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Sunday, June 28, 2009


I have been thinking about buying a bike for a while now, BUT, and there is always a but right? I was worried about ending up on the internet in a video titled "fat guy on a little bike" or something of the likes. Getting to the point I got past all that and decided that I would entertain looking around at a few bikes at a local bike shop yesterday to get a feel for what I might want if I were to get over this phobia of being too big for a bike and I talked to the fellow in the bike shop about a few different options and rode a couple around the parking lot and had my father pop off a couple of pics with my cell phone to see just how awkward I looked on these tiny skeletal contraptions that I have not ridden on since I was a youngster, I was ok with how I looked perched on top of the bike so a roadblock was out of the way. Upon entering all of the info that the bike shop fella gave me into my noggin I thanked him for all of his help (and he really did bring me up to speed on some things in the world of bike technology) and told him that I may be back in to order one of the bikes as he did not have the frame size on hand that fit me in the model that I was considering.

Onto a couple of different stores more just looking around and my father needed to pick up a few things and I walked past the bike section in a sporting goods store and a pretty beefy looking mountain bike caught my attention for a split second so I walked on over. The price tag said "Was $599.00, Now $319.00" and I thought that sounds good to me as it was around the price that I was looking for and I took it for a spin around the store and it fit better than the bike I was shown at the bike shop earlier. After riding it around a bit I decided to give wify a call and see how she felt about me pulling the trigger on this bike and she was game and said that it was ok with her and Happy birthday so off to get someone to help me out making sure the bike was working properly and it was mine, I snapped a couple of pics this morning and thought I would post them up.


Here she is, the wheels are 26 inch and the frame is XLG and says that its for people that are 6'1'' to 6'4'', I am an inch taller than that but close enough.


Front angle view, I love the color on this bike for some odd reason, who wouldda thunk a tan bike could look nice?


Handlebar shot, I may need to adjust these up a little bit but we shall see.


Rear brake shot, I have never had a bike that had disc brakes on it so this is just cool.


Front disc brake shot.


Finally a shot from behind, over all I like the bike so far but as I said I haven't really ridden it yet but am looking forward to getting it out for a longer ride soon.

It is a K2 Zed 3.2, I did get a chance to take it on a quick spin immediately after unloading it from my car but it was damp out as it had just rained and my father was over so I did not go far and literally just played with the gears a bit and came back up to the house. A big part of why I picked this particular bike is that the frame looks and feels really heavy duty and for obvious reasons this is a benefit for me. I have not ridden it enough yet obviously so I cannot give a review of how I like or dislike it as of yet so I won't try to say anything past so far I like the look of the bike, its big so I do not feel crowded on it, the front forks have a suspension on it and the bike has disc brakes both of which are new to me and far beyond the 10 speed huffy I had as a kid. I am looking forward to getting some rides in and maybe getting some things like a water bottle and seat bag in case I end up going on longer ventures.

With that the end has come to another post and I have some things to do (like take a spin on the new ride before the rain starts) so this post shall end here, don't forget that H2O and today I leave you with a quote.

“Speed has never killed anyone, suddenly becoming stationary... that’s what gets you.”- Jeremy Clarkson

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WENDYSPARKS 6/30/2009 2:18PM

    Hi...good luck with the bike! My DH has a bike...he loves it! Sometimes he rides his bike to work which is about 8 miles one way and back home again. He likes the exercise! ...wendy emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DDOORN 6/30/2009 8:50AM

    I've been loving my bike, but it is a hand-me-down Diamondback Wildwood from my son and earlier this year I had a chance to ride another bike I had rented in San Diego with my sister and discovered how differently bikes can ride.

Which has me thinking about hunting high & low for just the *right* bike for me...haven't taken action yet, but it's definately on my mind!

You're gonna LOVE your bike! When I ride my bike over roads I've driven for years I somehow feel like I *OWN* the road in a whole new way!

Don

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GOING-STRONG 6/30/2009 12:41AM

    My DH and I got a pair of matching bikes last year and we love to ride around. Makes you feel like a kid again and that is worth a lot! Enjoy your great Birthday gift... it will keep you young..

Hugs,
Rhonda

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BILLALEX70 6/29/2009 9:41PM

    Great bike! You'll be amazed at how much you'll enjoy getting out riding.

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TLN-NOW 6/29/2009 8:58PM

    I don't have pics from work, but I hope a helmet came in the bike package. I didn't see anything about getting a good one of those. I always want to ask unhelmeted people, what's your head worth?
I spent the weekend shopping for a bike, and was REALLY disappointed that I didn't find one that suited all I'm looking for - AND fit my limited budget.

Congrats and Happy Bday!
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KNH771 6/29/2009 7:53PM

    I love the quote at the end of the post! Making it my workgroup's quote of the week.

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SKYEFYR 6/29/2009 2:17PM

  I wish you the best of luck with the new bike. Use it in good health.

And no "sudden stops"!!!

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TRACYZABELLE 6/29/2009 6:20AM

    She is beautiful1 Much success to you and I am sure goals will be easier to reach and more fun now while you take in the scenery!

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4565S568SDS 6/28/2009 11:42PM

  So jealous. I haven't had a bike in several years due to 3 bike thieves taking 2 bikes. (The middle thief just took my handlebars. I don't get it, either. Less do I get the person who took the handlebar-less frame 6 months later.) I was just looking around today at bikes dying to get back on.

Bike riding was far kinder on my knees and I could cover much longer distances than walking, and this was before I was exercising regularly.

Wear your helmet! You may look dumb, but you look even dumber in the hospital for not wearing one. Also, make sure you adjust the seat high enough. Too many people messing up their backs and knees because a seat is supposed to be a lot higher than you think it should be. Check around online for instructions. Shocked the shop didn't do it for you.

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THECOOLESTSARAH 6/28/2009 10:56PM

    YAY!!!!!! I love biking, and I know you will too. In addition to the gel seat suggestion that has been made, I would say to get yourself some padded shorts. They will change your bike-ridin' life! (and make it a much more comfortable adventure) Have fun and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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RACKETMOM 6/28/2009 10:33PM

    Great Looking Bike! I was just talking to my hubby today about me one day riding a bike again, wondering if I still could. Hey, I've got a birthday coming up next month! LOL!
My kids used to have some colorful things on the spokes that clicked when they rode-maybe that's what you need-you know, to let folks know you're coming or even one of those little horns to put on it! Toot, Toot!! LOL!

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CELTICMOTOCAT 6/28/2009 9:36PM

    First happy Birthday!!! Enjoy your bike. I have some of the same phobia. But as you said things have changed in the bike world.
So is wify now gonna have to jog along side to keep up?
Enjoy dude, you deserve it.
Keep on rockin it!

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SNEAKYGREG 6/28/2009 9:22PM

    Nice bike, I have been thinking a lot about getting one simply cause they have triathlons in Folsom that the bike ride is trail and I think it would be fun to try. Have a great time with your new toy
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LAURIE5658 6/28/2009 9:13PM

    Botzzz, could you do just one thing for me please? Could you put some paying cards attached with clothes pins on the spokes please please please? THAT would be fun!!!!!!

Good for you for getting this bike cuz its going to open yet another fitness avenue for you. Oh and may I also suggest like others...G.E.L. S.E.A.T.!!!!!

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BIGGIRL2082010 6/28/2009 8:38PM

    Wooohooo! What a fabulous b'day bike!

Ride, ride, ride. Now the question is, will you do the C25K on the bike? :)

Cheers,
Maya


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FINDINGBEAU 6/28/2009 8:17PM

    Congrats! I love my bike. I would recomend a gel seat or a gel seat cover if your bike did not come with one. It's awesome for longer rides.

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INKYDINKYDOO 6/28/2009 7:54PM

    I love your excitement! Good for you for getting over your phobia! Just look at all the fun you'd have missed out on.

I have to admit that buying a bike is something I've been thinking about, too, but I haven't ridden in years (and I mean like 30 years). I'm not sure if I'd remember how or not. I'd sure love to try, though.

You'll have to keep us updated on how you're doing.

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WITHSPIRIT 6/28/2009 7:25PM

    I LOVE your new ride! I want one too =)

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GRANNYOF05 6/28/2009 5:55PM

    I just started riding a bike again. I'm a grandmother of 7, so if I can do it,
anyone can. I use a helmet and I wear riding gloves. I may even consider
knee pads, just in case I fall. I have ridden mine 9 miles already.

It sort of makes me feel like a kid again.
Free to roam the world just because.

Have fun on your bike and wear a helmet when you ride, just to be safe.

I did get a bigger seat, those seats just aren't made for us with bigger
tushes. LOL

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Hugs,
Gayle

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EVILSINMYBLOOD 6/28/2009 4:18PM

    I have been thinking about getting on a bike....but I'm afraid of bike seats. I know a seat is supposed to fit your pelvic bone or something and I'm a very large woman and don't want to be in pain. I think I'm going to start looking soon though. emoticon

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 6/28/2009 4:05PM

    Congrats on the new toy. So now are triathlons around the corner?

ttyl

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KALATHIA 6/28/2009 3:59PM

    Congratulations on your new bike. I just got mine about a month and a half ago and I LOVE going riding! It's already made a huge difference in my lower body strength and the muscles definition in my legs. I hope you have as much fun with your new bike as I'm having with mine! You deserve it!

Safe and happy cycling!

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VGASCON 6/28/2009 2:41PM

    Congratulations! I think getting a bike is one of the best things anyone can do for improving their health. It is one of the first things I did when I decided to get in shape. My kids and I love riding a bike together.

Way to go! Enjoy your bike!

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JUSTSTARTINGOUT 6/28/2009 2:31PM

    Oh, man, I can tell from the description that you're in love! emoticon Happy trails!

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LFLFLPLP 6/28/2009 1:26PM

    Congratulations on your fun purchase. I bet you'll get a lot of great use out of it. You'll be having fun and getting fit....perfect combination! Have Fun!!

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MBVMFLUTIST 6/28/2009 1:13PM

    Hey congratulations on your new bike! That is so great, and you will love riding! Don't worry about being too big for a bike, I ride almost every day and I'm big, and it's always a blast! I don't have a helmet either, just can't afford one yet...but cheers to you for riding, enjoy it!

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JOPAPGH 6/28/2009 1:03PM

    Agree with Jan on the helmet. Don't go outside without one.

A pair of shorts with a good pad will also help, especially as you get used to riding. I would hold off on a gel seat and try the existing one with cycling shorts. The shorts do not need to be skin tight. You can get some with a padded inner liner that look like regular shorts on the outside.

Happy trails.

John

Like the Clarson quote too. I'm a big Top Gear fan.

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SAMADHI999 6/28/2009 12:27PM

    I got a bike for free from a friend on Spark quite awhile ago and really have enjoyed riding it around occasionally. I think this bike will work out great for you. the only thing I think you might end up wanting to add on is a new seat. The one my bike came with killed my butt so i bought a nice wider gell type one and its been good ever since.

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ACTIVE_AT_60 6/28/2009 12:13PM

    Congratulations on your new toy. I am sure you'll love it.... did you forget to add the part about a helmet ... because you are wearing a helmet when you ride aren't you???

I am sure you will have a lot of fun on your bike, and please stay safe. Many motorists don't like us bikers - they think they have monopoly on the road - but we are a vehicle too with the same rights AND responsibilities they have.

Ridestrong my friend.

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DONEPAT 6/28/2009 12:04PM

    Love the quote. Missed ya. I am back.
Have been sick.
Love your bike. I want one, but where I live, is not too bike friendly. Maybe our prez can work on THAT.

Have fun. Get yourself a little bell and basket and you are ready ready ready. :)
Just kidding.......

Patty

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LUCKY-13 6/28/2009 12:03PM

    Wow! Awesome looking bike! And Happy Birthday! Hope you get a lot of miles on her and have some fun getting more fit!
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JLUVSHIKIN 6/28/2009 11:51AM

    Way to go you. Wonderful for getting over a mind set and phobia! Whoo Hoo! I felt the exact same way about jogging. That somone would say to me what in the world are ya doing THAT for... ? Keep jumping those hurdles that get in your way.


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MADZOE 6/28/2009 11:42AM

    Fantastic!

I too have been thinking about purchasing a new bike, but can't quite get past the fact that it will look like my butt swallowed the seat! But a friend was telling me that they make new seats now, that would avoid that look.

So thanks for the motivation!

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AINTSKEERD 6/28/2009 11:33AM

    emoticonLike a kid in a candy shoppe! emoticon

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ALHJC6 6/28/2009 11:27AM

  You can't go wrong with a bike. I have a treadmill (which is folded in the upright position) that I find entirely too boring to use. On the other hand, I look forward to the weekends so my family and I can hit the miles of bike trails in our area! But, I am on a strong antibiotic for a sinus infection and the pharmacist said that if I get into direct sunlight, I will turn into an oompa-lumpa. I don't want to be an oompa-lumpa, but I sure do want to ride my bike. Two more weeks :(

Enjoy your new toy. Biking is so fun. I don't even think of it as exercise!

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SCWEBER 6/28/2009 11:24AM

    Congratulations! I got myself a bike for my birthday last year too. One warning: start slowly! Having not been on a bike for many years at that point, my posterior was not prepared for sitting on a bike seat for half an hour. Riding the next day was not an option! emoticon

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Weigh in, no bells, no whistles.

Friday, June 26, 2009


Weigh in day just sort of popped in on me this week with the still feeling under the weather, only running on Monday so far this week and the stomach pains I haven't been paying attention to the days, but its Friday so I must step on the scale. Getting right to the point I will say that I am up 1 pound this week and I am not really surprised and do not think that its a true gain, I have not been drinking as I should and exercise this week was limited to the one run on Monday and I swam last night for a little bit which was fun but not a whole lot of exercise this week. I did stay within my calories all week besides the night that the wrench was in my gut when I had a coke and a hard roll to try and calm my belly ache but otherwise like I said pretty good.



I am not a strong swimmer at all, which is the complete opposite of my fish of a wife and last night she explained how a back stroke SHOULD look and I basically swam the same 40 feet back and fourth until it felt semi natural to me, how it looked may be another story but she said that I was doing fine and my form, yeah we will call it form, looked good but she may have been being nice. I can feel it in my shoulders and a bit this morning but its a good soreness and only very slight, she wants to start swimming more often again since its warmed up outside and I don't see why I couldn't use that time to learn how to swim a bit better while getting some extra exercise into my days.

My running, I decided not to run W3D2 last night because my stomach was feeling a bit less than it should have and I figured splashing in the water with the kids would still be exercise without having to exert myself possibly to the point of puking. I am extremely anxious to get back on schedule with the C25K program and actually plan on running tonight as long as the bubbleguts stays away. This week has been a little off the beaten path because of me getting rid of the remnants of my daughters illness, that stomach pain and the lack of a solid exercise regimen but I can see the light through the woods ahead and when I get there its Forest Gump time once again, I really want to get through C25K because running a continuous 5k I think will be Uplifting to say the least.

With that the end comes to a Friday weigh in post, make sure to drink that H2O and remember that no one can do the work for you, so get on up and do it.

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EVILSINMYBLOOD 6/28/2009 4:23PM

    I love swimming! My gym though has a pretty small pool, and there is always someone just kind of goofing around in there or having a water aerobics class so I need to find somewhere else to swim laps. I always feel better when I swim laps Now if apple could only make a waterproof ipod it would be over you'd never get me outta the water... emoticon

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TRACYZABELLE 6/28/2009 5:30AM

    I am sorry you are still not yourself! LEts hope you are feeling better rel soon!

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FINDINGBEAU 6/27/2009 8:50PM

    lol, "fish of a wife"

Get well soon!

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ACTIVE_AT_60 6/27/2009 6:46PM

    Swimming is great cross training. Keep up the good work, my man.

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TIGGAKITTEN 6/26/2009 11:36PM

    emoticon Hope you are feeling much better soon.
Cheers
Grace

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DRADISCH 6/26/2009 11:25PM

    Please get the pain checked out.
Athen you will feel much better. In my prayers

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LEANNROCKS 6/26/2009 10:26PM

    C'mon Forrest! You can do it! Hope you are 100% real soon. -lynne

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BEESPARKLE 6/26/2009 7:10PM

    I am retired and I can swim in the river infront of my dock.Ten feet depth. I spend two hours and one of them is swimming on my back. Women do swim better on the back. That is known by my daughter's instructor when she took lessons.Many moons ago. Her brothers had to learn like your wife tells you. Myself and my kids have always been water babies. My hubby does not like to swim like us. We are born fish I swear. Now that Canada is getting warm. I am in the beautiful clear river.Most of summer. So I should lose most of my weight by Sept.

You have done so well. I am proud of you and this is the first time I read your blog. Even know you from your picture.
That is allot of weight you loss. Wow! You are a winner. You must feel so good for it. Plus healthy.
What an inspiration for everyone.

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TELERIE 6/26/2009 5:56PM

    Hope you feel better soon! The C25K will wait for you to (re-)start or continue where you are. I had a break in mine between week 3 and 4 and ended up re-doing week 4. It's all progress! Hope you have a fab weekend!

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VHAZLE 6/26/2009 3:40PM

  If you can lose nearly 200 pounds (OMG), you CAN run a 5K because it's clear YOU can do great things.

I was 42 when I started running and never got less than 20 pounds overweight and I could do it and do it regularly. I even ran in a few races -ha ha ha- and even a few 8Ks.

My advice is to get really good shoes. Go to a running store and get fitted. You will need new shoes much more often than you might think. The soles will be fine but the padding will be compressed and not as valuable. It is the only way to save your joints so you can keep running for years. Oh, that and stretch. Have fun.

Your blog and story are great. Thanks,

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KEEPITMOVING 6/26/2009 3:35PM

    woooohoooo! he's ready to add swimming and the back stroke to his exercise repertoire! you go! i hope your belly's better real soon. enjoy this weekend! be well, nancy

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AINTSKEERD 6/26/2009 2:16PM

    You have such a great attitude; to embrace your wife's desire to swim as another opportunity for you to exercise. This is how it's done! You da man!

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LAURIE5658 6/26/2009 11:55AM

    One of my past fitness routines was water jogging and I loved it! My heartrate really got up there and my legs really toned up. Since we moved, the pools are alot more expensive here and so I have opted out. i still have my belt, cuffs and dumbbells though just in case. Bottom line, water exercise is indeed exercise in my mind.

Later, Botzzz.

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JLUVSHIKIN 6/26/2009 11:40AM

    Good attitude about the"gain". A mindset change is definately part of our new life as healthy, fit people.

Jenn
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VGASCON 6/26/2009 10:44AM

    Good job at including swimming in your routine. Don't worry about the C25K or that one pound -- those are adjustments we make on our journey. The most important thing to remember is that you are still at it and you are getting healthier everyday!

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1972ROSES 6/26/2009 10:09AM

    Swimming is a great cross-training program for your 5K. So get wet and enjoy it.

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ALEXSGIRL1 6/26/2009 9:50AM

    hope you feel stronger soon and more like your old self. emoticon emoticon

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BIGGIRL2082010 6/26/2009 9:37AM

    Feel better soon - that C25K is waiting! :)

And good work getting in some swimming - YAY! That's one of the best forms of exercises, as it burns up so many calories with zero impact!

Cheers,
Maya


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LFLFLPLP 6/26/2009 9:05AM

    Hope you feel 100% soon! You'll be back at it in no time though. It's great that you found things you could do while not feeling great!

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MBVMFLUTIST 6/26/2009 9:04AM

    You'll be back on track as soon as you're feeling better...you're doing so great! I love that you are swimming with your wife...it is great exercise and you will get better as you keep doing it. Swimming is my favorite activity!

I ran today for the first time in ages! All because I've been reading your blog! Thanks for motivating me to get off my butt and do it!

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SWEETZMIX 6/26/2009 8:32AM

    hehe very few people know what the term bubbleguts mean. lol I just laughed when I read it. Once you are a 100%, I know you will be back on the C25K program. No biggie, there are going to be days like this. So we just got to move on. If you do decide to go out later today, I hear there is some storms in the forecast this afternoon & evening. I hear swimming is great, so I hope you do get out there to swim more often. I myself don't know how to swim & I am scared to death to learn...so more power to you & wify!!!

Take Care & have a wonderful weekend!

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A fairy tale...or is it?

Thursday, June 25, 2009

I have linked to some old posts that explain some things on my blogspot with this post here is a link to that post if you are interested in reading the older posts zeusmeatball.blogspot.com/200
9/06/fairy-taleor-is-it.html


There once was a guy from Nantucket...since I don't know him let me tell you about another guy from New England, He once weighed more than 500 pounds, that's a quarter ton for you people doing the math. He would sit on his couch and wait as long as he could to do anything because getting up from the indented leather couch was a task that took lots out of him, he watched out his window as people strutted by and his thoughts were about how can people want to walk around. Often he thought about how easy life would be if someone would invent some handles that hung from the ceiling on tracks of some sort or even better that technology would allow for something to be made that flew in the room that he could grab a hold of to help him get up off the couch when the need arose (true story folks as sad as it sounds) that was easier than eating better? When the time came for him to use the bathroom it was a struggle, first he had to stand up and walk to the bathroom and when he got there he had to turn sideways to get through the door and even then his belly scraped the side of the opening, after his business was done is when the real fun started but I will save you that visual for now.

Missing out on baseball games, movies at the theater and basically anything that "normal" sized people take for granted life was not exactly peachy for this fine young man, father and husband. Then it happened, fear entered the picture and he had too much to lose and a decision was made, he was going to lose weight and this time and he meant it! His 250 pound wife came home on New Years eve with 2 pints of Ben and Jerrys ice cream so that they could have some ice cream while watching the ball drop on the television and somehow that pint felt like a slap in the face and became a goal of sorts, this guy decided that he would not eat that pint until it was on his own terms and into the freezer it went...for a whole year.

January 1st and off he went into uncharted territory and started counting calories, eating better and drinking a ton of water, would it last? He started off walking, true enough that he could only make it for 5-10 minutes before his back hurt and he was covered in sweat but hey! he had that stroller to lean on while he walked and he was getting out with his 2 year old daughter all at the same time so he kept going. Eventually he was able to make it all the way around the block, and then twice around as the weight was coming off he often thought about how great it would be to lose 100 pounds in a year. Five months later he had reached that goal of 100 pounds lost and was starting to realize that he was doing it, all by exercising more and eating less? who wouldda thunk?

The walking had turned to hiking and longer walks and the weight was coming off, what was this magic? where was the reasoning in this? no pills? no surgery? yet the weight was coming off? how could that be? He was not missing out on things much anymore and was always out and about going on hikes or walks with the family, There was no more loathing people walking outside and the handle from the ceiling idea was long gone, he was changing his life.

A year later that pint of Ben and Jerrys was about ready to eat and that once 500 plus fella was down 165 pounds and moving in the right direction for such a long time that there were new habits hanging around. He was doing push ups for the first time in a long time and over all was feeling great, his 250 pound wife was now down to 175 pounds and things were looking up, all because they were eating better and moving more? maybe there is something to this.

17 months later he weighs 200 pounds less than he did at the start, he has begun a running program and life is as grand as it has been in quite some time. I know because I lived it, I was once a 500 plus pound man which I do not say proudly but the facts are the facts and there is no argueing with them. I blew up over a 6 year period after having a back injury and just when I started wallowing in my own self pity and thought about having a surgery to fix my weight problem, reason came along and slapped me in the face because fear was smiling at the front door, I am glad that I chose not to open that door and keep on wallowing because who knows where I would be today if I had.

Odds stacked against me, 500 plus pounds, back injury, probably on a path to depression, big bag of health risks because of it all and here I am 200 pounds lighter and trying to get tuned up enough to run a 5k race.

The only thing holding you back is yourself, now you don't have to ask me how I know.

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QUAIL75 7/2/2009 1:41PM

    Wow! Congrats on your amazing success, you're a true inspiration!

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TRECECOOKS 7/1/2009 7:57PM

    Wonderful blog, Tony, especially the last line. You are a terrific role model. I know you will Keep Moving Forward!!

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SKYEFYR 6/29/2009 1:57PM

  I love your story. I don't think I'll ever get tired of reading it.

And I know the ending. In the end he's at his goal weight. He's healthy and lives a long life with his beautiful wife and daughter.

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 6/28/2009 4:45PM

    This is no fairy tale, just an incredible story.

Keep it up, my man.

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-LORI-B 6/28/2009 5:22AM

    You have inspired me to really work harder on my own lifestyle change. This is such a wonderful story.. I had already planned on making today the beginning of my restart(again) After reading some of your story, Im more determined than ever.
Congrats and Bless you for the rest of your journey.
Lori

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LUCKY-13 6/28/2009 3:56AM

    emoticon on losing the 200 pounds! Great job you've done, and look at all the people you've also inspired! AWESOME!!!
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SASSY_QUEEN 6/27/2009 10:02PM

    You are a true inspiration....I have a Spark friend...that I just referred to this blog.......he is you .........where you began. I am hoping that following your story...he can find the success you have found........congratulations....to you and your wife......this is great news.

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WENDYSPARKS 6/26/2009 1:07PM

    You are doing a great job!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TRACYZABELLE 6/26/2009 4:05AM

    You never cease to amaze me friend! I am definitely wanting to be you-- the new you that you are becoming.

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MADZOE 6/25/2009 11:25PM

    What Tam said... and then some.

I gotta tell you I started the C25K tonight and my awe of you has only deepened!!! I have been walking for about 5 months can walk for up to 2 hours and as much at 7 miles, but those 60 second intervals of running kicked my butt!

You are amazing!!!

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KGPOSSIBLE 6/25/2009 11:06PM

    You touched my heart! I love your story (both this blog and the one on your other site)...keep adding new chapters you are truly an inspiration.....

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AINTSKEERD 6/25/2009 10:55PM

    I know you hear this all the time, but...you inspire me, Tony. Rock on!

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STRONGNHEALTHY 6/25/2009 10:21PM

  I just this morning discovered your blog! I read it for about half an hour, and was so completely motivated by it. I got on SP today, told myself I had to read motivating blogs/articles for half an hour before starting my day, praying I could get back on track. Because of your blog, today I made only good food choices. I went to Whole Foods and stocked up on healthy food, snacks, tea. I was on the road today, which usually means fast food burger & fries, but today was a Veggie Delight from Subway. Then to get home and read this update from you, giving me further motivation! You seem like a pretty amazing young man - I'm so glad I "found" you : ) You are not only improving your own life, you are helping others improve theirs!!

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LADYINBLAQ 6/25/2009 8:44PM

    Your story is amazing and very inspiring to me. I was up above 400 pounds at my heaviest and I know about not wanting to move off the couch (or out of the bed). I also know of the pain from back injury, though I never allowed them to do the surgery they kept insisting I HAD to have (I didn't like the 60% chance of paralysis they predicted). I want to be like you and get off my lazy butt and go for a walk just for the sake of going for a walk, not because I need to get somewhere for a certain reason. Thank you for sharing your story and your success with all of us.

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ALEXSGIRL1 6/25/2009 8:41PM

    tremendously good blog. keep up the good fight you are such an inspiration. emoticon emoticon

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SUNSHINEBILL 6/25/2009 8:21PM

    I always enjoy reading your blogs. Your honesty and courage are both encouraging and upfront. Keep up the great work and keep telling us more. emoticon

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LAURIE5658 6/25/2009 8:06PM

    Botzzz, I think I mentioned this to you already but I will state it again. I think of you every time I head out on my walk for you are my Spark inspiration and motivator. I am even in great wonder at just how much water you consume. Do you have a garden hose attached to your head? Good Lord, buddy Botzzz! Obviously it must be working, right?

You rock, Botzzz!

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WITHSPIRIT 6/25/2009 7:57PM

    Have you thought about sharing your "so far" story in the general media yet or a magazine. I bet people would want to hear your inspiring story - I know I have loved following it myself!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you for sharing yourself and your awesome success with us!

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AMBER961 6/25/2009 7:50PM

    Every day when I don't think I have the energy to work out or I feel like eating junk, I read your blog. Every day you help me to remember why I am working hard.

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MACCHIATA 6/25/2009 7:36PM

  Your story is wonderful and truly inspiring! I've gotten side tracked in my goals lately and reading your blog has motivated me to get the exercise equipment out tonight and get back on track. Thanks for sharing.
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BELLESTARR1 6/25/2009 7:24PM

    Thanks for shareing your story. You have really inspired me.

Continued success on your journey.
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TSABONIS 6/25/2009 6:12PM

    How DARE you emoticon . Tears. You made me cry, not a whole lot but, but enough that I had to make sure my wife wasn't looking. I can identify with you so completely. I never got to 500 pounds (400+ was my max), but i never had a real reason. No injury, no back surgery. I was just plain LAZY. I never wanted to move. Eating and sitting down were my passions in life. I have been on the path for a month. I pray that 16 months from now I am still on the path like you.

you are an inspiration. please keep up the life saving work. keep being you. keep inspiring

T

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CAROL_ 6/25/2009 6:09PM

    Thank you for this blog! There is hope!

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KALATHIA 6/25/2009 5:39PM

    You are AMAZING!!! Thank you for sharing your story.

Kathy

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SWEETZMIX 6/25/2009 5:10PM

    Great recap of your story sO far for those who haven't heard of the world famous Mr. Botzzz!

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JLUVSHIKIN 6/25/2009 5:05PM

    You have accomplished so much! It is a great motivational story.
Thank you for sharing it!

Jenn
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SAMADHI999 6/25/2009 4:50PM

    What a great story. Thanks so much for sharing. I'm about the weight you are now and its such an inspiration to read about your c25k training and about how gung ho you are about exercise and healthier eating and lifestyle! Youre my exercise inspiration today! :)

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FLOWER25 6/25/2009 4:40PM

    All i can say is wow, you are truly inspiring. You look incredible. Keep it up and give us all something to aspire to!!

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RORYGIRLSMOM 6/25/2009 4:35PM

  I don't even know where to begin. This post is truely inspiring. ( Well- All of your posts are truely inspiring.) This is already a huge success story, and you're not even finished yet! Congratulations, congratulations, congratulations! Your life.....your story....is proof that hard work and determination do pay off. Keep going! I look forward to your next post!

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DRADISCH 6/25/2009 4:35PM

    you are amazing. Thank you for that inspiring story.


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DIFROMWYOMING 6/25/2009 4:12PM

    The physical pain and effort it takes to be so large is something most of us don't ever talk about - not even to our loved ones! I didn't even need visuals here, I've been there!
Thanks so much for your honesty and your determination. I learn as much from you when you're struggling as I do when you're moving right along. And running? Who would have ever imagined the guy who could not get off the couch to walk outside would even want to contemplate running. It's amazing all the way around.

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COUNTRYBUMKIN65 6/25/2009 4:09PM

    Stand up And Gives You A Standing O!!!!!

You my Spark Friend are Truly An Inspiration!!!!

Awesome Job and Keep Up The Great work!!!

Thank You For Sharing Your Story:)

Spark Hugs!
maryellen

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VGASCON 6/25/2009 4:06PM

    You are an awesome story of inspiration and the power of the human spirit. I am so happy you and your wife changed your perspective and are now on a journey to good health. You are both worthy of great admiration!

I recently finished the C25K program and ran my first 5K last Saturday. Although my story pales in comparison to yours, I can tell you it has been an awesome experience. I have had two back surgeries and was having serious knee pain. I am now doing Yoga and Pilates and running and having a wonderful time!

Thanks for sharing your story with us!

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Gut wrenching

Wednesday, June 24, 2009


I wanted to post up a short post even though I do not feel like writing right this second, last night I had terrible stomach cramps that would make a silverback gorilla cry for his mommy, I know that I was. it came on suddenly and stayed for 2 hours or so right at bed time, laying down hurt so I sat up and ended up falling asleep that way for about 30 minutes only to be woken up by my daughter calling for mommy and thank god that she did because my back was now sore from the position that I had fallen asleep in, long story short at that point the stomach pain had gone away but now my lower back hurt and still hurts as I write this. I ran out for some veggies and a few other things at the supermarket this morning and I could feel my back getting worse as I walked around so I cut the trip short and here I am home again relaxing on the couch with my laptop where else? in my lap and I figured I would post up a quick glance at my night and morning.



The lower back pain is at my point of injury and is not muscular and mostly a pinch at this point and hopefully it goes away fast but I think I am going to hold off on W3D2 of the couch to 5k thang until tomorrow night and then I will run the 3rd day on Saturday. Now I know that some of you are probably thinking "oh dear, he is going to run and has back pain?" No I am not, with the injury that I got about 8 years ago the pain comes, it lasts as long as its going to last and it goes away and feels 100% until the next episode, if I did nothing because I had pain the day before, well, I would do nothing at all...ever! all it means is that I wait for tomorrow night to do day 2.

Otherwise everything is on track, my calories are good and I am drinking more than enough fluids so I am hydrated, I have no clue what that gut wrenching stomach ache was all about but I do hope that it never happens again! it is something that I will have to keep my eye on because I cannot think of anything that I ate yesterday that was any different than how I always eat. On played the band and everything kept going, I am excited to be on week 3 and look forward to my run tomorrow night if not slightly disapointed at the fact that I am not running tonight but it is what it is.

Keep on keepin on and all that.

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STEPHCHIC79 6/25/2009 11:05PM

    Your stomach pain could have been coming from spasms in your back or certain muscles pressing on certain trigger points and/or nerves that can affect your GI system. (I'm a nurse)

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REGAND1 6/25/2009 2:54PM

    Sorry to hear about your injury. I just wanted to tell you what an inspiration you are! You go! emoticon

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JENNIFERK2009 6/25/2009 12:52PM

    I hope you are feeling better soon!

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CUPCAKE_PIRATE 6/25/2009 11:34AM

    If it feels like you're having a heart attack in your ribs - you may have gallstones. This happened to me after my first 60-ish pounds lost. It's a common thing for people who lose a lot of weight, I hear.. Only an ultrasound will tell for sure though, so be sure to see your doctor! I had two attacks before I saw a doctor, and a total of 4 before I had my surgery - And they only get worse! I think I wrote about this in my blog back in November...

Good luck and take care!

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SONYARODRI29 6/25/2009 11:09AM

    Definately keep an eye on that. Feel better soon.... emoticon

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CARINFLOWER 6/25/2009 11:03AM

  Great blog!

I just wanted to share something similar that happened to me. I would always walk/jog a mile before work. One day I was short on time but still wanted to get the exercise in. So, I did some sprinting to hurry things up a bit. After I got home, I showered real quick and started to get ready for work. Then, I started having the most horrible stomach cramps! It was a while before they calmed down enough to go to work. (So much for time saved!)

Well, I mentioned this to a friend who is a runner. They strongly cautioned me about sprinting. I noticed you mentioned sprinting the day before because you felt so good. The two may or may not be connected, but I thought I would mention it. Keep the running & jogging, but maybe avoid the sprinting. (and of course, stretching afterwards is essential)

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TEKILA4RED 6/25/2009 10:32AM

    Ummmmmm have you considered your appendix? My understanding before my daughter had to have hers removed in an emergency is that the cramps and stomach pain can last for a few weeks never knowing when its going to come on and each getting worse and worse as you get closer to having it burst. We thought she was just having the stomach flu....can cause back pain as well it sure did for her. We rushed her to the er after a particular night of pain so bad that she did nothing but cry.....that wasnt her and she normally was a real trooper through any type of pain so this was odd..... we get her to the er for them to rush her in and remove her appendix nasty stuff, but if the cramps/stomach pain come and go over the next few weeks its something you may want to look into! Hope all continues to go well for you.....

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LWINTER 6/25/2009 10:13AM

    Are you sure you don't have something causing it? My daughter's SO, just 21 and in the Air Force, so PT forced into good health, just had to have his gall bladder removed, terrible pain in his stomach/ab area passing gallstones. Don't ignore warning signs! So say your mommy.

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SHARONSMITH823 6/25/2009 8:05AM

    You have really inspired me. Thanks

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BIGGIRL2082010 6/25/2009 7:14AM

    That's smart - wait it out! I'm glad the stomach cramps are gone, though - must've been bad if you had to dig out the silverback! :)

Hope you're feelin' better real soon now!

Cheers,
Maya


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WENDYSPARKS 6/25/2009 6:56AM

    I like the gorilla! CUTE!! I hope you are feeling better soon and drink your water...and eat light foods till feel better. Easily digested ones at least. Good luck, wendy emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TRACYZABELLE 6/25/2009 6:01AM

    I hope today you are feeling better!! And congrats on having the spotlight blog entry!!

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SNEAKYGREG 6/24/2009 11:40PM

    I hate pain that doesn't come from a known source, like a good run or hard workout. At least the stomach thing only lasted for a little while cause I know that can hurt bad. Love the gorilla. Run like the wind

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TELERIE 6/24/2009 6:19PM

    Hope you feel better soon! Hang in there and drink water!

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SWEETZMIX 6/24/2009 5:05PM

    That sucks you weren't feeling well. I hope you feel better soon and are able to have enough energy to do W3D2 tomorrow.

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ALEXSGIRL1 6/24/2009 4:35PM

    if things don't improve get checked out. you may have kidney stones or kidney infection i hope not. but just a thought any way get better soon. emoticon emoticon

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THECOOLESTSARAH 6/24/2009 3:38PM

    Boo on stomach crap. I hope you feel better SOON so you can get outside and kick some bootay! xo

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LAURIE5658 6/24/2009 3:30PM

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Tummy bugs happen! I am totally loving the Pepto-toting gorilla. Now THAT is funny.

Hipe you have a better day and whats left of it, Botzzz.

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ZIRCADIA 6/24/2009 3:09PM

    AWww stomach cramps are the WORST. Sorry you had them and didn't even know why! NO FAIR. Anyway. Take care and whatnot. :)

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Acting like a fat person, get over it fatty, and some C25K results.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

When we doubt ourselves or our abilities we do nothing positive for our end game outcome, in fact when that bar is set low because of that doubt we are once again acting like a fat person. That is the thought that came out when I thought about last nights run, I am still somewhat sick from last weeks barrage of symptoms that my lovely daughter gave me and I was starting week 3 of the C25K program, I was not looking forward to it all week. I started week one and thought "how am I at 345 pounds going to run 60 seconds in a row?" then I did it, week two came and I thought "90 seconds? that's like double the time I hope I can do this" then I did it and now week three has begun and a 3 minute interval was introduced and with the not being 100% added to that its 3 minutes I was sure that I would be collapsed on the side of the road gasping for air like a freshly caught fish laying on the shore.



I felt strong as I did the 5 minute warm up walk, the first 90 second interval I felt a bit and while walking on the 90 second cool down I was thinking about the 3 minutes of hell that was surely going to hit me in the chest, there is that doubt again. Robert said "It's just 3 minutes..Go!" and for those 3 minutes I was Forest Gump, I felt nothing in the way of being too tired, I felt nothing in the way of loss of breath, and about halfway through that interval I see a fellow standing in the road ahead having a cigarette and the closer I got I could see that he was smiling and when I got close enough he said "Good for you!" to which I replied "Hows it goin" he said "I am good, but man, good for you" and clapped his hands once or twice, I just kept going and the 3 minutes ended and interval from hell (which turned out NOT to be from hell ) number 1 was fini. I walked my 3 minutes and then the 90 second interval came and went, The 2nd three minute interval was coming and off I sprinted (yes I said sprinted) I felt great at his point and ran a few seconds longer after the voice in my ear said that the 3 minutes was done, I felt good.

I went 1.94 miles in 28 minutes so I was on my pace if not slightly faster than week 2, I was very surprised to see how NOT difficult the 3 minute intervals were which is not to say that it was very easy, I just seemed to run them with no problem at all which was a surprise. The way that I looked at the start of week 3 was the way that a fat person would approach it, since I am still a fat person I guess I fell for the bait that my psyche laid in front of me. That fellow that said "good for you" when I ran by got me thinking as well, what might he have said if I was a svelte 190 pounder running by? my thought is that he would not have said anything but just stepped to the side to let me run by unobstructed, maybe a hello, BUT I guess its not every day that you see a 330 pound guy running so it is what it is and I wasn't the one standing on the edge of a dark road smoking so indeed good for me.

When we act like we will fail, we will fail and I believe that is the downfall of most fat people (there is no political correctness here friends, we are fat people whether we want to believe it or not) that try and lose weight, it was my downfall for so many years. "I can't not eat so much", yeah I know that one, "I can't walk" me either and I was 534 pounds when I started WALKING so I had a proper excuse, right?, "its too hard to lose weight" why? because it takes effort? "I can't run 3 minutes in a row!" To hell with all that, You can and you DID! You are no different than me, I am no different than that older fella that runs around my lake daily and he is no different than whoever won the Boston Marathon last time around, apply yourself 100% to what you want to achieve and my guess is that it can and will be yours. What do you have to lose besides the weight? perhaps the burden? or maybe the excuses?

The bottom line is that if you get on up off of your fat ass (I did) and do something, anything! the possibilities are endless, if not? you will just get the end.

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SEAMSTRESSLESS 9/17/2009 12:08PM

    I read your blog because I was looking for W1D1 blogs... I am so glad this is the first one I read!

You're so right about fat thinking... I am beginning my C25K on Sunday after a week or so of procrastination and excuse-seeking. I even wondered if my 240lb was too heavy..

You're an inspiration to me

THANKYOU!

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AMANDADWYER 6/29/2009 7:53PM

    Your attitude is such an inspiration! I too am doing the C25K program. I can't remember which week I'm on but it's somewhere in the middle. I normally do it on my treadmill because I have to get up so early that it's not very light out when I need to run. I'm going to do a 5K race on August 9th. It helps to have that date in my head to know that I can't be lazy and sleep that extra half hour because I've committed to this race. I have told countless people about it and I have a friend who is going to do it with me (she's a runner who runs about a 7 1/2 minute mile...eek!) so I don't want to let any of those people down, or myself for that matter. It still takes a lot for me to get out of bed when that alarm goes off to get on the treadmill but once I'm on it, I'm ok. I just wanted to share with you and let you know that you're doing an awesome job! I need to lose about another 75 pounds so I know the feeling of "not used to seeing a fat person run". I wonder what people will think of me when I go to that race. I don't want to win and I don't expect to finish anywhere near the top. I just want to be able to say that I've completed a 5K and continue to improve. Keep up the great work!

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LAMSCATS 6/28/2009 8:46AM

    Absolutely AWESOME!!!! This kind of post was exactly what I needed to get over my own "stinkin' thinkin'" today. Thank you so much for your courage and your willingness to share all this.

Would you mind letting me know where you got your plan for the circuit training?

Thanks so much!
Lori
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-LORI-B 6/28/2009 5:36AM

    Im mesmorized by your blogs.. I should be alseep, but your blogs are so incredibly inspiring. This one hit me right in the gut. I have been making excuses for so long it has become second nature. If you can do all this starting at 534 lbs, then I can get my 305lb ass shaking alot more than I do. I know I can be alot more active than I have been.. you are proof of that.
I found you thru a link to someone else. I became nosey and here i am. I feel as if this is where I needed to be at this time. Thank you!!
Lori


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BEESPARKLE 6/26/2009 7:20PM

    I am so proud of you. Man that must of been so very hard at the first weight.

When you see Michael Jackson dying and he was to be fit to go on tour. Now he is dead.

Apparently he was taking so may prescription pills. I could not believe they suspect this but he had a live in Dr living there. he was the one last with him and gave him a needle.
I really feel sadden. Then you with your weight doing what you posted. The good Lord has you here for a reason.

Perhaps Fame Michael could not handle at 50 in his heart but trying to please people.

Anyways. He is gone. Such a young person to go that way.

I enjoy your blogs and your a inspiration to all.

God Bless you.

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TRACIENICOLE 6/26/2009 12:50AM

    WOW!!! I started reading your blog, got inspired, and actually got off my fat ass and went for my first run (slash walk) in YEARS!!!! I officially completed W1D1...yes, it hurt. And I've got exercise-induced anaphalaxis that only ever seems to rear anymore when I try to run...but I made it throught the whole workout. I got home and traced out my route for distance on runningahead.com and found that the loop I ran numerous times was .63 miles! I had to have gone through it AT LEAST 5 times...HOLY CRAP! Did I really just do three miles!?!??!? Yes, yes, I walked most of it...but hey, it was BRISK!!! I was so proud of myself because I've DESPERATELY wanted to run for years but haven't "gotten up off my fat ass to do something about it". I did tonight. I've always wanted to run a marathon...I actually got a german shepherd pup a couple months ago to be my running partner and named her Marathon! She came with me tonight. We were both tired...but we both did something we haven't done before (her) or in a VERY long time (me). I just got finished reading your blog a couple minutes ago (remember, I stopped midway through to go do my first run!), and it brought tears to my eyes! Thank you for the major dose of reality! And the pep talk...I always SAY we can do anything we put our mind to...but sometimes it's hard to actually "put your mind to it."

THANKS AGAIN!!

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STEPHCHIC79 6/25/2009 11:02PM

    Thank you soooo much for your inspiration.

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NEWMOONDESIGN 6/25/2009 9:27PM

    I really love your "no excuses" approach...it is truly inspiring and I'll think about it the next time I don't want to roll out of bed and get my ass movin'. I used to have a button with the red circle and bar through the middle of the word "whining"...wish I still had it...it's good to remember! Thanks for sharing!!!

Dana :)

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MOMMY2180 6/25/2009 5:56PM

  Reading ur blog is great, everything u stated is soooooo.. true. Congrats! i could not even run straight for 30 seconds with out gasping for air. emoticon

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HISARTIST 6/25/2009 12:16PM

    Congratulations! I know that 3 minutes seemed like a mountain at first, but you conquered it! It will get easier. I'm going to apply your mindset to my training as I get ready for my big race...a little at a time, and give it 100%. You'll be doing that 5K in no time!!

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DEBO1202 6/25/2009 12:06PM

    That is really awesome. You have so much to be proud of. Keep up the great work! VERY inspirational- I wish some people I know had your mentality- including myslef. I'm not exactly a 'fatty' but we all have our lame excuses! I will surely think of you next time I try to excuse myslef from doing what I know in my heart can and should be done. Thanks again.

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ELENAS_SEXY_MOM 6/25/2009 12:04PM

    Gratz on getting through week 3! emoticon

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CRYSTAROSE24 6/25/2009 11:49AM

    Wow, I love your blogs! They're so inspirational. I've lately been noticing what you were saying about if your attitude is negative it'll more than likely bring negative. When it's positive, even if it's a "Well, I'll try" Things seem to turn around! Thanks and keep us all updated!

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SUMMERTIME_JEN 6/25/2009 11:00AM

    Your blog almost makes me wish I was just getting started. I'd love to experience the weeks as you express them. I agree with everything you said wholeheartedly! And I am pleased with myself for getting to the point I am now. I just wish I could make my workouts an inspiration to myself, like you've done! Great Job! emoticon

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BADMAMMAJAMMA1 6/25/2009 10:50AM

    Bravo!!!

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CHARLEYSUE 6/25/2009 10:35AM

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MISHATHIN08 6/25/2009 9:29AM

    Probably the funniest and most motivational blog I've ever read. Thank you! Just the thing I needed to "get up off my fat ass"!

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RETIREDSHERRY 6/25/2009 9:17AM

  This is my first time reading a blog (can you believe it?) I just retired ,very out of shape, and 100 pounds over weight. I have tried many things over the years adn give up. You gave me hope and the positive attitude I need. Thank you. Today I will try walking with some friends . emoticon
Congratulations on your weigh loss , life changes and sharing with us and giving us hope

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MBSHAZZER 6/25/2009 9:12AM

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Awesome, just AWESOME! I love it when people get the running bug! Keep on keeping on, my friend! It'll get easier, I promise!

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AUNTKAB 6/25/2009 8:39AM

    What a great outlook you have! I've been thinking about trying to run but also think I would end up lying on the road gasping. I usually walk 2 miles in 30 minutes but you inspire me to throw in some running intervals. Thanks for being such an inspiration!
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MBVMFLUTIST 6/25/2009 8:07AM

    This was awesome. Thank you!!!

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SCWEBER 6/25/2009 7:50AM

    I've been going back through your blogs and reading them, and they're all great. But this one made me cry and smile at the same time! Thanks. You're amazing.

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BEINGGUIDED 6/25/2009 7:34AM

    Kudos to you! I'm not sure why, but this post made me cry.

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WENDYSPARKS 6/25/2009 7:01AM

    I need to get off my fat ass now and go do something...like exercise!! Great Blog! wendy emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TXMIMOSA 6/25/2009 1:45AM

  I love reading your blogs too-hey-isthisafatsuit-I have a shar-pei too-he's a sharpei/american bulldog mix-Bo- he's a huge dog with a little wrinkly head!lol

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ISTHISAFATSUIT 6/24/2009 2:40PM

    I love reading your blogs.

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LEANNROCKS 6/24/2009 2:09PM

    Wonderful insight. You have inspired me to do the c25k again, only this time, doing each run outside in the heat. And maybe make my pace a little faster. -lynne

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ROBBIEMARIE 6/24/2009 6:48AM

    Wow! Think I'll get off my fat butt and go workout!

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TRACYZABELLE 6/24/2009 5:58AM

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THECOOLESTSARAH 6/23/2009 11:38PM

    Yeah! Whoo hoo!

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CALIFCAS 6/23/2009 11:24PM

  Another awesome blog! No sugar coating, just plain old truth. Thankyou!

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REALLYFATPERSON 6/23/2009 7:24PM

    congrats.... I think my next weekly walk around the trail I will try the running part. Thank you

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BILLALEX70 6/23/2009 6:17PM

    What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.
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CDCHARBO 6/23/2009 5:14PM

    This post was exactly what I needed to hear to get off the couch and start walking/running.

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ZIRCADIA 6/23/2009 3:45PM

    AMEN AMEN AMEN!!! :)

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BILLYS-GIRL 6/23/2009 3:39PM

    First let me say thank you this is just what i needed to hear today! Second I think it is fantastic that you are up to 3 minutes. I can wait till I get there, I'm still at 60 seconds but I know I will make it to 3 minutes.....I just need to keep my fat ass of the couch!
Thanks again

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ANGELCOWBOY1 6/23/2009 3:26PM

    You are right on target. emoticon

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KEEPITMOVING 6/23/2009 12:56PM

    i love how you psych yourself out and then psych yourself up! one foot in front of the other...

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SNOWFLAKELILYM9 6/23/2009 11:44AM

    Wow, thank you. I needed that kick in the rear. I have been stalled on my weightloss for 4 months now because I have chosen to stall. I got tired of trying, I got tired of giving it my all and so I haven't lost any more. I have maintained on the scale the same numbers but fitness wise I am acting like a fat person again. I am feeling physically similar to when I started this whole journey and that stinks. It's my own fault, my own choice. I said I didn't want to feel and act like a fat person again and I have, I am. I needed all you just said. I still have 95 pounds to go. I figured in 30 more pounds when I've lost 100 I can start running. Guess what, after reading your blog, I'm going to start running now. Like you did a little at a time. Thanks for the honestly and inspiration. You look awesome and have done awesome WOW!! Congratulations!!!!!

Margare
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NATURALSOAPGIRL 6/23/2009 11:27AM

    Thanks so much for writing this blog. I LOVED it. And I know Miss Cortnie needed to hear it. You are 100% correct when you talked about thinking like fat people. That's our problem! We need to think like skinny people. "Running? Sure. I love to run." "I couldn't possibly eat that much." "No, I'm not a soda drinker, but I'd love a water!" "I'll pass on dessert, thanks." We just need to hone in on our inner skinny and eventually, we'll get there. Fake it 'til ya make it, right?

Very inspiring. Thanks. And FABULOUS job on your Week 3 - you're really doing it.

Sarah

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_CORTNIE 6/23/2009 11:06AM

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AINTSKEERD 6/23/2009 11:05AM

    emoticonI really needed this today. You da man.... emoticon

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MAMAGLO 6/23/2009 10:41AM

    I smiled when reading this blog - recognized myself. And yes, what will I complain about if my excuses are conquered? emoticon

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SNEAKYGREG 6/23/2009 10:31AM

    I like it, sometimes shooting from the hip is the best. I remember hearing the "this week... we are going to do a 3 minute interval" "oh holy crap 3 minutes?!" and that guy was right GOOD FOR YOU awesome job

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NAENAE1213 6/23/2009 10:13AM

    I don't care if you are fat or not so fat....if you haven't run in ages, starting again...it's hard. So go you! You are awesome! I made it through the C25K program earlier this year. I remember those weeks coming and going, thinking there was no way that I could do what was being asked of me. But I did. And I ran my first 5K.
I see a marathon in your future!
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SWEETZMIX 6/23/2009 9:58AM

    Great job on doing W3!! I agree with this blog, that you are what you think. I listen to this podcast called Fat2Fit Radio and one of the guys on the show always says, "You have to think of yourself as a fit person." And I am not trying my best to follow that everyday. Hope you start feeling 100% soon!

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GLORYTOGLORY 6/23/2009 9:50AM

  Again one of your blogs inspires me to push myself harder you go for it woohoo!! And thanx now i feel like a workout!

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LAURIE5658 6/23/2009 9:14AM

    You see, Botzzz, the guy with the cigarette you passed by was feeling the same way I do about you...the fact that a big guy like you has the courage to RUN. Cigarette guy is in as much awe with you as I am. Its funny how you just think of yourself as a fat guy...we don't. Botzzz, I don't have that courage to run alothough I would love to. I am afraid...okay change that to petrified...to run and then fail. I see many folks run in our neighborhood and I am so envious. I want to be them and YOU!

You are a great Spark friend, Botzzz and thank you.

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ELFITZPA 6/23/2009 9:13AM

    I'm just so glad to see you're really enjoying the running!! And you're right, that guy may not have said anything if you were considerably smaller, but perhaps he HAD to say something. Who knows? Maybe you made him get to thinking about things HE could do to better himself (like stubbing out that cigarette!), which is pretty cool. Keep up the awesome job and keep in mind that sometimes it IS going to be hard, but that's what makes it so rewarding!

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SKYEFYR 6/23/2009 9:07AM

  You know, the man who said "good for you" could just be cheering you on because you're doing something he couldn't. I get like that.

Runners always amaze me. One of the things I'm looking forward to after getting all my test results back is trying to run. I even went out and got new shoes and look at them every day and keep telling them "soon".

Your blogs are always so inspiring and make me think. I'm very glad I found them and that I can keep up with your progress. There are so many days I want to give up (stupid plateau) and you motivate me to keep trying. Thank You!

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