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Thursday, December 17, 2009


Better late than never I say, my day is almost done and I have stuck strictly to the game plan, just finished a big ol salad for dinner and my trip to the gym was a good one, tomorrow is the "official" weigh in for the blog and I am hoping that there is a loss. If a loss is not shown on the scale that's ok because I am a week stronger than last week and though stress is poking its head into my regimen I am proving to myself that I can motor through it and stay if not exactly on plan close enough to feel good about what I have done. For whatever reason I have been in the past few days missing my bike, I saw a fella riding down my street a couple days ago and since then I have been wanting to pull the bike out and take it for a spin around the lake but as I am in good old New England we have had some pretty rough weather lately, it has been clear out but below zero temps with the wind chill so it is not really an option.

It is a later than normal post and I am feeling random but I am really looking forward to tomorrows weigh in because I do feel like there will be a loss and as long as I am creeping towards that 300 pound mark I am a happy camper. There is a lot of things that have been learned as well as lessons taught as I walk this road to better health and I look forward to reaching that finish line, being a skinny person is not something that I have ever known and I have to admit that I am more than curious to see life from that angle.

I am a Father, I am a Husband, a guitar player Dragon to my daughters princess when need be, I am a poet, I am a writer, I am a gym rat and a cyclist I am a Son, an Uncle and a Brother, I am a swimmer in training as well as a friend, I am Santa Clause and no one calls me Maurice. I am a Ford Mustang fanatic, a bad singer that deep down believes that he sounds good, I'm a joker, I'm a smoker, I'm a midnight toker I get my lovin' on the ru....oh wait.

Something that I am not is a fat guy sitting on a couch wishing things were different and that's a fact which will never change.

Fini.

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VEEJAY3 12/18/2009 10:34PM

    You speak of the pompatus of love.

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SUBVET688 12/18/2009 7:24PM

    Great attitude! Your an inspiration with that tude. Thanks.


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SIMPLE_TAILOR 12/18/2009 3:45PM

    That last paragraph was fantastic. We sometimes forget all of what we are and concentrate on only one part of us.

ttyl

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THEBOOKBINDER 12/18/2009 9:14AM

    So inspiring!

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DACIUS 12/18/2009 9:08AM

    Rock on my friend. You are not a fat guy on the couch anymore and you NEVER will be again.

What type of Mustangs? I have owned 8 in my lifetime, so I guess I could be classified as a Mustang lover as well!! Although I own a GTO right now, I still love my Mustangs.

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ALEXSGIRL1 12/18/2009 8:58AM

    you are doing awesome keep it up. you and your family have a happy and healthy week and keep on singing.

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SNEAKYGREG 12/18/2009 8:26AM

    ROTFLMAO I also sound "good" when I sing so sing on brother

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BACKONTRAK 12/18/2009 12:03AM

    You got it all going on! Hope tomorrow brings good news!
Peace, Terri

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LAURIE5658 12/17/2009 8:21PM

    BOTZZZ BOTZZZ BOTZZZ!!! I have my beloved 2004 Sonic Blue Ford Mustang with 40th Anniversary Pony Package that is completely paid for sitting in our garage that holds my name only on the title. I LOVE THAT THING!!!!

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Another day in the life of...

Wednesday, December 16, 2009


Tuesday went well, I got to the gym, I ate within my calorie range, I drank more than 2 gallons of fluids and I got eight hours sleep, not too shabby if I do say so myself. Making a lifestyle change instead of being on a diet is key in this whole weight loss extravaganza and I believe that the fact that I have made this a lifestyle change and not just the next thing is why I can recover so quickly from a bad weekend or four. I have noticed that I have been up after the weekends and I have been blaming it on bad food choices etc when there is actually more to it than that. In general I do not go to the gym on the weekends unless we can find a baby sitter, but if not then its just house stuff that gets done on the weekend so there is another factor as to why I may be peeking back up slightly come Monday hop on the scale. To say that I am making bad or worse food choices on the weekends is misleading as well, when I say bad food choices I do not mean that I am raiding the fridge and I do not mean eating a ton of extra calories, its closer to not really getting as much fluid into my days because I am busier than on the week days or that I had a big ol salty bowl of popcorn with wify while watching a movie and come Monday the less water more sodium less movement plus a shake of somewhat of a stressful situation I am going through right now apparently equals up to an up fluctuation now and again.



In spite of everything that I just said I do believe that I will see a drop in weight this week, do you see what I mean when I mentioned groundhog day in yesterdays post? its like I am cycling through the same time span over and over and over. With that said, I am making advances with my health each and every week, it is easier for me to do my 50 minutes of cardio per day and I am finding that if I needed/wanted to I could probably toss in another 30 minutes with not too much of an issue but then the question is why? is 50 minutes to an hour of cardio not enough? I am getting stronger with the weight lifting and I have some definition which is mostly hidden behind flying squirrel like skin for the moment being but I am seeing actual gains in strength and endurance and progress is progress.



I must stay as focused as possible so that come April 2nd I am looking at my next goal instead of trying to figure out what happened with this one, I have to get to that under 300 pound mark if not because its a lesser weight then to prove to myself that I can still meet ambitious goals with my health. Will I reach that sub 300 pound mark by April 2nd? only God knows but I have a strong feeling that I will get there before April 2nd because in lieu of a personal crisis that is happening for us right now which will not get more detailed than that as far as my blog is concerned I must keep focused and I must finish what I have started and take my health back.

This week I will predict that the motorcycle photos will return and I am also looking for a new all time low weight, again, am I ambitious? you betcha! if I do not show a loss come Friday it matters not because it is who I am now to continue down my path and get as healthy as I possibly can, I actually get down if I have to miss a workout and cannot wait for spring to get here again so that I can get back on on my bike on those days that the gym is not an option.

That's all I got for ya on this cold windy Wednesday so it shall end here.

As Ever
Me

  
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SUBVET688 12/18/2009 7:16PM

    Keep it up my friend! You are doing awesome!

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LALAFLOWERS 12/17/2009 9:11AM

    You are doing amazing!!!!! You know... I have kids home.. and my exercise isn't the same on weekends either.. and I have the same kind of 'bad' choices.. I am finding that putting all my water in a container, on the counter, with the 'Mommy's glass' right next to it. Kids help me remember.. and then I can find a way to get them involved.. either going for a walk, going to play some game outside.. practicing rollerblading... (they are on skates, I'm running after them to keep the 5yr old from hurting herself...) You'll figure it all out!.. L

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CRAFTYPATCH 12/16/2009 10:10PM

    Keep pushing! I know you will make your 300 goal. I do believe that you are the most inspirational person on SP. I look forward to reading your blogs each time you post.

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ALYFITN 12/16/2009 5:31PM

    You are focused. You will meet those goals. emoticon

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 12/16/2009 3:09PM

    I think that I would keep with the status quo on the exercise. Get through the holidays before you make any changes. There is a lot of stress going on with the holidays and other things so don't add anything unnecessary to it.

Remove as much stress as you can in your life.

ttyl

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SUSIEMT 12/16/2009 2:12PM

    Botzzz you are always so inspiring! Good luck on the personal front! Can't wait to see the definition!

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THECOOLESTSARAH 12/16/2009 1:20PM

    I hope your personal crisis resolves quickly. I'm happy to talk about it sometime if you just need to bounce it off somebody. HUGS

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SWEETZMIX 12/16/2009 12:14PM

    FOCUS MY FRIEND!!!!!!

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SDSHARP 12/16/2009 12:12PM

    you are ambitious and it is a ownderful thing!! you have set a goal and are making strides to get there Good for you!! on the weekend it is harder to go to the gym for most parents and we do tend to slack onthe water intake and choose the easier food choices. its ok! did you get that its ok!! you have to be mindful of what you are doing onthe weekend and be a teacher for the kids show them it is important to take care of yourself and to eat the right foods and to get plenty of water and to be up and about not a couch potatoe. a running stroller is a wonderful way to accomplish your 50 min of cardio on the weekends and you will have that special time with the kids then too. take them to the park and you can find plenty of ways to gets some moves in when playing with them. try a class that the kids can paricipate in too.i teach a boot camp class 2 times a week and kids are always welcome free of charge parents just have to keep up with there own... they love it because they are active and are included in what mom and dad are doing. if you dont ahve one around think of starting one yourself there are tons of resources that you can get ahold of and then you know youll be up and ready to go no matter what the day has in store for you !! good luck and hope to see you below 300 by april!!

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DACIUS 12/16/2009 11:30AM

    Love the flying squirrel reference. I have to say I notice a bit of that myself. LOL!!!

I personally think you will annihilate the 300lb mark before April goal. You keep pushing and you will get there.

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HAPPYSOUL91 12/16/2009 10:44AM

    Really love your blog and can always relate to what you say. PS: the pictures are great.

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Not much to say when you're high above the mucky-muck.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009


Sometimes its the things that we don't see coming that get us worse and sometimes its the things that we know are there that have the largest impact, Then there are those days that go perfectly and nothing could have been done differently else the day would cease being perfect and then all at once a rug is pulled from beneath our feet, as we collapse to the ground we watch helplessly as the expensive vase falls in slow motion towards the hardwood floor. Trying to stay on track and do everything correctly so that by weeks end the scale shows me what I want to see at times becomes more than a challenge while sitting besides the eggs in the bowl as shiny chrome beaters that loom over head get closer and closer, I do believe that I have a good idea how those eggs feel after this weekend.

I did stick to the plan as much as possible though Saturday I did have to make some choices because of circumstances not in my control where my intake was concerned, I could have made better choices but I didn't and it is what it is at this point. I have not been to the gym since Thursday for more than one reason and I will share one of them in this post, I am sick! doncha love kids sometimes? My son got a bad cold Wednesday, Thursday was my daughters turn, Friday Wify got it and by Saturday afternoon it was my turn. Today I am feeling a bit better and may try to make it to the gym at least for a bike ride because I must keep my weight going the way that I need it to which is as we all know in a downward direction. This morning as I emptied my bladder I decided that I would step on the scale because I knew that I was not as hydrated as I should have been by what I was seeing and not too much to my surprise I am up in weight by 4 pounds from Friday, 334.4 flashed onto the display but I know that I did not eat 14000 extra calories over the weekend and concluded that it has to be the weekend that I had and some stress poking its head into my life right now that is causing the "up" in weight. I am not saying that me not going to the gym doesn't have anything to do with it and I am not making an excuse, otherwise I could just not mention it but I also know there is no way I had 14000 extra calories either, again it is what it is and we will see what Friday says.

It is starting to feel like the movie "Ground hog day" with the being up post weekend for me, hopefully I can make Friday feel that way as well because I have had a loss each week for the last couple. The plan is to drink 2.5 gallons of H2O and green tea today, hit the gym for at least a light workout as I am feeling somewhat better today, and stay within 1700 calories for the day and try to not let stress control my actions the way that they demand doing so. This week I am planning to post a weigh in each day just to keep me on my toes, its a different kind of week for me so I need something a tad off the beaten path to keep me paying attention to what I am doing.

That's all I got today, its a bit random, a bit honest and more than a bit of a forced post because I am not exactly in a writing kind of mood but hey! that's life now ain't it?! keep on keepin on and all that and I will be back tomorrow with a new post, I will weigh myself in the am and post the results for your entertainment and the world keeps turning.

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Me

  
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SIMPLE_TAILOR 12/16/2009 7:55AM

    One of the dangers of weighing everyday is that you can see crazy fluctuations and it can take you in the wrong direction.

I have no doubt that you are doing fne and once you get good and hydrated, the scale will be where it is supposed to be.

Keep on my friend, it will get better (It has to, doesn't it?)

ttyl

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SECRETMUSIC 12/15/2009 9:55PM

    Just a piece of equipment; don't let it boss you around!

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DIFROMWYOMING 12/15/2009 9:08PM

    Hang in there...this will pass and you'll be happily biking around in the sunshine again.

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ARIANERA 12/15/2009 8:42PM

    Hope you feel better soon.

Ari


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VEEJAY3 12/15/2009 1:08PM

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XR14
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Just wanted to serenade you.

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JENZNIT2WINIT 12/15/2009 12:28PM

    I think you found the weight that I lost this week..lol :-) Hang in there! It's the time of year for stress, over eating, illness and a partridge in a pear tree. I think you're going to drive yourself crazy weighing in every single day! I wouldn't advise that at all. I set a goal on Sunday night to lose 5lbs by 1/1/10. So, my 18 day plan is to have a calorie deficiency of 1,000 everyday. I'm on my way...thanks for the inspiration.

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SUBVET688 12/15/2009 12:27PM

    It's a scale man, and only a scale. Don't let it get you down. Like you said there is no way that you ate 14000 calories, which tells me and you it is not fat.

You have a good plan for the week keeping your nose to the grindstone, but don't let the scale rule your mood. You know how to do it and will, but also give yourself a break for the cold and let your body recover. I am not saying forget about calorie consumption, but don't push too hard on the exercise if you are feeling bad and keep hydrated.

Sorry to hear about your cold. I've still got a nice cough left from mine. Hope you feel better soon.

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THEBOOKBINDER 12/15/2009 12:18PM

    Dont beat yourself up, it will only cause more stress to do so. You can do it and will do it! We believe in you!

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CAROLYN1213 12/15/2009 11:56AM

    Nice Blog! I had a very similar occurrence. I was sick for two days, missed the gym for two days, actually ate on the lower end of my calorie range . . . and had a weight gain!!! What! Freaks me out!

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ITSABOUTME2407 12/15/2009 11:30AM

    what challenges we face daily emoticonhope u are feeling better soon..trish

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JLUVSHIKIN 12/15/2009 11:09AM

    It's interesting isn't it how not exercising and not staying hysdrated can make such a difference. Feel better soon.

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MSNICHOLS39 12/15/2009 11:04AM

    I was up this week too, by 5 pounds and it threw me for a loop, but all of my reasons are similar to yours so I'm forgiving myself and going on with it. Good luck to you!

A.

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LAURIE5658 12/15/2009 10:49AM

    Botzzz, you are not alone this weeke as I had the most distarous weekend due to an office Christmas party...ya...you know the ones. I must have about 5 pounds of water in my body I swear. I am pushing pushing the water intake myself. here's to better times!!!

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SLIMMERJESSE 12/15/2009 10:40AM

    Get well soon. I always enjoy your blogs.

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Weigh in time, how is the goal doing??

Friday, December 11, 2009

This is the day that I put up my "official" weigh in number up on the blog so I will not keep it to myself any longer, Last week I came in at 332.8 pounds and that was a 3 pound drop from the week before and this week? 330.4 lbs and that is a 2.4 pound drop and keeps me well within my 2 pounds per week goal. I will count this as 2 pounds because I like to deal in whole numbers but since the start of my little challenge to myself I am down 6 pounds since Dec 1st which puts me ahead by 2 whole pounds as far as reaching my goal by April 2nd which makes me a happy boy. I am again within 2 pounds of my all time low weight of 228 pounds and I honestly believe that I will fall below that number come next Friday if not before so we may see the return of the "what I have lost" images AKA: motorcycles and porn stars! if you are a newer reader you may be confused and if you have been following along for a while just look at the "weigh in" tags and check out some of the older posts.



In spite of being way up on Monday it would seem that I have done what I can this week because a 2.4 pounds loss is pretty good in my book. I ate right, I went to the gym almost every day and I stayed hydrated which translated into a successful week as far as the scale goes and just in general. The plan for next week? the same exact thing and this week I am going to watch myself a little closer on the weekend, when Wify rents our Friday night movie this week I will have baby carrots dipped in Newmans own light dressing instead of my big ol bowl of popcorn to save on the sodium and see if I can beat down that old all time low.

Feeling good on this Friday because of the positive weigh in and I will do my part to keep the momentum going because I REALLY want to get below that ever elusive 300 pound mark and get into the 200's for the first time in my adult life. Keeping it short and sweet today since I have a ton of stuff to get done but there you have it, a great weigh in and a couple pounds closer to my goal, keep on keepin on and all that and remember, we own the choices that we make so make them good ones.

Todays post has been brought to you by the letter B.

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KNH771 12/14/2009 2:59PM

    Congrats!

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WALKWITME 12/13/2009 4:04PM

    Still Kicking Butt... lol

Congrats! emoticon

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 12/13/2009 10:05AM

    Another outstanding week of execution and results. Keep with it and you will be under 300 before you know it.

ttyl

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INIT2LIVEIT 12/13/2009 2:11AM

    Awesome!!! Way to go. You are a continuing inspiration...

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SNEAKYGREG 12/12/2009 12:18PM

    That is awesome, you will be under the 300 mark before you know it and cruising down to your goal.

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TANSHAN1 12/12/2009 10:39AM

    Congrats on the loss!! Keep an eye on the sodium..that popcorn is killer with it.

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HAPPYSOUL91 12/12/2009 10:07AM

    You are doing a great job, B stands for better than ever!

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SUBVET688 12/12/2009 4:18AM

    emoticon On the drop! You're doing emoticon

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ALEXSGIRL1 12/11/2009 9:25PM

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ZIRCADIA 12/11/2009 2:26PM

    WOOHOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!! I'm so happy for you that you posted a loss this week after the early week SCARE weighin. :) You rock!

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AXISLADY 12/11/2009 1:39PM

    B for beautiful person. Thank you Bozz

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DENVERTIGERLILY 12/11/2009 1:30PM

    You have awesome humor! Keeping it real and light makes is seem like less of a chore!

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THECOOLESTSARAH 12/11/2009 12:24PM

    Whoo Hoo!!!!! I can't wait for more what have I lost pictures!

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BOTZZZ 12/11/2009 11:12AM

    Heather, I asked Yas what letter today was brought to her by and she said "B Dada" so it had to be B ;) and you tell me what you are cooking! ;) something good for me because fixing computers gets tiring and I need good nourishment, not something fatty ;) I am trying to watch my boyish figure ya know!

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VEEJAY3 12/11/2009 11:07AM

    This comment is brought to you by the letter G.

As in GEE!
As in GO, man, GO!
As in GETOUTTAHERE!!!

Great globs of gluttony getting gone!


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PUMPKINFACE73 12/11/2009 11:06AM

    Aww the letter B...is that for me...ha ha

Congrats on the over 2 pound loss this week, I also am looking forward the the what I have lost pictures

so what am I cooking for dinner tomorrow???

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CHARGER25 12/11/2009 10:59AM

    Great Job!

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CAROLYN1213 12/11/2009 10:38AM

    Congrats!!!! Can't wait for the pics!!!!

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LAURIE5658 12/11/2009 10:33AM

    Oh Botzzz!!! That number that popped up on your scale is AWESOME!!!! More than that...its AWESOMELY awesome!!!!

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SLCOLMAN 12/11/2009 10:25AM

    Awesome! I love how positive you are. Can't wait for the return of the "what have I lost" pictures!!

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The ups and downs of weight loss.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

This week has tested me a bit where stress goes, not anything weight loss related and then at the same time weight loss related things were there as well, they are always there no matter what else is happening, sometimes I feel like I need to be tested to keep me on my toes. Over the weekend I ate salty foods and ended up being up in weight on Monday, of course it was retention weight mostly because of the amount that it was but seeing a large bump in that number on the scale plays havoc with attitude towards losing weight. I have said it before and I will repeat it now and many times in the future as long as I am writing this blog, weight loss is more of a mental game than anything else, if a person can pull the reigns in on the mental part the physical part is easy.



Easy? you are out of your damned mind mister Meatball! that cheese cake literally calls my name when I walk past! I NEED to eat! we all do right? we have to eat to live! damn you and your "its all mental" attitude! Indeed it is mental, yes yes we do need to eat to live BUT what we need to learn is that we SHOULD NOT Live to eat. We will all have up days/weeks and we will all have down days/weeks but if every time that a down week peeked at us we gave up we would never be able to accomplish anything at all. It was a long time for me before I had a week where I did not lose at least something when I started on my trip to the half which was huge mentally. It made me feel unstoppable which just fueled me to go further with the program, but when a gain is seen, or even a week where we break even and there isn't a loss it somehow smashes everything else that we have done to that point. Why does a single off week control us like that? is it because we were just waiting for that single moment to scream "You failed! now stuff your pie hole with tasty goodness! I knew this would happen" are we expecting to fail? if you expect to fail you will fail, and that goes for anything not just weight loss.

Physically our bodies only need so much nutrition to function and anything past that is gravy..sometimes literally! somewhere in our lives we used food in place of something else as a coping mechanism and its something that I still to this day dislike admitting but its the truth. I ate because I like the way food tastes, that's my story and I'm stickin to it! but there has to be some underlying reason for it or else I would have been able to stop eating that way before the idea of dying young and rotund stopped me. That is where the mental part comes in, its just a habit and though they are hard to break it is only a habit and can be broken, my body has never needed a Macho Nacho, 3 cheese burgers with only ketchup, a grande beef burrito, a 99 cents potato burrito and an order of deluxe chili cheese fries worth of calories and yet that was on the menu many nights ON MY WAY HOME FROM WORK! yes that was after the day was done and I was coming home from work at 10:00 pm! why? I suppose for the same reason a fella climbs a mountain.



What are you getting at man? a mental game? ordering half of the menu items at Del Taco? No matter what happens we have to keep on keepin on unless what we are looking for is failure because giving up is admitting defeat. There will be times when it feels as if giving up is the only option and we have all been there but what does giving up gain you besides weight? We all fall down in life the important part is that we get back up because if we do not what do we have besides a great view of the ground?

Tomorrow I weigh in for week two of my latest challenge, I have a strong feeling that I will have a loss but if I don't will I stop trying? I don't think that I enjoyed the view of the ground so I don't think I will stay there if I do not see a loss on the scale. I have lost more than 200 pounds now since starting and I have had my share of bad weeks ie: failures and if I stopped going at this like it was my job in life I would likely be back to my old rounder self by now. I guess my point put simply is that no matter what happens all we can do is our best, we will have slips, we will have less than perfect months, weeks, days, hours because we are all flawed somewhere otherwise we wouldn't be in these situations and you would have no reason to be reading the blog of a former 500 pound fella, If the difficulty of the situation is the lock consistency is the key and every one of us can be consistent with good habits if we want to be.

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ALYFITN 12/11/2009 10:55AM

    Your writing is so real. Thanks.

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DIFROMWYOMING 12/10/2009 9:31PM

    Wonderful post today. Thanks.

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AMY113 12/10/2009 9:28PM

    Awesome reality check. Thanks for the great blog. I also love your weight loss chart. From a distance you see a beautiful diagonal line in a down and to the right! If you look closer, there are little dots that make the line a jagged line. It goes up and down, good weeks and bad weeks. Plus the less plot point you put it the smoother the line. That is one lesson for me, I stress on the numbers too much! thanks!

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ZIRCADIA 12/10/2009 9:06PM

    I'm glad you're not letting this stupid sodium gain get to you -- and I'm excited that you're looking forward to a potential loss tomorrow as well. WOOT! I came down 3lbs from yesterday to today. HAHA :D I'm gonna keep weighing daily until I get a good grasp on where I really am.

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VEEJAY3 12/10/2009 5:59PM

    Ah. Yes. Bobby Jones said "Golf is a game played on a five-inch course: the distance between your ears." I feel that way about weight loss. I'm playing on a 5-inch course. There should be a psychological term for the way good numbers on the scale inspire more goodness out of us while bad numbers tend to de-rail us.

I think it's the old "Nothing succeeds like success" thing. But yanno -- when there's so much to lose, you can't have a success every single week. Let's settle for more successful weeks than not, and just plug along on our 5-inch course, shall we?


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HAPPYSOUL91 12/10/2009 5:03PM

    I really appreciate that you "tell it like it is". Keep it up, it certainly causes me to re-think and maybe just think

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 12/10/2009 2:56PM

    More wisdom from the meatball.

Just a brilliant post.

Thanks.

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SUBJUNCTIVE 12/10/2009 2:25PM

    Thank you for putting your feelings into thoughts and posting them here. It's good to read that others are going through the same thing I am. You're up to something great, so just keep that positive attitude! We can all make it happen.

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JENZNIT2WINIT 12/10/2009 1:19PM

    I came across your blog when I noticed in my updates list that a friend of mine had commented...and then I read it. And wow..even though, you probably wrote this for you. It's as if you'd written it for me, today. I have been working hard at overcoming mental and physical barriers as I journey towards my weight loss goals. But, for the last few days I have been wanting to "stuff my face" with something fried..and/or chocolate! It had been brewing all day, and I ended up having twice as much spaghetti as I'd "budgeted" for. Then, as if that wasn't enough..I ended up indulging in some chocolate brownie ice cream last night..though, I only had 1 cup (2 servings). Which, seemed to satisfy that craving and yet I still felt slightly in control by limiting the amount.

I've spent the majority of my morning feeling defeated..and kind of bloated, because of my actions last night. I've felt a sense of failure. But, your blog post was my reality check today. Thank you for the inspiration!

Cheers. emoticon

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NATALIE1964 12/10/2009 12:34PM

    So very, very true. If only there was a switch to keep the mental game "ON" at all times.. the rest would be a piece of cake (healthy banana bread, that is)

A friend once told me, Weight loss is like wrigning a water filled sponge.. in the begining the water just flies off.. a then you have to sqeeze harder ..

You rock .. I read you all the time
have a great one
^..^
Natalie


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4EVERADONEGIRL 12/10/2009 12:23PM

    Most definitely...to all of it!! :-) The mental aspect is tough indeed...that's the part that on one hand pushes me to go furter and faster, but it's the part that also tells me I have "earned" a piece of chocolate or cookie or whatever.

Everydamnday is an exercise in excorcising my weak mental side!!

Way to go...way to go!!

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 12/10/2009 11:47AM

    Great Blog!! Somehow the physical/mental part is easier for me than the food/mental part and I hate that!! I can get up and go for my run, but then my husband buys M&Ms and before I know it a handfull of the little buggers is in my mouth!! Dang what is with that??? Your blog does a great job of putting it in perspective and reminding me that this is a work in progress.

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JASI27 12/10/2009 11:36AM

    I totally agree! I have had a few bad days in a row this week and have totally not beat myself up about it! It really is no big deal in the bigger scheme of things when you really look at it! I am not discouraged or disappointed or mad at myself because that doesn't do any good! Things are better for me today and will be again tomorrow, this is just part of the journey! I know there will be a gain tomorrow morning when I weigh in, but I won't let that stomp all my hard work this far and I will not make it an excuse to stop and give up! Overcoming the mental part of this IS the TOUGHEST part of the journey, but once you get your mind right, it is such an easy journey! It is also easy to jump back up when you fall.
Thanks for such a great blog! This is just what I needed to get myself back on the right path!

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MSNICHOLS39 12/10/2009 11:27AM

    Great Blog, thanks. I totally agree with you. I think it's ironic that the photo of the taco bell sign has BIG FAT on it in 3 places! That ought to tell us something. It's true you have to be mentally ready to change so much. It's hard to get into that place, mentally, and definitely hard to stay there. Keep up the good work!
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THECOOLESTSARAH 12/10/2009 11:12AM

    I figured out this part somewhere along the way - it's ALL MENTAL! And sometimes I hate that it is because when I'm not feeling focused, it's not happening for me.

PS I love nachos and the word rotund.

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ROCKINFOX 12/10/2009 10:49AM

    It's so true that weight loss and anything you want to accomplish in life is a mental game. First you have to want it truly and deeply, second you have to develop the mentallity for it. Loved this blog! So much truth behind it all.
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CAROLYN1213 12/10/2009 10:29AM

    Excellent Blog! Food addiction is the one thing I have never been able to explain to my family. They are all smaller than me and do not have to watch what they eat or exercise regularly. Oh, they understand drug addiction and alcohol addiction and insane obsessive compulsive behaviors . . . . but this, this food thing, How could I do this to myself?

Thanks for the blog . . . food knows my name and whispers it seductively when I am lonely or afraid.

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KIBBLE55 12/10/2009 10:16AM

    Bozz - top blog - you are so right it is all in the head - when I'm down or tired I want to eat and eat and eat when I up beat and no tired I want to train.

My mood dictates my eating and my exercise. The key is to try and keep the Postive Mental Attitude to the life changes we are making.

I know that despite losing over 50lbs I am still an overeater I am far from cured.

Keep up the great work - you are an inspiration.

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YOOVIE 12/10/2009 10:11AM

    ROCK ON!!!!

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