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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.

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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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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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MOMMA_BEAR_69 3/14/2009 12:44AM

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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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