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Tuesday, September 15, 2009


Busy is as busy does and a few other things have me all tied up as of late and I honestly just have not had the time nor the frame of mind to write in my blog regularly the past few weeks. Since my posting has slowed I have gotten some emails saying things like "please post a blog, you have no idea how much that they help me stay on track" and I have gotten a few asking "how did your gall bladder surgery go? is that why you haven't posted in a while?" even some just stating "I hope everything is ok, I noticed that you have not posted regularly lately" right on down to "if you don't start blogging soon I will hunt you down and MAKE you write a post!" and then there are the comments left on here, and I thank each and every one of you for all of the email letters as well as the comments, they do mean a lot to me.

I have not had a surgery as of yet for my gallstones, no real reason other than I just haven't had the time to set it up and go do it, my daughter is in school now which you would think that I might have more free time to workout or whatever but I have been using the time to get projects that have been started and remain unfinished done, hence the no posting. I have laid a brick patio in my back yard, built an awning, painted much of the interior and exterior of our house, built a plant table for my back porch and some benches for around my fire pit in the back yard, battled Spartan fleas along with a few things that will not make the blog and dealt with most of this all while my back was going through one of its hissy fits, it has been an eventful few weeks.

I am finding that staying on track is give and take with all of that said, I am eating good foods for the most part, I am exercising here and there, mostly walks around the lake with Wify but nothing more than that and the physical labor around the house and what I am seeing is that I did go up a few pounds but have been hovering there for at least the last 3 weeks with no effort at all with my eating or exercising which is both good and bad at the same time, now let me splain Lucy.

If I am able to stay at my current weight with close to zero effort, in fact I have had a couple trips to Dairy queen this last month so it IS a very laid back approach for me lately, this is a great thing! because it shows me that I am capable of eating an amount that does not make me blow back up to Violet Beauregarde stature again by letting my guard down, this is wonderful! I have relearned to eat in moderation and move enough to maintain a small weight range. The flip side of that silver coin is that it means that mentally things are naturally going to shift gears a bit because I am comfortable, I believe when people become too comfy that the game changes more than a bit, I am not saying that I am any less driven or determined to hit my weight loss and health goals but the time line becomes less important because I am not held back by my weight right now, I run with my kids in the yard, I rarely sit still long enough to get bored (perfect example is this blog not being written in lately) and I can positively say that I am comfortable in my own skin, no matter how much of it is extra for the time being.

Being comfortable is a double edged sword for those reasons, I mean it is the point of all of this right? to be healthy and able to do what I want to do? to be able to play with my kids and take walks with my wife? in that respect I am at my goal, I am a happier person than I was a year and a half ago, I am healthier than I have been in quite some time so I have won right? not totally true, indeed I am all of those things but I am still a 300 plus pound fellow wandering the planet like a behemoth in search of an adventure or perhaps just a bite to eat, I have lots to accomplish before I am finished, I want to run a 5k race, I want to get back into lifting weights and I need to make sure that my children understand how important living healthy is so that I may not read a blog in the future written by one of them explaining to the world just how difficult living as a fat person is, I just cannot let that happen.

I sit here 623 days after starting down a path to better health and it has dawned on me, I am comfortable with my physical self for the first time in just about a decade and for that I am grateful, but I do see a lot of road left ahead of me so letting up at this junction would not be a good thing.

Thank you to everyone that has emailed me or left me a message or comment, honestly it was an email that I got that made me look at things and decide that I have to start blogging regularly again and prompted this entry, keep on keepin on and all that and don't forget that H2O, tomorrow is another day and I will do my best to make sure that I toss up a new entry in the am.

As Ever
Me

  
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VLVTGRRL 9/22/2009 5:42PM

    You know, SNEAKYGREG is onto something... You are back in the saddle, and why choose BETWEEN biking or running? Both are things you enjoy and thus BOTH can be part of your plan. Ya know, if you added on swimming, you'd be a triathlete! HA!

emoticon Glad you're back, BOTZZZ!

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ALEXSGIRL1 9/17/2009 7:14PM

    glad you are back and liking you ,so important.good blog. break is done now back to work.

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THECOOLESTSARAH 9/17/2009 1:50AM

    Can you come to my house next? I have a couple projects you could work on.... :)

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NEWKIM1 9/16/2009 10:32PM

    Thanks for finding the time to blog...it is like our crank! We need it!!! Thanks again! You are such an inspiration!

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BILLALEX70 9/16/2009 8:17PM

    Hey Buddy,

Glad to hear from you.

If you want to do a 5K then you just need to sign up for it. That's what I did last year and I just walk/ran as I could.

Sometimes a break from the 'daily grind' is a good reset for your body.

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LENOREMARY 9/16/2009 7:47AM

    Wow, I hope you make a living writing, you are extremely good at it. Congratulations on your tremendous weight loss, what an inspiration you are!

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WENDYSPARKS 9/16/2009 7:09AM

    Enjoy reading your blogs. Have a nice day and good luck on doing your home projects, wendy emoticon emoticon

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GLOBALKEEWEE 9/15/2009 11:05PM

    Isn't it amazing how just knowing a SparkFriend is there is so powerful? Sometimes it doesn't even matter what you say (although you always find something).

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 9/15/2009 9:40PM

    Thanks for your blog. I really enjoyed it!

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SNEAKYGREG 9/15/2009 8:16PM

    Sometimes a break is what we need to get ourselves going again. I am glad to see that you didn't really let your back slow you down. After reading all the work you did I had to take a nap emoticon now that you are back in the saddle are you gonna bike or run or both?

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REDEE2DROP 9/15/2009 7:26PM

    Thanks for the Blog! They really are helpful.

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WLROSIE 9/15/2009 7:14PM

    Good to see you writing again.

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NOTOTO 9/15/2009 6:57PM

    enjoyed your blog emoticon

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STACEYSTURGEN 9/15/2009 6:29PM

  Glad to see you post, I have been reading for about 2 months and have found your blog VERY helpful. thanks and good luck

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WALKWITME 9/15/2009 6:03PM

    Welcome back !

Been There Done that, stalled out and then gave myself a Kick to keep moving.

Life Has it's Ups and Downs.

You know whats best for YOU ! emoticon

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MBVMFLUTIST 9/15/2009 4:17PM

    He's baaaack! Great to see you! I was in a plateau when I first starting reading your blogs and am back to losing thanks to your inspiring words. Thanks for all you do and for being on that same path right along with the rest of us losers. :)

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 9/15/2009 3:54PM

    I'm just glad you are doing well. Do what you need to do for yourself.

ttyl



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SUNSHINEBILL 9/15/2009 2:26PM

    Glad you are back, you were missed.

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BIGGIRL2082010 9/15/2009 2:19PM

    Oh, goooooodie! We nagged ya into blogging. How cool is THAT? :)

Glad to hear you've not been totally off all the wagons! :) ANd YAY on maintaining with such ease! That is an art in itself, after all.

Cheers,
Maya

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CINCYDORA 9/15/2009 1:16PM

    Good to know all is well and good for you getting all those household projects done.

I know what you mean about getting comfortable. If you enjoy it too much you take your eyes off the prize and forget it's supposed to be work. On the other hand, one does get tired of striving every single day and it feels good to dial it back a bit, or at least redirect the energy for a while.

I'm sure you'll be back in the swing of things. You've come too far to go back now!!

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MARYONAMISSION 9/15/2009 12:50PM

    We are all so glad you are back on posting. I'm excited for the time when I"m comfortable and happy in my own skin. Comfy is as comfy does too. But maintaining isn't bad at all either. Good luck!

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CECE0330 9/15/2009 12:50PM

    Good to see you're still around! Sounds like you've gotten quite a lot accomplished this summer! That darn comfort spot.....it's one thing to feel great about yourself-or better than you have in a while, and a whole other thing to let that comfort "excuse" slipping back into bad habits. Boy, have I been there. It's wonderful that you have "reprogrammed" yourself into BEING a healthier person, which you clearly have! Do what feels right for you, and as you always say, keep on keepin' on!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 9/15/2009 12:46PM

    I can't believe I'm going to reference a Miley Cyrus song here, but I think you're absolutely right that it's dangerous to get comfortable. We achieve, I think, when we're OUT of our comfort zone. It's about the climb.

There's a really good TED talk on that subject...
http://www.ted.com/ta
lks/richard_st_john_success_is_
a_continuous_journey.html

I believe I gained back my previously lost 100+ lbs in my 20s and 30s precisely because I got comfortable...

Having said that, way to go on all the home projects. My house (and yard) are currently a disaster because I'm focusing so much energy on fitness.

7 cups of H2O so far today, since you seem to be concerned about it...
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DDOORN 9/15/2009 12:35PM

    Boy do I *HEAR* you re: this comfy zone...! Describes SO MUCH of what I've been experiencing over the past year, however yet...I still have a bit of niggling, nagging inside pushing for more loss, but it sure hasn't pushed hard enough!

I DO think there is something to be said for resting in our laurels and savoring our accomplishments. And I DO think maintaining for folks like us is QUITE the accomplishment!

For me, I guess it remains to be seen if I can push myself yet some more...

Great to hear from you, as ever! :-)

Don

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KAUNISNEITI 9/15/2009 12:31PM

    All I can say is congratulations on your loss so far - you are an inspiration.

I think I will be reading your earlier blogs as well. I am starting again with SP for the second time in 2years, but I have the determination and when I read stories like yours I am reminded that there are other people out there that are doing the same thing.

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Monday, September 07, 2009


Where has he gone? that guy, you know the guy that is stricter than a Sunday school teacher, the fella that drinks like a fish and exercises like he has no sense in his head, I miss him, I know that he is still around but he finds himself gazing out the window of health lately just watching shiny stuff that catches his eye. I am finding that complacency is setting in where my eating and exercise regimen are concerned and I need to get my juju back sooner than later and basically get my ass back in the game. It's funny how just a tad bit of stress tossed into the works can effect the direction of a perfectly formed and smoothly running plan, just a couple bumps strategically placed in the path of a person by life mixed up with the comfort of being able to move freely through the world again and bamn! complacency.



I have a long way to go on my health journey, I am down 200 pounds so far and have changed my life in a way that I did not think possible. I did it with a ton of determination and discipline while making good food choices and exercising my as off literally as well as figuratively but lately I have just been kicking back, feet up and enjoying the fruits of my 20 months worth of labor, is that bad? I don't think so, but at the same time I do need to keep my eye on the end game because this kid still has a way to go before entering the realm of a normal healthy person.

In the past week of not really posting I have received dozens of emails from people that read my blog asking if everything is ok or offering to be that shoulder if I need one, I think that is awesome. Think about it, all of these people that have never met me and are all concerned because I haven't posted regular like, kind of cool in my book. I am ok! I am still here, just been busy with more than a few things the last couple weeks, My mom is here visiting from Cali, I put in a patio in my back yard, dealing with a few docs talking about a few things and finishing up painting the exterior of my house before the winter gets here so a bit busy is the flavor of the month. The house is painted, My mother is flying home tomorrow morning, the patio is 90% completed and talking to the docs can happen either way so I am going to get back with the regular posts again, mostly because I need to as I have been a bad boy where my eating goes.

I have not counted my calories in some time, lots of eating on the fly because of being out and about with my mom the last 2 weeks and..... see right there? did ya see that? that there was an excuse folks and guess who doesn't make excuses any more? yep that would be me, so might I retract that last bit and say that I have not been doing what I need to be doing so that I can with full honesty say that I am doing my part, because I haven't been doing my part the last couple weeks, this will not continue and I am back.

I am leaps and bounds beyond where I was once upon 2 years ago but need to remember where once upon a time was so that I stay focused.

With that, the end has come to a post, I am heading out for a walk around my lake with the Wify.

As Ever
Me

  
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YENNIF1 9/20/2009 2:49AM

  Sounds like you know the ropes to what to do, go ahead a start
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GO_ROBIN 9/18/2009 11:49AM

    Great blog. So honest and direct! I just found it by accident, but I'm impressed with your straightforward approach.

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WALKWITME 9/14/2009 8:18PM

    (( BIG HUG ))

Glad to know all is well...

Life has it's Bumps in the road

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AMARELAVITA 9/14/2009 5:24PM

    I just found your page and it's incredible to see how much you mean to so many people, and just how many people you have inspired! Good luck getting back on track, and I plan to be one to keep up with your posts, so don't disappoint!

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Tammy

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VLVTGRRL 9/14/2009 3:29PM

    Sorry BOTZZZ!! Your lack of determination is probably because I've been borrowing it for the last coupla weeks. Thanks for the use of it, by the way!!! I've got more resolve and am determined to stay back on track. I couldn't have done it without ya, so Welcome BACK! I'm going to do couch to 5k tonight. Care to join me? I mean virtually, of course. I'll be on the treadmill from 6:30 to 7:15.... we'll see how long it takes me to hit 3.1 miles on the sucker! :-D

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STORMIEGALE 9/14/2009 1:03AM

    Today is the first day of my new journey and I feel very fortunate to have come across your SparkPage. You are a true inspiration! Be proud of yourself for all you have accomplished for you! We all stumble along life's road but it is those that are able to pick themselves up and continue the journey that eventually reach the end. It sounds as though you have picked up many a weary traveler along the way and I feel lucky to be one of them. Thank you!
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BIBLIOMANE40 9/13/2009 11:33AM

    It can happen to anyone - but don't let it defeat you! Find that determination and get back in the game!

"Forget mistakes. Forget failure. Forget everything except what you're going to do now, and do it." -- Will Durant

Sherry



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VEEJAY3 9/10/2009 12:10AM

    Do. Not. Get. Comfortable.
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Comfortable is trouble. I got comfortable once. it caused the scale to move the OTHER direction. So slap yourself! BOTH cheeks!

Oh. And nice to have you back.

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GIGGLES40 9/9/2009 5:24AM

    Hang in there, you can do it. Today is a new day and a fresh start. I hear exercise is a great way to relieve stresss
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JKSTEIN123 9/8/2009 10:02PM

    You need to look over your "Blogs of the past" and find yourself again. I hope you do.

I remember when I lost 35lbs and I kept thinking to myself "I will get back inthe swing again, I have it in me" I never did, for 2 years, and all my weight came back. I was mortified.

You have worked way to hard to get where you are today. Find that guy! It is important for YOU!

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ALEXSGIRL1 9/8/2009 8:47PM

    hope you and the wife have a nice walk. you know what you have to do and will do it.i have missed you, i can count on you to motivate me. i love that you are a good story teller, but you don't lie.your honest.i see great things coming your way.

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KNH771 9/8/2009 6:31PM

    Hey, at least you realize you're slipping off the wagon. That's half the battle there. And you have a great support group around you. I have no doubt you'll not only be back on the wagon, but driving it soon. Keep in touch!

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RACKETMOM 9/8/2009 2:31PM

    It's so good to have you back-I was starting to go through my BOTZZZ Days of Our Lives Soap Opera withdrawals-LOL!

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Fall is coming!! Fall is coming!! That contagious crispness in the air & we will continue to be the best 'usses' we can be!

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SWEETZMIX 9/8/2009 10:25AM

    Glad to hear from you. I am all over the place with other crap. It's funny how we let other stuff get in the way, but that's life. Enjoy your time with you mom, you don't get to see her all the time. I know you will pick up where you left off!

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PUMPKINFACE73 9/8/2009 9:06AM

    Hey U...I love this blog, you are right on the $$$ Chucky...I have been doing the same...lets knock it off, put your bike in the car and come on for a ride..ready??

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WENDYSPARKS 9/8/2009 7:28AM

    Hi Bozzz, it is nice to see you blogging once again! I missed you here! Hang in there! We all look forward to you posting and telling it like it is! Dust yourself off and start over,,,friend wendy emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TRACYZABELLE 9/8/2009 3:59AM

    Sometimes we get burnt out and it is understandable-- you burnt and burnt and needed a rest.. good to see you back

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SQUIRRELLYMOM 9/8/2009 1:23AM

    Hey, glad you're back and up to your usual exercising & green tea/water drinking self. I have gotten to where I depend on your motivation to keep me going...not to add any pressure there. LOL

Glad you had a great visit with your mom & got lots of work done around the house.

Off to have another glass of water before getting some sleep.

Linda

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THECOOLESTSARAH 9/7/2009 9:37PM

    Hi! Miss you! So glad to see you are back in action - I need to get going again too. September has that fresh feeling for me, and I'm hoping that the regimented schedule of fall will help me get organized and moving!

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SUNSHINEBILL 9/7/2009 9:36PM

    You always tell it like it i!!! That also let's me know it's Ok if somedays are diamonds and somedays are stones.
Thanks all you do for us and glad you are back!
Bill

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LAURIE5658 9/7/2009 8:09PM

    Tony, as one of your regular stalkers or groupie...your pick...I have missed you and I had a feeling you were taking a break. I was also hoping that you would not let the past months and years' worth of hard work slip away. I am proud that you did well with maintaining AND remembering the Spark techniques that you learned that brought you back to us.

I will be here waiting your arrival back to Sparking when you are ready. I will be ready with frienship and support...as ever.

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DDOORN 9/7/2009 6:37PM

    Good for you to catch a slip before it gains traction!

Keep the SPARK! :-)

Don

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_RAMONA 9/7/2009 3:27PM

    Hey there Tony! Always glad to hear from/about you, but don't you fuss the times other stuff has to take precedence (and sometimes just living each day has to do that, and fun, and rest... fleas... OMG THAT would have done me in!)

One statement you made has got me pondering...

"Lately I have just been kicking back, feet up and enjoying the fruits of my 20 months worth of labor, is that bad? I don't think so, but at the same time I do need to keep my eye on the end game because this kid still has a way to go before entering the realm of a normal healthy person."

Ya know, I think you already have entered the realm of a 'normal, healthy person'. I do understand what you mean about having a ways to go before you've reached your weight loss and fitness goals, and that you have to be engaged in a certain focussed way to get there. Yet, normal healthy people aren't ever hyper focused on exercise and weight. They roll with life and use a certain set of core strategies to maintain their current state of being until life allows them to re-set their focus. I dunno, it could just be me, but I see you doing this. Could your 'maintenance strategies use some refining? Perhaps, but that's a process that develops over time. I wouldn't consider you a weight loss drop-out if you just worked on maintaining for a month, several months, a year.

Personally, I believe that a person with as much weight to lose as you have actually needs to take self-determined breaks from the active process of losing so as to define, develop and integrate maintenance strategies (a.k.a. LIFESTYLE) along the way. You learned some stuff during your trip to Disney. You're learning some stuff these last few weeks. You're not disengaged... you're stepping back a little, and I think that's a good thing! Lifestyle isn't what you're doing while you are losing weight, lifestyle is what you are doing when you can maintain your current weight indefinitely.... And you shouldn't feel pressured, nor should you feel as though you need to appologise for not being gungho all of the time. I think you're doing your part just by showing us that you can stay where you are!

Losing or maintaining, you're still one of my heroes!

As ever,
Me, too!

P.S. I LOVE that picture!

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GLOBALKEEWEE 9/7/2009 3:16PM

    a) Glad you're fine
b) Glad you're re-energizing yourself for your next big kick.

You're totally right that it's cool to take a break, that's how you avoid becoming totally burned out. However you've got that next wind coming, you can feel it, when you get sick of the current state and say "Let's go!"



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CHARGER25 9/7/2009 3:09PM

    I think it is pretty normal to want to take a little blow during the game we are all playing here. You don't sound as if you have given up.....It's just that life sometimes gets in the way...no big deal.

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SCWEBER 9/7/2009 1:45PM

    I have found that motivation is much easier to come by when death/illness/constant pain are at the door than when you're feeling good! You've done an unbelievable job of staying on track for so long. I might have to start thinking you were not human if you kept being so consistent forever! Thanks for the past and future inspiration.

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BILLALEX70 9/7/2009 1:29PM

    Hey buddy,

I like to call it a reset. Sometimes it's good along the path to hit reset. Your body has changed dramatically in the past couple years and will continue to change as you progress further. Sometimes it's good to take a little break from actively losing and then resume in a week or two.

Excuses are everywhere, but sometimes life gets in the way. I wouldn't be too hard on yourself as I know you'll be back on track and this soon will pass. At this point I would say that just by showing up here blogging about your 'stumble' shows you're growing and learning.

Get back to the hard work and don't look back.
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TELERIE 9/7/2009 1:01PM

    Hell yea, no excuses! Welcome back, great to have you posting again. Seems we're all having a busy September, it's _that_ time of year, isn't it... Keep on keeping on...

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FATGEEKNINJA 9/7/2009 12:51PM

    Glad to see you :) The key between before and now (at least for me) is knowing when I am making excuses and not letting myself off the hook anymore. BTW, what is that picture from?! It is SO familiar and bugging me lol!

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PUCKYGIRL 9/7/2009 12:23PM

    You will get back in the game when you are ready. You are not bad at all for taking a break. You have done well. But just remember you have come to far to fall to far off the health wagon. Just remember and keep an eye on the end. It will come. Glad to know you are okay and all is good....
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AINTSKEERD 9/7/2009 11:59AM

    Hang in there. No, I don't think there is anything at all wrong with stepping back for a bit to enjoy the fruits of your labor. The key is 'stepping back', not slacking off.

Even if you are not tracking for a bit, you can still keep up with your fluids and maintain your loss so far. It is a lot of work just to maintain. Even if you are not getting as much 'planned' exercise, it sounds like you are staying active with home chores and that is good. In fact, that can work body parts that we don't expect.

When you have a bit of time, sit down, map out your strategy, set a start date and get back at it. Keep up the great work, Tony. We are all here to help in any way we can....just let us know. tam

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LISAMG1220 9/7/2009 11:37AM

    Chin up young man! You have the convictions to grab that brass ring! One slip does not mean your whole journey is in the trash! The most important thing is you pulled yourself up by those boot straps and have hopped back in the saddle. I had a slip myself this past week and I am going to bust on through it and get back on track! I don't know if you like Metallica, but I usually listen to Fuel to get the motor running..Gimme fuel, Gimme fire, Gimme that which I desire! Rock on my SP friend!! Have a wonderful week!
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SIMPLE_TAILOR 9/7/2009 11:25AM

    Great to see you back at it.

ttyl

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He hath return!

Tuesday, September 01, 2009


It has been almost 2 weeks since I posted, let me just say that its been crazy hectic around here! between the flea infestation, my daughter starting school and my mother visiting from California I just have really had no time to sit down and write a blog. I had a birthday party for my daughter over the weekend and Heather (PUMPKINFACE for you spark people) came by and threatened me with bodily injury if I did not soon get a post up so I thought rather than get shanked that I would post.

Let me start the post by saying that I have been not been on the so straight and narrow where my eating and exercise has been concerned, I hurt my back last month and that is still lingering so I have not been getting my exercise in which I know sounds like a fat guy excuse but it is in fact what it is and I am going to try to get out for a bike ride sometime today. Eating good food has not really been what I have been doing this week, between the birthday party and my mom insisting on ordering pizza one night (it was more me NOT saying no) I have been eating whatever I want to including and up to a more than a few beers throughout the week, and today I am back to counting my 1700 again. Green tea? whats that? I have not been drinking my tea and I have been drinking minimal H2O, why? I have no clue why I have not been drinking but yesterday I drank a gallon each of straight H2O and green tea so again I am back on track with that. Lets call today the beginning of the end of the old ways that are actually the new ways which I suppose were the old old ways so either way yeah..I am back on track.



I had a proud daddy moment on Sunday because of my daughter and something she said, actually its more like an "Atta boy" moment and good on me for being a positive role model but either way I was pleased. We were out and about and a tiny voice cried from the back seat of the Family truckster "I'm tirsty Daddy" and we were just about pulling into our destination but there was no where to get a drink and wify spotted a Mcdisgusting up ahead and she said "pull in there and grab a diet coke or a juice for her" the drive through line was very long so wify ran in. While sitting in the parking lot I was chatting with my little girl and she looked up at the golden arches and said "Daddy what kind of store is that?" I said "Its Mcdonalds honey" she said "what do they sell in there?" I just smiled and told her that they sold yucky food but that we could get a drink for her there, she was satisfied with the answer and patiently waited for mommy to return. I thought about how she might just be the only kid on the planet that didn't know what Mcdonalds was on sight of the big yellow arches (they call them arches but it looks like some bent french fries to me) and I know that she is not brainwashed by the clown with the red hair because I offer her better choices for food and do not eat at fast food joints, I am changing more than just my own life.

So you can see I have been pretty busy and that is why the posts have been thin as of late, My mother is still here on vacation and the tiny spartan warrior fleas numbers are dwindling and I would not call it an infestation any more, we may be down to the final 300 and we all know how that story ends so soon an end shall come to them. My back feels ok the last few days and other than my wedding anniversary I do not think there any distractions in my near future so back on track I go once again. I will post my menu from today out of my excel sheet in tomorrows post and the regularly scheduled program shall return, now as I say with make sure to get that H2O into your days I will take my own advice this time around and get on up and grab myself a glass to add to the quart of green tea that is already down the hatch.

Thanks for reading along.

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Me

  
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TSABONIS 9/4/2009 11:27AM

    regerttably, my wife takes our kids to fast food a few times per week, but she has cut back alot, and the kids do nto like mcdonalds, so tha tis a bonus :)

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BIGGIRL2082010 9/3/2009 12:30AM

    Hey hey hey! Good to see you blogging again, Mr. Meatball! :)

And great to hear how you had to "explain" Yucky-D's to your little girl! :)

How's she liking school? Hopefully she's LOVING all the new play-mates! :)

Cheers,
Maya


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MADZOE 9/2/2009 10:09PM

    oh to have been as smart as you! I wish I had never introduced my children to McDs, Burger King, Taco Bell, etc!!!! Because now that they are 9 and 12 they can't seem to understand why the fact that we ate there 2-4 times a week for years wasn't a good thing!

but they are actually really enjoying homemade nutritious meals most of the time now. If not enjoying them, they are still eating them instead of fast food:)

Glad you're back.

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THECOOLESTSARAH 9/2/2009 7:13PM

    I've missed you too, T. SO SO SO glad to see you!!

That's a hilarious story about your daughter - I bet she is darling! I'm really glad for both of you that she doesn't know what McDisgusting is. Great story!

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BRY3950 9/2/2009 3:17PM

  Bravo! I love reading your blogs because they are so honest. Ecstatic that you are back on track. Cannot wait for the next blog. I will be pulling for you.

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SUGAR2RAGE 9/1/2009 10:23PM

    aw you're a good daddy :)

I know how hard it can be to say "no" to the ones that you love.. especially when some good food is involved! I think I am finally getting through to mine.. PLEASE don't offer me a cheeseburger!!!

It's great to see you getting back on track!

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BIBLIOMANE40 9/1/2009 9:00PM

    Glad to see you back! And seriously -- I am in awe about your daughter not knowing McD's! Right on! That is amazingly awesome! (And I think the arches are fries too -- you are so not alone there)

So happy you're back on track!

Sherry

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ALEXSGIRL1 9/1/2009 7:56PM

    i like the honesty. now this week you can get back on track. congrats on the wedding anniversary.i sure you two can come up with a healthy celebration. i have not been to the golden not arches in 15 years. my kids have had wendies taco bell and burger king very rarely i banned mcdonalds. they were not happy but they never ask now.have a great bike ride.

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TELERIE 9/1/2009 7:09PM

    Glad to know you're here! Hope your back eases and you can get to your running and bike again.

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DIFROMWYOMING 9/1/2009 4:03PM

    Glad to have you back and posting! Good job on keeping your daughter from knowing what McDonalds was....I can't say the same for my kids - they still love going there!

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KNH771 9/1/2009 3:33PM

    Your daughter is probably one of very few little ones who doesn't know the golden arches on sight. That's pretty cool... more than cool, it's fantastic! You kick butt. emoticon

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VEEJAY3 9/1/2009 3:14PM

    Thank goodness Heather threatened you.

Seriously: two weeks? What are we supposed to DO here??????


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ZIRCADIA 9/1/2009 2:41PM

    I'VE MISSED YOU!!!!!!!!!!! That is really cool that your daughter did not know what McDonald's was. :)

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JUSTAGURL2335 9/1/2009 2:26PM

    Yay you're back! I was worried.

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WENDYSPARKS 9/1/2009 1:46PM

    Hello Botzzz, Congratulations on getting back on track. Keep drinking that water and the green tea! Best Wishes, wendy emoticon

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LISAMG1220 9/1/2009 12:36PM

    Glad to see you are back at it. You had us all worried. That story about your daughter was cute. That is so wonderful that you are teaching her the importance of healthy food. That was a good daddy moment to be sure! Okay you...hope the back quits giving you fits soon and if you need back up with your little villians....we will all come running with cans of raid and vaccums!! Take care of you!! Lisa

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LAURIE5658 9/1/2009 10:44AM

    Oh Botzzz! Its so nice to have you back and DON'T GO AWAY AGAIN!!!!!!

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PUMPKINFACE73 9/1/2009 10:32AM

    Bout time kiddo....good to see you posting and I guess I can put the shank away for the moment....I love that Miss beautiful doesn't know waht Mickey D's is..that is the BEST!
It is feeling like fall....so when we running??????




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WALKWITME 9/1/2009 10:24AM

    Glad to know all is well.

It's life, some days are better than others. good! you are back on track.

It's wonderful you have your mom visiting.

I had a few bottles of Green tea for you ... lol

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JENNIFERK2009 9/1/2009 10:23AM

    Glad your back and on track!!!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 9/1/2009 10:18AM

    Great to have you back.

Don't forget those last 300 put up a heck of a fight. Is Zack Snyder coming in to film?

Thanks for being there.

ttyl

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PUCKYGIRL 9/1/2009 10:08AM

    Glad to see your back on track. I knew you would be when you were ready. Hope the back gets to feeling much better so you can do the 100%. Thanks for your inspiration..

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CINCYDORA 9/1/2009 9:57AM

    Good to see you back Botzzz and very glad to hear the hordes did not carry you and yours away.

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HAPPYSOUL91 9/1/2009 9:55AM

    While you are taking care of your house and the flea issue, don't forget your back yard otherwise you can track them back in the house.

Enjoy your mother being there

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ELFITZPA 9/1/2009 9:41AM

    Wow I'm pretty impressed that your daughter didn't know about McDonalds - nice going!!!

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TX.PATRICIA 9/1/2009 9:17AM

    Glad to see ya back. Enjoy your visit with your Mom!!

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SWEETZMIX 9/1/2009 9:07AM

    Yeah I was wondering where u were, but figured u will be back when time permits. SO I think it's great that your mom is around. Cali is far, so it's nice to see your family, u know?? And it's super cute that your daughter doesn't know what a McDonald's is....they suck kids in anyway with that darn toy in the happy meal. lol

Take Care

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1888MICHELLE 9/1/2009 8:59AM

    What a wonderful legacy to leave to you daughter!!!

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DDOORN 9/1/2009 8:56AM

    What a Papa you are!

I still kick myself for not having done better with my son when he was younger and only over the past few years have I realized what a POWERFUL motivator our children can be...!

Us PARENTS are *THE ROLE MODEL* for our children...they are going to learn to live the kind of life WE are living. Let's give them the best of possible gifts:

A healthy lifestyle!

Woo hoo to YOU! :-)

Don

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KALATHIA 9/1/2009 8:47AM

    Having my mother visit seems to have the same effect on me, it that's any comfort. Just get back to your regular routine as soon as you can and your scale will get right back on track with you.

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MBVMFLUTIST 9/1/2009 8:44AM

    How cool that your daughter does not know the McD's arches!!! I wish we were that lucky! Even my 2-year old knows it and starts his jabbering when we go by. Guess I should be better at resisting their iced coffees, lol. Anyway as you say, you are changing more lives than just your own, WTG on that.

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CEESNOW 9/1/2009 8:26AM

    I've used Borax - cheap and easy. Sprinkle around everywhere, wait 24 hours and vacuum. Throw the bag out right afterwards.


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Being overwhelmed...and it's not what you think..

Friday, August 21, 2009


Within daily life sometimes things happen that are neither here nor there yet they define the moment, they can dictate mind states and control our every waking hour, this week was no different in the way that life keeps going no matter the challenges. Being invaded by the hordes is never a grand moment yet somehow bigger than life while holding focus and can prove to be character shaping at times, when lilliputian enemies rear their ugly heads its time to buckle down and end the day dining in hell if need be.

Day one, Something was amiss, it was quiet and the feline was no where to be found yet the jingle of a bell was ever present, scouting around the mangy beast was found sitting in a corner mumbling something about his precious and the bell on his neck was the only other sound to be heard. bamn! a prick on the ankle, bamn! bamn! in rapid succession two more came and that's when it became clear what had happened, tiny flea warriors had breached the wall. The suction device was deployed and the furry bell ringer was quarantined while the area was cleared of tiny invaders, night fell and sleep was had.



Day two, Upon waking a messenger sat boldly upon the forearm of the master, gnawing on flesh caring not that he would be seen, with a pinch and a short walk to the basin this intruder was drown and disposed of. The day progressed normally until a scream was heard from one of the sleeping quarters and five more invaders were captured and drown, what could be done? obviously something had to be done immediately but what? Poison! yes poison would certainly do the trick, so one of the elders was given the task of laying poison and using the suction device to take care of the petite trespassers and a castle in a far away land was visited comfortably knowing that the elder would surely take care of this problem.

Day three, which was really day nine for the inhabitants and upon returning from the rodents palace they were informed that the poison had just been applied only hours before so nine days worth of poisoning was wasted while multiplication of enemies ran amok. Again the feline was quarantined, suction was applied and peaceful living returned for a short time, a very short time. It was not long before there were minuscule vermin wearing blue face paint screaming "Freeeeedooooommmm!!" bringing Chaos to the realm once again so foggers were dispatched while the inhabitants left for the day only to return to find that the foggers were not enough to penetrate the armor of the microscopic warriors besieging a peaceful land, sleeping would prove more difficult this time around.

Day...the days are melting together into one big mass of turmoil as the suction device is being deployed hourly once again. Standing in his quarters a lone opponent was noticed watching as a conversation was had, "This is madness honey" I said to the lady of the house and in a loud whisper a reply was heard from the corner of a bureau where one of the wee warriors stood proudly "Madness? THIS IS SPARTAAAAAA!" Sparta? This is New England motherfuvker! now get out! a new battery of foggers have been acquired from the supply house and will be utilized on the eve of morrow, 9 of them to be exact, if this does not purge these lilliputian warriors from our domain I will be at a loss and will have to consider a retreat.

I fear this may be the last entry if considerable ground is not made up in this next battle, My friends, wish me luck.

As Ever
Me

  
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ALEXSGIRL1 8/26/2009 6:04PM

    just try to think of all the exercise you got from vacuuming .this happened to me as a young adult sharing an apartment with friends and dogs and cats. i remember stating somewhere in the mayhem aren't we the ones who are supposed to be living here?it happens to the best of us. hopefully it will be a distant memory soon.maybe lady and sir lancelot can even smile at this one day.

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TRACYZABELLE 8/26/2009 7:17AM

    I had to get the professionals in while the kitties were at the groomer getting dipped... we lost a sofa which is how the fleas came in on the free couch my cousin gave us so really we lost 2 sofas and $300 between the groomer and the exterminator.. good luck

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4OURBOY 8/24/2009 10:36PM

    This is why I come here.

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KNH771 8/24/2009 3:32PM

    I hope everything went well. Thankfully, that is an experience I haven't had.

Loved the 300 pic. Whod've thought to add the creature?

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BAYSIDE07 8/23/2009 6:34AM

  Victory will be yours, brave knight.

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MYVANNSMAMA 8/22/2009 8:00PM

    seven dust spread it inside on carpet on kitty adn around the house outside let sit on carpet for full day resume "suction device control" should be gone in 1-2 days. If you do not have any children who spend their time crawling on said carpet and are not tiny hoovers themselves you can leave the seven dust down for a couple of days its a mild poison and as long as no one is licking the carpet only the blood suckers will be harmed
good luck and good riddence!!

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ONEHOTKRYSTAL 8/22/2009 12:35PM

    Good luck and best wishes getting rid of those pesky things!!

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JLUVSHIKIN 8/22/2009 12:16PM

    Never, never, never give up!

enjoyed the blog. Victory will be had!

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SKYEFYR 8/22/2009 11:24AM

  Good Luck Botzzz!

I have fought this enemy before, and they are cunning. Have you dipped the furry creatures? There are powders that assist the sucking devices. Get the stuff to go on the back of the fuzzy creatures heads. Bombing according to their life / reproductive cycle helps also. (It's just annoying to have to keep cleaning up behind it.) If you have relatives nearby, stay with them for a week. If the spartans have no food source, they will die.

Again, good luck!!!

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WENDYSPARKS 8/22/2009 11:02AM

    Good luck with the Victory! Never give up and Keep the faith, wendy emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SNEAKYGREG 8/22/2009 7:53AM

    Light them on fire that will work and the you can stand there like Beavis "FIRE!!!!!!!"

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JUSTFOXXY 8/22/2009 6:42AM

    ROFL, but not at your plight. I swear my ankle started itching as I read through your blog.

Much victory to you, Lord RAIDer.



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BIGGIRL2082010 8/21/2009 9:13PM

    Good luck - hope you vanquish the little nasties!

Cheers,
Maya


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VEEJAY3 8/21/2009 9:10PM

    He is silent in the patient moments before attack.
Dressed head to toe in black, with the ferocious sign of the dragon embroidered on his Kwon-Seito gi, he gathers his energies within .. only to explode 'round the corner:
"BANZAI!"


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LAURIE5658 8/21/2009 9:09PM

    OFF WITH THEIR HEADS!!!!!

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DDOORN 8/21/2009 8:13PM

    You have my deepest sympathies...I winced my way through your writings...!

Been there and BOY have I done THAT! Argh!

We have had several years of peace since the offending cat who would always slip outside no matter what had died back then. Since, the other four cats have been quite content to stay inside: no fleas...ah...PEACE!

Fleas, cockroaches and bedbugs...they'll be the only things left alive if ever there's a nuclear holocaust...lol!

Don

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VGIMLET 8/21/2009 7:45PM

    Death to them all I say!

I hate fleas. I had one cat who was allergic to most flea products, so it was a never-ending battle. We usually just held them at bay until the first freeze.

Good luck in your battle.

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PUMPKINFACE73 8/21/2009 6:47PM

    Loving the spartan flea blog...LMAO....crackoy me up chucky..hope they are finally gone!

Bea

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CINCYDORA 8/21/2009 2:16PM

    May your aim be true and your victory swift!!


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BOTZZZ 8/21/2009 2:08PM

    So far it has been a can or 2 of flea powder for carpets, 4 bombs, almost a whole box of borax, and washing every piece of clothing and blankets in the house (twice) I am setting 9 foggers off on Saturday and then boraxing the carpets again.

Indeed I am going all out this time ;)

As Ever
Me

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-LORI-B 8/21/2009 1:36PM

    LOL ok not funny by any means..but the way you write this cracks me up. You have a talent.. I like the borax idea.. I ahve heard that workes. Hope u get the evil buggers AND quick

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 8/21/2009 12:53PM

    If you get overwhelmed, are you changing your id to Gulliver?

ttyl

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SWEETZMIX 8/21/2009 12:48PM

    KILL THEM ALL!!!!!!!!!! Seriously!!

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ZIRCADIA 8/21/2009 12:38PM

    UGH, good luck. I am kind of allergic to fleas -- my bites get big like aggravated mosquito bites. :(

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_RAMONA 8/21/2009 12:32PM

    OMG!!!! I don't know whether to laugh (the writing is GREAT) or cry for you! I've never had to deal with fleas so I can be of no help except to pray for you and yours as you bravely battle on.

(Have you thought of contacting a professional service?)

{{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}}

As ever,
Me, too.

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AMBERROGUE 8/21/2009 12:27PM

    DEATH TO THE INTRUDERS!!! I *HATE* fleas!!

Good luck!

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MARYONAMISSION 8/21/2009 12:23PM

    They are persistent. We had 3 cats and got infested with fleas when I was a kid. My Mom had to eventually rip out all the carpet and use many foggers and flea baths to kill them.
I hope you make it. Stay strong and keep fighting.

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AINTSKEERD 8/21/2009 12:21PM

    That sux-but apparently not enough!
I wish you muuuuuuch success in your next round.

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KASHMIR 8/21/2009 12:20PM

    Oh yeah...definately treat the Lawn!!! My CatZ are flea free this year, but we kept tracking the pesky ankle biters in ourselves from the yard!

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KASHMIR 8/21/2009 12:18PM

    Sparta? Heck....This sounds more like Ghengis Khan coming across the Alps...on the backs of a feline! My suggestion...Flea for your LIVES!

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GLADGAD 8/21/2009 12:13PM

    I have had a couple of flea infestations in the past - and I mean INFESTATIONS! This is the only thing that I found that works:

1. Take the critters to the vet for treatment
2. Buy a couple of boxes of Borax (find this in the laundry aisle)
3. Sprinkle borax all over the floors, carpets, rugs, and under the furniture cushions.
4. Let it sit for 4-5 days (yes it will be messy). You can bring the critters home - the borax won't hurt them
5. Vacuum up all of the borax and throw away the vacuum bag
6. The same day you lay down the boax, treat the lawn (okay you can use poison for this)
7. Wait 2-3 days and reapply the borax for another 4-5 days, vacuum and toss the vacuum bag.

This should do the trick. It always worked for me, even with the very worst infestations. Good luck!

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Hey look at that dent in the couch!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


Just hanging around here and not doing a lot of moving because of this back pain, I am getting anxious to do something, I want to ride my bike, or go for a walk, maybe a swim is what I want to do and I cannot. I got to thinking about it and this is what I use to do all of the time at 534 pounds, yep that's right, just sitting in my ass shaped mark on the old leather couch pretty much summed up most of my days, I mean there were random trips to the bathroom or refrigerator but the rest of the time was pretty much spent sitting on my posterior and here I am now on day two of just relaxing my back and I am starting to go nuts! I got excited when I thought to vacuum the house about 30 minutes ago but that started tightening things up in the old back so I put it away and here I am again, sitting.



I am kind of blown away at the fact that today is only the second day that I am relaxing and pretty much just sitting here doing nothing and I am starting to feel a little bit leashed and not so long ago it was just how I lived my life. It is amazing how a persons perception of what they are doing can change depending on the circumstances of the moment, when I was 500 plus pounds my back hurt all of the time and I know that I used it as an excuse to justify why I was not doing anything but sitting, never wanting to admit that I was just too big to be very mobile and that I knew all along that something needed to change. Now that I am doing things pretty much all of the time sitting idle for a mere day and a half makes me want to go for a ride on my bike pain be damned but I know its not smart so again..here I sit.

Realizing that I use to do this sitting around thing when I could have been doing other things is eye opening as to how different states of mind can dictate reactions. I was not happy with the way things were even though I would never admit back then it was true, it hurt to do just about anything that lasted more than 5 minutes and lets keep our minds out of the gutter folks that's not what I meant! (though its included on that list) and sitting around was ok with me because of that fact. Fast forward to today and a two day break from doing anything has me bouncing off of the walls figuratively of course as even standing up hurts but I gotta tell you that even bouncing off of the walls sounds like a good time to me right now and back then I would embrace the fact that I had an honest to goodness bonafide excuse to sit stationary for hours.



I don't wish very often because if you wish into one hand and $hit into the other you will soon see which fills up first, but I really do wish that I had come to a few realizations years ago because to me it is honestly more about the mindset that one puts them self into which dictates the actions that are taken by an individual. If I had been able to pull myself out of the funk earlier this blog would be that much older and I would likely have been on Oprah or something by now sharing how I lost 300 pounds (which is slightly insane in itself that I could possibly lose 300 pounds and still weigh 234 pounds) but I was unable to do it until I saw fear and now here I am 200 plus pounds lost so far and going nuts because I have to rest as a result of a sore back instead of exercising.

I am the same man and so very different all at the same time compared to who I was in 2008 because of this lifestyle change and every day I learn a little bit more about myself because of it.

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SKYEFYR 8/20/2009 11:23AM

  Vacuuming is actually considered strenuous work Botzzz. Don't do that! I remember when I had a tooth pulled that the dr said not to overexert myself and specifically said no vacuuming for at least 24 hours. So please, don't try that again till you're feeling better.

You mention swimming. If you really need to move that would probably be the best thing for you since the water takes so much pressure off the joints while you're in it. (Although, I'm catching up and reading your blogs backwards, so ignore this comment if your dr specifically told you not to!)

Hope you're feeling better soon!

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-LORI-B 8/19/2009 1:54PM

    I KNOW it sux sitting still but ur back needs time to repair itself. HANG IN THERE... u will be back to self in no time..lol

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BIGGIRL2082010 8/19/2009 8:25AM

    Hope that back gets better QUICK! It's NO fun having to sit still and watch others have fun. :)

Cheers,
Maya
(Off to have some fun!)

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VEEJAY3 8/18/2009 11:07PM

    I KNOW! I used to be the laziest person! I loved nothing more than to wake up, EAT, sit myself in a recliner with a book, EAT, click on the tv, EAT, and read more, sit more, eat more 'til bedtime.
Sheeeeeeesh!
By contrast, I had a tooth pulled last week, and the directive is "no exercise for 4 days." OMG. I couldn't stand it. I cheated on the second day, just a little bit, and by the third, I said 'screw it. I'm goin' on a bike ride.'

Yeah us.
Seriously. This is MUCH better.

Oh yeah -- and get well quickly!

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NEXTYEAR 8/18/2009 9:16PM

    Thanks for sharing your accomplishments and your frustrations. You have really done a lot! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TELERIE 8/18/2009 6:49PM

    Hang in there and you'll be moving again in no time. It's a great time for reflection and cementing some ways of living that weren't there before.

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GLOBALKEEWEE 8/18/2009 5:14PM

    Don't get too frustrated by all the sitting...easier said than done, I know! (I'm nursing not one but now two sprained ankles, and am itching to get out, but that's how I got the 2nd sprain and prevented the first from healing!)

I think swimming - or at least floating/wandering around in the water - might be a relief for your back. Taking the effects of gravity away is quite helpful for letting joints/muscles rest and realign themselves while allowing range of motion that is uncomfortable on land. Just a thought, as I was 'walking' normally on my swollen and bruised ankles last night in the pool and amazed by how much it helped.

Take care.

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LINWENTZ 8/18/2009 3:58PM

    Very refective. It's true you have to find your own way--in your own time. Nobody could have told you otherwise--you had to discover it for yourself. And aren't you glad you did? emoticon

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AMBER281 8/18/2009 1:15PM

    What a great blog.
I totally relate to going nuts while lying on the couch. I had bronchitis a couple of months ago and I had to stay home from work for a week and lived on chicken noodle soup (because that's all I could eat) well by day 4 (slept most of days one and two) I was ready to do something.
Hope your back gets feeling better soon so you can get back to doing the things that make you happy!

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DDOORN 8/18/2009 1:13PM

    Argh! I HATE it when my body let's me down!

Can certainly empathize with the woulda/coulda/shoulda YEARS AGO thoughts...took me till FIFTY to decide to get my act together...at least you've got a lead on ME! Lol

Don

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JUSTAGURL2335 8/18/2009 1:09PM

    Hope you're back is better soon. That must really stink.

I've been reading alot lately about how we think determining what we feel. It's amazing! It's still hard for me to really change the way I think, but I'm working on it every day. :)

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 8/18/2009 12:53PM

    Enjoy that reflection. Sometimes that is as important as the physical changes.

You'll be back at it soon. Just remember, you aren't Superman . . .

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MARYONAMISSION 8/18/2009 12:38PM

    Wish I went bonkers when I'm idly sitting around but I'm not at that point yet. Although seeing you there gives me hope. Feel better soon. I know we will soon be reading your blogs where you write about your runs and rides again.
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JIMWICKEY 8/18/2009 12:35PM

    Great post, hope your back feels better soon - I suffer pains myself, so...
BTW - you should see my couch, toward the end, you could here the "ping" of the springs breaking as it gave way. Sigh.

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CRIT524 8/18/2009 12:17PM

    Hope your back feels better soon!! Good to know your capable of more than 2 minutes. emoticon

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AINTSKEERD 8/18/2009 12:00PM

    It's amazing how powerful our minds are. And it's crazy when we get a glimpse of it. I agree with you, that the mind is the biggest obstacle to overcome in this process. Then learning to manage your focus is a critical as learning how to eat and what types of exercise produce what types of results. Take it easy and take care of yourself. Use this down time to focus on your mental game and your nutrition strategy. You are doing fantastic!
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NRKEVO 8/18/2009 11:49AM

    Sounds like a great beginning to a best-selling book.
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Hope your back feels better soon and you can get back to doing what you enjoy!
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