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Run fatty run! oh my!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

I had a great day yesterday in terms of this weight loss program, I decided that I was going to get extra movement into my day because of a heavy St Pattys day meal and that I did! I first rode my stationary bike for 23 minutes in the am followed by a walk with my daughter, we walked 1.3 miles in 22 minutes (me pushing her in a stroller) and back home for lunch. I did well with my calories for the day as well, I ended at 1695 total for the day and more than a gallon and a half of fluid including more than a gallon of green tea. My plan was to walk twice and ride the bike twice so while we ate dinner I asked wify if she would like to go on a walk after dinner, she agreed and off we went.

If you read this blog regular like you know that I am planning on starting C25K very soon (as soon as the weather stabilizes a bit) I have to do the C25K program outside so I want to make sure that I have the best chance of an uninterrupted program as possible but I have been getting anxious to start so last nights walk turned into a sneak peek at whats in store for me. If you are not familiar with the C25K program it is a running program designed to get anyone running a 5k in 9 weeks time and every person that I have talked to that has tried it loves it so I figure its a good place to start.

Week one starts with a Brisk five-minute warm up walk. Then alternate 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking for a total of 20 minutes, well I got ambitious and after the 5 minute warm up walk I ran for the first 60 seconds and was pleasantly surprised that even with my 350 pound boyish figure I managed that trot with no ill effect. I was thinking about how easy that first 60 seconds was and decided to do a few more and ended up running for four 60 second intervals with the 90 second walks between them and by the end of my "test run" I had completed 15 of the 20 minute program and was not really feeling too bad, besides the small cramp in my ribs because I had eaten just 20 minutes before we set out on the walk. I was starting to get winded near the end and since I was cramping in my rib and had made it back to the same spot where wify was walking I decided to stop it there since it was really not something that I had planned to do, but as I said I was pleasantly surprised at how the "trial run" went which means that I am more anxious to start the program than ever.

Then it was time to get home to ride the bike a second time, as I walked up the driveway I stopped at the rear of our car and said "pop the trunk" so that I could slip the stroller back into the car and wify looked at me with a half of a grin and said "I didn't bring keys" so I said "yeah right pop the trunk" a short (argument) discussion followed and now I have to break into my own house! neither of us had brought keys with us on the walk, we both thought the other had them (I will not get into that too much) so we spend the next 30 minutes attempting a B&E on my own place. After successfully breaking in (with the help of wifys step dad who lives on the lake and a few screw drivers ) I fixed the "security flaws" that allowed me to get in, which just means I had better not forget keys again or else I will be kicking in a door! but it was too late for the bike ride as the kiddos needed to get to bed and my bike is next to my sons room, no worries there is always today!

The highlight of my day was the C25K preview and the low point, well the B&E of course but over all it was a positive day and I look forward to tomorrow to see how my hard work is paying off on the scale. Until then stay hydrated and grab yourself a big glass of H2O and I will be back tomorrow in the am to report what the scale says to me.

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CHERIE55 3/20/2009 10:39PM

    Great Job! I am peeking at your team. I have always desired to run. I did jog about 2 minutes tonight and walked 45 minutes.

BTW, You are very inspirational! Thank You. Reading your blog for today got me motivated again! I am drinking my 10 - 12 glasses of water too!

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SLMTRACE 3/20/2009 10:54AM

    is 20 oz of my cranberry pomegranit green tea ok instead of water?! lol
i am also thinking i want to start the c25k program, ive downloaded pod casts and everything. that is so awesome how far you got! great job! how super exciting!
hope you have a great day!

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GRAMMABENJI 3/19/2009 10:15PM

    that is my one goal is to be able to jog someday congrats to you. you had a very productive day

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 3/19/2009 9:48PM

    I need to get off my butt and get that going too.

Bummer about the B&E. Still life happens.

Off to get my water.

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GAMBLINGQUEEN 3/19/2009 7:45PM

    WOW look at you. You'll be ready for that 5K in no time. I just started running on my treadmill in 1 minute to 1-1/2 minute intervals but I need at least 4-5 minutes to recover before I can run again. All I can say is I know what it feel like running at 300 plus pounds, so I would like to give you your props. By the way, make sure someone takes a photo of you crossing the finish line for your blog. WOW!

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TELERIE 3/19/2009 5:15PM

    I'm sure you'll enjoy the C25K program! Great trial run, and glad you weren't arrested! emoticon

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LEAVY1213 3/19/2009 3:33PM

    Great job! That is wonderful (the running part, not the B&E part! lol) Keep it up and I bet you will be able to do that 5k sooner than the 9 weeks it is supposed to take! :-)

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LANC92 3/19/2009 3:00PM

    Ruuuuun Tony! You can do it! Didn't you see those Biggest Losers run their half marathons this week? One of those girls weighs more than you do. Listen, you haven't let your weight hold you back in other areas so don't start now. Just a suggestion but you probably should hide a key under one of those fake rocks or something LOL!

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ZIRCADIA 3/19/2009 2:36PM

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA SORRY But when I got to the robber pic I thought...

Why is that ninja holding a candlestick?


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    that's awesome. That's exactly how it happened for me, too. I had a few days where my body just felt like running.. I had been doing regular walking and I guess I was just ready! So go for it! Whoo hoo! You'll be doing your first 5k in no time.. I guess about 2months, huh? Maybe you should find one and sign up - then there's no turning back!!!

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TAMMIE1006 3/19/2009 11:56AM

    awesome!! i don't think i'm even brave enough to try the C25K yet!! you know you can do it now, you've gotten a great head start!!
i hafta say, you look pretty slim in that black outfit you wore to break into your house!! you should wear it more oftern!! ahahahahaha!
well, get on that bike today to make up for yesterday, which made up for st. patty's day!! keep pedalling!!

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AINTSKEERD 3/19/2009 10:11AM

    Great job on the the trial run. I am planning to embark on the same plan soon. I'm really glad to hear you had such a positive experience...minus the B&E.

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CTSTALKER 3/19/2009 9:26AM

    Congrats! I weigh 70lbs less than you and I can't do week 1 at all!

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HANNALA1 3/19/2009 9:25AM

    Way to go on your trial run! C25K is a great program! I did it last year but had to stop due to injury. (Not from the program...just a stupid mistake I made! lol) I'm hoping to do the program again in the near future. If your knees begin to bother you, hit a trail. It makes all the difference! Good luck to you!

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SWEETZMIX 3/19/2009 9:04AM

    emoticon for doing that trial run yesterday. I was thining of trying it for myself soon. Anyway, don't forget to stretch. I do a lil jogging every sO often at the gym and you shouls always make sure u stretch ur muscles afterwards. You probably did..but I just wanted to put my 2 cents in! Overall it sounds like you had a good day and I remember living with my mom having to B&E cuz we 4got the keys.

I guess tomorrow is weigh in..GOOD LUCK!

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CHRISTYWVU 3/19/2009 8:53AM

    Wow! Sounds like you did a great job with your "test run". I bet you can't wait for the weather to get nicer, so you can officially start the C25K program. I'm completing Week 2 right now and it's definitely getting tough. My advice is to just stay determined, keep drinking lots of water, stretch properly (10-15 minutes), and don't let one workout distract you from completing the program. I'm considering repeating Week 2, so I'm more prepared for Week 3. You can do it!!! emoticon

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Going to burn lotsa calories today..

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Just chugging along and bamn! invited to an Irish dinner of corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, carrots and garlic bread not to mention the green cake and pints of Guinness last night. I saved myself 985 calories for the day because I knew that I was going to be eating that meal but I know that I managed to go over because just the food without the cake or pints came to 815 calories, the Guinness was 150 calories each so now we're up to 1115 calories and then add the slice of cake and I am probably over by about 400 or so calories for the day total. Because of getting home later than normal I did not get a chance to ride my bike either, so today I ride twice because I need to keep this momentum and having one meal that went over what it should have and drinking a few pints is not going to stop me, in fact it is suppose to be a gawjus day here in New England so I am planning on taking a ride on my bike this morning and then this afternoon I will take my wee lassie out for a walk around the lake, any way its cut I am getting extra movement into today.

Rather than sit here posting up a long post this morning I want to get this movement show on the road, here is the plan. After I click publish post I am going to finish my first glass (1/2 gallon) of Green tea and get dressed and hop on my bike for a 20 minute ride, after I stretch its out the door for a walk, I have a just about 2 mile route mapped out and I think that's the one I will do today. Then back inside for a few so that the little one can catch a few cartoons while I shower and do some house work and when wify gets home from work, I will attempt to coax her out for another walk around the lake after dinner and at 7:30 tonight I will take my regularly scheduled bike ride for another 20 minutes, and all of that just because I feel guilty for having 2 pints and some green cake!

With that said I'm off to get moving.

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    Oh GAWD you make me feel like I am just the most pathetic person. I ate exactly what you did last night and could not find the motivation to work it off today. I'm having troubles eating-wise. I might need a meatball pep talk. xo to you and Mrs. Meatball.

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DONEPAT 3/18/2009 9:17PM

    You have it planned so well.
I will write you after things calm down here.

Happy St. Pats.
Garlic bread? LOL

Where is the irish soda bread. HMMMM?



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HARRINGTON5 3/18/2009 5:08PM

    WOW! It sounds like you did everything right. Planning ahead, counting the calories and scheduling double exercise the next day. That is just living life! Celebrations happen and you certainly know how to control the situation. Congratulations on all the hard work you have done. it will pay off in a longer life to enjoy with your family.
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ZIRCADIA 3/18/2009 3:30PM

    Hahaha I like that picture! :)

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LEANNROCKS 3/18/2009 2:39PM

    Wow, what control you had. Enjoy your beautiful day! -lynne emoticon

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ABAZOODAY727 3/18/2009 1:44PM

    NO WAY MAN! DON't feel guilty! Maybe if it were a keg and a whole cake maybe...But LIFE is going to happen. Don't beat yourself up for a little enjoyment. HAVE A DRINK ON ME!!!

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SEEHOLZ 3/18/2009 1:30PM

    No way to feel guilty! This is real life- not the Biggest Loser- and St. Patrick's Day is part of that! Plus, you don't want to NEVER be albe to eat a special occassion meal. It is ONLY on special occassion and there are not all that many. For me, it's Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Superbown Sunday, my birthday, Easter, 4th of July, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day--- not to say I pig out every one of those, but it's okay inmy mind to eat some foods that took time to prepare -- for other people's birthday parties, I tend to eat a little, but pretty much hold back-- Anyways, the funny thing is that most of those days, I cherrish the occassion and respect the special treat for what it is- special.
I think your idea of having a great workout, fueled by a great meal, is actually great!
I hope you have enjoyable weather!

BTW: Not to be noisy: Are you a stay-at- home Dad?

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 3/18/2009 1:13PM

    Dude . . . You did the right thing.

You knew you were going to have a bigger meal than usual and were going to be out. You cut back on your intake to give you a little bigger calorie budget and you are going to be doing some extra exercise today . . .

Don't beat your self up about this . . .

If you do feel bad, I want to you think about St. Patrick's Day 2007. What would the old Meatball have done . . . . I'm sure it wouldn't have been what you, our beloved BOTZZZ, did . . .

Now I'm going to go take a walk after I drop a few more comments.


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ELFITZPA 3/18/2009 12:34PM

    You sound like me after over-indulging at my birthday! Good luck getting in the double workouts. I love that pic and motto by the way!

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SCIENCE_WRITER 3/18/2009 12:24PM

  You have the right attitude, though. You let yourself indulge, and you're compensating for it. Isn't it great when all the stuff you've learned actually gets through? :D

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SARAHS216 3/18/2009 12:20PM

    It wasn't too far over, and at least you kept track, so don't feel guilty. Guiness is always worth it - not so sure about the green cake, but hopefully that was yummy too. I think getting in more exercise today is a great plan!

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PEACHYCYN 3/18/2009 10:29AM

    Good job on counting the calories even though they were bad calories, sometimes that's hard to do, but it has to be done. Also great job on feeling guilty and getting extra workouts in today, that's HUGE! You are doing an awesome job, keep it up.

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TAMMIE1006 3/18/2009 10:04AM

    glad you enjoyed it! now work it off!! haha! don't beat yourself up, you have to enjoy yourself once in a while, as long as you keep the end goal in mind!! get riding, and enjoy the beautiful day!!

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CINCYDORA 3/18/2009 9:18AM

    Oh! Don't feel guilty. If you're going to blast past your daily calorie allowance, at least enjoy having done so! Take something good from last night's splurge: the camaraderie, the beer, the sweet cake or yummy food. Tell yourself that you enjoyed the carbo-load and that it was very fulfilling. Savor the remnants of the flavors that are still in your head and nose then congratulate yourself on committing to extra exercise and be determined to wait a respectable duration before you overeat again.

For me the trick isn't not-overeating. There are just some days I crave something fatty and fried with a deep-fried carb on the side. It's best to give in occasionally but if I don't enjoy every bite, every moment of excess, then I'm back to the cravings in a couple days. What's the point of breaking a goal if you aren't going to enjoy it? The other side of the coin is I HAVE to recommit to good behavior immediately afterwards. It's the consecutive days of overeating that cause the problem, not the occasional indulgence.

But I've read your posts. I'm not telling you anything you don't know and haven't put into practice far better than I have. I just hate to see you feel guilty for one indulgence when you are working so hard. So tell yourself you enjoyed it so much you don't need to do it again for a couple months. Then focus on how good you feel when you don't eat too much and how the extra exercise in nice weather makes your body feel so much better than consecutive nights of Guinness and cake could ever make you feel.

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BIGGIRL2082010 3/18/2009 9:02AM

    Sometimes the guilt is GOOD, huh? :)

You work that bod - you know you're gonna hit 300 sooooooooon! :)


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Day something and some quinoa.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

This morning I am feeling good about what I am doing, I seem to have re-focused on losing some more weight and am thinking that I can still hit that 300 pound mark by the end of June if I continue to do what I am doing. Though I think that I will need to be on point the whole time it is not an impossible task in my eyes and is what I will be shooting for. Starting the C25K program is something that I am looking forward to starting soon, I mentioned in an earlier post that I wanted to try and make sure weather could not interfere with it once I start it so for now I am gathering info and downloading pod casts etc and am going to look to start sometime in the beginning of April with any luck.

I haven't posted my menus for a while so I thought that I would pop yesterdays up here, though admittedly its not the best menu in the world, meaning light on the fruits and veggies which is not the norm, I came in at 1705 calories for the day and at the recommendation of Dana (a fellow blogger) I made some Quinoa which was actually very good and will be added to my dietary battery from here on out, it is high in nutrients, amino acids and has pretty good protein to boot. I drank 1 gallon of green tea along with 3/4 gallon if water along with this menu, have a look.


8:45 AM
2 slices wholewheat bread 140
1 T peanutbutter 95
1 T jam 50

1:00 PM
2 slices whole wheat bread 140
2.5 oz capicola 165
1/2 oz American cheese 55
1 T miracle whip 35
tomato/dill pickle 30

2:45 PM
2 dannon yogurts 160

6:30 PM
8.5oz grilled chicken breast 425
1 cup quinoa 260
1 cup peas 140

8:15 PM
5oz raw cauliflower 10

Not real bad but not a great menu either and only because of the lack of ruffage, I did get my bike ride into the day, two rides actually! I did a 15 minute ride early in the day and than around 8pm another 23 minute ride, I am feeling good again and full steam ahead with this weight loss thang. Something else that I am keeping close is the fact that I am only 17 pounds away (as of Friday) from having lost 200 pounds, 200 pounds? that number was unfathomable to me when I started this and here I am 15 short months later and just about there, anyone that is reading this that has not started on a weight loss plan but wants to, think about that, if 15 months ago I said to myself "this is too hard it will never work" or "I won't be able to do this, I just have too much weight to lose" I would still be a quarter ton fella. You CAN do it, all you have to do is stay strong, stay determined and keep in mind that a little discipline goes a long way.

If you are reading this blog for the first time and are considering starting a weight loss plan, stop considering and start right now, not tomorrow or next week, right now. Put whatever you already ate today behind you and start making good choices now and don't forget that big ol glass of H2O that you earned for making it through this post.

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LUCKY-13 3/20/2009 1:38PM

    This was great! I've been curious about quinoa and, thanks to your blog, feel like I can get into it. I'm buying some this weekend and I'm betting DH will enjoy it also. He's a vegetarian so fixing this with some broccoli will make my man sooooooooooooo happy!

Thanks for the info, and the blog picture was enticing as well. Wish I could talk you into eating some more fruit and getting some more calcium into ya'. Are you tracking your nutrients, asked Mother Hen... lol

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DONEPAT 3/18/2009 9:16PM

    I love Quinoa!

I passed up donuts today. That was my biggie.

Well, all I can say is keep on keeping on. Glad your doing so well.


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SLCOLMAN 3/18/2009 1:10AM

    Re-focused and more determined than ever I see :)
The menu as always is helpful - to see how other real people do it!

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LEANNROCKS 3/17/2009 7:35PM

    Thanks for sharing. I am always interested in what other people eat. emoticon emoticon

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BIGGIRL2082010 3/17/2009 7:19PM

    Sounds like you've got your focus back - YAY! Good thing, too, given that it's St. Patrick's Day, and there are just so many temptations around! :)

300 by June 30th is still do-able ... so DO it! :) And we'll soon be doing the happy dance for you when you hit 334 ... that 200-mark will definitely be worth celebrating - I don't drink beer, but I may break out the armagnac for that one! :)

Hope you and your wife wore something green today! :)


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TELERIE 3/17/2009 6:17PM

    I've seen quinoa in the shops, but haven't tried it yet- I'll definitely do that one day. Might have to hassle Dana for some of her favorite recipes! :)
I hope you'll enjoy the C25K program - I found it was wonderfully empowering and gave me some much needed structure for my workouts - I felt so accomplished when I did that.

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SLMTRACE 3/17/2009 6:10PM

    what is quinoa? LOL
hope you have a great day! and happy st. patty's day!

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ZIRCADIA 3/17/2009 2:56PM

    Dana = ME! YAY!!!!!!!!!! :D I'm the quinoa ambassador of the world! HAHAHAHA. I need a cut from the quinoa lobbyists or something. Anyway. WOOT. :D

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 3/17/2009 1:55PM

    Keep it going . . . . 200 pounds is an amazing number

Question about your riding. Do you ride for a specified time or a specified distance or some other criteria?

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TRUSTYRUSS 3/17/2009 1:43PM

    Well I will say, you are one driven man (and wife) !

far to many blogs to read in one sitting, but nonetheless, you are sooooooooo focused, I take my hat off to you, I will try (really try) to set out this sort of commitment to my world, not sure, but when you lost your first stack of weight did you feel that, 'hey this is great, and lose a bit of focus?', I struggle to get below 210 for this reason, but I am only 5-6 !, very good read, very good. emoticon

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CINCYDORA 3/17/2009 11:21AM

    It's good to hear you in a good mood today. And you deserve tremendous kudos for closing in on 200 lbs. It's an amazing accomplishment.

I'm a big fan of quinoa. It's my favorite non-wheat carb accompaniment. It cooks faster than brown rice is higher in fiber as well as protein. Toss it in a pot with some boullion and fresh herbs for flavoring and in 10 minutes you've got a healthy side. It tends to stick so I usually add a dash of olive oil. Just be careful to rinse it thoroughly before cooking to get rid of the bitter coating. I made the mistake of not rinsing it enough once and won't ever forget again!

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    You are doing well and back on track. You will make your goal I just know it. I have started walking again now that the weather is milder. My boss actually had me walk with her yesterday by a trail that is near her house and it was up and down and 3 miles and I was pushing my 23lbs baby in a stroller so I felt the burn and also feel it today.
Keep on keeping on.

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PEACHYCYN 3/17/2009 10:08AM

    You are motivated and back on track 100%! Congrats. Keep up the great work and keep smiling.

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JUSTAGURL2335 3/17/2009 9:31AM

    I tried quinoa for the first time this week and I kinda liked it. :) Definitely helps with getting my protein in.

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Lazy is a state of mind not the size of a body.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Being lazy is not an attribute that belongs only to fat people, in my opinion its not something that is part of being overweight by default like many people think either. In my high school year book like in many high school year books there is a section for the most flirtatious, most helpful and most likely to succeed and the likes and in my year book some thoughtful person thought that putting most lazy person was a good idea and yep you guessed it, I got high honor. As one of if not the biggest or should I say "fattest" guys in my graduating class of course I must be lazy right? and the girl that was awarded this grandest of titles? yep you guessed it, the fat girl of the class so apparently whoever the person was in charge of knighting our class with these titles thought "Hmmmm fat dude, yep must be Tony! and now who's that fattest girl in the class? there we go most lazy" Surely the kid that was working on cars all day as well in all of his spare time and then going home to lift weights for more than an hour per day 5-6 days per week not to mention the camping trips with the boy scouts two weekends per month and hiking all over the woods on these weekend trips must be lazy right? I will admit to not being the star athlete which my boyish figure stated loudly and clearly but most lazy? It was obvious to me that someone that did not know me well thought that one up based purely on my rotundness.

Today as I write this I weigh 351 pounds, I wonder how many people look at me walking down the street or through a department store and think "if only that guy wasn't so damn lazy he might not be so big" or probably closer to "fat lazy F...." I think it is a big misconception that all fat people are lazy, I think lazy comes in all flavors of the rainbow and my son come homework time or when its time to clean his room is proof of that! The lack of movement from many larger folks does not come from being lazy, it comes from the pain that dwells inside every stair that leads up, or to every step forward on a walk and then when an incline appears on the horizon the feeling that goes through that persons body so it is easier to just either make up an excuse or just plain old stop and that is not laziness, its pain, its humiliation, and its the inability to continue without risking injury or a day in bed recovering. Dramatic you say? well I can speak from experience when I say these things and it is close enough in my life that I can remember clearly the way it felt.

Ask my wife if I am lazy and you might get a mixed answer as the clean dishes sit in the strainer all day without getting put away, or I put off vacuuming the rug in the living room just long enough to get her eyes rolling but at the same time I am riding my bike 25 minutes per day and walking almost every night all after chasing a three year old around ALL day, and I don't think a lazy person would work out in the yard for 4 hours raking 2 years worth of leaves off of the ground (yes the previous owner of this house was a slob) and tearing up old shrubs etc and then hauling them all 75 yards up hill to dump them out in the compost heap out in the woods. My point is that just because someone is over weight does not mean that they are lazy, it could mean that the person could be eating incorrectly and or way too much, but lazy is not always the case, blanket statements are most times foolish.

I mentioned 4 hours of yard work and thats how I spent my Sunday, yep New England is finally warming up and I plan on taking full advantage of all of the space that we have around the house and getting some exercise all while making the place look better. I did go over on my calories yesterday but not by too much, I had about 700 calories left for dinner and we had BBQ Chicken breast on the grill with green beans and rice on the side, I had 1 cup of green beans and 3/4 cups of rice and one whole bone in chicken breast which I did not weigh followed by a weight watchers ice cream sandwich a bit later, I think that brought me over but not by much so I am not too worried about it. I did not ride my bike yesterday because of all of the yard work, I figured 4 hours of walking up and down the steep hill in my yard was enough to call that my exercise for the day and I do know that I did not get in as much fluid as I normally do but it was at least a gallon of water and maybe 20oz or so of green tea along with a diet mountain dew while in the yard, so all in all not too shabby of a day barring that mountain dew.

There it is, a long post for your reading pleasure, I am off to go on a walk so I will end it there, don't forget that H2O that you just earned and don't forget to tune in tomorrow kids, same bat time same bat channel to see what Fat man and Blobbin get themselves into next!

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SARAHS216 3/17/2009 8:15AM

    Thanks for this post - it is really timely for me. I consider myself "guilty as charged." I have an acquaintance who is large and really wants to lose weight, so when I saw her the other day taking the elevator in a 2-story building my mind immediately went to "she'll never lose weight if she's too lazy to walk up 1 flight of stairs." But after reading this, I remembered that she told me the other day that she has painful knees, so it's probably that her knees hurt going up and down stairs. I should know these things, because I was getting there myself with the bad knees and the bad back - how quickly we forget once things are working well again. So, I will try to be a lot better about this, and a lot less judging. I'm sorry I ever thought it about anyone.

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ROCKIN_RHON 3/16/2009 10:35PM

    Your story brings up a story. I was pregnant with twins sitting in the doctor office. My hubby and I were thrilled, as well as our family. There was an old lady and her husband in the waiting room. The lady didn't know how loud she was talking. It was obvious see couldn't hear. She said, to her husband. "Do you think that FAT SLOB IS HERE BECAUSE SHE IS PREGNANT". Yes, that left an impression. She had no idea what I had gone though to even get pregnant or that I had been exercising for a good two years. This was 15 years ago.

I'm sorry to go on like this. It's just so true, many people do think fat people are lazy.

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VEEJAY3 3/16/2009 9:50PM

    Hmmmm. There is a special place in hell for whomever dreamed up that particular "Award."
Or a Greek 'curse' assigned to them -- like rolling the rock uphill was dealt to Sisyphus.


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DONEPAT 3/16/2009 7:30PM

    You make such a great point- and I have noticed it myself.
I'm far from lazy, but with some things, I------- don't complete them. But I CAN do t hat, cuz I live alone. LOL.
But, I do listen to other people talk- at school, etc, and am always somewhat surprised at the lack of activity people have, or what they do. See? it's not a fat thing.

Great post as always, and I need to drink some more water.


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TELERIE 3/16/2009 3:52PM

    Great job doing yard work! Plenty of exercise to be had by fixing that up. I agree lazy comes in all kinds of flavors, and for all sorts of reasons.

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LEANNROCKS 3/16/2009 12:11PM

    I do try not to judge the very obese, and in my efforts to get strong and have energy, I know that sometimes those large people are a lot like you.............."you should've seen me 50, 100, etc. pounds ago". Thank you for sharing. -lynne

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DIFROMWYOMING 3/16/2009 11:59AM

    Wow. I think my whole childhood just flashed before me reading this! I have always been fat but was never lazy...until I got older and things started to hurt too much to move around as much as I used to. But reading this certainly brought up all kinds of emotions that tied into the same kinds of how could I be a loving wife to my husband if I was so fat...or a good mother....and on and on. I can remember people reacting to my size (I'm sure they still do...I just don't watch for it like I used to) and thinking "excuse me, there is a PERSON in here!"
Sounds like a great weekend! And I must be missing something on the green tea thing? I haven't gotten into that because I always think it smells like dirt. Will have to try it again.

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BIGGIRL2082010 3/16/2009 11:13AM

    Well, you're certainly right that fat does not necessarily equate to lazy. However, I strongly suspect that for many people, lazy might mean inclined to overweight!

I mean, if I decide that "tomorrow" is good enough, that I can wait to do the exercise or to start eating right, that may not be laziness in itself, but it's definitely going to show up on the scales in a couple of weeks if I keep up that behaviour. :)

Which reminds me, I need to get in my own workout. :) And yes, water, too! :)


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CINCYDORA 3/16/2009 11:00AM

    "blanket statements are most times foolish."

There is so much truth in that statement! It's so easy to say girls who giggle are stupid or boys who wear saggy pants are gangsters or wanna-be's. It's so easy to write someone off for a physical characteristic, whether or not they can control it.

I try to learn from my experiences and not do that to other people. And I consider my strength to be a secret weapon. No one looking at me would ask me to grab a full paper box off a shelf or open a stuck bottle, but I have the strength. And if I ever see someone give me a dirty look and worry that it's because I'm fat, I smile to myself and think "I'm stronger than you know."

Ask yourself how many skinny people have the stamina to tote debris up a hill for 4 hours at a time? The truth is, in this world of desk jockeys and service workers, few people have that kind of strength and stamina, regardless of what our bodies look like.

So props to you for perserverence and find a reason to smile at yourself next time you look in the mirror. You've earned it!

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Big n' Fat...

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Friday night I came to a realization while walking my sister in laws dog, there is no way I can run in jeans! this is no real secret, I don't think there are people running very far in their jeans on a regular basis but its not really something that I had put a lot of thought into and as you know if you are a regular reader I am planning on running a 5k race this year so I think its time to start thinking about buying something that I will be able to run in. Now how I came to the realization, My wife and I were out on a walk about and she says "Lets go run for 90 seconds" so I start running up the road and about 30 seconds into the running my jeans started falling, so now I am with leash in hand and a 140 pound dog dragging me attempting to pull my slipping ever more downward jeans up and I thought "wow I am going to have to go shopping" so I stopped running and walked the rest of my walk at the regular pace anticipating the trip to Casual male to buy some $35.00 per pair running shorts in the near future.

Lets talk about the little things that people take for granted for just a second, Buying clothing at a store that is not specifically for people of a large stature isn't something that I know a lot about. Usually buying clothing for myself means a trip to good ol Casual male and being limited to the selection in the store or risk that it doesn't fit correctly and order out of their catalog, no all clothing is not created equal! with big sizes you can get 2 shirts, same manufacturer, same size and have them fit completely differently and to this day I don't understand that phenomenon. So this morning wify and I decide its a run around and get some things done kind of day so off we went and I said to her that I needed to stop at "Big n' Fat" which is what we call the big man clothing store, so with a nod off we went driving around running errands. We get to Marshalls and she says she needs a few things and wants to look around, she then says "I bet you can find some stuff that fits in here" to which I of course say "No way" but I am thinking "are you out of your mind woman?!" so she says "lets make a bet, and if I win I can spend $50.00 on anything that I want to and you can't complain at all" to which I say meh and we head into the store.

Upon reaching the back of the store I see that they have some bigger sizes but usually, and all of you big guys out there will know this, the clothing is cut smaller in these types of stores, meaning that a 5xl is actually around a 3xl that is bought in Casual male. I start looking around and see some basketball style shorts, "Adidas performance moisture wicking" and low and behold they are my size! my new size anyways which I am not yet accustomed to, so I snatch them up to look at the price and bamn! $10.00! Ten bucks for a pair of shorts? what Bizarro world have I stepped into here exactly? and then my wife says "how about these?" and holds up a pair of Nike "Dri fit running shorts" IN MY SIZE! again I think "whats going on here?" and snatch them up $12.00 says the price tag so into the cart they go and off to my right is a clearance rack where I see yet another pair of running shorts which are my size and the price tag says $3.00, three bucks? are you kidding? so after a quick once over to see why they are only three clams and finding no defects they get added to my pile and I am in awe. $25.00 and I have not one but Three! pairs of shorts to run/exercise in and not from "Big n' Fat" but a normal people store.

Imagine that, a whole post because I found some clothing that fits, and fits well for a fair price and in a regular size people store to boot. These are just some of the things that being a fat dude brings, this is how do they say? a Non scale victory! I can't believe that $25.00 got me 3 pairs of workout shorts and now I have a few extra dollars in my pocket for something else because I did not have to shop at the only game in town AKA "Big n' Fat" and pay the inflated prices because of it. The beginning of normalcy has come, every day that I stick to my plan is one day closer to my goal of weighing 265 pounds, is one day stronger than I was yesterday and is one day further into a lifestyle of living healthy without having to struggle to do so.

A simple day of shopping to some is something foreign to others, I guess I will have to get use to it.

As Ever

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DONEPAT 3/16/2009 7:27PM

I did this Sunday- at Fashion bug. Most of the clothes are made in China, so they're smaller.
well, look who's in a 14-16- I was busting out of my 22's.

Got 5 shirts for 25.00. All on the clearence rack.

Good for you!

It's a great feeling, isn't it?


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**PRICELESS** 3/16/2009 5:22PM

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Absolutely FANTASTIC!! YAY!!

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ORANGE-AVOCADO 3/16/2009 3:12PM

    Well... technically the 3 shorts cost you $75, since you lost the bet to your wife. Might have been better of at Big n' Fat afterall.


Seriously though, congrats! Hope the new shorts inspire you to really get running and do awesome on your 5k!

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ZIRCADIA 3/16/2009 2:20PM

    WOOHOO!!!! I at least did not have to do this for too long, but at my highest weight I was limited to the Big n' Fat of women's stores -- Lane Bryant. SO overpriced and not all super cute either. :P BLEH. Even then, I was limited to stores like WalMart and Target and places that had plus's departments until I was finally able to shop in "regular" stores. It's such a big difference between the SPECIALTY store and the regular joe's. UGH. Makes me kinda mad, but I'm glad to be done with it. CONGRATS!

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ABAZOODAY727 3/16/2009 1:38PM

    First off I wanna say "THANKS!!!" I was totally bummed today aobut the fact that I only lost a pound this week. I want to thank you because you made me realize that...that 1 pound is still a victory in the long run. I AM one day stronger and I AM one pound closer to the me inside of me. THANK you again as always you are an inspiration!!! BTW I did get into my jeans that I have not worn in 3 years...yay!!! Congrats on the great deal!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 3/15/2009 10:48PM


I know that it is so nice to just be able to buy clothes at Penney's and getting 2 pair of pants for what I was paying for one.


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GIANT123 3/15/2009 9:21PM

    that was good experience i bet.Me I went to a store also and bought something of the rack.It was great to do that today.What a good day.

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WRITER28 3/15/2009 7:39PM

  Not only did you save money and (probably) get better quality clothing, but every time you wear your shorts to run you will likely remember what it felt like to find the shorts on the rack, and that feeling will be another motivation to keep going. It perpetuates itself!

Way to go, Tony, keep on going!


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LEAVY1213 3/15/2009 7:08PM

    So what did your wife buy with her $50?! lol :-) Glad she won and not you only cause that means you are making even more PROGRESS! WTG!

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ROCKIN_RHON 3/15/2009 6:46PM

    You should feel so very proud! Congrads! I understand the clothing. I can only go to a few stores or order online. YOU ROCK!

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SWEETZMIX 3/15/2009 4:43PM


And I bet wifey will get to enjoy buying anything she wants now, since she won the bet!!

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ITSJUSTJANE 3/15/2009 1:13PM

    Congrats!!!!! I am soo excited for you! Just the thought of being able to shop at Marshalls makes my heart sing!!! And you know what is just sooooo beat up!!! I bet that those shorts that you bought for a fraction of what they cost at the fatty store are MUUUUCH better quality!!! Fatty stores, I find, have poor quality and overpriced!!!

Good luck this next week!

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TELERIE 3/15/2009 1:07PM

    Congrats on getting some good workout clothes, and great for your wife to get some stuff too! LOL :)

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SHERADIATES 3/15/2009 1:03PM

    This is an awesome story! Thank you for sharing! I will be so happy when I can get out of "Women's" sizes and get back into "Misses".

Happy Sunday!

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SCIENCE_WRITER 3/15/2009 10:52AM

  I can totally relate to this story. I've been shopping in "big women's" stores for years. The biggest problem I've had is that most of the clothing is geared toward women who are considerably older than I was when I started shopping there -- and I was a teenager at the time. Who wants to look 40 when they're 15? I still have this problem, and one of my biggest goals is to be able to shop in a normal-person store. I'm not there yet (I've always hated Marshall's because of the way they put out women's clothing, so I'm not counting them, sorry), but I will be.

THank you for posting this!

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LYNNED29 3/15/2009 9:49AM

    loved this post and can relate so well. I am just starting to be able to buy clothes in the normal people's store myself. emoticon emoticon emoticon

Keep up the great work!

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SLCOLMAN 3/15/2009 2:02AM

    Very cool!!!

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GODZDESIGN95 3/15/2009 1:38AM

    Do not feel rained on my waist is much smaller than my booty. I am bottom heavy and run into fitted clothes problems all the time. Just keep going!!

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SPINNYBOO 3/15/2009 1:08AM

    I am three sizes smaller in the waist in comparison to my hips so I don't even own a pair of jeans that are NOT overalls ... NO USE!
It is always interesting when yo see someone else wearing the exact same outfit as you are ... it proves how little selection that there is.
I used to walk TWO 100 pound dogs plus a 25 pound whippet ... not easy at ANY WEIGHT!

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LUCKY-13 3/15/2009 12:37AM

    Congratulations! You're seeing another sign of your progress. Bet it feel great to know that those days of Big and Fat are over for you! Fantastic!

Good luck in your race!


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GAMBLINGQUEEN 3/15/2009 12:23AM

    WOW. Look at you. I know all about the Casual Male and Sears Big and Tall since my husband shops at/from both. I've bought clothes over the past 12-13 years for his birthday and I know just how much one shirt or one pair of pants can cost. So when you can get something that is "Big and Tall" and it fits and it is "cheap" it really is a good feeling.

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It's so cool that you have now been exposed to a whole new world. As a Zeus Meatball follower I remember you not wanting to buy new clothes even though you were starting to look like a kid with his big brother's or father's shirt on. But because you knew clothes would cost you a lot of money you avoided it. Now that you have been awaken to your new reality, I think someone might become a shopper. emoticon

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15THC_ODETTE 3/15/2009 12:21AM

    I understand completely about the Big N Fat store. I have to shop at the Fat Lady store, aka Lane Bryant, and things are so expensive. I am looking forward to the day I can shop at normal people stores for something other than shoes. I feel it in the wind, but the wind had not blown into town yet.

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