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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The thing about weight loss on a large scale is that it must consume you, it must become like a job, it is something that is on the mind of the loser 100% of the time and it has to be this way. I would suspect that people with less weight to lose experience this on a smaller scale or perhaps I am wrong and they experience it just the same as a one time mammoth such as myself. I am finding that the closer I get to my "goal" weight which that number was basically pulled from a hat that it is harder to get the weight coming off in as big of chunks as it once did. I am still three hundred twenty some odd pounds and its slowing down but I don't think that its a physical thing, what I mean is that I believe I am doing what I need to do for the most part but I am letting myself get away with more than I have in the past during this trip to a slimmer me.

There was a time during this process where I was the biggest pain in the ass in the world if you had invited me to dinner, I would walk in with my salter scale asking a ton of questions about how the food was prepared. Under one arm would be my light salad dressing and under the other the remainder of my gallon of green tea for the day and I would weigh every bite of food and writing it down so that later I could transfer it to my excel sheet. My mother in law would call and ask "How do you want this prepared? what sides can you have? if I use x amount of butter is that ok?" so on and so on, and this helped immensely more than she probably knows but a pain in the ass I was none the less. Now a days I "eyeball" lots of things and honestly there is no doubt in my mind that I am as close as a person can be to the actual measurement without actually using a measuring tool but it still leaves room for yeah we will call the extra scoop of this or that error for todays discussion and I need to get back on the strict wagon at least until I get under 300 pounds.

Random insert of last nights salmon dinner, 475 total calories for the plate.

Lately I am relaxed where my intake is the subject matter, I was in NYC last week and started off well enough by going to Fresh & co after the Dr. Oz show and got some whole wheat crusted veggie pizza and a bottle of water but after that not so much. We ordered a pizza up to or room and I had 3 slices that night which is leaps and bounds better than how it use to go down and the fact that we would have ordered 2 pizzas but still, pepperoni pizza? I know that I am doing this and its because I am back to the way I use to be, you know that I am unstoppable feeling, well its back. I have written in this blog about how I was always a bigger guy but that people had an image of me as that big guy that could do anything, I ran, I climbed, I worked 12 hour days digging holes and pouring cement and I worked in a lumber yard stacking, loading and climbing racks like a monkey, when I say that I did not let being a big guy get in my way I mean it. I am at a point where I am doing whatever I want to again and perhaps its getting in the way of my end game because its been too long since I got some big numbers off and kept the momentum, it seems that as of late I get a roll going and then something happens that gets in the way, and by something happens of course I mean I relax.

I set a goal for myself to be at or under 300 pounds by April 2nd 2010 and looking at the numbers I do believe that I will fall short but that doesn't mean I will not try to get it. I was on a roll and doing great but have had some distractions that kept me from staying 100% focused on that goal and I am left with having to lose 3.4 pounds per week until April 2nd to make this goal and thats going off of my this mornings weight. I will have some big numbers in the coming weeks as I am going to amp up the cardio a bit at the gym because I can taste sub 300 pounds at this point. Breaking out of this "I'm comfortable" mode is proving harder than I thought it would be, I knew that it would come at some point but man I gotta get it out of here so that I can get to that tape waiting for me at the end of the road.

I talked about the weight loss game having to consume a person for it to work and I think that it was an easier thing when I was worried about death on a daily basis than now. I am getting stronger by the day, I am physically capable of lasting longer in something that takes good cardiovascular conditioning to accomplish and my clothing keeps getting looser despite the fact that the weight has slowed. I think that its time for that pain in the ass that use to carry his salter scale around to return for a while because I am going to get to my bottom goal weight in 2010, not "going to try" not "I hope" but I WILL be there before too long. My habits have changed completely in the past two years, I have gone from a guy that sat around wishing that he could do things to a guy that does the things now, I make excuses to move now a days and look for things that will get me moving instead of sitting on my posterior.

That's all I got for today, make sure to tune in tomorrow for the next adventure of Fatman and Blobin, thanks for following along.

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MEGSFITNESS 2/18/2010 3:25PM

    I should start taking my scales with me.. I don't think I'm tracking as well as I should be and that could be a huge reason why I'm not where I should be with the scale.

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PLATSUZIE 2/18/2010 1:31PM

    Fatman and Blobin? Funny! longer true. You come across as a very creative guy…what’s a new name (preferably funny) that reminds yourself (and us) of the positive place you are now!?!

Your salmon dinner looks yummy. Thanks for sharing photos for those of us that are visual learners. Your drum and squirrel enhanced the reading experience as well.

Your comment “I can taste sub 300 pounds at this point.” Reminded me of Subway sandwiches…lol. Tells you where my mind is…oh ya’ healthy eating (don’t I wish)…you know, the subway guy who lost so much weight eating Sub sandwiches. Back to your story…that is an awesome comment. I can taste sub 300 pounds for you just reading about your conviction. How do you feel at 299?

3.4 lbs a week is aggressive particularly after losing as much as you have. I hope you make your goal! Here’s to the salter being your companion if that is what losing will take.

Reading a few responses to a couple of your blogs, I see you have many friends here. Our hopes for you are long term…past the all too fast approaching April 2, 2010. You have achieved so much! I look toward April 2, 2011 and wish you to be at 299 on that date! I believe everyone would be proud of you either way…or both ways.

We “met” today. Your being on Dr. Oz and with your life’s experiences, you are obviously more knowledgeable about this process than I. I don’t know if the mind set changes from focusing 100% of the time on losing to focusing 100% of the time on living (and eating healthy) after the kind of loss you have made? Either way the processes are full time jobs…nice description!

When you started working on losing weight could you see yourself feeling and living as you do now? “I am getting stronger by the day, I am physically capable of lasting longer in something that takes good cardiovascular conditioning to accomplish and my clothing keeps getting looser.” I am a guy who “does the things now, I make excuses to move now a days and look for things that will get me moving”. Those feelings are beyond awesome!!

Thanks for sharing thoughts worth keeping foremost in mind. Better than Sub-weigh even.

(Visualize Submarine sandwich here...if I were as savy a blogger as you there would be a good looking, healthy, one posted.)

emoticon You're awesome!

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MARCYNA 2/18/2010 10:32AM

    I think you experience more or less the same 'obsession' with weight, whatever your weight is and it's so difficult to lose it in all cases, but you're doing just great!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TMCH1512 2/18/2010 9:29AM

    Dude, Seriously You are the best. emoticon

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DOLLBABE56 2/18/2010 7:30AM

    You are on the right path. So what if you don't make your April goal. It may be May - but that's okay because with your focus you will get there. Don't stress because stress can slow down the progress. Just do. You are an inspiration and I only hope I can be as focused as you.

Oh, and by the way that dinner looks great!

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PINKYPOOS 2/18/2010 5:41AM

    Yes it is all consuming when we give this weight loss thing our all - but that's just the way it has to be if we really want to get serious again in reaching our goals!!
I slacked off a bit too this year, once I hit 100 lost. Time to get back on the stricter train now though - I want this :-)
You know what to do....carry on with what you're doing, make some stricter adjustments for the time being and see those scales dip under 300!! Under 300!!!

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    Bleh it's so frustrating I could eat a friggin cake. I need to get refocused too. My timeframe is under 200 by May 1st. Maybe we should wager or something? Make it more interesting?

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DDOORN 2/17/2010 9:09PM

    Yeah, you know I think there's a bit of waxing and waning for those of us on the "journey". It's pretty tough for ANYONE to stay as rigid and obsessive as we have to be sometimes to keep shedding the pounds without any "pauses." Not that this is IMPOSSIBLE, but doubtful that you'll find this *commonly* occurring among us big losers. For myself I can DEFINITELY say that I pour on the steam at times, let up other times. But the overall trend continues downward or at least maintaining. Both are SUCCESSES in my book! :-)


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JCORYCMA 2/17/2010 4:53PM

    I can relate. It seems like I've spent most of my adult life focused on my weight. I am maintaining now, but still get into a "relaxed" mode and when the scale starts to creep up again, I get strict with myself until I'm back down. Maybe when I'm in the nursing home someday, I'll finally be able to say "to heck with it" and eat that orange sherbet without feeling guilty...
Joanne emoticon

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 2/17/2010 3:56PM

    I so understand this. It has been pretty stagnant for me for the last year.

I am in need of getting a couple pairs of jeans. I think that I need to buy three, but one of them being smaller and tighter so that I have a motivation to keep what I have off and I will have to work to make them more comfortable.

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CAROLYN1ALASKA 2/17/2010 3:52PM

You're weightl loss is certainly inspirational... and so exactly on in terms of it being like a job.
Both the planning exercise moments and the cooking and "counting" part of the food tracking is time consuming...'Thanks for your thoughts!

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CAROLYN1213 2/17/2010 2:41PM

    Nice job! I too feel that my weight loss and fitness is my job! Number one priority is a fit me! I plan to succeed. I work that plan every day. Everything I eat, drink and do centers around the best interest of my health . . . that includes sleeping well! I'm in training, dude, this is my Olympic dream! No one is going to get in the way of me standing on that medals podium! Let's go! Let's get it done! 2010 baby!

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ZIRCADIA 2/17/2010 2:40PM

    What's on the salmon? It looks good. :)

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MEGAMITENCHI 2/17/2010 2:01PM

    You're always so inspiring; even when things have slowed down ^_^ It's a little nice to see you a bit annoyed and frustrated. I've totally flat lined this month, and I'm going to change that today! The week is only half over, I still make it an awesome one!!!!!! Btw, iTunes has just been doin' it's own thing, and I have no idea why, but this song made me think of you! Enjoy, or at least laugh a little!

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WYOWILDDEE 2/17/2010 12:49PM

    I can relate to your struggle. When I first started and was consumed I did much better then the casual approach I have now. I need to evaluate this and go back to being consumed, because this is something I want SOOOO much. Best wishes to you and feel free to be the "pain in the ass" guy!

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    Very well said. I need to get back to the big commitment mode--did great for 6 months and have been a major slacker for 6 months. Thanks for the kick...

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BOTZZZ 2/17/2010 12:04PM

    4A, Maintaining is the easy part for me apparently! I am not gaining weight but I am not really losing lately either is all ;) I know why so its no biggy, I just have to get back into "me mode" unfortunately there is a distraction in my life that I can't push aside and can't really put it on the way back burner but we will get there ;)

Thanks for all of the support guys!

As Ever

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 2/17/2010 11:48AM

    Wow, dude.

If you think getting the rest off is hard, just WAIT until you attempt maintenance...


The kinds of issues you're fighting now are going to magnify the closer you get to goal...

And yeah, I'm fighting that too. I've been stalling on getting the last 5 lbs off, and it's time to Just Do It already. LOL

Hang in there, Scale Guy. I'm right there with my little Polder in my purse, and yeah my friends call me and ask how they should prepare food for me.


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NEWYORKORCHIDS 2/17/2010 11:34AM

  Losing weight should be on your mind all of the time. I can't imagine not thinking about it - although, maybe that's just from being overweight most of my life. I think it's good to know you're doing the wrong thing by eating a Twix bar and it's not something that should be an after thought.

I consistently weigh and/or measure, but I'm also at the beginning of my journey. AllynMC wrote a blog a month or so ago about things that she did differently last year than this year and how those things contributed to her weight loss. One of those things was weighing and measuring food. You have to do what's right for you - and if it's being what others perceive is a pain in the ass - than do it. It's your body, your future, and your life at stake.

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~MISS_TEA~ 2/17/2010 11:23AM

    I agree it does feel like a full time job sometimes. It is good though. We learn so much on the journey and that is what makes it all so worth it. With out this job we may not ever learn healthy great things. Keep up the great work. I know you will do it this year, you already are!

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SHRNGRD 2/17/2010 11:06AM

    I SO know what you mean by 'consuming' your life! I sometimes feel like I am so engulfed in this journey that people think I talk about it too much. So I've actually been trying NOT to talk so much about calories etc. in front of peeps.

I just had an incident last night actually. I went to dinner and had TOOO MUCH bread on the table, then pasta con broccoli, and a side salad. Mmmm, was it YUM, but I feel SO freakin' guilty today cause I was SO hungry when i got I didn't plan my meal. I just ate, and ate. I might be over estimating what I ate, who knows. But today is a new day. And that's something I've learned. You might fall off the wagon for a meal, or a day, but the next day or the next meal, you just have to hop RIGHT BACK on that wagon. It's just sooooo easy to fall off of it though.

And that's why WE ARE HERE! Support! :o)

Have a good one!


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DOLLIE6 2/17/2010 11:03AM

    Hey, that looks like about 500 calories worth of potatoes.
You better get your scales out. Its too easy to mess up when you get to feeling good and know you are looking better. Remember we are changing our life style we do not go back to overeating junk, grease etc. I'm on a streak of 45 days and a long way to go again, (I gained it all back) because I got cocky and feeling good and I did not learn the Spark lessons like I should. YOU can do this right once and for all. I know I can too but we have to stay obsessed with keeping it off.
Keep on Sparking. I really enjoy your blogs.

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KNH771 2/17/2010 10:56AM

    I've often told people that I feel like losing weight has been a second full time job. I also feel (know) that as I've lost weight I've gotten more comfortable with a "slip" here and there. I'm getting back to business today. You read my mind.

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MESKLINITE 2/17/2010 10:32AM

    What you say is very true. However, we must remember that we need to put our health first above all else. While we're losing weight I think it does take up a lot of our time. But I really feel that once we meet our goal weight and go into more of a maintenance routine, that it will be easier to not focus quite so much.

Keep up the blogs! emoticon

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SWEETZMIX 2/17/2010 10:22AM

    Yeah man it's that comfort zone. It comes along with feeling good with yourself, thinking you will be ok not doing this. I say, do what you got to do to make it happen. I have started to create a "To Do" List every single day and I rewrite my goals for everything, not just weight loss, every single day b/c I have realized it takes small steps to get to the big goal!

Take Care

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GLOBALKEEWEE 2/17/2010 10:20AM

    The "100% mental consumption" is not about how much you have to lose, I don't think, but how committed you are to making it happen. For the first 40 lbs I lost I was just as engrossed in my choices as you describe - and it certainly worked. Then I let myself be distracted by some life events, realized it, and buckled down again to get to 50 lbs lost. Since January I, too, have been 'eyeballing it' (didn't help that my trusted Salter had the battery go kaput) and - you guessed it - I'm not making much progress without focusing intently.

It sounds like you are ready to hit it hard once again to hit the 300lb mark by April. I am committed to losing my last 10 lb in the same time frame. Total poundage aside, we can do this by re-committing ourselves to being the big asses it takes to get the job done. Thanks for helping give me a swift kick. Now don't let me down, either.

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TINYC887 2/17/2010 10:15AM

    I agree, i lost 120 with no problem and now its harder but i know I dont always eat what i should and i definately do not eat enough cals, this is gonna be my goal. thanks for the motivation

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JBMT08 2/17/2010 10:10AM

    You will pull yourself out of the "comfort zone". and keep blogging. I truly believe that helps tremendously, as you probably already know!

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PUCKYGIRL 2/17/2010 9:56AM

    Have faith. I know you will make your April lbs. You are the man that can do anything that you put your mind too. I wish I had your will power and determination. I have my own but doesn't seem as strong as yours. You truly are the inspiration to keep me going on some level. Thanks so much for sharing. Take care and you can do it!

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CRIS76 2/17/2010 9:55AM

    I agree that it feels like a full time job. I spend so much of my time planning and doing that I really lose track of "doing" for other things - it is good but there is some secret part of me that wishes I didn't have to.... and hopes I won't have to for the remainder of my life.

Thank you for sharing!

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HAPPYSOUL91 2/17/2010 9:54AM

    I certainly feel that achieving good health is our primary job. LOL, when we are on a mission we do become militant. Another great blog and it certainly gives me a lot to think about.


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DCROCKETS 2/17/2010 9:54AM

    Stay focused. You have done and are doing great. Can't wait to see your goal weight pictures posted on here. Maybe during the Summer you will get there. Looking forward to that day! I plan to be at my goal weight this Summer. I want to get there so bad. Thanks for the motivation.

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SOOTHINGGLOW 2/17/2010 9:53AM

    I love your sense of humor... and your approach to life! Keep bloggin! Its such a motivating thing for me to come here and read your words. I love that you just dont ever beat around the bush. You are frank, direct, and to the point... It's very refreshing! emoticon

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Reflections of a quarter ton guy.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Who is this guy that calls himself Zeusmeatball? Who is he? The short answer is that he is just a guy that was fatter than he is now once upon a time and decided to lose some weight and get healthy. The slightly longer story has a man scared of sudden death at the hands of an encasing layer of fat that covered his body to the point of ceasing normal every day life being forced to doing something about his dwindling health because of that fear, that's the Zeusmeatball that started writing a blog on January 1st 2008. I wish that I didn't know him so well, at times I hoped it was a dream and that I would just wake up sitting on my bed looking down at the smaller me from my past but it never happened, instead disappointed at myself I sat there wondering what I could do about this situation that I had gotten myself into while the answer was there the whole time.

The answer was there the whole time? indeed it was, Stop wishing and start doing even if it was just cutting back on some of the $hitty food that was or is being shoved down just stop it. Wow what a simple concept that is! why didn't I think of that? its what every person that has an eating problem wonders about while they are standing in the kitchen shoveling calories into their pie holes at O dark thirty, and it really is as easy as just stop. I didn't say that just stop was easy, but its as easy as that statement. It does take a huge amount of will power and determination but at the very most basic level if the calories are not going in they can't exactly attach themselves as fat so I am stickin with my its that easy statement, I just wish I had talked myself into that a long time ago.

I can remember a time in my life when I would wake up and have to sit in bed for 20 minutes just to let my back warm up and stretch enough so that I could stand without extreme pain from an injury that I got back in 2000. I was on my way up to the 534 pounds where I stopped at that point and it was a daily thing for me, wake up, roll over, sit up and stay there until the pain went away finally dragging my big ass out of the bed. After that it was time to sit on the couch for a while so that my back pain would go away a little more and I could start functioning the best I could at 500 plus pounds. I worked evenings at that time in my life and it was a good thing because I used the day to get my back ready to be able to do what I needed to in order to get to work and complete my day there. At work I sat in a chair all day and that wasn't really a good thing or a bad thing as sitting hurt just as bad as standing sometimes, it was literally pain 24/7 in my back the only difference was the level of pain at any given time and still I ate the Cheetos and strawberry milk every time I had a break.

We had a Ford Focus at one point and there was a time or three where I had to take that car into work in place of my Mustang and I literally had to squeeze into it for my 45 minute commute and I mother fuvked that car the whole way. It was Wify's car so when we bought it and I test drove it I didn't care that it was a tight squeeze for me because I never thought that I would have to drive it. My gut hit the steering wheel in a way that I did not have to hold the wheel and could literally drive using my girth to steer if need be and still on the way home I stopped at Del Taco for my sack of greasy burritos. Driving is something that I have always been passionate about, I LOVE driving and I LOVE my Mustang and there was even a point in my life where I hated driving that car too, shifting sucked at 500 pounds because of the lack of room in the cockpit when you are 6'5'' and weigh as much as a pony.

My Mustang this afternoon, I swear I heard it cuss at me for moving from California.

I can remember the day we brought our daughter home from the hospital and I pulled that mustang around to the pick up area, a prouder dad there will never be and has never been. I was brought home from the Hospital when I was born in my parents 65 mustang and here I am bringing my daughter home in my 97 mustang so many years later and there was something cool about that to me. That time of my life I hated cameras, I would never allow anyone to take my picture and if they did I would confiscate their camera and either delete the image if it was digital or remove the film if it was a regular camera, yes I said confiscate. On that day I didn't even notice my wife was taking pictures, I was just making sure that the beautiful little girl was strapped into her new seat perfectly for her maiden voyage in a mustang. A month or so later the pictures were developed and I saw myself squatting down next to the baby carrier and I loved that the picture was taken because its a snap in time that will never happen again but I despise that picture because of my size. My daughter whom means more to me than anyone has ever meant to another will now have to see how weak her dad was at that point in his life and how I let things get out of control and that's something that I cannot change. There is another side to that coin that plays completely different and is totally positive but that's a conversation for Me and her when she is a bit older.

I am the same guy that I was two years ago the difference is my outlook on certain aspects of my life and the way that I live them. I mentioned earlier in this post that it was easy and I stand by that because once you realize that you are slowly killing yourself by doing nothing about the situation its easy to fix it, its easy to change the way that you think about food and your relationship with it when death is on one side of the line. That photo of me and my daughter coming out if the hospital? I am in fact looking forward to the day when she sees it and says "Dad that's not you" because all she knows is the healthier me and she would be right because physically its not going to be me, I am glad that I stopped wishing and started doing something about the weight because if I had not who knows where I would be today and what my relationship with that little girl would be.

Zeusmeatball is no one special and soon enough he will blend into a crowd and not a single person will be the wiser that he once weighed more than a quarter ton.

Then all we will have is pictures to prove it because I ain't goin back.


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THOMBOUY 2/24/2010 1:25AM

    It takes a lot of determination to change your life around, its easy to fall off the band wagon and go back to old habits.
Your daughter has a great Dad

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WATRUMP 2/22/2010 10:01PM

    wow, wow, wow, after reading your blog I checked out your page and your are incredible what an awesome act of perseveration......I am going to get on the rock!

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SHOOTIN4STARS 2/21/2010 9:42PM

    You're one hell of a meatball! I really admire your honesty and determination to change your life. Thanks for sharing!

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NEWPMA 2/21/2010 2:25PM

    Not much i can add to that Congratulations on your positive attitude and life changes.

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FLYINGTIGER 2/20/2010 2:25AM

    Botzzz, you will only blend into the crowd if there's helicopters and fireworks going off. In any other case I think your attitude will exude. Your swagger will stagger. You are climbing everest when the rest of us are climbing the playground slide. YOU SERIOUSLY **ROCK** this web site.

How you accomplish anything is how you accomplish everything. Dream big, brother, because nothing will withstand your focus and work ethic.


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KRISSYSWIM16 2/19/2010 3:47PM

    awesome blog. I want you to know you are doing an awesome job! And doing it for your daughter is awesome, do it for you too! keep it up!

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ALYSCO2003 2/18/2010 9:07PM

    I live in Saint Louis, MO. I was born in Orange County, CA and visit Daly City, CA about every year to two years. I understand your car's anger and aggravation. I can't stand the snow and unfortunately I married a man who thrives in it! Kudos for the positivity. You rock dude!

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ANGELALEGNA 2/18/2010 6:05PM

    I've read your blogs before, you must have a lot of followers. I always intend on just getting the "points" for reading the blogs, but yours are always different, they always pull me in and are very interesting. You write so well and there is always such emotion and feeling in your blogs. That's a trait of a great writer.
Good luck on your journey, I can see that you have come far already.

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PLATSUZIE 2/18/2010 2:14PM

    Your writings are so real…yet fun. Thanks for your way of presenting reality in a fun way and for sharing such personal (inspirational) moments.

First BE the person, do whatever "it" takes, then you will have what you want. Did I get that right? (That versus: want to have...weightloss, so we can do...function with less pain, so we can be...healthier) Be, do, want (is that what you ended up discovering) vs want, do, then be…why is the later more the norm...even with matters not related to weight loss?

BE the person first, DO what it takes and having what we want falls in line.

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SEVENKITTY 2/18/2010 2:03PM

  Thanks for the great blog!

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MARCYNA 2/18/2010 10:06AM

    WoW !!!!
Your daughter will be awfully proud of you when she grows up. I remember my dad stopped smoking from one day to another when my sister and I asked him to and that's because there's such a strong connection that makes you overcome all possible limits. Love is stronger, possibly the strongest feeling of all and it's all-powerful emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SIANBRANNON 2/18/2010 9:29AM

    Holy smokes! Snow! What's that like?

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SWEETNHOT 2/18/2010 7:17AM

    That was a wonderful honest blog, you are an amazing guy thank you!!!! emoticon

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SCRAPPYLADYV 2/17/2010 10:59PM

    I know what you were talking about with the pictures. Of course I see myself in the mirror everyday but when I see a picture of myself it is so different. I can't believe that is me, that is what I look like. I had a hard time finding pictures for my spark page, but I am working toward and looking forward to the day when I can post pictures of a smaller me. Thanks for always telling it like it is,

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KARLYNCANDOIT 2/17/2010 5:36PM

    it is 70 here in cali today!! Great job!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 2/17/2010 1:18PM

    Inspiring as always. We so often complain, but do nothing to fix it.

Thanks for continuing to help drive me forward.

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BOTZZZ 2/17/2010 12:05PM

    Thanks for all of the kind words and support everyone! it helps more than you know

As Ever

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FOXEYES2 2/17/2010 8:37AM

  Awesome, simply awesome. thanks for your brutal honesty. It makes me respect you and your journey.

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MRDPOLING 2/17/2010 6:23AM

    "My Mustang this afternoon, I swear I heard it cuss at me for moving from California."

Oh man that made me laugh so much! Poor pony! hehehe!

Loved this entry! Really did!

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RUSHBOY 2/17/2010 5:09AM

    Man, that's one incredibly honest and wonderful blog post. Truly motivating and heart warming (possibly even tissue soaking).

My best mate is quite overweight, and I'm hoping to show him blogs like this. I'm losing weight myself and hope to show him that I can do it after 10 years like this. That his friend can do it (and thousands on this site), then so can he.

Thanks for sharing your life with us!


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BIGGIRL2082010 2/17/2010 1:51AM

    Well, we can already tell you that you ain't no quarter ton guy. :D Yes. Some day - in fact, some day soon, your little girl is going to say "HUH??" when she sees a pic of the old you? She will have trouble believing it's her dad - you definitely are not that same person any more!

By the way, you ARE backing up your blog posts, right? Because this online journal, more than anything else, may give her courage and hope some day in the distant future when she's at her wit's end about some stressful situation that seems too big to handle! Not to mention, it could be your basis for one heck of a convincing book on successful weight loss! :)

Keep up the great work!


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DDOORN 2/16/2010 11:06PM

    The POWER of those painful memories encapsulated by old photos!

Forward MARCH! :-)


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JCORYCMA 2/16/2010 9:43PM

    I can only imagine the pain you must have felt because I was only 70 lbs. above my goal and had to have disk surgery in my lower spine and in my neck for painful herniated disks brought on by my obesity. Looking back I can't believe that like you, I kept eating through pain that I knew was directly related to my weight! It was the physical therapy that I did after my neck surgery that inspired me to venture into the exercise arena and as they say the rest is history. As always, thanks for sharing your insight so succinctly!

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DARKTHOR 2/16/2010 6:14PM

    It is as simple as that and I'm making that choice too, each day, each choice...I'm making the right ones now. Like you are. Like so many on this site. STOP doing stuff that will KILL us and START doing things that will make us LIVE. Amen to all that you said, brother. Be there for your daughter, your wife, yourself...for a very long time.

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KLEONIKI 2/16/2010 6:03PM

    Not going back!
A new reinvented self!
Excellent job inspiring messages!

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HEIDIS2NDCHANCE 2/16/2010 4:48PM

    Excellent blog post! As Always! The story of you bringing your daughter home from the hospital is precious! I'm curious now to see this before pic. ;)
Keep up the terrific work you are doing!
Hugs, Heidi

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SOOTHINGGLOW 2/16/2010 4:20PM

    When is your book coming out? (thats a hint) emoticon

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SHIPESTA 2/16/2010 3:46PM

    I love the way you write, it really brought tears to my eyes. You're an amazing role model because when your daughter does see that picture and doesn't believe it's you, you can make sure she knows that she is capable of doing ANYTHING she sets her mind to, just as you are doing now. What a great lesson to teach our children, especially our daughters, that when we rely on ourselves, we aren't disappointed because we are capable of GREAT things.

Keep up the great work

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HAPPYSOUL91 2/16/2010 3:46PM

    Great story, you sure have insight to the issue


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PSMITH3841 2/16/2010 3:42PM

    emoticon I hope you know how much you inspire others!!!!

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ZIRCADIA 2/16/2010 3:41PM

    Word. I am not going back. I saw you on TV. :) I haven't finished watching the episode again but they flashed your before and after pictures and I saw you a couple times in the audience already -- we're about halfway through.. ish. :D

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1FAVOREDLADY 2/16/2010 3:27PM

    I loved it. Congrats on your determination and success !

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~MISS_TEA~ 2/16/2010 3:10PM

    Great story you shared today! Thank you!

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CHRISSYVB 2/16/2010 3:09PM

    I disagree, Zeusmeatball is NOT no one special. What you have done and are doing is amazing. I love your blogs and I'm motivated by your success.

Blessings to you,

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GEMINISUE 2/16/2010 3:05PM

    So very proud of you. I know it has been a rough road for you. I have a brother who was 466 lbs at 18, he left home, ate cottage cheese, peas with ketchup on it and got down to 200 lbs, in two years, fell in love got married, had two children, bent down to pick up some tissue that fell on the floor hurt his back, and the weight start coming back again, went back over 400, his wife deserted him and the children, and he raised those children, himself, got healthy again, and is doing fine. and is know a grandpa of one.

Another brother between 300 & 475 most of his 65 years of life, Lost it once, but my mom was worried about him and started adding bread and potatoes in his meat, without his knowledge. He almost lost his mind when he found out, and he never got over it.

I, the only girl was two hundred pounds most of my life, but with many health problems, I ballooned up to 373 and had to figure out how I was going to get down or probably die. Well I'm down the 70 and am still continuing to try. I know how important it is, that we lose it, and we keep the weight to a normal weight, through whatever we have to go through.

Sounds like you have it tackled, I hope I do to. Best to you on a continued trip Onward and Downward.


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JAMGIRL8 2/16/2010 3:03PM

    Okay, I read this and it brings tears to my eyes. I have your life on a female scale. Just had a beautful baby girl and determined to be a better role model for her. Keep blogging and keep up the determination and hard work. You have come a long way and prove to the rest of us that it can be done and to suck it up!


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SUSIEMILO 2/16/2010 2:58PM

    As always, excellent blog. Loved it!
Keep writing. It's therapeutic for you -- and motivation for me (and others).
I am absolutely awed by your progress and determination. And proud.

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Day 776, Panko breaded Haddock and some new hikers.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Making good choices has been the thought of the week for me it seems, I have been finding myself thinking about things a little more than I have lately and not in any way other than looking at my choices and deciding on which would be the best. This afternoon I have the pleasure of having wify with me at the gym as she has the day off and my Mother in law has agreed to watch the kiddos for us so I have a running partner if you will for the day.

Last night I made a particularly good dinner of some baked Haddock fillets which I lightly breaded with panko bread crumbs that I seasoned myself, I made some seasoned rice with peppers and onions and green beans with pepper on the side. The total for my plate was 405 calories and the fish was a hit with everyone, wify loved it and my son couldn't get enough so into the bag of tricks it goes. I seem to be on a roll with snapping pictures of my meals and this one was no different, I am getting odd looks at the table but hey! have a look.

405 calories panko breaded Haddock, so good!

I am again craving a ride on my bike so I cannot wit for the weather to warm up a bit so that can happen, My son has a new mountain bike that Santa brought him so maybe he can keep up a bit better with the new ride. I have been preparing for spring to get here for the past month or so buying things that I need here and there and I always take a look at "the bargain cave" in Cabelas just to see whats there and yesterday I scored a pair of Columbia hiking shoes for the low low price of $12.50 after all discounts were applied. There are plenty of trails in my area that are not too far off the beaten path yet provide lots of scenery and fair distances and then I am not too far off from the Appalachian trail if feeling bold, Man I can't wait for spring.

Can't beat these for $12.50! and they were in my size too and that's lucky considering that I am a size 14!

Over all this week seems to be starting off well and off to the gym I go to start it off! Eat well, drink much and bust my ass at the gym is my plan and barring any road blocks unforeseen will be what happens. My drive has not changes, my determination is unmatched and the only thing left to do is execute for me to get where I must go. I need to get my ass to the gym so thats all i got for ya today, thanks for following along and remember that if you don't decide that its time to do something about your own health there is no one else thats gonna do it for you.

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DOLLIE6 2/16/2010 3:18PM

    Sounds wonderful.

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DEREKCSIMMONS 2/16/2010 2:34PM

    My boy can't wait for me to lose enough for us to take a trip on the AT. I'm ready for spring too and hope to see you on the trail!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 2/16/2010 1:05PM

    Killer steal on the shoes. The dinner looked fantastic as well.

Can't wait to hear about some father/son riding times.

Hope everything is going well.

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SWEETZMIX 2/16/2010 11:39AM

    Hope you 2 enjoy the gym. The snow isn't too bad over here, so I hope it won't hold you 2 back today. I dragged my butt out of bed, and Sherard's too, to get in 45min before work at the gym. And Haddock I have not had but, a trip to the fish market we supposed to be making this weekend so maybe - if we even get to go - I will be asking for your recipe. And awesome deal on the shoes. I got some trail runners - b/c I was digging them - for $30 about a month and a half ago and I thought I got a good deal.

Take Care

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PRETTYBLKGYRL 2/16/2010 8:41AM

    I'm with you - I can't wait for the weather to clear up so I can get out & about. emoticon

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MOONLITCHELLE 2/16/2010 8:07AM

    I'm sooo jealous of the shoe find!
I'm excited to get on the trails myself. :) I'm pretty close to the AT too!!
Hurray for hiking!

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JCORYCMA 2/15/2010 9:49PM

    I miss the good fish selections that we could get at the grocery store when we lived in New York. Central Iowa - the corn and hog state is not known for fish! Any good pork recipes?

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MRSSASS2010 2/15/2010 8:51PM

    You're making me hungry! And I just finished dinner! LOL

But seriously... it looks fantastic and low cal to beat! Two thumbs up!

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PSMITH3841 2/15/2010 3:32PM

    That looks sooo good! Thanks for the ideas..because of you today's lunch was actually thought out, instead of quick,I think this will be OK was a healthy, filling, low calorie/ high nutrition lunch....You're the BEST!!! emoticon

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    1. What is Panko?
2. Yay for shoes!
3. Yay for Appalachian Trail (or the AT as all the websites call it)
4. I should get your email addy - sometimes I see something I think I should email to you, websites and things. And then I forget. Etc.
5. I didn't know you had a son - only a daughter!

I can't wait for spring either! Whoo Hoo!!!

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~MISS_TEA~ 2/15/2010 2:49PM

    Yay for inexpensive great shoes! I know what you mean about finding things in difficult sizes. My other half is show size 13.5. . .sounds like it will be a great spring with great trails! Have a superb week :)

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ZIRCADIA 2/15/2010 1:42PM

    CONGRATS on the majorly discounted shoes! :D Sometimes being an exceptional size can pay off if your size is the last one left cause it's so rare.

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TIFFANIE150 2/15/2010 1:37PM

    Dinner looked yummy!

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CAROLYN1213 2/15/2010 1:28PM

    Always love your no nonsense, it is what it is, attitude! Time to execute the plan man! You are doing it! Every day! You got this thing done!

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CRIS76 2/15/2010 1:08PM

    Lucky hit on the 14s.. and that haddock does look yummy! will you be sharing on Spark Recipes???

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MRDPOLING 2/15/2010 1:08PM

    Wow that looks yummy!

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PUMPKINFACE73 2/15/2010 12:57PM

    Nice shoes! Enjoy your day at the gym with the wifey

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DACIUS 2/15/2010 12:43PM

    Size 14 here as well. I can definetely attest to the rarity of our size showing up on the discount rack. Great find.

I cannot wait til my son is tall enough for a mountain bike. He has a geared BMX now, but it is nowhere near fast enoug to keep up with me. I feel so bad because he has to pedal four times to = one of mine. Especially since I just got a hybrid.

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HAPPYSOUL91 2/15/2010 12:14PM

    What a great find on those shoes, sure wish I could do that!

The fish looks good, I need to get some Panko bread crumbs.

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CODEMAULER 2/15/2010 12:13PM

    Nice score on the hikers! I picked up some Columbia boots this year and Minnesota finally has a real winter. They are in heavy rotation with the snow we've received thus far.

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FLUFFYE 2/15/2010 12:05PM

    That haddock sounds fabulous! I'm a huge fan of fish. Great score on the hiking shoes also! It's always so exciting to find them in the right size in the bargain bin! It's probably even a harder feat for me since I'm a size 8 which is just about the most average woman's shoe size! That means that they're usually picked through by the time I find them!

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DDOORN 2/15/2010 12:00PM

    Good deal on those shoes! And I thought $30 for my New Balance @ Penneys were a deal! :-)


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MARCYNA 2/15/2010 11:56AM

    Wow!!! Nice shoes. You've been blessed in many ways, how inspirational!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MEGAMITENCHI 2/15/2010 11:52AM

    Those shoes were a good catch!! I'd be dying to use them too ^_^ Thanks for the little kick in the butt at the end, February has been a hard month for me so far :(

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SUSIEMILO 2/15/2010 11:52AM

    Great job snagging those shoes! (And on the meals)
I'm with you about "can't wait for spring" so I can go hiking. Unfortunately, I don't have the great location you do --- but what I have is still sufficient to burn the calories I need to... so I won't complain.
Hard to believe that in a couple weeks it will be March already. We're nearly there.
In the meantime -- break the shoes in -- don't want blisters complicating the hike when the weather opens up for outdoor fun.
Great job -- you're an inspiration to a lot of people!
I enjoy your blogs.

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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.


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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?

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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! :-)


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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 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!


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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!


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..


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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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    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.


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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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