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Fat people in society, and a challenge for my weigh in post.

Thursday, August 13, 2009


Fat biased attitudes do exist in our world, I hate to say it and I didn't want to believe it but since I have lost the weight that I have it somehow feels like the world looks at me through different eyes. I can clearly remember the way that some people would look at me when I was at my heaviest weight and I can remember that it was not a good thing, almost like an alien was walking amongst the population or perhaps they were wondering if I had just eaten a piece of three course meal gum and thinking about how long the Bluing effect takes to start showing up. It somehow felt like all eyes were on me and each and every pair had an evil mind connected to them and fat jokes were flipping through their heads on a fat joke rolodex as I was glared at through sideways stares.

At times there were comments spoken a tad to loudly and they fell on my ears and sometimes it was easier to just keep walking and pretend not to hear it, while others I was prompted to turn and walk up to the person and ask them if they would like to repeat for me what they just said, funny enough no one ever took the offer to repeat it. I am noticing lately that there are less and less stares and whispered snickers when I walk through a public place, or when I am out for a walk around the lake the reactions that I am getting lately are closer to a cheerful smile, or a wave but are these different reactions coming from the fact that I though still a large piece of real estate walking around am not literally round anymore? perhaps, but perhaps it is me that has changed.



The possibility that MY outlook on things have changed and instead of looking at things through negative fat clouded goggles I now see things differently hence my outward presentation may be just a little different than that fat bitter fella that once was, perhaps? Maybe, but maybe its a bit of both of those views, I do think that people look at fat people as lesser than equals in society and on the other side of the same coin I think that obese people (man do I hate that f#&kin word) are very defensive by nature and rightfully so with the barrage of comments and stares they get on a daily because of the added weight, so a vicious circle is created and neither side will admit they are wrong even though in my humble opinion we fat people of the world do have an honest to goodness reason for being withdrawn and take things with a grain of salt in the climate that has become normal where its ok to talk about fat people, I mean C'mon a smoker is far more intrusive to the people around them than any fat person and that is accepted by a lot of the same people snickering at the heavier people walking around.

I am torn on this topic and my feelings are split because I do honestly believe that there is prejudice against heavy people but I also believe that the way we present ourselves to others can make a difference in at least some of the encounters between other people out in society. Right now this very second I am around 330 pounds so I am not petite by any reach of the word, and I do still have a long way to go before I would be considered not fat and I have to say barring the random sideways look from mostly early teen kids here and there that I do get treated differently by the general populace than I did 200 pounds ago. Now the question is this, am I being treated differently because I am physically 200 pounds lesser of a man? or is it because I am now more confident and walk a little taller? both because of the loss and because gravity hasn't the same effect on me. Its not fully clear to me but I tend to think that its more because of the actual raw 200 pounds that's not adorned unto me which actually makes it worse because I am the same person, and being treated differently because of ones weight just is not cool in my book. The bottom line, or the point you ask? Stop judging fat people folks! I am the same person that I was 590 days ago just a tad lighter and yet I can honestly see that I am treated differently than back when I was 534 pounds. I have gotten lots of positive comments or smiles lately as well while I exercise out in public, but that's for another post.

Tomorrow I weigh in and I am looking for 2 pounds, will I get 2? possibly, but there is a chance that I will stay at 332 as well and I do not know as I have not stepped on the scale today so tomorrow will be a total surprise to me. My calories for yesterday were at 1500 so just a little low but there was lots of fruits and veggies in there so I was full even though the calories were down. Of course I drank my gallon of green tea and about a gallon of straight H2O along with a 33 oz bottle of a no calorie fruit punch so I am hydrated, exercise for the day turned out to be a walk with the kiddos early in the day because we were expecting rain so I anticipated my bike ride not happening, and today I am hoping to get out for that missed bike ride. I am thinking about a challenge for tomorrows post since I wanted to add them back in on some of the Friday posts so for every comment that I get on Tomorrows post (ON MY BLOGSPOT PAGE @ zeusmeatball.blogspot.com/ if I did both here and there I would be doing push ups for a week! lol so the comments for the challenge will be there) before midnight eastern time I will do 5 push ups (I have not been doing push ups so its only 5 this time around, yeah yeah I know I am a wuss) in addition to the 30 that I was going to do, the challenge push ups will be done on Saturday August 15th.

With that I will end this very long post, keep on keepin on and all that.

As Ever
Me

  
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BIGOLEDIVA 9/12/2009 6:46PM

    I love the comparison you made between obesity( I hate that word TOO~) and smokers! In fact when you think about it...neither one of them seem to have much control over their lives regarding their health. And you are right..smokers inflict THEIR bad habits on those around them...gives you pause doesn't it. Maybe "processed foods" like twinkies, doughnuts etc...should some with a warning the way cigarettes do "WARNING- the surgeon general has determined that use of this product can cause obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes. heart problems and DEATH- not to mention bad self image-USE WITH CAUTION! LOL....

In answer to your question...as your self image improves...does it really MATTER what other might or might noe be thinking?( wink) It's all about YOU! Great blog!

Paula

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IMANI4EVA 9/11/2009 1:08PM

  Great Blog!!! I also share your opinion and really, (I mean really), starting noticing how people treat overweight people in society. Another, interesting thing is the color of skin and overweight. I am a black woman and black people "generally" tolerate more fattiness in people than any other race. Since I have become my heaviest weight, it has hit me that even from people in my own race I am being treated differently, and it's hurtful because I realized I have used my race as a comfort zone to feel free to be my voluptuous self. It's like oh your too big for us now type of feeling.

PEACE & LOVE,
IMANI4EVA

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SEAMSTRESSLESS 9/9/2009 8:29AM

    i agree with you, but have to wonder how i look at other fat folk... I think that, as a fat girl, I am more interested in other fat people than your average thin person is... I'm sure that if I saw a 500lb person walking the corridors at work, I'd probably be aware of their size.

as for teenagers - i know! I am a college librarian so am surrounded by young slim bodies with minds that think badly of anyone that doesn't fit their mould!

but the thing that REALLY GETS ON MY NERVES is when people you pass by every day for years suddenly want to know how much weight you've lost, how you did it, bet your husband's pleased.. BLAH BLAH and BO**ocks i say!

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WHITERAVEN11 8/17/2009 8:17PM

    As a society, we, Americans, are unkind to anyone who is not average. I think you have found some home truths and I applaud you for sharing them in this thoughtful way.

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SUNFLOWERGRRL 8/15/2009 8:45AM

    great blog and so true. thanks!

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SARAANN73 8/14/2009 10:18PM

    What a great blog. It's horrible that society can be so judgmental based on something as shallow as weight, but I believe you are correct. Gads, especially snotty teenagers! They're mean to just about everybody though - "equal opportunity a$$h()les." Glad you're keeping your chin up, and feeling more self worth these days.

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SUNNY89 8/14/2009 6:39PM

    Great blog. I know that even though I haven't seen much weight loss on my journey. I do notice how many folks are out there and unhealthy. It motivates me to continue to get myself on the right track and make a difference for my life.


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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 8/14/2009 3:57PM

    For sure it is a documented FACT that there is a stigma against obesity in our society. Here's a recent scientific paper detailing it:

The Stigma of Obesity: A Review and Update
Rebecca M. Puhl and Chelsea A. Heuer
Obesity (2009) 17 5, 941–964.

Here's the first paragraph:

Obese individuals are highly stigmatized and face multiple forms of prejudice and discrimination because of their weight (1,2). The prevalence of weight discrimination in the United States has increased by 66% over the past decade (3), and is comparable to rates of racial discrimination, especially among women (4). Weight bias translates into inequities in employment settings, health-care facilities, and educational institutions, often due to widespread negative stereotypes that overweight and obese persons are lazy, unmotivated, lacking in self-discipline, less competent, noncompliant, and sloppy (2,5,6,7). These stereotypes are prevalent and are rarely challenged in Western society, leaving overweight and obese persons vulnerable to social injustice, unfair treatment, and impaired quality of life as a result of substantial disadvantages and stigma.

PM me if you want to see it.

And I also have experienced different treatment now that I'm two-thirds the size I used to be. I expected it, since I once lost over 100 lbs 20 years ago, and the same thing happened then.

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HUGMONKEYMOM 8/14/2009 2:48PM

    Unfortunately, you are too right. Fat people are treated badly by society. So are short people, people who are a different color, and people who are a different sexual orientation or religion.

But by the same token, those that are treated badly often reflect it back. Fat people begin to believe that EVERYONE is staring, homosexuals begin to believe that all heteros fail to understand or accept them, races fight over perceived slights or misunderstandings.

We need to learn tolerance, and learn to love ourselves.

Peace.

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FATGEEKNINJA 8/14/2009 1:46PM

    Wow, awesome blog! Having yo-yoed from fat to thin and back, the answer is a resounding YES. People treat you differently. As a fat woman, I was invisible. I could tell that men made sure not to stare directly at the fatty (me) lest she become a crazy fat stalker oh noes! Don't want her to think I'm attracted to her! Now, I was never *very* fat, so I didn't get nearly as much outright abuse as you did, it was more that I was just invisible. My fat made me lack confidence too, but chicken and egg, y'know? Also, I didn't get much attention at work and other women saw me as "safe" but not a barrel of fun. I was "sweet", "nice" but never "fun" or "pretty".
When I got thin, suddenly men of all different stripes and ages smiled and greeted me. The way they talked to me was different too. No more of that curt politeness with averted eyes reserved for fat girls! They would be really animated and engaged. All of a sudden things coming out of my mouth sounded much smarter and deeper than before, wow! And, while before I never got considered for promotions, as a thin woman I rocketed up the chain of command. I also noticed that certain women treated me *worse* as a thinny than when I was fat. As a thinny I was "stuck-up", "annoying" and a "braggart". Sigh, can't win 'em all.

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SWEETZMIX 8/14/2009 9:16AM

    To keep my comment short and sweet...there is a lot of bias towards overweight and obese people. It just is what it is, it's sad yet true. But how you carry yourself means something as well, when you feel good about yourself it really shows and I think the more confidence you show the less rude comments you may get. I can be wrong though.

Good luck on today's weigh in!

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WOODSYGIRL 8/14/2009 12:53AM

    I can so completely relate to this. I've lost a total of 82 pounds (61 since being on SP) and although I still have a looooong way to go, I notice the difference at the park where I walk. When I first started, people would snicker and would turn around after we passed each other on the trail and would laugh. A lot probably had to do with the fact that I sweat like crazy and in early days my face was bright red and I huffed and puffed like I was looking for a house to blow down. But as I walked every day, I started to realize that if it wasn't the snickers I was witnessing, it was flat out ignoring. People would walk straight towards me, but as they approached would either turn their heads or look down. So I started making it a point to say hello to every single person I passed and looked them straight in the eye. It was extremely uncomfortable for me to do, but I forced myself to walk with my head held high and to stare right back at them to let them know that if anyone should be out there huffing it out on the path, it should be me! Where the idea came from that only thin people deserved to exercise in public is beyond me. I guess it makes society more comfortable to look at the so-called more attractive. For the most part, people will now say hello back and will smile and comment on my dog or something like that. No matter what my mood, I greet everyone I meet with a direct look and a smile. I still sweat like a sprinkling can and every workout shirt I own is soaked front and back by the time I'm done, but I'm no longer ashamed. And I think because I walk taller and with more confidence, people don't assume that I'm a weak victim just waiting to be picked on. I make sure when I see someone who's overweight and they are huffing along, I encourage them with a "good morning, you're doing great!" And let me tell you...they perk up and smile and say thanks, and I just know that it really helped to give a lift to someone. So after rambling on like this, I think the answer to your question is both. People view us as a comic strip just deserving of being laughed at, but how we carry ourselves can subconsciously invite that. Sometimes we're "looking" for that negative affirmation to say "see, I told you you were fat". But regardless if you've come a long way so far or today is your very first day of walking for 10 minutes total, walk with your head up and a smile on your face. It confuses people and it gives you back some of your own power.

By the way, CONGRATULATIONS on your AMAZING progress!!! I read your SparkPage and was just in awe of how far you've come and how much knowledge you've attained during your journey (overused word, I know, but I can't think of another one). You are a great inspiration and I wish you ALL the best every day. Thanks for sharing such a thought-provoking blog!

Shannon~ emoticon emoticon emoticon

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THORNBIRD1 8/13/2009 11:52PM

    I can totally relate as I have experienced it myself and sometimes right within my own family! It' s painful but I just can't let that keep me down so that's why I am doing Sparkpeople for me and no one else. I know it's time to do something about this and not anyone telling me to.

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LESS_IS_MO 8/13/2009 9:46PM

    Oooh I totally relate. I have felt the same way keenly for the past almost a year. I haven't lost 200lbs! Congratulations on THAT!~ WOW! I've lost 50 lbs and I really get a weird sense that people perceive me, and treat me differently and I'm not sure if it's them or me. It's QUITE upsetting to me though - we're such a fukcing lot of prejudiced wankers on this earth, no? I find that I can now recall and feel shame over my own past prejudices - i know i didn't treat all my students equally (i'm a teacher) mostly it's that some were a little too "invisible" to me somehow. anyway, i hope to treat eveyrone a little more equally from now on.

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JKSTEIN123 8/13/2009 7:43PM

    I totally agree with you and have had the same things happen to me. People do treat you different. I have more doors opened and more Men say hello to me now than when I was 30 lbs heavier.

As far as your challenge goes. I love it and I have recruited people to come post tomorrow. I don't know how many will show, but it should be interesting.
Hope you don't mind.=) =)

LATE ENTRY ON POST:

Since I am recruiting people I feel I should at least do the push=ups with you, if you feel that to be fair. I hope you have a good turn out =)





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ATR_1983 8/13/2009 7:36PM

    Great blog. i think it is a little of both. i know I have even gotten stared at other overweight and obese people who were not as big as me. i jerks come in all shapes and sizes. one of the biggest jerks I had met was fat and he told me I would date you if you lost 50 pounds and this was when I weighed around 180. Fast forward to today since I have lost 15 pounds or so i am so much happier and I have been gettig hit on by guys and asked to dance by guys at the club. I think It also may have alot to do with how you carry yourself.

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GLOBALKEEWEE 8/13/2009 7:17PM

    Fat-clouded goggles? What, like olive oil got in your eye?

No, seriously...you are right. We look at each other scannig for freaks, and unfortunately being particularly obese is as much of a stare-inducer as a bad car wreck.

I also agree that you being more positive and confident has had to contribute to the decline in stares/comments. Haven't you ever noticed that some people have that "I'm hot $hit" look, even though that may be questionable, but the result is that others believe it, too!

Keep rockin', whether the scales says 2 or not.

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BILLALEX70 8/13/2009 6:54PM

    Dude,

I STILL feel like people are staring at me wherever I go. I STILL think that they are looking at me thinking "that guy should eat a salad and get some exercise."

I am still technically obese but, having lost 275 pounds and now wear an XL shirt and 42 inch waist I feel that I should be able to free myself of the stigma.

We can't help the way others feel about us but, we can help the way we react.

Keep on keepin' on!

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TELERIE 8/13/2009 6:28PM

    I think it's a little of both. (Some) people are definitely rude and I know I held myself back and felt differently in public before losing 70 pounds.
I heard someone say something interesting and thought-provoking: "What people think about me is none of my business.." (At least until they start being abusive towards me. Then they _make_ it my business. )
Keep up the great work and keep being fabulous!
- Marit

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WENDYSPARKS 8/13/2009 4:51PM

    You are a very good writer and blogger...You are a great human being. Keep up the good work! Keep the faith, wendy emoticon emoticon

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CINCYDORA 8/13/2009 4:45PM

    One thing is for certain from reading the responses to your blogs, Botzz: there are a lot of fabulous people on this site who think you are pretty fabulous. Anyone that has ever missed out on that by looking down their nose at you for a small issue like a couple hundred pounds probably doesn't deserve to know you.
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ELISADEL 8/13/2009 4:25PM

    Great entry. There's a lot to think about in there. I hope that your health continues to steadily improve.

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SHANNONSTILLS 8/13/2009 3:36PM

  great blog

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THECOOLESTSARAH 8/13/2009 3:21PM

    I have had to deal with a lot of my own issues while losing weight. I use extra fat as emotional protection - a bad relationship helped me layer it on and keep painful stuff out. Then the negative attention I got from being fat helped keep it on by encouraging the reason I put it on in the first place. Now I have to shred the old negativity off, and the fat, and more negative energy and hurt, and more fat.. It's an ongoing process - but I think that underneath I've gotten back to my truest, emotionally-healthiest self. It's one of those things though, every once in awhile I hit a sore spot in the weight loss and I think back to what was happening in my life the last time I was that weight. Sure enough - something sad comes up. I really believe that your body carries memories in your fat cells! Am I crazy? Maybe! (that was such an amazing tangent - sorry!)

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JULIEN* 8/13/2009 3:21PM

    Great blog. I personally can't decide which it is. I get much more attention, smiles, looks from guys, doors held open for me, ect than I did 30 lbs ago, *but* I'm so much happier, friendlier, confident and outgoing now that I'm not sure if it is because of what I look like or the way I act.

One thing I know for sure is that if you a jerk or a b*tch, it really doesn't matter what you look like or weight. There was this girl in my class last summer who was SOOOOO obnoxious, in-your-face hostile that nobody liked her. It had nothing to do with her weight (even thought I *think* she thought it did- she had lost 75 lbs due to lap-band and had some uh, issues about people's weight in general), she was just plain rude and selfish.

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ZIRCADIA 8/13/2009 2:58PM

    I definitely think it's MORE because of the weight loss and LESS because of a change in you, but I do think that any group of people that is accustomed to being prejudiced against can become hypersenstive and defensive. In some cases they find their sensitivity justified by those jerks who are judging them as lesser people. In other cases it could be paranoia. But there are REASONS why those people feel that way (whether they are overweight, a different race, sexual preference, fashion style, height, physical/mental impairment...). Other folks are RUDE and judgemental. Sure maybe everyone should be less sensitive and more open to letting those kinds of things go, retain their confidence and amiability no matter what -- but is this realistic? Not really. So while I think it comes a bit from both sides, I'm inclined to be sympathetic toward the person who is being offended and sensitive even if they might be slightly paranoid, instead of toward the person who is being rude and judgemental! Maybe they don't realize what they're doing, maybe it isn't malicious -- just an unconscious stare or something... but those individuals could stand to be more sensitive and aware.

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RENA1965 8/13/2009 2:48PM

    My trade union was great helping me through rehab when I lost my husband. I was angry and pissed I got kicked out to get a phone call my husband died without his family sitting at his side when he needed us. I ate simply not to rip flipheads into small pieces.. However, when I got taken to one side and explained many employers will not hire a huge overweight person in the health industry in denmark these days. My social worker said, employers are scared of being slapped with law suits, also we can't go out and lift a finger at people living their lifes totally wrong if we look like crap ourselfs.. Many people look at us overweight people as out of control and it is a out of control condition to be morbidly overweight, lets look at the problem for what it is.. Eating too little is a disorder and eating too much is the same- I like being invisiable as just another person in the crowd instead of the 306lbs rolling joke..
Peoples biased and oh she is so fat is the reason she pees her pants.. Nope I had a offical apology that I should have been operated on at 306lb for a bladder injury from having my son.. A midwife with no surgical training cut me and damaged a muscle I couldn't rehab into shape again.. I went around 16 years thinking I was a piece of dumb lazy crap. I was told I had to loss weight to get the operation. It helped but is not perfect and never will be even if I body build every single inch of my body..


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ELFITZPA 8/13/2009 2:33PM

    I'm sure there is plenty of prejudice against heavy people, but I read an article the other day that really resonated with me. It wasn't specifically about prejudice at all, it was just a passing comment in which the author admitted that she reacted to a specific comment in the way she did because she took the comment as an attack on her as a woman. She took a step back and acknowledged that if she were older, or heavier, or a minority, she probably would have read between the lines in a different way (though still negatively). The point was that we see the world from our own distinctive point of view and often think every reaction to us is directly related to whatever it is that we self-identify as.

Now some comments really CAN'T be twisted or interpretted incorrectly, but other things - like "sideways looks" - we ALL get those from strangers and we all have our own ideas about what's behind them. Since we can't control or even know for sure what other people are thinking, we need to worry far less about it. I know - much easier said than done!!

Anyway as I said, I know there IS discrimination against obese people (and against plenty of other sub-groups, for that matter) and I agree that it's wrong. Flat out rude comments are just beyond me - who has so much extra energy to spend to make others feel crappy? But I'm not about to give too much power to people who are going to pre-judge me or my friends or my family - they don't deserve it.

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JUSTAGURL2335 8/13/2009 2:24PM

    Good post!! It's definitely a little of both I think. I know that I am sooo defensive, I always think everyone is looking at me and thinking how fat I am. But the reality is, it's mostly my insecurity coloring my view of things.

In my case the problem is within ME, because I feel the same way at 150 or 230....huge and ugly...I'm slowly realizing my insecurity and defensiveness have absolutely nothing to do with how much I weigh. It's deeper...my weight is not the problem, it's a SYMPTOM of my real problem, and I need to get to the bottom of it to fix the weight. Anyhoo, I went off on a tangent there lol...thanks for making me think, every time I read your blog!!

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CINCYDORA 8/13/2009 2:13PM

    You said you aren't different now, that only the weight has changed, but is that really true? With all the exercise you do, is it possible you take more command of a room when you enter and approach new people with more confidence than you used to?

Me, I've noticed that people react to me based more on my level of confidence and although I'm near my highest weight ever, more people tell me I look good these days than they did even when I was younger and much lighter. And it's all because of my confidence in myself.

My theory is that we dislike weakness, not fat people, and fat is perceived as an outward sign of weakness. The assumption is that fat people are lazy and undisciplined and if they could just put down the fork once in a while they'd be fine. We know different. For most of us, there are underlying emotional and confidence issues we need to deal with. I think almost everyone on the planet has those but not everyone uses the same crutch. We wear our weakness 24 hours a day. Others can only be spotted when they hold a cigarette or drink in their hands, and then only if they are abusing the drink.

I think this outward weakness can be compensated for by increased confidence. At least that's been my experience.

You are insightful as always. Thank you for sharing and making me think.

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 8/13/2009 1:35PM

    I will say it is a little of both. I haven't had a dramatic change in the perception of me. I know that people are continually shocked when I tell them where I was and where I'm at.

I never really perceived anything when I was out and about. I know that I do walk much differently now so I'm sure that is contributing to the different looks that I pick up now.

Either way, keep doing what you are doing because you are a machine at this.

ttyl

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MARYONAMISSION 8/13/2009 1:29PM

    Great post! I totally know what you mean. Although in my case, when I was heavier I didn't smile as much, wasn't as confident and didn't dress well. I know that how people treat me now has more to do with my attitude and increase in confidence than in me losing 35 lbs. Attitude is everything. You gotta fake it 'till you make it!

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WOLFKITTY 8/13/2009 12:52PM

    Yeah, it's definitely a little bit of both. My husband used to weigh 550 and we would often go out without anyone looking sideways (except young children) or making comments, but then there would be those massive moments when someone would walk up behind him and say (to us!!) "How much does a THING like THAT weigh?"... It wasn't based on how he held himself or his expression. My husband usually has a pretty pleasant look on his face and gets smiles and waves from women all the time. He's holding around 425 now...

Anyhow, I think that attitude has a lot to do with how people treat you. At my heaviest, 375, I was VERY confident and found clothes that complimented me. I didn't notice weird looks from people or comments. And times when people did comment (that I could hear) or stare were rare - years apart. And that is here in body conscious Southern Cali! LOL!!

I think it'll be interesting to see if different doors open up for you as you approach your goal weight. That will be the true test... That, and of course, if your friends or acquaintances treat you any differently. Those really are the only ones you can compare fairly because they treated you one way before, and might treat you differently after. All of the strangers are one massive collective "voice", but each individual reaction is kind of it's own experiment without a past. A bit randomized.

Good luck with your 2 pounds and push up challenge! And keep smiling! :D That is sure to bring you lots of happy encounters with others!

Jocelyn

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DDOORN 8/13/2009 12:02PM

    Wow...I can SO relate to your post! The struggle between the stigma others seem to put on fat people and the stigma that I put on MYSELF! These aren't mutually exclusive...! It really is, however a person-by-person thing, tho...while we can paint with a broad brush and talk about "society" I'm sure you and I can name a number of folks who are the exception to the rule.

And YES I think how we present ourselves to the world has a tremendous bearing on this! Our own opinion of ourselves...absolutely CRITICAL! And of course that is changing all the time for folks like you and me...as we continue to re-invent ourselves and plant both feet into "making our lives an adventure!"

Great blog...! Keep the SPARK! :-)

Don

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Day 589...woah I have been at this a while eh?

Wednesday, August 12, 2009


Tuesday went well in an all around kind of way, I ate within my 1700 calorie limit, I exercised and I drank more than my share of fluids for the day. My weight last Friday was 332 pounds which was a new low weight and I want to aim for at least a 2 pound loss this week, obviously more would be better but 2 pounds will make me a happy boy so that's where I will point my sights. If I stay within calories, exercise daily and drink my H2O and green tea I believe that I will make that mark barring of course I don't get any sleep this week but that is a controllable variable for the most part so I am not too worried about it.

I have been tracking my food daily once again and posting it here for you to see, to continue that trend here is Tuesdays Menu.

Breakfast
7:15 AM
2 cups honey comb cereal 220
1 cup 1% milk 110

Lunch
1:15 PM
1 tomato basil wrap 100
5oz grilled chicken 250
lettuce/tomato 30
pickle 5

4:00 PM
banana 105

Dinner
7:00 PM
2.5 oz Tortillas 350
4oz ground turkey 160
tomato/jalapeno/olives/onion 55
salsa 30
1.5 oz low fat cheddar 120

8:00 PM
2 apples 140

Grand total of 1675 calories and those apples at the end of the day were exactly what I needed after my bike ride to go along with the half gallon of H2O. My bike ride went fine and was typical, which means pedal as hard as I can for 20 minutes up the hills and down the hills, I always feel like I get a workout into my day when I ride that way and I am getting faster as the same route that use to take me 20 minutes now takes me 16 so I will need to add some distance sooner than later. I did have to go alone last night because we did not have a sitter for the kiddos so wify sat out so that I could get a ride in. I drank enough water and green tea yesterday to keep me hydrated for a week! 1 gallon of green tea and more than a gallon and a half of straight H2O, it was just one of those days for me and i figured as long as it was going down that I would keep the pace up.

Over all this week is going great and I need to keep my cardio going all week if I am to see a loss, it would be awesome to hit the 320's by Friday but I will be happy with any loss honestly and like I mentioned am shooting for a 2 pound loss, 330? yeah that would be cool. That's all I got for today so keep on keepin on and all that and remember kids that H2O is in my opinion one of the most important things in a good solid weight loss regimen.

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WENDYSPARKS 8/13/2009 11:09AM

    Good Luck! wendy emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BIGGIRL2082010 8/13/2009 8:08AM

    You're definitely gonna do those two pounds. And more! :)

Cheers,
Maya


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TRACYZABELLE 8/13/2009 6:49AM

    emoticon you are my hero! I can only hope that once I really get on a roll I can keep the ball rolling..

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BILLALEX70 8/12/2009 8:27PM

    keep pedaling and you'll keep the scale moving.
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DDOORN 8/12/2009 4:01PM

    Yep, you sure got your SPARK going! :-)

Agree re: water...don't care WHAT'S been written about it elsewhere, for me it is the BEST and just about the ONLY thing I drink (outside a morning black coffee & a daily green tea). Often it is my savings grace when I find myself browsing through the fridge when I really shouldn't be hungry and I'll do a mental smack upside the head and tell myself "WATER! Douse the hungries with your WATER!" :-)

Don

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GLORYTOGLORY 8/12/2009 2:35PM

  glad your feeling better

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THECOOLESTSARAH 8/12/2009 12:32PM

    Sounds like you are feeling better and doing great! whoo hoo!

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LAURIE5658 8/12/2009 11:46AM

    Does this mean you made it a day without Mr. Gall Bladder making a pest out of himself?

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Learning how to be this way.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009


Just walking along this path to better health this week, I am making good choices with food and exercising when I can. Sunday I had an attack from mister Gallbladder and this one was a doozy lasting more than a couple hours and keeping me up until 3:30 am so needless to say I did not exercise Sunday and I took yesterday off as well just to let the residual (if only tiny) pain subside, actually I did go swimming last night and wify says that I am improving so that is a plus but I would not call what I did true exercise because it was random and the rest was splashing around with the kids. I am planning on a bike ride tonight with wify as I want to make up for the couple days of non exercising to keep the weight moving in a downward direction and I am looking to get into the 320's this week, which would in all honesty be awesome if I do. Sunday because of the stomach pain I skipped dinner besides having a small dish of green beans and rice that I thought would not upset the stomach issue (boy was I wrong) so I was way under calories and yesterday I was just above by 25 so not too bad, have a look at the menu from yesterday.

Breakfast
7:45 AM
2 cups grain & fruit cereal 240
1 cup 1% milk 110

Lunch
11:45 AM
1 tomato basil wrap 100
5oz grilled chicken 250
lettuce/tomato 30
pickle 5

2:30 PM
1 banana 105

4:00 PM
small apple 65

Dinner
6:45 PM
1 tomato basil wrap 100
6oz grilled chicken 300
lettuce/tomato 25
pickle 5

7:15 PM
1/2 cup peas 60

8:45 PM
2 cups honey comb cereal 220
1 cup 1% milk 110

Grand total of 1725 calories for the day and that menu is a little redundant with breakfast and the last meal being some cereal and lunch and dinner being almost the exact wrap, but hey! it was all light and it fell within my calories for the day. Exercise was just the swimming that I mentioned and I did not have a drop of green tea, but did polish off 1 3/4 gallons of straight H2O before days end so I rehydrated after Sundays no drink, no eat rule because of the stomach pain. This week is off to a we shall call it, decent start as I am under calories, exercise has happened and is planned and hydration is happening and I am drinking a big ol glass of Green tea as I type this out.

Something to keep in mind, The only thing that is needed to drop pounds is determination, maybe a little bit of discipline and a lot of consistency, the rest is just excuses.

* It is NOT hard to plan meals.
* It is NOT expensive to eat healthy meals.
* It is NOT someone else's fault that you are over weight.
* You do NOT need to join a gym to exercise.
* You WILL NOT lose weight unless you get up off of your ass and do something about it.


Finally, No amount of complaining or blaming will help either, so that's the first step for so many of us, are you ready to take that step?

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MOJOGIRL 9/7/2009 5:36PM

    I like how straight forward you are in your blog. Very motivating. With that said I think that I will go take my dog for a walk. Take care. Mo

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HEARTSTOPPER 9/7/2009 3:59PM

   
WOO HOO!!!

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HEARTSTOPPER 9/7/2009 3:59PM

   
WOO HOO!!!

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ROBBY503 9/5/2009 7:14PM

    Very Motivating. I loved your blog. Keep up the awesome work!

Robin

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RSHUARD 9/3/2009 9:05PM

    amazing job considering the pain involved with gallbladder problems emoticon

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SKINNYINMYHEAD 8/16/2009 9:34AM

    Really liked the blog.. especially the end.. uhmmm about getting of your po po! Super job!!

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PRUPLEBEAR 8/12/2009 8:15PM

    Keep up your great work!

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BIBLIOMANE40 8/12/2009 11:54AM

    I had major gallbladder issues about 5-6 years ago and I let it go far too long and ended up with major complications. I remember the pain! Ugh! I feel for you!

I just joined and found your blog and it is so motivating! I'm a fan :-)

Sherry

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*MADHU* 8/12/2009 10:50AM

    I appreciate the plain, simple, tough-love advice you give emoticon

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PEACHYCYN 8/12/2009 10:30AM

    I love your blogs so much, how motivating! Keep up the good work, you can do this.

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WENDYSPARKS 8/12/2009 7:18AM

    I hope you feeling better now. My dad had his gallbladder removed recently. It is one of those organs we can still live without like the appendix or toncils. Let us try to drink our water and eat healthy foods as our priority's. take care, wendy emoticon

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DDOORN 8/11/2009 10:58PM

    Ugh...so sorry to hear about your GB attacks...they are SO BAD! You've got me wincing in sympathy...! Hope you can somehow put these behind you soon!

Don

ps...agree wholeheartedly w/ not needing to join a gym to exercise! I'm a big fan of keeping it simple!

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TOXICANGEL-NZ 8/11/2009 9:12PM

    TOTALY love the saying....."You WILL NOT lose weight unless you get up off of your ass and do something about it"

Applaudes!
Great Blog sunshine!


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WISHNDREAMNDO 8/11/2009 9:10PM

    You really are an inspiration! Keep up on keeping on!

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REDEE2DROP 8/11/2009 8:40PM

    The straight talk is great! I need it.

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BILLALEX70 8/11/2009 7:58PM

    Dude,

I love the last part. I get so tired of people blaming McDonalds or Taco Bell for their obesity. The only person to blame is the man (or woman) in the mirror.

I almost talked myself out of riding my bike tonight but, I got home and said "HEY, GET YOUR LAZY BUTT OUT ON THAT BIKE; IT WON'T RIDE ITSELF!"

Keep working toward your goals.

PS
They every going to get that gallbladder taken care of?

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SUNSHINEBILL 8/11/2009 4:34PM

    You always make me glad I am on this journey with you. No nonsense, just straight talk.
sorry about the gallbladder, hope the pain subsides and you can spend more time in the pool with the kids! I bet they love hangin' with their dad.
A quick prayer for the body.
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JLUVSHIKIN 8/11/2009 3:56PM

    ahhh...love it. Someone who takes respsonsibility for their actions! What a breath of fresh air!

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SNEAKYGREG 8/11/2009 3:34PM

    As always another great blog. Hope that gallbladder thing works out for you I hear that can be a real pain

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THECOOLESTSARAH 8/11/2009 2:57PM

    I'm stepping, I'm stepping... Just one step at a time... Hope you feel better soon!

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MYVANNSMAMA 8/11/2009 2:14PM

    way to say it!!! good job, hope you feel better asap!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 8/11/2009 1:10PM

    Great points there at the end, my friend.

Do what you can to get the exercise in until you get the gall bladder fixed up.

ttyl

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SWEETZMIX 8/11/2009 1:00PM

    BOO@ your gall bladder for acting up! I do the same thing a lot of the time with eating the same foods. To be honest, I eat a lot of things but I am still considered a picky eater. I can live off of the few things I like and eat them over & over.

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WENDYSPARKS 8/11/2009 12:50PM

    My father had to have his gallbladder removed recently. He is doing well now and is 79 years young. Years and years of eating the wrong fatty foods all his life. He eating healthier now and doing alot better. Good luck with your exercise routines, wendy emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LISAMG1220 8/11/2009 12:48PM

    Sorry to hear about the gall bladder episode. Hopefully today finds you pain free. As always I love your blogs. I am learning that accountability is a big step with this journey we are all on together. It is also a big step in the "turn around". WE CAN DO IT!! Take care of you. TTYL-Lisa

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LAURIE5658 8/11/2009 12:27PM

    I want to reiterate what Botzzz wrote BECAUSE ITS SO TRUE!!

* It is NOT hard to plan meals.
* It is NOT expensive to eat healthy meals.
* It is NOT someone else's fault that you are over weight.
* You do NOT need to join a gym to exercise.
* You WILL NOT lose weight unless you get up off of your ass and do something about it.

It simply comes down to having responsibility for one's actions.

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HUSKYGAL 8/11/2009 12:23PM

    Thanks for being an inspiration to myself and others. You say things as they are and sometimes people need to hear it that way.

Keep up the great work.

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RAINBOWSMITE 8/11/2009 12:20PM

    LOL at TSABONIS - that sounds like my Not Drowning! Sorry to hear about the tummy pains but I am so impressed with your determination and attitude - WTG!

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TSABONIS 8/11/2009 12:13PM

    I cant swim, i can however Not Drown, its like swimming, with less grace, fluidity, style, form, order and much much more water flying everywhere :)

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CINCYDORA 8/11/2009 12:12PM

    I've been following your blog for a few months now and I've read your message loud and clear. I've decided to challenge myself to walk 10,000 steps a day, with the hope of being in shape to start the C25K program in the Spring. I like to bike as well and hope to follow your plan of alternating the two. The local grocery is just far enough away that it's inconvenient to walk but my hope is if I am up for running or biking, I might be able to leave the car in the drive and use my own power to get fresh groceries.

Thanks for continuing to inspire!

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A new low weight! and a president?

Friday, August 07, 2009

Today is that day, its the day of the week that I step on the scale and it matters as far as the record book goes and as I have been doing lately, lets get right to it. Last week I weighed in at 336 pounds which was 3 pounds higher than my lowest recorded weight and it was in a downward direction so all was well, this morning I sprang up and went straight for the scale (I know that I did my part this week) and the scale said 332.2 pounds! That folks is a new low weight for me and a four pound loss for the week so I get to move that little "current weight" ticker down a notch. I have now broken that 333 pound barrier that I have been stuck behind for so long, I am now 202 pounds lighter than when I started down this road and I had almost forgot how good a loss feels! I thought that I would bring back the items that I have lost images for this post so have a look.


Our 27th president William H. Taft weighed in at a stout 332 pounds.


This 1974 Suzuki TS100 weighs in at 202 pounds which is what I have lost so far, imagine carrying that around on your back all day!


My intake for Thursday came in a tad higher than my 1700 calorie limit but it was all pretty decent stuff (besides lunch) but over all a good day, have a look.

Breakfast
7:45 AM
2 cups honey comb cereal 220
1 cup 1% milk 110

Lunch
2:00 PM
2 slices whole wheat bread 140
1 T peanut butter 95
1 T jam 50

Random bites (tortilla chips) 100

Dinner
6:45 PM
7oz ground turkey 280
2 80 calorie hamburger rolls 160
1 cup green beans 40
2oz tortilla chips 280
salsa 25

8:15 PM
8oz 1% milk 110
1 scoop whey protein powder 130

Grand total of 1740 calories for the day which as I said is slightly high but not so much that it will matter as I was low a few days this week so my average will stay within the range where I want it. I did get a bike ride in last night but something was not right as about 5 minutes in I started feeling like I had been riding for an hour, we did leave sooner than we normally do and had just eaten dinner so maybe that had something to do with it I am unsure, either way we rode for 20 minutes, when I say rode we rode hard for that 20 minutes and as its all hills we did get a workout. Drinking enough fluids is just an every day thing for me and it is not something that I have to try to do any more, I drank 1 gallon of green tea and at least another gallon of straight H2O yesterday, basically..everything went my way this week.

Today is going to be an easy day for me and exercise will be a walk after dinner tonight with the family. I think that's all I got for ya today so the post ends here, Tune in next time for more excitement and bliss on as the fat guy turns.

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GLOBALKEEWEE 8/11/2009 6:31PM

    Ah, President Walrus. I don't even want to know how you found such a charming comparison, but that's a hoot.

I'm so proud of you for cracking the Terrible Triple Threes. And after all that whining before...blah blah blah. Just get it done! emoticon

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SKYEFYR 8/9/2009 2:31PM

  Congrats on a new low!!!

As always, you're doing fantastic!

Now tell me what lecture you gave to your body to get it over the plateau so I can give the same one to mine!

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SWEETZMIX 8/9/2009 1:22PM

    Well that sounds like you had a pretty awesome Friday!

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JKSTEIN123 8/8/2009 12:30PM

    You are an amazing person, to hang in there and get to where you are today. Not only that, but you manage to blog here on a regular basis (that is an accomplishment and a commitment all in itself) I look forward to reading your journey. You are a real inspiration. Thank you for sharing your life with us.


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AMANDADWYER 8/8/2009 10:28AM

    Congratulations! That's an amazing loss so far. You're doing so great and you're such an inspiration. You're doing it the right way...slow and steady. Great reminder that you aren't going to lose all the weight overnight. It takes persistence and a positive attitude! Thanks for the great stories!

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LISAMG1220 8/8/2009 9:13AM

    Congrats!! I have to say I love reading your blogs. I have laughed out loud a lot when reading them. I was bragging to my mom last night about your loss and that she should read your blogs. Hard to believe you were toting that bike around. You are an inspiration! Thanks for sharing your journey. :oD Lisa

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MOCOHOLO 8/8/2009 12:15AM

    Woohoo!!! Congrats!

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BIGGIRL2082010 8/7/2009 11:45PM

    Wheeeeee! I *knew* he'd do it, and indeed he DID! Eliza (er, Botzzz!), you're magnificent - to paraphrase Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady!

Congratulations! Now onwards to 300 and below!

Cheers,
Maya


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MUSICTURNSMEON 8/7/2009 10:51PM

    I don't think I could even lift that motorbike so to carry it constantly... wow!

Keep up the awesome work!

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THECOOLESTSARAH 8/7/2009 9:53PM

    Great job T - I've missed you. Thanks for checking in with me. I've been so busy with the new house, but have also fallen off the wagon. I will get it back together though - never fear! xoxo

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BILLALEX70 8/7/2009 8:28PM

    You've been working hard and the results are showing.

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KNH771 8/7/2009 6:38PM

    Congrats on the loss! Those comparison photos put things in perspective!

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WALKWITME 8/7/2009 6:35PM

    * High-Five

You Are Doing An AWESOME JOB !

Hope you get in a bike ride next week. emoticon

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WRITERBECK 8/7/2009 4:51PM

    Amazing! Keep going!!!

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JBMT08 8/7/2009 1:29PM

    WOW, you removed a BIKE!!!

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KASHMIR 8/7/2009 1:28PM

    Doesn't it just leave you shaking your head when you realize just how much weight you would be packing around if you hadn't changed your life? Imagine putting that motorcycle on your back and carrying it for a full day!!! WOW!

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VGIMLET 8/7/2009 1:06PM

    Congratulations, I love the graphics, they put it in perspective.

Wow.

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SCWEBER 8/7/2009 12:35PM

    Congratulations! That is just incredible! You are so inspirational. I just love to read your blogs. They're always entertaining and uplifting.

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 8/7/2009 12:23PM

    Love having the picture of current and lost back on the blog

Also love that big loss and the fact that you can now say that you lost 200 pounds!!!

Keep it up.

ttyl

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CPT.SPACEMONKEY 8/7/2009 12:09PM

    SO SO proud of you Botzzz! You are an inspiration!

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JLUVSHIKIN 8/7/2009 11:37AM

    Congratulations of your loss this week... feels really good doesn't it?!
Those images really put the weight loss into perpective...wow. Might need to get my own visuals!
Keep up the good work!

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SARAHS216 8/7/2009 11:22AM

    Awesome! Congratulations on another loss!

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MARYONAMISSION 8/7/2009 11:20AM

    Congrats on your 4lb loss and leaving that pesky 333lbs behind.

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KIERA09 8/7/2009 11:19AM

    Congrats! emoticon

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STREGGANANA 8/7/2009 11:00AM

  emoticon emoticon I need a jump like that it must feel great!!

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TSABONIS 8/7/2009 10:48AM

    you never cease to amaZe, keep it up, you rock

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AINTSKEERD 8/7/2009 10:39AM

    What a great start to August! emoticon

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PIKAPIKACHICK 8/7/2009 10:33AM

    The motorcycle reference is shocking! You're doing an amazing job!

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PITAKELLY13 8/7/2009 10:15AM

    Congrats on a record low!!

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ZIRCADIA 8/7/2009 10:12AM

    LOL AT TAFT!!!!!!!!!!! HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAAA Anyway. WOOHOOWOOHOOWOOHOO AND CONGRATULATIONS on a new low! :D I am so happy for you!!! CONGRATULATIONS!

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1972ROSES 8/7/2009 10:06AM

    Congrats! Not only did you lose weight but you came back from vacation and got right back into the program. Very Impressive!

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GLORYTOGLORY 8/7/2009 9:39AM

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The welcome was a accident ha ha! So maybe we will say welcome to a new low weight!

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AMYTAIF 8/7/2009 9:35AM

    congrats on breaking the 333 pound barrier!

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ELFITZPA 8/7/2009 9:30AM

    Congrats!! It must feel good to get that load - the bike is a great visual - off your bones!!

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SUGIRL06 8/7/2009 9:22AM

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That's so great!!! Congrats!
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LISA8521 8/7/2009 9:19AM

  Great way to start. Do a lot of bike riding You can do it to meet your goa. emoticon

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DDOORN 8/7/2009 8:55AM

    WTG on your record loss!

Those hills will GET you out on ye olde bike...good for you to keep pushing forward, yet pay attention to your body too.

Been doing the green tea here too...not that I like nor dislike the taste, just know it has SO many health benefits...!

Keep up the SUPER SPARKING! :-)

Don

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1888MICHELLE 8/7/2009 8:51AM

    Kudos to you my friend!!


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NIKLOW 8/7/2009 8:50AM

    I love how people use pictures to show/represent the weight lost! Awesome job on the 4lb loss this week. WOW!! Keep up the great work.

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MUPP1970 8/7/2009 8:48AM

    Congrats my good man!

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LAURIE5658 8/7/2009 8:32AM

    Botzzz, my awesomely awesome Sparktastic friend...I am so very proud of you and I know its been a struggle of late. Persistence and patience pays off bigtime for you and I could not be happier for you. Enjoy the feeling!

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1234MICH1 8/7/2009 8:31AM

    Hey- do you do the calorie cycling? I a, so interested in trying it, but I was wanting to get some feedback from someone who has been succesful with it.

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    Great job! emoticon
What an inspiration you are!

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KALATHIA 8/7/2009 8:24AM

    emoticon on making that scale move in the right direction and on your new low weight!!!

Kathy

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EMT6937 8/7/2009 8:24AM

    Awesom job!

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VIVA_VICTORIES 8/7/2009 8:24AM

    Congrats on the weight loss!!!

And good job listening to your body on the bike ride. My physical therapist always says that "pain is not a warning something bad is going to happen, it's a sign it already has". And it makes sense. He said otherwise when we all walked by hot stoves, our hands would hurt. So maybe your body needed the rest.

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A recipe and a Love affair...Oh my

Thursday, August 06, 2009


Last night I made a dinner that I shall share with those in the world who read my blog, I did not plan this dinner but I am glad that I made it because I do believe that I have a new favorite meal. I cooked Tilapia with summer squash, zucchini and peppers over rice with a small garden salad on the side and my guesstimating on seasonings and cook times was spot on this time around so into the bag of tricks this recipe goes. The best part about this meal is the price and the fact that all of the veggies were fresh from the garden! 2 small summer squash, the very large zucchini and the peppers were a mere hour old fresh picked so the flavor was fantastic! (did I just use the word fantastic?) seasoned with fresh crushed garlic, black pepper and sauteed in a very light splash of olive oil they came out great. The fish was lightly seasoned and I cooked it in a pan with barely enough olive oil to keep them from sticking or burning and there was no fish left after dinner because it was perfect if I do say so myself, Have a look at this delightful meal, I snapped some pictures for the blog.


Seasoned Tilapia fillets right before they went into the pan.


The finished product, all for 475 calories.

I hear people say "it cost too much to eat healthy" or "you have to eat bland food and small portions to lose weight" and to both of those statements I say Awe Horse pucky! (one of my grandfathers favorite sayings) I estimate that this meal cost between $8 and $10 to feed a family of four AND a small piece of fish that went to Wifys step dad, so if $8 to $10 is expensive well then yes it is expensive to eat good food while losing weight! bland and small portions? if 3/4 cup of rice, 6oz of sauteed veggies and a 4oz piece of fish is small then I suppose those people are correct and I won't even touch bland because that was one of the tastiest meals that I have had in a while. A total of 475 calories (including the olive oil) for that entire plate of goodness is awesome too! so a 475 calorie meal that taste great, is good for you and is economical? how could I complain? indeed I am in love with this flavor combo and am going out this afternoon to grab a few more Tilapia fillets.

Here is a look at my menu from yesterday, I had a green salad with that meal that did not make the photo and 2 more oz of the fish so a total of 6oz.

Breakfast
7:30 AM
2 cups honey comb cereal 220
1 cup 1% milk 110

Lunch
12:45 PM
3.5oz ground turkey 140
1 flax & oat pita bread 60

1:30 PM
1 banana 105

2:30 PM
2 dannon light and fit yogurts 160

Dinner
6:45 PM
6oz tilapia 200
3/4 cup white rice 150
6oz sauteed zucchini & summer squash 75
1 T light olive oil vinaigrette dressing 30
small green salad 35
olive oil 50

8:45 AM
8oz 1% milk 110
1 scoop whey protein powder 130

Grand total of 1575 calories for the day and that whey protein shake at 8:45 was only because I didn't want to end the day with my calories that low. For exercise I went out on a bike ride, per usual I hammered the entire ride and noticed something on my bike computer, I am going the same distance in less time which means that I either need to find a more challenging section to ride (not likely as where I ride is extremely hilly) or add distance. Adding distance is the route that I will go because I am not going to slow my pace down and finding bigger hills to ride though is possible (there is a killer that I had to stop while riding up it last week) I don't think that its a better idea than adding distance right now so distance it is, I need to keep pushing myself to go further faster and as my ability grows the plan is to make my waistline shrink.

Tomorrow is weigh in day and I am hoping to break that 333 mark once again but that remains to be seen and if I don't make it this week there is always next week, and with that I leave you with a quote today which will be my philosophy for riding my bike from here on out.

"It doesn't get easier, you just go faster"
~Greg Lemond~

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BIGGIRL2082010 8/6/2009 9:03PM

    That dinner sounds (and looks) yummy, all right! And I definitely agree with your cost estimates.

I've often wondered how "they" claim it's expensive to eat healthy - I think they're talking about buying packaged items that claim to be "fat free" or "no added sugar", etc - they forget they're paying for the convenience of not having to cook! :) And paying, not just with their wallet, but with their health - after all, cooking burns a couple of calories, too, plus you control every milligram of what you add to each meal!

Keep going - good luck on that weigh-in tomorrow!

Cheers,
Maya>

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LISAMG1220 8/6/2009 8:41PM

    That looks terrific. I love all kinds of fish but, I have never made tilapia. I think I will have to give it a shot this weekend. Thanks for the wonderful idea!!

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LEMGIRL 8/6/2009 8:31PM

    Great recipe, I can't wait to try it, I love fish, try to eat it three times a week.

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FLORIDASUN 8/6/2009 4:27PM

    Hey, hey this looks mighty tasty and the pictures added a nice touch! I hope you put this in the recipe section and claim your fame! As for me and mine...I think we shall have Tilapa tonite..yum! emoticon

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VIVA_VICTORIES 8/6/2009 4:24PM

    Yes, eating healthy is too "expensive" when you compare it to a 99 cents menu at your local fast food eatery. I think people also throw that too expensive label on things that actually require effort, like preparing a meal.

You are completely right about the eating healthy and your meal sounds awesome and fresh! Your picture makes me hungry! I would add a little pico de gallo on top, but I put that on almost everything anyways.

Good luck with those hills! I just picked up bike riding and have not attempted any yet. But I have located the first one, just putting in some more time and training before I try. I have to admit, it's a little scary!

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AMYTAIF 8/6/2009 4:01PM

    sounds like a heck of a meal:). i LOVE fish and my husband and i eat it at least 2 and sometimes 3 times a week. i bought this little gadget called a olive oil mister............ it mists olive oil:). instead of adding oil to the pan to fry my fish..... i mist one side after i season it.... put in the hot pan and then season and mist the other side. you use such little oil that it's measuring it is almost silly................. but if you want to be silly it's maybe a 1/4 tsp??? i mist popcorn, veggies and anything else i can mist:). anyway.... thought i would share the my gadget find.

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KASHMIR 8/6/2009 3:29PM

    I always shake my head when I hear people say healthy food is "too Bland"...Spices add little to NO calories to a meal. It is just too bad that so many people have been taught to think fat and sugar and salt are the only flavor enhancers available.

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PITAKELLY13 8/6/2009 3:09PM

    Great recipe and meal! And dead on about the costs of eating healthy. When tilapia goes on sale for $3/lb I stock up and freeze in individual portions. Very soon I'll be going out to the backyard to pick my summer squash & zucchini. (4 seed packets were $1.79 each)

I have a presto griddle (the kind that fits 8 pancakes) and spray it with Olive Oil cooking spray, lightly cover the pan with foil and cook 3-4 mins on each side.

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MARYONAMISSION 8/6/2009 3:03PM

    So yummy. I may have to steal this recipe. It looks delicous, simple and healthy. All things I look for in a good meal. Good luck tomorrow with weigh in!

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LMCGEEN 8/6/2009 2:25PM

    Great blog. I hav ebeen looking for more tiliapa recipes so this one is going in my book!

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COUNTRYBUMKIN65 8/6/2009 2:02PM

    Thanks for sharing the recipe, and your blog was great!! I'll have to try this. i love fish, but this is one of the things I don't seem to cook well.. lol..

Have a Great Day!!!
maryellen

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TX.PATRICIA 8/6/2009 1:59PM

    Thanks for sharing this. . . as usual your blogs are full of great inspiration. I need to bring more fish to my diet, and this sounds like a great way to start.

Thanks again . . .

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 8/6/2009 1:38PM

    Fish is something that I am going to work on adding to my diet. The delicate and petite flower Becky isn't a big fan of fish from China, but I am just going to have to have it on catch-as-catch-can nights.

Sounds good on the bike plan as well

ttyl

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GLOBALKEEWEE 8/6/2009 12:33PM

    Hear, hear!
I'm always bummed to find out that people (a shocking number of them) don't cook for imaginary reasons like "it's too expensive" or "it's too hard". THIS little number proved them so wrong...and happens to be a favorite of mine as well (I'll do zucchini w/ onions and cajun seasoning or spinach w/ garlic most often).

Also, I think those 'expense' people don't think through the fully-burdened cost of their meals. Sorry for the financial terminology, but think of it as cost of ownership for your car - not just the sticker price, but the title, license, insurance, gas and maintenance, too. When you eat crap, you have the additional expense of your body being less efficient, medical expenses (potentially) and not to mention missing out on all of this!

Hope you shared it in SparkRecipes...there's so much junk in there, they need some more good solid input!

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SLCB1023 8/6/2009 12:18PM

    I shouldn't have read your blog before my lunch. I am starving now. I love tilapia too. One of my fav foods now. Before I was not much of a fish eating person but now tilapia and salmon are at the top of my food list. Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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JLUVSHIKIN 8/6/2009 11:50AM

    I have been hesitant to retry tilapia because the last time we tried it, it tasted kinda muddy like catfish. But, may have to try it again.
Thanks for the blog.

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AINTSKEERD 8/6/2009 11:24AM

    'It costs too much...you have to eat bland...too little...' These statements resonate the message in one of my favorite quotes perfectly.

'Excuses are the nails that built the house of failure.'

Keep proving them wrong. emoticon

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JBMT08 8/6/2009 10:46AM

    I am so glad I came over to your blog today!!! I have tilapia, and was wondering how to prepare it tonight...the last time I didnt, it was not stellar. I usually stick with salmon. You are an inspiration in all aspects, and I appreciate you for that!! OMG, I am so AMPPED to make tilapia tonight b/c of you! WOO HOO!!

Distance is the way to go!!! Let us know how it is!
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JADEDINVASION 8/6/2009 10:21AM

    horse pucky... awesome!

I recently discovered tilapia as well... i used to hate fish, but i love making it but it's difficult to get it fresh in my area other then trecking into costco. Best of luck with the weigh in!

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WILLOW49 8/6/2009 10:01AM

    While I don't like any type of fish or seafood, the rest of my family loves it. I'll have to try this recipe soon!

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THE_NEW_MELISSA 8/6/2009 10:00AM

    Looks awesome! You look like a gourmet chef!

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KEEPITMOVING 8/6/2009 9:43AM

    i love tilapia! i've been eating it for years and love your recipe! a few months ago, wify made tilapia piccata and it was delicious beyond words! i like serving it with a big garden salad, some light dressing, and whole wheat or spinach cous-cous. gotta love your veggies fresh outta your garden, though. that's the icing on the cake of your healthy meal! do it up! with your activity level, good eating choices, and positive attitude, you'll be losing weight and lovin life!

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SKYEFYR 8/6/2009 9:35AM

  First, I want to thank you for the goodie you sent me the other day. That was so sweet and I really appreciate it. Have been hit and run on here due to the vacation and this is the first chance I'm getting to thank you.

That dinner looks fantastic! I love fish and keep saying I've got to eat more of it. I'm definitely going to have to try it. For some reason my squash didn't make it this year, but I have a farmers market nearby, so I'm all set!

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WENDYSPARKS 8/6/2009 9:29AM

    I love this recipe and the food looks really really delicious! I'll be over for dinner soon! lol wendy emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SWEETZMIX 8/6/2009 9:26AM

    The food looks very good. I really like tilapia too b/c it takes whatever flavors you add to it very well. I must come over for dinner, with my tupperware of course!! lol

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SUNNY89 8/6/2009 9:24AM

    Sounds like a super meal. I will try it soon. I have been afraid to try adding fish to my diet. Afraid I would mess it up and waste the fish. You make it look easy. I will try it.

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SUPERSNAZZ 8/6/2009 9:13AM

    What a great summertime meal! Thanks for sharing!

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NOVABUBBLE 8/6/2009 9:02AM

    That looks absolutely beautiful and your description was amazing. I LOVE having fresh veggies from the garden at this time of year, and I am very jealous because my squash is still blossoming and I wont see the fruit for at least another month, maybe two!
Nova

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STEVEPMCG 8/6/2009 8:58AM

  good luck on the weigh in, I have been fighting all week to get my weight back to my weigh in last saturday (we eat out the rest of the weekend and I gained 5 lbs *sigh). How much does the 1700 cals allow you to lose each week? I am working on about 1200-1300 each day and I drop generally 2lbs a week if I am not bad on the weekend.

The meal...WOW loved it, and also love that it was with veggies out of garden, we have been using squash and eggplant from a work friends garden and the difference from store bough is...WOW.

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NOVABUBBLE 8/6/2009 8:54AM

    That looks absolutely beautiful and your description was amazing. I LOVE having fresh veggies from the garden at this time of year, and I am very jealous because my squash is still blossoming and I wont see the fruit for at least another month, maybe two!
Nova

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