BOTZZZ   8,014
SparkPoints
7,000-8,499 SparkPoints
 
 
BOTZZZ's Recent Blog Entries

The long weekend report, did I mention it was long?

Tuesday, May 26, 2009


Working towards a goal that has been almost 17 months in the making has taught me a few things about myself and about weight loss in general. I in the last five hundred eleven days have made changes in my life and created habits that will hopefully trickle down and become habits of my children as well, My wife has become more health conscious and has recently started running to go along with her better eating habits as well and I can say with 100% certainty that my choice to lose all of the weight and get healthy will mean that I get a little more time to enjoy with my family as well as enjoying things a bit more myself.

Thinking back to Jan 2008 I can't remember being 534 pounds, when I think back to that time I can remember being out of breath from walking up the stairs, I can remember not being able to walk very far without sweating like I had just run a marathon, I can remember how it felt to say no to going out because I was uncomfortable but I cannot believe that I was 534 pounds. I weigh almost 200 pounds less than I did back then and still feel like I am big, mostly because I am but what I mean is that I look at photos from then and I do not see me in the pictures, maybe more like a me suit. My day literally went the same way every day, well there are two versions really and the first version went like this, wake up around 10am (I worked nights at the time), play some video games while rotting on the couch with my 64oz double gulp cup filled to the brim with whole milk or coke, eating a breakfast that consisted of more calories than I eat all day now, 3pm drive to work and basically sit there until 1am, drive home grab del taco and stay up until 3 or 4am watching tv or playing more playstation. Then version 2 was after my daughter was born, wake up 6:30 am and sit on the couch, play time was on the bed, not like a new born could run around too much which worked out perfectly for me at the time but as she started getting older I noticed that I could not keep up with her very well and would need breaks from playing, or we would sit in the yard or should I say I would sit in the yard while she played on the playground set that was in our yard at the time the entire time me not enjoying the fact that I could not run around with her.

That was the me that I do not want to remember, I should actually say that I want to remember enough to not go there again but not remember because it was like a bad dream. I was thinking about this weight that I have lost and something dawned on me because Wify came and sat on me while the thought was in my head, She was on my lap and if I were to stand on a scale it would read a lower number than it would have with just me on it less than one and a half years ago. As I sat there I felt a tug and before I knew it my daughter had climbed up onto us now making it s pile and I thought about how there are 3 of us sitting here now and I am just about the same weight as I was when I started this weight loss regimen, Me my wife and my daughter all piled up and the couch was holding the same weight as it would have if it were just me a short time ago, I don't think Wify even knew what I was thinking about at that moment but imagine that, 3 people and that is just about exactly what I weighed all by my onesome.

Ok enough of all of that, lets get to how the weekend went intake and exercise wise and I will attempt to keep it to the point. Friday went as planned with the food but my back was bothering me so I did not workout at all so food was good no exercise, not so much. Saturday my intake was perfect up until Wify told me that she got a movie for us to watch and a rule that I made a long time ago is that it does not matter what my calorie level is at I will have a big ol bowl of popcorn with a movie, so I was at 1650 calories and went over by whatever that jumbo bowl of the good stuff amounted to, again no exercise on Saturday besides some light yard work. Sunday was going good enough and then I found out that my brother in law who is a vegan was coming down for Lunch and my Mother in law cooked a completely Vegan lunch for the occasion and I decided that I wanted to try some of the vegan dishes and ended up not counting calories at all because it was a lot of things that was like salads etc that I couldn't really judge. after lunch my father in law stopped by for dinner and he brought hot dogs, potato salad and macaroni salad with tuna and once again I decided that I was just going to enjoy the meal, I did stick to only water and tea for the entire weekend so that was good but Sundays calories were way over. Monday I was within my calories coming in at 1695 for the day but then later on in the evening I was very hungry for whatever reason and I gave in and ate a Fiber bar which cost me an extra 140 calories so I did go over on Monday slightly as well.

Zero exercise all weekend besides rearranging a walk way made of stone in my back yard and some random light yard work, the docks are very backed up and I for the life of me cannot figure out why. The situation at the docks is hindering my ability and desire to get a good solid workout in and I am starting to think that the pain in my back may be related to the clogged pipes but after I click "publish post" I am going to head out for a walk around the lake and plan on riding my bike this afternoon. I also wanted to mention that I am tentatively penciling in Monday June 1st as my C25K start date since the doc cleared me, I wanted to start this week but with the pipes and the raw back I have decided it was not the best week to start something that I am anticipating will be a challenge.

Now that I have typed out this epically long post it is time for me to get on up and get outside for a walk, don't forget that H2O and keep on keepin on, it is after all the least we can do for our own health.

As Ever
Me

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MARYONAMISSION 5/26/2009 11:38AM

    I think the exercise should help the "docks". I hope you enjoyed your walk. That was quite a revelation when you had a family pile up. I hope it feels terrific. Keep up the good work. Oh by the way, what kind of green tea do you drink?

Report Inappropriate Comment
BIGGIRL2082010 5/26/2009 11:04AM

    Ahhhh, Mr. Meatball, just keep going. Hopefully a little light exercise will shake something loose. :)

Sounds like you had a GREAT long weekend, just keep plugging away - Friday's coming up soon!

Cheers,
Maya


Report Inappropriate Comment
LAURIE5658 5/26/2009 10:56AM

    I am thinking also that because of the back, that alone could screw things up for you. Your story with everyone in your lap is so cool and it truly puts your weight loss in to perspective. You are an awesome inspiration.

emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
SWEETZMIX 5/26/2009 10:32AM

    All in all you had a good weekend. And you didn't overstuff yourself, so that has to count for something. Also it may be the lack of movement that is backing up the docks as well. So hopefully that walk will help.

Report Inappropriate Comment
AINTSKEERD 5/26/2009 10:14AM

    It is really strange sometimes, to think back to one's 'old' self, and realize what was. It does feel like dream (or nightmare), and words cannot convey the feelings that our memories bring up. Just the same, it is a good memory to have to help keep our forward momentum.
Keep up the great work and I hope the docks clear soon. I know how miserable I would be if they didn' clear daily.

Report Inappropriate Comment
CALICAVEGIRL 5/26/2009 10:10AM

    It seems like when I'm backed up, exercise really helps to move things along (if you know what I mean). So maybe some movement would be more productive than taking it easy. Just a thought,... Hopefully things will get back to normal in that area for you,... I know how uncomfortable and frustrating that can be.

Report Inappropriate Comment


200 pounds lost? did he make it this week?!

Friday, May 22, 2009


As expected this week is not going to be the week that I bust that 200 pounds lost mark, I have to admit that I am a bit confused about this weeks weigh in but it is what it is and like I said yesterday I am stronger this week from last and that's the important part. When I stepped on the scale it said 340.2 pounds so that's exactly 2 pounds up from last week and I said that I was confused but I do have a couple theories to go with that plate of confusion. I have eaten perfectly within my 1700 calorie limits all week so that's a non issue I think besides the fact that I probably could have had more fiber, I have drank at least a gallon of green tea every day this week along with about a gallon of straight H2O each day as well so hydration is there. The two things that I suspect are hindering the loss this week are the fact that I have/had jammed up docks for almost the entire week and the fact that I have been going to bed later than usual, after midnight and as late as 1:00 am for the last 4 nights or so.

Now that I have analyzed the week it is time to plan for the coming week and I will keep it simple.

1.) Eat no more than 1700 calories per day and watch the fiber intake.

2.) Drink at least 1.5 gallons of Green tea or straight H2O per day.

3.) Now that I have the all clear from the doc, I will hit the cardio hard this week.

4.) Work out every day this week, no days off until the next weigh in.

I know that looks a lot like what I already do, but the two major differences are that I will not be taking a day off of exercise this week and I will really amp up the cardio because I have been holding back and only walking since the doc told me to do so until an ECG was done. Honestly the mere fact that the ECG results came back clean has relieved a huge amount of stress that I was under for the past 3 to 4 weeks and I feel like a weight has been lifted off of me and I plan on taking full advantage of my stress free high by hitting the exercise hard this week to try and make up for the lack of any real cardio work in the last few weeks.

This weeks weigh in shows a positive number as far as the raw number goes but I honestly think that I will hit that 200 pound mark my Friday if not sooner. I did everything that I could do this week including extending my walking distance because of feeling like 2 miles wasn't enough when walking was the only exercise and it was upped to 3 miles, My raw weight may be up by 2 pounds (even if its the docks or lack of sleep) it is up and I have to accept that fact, the other fact that I accept is that I have done everything that I could given the circumstances of the last month and the halt of movement by my doc so I am happy with the scale this week even though it is not a loss.

This week was not the week that I become the fella that can say that he lost 200 pounds, but next week I think that little fact will not be a fact any more. Don't forget that H2O and always remember to keep on keepin on because if you don't nobody else will do it for you.

PS: C25K coming to a theater near you very soon!

As Ever
Me

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

ROCKIN_RHON 5/26/2009 8:20AM

    Having the results of the ECG will help your efforts this week. Peace of mind is a wonderful thing. Good Luck!
emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
SUNNY89 5/25/2009 9:32AM

    We all have things that come up along the journey that hold us back for whatever reason. I love the fact that you figure out what you did right and what you can do better. We always have something new we can learn. You have done so great. You will reach your 200 pound loss and it feel so great!! Best of luck to you.

Report Inappropriate Comment
BILLALEX70 5/23/2009 10:49PM

    Hey bud,

There's always next week.

We along our journey have had our set backs. It's just part of the process. Some weeks are good others are no so much.

Keep working the plan and it'll show.

Report Inappropriate Comment
GAMBLINGQUEEN 5/23/2009 2:48AM

    Good to know that your ECG came back normal. You crack me up with your tasteful way of talking about the loading dock. Can I suggest some fruit like any type of melon, oranges, grapes, or cherries. I find that these fruits have plenty of water in them, so they help the flow of traffic.

You'll be hitting that goal of 200#s lost soon, I know it therefore I'm glad this is not stressing you out. Furthermore, I like how you came up with a game plan to get the scale moving in the direction you want it to.

Report Inappropriate Comment
TRACYZABELLE 5/22/2009 11:40PM

    Sleep is so important! I was lacking sleep this week and I ought ti be in bed now-- so weigh in tomorrow is scaring me! I guess maybe I ought to toss in the towel and hit the sheeets!

I knwo you can do it-- stick to your plan and we will be right here to support you either way the scale numbers fall!

TracYZ

Report Inappropriate Comment
DIZBIZBELINDA 5/22/2009 11:22PM

    I think you are right on the mark. You have a good head on your shoulders. I think this is your week. I can feel it. Be true to yourself and the rest is history.....now.....go for it!!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
RACKETMOM 5/22/2009 9:02PM

    emoticonSo glad your test results were good!!!
Have A Great Week Ahead & Thanks for your page & blogs-you are by far my favorite soap opera character!! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
LMCGEEN 5/22/2009 3:08PM

    I am glad to hear that your stress has been relieved and your are focused on a goal. You are so positive and I am amazing with what you have accomplished. Good luck! I know you will make it!

Report Inappropriate Comment
LAURIE5658 5/22/2009 3:00PM

    I found your SparkPage via Aintskeerd and am I glad I did! What an absolute inspiration you are. Sign me up as your latest fan.

emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
AZBACKPACKER 5/22/2009 2:14PM

    Now that the stress is gone, I bet you will drop those last few pounds. You have came so far, you are a true inspiration. I love your analysis.

Wishing you the best.

Report Inappropriate Comment
AINTSKEERD 5/22/2009 1:53PM

    I'm looking forward to your weigh in next week! The stress release alone, can be enough to drop a couple pounds right off. You're doing great!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MARYONAMISSION 5/22/2009 1:42PM

    I'm really impressed with how positive you are. I'm glad everything went well with your ECG. Keep doing what you are doing and you will succeed. Good luck! I'm so excited for you to reach your 200lb loss goal.

Comment edited on: 5/22/2009 1:42:50 PM

Report Inappropriate Comment
ZIRCADIA 5/22/2009 12:19PM

    You know, stress can play a big factor in your weighin as well, and I believe the less sleep definitely. So this week having that burden lifted PLUS being able to rock out the cardio, plus getting more sleep (I hope)... I think you will have a better result.

Report Inappropriate Comment
SIMPLE_TAILOR 5/22/2009 10:59AM

    Don't let it get to you. Stress can keep weight around as well. Now that it is out, it will start falling again.

You are going to do this.

Report Inappropriate Comment
THECOOLESTSARAH 5/22/2009 10:45AM

    I'm excited to hear about what next week brings - I think doing more cardio will help on all accounts. xo

Report Inappropriate Comment
HARRINGTON5 5/22/2009 10:41AM

    I enjoy reading your blogs. You really analyze everything and it makes me think about what I am doing with my own plan. You are doing fantastic and I know you will reach your goal because you've put so much into it. I feel like I just play at it and now I need to get to work. Thanks for the inspiration!

Report Inappropriate Comment
DAISYMAEMAE 5/22/2009 10:40AM

    Wow! I have faith in you! You are just too awesome for words. Is it weird to be super proud of someone you don't really know? You make me want to reach for the stars and know I can succeed! Much luck this coming week.

Report Inappropriate Comment
BIGGIRL2082010 5/22/2009 10:32AM

    Keep it going, keep it going!

Next week, same time, same place! :)

Cheers,
Maya


Report Inappropriate Comment
AMBERROGUE 5/22/2009 10:28AM

    You just keep working at it. You'll hit that mark and beyond before you know it!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SWEETZMIX 5/22/2009 10:18AM

    OK so your doing great. And you did have a pretty good week. Just don't go hard everyday with the cardio so you won't hurt yourself. I know being jammed up can add up to 6 pounds, so it will be all good by next Friday!!

Enjoy the holiday weekend!

Report Inappropriate Comment
**PRICELESS** 5/22/2009 10:04AM

    YAY for the clearance - & the stress free high! Enjoy it and rock it out this week!!! :)

Report Inappropriate Comment
GLORYTOGLORY 5/22/2009 9:46AM

  I have had that many of weeks no loss and all went right love the attitude about it. Truth is there is always a big lose the later when you do not. 200 is right around the corner woohoo!!!! you can do that extra cardio and weights this week woohoo!!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
PEACHYCYN 5/22/2009 9:43AM

    Keep up what your doing, you will hit that 200 pound loss in no time! I'm so excited for you, that must be such a great feeling. You look amazing!

Report Inappropriate Comment
LINDOKAS 5/22/2009 9:38AM

    You can do it! I just busted 100 and it feels so good! Can't wait til I'm in your shoes and can hit 200 lost! :-)

Report Inappropriate Comment


You can do a triathlon if you like, who me??

Thursday, May 21, 2009


Today is a good day, and what I mean is that a worry that has been on my shoulders for about a month now is gone. About a month ago I had a docs appointment and he heard a heart murmur and told me that I needed to get an ECG done to make sure everything was ok with my ticker, he also told me that I could not run or work out too hard until that was done hence all of the walking in the last month instead of other things. Today was my follow up appointment to see what the blood tests from the initial appointment said and to find out about how the ECG went and apparently everything is good with the old ticker, he used a term that I cannot recall right now to explain the murmur and said just as a precaution that we will look at it in 2 years but it was something about a valve being a little loose or something like that but he said that and I quote "You can do a triathlon if you like, everything came back great" then he repeated that he was impressed with what I have done so far with the weight loss. I will tell you that having a doctor tell me that I am doing everything right and then tell me that all of my blood tests came back "great" and when I asked him if I can run now his reply being "You can do a triathlon if you like" really does something to reinforce in my mind that I have to keep on keepin on with what I am doing.

Onto this week and tomorrows weigh in, though I have eaten perfectly (besides not enough fiber apparently) and exercised daily I do not think I will be at a lower weight than I was last Friday, but then where have I heard that before? this morning I weighed more than I did last Friday, not by much but more none the less so I do not think that I will cross that 200 pounds lost barrier this week but who knows. I have consumed an average of 1650 calories per day when I do a 7 day average off of my excel sheets so I am right where I should be with intake, I have drank 1.5 to a little more than 2 gallons of fluid per day every day this week and I have exercised every day except one in that same time, and if I don't weigh less than I did a week ago it doesn't matter to me.

I am stronger than I was last week, I am a week healthier come tomorrow morning and 7 days wiser where health in general is concerned. I have the all clear to run to my hearts desire from my doc so I plan on starting C25K most likely come Monday and there is a nice long stationary bike ride in my immediate future. As I write this I am 3/4 of a gallon worth of green tea into my daily hydration and have eaten a nutritious breakfast and dinner, things are as they should be at the moment. I am expecting to either break even or be slightly above my last weeks weight come tomorrow morning going off of this mornings weight but like I mentioned yesterday the docks are clearing out so I guess anything can happen.

The bottom line is that I am in control of my eating and now can do what I want to physically with the all clear from my doc this morning so once again the sky's the limit and I will be at my goal weight before years end. Make sure to remember that H2O and keep on keepin on, tomorrow I weigh in and there is a possibility that I will break that 200 pounds lost mark but I just don't think this will be the week.

Until then...

As Ever
Me

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SIMPLE_TAILOR 5/22/2009 10:51AM

    Another step in the right direction. Keep it going!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
DBALZER 5/22/2009 9:42AM

    Sounds like you are ready to take on the world! Congrats and I look forward to hearing about the -200 moment!

emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
BIGGIRL2082010 5/22/2009 6:54AM

    So, just musing out loud ... when do you think you'll be ready to sign UP for that triathlon? I can see you're already doing the biking, I know you're about to start the running ... and I suspect you already swim, too. :) So, put those ingredients together, and you have - ze triathlon!

Looking forward to seeing you inch closer to the 200-gone mark today ... I'll be checking back later to see TODAY's blog. :)

Cheers,
Maya

(O
h, was that a "prolapsed mitral valve" that caused the murmur? If so, you can read about it in the SP Health A-Z articles under "Mitral Valve Prolapse ...")

Comment edited on: 5/22/2009 6:57:31 AM

Report Inappropriate Comment
CELTICMOTOCAT 5/21/2009 11:16PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
Wonderful news! You still continue to rock!

Report Inappropriate Comment
THECOOLESTSARAH 5/21/2009 7:55PM

    Great news - (((hugs)))

Report Inappropriate Comment
ALEXSGIRL1 5/21/2009 5:59PM

    excellent news for you no one wants to hear that their heart is just not working like it should. i first was scared to move after my pacemaker, plus irregular heart beats. but started slow and i can run too now. i don't go far yet but i may someday see you in that triathlon. good job with the drinking all that tea and water.your doing amazing. emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
WENDYSPARKS 5/21/2009 5:18PM

    Hi Botzzz...that is great!! Keep it up!! This is wendy...I changed my name to BeautifulWomen and my dog is now my profile picture. Woo!! Hoo!! Have a nice holiday weekend with family and friends! HUGS wendy

Report Inappropriate Comment
RACHEL630 5/21/2009 5:02PM

    Grats on the great report from the Doctor!!! That's amazing. Good for you!

Report Inappropriate Comment
ZIRCADIA 5/21/2009 4:40PM

    WOOHOO!!!!! :D

Report Inappropriate Comment
SLMTRACE 5/21/2009 3:33PM

    Im glad to hear that your ticker is good to go, that must be a big relief!
good job on staying with in your calories for the week, and doing what you could as far as excersize goes! Cant wait to see your weigh in tomorrow, just like you said, your are a week healthier if nothing else!
hope you have a great day!
cheers

Report Inappropriate Comment
MRSRINABERGER 5/21/2009 3:05PM

    Wow, I don't know how to say this but your line "I am stronger than I was last week, I am a week healthier come tomorrow morning and 7 days wiser where health in general is concerned." really was like an enlightment moment for me. I've been losing motivation and very frustrated because I'm not losing any weight or not fast enough or whatever... but, that line really made sense to me. I think I might keep it as a motivational quote if you don't mind? Because when I'm feeling like it's just about the weight issues, this will help remind me, it's a lot bigger than that.. it's about health, knowledge, and ultimately, a better life! I'm probably sounding corny but, seriously, thanks for unwittlingly motivating me today!! emoticon By the way, I wanted to congratulate you on your success, I can't even imagine how wonderful it felt to get a clean bill of health after weeks of worry and then realize you are the one making yourself healthier!! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
KRISTIRAE30 5/21/2009 3:04PM

    I really like this post. You have such a great attitude! Keep up the fantastic work, you will hit 200 down very soon.

Report Inappropriate Comment
SWEETZMIX 5/21/2009 2:57PM

    You see wifey was right, no reason to worry until there is something to really worry about. YAY!! on the good news. Now on to that 5K!! I know you can do it!! And no worries about tomorrow's weigh in, think positive and that is all you can do. You have said before, "Oh I dont think weigh in will be any less than the week before" and you were proved wrong. But you are right, even if it's not..it's not a big deal!!

Report Inappropriate Comment


Close to 200 pounds lost update, and a few pictures of what I have been doing.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009


I seem to have forgotten that I write in this blog every day! I have been a busy little boy playing outside in the dirt the past few days and just have not had the time to write a post but here I am! taking a break so I thought I would post up. In the past few days I have pretty much spent my entire days outside in the yard making it look how I want it to instead of the previous owners vision of beauty, which happens to be in the eye of the beholder in this case because this yard was jacked up. I removed a brick patio and neatly stacked the 8x16 paver bricks for later use, reshaped and moved a stone edged gravel filled path that ran through the back yard while retaining any plants and or shrubs that were to be moved and tilled the soil and planted grass on all of the bare spots from where I pulled up the patio and moved the walk way. I now have a new tomato garden that I cut into the yard and edged with stone and some railroad ties, its a tiny little spot holding only 3 tomato plants but it took more than an hour to complete and plant into, I hope I get a few tomatoes off of them, here are a few pics that I just snapped after I started writing (full sized pictures can be seen at my blogspot @ zeusmeatball.blogspot.com/2009/05/cl
ose-to-200-pounds-lost-update-and-few.
html
)


Here is my tiny little tomato garden, the two on the left are Beefmaster and the one on the right is a better boy, they probably could have been planted a bit further apart but hopefully they do well there, the entire thing is 5 feet across.


A shot down the fence line at part of our garden, you can see the tomatoes at the top left.


Just a random shot of the little bird house that lives in our yard, you can see the still bare butterfly bush on the right side of the purple flowers.


This week is going well and I have stayed within calories every day this week, with all of the yard work I am definitely getting some exercise into the days but on top of that I have walked every day besides yesterday this week with my shortest walk being 1.8 miles and the longest was 3 miles. I am lifting weights and doing my push ups every other day and staying thoroughly hydrated drinking 1 gallon of water and 1 gallon of green tea per day over the past 5 days or so. We did have a hold out on the docks, I think that the teamsters were asking for more fiber and I just was not listening because the docks were jam packed and not moving for almost 4 days so I don't know how that will effect Fridays weigh in. I am actually up from last Fridays weight at this point in the week, I have done everything right this week but I have a couple of theory's on why I am up. I have been doing a lot of work around the yard and I am sore in a few places that are not usually sore so I may be retaining some fluids because of that, or it may be that the docks are still jammed up a bit, though the teamsters have agreed to let the ships unload I have a feeling that there are still a lot of ships waiting to land at port and unload so that's theory number two.

Either way I am doing everything right this week and Fridays weigh in will be whatever it is and I will keep going, will it be the week that I hit that 200 pound lost mark? I sure do hope so! BUT if its not, then it is not and that's all. When I do hit that 200 pounds lost mark I plan on posting up a few more comparison shots because I have not posted any in a while, I believe the last time I put one up was at 150 pounds lost but I could be wrong and I don't feel like searching to find out right now but its close if not 150. For me to say Two hundred pounds is what I have lost seems so bizarre to me, and only because of the pure size of that number, there are whole human beings that do not weigh that much and have lost that amount of fat off of my body? just insane to me if I think about it for too long.

Apparently my time is up because my daughter just finished her lunch and wants to go back outside to play some more so I will end this post here and off I go to do more yard work, make sure you stay hydrated and drink 20 extra oz for me today! keep on keepin on and all that.

As Ever
Me

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SWEETZMIX 5/21/2009 9:04AM

    Glad to hear that even though u are not on spark, you are still doing what you need to do. It's all about that healthy lifestyle. All that yard work does count for exercise, so no worries. I am pretty excited for your weigh in tomorrow. And maybe you should try that activia yogurt, lol, I just seen my co worker eating some yesterday. I wonder if it works with keep you regular!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
WRITER28 5/21/2009 8:25AM

  Nice photos! Don't know if you've grown tomatoes before, but if you haven't I suggest that when the plants are around 2 feet tall, that you stake them. Staking the tomatoes soon will give them the support they need as the stalks grow larger and you don' t have the struggle of working around the plants to stake them when the tomatoes are large and heavy.

Looks like you'll have a nice yard for summer!

Carol

Report Inappropriate Comment
SQUIRRELLYMOM 5/21/2009 1:17AM

    Maybe some Benefiber would help with the unloading.

LOL emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
SIMPLE_TAILOR 5/20/2009 10:28PM

    The gardens look great.

Your theories seem very sound on the gains. Those darn teamsters.

Talk to you tomorrow.

Report Inappropriate Comment
ALEXSGIRL1 5/20/2009 8:29PM

    eating right working out all that yard work. and losing 200 pounds you are one dedicated amazing guy.keep on keeping on. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
BILLALEX70 5/20/2009 8:11PM

    Way to go buddy.

I'm in the same boat as you; I'm so close to my next goal I can taste it, but I'll get there when MY body decides to cross it.

You want to come help me lay some mulch and plant this weekend? That'll keep me out of trouble this weekend.

emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
GLORYTOGLORY 5/20/2009 3:51PM

  I live your teamsters theory alone and comment on your nice yardwork and we all know that -200 mark is right around the corner for you woohoo!

Report Inappropriate Comment
RACHEL630 5/20/2009 3:13PM

    Your garden is beautiful! It's very inspiring.

Grats on staying in your calorie range and drinking your water! You're a PRO.

Report Inappropriate Comment
BIGGIRL2082010 5/20/2009 3:00PM

    I'm sure you'll cross that 200-pounds-lost mark and *then* some, given how well you've maintained the eating-healthy, staying-active streaks over the past few weeks!

Oh, the tomatoes are too close together, for sure. You'll get LOTS of fruit from them, but you'll probably need to thin the outer ones (the bits near the inner plant) so that the middle plant gets room to put out some leaves and fruit! And you'll need to stake 'em somehow ... I found plain old wooden stakes with bits of rag to tie the stems at various heights worked really well.

Enjoy - there's nothing to beat the taste of a tomato fresh from the vine on a warm summer day!

Cheers,
Maya


Report Inappropriate Comment
AINTSKEERD 5/20/2009 2:39PM

    I love your teamsters theories! Too freakin' funny. You'll see the change soon.

Report Inappropriate Comment
RENA1965 5/20/2009 2:39PM

    Keep up the solid work.. That garden is looking really great!

Report Inappropriate Comment


Weigh in, 196 pounds lost so far!

Friday, May 15, 2009


I was worried that I would not have a loss this week because of an earlier in the week look at the scale and the fact that last Saturday I ate pretty bad but this morning I was pleasantly surprised. I will get right to it, I stepped onto the scale and it said 338.2 pounds, that's a 3 pound loss for the week and I am more than happy with that three pounds. 196 total pounds lost since Jan 2008 and a mere 4 pounds separates me from being able to say that I have lost 200 pounds, maybe I will actually get there by next Friday, maybe not, either way when I think back to day one (which is as clear as yesterday) I can remember how I felt that I was starting in on another attempt to lose weight that was bound to fail and here I am 4 pounds away from having lost 200 pounds, here are the Friday photos for your viewing pleasure.


No flash in a dim room but there it is! 338.2 pounds!


This is Laura Vukov and she weighs 196 pounds, I lost a whole her!

Over all I am feeling good about what I have accomplished but then who wouldn't feel good after losing close to 200 pounds? It is a bitter sweet feeling if I am being honest, on the one hand I have just lightened my body by just about 200 pounds and have been living healthy for about 17 months, more than likely I have added years to my life and I feel awesome! on the other side of the fence is the years gone that cannot be gotten back, 200 pounds ago I was unhappy and how many years have I wasted by allowing myself to get to that size? I mean its awesome that I have lost this much but at the same time is that really a title someone should try to attain? "the guy that lost 200 pounds" (do not think for a second that I dwell on this, it is merely a thought in the many that enter my head daily) The fact that I have lost this amount with nothing more than determination is the awesome part to me, I did not use any miracle diet plan or pills, I did not have to buy into a plan that offers pre made meals, and I did not buy any books or cards that tell me how much to eat and when, and the best part is that I did this without surgery.

The reason that I started doing this the way that I did was because I feared for my life, I was honestly afraid that I would walk down the street and bamn! dead from a heart attack. Imagine living a life where you honestly thought that any day could be the day, just from walking up stairs to go to bed, or carrying something heavy up stairs for your wife could kill you because of the strain that was on your heart, hell, just walking up the stairs I was carrying something heavy! Myself! Now imagine that you were responsible for that condition only because you could not control how much and what kinds of food you were eating, imagine.

I do understand that losing weight is much more difficult than anyone that has never struggled with it knows but at the end of the day we are responsible for what we choose to eat, we are the one responsible for whether we do some exercise or not, I am responsible for my actions and you yours, everything else is an excuse. I have heard people say things like "but I can only walk 5 minutes before I cannot walk any more" ok, then walk for 5 minutes per day until you can walk 6, so on and so on. When I started off I could barely walk a 1/3 of a mile trot around the block and that was at a 2 year olds pace! now I walk just under 2 miles 5-6 times per week and can walk more than 3 miles straight without feeling anything but relaxed. "but I can't afford a gym" I have never belonged to a gym in my entire life, which may explain a few things! but my point is that its not needed, body weight exercises, walking, yard work, anything can count as exercise when you are as big as I was! "I have a limited budget and cannot afford to shop the way I need to in order to lose weight" as my Grandfather use to say "awe horse puckey" I am by no means well off, in fact I am a stay at home dad so we live off of one income currently and let me tell ya with 2 kids and one of them special needs I do not have money to burn! smart shopping along with bulk shopping will do the trick every time, give it a shot.

I will get on down off of my soap box for now because I want to get out there and get a walk in this morning, 3 pounds down and that much closer to that 200 pound lost mark and I am feeling pretty good this morning. Anyone reading this for the first time, know that it is possible to lose the weight and live healthy with a little determination and discipline, toss in a bit of smart shopping, exercise and recipe planning and well, ya get what we got right here!

Thanks for following along and thank you all for the support that you leave me daily.

As Ever
Me

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

ZORAHGAIL 5/18/2009 5:41PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
LCOBB46756 5/18/2009 2:33PM

  Congrats on the weigh loss.... Keep up the good work/blogging

Report Inappropriate Comment
GIGGLES40 5/18/2009 2:11PM

    WOW!! You're doing awesome and such an inspiration!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MYVANNSMAMA 5/18/2009 2:07PM

    way to keep going~ I hope you have a successful week!

Report Inappropriate Comment
WEN@TBAY 5/18/2009 10:42AM

    Fantastic! I'd better shelve the excuses I was making (rainy weather) and get out there for my walk! Thanks for the inspiration! Keep up the great work!!

: ) Wendie

Report Inappropriate Comment
GODDESS1971 5/18/2009 10:36AM

    You are awesome. Whoo hoo.

Report Inappropriate Comment
LEARNINGTOLUVME 5/18/2009 9:22AM

    Congratulations! You are a inspiration to me to keep going. I've been back and forth between 280/283 and the days I see that 283 I want to smash my scale and I feel discouraged. Thanks for the pep talk and the motivation. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
JARMOOZLE 5/18/2009 5:11AM

    Wow, you are a true inspiration!! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
TRACYZABELLE 5/18/2009 4:23AM

    WOW! I sit here, mouth open and in awe! You are doing so great and I am so so so happy for you! WHat a great accomplishment to achieve-- and I know you are working extra hard to get to that magic number!

TracyZ

Report Inappropriate Comment
MARJIJANE 5/18/2009 12:17AM

    Amazing and wonderful! I love that you did this with hard work and determination, not excuses....and you were honest with yourself, all the difference in the dieting "game"! You are my new hero! Thank you for sharing.

LTLY

emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MCAUDI 5/17/2009 11:42PM

    Congratulations!

Report Inappropriate Comment
2008LYNN 5/17/2009 10:58PM

  emoticon Just awesome and inspiring!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SUNNY950 5/17/2009 10:36PM

    emoticon emoticon

Keep up the great work!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
KRISTYSMOM 5/17/2009 9:56PM

    keep going. there is nothing as great as when you hit that 200 lbs lost feeling.

Congrats!

Report Inappropriate Comment
LIVINLIFEFULLY 5/17/2009 5:41PM

    OMG! what inspiration. Amazing job. am and going to quit complaining and stat doing Thanks.

Report Inappropriate Comment
PANOLELUNSA 5/17/2009 12:36PM

    emoticon i'm beginning the road to losing 100 pounds. i am so going to follow your blog because you are for real! i watch those tv commercials and tried all those diets where people said i lost 70+ pounds and kept it off. i never lost much and if i did it came back not long after. A friend sent me this site to try and i am so glad she did. Kudos to you and Congrats on your awesome success.

Report Inappropriate Comment
GAMBLINGQUEEN 5/17/2009 7:29AM

    I am rooting for you. I've been following your progress for quite some time and hoped that you would inspire my husband whose starting weight is higher than where you started. Unfortunately, one must make that decision that they've had enough before they are really and truly ready to begin. Hopefully that day will come for him sooner than later. Hopefully your continued success and my success will turn that light on in his head. You know, the way your weight loss efforts convinced your wifey to get on board the weight loss train with you.

Report Inappropriate Comment
JEWELSHEART 5/17/2009 1:09AM

    This is my first time on this site and your blog was the first I have read. You're an amazing inspiration to me. Thank you for sharing your story!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
IAMSHE-RA 5/16/2009 4:26PM

    What an inspiration you are! I love your "can do" attitude. Keep it up! You rock! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
PEPCEA 5/16/2009 1:48PM

    You are awesome!!!

Alex emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MISSY_MAGOO 5/16/2009 11:58AM

    Wow! Amazing!
And you've said what I've thought so many times- I hear people say they just can't do it, and they're right... once you say I CAN is when you will. I started with .5 miles 3 times a week- a few weeks ago I went 5 miles!!! We all need to stop letting our brains talk us out of things and just let our body do it, I actually just blogged about my own experience with that last night :)
I also used the I can't afford to eat healthy- but I've now realized that a cart full of fruits and veggies are so much more affordable then fast food three times a week!
Congrats on your amazing and inspirational accomplishments!!!!

emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
-Missy

Report Inappropriate Comment
GOING-STRONG 5/15/2009 11:39PM

    Thanks for sharing... I'm totally in awe. I agree with you that making excuses for not exercising is just a cop out. Just take one small step and build on it.,, daily. Consistency is the key. Best wishes to you and congratulations on your achievement,
Rhonda


Report Inappropriate Comment
AINTSKEERD 5/15/2009 11:37PM

    emoticonon another 3#. I love straight forward talk. I'm not one for excuses so I appreciate your speak!
Rock on!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MYSTICRAINS 5/15/2009 10:24PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
BILLALEX70 5/15/2009 9:33PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
CELTICMOTOCAT 5/15/2009 8:32PM

    ooohhh yeeeeaaahhhh!!!!! As always, You Rock!!!! Cheering for you for next week!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MSHOPPER63 5/15/2009 5:54PM

    Awesome you are an inspiration to all of us. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
SLMTRACE 5/15/2009 5:54PM

    your sooo close!! great job this week! cant wait to see next weeks weigh in to see if you get to that 200! you can do it! i know you can!
so i joined a gym, and it is really helping me with the excersize and i look forward to it. i think it was what i needed to kick me in the butt. it wasnt expensive at all (planetfitness.com) to join or monthly. and since im a beginner its perfect! im pretty excited if you cant tell.
im back up in weight, but im thinking its water weight. so hopefully by next week we'll see a loss. anyways it had been a while so i thought i'd give a little update LOL
hope you have a fantastic weekend!
cheers,
Tracy

Report Inappropriate Comment
CECE0330 5/15/2009 4:46PM

    OOOOHHHH.....you are so close to that tremendous milestone! And the way I see it is: Living a healthy lifestyle is NOT something that most of us were taught. But all of us here have decided that we are not going to let that stop us from achieving our goals. Therefore, we have all set out on this journey to educate ourselves, and just as you would never berate a student who is learning through his studies, neither should we be berated for our past ignorance! You would think good health would be a given, or common sense, but the millions of overweight people around indicate otherwise!

Anyhow, regardless of how/why you ended up weighing what you did, you are an inspiration to us because we all KNOW how hard it is to get back on the right path, and the fact that you have been at this for close to 200 lbs is incredible!

So that's all I have to say! (Oh, and thank goodness you lost that 196 lb chickee...she's kind of scary!) emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
ZAEZAE 5/15/2009 3:56PM

    Thanks for the stern talking too! I needed it. :-) I was just starting to think about 'needing' a gym membership and all that kind of stuff. Thanks for being the voice of reason and sharing your thoughts. Congratulations on all your achievements and great success! You are truly proving that the brain is the most powerful muscle we have. Great work!
Amy

Report Inappropriate Comment
PUCKYGIRL 5/15/2009 2:47PM

    Way to go. Congrats on your great accomplishment. You are a great inspiration. Thanks for the blog emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
LKRMOM 5/15/2009 1:48PM

    You Rock Botzzz, You Rock! Thank you for spreading your great attitude and sharing the secrets of your success!

emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
SIMPLE_TAILOR 5/15/2009 1:45PM

    This is why I follow your blog my man, good solid grounded encouragement.

Keep it up. We'll all cross that finish line.

Report Inappropriate Comment
ZIRCADIA 5/15/2009 1:40PM

    WOOHOO! Good advice and congratulations on posting another loss this week! :D I knew it was bound to come down some more after we talked the other day, but I am pleasantly surprised it was enough for such a great loss! 3lbs ROCKS! :D SO CLOSE to 200lbs gone forever!!!!!!!!!! :)

Report Inappropriate Comment
BIGGIRL2082010 5/15/2009 1:14PM

    *giggle* I could have predicted that loss. :) (Yeah, it's safe to say so now that you proved me right!)

Congratulations! Just 4 pounds before that major milestone - wheeeeeee! Keep it up, keep it up, keep it up!

Cheers,
Maya


Report Inappropriate Comment
VTMAUREEN 5/15/2009 11:55AM

    Sometimes I get stuck in this mindset that I can't do this without some kind of crutch; a surgery, a diet pill, a pre-packaged meal, a membership to a weight loss group, a trainer. I constantly feel myself being sucked in to the marketing that says "you can't do it alone." I am so thankful that there are people like you out there who have done it and are doing it with plain old common sense and hard work. I am so glad that I can read your blog and say, here is a guy doing it the right way. Thanks for sharing your journey.

Report Inappropriate Comment
SWEETZMIX 5/15/2009 11:54AM

    emoticon

No need for those doubts that you had in your previous blog. You are doing a great job with everything.

Enjoy your weekend!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
AMBERROGUE 5/15/2009 11:52AM

    emoticon on the weight lost!! Such blatant truth to your words here. You are definitely not defined by how much weight you've lost! You define/create yourself. I love that you sign your comments, blogs, etc as "Me." You are who you are. Don't ever let anything get in the way of being yourself!!

Congrats again!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MARYONAMISSION 5/15/2009 11:47AM

    Woo Hoo! A 3lb loss is great. I'm so happy for you that you are so close the losing 200lbs. That's really amazing.
emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
AMYRIA 5/15/2009 11:21AM

    Just came across this on a friend's feed, and wanted to thank you for sharing your story so openly. What you have accomplished is wonderful, keep it up!

Report Inappropriate Comment
DONEPAT 5/15/2009 11:21AM

    Congrats on the loss, and I'm very happy for you !
Again, YOU ROCK and all that.
Have a great weekend!

Patty

Report Inappropriate Comment
LADYINBLAQ 5/15/2009 10:51AM

    You are very inspiring to me. If I can lose as much as you have so far I will be right where I need to be, and to see that someone has done it proves to me that it CAN be done. Keep up the awesome work!

Report Inappropriate Comment
BIONIC2 5/15/2009 10:48AM

    YOU are an AMAZING person! Thanks for sharing your story. It will help loads of people.....you ought to be chosen to speak at next year's SparkConvention!

Report Inappropriate Comment
GLORYTOGLORY 5/15/2009 10:22AM

  So what you going to do with your honey to celebrate the -200? the past is past right! today you are a health concious guy who leads a active life that defines you!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
LGLANDT 5/15/2009 10:10AM

    I have the same opinions about people's excuses. They are just those, excuses. Anyone can do anything that they put their mind to. Good Job!


Report Inappropriate Comment
ELFITZPA 5/15/2009 10:04AM

    You really nailed a whole lot of common excuses for not taking better care of ourselves, and exactly why they don't hold up. Congrats on another 3lbs closer to 200lbs lost!! Have a great weekend and celebrate your progress rather than dwelling on why you didn't do it sooner. The fact is that you're doing it now, and that's what matters.

Report Inappropriate Comment
BIKINIDREAMZ 5/15/2009 9:57AM

    Thanks for your blog! I feel the same about the wasted years! I feel like I was the fattest when I was supposed to be having the most fun. Oh well, that was then and this is now...still hard to let it go though! Keep up the good work, you are a true inspiration!

Report Inappropriate Comment
FITTGRRL 5/15/2009 9:56AM

    emoticon emoticonYou truly are inspiring! emoticon
I loved your blog! Gives me the positive energy I need to face the weekend! emoticon emoticonOn your amazing loss!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
RACHEL630 5/15/2009 9:51AM

    I've been frustrated feeling like I don't have the money to buy the "good" food... thanks for the kick in the pants. I needed it. Grats on 3lbs down!! Look at you go! I'm glad to hear that you're not dwelling on the negative about the "wasted years." I would say, forget about it -- unless you need a painful reminder of why you're going to stay on track, LOL. You're a rockstar! Keep it up.

Report Inappropriate Comment
**PRICELESS** 5/15/2009 9:49AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
WOW!!! There's not a whole lot more I can say. You're doing absolutely fantastic, keep up the great work and I look forward to celebrating the 200# mark along w/ you!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment


First Page  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 Last Page