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As the Fat guy turns... a new chapter?

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Well well well, look who we have here, it is I, the writer of this here blog! My absence can be explained by the "October Nor'easter" that we here in Connecticut experienced just before Halloween, you know the one that knocked the power out of about 90% of the state? I was one of the lucky 10% that did not lose power and was grateful for that fact! and that is not the reason for my lack of posts, a much more sinister reason kept me from the blog. As many of you know that have read this blog for a while I have a back injury that I talked about a while back in This Post zeusmeatball.blogspot.com/2008/01/in
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and since the initial injury back in 2000 its flared up a time or two and put me out of action and that snow storm helped it kick my ass once again. Shoveling snow has not been an issue for me all last year, even through that 2 foot drop of snow last January yet 8 inches of the cold stuff took me out for more than a week this go around. The wrong angle paired with a went out too soon ie: not warmed up back equaled soreness that has not been felt in about 3 years when I had another such even in my back and I was literally in bed for the last week. Sunday I was able to get out of bed and now here it is Wednesday and I am ok walking around and only in slight pain so we're getting there.

I have stayed o track with my eating since I hurt myself in the snow and my weight has come down in that time to the lowest weight that I have been in months so that's in order. This time of year is the BEST riding weather and I have my brandy new Gary Fisher Xcal sitting in the living room taunting me every time I look in its direction, my back is keeping me from riding it and its driving me nuts! its quite depressing thinking about the new bike and lack of riding that is going on currently but its something that I gotta deal with until my back decides to get in the game again. For the last week I have been online shopping my pain and frustration away buying little blue bits for the bike in place of being able to ride it and Wify is none too happy about that, I mean seriously, did I NEED the Salsa Liplock seat clamp just because it matches the bike? nope but it looks good and stole the bad mood away whilst giving me something to do (waiting for that brown truck) so it is what it is. Today is as I said the first day where I am comfortable enough to sit down at the computer and write a post and in the interest of staying on track I figured that I would pop on for some words.

Here is a look at my menu from yesterday.

Breakfast
7:30 AM
coffee/creamer 90

9:45 AM
1 C almond milk 90
2 C apple cin Cheerios 240

Lunch
1:15 PM
Turkey Subway w/Veggies 580

3:45 PM
2 slices Hearty wheat bread 160
1 T peanut butter 100
1 T grape jelly 60

Dinner
6:15 PM
1 C white rice 200
Mixed veggies 200

Grand total of 1720 calories, that Turkey Subway was eaten during a movie and not all at once so the 1:15 to 3:45 time is not as spread out as it seems.

I have to admit that I am getting a bit down because of the injury and the lack of riding but trying to keep a good outlook on the situation, I have to keep reminding myself that its just a bump in the road and I've been here before with this injury. My motivation is high for the moment and I don't see it changing, after all if I can have a week like I have had and still be for the most part positive I am in the right state of mind with my health. Getting back onto two wheels will definitely help my mood but that is a venture that will have to happen in due time... have I mentioned that I am upset that I can't ride my bike? oh yeah I did.... better than being unhappy that I can't have the apple pie in the refrigerator I suppose.

There it is, an update from the fat man, I will try again tomorrow to get some more posted but it will all be determined by how the old back is feeling then. Thanks for the support and kind words they are always appreciated (I got a really cool email last week that made me think about some things) so don't be afraid or shy to click that leave a comment button!

That's all I got for today, Blobbin... fire up that Fatmobile, we're outta here.....

As Ever
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TRACYZABELLE 12/12/2011 5:48AM

    We know those nagging injuries can mess with us-- I knwo I am struggling and need to get past the pain!

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CAROLCRC 11/10/2011 11:37AM

    Sounds like you are doing well dealing with your injury. That's one of the hardest things to do without gaining back weight, so be proud of yourself.

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DDOORN 11/10/2011 11:36AM

    GREAT that you didn't allow your injury to derail your food choices!

Trying to get a ride in here & there on weekends...hoping to cross the 2,000 mile mark for this year's totals!

Don

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CODEMAULER 11/10/2011 9:47AM

    The good news is that the bike will help the recovery process for your back. As soon as you are ready to ride, you'll be feeling better in a number of ways!

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BILL60 11/10/2011 8:39AM

    I know it's tough, but you can do it. Hang in there.

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CHARLOTTE1947 11/9/2011 8:34PM

    You can stop thinking of yourself as the Fat Man now. In your "after" picture on your page, it is apparent that there are bones in your face and that you are a young, attractive man. Well done. Take a bow.

Does Connecticut have chiropractors? I injured my back in the Catskills falling down a slope covered with wet leaves. Still had back pain many years later. The chiropractor is the ONLY person who has relieved my pain. My MD gave me pills, a temporary fix. The Orthopedic surgeon wanted to filet my spine (no, thank you). The chiropractor diagnosed the problems, gave me exercises, a lift for my left shoe, advice on weight loss exercises (walking, stationary bike, swimming). Problem solved after 25 years. She gives me pain relief without pills when I do something foolish like digging in the garden all morning.

Please don't get depressed. You're doing GREAT!

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Schwinn Crisscross Project and some talk from the fat guy.

Thursday, October 27, 2011


I have posted images of the Schwinn Crisscross that I bought back in January before and am doing a sort of walk through on the build up... if you want to call it that, this post will touch on that project. The last post about the bike I had picked up a set of Suntour X press shifters for it, well, I had some free time and installed the shifter that the bike needed along with a brake lever to go with it because it had one of those Shimano brake lever/shifter combo dealies on it and to top it off it was broken. I also put a rear rack on but it was taken off of another bike that I sold last year and it appears that the rack is for a 26 inch tire bike, at least if I want to add fenders it is as there is only about 1/2 inch of space between the 700c x 38 tire and the bottom of the rack. I was looking to 1.) do this project as cheaply as possible 2.) make it into a commuter type bike of sorts so that I can use it to run down to the local store for random stuff and 3.) using mostly parts that I have on hand from my "stock pile" of bike stuff. Adding fenders is kind of important to me for more than one reason so I may end up having to buy a new rack if I can't stuff a set of fenders between the rack and tire.


Full on side shot with the new/old rack and shifter/brake lever installed.


Check out the rack on her!


New X-press shifter installed and adjusted, you can see on the clamp that holds the brake on that I had to scavenge a bolt from a different lever and it is a bit too long, I will fix this eventually.


The new shifter and brake lever work great but the cable routing is a little off but will be addressed when I change the handlebars, I have a set of riser bars that I am swapping onto the bike next.

Funny enough I just happened to have a Dia Compe XCT brake lever set in my Box O stuff so it matches pretty close to the Dia Compe XCM that was on the rear brakes, I may swap the XCM to the other XCT eventually just so it all matches. I needed to cannibalize another frame that I have laying around to get a barrel nut for the brake lever and will eventually replace it with the correct nut but for now what I have on there does work and since this is a budget friendly project hey! it is what it is. Taking the bike for a quick spin down the street showed me that it shifts great and actually feels pretty good as far as fit for me goes, If I end up riding this bike around on a regular basis once its completed I may go as far as getting a better wheel set for it because of how comfortable it feels when riding. So far I am into this bike for $48 and some time, the bike is perfectly ridable as it sits other than needing some grips which I have but for whatever reason I feel like making it into more than it is currently, why? just because I can.

Some future plans for the bike.

*Fenders
*Front rack
*New seat & possibly seat post
*Pedals
*Grips
*Lights front & rear
*Handlebars
*Change Skewers/seat clamp from quick release to bolt on

Changing gears I want to talk about my weight loss for a moment, For the last few weeks I have been more than on track and the scale is reflecting that with some drops in weight that remind me or the first 6 months of my weight loss program. Feeling extremely focused with my eating staying on task has been fairly easy in the last few weeks, I can't explain it other than saying that I had a little chat with the 534 pound me and we both agreed that I can't go back in that direction. I HAVE to keep my health on the forefront of my thoughts and efforts otherwise the rest crumbles beneath the weight of all of what comes with being an obese man and like I said, I ain't going back to that life. My intake has been very much within the calorie limits that I set for myself and here is a look at the menu from yesterday.

Breakfast
7:30 AM
coffee/creamer 90

9:45 AM
2 C honey combs 220
1 C almond milk 90

Lunch
11:45 AM 3oz grilled chicken 150
1 deli slim 100
1 wedge laughing cow cheese 35

1:15 PM
1 banana 105

2:45 PM
2 slices lite rye 120
3oz deli ham 180
1 wedge laughing cow cheese 35

Dinner
6:15 PM
3 T lite Cesar dressing 90
3 T parm cheese 60
2 100 cal wraps 200
lettuce 10
4oz grilled chicken 200

Grand total of 1685 for the day.

Making my way back down the ladder I have a goal for Jan 1st, I believe it to be realistic yet challenging and posting that weigh in will be interesting how ever it plays out. Me, my bikes and the discipline that I know exists within me says that I will make my goals, not because I want to but because I NEED to and I am the only one that can make it happen.

Make good choices with intake, Exercise, drink much... This is the plan...

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THECOOLESTSARAH 10/30/2011 1:01AM

    Hey you! I love that you have a bike part stockpile. Would that have been true a few years ago? Hugs friend, you're kicking ace!

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 10/28/2011 9:37AM

    OMG! VEE-JAY has an awesome idea!!! i wish you were closer to me(shipping would probably outdo any savings you could offer me) b/c I could keep you busy with just maintenance on this fleet of 13 bikes around here! And, I really want to get a new'er' bike sometime. My $40 garage saler is squeakin' so bad and I have to wonder if it's not meant to pull 100 lbs behind it...up a small hill.
Anyway-AWESOME that you're back on track eating-wise. I am thrilled for you. It's all in the mind~I'm doing better ,too:thanks to you and a select few on this wonderful spark site.

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RITZIBROWN 10/27/2011 4:58PM

    Sweet emoticon emoticon

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DDOORN 10/27/2011 3:16PM

    Even though I don't ride in the rain one never knows when it will pop up...or the random puddle, etc. Love my fenders! Even if the front one DID catch on my sneaker and get shortened so it wouldn't get in the way again.

Don

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DEREKCSIMMONS 10/27/2011 2:23PM

    Bikebotz? or Botzbikes?

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CODEMAULER 10/27/2011 1:28PM

    I enjoy wrenching on bikes, just don't have the space to do it (live in a hi-rise). You are scoring big on the bikes and the components; way to go!

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VEEJAY3 10/27/2011 11:45AM

    I have an entrepreneurial idea for you.

You start up a bike shop ... it's a shop of RE-furbished bikes. You make a business out of what you're already doing, and you sell your Frankenstein-bikes for a great price to people who want a decent affordable bike!

Yes! There's your business that follows the rule "Do What You Love." (One of Steve Jobs rules, and he didn't do so badly!)

My vote for store name:
Rerun Bikes
(Franken-Spokes came in a close second)

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Straight talk, if you're into excuses don't read this post.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

I am having some interesting conversations with myself as I drop this weight... or should I say re-drop the weight, its almost like revisiting an old friend... and I don't necessarily enjoy this friends company but none the less I am here. Slipping back into a rhythm with my eating feels good at this point, I am passing on the treats that are around for the kids and weighing my portions with every meal, even if that means making dinner is a project again. The key to keeping on track for me is to make me first, its funny how that happens huh? its corny when you hear someone say that "You have to make you first" but the statement holds water! When we are not first we let things slip that would be a capitol offense when we're on track and doing the right thing in the realm of our health. I have stresses in my life that I won't get into on a blog that I choose to make public, we all have them so why put mine out there? besides, I would hate to get any comments or emails saying "Poor guy, you go ahead and eat that cupcake, you have a lot going on, when things calm down you will get back on track". I have from the beginning written in this blog in a straight forward manner using common sense as my guide and just because $hit got stressful does not mean I will look for pity because of that stress.



I am responsible for what goes into my mouth and its always been that way, its my hand attached to the end of my arm and its my mind that controls that arm so if I eat a pizza, I did it. That's not to say that stress doesn't play a role in what my mind tells my hand to shove down my pie hole but when that does happen, I know who is to blame and it's the same guy that looks at me every morning in the mirror when I am brushing my teeth. I have had a good run at this weight loss thing, I have been writing this blog since January 2008 and in that time have learned a lot about myself and how much discipline I have, what triggers me to "fall off the wagon" and maybe the most important I found out that I am in fact an emotional eater, which is a fact that I would not admit or believe at various points in my life. I am too blunt, direct, dare I say logical to believe that eating is anything more than simply that, eating.... I know that I have said this in the past "I eat because I like food" and that is true to a point but in the last almost four years I can with all honesty say that when I get stressed or upset my best friend is the closest salty food item within reach.

I am not really into excuses, like I said I am a pretty direct person in a don't ask a 3 year old if your ugly kind of way because if you are, that kid will say "yep" and if honest isn't what you want I am not usually the person to ask. That statement has to apply for myself too though and lately I have let things slip and said "awe shucks, its really fuvkin' stressful right now, I'll let that one slide" and that needs to never be the case, it is after all partially why I reached that darling little figure of 534 pounds. It's easy to slip off of the edge of a razor and when emotional eating is an issue for a person stress helps the trip up like ice helps a car slide into a pole, if we drive carefully driving on ice isn't really that hard, its harder than when its 70 and sunny sure but not impossible... same concept. I live in New England, LOTS if icy roads here in the winter, I am an excellent driver when it comes to that sort if thing and my driving record reflects that, when I lived in California a bit of rain would have the "Freeways" backed up for miles and people sliding all over the place, they simply did not get the concept of slow down out there let alone how to steer into a slide so there were lots of wrecks. I can equate that to the emotional eating, I learned to drive on ice I need to learn how to manage stress in a way that does not include a fist full of Teddy grahams, for the most part I got it but I do slip and have slipped so sorting that out as quick as possible needs to be mission one.

Gaining weight over years of bad eating choices and a sedentary lifestyle sucked, losing that weight was maybe one of my greatest feats and I gotta tell ya, gaining some of it back sucks as much as the first go around, maybe more even because I know how it feels to be lighter now. Reading some of my old posts reminded me of how those heavier days were, knowing that I could only walk about 1/3 of a mile and looked at it as an awesome thing because before that 5 minutes of walking was a chore really got me, it wasn't that long ago that it was my reality and there is no way I want that to be my existence again. Straight up no bull$hit I am not letting that happen, I won't go back to dragging my ass back up some stairs completely out of breath and I am not going to let environmental stresses keep me from reaching my health goals.

I've added the count down timer for my weigh ins back to the left side bar with the date that I am weighing in for the blog again, I weigh myself daily and am keeping a log of that, you will not believe where it was considering I was down to 305 pounds. Whether I blog, or get to the gym, get out for a 25 mile ride or if the walls are falling in on me, I am and will remain focused on me, on my health and on the game plan to get me where I need and want to be physically.

YOU are the one that controls the weight hanging off of your bones, not me, not this blog, and not any stress that may kick you in the balls, your mind is yours just like the decisions are yours, make the right choices, stay focused in lieu of anything that is going around you and success is bound to happen.

That's the plan anyways, now to execute it with surgical precision.

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DDOORN 10/27/2011 3:14PM

    You are the *real deal* BOTZZZ!

For me when life gets to be overwhelming and there's SO MUCH stuff going on and MUCH of it beyond our control I always remind myself that at least I have control over what I put in my mouth. This can be an important motivator for me during tough times.

What good is making bad food choices during tough times? How is THAT going to help?!?

Don

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VEEJAY3 10/26/2011 1:16PM

    I loved the analogy of driving on ice!

Speaking of which: we got 8" of snow overnight. Sigh. There go my bike rides for awhile.

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DIVINEPRINCESS 10/26/2011 12:55PM

    I don't have any balls for stress to kick, emoticon but I still feel you, brother. I, too, am a direct person, and have often told people, if you don't want my answer, don't ask me the question; or tell me the answer you're looking for before you ask me so I know what to say back to you. Otherwise.....

I just posted a blog entry within the past week about getting real with myself, so I know how important it is to be honest with ourselves along this journey and take responsibility for what we or do not do on any given day.

That being said, you have motivated me to start weighing out my portions again. I've been focusing on working out, not weighing and not tracking my food, and letting it be "ok" that I'm no longer losing because, hey, I'm not gaining, either? Not cool. So thanks for the reminder.


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CODEMAULER 10/26/2011 12:41PM

    Loaded with good advice for anyone to find useful; thanks for always "putting it out there."

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OHMEMEME 10/26/2011 12:29PM

    I like your attitude! Remember, this is not a journey of never falling down but of getting up again and again, and again. Falling is not failure. Not getting up again is failure. I agree that life gives many good REASONS for bad choices but should not be used as EXCUSES. Good luck/determination for the future...one day at a time. Clock the good days if they outway the bad then you will achieve health. emoticon emoticon

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DANNIEGEE 10/26/2011 12:22PM

  Interesting

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Day 1393, yes that says Thirteen Hundred Ninety Three!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Staying on track is the theme of the week for me, I had an awesome week last week and dropped a good amount of weight, got in a nice bike ride on Sunday in lieu of the still broken toe and this week is off to a good start. Sunday we decided to check out a different trail and it did not start off good or end well, Pulling into the trail head my riding buddy says that his tire was flat when he woke up but he pumped it to 60psi so we should be ok. Deciding that it was a good idea to check if the tire had lost air from then until when we got to the trail head we did, less than 40psi so we started the ride by changing his tube, no biggie. I slammed my already broken toe onto a rock near one of the trail head barriers, my camera mount broke because the terrain was not great, we rode through a muddy un-kept trail with lots of branches across the mostly single track section of trail just to get about a mile and a half in to find a dead end via a huge boulder a bunch of tires and .... a swamp. After a quick discussion on our options we decided to head on over to a tow path on the Connecticut river to salvage the day and our ride and that part of the day was awesome.


The new section of trail looked promising enough at the start.


A mile and a half down the muddy, ever thinning trail we found a swamp! time to head back and stick with our original plan of riding the tow path.


Stopped under the railroad tracks on the tow path for a quick drink I'm really diggin' the color scheme of the new bike.


Same place that I took the shot a few posts back with my K2, I figured the new ride needed to pose there too.

Something that I seem to have found my groove with again is the intake, I am pretty spot on with the calorie limits that I have set for myself and am not feeling hungry or "deprived" at all. Falling back on my experience with creating low calorie options for fuel is proving to be the ticket with that one and I am not 100% back into the game yet as I had transitioned into mostly whole foods at one point since starting down the better health path and we're not there just yet. I am depending on quick decently healthy if not slightly processed options for lunches and mid day calories right now because quick and easy yet staying on track trumps eating more calories or getting frustrated and eating too much so deli sandwiches it is for now. I also find that writing down my calories for the day helps keep me in check, in the beginning I used my excel spreadsheet to great success so it only makes sense that I use it again for this "restart" until I get my juju back, and with that here is yesterdays menu.

Breakfast
7:15 AM
coffee/creamer 90

8:45 AM
2 cup honey combs 220
1 C almond milk 90

11:30 AM
2 slices lite Rye 120
3oz deli ham 180
1 wedge laughing cow cheese 35

Lunch
12:30 PM
1 banana 105

2:45 PM
1 oz turkey pepperoni 70
1 wedge laughing cow cheese 35
1 deli slim 100

Dinner
6:15 PM
8oz grilled chicken 400
brussel sprouts 160

Grand total of 1605 calories is almost true.... I did take a couple bites of some pasta that I made on the side with dinner, less than 100 calories for sure but more than nothing so I left the excel sheet at 1605 and let the bites account for the remaining 95 calories.

The menu does need tweaking, I need to stop having that morning cup O joe for one thing, switching the processed stuff back to more whole foods and veggies needs to happen as well, all in good time. Right now I am dropping weight at a rate that is more than motivational for me, I know the tweaks that need to be made and am slipping them in as the days go by. Losing that am cup of coffee gains me nearly 100 calories that I can spend on veggies, taking the deli meat out of my lunch will surely get me feeling a bit better, not that I feel bad but I know when I was mainly on whole foods I felt unstoppable and we need to get back there. Drinking enough has never been an issue for me, I still drink a gallon of green tea per day and at least another half to whole gallon more in straight H2O and or powerade zero throughout the day so that's where it needs to be.

Over all things feel normal again where my intake and drive are the subject, avoiding foods that are bad for me is easier again now that I have refocused myself with the task at hand. Its funny that no matter how far along a person comes when dealing with an extreme weight issue the risk to "fall back" on old habits is there when stressful situations come into the fold. Never claiming to be Super man or a robotic entity that can be programmed I can 100% understand how people that are so driven and diligent with something like this can get sucked back into the spiral of eating bad. Its too easy to just grab that "insert favorite crap food here" when we get in a bleh mood and solve the problem with a paw full of a salty calorie filled band-aid that has nothing to do with the not needed food that we now feel pushing against our cheek.

We all have goals, we all have stress, all we can do is try and balance things so that the goals can be reached and the stresses don't rule the day.

That's all I got..

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TRACYZABELLE 10/27/2011 1:44AM

    back on track and doing it! It is never over -- even after we reach goal weight it is still not over! Keep on sparking~

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DIFROMWYOMING 10/25/2011 9:21PM

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MEGA_MILES 10/25/2011 8:43PM

    Bottz is back!!!

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MANDIETERRIER1 10/25/2011 7:19PM

    Great blog!

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PUMPKINFACE73 10/25/2011 4:07PM

    A ride with a few glitches is better than any day at the office....so jealous!

Snow is coming this weekend....boo hoo

Maybe we can spin soon....let me know

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 10/25/2011 1:44PM

    There's the old Botzzz!!! LOVEd reading this blog. You are INCREDIBLE!!!!

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VEEJAY3 10/25/2011 12:13PM

    I had the most amazing bike rides for the past two days ... trying to get in every last moment before the snow comes (it's heading in tonight -- our first big snow of the season here in Denver). Just ... perfection.

Anyway, I usually think of you while I'm out on my rides ... knowing someone who's as addicted as I am to the trails (although you can change a tire, and I prefer not to think of those things).

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KNH771 10/25/2011 10:57AM

    You are right back on track! emoticon

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THOMS1 10/25/2011 10:43AM

    Good Blog as always. Have a good day. emoticon

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INIT2LIVEIT 10/25/2011 10:43AM

    emoticon The man has definitely got his groove on now!

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DDOORN 10/25/2011 10:42AM

    Sounds like things are SPARKIN'!

Always fun to explore new trails / sights...even when they turn out to be rougher than we planned!

Don

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Jump Jump! CrissCross will make ya.... oh wait

Friday, October 21, 2011


Back in Jan of this year I picked up an old Schwinn Crisscross on Craigslist for a mere $35 and have had plans to get it riding again so that I have a bike for when I need to run down to the corner store for a gallon of milk or a Cigar and a bottle of Jack. I figure that I can do some posts about the progress of this bike so anyone interested can watch it transform from something that was ridable as long as you only want 7 gears to a decent bike good for carrying small loads around and general rolling around the neighborhood. The bike has sat dormant for the past however many months because of the shifter that controls the front derailleur which is really wiggida wiggida wiggida wack when you think about it. The problem is the old not made any more Suntour Xpress shifter that I needed to match the rear derailleur shifter was not easy to come across unless I wanted to spend top dollar and well I am cheap so it took a while. Anyone that knows me knows that I am not afraid to search out a great deal, I figure my time is my time and if I can save as much as possible either searching out deals or waiting for one to come along I am no worse for wear and I end up with some killer deals.


The day I got it, this is as the bike stood, see its in good shape, especially for $35


Ebay to the rescue this time around I found a set of NOS Suntour Xpress accushift 6 speed shifters, the Crisscross is a 21 speed but the rear derailleur/shifter looks and functions perfectly so I only need the front shifter from this set. I got the Shifter set for $13 delivered so I am into the bike now for $48 and am planning on reselling the rear shifter on ebay at some point. I am not sure how far I will take this little project but I have been pricing wheel sets out for it and I have lots of odds and ends that I can use on it laying around in Tupperware but the plan is to keep this as budget friendly as possible and see what kind of a bike I can turn it into.


Brandy spankin' NOS shifters, soon enough the one I need will be on the bike.

Cycling has in a way kept me going, anything bicycle interests me and since I can't really do much riding if I weigh 500 pounds it keeps me in check when I am not feeling like staying on track. Taking things apart to see how they fit back together has always been something that i was into so having some bike projects is a great way to distract myself from anything that is stressful in my life and I am planning to use it as a tool to help keep me on track. Since this is after all a blog about a fat guy taking the weight off (putting it on and then again taking it off lately) I wanted to pop my menu from yesterday up here for anyone who cares to see it. I hit 1730 calories for the day which is ok since I aim for between 1700 and 1800 total for any given day, here is a look at how yesterday played out.

Breakfast
7:30 AM
coffee/creamer 90

8:45 AM
2 C Honey combs 220
1 C milk 110

11:45 AM
2 slices lite Rye 120
3oz deli ham 180
1 wedge laughing cow cheese 35

Lunch
1:00 PM
1 banana 105

4:00 PM
Healthy choice Café steamer 300

Dinner
6:15 PM
6oz baked breaded haddock 380
1 C southwest corn 120

7:30 PM
boiled egg 70

1730 total calories for the day.

Of course I had my green tea, that is something that has not changed no matter how off my eating is, I do not drink my calories! I do drink a gallon of green tea per day and another gallon of H20/Powerade zero on top of that with some Pepsi max or some other diet soda tossed in now and again... yeah yeah I'm working on getting off of the diet soda again! I went almost 3 years without it and just recently started indulging again.

Yesterdays post I got a couple comments and was going to respond but I cannot respond to comments for some reason (on my blogspot) so I need to sort that out so that I can leave comments on my own blog! My restart? yeah lets call it that, has been good so far and I am able to separate any outside stresses from my health plan, I think that focusing on my bikes is helping as well and this Crisscross project I think will give me something to focus on.

Thanks for the support and for stopping by to read the musings of a fat guy and his bikes..

Until next time.... That's all I got...

As Ever
Daddy Mac

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 10/25/2011 12:10PM

    Yer bikin' is my boatin'

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DIFROMWYOMING 10/21/2011 10:35PM

    So good to see you back and the calorie intake looks right on again! Enjoy your bike!

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CODEMAULER 10/21/2011 12:01PM

    We're both on the "restart path" and it's looking good for us. Let's turn this mother out!

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DDOORN 10/21/2011 11:16AM

    How I DO envy your mechanical skills with bikes! I'm all thumbs and truthfully have made little effort to change that...no time!

Great deals out there if one can tweak & tinker as you do...!

I'm a daily green tea fan too...don't love or hate the flavor, just too many great health benefits to pass up so I chug away!

Don

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BOTZZZ 10/21/2011 11:01AM

    Happysoul, I have 3 that I ride, of those 3 two get ridden often... in total I have I would guess between 12 and 15? I don't even know how many I have! most are to flip but the 3 that I ride aren't going anywhere and when this Crisscross is done that's not going anywhere either so I will have 4 that I ride when that happens ;) and I still would like a few more!

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Me

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HAPPYSOUL91 10/21/2011 10:51AM

    How many bikes do you have right now? Great food menu, I especially like that you eat so often.

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BRANDI.FEY 10/21/2011 10:48AM

    I want a bike sooo badly. I know absolutely nothing about their maintenance/parts though, so it's probably not a good idea for me to peruse craigslist for one (though that hasn't stopped me).

Good luck with your new bike!

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VEEJAY3 10/21/2011 10:45AM

    You are my polar opposite in the "fix the bike" category, Botzzz.
I carry with me at all times a
flat fix kit
first aid kit
emergency tool kit
transport kit

It's called my CELL PHONE!!! I'm not about to try to fix a flat ... let ALONE tinker with derailleurs, shifters, brakes, gears, or the big fat hairy hassle! Nope. I get my cell phone outta my backpack, punch in 10 quick numbers, and the hubs is on the scene to haul me and my bike to the LBS.

Call me a cream puff. I don't care.
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KAILIIA 10/21/2011 10:40AM

    I love bikes, and I miss having one. I've not gotten around to replacing mine after it was stolen 2 years ago but every time you post shots from your rides and the great bikes you find I am inspired again.

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