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Weight loss is easy once you realize this fact, just ask the little piggy

Sunday, January 04, 2009

This little piggy went to market, This little piggy stayed home, This little piggy had roast beef and this little piggy had none, This little piggy cried weee weee weee all the way home. There is something profound about that children's rhyme, five pigs all doing something completely different and yet they all share a foot, many things in life are viewed differently from different points of view and yet can be exactly the same or completely different all at the same time. On the one hand, or should I say foot, that first little piggy went to market and that could mean a couple different things. Perhaps this piggy is going to market to get more roast beef for the second pig, or maybe it means that the poor swine is going to market to be sold to feed the second cow in whatever song the cows sing to their children, who knows? and then there is the one eating the roast beef, now that one is just a tad creepy if the pig shares space with the cows on a farm and that would just be plain old torture for the poor cows watching the horror, or maybe that pig lives near the casinos and eats the left over buffet food I am not sure. Then what about the little piggy that had none? is he Vegan? maybe a vegetarian? or perhaps hes not into cow torture and the little piggy thats crying weee weee weee all the way home whats his issues? was he with the first pig that went to market and he knows whats in store for good ol Wilbur, or maybe he just enjoys a good run through town. You may be asking yourself what the hell was in Mister Meatballs Kool-aid this morning and honestly I just started typing but I guess the point is that we can all be in the same place and perceive something completely different even though we are looking and listening to the same exact thing.

Some people look at weight loss as a bad thing, or difficult, perhaps its how you look at it that dictates whether it will be something that will drive one insane or bring them to the top of the hill to wear that crown. I see it like this, I was 534 pounds once upon a time ago in a galaxy far far away and I can honestly say looking back I was not happy at that weight, I was missing out on things that a normal sized person takes for granted and I was feeling bad about just about everything. Now that I am down more than 165 pounds (you will have to wait for Friday to see just how much) life is more fun, there are very obvious differences in my life currently and all for the better and the only thing that really changed is the way that I perceive things. I look at this healthy lifestyle that I am on in a positive light on every level, I mean C'mon look at it this way for breakfast this morning I had 2 Multi-grain english muffins topped with French onion cheese, Turkey pepperoni and sliced tomato and on the side I sliced up a dill pickle and had a big glass of Green tea with it, that my friends is an awesome breakfast that filled me right up and it was good for me to boot. A year and a half ago my breakfast would be a half of a box of cereal with a quart of milk followed by a couple hand fulls of cheese doodles (yeah seriously) and lunch would have been equally large and bad for me and I was ok with that at the time, right now the thought of eating that for breakfast seems foreign to me and honestly unreal. I look forward to taking walks now and I look for physical work and activity to get myself all tied up in and its because I see it as a chance to help someone shovel a driveway or build a shelf instead of seeing it as "having to move" when I don't have to. I guess what I am saying is why not look for the positive in something instead of focusing on the negative? Food is nothing more than Fuel and nourishment for an engine that we call a body and when we make food recreational instead of treating it as something that is needed to keep our bodies going is when we see 534 pound guys walking around. Change the way you view food and diets and it gets easy and I say that confidently and treat it as fact because I have proven that it is.

Today is Sunday and it is as good a day to begin a well rounded nutritionally balanced eating regimen, tomorrow toss in some movement and waddaya know! you are doing it, thats right that is all it takes to lose weight! when you get done with today rinse and repeat tomorrow so on and so fourth and before you know it you can drop 165 plus pounds and feel better for your efforts. The bottom line is that we choose what we eat and whether or not we will exercise and the same goes for how we view these things, and this little piggy chooses to look at in the positive light and keep on keepin on with the healthy way. Focus on the negative and guess what? You will see only the negatives of the situation, ask yourself do you really need to eat all of that? is the 15 minutes of cardio really too much time out of your busy day of sitting on the couch to get up and just do it? if you want to lose weight you will do it and if you don't want to you will not, pretty simple eh?

Thanks for following along an remember kids its all how you look at it.

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DONEPAT 1/5/2009 2:43PM

    This was really good, but in my twisted mind, also, I want to know how the little piggie got the money to go to the market? Does he work? Who brings home, the bacon? (evil laugh)? Ok, ok, I'll give it up. :)

This was good. I think the little piggie who had none, no one shared. The one who cried all the way home, well, was upset at the roast beef. What's my point, I have none. LOL

Today is one of those odd days. I got up, was ready, and then didn't feel well and went back to bed. Of course, there is no rest for the weary.- I have been unable to relax, so your twisted tale even got my befuddled mind moving.

Anything is possible. Today was one of those days when everything just seemed unimportant, but your blog reminded me how important it was for me that I had a good breakfast, and even tho my only activity was being sick, and thinking about letting the dog out------ I still made good choices.

Can't wait to tune in at the end of the week to see how you did. And, to see how I did, for that matter.


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BIGGIRL2082010 1/5/2009 8:36AM

    Hahahah. LOVED the pic of the "piggies"! :) Nice. Now I'll be thinking "ears", every time I see my toes! :)

Yeah, it's all a matter of perspective ... how's that Ben and Jerry's looking to you now? I know you ate that year-old tub, but when you pass a Ben & Jerry's, I bet it's no longer calling you to "Come right in, Sir!"

Just keep going ... we wanna see 350 soon on your blog! :)


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LEAVY1213 1/4/2009 10:50PM

    Nice thoughts, but those feet are disturbing! lol Feet are ugly to begin with and then add the weirdness of those and you just have an all around bad thing! lol

Have a great week!! Make it count!

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ANGELBLEU 1/4/2009 4:44PM

    haha being a mom and saying THAT a thousand times over I was dying laughing... hrmmm a vegan pig! hehehe that was cute! :)

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    You are a psycho and I adore you.

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MESACHICK 1/4/2009 1:44PM

  LOL...that is one of the BEST analogies I have heard in some time! It'll be a while before I can do "piggies" to my daughter's toes without thinking of this...LOL

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Distracting myself with health.

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Ahhh back to normal, Tracking intake daily and weighing in every morning, feels good to be back into the routine again. I wanted to go for a walk but I found out that my Saucony's are not meant for winter walking, they are sort of mesh sided and the wind whips right through them and well cold feets is the result so no walkie for this guy today. I did not get to ride my bike yesterday as I had planned either because life took over and before I knew what hit me it was late so I did not ride. I did in fact stay within my calorie limits for the day though and came in at 1585 total calories for the day and drank nearly 2 gallons of green tea throughout the whole day to boot. Have a look at my menu from yesterday.


9:30 AM
2 multi-grain english muffins 200
1 oz Turkey pepperoni 70
2 wedges laughing cow cheese 70
sliced tomato 10

12:15 PM
2 80 cal rolls 160
1 T peanut butter 95
1 T Jam 50

3:00 PM
2 small pears 160

6:45 PM
3 all beef hotdogs 270
3 80 cal hotdog buns 240
1/2 cup mac n cheese 190

8:00 PM
1oz Turkey pepperoni 70

Which as I said totals up to 1585 calories, this is not my healthiest menu by any means but it is under my limit so no worries. We went out shopping this morning so we have some more nutritious options in the refrigerator right now but I think we are going to have to adjust to living 20 minutes away from a supermarket instead of a 3 minute ride up the block, it is definitely easier to "just run out to grab what ya need" when you live 5 blocks from a store than it is when there is 40 minutes of driving involved in a round trip. Tonights menu includes a whole chicken with a veggie and some rice so much better than hotdogs and honestly that was the first hotdogs that I have had in at least a few months if I was guessing.

I feel good about getting back into my groove and look forward to this weeks weigh in, I have a feeling it will be a good one this week. My body has had a break and has been fed more than usual for a couple weeks and I think the shock of being back on a low cal program will kick start me into some good losses for a couple of weeks (at least thats what I am hoping for) any way its cut I am excited to be back into this with less distractions than the past couple of weeks have offered me. The house is just about unpacked (I know we're slow) and things are normalizing after the holidaze, the issues that come with buying a new home are smoothing out and I can refocus on what I need to do to hit that 275 pound goal this year. I have never really been one to layout my plan but I wanted to just get a few goals into the blog so that I can look back in a couple of months and see how I am doing so here are a couple of things that I want to accomplish so that I can keep the weight dropping off in the coming months.

* Get 30 minutes of cardio in 5 times per week

* Eat no more than 1700 calories per day

* Drink at least 1.5 gallons of Green tea/water per day

* Drop at least 1.8 pounds per week

* Get under 300 pounds by June 30th 2009

* Participate in a 5k race in 2009

Not too bad and pretty easy I think to do all of those things, well the get under 300 pounds by June thing might get tough but hey what fun is it if its a sure thing right? What if I don't hit all of those goals you say? what if I cannot make my cardio goals? well then I will get stronger trying to reach them, and thats all that can be expected of a person but I have a feeling that I will hit them all. Once I hit that 300 pound goal I want to start strength training more seriously but that one will be played by ear so I will set no goal for that at this time but can't weight to get back into a lifting routine.

That concludes this episode of as the fat guy turns, you know the drill, get on up and grab that glass of H2O and if you are reading this while craving something that will probably not look good on your ass, remember a pint of Ben and Jerry's Dublin mudslide sat in my freezer for a year so that I could prove the point that willpower does work, Thanks for reading.

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KURLYO 1/4/2009 12:47PM

    Those are spectacular goals. If I could make half of those, I could literally reach my own goal weight by June 30th. You’re commitment to choose to view food as a fuel rather than recreation is incredible. I regularly try to convince myself to make this change, but mostly fail. You’re changes are affecting generations to come.

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    I need to investigate turkey pepperoni. It strikes a chord with me. When do you plan to run your 5k? That might be a challenge I'm into. I am not so much a runner - YET - although I have tried to improve my running from none to some. I had a dream last winter that I was running and I made a decision that I would run eventually. Maybe that time is coming sooner than I thought. Also - since I'm new to your blog - why green tea? Should I be drinking green tea? Nobody told me! I may never sleep again but I'll give it a try if you think it helps you. Details, please!

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SWEETZMIX 1/3/2009 11:38PM

    20min to the supermarket is my norm. I wish I can walk to the supermarket, but it's a nice drive. Sometimes longer than 20min, well more than half the time longer than 20min. LOL

Glad you feel that you are back. Yup I kinda feel that way to, today I am in my calories. AND that is a good thing. It's been too long. I see ur running a 5K and Heather is planning on stalking mean running with you. (BTW it's on her blog.) You should think about the Bike New York thing out here, you can bring the kids. Heather invited herself and told me I am going already, so the more the merrier. LOL

Time for bed and 2 cups of H2O because that's just how I do.

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TRACYZABELLE 1/3/2009 9:42PM

    We love the light multigrain english muffins by Thomas. My daughter and I are so glad we discovered them! I also like the turkey pepperoni-- better than the real stuff! Laughing cow is my friend too! LOL! YOu can make my menu anytime!

Happy New Year Friend!

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MESACHICK 1/3/2009 9:40PM

  You are so awesome!!

I have told people in my personal life about you and your weight loss and your Ben & Jerry's goal. Your inspiration is reaching farther than you may think!

LOVE the poster, BTW...LOL...

I also wanted to tell you that because of you, I started taking green tea supplements. I do not care for the taste of it but I found supplements through Apex and I like the effect they are having. Thank you for this great tip! You rock!

Wishing you and your sweet family the happiest New Year! You will rock 2009!

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PUMPKINFACE73 1/3/2009 8:23PM


I am soooo excited for you and especially for your last are so encouraging and I hope the race you pick I can join you on...we got this!...reach for the stars...believe me when i say that they can be touched...((hugs))

oh...will be posting a blog tonight....check it out later or tomorrow...

31 days....PIZZA...yay!

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KWOLF150 1/3/2009 7:43PM

    Hey....I am all about the water baby! Yep.
Like the plan you have laid out. I also like the menu. Peanut butter is the bomb! I Love Love Love it! Must eat it at least in one meal.
Bust it out and lets do this thing. I am so ready to reach my goal. Technically I should have already been there and beyond...BUT.....road bumps. Man. Threw me right off the wagon.
MONDAY is my day! MONDAY......MONDAY.....MONDAY. I start with serious face on!
Look out 2009. IT is me rolling with a vengeance.

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BOTZZZ 1/3/2009 6:56PM

    Treating green tea and water the same, welp I make sure I get at least 34 to 1 gallon of green tea per day and the rest can be water, most times its more than a gallon of tea per day but I count it towards my water intake yes.

As Ever

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TRECECOOKS 1/3/2009 6:00PM

    Question: do you treat green tea and H2O the same? Is there any difference, as far as body requirements are concerned?
Good luck with your "new shoes" search!

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JEEPERSMOM 1/3/2009 4:29PM

    So happy to hear that you are back into your routine...
Keep up the great work!!!!!

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    I love the goals - BUT I really love your "I'm gonna get stronger in the process" mentality.

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Day 367, wow how time flies.

Friday, January 02, 2009

Two days into Year two and I feel like a completely different person than when I started, but then again I guess I am so it shouldn't be a surprise. I have been thinking about this goal that I have set for myself and hitting that 275 pound mark, this year I should be able to get there I think. I have 94 pounds to lose to get to 275 pounds and the fact that I have lost so much already and still have nearly 100 pounds left to go is a bit daunting but I know it will happen. To get to that goal I will need to lose 1.8 pounds per week to hit the goal by Jan1st 2009 but I have a feeling I will get there sooner, especially as I am so close that I can taste it and the fact that I am so much lighter than last year means that I can up the exercise which means, well you know, that I will. Living in a rural area instead of in a city will be a challenge I think as far as my walks go, where I live now I pretty much have one or two routes that I can walk on if I want to go for a walk and that can get pretty boring I think where as in the city I just take a different route or direction and it can be a different walk every time. The good thing about where I am located now is that the area behind our home is wooded and apparently a pretty decent sized area so I can turn my walks into a sort of walk/hike instead of just a walk so hopefully that takes away from the less routes to walk on and adds some variety. I also have a lake to swim in at my leisure now so I can hone my swimming skills, if you want to call what I have now swimming skills, as well as get some good cardio in that way come summer so there are options.

Last year I posted 319 times, thats 319 attempts at being accountable for my weight via posting for the world to see what I was doing about it. Last year at this time I was scouring the net for weight loss websites and forums and I joined a ton of them and literally read about peoples stories for hours on end, well nothing has changed much in that years time in that respect, I still read just about anything I can get into view about weight loss today and I apply what seems like it will work and if it doesn't I move on and if it does it gets added into my battery as an option. Last year at this time I was scared about my health and thinking about getting a surgery to rectify the situation, this year I am 165 pounds lighter and the knowledge about losing weight that I have logged into my brain is unmeasurable at this point. I have proven to myself that I could accomplish the loss of weight with good old fashioned hard work and a bit of discipline rather than a life altering surgery and for that I feel good.

This is a suit jacket of mine and I apologize for the lack of detail in it, it came out dark, I wore this to many a wedding and I was measured for this jacket when I bought it and if I am not mistaken it is a 72 , yes thats right I said 72! but like I said I could be mistaken lol, Anyways I tried this jacket on a few days ago and after seeing how much room there was inside I asked Wify to come on over and she wrapped her arms around me (all the way around now a days I might add) and I buttoned the jacket behind her, yep thats right we were both inside the jacket and it was buttoned! talk about insane! I pleaded with her to take a photo to post up here on my blog but she declined so I will attempt to get her to let me get one to post at a later time.

In the spirit of starting the year off with a fresh number and today being Friday I weighed myself this morning, the number that flashed across the display was 369.6 pounds. That weight is just about exactly 6 pounds more than my lowest recorded weight which was just before Thanksgiving and just last week I was 7 pounds more than the 369 that was there today. The last week or 3 have been bad for me as far as my eating and counting calories goes and we had an issue with our well water in the new house that kept me from drinking as much water as I usually do so I was dehydrated to boot but thats all squared away now and for the last 6 days I have been staying within my caloric allowance and re-hydrating myself so I am back into a groove. I have also done nothing in the way of exercise besides shoveling the driveway, we have had 2 pretty good sized storms that dropped a good amount of snow each time so that has kept me busy and then lots of house work stuff like building shelves and carrying/unloading boxes etc which I know is movement and I know it burns calories but it is not really what I would call cardio, so I will resume movement this week and plan on riding my bike today at some point to kick start the exercise again.

All in all its just another day in the life of a once giant now large fella, I want to be under 300 pounds by the end of June of this year which is ambitious but hey thats how I do things around here. That means I will need to lose 69 pounds in 6 months or an average of 2.76 pounds per week until then, not too bad yet still a challenge. I also want to start strength training when I get that 300 mark as I know that I have lost some mass during this process but I knew that would happen so I am not worried about it. So the plan stays as is, I will get to my goal of 275 pounds this year and I will continue to make health a priority in my life it cannot be said any more simply than that.

Grab that H2O and know that your body will thank you for it.

As Ever

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TRECECOOKS 1/2/2009 10:20PM

    "Photo! Photo! Photo!"

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BACKAGAININ2010 1/2/2009 8:37PM

    Awesome progress!! You are an inspiration!!

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TELERIE 1/2/2009 7:16PM

    Drinking my water and just cheering for you! I'm rooting for you, my friend! You'll reach your goal and I'll be here watching and cheering and working on my own goals! 2009 will be a great year, I just KNOW it!

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RUNNING@MYPACE 1/2/2009 4:57PM

    Can't wait for the cute pic of wifey and great!!
It has ben a hard Holiday season for me well I guess I just like to blame it on that but hey it was just me eating whatever....New year New day!!
I know you will make it to your goals..You the MAN!!!
Good luck!


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DONEPAT 1/2/2009 4:31PM

    Not only do you make my day, you make my millennium!
Wow, look at that suit. Your wife doesn't have to face the camera, you know. - it would be a neat pic.
Getting my goals in order as well. I know you will reach yours( probably sooner than you expect).
Time to drink my water!
NJ Pat emoticon

P.S. Glad to see you keep the game face on :) emoticon

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SWEETZMIX 1/2/2009 3:48PM

    So slim, now ur almost there and you have come sO far. With nothing more than hard workd and dedication. Did you eat the Ben and Jerrys?? :)

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LARAINE 1/2/2009 3:32PM

    You truly have lost that one other whole person congrats on all you have done I'm proud to have you as a member of our Wow I need to lose a whole person team!!!!!

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OH_HAPPY_DAY 1/2/2009 3:14PM

    Here's to a successful 2009! Keep up the great attitude and weight loss!

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PUMPKINFACE73 1/2/2009 2:51PM

    I too want to see the picture of you and wifey in the coat great is that!

I know you will reach your are one of the most determined people I know..

All the best

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ZIRCADIA 1/2/2009 2:00PM

    GO GO GO BOTZZZ! :) I concur, we want the cute BOTZZZ+Wifey in old coat picture. :)

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JEEPERSMOM 1/2/2009 1:28PM

    You are amazing.......Tell your wifey we want to see that

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VEEJAY3 1/2/2009 12:03PM

    I'm celebrating a year's worth of achievement and success too, Botzzz! And funny -- my whole family (my little niece included) keep commenting on being able to reach completely around me when we hug. and we hug a lot around here!

I look forward to spending the coming year with you and my great SP friends -- we're truly amazing, and I'm so grateful for this site and people like you who are so motivational. I will cheer for you in '09 as we both sprint for the prize.

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SNEAKYGREG 1/2/2009 11:39AM

    You know everytime I read your blog I am just simply amazed at not only your progress but your attitude. Thank you for sharing your life with us and keep up the good hard work and all your goals will be obtained.

I do know what you mean about routes getting boring in a rural area, I struggle quite often with needing a new route to run

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BIGGIRL2082010 1/2/2009 11:29AM

    You WILL do it! Both goals - the 300 by June and the 275 by the end of this year!

Get moving now. Swim. (IN THIS WEATHER??) Go take a hike. :)


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    You ARE different - half yourself different! Keep it up friend.

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LEAVY1213 1/2/2009 11:23AM

    You can do it!!! Keep on truckin and you will kick butt! :-)

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LAURABRAT 1/2/2009 10:58AM

    I've been meaning to tell you for some time that I checked out some Laughing Cow cheese and turkey pepperoni after I read some of your blogs and am now addicted! Thanks for the good info and thanks for sharing so much of your life with us. My new goal is to be under 200 by June 1, which is about 40 pounds, and seeming pretty daunting to me, so I appreciate seeing someone else aiming high, too:) Keep posting, we are all here for you! Happy New Year.

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False starts

Thursday, January 01, 2009

It is Monday so I am starting on a diet. January first has come so I pledge that I will try and lose weight this year. It is my birthday so the time has come for me to drop a few pounds. What exactly is it about these things that make people decide this will be the day that they wait until to start getting healthy? is Friday not as good a day to begin being healthy? how about right now? middle of the day Any day. The same can be said about when a person perceivably messes up and eats beyond their limits that they themselves set, Well I did eat that donut so I will start eating right again tomorrow, I do not understand this way of thinking and maybe that is why I have been as successful as I have been in my weight loss journey, says the guy that weighed 500 plus pounds and in fact did start on a January 1st, But it is true. I use to think that way myself, I use to be that guy that would say, oh well I ate that Taco bell so I will start fresh tomorrow again instead of admitting to myself that I did have a bad meal and just move on, but that doesn't stop the fact that eating healthy most of the time is better than these false starts that so many of us have done and still do.

Where is the significance in starting on Jan 1st or on Monday? because it is the start of a new year? or because the weekend is gone so we have five whole days of day to day that will keep us busy? how about when February comes around? or what happens on Friday at 5PM? holding steadfast is the key, Starting tomorrow will allow you to have that 12oz steak with an extra helping of butter laced mashed potatoes and a couple of beers for dinner and that may be why we convince ourselves that we need to have a beginning date, time or some other non relevant event to start eating right. It is almost as if people set themselves up for failure or give themselves an out for when a slip happens, one last hurrah before becoming healthy, not unlike a bachelor party where the groom to be justifies the fact that he slept with the stripper by calling it one last time before the knot is tied, He still cheated on the woman that he supposedly loves no matter how its cut and maybe he isn't ready to get married just yet, that steak and beer are looking a lot like that stripper, hmmm there has to be a joke in that one somewhere. There is no reason to not start eating healthy right now, not tomorrow at noon, and not because your sister is starting next week, right now make the commitment to lose the weight that is holding you back, don't sleep with the stripper, put the fork down and step away from the plate with your hands in the air, trust me it will be ok.

Don't forget that glass of H2O that you earned by reading this post.

As Ever

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SLMTRACE 1/3/2009 4:51PM

    Amazing way to put it, i never would have thought of it that way! you are beyond right!
and i say publish your blogs as well!!! :)
hope you have a great day!

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TRECECOOKS 1/2/2009 10:18PM

    Hey Teamie!!
Maybe we should all get together and chant, "Publish! Publish! Publish!"

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DONEPAT 1/2/2009 10:16AM

    *SIGH* You started off my morning right.
Have I told you lately you should publish your blogs? :)

Wow- the diet- stripper comparison is so dead on yet profound. Seriously.

You make my day.

NJ Pat

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MESACHICK 1/2/2009 2:56AM

  So profound and SO dead-on!!

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TRACYZABELLE 1/2/2009 2:17AM

    THe way I loook at it as long as we get on track, set goals and do our best-- the goals should be met easily right? I set mine and I am excited to embark on this journey! We can do it!

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RUSSELLORAMA 1/2/2009 1:08AM

    Great blog!I think it's comforting for us to think that "tomorrow is another day" and since we've already blown the plan for today, we might as well start over then. I had to switch my weigh-in day to Monday instead of Friday, because I would have a successful weigh-in at the start of the weekend and "celebrate" by going off the rails and re-starting on Monday. It is amazing what we will believe and what we can rationalize when we want to.

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COSMOGNOME 1/2/2009 12:41AM

    Wow. The idea that putting off your diet "til tomorrow" is like a groom who sleeps with a stripper at his bachelor's party is heavy. Wow. Really heavy. We're cheating on ourselves, our thinner, healthier selves. I hadn't thought of it in such stark terms before. Thanks.

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LISALHALEY 1/1/2009 9:39PM

  emoticon Cheers! Thanks for the H2O...

My husband is so odd... 'cause he'll start diets at 3:00 in the afternoon. I was a "can't start my diet until Monday" type person.... I actually learned from him that my diet starts the moment that I choose what I should or shouldn't eat.

Of course hubby always says, "just get back on it" when I don't eat right... and THAT drives me crazy... but it's true. :)

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GIANT123 1/1/2009 8:56PM

    thanx that made my day

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One year ago a quarter ton man decided...

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Finally there is a connection to the net in my home! Apparently we live far enough out in the boonies that they had to connect us to a remote box to get our signal to us and the box was full so no room for Mister Meatball, too bad they were not just honest from the get go about the whole thing I could have been less annoyed with the whole process. Anyways onto the post and I warn you in advance, I have a feeling it will be lengthy, It has been an entire year since I started on this path to a healthier me and I am astonished with the results. When I began eating and exercising last January, I weighed 534 pounds, thats more than a quarter of a ton! My shirt size was 6XL and I was starting to make those look like they were too small and my pants size was a stout 56 at the waist which is slightly less than 5 feet around! insane, I know, but facts are facts and that was me just 365 days ago. I could not walk for more than 5 minutes or so without excruciating pain in my lower back from an injury that I suffered years ago and being red faced and out of breath, walking to my car was far enough for me and sitting activities out was the norm.

Here is a look at me at my largest size, actually this was taken in the beginning of Jan 2008.

Another of my finest moments and the picture that started it all, this is August 2007.

Here we are just one year later, lets look at those measurements now, As of this morning I weighed 369 pounds which is 6 pounds higher than my lowest weight which was 363 pounds just before Thanksgiving and I have to admit that with the new home and all of whats been going on and toss in the holidaze I have been less than strict with my intake and the only exercise has been house work so maintaining is possible it would appear. My pants size is somewhere in the 44-46 area currently, I know that I would fit into a 44 but since I have no jeans in that size its only an assumption going off of how the 46's fit so 10-12 whole inches difference there. My shirts are no longer a "on the big side" of 6XL pushing a 7XL but rather on the small side of a 4XL and actually my Wify bought me a nice new hoodie for Christmas that is a 3XLT that fits just about perfectly so I am down three whole shirt sizes as well. For exercise I now walk for 30-40 minutes and that takes me between 1.6 and 2 miles on average with me stopping only because of the time and not the distance. To say that the differences are extraordinary simply does not describe it.

Here is a shot of me in that 3XLT hoodie

Here is a comparison that shows last Dec up to today, thats the 3XLT hoodie again in the second shot.

This past year has taught me a lot, I have learned that food is not for entertainment but in fact it is simply nutrition and fuel for my body. The most important lesson of the year that was learned is that I am responsible for what goes into my body, I am the one that decides whether I will put that bacon double cheeseburger down my pie hole or not, nobody else makes that decision. In 2008 I have lost a Grand total of 165 pounds as of this morning and I did it simply by watching what I ate and exercising often but not as often as you would think I have to to drop that kind of weight. As I sit here typing this out I can remember writing my first post and thinking about how it would be great if I could stick to this for a couple weeks and thinking about how great losing 100 pounds in 2008 would be and all the while in the back of my mind thinking about how far fetched that idea felt yet feeling driven beyond anything I have ever known before.

Then there is this pint of Ben & Jerry's that started it all in a way, a lot of you that read this blog regularly know of my pint that has waited an entire year to be eaten, It now has become an empty pint and I had some of it, I split it into 4 portions and it was shared between myself, wify and the kiddos. That statement alone speaks volumes, "some of it" last year it would have been ALL of it had I not decided that enough was enough and changed my life for the better. I have actually thought about how if Wify had not bought those two pints of Ben & Jerry's goodness 365 days ago I may not have even made that decision last year, I might have had a few drinks and woke up Jan 1st 2008 and went right back into auto pilot fork in hand and ate until there was no more. Sitting on the couch as Wify walked through the door with the ice cream seemed just plain old lazy and nasty to me and add that to the actual fear that I had about the possibility of death and here we are 165 pounds healthier than I was last year at this time. I must say for year old ice cream it was pretty good!

Last year the plan was to stick to the program and try to lose 100 pounds and that was not a resolution, it was simply just the breaking point for me to realize that I had to do something. This year I am going to hit my goal of weighing 275 pounds and I hope all of you fine people that have been following along and cheering me on will continue to do so and hopefully we can get a few more readers this year because support is something that there will never be in surplus. So a whole year has past and a lot of weight was lost, I have learned a lot about myself and about my body and 2009 can only be better. This appears to be my last post of 2008 but I have my internet back so there will be a post tomorrow at some point I am sure, I hope everyone has a great New Year's eve and heres to another great year of losing weight and getting healthy.

As always if you have made it through this post, which was especially long tonight, you deserve a big Ol glass of water so get on up and grab one before the alcohol starts a flowing for the evening, you will need it! Thank you for following along and thanks for the support. Lastly, if I can drop 165 pounds in a years time you can too, it is a matter of determination and drive with a splash of discipline added for good measure so start right now if you have not already begun to get healthy and if you have begun then stay the course.

As Ever

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SWEETZMIX 1/3/2009 10:43AM

    I wasn't on spark this day sO I missed this blog. hehe u did eat the ice cream. WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR HAS MADE!! I know you can't wait to go shopping..hehe I know when you are ready you are going to have a good time. Like I know for men it's different, but my BF lost 50lbs and now he feels sO good buying a smaller sized shirt, u know?? But it's also expensive so like how you may be doing, he is going to wait until he gets where he wants to be.

But back to the pics, amazing!!!!!!!! If that's not enough motivation, I don't know what is!!


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PRETTYBLKGYRL 1/2/2009 10:29PM

    WOW - your side by side pic is amazing. Your dedication is to be applauded - VERY LOUDLY. Your success is an inspiration.

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MR.NITRO 1/1/2009 10:40PM

    your doing great, keep up the good work!

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SLCOLMAN 1/1/2009 10:07PM


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    amazing...i've only found your blog today and i am absolutely awe-inspired!
happy holidays to you and your family!


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MATTWILSON30 1/1/2009 6:30PM

    It's blogs like these that keep me focused. Great success story! I'm only 12 days into it, so I don't want to give too much newbie-speak. Just know I'm in it for the long haul! Congratulations to you and yours!

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WOODHEAT 1/1/2009 8:47AM

    Wow! What an incredible journey for you! Just imagine the world that is opening itself up to you! I hope 2009 is just as rewarding for you!

Life is good!

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GIANT123 1/1/2009 2:35AM

    thank you for your story . I been reading your blog since october. I started on my journey in Nov and have lost 25 lbs since then due to hard work. I will contiue on my journey and i will keep reading your blogs. THANK YOU have a nice new years day. You give me inspiration.

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ADESSO1234 1/1/2009 1:10AM

  Wow-I just stumbled upon this blog-I'm so glad I did. Congrats to you on such an amazing job. You've come such a long way in a years time. Your story is inspiring, and gives me hope that I can get this weight off too.
I must admit I just polished off a pint of Ben & Jerrys-ugh. Then I spent a few minutes trying to figure out what flavor was in your picture-pretty sad huh? lol
This year I'll be seeing alot less of ole Ben and Jerry.
Hope you have a great 09.

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TRECECOOKS 1/1/2009 1:04AM

    Awe-inspiring post. Thanks as always for your honesty and transparency; it makes a difference.
Victory is THINE in 2009!!

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DITRYING 1/1/2009 12:26AM

    Wow~ Congrats! It is an enormous success and hard to fathom... what a great job you have done. I have enjoyed following your success and reading your posts. Good luck as you make goal weight in 2009!
BTW: Pics are great!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 12/31/2008 10:30PM

    I agree on the massive changes, both weight and lifestyle wise. I never would have thought that I could have done this either.

Thanks for the support and inspiration throughout the year.

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LEAVY1213 12/31/2008 9:50PM

    Wow can you believe it has been a year since you started this journey and look how far you have come?!?!?!?! I started last November and in that same about year time I have lost 55 pounds! It was 60 until I allowed the holidays to run my life instead of me running it. You think I would have already learned it, but I let loose and the scale shows. :-( I have about 45 to go to meet my goal and I will definitely do it before the end of next year. So here is my big glass of water to 2009 and meeting our goals before the year is over. Thanks for the encouragement you give everyone on a daily basis with your blog and comments on their SPage! You truly are an inspiration! Thanks!

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TMCHAPMAN 12/31/2008 9:21PM

    This is the first time that I've read your blog, and I'm SO glad I did! I've been starting and quitting diets for more than 5 years now, and your story is amazing! I've been a Spark member for about a year now, and I love it, but I still have trouble sticking to my goals. After reading you blog, I am promising myself to make this my year!

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LISALHALEY 12/31/2008 7:37PM

  Wow! Thank you for your blog!! I am going to share it with my hubby as I believe it will motivate him. He does loves his hoodies a lot!! I would love to see him be able to go out & about without a hoodie on!!! :)


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JILLIAN102 12/31/2008 7:26PM

    You are awesome!!!!!!

Thank you so much for sharing your motivating past year with us. You have so much to be proud of!

Happy New Year


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BACKONTRAK 12/31/2008 6:50PM

    Your story is so motivating. I've been so impressed with your hard work, your willingness to research health and fitness issues, your get-it-done attitude, your ability to focus on one day at a time, and your determination to climb back on the wagon when the going got tough. Never did you lose sight of your goal! Kudos to you!
I've been reading your blog for months and decided it was time to reach out, shake your hand and let you know of another life you have inpsired!
Thank you and I wish you continued blessings and successes in 2009!

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LITTLELU22 12/31/2008 6:48PM

    Congrats on such an AMAZING accomplishment! You have given me hope that I too can lose this weight. I can hear the determination in your blog and have no doubt that 275 will be just around the corner! Best of luck to you!

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IFNOT2_RETURNS 12/31/2008 6:35PM

    Just was passing through when I came by this blog entry. Your progress is very inspiring. It is awesome that you rocked the weight off. I have no doubt that you will meet your goal.

Keep trucking it!

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BIGGIRL2082010 12/31/2008 6:20PM

    Heh - it's sure been some journey - for me, following your adventures has been one of the highlights of being on SP! :)

Congratulations on ending the year on such a great note - 165 pounds down, AND you got to finally tackle that tub of B&J! :) And you shared it! Wheeee! :)

Keep going - we're all gonna be breathing down your neck as you confidently advance towards 275 this coming year!

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Here's wishing you even more success in 2009!


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LAURA915 12/31/2008 6:12PM

    All I can say is that you amaze and inspire me. I look forward to reading about you reaching your goal in 2009.

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DONEPAT 12/31/2008 6:10PM

    Hey, I LOVED THIS! and love the pics! Mr. Meatball- you SMILED! And it looks good!

If anything I learned from you this year that losing weight is possible. These past 2 days I have had the wake up call that it's time to stop playing with the same 3 pounds and move my butt. There will be NO Ben and Jerrys in my freezer. You are much stronger than I am. (what flavor was it btw) details, details! I love B and J's chocolate chip cookie dough. Have not had that in a long time.

Well, so far, I have had 1/2 my water allowance and no drinks tonight. I intend to greet 2009 food hangover free this year.

I will certainly continue to read about you, and hope to create an inspiring story of my own along the way.

Thank you for being here, thank you for being my friend. - and for sharing your experiences!

I wish you and your family all the best for 2009!

Hugs and best wishes!

NJ Pat emoticon

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MESACHICK 12/31/2008 6:10PM

  T, you are a ROCK STAR! I am serious! I laughed out loud at the ice cream pics - love 'em! I am glad that all 4 of you enjoyed it together - you have shared this journey w/ them and it's a total benefit for all of you. GO YOU for what you have accomplished. I'll see ya next year!

Happy New Year - savor the 165# GONE forever! YOU SO ROCK!

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