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Baked Ziti, an Arctrainer and a boy.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


The weekend was not very good where intake was concerned, I visited a friend that I haven't seen in a while and we had pizza for lunch and I did not eat anything that I would call dinner Saturday night, Sunday I ate within my calorie range (besides a bowl of popcorn with a movie) but did not drink nearly enough to cover even a half a day and I think I am off balance for my weekend efforts. Monday came and it was all corrected and 1530 was the number for calories as far as my excel spread sheet goes but I did have to do some "taste testing" with dinner as I tried to make a relatively low calorie Veggie Baked Ziti which turned out pretty good and though I do believe that I am well below my calories I am higher than the excel sheet says, have a look.

Breakfast
8:30 AM
2 cups fruit and grain cereal 240
1 cup 1% milk 110

11:30 AM
1 banana 105
1 T peanut butter 95

Lunch
2:15 PM
1 Italian wrap 100
3oz Capicola 150
1 laughing cow 35
tomato/lettuce 30

Dinner
veggie baked ziti 400
2 slices whole wheat bread 140
smart balance 25

1 apple 100

Fluids
G-Tea 1 gallon
H2O 1/2 gallon

About a month back I forget where we saw it but Wify and I seen on television that to lower the calories in a pasta dish you can shred zucchini and mix it into the dish and since then I have been wanting to try this. Wify bought a whole wheat Ziti and I made a baked ziti with zucchini and broccoli, ricotta and mozzarella cheeses and it came out much better than I had honestly thought that it would. The entire casserole dish came to 2400 calories and I cut it into 6 equal pieces which came to 400 calories per serving for pretty decent sized portions. The only thing that I would change about it for next time would be to put less broccoli in it and more zucchini because the broccoli seemed to be the most dominant flavor, but over all everyone liked it besides my very picky daughter and that was more because she wasn't hungry I think, I will post the recipe up in a separate post sometime but here is a photo of the completed dish until then.



My trip to the gym went pretty good on Monday, I am giving up the treadmill and replacing it with the Arctrainer because I feel like I get a better workout in on the arc vs the treadmill. Yesterday I did my regular 20 minutes on the bike but instead of following it with 25 minutes on the treadmill I did 22 minutes on the Arctrainer, I really cannot state enough how much I am liking that machine. The Arctrainer is zero impact as far as I can feel or see and it gets my heart rate up in a hurry and is easy to find a rpm that keeps it within a limit without too much back and fourth, I set it to resistance level 65 and just go, 20 minutes later I hit the cool down button (which does nothing but starts a 2 minute count down) and bamn! done and simple is always better if you ask me.

I believe that about covers the weekend and Monday, Today I will do the same routine as yesterday at the gym but I will try for 25 minutes on the Arctrainer and maybe some weight lifting. Thanks for following along and for the support now go get a glass of H2O for enduing another long post, that's all I got so it ends here.

As Ever
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KSIGMA1222 11/17/2009 12:13PM

    Food looks GREAT! ArcTrainers are awesome- I want one for my house! My old gym had two of them but now my new one doesn't, hence wanting one for my house. I wonder if you eat enough? Have you had your VO2 number calculated?

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JBMT08 11/4/2009 1:34PM

    That picture looks AWESOME!!! I will definitely try this weekend!

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SKYEFYR 10/29/2009 10:27AM

  I've heard about ths zucchini thing too but haven't tried it yet. Now that you're saying good things, I'm going to have to try it!

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ZIRCADIA 10/27/2009 7:16PM

    That Baked Ziti looks AWESOME!!!!!!! :)

I see JUSTAGURL's comment down there -- I had to build up the confidence to try the ArcTrainer, myself! :D I always saw the people on those machines were really fit and ripped and I was like... ok I have to do that... but I'm scared so not right now. HAHAHAHA :D

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DIANNEV3 10/27/2009 5:45PM

    Thanks for the tip about the shredded zucchini lowering the calories in a pasta dish. Healthier all around.

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LISAMG1220 10/27/2009 5:14PM

    Wow that looks great! I am going to try adding zucchini to my baked pasta from now on. In my regular spag w/meatsauce I use half the meat I normally would and add fresh mushrooms (and other veggies). I have not had any complaints from the guys yet!! OHHHH and you have talked me into trying the arc trainer thingie again. I am going to try it tonight! THX-Lees

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JUSTAGURL2335 10/27/2009 5:04PM

    Hey! Found out last night that there ARE Arc trainers at my new gym. :) I was too scared to try yet though lol.

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SWEETZMIX 10/27/2009 1:34PM

    All is well and you are back at it today. OHH and the ziti with veggies I have had before with the same veggies. YUM!! The BF's mom makes it. Isn't it sO good and brings the calories down sO much and it is sO much more filling. OK am I jealous you had some. lol

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LAURIE5658 10/27/2009 12:59PM

    Botzzz, do you mind if I drool over your baked ziti? OMG!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 10/27/2009 12:46PM

    Sounds like a good weekend. Keep it up, my friend.

ttyl

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OVERCOMER25 10/27/2009 12:01PM

  hmmm that dish looks really delicious!! cant wait till you post the recipe so i can try it out:) emoticon

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DDOORN 10/27/2009 11:40AM

    That ziti looks delicious! Way back when my DW discovered we could pass along (to our son, to even ME in my pre-veggie days!) MANY more veggies in soups, casseroles and even MEATLOAF if we zapped 'em first in the food processor and mixed 'em right in...!

Don

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KNH771 10/27/2009 10:41AM

    Adding veggies to casseroles is about the only way I can regularly stomach them. The ziti dish looks wonderful! I've been craving pasta. Glad that you feel you're back on track after the weekend.

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SHRNGRD 10/27/2009 10:34AM

    Hehehe, i love your blogs! Well, I know what ya mean about the weekend not being so good. I go stay at my boyfriends on the weekends alot of times, and well...he's your typical boy...junk food, junk food, ramen noodles, junk food....etc. LOL. And we had ALOT going on this past weekend so there was alot of going out and some drinks in there too. Geeezz. I don't think I did as bad as I think i did...but still, I broke my routine.
BUT, all you can do is start fresh on Monday. Which is what I did and looks like what you did! :o)
That dish you made looks scrum-dilly-umptious!!! Mmm! It's only 9:30am right now and I'm cravin' that! Hahahaha! Definatly post the recipie! I'm always up for something new!
Well, hope you have a wonderful day! Get to that gym and pump some iron! Talk to you later!

Sharon

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BARIBAL 10/27/2009 10:18AM

    I just looked up that ArcTrainer machine, and it seems like fun!

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PUMPKINFACE73 10/27/2009 9:29AM

    that pasta looks AMAZING!!
The Arctrainer is no joke, kicks my butt everytime I get on it (which it has been a LONG time for me)
Ready for a run? I am going again tonight as long as the rains holds off...Bea

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CINCYDORA 10/27/2009 9:28AM

    Your lasagna looks wonderful. Broccoli can be tricky in pasta. When I use fresh, I steam it first. You might also try broccoli slaw, which will give you smaller pieces and a similar texture to the zucchini and a milder flavor.

Thanks for sharing and have fun on the Arctrainer!

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Weigh in, a new all time low weight! Happy Happy Joy Joy!

Friday, October 23, 2009


So today is kind of a special weigh in for me, last week I weighed 332 pounds which was only 2 pounds heavier than my lightest weight since starting down this path to better health so it offers me the opportunity to possibly hit a new low weight with this mornings trot to the scale. I have been doing well week to week where the actual weigh in comes into play and I have been going to the gym almost religiously and even when I was not feeling well, the results I have had since joining up out weigh any blah feeling that I may have because of a cold. I woke up as usual and straight away to the scale I went where I saw a new number flash across the display, it said 228.0, so also as usual two more times I weigh myself the second time it said 227.8 and the third was 228.0 again so it appears that we have a 4 pound loss this week to go along with the new low not to mention the fact that I am into the 320's! I have worked for it and deserve every ounce of it. It has been a while since I have been able to post the "what I weigh" and "what I have lost" photos but with the new low this week I can pop them back up and here are some things that I weigh as much as and weigh as much as I have lost.


This 1969 Suzuki Rebel comes in at 328 pounds like yours truly


This is Lyoto Machinda a UFC fighter and he weighs 206 pounds which is what I have lost so far.

Over all I am feeling good and can't see an end to my drive at this point, actually I did schedule my Surgery for my gallbladder so that week I suppose I will have a slow down but other than that not even the Holidaze scare me. If I were to lose an average of 2 pounds per week from here until May I will be at my original goal weight of 275 pounds which in all honesty at one point seemed like a very ambitious pipe dream and here I am 53 pounds away from that. I still have a large amount of weight to lose, I mean 53 pounds is not really a drop in the bucket but I suppose when you look at it from the angle that I have dropped 206 total pounds it sure feels small but there are some people that struggle to get much less than that off and have a very hard time doing so. Then there is that whole whing that the last bit is always the hardest bit to get off, did I just call 53 pounds a bit? Either way I feel like I am approaching something big with this last 53 being right here.



I have adjusted my goals slightly along the way and my goal is to hit 267 pounds, seems random right? its not really, at 267 pounds I will have lost 50% of my total weight and there is something about being able to say that which is making me want it, my actual goal is to reach 265 pounds because then I would weigh less than my father but that's just boys being boys. The closer that I get to my goal weight the more that I think I should get lower even, I honestly believe that I will end up aiming for something closer to 245 as a grand finale weight and I get that number from my brother. My brother is about 1/4 inch shorter than me and not as big, where as I am a large frame he is more a big medium frame and he also has less muscle mass than I do. He weighs 230 pounds and you would never think he weighed that much as he looks like a thick pole so I figure if I am bigger than he is mass wise as well as a bigger frame 245 should be just about perfect for me as an end weight but then these things seem to change as progress is made so who knows.

For today I am pleased with my 4 pound drop this week and I am going to try and keep this trend going for a couple while and see if I can get ahead of myself a bit with the 2 pounds per week until May plan. I will eventually hit 275 lbs, I will eventually be able to say that I have lost 50% of my total weight and get to that 267 lb mark, I will hit 250 lbs some day because I am not on a diet, I have changed my life to fit into my goals.

Thanks for reading along, and here's to another good week.

As Ever
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CECE0330 10/28/2009 4:11PM

    Excellent! Here's to staying strong (and sane) through the "Holidaze" emoticon

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TRACYZABELLE 10/27/2009 4:01AM

    Sorry I have not posted in so long-- but so glad I came along today! Look at you slim n! Keep up the great work!

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007JERSEYGIRL 10/26/2009 2:13PM

    Wow - amazing job! I've read a couple of your blogs and you are really on your way. Love your visualizations!
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SKYEFYR 10/24/2009 10:22AM

  YAY BOTZZZ!!! Whoo-hoo!

You go! I love reading when you're getting closer to your goals! I know you can make 2 lbs a week, and I know you'll see your goal before May.

Keep up the FANTASTIC work!

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LISAMG1220 10/23/2009 8:43PM

    So psyched about your weigh it!! I think I need to do weekly goals...I have had a stand still and now a creep up. I keep fluctuating +1 to +3. All week. WELL I broke my cardinal rule of not weighing everyday too!! Yeah I know I need to be slapped around a little. next week will be different. I am setting a 2 -3 lb weight loss by Nov 3. Okay now it is in writing!!! I gotta do it!! TTYL Z.M.!! Hugs-Lees

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MARJIJANE 10/23/2009 8:35PM

    May your journey continue to bring you health and joy! Woo Hoo! Any loss, no matter how large or small is a victory over the food demon!

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GAMBLINGQUEEN 10/23/2009 7:00PM

    You are really trucking along and inspiring the masses as you go. Meatball keep up th good work!!!

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ALLYALLYT 10/23/2009 5:59PM

    emoticon awesome! what an inspiration you are!

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DIZBIZBELINDA 10/23/2009 2:19PM

    WAY TO GO!!!!

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ZIRCADIA 10/23/2009 2:02PM

    Congratulations on sinking to a new all time low. ;) BWAHaha. But seriously, this is awesome!!! :D

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GLOBALKEEWEE 10/23/2009 1:46PM

    Most people would be insulted if told "you're half the man you used to be", but I think that will be a great day for you. You can get there!!!
Keep wasting away...
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SIMPLE_TAILOR 10/23/2009 1:38PM

    That's great news from the scale. It's good to see the comparison pictures again too.

Have a great weekend. The scale gave you a great start.

ttyl

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KVM23. 10/23/2009 12:48PM

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Great work getting into the 320s! You must be so stoked!! I love it. You're doing amazing. That guy is HUGE so congratulations on coming so far already.

I loved your data retrieval weight loss ticker. Awesome.
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JLUVSHIKIN 10/23/2009 12:23PM

    I am pleased as well for you and your all time low! Congratulations!
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DDOORN 10/23/2009 11:31AM

    I've passed my halfway mark and am SO PSYCHED to keeping on to ONEderland...you are doing WONDEFUL! Keep up the SPARKIN' way of life...it's so HABIT-FORMING...woo hoo! Looking forward to you meeting your halfway mark as well!

Don

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WENDYSPARKS 10/23/2009 11:15AM

    Hi Botzzz, God Bless You! I wish you the Best! talk soon, wendy emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SWEETZMIX 10/23/2009 11:09AM

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ELFITZPA 10/23/2009 11:02AM

    A HUGE congrats!! And I'm excited for the return of the photos of how much you weigh and lost - though my love for Lyoto Machida may have SOMETHING to do with that this week. Keep up the excellent work!!!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 10/23/2009 10:41AM

    Awesome! Way to go!!!!

...and you know what, I'd gain that UFC fighter dude happily - IF I could gain him in THAT form, and not as bodyfat! LOL

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KROLES55 10/23/2009 10:40AM

    emoticon emoticon Wonderful news.

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KNH771 10/23/2009 10:29AM

    Congrats!! I love your photo comparisons to your weight. Clever and inspiring.

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EOSAURORA84 10/23/2009 10:28AM

    congrats...keep tracking and one morning you will wake up and be were you want to be...have a great weekend!!!

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LAURIE5658 10/23/2009 10:19AM

    Botzzz, I cannot write this enough...I AM SO PROUD OF YOU!!!!! You took a break and YOU ARE BACK with a vengeance. Do you realize what your Spark break did for you? It gave you the "rest" that you needed in order to rethink your thinking and renew your goals! There was a purpose for it!!! Welcome back Kotter...er...Botzzz!!!!!

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WALKWITME 10/23/2009 10:15AM

    emoticon CONGRATS !

AWESOME ! emoticon

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JUSTAGURL2335 10/23/2009 10:00AM

    Awesome!! emoticon

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CINCYDORA 10/23/2009 9:58AM

    I'm so glad things are heading in the right direction for you again. I'm looking forward to cheering you on as you get closer and closer to your goal!

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VEEJAY3 10/23/2009 9:54AM

    Just look at my profile pic: I popped a wheelie in celebration of your achievement!

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PUMPKINFACE73 10/23/2009 9:43AM

    VERY proud of you....new goal weight, I like your thinking..loosing 1/2 of you...that is kewl...you WILL do it...so how about that run????



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MORGNSGRL 10/23/2009 9:41AM

    Yay! Congratulations!

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MORGNSGRL 10/23/2009 9:41AM

    Yay! Congratulations!

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MORGNSGRL 10/23/2009 9:41AM

    Yay! Congratulations!

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MORGNSGRL 10/23/2009 9:41AM

    Yay! Congratulations!

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Weighing in tomorrow and a new low on the horizon!

Thursday, October 22, 2009


Tomorrow I weigh in and I am thinking that it will be a new low weight for me with this week, I have literally busted ass all week even though I was sick and have been just about flawless with my calories besides a slice of apple pie. I have gone to the gym when I could and have found a new machine that I enjoy working out on and really feel a difference after using it for a workout yesterday. I had posted up that I wanted to drop 25 pounds by Nov 11th because it was my next doc visit and he sparked me into a challenge without even knowing it, last time I was there he said "You did something for the first time this week" I said "oh yeah?" to which he replied "you are up one pound" and that was it I thought to myself about how it was bull that I was up and the challenge went to myself and on the blog, will I meet that challenge? I am feeling awesome in lieu of being under the weather and I honestly think its because I am staying active even though I don't feel up to it which is the complete opposite of how it would have been handled when I was heavier.



I mentioned that I found a new machine which I am enjoying, that machine is an Arc-trainer and I suppose in my own non in the know way I would have to call it a cross between an elliptical machine a stair machine and even a bit of a treadmill all in one. My workout yesterday went like this, I rode the bike for 20 minutes, then onto the Arc-trainer for 11 minutes set to 63 on the resistance (really felt it in my quads and butt) and then I did 20 minutes on a treadmill 3.4 mph half at 5.5% grade and half at 10% grade and today I may skip the Arc-trainer because I can feel it in my legs and butt and don't want to jump in too fast. Something that I noticed about the Arc is that it really got my heart rate up compared to the bike and the treadmill and the plan is to eventually phase the treadmill out completely and replace it with the arc-trainer. Continuing the bike riding is something that I want to do every trip to the gym because I am hoping to get some longer rides in next spring on my bike and with some hope and a lot of work I can keep my biking muscles up to par so when the time comes I can hop right back onto my bike and keep going. While I do enjoy the treadmill it really is something that I can do on the weekends with wify and the animals if I want to walk/run and I want to use my time as efficiently as possible at the gym so if I can work up to 20 mins on the bike and 30 mins on the Arc-trainer that's where I want to be.



My menu for yesterday was not the greatest and did come in a bit high at 1755 but here it is for you to have a look anyways.

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

11:00 AM
1 banana 105
1 T peanut butter 95

Lunch
2:30 PM
2 slices whole grain bread 200
1 T peanut butter 95
1 T strawberry preserves 35

Dinner
6:00 PM
4oz roasted chicken 200
3/4 cup white rice 150
3/4 cup black beans 140
bbq sauce 35

7:00 PM
slice of home made apple pie 350

Fluids
G-Tea 1 gal
H2O 3/4 gal

This week has turned out pretty well even with me being sick, it did not stop me from eating right, it did not slow down the exercise and I do believe that we will see a new all time low weight tomorrow which will make me more than extremely happy. You will have to check in tomorrow to find out if Mister meatball chipped away enough to break into the 320's or if we will forever be stuck in the 330's dun dun dunnnnnn!

Thank you for reading along to my random daily jibber jabber, and remember I was once a 534 pound guy that felt like there was nothing that could be done but I dared to take that first step and here I am more than 200 pounds lighter and dropping.

Keep on keepin on and all that.

As Ever
Me

  
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SIMPLE_TAILOR 10/23/2009 11:41AM

    Looking at that picture of the ARC trainer makes me wonder if they went to some ancient midevil torture device for design inspiration . . . I guess it does what it is supposed to though. How are your knees on that compared to the treadmill and the eliptical?

ttyl

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LISAMG1220 10/22/2009 9:57PM

    I attempted the arc trainer 1 time so far. I did about 5 mins. My left knee sometimes has issue b/c of an old injury. SOOOO after 3 mins it literally looked at me and screamed...HEY YOU WHAT THE HECK ARE YOU DOING TO ME???? You should have heard it after the stairmaster and eliptical, it is one foul mouthed hooligan! So yeah I am sticking to weights, treadmill and recumbant bike for now!!
I am sending you some good juju for your weigh in tomorrow!! Hugs-Lees

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IAMHIGHLYFAVORD 10/22/2009 9:19PM

    You are doing soooooooooooo well - keep it up!


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JUSTAGURL2335 10/22/2009 2:26PM

    That machine looks a little bit scary lol. I don't think they have that where I'm going. I'll find out tonight I guess! GOOD LUCK with the weigh in!!

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SKYEFYR 10/22/2009 11:54AM

  Looking forward to seeing a new all time low for you tomorrow!

Oh, and I'd never heard of an arctrainer before. Thanks for the visual. I love how you take the time to put pics in so many of your blogs and let us all see what you're talking about.

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DDOORN 10/22/2009 10:48AM

    I envy you and your gadgets...! I just don't have time for a fitness center...just me and my treadmill, bike, walking, weights and resistance bands. Broke through to my new low recently too...hoping for more company as you join me tomorrow...woo hoo! :-)

Don

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LAURIE5658 10/22/2009 10:18AM

    BOTZZZ! Look at what the arc trainer has done for you already! You have long hair, a very slender figure and boobs!!!!! LOL Oh I crack myself up! I CANNOT CANNOT weight (get it?) until tomorrow's meatball weigh in!! I can feel it in my calcium-loaded bones, baby!!!

Luv ya, Botzzz!!!

ps...pom poms are in my hand as we speak!

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SWEETZMIX 10/22/2009 10:17AM

    No worries, it's going to be on the money. I KNOW THIS!! I haven't been up on reading your blogs and been on spark for a week...BUT EBONY KNOWS ALL!! (for everyone else except for myself.)

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 10/22/2009 10:14AM

    They have an arc trainer at the Y where I lift weights. I don't like the motion very much, but at least it doesn't hurt my knees the way it did back in April (I just tried it again for the first time last Friday). I don't remember the resistance or grade or speed (it looks like she didn't write them in the book), but I was busting my butt on it and for the intervals she kept having to punch them higher. I'll pay more attention tomorrow so I can report back about that. ;-)

I much prefer the Precor AMT machine. The motion is more natural for me - something between an elliptical and a stepper. The pers trainer made me switch because she said my body has probably already adapted to the AMT.

Xing my fingers for your weigh in tomorrow!

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KNH771 10/22/2009 10:05AM

    Even if you don't hit the 320s tomorrow, you will get there! Continue to work it!

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VEEJAY3 10/22/2009 10:01AM

    Whewww! The arc trainer totally kicks my can. I hear ya on the accelerated heart rate! But whereas that sends you TO it, it makes ME look at it in fear.
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WALKWITME 10/22/2009 9:57AM

    Positive Thought, Positive Results...


I'm sure YOU will nail it !

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WHOVIANPRINCESS 10/22/2009 9:52AM

    I am going to have to check out the arc trainer- thanks for the idea! I have always been an elliptical/treadmill type of gal, but I want something to keep it interesting.

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CINCYDORA 10/22/2009 9:48AM

    This week or not, I believe Mr. Meatball WILL see the 320s in the near future. You've really kicked things back into high gear and I'm feeling challenged to follow your lead.

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OFFTOTHESHARKS 10/22/2009 9:44AM

    I am sending you positive thoughts, good vibes. You worked hard and tracked and did all the right things. I amsure you will see the results of that. But whats the harm in send a little mojo your way?

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Reintroducing because He is not the same man, its long so grab a drink.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The way that things change after a person loses a substantial amount of weight are unbelievable, I am learning things about myself that I had forgotten along with my will to do anything past breathing between shoving morsels of goodness down my gullet. I don't believe that a person can get to be 500 plus pounds without losing more than a bit of themselves in the process, sitting on a couch for hours at a time with a remote control in one hand, a whole order of General Tso's chicken in the other and no desire for much else I wouldn't think is anything that someone would strive for yet there I was. That person was not me but I was right in the middle of it, slowly expanding my needed space and surely heading towards an early death in the mindset that there was nothing that could be done short of a weight loss surgery, the feeling is Hopeless.

To say that you become someone else does not begin to tell the story of how a transformation of body translates into the mental morphing of a person, our attitudes begin to match our large physical exteriors as we hide behind bitter stares and withdrawn actions. Before I met my wife I was going to shows (local bands) three times per week, I was hanging out at clubs, bars and basically a very social person that always had something to do and was rarely home for longer than it took to sleep and depending on how the night went a lot of times not even home for sleep. We met right as I was growing out of that phase of my life and beginning to slow down a bit and maybe looking for something a bit more stable and I found that in her, the going out continued somewhat and life was great then I was injured in 2000 after moving to California and it was at that point that slowly I started losing bits of myself.

I was this 6'5'' 350 pound guy that could run, climb up things like a monkey on acid and I never stopped moving, I had a friend that I worked with just before I moved to CA that would always say things about how "nimble" I was for my size and even though he watched me every day at work he was amazed at the things I could do. Where was that guy? the confident, cocky very physical big fella, after 2000 he was no where to be found, I was struggling every day just to do daily functions because of the pain in my back and when I say daily functions I mean anything more than laying still so that things didn't hurt, I was not working because of the injury and that lasted for more than 2 years. When I was able to go back to work I was placed in a position that sat me at a desk doing paper work and answering phones all day and though I was glad to be back to work I hated what I was doing, I had always done some type of physical work up until that point in my life and enjoyed it. Here we are a few years later and I still have substantial back pain on a daily basis, I am limited to what I can do and I am putting on weight like it was a contest, needless to say I was not the same person that I was just a few years earlier.

Time goes by and sitting on your ass becomes your day to day, its whats expected and its what you do, no more no less. It wasn't exactly my fault that I was stuck so it got justified that way and the band played on and the weight kept going up, the back pain was getting to a point where if I stayed still for 75% of the day I was able to move around a bit, and I mean a very little bit because every time it would start feeling better I would push a little harder in an attempt to push though and bamn! laying in bed for five days in pain for my effort, giving up was easier than that. Missing out on things became the norm, "Honey I got tickets for a baseball game from work what do you think? Wify would ask with that tone in her voice knowing that I would not want (be able) to go but why should everyone miss out because I couldn't go right? so I would first say something to let her know that I would rather she not go (there is the selfishness coming out) but that I was ok if she did of course with a large sigh at the end of the statement (which at the time I was dying inside because of it) or "Babe did you want to catch a movie tonight?" to which of course because of the pain in my back and the sheer size of me at that point I would decline, I mean if I couldn't sit comfortably in a seat for 2 hours why would it be fun right? but again every time something like that happened I became more bitter and more withdrawn and soon I didn't want to do anything because of my weight, who was this guy that was emerging?

Where did the big fun guy go? How did this happen? from outgoing, cocky, happy, always cracking a joke and loving life to withdrawn, bitter, sour unhappy even though he had the most beautiful Lady on the planet at his side, all because of some weight? if it was "some" weight it may not have went that way but it was an immense amount of weight, it was constant pain in the back and sitting on the sidelines for everything that did it. Now that I am starting to get back to myself I can clearly see that I wasn't myself for that time of my life, I am not the person that I was at 534 pounds, depressed and bitter. I am starting to see the old me again with the success that I have had so far and I can remember something that Wify said to me a while back when we were talking about how far I have come with this whole ordeal, The conversation was along the lines of me saying that I was feeling better and starting to feel like myself again, I stated something along the lines of that she was getting her husband back and she said "No, its like I got my boyfriend back" This morning I woke up in a great mood and for some reason that statement popped into my head and this post as a result of that.

In all honesty I can say that I am a different person today than I was just 2 years ago, I am feeling like the old me and again.

Folks, I do believe he's back...

unstoppable.

As Ever
Me

  
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KSIGMA1222 11/17/2009 12:25PM

    As a 6'6" guy who was at 370 at one point and now at 220 or so, this all rings true about being a different person. You have done much more than I have, and you are still going but so am I. Mine is now on the verge of 2 years maintaining and how that whole new world works. I sometimes long for the losing the weight days because it was in effect simpler then in so many ways. I do not want to go back but the mental side of all of this is the hardest to deal with and the physical side greatly effects the mental side as well. From when your body says "ENOUGH!!!" because you are not eating enough, to when your moods shift so widely that you lose control of your temper and overall mental state because your body is talking to you. Also the freaking out I did when i saw this strange person staring back at me in the mirror causing me to run away from mirrors and avoid them, for I could not except and know this person. Or over a year ago being at a bar and having possible trouble starting and maybe coming your way and you going in your mind "I'm with him and this group.", when had you ever not been the big go to guy who could defuse a fight or whatever with a glance or even comprehend relying on someone else to be the big guy?

So you to were on the General Tao's diet before all of this, makes two of us but I am still on it, just my version and it tastes sooooooooooooo much better now! Well I am rambling now but great posting again!

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GREENERGIRL 10/27/2009 11:51PM

    Awesome story and awesome work! Good for you!

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JESPAH 10/27/2009 8:33AM

    Welcome back, boyfriend dude! :)

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ON2VICTORY 10/25/2009 1:56PM

    Boy can I relate. I guess you do lose a little of yourself with every pound you gain. I have lost 60 lbs so far and have about 100 to go. I feel like I have slowly regained some of my confidence and desire to be a part of life instead of a spectator. thank you for sharing your story.

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JULESANA8818 10/25/2009 11:16AM

    I can totally relate- I feel like when I was really overweight I was sleep walking through life- Now every day I wake up a little more- not just my body is changing but my soul and spirit too- so great to be alive!!!!!

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KNOLAN7 10/25/2009 10:18AM

    I had never thought about it, but weight did change me. Thanks for the thoughts. Also, congrats. Hug the wifey and it is apparent you two have what it takes!!!

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TWOPAWS1 10/25/2009 12:09AM

    thanks

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RUTHIP 10/24/2009 5:13PM

    You are so inspiring. Thanks for sharing your story.

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EMMAJEAN50 10/24/2009 2:05PM

    what a wonderful and inspiring story. it really gives me hope as well. emoticon

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LITTLETEALOVER 10/23/2009 9:42AM

    What a great blog.

I'm sure you know this, but your wife must be an incredible lady. It can't be easy to have a relationship when one of the partners becomes "someone else."

I'm glad you are finding yourself again. Cheers!


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BLOOMING52 10/23/2009 12:42AM

    Bill could not have said it better. Thank you BOTZZZ! Stay with it.

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JEANNE0724 10/22/2009 2:58PM

    I see myself in your blog so many times, and this is one time, you are such an inspiration, keep up the great blogs!

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LIZALEE1973 10/22/2009 2:00PM

    WOW! Thanks for sharing...lots of food for thought. I can relate in many ways.

Congratulations on finding yourself again...and congratulations for choosing an amazing person to share your life with!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 10/22/2009 10:11AM

    A tremendous story and something that I really needed right about now.

Thanks.

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LADY_KATHY 10/22/2009 8:31AM

    GREAT BLOG... congrats on your success so far. : )

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WENDYSPARKS 10/22/2009 5:08AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonKeep up the good work! You are a inspiration to us all! Take care, wendy

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KIBBLE55 10/22/2009 4:48AM

    Wow - At 36 - 40 years of age my friends called me the fittest fat bloke in the world - I would laugh.

At 43 was another 40 - 50 pounds heavier and hurting. I would make excuses not to go out my never stop energy had gone my internal happiness (always had it) had gone.

I got lucky I caught myself just in time otherwise I would have been that man on the couch. I'm 37lbs lighter and a 1/3rd of my target downn and already ME is slowly coming back.

Very proud of you pal - once again sparks people inspire you to keep going

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BLAQUELORELEI 10/21/2009 10:41PM

  Wonderful blog! This is inspiration.

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LISAMG1220 10/21/2009 9:25PM

    "The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus." Bruce Lee

You are an amazing person. I just read this and thought of you.... You have your lazer focus going on brother man!!! Welcome back!!!

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BIGGIRL2082010 10/21/2009 7:52PM

    Good work there - yeah, the weight does seem to bring along big personality changes, huh? Well, it's gone, you're back to being the "boyfriend" guy. :) GREAT!

Hope that back doesn't hurt as much any more, too!

Cheers,
Maya


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SUNSHINEBILL 10/21/2009 7:38PM

    You are the man!! Thanks for opening up like that. Few men have the guts to do what you just did. I salute you.
Bill

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SUNSHINEBILL 10/21/2009 7:38PM

    You are the man!! Thanks for opening up like that. Few men have the guts to do what you just did. I salute you.
Bill

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SKYEFYR 10/21/2009 7:17PM

  *applause*

You're a fantastic person. So good to see you getting happy with you again!

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2BFREE2LIVE 10/21/2009 4:03PM

    emoticonYOU ARE AN INSPIRATION TO ALL OF US. I FEEL THE SAME WAY AS YOU, ON GETTING THE OLD ME BACK AND SO DOES MY HUBBY.

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ALIZA77 10/21/2009 3:15PM

    yes. its hard to live life on the sidelines, always protecting your dignity, you do loose yourself ,

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JJKYOTA 10/21/2009 1:53PM

    Oh man, you have me crying at work. Wonderful post!

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4MYBOYSANDSELF 10/21/2009 1:26PM

    Wow. Wonderful blog! Thank you. I just started this a week ago, but you're definitely an inspiration to me!

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PUMPKINFACE73 10/21/2009 1:16PM

    Ok Bea is crying, you got my water works on overdrive Chuck...what a great blog....and if I might say...You've done good emoticon

oh and in case I havent told you lately..thank you for being my friend



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BLONDEDOG 10/21/2009 1:00PM

    What a great blog and what a great wify you have! Congratulations on finding the old you again!

YOU ROCK!!!

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SMA123 10/21/2009 12:19PM

    I really loved your blog and am so happy that you are getting your fun self back. You deserve the fun in your life.

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CHRISSYDOG 10/21/2009 11:59AM

    Wow!That is amazing!Good for you!I have found so much inspiration from all of you and it is overwhelming!Support,its such a great thing! emoticon

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SOPHIKKO 10/21/2009 11:53AM

    This gave me goosebumps.. thank you so much for posting and congratulations

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LAURIE5658 10/21/2009 11:41AM

    And I cannot tell you just how GREAT it is to have you back!! You are such a motivational force for me and for that I will always be grateful!!

Welcome back, Botzzz!!!!!!!

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PRUPLEBEAR 10/21/2009 11:32AM

    WOOHOO!

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JUSTLYLE 10/21/2009 11:22AM

    I always type my comments before reading others so as to try to be "original". What a great story, it should be posted amongst the greatest. The most important line of all was, "I got my boyfriend back", wish we all could hear that. Go gettem, Sparks Rocks!
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DIZBIZBELINDA 10/21/2009 11:04AM

    Exceptional post! I'm glad that you have once again found "you". I have no idea who I will find under all this fat and that thought both excites me and scares me to death. Your post however gives me hope of tremendous things to come and thus the courage to trudge onward. Thank you for that. You know how the saying goes...you can live 40 days without food, 3 days without water, 8 minutes without oxygen, but only one second without hope.

Onward....

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KAYLSLYNN 10/21/2009 11:00AM

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DDOORN 10/21/2009 10:52AM

    What a wonderful GIFT to yourself you have celebrated!

I can SO relate...I've lost half of myself along the way and can enjoy my body in ways I NEVER thought possible!

Keep SPARKIN' ON!! :-)

Don

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MICHARM 10/21/2009 10:28AM

    I am so glad you wife has "her boyfriend" back....please make sure he stays!

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CINCYDORA 10/21/2009 10:21AM

    I know where you are coming from, that feeling of losing yourself because you are so busy hiding behind weight. I'm so glad you are back!

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Water water everywhere...why not drink it?? a guide for the drier folks.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Mister Meatball, do you honestly drink one to two whole gallons of fluid per day? I don't believe it! "Yes I do drink somewhere between 128 and 256 ounces of fluid per day." But I have trouble drinking a mere 8 cups per day! how do you do it? "8 cups doesn't even begin to touch your fluid needs unless you weigh about 120 pounds and do zero exercise, you have trouble because you are looking for other options which do not hydrate you properly anyways, like the soda, coffee and whole milk that you are use to." I just don't like the taste of water! "The average mans body is 60-65% water, it is the life blood of our existence and after oxygen is probably the most important thing to us as living creatures so get use to it because it is essential for life, besides the sugary drinks that you are likely consuming are robbing you of real flavor and taste". Well what makes you an expert smart guy? "Nothing at all makes me an expert, I just read a lot and have lost all of my weight with the concept that more water is better so I can only say what has worked for me up to this point."



Using the half oz of water per pound of body weight (which some use .65oz per pound) at my current weight I should be drinking 166 ounces per day or 1.30 gallons and that's not figuring in the 50 minutes of cardio that I do four times per week. At my start weight of 534 lbs back in Jan 2008 using the .50 oz per pound I should have been drinking 267oz per day which is more than 2 gallons but again I am not an expert I just do what works for me. But what about this water intoxication thing that I heard about? From what I understand this is something that athletes and babies have to worry about more than a big ol rotund fella drinking between 1.5 and 2 gallons per day all spread out within a 12 hour period does. Water intoxication occurs when a person drinks so much water that it dilutes the sodium and electrolytes in their system and its not so much how much a person drinks as it is how fast it goes down the hatch. The body needs time to replenish the electrolytes and sodium so drinking 2 gallons of water in a day is not really all that much when you consider that our kidneys as adults can process up to 15 liters of water per day. A marathon runner that is downing gallons of water near the end of a race and then downs another gallon as he finishes may have something to worry about where water intoxication is concerned but me at 332 pounds drinking 1.5 to 2 gallons per day spread out within a 12 hour period, not so much.



Being dehydrated poses more risks to a person that over hydration, especially when we are talking about someone attempting to lose weight, the more fluid that we intake the easier time our system will have with flushing waste out of our bodies. Staying properly hydrated is extremely important and I cannot stress this enough to anyone that cares to ask my opinion because I do honestly believe that my drinking habits account for much of my weight loss success to date, which doesn't mean woohoo! all I have to do is drink 1.5 gallons of water per day and I will drop 200 pounds! Being sufficiently hydrated can mean a boost in metabolism and who doesn't want that if they are trying to drop a couple (hundred) pounds? intaking enough water will decrease food cravings and false hunger as well, thirst and hunger are often confused with one another so when a person feels that pain in the gut that says that its time for one of Auntie Maudes home made Brownies a cool glass of H2O just might be whats needed instead. When we do not drink enough our bodies hold onto all of the water that it can get if that is happening how can it flush out the bad stuff that is inside all of us? in short it cannot do the job sufficiently and we can end up with headaches, stomach pains, swelling, bloating and the list goes on.

"But I just can't drink more than my 8 cups per day" You can and you should because you need more than that, and even more than that if you are exercising daily. When we realize just how important good old H2O is for us its easy to make ourselves drink it daily, and when I say drink it, I mean drink enough. Anyone that knows me personally probably cannot think of a time that I am not drinking either green tea or water pretty much constantly all day every day, I always have a bottle of something with me. I get comments or emails from time to time on this blog from the naysayers and disbelievers about my drinking and the amounts so I thought that I would toss my view on the subject out there for you, and if you are not yet convinced, then my buddy Harvey McDullardsonfengenden has got a product for you! zeusmeatball.blogspot.com/2009/10/i-
found-miracle-diet-plan-you-have-to.html


One last thing, remember kids, I am not a doctor and don't claim to be one so this post is offered to you as is with no expressed warranty and you should talk to your doc before embarking down any path where your health is concerned.

Now that we have that out of the way, thanks for reading along and I hope you took something from this post, don't forget that H2O and stay away from the soda, no really...put it down.

As Ever
Me

  
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VLVTGRRL 10/22/2009 2:15AM

    Hey BOTZZZ!! I always wondered how you found the time to drink your gallon and a half! I, too, carry water everywhere, but forget to take a drink. Is there any cue you associate with drinking? Or are you soo good at the habit at this point that you just happen to find yourself drinking without realizing it? All of a sudden you look through an empty bottle, not remembering where it all went? emoticon

I think I'm averaging 5 to 8 a day right now, but would love some pointers on how to get it higher. THANKX!! emoticon

I LOVED this blog, by the way. LOVE your writing style!! emoticon

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OVERCOMER25 10/21/2009 4:51PM

  Enjoyed the blog!! Agreed water is crucial!! Thats all I drink now and find it totally satisfing

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SNEAKYGREG 10/21/2009 8:42AM

    Well said, I learned early on how important water is for us and have been doing 15-20 cups a day for quite some time now and I can feel the difference if I don't get enough

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INIT2LIVEIT 10/21/2009 4:13AM

    I tend to drink 3 liters a day, if not more (not sure what that is in Gallons)

Love your blog! I check in everyday to see if there is another post. Very inspiring!!!

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LISAMG1220 10/20/2009 10:57PM

    I am up to 12+ cups a day. I really have a hard time drinking anything after 7 pm. I like to sleep at night, not do constant BR runs! I have been drinking alot more since going to the gym, though. Kudos to you, I will be there with you soon!!

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REDEE2DROP 10/20/2009 10:18PM

    I'm trying, your blogs keep me reminded, but it's tough, I'm only up to 4 glasses. Working at school with little ones it's tough to take a sip and make pit stops but I'll get there! emoticon emoticon

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CINCYDORA 10/20/2009 2:21PM

    It's definitely something that takes a while to work up to. But after years of drinking a minimum of 8 glasses a day (except during illnesses), there are some days that it's still hard to do. That's where green and herbal teas come in for me.

At the start, my focus was getting 8 ounces of any low-cal non-caffeinated liquid into my system. I drank a lot of broth and club soda with lime. Once my body got used to consuming that much liquid, I started losing the taste for broth and bubbles and now I get 12-16 per day. Add that to the liquid I get by eating more fruits and veggies and I'm confident on an average day II consume the gallon recommended for my current weight.

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KROLES55 10/20/2009 12:41PM

    Enjoyed the blog, and I am still working on those 8 glasses..

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 10/20/2009 12:40PM

    I will echo that sentiment. I can go for a day where I don't get enough water (non-carbonated, no-calorie, no-caffiene beverages) but if I get two in a row, I am going to start dragging. Today is that second day and I am already starting to feel it.

i guess I'll go get some water.

ttyl

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VEEJAY3 10/20/2009 12:21PM

    hahahaha! I'm laughing like crazy over your "Dehydrated Water" picture. What a riot.
I'm drinkin' right along with ya! Plus a lil more every time I read one of your blogs.
Smooches! Tell your wife I'm missin' her out here in the blogosphere!

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ISLANDGIRL2013 10/20/2009 12:00PM

    obviously I missed a whole section of your post, I guess I was too fascinated by the can of dehydrated water.

sorry about posting


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CHRISSYVB 10/20/2009 11:39AM

    I just started drinking my 8 per day and I'm seeing the benefits. Maybe someday I'll work up to your gallons.

Keep up the good work!
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ROSIELAM 10/20/2009 11:09AM

    Thanks for the info! :)

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