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Weighing in on weighing in... again.

Friday, January 20, 2012


This week has been good, I have stayed within my calorie range, ridden the trainer, drank plenty of green tea and I got to finally start in on that ole Motobecane that I had laying around. My weight has been coming down for a couple weeks now and last week was an exceptionally awesome week in that respect with a 6.2 pound loss, this week we have a loss too. I am down 2.4 pounds this week from last which is a great week as far as I am concerned because the way I am approaching this is that a loss, any loss! is a good thing. Now I haven't posted my actual weight for a while on here but have made it so that if someone was paying attention you could easily figure out roughly where I am but I figured why not just post the stupid weight? so that's what I shall do.

I am not happy to report that as of this morning I am currently 364.0 pounds, don't mistake that last little thing that I said about "not happy" for how I am feeling, I am feeling awesome the last month or so, its just that I am not happy that I weigh 59 pounds more than my lowest weight since starting down this road. Re-losing weight... again... is not a good feeling but on the other side of that is feeling good because of the foods that I am eating again, now that feels good. Thinking about having to lose 59 more pounds just to get where I was is a tad aggravating but that's only if I allow it to aggravate me, I choose to look at as a learning process and the 59 pounds is the penalty that I must pay for letting things get that far off of where it needed to be in order to promote a healthy lifestyle, time to pay the piper and all that.

Refocusing my energy onto me has been the key from the beginning, I need to keep in mind that without putting me at the front of the line the rest may as well not be there because I cannot be the person that I need to be without that.

My life, My weight problem, My solution... because nobody else can do it for me and if I let things get in the way of my health then I am letting myself and my family down.

That's all I got.

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PUMPKINFACE73 1/23/2012 2:02PM

    Have I mentioned lately that you rock!...just sayin

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VEEJAY3 1/21/2012 1:23PM

    Hey honey! I'm hardly ever on here these days, but when I am, I always come by and check on you. Sooooo happy to hear you're on top of the beast.

I've got cycling fever. But there's snow on the ground. Gahhhhh!!!!!

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JOHNSONZ 1/21/2012 12:20AM

    Just Keep on Keeping on - you got this...
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Glad you are posting again

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MOONBIRD 1/20/2012 8:57PM

    I am glad you had another loss! I sometimes wonder how many people who've lost a large amount of weight never gain anything back. I bet not many people. The first 9 months of me losing weight, I never gained. I lost consistently even when I ate a little too much. Now it's like every little thing I eat makes me gain weight. I have spent weeks losing the weight I gained when we went to Disneyworld. I never thought it was possible to gain 10 pounds in a week especially since we were walking around 12 hours a day and I exercised twice while I was there. It felt good to come home and eat my normal food. It was nice trying all the rich foods, but I started to feel like crap after a few days of eating them. Oh, and I will never hear a Christina Aguilera song again without thinking of you. haha

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KSZSPIN 1/20/2012 5:48PM

    Stay strong....like you said "refocus your energy"! You can do this!!! emoticon

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CATLADY52 1/20/2012 5:23PM

    That is so true. emoticon

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BAYBELIEVER 1/20/2012 4:35PM

    I can't believe there has ever been a person who hasn't lost weight that somewhere they had to re-lose. But we are still here, still working on heading in the right direction. Kudos to all of us! And you too of course!

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DIFROMWYOMING 1/20/2012 4:19PM

    I like what the gentleman on here said, we hate to retake ground but it's the battle we are on. It just made me think of all the times when ground had to be re-taken again and again...to see any progress made. And if we quit, we fail. No failing here! We move on.

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SEEHOLZ 1/20/2012 4:03PM

    Great blog! I think that being honest with self is # 1, with the rest of the world # 2- trust me, it's not easy, but it's worth it!

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DEREKCSIMMONS 1/20/2012 3:33PM

    hate having to retake ground but it's the battle we all face. Be strong, ride hard, eat well, have fun.

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HEIDIS2NDCHANCE 1/20/2012 3:15PM

    emoticon You are rocking it!

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SLAPTHEFATCAT 1/20/2012 2:28PM

    Not as frustrating as getting to your stepping stone goal weight for one day and then gaining ten pounds. That happened to me.

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OLIVERNABBYSMOM 1/20/2012 2:13PM

    Hey there, wow I've missed your blogs. Not because you probably haven't blogged but because I "lost my way" about midway thru last year. Lost job, broke wrist (within one week's time) and began comfort-food eating BIG time, holidays came .... yada yada yada. So can I EVER RELATE completely to what you are saying! I was about 30 lbs from my goal probably last spring. Slowly I started as I said - losing my way- and I have gained all but about 30 lbs. that I had lost. I think I had lost about 80 ... so I have gained roughly 50 back and it stinks. I seriously thought I had this thing licked. But what it has taught me is it's never going to be natural for me - or rather I cannot take success for granted. It's all my fault, I returned to bad eating, no exercise etc. So here I am again - back on track - I hope (just 5 days) but it's a start and 4 lbs. down in that 5 days. But to have to undo the damage AGAIN is maddening but I'm trying to move on past that and just get back with it. Good luck to you. Maybe we can spur each other on. We know how to do it. I can lose weight - and have a couple times in my life - it's KEEPING it off for more than 2 years that is my challenge. I'll always like to eat - and I'll always like to eat the WRONG stuff. But I refuse to give up. Peg

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BLUEYEDCALAMITY 1/20/2012 1:38PM

    It is SO frustrating to have to re-lose weight. I'm currently sitting at 25 lbs higher than my lowest weight, having regained 35. It seems every time I regain the weight it's harder to get back off. Ugh.

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SNEAKYGREG 1/20/2012 11:15AM

    I hear ya bro it is frusterating to have to relose weight but maybe this will make us keep it off this time

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KAILIIA 1/20/2012 11:14AM

    As Harrington5 said - you're still here, still making progress and figuring things out for you - and hey - a loss is a loss! 2.4lbs is awesome and if you lose like that every week you'll be back and sub 300 before you know it.

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HARRINGTON5 1/20/2012 11:10AM

    You are still here and that is great progress. You have done so well these last two weeks and I am glad to see that you are not dwelling on the past. You have a positive attitude and you are so right, nothing else matters if you don't have your health. You are the right track again and posting your weight just makes you work harder, so GOOD JOB!

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DDOORN 1/20/2012 10:23AM

    Keep on keeping on...and be oh-so-vigilant of avoiding the traps which caused you to stumble in the past...! One thing I know I'll struggle with as I get back to cycling is my appetite which cranks up SO HIGH after riding!

Don

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Pre weigh in prediction and a project.

Thursday, January 19, 2012


Tomorrow I weigh in again, last week I had a really good drop and from my peek at the scale this morning it would appear that I have a loss for tomorrow again, this makes me a happy fella. Last week I had a 6.2 pound loss and I do not exect to match that loss I am looking for a number that will keep me on track to get back down to that 305 pound mark that I was at in May of 2010, somehow the thought of getting that back is really driving me right now as I feel unstoppable. My time on the Cycleops fluid 2 is helping me stay focused and I am eating like I use to although I am eating more calories than I was last year when I was on point. My food choices are awesome right now and I am almost completely back to whole foods again, salads are my favorite dinner and carrots are sweet again to me.


A shot of the front brake after I disassembled, polished and reassembled it.

I've decided that I need a bicycle related winter project and since my New Trek is all blinged out now with some fancy new blue bits and the K2 has been assigned to trainer duty I figured it was time to work on an old Motobecane road bike that I picked up last year. I started pulling parts off of it so that I can disassemble, polish and the reassemble into a nice clean, functioning part again and I started with the brakes so look for some updates on that little project in the future too!

Though it wouldn't be difficult for someone that reads this blog to figure out what my current weight is I am going to post it in tomorrows post along with the loss for the week. Posting some of the changes that I made to my intake/calories etc is also in the future as I am finding this go around a bit easier and I want to share a discovery that I made about myself concerning what and when I eat so that should be fun! Putting myself first is so pinnacle in my success that it is actually crazy to me how much it matters in my results but having a family which includes a brandy new baby in it does not allow me to be in the forefront of my priorities all of the time, all the while it must be that way so a balancing act it is for sure.

This week has been good, I am looking forward to tomorrow mornings posting because I have a feeling that it will be a pretty decent drop this week which makes me a happy blogger.

Until then, eat well, exercise much and remember who holds the fork.

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MEGA_MILES 1/19/2012 9:31PM

    Go dude. Riding my Cycleops pro can't compare to outside. but it's warmer and really gets the heart beating. Ride on.

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IONA72 1/19/2012 11:11AM

    Good to see you blogging again, its good to read something a bit different! I hope you get a good result tomorrow!

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DDOORN 1/19/2012 11:01AM

    Sounding great! I once tried the Cycleops Fluid I bought my son...noise drove me crazy! I'd rather stick with the stationary bikes at the fitness center or better yet, their Spinning bikes!

Kudos to your persistence!

Don

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KAILIIA 1/19/2012 10:54AM

    I always enjoy reading about your bike projects (make me want to get a new bike in the spring) and I am rooting for your loss this week - I peeks yesterday and things were looking up (er down) for my Sunday weighin as well.

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Weigh in and its a BIG drop!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Friday is upon us and I have been weighing myself daily for about 3 weeks now, I figured I would pop in with this weeks loss and its a good one! Since last Friday I weigh 6.2 pounds less and feel pretty good about that number. Keeping my calories in check has been very easy, I would hate to jinx myself by saying that but its the truth, I am just not hungry... ever! incorporating more and more whole foods into my daily intake I am sure is playing a hand in those full and satisfied feelings so the plan is to get back to where I was about a year and a half ago and become that pain in the a$$ who has very specific dietary requirements, I liked that guy.


The brown truck came yesterday with some goodies!

I blame the good loss this week on getting back into riding on a semi regular basis again, no no, I am not riding outside so much but this trainer is really hitting the spot giving me a no excuse environment to live in. Now I am missing the out doors rides a lot more than I let on but at the same time with a baby in the house I can't really do anything until almost 6pm once the wife lady gets home and this time of year its pretty dark by then not to mention cold. Now I am not some pussy that is afraid to get cold on a ride, in fact I like riding in any weather, even rain! but with the extra weight, being sedentary for a short while and the fact that my knees have been bugging me since it got cold out I am erring on the side of caution and riding the trainer for a bit until I get my legs back. I did buy a set of Castelli knee warmers so that riding in the colder weather is less of a pain in the ass.... um I mean Knees but again, I am going the ease on into the harder workouts route so its the trainer for me... for now.

Focusing on my food has obviously been working for me, throw in the rides on the trainer and I give myself about 2 weeks before I am hitting that trainer for all its worth. This blog has been a huge help to me in the past and I intend on trying to get on here and posting as much as possible so that I have a documented account of what I am doing and what's working, its also good to look back at it when I need a kick in the ass not to mention all of the support from you.

With that you have a Friday post with a weigh in and all! so until next we meet, keep on keepin on and all that jazz.

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 1/17/2012 12:37PM

    Good work.

Well done, getting back on track.

Now keep it up, or we will NOTICE.

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PSMITH3841 1/17/2012 11:55AM

    emoticon I knew you could do ! You'll be back to your "fightin' weight" in no time! emoticon emoticon

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DDOORN 1/17/2012 11:34AM

    Kudos to your trainer work...tried my son's trainer a while back and it just drove me CRAZY with the noise and staring at the wall. MUCH prefer the stationary bike at the fitness center or better yet the SPIN bike and SPINNING class! I'm thinking I might get out to TWO spin classes a week instead of one. It feels SO much more like I'm back on my road bike when I spin!

Keep those pounds coming...!

Don

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MEGA_MILES 1/14/2012 9:18AM

    Looks like you've pulled together a system that works. Keep it up.

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GOING-STRONG 1/13/2012 10:39PM

    Hooray! and congrats on that excellent loss!

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TRACYZABELLE 1/13/2012 7:49PM

    Keep up the good work man!!

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CATLADY52 1/13/2012 2:48PM

    emoticon I know that by now. I expect you will be taking the little one for some rides this summer. Not long but still a ride. In the meantime GO FOR IT! emoticon

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HEIDIS2NDCHANCE 1/13/2012 2:47PM

    emoticon You had a fantastic week! Keep it up!

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BUTEAFULL 1/13/2012 2:41PM

    GO BOTZZ GO emoticon emoticonyou are making it happen

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KENDRACARROLL 1/13/2012 1:05PM

    Nice! Don't let up.

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SNEAKYGREG 1/13/2012 12:53PM

    Good job man. I hear you on easing back into things I started back on my running and really started ramping it up to fast last month and had to back off before I burnt myself out

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DEBIBLUE72 1/13/2012 11:41AM

    FANTASTIC!!!!! emoticon

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JOHNSONZ 1/13/2012 11:13AM

    WOOHOOO!!!!!
I had no doubt once you got the Refocus Cap on...you'd hit the trail running! Keep it up - here is to another great week!
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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 1/13/2012 10:43AM

    WOO HOO!!!!! I am THRILLED for you!!!! Keep it up!

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DEE0973 1/13/2012 10:35AM

    good for you. Great job on the loss over a 3wk period and its right on track too

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PIXIEMOM13 1/13/2012 10:34AM

    Great job and nice loss!
Hey, you do what you have to do with a baby in the house... But you're still getting it done!
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MSKRIS7 1/13/2012 10:31AM

    Great Job!!

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Who runs Bartertown?

Wednesday, January 11, 2012


When you learn to put yourself first and do something incredible then that incredible thing gets taken back because of a lack of focus I can tell ya its not good feeling. There was a time in my life when I struggled to walk up a flight of stairs without feeling like I was going to die before I reached the top and some time around then I decided that I had to completely change the way that I was doing things, and I did. Losing 229 pounds at my lowest weight I came in at 305 pounds, now 305 pounds may sound high and it is but at the same time I am about 6'4'' tall and built large so its not so far off where I want to be and the way 305 feels compared to where I am today is an insane difference.



I think that not having something to reference was easier on the gray matter than having been there such a short time ago and knowing exactly how it feels. On my way down from 534 pounds I had no real idea of how 305 pounds felt, I was probably a Freshman in high school the last time I was that weight and not close to being an adult. My adult life had never seen that weight before so now that I had a short visit down to see the family living in room 305 it aggravates me that I let it go, take everything else out of the equation and it boils down to the fact that I was not disciplined enough to keep what I worked so hard for. I am left with a do-over if I want to see the other side of 300, I have to re-lose about 65 pounds JUST to get where I was already and if I let myself I could get pretty annoyed at that fact but instead I am going to attempt to turn that energy into drive that will get me back down to where I need to be with my weight.

I have to take control of what goes into my body, letting stress or aggravation get the better of me has not been good for my waist line so its time to get back to the basics. I created the perfect plan for myself, for my health and was beating the pounds into submission while making my body stronger than it had ever been so I do know how and what to do. Years of practical research and application of that research into my daily life turned a 534 pound man who struggled to do the most menial physical tasks into a 300 pound man whom had the world in his grip, there is no way that I can let that go.

Where my health is the subject, I have to be the one running the show.

That's all I got

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 1/12/2012 11:28AM

    I've been there - REALLY been there.

I lost over 100 lbs in my 20s only to regain all of it plus almost 100 more. That was really tough. I felt like such a failure. It was heartbreaking and demoralizing. I think it's one of the reasons I waited so long (about 20 years) to try again.

Surprisingly, something good did come out of that experience. This time around I remembered how sneaky the regain was, and the kinds of tricks my mind played on me - "as long as it's only 10 pounds I can get that off again pretty easily", "well I can still button my jeans, even if they ARE a little tight", "at least I haven't had to buy any new clothes", "overall I'm still smaller than where I started"... etc.

So this time the memory of the past failure helped me hold the line. Because I remember how that felt and how easy it was to become complacent and comfortable and ease up on the tracking, etc. And because I know from the inside how that felt, I hold on to that and let my past failure fuel my current efforts. It's still one day at a time, and having lived through that brings home the need to stay on top of things in a personal way that reading or hearing about someone else's experience does not.

One of the publications by the group who run the National Weight Control Registry mentions that successful maintainers report many false starts, regain episodes, etc. in the past before they finally got it "right." So I do not think my experience is uncommon, and it makes me hopeful that I've gained something positive from those past painful experiences.

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HEIDIS2NDCHANCE 1/12/2012 11:19AM

    I sincerely appreciate your honesty and saying it like it is on all of your blogs. You are an inspiration and motivation! I have no doubt you will see 305 again and even less than that. Just take it one day at a time. You will succeed!

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PSMITH3841 1/12/2012 11:08AM

    You're the Ring Master, in this Circus of healthy living! Controling all the acts, isn't always easy... emoticon emoticon

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DDOORN 1/12/2012 9:51AM

    Nothing better than that feeling of being behind the wheel and in charge of that rig that is our body! Spark ON! :-)

Don

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GOING-STRONG 1/11/2012 10:58PM

    The journey to health and fitness is never over... it is something to be worked on daily. When we let down our guard.. kaboom... we can get clobbered! Don't beat yourself up too much.. as you said you know what needs to be done ... so now.... "Just do it!". Spark on!


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DIFROMWYOMING 1/11/2012 9:05PM

    You'll figure this out and get back where you want to be, I know you will!

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SNEAKYGREG 1/11/2012 6:17PM

    Now thats the attitude I know and love here at SP

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THECOOLESTSARAH 1/11/2012 2:19PM

    You can do it. If anyone can, it's you my friend. Giant hugs!

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MEGA_MILES 1/11/2012 2:12PM

    Good blog. Understanding is the first step. Taking responsibility the next your well on your way. emoticon

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SPARKCHANTAL 1/11/2012 1:17PM

    don't know the details, but i've heard that one reason so many people gain back after losing is that it's hard-wired into the brain. how's that for encouragement. means we all have to struggle even more after achieving our goals.
it can be done.

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KENDRACARROLL 1/11/2012 1:07PM

    It is so easy to let life run its course and get off track, especially if you have a lot of life going on.
Only one way to get back to where you want to be, only one person to get you there.
Don't be a stranger, keep us posted on your progress.


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BUTEAFULL 1/11/2012 12:05PM

    as NIKE says 'just do it' getting back into a routine (I know that's hard with a rugrat) makes it a little easier but it's still an uphill battle. So man the guns, full speed ahead

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CODEMAULER 1/11/2012 11:30AM

    "...letting stress or aggravation get the better of me has not been good for my waist line."

Me neither!

It's time we took control and changed the things that are in our realm.

ROAR!!

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What did he say? as real as a punch in the face? yes sir...

Monday, January 09, 2012


Lets get real for just a moment, that is after all why I started this blog in the first place so that I could be accountable with my weight loss/gain. My time is at a premium these days, I have a new baby that I am taking care of, this stay at home dad gig is great until its time to get a workout in, yes yes I know plenty of stay at home parents do it every day and I am not trying to make an excuse but to say that the last year of my life has been full of turmoil would be stating it lightly. That there last sentence sounded like it could have been the beginning of an excuse and its not, I am responsible for all 65 pounds that I allowed to reattach to my bones, yes I said 65 pounds unfortunately, more so for me than you but you get the idea.

May 21st 2010 I weighed in at 305 pounds and I felt like I could take on the world and was pretty much loving every second of every day and feeling incredible. The next few months were decent but I wasn't as focused for whatever reason and then lots of distractions entered stage left, I am a stress eater through and through and its a problem that I struggle with pretty much daily. When I said turmoil lets just say it was one thing after another and the stress won the fight, I attempted to keep my $hit together but it was never enough, I started gaining weight again.

It was kind of like this, "As long as I don't go above 325 I'm ok" then I would hit 330, "As long as I don't hit 340 I'm ok" so on and so fourth until well yeah... here I am today. This blog has always been about my weight loss/health so I will not get into detail of what all the stress was/is and the bottom line is that no matter what goes on around us we need to be accountable for what we do with ourselves and that includes shoving food into our mouths when we're stressed, its a bull$hit card to be dealt but somewhere along the line it was in fact handed to me so its mine to play.

I have recommitted myself to my health and have taken off a couple few pounds in the last couple of weeks, this is a good thing but I do know that its just a start because I need to keep the wagon rollin on down the trail if I am going to see that 300 pound mark again. An ambitious goal is in front of me, I am aiming to be at or below that 305 pound mark again by May 25th which means that I will have to drop slightly more than 3 pounds per week until then which I believe to be an achievable goal. My calories are strict again, and more than that I am eating clean again, mostly whole foods and nothing processed, Wify bought me a fluid trainer for my bike so workouts are again covered as I can ride while the little monster sleeps.

I have to get this going again, not for you, not for my wife not because of a commercial but because I have to, for me. Without my health I can't have the life that I want, without being accountable for my decisions where food and exercise is the subject I will not have what I want so with that its on.

May 25th 305 pounds or below is where I am headed, I will post as much as I can and hopefully it gets regular again, don't be shy, let me know you read this, comments always help.

That's all I got.

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ANDYINBC 1/12/2012 2:05AM

    Hey man, you can do it. You are right, in the end it is for you but it makes a huge difference to the family as well. I know my daughters appreciate my playing on the monkey bars and playground equipment more than when I just sit on a bench and watch. Being lighter makes that easier. Here's hoping 2012 is a successful year for your health and fitness goals.

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TRACYZABELLE 1/11/2012 2:37AM

    We are here to support you because we know you are worth the effort! You are always supporting others and I KNOW you can do this! YOU are admired and loved and YOU CAN do it!

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AKRONEWITTER1 1/10/2012 7:34PM

    I quit weight myself for a while. It was easier to pretend that I wasn't gaining any. That didn't work. I wish you the best. emoticon

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 1/10/2012 4:01PM

    Oh man you don't have to remind me of how easily and sneakily those pounds come back. I did it twice in the past two years, first gaining back 30 and getting 'em off, and then gaining back 20 and getting 'em off.

I'm hoping I won't have to continue the trend and gain 10 and get them off, too! LOL

It'll come back off if you can figure out how to structure stuff in your life to push you in the right direction.

And yeah if you push it hard you can lose about 1% of your weight per week without too much discomfort, so 3 lbs per week should be doable.

We're behind ya. Some so we can help push you, and some so your rear is available if you need us to give you a kick in it.

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REBCCA 1/10/2012 3:22PM

    I enjoyed your blog and wish you perseverance and success with all your goals. emoticon

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MIZCATHI 1/10/2012 1:57PM

    Stress is a killer, but stress eating sucks. I've been doing some of that for the past 6 months, but did not gain beyond 2-3 pounds until the Holidays when I just fell over myself reaching for the Holiday snacks and the cocktails. I gained an additional 7 lbs from before Thanksgiving until after the Holidays. Wow.

I'm doing my best as I'm aging to stop, look, and listen before I cross the kitchen to the fridge and the cupboard. The effects of eating (as in sensation and comfort) only last a few minutes before the guilt starts, which translates quickly to denial. Denial will send me pronto to weight gain, which I cannot deny but will avoid processing my feelings over until old habits quickly work to take hold again. I cannot allow this to happen anymore.

Yet, I suspect that most chronically overweight people will suffer from a setback on a journey to lose mass amounts of weight. I choose to think of this as a blip in the road and will not turn my back on myself.

I know you can do this because you did it before!


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BOTZZZ 1/10/2012 1:33PM

    OH2BSKINNY, so far yes I am happy with it, I like the way it feels (pretty close to normal bike resistance) seems stable and sturdy so far. Its a Fluid 2 by Cycleops,

Thanks for all of the support so far guys! its VERY appreciated

As Ever
Me

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GOING-STRONG 1/10/2012 1:12PM

    2012 is going to be a better year for you.. for sure for sure! I'm watching you so keep on keeping on. By the way, that fluid trainer sounds interesting. Are you happy with it?

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 1/10/2012 12:36PM

    I'm with buteafull...take that baby out walking on your non cycling days or,Heck, on the cycling days,too. don't know where you are as far as weather, but if it works..use it!
I look forward to watching you rock this again!!! Gettin' the head in the game is the first and biggest battle...

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NATALIE1964 1/10/2012 10:10AM

    Oh, how I hear you..." Focus" is the word.

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PSMITH3841 1/10/2012 9:22AM

    I know you can do this, just do me a favor, bring me along with you....I need to drop 20 of the "lost" pounds I put back on....You're much more diligent in tracking, and doing what needs to be done than I, but I will follow your lead and I will lose too! I have no doubt that I'll be down that 20lbs by the 25! Your blogs were always a big help to me. Glad your back. emoticon

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INIT2LIVEIT 1/10/2012 2:58AM

    emoticon I appreciate you honesty regarding your current situation and the emotional eating.
Is it a matter of relighting the same fire that was lit a few years ago? Or does being a different person now mean that mentally the motivation alters too. Life shifts and the factors in life are not the same equation either. The mathematics of weight loss are the same. It's the mental game which seems to need a change. This is something I have been thinking about as I am also going through something similar to you (although to a smaller extent). The determination I am gathering together now doesn't feel the same as when I first started my journey.

Oh and btw, what is a fluid trainer?

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KLMEL2010 1/9/2012 11:43PM

    I used to tell myself that as long as I didn't go over 400 (yes 400) then it was okay. When I hit 414 something finally triggered in me and now I am down to about 360 and working my way towards 300 (goal is by July). I'm glad you are back on track, I look forward to you meeting your goal!

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MAMADWARF 1/9/2012 11:17PM

    Sounds like you have the best reasons in the world to do it and your head is in the game. You know what you have to do, just take it one day or hour or meal at a time. I played the same game as you and the only loser was me. Moving on now. You cAn do it!

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DIFROMWYOMING 1/9/2012 10:38PM

    Well you know you're not alone here, I"m 50 pounds up myself, and re-committed to my health. And ironically enough, I did the same game "as long as I don't go above xxx it'll be okay"...and then, yeah. Over.
Stress-check
Crap-check
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xcuses-nope. We move on.
I'm here with you, all the way!

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DDOORN 1/9/2012 10:09PM

    Oh the games we can play with ourselves...whew am I ever with you in being SO DONE with it!

Don

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DEUSMACHINA 1/9/2012 10:03PM

    I know so many people in this boat at the moment I can't believe it's not sinking. I'm there with you, mate. My arse is in gear, and I'm moving forward.

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BUTEAFULL 1/9/2012 10:00PM

    alright no sugar coating it GET YOUR BUTT IN GEAR MISTER!!!
bicycling is fine, but get a papoose/backpack/kid thingy and take the little one walking in the fresh air and sunshine also good for you both.

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CARTOONB 1/9/2012 9:08PM

    You speak for most of the people here and you do it well. I'll be cheering you on!

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SWEETZMIX 1/9/2012 9:05PM

    Yoooooo long time no speak.

May 25th is goin down! I will meet you there!

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MADZOE 1/9/2012 8:18PM

    I would say glad to see you back, but I know you never left. I too have stumbled in the last year, not that I gained any back (that was 2010), but I stayed the same, and when you still have 70lbs to lose, doing maintenance for a year isn't good.

You've got this. See ya at 305 or less in May!

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JOHNSONZ 1/9/2012 7:33PM

    Keep On Keeping On!
We all get busy for sure...but we come back to SPARKS for the support!
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CATLADY52 1/9/2012 7:17PM

    C'mon, you can do it! Just go for it!

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HDHAWK 1/9/2012 7:03PM

    I lost 33 lbs. here and gained back 40 so I totally understand where you're coming from. We can both get this done!

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TCLARK218 1/9/2012 6:23PM

    I figured the baby had you busy but I am glad to see you have come back and are getting focused on getting healthy again. I to am embarking down the road of clean eating and to keep me inspired and motivated I joined the 4th annual ECD Makeover Challenge. It runs until August 31st, 2012. You should check it out.

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ONENEL 1/9/2012 6:18PM

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CBAILEYC 1/9/2012 5:27PM

    Oh boy did I do the "as long as I don't go over..." song and dance in my head over the holidays. I'm reading, and I'm believing. You will do this!
Put on your determined face.
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SNEAKYGREG 1/9/2012 5:09PM

    Dude glad to see you back. I can totally relate to the "as long as I don't go above..." game played it myself over the last year but hey at least 4 years later we are still here and moving forward albeit a step back or two along the way.

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GEEMAWEST 1/9/2012 5:08PM

    I've done EXACTLY the same thing. I can't believe that I allowed myself to gain back all the weight that I had lost. So here I am, back at it again. We can do this!!

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JOHNTJ1 1/9/2012 5:01PM

    I have been here two years now. I lost 75 pounds and then proceeded to put 50 of it back on, ran in three 5K's, proceeded to hurt my back, big-time. My exercise is confined to walking and swimming in a therapy pool a half-hour each day seven days a week.

I won't give up. I can't give up. Neither should you.

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DUTCHIEKIWI 1/9/2012 4:44PM

    I have allowed myself to gain 19.8 pounds... I'm gutted... and worried sick that I will be getting bigger and bigger again, just like you describe. what happened to my spark spunk???? Can we do this again...? Let's do this together... :-(


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THECOOLESTSARAH 1/9/2012 4:20PM

    I've missed yer face! Glad to see you are back my friend.. xoxo

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KENDRACARROLL 1/9/2012 3:02PM

    Keep the focus - you'll get there!

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COOPAH 1/9/2012 1:51PM

    If you're standing still with one foot in the past, and the other in the future, that leaves you pi$$ing on today brother. You have the right motivation and attitude make it happen!

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MEGA_MILES 1/9/2012 1:22PM

    Dude, you've done it before and I have no doubt you can do it again. You have the tools and the support. Let's roll up our sleeves and get it done. emoticon emoticon

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KAILIIA 1/9/2012 1:18PM

    The best thing about your blogs - is your strong sense of the positive.
Life has it's ups and downs and you don't seem to let your overall focus fluctuate too much - it always seems to veer to the positive attitude and that is motivating to me.



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DEREKCSIMMONS 1/9/2012 1:08PM

    With your determination you'll be back to 300 in no time!

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