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Fat bottomed girls they'll be riding today, So look out for those beauties oh yeah.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Looking out my window at the snow that seems to have been there forever I want to ride my bike, 3 inches of snow in the road and a foot in the yard the only thing that I want to do is take a ride around the lake. I got a set of bar ends for my bike for Christmas and while I was installing them my bike was looking at me from the corner of her eye begging me to hop on and ride her hard, but I have to turn her down for now because of the 100% chance of me ending up on my arse in the snow. Riding the bike at the gym though working some of the same muscles is not even close to a real ride and I don't know if its just because I have something new on the bike or if its that I truly miss it but it is calling to me. Soon enough the snow will melt and the leaves will return to the trees and the hilly road will be there again for me to enjoy, for now the gym will be my source of exercise and hopefully my strict rule of going daily will whittle me down to a smaller pilot and the length or intensity of my rides can go up come spring, I know it will.

The bike at the gym is a great tool for me, I can keep the leg muscles working in a familiar way so that when the time comes to get back on the mountain bike I will not feel like its been years since riding. I am able to change the intensity of my rides at the gym with the push of a button and I have been changing my ride each day just slightly enough so that its not the same over and over, I ride on level 11 and kick it up to 13 for one minute intervals maybe 3 or 4 times per ride and my distance has steadily been going up. This tells me a couple things, I am getting stronger because if I can bump the resistance up for small intervals and increase my distance then obviously I am improving. It also tells me that higher resistance doesn't effect me too much, its almost as if upping the resistance is making me work faster but not harder, I don't know how to explain it but when I do intervals I find it easier to ride, its almost like when I kick it back down to level 11 it feels easy and my cadence goes up slightly over all.

Monday was good for all aspects of this whole better health thang, I ate within my calories coming in at 1775 total calories and drank more than a gallon of Green tea and H2O. I made it to the gym and did 20 minutes on the bike doing intervals like I mentioned above followed by 40 minutes of weight lifting and a 20 minute trot on the treadmill. Sleep was on par but I was woke up at 6:30 am by my daughter sitting in my bed singing and blabbing to wify while she got dressed for work 7 hours is a decent enough nights sleep I suppose, at least my daughter will be in bed nice and early tonight from her early rise.

We're off to a good start this week all the way around so come Friday I am looking for a good drop in weight and hitting that 300 pound goal by April is starting to feel like I can do it. Whether you have 20 pounds to lose, 150 pounds to lose or like me more than 250 pounds to lose its up to you to do it, no one can do it for you and no one can make you do it. When I started off I looked at my weight loss and thought about how losing 100 pounds seemed impossible and here I am more than 200 pounds down so far and realistically I could probably drop 300 pounds total before all is said and done but that's a bridge to be crossed once I reach that first goal of 275 pounds. Walk, Run, bike whatever you choose just do it and do it for yourself because its the only thing that's going to work, hoping or wishing for better health and or weight loss just doesn't work, if it did I would have been a svelte version of who I am right now a long time ago.

I don't believe in Peter Pan, Frankenstein or Superman, All I wanna do is.....

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BETTY925 1/8/2010 1:31PM

    Great job! I'm impressed and excited that I, too, can do this! emoticon

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    Another great blog!

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WESTWIND19 1/6/2010 4:27PM

    I started to enjoy riding last spring even though I haven't been back on my bike since May, I will. I am in a cycling group fitness class and when I first started on a real bike I noticed a tremendous difference. That little bit of friction makes a huge diff with my ability to work the same amount of time. I recently purchased a bike stand thingie that is supposed to hold your front tire so you can ride your real bike as a stationary bike. When I can figure out the name and how well it works I will write ya back. Good Luck and I enjoy seeing your progress and reading your blog.

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 1/6/2010 1:03PM

    You might want to talk to a trainer at the gym about that distance/resistance. They might be able to offer some thoughts.

Sounds like you are well on your way. I have to get everything going again. This week has been hectic (different job is throwing my schedule off).

To quote the immortal Larry The Cable Guy, I just gotta

Get 'er dun!

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ANTHONYF 1/6/2010 10:17AM

    Saw this article after reading your blog. Thought you might find it of interest.
Winter Bikes: Building the Perfect Beast -


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DIFROMWYOMING 1/5/2010 10:15PM

    Cheering for you!

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    I was watching this show on the History channel about the history of sex, and the narrator mentioned that when women starting riding bikes, men protested. Apparantly, they feared that women would begin to prefer the feeling of the bicycle seat over ....

Anyhoo, I'm afraid of bikes, but I love cross training machines, ellipticals, and stair mills.

You're right about Superman. All my life I have yearned for someone to save me... like a doctor with a pill or a knife. It's hard work saving yourself, and you probably won't get your own TV show doing it. But at the end of the day, you can go to bed feeling like a winner. And that makes it all worth it.

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LADYSNOWFALL 1/5/2010 4:22PM

    When I saw the title of this post, I went "Wait! What? I'll be riding today?" LOL

You see, to those of us that are Equestriennes, "riding" always translates to horseback. And it took me a minute to realize you were referring to bike riding. I hadn't scrolled down far enough to see the picture of the high wheel you had posted.

Alas, my version of "riding" will have to wait for better weather. The rain has made the clay soil here all slippery and sloppy. And my property is too sloped for an arena. So, for safety's sake, much like you, I will have to wait for better weather. I guess I can dream about it while riding a stability ball instead.

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COUNTRYBUMKIN65 1/5/2010 2:45PM

    I really liked your Blog, and also your other Blogs. You write well and to the point. Thank you for sharing and spreading inspiration..

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 1/5/2010 12:57PM

    I have not been on a bike for probably close to 20 years! My weight has always kept me off the real thing. This month I hope to find a good used, cheap exercise bike to ride in the house while I watch tv so when i do get to a size that i can ride a real bike I will have worked my leg muscles enough so I will be able to ride.

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NATALIE1964 1/5/2010 12:26PM

    Just came to get my daily fix..
Hooked on Botzzz

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LAURIE5658 1/5/2010 11:15AM

    Botzzz, with all of your ike talk you have inspired me to get the bikes out come Spring. I did not ride that once last year. Sad, huh? Thank you!

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PATTIDGN 1/5/2010 11:11AM

    great blog, I use a recumpent bike and it is less stressful on the joints for me. no riding in the road for me, too many crazy drivers and obstructions!!!! emoticon

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MSNICHOLS39 1/5/2010 11:03AM

    ...fat bottomed girls you make the rockin' world go round....

Now I want a bike. I live in GA and there's no snow here. I used to live in Maine up until 18 months ago, and I moved here to get out of the snow. I think I'm going to buy a bike soon. I feel like I'm too fat, and will look funny on one. Now I live out in the country so nobody will see me if I ride and I have good roads to ride on.

Andrea emoticon

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GIANT-STEPS 1/5/2010 10:44AM

  Assume you have a mountain bike since you mention bar ends. Riding in the snow really isn't that bad. Knobbies usually work fine and if you do fall at least it is a bit softer.

Ice is another mater. Back before I had a car one time I crashed 3 times on ice on the way to work. One of the crashes bent a crankarm making it an expensive ride.

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LIVINHEALTHY4 1/5/2010 10:37AM

    Another great post!

"Whether you have 20 pounds to lose, 150 pounds to lose or like me more than 250 pounds to lose its up to you to do it, no one can do it for you and no one can make you do it."

Those are some fantastic words of wisdom. Although it was tough for me to read, it is the honest truth. Thanks for saying what needed to be said.


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MEGAMITENCHI 1/5/2010 10:22AM

    I miss getting to workout outside too! But warmer days will be here again, and when they are you'll be able to enjoy them that much more!!!

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HAPPYSOUL91 1/5/2010 10:12AM

    You said "Whether you have 20 pounds to lose, 150 pounds to lose or like me more than 250 pounds to lose its up to you to do it, no one can do it for you and no one can make you do it."

These are great words and you have proven them true

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    I havent been on a bike since I was 13 years old. I think I am going to pick it up again in the spring. I keep hearing good things.

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JCORYCMA 1/5/2010 9:23AM

    At the Y where I work out we have the bikes with the virtual programs you can ride along to. When I'm particularly inspired, I might go for a hilly coastal ride. If I'm a little less so, I'll ride around a Nascar track. I like to primarily run but the biking in between running days builds up my quads -- especially if I'm inspired...
Thanks for posting!

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NAENAE1213 1/5/2010 9:22AM

    You are still doing so awesome!!

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HALOSUN 1/5/2010 9:17AM

    Superb Queen reference haha. Your description of riding a bike is so detailed and passionate that it makes me want to give it a try (again). Nice post!

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Monday morning and a menu.

Monday, January 04, 2010

This week seems to be cruising on by and its only Monday, somehow knowing that I have done everything that I could over the weekend and my entire week as a whole is making me feel like I am going to have a very good week with the weight. Having posted that comparison picture in yesterdays post I looked at it and I said this before but I have to reiterate because I don't recognize the guy in the third picture quite fully just yet. I know that its me, I know what I have done and I know how different I feel but the visual is just not something that I am use to yet, I have been at many stages of health and different weights and I have not been this small since somewhere in my junior year in high school. I have also decided that that image will be the last one that I post on here until I hit my goal weight, so hopefully sometime in July or August I will be able to post a new one. That last statement gives you an idea of what I am shooting for as far as a time line with the weight. I figure that if I can get to 300 pounds by April 2nd that will be 36 pounds in 4 months and I will be within 25 pounds of my goal weight of 275lbs which will leave me 4 months if by July and 5 months if by August to get that last 25 off so it is a reasonable amount to shoot for.

I got a comment from someone saying that they miss me posting my menus so I thought that I would post up Sundays menu for your eyes. I haven't been keeping the menu as I use to, I still write everything down, I still count every calorie but I have been filling out my excel sheet short hand but it is something that I liked doing on here so I am going to try and post the menu up more often again, This is Sunday's menu and its 1665 total calories.

8:15 AM
2 cups honey combs 220
1 cup 1% milk 110

12:00 PM
1 can low fat progresso clam chowder 220
1 multi-grain english muffin 100
1 whole tomato 30
smart balance spread 25

3:45 PM
1 apple 85

5:45 PM
1 egg 3 whites 115
1/2 oz pepperoni 35
onion/peppers/jalapeno/tomato 50
2oz low fat cheddar cheese 90
6 slices turkey bacon 210
multi-grain english muffin 100
smart balance spread (sauteed on onions) 50

7:30 PM
1 apple 85
1.5 T peanut butter 140

G-Tea 1.25 gallons
H2O 1 gallon

That is a pretty decent day and the omelet that Wify made me for dinner was very good but the day wasn't exactly 1665 calories like the spreadsheet says because I did have a bite of apple pie, I literally mean a bite off of a slice that the boss lady was eating I just couldn't resist! This week the kids return to school so I can get my trips to the gym back in order and all at the same time again which will be nice as I have been going when I can and that sometimes isn't the best thing because going in the evening for means that I will be up later from the energy boost that I seem to get after my workout. Good eats, good workouts and I had a new low weight last Friday, over all I am pleased with the last week or two of this whole get healthy thing, I am really gunning hard to reach under 300 pounds by April 2nd and with some hard work and discipline I should be able to get there.

A new week, a new year and hopefully come Friday we see a new low weight for me, Thanks for following along.

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SKYEFYR 1/4/2010 7:01PM

  Guess I'm not the only one who has problems with the evening boost of energy from exercising late in the day.

Glad to see you getting back into your habits. It's so much easier when we can get our routine back on track.

Good luck!

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HAPPYSOUL91 1/4/2010 4:06PM

    You are so organized, great food are a success

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ZIRCADIA 1/4/2010 3:12PM

    WOOHOO! :D Those new comparison photos ROCK. It's amazing how much of a difference you can see even with you wearing a bulky winter coat -- it's like... deflated on you now. :) hehe. Anyway. WOOT. I'm feeling very pumped and on track myself. :) I have a plan. Now it's go time!

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SPADIVA77 1/4/2010 2:27PM

    Having a plan is half the battle! Sending skinny vibes your way for a great weigh in this week!

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LADYSNOWFALL 1/4/2010 1:03PM

    I really enjoy your positive attitude! What a nice way to start off a Monday!

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THEBOOKBINDER 1/4/2010 12:36PM

    It all sounds so good.

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SWEETZMIX 1/4/2010 11:52AM

    Just letting you know I stopped by! And emoticon to the kiddos back at school BUT TO BE HONEST I was off from work too...sO BOO at the kids going back to school! lol

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MEGAMITENCHI 1/4/2010 9:53AM

    Reading how you don't recognize yourself is interesting. I've looked like this for so long, I can't imagine looking the way I did in High School when I was rowing. Will I recognize myself when I get back there? Makes me feel excited and nervous too!

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Comparison pictures 2 year 207 pound lost inside!

Sunday, January 03, 2010

Its Sunday afternoon and the snow has been falling all day, we have up to 40 mph winds says the monkey in the plastic magic box and we are experiencing sub zero temperatures so I have been inside all day finding not much to do. Yesterday it was closer to 30 degrees so we took the chance to go outside and romp in the snow for about an hour and wify had brought the camera outside and snapped off a couple pictures. I was playing with the kids and ended up making a 7 foot tall snow angel because I was on a small hill and slid down while flapping, I thought it would be fun to take a photo from winter's 08 through 2010 and shop them next to one another for a compare shot. The first image is Jan 08 and I was 5 days into my lifestyle revamp the second image is late December 08 and the last one is from yesterday, and of course my wicked snow angel.

Winter 2008 to winter 2010 comparison shot, I still look at that last one and don't recognize the guy in the picture sometimes. these images are clickable for full sized views. Full sized clickable images can be seen on my blogspot @

My Giant snow angel.

I did very well with my intake yesterday coming in at 1700 calories on the button and I drank more than 2 gallons of tea and H2O. I did make it to the gym with Wify in lieu of the snow storm that we were having I did 20 minutes on my stationary bike and another 20 on the treadmill, we called it a day and headed home for a great dinner that I thought was going to be less than extraordinary. I made tuna with red onions and black pepper on toast with lettuce and I made sweet potato fries on the side, for whatever reason this meal was exactly what I needed because it was very tasty. By the end of the day I had enough calories left for a small bowl of airpopped popcorn with a movie which was cool as I have been craving it all weekend.

Over all its been a great holiday weekend and having Wify home for four days was nice, I stayed on track and ate only what I should have and got in some good exercise between the gym and all of the shoveling which I think I will go finish up as soon as I hit publish because it appears to have stopped falling from the sky for the time being. Thanks for reading along and remember kids, the decision is yours to make because no one forces you to stuff your face with $hit food and nobody is stopping you from exercising and please don't fool yourself with "I am too big to exercise" or "I just can't do it" You can and you are choosing not to, I told myself those things for far too long and it got me to 534 pounds and if I can exercise at 534 pounds those things start looking like just the next excuse.

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    Thanks for keeping it real - how fun to be there with your wify!!! You crack me up. :)

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COUNTRYBUMKIN65 1/5/2010 2:47PM

    You look Awesome!!!! That was a lot of Dedication... Truly you had your heart, soul, and mind into it all:) Good For You!!!

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TSABONIS 1/5/2010 9:17AM

    i was waiting for new pics ... kool ..

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SKYEFYR 1/4/2010 6:57PM


Keep up the great work! I know I'm going to see you make your goal!

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THEBOOKBINDER 1/3/2010 11:41PM

    Love this Blog, such awesome progress.

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PUMPKINFACE73 1/3/2010 10:17PM

    Ilove making snow angels, the pictures are amazing, thnks for sharing...and just in case I havent told you in a rock!!


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SLMTRACE 1/3/2010 8:14PM

    WOOOOwWWW!!! I love the photos and that snow angel is just awesome! Keep up the great work! oh and your tuna sandwhich sounds delish!! Have a great day!

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BIGGIRL2082010 1/3/2010 6:20PM

    Liking that snow angel here! And hey, even 2008 looks way different from right now! Awesome!

Keep going, keep going!


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RACKETMOM 1/3/2010 5:26PM

    You are really COOL & so is your snow angel :)

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SUSIEMT 1/3/2010 4:39PM

    Picture this: (A Scale of Justice) On the right side side "I choose to exercise" on the left side "I choose to be fat" which will I choose?
Good on ya Botzzz!

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LADYZHERRA 1/3/2010 4:07PM

    Way to ROCK IT!

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NATALIE1964 1/3/2010 3:40PM

    You totally rock

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LAURIE5658 1/3/2010 3:39PM

    WOW!!! Botzzz, you NEVER cease to amaze me!!! The transformation to date is remarkable and this year will be the best YET!!!

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LADYSNOWFALL 1/3/2010 3:20PM

    Great job! Congrats!

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HAPPYCHICK4 1/3/2010 3:04PM

    You look amazing...good for you! emoticon

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    Thank you for sharing your success. I have more excuses than I there are calories in my fridge and cupboards. The bottom line is How badly do I want success?

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FRANRN76 1/3/2010 2:44PM

    Congrats!!!! You look awsome. Great job on the hard work. I am crossing my fingers that I can do the same.

Happy New YOU!!! Happy new YEARS!!!!

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600 posts, 2 years and 207 pounds later..

Saturday, January 02, 2010

This post marks my 600th post since I started writing this blog, that is 600 attempts to better myself where health is the subject and 600 times that I sat at my lap top and decided that I would show the world that a once 534 pound guy can and will stick to a diet and exercise plan that has changed his life forever. When I go back and re-read some of my older posts I can recall exactly how I was feeling on any given day, I can remember how it felt to want to lose the weight and hoping that it would stick this time around. If you are reading this you know that it did stick this time and I am a different person for my efforts, I look for things to do that will get me moving and I jump at the chance to do yard work or shovel the drive way when it snows and the contrast between then and now and how I approach these things is insanely different.

Dropping to a new low weight yesterday seems to have kicked me back into gear because last night I turned down popcorn with a movie and today I have already made my whole menu for the entire day. I will have a lower weight come this Friday because I plan on doing everything exactly how I need to so that I can make that claim an actuality. I have been at this for 2 years now and most of the things that I do on a daily basis to better my health and drop the pounds come second nature at this point, I really don't think about making my meal portions too big any more because when I make my plate if I am not weighing it looks pretty much the same, I HAVE learned portion control. I feel deprived if I have to skip working out for a day instead of if I don't get an extra extra large piece of cake, in fact there is an apple pie in my refrigerator that has been there since Thursday night and I haven't even thought about cutting myself a slice.

Friday I did good with the intake coming in at 1725 calories, 1 gallon of green tea and slightly more than a gallon of H2O and I did make it to the gym. At the gym I rode the bike for 20 minutes but I upped my pace and rode an extra mile in the same time so I was off to a good start. I then got on the treadmill and did interval running, I walked for 2 minutes at 3.5 mph and than ran for 1 minute at 6 mph at varying inclines throughout the routine and felt pretty good about the workout as a whole.

Making good choices is second nature for me now where justifying that 1 pound beef and bean burrito was second nature for me in the past. I enjoy taking a ride around the lake on my bike or going on a hike through some of the trails local to me with Wify now where logging into a game or making a double decker sandwich of some sort is what use to be the days special, Things have certainly changed around here.

Here's to another great year and with some hard work I will hit my goal weight sooner than later.

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VEEJAY3 1/3/2010 12:56PM

That's two whole armies of Spartans.
No WONDER you're looking so spare.

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TELERIE 1/3/2010 12:27PM

    Happy blog-iversary! Another great blog and congratulations on totally changing your lifestyle!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 1/3/2010 11:17AM

    Congrats on the 600th post!!!

That is such a thing about the nature changing. Great stuff.

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DACIUS 1/3/2010 11:11AM

    600 blogs!!! Wow!!! That is impressive!! Lot's of thoughts there. Lots of challenges and struggles. But even more successes. You have persevered bud!!! Keep rocking it and we will see you at number 900. When you are not only at goal weight, but where you want to be in life.

Great inspiration as usual. I am now going to go run.

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HAPPYSOUL91 1/3/2010 10:36AM

    You said "good choices are 2nd nature to you" That is a huge step and I always love reading your blog

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MEGAMITENCHI 1/2/2010 10:26PM

    Awesome post, not that everyone else hasn't said that already! You are a real Spark Success Story ^_^

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SKYEFYR 1/2/2010 10:02PM

  Botzzz, you are, as always amazing and inspirational.

I'm also really jealous that you know what works for you. What works for me fluctuates so much it drives me crazy, but with you for motivation, how can I give up?

Thanks so much for being you!

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BIGGIRL2082010 1/2/2010 7:26PM

    Sadly, I'm sitting here thinking that the one pound beef-n-bean burrito sounds real good right about now! :)

Good work! LOVE the pic!


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MBVMFLUTIST 1/2/2010 4:48PM

    I always love reading what you have to inspire same as ever! Thank you!

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FAMEFIT 1/2/2010 4:25PM

    WOW... IS ALL I CAN SAY!! you are truly a inspiration and i must say i really enjoyed reading your blog!... ill be back for some more good reads so please dont stop!
congrats on being the best you can be and never give up on that :) can wait to see you @ the3 finish line

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KELPIE57 1/2/2010 4:18PM

    What a wonderful inspiration!

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JCORYCMA 1/2/2010 3:25PM

    I've been at goal for 4 years now and I agree it is much easier because I've changed my lifestyle so entirely. Occasionally I still find the urge to splurge -- movie theater popcorn is a particular weakness -- and I worry that if I give in it will become habit again. So I usually wait for movie to come out in the redbox! Lol! Thanks for posting. I'm always looking for as much inspiration as I can get and your blogs certainly are inspiring!!

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SWEETZMIX 1/2/2010 12:59PM

    Big step, turning down the popcorn w/ the movie. No worries I had PLENTY of popcorn for the both of us at the theater last night. I rarely go & microwave popcorn isn't quite the same as movie theater popcorn. BTW Sherlock Holmes..good movie. I am enjoying Robert Downy Jr comeback!!

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ACEROCK 1/2/2010 12:20PM

  What an ispiration you are :)

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    As Dory from Nemo says, "Just keep swimming!" ~ You will get to where you want to end up!

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RENA1965 1/2/2010 12:11PM

    Congratulations! emoticon

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TENAJ99 1/2/2010 12:11PM

  You are amazing!

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New low weight!!! return of the pictures!

Friday, January 01, 2010

Lets get right to this weigh in thang this morning, I woke up and of course I went straight to the scale and what I saw was 327.0 pounds on the button. I was 330.4 pounds last Friday so this week brings be not only a 3 pound loss but also a new low weight since starting down this road to better health so I am excited about that little tidbit. Because I am at a new low weight it of course means the return of the what I have lost so far pictures and somehow that makes me want to do it again next week and this weeks post hasn't even been posted yet! Here are the images for your viewing pleasure.

This KTM Duke 690 weighs in at 327 pounds just like yours truly.

Andre Iguodala of the Philidelphia 76ers weighs in at 207 pounds which is what I have lost to date.

This is Mike Morelli from The biggest loser season 7 and he lost the same 207 pounds as I did.

My Thursday went well besides not making it to the gym, I ate 1800 calories and got all of my fluids into my day in the way of 1 gallon of green tea and a little more than a gallon of straight H2O. Though I did not get to go to the gym I did do some light dumb bell movements with some dumb bells that I have here at the house but that was the extent of my working out unless you want to count the snow shoveling that I did in the afternoon.

I feel like I am on a roll again and came out of the Holidaze on top with my numbers, I am looking forward to next weeks weigh in and the possibility of a NEW new low weight! I was chatting with Wify last night and I told her that I need to get into the 3teens because that would mean less than 20 lbs away from my under 300 pound goal and I am very number driven so I think that when I am that close I will become fixated on the 200's and plow through it. When I hit my 100 pounds lost mark I kind of went into a funk -which didn't last long- because it felt like I was starting over at zero -yes I know silly way to see it but hey!- something is keeping me tethered to this 330 pound area and I have to get into the teens so that I can take that next step and move on down into the 200's for good.

Two years ago to the day I was 534 pounds, here I sit typing this post 207 pounds lighter and eons wiser where health and wellness is the subject matter. That first step was a hard one but once the momentum got going just like anything its harder to stop it than to keep on keepin on so here I am. Thanks for following along and thanks for the support over the past two years, Your comments and emails have definitely helped me along the way.

Will next Friday bring me closer to my goal weight? to be found out but I am going to try my hardest to make sure that it does.


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SIMPLE_TAILOR 1/2/2010 10:20PM

    It is great that you are so close. I don't think I will ever go below 200 again, but I am going to bust it this year to get to 213, the weight when I got married.

Happy New Year!!

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ZIRCADIA 1/2/2010 11:15AM

    WOOHOO!!! :D CONGRATULATIONS on your NEW LOW! I can't belive you've lost a 76er. That's AWESOME. :D

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SKYEFYR 1/1/2010 9:12PM

  CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Go you! New low weight! Looking forward to another great post about another new low weight next week!

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JCORYCMA 1/1/2010 7:06PM

    This blog blows me away! The pictures put everything into perspective. Congratulations on your awesome success so far. I'm surprised I haven't encountered your page before, but I get so busy keeping up with the people I've already met, I forget to take time to meet new inspirations. Thanks for sharing. You've certainly kicked off my new years motivation!!

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TRACYZABELLE 1/1/2010 5:50PM

    Happy, healthy, slimmer New year to you! Looking forward to supporting you in 2010!

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AXISLADY 1/1/2010 4:48PM

    I like seeing the pictures and putting it into perspective. We were looking for chairs to put on the lanai here at the Fl condo. I found two I liked and hubby looked at the tag and noted they only held 250# - only 135 below what he weighs. Later I'm thinking, girl, you barely make that limit yourself! It's 2010 - another year another chance to finally be successful. Thanks Botzzz

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LEMGIRL 1/1/2010 4:13PM

    Great way to start the new year!!! emoticon

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MILLISMA 1/1/2010 3:25PM

    What an inspirational story. I agree with JANEERX94, you should be the next success story. You have done such a wonderful job and I love the way you explained everything with the photos. Keep it up. You will reach your goal and we are all proud of what you have done!

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SLMTRACE 1/1/2010 3:13PM

    Happy New Year! What a way to bring it in with a loss! Great job! I know you'll make your goal, can't wait to read about it when you do!

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CATLADY52 1/1/2010 2:58PM

congrats on your new low. I'll bet that pretty soon you will be racking up the lower and lower numbers.

And, yes snow shoveling counts!

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NGCHILD 1/1/2010 2:04PM

    What a fabulous way to start the New Year!!


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TELERIE 1/1/2010 1:49PM

    Awesome start of the new year!

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LORRAINE10141 1/1/2010 1:39PM

    You're doing great. Continue the victories and enjoy the journey. Happy New Year. :)

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ELFITZPA 1/1/2010 1:33PM

    What an awesome way to start the new year!! I have no doubt your incredible progress will continue in 2010 - happy new year!!

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SWEETZMIX 1/1/2010 1:22PM


Happy New Year's! What an awesome way to bring in the New Year!

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PUMPKINFACE73 1/1/2010 12:29PM

    Awesome Job...Happy New Year!

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JANEERX94 1/1/2010 11:27AM

    I am putting my vote in for you to be in the sequel to "The Spark" in the success stories section!! And maybe you should be in the People magazine weight loss success issue too!! Amazing!! You inspire me, and lord knows i need some inspiration!! Can't wait to congratulate you next Friday when you weigh in!!!

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GLOBALKEEWEE 1/1/2010 11:16AM

    Amazing progress. BTW, Snow shoveling totally counts! emoticon

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KROLES55 1/1/2010 11:14AM

    As always you are Inspiring!

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BIGGIRL2082010 1/1/2010 11:06AM

    Great work, Botzzz! What a great way to start the year! Congratulations!

Happy New Year, too! We'll all be watching to see you kick 2010's rear! :)


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LAURIE5658 1/1/2010 11:05AM

    Botzzz, what a way to start 2010!! I am so stinkin proud of you, my friend!!!

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DIFROMWYOMING 1/1/2010 10:46AM

    Congrats! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SNEAKYGREG 1/1/2010 10:44AM

    As always great job. I have a feeling you are going to hit that below 300 mark sooner than your projected date if you keep this up

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2FUN2B_LAZY 1/1/2010 10:43AM

    Oh my gosh! That's AWESOME!! And I like how you compare to other things/people. You are doing great!!

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MEGAMITENCHI 1/1/2010 10:36AM

    I really like your attitude! The picture comparison is fun; I should try that! I've never heard it called the Holidaze before, lol, I like that, because it really is! Especially when you visit your in-laws, oi. Good luck!!! I'm subscribing so I can keep cheering you on!!!

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    Great Job!

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DDOORN 1/1/2010 10:25AM

    Awesome deal BOTZZZ! Especially to accomplish this during holiday season!

I've taken my eye off the ball, but am getting right back at it today!


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HAPPYSOUL91 1/1/2010 10:22AM

    Now how great is lose during the holiday week.

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