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Day 24

Friday, January 25, 2008


Another Thursday down, and closing in on 1 month at this. I will take a new photo on Sunday, when I started this I took some before photos and plan on taking a couple pictures per month on the last Sunday of each month to compare them. I did take a couple pictures at the 2 week mark but I am curious to see if theres a difference in one month, being a big fella I don't expect to see too much of a change if any at all but its still fun to have the comparison.

I wasn't feeling too hot Thursday (sore throat and the start of a cough, my wife is getting over the exact same thing, Thanks Hon! lol) so I did not ride the bike or any exercise at all for that matter. I woke up today (Friday) and can feel something in my chest, have a slight cough and no voice! I bet she will be happy about that last part ;). so in short I will be skipping the bike again today, which annoys me lol. a month ago it would have annoyed me to have to ride it! now I am annoyed that I can't. who wouldda thunk?

Onto the menu...

01/24/2008

Breakfast
10:00 AM
2 cups bran cereal 180
1 cup 1% milk 110

Lunch
12:30 PM
1 can lite Progresso soup 120
7.5 Ritz crackers 120
1 apple 75

4:00 PM
1 quaker rice cake 60

Dinner
6:30 PM
4 oz of Turkey 120
3 slices of whole wheat bread 210
1.5 tbsp of Miracle whip 55
6 oz baby carrots 80
1 tbsp lite cesar dressing 45

8:30 PM
1 apple 75
2 tbsp peanut butter 190

Grand total of 1440 calories for the day, I am still having a time getting in all 1500 calories every day, the apple and peanut butter was only to make the calories, I didn't want it. I hope this cold or whatever it is passes fast so I can get back o n the bike. as always i want to thank you for following me.

As Ever
Me

  
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MRSHONEYC 1/25/2008 4:07PM

    You're doing great! And taking it easy while sick is the best thing to do, just make sure you keep hydrating and rehydrating with plenty of water! I hope both you and DW feel better VERY soon!! ((HUGS)) GOOD JOB!

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Day 23

Thursday, January 24, 2008


The day went fine eating wise and I came really close to the 1500 mark again, and anything that is on my list for the last week or so where I say 2% milk is wrong, the wife pulled a fast one on me and bought 1% fat free milk, so the cals are slightly lower where milk was used, nothing significant. I have decided to set my second short term goal, the first one is to get below the 500's the second will be to hit 479lbs, which is what my weight was the last time I weighed myself about 5 years ago, and that is the first time I have ever spoken about that weight to anyone! except my wife earlier today. I think it will be a major milestone to get below that 479 for me just to know its the lowest in 5 years.

A possible speed bump came into my mind when my son had a Cadbury creme egg yesterday, and I have to admit those things are my biggest weakness. I can't get enough of them around Easter. I think I am going to challenge myself with the chance at a treat for a reward. if I can get to 479 by Easter, I will treat myself to 4 Cadbury eggs to eat 1 per week starting on Easter day, and the calories will be outside my 1500 limit for which ever day I have them, they are only 150 calories each by the way ;). thats 33 lbs in just about 2 months perfectly. i think its a good motivator and at a total cost of 600 calories spread over 4 weeks if I make it. My father gave me the Idea of not cutting a treat now and then out completely. anyways I am blabbing away again, let me get to the menu.

01/23/2008

Breakfast
8:30 AM
2 cups bran cereal 180
1 cup 2% milk 130

Lunch
12:40 PM
1 can lite Progresso soup 120
7.5 Ritz crackers 120
16oz green tea 3 tspn sugar 75

1:45 PM
1 banana 120

Dinner
6:00 PM
1/2 cup refried beans (3 tacos) 90
3 small mission white tortillas 165
1oz Kraft lite cheddar cheese 50
2 oz tomato 10
1oz lettuce 5
2tblsp All Natural Salsa 10
1 Van de camp fish fillet 140
2 slices jalapeno 5
large glass crystal light 25

8:45 PM
12 oz 1% Milk 165
Quaker Rice Cake 60

  
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DREALEE 1/24/2008 12:14PM

    Absolutely you should still allow yourself a treat here and there! We need to make our changes livable so that we can KEEP the weight off once we're down there. Treats are bound to happen, we're only human! However, personally I try to stear away from allowing any food or drink as a reward (for myself and my daughter) because that's part of what got me into this mess in the first place. I use other things I really want but never get around to like personal time, buying a new nutrition book or healthy eating cookbook, buying new weights or an exercise ball or video... Of course, I still allow myself a treat here and there and especiallly around the holidays (I'm a dark chocolate and Peeps fanatic myself LOL). You're making some excellent choices and planning your treat is a step ahead of where I'm at LOL. Keep it up!!

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MRSHONEYC 1/24/2008 8:09AM

    Hm, I've never had a Cadbury egg - I got them for the kids when they were little, but was never tempted. Something about the gooeyness. HOWEVER, I do love the Caramello bar ...
ANYWAY! I was wanting to ask if you are using the Nutrition Tracker on here? If you are, are you tracking sodium as well? If you're not wanting 'cows' milk, I honestly can say that soymilk is NOT bad. I've made the switch, and at least HERE, it's also a bit less expensive than 'regular' milk. You're doing great!

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The Weigh in

Tuesday, January 22, 2008


Ok so like I said I was expecting the scale today, well its here! I heard the mail truck pull up and the scale was in the house and unwrapped in record time, batteries in it and off I went to the hard kitchen floor, stood on the scale and...

Before I get to that, the scale is very sturdy upon my first assessment, it better be! it supports 550 lbs, it is very thin but very wide. I am happy with its construction so far (its been about 45 minutes that I have had it) so we shall see. it has a very pleasing voice that states the weight once its calibrated (probably won't use this feature) so far so good.

So..where was I, oh yeah, I stepped onto the scale and it said in that pleasant voice five hundred thirteen pounds. a huge smile had to come over my face as I was relieved that it held me and gave me a number! first time in history someone was happy to hear that they weighed five hundred thirteen lbs lbs? maybe, maybe not lol. I decided to get on and off a few times and the next time said 511.3, then 512.1, then 511.6 so I am going to call the start weight (start from today anyways I will never know what my real start weight was) 512 this is the starting weight for me as of 01-22-08.

I am so happy to finally know what that magical weight is,..magical yeah thats it lol really I am happy that I know now and can check weekly, I might weigh in tomorrow morning when I wake up because right now I have had at least 2 glasses of water and my breakfast so I want a clean morning weight and I may start the weight off there. I haven't decided yet, either way WOW I am freekin 512 lbs....thats a lot of potatoes! the bright side of this? my target weight is 275 lbs and I look decent at 300! lol at least I am not shooting for 180 or something like that! I could write all day about how excited I am to know my weight! so before I do that I will end this post here and I will probably post up my exercise later on. 512! man! I gots a long road ahead of me :) Thanks for all of the support and as always thank you for reading.

As Ever
Me

  
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CHRISTFIEND 1/23/2008 9:44PM

    Congrats on finally getting that MAGIC number and being lower than you thought!!! Remember to stay positive and keep checking in for encouragement!!!

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MRSHONEYC 1/23/2008 6:20PM

    It's always nice to get a present in the mail - especially one that is expected SO MUCH! I'm glad you now have a visual - it will help on your quest. Keep up yourgood work!

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GEORGIA_KAY 1/23/2008 8:22AM

    Zeus, I'm walking that road right along side of you bud. Lots of others with us too. Since there's strength in numbers, and always, always someone beside us to lend a hand when we stumble on the path--I know we're gonna make it.

WE CAN DO THIS!

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ELYSSANDE 1/22/2008 7:21PM

    Hey Me....Thanks for reminding me how good it feels when things go right, and for how simple it is, when I make the decision to do this. I needed to hear that today. We talk often of a long road ahead, but in reality, its not a long road, its just the road. Its a change of direction, its true, but the road is no longer or shorter than it was before. Its just the road. If the road is the path we walk day by day, it is simply a choice of how we walk it, not how long it is, or how short, just that we are on the journey. Its all the journey. I hear a determined, committed Me, who sounds like *me* and I look forward to sharing the walk with you! Elyssande.

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Day 17 take it or leave it ;)

Friday, January 18, 2008


Day 17 went well and I actually hit my 1500 calorie mark almost perfectly, I think I am not getting enough calories, but not because I feel hungry or malnourished but because I am reading a lot on the subject of weight loss and everything I read says I should be eating more calories. I honestly feel like I am in a zone atm and don't want to break stride until I get the scale that was ordered. It should be here by mid week next week hopefully, and I can't wait! I feel so much better than I did a month ago as far as sluggishness and drive goes, and I actually look forward to working out again, once I drop a significant amount of weight I plan on lifting weights again to try and gain back some of the muscle that I know was lost in the last 7 years. I miss it. My father has started eating better and working out again too, this seems contagious. first my wife now the old man!

Exercising is going well and I can feel things are easier now and its only been 18 days! I think I am going to try and convince the wife that I need a heavy bag to hang in the basement for a little bit of "fun" exercise. I do wish the weather would lighten up so I can keep the walks going, there is a couple inches of snow on the ground this morning and freezing rain has been coming down on top of it for the past hour, weeee fun! anyways onto the menu for day 17.

01/17/2008

Breakfast
7:30 AM
1 Quaker rice cake 60
10 oz green tea 1 tspn sugar 25

10:30 AM
2 cups bran cereal 180
1 cup 2% milk 130

Lunch
2:15 PM
1 Van de Camp fish fillets 140
3/4 cup cooked white rice 150
1/2 pat butter 20
1 banana 105
crystal light 15

Dinner
6:00 PM
1/2 cup refried beans (3 tacos) 90
3 small mission white tortollas 165
1oz lite cheddar cheese 70
2 oz tomato 10
1oz lettuce 5
2 tbsp LaVictoria red taco sauce 10
2oz lean chuck steak sliced 140
2 jalapeno slices 5
glass of crystal light 20

6:45 PM
12 oz green tea 1 tspn sugar 25

9:15 PM
Beafsteak light Rye Bread - 1 slice 40
2 oz lean deli turkey breast 100

Grand total of 1505 Calories for the day, over by 5 but I call that right on any day! not much more I can say that I haven't said in the intro of this post so I will leave it at at that. As always Thanks for following along with my trip and thanks for the support.

As Ever
Me

  
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KIMMIEB831 1/22/2008 1:03PM

    Now that you have this scale, I know that you can do this. Don't starve yourself - your body needs a certain amount of fuel to just keep going...

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SCHNOOGLES 1/21/2008 6:32PM

    You very well might need more calories. On the SparkStart page when you put your goals and activity levels in, it will probably calculate something automatically for you. Holler if you need help with that.

You could also ask one of the Spark Coaches for help. They're swamped right now with all the new members joining, but I'm sure one of them would be able to help you.

Also, check out MSUMOMMA's blog for a good article about starting out.

http://www.sparkpeople.com/
mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MS
UMOMMA

The entry for 1/17/08 is especially helpful about calories. The entry for 1/18/08 is quite motivational. She's done it. She knows.

Hang in there! One small step at a time.

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GINGER_LOSTALOT 1/18/2008 5:04PM

    Good for you. 1500 is quite sensible.

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Day 16 here and gone.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

On the 16th day the fight was still going, apparently he had not realized the battle would feel this good! that pretty much states it all, I feel better, and think this is actually going to work. the power of suggestion? maybe, maybe not. very brave words for someone 16 days into a more than a year process huh? exercise is going well so far and I am finding more ways to eat healthy every day, This just might work! so as you can tell I am up in spirits about this whole change. I added green tea to this diet because I am reading that it can up your metabolism by 4% and can significantly decrease BMI and body fat and since I drink green tea already (just not 4 cups or 32oz per day which is recommended) I decided I can do that if it will help, so like I said I added that to my intake. I figure I will take any help that I can get right?

My mother in law found out that I am on this change last week and now my father in law found out last night, both of my parents know and the people in my home, wife and kids, and thats the only people that know other than the fine people reading this blog, I sort of have this feeling that I don't want people to know that I am trying this because if I fail everyone will know that I couldn't do it, weird huh? that is something that I am working on. why should I feel like it has to be somewhat hidden except for those close to me or that see me often? I guess its pride kicking in, and if I fail then like I said its not just me that knows I failed. BUT, I don't plan on failing this time around... "Failure is not falling down, but refusing to get up" that quote comes to mind and I cannot right now remember where I heard it but thats how I am looking at it this time. wow I woke up thinking today, let me get onto the menu before this turns into a 3 page post.

01/16/2008

Breakfast
7:45 AM
1 Quaker rice cake 60

10:00 AM
1 boiled egg 70
2 slices white bread 140
1 tbsp Miracle whip 35
crystal light 5

12:00 PM
16oz Green tea with 1 tspn sugar 25

Lunch
2:15 PM
1 banana 105
1 apple 75
1 english muffin 100
1 pat butter 35
1 tbsp peanut butter 95

Dinner
6:00 PM
2 Van de Camp fish fillets 280
3/4 cup cooked white rice 150
1/2 pat butter 20
1 cup canned whole kernel corn 120
glass crystal light 20

8:30 PM
1 Quaker rice cake 60
12oz Green tea with 1 tspn sugar 25


Grand total of 1420 Calories for the day, I felt like this menu was a good one, I ate often so metabolism should be good and started in on the tea. I rode the bike for 20 mins instead of 15 and like I said over all feeling really good. its 17 degrees on my thermometer right now so I don't think I will take a walk today, maybe I will try 20 mins on the bike again. once again and as usual, I thank you for following my progress and keeping me writing on this blog by reading daily and leaving your comments and encouragement. Thanks

My entire weight loss journey can be read at

http://zeusmeatball.blogspot.com

if you were interested to see what I have been doing up until I found spark please feel free to stop by and read it and leave comments I need all the support I can get, I will try and post on here as well daily as well.


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Me

  
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SCHNOOGLES 1/17/2008 2:29PM

    You aren't going to fail. You have the support of your family, and all the people here at Spark. You can do this!

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