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Weekend report and a challenge to myself.

Monday, March 23, 2009


Just when I thought spring was here it was 17 degrees when I woke up! the man in the magic box says that it will be back in the 50's by Wednesday so maybe spring weather is on the way and will stick around later in the week. Sunday I did not follow plan much at all and as much as I want to blame my in laws it was me that lifted the fork to mouth so its squarely on my shoulders. The day started off well enough, I had a capicola sandwich for breakfast around 9:30 am for just about 300 calories, then wify decided that we were heading to a flea market that comes around every year at a drive in movie theater with her mom so off we went. I did score a brand new still in the box hurricane lamp for 3 bucks so the trip was well worth it but then as we were packing up I am sitting in the car and I hear Wifys mom say "Friendly's?" wify looked at me I shrugged and we decided that it was Friendly's restaurant for lunch, this is not really a problem as I had 1400 calories left for the day and the meal that I get when I am there costs me 700 so it would have afforded me 700 calories for the rest of the day. When we were all done the lively waitress asked us what kind of sundaes we would like as all of the meals included one, I caved and got a cone which was not my best decision of the day but hey! I had 700 calories right? (that folks is thinking like a fat person through and through) but what is done cannot be undone and I figure that I will have a light dinner since such a hefty lunch went down, and home we went.

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Enter my Father in law, I had forgotten that later in the day Wifys pops was stopping by and I had picked up some hot Italian turkey sausages for the grill so I figured I would be going over my calories for the day and that I did. I had 2 of these sausages on light hot dog rolls with some spicy mustard, not so bad but then I found myself grabbing another one about 20 minutes later just kind of randomly as we were sitting around talking so 3 total! yep, not only was I thinking like a fat person (earlier) now I was acting like one! wify made corn with this meal (which I had none of) and her pops brought this roll of, um I am unsure what it was BUT it was good! it was some sort of pasta alternative that was made with corn meal and spices which was grilled along with the sausages and topped with caper, olive and hot pepper sauce, I had 2 servings of it and man was it good! 70 calories per serving so not too bad but remember the 3 sausages and rolls that I had so all together, well, not so good either.

This weekend the only exercise I got was some yard work on Friday (about an hour and a half of raking etc) Saturday we did our bulk grocery shopping so walking around shopping for 4+ hours (which is not exercise but it was movement so I will mention it) and then Sunday we walked around that huge flea market for a couple of hours and while grilling the sausages I shot some hoops with my son and wifys step father for about 20 minutes but nothing that I would call exercise this weekend was had. This means a few things to me, it first means that I let some old habits peek in on me over the weekend and for that my body shall be punished this week where exercise plays a part. I will ride my bike twice per day for no less than two 20 minute rides per day for 5 days. I will walk 1.5 to 2 miles once per day on every day that weather permits a walk (I have to bring my daughter in her stroller so too cold means no walkie) and I will strength train (with dumb bells, its all I got right now) every day, each day a different body part until Friday, and I will do one of wifys yoga routines 3 times before Friday. To some that sounds like a normal week of working out, to others it sounds like a week of hell, I fall somewhere in between that spectrum and this will be a challenge for me to complete all of that this week but its what I am going to do to make up for my lack of exercise Sunday and the binge, yes we will call it a binge .

Lessons learned this weekend, when someone says "friendly's?" with a big smile on their face, its not always the best idea to agree. Lesson two, just because the vibe in the room is all loosey goosey chit chat flying around and there is a plate of hot Italian sausages on the table does NOT mean you get to eat 3 of them when you weigh 350 pounds just because you are not paying attention. Lesson three, eat too much and do not work out all weekend means that its time to pay up over the next week with lots of hard work and exercise. Honestly, that last part I am fine with because is it really that wrong to when you eat a bit off track to up the intensity or amount of exercise that gets done that week to make up for the extra calories? see I thought you would agree.

Don't forget that H2O and tune in tomorrow to find out just how much exercise I got into today! I am off to start in on my first ride and possibly some yoga, and in the infamous words of Porky pig, Thats all folks!

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TRUSTYRUSS 3/24/2009 7:44AM

    Another honest blog , thanks for that, very much the same for me....... my resolution disappeared, I let other things 'get to me', but today I have come out stronger for it ,

My excersise has already started with an hour on the bike, keep analyzing keep ticking the boxes !! emoticon

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CHERIE55 3/24/2009 1:33AM

    Actually, if you look at fitday.com you will find out that 4 hours of shopping is exercise! Also, next time, when you know you are done with 2 sausages, pick up some dirty dishes and lay it in your plate, that will stop you from starting in again!

I made up my mind to get 60 minutes of exercise in today and ended up getting 90. Then I checked in on a daily challenge for 1 of my teams and the challenge was to get 10 more minutes of cardio after supper! so I ended up with 100 minutes of cardio today and I did my strength training too! Whew!

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I am happy and feel pretty good! So will you!

Go For It!

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Oh, I joined Done Being The Fat Girl..you inspired me and I had been toying with idea for awhile this week!

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DIFROMWYOMING 3/23/2009 9:11PM

    Well, you pegged me on the exercise! If I tried to do that I'd be in the hospital on a heart monitor right now. But this is about PROGRESS...isn't it? And I'll get there some day. In the meantime, how AWESOME is it that you ARE there? That you've made that much progress and can make an adjustment like this? Amazing...truly... Be happy, it's a new day.

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SLCOLMAN 3/23/2009 5:41PM

    I have food issues too. If it is there it is like something goes off in my head and fork goes to mouth over and over again... Old habits are hard to break!!

That being said at least you realize that you do it and that my friend is the most important step!!!

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ZIRCADIA 3/23/2009 2:02PM

    I'm THE WORST about keeping eating just because the food is right there and we're all still sitting around talking. This = ME TO A T. And it usually doesn't happen eating at home, just eating out or eating at someone's house or something. :P bah. So I'm normally able to compensate with the rest of my week since those occasions are rare, but I'd feel a lot better if I were able to exhibit better control over my eating in those situations. I don't like acting in that way...

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ANGELBLEU 3/23/2009 2:01PM

    yhep.. i have done that oh.. ill just eat this because im in a hurry but i have this many calories.. and yeah i have screwed myself :( So i understand but this is a lifestyle change and life shall roll on and so shall you.. and the exercise as it is hell.... its a good hell once ya do it... its the thinking about it before ya do it that is the actual hell! you will be ok cuz look at all the weight you no longer carry around.. and that in itself is a HUGE accomplishment!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 3/23/2009 1:51PM

    Again, while you have to watch it like a hawk, there are going to be weekends like this when we enter that magical realm known as maintenance.

Don't think of the extra exercise this week as a punishment. It is just what has to be done and what normal people have to do.

l8r, gotta grab the water.

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BIGGIRL2082010 3/23/2009 1:15PM

    Sounds like you fell with your eyes wide open. :) And you've got a plan to compensate for the damage. And, come weigh-in day, no matter what you weigh, you'll remember the extravagant day, and go, "what if I hadn't?" ... and that'll be a memory to relive the _next_ time you're tempted to just go with the flow! :)

You've got a great plan for the week! Stick with it, and I'll be that indulgence really won't have mattered too much by weigh-in Friday! :)

Okay, I'm off to get that water now. :)

Cheers,
Maya


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LEANNROCKS 3/23/2009 1:13PM

    You amaze and entertain me at the same time. That will be some feeling of accomplishment at the end of the week after all this exercise. You are right, sounds like a week of hell to me. :)-lynne

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SWEET_DREAMS 3/23/2009 12:42PM

    You may have gone off track, but I see more things you did right than what you did wrong.

#1 You recognized your bad habits sneaking back in.

#2 You didn't take the stand that many do of "well, I blew it already so I may as well go for broke."

#3 You made a plan to correct your calories in/calories out ratio with extra effort on your exercise.

I'd have to say you have a fit and healthy person developing very well inside of you!! Congrats!!

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SWEETZMIX 3/23/2009 12:25PM

    it's all about balance. you didn't have a weekend full of exercise but that just means u will step it up this week.

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LUCKY-13 3/23/2009 12:25PM

    Good for you! You recognize where things went wrong and are making amends for it. And I'm glad to see you're not beating yourself up about it! Chastising is different than making yourself feel so guilty that it becomes easy to lapse into not-so-great eating habits.

Now, what the heck did I do with that Snickers? bwahahahahahahahah! LOL No Snickers here today, tomorrow, or for a very long time!!!!

Have a great day!

Lucky

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SLMTRACE 3/23/2009 12:17PM

    got my water, your gonna do awesome on your work outs, its cold here too snowing, after a week and a half of 70 degree weather... pretty upsetting. cant wait for it to get warm again!
hope you have a great day!!
Tracy

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DIZBIZBELINDA 3/23/2009 12:15PM

    Personally I think the weekends are evil. I just blogged about the same thing. I thnk that we can call our awareness a success but I'm seriously looking for ideas on how to combat the whole weekend thing. I don't want to wish my life away and I do need time away from the daily grind but geez...why is each one such a struggle?

Good luck on your fitness plan for the week. Mine looks much like yours. You have your head back in the game...that is what matters most. Lifting a glass of water in your honor.....here's to a super week! ONWARD!!!!

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The Lavish life, Salmon & fauxtatoes, pictures inside!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Today I ate like a king, well I am not sure how a king eats but it was a very good day with very good very healthy meals and I found a new item to add to my body fueling arsenal. Today was our "bulk shopping day" and that usually means that we get a nice piece of fresh fish for dinner, today was no different. Let me start with breakfast first as this will be a meal related post, I woke up late and had a bowl of corn chex cereal with 1% milk, bamn! the breakfast portion of this post has concluded, like a king you say? Ok, that was around 9am and we set out to get our shopping done and 1:00 pm came around and we had still not eaten lunch, yes yes, I know that's not a good idea! AND you said you ate like a king Mister Meatball! welp wify had bought some "honey wheat pretzels" so I grabbed a few 7 or 8 of em and it stopped the grumbling from the gut region, "hey now you said Very good, very healthy meals!?" yes yes we are getting there, while in the market I picked out a couple cucumbers and some nice ripe tomatoes and off to find some pita bread I went, while looking around I see something that says "Joseph's flax oat bran and whole wheat flower lavish bread" on it, 100 calories per whole piece and 3g of fiber to boot so into the cart it went. After getting home it was time to get a proper meal type food into my stomach and earlier in the day I remembered that someone on a forum mentioned cucumber sandwiches but made on wheat pita bread.

Here is where the good food comes into play and its such a simple little wrap for so little calories that I have to say that I wish I had come across the idea sooner! I skinned a whole cucumber and sliced it up diagonally with one of the tomatoes and that's pretty much all that goes into these besides the dressing, salt and pepper. I spread a tiny amount of Newmans own light honey mustard dressing across one end of the lavish bread and laid the cucumbers and tomato on top of it, then added salt and pepper rolled the veggies once into the bread. I added a tiny smear of Miracle whip between that and the end of the bread, rolled it all the way up and ate my new favorite lunch item. Each wrap was roughly 150 calories and that was counting high! two was more than filling and I have to admit that I ate too much and one would really have been enough but like I said they were awesomeness wrapped in lavish bread. 1 whole cucumber and maybe 2/3 of a medium tomato was used to make 3 wraps, wify really liked them as well and we will be making them again for sure, now onto dinner.

Dinner as I mentioned was fresh fish, we had grilled salmon fillets with mashed cauliflower and green beans and to say that I enjoyed this meal does not begin to say how good it was. I bought 1.5 pounds of fresh Atlantic salmon fillets and decided to cook it out on the grill, and the only prep was a light garlic rub, some black pepper and a drizzle of olive oil and onto the grill they went, here is a look at them as they cooked to a perfect 135 degrees.


This is a shot as I turned them over after the non skinned side cooked for about 5 minutes.


and right as they were done and brought inside.

The mashed cauliflower was absolutely amazing and it was also a very simple recipe that I sort of just winged and made up as I went using my mashed potato recipe. I boiled 2.5 pounds of fresh cauliflower for about 7 minutes until it was soft but not falling apart, drained it and dumped it back into the pot where I mashed it up with a mixer after mixing in about a tablespoon of minced garlic, 1.5 tablespoons of Smart balance spread, less than 1/4 cup of 1% milk and some black pepper. Once that was as mixed as it was going to get I put about 2/3 of that into a food processor and blended it into a smooth mix and poured it back into the still lumpy mixed portion so that there would be some texture to it, fold in a bit of Parmesan cheese and into a casserole dish it goes. I then shook a bit of parm cheese over the top of the whole thing and into a 400 degree oven it went for about 7 minutes, I then stuck it under the broiler for a minute or two to brown the top and that's it! the fauxtatoes were done! Here is a look at my plate seconds before I dug in and cleaned my entire plate.


8oz grilled salmon steak, 1 cup green beans, slightly more than a cup of mashed fauxtatoes ala cauliflower, about 600 calories and quite filling.

If this had been served to me in a restaurant I would have given the chef my compliments, it was honestly that good! so as a king I was fed today as far as I am concerned and a couple more high quality low calorie options get added to my eating arsenal. That will conclude another post and I hope you got your H2O in today! I have had a gallon of green tea and about a quart of water so far myself and will have about another 1/2 gallon of water before I retire for the evening, keep on keepin on and remember there ARE options to fatty high calorie foods out there that will allow us to eat heartily and until we are full. Thanks for following along and check in tomorrow for the next episode of as the fat guy turns.

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PEACHYCYN 3/23/2009 9:59AM

    That looks so good, your making me hungry and I just ate breakfast. Keep up the great work, you go boy! :)

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SWEETZMIX 3/23/2009 9:16AM

    Food looks sO good. Fish is always a weekend meal (except sunday). I had fish as well on Saturday & every time I have some type of fish I realize that it is sO good that I need to eat it more.

Hope u enjoyed the rest of ur weekend.

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LEAVY1213 3/22/2009 7:52PM

    MMMMMMM, I have heard about the cauliflower potato look a like and have wanted to try it, but never did it. I think after this post it is definitely something I am going to have to try this week! Thanks for the recipe! :-)

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TAMMIE1006 3/22/2009 12:55PM

    OMG! i never thought i would ever like mashed cauliflower, but your recipe sounds amazing!! hope you don't mind, but i'm going to pirate it and make it myself!!
you had an awesome day ~ keep it up!

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TRECECOOKS 3/22/2009 11:58AM

    Looks truly yummy!! We rarely get wild Atlantic salmon here; DH dislikes the farm-raised. Says it doesn't taste good.
I haven't tried grilling it. I would guess that you grilled the salmon for about 10 minutes, for an 8oz. piece. Am I right?

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WENDYSPARKS 3/22/2009 10:58AM

    Hello...that meal there with the Salmon looks delicious!! I love Salmon and eat if often and it is sooo good for you!!! Yummy!!!! friend wendy

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 3/22/2009 9:25AM

    That wrap sounds like a great idea. (Sorry, not a big salmon fan).

Wonder how that wrap would be with some grilled squash, mushrooms, and tomatos with a little feta cheese.

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BIGGIRL2082010 3/22/2009 6:19AM

    Ooh, I love that lavash bread - great find there. Low in calories, high on taste.

Keep it up - you had a GREAT day, calorie-wise! A few more of these, and you'll be at that 200-lost mark! :)

Cheers,
Maya


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LUCKY-13 3/22/2009 1:32AM

    Great food choices! And check out that grilled salmon! My oh my! I must have been a cat in a former life! lol

I'm just one of many who enjoy reading your blogs that show your success!

Lucky

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THECOOLESTSARAH 3/22/2009 1:23AM

    That just reminded me of how I love spaghetti squash - my faux pasta. If you haven't tried it (I'm guessing you have) but if not, get to it. Holy heck it's good. I haven't tried mashed cauliflower, but I will now! Great idea! Your dinner looked delicious, my DH has been talking about firing up the grill because it makes healthy eating just that much more fun and enticing, doesn't it? Ahhh bring on the warm weather!


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CPCJONES01 3/21/2009 10:35PM

    Chef, that dinner looks incredible. I am gonna have to give those fauxpotatoes a try! emoticon

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DOINME4LIFE 3/21/2009 10:20PM

    That looks Yummy!! HMMM!! emoticon You did an awesome job on that! Looks just like a fancy restaurant dinner!

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CHERIE55 3/21/2009 9:26PM

    Awesome Job! Everything sounded so delicious! The wrap sounded great but I am allergic to cucumbers, so it is out for me! I could do turkey bacon BLT's though!

You are a good writer! You keep things interesting and moving along! I like that!

Again, Great Job!

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Weigh in! 13 more pounds until 200 pounds lost!

Friday, March 20, 2009


Hard work is paying off on the scale, who wouldda thunk? I again this week have stayed within plan almost 100%, I say almost because of the St. Pattys dinner but even that was only slightly off the beaten path, but its paid off again with another good weigh in. I woke up feeling good about this week because of all of the exercise that I have done and I stepped on the scale to see a 347.4 lb flash across at me, which was followed by another and that makes for a four pound loss this week. It is actually a 3.8 pound loss but hey! we will call it four because ships have not sailed since Wednesday night. My total weight loss to date is 187 pounds which means I am a mere 13 pounds away from dropping 200 total pounds and that is mind blowing to me. I can remember a conversation that I had with a friend of mine about 2 years ago when I moved back to CT where he said that his father had a weight loss surgery and lost 100 pounds and that number was absolutely amazing to me and still is! but I thought about how hard and how long a number like that would take to reach and it was daunting, here I am 13 pounds away from losing double that, Man am I glad I woke up and started losing the weight. Here is a photo of my scale this morning and some things that weigh as much as me as well as much as I have lost.


My feets and a 347 pound weigh in, I know I know thems is some beautiful dogs...for a Flintstone!


This 1986 Suzuki RG400 weighs in at 347 pounds like yours truly.


Jana Linke Sippi weighs 187 pounds which is how much I have lost so far, imagine carrying her around on your back all day!

If you couldn't tell I am very happy with my 4 pound loss this week, I have earned it! I plan on sticking to this program of riding plus walking every day as it seems to be doing the trick, I have had a good couple of weeks where losing pounds goes and well, I like it! My calories yesterday came in at 1700 and I drank more than 2 gallons of fluid, with one gallon being green tea and the rest water. Weather stopped me from getting a walk in but I did ride my bike so I am happy with that and today looks nicer out if not a bit colder so I may try and squeeze a walk into my afternoon.

Just like the way that I felt back a couple years ago listening to my friend tell me about his fathers weight loss I know that someone is reading this and thinking about how long or how hard it will be to do the same thing BUT it won't happen until a decision to do something about it is made. Even the longest journey starts with a single step and that's all that can be asked of anyone, but if that first step is not taken, chained to a disability we remain. Just do it, grab that tea or water and drink it down, hop on that bike and go for a ride or open your front door and take a walk, it really is that simple as far as exercise and the food is easy once the addiction part goes away.

Thats all I got for now, grab yourself a glass or 4 of H2O and make sure to get some movement in today. Thank you for the support that you leave me in my comments, it helps more than you know.

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SUZY1212 3/21/2009 6:26PM

    Congratulations on your success!

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WENDYSPARKS 3/21/2009 2:56PM

    Hi there! That is excellent!! Keep up the good work! friend wendy

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WHOAMINOTTOBE 3/21/2009 6:33AM

    Hey Zeus,

I've been reading for blog for a couple months now, and reading old entries from when you first started this ride and I can't tell you how inspiring you've been to me. This is the first time I've ever left you a comment, because honestly, you've got plenty of followers, but I just wanted to tell you that you're making a difference in my life. Someone you'll never meet or talk to or even ever know my real name. I get excited every time I find you've made a new entry and you've helped motivate me to make getting healthy a real choice. Not just a game like I've been playing for years.

So thanks. Thank you. And keep posting.

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ROCKIN_RHON 3/20/2009 10:15PM

    Just Wonderful! I'm so proud and happy for you!
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DITRYING 3/20/2009 9:39PM

    Wow! Congrats! You are doing so amazingly well and continue to be an inspiration. Keep up the good work.
Di

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TRECECOOKS 3/20/2009 7:37PM

    It's been awhile since I've been here; sorry. You continue to impress and inspire!! Have a wonderful first day of Spring!! Best wishes as you close in on 200+ kicked to the curb.

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RACKETMOM 3/20/2009 6:43PM

    emoticon on bootin' away those pounds! How 'bout next time lightening up the picture and paintin' them toenails-gotta look presentable, ya know! emoticon
You made me think it would be neat to have a picture of the scale for each week's weigh-in. Maybe make a nice little book out of it! Might sound silly to some, but I think it'd be fun!

Continuing to enjoy your blogs & smiling at your successes!
Oh, by the way, I have given green tea another chance-I mixed me up some in a 2L coke bottle-I might have to invest in a non see-thru container though 'cause it don't look too good in there, but I think I might can get used to the taste-it ain't too bad!!

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CHERIE55 3/20/2009 6:15PM

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Again, Congratulations! Great Job!

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ANGELBLEU 3/20/2009 3:00PM

    very good congrats!!!! :)

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JUSTAGURL2335 3/20/2009 2:29PM

    Congrats! You are such an inspiration! I confess to going back to day one on your blog and reading straight through over the past few days. You have done an amazing thing and you continue to!

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TACOMALO 3/20/2009 1:51PM

    Wow - incredible! And hilarious post too, hahah! And very inspirational as well dude. Just what I needed right now to get up off my butt.

Thanks

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 3/20/2009 1:42PM

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Congrats on the huge loss. Now that you have gotten back on track, you sound so much better.

I think that tomorrow is the morning that I start the c25k. Watch for a blog.

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LUCKY-13 3/20/2009 1:26PM

    Wow! You've come a long way, and I have no doubts about you reaching your goals! Another four pounds this week! Man, that's true dedication to your nutrition and exercise. Your hard work is definitely paying off, big time!

I'm standing on the sidelines, but not in this get fit program, but watching you complete your race. You're going to do just fine. And then you'll find another race, and another, and soon you'll be so hooked that running will become a permanent part of your life, even after you've lost all the weight you set out to lose.

Keep on keeping on!

Lucky
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ZIRCADIA 3/20/2009 1:00PM

    WOOHOO! :D CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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BIGGIRL2082010 3/20/2009 12:58PM

    Man, where DID the week go? It's already Friday AGAIN? Oh, well. Yeah. :)

Congratulations - another 4 down. Whee. You're going to be AT 300 well before June 30th, is my thinking!

Keep that focus, and you'll be celebrating! :)

Cheers,
Maya


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PINK-LADYBUG 3/20/2009 12:53PM

    Every time I come across your blog, I am so inspired!

YOU ROCK!
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WENDYSPARKS 3/20/2009 12:33PM

    I had a big breakfast today...and now reading your blog! Congratulations to you as that is really good! Now you are motivating me to exercise as I feel I need to lose a few pounds after that breakfast! Talk soon friends wendy

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KMEKATE 3/20/2009 11:51AM

    You are my rock star - thank you. Day 4 started today. Feeling good :) Thanks to you!

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THECOOLESTSARAH 3/20/2009 11:04AM

    Congrats! I'm back on the wagon today, so hopefully next week will bring a pleasant surprise! Thanks for the support - you're the best.

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SLMTRACE 3/20/2009 11:01AM

    you are a weight loss machine!! i am soo super happy for you! only 13 more lbs! high five!!
ive got me some of my yummy green tea and have already downed 10 oz. just woke up about 20 mins ago so im off to a good start. That lady scares the heck right out of me! lol
had to lmao at the flinstone feet as i pictured him in the car and his feet under it.
anyways i hope you have a fantastic day!
cheers,
Tracy

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ABAZOODAY727 3/20/2009 10:38AM

    WOW!! I am super impressed with your dedication! LOVE THE TOES! LOL Flintstone...lol Have a great weekend!! emoticon

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RIAJA78 3/20/2009 10:35AM

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You are definitely an inspiration! So proud of your hard work!!!

Have a fabulous weekend!

~Marie

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SARAHS216 3/20/2009 10:34AM

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Awesome!! You are doing so well - congratulations!! You are very inspiring, the way you just keep on keeping on. Next time I'm feeling down I'm gonna tell myself that if Botzzz can keep on just doin' it, so can I!

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SWEETZMIX 3/20/2009 10:26AM

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I KNEW YOU CAN DO IT!! emoticon

Enjoy ur weekend!

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LEAVY1213 3/20/2009 10:05AM

    Congrats on the weight loss this week!! Also thanks for the comment on my SP. I am doing well thanks for asking. I lost 2.3 pounds this week so I am at the lowest weight I have been at for over 10 years! :-) Let's keep it up and see another weight loss this week! :-)

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LIVINFIT4ME 3/20/2009 10:02AM

    AMAZING dedication & great work!!! VERY Impressive - you must be thrilled!

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JENSTD 3/20/2009 9:59AM

    wow! Congratulations! That really is an amazing feat! You must be walking on cloud 9!

Thanks for sharing your journey and your wisdom. It's truly an inspiration - no matter how many pounds you need to lose!

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ELFITZPA 3/20/2009 9:57AM

    Congrats on another great weigh-in!! Keeping tabs on your progress is really inspiring - keep up the great work and keep sharing it!!

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CINCYDORA 3/20/2009 9:49AM

    Wow. As always: Wow.

Somehow having to lose 160 total doesn't seem so daunting when I read your posts. I can't believe it took me 3 years to lose 50 lbs and I can't believe I gained it all back. Reading what you are doing and how upbeat and enthusiastic you are always makes me feel I am really going to win my battle this time.

Thank you.

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DONEPAT 3/20/2009 9:44AM

    congrats!

Loved the pics, and you have some nice feets. :)
Well, once again you gave me a smile and I am so happy for you.
Off to get water.
Have a great weekend!
Weather looks GREAT!

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FLYINGTOFREEDOM 3/20/2009 9:24AM

    You are truly an inspiration. I look forward to reading your blogs. I know that you will reach your goals.!!!
Alethea

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WRITER28 3/20/2009 9:16AM

  Congrats, Tony. I believe nothing will stop you now!

Carol

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SWEET_DREAMS 3/20/2009 9:15AM

    I just recently discovered your blogs a week or so ago and I have to tell you that I am so inspired by you! Congrats on all that you've achieved and I look forward to reading about the rest of your journey.

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MARGOLYNN2284 3/20/2009 8:47AM

    That is simply amazing! Congrats Congrats Congrats!
Good luck on the rest of your journey!

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KARBIE18 3/20/2009 8:44AM

    That's terrific! I'm so happy for you! It's amazing what sticking to the plan can do, isn't it? Thanks, as always for the water reminder. You're an inspiration!

Keep it up,
~Karen

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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!
cheers,
Tracy

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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?

HAHAHAHAHAAAAAA
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THECOOLESTSARAH 3/19/2009 1:01PM

    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!!
~tammie

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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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Me

  
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THECOOLESTSARAH 3/19/2009 12:54AM

    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?

:)

Patty

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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.

l8r

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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! :)

Cheers,
Maya


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