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A big pile of random to chew on..

Tuesday, February 09, 2010


Once upon a time I would have to be dragged kicking and screaming to do anything physical past daily functions, those days I was a lot heavier than I am right now. The only veggies or fruit that would enter my body were the ones that came in the tin of General Tso's chicken and fried rice or the warm dilapidated lettuce on my 3 pound burrito. A 64oz soda would accompany most meals breakfast included and throughout the day close to if not an entire gallon of milk would go down the hatch and looking back at those old habits I have to wonder how I did it. Since making positive changes in how I look at food and exercise everything has changed from my health and fitness right on down to everything that goes into my mouth for nutrition, I am not the same person that I was at the pinnacle of my days of bad choices and it shows in every aspect of my life.



These days I look for things to do that are physical because I see it as a chance to do something that I was unable to do just two short years ago, from stacking firewood to digging around in the yard making planters for some tomatoes I jump at the chance. When I think about what would be an awesome meal to have it is now not even close to a sack of McNasty with a side of bubbly sugar laced cola syrup but instead a Salmon steak with a side salad and some baby red potatoes with a big glass of green tea and lime. The norm around here is to eat reasonably, exercise daily and reap the benefits and these habits are starting to show with my kids and I have to say that as great as it is to have dropped the more than 200 pounds that I have so far, seeing my kids following suit with their habits is my favorite part of this process.

Losing the equivalent of an entire person does great things to a fella in every aspect and I suspect that this is the same for any person that drops a good amount of weight. These days I look forward to my trip to the gym, or that hike on a local trail, taking a ride on my bike is one of my favorite things to do and making the choice to drop the weight 2 years ago was one of the best decisions that I have ever made in my entire life.

I believe that anyone can do it if they put their minds to it.

I am feeling random today and I get a good amount of emails saying that posting my menu's and workouts helps so lets have a look at my menu from yesterday, it came in at 1950 calories for the day and I was not hungry at all pretty much all day.

Breakfast
7:45 AM
1/2 cup steel cut oats 300
1/2 cup 1% milk 50

11:30 AM
1 banana 105
1 T peanut butter 95

Lunch
2:30 PM
1 Scoop whey protein 130
1 cup 1% milk 110

3:30 PM
1.5oz turkey pepperoni 105
hard roll 170
1oz american cheese 110
pickle/tomato 15

Dinner
6:45 PM
Big salad 365
8.5oz salmon steak 340
2 wheat ritz crackers 30
smart balance spread 25

Fluid totals
Green tea - 1 gallon
H2O - 1.25 gallons

My trip to the gym Monday included 25 minutes on a stationary bike, 25 minutes on a treadmill alternating between 3.5% incline @ 3.5mph for 1/4 mile followed by 1% incline @ 6.0 mph for 1/4 mile until the timer stopped, 10 minutes on an arc-trainer and 35 minutes of weight lifting. This afternoon when I get to the gym I am planning on doing my 15/15/15 cardio routine which is 15 minutes on a stationary bike, 15 minutes on an arc-trainer and 15 minutes on the treadmill and no weights today but it doesn't always work out the way I plan and I get in a zone sometimes and up the times so we shall see.

I have experienced almost immeasurable changes in my life since beginning this trip to the half and changed my life surely for the better with all of my efforts.

That's all I got for today so with that the end has come to another episode of as the fat guy turns, thanks for the support and thanks for following along.

As Ever
Me

  
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STUDYHAWK 3/16/2010 2:32PM

    You know, you are AWESOME!! Just in case you didn't know, let me just say it out LOUD!! You go boy!! emoticon

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SEVENKITTY 2/15/2010 2:03PM

  Thanks for another great blog!

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SCRAPPYLADYV 2/13/2010 9:19PM

    I'm just starting out and have around 200 to lose. You are such an inspiration to me. Thank you!!

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HAPPYSOUL91 2/10/2010 10:43AM

    You certainly have changed your eating habits, excellent job. How does 1/2c of steel cut oats last you till 11:30? I have trouble between breakfast and lunch

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REINVENT_ME 2/10/2010 6:24AM

    Very inspirational!

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JCORYCMA 2/9/2010 10:13PM

    Hey - What does the whey protein taste like? I've started making smoothies with soy protein and I've got to tell you - it tastes a little nasty. I try to drown the taste with lots of fruit and maybe some yogurt. I keep it sugar free hoping the fruit will sweeten it up. May need to resort to a little honey. I'll try the whey if it's going to taste better! As always, thanks for sharing!
Joanne

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KT-NICHOLS-13 2/9/2010 6:58PM

    Hi, I just discovered your blogs and have spent a few moments reading them.
Thank you are two words that come to mind.
I most recently found my motivation again and I believe reading your blogs will help me not misplace it again.

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KAT7457 2/9/2010 6:43PM

    thanks for sharing, you could write a book on your life and how you changed it. way to go keep up the good work.,

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MRDPOLING 2/9/2010 5:13PM

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 2/9/2010 4:47PM

    I wish I could get more trickle down to the kids. They absolutely rebel at veggies.

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MYDROPPLAN 2/9/2010 4:24PM

    What amazes me is your food intake. That just doesn't seem like a lot of food for a big guy like you. It's suprizing how little food it takes to fuel the beast.

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PSMITH3841 2/9/2010 1:39PM

    Great Blog....thanks for sharing...

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MEGAMITENCHI 2/9/2010 1:26PM

    I'm working through getting over foods from McNasty and Taco Hell, and I struggle a lot with cravings (currently: Lays Salt And Vinegar Chips). I don't want to deny myself, but self control with stuff like chips and cookies is *soooo* incredibly hard! I'll get there someday, right??

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HOT4TYLER 2/9/2010 1:07PM

    I am just starting the process of getting my kids to think healthy. So far, it's going well. Congratulations on being such an outstanding role model....not only to your kids, but to all of us "Sparkers" as well!!

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DDOORN 2/9/2010 12:37PM

    Modeling healthy behavior for one's children can be such a POTENT motivator!

WTG! You're passing on lifestyle habits that will likely instill with them for the rest of THEIR lives TOO! It's one of the most important things a parent can do!

Don

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VEMAN1 2/9/2010 12:25PM

    You are an inspiration. We are pulling for you.

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CHRISSYVB 2/9/2010 12:15PM

    Teaching my kids how to eat healthful meals is my newest goal since reaching my goal weight and starting maintenance. It's not always easy but I think it is just as important as anything else I need to teach them.

Blessings,



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CAROLYN1213 2/9/2010 11:52AM

    You always nail it! I feel the same way about physical activity now that I have lost 70 lbs. People say to me, do you see yourself 'having' to stay this active once you reach your goal? WHAT?! Why wouldn't I want to be an active person, living with passion, riding my bike, running races, working in my garden, walking my dog, roller skating and loving life? Why would I ever want to just sit down and watch someone else live the good life!

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RUNNER12COM 2/9/2010 11:39AM

    Count me among the many who get great inspiration from your blog entries. I'm more at the beginning of this journey, but I'm already feeling better. Thanks for the reminder that there is only more and more of the good stuff to come.

SDJ

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~MISS_TEA~ 2/9/2010 11:23AM

    I know what you mean about the trickle down effects to your kids! i have been watching it happen as well! Love it!

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MARCYNA 2/9/2010 11:17AM

    Yes, it's so inpiring and motivating for many people!!! emoticon

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The 300 pound 12 year old..

Monday, February 08, 2010


If you would have asked me whether I was happy or not at 534 pounds I would have said proudly "I am happy with everything that I have" it would have been a lie but the funny thing is that at the time I wouldn't have known it. Last year we went to a local apple orchard for a festival type thing and a picture was taken of me and my daughter walking up the road, when I saw that picture I thought about how different I looked from what my minds eye showed me, I was happy with how I looked in that image. Fast forward a year and back to the orchard we went and I stood on the side of the road in the same spot and had a photo taken of me to compare, the second year again I was happy with what I saw but when compared to last years photo I thought "wow I was big in that other picture" and yet can totally remember thinking about how small I looked in it just last year. I see myself today at this weight and honestly feel great about what I see regardless of the fact that I am still a big guy, I wonder if this time next year I will look back at photos and feel that I look big in them once again.



Things change so quickly now that a successful plan has been executed for so long, I have been at this for more than 2 years now and daily life is completely different from back then to the point that thinking back to how it was feels like someone Else's life. Almost as if I was in another persons body back then and I am now returning to the real world, it is that different when a fella weighs more than 500 pounds. Chatting with a friend of mine this weekend we were talking about the weight I have dropped in the past 2 years and how I have lost what he weighs, I joked with him saying imagine how it would feel to carry a whole him around on his back and that's what I was living day to day. I told him to imagine that and here I was the guy that was living it and honestly it was hard for me to imagine carrying that around today, I don't know how I was functioning honestly and the simple answer is that I was barely able to.

This year will most likely be the one where I hit and surpass my weight loss/fitness goals and I am looking forward to the day when I can look in the mirror and see the guy that dropped more than 50% of his body weight. I will have to lose a total of 267 pounds to get to that 50% lost mark and the more that I think about it the more I think that I will go beyond that point because as I lose more and more weight I am gaining double that in strength and endurance and truthfully I could probably get below 267 pounds easily and still be considered over weight according to one of those silly charts. My father stands slightly taller than six feet tall and weighs anywhere between 270 and 285 pounds and one of my goals for this year is to weigh less than he does because at those weights he does not look like what I would consider fat, could he stand to drop a few? sure but not fat.

I have never been at that stage where someone could look at me and say "That guy needs to drop a few pounds" and literally mean a few, somewhere along the way I am sure I went straight past that point and the statement "That KID could stand to lose a few pounds" but I was probably 12 or so when that happened. I have never in my adult life been not a fat guy, I mean I have been at different stages of big, from slightly big to huge and everything in between but I was a 300 plus pound freshmen in high school and it only went up from there. I am already lighter than then and its only getting lower and lower from here on out, yes I just said that I weigh the same now as when I was 12 years old.

Looking back at the past 2 years forces me to realize all of the work that has been put into this whole new lifestyle that I have taken on and the changes that come with it. I hear people debating over the semantics of calling it a "diet" verses a "lifestyle change" verses whatever else you want to call it but I will say this, calling it a lifestyle change is most accurate to me not because of anything other than lives do change because of taking on better eating and more movement when you start out well over obese, and for that reason I call it a lifestyle change. Fast food, video games and missing out on the simple things in life like walking through a garden or missing a ball game or concert have been replaced with healthy whole foods, running around the yard with the kids, working out, riding my bike and never missing out on anything and that is in fact a change in lifestyles at its very core.

Which life will you choose?

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SCRAPPYLADYV 2/14/2010 2:22PM

    I choose a real life. I don't want to miss out anymore.

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NURSECLARA 2/13/2010 9:52PM

    I love your stories and am subscribing!

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DAYANAND1 2/12/2010 1:09PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonWhat an Inspiration you are to those around you. You have proven that one can achieve anything if you have the goals and the guts to push on!

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JMG052 2/12/2010 10:07AM

    I am proud of you, keep up the good work. I wouldn't worry about thou charts, every body carries the weight differently and if one feels good at 270 for his height then so be it, and is in good health, I think that some of the charts are off big time, as we age, some of us will be happy to lose the weight down to where we feel good, not what the medical books says.

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AUTUMNSWEATER 2/11/2010 9:53PM

    you're amazin'. thanks for postin' this.

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DESERTFLOWERG 2/11/2010 5:47PM

    Love your blog and reading about your successful journey to a new life.

It's perplexing to me that we use the same eyes and brain both to look at ourself in a mirror and to look at ourself in a photo, but we see something different. It doesn't really make sense to me, but I know this is a very real phenomena.



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OHGRRFITNESS 2/11/2010 4:11PM

    I was getting there quickly at 355. I turned my life around for my family and kids. Thank you for the inspiration!

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JA2010 2/11/2010 2:59PM

    You are an inspiration.

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VML1960 2/11/2010 2:11PM

    "Which life will you choose?"

I love that!

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SECRETMUSIC 2/11/2010 12:47PM

    At just under 100 pounds gone, I am having a severe case of the discordance you have mentioned. The old size of me doesn't seem real. The new size of me doesn't seem real. Thanks for your affirming blogs!

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SEVENKITTY 2/11/2010 11:24AM

  Had to come back for a second look! Your blogs are so inspiring...thank you.

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TEAMMCB6 2/11/2010 10:42AM

    Wow! Good for you! Inspiring.

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TORI_ADAMS 2/11/2010 1:49AM

  emoticon. You are indeed an inspiration.

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RID9211 2/10/2010 11:31PM

  thanx for the inspiration emoticon

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MADZOE 2/10/2010 10:19PM

    Perspective is an amazing thing. I was recently working with my trainer and unwittingly she had me carrying dumb-bells up and down the stairs that were equivalent to what I had lost last year, and I was getting TIRED!!! And then after a bit we both realized the correlation, and I thought how the heck did I carry this around on my butt!!! Not literally :) But yeah the new improvements in my life make me wonder how I have lived like this for the past 13 years. I've been overweight since childhood, but sincerely obese since I got pregnant with my oldest daughter and it's time to move past that stage of my life once and for all.

Anyways, always glad to read what you have to say! Have a wonderful week!

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09ISMINEDN 2/10/2010 8:45PM

    Your story touches my heart and encourages me to reach deeper and further, and believe it can and will happen. Thank you. What an inspiration you are to me and will be to many others. I am so proud of you. Keep up the great work. What a wonderful father you are. You are giving your children a priceless gift, setting a wonderful example of living a healthy lifestyle, and giving them more years to make lasting memories.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
God Bless, Debbie

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GRANDMANANCY 2/10/2010 6:27PM

    You made me cry... Why? Be cause two years ago my hubby weighed 520 pounds. He haslost down to 404 and has lost his motivation. I want him to be healthy. He is 62. Sure it's hard because we are getting older, but we also have alot less time on this earth too.
I am so proud to see what you have done. You inspire me to be better. You are amazing.

God bless you on your joutrney.
Prayers ~
Nancy

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FOULKEFAMILY 2/10/2010 3:25PM

    I think about the things that I have allowed myself to miss because of my weight. I'm tired of missing things. I can hear your determination in your words. AMEN brother.

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AMABILE75 2/10/2010 12:54PM

    Awesome blog indeed!! Thank you for sharing your story and being such an inspiration!!!

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CHERYL123453 2/10/2010 11:50AM

    I found your blog not only inspiring but extremely well written. You should be a writer. I am extremely proud of your achievement, keep up the good work. You truly are exceptional.

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STARSHINE119 2/10/2010 12:47AM

    Great Blog and great job! Very inspiring. I'm definitely making a lifestyle change here. Good for you, keep up the good work!

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MSPENCE83 2/9/2010 11:56PM

  Great Job!!!

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MIATIA1 2/9/2010 11:10PM

    Your story gave me what I needed tonight Thank you so much for taking the time to write it. You are truly inspiring.
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GRACEISENUF 2/9/2010 11:00PM

    emoticon blog, awesome REAL life journey filled with hopes, struggles and VICTORY! THANKS! for sharing.

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NICOLEBA47 2/9/2010 10:58PM

    emoticon blog,
Keep up the good work!!!!
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WINTERPARKS33 2/9/2010 10:07PM

  Love your blog post. I will always choose a lifestyle change, it's for the better, for the long haul.

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READY2ROCK206 2/9/2010 10:06PM

    Thanks for sharing - congrats on all your success so far!

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MRSSASS2010 2/9/2010 9:45PM

    Bravo!

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 2/9/2010 9:45PM

    Awesome blog. I can't wait to look back two years from now. I am working at looking back at someone much larger than the one who will be doing the looking (convoluted, but hopefully you get the point :)).

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CERIUSLY 2/9/2010 9:43PM

    emoticon blog! Thanks for sharing your thoughts and your success. Reading your words inspires me. God bless you and your family!

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BEKKASHAY 2/9/2010 9:27PM

    Great job! I have alot of the same feelings! you are an inspiration! Continued success!!

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JESSICAP2010 2/9/2010 9:23PM

  keep up the great work :)

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MILLISMA 2/9/2010 8:16PM

    You are such an inspiration! Congratulations on the changes you've made in you life. Hope you reach your goal this year!

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EDELWEISS33 2/9/2010 7:46PM

    I believe it . lifestyle changes are the best way to go.

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LARAINE 2/9/2010 6:00PM

    Wow is all I can say and congrates on all your lifestyle changes and and a bright future!!

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MUGGLE_MOM 2/9/2010 5:31PM

    Congrats on such an amazing accomplishment.
I love this blog. You are incredibly motivating. I can't wait to read more. Thanks!

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NWFL59 2/9/2010 5:30PM

    Thanks for an interesting and poignant blog. Best wishes for continued success on your wellness journey. emoticon

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ZZYYGGY 2/9/2010 5:24PM

    Congradulations on all your successes, and may your reach your goals this year.

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SDPIERRO 2/9/2010 5:04PM

  Good luck with reaching your goals. Times may seem to be tough but keep at it and you will be rewarded in the end.

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LEXUSIASIS 2/9/2010 3:16PM

    Soon the only thing on you that will be consider oversize is the wonderful love and enjoyment you have created in your life. Thank you so much for sharing, it truly inspired me to keep at it.
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CATLADY52 2/9/2010 2:28PM

    You are super great! You can really tell it like it really is. No ifs, ands or buts.

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LISAGL1 2/9/2010 2:27PM

    I am inspired to take before and after photos. Thanks emoticon

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LATINANYC 2/9/2010 2:07PM

    Great blog! I can't wait to see some after shots of myself and see how much I've lost.

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JENNELIZA 2/9/2010 1:08PM

    Thank you for this blog post. Very inspiring - I appreciate your openness to share your feelings about this. I wonder at what point I will look at a picture and think that I look okay. I look forward to that day and I know it is coming!

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VPOLESKI 2/9/2010 1:03PM

    emoticon Thanks for an awesome Blog!!

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DCROCKETS 2/9/2010 12:38PM

    I love this blog! I too am ready for people to look at me and think. WOW that guy looks healthy! Thanks for keeping on each week. You are making my weight loss a lot easier. If you considered all of the pounds people have lost due to your inspiration, you would be astounded. There is no telling how many pounds you have "really" lost. Thanks again buddy.

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CHARITI1 2/9/2010 12:29PM

    This blog entry made my day! Congratulations on all your success!

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    Great Blog! emoticon emoticon

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AMYSTHDYTN 2/9/2010 12:05PM

    WOW! Thank you for your amazing story, very inspirational. Ironically, I have had the opposite feelings towards my pictures. I was fit until I got pregnant with my first child and put on 80 lbs, but always felt like the same person inside so in my mind I always pictured myself the way I looked pre pregnancy. When I see pictures now, it's a major reality check. I had to face the fact that I am obese and once I accepted that, I decided I needed to change it. I am new to this site but the support here is overwhelming. I have lost 15 lbs so far, about 60 to go. Once again, thanks for the inspiration & good luck in fulfilling your journey.

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5 pounds gone with the wind..a weigh in tale

Friday, February 05, 2010


This week's "official weigh in" for the blog does not offer up a new low weight BUT the old low weight hath return, upon stepping onto my scale this morning 322.2 flashed across the display the first time on, 321.8 the second and finally 322.0 so three hundred twenty two pounds is the weight for the week. Last week I was 327lbs so this is a 5 pound drop for the week but since its not a new low weight there shall be no what I have lost images, hopefully I can get a new low next Friday and finally get into the teens. This week I am going to attempt to get to the gym every day until next Friday and see what that gets me, I have gone every day since Monday of last week where I usually take a mid week day off I did not last week. I already spoke with da boss lady about trying to get a sitter for Saturday and Sunday so that we can go together and it looks like I will be able to go all week so I am looking forward to beating the twenties down into nothing.

Skin issues becoming more apparent, to me at least, I have made a decision to hit the weights a little harder to try and fill up some of the space that was formerly being used to house fat with some muscle. I have been lifting for a while now but nothing that I would call a really hardcore workout and I have really just been focusing on my chest/shoulders/biceps for the most part tossing in some leg movements here and there I want to write up a complete workout for myself that will get everything involved a bit more. My cardio is doing very well, on average I have been doing 20-25 minutes on a stationary bike followed by 20-30 minutes on a treadmill at variable inclines and speeds ranging from 3.5% grade to 13% grade and speeds range from 3.2mph tp 6.0 mph on running days and I sometimes hit the arc-trainer for 20 minutes or go back to the bike for a 2nd 20 minute ride so anywhere from 40 to 60 minutes of cardio per day.

Each day at the gym a spinning class starts just about when I arrive and I have been contemplating giving it a try because I focus so much on the bike while I am there anyways. As soon as it warms up a bit and more importantly the ice, snow and sand is off of the roads I am looking forward to getting back on my mountain bike and going for some rides and I figure a spin class could improve my stamina while on a bike. With all of the cardio that I do my endurance is improving and I am hoping that with the addition of some more serious weight lifting I can bulk up a bit and take care of some of the skin stuff that's just hanging around, literally in places.

A five pound drop for the week is great! the fact that I can do cardio an hour of cardio and feel awesome afterward is an amazing thing to me considering where I began with my 5 minute walk then rest plan. To say that I have changed my life for the better with the decision to get healthy is the understatement of the century and from the looks of it things just keep improving so as long as I do my part I am expecting good things. That's all I got for today so this episode of Fatman and Blobin is fini, keep on keepein on and all that and don't forget that H2O.

Until next time...

As Ever
Me

  
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CHAIBO 2/8/2010 8:13PM

    What an inspriation! Keep it up!

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JENNADAWG 2/8/2010 1:04PM

    Good job! I think Im gonna try spin class soon too. Just affraid of the little seat hurting my big butt ...LOL
Keep up the good work!

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AGGIE56 2/7/2010 8:28PM

    Great job!! I so proud of all you've accomplished!!! Congratulations!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUNNY89 2/7/2010 6:44AM

    Way to go.

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DENACARPER 2/6/2010 8:45PM

    Way to go - you are doing terrific. Can't wait until you hit the "new low". keep up the great work!

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LADYSNOWFALL 2/6/2010 4:52PM

    I love that you stay so focused no matter how your week has been. That you're not giving up and that you continue to trudge forward, even if you've had to pick yourself up by your boot straps.

Thanks for writing this blog and inspiring others.

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DCROCKETS 2/6/2010 12:17AM

    I needed your example of detmination righ now more than any time since I have started. I haven't been able to exercise all week, and while I haven't gone over my calories I still feel discouraged. Afraid the scale won't move. Glad to see you bounce back. I don't feel like the Lone Ranger now and you have given me motivation to try harder next week. Thanks man.

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CHANGEDIN09 2/5/2010 10:41PM

    WOW I am impressed. Great inspirational story on your page. I think you will love spinning...men seem to like it as much as women . It's a great workout.

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MOONLITCHELLE 2/5/2010 7:00PM

    emoticonCongratulations on the 5 pounds..
But more importantly on looking back at how far you've come! From a five minute walk to an hour long cardio session is HUGE!
You're moving mountains, my dear.
And you're doin' it in style! Give spinning class a 'whirl'!!! You might really like it!

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CHARGER25 2/5/2010 4:44PM

    I will reluctantly admit that I have started "spinning".....if you want some insight to the experience, check out my recent blog....

It is a a$$ kicking workout...!

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_RAMONA 2/5/2010 2:46PM

    Way to go, Tony!

With respect to a weight routine, have you looked at 'New Rules of Lifting' by Lou Schuler and Alwyn Cosgrove (amazing man... overcame so very much in his life)? I'm just starting to use 'New Rules of Lifting for Women' by the same, and I think both books are awesome. What I like best is that the workout and progression is outlined for a full six months. I don't know how much you know about the whole thing (I knew very little) and I like that it takes all of the guesswork out of it for me while teaching me how to evalute for myself how to best personalize the whole thing. The other thing that I like is that they are all about faster better results with less time spent lifting. That works for my life... kids and all!

Hae a great weekend!

As ever,
Me, too



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OSUBUCKI101 2/5/2010 1:45PM

    You will love spinning especially if you get a great instructor that plays some rocking music. I close my eyes and imagine myself outside on the bikepath or country roads. Plus you will meet new people - I find the spinners create great camaraderie and sometimes I go just to see my friends. You won't regret it at all!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 2/5/2010 12:33PM

    Yes, try the spinning.

It is the most calories I've ever managed to burn in an hour. And the time goes by really fast.

Since you've been spending time on a bike anyway your butt is probably inured to the seats, but if it's painful, I highly recommend a gel seat cover or gel-padded bike shorts. (I recommend bike shorts anyway, just for general comfort.)

When you get really hooked you can get the shoes with SPD cleats, which makes it even more enjoyable. LOL

And yeah, a good lifting regime, either by doing a Body Pump class, or working with a personal trainer (I've done both) is really helpful for filling up loose skin... On my business trip last month I visited several gyms and unlike my usual dungeon-like workout spots, they had mirrors. I was pleased to see that I was actually more cut in the upper body than most of the instructors, even! hehehe (That's what 19% body fat will getcha, I guess...)
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Keep on rockin' it!

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CRIS76 2/5/2010 12:27PM

    WOW - great job on the lost 5. I think spinning would be fun!

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-JENSSPARK- 2/5/2010 12:23PM

    Woohoo! Let me know how spinning goes. I have been seriously thinking about it, but have been a bit scared.

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MEGAMITENCHI 2/5/2010 12:16PM

    Whew, that's a big number for one whole week!!! Go you!!!!! And a great track record for the week going to the gym! I like that the Boss Lady goes with you too, as a Boss Lady myself, it makes me smile ^_^ Keep it up and before you know it, the 20's will be gone and over with, yay!!!!!!!!!

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HAPPYSOUL91 2/5/2010 12:04PM

    You are a winner in my books. Your determination and drive are awesome

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DDOORN 2/5/2010 12:04PM

    Woo HOO to your 5#!!

I'd LOVE to give Spinning a whirl...! If only I could shoehorn the time & $$$ to do it...perhaps someday?

Don

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DDOORN 2/5/2010 12:04PM

    Woo HOO to your 5#!!

I'd LOVE to give Spinning a whirl...! If only I could shoehorn the time & $$$ to do it...perhaps someday?

Don

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NEWYORKORCHIDS 2/5/2010 11:43AM

  Amazing! My husband had a problem with sagging skin when he lost over 100 lbs, so I can only imagine what you are going through. Unfortunatley, for him, his only option was to have it removed (although, he didn't do very much strength training until the tail end of his weight loss).

Cheers to you and may next week's weigh-in be even better (because, I'm not going to lie, I like the pictures and your enthusiam).

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THECOOLESTSARAH 2/5/2010 11:14AM

    I saw someone else mentioned getting a training session. It might be a good idea! Or just start lifting heavy - sounds like you know what to do!

Way to rock the weight loss this week! I also had to do damage control this week, so maybe we'll both get the goods next week :) xoxo

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1SWEDEGIRL 2/5/2010 11:03AM

    Spinning is great. Just a pool of sweat under your bike at the end of class. I recommend buying a padded seat cover. Your bum will hurt after the first class. Keep up the good work!

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LIMELITESHINES 2/5/2010 11:00AM

    I'd definitely say go for the spinning class. It's hard core, it's fun . . and you can tailor it to your own level . . . so I really think you'll like it! :)

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WENDYSPARKS 2/5/2010 10:44AM

    You are doing GREAT!!!

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SHRNGRD 2/5/2010 10:28AM

    Yeaayyy! *mental high five* Have fun in the spinning class. I did one and it DEFINATLY gives you a good work out! I just had a hard time sitting on that tiny seat on the bike! LOL! Owwwiiee! LOL! So I just do my eliptical etc...
You are doing an amazing job! Keep up the AWESOME work dude!

Sharon :o)

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 2/5/2010 10:27AM

    Does your gym have trainers or is it just a place for equipment? It might be worthwhile to get a session with one of them for a series of suggestions or to review what you have put together.

Big kudos on the drop. Can't wait to hear about the teens.

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SUSIEMT 2/5/2010 10:26AM

    Good for you. I like how you are so determined you want to kick it up a notch. Way to go!

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TSWARTHOUT 2/5/2010 10:15AM

    WTG on losing 5lbs and making a plan to draw up a full body workout. I need to do this.

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Even thought the 5 pounds brought you back down from before, you still deserve the "way to go." Every pound lost or re-lost is still lots of hard work. I say try the spinning class and if you can with a friend that would be even more awesome! I think it's about time you sit down and get a full body strength training plan you want to do. Break it up as you may choose, but I think you will benefit from it as a whole. "Just b/c you don't see your abs doesn't mean they are not there." I heard that on one of my workout DVDs and it has always stuck with me. So get your core, triceps, back, legs, the 3 muscles of your shoulders (along with everything you have been doing) as well and you will be looking SMOKIN' by the summer! Yeah I said smokin'!!!


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PUMPKINFACE73 2/5/2010 9:18AM

    Hey U...way to go on the 5 pounds!
I been thinking about spin class too, I sooo miss my bike....maybe we can try one together one night....let me know...

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CAROLYN1213 2/5/2010 9:15AM

    Way to go Botzzz!! A five pound loss in a week! I'm still being taunted by this silly pound that is keeping me from hitting my milestone of being under 200. I know it sounds lame, but I have not had a problem consistently dropping at least 2 lbs. a week since June. But this pounds is really sticking. I am inspired by your progress! Keep up the good work! You will be in the teens next week!

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LADYAMETHEST 2/5/2010 9:13AM

    Your doing a wonderful job! Spinning class could be fun I have though that myself. emoticon

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JBMT08 2/5/2010 9:11AM

    Botzz, you are well on your way to dropping into the teens!!!!! I cant wait for you to touch the two hundreds, which at your pace could possibly be in the next few months!! emoticon

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 2/5/2010 9:10AM

    emoticon on the 5lbs weight loss! That's simply amazing.

I love your outline of your workout at the gym as I have just recently joined and experimenting with what I can or should do. Having a personal trainer (for 12 sessions) is really helping!

Keep up the great work!

Helene

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2BEEFIT 2/5/2010 9:07AM

    it is amazing what working out can do for you. Your body, getting stronger and stronger.

I was up to 5 miles a day, and then I quit. I have no idea why. I stopped, blew off a day, and then before you know it, it has been 8 mo. I return to my tread and to my surprise, 20 minutes in I am done for.

I can not believe I let myself slip, but now I am back up to 45 min. and I feel great. I will get my 5 miles in before too long. I KNOW I CAN DO IT. I AM DOING IT. I AM NOT TRYING ANY LONGER. I AM DOING!

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ASHARON 2/5/2010 9:02AM

    Good going for you! You are doing an amazing job. I agree you might enjoy the Spin Class. I have tried a couple of new things and some I liked and some are not for me.
Sharon

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DACIUS 2/5/2010 9:00AM

    I can only imagine the skin issues you have. Because I have quite a few and you have lost double the weight I have. I am also attempting to fill the void with some good ol'fashion fibers. But I know my belly will never get THAT much muscle. it would be just plain out strange. LOL!!!


Keep it up man. great loss this week. Let me know how you manage the leg workouts. I struggle with lifting for my legs, because it knocks my cardio off for a few days.

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LAURIE5658 2/5/2010 8:57AM

    You know, Botzzz, if you keep this up you will one day leave 300's-ville FOREVER! Now THAT is an exciting thought to ponder, isn't it???!!!

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JGOODING2 2/5/2010 8:55AM

  Sounds like you are doing a great job at keeping motivated to get the weight off. You should try the spin class. Hey, if you don't like it after the class, you can make the choice to do something else next time. Don't be afraid to try something new, you may be suprised and like it. Have a good week-end and stay focused on your goal.

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Simple truth.

Thursday, February 04, 2010


Negativity breeds more of the same and this is the thorn in the side of weight loss, until that thorn is pulled out and we begin to look at our health or lack there of for what it is the fat wins and on we waddle down the road. I see people beating themselves up for not being able to reach a goal or keep weight off and truth be told as long as we make the best choices possible and honestly look at what we are doing weight loss really isn't that monster in the dark that so many of believe it is. After years of "trying" to lose weight what I have learned in the past 2 years is best said by Yoda "You must un-learn what you have learned, try not, do..or do not, there is no try" though good old Yoda was talking about the force it does stand as a true statement in my eyes for us not in the world of Star wars. Start out strong and have in the back of your mind that you will fail and guess what? ultimately you will fail, at whatever the task is, something that I have learned since starting down this path is that weight loss is more of a mental game than anything else. Wrap your head around the concept that this is how life will be lived from now until forever and its an easy thing to accept, its when you start looking at it as less than how life goes when people fail, not a hard concept.



I have changed my life in the past 2 years after years of being "the fat kid" all of my life and then leveling off at a robust weight for many years I was hurt and gained a lot of my 534 pounds. I hit a point where it was too much for me and my family and made the decision to do something about it and I did it, I did not talk about it, I did not say that I would try. My wife brought me that HUGE cup of morning coffee like every other morning in a string of bad mornings and I told her that I was done with all of that and it was time to start doing instead of trying. I know people that have tried to lose weight for years and I have watched them drop weight and then yo yo right back up again and this cycle is how they have lived for as long as I have known them, this is not how it works. I have attempted to drop weight before with varying results mostly made up of failed attempts and the difference from then until now is the fact that a decision was made this time around and that's that.

Don't lose weight because I am, don't do it because someone else wants you to do it, you have to do it for yourself and your own reasons first and this means putting your needs ahead of other peoples needs at least for a while until some habits are formed. Focus on the negative side of weight loss and all we would have to talk about is non fitting over priced clothing, breathing heavy from a trip to the toilet, Lots of thinking about exploding hearts, 5 feet long belts, greasy fingers covered in synthetic cheese dust and how fun it is to not be able to go to the movies at 500 pounds. Fat people already know all this $hit and if we keep crying over the spilled milk on the counter instead of just wiping it up soon it will curdle, stink and be a bigger mess than it already is, instead I say get off your ass and walk if its all you can do, eat clean, drink water instead of sugar laced carbonated drinks and stop all of the complaining, it doesn't look good on you.

The moral of this little tale? don't worry about what cannot be done but what CAN be done and then execute and like Nike, just do it and leave the negativity out. The same situation can be seen by two individuals in completely different light, its like the two guys that work in the same office with a strict dress code and the one fella looks at it as "I have to get all dressed up in this monkey suit and tie to walk around with people that I play softball with on the weekends just so I can talk to people on the phone? blah I want my tee shirt and jeans! this is stupid" followed by the other guys opinion which is "This is great! I get to dress my best and walk around feeling like a million bucks in my silk tie all day! and I get paid for it?!" its all how we look at it. I see my weight loss program as "This is awesome! I get to eat fresh food that was prepared by me and drink as much tea as I want to! AND I get to workout and get that post workout high every day??!" as opposed to "I wish I could just strap this feed bag full of chicken mcnuggets to my face and drink a gallon of pepsi so that I don't have to get up from my couch and playstation!" yeah that second guy weighed 534 pounds and sat out of lots of things that he probably shouldn't have and I am choosing to not miss out on anything else.

What will you choose?

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BROWNIE223 2/12/2010 4:59PM

    Your blogs are great!

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HBAKER99 2/12/2010 12:59PM

  I couldn't agree more!! Negative energy breeds more Negative energy. Once I stopped thinking about what everyone else thought and how everyone was going to feel and started focusing on myself. Have lost over 110 pounds I can say with out hesitation that if you can get over that hurdle there will always be others, but that one is the biggest. How you overcome that one with dictate and assist you with dealing with the others as they present themselves. Best entry I have read all day!! Thank you! emoticon

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SHERPARE 2/10/2010 1:34PM

    Thanx!!!

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ONEREMEDY 2/9/2010 1:34PM

    Really enjoyed your blog! Totally get the unlearning...and re-learning...and I love Yoda's quote! Someone told me that a long time ago...and I had forgotten that either we do it or we don't! I want to live a long time and working in the Health Care field...in Weight Loss and not committing myself completely to becoming healthy has really kicked my butt lately! Who wants to take a look at themselves, after all..look at all the other people I help! It's all about the action!! Thanks for the reminder...I really needed it today!!

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SEVENKITTY 2/8/2010 8:33PM

  Great blog...thanks!

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FAHNZMOM 2/8/2010 7:57PM

    What you say is so true. Attitude is everything. If you have a good attitude anything is possible. Having people around who have negative attitudes can really bring me down. Great post thanks so much so sharing. emoticon

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SCRAPPYLADYV 2/8/2010 6:01PM

    Thank you!! You are right so many times before I started but failure was in the back of my mind. This time I am not going to try, I am going to do. Failure is not an option. I choose to live life to it's fullest instead of sitting on the sidelines letting everyone else have all the fun. I choose to be active and healthy.

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LADY_KATHY 2/8/2010 2:08PM

    I choose the positive... my glass is half full... not half empty. I look ahead to what can be.. not what was. : )

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FROSTIERACES 2/8/2010 10:54AM

    Great blog! Found it on the most voted blogs and I'm really glad I took time to read it! I agree so much...especially with- you must un-learn what you have learned - bad habits can really take over if you're not taking time to realize this and be willing to work hard to change! Thanks so much for the motivation! Have a wonderful day!!

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JCORYCMA 2/8/2010 12:07AM

    I'm so happy that I effected change in my life before the consequences of being fat caused too much damage to my health! Before I was too old to care about looking cuter. Before my self esteem was so low that I couldn't find the self love I needed to make myself a priority. Before I had no energy left anymore to keep up with my beautiful young grandkids. And the list goes on and on...
Thanks for reminding us -- you can choose to be a glass half empty kind of person or you can be thankful that it's half full! I choose the latter!
Joanne

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DOUBLERN 2/7/2010 9:56PM

  I'm just doing it, I just started recently but I got tired of the talk and put myself into action. Thanks for keeping me focused.

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AMBULATOR 2/7/2010 3:30PM

    Nice entry.

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STARRTWINKLES 2/7/2010 1:31PM

    Great Blog keep them coming God bless Starr

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CRUZIN2LOSE 2/7/2010 12:17PM

    Thanks for the "gentle" reminder! I am so glad you had the guts to lay it all on the line and "Just Do It"... for you and for all of us SP! Keep up the positive attitude and great work! emoticon

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SUNRISE14 2/6/2010 6:52PM

    Lot of good things in this article!

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NEW_HUSKER_MAMA 2/6/2010 6:38PM

    Awesome advice! Thanks!

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SPEECHEE89 2/6/2010 4:45PM

    The Force is strong in this One.



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RUNDANCESMILE 2/6/2010 2:17PM

    Thanks for the kick. I am in need of some motivation in my life. Good luck to you

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CDGOLDILOCKS 2/6/2010 12:40PM

    This is why yoda has always been my hero. The message is simple but true.

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KIN59VARA 2/6/2010 12:27PM

    THanks for the advice.

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CHANGEDIN09 2/6/2010 9:14AM

    WOW great post and SO TRUE. Just do it sums it up for me. So many days it would be easier to stay on the couch..it's cold outside after all. But once I start working out it feels SO good I keep going. I feel incredible when I'm finished. I never regret working out but I ALWAYS regret not working out. thanks for the motivation and congrats to you on your success!!!

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KIMTHIN3 2/6/2010 6:44AM

  My gosh! This was a real wake up call! Thank you so much for this blog. This was so true and easy to understand the way that you worded things, thank u!

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PINKYPOOS 2/6/2010 4:54AM

    I couldn't agree more - I love that quote and actually have a bangle that says "Do or do not - there is not try" Glad that you too realise this is a mental game and self belief is all we need :-)

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SPARKLINGDAWN 2/6/2010 2:54AM

    May the force be with you emoticon
Thank you for the wise words

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BBAD412 2/6/2010 12:32AM

    Great blog and so true!

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TREBLE02 2/6/2010 12:04AM

    Love this blog! :) HIGH FIVE to making choices...for you! congrats on all the success!

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JODIWHITE19 2/5/2010 11:27PM

    emoticon Great blog!! I emoticonYoda!! emoticon

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CEILIE2 2/5/2010 10:36PM

    Thank you that was/is emoticon

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KAYAKMOMSDA 2/5/2010 10:04PM

    Okay...everything you said is what I was trying to say to my sister this morning when I was telling her about SP. I feel different...I am thinking different! Reading blogs from others (and even reading my own) have done something. I'm not looking for a magic pill or diet. I joined Jan. 11th and am listening to my Yoda voice instead of my cravings...not every day...sometimes Yoda gets drowned out by the sound of me munching but instead of defeat, I hear "are you done eating...now let's go work that off"

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SWOMIC 2/5/2010 9:48PM

    Thanks for the positive talk & attitude.

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SEAGLASSQUEEN 2/5/2010 8:03PM

    Just do ...results will follow
Being at peace with myself is the payoff for living a healthy life! Loving myself enough to care is how my journey began and continues.

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SENORAHACHE 2/5/2010 8:00PM

    RIGHT ON! emoticon

I loved reading every bit of your entry! It's nice to hear about the weight loss experience from the masculine side of the gene pool for a change!

Thanks, Jedimaster! I'll keep doing...
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DIDMIS 2/5/2010 7:19PM

    We need to be affirmative in every aspect of our lives. I liked your blog. Keep up the good work.

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CALJADA 2/5/2010 7:09PM

    liked it alot

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LCORTEZ7 2/5/2010 6:34PM

    Excellent blog - just what I needed to hear today. One day at a time....... emoticon

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WORKTHEGOAL 2/5/2010 6:08PM

    An excellent blog.............. we all know this to be true, but why does it take somebody else' honesty and straight talking to get it to sink in!

Thanks for such a worthwile read.

M x

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NWFL59 2/5/2010 5:57PM

    Thanks for your frankness. I came to similar conculsions and am implementing them now and feel much better for doing so. Best wishes for continued success along your wellness journey.

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ANDASI 2/5/2010 4:36PM

    I really love youre to the point attitude because it is the absolute truth no and ifs or buts about it . I looked through youre pics and tears came in to my eyes.

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KRISSDUNN 2/5/2010 4:11PM

    Excellent, excellent message. Straight talk that inspires from someone who has been there. Thank you!

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BAREADER 2/5/2010 3:39PM

    I LOVE this blog! Straight talk from someone who knows and can tell it like it is because you have been there.

Yeah, I see it that way too, you make a decision and you carry it though. This has been a great experience for me, the idea that I am being "healthy" not just trying to lose pounds, which never works for long. I enjoy my healthy active life, it is wonderful and I have a lot more fun.

Thanks for another great "straight talk" blog!

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REBAG64 2/5/2010 2:55PM

    Awesome blog...I like those that get straight to the point!! Positive affirmations are awesome!.......Thanks for this posting,was an awesome read

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DESERTFLOWERG 2/5/2010 2:07PM

    I've long been a fan of the Nike slogan and use it on myself whenever excuses and fear are getting in my way. Just do it!

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    Awesome blog! such honesty emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MYLIDDLEDALLAS 2/5/2010 12:54PM

    Thank you so much for just telling it like it is. I look forward to your bit of "kick a$$" attitude and it helps me to stop whining, complaining, and to just do it! emoticon

At the end of the day it boils down to only one person doing the work, me. I either learn to embrace it, or whine about it. Let me tell you, the latter part hasn't helped me do anything, so it's time to just embrace it and get my a$$ off the couch.

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FRANKIEKNIGHT1 2/5/2010 12:36PM

    I liked your honesty about weigh lose and failer. I don't look at my life changes as a weight lose plan but a healthy living plan.

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LIVING4NOW 2/5/2010 12:32PM

  Just started the program, your blog is so encouraging, thanks for the honesty.

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MEAGANNAOMI 2/5/2010 12:06PM

    "Don't lose weight because I am, don't do it because someone else wants you to do it, you have to do it for yourself and your own reasons first and this means putting your needs ahead of other peoples needs at least for a while until some habits are formed."

*Cheers* Too true!!

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ELISAJANE1 2/5/2010 11:50AM

    My favorite quote "Just do it". Great blog!

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You ain't got the balls son.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010


If you are going to try and lose weight, especially from a hyper obese state (yeah I just said hyper obese) You have to do it with everything that you have inside of yourself, if you don't you are just kidding yourself because there are no halfhearted attempts with success. Walking for 5 minutes is all that some of us can do at first yet pride stops us from doing it, somehow pulling back into our shells and hiding from the world is a better option and to that I say bull$hit. I can only now say it so strongly just how bull$hit being that way is because I powered past the self pity and decided that I did not care what anyone else might say or think of the 500 pound guy waddling around the block, every day I got dressed and I did it until I was the 400 pound guy and with every pound I was able to do more and the weight keeps dropping off. I don't give a $hit about what the next guy can do, I have to care about what I can do and more importantly perhaps what I cannot do because of the fat that was and is hanging off of my bones and keep that in mind with every step taken towards better health and the end game result that I am looking for.



Joining a gym was huge for me, I was scared of what the next person might say or think about what I was doing or not doing and I honestly thought it was going to be an all eyes on me thing but to my surprise it wasn't. Nobody cared what I was doing and I couldn't care less what any of them are doing because its me that I am there for. I sing out loud from time to time at the gym and I don't care, I cannot do a pull up yet, notice that I said yet because I will do a pull up before I am done and it will be the first one of my life when I get there but I will in fact do it. There is no one that will stop me because I need to complete what I have started and I am in the opinion that anyone can do what I have with nothing more than a decision. Doing what is right for our health is easier than not doing anything about it and ending up having diabetes, to be carried out of your home through a hole in the wall cut by the fire department, bad knees, sore backs, heart problems, a bitter disposition and tons of smaller problems that are with us on a day to day.

Deciding that living is a better idea than slowly killing yourself with a lack of care for the most important and basic item in your life is something that all people who are over weight should look at closely. If we don't take care of us the rest of whats left really doesn't matter so much because without our health we miss out on the most elementary of things. Without our health what do we have? sure we can live and have a life but is it the life that we want? does anyone really want to gasp for air because they had to walk to the bathroom? I think not.

I use to care what someone else might think of me as I huffed and puffed around attempting to get healthier, I hid in my house on my stationary bike for the longest time and honestly it did serve its purpose but I am at a point that if someone doesn't like what they see that's on them. I will get where I am going and there is no one that will stop me, something clicked at the gym a few days ago as I sat on a leverage shoulder press machine listening to my mp3 player and I have been a zone since then. Taking a line from Phil Anselmo "I live it every day, While youíre mindís far away, Iím out here putting pride on the line And you case on me with pure respect, One chance at one thing, Hard time is coming, My time, your pain I reign on you" is the place where my head is right now, water is wet, ice is cold I am going to get where I need to go, all of these things are facts.

If you are contemplating starting a better health/weight loss program do yourself a favor and stop thinking about it and start with the doing because at the end of the day when we look into that mirror the person staring back is the one responsible for everything that we do.

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FLYINGTIGER 2/11/2010 7:14PM

    I read this blog a few days ago, when I first started using SparkPeople. And I've recounted it to friends many times. The people I really admire are the people who accomplished something, sometimes against great odds. The Saints just tied the record for a SuperBowl comeback win after being 10 points down... which makes it all the more awesome! So, BOTZZZ, you have inspired me with your focus and pragmatism. As American Naval Hero John Paul Jones said, "Damn the torpedos! Full speed ahead!" ...meaning "Just Do It!" YOU HAVE, AGAINST GREAT ODDS! Awesome! Inspiring! I'm right behind you. emoticon

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BUNNABABY 2/10/2010 2:33PM

    Great Blog, and thank you for the kick in the pants I needed this morning. emoticon I copied your last paragraph and am pasting it to my bathroom mirror.

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PSILER 2/9/2010 7:32PM

    Great blog. Good inspiration. I, too, have hidden from others and felt very uncomfortable at the gym. It takes a lot of guts to keep going sometimes. This program has given me more inspiration than I have had in years. We are all here because we have decided to live. Thanks.

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PUCKYGIRL 2/9/2010 7:23PM

    I read this blog and it really hit home. I started going to the gym at 5:30 in the morning so no one would see me. Now a year later I still go at that time but there are about three others that come at this time. And man there is this guy that comes in (owners son) and he is a complete a$s to me when I am working out. There is nothing I can do right. I am either lifting weights wrong, I can't run on the treadmill right, I can swing my hands right when I walk fast. I can't ride the recumbent bike right or the stationery bike right. And it takes a lot of the momentum from what I am doing. I have to almost beat myself up to get to the gym in the mornings. But if I don't go in the mornings with my life schedule I will never get there. I really try not to worry what he says because I know how far I come but it still hurts down deep inside.

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AMYSTHDYTN 2/9/2010 12:10PM

    You are soooo inspiring. Thank you!

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ADY1220 2/8/2010 3:02PM

  WOW...I'm going to repeat that line to myself everyday!
Deciding that living is a better idea than slowly killing yourself with a lack of care
that is so me! Thanks love it! emoticon

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VEMAN1 2/8/2010 1:35PM

    Mucho fantastico!

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CHGOJMG 2/8/2010 12:33PM

    Thanks for posting this. A lot of people forget that the same people they are afraid of are the people who started out just as unhealthy as the other guy or gal.

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EAGLE101 2/8/2010 7:27AM

    Often, the act of vocalizing a concern helps to overcome! You've said what many of us feel. Thanks for sharing.

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PEG2430 2/8/2010 5:57AM

    Great Blog! Have felt the same way. My own mind can defeat me before I ever act if if let it.!
Thanks for the encouragement!

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MONKEYPOOH 2/8/2010 5:56AM

    I really, really lke your attitude. Great BLOG.

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MONKEYPOOH 2/8/2010 5:54AM

    I really, really lke your attitude. Great BLOG.

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MONKEYPOOH 2/8/2010 5:54AM

    I really, really lke your attitude. Great BLOG.

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AGGIE56 2/7/2010 8:25PM

    I really appreciate your thoughts about not worrying about what people are thinking about us. I figured out awhile ago that I was placing way too much importance on what I thought other people were thinking of me at any time of the day. I think that people are so involved in their own lives, that paying attention to someone else is too much effort for them. We all need to focus on our own efforts and make the most of everyday!!

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MRDPOLING 2/7/2010 7:29PM

    Holy cow I needed to read this sooo much! Thank you!

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TXLIZWOLF 2/7/2010 7:19PM

    You made me realize how much I have changed while starting on my weightloss journey. I, too used to care what people thought. Don't know if it is old age catching up or deciding that this is what I want to do... but I don't care anymore.

Thanks for a great blog.

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KAT7457 2/7/2010 7:03PM

    very awesome blog and well put. keep going strong.

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DJS-DEBBIE 2/7/2010 6:59PM

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 2/7/2010 6:56PM

    Great blog. What an inspiration you are!!! Keep up the great work. I love your attitude...so glad you aren't worried about what anyone else thinks!!!
Blessings and hugs,
Helen

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SGTSUNNY 2/7/2010 5:47PM

    You have an awesome attitude! I have no doubt you will succeed in whatever you undertake!

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STARRTWINKLES 2/7/2010 2:02PM

    emoticonblog God bless Starr

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DEBSTONE1 2/7/2010 11:39AM

  you've said it like it is. The one responsible for how you look and feel is the one who is staring back at you in the mirror. This is inspirational to me and I'm off and away to do my 45 mins on the treadmill. thanks for these words of inspiration. emoticon

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TCIGIRL 2/6/2010 2:52PM

    What a great outlook! Awesome! emoticon

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BORN2BMORE 2/6/2010 1:01PM

    Awesome blog and spot on with the way I feel *this time* which is the last time because I get it this time! Thanks for sharing!!

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PURPLEBRAIDS 2/6/2010 12:06PM

    Good stuff! Keep up the great work!

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VEGGIEBETH1 2/6/2010 8:58AM

    Love your blog, it was very heart warming. Rock On!!!!

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KRISTENPA 2/5/2010 7:34PM

    Loved your blog. You have a great outlook and I found your blog to be an inspiration!!!

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AKRONSASSENACH 2/5/2010 6:02PM

  "....decided that I did not care what anyone else might say or think of the 500 pound guy waddling around the block, every day I got dressed and I did it until I was the 400 pound guy and with every pound I was able to do more and the weight keeps dropping off."

This statement is TRULY inspiration to KEEP GOING and KEEP TRYING, no matter what your current weight is. You keep going, you're gonna be that guy who encourages others, too...who is mature and has taken responsibility for yourself and knows how to hold others in high esteem no matter what their circumstances.
Congratulations on ignoring the type of lowlife, immature idiots who stare/make fun of others. They really need to grow the hell up anyway and aren't even worth you thinking about at all. YOU are the one who is on this journey and YOU have much to be proud of.

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DEB945 2/5/2010 5:55PM

    Great Blog- love your attitude emoticon

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MSPADES 2/5/2010 5:55PM

  Cool blog post. Good attitude- something that I need right now to start my journey (once again).

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BAREADER 2/5/2010 4:04PM

    Totally cool.

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SMILINDI 2/5/2010 1:07PM

    Ohhhh YEAHHHH YOU SOOOO KNOW IT!!! EXCELLENT BLOG~YEAHHHHH!!! Once upon a time when I weighed 365 lbs. hardly a soul ever saw me. If they did it was ONLY IN MY CAR! There came a day I had to roll off the sofa(literally), and started using Richard Simmons Dancin' to the Oldies videos. Added to that collection through the years, mailed letters back and forth to and from him, and have come a long way baby! He was a great pen pal, truly inspirational HELPING ME ALONG THIS WEIGHTLOSS JOURNEY.

Today my gratefulness is soul deep to myself for never giving up. That is actually the name of a book Richard Simmons Wrote,"NEVER GIVE UP." It was like a bible to me, keeping me focused, dedicated, and determined. HOORAY!!!! I'M WINNING, AND SO ARE YOUUUUUU!!!

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LEOLO_1 2/5/2010 12:42PM

    Fantastic attitude... rock on!

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LIVING4NOW 2/5/2010 12:36PM

  This blog made me cry, in a good way. Thanks for sharing your strength and truth in words. emoticon

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-JENSSPARK- 2/5/2010 12:26PM

    Another awesome blog!

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KELLEY106 2/5/2010 11:02AM

    Way to go. You inspire me

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LIZZYMITCH 2/5/2010 11:00AM

    Thanks for the blog!
Your determination is inspiring =)


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RAINDROP2000 2/5/2010 8:57AM

    AWESOME!!!! Thansk a LOT!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MARCYNA 2/5/2010 6:46AM

    I just love your blog, pride & fear of failing kept me away from so many good things and now I'm determined to change, after skiing all day yesterday I was so proud of myself emoticon

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CHICAT63 2/5/2010 6:36AM

    Excellent blog, you are so right in the "who cares" attitude afterall YOU are the one doing the work. You're totally in the zone. Have a great weekend, Josťe

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BUFFYFAN85 2/5/2010 6:21AM

    Marvelously put. Keep up the great work.

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TELLITFORWARD 2/4/2010 11:59PM

  Now, if you can blog about how you can lose weight while gaming, my son might pay attention. He isn't where you are, but not losing any of the 80 or more that are needed. I will not be a nagging mom, but do send things on to him.
Be proud of yourself!

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STRAPPED_182 2/4/2010 10:39PM

    oh dr. phil. what if phil anselmo was dr. phil? great blog! theres a lot to be said for the places our minds take us when under the influence of music and exercise.

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STRAPPED_182 2/4/2010 10:39PM

    oh dr. phil. what if phil anselmo was dr. phil? great blog! theres a lot to be said for the places our minds take us when under the influence of music and exercise.

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WHYNOTROCKIT 2/4/2010 10:34PM

    Thanks for sharing this with all of us.

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NJAHAN01 2/4/2010 10:18PM

    This is an awesome blog! I am also aiming to one day be able to do a pull up. I've never been able to do it, but when I do, I know I will have finally concurred it all.

You are an inspiration. Thanks for sharing blog.

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NICOLEBA47 2/4/2010 10:13PM

    emoticon blog
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KRITTERKEEPERS 2/4/2010 9:55PM

    Good for you! We have to get past worrying what other people think (most of them don't) and get on with what is important in life. Awesome blog!
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FLORIDASURVEYOR 2/4/2010 9:09PM

    Thanks or the kick. I too am losing a large amount of weight...you gotta make it an everyday habit and do what you have to do to ge there...no matter what anyone thinks. When you reach your goal it has to be to satisfy you first...the others will respect you because you did not give up!

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TINYC887 2/4/2010 9:07PM

    woowhoo great blog. i wouldnt go to the gym for awhile after i lost some weight. i still get self conscience but i go for me, not them

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