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Wednesday, October 15, 2008


Making my way into the territory of normal sized people one pound at a time, I think it would be hard for a person who has never been extremely over weight to understand how significant that statement can really be. I believe that the key word in that would be "normal" when you are hyper obese like I was and I consider a person hyper obese if they are above five hundred pounds, every day things become that much more difficult to do. Have you ever had to turn sideways to walk through one of those smallish bathroom doors? how about having to open the car door if the seat needs adjusting? these are some things that people deal with when they are extremely over weight. what is my point? I walked past a mirror a few nights ago and actually saw myself as a not so fat dude, which may actually be a silly thing because I am still 374 pounds, but understand I am a completely different person in a physical sense than I was just 10 months ago. Realizing that I was cheating myself out of basic life by not at least trying to do something about my weight is eye opening, I do have a back injury that for many years stopped me from exercising and that is partially to blame for my weight but when it comes down to it I chose to eat the bad food, I chose to eat all of the processed junk so I take 90% of the blame for the weight gain. My last post had some "facts and figures" in it and here are a couple more, when I started off I was in a 6XL shirt and a size 56 jeans were starting to get snug on me and I wear my jeans lower than they are suppose to be (mainly because its more comfortable like that) so if I were to wear them where they should be I am a larger size, and now I am in a 4XL shirt and that 4XL is comfy, meaning loose and jeans I can wear a size 46 now! I do wish I had taken measurements when I first started in Jan but unfortunately I did not. I do take a pic each month comparing my size and the differences in those photos is insane to say the least, maybe one day I will be brave enough to post them up here on this blog but for now I will spare your eyes. I guess what I am getting at is that things have changed for the better where just about everything is concerned now that a lot of the weight has been lost and I do wish that I would have done this sooner, anyone out there that happens by my tiny blog in the big ol sea of information out there on the net and is in the same boat that I was just 10 months ago and still am to an extent please do yourself a favor and start right now this very second! put that bag of chips down and get some carrots, go to your kitchen sink and pour every bottle or can of soda into the sink and replace it with Green tea and or plain old water and start the very minute that you read these words, the words typed out by a guy that was in that hyper obese category recently enough to remember and still feel its effects. Oh woe is me is not going to get the weight off, doing it will plain and simple, sulking and feeling bad about the weight on your body isn't helping and wishing that it was easier or talking about doing something will not bring success, and that goes for everything in life not just weight loss. Use all of the comments that were heard by you being quietly snickered by insensitive people within earshot to your advantage, because its just another excuse to not do something about it, this is something that I realize now that I am responsible for what I do, what I eat and if I lose the weight, its all on my shoulders just like you. Here is a quote for you to ponder the next time you are feeling bad for yourself.

"Scar tissue is stronger than regular tissue, realize the strength and move on"
~Henry Rollins~

What else can I say? I am a locomotive at this point and I dare someone to try and stop the downward direction of my weight, or to slow me down. As sure as the sun rising in the morning I will be trying to lose the weight until I hit my goals which are steeper than I let on in the blog by the way. So I ask you all is that soda worth the added girth? how about those Twinkies? can you live without that extra helping of whatever at dinner? look at the clock right now, note the time and in 15 minutes look at it again, that wasn't too long now was it? thats all the time you need in a day to get cardio into it and benefit from that movement, are you? are you taking just 15 minutes to better yourself? if not why? if not you must not want it enough to make that difference in yourself, I am sorry thats just the raw truth of it.

Are you ready to take the first step?

Thanks for reading along and Thanks for the support.

As Ever
Me

  
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TRECECOOKS 10/18/2008 9:30AM

    Excellently articulated blog, with much helpful advice for many. Thanks!

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KWOLF150 10/17/2008 3:18PM

    Powerful!
It is all in our control. That is what is so frustrating sometimes.
I love this blog. Will come back and read it several times.
.....PUT DOWN THE TWINKIE! NOT WORTH IT!.....
You are so right!
Keep on going bro...You are working it!
Thanks for sharing and inspiring.
Kel
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TRACYZABELLE 10/17/2008 5:58AM

    As long as we keep moving toward the goal, it is what matters. We know we wont be spot on perfect every day but we sure do klill ourselves trying. IF we lie... who are we hurting? Ultimately ourselves!All we can do it gove it our best try, then try harder.. you are an example to follow, you are awesome!

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LUCKY8GAL 10/16/2008 5:26PM

    Thank you.......

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JAZZSIREN 10/16/2008 12:18AM

    In your face! I love it. A few months ago that might have mad me mad or at least uncomfortable...but you are so right on! We do have the power to change, and yes, it's a long term commitment and it's not going to be easy. But wow, isn't it worth it?

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DONEPAT 10/15/2008 9:47PM

    As others have stated, this is a must read, and I still say, you should publish your blog in book form, later down the line. I do really believe it, and you will help so many people.

Thank you again for sharing your thoughts.
I look forward to your blogs!
Patty

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RUSSELLORAMA 10/15/2008 9:19PM

    Thanks for the uplifting blog! I think Yoda said it best: "Do or do not...there is no try."



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CALIFCAS 10/15/2008 7:58PM

  Another great blog, thankyou! Just like the others I can relate to everythig you've written. And I too will be printing it out to read when I need a little extra motivation.
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MESACHICK 10/15/2008 6:34PM

  LOVE that quote. Am going to borrow it. :-)

I started my journey 6/2007 at 322 pounds - but my high weight was 343 pounds. I am only 5'8" and was a big girl. I totally relate to both issues - the bathroom door and the car door thing. I have also been in cars where seatbelts didn't fit me...and airplanes? I had bruises on my hips from the seats. There are so many of these issues that are SILENT! I get you. A LOT of this weight loss thing is mental fat.

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ZIRCADIA 10/15/2008 2:55PM

    Great blog, as usual, and I KNOW that someone out there will read it and it will change their lives. You have the added benefit of your blog being featured on a weight loss support community website, so people will be wandering here specifically looking for your brand of inspiration. You've been there and you can do it, they can do it. I remember walking along sometime before I started losing weight in the freezer section buying groceries, and seeing my reflection in the freezer doors, full length. It was such a shocker to me. I thought I was looking so cute that day, and then I saw how much my lower abdomen was bulging out, how my stomach (no matter how I postured) was at it's smallest sticking out just as much as my chest, and when I wasn't posing, it stuck out even more. I was disgusted with the sight of the shape my body was in. I also recall a time in May (so I had probably lost between 40 and 50lbs at this point) seeing myself in the glass reflected outside of a restaurant out of the corner of my eye and not realizing it was me at first. WOW I looked.. kinda normalish. Not a thin person, but I didn't look so bulgey anymore. :) HAHAHA. Fast forward to this year getting my new Driver's License and coming across the glass door at the DMV and catching a glimpse of myself with my shirt blowing close against me from the wind (something I DREADED when I was heavier because it would "show everyone my fat" as if they couldn't see it already), and thinking -WOW I look SKINNY! Those freaking glass doors and walls... they really are the surprise mirror of the world. You aren't even thinking about seeing yourself and then it's like BAM there you are full length. ANYWAY!!! About ST and whatnot -- I really think it'd probably be better for my body composition at this point if I cut way down on my cardio and did more like an 80-20 split like you were talking about.... but! I'm conflicted! Because I also have these running goals of running longer and longer distances... which means I'm doing more and more low level steady state cardio. Which is NOT number one for changing body composition. It could help lose weight, sure, but I'm not trying to lose weight. I want to be muscley and lean. So I basically have a workout plan that's geared toward event-type goals that I want to achieve, and a body/fitness goal that requires an opposite type of training. I'm thinking I'm going to keep working on the running for now, but one day I'm really going to flip the focus and put it more on strength training. For now I'm trying to balance the two to my best ability.

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VEEJAY3 10/15/2008 2:31PM

    See? Like I said: a hero.

There is no telling how many people you touch as the ripples from your blogs and your story spread outward.

I wish you a smooth sail down a peaceful river to your goal.

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LEAVY1213 10/15/2008 1:39PM

    Great job at putting this plain and simple! It is the truth. You have to want it and have to DO it! You can't just want it, this is definitely an exercise in motion. Thanks for a great blog today!

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BENJAYMA 10/15/2008 1:37PM

    That said it all...thank you~~Katie

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PUMPKINFACE73 10/15/2008 1:28PM

    I am going to say "ditto" to SWEETZMIX...this is a MUST READ
A Must for everyone on this journey..well put...and always a pleasure to read..thanks for sharing neighbor!

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HISHAPPYAPPLE 10/15/2008 11:35AM

    Great words of weight-loss wisdom!
A lot can be done in 15 minutes!
You rock!

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MOEDANCING 10/15/2008 11:02AM

    Zeus my friend...

Maybe I am hormonal today...hmmm

As a woman hormones do rule

But today when I read this post...I was especially so

Tears rolled down my cheek ... feeling your pride warming me

Yes... having to size up a seat and then based on the calculation a regretful "No thanks I will stand...been sitting all day"

Being "normal" blending in with the crowd ...aaah the feeling is sweet

You are FIERCE my friend...Mr Meatball you are FIERCE!

Walk the walk...GOYAAM

Thanks for sharing you

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SWEETZMIX 10/15/2008 10:50AM

    Hey dude, I love ur blogs. For those who are wavering or scared ur blog is a must read. (and mines..lol) But I was reading this and I realized I say the same thing. It only takes 10-15min and u will feel better about yourself each time.

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HEATHERBFIT 10/15/2008 10:16AM

    Thank you...

I printed this for my desk. I am going to ask myself those questions and answer them and keep reminding myself that if not today, when? Will tomorrow be too late? Etc... :) Thank you a million times over. You're right - talking and wishing and dreaming ain't gonna accomplish a thing....

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Facts and figures....go figure!

Monday, October 13, 2008



This little scooter weighs 99 pounds, what I have left to lose.

I was looking at some numbers from my weight loss thus far and some of it is just down right crazy to me, when I started losing this weight my max weight was 534 pounds and I am down to 374 pounds currently so almost out of the 70's. I have lost a total of 160 pounds and have 99 left to hit my goal of 275 pounds now lets look at some numbers.

Starting BMI = 63.31
Current BMI = 44.34
Goal BMI @275 pounds = 32.60

Now thats a total of almost 20 points off of my BMI (Body Mass Index) number! I do not put much stock in BMI but wow, thats a lot of points off in just over nine months. Let me splain why I have no faith in BMI, I stand 6'5'' tall, my brother stands 6'4.5'' tall but I have much more muscle on my body than he does yet both of our BMI numbers would be the same in a calculator. because I am more muscular than he is of course I am going to weigh more than him when at a healthy weight. At 275 pounds my BMI will be 32.60 which is still considered "obese" and in all honesty I don't know how a 6'5'' fella @275 would be considered obese but the differences in my numbers is interesting for me to look at either way.

Start weight = 534 pounds
Current weight = 374 pounds
Goal weight = 275 pounds

Difference = 29.96% body weight or 160 pounds lost so far.

I have lost one third of my total body weight since starting in January! and in 12 pounds when I have reached 172 pounds lost I will have lost two thirds of the weight that I set for myself to lose to hit that goal of 275 pounds. that figure is simply insane to me, I was talking to my wife last night about the percentages etc and when it dawned on me that I have lost almost two thirds of the weight that I set for myself to lose already and have done it in less than 10 months I knew what todays post was going to be.

When all is said and done and I hit that 275 pound mark I will have lost 48.50% or almost half of my total body weight! half?!? yes indeed HALF of me will be gone. then there will be the 20 plus pounds of excess skin to be taken care of at some point so that number will be exaggerated even more if/when I have a skin surgery after all of the fat is gone.


Here is a look at Sundays menu.

10/12/08

Breakfast
10:00 AM
2 cups bran cereal 180
1.5 cup 1% milk 165
1 banana 105

12:00 PM
1 apple 100

Lunch
3:30 PM
2 multi-grain english muffins 200
1 small plumb tomato 20
2 wedges laughing cow 70

crystal light 15

Dinner
6:00 PM
1.5 cups chicken noodle soup 260
3 slices whole wheat bread 210
1.5 T miracle whip 50
6oz deli turkey breast 180
sliced tomato 10

8:30 PM
1 apple 100

Grand total of 1665 calories for the day, 160 pounds for the year so far or 29.96% body weight lost or just about two thirds of my total goal weight, I have to say I am happy with the results so far. this week I expect to either stay the same weight or gain slightly by Friday as I am planning on adding some ST (strength training) to the mix and expect to be sore ie: inflamed therefore some extra water retention will likely be there this week if the ST goes as planned. With that another post comes to an end and another episode of as the fat guy turns is done, Thank you for reading along and look for a new post on morrows eve.

As Ever
Me

  
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MOBAYGIRL 10/17/2008 10:25AM

    You are such an inspiration! Don't let the numbers drive you crazy as I learned in statistics numbers can do almost anything! Hey that sounds like a certain person who wrote this blog.

I look forward to your blogs and want to thank you for sharing your journey in this very public way.

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TRACYZABELLE 10/17/2008 5:56AM

    Numbers can make you crazy.. all I know is as I reduce and eat better and exercise I feel better.. if I go up once in a while, so be it but it comes back off.. the scales will be balanced one day I am sure!

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TELERIE 10/13/2008 6:27PM

    It's mind boggling when put into percentages. I haven't thought as far ahead yet, but guess I'll be half my size once I'm at my goal. (My goal isn't a fixed number, it's more a "I can live with this"-feeling).

The BMI scale is not the only way to measure health, and it's very weird at the ends, as Dana says. Especially for athletes and very muscular people.

Keep on going, and you know when you get there!

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ZIRCADIA 10/13/2008 5:13PM

    BMI is weird, and I personally think it gets weirder at the ends -- the extremes. I really thought 190 would be enough for me, but when I got there I knew I wasn't done. So you never know what might happen when you get to 275, but as for me thinking about someone 6'5" and super muscular, and a man at that, being a few inches taller than me weighing 110lbs more... I dunno -- I really have no way of trying to imagine that in that way because I'm a poor frame of reference for a large framed muscular MAN hahahaha, but when I see football players on TV and they say how much they weigh, it doesn't seem unreasonable of a weight to me if you have a footballer's physique. :D Athlete's always have a higher BMI because of the muscles. Unless you're like.... a marathon runner or something like that. And yay for a picture of what you have left to lose! :D hehehe I noticed that!

P.S. -- consider People's "Half Their Size" issue. I definitely can't claim to have lost half my size... unless you count pant sizes -- from 24 to 10/12 -- that's half the number anyway. hahaha. But yeah, I'd have to get down to 145-147 to be half what I was before, and that'd be like 20 more lbs (AKA INSANE).

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MESACHICK 10/13/2008 1:36PM

  That is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!

You know, the Biggest Loser contestants are lucky you weren't on this season...you've ALREADY beat their winner from last season, percentage-wise! YOU SO ROCK!!

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SWEETZMIX 10/13/2008 1:14PM

    You know when u break it down in percentages...it adds on the the amazement.

Talk about rewards to all ur hard work. Being able to say soon that u lost half of ur body weight. JEEZE...that's crazy but will feel sOOOOO good!!

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Apple tree casualty's and a walk through the woods.

Sunday, October 12, 2008


Saturday we decided to bring the kiddos out to a local apple orchard and pick a big ol bag of apples, last year when we went I was significantly heavier than I am now and I was looking forward to going because there is a walk involved in getting to said orchard and I wanted to see how much of a difference there was in the walk this year from last. Looking back at the previous trip when we arrived I clearly remember looking at the walk from the parking area to the farm and thinking "here we go, I have to walk all the way over there AND THEN walk to the orchard?" we walked up to the main area where there was a band and grilled food and some tents and then about 100-150 yards down the road was the entrance to the orchard where a cashier was handing out the bags for the picked apples. I remember walking towards the entrance and thinking at least it was down hill, and then thinking about the walk back up the hill and not looking forward to it. Of course there was a tractor pulling a trailer full of hay on it dragging people up and down the hill but I didn't want to do that at all, I walked around the orchard in pain the entire time and we were only there at the trees picking for 10 minutes maybe before I decided that enough was enough and I HAD to either sit down or I was going to be forced by pain to so we paid for the apples and I pronounced "the kids want to take the hay ride back up to the farm honey" and luckily my son said oooh oooh yeah can we! and my pride was safe for one more day even though I know that Wify knew the real reason I was insisting on the hay ride. We ended up a little closer to the car and I got to sit down on a bail of hay but my back was screaming and I wanted to get out of there so we decided that it was time to go home and on the way to the parking area there was a stall with a sign that read "free donuts and apple cider" Bamn! "hey honey lets grab one and sit in the grass" so we did, 2 or 3 donuts later we walked to the car with a two huge bags of apples, a pumpkin and powdered sugar on my lips and we drove home. A couple of HUGE home made apple pies followed and I will not even try and guess at the calories in them, this year I don't think I will make a single pie, such is the way of things.

Fast forward to Yesterday, we ended up parking about twice as far away as last time but no worries, we walked up to the farm area and walked around a bit looking at stuff and we were meeting one of Wifys friends there and she had not arrived yet so we decided to get in line and grab lunch at the BBQ tent, I got a cheeseburger a bag of salt and vinegar chips and a bottle of water and we headed over under a tree to eat lunch, as I walked under the tree I stood up into a low branch and cut my head open, I asked Wify if it had cut and my head was bleeding so I cleaned it off and we ate our lunch, met up with the friend and her sister really wanted to go pick pumpkins and was the one insisting on the hay ride this time around, Wify and I decided to let them go pick pumpkins and we would head on down to the apple orchard. There we were at the top of the walk down to the entrance and it looked like a short walk to me this time around, we walked down and walked around through the rows of trees for about 30 to 45 minutes, my daughter rode on my shoulders the entire time so that she could pick the big apples higher up on the trees and there was not a bit of pain anywhere. We decided it was time to head back to the farm and the car so we walked back up the hill, I thought to myself about last year and how it was a very short trip and how I did not enjoy it very much, until the free donut sign anyways which was there again, this time I grabbed one donut and shared it with my daughter as we walked back to the car. About an hour and a half was spent at the farm this year and much of it walking around with my 39 pound daughter on my shoulders. Unfortunately I did not get any pictures of just me or me and Wify at the orchard alone to post up, they all have my kids in them and I don't wish to post up kid pictures on here but there was a hike afterwards and some pics of that for your viewing pleasure.

On the way home from the orchard we decided to stop at a state forest and have a walk about and that we did. here are some photos from that.

Spark only allows 1 photo so visit my blogspot at zeusmeatball.blogspot.com/ and zeusmeatball.blogspot.com/200
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to see all of the pics

All in all, between the Orchard and the Hike we walked for more than three hours probably close to four and it was a very nice day out with lots of movement even if I did indulge in a cheeseburger with some chips and half of a donut I think that the walking helped me feel less guilty for it. Dinner was subway and I did have more chips with that but again because of the activity I don't feel bad for it. Monday I am starting the deficit tracking on a strict type regimen and want to kick the exercise into a different level, I feel like I am close enough to the weight that I want to be where I should start a little more strength training, I will add the push ups back into the daily exercise and some light lifting with dumb bells and possibly some squats etc, how I feel will determine what I go with. Since this turned out to be a fairly long post I will leave it at that for now and I thank you for following along, look for a new post tomorrow same bat time same bat channel.

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Me

  
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SWEETZMIX 10/13/2008 8:17AM

    Hey Zues, ur pics are sO pretty. I wish I was there too!!

All I have to say is, what a difference a year makes?!? Look how far you have came and not how far you have to go!! You have made serious progress. I'm proud of u!!


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TRACYZABELLE 10/13/2008 1:39AM

    Unfortunately I can not see the pics until I go homke as at work, even if I am on my own laptop, it still wont let me see the pivd on a blog outside of spark..
YOu did good though, such a huge difference a year makes huh? You are awesome!

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PUMPKINFACE73 10/12/2008 9:32PM

    I have been itching to get to the apple orchard and get picking...now I have to...cant wait!
AND I am coming by for a pie of pie...figure if I can bike to you then I can induldge in some sweets, right...LMAO!

pictures are great!...love the one of you and wify on your blogspot...so cute!

Thanks for sharing :)

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MESACHICK 10/12/2008 8:20PM

  I love the experiences we can look back on and compare to now!! You so rock!

Love the above pic! My fave is on your other blog - the closeup of you and your wife. You guys look awesome!!


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VEEJAY3 10/12/2008 6:20PM

    "There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged
to find the ways in which you yourself have altered."

-Nelson Mandela, A Long Walk to Freedom

Congratulations on your change ... and YOUR long walk to freedom!



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TRECECOOKS 10/12/2008 4:26PM

    What a wonderful blog - so descriptive I was THERE!!

Glad you could remember and rejoice!! Enjoy the apples, and imagine ahead how great it will be next year!!

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TERJEGOLD 10/12/2008 3:41PM

    What a difference a year makes! And what a gift to your family. They can now freely participate WITH YOU in all that life has to offer. Wow! Now I'd sat that's the real reason for working hard on getting fit. It's to be able to fully participate in life. Perfectly wonderful!

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Less than 100 pounds left to lose!!!! another weigh in post

Friday, October 10, 2008


This 2001 GSXR 1000 weighs in at 374 pounds.

This week had the potential for me to hit another milestone, and I think that this one is a big one because I am ecstatic that I hit it. When I weighed in this morning the number I saw was 373.8 pounds and I was tired so it didn't click that I had hit the milestone yet, so as every Friday I get on again and it said 374.2 pounds and then the final time was the same thing, then it clicked! that weigh in means that I have lost a total of 160 pounds which means that I have less than 100 pounds left to lose, I now have 99 pounds left to go to hit my goal of 275 pounds, top of the world ma! that statement pretty much sums it up.

When I decided to lose weight and came up with a number that I felt was close to what I should be that number fell at 275 pounds, I came up with this number because I stand 6'5'' tall and have a fairly large build and my father is 6'1'' with the same large build and he weighs 265 pounds right now and does not look heavy at all so bamn! 275 was the magic number I was shooting for. I am a happy camper this morning with this weigh in, a 3 pound loss is fine by me especially when it comes with the attached bonus of hitting that milestone of less than 100 pounds left to lose, even if that bonus is only mental. This weight loss thing IS a mental game though in my opinion so its likely to carry me for a couple weeks where motivation is concerned.

Here is a look at the menu from Thursday.

10/09/08

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

Lunch
12:30 PM
1 can Progresso soup 120
10 wheat Ritz crackers 140

3:45 PM
2 slices whole wheat bread 140
1 T peanut butter 95
1 T jam 50

Dinner
6:15 PM
7oz grilled chicken 370
3/4 cup white rice 150
6oz brussel sprouts 90
1 T light sour cream 20
salsa 15

7:15 PM
small vanilla cone 160

crystal light 15

Grand total of 1650 calories for the day and you see I did have a vanilla cone last night to which my wifes response was, your weighing in tomorrow and your going to eat that? yep! I sure am, because I have changed the way I eat and I am allowed to have an ice cream cone and still have a successful weight loss all at the same time. now thats not what I said to her but it is the truth but she already knows this as well. Over all I am happy about this morning weigh in and hitting that milestone, it feels good to say that I have less than 100 pounds to lose to hit my goal weight even though I do think I want to get below that 275 mark eventually it IS my goal right now. 99 bottles of beer on the wall and I am going to start chipping away for the home stretch until there are no more bottles of beer on the wall.

Thanks for following along.

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Me

  
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HAUTE_MAMA 10/13/2008 9:27AM

    you continue to amaze me :)

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TRACYZABELLE 10/12/2008 1:17PM

    Today I am in a toast mood too! Isnt it wierd-- PB&J on wheat toast ROCKS!

YOU are doing so great! YOU are aweome.

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SWEETZMIX 10/11/2008 7:09PM

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Need I say anymore! I am proud of u!!

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SLCOLMAN 10/11/2008 7:07PM

    Congrats on hitting that SUPER milestone!!!!

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SHESONHERWAY 10/11/2008 1:14PM

    Wow. I actually got a little teary! What an amazing accomplishment. I never thought about that kind of goal and just realized that in 19 lbs I will be able to say the same thing!
Losing this weight has allowed you to not only be healthier for you, but has also turned you into a role model and inspiration to A LOT of people here on SP! Thanks for sharing your journey.

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MOEDANCING 10/11/2008 10:28AM

    Mr Meatball

Thank you...

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MESACHICK 10/11/2008 6:01AM

  Dude, you're down to DOUBLE DIGITS to lose! How AWESOME is that!!! I recently made that milestone myself and it's those numbers that feel amazing. YOU SO ROCK!!!!!!!

LOL about the 99 bottles of beer...just such a funny reference for weight loss pounds...you crack me up!

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VEEJAY3 10/10/2008 8:15PM

    You are so inspiring! Just look at what everyone's said here -- you make a big difference to everyone. (Even now/especially now that you're in "double digits")

And yes, this IS a mental game. Or, as Yogi Berra put it:
"90% of the game is half mental."

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LUCKY8GAL 10/10/2008 5:14PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon You are so awesome! This must make you feel invincible! Just think, if you can do this what other goals in your life you can accomplish? Wow, thanks for inspiring us....... emoticon

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ZIRCADIA 10/10/2008 2:58PM

    :) CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!! This is an awesome milestone!!! The countdown is really gonna be hot from here on out. :D You could even start to think about how much things weigh that are what you have left to lose... you know? And when it gets closer it's going to be so awesome. :D hehehe. Oh man, I'm so excited for you!!!! That's the cool thing about this weight-loss journey is that it really kind of just snowballs. The more weight you lose, the more motivating it is, and the easier it is to keep going. (At least in my opinion.) Because every small success reinforces how capable you are of doing the small steps on this journey, and ever step in the right direction adds to the bucket of "ACCOMPLISHMENT". :D hehehehe.

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DONEPAT 10/10/2008 11:07AM

    LOL!
Your enthusiasm is contagious and now I'm gonna have the 99 bottles of beer on the wall in my head for the rest of the day now. Um, thank you?

Congrats on the milestone and you continue to amaze me and inspire!
Patty

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NEWMOON 10/10/2008 10:33AM

    Congratulations! You're an inspiration. Also, I just learned that I weigh more than a motorcycle, so if THAT doesn't stop me from over-eating, I don't know what will!!



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LEAVY1213 10/10/2008 10:22AM

    emoticon on meeting one of your mini goals! You have a come a long way and I know it will continue for you! Keep up the excellent work!

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PUMPKINFACE73 10/10/2008 9:59AM

    What a wonderful accomplishment...YOU are amazing! YOU never stop reaching for the star and pushing for the next goal...love it!

Congrats to YOU....(bet you feel fantastic too)


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TELERIE 10/10/2008 9:41AM

    emoticon Way to go on reaching that milestone! You're doing so great and have an awesome attitude. Your enthusiasm is infectious! Have a great weekend and enjoy the rest of the journey! You know you will get there!

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SLCHERIAN 10/10/2008 9:11AM

    Congrats! This is a wonderful milestone for you. I am new at this and I have over 100 lbs to lose. Your entry really encouraged me to keep pressing on how be it slow for me. I will not quit but I can say I have wanted to and I am just beginning. Just Thanks for the encouragement from what you shared. God Bless. emoticon

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AXISLADY 10/10/2008 9:07AM

    emoticon What great news! Your goal is in sight. All it takes is focus focus focus, and sometimes along the way we lose that, but we pick ourselves up and get to it. So proud of you!!!

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The choice is yours to make.

Thursday, October 09, 2008



I have been riding the bike again as you can see by the deficit tracker to the left of the page, I am hoping that it makes a difference. Tomorrow is weigh in again and it seems like the weeks are just flying by right now, this entire year has been a blur quite honestly and I was just talking to my wife about the fact that I have lost almost 160 pounds just this year and how unbelievable it still is to me. This year could have gone down more than one way and the way it has unfolded so far where my health is concerned is absolutely incredible for me and my family, thinking back to the first week back in Jan when I started and I was thinking "well this is pretty easy so far but I know there will be a point when I hit that wall and go grab a couple three four double cheese burgers" here I am 9 months later and it hasn't happened yet and I blame that on my determination to get healthy again. I could have grabbed that pint of Ben and Jerrys that awaits Jan 2009 and gobbled it down long ago but I chose not to, I could have given up and went back to my old ways very easily but I chose not to. When its put like that it make ya wonder why it took so long to do, but thats just it I think I hit a point in my life when decisions HAD to be made and thats what happened, I decided that eating healthy and exercising was easier than a surgery that would basically force me to eat less, and here we are.

My wife has been an extremely important part of my success and I know that I am having an easier time than I could be because of her. She is there for me when I need someone to vent to about this damned skin thats starting to show itself, and she is there to tap me on the shoulder and ask "do you really want that cookie?" and she is constantly asking me if I have exercised on any given day and I think that keeps me on my toes. She has also lost a significant amount of weight since Jan and has recently started exercising daily which has encouraged me to start hitting the cardio again. Between the both of us we have lost a combined total of 220 pounds, yes I said 220 pounds! She has dropped 62 pounds and I am at 158 as of this morning, which by the way is only one pound away from me having less than 100 left to lose for me, but man! 220 pounds combined?!? we were carrying that around with us daily everywhere we went. A lot of hard work and effort has gone into the weight we have lost and a lot of discipline has been shown, to think about the fact that I still have 100 more pounds to lose can be daunting but at the same time I have no doubt in my mind that I will hit that 275 pound mark that I want to be at.

Here is a look at Wednesdays Menu, which is very low in calories for the day.

10/09/08

Breakfast
8:00 AM
2 cups bran cereal 180
1 cup 1% milk 110

11:15 AM
1 slice whole wheat bread 70
1/2 T peanut butter 50
1/2 T jam 25

12:45 PM
1 pear 85

Lunch
2:15 PM
1 can Progresso soup 120
6 Ritz wheat crackers 82

crystal light 40

Dinner
6:30 PM
2 80 cal rolls 160
1 can tuna 160
1 T miracle whip 35
onions/pickle 25
4oz sweet potato fries 100
ketchup 20

9:15 PM
1 apple 100

Grand total of 1362 calories, a very low day indeed but its just how it turns out sometimes, fluid intake was good at more than a gallon and a half total with about 3/4 of a gallon being green tea and I did have some crystal light and water as well. I am not worried about the low day, these things happen and should not really have a negative effect on anything, at least it hasn't in the past. Good choices are being made daily and the results are obviously clear nine months down the road. Call it what you will, addiction, habit, indulgence or just not caring, it all boils down to making that choice to not eat in an unhealthy manner and to exercise daily or to ignore the whys and keep making excuses, are you ready to choose? good now drop and give me 20!

As Ever
Me

  
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TRACYZABELLE 10/12/2008 1:16PM

    I love your menu! Today I am making a pot of soup!I love soup it is a meal in a pot! ANd fruits satisfy my sweet tooth!

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ZIRCADIA 10/10/2008 2:54PM

    DUDE! 220lbs is like, a strong decent sized muscular dude! :D THAT'S AWESOME!! Tell your wifey super congrats, and also I think it's awesome that she is able to help hold you accountable like that. :)

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JEEPERSMOM 10/10/2008 11:42AM

    Congrats to you and your wife. I am just hoping someday that I might be where you are now...Keep up the great job!!!

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DONEPAT 10/10/2008 11:05AM

    Well, not much left to be said, you are (both)! doing great!
It's so good that your wife is supportive.

Keep on going and so will we!
Patty emoticon

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OFEDEOZ 10/9/2008 9:26PM

    Thank you for sharing such an insight. I needed that reminder why we're here and how much we've accomplished.

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CALIFCAS 10/9/2008 9:23PM

  I came across your page shortly after joining Sparks in July. Your blogs are great! Thankyou for sharing your journey! Congrats to you and your wife!

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MOEDANCING 10/9/2008 6:48PM

    Good choices are being made daily...that is true my friend...every day each and every dang day!

WOOT...to Mrs BOTZZZ!

Now Zeus...Mr Meatball my friend I give you twenty!

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MESACHICK 10/9/2008 6:41PM

  The family that plays together, stays together! LOL

That is awesome you guys are on the same page. My hubby needs to lose but it just not ready. It is hard, because I am sometimes fixing two different meals at each mealtime. Go and kiss your wife RIGHT NOW for doing this with you! That so rocks!

Go you on the "no excuses" mentality as well.

WOO-HOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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BABY_GIRL69 10/9/2008 5:51PM

    Reading you makes go back & take a second glance at my daily caloric intake & exercise regime! Thank you so much for being so inspiring!! Blessings, Dee emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CECE0330 10/9/2008 4:49PM

    Am I reading right, and you have some Ben & Jerry's in your freezer that you HAVEN'T touched, and don't intend to until next Jan? Crap. That just took my respect for you to a whole new level.

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It's great that your wife is so supportive, and you have someone who is your buddy 24/7. My DH is one of those disgusting people who can eat pretty much any kind of junk they want and doesn't gain weight (he drinks about 2000 calories a day alone in soda) so while he tries to be supportive of me, it just isn't the same!

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