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Monday, August 25, 2008



I'm Back!!! I took a ride on the stationary bike last night to test my lungs out and 20 minutes later I was sweating and happy that I was back on the bike, the first couple minutes I was thinking that I may have lost my love for it but then something kicked in and I was pedaling away and 20 minutes seemed to come too fast and I was done, so I hopped off and did 30 push ups in sets of ten just to get back into it and I woke up this morning and am full of energy. so the plan is to get on the bike again this afternoon and possibly again later tonight because I split the rides up as to save my nether region from the long exposure to the crushing sensation that riding a bike for long periods of time can have and I would like to do 40 minutes. I am also going to start deficit tracking calories burned and will start off with a goal of 3500 calories burned in a week, I found an online calculator that allows me to put in my weight and which exercise was done and it estimates the calories that were burned for any given exercise or movement so I will use that to count what I have burned, I have not decided whether I will post the amount calories burned once per week, perhaps on weigh in day or if I will do it daily in my every day posts.

Intake for Sunday was good coming in at 1628, so actually a little bit lower than it should be but close enough for me to say it was a good day. my average calories for the week came in at 1583 which is again a bit low but not so bad that I am worried about it and I think considering the week I have had I did well. I am looking forward to a good loss this week and I think that by putting the exercise back in place and watching the intake that I will have just that, I am putting last week behind me and am back in full swing and all systems go.

in conclusion, I suspect that I will have a good drop in weight this week and I want to predict a 5 pound loss come Friday because of putting the exercise back in place but I will not be disappointed if I don't get that number, and thats that for todays post. Tune in tomorrow kids for another exciting episode of as the fat guy turns.

As Ever
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ZIRCADIA 8/26/2008 9:55PM

    BWAHAHA as the fat guy turns... anyway. :) CONGRATS!!!!!!!! Doesn't it feel so good to be back to par??? I've been enjoying it lately -- although I can tell the difference from before I was sick, I still feel so much energy and capability to workout it's great. :)

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MISSHOLLYDAE 8/26/2008 3:52PM

    'As the Fat Guy Turns' emoticon

That is soo much funnier than it should be, lol.

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BOTZZZ 8/26/2008 1:37PM

    Mo, the link is on my blogspot page for the calories burned estimator.

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MOEDANCING 8/26/2008 9:13AM

    Zeus can you give us a link to the tracker? Please please huh huh

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LADYZHERRA 8/25/2008 11:41PM

    Getting back into the groove always feels good (when you can find it again!). Keep it up!

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SANLONDON 8/25/2008 5:14PM

    Good to hear you're back on the burn trail again Botzzz.

I'm thinking of picking up my own cardio equipment this week - probably the cross-trainer or exercise bike (both better on the knees than a treadmill I think). Hopefully I'll be able to do the same soon.

Love that Arnie pic.

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BABY_GIRL69 8/25/2008 3:53PM

    emoticon back!! Blessings! Dee

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MZUNGU-TEMBO 8/25/2008 1:10PM

    Welcome back! emoticon

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MESACHICK 8/25/2008 12:14PM

  That is awesome!! Dontcha just love those endorphins??

I also split bike time up a little. Sometimes, getting off, drinking a bunch of water, and stretching out legs and booty is enough to stay on for 10 more minutes. When I'm on the bike for an hour, I get off at 20 min., then 30, 40, and 50. The last 10 minutes I "sprint" it. I haven't done that in a while (I usually add it at the "end" of cardio - 10-20 minutes) and you inspire me to get back on! It's a great way to catch up on reading, too...LOL

I am on my way to the OB/GYN for the annual exam this morning and while it is not fun, I am excited to get on the scale - a LOT has changed since last August! I, too, reflected on all of the "little" things that have changed for me...airplane seats, sitting next to people at my church without feeling like I am crowding them, shopping at plus size stores vs. the "secret" XXXXL size stores!, etc. GO YOU for being grateful and determined. You so rock!! (Have I told you that lately???)

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SWEETZMIX 8/25/2008 12:09PM

    Glad to hear u got ur SWAG back!!

And I calculate my calories deficit for the week as well. I post my overall results every week when I weigh in, because I don't want to bore anyone reading my blog. I do keep track of it daily in a spreadsheet, so it's easier for me to look back on. I just like to see the amount of calories I burn in reference to weight that is lost. Something for me to keep going, while I look back and say to myself "Hey u burned 2,000 calories last week, u can do it again."

Good Luck

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ROSEOFSHARON73 8/25/2008 11:41AM

  you are doing great. I track my exercise & calories burned on Traineo.com - check it out if you haven't already.

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Not just a diet

Sunday, August 24, 2008


Sunday afternoon has come and as I sit here I am thinking about just how much weight I have lost in these almost 8 months, 141 pounds as of Friday has been shed from my body and I am physically able to do things that I could not do just last winter, lives have been changed 100% since starting on this regimen of eating better and moving more and mine is the one most drastically changed. I eat a total of 1700 calories per day, I exercise on a daily basis a lot of the time it is more than once per day and I am hardly sitting still for more than a few minutes during any given day, jumping up to do a few sets of push ups randomly or running up the stairs to use the bathroom upstairs instead of the one that is 10 feet from me. I snack on baby carrots and an array of fruit along with sugar free Popsicles now when I feel hungry, and go for a walk when I need to relax or hop on my stationary bike and get lost in some good music. Let us now flash back to last summer, and we will talk about some of my habits from that time in my life. 1700 calories might have been the total calories of a single meal which was in a string of the same type of meals. exercise for me was to walk up the stairs to go to bed and 10 of 10 times you could find me sitting on the couch with a clicker in my hand and a half of a bag of something sitting next to me, whether it be a big bag of BBQ chips, or a bag of Doritos. a push up? in my wildest dreams maybe and the back pain that would come with all of it was just the icing on the cake, and speaking of cake there was lots of that around as well, I am reminded of a line from fight club where Edward Nortons character says "this is your life and its ending one second at a time" that was me before I decided to change my life and control what went into my body and what I did for myself in the area of health and nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle. This works for me because it is not treated as a "diet" it is not something that will be a temporary fix or the next thing that I tried to do in 2008, it is a lifestyle change plain and simple.

Stronger now than I have been in nine or more years, mentally as well as physically I can say that statement with one hundred percent certainty that it is true, nothing will stop me from reaching the goal that I have set for myself.

You met me at a very strange time in my life.

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MISSHOLLYDAE 8/25/2008 8:51AM

    I know no two paths are the same, but its amazing how you can find the similarities in all of them, the human element is never far from a story with heart in it. My journey has just begun and yet I feel like in so many ways I was sprinting out of the gate, because I have changed so much in this short amount of time. Inspirational stories like that are the ones that keep others going for their dreams as well, so never stop sharing them. We appreciate you and we're all rooting for your success in all things!

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MESACHICK 8/24/2008 9:49PM

  That's great "Welcome to the first day of the rest of your life" stuff!! YOU ROCK!

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JOY2BEMEE 8/24/2008 7:21PM

    I'm just glad we met! people come into our lives everyday for a reason, we just have to be open to it! You have touched more lives then you know! Have a great week! and hope the stress level begins to fall! emoticon emoticon

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Weighing in once again I have lost a whole pocket bike.

Friday, August 22, 2008



This 2006 Yamaha R6 weighs in at 393 lbs

Friday is here and the time of week to record my weight has arrived, I won't keep you in suspense and I won't try and dazzle you with anything more than the number this week which is smaller than I thought it would be but I have a theory on why, but before I get to that I have lost one pound this week and I weighed in at 393 pounds upon waking today. onto the theory, I have had an extremely stressful week (not related to weight loss so I won't bore you with the details) on Monday I weighed 390 pounds and thats when the stress came into the picture as well, I have not been hydrating myself like I normally do and lack of exercise is definitely a factor and I have not been eating every few hours, its been more like 6 hours between meals and they have been larger and not so healthy but the fact that I was 390 on Monday means that I was actually seeing losses and when the stress reared its ugly head I gained back 3 pounds but I believe that some of it is because I drank heavily last night to try and make up some of the fluid that I know I have been missing out on but it is what it is and 393 is the number that shall be recorded. Am I happy about the one pound? sure, its a pound thats not on me any more, am I satisfied with it? no I am not, I know that I could have had more of a loss but life happens and such is the way of the world. so thats the way the cookie crumbles this week and a one pound loss is realized for the week, I am not happy about it and I am not upset about it I am sort of feeling neutral.

You will notice that my menu is well, $hitty from yesterday I had 3 meals and a tiny pear that I picked off of a tree and dinner was an Italian BMT from Subway and I did have Mayo on it, I just didn't care because its what I wanted at the time. I also had some chocolate but when I say that I mean a new phone, I picked up a new LG Chocolate 3 phone and am getting use to how it works this morning and since its a new gadget I wanted to mention it. I have been pulled in two thousand directions in the past few days and its hard to get intake into my body when I need to so its been just trying to eat when I can and make it count calorie wise, the total is 1690 calories but as you will see its 3 lump meals and that random pear, here is a look at my dismal menu from yesterday.

08/22/08

Breakfast
8:00 AM
2 cups raisin bran 380
1 cup 1% milk 110

Lunch
12:30 PM
1 can progrsso soup 120
1oz Tortilla chips 140

6:00 PM
tiny pear 40

Dinner
7:00 PM
Subway Italian bmt 900

Over all things are still going in a positive direction and I am staying on track where calories are concerned its just the execution that I am worried about, in the past few days I have eaten fried chicken strips and fries at Friendly's, an Italian BMT with mayo and cheese and lots of peanut butter and jelly and home made pizza pockets, to say that my intake is flawed this week would be putting it lightly but as i said life happens and all ya can do is what ya can do and thats what I have been doing. I have been home barely and it could have been much worse in the form of McDonalds or the likes but I chose to grab the quick meal from home most times and I always kept track of the calories, I know that when this stress blows over I will hit it it hard again and get some real numbers flying again where my weight is concerned and get a rhythm back, so Until next time thats that.

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DONEPAT 8/24/2008 10:30AM

    Hey
Congrats on the phone, and you did well, even with the week you had. My week was like that, so it should be interesting to see how weigh in goes in 3 days. Eating good, but not exercising. Hope to do that today.

A pound is a pound. It adds up. You are doing super.
Patty

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BIGGIRL2082010 8/23/2008 8:52AM

    Heh. Way to go on getting in your chocolate for the day. :) (Okay, I _know_ it's a phone, but chocolate is chocolate!) AND your fruit - I love the image "a tiny pear" - don't scoff at it, I bet your body was happy to get SOME good stuff. :)

Hopefully the stressor is gone or dealt with by now - you know you'll see 390 again, and SOON. Glad you've lost a pocket bike. Now, what the heck _is_ a pocket bike, anyway? (Note to self: google "pocket bike")

Keep up the hard work - don't forget that strutting is an essential part of feeling great! :)

Cheers,
Maya


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MISSHOLLYDAE 8/23/2008 1:20AM

    You'll get it back, there's no way you won't so no worries, right? Just keep your head up and make better choices tomorrow (I'm only telling you what I have to tell myself because I'm in no position to give you advice, lol). Keep it strong!

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MESACHICK 8/22/2008 4:58PM

  1# is awesome!

I get the stress eating stuff. Last weekend, I ate 4 cheesecake bites and 3 brownie bites before I even acknowledged that I was eating. DOH. Had to do a million extra hours of cardio this week to make up for it. My weight loss was also...1#. I'll take it! LOL


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SANLONDON 8/22/2008 1:05PM

    Wow. When you see the weight loss as a physical object - like that bike, it brings it home a little bit more. Congrats so far - and the loss of a pound is still a loss.

Hope your weekend is better than your week has been.

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SWEETZMIX 8/22/2008 12:00PM

    A pound is a pound...sO emoticon

I think when we know how hard we can work and what we can do, when the times arise when we know we are not doing our best..it sucks. BUT thats life and all we can do is kick a$$ next week!!!

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Day something...

Thursday, August 21, 2008



Another week is coming to a close and I have not exercised this week at all because of this cold that I am getting over, I have had a very hectic week and have not been how do I say "on the ball" with this whole weight loss thing, I am not saying that I have fell off of the wagon or anything its just not been the best of weeks for me all around and its translating into bad meal choices and off schedule timing on when said meals are eaten. this week I have had days where the calories were as low as 1200 and then yesterday I went over by 40 coming in at 1740 total calories and my dinner was eaten at 9:30 pm last night, I have to try and concentrate on getting my meals back on track and I may try a short ride on the bike this afternoon to see how my lungs handle it.

Physically I feel extremely strong lately, I cannot explain it other than saying I feel like I can do anything, I walk and feel the urge to run to where ever it is that I am going, a few nights ago I jumped up the stairs in my house one at a time just because, I carry my daughter on my shoulder EVERYWHERE we go and not only because she asks me but because I treat it as burning more calories, after all carrying 35 pounds up on my shoulders while I walk for 40 minutes has to count for something right? and then jst yesterday I was walking through a parking lot and a car started backing up towards me and my first thought was to step up on the bumper and up and over the trunk, now whether that would have worked or not if the driver had not seen me is left unknown but the fact is that I know that I could have if need be and just 8 months ago it was not a possibility blows my mind. so this pleases me to say the least, I feel like I have my old self back and its only getting better by the day. here is my menu from Wednesday.

08/20/08

Breakfast
10:30 AM
1 T peanut butter 95
1 T jelly 50
2 slices whole wheat bread 140

Lunch
12:00 PM
1 zone bar 200

2:30 PM
chicken strips/french fries (friendly's) 750

5:00 PM
1 fudge pop 70

Dinner
9:30 PM
4 slices light Italian bread 160
2oz low fat Mozz cheese 160
1 serving turkey pepperoni 70
light parm cheese 10
pizza sauce 30
jalapeņo 5

Grand total of 1740 calories for the day and that lunch at Friendly's probably was not the best choice in the world as far as nutrition and health go but it hit the spot in a hectic day an is not really what caused me to go over calories (damn fudge pop) so I am cool with the choice to have it. over all I am still on track and can't wait to start working out again and as I stated earlier I may try to ride the bike today and I have tentative plan to go to the park later today so a hike may be the result of that little outing, we shall see. Tomorrow is another weigh in and I am looking forward to see what kind of loss I pull off this week, I know there is a loss I just don't know where it will settle to by the morning. Thank you for reading and be sure to tune in tomorrow same bat time same bat channel for the results to this weeks weigh in.

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DONEPAT 8/24/2008 10:28AM

    Some weeks are like this, but you did well!
It's hard with kids, and the easiest things to do are Friendly's but still, you are tracking, and fully aware of your behavior. WTG!

Cool on carrying the kid and feeling stronger.

Keep on going! You keep me (us) in line!
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MISSHOLLYDAE 8/23/2008 1:16AM

    Is there some mojo sucking virus going around this week? Lol. I know I'm slacking, I don't have the sickness to excuse it, but I'm struggling with the sleep thing. It seems like a lot of people are having a hard time this week though, I just find it ironic I guess. Anyway we'll all turn it right soon enough!

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LEELYNN2 8/22/2008 9:28AM

    what a kid! My maintenance is more that 1700 so I'm a little concerned. If you feel like you are going over, what is your normal dieting calorie range? Are you sure you are eating enough? I'm such a worry wort.

It's great to hear that you are feeling better.

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ZIRCADIA 8/21/2008 5:41PM

    SUPER BOTZZZ!! Leaping over moving cars in a single bound! :D But yeah, that character does mean strength. :D I know this because I studied Japanese for a while -- 2 years in high school and 1 in college. Good stuff. Some weeks are just crazy. I'm feeling weird about stuff this week -- sometimes this week I've felt like I was stuffying myself to get to calories, other times hungry.. I dunno. I figure I'm getting my equilibrium back from the sick times, too. :) Thanks for the comment on my page, too. I appreciate it for sure!!!!!!!

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MESACHICK 8/21/2008 5:03PM

  So glad you are feeling so strong! It is such a great feeling. If someone would have told me last year at this time that I would feel empowered by exercise, I would have rolled my eyes...but NOW I get it.

I hope you feel better soon so you can enjoy more of your feelings of strength! ;-)

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LUCKY8GAL 8/21/2008 2:38PM

    I'm a sucker for those fudge pops too. They make a 45 cal version as well. 35 pounds of child on your back should count. I never thought about that, I have 5 kids and they are not on my back but they are usually on my nerves, do ya think that might count? Gotta give yourself a little break now and then. Well hope you feel better soon.You can do it!!!! emoticon

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BABY_GIRL69 8/21/2008 2:32PM

    That was last week & this is today. So ease back into your workout as not to cause injury! Blessings!

Dee

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JOY2BEMEE 8/21/2008 12:59PM

    You are the pillar of "strength". Need I say more? Stay strong and draw from the strength within; you have all that you need! Have a great week-end and keep your chin up! emoticon emoticon

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KMEKATE 8/21/2008 11:21AM

    You're the incredible hunky hulk.

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BIGGIRL2082010 8/21/2008 11:10AM

    I like it - you gonna try out for "stuntman" in one of those action flicks? I mean, jumping over cars is pretty impressive! :)

Sorry to hear you've been under the weather. Glad you're feeling better. Friendly's - never been there - sounds yummy. One of these days I'll learn to settle for health over maximum salty flavour, but that day isn't here yet. :)

Hope you're back to 100% soon!

Cheers,
Maya


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Juju { You can have this. }

Tuesday, August 19, 2008



I sometimes think about the struggles we as heavy people go through and the fact that in society heavy people are generally looked down on because of their size and the stigma that goes with that, and what I mean is that if a 500 pound man is walking through a mall people make comments about that man and do it so blatantly as to say it out loud and within earshot of said person and thats ok with most people because it is the fat guys fault that he is fat, isn't it? even if it is their fault who is the other anonymous person to say so in a rude public manner? I will admit to being on the end of some of those comments here and there through life and some of the time they are let go, mostly when its a kid or something because thats not exactly malicious behavior as much as its just something different through child's eyes but when its an adult that says it? or a teenage kid? I have been known to turn towards them and ask them to repeat it to my face and ya know what, I have never had someone take me up on the offer, and yet this behavior is accepted by most people and no one blinks an eye to actions like that.



I am now at a size where I just look like a huge guy more than a huge fat guy and that is what I can relate to, I have always been a big guy and now that I am at a closer to normal weight, even though 394 lbs is not a "normal size" and more like Gorilla sized, it is closer and my being six foot five helps with that as well. I have "got my cockiness back" says my wife, she has been joking with me lately calling me "vain" and what not and I just think to myself "isn't that part of the point?" BUT in my defense I am not vain, just got my juju back I think. I look in a mirror now and see me looking back and when I look at old photos of me when I was 500 plus pounds I honestly think "wow who is that guy" and I can remember looking in mirrors and thinking well if I cut my beard this way I will look less fat, stretching my face in odd directions to make my face look thinner in essence convincing myself that it was just a bit of weight and things along those lines, and now I look in the mirror and just smile.

where is he going with this? I don't even know where I am going with this post, lately when I start typing out a post I just let my mind wander and 40 minutes later between putting fires out with the kiddos and making lunch or breakfast a post is here I click publish and poof another entry. what have we learned today kids? fat people are just regular people just like you who are not over weight, sometimes when you point and laugh the Gorilla turns around and charges the cage and scares the excrement out of you, and I am not vain, confident? sure, vain? nah. Thanks for reading along and I wish you success along your weight loss journey.

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DONEPAT 8/24/2008 10:22AM

    Getting cockiness- (confidence, pride in how you look, feel ) back is wonderful, isn't it? That just is starting with me. I make sure I look nice just to go out walking, or to the corner store. (yes, small town, I have a corner store.)
Like someone posted, obesity discrimination- comments, seems to be the last acceptable form of.....?? what is the word? It just seems ok with everyone, (most people, not this girl). Even when I see a morbidly obese man/woman, I just think to myself, "oh, they must hurt so inside." What drives people to be so rude?

I think all we can do is push back, like you do, with the confrontation. I get a lot of comments due to my lack of hearing. Stupid people- I can get sound that I can't understand clearly, but couple that with lipreading, I can get what they say- and YES- I have called them on it.

Ah, some people, let's throw them in the ocean, or ship them to Mars. All of us Spark people can rule the world!

Great blog and glad you're feeling back to your old new self!

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JOY2BEMEE 8/21/2008 12:50PM

    You always give us something to think about! that can change the world! your perspective is right on! emoticon emoticon

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MOBAYGIRL 8/21/2008 10:29AM

    My husband actually had a young lady say to his face "You are HUGE". He didn't actually know how to respond to her so he just took a pose like a Grizzly Bear and said RRRRRRROWWWW.
I don't know where people have the nerve to say the things they do anymore. Seems like we have forgotten that if we don't have something nice to say don't say anything at all.

BOTZZZ you are doing great! Keep up the good work and we at WATP are walking right along with you.

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PUMPKINFACE73 8/20/2008 3:46PM

    Great post! Congrats on getting you juju back......isn't it the best feeling ever?


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MISSHOLLYDAE 8/20/2008 7:01AM

    Yeah the posing, I always try to stand different ways and suck in the gut thinking it makes me look better, but what? am I going to do that in public? Ha, that would probably be more embarrassing than just being overweight in the first place. I also can't believe how rude people are. I remember one time I was at a fast food restaurant and I had ordered an ice cream after my meal and some guy said something about 'yeah it looks like you need that'! I went and sat down and cried and couldn't even eat my ice cream that I had just paid for. What gives people the right to pass judgment like that? For all he knew I was giving myself my one treat for the week when I had been dieting. Just makes me mad.

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ZIRCADIA 8/19/2008 10:31PM

    Ahh yes, the posing and stretching in front of the mirror to hide the fat.... I can relate to this for sure. Luckily I never heard any really rude comments after I left high school. And really high school was only the beginning of high school. But people are so freaking rude. I have no point to my comment either, but anyway. :)

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MESACHICK 8/19/2008 3:36PM

  I think the mental stuff that fat brings is definitely the hardest thing to work through. Eating less, exercising more - those are just disciplines to master - but attitude is everything. Congrats on getting your juju back...hee hee...you deserve it!!

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SANLONDON 8/19/2008 2:41PM

    Good post Botzzz.

I think fat-ism is the last 'acceptable' ism left. Now that people are (to some degree) aware of the damage that racism, sexism and homophobia can cause. Somehow it's ok to name call a fat kid or person as 'they brought it on themselves' (the name callers must be psychic if they already figured out the lifestory of a person just by them walk past).

Being a big guy, I have noticed being treated like a second-class citizen in some situations, I can't imagine what you must have had to put up with at your heaviest.

Anyway, thanks for allowing me to ramble on.

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BIGGIRL2082010 8/19/2008 12:50PM

    Well, Mr. Gorilla, sir, you look PHINE at your present weight. I am not surprised you've got some cockiness going - you deserve to strut a bit after all the hard work you're putting into this effort! I agree with you, though, when did it become acceptable to be rude? It's not just about fat people (been there, heard that), but also about people who in _any_ way don't follow THAT moron's rules - I've actually heard people get extremely rude about all kinds of weird things: like even about cars idling! Sheesh.

Blame it all on TV? I don't think so. We could sit and wonder and blame it all on the upbringing, but I don't think it's quite that simple, either. I suspect at some level, everyone's tolerance for rudeness must've increased! I had some folks throw popcorn at me just because my then-husband asked them, politely, mind you, to please not talk during a movie. :) Oh, well.

Yeah, that fingers-doing-the-thinking thing? I've got that, too! :) Hope you're having fun shopping, now that you're in "regular" size stores - that must be such a hoooooot! And I bet your wife is fully enjoying the shopping trips right along with you - must be really fun!

Have yourself a super week!

Cheers,
Maya


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CALICAVEGIRL 8/19/2008 12:20PM

    I used to stand in front of the mirror and try to figure out ways of holding my head/chin so that when I smiled in pictures (which I really tried to avoid!) then my double chin wouldn't show. Ha! Who was I kidding!!!

Glad you are feeling more 'normal' (whatever THAT is - I don't think I'll ever truly be 'normal,' and maybe that's the point - ha,ha)....

Anywho,... just rambling on here,... lol =)

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