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Recovering from the salty weekend, and baby its cold outside.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009


The last couple days have felt good, hopefully come Friday I will see a loss that brings me below that 332.8 pound mark and maybe even lower if I get all of my ducks in a row. Since this weekends up fluctuation I seem to have re-focused and I am hoping that it translates into a decent loss, I only need a one pound drop to stay on course for my under 300 pounds by April goal but of course I would like to see at least my 2 pound minimum so that I can stay within the goal numbers easily just in case I have a bump in the road kind of week.


The view out of my front door this morning towards the lake, gotta love the snow.

The gym yesterday was suppose to be a nice easy trip where I was planning to just ride my bike for 20 minutes and a quick trot on the arc-trainer but it turned into more than that. I spent 20 minutes on the stationary bike, 25 minutes on an arc-trainer followed by 10 minutes on the treadmill which would have been a good work out at 55 minutes of cardio but then I lifted weights. I ended up doing over the head presses, preacher curls, seated back rows, lateral raises and some shrugs, I told myself that I should slow down on the weight lifting but how can I when I am just starting to see results from it? I can flex my bicep and there is definition, The muscles in my quads are separated and clearly visible when I stress them or stand, my shoulders look like shoulders instead of mashed potatoes! how? why?? stop now? I can't. This is the point that I was waiting for, I wanted to start lifting again, I needed to start lifting again! no matter what I tell myself I can't come up with a good enough reason to stop so I won't.



My intake was on par for the day coming in at just about 1800 calories, Home made Turkey soup was on the menu for dinner and I got a lot of veggies into the day as well. Fluids, ahhh fluids, I drank 1 gallon of green tea and 1.5 gallons of straight H2O so slightly more than normal but I figured I was recovering from the salty weekend and its not like I tried to drink that much, it just happens sometimes. I will not be able to get to the gym today because of a snow day for the kids and the fact that I don't feel like getting stuck at the bottom of my long steep driveway but I did get in some movement while shoveling said driveway. An hour of shoveling snow has to count for something and I plan on maybe doing a yoga DVD and some calisthenics later because I have to keep the movement happening so that this Fridays weigh in comes in at a loss rather than breaking even or a gain.

The week is turning out decently well where fixing the weekend goes and other than missing the gym today I will do my best to keep the momentum up so that I can hit my goal in April. I have two restless kids and I am listening to Zooey Deschanel and Leon Redbone sing "baby its cold outside" so it is time for a cup of hot green tea while I put the kids in their cages....er I mean play with the kids for a bit! keep on keepin on and all that and tune in tomorrow to see where the next episode of As the fat guy turns goes.

As Ever
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DENACARPER 12/9/2009 8:51PM

    great work! Keep it up, great view!

Dena

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NEXTYEAR 12/9/2009 1:57PM

    Love your view.

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 12/9/2009 12:52PM

    I think that you might see a bump in the weight at the start of this weight training, but in the long run, it will help. As long as you aren't hurt, keep doing it.

I might have to check on that kids in cages thing. Maybe it is legal in our state . . .

Off to get some water.

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THECOOLESTSARAH 12/9/2009 11:28AM

    As long as you are resting in between and listening to your body - LIFT AWAY!!!! I think we might get snow this weekend, which is totally unusual. We don't even have a snow shovel and I've been scraping ice off my car windows with a napkin. haha

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LIVINHEALTHY4 12/9/2009 11:14AM

    I so appreciate your dedication and determination! I have been reading through some of your older blog posts and you just bring a smile to my face. You have worked so hard! I know it's kinda weird of me to say, since we have never met, but man, am I ever proud of you! I applaud anyone who can be so focused to get as far as you have - so you deserve applause!

Thanks for sharing your stories with us, I really look forward to them. They really motivate me!

Have an enjoyable - and warm - rest of your day! Lesley

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DACIUS 12/9/2009 10:43AM

    You worked out extra hard yesterday, so don't stress about today. I agree with the seeing definition and cuts of the muscle with ST. I have niticed new lines forming on my legs and arms that I have not seen in decades. I can even see some definition in my chest.

Great job bud. I imagine shoveling snow is one heck of a workout if you keep your pace up.

It was been 10 years since I have had to deal with that, so hopefully there is a calorie tracker for that somewhere.

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SWEETZMIX 12/9/2009 10:38AM

    This was a good episode ;)

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THEBOOKBINDER 12/9/2009 10:36AM

    Hope your weigh in goes well this week.

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Sleeper hold! nobody gets out of the sleeper hold!

Tuesday, December 08, 2009


Something is a miss, I weighed in Friday and I was 332.8 which was a good week but come Monday the scale had different news for me. Granted I was up late all weekend and ate popcorn late on 2 of those nights along with going to the gym 7 days last week so I may have been slightly over trained to go with the sleepy but when the scale said 339 pounds yesterday I was at a loss because it had not been a terribly bad weekend and the biggest issue was the lack of sleep. This whole up thing did bug me a bit but in the grand scheme it is what it is and all I can do is keep doing what I am doing and hope that it fixes itself, say that 3 times fast! that or I can just start going to bed at a reasonable hour. I have never been that guy that over analyzes his intake, I basically eye ball my veggies to protein to fats to carbs ratios and have never written them down as long as my calories fall between two points I am happy so I won't start doing that now as I feel that it just confuses the situation BUT I am going to do something that I did for a while back a few months and that is add an all veggie/fruit day each week.



The plan will be to have 2 days per week where I eat no meat at all, mostly veggies and breads with some cheese perhaps so that I can make veggie pizza flat breads and the like. I used this approach a while back and liked the change in menu, it forced me to get creative with meals which accomplished more than one thing, I get to eat different foods as there are times that I get a little repetitive at the dinner table and it lightens things up. Not going to the gym is not an option for me so I will not adjust that much, what I can do is tweak it a bit which I am unsure of how to do that right now because I currently do between 40 minutes and an hour of cardio followed by 30 to 45 minutes of weight lifting with the lifting being 3 days per week. I am seeing results from the lifting so I do not want to take it away completely from my program but I may scale it down slightly and focus on taking pounds off again as my main goal.

The fact that I have not lost a significant amount of weight in the last couple months, in fact I have bounced around the same few pounds for a while now, does not mean that I am not seeing a difference in how I look. I am in between sizes again with some of my clothing, I got a couple of $20 gift cards from the local big and fat shop like I do every year for "being a loyal customer" Like I had a choice! but I do appreciate that they do this because at the prices big dude clothes cost every little bit helps. So..I head on down gift cards in hand and wify came with me, she found a Reebok sweat shirt that is normally $40 and its in a discount rack for 25% and with one of my gift cards it ended up costing me $9.99 so that was cool, it was a size 3xlt and fits me snug enough that it fits but loose enough that my juggle is hidden somewhat. With the second card I figured that I would get a Tee shirt so of course I grab a 3x and off to the dressing room I go but the shirt is too big on me, not by a whole lot but big enough that it looked odd. A 2xl came with me into the dressing room next and it was only slightly too small but small enough that it looked like I was wearing my little brothers shirt, I bought the 2xl shirt because it will eventually be what I need and with my coupon it ended up being free.



3xl is too big, 3xlt works as long as its a sweatshirt, otherwise it is slightly tight and too long and a 2xl is too snug, I am stuck with what I have at the moment for clothing but hey! I would rather be between a 3xl and a 2xl than AT a 3xl! I am still looking for a loss this week and have a strong feeling that even with yesterdays high weigh in that I will make it a loss come Friday, its just how I have to think otherwise I am thinking like a fat person and well...that's just not me any more. I Passed out/fell asleep yesterday putting my daughter to bed at 8:00 so I ended up with a very good night sleep and it is the plan for the rest of the week to go to bed no later than 10:00pm because I think its a bog part of why I was up in weight, that and the fact that I ate salty foods all weekend, so we shall see.

It will be a tough week of being strict and hitting the gym as religiously as I have been and I am going to end there for now because I have to get ready for the gym and finish getting my daughter ready for her day at school.

Eat well, drink much and sleep long for it is what is needed to live a long healthy life.

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 12/8/2009 3:57PM

    Sleep is probably the one thing that I never gave a lot of attention to it. After I get some of the stress relieved and get the fruits/veggies back in line and the water straightened out, I think that might be the next thing to fix.

Congrats on the shirt size.

ttyl

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TIPPY211 12/8/2009 3:50PM

    The fruit veggie idea is great. I did that and liked it so much I now only eat meat 1-2 times a week.
Plateaus are tough but hang in there you will succeed. Good luck

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TIPPY211 12/8/2009 3:50PM

    The fruit veggie idea is great. I did that and liked it so much I now only eat meat 1-2 times a week.
Plateaus are tough but hang in there you will succeed. Good luck

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THEBOOKBINDER 12/8/2009 3:18PM

    You are doing a great job and it sucks when you are stuck. I do believe you are over trained too, sleep is definitely a necessity at least 6 hours a night minimum. I'm such a hypocrite, I cant remember the last time I slept 6 hours. How many calories are you taking in each day? Hope the scale starts to budge soon for you. I love the idea of a veggie day!

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DAVEOZ 12/8/2009 1:59PM

    Suggestion that worked for me:

Get your 8 hours
Lessen the 7 day routine
No eating after 7pm except water
Water until you gotta go to the bathroom every hour during the day

I was up 6 pounds last week and within 3 days, I got rid of the Na, got more sleep and my number is fine now.

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DACIUS 12/8/2009 1:55PM

    I found out this weekend that I am in between sizes for pants. I originally wore 48 pants and they were snug on me. Now I am teetering between a pair of 40 pants and a 38 size pants. The 38's are still too small, but the 40's are big. I need a 39!!! LOL!!!

Don't stress that gain. you said you had a lot of salty food, so your body has a lot of extra water in it right now.

You will be back to your lower weight in no time. Just stay away from the salt.

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SGRONOW1 12/8/2009 12:07PM

    a couple more lbs and youll be out of the local "big and fat shop." Woohoo

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SWEETZMIX 12/8/2009 11:54AM

    The being in between sizes is not the greatest. My boyfriend is like that now. He is in between an XL and a L. It's his back & arms. It happens, I figure just keep doing what you are doing & you will continue to shrink. The scale, is another story. But it's not the most important story either!

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CAROLYN1213 12/8/2009 11:51AM

    Does sound like a water retention issue. I am very sodium sensitive and will not even weigh myself the day after having had Asian or Indian foods. Love them! Even if I'm within calorie range I will have a gain. My body has a very strange weight loss pattern. I lose most of my weight for the month in the first week of the month, then it will bobble up and down for about two weeks and then settle back down to my lowest weight for the month. For me, I think it is a trust thing. I have dieted and done extreme things to lose weight for over 15 years . . . my body does not trust me to feed it well and take care of it appropriately. I'm learning to relax about the number on the scale. If I keep doing healthy things, the numbers will change. I guess I'm saying you know what you are doing is healthy and the results will show, and eventually the numbers will have to change.

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BILLALEX70 12/8/2009 11:44AM

    Soon you'll not have to shop at those stores! I can hardly believe that I (we) used to wear 6X shirts. I used to dread shopping, but now I enjoy going to the MALL and looking at clothes. Keep at brother and you'll be there also!

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THECOOLESTSARAH 12/8/2009 11:43AM

    I love your idea of a fruit and veggie day! I think I will try it - I totally agree that once in awhile you have to lighten everything up and sort of clean out the system. I'm definitely going to try it.

Thanks!


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Weighing in on weighing in, Off to a good start..

Friday, December 04, 2009


This morning is the Official beginning of my April 2nd challenge, which is to get below 300 pounds by April 2nd 2010 which gives me 4 months to do it. In the beginning of the week I was 336.4 pounds and I used that number to give me a start point for this week so that I could see how I was starting off and this morning when I weighed in I was 332.8 pounds so 3.6 pounds this week, I will round down and call it 3 pounds. With that weigh in I am ahead of my goal by one pound but I am sure the week where I need that extra pound will come into play so we will just call it a good week.



Heading to the gym yesterday I was feeling pretty good about going in lieu of feeling worn down in the am but when I arrived it was almost like the energy was sapped out of me again. Onto the bike I went and ended up riding for twenty five minutes and then onto the treadmill for an additional ten minutes so only 35 minutes of cardio, while I was on the treadmill I noticed one of the trainers looking in my direction but he did not approach me so I figured it was just eye contact held too long and went on with my walk. When I was done I wanted to get a light chest work out in on the machines, as I headed towards a press machine that trainer came over to me and introduced himself and some small talk ensued he asked what my fitness goals were etc and this is something that I have noticed lately at the gym the trainers seem more active with approaching people and its the second time in 2 weeks this has happened. So we chatted a bit while I was using the press machine I told him that my main goals were to lose fat and gain muscle and he said that he could help me "get started on some serious weight loss" if I was interested in using his services at the gym, I smiled and that's when I told him that I was down more than 200 pounds. He asked me what my secret was and I asked him "What would you have charged me for your services?" He laughed and said "Fair enough" and we talked a little bit about it while I finished up the press machine and I just told him that more movement and less eating was pretty much all I was doing, I may take him up on his offer at a later date as I still get my free fitness eval and he seemed knowledgeable enough.



This afternoon I am planning on doing my 15/15/15 cardio workout along with some bicep and shoulder strength movements to finish up my exercise for the day. Over the weekend as long as weather holds up I am going to try and hit a trail near my house that Wify and I walked a 3 mile stretch of about a week ago, I found a 5 mile stretch of the same trail using Gmaps and it starts where we left off last time so if we can find the time and a baby sitter a hike may be in my weekends future. Over all I am pleased with the way this week has turned out and I am that much closer to getting below my all time low weight, I have a strong feeling barring anything out of my control that within the next few weeks my weight will drop well below that low weight of 328 that I hit right before my surgery.

With that the end has come to yet another post among the masses of weight loss blogs floating around out there, You may now return to whatever takes up the rest of the time in your days, Thank you for following along and thanks for the support.

As Ever
Me

  
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PRUPLEBEAR 12/8/2009 11:29AM

    Good job this week!

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SWEETZMIX 12/7/2009 11:35AM

    emoticon my friend! WHOO HOO!!!!!!!!! Hope you and the wifey had some time to go for that walk. It was cold & snowing over here. So maybe you 2 didn't get it in.

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MARLA_S 12/6/2009 9:01PM

    Great job this week! I know you'll meet your April goal if you keep working as hard as you have been!


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SNEAKYGREG 12/5/2009 12:27PM

    Touche' to the trainer... I guess he thought he had a big account coming

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WALKWITME 12/5/2009 10:04AM

    Congrats! on your weightloss

keep It Up !

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 12/5/2009 10:01AM

    Too funny about the trainer. I wish I could have seen the look on his face.

Great start on the start of the next challenge.

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LISAMG1220 12/5/2009 6:02AM

    I had a similar experience, but my fitness "coach" is included with my Y membership. I said thank you, I will keep it in mind if I stall. I have had 2 minor stalls, they did not last more than 2 weeks. I may go talk to them sometime next week, just to see what they can offer. Great job this week!!!! : )

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CRAFTYPATCH 12/4/2009 9:01PM

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Great start toward the next goal!!!!

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SLCOLMAN 12/4/2009 6:08PM

    Woo hoo on the loss the week!! Keep it up!

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PINKYPOOS 12/4/2009 12:52PM

    Congrats on your loss this week....in amongst the masses of weight loss blogs, yours is always inspirational and enjoyable to read! Keep working towards that April goal!! I'm hoping to be DONE with the losing and onto maintaining by April - ish!
xx

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NEXTYEAR 12/4/2009 12:38PM

    Good for you! Great timing on revealing your success. emoticon

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THECOOLESTSARAH 12/4/2009 12:19PM

    Your experience reminds me a little bit of my recent experience. Just because I'm overweight doesn't mean I don't know what I'm doing, and that I haven't come a long way already. Go get 'em tiger - you got this! xoxo

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CARLA393 12/4/2009 12:02PM

    Congrats on the weight loss. I'm glad trainers are becoming more approaching. What gym do you go to?

Keep up the good work!

Carla

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THEBOOKBINDER 12/4/2009 11:51AM

    You are doing awesome, keep it up!

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CHICAT63 12/4/2009 11:33AM

    emoticon Botzzz, keep it up !!! Great comeback to the trainer....I am sure you could learn him a few things. Have a great weekend.

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MILDOLLARSMILE 12/4/2009 11:20AM

    Congratulations on your weight loss babe...you are doing GREAT, You look amazing!!! and you will reach your goals!!! You can so do this!!! ROCK ON!!!!

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HAPPYSOUL91 12/4/2009 10:53AM

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SUBVET688 12/4/2009 10:35AM

    Way to go on the loss!

You handled the trainer well. They mean well and most do a good job, but when I go to the gym I usually know what I am after. I had a bad experience with a trainer once and have been wary of them since. Usually I just want ideas and instruction on how to use the machines. I don't mind paying for a couple of sessions for that and I like the idea Veejay3 has of working with a trainer to get some new routines I just don't like the pushy ones that know "Better" than I do.

Enough diatribe from me. You are doing great man, so keep it up! emoticon

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KARVY09 12/4/2009 10:24AM

    Congrats on your loss!!!

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LIMELITESHINES 12/4/2009 10:21AM

    GREAT JOB on that loss man that's awesome. :) And I'm with Veejay . . . the trainer can be a great way to shake up your routine and get some total body movements that will really challenge you.

Keep on keepin on!!!!!

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VEEJAY3 12/4/2009 10:10AM

    You're always full of good news! RE the trainer, a nice use of one is to simply hire them for one or two sessions and tell them you're after some new ideas. I had a killer strength-training regime that I was happy with, but I knew it was probably getting stale. I hired Mike at the gym for two sessions, and walked away with soooooo many new exercises (and all of them were balance/functional/multi-joint things that I'd never seen in a magazine, and they were all fun). It shakes things up to throw a few new moves in from time to time.

And my abs have NEVER killed me after any workout like Mike's "seal walk."
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BYNANASHANDS 12/4/2009 10:08AM

    Your weight loss is fabulous, congratulations. :)

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ZIRCADIA 12/4/2009 10:05AM

    CONGRATS ON THE LOSS!! GO GO GO! :)

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LAURIE5658 12/4/2009 10:02AM

    Botzzz, just want you to know that I am behind you and the challenge you are starting 2000%!! Now, lets git r dun!

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Run Forrest!! Run!!! er...I mean walk??

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Tomorrow I weigh in, This weigh in will be the official starting point weight for my goal to be under 300 pounds by April 2nd and I am hoping to see at least 334 on the scale because when I figured my pounds per week to lose I included this week from a 336.4 start weight mid week. I have done my part this week and expect to see at least the 2 pounds needed for me to stay on track with my new goal, I have been to the gym every day this week and am following my intake plan barring the few Hershey kisses that I had Tuesday night so its been a good week so far.

My trip to the gym yesterday was interesting, Wednesdays are usually an off day for me because I work my legs with the weights on Tuesday but I decided that I wanted to go anyways. I rode the bike for 25 minutes and then planned to walk on the treadmill for 20 minutes more, a nice easy work out but I ended up running intervals on the treadmill for 30 minutes, or should I say attempted to run intervals. After a warm up walk for 5 minutes I ran the first interval but I have no clue how long it took me because I wanted to see if I could run a quarter of a mile without stopping, and I did! I was not expecting to be able to do it but I did and could have gone further, I had the treadmill set at 5.7 mph while I was running and it felt good. Slowing down I walked at 3.5 mph for the next quarter mile but I had taken a big drink of my water so when I started the next interval I got a cramp on my right side towards the back of my ribs, blah! so I only ran for about a minute and a half and started walking again and ended up doing that again about 5 minutes later so when I say that I ran intervals I mean that I ran once and then tried to run two more times but I cramped after that first interval so I just walked the rest of the time. My legs were getting a bit fatigued right from the start of my workout and I think that it was because of the weight lifting on Tuesday, it is what it is and from now on if I decide to do a leg workout I will take it easy the following day so that doesn't happen again.

With that it is time for me to start getting ready to go to the gym so I will keep this one short, Tomorrow we will find out if I am off to a good start with my 300 goal and another week bites the dust. Thanks for following along with my story and always remember that it is you who makes the decisions, You are the one that decides if its time to do what you need to do.

You may now return to your regularly scheduled program...

As Ever
Me

  
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SIMPLE_TAILOR 12/5/2009 8:55AM

    I find that everytime that I try to run, I can run farther each time without getting winded. There are other pains, but not exhaustion.

Keep it up!!!

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IZZYBEBOP 12/4/2009 9:25AM

    emoticon Good luck at the weigh in. I hope you see what you're expecting to see.

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SNEAKYGREG 12/4/2009 8:20AM

    Great job on the running. When that cramp hits try taking several slow really deep breaths, sometimes it is your diaphragm and that will work it out.

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NEXTYEAR 12/3/2009 7:11PM

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BETHLOVESBIKING 12/3/2009 6:11PM

    Awesome job! A quarter of a mile without stopping! Isn't it amazing what our bodies can do sometimes??

Best wishes on your weigh in!

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VEMAN1 12/3/2009 3:04PM

    Great job! Continue working the goals no matter what the scale says. It is only a number. Don't get discourage. I've been stuck for the last two weeks at 244. Your goal is admirable.

Again, best of luck tomorrow.

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CGREEN717 12/3/2009 2:47PM

    Great job. I'm trying to work my up to running too. However, I don't have that courage yet. I'm doing little jogs. So, keep it up.

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THECOOLESTSARAH 12/3/2009 1:11PM

    Whoo Hoo - great job!!! Oh Gawd, I remember how hard running was at the beginning. It really does get easier, and you'll still have good days and bad days! Great job on the intervals!! I'm so excited for you!

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DACIUS 12/3/2009 1:02PM

    Your abs, obliques and back muscles work a lot when you run. Those cramps will subside eventually. Big kudos to even attempting to run after a leg workout. The next day my legs feel like something you would buy in the play doh section of the toy store.

I am normally outa commision for two days after my lef workout. Day after my legs are jello, day two they are so sore it hurts to walk. But I love day 3. They are strong as ever!!! I normally run my 10 miles run on that day three. Because my legs feel crazy strong and I am well rested from the days off.

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NNZOOM 12/3/2009 12:35PM

    I try to run some on the treadmill... that lasts for, oh, about 30 seconds!!! (actually, I have gotten up to doing one lap at a run... but that about kills me!) Great job! By the way... you LOOK FANTASTIC!!!

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CARLA393 12/3/2009 11:57AM

    Awesome job! I want to incorporate running into my workout eventually, when it isn't even challenging to walk anymore. It will probably be a while, but that's so exciting you were able to do 1/4 of a mile without stopping. What an accomplishment.

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CAROLYN1213 12/3/2009 11:42AM

    Way to go on the running!!! Every attempt at improving endurance, speed and/or strength is commendable. Hope you are rewarded for your effort in your weigh in!

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EUGENERUGOSA 12/3/2009 10:41AM

    Good luck w/ your weigh in tomorrow.

Isn't it exciting when we reach goals we did not even know we had set? That is awesome you ran 1/4 mile w/out stopping!!!!! I just recently ran 1/2 mile w/out stopping & have now incorporated that into my intervals on the treadmill. (btw...I love the couch to 5k running plan for my interval work)

Just proves if we give our bodies the chance..they can accomplish everything we want them to do!

Best,

Tricia

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Weight loss IS a mental game, don't believe me? then read here.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009


If you convince yourself that everything is ok it is easy to believe, as simple as that you go on day after day accepting things the way that they are without challenging a single one of them. At 534 pounds things are viewed differently than they are at even 330 pounds, excuses are made and become the normal life of you, missing things and unable to participate in even the most remedial activities is just how it is, That is no way to live, especially when fixing the issues is as easy as it really is, confused yet? I am not saying that it is an easy task because its not but what needs to be done really is simple but until we are willing to wrap ourselves in it and accept that we are weaker than we would like to believe at those extreme weights we may as well as consider ourselves chained down because realistically the two are comparable.



Where once there was the drive to ding the next level in a video game, or maybe attempting to convince everyone that you are just a large framed big boned all muscle under the padding not so much of a fat dude as you are just a little rotund is now a feeling of accomplishment because you ran for 3 minutes straight without stopping, or waking up and instead of the first thought in your head being "How big of a breakfast can I eat and make my wife believe that its reasonable" reasonable for what? a show horse? the thoughts are now closer to "Man I can't wait to get to the gym and try and run for 5 minutes straight" when a good deal of weight is dropped mindsets change, I should say that when any weight is dropped the way we think is completely different than when we are use to dealing with failure.

Why do we fail? what is it that makes weight loss so hard? We fail because we give up when we don't see results instantly and it is hard I believe because anything worth doing or having comes with some effort, which is a simplified look at it but basically how I feel. Again I can only speak for myself but I know that when I do my part most times I come out where I want to be and the times that I slack I know that the weigh in at the end of the week suffers somewhat. With that said I have to say that as long as we are honest with ourselves and at the end of the day accept our efforts for what they actually are instead of the fog and mirrors that we at times put up for others, you know what I mean "I ate perfectly today all within my calories and balanced to boot! I am amazing!" yeah except for that coffee this morning with the extra cream in it and the hand full of M&M's that I snuck out of the community dish at work, oh and then there was that....and on and on and on. We have to take responsibility for what goes into our mouths as well as the effort that is put into exercise because if we don't we are only hurting our own efforts and really just letting ourselves down before we have even had a chance to get a leg up.

The bottom line is that this health game is not easy for mAny of us and the weight loss game has proven to be seemingly impossible for others but we must remain diligent if we are to reach the goals that we strive for. We will slip, we will have perfect days, we will have victories as well as defeats along the way but the things that need to stay true are the determination, drive, willpower and plain old desire to get where we want to with our weight and health, make it a lifestyle and I promise you that it gets easier to pass on that extra piece of cake or the 12oz steak which use to be a 16 oz steak for me and is now a 6 oz steak when I do treat myself on those very rare occasions to some red meat, but when we expect to eat healthy and it just is what we have become then the effort eases and soon you will find that you want a glass of green tea instead of a super big gulp Dr. Pepper.



I now eat a carrot and it tastes sweet to me, and a regular cola is way too sweet for me to enjoy, I use to drink at least a 2 liter of soda per day probably more and now just the thought of that makes me cringe. I am the guy that because Whoppers were a buck the question came up "hmmm I wonder how many I can put away" my friend was buying and that number was 8 before I couldn't go any more and now the thought of eating at a fast food restaurant is so foreign to me that even my daughter asked me what the store was called as she pointed at Mcnasty's Golden arches, we just don't eat there, and its because the habit is now to eat something healthy instead of places like that.

The mental part of weight loss is the key, once we can get into a frame of mind that allows us to clearly see that we were not meant to sit on our asses all day while shoveling greasy food down our throats we will be a step in the right direction and the rest seems to fall into place. Eating high fat foods all willy nilly while sitting on our rumps is bad and refocusing on getting some movement into each and every day while making good choices with our intake is a must if we are to take control of our futures, if not? our futures will surely be shorter than they have to be.

Do you have the self control to take your life back?

As Ever
Me

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

LOVINGMYSELF101 12/28/2009 10:13PM

    Thanks for taking the time to write this.

-Rose


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ALLISON4EG 12/22/2009 11:52PM

    great blog!

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TULIPDAISYROSE 12/21/2009 7:12PM

    Amen! I needed your blog for sure today. I had a rough day where I gave in (first time in 6 months) and I have to realize my binge is to be a learning experience and not the end of my new healthy behaviors I've worked to establish for half a year! Thank you for the boost! Debbie

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B-LYNN1ST 12/20/2009 2:14AM

    WOW!
You hit it all on the head for me.. Very well put. I will make sure I keep in touch with you and your blogs.. You gave hope, and answers.. I'm a mother who is on a mission, and that mission is achievement.

Thank you.....
Lynn

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DONNA753 12/19/2009 7:51PM

  nice blg...

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LUCKY8GAL 12/19/2009 5:00PM

    Really awesome blog!

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MARCYNA 12/19/2009 6:50AM

    Lovely and encouraging emoticon emoticon
Maybe Love too is 90%mental and 10%physical (My idea)
Bye,
MarcYna

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ANGELGRLKAS29 12/17/2009 1:04PM

    This is a great kick-in-the-pants kind of blog that we all need sometimes!

We are definitely an instant gratification kind of people. I know I have to work very hard to remember that I didn't put all of this weight on overnight, so it isn't going to come off overnight either. This is one reason I take my measurements and don't just rely on the scale to show me progress! :)

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SOOKIE 12/17/2009 10:42AM

    yup, 90% mental, 10% physical is my thought!

thanks for the blog!


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YOOVIE 12/16/2009 10:43AM

    You are such a wonderful writer! Thank you as always!

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SARABUT09 12/16/2009 5:39AM

  Nice blog. This gives me the inspiration I need to continue on to a healthier me. Thanks.

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SECRETMUSIC 12/7/2009 10:21AM

    You are SO right! Thanks for blogging!

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AXISLADY 12/6/2009 11:58PM

    Very well spoken. Haven't checked your blogs in awhile, but you have been so successful! Attitude, Attitude! If you don't have the attitude you can do it, it's difficult.

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VEMAN1 12/3/2009 3:08PM

    Very well done!

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JBMT08 12/3/2009 2:06PM

    Botzzzz!!! LOVE YOUR POST!!!!! I needed to read this today. right now. LOVE the Ronald McDonald pic! b/c THAT is what happens when you frequent "Mcnasty's Golden arches" (I LOVE THAT NAME BTW!!!) Thank you for sharing your thoughts every single day! You educate more people on a daily basis that you may even realize.....

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LLINDALOU 12/3/2009 10:31AM

    Another good one...
And love the Ronald McDonald! That's the reality of McDonalds

Linda

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HAPPYSOUL91 12/3/2009 10:07AM

    Botzzz this is one great post. Love what you said:

but the things that need to stay true are the determination, drive, willpower and plain old desire to get where we want to with our weight and health....

You have changed and will continue to change and I for one will be here cheering you forward! emoticon

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 12/3/2009 8:57AM

    WOW!! To hear about some of those comparisons, it is crazy to think about how different you are now.

I know that I am different now, but I just need to reinforce a bunch of stuff. Stress is really leading a charge at me and I am starting to feel like I am heading over a cliff and I just can't stop.

Thanks for inspiring. I think I just found that tree root to grasp.

ttyl

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LISAMG1220 12/3/2009 7:31AM

    I read this and honestly it gave me cold chills. I have said similar things to myself and others. You WILL succeed if you can beat that mental barrier. You WILL go far if you have the drive and determination. If you THINK for one moment that you can't do it, you won't. I used to be that person. I would lose 20-30 lbs and look at my self in the mirror and see that my belly was still a wiggly giggly mess and I would think.....why in the heck am I still trying for if this darn thing is not going to go away? That happened to me 3 yrs ago when I had lost 25 lbs. I gave up and gained over 30 back. I will not let the mental think do that to me any more. This time it is more than just losing the weight.....it is about that and being happy, feeling better about myself, being more positive about everything, etc etc. I am PROUD of myself and what I have accomplished so far. Being proud of myself is a first for me! I don't think "I can't do that b/c i'm fat" anymore. If I think I can't do something....I try it anyhow. 9 times out of 10 I can do it. Thank you for the Blog my friend. It was an amazing read. Hugs~Lees

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TLEE01 12/2/2009 11:23PM

    This one made me think. Thanks

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SNEAKYGREG 12/2/2009 9:57PM

    Well yeah what he said. I wish I had said all that great blog dude

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CAROLYN1213 12/2/2009 5:01PM

    Why, yes I do have the self control to take my life back! It is a choice everyday, every meal I prepare and pack in my lunch box, . . . every time I show up at the gym I am saying I want it and I'm worth it. Right now, I am hungry for that exercise high and the health benefits I feel from eating well.

Thanks for a fabulous blog about determination and comitment!

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GLOBALKEEWEE 12/2/2009 12:46PM

    "because anything worth doing or having comes with some effort"
I agree completely. Unfortunately many people don't see themselves as worth it. Else they think that the effort is just too much - which anyone succeeding can atest is alot, but it certainly is not as horrible as I imagined!

Thanks for another making another internal monologue public.
You rock.


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LOVEANGELS37 12/2/2009 12:41PM

    You hit the nail on the head with this one!! emoticon blog!!

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LOVEANGELS37 12/2/2009 12:40PM

    You hit the nail on the head with this one!! emoticon blog!!

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THEBOOKBINDER 12/2/2009 12:06PM

    Thank you so much for this story, so very true. I struggle with the mental part the most, the addiction. I find that it was easier to quit Smoking than it was to quit eating junk food. I have not Smoked a cigarette in almost one year but the junk food is so much harder to break.

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DDKITTYP1MP 12/2/2009 12:00PM

    I really, truly believe that the mind is where the battle is either lost or won. The mental aspect of it is so huge...I am slowly retraining my brain to think the way it needs to in order for me to be healthy. And the battle will be won soon emoticon

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MARLA_S 12/2/2009 11:57AM

    I completely agree with you!! I know that sometimes I'm bummed when I don't lose a pound or more in a given week. Then I have to look back at what I did (or didn't do) and ALMOST always, it makes sense why I didn't lose like I wanted to. Being responsible and accountable means that you don't have to ever be a victim to the scale! Success is, like you said, a matter of burning more calories than you take in. :)

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MSNICHOLS39 12/2/2009 11:39AM

    Your ability to write about your weight struggle is a gift.
Andrea emoticon

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LAURIE5658 12/2/2009 11:36AM

    Sometimes I need to take a deep breath, sit and actually think about how far I have come in my Spark journey. I now crave fresh fruits and vegetables. Crap food makes me feel like…well…crap. I hate that funny feeling you get in the head when you eat crap. I think about all the Miller Lites I consumed and how many wasted crap calories I consumed with the beverage. I think about how crappy I felt the next morning. I think about sitting on the couch being the best couch tater I could possible be. I think about how crappy that felt.

Now I feel alive, thin and healthy waiting for the next time I can go for a run. A RUN!! Who woulda thunk???!!!


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DACIUS 12/2/2009 10:48AM

    I have a sign above my bike in the garage that says "living healthy is 99% mental". it is one of my daily reminders that the physical part of eating right and exercising correctly is such a small part to succeeding in losing weight. If your mind is right, truely right. I guarantee you will be a healthier person. But that is a big step. My mind is right most of the time. But sometimes my mind is telling me, "you ran 8 miles yesterday you crazy SOB!!! You need to rest today". Even though I know I can easily rock another run or bike ride.

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DEEGEE2 12/2/2009 10:48AM

    Thanks for posting !

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4DOGNIGHT 12/2/2009 10:46AM

    I was going to write my own blog this morning but when I saw your title, decided you had already said what I wanted to say. Weight loss is indeed a mental game/battle. Battle is more like it for me. When I focus in, i can do it, and then I allow myself to go off the deep end, eating whatever is put in front of me. If only I didn't yo yo. It's always when stress butts itself into my life. Something that keeps my mind occupied instead of concentrating on what I'm eating. Something that strips my time away so I can't get to the store to stock up on the right foods. Something like pouring down rain for the last two days that gets in the way of walking outside. It's letting up. Maybe I can get outside this afternoon. Something like convincing myself that I may weigh 188 pounds but I look really good anyway. And my clothes fit. Phooey on that. What a croc. Once again, I have started out the month with my food diary and hope to motivate myself to do it everyday. And if I have the right food in the house, I eat enough so I don't get hungry. Yesterday for lunch, there was absolutely nothing. I ended up with 1 slice of Whole wheat bread with peanut butter and a banana. Then in the afternoon, finished up the vanilla ice cream. DInner was italiam sausage, peppers and onions and 1 slice of bread. Today I WILL go shopping for food. I NEED to go shopping for food. So, focus, planning, eating enough of the right things, exercise are key. Thanks for the Post

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CINCYDORA 12/2/2009 10:46AM

    Thanks. I needed to hear that today.

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LIMELITESHINES 12/2/2009 10:42AM

    I never thought I could. I didn't think I had the strength to do it. :) I still have my issues and my moments . . . but I found out the same way you did. I tried running for 30 seconds. then 45. then 60. And before I knew it, I ran my first 5K (and I ran the whole thing in 33 minutes!) . . . and right then I knew that my life would never ever ever be the same.

Great blog. Keep it up man!

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LWINTER 12/2/2009 10:35AM

    Botz,
You say it well! And the plain truth--takes looking honestly (I said HONESTLY) at our selves, making that grueling evalutation and deciding to change.

All within our power.

I like to tell the women around me "If you can prove to me that a 300-lb bruiser comes every meal time and forces food down your throat, I will say it's not your fault. Until then, it's in YOUR power!"

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