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200 pounds in 2008, my goal.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008


Low 40's outside and raining, the perfect stay in the house and veg out day if ya ask me, but I am going to make it into a day of exercise. It is around 10:00 am right now and I have ridden the stationary bike for 20 minutes already and plan on another ride this evening, if the rain stops long enough for a walk I will add that as well and I plan on hitting the push ups today along with some light dumb bell work. How does that sound? sounds like a plan to me! I have the urge to start strength training along with the weight loss training but will have to find a balance that allows me to keep dropping the pounds while maintaining or even gaining muscle mass, that may prove to be easier said than done but I know that I am losing muscle along with the fat and I think I have shown my body that I mean business with the weight loss and now I need to start working on the muscle again.

After meeting Bill Germanakos I find myself almost re-energized where exercising is concerned, that dude looked damn good and it happened with hard work and lots dedication to the matter at hand. Earlier this year when I saw the amount of weight that I had dropped in such a short time I had mentioned that I wanted to try and lose 200 pounds in 2008, I am at the 164 pound mark which leaves 36 pounds left to lose before Jan 1st 2009 or about 9 weeks which means I will have to average 4 pounds per week if I am to hit that goal. I think its a reach of a goal but I don't think it is impossible so I am putting it out there that my goal is to lose a total of 200 pounds in 2008, I have lost those kinds of number in the past and I think I can get them again so there it is, 200 in 2008. I believe that this ambitious goal is just what I need to get me working harder than I have in the past month or two so I am going for it and thats that, there is a good chance that I will not hit the 200 lost mark before Jan 1st but if I did I would have impressed myself unlike I have in a long time. In the last three months I have lost roughly 30 pounds and to hit this goal I will need to lose 36 pounds in two months just to give you an idea of how ambitious it actually is, not to mention the holidays coming along! I will weigh 334 pounds in just two months time if I am successful with this challenge I am putting in front of me, and then that pint of Ben and Jerry's in the freezer that has been waiting for almost a year now shall be eaten and I will weigh 200 pounds lighter than when it was bought!

Now that I put it out there like that I will have to try and stick to it and bust arse to get that average of 4 pounds per week. Man I like making things hard for myself eh? but thats how I have been able to maintain a constant hammering away at this weight for the 10 months that I have been at it, keep myself challenged and try and stay focused on the goals at hand and its been working so I'm going with it. That concludes yet another episode of as the fat guy turns, make sure to stay tuned for the finale to see if I make that 200 in 2008 goal. Thank you for reading and thank you all for the support, your comments and emails are greatly appreciated!

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RACHEL630 10/30/2008 9:33AM

    GO GO GO !!! You can do it. :)

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SLIMMER150 10/29/2008 1:01PM

    YOU GO FOR IT! MY MONEY IS ON YOU!!!!!!!!! emoticon

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TRACYZABELLE 10/29/2008 4:02AM

    That may be an extraordinary amount of weight for someone to lose in 9 weeks but you are an extraordinary individual. YOu have come so far and overcome so much. I know what it has given back to you in worth so much, I WANT TO BE YOU. I can say YOu are my hero... (no, be sure to reassure wifey I am not after you)I look up to you and you encourage me... thank you.. today is the start of the new me....

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ZIRCADIA 10/28/2008 9:26PM

    Maybe this new ambitious goal is just what you need to LIGHT THAT FIRE under your butt and get you going!!! :D (MEANING, get that ST rockin, no more complacency and mediocre weeks, but all on fire working hard busting butt time! :D hehehe)

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KATKAT101 10/28/2008 8:06PM

    you are an inspiration to everyone who reads your blogs.....and have faith that you can do it........I am only 40 pounds into my weight loss and seeing people who have already been successful really helps me to know I will do it.....thank you.....

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LEAVY1213 10/28/2008 4:46PM

    I think if you add strength training to your routine, like you have mentioned, you will find that within a couple of weeks that you are buring more fat than before and your weight will begin dropping faster! (And that will help with the excess skin you have talked about previously.) So I think it is a good thing you are adding strength to your routine. :-) Keep up the good work, think positive and you will make your goal!

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ADNAW_YOTS 10/28/2008 3:48PM

    oooh my new GOYAAM! HERO for the day ! great blog and I will be watching you. You have inspired me to blog tonight and make myself accountable as well.

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BABY_GIRL69 10/28/2008 3:41PM

    emoticon Make it happen!!! Blessings, Dee emoticon emoticon

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MESACHICK 10/28/2008 1:45PM

  You will TOTALLY make 200!!!!

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TX.PATRICIA 10/28/2008 1:39PM

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Good luck on obtaining your goal! We all know that YOU CAN DO IT!!!

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SWEETZMIX 10/28/2008 12:34PM

    You know I know u can do it. And if u want to be ambitious than how about losing 201 pounds in 2008. LOL

emoticon on everything u have done so far!!

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HAUTE_MAMA 10/28/2008 12:25PM

    if there is anyone that can do this, i know it's you! good luck and thanks for your help last week! :)

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Bill Germanakos TBL4 winner meets Botzzz..

Monday, October 27, 2008


Here I am standing next to the biggest loser 4 champion, and because spark only allows one photo on a blog you can check out the other pictures on my blogspot zeusmeatball.blogspot.com/2008/10/bi
ll-germanakos-meets-zeusmeatball.html


Yesterday afternoon I had a little treat, there was a health and wellness expo at the Hartford convention center sponsored by NBC channel 30 a local television station and Bill Germanakos the winner of the biggest loser 4 was scheduled to be there, so we decided to pack the kids up in the car and head on over. We arrived there around 11:15am and walked around a bit looking at all of the booths they had set up from dental booths to weight loss surgery right on down to general health and well being type things, there was an announcement that Bill would be going on stage to talk at noon so I decided to walk on over to the NBC booth and see if he was around and he was, so I meandered over and waited in line where a few of the NBC news personalities were sitting at a table signing pictures along with Bill, Lauren Petty who was much hotter in person by the way was there along with Doug Greene who both signed a photo for my son, and he was very excited about meeting Doug Greene for whatever reason.

I chatted with Bill for a couple of minutes and my impression is that he is good guy, while talking I told him that I had lost 164 pounds so far, which is coincidentally the same amount that he had lost on the show, his response to what I had just said? He yelled "Hey everybody He lost 164 pounds so far!" I know that I turned 12 shades of red as I heard an applause behind me from the other people waiting in line, thats when I said to him since he was in a shouting mood that wify had lost weight as well and he did the same for her weight loss and thats how I know it was 12 shades of red because I just looked at Wify when it was her turn. We took a few photos and chatted for a minute more and were on our way because he had to be on stage very soon and there were others waiting in line. All in all it was pretty cool meeting him and he came off as a very down to earth fella, His time on the stage was straight to the point and he seemed to speak from the heart, lots of what he said was all too familiar and I related with just about all of it. He had lots of information in his words and talked about himself and why he had enough of being the fat guy, I could definitely see where someone that has never been overweight could be enlightened by what he had to say, here are a couple photos.

It was a nice weekend all around for me and meeting Bill Germanakos I believe will be a spark for me to get my arse in gear again and hit the exercise the way I should be. He did talk about what he ate and calorie ranges etc and I was surprised, and not so surprised at the same time to see that it was somewhat like my eating plan so that was kind of cool. I did have a what I would call a naughty dinner one night, I had a Chicken Parm grinder from a local pizza house for dinner Saturday night but like I say, it is a lifestyle change so having that random grinder is not a bad thing as long as most of the time I am eating properly and healthy, in fact Bill said it was ok for me to eat a whole pizza once per week on top of my daily calories! honest he did. I am still rolling right along and plan on stepping the exercise up a bit this week to see if it sticks, let me correct that, to MAKE it stick! and I have been wanting to get more strength training in but it just hasn't been happening the way I would like it to be.

Another weekend down and it was a fun one, I got to meet an admirable fellow and the keep on keepin on is doing just that. I want to thank everyone that takes the time to read my ramblings day in and day out and I thank all of the new people as well. I may not have been on the biggest loser but I have an idea of what the people on that show have gone through and how they feel afterwards, something Bill said while he was on stage stuck to me like nothing has in a long while, He said that when he was at his highest weight that when someone would mention to him that he was getting bigger he would say that he "felt good" and in reality, He did not know what "feeling good" meant until he lost the weight, this is something that I am relearning day by day as each pound falls from my body.

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RACHEL630 10/30/2008 9:51AM

    Grats to you! This sounds great!

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TRACYZABELLE 10/29/2008 3:54AM

    How awesome for you!Meeting an idolwould definitely out me in a better frame of mind-- do you make any personal appearances anywhere?? Just wondering emoticonWHEN we see in person something or someone who inspires us, it is a renewal and puts us in a better frame of mind.. I need that right now.

YOu just keep on doing what you are doing because what it is, works for you!

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ZIRCADIA 10/28/2008 9:23PM

    WOW for his ARMS in that first picture on your blog!!!! HAHA :D And that is SO cool that you got to meet him and everything. YEAH GET that strength training going so you can get massive biceps like this guy. HAHAHA :D But I agree -- feeling good now is thrilling compared to my "feeling good" before. :)

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RUNNING@MYPACE 10/28/2008 1:25PM

    That is awesome!! How cool! You are a great role model for your whole family! amazing isn't it we have so much power to teach and create positivity to share!! YEAH BABY!!

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LEAVY1213 10/27/2008 5:42PM

    That is sooooo cool! I am a bit jealous! lol :-)

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TELERIE 10/27/2008 4:57PM

    Woo, that's utterly cool! What a fun weekend! You're looking great! I wish you well with increasing your exercises, you'll feel so good about it!!

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MESACHICK 10/27/2008 3:00PM

  SOOOOOOOOOOOOO cool!!! What an awesome experience!!!!!!!!!!

BTW...r
e: the "whole pizza" comment...interesting, because my trainer buddy, who gave me my most recent (and more strict) diet, prescribes one "cheat meal" per week, "within reason". When I asked her what was "within reason", she just said one that doesn't cross the line into a binge. I thought that was interesting, and when I follow her meal plan, "cheat meal" included, I still lose. It gives a little freedom. Love the concept.

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GRAMMABENJI 10/27/2008 11:26AM

    wow awesome weekend for you. keep on going

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BIGGIRL2082010 10/27/2008 10:30AM

    Hey, you're looking great in the pics! And yay on getting extra impetus on the exercise front ... keep going, keep going, as a dear friend of mine likes to say! :)

So, what's your goal for Christmas? 240? 200? :)

Keep at it ... you'll get there, one little ounce at a time!

Cheers,
Maya


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SWEETZMIX 10/27/2008 10:20AM

    Hey I read ur blog and it sounded like such an event for you personally. I can imagine being really embarrassed when he yelled out to the crowd how much you lost so far. I am glad you had a good weekend and got to meet such an inspiring person!!

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PUMPKINFACE73 10/27/2008 10:18AM

    I totaly forgot the expo was this weekend....UGH...oh well
LOVE the picture...you look fabulous my friend and to get to meet Bill, that is great!...YOU ROCK!



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MOEDANCING 10/27/2008 9:37AM

    Zeus and Bill together!

HELL YEAH!

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Today is Friday, and ya know what that means...

Friday, October 24, 2008




This 1975 Suzuki GT 380 weighs in at 371 pounds

because spark only allows one photo visit zeusmeatball.blogspot.com/ to see the rest of this entries pictures.

The time has come again to count that number on the scale and I am happy to report that I am actually down one pound. The scale reported the same number 3 times in a row at 371.2 lbs and that brings me to a total of 163 pounds lost since Jan 1st. Earlier in the week I was worried about having a no loss week because of some bad food choices but I fixed it and here we are one pound down for the week. Last night I decided to go for a walk alone to clear my head and think about how I could focus on getting exercise in again and I came up with exactly what I did to get the thinking in, Now that its getting cold out again its the perfect time for me to start in on walks again but its not good for my daughter so I will be taking a nightly walk now around 8pm just because wify is around to watch the kiddos while I go and it gives me 30 minutes to myself. last nights walk was 1.6 miles and took 30 minutes so thats a slightly faster than a 3mph walk for half an hour and like I said it was good to get out alone in the cold weather in the quiet.

Intake for Thursday was a bit low coming in at 1377 for the day, have a look at the menu for yesterday.

10/24/08

Breakfast
8:30 AM
2 cups bran cereal 180
1 cup 1% milk 110

11:00 AM
1 bite of fruit loops 50

2:30 PM
tiny hersheys bar 50

Lunch
3:30 PM
4 slices light Italian bread 160
3oz chicken breast 150
2 T miracle whip 70
sliced tomato 10

???
random bites 100


Dinner
6:45 PM
Double meat 6 inch turkey subway 340

8:45 PM
6 ritz crackers 82
1 wedge lughing cow 35

9:00 PM
2 pretzels 40


Not the best of days where food is concerned but I did manage to keep it under the limit so thats good. I did as I said get that walk in last night so movement was had and I have a buy weekend planned so I know I will get in some movement in within the next couple of days. one pound down for this week and I'll take it! one more down and 96 to go, its only a matter of time before I hit that goal number of 275 pounds. I know that its coming, I know that I will get there because I have changed the way I look at food, and I know that its not something that should be used for entertainment, comfort or just because it tastes good, eating is for nutritional purposes only now and that is the difference in why its working for me. thanks for reading along.

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TRECECOOKS 10/25/2008 6:03PM

    Cogent and logical blog, sir. You have a clarity and precision I envy somewhat.

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LUCKY8GAL 10/25/2008 5:20PM

    You are doing great like always! Evening walks are great, you love it! Keep on, keeping on...... emoticon

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TRACYZABELLE 10/24/2008 4:08PM

    So when can we expect your menu planner to come out in stores You have made a meal plan that works and you definitely are not starving yourself! YOU have found IT and IT is working for you!
YOU are awesome!

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PUMPKINFACE73 10/24/2008 3:13PM

    Rocking the weight loss week after week....showing eveyone in Sparky Land how it is Done....love it.
Congrats and rock on neighbor!

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TELERIE 10/24/2008 1:24PM

    Great work, my friend! So glad you got the walking in. I also love to take evening strolls alone or with a friend or my dearest. I empty my head, get a good workout and feel good about the day when I go to bed.

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ASIAMORA 10/24/2008 12:28PM

    You're doing great!


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KWOLF150 10/24/2008 12:26PM

    Hear Ya! Way to go on the loss.
I ate Mexican food last night. Stuck to the best choices. Chicken fajitas. Then...I played tennis. Ended up losing 1/2 pound.

Ya know you are very lucky to have a support there. Your wife watching the kids while you have a little workout time.
That is important. GO WIFY!

Keep it up!
Love Kel
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BABY_GIRL69 10/24/2008 12:08PM

    You know you seem to be able to allow me to commitment than ever in me. I have been so lazy lately but I read your Spark blog & feel so strong that I have to get up & move my bottom. This morning, I didn't walk my dog because it was raining. He did the backyard while I did some am kickboxing in & I didn't have that buttery pancake with syrup. I opted for the cereal & milk & 1 slice of honey wheat toast with butter & jelly. I am so not there yet but I do exercise some restraint with the jelly. emoticon

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I will celebrate your victory with a small shot of tequila. emoticon

Continue to inspire us! Enjoy your weekend!!

Blessings,


Dee

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MESACHICK 10/24/2008 12:04PM

  Only double digits left to lose instead of triple's!! I only got there myself last month and it is such an awesome feeling! As usual, you rock... :-)

BTW, I never thought to order a Subway sandwich double meat. GREAT idea. I am trying to do a higher protein/lower carb diet and today, Subway sounds AWESOME after reading your post...LOL

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TX.PATRICIA 10/24/2008 11:12AM

    You are doing GREAT!!!

Keep up the good work!

You are also such a motivation!

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A reality check

Tuesday, October 21, 2008


Here I am and its Tuesday, right off the bat I will say that I have been a naughty boy this week where intake is concerned and I am up in weight from last Fridays weigh in. I am guilty of becoming comfortable in my own skin and I have slacked off this week to the point of being up more than a pound from last week and I do not feel bad about it at all, I know that I am getting a bit too comfortable and I know that I am still making good food choices and that I am having "one of those weeks" I will start by saying that Saturday night I was at my mother in laws place and she ordered Chinese food (after asking if we were ok with that) and we agreed, I ordered a general Tso's chicken combination which had pork fried rice the chicken itself and an egg roll which I ate the entire dish! other than the Chinese food I have been pretty much on track with the food besides random picking here and there while staying below calorie range but I have done next to zero exercise in the past two weeks, I have had a decent cold with a side of sore throat but thats not an excuse for not doing what I should be and in all honesty I do think that I can get the weight back down before Friday.

Please don't read this and feel that I am down, or negative in any way, I am merely being factual and straight forward while admitting that I know where I messed up this week. I am too comfortable right now with my body so I am slacking off a bit because of it, that is all. That Chinese food on Saturday? yeah I know it wasn't needed and I did resist the beer with dinner and chose water instead, looking for the good in the slip but it is there. The exercise? or lack there of, is partially because I had that chest cold and partially because I just didn't feel like doing it because of being busy with something that I am working on (news to come of that soon) so all in all if I am up this week in weight its my fault. have a look at the menu from Monday.

10/21/08

Breakfast
7:45 AM
1 banana 105
1 T peanut butter 95

9:45 AM
1 apple 100

Lunch
12:00 PM
2 multi-grain english muffins 200
2 wedges laughing cow 70
sliced tomato 15

1:00 PM
1 banana 105

2:30 PM
1 can progresso soup 140

Dinner
6:30 PM
3 Slices of Light Italian Bread 120
3 oz Chicken 180
1 oz of Fat Free Cheddar 90
2 oz Jax 280
jalepeno 10
fat free ranch dressing 40

8:00 PM
1oz hard pretzels 110

Grand total of 1660 calories for the day and zero exercise, the fact that I know where I messed up in the past week of so shows me that I have changed and the fact that I slipped shows me that I am only human. I am going to try and not be up in weight come Fridays weigh in but this week looks like it may be the first week since starting that I may actually be up weight on a weigh in day. If I am? so what is the way I will view it I have had more than 9 months of weight loss and I mean I have weighed less EVERY week since Jan this year, its about time that I messed up to the point that I don't lose right? shhhhure thats the way to justify it fat boy! No but honestly I am not worried about it too much, I recognized where I slipped and it will be fixed NOW, not tomorrow, not next week and thats the difference in success and failure in my humble opinion. Consistency is key but honesty and quick action play their parts and I am making the choice to correct the calm that has come in the middle of this argument I am having with my body for the last 9 months. The fact that I just used the word honesty and then said earlier in this post "being up more than a pound from last week" I am going to admit that I weighed 375 this morning thats not only up more than a pound, thats up 3 pounds! wow I just quoted myself from this post that I am currently writing in the very same post, yeah, its like that. With all of the above said, look for a loss this week from me, and remember kids none of this is negative and none of this is being down on myself, to understand that its just not who I am to be down on myself about this weight loss I guess you might have to know me personally to understand how true that is, I am merely being honest with myself and anyone that care to read this. heres to a good week and hopefully a loss in weight this week.

Thanks for following along.

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Me

  
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TRACYZABELLE 10/24/2008 4:02PM

    I had chinese this week too-- how bad it can be-- I got wonton soup and singapore mei fon...I am wondering how bad the salt willl affect my weigh in! EEK! But we have to be honest when we slip!

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EVELYNOJEDADIAZ 10/23/2008 9:45AM

    Im at the point that I work myself so hard that if I decide to indulge in something fatty I feel no guilt at all. This past weekend I had my husbands 40th bday party at a restaurant, we drank and ate and then on Tuesday of this week I had pizza with my family and it felt great...it wasnt about being comfortable with myself more so than the fact that like I said, I workout hard and deserve to compensate myself whenever I feel the need to. No I dont go overboard when I do indulge, I have a controlled portions, enough to satisfy my craving and then move on. Today I got on the scale and I was down from a few weeks ago. Just goes to show you that a little indulgence here or there if combined with exercise will not hurt you.

You are doing great, just dust it off and get back to eating right and exercising.

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CECE0330 10/22/2008 11:24AM

    I don't think it's wrong to tell it like it is: It's not like you're going "oh boo hoo.. WHY oh WHY didn't I lose weight?" A lot of this journey is just being accountable. As for getting comfortable-that was TOTALLY me a few months back. I was fitting into clothes I hadn't worn in a while, and I got comfortable. But you know what-is that really such a bad thing? Being comfortable in your skin regardless of your weight?

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MESACHICK 10/22/2008 4:34AM

  This just means that next week is your week to KICK SOME BUTT!!!!!!!!!!

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PONGYODA 10/21/2008 11:20PM

 
I think it is a positive that you notice any kind of slip up. I have noticed that one slip leads to bigger slip which leads to--well, big guy land. The sum of 10,000 slips--or one extra XYZ times 52 weeks times X years componds. It is so easy to slip.



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ZIRCADIA 10/21/2008 10:49PM

    Hey, you admitted that you screwed up. Looking for the positive is not justification if you know you did bad. :) It's just looking for the silver lining and the optimism to move forward with. I'm gonna work on a picture for you even if you don't get to use it this week. :D

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BABY_GIRL69 10/21/2008 4:15PM

    I think knowing where the comfort zone ends & begins is a good point. We see ourselves & feel strong enough to eat this or not work out but the thing is we correct ourselves. Before we would've just kept on the downward spiral. Thanks for sharing!

Blessings,

D
ee

PS. You STILL have way more will power than myself!! emoticon emoticon

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DAUMPL 10/21/2008 12:06PM

    Good to read this and know that it's not the end of the world when we make a less than great choice. We are all going to have times when we want to eat Chinese foodwith family, a slice of wedding cake, etc. Good choice on not having the beer. And, I hope you get feeling better. We (husband and self) have also been too ill to exercise. Looking forward to starting up again this weekend. emoticon

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GLAMOURGIRL-9 10/21/2008 11:46AM

    I am in the same boat! Feeling a bit comfy in my smaller jeans and so busy with family things..... I had the same total as you as well On Sunday. I think tracking it , even when it's not pretty is so important to getting back on track and keeping it real!!!!So here's to getting back to good! This is day 2 for me. and i am quite proud of my choices yesterday! emoticon

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KWOLF150 10/21/2008 11:03AM

    I have been slacking as well. MAN! I hate when I do that.
I feel ya! OMG..you sound just like me.
Most important thing is getting back on track. You are already there. So.....You will be fine! You are so much smarter now!
We both are. So....like you....reality check. Put my work boots back on.
Here we go.................................
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PUMPKINFACE73 10/21/2008 10:45AM

    Honesty with yourself is so rewarding in itself...Congrats on facing that...I have soo been wanting to have some Chinese food, still scared...lol (that picture has my mouth watering)...we are all entitled to live and enjoy...and as my fly girl below said..true success is what you do with it from here...picking yourself back up and doing it...you got this Dude..

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SWEETZMIX 10/21/2008 9:40AM

    You know the honesty thing is so real and we got to keep real with ourselves. I was at a wicked standstill with my weight, and was exercising but was making poor decisions with my food in comparison of what I normally do. Some things are out of my control, like being at the ER with my BF for like 9hrs and some thing were in my control. But u know I realized how much I changed through the madness. And u should too, cuz think about it...before like 9-10months ago when u would of gotten Chinese I know u would of ate more than that or gone back for more later. Because that is what I would of done, had my meal and hours later eat 4 chicken wings. LOL

Keep up the hard work, and we all slip. The people who have true success pick themselves back up and continue on.

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97 bottles of beer on the wall... weighing in

Friday, October 17, 2008


This 1998 GS 500E weighs in at 372 pounds just like me.



Upon waking I realized that today is Friday which means its time to record the weight, I have had a pretty decent cold this week so my weight hasn't really been on my mind so I reluctantly step onto the black square that whispers sweet nothings to me each Friday and the display smiled at me as it softly said 386 lbs, My eyes bug out and I think "What the..." ahhh one corner of the scale was resting on pog so it read wrong, so I move the scale to a flat surface and 372.4 popped onto the screen so onto try number two, 372.0 on the nose, and the third and final reading was 372.0 so that equates to a 2 pound loss this week and a total of 162 pounds total gone from my bones forever. That leaves ninety seven pounds to go until I hit my goal of being 275 pounds and honestly I didn't do any exercise this week besides a walk or two with my daughter because of the cold. Here are some images of what I weigh, what I have lost and what I have left to lose.

the rest of the pictures can be seen at zeusmeatball.blogspot.com/

All in all this has been an interesting 10 months, having relearned how to eat properly in that time and getting movement back into my days it just may be some of the most important months in my entire life. I have in essence made a decision to prolong my life by taking control of what I eat and how I live, because if I hadn't who knows where it may have brought me. I have had support from all kinds of sources such as My wife, whom has been pinnacle in my success, my parents I have to admit seem ecstatic that I have made this choice and my father who usually shows as much emotion and or enthusiasm as a stone actually asks me how the weight loss is going probably every time I speak to him, when I see or talk to him I fully expect the sentence "how many bags?" to be said, he means how many five pound bags of sugar have I lost so far, 32 bags and a 2 pound box so far now. Right on down to this blog and a couple forums that I read daily with some and almost daily with others, I have essentially created a support system that cannot and has not failed to date, so thank you to everyone involved with that. Most importantly is the determination and drive that I have to lose this weight, the discipline helps as well and I have made this my main focus until I hit that goal of weighing 275 pounds.

what else can I say? Life is good currently where my health is concerned and thats what this blog is about, I hope anyone that reads this can take something from my experiences so far and use it to their advantage, or for the people that read it because they happened upon it while surfing around hopefully you enjoyed the read. Thank you all who care to respond, and thank you all who take the time to read my little part of the web each day, it is appreciated.

As Ever
Me

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

AWILL09 10/18/2008 10:31PM

    emoticon What an amazing accomplishment! Congrats on your amazing weight loss and you will reach your goal in no time. I am truly inspired by you!

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LEAVY1213 10/18/2008 3:50PM

    Congrats on another loss! You are doing great! Wish I could say the same! ARGH! lol I agree with someone else, my scale is being relentless too. Luckily this time the tape measure isn't. So I can't complain too loudly! lol Congrats again, keep it up!

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VEEJAY3 10/18/2008 11:24AM

    Sigh. Your scale seems so reasonable. It's willing to change its mind.

MY scale is relentless. If I get on and it claims I'm up .6 of a pound ... even though I adamantly disagree, then no matter HOW many times I step on and off, it gives me that same darned number. Over and over and over. There's no arguing with it. I'm going to go shopping for a scale that will negotiate with me. hahaha.

Congrats x 372 ... and best wishes x 97.

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TRECECOOKS 10/18/2008 9:31AM

    Congrats on this most recent loss. You just Keep Moving Forward!

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MOEDANCING 10/18/2008 8:37AM

    Thank you my friend...thank you!

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TWICETHEMAN 10/18/2008 12:29AM

    bye bye anothe 2 pounds

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SLCOLMAN 10/17/2008 7:20PM

    Congrats!!!

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DONEPAT 10/17/2008 6:31PM

    Congrats on the weigh in this week. You are just 97 bottles of awesome-ness. LOL

Family support is so important!
Hope the cold is better. My scale is odd too. I weigh in 3x. It can vary from half a pound, to a pound off. I always choose the heavier weight.

Have a happy and healthy weekend.
Yes, You should still publish your blog! LOL
(I'm a broken record).
Patty

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KWOLF150 10/17/2008 3:24PM

    Congratulations on the weigh in this week. Way to go.
Ya know...I do that also....get on the scale 2 or 3 times just to make sure I am reading the right number. Mine comes out of fear that it is going to go back up. Not trusting my scale. I love the stories I read on here.
Yours is one at the top.
I am here if you ever need support ...although..you seem to have it going on!
Kel
(I am adding you as a new friend. Hope you don't mind. )
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ZIRCADIA 10/17/2008 2:30PM

    :D HEY! Thanks for visiting. I can't handle hot peppers, BOTZZZ... hahaha :D The burning sensation was not pleasant. :) But that's ok. To each his/her own. So to be honest, I'm really maintaining at about 168. So if you want to wait till then to post a picture, that's ok. But I'm totally cool with you using my picture. :) hehehe. Maybe I will take a special one for your blog. :D YEAH! I WILL! OK? :D Get ready. I'll make it awesome. Maybe this weekend. So anyway... my DH is actually letting me take over his food again. :) When he let me do that before, and then started exercising, he lost 50lbs before he started eating crap again and gained back some of that. Not sure how much -- gonna ask him to weigh for me so I can get his intake right. So I'm pretty excited about that.

I FORGOT TO ADD CONGRATS ON YOUR LOSS!!! *DOH*

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MESACHICK 10/17/2008 1:42PM

  AWESOME!!!!!!!!

LOL about the bags of sugar...I tell my mom I've lost another bag of M 'n M's...probably LITERALLY...LOL

That is so great about the family support. There's nothing like feeling the love. It's not what motivates me but it sure is the icing on the cake.

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TTERRI911 10/17/2008 12:58PM

    Thank you, I just signed up yesterday and what a inspiration your blog entry is. Congratulations on your great success. It is very interesting to visualize the weight we carry around.

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TRACYZABELLE 10/17/2008 12:32PM

    Your family must be so very proud of you! I knwo I stand in awe of you! If ever I get to boast that I lost as much as you have, I am sure you will be the first to know! YOur support has meant a lot to me as well as I enjoy supporting you! Keep on slimming man!

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