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Sunday, August 17, 2008

Sunday morning and I am finally feeling a bit better than I have been, actually yesterday I felt pretty good too, good enough that we went out and did some shopping for the wedding that I have to go to next weekend and I sort of hit a milestone that I had not expected at all and honestly haven't thought about. As we were walking around wify said "lets check out the mens section, who knows they may have something for ya" and me being me and not being able to shop in a "regular store" since I was about oh I don't know 18? I thought sure we can look but nothing will fit and off we went to the mens section where I ended up buying a button up shirt! this may not seem like something of a big deal to someone that can shop in normal stores but I cannot remember the last time that I walked into a store and bought anything clothing related right off of the shelf, it has either been in a "big and tall" shop or ordered out of a catalog so this is kind of a big deal to me. I am right on the size line with my pants as well, I am comfortably in a size 46 waist and most stores stop at 44 waist so I am close to being able to buy some new jeans at a "regular store" as well. the store we were in had jeans in my size but it was just not the style that I wear so I passed on the jeans for now but I bought something in a regular store! so I am a little bit excited about that.

Ok ok enough about the shirt, my intake from Saturday was very odd because we ended up out and not really in a position to get food when we should have made time and I ended up eating only 1275 calories with 85 of them coming in around mid night in the form of an orange, I don't feel hungry or anything today and I partially blame being under the weather for not having an appetite as well as the wrong place at the wrong time and not being able to get a meal in when I should have. Intake is pretty good otherwise and I am still happy with my losses and rate of loss and all of that and believe that raising my calories a bit has helped kick my metabolism into gear again.

I was thinking about how I stay driven and motivated during this entire time where I have been losing the weight and getting healthy and it dawned on me that I really don't know how I am staying driven, I don't have a go to plan or a panic switch that I hit when the going gets tough, I just keep doing what I am doing no matter the circumstances and it seems to be what has worked up until this point. I do think that having my lovely wife by my side with the same health goals in mind helps a lot, she is there to remind me when I am about to make a mistake and grab that bag of beef jerky off the rack at the store or to remind me that I wanted to ride the bike a second time on a certain day so having her there as support definitely helps but I think what keeps me on track the most is the fact that I know what I have to do and there I just about nothing that I can think of that is more important than that to me right now because if I do not correct it I might not be here to see the rest of what is important for very long, that and the fact that I believe once you can slip into a state of mind where knowing that you don't NEED the pizza or knowing that you do not NEED to eat those extra fries with dinner it becomes easier and easier by the day, and the exercise becomes an addiction, at least it has for me in the past couple months, I have been not feeling well for the past few days and I am going nuts because I want to ride the bike or go for a walk..something! anything! just sitting here is not cool! with all of that said I think it comes down to being in that State of mind and knowing no matter what, you have to stay on track because it is what must be done and failure is NOT an option, at least thats how I look at it. so maybe I stay driven because I know that I made a decision to lose the weight and I am the type of person that when I make a decision to do something I feel that I need to have the follow through to complete the task, or maybe I reflect back to the first day in my adult life that I actually felt fear when I read that a WLS came with the chance of death and until that point had came to the conclusion that it was my only option to lose weight, I don't know for sure. what I do know for sure is that I have to lose this weight, I have to be around for my wife and kiddos and I have to be around to see all of the things to come in this life and at 534 pounds I feared it wasn't going to last much longer, here I sit at 394 pounds typing out an entry on a blog that I started almost out of desperation and maybe just to put it out there even if only to strangers that I was in fact more than one quarter of a ton in weight and hoped to be embarrassed into submission, I don't know, all I knew is that something had to be done and here I am doing it. does that explain how I stay driven? again I don't know but its what came out when I asked myself that question so I guess maybe it is. There is no easy way to do this, there is no miracle pill and wishing won't make it happen either. the bottom line is that a lot of hard work and a lot of discipline will need to be found and put to use if success is to be found and staying driven is all a part of that, am I driven? Yes I am.

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MISSHOLLYDAE 8/19/2008 1:15PM

    Yeah I know blogging has helped me, I just use it as a tool to find my center. I rant about my day and write out how I feel and what's going on. For me that helps a lot, almost as much as knowing that people are actually reading it too, lol. That's what I really love, having all the support and encouragement. I realize that I am my own driving force though, no matter how awesome you all are, and that's pretty awesome, all it would take is for me to stop coming here and that would cease to motivate me. I'm finally choosing to step it up and take back my life.

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ZIRCADIA 8/18/2008 7:21PM

    First -- LOVE that image! :D So funny! HAHAHA. "That doesn't work here." Love it. WOOOHOOO ON the regular clothes!!! :D At the beginning of my transformation I could find some tops in regular stores, depending on how large their biggest sizes went to (since I'm a pear I was still smaller on top than bottom) but for bottoms I couldn't find anything except at Lane Bryant. They had tall lengths in the sizes I needed -- nowhere else would fit properly. So Big & Tall for ladies, I guess. Soon you will have a whole new world of options available!!! :D It's so nice! :D I feel the same way about the drive and motivation. I basically came to the decision that something had to be done. I felt awful, and if I was being honest - my body looked awful as well, and I wanted to feel healthy. (And look healthy!!!) And I just kept sticking to what had to be done. That isn't to say that I haven't had moments of weakness (*AHEM* last weekend *AHEM*), but they were choices I made -- not insane loss of all ability to choose. And then I chose to come back to center and keep driving toward my goal. I hope to keep that same thought process and motivation as I continue this maintenance thing. OH! AND I'm feeling better, thank you -- glad to see you're feeling a bit better as well. I plan to get back to excercise tomorrow. :)

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    You are doing amazing. Congrats on the button down shirt. It IS a big deal. Stop downsizing how big a deal it is! I remember the feeling of being able to buy a normal women's size XL shirt, and it is a huge deal. It is little rewards like this that make this worth while.

And you are so right about just KEEP doing what you are doing. It is getting to be habitual now and is just becoming the normal way to be. I was talking to my mom last night and was telling her that just 6 months ago I could barely walk up a tiny itty bitty hill to my mailbox without getting winded, and that I was going to 3 or 4 drive thoughs a day to feel Zeus, it is a huge deal that you are where you are because you have made BIG changes to yourself, inside and out. Don't you find that true? I mean, let's get real, losing this REAL amount of weight affects ALL areas of life! Even my kids are happier, and my hubby too, (WINK)...just keep on with the program it and it will get even better. AND better! Know what I accomplished the other day? I actually ran for a half a mile. May seem like a silly thing to some, but to me I may as well have climbed the Grand Canyon, I felt so great to propell my body like that. I was giggling, pushing my 1 year old in her stroller, running, and I felt like Superman.

You are such an inspiration to me. I always go to your page when I am feeling sorry for myself! LOL Keep it up, Zeus. Congrats!

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ZELCAT7 8/18/2008 11:51AM

    You know, there's something refreshing about hearing that men, too, celebrate the victories of shopping in a "normal" store or department. I find that really exhilarating and I'm just thrilled for you, Botzzz. WTG!!

You're right, there is no easy button here ... just hard work and determination. Keep it up! :)


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SANLONDON 8/18/2008 11:08AM

    I'm totally there with you about shopping for clothes, I hate going in a store and then feeling bad as nothing fits. One of my rewards for my weight-loss goals is to get some new threads.

About the driven thing, well anytime I think about it I think there's going to be a time that I'll loose my drive (not sure how I'm doing it either - although having goals give it motivational) and I'll go back to my old habits - my trick so far is to not think about it! Keeping action and momentium going is my plan.


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LILLIAN364 8/18/2008 5:50AM

    Great job about the clothing sizes.

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BIGGIRL2082010 8/18/2008 5:24AM

    Driven? You sure sound it! :) Way to go, is all I can say. You've worked HARD, and you've got results by doing that. Along the way, you've inspired more than a few of us, simply by writing here on your blog and getting us all excited about your progress! Thank you!

Keep on keeping on!


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JOY2BEMEE 8/17/2008 9:20PM

    Driven men make great leaders! We need to get a peak at that new body soon! In a regular shirt/jeans! Awesome job and always remember those who helped you along the way (aka the wife) first & foremost! Have a great week! emoticon emoticon

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MESACHICK 8/17/2008 8:42PM

  CONGRATS on the mens sizes! That is so awesome!!! You are one of the most driven people I know and such a great example to all of us here. Keep on keepin' on!!

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UNIQUELYJULZ 8/17/2008 3:36PM

    My question to myself has been just the opposite... how do I get driven? Why do I not dooooo what neeeeds to be done for my health? I know what works... eating healthier, and exercise. I totally understand the concept, but why can't I become driven to do it? I've lived at least 1/2 of my life overweight with all the issues that come with it from the physical (health) to the emotional. Why would I willingly choose to do so? I say willingly, cuz it is my elbow that bends at the table. So...

emoticonfor reminding me what I knew... JUST DO IT!! Do the program, and it will work!! Without working the plan, I'll never reach my goal. I'm driven! I'm choosing to be driven. It's my choice to be healthy.

THANK YOU!!! Oh, awesome for you on your improved health... and being able to increase your options in shopping! Keep making the choice to be healthy!!! emoticon

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weighing in and a couple more pounds gone.

Friday, August 15, 2008

This Ducati S2R 1000 weighs in at 394 pounds. and because spark only allows one upload on a blog you can check out my blogpot @
to see what weighs as much as I have sorta this week :)

Upon waking this morning I feel worse than I did yesterday, I will say that first. But onto business, I hopped on the scale and it said 394.4 pounds twice so I will call it 394 and a loss of 2 pounds this week and at that I am a bit surprised I must admit. I have done no exercise as I said in my last post and upped my calorie to 1700 this week and somehow pulled off a 2 pound drop all while being sick for the past 5 days so I am happy about that. one thing I am going to for a day or two to attempt to get better faster is eat a few oranges and not count them in my 1700 calories if I can help it, maybe some orange juice as well as its always seemed to help me get better faster in the past and being sick isn't fun and worth the extra intake.

My intake came in at 1550 calories yesterday mostly because I wasn't feeling well and didn't feel like eating and the fact that we had a later than usual dinner so I called it a day and did not make up the last 150 calories, no worries. and with that I give you yesterdays menu.


9:00 AM
2 cups shredded wheat 380
1 cup 1% milk 110

12:30 PM
3 slices light rye bread 120
4oz deli turkey breast 110
1 T Miracle whip 35
dill pickle 10

3:00 PM
1 hebrew national hot dog 45
1 slice light rye 40
relish/mustard 20

6:45 PM
8oz ground turkey 320
2 80 cal rolls 160
6oz sweet potato fries 150
ketchup 20
condiments 30

Grand total of 1550 calories and a 2 pound loss this week, I'll take it, and other than being sick I guess its not been too bad a week where my weight loss is concerned but I am missing the exercise part of the equation which is not something you would have heard me mutter just seven months ago but at the same time maybe my body needed a rest and is why I am sick currently, who knows? not me, but as soon as this congestion and sore throat is gone I will be back outside hiking and riding my bike in the evenings again. This weeks 2 pound loss is great and I am constantly chipping away at the extra weight, I am looking forward to lighter days.

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JOY2BEMEE 8/16/2008 8:13AM

    I didn't doubt it for a minute! hang in there and feel better soon! emoticon emoticon

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ZIRCADIA 8/15/2008 6:49PM

    I'm sick and yes, our bodies do need rest sometimes. I dunno what else to say I'm so distracted by my urgency toget home. HAHAHAHAHAH But CONGRATULATIONS on another loss! :)

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MESACHICK 8/15/2008 12:38PM

  You are rockin' the losses, dude!! CONGRATS!

I hope you are feeling better soon. It sucks to be sick! Hang in there!

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LUCKY8GAL 8/15/2008 12:22PM

    Thats so cool that you lost. Hope you feel better soon!!! emoticon

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LEELYNN2 8/15/2008 11:55AM

    some of my greatest weight loss events (I call them events cause they seem to happen all at once, not gradually) have happened on recovery weeks like what you've described. Bodies are just perverse that way.

Sounds like you're doing the right thing and resting up and feeling better so you can go at it like a demon when you feel better.

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MISSHOLLYDAE 8/15/2008 10:20AM

    Glad to hear you had a loss, sorry to hear you still feel crappy. Just take it easy and do what you have to do, everything you need to take care of will still be there when you feel better and more able to do it. Your on a roll and your doing great, keep up the good work!

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Did I mention that I am sick?

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Natalie Coughlin

The title says it all, I am sick as a dog, sore throat, cough, stuffy head and feeling tired as anything and I have just been sitting around trying to feel better hence the lack of posts in the past few days. I have done zero exercise since the walk at my MIL house mentioned in my last post but I decided to keep the calories at 1700 per day anyways just because I honestly believe that I need the extra intake. things intake related are on track I did have one day where I went over by 32 calories because a beer was needed and I am not even worrying about going over by 32 on one day, I have stayed off of the scale so I am not sure how it will look in the morning, I am hoping for a loss of course but with the week that I had I am not expecting anything and I know that the smaller guy inside me will tear his way out because it is already happening, even as I type this.

I have been watching as much of the Olympics as I can and told my wife that I want to start swimming, swimming being what is keeping me interested in watching right now. My wife was a competitive swimmer from age 6 to 18 and it has always impressed me with the way she swims, when wify is in the water is when she looks the strongest to me and well if I am being honest its hot, so I think part of my interest stems from that as well, in fact I will admit to having a bit of a lets call it a crush on one of the swimmers this year Natalie Coughlin and someone brought it to my attention that there is a resemblance between my wife and her and I wonder if thats where it comes from, but enough about that. I think a lot of people watch something like the Olympics and get motivated and its doing just that to me because I know that I will start swimming soon enough, one because its a great way to get Cardio into a day, two I am not really what you would call a strong swimmer, I can swim just not as good as I would like and three it is something that wify could/would get into more if it were to happen. so to sum that up I am enjoying watching the Olympics this year and I am actually getting motivation from it so though I am sick I am enjoying myself.

I have to admit that I have a bit of cabin fever because of being sick and I am just pining away to go out on a hike or a long walk or something and its been beautiful here in New England the past few days so its doubly frustrating to be under the weather. I mentioned that I was going to start deficit tracking this week but with the not being able to workout I was not able to start it but as soon as this cold or whatever this is passes I will jump right in there. did I mention that I am going nuts for a hike or something? oh yeah I did...

I plan on weighing in tomorrow morning and getting a weigh in post up fairly early so look for that and I hope to have a loss or at least stay the same as last week but I would not be surprised at a small gain just because I upped the calories and the exercise was non existent this week, we shall see, Thanks for reading along while I drop a whole person from my body.

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RUSSELLORAMA 8/16/2008 11:39AM

    It sucks being sick, particularly when the weather is so gorgeous. I'm getting over a sinus infection and I was so clogged and congested I couldn't breathe properly, and too tired to exercise. It's amazing how much I missed it! I hope you recover quickly and can get back to your regular routine.


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ZIRCADIA 8/15/2008 6:47PM

    I've been sick too!! and worse today than ever!!! I'm so ready to go home... I get off of work in l ike 5 minutes. *SIGH* FINALLY. I should have called in today but I knew one of my colleagues had the day off so I didn't want to stress everyone out but I basically didn't do much today... :P

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PUMPKINFACE73 8/15/2008 12:50PM

    Sorry to hear you are under the weather.......I am loving that oyu want to swim.....that is one of the biggest contributors to me new me....I swim 2-3 days a week....started off like a snail lol, but after about 6 months I am loving it and it is my ME time......just me and the water, no one can talk to me, bother me AND all that fun and cardio and no cool is that?

I know you live somewhere near me, I swim at the High School Pool in my town......not sure what options are available to you but once you get in the water you will be hooked

Have a great weekend........feel better!

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ZELCAT7 8/15/2008 10:59AM

    Bummer on being sick - especially this week cuz you're right, the weather has been gorgeous. I'm enjoying the hell out of the Olympics as well and find them very motivating. I'll also second the swimming idea. Its far and away my favorite form of exercise and so good for your heart. Do it up, Bozzz! And feel better soon!

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MUZIKFRK75 8/15/2008 2:42AM

    The dreaded summer cold. I feel for you bro. Hope you feel better.

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MISSHOLLYDAE 8/14/2008 11:24PM

    Boy that's going around. It's not contagious through spark right?? I don't want to be sick, lol. I wish I was being motivated by the Olympics, I find it mostly boring, but that's just me. I would like to swim, but that requires bathing suits and I know I've mentioned somewhere being averse to them, probably will be for a good long while. I wish they still had the bathing suits with shorts and sleeves and the little skirts, I could wear that, lol.

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MESACHICK 8/14/2008 11:17PM

  Feel better soon!! So sorry to hear you've been under the weather.

That is so neat about your wife. I would so love to be a strong swimmer! I am always in awe of those who are. I am fascinated with the Olympic swimming as well and how fast they turn. Amazing.

Wishing you a speedy recovery bud!!

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JOY2BEMEE 8/14/2008 10:42PM

    Hope you feel better soon! I have been so busy no time to even read your blogs. Get some rest, chicken soup and lots of TLC! emoticon

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SWEETZMIX 8/14/2008 9:02PM

    I noticed u haven't been around, even stopped by ur blogspot today. Doesn't it suck being sick. I HATE IT. If I am sick for a day or whatever no big deal, cuz I get waited on. LOL Anymore time after that I am mad. But even when I feel real sick like the flu, if the weather is nice I bundle up and just go outside to get some air. Even if it's to the front of my building. Being in the house more than 24hrs, starts to bring me down. So if I go outside and feel the sun and get some fresh air, it helps with my recovery. Might help, but u may already know.

Also the calorie deficit thing, u got it from Dana?!? Cuz I got it from I am addicted to it, I know it's not fool proof because u can't predict how your body is going to react all the time, but I am in week 4 of doing it. I got it all set up on Excel and it makes me feel good looking at it. Like I can see that if I cut back or doing a lil exercise it shows in my deficit.

Feel Better!

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SAMANTHA212 8/14/2008 8:46PM

    Good luck with the swimming!
Have your wife write a blog about swimming for the rest of us who want to do it better, I could use some pointers too!
Good luck!!

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VEEJAY3 8/14/2008 8:44PM

    Oh, I hope you start swimming! It's an amazing thing. I credit it with most of my weight loss ... and it's the one exercise that I feel refreshed from completely when I'm done. (The water makes it feel like you didn't even break a sweat! haha)

I've been loving watching Phelps swim. He's a machine! Amazing. Do you know he eats 12,000 calories a day? And he's thin as a whip. What inspiration.

I hope you feel better soon. You have a pot of chicken noodle soup at hand?

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SLIMMER150 8/14/2008 8:42PM

    Sorry to hear you are under the weather. Get your rest and drink that water! Eat your good food. Think yourself well !!!

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How about a magic trick?

Monday, August 11, 2008

How about a magic trick? Ta-daa!

Lately I find myself thinking about how things were 7 months ago and earlier when I weighed 138 pounds more than I do now and the things that I couldn't do then back then, and more so I think about the things that I can do now compared to that time in my life. over the weekend as I took a walk with wify and the kiddos I found myself thinking back to last summer and how I could not make a 1/4 mile walk to see a broken bridge, and I have mentioned that day in this blog before but I feel that it is one of the moments in my life that made me really think about just how over weight I was so it sticks in my thoughts, anyways we were walking around a lake that is close to my Mother in laws house and ended up walking for two and a quarter miles so just about two miles further than that attempted bridge walk last summer and it dawned on me what I had accomplished, here I am walking more than 2 miles and I have zero back pain, I am not out of breath and the only thing that was a slight annoyance was a small spot on my foot where my sneaker was rubbing because I had on old socks that have thinned a bit and then Sunday we had a sitter and decided to go see a movie, we went to see The Dark Knight (which was a great movie) BUT the worry that I had was the theater seats, I had never been to this place and was worried that they would not have the seats where the arm rest lifts up so I was thinking about how this may just be a very uncomfortable couple hours worth of fidgeting around trying to enjoy the movie and when we got there indeed the seats arm rests did not lift up "here we go" I thought to myself as I ran up (yes I ran up the stairs) to the back row, sit down and wow I thought its not the most comfy thing in the world and I will admit that I was wiggling around a bit but I was able to sit in the non movable arm rest style theater seats which to many people may seem like a so what kind of thing but I honestly can't remember the last time I was able to go to a movie that did not have the arm rests that lift so this is a good thing. I have come a long way in the past few months and it was a lot of hard work and a lot of retraining myself to not look at food as anything more than fuel for my body, with the occasional treat of course but thats the key to losing weight I am finding, it is a very simple formula of eating enough to fuel your body without leaving an excessive reserve, who wouldda thunk?

Ok now for that movie and only because it was so good I feel like a review is in order, I will admit that I went in thinking it was going to be a good movie because all of what I have heard and I heard a lot of people all say that it was a good flick but Man! it was awesome. Heath Ledger was amazing in it and thats the part that I thought was all hype before going to see it for myself, I thought that because of his death that he was being hyped, now that I have seen it myself I can say that he did an excellent job in that role and I was already a fan of his because of the movie "A Knights Tale" its sort of one of the movies that makes me think of my wife because we both love that movie so much. from his magic trick in the beginning of The Dark Knight straight on up until a Nurse with a silencer He really did have the crazy motherfuc... role nailed down perfectly, I absolutely loved him in this flick it is truly a loss to the world of movies that he passed. I highly recommend that if you didn't see this movie that you do so.

Intake for the weekend was a bit meh, but over all I think it was not too bad I did have some take out Chinese food on Saturday (General Tso's chicken with white rice) which I do not know how many calories was in it but I don't care either, its not a terribly bad thing to have a treat now and again and thats how I look at that meal, I did have 815 calories to spare at dinner so if I went over I couldn't imagine it was by much. Sunday I hit 1700 calories on the nose, well I shouldn't say "on the nose" because I am not exactly sure how many calories were in the pop corn I had at the movies, My wife and I shared a medium popcorn during the movie and I ate about 1/3 of that (small) medium bag and we guessed it at about 200 calories after looking up a few calorie websites, so take my "on the nose" with a grain of salt. here is a look at that menu.


11:00 AM
2 cups of honey bunches of oats 320
1 cup of 1% milk 110

1:00 PM
less than half of med movie popcorn 200

4:00 PM
2 multi-grain english muffins 200
2 wedges laughing cow cheese 70
1 serving turkey pepperoni 70
sliced tomato 15

6:30 PM
5.5oz roast chicken breast 275
3/4 cup white rice 150
1/2 cup black beans 100
light sour cream 20

8:00 PM
1 apple 100

9:00 PM
1 fudge pop 70

Grand total of 1700 calories for Sunday and theres another day down in the trip to the half, I also wanted to mention that I am going to give deficit tracking a go, I figure with all of the exercise that I am trying to get into my days that I may as well track it and see what I am burning, it may just push me to do a bit more work which can only be a good thing so it shall be so, I will start counting today and see what I end up with by the end of the week and then set a goal for myself for next week and see how I do with it, maybe it will be something that helps me or maybe it will be something that I discard after looking at it for this week we will see. Thanks for reading and all that jazz.

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MISSHOLLYDAE 8/11/2008 10:30PM

    I've heard of that deficit thing a few times now. How do you do it? Do you have any info, like a website that talks about it maybe? I'm curious to know how it works.

Congratulations on the theater seats, that really is great and I totally sympathize with not being able to sit in seats. I have fidgeted in my share of theater seats and even been denied access to a roller coaster. So go you for overcoming that!!

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ZIRCADIA 8/11/2008 10:17PM

    CONGRATS on the seat thing!!! That is GREAT! :D Just one more milestone of many to come. :) So many things that you are opening yourself to be able to enjoy in life simply by being healthier -- can you imagine when you feel you're at your personal PEAK of health what that will feel like??? :D Have you seen Heath Ledger in Monster's Ball? That was a really great performance -- of course Brokeback Mountain was good, but I also really like the Four Feathers. Definitely long and a drama, so it can have a bit of a snore factor, but I happen to REALLLY like it. :) I think he's really good in that as well -- but DEFINITELY AMAZING in The Dark Knight. :D WOOHOO! I get so excited when I hear other people have seen it... hahaha. That's how much I love it. Sounds like you're doing really great! :D Keep it up!

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DONEPAT 8/11/2008 9:54PM

    Wow- congrats on the movie seat. It its a big deal, reflecting back on where you were, and where you are now! You have changed your life. How cool is that?

Just to share, this may be small compared to you, but I went to the gym for the first time, and after I was shown the weights, I had to get down on a floor mat and do abs, a bridge and "penquins". Then the trainer said, "get up" and I did. I used to have to lean against a wall, or use something to pull myself up. I got up like a normal sized person would. It felt awesome. So, I can only imagine how you felt!
"A Knight's Tale" was on TV last night. Made in 2001, I watched it and was kind of sad, you know? I have not seen "Batman" yet, but the comparison btwn the two characters is so stark. Like before Hollywood got me/After Hollywood got TO me. Ok, too deep I guess.

Congrats again. You really do keep me going.

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ZELCAT7 8/11/2008 2:03PM

    Popping in to offer my congrats with respect to the movie theater seat ... it IS a big deal! I am so proud of you and I'm truly enjoying "watching" you reap the rewards of your very hard work. Rock on, Botzzz, you are changing day by day!

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MESACHICK 8/11/2008 1:35PM

  AWESOME!!! My big fear in May was airplane seats, and when I fit, I actually had tears. There are some things that other people simply just can't understand unless they've been there. That is awesome!

Can't wait to see the Dark Knight! Happy Monday!

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SWEETZMIX 8/11/2008 12:47PM

    Nice to reflect!!

Yea the movie was feakin awesome!! Worth the money!!! So sad he passed before he can see what an impact he has had on the Batman films. Also sad that he won't be in the next batman, supposely bringing back catwoman and the riddler. I honeslty can't think of any other actor which can take on the role as the joker as he has. my movie theatre a small popcorn is like 259 calories. So I enjoy myself, just like you!!!

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KAZZLE3 8/11/2008 12:28PM

    It was a great movie! The way Health became the Joker was impressive, truly a talented actor. I was in awe.

Did you wonder why the Joker told several different stories to explain his facial disfigurement? That each story was told to shock the person hearing the story, to bring about a specific reaction from that person. When discussing this with a male friend, we wondered if each of us has something in our lives that the story always changed to fit the situation. It could be something big or something small. For me, it was my weight and the excuses I made - excuses to myself and others. Just something to think about.

The success that you have accomplished is truly breath taking. You are AMAZING Botzzz!!!

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LILLIAN364 8/11/2008 12:26PM

    Wow! It's not a small thing to fit in a seat. My honey now fits. A few years back he was about sixty or seven pounds more than he is now and he didn't fit. It's not comfortable for him. He's 5'11" and 290 pounds, but he can fit. Congratulation and here's to be more comfortable in the future.

Great thing to be able to walk without pain. I hurt to walk or run, but I do anyway. The first ten minutes of my jog always hurts but after that I'm fine until I get near the end. Chronic pain is just that. All my best.

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Weighing in and Olympics take over the television and a 3 pound drop

Friday, August 08, 2008

This GS500F weighs in at 396 lbs

Today is the day that the Olympics start as well as the day that I weigh in, when I woke up I went straight to the scale and hopped on and I have a loss this week of 3 pounds, its actually more than that but I only count whole numbers usually last week I weighed 399 and this morning the scale said 396.o for the first number and then 395.4 and then 395.6 so I will call it 396 for the weight this week so a 3 pound drop from last week and I have finally kicked 399 to the curb for the first time in 2 weeks and I have to admit I feel like a weight has been lifted off of my shoulders no pun intended. this is with me upping my intake by 200 calories per day and exercising more consistently and I hope to see another drop for next week but thats getting ahead of myself and I am just glad to see 399 gone for now.

Intake was good for Thursday coming in at 1653 total calories and I had to eat a Zone bar around 8pm to get all of them in but I don't mind that as Zone bars taste awesome. and I did get some movement in on my stationary bike, I rode for 25 minute in the am and then again last night for another 20 minutes so 45 total minutes and it looks like rain again for today so the bike will be how I get my workout in today as well and I want to have it completed before the Olympics start tonight o that I can relax while watching the opening ceremony. here is the menu for Thursday.


8:30 AM
2 slices whole wheat bread 140
1 T peanut butter 95
1 T Grape jam 50

10:30 AM
1 pear 85

1:00 PM
Tuna/pasta smart ones meal 250
1.5 oz pretzel sticks/mustard 163
dannon light and fit yogurt 60

3:15 PM
1 pear 85

5:45 PM
2 cups home made soup 300
2 multi-grain english muffins 200
1/2 T Smart balance spread 25

8:30 PM
1 caramel zone bar 200

Over all I am pleased with my progress in the last 7 months and will continue on with the current plan of 1700 calories for another week, and if I lose again next week 1700 will become the normal intake amount and I will keep the exercise where it is because I can 100% feel myself getting stronger by the day where my endurance is concerned, and that wraps up another weigh in day and 3 more pounds gone. Thank you for following along and as always kids, tune in again same bat time same bat channel to find out how the good fight goes.

As Ever

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

DONEPAT 8/11/2008 9:49PM

    Wow! you did it again! Glad to see your "experiment" worked :)
Having a hard week, and came to your page, and as always, you help.
thank you!


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JOY2BEMEE 8/9/2008 5:56PM

    Great job as usual! The blog by your wife was great too! you two seem to mesh and that is what life is all about! Cheering each other on! Have a great week and looking forward to your weigh-in on Friday. emoticon

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ALIAGOGO 8/8/2008 8:50PM

    Hey there, I came across your page, thought I'd stop in. I saw the bike and thought I share something that always helps me push a little harder. My husband (being the motorcycle freak that he is) says to me 'you're not losing weight, you're gaining horsepower!' which is the highest compliment for a racing motorcycle. Every ounce gone is like adding a bit of carbon fibre or dropping your lap time by a hundredth of a second. Every set of crunches is like tuning up the engine or getting new tires. Just imagine when your power to weight ratio is like a grand prix (motogp) bike! (297lbs/220hp) you'll be smoking up that rear wheel! - I'm shooting for the 125cc class myself ;) [sorry about the exhaustive metaphor - guess I'm a bike freak too! :]

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MISSHOLLYDAE 8/8/2008 5:36PM

    Great job! I'm at a loss as to what to say because there are only so many ways to tell you that you're awesome, lol.

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MESACHICK 8/8/2008 2:02PM


a ya rock :-)

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LUCKY8GAL 8/8/2008 1:07PM

    Awesome!!!!! Keep it up. You are such an inspiration to so many people. emoticon

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ZIRCADIA 8/8/2008 12:33PM

    YAY!!!!!!! :D I knew it wouldn't be long, ESPECIALLY if you stuck to your guns with the eating a bit more and the higher level of excercise. You are doing so great!!! :D I'm so proud of ya!!!!!! I know how you feel that weight lifted off your shoulders. It gets so old seeing that same number on the scale when you're working so hard and then when you finally BUST past it it's like *PHWEW*.

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SWEETZMIX 8/8/2008 10:11AM

    whoo hoo...i was getting tired of 399 too!! That extra food must give the extra kick you need to be able to work out 2x a day. Much sucess and have a good weekend. Make the most of it because time goes by so fast the older we get.


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LILLIAN364 8/8/2008 9:34AM

    Congratulation on your weight loss! emoticon

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TX.PATRICIA 8/8/2008 9:22AM

    You are such an inspiration! I look forward to reading your blog every time you post!

Keep up the GREAT work!

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