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Tuesday, February 02, 2010


To say that its been busy around here would not begin to describe it so with that lets just say that things not of the weight loss and health world have reigned supreme for a bit. This week has started off good with a 1900 calorie day and a trip to the gym on Monday, 1 gallon of green tea and about a gallon of H2O went down as well. I thought that I would post up the menu from Monday for you to gander at, its nothing special and slightly higher than I like it to be but well within reasonable.

Breakfast
7:45 AM
1/2 cup steel cut oats 300
splash of milk 40

11:30 AM
1 Zone perfect bar 190

Lunch
2:30 PM
2 80 cal rolls 160
1 T peanut butter 95
1 T apricot preserves 50

Dinner
6:00 PM
2 slices whole wheat bread 140
1 can tuna 150
1 T light mayo 35
onion/jalapeno 10
2oz doritos 280
1oz cheese 110

6:30 PM
1 orange 80

7:30 PM
1 orange 80

9:15 PM
banana 105
peanut butter 95

That's a grand total of 1920 calories for the day and my trip to the gym was a 20 minute bike ride followed by 25 minutes on the treadmill at 3.4mph with varying inclines as high as 13% and as low as 3.5%. I have started running on the treadmill in intervals, I walk a quarter of a mile followed by a 6mph run for a quarter mile alternating back and forth for 20 minutes and I am going to do this each Friday until I don't feel it in my shins any more and hopefully this will keep me running because I don't want to over do it and have it effect my other workouts because of fatigue, running seems to take a lot out of me.

The last week has been full of non weight related stress thus the lack of blog posts but the clouds are moving away so I figured I would post up a quick update. Heading to the gym later today the plan is the same, 20 minutes on the bike, 20-30 minutes on the treadmill and it is a weight lifting day and I Think I am going to meander on over to the free weights and give them a go as I have been using machines up until now.

That's all I got, Keep on keepin on and don't forget that H2O, Thanks for following along.

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SUNNY89 2/4/2010 5:08AM

    Glad to hear that among the non weight stress you have been able to keep things together. I know that can be a challenge. I really enjoy reading your menu posts. Even though your menus aren't anything gourmet, it helps me see what 1900 calories looks like in a day. That is super.

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PUMPKINFACE73 2/3/2010 12:32PM

    Good to see ya post........

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SHYFEMMEKAT 2/2/2010 10:27PM

    Love reading the updates. I like those Zone Perfect bars, too. emoticon

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~MISS_TEA~ 2/2/2010 6:09PM

    SO proud of you! Keep up the great work! You are awesome!

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LADYSNOWFALL 2/2/2010 4:17PM

    Have you looked into the Couch to 5k training plan? It might be just what you're looking for in a running training sort of plan. Instead of taking 9 weeks, you could take extra time and make sure you build up slowly. Just a suggestion.

If you're interested, you can find more info on it here:

http://www.coolrunning
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MYDROPPLAN 2/2/2010 2:27PM

    I am keepin' on and your blog has helped. Thanks for the look into someone else's life.

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 2/2/2010 2:09PM

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Good to hear from you my friend. Keep it up. If you need something, feel free to drop a note.

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 2/2/2010 12:25PM

    I'm easing down to my maintenance weight (4 lbs to go by the scale, 6 by the moving average trend line). Having to start adding back in carbs, which is an adjustment.

Water is mostly coming in the form of herbal tea - it's too COLD to drink cool water! LOL

Keep on keeping on!
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TELERIE 2/2/2010 12:07PM

    Glad clouds are lifting for you! Awesome job keeping your focus!

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DENACARPER 2/2/2010 12:03PM

    Way to go - keep up the great work!

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DDOORN 2/2/2010 10:50AM

    Way to go on those running intervals! Been doing that also...would like to think I might actually ENJOY running longer distances in time...!

Don

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HAPPYSOUL91 2/2/2010 10:46AM

    Boy it sure doesn't take much to use 1900 calories. I am amazed at how much liquid you can consume.

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PAGONA 2/2/2010 10:17AM

    Thanks for your blog, it is amazing how quickly 1900+ calories add up.



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DACIUS 2/2/2010 10:15AM

    glad to see you back on here.

Running does take a lot out of you. It does not matter how hard I bike, how long I swim, running always seems to be the hardest cardio I do. But it is also the most rewarding. I never feel better than when I am done with a solid run.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010


What we've got here is failure to communicate, some men ya just can't reach so ya get what we had here last week. Now that's a line from the best movie of all time if its my opinion being asked and I at times hear that in my head when I slip off of the wagon or make a bad food choice and I feel that is the way it is for many people that struggle with weight loss. We try to make the best choices that we can for any given situation but there are times when it just doesn't play out the way that it should have and that is the point where people start beating themselves up and figure "welp I fugged that all up, time to eat a pie" why? because a slip happened its time to give up? nah we all know that its just the next excuse in the line of excuses that justify the bad choices that are all to easy at times to make.



I don't believe that there is a magic formula for losing weight, I do believe that the only thing that's needed is to make the choice to change the way we eat and move and the rest sort of just falls into place. Just falls into place? what are you nuts? get up and eat a healthy breakfast followed by some healthy snacks, make sure to drink enough fluids then I am expected to eat a good lunch and dinner? squeeze in some exercise, THEN get to bed at a reasonable time just to start over the next morning? but what about watching Conan O'brien?? oh wait...even still that's a lot of work! AND I am suppose to do all of the other things in my day like work and taking care of a house and kids? You kind sir are out of your gourd! I am now in the opinion that eating is NOT a sport, it is NOT anything other than a way to get fuel into our bodies so that we may do all of those things listed above, wow what a concept eh? eating to live rather than living to eat.



Once upon a long time ago in a galaxy not so far away I was a naysayer and a non believer in this philosophy as well but I promise that once that mental hurdle gets stepped over that it gets easier to eat like a human being rather than a billy goat. Exercise I am finding to be down right therapeutic and that right there is as good a reason to take it up as a hobby as any if you ask me, I mean think about it, taking eating food as a hobby got us here why not take up exercise as a hobby to get us out of this mess? When we look at it from a different angle where the view is not hindered by the roadblock called self pity things start falling into place where health and good eating habits are the subject, no really they do! I only know this because I have experienced both sides of that coin unfortunately but if someone would have tried to tell me -and they did- what I needed to do back when I was 534 pounds I would have given them a snarky response and finished my food.

Cheesy crumbs on my tee shirt and orange finger tips laying defeated on the sofa sipping root beer from a 2 liter bottle was just a warm up for the ensuing barrage of greasy goodness that was quickly super heating in the microwave is how many a night played out, hell that's how some mornings went! Getting up to walk into the kitchen and get a second helping of whatever was as much exercise as I was going to get or perhaps a walk upstairs to go to the bathroom but either way it wasn't much. I am too hard on myself sometimes with that whole thing because I did after all have a bonifide "excuse" as to why I couldn't exercise what with my back injury but then again did I really have to eat the way that I did? probably not. The stark difference from then to now if compared side by side is absolutely amazing to me, green tea on my breath and more fresh fruit in my house than ever there has been, counting every calorie that goes into my body and eating as many whole foods as I can my eating habits are completely different from then to now. Currently I go to the gym 4 to 6 times per week and leave only because I run out of time, I love being there and working out I look forward to that up feeling that comes after a good solid workout. The warmer months for exercise I ride my bike around the lake that I live on and walk the hilly streets in my area and have been know to run a bit, hiking and running around the yard with the kids is on that list as well and when I think back to how it use to be I cannot believe that it was me.



I always hear that "bad habits are hard to break" but I like to look at the other side of that and apply the same concept, if bad habits are hard to break then wouldn't Good habits be hard to break as well? Yes they are and let me splain, no there is too much, let me sum up because this happened to me just last week. I had a doctors appointment so I missed the gym that afternoon and as it turned out I wasn't feeling that great anyways so I decided to just not go that day at all and the following day I was still not feeling so hot and in the morning I decided that I would not go to the gym that afternoon. That time rolled around and as I was walking out the door it dawned on me that I had earlier decided not to go to the gym yet here I was in my gym clothes, water bottle in hand, head phones in my pocket and walking out the door with everything needed to go to the gym and until that very second had not even thought about it because I was not going, remember? it is a habit for me to get ready to go work out every afternoon now and I honestly feel guilty when I don't make it out for my cardio so I have to insist that if bad habits are hard to break then the good ones are as hard to break because a habit is a habit is a habit I say.

Once more than 500 pounds now more than 200 pounds lighter I have changed my habits and I'm tellin ya as hard as it was to drop those bad habits that were built up over years it will be as tough to lose these good habits that I have created in the past two years. Like a puppet my good habit walked me to the bedroom to get my gym clothes on, fill up my water bottle, grab my head phones and off to the gym instead of a short walk to a cold refrigerator to grab a large meal and return defeated once again to that couch like so many other times in the past.

That's all I got for today, As the fat guy turns will return at its regularly scheduled time and channel tomorrow, but that 6xl cheesy tee shirt will never return if I have anything to say about it.

As Ever
Me

  
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MYTURN11 2/6/2010 11:02PM

    Liked your blog and I like steel cut oats emoticon

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MARCYNA 2/5/2010 8:01AM

    Thanks for sharing, I am really amazed!!!!!
This is really a great VICTORY!!!!!!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUNNY89 2/4/2010 5:18AM

    Thank you! That is all I can say after reading that. Thank you again.

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TRACYZABELLE 2/2/2010 1:10AM

    I always enjoy reading your blogs-- I am so motivatd when I see your success... I want to be you.. I want to release this weight.. and steel cut oats are yummy!

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ALEXSGIRL1 1/30/2010 7:33PM

    i love your blog. you lust for life. and how you state the obvious so well. once you get in a habit it is hard to break. thank god we both have good habits. i am sick also i am currently running through my head little exercises i can do while sick maybe lift a few weights. etc. good habits are hard to break now i am off for more green tea and clementines and some pineapple after,where do these ideas come from? botzz you say!!!!.

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BIGGIRL2082010 1/30/2010 6:52AM

    Ooh, ooh, good! Yet again. :) Nice blog, Monsieur Botzzz! Yeah, the habits are hard to break - that's WHY they're called habits. I'm glad your good one got you to the gym when you hadn't planned to!

Keep going - and hey, where's that Friday weigh-in post? We're waiting, you know!

Have a great weekend!

Cheers,
Maya


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CATLADY52 1/28/2010 1:10PM

    Another day in the saga that is 'The Botzzz'. Yay, because you can put into words that which so many of us have wanted to say but can't. Why? We all think roughly the same, but our tongue keeps tripping over the small mountains that we have fashioned out of nothing.

As ever dear friend, keep on saying what you have to say and possibly it will re-mind us of why we joined Spark People in the first place.

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JACOBSS914 1/28/2010 10:38AM

    Great Blog I loved it and marked it that way.

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NATALIE1964 1/28/2010 10:12AM

    Great Blog, food for thought...
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HICALGAL 1/28/2010 12:50AM

    good riddance cheesy t-shirt and orange finger tips! emoticon

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GEEMAWEST 1/27/2010 8:21PM

    Dutchie sent me the link to your blog and I'm so glad she did. It's an awesome blog and very inspiring. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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MOONLITCHELLE 1/27/2010 5:28PM

    I think you just said what so many of us feel. You summed up what life is like in self-loathing, defeatist attitude that so easily snowballs into an excuse avalanche. Tomorrow is always a good time to start. And once we've 'fugged up" might as well keep going....

When you're right, you're right.
I might as well get in a workout. What am I supposed to do? Feel sorry for myself? Grab a piece of cake? Bah... that was Yesterday. THIS is TODAY.

Beautifully said, as usual. Love it!!!
Keep 'em comin' - I'd write more.. but there's a wee kickboxing video I have a most important date with.


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DUTCHIEKIWI 1/27/2010 4:50PM

    People come and go in our lives, I believe every person we meet has something to offer us.
At any stage in our lives the right person will come along, for me... you have been one of the people to get me motivated, and you inspire me to carry on with my journey.

I value you and your experiences very much, thank you for sharing and showing me the way!

Love
Dutchie


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MYLIDDLEDALLAS 1/27/2010 4:39PM

    I'm so glad I've come across your blogs. Yours is a story I tune into on a daily basis to get my dose of reality and inspiration. You've come along way and it looks like you're still on the right path. Congratulations on inspiring so many to just put the excuses aside and get up off the couch. emoticon

And I agree, death is so not an option!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 1/27/2010 3:59PM

    Another emmy winning episode. That is fantastic that you got ready for the gym without realizing it. I need to get to that level.

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DENACARPER 1/27/2010 3:58PM

    I've really enjoyed reading your blogs over the last year and a half.

You've done a great job and you're right, too many people give up after they fall down once - I've been there I know it!

We'll get there, I can feel it! I feel encouraged every time I read your blog.

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PRETTYBLKGYRL 1/27/2010 3:34PM

    ""welp I fugged that all up, time to eat a pie" why? because a slip happened its time to give up?"


You know those words are dead on. If you don't give up walking after tripping over a curb - why give up on making healthy choices because you have a not so good day. Your insight is why I look forward to reading your blogs. & I just realized I was addicted to SP when I woke up this morning. I had a dream that I got an email notification that you posted a new blog & I'll be doggone - here it is :op


*& in an unnecessary side note* The Princess Bride is one of my all time favorite movies (as is the entire Star Wars series) - now I'm going to have to make time for one or two of those movies this cold weekend :o)

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DCROCKETS 1/27/2010 12:37PM

    Ok, where do I begin? First, I have been anxiously awaiting your next blog since Friday. Secondly, after reading I feel like I have enough "food for thought" to last me until tomorrow. Thank you so much for blogging. It sincerely makes my days and weeks soooo much better. I have been trying my hand at blogging here lately and I can only hope that there is one person getting something from it as I am from your blogs. Your comment about eating like a billy goat kicked me in the chin a bit as I pictured myself eating like that for the past several years. After I was disgusted by my mental picture I seriously, for real, LOLed. It is so nasty that I viewed food the way I did. Almost like a lust. Screw that though! I now, like you said, eat to live. Thanks again for blogging and giving me that daily dose of "duh" that I need!!!
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CODEMAULER 1/27/2010 12:18PM

    "wouldn't Good habits be hard to break as well"

Indeed! I suspect that I need to try harder and actually make habits out of the good things and render them 'hard to break.'

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JBMT08 1/27/2010 11:30AM

    I am happy that you are feeling better. I missed your blogs! Love how you put everything in perspective "Eating to live, not living to eat" and food = fuel. The habit analogy is something that I think most would not think about.....the bad habits versus the good habits....simply brilliant!

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CINCYDORA 1/27/2010 11:24AM

    Love the Princess Bride reference. Great flick. And thanks for the billy goat image. I'm going to have to remember that next time I get the urge to binge. That billy goat was always annoying. All he ever did was eat everything in his path.

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MSNICHOLS39 1/27/2010 11:03AM

    emoticonFor me, this is my favorite Botzz Blog so far. (I haven't read them all, though). It's what I needed to hear for sure tho, cuz I was up 1.5 last week do to the fact that I was sick and just didn't move much. Still a bummer. Thanks for my daily dose of Botzz.
Andrea

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HAPPYSOUL91 1/27/2010 10:56AM

    Well you were a naysayer but certainly not any longer. Your blogs have so much information for us to think about. Always find gems

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TIFFANIE150 1/27/2010 10:49AM

    "Like a puppet my good habit walked me to the bedroom to get my gym clothes on, fill up my water bottle, grab my head phones and off to the gym"

Loved this! I gotta believe that what you are saying is true. Because I've been holding onto the same belief in my heart.

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JUSTAGURL2335 1/27/2010 10:45AM

    eat like a human being rather than a billy goat...this made me laugh out loud. emoticon

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LIVINHEALTHY4 1/27/2010 10:45AM

    Not only do you always post a captivating blog that teaches me new things, but you do it in a way that's so entertaining & honest! You really need to write a book, you are a very talented writer! I'd be first in line to buy it!!!

Love the puppet analogy!



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DDOORN 1/27/2010 10:38AM

    Re: "eating to live rather than living to eat," I love the food as FUEL mentality...it's what has helped me TREMENDOUSLY in making this adjustment. Couldn't agree MORE about GOOD habits being hard to break also...now that working out is an ingrained part of who I am I just don't feel "right" when I haven't worked out...it just nags and nags at me such that I KNOW the only solution is to get my butt in gear already...lol!

Don

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Friday, January 22, 2010


Lets get right to what the scale had to say to me this morning, first time on it said 322.0 pounds, second hop on again said 322.0 pounds and the third time was more of the same so it looks like a 5 pound drop this week and a new low by 1 pound. I was actually lighter yesterday afternoon at my docs appointment than this morning and think that me staying up until 1am (because of hitting the gym late) drinking water and having a late snack which was within my calories effected the weight this morning a tad. If I were a betting man I would say that next Friday's weigh in will yield me the three teen results that I am looking for if not sometime mid week. Because of the new low this week we get some images of things that weigh the same as I do along with some stuff that weighs as much as I have lost so without further ado here ya go.


This RM-Z250 comes in at 212 pounds and weighs as much as I have lost so far.


While this Vespa GT60 comes in at a whopping 322 pounds and of course that is what I currently weigh.

This weeks weigh in leaves me 47 pounds away from my 275 pound goal and to me that number looks small, some people have 47 pounds to lose and it takes them eons to get there and I just said that it looks small. I suppose that its because I am 212 pounds and 2 years into this whole process so in my mind the time line is a non issue for me where as in the beginning it was all about the time that it would take to get somewhere with the weight loss. Soon I will have lost more weight that I weigh and its a day that I am looking forward to seeing, I need to hit 267 pounds to be at that magical 50% lost mark and that's just 55 pounds and the light at the end of this tunnel that I have been waiting for.

Thursday I came in under my 1700 calories by about 50 or so and I drank more than usual with almost 2 gallons of H2O and 1 gallon of green tea. I did make it to the gym last night around 8:00pm and when I got home I was all hyped up and ended up staying up until around 1:00am drinking about 3/4 of a gallon of that H2O at that point and my sleep suffered a bit last night as well but not too bad and tonight I will get a better nights rest. My trip to the gym was good, I did 30 minutes on the stationary bike followed by 30 minutes on the treadmill at a steady 3.4mph on a 3.5% incline and I passed on weight lifting because of the time that I was there.

Over all a good solid week with a 5 pound total loss and a 1 pound loss if we are basing it off of my lowest weight in this process, I am pleased with the results. Another pound closer to my ultimate goal weight and a week stronger than I was last Friday. Once upon a time I was a 500 pound fella wishing that things could be different and now here I am 212 pounds lighter, I no longer wish for things, instead I do them because we all know that if you wish into one hand and $hit into the other which one will fill up first.

That's all I got for today, you can now return to your regularly scheduled program.

Fini..

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CARMENDODGER 2/24/2010 10:35AM

  Well done emoticon
you have achieved so much. love the sense of humour...

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CARMENDODGER 2/24/2010 10:35AM

  Well done emoticon
you have achieved so much. love the sense of humour...

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BERRYMAC 2/21/2010 2:22PM

    You certainly put things in perspective, the way you give us an image of something that weighs the same as you do/have lost.

Amazing.

Great job, and I'm sure you'll make it to your goal in no time.

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COCOMAC7 2/4/2010 12:06PM

    I love the idea of comparing what you have lost to something that weighs that much - what a great way to celebrate your accomplishment!

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JERS52 1/31/2010 11:49AM

    Keep on the journey...

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MARCYNA 1/30/2010 10:53AM

    Wow, how inspirational!!!!
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AKRONSASSENACH 1/29/2010 4:08PM

  DUDE!!! You have made an amazing journey. Congratulations! emoticon Now instead of wishing things could be different, you are showing yourself and others every day that things ARE different.

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SHYFEMMEKAT 1/29/2010 2:15PM

    Rock on! emoticon

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    emoticon emoticonTWO THUMB WAY UP emoticon

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SCOTTCEA 1/28/2010 12:29AM

    I think this is great! Good luck with your new life!

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SHIHTZUPAN 1/27/2010 8:21PM

    WOW!!!! You have certainly inspired me!!!

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DALMOMOF3 1/27/2010 5:49PM

    You are an inspiration emoticon

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SEVENKITTY 1/27/2010 5:17PM

  Great blog! Thanks :)

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TCROSSBAR 1/27/2010 2:16AM

    DIFROMWYOMING suggested that I come and look at your blog. Great humour and quirky reading. Congratulations on all the weight you've lost, totally awesome. I'm trudging along behind you!

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PEACHYCYN 1/25/2010 9:10AM

    You are amazing! I am so happy that you have come so far, keep up the good work and get down in the three teens. :)

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JMSURPRENANT 1/25/2010 2:39AM

    Congrats - keep it up!
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THECOOLESTSARAH 1/25/2010 2:15AM

    Congratulations on a new LOW weight! I can't wait to see the teens! :)

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SKYEFYR 1/24/2010 1:00PM

  Whoo-hoo!!! Congrats on a new low Botzzz!

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LORRAINE10141 1/23/2010 9:25PM

    I'm rooting for you. You can do it. :) emoticon

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BIGGIRL2082010 1/23/2010 8:05PM

    Way to go on getting a nice round figure for this week's loss! :) Keep it up!

Cheers,
Maya


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MARTHELLE 1/23/2010 12:46PM

    Good Job!
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HAPPYSOUL91 1/23/2010 10:37AM

    Love your posts, there is always great information and feeling inside them



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DDOORN 1/22/2010 10:32PM

    Go BOTZZZ!

What a SPARKING head of steam you've got rolling! Woo hoo! :-)

Don

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GSCOTTC 1/22/2010 9:01PM

    What you have done is a great accomplishment. It takes a lot of hard work and sweat. My hat is off to you.

Scott

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RUNKITTY 1/22/2010 7:12PM

    What a great blog....witty and inspiring all at the same time.


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VANB01 1/22/2010 6:37PM

    Love it= Thanks for bringing us all along on your journey. It certainly helps with my motivation!

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MYDROPPLAN 1/22/2010 6:10PM

    Love the visuals! emoticon


on your phenomenal progress !!
You rock and your blog is totally inspirational.


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SIMPLE_TAILOR 1/22/2010 3:00PM

    That just rocks . . .

You'll get the three teens next week.

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ABAZOODAY727 1/22/2010 2:57PM

    WAY TO GO!!! Keep it up! emoticon emoticon

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TEACHINMOM 1/22/2010 2:07PM

    emoticon on all the hard work and on your loss for the week!! WOW! emoticonon the new low, also!! emoticon

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 1/22/2010 1:51PM

    I KNEW you'd do it!!! Once again, you are rockin'!!! I am so excited for you and so look forward to reading your blogs. Your family, I must say, is one lucky family to have such a determined, hardworking man taking care of them!
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ZIRCADIA 1/22/2010 1:49PM

    WOOHOO!!! :D Congratulations on the new low! :D I'm soooooo excited about next week... :D

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PUMPKINFACE73 1/22/2010 1:00PM

    Congrats Botzzz :)


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VALERIEMAHA 1/22/2010 12:52PM

    I followed, though trepidatiously, The GRRL over here (never can tell where she's headin').

Your story...your progress...your ATTITUDE...your humor...YOU...ARE AMAZING! So happy to be in Community with you!
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STLRZGRRL 1/22/2010 12:36PM

    YOU. ARE. INCREDIBLE!

Call me impressed... and triple congratulations on managing to only get on and off the scale 3 times. My habit is 5 times and figure a median. This is down from a billion times.

I'm not even speaking to my scale this month.

GOOD JOB!
Tracey

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LAURIE5658 1/22/2010 11:55AM

    Botzzz, you never cease to amaze me and you continue to rock my Spark World!!!

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CATLADY52 1/22/2010 11:43AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon I am proud of you!

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LADYSNOWFALL 1/22/2010 11:41AM

    Way to go! 5 lbs is still an awesome loss!

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JLUVSHIKIN 1/22/2010 11:39AM

    Congratulations! I really enjoy the visuals and have started using them myself.

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    congrats on making it happen! emoticon emoticon

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TINYC887 1/22/2010 11:32AM

    way to go

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As the fat guy turns..

Thursday, January 21, 2010


Wednesday went off without a hitch where diet and exercise goes and I have a feeling we will see a new low for tomorrows weigh in. Keeping my calories under my set number has become very easy this past week for whatever reason and getting to the gym each day has not been an issue, I am doing my part. At the gym I have brought up my rpm's on the bike up and I am averaging mid 90's rpm's alternating between level 11 and 12 resistance with the rpm's jumping into the 100-110 zone for the level 12 portions of the ride while my heart rate is staying around 145 bpm which is decent improvement from when I joined the gym back in October where it was mid 70's rpm's and the same heart rate. I really have been fine tuning my workouts lately in an attempt to get as much out of them as I can, a normal routine for me is 25 minutes on the stationary bike followed by 30 to 40 minutes of weight lifting on those days that I lift finishing up with 20 minutes on the treadmill doing my incline routine 9 out of 10 times with the other being a set speed at a set incline. That's about 45 minutes of cardio per weight lifting workout and when I do not lift I do 50 minutes to an hour adding the arc trainer to the mix.



This afternoon I will likely miss going to the gym because of a docs appt but I will try and get out there after dinner if I can especially with tomorrow being a weigh in day for the blog. I say try because I don't want to go to the gym and make Wify miss out on going because the evening is her time to go but if I can get a sitter perhaps we can go together. Last week on Friday I weighed in at 327 pounds which was a tad higher than the week before but there was definitely some water retention weight there because of a sodium filled few days before that weigh in not to mention the stress situation that I was dealing with last week. I know that I am lower than that 327 per my sneak peek on the scale earlier in the week but how low? to be found out in the morning but I have a good feeling that I will have a new low this week.

I am going to take a guess and this is a very ambitious guess but I want to say that the wheel will stop spinning on 320 pounds even tomorrow which will be 7 pounds this week and 3 pounds lower than my lowest weigh in from 2 weeks ago. I was shooting for 319 lbs so that I could hit those teens but that would mean an 8 pound drop this week and 4 pounds from my low weight AND the fact that I want the teens so much probably means that I will have to wait another week to see them so 320 is my guess. Getting to 320 pounds would also mean that I am exactly on schedule to hit my 300 pound mark by April 2nd if using a 2 pounds per week formula which is another reason I am going to hope to get there.

1705 calories, 50 minutes of cardio, 40 minutes of weight lifting, 1.25 gallons of H20, 1 gallon of green tea and 8.5 hours of sleep is how my Wednesday played out. Rinse repeat and reap the benefits is how I am playing this better health game and so far its working for me in all aspects. All of the hard work that was put in this week will surely add up to a loss but just how much of a loss is the unknown factor right now, looking for the teens but will be happy with a 1 pound drop from my low of 323 and expecting to keep on keepin on any way that it pans out. That's all I got for today so make sure to pop in tomorrow to see how I did this week, will it be a loss? perhaps a gain? the next installment of as the fat guy turns will reveal all of the answers.

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POPPYPENN 1/31/2010 7:39PM

    You inspire me so much! Thakn you and congrats!!!!

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HICALGAL 1/22/2010 3:34AM

    i'll be sure to tune in tomorrow. all the best!

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~MISS_TEA~ 1/21/2010 11:12PM

    Here's hoping for the teens but celebrating for any decent loss ! Hope you got to go to the gym with the wifey! if not the two of you can make it up later ;)

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MOONLITCHELLE 1/21/2010 9:22PM

    You certainly have put the work in! I'm gonna be chanting "320" for you!!!
Takes a little while for a sodium spike to work out, but all that green tea is sure to help!

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MSNICHOLS39 1/21/2010 6:24PM

    Goodluck tomorrow!

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CATLADY52 1/21/2010 4:33PM

    I expect good tidings from you tomorrow. And I'll bet you can make sure wifey gets to go to the gym this evening also.
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ZIRCADIA 1/21/2010 3:52PM

    Glad things have been going smoothly for diet and exercise! :D WOOT! :D

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PUMPKINFACE73 1/21/2010 3:50PM

    you are doing it all and doing it right....hope you and the wifey can go get your sweat on together tonight, u can drop off the kids to me after 7 if need be..enjoy

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DEEJACKSON 1/21/2010 2:37PM

    Crossing my fingers for you!!!

I always enjoy your blogs. Have a great day, and good luck tomorrow.

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MBSHAZZER 1/21/2010 2:29PM

    You can do it! Hope you make it. Even if you don't right now, you will, and soon! Very inspirational! :D

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DAVEOZ 1/21/2010 2:14PM

    You sound great. Your time will come (as it always has) so if not tomorrow, be patient and onward!

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CECE0330 1/21/2010 1:29PM

    Good Luck! Come on 320! No Whammies!

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SGRONOW1 1/21/2010 1:25PM

    hope you hit the 320. that would be a great week

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    GOOD LUCK.....Come on 320!!! emoticon emoticon

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 1/21/2010 12:00PM

    What a great episode. Can't wait for tomorrows.

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TELERIE 1/21/2010 11:53AM

    Hope you get a sitter so you and wify can hit the gym together. I do that with my darling and it's great! Lookin' forward to the blog tomorrow to see if you guessed correctly.

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MEGAMITENCHI 1/21/2010 11:51AM

    I love the title!!! I can't wait for the morning!!! We'll all be there in spirit cheering you on as you step up to the scale!!!!!!

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 1/21/2010 11:44AM

   
Cannot wait for your Friday blog!!! You are awesome!! And, btw-you won't be able to call your blog 'as the fat guy turns' any more as there is no fat guy involved!! Look in the mirror,Baby!!!

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CODEMAULER 1/21/2010 11:40AM

    Thank you for this! I'm feeling a lot of school stress - that's a blog I need to write - and reading your entries are a good reminder that my health needs to be my first concern.

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Your focus and determination helps me keep my path in sight. Hopefully I'll be back on it (just as soon as I finish feeling sorry for myself, LOL!).

I really admire the fact that you don't let the numbers determine your level of happiness. That's a tough lesson for many of us and you are serving as an excellent guide in that challenge. ~ Trish

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JBMT08 1/21/2010 11:24AM

    Cant wait to see what happens tomorrow!!! Keep doing it!!

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PRETTYBLKGYRL 1/21/2010 11:10AM

    I'll definitely be tuning in for tomorrow's installment of my favorite blog :op

I'm sending positive thoughts your way - because reaching a new low would be awesome my friend.

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LIMELITESHINES 1/21/2010 10:59AM

    You're doin great man. Keep up that drive!

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SWEETZMIX 1/21/2010 10:59AM

    Lots of luck, even though you don't need it. You are doing what you need to do! Hopefully you and wify can go to the gym together. It's nice to do that every so often.

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TIFFANIE150 1/21/2010 10:58AM

    You are an inspiration.

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SUSIEMILO 1/21/2010 10:34AM

    I'm hoping for the best for you!
But... don't let it de-rail you if it doesn't come through as you hope. Our bodies sometimes have minds of their own -- and show the weight loss in other ways besides the scale. If the scale doesn't cooperate tomorrow in the way you hope it will, just let it be for a while and I'll bet you'll be in those "teens" within a day or so.
That caveat of caution aside ---- I'll bet it will work out for the best and we'll be seeing LESS of you very soon!
All the best -- keep us posted.
Susie

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DCROCKETS 1/21/2010 10:31AM

    I'm rooting for you! I am thinking 3teens!
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LAURIE5658 1/21/2010 10:30AM

    OH OH OH!!! I can't wait for Boyzzz's weigh in Friday!!! Woot!

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It's the little things..

Wednesday, January 20, 2010


Last night the gym was packed but I went and enjoyed myself with a nice ride on the bike and then a trot on the treadmill, going later in the day always means that I am up late but I figure a trip to the gym and less sleep is better than not going and watching other people workout on the tele via The biggest loser. Its funny sometimes how we see others doing something admirable and they don't even know how much another person applauds them for the work that they are putting in because it went unsaid. Sometimes when I ride the bike I get lost in what I am doing and focus only on me and my rpm's/distance/time and then others I am studying what others are doing and last night was a people watch kind of night for sure as the gym was packed there was a lot to analyze. I am finding that I focus more on the over weight people that are bustin ass than anything else lately and not for the reason that one might think, I think these people are among the most admirable in the whole gym and I may be a bit biased having come from where many of them are but its how I feel.



Last night there was a fella next to me on a bike and I could see that he was doing everything that he could as far as working that bike goes to get his ass in gear. This guy was about 20 years old my guess would be just over six feet tall and about 425 pounds so kind of like looking in a mirror and I felt like "I am glad he is doing this now instead of waiting like I did" and I almost told him "awesome job" and the remembered how I didn't or don't want random people doing that to me so I didn't but impressed I was none the less. Then there was a girl on an arc-trainer obviously in pain by her facial expression but she didn't stop until that timer hit 30 minutes, she stepped off of the machine and hands on her thighs she bent over to catch her breath and smiled. Was that smile because "Thank god I am done!" or was it closer to "I did it!" either way victory was hers for that moment in time and she earned it.

The little things are sometimes bigger than we know because those two people whom I do not know made me push a little harder last night with my own workout, that and the fact that the UFC fight that I was watching wasn't over yet. I am doing this whole healthy life thing for me, I am doing it for my kids, my wife and honestly its becoming a for the fun of it kind of thing and that's the part that intrigues me the most. Here I am 200 plus pounds lighter than I was just 2 years ago and having fun with the process? who wouldda thunk? Once upon a time a big bag of Doritos sitting on the couch next to me, PS2 controller in hand, headset on and killing everyone in sight on Socom 2 is what was considered fun and now its much different. Now looking at bringing my heart rate down slightly while upping the intensity of a workout is on my list of fun things to do or realizing that I can bring the mph up on the treadmill with my incline workout and handle it just fine. Dropping to the floor randomly to do some planks (thanks for reminding me of this glorious exercise Dana!) during a commercial and having my wife look at me and wonder what the hell I am doing now while my daughter mimics the position on the floor next to me always gets me in a good mood, all of these things are so different than what I was doing at 534 pounds.



Its not always easy to stay on the straight and narrow when attempting to drop some weight but if we take from the little things all they have to offer it makes the walk down the road a little less boring and gives a push now and again. I have come a long way from when I started off, a ten minute walk was all that I could muster once upon a time but I did it and now I am doing 45 to 60 minutes of cardio 5-6 times per week and lifting weights 3 times per week, down 211 pounds and counting this lifestyle that I chose to live is here to stay. I am going to make my goal weight and I am going to make all of my health goals that I have set for myself because I say so and that's all it takes, I really do believe that.

I can't walk more than a few minutes, I can't run, I can't stop eating like this, I can't stop drinking soda, I need my morning coffee, there is no way that I can drink that much water, my knee hurts so I can't exercise, I have a sore back I can't workout, I weigh too much to exercise, I don't have the willpower, I can't do this without a surgery, on and on and on the excuses can pile up until we convince ourselves that its an impossible task to take on and the next thing that happens we notice that we are 534 pounds. They are all excuses and they are all irrational attempts to brainwash ourselves that its ok to literally eat ourselves to death because of the effort that it takes to eat healthy and get some movement into our lives and the fact that it is too much work.

You CAN live healthy if you want it, everything else is just the next excuse and that's all I got to say about that.

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TRABOLD8567 1/31/2010 2:28AM

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BROWNIE223 1/29/2010 3:09PM

    I really love reading your blog! They are always so insightful.

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MOONLITCHELLE 1/21/2010 9:25PM

    Interesting. I used to see women jogging or something and think terrible thoughts - jealous of them and their svelte figures or whatever.... now I think "You GO girl!!!" It's amazing how much perspective changes things, isn't it?

Great blog.. I absolutely understand how someone else - the little things, can push you to go just a little more...a little harder...
Just think -
How many people do you think YOU had that same effect on? ;)

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HICALGAL 1/21/2010 2:59AM

    they should have an applause emoticon...nevertheless...bravo!!

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DDOORN 1/20/2010 11:46PM

    Great thoughts BOTZZZ, as always...Thx for putting words to so many similar experiences which I've shared along the way as well!

Don

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TCLARK218 1/20/2010 5:57PM

    As always great blog...I think I have used all of those excuses at one point or another...LOL...But like you I have decided its time to ditch the excuses and take action and so far I'm loving the feeling I get when I've just finished a good workout.

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PRETTYBLKGYRL 1/20/2010 5:31PM

    "Everything else is just the next excuse" - I think this needs to go into my signature, because it is SO TRUE.

great blog my friend :o)

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JULIEBEAR3 1/20/2010 3:32PM

    Wow...great commentary!
I joined a gym round the corner from work in December and the amazing thing is that I actually like it there 'cos it's small and not full of 'beautiful' people. Well we are all beautiful in our own ways but you know what I'm saying emoticon
I walk in the door and all my worries and frustrations of the day just fall away! Also nice to read your list of excuses. It made me laugh as I have fallen prey to so many of them myself. Still do from time to time...but the frequency is less and the voices (yes I hear them emoticon) are tending to deliver more positive messages lately! Keep up the good work!

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DENACARPER 1/20/2010 3:07PM

    loved it - great perspective! emoticon

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AVAYLEE 1/20/2010 2:52PM

    Another amazing post that reminds me that the only thing that stands between me and my goals is whatever I put there. Let the barrier removals continue!

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JCORYCMA 1/20/2010 2:35PM

    People at work find it hard to believe that I actually look forward to working out. The hubby and I took a cruise to Alaska and one of my highlights was working out in the beautiful gym with a gorgeous view of whales in the ocean. I was telling a girl at work who has cruised and she said she didn't realize that the cruise ship even had a gym! She couldn't believe that I didn't go to the midnight buffet though :( Isn't that sad?
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LIL.ANGEL 1/20/2010 1:57PM

    It kind of reminded me of how I had went for a run one day and I saw another gal walking by. She reminded me of my former self to such an extent that I couldn't ward off an intense urge to give her a hug and tell her that she will reach her goal soon enough, I was once there too.
No, I didn't actually do it because like you, I realized that it would have pissed me off had I been in her place. When you are overweight, you get so defensive that even a compassionate statement gets moulded into a rude remark all by itself, regardless of the intentions of the other person.
Its always awesome to watch someone defying all odds, walking on and not giving a damn about all those ridiculous remarks people might pass, someone who just doesn't give up.
Even I'm guilty of making excuses at times but I have made 'just do it' my mantra now. Whenever I have to do something I detest doing (but I know is good for me), instead of dwelling over all the 'why me's' and concocting reasons why I SHOULDN'T do it, I start doing it anyway. We are truly stronger than we give ourselves credit for. Its sad that we never really realize that we can go well beyond those so-called limits we have set for ourselves. Way, way beyond that. Thanks for making me realize that :)
Take care xx

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SLMTRACE 1/20/2010 1:17PM

    Hahaha I was that arc trainer girl, but on the eliptical LOL Yeay for her! I love to people watch at the gym, its the best... I did laugh yesterday as a guy with headphones came and got on the machine next to me, and was quiet for a few, then blurted out one word and then was quiet again. HAHA anyways thanks for being such a motivation your self Mr.!!
Hope you have a fantastic day!
ohhhh and I loved biggest loser last night! Jillian... wow! haha that is all. :)
cheers

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DCROCKETS 1/20/2010 12:10PM

    Thanks for the blog. You say it best. I am not going to a gym but considering it.
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LIVINHEALTHY4 1/20/2010 12:04PM

    "I am going to make my goal weight and I am going to make all of my health goals that I have set for myself because I say so and that's all it takes, I really do believe that. "

That is an awesome attitude, one that will get you where you need to go.

Thanks for showing us it is the little things that will make the difference & give us the drive to succeed.

Fantastic post, as per usual!!!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 1/20/2010 11:35AM

    There is never a doubt that this is a better life now.

Every single person that makes this choice does it for a different reason. It is our job to encourage them.

Some people, like you, can do it by just being you without saying a word . . . but I'm glad that you do because I have trouble getting through the day without an episode of How the Fat Man turns.

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ZIRCADIA 1/20/2010 11:10AM

    WOOHOO PLANKS! :D hehehe. I have to admit, I like to see people that are working hard at the gym. I am sometimes impressed by those who do something that looks CRAZY HARD effortlessly, but what's inspiring is seeing someone working hard when it looks like they're working hard. Ya know hat I mean? :) Anyway. Later!

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SWEETZMIX 1/20/2010 10:57AM

    There isn't much to add b/c we all know it's the little things that keep us going & keeps us focused!

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CODEMAULER 1/20/2010 10:35AM

    I think we tend to find the people that we identify with, no matter the setting. For me, I always notice the people that are working out with various braces or wraps to support their joints. I know I need to keep moving and stay active. These folks have received the same message, LOL!

As always, your perspective helps me to see how things look on my side of the gym; thank you.



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WONDERLANDFND 1/20/2010 10:23AM

    Beautiful written. Thank you!

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DACIUS 1/20/2010 10:23AM

    Thank God I am not the only husband drawing strange looks from my wife on commercial breaks. LOL!!!!

I do pushups, planks and side planks on commercial breaks. She looks at me like I am having a epileptic moment there on the floor.

I think we all watch people at the gym and use them as our trigger/motivation. I know I pick the most fit person I can find and try to match their intensity and duration on the treadmiil. One time I phantom competed with a woman who I later found out was a marathon runner. Needless to say I lost that one. LOl!!!

Great blog as always.

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PUMPKINFACE73 1/20/2010 10:21AM

    Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things. ... Robert Brault
One of my FAVORITE quotes...Rock on! You are kicking butt and taking names!



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SGRONOW1 1/20/2010 10:16AM

    emoticon I wish I had that kind of motivation at the gym. I swear everyone at my gym (at least at the times I go) is skinny mini marathon runner types. These people do keep me in line because I like to feel the need to work out as hard to show that I am not weak, but to see someone weighing more then me working out hard would be even more motivating.

I do have to say its great that you get to the gym on biggest loser night. I am not in that boat I switch from 6 days a week working out to 5 longer days working out just so I can sit infront of the tv watching biggest loser.

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CAROLYN1213 1/20/2010 10:16AM

    As always, great blog! I'm a no excuses, claim it and go take it kinda girl. So I love that attitude! I too, enjoying watching and celebrating the victories of others who are in 'the fight'. I love seeing that moment when someone accomplishes something they didn't think they could or push themselves out of their comfort zone. It motives me! It inspires me! My goals are just that "mine" and no one can stop me from taking what is mine!

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MSNICHOLS39 1/20/2010 10:14AM

    I'm 41 and I've spent most of my life saying I can't do this, or I can't do that...Finally I realized that it was all those things that I did not allow myself to succeed at that finally got me trapped in my own body. I didn't think I could ever give up diet soda, but I have. I hated exercise but now I don't. I marvel everyday at my reflection in the mirror as my real face emerges from the vanishing fat. It's a great process, isn't it?
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JBMT08 1/20/2010 10:13AM

    You are right....it is just the little things. Thank you for blogging on this topic. my mind is racing.....Since it is "warm" out (about 40 degrees), I am going to walk to 50th street, and walk back during my lunchtime at work. THANK YOU!!

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