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New goals and a challenge for Friday.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

I started this blog a bit more than a year ago, I started it to stay accountable with my weight loss and it has become more than that for me, I enjoy writing every day and I love hearing input be it negative or positive, most is positive but there are always the people that see it wrong."are you trying to be like most overweight people that say, "I'll start exercising tomorrow" and then never do?" That is a comment someone left for me after reading my post yesterday where I mentioned that I want to start seriously strength training when I hit 300 pounds. That comment floored me and then I realized that this person probably has not read my blog or at least paid attention to it if they have. I almost let myself respond with a snarky comment of my own but then realized that my mantra is negativity breeds more of the same and well thats just not me. If I was "trying to be like most overweight people that say, "I'll start exercising tomorrow" and then never do?" I would no doubt still weigh 534 pounds and I will leave it there.

Things are on track here, this week is coming along nicely says the scale this morning so I am in a great mood today despite the 13 degree windy day we have here in good old New England. I am planning on indoor cardio for the day in the way of a ride on the good ol stationary bike because of the weather and thats fine by me but I do have to admit that I am starting to get a bit of cabin fever and really would like a nice walk, as soon as the weather cooperates a bit it shall be so.

Since I have my bike set up in its new home I think it is time for another Friday challenge as well, I will for every pound that I lose ride my stationary bike for 5 minutes and one extra minute for each comment that I get before midnight on Fridays weigh in post. The last time I did one of these challenges to myself my legs hurt for a week! but it is time for another one. I will pay these minutes on the Saturday following weigh in and I will post when it is done, so here you have he chance to make me move more and help me get that 300 pound by June goal. How does that sound? feel like making a fat man work for his waist line? Oh, the only catch is that you need to drink a glass of H2O along with your post, so its a win win!

Intake for yesterday went as follows.


8:30 AM
1 banana 105
1 T peanut butter 95

11:00 AM
2.5oz ground turkey 100
1 80 cal roll 80

1:15 PM
2 80 cal rolls 160
1 T peanut butter 100
1 T jam 50

4:15 PM
dannon yogurt 80

6:15 PM
2 gortons fish fillets 340
9oz sweet potato fries 225
kidney beans 170

8:00 PM
1 pear 85

8:45 PM
1 pear 85

Grand total of 1675 calories so again right on the money if not a bit heavy on the carbs its not too bad of a menu. I usually don't eat many pre packaged meals lately but my daughter loves those Gortons fish fillets and we haven't had them in a while so onto the menu they went. This is no longer something I have to try to do, I AM doing it, I am eating properly and exercising daily and waddya know? health is happening right before my eyes! Yesterday while talking to a friend I found out that I personally know two people now that weigh more than me so I am no longer the heaviest guy I know! that in itself is very cool to me. I was also talking to My father who weighs 265 pounds and stands 6'2" tall last night, we were talking about my weight loss and I told him that I would weigh less than he does soon and his response was "no way" so I think I may just set a new goal weight to be 265 pounds, because you know I gotta prove the old man wrong! Thats the end todays post, make sure to tune in tomorrow, same bat time same bat channel, and don't forget that glass of H2O that you just earned for reading!

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TRACYZABELLE 1/15/2009 3:17AM

    A friend of mine who has lost 200+ on weight watchers did not start to exercise until she dropped 100 pounds.. I do moderate/low impact exercises as I can not lift my legs far off the floor.. knees are shot too. SO I do what I can. ONe day I will do more but until then I do what I can, believe me, just getting out of bed can be a struggle- you know that!

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BIGGIRL2082010 1/14/2009 6:19PM

    Hahaha. Love it! Both your Friday challenge _and_ your new intention of hitting lower than 265 to prove Dad wrong! Our parents motivate us in so many way, huh? :) And half the time they don't even know they're doing it! :D

Keep going! I'm drinking the water, and I'll be rooting for you to do at least 60 extra minutes on your bike because of Friday's comments! :)


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MESACHICK 1/14/2009 4:43PM

  Yo :-) Water DOWN as I type!!

Hey...just an FYI...I know the person who commented yesterday personally/in real life and that person would never want to offend you. I know that person GREATLY admires you and wants to be there for you. I hope it is mended because you both ROCK!! (And virtual environments are so good for screwing up intended messages...)

AnyWHO - another thing I must copy - the stationary bike goal is such a good one. My trainer friend has been encouraging me to hop on the bike for 10 minutes a couple of EXTRA times per day, LATER in the day, on the opposite end of when I do exercise, to keep my metabolism constant. Your idea might be just my ticket. I love the idea of a self-challenge.

One more question...what do you do to "spice up" ground turkey?? I love ground turkey but get really bored of the taste.

Have an awesome day!

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MICHMACH30 1/14/2009 1:49PM

    When I read that comment yesterday I too was like...huh? But anyways you are doing a fantastic job and know better than anyone what is good for you so blah to all of the negative people out there! Reading your post always gives me a little push to better myself too so thanks for that!

Keep on keeping on and you will prove your dad wrong in no time!



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TX.PATRICIA 1/14/2009 12:29PM

    Your positive attitude strikes all the negativity that could ever be thrown your way. All I have to say is that they were probably jealous, because you are doing such an awesome job at loosing weight!

Keep up the great job, and you will cruise right by your dad in no time!

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PUMPKINFACE73 1/14/2009 12:02PM

    As always I sit here smiling while reading your blog..
Got for your Dad, you can and will do it.

Drinking my H2O...been a little slacking there lately (has been replaced with grey goose...lmao) so thanks for keep your neighbor hydrated.

Keep warm, cant wait for the high of 7 degrees on

tick tock, tick tock....19 days....

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DONEPAT 1/14/2009 11:55AM

I enjoyed your blog very much. I enjoyed it even more because I'm doing what I should and feel good about it too (about time!) . Yes, Negativity does breed negativity. Some people don't get that. Just keep doing what you are doing. I love proving my parents wrong. I've done it more than once. It's such a sweet victory. Not a nasty one too. more like, playful competitiveness.

So, you bypass your Dad and keep going. I'll keep reading and drinking water too.

Wow. Just Wow. at you. LOL

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SLMTRACE 1/14/2009 11:42AM

    i cant wait for your post tomorrow, i'm drinkin my water was i type, ive been doing good on it for the past few days too thanks to you! :)
I couldnt imagine reading your blog and being negative, they need to read more, and then they'll understand how hard you have worked, and what great things you have done. Keep up the hard work!

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    You are totally awesome ... and I am totally sadistic! One more minute!

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NEWLYWED3709 1/14/2009 11:30AM

    So I'm leaving you a comment and drinking my glass of H20 in return! ^_^

Sounds like you've got an amazingly positive attitude, a great (and realistic goal), and are finding ways to keep with the cardio despite cabin fever and uncooperative weather.

You're the man!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 1/14/2009 11:26AM

    -insert maniacal laughter here-

Making legs hurt is fun.

I also understand that doing something just to prove your dad wrong. The problem is that they are right much more often. I personally think that they have just been around longer and know better ways to cheat.



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TELERIE 1/14/2009 11:12AM

    Don't worry about the negative comments, they aren't living your life. You do what keeps you going working hard and enjoy the weight loss that comes with it. Thanks for the water!

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KWOLF150 1/14/2009 10:58AM set that new goal! YOU can do it .. I know. You can pass your Dad right up.
I am proud for you. Man! Look what you have accomplished.
The negative comment....just not called for. Each person knows what works for them and what does not. Some takes a while to figure that out.
Do they not understand? Must not.
But YOU......YOU my friend have set goals for yourself in the past and met them. Look where you are now. That my friend is more than most of us have done. Do you know how many goals I have set and failed? ...A lot! ( Not all of them)
So..YOU... are on top of your game and all I have to say is......


You are way on your way!

Oh..and I am SO drinking the H2O. Bubba Keg full always!! emoticon

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SWEETZMIX 1/14/2009 10:18AM

    so u know we will help you lose the weight by having another challenge. will it be on spark or your blogspot? I like those fish fillets too, but only have them 1x every other month..i have no self control. LOL

Got my water in!!

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    I had on my sparkpage not too long ago that negativity breeds negativity. I think that unless you walk in someone else's shoes you have no idea why they are making the choices that they make, but it is their choice. Anyway, saw that post and well, to each his own I guess. You are doing wonderful. I subscribed to your blog because I want to find out when you reach that goal!!!

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ELFITZPA 1/14/2009 9:58AM

    You're right to let the negativity slide. You've made amazing progress and anyone who took the time to read your page or blogs can see that. Good luck on Saturday - I'll try to comment on all your blogs until then, just to add to you pain!!


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Loose skin, Boxer shorts and a muscular shoulder.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Another day of eating well and getting healthy, I can't believe that its already Jan 13th this month is flying by. I will continue the assault on my body to take the fat away, and I will not stop until all of it has vacated the premises. everything is still going in the direction that I want it to but then again when one applies reasoning to this it will continue to go the way I want it to as long as I am staying true to what it is that I am doing. simple right? eat less and move more and weight should fall off, WILL fall off! I have been at this for 378 days now and there are significant differences in everything that is and was me.

Last night I was going to take a shower and we keep a small laundry basket in our bedroom so I pulled my shirt off and tossed it into the basket but when I looked to my left I saw something I did not recognize, I saw my shoulder and collar bone and the top part of my arm and chest, now this may not be such a strange thing to most but it is something that I haven't seen look that way in a good while. Some of you know that I take a comparison photo every month, I usually do it when I get out of a shower and I am in only my boxers with no shirt and wify snaps that pic in the beginning of every month and I then photoshop that picture next to the one taken on Jan 6th 2008 so that I can see the difference for every month that I have been doing this weight loss gig, its like one of those flip books, you can see me get smaller as I page through each picture. With the move and the holidaze I have not taken one of these photos since October 5th so I have not been paying attention to the way my body looks and the view of my shoulder caught me off guard. I called wify in and said "Look at this! when did that happen? it doesn't even look like my shoulder!" and as I was saying that I said something about how my collar bone was all popped out and you can see the shape of muscles in my shoulder and chest, Her reply was "Yeah soon its going to look like that all over, I have noticed your arms and shoulders for a while now" I am usually aware of what is going on with my body but I guess with the busy couple of months that we have had and the fact that I have not taken a shirtless compare picture since Oct that I just hadn't noticed the change. One day maybe I will be brave enough, or maybe its cruel enough to post the me in my skivvys photos but for now they are for my eyes only, I will save you the trauma for the time being.

Another issue that I have been struggling with is the excess skin that will be more of an issue with every pound lost. I can notice the skin being loose on my body now but I still have 85 pounds to go to hit my goal of 275 and honestly I will likely not stop there so this skin issue is bugging me a bit because I know that I will not like what I see when the fat has vacated, but I did this so that I did not have to have a surgery and now to get rid of the skin a surgery will be the only thing that will do it I think. On the other side of that coin is the fact that the skin will shrink some, and it is already doing that now because before thanksgiving I weighed about what I do now, there is no significant loss in the last 2 months and yet a 3XLT shirt fits me now where as 2 months ago it was snug on me so I know that something in the way of tightening is happening but lets get real here, I was 534 pounds at one point in time and thats a big package there will be excess skin to deal with.

Have a look at my menu from Monday, I hit 1700 calories on the nose and had a treat ala Weight watchers too.


7:15 AM
2 cups honey combs 220
1 cup 1% milk 110

10:00 AM
1 slice whole wheat bread 70
1/2 T peanut butter 45
1/2 T Jam 25

2:00 PM
progresso soup 160
dannon yogurt 80

4:15 PM
2 pears 170

8oz ground turkey 320
2 80 cal rolls 160
6oz sweet potato fries 150
onion/pickle/tomato/ketchup 50

8:00 PM
WW ice cream sandwich 140

Grand total of 1700 calories and that weight watchers ice cream sandwich was pretty decent as well as a good sized treat. I am feeling good about what I am doing and what I mean when I say that is that I feel energized all day long, I can remember being groggy all day and never having energy and now it is just the opposite, I am alert, I am active and I have energy to spare on most days. I need to get on up and make myself a glass of green tea so the post ends here, go ahead and get on up yourself and get yourself a glass of H2O and remember that if I can do this weight loss thing that you can do it.

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MESACHICK 1/13/2009 5:09PM

  I get you on the loose skin thing. I have been weight lifting a LOT more in the last 4 months in hopes of tightening up some of mine. I burn a lot more calories now that I am lifting, too, when I do the cardio stuff. Dang trainer people...they usually have it right...LOL

LOVE the WW i/c sandwiches. Have you tried Skinny Cow brand? 140 cal and good too.

You rock! Enjoy the changes in the bod! Isn't that the best?

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LEAVY1213 1/13/2009 5:01PM

    Very cool you were able to be surprised by your body changes this week!

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_RAMONA 1/13/2009 12:25PM

    Hey there! First of all, congratulations on all you've accomplished... you are one inspiring guy... your attitude and effort make me want to dance! Your humility and honesty humble and inspire me to be a better person. Thank you for all of it.

I want to pass on information regarding the loose skin issue. It comes up so often here on Spark, and I know it's a huge concern for a number of people. What I've learned so far is this... excessive loose skin is the result of a layer of fat just under the skin that continues to stretch it out even after the excess weight is gone. The younger you are when you take the weight off the less of an issue it will be, regardless of how much you lose. People who lose very slowly rarely have a skin issue. People who focus on building muscle and reduction of BMI, as opposed to simply losing weight, also rarely have an issue. People who care for their skin (moisturize) as they lose also rarely have a skin issue. Your skin will continue to adjust LONG after the weight comes off (1-2 years even... and this I know from a friend's personal experience). It is focusing on basic cardio, rather than strength training, or HIIT that creates a skin issue... you're potentially losing weight faster, but the skin can't keep up as easily. Creating your calorie deficit in what you eat rather than with exercise creates a loose skin issue (moderate calories and heavy exercise is better for the skin, than is low calories and moderate exercise). Eating REALLY clean also reduces loose skin issues.

Now, all of these things are very personal in terms of deciding where to focus, and the people I've encountered who have spoken about the issue openly are people who have lost in the 100-200 pound range. I don't know if this changes significantly with a greater loss. Everyone has to weigh this for themselves (no pun intended). There are a vast number of people here at Spark with EXTRAORDINARY weight losses, who have not had loose skin issues. This reinforces for me that the key is in how you lose the weight. Here are some resources you might want to look into as you evaluate your own process and needs:

Nichole's Journey to a Healthy Life

Reasons to 'Not Cut'

'Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle' by Tom Venuto
He's trainer who has helped MANY people lose extreme amounts of weight and has not seen loose skin as an issue... he speaks about 'skinny fat' as being the problem, and that the answer is to focus on reducing BMI even after the excessive weight is lost, to burn off that layer of fat the continues to stretch the skin. Here's his take on the subject:

I hope this information is helpful to you and anyone who visits... my heart aches when I come across anyone who works extraordinarily hard to accomplish a great feat, only to get there and still feel upset about the results for any reason (not even remotely suggesting you're in that camp!). I think you still have tons of stuff to teach the rest of us, and I'll be travelling along absorbing the lessons!

{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}

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RUNNING@MYPACE 1/13/2009 11:32AM

    That is awesome! My Hubby is on here and has lost about 70 pounds and it really is amazing watching all those changes ...even better when they STOP ya like that one did you!! Congrats

I love progressive lentil soup Thats what is for lunch today hehhee

Hey stop by my hubbys page if you can he could use the support...I'll be out of state for a few days.... DADDY_4 Thanks
Keep up the great work!


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    Wow, I am really inspired by you. YOu have really worked hard to get that weight off.
Wow that is all I can say. Congrats.

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 1/13/2009 10:07AM

    Three things after a quick, Hell Yeah. You are the man.

1 - Skinny Cow is a preference over the Weight Watchers. Give them a try if they have them in your area.
2 - That is so cool about seeing body parts that you haven't seen in a long time. The veins on the back of my hand were my personal favorite.
3 - I was worried about the skin issue to. I don't think I will have a huge amount, but it will take a little bit to get off as well. That is one of the great things about doing this right is that it isn't the dramatic drop and it gives the body time to adjust.

Keep on it.


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DONEPAT 1/13/2009 10:06AM

    Well, you are just.......chugging along.
I'm getting my tea at the chinese market today, so I'll let you know how it goes.
Have a wonderful day- and congrats on the shoulders and collar bone coming out.

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LILLIAN364 1/13/2009 9:32AM

    You're making great progress! emoticon

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SWEETZMIX 1/13/2009 9:23AM

    Hello. So nice post!! It's a good feeling that even though there is no major weight loss our bodies still continue to change and we feel better about ourselves. Just that boost of looking better, having more energy, not embarrassed to go places means sO much more than the weight coming off.

Kudos to you for seeing some shoulder and collar bone!! I had a heart attack when I saw my collar bone making a comeback, it's not fully there but it's good enough for now. LOL

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Day CCCLXXVII and a goal.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Monday morning and I have not been on the scale all weekend, this can sometimes be a curse but I am not too bothered by it. I did go over my calories yesterday by about a bowl of popcorn and a cereal bar, The cereal bar was just a snack around 7pm and then we had the movie "Wanted" so we watched it and a rule that I have, not really a rule but something that I do is that I have popcorn when I watch a movie and not worry about the calories so thats what I did. The movie was ok but nothing to write home about, Angelina was hot as always and the effects were pretty cool so over all it was entertainment for the evening.

I did get my bike upstairs over the weekend and I set up a television in the exercise/rec room with my PS2 hooked up to it so that Wify could play her Yoga DVD's in there and I can play music CD's or pop a movie in while I workout. the weights were brought up stairs as well as all of wifys yoga equipment, I also set up a desk top computer with about 20 gigs of music on it as well as a few movies so I have that as an option for some workout music or to let the kiddos play a game while I get some movement into my days. I am still trying to figure out a paint color/scheme to perk the room up a bit and by some of the comments it looks like a lot of people like green, I am not against green and in fact I have about 2/3 of a can of a color called "frosted pine" which we used in our bedroom but last night after reading my post wify asked "do you really want to paint this room?" Yes I do, is it a priority to get it done right this minute? nah. Perhaps zebra stripes or leopard spots? again nah! but it would be nice to get it done.

Sunday afternoon I was day dreaming and was thinking about how last year at this time I had just begun losing weight and it was around this time that a picture of me was taken outside our house and I remember feeling good about what I was doing, I remember thinking about how it was a task to make sure that I was eating an apple instead of a bag of potato chips and on that day I was eating an apple as I walked my kids to a playground not far from my house and when I say not far I mean 2 blocks, I got to the playground and felt accomplished because I walked instead of staying home and that apple was feeling good too. This year is so much different because that walk is not what I would call a walk at all and to think back at the fact that 2 blocks made me feel like I had a workout is just crazy, lets just say that things have changed for the better, but if you read my blog this is not news!

I would like to break into the 350's this week, and that means that I will have to lose 3 pounds by Friday to do so, and coming off of a 7 pound week I think it will be challenging to get that 3 pounds this week. In all honesty I think I may come close but to actually make it under 360? we shall see. I also have a sort of mini goal to hit 334 pounds because that is the weight that will have dropped 200 pounds! That is only 28 pounds from where I am right now so its not so far off and I think I can hit it within 2 months, so maybe by the end of February. So with this post there was some reflecting, some new goals added and my exercise room is coming together, all in all I would say I am off to a good start this year where my health is concerned.

Thank you for following along with my trip to the half and make sure ya grab that glass of H2O when you are done reading this.

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DONEPAT 1/13/2009 10:04AM

    Another great post- what can I add? Not much.
You rock my socks. Well, at least the green paint you found in your apt. is not " mint chip ice cream green"- to match the gingerbread downstairs- just saying'.

Have a great one!
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TRACYZABELLE 1/13/2009 3:29AM

    You always seem to meet your goals with ease, I could only hope to do as well especially now with my new diagnosis.. If you can do it, I can do it! Keep on keeping on!

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SLMTRACE 1/12/2009 8:30PM

    You are gonna meet and exceed your goal for sure! i cant wait for the update!
have a wonderful day!

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LEAVY1213 1/12/2009 4:13PM

    It's amazing what a difference a year makes huh?! Congrats! Keep up the excellent work and we will reach all our goals!

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PUMPKINFACE73 1/12/2009 4:04PM it for Christmas, saw it at the theater when it came out and loved it...for you goal this week, you CAN do it....cant wait to read how you do....I will work harder too (and try to stay out of the sweets that I have been enjoying WAY too much...UGH)....let's do it...ok neighbor?

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SWEETZMIX 1/12/2009 3:03PM

    You sO got this!! No more talk, u know that right!! Be about it!! Get your arse moving and the poundage falling off. It's amazing how we can all feel sO much better about ourselves in a year.

And all that snow u said u got on my page. I can't handle that, I used to having snow and the next day walking around Manhattan. LOL

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MESACHICK 1/12/2009 1:41PM

  You will do it!!! I love the short-term goal setting. I need to copy you. :-)

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BIGGIRL2082010 1/12/2009 11:32AM

    You can do it, you can do it! 350s, here you come! Come on, MOVE IT! In fact:

Go on, DO it! Get the kids and your wife up there with you, and MOVE IT! :)


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Snow, Yoga and a stationary bike.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Saturday's intake was slightly higher than my target, coming in at 1730 total calories but it was a pear that brought me over so I can't really feel bad about it. I woke up to about 5 inches of snow, not the almost a foot that the mental man in the plastic magic box predicted but shovelable amounts none the less so as soon as this post is done I will be outside shovel in hand clearing the driveway.

We moved all of our exercise equipment upstairs last night (which is not a whole lot) but its all up there now and we will set up a couple different spots up there. My stationary bike will be facing the back yard so that I can look out the window at our wooded back yard at the birds etc while I ride, I do think that will get old fast so we are setting up a television upstairs as well so that I can watch that when nature doesn't do it for me as well as so that wify can do her yoga DVD's without being disturbed by kids. I have a stair step machine, not one of those big ol steppers either, its literally 2 steps with a piston under each for resistance and I am too heavy for that machine right now so I don't use it but it will be up there none the less. As soon as I get the white off of the driveway I will be upstairs making this room of fitness into a comfy place to sweat.

Anyone that reads this blog is likely on or has been on a trail to fitness or been heavy at one point in their life time and I would like some opinions on what color to paint this room. currently it is a medium/sky blue with white trim and that is the color it was painted when we moved in here, sort of, we painted the trim white as the ENTIRE room was the blue color, even the floor at some point! but the previous owner did paint over the blue on the floor with a dark brown, which will stay there but with an area rug on it at some point but I don't want to buy one until a final color is chosen. Here is a look at the color, now lets get some opinions on what color to paint in there, I WILL pick one of the color choices that someone leaves in a comment so lets hear those opinions! what color motivates you to move? what color sets the mood for a relaxing session of yoga? it needs to be both of those all in one and please don't suggest yellow! we both dislike yellow in a room.

This is a shot of the "yoga room" before we painted the trim white, what say you? how should it be colored?

It is time for me to head out and clear that driveway so that this room can start coming together so I will end the post here. Make sure you all stay hydrated today and keep on keepin on with the hard work and dedication to losing weight and before you know it you will be a svelte, trim healthy man or woman and all of this "dieting" will be just how things are. Grab that big ol glass of H2O and stay on track today, because thats all that can be expected of any of us!

Carry on!

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TELERIE 1/12/2009 1:42PM

    I want to make an exercise room in our house too! Perhaps we can make a part of the basement into a nice corner. I vote green too, a very fresh color, perhaps a shade of lime or spring green. If you find a shade that gives you a boost of energy, while green is naturally soothing for the yoga.

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SLCOLMAN 1/11/2009 9:16PM

    A color from nature should do you both nicely. Personally I am a fan of blue, and although the color you have now almost perfectly matches our master bedroom I don't think that I would want it for a workout/yoga room very much either. What about either a beautiful shade of Caribbean Sea blue or a green like the green of a new tulip shoot just sprouting from the ground. Since my DH just told me that my shades sound like I am on drugs I am positive that you will indeed choose one of them :) LOL

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TRECECOOKS 1/11/2009 8:28PM

    Sage green would be my choice for yoga room, as I perceive it to be soothing. Good luck!

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    I vote green - we painted our living room bright leafy green. I was afraid at first because it was such a big change, but it's a versatile color (energy-wise) and it makes you feel like you are in the amazon rainforest. I love it!!!!

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SURFIE 1/11/2009 6:11PM

    It might be difficult to suggest a color that works for getting you energized to work out AND is calming for your wife's Yoga. That being said...

Reds, oranges, and yellows (the colors of fire!) are energizing, while the opposite colors - blues, greens, violets (the cool colors) are calming. I think yellow and green would be the two that come the closest to bridging the gap, and since you both dislike yellow, a nice green should be a good choice. I think it would be especially nice in winter when there isn't a lot of green outside! It would help you feel less cooped up and more like you are out in nature. You can always add some pops of the more energetic colors using posters, rugs, pillows, or other accessories too. The shade you choose will make a difference too. If you go too dark the room will look smaller and more closed-in. Lighter colors tend to make the room seem bigger and airier. I would personally prefer a nice vibrant green over a muted or pastel green. The more saturated a color is, the more energy it seems to have.

Good luck on deciding on a color!

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BACKONTRAK 1/11/2009 5:09PM

    First.... happy Spark Aversary! What a year you have had!! Congrats! Now, about the first choice would be a soft sage green. Relaxing for yoga, it would blend with the floor and the stairway up to the room, and it would provide a nice frame for the windows for the days you do want to watch the birds!! Happy painting....again!

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DONEPAT 1/11/2009 3:43PM

    I'm partial to Sage green- because I find it very calming. A nice powder blue has the same effect on me.
Red paint in a room scares me. I don't know why.
You'll love your new room, and your plans sound fantastic!
Everything is shaping up nicely. Including YOU. LOL
(had to squeeze that in somewhere.)


We got ice, but it rained and it's gone now. I walked the dog in 19 degree weather.
She loved it. I did too, suprisingly..........

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LAURA915 1/11/2009 12:30PM

    How about painting two different colors? I painted my exercise room a soft sage green. On one wall though I painted the bottom half a soft taupe brown. Both colors are calming but painting one wall with two colors added some pizzazz and movement. I didn't' just divide the wall straight across. I kind of did a swoop. I'll post a picture on my page so you can what I mean if you are interested. Whatever you decide to do, have fun!

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LEAVY1213 1/11/2009 11:24AM

    LOL...I was going to say yellow, but you nixed that idea! lol I hated yellow too until I painted our foster daughter's room that color and now I actually like it! lol soooooo with that out the door, what about a beige or light brown, something that is warm and inviting. Who knows, I suck with colors! lol But ya know I still have to put my two cents worth in! lol

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MESACHICK 1/11/2009 11:21AM

  Red is an energy color!!

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ANGELBLEU 1/11/2009 10:29AM

    ok so how about a pretty blue.... not a too dark of one to make the room look smaller... but one that adds vibrant color and goes with the brown :) just an opinion.. all my walls are white in here until next week soooo lol Ill be going through the same thing as you then! :)

take care and have fun


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A random Saturday post and one year on spark today!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

So this morning became our "bulk shopping day" we woke up around 6:00am and got ready to head out and were out the door by 8:00am, we went so early because of the snow that we were expecting today. Two stores later we were on our way home with so many groceries that our car looked like a low rider and we will be set for about a month worth of meals. By the time we arrived home it had not started snowing yet so I decided that I would load the bin in the basement with some firewood for the wood burning stove down there and we loaded and split just about 1/4 cord of wood from a stack we had in the back, so exercise was had in the way or 40 minutes of loading and splitting wood.

I am very tired today because there is a kitten in our home now and it thinks that it has a California king size bed of its own, he is sadly mistaken! for Christmas we decided that it would be nice to get the kiddos a pet, we came up with a secret code and put it into my sons stocking and the key for the code was put into my daughters stocking so that my son had a moment of "OMG How do I figure this out!" and when they got the two together He started figuring out the code but somewhere along the lines Wify (yeah I am blaming her) messed up the code. Long story short we got a Kitten for the kids from the Humane society and he has been terrorizing me since. He never stops moving and jumps on me at every inopportune time that he can, I was starting to regret this little ball of fur and then this morning my daughter woke up with a pretty rough cough and was miserable as I stood in the kitchen talking to wify in she walked and says "the kitty came to say Hi!" all smiles so the week of being annoyed all went away in that tiny moment, here is a look at Sylar, yep we named Him after the head peeler on the tv show Heroes.

Oh yeah I said I was tired, I watched Gran Torino last night and if you are a Clint Eastwood fan You will most likely enjoy this movie, But I was up until after 1am and then was up around 6:00 am so only about 5 hours sleep and a pretty busy day and now wify is asking me to bring my Stationary bike upstairs into the "yoga room" so that we can turn it into our rec room tomorrow as we are just about wrapped up with unpacking, so as I type this she is my background noise (I will catch hell when she reads that last part).

Intake for yesterday was 1665 so right on the money as far as that goes, (now I am getting scolded for leaving a razor on the sink) "You shaved once and there are 3 razors on the sink!" doesn't she realize that I am writing a post? Ok so back to the post, Todays calories are on par so far, we just had BLT's for dinner made with turkey bacon on whole wheat, they were pretty good and I think I might add them to the menu more often. Tomorrow will surely bring me some more exercise ala nature because the man in the plastic box says that we will end up with more than 10 inches of the white stuff by morning and I can honestly say I am looking forward to shoveling that driveway tomorrow afternoon, and accidental exercise is the best kind it makes the on purpose kind feel like its extra and its a perpetual feeling of accomplishment that only feeds the want to do more.

Tomorrow is a new day and today is now and we must continue to strive to be our best and do our best, because we are the only one that controls the destiny which lies before each and every one of us.

Now go get a glass of water, ya know you need it!

As Ever

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SLMTRACE 1/12/2009 1:12AM

    oh cute kitten!!!! they are so cute! congrats on the one year! and i was laughing at your wife's comments! thanks for the entertainment!

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TRECECOOKS 1/11/2009 8:21PM

    Congratulations on your Sparkiversary!! You are a shining light for those of us who follow ye olde blog. Off to get my H2O. Victory is thine in 2009!

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LISALHALEY 1/10/2009 10:47PM

  *smiles* great fun post! Thanks for the read. It's so nice to read everyday life things as well as a dictation of what people ate for the day. :)

Now go take out the trash.

...oops, that comment should have been for MY hubby!

:) Lisa

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SWEETZMIX 1/10/2009 8:51PM

    They said we were getting 7inches in the city and nope we don't have that. Well thanks for the read while I wait for my kitchen floor to dry.

Keep it up my friend!!!

emoticon on the 1yr on sparks!!!!!!!!!!!


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LEAVY1213 1/10/2009 8:21PM

    Do you really think you are going to end up with a lot of snow? Everyone I have talked to up that way has said it was a disappointment thus far. I will be interested to hear how much you end up with tomorow (if any! lol)

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