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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and for most of people that means a huge meal with lots of calories and a full belly at the end of the day, perhaps even some pie. It was decided by me that this year I am not going to keep myself from enjoying Thanksgiving dinner but that does not mean that I need to eat a 4000 calorie meal either, with some simple substitutions an awesome meal can be had by anyone. This year Wify and I decided that we would stay home and cook for just us and the kids on Thursday and Friday would be when we saw family and because of that I am planning on making a low calorie dinner, low calorie? Thanksgiving dinner? can that really be said in the same sentence? indeed it can.

My menu for Thursday will include Turkey obviously, and a 26 pound turkey at that! in place of mashed potatoes I will be making Parmesan mashed Cauliflower which is substantially lower in calories than traditional mashed potatoes and honestly in my opinion tastes just as good. I will also make mashed turnips which is mostly for my father when he comes by on Friday, along with some sweet potatoes grilled outside, I will also be making corn which will be from a can this year since its just the 4 of us cranberry sauce, dinner rolls and stuffing will be at the party as well. The only thing that I am not making low calorie is the stuffing and that's because my recipe calls for sausage and boiled eggs to be added and other than using turkey sausage I can't really figure out a way to make that taste awesome and drop the calories significantly enough to make the effort worth it. Dessert will be provided by the children, Wify decided that since its just us that we will let them choose something to make sort of like an after dinner activity for them and when we asked them what they wanted to make "ice cream" came up so we are thinking sundaes or something though I really do think that I will be picking up a pumpkin pie as well just for good measure and because Thanksgiving just isn't Thanksgiving without a pumpkin pie. Normally I do not include the Holidaze as days to count my calories but I don't want it to be a free for all either so if most of what I make is healthy and made as low calorie as possible I can do some damage control preemptively.

This week I have gotten off to a good start and seem to be in the right state of mind, I am watching what I eat, I am at the gym "doing my thang" and in spite of Thanksgiving being this week I am planning to see a loss on the scale come Friday. Still above my all time low which I reached just before my surgery I have to admit that I am slightly frustrated but it is on the way down and I have started lifting weights more seriously so a bit of retention is to be expected and I am not going to bother myself too much worrying about it.

I am off of my game a bit this week because my daughter has half days at school so I have to go to the gym earlier than usual and I did not expect it to be any different but the couple hours difference really is making me feel taxed when I am finished working out not to mention that I cannot stay as long. I received an email last week from someone saying that they enjoyed when I post exactly what I did for my work out so I am going to try and include that more often. Yesterday I started out with 20 minutes on a stationary bike and then I did 12 minutes on an arc-trainer, I wanted to get weight lifting in so the arc had to be shorter than normal because of my daughters short day. My bicep was feeling up to par so off I went and did a work out for my shoulders, biceps and back, all with lighter than normal weight consisting of a row machine for 2 sets of 12 at 130 pounds as a warm up and then 3 sets of 10 at 200 pounds, I followed that with some over the head shoulder presses 2 sets of 12 at 100 pounds as a warm up and then 3 sets of 10 at 130 pounds. Upright rows followed that and though it was the same 2 sets of 12 followed by 3 sets of 10 I do not recall the weight that I used, I do know that it was very light as I really just wanted to get the motion in, I finished up with preacher curls but what I did differently this time is that I used a very light weight and did more reps, I warmed up with 30 pounds for 2 sets of 18 and then 4 sets of 12 at 50 pounds, the last set did fall short because I started feeling it in my left bicep a little more than I wanted to so I did 10 for the last set and finished the day up with a 10 minute walk in the treadmill to cool down.

This morning I can feel that I lifted but I am not what I would call sore so that's a good thing, a little later this morning when I head out to the gym I will do the same cardio work out but I will do a leg work out on the weights this time around. My legs are...well..HUGE and no wonder after carrying all of that around for as long as I did, not to mention the fact that even before I blew up to over 500 pounds I was always a big guy doing mostly manual type jobs but I don't want that to be a reason to neglect them. The plan is to work on the leg press machine, the calf raise machine and maybe some lunges holding free weights, I prefer to do squats but with my back injury from 2000 I am still weary of getting hurt and side lining myself because I prefer one movement over another so the leg press machine it is until I feel like I am getting strong enough to do squats safely, an injury would not be good right now as I can feel myself getting into a stride, not that an injury is good at any point but surely you know what I mean.

Now that You have endured my lengthy Tuesday morning post You owe yourself a big ol glass of H2O so go grab that and I will get myself ready for the gym and my daughter for school. Thanks for following along and for more you will have to tune in tomorrow to see what Fatman and Blobin get themselves into, until then my friends..

As Ever

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SKYEFYR 11/27/2009 5:15PM

  I agree. It's not thanksgiving without pumpkin pie. My mom got to me with hers yesterday.

Somewhere I've got a wonderful recipe for a crustless one. I think I'm going to have to try and find it. If I can, I'll email it to you. When I was on WW I remember it being only a couple points for a decent sized piece, so it's a wonderful treat without guilt.

Keep being fantastic!

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ALEXSGIRL1 11/25/2009 7:12PM

    i just had a thought if you are recovering form surgery your body might just store a couple calories here and there to help with that. i hope you go on the light side in the gym until you recover fully. i know high tec surgery less invasive yada yada but your cells might not know that or your immune system so go slow for awhile. you are doing awesome and i drank a hole glass of water as i read your blog. may i have another? have a happy thanksgiving to you and your family.

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TELERIE 11/25/2009 5:22PM

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Cauliflower is yummy! You ROCK the gym thang!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 11/25/2009 1:33PM

    I might have to get a couple heads of cauliflower and try that. I know the ones my in-laws make are enough to stop hearts (butter, sour cream, and whole milk, in addition to the potatoes).

Once again, have a Happy Thanksgiving, my friend.

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DACIUS 11/25/2009 8:29AM

    Sounds like a good turkey day!!! I am eating more traditional, but I am stubborn like that. I am going to run 10 miles that morning to offset the calories. LOL!!!

I have the same challenges with strentgh training. I am naturally a big guy and my legs will never, ever be considered chicken legs. I can generally leg press 300lbs 20 times without breaking a sweat. But squats make me nervous because I have to have a lot of weight on there to really do any sorta a workout. I see people squating with 135 and I think that would not even by a warm up for my legs. I used to carry an extra 100lbs on my shoulders, butt, belly, chin every single day. So I squated that much everytime I sat down (which was a lot...LOL!!!).
Good blog bud. As usual you bring a nice fresh perspective into the world of spark.

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LINDOKAS 11/24/2009 12:47PM

    may a way to lower the calories for the stuffing is choosing a lower cal bread? those higher in fiber are usually lower cal... like the arnolds double fiber sliced bread... just a thought! great plan though :-)

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LISAMG1220 11/24/2009 12:44PM

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!! Sounds like you are going to have a good one! Oh and you are right! It is not Thanksgiving without the Punkin' pie! : )

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JMSURPRENANT 11/24/2009 11:03AM

    Fabulous blog and T-day plan!
Best wishes,

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THECOOLESTSARAH 11/24/2009 10:55AM

    Your Thanksgiving plan sounds great! I love mashed cauliflower - I can't even really tell a difference. I've been contemplating whether or not I'll eat mashed potatoes at our dinner. I think I'll have everything, just in moderation. I am also planning to fill half my plate with veggies, a quarter with turkey, and then try to fit the starchy carbs on just on small quarter of plate. Then I'll drink an entire glass of water before I start eating. I think that should do it!

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LAURIE5658 11/24/2009 10:33AM

    Botzzz! Look at you doing the preacher curls in the photo!! What a totally magical transformation from just last week! LOL

Seriously, Botzzz, may you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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Exercising, who me? yeah you! couldn't be. Then who?

Monday, November 23, 2009

Kickin around all weekend long I did not make the best choices where my intake was concerned but it wasn't terrible either, I stayed hydrated all weekend its just the extra calories that got me. A plus to the weekend is that I finally got to explore a trail not far from my house with Wify Saturday afternoon, we hiked 3 miles worth of this trail and decided that if we can get a sitter again next weekend and the weather cooperates that we will drive down to where we left off (we ended at a road crossing) and hike another 3 miles or so, it was really relaxing to get out on a nice day and go on a walk about with a beautiful woman.

My wife is noticing that about 30 minutes into or after I exercise that I get...hyper, yeah we will call it hyper for now. This phenomenon is something that I noticed as well but she seems to find it very humorous and likes to mess with me about it, about 30 mins into our walk she turns to me with this $hit eating grin on her face and says "You just got VERY chatty" and I thought "hmmm I have haven't I" and within 3 minutes I was challenging wify to a skip race down the trail, and that thought turned into another thought "I wonder what the furthest distance anyone has ever skipped is?" to which Guinness popped into my head, I remembered when I was in my early 20's a friend of mine said that when I skip that I looked like a Deer prancing through the woods and that the distance from where I left the ground to where I landed between skips had to be 20 feet and before long I had come up with a plan to get into guiness by skipping the furthest.

I notice the same thing when I am at the gym, when I arrive I usually ride the stationary bike for 20 minutes no matter what I am going to do, it serves as a good warm up for me, and when I first get there I am sort of just there but after that ride I am ready to do anything. Friday for instance, My biceps were still killing me so I couldn't do the arc-trainer and I decided that I would do 30 minutes on the treadmill instead and I ended up doing 25 minutes on the bike and an hour and 10 minutes on the treadmill between a 3.0 and 7.0 incline and between 3.0 and 3.5 mph, I only stopped because I had to get back home in time to pick my daughter up from school. I have to say that I am rather enjoying this feeling that I get after and during exercise and can't help but to think that its my bodies way of making sure that I do it, making sure that it does not end up panting up stairs, or sweating from menial tasks perhaps even a way to stop the possibility of roots growing from my posterior into and through the couch again.

I over trained my biceps last week and learned my tough guy lesson and will use weight closer to what I should be instead of what I use to be able to do from here on out. I need to develop a more strict routine for my weight lifting because I am all over the place currently with it and making up a routine is not exactly something new to me as I use to lift a lot so upon returning from the gym today I am going to put some time into writing that up. My surgery is behind me now and I got my stupidity with preacher curls out of the way so I am refocusing and I can guarantee that results will be had in the coming weeks because its what I decided and that's all its going to take. I believe that adding a solid weight program into my exercise regimen will help me gain some of the lost mass back but I am unsure what will happen with the actual poundage loss/gain for a week or two because surly I will be retaining some fluids with the added weight training but since I am going to keep hitting the cardio as my main thing I think that I can keep the number going down while strengthening myself back up a bit, but now this post is getting rambly (is that even a word??!) so I shall end it here.

As always thanks for following along and the support and comments are ALWAYS appreciated so thank you all for that, make sure to stay hydrated and get some exercise into your days, if the once 534 pound fella can get to a point where he actually craves it then you can do it as well.

In 20 minutes think about how easy it would have been to exercise in that time and its out of the way, once you realize that it Really is that easy get up and do something about it, go ahead I dare ya!

As Ever

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 11/25/2009 1:04PM

    Another great post. Sounds like you need to use Bing.



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CINCYDORA 11/24/2009 10:06AM

    I see the same phenomenon: increased 'hyperactivity' after about 30 minutes of exercise. Unfortunatley it seems to correspond to a decrease in brain activity, as if my body is redirecting nutrients from the brain to the muscles. So while the quantity of words increases, the quality decreases.

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SNEAKYGREG 11/24/2009 8:21AM

    So how far you gonna skip???

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FLAWLESSCUBE 11/23/2009 10:17PM

    Keep on rocking, looking forward to hearing how the weight lifting routine treats you. Nice cyalis pic btw :) (giggles)
Stay Strong

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ZIRCADIA 11/23/2009 3:50PM

    YOU ROCK! Skip to my lou!

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LISAMG1220 11/23/2009 3:45PM

    Great blog as always!! I just changed my weight training routine too. I over did it on my biceps and was in some pain for a few days. So I lowered the weight and upped the reps and one day I do lower and the other I do upper. I alternate the cardio too. One day 30-45 min the next 60+ minutes. I am really liking the arc trainer but the one at my gym "arms" do not move....I wish it did. I can really see a difference in my core now that I am using it and my knee seems like it is not bothering nearly as much. That is a bonus!!! Have a wonderful week and a fantastic Thanksgiving!!

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DEEJACKSON 11/23/2009 3:07PM

    I always get a kick out of your blogs!!

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PUMPKINFACE73 11/23/2009 1:03PM

    LMAO....I have to ask where did you get that picture? GLOBALKEEWEE has me cracking up and I did have the same smirk on my face...I am thinking Cialis, that old couple looks way too happy...I think you should photo shop you and wifey's faces on that pic :)...and BTW, I love to skip, I make Lexie do it with me at the grocery store

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KSIGMA1222 11/23/2009 12:56PM

    Skipping is fun.

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THECOOLESTSARAH 11/23/2009 11:02AM

    Do you ever do the stair climber thing? I like to call it the sweat maker instead. It's all legs, baybay.

I totally know what you mean about regulating the workout routine - I'm in the same boat right now. I'm overhauling everything and making a new and more regulated schedule! whoo hoo!

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VEEJAY3 11/23/2009 10:49AM

    I have three words for you:

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GLOBALKEEWEE 11/23/2009 10:25AM

    I can hardly focus on the actual topic of your blog, because you have a picture that looks like it was swiped from an AARP ad inserted in here...I suppose it could be a Cialis ad, if you added some bathtubs...maybe I'll try again later to READ it. HA!

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Do your thang Honey!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

This week I have been focusing on the gym and apparently when I am in the gym I am focusing on working out, this is a good thing yes? I got in a pretty good work out yesterday which consisted of 20 minutes on a stationary bike, 20 minutes on the arc-trainer 40 minutes of weight lifting and a 10 minute cool down walk on the treadmill, all in all it was a great thing but today I am really feeling the effects of the weight lifting and believe that I may have over done it slightly as my left bicep is very sore.

I stayed within my calories for the day coming in at 1900 on the dot which is 40 lower than my projected calories with the whey protein shake that I drink on days that I lift so I am happy with that number, I drank a gallon each of green tea and straight H2O so hydrated I was and obviously by my first paragraph I made it to the gym so a good day indeed. Tomorrow is Friday but I haven't decided if I am stepping onto the scale in the am just yet and I really don't have a reason why other than I feel like I am doing what I need to do, I am getting cardio into my days, eating within my calories and I have added lifting weights again (post surgery) and though my weight is what it is I feel like I am starting to focus on over all health a tad more. I still have a lot of weight to lose but I also have a lot of other health goals to hit and one of those goals is to gain some mass back that was lost during my weight loss process so I want to start looking at that as a secondary goal for myself.

I mentioned that I got a good work out in at the gym and I must have really been in a zone because about 10 minutes into my arc-trainer workout Christina Augilera "ain't no other man" came into my ear phones through my mp3 player, now I have that song on there because my daughter loves it and will dance like crazy as soon as she hears it..ok ok I have never lied on this blog and I won't start now, I really like that song! as soon as you stop laughing I will continue with my story..go ahead I will wait..
anyways, between verses there is a dubbed voice that says "do your thang honey!" and I guess that I was really going or into it because I said OUT LOUD "do your thang honey!" which was followed by a "oh $hit" when I realized that I had said out loud, then me laughing, not like a little chuckle but a full on laugh almost triggered a case of unstoppable giggles but I did catch it and was able to get it into control. Now I am unsure if anyone heard me say either statement but there is a very good chance at least one person heard it, yes..heard the 330 pound big ol bearded guy that was going wild on the arc-trainer and now laughing almost uncontrollably say loud and proud "do your thang honey!" and later on my drive home I started laughing about the whole thing, in fact I am smiling hard as I type this, Have I mentioned that I enjoy going to the gym? I am unsure if I can go back now without ridicule but hey!

Over all I am doing pretty good this week and am hoping to continue that momentum and turn it into negative numbers again very soon, my surgery knocked me off track slightly because of not being able to work out and being limited with some other things but I am healing up nicely and almost back in full swing again. With that I do believe the end has come to another mind blowing episode of as the fat guy turns, we laugh, we cry and sometimes we have no idea whats going on but it is what it is and I thank you for following along.

Never EVER forget to do your thang honey!

As Ever

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JUDE-E911 11/21/2009 5:23AM

    lol been there done that!! most people have their headphones on too thank goodness!! So they may not of heard......and really who cares!! If they can stand to see me dripping sweat and jiggling on the eliptical, they can stand a little singing from me haha ........Glad you are back on track!! Feels good I bet!
I also can relate to the sore biceps!! mine are killing me too, I had to ask the instructor please focus on something else today!! lol im dying here, she focused on the other side...well now it just hurts all over thanks for making it even!!
Does it seem to you to hurt not the next day but the day after?? whats up with that? I go on tues to core class and thurs. I think im good on wed and by thurs...ouch!!
\keep up the good work!!

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ALEXSGIRL1 11/20/2009 8:27PM

    i think it was great that you were in the moment and relaxed. im happy that your happy at the gym. more people should go because you can do your own thang there honey. emoticonloved it good blog. emoticon

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 11/20/2009 2:26PM

    Our inner monologue shuts down at the most inappropriate times.

Keep on doing your thang!!


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ETHEL_MERMAID 11/20/2009 9:10AM

    We NEED more people like you who bring such fun to the gym! You banished someone else's drudgery ;) I know I would've welcomed such an "outburst"! Do your thang, honey!

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SNEAKYGREG 11/20/2009 8:22AM

    LOL you should just say that everytime while on the arc trainer then start laughing, then you would be crazy bearded guy on the arc trainer

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FLAWLESSCUBE 11/19/2009 11:33PM

    I think it says alot of someone who can sing in public. very strong and probably a bit demented but what a scene. I laughed, sorry but the scene in my head can't be nearly as good as the real thing but you keep on rocking at the gym and like always not everything is measured by the scale. which you already know. emoticon

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ELYMWX 11/19/2009 11:22PM

    Poker Face!

Have you seen Christopher Walken's performance?

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VEEJAY3 11/19/2009 9:20PM

    Now why doesn't it surprise me at all that we have that song in common on our iPods???

Got a little Lady GaGa on there, too?

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AKELAZ 11/19/2009 7:45PM

    AGAIN!! - I am riveted by your blog. Can imagine how funny/embarrasing your trip to the gym was - well - forgive me - Christine Aguilera is pretty embarrassing any time. And you a Jim Morrison fan!! ;-)) . . . All that aside you made me smile - and today has not been a smiley day. Thanks.

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RBRASHER 11/19/2009 6:20PM

    LOL! I love it! Just think of it as adding to every one else's enjoyment for the day!

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LISAMG1220 11/19/2009 6:13PM

    I am at a loss for words! For once!! hahahaha!!! I would have loved to been there to see the look on your face!! Thank you for the laugh!! I needed it so bad!! Have a great day!

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PUMPKINFACE73 11/19/2009 4:17PM guess are now the...

"Do your thang" guy @ the gym
you have a new name :)

oh...and you got me laughing at my desk on an otherwise VERY gloomy day here at the office, and I will never be able to listen to that song again without a chuckle, chuck!

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MADZOE 11/19/2009 1:53PM

    I'm with Sarah. There are a few songs that when I'm out doing my outside walks, I can't help but put some shake in the tank! And I've just about falling off my treadmill at home a few times cause I was getting crazy. And I love that song too! Also her Candy Man song!

Glad to hear you are enjoying the gym so much. Keep on keepin' on!
Happy Thursday:)

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LAURIE5658 11/19/2009 1:45PM

    Botzzz! You lost control of your giggles! I picture that entire scenario in my mind and I can't help but snicker. Botzzz, if you don't feel it to weigh in tomorrow, don't. If you are HAPPY, I mean happy, with the way you are feeling...skip it. you will know what to do.

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TELERIE 11/19/2009 1:38PM

    Hahha, do your thang, honey! Have fun with it!

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RUNTRILAUGH 11/19/2009 1:25PM

    Thanks for sharing!
Love it!!! Its soooo easy to get lost in good music and a great workout!!!

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DACIUS 11/19/2009 1:25PM

    Us guys all have a song that we are not proud of. But you lose a bit of the man card for singing it out loud. LOL!!!!

I can see it now. you sing your line. The person near you hears it and looks in your general direction. They see this big, tough, bearded guyand look around you to see if someone is on the other side of you. They then do a double take and end up with a resounding "Nah" as they continue their work out. LOL!!!!

Great job this week. I know it must feel great to get back into the swing of things.

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DAVEOZ 11/19/2009 1:14PM

    Too funny.


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1972ROSES 11/19/2009 12:58PM

    Ha! Ha! You are too funy!

As I get older and wiser, I make absolutely no appologies for the music I like! Why should our ages limit our exposure to good music? As well as good books, I am just about to finish book #3 of Diary of a Wimpy Kid. And no, it hasn't been written by BOTZZZ.

By the way, I love that song!

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THECOOLESTSARAH 11/19/2009 12:57PM

    That's hilarious. I'm SO glad that happened. :)

I have been known to bust out some awesome dance moves when a song comes on that I like while on the treadmill, and I also mouth the words to all the songs and rock out with abandon. There's no shame in my game.

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CAROLINA_KOUKLA 11/19/2009 12:52PM

  You are so funny!!
"Do your thang honey!" haha :)
I laughed out loud @ work just now :P

There are times I have the gym to myself very early in the morning and I've been known to belt out my fave songs here and there :)

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Comfort, do you have it?

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

6:45 pm, its dark and cold outside walking up to the doors and opening them revealed a new place not as familiar as earlier hours, people scurrying around covered in sweat and filled with determination after a hard day put in at the office the work crowd is at the gym. Shoulder to shoulder standing on machines and benches, heart rates up and gazing around the room for the next available machine to open up so that the workout can continue. Angry face Mohawk man pedals madly on a recumbent bike and the movie Batman pops into my head as I think "Why so serious?" and onto my stationary bike I go. Plug in and press the quick start button, level 11 for 20 minutes and off to the races it is, I notice there are more people than I have ever seen in there at one time as I catch a woman on an arc-trainer looking into my direction as she begins her workout.

Scanning around I look for Wify but can't find her among the crowd and on I go pedaling, 20 minutes comes fast and off of the bike I step. Head over to the cleaning station to grab a paper towel to wipe down the bike but the mature woman in front of me grabbed the bottle to spray her machine down instead of spraying the towel and wiping so I follow her and ask "Can I get a squirt?" to which she replies "Where do ya want it hon?" a smile and a quick squirt later an empty arc-trainer is spotted and off I go again. Stepping around a small gathering of young girls loitering in the isle between the arc-trainers and the ellipticals I notice another lady eyeing my arc-trainer but I make it there in time to claim the machine, a short stretch, 20 minutes set into the quick start and within a few seconds I spot wify on some strength machines across the gym.

Giant arm tiny leg guy was there as was intense runner guy who puts the treadmill at an extreme incline and does sprints at a very high speed, though A.D.D. girl was not anywhere to be found a plethora of others were. A 10 minute cool down walk on the treadmill at 3.0 MPH on a 3.5% incline ended the night and my workout was complete for the evening, Wify completed her workout and we headed home.

Something interesting occured to me shortly after leaving, I was comfortable, not comfortable in the way a person gets because they have to pretend to be but comfortable because I was, I belonged there and the fact that it was wall to wall people most seemingly more fit than me didn't matter one bit and I did what I needed to do and did not think twice about anything. This is so opposite my initial gym expectations and in such a short time that I would reccomend that anyone who is hesitant about joining a gym because of atmosphere variables not be, no one cares about anyone else or what they are doing and if they do its kept to themselves because if a 330 pound guy can go wild on an arc-trainer and feel fully comfortable about it in a gym full of people anyone can.

I have to wonder if I am "goin wild on the arc trainer fat dude" to anyone?

This is my groove, I will not leave it.

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IWILLOVERCOME1 11/22/2009 12:45AM

    Great write. I used to be intimidated at the Y too. I always felt like I did things "weird" but after a week or so, I looked around and realized that most everyone there has funny quirks or the way they dress. I work out in a skirt with a pair of bike shorts on underneath so I know people look at me. But, theres the old guy who ALWAYS puts a white towel or hanky on top of his bald head while he rides the bike. Or the older guys who come in blue jeans. I dont look any weirder than they do. And, I see people doing all kinds of their own exercises that make them look silly, but hey, if it works for them, then "go for it", I think. O.. then theres "the crazy lady who runs the treadmill faster than she can keep up so she's clinging to the control panel for dear life" Sometimes the gym is just plain entertaining.

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CRAFTYPATCH 11/21/2009 9:25AM

    So funny! I give people names like that too! I love to people watch and am sure that the people watchers probably call me something like "old red head who loves the treadmill" or better yet "woman who didn't know you have to start pedaling the elliptical before it will turn on." I'm sure I had lots of people laughing at me that day.

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LOGCABINCOOK 11/20/2009 9:45AM

    Awesome... makes me want to go to the rec center just for the people watching! When I was in a training stint many moons (okay years) ago, there was this group of us MWF 5:30 am folks and it felt like we were this little pre-Breakfast Club bunch. Mismatched and there for a reason. Thanks for reviving the memories!

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LOGCABINCOOK 11/20/2009 9:43AM

    Awesome... makes me want to go to the rec center just for the people watching! When I was in a training stint many moons (okay years) ago, there was this group of us MWF 5:30 am folks and it felt like we were this little pre-Breakfast Club bunch. Mismatched and there for a reason. Thanks for reviving the memories!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 11/20/2009 8:25AM

    This is so good to hear after your initial trepidation about the gym. I'm also glad it's something that the two of you are doing together.


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DANCINGPENGUIN 11/19/2009 1:10PM

    Fascinating. I actually don't pay much attention to the other people at the Y. The employees, maybe, but not the other exercisers. There's a woman I recognize because she looks like an old friend. A few other familiar strangers. But mostly I just get in there and get a treadmill. Our treadmills face out, so everyone else is behind me. I do my own thing and then leave.

The desk worker, though, is secretly, "Idiot who cannot remember my name even though I'm here 3 times a week"!

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PRUPLEBEAR 11/19/2009 9:14AM

    Too funny!

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GODZDESIGN95 11/19/2009 9:04AM

    Part of the reason I do not the gym scene people scoping on you. My head game. Exercising at home for me. But to all those who do the gym scene good for you/

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SNEAKYGREG 11/19/2009 8:30AM

    I love the names. People watching has always been fun to me but I never made up names for them but now... I think it just got more fun

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LISAMG1220 11/18/2009 6:54PM

    OMG too funny!!!! I have a few i have seen at my gym I would like to add to the list!
The "butt cheeks hanging out of his shorts" dude....also nick named "entirely tooooo much fake n bake" and "DUDE check me out!!!"
The "PLEASE someone buy her a sports bra" Chick (she was actually sprinting on a treadmill! I was very worried she was going to put herself in traction)
The "socializing burns calories....right????" people. There is a whole gaggle of these at my gym! I just want to say are you here to work your body or jaws????
The "This is my machine....get over it" chick. She uses the ab crunch machine for 30 minutes!! I am serious and then shoots you crazy eyes if you come wait for her to be done!
I would like to think that mine is "Impressive drive and determination" chick....but it is probably more like the "DUDE should we call and ambulance for her b/c I think she is gonna hurt herself on that thing" Lady! I was on the arc trainer the other day working it and this older lady was on the elliptical beside me. She kept shooting me concerned looks! I just smiled and kept on trucking! Thanks for the laugh!!!!

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KNH771 11/18/2009 6:36PM

    You make me smile! I thought I was the only one who came up with little names for people at the gym... and you're right, no one cares about anyone else there unless you're being an inconsiderate PITA (pain in the ...). When I weighed my heaviest, I was worried too, but it didn't take long to realize that I was agitated over nothing.

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VEEJAY3 11/18/2009 2:42PM

    Oh you're funny, as usual. I thought my husband and I were the only ones who named people that way. Our favorite at Starbucks is "Knows What She's Doing Girl." And since I loved KSIGMA's list of gym people, I'll add:
"Must Be Training For A Competition Woman"
"Black Socks and Fanny Pack Man" (what the hell's in the fanny pack???)
"All About The Biceps Man"
"All About My Boob Job Woman"
and the
"We Only Come Here To Gossip Tag Team"

I'm probably "Round Curly Girl Who Laughs At Whatever's On Her iPod" (you know, Botzzzz, that I laugh every time "Fat-Bottom Girls" pops up during my workout!)

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PUMPKINFACE73 11/18/2009 2:14PM

    I love all the names for everyone, sounds like the location I go are missing..."eye candy"...(every gym has one or 2 of those :)

Great that you are comfy there and feel at home, maybe one of thesse days i will have to come to check it out (seeing that we are members of the same darn place :)


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HEALTHY4JEANNE 11/18/2009 1:51PM

    I recognize some of the people you mention at the gym.
I love the arc machine. It is a crazy work out. I love the feeling of accomplishment when I am done a good work out on it.
Great blog,

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BARIBAL 11/18/2009 1:50PM

    Great blog. Now you got me wondering what nickname THEY have for me emoticon

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FRECKS96 11/18/2009 1:41PM

    Thanks for the motivation, I am considreing getting a membership for Christmas. Also, love the names, I do the same.

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KSIGMA1222 11/18/2009 1:14PM

    I am "Tall sweaty dude who seemingly never stops or leaves" even the trainers do a double take look with "You aren't done yet?" look on their faces which may tell me I workout to long.

Other names for people at the gym
"Enter 60 minutes and workout for 10"
"Talks more than anything else"
"Cellphone workout person"
"Takes longer to get ready to do cardio than they spend doing cardio"
"Mimics other people working out because they do not know what they are doing"
(Ok I try to help them if they want it and I am not in the middle of something)
"Really jeans to workout in, to each their own"
"For god's sake eat something"
"Fake baked leathery skin look at me!"
"Sits on machines in between sets"
"Wears three layers or more of clothing and cannot figure out why the gym always seems so hot?"
"DONT LOOK AT ME!!!" many of those
"Why yes you do work out!"
"Yep you have muscle, please stop kissing them."
"Coach's hanky guy then touches everything"
"Are you talking to me?"


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ETHEL_MERMAID 11/18/2009 1:01PM

    Your writing is so enjoyable - thanks! I used to go to a gym, and no, nobody's concerned with anyone else's physique. They're all so busy with an eye on their own personal prize that other than a few kind words or other bit of chit-chat, they're all seeking one thing: progress! It didn't take me long at all to feel comfortable in that setting, and I hope you do, too.

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BECKTY 11/18/2009 12:29PM

    Too funny!

I want to feel that way about the running and about going to a gym. I am sure I will be there before I know it.

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DACIUS 11/18/2009 12:00PM

    Good thought. I used to go to the gym at 5:00 AM because no one was there. I used the excuse that it was the only convenient time for me. But in reality, it was that I did not want people to see me jiggle on the treadmill or sweat a gallon of sweat on the stationary bike.

Now I like going in the afternoon. I am very good friends with the trainers and when they are not there I am somehow saddled with the go to guy for advice or a spot. It is all really fun to me.

I think I would classify as a "why so serious" person in your gym though. I am not much of a talker while I am working out and I know I have this serious look on my face when I run. LOL!!!

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DDOORN 11/18/2009 11:57AM

    Sounds like you're right at home there...!

I'd LOVE to someday have the time for a gym / fitness center...doubt it'll happen before I retire in oh...say 8-10 years from! Till then it's my treadmill, bike, kayaking, cross country skiing, nordic & trail walking, dumb bells and resistance bands...!


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1972ROSES 11/18/2009 11:56AM

    Did you ever notice that there seems to be only a handful of regulars? That we were intimidated by people at the gym that aren't committed to a healthy life style like we are?
Congrats on becoming a regular. Next they'll be calling your name like Norm when he enters Cheers.

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PINKCOCONUT 11/18/2009 11:47AM

    I must say, although I'm not a gym person, I do miss the regular characters when I joined last year for winter and hope they're there again this year! There certainly is a comfortable air around it when you go there day after day with the same people. Like a weird, much more fitter than myself second family. Even though we don't talk to eachother....

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THECOOLESTSARAH 11/18/2009 11:44AM

    You DO belong there - you are their people. :)

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PATRICIAANN46 11/18/2009 11:39AM

  I LOVE your nicknames for the (GYM PEOPLE)!!!!! Very funny..... With your sense of humor and great attitude, I predict success in your matter how much weight you do or do not lose. emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 11/18/2009 11:38AM

    Love the way you express yourself. And, of course, the motivation you exemplify. Have a wonderful day.

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A turning point, can you see around the bend?

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Here I am, just me, doing what I need to do and its turning into something that I want to do, or let me say it differently, something that I crave. Not so long ago it was that random slim jim or 12 at the gas station that I wanted, or a slice of cake at a birthday party that would rival some entire cakes, or a Big D chili cheese burger (some of you New England people may recognize what that is) and now things are so different its like someone else is where I was or am. Today my little one is feeling under the weather and is home from school and I will miss my afternoon at the gym because of it, I am disappointed that I cannot go, I am looking for a sitter for this evening so that me and the boss lady may head out to get a work out in. I am amazed still at how I feel about working out again, I hear people say things like "Blah I have to go to the gym tonight" or "I don't feel like working out today but I know I have to so I will" and its not how I feel about it. I can't wait until its time to head out and get to the gym, getting there and seeing A.D.D. girl on the arc trainer every day with the tv on, an ipod in her ears and a book perched below the tv screen all while working harder than I have ever seen a person work out, or the 4 stooges, four old men that work harder than I have ever seen an old guy work out, hell harder than a lot of young people! they do work out in between making fun of one another but none the less every day they are there.

I had lost that part of me with the weight gain, He was in there but hiding, maybe just too depressed to come out and play or perhaps it was easier to eat and sulk, I am still unsure to this day but I tell you that the other guy, you know..the bigger fella, he will never be back because this is too much fun. I said in an older post once upon a time ago

"Once exercise is a habit you will no longer think of it as anything but what you WANT to do, It will not be sugary treats or greasy burgers that consume your thoughts, you will instead crave a rapid heart rate and beading sweat, the burn that comes with a good workout will be the "treat" that drives your every second of the day and before you know it healthy living will happen right before your eyes, astounded and impressed with yourself victory will be yours"


and I have to say that statement has never been truer for me as it is this day. I have replaced a need/want for the sticky goodness of a Cinibon for a burn in my legs, this is what I crave.

I have accomplished something that I never thought possible, I lost more than 200 pounds and I did it on my own, which isn't actually fair to say because my family has been an immeasurably large resource for inspiration and support along the way. This blog Has been big in helping me keep on track until I could get to this point as well, logging my days on here along with some of my conclusions and ah ha moments helps also because there have been times where I have gone back into my own blogs and re-read them so that I could focus, there is so much that has helped me stay on track. One of the craziest things to me is that I have already lost more than 200 pounds and I still have a ways to go which can be disheartening at times because I do want to lose another 70 pounds and against the 200 that has already been lost it seems a small task but it is still 70 pounds! and the last 70 to boot so I anticipate it getting a bit harder the smaller I get. Can I presume that I will get there? I mean all the way down to below 265 pounds? I cannot presume anything because there are too many factors in life hence my situation in the first place but can I say that I will do everything that I can to get that last 70 pounds off? You already know the answer to that question if you have read any of my blog at all, I look forward to the day that I can say I have lost 50% of my total body weight.

Today I leave you with a Buddhist proverb.

"If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking"...

Which direction are you facing?

As Ever

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

CRAFTYPATCH 11/21/2009 9:30AM

    I am just now starting to get to the point where I crave going to the gym. I don't necessarily always work out as hard as other days, but I know that I want to go and feel the satisfaction of a good sweat each day.

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 11/18/2009 1:07PM

    LOL. I hear you on the exercise addiction.

I went to CA for the weekend for a family reunion and did I not drag my poor sister to a 24 hour fitness in Sacramento for Precor AMT and abs floor work? At 7am?

And then the next morning dragged both her and our cousin to the hotel fitness room at 7am sharp for elliptical/bike/treadmill and free weights? (routine stolen from my bodypump class)

The last time these people saw me in person, I looked like this:
You get one (1) guess as to which one is me. These poor relatives had no idea what they were in for. hehehe


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ALIZA77 11/18/2009 10:05AM


at my gym i've got:

funky bald lady, INCREDIBLY hot 80 year old guy who swimms laps like phelps, see through bathing suit guy and gal, don't -splash-me-because- i don't want to get wet-even though i'm in the pool lady, strange lady with the thick braids, old lady in a sweater, corderoy pants, and full face of makeup on the weight machines-and me; really fat lady hauling herself out of the pool, (can i get any heaver? )

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SNEAKYGREG 11/18/2009 8:28AM

    I don't know how you do it but everytime I read your blog I get inspired more and more. I hear you on the workout though, the more you do the more you want to do it. Kinda like weight loss crack emoticon

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JBMT08 11/17/2009 8:09PM

    This is an amazing blog!!! We are all facing in the RIGHT direction.....I will think of this every time I have a blip in my journey!!! THANK YOU!!! I am dying to try the arc trainer!! BTW, thanks to your blog a few weeks ago, I made my own version of the baked ziti with zucchini ( I forgot about the broccoli until after I put the casserole in the over). I LOVE IT!!! THANK you for showing us how it is done!! emoticon

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DDKITTYP1MP 11/17/2009 6:59PM

    What a great blog! Way to go!!! Losing 200 pounds is amazing!!! I cannot wait until I'm at the point when I crave exercise! Looking forward to it!

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LALAFLOWERS 11/17/2009 6:57PM

    glad that you've found your inner athlete! what a great thing!!!! Hope your little one is better soon...

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DESERT_BIRD 11/17/2009 6:40PM

    Great blog! Congratulations on your success so far... I have no doubt you will do everything you can to lose the 70 pounds! You're right, there are no guarantees, but are you definitely headed in the right direction!

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TELERIE 11/17/2009 6:18PM

    Oh, I'm walking along in the right direction right now - most definitely! And so it seems are you! You're so right working out is a treat- and what FUN it is to have found our inner athletes!

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AKELAZ 11/17/2009 6:03PM

    Wow!! I love your blogs - inspire me - make me think - and what I think at this moment is not about me - but about you. You WILL get there - I just know it.

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GLOBALKEEWEE 11/17/2009 5:49PM

    I, too, have been inspired by the sight of a the DayQuil and NyQuil liquid caps side by side. Oh, you meant the red and blue pills of Matrix repute? Or perhaps you have found the little bottle that says "drink me" to Alice?

No more drugs for Keewee...

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VGIMLET 11/17/2009 5:32PM

    Great blog. So, there's something WRONG with watching TV, listening to an ipod and reading a book at the same time one is on the elli..I mean treadmill?


Very inspirational, as always. Thanks for sharing.

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TRINITY4001 11/17/2009 5:28PM

    Great blog post...I, too, am stealing your proverb quote! Love it!

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ALEXSGIRL1 11/17/2009 5:13PM

    nice blog and i love the proverb. i have the exercise bug also and hate when i miss. i am happier. i even miss that heart pounding feeling you get when you work hard, alas as hard as i work out my pacemaker will not allow me to get that feeling. but i do work hard. you are an inspiration.

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EUGENERUGOSA 11/17/2009 4:28PM

    very good proverb. Maybe I should put my add to use on the arc trainer & it won't be so hard ;0)

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LISAMG1220 11/17/2009 4:09PM

    Loving the proverb. My direction is towards a healthier me! : )

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ZIRCADIA 11/17/2009 4:02PM

    HAHAHA at ADD ArcTrainer girl -- that's funny! :)

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MFARRELL94 11/17/2009 3:48PM

    I am so glad I found your blogs today. I reading them from the first blogs the are a bit closer to where I am in my progress, but so helpful to see where I can be. And I'm so stealing any aha and lightbulb moments I can to help on this journey. I'm facing the right way, I just have to remember to walk. emoticon

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 11/17/2009 3:39PM

    I guess I need to turn around and get moving.

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KSIGMA1222 11/17/2009 3:18PM

    There is no end to this journey, milestones yes but end no. Many may call if we give up or go back an end but that it is not. We are also never done with wanting results, which will drive us as long as we temper it with an understanding that we are happy we have done what we have done and will just always want more.

Not sure how you handle all these comments and such.

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PINKCOCONUT 11/17/2009 3:13PM

    I'm with ya! I'm at my final 40lbs and it seems like a LOT but we'll get there! We're both facing the right direction!

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LAURIE5658 11/17/2009 2:56PM

    I always call the last of the poundage to lose as "hard lard". That is where I am today and it is truly exactly what I thought it would be. You will get to those last bits of poundage but hopefully it will be easier for you.

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DAVEOZ 11/17/2009 2:56PM

    Nice proverb.

Nice indeed. Now I'll make a Uturn and make sure I don't go to the burger joint. Thanks for reminding and inspiring.

Keep it up...


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KNH771 11/17/2009 2:50PM

    I wish I was where you are today. I'm having one of those days when I would kill for a cupcake! Congrats on the progress you've made.

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USARUNNERGIRL 11/17/2009 2:41PM

    I am moved by your blog. I too have turned my cravings for food for a craving for working out. I enjoy being hot, sweaty, and being pushed. I am walking in the right direction. You are doing such a wonderful job with your weight loss and are very inspiring. I am glad that I found your blog today it was a much needed read.

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DACIUS 11/17/2009 2:37PM

    Great blog. I recently had a thought. If I had a remote that would fast forward the days until I get to my target weight. Would I use that remote? After some thought I answered it with a resounding "NO!!!". You know why?

The comment you made on a previous blog, about how you had to run out to the car and leave quickly. That feeling you had when you realized what you did. That amazing fullness, the warmth you get over your accomplishment.

Those tiny moments are the truely amazing about changing our lives. I had one when I beat my 5 mile run one night by an astounding 4 more miles. I jumped around like I won the lottery. The average passer by probably thought I was "special" in a not so good way.

Enjoy the heck out of these next few months as you cascade to your target goal. These are going to be the very best memories in your journey. The "ah hah" and "whoo-hoo" moments. The "H3LL YEAH" moments also, can't forget those.

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SLIMMERJESSE 11/17/2009 2:28PM

    I'm inspired by your success, attitude, and determination. There's no doubt that you will achieve the rest of your goal. And you express so many thoughts I've had throughout this process. Not to mention, you're a terrific writer. Thanks for this!

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JUSTAGURL2335 11/17/2009 2:21PM

    I'm stealing that quote!! :)

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TUBBYSHUKER370 11/17/2009 2:19PM

    I am close to getting there. Thanks for the push.

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RENA1965 11/17/2009 2:11PM

    hang in there, just keep on grinding it..

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MOEDANCING 11/17/2009 2:11PM

    Zeus... :) been gone a long time my friend... something called me to your page first and foremost

which direction am i facing?

as ever


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DDOORN 11/17/2009 2:09PM

    Walking right with you BOTZZZ! Woo hoo! How sweet it is! :-)


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