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183 total pounds lost! weigh in time has come.

Friday, March 13, 2009

This morning I woke up and right to the scale I went because I had a good feeling that I would come in below my all time low of 352 pounds and I did! I dropped four pounds this week which brings me down to 351 pounds and that will make today the lightest I have been in a very long time, I have lost a total of 183 pounds to date and it feels good to be moving in a positive direction and actually being lighter week by week again, This weeks weigh in is proof positive that you get what you put into a weight loss program.

I worked hard this week to stay within my calorie limits and to make sure that I was exercising every day and the results were very much earned this week. Now here is a recap, I ate no more than 1700 calories every day but one where I came in slightly higher than that but only by 20 or so if I remember right. Then there is the exercise, I rode my bike 7 of the last 8 days and have been walking a lot, maybe 5 of the last 8 days I got in an almost 2 mile walk and have to admit that I feel great for my efforts, it is very true that exercise makes us feel good. When I exercise I actually crave the movement, I feel like I am cheating myself out of a treat when I miss my exercise for the day. I have replaced cakes, doritos or a cheeseburger as a treat with the way that I feel after a good hard ride on the bike or a fast paced walk or even both! Imagine that, actually craving the exercise, replacing those bad habits with good ones, and its not as hard as you may think. I have not posted up my compare shots lately because I had not broken past the 352 barrier but this week I did so here are some pics for your viewing pleasure.

This Kawasaki Ultra 130 jet ski comes in at 351 pounds like yours truly.

This little scooter comes in at 183 pounds which is what I have lost so far, imagine carrying this around on your back all day!

Now to keep the momentum through this week as well and hit those 340's for next Friday will be my goal for the next weigh in day. Yesterdays numbers came in at 1635 total calories and I rode my bike for 20 minutes after a late night walk and felt good for doing so. IF you are not convinced yet that all that is needed for weight loss to occur is a little self control, a sprinkle of hard work and some discipline shaken not stirred together, pull up a chair and watch, I will prove it to you.

Get that fluid down the hatch and that movement MUST happen! Trust me, once it is a habit you will no longer think of it as anything but what you WANT to do, It will not be sugary treats or greasy burgers that consume your thoughts, you will instead crave a rapid heart rate and beading sweat, the burn that comes with a good workout will be the "treat" that drives your every second of the day and before you know it healthy living will happen right before your eyes, astounded and impressed with yourself victory will be yours.

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DONEPAT 3/14/2009 2:54PM

    YAY (high five~)

What can I say?
Happy for you Enjoy your weekend with your family !

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KELIKESH 3/14/2009 7:21AM

    Great going! You should be proud of yourself! You are an inspiration to others, and you deserve a pat on the back!! emoticon

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You are truly an inspiration for me. Keep up the great work!! God bless you!!!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 3/13/2009 10:17PM

    I have missed seeing the pictures. Just wait until your "gone" picture is bigger than the current picture.

It still just amazes me how you have done this. Thanks for continuing to be an inspriation

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LEAVY1213 3/13/2009 10:07PM

    Great job! Keep it up. :-) Congrats on your weight loss this week.

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TRACYZABELLE 3/13/2009 7:11PM

    Holy cow! You are doing great! Keep on slimming!

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EVANSDSGN 3/13/2009 6:13PM

    Awesome! Keep up the good work!

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SLCOLMAN 3/13/2009 5:42PM

    Awesome!! Huge Congrats to you :)

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ZIRCADIA 3/13/2009 2:27PM

    Congrats!!! :D

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PEACHYCYN 3/13/2009 1:23PM

    Congrats again! You seem to be doing a fantastic job and I'm so happy you are making the progress you want to. Keep up the wonderful work, you look great and must feel even better.

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TNDARLINGTON1 3/13/2009 1:13PM

    You are doing an awsome job. Keep up your dedication and determination and you will be breaking into the 40's soon enough. You got me wanting to hit the gym right now, but it will have to wait until I get off work.

Let me get the cheer leading squade out for you.

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SARAHS216 3/13/2009 1:12PM

    Congratulations!! You are making awesome progress.

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SWEETZMIX 3/13/2009 12:59PM


I knew you can do it is time to keep moving and get down the the340s!! THEY ARE SO CLOSE YOU CAN TASTE THEM!

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CINCYDORA 3/13/2009 12:49PM

    I don't know how you do it. If I eat below 1800 too many days in a row my dogs start to look like sausage on legs and my knuckle skin becomes a tasty snack. I've come to terms with my average weight loss being less than 2 lbs a week because of that. But I'm with you on the exercise. It's a sunny day and I just came back from a 30 minute walk over my lunch hour and I feel great.

Have a great weekend and here's wishing you continued success!


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LEANNROCKS 3/13/2009 12:48PM

    Yammie, your blog takes my breath away. You paint exercise with such a brush that makes me want all I can get. The pictures were fun - gives an image in a new way. Gotta tell ya tho, I am looking forward to the updated YOU photo to be posted. Congratulations on your victory! -lynne

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**PRICELESS** 3/13/2009 12:45PM

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emoticon YOU DID IT!!! Great Job!!! 340's....Here You Come!!!

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SCIENCE_WRITER 3/13/2009 12:44PM

  Wow! That's amazing! I love the pictures - it really puts things into perspective :)

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VANILLASKYE 3/13/2009 12:29PM

  Congrats on all your success! You are an inspiration! :)

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ABAZOODAY727 3/13/2009 12:29PM

    YEAH!!! WAY TO GO!! Congrats on the loss! Keep up the good work! Have a drink on me! Hope mine is as good as yours this week. I have been trying hard. Have a great weekend! Enjoy the rising temps.


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LJK8959 3/13/2009 12:18PM

    My heartfelt congratulations!!! You are doing such an amazing job and are soo upbeat and positive. You are such an inspiration to all of us. Keep up the great job!

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ELFITZPA 3/13/2009 11:58AM

    Woah, congrats on a great weigh-in!!

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Baggy clothes and weighing in..its all a matter of time.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Tomorrow is a big weigh in for me because I have worked hard his week to stay strict and I have gotten my exercise into 6 of the last 7 days in an attempt to try and come in under 350 pounds tomorrow. I do not think that I will come in that low but I am expecting a good number for the morning either way. My intake has been right where it should be hovering right around 1700 total calories per day, I am back in the game where being focused goes. Sometimes we have to look at whats happening and no matter what the stress level, no matter what else is going on we have to stay on track with some things in our lives not because we should but because we have to. If I take this weight loss as anything but a serious problem I am letting myself and my family down and thats just how I feel about it, 14 months ago I was actually afraid that I was going to have a life changing or ending problem related to the shape I was in physically and now I feel like I have given myself a chance. Bringing things back into focus has been a great thing for my mood and I do not think that is a coincidence, knowing that you are doing it right can have that effect.

I do have to admit though that I am in that "awkward" stage of weight loss, what I mean is that I have lost 180ish pounds (exact number TBA tomorrow) and well that changes the way a fella looks and in the colder months its easy to hide inside a hoodie. Spring is coming and that means walking around in tee shirts, though I think I look better and I definitely feel better I do have some skin thats looser than it should be and a lot of my clothing is not the right size. and fits a bit odd even if it is the right size, I am wearing mostly 4xl shirts and I now fit a 3XLT so there is a pretty noticeable difference in how they look from size to size and right now its ok because I toss on my hoodie and bamn! it looks ok, but when its warm out? and then there are my jeans, I do not know what size I truly am right now because I haven't bought new jeans in a long while. I am currently wearing mostly size 50 jeans with my size 58 belt all cinched up and full of new holes that I have poked so that I can keep using it on them when in reality I have a couple pairs of size 46 jeans that fit comfy to loose, I believe that I would fit a 44 waist right now but don't want to waste the money on clothing that will only last a couple months but then again I think it may be time for at least a few additions to my wardrobe. Don't take this in any other way than its something that I have been thinking about because I would rather have these problems than what comes with being 534 pounds, but none the less its something that makes me uncomfortable.

Tomorrow will show me how hard I have been working this week and I am anticipating a decent weigh in, I did peek at the scale so I have an idea of where I will end up. The clothing thing will work itself out because I have no other choice but to accept that there is an awkward stage to this weight loss thang not unlike when you go between haircuts or the mid stage of growing a beard where it just looks a little odd sometimes but the end product is worth that awkward middle section so all I can do is ride it out.

Intake for yesterday was 1680 total calories and I rode the bike for 24 minutes, I got in 1 gallon of green tea, 1/2 gallon water and some diet coke with my Subway that I had for dinner so I was well hydrated. Over all everything is back to what it should be and the weight seems to be retreating again and that is after all the point so I am happy. Now if you read regularly you know its time for you to down that glass of H2O that was earned for reading this far into my morning ramblings so get to it! in fact I will join ya this morning as I have had nothing to drink yet. Don't forget to check in on my tomorrow for the weigh in I have a feeling its gonna be a good one! and thanks for all of the support and comments, I enjoy reading them and they are always appreciated.

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SHERYLLYNNR 3/15/2009 8:55AM

    way to go, keep up the good work. when we need inbetween clothes at a low cost we go to thrift stores like goodwill.
here is praying u are to that 350 goal. emoticon

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FL_SUNSHINE 3/13/2009 1:51AM

    Botz, I really look up to you. Not just because you're tall. ; ) You are truly inspirational and I'm so happy for you that you're doing so well living a healthier lifestyle. I think you should go buy some pants....even if it's just one pair. Good luck in your weigh in tomorrow!

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ROCKIN_RHON 3/12/2009 11:19PM

    You are such a great writer. I'm so impressed. You continue to give me encouragement. It's been a couple of years I lost 114 pounds. I totally understand about the clothes. I've gained about 70 of those pounds back. I'm totally looking forward to get on the "Losing Team" again. I wish you well on your weigh in tomorrow.

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ZIRCADIA 3/12/2009 8:05PM

    Can't wait to see the numbers tomorrow! :D

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 3/12/2009 2:28PM

    I completely agree about the clothes. I had to breakdown and buy a new blazer last fall because my suit made me look like a little kid trying on his dad's clothes.

I am going to have to grab a couple things for summer. Many of the shirt from last year aren't so flattering and I have no jean shorts.

Off to grab some water.

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**PRICELESS** 3/12/2009 1:32PM

    Anxiously awaiting the weigh in........

And emoticon on sticking to your schedule this week!!

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CINCYDORA 3/12/2009 1:16PM

    Don't under-estimate the value of one well-fitted outfit or good pair of jeans. There's nothing more motivating to me than that one outfit that shows off my work and makes me feel good about tackling the future challenge.

Thrift stores can carry some good quality stuff, if you can take the time to work. Sam's Club often has decent jeans cheap. And just keep your eyes open for sales. Retail is having a hard time right now and many stores seem to be discounting stuff like crazy.

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VEEJAY3 3/12/2009 1:04PM

    Summer comfort for the sizeable man: embrace the bowling shirt, Zeus.
It's tres chic right now, and you will be quite trendy (and cool).


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    your results are amazing. As far as buying new jeans a waste of money right now- consider donating them to goodwill after you shrink into a new size. That way, by losing weight, you are helping those in need. As far as the skin, consider saving so much money per pound you lose and in the end, you can get it tucked.

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DIFROMWYOMING 3/12/2009 11:32AM

    Thanks so much for your's my morning cup of inspiration and motivation!
I am looking forward to having to think about buying new clothes that fit. Usually I'm worried about finding anything that will fit...even sort of! And usually my sizes are going up, not down.
So GREAT on that accomplishment! That is AWESOME! You should reward yourself today with a relaxing walk (provided it is not freezing outside). Can't wait to see how tomorrow goes...

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SWEETZMIX 3/12/2009 11:31AM

    Ok so here is my take on the clothes thing. You may have to suck it up and buy a few things. I know I felt that way when the fall came and I had lost almost 30lbs. I needed stuff for work, so I will just buy a few things here and there when they are onsale. You really don't need much, but you want to get at least 2/3 pairs of jeans that fit and maybe 4 or 5 shirts. So if you have to do stuff you can look decent and when ur hanging around just wear ur old stuff. That is what I do. Like I know you don't want to waste money, TRUS ME I KNOW! But you have to look decent AND you will feel even better about yourself. TRUST ME!! When I bought this sweater on sale at a store for $10 a while ago, it was a size small. I acutally blogged about it!! LOL Smaller clothes just takes the swag out of this universe!! So do it, and ugghh OMG I got some friends and family coupons from my friend who works in Banana Republic for this weekend. You can use it online too, and each coupon has a code. So you can order stuff online this weekend for cheap, I can spark mail you the extra coupon code for online. I was greedy and took 3. LOL It is good for BR, Gap, and Old Navy. (Old Navy got some good men's khakis and cargos BTW) They expire Sunday though so let me know. You can run to the store and try one or two things on to see if they fit and then order the size online since it is too late to offer to mail it to you. And if anything you can exchange them. It's 30% off!!

Until tomorrow.

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DONEPAT 3/12/2009 11:17AM

    Again, some of that skin will tighten up in a year or less. :) a few said salvation army, etc. But I am in the same boat you are.
Congrats on the awesome week. I know it will show tomorrow!


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DEMURALIST 3/12/2009 10:51AM

    You are a hoot and an inspiration!

My suggestion on the clothes is to think salvation army/goodwill or garage sales. You can donate the old stuff (tax write off) and then get s few new pieces cheap.

Good luck

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ABAZOODAY727 3/12/2009 10:41AM

    Yeah I am also kinda worried about the skin thing. It will all be better than the alternative! Two thumbs up for the progress! I have made 30 lbs go away. you are a great inspiration!! HAVE A DRINK ON ME!! Of water of

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PEACHYCYN 3/12/2009 10:31AM

    Good luck tomorrow, I'm sure you will have a loss, it looks like you've been busting your butt all week to do it so I'm sure it will happen. Keep up that wonderful attitude that you have about life and being healthy. As I always say, you are such an insperation!

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SCTJN1966 3/12/2009 10:12AM

    I wish you all the best. You are working hard and I know it will pay off.

Good luck! Tom

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ASALMONS 3/12/2009 10:08AM

    I always enjoy reading your blogs. I'm always reminded to put in a little more effort into my own life. Good luck on your weigh in tomorrow!

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Here I come...

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Motivation can come from many places, it can come from an image in a mirror or maybe it can come from wanting to impress a pretty girl, wanting to beat an old record time running a 5k race or perhaps its that way you feel when you add one more rep to a weight lifting routine, and then sometimes its as easy as having the right music playing.

The image in the mirror is working for me right now because I am starting to see Me looking back again instead of that other guy, you know the 500 pound fella! Impressing a pretty girl? yes I try to do that too BUT I am married to her so I have home field advantage there and I know that she loves me so I don't have to work so hard at it though I hope (and I think) that I still impress her, beating an old record for a 5k? yes indeed, BUT I just want to be able to run that 5k and that is driving me currently. Adding one more rep was HUGE for me when I was lifting weights so I look forward to getting that one back soon. Now lets talk about music for a minute, with me music can make me work harder and I would bet a lot of you are the same way and it is the easiest way to get/stay motivated sometimes, what kind of music gets a person motivated I would think has a little to do with what they like but more so I think that the beat or cadence means a lot as well, here are some examples of songs that get me moving and keeps me moving, no laughing at the Cristina Aguilera entry!

Prince "When doves cry"
Christina Aguilera "Ain't no other man"
The Roots "Here I come"
Ludacris "Move Bitch"
NWA "Express yourself"
Elvis Crespo "Sauvemente"
House of Pain "Jump around"
Sepultura "Bloody Roots"
Black Train Jack "Guy like me"
Run DMC "Tricky"
Control Machete "Instancias"
Drop Kick Murphys "I'm shipping off to Boston"
Limp Bizkit "Nookie"

That list is just off of the top of my head, actually its a CD that I burned yesterday when I was looking for some music to listen to while I ride my bike but all of those songs though totally different genres ALL make me want to move or keep moving so they make the cut. It is easy to trick ones self into movement with music, for me Salsa makes me move whether I want to or not, nothing like a 350 pound guy shakin his ass to get every eye in the room looking in that direction but hey! Music has this control over some of us that we just cannot control so as a motivator its great! I think back to my early 20's and going to Hardcore shows in New Haven and NYC and the wave of people ungulating almost as a single organism as bodys slammed into one another in the pit simply because the music drove everyone to do so.

If the music doesn't or cannot keep me motivated, all I have to do is play with my little girl, being able to snatch her up and run around playing without feeling as if I am going to die in the middle of it all is priceless. Now mix the two? I can quite literally just go nuts playing and dancing with her for hours while we let the playlist scroll through and not only did she get to play with dad but I got to move and that folks is what they call a win win.

This post went a little longer than I thought it would and I haven't even mentioned my intake or movement for yesterday! I ended up at 1695 total calories and rode my bike for 22 minutes, almost 2 gallons of fluid went in consisting of 1 gallon of green tea and 3/4 of a gallon plain water and I am finding that if I ride the bike in the early evening like between 7:00 and 8:00 pm that the ride is faster and my heart rate is higher when I am done, I just plain work harder at night and I don't know why, more testing shall be had because I enjoy the ride earlier but if I am doing more at night it may make sense to shoot for later rides.

With that said I am off to get a ride in because I have some plans for later that may not afford me the time this evening to fit it in. don't forget that H2O and I am predicting a good week this week for my weigh in and maybe a challenge for Friday as well. Keep on keepin on and all that and remember kids, YOU are the only one holding yourself back..

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LEAVY1213 3/11/2009 4:34PM

    I agree! Music just makes me wanna shake my bootie (and of course that isn't always pretty)! But it makes my DS laugh so that is fun. :-) Keep on shaking it! lol

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ZIRCADIA 3/11/2009 2:52PM

    Sounds like you're doing great! Yes, I did snicker internally at the Aguilera, but that song DOES have a good upbeat tempo! :) I had to download Britney Spears Circus for my workout playlist on my iPod because I am just way into that song right now (and I'm a mainly indie rock chick so yeah.. hahaha). So no shame.

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BIGGIRL2082010 3/11/2009 1:36PM

    Heh. I have the same "problem" with salsa music - gets me movin' *every* time!

Sounds like you're on a roll - keep it up!


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MSBEA*URIBE 3/11/2009 1:05PM

    This is one of the best personal blogs that I have read! You keep up the good work that you are doing..

Music is such a good thing.. and I listen to Salsa at home, and yes.. the moment I hear the first beat, I am dancing, even if it's with the broom!!

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ELFITZPA 3/11/2009 12:32PM

    What a fun and incredibly random list of songs!! I also enjoy music as a motivator, and try to limit myself to pulling it out ONLY when I really need to (like if I'm at the gym instead of outdoors, or on a long run). "Shipping out to Boston" is actually the first song on my current running playlist, since it gets me excited for the Boston Marathon. I may need to steal a few others from your list!! Keep up the excellent work, as always!

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SNEAKYGREG 3/11/2009 11:39AM

    OK so once again great blog. I totally agree about music, funny thing is the music that I used to not really care for is the best for my running... go figure

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SWEETZMIX 3/11/2009 10:43AM

    OK I have to comment on ur blog. SO it's sO funny, I just put a bunch of prince on my IPOD because I realized I only had 2 of his songs. My jam is "I Wanna Be Your Lover" and I got the same Ludacris song on my workout playlist. LOL The beat is just hard, and House of Pain...I need that. I don't have that on my workout list. I love anything I can jam to, just move..helps making working out fun. I do like some rougher kind of rap music because of the beats so I can see why you got NWA and I like Christina Aguilera too! Sometimes on the weekends we just put on some music from like the late 80s & early 90s (the whole New Jack Swing era) and just jam. hehe

So anyway, it's great to see you are back to your old self. Just doing what you need to do and not veering off track. I see a great weigh in for you on Friday and if not, you can not say you didn't work hard this week!!

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Look! its a bird, its a plane! its a baby carrot??

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Today is off to a good start, and I plan on making it a good finish as well. I have my food planned out for the entire day and am going to ride my bike when I get through with this post as I feel that I am on a roll again. Just settling back into the new way that I am doing things again is making me feel like I did back 6 months ago when I was just plowing through this weight and I have a feeling the next couple of months will be interesting.

I have to mention the lunch that I just made for myself because it was too good to not mention it. I made a sandwich with 2.5 oz of capicola, a couple slices of turkey bacon, some American cheese, lettuce tomato and black pepper with a dill pickle on the side, This sammie tasted so good, I'm tellin ya I will be making this again. I thought about how once upon a time that sandwich might have been two and with 5oz of capicola on each sandwich and a couple of table spoons of mayonnaise with a side of, oh I don't know maybe a half a bag of Doritos or something and how the flavor would have been drown in mayo and salt. Now the flavor of the tomato and cheese mixed with the hotness of the capicola and then the garlic in the dill pickle is what made it taste so good, when our pallets are not over run with strong offensive flavors the good stuff shines and all for the price of some good solid calories, nothing empty here.

The amazing thing about good habits is that they are just as easy to keep around as the bad ones once you get use to them being there, Don't believe me? try it out for yourself and I am sure that you will find yourself reaching into the fridge looking for a fruit or veggie instead of that piece of cake that you would normally have. When you get to the point that you say things like "Hey those baby carrots are really sweet!" and said baby carrots actually take care of the sweet tooth effect you know that you are getting somewhere. Perhaps its green peppers that you feel are sweet or you find yourself grabbing a head of cauliflower to munch on while you ride around around on a Saturday taking care of errands instead of a bag of chips, and these habits get into our childrens heads as well. My kids LOVE their veggies and I grin every time we walk through the supermarket and they ask for apples, broccoli, cauliflower, and get this one, Brussel sprouts! hopefully this behavior that they are seeing out of me and wify will mean that they will not have to deal with bad habits of their own where eating and nutrition are concerned as they grow up.

In the last 14 months I have learned a lot about myself and about eating correctly, living healthy and exercising regularly to maintain, well in my case get to a lifestyle that will support a long happy life. Anyone that is out there contemplating whether or not to start and or maintain a weight loss program and is having a rough time getting started, from one fat guy (or gal) to another, You owe it to yourself to put as much energy that is needed into a weight loss program right now! not in a week, or on the first, or on your next birthday, do it now! when you eat baby carrots and taste the sweetness and it is actually sweet to you and not just bleh you can come thank me for the push but until then start, start walking, start eating less or even just adjusting to better foods! whatever it is just do it now, not because I say so but because I wish someone had put it as plainly as I just have to me years ago.

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DONEPAT 3/11/2009 9:41PM

    RE: Capicola. I looove it.
Your sammie sounds so good and I know what you mean about flavors blending with the veggies. I made chicken salad today. It was so good. Instead of mayo, I used 1 tblsp cottage cheese and 1 tblsp lowfat sour cream (it was done in the food processor. OMG. And I added cajun seasoning to the chicken salad. Ok, you get it, it was good and the flavors blended. .............

As a kid, I loved carrots so much, I had orange skin. If you eat enough, the carotene in them will give you a nice tan too. (really).

Well, you are doing great. Had no doubt.
I'm getting my new keyboard, thanks.

Keep on keeping on.

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BOTZZZ 3/11/2009 8:09AM


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SIMPLE_TAILOR 3/11/2009 7:57AM

    Let me echo the last comment

what the heck is capicola

Another great post sir. It just shows us that our new habits can make feel good as that large double bacon deep dish pizza used to . . .

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RACKETMOM 3/10/2009 9:41PM

    Ok, carrots, brocolli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, turkey bacon, cheese, lettuce & 'maters, (they're my favorite), I know & love 'em all, but what the heck is capicola emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SWEETZMIX 3/10/2009 8:29PM

    I LOVE ME SOME CARROTS!! emoticonAnd not no darn baby carrot, those are just sliced "defective" or not so pretty carrots. I like to get a regular carrot and peel off the skin, it keeps the good stuff in..LOL And then eat it in just like that. Like Bugs But you lost me on the brussel sprouts. YUP those should be banned from my sight. LOL

Glad to hear you are doing well.


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TELERIE 3/10/2009 6:19PM

    You and your wife are amazing role models for your kids! Having them ask for brussel sprouts must be incredibly motivating. All I hear from the kids I meet when I shop is the chocolate/candy cries. The sad thing is some of the kids actually GET candy if they nag hard enough... perhaps I should suggest to their parents that they try in the veggie section first?
I'm finally well on my way to getting healthy and wish I'd know before I started that I COULD do it and that it wasn't as hard as I thought.

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IVORY1825 3/10/2009 5:45PM

    That was great. I have recently learned that I really like brussel sprouts, it even amazed me, but I'll be teaching my kids to like them too someday!

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MRSHONEYC 3/10/2009 5:31PM

    Yep, you're right! I never "knew" that celery was SO SALTY! LOL
You're definitely in the right mind frame!

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ZIRCADIA 3/10/2009 5:12PM

    You are SO RIGHT about the flavors of food coming out when they're not drowned in the condiments/etc. we used to be used to. I love that I can really taste and enjoy my food BETTER now. :) I really hope my kids will be asking for the fruits and veggies as well. This week I put half of the fruits I bought in a fruit bowl (other half in the fridge) and it has really made a difference. I kept seeing them and how delicious they looked and REALLY wanting them and having to make sure I left enough for our lunches. ;) EHEHEHE.

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GAMBLINGQUEEN 3/10/2009 4:50PM

    I was just reading this blog and didn't know to the until that I was reading Zeus Meatball's blog. I should have known with all the pictures. Once again, you have good interaspective. Thanks for the good reading material.

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Just do it! or shut up...

Monday, March 09, 2009

Every day that goes by I am learning that I waited way too long to do something about this weight problem that I have had for so many years. Every time that I walk and my back doesn't burn with pain, every time that I run and then half way through my stride realize "Hey I am running" I get this little smile that I can't do anything about and get a feeling of accomplishment. Just think, because my back doesn't hurt, or because I am running and not worrying about shattering my ankles is enough to bring a smile to my face, these are things that someone that has not been over weight takes for granted and should! Dropping this weight has made me appreciate small things that most people would never think could be taken away simply by gaining weight.

Imagine waking up multiple times per night because of discomfort or limbs falling asleep and tingling you awake, or having to sleep with a bottle of Tums next to the bed because of the heart burn that comes almost every night, all because of weight. Then there are the simple things like just being able to walk around the block with your son or daughter when they get a new bike and having to say things like "Daddy will be right here on the porch when you get back, Mommy will take you" or never going to a movie because the seats are just too uncomfortable, yeah that's just part of the daily life of a 500 pound guy.

I get emails sometimes and a lot of times they say things like, "How do I start? how did you just start the way that you did?" "How do I just stop eating enough for 3 people and start exercising?" "I am 500 pounds its hard to just do those things!" "but I am always hungry" and to those things I can only say what has worked for me, just do it, just make the decision and start eating less, start moving more and the hunger will go away on its own, I have said it before and I will say it again, aside from an athlete that burns through thousands of calories in a day working out no one NEEDS a 2500 calorie breakfast! no one NEEDS to feel stuffed after EVERY meal, no one. "but I can only make it 10 minutes before my knees start hurting" then do it for 10 minutes and work your way up its what I did. "But I don't like the way *insert excuse food here* tastes" You will! when your body adjusts to eating things that are good for you instead of 3/4 pound burgers with melted cheese and bacon on them you will, in fact I despised wheat bread and stated so back on Day 10 of this blog and here I am the fella that won't eat anything but whole wheat bread now!

I was that guy that could not walk for more than 10 minutes and now I can walk 3 miles without batting a lash, I was that guy that woke up multiple times per night with discomfort of one kind or the next and now sleeps through the night contrary to popular belief unlike a baby! I was that guy that thought about how hard it was to eat correctly and moderately when the drive through window was so easy and accessible and I was that guy eating thousands of calories per day for no reason more than the love of the taste of it, I AM the guy that changed his entire life by eating better and moving more. That other guy is gone, if I have something to say about it, and I do, he will never be back.

That will end another bone chilling episode of as the fat guy turns kids and now you know that Nike was right, Just do it! You have also just earned a big ol glass of H2O for reading this post! and its time for me to get a ride in on the good ol stationary bike as we have a mixture of snow and rain coming down right now as I type there will not likely be a walk today. I will resume the mini update posts tonight so look out for that.

Carry on...

As Ever

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**PRICELESS** 3/10/2009 2:09PM

    Once again, You Are Amazing!
Thanks for sharing. And thanks for setting the example and being such an inspiration to those who have a chance to read your words. I have a great feeling that, even though you started this journey to change your life and the lives of your family, you're changing many more lives then that!

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DONEPAT 3/10/2009 10:54AM

    OOH, I know that feeling so well- like smile- I'm walking fast I could almost run! Me- the couch lady! LOL. Oh, I am so with you on this, and so happy for you!
You are quite a writer.

With everything you have dealt with, you - just keep going.
My new phrase is JUST DO IT- NOW.

Love the blog. Have a great day!

Patty emoticon

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RUNNING@MYPACE 3/10/2009 9:15AM

    OHHH I love that smile.... The one that says .. " I AM PROUD OF MYSELF" ..I love that smile that feeling!!!! When I was on the plane to go race in Arizona ...I sat there with Ipod on just grinning silly grins all the way!!! I bet people thought what is she insane LOL
Oh and Yeah I sat in the middle seat and it was comfy ..what a change!!!

Have I told you how great I think you are lately ???

Enjoy the bike even if its inside !!


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ITSJUSTJANET 3/10/2009 7:01AM

    WOW! so true, and so inspiring. Good Luck to you!

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SCIENCE_WRITER 3/9/2009 10:09PM

  This is just fantastic motivation!!! THank you for posting!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 3/9/2009 8:46PM

    Another tremendous post. Let me echo these sentiments (as another big guy who has lost a chunk of weight).

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SARAHS216 3/9/2009 7:38PM

    I love your blog, and you are so right! I used to whine and moan about having sooo much back pain that it was so hard to walk like I used to. Blah blah blah, excuse excuse excuse. But in the end I had to just suck it up and walk as far as I could. Then the next day, walk a bit farther. And so on. And now I have no pain and am starting to get back to jogging and loving it.

Congrats on your success so far, and I know there will be a lot more to come.

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ELFITZPA 3/9/2009 6:09PM

    Great blog!! You have an excellent point, but I don't think that's what people are looking for. They want some EASY way to jumpstart things. The idea of hard work and sacrifice stinks - we all know it - and I can see how it seems too intimidating to start for some people. Your solution is so simple yet so on-point. Keep up the great work and keep spreading all that you've learned!

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PEACHYCYN 3/9/2009 3:52PM

    You truly are one amazing men! I really wish my boyfriend had the will power you have. He has been cutting back eating crap, instead of having 20 cookies for desert, he might only have 5 or 6, the guy that used to have a muffin every morning before breakfast now will just have eggs, with toast and a meat, leaving out that fat old muffin. I was so inspired by your blog today that i cut and pasted it into an email to my boyfriend hoping that you will inspire him, the way you have inspired me. I wish you all of the luck in the world and really hope you are able to get to your goal weight so that you will be happy, healthy and be able to do all those things you could never do with your kids. Keep up the hard work and keep blogging.

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LEAVY1213 3/9/2009 3:42PM

    Oh man, I totally forgot about the waking in the middle of the night with my pinkies asleep or tingling from my weight. I guess I just haven't had it in so long that I totally forgot I used to have that sensation almost every night. Wow, thanks for the reminder to be grateful for the little things. I am off to get my glass of water. Keep up the great work!

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OH_HAPPY_DAY 3/9/2009 3:32PM

    just a stop by to read your progress... The pics of the lake by your home are gorgeous! Lucky you to have a great (and so close!) place to hike!

Catch you later....

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ZIRCADIA 3/9/2009 3:18PM

    :) You're right, just gotta start with what you can do and keep working to improve. "now I can walk 3 miles without batting a lash" --- so do you normally bat your eyelashes when you face something difficult??? :D HAHAHAHAHAHHAA

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ABAZOODAY727 3/9/2009 3:09PM

    I am clapping, shaking my head in agreement, and crying at the same time! WOW you deserve to be the motivational person of the year! WE CAN DO IT!!! One pound at a time!!

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    Man this should be published somewhere.

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DENACARPER 3/9/2009 2:27PM

    great p0st, very encouraging. I sent this to a couple of my friends. keep'em coming!

Way to go - Love the attitude - Just do it.

I love what Pat Riley said -
"There are only two options regarding commitment. You're either in or you're out. There's no such thing as life in-between."

I am in - and so glad that you are as well. Keep up the great work!


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MARIE625 3/9/2009 2:11PM

    Great blog. Should be mandatory reading for anyone just starting out. When I started out, I'd be so embarrassed at the gym when I got on a machine and could only do it for 3 minutes, and thought those 3 minutes really might kill me. I always worried how foolish I looked & worried about what the other people thought of me. But now, I couldn't care less what others think. Heck, I look so silly working out with my eyes closed and singing along to the headphones, what's it matter if I can only do something 3 minutes. At least I'm trying! And, those 3 minute intervals have turned into 30 or 45 minute intervals. So, Ha! Take That, girl that thought she couldn't do anything!

Keep doing it! emoticon

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BIGGIRL2082010 3/9/2009 2:10PM

    You are absolutely right. I've lost count of the number of people I know who won't make the slightest change to themselves, and then they are unhappy their bodies don't respond. Occasionally, they'll try crash diets of one sort or another, only to fall off after a few days, or, sadly, they see and taste success, and THEN go back to the old ways and gain back the lost pounds and health problems!

Not preaching here - I've done plenty of stupid things myself, but this particular journey is actually so simple, and yet sooooo many people spend small fortunes on some quick fix that doesn't necessarily work in the long-term!

You know, all you can do is continue to BE the example. Then all those people will realise that the bottom line is, we OURSELVES can do it, if we are willing to be disciplined and consistent! That's it! :)

Okay, I think I just blogged at your blog. Sorry! :)

Keep up the great work, Mr. Meatball, SIR! :)


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SWEETZMIX 3/9/2009 1:57PM

    Thanks for putting this out there. So many people think they can't. We can be our own worse enemies!

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