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Where O' where has Zeusmeatball, er BOTZZZ been?!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Zeusmeatball will be back in the Office and posting regularly on Tuesday July 14th after some recuperation with a new post, some pics, some stories, and some good (and bad) food! and a teaser photo below for a clue to where I have been all week.



I'm Back!

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KEEPITMOVING 7/15/2009 2:18PM

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DRADISCH 7/15/2009 11:33AM

    Welcome back Glad you had a ball down here in FL.
Atleast you had some sunny days.

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SQUIRRELLYMOM 7/15/2009 1:11AM

    You have been greatly missed.

Linda

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TELERIE 7/14/2009 7:03PM

    I reckon that isn't the "original" castle that inspired the one in Disneyland? (Neuschwanstein in Germany - pretty spectacular...)
Anyway, I hope you had a great vacation! Good to have ya back.

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SWEETZMIX 7/14/2009 1:41PM

    SNAP!! I wish I was there!! lol

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TX.PATRICIA 7/14/2009 10:52AM

    Welcome Back!

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WALKWITME 7/13/2009 9:38PM

    You have been missed

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ZIRCADIA 7/13/2009 4:31PM

    WELCOME BACK!!!!!!! :D

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OLAHIWA 7/13/2009 3:18PM

    Forget that, did you at least kill the dragon? :)

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1972ROSES 7/13/2009 2:55PM

    Did you beat Shrek to Princess Fiona?

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AMBERROGUE 7/13/2009 10:37AM

    I was beginning to wonder if I'd lost my subscription to your blogs! Hope you had fun!

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WENDYSPARKS 7/13/2009 10:18AM

    Sounds like alot of fun!! Vacation!! Best Wishes, wendy emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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QUILTINGB52 7/13/2009 5:18AM

    Sworn in as a Knight of the round table???

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BIGGIRL2082010 7/13/2009 2:37AM

    Magic Kingdom at Disney-something? :) Hope you all had FUN! :)

Cheers,
Maya


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TRACYZABELLE 7/13/2009 12:57AM

    oooohhhhhhhhhhh ahhhhhhhhhhhh looking forward to it

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EUGENERUGOSA 7/12/2009 10:58PM

    welcome back..did you see any princesses?

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SNEAKYGREG 7/12/2009 10:35PM

    Hows Dracula doing???
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DAWNWATERWOMAN 7/12/2009 10:03PM

    love the picture... can't wait to hear about the adventure. Welcome back! -Dawn

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 7/12/2009 9:55PM

    Were you wearing big ears?

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.DUSTY. 7/12/2009 9:06PM

    Transylvania?

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SHIRLEYDILLARD 7/12/2009 8:57PM

    ooooh - likes like fun.

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Late weigh in

Saturday, July 04, 2009


This morning the scale said 336 lbs, up slightly but then I was expecting that so no worries. I have lots to do today including a bike ride as soon as I hit publish post so short and sweet is the post for the day, hope you all have a great 4th, stay safe!

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TRACYZABELLE 7/7/2009 4:23AM

    I am sure it is temporary-- keep on riding...

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AMBERROGUE 7/6/2009 12:56PM

    For some reason my subscription to your blog was turned off! Hope your fourth was great!

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KNH771 7/6/2009 11:40AM

    Hope your Fourth of July was a fun one!

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CFALBRO 7/5/2009 2:10PM

    Hope you had a great 4th : )

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ALEXSGIRL1 7/4/2009 5:01PM

    have a great fourth also. i may grab my daughters bike for a short run later. but its one hour with the dog again. tomorrow is the last of the predisone so i will be back to running again. and weights again. cant wait. if we both remember to take our time and have fun while we are at it will get there.with smiles. emoticon emoticon

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TELERIE 7/4/2009 4:03PM

    Happy 4th and enjoy the day with a bike ride!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 7/4/2009 3:35PM

    Have a great 4th.

You watching the Tour? It started today with a time trial in Monaco.

ttyl

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DRADISCH 7/4/2009 1:11PM

    Have a great holiday !! Enjoy the day!!
Happy 4th!!! emoticon emoticon

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BILLALEX70 7/4/2009 11:34AM

    emoticon Happy 4th!

I'm up a bit this week as well, but not surprised either. That's one of the only good things about work; I stay in control of my eating.

Keep the rubber side down.

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BIGGIRL2082010 7/4/2009 10:29AM

    Have a wonderful day, and watch out for the goodies of the day! :)

You'll get those couple of pounds off quick - with the bike and the running, your body will pretty much HAVE to let go of something! ;)

Cheers,
Maya


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Priceless!! and I forgot to weigh in this morning...

Friday, July 03, 2009


I have been pretty busy today and it dawned on me that it is Friday and I did not weigh myself when I woke up, ooops! I will weigh in tomorrow morning Saturday July 4th and post the results up, I do not expect to have dropped weight this week as I have been neglecting my exercise but the post will be here tomorrow morning for your viewing pleasure.

I do have to post up a picture though, and here is the back story. When I was about 20 years old I got my first "real job" and on that job we ruined clothing so the boss bought us company tee shirts with a logo on them (which photo shopped off of the shirt for the pic) so that we did not have to ruin our own clothing and the biggest size that he could get at the time was a 3xl and I was starting to push a 4xl but he bought the shirts anyways. I have always said that I would fit into one of those shirts one day and I held onto one for all these years, so we are talking about a 16 year old tee shirt here! but since I didn't wear it, it is brand new unlike the others that have long been cut into rags. Jan 2008 I tried this shirt on just for a reference and it would pull over my chest but no further, kind of looked like a tank top on a woman! I decided that it would be my "goal shirt" and back into the closet it went. I was just at Walmart to pick up a cooler and wify said "go grab a pair of jeans, they carry your size" so I figured why not "just to see" if a 42 waist fits and I grabbed a pair of jeans and we finished our errands and home we went, when I tried them on and they fit, I decided to grab that old tee shirt out of the closet and see how things went. It is not the most flattering photo, I need a shave on both my head and face but I just had to post it up.


Old work Shirt from 16 years ago $0.00
Pair of 42/32 jeans from Walmart $8.00
Bag of BIC disposable razors $6.89
Having it all fit? PRICELESS!

The jeans look a little bit, how do I say? not baggy enough? for me so do think I will return them and grab a pair of carpenter jeans or something less straight legged but the 42/32 fit perfectly! thats down from a size 56 pushing a 58! (I wear my pants below my gut, if they are worn above surely this number would be much greater) that's 7 whole sizes! or more than 14 inches off of my waistline since Jan 2008. The tee shirt is a little snug for my liking and I don't think that I would wear a shirt froma company that I don't work for out or anything it does fit and I honestly thought this shirt would fit me at my goal weight.

All of that paired with the new bike bottle and bike computer that I bought has left me in a good mood for the evening. Wify wants me to watch all of the Harry Potter movies (am I the only person that has not seen them?) so that we can go see the new one and we are starting the first one tonight so it looks like my weekend is off to a good start regardless what that scale says in the am.

Thanks for reading, drink that H2O and keep on keepin on and all that.

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Me

  
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SUNNY89 7/9/2009 5:44PM

    How cool!! Way to go! Keep it up. You are doing so great!

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MARYONAMISSION 7/8/2009 11:50AM

    You look great! Both the shirt and pants look like they fit fine. Congrats! I haven't seen any of the HP movies either and I stubbornly refuse to.

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CECE0330 7/7/2009 10:52AM

    Well what is up with all these people who have never seen the HP movies???? emoticon emoticon Hope you enjoyed (though as usual, the books are soooo much better!)

FWIW-from the pics, neither the jeans or tee appear to be tight in the least bit. emoticon

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SWEETZMIX 7/6/2009 3:32PM

    Priceless indeed. I like you have not seen the Harry Potter movies, so you are not the only one. Hope you enjoyed the 4th!!

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LEANNROCKS 7/6/2009 1:00PM

    What a nice surprise. New clothes are always a treat. I haven't seen a single Potter movie. Not interested. -lynne

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SNEAKYGREG 7/4/2009 9:33PM

    now I know that must feel good and nope I haven't seen the Harry Potter movies either

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GLORYTOGLORY 7/4/2009 10:58AM

  wonderful woohoo but actually the shirt and pants are baggy lol! Your brain is catching up with your progress!!! emoticon

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ANGELCOWBOY1 7/4/2009 8:12AM

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Awesome - I'm so proud of your progress!
Enjoy the movies - I haven't seen them either, so let me know what you think.

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GIGGLES40 7/4/2009 7:29AM

    Congrats!!! Down 7 sizes!! WOW keep it up you're doing amazing. Enjoy your movie weekend.

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SCWEBER 7/4/2009 12:54AM

    That is so awesome! The jeans and the shirt look great. Congrats! emoticon

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TKJBSGETTINGFIT 7/4/2009 12:08AM

    Wow! Go for the jeans you want, you've got choices! emoticon

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LAURIE5658 7/3/2009 11:07PM

    The INCREDIBLE shrinking man!

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DDOORN 7/3/2009 10:48PM

    Those pants sizes are right around my before / after also...what a LIFE we've reclaimed, eh?

Keep SPARKING along on that BIKE! :-)

Don

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MSHOPPER63 7/3/2009 9:24PM

    What a nice story. I love your caption under the picture. You are doing GREAT !!! Keep up the good work. I always love reading your blogs. I know you motivate me and hundreds of other SP members.

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DRADISCH 7/3/2009 9:10PM

    Way to Go. You are doing great. Enjoy the movies. Have a great weekend. Happy 4th of July!!!

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ANNBELL08 7/3/2009 8:38PM

    I love Harry Potter I have read all the books and have a DVD's of all the movies can't wait for the New Movie sounds like you will have a great weekend emoticon

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BIG_SCOTS_LASS 7/3/2009 8:21PM

    Isn't it a wonderful feeling when an item of clothing you haven't worn for a long time suddenly fits? You have done an amazing job so far, and I'm sure you'll continue to do so. You are an inspiration!
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FITBECKSRN24 7/3/2009 8:05PM

    congrats congrats congrats! 7 whole sizes!!! thats amazing!!! I also keep a pair of shorts on hand that are a size smaller than what i wear (i accidently bought them thinking they were the right size). keep up the good work! =)

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JLUVSHIKIN 7/3/2009 7:29PM

    WhooHOOO! Love that positive feedback from our bodies! I do hope that no matter WHAT the scale says tomorrow that you won't let it drag you down! You are doing it and doing it all well!
Have a Happy and safe 4th.

Jenn
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C25K, Meet bike, Bike, Meet C25K...Hi!

Thursday, July 02, 2009


Today is Thursday, that means that tomorrow is normally weigh in day and I at this point in the week I am usually going over my excel sheet and checking how I have done all week but somehow this week it has escaped my focus because I have not stood on my scale at all and my excel sheet looks kind of random. I almost don't want to get on the scale because I suspect that I am up in weight, I have not been exercising like I should, I have not run C25K in more than a week now but I have bought a bike so I am at least getting that into my days. The newness of the bike that I have now is carrying my decisions where working out go, which basically means that my posterior hurts a bit as well as my quads so I am kind of in a transition phase with getting use to the bike, again because its just really fun to ride right now.

There are a few things going on in my life right now not related to weight loss which need attention that are taking up lots of my time and when that happens I tend to not workout as hard or as often and is a point that I need to work on so that I can keep the weight going in a downward direction. I had a birthday so I ate cake this week, I was getting over being sick and not running because of that and now I have my new toy on top of all of that which I had a problem with so I had to go get that corrected, and then there is the personal stuff going on. I make no excuses and I accept that I have just been really busy so the exercise has suffered a bit and none of the above means that I am off track, just a tad more than swamped with stuff not related to weight loss, with all of that said I have kind of put together a plan of sorts on a cross training program for myself which includes completing the C25K program while adding bike riding.

What I plan on doing is starting where I left off with the C25K program continuing with week 3 but instead of following the duration that the program calls for I plan on adding biking between the running days, to start off it will look something like this.

Monday - C25K
Tuesday - Off day (calisthenics & light weights)
Wednesday - Bike ride
Thursday - Off day (calisthenics & light weights)
Friday - C25K
Saturday - Bike ride
Sunday - Off day

With the above program I will just run each week of C25k 3 times like the program calls for and will just run the third run on whatever day it falls on. This is what I am planning to do until I am comfortably riding the bike ie: no more sore sit bones! once I am comfortably doing this set up I will change things up a bit hopefully ending with a program that resembles this.

Monday - C25K or (running normally)
Tuesday - Bike ride & ST
Wednesday - C25K or (running normally)
Thursday - Bike ride & ST
Friday - C25K or (running normally)
Saturday - Bike ride & ST
Sunday - Off day, possibly a hike

I wrote running normally because I don't know when I will complete the C25K program and when I do complete it I plan on running alternately with the bike riding because I have really come to like running. If I am being honest I just cannot do both together right now because I am spent after running and I am spent after biking and overworking myself will surely result in an injury which will just slow progress further, so when the novelty of the new bike wears off and my arse is not thumping the day after a decent ride is when I will get back to C25K which with any luck will not be long at all. I want you all to know that I am completing C25k but I am also going to enjoy exercising on my bike too so there it is, and actually its all working my body out! I actually think that mixing it up with biking/running will result in a stronger me as well as keep the weight moving in the right direction.

I have to admit that this week I kind of veered of track with the eating and hydration, I have not been drinking as much as I should, less than a gallon on some days which is a far cry less than my two plus gallon pace that I usually do and I have not had green tea daily this week either. I have rectified the situation and have started drinking all of my fluids again starting with today and my excel sheet is being used properly again as well.

Here's to the coming weeks and the lower weight! have I mentioned that I love my new bike yet? keep on keepin on and all that.

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Me

  
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BIGGIRL2082010 7/3/2009 6:10PM

    Heh. I think mixing it up is good - it'll keep you interested and prevent those overuse injuries that you'd be risking if you only used one form of workout!

Good luck on the scale tomorrow! :)

Cheers,
Maya


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OWLWHO 7/3/2009 8:20AM

    You're recommitting to your plan. Good for you! BTW, I love my bike too. It is hard to limit yourself when you are enjoying it. It is good that you are realizing the risk of injury from over-exercising. I speak from experience. Listen to your body and give it rest occasionally.

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PJDKSMITH 7/3/2009 12:49AM

    Well Tony, gotta say it... "smart move" don't over do it; know ur limitations, keep going, no matter what.. u've come to far to change that now.
Keep it up!
Jenny

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LAURIE5658 7/2/2009 11:57PM

    Hey Botzzz, bottom line...you have a bunch of craptastic crapola going on in your life AND you have a gameplan. Is this not a huge difference between the old Botzzz and the new improve studly Botzzz? I am thinking there is a vastly huge difference.

Make a gameplan and STICK TO IT!!

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JKSTEIN123 7/2/2009 6:02PM

    I love your enthusiasm. They have gel pads for the bike seats. I would not ride without one. They are the best. Keep up the good work! Life is all about change and you seem to be doing really well at that!

Jill

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AINTSKEERD 7/2/2009 3:58PM

    With all this heavy cardio you're getting in, it won't be long 'till you're doing both.

BTW, how do you like your new bike??? emoticon

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EVILSINMYBLOOD 7/2/2009 2:07PM

    I like how you keep rolling with punches and moving forward. On the sore sit bones, did you get fitted for your seat? I hear that is very important if you are going to be on the bike a lot. Also I would love to hear how you utilize your excel spreadsheet. busy work like that helps to keep me on track, I have to see the numbers everyday or I don't feel like they mean anything.


You are an inspiration,

Someday we can start a former fatties club and you'll be the president! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SKYEFYR 7/2/2009 2:06PM

  I'm really glad to hear how much you like your new toy! But reading your blog you almost sound like you feel guilty about liking it so much and wanting to ride it more often. You shouldn't! You're getting out and getting cardio in whether you're riding or running, and I have no doubt you'll finish your C25K in your own time. Geeze, if everyone was as dedicated as you are we wouldn't have weight problems!

And I've got this sneaky suspicion that your excell spreadsheet on a bad week looks much better than mine on a good week!

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ZSAZSAJANNY 7/2/2009 1:38PM

    I love the C25K program. It is a good one for me. I hear you about the bike riding but it is a sport that I have learned to stay clear of by choice. I just don't do corners well and have been known to wipe out an entire newly planted hedge while the just finished gardeners stood by in horror and watched. Not so great with those turns. Yeah, it took me a while to get up the courage to go around corners in a car as I feared much the same outcome.

Rum cake? Gee, I can stay clear of that! As a young'un, I had a few too many run-ins with rum and now I can't look at the stuff (or most alcohol) without turning green. Now if you had said, vanilla cake or cheesecake. I would have run you over to get to it first!

Now go cut that grass! It must be worth a few burned calories. Have fun biking and running.

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SHIRLEYDILLARD 7/2/2009 1:37PM

    I like the way you adjust to fit your life. I think that is what makes this "program" so liveable!

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VGASCON 7/2/2009 1:34PM

    Hi!

I am glad to see you have a plan: "Plan the work, and work the plan." That is a very good philosophy.

Don't worry too much about doing the C25K program according to the 3 per week schedule -- do it in whatever interval feels comfortable (yet challenging) for you. Everyone I know that has completed the C25K has done it with variations. The program is a guideline that you can follow if it meets your needs.

Although I am not an expert, I will caution you about scheduling running and biking two days in a row. Everyone I have come in contact with recommends that you give your legs a break and let them recover. Not doing so may hurt your progress and could end up in an injury. Please think about alternating with something else (like weight training with a band).

I am glad you are re-focusing on hydration -- it is so important for good health (and it is the best appetite suppressant ever!).

Have a great holiday weekend! Have fun and be safe!

-= Victor =-


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WENDYSPARKS 7/2/2009 1:28PM

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Have my cake and eat it to?

Tuesday, June 30, 2009


This morning I feel less violated from my new bike seat and am planning on a ride some time later this afternoon, I think I am in love. I have decided that I am going to change things up a bit because of my new toy, of course I want to ride it as much as possible but because of "new" soreness that the bike is so lovingly handing out I do not think that I can do both the rides and the C25K program while I am getting use to the bike so I will just make some adjustments. When the novelty of the new bike wears off and the new pain (its good pain) has come down to a dull roar I want to do a modified program utilizing the C25K program and bike riding on alternating days because I still want to run a 5k this year, but this new bike is so damn fun! The fact that I am pausing the C25K program does not mean that I am not going to complete it, in fact I plan on running this week at least once but I want to concentrate on getting use to riding the bike so that....who am I kidding, its just plain old fun! no worries for those of you following my running adventure I am in fact going to do both.


Snapped a pic with the seat adjusted and the new bottle cage installed, hopefully I can get the new bike computer replaced and installed before the end of the week, and yes yes I know that I need to mow the lawn.


A shot from the front.

I ran out yesterday and got myself a bottle cage and a bike computer so that I could stay hydrated (you knew that was coming) while tracking my distances and speeds while out on the bike but when I got the bike computer home it was missing the sensor that attaches to the spoke so I will have to return the computer for one with all of the parts. With some luck and a lot of persistence I will become a proficient bike rider and runner by the end of the year and I believe that by combining the two different routines that I will be able to keep the weight going down as the strength and endurance goes up all while having a blast, I love win win situations.

I have not exactly been the exemplary role model where intake is concerned over the weekend because of some rum cake but hey it only comes around once per year so I indulge. Saturday and Sunday I did go over my calories and honestly Saturday I did not count a single calorie, Sunday I ate within my calorie range if the Italian cookies and rum cake don't count but I am not too worried about it. Monday I ate within my calorie range until I could not resist another piece of the rum cake that was still in our fridge, my father in law stopped by last night so I asked "who wants some rum cake?" and made sure he had a nice hefty piece and gave the rest to my kids so that it was out of the house, I am sorry but the saying "nothing tastes as good as thin feels" DOES NOT apply to this rum cake. Today I am back to my old self counting and not going over my 1700 limit, alas the rum cake is gone. I do not live within the "I will never have a piece of cake again" crowd, I believe that as long as I eat good 95% of the time the other 5% is fair game for some of the tastier things in the food wheel and obviously what I am doing works so no worries.

Over all I am doing well but have not stepped on a scale since Friday so I may not be doing as well as I think because of this weekends rum cake escapade, I am honestly just enjoying not being anchored down by the fact I am 500 plus pounds any more. A taste of normality perhaps? too many years sitting on a couch watching other people do things and now its my turn to enjoy life a bit and not worry about things? indeed I believe so.

Thanks for following my trip to the half and I sincerely thank you all for the support and encouragement that you take the time to leave me via comments and emails, know that I appreciate it.

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Me

  
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FORESTLITTLE 7/2/2009 5:51PM

    I love your new bike...enjoy your rides. I have enjoyed following you through your lifestyle journey, your life gets more exciting as you keep moving forward!!! Congratulations as always!
FORESTLITTLE

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OH_HAPPY_DAY 7/2/2009 4:03PM

    love the new bike!!! emoticon

rum cake - not so much.

hmmmm - - run... bike... I'm thinking a triathalon could be in the future! (just planting the seed for ya!) emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GIGGLES40 7/2/2009 6:58AM

    Sweet Ride! Enjoy it!!

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SUNNY89 7/1/2009 9:20PM

    How fun. When I first read the title of your blog I thought maybe you got a Gary Fisher CAKE bike but I read the other days post and found that not to be the case. I also have a computer on my bike. I LOVE IT. I love that it tells me how fast, how long and so on I have been riding. Enjoy the bike. Riding is truly such fun.

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KNH771 7/1/2009 6:48PM

    I'm glad that you're enjoying your new toy. It's one of the rewards of improved health! You earned it.

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 7/1/2009 6:36PM

    Don't be over worried about the scale in the morning. A rumcake escapade happens.

You are going to be tearing this up huge when you get the bike/run coordinated.

ttyl

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CINCYDORA 7/1/2009 3:48PM

    VEEJAY3 is right on the money. Before you try changing out the seat or getting a gel covering for it, try the bike pants. They have one's with extra padding. Allowing your skin to breathe properly also prevents chaffing and is well worth the fear of humiliation at wearing those tight pants. If you are nervous just wear a shirt long enough to cover your rear while you are on the bike. Even wearing bike shorts under regular shorts would provide some relief.

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TRACYZABELLE 7/1/2009 4:04AM

    i unfortunately gave up riding long ago after my stationary bike kept being too uncomfortble.. maybe one day i will mount up again after uying a new one with an ample seat for my ample seat

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AMACUBA 6/30/2009 10:33PM

  Hello!

Regarding your seat--when I bought my "sick" bike, as the young 'uns say, I straight away replaced the plastic Seat of Pain and Destruction with a gel seat. HUGE difference. Also, you can buy seats that are made specifically for men and for women, to protect your...er...what did they call it in that bike magazine? Oh right..."fleshy bits". LOL

You might also want to consider getting grip shifts. I loathed those old-fashioned ones, where you had to move this lever with your thumb. I didn't have strong enough thumbs I guess, because I had to take one hand off and crank it. Not good if you're on a trail! lol With grip shifts you literally just move the hand grip in one direction or another to shift up or down. It always makes me feel like I'm revving a motorbike!

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DIFROMWYOMING 6/30/2009 9:57PM

    I think you can have your cake and eat it too! Nothing wrong with living like a normal person. How is wiffy taking this new relationship? When I was reading this I saw you planning a future with this bike...will there be weekends in the mountains? A ride along the water?
Seriously, though, I did think about your comment that maybe you are enjoying not being anchored down with those extra 200 pounds. I really am just beginning to 'imagine' being there - and what a GREAT celebration that will be! My hubby sometimes says that life can be routine with little moments of bliss thrown in now and again. So yeah, I do think you deserve to have some moments of bliss about this. In fact, I recommend you have one every day with your daily intake of H2O.

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WICKEDMELISSA 6/30/2009 9:45PM

    Keep up with all your hard work it will pay off in the end.

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VEEJAY3 6/30/2009 7:47PM

    I KNOW! I have serious bike love, too. I think I blogged last year, when I got my new cruiser, that I wanted to sleep with it next to my bed. Got a new Trek a few months ago, too, and just want to SQUEEZE it. Have been going on epic 4 and 5 hour rides and I will just say:
1) the padded bike shorts aren't a luxury, but a necessity
2) you know how your hands get callused from work? Yeah. Well, your butt does, too. You just kind of have to break your seat in, funny as that sounds.

Wheeeeeee! Have a blast. Wish I could come out and ride some trails with you.

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LEANNROCKS 6/30/2009 7:06PM

    WOW, I didn't know we could chose NOT to count something we ate! That opens up a whole new world! lol Enjoy that bike. I always laugh when the ESPN guys are poking fun at the Tour de France, saying what is so tough about riding a bike? I'd like to see those bozos sit, not ride, just sit on that seat for an hour. We both know they'd be in tears. I love your blogs. -lynne

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ISHIIGIRL 6/30/2009 5:02PM

    I love rum cake too, but it comes to our house in December, lol! I don't think it hurts to have a little of your favorites and you are doing running and biking so anything the rum cake can dish out will melt right back off when you hope on that killer bike and ride away! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MOMALDERMAN1 6/30/2009 4:40PM

    Keep motivating and being real! I appreciate you taking time to blog. It keeps me motivated. You're doing fantastic. emoticon

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WENDYSPARKS 6/30/2009 2:21PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonGREAT JOB!!...wendy

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LAURIE5658 6/30/2009 1:32PM

    You know Botzzz, you should take up swimming and sign up for a triathalon. Don't forget the Speedo!!!! You are becoming an athletic stud I tell ya!

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PUCKYGIRL 6/30/2009 1:21PM

    Way to go. Once the rum cake is gone, move on. You do need to indulge once in awhile or you will be wanting it all the time and then you would probably eat more than you would have if you just had it. I know that is the way I am.
Keep up you journey, you are doing fantastic.

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HARRINGTON5 6/30/2009 1:07PM

    You certainly deserve to have your cake and eat it too. You have it under control. The idea is to live life with some enjoyment. You have learned to handle the things you enjoy in life and that is the whole point. Job well done!

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KEEPITMOVING 6/30/2009 12:56PM

    good for you and your new 2-wheels! may you have ONLY accident-free, many healthy, happy, productive, FUN miles on your new investment. you're SO doing this! n

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SKYEFYR 6/30/2009 12:52PM

  Your rum cake reminds me of my cheesecake. :-)

You have such a fantastic attitude. 95% - 5% is wonderful. I figure I'm about 80% - 20%. I need to work on that some more.

Good luck on getting the computer swapped out quickly and easily!

Now, I'm off to grab a salad for lunch. And dinner since I forgot to get something out to thaw. I'll be thinking of you while I'm shopping and seeing if I can join you at the 95% mark!

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DMAERT 6/30/2009 11:51AM

    Outdoor cycling is a lot of fun. Hard to believe such good exercise can be fun. The saddle soreness you speak of will get better. I don't ride outside much (to hot) but I spin indoors quite often. I remember the first time. OMG, I was sore for days. But the more I rode the better it got. They also make gel seat covers that help a lot. As for the cake, I think it is wonderful that you can still have the things you love yet continue to lose. I am trying to practice the 95%/ 5% rule. So far I think it is working for me too. Keep up the good work. You are definitely an inspiration to me. I am glad I found your blog. emoticon

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RACKETMOM 6/30/2009 11:11AM

    Hey, did you see the Pirates of the Carribean movies? Your post reminded me of Captain Jack-"Why's all the rum gone?" LOL Glad you enjoyed your cake!
Now, get on that bike & burn it off!! All you need on that thang now is a mowing deck attached somehow & that grass is done :)
Have A wonderful Fourth of July & a great new month ahead!
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SARAHS216 6/30/2009 10:48AM

    The bike is a beauty!! I think doing the C25K alternated with bike riding is a great plan. I've been riding my bike again lately (which is a big old clunker compared to yours) and I've really been enjoying it.

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BIGGIRL2082010 6/30/2009 9:46AM

    Ah, that bike soreness goes away if you just keep at it regularly! :) You'll do BOTH the biking and the 5k, but on your own schedule, which is exactly the way it SHOULD be - it's always better to keep it fun.

I'm envisioning that rum cake - it must've been a good one!

Cheers,
Maya


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PJDKSMITH 6/30/2009 9:42AM

    Hey Tony... funny about the bike thing.. ur hooked huh? I'm not a big bike rider.. the feeling of being 'violated' never passed for me... I get bug in my teeth.. bugs in my hair... quads that ache and I'm paranoid of finding that little tiny crack in the road/sidewalk that I run parallel too and drive right into it and fly over the handle bars and get road rash from hell.
I'm a bit paranoid.. my own sturdy chunky legs get me by and I have my third 5k race tomorrow.. so we'll see how fast they can get me this time.
Have fun!
Maybe you'll be in a triathalon next year!!!!
Jenny

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JLUVSHIKIN 6/30/2009 9:40AM

    Sounds like you are having fun! I am glad that you are enjoying that new bike of yours.
It is a beauty!
I too am not of the never eat cake crowd. What has helped me is the enjoyment of food. If the food doesn't make me want to groan it absolute delight, why bother?!
So, go you... sounds like you are the road (literally!) to success!

Jenn
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ELFITZPA 6/30/2009 9:39AM

    I like that you're getting excited about the bike AND running - it's great when you find ways to make exercise fun, and clearly you've done that!!

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ALEXSGIRL1 6/30/2009 9:29AM

    95 5 and variety you know what it means to really be alive and have success. when you mow that lawn you will have even more cardio. unless you sit down and you don't seem like the lazy type. you are a success keep it up you will do fine. emoticon emoticon

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LFLFLPLP 6/30/2009 9:07AM

    I think we all have our little things that actually DO taste better than skinny feels. And as long as we only have them on occasion we can have it all!

I love your excitement about your new hobby! Isn't it great when we can actually have fun get fit?



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VGASCON 6/30/2009 8:52AM

    I think you have an awesome plan, both for fitness and nutrition.

Cross-training is not only a smart approach, it is a better method for long-term success. I completed my C25K in May and ran my first 5K in June. But I am also doing weights and now have added swimming to my routines, in addition to Yoga and Pilates. Experts say that you have to add variety in your exercise routine to avoid boredom and work all the areas of your body.

And variety is also needed in nutrition. An occasional taste of rum cake is not only OK but plain necessary to keep our sanity. My daughter made some delicious pumpkin muffins yesterday and I ate six of them -- they are so good! But I know I cannot eat many more of them or I will hurt my progress. You have discovered that too. As you know, don't worry about some fluctuations on your weight. That will happen. Always look a the long-term trend and focus on that.

You should be very proud of yourself -- you rock!

-= Victor =-


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KALATHIA 6/30/2009 8:38AM

    I figured the bike would be the beginning of a new love affair. It was for me, too. Glad you're enjoying yourself! The discomfort does get better - quickly! So, stick with it.

I also think you're on target with the 95% vs 5% eating philosophy. If you denied yourself everything you love - FOREVER (which is a VERY long time) - you'd never be able to maintain your success.

You're doing great and are an inspiration!

Kathy

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