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Popped my Gym Cherry.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009


Monday provided me my first chance to check out the gym that I joined so I headed on over after dropping my daughter off at school and have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised with the entire experience. My initial feeling was that I would walk in and it would be all eyes on the fat kid but of course that's not how it went down at all. I had decided before I walked in that I was just going to take a walk around and check out the machines and then I would take a ride on a stationary bike, so after a brief walk around the whole gym I found an unoccupied bike and hopped on. I rode for 25 minutes on that bike and then onto a recumbent bike for a short pedal on a much higher setting than I did on the regular bike and ended up riding for another 7 minutes and something that I noticed was that no one could care any less about anyone else that was in the room, besides me of course as I am sort of a people watcher, funny how that worked out eh?



I found the staff to be very helpful and one girl even offered to come over and show me whatever I needed to know about anything in the whole place after I told her that it was my first time "just come on over and get me if you need help with anything" and she even checked in with me about 20 minutes after I got there to make sure that I had figured out what I needed to which was cool. I found that the atmosphere was very relaxed and it was just a bunch of people that seemed to want to workout and move on, this was only the first time in there so that opinion may change but I enjoyed myself while I was there this time around. I was offered a "fitness evaluation" at no charge which includes a talk with a trainer as well as a workout so that they might gauge my fitness level along with some other things like taking a measurement of my body fat etc. I declined as none of it really interested me for now because I have a good idea of what I want to do and I really don't care what my percentage of body fat is currently, I think that we can all agree that its high, perhaps down the road this will interest me but not right now.

My intake came in at 1715 total calories for the day and I think that I over guesstimated the calories on my home made chicken soup so I am probably just under that number. To say that I was hydrated yesterday is very much an understatement as I drank 1.25 gallons of Green tea and about a gallon of straight H2O and obviously I got some movement in at the gym, have a look at yesterdays menu.

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

10:30 AM
1 banana 105
1 T peanut butter 95

Lunch
2:30 PM
4oz hot capicola 240
1 lavash bread 100
lettuce/tomato/pickle 40
less than a T miracle whip 25
7oz strawberries 70

Dinner
6:30 PM
2 cups home made chicken soup 350
1 multigrain english muffin 100
smart balance spread 20

7:30 PM
2 oranges 170

8:30 PM
1oz turkey pepperoni 70

I am off to a good start this week with everything that I need to be and I plan on heading to the gym again this afternoon at some point. Shooting for a 4 pound loss this week is still on the wall, making that number will make a certain fella very happy come Friday and at the same time if it is under four pounds that same fella will not be too disappointed. Now that I have my initial gym trip out of the way all of my apprehension has gone away and maybe I will explore a new machine today, or maybe I will just ride the bike for a week to get a little more familiar before I go falling off of an elliptical machine! I do look forward to starting in on the weights but again I want to go slow for a few reasons one of which I already mentioned and another is so that I don't injure myself by trying to do too much all at once.

That's it, the end of a post so until next time keep on keepin on and all that.

As Ever
Me

  
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NJDIETZ 11/6/2009 7:07AM

    Good job. emoticon

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 11/6/2009 1:13AM

    emoticonYou are so emoticon

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SHIPPAS 10/13/2009 9:53AM

    Just been today myself , first time in months. Good luck with your comeback I'm having one too
Regards
Paul in the UK

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A6STUBBS 10/9/2009 4:15PM

    Great Job!!! That hardest thing with the Gym is starting. Advice on the elliptical start of slow start like 5 mins. I remember the first time I got on I only made it for 7, but know years later I can stay on for 40 mins. I enjoy it cause it's less strain on the knees and back.

I enjoy reading your blog. You are an inspitation to me. I have a long ways to go, but with time and hard work we will both get there.
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VAMACKGIRL 10/9/2009 2:21PM

    I am so proud of you!! I go to the YMCA (not as much as I'd like too, have gotten off track because of family things) but I felt the same way when I first went. Nobody cared about your size, they were very, very welcoming. We used to belong to American Family and I hated it, I felt like all eyes were on me and and like "Your not a size 4 why are you in here?" More of a meat market, I wasn't comfortable at all. When we joined the Y it went much better. I love the water aerobics, and in the morning it's mainly older women. I mean late 60's and 70's, and in I walk (46) covered in tattoos, and (hahahaha) they were real quiet for about a week, and now when I go, they are fighting over which volleyball I am going to be on!! It's a lot of fun, but yes, you definitely have to feel comfortable and welcome or you wont go!!
Good luck!!

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ERINTHEROCKSTAR 10/9/2009 12:45PM

    lol @ falling off the elliptical - I'm too chicken to go near that thing yet!!

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TUBBYSHUKER370 10/9/2009 11:16AM

    Keep it up brother! I am sure you will run into the meathead gym rats at some pooint, but the generally only go at certain times. Usually after work when all the chicks get there and the meat market cruise ensues.

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CALIFORNIA-GAL 10/9/2009 9:35AM

    Nice job! Don't be afraid to let the trainers help you set up a program. After all, that's one of the things you pay for with a gym membership.

Keep up the great work!

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MY-2-GIRLZ 10/9/2009 9:23AM

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MUCHOBABYWEIGHT 10/8/2009 9:33PM

    careful with the water, u can actually overdo water....

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DENRNAJ 10/8/2009 8:47PM

    I had that same feeling- everyone looking at the fat girl. Most people could care less. I like to watch and giggle at the guys checking out the cute ones. If someone is doing something that I want to try I am only looking to see what the deal is so I can ask the trainer to show me. I never thought that I could feel comfortable in a gym- miracles do happen! LOL!
best wishes for great workouts...
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TX.PATRICIA 10/7/2009 8:48AM

    Glad ya took the plunge . . . you are doing great!

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GRAMMYSKIDS58 10/7/2009 12:13AM

    Congrats on leaving your comfort zone and making progress on your journey... I am sure that was a great learning experience for you. I am so glad you are taking things slow. Good luck and glad you found the old BOTZZ.
Kathy

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BIGGIRL2082010 10/6/2009 9:52PM

    Nice work! Now that you have that "first day of school" out of the way, you can just relax and USE the gym! :)

Have fun there - I've always found it so much more energizing to have all that equipment to choose from on any given day - when I'm bored with one cardio machine, I can pick another, or concentrate on the free weights, or try out the cable machines or whatever. I *love* choice! Hopefully you'll find this becomes another fun part of the healthy lifestyle!

Cheers,
MayaR>

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JKSTEIN123 10/6/2009 7:18PM

    Now that is the Botzzz I use to know. Way to go. I knew you would find the gym more relaxed than you thought it would be.

You may want to reconsider the evaluation. Because down the road a ways, you might want to see how you have done. Even if it is a year later. You may regret it in the future, it might be a real ego booster later. That is my thoughts


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MARLA_S 10/6/2009 6:02PM

    I'm so glad you didn't find it intimidating! I found the gym to be the same as you: the workers just want to help, no matter what your shape or fitness level is. Everyone there is all about self-improvement, so if the fellow gym-goers pay any attention to you at all, it's probably because they are silently applauding you for embarking on your own quest for self-improvement. Way to go and keep it up!! :)

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VEEJAY3 10/6/2009 5:39PM

    Oh I'm so glad you had a good time!
I meant to write you yesterday and tell you that my daughter goes to college at Pepperdine, which is in Malibu (land of the body-obsessed). Yet even THERE, where she belongs to a gym, and I go with her when I visit ... EVEN THERE, in the heart of looks-are-everything-land, no one bothers to check anyone else out at the gym.

I swear. It's true. Everyone's totally focused on themselves and what they've come to do, and -- they're "just not that into you."

And in THIS case, "not that into you" is just dandy!!!

Keep on keepin' on.

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NANA2THREEGIRLS 10/6/2009 4:01PM

    I love your blogs :)

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MSHOPPER63 10/6/2009 3:11PM

    emoticon emoticon Really glad it well.

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SHRNGRD 10/6/2009 2:37PM

    HOW COOL! I give total props to you! I actually started my journey having a gym membership. I got mine a year and a half ago to help me quit smoking (done), but then I drifted away from the gym. NOT GOOD!
But I found the AWESOME spark people of this world and have been going again ever since July. I do like the gym, I think it offers some thing for you, but at the same time, it's nice to just go outside and enjoy some nice weather.
Good luck on your journey. You are suuuuuch and inspiration! Yeay YOU! :o)

Sharon

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 10/6/2009 2:22PM

    Glad that first experience at the gym was a good one. Have a great day.

ttyl

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PRUPLEBEAR 10/6/2009 1:32PM

    Good for you!

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LIFEFTER45 10/6/2009 1:17PM

    Most people go to the gym with the same goal in mind. And that is to better themselves in some way or another. I think that taking your fat measurement might actually be a good idea. The scale doesn't always tell the truth, especially when you start to put on muscle. Muscle is heavier than fat so you might loss fat and gain muscle and actually go up on the scale. Something to keep in mind.
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4565S568SDS 10/6/2009 1:14PM

  I had the exact same feeling before going to the gym the first time. I've found it's pretty much a rule that everyone else is so worried about themselves that they don't care what you're doing. And if they do care, it's usually a smile to say emoticon for trying.

And if they do give me a dirty look? Eff em.

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LISAMG1220 10/6/2009 12:19PM

    LOL!! You have officially been de-flowered! I really love going to the gym, I am so glad we joined. They offer a variety of exercize classes too. I plan on doing one of them, just as soon as I feel like I will not drop dead in the middle of it! I would not want to scare any of the older members into cardiac arrest! As always...love your blogs! Take care of you! Lisa

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CINCYDORA 10/6/2009 11:47AM

    Good for you! Over time, you might run into the occasional gawker, but unless you are hogging a machine people do tend to leave you to do your thing.

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SWEETZMIX 10/6/2009 11:22AM

    Marit always tells me that slow & steady will win the race. So slow & steady we shall go. With you going to the gym, the things you do around & in the house & you doing all your good cooking will make those pesky pounds/inches will go!!

I myself haven't really been on spark. Have a lot of things going on. Told Heather a little about it. Thanks for stopping about my blog. I wouldn't worry about catching up, else you would be reading for a while. I am keeping on my friend. I am not one to give up - never said I was a quitter.

Keep working hard, keep us updated on your gym adventures.

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CATREBEL 10/6/2009 11:14AM

    Good luck with the gym! Keep going!
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BRIAN36 10/6/2009 10:29AM

    You could look into Spark generating a strength training plan, check out the proper technique on line, print out the list and take it with you. May help to have a plan going in and general idea of proper form. I believe rule of thumb for lifting the proper weight is 8 reps should be easy, 10 should be hard and 12 should be a struggle.

I'd love to go to the gym but hubs doesn't like the idea because the weights section in the gym is co-ed. LOL

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COOKIE611 10/6/2009 10:06AM

    Good job on an awesome day!!

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LAURIE5658 10/6/2009 9:42AM

    THE BOTZZZ IS BACK!!!!! We missed you, Tony and we are very very happy that you will once again be melting!!!

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RESOLVEDTOWIN 10/6/2009 9:39AM

    i posted this joke I found on the community message board, but thought you might get a smile out of it if you hadn't seen it before:
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BR>Dear Diary,
For my birthday this year, my Husband (the dear) purchased a week of personal training at the local health club for me.

Although I am still in great shape since being a high school football cheerleader 43 years ago, I decided it would be a good idea to go ahead and give it a try.

I called the club and made my reservations with a personal trainer named Christo, who identified himself as a 26-year-old aerobics instructor and model for athletic clothing and swim wear.

My husband seemed pleased with my enthusiasm to get started! The club encouraged me to keep a diary to chart my progress.

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MONDAY:
Started my day at 6:00 a.m. Tough to get out of bed, but found it was well worth it when I arrived at the health club to find Christo waiting for me. He is something of a Greek god - with blond hair, dancing eyes and a dazzling white smile. Woo Hoo!!

Christo gave me a tour and showed me the machines. I enjoyed watching the skillful way in which he conducted his aerobics class after my workout today. Very inspiring!

Christo was encouraging as I did my sit-ups, although my gut was already aching from holding it in the whole time he was around. This is going to be a FANTASTIC week-!!

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TUESDAY:
I drank a whole pot of coffee, but I finally made it out the door. Christo made me lie on my back and push a heavy iron bar into the air then he put weights on it! My legs were a little wobbly on the treadmill, but I made the full mile. His rewarding smile made it all worthwhile. I feel GREAT-!! It's a whole new life for me.

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WEDNESDAY:
The only way I can brush my teeth is by laying the toothbrush on the counter and moving my mouth back and forth over it. I believe I have a hernia in both pectorals. Driving was OK as long as I didn't try to steer or stop. I parked on top of a GEO in the club parking lot.

Christo was impatient with me, insisting that my screams bothered other club members. His voice is a little too perky for that early in the morning and when he scolds, he gets this nasally whine that is VERY annoying.

My chest hurt when I got on the treadmill, so Christo put me on the stair monster. Why the heck would anyone invent a machine to simulate an activity rendered obsolete by elevators? Christo told me it would help me get in shape and enjoy life. He said some other crap too.

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THURSDAY:
The horse's behind was waiting for me with his vampire-like teeth exposed as his thin, cruel lips were pulled back in a full snarl.. I couldn't help being a half an hour late - it took me that long to tie my shoes.

He took me to work out with dumbbells. When he was not looking, I ran and hid in the restroom. He sent some skinny witch to find me.

Then, as punishment, he put me on the rowing machine -- which I sank..
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FRIDAY:
I hate that jerk Christo more than any human being has ever hated any other human being in the history of the world. Stupid, skinny, anemic, anorexic little aerobic instructor. If there was a part of my body I could move without unbearable pain, I would beat him with it.

Christo wanted me to work on my triceps. I don't have any triceps! And if you don't want dents in the floor, don't hand me the darn barbells or anything that weighs more than a sandwich.

The treadmill flung me off and I landed on a health and nutrition teacher. Why couldn't it have been someone softer, like the drama coach or the choir director?

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SATURDAY:
Satan left a message on my answering machine in his grating, shrilly voice wondering why I did not show up today. Just hearing his voice made me want to smash the machine with my planner; however, I lacked the strength to even use the TV remote and ended up catching eleven straight hours of the Weather Channel.

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SUNDAY:
I'm having the Church van pick me up for services today so I can go and thank GOD that this week is over. I will also pray that next year my husband will choose a gift for me that is fun -- like a root canal or a hysterectomy. I still say if God had wanted me to bend over, he would have sprinkled the floor with diamonds!!!
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PUMPKINFACE73 10/6/2009 9:38AM

    Pop! emoticon emoticon

Loving that you are getting your sweat on @ the gym

Bea

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SNEAKYGREG 10/6/2009 9:37AM

    Good job on the gym, I agree that doing new things can be a little scary but in the end it always just seems to be ourselves who make it that way

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THECOOLESTSARAH 10/6/2009 9:34AM

    Have fun on your new adventure!! You're making me want to go work out today!! haha (ok ok it's not that hard to get me excited about going to the gym..) YAY FOR THE MEATBALL!

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ZSAZSA4EVER 10/6/2009 9:34AM

    You are awesome!!!! Just thought you should know!

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Easy like Sunda...er Monday morning..and a trip to the gym perhaps?

Monday, October 05, 2009


This weekend provided me with a chance to move forward onto the next stepping stone in my weight loss/better health process and with a light push from Wify I went ahead and joined a local gym. I have been thinking about doing this for some time now because I want to start lifting weights again to hopefully gain back some of my lost muscle from the last year and a half and on Saturday we just happened to have a free hour and were right next door to the gym. In we walked and the overly cheerful girl behind the counter said hi and gave us a "complimentary bottle of water" and off we went to look around, long story short I walked out with a passcard and I am now a member of a gym.



The plan is to go this afternoon after I drop my daughter off at school to have a looksie at some of the equipment and get my first gym workout in, I am a gym virgin so as dumb as it sounds I feel like I am going to be a fish out of water in there and slightly hesitant to go. The fat guy in me says "you don't belong in a gym, just keep going at home" and I know that is a silly way to look at it but when you are have been as big as me feeling as if all eyes are on gigantor is a hard feeling to shake. I will get over the feeling but I would be a liar if I said that it wasn't there, I mean I have been to the YMCA years ago but somehow that feels I don't know safer? as far as that all eyes on feeling goes and I was not 500 pounds back then either, I know I know You say "but you are not 500 pounds now so whats the problem man?" though I may not be 500 pounds currently I am still a big guy and I do think there will be a getting comfortable learning curve that I will have to get through.

I did pretty well this weekend with my intake even though Saturday night I went out to a wine tasting benefit with Wify. Saturday I ate very light all day in preparation for the buffet at the benefit but I will admit that I just ate and drank what I wanted to while there because from the beginning I have said that events will not be compromised because I want to live healthier. I know that some of you will agree with that last statement and say "You gotta live man, go out and enjoy!" and that is a great way to look at it as long as the other times are strict and regulated, then there will be those that say "You compromised your health by eating not so good and drinking a couple beers and some wine, for shame Mister Meatball" and you could be right too BUT the way that I choose to do this lifestyle change is simple. I believe that the human body is a machine and we are animals at our most basic, our bodies need certain vitamins and nutrients to perform daily and there is room for variations from time to time because we need that for survival. My body is not a pie chart, I will not cannot live in a way that disallows me to have a beer or a night out without packing up my Salter scale and calorie counting book.



Sunday I came in low for calories finishing up at 1450, I don't know how that happened because I did not plan on it but when I realized that it was so low it was 9:00 pm and I decided that I would not eat just to get more calories in. I made a really light dinner and that may have contributed to the low calorie number, I made baked Tilapia fillets with a tomato sauce, chopped red onions and thinly sliced green peppers straight out of the garden along with some rice that I seasoned with 2 kinds of peppers and some chopped sauteed onions. Over all the weekend went good and I can positively say that I am back on the wagon, I will go one step further and say that I am driving the wagon and feel like my new old self again and have my drive to get below 300 back.

Joining the gym was a big step for me because the only reason for the hesitation was anticipating that awkward fat guy in a gym feeling but now that actual cash has changed hands I will have to get over that feeling and get to working out. I am looking forward to heading out in a couple hours to join in and be a part of "that gym crowd" and all at the same time it sort of feels like the first day at a new school and I am dreading it, funny how something so fickle can bring all of that up eh? In a way I am hoping that by me posting my plans to go this afternoon it helps me to not chicken out of my first trip.

I looked up and noticed that this post is getting rather lengthy so I will call it done and let you kind people that care enough to read get back to your day. Thanks for reading along and Thank you for all of the support that you give me, if anyone has some ideas for getting past the first day of school feeling I am all ears! and with that, this post has run its course.

As Ever
Me

  
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THECOOLESTSARAH 10/6/2009 9:32AM

    Hi Friend - congratulations on your gym membership! I think this will be a new chapter for you, very cool. I agree with the others on the personal trainer thing. It really helped me to have someone there that was looking forward to seeing me, knew my name, talked to me through my workout, and eventually became a great friend. I went to personal training for 2 straight years before I felt I could do it alone! It's made a huge difference in my life. It doesn't have to be that expensive - if you think about it, it's a dinner out once a week that you've given up. I was doing one 30 min session per week which averages at about $30 per week. Not everyone is even that expensive!

I've gone to the gym enough that they call me to check in when they haven't seen me in a couple weeks. Then the emails start... I don't even have a chance to blow it! It's a great community of people! YOU WILL LOVE IT! And you absolutely will fit in just fine, just be your delicious meaty self. :) ((HUGS))

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BIGGIRL2082010 10/6/2009 3:07AM

    Hope you had fun at the gym. You've probably noticed while you were there that most people are more concerned with getting in their own workout and heading off home than with watching/commenting-on anyone else! :)

I'll definitely second the advice to get yourself at least a couple of personal training sessions - once they learn what your goals are, they'll design a training/lifting schedule that you can then follow on your own. You've done great on your own so far, but it never hurts to get help from someone who specializes in fitness! :)

Cheers,
Maya


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SUNNY89 10/5/2009 9:31PM

    Good for you for joining the gym. Hubby and I joined a gym that is open 24 hours. With our schedule it was what was required for us. It took me a while to get use to not feeling like the fat kid. It helped working at a gym last year but really what made the difference was just going and being familiar with the machines. This way you look like you belong there. Best of luck to you on your new addition.

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BILLALEX70 10/5/2009 8:34PM

    Joining a gym is a tough thing, but I'm not sure where I would be without the gym. When I first stepped into the local YMCA I was still almost 500 pounds and worried what people thought. Then I realized that I didn't care what they thought; I was there for me.

I hope that the gym brings great things in your life.

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LISAMG1220 10/5/2009 8:10PM

    My hubs and I just joined our local ymca. I am loving it! I like that we get to spend time together getting healthy. And gasp...I really enjoy working on those weight machine thingies! who woulda thunk it?

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TELERIE 10/5/2009 6:04PM

    Way to go on the gym membership! I agree with all who say get a program from one of the trainers and let them show you the machines and settings. It's great to have a program to go through, and I felt less like a fish out of water when I had that piece of paper telling me what to do. emoticon

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4565S568SDS 10/5/2009 4:55PM

  I love my new gym because pretty much everyone is "the fat guy." It's targeted at lower-income people. I would suggest paying for one training session to learn what exercises you should be doing and have them set the weight. My first gym had one orientation session included where a trainer gave me a list of 10ish ST exercises and showed me how to do them on the machines, and I would pay for it again if I was just starting out. I'm transferring those exercises to my new gym for now and may pay for a training session or two in the future.

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MSHOPPER63 10/5/2009 1:08PM

    emoticon you will be a gym junkie before you know it. I agree take advantage of a personal trainer even if it's just one free session.

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CINCYDORA 10/5/2009 12:57PM

    If your gym offers personal training, use it. It's pricy but if you can afford a couple sessions, I highly recommend it. It's a great way to get acclimated. You might still feel that 'first day of school' awkwardness but at least you'll know where your classes are. A lot of gym's offer one complimentary training session. It's usually heavy on the sales pitch but it's also a great way to get a free introduction to the gym.

Good luck and congrats on crossing that hurdle!!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 10/5/2009 12:49PM

    Don't get too intimidated by the machines. If you work with the trainers there, you shouldn't have any problem. Just make sure you understand how to use the machines so that you don't hurt anything.

My wife and I are going to start "dating" again and are probably going to be going to some things like that event. Glad to know it went well.

ttyl

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ZIRCADIA 10/5/2009 12:32PM

    YAY FOR THE GYM!! Personally I feel like with your attitude towards health and fitness you totally BELONG IN A GYM. :) hehehe I think you're going to love it!

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JLUVSHIKIN 10/5/2009 12:25PM

    Next weekend I will be going to a food and wine festival. I'm with you. When you are doing something different and special enjoy it! As long as it doesn't derail you. I too will be eating lighter earlier in that day and probably the days around it!
Try to enjoy your time at the gym!

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SWEETZMIX 10/5/2009 11:43AM

    Enjoy the gym! I think we all hate wasting money & during these times, who has money to be a wasting. I know this will be the boost you need to make it to your goals!

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LAURIE5658 10/5/2009 11:26AM

    Botzzz, I admire you so much and I also applaud you for making the commitment to a better you. Joining a gym is a HUGE HUGE step for you and kudos for having the courage to do it!! You WILL do this!

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EOSAURORA84 10/5/2009 11:20AM

    good luck on the gym...trust me the poeple in there will not be looking at you cause they are too worried that you are doing the same to them.....and you are not fat.....i know the feeling is still there though...just keep the thoughts on the work out ahead......

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JKSTEIN123 10/5/2009 10:39AM

    A gym membership, that is huge! You are back in the groove. As for what people think, I personally admire someone who goes out on a limb to get healthy. It takes lots of courage. Good luck. Ask questions, that is what they are there for. They don't want you hurt either.

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PUMPKINFACE73 10/5/2009 10:20AM

    Way to go!
Get your Sweat on!
WOo Hoo

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Saturday and my menu etc etc etc..

Saturday, October 03, 2009


Friday went well over all where everything weight loss is concerned for me, I ate within my calorie range and I did some calisthenics for exercise, I drank more than enough to stay hydrated and went to bed early. All of that is great because I have a feeling that today will be less stellar on all fronts, Hydrated? I can do that, Exercise? I can probably squeeze in some push ups and light dumb bell stuff, It's the sleep and calories that may suffer a bit today because of a wine tasting benefit that Wify bought tickets to a couple weeks ago. Now I really dislike wine so that should be easy enough but there will be brewery's there as well as hors devours and a buffet so staying within calories will be a challenge and I have no clue how late we will be staying so sleep may experience some short comings tonight as well. All of that is ok though, just because I am eating well and doing all of the other things that go along with losing the kind of weight that I have lost to date and still have to lose doesn't mean that I cannot do things like this from time to time. I know, I know, "But you just got back on track! don't blow it man!" no way no how will I slip back out of my new range of focus, I lived like this for long enough to know that when I am focused I can step over the line slightly and recover quickly, besides that its paid for and I ain't lettin it go to waste!

Here is a look at the menu from Friday.

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

Lunch
1:30 PM
1 lavash bread 100
4oz grilled sesame/teriyaki chicken 200
tomato/lettuce/pickle/onion 40

3:30 PM
1 banana 105
1 T peanut butter 95

Dinner
6:30 PM
8oz ground turkey 320
2 80 cal rolls 160
4oz grilled pattypan squash 40
1/2 serving mac N cheese 150

8:15 PM
1/4 of a graham cracker 35

9:00 PM
2 oranges 130

Grand total of 1705 calories for the day and 1.25 gallons of green tea went down the hatch along with about half a gallon of straight H2O, I am back. Tonight I will make the best choices for what is offered at this Benefit with food, I will sample the local brews and I will not feel an ounce of guilt for it. I will be back on track for Sunday and I am eating light this morning and afternoon to sort of offset tonight somewhat. This week I am looking for at least a 4 pound loss, did I just say 4 pounds? I did say it..

Until next time keep on keepin on and all that.

As Ever
Me

  
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SIMPLE_TAILOR 10/4/2009 6:45PM

    Hope the benefit was cool. Sounds like a bunch of fun.

btw . . . You have the right mindset. You are doing the right things by adjusting a bit and allowing an overage. You don't go to an event everynight so one here and there isn't going to kick your butt. You just have to be careful and make some solid choices and if there is anyone that I know who can do it, it's you.

ttyl

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HAPPYSOUL91 10/4/2009 9:14AM

    Great job on your calorie count. We can't give up all the pleaures in life, just need to not fall off the wagon and get run over

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VLVTGRRL 10/4/2009 4:48AM

    OOH! I Love those things! I go to one to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis research every other year. I do my best not to get carried away, too. I don't want to give tastings up completely because I can't control myself, ya know? So, I learned to keep it reasonable but still enjoy and partake. How did you do? I'm sure you did great! You planned ahead for the extra calories, too. AWESOME! emoticon emoticon

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DDOORN 10/3/2009 11:20PM

    Great challenge for yourself...GO FOR IT!

See you in a week, 4# lighter! Woo Hoo! :-)

Don

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BIGGIRL2082010 10/3/2009 3:34PM

    Have fun at the benefit. And if it's a "tasting", you can always taste-and-spit! :)

Cheers,
Maya


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MSHOPPER63 10/3/2009 2:59PM

    Have a good time at the wine tasting.

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VEEJAY3 10/3/2009 12:08PM

    Perhaps your wine and hors d'oeuvres will be like mine last night: we went to a cocktail party, and I stayed well within my limits. Then stayed up half the night sick. Something I ate.

So -- at least by SCALE standards, I think I probably came out ahead. But I feel ... like a truck hit me. (No, BOTZZZ. I know what you're thinkin'. Just one glass of white wine. I swear. I think it might have been the Mystery-sausage-on-a-toothpick thingie.)

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Weighing in on weighing in...once again.

Friday, October 02, 2009

Today is Friday so that means that it is time to get on the scale and report what the verdict for the week is, getting right to the number this week, I weighed in at 339 again so no change from last week, sort of. I say sort of because I was actually up early on in the week from last Fridays weigh in because of not following through with what I was suppose to be doing. Tuesday and Wednesday I read through a lot of my older posts and knuckled down which has brought me back around to where I need to be with this whole program so though I have lost weight this week it does not show on the scale because of the loss of focus mid week. Tuesday night I weighed 345 pounds which was post dinner so I am sure the number was exaggerated somewhat but even stll it was more than I cared to see on the scale so back on track I went.

My calories for Thursday were on par coming in at 1655 total and I even squeezed a half of a Sam Adams Summer ale in there after a nice walk last night with Wify and Heather. I am being prodded into doing a 5k in December by Heather AKA Heater AKA Pumpkinface73 and yesterday I get a text message telling asking me if I wanted to walk the route that the 5k is run on so I agreed and Wify and myself headed over. The route is 3.5 miles and we walked it in exactly one hour and other than the balls of my feet rubbing in my sneakers a bit I didn't really feel the walk too much. I have not been doing much walking/running at all and expected the rubbing but it was sort of a wake up call that I need to start doing more of it because I was at a point where 3 miles would not phase me at all in any way and my feets seem to be getting soft because of the relaxed position I have taken with the run/walk time that I should be doing.

I cannot explain it but I am somehow back into the state of mind that I have been for most of the last year and a half and feel as if I again have target to fixate on and strive to get to. This week seems to be a wash and I weigh the same this Friday as I did last week but the biggest difference in this Friday vs last week is that I have my focus back. I am tracking everything that goes into my body again, I am exercising pretty regularly again and most importantly my head is in the game again, that is the recipe for more weight loss if I ever seen it.

I think that's it for today, I have some green tea beeping in the microwave right now so its time to get on up and away from this laptop, grab my tea and get some movement going in the way of playing with my 4 year old who is hounding me to "go jump on the bed" so until next time keep on keepin on and all that.

As Ever
Me

  
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VEEJAY3 10/2/2009 4:16PM

    Hey -- I just started P90X today, with my son, so ... sorry if I don't have the teeniest bit of sympathy for your feet.

Unless you feel bad about my agonized biceps. In which case -- poor baby.

Otherwise, I suggest we both call the WAAAAAAAmbulance.




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SIMPLE_TAILOR 10/2/2009 3:01PM

    It's always nice when you can make range and squeeze in a little beer.

Have a great weekend.

ttyl

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POWERAQUATICS 10/2/2009 2:39PM

    Oh man... I go through those periods of lost focus. It happens to me at regular intervals. I am thinking they are about two weeks then it's gone. I have forced myself into a situation to prevent the loss of focus. I have lunch with someone I respect and someone who inspires me about once every two weeks. It always seems to get me "jump started" then I am good to go for a while. Then I feel it coming on again and sure enough, off to lunch again. It definitely keeps me on track.

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VLVTGRRL 10/2/2009 1:51PM

    BOTZZZ, I'll be at the gym doing a 5k on the treadmill from 8-9am Pacific Time... what time zone are you in? We can 'virtually' work out together if you're game! I can go later, too, if that is more convenient for your schedule tomorrow... Lemme know! I'm always more motivated when I've got a workout buddy... physically or virtual, doesn't seem to matter!

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TRECECOOKS 10/2/2009 1:46PM

    Good to know that you, too, know the loss of focus stuff I struggle with. Kudos for getting things back together. I look forward to reading more of your thoughts.

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CINCYDORA 10/2/2009 10:50AM

    Success is in the air BOTZZZ. We just need to reach out and grab it!

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DDOORN 10/2/2009 10:40AM

    Those targets and goals are SO important! Good for you!

I feel rudderless without 'em...!

Don

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MSHOPPER63 10/2/2009 10:38AM

    Our weight loss journey is like a roller coaster so many ups and downs. I'm glad your coaster back on it's way up! I love reading your post.

Have a fit and fabulous weekend,

JoAnn
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PUMPKINFACE73 10/2/2009 10:16AM

    So I am prodding you, is that what you call it? Well is it working????

65 days to the race...so when you wanna walk again...maybe we can run a bit too..hit the pool, go for a bike ride too...whatcha think?

Have I told you lately that I a am proud of you? I am

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250STRONG 10/2/2009 10:11AM

    sounds like your head is in a good place. it's so much "fun" to build those callouses back up isn't it? :)

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WENDYSPARKS 10/2/2009 10:06AM

    I love that green tea too! Have a nice day and good luck with everything! Keep Sparking, wendy emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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New boss same as the old boss?

Thursday, October 01, 2009


Funny thing about being committed to something and the way that you feel over all because of it, I have been back in a frame of mind that will lead me down the path in the right direction again for one whole day and I already feel like my new old self again. I ate within my calorie range yesterday and I got out for a ride on my bike, a cold ride but a ride none the less. I also got enough sleep last night and that is most likely why I feel good today but a combination of all of the above is not beyond possibility either and its only 9:00 am and I am wanting to post on this blog so maybe I am back into the routine. I did come in low for calories yesterday with a total of 1370 for the whole day along with my typical gallon of green tea and about a half gallon of straight H2O so I am hydrating properly and obviously I didn't eat too much.


This is a photo from mid Jan 2008, I am not going back to that so again re-focused I have become.

I had a few distractions over the last month and the ones that could be taken away were all taken away yesterday and I will not revisit them as they are nothing important and were obviously enough to make me veer off the beaten path where my health is concerned. Some of the distractions are not so easy to remove so I am afraid that I am stuck with them for the duration, one of these distractions is the gallbladder surgery that I need to get and am putting off for no real good reason other than its not something that I want to do, all in due time I suppose.

Re-reading some of my old posts yesterday brought some things back into focus for me, while I am leaps and bounds past where I started off I am not out of the woods yet and reading the posts from the beginning of my trip again brought back some of the old feelings. I read the story of a guy that was honestly and wholeheartedly afraid that the time left on the planet was limited and unpredictable because of extra weight that was being carried around. I remember how it felt to walk up a flight of stairs and be completely out of breath for doing so and the embarrassment that came with that as well as the attempt to hide that fact from my wife by pretending to do something in the hall or walking to the bathroom to let the breathing come down a bit before actually walking into the bedroom. I read a post where I went for a walk to a playground "a couple of blocks away from our house" and I can remember feeling like I had just worked out for an hour because of that walk that was literally a block and a half away, for me at the time it was a big deal to be able to make that walk and I hid that from my wife as well. I am not that guy any more, I am not going to be the guy that lost 200 pounds and faded into the internet with that false accomplishment of almost making it out of being on the edge of a short life because of terrible health habits and I will not hide anything from my wife again because I am too embarrassed to admit that I have had a problem with eating.

I won't go back to the old way that I was living my life, I have come too far for that. Its amazing what looking at some side by side pictures and re-reading some old posts will do for getting a frame of mind back to the top of the pile.

Tomorrow is another day and another post shall be here for you to read with your morning Joe or tea, as always I thank you for following along with what I am doing.

As Ever
Me

  
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OLIVERNABBYSMOM 10/5/2009 10:04AM

    I had my gall bladder out a few years ago. Until you do - the foods I had to avoid to keep from having attacks were: lettuce, corn, greasy, fried foods and sometimes red meat. Most of these you probably don't eat much of anyway since your eating style has changed so much. But any type of food that is hard to process or takes a long time to digest, that is what causes a problem. You are doing so incredible, keep up the good work. Peg

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 10/2/2009 2:45PM

    Again, glad to have you back.



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VLVTGRRL 10/1/2009 6:49PM

    Surgery can be stressful..... until it's done! Once you've recovered, there's no 'pending surgery' to worry about. And yeah... do you want to be in worse condition from waiting too long to get it done? Usually, when you get surgery scheduled, there's a month or so to wait until the day of... that will give you lots of prep time and 'coming to terms' time, but shorten the time you have to keep worrying about it. As of now, with no appointment set, your worry has no end in sight.... hmm?

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WENDYSPARKS 10/1/2009 6:36PM

    Hi Bozzz, my father had his gall bladder out about 10 months ago and he is doing fine. He is 78 years old and a little overweight for his size. He is only 5'2". You are doing great!Take care, wendy emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GRAMMYSKIDS58 10/1/2009 5:42PM

    You have done so well and you have so much to be proud of!!! You have become a better and stronger person!!! I am so glad you are ready to move forward again and ready to honestly face your fears. I know that has taken alot of courage on your part. You are such an inspiration. Thank for sharing ALL your stories with us.
HUGS, Kathy

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STAYACTIVENOW 10/1/2009 4:42PM

    I just have to say that you have certainly inspired many! I know that your blogs have hit home and I pray to be as strong as you have been...keep up the fabulous work and thank you for being out here!

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VEEJAY3 10/1/2009 4:00PM

    You Won't Get Fooled Again!

I love it when you scatter classic rock references like little bread crumbs.
I also love it when you're rededicated and honest and show everyone how it's done.

The Change, It Had To Come
We Knew It All Along
We Were Liberated From The Fold, That's All
And The World Looks Just The Same
And History Ain't Changed
'Cause The Banners, They Are Flown In The Next War

I'll Tip My Hat To The New Constitution
Take A Bow For The New Revolution
Smile And Grin At The Change All Around
Pick Up My Guitar And Play
Just Like Yesterday
Then I'll Get On My Knees And Pray
We Don't Get Fooled Again
No, No!


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JKSTEIN123 10/1/2009 2:38PM

    You are doing great! It is a good thing to go and revisit the past for motivation. I hope it was enough encouragement to get you back in the swing of things.

As far as you gallbladder, how bad is i? Is it something if you wait too long it could rupture. If that is the case, you may want to rethink your procrastination. I hate to see you in a position where you would say "If I only had done that sooner" or "I wish I wouldn't have waited so long"





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CHARGER25 10/1/2009 2:10PM

    I had my gallbladder removed....I am never going to tell you that it was a breeze but if your timing is right you can get in and out in a day if you are the first one on the "slab".

I had to stay overnight because my 6:30AM surgery was delayed until 5:30PM. I had no problems eating anything afterwards (hmm, maybe that's why I am here....)

Go for it, the stones are a killer and they don't magically disappear by themselves. Trust me on that...

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WALKWITME 10/1/2009 1:24PM

    Bozz,what a way to keep yourself focused through your old pic

hey! YOU got this.

Keep on keeping on....

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TX.PATRICIA 10/1/2009 1:14PM

    You CAN do it!!!

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JLUVSHIKIN 10/1/2009 1:11PM

    Wow... what a difference. emoticon

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RACKETMOM 10/1/2009 12:35PM

    emoticon THE BEST IS YET TO COME my friend! emoticon

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RESOLVEDTOWIN 10/1/2009 11:54AM

    Put the past behind you and leave it there. A paraphrase to the saying It's All Good just came to my mind when reading your blog. It's all new. Every day of the rest of your life. The past has no hold over you. That person you were then is done. You are who you are now--today. What you do today is what determines who you will be tomorrow. Make sure your psychological weight keeps up with your changing physical weight. Face forward, not backward.

Lia

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CINCYDORA 10/1/2009 10:38AM

    Thanks BOTZZZ as always for your candor. I'm so glad you're back with us. I don't expect to be able to catch up with you but it's nice to have you around to inspire me to stay in the race.

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LAURIE5658 10/1/2009 10:33AM

    Its great to have you back, Botzzz!!!!!

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MSHOPPER63 10/1/2009 10:10AM

    I just want to tell you that your one of the reasons I am back on track. Reading your last blog update and seeing the before and after pictures, reassured me that I can lose this weight.
I had a low for 2 months but I am focused and ready to lose.
Thanks for sharing, I hear the determination in your message, glad your focused again.

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HAPPYSOUL91 10/1/2009 10:02AM

    Great post and glad you kept your old picture. It is amazing when we see how we looked before beginning the journey.

As much as I hate my old pictures, keeping them around really gets my butt moving.

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Carol

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PUMPKINFACE73 10/1/2009 9:52AM

    Who is that guy in that picture? I dont know him...thinking you should bury that pic in the lake :-)...at least that is what Bea thinks you should do

Rock on Chucky...you got this

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