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He weighed in today and the scale said...

Friday, May 01, 2009

Weighing in? whats that? it has been so long since I was on the scale regularly but it has returned! I weighed myself last Friday and the scale said 349 pounds and at one point this week I was up to 363 pounds! that 363 was at night after dinner though so it was not a real number BUT it was what made me say to myself "what the hell man, 363?? get your ass in gear" Tuesday I made the decision to rehydrate and get the intake back on schedule and by doing that showed that I was very much dehydrated and retaining water weight because this morning the scale said 349 pounds again.

I am within 15 pounds of that lost 200 pound mark again and do not plan on making that number larger again in the near future, I have recommitted myself to this weight loss/health routine and that's just how it's going to be. I have though decided that I am going to focus on fitness a bit more than weight loss for a while just to see how that fits on me and what I mean is that I will set fitness goals for myself and focus on them as much if not more than actual pounds lost. Some goals will be "feeler goals" which means that I have no clue how challenging that particular goal will be because I have nothing to gauge it against, an example would be that I have never walked the entire length of a 5k, I think I could do it but have never done it so that's the first "fitness goal". Then there will be goals that are added onto current routine segments to better said segment, like if I currently walk 3.2mph during a 2 mile walk the goal could be to get to 3.4 mph consistently or once I walk the 5k distance to work on the time that I do it in.

My intake yesterday went a tad bit over but nothing that will be life altering so no worries, I came in at 1745 total calories for the day and not more than 3 hours passed between meals or snacks. I drank 1 gallon of green tea, slightly more than a 1/2 gallon of H2O and shared a diet coke with my daughter at Subway for dinner so I am hydrated. Nothing in the way of exercise besides playing outside with my daughter after moving some big cement sand dollars to the front of the yard that the previous owner was using as stepping stones. All in all a decent day besides no cardio really, I have been considering joining a gym for a few reasons one of which is that I want to start weight training again.

Just another day in the life of a one time 534 pound fella, get on up and grab yourself a big ol glass of H2O and don't forget to drink about 9 of those today! in the iconic words of Porky Pig, Th th a'th th That's all folks!

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DONEPAT 5/2/2009 10:40PM

    I still love your blogs and they really are something I look forward to.
I think you are doing very well.
Again, YOU ROCK.
You can do this.

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MSHOPPER63 5/1/2009 2:12PM

    You are doing great ! You caught the problem before it got out of hand. I love reading your blogs. This site has really made me a believer in my H20. I wish you all the best with the fitness.

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CECE0330 5/1/2009 12:01PM

    I think that's a great idea. I tried focusing more on BURNING calories than how many I had consumed last month, and though after 30 days my weigh in wasn't as spectacular as I was hoping for, I definitely have kicked my fitness level up a notch, and I FEEL better on account of it.

my family recently joined the local YMCA, and having the whole family involved in fitness has been such a nice change! I find I've pushed myself in ways i definitely would not have since I now have a veritable smorgasbord of options available to me! It's actually FUN to plan out what I am going to do at my next gym visit.

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TELERIE 5/1/2009 11:54AM

    Good idea to have fitness goals - they're bound to keep you motivated and moving! Good luck and great work on jumping back on the wagon. I've got my water bottle, have a FIT weekend!

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    Sounds like you got yourself back on the right path again. I'm so happy for you. I have no doubt that you will accomplish all your fitness goals. You are one seriously determined man. Thanks for inspiring all of us. Good luck!

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**PRICELESS** 5/1/2009 10:45AM

    WooHoo...way to go on that weigh in and I'm anxious to see how those fitness goals come along!!

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SWEETZMIX 5/1/2009 10:39AM

    Keep trucking along my friend. Every so often we have to figure out what is good for us. What may have worked for us in terms of weight loss a year ago isn't going to cut it any more. We are in constantly tweaking and changing things and slipping and falling, but it's all good b/c that is how we learn. Enjoy your weekend!!

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PEACHYCYN 5/1/2009 10:36AM

    I know you can and will get down that 15 pounds to reach your goal. Keep up the great work.

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GODDESS1971 5/1/2009 10:08AM

    Keep up the great work. You will see results with all the effort you put in.

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STEPH*LOUISE 5/1/2009 9:50AM

    Scales have worked their way into our live, whether we like it or not. For everyone who says "Oh I don't go by the scale" LIES! That number is practically burned on the back of my brain haha. I only weigh in once a week officially, but I know how much I weigh. Scales used to be something I avoid, but as the numbers get smaller, I find I like them a whole lot more. Even if its not much. Heck, even if its exactly the same. I'm really enjoying see the proof.

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BIGPRINCESS22 5/1/2009 9:50AM

    Doesn't a nice glass of water really make you feel good? It does for me.

Good work getting back on the horse and not being too hard on yourself!

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ANNBELL08 5/1/2009 9:38AM

    Hi I have been reading your bloggs for awhile and I am about your weight I do a lot of swimming I know it may not be easy to get into a pool were you are but you may find it alot easier to excercise in the water you get resistance as well as cardio and it takes the pressure off your joints even if you were able to walk in the water it would help and it burns heaps of calories good luck with the new start. emoticon

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BETH1970 5/1/2009 9:25AM

    As someone who started at 425 I feel your pain. People don't understand how differently a morbidly obese body reacts to diets and exercise. For a long time my diet wasn't great but I was losing alot of weight. I went from being a complete couch potato at work and at home to getting out and finding any way to move that didn't make my heart feel like it was going to explode. In the last 18 months I've lost 90 pounds. Now that I'm better I have decided to go even further and clean up my eating habits. I've got 185 to go and I'm going to do it.
Congrats on the weight you've lost and keep it up!

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Taking control back looks good on me.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

It doesn't take too much to get a fella back in the game, I stuck to my calories for yesterday and was out all afternoon walking around with my daughter. When I say I stuck to my calories what I really mean is that I was slightly low for the day, not by many but low none the less with a total of 1565 for the day so not really so bad. The walking around with my daughter was not really anything that could be considered cardio but then when is walking really considered an intense workout right? it is cooler today than it has been, we have touched the 90's this week and I was/am covered in poison ivy so sweating was very uncomfortably itchy so I am going to take advantage of the cool day we have and take a long walk when I hit publish on this post, maybe around the entire lake as I have not done that yet since living here. Like I said I feel like I am back all in again with this routine and I have only completed one successful day since falling off the wagon a couple weeks ago but then I gotta ask myself, is it really only one successful day? and then I have to answer that no its not, its more than 16 months of being successful with reaching some goals and the rarity is the off the wagon part.

I am getting itchy (no pun intended) to go hiking again, the weather is beautiful and the spring flowers are blooming all over the place, anyone that has followed my blog since last year has seen some of the photos that I took while hiking around last spring in This post
and like I said I NEED to get back out there. I ordered a back pack back in February that holds a camelpack hydration bladder and it was on back order at the time but I was told that it would be delivered by the beginning of April so no worries right? I had no plans to hike before then anyways so the beginning of April came around and no pack I contacted the company and they said it would ship by the end of the month and in the mail yesterday I received a package! I was happy to see the box on my step so I opened it up and the paracord that I ordered was correct, the new compass that I ordered was perfect, but the pack was black, this is not the color that I ordered and if I wanted black I could have had in in February. So a not so quick call to the not so quick customer service rep ended with a return shipping label and a trip to the UPS store for me and again I am waiting for my new pack, she said that I would get it about 5 days after they receive the black pack so again I wait.

It is easy to get back into a healthy eating ritual when the addiction is not a factor any more, and I have to say that eating out of control is not really something that works for me or my life at this point. Too many years have been spent not doing the things that I want to do for me to spend another second on a non healthy way of living.

Here is the accountability part of the post, yesterday I ate 1565 calories spread around the day with no more than 3.5 hours between meals/snacks. I drank 1 gallon of green tea and 1/2 gallon H2O as well as a diet coke that I shared with my daughter with our lunch at subway. Exercise was not really there unless you count the gardening that I did and the walking around all afternoon (approximately 3.5 hours out and about with my daughter in the afternoon) I don't count that as exercise because I don't believe daily activities should count as effort in exercise, when I was 534 pounds damn straight I would count it as exercise but no more and thats just how I feel about it.

With that, another mind blending episode of Fat man and Blobbin has concluded kids, make sure to tune in at the same bat time on the same bat channel to see what happens next!

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VTMAUREEN 5/1/2009 12:24AM

    Where do you live that you have such beautiful parks? I'm jealous! I love reading your blogs, keep 'em coming!

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QUILTINGB52 4/30/2009 9:57PM

    Checked out the pictures of the park...all I can say is.....ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

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LEANNROCKS 4/30/2009 8:27PM

    Everytime you say that, "when I was 534 pounds", I gasp! You have lost a WHOLE person! I love your blogs! Thanks for sharing. -lynne

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BILLALEX70 4/30/2009 7:17PM

    You always write something that makes me chuckle.


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MYVANNSMAMA 4/30/2009 6:27PM

    Good Job! You can do it I love to read your blogs! They motivate me more than you could know thanks for letting us into your journey

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PAINTER41 4/30/2009 5:55PM

    Your park is beautiful that you get to walk in. And don't down play walking or gardening they are very good exercises. I am glad everything is good with the Botzzz.

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DIFROMWYOMING 4/30/2009 4:56PM

    Glad you're feeling back in the game!

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PEACHYCYN 4/30/2009 4:49PM

    Great job with getting back on track. Your doing great, keep up that positive attitude you have.

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AINTSKEERD 4/30/2009 1:48PM

    emoticonThe boy is back and there's gonna be trouble. Hey ya, hey ya, the boy is back! emoticon

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GLORYTOGLORY 4/30/2009 1:29PM

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BIGGIRL2082010 4/30/2009 1:21PM

    Yay! You're back. And on track! Woohoo! You know, just like it's the little mis-steps that get us off on those detours, it's also the little tiny right-steps that get us back in the game. And you're IN. :)

Congratulations on staying on top of the healthy eating and hydrating. And on walking around with your daughter. It may not count as exercise, but it makes your soul happy, so that's a HUGE bonus! :)

Keep up the great work!


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SIMPLE_TAILOR 4/30/2009 1:04PM

    Again, good to hear that you are moving well again. Keep it up.

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ABAZOODAY727 4/30/2009 12:57PM

    WAY TO GO MAN!!! You noticed a problem and you fixed it. It is not Failure until you do nothing in the way of correcting it. You have come a LONG way and should commend yourself for that effort! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK! YOU CAN DO IT!!! emoticon

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TAMMIE1006 4/30/2009 12:55PM

    the boy is back!! i love my camelpack, by the way - i have to go get a new one today since i realized that the one that i've had for a few years has a leak....ugh - at least i have a gift certificate to a bike shop for my fund-raising efforts in last year's Cancer Society ride across Jersey......
good luck this weekend, keep us in mind (and the subsequent blog you'll have to write) and you'll do great, haha!

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MARYONAMISSION 4/30/2009 12:54PM

    Welcome back to the game!!! Sounds like you had a great day yesterday. Keep it up and the pounds will start coming off again. Good luck!

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TWENKY215 4/30/2009 12:47PM

    That was a good day.LOL

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SWEETZMIX 4/30/2009 12:45PM

    emoticon on being back on track!! emoticon

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**PRICELESS** 4/30/2009 12:08PM

    Glad you're back...not that you really left...but back on track!! :D

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AMBERROGUE 4/30/2009 12:02PM

    Sounds like you're right on track! emoticon
Hope you get your new camelpack in the right color soon!

Happy Friday Eve!!

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Fini, done and no more of that shi.....

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

I have not been a good blogger over the past week or so, I have been an even worse "inspiration" or dieter in that same time. I have not been exercising at all and I have pretty much eaten whatever I wanted to whenever I wanted to with zero counting or balancing of foods. I went a whole week without green tea, the good part about that is that I did stick to H2O strictly so I did not go off track too bad with the hydration.

More than one thing is happening that is contributing to this lack of stick to it-ness, I am as comfortable as can be in my own skin right now and it is making me relax a bit along with the beautiful weather that we are having in New England right now I think I have slipped into a state of relaxation which is causing me to not be so strict.

and then it happened...

I was running errands as I normally do and walking through a Stop & Shop and towards me walks a very fit very intense looking woman, she was wearing what looked like running gear or workout gear which was really just an under armor shirt and some running pants, she has an ipod strapped to one arm and a HRM or some other piece of equipment strapped to the other, she held an apple and a bottle of water in her hands and I noticed her while she was far off. She was walking directly towards me and as she got closer we made eye contact for a split second but she flashed me a look as if to say "Hey fat boy a little exercise would go a long way" and at that very moment I thought about how much weight I have lost in the last 16 months and how far I have come with my health in general, I need to get back into a strict routine again because the last few weeks have been anything but that. Now little miss intense ipod workout girl probably was not thinking that and was more likely just listening to her ipod and focused somewhere else but even if that's the case the look made me think about the fact that I was not the focused, driven and intensely into my health person that I was just a month ago.

Doing things my own way where weight loss is concerned has gotten me to a point in my life where I have control again but being comfortable is getting the better of me. I have gained a little bit of weight back over the last month but honestly haven't fluctuated too high but it IS high enough that I know that I need to get back on track. I have bounced up to as much as 13 pounds higher than my lowest weight to as little as 2 pounds above that number and back again over the past few weeks and this shows me that even without the exercise and strict eating regimen that I can somewhat maintain my current weight pretty much eating what I want when I want to which is good and bad at the same time.

Today will mark the start of, well a new start so to speak, I have to get refocused because I have come very far in this weight loss game but I have not gotten as far as I need or want to. This weekend my father saw me for the first time in a month or two and he said that he "could not remember me ever being this small" and then joked about how he would be able to push me around soon and honestly I have not really lost a whole lot of "actual" weight since he last saw me but I am sure that I am smaller. I bought a pair of 44 waist jeans just about a month and a half ago give or take and they are loose on me currently and I believe a 42 waist would fit just fine, all of my 4xl tee shirts are way loose on me now as well, even the one 3xlt shirt fits nice and comfy like on me lately and I believe that the skin is starting to catch up with the weight loss a bit and is causing the shrinking look even though my weight has not changed much.

I am treating this as if today is my first day on this weight loss journey and starting fresh with fresh eyes, 1700 calorie limit, exercise daily and drink 1 gallon of green tea per day along with extra H2O, simple right? well it is and all I need do is execute as planned and on down the road I go with more success and a healthy life.

And that's all I got to say about that...

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PAINTER41 4/30/2009 6:04PM

    Hey dude you had your little diet break and now you got it going on again...Good move...with spring making that park you walk in so lovely you should be able to walk each day and be love en it. Just another walker sharon

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    Yeah get out your ipod and your apple and get busy! haha I'm excited to hear about your riding your exercise bike and getting out in the world again - it's about living life to it's fullest! yay for good weather!

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NATALIE1964 4/30/2009 7:36AM

    I'm right behing you..
Enough with the acute " prettygoodism" !
Have a great day


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SANLONDON 4/30/2009 6:14AM

    Het Botzzz, it's amazing what we have pushing at us, sometimes almost unconciously, in the back of our heads. (same for me, I'm back & I've been drinking mucho green tea, after reading about it on your blog). Sometimes it's ok to have a little time out - but it's always good to listen to that voice that tells you to get back on track! Keep up the great work man.


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LUCKY-13 4/29/2009 10:06PM

    You can do it! Every day is another opportunity to do better. You've got the will power, the determination, the intelligence, now it's time to put it all in place and make it pay off. YOU CAN DO IT!!!

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GRAMMYSKIDS58 4/29/2009 7:19PM

    I am glad you found your motivation and determination again. Whatever it takes right? If you thought that woman was looking at you in a negative way and it got you going WOOO HOOO!
I think when we slack too much our minds play tricks and we get a bit paranoid because we feel guilty for not doing what we need to do. Good luck on your journey and I am looking forward to you next PROGRESS report!

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BIGGIRL2082010 4/29/2009 7:13PM

    You get RIGHT back on that pony, Mister! We're not gonna let you slack, y'hear?

Keep going ... you've got this down to a science now, so I have NO doubt you'll be achieving your goal weight soooooon!


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IFUWEREME 4/29/2009 6:51PM

    Just wishing you luck on your new beginning. We all run into some bumps along the way but you must keep on keepin' on. emoticon

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    You can definitely do it. You've come so far and you have the drive and desire inside of you to keep going. I think getting refocused and re-starting may be just what you needed. Good luck!

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BILLALEX70 4/29/2009 6:24PM

    Isn't it amazing? People who see us the most (family, friends & co-workers) know how far we've come, but to people on the street we're still just fat. It's sad to say, but true.

I think that you'll make great strides with this break that you've given your body. I hope that you see some great results soon.

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TELERIE 4/29/2009 1:31PM

    emoticon can happen any day - great to hear your pulling in the reins and get ready to go back to basics.
I'm half-way to my goal and know just what you mean about complacent. I'm really happy about where I am, but not done yet. emoticon

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KVROMBAUT 4/29/2009 12:24PM

    Sounds like you are ready to get back on track and you come a long way in your weight loss. Congrats!

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ZIRCADIA 4/29/2009 12:06PM

    GO GO GO! And blog for us!!!!!!!!!! I already said everything else.

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ELFITZPA 4/29/2009 11:55AM

    So I'm not the only one who imagines other people thinking negative things about me in order to get my butt in gear?? Glad to see you back around these parts, and I wish you luck as you refocus!

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SWEETZMIX 4/29/2009 11:30AM

    Funny thing I was thinking of leaving you a comment on your page last night, b/c I noticed the lack of activity which is not the norm for you. So you are getting comfy, I don't blame's the first time in how long that you feel good when the warm weather hits. No worries of not being able to go anywhere with the family or pouring with sweat as soon as you step outside. Now it is time for you to get back on your game, you still have goals. It's all about balance which I am struggling with too, being able to balance the weight loss factor and implement your new lifestyle while enjoying the weather. As you always say, KEEP ON KEEPING ON MY FRIEND :)

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JADEDINVASION 4/29/2009 11:27AM

    Sometimes we all need a kick in the arse to get goin again.

You know you can do this, so have fun and drink a cup of tea for me!

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CALICAVEGIRL 4/29/2009 10:59AM

    Any of us who have lost any significant percentage of our body weight can relate to getting "comfortable." I was there. When we've lost enough to start feeling really good about ourselves,... but not enough that we're at our goal yet. I was at the place where I was just "hanging out" as far as weight-loss and inches-lost were concerned for awhile. Not going up, but not going down either. The end of February I said "Enough is ENOUGH!" And now I'm kicking my butt again =) Just know that we've all been there,... and we're pulling for you.

Welcome back =) We've missed ya!

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**PRICELESS** 4/29/2009 10:54AM

    So I come back after a crazy week of moving and see that I'm back just in time for your new Day 1!! So glad to be going on this journey w/ you and I'm glad to see that you're pulling in the reins. You HAVE come to far to let complacency get the better of you now!

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SHOSHANNABD 4/29/2009 10:41AM

    Thank you for your honesty. You are a great inspiration, probably to far more people than you know. Congratulations for getting back on track. Time to celebrate with a great big drink - of water.


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SLMTRACE 4/29/2009 10:27AM

    Great job getting back, now stay on track my friend! because you deserve it!!
You can do this!

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    What a Blog. I think that happens to all of us many times through out our journey to a healthy lifestyle. We love that comfort zone and something as simple as thinking that someone thinks that hey you could do something - snaps us to attention.

You are on the right track. Get that motivation back and step outside that comfort zone. And remember this time, because you will get comfortable again and you can use this to snap to attention again.

Good Luck....I am pulling for you.

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GLORYTOGLORY 4/29/2009 10:05AM

  emoticonAttitude and determination is 90% of the battle! Remember your metabolism is running at a higher pace now but if you went back to your old habits after about 6 months your body would go back to your old metbolism I have been there and done that. On the flip side as long as I have been excercising it is a lot harder to gain and alot easier to lose than ever! soon you'll be at your target weight be the fit guy running with his ipod and heart rate monitor and you will have a higher calorie range anyway because of excercising and not needing to lose any more weight its going to be doable to maintain.
Do you strength train much if you did more weights you could eat higher calories to give you more wiggle room and be gaining lots of muscle. The more muscle the more calories burned too. I being female need to stay at 1800 clas when I train hard you could probably go from 2000-26000 you are a tall guy too. You got to do with what ever works for you but, just a thought may give you some more freedom while still losing. I watched my husband and how he is able to eat so big while still lose but again everyone is differa nt. He went from 299 to current pic on my page he's 6'2''and he eats the cals I mentioned above. I am learning to play with things when I hit a bump in the road and see what is doable and fun for me because everything has to suit my life style forever. Take care!!!Keep up the great work!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 4/29/2009 9:59AM

    Good to hear from you again. I can so identify with this. I knew that this segment would be the hardest part because it is just so easy to slip back.

I have maintained my current weight for a while. I really need to kick it in gear. Maybe I need to find some little fit thing to give me a look . . .

Keep it up.

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SGRONOW1 4/29/2009 9:58AM

    while that girl didnt say anything, i still find it rude with the look she gave

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DBALZER 4/29/2009 9:50AM

    Your intensity is an inspiration to me. I know it's easy to get comfortable. In the past when I tried this weight loss thing I always celebrated the small victories by treating myself to some time off or some dietary disaster. NO MORE! I am approaching this differently this time. Good luck with the new found commitment.

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weigh in

Friday, April 24, 2009

As I type I am covered in paint but I wanted to make sure to get a post up as it is weigh in day, this morning I weighed in at 349 pounds which is 5 pounds higher than my lowest weight and 4 pounds lighter than last Friday so it is moving in the right direction. I will attempt to get a proper fully informative post up over the weekend but for now we are painting the exterior of the house so my hands are a tad full atm.

I am staying within calories but no exercise besides yard work and painting and I feel good about the week, I am staying hydrated and in fact am down 1/2 a gallon of tea as of this morning already! so keep on keepin on and all that, I have to get back to work before I get caned!

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PAINTER41 4/26/2009 11:06PM

    I think painting should count as double exercise. Yard work also. You use body parts that you would never use any other way. Last painting I did - I fell off the ladder 2 times spilling paint all over.
Great job on the weight loss!!!!

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TELERIE 4/25/2009 6:40PM

    Drinking my water and reading your blog. Great work once more moving in the right direction with the weight. You're rocking it and yard work counts as activity - even if you don't track it as "exercise".

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CCW2005 4/25/2009 12:27PM you have a tree close by with all the tea consumption????

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TXHRT4U 4/25/2009 9:35AM

    I agree with SIMPLE_TAILOR, everything you do all day will help you. Keep it up!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 4/24/2009 8:58PM

    Great job on getting it turned around. Don't knock the yardwork on the cardio. It does count.

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MSHOPPER63 4/24/2009 4:27PM

    emoticon glad to see your back on track. 4 pound loss is Fantastic !

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MARYBETH_OHIO 4/24/2009 2:43PM

    You will get there you just need to stay motivated and remember you have our support to push you on..

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SWEETZMIX 4/24/2009 1:12PM


emoticon on losing weight. Things are moving in the right direction.

And my friend, yard work and painting is exercise!! Enjoy our wonderful weather this weekend, and a post can come on Monday..why sit in the house and type if you don't have to.

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DENNIS48 4/24/2009 1:10PM

    emoticon You bet it's moving in the right direction. Where it is relative to your lowest weight is neither here nor there - the point is that lost 4 lbs in a week! I'm averaging 2 lbs a week and consider that a major accomplishment, so take time to really compliment yourself on this. I mean it.

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BIGGIRL2082010 4/24/2009 1:07PM

    Yippee ka yai. Or one of those yells!

You're doing GREAT, Mr. Meatball! Keep it up! This is even more proof that one just has to stay active (notice I didn't say "work out!") and eat healthy and stay hydrated to let the body work its magic!

Yay! 4 pounds down and just 15 to go ... :)

You can do this. Boogey on, pardner! Have fun painting!


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AMBERROGUE 4/24/2009 1:01PM

    WTG movin' in the right direction! And movement, be it painting, yard work, etc, is exercise! So keep up the great work!

Hope your weekend rox!

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ZIRCADIA 4/24/2009 12:57PM

    Glad to hear you're: 1) Moving in the right directions, 2) getting in tons of activity with the house/yard work, and 3) staying hydrated! Keep rockin!

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MARYONAMISSION 4/24/2009 12:00PM

    Awesome job on the 4lb loss! I'm glad the scale is moving in the right direction for you. Have fun painting the house and I know that's a great workout. Anyway, I was wondering what kind of tea you drink. I would like to start drinking more and could use some suggestions.

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Back to basics and soul crushing reality

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Tuesday went very well with the calories, because I used an old Excel sheet to record my intake for the day I did come in low for total calories for the day. When I first began this weight loss regimen I was eating 1500 calories total and the excel sheet that I made reflects a 1500 calorie total and somewhere along the way I changed it to 1700 but have 2 copies of the excel sheet and when I copied the new one for the week I used the old 1500 calorie limit sheet accidentally so my total for Tuesday came in at 1485 total calories. I did not notice that I was low until this morning when I looked at the sheet to post in this post because it has a "calories left to eat" column and that's apparently the one that I was paying attention to. Because of the mix up and the lower intake for yesterday with no ill effect and I felt fine and full I have decided to go 1500 calories all week because of the recent gain, so there is the intake situation and here is a look at the menu for yesterday.


8:30 AM
2 multi-grain english muffins 200
1 serving turkey pepperoni 70
2 wedges laughing cow 70
sliced tomato 15
dill pickle 10

10:30 AM
1 orange 75

12:45 PM
2 80 cal rolls 160
1 T peanut butter 95
1 T jam 50

6:00 PM
7.5oz grilled chicken 410
5oz sweet potato 125
1 cup green beans 50

8:15 PM
6oz carrots 70
1 serving newman's own honey mustard dressing 70
3oz cauliflower 15

Exercise for Tuesday did not go as planned, I was going to ride my bike in the evening after dinner as I always do but when I went to start my car to pick wify up from work I had a dead battery so after dinner I ended up hunting down a battery for the car which cut into the bike riding time. I have to be done riding before 8:00 pm because the rec room is next to my sons room and he is in bed by 8:00 so I am limited by that. To make up for the lack of a ride I did lift some light weights while watching The biggest loser so I feel good about exercise for the day and though it was not cardio I do need to start weight training so its all good.

I mentioned The biggest loser and sometimes while watching that program I hear or see something that hits home like it is being said about me and on last nights show Jillian said something about the guy Mike that went right through me. She said "it is soul crushing to be a 300 pound teenager" and honestly as she said that I flashed back to LOTS of things that had happened in my life as a teenager and thought to myself about how a truer statement has never been spoken and I related to what she said as if it was me that she was talking about. Everything that I have done in the last 16 months has been something that the 300 pound teenager in me hasn't been able to do and I somehow feel refocused because of that statement. I have to lose the weight, I have to stick to what I have been doing because it is working and that is what will happen.

There you have the Wednesday edition of As the fat guy turns, get that H2O into your body and keep on keepin on because what we choose do is what defines who we are.

As Ever

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

PAINTER41 4/26/2009 11:17PM

    Nothing worth while is easy. You are what you eat. That is why you will win this battle. Look how far you have come. I know people that have spent as much time trying to loose 10 lbs as you have taking off the 200 lbs. Your a real champ. I keep checking in on you but don't write often. I am really proud of you. Keep the body moving and the water running in and the rest will fall in line. Your doing the weight loss thing the right way and you won't have to do it over. When you learn the right way to loose and take your (the weight) will stay off.
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DONEPAT 4/26/2009 1:16PM

    I also saw BL and that moment with Jillian hit me too. Only I was a 167 pound short girl.
I like the show, but the weight loss is a bit unrealistic, but the show keeps me motivated.
Have a great weekend- !


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MYVANNSMAMA 4/24/2009 9:23AM

    Keep up your hard work! Have an awesome weekend.

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LUCKY-13 4/23/2009 12:10PM

    I can't thank you enough for continuing to blog, even on days when things don't go as planned, it's important especially right now that I see or hear about someone who's making it happen, who believes in himself, who makes a mistake and doesn't beat himself up, but instead gets up and gets going again.

Your blogs have helped many people on a lot of days! Especially this Sparker!

Comment edited on: 4/24/2009 11:35:32 PM

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ROCKIN_RHON 4/22/2009 10:37PM

    I'm here to strongly encourage you. Continue the fight. You feel so much better and healthier than when you started. Keep up what you are doing. The weight will come off when God is ready to give you that blessing. You do your part and He will do his part. I have Faith in you. You can do this.

Dead car batteries are a part of life.

Keep on, Keepin on,

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GLORYTOGLORY 4/22/2009 8:49PM

  Seems like you got your mental focus back woohoo! Painting that house is going to be serious cals burned too! Keep up the great work!

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BILLALEX70 4/22/2009 5:52PM

    Haven't seen last nights show yet, but I can relate to that statement as well. Since I've been heavy my entire life I'm trying things that most people experience younger in life. I'm also trying things that I usually would be afraid to try before. I used my weight before to mask my fears, but now LET'S GO BABY!

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AMBERROGUE 4/22/2009 11:18AM

    "what we choose do is what defines who we are."
How true! Thanks for sharing.

You're doing awesome!

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ZIRCADIA 4/22/2009 11:16AM

    Kudos on getting some strength training in! And yeah -- being an obese/morbidlyobese teenager is... just not a great experience. I dunno. Maybe I was just "overweight" for part of it, but whatever.

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RALKINGCHICK 4/22/2009 10:23AM

    HI! We've never "met", but I saw your blog posting on the C25K team. (I'm on week 2) Jillian's statement and your blog both totally hit home. It's reflections like this that make it such a great show, and such a great motivator.

Keep up the awesome work!


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SWEET_DREAMS 4/22/2009 10:06AM

    I absolutely love reading your blogs. You fill them with humor, honesty, and insights... all in all, very motivating stuff! I wanted to point out that, in the Biggest Loser comparison, you are doing what Mike wished his dad had done years ago. You are taking care of your weight problem before it becomes one for your children as well. That, my friend, is one of the greatest gifts you could ever give your children!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 4/22/2009 9:31AM

    I genuinely don't think that I cracked 300 as a teenager. I know I was in the upper 200's, but I can't remember being north of 300. Either way, I was the heaviest boy in the class and I was far from the tallest. I know that a lot of things could have been opened up had I been more normal-sized.

Well, off to get the water.

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BIGGIRL2082010 4/22/2009 8:42AM

    Keep going, Botzzz! You've got that horse under control now, and a few days of eating slightly lowered calories will soon see you back in the saddle as usual!

Just keep doing what you know works.


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