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pre weigh in post, concerns and what not.

Thursday, May 14, 2009


Yesterdays calories came in at 1685 total and though pretty balanced I think there is something amiss this week, I drank 1 gallon of green tea and another gallon of straight H2O throughout the day. I did zero exercise on Wednesday, not even a short walk, I tend to like to have at least one day off per week where exercise goes just to sort of recoup (not that my workouts have been intense lately) but all the same that day off is nice once in a while, here is a look at yesterdays
menu.

05/13/09

Breakfast
8:00 AM
2 cups honey combs 220
1 cup 1% milk 110

11:00 AM
1 banana 105

Lunch
12:00 PM
1 lavish bread 100
3 hebrew national hot dogs 120
1 wedge laughing cow 35

3:00 PM
2 small oranges 120

Dinner
7:00 PM
9oz grilled chicken 450
6oz broccoli 60
2 slices wheat bread 120
smart balance 25

9:00 PM
2 small oranges 120
2oz grilled chicken 100

I said that something is amiss this week and what I mean is that I have done everything right besides a HUGE not so good nutritionally meal on Saturday and yet the scale is not cooperating with me. I think at least partially to blame is the 8 pound drop last week, though I came down 3 pounds below my lowest weight last week it was an 8 pound loss for the week and I think that the large drop has slowed things down this week as the trend has been a small drop after a large one since I have started this weight loss regimen. Looking at my menus for the week another thing that I have noticed is that my sodium is way up this week and I can't help but to think that has a hand in the slow dropping numbers over the past few days but with 2 gallons of fluid per day you would think that it would not be a factor, I fully expect to break even this week with the poundage and I am ok with that, its just odd that the weight has not budged at all.

Tomorrow when I weigh in I am not expecting to be below the 341 pounds that last Friday produced, if I am it will be a bonus to what I am expecting. this week I am going to actively watch my sodium closer to see if it is playing a part in this slow week because throughout this weight loss process the weeks that I have done everything correct I always saw a result no matter how small and the weeks that I had no losses I had a good idea why. The scale may surprise me in the morning and record a loss and that would be optimal and I do hope that is the case, we shall see in the morning.

Over all everything is going well and I have started doing more strength training again in the form of push ups and dumb bell exercises. I don't know if its the power of suggestion or just my muscles remembering what to do when pushed but I feel stronger and I have only been doing the ST for 2 weeks now. Whatever the scale says will be what I have to take because it is what it is and either way I am stronger mentally as well as physically for all that I have done this week and that's what makes the weight loss possible. Being mentally prepared for losing weight is more important than anything else related to the subject because if a person is unable to sustain a consistent positive state of mind, failure is right around the corner.

I am prepared to go the distance and see this weight loss through to the end, here's to tomorrow.

As Ever
Me

  
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AMBERROGUE 5/14/2009 4:20PM

    emoticon You are SO inspiring! Congrats on your successes - daily ones included! You ROCK!

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RACHEL630 5/14/2009 3:42PM

    I'm hoping that you'll be pleasantly surprised at your weigh-in! You're doing a great job and you're an inspiration. I hope the one off meal doesn't affect your weigh in at all! Best of luck.

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ZIRCADIA 5/14/2009 3:08PM

    Hey, you said it yourself -- after a huge loss, maybe a small loss -- maybe no loss. You're doing the right stuff and it will all work out in the end. :) I LOVE STRENGTH TRAINING!!! I love that STRONG feeling. Today I only did upperbody BACK muscles and it still helped get that feeling in me for today. This morning my legs and butt were nice and sore from what I did yesterday which is AWESOME. LATER!

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SWEETZMIX 5/14/2009 1:44PM

    So you had a huge loss one week and this week maybe no loss. Not the end of the world right?!? Right! Because the scale will not go down every week, right?!? Right!! If you think you are getting WAY too much sodium keep an extra eye on it this week and keep rocking the ST. Who says you have to wait months to get stronger!! If you feel stronger in 2 weeks already, then you may be feeling stronger! Either way good luck tomorrow on your weigh in :)

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 5/14/2009 1:03PM

    You are doing exactly what you need to. You see something off, and you take steps to rectify it.

That is why you are the inspiration that you are.

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BIGGIRL2082010 5/14/2009 12:56PM

    It'd be interesting to see whether sodium was the culprit for the lack of movement in the numbers so far this week! Do let us know when you've done the compare and contrast next week!

And in the meantime, drink EVEN MORE liquids to help get that sodium (or whatever) flushed right out of your system!

Cheers,
Maya


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BEATPHREEK 5/14/2009 12:46PM

    Two things to remember:

1) Weight-loss isn't linear, so the big drops to the little ups to the small drops are part of the deal (doesn't make you feel better when you weigh in, but it helps to remember so you don't get discouraged).

2) increasing your Strength Training will cause your muscles to store glycogen and for every gram of glycogen that goes back into your muscle it drags about 3 grams of water with it. So short term after starting a strength training regimen, you will probably gain some water weight, nothing to worry about there. Of course your sodium intake could have something to do with it as well, I'd bet it was glycogen uptake though.

Great job on your weight loss so far, you really are an inspiration.

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MRSRINABERGER 5/14/2009 12:38PM

    emoticon Your determination speaks volumes about you! WAY TO GO!

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_RAMONA 5/14/2009 12:16PM

    "Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense." RALPH WALDO EMERSON

"Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day that says I will try again tomorrow." WRITINGMOMMA

"Being mentally prepared for losing weight is more important than anything else related to the subject ." BOTZZZ

Pretty much says it all!

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DIZBIZBELINDA 5/14/2009 11:59AM

    Great attitude....I have had times that I would lose well every other week and the in-between weeks were when my body seemed to regroup. Keep on truckin....you are awesome!

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THECOOLESTSARAH 5/14/2009 11:25AM

    This is just one weigh-in of many - just keep pushing forward. I will even take my own advice after a less-than-stellar scale performance this morning. :)

On to a new week!

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Reflecting backwards, hind sight is 20/20 eh?

Wednesday, May 13, 2009


Tuesdays intake went ok if a bit high, I consumed 1725 calories says my excel sheet but I did have a couple mini pretzels as I walked past an open bag on the table which are not on that sheet so only slightly more than that, not bad either way. The green tea was flowing with slightly more than a gallon of that going down the hatch along with a gallon of water and I am planning on drinking the same amount today. Yesterday I went for a walk earlier than normal because it was suppose to rain and about 1/3 of a mile into my walk it started drizzling but I kept going but I did pick my daughter up on my shoulders, so for the rest of the walk (about another mile) I had a 40 pound little girl up on my shoulders and to my surprise it was not at all a burden to have her up there, in fact I felt pretty good considering it was drizzling on me and I was up 40 pounds! on the way back we decided to walk down to the waters edge and when we got there we saw a swarm of little flies or something just above the water and there was fish everywhere! back to the house we went to grab a fishing pole and if I cast the line into the water 15 times we caught something or had a bite EVERY one of those times, we caught 7 sunfish and a small bass on my daughters Disney fishing pole so the decision to walk when I did turned out nice, and just in time because it started thundering and raining almost immediately after we got back in the house. Have a look at yesterdays menu, and as you can see compared to Mondays menu I am a creature of habit.

05/12/09

Breakfast
8:15 PM
2 multigrain english muffins 200
2 wedges laughing cow cheese 70
1 serving turkey pepperoni 70
sliced tomato 15

Lunch
12:45 PM
1 lavish bread 100
4 hebrew national hot dogs 160
1 wedge laughing cow 35

2:45 PM
1 scoop whey protein 130
1 cup 1% milk 110
1 banana 105

Dinner
6:00 PM
6oz roasted chicken 360
3/4 cup white rice 150
1/2 cup black beans 100

7:00 PM
2 small oranges 120

Grand total of 1725 calories plus whatever 4-6 mini pretzels comes to, not so bad and I know that I was hydrated enough so I am doing my part. Making these changes in my life has been the best thing to happen to me since my daughter was born just about 4 years ago, in fact she is a part of why the decision was made. Funny how the inability to walk more than 200 feet from my front door wasn't enough, or that sack of Del taco that I was bringing home after work every night, not to mention the 3 cheese burgers that I would eat BEFORE I got home so that wify would not see me eat them did not scream to me that there was a problem. Right now it is so clear that there were signs and what those signs were that I cannot believe that it was me doing some of the things that I was doing.



It was almost like I needed a warm up meal before I ate my already too large supersized double heart attack burger and grease fries with a ginormous tub of sugar laced fluid, going to Jack in the box? yep I will have 4 of your 2 for 2 tacos to go with my meal please do you have a trough that I could eat out of to go with that? Wendy's? sure thing, drop a couple of those Jr. bacon cheese burgers in there to warm me up to my triple cheese burger meal after all they ARE Jr. sized right?, McNasty? hey pimple faced high school kid can ya toss a couple few cheese burgers in that bag to go with my supersized stroke in a shiny yellow wrapper? and the list goes on and on and on. I had a prerequisite starter meal to go with every meal that I would eat at a fast food drive through window and if I had my way I would eat it before I got home if I was alone and if wify was with me I would say "what? I am hungry leave me alone about it" thinking about eating that way honestly right now floors me and I cannot believe that was me not so long ago.

In just under 17 months I have completely changed the way I live where my health is concerned, I have come from a person that didn't realize how unhappy he was at 534 pounds to a fella that appreciates every minute that he has to spend on his own terms at 340 pounds.

As Ever
Me

  
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MISSISSIPPIJEFF 5/18/2009 10:46PM

    How that story brings back memories of not too long ago for me too. Food...the gateway drug. Before I packed on the 60 pounds I gained after my son was born, I would get the two cheeseburger meal at McD's...then it became super sized...then swapped to the double cheeseburger meal supersized...then next thing I knew it was two doubles (of course still super'd)...then added before too many more weeks increased again with a 6 piece nugget with that meal...then 10. I have gotten off 50 of those 60 pounds...finally! It goes on much easier than it comes off. Sadly, last time I had a weak moment and went thru the drive up window, I ordered what I used to order...barely got started eating it before I was full! Yay! As long as we don't let ourselves go back to those old habits, we will keep succeeding! Congrats on your latest losses! You are in inspiration! Keep up the good work!

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DONEPAT 5/15/2009 11:15AM

    Great blog and thanks for sharing the look back. We all eat differently. My time was after dinner. Until bedtime. I never ate enough during the day!

Catching the fish were awesome, and LOL it brought back memories of my own orange fishing rod. Dad would take me to fish and I'd sit patiently for hours!

Have a great weekend!

Patty

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 5/14/2009 8:20AM

    It's amazing what a change like this can do. Things that bothered me before are now enjoyable and I can't imagine not doing some of the things that I do now.

Thanks for being there.

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_RAMONA 5/13/2009 1:39PM

    Great blog, Tony! I too love that feeling of just doing something that needs to be done and then realizing it would not have that easy or enjoyable before Spark, and "spending every minute on my own terms"... now that's a goal/motivation worth getting behind.

17 months! WOW! I have to chuckle, because I've been here 17 months too and had I lost as much weight as you have I'd be gone! LOL! GOOD FOR YOU! I wish I could say that I'd done as well with my own weight loss, but it's not the case. Yet my life has changed... I am NOT the same person living from a place of fear that I was 17 months ago. The setbacks preventing me from going after the weight loss, as you have, haven't decimated me, either. I've continued to grow and adjust... I've probably lost 200 pounds in emotional blubber, and my fitness/energy level has changed dramatically despite the roadblocks. I have people like you to thank for that, Tony. You've gotten me through these last five months motivation and determination intact. Your honesty humbles me and shows me the way.

Have a great day, and THANK YOU, again.

As ever,
Me, too!

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RACHEL630 5/13/2009 1:32PM

    You are awesome! Don't forget to drink your water. :)

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THECOOLESTSARAH 5/13/2009 11:38AM

    I just have to ask why..... were you self-medicating with food, or just feeling complacent about eating it? That's SO MUCH to eat, and you probably weren't hungry.. But the high-fat, high-sugar food does create a drug-like effect when you eat it... Just curious and of course you can tell me to just butt out! I'm glad you are doing so great now and sharing all your wisdom with us. You are just awesome, but you've heard that before. :)

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AMBERROGUE 5/13/2009 11:26AM

    I know what you mean about hiding the eating from your other half! I used to do that, too, and still struggle with it sometimes.
You're doing awesome! So happy for you that your daughter's added weight didn't bother you! WOO-HOO!! And extra fish to add to your stock; all right!

Keep up the great work!

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BIGGIRL2082010 5/13/2009 11:25AM

    Keep at it - I don't think a few pretzels are gonna throw this guy off track! :) Glad you're keeping up on the water and green tea ... and HEY, your daughter caught FISH! Yay!

Friday is just 2 days away ... keep guzzling those fluids!

Cheers,
Maya


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AINTSKEERD 5/13/2009 11:21AM

    It seems as though your daughter saved your life! emoticon

If you haven't already, I encourage you to watch the docudrama 'Supersize Me'.

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SWEETZMIX 5/13/2009 10:37AM

    Yesterday sounds like a great day you had there. I guess there will be some fish being made sometime soon!!! When u was talking about food that made me think, I used to go to McDonald's and get a meal with something from the dollar menu and a McFlurry to go. Now if we are on the road and have to eat from there, me and my BF SHARE a naked chicken sandwich meal w/a water and get a grilled wrap to share and be full for hours. Funny I used to eat all that and more by myself before changing my lifestyle. So things may not have been on point for a few weeks before, but I know you are doing GREAT compared to 17months ago!

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WANNABESEXYMOM 5/13/2009 10:37AM

    WOW!!!You are my Hero. emoticon emoticon

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SQUIRRELLYMOM 5/13/2009 10:17AM

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JANDYMORDAN 5/13/2009 10:03AM

    emoticongood job.

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LMCGEEN 5/13/2009 10:02AM

    Great Blog! I am inspired! emoticon

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DEBBIEKAY1 5/13/2009 10:01AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
emoticonfor sharing your story!
You are doing an AMAZING Job!

Debbie

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HAPPY-DESTINY 5/13/2009 9:53AM

    And of all the places in the Universe...there is no better place than..In the Moment!

I AM so proud of you..You portray and practice Hope!

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Day 497, wow its been a while!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009


Monday went as planned where diet and exercise were concerned, I ate a total of 1650 calories which included my whey protein so calories were pretty much right on the button, I drank 1 gallon of green tea and more than a half of a gallon of straight H2O and for exercise I took my daughter on a 1.8 mile walk (her in the stroller) in the afternoon as it was a pretty nice day yesterday, Have a look at the menu from Monday.

05/12/09

Breakfast
8:15 AM
2 multigrain english muffins 200
2 wedges laughing cow cheese 70
1 serving turkey pepperoni 70
sliced tomato 15

Lunch
12:00 PM
1 lavish bread 100
3 hebrew national hot dogs 120
1 wedge laughing cow 35

3:15 PM
1 scoop whey protein 130
1 cup 1% milk 110

Dinner
6:15 PM
8oz roasted chicken breast 400
3/4 cup white rice 150
1 cup green beans 40
pueblo pepper sauce 30

8:15 PM
18oz watermelon 180

Walking has quickly become my relax time, I get to have no particular place to go and many times its just me myself and I having a conversation with ourselves as the thoughts just randomly jump from subject to subject. I am lucky enough to live where I live and walking around the lake really does make getting out and exercising easy, in fact it does not feel like exercise at all most times, maybe its just because I have a nice place to walk or maybe its because I for so long was trapped inside a 534 pound body and limited to what and where I could go so now that weight is not such a factor I can appreciate the simplicity of a walk.



Which brings me to my next point, hiking, I have not hiked yet this year and it is about time that I go out and get hiking! the difference this year is that wify has agreed to join me and has even suggested that we come up with a way to do "date hikes" imagine that, a hike being someones idea of a date. I think the idea of calling a hike a date is an awesome idea and I see it this way, a date is suppose to be something fun, something that is enjoyed by both people, time spent together doing something that bonds the two or brings them closer through a common interest so actually hiking should be on everyone's list of things to do for a date! I am really looking forward to getting out there with wify and just wandering around through some trails in the near future.

This week has been good so far besides Saturdays picnic at my mother in laws and I am hoping for a loss come Friday, The man in the plastic magic box said it would rain this afternoon so I am going to end this post here so that I can get out for a walk this morning before it starts. Don't forget to get that H2O into your day and thanks for following along with me as I change my life as well as those around me all for the better.

As Ever
Me

  
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PEACHYCYN 5/13/2009 1:30PM

    Keep up the great work! A hike sounds wonderful, I need to get out on one soon.

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SUNNY89 5/12/2009 3:39PM

    A date hike sounds good. We go geocaching for fun, free, activity.

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RACHEL630 5/12/2009 12:33PM

    A hike date is AWESOME! That's a great idea. I'm so proud of you for all you've accomplished. Keep it up, man.

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MARYONAMISSION 5/12/2009 12:10PM

    I am so happy for you to be back on track. You found your groove again. I think the idea of a hiking date is awesome. Let us know how it goes.


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SIMPLE_TAILOR 5/12/2009 11:55AM

    There are so many things now that look and feel differently after a year and a half at this.

Hiking dates sound really cool.

l8r

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THECOOLESTSARAH 5/12/2009 11:51AM

    take a picnic lunch and make out by a river - then it's REALLY a date.. and a HOT one at that. :)

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GLORYTOGLORY 5/12/2009 11:33AM

  My hubby and I even take our kids do family dates. We love it some of our favorite memories are hiking especially up mountains with a waterfall at the top very rewarding! That is awesome!

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SLMTRACE 5/12/2009 11:10AM

    hikedate does sound awesome, now if only the bf would think so too! LOL glad to hear you had a good day!
cheers
Tracy

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ZIRCADIA 5/12/2009 10:02AM

    I agree!! I think hikedate = awesome. :)

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Some things on my mind, a long post and a weight chart.

Monday, May 11, 2009


Monday morning quarterback once again, not too bad though but things could have gone better this weekend. On Saturday My mother in law had us over for dinner along with Wify's sister's family and I decided early on that I was just going to enjoy the meal and that's what I did so I was over by a lot on Saturday, I did go for a walk and do some light strength training so it wasn't all bad. Sunday went perfectly with intake and exercise, I went on a 2 mile walk and completed it in 35 minutes flat so that is a pretty good pace @ almost 4mph so I was happy with those results, the plan was to walk around the entire lake (more than 3 miles) but it was getting dark and I was not going to make it to the wooded part of the walk before it got dark and I am still unfamiliar with the trail so I took a shorter route. Squeezing in some strength training (mostly body weight movements) is becoming a part of my day that I look forward to, after my walks I have been doing a light dumb bell routine along with some push ups and squats and feel good about how it is going so far.

Last week I was inputting my weight for the past 2 months into my "weight graph" which is an excel sheet that we made and I have been keeping track of my weight on it so that I may have a visual depiction of what I have done, yea I know that a mirror serves the same purpose in my case but the graph really is eye opening to see trends. I thought I would pop a screen capture up here showing my progress from January 2008 until last Fridays weigh in just for kicks so that anyone interested could see it in graph form, the image is clickable so that a full sized view can be had.


its a small image on spark, if you would like to see the full size image it is hosted on my blogspot here zeusmeatball.blogspot.com/2009/05/so
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Over the weekend I got more than a few comments pointed in the direction of "you really look good" or "it's amazing how you have been able to maintain this for so long" and I have to admit that I enjoy hearing things like that, but then who wouldn't? I started thinking about it though and "being able to maintain it for so long" is something that I have even heard in comments on this blog and is kind of the point of this whole thing, I mean thin people maintain it all of the time don't they? fit people maintain this lifestyle on a daily basis without flinching right? how come no one says to a very fit person "Hey that's amazing that you are able to maintain a healthy lifestyle like that" I love getting complimented, C'mon we all do but isn't that one kind of a back handed compliment? Like the fat guy should be praised for being able to not eat cake, I guess the way that I look at is like this. I don't think it is amazing that I have maintained this eating right moving more program for the last almost 17 months, I see it more as I have re-learned how to not eat wrong, I am not really maintaining a "diet" so to speak, I am now maintaining what every other person on the planet that does not have a weight issue does daily, the only difference is that I was once 534 pounds.

I think that is the mindset that we as over weight people need to get over, we are no different than any other person in this world, besides the fact that we weigh twice as much as most of them! but hey we're working on that part right? right?? yes I am talking to you! I am no different than the very nice woman that I walked about 1/4 mile with yesterday while out on my walk, I am no different than the very fit very intense looking woman that made me think twice about my discipline a couple weeks ago, That older fella that runs around the lake that I live on like he is Forest Gump? no different, not one bit. If we walk through a crowded store or park and randomly choose 6 people based on nothing other than they happened to be the next random person, each and every one of them would be capable of choosing to eat properly and exercising enough to maintain a healthy lifestyle but no one would ever call it amazing.

Myself, the woman from last night, very fit very intense woman and Forest are all completely different people on completely different levels of fitness/health and at the same time we are all very much the same. I have no clue whether any of those other people have ever been over weight or not, for all I know Forest may have started running because he too was once a quarter ton man, but I have learned that I don't find that the fact he runs around this lake seemingly for hours some times amazing, He is just a man doing something that he is capable of for unknown reasons to me. At 534 pounds that feat would have been amazing to me, at my quarter ton weight I had honestly loathed people for walking! seriously! I can remember thinking to myself as I sat on the couch "why would anyone want to walk around with no where specific to go?" I honestly had that thought at one point in my life and shortly thereafter I decided to lose weight and get healthy again, I at some point realized that the statement above was the statement of someone that was giving up, and I was not going to give up, that was a state of mind that is not a good place to be.

I believe that anyone can do whats right for themselves, Losing 200 pounds is a feat for sure, I am just unsure that it is amazing because once we are in the right mind set it becomes second nature to eat correctly and exercise more. I do not smoke and never have but is it amazing that I am more than 30 years smoke free? no because smoking is not something that we need to do to survive and neither is over eating. I often hear people say that eating is something that we need to do to survive so it is somehow different than other addictions and though I can agree with that concept and I know first hand how hard getting over that hump is I cannot agree with that philosophy for more than one reason that I may get into in a later post. Its almost like those dead beat dads out there that expect people to give them praise for paying their tiny little child support payments, saying things like "I pay my child support I am doing my part man" There is nothing special about paying child support, it is expected and it is our duty as fathers to support any children that we bring into this world and I look at it that way. its just eating right and exercising and is what should have been done from the beginning, I am just late to the party!

Day by day things are getting better and easier in the world of me where my health is concerned and I blame myself for that, just like I blame myself for getting into a situation where saying "I weigh a quarter of a ton" held truth. I am a changed person just 16 months later and that to me is what is amazing, I like to think of it as I am just becoming part of the normal crowd.

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Me

  
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GAMBLINGQUEEN 5/12/2009 2:25AM

    Hey, I just love the way your blogs give the reader something to think about. I also love the way you speak the truth as you know it. I agree, I see others running, walking, doing marathons or triathlons and think - man I would like to do that. I don't know where they once were, if they've always been that fit or if they were once just like me. I guess Nike's slogan "Just Do It" applies to them and me because most people don't just say "I'm gonna run a marathon tomorrow" they actually train or prepare.

I also agree with your comments about the back handed compliments. It shouldn't be any surprise that we are maintaining good and healthy habits. I just wonder if others are so used to us failing or so used to very public people losing weight, gaining weight, losing weight, etc. that it just surprises them to see that we are keeping at it.

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QUILTINGB52 5/11/2009 10:38PM

    I'm not one to judge the "outside" of a package ~ it's what's inside that counts & you are inspiring!!!!!!!

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DIFROMWYOMING 5/11/2009 9:32PM

    Well, you certainly made a lot of people think today!

I do find you inspiring. That is what it is.
I did used to smoke and quit about 17 years ago. And it's not a big deal and hardly anyone even knows that who knows me now, but when they do find out they usually think it's cool. And it is cool. It's kind of removed from me now, but I can still acknowledge that it's cool because I know how hard it was to quit.

Maybe that inspires someone who has smoked for 17 years to think that someday they can be a non-smoker, too. I don't think of myself as an existing smoker who just has forced herself to not take a drag every day for the last 17 years. I think of myself as 'one who does not smoke'.

So maybe the other poster is right, maybe you have turned a corner for yourself and now you are 'he who does not weigh a quarter ton', which is cool. And perhaps someday in your own life people around you will just know you as you, and won't even know you were once a guy who was overweight - just like people don't know I was once a smoker.

But you still inspire me, dude. Even that possibility inspires me.
And that is what it is.

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HAPPY-DESTINY 5/11/2009 7:08PM

    I would have replied to this sooner..but I had to run to the post office to mail out my paultry child support payment! Do I want accolades? Nah..! Do I want a pat on the back for 'doing my part? Nah...! What I would like is to see my children! The last time I saw them was in April '95. That was when the ground was soft enough to bury my six year old son that passed away with cancer five months earlier. ( I plan on posting a blog later about it!)

When I praise you or give you a complimentBOTZZZ. It's not that I am telling a big guy last lost some weight that he 'is doing the right thing' OR 'You look so much better! ( Better than...what?) Every person I approach, I extend a hand and look them in the eye and say, "It's good to see you..you look good!" It's not about how heavy or light you are nor the cut of your clothes nor the color of your skin nor how thick/thin your wallet is! It is because we are on the 'Green' side of the grass and each day is a choice and a new direction!

I give praise to you for your stamina...your consistency..your ability even through adversity. I give you praise for Commitment and Dedication, for Goal-setting and Trouble-shooting! I recognize your ability to seek a new path and create a 'different' You..one that you will be 'Happy' with and the goal you seek as a possible destiny for yourself!

Kindred Spirits speak heart to heart while perhaps others speak from mouth to ear!

I praise you... for within you I see qualities that I desire and may possess within myself and I enjoy your example of them! I see these in you and seek to emulate them! You are the embodiment of my Dreams!



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SUNNY89 5/11/2009 6:26PM

    I still think what you have done is amazing. I am heavy and it is a challenge to do and eat the right things. Maybe once it becomes my new normal I will see it different but right now what you did and are doing is amazing. Plain and simple. Thank you for sharing because it does inspire those of us who are still struggling knowing the right thing to do but not yet able to put down the fork and step on the treadmill and stay there.

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AMBERROGUE 5/11/2009 3:41PM

    Just be you. emoticon

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ZIRCADIA 5/11/2009 3:07PM

    I dunno man, I get inspired by anyone who is faithfully making an effort to live a healthy lifestyle -- regardless of their past or future -- but I DO think it's more impressive for someone to make the change and continue it when they have come from an unhealthy place. It takes so much more mental, emotional, and YES PHYSICAL work to lose a large amount of weight than it does for little miss suzy q to maintain when she's never had a weight issue. And lots of people out there who maintain their weight AREN'T maintaining it because they live a healthy lifestyle -- unfortunately there are many who eat unhealthy foods, who starve themselves all day and eat one super unhealthy meal and never exercise, or whatever. Do I think it SHOULD be the norm for everyone to live a life of healthy physical activity and food choices? YES. But is it? NO! And you deserve to be commended. And how many people gain back the weight they lose? Apparently a LOT. So maintaining a loss IS exceptional. Should it be? No I don't think so. But I definitely appreciate it when someone says to me, I think it's really great to see you still doing it now, acknowledging that I didn't just lose weight, that I've been keeping it off. But I also don't feel insulted when people I don't know have no idea that I came from that place and don't applaud me. But really -- people who don't know my past, but know that on my recent vacation I ran an 8K race, went hiking, went walking all over, ran again on another day..... they are still impressed that I live such a healthy active lifestyle. I'd LIKE to think that could be the normal crowd, but sadly we live in a very unhealthy nation and especially depending on the area you live in it can be worse. I've never heard Alabama touted as one of the HEALTH CONSCIOUS places to live, ya know? I'm rambling. :P

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ABAZOODAY727 5/11/2009 2:32PM

    CLAP, CLAP, CLAP! Well said! Way to lay all the cards on the table. All we gotta do is keep on keeping on! "A SINGLE STEP" that journey of a lifetime. It still doesn't make it easier for those of us who do struggle everyday with the weight loss or even other life occurances. BUT we keep on going. That is what makes it AMAZING. ALOT give up and give up and give up. WE as "FAT PEOPLE" are expected to give up and fall back into the Doritos Bag. I mean isn't that what made us that way to begin with...WE just can't help ourseves right? Isn't that what the majority who have never struggled with weight think. WE "FAT PEOPLE" ARE WEAK. I DONT THINK SO...WE CHOOSE TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT AND STICK WITH IT. THAT makes us amazing. YES BOTZZZ SIR YOU HAVE COME ALONG WAY AND WILL BE COMMENDED FOR YOUR EFFORTS BY YOUR KID, YOUR WIFE, AND THE HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE YOU INSPIRE EVERYDAY!!! Thank you...KEEP ON KEEPING ON!

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GLORYTOGLORY 5/11/2009 1:14PM

  unfortunatly statistically most people go back to the addiction of overeating so I get the comment really. But the fact that you are thinking the way you are proves your mind is already preparing for a life of healthy living and this is not just a diet to you. The thing about weight is noone really knows a persons headspace and what life experiences lead them to cope in that way. Also I know quit a few people who have never struggled with weight that eat like they should be 500 pounds. The important thing is to compete with ourselves and not compare to others. Where you have come from to where you are is a monumental accomplishment alot of people who have never struggled with major weight issues keep 20 extra pounds on them and never muster up the mental strength to make their dreams happen. You in some ways have already won the battle! The only thing I can imagine you should feel is a great sense of accomplishment pride that you are a person that goes after what he wants works for it and acheives.

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BOTZZZ 5/11/2009 1:01PM

    I guess me saying a "backhanded comment" wasn't really how I meant it, more like its not really something that should be called amazing to me. whats amazing about eating right? ya know? whats more amazing to me is that I let myself blow up to more than 500 pounds! this post just kind of randomly flowed from my fingers this morning *shrug* it is what it is.

As Ever
Me

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 5/11/2009 12:53PM

    You know, for a big old meatball, you speak the truth.

I don't know that I would have ever have thought about the "maintain" comment as a backhanded complement, but you are speaking the truth. It's just a change and people are just going to have to like us the way that we are now.

Keep on it!!!

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NBLNBL 5/11/2009 12:47PM

    Your story is quite inspiring. Thanks for writing.

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BIGGIRL2082010 5/11/2009 12:13PM

    While I agree for the most part with everything you've said here (it *is* something we're all theoretically capable of - once we figure out why we WANT to do this healthy lifestyle thing), I also kinda understand where that woman was coming from with the comment ... there are SO many examples around us of people who, having been overweight, did get the weight off at one point (I won't get into whether they did so in a healthy, sustainable manner!), but then for some reason (health issues? plain old relapsing? major life issues? who knows!) regained some or all of that weight.

So yeah, it's doable - enough people have done it and sustained that lifestyle. And soooo many have NOT sustained it. I also have a theory, by the way, that we hear more about those who put the weight back on, because that's way more sensational! I mean, if Oprah had continued to do what it took for her to keep the weight off, would the audience have been quite as riveted to ongoing "lifestyle updates" about how she keeps the weight off for good? I suspect the audience would've found that much more boring than to hear that she is "normal" and has to struggle with weight issues.

That said, I have to agree that it's astounding that we in North America seem to accept overweight-to-obese as the norm - every single time I travel outside North America, the lesson is brought home with HUGE impact - overweight and obese ought to be the exception - if 4 billion out of 6 billion are NOT obese, there's a lesson right there. Perhaps social attitudes are partly to blame for this lifestyle - nowhere else in the world is it unusual for people to go out for a walk early in the morning, or sometime in the evening! People around the world walk or bike to buy their groceries - often every day rather than in a single bulk purchase.

Sigh. Sorry, I seem to have got on my soapbox here. I think ultimately I agree with you - healthy eating and regular exercise is NOT something unusual to congratulate someone upon! :)

Thanks for making me really THINK about my own attitude to this!

Cheers,
Maya


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RACHEL630 5/11/2009 12:06PM

    I'm very proud of you. You're an inspiration! Keep up the great work.

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ELFITZPA 5/11/2009 12:00PM

    As usual, your insight is very interesting and honestly a bit surprising. Maybe it's a female thing, but I've literally had women tell me that there's no way I could give them advice since I'm "naturally thin". I'm not even sure what that means - it's calories in and calories out for me, just like anyone else. I think it's pretty incredible after everything you've done to realize that hey, everyone else IS facing the same struggles. Sure it gets easier and becomes part of your life, but it's still "work" sometimes and a balancing act all the time.

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CELTICMOTOCAT 5/11/2009 11:49AM

    Very well said....

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THECOOLESTSARAH 5/11/2009 11:20AM

    I see what you're saying - you wouldn't congratulate a sick person for getting healthy necessarily. The difference is that it's in our hands. We made the decision, we fought for it, we got healthy with our discipline. Others who are sick are given to doctors to deal with, they are pumped full of drugs, they are "managed". But overweight people deal with their sickness themselves and losing weight is not something anyone can make us do except ourselves! In that way, I would say it's amazing!

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LGLANDT 5/11/2009 11:15AM

    I really do like they way that you put things in perspective. It makes me think about what I'm doing.

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DENACARPER 5/11/2009 11:07AM

    congrats on your successes!

Dena

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A new low, almost to 200 total pounds lost!

Friday, May 08, 2009

Last Friday I weighed 349 pounds which was five pounds higher than my lowest weight to date and I was hoping that I could get to 344 again so that I can start to record losses once again. Hoping? me hope for weight loss? nah I did something about it because hoping things will happen instead or making them happen is how I got into this mess in the first place! The decision to make something happen this week was made and the scale confirms that fact, I weighed 341.0 pounds this morning, yes that's more than an eight pound loss for the week! I am three pounds lower than my lowest weight and only seven pounds away from having lost 200 total pounds! Here are some pictures for your viewing pleasure.


The toe nail color is not part of my Saturday nights! it is part of having a daughter that doesn't realize that daddy's don't wear nail polish!


This 1981 Suzuki GSX250 weighs in at 341 pounds just like me.


Finally this Mio 50 scooter weighs 193 pounds which as we know is what I have lost so far.

I could not be any more pleased than I already am with this mornings weigh in, I have stayed strict with my exercise and with my intake this week and it has paid off. I am pretty excited that I am only seven pounds from hitting that 200 pound lost mark and for some strange reason it feels like its going to feel like starting over again when I get there, I had that same feeling when I hit 100 pounds lost. It is almost like because I am hitting a whole number that I am starting off at 1 again and as crazy as that sounds it really is how I felt at 100 pounds lost and now that I am almost to 200 pounds lost that same thing is happening again, and this morning is the first time that I felt that way, in fact the feeling came while writing this post.

My intake for yesterday was good coming in at 1570 total calories, for exercise I went for a 1.5 mile walk on a very steep hilly section around my house and I think I will incorporate this route into my walks at least twice per week from now on because the hills made a difference in the way I felt, it made the walk feel like exercise, I also did 50 push ups and some dumb bell curls earlier in the day. I consumed 1 gallon of green tea and 1/2 gallon of straight H2O along with a diet coke that I shared with my daughter at lunch again so I am hydrated.

A good week for sure and the plan is to keep on with what I am doing until I hit my goal, I have lost 36.14% of my total body weight since starting in January 2008 and gained much more than that in other aspects of my life. To say that making the decision to drop all of the weight that was holding me back was the best thing that I could have done does not strongly enough state that fact and explain how it feels to have lost the amount of weight that I have lost. My next goal will be to drop that last 7 pounds so that I can hit that 200 pound lost mark and after than I want to be under 300 pounds, the goals will never stop coming even after I hit my ideal weight either and that is the attitude that has driven me through this process thus far.

Keep on keepin on and all that and don't forget that H2O!

As Ever
Me

  
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BILLALEX70 5/8/2009 7:18PM

    Great way to put things in perspective; pictures. I may have to borrow that idea in the future sometime. Sounds like you're back in the game.

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RACHEL630 5/8/2009 3:26PM

    Thanks for explaining the nail polish! I thought for a second, "Wait, I thought BOTZZZ was a guy..." You're doing awesome. Keep up the great work! You ROCK!

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ZIRCADIA 5/8/2009 2:56PM

    WOOHOO!!!!!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!! :D THAT IS SO AWESOME!!!!! :D It's good to hear you soooo back in the zone. :) I definitely think getting that protein in helped as well -- I always find that when I focus on a different aspect of my nutrition it helps me reach new goals. Like getting enough protein, or if I haven't been focused on fruits and veggies for a while I focus on that and reap benefits. It's hard to focus on everything at once, and I often get a decent balance, but anyway. Ramble ramble = YOU ROCK, keep rockin!

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LGLANDT 5/8/2009 2:40PM

    emoticon that is absolutely amazing!

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DEBIZINHA 5/8/2009 2:35PM

    You truly are an inspiration!!! WTG!
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ABAZOODAY727 5/8/2009 1:55PM

    ONE BIG GIANT PAT ON THE BACK!!! WAY TO GO! That feeling of euphoria is awesome isn't it?! Keep it up! emoticon


P.S. That is SOOOOO your color!

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SUPERMOM99 5/8/2009 12:47PM

    wow!!! you are awesome.

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SLMTRACE 5/8/2009 12:44PM

    at least your toes are a cute color hehehe
congrats on the loss, you did a great job, and it showed!!
keep up the hard work! you sooo close to that 200 lb mark!
have a fantastic day!
cheers

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SOUTHERNORGANIC 5/8/2009 11:43AM

    Congratulations! This is SO impressive! (Love the nail polish :) You're a good daddy)

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ELFITZPA 5/8/2009 11:35AM

    That's so awesome!!! I'm glad that you were able to get back on track, plus that you saw such quick gratification from it. An 8lb loss is HUGE - congrats! And keep those photos coming - I love seeing the equivalents to how much you've lost. It definitely makes me realize - yet again - just how amazing your loss has been so far.

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THECOOLESTSARAH 5/8/2009 10:49AM

    YAY YOU! I can't wait for that 7 lbs to melt off - it will only take a little bit! Whoo hoo!

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MSHOPPER63 5/8/2009 10:14AM

    WOW That is Awesome !! Persistence does pay off. emoticon

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CELTICMOTOCAT 5/8/2009 10:06AM

    Dude! You rock!!!!!

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WALKWITME 5/8/2009 9:58AM

    Thats What I'm Talking About

I'm so PROUD Of You !

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SARAHS216 5/8/2009 9:44AM

    Congrats! I am so impressed with how you've got back on track and recommitted. Not that you went seriously off track, but any deviation feels like a failure (at least, it does to me!). Anyway, 8 lbs in a week is awesome, and I'm sure you will hit 200 lbs lost very soon.

And I like the nails! You should keep 'em like that. ;)

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BIGGIRL2082010 5/8/2009 9:42AM

    Oooh! I KNEW you were going to get below 344, but you blasted through even my highest (lowest?) expectations! Way to rock it!

And you know, the first thing I thought when I saw that pic was, "Hmm, daddy's little girl's been having fun!" Your kids have got the BEST life, you know - parents who are active and who take the time to share their world (not all dads would let their kids go ahead and paint those toenails ...)

You have a treat in store when they're older and looking for people to give pedicures to (one of my friends has a 12 year old who loves to "supplement her income" by offering pedicures for a buck!) - just make sure to teach 'em how to massage your calves as part of the service! :D

Keep going, Mr. Meatball - we know that in 2 more weeks (TOPS!) you'll have broken the 200-pounds-lost mark!

Cheers,
Maya


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DONEPAT 5/8/2009 9:37AM

    Told you!
Um, next time, your little girl should do black nail polish, if she chooses to do your toes. (what a great daddy you are). Um, pink is NOT your color. :)

CongratS!
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DLR430 5/8/2009 9:11AM

    Amazing Progress!! you are a true inspiration!! Keep up the good work and you will keep hitting those goals!!! you should be so proud of yourself!! Love the positive attitude!!

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SQUIRRELLYMOM 5/8/2009 9:10AM

    Keep on moving!! You are constantly inspiring me to get up off my duff and move!!

Linda

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GLORYTOGLORY 5/8/2009 9:05AM

  What 8 pounds you are a rock star woohoo! Even with whole foods hitting the gym and workout until my everything was sore I have never lost like that! You will be at that mark so soon!!!! emoticon

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DBALZER 5/8/2009 9:04AM

    FANTASTIC! I love your attitude! I echo the setiment about not hoping things are going to happen. I too got in my situation from a LOT of hoping. Now it's time to "Do or Die" litterally!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 5/8/2009 8:39AM

    What an amazing week . . . Keep it going!!!!!

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WRITER28 5/8/2009 8:36AM

  Oh my gosh, great progress! Don't be afraid, Botzzz, of getting to 200 and below! You're getting healthier and that's what this is all about. You have busted through so many obstacles don't stop now!

Carol

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DENACARPER 5/8/2009 8:34AM

    Wow - amazing what a little hard work can do. You need to remember this moment and the feeling of this moment and when you lose the next 7 lbs to make it to that 200 mark, it should make it easier to say no to the things you know you shouldn't have.

This has got to feel great!!

Congratulations on getting back on the wagon!!
Keep up the great work!!!

Dena

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