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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Day 43

What can I say? another day under the belt. I still think to myself why it took so long. I have been riding the bike in the evening, which I think is a bad idea, but its just working out like that. bad because riding late keeps me awake later and I want to try and get as much sleep as possible.

It would appear that today (Wednesday) I will end up with some extra exercise as there looks to be a few inches of snow (maybe 5) but its almost a down pour of rain atm so it will need to be shoveled away at some point, when it stops raining of course ;). there is a flood warning in affect because its warming up yet theres like I said about 5 inches of snow and down pouring of rain. yuck is just about all I can say about it.

intake for the 43rd day went well I came in at 1490 for the day but was hungry late on in the day. over all another good day. onto the menu.


8:30 AM
16 oz green tea w/1 tsp Honey 20

10:45 AM
1 banana 110
1 tbsp peanut butter 100

2:30 PM
1 can tuna 160
2 slices whole wheat bread 140
1 tbsp Miracle whip 35
1 light Dannon yogurt 60

6:15 PM
3oz pork chop 185
1 cup white rice 200
1/2 cup kidney beans 100
crystal light 20

8:15 PM
1 Zone perfect bar 210

9:00 PM
1.5 tbsp lite ceasar dressing 70
6oz baby carrots 80

Grand total of 1490 calories for the day, not a lot more to say here, another day down and another pound lost (hopefully) again I thank you for following along.

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A Thank you to all of everyone.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

I just wanted to post up a Thank to everyone thats been supportive of me since I started this lifestyle change. sometimes its just good to know that someone else is interested in your well being. I am not talking about family of close friends its almost expected of them right? but total strangers, all with like issues with weight, some that have succeeded some that have just started and some right in the middle of the trip. but all know how it feels to be there, 500+ pound people right on down to 200lb people all with the same problem.

I started at 512 lbs, but thats only because thats when I got a scale, I believe that I was closer to 530lbs as I was doing this for 22 days before I had a scale that would support me. I am down 2 whole pants sizes and just about 1 shirt size in just 40 days, I honestly would not have believed it if someone had said to me that that was possible in 40 days.

I read Spark among a few other weight loss boards and I have to at least partially blame that for my success thus far. I read blogs and pages and posts daily and I find most inspiring and get a lot of support from total strangers only because we row the same boat down the same river. that is amazing to me and I am thankful for that. I have put a lot of time and effort into this change so far and I know all of you have as well and I thank you for that, because if you did not, then maybe I would not have.

I blog on here when I can and I have a blog that I post to daily to stay accountable. please if you have time check it out, the URL is on the top of my main page.

I have been called fat, pig, huge, portly, giant, among many other weight related insults through my life. I let it roll off of my back..sticks N stones ya know, yet I have never had esteem problems... go figure.. but I have always known that it was a problem that would have to be dealt with eventually. it took fear to get me started, fear of death. and its taking reading daily to keep me on track, all of your stories, problems, accomplishments etc etc etc, so I Thank you for that, If someone close to me read this they would likely not believe that I typed this out, its just not the type of person I am, or thought I was, I guess this post shows different. nothing gets to me, I mean nothing. emotion? thats reserved for my wife and children to see/have. the mere fact that I typed this out means that I am changing and you are partially to blame. and for that, I Thank you because so far this is a success.

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  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

KHARLESS 2/12/2008 11:43PM

    What a kewl year 2008 will end up being for you. What a start of a journey you have begun! Your accomplishments already indicate someone serious and committed. We are our own worse enemies, but we are also our own best champions! Celebrate this journey!
Make 2008 Memorable!

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MSCANELA 2/12/2008 11:36PM

  the process of change and self reflection you are going through is transformational ! will be a long road, BUT a road to health and self discovery ! wishing you great success !

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    Hey Botzzz, I, like Harvest just popped in to see how you were doing and of course to get my dose of inspiration and laughs! (Capt. Kirk pic!! :o) Thanks for always making this weight loss thing feel like its a lighter burden than it is for all of us! I don't even have to say keep it up, because you will! Congrats on being in the 4's! Hugs and big smile to you!

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MHARVESTD 2/11/2008 1:33PM

    I had to swing by your page to see your accomplishments so far (I knew you'd have some) and WOW you are incredible! YAY! Just seeing your words and knowing your progress gives me a heart lift and a smile that won't quit. Keep up the EXCELLENT work! Woooohooooooo!!!

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KIMMIEB831 2/11/2008 9:15AM

    I have been reading your story/your journey and I truly think you are in inspiration. I love that you are seeing results and that your wife is such a huge support system for you. You are being real and there is NOTHING bad anybody can say about that.

I have had people tear me down over the years mostly men and I can't say that it hasn't effected my self esteem. I admire you for never letting those mean things effect you.

Keep up all this great work and just think where you will be 40 days from today?!?!

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MRSHONEYC 2/10/2008 11:48PM

    Fortunately, emotions do not show 'weakness'. They show strength. Strength to achieve and overcome. I thought my mother was weak when I was growing up because she was always crying --- she is much stronger than I thought!!! She achieved and overcame MANY obstacles. So, it is GREAT that you are becoming stronger! CONGRATS!!! ((HUGS)) Keep doing the wonderful things you are doing!!!!

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Weigh in! they are melting off! day 38

Friday, February 08, 2008

Day 38 , Weigh in day

Just another day in the life of a fella doing something for himself, the day went fine as far as intake and exercise goes. I feel like I did not get enough water but otherwise good. I had coffee for the first time in about a month and man do I miss it lol. its all good though my results are satisfying and I contribute everything that I do to the numbers I put up, or should I say down.

I weighed in at 495.6 so I will count it at 496. when I weigh in I weigh myself 5 times to see where it goes in case of a variation. it ranged from 495.6 to 496 even I usually take the highest weight and use that, so 496 it shall be. thats more than 3 lbs since Tuesday. I am happy with the loss. I am going to try and stay off of the scale all this week. its hard for me because I like to see that I am making progress. it seems like smaller amounts because I weigh in biweekly. if I were to take a weeks loss I was 503lbs last Friday, so its a 7lb loss this week total. I am rambling on now lol. onto the menu.


9:00 AM
big cup of coffee w/2 tbsp sugar 96
4 tspn coffee mate 40

11:30 AM
3oz roasted chicken 165
2 slices pumpernickle bread 120
3 dill pickle slices 5
1 tbsp Miracle whip 35
1 dannon lite yogurt 60
1oz sliced tomato 10

3:30 PM
1 zone perfect bar 210

6:00 PM
2 Gortons fish fillets 340
5 bites of a green salad w/ lite ceasar 50
crystal light 10
ketchup 15

8:10 PM
1oz Vermont sharp cheddar 110
8 wheat Ritz crackers 112

Grand total of 1378 calories for the day, I am happy with the loss and overall satisfied with the results so far. I think my sodium was heavy and water was light for the day, and its the day before weigh in but it is what it is. Thanks for reading and following me with this challenge of challenges.

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CPT.SPACEMONKEY 2/10/2008 1:58PM


I only weigh in every two weeks as well. I find that if I take the focus off of what the scale says and concentrate on only making the right choices that it makes this journey a lot easier for me. NOt as much pressure when the scale says something I don't like as long as I know my choices are good. PLUS... I like what the scale reads MUCH better after two weeks than checking every day. :)

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HELP_IM_FAT 2/9/2008 10:50AM

  WOW I am so proud of you, you have an awesome power of WILL, send some my way lol. You are losing sweetly and staying with the program so keep up the good work and it will pay off BIG time. As for me I gained 5 lbs this week for being emotional and overstressed but I am jumping back on this slow moving wagon and gety back to where I was . Have a great weekend


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DOITFORME4 2/9/2008 3:42AM

    Congragulations on ongoing and consistent weight loss.

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MRSHONEYC 2/8/2008 10:01PM

    I weight myself every day as I like to see the results of my previous day as well!
WOW !!! You're doing SO WELL! And great food choices!!!

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Down a whole pants size! insanely happy.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Day 37

So, I skipped exercise again, my shoulder was still feeling odd, and the last thing I need is to put myself out of the exercise game. BUT something I noticed, and this could just be a fluke or a variety of different things, I hopped on the scale today and since I have not been exercising, Tuesday-Wednesday and today is actually Thursday. so 2 solid days no exercise, I have lost more weight in that couple day period than any other 3 day span yet. this makes me think I should be eating more calories per day. so maybe its time for an experiment. The other thing that has changed is I have been taking Lecthin regularly, so maybe thats contributing to the more than usual loss. or maybe its just a good week. I don't know, and I don't know what I will do whether it be more calories and keep the exercise the same, or no exercise for a week to see what happens (which I do not want to do) , or no change at all and be happy with what I am doing so far.

Pretty good day a far as intake went, just under 1500 calories for the day so I am happy with that. I am totally convinced that if I had a food addiction that it is gone. I find myself forgetting to eat at times and remembering only because my daughter will ask for a snack or something and realize is been 4 hours since I have eaten a thing. I do drink almost constantly, whether it be green tea, water, or crystal light.

My clothing is looser! now I know I have only a recorded 13lb loss but remember I had been doing this for almost a full month before I had the scale, and after getting the scale I am on a 1lb per day pace (faster than that for the past couple days) and if its a 1lb per day pace for the entire time (which I don't count on even though its likely correct) that would mean I am down almost 40 lbs! for a person of my stature for clothing to be looser it would have to be a substantial amount of loss for that to occur. anyway, I am down a pants size. a whole pants size! all of my pants that I have been wearing now fall of of me! even with a belt they don't stay up. I am on the last hole in my belt and its not really holding the jeans up, so time for a new belt! My shirts are fitting looser too. not so much to go down a size but definitely looser. I couldn't be happier with my results thus far. I have to dig through the closet and a couple boxes where I have my old cloths and see if I can find a few pair of pants! that feels good, I got to tell ya. unfortunately I know that I don't have many pair in 1 size smaller. But I have a ton of pants 2 sizes smaller (some even brand new with tags still on it) so I am all set for when that happens. I will just wear what I have in 1 size smaller and the too big size with a belt until then. wow that part of the post got long fast lol, I guess I am happier than I thought about it. let me get onto the menu.


9:15 AM
2 cups bran cereal 180
1 cup 1% milk 110
Dannon lite yogurt 60

3:00 PM
3oz roasted chicken 165
2 slices pumpernickle bread 140
3 dill pickle slices 5
1 tbsp Miracle whip 35
glass crystal light 20

6:15 PM
2 cups dads chicken soup 350
3/4 cup white rice 150
crystal light 20

7:30 PM
1 pear 120

8:15 PM
1 banana 105

Grand total of 1460 calories for the day, did I mention I am down a pants size? lol I mean a God honest whole size. I can't believe it. I did notice my pants getting looser but a whole size! I am in high spirits and have a distinct feeling of accomplishment going on right now. Thanks for reading!

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SODREDGE 2/7/2008 9:30PM

    Wow man that is so cool. Hey thanks for posting the food I had wanted to look.

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MRSHONEYC 2/7/2008 7:33PM

    CONGRATS on losing a pant size!!!! WOOO HOOOO!!! I know the INCREDIBLE high you're experiencing!!! You're doing SO WELL!!!!

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Day 36 and more weight dropped!

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Day 36

36 days in, I have been taking 1200 mg of Lecithin per day for about a week now and 32-40 oz of Green tea per day for 2 or so weeks, whether its helping or not I am unsure, but I am happy about my results to this point. I will up the Lecithin to 2400 mg per day for a week and then back to 1200 for a week cycling like that. The green tea I drink in place of Crystal light for the most part, but still use the CL just less than when I first started this.

I have been craving fish lately, shrimp and scallops specifically, I can't help but wonder if I am missing something in my diet that the fish offers nutritionally. I will research that a bit and report my findings, if there are any. I have not eaten beef in I don't know how long, partially because we have been leaning towards chicken and fish but mainly because I saw on the news that Cloned beef will be hitting our shelves soon if not already, and the FDA is not going to make the industry tell us which beef is from cloned stock and which is not. sorry I just don't wish to be a part of that sort of thing.

It has been in the mid 40's the past few days, perfect walking weather! except for all of the rain were getting along with it. I did not get any exercise for Tuesday because I had a pinch between my shoulder blade so I decided to take the day off, I could not do a push up because of it and I didn't want to risk hurting myself riding the bike so it was a free day as far as working out goes. I plan on riding today (Wednesday) as I woke up and the "pinch" is gone.

Onto the menu.


10:00 AM
1/2 cup refried beans (3 tacos) 90
3 small mission white tortillas 165
1oz Kraft lite cheddar cheese 50
2 oz tomato 10
1oz lettuce 5
2tbsp red taco sauce 10
2 slices jalapeno 5
large glass crystal light 10

2:00 PM
1 Gortons fish fillet 170
3/4 cups cooked white rice 150
1/4 cup pinto beans 50
glass crystal light 10
Dannon lite yogurt 60

6:00 PM
4oz pork chop 265
3/4 cup cooked white rice 150
1 cup canned carrot coins 60
1 pat butter 35

8:00 PM
Dannon lite yogurt 60

Grand total of 1355 calories for the day, I am happy with that, I have been coming in very close to the 1500 mark a lot lately. I have begun to wonder if I am eating enough, as far as my body goes to lose weight most efficiently. I feel fine and I am getting enough as far as my hunger goes, but I am unsure that I am getting enough as far as the body's needs go. the fish craving has me thinking. otherwise everything is still going strong and I don't miss the heavy diet that I was eating a little more than a month ago, well, maybe I miss the Bacon Pizza. just a little.

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MRSHONEYC 2/6/2008 6:15PM

    Hm craving shellfish? Could be magnesium, potassium and calcium, not to mention Omega3's. Yep, good idea taking a 'rest' day! You're doing GREAT!

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