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Vegetables that look like what did you say?

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

On the subject of juicing and that movie I watched Fat Sick and Nearly Dead I started and still am considering trying a variation of what is suggested in the film with my intake. I believe that getting nutrients via vegetable juice or smoothies is a very solid way to incorporate more veggies into ones diet and I am playing with some ideas. It dawned on me that I would not need to buy a juicer to try this out when I remembered that I have a small blender called the magic bullet, I have had it for years and used it primarily to mix protein drinks so that they were smooth. My discovery of this under utilized appliance brought me to the internet, of course! the internet! and I found something called the nutribullet which was being used for making fruit and veggie smoothies and the funny thing is that its the same appliance that I already have.

I pulled the blender out, washed it up and decided to add some smoothies to my intake mind you this is only the second day I am doing this but so far the drinks are decent. Last night I made a spinach, grape, strawberry and apple smoothie and it was honestly really good even with the slight grass after taste so I decided that this morning I would try a breakfast blend.

Two Roma tomatoes, a handful of spinach, 7 baby carrots and a slice of onion turned into the concoction that you see above. Something funny that I found was that in the first image it looks like the beginnings of a good salad, very appetizing, and in the second image the veggies all chopped up in water gives a fresh clean aura and in the last image, the final product looks like it came out of a sick baby. I will admit that this was very spinach heavy and its where most of the flavor came from, I also added a small amount of sea salt and black pepper after taking a sip and I think that tomorrow I will add more tomato and less spinach and try to bypass the salt and pepper.

I am not going to go full on with this but I don't think adding veggie smoothies to my routine is going to effect me in any kind of negative way and if it gets me eating more veggies then so be it. I am considering becoming Vegetarian again as well, since my gallbladder surgery a couple years ago I have found it very difficult to drop weight even when I am eating within my allotted calorie range, if there is fat involved and I mean the smallest amount the weight just does not want to budge.

Over all I am doing well with this "restart" if you will, I am finding it easy to stay within my calorie range and honestly feel better. I wanted to say thanks for the support since I started writing here again, it helps more than you know and the personal emails I have gotten have been great! loads of support in the comments as well and truly, it is appreciated.

Time for some baby calisthenics so in the words of the eternal porky pig..

That's all folks!

Until next time.
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JOHNSONZ 1/11/2013 9:46AM

    I am like you & I did try adding spinach to my smoothie this week, but I dont know. I am more about LOOKS when I am drinking one. After grinding mine up, I was driving to work - took a drink- huge leaf was missed & it kinda threw me off. Like a tree leaf had fell into my smoothie & "just eat/drink it" was weird. Think next time I will chop my spinach - just in case. Good Ideas by others here though. Thanks!

Still - the Salad plate looked better...onions in a smoothie..i dunno...

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DBALZER 1/9/2013 8:36AM

    My wife makes lots of fruit and veggie smoothies in the summer. I have a hard time drinking them when it's cold outside, but I love them. It is the best way for me to incorporate veggies into my diet as typically I hate them with very few exceptions. Good luck with the experimentation. Hope you find some blends you REALLY like.

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BUTEAFULL 1/9/2013 12:03AM

    I loved my magic bullet, yep past tense, it broke and can't get the replacement piece, would have to buy a whole new unit.

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    I'm having a hard time getting green smoothies past my eyes...
The general idea of doing smoothies, however, is a great one. Definitely helps getting more fruits and veggies in.

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GREENGENES 1/8/2013 8:33PM

    Great idea!

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ELFITZPA 1/8/2013 3:01PM

    My husband's old roommate had a magic bullet and that thing was FANTASTIC! But more importantly, extra veggies can't be a bad thing! We're trying to squeeze more in with our dinners, which seems to squeeze OUT refined carbs. Seems like a win-win!

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CBAILEYC 1/8/2013 12:44PM

    I did a 15-day Reboot, which I discovered after watching Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. It was really good, and I dropped pounds handily. It was pretty easy to stick with, and I've incorporated some of the dishes into my regular menu now.
I blogged my experience, if you're interested:

There's nothing wrong with getting veggies/nutrients in an easy to consume, convenient package! Enjoy.

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CINCYDORA 1/8/2013 12:23PM

    Anything you add spinach too is likely to turn out green. I love whole food smoothies because I add protein powder which helps me keep up my protein without adding fat. I use soy protein. One of the oddest recipes I found turned out to be one of my faves:

1 c baby spinach
1/2 avocado
med green apple
1/2 banana
juice of 1/2 lemon
1 tsp fresh ginger
add water and blend until desired consistency

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PAULKNUTH 1/8/2013 11:43AM

    Yummy!!! Salad plate did look a lot more appetizing than the end product!

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GOING-STRONG 1/8/2013 11:42AM

    Don't you just love it when you already have the appliance you need? Great start! If you want more smoothie ideas here is a link... Blend on!

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    Mmmm... I think it looks delicious(sick baby or not) LOL!!! I was juicing last year every day but got tired of using so many veggies and throwing out all that fiber/pulp! So, I don't juice anymore~~spinach was my favorite,though. Try some kale sometime...just a small leaf or 2 to start as it's a tad stronger than spinach. Also- red beets are very good in juices so maybe they would be in smoothie?? (watch the urine flow pink for a day or so).
Glad to see you rollin' again!!!

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CODEMAULER 1/8/2013 11:29AM

    I find it easier to drink some of the "sick baby output" varieties from a coffee mug. If I don't look at the color too long, it seems to taste better, LOL!

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Baby Calisthenics and a workout is behind me.

Monday, January 07, 2013

Here we are a few days into me getting back to the regularly scheduled programming where posting to my blog goes and I am feeling pretty decent as to where I am. My intake is going well and I am almost done with coffee again, next on the agenda is getting to bed early again as I end up staying awake until at least 12AM most nights. Sleep is a very important ingrediant in a solid weight loss better health plan and I know this yet I am still staying up late because its what I have been doing, it will come together.

What I need to do is ramp my exercise again, I am currently just doing what I am calling "Baby Calisthenics" as I am home with the 20 month old all day I may as well incorperate her into my exercise rght? so today I did crunches in 3 different positions while she beat on my abdomin and dove across my mid section. Following the crunches we did some "Baby Bench presses" This is where I lay on my back on the living room floor and do exactly that, I bench press the baby! She counts along and laughs and since my hands are very close together I can actually feel it a bit in my arms with the high reps. After the presses we did some squats, I held her in front of me and when I came up I tossed her into the air and caught her then back down for the next rep, talk about making getting some light movements into your day fun! I closed with some push ups, she mainly watched me and tried to mimic what I was doing but it was fun and thinking about how I may be installing good habits into her gray matter made it that much sweeter.

Over all I am feelig better than I was 2 weeks ago and its amazing how just eating better will do that, go figure! who wouldda thunk? As I sit here typing this post out I am thinking about my bike riding or I should say the lack of my bike riding in the recent months, this must be remidied. My trainer is set up with my K2 and the Trek scowles at me as it sits next to my bed for tha lack of riding time its gotten last year. My legs are far from what they were when I was riding regularly but I am going to slowly get them back so that hopefully I can get back out there sooner than later and hit the trail.

Later than normal this post floats into the blogosphere but alas! Baby Calisthenics was more important and truly more fun! Making batter choices with my intake once again is proving positive of course and hopefully the pounds will start dropping from my bones and I can get to posting images of items matching what I weigh. Friday I will post my weight good bad or ugly and I am so far from where I was that its gonna be ugly any way its cut! BUT it is what it is and it shall be so.

Thats all I got for today, check me out again tomorrow and remember don' be shy! leave me a comment, opinion, reccomendation in the comments, its always good to get those.

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PSMITH3841 1/8/2013 10:57AM

    I used to do Baby Calisthenics with my kids when they were babies and toddlers., we had all kinds of they got older, and started to weigh more, I had to stop using them as "equipment' but they would "exercise" with Mommy. The habit stuck with my son, but my daughter...not so much! It's good to hear you enthusiastic about your program again! Yay!!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DEREKCSIMMONS 1/8/2013 10:52AM

    I wish I'd kept up the baby calisthenics. Do you suppose if I had I could bench press my 15 year old? :).

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BILL60 1/8/2013 9:53AM

    Way to improvise. Now, if you could incorporate the bike, the world would be close to perfect. Hang tough!!

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DBALZER 1/8/2013 9:42AM

    Good to see you're keeping with it. I am too so far. Things are feeling better every day.

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INIT2LIVEIT 1/8/2013 8:20AM

    Great blog. So happy to read that you are gettin into your program!

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HEALTHIERKEN 1/7/2013 11:11PM

    Your Baby Calisthenics are giant in so many ways: fitness-check; child/dad bonding-triple check; role-modeling-double check; low-cost-check. You're The Man!

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GOING-STRONG 1/7/2013 10:38PM

    Baby it1 That is called making lemonade out of lemons.. making use of what you have at hand lol! By the way, last year I finally got myself a bike trainer. I live in Oregon and it rains here A LOT so being able to ride my bike indoors is great and I am sweating buckets in no time at all.


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CARTOONB 1/7/2013 10:19PM

    Exercise should be fun! I'm glad you found a way to make it fun. Keep it up!

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DDOORN 1/7/2013 10:09PM

    That's the spirit! Way to SPARK!

I got back to my 1st Spinning class after a few weeks of backsliding and OOF how quickly we lose it!

But like you: back in the saddle! :-)


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    Baby Calisthenics sounds like fun!
(I remember those days....)
Well done!

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PIXIEMOM13 1/7/2013 6:02PM

    That sounds like a great and fun workout!

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CODEMAULER 1/7/2013 5:14PM

    Any fun workout is more likely to be completed and repeated, so keep the fun rolling!

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BUTEAFULL 1/7/2013 4:35PM

    when my kids were little they sure kept me running after them, but in physical good shape, so enjoy the personal time with your tot as well as getting healthy

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RAJANIEMI 1/7/2013 3:46PM

    You are a superdad...doing those workouts with your daughter.
Keep up the great work.
When you do the pushups can she get on your back as you get stronger? Just an idea.
I saw this video on Facebook it was to the theme song "I'm sexy and I know it" well they changed the words to "I'm a daddy and I know it" It was really cute, I wish I could find it for you. I'm sure you would laugh. emoticon

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    YES!!!! that is great resistance to start with! Pushups-when you're ready, have baby on your back!!! My 28 # son will try that with me but I can't get all the way up anymore! (of course, I've got a nice belly on me right now, too). I did the squats with babies and 6 yr olds ,too. And doing leg raises while you're on a dining room chair or something and baby on your leg...that'll get your legs ready for the bike.!!!!
I like your current status and heck no, Baby! I'm not getting in your way!!! You're on a roll and you kick a%% when you're on a roll!!!!!

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CINCYDORA 1/7/2013 3:26PM

    Nice to see you returning to regular posting. I find reading your latest blog to be an integral part of my own healthy routine.

Baby calisthenics sounds like lots of fun. I've found that raising and lowering small children can be excellent exercise, and also a great way to entertain impatient children when you are trying to have a conversation with his/her parent.

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A menu and some insight..

Thursday, January 03, 2013

We hopped back on that wagon so in the spirit of that I've decided that posting my daily menu couldn't hurt and maybe give you all a window into what went into me yesterday. This is something that I use to do and found it helpfull to look back for ideas on meals as well as giving me an online base to look back on and find trends in the ups and downs of weight when compared to the weight chart that I keep. The idea behind what I do is counting calories while cutting out as much processed foods as possible, if I can acheive a completely whole foods intake I am where I want and need to be and the weight seems to come off steadily, this is my goal. Going from where I am currently to a mostly whole foods intake is not an over night process, sure I can cold turkey go to whole foods but I find that weening off of them slowly "hurts" less and sticks in a more permanant way so it begins and transitioning into whole foods has begun.

Throughout this process I have kept to a lot of whole foods even when eating badly, it seems that I just eat the junk in addition to the good stuff and this I believe will make things easier to get back where I need to be as I do have a love for whole foods. You will see with my intake that I currently have a cup of coffee in the am, this has got to change back to a cup of hot green tea but like with the whole foods I am weening off of it this week and am hoping to be done with it by next Friday or so. With that long lead in here is the menu from yesterday.

7:00 AM
Coffee/light creamer 75

8:45 AM
7 egg whites 105
7oz potato 175
Onion/Green pepper 35

11:00 AM
1 Banana 125

1:15 PM
1 can of Tuna 120
1T Miracle whip 45
2 deli slims 200

2:00 PM
Greek yogurt 120

4:30 PM
Green Giant Cauliflower/cheese 150
2.5oz potato 65

6:15 PM
2 Tortillas 200
3oz Ground turkey 150
1 T lite sour cream 15
1 T salsa 25
1/2 cup kidney beans 100
1oz shredded cheese 90
onion/jalapeno 15

That list comes to 1810 total calories and thats not too bad as I aim for 1800 per day, when I began losing weight I had no idea how many calories to take in and started way too low and eventually came to 1700 which worked for well for me. I decided on 1800 for now because even though I did have awesome results with 1700 I thought it was slightly low but this is subject to change as I go and may ultimately drop back down to 1700.

Getting daily walk back into my day has to happen as well and its the plan, I set up my Cycleops trainer so that I can get my biking legs back but for now at least the rides are short to save my arse from being sore all the time and walking is such a fundimental exercise I need to make time for it.

Weighing in, as soon as I get a scale that works I will post my weight, for me I need to weigh myself often to stay in control of what I need to do day by day, some people do it once per week some don't weigh themselves at all, I am that guy that wakes up and steps on the scale to see the trend day by day. Making time to write in this blog is in my lans as well, when I started off I had zero readers like any new blog but before long I had support coming from many directions and its so important to have support that I would be doing myself an injustice if I did not utilize this as an option to connect with like minded people so the blog is going to become a priority again. Please subscribe to the blog if you are a new reader and if you are an old reader finding me on your feed again add me to your things to do list again, You can also follow me on facebook via the link at the top of the page or just search Zeusmeatball.. and add me.

Straight forward and informative is the way this post went, just something to sort of layout the plan, getting back to my old self on this blog is coming so grab a big ol glass of Green tea, sit back and watch me drop the weight.

Thanks for all of the support, it is more than appreciated.

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CPT.SPACEMONKEY 1/10/2013 9:56AM

    Hey you.... we started our journey together here about four years ago... not sure if you remember me but it's been a while. I had hip surgery and then gained back 100 of the 165lbs tghat I lost. It's hard starting again but I am glad to see you still here. I am trying to find the support and motivation that I had back then with people here. Its hard though... lots harder this time around than last. Anyway... I added you to my fb and I hope that things go well for you... for us! :) It's good to be back.

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JOHNSONZ 1/7/2013 5:58PM

    Thanks for posting this. I am starting to track here again & really need to get better. Gosh, I am always starving so going to also get back to Protein Powder.

Nice to see you!
Happy New Year!
Love you incorporate the 20 month old - why not??
Cant believe its been 20 months though. Wow!

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ALEXSGIRL1 1/5/2013 8:18PM

    great to see you back emoticon

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RAJANIEMI 1/4/2013 11:17AM

    You are determined...I am going to take the bike right beside yours and ride...hope you don't mind.

I will be adding you to FB...thanks

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    Glad to have you back!! emoticon

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HEIDIS2NDCHANCE 1/3/2013 12:07PM

    Looks good! I'm looking forward to reading your menus. They always were a great source of whole foods meals ideas! Keep up the great work!

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CINCYDORA 1/3/2013 10:25AM

    Great to see you back!!!

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DDOORN 1/3/2013 10:07AM

    Sounding REAL GOOD Tony! Keep 'er Sparkin'!


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Day 1... which really means day 1826

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Today marks the fifth year to the day since I started writing this blog, when I began this journey I was a 534 pound man that had not many options as far as what he could do physically and things felt pretty hopeless when weight loss was the subject matter. I had worked my way down to a low weight of 305 pounds "new low its weigh in day"
in May of 2010 and then leveled off at around 320 pounds and stayed there for a bit while I honed my bicycle riding skills while falling in love with cycling once again. The yoyo game which many of us call weight loss/dieting began sneaking into my way of life as I got more comfortable, this is something that I noticed so I took measures to counteract it. I ate mostly whole foods, stuck to my low calorie high nutrition eating plan which was working but I came up to roughly 330 pounds as cycling became a huge part of my life everything was awesome in my world as far as health went.

I have mentioned in this blog in the past that there are some stress points in my day to day that I cannot do anything about and will not talk about in this blog but have worked through them the best that I could, most of the time I am able to keep my Diet/Health/Workouts out of the way but many times its a turning point for me and I found myself "stress eating" because of it. Yes yes, get over it fat boy, figure it out and work around it... if only it were that easy. June 2011 I was doing awesome again, that unstoppable kind of awesome, my weight had stablized around 330 pounds again and I was on a warpath to get under that mythical line in the sand that I had drawn so long ago..299 pounds. An extremely stressful day became so much worse when I learned that I had lost my mother, I was in California less than 24 hours later to be with family and handle all that comes with that and held my own with staying mostly strict while there.

Slowly but surely I put weight back on, the loss of my Mom impacted me as it would anyone but what it meant for me was weight was coming back on and I did not know how to get back into a mindset that would allow me to be successful with my health program. The day that I learned about my mom I weighed 339 pounds and had written this post "you fat f**k" earlier in that day and was on a roll with getting my $hit back together as far as my health went. Today as I write this I am unsure what I weigh because my scale in the house is broken and I haven't cared to replace it yet but I am fairly certain that I have crossed out of the 300's even if only by a couple pounds. The fact that I allowed myself to slip back so far after beating the hell out of myself and getting down as far as 305 pounds pisses me off to no end.

For the past few weeks I have been getting myself back into the better eating thing once again and while I feel better as I said I need to get a new scale before I know an exact weight to see just how far I allowed myself to slide backwards. I cannot and will not blame anything or anyone but myself for the backslide and have to remember that I am human and will screw up, we all do but making my way back down the path and reaching a healthy weight that lets me live how I want to live must be a priority for me. As hectic as my life has become I am going to try to write here as often as I possibly can as I believe this blog was a major part of my previous success, having a place to draw on my own words and feelings as things change is an awesome tool for anyone.

I am planning on posting my weight as soon as I have it and going back to my oldschool style of posting a weight with objects that weigh what I have lost each week etc, any of my old readers will understand this but the visuals are amazing motivators!

Five years ago I decided to change my life for the better and I have by leaps and bounds, this is just another chapter in that story and I hope that you will follow along and cheer me on or tell me to buck up and get a workout in, either way here we go...

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 2/7/2013 8:39PM

    My brother, if any can do this, it is you.

While incredibly late, my condolences, I didn't realized your mother had died.

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ALEXSGIRL1 1/5/2013 8:22PM

    sorry for the loss of your mom , you know the way and what needs to be done youcan and will do this I cant wait to read all about it

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RAJANIEMI 1/4/2013 10:52AM

    I love reading your blogs...

Your journey has been incredible (from where I stand). You have had ups and downs...but you are strong. Stay focused, you are worth it!

I want to hear about your rides again.

Here is to day 1826...

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OH_HAPPY_DAY 1/3/2013 6:06PM

    yeah! you're back!!

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PSMITH3841 1/3/2013 3:07PM

    So sorry to hear about the loss of your Mother. I can only imagine the devastation you must feel. My heart goes out to you and your family. I'll be with you every new step you take toward the return to your healthy lifestyle and goals. I'll be there cheering you on (I'll be the one with the big mouth in the rear of the crowd, you'll be sure to hear me!) emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PUMPKINFACE73 1/3/2013 10:28AM

    Happy New Year...lets make 2013 a great one...It is a BIG year fro the both of us :)

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KENDRACARROLL 1/3/2013 12:06AM

    So sorry about your loss, but very glad that you've begun again to take back your life.
Wishing you well.

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    Keep on keepin' on....don't give up. that's what we all have to do!!

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BUTEAFULL 1/2/2013 10:45PM

    just look at all the support you have here, I'm still following you on facebook as well
emoticon never give in but mainly do it for YOU!

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DDOORN 1/2/2013 10:19PM

    Hey Tony, fellow human being here and working on bouncing back as well. Life sure can knock us back with some doozies, eh? But you're here. We're here. And we're all about reclaiming our lives as best we can, day by day. It's wonderful to hear from you again!


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CATLADY52 1/2/2013 6:59PM

    You are, after all, looking for encouragement? You have more than enough reason to get with the program and get into losding again. emoticon

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    I've ridden the yo-yo as well. I'm looking forward to driving mine down with you!

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KATELOSS2009 1/2/2013 3:08PM

    thank you so much for sharing your true self with us - we're all in this together, and despite the setbacks, as long as we keep moving, we'll get there...

(and I LOVE the pics with the objects - it really shows how much weight we've actually lost! perspective is everything...)

Here's to an incredible new year, and to having awesome new adventures...

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DBALZER 1/2/2013 12:39PM

    I'm with you on this. I have the daily stress that causes me to yo-yo in my eating and workouts. I need to (as you put it) get over it fat boy! I had huge success in the past but am right back to where I started if not a few pounds above. I am now 41 years old which is 7 years older than my mother was when she passed away from complications related to diabetes. I know I'm playing with a ticking timebomb and I need to stop this crap! I know you can do this. You were a big inspiration to me in my first successful run at getting fit and I know we can both do this and make it stick this time!

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EUGENERUGOSA 1/2/2013 12:03PM

    I am sorry to hear of the loss of you Mom & your struggles.

to cheer you on I have this to say: you have done amazing before & you know you can do it & you are getting in the mind set to do it - you have been an inspiration to me & I know you will continue to be one.

Best in 2013!

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ELFITZPA 1/2/2013 11:57AM

    You are so correct, this is just another chapter. In life, there are very few things that truly have an endpoint, we've got to keep on keepin' on day by day. Best of luck in this latest chapter, you have my support as always!

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CODEMAULER 1/2/2013 11:36AM

    I saw a number of great quotes on another blog, so I'm sharing one of the best with you.

"Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending." ~ Carl Bord

Here's to the best in all of us!!

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GOING-STRONG 1/2/2013 10:59AM

    I know it is tough to make time for yourself... but if you aren't the best "you" then you can't be the best for others around you. Take it one small step at a time. If you are on Facebook check out "Constructing a New Rick". He started his journey last year at over 400 pounds. Best to you in 2013

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SHOSHANNABD 1/2/2013 9:56AM

    Thanks for the update. I've been following your blog for over three years, and I always appreciate your honesty. This came at a perfect time for me because I was just thinking about how to deal with some pounds that have crept back on during the past year. This was a big old (figurative) smack upside the head to remind me that the only person responsible for me is me.

Now let's drink our water and make time for a workout.

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INTOTHESOUTH 1/2/2013 9:51AM

    Here to cheer you on!! Life interferes sometime and you are right we can't use it as an excuse but it still happens. There is no reason why you cannot drop the weight again. We are all here to support you.

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MJRVIC2000 1/2/2013 9:48AM

    Our duty is to faithfully serve the Lord where we are. When we serve Him faithfully today, He will look after our tomorrow’s! Shout Praises of JOY to Him! Vic.

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Mid week update post and a Thank You.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Sliding back into a groove is how the last few days have gone, making good decisions where whats going into my mouth is concerned has not been the easiest thing in the world and I am feeling hungry starting about 4pm daily. My body wants more and it wants it right now dammit! but I know that walking through this initial burst of rebellion that will eventually subside needs to be done, then things can get back to normal.

Sticking mainly with whole foods as I was doing before I fell off of the wagon is my plan, I have also started counting calories again while my drinking has remained the same since 2008, 1 gallon of green tea and close to if not more than another gallon of H2O daily so no change was needed there besides stopping with the coffee in the morning.

Over all this "restart" is going as I would hope, the scale is cooperating, getting in some movement is happening and all while I nurse a shoulder injury. Posting in the blog again is helping I think as it gives me a place to "put it out there" how things are going so I will continue to post as often as I can.

Today the post will have to be short, sweet and to the point though as I have my daughter that just woke up so my attention is needed elsewhere, Thank you for the support as of late, the emails are great and the comments help more than you would think.

Until next time

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VEMAN1 11/2/2012 1:50PM

    Yes and this time we shall both succeed. I too am guilty of an on again (ahem) off again relationship. You are closer than you think. You sill are an inspriation, now go make some persperation!

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REBECCA180 10/5/2012 1:52AM

I've been on and off SP a number of times. Lot's of backsliding. A few days ago I decided I'm getting back on track and came back to this site for motivation. (I'll start to post in a few days, but for now, I'm browsing around.)

I just want to say, that you've done it for me! I'm excited again! I just finished reading about 30 random posts of yours. (and I'll go back for more) If you need any motivation, I highly suggest going to read some of your old writing!!!!!!!

You're such a great guy!

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ANDYLIN90 9/27/2012 1:17AM

Keep on keeping on!

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HEALTHIERKEN 9/26/2012 2:55PM

    Stick with the plan!

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ALEXSGIRL1 9/26/2012 2:25PM

    you are off to a great start i get that 4 oclock hunger sometimes nothing an apple can't fix. emoticon emoticon

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TRICIAE2 9/26/2012 1:33PM

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ME_B4_INSANITY 9/26/2012 12:35PM

    When I first cut back my calories I had to keep a bag of carrots with me at all times. If I started to get hunger pangs, I'd have carrots till it subsided. It is was horrible I'd eat 100 calories of almonds. After a week it went away completely. Our bodies and our minds need time to adjust. Just like your daughter, sometimes it wants attention it doeesn't really need, it just needs some discpline ;)

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SWEETZMIX 9/26/2012 12:17PM


Small steps make big changes!!

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 9/26/2012 12:16PM

    WOOHHOO!!!! I have the SAME issue at 4 pm!!! at one point, when I was 'hardcore', I was making a small protein shake at that time..well, I'd have it at 3-3:30 and it helped immensely!! I'd get full and have a bit of sweetness and I made it til dinner time.
Sorry about the shoulder-hope it's not serious. I'm glad the scale is rewarding you. Another thing I thought of that might help(b/c I saw your before/after pics on your page) : what if you post those somewhere(or more than one place) where you'll see them? When you're thinking of shoving something unnecessarily extra in your mouth, maybe the smaller you will remind you of where you're wanting to go. Also, it might make you thi nk of taking that little girl for a brisk walk.
good luck!!! keep on keepin' on!

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KROLES55 9/26/2012 11:38AM

    Good to hear that you are getting back into the groove..and that the scale is showing some downward movement.

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PSMITH3841 9/26/2012 11:14AM

    Ok buddy, you are off and running (not literally, but it's a real good start)! If you're going to answer those hunger calls, make sure it's with the healthy stuff...don't waste any calories on junk! Ok? You're getting your control back, posting and I'm sure that little one will keep you moving, but don't forget your "fitness moving"... Hang in there, big guy, you're on your way back! emoticon

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RDGISME 9/26/2012 10:47AM

    You've got this!! Sounds like your plan is just about fool proof, but you aren't perfect! Keep Sparkin' baby!!

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MAHGRET 9/26/2012 9:21AM


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DDOORN 9/26/2012 9:05AM

    Way to SPARK!

Keep 'er goin' STRONG!


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