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Tuesday, January 19, 2010


This week will be a week where I get a new low weight is my prediction, "How can you say that with such confidence man?" I can say it that way because I am going to make it so. Needing to keep this train rollin down the tracks so that I might hit my goal of being at or under that 300 pound mark by April 2nd is at the top of my priorities list currently and since I am the one that makes the magic happen then I must. Thinking about being under three hundred pounds gets me sometimes because I cannot honestly recall a time that I was sub three hundred pounds. I weighed more than three hundred pounds when I started high school which means that the last time I was less than three bills was more than twenty years ago. I had a full head of hair back then and not the foggiest idea about what having a girlfriend was like, reading car magazines and riding my huffy 10 speed was pretty much all that I knew back then and that was the last time in my life that I was even close to three hundred pounds.



Getting to under three hundred pounds is a huge deal for me, somehow it feels like victory will be mine when I get there and its been a long time coming. Making that number will mean that I dropped 36 pounds in four months (my little challenge to myself) and I will be 25 pounds away from my original goal of hitting 275 pounds. At 275 pounds I will have lost 48.50% of my total body weight! at 267 pounds I hit that 50.00% total body weight lost as well as weighing less than my father does currently so that is my real goal number but one thing at a time I suppose. If I let up I am only letting myself down and I have not dropped 211 pounds so far to start letting myself down now so onward I go and the next goal will be reached. I have done this without any miracle plans, I have done this without a surgery, I have done this without paying someone to tell me what I need to do to get my arse in gear, I have done this on my own.

Thinking about that 50% body weight lost thing it dawns on me that when I get there I will have lost 267 pounds, and realistically I could probably lose a total of 300 pounds before all is said and done which would leave me at 6'5'' tall and 234 pounds which does not sound unreasonable. I have no clue where this wheel will stop or what weight I will eventually level off at but I do know that where ever it is that I will be healthier than I have been in my entire life because of my efforts and I dare you to stop me from getting there, its just not an option for me, I will get there.

I may have to work out some deals to get to the gym tonight as my kids have the day off of school but I will in fact make it there to get in my 50 minutes of cardio for the day. Staying on point with my calories for the day thus far and am planning on keeping it that way for the rest of the week so that my Friday run in with the scale goes my way. Drinking enough fluids every day is a non issue for me as I am so use to it that I drink because I must, I drink because its there and I actually enjoy the way water tastes these days. A prediction that I would get a new low this Friday was made and I am going to take it a step further and say that I will make it into the teens which would mean that it was an 8 pound week going off of last Fridays number. Hitting the 3teens is a very ambitious thing to shoot for considering my last weeks weigh in at 327 but it is what I am going for. With that the end has come to another post by the one and only God of meatballs, tune in tomorrow to see where the day brought me and of course to get your daily dose of the big man.

As Ever
Me

  
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LE_SIGH 2/11/2010 10:50PM

    Amazing~

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SASSYBEAN1 1/20/2010 4:46PM

    I can't wait to see if you've reached your goal!

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SHRNGRD 1/20/2010 10:53AM

    go you! go you! it's your birthday! oh yeah! LOL...K, I just sound silly! Good luck to you! I know you can do it! yeaayyy!!! :o)

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PEACHYCYN 1/20/2010 10:27AM

    You are kicking some major butt and I'm so excited for you. You have worked so hard for so long and you look great! Congrats on your weight loss so far, I'm excited to see how the way in goes this week. You truly are an inspiration to lots of people.

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TCLARK218 1/19/2010 10:06PM

    Looking forward to Friday to see if you hit the number you want...I believe you can do it. You really are an inspiration....hope I can do half as good as you already have on this journey. Best of luck for Friday's weigh-in!!!
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DENVERTIGERLILY 1/19/2010 7:42PM

    I know we will be reading about how you surpassed your goals in just a short matter of time. emoticon

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MOONLITCHELLE 1/19/2010 6:59PM

    You can do it!
I love the responsibility you claim happily in this blog. It is YOU who is the master of your destiny.
What an enormous success to be under 300 for you. You WILL get there, I know it. And so do you!!!

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 1/19/2010 6:49PM

    You can do it!!!!!!!

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TRIATHLONBABE 1/19/2010 6:35PM

    What a great blog! I happened to see this when another one of my SP friends, Carolyn1213 commented on your blog, so I had to come over and visit. You are definitely an inspiration to many who struggle with the same issues and a great inspiration to any of us just by your words. Thanks so much and can't wait to hear your progress.

Grace aka Triathlonbabe

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DUTCHIEKIWI 1/19/2010 6:08PM

    Keep going strong!! It's people like you that give me the strength to get to goal!!
Love ya

Dutchie :)

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PRETTYBLKGYRL 1/19/2010 6:02PM

    i can definitely dig it & here's to hoping you reach your ambitious 3teen goal this week

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TESS4U2 1/19/2010 5:59PM

    Botzzz, If anyone can do it, its you son...I like your fighting ways, its yours and your out to claim it.....don't let any food stand in your way, you can and will do this.....

Teresa

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PAGONA 1/19/2010 5:11PM

    I'm so excited and you know exactly what needs to be done to get you where your going. I'm excited to hear you are doing this all by yourself and SP of course :),

Keep up the good work

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MSNICHOLS39 1/19/2010 5:05PM

    you have me on the edge of my seat with anticipation!

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CAROLYN1213 1/19/2010 4:53PM

    You know what you need to do to make it happen. I have no doubt you will be there!

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DCROCKETS 1/19/2010 4:02PM

    Again I read. Again I am inspired. Your zeal is envious. Can't wait to read tomorrow. I think video blogs are a must. DO IT, DO IT, DO IT!

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SUSIEMT 1/19/2010 3:43PM

    Hey man great job. I always enjoy reading your blogs. They are so full of positive attitude! Keep it up and I know you will reach your April 2nd Goal!!!

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JBMT08 1/19/2010 3:24PM

    DO IT BOTZZ.....DO IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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SWEETZMIX 1/19/2010 3:02PM

    I am all excited for you!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can't wait until Friday!

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CATLADY52 1/19/2010 2:35PM

    Man, you are great! You have a winning attitude and I'm sure you'll be looking up at the 3teens very soon, like next week at the rate you are going.

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 1/19/2010 2:31PM

    You wouldn't surprise me one bit to hit your goal mark this week and I KNOW you'll hit your April 2nd goal! You are one impressive guy! I love the attitude-it's a positive, I'm in control attitude. One that anybody has to have to make the changes that are needed.
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SUSIEMILO 1/19/2010 2:29PM

    You're going to do it Man -- I have faith in you!
Awesome progress so far.
Susie

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CODEMAULER 1/19/2010 2:28PM

    "I have done this on my own."

How very empowering! You made the decision to become healthier, have executed the necessary steps and you are reaping the rewards. Just think of what that means! You are a powerful force within yourself!

I have no doubt that you will continue to make this change happen.

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THOMS1 1/19/2010 2:26PM

    emoticon emoticonYou are doing a great job!! I started spark in July of 2008 and today I am down 125 lbs. Going to the gym and eating healthy is the only way to go. So congratulations on the weight you have lost so far and to your future goals. emoticon emoticon

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Giada De Laurentiis, Me and the Gym.

Monday, January 18, 2010


Later than normal but here I am, Today was pretty busy and I have to admit that I busted arse as far as diet and exercise goes even though I did go over by exactly 1 bowl of grapefruit zabaglione over mixed berries on my calories. I ate often and healthy all day and hit 1700 calories on the nose pre dessert, I have been on point lately with my dinners and the way they are turning out. Saturday I made steaks out on the grill served them with baked sweet potato and a nice hearty salad, Sunday was a whole chicken seasoned perfectly then roasted to perfection with some of the sweet potatoes from Saturday and green beans seasoned with pepper and olive oil and then there was tonight.



I made oven roasted pork shoulder roast laced with garlic and herbs (yes I said laced people) with carrots and onions in the roasting pan, with that was roasted baby red potatoes wearing some olive oil, rosemary and thyme and more green beans prepared the same way as Sunday evening. While I was at the gym last week I was watching "Every day Italian" with Giada De Laurentiis as I do every day and she made a grapefruit zabaglione over mixed berries dessert recipe and tonight I found out that her recipe's are as yummy as she is. My bowl of tasty goodness only cost me roughly 150 calories and it was a good sized dessert! I did deviate from her recipe slightly by replacing the sugar that it called for with splenda but otherwise it was made exactly as she said to, I will be making this again as it was a hit with everyone and even my neighbor came by for a bowl.

Getting the gym this afternoon was a bit of a challenge but I worked out a sitter and off I went, when I left I was not in a great mood but afterward per usual I was feeling awesome. Twenty five minutes on the bike followed by twenty minutes on the treadmill and my workout was complete, a good day all around I would say. Shooting for a new low this week I am unsure if I will be able to make it but I am going to do my part so that the possibility of getting that new low weight is not out of reach. Stay on track, eat less, move more and drink my tea and H2O is whats in store for the rest of the week, or should I say for the rest of my life, yeah that sounds better to me.

Keep on keepin on and all that.

Thats all I got tonight.

Fini

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Me

  
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SLMTRACE 1/19/2010 4:49PM

    Giada De Laurentiis is a babe! haha and her recipes look sooo goooodd!!! My BF says she's my GF haha anyways, great job kicking butt! Hope you have a great day!
Cheers!
Tracy

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1972ROSES 1/19/2010 1:25PM

    Every time that I read how much you drink in a day, I wonder how the heck does he do that?!?!? I'm at about 10 glasses a day. Plus a glass or two of milk.

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SHRNGRD 1/19/2010 12:16PM

    After reading your blog, I'm hungry now! LOL! That all sounds amazing! You're doing a great job! Yeah, i agree with one of the girls previous comment, 'will you come cook for me!?' Hahhaa! Hope you're having a wonderful day! Look forward to reading you next blog! :o)

yeay You!!!

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 1/19/2010 11:22AM

    All I can say is YOU ARE ROCKIN' IT BUDDY! and...WILL YOU COME AND COOK FOR ME???? Your weekend menu sounds absolutely delicious and so healthy!!! Keep it up-you are awesome!

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DCROCKETS 1/19/2010 9:59AM

    Ditto on the Giada comment. Hope you see a big loss this week. Proud of you for not getting discouraged last week. Keep on keepin' on! emoticon

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J0HNS0NLA 1/19/2010 9:53AM

    Good for you! I'm always so glad when I go to the gym on those *blah* days too. Always feel better physically and mentally, and am proud of myself! And the dessert sounds good - will have to investigate!

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SWEETZMIX 1/19/2010 9:29AM

    Well I think Giada is OK. lol I can't comment much since us Cablevision folks don't have the Food Network anymore :/

Great job on just keeping it on track. I am the same way sometimes with the gym and my mood. I can be pissed off, I hate the world, but as long as I get in some type of workout I usually feel 100% better!



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SIMPLE_TAILOR 1/19/2010 8:20AM

    Sounds like a great weekend of meals. I have no doubts about that new low.

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SNEAKYGREG 1/19/2010 8:06AM

    if its as yummy as she is it must be really good emoticon

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SHYFEMMEKAT 1/18/2010 11:01PM

    Right on! You inspire me so much!

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PRETTYBLKGYRL 1/18/2010 10:09PM

    I'm gonna have to check out that grapefruit dessert it sounds YUM-O. (& I'm not even a fan of grapefruit)

Glad to see you did what you had to do to get to the gym. Because as you've proven - it has all been worth it :o)

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Get up and carry me...

Saturday, January 16, 2010


This morning as I mentioned in yesterdays post I decided that I would get on the scale to see whats happening as I try and get back to my low weight with lots of fluids and some strict eating. The display flashed a 326.2 at me which is just under a pound less than yesterday morning and that's with my Friday night popcorn and a movie with wify so I feel like I am in a good place and feel that the weight will level out by Monday for sure.

I kept my calories within target Friday at 1530 pre popcorn and then whatever a decent sized bowl of popcorn cost me, over 1700 total for sure but not too bad and I did counter it with a lot of fluids. 1 gallon of green tea and 2 gallons of straight H2O throughout the day as well as making it to the gym for 50 minutes worth of cardio split between a stationary bike and a treadmill. We are having a heat wave here in New England for a couple of days and its suppose to hit the mid 40's today and tomorrow which is way better than the 15-20 degrees and windy that we have had the past couple weeks so perhaps I can get out for a walk around the lake or something today.

I will keep this post short and to the point as I have some things to do but will post again tomorrow morning with the scales number. If you are wondering about the title of the post and what it has to do with anything that I wrote I asked my daughter to give me five random words for (to use as a post title) and that's what she said so off I go, where she will ask me to carry her nobody knows. Until then keep on keepin on and remember folks the easiest way to get to a thinner, healthier you is to eat less and move more, it is in my opinion the only thing that works.

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DCROCKETS 1/19/2010 2:17PM

    It's funny that 40 degrees is a heat wave to you. I live in GA and it is a normal 63 here today. Finally getting cool enough to exercise outside. :) Funny how different the climates are. emoticon

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ZIRCADIA 1/18/2010 2:14PM

    :) Congrats on getting the scale working in the right direction for you again. I had some warmer weather here lately too -- back in the 40's and 50's and it's been AWESOME. I hope it continues to warm up, I'm ready for Spring already. :P hahaha

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DAVEOZ 1/18/2010 1:27PM

    Went to school in MA. I remember the 30's and 40's well. We danced in the park in speedos!!!

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SWEETZMIX 1/17/2010 2:33PM

    awww too cute!

Yeah the weather was nice. Today lots of rain :/

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HICALGAL 1/17/2010 5:52AM

    get up and carry me...lol cause i like it!!

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ALEXSGIRL1 1/16/2010 8:05PM

    enjoy that sunshine today i know i will. you guys are a family you are supposed to a carry each other emoticon

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SNEAKYGREG 1/16/2010 2:29PM

    LOL I used to live in NH and I remember those heat waves. Have a great weekend

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PUMPKINFACE73 1/16/2010 2:23PM

    have a great day, enjoy the heat wave!!!

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VEMAN1 1/16/2010 1:48PM

    Keep on your plan going. The movie popcorn is a dangerous treat. Glad to know you planned for it. Have a good weekend. Tell your daughter she has a good head on her shoulder.

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MEGAMITENCHI 1/16/2010 1:21PM

    Yay!!!!!

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AXISLADY 1/16/2010 1:10PM

    As always, botzz a good read!

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LIVINHEALTHY4 1/16/2010 12:48PM

    Cute story about the title! Love it emoticon

I so look forward to your blog posts, thanks for sharing them with us!

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R18TQ0 1/16/2010 11:23AM

    I love the title. emoticon

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MSNICHOLS39 1/16/2010 11:03AM

    Hey, tell your daughter I loved the title! I'm lying in bed reading this on my ohone. I wish someone would get up and carry me! You are doing great. Have a nice Day.
Andrea

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JCORYCMA 1/16/2010 10:22AM

    I just don't trust myself around movie theater popcorn yet. Maybe some day. I am drinking a couple of cups of steaming green tea a day and find that I'm sleeping better. As always - thanks for the inspiration!
Joanne

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GREENSHADE 1/16/2010 10:15AM

    LOL! Actually, your title is probably what I'll be saying during my first 5K! Have fun with your daughter!

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Keep on keepin on.

Friday, January 15, 2010

This morning started off as any other Friday morning, bathroom then straight to the scale and getting right to it I weighed 327.0 pounds which is 4 pounds more than last weeks weigh in. This up is not exactly a "real" up as much as it is a fluctuation in my opinion because even though I missed the gym all last weekend and had a couple days of stress eating I know that over all I did not eat 14000 extra calories. My guess is that by Sunday I will have flushed the sodium out and gotten my balance back but it is what it is and for the sake of being consistent it shall be written. I may just for the fun of it do a weigh in on both Saturday and Sunday to see where the wheel stops and see if my theory is correct. Thursday was a pretty good day with my calories coming in at 1735 total, I drank 1.5 gallons of H2O and a gallon of green tea (the tea was drank an hour and a half before bed and still may be on board somewhat), I made it to the gym yesterday as well where I did 25 minutes on the bike along with 20 minutes on the treadmill at 5.5% grade and 3.2mph, all in all a good day.



I posted yesterday a post called "No sugar coating" and noticed something when I looked at my hits tracker page for the blog, that post got less than half of the normal hits that any regular old Thursday post gets on average (Not here on spark! I got the "Voted popular blog" tag for that post here!). I found it interesting because normally Thursday is a heavier traffic day and I always assumed that it was because its my "pre weigh in" day but I started thinking about it and wondered if the title of the post had anything to do with the lack of hits. I thought about how when I was bigger that I did not want to hear it unless it was sending waves of pity my way and blunt truths were not what I wanted to hear and that title might lead someone to believe there was just some plain old "this is how it is" in said post and the random person finding a link in a search engine may have passed it up yesterday for that reason. I said "when I was bigger" but its more of the state of mind that I was in because certainly right now at 327 pounds I can still stand to lose some weight and there are people starting off lower than that and are in that frame of mind. I might be totally off with my thought of why the hits were way low for a Thursday post but at any rate I did find it interesting once the idea that it could have been the post title slowing traffic yesterday so I thought I would mention it and maybe get some of your opinions on it.

Neither here nor there really just an interesting observation I made and the world keeps turning, I am planning on hitting the gym every day this week but again if things out of my control interfere again whats a fella to do? well for starters the calorie limit is the calorie limit and thats that, life's unexpected hurdles will have to take a back seat this week. I am the one that is responsible for what goes down the pie hole, I am the one responsible for how far I push myself with the exercise regardless of what else is happening I have to remain focused on this task because I was once 534 pounds and life was not exactly peachy back then so revisiting for nostalgia's sake is not on my things to do list.

Could I beat myself up because I didn't have a loss this week? sure but what would it accomplish besides possibly bringing me down? I think that I will choose to look at the positives and understand that sometimes things don't go exactly as planned and improvising with what is on hand is all that can be done, all in all I am a week stronger than I was last week and again staying with the theme I am the one to blame for that.

I have also been considering doing a video post for some time now, in fact more than a year and I have mentioned it before and I have even recorded some but then decide for one reason or another not to post it but I am again thinking about posting up a video post. Perhaps I will start doing a weekly video post on Friday as a weigh in kind of thing, or maybe a monthly wrap up kind of a thing, who knows! Link to the poll on my blogspot zeusmeatball.blogspot.com/

Another week gone and a new one will start soon, where I will end up next Friday I have no clue BUT I do expect to see a new low which means I will have to drop more than 4 pounds this week, in fact I am going to aim for 7 pounds this week because I do think I have some sodium weight on me right now but I suppose its to be seen. If I can pull off a 7 pound drop this week I will prove that hard works equals results, thats not to say that I haven't proven that already because I believe that I have and will continue to do so until I reach my goals and beyond. I've added a poll to the sidebar to gauge interest in a video post, feel free to drop a vote in either way as I would love to see what anyone reading thinks about the idea and don't forget to check in tomorrow and Sunday mornings to check in on weigh in V2.0.

The end has come to another Fatman and Blobin, another post full of randomness and honesty, keep on keepin on and all that and until next time!

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Me

  
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CHRISSYVB 1/18/2010 2:35PM

    I love your blogs.

I read your last Thursday blog (but not until today) and I couldn't agree more. I don't know if the subject matter is the reason for low hits or not (I'm not a blogger so I have no experience in this area). I do know that many people think it's easy for thin people but it's not. Sometimes the truth hurts but that doesn't mean it's not true.

Keep up the great work on your blog and on your journey. Soon those 4 pounds (and many more) will be only a memory.

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BIGGIRL2082010 1/16/2010 9:59AM

    Ah, never mind *why* we read - just keep writing. :)

Four pounds in a week? Seriously - not that much of a deal - I know I've put on that kind of weight in a DAY sometimes, and you're right, it's NOT because I ate 14,000 calories in one day, either. :) It'll climb back down, and you'll be back on the downward trend again.

Keep going, keep going!

Cheers,
Maya


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VLVTGRRL 1/15/2010 6:05PM

    I read your Thursday blog today because I didn't get a chance to yesterday. I loved it!

I read your blog because you're honest and witty and open with your journey. Very inspirational and an example to many, including me with a measly 9 pounds to lose.

YOU keep on keepin' on BOTZZZ... Your readers are following! :-D

If I were you, I'd do the vlog! Go for it!

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MSNICHOLS39 1/15/2010 5:25PM

    I say video blog! I love your written ones, but I do both, video and written. I like seeing myself on the video as I change.

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VANB01 1/15/2010 5:20PM

    Love the blog- and can I ever relate to 3lbs of water weight! Thanks to hormonal shifts, a 3-5lb increase is not a new thing for me. That said, I agree completely about keepin on keepin on! hard work and consistency is the key.

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TCLARK218 1/15/2010 2:26PM

    Sometimes the scale doesn't always say what we want,but you have the right idea...don't let the scale get the best of you. At mid week, I too was weighing in 3lbs up despite the fact that I have had my calories on target (except for yesterday) and I have even worked out everyday since the last weigh in. You just keep doing what you do and the weight will continue to come off...it's amazing how far you have come already. As always your blog was great, I look forward to it b/c I enjoy your realness and honesty. Let's see how weigh in 2.o goes!

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LADYSNOWFALL 1/15/2010 12:17PM

    Blog readership seems to have it's ups and downs. I, too, have a blog out there, and I've noticed that while Thursdays seem to be blog reading days, they aren't always. It goes in waves. There are times when I post funny, witty posts and I have little traffic and no comments. There are times I don't post at all for a week, yet I have more hits than ever before and they're constant during that time. And then there are the popular posts that seem to generate 90% of the traffic.

Really, it could be worse. My blog outside of SP seems to be known for tequila, coffee, dog training tips, Star Trek (the most recent movie) and Alaska. That seems to define my blog right there. But, could be worse! I could get found with strange search terms or even X-rated ones instead!

My point is now that I've rambled, that your regular readers will love you no matter what. They'll be steady and constant. Others will find you and some will love your writing and stick around too. The ones that find you by accident? Just be glad it wasn't for some bizarre search term.

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HAPPYSOUL91 1/15/2010 11:25AM

    Great blog, keep on doing what works for you! A video post would really be interesting and hope you do it

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PATTIDGN 1/15/2010 11:00AM

    great blog, keep sharing your thoughts!

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PUMPKINFACE73 1/15/2010 10:32AM

    Yes Yes Yes for a Video Blog...hey wanna go for a run tomorrow? A hike...heck anything outside it is supposed to be a heat wave lol.


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SWEETZMIX 1/15/2010 10:07AM

    do a video post, I been fiending to do one b/c you know I think I am all types of interesting. I may not have your blog follow, but I got a few regulars lol

Yeah we just have move on right! Enjoy the warm weather this weekend emoticon

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JENNBREEZE 1/15/2010 10:05AM

    Excellent blog! Words are funny things...I read this one because of today's title. Keep moving forward...things will "balance out."

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JBMT08 1/15/2010 9:55AM

    VIDEO BLOG!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DO IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!JUST DO IT!!!!!!!!!
Botzz, it did not surprise me that your blog was voted most popular....I look for your posts throughout the week! I know that all of the sodium will drop from the body once you have gotten back on your routine and "flushed" it!!! GO YOU!!

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GINGER_LOSTALOT 1/15/2010 9:51AM

    Perhaps if the title had been "Sugar-Free Coating," you would have had more hits. Then, again, just the word sugar leaves me fiending, so I try to avoid the word. But I read your blog because you give the straight dope, which I need in megadoses.

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 1/15/2010 9:46AM

    Heck yes to the video blog! Like on Fridays when you're stepping on the scale. Just a thought...

I'm sure you're right about the water weight-you'd have to work hard to put on 4 real pounds in one week. Take care!

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MEGAMITENCHI 1/15/2010 9:41AM

    I know it can be hard, but you have the right attitude in not stressing out about the weight change. It's been hard for me to deal with only losing two pounds this month, but I really do think when your body composition is changing, it is impossible to lose weight every single week! Looking forward to weigh-in 2.0!

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CJ_SKINNY_JEANS 1/15/2010 9:40AM

    I can't speak for others, but the title of your blog yesterday is actually the reason that I read it. I don't recall reading any of your posts prior to yesterday. After reading it, I decided to subscribe to your blog posts! I found the cold, hard truth really hit home and thought to myself, "If this guy can do, so can I!" So, thank you for being brutually honest!

Looking forward to reading your next set of truths and would definately check out a video blog if you choose to post one!

Also, I agree, that sodium should be flushed out of your system in no time!

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DCROCKETS 1/15/2010 9:40AM

    Thanks again for the inspiration. You are a freakin machine dude. I am going back and reading your older blogs because I am new to this site and your blogs are really helping me mentally right now. I can't tell you enough how much of an inspiration you have been to me in the past 2 days. Keep it up man. Thanks again. emoticon

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THECOOLESTSARAH 1/15/2010 9:32AM

    Good morning friend! I agree that it's just water weight and you will soon see the benefits of all your hard work. Probably by the end of the weekend! :)

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Losing weight is not an easy task for many people, it takes time and it takes a lot of patience but if the time and effort is put in better health can happen for just about anyone if it can happen for me. I consider myself lucky to have what I do, I have a great family and I am afforded the opportunity to spend loads of time with my daughter for whom without I may not have started down the path that I have. I happen to be 211 pounds down the road but it wasn't always like that for me as I started off at over 500 pounds and unable to walk for more than 10 minutes at a time without pain, but I did it. Turning down treats such as Aunties peanut butter fudge, or my mother in laws plates of experimental cakes or cookies was once a difficult task but again, I did it. I am in the opinion that anyone can lose weight and I came to that conclusion because if I can do it the apparent slacker video game addict calling "I'm base" when a game of tag came up as a child, disk injury havin once 534 pound guy can do it why can't the next guy or gal?



I mentioned that I feel lucky to have what I have but that's the end of where I feel lucky, when my weight loss is the subject I don't feel lucky at all because luck had not an ounce of sway on the results that I've had thus far, I busted my ass for every one of those 211 pounds lost. This is the part that I believe fails to get through to many people that attempt weight loss, I have been guilty of it myself and I see it all too many times when someone tries to lose some pounds, much of my family has struggled with weight throughout my lifetime so I have seen lots of "diets" started. The gun shot goes off and off to a great start! a couple pounds come off and almost immediately slacking starts, "nah I won't exercise today" or "It's just one peanut butter cookie" and before you know it the "start" of the next "diet" is coming to a Monday near you, its just not going to happen without the effort.

All of that thought came from my off day that I had because of "stress" and I began thinking about when I was 500 plus pounds and I was walking with my wife to a park that was literally less than 2 blocks from our house at the time and how I felt. It was Jan 2008, I had just begun eating better and couldn't believe that I was sticking with this for 2 weeks so far, I had an apple in my hand and walking slowly towards the playground I felt like a new person. We got to the play ground and I said to my wife something along the lines of "I got my walk in for the day" and I was red faced and out of breath from walking less than 2 blocks, but I had my apple in hand and DID walk to the playground and at that point it was what I could do. Was it a little embarrassing that all I could walk was such a short distance? it was a lot embarrassing! and I played it off like I could have done more but the truth is that if I had to go any further I would have needed a break which in fact stopping to let the kids play was the break I needed to make it back home.

Currently I think that I am in the best shape of my life and that's kind of bad considering that I am still above 300 pounds but it is what it is, I have worked hard to get here and no one can take that from me, not even a bad day of stress eating. I am leaps and bounds ahead of where I once was physically and mentally because once upon a time I would be looking for the next Monday start date for my next attempt, but here I am. Tomorrow I will hop on the scale for the official blog weight and with the week that I have had eating wise and missing the gym for this past weekend in its entirety I am not really expecting much in the way of a new low in the am but I will report in what the scale says none the less. A trip to the gym this afternoon and some good choices with my intake for the day along with another 2.5-3 gallons of fluid should help me along with tomorrow weigh in but in the grand scheme my fumble will not make a difference at all.

You can lose weight, you can get healthy, you can stop dropping pity on yourself and get that ass up and do something about but YOU have to do the work, and YOU have to realize that its not a picnic to do so and there will be times that just plain old sucks ass but if YOU stop doing what needs to be done for your own health then there is only one person to blame...

YOU..

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Me

  
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RODEORHI83 1/21/2010 4:10PM

  Those are great words. I agree that it takes nothing more (but nothing less to be sure!) than a devotion to accomplish what you want, and a little perseverance. We all have bad days where it seems to be not worth the effort, but as long as you do the work and dont let the hard times destroy your resolve, anything is possible.
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LAURA915 1/20/2010 9:06PM

    I really enjoy reading your blogs but this one, particularly the last paragraph, really hit home with me. I actually copied the last paragraph, printed it out, took a picture of it and made it my background on my iPhone. Now I see it throughout the day and it reminds me that only I can get me to where I want to be. Thanks so much!!! You are not only helping yourself, you are helping others.
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BLACKIE35 1/20/2010 9:04PM

    Love your blog. Keep up the good work!Yes is hard but we will do it!!! emoticon

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SASSYBEAN1 1/20/2010 4:41PM

    Love the honesty and congratulations on all of your hard work and results. It's true that there is no easy way out. Thanks for putting it so aptly into words. Best of luck on the rest of your journey. ~ Sarah

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MYDROPPLAN 1/20/2010 1:02PM

    True, true, true. Love the "no BS". Just what I need. Thanks

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CLMOORE336 1/20/2010 12:31PM

    I like what how you worded it: "in the grand scheme my fumble will not make a difference at all" So many times I've been doing good and then I'll have a fumble and it totally derails me. I'm working hard to accept this new mentality and keep rolling when I hit a road block instead of exiting completly! Thanks!!!

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DIVA7772 1/20/2010 12:03PM

    i agree 110%

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MARLENEAKAMEME 1/20/2010 11:20AM

    Thanks for putting this out there. I always have issues once I make a bad choice and it knocks me down and I struggle to get back up, if I even do. So, having this to read, especially when I knock myself down, this will pick me back up. I think my weight loss of 150lbs is an issue, WOW, what you have come from is AMAZING... My dad is over 500lbs and I unfortunately don't live near him to get him losing again. I had introduced him to products that work, HEALTHY, and eating right he lost over 90lbs in 5 months and he stopped. So, I know if you can, then he can, even with a messed up hip, I try to motivate him to work out in his chair, at least some Cardio to help him, but I don't think he does....

Great Job, Don't Stop Until You Get ALL That You Want.
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SEEANUME 1/20/2010 8:03AM

    GREAT BLOG!

you have done a tremendous job,congratulations keep up the great work

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BALLOR2 1/20/2010 7:13AM

  Keep it real! Keep up the struggle it is worth! YOU are worth it! emoticon emoticon

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SOULSAGMAMA 1/19/2010 7:07PM

  I can dig it. 211 lbs can't be easy to lose. Hard work is like kryptonite to fat I think. Unfortunately, many of us act like it's kryptonite to us too. You're doing it well though.
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JARMOOZLE 1/18/2010 10:09PM

    Extremely motivating and true :) You, my friend, have come very far in your journey and it is evident that nothing and no one will stop you from achieving your best emoticon

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VEGGIE-FITNESS 1/18/2010 6:15PM

    I LOVE your blog! You hit it right on the head baby!! ~Pam

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NANAMARIA 1/18/2010 4:50PM

    Thank you for the no sugar coating... You're right on the money it takes hard work to lose the weight and keep it off. Plus the dedication to work out and eat health too. Plus just SAY NO to the goodies that got us big period... Congratulations on your weight lost... emoticon


Sincerely,
Nana Maria

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LADY_KATHY 1/18/2010 12:34PM

    Congrats on your motivation and successes so far... and Best wishes for more to come. I know you can do it....

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JANANDRAN75 1/18/2010 11:14AM

    Have you been in contact with my 30 yr old son? He told me yesterday that he and his brothers are tired of me talking about exercising, nutrition and losing weight because all I do is talk about it and they never see results. They have lost their trust in me because they think I don't have any self discipline. It hurt. I've spent most of my life doing things for them and being there for them at the drop of a hat. Well, I guess it's time for it to be about me and spending time focusing on my health which means getting off my big butt and excercising, even it it means I can't babysit for their kids or clean their house. I'm not raising children anymore, I'm getting healthy for me.

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VGIMLET 1/18/2010 12:36AM

    So totally true. NOBODY else is going to do it for us, and reguardless of enabelers or disablers or *whatever* we are ultimately the ones who decide if we are on track or off, or if we are going to get up off our butts and exercise or stay on the couch.

You are doing great. I think fumbles in a way are good as long as we learn something from them. Or, at the LEAST get back on track and keep going forward.
Very inspiring, as always.
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ANDITYO 1/17/2010 7:43PM

  You speak the truth when you say it takes hard work to do what you did. We all try the blame game, but unfortunately we cannot beat biology; if we want to lose weight, we have to burn off more than we consume. Try as we may, there is no other way! Congratulations on your success! emoticon

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SASXONTHEMOVE 1/17/2010 2:09PM

    Great blog!

In reality there is only YOU to do the work. You're right, no luck involved! It's all you, baby! Great!

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NIKKI7727 1/17/2010 12:17PM

    Thank you so much. This is really great!
Keep up the great work.
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1THIRTY3 1/17/2010 8:11AM

    awesome! this is great! i have- actually, HAD, a real life friend on facebook. constantly whining about her weight. Her facebook statuses SERIOUSLY alternated between "I already have fibro, maybe i have a thyroid problem too because i can't lose weight. life sucks" and "had breakfast at sonic today!" "had the pasta bowl at wendys today!" "going to get pizza today!" "hubby got me a shake and fries!!!" This girl was clocking 1000+ calorie meals 5-7 times a week and these were just the meals she mentioned online! one of my OTHER real life friends, who was also friends with her, just said something like "you know that _____ is like 1000 calories, right?" and that was the end of their friendship and mine because i didn't say she was a bitc h. Anyway, there are so many people i know that I want to say "its ok to complain about it, but stop doing NOTHING and complaining about it." I liked your blog.

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AFAIRYPRINCESS 1/17/2010 12:50AM

    Love it! Love it! Love it!! You remind me a lot of myself. You have an awesome attitude and that is what makes the difference. I am so glad to see that you somebody else out there speaks the truth and tell it how it is. Congratulations to you. Keep it up. Love it! Bel :)

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ELSKAS 1/17/2010 12:24AM

    Thank you so much for those words!!!

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PRETTYBLKGYRL 1/16/2010 9:41PM

    GREAT BLOG!!! & your 2 block walk was my reality as well before I got serious about my weight loss. (@ the age of 34 - I couldn't even walk in the grocery store w/ the aid of a cart for more than 2 minutes w/o experiencing the most excruciating backaches)

I had to learn the hard way that on this journey progress comes in increments of one. (one minute, one step, one bite, one meal, one pound at a time) & that I do better when I aim to do just one step further or one bite less the next day.

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GLOMER 1/16/2010 9:41PM

    Great motivation for me - sometimes I go off on tangent and then have to get back in. I hope I can do as well as you have and have the same determination. emoticon

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LULI_2POINT0 1/16/2010 10:41AM

    This blog is precisely the kick in the a$$ I needed today to get up, get dressed and get in a workout today despite the crappy weather outside! Thanks for being so honest and for taking the time to write this.

I'm walking out the door right now....

:) Luli

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AGGIE56 1/16/2010 8:52AM

    As I start my day today, I'm happy to read your blog. I feel like I've been backsliding, and you put the responsibility for my backsliding back where it belongs- ON ME, MYSELF, & I. I'm the only person that can do something about what I'm eating. It really is hard sometimes to say "No, thank you", or to walk away from the food sitting out for all to partake in. But, I've been able to do that before, and I know I can still do it, and I have to do it if I'm going to keep up my weight reduction efforts. Thanks for kicking me in the butt this morning!!! I'm going to get dressed and get out there for my "Kick-butt" work out!!! emoticon

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TIABITS 1/16/2010 2:05AM

    Great blog! Love the honesty! I found it very powerful. Thanks for sharing that with us!

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ZSAZSAJANNY 1/15/2010 11:57PM

    Wise, wise words. I love your honesty. Nothing happens without effort. Changing bad habits does require commitment to the task or....nothing GOOD happens.

Thank-you for stating it like it is. There are a lot of people out there who are still trying to fool themselves with thie mistaken notion that 1, 2, 3, Poof!! all the weight will just disappear after a few good efforts on their part. It just ain't so, is it? Going the whole way back to an appropriate weight takes time, exercise and effort. Dedication to the task and learning to say, "No thank you, I've had enough" or "No, I won't eat that donut." are what will get us to the goal.

May the scale recognize your effort to the task tomorrow moring!
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GSCOTTC 1/15/2010 11:30PM

    Love it

Nobody but me stuffed my face and nobody but me can make me lose weight.

Scott

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DARKKAT 1/15/2010 9:28PM

    Thank you for sharing. Really inspirational words on a week I have been a bit discouraged with my efforts and results.

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REMCMFA 1/15/2010 9:18PM

    I liked your blog and your one comment is the same one I like to use. "It is what it is." I had a slack off day; just finished ice cream. I'm gonna start to eat better....now! My MD put me on a blood pressure pill that he says might "make you not want to run or work out until your body gets used to it." I'll have to thank him for that!!!

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AMICHT 1/15/2010 8:39PM

    You did it! You're still doing it!
And you're inspiring others, including me, along the way!
THANK YOU for sharing your story helping me put a frustrating day at the gym in perspective.

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JKSTEIN123 1/15/2010 8:36PM

    It has been a while since I have read your blogs, I am happy to see you are still on the path of good health. I struggle myself and am gaining my momentum back. Good Luck

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SEAGLASSQUEEN 1/15/2010 8:34PM

    It is hard work spiritually, physically and mentally to change destructive behaviours. You are courageous, stay focused on being healthy in all ways One day at a time.

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B_NAVY_FIT 1/15/2010 7:51PM

    I honestly have to admit, your blog made me cry; it made me cry because I know that I have been slackin off, and you pretty much told me where my health was gonna take me if I dont start now to get better. Last week I have mad the biggest dicission of my life... I had stopped drinking Mt. Dew cold turkey, and i know it seems a bit weird to say that, but its true... the caffine is my downfall! Right now Im stressed, and emotional, and all I want to do right now is eat, and I had just finished dinner and Im full, and I still want to eat because of stress... I hate it; but like you said, its not a picnic. I want to thank you for giving me the motivation to actually get healthy, so far nothing else worked, but this actually helped al ot on the motivation side!! Thanks again!

-- Rach

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DESERTFLOWERG 1/15/2010 7:15PM

    Absolutely right on the target with this blog. Love the attitude 'cause anything less will not get you through the tough spots. . . . But, dare I admit, I've had a blast losing weight, getting into shape, working out, doing things I've never done before?!! Hope you are enjoying your journey too!

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SUSIEMILO 1/15/2010 7:07PM

    Well said! Thanks for posting. I was snacking on some cashews while I was reading, and by the 2nd paragraph I slapped the lid back on the jar and put them away!
I'm really proud of you for your journey so far.
And I'm inspired by your posting.
Susie

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BAWNEE 1/15/2010 6:55PM

    Wow! Way to go and thanks for sharing. Just when I was about to feel the negative thoughts creep in.

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LJRW170 1/15/2010 6:37PM

    Fantastic blog, and it's great to hear others' struggles, and how you overcame them and kicked ass! Great job! You're awesome!

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WALKINGINGRACE 1/15/2010 4:49PM

    I have been slacking off since Christmas week. A taste of sweets and unhealthy carbs just left me wanting more. By the grace of God, literally, I haven't ballooned up. Continued exercise and lots of water have helped, but I need to stop making bad food choices. A once and awhile treat is one thing, but it's so easy to slide into unhealthy habits. I tend to be a bit of a carbaholic, so once I'm off the wagon it's hard to get back on.
Thanks for the slap in the face. I needed to wake up and stop being in denial, and I don't mean a river in Egypt! I am the only one responsible for my choices. I try to lean on God continuously when things get crazy, but so often I find myself reaching to food for comfort. By the way, not very comforting! The guilt starts in and then the cycle continues. Ultimately I'm the one who puts hand to mouth and I need to be more accountable for my choices. Thank you for this blog!

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PERPETUAL-MOVE 1/15/2010 4:40PM

    Hell yeah! That is all! :)

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DIVATYE 1/15/2010 3:51PM

    Loved the blog!!!

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MARCYNA 1/15/2010 3:30PM

    Wow, I liked the 'busted my ass'part so much...It's my feeling when I come back from the gym... emoticon emoticon

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CHASSIDY2 1/15/2010 3:29PM

  Wow great blog! I need to stop whining. You are such a inspiration! emoticon

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LUVIN2BEME 1/15/2010 3:28PM

    emoticon keep it right to the point. I love it!

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KATERYN 1/15/2010 3:18PM

    Amen! That's exactly how I feel. My motivational self-speak is in terms of : Move it or DIE! Your blog is so timely because this morning I was walking my old familiar walk (it was finally free of ice and snow.) I went three whole miles and felt like I could do more but stopped because the cold was really starting to get to me. Just six months ago, I couldn't even do a half-mile without having to sit-down and rest. But, now I feel great for having done it. Some days, like you, not so much. But I have many more Great! then blah or even bad days. And it gets easier to get back on track as I go on. And the relaspses are occuring further and further apart!

Yea! Let's hear it for this year! It's our year!

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GIDDYUPPJL 1/15/2010 1:56PM

    Great Blog keep up the good work, many look to you for inspiration!

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LELEBUCKYLUBBY 1/15/2010 1:21PM

    Wow! That is one incredible blog! Thanks for sharing!

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