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477 lbs of me! the lightest I have been in 5 years!

Friday, March 07, 2008

Day 66 and weigh in.

I have dropped lower in weight than I have been in about 5-6 years. I hit my 2nd goal, that goal was to get under 479 lbs. I also went for a walk on day 66 and I put my little one in her stroller and walked 1 mile in 18 minutes so thats slightly more than 3MPH for almost 20 mins, I think I have found the answer to my broken bike pedal, as long as the weather holds up. something I noticed during the walk is that my jeans kept falling down, even with a belt so I struggled to keep them up which made for an uncomfortable walk, but it also meant that I must be losing more weight so it was a good uncomfortable feeling. I came home and just for fun tried a pair of jeans on that were 1 size smaller and low and behold they fit! so I am down 3 pants whole sizes now since starting. also I posted a photo up in the beginning of starting this blog and I tried the shirt that I am wearing in that picture on and it just about fit! I could wear it out if I wanted to and it would probably be unnoticeable that it was slightly too small. its been a good week for me all around, I have come to terms with the fact that 7-8lbs will not drop off per week and I have to be good with that, and I thank the people that have emailed me on this subject, it helped.

Total loss for this week is 4lbs so I am down to 477lbs at wake up time today, now I gotta say I have not had a launch at the docks since Wednesday, so I am probably a little less than 477 but it is what the scale says it is on wake up on Fridays ;) so 477 it is. I am happy with that number. besides did I mention that its the lightest I have been in 5 years? oh yeah I did :)

My next goal will be to get to 460 lbs, I will take a few baby steps with some goals as it seems that its coming off slower than in the very beginning, and I don't want to set myself up for disappointment. so 460 is a 17lb loss from today. I will see my cousin and an aunt and uncle this weekend for the first time since Christmas and I am very curious to see if they notice the weight loss. they all know that I have lost weight but have not seen me so I am curious to see the reactions. this is turning into a long post so I will cut it off here. and give you the menu along with my item that weighs 477lbs.


03/06/2008

Breakfast
8:15 AM
2 boiled egg (beet egg) 150
1 banana 105

10:15 AM
1 pear 85

Lunch
1:00 PM
1 can lite progresso soup 120
1/2 cup cooked white rice 100
1 Dannon lite yogurt 60
1 cup 1% milk 110

3:00 PM
small dannon lite yogurt 45

Dinner
6:15 PM
5oz roast chicken 250
1/2 cup cooked white rice 100
1 1/3 cup fresh frozen green beans 60
1/2 pat butter 20

9:00 PM
Green tea w/2 tspn honey 40

Grand total of 1245 calories for the day, I have to say I am happy with my losses to date and know I am bettering myself and my family because I will be around a long time because of this change. I just wish that I had done this a long time ago, something dawned on me as I wrote this last part of the post, I was not happy with living in CA for the past 8 years, maybe that contributed to the weight not coming off but going up, now that I am "Home" back in New England maybe something clicked inside me and its why I am successful so far, I will have to give that some thought. either way Thanks for following.

As Ever
Me

  
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ANNEMARIEBLTMR 3/10/2008 9:40AM

    I am soooooooooooooooooooooooo proud of you!!!! You are so awesome!!!!!!!!! Keep up the phenomenal work!!!! Before you know it you will feel like a teenager again!!!!!!

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DLBROWNJACKSON 3/8/2008 11:07PM

    Yahoo!! Kudos!! Every good food choice helps create a better you!I love seeing what other people eat, helps me to expand the menu!God bless. deb

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MESACHICK 3/8/2008 1:47AM

  DUDE!!!!!!!! You totally rock!!! Congrats. My favorite part is the loose jeans. GO YOU!!!!!!!!!!

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MRSHONEYC 3/7/2008 11:51AM

    WHY LOOK AT YOU! Great job!!!
I did have to laugh once I realized what "launch at the docks" meant!
I'm so excited that you've lost THREE pants sizes! You're doing WONDERFUL! If nothing else, you're learning how to take a healthier approach to your eating habits!!!
((HUGS!!!))

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SUPERMOUSE35 3/7/2008 9:19AM

    Hey, that's great, congratulations! :-)

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Day 63 there you have it.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Day 63

Steadily moving in a downward motion goes the weight. it is the sixty third day and I am still on track with only 1 hiccup last week, and that was not even a hiccup really just a smaller drop in a weeks time that got me down a bit. I would say the over all feeling is one of success. I have been getting more sleep and drinking all of my fluids, keeping it under 1500 calories but the exercise will lack a bit until I can find a pedal. yesterday we went for a walk, it was 50 degrees outside, today is the same except that its raining on and off, just a drizzle, which would be ok if it were only me but I don't want to make the kiddo walk in it, she was complaining of the wind during our walk yesterday so I could only imagine how rain and wind would go. I am sticking with the push ups etc, I am just missing out in the cardio...the most important part of course. hopefully this week goes ok as far as a loss goes, only Friday will tell.

I have been playing the guitar for what feels like a week straight, but in reality its only been a day or 2 that I have been playing it more. since I got the new strings I want to break them in, lets just say my fingers are not happy with me. with that I will give you the menu.

03/03/2008

Breakfast
9:00 AM
1 banana 105
1 tbsp peanut butter 100

Lunch
12:00 PM
1oz Vermont Cheddar 110
8 wheat ritz crackers 112
1 can progresso lite soup 120

2:00 PM
1 boiled egg 70
1 lite Dannon yogurt 60
crystal light 15

Dinner
5:00 PM
6 slices of pickled beet 30

6:45 PM
6in subway club double meat 425

7:30 PM
1oz Vermont Cheddar 110
8 wheat ritz crackers 112

Grand total of 1369 calories for the day, not too bad. I might in response to the damaged pedal eat a few less calories this week to make up for the lack of burning calories, I have not made a decision and its Tuesday so I don't know what kind of response that is :)

As Ever
Me

  
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MESACHICK 3/6/2008 2:33AM

  Hey there bud...do you ever do workout DVD's? I love the Biggest Loser series and also Denise Austin Trimwalk. They are great for when you are stuck indoors. I hate it when weather gets in the way. I am in AZ where it's nice weather most of the time but last month we had rain for several days. SO glad that's done...but I was glad for my DVD's on those days. Side note...double meat Subway sandwiches, good idea! Sometimes when I do eating out I have a hard time getting protein...I will have to copy you there! Have a great Thursday! :-)

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SCHNOOGLES 3/5/2008 3:48PM

    Botzzz, dearie, you're already pretty low in calories. Is there something else you can do for exercise while you're waiting for the pedal?

Suggestions: view a SparkPeople workout online
Walk in place (don't laugh, it really works!)
Strength train - use the Spark-generated workouts with whatever equipment you have (if none, that's OK too). Instead of taking a break between reps, move on to the next exercise right away. It will get your heart rate up!

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MRSHONEYC 3/4/2008 7:21PM

    I haven't played guitar since I sold mine. It was accoustic, steel strings and I was holding on to it more because I thought it was a gift from my father's HEART, when in reality I found that my mother had told him to get it for me. ANYWAY, it's been ... 8 years now. I'd probably tear up my fingers if I were to start again today!!! LOL
GOOD JOB on trudging on!!!!
Keep up the good work :-)

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Da funk be gone, day 60 onward!

Saturday, March 01, 2008


Day 60

My funk is over, and I am back on track, all except for the fact that I need to go out and find a pedal for my exercise bike now! on day 60 I was riding the bike as usual and the pedal started feeling odd, so I got off of the bike to check it out and all seemed ok, so I chalked it up to my imagination and began to ride once again, thats when the pedal popped off of the left side, another WTF moment for sure. so my bike ride was cut short, so off to the bike shop to look for a compatible pedal.

I honestly believe that this weeks low drop in weight is a side affect of me not taking care of myself the way I should have, I was going to bed later than normal (Damn you Conan Obrien) and not drinking enough fluids, and when I looked back at my intake the sodium was on the high side. I have been to bed between 10pm and 11pm for the past couple days and thats the plan for the week to see if theres a difference and if there is, I am sorry Conan our relationship will have to end.


The intake for the day went well, I loaded up the calories in the morning and tapered them off as the day went on. I was not hungry late in the day and felt good about what I was doing. hopefully changing up when the calories go in will tell my body that there is change and will keep it guessing a bit, as well as the tapering off will hopefully help because I am sleeping on less calories than I have been. We shall see, onto the menu.

02/29/2008

Breakfast
8:00 AM
1.5 cup bran cereal 180
1 cup 1% milk 110

9:00 AM
3/4 banana 90
2 tspn peanut butter 80

Lunch
12:30 PM
1 Gortons fish fillet 170
1 cup cooked white rice 200
1 pat butter 35
1 glass crystal light 20

3:00 PM
1 dannon lite yogurt 60

Dinner
5:45 PM
1 can tuna 150
2 slices wheat bread 160
slightly more than 1 tbsp Miracle whip 45
2oz sliced tomato 10
crystal light 20

7:15 PM
1 dill pickle 10

Grand total of 1340 calories for the day, I did want to get all the way up to 1500 but it just didn't happen. I do want to say thanks to everyone that took the time to email me or send me a message on some of the forums or respond with a comment on here, they do help keep me in line and make me realize that I am still in fact on track etc etc etc. so Thanks

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Me

  
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FL_SUNSHINE 3/3/2008 10:36AM

    Hiya Botzzz : ) I found your page through Sodredge. Ya know, when I don't get enough sleep, or stay up super late, I don't do as well during the day either. Sleep really has an effect on my motivation for sure. I'm glad you're feeling better and that your funk is outta here!

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CPT.SPACEMONKEY 3/2/2008 12:41PM

    Botzzz, If it is one thing I have learned on this journey, it is that setbacks are just part of the fun. Think of it as training for later on when things may get a lot rougher. There is always going to be something that stands in the way of what we want to achieve. One of my favorite quotes is something like this, " Defeat is only temporary, giving up makes it permanent."

And this one from my mentor that got me started on this journey to begin with,

"Quitting is for losers, and compromise is for those who are willing to admit defeat. When the odds are against you don't Quit or compromise. That is when it is toughest. When the going gets tough the tough don't get going; They improvise, adapt, and overcome." - Jason

SO... Onward and Downward we go! YOU CAN DO THIS!

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SCHNOOGLES 3/1/2008 6:44PM

    There will always be obstacles in our way. Successful people overcome them - and others use them as excuses. The question is, which do you want to be?

Sounds like you are well on your way to answering that question with a resounding "SUCCESSFUL"! Way to go! Now go get a bike pedal, and find other ways to stay active. :)

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Honesty and a big pile of WTF!

Wednesday, February 27, 2008


Day 57 Honesty

My weight is not budging, usually by Wednesday I have dropped a decent amount of weight, this entire week since Friday my weight has fluctuated from +1 from Fridays weigh in to -4 and this morning I am at -1 from Fridays weight so 482 as of right this minute, lets just say I am less than enthusiastic about this phenomena. it took 57 days but I am frustrated. there is no way for me to sugar coat this. I am extremely irritated at this sudden wall I have hit, and it IS sudden. I lost 8 lbs last week and here it is just 5 days later and I have been up and down with the weight and am confused and irritated, I am doing nothing different besides I did not exercise on sat-sun which is not abnormal. to say that I am Pissed off at this thing that is happening in my body would only be honest.

none of that was actually from day 57 as its how I feel this morning. I heard on the news last night that Progresso Italian wedding soup is being pulled from the shelves because of that beef recall, because of the abused animals, Wonderful.....I have a cabinet full of the stuff. I was going to have a long post about the beef industry and why I am not eating it any more but I find myself in a not so creative mood currently. so onto the menu for day 57.

02/26/2008

Breakfast
8:30 AM
1 banana 105
1 tbsp peanut butter 100

11:15 AM
3oz deli turkey breast 100
2 slices lite rye 80
1 tbsp miracle whip 35

Lunch
2:30 PM
1 can low sodium Italian wedding soup 180

4:45 PM
1 pear 120

Dinner
6:30 PM
2 Gorton fish fillets 340
3/4 cup cooked white rice 150
1 cup frozen fresh peas 105
1 pat butter 35

8:30 PM
10oz 1% milk 137

Grand total of 1487 calories for the day, I apologize for the negative post but its the mood of the morning and I have decided instead of posting up the image of a hopeful fellow dancing along the trail to a weight loss, that I would post up honest feelings. I will not post up that all is well when I am so annoyed at this situation. thanks for reading and hopefully tomorrow will be a better day.

As Ever
Me

  
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SCHNOOGLES 2/28/2008 4:07PM

    If weight loss were as easy as "eat less and exercise more" like 8 million doctors have told me, then nobody would have a weight problem.

As you're finding out, and probably have already experienced before, it ain't easy. Plateaus happen. This is a very critical time for you.

Your body is probably getting "used" to your routine. Shake it up a bit. Try adding 100-200 calories for a couple of days. Try a different workout. Change up your workout - do intervals (high intensity for a brief period, followed by a resting pace for 1 minute, and repeat till you're done). Try a new activity. There are lots of ways you can restart your engines!

Hang in there! You CAN do this!

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MRSHONEYC 2/27/2008 5:41PM

    It's about TIME you hit a plateau!!!! Your body NEEDS TO RECOVER from this SUDDEN WEIGHT LOSS you've been experiencing. Now, instead of concentrating on how much weight you can lose this week, concentrate on NOT GAINING ANY BACK. YES, it's incredibly IRRITATING, I KNOW! Take heart, your body DOES need to 'rest'. You're doing a WONDERFUL JOB. Keep it up, and this weight WILL come down!
((HUGS))

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KIMMIEB831 2/27/2008 5:24PM

    You are doing amazing and getting frustrated is part of the journey. If you have been doing the same thing for 57 days maybe your body is getting to used to it, mix it up a little bit add some more exercise. We are big people with a lot to lose so we have to some times trick our fat bodies into losing.

Don't get down on yourself. In fact, mentally record (if you don't want to do so publically) one positive thing about yourself in regards to this journey daily.

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GREENACRESANNIE 2/27/2008 5:11PM

    Hey Botzzz! To make it to day 57 and now just feeling frustrated??!! That's amazing all on its own! You said "I have done nothing different." Perhaps you need to mix it up a bit. Maybe exercise a bit longer or work on some new muscles. Your body gets used to the same thing after awhile. Are you getting enough sleep this week or is it a busier week for you? This could be a part of it. Hang in there man! You are doing so great! And it is A-OK to be negative every once in a while...a couple of WTF's and a little tantrum might do you some good. Reassess and know that this is a long term goal that WILL have ups and downs! Tomorrow you need to go back to being positive and be confident in knowing you are coming out of this a WINNER!

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MESACHICK 2/27/2008 4:10PM

  Hang in there, BOTZZZ!! I had a gain last week, and was feeling discouraged, and decided to do measurements - I lost a TON of inches in just 4 weeks. Have you measured yet? If you haven't - DO IT. This will help you on those plateau weeks. YOU ARE DOING SO GREAT!!!!! If you forget that, just SparkMail me and I will remind you!

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Lost another 8lbs! down to 483lbs!!! great weigh in today

Friday, February 22, 2008

Day 52 Weighing in.

Persistence is the twin sister of excellence. One is a matter of quality, the other, a matter of time. I have achieved both in the past 2 months with a lifestyle change. I have come from a father worried about the longevity of his life to someone that knows He will be successful in dropping the weight that has figuratively as well as literally held him back in recent years. I work out daily and watch what I eat. I also find myself wondering how could I be sticking to this as easily as I am right now, and yet found it so hard in the past, either way I am very pleased with My results so far.

I did have a bit of a rough day, I was hungry all day and had stomach pains. I can't explain why or how that happened but it was to the point that I was just sitting on the couch feeling like "just give me a pizza" . of course I resisted. but I did want a Bacon pizza badly.

I lost a total of 8lbs this week bringing me down to 483 lbs total. you could say that I am overwhelmingly happy with what the scale had to say to me this morning. I could not be happier with this weeks drop.

Onto the menu for the fifty second day.

02/21/2008

Breakfast
10:00 AM
2 multi grain english muffins 200
3oz sliced tomato 15
1 boiled egg (beet egg) 70
1 tbsp Miracle whip 35

11:30 AM
1 Zone perfect bar 210

Lunch
2:00 PM
1 banana 110
1tbsp peanut butter 100
1 dannon lite yogurt 60

Dinner
6:00 PM
5oz pork chop 300
1/2 cup cooked white rice 100
1 cup frozen green beans 45

7:30 PM
16 oz 1 % Milk 220


Grand total of 1465 for the day, I am over all happy with my results and am going to end this post with another quote. "A determined soul will do more with a rusty monkey wrench than a loafer will accomplish with all the tools in a machine shop" -Robert Hughes -


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Me

  
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MESACHICK 2/25/2008 2:10AM

  I see your blog (SP and off-SP) often and want to tell you how much I admire all you have done! Your journaling about it is awesome, too. Keep inspirin'!! :-)

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MHARVESTD 2/24/2008 11:35PM

    Excellent work! Your progress is so great to see! :o) Congrats on your successes!

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SCHNOOGLES 2/22/2008 9:45AM

    I LOVE that quote. Great job resisting the pizza!

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KIMMIEB831 2/22/2008 9:45AM

    That is great! So glad to see you committed and doing so well!

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