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The boomarang effect that is weight loss

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

In yesterdays post I was projecting frustration and upon waking this morning I stepped on the scale and poof just like that I am back down to Saturdays weight. It is truly amazing how the scale can dictate a persons outlook on how things are progressing and even though I have been doing this since 2008 and should know the ups and downs. I should be thanking my Wife for the scale this morning as we had an um.. problem arise yesterday that was pretty stressful and she asked like she does every day "Whats for dinner Hon?" my reply? "Pizza, what do you want on it" and though I was half kidding if she had said "peppers, onions, mushrooms and sausage" I probably would have been on the phone. Wify said, "Make a salad, or how about Tuna on a wrap? I can make you an egg white omelet if you want" I did opt for the omelet and this morning my weight reflected that having support is a huge part of success for many people me included.


Last night I decided to put some knobby tires on my K2 so that I can start taking it on my "easy loop" route to start getting my legs back so that come spring I am ready for the trail. Of course the fact that I made this decision angered the weather gods and there is six plus inches of snow outside right now but they will not stop me. The fact that it snowed last night meant that Zeusmeatball got to have an hour and forty five minutes worth of cardio this morning shoveling my driveway and clearing my truck so that Wify could get to work this morning, so take that weather gods! I am not opposed to riding with snow on the ground and since I am doing my shorter loop it won't be a big deal anyways so looking forward to some rides in the net couple weeks.


Over all I am feeling decent about this restart with the weight loss/health thang and I keep coming back to sensible eating, some exercise and a positive outlook as what works. I am looking forward to fitting back into the whole wardrobe that is hanging in my closet right now unused, I am looking forward to this fall and the leaves on the trail as I wind off 25 miles on a Sunday morning and I am looking forward to getting my juju back so that I am doing what I need and want to do on a daily again with my physical self.


Hanging in there with some rough patches but its all smoothing out, discipline, determination and some hard work will pay off for me as long as I do my part.


That's all I got for today.

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BILL60 1/17/2013 8:04AM

    It's great to have support.

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BUTEAFULL 1/16/2013 9:30PM

    my scale rewarded me today too
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CATLADY52 1/16/2013 9:23PM

    You have more support than many. You are very lucky. emoticon

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ELFITZPA 1/16/2013 4:10PM

    I'm with you, I STILL let the scale dictate my mood. You'd think we'd learn eventually... Glad you have such great support!

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PSMITH3841 1/16/2013 3:21PM

    No fair, yours went down, mine stayed the same...(Oh well, it could have been worse, mine could have gone up! ) Congrats on you loss! Way to go! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 1/16/2013 11:32AM

    Seeing what your wife did for you made me teary eyed(that's not hard for this sensitive pregnant Momma, but it still touched me). that is a HUGE help in this journey~yes, you could do it alone, but having back up from the most important person in your life is a life saver.

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GOING-STRONG 1/16/2013 11:00AM

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I also love being outside in the Fall weather.. the cool crisp air and the autumn colors. I have a loop that I run 3 times a week (weather permitting... or I have to use the "dreadmill :o() and seeing the seasons in action is one of the highlights. Great job on your eating yesterday. Having a list of "go to" quick, easy peasy meals is one of the tickets to success.



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CODEMAULER 1/16/2013 10:58AM

    Weather Gods, indeed - take that!

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CINCYDORA 1/16/2013 9:42AM

    Woot! Woot! Let's keep this train a rollin'!!!

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DDOORN 1/16/2013 9:25AM

    Scales can be such infernal things! Still wrapping my brain around how to manage the scale. I think once a week is all I can do and keep my sanity...lol!

Cool to the K2 news! :-)

Don

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JOHNMARTINMILES 1/16/2013 9:05AM

    Support equals success

Make Today a Great Day!

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Frustrating isn't it? the woes of a fat man and his Bew.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Todays post has a word or two that sparkpeople wants me to censor out but since I am not going through the whole post lookinig for words that we all have heard I will post a link to my blog if you're interested in reading the post.

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if not, regular posting will resume tomorrow, I just did not feel like editing the whole post.

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DEREKCSIMMONS 1/17/2013 1:54PM

    This is the first winter in the last 3 I didn't put on some facial hair for winter camping season. I was surprised the difference it made! Thanks for posting the link.

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PSMITH3841 1/16/2013 3:11PM

    Working my butt off (I wish) at the gym...eating better, not as good at the calorie counting as I could be, but much better than I was...and that stinkin' scale will not budge! I feel your frustration! Let's keep pluggin' away! Can't wait to see your "bew" emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BOTZZZ 1/15/2013 12:37PM

    lol BETEAFULL, "Bew" is explained in the post ;) I just got tired of censoring my posts to repost here on spark so if there are words that sparks filter grabs and stops the post I pop the link up.

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BUTEAFULL 1/15/2013 12:22PM

    I must be out of the loop, what is Bew?
if you can stand the single digit weather get those walks back in because yes carrying 400 lbs is akin to weight lifting benefits AND strengthens the leg muscles.
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HEALTHIERKEN 1/15/2013 12:01PM

    "I will likely post an image of the bew in a later post and come Friday I am still posting my weight whether it be up or down. The plan remains the same, eat less, add whole foods, move more and definitely get my a$$ walking EVERY day again because as far as I am concerned that's the formula that will get the weight off again."

You definitely know the drill : ) Here's to sticking with it!
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Over eating and Twitter, Oh my!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Monday has come again and for whatever reason loads of people use Monday as the day to recover from a weekend of bad eating and no exercise, a silly concept but I think we have all done it at least once in our lives.My weekend went as planned for the most part but I did indulge Sunday a tad more than I should have when a friend came by. For dinner I made a Balsamic vinegar chicken dish which is low calorie and very tasty, I will be sharing that recipe soon but with dinner I had a Heineken and my daughter made cake lollipops and ummm yeah its like that. I may or may not have fell down and a couple few of the cake pops may or may not have slipped into my mouth accidentally with the fall but I am ok! I did not get hurt on my fall so be calm people! but seriously 3 cake pops a Heineken and some extra chicken with dinner was over my calorie limit for the day.

Offsetting the extra calories I did go for a 2 mile walk, this does not mean that it was ok to go over calories for the day! and the scale just shook its head at me when I stepped onto its soulless white plastic body this morning. Like the pet dog who just got caught tearing up a couch cushion I tucked my tail and walked away with eyes drawn at the floor while the scale pointed at me exclaiming "NO!, Bad human" Fuuuck... Its not a big deal but the first time in three or more weeks that I went over my allowed calories and the scale this morning was a reminder that no matter what I must remain vigilant and stay strict with my intake. It is what it is and nada I can do now so no need dwelling on it, I will stick to the plan for today and do a little extra exercise today.



On a different channel we find that Zeusmeatball now has a twitter account @Zeusmeatball, a friend told me that I should make one so I did in the beginning of December and I couldn't figure it all out so it stayed unused until yesterday. Another friend was over and he uses Twitter so I asked him to show me some of the features and it was a duh moment for me because its really kind of easy though I am sure I am still missing some of the features. Please feel free to add me or follow me or whatever you do on twitter there is a link at the top left of the blog, I have 4 followers at the moment and will be using twitter more often now that I have a basic understanding of how it works.

So far this "restart" is going well, I have had the one slip up yesterday and it was not a huge slip so all in all I think we are doing good. Adding regular bike rides back into the schedule will surely help the cause and the K2 will likely be the bike that gets used for now until I drop a few more pounds and get my cycling legs back because let me tell ya, I am not in the shape I was in a year ago as far as my stamina and endurance goes. Regular walks are on the menu for this week as well, Normally I would walk around the lake that I live on and it was a nice mid range walk for me that made me feel like I did something but I am currently walking a 2 mile loop and its about right for feeling that I did something and not over doing it.

Over all we're doing awesome, feeling awesome and now again I will mention on Twitter so follow @Zeusmeatball if you were interested in whats going on there.

Thanks for reading along with my walk down a path to better health.

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PSMITH3841 1/15/2013 12:03PM

    What a combo, Overeating and Twitter!!!!! Not an association one would normally make. Hmmmm, I guess I should have some sassy, wise crack, but one escapes me at the moment. As far as the overeating goes....although this was the first, and perhaps not the last (even though your history shows you're really good with keeping your calorie consumption on target) , it wasn't as bad as it could have been...but those cake pops may have been pushing the limits a bit, ya think? Remember, it does take time to get back into "healthy", and putting it out there helps keep us honest and on track! Keep on keepin' on! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RAJANIEMI 1/15/2013 8:45AM

    I love to hear it...the thrill isn't about reaching goal...the thrill is the journey.

So Journey on my friend! Your biker body will return. I lead a spin class and I tell everyone you don't feel like you are giving it 100% until about 3 workouts, You will be back before you think you will...

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BILL60 1/15/2013 7:53AM

    Get on down, knock out "20" and get back on that wagon.

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CATLADY52 1/14/2013 6:48PM

    So the fall was not a fall just a hiccup on the road of life. I guess it will be ok. Just remember emoticon

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CODEMAULER 1/14/2013 1:34PM

    All things in moderation... no one gets fat from a beer and a few cake pops. It's what happens next (or doesn't happen) that sets the stage.


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BUTEAFULL 1/14/2013 12:35PM

    I don't Twitter but I'll still follow your blogs. We need and indulgence day occasionally so we don't lose our sanity as well as we need to socialize with friends too (for adult conversations, we love our kids but...)

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 1/14/2013 12:31PM

    Sundays are ALWAYS off for me b/c I have hubby and the whole gang here and our schedule is different,etc,etc...But come Monday, I'm ready for good for me eating! Great job on staying on track and not letting yesterday get you down! (think of it as a shocker for your body..you gave it extra calories so it's not wanting for yum yums)

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KNH771 1/14/2013 12:03PM

    I added you on twitter. Have a wonderful and successful week. One step, one bite, one sip at a time, eh?

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CINCYDORA 1/14/2013 11:46AM

    Added you on Twitter. I had to try twice as the first time my iPhone corrected your handle to "Zebus Meatball." I'm not sure why that made more sense to the phone but it made me giggle.

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GOING-STRONG 1/14/2013 11:06AM

    Okay I'm following you on twitter. I'm just getting that figured out myself. I'm not sure if it is something I will use regularly but I don't like to feel like I'm missing out on something important.

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JOHNSONZ 1/14/2013 10:28AM

    Needed this for a Monday. I did the same for Sunday but we get back up & I guess it could've been a lot worse. Here is to a good Monday. I am walking into a not-so-fun meeting in half hour. Give me strength - & water!!
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DDOORN 1/14/2013 10:14AM

    Thumbs way up on keeping up with the restart! Ditto here...ditto with a stumble this weekend too, but climbing back on. Re: "a silly concept but I think we have all done it at least once in our lives"...Mondays keep on being my "get-back-on-track" day. At one point used to fast on Mondays. Now I call it my Beyond Meatless Mondays and eat all the non-starchy veggies I want, but NOTHING else! Pass the broccoli! :-)

Hey, on Twitter too, same user name.

Keep 'er Sparkin'!

Don

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Weighing in on weighing in, return of the motorcycles.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Ok, I tried posting the blog here and spark keeps censoring the content because I used the terrible S word and the F word in the post, its long, it includes my weigh in weight for the week as well as some pictures and is raw as I did not feel like writing a post this morning but Wify said "Just start typing" so its what I did.

If you are interested in checking it out you can vist my blogspot Here zeusmeatball.blogspot.com because editing out everything was taking too long

if not, regular posting will resume tomorrow, I just did not feel like editing the whole post.

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PSMITH3841 1/15/2013 11:42AM

    Hey big guy, you're right, you're the only one at the controls... you can moan and groan and complain all you want, as long as you continue forward on your return journey to a healthy lifestyle! You did it before, you know you can do in again!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RAJANIEMI 1/15/2013 8:38AM

    You have owned what you have done...
You can change where you are going...

Take control, you know you can do this, you are worth the effort.

Take care of YOU!

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HEALTHIERKEN 1/12/2013 2:50PM

    ". . . No one can stop me but me...

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Some days a good "blue streak" of vocabulary is exactly what a guy needs : )

OK. Now. Even though no one can stop you but you, others can help you keep the momentum. A very good way for others to help you keep the momentum is to remind you to be good to yourself. Any man who can lose 200 lb is a hero in today's 'super-size' enviroment. Bring that hero back to the forefront of your journey. You've already accomplished something most guys here will never have to dream of facing, let alone accomplish. You'll be back riding and hiking sooner than you think.
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BUTEAFULL 1/12/2013 4:29AM

    and the @ss word too emoticon
you had previously talked about soup and now I'm on a soup kick, very tasty and filling
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DDOORN 1/11/2013 3:11PM

    Especially agree with your comment "two choices for me and my health"...and am reminded of the mantra I hold onto through tough times:

Being fat is hard
Losing weight is hard
Choose your hard

Spark ON! :-)

Don

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PIXIEMOM13 1/11/2013 12:44PM

    I can totally respect the raw version... and abso[bleep]ingloutly is going to be a new favorite word... even if I can't use it around my children. LOL

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Soup is good for the soul, not bad for my ass either.

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Halfway through the week and feeling great, I am officially off of my AM cup of Joe and feeling better early in the days, it really is amazing how eating better foods will do that. Eating better was priority and as I get a handle on that its time to start thinking about some "real" exercise as I have been doing very short rides on the trainer and my Baby Calisthenics. With the more real exercise in mind I have to remember that I have a problem with my shoulder that I need to keep an eye on, I am not sure why but my shoulder hurts and its been that way for a while but getting better so just something to keep an eye on.


Incorporating daily walks back into my routine is a must, when I dropped most of my weight the first time around I was walking daily, no excuses, no cold or rain stopped me it was as important as breathing to me and I need to get there again. The problem that I am having is that I either take the toddler out in the cold for a brisk walk in January, wait until the evening and walk the narrow DARK country road and hope that I don't get hit by a car or walk in a mall during the day. I am not driving to a mall that's 20 minutes from my house so its going to have to be one of the other options, and the first time around my other daughter wasn't much older than this one and she walked with me so perhaps we will try that.




On the food side of things, We had a ham bone from Christmas that I stuck in the freezer to make something with and yesterday I decided that I would try a ham bone and white bean soup. I have never in my life made a soup out of a ham bone and beans so this was an experiment as much as a meal and I gotta say I think it turned out awesome! I made stock with the bone, removed all of the remaining ham from said bones added a bag of white beans, a finely diced onion, one medium potato and finished it off with spinach, this was seasoned with black pepper, rosemary, thyme and 2 cloves of crushed and minced garlic. Wify picked up a loaf of french bread to have with it that I stuck in the broiler for a few minutes and man this was some good soup if I do say so myself and very simple as far as ingredients and prep goes.


We wanted to figure the calories out per cup so we added all of the ingredients together, divided by how many cups were there and I was extremely surprised at the number we came up with, this very hearty soup comes in at about 120 calories per cup. After we all had dinner and sent some to my mother in laws there are about 12 cups left so plenty for me for the rest of the week as lunches etc and I will likely freeze a small container to have next week.


This next statement may be a bit premature but I have to say I feel like I am in a good place and feeling very motivated to keep this going in a good direction. Next on the agenda is to get the walking into my days and come slightly warmer weather climb my ass back onto my bike and hit the trails on a regular basis again, good plan eh?


With some discipline, dedication, exercise and maybe some luck I am hoping to get back down to a weight where I feel healthy and am able to do everything in my days agenda without issue once again.


That's all I got for today, make sure to pop back in tomorrow to see where the next installment of as the fat guy turns takes you!

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PSMITH3841 1/15/2013 10:29AM

    That soup sounds and looks YUMMY!!!!! If you don't mind, I think I'll give your creation a try! Listen, knock it off with the premature stuff!! There's absolutely nothing wrong with a positive attitude, and big guy, you've got plenty of attitude, and since it's there, might as well keep it on the positive side! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KNH771 1/10/2013 5:09PM

    Homemade soup sounds wonderful! I may follow in your footsteps!

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BILL60 1/10/2013 7:53AM

    Sounds like your on your way to a healthier you. Hang tough!!

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CATLADY52 1/9/2013 9:31PM

    Your soup sounds delicious. I'll have to start making soup again. emoticon

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JOHNSONZ 1/9/2013 6:06PM

    GMTA - I had almost that same dinner last night!! My hubby surprised me when I got home. So ate at 5:30 one cup & a slice of French bread. And I stuck to that because I knew when 7pm rolled around, I'd be hungry so I had one more cup & called it quits for the night!

Glad you are motivated again.
Spring will come & you will be pulling/pushing your girl in one of those baby stroller bike thingy! I see pictures coming soon! Woohoo!
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DDOORN 1/9/2013 3:05PM

    I've had soup on my mind for a few days now...just haven't scrounged up the time to make it yet...! I've got ingredients in mind which are around the house...black beans, white beans, green beans, crushed tomatoes, onions, carrots...not sure what else besides beef broth and jazzing up with a lot of spices. I'm thinking I might try adding kale to soup as I keep hearing so many good things about it. Tried it once fresh in a salad and didn't care for it...but soup...? Might be the ticket! :-)

Don

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CODEMAULER 1/9/2013 12:47PM

    Well, dang. Now my measly brown bag lunch may need a soup-er boost!

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HEIDIC75 1/9/2013 12:21PM

    that soup looks and sounds yummie !!!! I think i might try it ...thank you so much for sharing .

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SNOWSNAKE 1/9/2013 12:11PM

    Nice blog and I want to try your soup, I love soup!! You sound like your head is in a great place, good luck and stay possitive! ***SNOW***

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HEIDIS2NDCHANCE 1/9/2013 11:59AM

    I love your positive outlook on the week and life in general! Keep up the great work!

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GOING-STRONG 1/9/2013 11:03AM

    Soup sounds delish. I have some veggie sausage patties in the freezer that we didn't really like so maybe I'll chop them up and make some soup with celery, carrots, onions, garlic and other spices and chicken stock. I made a big batch of split pea soup last week with leftover Christmas ham and it turned out great. Yay for beans!!

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CINCYDORA 1/9/2013 9:44AM

    I love the post hoiday ham and bean soup!! Mom got the one from TDay but she still had soup in the freezer so I got the Christmas ham. It had A LOT of meat on it so mine is higher in calorie than yours, but I love that you can add a bunch of veggies and the heartiness of the bean makes it feel like an indulgence.

I'm going to be watching for updates on your progress with your shoulder. I keep reinjuring mine.

Keep on truckin'!!!

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