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Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Now THAT would take some serious willpower to stay away from.

Let us start with a quote this morning, "What this power is, I cannot say. All I know is that it exists...and it becomes available only when you are in that state of mind in which you know exactly what you want...and are fully determined not to quit until you get it" -Alexander Graham Bell- this quote defines my state of mind where losing this weight is concerned, and that may seem like a heavy quote for a thing such as losing some weight to some people, likely the people that have never had to lose the amount of weight that I and many other people have had to lose but heavy none the less. I have always treated this as something that I have to do instead of something that I want to or am just doing and that in itself may be the driving force behind what I have accomplished in the last eight months. I started off at a whopping 534 pounds and in just eight short months with nothing more than raw determination and discipline have dropped 145 pounds of unwanted body weight from my 6'5'' frame and still have more than 100 pound left to lose, imagine that, a guy that has lost 145 pounds still has more than 100 pound to lose before a respectable weight is realized, thoughts like that floor me.

I have grown up around a few family members that have struggled with weight loss and all of them have handled it a little differently than the next, from Atkins diet to taking the latest and greatest miracle pill right on down to basic calorie counting and some have had some good results and some have had less than good but they all have had the same end result for the most part which is to put the weight back on at some point. I think that anyone can be a success where losing weight is concerned and it does not take the next big diet buzz or miracle pill to do so, I have said this before but I think it is worth repeating, we all have what it takes to lose weight and its something that is free to all of us, its called willpower others call it determination and still others call it drive but you do have it and its free for the taking and it is all that you need to successfully drop the pounds. I know that things are tempting and I know that sometimes are harder than others but the fact is that you make the choice to put the food in your mouth and you make the decision to exercise or not to do those things. can it be difficult sometimes to not eat that piece of pie? will that chocolate covered cherry call to you now and again? maybe but it still comes down to whether you have the willpower to not take it or will it be eaten with extreme prejudice? the choice is always ours to make.

Sometimes you just have to stop and ask "what am I doing to myself?" and when the answer is obvious a decision needs to be made. are you ready to begin the rest of your life? or maybe the more important question is are you ready to stop killing yourself? Make the decision...

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MISSHOLLYDAE 9/4/2008 8:47PM

    You really have a way with words. You should get a job as a weight loss motivational speaker, lol. You would kick arse! Anyway great job you're doing so awesome!

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DONEPAT 9/4/2008 3:32PM

    Sometimes you just have to stop and ask "what am I doing to myself?" and when the answer is obvious a decision needs to be made. are you ready to begin the rest of your life? or maybe the more important question is are you ready to stop killing yourself? Make the decision...

That is a tremendous quote and I would like to print it and frame it and hang it up on my computer, my bathroom, kitchen, everywhere.

What you say ALWAYS relates to what I am thinking/feeling for the week. You are awesome. Keep on going.


Patty :)


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AXISLADY 9/4/2008 2:01PM

    Just stopping by to say hello and I always come away with something from your blogs. Thank You.

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    You find the best pictures :)

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    Good p oint.


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BABY_GIRL69 9/3/2008 6:14PM

    Thank you for sharing! That was beautiful! Blessings Dee

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CISCOROTT 9/3/2008 6:05PM

    Very true. I never realized how much weight I really had to lose until I picked up a 40 pound bag of water softener salt. I said to myself "man I am carrying around 3 bags of these things on my body". I have been lucky to not have knee problems or other ailments up to this point but with the big 4-0 coming up next year I realized that I needed to make some serious changes and get rid of this excess baggage.

Keep up the great work. You are an inspiration to us all !

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SANLONDON 9/3/2008 3:40PM

    Great motivational post as always Tony.

It's incredible what you've achieved and the fact that there's no room to get complacent after reaching the goal is defintiely something worth remembering.

I think one of the reasons that why so many of us here is that we put things off til another day and the problem just got worse. Willpower and self-motivation are probably the greatest tools need on this journey.

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ZIRCADIA 9/3/2008 2:53PM

    GREAT POST. About maintaining -- and regarding your comment on my blog and some thoughts I've had today that I touched on in my blog today -- I'm used to working really hard. Working really hard to lose weight. And now that I'm maintaining, I am working just as hard. I'm eating more -- but the effort level hasn't changed. I expect that eventually I might slow it down a little bit, but I think maybe the success so far is that my transition into maintainance wasn't about -- OK I'M HERE NOW!!! you know? It was like, ok, continuing on this healthy journey, only now I get more food in the equation. I know how this weight thing works now and I know what components will equal to a maintained weight. I just have to continue to focus on being healthy and whatnot. So it's not more effort to maintain for sure. If anything, I could have continued eating less and slacked a bit on the excercise. :) hahahaha. I think the danger is when people slack too much and let their old bad habits creep back in. I don't think that is going to be a problem for me because I'm determined, and I'm aware of it, as well as the fact that the time spent losing weight has not been a completely different world. You know? Like if I was on the miracle pill or latest diet craze, it would have been a temporary shift in behavior that I was going to keep up until it was over. Instead, I look at the past year and a half before maintainance as my training for the rest of my life. I learned how to eat healthily and how to work out effectively. Anyway -- longest comment ever. :)

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TWICETHEMAN 9/3/2008 2:19PM

    So true Tony!! emoticon

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LUCKY8GAL 9/3/2008 1:46PM

    You are always profound in the things you say. Once again you hit the nail on the head! Thanks for the inspiration! emoticon

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MESACHICK 9/3/2008 1:37PM

  So profound!! Stopping that cycle of abuse is necessary for lifestyle change. 90% of this journey is mental, at least for me. You so rock!!

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    You are absolutely right Tony. It takes a strong mindset and determination to lose as much weight as you have. You definetly have the eye of the tiger. To make good choices and turn down good eats day after day,

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SHERADIATES 9/3/2008 9:40AM

    You could not have posted this at a better time. Thank you!

You have done so well - it sounds like you are really settled in to the lifestyle. I have no doubt that you will reach your goal.

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SWEETZMIX 9/3/2008 9:35AM

    Very well said. Being around family the ones you love struggle with weight and see how it effects their lives, is a big reality check. My grandma has plenty of medical issues and she knows that some of them could of been avoided, maybe all of them, if she controlled her weight as she aged. But just living a life like hers and battle depression before and during the time where all her medical issues started to surface didn't help. She saw me this past weekend and she noticed we lost some weight and she was real happy.

I def. made the decision to become a healthier person inside and out. I want better for myself! Especially there is sO many diseases which are preventable if we just take care of ourselves.

I love ur blogs, always dropping knowledge.

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TX.PATRICIA 9/3/2008 9:12AM

    Very well stated, keep up the great work!

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I want my baby back, baby back, baby back...

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Tuesday has come along with a new month and I have been a very bad boy where intake is concerned. On Friday since my mom is in town we treated her out to dinner at Chili's where when I walked in I had all intentions of eating well and by well I don't mean lots of good food but more in the sense that I would watch myself closely but alas that is not what happened, I did order the guiltless salmon dish which has calories listed as just under 500 and I ordered my obligatory unsweetened tea, not bad right? but then we ordered an appetizer of southwestern egg rolls and I had a Blue moon before dinner got to the table. wify ordered the chicken fajitas dinner and I ended up having one of those before the night was finished too, there was also a birthday cake in there at one point as well, so yeah lets just say I went over on Friday, Saturday went well enough and I kept the calories low because of the previous days number and only had 1318 total calories and then Sunday I took my mom to visit her sister where I was tempted with a chocolate silk cake with cherry filling and home made whipped cream and I did not resist and had a pretty good sized piece of that heavenly goodness almost immediately after arriving at her house, we ended up eating at a Friendlys restaurant for dinner that night, and besides the cake I was within calorie range, I had a total of 1550 calories before the cake but I am sure it brought me over. Mondays intake was pretty good besides the fact that I drank almost no fluid (which means about 3 quarts total all day) I did come in at a total caloric intake of 1660 for the day so I am happy with that and over the entire four days 2 of 4 days I did bad which I really am not too worried about because giving up going out to dinner with family and friends every now and again is not something I am interested in doing for the rest of my time on earth and well yeah, its just a part of life, because I eat healthy does not mean that I cannot enjoy dinner out or a piece of cake now and again, Here is Mondays menu.


9:15 AM
1 banana 105
1 T peanut butter 95

2:00 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
jalapeno 5

7:15 PM
9.5 oz Atlantic salmon fillet 420
lots of brussel sprouts 225
3/4 cup pilaf rice 220

8:45 PM
12oz Dannon light and fit yogurt 160

Exercise, whats that? I have not ridden my bike since my Mom got here but we have done a good deal of walking around (malls etc and random walks with my daughter) but nothing in the way of real cardio, I do plan on riding today and getting the cardio back on track to finish up the week. otherwise its business as usual around here and the weight is hopefully coming off this week, I was down a pound from Fridays weight on Sunday but have not weighed myself since then and forgot this morning until after I ate breakfast. nothing spectacular to report today I am afraid but it is what it is and there you have it. Thanks for reading along and remember that its just life, enjoy it while you can.

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DITRYING 9/2/2008 9:47PM

    Perfection is not necessary for our goals to be achieved. Which is a darn good thing. You were not perfect, but you could have done a lot worse. Good on you for not letting your lapses become relapses (or collapses). Looks like you have a good handle on what choices you made that did not move you closer to goals and what choices you made that are still heading in the right direction. Hope your Monday went according to plan.

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NEWKIM1 9/2/2008 9:18PM

    Wise beyond your years! Thanks for sharing and putting it all in perspective for us. You rock!

Glad to hear you had a great weekend and are not being hard on yourself.

Take care!

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ZIRCADIA 9/2/2008 8:28PM

    We all need a break every now and again and at least you had a good day in the middle of the splurges, right? :) You're managing those little splurges and even when you're going over, you're not letting it derail you. You're just taking a small detour and right back on track. Of course, you have this thing DOWN so I'm not surprised. :D hehehe.

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LADYZHERRA 9/2/2008 6:49PM

    Food is such a big part of enjoying life!

It's hard to "stay on track" when relatives and friends visit. I have a hard time with it, for sure.

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BABY_GIRL69 9/2/2008 5:55PM

    When you have a holiday you have to enjoy yourself. I'm glad you had such a wonderful time with your mom!! So worry about that confounded scale tomorrow! Blessings! Dee

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CECE0330 9/2/2008 4:32PM

    I love Chili's black beans. And those eggrolls are the bomb. Don't even get me started on the chocolate silk cake with cherry filling you described. Crap, I think I just gained that "fine line" 74 calories Veejay was talking about by THINKING of that! I have a definite sweet tooth. Hmmm. I've baked 6 times in the past 4 weeks. I'm an emotional baker. lol. Unfortunately, even when those baked items went to potlucks & picnics, I had my fair share. *sigh* Life without cake would suck.

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MESACHICK 9/2/2008 1:39PM

  Have you ever considered getting a heart rate monitor watch? They are great for those days when you are running, running, running but don't have time to squeeze a full "normal" exercise session in. They sell 'em at Wal-Mart for like $25-30 for the basic one. I also use my HRM watch for regular workouts - it shows how many calories you are burning based on your heart rate + weight + age. It is cool.

You make me hungry for salmon!!!

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KMEKATE 9/2/2008 11:43AM

    You're still doing wonderful. Life happens sometimes. It's okay.

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BIGGIRL2082010 9/2/2008 10:50AM

    NO ribs? From the title of the post, I was expecting RIBS. So there. Don't know where I heard that jingle, but it stuck with me. Doesn't sound like you did too bad on the food side - the cake once in a while isn't going to side-track you totally, and the rest of the time you made excellent choices!

You go, Mr. Botzzzzzzzz. Dang, now you sound sleepy - be sure to stay awake on those bike rides - I did a ten-mile bike race yesterday and today I'm feeling every one of those muscles, even though it was a stationary bike!

Thanks for all the inspiration! I keep coming back to your posts when I want to remember the "just do it" attitude!


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ROSEOFSHARON73 9/2/2008 10:49AM

  Mmm that salmon looks good. I need to try that sometime. I hope you had a fun Labor Day weekend...but remember to get your juju back on Tuesday!

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VEEJAY3 9/2/2008 10:35AM

    Lifestyle: sometimes life has more "style" than others, right? I, myself, had three or four chocolate cookies last night -- we had people over, and I fixed a reasonable meal ... and chose to have dessert with everyone.

We have to find ways to function normally in the world or this won't work.

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BOTZZZ 9/2/2008 9:53AM

    Grhamm, lol wify didn't offer ;) I asked. Auntie IS evil for the cake! a word stronger than evil should probably be used! lol and this is the first time I am seeing Maw in more than a year and a half! but as far a learning to say no to an appetizer goes, why say no? its a once every couple month thing and a lifestyle change doesn't mean eat like a bunny for the rest of my life it means eat moderately and move moderately :) a diet would stop me from eating the appetizer, a lifestyle change on the other hand ;) is something different all together.

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TWICETHEMAN 9/2/2008 9:41AM

    I love Chilli's, thankful we don't have one in town. Sometimes during special times you have to slow down on the weight loss progress --- assuming your mom only visits a couple times a year, this week may be one of those times. You do need to learn how to just say No to appetizers and shame on wifey for not asking for a take-out box and instead offering to you. And your Aunt, she is just evil. LOL.

Just remember when mom is gone that you need to kick it a knotch to make up for those added calories.

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MOEDANCING 9/2/2008 9:17AM

    You are somethin!


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Talking like a fat person...

Friday, August 29, 2008

This Suzuki GSX400 weighs in at 389 pounds.

Todays post is a little later than usual for a weigh in day post, My Mother flew in from California for a visit so I have been tied up but I did want to get on and post up the progress for the week, I hopped on the scale this morning and it said 389.4lbs and I am happy with the number, thats a 4 pound drop for the week and the exercise has paid off. speaking of exercise I have not ridden the bike since Tuesday, but I have gone on a few walks including one this morning (about 1/2 mile just to let my daughter get a ride in on her new bike) but I plan on riding the bike today so I will update the new deficit tracking section on the page after I do that. my intake has been very good this week and I am averaging 1630 calories per day so I am happy about that.

This week has been a good one where weight loss is concerned, I got my juju back, I am back on the bike and things are headed in a good direction and I firmly believe that keeping a positive attitude about losing the weight and submitting to the fact that it HAS to be a lifestyle change and NOT a diet is key in my success to date. I have in the past had people tell me that I am doing this whole weight loss thing wrong, mostly in the area of my intake calorie amounts, I was told that I am not eating enough and that I will not lose weight eating 1500 calories per day despite a doctor telling me this is what I should do, that was 100 pounds ago. here I am 145 pound less than I was 8 months ago and still there are naysayers and disbelievers around, all I can do is smile at the fact that I have lost 145 pounds and counting. If I were failing at this weight loss thing I could see where someone could want to pop in with an opinion and maybe steer a fella in the right direction but how do you tell someone that has lost 145 pounds on his own without any surgery or pills or anything at all besides raw willpower and discipline that they are doing it wrong? weight loss is a matter of K.I.S.S (keep is simple stupid) eat less, move more, stay hydrated and in control and waddya know? 145 pounds gone, yes it is that simple.

I think when people get over weight that they start making excuses for why they cannot lose weight, or start the blame game to try and justify why they are heavy and unmotivated, it makes me think of something my wife has said recently in normal every day chat when the subject has come up she says "thats talking like a fat person" (she has a friend that is happy about her weight loss and yet somehow annoyed that she is doing so well) and what she meant when she said talking like a fat person is that when you are fat (yeah I will use the word fat we ain't all PC around here) you tend to make excuses for why you should be able to eat the way you do and still lose weight, yet these are the same people that are ALWAYS on a "diet" of some sort and never seem to hit their goals. "all I need to do is drink more water" welp then why don't ya? "I can drink as much diet mountain dew as I want, it is after all diet right?" ummm nope, "but I just had a tiny bite, so I won't count it" good luck with that!, "I just need to stick to it for 2 whole weeks and I will lose it" really? that easy? have at it then! and I speak from experience with some of that! but no more is that me or the way that I think and that is why this is working for me, here I am losing weight regularly and I feel great, who wouldda thunk? Nothing tastes as good as thin feels, I AM going to find out if thats a true statement, even though I already know the answer.

Stop talking like a fat person!

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AXISLADY 9/4/2008 2:04PM

    Fantastic blog! The final comments are something we all need to take to heart! Thanks again!

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SANLONDON 9/2/2008 9:24AM

    Great post Botzzz. Forget the nay-sayers, if it's actually working for you then I say stick with it. I wonder what that Doc had to say to the fact that you aren't following his methods but you've lost a massive amount of weight.

And bravo! It is sick of hearing the usual fat excuses - most of the time it is pretty simple why a person has put on a substantial amount of weight and what they need to do to take it off. And fat is what we all are here, no need to start using PC words about it!

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DONEPAT 9/1/2008 11:32PM

    Whoa! 4 pounds. That is awesome. Along with the juju back. Does it get any better? Yeah, it does, I'm sure. How can it not? :)

Ah, the fat vocab. I know it well from my past? You know what I discovered too? You know this, some people would rather stay fat and unhappy because its easier. It fits in a comfort zone Heaven forbid they should change how they do things. It's too hard. This weight loss lifestyle thing is not easy. Even when you have the "state of mind" thing down. Life gets in the way.

But, you are just.....the best.
I love to read your blogs and see how you progress each week. It encourages me to do all I can. Thank you.

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MISSHOLLYDAE 8/30/2008 11:46AM

    Yeah I think a lot of people have that "fat vocabulary" and that's part of what keeps us that way. When you start thinking and talking differently you'll eventually start looking differently too. You are living proof of that. It seems like some people are just not ready to let go, why I'll never know.

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BIGGIRL2082010 8/30/2008 10:00AM

    Awesome. You're doing so well. And thanks for the "fat person talk" reminder. I admit I tend to do that myself. So, I'll be watching out for it now. NO excuses, no regrets! :)


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MESACHICK 8/29/2008 10:03PM

  Woo-hoo for the juju!! CONGRATS on your progress and enjoy mom's visit!

I stress ate this week like a fat I used to...I think I need to print out your blog today for those days :-)

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JOY2BEMEE 8/29/2008 8:17PM

    You rock........but of course you already know that don't ya? have a great week-end! emoticon emoticon

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DITRYING 8/29/2008 8:08PM

    Awesome, awesome weight loss. It is really motivating to me to hear what you are saying and know that it is possible.
My fat person voice tells me I will never be able to lose. I have to quit listening to it and hold on to the reality that a calorie deficit will lead to weight loss.
Good on you for doing so well and sharing your success.

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ZIRCADIA 8/29/2008 5:14PM

    CONGRATS ON YOUR AWESOME LOSS!! :) WOOHOO!!! Those people who said you wouldn't lose on 1500cal a day -- did they think you should be eating less??? or more? I'm just curious. Anyway -- glad you stuck to your Dr's advice. :D I bet you are more glad than I am. HAHAHAHA. Keep rockin'!

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SWEETZMIX 8/29/2008 4:41PM

    Dude, we all have or had the fat person in us at one point. That is why we need to kick that person's A$$!!!!!!!!!

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ROSEOFSHARON73 8/29/2008 1:14PM

  I wish I could lose 4 lbs in one week. That.Is.Freakin.Awesome!

I have friends and family who talk like fat people. There is always someone or something else to blame. There is never any accountability or pointing the finger at themselves.

It takes strength to be able to ignore the crowd and be a black sheep. Do your own thing. Do the right thing. And reap the rewards! You are doing fantastic.

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Rode hard and put away wet.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

First things first, last night around 12:30 am as I walked through the kitchen to use the bathroom the bag of Jax on the table called to me and I grabbed a handful out of the bag and munched them down, upon leaving the bathroom I grabbed another handful and thought to myself "why are you taking these" but alas by the time I had come up with an answer good enough to make me want to put them back they were gone and orange finger tips were mine, then I thought "wow that was a silly move mister worked out like a demon today" so I decided that I will add the calories to my todays intake number since technically I did eat them after mid night so thats the confession for the day, its all about accountability so there you have it.

Onto the exercise, I started out the day with the thought that I would try and get 2 rides in on the bike, one in the afternoon and one in the evening and roughly around one or two pm I rode for 25 minutes and went into a calisthenics routine afterwards and was feeling good, then I went out with wify and we ended up walking around for about an hour or two so my afternoon had movement for sure, then it was back to the house for dinner and after dinner I asked "hey wanna go for a walk?" sure thing she stated and off we went, it was not an epic walk but just about 1.7 miles and I came home and thought "now I don't have to ride the bike a second time" yet 20 minutes later there I was on the bike pedaling away for another 20 minute ride so all in all it was a pretty active day exercise wise and this morning I have that rode hard and put away wet feeling going on and I am a little sore all over.

Intake came in at 1690 calories not including the late night ok I will call a duck a duck, Binge, and was pretty decent as far as what I ate as well and it was spread out through out the day pretty good, take a look at the menu for yourself.


8:30 AM
2 Multi-grain english muffins 200
1 serving Turkey pepperoni 70
2 wedges laughing cow 70
sliced tomato 10

12:30 PM
1oz jax 140

2:30 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
jalapeno 5

6:30 PM
2 cups home made soup 300
1 cup white rice 200
sour cream/salsa 25

8:45 PM
1 pear 90
1 peach 70

9:30 PM
1 dannon light and fit yogurt 80

Grand total of 1690 calories and then a late night snack which will be added to todays intake number and I will be on the bike for at least a 20 minute ride at some point today but I will be up late because my Mom is flying in from LA for a visit and her flight gets in at mid night so I don't want to over do it today so a single 20 minute ride will have to suffice for today and another post comes to an end.

Carry on...

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DONEPAT 9/4/2008 10:32AM

    I can so relate, we have all been there.
My nemesis, well, besides cheese, is chips- anything crunchy.
Doritos do the same thing to fingers that JAX do. Ok, stupid sentence we all know that. :)

Yeah, so when I slip I add it to the day, and work harder the rest of the week.

You didn't eat the whole bag.
You knew it was stupid.
Oh, the turkey pepperoni rocks.

That is all. :)


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BRENDA_2010 8/28/2008 9:05PM

    emoticon great job on all the exercise. Keep up the good work, and it's okay to binge every once in awhile, we've all been there!!

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BABY_GIRL69 8/28/2008 5:29PM

    My mind totally went there but I am glad you help redeem me! emoticon emoticon emoticon Blessings Dee

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BIGGIRL2082010 8/28/2008 9:38AM

    Sounds like you had a good workout day!Your binge sounds pretty mild ... (have to admit - I thought initially that Jax was some kind of bleach. Had to read on to figure it out!) ... good on you, catching it before you turned orange all over!


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JOY2BEMEE 8/27/2008 10:01PM

    Loved the title to your blog! I burst out laughing (yes my mind was in the gutter I will admit!) You rock as usual we will have to nickname you "Stud" before too long! Have a great day tomorrow and continue the ride. emoticon emoticon

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    Hey, my buddy. Looks like an AWESOME day exercise-wise. Sometimes with the kiddos we have no choice but to be totally active! Your wife makes lots of homemade soups it seems, I may need to start doing that. I just bought a freezer and need some things to put in it.

I have always said that Cheetos are the devil. They really didn't eat the whole bag, though! Been there, done that. Keep up the positive attitude! emoticon

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BOTZZZ 8/27/2008 4:37PM

    Veggies = 3 different types of peppers, onions, carrots, corn, black beans, green beans, diced tomato, garlic all in the soup and its thick with veggies.

2 T pizza sauce = veggies (yeah yeah I know but it is!)

1 pear

1 peach

sliced tomato with breakfast


l ruffage :)

As Ever

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SQUIRRELLYMOM 8/27/2008 4:26PM

    I'm curious about your day's food. Where are the vegetables?? Were they all in the homemade soup? emoticon

I love homemade soup and fill mine up with potatoes, carrots, corn, lima beans, purple hull peas, stewed tomatoes, and sometimes shredded cabbage....maybe some barley.

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LUCKY8GAL 8/27/2008 2:57PM

    Way to go! You are so right it is all about accountability. You have to be honest with yourself or you will never truly know what you really need to work on. Thanks for all your blogs, they really help others (like me) learn that honesty is the best policy. There is definitely no shame in your game. Keep up the good work! emoticon

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MESACHICK 8/27/2008 1:13PM

  LOL...I have to keep white cheddar popcorn OUT of my house for that reason! LOL

GO YOU on the extra working out!! You so rock!!!!

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SANLONDON 8/27/2008 12:01PM

    Are they like corn chips? Savory man rather than sweet eh? (I prefer savory meals but sweet treats ...cheesecake was my nemesis).

Well, good news is that you decided to do something about it the next day - so many people think f*#k it and pretend the the midnight kitchen feasts don't count and never happened.

From what I've read I think that you have the dedication that a minor munching session like this is no big deal. It's great that your Mrs is on the lifestyle change and you guys are pushing each other to work out.

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ZELCAT7 8/27/2008 9:57AM

    Oh, dude, Jax (or anything like them) are my nemesis ... so I'm feeling ya. Still, 2 handfuls aren't going to break your week, ya know? You'll account for them and move on ... heck you've already moved on big with all that exercise! :)

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MISSHOLLYDAE 8/27/2008 9:26AM

    What are Jax? I've never heard of those, are they like cheetos? I'll have to google them now, lol. And of course I encourage you not to beat yourself up about it, though it seems you are taking it well anyway, because your human. I've found the more I admit that I am human the more okay with that fact I become XD. Keep up the good work!

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SWEETZMIX 8/27/2008 8:59AM

    Don't ya just love days where u feel pumped and motivated to work out....but don't over do it. You feel good cuz on that high and I know one time I was on a crazy high for a couple of days. When I decided to take a rest, my body turned against me. I was sore as hell and had to take 2 days off before I pulled something.


Oh...and that was nothing. It happens to the best of us at times. The point is not going crazy and eating the whole damn bag or 2..

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Exercise, a recipe and deficit tracking has begun.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Today is the day after the second day that I am back in the exercise game and I will say that I am glad that I am back to doing it. I only got to ride once yesterday for 20 minutes, its just how it worked out and I almost did not do it but wify said "just do it you know you will regret it if you don't" so I took her advice and rode and then added 70 push ups and that was that. I have added a column on the left side of the page to show the deficit tracking and I don't know what I will shoot for this first week, I want to see what I end up with by the end of the week and then set a goal slightly above that for next week, I do think that I want to go for 3500 calories burned in a week but I don't want to jump in head first without an idea what that is. calories for the day were right where they should have been coming in at 1690 total, and I will continue on a 1700 per day goal for a while more and see where it goes. I also wanted to post a sort of recipe which is really nothing more than a pile of pizza like ingredients that I have been making lately, we call them pizza pockets round here and they came about because I remembered that we had a sandwich maker in the cabinet, I needed something for lunch and well yeah that was that, here is what you will need.

Sandwich maker
Light Italian bread (4 slices)
Low fat Mozzarella cheese (2oz)
Light pizza sauce (2-3 T)
Turkey pepperoni (30g)
Sliced jalapeņo (4-5 slices)
Light parm cheese (just a shake)
Garlic powder
Black pepper
Olive oil cooking spray

This has got to be the simplest thing in the world and is pretty self explanatory as to what happens next but here goes, and I do have a piling order. start by spreading the sauce on all four slices of bread and then shake a small amount of garlic powder and the light parm cheese on each slice of sauced bread. Next put about half of the shredded mozz cheese onto two of the slices of bread and then chop the jalapeņos up and spread them evenly over the same slices with the cheese, next layer the Turkey pepperoni evenly over the cheese and then add another small shake of parm cheese and black pepper, finish it off with the remaining mozz cheese and top it off with the other slices of sauced bread. give the sammy maker a very very light spray of the olive oil cooking spray, place the 2 sandwiches into the sammy maker wait until the green light comes on indicating that they are cooked and bamn! spicy Jalapeņo and pepperoni pizza pockets and all for a total of 435 calories. My wife substitutes mushrooms for the jalapeņo and you can basically use your favorite kind of pizza toppings, these are very customizable and 2 sandwiches make 4 pockets which is very filling to me as a meal.

I will try and get on the bike today for two 20 minute rides for a total of 40 minutes of cardio, and I will do as many push ups as my wrist allows, I did not mention this but for whatever reason the push ups are making my left wrist a bit tender so I am watching that. I am approaching one of my goals which is to have lost 150 pounds, as of last Fridays weigh in I have lost 141 pounds and as of this morning its a bit more than that and my body is really starting to show the weight loss, in positive as well as negative ways. the positive is obvious, I am thinner, I am more healthy and I am back in a big way, now the negatives I am not so enthusiastic about and the issue of loose skin is becoming more apparent lately, I can't help but worry about how it will be remedied when the time comes. it looks like surgery is really the only way to fix it and its not a procedure covered by insurance (unless problems come of it) and its way expensive, so this weighs on me a bit with my recent visits to the mirror where I am seeing some of the damage that I have done with the weight gain. Oh well thats a fight for another day I think and all I can do is to keep doing what I am doing and maybe it will tighten up a bit more as time goes by, and for todays post in the words of porky pig, Thats all folks!

As Ever

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ZIRCADIA 8/26/2008 10:05PM

    MMMMMMMMMM I WANT A SANDWICH MAKER SO BAD NOW!!!!! :) hehehehe. Regarding Loose Skin -- here are some websites that gave me hope, and still a little now, but also has some realistic stuff in there as well. :)

So -- YES it CAN continue to tighten up as time goes by, and according to at least one of those links, even as much as up to 2 years after maintaining a lower weight!! The biggest way to improve overall appearance is to make sure you're maintaining lean muscle mass as much as possible, and lower your body fat % as much as possible/healthy. Other than that it seems like pace of losing weight is the only real controllable factor. Everything else is age/genetics/whatever.

I have some loose skin and fat lumps that I hope will improve with time. But don't waste time on creams or lotions, everyone says they don't really work. They might give a temporary firming effect for some, but it's not anything to write home about and not going to combat significant loose skin.

DUDE!!! I see SANLONDON gave you one of my links!!! HAHAHAHA :D

OH and regarding the wrists - mine give me trouble too. I've read up about it and heard that doing knucle pushups helps. I tried today and the difference on my wrists was amazing!! the downside -- sore knuckles. HAAHAH but over time supposedly your knuckles toughen up, and you could put something under them. Also the "Perfect Pushup" thingies are supposed to really alleviate wrist pain. So that's something to consider. I also read where using a certain hand position (with like... arches under your fingers) helps alleviate it... but I dunno how that really works. I read about it on some yoga website cause I think mine started from too much downward facing dog. :D HAHAHA!

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MISSHOLLYDAE 8/26/2008 3:59PM

    That extra skin thing scare me immensely. I keep hoping that losing the weight at my age will be an advantage on that, but it doesn't stop me from worrying, lol. I still have images of one of the guys from the Biggest Loser (don't remember names but it was one of the seasons that a girl won), the guy lost all this weight but his he had the skin issue. They really need to invent other ways to deal with that. Like what if you start using cocoa butter to regain elasticity now? I don't know something to look up maybe.

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CALICAVEGIRL 8/26/2008 2:42PM

    Definitely pay attention to the hurting wrist. The same thing happened to me a few months ago. I started doing push-ups and after a few weeks to a month of daily push-ups my wrist started hurting and then one morning I woke up and it was KILLING me. I didn't take it easy when the warning signs first appeared and I ended up spraining my wrist. It got better,... I started to slowly add push-ups into my routine again and like de-ja-vu my wrist starting hurting again. This time I stopped immediately and have had no further problems (only drawback is that I'm not doing push-ups every day anymore... ah well, ... I've starting hitting the weights instead). Listen to your body,... it knows a lot =)

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ROSEOFSHARON73 8/26/2008 2:35PM

  Sounds like an awesome recipe - thanks!

As for the skin, there are several skin firming lotions on the market designed for pregnant women to prevent stretch marks. It's worth a try. The speed at which you have lost weight may make it harder for your skin to adjust.

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LUCKY8GAL 8/26/2008 1:29PM

    Thanks for the recipe. I'm gonna dust off my sandwich maker and try it tonight!!! Keep up the weight loss your doing great. emoticon

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SANLONDON 8/26/2008 12:55PM

    I used to make something similar, I used pitta bread instead and then grilled it in my old panini toaster - it was a tasty and quick meal.

On doing some research before I started my 100lb weight loss - loose skin was one of my worries too. I've read in a few places that applying cocoa butter/ vitamin E oil daily helps reduce this to an extent - as it's properties helps to tighten the skin. Here's a good link that I hope helps:


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LAURABRAT 8/26/2008 12:03PM

    On the loose skin issue, you'll really have to give it time. I have read here on spark where it can take 1-2 years after the weight loss for the skin to rebound. Strength training can make a difference, but also age, amount of weight, length of time you carried the weight, length of time you took to take off the weight, all are factors. Don't let it get to you now, that's an issue for after the work is done and you are maintaining. You're doing great right now, keep it up!

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MESACHICK 8/26/2008 11:52AM

  Uh, YUM! I have got to get me a sandwich maker!!

I getcha on the loose skin. I call it my "wear and tear". My strength training has tripled lately from what I used to do. How did Ali Vincent look so toned when she won "Biggest Loser" without surgery??? Oh yeah...she worked out 8 hours a day. For those of us who don't have time to do that... ????????

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