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Apple pies and chopping wood, sick man standing.

Monday, October 19, 2009


This weekend was not what I would call a fun time exactly, if you read this blog regularly you know that my daughter was sick Thursday and me being a stay at home dad that translates into me getting sick when she does a lot of times and this time is no different. I felt it coming on last Friday so I decided that I would go to the gym before it got bad as I was planning on a Saturday trip to the gym and Saturday morning I didn't want to get out of bed, but of course I did and I ended up chopping about a third of a cord of firewood, great idea eh? and so much for a day of rest, on the one hand it was exercise, but then here I was (am) sick as a dog. My evening ended with a couple shots of brandy and a big ol cup of hot green tea and off to bed I went only to wake up Sunday feeling just as bad, I ended up running some errands and finally got myself a couple pair of long workout pants to wear to the gym and coming home to make a picked fresh from the tree apple pie that I had promised the boss lady I would do was the plan. I ended up heading to bed pretty early (9:30 pm) and slept like a log until my little one stomped up the basement stairs returning from putting in some laundry in with Mommy at O dark thirty (translated thats about 6:30 am) long story short, I still feel like ass but better than yesterday.


My pie, it looks small in this picture but I assure you it weighs like 8 pounds!

All of this actually may work out for me in the way of me not missing a day at the gym because I have an appointment today to talk to the doc about scheduling my gallbladder surgery so I would have missed the gym today any way its cut. With hope and prayers I feel well enough tomorrow to resume going to the gym so that I can keep my momentum with the losses, if not? it is what it is and there is always next week. I did not drink enough over the weekend, my throat was (is) sore and I just didn't feel up to it, but I did manage about a gallon of tea Sunday and less than a half of a gallon of anything on Saturday. My caloric intake for Sunday was 1845 total including the slice of pie I had last night but I figure with the honey in my tea and the "test tastes" of the apple mixture that its slightly higher than that, have a look at the menu from Sunday.

Breakfast
8:45 AM
2 cups fruit and grain cereal 240
1 cup 1% milk 110

11:00 AM
1 apple 100

Lunch
12:30 PM
4 oz grilled chicken breast 200
italian wrap 90
lettuce/tomato/pickle 35

3:30 PM
pile of cherry tomatoes 35

4:45 PM
1 apple 100

Dinner
6:30 PM
5oz ground turkey 200
2 80 cal rolls 160
7oz sweet potato fries 175
ketchup 25

8:45 PM
slice of apple pie 375

After today I should have a date to get this old Gallbladder taken out and hopefully I feel well enough tomorrow to head to the gym again. I will need to figure out a plan to avoid the rest of that apple pie in the refrigerator and today I am forcing myself to drink my regular 1.5 gallons of fluid, and will be keeping the calories light and under 1700 today. Thanks for reading along and supporting my trip to being half the man I once was so that I can be twice the Father and Husband that I want to be.

That is all.

As Ever
Me

  
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SKYEFYR 10/20/2009 10:08AM

  Botzzz, I hope you feel better really soon!

The pie looks fantastic. Have you tried making home made applesauce yet? That's one of my favorite fall things to do because it can be canned and enjoyed all year long. (And it's great to know all the ingredients without looking!)

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PUMPKINFACE73 10/20/2009 8:25AM

    that pies looks so yummy...hope you are feeling better and let me know about the surgery plans

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SIRIRADHA 10/19/2009 10:07PM

    Sorry you're feeling cruddy! Hope it passes quickly. In the meantime, hot toddies or tea are about the best you can do. DH had his gall bladder out a few years ago and had a very, very rapid recovery with no problems at all.

I WANT THAT PIE! It looks great and I am thoroughly addicted to pie of any sort. Not sure I'd have the self-control to have one in the house these days.

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BIGGIRL2082010 10/19/2009 9:36PM

    Good luck with that surgery! Hope you're feeling better (tummy *and* cold!) soon!

Cheers,
Maya


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LISAMG1220 10/19/2009 8:00PM

    Sending well wishes your way. Hope your appt w/the doc goes well and that you get to feeling better soon. Take care of you! Talk to you soon!! Lees

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TRECECOOKS 10/19/2009 5:34PM

    Good luck with the surgeon. I had mine out in '91, and was sick as a dog. 2 of my DDs had theirs out - the elder had little trouble; the younger was sick as a dog and had trouble after.
The pie looks yummy - I hope you enjoyed the piece that you had!

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GLORYTOGLORY 10/19/2009 5:30PM

  hey that apple pie is making me hungry. Good job on getting stuff done even when your sick.

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TELERIE 10/19/2009 3:40PM

    Yum, apple pie! Think I have to make one at the first opportunity!

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MSHOPPER63 10/19/2009 2:08PM

    That apple pie looks delicious emoticon. I hope you get to feeling better soon. Really glad to hear your enjoying the gym emoticon.

JoAnn

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 10/19/2009 1:44PM

    You can send that apple pie this way. It looks delish.

Hope you get to feeling better soon.

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JANEOZ 10/19/2009 1:43PM

    great pie hope it taste as good as it looks.
so sorry you are unwell get well soon

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CARETOLOSEITALL 10/19/2009 11:55AM

    Hate being sick! As for the cold, it may be too late for this as you sound pretty sick but Cold Fx works great. May want to check it out. As for the pie, YUM...cover it with tinfoil so you cant see it (even though you know it is there). Keep plugging away....love your blogs! emoticon

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LAURIE5658 10/19/2009 11:37AM

    Botzzz, I am so very sorry that you are sick. I hope this doesn't take any of the wind out of your momentum sail cuz you are doing so well. Like you said Botzzz and its so true...it is what it is. Its HOW we deal with it that either makes or breaks us. Keep on keepin' on, my friend!

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VEEJAY3 10/19/2009 11:07AM

    I just have one question:
home-made pie crust, or store-bought? Helps me know just how big a man you really are.

And if homemade: butter, or lard? Helps me know if you were raised right.




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Weight right there fat man! get on this scale now!

Friday, October 16, 2009


The past two weeks I have refocused on my weight loss instead of the maintaining that I had been doing and it is having good results. This morning like a child on Christmas morning I sprung from my California king and skippity hopped to the scale...skippity hopped might be taking it a step too far but I definitely B lined for the scale this morning. I stepped on and the number that I saw was 332.0 pounds, so as I do every Friday I get on three times and the scale said 332.0 all three times and that comes up to a 3.4 pound loss this week and it looks like the gym is doing the trick as far as pulling the pounds off again. I did not get to go to the gym yesterday afternoon as I mentioned because my daughter was home sick from school but after dinner I headed over for a later than usual visit where I did 20 minutes each on the bike and the treadmill and barring my daughter suddenly feeling terrible again I plan on a leg routine with the weights this afternoon when I head over for my workout.



I said "it looks like the gym is doing the trick as far as pulling the pounds off again" but it is not the gym, it is me, it is the hard work that I am putting into my days once again, the gym is but a tool that I am using to get there is all. I honestly believe that if a person does their part that every week can be a successful one where health and weight loss is the subject matter, all of the variables must be looked at but doing your part most times means gains or losses if you will with our health. I will use my wife as an example as she has recently started something new, she has been walking/running the stairs at work instead of taking the elevator, she runs down a set amount to warm up and then runs up 5 flights and then back down twenty plus every day. This morning she said "I got on the scale today and I am up in weight" and the first thing that came to mind for me was that she is up because her muscles are sore and holding water and she knows this too. This is a good thing! a good thing you ask? but she said that she is up in weight? yes a good thing, She is tearing her muscle fibers apart and gaining strength because of it, she is retaining water so that her muscles can repair themselves and be stronger for the effort, the stairs will get easier, the retention will go away and she will be stronger than she was last week at the same time and because she will be building muscle she will ultimately burn more calories, see? its a gain, yet a good thing.



I drank 1 gallon of green tea and more than a gallon of straight H2O yesterday and my calories came in at 1670 total calories so not too shabby, have a look at my menu.

Breakfast
7:30 AM
2 cups fruit and grain cereal 240
1 cup 1% milk 110

11:45 AM
1 progresso low fat clam chowder 220
1 multigrain english muffin 100
smart balance 20
1 med tomato 25

Lunch
1:45 PM
1 apple 100
1 banana 105

4:00 PM
9oz strawberries 90

Dinner
6:30 PM
6oz baked tilapia 150
1 cup corn 120
3/4 cup white rice 150

9:00 PM - Post workout
1 cup 1% milk 110
1 scoop whey protein 130

3.4 pounds and I am setting into a routine at the gym, things are rolling right along and perhaps next week I will get to a new all time low as I am within 2 pounds of that figure once again, maybe we will see a new motorcycle comparison shot this time next week but if not I do know that I will be a week stronger mentally as well as physically. Thanks for following along as this fat man gets thinner, I dare not say thin just yet as that is a road yet to be crossed but we are getting closer by the day.

You may continue on with your day now..

As Ever
Me

  
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MSHOPPER63 10/19/2009 2:10PM

    Oh my gosh that was so funny what you said about the scale. I do the same thing!! emoticon on the weight loss!!

JoAnn

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SASSAGAIN 10/18/2009 7:38PM

    Good for you! You must hear this all the time, but you are doing just fantastically! Hope your daughter is better, having a sick kid at home is not fun - boo!

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GLORYTOGLORY 10/18/2009 9:40AM

  3.4 wowser awesome!!!!!!!

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JANEOZ 10/18/2009 9:20AM

    if i drunk that much the only exercise i would get would be
running upstairs all day ( i don`t have a downstairs loo ) emoticon great blog

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TEDDYTEDDY 10/18/2009 8:57AM

    Great blog...following you along now....thanks for answering my concerns...keep up the good work.... emoticon

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LISAMG1220 10/17/2009 11:19AM

    WooHoo!! Great weigh in! Have a great weekend!!

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TXLIZWOLF 10/17/2009 9:37AM

    Oh Goodness, man, you have me rolling with your blogs! You are just too funny! Forget the weight loss, focus on the funny!
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ANGELCOWBOY1 10/17/2009 7:51AM

    Great job on the weight loss! WTG! emoticon

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WALKWITME 10/17/2009 6:05AM

    emoticon emoticon On Your weightloss.

tell your wife "keep at those steps"

I run atleast 4 sets most days.

You and your family have a great weekend.

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4MYBOYSANDSELF 10/17/2009 5:28AM

    Way to go!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 10/17/2009 3:23AM

    Congratulations on your loss and determination. Spark on my friend!

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JLUVSHIKIN 10/16/2009 7:19PM

    I was anxiously awaiting your blog to see if you acheived your goal! Congrats on the pounds lost!

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DAVIDMU89 10/16/2009 4:21PM

    Man, your blog is just what I needed today. Thanks for the boost,love your story .Keep on keepin on

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ZIRCADIA 10/16/2009 2:16PM

    Congrats on the loss, and looks like a good nutrition day, too! :D

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 10/16/2009 1:38PM

    Sounds like the ship is righted and is now full steam ahead. You are the man.

ttyl

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LAURIE5658 10/16/2009 1:33PM

    Yay!!! There is less of Botzzz to love!!! Yay!!!! WTG, Botzz and may this coming week be just as successful as this one!!

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SNOWFLAKELILYM9 10/16/2009 1:24PM

    Congratulations on another loss!!!! Awesome, you did the work and it paid off. Your blogs always inspire me. Thanks for putting it all down and making it available to read. It's a big help.

Margaret

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THECOOLESTSARAH 10/16/2009 12:45PM

    WHOO HOO! It always feels great to lose!

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KROLES55 10/16/2009 12:39PM

    Thanks for your reply..I really appreciate your response...Have a good weekend

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CATREBEL 10/16/2009 12:35PM

    Congratulations on the hard work and the success you had this week. Your wife has a great idea walking the stairs. It is discouraging to have a gain, but she is definitely building muscle and it will pay off. Both of you keep up the great work!

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AAQUWAA 10/16/2009 12:06PM

    Keep on Rockin :)

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VEEJAY3 10/16/2009 10:55AM

    HUP 2-3-4
HUP 2-3-4
I don't care what they may say!
(I don't care what they may say!)
I'm gonna climb stairs every day!
(I'm gonna climb stairs every day!)

I don't care what they may do!
(I don't care what they may do!)
I'm gonna hit the gym with you!
(I'm gonna hit the gym with you!)

HUP 2-3-4
HUP 2-3-4!!!

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LIFEFTER45 10/16/2009 10:53AM

    Way to go. Your blogs are a true inspiration.

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SHRNGRD 10/16/2009 10:37AM

    I am so glad I have you as a sparky friend! :o) You're blogs always inspire me! Thank you! Hope you have a wonderful day!

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SWEETZMIX 10/16/2009 10:29AM

    Right on the money! I hear that!! 3.4 pounds, I HEAR THAT!! WHOO HOO!!

You are right, it's all you. We just got to use the tools we got around us. Gym or no gym, there is always a way to exercise if you got the will!! Wify will be money! (Tell her I know these things.) You know I said the same thing the other day and my BF said the same thing as you. He is like you don't look the same as last week. So no worries about the scale right now, keep working hard. Things will fall into place!

OH and we got some snow today. Not as much as you guys, but we got some flakes. I WAS IN SHOCK! I need my winter gear way too early this year!

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KROLES55 10/16/2009 10:29AM

    Congratulations with you weigh in.. I have a question regarding your fluid intake. What time do you stop drinking? It always amazes me that you still drink about a gallon before weigh in day and have pretty good success on the scale.

Thanks,
Karen

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TN_HAMMOCK 10/16/2009 10:11AM

    What a FABULOUS post!

I feel stronger and charged up just reading it!

Rock on!!

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FLAWLESSCUBE 10/16/2009 10:07AM

    emoticonto your wife as I know I judge alot by the scale but the nagain all the extra muscle she will be using and making does make sense. Congrats on your weight loss this week and hope your daughter is feelng better soon.

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All I want for you my son, Is to be satisfied.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Tomorrow I weigh in and it will be week four in my 25 pounds by Nov 11th challenge which I have given up on believing that I will actually make that number BUT I will still attempt to get as close as possible in that time because its how I get down. My trip to the gym yesterday was a good one and I did 20 minutes on a stationary bike followed by 35 minutes on a treadmill 5 minutes at 3mph with a 2% incline, 20 minutes at 3.5mph with a 3% incline and the final 10 minutes was 3.5 mph with a 5% incline and then onto some weight machines. I first used the Seated over head press machine, 2 warm up sets of 12 reps each and 4 sets of 6 reps each with a heavier weight followed by a light set to failure, I did the same thing on the seated chest press machine and then worked a little bit on a preacher curl machine when I was done.

Today I was planning on a leg routine on some of the machines after my cardio but alas, my daughter is sick and will not be going to school today so no gym for me unless I can sneak out tonight which is unlikely. I will go on Saturday to make up for not being able to go today so no worries I will just do the leg routine during tomorrows trip barring if the little one is still sick. I will in fact be able to at least sneak out for a walk this evening after dinner if the gym trip is not able to happen so its not a problem really.



My intake came in at 1760 which is a bit high but not as high as it should have been, I decided that on the days I lift weights that I will add a whey protein shake in after my workout and not worry about the calories but it seems that I am still keeping it as close to 1700 as possible, habit perhaps? have a look at the menu from yesterday.

Breakfast
7:15 AM
1 banana 105
1 T peanut butter 95

11:30 AM
6 inch turkey subway 290

Lunch
2:30 PM
1 scoop whey protein 130
1 cup 1% milk 110
1 large apple 100

3:15 PM
2 cups fruit and grain cereal 240
1 cup 1% milk 110

Dinner
6:45 PM
1 foot long turkey subway 580

Over all a pretty decent day yesterday and I am looking forward to tomorrow mornings weigh in, with hope I have lost at least a little, some luck might mean that I lost a lot, On second thought I don't believe in luck so if its a loss it is very likely the hard work I put in this week. grab yourself a big ol glass of H2O for reading through my post and know that I am chugging down some green tea as I type. Until tomorrow keep on keepin on and all that and remember that you are only as successful as you want to be, actually let me correct that, you are only as successful as the amount of hard work that you put into any given task, its really that Simple man.

As Ever
Me

  
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LISAMG1220 10/17/2009 11:22AM

    Okay this is a little random but, the heading to your blog is from my favorite song my Skynard! That is the song that reminds me of relationship with my son. You rock!!

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BIGDAD1211 10/16/2009 7:31AM

    I pray that your little one feels better soon and that you make your goal weight. You have a great plan going and it is one I think i may copy!
Keep up the great work!
Greg

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DDOORN 10/15/2009 10:32PM

    Simple RULES...! No doubt about it! Like Michael Pollan's basic rule for eating: Eat food, mostly plants, not too much. A person doesn't need much more than that to turn eating into such a healthy thing! SPARK ON BOTZZZ!! :-)

Don

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RHYMEANDREASON1 10/15/2009 8:47PM

    I LOVE your blogs, they're simple yet insightful. Good job not giving up on your challenge and for what you accomplished at the gym. Hope your baby girl gets better asap! I like you eat my calories out of habit- 1200 rings an awfully familiar bell to me. Enjoy your evening, looking forward to reading more!

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JJKYOTA 10/15/2009 6:39PM

    Hi,
I've been reading through your blog (because I have that kind of time at work) and thanks for the heads up on the cloned beef. I didn't know anything about that and have been reading tons of articles but can't find much of anything more recent than about 8 months ago. I can't believe I hadn't heard anything about it but I'm completely grossed out. Only organic milk from now on and bison taste better anyway.

Your really rockin getting rid of that weight and reading your blog is motivating me. Thanks!!

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ZIRCADIA 10/15/2009 3:26PM

    YAY SUBWAY! I haven't had subway in quite a while. I'm really hungry right now, too -- I've got like 35min till I take a snack break. :D HAHAHA

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RACKETMOM 10/15/2009 2:41PM

    My baby (17) was home from school sick the last two days, and even though he didn't feel good, it was nice having him home with me. I knew he was feeling better last night when he begged me to make brownies which I did. BUT I only had one, it didn't seem as good as I remembered them being in the past! Yay!

Take care of the little one & you, of course!


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SIMPLE_TAILOR 10/15/2009 1:40PM

    Give the little one a hug for me. Hope she is feeling better soon.

Sounds like a good plan on the strength training.

I'm pulling for you on the 25 pound plan.

ttyl

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CINCYDORA 10/15/2009 1:19PM

    One of the things I admire about you Botzzz, is you are not afraid to set virtually unatainable goals for yourself. I can't set a goal higher than a 2 lb loss per week because if I didn't think I'd make it, I'd give up.

And, by the way, I REALLY don't think that guy at the gym the other day singled you out because you are large. Based on what you say you do during your workouts, I'm pretty sure he noticed you going to town on the machine and was impressed with your obvious dedication.

Here's wishing you good luck for tomorrow's weigh-in. Even though your hard work negates the need for luck.

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RENA1965 10/15/2009 1:00PM

    Where is the fire to get the weight off? Enjoy your food, get to the gym like it is a old friend you miss and give yourself time to get routine of living your lifestyle..
Too many people make huge goals that don't hold water, take one day at a time and just let the results happen.. We are doing a lifestyle change "LIFE" so don't get down about it, your doing better than many other people so keep being the patient turtle and get over the finish line...

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SWEETZMIX 10/15/2009 12:52PM

    I hope the little one feels better soon. I see you have a backup plan if worst case scenario you can't get to the gym. YUP, things happen & we must always tweak. Tomorrow weigh in will be money!! I know these things!

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LAURIE5658 10/15/2009 12:51PM

    I have pretty good vibes that you will have a great weigh in...call it mother's intuition. I am really really looking forward to finding out the results!!!

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009


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That...or you can put the box of cookies down, tear your ass away from in front of that magical plastic box full of wires and electronics and go for a walk.

As you can tell I am in a mood this morning and can't wait to leave for the gym this afternoon, I did well yesterday where intake is concerned and I ate 1700 calories on the nose. My hydration effort was 1 gallon of green tea and just under 1 gallon of Straight H2O and I did not get a chance to go to the gym as my daughter had the day off from school, my schedule is to have Wednesdays off but because I missed yesterday I will go today Thursday and Friday to make up for the non workout yesterday so it all evens out.

Here is a look at my menu from yesterday

Breakfast
8:00 AM
2 cups fruit and grain cereal 240
1 cup 1% milk 110

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

Lunch
1:30 PM
2 boiled eggs 140
multigrain bread 200
1 T miracle whip 50
tomato/pickle 30

4:30 PM
2 cups cookie crisp cereal 240
1 cup 1% milk 110

Dinner
7:30 PM
6 inch turkey subway 280

8:15 PM
1 apple 100

That's all I got for today, remember to stay hydrated and Thanks for reading along, oh one last thing stop the madness with all of the excitable muscle bound 1980's dude extreme 100% bull$hit diet plans that they try to sell us on the boob tube and pick up an apple, its the only thing that's gonna work people.

As Ever
Me

  
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PITAKELLY13 11/17/2009 10:51AM

    That is too funny!!!

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SUGARBABY51 10/26/2009 8:22PM

    Oh so funny. emoticon

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BAREADER 10/26/2009 3:38PM

    That's funny, especially since that is exactly what all the miracle "diets" promise. Lose 30 pounds in two weeks, no dieting, no exercise, eat all your favorite foods, you don't have to deprive yourself of anything!

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PAULA432 10/25/2009 10:26AM

    TO CUTE LOL GREAT BLOG emoticon

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WIP_1983 10/23/2009 6:30AM

    LOL!!

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NEED2DROP50 10/21/2009 12:27PM

    Funny! And truthful.

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MICHARM 10/20/2009 6:42PM

    Great blog...I am going to pick up an apple!

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ALLYALLYT 10/19/2009 1:28PM

    Thanks for the laugh!

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NGCHILD 10/19/2009 9:25AM

    The pics of those guys are hysterical!! Can you imagine?

Thanks for the laugh!!



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JUDE-E911 10/19/2009 5:33AM

    lol
..... is it bad I didn't REALLY get the joke until the 38 inches off your waistline thing????? Too funny, and yeah I admit I am an infomercial junkie too anything to do with exercise and I am soo tempted to buy!! Good thing I am a thinker and almost always pawn it over first , I never believe anything after awhile lol
Guess I will have to get off my a** and walk or something today!!
Have a great day!! Thanks for laugh!!

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    Just think, I was just thinking about ordering this product. I don't know who comes up with this stuff, but I have to tell you I really enjoyed your humorous insight. Right now, I guess I had better get off my ass that is sitting in front of this plastic box called a computer and do a little exercise.

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JUNEGLO 10/18/2009 9:11PM

    Loved your blog!

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WILSOCA 10/18/2009 7:45PM

    Ha ha ha .. this is great. Do you mean that I should stop watching the infomercials early in the morning :):)
C.J.

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SAL1512 10/18/2009 7:30PM

    There is nothing like a great sense of humor to get thru life!

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SASSAGAIN 10/18/2009 7:22PM

    LOVED IT!!!! Great!

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SASSAGAIN 10/18/2009 7:21PM

    LOVED IT!!!! Great!

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NIKI415 10/18/2009 5:40PM

    That was a great laugh for the day! Thanks

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JEANNEROBERTSON 10/18/2009 2:51PM

  The apple sounds great!! Great blog!

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KAREBEAR38 10/18/2009 2:15PM

  Love this post. Hilarious. The apple is what works, but people(including me before) want the quick and easy way.

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EARTHBLING 10/18/2009 2:08PM

  Ha!

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CARRUN2601 10/18/2009 1:44PM

    very entertaining. Thanks.

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JCARDINAL 10/18/2009 12:59PM

    Love it!! Thanks for the post.

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LISALYNN1960 10/18/2009 12:01PM

    Love it! Thanks.

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CKENTFIELD 10/18/2009 11:42AM

    Um, no thank you. I don't think Harvey is my idea of a fit body. Steroid enhanced yes, fit no. Can he even bend to touch his toes? It looks like you could take a needle and pop him. The pre Harvey actually look healthier. Scary!!
Cute blog.
Good luck with your goals!

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KKLENNERT809 10/18/2009 10:48AM

    How true! Until people realize that "fad diets" just don't work for life, we will always have disappointed "dieters". emoticon

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OFFTOTHESHARKS 10/18/2009 9:39AM

    So funny. Through it is hard to walk away from a plan that offers me Cookie Crisp.

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ABBIEOCHOA 10/18/2009 8:52AM

    I love this! How does anyone get suckered by that stuff? Good job on your own work!

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30LBSOVER50 10/18/2009 8:17AM

  Funny, but I have to admit I have tried shortcuts, miracle promises before, hopefully I have learned to lose weight by diet and exercise, the proven method thanks to Spark

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ILEANA77 10/18/2009 7:42AM

    emoticon

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MARY526 10/18/2009 7:04AM

    Very funny, but kinda sad when you realize that if that was on TV, someone would order it!

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DIDMIS 10/18/2009 4:22AM

    Ha ha. So funny.

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DS9KIE 10/18/2009 1:55AM

    thats funny

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KLASSIE 10/17/2009 8:20PM

    Good satire. Too funny!!! I was beginning to switch screens since I have been propositioned for products on SparkPeople before. Glad it was just a joke. Good luck on your journey.

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MILLIE-MILOU 10/17/2009 3:23PM

    Hilarious. My hubby loved it too.
That muscle bloke. Is that a real person? If so, he obviously doesn't have a mirror!!!

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LOCOAN 10/17/2009 3:10PM

    I needed to laugh.....Isn't it funny that we get sold on this stuff when all we need to do is change our lifestyle.

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VICTORIAV4 10/17/2009 2:41PM

    ZOWIE!!!!

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JESSICALYNN0102 10/17/2009 11:34AM

    Funny! Thanks for that!

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TEDDYTEDDY 10/17/2009 10:07AM

    Are your kidneys working overtime and when do you have time to exercise if you are really drinking 2 gallons of fluids per day (when you said you didn't go to the gym I thought perhaps you were busy elsewhere). I have trouble drinking 8 cups (only 1/2 gallon).....I know green tea is healthy but do you put anything in it to help it go down? I tried stevia and then I added ice cubes and lime or lemon juice and I really don't think a whole gallon of that concoction would "stay down." Seriously, do you really drink a gallon of water and a gallon of green tea? Just wanted to know if you were **itting us or not here.... thanks, Teddy emoticon

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BEMO13 10/17/2009 9:42AM

  funny and good luck emoticon

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PHEBESS 10/16/2009 10:23PM

    LOL!!!!!

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BAILEYSK8Z 10/16/2009 7:28PM

    You know, I have tasted that meatball juice in the past, smothered my mashed potatoes in it...YUMMM! The results were astounding. Now, I look like a meatball with arms! I am back to eating apples, again. Thanks for reminding me.

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TULIPSUN 10/16/2009 5:42PM

    Great post!

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MASTABRAIDER 10/16/2009 5:32PM

    Is that a real pic or photoshopped?!?!?! emoticon

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ARDILYA 10/16/2009 5:15PM

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Enjoyed it!!

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RAINBOWACTIVIST 10/16/2009 4:32PM

    Nice! Running out to get some meatball juice now. emoticon

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BUTTAPECANB 10/16/2009 4:27PM

    This was so funny. Thanks for the laugh and good job on the calorie intake.

~Faith~

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CHANTELLE44 10/16/2009 2:28PM

  haha I love it meatball juice of the gods lmao

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SAPPHIRE9784 10/16/2009 2:16PM

  hahah! funny :) thanks.

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ISLANDOFTHEBLUE 10/16/2009 1:57PM

    But what if I'm basically lazy? Wouldn't it be EASIER to drink jujuberry iced meatball sportsdrink of the gods? And what will happen to all those cookies and reality shows if I abandon them?

And 65 cents a day -- what a deal! I'll just cut out that dollar a day I've been sending to starving children and I'll be money ahead AND skinny. Those kids will have nothing on me!

Thanks so much for putting this out there! I'm dialing now . . . I'll post my skinny pics next week so y'all can start hatin'.

P.S. the number was busy so I guess I'll just go the gym for now . . .

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C1ND3R3LLA 10/16/2009 1:50PM

  too cute!!

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Good for you man...

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Yesterday My day started out well enough with Wify and the animals having the day off from school and work and before I knew it that time of day showed up, time to go to the gym and about half way there I realized that I had forgotten my head phones so I would be forced to listen to the monotonous boom tsss boom tsss boom tsss of the bad music that the gym seems to always play, no worries. I got in and straight to my bike and it is about 5 minutes into the ride that I realize, only because I could feel it, that I had forgotten my mid am snack and I am feeling a bit drained and I had only been there for 10 minutes. Pushing through my workout I completed 20 minutes on the bike and then did 30 minutes on the treadmill at 3.4mph with a 2.5% incline and I stayed away from the weights because of the not having a snack before leaving the house.



While I rode my bike, minding my own business I was on the machine that was bordering the isle and an older fella, older than me anyways, I would guess him in his late 40's early 50's walked past with a huge toothy smile on his face and said "Good for you man" and gave me a nod. This is the second time since starting down this path to better health that someone has said that exact statement to me and I get that it was most likely not meant as anything negative but man does it burn my ass when I hear it. Its like "Hey look at that fat dude bustin ass! good for him!" but I wasn't working and harder or easier than anyone else in there but my weight apparently means something in that respect I suppose. This fella seemed to chat the ear off of everyone that was unfortunate enough to make eye contact with him so I may be reading too far into it but saying good for you to a fat dude working out is not helping on any level and somehow comes off patronizing, that's what I get for forgetting my headphones I guess.

My intake for Monday was pretty decent and I managed to squeeze in a Long trail before dinner after repairing a window sill on our house that had some rot going on, Have a look at the menu.

Breakfast
8:45 AM
2 cups fruit and grain cereal 240
1 cup 1% milk 110

2:00 PM
1 banana 105

Lunch
3:30 PM
2.5oz grilled chicken breast 125
Italian wrap 90
lettuce/tomato/onion/pickle 45

5:00 PM
1 long trail beer 163

Dinner
6:15 PM
1 can progresso clam chowder 220
green salad 65
2 T light balsamic vinaigrette 60
1 hard boiled egg 70
2 T Romano/parm cheese mix 20

7:00 PM
2 small pancakes 175

8:45 PM
1 large apple 100

1588 total calories for the day and I drank a gallon of green tea and maybe 3/4 gallon of straight H2O, 50 minutes of cardio along with that so not too shabby. Unfortunately I wil not be able to make it to the gym today so I will go tomorrow which is usually the day that I don't go but since I would rather not miss 2 days in a row I will squeeze it into my normally busy Wednesday.

Thanks for following along with my adventures in getting thin and don't forget that you make your own decisions, I have never seen a brownie hop into someones mouth on its own.

As Ever
Me

  
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TSABONIS 10/15/2009 12:47PM

    im gonna go ahead an disagree, slightly. Being a fellow fat guy (began at 379 now at 277) i have had that same look/comment at the gym. I took it for what it was, a compliment.

However, i have seen some new guys at the gym, who are just as fat as I was. They are starting out on the path, i can see doubt in their eyes. They dont like making eye contact, and i WANT to say "Good for you man ..." and begin a conversation and talk to them about how If i have gotten this far, then they can to, and just let me know if there is anything i can do to help ... but i havent, because i know how that whole inter action can come off as patronizing, self indulgent and a little creepy ...

so i kinda disagree with you, and i can totally see your point ...

T

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BIGGIRL2082010 10/15/2009 2:19AM

    Hmm. People need to just smile and move on, huh? :)

Hey, when you said you squeezed in a long trail, I was thinking you meant a long trail walk! Then I read on. :D I guess it's obvious I don't drink beer. :)

Sounds like a great day!

Cheers,
Maya


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VEEJAY3 10/14/2009 3:39PM

    FIMD: Foot-In-Mouth-Disorder. My mom has it BAD. (she's on my mind 'cause I've been visiting her for a few days this week). She's CONSTANTLY having to say "OH! I didn't mean it THAT way!" to people. She's the queen of saying something that -- the instant it's out of her mouth -- she realizes is worded poorly.

Let's assume your gym man has the same disorder and that, like my mom, he's really a well-meaning sort. He's just talking waaaaayyyy too much (like her) and not being very discerning about which words go where.

That said, it would be a giggle to walk past HIM, next time you two are there together, look him up and down, and say "Well, good for YOU, buddy! Good for YOU!" and just smile and walk on. C'mon. Do it for me. Then come tell me about it.

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 10/14/2009 12:13PM

    Don't let it get to you. I'm sure he thought of it as some encouragement.

ttyl

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WLROSIE 10/13/2009 10:52PM

    People say that all the time to me at the pool when I am doing my 80 minutes a day of water jogging. I take it as a compliment. Many of the people who say it to me are overweight or in bad shape otherwise and often they say other things about how they admire my perseverance in coming all the time and want to know how much weight I've lost. Some have become almost like coaches, always giving me a thumbs up or a pat on the shoulder when they pass me. I like it.
There are enough negative things in life that I don't want to see something that's well meant as insult.

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LISAMG1220 10/13/2009 5:05PM

    I doubt he meant it in a negative way. Usually people who do not know what to say or how to open a conversation, say the one thing they think you can talk about. If he knew how far you have come, just imagine what his reaction would be. He would want to know how you did it...then everyone he knows at the gym would want to know and pretty soon you would need to have a t-shirt made...I lost X amount of pounds want to know how I did it...visit my blog @ X website..... now leave me alone so I can work out people!! Oh and btw are you sure brownies can't hop? I distinctly remember that happening once..... I swear it did! JK! Take care and I will talk to you soon!! Hugs-Lisa

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 10/13/2009 4:46PM

    WOLFKITTY posted a blog about similar feelings her husband got when approached by someone in his gym. Here's the blog: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_p
ublic_journal_individual.asp?bl
og_id=2350018

I don't think anyone has said something like that to me yet, or maybe in the moment I just feel different about it and it doesn't register. I can be awfully oblivious at times...

One day my pers trainer and I were working at the same time as a cardio group were in the gym, and so ended up lifting weights in front of a bunch of retired men sitting on stationary bikes, who were obviously watching us. (probably her more than me - she's CUT.)

Anyway, I was actually surprised by my reaction. Instead of feeling uncomfortable or offended, I found myself thinking, "go ahead. look all you want. cuz I worked HARD for anything on here that looks good..." And it surprised me and amused me to see that reaction in myself.

Just goes to show you can live with yourself for 43 years and still surprise yourself! LOL

Sounds like you're well on track. Good for you, man!
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DDOORN 10/13/2009 4:23PM

    So much of those situations depend on how we choose to take it...I tend to be more of an optimist and take those type of comments more positively...

My hunch is as you progress you might be better able to do the same...cuz you are just SMOKIN' those pounds away!

Keep up the super efforts!

Don

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TELERIE 10/13/2009 3:58PM

    I'm glad people who don't know me hasn't approached me at the gym! Just do your own thing and ignore that. He probably meant no harm, but talk about being off limits.... always always remember headphones! :)

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LECIADB 10/13/2009 2:04PM

    Ohhhh man. I hope this doesn't happen to me! The guy probably meant well but I would have been offended, too. Keep an extra set of headphones in the car and rock it out!!

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MARLA_S 10/13/2009 11:52AM

    In the gym I sometimes frequent, nobody talks to anybody they don't know. I always thought that was weird, but now I'm feeling kind of glad. I wouldn't think he meant anything hurtful by it. Is it like when I tell people who are doing great in their weight loss efforts to "Keep it up"? Are they insulted that I'm seeming to suggest that they need to lose even more? This is why weight loss is so touchy to talk about: what is motivating to one is insulting to another, and feelings get hurt over things that were meant to be encouraging. I hope that your future gym encounters are much better and next time you see that guy... RUN!!! :)

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GRAMMYSKIDS58 10/13/2009 11:11AM

    I guess I am the minority... I would have taken it as a positive!!! Someone was acknowledging my hard to become a healthier person no matter what size I am. I am sorry that you didn't appreciate his comment and I hope you continue to have positive experiences at the gym. Afterall you are there for YOU not for the positive or negative comments of others. I went to the gym when I was going through bc and lost my hair. I didn't wear a wig or anything just my old bald head. Everyone was constantly staring at me. They even avoided being by me or talking to me(I had been going to this gym for 5 yrs) At first it really bothered me. Then I decided they weren't going to ruin my time at the gym. I was proud of myself for being at the gym 5 days a week, even when I was exhausted. I would walk through the gym with a smile on my face and my head help high. I decided if they didn't like what they saw that was THEIR problem. I was proud of myself for being there... that was part of MY healing process.
Kathy

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SWEETZMIX 10/13/2009 11:03AM

    Dude I get it about what the guy said, but I doubt he meant to offend you. Now you know, NEVER to leave those headphones at home. lol You are really doing awesome. Really inspiring me to get back on my stuff! Keep kicking ass!

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LAURIE5658 10/13/2009 11:03AM

    Fat dude? I don't see one!!! Love ya, Botzz!!!

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IRUNMAN 10/13/2009 10:41AM

    So....when someone makes a comment to you about your dedication or presence at the gym and you are offended, how do you respond?

Surely if it offends you, you would say something?

I think you may be getting caught up in your own insecurities.

Do you think that those people are honestly trying to make you feel bad? Their approach may be wrong, actually, I think it is totally inappropriate but what is the message behind the comment?

I believe they are trying to acknowledge your commitment and strength but failing in the delivery.

Just my 2 cents.

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SHRNGRD 10/13/2009 10:40AM

    Some people are just dumb a@@*%. Just ignore them and know that you are AWESOME and keep up the good work.

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PUMPKINFACE73 10/13/2009 10:12AM

    Wow! That is not cool!...and by the way have i told your lately that your are NOT the fat dude anymore...I think I might have mentioned it once or twice...keep on keeping on!

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CINCYDORA 10/13/2009 10:10AM

    When someone annoys me like that I try to make up a reason why it's ok. It may not be true but it helps me to remain positive. In your case it sounds like the guy might style himself as a motivator and makes himself feel better by running around giving what he thinks are pep talks. And honestly, how many chubby people do you see working out on a given day? He'd probably make a similar comment to anyone with more than ten or so pounds to lose.

It's got to be one of those things because you aren't 'the fat guy' any more.

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MKERN500 10/13/2009 9:57AM

    Way to go! I usually don't get any comments from people at the gym (of course they might see that I'm 'in the zone'. If I want feedback I just have to visit my mother and she'll be sure to ask me ' are you still working out? Are you losing weight?' which translates to me as 'How does it feel to be the fat child?'

Keep it moving! Sounds like you're on the right path! emoticon

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KENCHRIS401 10/13/2009 9:56AM

    That is really annoying. One day some idiot walked past me and gave me the thumbs up sign.

People nowadays have no consideration or compassion for other people's feelings.

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ALIZA77 10/13/2009 9:48AM

    it really burns me when people say things like that.

a lady in the gym said to me last month, "I give you a lot of credit." it annoyed me for obvious reasons, i did not dignify her magnomous comment with a response.

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