of time with that Addition. Before you know it, she'll be in school and you'll have time on your hands again...BOO!to kids growing up too fast.

I so wish you were nearby! I could use a bike fixerupper..nothing serious,just tuneups,tire/tube changes,etc. I have to PAY a bike store to do that! DH doesn't touch tubes and there isn't enough time in the day for him to work on brakes,gears,etc. and you woudn't believe all the bikes in our garage! there's always more than one that needs work.
Glad this ole bike worked out for you-sounds heavenly being out there. I need to get air in my tires....
So glad to see you here again!

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CODEMAULER 6/7/2011 9:50PM

    Your weight is down and the bike love is up - there's nothing wrong in your world. Keep it going and post here from time to time, k'please? You are a straight-shootin' motivating force and I love the updates (even the quick/short ones).

I've missed you, and I understand that you have priorities in lots of places.

Ride On!
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JONICACALDWELL 6/7/2011 9:23PM

    Great hobby! emoticon

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Walk this way...Talk this way...just Gimmie' a kiss!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011


Well well well...Look who just walked through the door.

My life is how do I say? hectic lately hence the lack of attention to this very blog but in an attempt to, and I will put this bluntly, get my $hit together again Making time to post more often is back on the card. This winter was not good to my waist line and with the new addition among some other things I just haven't had the time to sit down and dedicate time to writing posts here, but fear not my good people! I am here, healthy and kicking. My last post was on April 13th and I had gone on a 10 mile ass molesting ride on the local rails to trails, unsure how I let myself get down to a 10 mile ride kicking my ass like that I kept riding and you will be happy to hear that I am back to a 20 mile ride without too much fuss again.


Random shot of our bikes at a stop on the trail from Sundays ride.

Mister inspiration got a reality check recently, I was doing some yard work and hiding in the pachysandra was some poison ivy and anyone that knows me knows that me and poison ivy do not get along at all. Two days later my arm was itchy and puss filled so off to the doctor I went and he asked "How's everything?" to which I responded "Great besides having this poison ivy all over my body"I got a smile and then the reality check, my doc replied with "That and the 40 pounds that you put on since I seen you last" FUVK! Forty pounds? Gained?? Ok I more than definitely have to get back to where I was because 40 pounds ain't no drop in the bucket! so Its on....

Since that doc visit I am down 24 pounds and have been riding my bike on the trails again, my intake has not been higher than 1700 calories per day since that day and I am eating very cleanly. There is no way am I going backwards because being on the other side of the equation sucks ass like nothing else that I know and I won't allow it back into my life. When I started this blog I started it on the terms that I would be honest with myself and put myself out there good bad or ugly and the fact is that this blog helps me to stay on track more than I know or want to admit so I will do my best to get posts up here again while the new addition naps. Finding myself home again and somewhat limited to what I can do during the day hours after basically having the freedom to take a ride or hit the gym whenever I needed/wanted to is a challenge but I've worked with less and got more in the past so its going to boil down to how bad I want it.

I refuse to make excuses, it is what it is and I'm just a Dad, fat guy, Husband or whatever you want to call me trying to get more fit. Getting back to posting is phase two in my plan to get my Juju back, getting back to basics with my weighing and measuring the intake has been reinstated, biking has been reinstated and my calisthenics routine has been making appearances in my each and every once again so the sky is the limit.

Look for posts to come more frequently again as the plan is the plan again, That's all I got for today.....

"Failure is not falling down but refusing to get back up"

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STUDYHAWK 6/4/2011 9:46PM

    Hey Botzzzz, We still need you! You inspire change in almost normal people!! Look forward to more blogging! emoticon

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MRDPOLING 5/27/2011 10:59PM

    MMMMMoooowa!

There's a kiss for ya!

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STUDYHAWK 5/27/2011 11:25AM

    GO GET 'EM!! You're still an inspiration! You're right about blogging. I've just discovered how much it helps me too. Keep on keeping on!! Missed you!

Welcome back. emoticon

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SKINNYPOWELL1 5/26/2011 1:25PM

    Glad you're back in the game.

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GOING-STRONG 5/25/2011 11:24PM

    Interesting that a good dose of Poison Ivy got you to the doctor and kicked back in gear... looks like you made lemonade out of lemons.. Woot woot and spark on!

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MYLIDDLEDALLAS 5/25/2011 12:58PM

    Whoo-hooo! Glad to hear you're back in business!

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JOHNSONZ 5/25/2011 9:47AM

    I love how you get faced with that & hit the ground running..well biking... You have such an awesome spirit! WTG! and keep it coming. You have been missed!
woohooooo
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PUCKYGIRL 5/24/2011 7:54PM

    Was just thinkin about you and how I hadn't heard anything was hoping you were doin some bikin or exercise of some kind and keeping your journey alive. Good for you. Keep movin.
Barb

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 5/24/2011 7:41PM

    YAY!! you're back! so glad you're busting butt again and doing what ya gotta do! I understand completely about the new addition and the changes...I have gone thru that a 'few' times. You have to want it bad enough to make it work and YOU do!!!
Please plant a gentle kiss on that sweet little head for me!(the baby's...not your's,silly.)

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CATLADY52 5/24/2011 6:23PM

    We have missed you.

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DBALZER 5/24/2011 6:01PM

    That's what I love most, your honesty! Welcome Back!!!

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MEGA_MILES 5/24/2011 3:57PM

    The road of life is never straight. There will always be ziggs and zaggs. Ride on brother! emoticon

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DEREKCSIMMONS 5/24/2011 2:33PM

    Good to hear from you!

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LUCKY8GAL 5/24/2011 2:15PM

    Thanks for your honesty. It feels awesome when someone who is so successful in their weight loss journey shares in the same challenges as you do. It makes you feel like if they struggle and can do it you can to! emoticon

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CODEMAULER 5/24/2011 1:34PM

    It's always a treat to see you post out here. I, too, gained some of the weight back and it's not making me feel very happy. Here's to both of us getting busy and back on the bike trail!!

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HEIDIS2NDCHANCE 5/24/2011 12:41PM

    Welcome Back Botzzz!!! Life gets in the way of our best intentions sometimes. I sincerely appreciate your honesty. You are an inspiration to me even on the days you might not feel like it!
Your Friend,
Heidi

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CINCYDORA 5/24/2011 12:30PM

    Ah! I knew you'd be back! Good to see you kickin' butt again.

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DDOORN 5/24/2011 12:20PM

    Always great to hear from you...sounds like you're doing a super job bouncing back! I've been enjoying the HECK out of my rides with our local bike club once again...!

Don

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PENNI68 5/24/2011 11:48AM

    Nice blog and way to get back on the wagon! Good luck to you!! emoticon emoticon

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BUTEAFULL 5/24/2011 11:43AM

    long time no see...glad it wasn't a permanent thing emoticon

with summer coming you'll get the rest of that mystery wt right back off again have no fear, it will happen and take the little guy for a ride too, he'll benefit from the fresh air and sunshine as well

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SWEETZMIX 5/24/2011 11:37AM

    Love hearing from you. Glad you got right back on it. Especially since going to the doctors. I hope the wifey and the kids are doing well. I know they are keeping you busy. But at least with the warmer weather you guys can get out more when you can. It is now an option, opposed to the winter, when going for a stroll is sometimes out of the question.

Take care!

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INIT2LIVEIT 5/24/2011 11:13AM

    How wonderful to get the email that Botzzz has posted a blog. Missed you! Glad to hear that you are getting back on track for yourself. Looking forward to keepin on keepin on... emoticon emoticon

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MOONBIRD 5/24/2011 11:01AM

    Glad to see a blog from you! It is so hard trying to balance kids and keep up with what we need for ourselves. I am a stay at home mom and my husband is always out of town lately, and it's stressful. I have my own 2 kids and since March I've been babysitting an infant all week long. I am so ready for summer. I am either having to wait until my kids are in bed for the night to work out or get up at 5:30, which sucks! I don't know how I am doing it, but I am determined to get under 200 lbs, and reach the 100 lb lost milestone very soon. So, I keep going. It's sure not easy, but I know it's worth it. emoticon emoticon

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