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The return of the gym.

Thursday, March 25, 2010


Today will be my return to the gym as I did not make it last night because of something not in my control and I am itching to get on the bike again. I watch The biggest loser each week and this week they had the contestants do a challenge which required them to ride 26.2 miles on a stationary bike and I immediately said to wify "If I was on the show I would win this one for sure" and then I thought about something, I can do that challenge at the gym! So after I get reacquainted with the gym I will ride for the same 26.2 miles and compare my time with the times from the show because I gots to know. With the weather warming up and the street sweeper having come by and cleared all of the sand from my tiny hilly road I see lots of bike rides on my actual bike in my very near future and I do think that I will be going to the gym and then later in the day taking bike rides so I will be getting more exercise than I have been. My son got a new bike for Christmas, Wify has a bike and I have mine of course and I am thinking about getting a tag along bike for my daughter so that she can come with us on our rides as she loves her bike but is still on training wheels and cannot keep up, so like I said, lots of rides in my future!

Lets talk about my weight for a moment, I am up in weight this week but I totally expected that as last week I was full on sick with a fever in the days leading up to my weigh in and have a feeling that it was falsely low because of that, we will see where that wheel stops tomorrow when I weigh in. In addition to the being under the weather last week and the beginning of this week I have not been exercising at all and honestly have been eating slightly more than my calorie allowances about 50% of the time since about Saturday by about 100-150 calories. The way I see it is that things happen that are not optimal and I react to those things differently every time just like most people do, just because I am on a road to better health and weight loss does not mean that I cannot have weeks where I don't exercise and eat more no matter how little more it is. Truth be told I am still not 100% where feeling not sick goes and I am still a tad sluggish but no fever, no coughing, no aches etc etc etc and that is mainly why I am not worried about any up that I am seeing on the scale right now, it WILL be beaten into submission in the coming weeks.

Being more than comfortable in a 315 pound body is an odd feeling for me as when I began down this better health path any weight with a three in front of it did not seem comfy to me in thought, yet here I am. I am not limited right now to what I can or cannot do and I have not felt limited in quite some time and some people may disagree that I am not limited but there is nothing in life that I am missing out on because of weight at this point in time. Last week we made an impromptu stop at an Applebees for dinner as it was getting late and I got the 500 calorie steak dinner that they offer but while we were sitting there I said to wify "I was hoping that we got a booth" and she just smirked. I thought about what I had said and could not remember the last time that thought was even close to something that I would have wanted and in my head I thought about how things have changed for me in the last 2 years. I have lost more than 200 pounds so far and have kept that weight off for going on a year now and still going, I know that I will never be back in the wrong side of the tracks where my health and weight are concerned because this side is a lot more fun.

From 534 pounds to a complete turn around in my health is what I have done to date and I am not even close to finished, I have things that I want to do and goals to be met and no one will stop me from getting there.

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MUSICBEAR14 3/25/2010 9:36PM

    keep up the great job. i too love the show and want to try the bike challenge. in fact, i'd like to figure out a way to do each and every challenge. i really liked the one of the pulling the race cars. emoticon

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JCORYCMA 3/25/2010 9:22PM

    I'm thinkin that I might have to try this bike challenge myself just to see if I can do it! Maybe if I don't set the tension so high. I'm glad you are feeling better and have a great attitude about the high and low tides of weight loss. You'll get back to 100% soon!
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TINYC887 3/25/2010 4:59PM

    way to go, you are an inspiration. I havent lost much recently but I know its because I don't always get enough calories. Hoping I'll mangage to change that. Keep up the awesome job

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SUNNY89 3/25/2010 4:11PM

    I watched the show but didn't take note of how fast they came in. Way to go on challenging yourself.

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PSMITH3841 3/25/2010 2:53PM

    The bike challenge is a great idea!!! Keep us posted......Cool it with the weigh-in worry, you'll be fine no matter what that stupid thing says! emoticon

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MRDPOLING 3/25/2010 2:51PM

    Good mindset! You are doing the right things!

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VEMAN1 3/25/2010 2:44PM

    Great attitude man. I am interested in the bike ride myself. What are the minimum settings to participate? Don't worry about the scale. As soon as your body returns to full throttle, those few over indulgent days will be forgotten.

Keep it real!

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MEGAMITENCHI 3/25/2010 2:15PM

    I love the bike challenge, you'll have to let us know how you compare!

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CATLADY52 3/25/2010 12:54PM

    Keep on keeping on in your own way and with your attitude you will sail right on by into the 200s, I have no fear. And, I think you can beat the Biggest Loser's time easily.

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SWEETZMIX 3/25/2010 12:37PM

    Screw the scale! You the man emoticon
Like you said you were sick and some things didn't happen as plan. It won't make you or break you! And get the tag along for your daughter. That would be nice, maybe on the weekends you all can go bike riding as a family. That just sounds awesome!

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KROLES55 3/25/2010 12:20PM

    Wow what a great accomplishment thus far...Keep it up

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DENACARPER 3/25/2010 12:14PM

    We all have those months where we take off a couple of weeks - sometimes our body just needs it.
You are so CLOSE!! Just 16 lbs from being in the 200's YIPPEE!!!! emoticon

I can't wait to see the blog when that happens!!

keep going - it's a lifestyle change and it appears you HAVE made the change. It's all downhill from here.

Keep up that fantastic work!! emoticon

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GLORYTOGLORY 3/25/2010 12:12PM

  I look foward to hearing about that bike ride lol!

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TWENKY215 3/25/2010 12:09PM

    Good luck on the marathon. Did you see where the guy was running a half marathon(he never intended to participate) and the police escorted him to a full marathon and he won the whole thing. What an accomplishment!! emoticon

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JBMT08 3/25/2010 11:55AM

    Remember...you are in it for the long haul....bump what the scale says tomorrow! in the LONG run, you are much healthier mentally, physically, emotionally than you were at the start of your journey, so CHARGE FORTH, and continue to let us know of your journey! BTW, have you chosen your blogs yet? (referencing your other blog with the 100 best blogs)
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MLG511 3/25/2010 11:46AM

    Thanks for sharing your story! Congratulations on your weight loss! Keep the motivation high!

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MADTOWNBUDDHA 3/25/2010 11:46AM

    Way to keep inspiring us...you were on the first people I looked towards when I started about 6 months ago and at tomorrow's weigh-in I'm hoping to hit the 100+ pounds lost mark since Sept. 18th, I'm at 97 now and I've had a great week. So all I can continue to say is THANK YOU, for being there and showing me that it can happen and that's all about sticking with it, no mind what anyone else says or thinks...I can do this. Thank you brother!

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DACIUS 3/25/2010 11:37AM

    What were their times? I want to try that now!!!

I love that you are comparing that.

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100 best blogs for weight loss support? moi? and a project oh dear!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010


This week has been interesting because as I was coming off of my being sick with a fever and just plain old feeling terrible my daughter now has it so I have not had much free time where I was feeling up to par. Getting to the gym has not happened in about a week and that time was coming off of being sick as well so to say that I have not exercised much in the last two weeks is an understatement that I am not happy about. Monday did not afford me a chance to go to the gym and neither did yesterday but I am planning to get out there tonight after dinner as my daughter is home from school sick again today so going earlier than that is an impossibility. I have been eating like I am maintaining this week and its partially because I am coming off of being sick and I was eating slightly more for no real reason other than I am home more so wandering aimlessly throughout the house bored. Sunday I was a decent amount over on my calories as I did not write them into my spreadsheet, I was eating because I was on the run all day but when I added them up at the end of the day I was around 2200 for the day, otherwise I have not gone over 1800 calories per day and have done ok.

Exercise, I mentioned that I haven't been to the gym in a long while but that's not to say that I have had zero exercise because I have done some. It has been simply gawjus around here all week and I did get in a couple bike rides, a few walks and on Saturday I spent about 3 hours cleaning up the yard in our garden beds but I don't like calling things that I need to do regardless exercise. I also picked up a new project over the weekend in the form of an older mountain bike that I got off of Craigslist for the low low price of $0.00! its a 1988 Specialized Rockhopper comp with all Shimano Deore components and other than needing a good scrubbing, some new cables, tires and tubes its in pretty decent shape. The size is somewhere between Wify and me but closer to her size and I am planning on fixing it up so that she can ride it around BUT I do like it so it may be a dual purpose 2 owners kind of bike because I am greedy like that and like I said I like it!


She is no beauty contest winner but that won't be the case for long if I have anything to say about it.


A shot of the biopace crank just for fun.

In my email box I found a message from a fellow named Ken who is with Nursingschools.net saying that I was included in their article for the "100 best blogs for weight loss support" (link can be found here zeusmeatball.blogspot.com/2010/03/10
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) and I am humbled by that! seriously. They have it set up into categories like "Those losing weight", "Those who have lost their weight" and "Coming back from Obesity" which is the category they put my blog into, along with a few more categories and I see a couple familiar blogs but I also see some that I haven't read yet and am planning to go through and read a few. I started this blog back in 2008 so that I would have a place to post my progress and have some accountability that was just kind of out there floating around in the virtual space of the internet and for someone to think that my blog belongs on a list of the 100 best for weight loss support really floors me. Knowing that other people find what I am doing helpful is something that I honestly never thought about when I started this blog, I started it for me, I still write it for me but I have to admit that the fact that other people read this blog and can take something out of it is an awesome thing for me. I know that losing weight, getting and staying healthy is not a simple thing for most of the people that try, me included and if I can be of some help even to one person trying to get healthy than that is a rock solid reason for me to write this blog every day on top of my original reasons, and again I am absolutely humbled by that idea.

This week I believe that I will see a slight gain in my weight from last weeks weigh in but its not something that I am worried about even slightly as I am getting back to the gym tonight and will beat the fat into submission once again. I know that I am up in weight as of this morning because well I am a scale addict and I check in almost daily with Hariet my scale just to have a baseline for each day. I have also found in my email box as well as some comments over the past few weeks a couple of requests to share my menus once again on the blog so I will try and get some of them posted again in future posts as I do enjoy doing that as well and if there is a request for them why not right? With the passing of my whatever it was that had been ailing me its back to business as usual for me and I am planning on easing back into the gym so that I don't over work anything right off the bat. Tonight he plan is to ride the bike for 25 minutes followed by a trot on the arc-trainer and a walk on the treadmill but I will stay away from the weights for tonight adding them back in when I return to my earlier in the day workouts when the kiddo is feeling better.

For today, thats all I got so keep on keepin on and all that, I shall return again tomorrow morning with the next episode of as the fat guy turns.

Fini.

As Ever
Me

  
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SUNNYWBL 3/27/2010 11:03PM

    You need a gadget like my GoWearFit by BodyMedia.com! It will track the calories that you burn each day and count your steps, too!

There is even a Spark group, Body Bugg where you can get info! BTW, garden work is a great way to burn calories as is housework!LOL

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WENDYSPARKS 3/25/2010 2:07PM

    Congratulations!! That is great!! :) I hope you also feel better soon! :) Have a good day, Wendy

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 3/25/2010 1:44PM

    That is fantastic that you got selected for that. It takes a lot of dedication and drive to do what you have done, doing, and are going to do for the foreseeable future. You have been a help to me and I know many more. You deserve all of the accolades you get.

Dr. Oz, Top 100 blogs, Is Michelle Obama's Obesity Czar next?

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DEREKCSIMMONS 3/25/2010 10:44AM

    Congrats on the blog award and nice bike.

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TRACYZABELLE 3/25/2010 5:40AM

    Well it sure took them long enough! I have always enjoyed your blogs and I pass them on to others as well . Good luck with your new project.

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CCKELLY3 3/24/2010 11:42PM

    Wow, that's so great! Congratulations.

And I sooo want to pick your brains on bikes. I just ordered my first bike in over a decade and I'm so nervous. I haven't really ridden much, even as a kid, because I found the seats always hurt my seat too much. Even when I wasn't fat. But now, I want to overcome that so I opted to get a low end hybrid bike from a really good shop and have it fitted to me. They promise with all the adjustments it won't hurt, as long as I take it slow. You seem to know your bikes and be very serious and passionate about it.

Sooo, what's your advice for a complete newbie? A rather nervous newbie, I might add! :)

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JCORYCMA 3/24/2010 10:15PM

    You ARE a humble guy with a natural ability for writing so it's no wonder your blogs are so popular. The fact that you are "Joe Everyman" who lost a phenomenal amount of weight goes beyond simply inspiring. It makes something that once seemed impossible for us, possible. So please keep posting! I'm glad to see that you took it easy when your body obviously needed some rest to recover. I hate nothing worse than following people at the gym who have coughed and hacked and spread their germs all over equipment, door handles, and drinking fountains...
Joanne

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GINGER_LOSTALOT 3/24/2010 6:09PM

    Great deal! I'm not ready for an upright bike, but I've been seriously considering recumbents (Craigslist has a few). I've been wondering if I could handle biking to work (12 miles each way).

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MRDPOLING 3/24/2010 5:44PM

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MELODIEO 3/24/2010 3:57PM

    Congrates!

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TX.PATRICIA 3/24/2010 1:36PM

    Good luck on fixing up your new find, and congrats on the being on the blog list!

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 3/24/2010 1:27PM

    You deserve that award for this blog! WOW! You tell it like it is with no extra fat/sugar coating. LOVE IT!!! Hope you get 100% well and stay that way!

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TWENKY215 3/24/2010 1:04PM

    Of course you deserve to be in the 100. You make your journey so real and so true. We all know and feel the same way that you do and you make everything so much more interesting than just a regular post. Your blog has so much information even when you don't lose and show us just how we all care. I like the way you incorporate things that weigh how much you weigh and I like it too when you post just what it takes to eat and exercise to be exactly the stand up guy you are. We are so thankful for you BOTZZZ!!!! emoticon emoticon

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HAPPYSOUL91 3/24/2010 12:52PM

    yea, crusing the house without anything specific to do, is always a problem. I mean...there is the refrig and cupboards. Glad you are getting out

I really like your blog, true to life

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TINYC887 3/24/2010 12:19PM

    that is so awesome, you deserve it for all your hard work

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GLOBALKEEWEE 3/24/2010 12:07PM

    Congratulations on the great recognition! (We, of course, knew this all along.)

Good perspective on your recovering-from-illness-week healthy strategy, too. Enjoy your new toy!


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JBMT08 3/24/2010 11:28AM

    Wow, that is AWESOME about your blogs!!!!! and Happy NOT BEING SICK ANYMORE!!!! kick those pounds to the curb Botzz!!! You are truly an amazing individual doing amazing things, even if you don't think that you are....you have a tremendous influence on us all!! SO HAPPY FOR YOU!!! emoticon emoticon

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MEGAMITENCHI 3/24/2010 11:15AM

    Whew, what a week! I think it's amazing that you got so much done if you're still ill!!! Making the blog list is pretty cool!!! Congrats!

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VEMAN1 3/24/2010 11:14AM

    The sickness thing can really hurt the return performance. Remember to stretch a bit more during your warm up and bring up your speed over the next few days. After being off for a week I am almost back to 90% today (three days returned). Tomorrow I might be completely up to speed unless my sinuses are plugged like they were this morning.

Regarding being on the top 100, your honesty and writing style are worth the award. The continued focus on the target and the why of the focus your remind your readers to really contemplate their goals. By making these goals align with our values the personal rewards for success are not measured at the scale or by the trouser size. Rather, the success towards the goals are support for our values and our being. So be happy and congratulations on a well earned award! Keep blogging and trucking!

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PSMITH3841 3/24/2010 11:12AM

    Congrats on your achievement although it's no surprise to SparkPeople, that you have one of the best blogs for weight loss support! Lots of us have been reading you and using your words as major motivation for some time now. We tried to tell you that you were the best...Do you believe us now???? Good luck with the Make-Over on the bike, can't wait to see it finished.... emoticon

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LAURIE5658 3/24/2010 11:08AM

    Botzzz, being listed is so awesome!! How cool is that???!!!

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SWEETZMIX 3/24/2010 11:01AM

    Glad you are feeling better.

emoticon on being named one of the 100 best blogs for weight loss support! That is awesome! I know you didn't start it for that reason, but if you haven't realized it, you have a pretty large following!

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SOOTHINGGLOW 3/24/2010 10:52AM

    You've helped more people than you realize. Believe it when we say you are truly an inspiration!!! Congratulations!

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Saturday oh Saturday...

Saturday, March 20, 2010


Just popped inside for a few minutes and thought I would post, its a wonderful 70 degrees and sunny here in my neck of the woods and I have been outside since about 10:30 am, it is now 2:30 and we're eating a picnic lunch. Took the bike out for a ride and well....



In the good words of Forest Gump, That's all I got to say about that...

Enjoy your weekend!

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Me

  
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DACIUS 3/23/2010 8:45AM

    Ah yes. Welcome Spring!!! We hope you stay a while!!!

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HAPPYSOUL91 3/21/2010 8:08PM

    Enjoy the great weather

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ISLOBIRDSEEDS 3/21/2010 8:03PM

  Sounds like a wonderful relaxing and fun day! Enjoy the sunshine!

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DENACARPER 3/21/2010 12:52PM

    Funny - you enjoyed sunny weather - I know you live way up north. I am here in Texas and we had snow yesterday and it's still on the ground today with a windchill in the mid teens. I am jealous, but it's supposed to be 73 on Tuesday - so I'll get out then. enjoy your spring weather and your bike rides!!!

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DDOORN 3/21/2010 9:52AM

    Hope you enjoyed your bike ride as much as I did MINE! :-)

Don

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PAPAMIKIE 3/21/2010 1:05AM

    thanks for that.

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FLYINGTIGER 3/21/2010 12:57AM

    So you were outside for 4 hours already. Got in a bike ride. Going out for a picnic... And then you quote Forrest Gump and are gone OUTSIDE again! What a picture of conversion to an active lifestyle.

Botzzz, you are like haiku, the perfect, poetic expression of an idea... the idea of converting to a healthy life.

YOUR FAN ALWAYS,
Dave

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BEERCANDY 3/21/2010 12:08AM

    Oh man, I know this weather is AWESOME!! Looks like it is going to stay nice here in CA for a while too!

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DIFROMWYOMING 3/20/2010 11:38PM

    Sure....rub it in! We did have a nice sunny day here, too, but it was like 30 degrees. No picnic here. Hope you had FUN!

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KAT7457 3/20/2010 10:38PM

    good job , I loved Forest Grump!!

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MRDPOLING 3/20/2010 9:35PM

    Yes today was just too beautiful to stay inside!

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PSMITH3841 3/20/2010 8:34PM

    We had one of those terrific spring day's here too.....the picnic with the family sounds fun!!! Tomorrow is to be a duplicate of today...Enjoy! emoticon

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 3/20/2010 6:45PM

    Sounds like a great thing to do on a Saturday!!!

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JLUVSHIKIN 3/20/2010 4:38PM

    70?? lucky guy! Have fun... great pic.

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MZLADY77 3/20/2010 4:21PM

    Beautiful day, that was nice of you to go bike riding.

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4EVERADONEGIRL 3/20/2010 3:39PM

    Love it!!! Forrest Gump...such a wise soul. :-)

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MEGAMITENCHI 3/20/2010 3:01PM

    Need to have the bikes spruced up still, but I had a good run, so go us for getting out there and enjoying the weekend sun!
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ITSHOWYOULIVE 3/20/2010 2:59PM

    Sounds like a wonderful day!

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SCISLANDGIRL 3/20/2010 2:52PM

    Sounds like you had a great workout and an active day. Today I decide to stay active and spent two hours working out in the gym. Sure feels great.

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ACTIVE_AT_60 3/20/2010 2:43PM

    I was out too. 34 degrees when we started - 40 when we had completed our 39 miles.

As a friend says - ride hard, pedal smart, enjoy the downhills.

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VANB01 3/20/2010 2:43PM

    No biking for me today, but I did get out for a 10 mile walk in the park- just beautiful!

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BILLALEX70 3/20/2010 2:40PM

    I got out this morning on my bike also. I went out about 7 AM and it was about 40 degrees, but totally worth it.

Rock on my quarter-ton brother!

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PERSKIHOUSE 3/20/2010 2:31PM

    yaeh, warm weather!!!Enjoy you weekend too. It's sounds like you are off to a good start

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Weighing in on Day 808 and some pictures.

Friday, March 19, 2010


The virtual week is over and time to get on that scale has come, its been a not so fun week as I have been under the weather again all week and no gym for me so a sad panda for sure. Last week showed no movement in the right direction and I was up by a pound but this week we have a new low weight and a 5.4 pound drop today. The scale said 311.0 pounds on the nose which means that I have lost 41.76% of my total weight to date which is a whopping 223 pounds and I am not even close to done yet! My original goal was to get down to 275 pounds and I am now 36 pounds from that goal and just saying that feels awesomely incredible to me because I was once staring down the barrel of having to lose 259 pounds to get there so that thirty six left feels very attainable. Lets get to some images of things that weigh as much as I do and as much as I have lost, this is my favorite part of a Friday post because it means a loss!


This Durbahn Ducati 999 V2 comes in at 311 pounds just like someone that I know.


This 1979 Suzuki RM250 weighs in at 223 pounds which is what I have lost to date.


MMA fighter Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic comes in at 223 pounds as well, imagine having to carry that fellow around on your shoulders all day!

Making good choices most of the time has gotten me where I am down this road and I say most of the time because I do this with the idea of everything in moderation without limiting myself from anything completely. There is a natural progression to eat more lean meats, veggies, fruits etc with my process as I rarely eat cloned red meat or pork and I tend to lean towards fish more than anything but it was chicken last year. The longer that I do this the more I am seeing a progression towards that cleaner eating and its just kind of happening more than something that I am consciously doing. I still enjoy an occasional slice of bacon pizza or a nice New York strip steak with a loaded baked potato, the difference is the frequency of meals like that.

It use to be the reverse of what it is now, I would have pizza, steaks, HUGE plates of food very often and a random salad with 3/4 of a bottle of dressing would serve as my high and holy meal that helped me justify the way that I was eating. I don't think that I will ever give up bacon and onion pizza or a perfectly cooked steak entirely, instead I treat them as, well, treats. I do things like say that on holidays I don't count my calories which doesn't mean that I strap on a feed bag it just means that I am going to enjoy the time with my family instead of worrying about being that pain in the ass with the scale on those occasions. If I go out to dinner with my wife I don't really worry all that much about the calories, I do make the best choices available and I do try and look up the nutritional information if I can but I don't obsess like I do in daily life, its not every day that I get to have a night out with the love of my life and when that happens I want to worry about her. I feel that moderation is the key to a successful weight loss program and hopping off of the road for a big plate of your favorite whatever every now and again will not sabotage the entire day, week, month or year.

I am obviously happy with the results on the scale this week and think that its insane that I am only 36 pounds from my first major goal weight of 275 pounds. Still being sick has me slightly concerned that the weight will jump up slightly this week as I get back to my regularly scheduled program and start back at the gym but that's to be found out I suppose and perhaps I will need to change my calories around a bit in the coming weeks, but those thoughts are for another post because right now I am just enjoying today's results.

Today's broadcast has come to an end, keep on keepin on because that's all I got for now.

As Ever
Me

  
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WALKWITME 3/25/2010 3:48PM

    my Biggest Loser

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JAMGIRL8 3/23/2010 12:13PM

    Awesome work! You have really paid your dues and you are reaching your goal! You are such an inspiration!

Rock on!

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SUBVET688 3/20/2010 4:55AM

    My friend, you are the man! Glad to see this week was a good one other than the under the weather blahs. I love to read your posts with pictures! You know how to communicate, motivate, and inspire with your posts.

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LADYSNOWFALL 3/19/2010 9:46PM

    Congrats! I've been away for a bit and not following as closely as I usually do. I'm so happy for you! Keep up the good work!

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GERAPTIKO 3/19/2010 6:03PM

    Congratulations emoticon
Thank you for another great post, this is once again very inspirational! Filipovic & Suzuki RM250 -- funny emoticon

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VANB01 3/19/2010 5:11PM

    Congratulations on the new low weight! I love seeing the pictures of things/people who weight what you weigh and what you've taken off.

Very inspiring.

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Keep up the good work!

- Karen

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PLUSTODOWNSIZE 3/19/2010 2:47PM

    GREAT JOB!!

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PSMITH3841 3/19/2010 2:09PM

    Forget SuperMan, forget Batman...don't even think about Captain America.... Luke Skywalker & Han Solo are still on the list but have dropped a few places.....You are the new Super Hero!!!! Great job, sick or not, you got even closer to your goal... emoticon

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~MISS_TEA~ 3/19/2010 2:03PM

    CONGRATS!

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BILLALEX70 3/19/2010 11:52AM

    Great work brother!

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MSNICHOLS39 3/19/2010 11:48AM

    You are such an inspiration to me. Keep up the great work at both the weight loss and the blogging. YOu are an amazing writer. So honest.
Andrea

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SNOWFLAKELILYM9 3/19/2010 11:41AM

    Congratulations on your new low weight!!!!! You've done lots of hard work to get there, awesome!! I faithfully read your blogs because you are an inspiration and I especially look forward to Fridays to see your progress. Would you consider posting your daily menus again. Keep on inspiring us all!!

Margaret

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JIMDAB 3/19/2010 11:19AM

    Good work, as always. What a great way of showing your accomplishment, far better than mere numbers. Thanx for the posts.

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MEGAMITENCHI 3/19/2010 10:47AM

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That is incredible! Go you!!!!! You could also put a picture of me up there, as you've lost how much I weigh right now, lol.

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TWENKY215 3/19/2010 10:45AM

    Boy you are doing that doggone thing!!!! Wow, you have come so far and I know that you keep amamzing yourself just like you keep amazing the rest of us. Good to see you getting what you want without infomercials and gimmicks. Hard work and perserverance. I think I can! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EUGENERUGOSA 3/19/2010 10:42AM

    congrats!!! I love how you say you aren't giving up certain "treats" but instead treating them as treats. A lesson for us all.

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SAMSPARK1 3/19/2010 10:19AM

    Great work and all the best to you in your continued journey! WAY TO GO!!!!

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STUDYHAWK 3/19/2010 10:13AM

    You continue to be "THE MAN"!! Congrats on the weight loss. The mental changes you've made are inspiring. Thanks for sharing your journey. Helps me to stay on mine. The comment about moderation is priceless. No fad diet here, but a true change in eating habits and the way a person thinks about food. You're a good example of how to lose weight. Thank you so much for sharing. emoticon

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JACOBSMAMA1 3/19/2010 10:12AM

    Wow, it is very inspirational to read the blog of someone who weighed over 500 pounds! I myself was on that road; my heaviest was 380; I'm now down to 317. for me the biggest reason why I've been able to lose the weight is med change.
keep up the good work! by the way, how tall are you?

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HAPPYSOUL91 3/19/2010 10:10AM

    You have made such tremendous progress, great job

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GLORYTOGLORY 3/19/2010 10:06AM

  so excited for you that -36 will be hee before you know it!

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TOADIE30 3/19/2010 10:02AM

    My god you are amazing! Look at how far you have come what's another 36lbs. You are such an inspiration! Your rockin your journey! Keep it up.
I look forward to hearing more!

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SWEETZMIX 3/19/2010 10:01AM

    My friend you are awesome. I have been reading your blogs for almost 2 years, yup the whole time I have been on spark and you are awesome! Even when the scale doesn't go down and that's a big deal. But the scale went down this week. I hope you are feeling better and can enjoy today and tomorrow with wify and the kids!!!!!

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MAGNORK517 3/19/2010 10:00AM

    WOW! It's amazing that you are still losing at that rate, you are doing awesome ! You'll be at your goal in no time. emoticon

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JBMT08 3/19/2010 9:43AM

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I love the mentality of your blogs! I am striving to think very similarly to you do...I feelt hat I have come a long way from where my thought processes were this time last year, and through reading what you continuously write, I NOW know that I am on the right path! THANK YOU for always sharing, and I cannot believe you were looking at losing 259 pounds to lose initially, and NOW you are looking at 36 pounds! SIMPLY AMAZING!!! emoticon

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NAENAE1213 3/19/2010 9:40AM

    You are doing AMAZING! Congrats on being sooooo close to your first goal!! Hope you feel better quick. I seem to be under the weather this week as well....it's that time of year, I guess.

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TAZZAT2003 3/19/2010 9:20AM

    Wow! That is something to be proud of! Cannot wait to see the pics next week. Best of luck to you with your remaining 36. I am sure with your current motivation you will be there before you know it!!
So awesome!!
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SIMPLE_TAILOR 3/19/2010 9:09AM

    Another great episode. I can't imagine carrying that guy around . .

Ease back into the gym next week. Taking a week off means that you have started to soften and will need to build yourself back up. I believe you were at around 60-75 minutes of cardio before you got sick. Might want to take a couple days at 35-45 minutes before you go back to your regular workout. Might reduce some of the water retention.

Just a thought.

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TSWARTHOUT 3/19/2010 9:08AM

    Way to go on the pounds lost. You are doing so well in your journey. The last 36 pounds to get you to your first goal weight is nothing compared to what you have lost already. Give it time and those pounds will be gone forever too. I enjoy reading your blogs. Thanks for sharing.

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SOOTHINGGLOW 3/19/2010 9:08AM

    I am so very happy for you! I can't wait to see you reach your 275lb goal and beyond!
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NANCY1BE 3/19/2010 9:08AM

    Thanks for sharing! I am so motivated after I read a success story! Continued best wishes on your journey! I can't wait to hear and see how you're doing! emoticon

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Coma Toads, 2XLT and some random for your gray matter.

Thursday, March 18, 2010


So yesterday morning I ran out to do some errands before it was time to bring my daughter to school, or in other words get some bigger snacks because apparently my little princess was feeling like she was missing out by having a cereal bar and I made an impromptu stop at JC Penny to look for a shirt. I of course walk straight to the Big and Tall section and start looking around and I see a button up shirt that the price seems good to me at $24.99 and I asked the kid what color I should get and grabbed a 4xl off of the rack in her color choice, when I started asking a 4 year old for fashion advice I don't know. Now I grabbed the 4xl because any big guy knows that button up shirts fit differently than a tee shirt so a bigger size fits more comfortably usually and comes with the added benefit of being able to actually button the shirt AND sit down in it. Of course the 4xl fits and I can button it up so I am comfortable with the size BUT the neck is too big which is something else that I would think all big guys know so it looked awkward, lets try a 3xlt right? The 3xlt fit tighter than the 4xl and the neck looked better but honestly the shirt was still looser than it needed to be, especially because I am buying it to wear over a tee shirt and unbuttoned so something said "go out of this bigger is better comfort zone and try the 2xlt" and I did and low and behold it fit me. The 2xlt fit me length wise, it buttoned and as long as I don't sit down it looks good on me and I only know this because my daughter said "that one looks da best Dada its my favorite" I think that she was just tired of standing there while I tried on the same shirt over and over and had to try something BUT I'll tell ya she was right it did look the best from all of the shirts.

I went out of my comfort zone with this shirt because it actually fits me and is not loose and baggy like everything else that I buy and a 2xlt?? in a button up shirt?? Me?? woah like seriously it was like 7th grade the last time that happened. The other thing that I am going to have to start getting use to is the fact that there are actually stores that I can walk into and buy some clothing in without thumbing through a catalog and picking things from the very limited selection. I can walk into any store that sells jeans and buy myself jeans now a days as the last "new" pants that I bought were a 42 but since then I have poked 3 holes in my belt and the 42's slide off of my non ass without a tightly cinched belt so I don't know exactly what size jeans I am right now, but shirts have always been an issue. I own precisely ONE 2xlt tee shirt and now I own one 2xlt button up shirt and like I mentioned it was 8th grade or so the last time I was in this size but back then I was on my way up in sizes, this time around I am on my way down.

I have a specific memory from back then going "school shopping" with my mother and we were never well off so of course we are at K-mart and I was trying on xl shirts to no avail because they did not fit me. I have no idea what the section where they had the bigger clothes was called back then but I remember it being kind of a new thing to have stuff in bigger sizes but that could just have been a 7th graders view of it. Anyways, "look Tony these are 2xl try one on" said my mother, and it fit but the picture on the front of the tee shirt said "Coma Toads" and was a bunch of frogs laying on a couch like they were partying and were now comatose, I got the shirt. I didn't want the shirt, I didn't want any of the shirts that I got that day but it was all that would fit and I clearly remember it because it was the day that I went into "big clothes" and if I had know just how significant that shirt would be to me I may have tried to keep it. That day I was passing into a new size of shirt and it was a terrible thing that the size was 2xl and yesterday when I bought that 2xlt shirt and it fit me I am again passing into a new size of clothing but this time around 2xl is a welcomed thing.

I am not quite ready to say that I am a true 2xl size yet, I have 3xl shirts that fit me fine and are comfortable but these couple of 2xl things fit me too, just slightly snug for the moment. Maybe in a month or two I will HAVE to admit that I am this size because there will be no denying how the bigger stuff looks on me but I am still more comfortable in a looser fitting 3xl shirt than any 2xl that I own right now. The mental aftermath of losing the amount of weight that I have is interesting indeed and not something that I thought would be here at all, changing the way that I think I have covered, changing the way that my eyes see things is going to have to happen naturally because I honestly can still see the way bigger me a lot of times still, Not that I am small...yet...but still you get my point.

Tomorrow is a weigh in day for the blog so make sure to tune back in to see the stunning results of the week on the next episode of as the fat guy turns.

As Ever
Me

  
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SIMPLE_TAILOR 3/19/2010 11:58AM

    So where it the picture of you in the new duds?

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STRAPPED_182 3/19/2010 12:06AM

    clothes shopping sucks. you think you are one size and depending on the store or brand, you are not what you thought you were. if you are into dressing well.. ie button up shirts try getting fitted for one. most department stores carry shirts with specific sizes like pants, with a neck and arm length. and also take the time to try stuff on. if you got into some 40's or 38's it would add a little pep in your step.

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 3/18/2010 7:03PM

    Congrats!! I am looking forward to the day when I can toss some of my stuff. I have one pair of pants that are getting close-a few more pounds and they are goners. Thanks for the blog-its inspiring me to get busy and get to where I am surprised by a new size!

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VICTROLA1 3/18/2010 6:21PM

  Good job!! It is always awesome when you get to buy a smaller size and it fits!! Way to go!! emoticon

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CODEMAULER 3/18/2010 5:29PM

    I loathe clothes shopping, but I'll admit it's way more fun shopping in the smaller sizes!!

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BOTZZZ 3/18/2010 4:32PM

    I bet you would Heather! all you gotta do is take a 15 minute ride and Viola! you see it ;) when I am not sick you have to come by for dinner, I think I owe ya?

As Ever
Me

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PUMPKINFACE73 3/18/2010 3:31PM

    Nice! We would all like to see a picutre of you in that new shirt...post it!

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SAYEATER 3/18/2010 2:53PM

    Moving down a size....best reward ever!! I just cleared out about 5 pairs of pants this morning. Boy that felt good!

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PSMITH3841 3/18/2010 2:51PM

    emoticon Feels great doesn't it? emoticon

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MEGAMITENCHI 3/18/2010 2:38PM

    Woohoo!!!!! That is amazing!!! You are making great progress.

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JBMT08 3/18/2010 2:36PM

    WOOHOO!!! 2XL!!!! More to come!!!

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GLORYTOGLORY 3/18/2010 2:22PM

  congrats on the 2xl woohoo!

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PLUSTODOWNSIZE 3/18/2010 2:20PM

    Great on being in a smaller size!!

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