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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.

As Ever
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.

As Ever
Me

  
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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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    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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Learning some limits, you mean I am not Superman?

Monday, August 17, 2009

Some of you know how I gained a lot of the weight that I have recently lost and I suspect that other newer readers might not know and today is a day that I shall recap a bit. I was injured in 2000 and I explained just how in This post zeusmeatball.blogspot.com/search/lab
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, and lately I believe that I have grown numb to that injury and am feeling pretty invincible but as it were I was reminded that I am and probably will always be at least a little bit limited by this old scar of an injury that I carry around with me on a day to day.



Thursday I went for a bike ride which I mentioned in Fridays weigh in post and it was only a 4.5 mile ride but it was all hills and I did finally make it all the way up a big ol hill that I had not been able to make it up but when I got home my lower right back/hip area was a tad bit tight. Blah, whatever, I just rode hard and its just tight, or so I thought. I went about my night and Friday morning I felt that it was still there but not too bad, posted up the challenge on the weigh in post and again went about my day which included moving some furniture around and walking around all morning and afternoon and by the time I got home late afternoon my back was not feeling too good at all and I decided that I would do the challenge push ups on Sunday after a good nights rest on my back. Same deal happened on Sunday and I picked up where I left off on Saturday where pain was concerned and had a few errands to run and by the end of the errands I had to sit down because standing just hurt too much and I started to be reminded of the Bad good ol days when I was first injured but did I stop? nope, I moved one more dresser with wify, killed some wasps that thought that they had a warm safe place to live and then I stopped but only because I couldn't go any more. I did not do my challenge push ups (You can bet your ass when this goes away they will be paid in full) and I slept for about 2 hours last night while the rest of the time was spent attempting to get into a comfortable position, so yeah, I am not a happy camper today but this whole thing forced me to realize something.

No matter how good I feel, no matter how much weight I have lost or will continue to lose I have to remember that I have that limit. I need to listen to my body and when it says that its time to take it easy because a small pull in my back will become a big problem ie: 2 hours sleep and sitting in a contorted position as I type this post out I NEED to do so. Nothing is more frustrating to me than this predicament that I am in currently, I AM stronger than I have been in years, I CAN run now, I CAN do just about anything that I want to do yet I am limited by this old injury, I have no choice in the matter. No amount of determination or willpower can make this go away, it is not within my power to take this limitation away from myself and squash it with the hundreds of pounds that I have lost in the past year and a half and yet it is the mindset that I have come to know, that I can willpower my way through anything.

Imagine, I have come so far with my weight loss and health and there is not a damn thing that I can do about this problem that I have barring being aware that it exists and respond to it by resting it when it shows up. This is only the second time since losing the weight that I have been frustrated by this issue which should be considered a blessing by me because it was a daily issue when I was heavier, but I just cannot get past this frustration, I think that the frustration is worse than the actual pain for me right now. I bust my ass and I eat correctly now a days, I work hard to maintain a level of activity and eat good solid whole food meals as much as possible and this one obstacle is in my way and there is nothing that I can do to make it go away, I need to remember that I am not Superman no matter how Wify makes me feel and I need to pay a little closer attention to things like soreness in my lower back because it is one thing that I don't have control of.

I feel unstoppable (see that image at the top of my blog? it is how I feel all of the time) and when something like this happens it reminds me that no matter how I feel that I do have that limitation and I need to act accordingly when it shows its ugly face sums up this post. Don't read any of this as me whining I want my Mommy I was just trying to type out how I feel about it which is mainly FRUSTRATED! so that I could look back at it as a reminder that taking a break is much better than feeling completely broken.

That's all I got for now.

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SKYEFYR 8/20/2009 11:34AM

  I think the hardest thing for a stubborn person to learn is to simply be kind to themselves and cut themselves some slack. We all want to believe we're invincible and hate when reality smacks us upside the head with the fact we're not.

I hope you feel better nd can be out moving again soon!

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BIGGIRL2082010 8/20/2009 4:13AM

    I'm late reading this blog. Sorry to hear you've been in such bad pain - yeah, back injuries can knock the stuffing out of you!

The good news is that you *can* do something if it is "just" a weak back - when you start working with weights, you can and *should* consult a sports exercise specialist who can work with you to set up exercises that will slowly but surely strengthen those muscles that make up the core (both abs and back) so you can actually prevent straining them over and over. Yes, you'll probably always need to be aware of how you're lifting or moving things (bend from the LEGS!!!, for example), but that's actually something ALL of us need to do! :)

Hope you're better soon!

Cheers,
Maya


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VEEJAY3 8/18/2009 11:02PM

    I HATE it when bodies won't bend to our will!!!

Grrrrrrrr!

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CINCYDORA 8/18/2009 11:56AM

    Sometimes the best way to make us do something is to tell us we can't. Something about the human mind seems to program us for frustration. I guess that means your current predicament at least reaffirms your humanity?

Small consolation, I know.

Keep hanging in there.

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SNEAKYGREG 8/17/2009 9:14PM

    You know a little frustration is a good thing. I think it keeps us motivated when we do feel good and are ready to hit it hard. Don't worry you will be up and riding/running/lifting soon

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DDOORN 8/17/2009 8:44PM

    It's so TOUGH when our body let's us down and doesn't live up to our willing and motivated spirit!

Good lessons tho...I love the feeling I get when I conquer a hill on my bike which had in the past forced me to get off and walk...woo hoo!

Don

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BILLALEX70 8/17/2009 7:22PM

    Nothing worse than trying to stay on track and a injury sidelining us. Give it some rest and maybe some ice and you should be good as new in a few days.

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SUNSHINEBILL 8/17/2009 6:21PM

    This too shall pass. I have found it's all about acceptance!
I always get frustrated when I can't get what I want or afraid of losing something I have.
You are so strong, it won't be an issue in a couple of days!
Bill


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SUNSHINEBILL 8/17/2009 6:20PM

    This too shall pass. I have found it's all about acceptance!
I always get frustrated when I can't get what I want or afraid of losing something I have.
You are so strong, it won't be an issue in a couple of days!
Bill


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TELERIE 8/17/2009 6:06PM

    Take good care of you - a break is better than being broken any day! Get well soon!

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TODDERICKV 8/17/2009 4:11PM

    keep on keeping on!

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LISAMG1220 8/17/2009 3:03PM

    Sorry to hear that you are in some pain. Take your time and let it heal. better to be out for a few days than a few weeks or months. I have degenerative disk disease and somedays I run around like a mad woman with no problems. Then one day I will tie my shoe or put laundry in the wash (just simple tasks), and I will be down for a week. Back issues are the worst! Take care of you, make sure you are taking some anti-inflammatories and tylenol.

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CINCYDORA 8/17/2009 2:41PM

    Have you ever explored yoga? There are a lot of great restorative poses for the back. And it helps increase body awareness which makes it easier to be mindful of past injuries.

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SWEETZMIX 8/17/2009 1:45PM

    Sorry to hear about your fustration. But you know you are right. Take it easy, we all have limits and we must listen to our bodies. It's not worth forcing our way through things b/c it really only makes things worse.

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RENA1965 8/17/2009 1:32PM

    Yeah am with you on this one. my spinal injury stopped me from exercise from 1994 to 2004.. Someone switched the weights on the calf rotator to half of what I am used to and because I stood waiting got cold and torn a calf muscle because of it...
Idiot asked if I was okay, yeah I would have been if he had replaced the weight pin where I had it and didn't do his 20 min social chat on the only example in our gym..

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GLOBALKEEWEE 8/17/2009 1:30PM

    I'm sharing your mood today.

Superman is a tool anyway. Better to be you, limits and all.

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 8/17/2009 1:22PM

    I so understand where you are coming from. The frustration is so consuming.

Concentrate on the healing, enjoy a bit of a break and the kick the pig and get it moving again.

Keep at it

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204 total pounds lost to date, weighing in and a challenge posted.

Friday, August 14, 2009


It's that time of the week again kids, that's right its the day that we record any losses for the week so lets get to it. When I woke up I went straight for the scale and the number that flashed across the display was 330.2lbs, second go at it was 330.0lbs and finally attempt number three was 330.2lbs and that's a 2 pound loss for the week and I'll take it! That's 204 total pounds lost since starting and obviously a new low weight for me. I haven't focused on the number that I have left to lose in a while and when I just did the math and saw that I am 55 pounds away from my first goal weight I have to admit that I grinned to myself, I say my "first goal" because I want to get to 267 pounds as my goal instead of 275 and I am 55 away from 275. Why 267 pounds you ask? because at 267 pounds I will have lost half of my total body weight and I figure whats an extra 8 pounds to get there right? and then my Ultimate goal weight (which I am sure will change again anyways) is to weigh 250lbs but that bridge will be crossed when I get there and here are some pictures to visualize what I have lost as well as what I currently weigh.


This old Indian weighs in at 330 pounds, yep, I weigh the same as that there motorcycle.


Chuck Liddel from the UFC weighs 204 pounds, I have lost an entire Ultimate fighter dude, who wouldda thunk.

Yesterday I ate a lot! it was all good food and all fit within my calorie range but I felt like it was a lot of food and the day before weigh in too! have a look at the menu.

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

10:00 AM
1 plum 75

Lunch
12:00 PM
3oz deli turkey 75
2 slices light rye bread 80
1 T miracle whip 40
lettuce/tomato/pickle 30

1:00 PM
cereal bar 90

1:30 PM
1 apple 90

3:15 PM
9oz strawberries 70

3:45 PM
1 plum 75

Dinner
6:45 PM
1oz pretzels 110

7:00 PM
6oz tilapia 200
3/4 cup white rice 150
green salad 45
dressing 60
olive oil 50

Grand total of 1570 calories but I did have a handful of my daughters chocolate peanut butter cereal after my bike ride so the calories are a tad higher but still under the 1700 that I allow myself to have. I mentioned my bike ride, I did 4.5 miles and made it all the way up that hill I mentioned a few posts back, you know, the one that kicked my ass pretty decently. I am paying for it a bit this morning with some tenderness in my right side and low back but hey! Hydration was on par with about 1.75 gallons of water but no green tea because I forgot to brew it the night before, so in addition to the H2O I did have two 33oz bottles of a sugar free drink, one cranberry and one fruit punch.

I said in yesterdays post that for every comment that I get on this post that I would do 5 push ups tomorrow, so there it is, each comment that I get here on this post before midnight tonight (ON MY BLOGSPOT PAGE zeusmeatball.blogspot.com/ please be kind lol) will make me do 5 push ups, the catch is that you need to tell me that you drank a glass of H2O and actually drink it! also posting 12 comments from the same person still only gets 5 push ups! so its 5 push ups per unique comment (I paid for not making that clear last challenge) and there you have it, two pounds lost this week, a new low and a challenge so all in all today has started out well enough besides the tenderness in my side and back.

Thanks for reading along.

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JULISABROCAR 9/6/2009 1:26PM

    LOL - you lost a UFC dude- hilarious!!

your progress is incredible and I enjoy your blogs

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BUBBLES1541 8/21/2009 9:42PM

    You doing wonderful! I really enjoy reading your posts!! YOU ROCK!!!

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DUTCHIEKIWI 8/17/2009 10:37PM

    You're a machine!!!
What an achievement!!

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WHITERAVEN11 8/17/2009 8:08PM

    Keep up the good work, guy! I read your blog to see if I could use it to inspire my husband. He is losing along with me just by the changes I have made in what foods I buy, how I prepare it and what size portions I serve. Congratulations on your accomplishments.

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TEDDYTEDDY 8/17/2009 2:14PM

    Great job... my visual on my blog to motivate me (again) is a picture of me in 2005 looking like (someone at work said this when he saw my pic) the fat lady at the circus!!! Nice guy!!!...

Anyhow, you are looking great and it is amazing what a great job you are doing. Right now I need to lose another 75 lbs and I wrote a blog listing 75 reasons to lose 75 lbs and I think it is helping me get motivated again.

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TXHRT4U 8/17/2009 1:18PM

    That is awesome buddy! keep it up!
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JUSTAGURL2335 8/17/2009 12:57PM

    Yay, great job!! You lost an entire ultimate fighter, LOL that is so funny when you think of it that way.

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CHEWIEKIKI 8/17/2009 12:50PM

    Do five for me! Good job!!!

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KNH771 8/17/2009 11:47AM

    I love the visuals that you post to illustrate your weight loss! I have got to do some of that. I'm sure that I've lost at least a supermodel!

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MOCOHOLO 8/16/2009 8:12PM

    You rock! Way to go!!!

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SADIEJANE46 8/16/2009 6:05PM

  oh my god!!! and i cry about trying to get 50 pounds off and just keep fighting it..........you are doing so good, great job, your blog is inspiring you are doing so well.....keep the good work up.... you are so dedicated to all you do..i bet your family is very proud of you...i would think that they think they have a new person added to the family...you of course do not look the same..but even with the weight on in the face and now off, i see no a likeness at all , your look has change that much...........i am just awe struck............my mouth is hanging............
now get those five push ups a going..your going to put a good sweat on with all of them your getting..lol........what a great job!!

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-LORI-B 8/16/2009 12:52PM

    LOVE the visuals.. how awesome!! Congrats on your success so far.

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GRACEISENUF 8/16/2009 11:42AM

    All I can say is amazing job! emoticon

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MAGGIEK0608 8/16/2009 8:55AM

  I joined SP a year ago and honestly left it a year ago with the excuse that I was too busy in real life. Sound familiar to anyone? I stumbled onto your blog and I feel motivated to do "Something" today. I am not sure what that will be but thanks to your inspiring words, it will be more physical than what I had been doing!
Keep up the great work, keep posting those words of encouragement that we all need. For some it may be the amount of pounds lost that they can ID with, or the menu.
I love your comparisons to pounds lost. That alone has motivated me to do something physical today!
Thanks!
You Rock!

~~Maggiek~~
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LEANNROCKS 8/16/2009 7:14AM

    Congrats on stellar success!

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JAYBIRDNFLIGHT 8/16/2009 5:14AM

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I really enjoyed your blog. That's all I can say! I'm so inspired! Thank you for sharing your progress and your success!

I guess I can bump up to the 30-Day Shred Level 3 this week at least one day a week! If you can do the push-ups (which Ms. Michaels incorporates - A LOT), then I can bump up one more level of intensity at least ONCE this week. Time to step it up and your blog inspired me to challenge myself, POST it, and then be ACCOUNTABLE for it!

Ain't SP amazing? Congrats to you!

jay

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TANSHAN1 8/16/2009 5:05AM

    You Rock Botzzz!!

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SBALLIET 8/15/2009 8:53PM

    204 Wow thats a commitment. Do 5 push ups for me, and I drank 145 oz of water today. emoticon emoticon

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WENDYI1 8/15/2009 4:00PM

    I was feeling no willpower today, until I read your blog..here I am complaining about not feeling the spark, not feeling up to exercising. ...blah blah blah!!! I am ashamed of myself for whining. You are an inspiration!!!

Way to go!! and 5 more push ups, please!!..lol!!

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JANLEEW 8/15/2009 12:46PM

    Amazing! You are commited, determined and focused. 2 pounds a week a feat in itself.
Keep moving. Keep focused. You will get everything you desire. Just choose.

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KALATHIA 8/15/2009 10:28AM

    emoticon 204 pounds is a HUGE accomplishment! Way to go!

Kathy

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AINTSKEERD 8/14/2009 11:59PM

    You are rockin' it! emoticon Such a great inspiration.

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IAMHIGHLYFAVORD 8/14/2009 11:53PM

    I am so happy for you my friend. You are doing amazingly well. I am reading about you for the first time tonight. Guess what? I would like to follow your progress. If I could do a hand stand right now - I would - just for you - or cart wheels, but I can't - only in my heart!! I am so very proud of you for the tenacity to stick with this new lifestyle. Job verrrrrrry well done.

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JKSTEIN123 8/14/2009 10:36PM

    Way to go!!! You are awesome!! Now drop and give me five! LOL

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BIGGIRL2082010 8/14/2009 9:57PM

    204???? Wow! That's 4 pounds away from my starting weight here on SP (I did get up as far as 215 before I really started to lose any ... :)

Congratulations on the new low! Not far to go now!

Cheers,
Maya


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LORRAINE10141 8/14/2009 9:44PM

    Wow!! 204 pounds down, how fabulous! Congratulations. I drank water and will drink another 8 oz. today.

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BILLALEX70 8/14/2009 9:29PM

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BUBBLEBABS 8/14/2009 8:31PM

    Do some push-ups for me, And I'll do some for you! emoticon

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SUNSHINEBILL 8/14/2009 7:22PM

    Thanks, you always pick up my day. Great job! emoticon

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SUNSHINEBILL 8/14/2009 7:22PM

    Thanks, you always pick up my day. Great job! emoticon

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SUNSHINEBILL 8/14/2009 7:22PM

    Thanks, you always pick up my day. Great job! emoticon

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MCNKAB 8/14/2009 6:42PM

    Keep up the good work! emoticon

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SUNNY89 8/14/2009 6:36PM

    You are doing so great. I always get a chuckle when I read your weigh in post and see a photo and how much it weighs. I am sure this is a real easy question and I am just not seeing the answer but how do you find out how much these items weigh?

Keep doing it. You will be at goal in no time.

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LISAMG1220 8/14/2009 5:14PM

    Mr. Inspiration!! That'd be you! I was bragging on you again...Hubs loved the your Liddel comparison. LOL. You know just how to put things into perspective. As always keep on rockin' and take care of you!! Lisa

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LOOZNIT4GOOD 8/14/2009 4:33PM

  Way to go--truly inspiring and helps me answer that little niggling question I have had: Three months into this, will I still be content with losing no more than 1-2 pounds per week? You are proof that determination pays off:)

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THECOOLESTSARAH 8/14/2009 3:57PM

    GREAT JOB!!! 2 pounds whoo hoo!

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JUST_SIMONE 8/14/2009 3:45PM

    Wow that's awesome! An entire ultimate fighter dude!!! Congrats on your success, it's very inspiring.

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 8/14/2009 2:31PM

    So you lost a Chuck . . . . The rate you are going, you will be losing a me soon.

Have a great weekend.

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CATREBEL 8/14/2009 2:22PM

    Great visuals to put it in perspective! That is awesome!

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WIFEALF 8/14/2009 1:44PM

    wow you have lost so much weight good for you!

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ELEGANT_PHOENIX 8/14/2009 1:33PM

    You rock.


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THEBOOKBINDER 8/14/2009 1:30PM

    You are doing absolutely awesome! Keep it up, such an inspiration to the rest of us!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 8/14/2009 1:10PM

    I wouldn't mind gaining that Ultimate Fighter Dude - if I could gain him in the form pictured, and not as fat on my own body! LOL

When I'd lost 112 I took great pleasure in informing my personal trainer that I'd lost an entire one of her.

(Before that my unit was in "small cats" - as in approx 10 lbs. So I've also now lost almost 12 small cats. I love the bizarre image of having 12 cats strapped all over my body - a furry, wriggly, HEAVY, complaining mass of felinity.)

Seriously, though, congratulations!
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P.S. I am swilling a cup of water RIGHT NOW.

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MNCYCLIST 8/14/2009 12:59PM

    Wow, way to go--keep it up, especially the cycling!

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STEPHANIE0904 8/14/2009 12:49PM

    Wow - incredible. You are most certainly an inspiration to many. I drink way over my recommended 8 glasses of water a day but I will drink an extra glass in your honor today. Keep up the awesome job!!!

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TLN-NOW 8/14/2009 12:36PM

    I couldn't get to that link, so I'll comment here!
First let me just say plain and simple - you are inspirational!
Next... I haven't done real pushup, just assisted ones. That means that when I wake up and go to brush my teeth, I do 15 - 30 pushups against my sink. Same at bedtime. Sometimes it hurts my left shoulder where there is a small essentially ignorable bone spur, and my excuse for not doing full ones.
However, I like your challenge to yourself, and I vow that if you'll do 5 for me! I'll do 5 in your honor.

You rock! emoticon

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JLUVSHIKIN 8/14/2009 12:33PM

    Wow! Way to go on losing a whole person! Blows the mind when you think about it. Keep up the hard work! YOu are doing wonderfully!

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LIMELITESHINES 8/14/2009 12:27PM

    Had to stop by and say that I love the way you post your losses. You lost a UFC fighter.

WOW. that's beyond cool!!!! :)

You're doing great . . . keep it up. And just for you, I'll do 5 pushups at the park before my run. Wanna match? ;)

~Mere

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TIPPIMITCHELL 8/14/2009 12:13PM

  I don't know what to say, other than wow. You're amazing!
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