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Monday, June 22, 2009


A weekend of not really counting calories but staying withing my range none the less to my best guess, Friday I ate steak for the first time in a long time and Saturday indulged in a sundae from Dairy queen, Fathers day was spent at my fathers house and we ate BBQ chicken, cucumber salad, home made baked macaroni and cheese along with baked sweet potatoes and I did not weigh or measure a single bite that went down the hatch. I did not plan on having a weekend of non measurement but sometimes it just happens and in walks normal eating habits with a bit of indulgence tossed in for good measure, here I am, its Monday and the excel sheet reigns supreme again. I see this weekends eating as a successful look at how eating sans my Salter scale can be as I do not think that I went too far above my calorie limits on any given day, though the sundae may have been pushing my luck.



I am not insane eat nothing but what the earth grows raw diet guy and I don't think that it is realistic to say "I will never eat an ice cream again" I do not eat red meat or pork but not because either one is bad for me, but because the FDA does not regulate these products in a way that says that the person selling said meat products has to say whether the meats are from cloned animals or not so I choose not to eat it for that reason, vote with your dollars right? My normal eating habits have become lots of whole foods, chicken, fish and green tea galore and that's fine by me but it doesn't mean that I will never have some "comfort foods" again, I mean should I not have rum cake on my birthday any more? I am in my 30's and cannot remember having a birthday without a rum cake, should I never have a piece of my aunts peanut butter fudge on Christmas ever again? nah, not going to happen. My point is that a piece of plain New York style cheese cake tastes wonderful! a warm apple pie on a cool Autumn afternoon made from fresh orchard picked apples is just simply delightful and not many people could honestly argue that fact and I have no plans to never have those things again in my life.



Whats changed is the fact that instead of a slice of that pie that could serve 3 people followed by a second piece that is big enough for most people to call it a large piece, is that I will have a small slice and enjoy every bite of it and those gigantic slices will not ever be the norm again for me. I love the flavor of a simply baked or grilled sweet potato with nothing on it, I crave apples and the natural sweetness they hold, grilled fish has become my favorite meal and when I have it I feel like I had a "treat" of a meal. Another thing is that because I had a sundae, or an unmeasured portion of that macaroni and cheese that I mentioned does not mean that I failed, and it doesn't mean that I went off of plan, it just means that it was a nice day for a sundae and I forgot my scale when I left for my fathers house.



Tonight I plan on running W3D1 of the C25K program even though I still feel some of the effects of this whatever it was that I had last week, I seem to feel bleh in the am and right before bed but otherwise I feel pretty good so I think that it is time to get back out there running, yes yes I know I am a baby when it comes to being sick. I have been staying hydrated with my minimum of 1 gallon of green tea and 1/2 to 1 gallon of straight H2O and my eating has been on par besides the weekend of non measure. I am anxious to get back into the C25K program but I have to admit that I am a tad worried that starting week 3 after my little hiatus from the program may prove more difficult that it would have been if I had started it last Monday, but we shall see how it goes tonight.



That will conclude this message from the emergency fat loss channel, if this had been an actual emergency you would have been instructed where to tune in your area for news and official information. Now go grab yourself a big ol glass of H2O because you made it through another post filled with randomness and a little insight to a once quarter ton fella, keep on keepin on and all that, and wish me luck on week 3 tonight, I have a feeling that I will need it.

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BEESPARKLE 6/26/2009 7:28PM

    I salute you also. You did no sin. I would rather see people do that then go so strick that life would be such a struggle. You are human. You did not do a bad thing if to some think is bad for us Sparkpeople.


emoticon to you.

Love your blogs. Keep them going. I am going to add you.

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COUNTRYBUMKIN65 6/25/2009 4:15PM

    I find your blogs inspiring and informative . Good luck on your Journey, you are doing Great"
Thank you for sharing.
maryellen

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1972ROSES 6/25/2009 9:57AM

    Great Blog. You've inspired a topic for my blog! You've got great perspective. Great Job. Good Luck on the 5K.

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NESSENUNU 6/25/2009 8:52AM

    How boring would life be if we could not treat ourselves to an indulgence once and a while!!!! Healthy food tastes great... but who doesn't like an ice cream Sunday, or a yummy steak.... its not ALWAYS what you eat, its how much you eat. good for you for having an indulgence that was not out of control.

And, I really do enjoy a portion size of apple pie once and a while, rather than one or two huge slices all the time. I just cant do that anymore.

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NAENAE1213 6/23/2009 10:20AM

    I'm a dietitian that preaches those "special treats" for yourself. I've worked with other dietitians that will tell their patients they can never have ________(fill in the blank) again and I say that's the number one thing you can do to ensure failure. It's not real life. You WILL be faced with those foods again. And how you handle them is WAY more important that trying to avoid them forever.

I salute you! Good for you!

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SKYEFYR 6/23/2009 8:56AM

  As always, the quart water bottle is at the ready as I read your posts and you remind me to drink it. :-)

I think it's fantastic that you stepped away from the scale this weekend. We all need an occasional weekend off, and you've worked so hard! Plus you got to prove to yourself that you can keep up your healthy lifestyle without the scale close at hand. And good for you on your indulgences. You deserve them from time to time also. You have such a healthy outlook on this lifestyle change! You realize you're going to have days where you allow yourself to indulge and you're okay with it. I think that was the best part of this post - you weren't talking about guilt!

As for the cloning of cows and pigs - I'm not going to get into an in depth political discussion, but I think it would be too cost prohibitive to clone them for meat. Or is it just that they've cloned them in general that bothers you? Not judging - just curious.

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TRACYZABELLE 6/23/2009 5:47AM

    Tony- life happens and we need to relax once in a while, as long as itis not too often! As long as you enjoyed yourself! I am a believer in living life!

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LEANNROCKS 6/22/2009 6:46PM

    Yes, I do wish you luck with tonights run!

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ALEXSGIRL1 6/22/2009 4:44PM

    that was cute and had a lot of good info. eat healthy and happy. emoticon emoticon

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WALKWITME 6/22/2009 3:49PM

    I sure could use a piece of that pie....lol

Looks really good !



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SWEETZMIX 6/22/2009 3:44PM

    Good luck today on C25K! And also happy belated Father's Day. (Don't really celebrate those over here though.) Hope you enjoyed your day with your family. I do think we should never give up any kind of food. Eat it when we want and always remember that eating mac & cheese is not an every day thing. I too had some home made mac & cheese last night. mmmmm mmm It was delish!!

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ZIRCADIA 6/22/2009 3:06PM

    I'm with you -- we are human! Food is to be enjoyed!!! That is not it's primary purpose, and there are some foods that that IS their primary purpose (um like pie) but as long as we only eat those foods on the rare occasion and eat those good enjoyable delicious nutritious foods the majority of the time, I think that is a healthy and reasonable expectation. :)

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ELFITZPA 6/22/2009 2:03PM

    I'm with you - I can't live according to crazy strict rules that flat out BAN certain foods. I try to eat as clean as possible as often as possible, which only makes my indulgences all that more enjoyable!

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TSABONIS 6/22/2009 1:59PM

    Ignorance alert:
What is c25k?

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LAURIE5658 6/22/2009 1:58PM

    Botzzz, we are only human afterall and if I have to give up my peanut butter anything...well then its just not worth it. Unless medically dictated, saying that someone can't ever have something ever again is completely unrealistic. I did find yesterday that after a long hot and humid walk...the first thing I grabbed was a cold crunchy apple...and water.

I sincerely wish you good luck this evening when you start hitting the pavement again.

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LMCGEEN 6/22/2009 1:56PM

    Good for you for picking back up with C25K. Dont forget that you could always repeat week 2 or part of it if week 3 isnt going the way you want it to.

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_CORTNIE 6/22/2009 1:47PM

    Good luck on W3D1! And you don't use spark's tracker? How did you set up excel to do it? Just curious.

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WENDYSPARKS 6/22/2009 1:44PM

    I love the pictures of all that GOOD food! Yummy! I had steak yesterday at my father's house cooked out on the grill and it was really good! Yummy! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Weighing in on weighing in....again...

Friday, June 19, 2009


Friday has come and I have not exercised all week because of this chest congestion and sore throat that I have been dealing with, I put C25K on hold all week but I kept the intake where it needs to be and decided early on in the week that I would be happy this week if I could hold onto the loss from last week without a gain. I will get right to it and say that I am down 1.4 pounds from last Friday coming in at 333.0 pounds, I must say that I am pleased with that as a loss is a loss in my book. This week brings the objects that I weigh as much as I do and as much as I have lost back and with that have a look.


This Kawasaki Ninja 250R weighs in at 333 pounds which is of course the same as yours truly.


This little Matrix scooter comes in at 201 pounds and is what I have lost so far.

201 pounds gone and another 58 to go to hit my goal of weighing 275 pounds, My best guess would never have had me at more than 200 pounds lost at this juncture of my journey, in fact when I began I thought that 100 pounds in the first year would have been pushing it. I struggle with the fact that I am more than 200 pounds lighter than I was a short time ago where how I look enters the picture. Walking through Walmart last night I saw a fella whom I thought was my approximate size and sized him up a bit thinking about how he and I were comrades in fat floating through the store together so I asked Wify "How close to that guys size am I?" just to get confirmation on my thought. Wify looked at me as if I had a turnip growing out of my forehead and said "You are not even close to his size" so I took another glance but what I saw was me again, "Are you sure you are not just being nice?" I asked her and she then just said "Shut up Tony, stop playing dumb, you are not even close" in that way that only a loving wife could say it, From her answer I have to believe her but at the same time he was honestly how I see myself, so maybe I need to face the fact that I have lost a lot of weight.

I think a lot of people have the issue of not being able to see the weight loss even though it may be obvious to most people, I mean I know that I am not thin by any stretch of the word but I may not be considered HUGE to all people now either. I bought a shirt recently and tried it on last night and felt that it was too tight on me so I of course asked for Wify's opinion and she said "I know that you don't like when your shirts touch your belly but that one just looks like it fits" of course I had to have her take pictures from all sides so that I could determine whether I would be comfortable wearing this new shirt outside the house and of course it looked just fine on me, when will this unsure feeling go away? Honestly, I am still 333 pounds so it isn't like I am small or something so there is some weight behind how I feel but how will I feel at 275 pounds? or even 250 pounds? is Wify doomed am I doomed to taking pictures of my self in new clothing for eternity? or does this go away? hopefully the latter but right now I still feel like my old rotund self more often than not when I try on anything new or see other big people.

With all of that said, I am a different person than I was 17 months ago, I am more than 200 pounds lighter than I was 17 months ago, I am going to drive my beautiful wife nuts with my ever growing insanity and obsession with weight loss and better health, I am going to weigh less than 275 pounds sooner than later.

Try and stop me, go ahead I dare ya.

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EMLG11 6/25/2009 9:35AM

    Wow this is so where I am at. I just have a hard time seeing the change. I was with some family members for a get together a couple weeks ago. I kept grabbing people's cameras to look at pictures hoping if I could see myself more in relation to the others it would stick in my brain but it didn't. Not sure when that transition of the mind happens and matches the body change.

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TRACYZABELLE 6/22/2009 12:18AM

    You never cease to amaze me! Your family is so lucky they have you as a healthy daddy/husband etc! Happy Fathers day!

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KAYOTIC 6/21/2009 11:49PM

    Great blog, I especially love the pictures, what a great concept.

As far as the question of when you'll "see" yourself as you are now instead of how you were, it may come, it may not, you may "see" yourself as you are somedays and not on others. It's been 20 years since I was really heavy, and I still have moments where I'm surprised when I look in the mirror and see a thin person.

Congrats on coming so far, and thanks for sharing your journey with us!

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RENA1965 6/21/2009 11:03AM

    Hang in there, know where your coming from..

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BIGGIRL2082010 6/21/2009 8:13AM

    I blogged about the "mental image" recently, too - and, just like the responses here indicate, that's a very common issue. Hopefully our brains will catch up someday soon. :)

In the meantime, congratulations on the ongoing losses! And get better soon!

Cheers,
Maya


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SQUIRRELLYMOM 6/21/2009 3:06AM

    I know what you mean. The mental image we have of ourselves is always there. No matter how much I lose I still see myself as the big girl. I hope it fades away in time. In the meantime, we worry our family by asking them, "Do I look like that?"



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WENDYSPARKS 6/20/2009 6:25PM

    You are doing really good!! You are a motivation to all of us!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BILLALEX70 6/19/2009 8:36PM

    My wife says that I've become very vain, but in fact I have to check to see if it's still me in the mirror. I see pictures of me from "before" and I don't even resemble them at all. I actually don't even know that person anymore.

I'm sure that you'll agree that the "old" us were very near the grave, but the new us is very much alive!

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LEAVY1213 6/19/2009 7:47PM

    Oh boy, I soooo hear you on the looking in the mirror or whatever and not seeing the old me. I still look in there and although I know I have lost the weight I sitll feel like I am the really large me. We are currently on vacation and all of DH's family have said how thin I have gotten and I just don't see it. I still see the old me. I sure hope like you said eventually I will realize this is me and be used to it and happy with it.

Congrats on your loss this week!

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MARYONAMISSION 6/19/2009 3:03PM

    Congrats on the 1.4 lbs loss. It's always hard to see ourselves honestly. I've had similar conversations like you did with your wife. I always thing I'm the biggest tallest person in the room. It's not true but that's how I feel and see myself. I'm only 5'5" so why I think I'm a giant can only be contributed to my petite family. You're self perception will eventually figure it's way and catch up. You are doing great so keep up the good work. We are all so proud of you Tony and rooting for you.

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ZIRCADIA 6/19/2009 1:30PM

    I think it just takes time to get used to where you are. And your thoughts may be behind your image -- like at 250 maybe you'll still see yourself like you ACTUALLY were at 300. ? You know what I mean? And then after maintaining for a while your mental image might slowly become closer to reality. It's kinda tough. I think me cutting my hair off really helped me see myself differently because it wrapped my body up in a new package and I could really see that me altogether was DIFFERENT than me before. Also being in a dressing room with a mirror in front and back and catching the reflection of my backside and being like WOAH -- that's ME?!?!? And not really recognizing my body... it was too surreal. YAY for you getting into a shirt that fits. ;) HAHAHAHA. I still overestimate my size sometimes, but I'm getting more used to how I am now.

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 6/19/2009 1:12PM

    Congrats on losing despite the illness.

On the clothes thing, you have to be comfortable with what you wear. There are two parts to it. looking and feeling good. You apparently have the looking down, now comes the feeling. There are going to be continuous adjustments till you hit goal.

Keep it up.

ttyl

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ALEXSGIRL1 6/19/2009 12:31PM

    good blog. spark friend.i don't think we ever see ourselves or hear ourselves as other do.it's just a quirky part of life.as long as were ok with us that is all that matters. keep up the awesome work,my motivational friend. emoticon emoticon

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SARAHS216 6/19/2009 12:11PM

    Congrats on the continued weight loss!

Body image is so hard to figure out. I had a similar issue going up in weight - I didn't think I looked all that bad, until I went and stayed in a hotel which had all sorts of extra mirrors that I don't have at home. All of a sudden I thought "holy cr@p, where did all this fat come from?" And now I still think of myself that way. I think when I have lost another 20 pounds I might have to go stay in a hotel again, just so I can have another "holy cr@p" moment.

I bet you look great in that shirt though. Maybe you should post the pic here so we can all comment?

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SWEETZMIX 6/19/2009 11:43AM

    emoticon emoticon on the loss.

Your mind will catch up to your body. You just have to believe it. I don't see a lot of my weight loss, but I know for a fact we pick out the the negative things in ourselves first and most of the time we are the only one who sees it. Wify is right, listen to her. She sees you from the outside and she wouldn't let you embarrass yourself walking outside looking a hot mess either :)

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TSABONIS 6/19/2009 11:33AM

    very true ... we can never see ourselves as others see us

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KEEPITMOVING 6/19/2009 11:09AM

    keep a picture of your old self in your cellphone or some place that you can easily see it whenever you want to get a good reality check or reference point to which you will NEVER go back. it will take some time to reorient your thought processes and self-image, as is human nature. you're accustomed to seeing one thing for so long that it's gonna take some time to get your thought pattern converted. it's going to be subtle changes in your own mind, too. in a while, you will be less incredulous at how you look/are looking/striving to look like, and more incredulous at how you ever let yourself get to where you were. perspective. it will become aligned. please be patient, knowing all the while that your journey is bearing healthy, mindful, positive, incredibly bountiful fruit. best regards, n

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TX.PATRICIA 6/19/2009 10:45AM

    Congratulations!!!

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SNEAKYGREG 6/19/2009 10:43AM

    You know its funny but people that I don't see that often will say "you lost more weight" or "wow look how skinny you are getting" but when I look in the mirror I just see a belly still sticking out more than I would like. I think sometimes we are harder on our own body image than others would ever be. I look at those pictures you posted a while back and dude you have deffinately morphed into a new man

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CINCYDORA 6/19/2009 10:05AM

    Thanks as always for your openness and honesty. The best thing I've found on Sparkpeople are the stories everyone shares. It makes me feel less alone on this journey.

About feeling fat: frankly, I've looked at the pictures you've posted, particularly those from last Friday, and I've tried to see where all this extra fat is that you talk about. What I've seen in the pictures, even just those of your face, is a fit guy. Tall and sturdy, but fit. If all I saw of you was your pictures I couldn't tell you used to weigh over 500 lbs. The only thought that might cross my mind if I were to pass you on the street is: this guy doesn't need to wear baggy shirts. Actually, I'd probably think: why do guys like to wear baggy shirts when they look so much better in closer fitting tops.

I guess what I'm trying to say is continue enjoying the strength of your fitter body and all the other benefits and stop worrying about what you look like. Continue buying better fitting clothes and getting rid of the old ones. Seriously, don't keep them around. Nothing will make you feel thinner than seeing extra room in your closet and drawers as all that extra material is removed. You'll get used to being a smaller man when your fat clothes are out the door and you start lapping people during your runs, especially when those people you lap look thinner or fitter than you thought you were!

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AINTSKEERD 6/19/2009 9:54AM

    I think Justagirl is just right! I mean, how long were you heavy before you really grasped it enough to do something about it? I don't know when, but hopefully soon, we'll all realize how great we look.

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SKYEFYR 6/19/2009 9:52AM

  I think we all struggle with our perceptions of how we look. When I look at myself I see all the things I don't like before I realize what I'm doing and have to talk myself into looking at the good stuff. The mental adjustment is going to take a little time. You've seen yourself as a big boy for a long time and resetting your inner image of yourself isn't easy. That's going to be one of your biggest challenges when you hit your goal weight. You'll still see yourself as bigger and you'll have to be careful not to become the bigger guy again.

Yes, I am much smaller than you, but it's a problem we all have. When I was at my goal a couple years ago I didn't see myself as I was. I could see pieces of me, but never the whole picture. And I'm someone who's been "skinny" most of their life, so it should have been easy for me. But I had reprogrammed myself to see the fat, and that's all I ever see. (And don't ask how many pics hubby had to take that pic on my sparkpage before I had my thighs angled in a way I was "okay" with letting them be seen. You won't be seeing any "straight on" shots of them anytime soon! Why? Because in my mind they're fat and disgusting and that's all I see. It's getting better, but still have a way to go.)

As for taking pictures, if that's what gives you the validation and confidence, then do it. With digital cameras that don't cost anything to take a picture, it's really easy. In time you'll start seeing yourself as you are. Some of us just take more time to see ourselves as we are than others.

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DEMURALIST 6/19/2009 9:49AM

    You are moving along at such a great clip it is small wonder that your head hasn't caught up with your body. I say, what the heck, figure out what you are going to look like at your ideal weight and get your head wrapped around that practice being that guy. That way by the time you get there your head will be right there with ya.

I am sure you have heard this many times, but I gotta tell you that you are an inspiration. Congrats! Chris

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JUSTAGURL2335 6/19/2009 9:45AM

    I think it just takes time for your perception of yourself to catch up with reality. I know because it works both ways...it took me a WHILE to see how much different I looked when I gained weight!! In my head I was still hot lol. So just give it time, everything will fall into place eventually. :)

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MEREMOM 6/19/2009 9:37AM

    Dude, another great blog! I really enjoy how well you can express the ups and downs a living a healther lifestyle. I think most people suffer from a negitive body image. I look at my self in the mirror and only see my nine year old "baby weight" but I am lighter now than I was when I go pregnant. Think about it, you have lost the equivelent of a person or more. Every time I look at your pictures, I am in awe of the changes, especially in your face. Just keep up the the hard work.

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-DEBY- 6/19/2009 9:26AM

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~~BLESSings~~ this FUNtastic Friday ~~0:)


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Thank you, and randomness for your morning coffee.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

This week has been less than productive where weight loss and better health is concerned, going off of that statement You can probably conclude that I am still feeling blah. This whatever it is has moved from my throat to my chest and over all I am feeling better but I still don't think a run would help move things in a positive direction so I have decided to wait this out and I will run on Friday as long as I am still progressively feeling better each day. As long as everything goes my way and I do actually start getting better by Friday and I run, I will do W2D4, and then start fresh on Monday with W3D1. To say that I am getting anxious to start back up is the understatement of the year, I can hardly believe that I am the same guy that was damning people for walking and smiling at the same time just over a year and a half ago and here I am wishing that this gift from my wife and or daughter would go away so that I can go run again.

Besides the non exercising I am sticking to what I need to do with this weight loss thang, My total calories for yesterday was 1590 and I drank 1 gallon of green tea along with about 3 quarts of straight H2O. I don't feel like drinking that much but I know that its what has been working so I am making myself drink the extra H2O so that the only thing missing will be the cardio exercise. I am getting some small things around the house done because I am just sitting around and I get bored easily so I have been doing small tasks here and there to take up some time, touching up the paint in some of the newly painted rooms, hanging new switch plates, weeding the flower beds a bit and things like that so to look at this in a positive light I am getting random odd things taken care of because of it.

I have not been on the scale since Friday's weigh in and I am unsure what will be reflected back at me come this Friday when I weigh in for the blog again, will there be a loss? will there be a gain? maybe just stay the same? to be seen I guess in a couple days. I do know that my life has changed for the better since dropping most of the weight that I needed to drop and I am looking forward to hitting another 59 pounds lost so that I can hit my original goal of weighing 275 pounds, which brings me to my next point.

I originally wanted to weigh 275 pounds and that was just a number that I picked out of the air, a number that I thought I would look ok at and since then I have come to a few conclusions and have had a few thoughts. I have read and been told by a number of people that when I am at a healthy weight that I can expect to have anywhere from 20 to 30 pounds of extra skin on me and if I were to get a skin surgery I would be that much less, so at 275 I am actually 255 of muscle, bone, fat and skin plus that extra stuff. Now my father the last time he was on a scale weighed 265 pounds, he stands between 6'1'' and 6'2'' and has a large build, you would NEVER guess him at 265 pounds if you saw him but anyways, I told him that I would weigh less than he does by Christmas, which means that I need to get below that 265 pound mark by then so in reality my goal is to weigh 265 pounds for all intents and purposes. To reach that goal of weighing less than my father by Christmas I need to lose an average of 2.46 pounds per week until then, this is a very achievable number I think but I will have to stay focused to get it. To hit my original goal of weighing 275 pounds I will have to lose an average of 2.10 pounds per week until Christmas and I am going to try my hardest to get there, That whole last paragraph was sort of random but hey! I am in a random mood this morning as I type.

I also wanted to post a thank you to all of the comments and emails that I received due to the 200 pounds lost post last Friday zeusmeatball.blogspot.com/2009/06/20
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, it really put into perspective just how many people I have effected by losing this 200 pounds of burden. 37 comments on my blogspot post, more than 250 and counting on the post over at sparkpeople so I thank you all as sincerely as I can through a post on a blog floating around cyberspace, I usually like to respond to all of my comments on spark but that would be close to impossible for that 200 pound post and I thought a post would serve the same purpose.

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LEAVY1213 6/18/2009 8:41PM

    Sorry to hear you are not feeling well. Hope you get better soon as it really is a bummer to be so ready and willing to do the C25k and then your body says no way. Praying that you are feeling much better tomorrow and can get back on the road. hehehe :-)

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CINCYDORA 6/18/2009 1:59PM

    I'm going to recommend something that might seem radical and you might hate it but it helps me through my chronic head and chest colds: thyme tea. Yes the herb you buy dried in little bottles at the grocery store. One tsp per 8 ounces of hot water. Let it steep 4-5 minutes. If you don't have a propper tea strainer, any fine mesh will do, or even a coffee filter. It's an acquired taste but the oil from thyme is very soothing on a sore throat and the antisceptic properties may help you heal faster. The first few times you drink it might be tough. Try mixing it with honey or another tea (green, peppermint, chamomile). But odds are it will help. At worst mix it with 1/4 teaspoon salt and use it as a gargle to kill the cold germs.

Hang it there. It will pass soon.

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BIGGIRL2082010 6/18/2009 1:25PM

    I'm glad you're drowning that cold/chest-thing/whatever with LOTS of liquids - I don't know ab out you, but liquids really do seem to help me get over illness quicker! And of course, CHICKEN SOUP! You gotta get some! :)

2.46 pounds a week? Hmmmm. Doable. To be on the safe side, aim for 3 a week - that way you'll have a little bit of a cushion for any weeks that are slow, or where you're sick or just have an off week for some reason! So, here's to 245 by the holidays! :)

Get better soon - I wanna see you back on the C25K! :)

Cheers,
Maya


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SNEAKYGREG 6/18/2009 8:23AM

    Isn't it funny how our view changes and the things we get excited about now are so different than before. Hope you feel better so you can get out and run again

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WENDYSPARKS 6/18/2009 7:05AM

    Hi Bozzz...hope you are starting to feel better...that chicken noodle soup sounds real good!! Yummy!!! ....Have a good day...wendy emoticon emoticon

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TRACYZABELLE 6/18/2009 3:41AM

    I hope you feel better soon and the "yuck" leaves so you can celebrate and enjoy the fruits of your labor!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 6/17/2009 9:40PM

    I'll ditto that on the loose skin.

You're goal is very achievable.

Get some Progresso Traditional Chicken Noodle soup (I'm not on the payroll). It works like a charm for me. I've never had to eat more than three straight meals of it. Make sure you get the full blown regular version and not the low sodium.

ttyl

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BILLALEX70 6/17/2009 8:45PM

    When you start as big as we were there isn't much of a chance that all that extra skin is going to shrink. I think that 30 pounds sounds about right.

Keep working hard and you'll reach your goal.

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WENDYI1 6/17/2009 8:32PM

    Just started my weight loss journey a couple of days ago...need to lose 75 lbs.

You are inspiring!!

THANK YOU!!! emoticon

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AAQUWAA 6/17/2009 6:16PM

    You do help so many of us out here, such an inspiration. Hope you feel better soon so you can get back at it. I just feel better when I am exercising. You can make that goal by Christmas, if anyone can, its you emoticonCarmen

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ZIRCADIA 6/17/2009 5:25PM

    I hope you feel well enough to run again soon!!! When I'm sick I'm just chomping at the bit to get back out there -- and I never exercised like.. EVER before Jan 2007 and definitely never ran. hahaha. :) I understand.

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 6/17/2009 2:40PM

    Congrats on getting those little things done around the house! You're making the best of a bad situation!



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SKYEFYR 6/17/2009 1:31PM

  I know how you feel about the exercise. My last dr told me to stop till some tests were done, but the new guy says I can start back up and he has no clue why the last one told me to stop. So tomorrow morning I'll start again.

I'm also thinking that if I can get a couple good solid weeks of walking in at lunch again that I'm going to start the C25K. I hope I do as well at it as you're doing!

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SWEETZMIX 6/17/2009 12:36PM

    Did u not know you are a super star?!? That is why you have sO many comments on your blog. Take care of yourself. Don't worry about Friday, you are doing everything right even if the scale doesn't reflect a loss, still pat yourself on the back for all your hard work and dedication.

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AINTSKEERD 6/17/2009 12:35PM

    You are a SUPERSTAR! emoticon

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LAURIE5658 6/17/2009 10:50AM

    Wow Botzzz, you have ALOT of fans and stalkers out there INCLUDING ME! DIdn't realize you a celebrity did you?

Here is to hoping you are feeling fit and back to normal soon so you can get back at it!

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A recipe and I am still under the weather.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Today's report said a sore throat and congested chest and head 100% possibility and it came through, I still feel like I swallowed broken glass and have a bath towel stuck in my chest and nose, but I wanted to get a post up anyways. I stayed within my calories on Monday besides the tea in the morning with the honey and Brandy, i did not count that towards my calories but had about 100 extra at the end of the day so I am pretty close, I only drank 1 gallon of green tea plus maybe a 30oz cup of hot tea in the morning so this is effecting my keeping hydrated, but since I am pretty much just relaxing I am probably ok and I did not do anything for exercise yesterday besides walk around my yard with my daughter talking about the flowers and I ran out in the afternoon to restock my veggies supply in the house.


Chicken and veggies cooking up in the pan.

Since I am under the weather and am holding off on running until this whatever it is clears up I thought I would post a recipe, in fact I just made this about an hour ago for lunch. I started with 4oz chicken breast that I had grilled for dinner last night, I chopped it and set it aside, then into a frying pan I put some chopped up yellow onion, green bell pepper and shot of low cal cooking spray. When the onion and peppers were soft I dropped in some sweet red roasted peppers and the chopped up chicken, cooked it until the chicken was hot all the way through and then added a tiny squirt of pueblo pepper sauce that I had laying around.


Getting close, here it is before I wrapped it all up.

While that was finishing up I chopped up some tomato and lettuce and put it aside, I layed out my Lavash bread and dumped the chicken and veggies into it and added the lettuce and tomato. Then I rolled it up cut it in half and plated it with a garlic pickle wedge and the rest of the tomato chopped up as a side, of course I had green tea with it and it was pretty good if I do say so myself. Very filling and tasty and for a total of 365 calories I will make this concoction again, in fact I think this is something that Wify and my son would enjoy so I may try it out for dinner one night and se how they like it.


The finished product and a great way to spend 365 calories if ya ask me.

Just a quick post with a recipe for today, I am hoping that I will feel good enough by tomorrow to start week 3 and get this C25K thing rolling again but I am not going to push it because wify had this same thing the week before last and continued to run through some of it and did not have good results, in fact she stayed sick for more than a week and I don't plan on following in her foot steps on that one so easy does it is how it's going down. If you try the above recipe I hope you enjoy it as much as I did and remember that H2O, hydration is key to dropping the pounds in my humble opinion, Thanks for reading along.

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SQUIRRELLYMOM 6/19/2009 2:15AM

    Your chicken concoction looks great & I plan to try it. By any chance, were you a chef in a former life??

Linda

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NANA2THREEGIRLS 6/18/2009 8:35AM

    Thanks for the recipe! Gonna make it for lunch today :) Hope you feel better,I enjoy your blogs.

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MARYONAMISSION 6/17/2009 12:08PM

    This looks so good. Mmmm, now I'm hungry. What brand of lavish bread do you use? Thanks for the recipe. I'm always looking for new ideas to spice up my eating plan and this one is a keeper. Hope you feel better soon!

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GLORYTOGLORY 6/17/2009 9:58AM

  what time did you say lunch was yum! hope you feel better!

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COLE060783 6/17/2009 9:29AM

    looks yummy

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AROCHFORD 6/17/2009 8:18AM

    Yum making me hungry :)

Keep SParking!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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PJDKSMITH 6/16/2009 9:19PM

    Wishing u healthy thoughts.. u'll know when ur ready to go back.. ur a smart guy Tony... get better soon!
Jenny

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SWEETZMIX 6/16/2009 8:31PM

    Food looks yummy except for that tomato :/
Hope u feel better!!

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ALEXSGIRL1 6/16/2009 4:47PM

    your recipe looks way good. i too feel like you. daughter was way sick but she is doing better. i started taking predisone for my bad eyes,have a sore throat and headache. no gym for me either. just a slow walk around block later. i am going to try your tea honey and brandy tonight instead of my usual wine with dinner.and will retire early with a good book. hope we are back to ourselves soon. i only have to take meds for two weeks that wont be too bad. hope you are well soon, and don't give cold back to your wife. emoticon emoticon

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SKYEFYR 6/16/2009 4:39PM

  Sorry to hear you're still feeling icky. Hope whatever it is passes quickly and you feel better soon!

That wrap looks wonderful! Isn't it great what wonderful real foods can be created so easily? I will never understand why everyone thinks healthy means lots of time or effort. This recipe is proof it doesn't have to be. As always, you're inspiring people without even trying. :-)

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WENDYSPARKS 6/16/2009 3:51PM

    Hi...that recipe looks yummy! I hope you feel better soon! What time is dinner?? take care...wendy emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CECE0330 6/16/2009 3:43PM

    What time is dinner? emoticon

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TRYTRYAGAIN50 6/16/2009 3:42PM

    Looks really good. It's nice to see a good cook. Going to try this for sure. Feel better soon!
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GRAMMYSKIDS58 6/16/2009 3:13PM

    I hope you are felling better soon.... getting sick in summer sucks and it seems to last forever. Your recipe looks awesome....what a great way to spend a sick day coming up with new recipes. Keep up the great work.... you are doing awesome!!
HUGS, Kathy

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KEEPITMOVING 6/16/2009 2:52PM

    i'm sorry that you're snotty and stuffy. you're absolutely right to lay low, stay well hydrated, eat well, and rest. your body will love you for the minor pampering and then it can bounce back when you call upon it to carry you wherever you want to go. hope the creeping crud leaves you very soon. rest up! nancy

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MCLYMORE 6/16/2009 2:48PM

    Oh my goodness, that looks delicious, I think I will make that for dinner tonight and surprise my daughter, thank you so much for sharing. I hope you feel better soon, so I'm wishing you a speedy recovery. Take care of yourself and don't rush your body, don't want to cause more harm than good.

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LAURIE5658 6/16/2009 2:44PM

    OMG! That looks so good and all that for 365 calories? I could totally do that!!!!

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PUMPKINFACE73 6/16/2009 2:43PM

    Hey Incredible Shrinking Man.....that looks sooooo good, I might have to bike over for some...YUM...feel better soon

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ZIRCADIA 6/16/2009 2:35PM

    mmmmmm that looks good. :P

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AINTSKEERD 6/16/2009 2:34PM

    Get well soon! emoticon

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couch to 5 cough....

Monday, June 15, 2009

This morning has started off to a not so great start and I have been drinking my Green tea hot with some Easy Jesus and honey as I could not out run this sore throat that my daughter had, it is hard to breathe and my throat is raw. I do not think that I will be running W3D1 of C25K tonight unless some miracle of miracles happens and this goes away by then so I will just push it to whatever day this week my throat feels better and more importantly I can breathe.

This weekend was a pretty nice one with my getting to meet Heather on Saturday and have a nice long walk through a local park with her and Wify and then Sunday we just ran errands all day because it was suppose to rain but that never came so it turned out to be a pretty nice weekend as a whole. My calories for Saturday were a bit high because of the popcorn that I mentioned in an earlier post but other than that my calories were in check all weekend and I was hydrated enough as well. I am a little down because of this throat and non breathing thing because I was looking forward to starting week 3 of the program but I figure that I am not going anywhere and the road will be there when I am not under the weather, so it is what it is.

I will probably make today a ST day with some light dumb bell exercises and some push ups since I do think I won;t be up to running this evening, did I mention that it sucks that I can't start week 3 today? I will keep this post short and sweet as I need to run out for some cough drops of some kind so that I don't go nuts today.

Thanks for reading along and thanks for the support.

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TRACYZABELLE 6/16/2009 5:18AM

    Try to relax, keep on washing your hands, stay hydrated and soothe that throat! I know how miserable that can be! Feel better fast!

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SNEAKYGREG 6/16/2009 12:41AM

    hope you feel better soon and that is probably a really good idea to wait until you can breath to start w3

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SARAHS216 6/15/2009 8:58PM

    Hope you feel better soon! The C25K will still be there when you feel up to it.

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THECOOLESTSARAH 6/15/2009 8:42PM

    I have the same exact thing! Rest and more rest - it won't last long I hope..!

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BIGGIRL2082010 6/15/2009 6:49PM

    It is what it is. Yep. So very true. Just relax, fight that throat bug, get better, and THEN hit the C25K with all you've got! :)

Nothing much is going to change because you missed a few days, that's for sure.

And then, onwards, ever onwards! You're gonna be running your first 5k really soon!

Cheers,
Maya


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LEANNROCKS 6/15/2009 6:35PM

    Rest your LITTLE-R body and get over this junk. The run can wait.
-lynne

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EASYJOKER 6/15/2009 4:50PM

    Hey, just got started on the c25k! Man did that first day hurt! Hope you get to feeling better, W3D1 will still be there waiting for when your ready! Be cool!

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ZIRCADIA 6/15/2009 4:18PM

    FEEL BETTER SOON!!!!!

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MARYONAMISSION 6/15/2009 2:13PM

    Hey Tony, I hope you feel better soon. It's good that you're not pushing yourself to workout when you are sick. It could do more harm than good. I'm happy you had a great weekend. Keep up the good work.

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 6/15/2009 1:11PM

    Like you said, the road will be there tomorrow. Have some chicken noodle soup and you should be back on top of it tomorrow.

ttfn

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PUMPKINFACE73 6/15/2009 12:08PM

    Hope you feel better, lots of Vitamin C...I will run for you tonight if you do some pushups for me....deal?

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