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Wednesday, September 17, 2008



Well well well, what do we have here, I'll tell ya, we have a fella that ate pizza for dinner and surely went over calories for the day, if only by a slight bit. I am not too worried about it though if I am being honest and just thought I would mention it, ok now that I have that out of the way I did have a good day otherwise, intake was really good and I did get out for a walk early in the day so in all honesty the pizza was probably not really a bad thing (yeah keep telling yourself that fat boy) I do plan on going out for a walk again today as the weather is insanely gorgeous out right now, its a cool low 70's with a breeze and sun breaking through fat white rolling clouds and I can't let that get away from me.

The biggest loser premiered last night and of course I watched and something kind of struck home with one of the people on the show this year, the older gentleman on the yellow team as he walked into the gym said something to the effect that his back was burning and knees hurt as he walked into the gym and he hadn't even done anything yet and he was wondering if he bit off more than he could chew. I 100% related with what he was saying and it could have been something that I would have said just 9 months ago and a corny as it is going to sound, I felt for the guy because I knew exactly what he was talking about and I feel that a lot of people will see that and think that he is being over dramatic or that the show is making a bigger deal about it than it is, and its not. before I decided to lose weight I was that guy, I would walk up a flight of stairs and by the time I hit the top I would be winded and my back would be hinting at some pain, standing for more than a minute or 3 would result in back pain and just plain old being uncomfortable and this was just how daily life went for a long time. I think a lot of over weight people get the rep of being "lazy" and I do not think it is the case as much as unable to do the things that seemingly make them (us) lazy, so anyone that is in the opinion that fat people are fat because they are lazy, please try and understand that it is not the case in all situations. I am not what you would call a lazy person (though my wife might have a different opinion at times) and yet I was 534 pounds at my heaviest and would make excuses for why I was not doing the most remedial tasks, might I be called lazy for that? have I been? you betcha and all because I was (am) fat, its a foolish point of view in my humble opinion to equate fat with lazy when its more like unable to do the task, an excuse is made up (mostly to save face) and bamn! a label is applied.


I am also in the belief that people need to take control of themselves and be held responsible when they are at fault for their weight or the lack of their weight loss, and I am not talking about the person putting fourth the effort and still not succeeding, if effort, real effort is being applied and the results are slow or just not happening thats not who I am referring to, I am talking about the people that are not eating healthy and not exercising on a regular basis and fully expect to lose weight on the basis of because I said so dammit, it just doesn't work like that. We have to put in what we want out of it, we have to expect to work hard to get big results, and thats just the way things work. That fella on the biggest loser when all was said and done was put on a limited exercise routine of no more than 30 minutes per day because of health issues and still managed a loss of I believe 17 pounds (I might be wrong but it was a big number) so it can be done even with limited exercise which I am actually an example of as well with my back injury limiting my exercise as well. I enjoy watching that program because I am finding that I can relate with a lot of what some of the people on it go through and the things they say are all too familiar, and to think I didn't watch season 1 because I did not agree with the name of the show "the biggest loser" a show about fat people, I thought about just whats being implied here? are they calling fat people losers? and I get that the name is because they are losing weight BUT I do believe it has a dual message going on even today as a huge fan of the show. the good out weighs that slight negative IF it is even a real negative, so alas I watch faithfully and enjoy every minute of it.

Last night as we watched the show Wify and I had a conversation about that if I had applied for the show and got on that I would surely win, now whether thats true or not I don't know but I think it is, and honestly I am still heavy enough to be on that show! another thing I was told by wify last night is that I am not to mention her "plumbing" in my blog any more like in yesterdays post so I will try and refrain from doing so, oh dear looks like I just did it again, ooopsies.

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DONEPAT 9/21/2008 6:35PM

    Catching up on my BOTZZZ reading. emoticon You make so many good points as always. I also feel like you're talking to me. TBL was on, and yes, I felt for the yellow older cop. I thought, that could have been me, if I had not started doing something. Not only was I getting winded, but I could not bend over to tie my shoes, and everything, EVERYTHING hurt. Geez, at the time, I was 46.
And, here you are, talking to me again. You can't expect to NOT exercise and lose. Damn you. LOL (hug). I have fallen off the exercise wagon this week, but have doing well with food. yeah. like- .2 is a weight loss. What is that, a sneeze?
Like you, I always wondered what would happen if I was on biggest loser.
Would I win? Would I kill Jillian? Would I get a BOBcrush? Guess I'll never know. But yes, you spoke, and I will listen. Move more. No matter how you eat, you must move more.
Thanks!
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JAZZSIREN 9/20/2008 3:51PM

    I hear ya! I've struggled with back pain over the last few years and I think sometimes my friends would be like, "Let's go for a walk, it will be good for you." I know they had good intentions, but the reason I wouldn't go for walks is because within 5 minutes I would have severe back pain. It's not that I didn't want to, believe me, I would have loved to be as active as they are! It's just that it was so painful to do so.

Man, I'm going to post this in my blog instead of writing a book of a comment in yours! Ha ha ha.

Thanks for being so successful. I love reading your story because it gives me just a little hope that I can do this too! And that hope is growing...

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LUCKY8GAL 9/18/2008 2:48PM

    I felt sorry for the guy too. I remember standing to long and getting the weakness and the pain. Thank god with all this exercise I feel like wonder woman in comparison to how I felt a few months ago. I hope that guy hangs in long enough to really benefit. Because it is an unbelievable feeling to feel healthy again. Any who........You are doing great, keep it up! emoticon

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CALICAVEGIRL 9/18/2008 11:18AM

    Thank you for your blog today. I don't ever watch TBL, but I'm glad that so many people are inspired by it. But anywho, the reason I'm thanking you is for the nod you gave me and others like me who are kicking butt and getting healthy, and yet the weight isn't coming off. I'm glad I finally talked to my doctor, though, and was diagnosed with hypothyroidism because now that I'm treating it (holistically of course =) I'm actually feeling "normal" again. And strangely enough,... I'm not craving carbs like I used to. I actually cringe at the thought of sugar (well more at the thought of how it makes me feel). And while I've never been a sugar addict, I used to enjoy it every now and again. It's like my body has gotten more sensitive to the foods that I eat, so I'm eating even better than I was before (which I didn't think was possible =). Life is crazy, crazy so I'm down to three days of gym this week (I was doing 5+), but it's not like I'm sitting on my bum in front of the TV instead. Still searching for a little more balance in my life and the fact that I may have to settle for a couple of shorter workouts during the week so that I can still get some kind of cardio in 5+ days (if/until things start to settle down for me again). But thanks again... I hope you never hit the plateau that I did,... it can be discouraging. The key is to just keep on keeping on. I can't wait to see where you are by the New Year!!!

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NEWKIM1 9/17/2008 10:11PM

    Of course as the fat girl I watched the show last night...and OMG, after losing 60 pounds I too could so be on that show! Just shows not only how far I have come but how far I have to go. My husband was wonderful, and said, I am sure none of them are 5 ft 10 either...well, he might be right...but doesn't make me any less fat!

As always your blog is an inspiration...and if you were on that show...you so would win!

Take care and keep up the GREAT work...
Kim

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ZIRCADIA 9/17/2008 10:06PM

    I haven't gotten to watch the newest Biggest Loser episodes yet, but I definitely have been inspired by that show and even now I love to watch it and see people changing their lives, and relating to them in their struggles. I think I could have won if I had applied when I was 294. My tranformation wouldn't have been quite as dramatic as short people's though. They shrink with less lbs lost. I haven't really seen a woman heavier than I was on that show, not that I remember anyway, but they're all much shorter and I really think they mostly LOOKED heavier than I did at my heaviest. Anyway. I've been watching Biggest Loser Australia online and they had 2 women that were over 300lbs starting season one, and so far in watching it the other one JUST got kicked off. I wonder if they sometimes purposefully don't pick women quite as large because the end result won't be as dramatic? She lost a lot of weight, but had so far to go, ya know? She wasn't gonna get teeny tiny and fit like Ali from last season. Anyway I'm rambling on and on about Biggest Loser, but my point is I love that show even though they lose ridiculous amounts of weight loss and set unrealistic standards for people at home, it's still motivating and inspirational if people can understand that it's not NORMAL to lose 15lbs in a week.

AND about the T-Shirts -- I think I'll keep at LEAST 1 or 2 of the biggest ones as shirts because I really love them for when I feel grubby... but I'm thinking I'll follow ESONDIE's suggestion in her comment on my blog and make most of the rest of them into a quilt. :) I get to clean out the closet, gain a blanket, AND get a craft project all at once!!! :D Then just keep the ones that really fit me to wear on a regular basis.

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NDMOMOF4 9/17/2008 9:26PM

    I have of course heard of the show before but last night was the very first time that I sat down to watch it. I think I had the same feeling as you did, that it was demeaning them by calling them losers and honestly I figured I saw enough fat when I looked in the mirror, I wasn't too excited to watch it on tv.

Since recently finding SP I have developed a huge interest in the show and along with my children took the time to watch it last night. Today I actually blogged about what an eye opener it was to see what everyone looked like on the inside and how they were aged. There were so many things that hit home and I am looking forward to watching again.

As for the lazy stigma it is one that I have always hated but never thought about why, your points were right on and I think I can maybe be a little nicer to myself because it is true that there are some things that I struggle to do but I am working towards a time when I can do everything I want to do and not have to worry about suffering aches and pains...which I am feeling right now after spending the evening pulling weeds.


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ANGELBLEU 9/17/2008 5:40PM

    I watched the show last night as well, and I was a little upset (at myself) that most of all the women were lighter then me and I have lost 50 pounds! Can you imagine if I was on that show?!?! My husband and I had the same conversation about if I would apply for that show or not...I might? Just dont know if I could stand on that scale with a sports bra and shorts! I know I would kick in a good amount for winning but I would be going after the weight loss as well as the CASH! teeheehee!

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MISSCOURTNESS 9/17/2008 3:31PM

    Thank you for sharing and demanding people read! I appreciate your thoughtfulness.

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TERJEGOLD 9/17/2008 1:37PM

    The Dad on the Yellow Team has a lot of class! I really, really hope he is able to stay on the show long enough to get his weight down and learn enough to make it a life long habit. Anyone who can tell Jillian "Yes, Ma'am" after she has said not to stop walking unless he's dead (or words to that effect) has my admiration! He's definitely Mayhem material.

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MESACHICK 9/17/2008 12:52PM

  If you went on that show you'd win the whole thing!!!

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TWICETHEMAN 9/17/2008 12:16PM

    Thinking can be detrimental to my workouts, particularly getting them started. It can seem overwhelming when you get huge, but as you show we can overcome.

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UTSEAN 9/17/2008 11:59AM

    I missed the show but am hopeful that it will air on another channel sometime this week. Don't worry yourself about the pizza. Isn't it just amazing how we act all scared about the foods we know are high in calories and fat? It's just food. I try and try to tell myself "you're not going to blow back up to 430 just because you ate a couple (or a few to 4) slices of pizza. And oh what we do when we do it. Hitting the gym for 2 hours and walking 2 miles. It's something that happenes far to little to worry about it.

Great story today my brother! I'm looking forward to watching the show!



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MICH129 9/17/2008 11:47AM

    I set the DVR so my husband and I have not watched the show yet from last night. Every season we watch it I can relate to someone on the cast and I lament about not having put myself out there to try out. The fact is I am not in a position where I can leave my life for an extended period but I know if I could have all day and night to focus on getting healthy I would surely kick butt on the show-I am competitive to the core.
I understand relating to yourself as the "fat" guy even after your tremendous loss because I do that to myself too so that I stay focused and get it all off. Like I am admitting there is still work to do because I am still fat. I just want to remind you to balance that self inflicted beating up with some accolades for how far you have come thus far.
Lastly-I have to agree with you about the name of the show having a derogatory connotation to it. I thought that the first season when it debuted too. All of America wants to watch the fat lazy people try to lose weight because they are miserable excuses for human life. Unfortunately-if you have read my blog you would know that weight discrimination is alive and well at my place of work. My boss assumed that I am lazy and therefore a bad employee before ever getting to know me. What didn't help the situation was that he "inherited" me from a different work site. He prefers men, jocks of course and I as a fat woman just take up way too much space. I would like to tell you that after 3 years that things have changed-well not that much. So now that BL has run so many seasons I feel like you do that the good that comes from the show is far more significant than the negative slam of the name and more importantly I think it brings weight discrimination to the forefront where it should be. We need to be public about our struggles with weight to shut down the small minded people ( like my boss) who think it is simple for everyone. We all have different issues and we all have different reasons for why we got so unhealthy.

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SWEETZMIX 9/17/2008 11:43AM

    hmmm........dude what else happened on the show?!? LOL

Also it's good that u can relate to someone, it's like deep down you are cheering them on, kinda like cheering on urself!

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CHEEKYMUNKEY 9/17/2008 11:42AM

    LOL I am all the time "reminding" my husband what ladies don't typically like aired. haha emoticon

I LOVE the Biggest Loser. I watched the show and really enjoyed it. It was so surprising which team got voted off after they were saying they had nothing to worry about and Bob was saying that they were going to be fierce competition. A lot of the show isn't how much you can lose, but whether or not every week is a great enough week to stay above the yellow line. In seasons before, people are ROCKING and then they have one weaker weigh-in and the others get the biggest competition out of the way. So you never know who could win. One part of me wishes I had a trainer like Jillian and the other part of me would be shaking in my sneakers in fear of her. haha I honestly believe that the contestants are genuinely concerned for their lives during those day 1 workouts.

I related to the older yellow guy as well, but for different reasons. When he said that (paraphrasing) he knows the new recruits judge him by his weight and basically consider him inept, I totally understood what he was talking about. There is a stereotype that because we are overweight we must be lazy. I am pushing myself to lose my weight before I graduate from college, because I want to know that my weight isn't going to keep me from getting hired.

I am going away for a bit, but I will catch up on your blogs when I return. They are great. Keep up the great work and enjoy the beautiful weather with some walks. This is my favorite time of year.

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Catching up and the weekend stuff and all that.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008



Over the weekend I didn't eat especially well, I did manage to stay under my calorie range both Saturday and Sunday but on Saturday I ate one meal in the morning and a huge dinner with nothing more than a few Guinness Draught's in between and after dinner, and then on Sunday we went to a Friendly's restaurant with my Mother in law and I did almost the same thing as on Saturday by having one meal in the am and then a large, more like a calorie filled dinner by having the chicken basket which subsequently I believe was tainted or bad in some way as I woke up Sunday night round 12:30 am with terrible stomach pains with no other reason for them besides maybe the food I had eaten earlier, wify also had some problems with the plumbing the next day so I do believe it was the food.

By the time Monday came around I had got my game together and had a good day intake wise if not a little bit lower than it should have been. I ended up consuming 1425 calories for the day which is slightly lower than my actual calories because I did eat a chicken wing off of the grill while the rest of the chicken grilled up, so whatever calories a chicken wing has should be added to my intake but I was low so no worries. I have a feeling that I will be grilling lots of my food outside for a while because we just got a new gas grill and I told my wife yesterday that food off of the grill makes me feel like I am cheating because its so good! I quartered up a whole chicken for dinner Monday and diced up my fingers pretty good while I was at it, the chicken came out very yummy and I have a thigh left over that I will likely have for lunch today, maybe I will make it into Chicken salad and make a sandwich.

Last night I started writing a post when wify asked if I would be interested in taking a walk around the neighborhood and the walk won out is partially the reason for no post yesterday, we walked just under a mile with the kiddos so it was a short walk but a walk none the less, I am going to start walking again as its starting to get cool outside again and the bike can get boring after a while so breaking it up will be nice. also there is a 5k race locally that I would like to at least walk in, I don't think there is a chance that I would run it, mostly because I don't think it wise for a 382 pound guy to be putting that responsibility on his knees, but walking it would be possible and I think it could be fun. The race is still a bit off so I have some time to decide if I want to do it or wait a little longer and I am posting it here so that I will have more "pressure" to go through with it because I just made it public that I am interested in doing it.

Here is a look at the menu from Monday.

09/16/08

Breakfast
9:30 AM
1 Granola bar 100

11:00 AM
1 zone bar 200

12:30 PM
1/2 small vanilla cone (ice cream only) 80

Lunch
3:00 PM
progresso soup 160
1 english muffin 90
1/2 T smart balance 25

Dinner
6:45 PM
6.5 oz grilled chicken breast 325
3/4 white rice 150
1 cup green beans 35
1/2 T smart balance 25

8:15 PM
2 slices whole wheat bread 140
1 T peanut butter 95
1 T jam

Grand total of 1425 calories for the day, sort of, remember that wing. The biggest loser premiers tonight at eight PM so I have an alarm set on my cell phone to remind me, is that bad? I think so but at the same time I enjoy watching the show so whatever. All in all it has been an ok week/end if you take out the Friendly's, the Guinness, the Huge meals late in the day and a single small one in the am and the fact that I really didn't exercise. I will admit that i am up slightly from Fridays weigh in but I have not been drinking how I should and I had that late night stomach problem that threw me off so i am not worried about it and its less than a pound anyways, no worries.

Thank you for following along and I want to again thank everyone that left me comments and sent me emails to support and congratulate me on the 150 pound lost milestone, the email response that I got was crazy! I sincerely thank all who took the time to do that.

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LUCKY8GAL 9/18/2008 2:54PM

    I love my grill too...... Never use the oven anymore. Try tomato's and zucchini on the grill, with a little parmesan and Franks red hot sauce. Its the bomb! emoticon

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ZIRCADIA 9/17/2008 9:50PM

    You are SOOOOOO doing that 5K. :) No getting out of it now. :) hehehe.

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MESACHICK 9/17/2008 3:37AM

  I walked the only race I had ever done - a little one - a 10K that I did before I had my daughter - about 5 years ago. I am amazed at how out-of-shape I was THEN...and now, I think, "Wow, I COULD jog some of that NOW." You always get me thinking about something to shoot for!!

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DONEPAT 9/16/2008 11:19PM

    Saw Biggest Loser, I also, had an alarm set. (do I not have a life?) Um, not answering..........

You did really well. I ate badly last Friday and woke up not well, and I think it was the food also. Hope this finds you and the wife feeling better!

Grilled food is the best! Watch out for those BotZZZ grilled fingers tho.
You're really still doing great, and walking in cool weather is the best. i signed up for a 5k walk on Oct 4. I did my first one in April of this year. You'll really enjoy it. Just start off walking and increase it. Your biking should have increased your endurance anyway! emoticon

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TWICETHEMAN 9/16/2008 11:04PM

    Yeah for Wiffie recommending a walk, we missed your post but sounds like you got some added exercises instead -- we can forgive that

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BIGGIRL2082010 9/16/2008 8:57PM

    Sheesh - I _almost_ miss having a TV just to know what everyone is so excited about. Naaah, not really! Hey, I like the grill, too - too bad it's a fire hazard in a condo building. That and the fact that I have no balcony to grill on even if I wanted to. Maybe time to dig the ol' electric one out instead.

Summer's done its thing - fall's creeping in - I like the idea of keeping the workout interesting ... that's usually my biggest downfall, plain ol' boredom.

So, keep up the good work - and definitely participate in that 5k - you'll enjoy it, and it'll be good to set a personal record to compete against when you're feeling competitive!

Cheers,
Maya



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JAYMATTER 9/16/2008 5:53PM

    There's nothing better than grilled food in the dead of winter! emoticon

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TELERIE 9/16/2008 4:52PM

    I love grilled anything, but it's getting a bit too cold to cook outside here.
Sign up for the 5K! You won't regret walking it!
When you feel up to it, I highly recommend the Couch to 5K running program, it's a great start for a newbie runner/jogger like I am (currently in week 6 of the 9 week program).

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TERJEGOLD 9/16/2008 2:28PM

    I'm set to watch Biggest Loser, too. It's something I always look forward to.

Great choice in taking the walk. I look forward to hearing about your 5K. You WILL do it, right?

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ANGELBLEU 9/16/2008 12:48PM

    keep it up! and yes food tastes better off the grill and it is ALOT healthier for you!

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SWEETZMIX 9/16/2008 11:32AM

    THE BIGGEST LOSER!! I am going to miss it, but I will YouTube it and I know u will fill me in. I will be at the gym, but that is more important. I used to be addicted, like I used to plan my life around that show (now that was bad). But now I rather lose the weight with the contestants of that show instead of wacthing them. I have class after work Monday and Wednesday so it is hard to work out on those really long days.

Well let me get my sparking in..TTYL

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150 pounds lost! Milestone? Hell yeah it is!

Friday, September 12, 2008


The above photo shows a 152 pound loss. There are more pics on my blogspot if you want to see what I weigh as much as etc @ zeusmeatball.blogspot.com/

Just over eight and a half months ago a guy made the decision to lose weight, Today is the day that he can say that he has lost more than 150 pounds in that time, yes I said more. upon waking up this Friday of course I jumped right onto the scale to see what the results for this week were and to say woah! I am putting it lightly, the reading on the display said 381.6 pounds, ok off to a good start, next go says 381.8, then a final 381.6! I am going to roll that up to 382 pounds which is a 7 pound drop this week and brings me to 152 total pounds lost, what can I say to that other than wow. I can also say with one hundred percent certainty that I did not expect to have lost this much in the time it has been. in Jan I had a conversation with my wife and remember telling her that I wanted to lose 100 pounds by Jan 2009 and here I am it is September 12th and I am down 152 pounds. what else is there to say really? here is the compare photo that I promised I would post when I hit 150 pounds lost and a snap of the scale this morning.

With this weeks loss I am within 7 pounds of having less than 100 pounds to go until I hit my goal of 275 pounds. so I will be shooting for that number in the next couple weeks. the more I think about what I have accomplished the more unbelievable it is to me, I mean seriously, think about this for a second, if I would have not decided to lose the weight I would still be a 534 pound unhappy fella thinking about doing it. to anyone out there that is thinking about dropping some weight and either cannot decide, or cannot commit to doing it think about this, what were you doing eight and a half months ago? what did you weigh eight and a half months ago? now think about this I just lost 152 pounds in that time, and with no drugs, miracle pills or miracle plans, I did it with good old fashioned determination, discipline and drive and if I can do it anyone can, so what are ya waiting for?

Thank you for reading along and for those of you that have supported me with your comments and e-mails Thank you doubly.

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WRITER28 9/16/2008 4:17PM

  Wow! Awesome photo! Congrats!! Here's to the next 7 pounds, which I know you will lose very soon.

Carol

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TRACYZABELLE 9/16/2008 3:41AM

    AWESOME!!! You are looking great! You and all who love you must be so proud of you!

TracYZ

Keep on slimming!

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BOSKO1 9/15/2008 10:19PM

    Looks more like half the mountain, Jared can't hold a candle to you..Good job dude.

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DONEPAT 9/15/2008 11:11AM

    Dare I say it? It looks like More than 150.
You look .............mahhhhhhhvelous.
Pat emoticon

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DEVONA8 9/13/2008 9:09PM

    Wow, you are truly amazing. I am so glad that I found your post on here today. You are an answer sent from God. I keep trying to do this and lose 100 pounds and I just get discouraged and quit, but after reading your blog (I'm in April right now), I believe I can do this too. Thank you for sharing your journey with us.

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MOONLITCHELLE 9/13/2008 6:31PM

    AWESOME!!!! emoticon
Wow.. all that in Eight and a half MONTHS? You ROCK!!!!
Congratulations!

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SLIMMER150 9/13/2008 12:44PM

    Way To Go! You certainly made the Right Decision 8 1/2 months ago... and you still are you are a Fantastic example to all! emoticon

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MOBAYGIRL 9/13/2008 10:34AM

    Congratulations! That is wonderful, you are proof positive we can do anything we set our minds to!

You must be so very proud.

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MSYATES04 9/13/2008 10:14AM

    OMG what a great acomplishment, you look great a big CONGRADULATIONS

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LITERB93 9/13/2008 9:53AM

    Good Job! Great work. emoticon

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SMYLEERED 9/13/2008 12:44AM

    Woooo hoooo you look fabulous! Congratulations to a happy fella!

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CHEEKYMUNKEY 9/13/2008 12:11AM

    Woohooo! Major congratulations! The pictures really show how far you have come. You are definitely rockin' this. I am curious to see how much you are actually able to lose by Jan 2009.

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SUSIEMT 9/12/2008 9:20PM

    Your the man! emoticon

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TWICETHEMAN 9/12/2008 8:18PM

    emoticonKick Ass!!

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MUSICFREAK911 9/12/2008 8:10PM

    Amazing!!! Keep up the good work...

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SLCOLMAN 9/12/2008 7:51PM

    Simply amazing job!! Congrats!!!!!!

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ACCT1908 9/12/2008 4:59PM

    WOW!! emoticon

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SFOSTER 9/12/2008 3:55PM

    Thank you for sharing your AMAZING journey with us. YOU are truly inspiring.
CONGRATS on 152lbs GONE FOR GOOD.
Shannon

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NEWKIM1 9/12/2008 2:10PM

    Not only do you look great and feel amazing...you are a huge inspiration to me! I am so going to kick some major a$$ in my workout tonight!

Hope you have a great weekend, and keep up the great work...I am in awe of you!

Kim

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ZIRCADIA 9/12/2008 1:41PM

    OOoooh coming up on less than 100lbs to go -- that is definitely exciting. :) I gave you a shout out in my blog today. Hehehe. That before and after picture is AMAZING. You look half your original size. You are such an inspiration!!!! :D WOOHOO!!!!

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PEACHYCYN 9/12/2008 1:34PM

    Wow you look so amazing! Congrats on the 150lb weight loss, that's so great! Good for you!

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TRAVELINGARTGAL 9/12/2008 12:49PM

    Over 150 pounds lost!! That Is AMAZING!!!! Way to go ! emoticon Keep up the amazing work! That is such an accomplishment!! emoticon

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CHARLENEMARTEL 9/12/2008 12:29PM

    Wow. The before and after pics are just incredible!

Congrats again. Amazing results!

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LUCKY8GAL 9/12/2008 11:56AM

    Thanks for being such an inspiration to all of us with a large amount to lose........You are simply awesome! emoticon

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THEJRNYOFWESLEY 9/12/2008 11:39AM

    wow dude what a difference!!! I thought the same thing that must be your thin brother lol. you have done a super amazing job.

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KMEKATE 9/12/2008 11:18AM

    You are smokin' hot!

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TA2DMOM 9/12/2008 10:46AM

    WOW! Congratulations! What an inspiration you are! WooHoo!


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MESACHICK 9/12/2008 10:44AM

  This brought a few tears to my eyes today! You are AMAZING!!!!

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JOYNHRT 9/12/2008 10:41AM

    You go, What a wonderful accomplishment.

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GORDA2008 9/12/2008 10:39AM

    Dude...that is outstanding!! You're kicking butt...Congratulations!!!

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MOEDANCING 9/12/2008 10:30AM

    If Zeus Can Do It...I Can Do It!

DOING THE HAPPY DANCE!!!

Again...out the door... you push us out the door!

Seriously smokin dude... just smokin emoticon

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HAPPY-DESTINY 9/12/2008 10:21AM

    There is nothing Sublime about this . . . This a major impact in the arena of YOU CAN DO THIS!!!

I am so proud of you in all that you have become!

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TELERIE 9/12/2008 10:00AM

    Wow, a lot of hard work and consistent effort can do that in 8 months...? You rock!
Enjoy your journey, I wonder where you'll be at the end of the year.

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SWEETZMIX 9/12/2008 9:55AM

    OHHH SH*T. You know I went to ur blog too!! HeHeeeeee ur skinny!!

Hey you slimmed down a lot, I must say. That looks like ur brother or something, that's not you MAN!!

Keep on dropping the pounds!

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ROSEOFSHARON73 9/12/2008 9:51AM

  Wow. Really amazing. Congratulations on reaching this milestone! You look so happy and proud in the slimmer photo.

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IRISBEAR 9/12/2008 9:08AM

    You look AMAZING!!! Congratulations! You are such an inspiration - Way to go!!! emoticon

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1888MICHELLE 9/12/2008 9:03AM

    LOOK AT YOU!!!! You look wonderful!!! I am so happy for you. I could just cry!! I don't know you, but I am so proud of you.

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BIGGIRL2082010 9/12/2008 9:00AM

    Awesome! Those photographs are unbelievable!

And let's see, 8 months ago I was _saying_ I was going to lose weight. Now, just in the past couple of weeks, I've actually been doing it. You're right - I can't bring that time back, but I can make sure the NEXT eight months don't just disappear while I'm thinking! :)

Congratulations on the massive changes you've been making, and on the results!

Cheers,
Maya


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A buffalo chicken recipe, and anticipating a big weigh in moment.

Thursday, September 11, 2008



I have a feeling that tomorrows weigh in will give me the 150 pounds lost notch in my belt, I am really close now and its just a gut feeling that I will in fact hit that number in the am. IF I do I will post up a few more compare pictures @ that 150 lost mark and I will be within 9 pounds of having less than 100 pounds to lose and that is yet another milestone for me, so I may have a couple of milestones to report in the next couple weeks, with the first one starting tomorrow hopefully.

Everything else is on track for the most part but you will notice that the deficit tracking section to the left ha not been updated, thats because I have not exercised for the most part because my foot has been bothering me for almost a week now and I don't want to do anything that can hurt or injure it, so until the pain goes away exercise shall be non existent.

On a different note I did fool around with making a buffalo chicken sammie recipe which came out very much better than I had expected it to and wanted to share that with you.


what you will need.

shredded chicken (I used thigh and breast meat mixed which was seasoned)
light Italian bread
Franks hot sauce or the equivalent
low fat mozzarella cheese light ranch dressing (blue cheese for those who like it) olive oil cooking spray sandwich maker

Shred the chicken into a bowl and shake on as much Franks hot sauce as you like (I like a lot) mix it up so that the chicken is covered in the sauce, next lay the bread on a plate and put 1/2 oz shredded low fat mozzarella cheese onto it, put about 2oz of the shredded chicken on top of the cheese and give it an extra shake or 3 of the Franks to keep it moist throughout cooking, then cover the chicken with another 1/2 oz of the mozzarella cheese and place the second slice of bread on top of that. spray your preheated sandwich maker with a light coat of the olive oil cooking spray and lay the completed sandwich into the maker and grill it up, three minutes later you have a buffalo chicken sandwich that is oh so tasty, remove it from the sammie maker and serve with some light ranch dressing to dip it into. A single sandwich made this way costs about 280 calories and then add whatever calories that the ranch costs (would depend on brand I think what we have was 60 calories per 2 T) and just like that an under 300 calorie buffalo chicken sammie is created. for those of you that are thinking "mozz cheese on buffalo chicken?" yessir, it adds a bit of texture, makes it feel naughty and most importantly it helps to hold the whole sandwich together, I hope you enjoy it if you try it, I thought it was pretty good as did wify, I think some finely chopped red onion would be good in this as well I just didn't have any so they were not used.

With that another post has come to an end, and I hope to be able to post up some new pictures in the morning of me at 150 pounds lost. Thank you for reading and don't forget to check out tomorrows post.

As Ever
Me

  
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DONEPAT 9/15/2008 11:09AM

    Gonna give this a try. I have to catch up on my Botzzz reading.
I'll say it again, publish this one day. I mean, your whole blog. Not just the recipe.
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CALICAVEGIRL 9/14/2008 2:46PM

    Thank you for the great dinner idea. We had this on Friday, ... one word - YUM!! The red onions were a nice touch, and we used our panini press on the stove. We also used just breast meat and Wing Time Buffalo Wing sauce (by far our favorite -we've pretty much tried them all- as it's thick and the flavor is delish) My DH asked me why I hadn't thought of making these sammis sooner (we have homemade Buffalo Chicken Salad once a week, but this week I said we're having sammis). I think they've become our new favorite =) Healthy and delectable! A home run (or now since we're in football season, I guess I should say a touchdown) in my book!!!

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PIXIEMOMMA 9/12/2008 1:49PM

    Excellannntttttttt !! Can't wait to give it a try.
Congrats on such a great milestone. You are a great inspiration, all is possible! emoticon emoticon

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LUCKY8GAL 9/12/2008 12:03PM

    Can't wait to try it! emoticon

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NEWKIM1 9/11/2008 11:22PM

    I wish you all the luck in the world for your weigh in tomorrow...not that you will need it...you will do great.

Thanks fro the recipe...can't wait to try it.

Take care!
Kim

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CHEEKYMUNKEY 9/11/2008 8:29PM

    I hope the weigh in tomorrow goes well! I will definitely come back and see how you did. Your success is so inspiring, whether you hit the 150 mark tomorrow or not. *grin*

The sandwich sounds -delicious-. I love buffalo chicken. I hope your foot starts doing better. Taking it slower now is so much better than pushing it and having months of recovery.

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MESACHICK 9/11/2008 8:27PM

  I missed a day!! Loved the blog below. I used to be an "I can't" girl myself. NO MORE.

LOVE today's recipe...keep 'em comin... :-)

As usual...you ROCK!

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TWICETHEMAN 9/11/2008 2:54PM

    150 pounds lost, most guys have to get divorced to lose that much dead weight emoticon

Great Job, even if it takes a few more days.

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TELERIE 9/11/2008 2:35PM

    Good luck tomorrow. We have chosen the same day to weigh in and I anticipate a loss for me too. The sandwich sounds yummy.
- Marit

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ROSEOFSHARON73 9/11/2008 1:08PM

  sounds yummy. I've gotta get a sandwich maker.

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Day 254 or 6096 hours or 365760 minutes or...

Wednesday, September 10, 2008



Wow, it has been 254 days since I decided to drop some weight, it has been 254 days since I changed the way that I eat and exercise, it has been 254 days since I decided to live my life on my terms. I have lost almost 150 pounds in those days and have met some pretty cool people along the way via this blog and a couple forums that I read regularly, lots of things are different now and its becoming quite obvious to me that I must have missed out on a lot of things because of my weight. I am guilty of letting weight control me for a portion of my life and I am guilty of turning a blind eye to the things that were being taken from me with every pound that I gained, I am also guilty of making a decision to lose the weight, guilty as charged for staying on track and making good choices and staying disciplined with the regimen I set for myself. I want to mention that I received an email yesterday from someone saying that they have read my blog for some time now and cannot do the things that I have done and it went on to mention how some days they read a few blogs and things to stay on track and that mine was one on their list to visit. I did answer the email with a return message of my own but thought that I would mention it here with the same kind of message, We are responsible for what goes into each of our own bodies, no one makes us eat the cake or extra serving of mashed potatoes, the decision to stop at "McNasty" or "Burger Clone" is ours to make there is no one making us eat that way there is no one making us stop and order a "value meal" or those extra tacos on the side at "Jack in the Crack" when a person can realize that this is not how our body works, it is not the fuel needed to be productive in every day life is when the mindset creeps in and good things start to happen. nothing good can come of deep fried processed food, unless clogged arteries and thick waist lines is what you consider good. It all comes back to the "A" word, addiction, our bodies do not need the greasy foods and on top of that we "supersize" everything! it certainly does not need mass quantities of the same, it is easy to become addicted to things that are good but once a person can get past the "I MUST HAVE!" part, the rest is easy and this is coming from the fella that was committing the crimes of Fat people for many years because it was easier to eat bad than get past the addiction part of it. food is fuel in the most rudimentary terms and no one would wonder why their car was running rough if the wrong fuel was used and yet people wonder why they are fat when they eat like this and move less than old folk do, which is my next point.

Exercise, ie: movement, we MUST move daily to keep things working, we must get that heart rate up, we must because its what we were built for, the "A" word comes up again here, a way to look at is this, Trade the addiction the enslavement of food for the addiction of exercise, indeed addiction to exercise is a fact, ya ever hear of a runners high? its true. I have been addicted to movement at one point in my life and that movement was weight lifting, I needed to do it, I craved it, I wanted not to miss one workout or I felt that I was missing out on my guilty pleasure, imagine that? trading being addicted to big macs to being addicted to the pump that comes from lifting a heavy object over and over until your muscles ache burning with pain and sweat runs into your eyes but you must get that last rep in, knowing that the morning will bring more pain with the soreness that "good soreness" that people talk about and actually craving this feeling, imagine that. but the decision to do it has to come from you, it has to be something that you want so much that you can taste it or else its just the next thing that is being tried, without determination its just another diet, without the right mindset, again its just a diet. Make the decision to do it and follow through, make the commitment to do this for yourself and stay with it until you get what you want. without those things I am afraid that we will be doomed to be overweight indefinitely.

We have come a long way, burned about 518000 calories and my movement is up 200% from where it was just last Dec, if I average my calories per day at 1500 I have consumed approximately 381000 calories in the last 254 days and most is better food than I was eating previously, all in all I would say my body has had a pretty busy year so far and the plan is to keep on keepin on. a bit of a rambly post for today and a tad random and the point is where? but hey, its my blog right? it is what it is and I thank you for reading along.

As Ever
Me

  
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SURFIE 11/13/2008 12:11PM

    This blog is a fabulous meal of inspiration, dedication, and side order of "kick in the pants" for anyone who hasn't yet come the same conclusions you've reached. Hell Yeah! Great blog. Congratulations on your successes!!

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JETTANALA 9/19/2008 2:17PM

    you've got to be one of the most diligent of the sparkers I have followed silently as I spark around... thanks for this lesson in whose responsible!

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DONEPAT 9/15/2008 11:15AM

    Yes, Yes Yes.
I love the pic with your blog too. I hate, that burger king ----thing. What a scary character. The commericals are even worse. :)

Living this way is better than the old way. No one says it better than you.
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NEWKIM1 9/11/2008 11:25PM

    Another great blog full of great food for thought! Thanks for taking the time to share with us! Seriously, full of motivation and inspiration!!

Take care of YOU,
Kim

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ZIRCADIA 9/10/2008 8:53PM

    :) YEP!!!!!!! People have to take accountability for the actions they take and realize that they are in control of their futures. I have a serious excercise addiction FOR SURE.

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TELERIE 9/10/2008 1:54PM

    You're so right - again. Addiction to exercise - I'll nurture that! And SO MUCH about this journey is in the head - how we think...!
Another great blog! I always drop by to read, and you never disappoint me! Thanks! Keep on keeping on and congratulations on your awesome progress. You have a new life.
- Marit

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CHEEKYMUNKEY 9/10/2008 12:48PM

    I think you really hit a bulls eye with fact that we are in control. I couldn't agree with you more. Great blog!

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SWEETZMIX 9/10/2008 12:48PM

    You know, that I know, I love your blogs. This one hit the money for some, if not all of us. I think many people forget this is a mindset, that you really got to get over that mental block! The mind is a wonderful thing, but if you ain't got ur mind right...nothing else can really be accomplished long term.

You know where I will be at, after work, then after class....GYM!! LOL

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BIGGIRL2082010 9/10/2008 12:40PM

    Wow!

'nuff said. :)

- Maya


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TWICETHEMAN 9/10/2008 12:00PM

    Great to see after 254 you still have the drive, guess its a fitness addiction you got these day, very awesome! emoticon

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MOEDANCING 9/10/2008 11:43AM

    Once again my good man you

Made me grin ear to ear
Had me nodding my head and saying yep
Boggled my mind with the numbers
Reaffirmed my belief that if ... Zeus can I can
Got me up out of this &^%$ chair
Pushed me out the door

GOYAAM...C25K!

As always
Walkin the Walk

:)

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PUMPKINFACE73 9/10/2008 11:34AM

    Everytime I need to re-group nad recommit I read your blogs...thanks...you have done amazing and continue to inspire me to keep at it...have a great day!

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ROSEOFSHARON73 9/10/2008 11:27AM

  This post hit home with me today. I'm realizing that for the first time in my life, I am beginning to control my food instead of letting it control me. And I'm beginning to shift my food addiction over to healthier things like walking. It's amazing how much of succeeding is actually mental. Great post, as always. Have a great day.

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BLUKENTUCKYGIRL 9/10/2008 11:23AM

  "A"men to everything you said. Now If I can just get the right "A"ttitude. Thanks for all your wisdom. Maggie

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LOGANDRYLSMOM 9/10/2008 11:08AM

    Awesome accomplishment!!! Great job.. really insightful blog.. Love the pic up top!!!! lol emoticon

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