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The last day of June has come, 6 months into this weight loss thang.

Monday, June 30, 2008

Today is the half way point of my first year of eating well, I have to admit that I did not think it would happen this fast or with this much success. once upon a time there was this fellow that could not take a walk with his Wife, father and kids to go see a broken bridge and a waterfall, that man got tired of life passing him by while he made excuse after excuse as to why he was not going somewhere or doing something, "no thanks honey I will stay here and read, you go ahead and take the kids to the movies" because the seats just were not comfortable and pride would not let that be admitted, or the late night cell phone call "Hey honey I am stopping at Del Taco do ya want anything?" meanwhile buying two extra cheeseburgers to eat on the way home on top of what ever way too fattening meal was bought to eat when he got home, and if my wife reads this (which I know she does) it will be the first time that I ever admitted to the extra burgers and she will be learning something that I use to do right here. I don't like that guy, he is not me and I really don't understand how he ever existed. He is gone now, He will never be back, He is a ghost and a mere short chapter in a long book of one mans life and I ain't goin back to that, not now, not ever.

onto the intake for Sunday, 1401 was the magic number for the day I went over goal by 1 calorie, but its ok because my limit is 1500, I am eating 1400 calories per day this week to make up for the rum cake that I had on my birthday so I am not worried about going over, only a psychotic would be bothered by a 1 calorie miss and though I have my moments that ain't me. I am also shooting for 100 push ups per day this whole week as a sort of challenge to myself, it is not a hard challenge at all and I do modified push ups part of the time it is still more than I usually do in a day, my normal amount is 50-70 so its up by 30-50 extra per day for this whole week. I am also doing some light weights again along with my stretches, I am a little worried about losing too much muscle mass during this whole weight loss thing so I have to do something to keep it on my body. I know that I will lose some muscle mass because I am losing weight in large quantities and as soon as I get to my goal weight I will focus on lifting for mass again but the loss of the weight is priority one right now and will remain at 80% of my full focus until my goal of 275 is reached, I honestly feel like 275 is ambitious and a good healthy weight for me will be closer to 300 lbs.

Here is my menu from Sunday


9:30 AM
2 80 calorie rolls 160
2 eggs 140
1 tbsp miracle whip 35

10:00 AM
2oz watermelon 17

2:00 PM
1 can of soup 120
1/2 cup white rice 100

6:00 PM
8oz ground turkey 320
2 80 calorie rolls 160
3/4 cup rice pilaf 165
1 cup cut green beans 45
condiments 20

10:15 PM
6 ritz crackers 84
1 wedge of laughing cow 35

Grand total of 1401 calories and dats dat. I believe my 412 pound weigh in from Friday was partially dehydration because I have been up from that weight since Saturday (by a pound and a half) and I know that I had not eaten enough to actually gain weight over night and to have the weight never come back down throughout the weekend makes me think I was dehydrated for the weigh in. either way I will be lower than last weeks weigh in this Friday because thats just how I get down. Thank you for taking the time to read my page, it is very much appreciated. Keep on keepin on and eat well.

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JOY2BEMEE 6/30/2008 11:16PM

    You rock! Keep up the amazing progress!

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CALICAVEGIRL 6/30/2008 10:19PM

    I must say, . . . I LOVE cheese and crackers too and find that I end up having that as a snack most days. Although I usually have skim-milk mozzarella string cheese - lol. And I love the plethora of crackers that are available at Trader Joe's so I work through a box, one serving size at a time, and then it's on to the next flavor of the week - ha,ha.

Keep going strong! Your progress is amazing!!!

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ZIRCADIA 6/30/2008 9:07PM

    You are doing great! :D So glad to have SparkFriended you!!! (Well, I think you found me... but I'm VERY GLAD YOU DID!)

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JDMAKEIT2HOT 6/30/2008 6:43PM

    i know what you mean about loosing muscle mass. i use to be able to push these u-boats at work loaded with our product to where they needed to be but boom 80 pounds later i turn all red pushing them and my boss is like jessica are you ok lol. anyways your doing a great job and i really like the new team you started :)

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BIGGIRL2082010 6/30/2008 6:25PM

    Good progress. And even better, great mental strength there. :)

Keep it up!


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MESACHICK 6/30/2008 4:50PM

  Ah, secret eating. I totally remember those days! I used to have a stomach of iron, LOL... I can't believe how many trans fats I probably food, bakery, ice cream...ugh...I had actually forgotten about some of that behavior. It's good for me to remember, though, so I never do it again.

Have I told you lately that YOU ROCK????

P.S. I know your wife is proud of you! WTG for being honest about everything...even the painful stuff.

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KMEKATE 6/30/2008 4:35PM

    Rockin them green beans~!
Everytime I see laughing cow cheese in the store or commericals I think of you. Is that funny or what!

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Sunday after the Rum Cake

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Its Sunday and a thunderstorm has me hiding inside the house so I figured it was time to post for the day, Saturdays intake was good with one exception, Rum cake... My calories were roughly around 1000 after breakfast, lunch and dinner because of saving up or the cake. I have no clue how many calories were in that slice of heavenliness and I do not care, its my birthday and I will have rum cake if I want to! no wait thats not how the song goes.. well I still don't care! I have it once per year and I ain't passing it up! otherwise the day was fine I rode the bike and did some push ups and even got a little time in fishing. Saturday was a decent day all around.

Like I stated earlier my intake was a little off because of the cake, for all I know I did not go over calories at all because I honestly don't know how many calories are in it, but I am pretty sure I went over because of the size of the piece I had. Lunch was pretty much nonexistent with some watermelon and dinner was awesomeness on the end of a fork, we had Salmon fillets with cut green beans and a rice pilaf, with the rum cake for dessert. I send about 1/3 of the cake home with my father as he is where I got the addiction from he was happy to oblige and there is still a piece left large enough for my wife and I to have a small piece each after dinner tomorrow, and I have not decided whether I will in fact have that second piece 2 days later or not, I think I already know the answer but I will pretend that I need to make a decision. Rum cake IS my weakness!

Here is a look at my menu from Saturday.

06/28/08 Breakfast
10:30 AM
12 ritz crackers 168
2 wedges laughing cow 70

1:00 PM
22 oz water melon 187

6:15 PM
6oz salmon fillet 320
3/4 cup rice pilaf 165
1 cup cut green beans 45

7:15 PM
big piece of rum cake ???

Grand total? not real sure, I know it was not as bad as it could have been because I did eat light all day as well as I slept in so breakfast was late. I may to offset the cake have 1400 calories per day this entire week, I have not made that decision yet but there is a good chance that I do it. Thanks for following along with me and my weight loss journey, come back same bat time same bat channel tomorrow for a new post.

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ZIRCADIA 6/30/2008 9:01PM

    Great job! :D You ate healthy food in small portions to prepare to enjoy your splurge. A wise course of action that will serve you well in the future! :D

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CALICAVEGIRL 6/30/2008 12:09PM

    Since we are making lifestyle changes and we're not on diets, . . . it would be weird if you didn't have a piece of rum cake on your b-day!!! We're still living life, right? . . . enjoying Chinese food every now and again (one of MY favorite things =). We just eat smaller portions and to offset what we know is going to be an extra calorie meal we eat lighter throughout the rest of the day. And we don't dwell on it. That's what is called healthy living. Cake is cake, . . . once we start putting food up on a pedestal and drool over it and tell ourselves over and over NO, . . . that's when we start having problems. Sounds like you are living healthy, though. And yum-o, I LOVE salmon!!!

Happy Birthday!!!!

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KMEKATE 6/30/2008 12:06PM

    This is a LIFE journey my friend...and your birthday is celebrating your LIFE. Enjoy your cake with zero guilt. You are fabulous and doing incredible.

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CHAZELTON 6/30/2008 8:43AM

    Looks like you enjoyed your cake and your day!! The stability in this is knowing that you are eating the cake, and you know what it takes to burn it off!! Knowledge is power!!

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JOY2BEMEE 6/29/2008 7:29PM

    Thanks for always keeping it real. That is what I find so appealing about you! Have a great week! Joy emoticon

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MESACHICK 6/29/2008 6:08PM

  Here is a link to rum cake calories, if you dare:

YXI9JmtleT1ydW0gY2FrZQ.html is my friend! When I want to work in a "treat", I do it - especially for a birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!! Enjoy every minute!

P.S. Your new team looks awesome! I love that it's "casual"

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LADYTROLL 6/29/2008 5:31PM

    oh please! such a fuss about a cake! it would be odd if you didn't had any weaknesses and someone birthday is really special . i think i remember from your blogs that you used to eat less than spark program said ,so one rum cake won't kill you,neither will make you gain weight. you can have the second piece too if you want ,what's the problem if you count the calories and maintain your range? i don't know what you call "a piece" of rum cake,but i did make some calculations for some cakes myself and they usually have between 300 and 500 calories(pretty large slices)- i can't totally avoid birthdays and i can't refuse all the time all the cakes. i usually don't crave for cakes anymore ,when i look at one i only can think that's 30 minutes on the bike and i don't feel like eating it anymore. but i don't totally forbid myself any food cause that will just make me think of it all the time. so enjoy your favorite cake and keep going on your road emoticon
almost forgot: happy birthday!

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BIGGIRL2082010 6/29/2008 5:24PM

    Happy birthday to you! :) Sounds like you had a good one. What's life if you can't even have a bit of rum cake occasionally?


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SWEETZMIX 6/29/2008 5:20PM

    We all have a weakness. It's SUNDAY!!!! Glad you lived a little. I am living a little today but will still stay in my calories. I am having a big Sunday dinner, which I have stopped having for some weeks now. I got me some smoked t-necks w/fresh green beans, brown rice, mixed veggies, red kidney beans w/t-necks (cooked over night in the crockpot..yum), baked drumsticks, & salad. It's a lot of veggies but everything here can add up, but it's Sunday..good ol' fashion sunday dinner.

Glad you enjoyed the rum cake!!!! Just say to urself I deserved & atleast there was no vanilla ice cream.


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A new team by Moi

Friday, June 27, 2008

So, this is just a short post to introduce a new team that I made after chatting with a couple people and having a few others say that I should start one, I figured that I could start it up and see where it goes, maybe it will take off and maybe some people can find the power to control their eating on their terms via joining the group and getting a taste of my brand of inspiration, the name of the group is "The Big Mans Club" this is just a name, and we already have some female members so don't be afraid of that, it is for anyone that shares the same mindset that I have come to use daily. feel free to check it out and read the "Welcome to The Big Mans Club" post and if you fit go ahead and hit that little Join team button. the link is also on my main page in the teams area. please join up and get to posting :)

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BOTZZZ 6/29/2008 3:51PM

    Writer, yep the name is the name :)

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WRITER28 6/28/2008 3:19PM

  I've joined! I have a ? though--what if more women than men join?
You keepin' the group name?


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BIGGIRL2082010 6/27/2008 8:57PM

    Great idea! Looks like you're off to a good start already! Congratulations!



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He's back folks! and another weigh in day hath cometh!

Friday, June 27, 2008

Ali Vincent weighed in at 122 pounds when she won the biggest loser earlier this year which is what I have lost so far this year.

I usually post a picture of something that weighs the same as I do and that thing is usually a motorcycle, this week I decided to pop the thing that weighs as much as I have lost up because of the significance of it in the weight loss world. to see my original post on my daily blog please look here

I always seem to gravitate to Freddy when I have something great happen, and with that "I've paid my dues - Time after time - I've done my sentence But committed no crime - And bad mistakes I've made a few I've had my share of sand kicked in my face - But I've come through We are the champions - my friends And we'll keep on fighting - till the end" and as corny as that may sound, its how I feel this morning after stepping on the scale. the first time on it said 411.6 pounds "no friggin way" I think to myself and on again second time said 412.4 hmmmm third times a charm, 412.2 pounds woohoo! that is a six pound loss this week! to say that I am happy with this loss would not be doing it justice, I will take it! My father asks me each time I talk to him "how many bags" and what he means is how many 5lb bags of sugar have I lost so far when he asks this week I can tell him "24 bags and a 2lb box" I am a mere thirteen pounds from hitting that milestone of being under 400 pounds! I feel as if a fire has been lit under my ass and its on again! My header states it pretty much as it is "It's a state of mind" now get out of my way because I ain't stoppin.

My intake for Thursday was right where I wanted it to be, coming in at 1275 for the day and today (Friday) will be my last day at 1300 calories, tomorrow I will eat 1400 and then Sunday back to 1500 and the exercise will continue as it is, riding the bike and my calisthenics daily until my heel heals up then walking will be added in alternating days with the bike, The importance of being consistent and sticking with the plan and not varying off even by a little bit has become abundantly clear to me and now you will not see me run off course again, lesson learned. here is the menu from Thursday.


9:00 AM
1 banana 105
1 tbsp peanut butter 95

12:30 PM
3oz deli turkey 90
2 slices whole wheat bread 140
1 tbsp miracle whip 35

2:45 PM
1 progresso soup 120

6:00 PM
3/4 cup white rice 150
1/2 cup black beans 90
4oz chicken 240

9:00 PM
10 ritz crackers 140
2 laughing cow wedges 70

Grand total of 1275 calories for Thursday and a six pound loss for the week, Thank you for reading my ramblings and thank you for your support, I look forward to reporting my losses right on up to goal, this weeks loss brings me to 122 pounds lost and I am almost to a point where my losses are more than whats left to lose, I have 137 more pounds until I hit my goal of 275 pounds, so roughly 7 more pounds until I have lost half of the total that I need to lose. what else can I really say? I am happy, I know where I was messing up, it has been corrected and here we are.

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BIGGIRL2082010 6/27/2008 8:12PM

    How awesome is THAT? Congratulations!



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JOY2BEMEE 6/27/2008 7:06PM

    Great Job!

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ZIRCADIA 6/27/2008 6:43PM

    OH MAN! You lost an ALI! hahaha :D That's awesome! Congrats on having such a successful week. :D WOOHOO!!! Halfway is an exciting point and you are SO CLOSE.

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MESACHICK 6/27/2008 2:35PM

  You have posted one of my fave inspirational photos of all time!

Thanks for posting these. You give me such encouragement!

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SWEETZMIX 6/27/2008 2:11PM

    You already know that ur the man. I have my BF read ur other blog sometimes because I know he is trying to lose weight as well. He has lost some weight with me, but I think he gets discouraged. He is amazed at how u lost sO much weight!! I told him that we control our own destiny & we make our own dreams a reality. Also he is only trying to lose 55lbs, I had to tell him thats nothing, I got more weight to lose than you. LOL

Keep it up!!!!

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JOLLTZZZ 6/27/2008 1:44PM

    It's as though you have thrown that entire woman off of your back. Rock on!

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KMEKATE 6/27/2008 12:05PM

    Right on! I imagine you did the Tom Cruise slide throughout the house singing "Aint No Stoppin Us Now" go boi!

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CHAZELTON 6/27/2008 11:15AM

    Right On!!!

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SCHNOOGLES 6/27/2008 9:32AM

    I am so proud of you!!!

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JENBUG28 6/27/2008 9:30AM

    WOW, that is great! You are unbelievable and a true inspiration! Keep up the awesome work!

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MSMISSUSME 6/27/2008 9:03AM

    Well done, you're really doing great! emoticon

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PUMPKINFACE73 6/27/2008 8:51AM

    YOU really are unstoppable....Congrats to you and your constant and continued success!

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Feeling good about how this week is going with the intake a well as the bike riding, oh yeah did I mention that I fixed my bike? again.. a while back I had an issue with one of the pedals for my bike and had a hard time finding a replacement pedal but I did, upon receiving the new/old set of pedals I stripped the threads on the crank while hastily installing one of the pedals and it soon came loose again doh! so I contacted the fella with the bike and asked if he still had the crank risers for the bike and offered him the shipping for them if he would send them out to me, to which he replied "I will sell them to you for $20" so me being me and pretty resourceful I decided that $20 for the pedals and another $20 for the risers just was not worth it and that I would just re-tap the threads and I forgot about the risers, then I received an email from the fella saying that he was tossing the bike because he could not find replacement pedals (duh) and that he was going to send out the crank risers in the mail and they got here yesterday so for that I am appreciative. and now I have my bike back..again! I rode the bike twice yesterday, once early in the day and then last night around 8:30 pm, man am I glad that I have the bike back.

Intake was lower than my allotted 1300 per day for this week, it came in at 1205 for the day which is fine by me, its only this week that I have lowered the intake and I am not finding myself any more hungry than when the cap is set at 1500. I have also picked up on my "little things" again to burn a few more calories throughout the day, and when I say "little things" I mean things like walking upstairs to use the bathroom up there because of the extra movement on the stairs. You would be surprised how many calories can be burned by adding some small things to your day, here is a list of some activities and the calories they burn, the figures I have are for a 200 pound person doing 15 minutes worth of the activity unless otherwise noted.

carrying 1 to 15 lb load, upstairs 120 calories burned
this one is good for the example I gave above, it takes only a few seconds to run up the stairs but do that enough throughout the day and we have something. I literally walk up and down the stairs in my home at least 30 times per day between going to get something for the kids or to use the bathroom.

30 mins sex 200 calories calories burned
This one is a no brainer! its fun, its relaxing, it feels good AND you can get healthy doing it! I'm in!

stationary bike very vigorous effort 200-250 calories burned
seriously is 15 minutes busting ass on the bike bike not worth those calories?

stationary bike light effort 130 calories burned
and this one is taking your time using light effort

shoveling, heavy (more than 16 pounds/minute) 215 calories burned
who wouldda thunk? I used this one a lot this past winter, and your getting something done at the same time! so put that snow blower away.

shoveling, light (less than 10 pounds/minute) 140 calories burned
and if you wish to take your time :)

jogging, in place 190 calories burned
try it, its not as easy as you would think yet it is easy peasy all at the same time

running, 5 mph (12 min/mile) 190 calories burned
190 calories for 12 minutes of your time? waddya say? (I can't wait until I can do this one)

kick ball 160 calories burned
the next time your kids are bugging you to do something and you think "Uuuuggghhh!" grab a ball and go play a quick 15 min game of kick ball, they will love you for it and you will burn 160 calories!

shooting hoops in the driveway (not a game) 110 calories burned
same as above, 110 for some down time with the kiddos? worth it

fishing in stream 120 calories burned
This one is for me, I have begun to fish again as of late and to burn 140 calories per 15 mins doing something that relaxes me AND I have a chance at some trout fillets? yep I am there.

watering lawn or garden 35 calories burned
just to pace through your yard holding a hose? c'mon you can do that can't ya?

fishing from river bank, standing 83 calories burned
again for me this one is great!

guitar, classical, folk (sitting) 48 calories burned
I play my guitar at least an hour per day on and off, and ya mean I get to burn calories while doing it?

pistol shooting or trap shooting, standing 60 calories burned
spend some time at your local shooting range lately? it does after all aid in losing weight :)

sitting - playing with child light, only active periods 60 calories burned
welcome to my world! playing with a doll house never looked so appealing!

billiards 60 calories burned
"hey honey I am going out to the pool hall for a while to burn some fat!"

cooking or food preparation - standing or sitting or in general (not broken into stand/walk components), manual appliances 100 calories burned
I cook every day and I choose to stand while doing so, waters boiling? I am standing or pacing in the kitchen, something simmering? yup I am standing in the kitchen.

mild stretching 60 calories burned
this one is great! I do a 15 min stretch before every workout, you can even do this throughout the day at work or at home, anywhere really and there is almost zero effort needed

standing - playing with child(ren) ? light, only active periods 70 calories burned
once again welcome to my day

miniature golf 72 calories burned

horseshoe pitching 71 calories burned
this is one of my fathers favorite things to do, he came in 2nd place at his club (yeah there are horse shoe clubs!)

children's games (hopscotch, 4-square, dodge ball, playground apparatus, t-ball, tether ball, marbles, jacks) 119 calories burned
once again welcome to my day!

It is very easy to get extra movement into your day with the little things that you need to do every day anyways or in tiny 15 minute increments, where is the harm in walking upstairs every time you need to use the bathroom? or standing in the kitchen the entire time dinner is being cooked or while the pot of water boils? something else that I do is if watching tv, during commercials I will hop up and do some push ups, I also park as far away from the door as possible in a parking lot. many of the things listed above take almost no effort and most are enjoyable. a positive attitude gets you only so far, doing more throughout the day to burn as many calories as possible gets you there quicker and will likely add to your life span. my point is that if you think you cannot exercise, if you think that getting exercise in during the day is hard You are wrong! this short list of things that I put up there is a mere sliver compared to the things that can be done to make yourself a healthier and lighter person and all by doing things that you have to do anyways. Thats my post for the day and as always I thank you for reading along, whatever you do just remember, sex is good for you so do it often!

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NATALIE1964 6/29/2008 10:41AM

    This blog made me think of this saying I read somewhere..
"There is not elevator to success, you have to take the stairs"
Love this blog ,
very inspiring to get moving!

thanks again!
looking goood!

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ZIRCADIA 6/26/2008 7:51PM

    YAY on the bike front!!! :D That's great!!! I know it's been a bit frustrating for you having to lower your movement and whatnot, and now you have a new avenue to get some excercise in so congrats! :D

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MESACHICK 6/26/2008 6:38PM

  I love these!! LOL

I am going to have to copy/paste this one and keep it!

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SWEETZMIX 6/26/2008 12:01PM

    You're blog is sO true. I am sometimes tempted to wear my HRM all day to see how many calories I burn if I do the extra stuff you mentioned everyday.

The funny thing is my BF tells me about the sex one all the time. LOL Seriously, people think it's a joke but he is serious. He's like put the HRM on & I will prove it.


Lata & enjoy the rest of ur day.

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KMEKATE 6/26/2008 11:54AM

    Pretty cool stuff! My husband's gonna be a happy camper now that I know the numbers! LOL!

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JAYMATTER 6/26/2008 11:18AM

    Wow. What a moving post. emoticon

How many calories burnt writing it? (Or better, for we the audience, reading it?)

Some others to consider:

washing dishes - 110 cal/15 minutes

doing laundry - 100 cal/15 min

showering - 95 cal/15 min

sitting - spectating at a sports even - 71 cal/15 minutes (3 hours at a college football game burns 850 calories?! Get me a beer!) emoticon emoticon

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