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Low calorie weekend meals, and some choices.

Sunday, February 14, 2010


Things is things and my weekend is progressing nicely, Valentines day is upon us and another Hallmark Holiday will have bitten the dust in some hours. I did not really do well while in New York with the food and hydration, oh the sleep and exercise lacked somewhat as well but I am back home and immediately straight back to the program. I did go over my calories by about 100 because of a late night snack of a fiber one bar but its nothing that I am worried about at all. I say that exercise suffered but I did get two roughly hour long walks in while in the city and with all of the hurry up and wait at the show I suppose I wasn't stationary all that much but it wasn't what I would call a workout so there you have that.

I thought that I would snap a couple pictures of my lunch and dinner from yesterday and post them up to demonstrate that fairly large meals could be had for minimal calories and maximum impact on hunger. I did not however take a picture of my breakfast as we all know what a bowl of cereal looks like and that is a typical breakfast for me, either cold cereal or some steel cut oats. Lunch was a chicken wrap that I made with left over teriyaki chicken that I had grilled out on our gas grill Friday, I love grilling in 18 degree weather. The wrap had 4oz of grilled chicken with a sesame teriyaki sauce on it, some chopped lettuce and a couple cherry tomatoes sliced in half on a 100 calorie whole grain wrap and a shake of black pepper, simple right? I did have a dill pickle spear and my obligatory giant glass of green tea with this as well and the entire lunch hit the spot perfectly and for only 285 calories, have a look.


285 total calories for this plate, and thats a full size dinner plate.

For dinner I forgot to take something out of the freezer so I asked wify if breakfast for dinner would be ok with her and of course she loved that idea and I started in on some pancakes for the kids while she started breaking eggs. I had an omelet which was 4 egg whites, 1 whole egg, chopped onions, red bell peppers, jalapeno, tomato, 1/2 oz turkey pepperoni and 1oz of sharp cheddar cheese. With the omelet I had a multigrain english muffin a dill pickle chopped up and 4 slices of turkey bacon and let me tell ya wify can cook a mean omelet! The entire meal was 565 calories and of course once again that big ol glass of green tea on the side to wash it all down.


565 total calories for this plate of deliciousness.

Today I am planning on making some panko breaded Haddock fillets for dinner with roasted red potatoes and garlic and Parmesan green beans on the side and I will try to get a shot of that to post up later. I am going to focus on food for a while and try to get the biggest bang for my calorie buck with every meal, not that I haven't done this all along but lately I feel like I am settling for fast meals over quality meals that take a little more time to prepare, not that either of the meals above were fast or not good.

We are planning on taking the kids out later today for some Sundaes because of Valentines day and I will be passing on one of my own and having a glass of tea instead. I am unsure if making it to the gym is in my near future for today but I will attempt to make it at some point but if I don't I am not too worried about it and will be back in the full swing of things again come Monday, I missed going on Wednesday and Thursday because of going to the Dr. Oz show but I am ok with that.

They are our choices to make and our choices dictate where we will ultimately end up and that goes for health, wellness and just about every aspect of our daily lives, Lets make the best choices that we can.

Thats all I got for today I hope everyone enjoys the weekend.

Fini

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DCROCKETS 2/16/2010 12:27PM

    We do wraps quite a bit. Going to do the omelettes too. Yours looked really good!

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MOONLITCHELLE 2/16/2010 8:05AM

    Love the photos!!!
That lunch looks delish!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 2/15/2010 12:15PM

    Becky and I were just talking about making better meals at home and using those to fil the freezer instead of buying boxes.

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CODEMAULER 2/15/2010 12:15PM

    I believe in breakfast anytime. Being the most important meal of the day, I think it deserves as many chances in the schedule as possible!

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HAPPYSOUL91 2/15/2010 11:04AM

    I agree that the wrap was a great choice and looks really good. Getting back on program is what it is all about....great job

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DACIUS 2/15/2010 8:03AM

    Loved the chicken wrap. I will have to add that one onto my meals. Nice thing about wraps is you can eat them on the go.

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22PHAT 2/14/2010 11:18PM

    I'm over 50 years old and when I was a kid, every once in a while my mom would fix our family a breakfast type meal for Sunday dinner (pancakes, eggs, bacon, etc.) Therefore, eating breakfast type foods for dinner is not new to me. I am also constantly on the defense often saying, "Who says we have to eat breakfast foods for breakfast?" I've eaten a burger or even leftover dinner for breakfast and it really holds you well past lunch. You've often heard it said that breakfast should be your biggest meal of the day. "Breakfast: Eat like a king; Lunch: eat like a queen; Dinner: eat like a pauper." I usually send pics of my food to my family and friends. Omelets are one of my husband's favorites. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!!














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PSMITH3841 2/14/2010 8:38PM

    Looks Yummy!!!!!

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TLROYER 2/14/2010 5:17PM

    Looks good! I wish my husband cooked :)

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ELYMWX 2/14/2010 3:12PM

    Whenever we cook chicken we try to cook extras to add to salads or wraps for the next couple days, so I know exactly where you're coming from for that!

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MRDPOLING 2/14/2010 2:42PM

    That omlette looked yuuuuumy!

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CAROLYN1213 2/14/2010 2:34PM

    Breakfast foods are good at any times of day! mmmmm! Love eggs! Thanks for the inspiration!

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JCORYCMA 2/14/2010 2:17PM

    One picture is worth a hundred words! Two pictures definitely stir the appetite! As always, you have a great attitude about so many things including missing a day of formal exercise. In my former days I would have used that as an excuse to just not go anymore. We've come a long ways, haven't we?
Joanne

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~MISS_TEA~ 2/14/2010 2:13PM

    great stuff! I am surprised at times how low calories can be with SO MUCH food! It can be really amazing! Have a great day!

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MRSSASS2010 2/14/2010 1:12PM

    I'm salivating! The Haddock sounds so good, too!

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JLUVSHIKIN 2/14/2010 1:02PM

    Totally agree with more food for the bang. Been trying to do that myself! I think people are so surprised at the amount of food I consume and still loose weight! Personally, I think it's wonderful!
Recently, I have found a product at Trader Joes that is just egg whites. Not only is it even lower in calories and I can use more but if someone is worried about cholesteral... well it's low in that too!
Great job... the pics are making me hungry! I think it's time for breakfast!!! emoticon

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MUDMOUSE 2/14/2010 12:45PM

    What a cool thing to do. I love that you put pictures up!

You have inspired me - I'm having an omelet for dinner!

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PRETTYBLKGYRL 2/14/2010 11:47AM

    We all deserve a break from our routines from time to time. :o)

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SHIPESTA 2/14/2010 11:46AM

    Nummy - those meals look delicious! I'm off to cook me an omlete for breakfast right now. :) Have a great weekend!

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DDOORN 2/14/2010 11:38AM

    Back in the saddle...yup! :-)

Don

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The Dr. Oz show 100th episode, yep I was there! and Richard Simmons kissed me, oh my!

Friday, February 12, 2010

So since last I posted a trip to The city was had, I was asked to be a part of The Dr. Oz show's 100th episode which was 100 people that have lost 100 pounds or more with special guest none other than Richard Simmons. The plan was to hop on the train to NYC at 4am to be at Grand Central station by 7:16am and walk on over to NBC Studios for the taping of the show and head home that afternoon after lunch in the city but alas its not how it went down.

Snow was expected on a large scale and we started questioning whether we would be able to make it out to the city for the show not because of getting there but instead getting home was the worry as the snow was suppose to start a little later in our neck of the woods. While debating on whether it would be worth it to go I got a call from the Travel coordinator chick Sarah from the show and she said that she could offer us a Hotel for the night if we were interested because of the storm and traveling in it would not be good. Long story short we arranged for my mother in law and brother in law to help out watching the kiddos and packed a day pack with enough to last us through our stay and off to bed we went at midnight-ish. Did I mention that we had to be at the train station by 5:40 am? and that we are a little more than an hour away from said station? which meant leaving the house at 4:00 am! yep that's about a 2 hour sleep that I had before heading out for NYC, the train ride was uneventful.

Upon arriving at Grand Central I get a text from the driver that NBC sent and headed out to where he was and I met Ramon outside and he drove us to the studio where I was greeted and brought inside to hurry up and wait for a couple of hours. I met lots of great people who have all gone through the weight loss process including Bonnie Matthews who blogs for the Dr. Oz show as one of the Wellness warriors. I also met Ann from I'm a Phoenix ,Baby who saw me and mentioned that Sean Anderson from The daily Diary of a winning loser said that she should say hello if we bumped into one another, we got the chance to get a shot of the two of us together a little later after that first hello. I met Don (DDORN) from Sparkpeople as well and I also had more than a few conversations with a great lady (I am so sorry but I cannot for the life of me remember her name but she was the assistant of the day on the show) who we ran into at our Hotel after the show and chatted with in the lobby for a bit if you by chance read this please send me an email! EVERYBODY that I talked to from the guests right to the staff of the Oz show was very nice.


Me and Ann from "I'm a Phoenix, Baby" pre show


Me and Don shortly before heading into the taping.

We were all corralled into a line which apparently had some sort of order as we each had letters on the back of our tickets which dictated our position in line and ultimately placed us into our seats in the audience. Like trained puppy's we stood when the fella raised his hands, we applauded when the sign lit and it was cool to be in Conan O'Brien's old studio, HUGE Conan fan I am. The taping was ok but felt seriously long and I kept thinking "Man just one glass of H2O would be great!" once we were in that was it and I had not drank nearly as much Water as usual and no green tea all day the Horror! I was not properly hydrated, not even close and man I felt it, that paired with the lack of rest and the coffee that I was running on at that point left me a bit off to say the least. Something funny about the whole thing was that it was a show about people that have lost a lot of weight and were getting/staying healthy and I did not eat good while there, I mean C'mon, I was in NYC for the first time since moving back from California and it had been 8 years that I was in Cali, you do the math it was too long to go without a slice of real NY pizza! but more about that later.

The show ended and I won't say exactly what they had "The Oz 100" do with Richard Simmons to "wrap up the show" but lets just say the words "Hey man I didn't sign up to dance with Richard Simmons to no oldies!" came out of my mouth, to which the producer replied "try and fake it" but yeah....it was an experience and over all a good time. While they had us lining up on stage apparently I wasn't smiling enough and Richard Simmons taunted me with "whos that big sewious man back there...look at that sewious man" as he walked towards me, I did end up laughing and that's all he wanted, he was awesome. My wife and I were waiting in the lobby after the show for the car to take us to the hotel and out ran Richard (yeah we're on a first name basis now people) and I got get a few pictures with him as he teased Wify for fumbling the camera "C'mon Phyllis press the damn button! I don't think you know how to use that thing!" while taking said pictures hence my big $hit eatin grin, I was cracking up he was hilarious.


Me and Richard Simmons in the lobby of NBC studios.

Ok lets get to the food for the excursion, after the show wify and me were starving all I had to eat to that point was an orange and a coffee and here it is 1:30 pm! so we get to the hotel after chatting with another fella in the lobby who had lost 150 pounds for about 30 minutes (I can't remember his name I met so many people that day!) where the very nice lady says "I'm sorry but your room isn't ready yet, it should be ready by 3:00" I really didn't care as food was what I wanted and we headed out to Fresh & co where I got 2 slices of whole wheat crusted pizza covered in veggies and a big bottle of Poland springs. We headed back to the Hotel after our lunch and it was about 2:30 now, our room still wasn't ready but the lady said "let me just give you a better room that is ready now" and off we went to an apartment sized room that had a Bedroom, kitchen, 2 bathrooms, a living room and dining room and more closet space than I have ever seen in a hotel room and at this point I was happy that we decided to come for the show.


I snapped a shot of our dinner before digging into the best pizza I have had in 10 years!

We took a nap for a couple hours and when we woke up decided that it was time for some dinner and supplies, we headed out around 6:30 in search of some water and a place to eat. There was a drug store in Penn station and we were right across the street so we walked through the slush, wind and snow and got a couple gallons of water and some breakfast stuff for the next morning only after we walked down to time square. To say that we were soaked for our efforts would be putting it lightly but I suppose walking around in a storm for 45 minutes will do that. We ended up bringing our newly aquired booty back to the hotel and ordered a pepperoni pizza to be delivered to our room, this was the most amazing pie I have had in a long time, I figured I was in NY and it was a once in a while thing so really didn't care that it was probably not the best food choice in the world, it is what it is.

Thursday morning came and we woke up, decided on which train we would take home and headed out to walk around while making our way towards Grand Central station which was just over a mile away but we took our time. I snapped a few photos of me and wify for the photo album along the way and onto the train we went for a very relaxing ride home.


Wook at the big sewious man...Me and wify near time square.


Waiting for our train in Grand Central station with my second coffee of the trip, oh my!

I would have to say that I enjoyed the whole trip and it was nice to get away for a couple days with wify. It was awesome to meet Richard Simmons and other than spending the time with the love of my life I would have to say he was the highlight of the trip, Everyone from the Dr.Oz show was great as well! and the hotel was a very nice addition to the trip, it was a good time and I am happy that I decided to do it. The show that was filmed will air on Feb 16th 2010 and as I mentioned earlier is the 100th show, I don't know how much I will actually be on the show as I was just in the audience as one of "the Oz 100" but I will be recording it either way.

Today is Friday and thats usually a weigh in day but I figured this trumped that so no weigh in for today, you'll have to wait until next weeks edition of as the fat guy turns to see how it went! Thanks for stopping by and remember to watch the show on Tuesday!

Fini

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AXISLADY 4/2/2010 3:58PM

    I usually get notified of your blogs - missed this one and darn it, missed the show. I think I'll see if it is available on line. What a great story - who knew losing weight would help you meet celebrities. I like Dr. Oz's show. I usually see the content. Sometimes I don't watch if it is a subject that doesn't interest me. Great Blog fella!

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2BFREE2LIVE 2/28/2010 11:25PM

    I wanted to go too, I have lost 112 pounds and I am the Leader of the Richard Simmons Sweatin to the Oldies Team, but I could not attend, you represented Sparks very well, thank you for going and good to hear you got an upgrade on the room, after all it is not everyday your in NYC. emoticonon your accomplishments and getting to know Richard up close and personal emoticon. Please feel free to join Richard Simmons Team we would love to have you. Have a wonderful week. Sandy

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LOVETOPLAY2 2/28/2010 8:04PM

    Come on over to the Richard Simmons Sweatin to the Oldies team!!!
You will love it!!

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09ISMINEDN 2/26/2010 1:40PM

    What a wonderful blog, thank you for sharing a highlight from your journey, and I so am a fan of Richard Simmons. Wow, to meet him had to be awesome along with Dr. Oz. Thank you so much for sharing, it truly made my day.
Hugs, Debbie

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PLATSUZIE 2/26/2010 1:02PM

    emoticon Here's some cheers emoticon to watching "As the Fat Guy Turns" for many years! Your trek has been emoticon
Richard Simmons was the theme of our ten year, high school, class reunion...long story. He wasn't present but his essence and other RS related products were. He seems genuinely caring and has lifted many along their way.


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PEDAL-PUSHER 2/21/2010 1:56PM

    How cool! I saw thw show, and wrote my own blog about it, my weight loss secrets. I have also lost over 100 pounds through diet and exercise, but I do still have pounds to go before I reach my final goal. Great job!

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RENEW99 2/21/2010 9:46AM

    Thanks for the blog it really is motivating. congrats on your weight loss. emoticon

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DIVALADY4LIFE 2/18/2010 10:01PM

    emoticonon losing 100 lbs. Keep up the great work. And thanks for sharing. emoticon

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URESKY 2/18/2010 5:31PM

    So cool!

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AHEALTHIERME9 2/18/2010 12:04PM

    THIS is what living is like! WOOHOO!

First of all, CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR 100-lb. loss! YOU ARE TOTALLY AWESOME AND AMAZING!

Second, what a beautiful experience this must have been for you and your wife! I know that you must be on cloud nine!

By the way, thanks for sharing these great pictures!!! (including that beautiful New York pizza... I bet it was really good! And I'm glad that you were able to enjoy it as part of your New York/Dr. Oz experience and not beat yourself up about it. Well done!)

Keep shining beautifully and reaching for the sparks! You are doing great things! emoticon

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NANAPATTYB 2/18/2010 8:27AM

    Congrats to you. I'm glad it turned out an awesome trip. It will be a trip you will always remember.

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SEAGLASSQUEEN 2/18/2010 6:19AM

    Way to go!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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AUNTLYNNARD 2/18/2010 12:40AM

    Loved your story. I was watching the show. I try to catch Dr Oz when ever I can. But, more importantly....CONGRATS on all you've accomplished! Very proud of you! ~Lynn emoticon

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LATINANYC 2/17/2010 11:22PM

    So glad you had a good time in my city. Merryl is a long time friend of mine I first met through the Biggest Loser Club online and she had a segment on there so I taped the show. It was such a great show. I'm going to have to watch it again and see if I see you. The pizza is amazing here. Yum! Great blog.

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OH_HAPPY_DAY 2/17/2010 9:42PM

    Cool! I didn't know you were on Dr. Oz's show! I follow a blogger - Diane (Fit to the Finish) - and she was on the show as well! She had a great time as well!

I haven't seen the show - I didn't record/tivo it... hoping to find it on youtube.

You're a STAR!!!!!

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HCARTZ1964 2/17/2010 6:49PM

    I saw you move in the back though!!

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YOOVIE 2/17/2010 4:19PM

    you were in my city??

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JDMAKEIT2HOT 2/17/2010 4:09PM

    your so lucky! i wanna be on doctor oz! i watch him every day :)

and i love richard i lost my first 50 with him!!!!

im glad you enjoyed the trip and had fun.

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WINKERDINK 2/17/2010 3:36PM

    What a great experience and congratulations on your success! I watched the show and I thought it was inspiring!

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SCOOBIE1962 2/17/2010 3:26PM

    I watched the show and it was GREAT!!I always did like Richard Simmons...he looks GREAT and by reading your blog seems like you had a great time also..KEEP UP THE GREAT work..oh and the pizza looked YUMMY!! (I would have splurged more..haha)

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ANG76H 2/17/2010 3:01PM

  Very cool & so exciting for you! What an experience! You have done an amazing job!!!

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IZZYBEBOP 2/17/2010 1:30PM

    How cool! What an experience!

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CHRIS3215 2/17/2010 10:59AM

    WOW!!! The show was emoticon!
Now I wish my bus wasn't cancelled,Heck I would of met ya too!..
I guided Don, to the show & we were going to meet up.
Well they still want me for the show,Alisha, told me sometime in the Spring/summer.
So I'm very much looking forward to this experiance too!

Glad you had such a Fantastic Time!!..

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SUNNY89 2/17/2010 9:04AM

    I just watched the tivo of that show this morning. I saw your photo on the opening credit thing and knew the photo was one I had seen before. So cool. I am so glad it all worked out so well for you. It sounds like you had a sewiously good time.

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GEOFINDER 2/17/2010 2:03AM

    I saw that program. Hooray for you being there. Wish I would have known...

Looks like you had a really good time. What does Richard Simmons look like in person?



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REREBIGMAMA 2/16/2010 10:48PM

    Sounds like a once in a lifetime experience. Congratulations!

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MEYLOSE 2/16/2010 9:37PM

    That was a real treat, and you have done well. CONGRATS!!!! and sounds like you enjoyed it so very much!!!!

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JUSTFOXXY 2/16/2010 9:00PM

    This is one sewiously awesome blog.

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LOPEYP 2/16/2010 6:47PM

    Great blog and great experience for you!

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NWFL59 2/16/2010 5:17PM

    Terrific blog. I enjoyed reading it and look forward to seeing the Dr Oz show tonight.

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FELICIASMILES 2/16/2010 1:40PM

    Sounds like a great time despite the lack of sleep and the stormy weather.
Congrats on your success! I hope to catch the show today.
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EMSSBEARS 2/16/2010 1:12PM

    Looking forward to seeing the show today. Great blog, thanks for sharing.

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CARSONSNANNY 2/16/2010 11:05AM

    I read this blog while watching the Dro Oz show! WOW how awesome!
I wish DOCROCKETS could have seen it. He thinks you are THE MAN!!!
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STARRSTYLIST 2/16/2010 10:39AM

    Wow what an awesome experience. I would LOVE to meet Richard. he has come a long way in his life and has done many great things. Anyway, your trip sounds like you had a wonderful time and its great to hear that. Congrats on your loss also. You should be so very proud of yourself.

I have the show being taped today and I am looking forward to watching it. Have a blessed day..

Hugs
Teresa

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MOMGETSSPARK 2/16/2010 10:23AM

    I just happened to read this today, so I have to watch Oz now as I have a snow day! Sounds awesome and fun! The pizza looked fantastic too! A day to remember and to share the memories with your wonderful wife sounds like a dream come true! Thank you for sharing.

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GBO323 2/16/2010 9:55AM

    That's inspiring. People may make fin of Richard Simmons, but he has definitely inspired millions of people to not only lose weight, but to love themselves as well. That's no easy task.

Kudos to you on your weight loss and meeting Richard Simmons.

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TCLARK218 2/16/2010 8:21AM

    That's awesome that you were chosen to take part in that show. What an nice thing to add to your list of accomplishments. i will definitely watch the show.

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MOONLITCHELLE 2/16/2010 7:53AM

    Can't WAIT to see it!!!!

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NUMMYONE 2/15/2010 10:34PM

  Great blog! Will be watching for you on the show tomorrow. I can't resist "Chicago Pizza" when we go north. Have never tried NYC pizza so can't compare.

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KUANGIE 2/15/2010 4:17PM

    Great blog! I watch Dr. Oz while I run on the TM- I'll be watching for the big sewious man!

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LISAWILLBEFIT 2/15/2010 4:14PM

    I love Richard Simmons.Sounds like you had a blast.Congrats on the weight loss and take care.Lisa

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SEVENKITTY 2/15/2010 1:57PM

  Great blog...thanks :)

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THINMAMAWARD 2/15/2010 11:01AM

    I can't wait to see that episode. I DVR daily and me and hubby spend the evening after dinner watching.

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MIMAWELIZABETH 2/15/2010 6:15AM

    What a wonderful adventure! Congratulations on being a part of such an amazing and inspirational show ~ emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TRACYZABELLE 2/15/2010 5:19AM

    Tony-- I am proud to know such an awesome man .. you have inspired me and it has taken a while butI am on my way to my first 100 pounds gone... See you as I slim!

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LDIGGS 2/14/2010 11:34PM

    What a great time!

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AFM-SPARK 2/14/2010 5:46PM

    I DVR Dr Oz everyday! If you love Richard Simmons and love to laugh cut and paste link. It is from The Drew Carey show Who's Line. Warning: it is sexually suggestive.

http://www.youtube.com/watc
h?v=CTxkxG3DF4k

-A

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TLROYER 2/14/2010 5:23PM

    I can't wait to see the show. Sounds like you had a great time.

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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.

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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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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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    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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  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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CMATHUR 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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    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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    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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    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...

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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!

For getting the water in, see my recipe for homemade cinnamon / lime herb tea, LOL I love me some hot water with hulls and bark floating in it...
http://recipes.sparkpeople
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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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SGRONOW1 2/5/2010 9:55AM

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SWEETZMIX 2/5/2010 9:25AM

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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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