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A great day! dropped into the 40's, 2 more lbs gone.

Friday, April 25, 2008

This 1981 GS500L weighs in at 449 pounds.

Just another day in the life of me, Day 115 and into the forty's

Weigh in day is upon me once again, I am a bit confused with todays number because it was less on Monday and it was less yesterday but it is still a loss so how bad can it really be? I weighed in this morning and the number was 448.4lbs, then the second try it said 448.8lbs, number three was 449lbs on the nose, and I always take the highest number so 449lbs it is. Thats a two pound loss from last week as well as it puts me below the half way mark, so I am now closer to 400lbs than I am to 500lbs, a Victory for sure so I am happy with the loss. being under 450lbs is a great feeling and I believe the extra weight is because there is a shuttle launch that has been delayed because of weather. if that shuttle gets launched into the abyss sometime before noon today maybe I will pop on here and update the weight if it was to end up lower than what it is right now, or maybe I should just accept that Friday morning the scale said 449lbs because a loss is a loss is a loss. I also wanted to throw in there because I know a couple of you that follow along with this blog follow along with my wifes progress through comments etc that she made it below the 200 lb mark! she was 197lbs this morning, I am extremely happy for her and she seems to have a new way about herself lately and looks great! she has been a Huge source of help and encouragement to me while I have been doing this weight loss thang, and she is who inspires me to keep on keepin on with this trip down the scale, and I thought I would mention her progress.

Thursday was an ok day besides the lack of enthusiasm early on. I did end up going out for a walk where my daughter picked just about every flower that we saw along the way, she is really starting to be aware of where she is, to the point where she tells me which way we need to go to get home, and we may be more than a mile into our walk and she can tell me which way to go to get home, at 2 3/4 years of age I think thats pretty good :). later in the day I went out and shampooed, scrubbed, and cleaned the carpet in my car, it came out very good, much better than I had expected it to. these carpets were actually black in spots. the entire front drivers side was black, and this is a tan interior! there was an orange juice stain on the passenger side front that I just could not get out previously and behind the passenger seat was black as well. and I don't exaggerate when I say black, I wish I had taken a before picture of it. I think I will go out this afternoon and do some spot cleaning on anything I may have missed.

my intake for Thursday was good coming in at 1360 total calories, the meals were not as spread out as I would have liked them to be and I did come in a little low but nothing I can do about it at this point, heres the menu for Thursday.


8:30 AM
1.5 cups bran cereal 180
8oz 1% milk 110

11:30 AM
1 apple 80

2:00 PM
1 progresso soup 120
1 gortons fish fillet 170
blueberry green tea 20

6:15 PM
8oz ground turkey 320
2 arnold 100 calorie rolls 200
5oz sweet potato fries 125
ketchup 20
blueberry green tea 15

Not a bad day for one that started out so bleh for me, and now that I am into the 40's and out of the 50's it somehow feels like an accomplishment for the week even though its just a 2 lb loss when it was a 4 lb loss at one point during the week. Thanks for reading and to everyone else trying to lose a few pounds, keep on keepin on and it shall be so.

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BOTZZZ 4/29/2008 12:35PM

    Peachy, The shuttle launches effect the weigh in because of the weight of the shuttle, if its still in the bay its adding weight, these are some big shuttles let me tell ya lol.

as far as wify coming along for the ride with me? yes it helps a lot, we eat the same things at the same times and theres no junk in the house at all, even my kids are running around the house saying "time to exercise lets go" as my 3 year old daughter grabs some 2 lb dumb bells and starts mimicking what I am doing with my 40 pounders :) it is indeed great.

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PEACHY78 4/29/2008 11:01AM

    So you have made me very curious. What is it about shuttle launches that effects how much you weight you loose???

Congratulations on getting into the 40's. It is always such a wonderful moment when the middle number changes. My middle number changed this morning as well!

I have also been on this weight loss journey with my spouse. It makes all the difference, doesn't it??

Keep up the good work!

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HEIDIS2NDCHANCE 4/28/2008 5:07PM

    Congrats to both you and your wife for reaching some mile markers! Keep it up!!

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MRSHONEYC 4/25/2008 7:05PM

    I am SO PROUD for you on your accomplishments!
~MrsHoneyC~ Team Leader, SPClass January 6-12, 2008

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SODREDGE 4/25/2008 6:12PM

    Man you are so cool at times.

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MESACHICK 4/25/2008 2:57PM

  GO ZEUS!! You so rock!! That is fun to read about your wife's progress, too. My hubby has lost 18 pounds so far w/ Spark. It is so great to have a support system at home, isn't it?

LOL about the car carpet...I need to do just what you did!!

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inspiration and perspective, who wouldda thunk.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Day 113 inspiration

I want to start todays post by saying that it is beautiful outside! hmmm and yet I find myself on my lap top indoors typing out this string of thoughts put to words via my fingers and this blog. The kiddo is watching sesame street and were headed out to play in the yard after I click the publish button.

It dawned on me that I am very close to the "lost 100 pounds" mark in this trip to the half. this is very cool, and yet when I think of how much more I have to lose before I am where I need to be I realize that the actual number dwarfs what I have lost so far no matter how much it is. when I started I needed to lose 259 lbs currently I still need to lose 176 lbs to reach my goal of being 275 lbs. I could not be happier with my progress so far no matter how much more it is that I need to lose but to call it a victory at this point would be silly and I must keep things in perspective.

Someone left a comment that said "Did you ever think you would be inspiring others? It must be pretty cool." (thanks Holly) honestly, the answer to that is No. I did not start this blog to inspire and awe the masses, I started it to have a way to stay accountable and to track my daily intake and movement so that I could look back and see what was working and what was not. the truth is that I get emails from time to time or messages on a couple of forums that I read a lot saying that very thing, "You are inspiring" to answer the second part of Holly's comment, YES! it is pretty cool. I know first hand that dropping weight is not easy, fun, exciting or anything other than lots of hard work and discipline, so the fact that someone can find themselves inspired by me is a great feeling if I am being honest, I enjoy receiving emails, private messages and comments that let me know that not only someone cared enough to take the time to leave me a comment or write me that short note but that I may have inspired them to stay on track for the day, or just that they know they are not the only one struggling with something. Who wouldda thunk a fat guy could be an inspiration, just for dropping pounds? either way, Thanks to everyone that cared enough to drop me an email or a message or leave comments, many of you have inspired me as well.

Here is my menu from Tuesday.


8:15 AM
3 oz deli turkey 80
2 slice lite rye bread 80
1 tbsp miracle whip 35

11:00 AM
1 pear 80

2:30 PM
1 lean cuisine 280
2 slices lite rye bread 80
1 dannon lite yogurt 60

6:00 PM
1 can tuna 150
2 slices whole wheat bread 140
6oz sweet potato fries 150
1 tbsp miracle whip 35
5 wheat ritz crackers 70
ketchup 20

8:30 PM
1 banana 105
1 orange 80

Grand total of 1445 calories for the day ending with a couple pieces of fruit at the end of the night to make up some calories. everything is on track and the weight is still coming off. I am very pleased with my results to date and don't plan on stopping until I hit my goal weight and even then who knows.

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CATIATM 4/24/2008 8:17PM

    I am so proud of you. ... Although sometimes reading your blog makes me feel slightly ashamed of myself! emoticon emoticon

You are the bomb, Zeus!

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MRSHONEYC 4/23/2008 9:17PM

    "Who wouldda thunk a fat guy could be an inspiration, just for dropping pounds?"
OF COURSE it is an INSPIRATION! It shows OTHERS that this CAN BE DONE!
You are GREAT!!!
(better watch out - won't be able to call you 'the fat guy' - will be the SKINNY DUDE!)

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LENGELKE 4/23/2008 4:24PM

    You are doing a helluva job!

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GLORYTOGLORY 4/23/2008 2:59PM

  wow good stuff almost 100 that is amazing keep up that work !!!

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A personal and raw post for you. a reintroduction if you will

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

I am a 30 something father of 2 children and husband to the most incredible woman on the planet. with that said I was also well above five hundred pounds just four months ago. It was rare that I was not the biggest guy in the crowd, I stand six foot five inches and have a large frame to go with the height and weight add the weight lifting from my late teens to early twenties and, well, You have a pretty large fellow. I never let it bother me and it did not keep me from doing what I wanted to do when I wanted to do it. then about 7 years ago I suffered a back injury, a couple disks in my back were injured and I was basically immobilized for about a year and a half, I couldn't work and was basically miserable. the following 5 years I basically because of the lack of strength in my back and or the presence of pain gained a lot of weight, blowing up to the 500+ pound stature that I was until recently. I never even noticed that life was passing me by or that I was excluding myself from things that I would in the past do. maybe it was pride controlling how I was acting or maybe the fact that I did not want to admit that there was a problem, I don't know, But I do know there was a change in who I was. I recently (a year ago) moved back to my home state of CT from CA and started thinking about how things have changed in the past 7 years and was getting frustrated because I could see the change in myself more clear now since I was "back home" and my wife was growing more concerned with my weight by the day. so I started looking into a weight loss surgery and the more I read the less I liked the idea of having someone go into my body and cut things up and relocate things and force me to not eat as much as I had to have been to reach this size. then I read that death could be a side effect of the surgery, now I know that it could very well mean just because I would be going under for the procedure that there was a risk, I honestly did not look any further than that so I don't know where the risk comes in..I don't care. the mere suggestion that death was an option was enough to make me not want it, this was the first time in my adult life that I had felt fear and that is what has driven me to lose this weight. I have 2 children and a wife that loves me, death is not an option. besides, all that surgery would be for me is willpower at the edge of a scalpel. did I lack the willpower to not let myself die? was I really that weak? me? the guy that never let anything get to him or stop his forward motion? would I miss out on my daughter growing up only because I lacked the willpower to do something about it? No way, something clicked and the "old me" took over again, a decision was made.

112 days later and 83 lbs gone here I am. this is not a decision to lose a few pounds, this is not a decision "try" to lose weight. this is a decision by me to live and do what I have to do to see that my family has me around for a long time. and in the words of Forrest Gump. That's all I have to say about that.

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MESACHICK 4/22/2008 5:55PM

  Zeus...I loved this post. When I heard about the 1% mortality rate for surgery I was horrified. That is too huge a risk...and too many people go back to how they were before! I am SO with you there.

CONGRATULATIONS on your loss! That is just absolutely amazing, exhilarating, etc. etc. Give yourself a big pat on the back today - you deserve it!

I was feeling BLAH today and you just gave me a little jump start to go work out. Thanks for posting :-)

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LENGELKE 4/22/2008 11:44AM

    WOW! 83 pounds is awesome! I can't wait til I can say that! I looked into the weight surgery right up until I found out death was possible. I said to hell with this and went walking! hahaha 60 pounds gone now...Still have quite a bit to go. We can do this! Our loved ones deserve us sooo much! You are such an inspiration!

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JEEPERSMOM 4/22/2008 11:37AM

I also looked into the weight loss surgery but also decided not to go with it because of the side effects. I think this is the greatest program I have found so far BUT I am having a hard time motivating myself any suggestions?? BTW you are doing GREAT keep up the great work....... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KLINGONMOMMY 4/22/2008 11:09AM

    Fantastic! The hardest part for weight loss can be the self assesment and then having the strength to go after what we need to do. Your doing great. Sam

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COREYLOVE 4/22/2008 10:41AM

    GOOD for YOU. Good for you for taking a long, hard look at what needed to be done, and doing it. Good for you for putting your family and YOURSELF first and not taking the chance of a risky surgery. Good for you for reclaiming your life and your body. Your story is incredible; I can't wait to see what the future holds for you! ~Karen

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Dropping like flies! the pounds that is...

Friday, April 18, 2008

This 1982 Suzuki GS 550 weighs in at 451 lbs

Day 108 & weighing in

I made it under the first little tick on that spark scale thingy! it is marked at 452.75 lbs and i made it to 451 this morning!

Another day to weigh in has come, I got on the scale three times, the first time it said 450.4 lbs, then the second time it said 450.4 lbs, wow I thought not bad, third time on it said 451 lbs, so we will call it 451 for the "official" weight for the week, so loss of 3 lbs for the week. not as bad as I thought it was going to be and more than last week actually. all week the scale told me I was not going to have a good loss and here I am, its Friday and a more than 3 lb loss. I would count it as 450 but that 451 popped in there on the third try and I always record the highest number as my weight for the week.

Calories came in at 1355 for the one hundred and eighth day so a little lower than the target 1500 but I am not too worried about that, it usually evens its self out. I plan on upping the exercise this week back to what it was a couple weeks ago, I feel as though I have been slacking this past week or two where exercise is concerned. the plan is to get in a walk five times a week and start doing my stretch routine along with the push ups and light weight work along with that walking. unfortunately I still cannot locate a pedal for my bike, (in all honesty I have not looked real hard lately). also I am going to be looking at what I eat this week a little closer just to get back to basics as I feel like I am getting too comfortable with this regimen.

I am happy with the loss and we shall see where the next week brings us. slow and steady wins the race, there is no miracle plan or pill that will make the weight come off. the only way is by being determined and doing what needs to be done yourself without straying off of the path. Thats all she wrote

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MRSHONEYC 4/18/2008 2:46PM

    HAHA! I take my LOWEST weight, but YOUR idea is better!!!
CONGRATS on the 3 LESS pounds! Keep up the great work!

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MESACHICK 4/18/2008 12:37PM are AWESOME!!!!!!!!!! That means 25% of your goal!!! WOO-HOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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JEEPERSMOM 4/18/2008 12:19PM

    WTG!!!!! KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK.................

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Say no to Cloned beef

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Many of you that read this blog daily know that I donít eat beef products because I do not like the idea of eating cloned meat, who would have ever thought that George Lucas had it right when he wrote Star Wars so many years ago? Now I know that cloned cattle and storm troopers are not exactly the same but the concept is. The cloned animals are Frankensteined into profit for the big company that can afford the process of inserting the DNA from a super cow or super bull into an empty egg taken from a donor and literally shocking it into life, and then in a dish it grows into their prize money maker, not unlike the Jedi did with good old Boba Fett making all of those Storm troopers. So this animal grown from some DNA cells and an empty egg gets cut into pieces and ends up on our kitchen tables, and where does that leave the little guy farmer in all of this? Yep, you guessed it, out of business because he canít compete with the big company thatís cloning the food that we willingly put into our bodies. No thanks none for this fella.

There is nothing from the FDA that states that the cloned meat has to be labeled that way. Any package of beef or gallon of milk in the supermarket may just be from a cloned animal and yet you have no way to make the choice whether you want to eat it or not, I read a poll once which showed that more than 60% of consumers would not buy cloned beef if it was labeled, I just do not agree with it, it feels like they are slipping something into our daily life that just doesnít need to be there, what exactly is wrong with the cattle that we have been eating all of these years without cloning? Itís all about money and not about anything more than that. If we accept this then the next thing may be bigger, after all weíve all been eating the cloned meat and no one has died, right? I cannot stress enough how much I do not agree with it.

Everyone is entitled to their opinion on the subject, and there is mine. It is something to think about, whether you want to eat beef that was naturally born and slaughtered or if you want to put an animal into your mouth that was genetically created in a lab because it happened to have some good genes or produced more milk than the cow standing next to it. I am against it and will not eat anything that I know has a chance of being cloned livestock, unfortunately for me this includes pigs as well as cattle so I am limited to fish and fowl for now. hopefully I can get some good fishing in this year and get some fresh caught fish in the freezer so I can avoid store bought meat all together at least for some meals.
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LENGELKE 4/22/2008 11:47AM

    Oh holy cow, I'm thinking I shouldn't eat beef. I really never thought about it but I would not want a cloned animal in my body...That's gross. Yea, that sounded scientific, huh? Haha no cloned beef!

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CATIATM 4/12/2008 4:55PM

    I agree completely. I think we're being used as guinea pigs to pad big business profit margins.

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MRSHONEYC 4/12/2008 10:09AM

    Yep, I don't agree with cloning - that's putting too much 'God Power' in possibly the wrong hands.
And CLONED FOOD??? Well, ONE day it may be NEEDED, but not today .

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