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A new man two years in the making.

Monday, December 28, 2009


Two years ago at this time I was afraid that I would not have much longer here on this planet because of weighing way more than I should have. I had no clue what I weighed but my best guess was close to 600 pounds as I had not found a scale that could give me a straight answer at the time unless I wanted to go to a stone yard and hop on the scale that they weigh the trucks with. It had been days that I was online looking into what it took to get a weight loss surgery and I was as close as I have ever been to deciding on getting one of those surgery's and then I saw that death could be a side effect of having it and something clicked inside me an a decision was made, I have to do something before the choice is made for me in the way of a heart attack.



I was 534 pounds at my highest weight and today I am more than 200 pounds lighter just 726 days later and most of that weight was lost in the first year. Seven hundred twenty six days, that sounds like a long time if you look at it that way but really its not long at all and besides death lasts a lot longer than that so what was the alternative really? This time of year seems to get people all fired up to make a resolution and lose some weight "This is gonna be my year!" but 2 years ago was my year to mean it. I have re-learned how to fuel my body or should I say that I have learned how because what I was doing was not what I would call anything more than gorging myself at every meal just because I could. Contrasting my life back then to who I am now, how I live now and the latter is much more fun I have to admit because right now even at around 330 pounds I am not limited in any way that I notice. I run, I ride a bike, I walk, I go to the gym almost on a daily basis and things where my health are concerned are all where it should be and getting better daily and all because I decided to make a change in what I was doing.

I hate thinking about where I might be if I had not decided to get my $hit together and the answer can scare me if I think about it for too long. At 534 pounds how much of that can a persons body really take? how long can a body last as it pumps blood through a huge body that is literally more than twice as big as it should be? I didn't want to find out. Today for whatever reason I was thinking back to those days where it took a plan to get upstairs to use the bathroom, I literally had to time it so that I would go upstairs the bare minimum amount of times because of the fact that my heart felt like it would explode on any given trip up the 13 stairs in my house and I am honestly happy that I got my arse in gear and did this.

I am glad that I can still remember how it felt back then at more than 500 pounds because some day I know that it will fade away and whatever weight I level off at will be my weight and be what I know and remember but right now it makes me grateful for what I have done. Some day I will show my Daughter a photo of me at 500 plus pounds and she will not believe that it was me and I can thank her for her role in me doing this. Some day I will meet someone that has never seen me heavy and I may show them a photo of me at 500 plus pounds and they will not believe it and some day hopefully I will get to walk my daughter down the isle because I made the decision to get healthy and change the way that I think about food and my health.

I am stronger than I have ever been in my life and I do not mean physically, We all owe it to ourselves and to the ones that we love to take care of our health.

As Ever
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ZENMIND7 12/29/2009 1:04PM

    Congratulations on your transformation to a healthier you! Thank you for sharing this.

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TXLIZWOLF 12/29/2009 9:03AM

    As you well know, I am going to say WOW! That is a huge difference in two years. I cannot imagine how much better you must be feeling today. I only lost 40 lbs, and the difference is incredible - how much more must it be for you. I am very happy for. You have achieved a whole lot in two years!! My utmost respect!


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BILLALEX70 12/29/2009 8:00AM

    I'm sure that by now one of us would be 8-feet under; add 2-feet for the 60"+ waist. emoticon

But, here we are healthier, happier and setting better examples for our children. Time be damned; I'll reach my goal when I get there. People give up way to easy and that's why there's so much yo-yoing.

Best wishes for 2010!

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JOPAPGH 12/28/2009 10:32PM

    Cngratulations on an amazing 2 year transformation!! emoticon

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LAB-LOVER 12/28/2009 10:25PM

    All I can say is "WOW!" -- congratulations on making a huge life change. I recently had my first experience of talking with someone who never knew the fatter me. They said "I've always thought of you as a thin person." You could have picked me up off the floor I was so stunned! This WILL happen to you and it will be a sweet moment to savor!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 12/28/2009 10:11PM

    This is full of great points. I am so glad that I did this as well.

What was the real turning point for me was putting on my suit. I would put on my shoes first because I was worried that when I would bend over that I would split out the pants.

Don't have to worry about that now.

ttyl

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TELERIE 12/28/2009 6:56PM

    I'm so happy to be sharing part of this journey with people like you here on Spark! I for one am really looking forward to 2010 and the coming years of keeping on keeping on!

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MBSHAZZER 12/28/2009 5:56PM

    Thanks for sharing such an insightful reflection. Your page should be required reading for anyone facing down a big weight loss. I don't stop by here often, but you are very inspirational and a textbook case of the RIGHT way to make big changes in life!

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ELFITZPA 12/28/2009 5:49PM

    Thanks for sharing such an excellent reflection. I sometimes think the whole New Year's resolution time is annoying, with people making plans they'll never stick to. So it's so incredibly refreshing and inspiring to look back at the amazing progress you've made. Keep up the great work.

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JEM0622 12/28/2009 5:28PM

    Congrats on making serious change and getting healthy for you...and those who love you too. Keep up the great work. ~Julie

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GLOBALKEEWEE 12/28/2009 5:04PM

    Excellent reflection on how far you have come - and how you will continue to succeed. You will continue to be a huge inspiration for me and others...Thank you!
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KASHMIR 12/28/2009 4:58PM

    Botzz,

I am so greatful you made the changes needed in your life. Otherwise you wouldn't be here to encourage us, and you may not be here to be the father/husband to your family!

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GRAMTOTWO 12/28/2009 4:47PM

    Almost 70lbs down for me this year and renewed commitment to another year with 70 more. It is Spark friends like you that have helped keep me motivated. I never thought it possible but now I know it is. Thank you from the bottom of my Sparkin heart!

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HAPPYSOUL91 12/28/2009 4:12PM

    I like that you are looking forward and making so many head changes in addition to your body.

You are truly an inspiration to me

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FITFATCHICK 12/28/2009 4:10PM

    You are so inspiring! Thank you taking the time to post for all of us!!!



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CATLADY52 12/28/2009 3:53PM

    Your blog reminds me of what we all need to do. Think about the future. Do we want one or not. I know you want one and so do I. Thank you again.

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Christmas weigh in

Saturday, December 26, 2009


Very quickly in the spirit of being consistent I am posting up my weight from Friday morning before I run out to the gym, when I woke up yesterday I weighed in at 330.4 pounds and I kind of expected it as I had a very sodium filled day on Thursday and drank a ton of H2O before bed. Thursday morning I was 329.0 pounds so I know that I didn't gain almost a pound and a half over night so no worries I will see what Monday morning says and go off of that but for now I am updating my challenge weight to a reading of 330.4 lbs because that's what the scale said Friday morning and I did not weigh myself this morning and since I have already eaten breakfast and lunch today a weigh in at this point would be very inaccurate so I am posting Christmas mornings weight.

With that I am out the door heading to the gym so until next time!

As Ever
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THEBOOKBINDER 12/27/2009 11:26PM

    Sodium is a killer!

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SNEAKYGREG 12/27/2009 11:18AM

    I think most of us pounded the sodium to much over the last few days

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 12/27/2009 7:39AM

    Yeah, I pay more attention to the trend line at physicsdiet.com than my daily weights.

Thank goodness for moving averages! LOL

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...and now it's time for ME to go exercise...
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LAURIE5658 12/26/2009 4:23PM

    I know the feeling, Botzzz. I was 130 yesterday and 131.4 today...hence...the flippin sodium. Dang stuff.

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MUDMOUSE 12/26/2009 2:54PM

    You sound like you're having an amazingly healthy Christmas. Me? Not so much...

I will have a healthy after Christmas time, though..

I am so proud of you!

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The strength of a tree lies in its ability to bend

Thursday, December 24, 2009


I have a goal, that goal is to make it through Christmas day without too many extra calories going into me and if I approach it that way, you know, as a game then I believe that I will come out without going too far over my calorie range. I hear people tout that "its a lifestyle change dammit so that means no matter what you need to eat salads and small portions of lean meats otherwise you are not treating it as a lifestyle change! you are just dieting again" I have to use something that my grandfather use to say to that God rest his soul, "Awww Horse pucky!" . Yes indeed it is a lifestyle change but that does not mean on special occasions I or anyone else cannot have a piece of Aunt Jackie's peanut butter fudge or a slice or 2 of honey baked ham because that is just a silly notion to me to be so strict that not a single indulgence can be had. It is a lifestyle change and when normal life use to be eating 4 cheese burgers or 3 plates of food on top of at least one serving of every dessert at a holiday meal eating a normal sized holiday meal along with a dessert and a piece of fudge is doing the right thing for our health.



Sure I could eat 2 pounds of raw broccoli an apple and a glass of water then beat my chest and in my best "The Tick" impression state loudly that I have changed my life! and smile down on all of the fattys eating the Christmas good eats but I know that The tree that does not bend with the wind will be broken by the storm. I have done this from the beginning, I have not counted Holidaze meals when calories come into play which does not mean that its a free for all it just means that I have normal sized portions and something else amazing that's happened along the way down my path to better health? I have learned to STOP eating when I am full! I have this new magical power to let something stay put on my plate instead of forcing it down the chute. With all of that said I do usually try and count the calories in my head but its more for me to have a general idea of what I ate extra because at this point counting calories is so second nature to me that it just happens in my head almost instantly. In short, I am going to enjoy my Christmas brunch and dinner without guilt because one meal will not destroy any habit or lifestyle change that has been made.

I did get a chance to go to the gym yesterday even if it was later than I would have liked it to be, My kids are home from school until after the New Year so I will have to adjust the time that I go until they return to school. I went around 8:00 pm last night and came home all amped up from the workout and stayed up until about midnight because of it and that's the reason that I don't like going in the evenings. I weighed my options which were Go to they gym and get a good workout in but be up late because of all of the energy or don't go and get a great nights rest but no workout and no energy, obviously I chose to go and I am glad that it was the choice that I made. I did 20 minutes on a bike followed by the treadmill routine that I came up with a few days ago where I progressively add incline for 10 minutes and then come back down in 2% intervals, I really like that workout as I feel like I have done some work afterward. No weight lifting last night but My mother in law agreed to watch the kiddos so that I can go this afternoon and I am planning on doing my bike plus that treadmill routine and maybe some shoulder movements with some weights, I am looking forward to going today for whatever reason.



My intake yesterday came in at 1730 total calories, I drank 1 gallon of green tea and more than a gallon of straight H2O, obviously I made it to the gym so all in all it was a great day for my health. I don't think that I will post tomorrow as its Christmas and well I don't think I will have time to nor want to take time away from any of that for a post but I am sure that I will get on the scale either way. I mentioned this already but I will try my best to get a weigh in post up on Saturday and I will include what the scale said Friday morning as well as Saturday morning I think it will be fun to see the (damage) difference from after Christmas.

I hope everyone has a great Christmas and whether you choose to eat that 2 pounds of raw broccoli or a few pieces of Aunt Jackie's peanut butter fudge enjoy it! I don't consider anything that I do on this trip a failure or a victory, it is what it is and thats a guy that has relearned how to do things in moderation when it is food related and has learned that he loves the gym more than he ever thought he could.

That is all...

As Ever
Me

  
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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 12/27/2009 7:43AM

    Nice work.

I agree about enjoying holidays as special. I had 300-400 more calories per day both Xmas Eve and Xmas, and the totals were still in a theoretical "-6 lbs/month" calorie limit. (Normally I'm in -8 lbs/month mode.)

...and it worked! My BMI is still under 25! AND I ate things I normally wouldn't.

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 12/25/2009 5:59PM

    Another truism from the Meatball!

Merry Christmas!!!



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KARBIE18 12/25/2009 10:19AM

    I completely agree. Eating well and exercising on most days allows me the ability to enjoy a treat or two on special occassions. Knowing that is the one thing that has made me able to stick with it this time - in the past, I would have been disappointed in myself and looked as it as starting over. And since I actually enjoy eating well and exercising, it's a win-win situation.

Enjoy your holiday, and the treat(s) if you choose to. In the scheme of things one or two days is nothing.

You are amazing!
Karen

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DIFROMWYOMING 12/24/2009 11:09PM

    Thanks for this, Botzz, and Merry Christmas to you and yours!
I also believe in moderation in all things, and in bending when necessary. I won't break this time, at least I've learned that much this year!

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ALEXSGIRL1 12/24/2009 7:05PM

    thank you moderation in all things leads to happiness in many. may you and your family have a merry christmas emoticon

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VLVTGRRL 12/24/2009 2:54PM

    YEAH!!!! You are right on the money! (AS usual!)

Botzzz, have a VERY Merry Christmas and a GREAT weigh in! emoticon emoticon

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LIVINHEALTHY4 12/24/2009 1:52PM

    Great post!

I posted my "plan of attack" for tomorrow, as it's my first time eating during a holiday since joining SP. I was nervous, but after reading your blog today, I see that it's only one meal, nothing to get in a panic about. That said, I still will not eat simply because it's there!

I wish us all success... and enjoy the company of good friends and family!

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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JLUVSHIKIN 12/24/2009 11:54AM

    I completely agree with you about how to eat for the day. It has been a process and have finally gotten to that point where there are days when I am going to eat what I want because I want it... within reason of course... and like you said, one day is not going to undo all that I have done!
Way to go!

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LAURIE5658 12/24/2009 10:52AM

    Merry Christmas, Botzzz!

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GYPSYROSE67 12/24/2009 10:23AM

    Thank you for this blog. I have been denying myself all the holiday goodies that have been around but tonight I am going to my mother in law's for prime rib. I believe it is okay to have a nice size normal meal with maybe a little treat at the end. Thank you for blogging that it is okay to splurge once in a while and that one day will not change the lifestyle I am striving for.

Have a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season * God Bless

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A new compare pic inside! more than 200 pounds lost.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Tuesday went off without a hitch besides a piece of cake that was for an occasion so I did not count that into my calories, I was at 1775 calories total before the cake so I am probably still ok either way I am not too worried about it. I drank 1 gallon of green tea and 1 gallon of straight H2O so I was hydrated for the day but I did have lots of sodium in the way of some baked chips with my dinner which was a tuna melt so I may be retaining a bit this morning but I will never know because I ate breakfast before remembering to do my mid week weigh in check. The gym was interesting for me because I did something a little differently than usual, I rode my bike for 20 minutes and then did some weight lifting for my back and shoulders then it was time for the treadmill.


A full size version of the pic is on my blogspot at zeusmeatball.blogspot.com/

The first image is August 2007, the second image was taken last night so December 22nd 2009, I took the second one just fooling around and yes I know that I need a shave but I haven't posted a pic up in a while so I thought that it was tine to pop a new compare shot up here, man I love my compression shirt! The bottom half of me is as thick as the top half but man what a difference.

Usually I will do 20-30 minutes on the treadmill at between 3.0 and 3.8 mph and a 3.0% to 5.0% incline and I do this at the end of my workout so usually after the bike and arc-trainer. Yesterday I looked across the gym and there was a girl on the treadmill and she had it set at a wicked incline so I thought I would change it up a bit and ended up doing 20 minutes at 3.0 mph but every 2 minutes I went up 2% on the incline until I hit 11.5% at the 10 minute mark and then back down 2% at a time until 20 minutes was up. I have to tell you that wen I started I was thinking that it would be easy but by the time I hit that 11.5% incline I was ready for it to start coming back down! but in my head I was thinking about it as if I was peaking a hill and that the way down aould be easier but after 11.5% came 9.5% so I was still at a decent incline NOT the downhill that I was thinking I would get, its funny how our heads work sometimes. I checked my heart rate every minute by grabbing the bars on the treadmill so that I could see how I reacted to the incline changes and the graph matched the incline, my heart rate increased as the incline did and I am going to add this to my Tuesday workout as it definately changed things up and still gave me a good workout.

I don't think that I will get a post up on Friday because of Christmas so I will very likely just do a weigh in post on Saturday morning instead because I have to stay accountable with the weigh ins as it seems to keep me on track. Will Friday mess up the weigh in? we shall see but I am going to attempt to be a good boy and resist the urge to eat the cookies, cakes, fudge and all of whatever else will be around on Christmas day and eve. This does not mean that I will have nothing labeled as "treat" because I have always said that Holidaze do not count as far as me counting every bite that goes into my mouth because those few days per year of indulging are not going to hurt anything in the grand scheme. I am planning to make the best choices where dinner is concerned for Christmas and I will be drinking noting but my green tea, perhaps a beer and some water but on the food front I will not eat any differently as far as portion size goes and will make every attempt to eat the lower calorie dishes.

Again I say, we make our own choices and there is no one with a gun making us eat fatty food, there is no terrible terrible that will happen to us if we do not eat that triple double bacon bacon cheddar cheese and secret sauce burger with a side of giantico onion rings and a bucket O coke but there is a terrible terrible if we do eat it on a daily, just have a look at my before pictures.

Again another episode of as the fat guy turns has concluded, tomorrow is a new day where will it bring me? a step closer to my goal for sure. Thanks for reading along.

As Ever
Me

  
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OSUBUCKI101 12/29/2009 8:19AM

    Amazing...simply amazing! You have much to be proud of. Keep up the good work!

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JESSICALYNN0102 12/28/2009 12:18PM

    Great Job!

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CCKELLY3 12/27/2009 1:41AM

    You've made an amazing journey. Thank you for the inspiration.

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SNEAKYGREG 12/24/2009 8:28AM

    Holy Crap!!!!!! You look good and should feel good about your accomplishment. You already have the before and after photo and now it will only get better

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PRUPLEBEAR 12/23/2009 5:30PM

    Awesome! Look great!


Merry Christmas

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HAPPYSOUL91 12/23/2009 4:44PM

    Your pictures are amazing. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KASHMIR 12/23/2009 4:13PM

    Inclines are my favorites on the treadmill....I need to get busy and do some again soon. Thanks for the reminder...and love the new comparison pic, even if you didn't shave for the camera!

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 12/23/2009 2:39PM

    Wow! You are inspiring!

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ALEXSGIRL1 12/23/2009 2:39PM

    way to go fantastic you are an inspiration. emoticon

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THECOOLESTSARAH 12/23/2009 2:10PM

    I got tears in my eyes looking at those pictures. I am so so so proud of you T, just look at what you have accomplished. I rarely make my DH look at anything on Spark, but he HAD to see that picture and he said "wow, is that the same person?" - He didn't even recognize that you were the same guy!

Here's to reaching our goals in 2010! Big Hugs friend!

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SHYFEMMEKAT 12/23/2009 12:58PM

    That is awesome!

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DACIUS 12/23/2009 12:10PM

    Great job in pushing yourself in the gym. The trainer in my gym did something similar to me last week. Just came over and cranked the incline up while I was still running at 6.5mph!!! Lemme tell you it was so amazingly hard. But I felt like a million bucks and he bought me a fruit smoothie. So a win-win for me.

Enjou the heck out of your holiday. enjoy some of those treats. You have so much to be thankful for.

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CATLADY52 12/23/2009 12:07PM

    You're doing great. Have a great holiday season.

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LIVINHEALTHY4 12/23/2009 11:49AM

    You are doing so fantastic! I just love reading your blogs, you really having me cheering for you!

I love the last little paragraph of this post about our eating is our own choice. That rings so true.

Never mind thanking us for reading - I thank YOU for posting. You are my daily dose of motivation!

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Have a Merry Christmas!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 12/23/2009 11:31AM

    I wonder what would happen if those two meatballs ever got together . . .

You are looking fantastic.

Merry Christmas

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SUMMERBUSHNELL 12/23/2009 11:21AM

    From yuck, to hot! Good job!

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KARBIE18 12/23/2009 11:02AM

    Wow! You look fantastic! And, boy you deserve it! With work, and being a coleader on a team, I have little time to do anything but lurk in here, but I'm so glad I stopped by. You are such an inspiration! Guess I don't have to tell you to keep it up, because I am sure you will.

Have a wonderful holiday,
Karen

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HILARYMM 12/23/2009 10:46AM

    Excellent work! You look great!

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MICHCLEARY 12/23/2009 10:42AM

    Wow that is amazing! Congratulations and good job for traveling such a long and difficult road. Keep up the good work!

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LAURIE5658 12/23/2009 10:33AM

    Botzzz, the before and after is INCREDIBLE!!! You have literally worked your arse off and should be congratulated over and over again! Wowzer!

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CANDICANE32 12/23/2009 10:33AM

    congrats on the weight loss. it is amazing.

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Effort plus Time divided by Determination = Successful weight loss?

Tuesday, December 22, 2009


The plan for today is the same as yesterday, stay within my calorie limits, drink plenty and hit the gym this afternoon. I ate 1740 calories Monday and that's just about perfect as I now eat between 1700 and 1940 calories per day depending on what I do at the gym, 1700 for non weight lifting days and 1940 for weight days and the extra is for a whey shake. I drank 2 gallons of H2O and about a quart of green tea yesterday as I forgot to make a gallon Sunday night I was limited to drinking hot cups instead of my cold brewed stuff. At the gym I did a lighter than usual work out because all I had to eat previous to going was my am bowl of cereal and started feeling weak midway through my workout, I ended up doing 20 minutes on the stationary bike, 15 minutes on the treadmill 3.5% grade @ 3.4 mph and finished up with a few sets on the preacher curl machine calling it quits after that.



Working as hard as anyone else in the gym and not looking like you are is a little bit frustrating, this thought entered my head yesterday as I rode the bike at the gym. Here I am sitting on this bike pedaling my heart out as I look in the mirror and see that I am bigger than I should be and its because of some extra skin that is still on my mid section. A guy walks by and looks like me from the chest up but below there he looks better, there is no extra baggage swinging around his middle, I keep pedaling. A girl that looks as if she was carved from stone stretches just feet in front of my bike she notices that I am looking in her direction and a smile and a nod later she is riding the bike next to me. I am here every day, I am busting my ass every day of the week with exercise not to mention the eating and drinking well and I am left with this reminder of older days in the form of extra me that there is nothing I can do anything about.



I own a compression shirt that I bought when I was running around the lake a while back and it is amazing what a difference there is in my silhouette when it is on verses when it is off of me. I knew that there would be a skin issue because of the size of me and always said "a bridge to be crossed when I get there" but I have to admit that it bothers me that its there, at 6'5'' tall on a pretty solid frame I believe that I could look much different at 328 pounds than I actually look right now because of the extra me just hanging around. The bridge that I am crossing with the way I am starting to look is sort of a dual feeling, on the one hand I am more than 200 pounds less than I use to be so wow! but the other hand offers a loose belly that doesn't quite look right because its not tight, it is sort of hangy if that's a word and though I can hide it in a hoodie very well the hotter months are really going to offer me a puzzle if I am going to somewhat hide the looseness of the whole package. Don't take any of this as complaining, it is merely observations and my reaction and thoughts to them because I would much rather be trying to hide some extra skin than hiding the whole me by staying in doors etc.

There are still some obstacles on this trip to a thinner me but nothing that looks like I can't crush, I mean hell if I have come from literally round shaped to the shape that I am in right now in just about 2 years anything is possible and a little extra skin isn't going knock me down. For anyone out there that thinks that it cannot happen for them because they are too big or too out of shape, take it from me, you know...the guy that was 534 pounds once upon a time that it can happen if the time and effort is put in, there is that "E" word again. I still have a long way to go with 53 pounds left to lose to reach my initial goal weight and 61 pounds left to go to have lost 50% of my total body weight and when the totals are put down to look at its easy to say "aww its only another 50 pounds you can do it!" but I'm telling ya this last go at the finish line seems like its going to be a difficult ride. Either way I will get there extra skin be damned I will get to that goal and I am predicting that I will go well beyond that 267 pound mark by more than a few pounds when this is all said and done.

That there folks is the end to yet another mind blowing episode of As the fat guy turns so you will have to tune in tomorrow to find out if that brownie on the counter lasted through the night. Thanks for reading along and thanks for the support, it is always appreciated.

As Ever
Me

  
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CAROLYN1213 12/22/2009 4:30PM

    Woo! Hoo!!! Way to go, skinny you! That extra skin is like a badge of honor for all the hard work you have done to melt yourself down! That being said, I also have more extra wiggle and waddle than I would like after gaining way too much wait in a very short time and now having lost 57 lbs., I am thinking when I reach goal I might consider having it removed.

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ZIRCADIA 12/22/2009 3:08PM

    WOOHOO!! I'm glad you're not letting the loose skin get you down, but believe me I know how you feel. I don't appreciate my body not being commensurate with my efforts. But I've kind of come to grips with it. I focus on what I CAN change and not worry about the other parts because mine is obviously a more minor problem. I'm excited that you're looking forward to getting rid of YOUR loose skin even, too, if it comes to it! :) Nothing can stop you!

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JLUVSHIKIN 12/22/2009 2:12PM

    Excess skin. Like others have mentioned it is an issue that needs to be dealt with. My personal opinion.... whether you'd like it or not.... is a wait and see. I have heard and read that once the weight is off, it will take two to three years for the skin to change, and not all might change. There may always be that extra bit. Surgery is surgery and there is ALWAYS a risk. Hubby went in for deep cleaning at the dentist and they put him into anaphylactic shock.... soooo.... It is a personal choice but give it the time it may need. Of course the surgeon is going to say you need the surgery... how else is he going to make money?

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KNH771 12/22/2009 1:51PM

    Again... I can totally relate! I've got "extra skin" issues as well. Eventually I will probably have surgery to have it removed. Aside from appearance, it's a hygeine issue. Still, like you said, it is more than worth it! I'd much rather be able to finish a 5K than have those pounds back. emoticon

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DACIUS 12/22/2009 1:27PM

    It is a episode of As a Fat Guy Pedals...LOL!!!!

I am having the same issues and I have only love 1/3 of what you have. My stomach and thighs are very jiggly and basically filled with nothing. Especially my thighs which held a lot of my weight/fat. Now they look like empty pillow cases. I have ramped up my strentgh training to help fill some of that in, but it will not completely fix the problem.

We just have to live with our bassett hound impressinons my friend. Unless you have 15,000 to spend on the removal surgery. Which will more than likely never happen to me.

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DONNA753 12/22/2009 1:26PM

  congrats on your weight lost keep up the good work....

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SECRETMUSIC 12/22/2009 11:33AM

    I like the way you are facing your issues but looking beyond them toward your goals. Success is very much your own!

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RENA1965 12/22/2009 11:05AM

    I have had the most extreme form for plastic surgery around my tummy. Get the weight off, then get plastic surgery.. Believe me you will feel alot better about the finished results.. If your not worried about it I have before and efter results of my tummy tuck on my page.. I think things worked out fine- looking past the recovery period..

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ALEXSGIRL1 12/22/2009 11:02AM

    try to think of a healthier you instead of extra skin. how would you like to my daughter and be fourteen with a pretty gnarly scar from two pacemaker surgery. she doesn't try to hide it this is who she is. if anyone says anything she says how did that get there? emoticonyou have come a long way and made some awesome changes. have a healthy and happy week. emoticon

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LAURIE5658 12/22/2009 10:59AM

    In my mind, when you are finished losing weight and the skin is causing medical issues, this is very much something your doctor can help you with. Surgical removal would be ideal IMHO. We shall see when you get to that point. Oh, what a problem to have!! You are getting healthier with each passing day!!!

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SGRONOW1 12/22/2009 10:48AM

    The skin issue is an issue that many of us will face whether it is excessive or just a little bit, But once we reach our goals and maintain them, doctors can fix that problem.

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HAPPYSOUL91 12/22/2009 10:37AM

    The loose skin is always a problem when you lose a lot of weight, but still it is better than having it filled with fat. You sure have come a long way.

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