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Release the Kraken! a new challange is put in front of me.

Friday, April 02, 2010


April 2nd is here and that 300 by today did not happen, ok I am over it and onto the new goal or should I say run at the 200's. This morning the scale said 314.8 pounds three times in a row and that's actually up from last week by .6 but I am pretty sure we won't loiter around that number for too long. It would appear that I need to average 3.7 pounds per week until May 1st if I am going to get to 300 by May 1st and that seems aggressive to me but I suppose when the Kraken gets released its not good news for somebody and the fat is that somebody...er something..er whatever it is its not good news for the chub.



I have been at this weight loss game for 822 days now and am down 220 pounds in that time, when all is said and done I hope to have lost 50% of my total weight or 267 pounds which will leave me at..well...267 pounds. When I started off I chose a number that coincided with what I thought would be a healthy looking weight for me and I got that number from mt fathers weight, he was 265 pounds at the time and stands 6'1'' tall has a large build and doesn't look so bad at that weight so I figured I am 6'5'', large build 275 will look good. After doing the math I figured out that 267 pounds would give me 50% total body weight lost and I want that number...at least! I think that ultimately I would like to end up around 250 pounds but for now we shall shoot for 275. There is a lot of figuring and calculating with this weight loss for me from my excel spread sheets and weight loss graphs to the percentages lost at each pound lost right on over to the raw pounds lost and in all honesty I think that those numbers help me to stay on track, its sort of a scientific measurement of what I am doing and I can go back and look at that whenever I need/want to because of my meticulous tracking since starting.



Weight loss and better health really is a lifestyle change, so many things have to change in order for it to be successful that it HAS to be a lifestyle change. There are tons of diet plans out there that require a person pay a monthly dollar amount for guidance, pre-packaged meals, counting points, buying special foods, buying pills and all other sorts of things that I feel are unnecessary in today's day and age. I hear about people that have yo-yo dieted all of their lives and tried every pill and plan that came out year after year and spent tons of money and time depending on the "diet industry" to take care of a problem that just needs some K.I.S.S. applied to it for results. I have never bought a diet pill, I have never bought a gimmick diet book or plan, I have never taken pills that make for greasy trips to the toile...well yeah, I have never once paid for special meals prepared in a factory to be delivered to my door, I have never had to resort to a surgery and I have never counted a point yet here I am 220 pounds lighter than I was just 2 years ago, how can that be? Some of those plans work because if they didn't they would not still be around and I know some people that have had great success with a couple of those things including WLS BUT and there's always a but right? I don't believe that a person has to pay someone else to limit their intake when it can be done with some discipline.



Now wait right here Mister Meatball! you make losing weight sound way too easy and you can stick that right in your....No no no, I am not saying that it is easy at all and believe me I know first hand that its not but I literally asked myself one question back in 2008 and the answer is why I did what I did to get where I am now. I was looking for a way out, and I thought that way was to get a weight loss surgery I mean my sister in law looks amazing after her surgery and I have a friend whose father also looks awesome after getting a WLS but what exactly does getting a surgery mean? for me it just meant that someone was going to alter my body in a way that would forcefully limit my caloric intake by making my stomach smaller and it seemed silly to me to have a doctor MAKE me limit my intake when I could just say fuvk it and do it myself. I asked myself "Can I really not just eat less and move more?" with that thought I literally changed the way that I looked at food and I started limiting myself to more human sized portions and the weight started falling off.

I have not weighed less than 300 pounds as an adult, the last time that a two graced the beginning of my weight I was roughly 12 years old so not even a teen really and I am a mere 14 pounds from that number right now as I type. I will never weigh less than 200 pounds unless I lose a limb or two but I have a pretty good feeling that I will get to 250 pounds and that is a feeling that I can only imagine because I was a child the last time that I was even close to that weight. Then I think about "could I get down to 234 pounds and make an even 300 pounds lost" and I have to grab myself and drag my ass back into reality and shoot for under 300 pounds for now.

Barring anything semi tragic in my near future I suspect that I will have a pretty successful next couple weeks where the weight loss goes because I am feeling very focused right now. The rain has stopped, the weather is warming up and I am so close to being under 300 pounds that I can taste it. The next challenge has been issued and I am shooting for a 14 pound loss in the month of April, come May 1st I am hoping that I will have a 2 in front of my weight to go with the giant smile that will surely come with that achievement. The kids have no school today and that gives me an opportunity to get out in the yard and get some more work done this morning so that's the end of this longer than usual Friday weigh in post.

If you are reading this and think that you cannot lose the weight that's holding you back without paying out of your ass for special programs...you are wrong. YOU can do it if you want it bad enough.

As Ever
Me

  
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SIMPLE_TAILOR 4/5/2010 9:18AM

    Having followed your blog for most of this journey and you are a tremendous person and whenever I need a little kick in the arse, I just have to look through a few of your blog posts.

Can't wait to see the next picture.

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DOGSTARDADDY 4/5/2010 6:39AM

    The Harryhausen Kraken rules!

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MICHELLENRGZED 4/3/2010 10:46PM

    What a great entry! Congratulations on your loss to date, & I know you can do the rest. Keep up the great, great work! :D

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KAT7457 4/3/2010 10:32PM

    way to go BOTZZZ your doing a great job keep up the good work. happy easter. Kat

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VEMAN1 4/3/2010 2:49PM

    Thanks Botzzz. We all need to say and we all need to do it.
Keep it real, the twos a coming.

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JCORYCMA 4/2/2010 11:45PM

    Initially I thought that paying for a weight loss program would motivate me and I had some limited sucess, but ultimately I had to want it bad enough to make the permanent lifestyle changes necessary to get to goal and keep it off. Thanks for reminding us that personal comittment, not gimmicks or quick fixes is what ultimately works the best!
Joanne

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DIASTER 4/2/2010 6:40PM

  Yes we can!!!!!
What a great blog, if you can keep going so will I you were my second contact and remain so inspirational. We are all just waiting for that great day when the first number is a 2, what a thrill.

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AXISLADY 4/2/2010 4:10PM

    Okay - there it is. The one statement I needed to hear. Quit yer bitchin Judy and get your butt going. Yes I want it. Do I want it bad enough? we'll see! Thanks Botzzz

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PSMITH3841 4/2/2010 1:50PM

    You are a great read! Also a terrific motivator! Thanks for that! Hope you didn't overdo the yard work...remember how you hurt last week? Wishing you and your family a very Happy Easter..... emoticon emoticon

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DREAMSBEEDREAMS 4/2/2010 11:44AM

    So inspirational! I think of what I have to lose and I feel discouraged but you have been througha nd acheieved so much that I have faith for myself AND that you will finish and complete your goals. Good luck!!

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KAILIIA 4/2/2010 11:04AM

    I'm cheering you on from chilly Canada - 2XX here you come!!!

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MUDMOUSE 4/2/2010 10:50AM

    Great post. I can't wait till you can tell the world you're under 300..

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HAPPYSOUL91 4/2/2010 10:46AM

    Your determination and drive are amazing. What an inspiration you are, well you do realize that all of my excuses are now blown out the window

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REDEE2DROP 4/2/2010 10:23AM

    I love your goal setting. I have my big goal, but haven't been making much progress, so after following along with your April 1 goal, and all the other goals you've set, I decided to make my own small personal goal. I decided to start very small, just 2 lbs, one week. And guess what? I finally got that dang scale to move! So thanks for your goal setting inspiration. Time for me to set another one.
Thanks for your inspiration!!!!

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HUSBANDANDDAD 4/2/2010 10:21AM

  Well put - a perfect sentiment!

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SIGLED 4/2/2010 9:55AM

    I am in awe of what you have already accomplished!!!

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MRDPOLING 4/2/2010 9:48AM

    Perfectly said!

And you'll hit 300 before you know it! And let me tell you the view from the other side of 300 is breath-taking! You can do it...No...scratch that! YOU WILL DO IT!

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JBMT08 4/2/2010 9:30AM

    You always speak truth!!!! Thank you for always encouraging us to just do. not think about it, not contemplate it, not wonder about it....just do. Have a wonderful weekend. 70 degree weather...YEAY!! emoticon

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PEACHYCYN 4/2/2010 9:30AM

    I think it is amazing that you have lost 220 pounds and that you have been so strong and discipline to have stuck to it! Keep up the great work, you will get under 300 and if your body lets you, you will get down to your goal weight. I know you can do this, you have come so far and I know you will not fail. Keep pushing on! We can't wait to see you at your goal weight, your such an inspiration!

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CODEMAULER 4/2/2010 9:25AM

    You are the strong reminder / hop in the shorts that many of us need to stay motivated. Thank you for always putting yourself "out there" and illustrating the way we can all succeed.

I think we all need a fat-chasing Kraken....

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GAILRUU 4/2/2010 9:20AM

    You can do it! Keep up the good work.

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NEWSTARTMOMMY 4/2/2010 9:17AM

    You pretty much summed it all up in the last sentence, "YOU can do it if you want it bad enough." When a person finally gets to that point where they want to make that change, anything is possible.

Thanks for the blog!

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DDOORN 4/2/2010 9:11AM

    Such monumental changes in ourselves really begin with the tiniest, yet huge steps...!

Little Big Seps which lead to a whole new you and a whole new life!

Don

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I said hallelujah to the 16 loyal fans.

Thursday, April 01, 2010


Sometimes I get in a mood where I feel unstoppable and yesterday was one of those days, Heading out to the gym I was in a good place feeling like it was time to get serious again with my workouts. Low Fidelity All stars on the radio and the weather is warming up after our Ark building weather here in the New England and its leveling off again for me. Straight to the bike I went where I found someone on the bike that I usually ride and all of the rest taken besides the one in the corner which is coincidentally the one that I use to go to for that very reason so in my head I think "Now don't you know that's MY bike man??" and onto the corner bike I went. Twenty five minutes and almost 9 virtual miles later I am warmed up and onto my bestest friend in the whole gym Mr. Arc-trainer, level 80 was set on the display and I stayed at 103 rpms for 15 minutes. Straight to the treadmill where I did 3.5mph @ a 5.5% incline for another 25 minutes and I blurted out "I been thinkin of bustin you Upside ya motherfuvkin forehead" actually just the "Upside ya motherfuvkin forehead" was out loud but a quick look around and I am pretty sure no one was close enough to hear it so now I can add Move bitch to my list of blurted out songs at the gym.



That unstopable feeling is great while at the gym because its like I feel nothing negative, the burn in my legs is welcomed and I look forward to the sweat on my head so a good workout is inevitable. I stayed on point with my intake for Wednesday as well having a total of 1780 which is technically 80 calories over my limit but I am ok with that. Those 80 calories over was because of snatchy hands and some powdered cheese covered evilness that made its way into my cabinet, spicy Doritos. Wify gave me that look that grandma would give you if she caught ya elbow deep in the cookie jar and stated forcefully "You had better weigh that if you are going to eat it! DO IT NOW Tony!" then she declared herself the food police, so I complied and tossed my booty onto the Salter scale where it read 16g so I added it to the spreadsheet, I did not however get the pat down from the food cop that I was hoping for though. Have a look at my menu from yesterday.

Breakfast
7:15 AM
2 cups honey combs 220
8oz 1% milk 110

11:30 AM
Dark chocolate zone bar 190

Lunch
2:30 PM
2 80 cal rolls 160
5oz ground turkey 200
1oz doritos 140

Dinner
5:45 PM
2 jenny o turkey hot dogs 140
2 hot dog rolls 240
2oz ground turk (chili) 80
1 can green beans 70

7:00 PM
2 brussel sprouts/8 tiny grape tomatoes 40

8:00 PM
2 small oranges 120

8:30 PM
1/2 oz doritos 70

Fluids
G-Tea 1 Gallon
H2O 1.25 Gallons

Tomorrow is the final day in my April 2nd challenge and I will be no where close to where I was expecting to be when I started that April goal which is of course below 300 pounds. I am ok with that as there were some humps in the road especially this last month with being sick for almost 2 solid weeks and a few things that go unmentioned on this blog but I set a goal to get to 300 pounds by May 1st so we shall see how that goes. Tomorrows weigh in number will be the base number, or starting point if you will for the May challenge and I will change the chart on the side bar after I step on the scale in the morning. Today is suppose to hit 70 degrees and the water has stopped falling from the sky and spilling from the rivers for now so a bike ride may be in order at some point today but that will be after the gym so its looking like a good day for movement and the food police will keep me in check on the other stuff if I start to slip.

In the words of Porky pig, th th th that's all folks!

As Ever
Me

  
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CATLADY52 4/1/2010 5:47PM

    Your way with words is great. You will make it below 300 by May 1. emoticon

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DIASTER 4/1/2010 4:49PM

  You are so close to that goal, we are all just expecting the best. Thank you for the motivation to get to the gym, unfortunately your workout would have me under the ground, but at least now I think about you working so hard so am doing my best.
GOOD LUCK11111

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TSWARTHOUT 4/1/2010 3:57PM

    "move wench"....I love it!!! Still laughing...thank you for my laugh of the day:)

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VEMAN1 4/1/2010 2:08PM

    This month will be all yours! The 200's are just a stone's throw away. I can hardly wait for the blog. Your health this past month was a bit under the weather. Here is to a great April!
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SIMPLE_TAILOR 4/1/2010 2:01PM

    ". . . . I did not however get the pat down from the food cop that I was hoping for though"

I am ROTFLMAO

Now to go see if that counts as cardio.

Have a great weekend!!

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PSMITH3841 4/1/2010 1:54PM

    Good work out kiddo! Good for the "food police" taking you to task!! No back sliding for you! Wishing you and your family an very Happy Easter! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KORALEY 4/1/2010 1:49PM

    I'm still laughing about the "Move Wench" picture. You did awesome at the gym!!!!!!!! Keep up that fantastic attitude, you are doing great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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HAPPYSOUL91 4/1/2010 1:05PM

    That unstopable feeling will project you forward. You are such a success regardless what the scale states tomorrow.

Keep on going (which I know you will)

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SUBVET688 4/1/2010 1:05PM

    Nice routine at the gym! Your an inspiration my man!

Exercise is one of the harder things for me to do, especially when I am working days, so I try to incorporate it into my work day as much as possible. I live here at work twelve hours a day and it just does not work for me to work out before or after. I refuse to get up at 3:00 am and after work it is family time (usually some activity with scouts or soccer) for a couple of hours before bed.



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SWEETZMIX 4/1/2010 12:25PM

    You rock either way my friend no matter what happens tomorrow. I took used to give the people who would be on my crosstrainer a stank look too. You are not alone!! lol

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PRETTYBLKGYRL 4/1/2010 11:50AM

    *lol* I'm glad to know I'm not the only one that's territorial about gym equiptment.

(in my best Homer simpson voice) spicy nacho flavored doritos *drooling*

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FROGGERHKC 4/1/2010 11:40AM

    Ahhh... I too have a hard time resisting ANY flavor Doritos! In those cases, moderation is they key (that is what I have to tell myself with every chip)! :) Great job at the gym! The Arc Trainer is my favorite too!

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1972ROSES 4/1/2010 11:39AM

    Kudos to your wife for holding you accountable.

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DCROCKETS 4/1/2010 11:29AM

    Glad you are amped up about exercise. I keep trying to get there, but life keeps me really busy. I MUST start exercising everyday. The weight just isn't falling off like it did in the beginning. Thatnks for the encouragment!

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JBMT08 4/1/2010 11:08AM

    "....get out tha way, get out tha way.....get out tha way"!!!! love LUDA!!! especially when doing cardio!

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MRDPOLING 4/1/2010 10:59AM

    "Move, Wench!"

Ha Ha Ha Ha! That cracked me up so much!

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EUGENERUGOSA 4/1/2010 10:49AM

    I need to borrow your wife to be my food police!! Good for her for encouraging you & good for you for kicking a$$ at the gym!!!

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Wish in one hand $hit into the other, tell me which one fills up first.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

I sometimes go back and re-read my older posts to see what I was doing on a given day and this morning I went back a year and read a post from March 30th 2009 and apparently this time of year gets me in the yard! This past weekend I wrote about all of the yard work and how my hamstrings are killing me right now and one year ago I was in the same boat almost exactly so it would appear that I have a pattern of sorts that I need to work on. My mornings start off great and then I bust ass all afternoon and bamn! a bad dinner? for why? Here is an excerpt from my March 30th 2009 post titled "Did I mention that I'm sore?.

zeusmeatball.blogspot.com/2009/03/di
d-i-mention-that-i-am-sore.html

"Busy busy busy! that pretty much sums up my weekend, we decided that it was time to paint "the blue room" AKA "the rec room" AKA "the big ass mess" so that we did. We moved everything out of the room and into my sons room so that we could move around in there, we painted and repaired almost all day Saturday to the point where we did not finish. Saturday night we decided that we would have a bonfire in our yard and burn up some of the brush that we have been cutting down in our yard so we spent about an hour dragging logs, branches and brush up the back part of the yard where the fire pit is and a bonfire we had! roasted marshmallows and all. The intake for Saturday was very much less than stellar but I am cool with it, I don't know if it was all of the work from the day or if its just the fat that we were having a bonfire but I ate terribly. Breakfast and lunch went well enough but then dinner was bacon pizza which I had 4 slices of and a bottle of water, hey at least I turned down the soda and chose water right? I had about 4 marshmallows and 2 bottles of Guinness while sitting at the fire so Saturday was a bad day for intake."

See that pattern? yeah the one where I make it ok to eat bad because I busted ass on any given day? yeah well that's gotta go! In the first year of me deciding to do something about my health I was a rock, I was very much a pain in the ass to eat around or with because I demanded that everything be my way or I would not be a part of it and I think that has to come back a bit. The point of me losing weight was so that I could first stay alive longer as I have a feeling that I was on the edge of some bad stuff before I changed the way that I live but there is another side to why I wanted to lose weight.



Being comfortable to move around in daily life is something that I think anyone that's not been huge takes for granted. Any event big or small was a hassle for me when I was 500 plus pounds, birthday party? no fuvkin way man, too many people and they will all expect something from me that is more than sitting still on the couch, Amusement park? are you out of your damn mind? why would I want to walk around somewhere all day in the heat and watch everyone else have fun? Catch a movie? yeah sure thing! just don't forget to bring the Vaseline so that I can get my ass dislodged from the seat when its done. Being comfortable was something that I wished for almost on a daily basis when I was 500 plus pounds, I would think about how much easier things are when you don't weigh as much as a full on street bike instead of doing something about it. These days? I am comfortable, I run, I walk, I ride my bike and I play outside with the kids unhindered by weight and I am beginning to think that was the most important thing to me because I have relaxed on being as strict as I was in the beginning.

Right now I am just cruising through this better health thing and not pushing myself as hard as I once did and that's going to stop today, I am not going to wish for anything and I am not going to let my current comfort level be the point where I kick my feet up on the desk and proclaim victory. I am at a point where I love to exercise so that's not an issue, I drink like a fish so no worries there, my issue seems to be that I am way relaxed on the intake part of the equation because I can "judge" what I am eating so well now that I do it more often than I should be. I am not gaining weight so maintaining is a big 10-4 smokey BUT I am not quite at a maintenance weight just yet so back to the annoying pain in the ass with the scale mode I go which is going to suck with the warm weather coming and Mr Carona and Guinness hanging around but we will manage.

Another blogger friend of mine has issued a challenge to himself to drop 13 pounds by May 1st and has asked me if I wanted to be a part of it, by calling me out by name in his latest post and I am going to boldly say that I will be below 300 pounds before May 1st 2010. I will post my Friday weight to complete my April 2nd challenge results and see just how far I missed that mark because I AM going to miss it and start a new weight chart on the side bar to track this May challenge. IF I am able to get to my last Friday weight by this Friday I will need to drop 3.5 pounds per week to hit that May goal and again its an ambitious number but ambitious is what gets me going. If this Friday shows an up in weight which I think it will, that 3.5 pound per week target will be higher and after doing that math just now I am thinking that this is not going to be an easy task for me.

I am going to admit that I am pissed off at myself for not making it to that April goal that I set for myself even though there was a lot that went on in that time that effected the results that goes unmentioned in this blog, either way I am aggravated at myself for not making it. I refuse to be aggravated for a health goal and instead I am going to do something about it, sort of like when I decided that I need to NOT be 500 plus pounds any more. I have been in the last few months whittling away at the weight at a much slower pace than I once was and I suppose that's to be expected but I do know that I am not doing my part as much as I was in the beginning because of comfort and I am deciding that being comfortable is going to cost me some comfort and its time to amp up the workouts a bit and get the intake back into a VERY STRICT rhythm again.

Grab a bowl of popcorn unbuttered of course and watch for those 200's to come rolling around because its been a long time coming and I think its time to get back to what got me here in the first place. Out comes the scale for EVERYTHING and no more guesstimating on my measurements for a while, dropping the weight takes strict adherence to that system while I am finding out that I can maintain without the scale is a great thing I still see some road ahead that I need to walk, Its on...

Thats all I got today.

As Ever
Me

  
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AXISLADY 4/2/2010 4:02PM

    Want so badly to get back at it......can't seem to kick my butt hard enough!

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TSWARTHOUT 4/1/2010 3:51PM

    You can and will make it to your goal. I will be cheering for you all the way. You are very inspiring to say the least.

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TAMMIE1006 4/1/2010 9:48AM

    awesome friend to challenge you like that!! i am CONFIDENT that you will rock your challenge and be well into the 290's by may - you can do it 'cuz you want it and know how to get there!!

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DDOORN 4/1/2010 3:47AM

    It's just a matter of time...I *KNOW* you're gonna *NAIL* your goals when you're ready!

Don

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VEMAN1 3/31/2010 6:41PM

    Man, we must be on the same wave length. Gotta get back to the basics and hold off the suds. Okay plan for the suds and don't let them lull you into over eating again.

You da' man!

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SRSAMSON 3/31/2010 1:55PM

    Good luck on your goals! I know from experience how frustrating those backslides can be, but it sounds like you've got a whole lot to be proud of.

and by the way, your title is one of my favorite sayings as well. My wife thinks it's crass, so it just makes me use it more often. emoticon

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PSMITH3841 3/31/2010 12:59PM

    Good Luck!!! emoticon

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EL_KATO 3/31/2010 12:42PM

    Good luck with April!

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HAPPYSOUL91 3/31/2010 12:08PM

    Glad to read that you are amping up your exercise. It is so easy to get comfortable with a lighter workout and more food.

You are on top of it and will continue down the success road

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JBMT08 3/31/2010 11:37AM

    Yeah, it always boils down to the scale, food or otherwise....scales dont lie. They dont necessarily agree with what we have been doing, but they dont lie. As far as your new goal for May? you can TOTALLY ROCK THAT!!!! food scales will definitely make the big scale move in the RIGHT direction!

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MAQUESTA 3/31/2010 11:09AM

    I've been saying this alot today but It seems to fit. Leave what has already happened behind you. what's done is done. Move forward Knowing that you can do it. Look how far you have come and know we are all here for you ! you can do it!

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MRDPOLING 3/31/2010 10:46AM

    For the popcorn, I use ICannotBelieveItsNotButter or Parkey's Spray Butter. It has Zero everything with all the great tastes of Butter and is great on Popcorn as well as everything else.

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1SOPRANOMOM1 3/31/2010 10:43AM

    Yeah - I am finding that if I don't measure and record EVERYTHING then there's some backslide. Not to the degree of eating all manner of junky ickiness or going crazy at the Golden Corral, but enough to, as you say, go from progress to maintenance.

I'm a little heavier than you are, and I shouldn't be. So, consider my a$$ kicked, and I thank you!

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A Menu, a time machine and a bike chain...

Tuesday, March 30, 2010


When last we met our man on a mission Zeusmeatball, dedication and going for broke was the message conveyed and the plan was to hit the week hard and see what happened come Friday. Saturday morning started out like any other weekend morning but there was a school function for the kids for Easter and I decided to go, as we were getting ready Wify says "You could ride your bike over to the school, it looks nice outside" What a Great idea!! filled my water bottle and asked my son if he would want to ride over with me instead of taking the car with the girls and we were off. Two minutes into the ride I realize that it is way too cold to be moving 20 miles per hour gloveless with nothing more than a hoodie on but kept going and about a mile into the ride I realized that my son was not remotely near me so I circled in an intersection until he caught up. The ride is only about 3 miles one way but there are some pretty good hills on the way that were proving to be hard for the boy to go up without stopping and half way up the last and biggest hill I noticed that my son was no where to be found again so I stopped to wait for him. Around the bend I see him through the trees and as soon as he hit the bottom of the hill he stopped and yelled "I can't do it" so I waited for him to reach my position on the hill and dropped my bike into a lower gear and was going to ride to the top to wait for him to walk up and as I pushed the pedals forward the front wheel popped off of the ground, I pedaled twice and POP! I thought that the chain came off of the crank but it was worse! a link broke so I walked to the top with my son and ended up coasting down the other side to the school, my day was off to a fantastic start...

Lucky for me I had tossed the bike carrier in the trunk of the car and after the school function I loaded our bikes on the car and home we went, I dropped everyone off and ran down to the LBS and bought a new chain and installed it on my bike. Onto the back yard, My yard is a wooded area that at one time was clear and now it is full of small saplings, pricker bushes, shrubs and just lots of over grown crap that makes the area unusable. I have been wanting to get back there and clear the area out since last Spring but it didn't happen before it was full of leaves and poison ivy so wild kingdom it stayed but Saturday that all changed. The area that I was working on is about 50 feet wide and maybe 150 feet long and that's not even close to the entire yard just what I did Saturday, I headed back with some heavy gloves, some clippers, a machete and bad intentions for all of the overgrowth. Four hours later I had a pretty much brush clear area and a brush pile 6 feet tall for my efforts and the yard looks completely different than I have ever seen it and other than being a bit tired and hungry it was kind of fun actually...until later. The wife says "John is getting take out and I just wanted to put that out there" to which I replied "Ok what are we getting?" Doh! what happened to gung ho mister man gonna and I quote "beat the fat into submission" guy?? him? he had thorns in his hands and didn't feel like baking the chicken sitting on the counter. I ended up eating some General Tso's chicken and I opted for the white rice instead of fried, an egg roll and a Sam Adams which was later followed by a gigantico bowl of popcorn with a movie that night, it was not a good day for calories.

Sunday I woke up and my hamstrings felt like they had spent the night in some kind of torture camp, rode hard and put away wet and then beaten a bit more for good measure but I suppose that I should have expected that after 4 hours of being bent over tearing up bushes and saplings eh? I didn't do too much besides a bit of shopping that needed to be done Sunday but had not had a good nights sleep since Thursday and I have been averaging maybe 5-6 hours sleep per night since then. This beating the fat into submission thing that I was shooting for on Friday sure doesn't look like its happening! Here it is Tuesday and I am still very sore on the hams and yesterday at the gym I had to take it easy because I am still sore all over from my Saturday bush work. The plan is to go to the gym again today but I will be taking it easy again and by taking it easy I mean no weights, a slow ride on the bike, yesterday I did 6.15 miles in 20 minutes where I usually do between 7 and 8 in the same time and a 3.1 mph walk on the treadmill for 20 minutes.

Here is a random look at Mondays menu.

Breakfast
7:15 AM
2 cups honey combs 220
8oz 1% milk 110

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

Lunch
2:30 PM
1 can progresso clam chowder 220
1 light multigrain english muffin 100
1oz low fat cheddar cheese 80
smart balance 20

Random
2 bites of cereal 50

Dinner
6:30 PM
1 cup rice and beans 275
4 oz chicken breast 200

7:45 PM
2 oranges 160

Calorie total for Monday is 1635 but I have to cop to a couple bites of the rice while cleaning up after dinner so it is actually a little more than the 1635 that my spreadsheet shows.

My weight is up and I will not believe that one day of terrible eating over the weekend is to blame completely for that, I have not slept enough, I am sore as all hell AND I did not eat well over the weekend. Sounds like I want to beat that fat into submission eh? it is what it is and I lost the key to my time machine so there is nothing that I can do about what is done so onward I go and eventually I will whittle myself into the size that I want to be.

That's all I got for today.

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Me

  
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SUNNYWBL 3/31/2010 12:44AM

    The good news is that you didn't catch poison ivy while subduing the jungle. Hoping you don't burn that pile as the poison ivy oil vaporizes and can cause cases of unexpected poison ivy as happened to me, back in the day!

Sunny

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JCORYCMA 3/30/2010 10:29PM

    It may take a little longer than anticipated to beat that fat into submission, but I've no doubt you will!! Hang in there!
Joanne

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DDOORN 3/30/2010 10:06PM

    Getting ready to start biking in earnest this week...getting light enough to bike back and forth to work and warm weather kicks in on Thurs. Woo hoo!

Don

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MYLIDDLEDALLAS 3/30/2010 6:09PM

    Oh my gosh, I cleared out my yard a few times last month and I felt my hammies for days! To the point it even hurt to sit on the toilet! Yes, TMI! Sorry! lol I feel your pain!

But hey, at least you got a good leg workout out of it. You'd have to do several sets of weighted deadlifts to get the same result!

Good luck the rest of the week. Hey, and congrats on the 13 mile bike ride at the gym under 30mins was it? That's great!

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TINYC887 3/30/2010 2:11PM

    we all have weekends like this, just dont give up.

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PSMITH3841 3/30/2010 1:54PM

    "Rode hard and put away wet"??????? Are you a country boy? That's a phrase my 85 year old mother (country girl) uses when she's feeling her age! You forget, working hard clearing out the "north 40" uses mucho calories... might just balance out the food choices you made....Don't worry so much, you didn't lose that key, you just forgot where you put it.....you'll find it, get some rest.... emoticon

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 3/30/2010 1:51PM

    Still sounds like a good weekend even though you got sore. Kind of a bummer about the bike chain.

Keep on, my friend.

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MRDPOLING 3/30/2010 1:32PM

    I like this kind of blog. It is interesting to see what Sparkers are eating too.

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OFFTOTHESHARKS 3/30/2010 1:01PM

    Okay, so you lost the fat battle. But you will win the fat war. You will be subjugating that fat in no time!

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VEMAN1 3/30/2010 12:20PM

    So you are human after all! Not to worry, as everybody else has said shrug it off and keep on going. By this weekend, you'll be back on track. On the yard work, remember to stop and stretch. There are a lot of lunges, squats, and dead lifts involved.

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TAMMIE1006 3/30/2010 12:02PM

    no worries, you know what to do and how to do it - we all have 'off days' or 'off-weekends', and we know better than to let them get us down - you've already lost an amazing amount of weight and you'll be doing even better soon, look at the 'big picture'!! now, go get 'em!!

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MEGAMITENCHI 3/30/2010 11:59AM

    Keep going!!!! You can do it!!!! Remember what is important to you!

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DACIUS 3/30/2010 11:55AM

    I think you are stressing about the weight right now. You know what you are doing is right. you know how and why we all lose weight. So keep doing the right thing and you will find that weight eventually falling off.



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CINDYLUFUS 3/30/2010 11:53AM

    Just keep pressing forward!

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HAPPYSOUL91 3/30/2010 11:48AM

    That fat machine doesn't stand a chance against you!!

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JBMT08 3/30/2010 11:44AM

    I think you still will beat the Fat into submission!!! CHARGE FORTH!!!

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Gravity interpretation and the fat guy turns.

Friday, March 26, 2010


This morning as I walked towards the scale I said to wify "I will be happy with a 314 on this thing today" and upon stepping onto the cold black gravity measurement device 314.2lbs flashed onto the display. Every day since Monday the scale has said 316 pounds then I hit the gym yesterday and a 314 pops in on me, I don't think that making my 300 pound mark by April 2nd is a possibility at this point because it would mean that I need to drop 14 pounds in a week but I do want to see how close I can get. Making life hard on the fat will be my mission this week and I am going to go very hard on myself at the gym and be extremely strict with my intake this week and I am going for broke with the weigh in for next Friday because being sick for as much as I have the past 2 weeks really mussed me all up. In all honesty I am past all of the "go go go lets get er done NOW" part of this better health/weight loss thang and I am sort of just living life in moderation at this point which was the goal really and I have lost more than 200 pounds and have kept it off for close to a year now so changes have been made permanent where my health goes.

I mentioned yesterday that the contestants on the biggest loser did a challenge where they raced to 26.2 miles on stationary bikes and that I was going to try this because I think that I can beat the fastest contestants time. So, I walked in the gym yesterday and was riding the bike per usual and thought "lets do half of that distance just to gauge whether I am crazy or see if I can beat that time" I ended up riding for just under 35 minutes and went 13 miles on resistance setting 11 which is where I ride every day. That pace is faster than the fastest contestants end time but it was only half of the distance so finding out if I could keep that pace for the whole 26.2 miles will be interesting and I think once I am back to a normal schedule I will give it a go, I believe that I can beat his time.

Barring me getting sick again, its lovely having preschool aged children sometimes I tell ya, I am planning on an aggressive week as far as my intake and exercise goes. The plan will be to eat my allowed calorie allotment and do not go over, eat clean and watch the sodium and carbs, drink at least 1 gallon of green tea per day and 1/2 to 1 gallon of H2O daily. Go to the gym at least 6 days this week and ride my bicycle as often as I can after dinner all week, sleep at least 8 hours per night every night this week and hope that its enough to kick me back into high gear so that I can continue to see lower numbers each week on my gravity interpretation device. I felt good yesterday at the gym and only stopped because I needed to get back home, I was over on calories by about 100 yesterday but I am not worried about it at all because of whats in store for my body this week.

Its going to be an interesting ride for the next few days and into the end of the week but I am going to be expecting a new low weight come Friday and I am honestly going to expect a HUGE drop in weight this week as I beat the fat into submission. I can taste sub 300 pounds, I can see it around the bend, and I have a strong feeling that it won't be too long before its what I see on the scale and with that the end has come to this episode of......yeah, make sure to check in tomorrow as I am planning on blogging through the weekend this time around.

Fini

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RACKETMOM 3/29/2010 12:25PM

    Can't wait til you're a terrible two in Twoville!


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DDOORN 3/26/2010 11:46PM

    Keeping the SPARK as ever I see...!

300 is gonna be one SWEET number! :-)

Don

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PSMITH3841 3/26/2010 9:39PM

    You Go Guy!!! Not a doubt in my mind....that bend is coming up fast!!! We're all going to be with you when you get there! emoticon

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JCORYCMA 3/26/2010 9:34PM

    Go BOTZZZ!! When it comes down to you vs. the scale - my $ is on you!
Joanne

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CATLADY52 3/26/2010 4:48PM

    You'll get it done, no doubt about it. emoticon

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 3/26/2010 2:19PM

    Do you have an inner nerd? Gravity interpretation device?

My outer nerd thinks that it is FANTASTIC!!! I love it. I can't wait to see my wife roll her eyes when I use that one.

I'm so glad that i don't have young kids anymore. The youngest still comes home sniffly way too much, but still not nearly what it used to be.

Have a great weekend.

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JUSTAGURL2335 3/26/2010 1:34PM

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1SWEDEGIRL 3/26/2010 1:34PM

    You have achieved soooo much! You will be in TWO-ville in no time!
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UZIMAA 3/26/2010 1:13PM

    I've been sick as well, so I feel your frustration. I'm inspired by your determination. 200+ pounds gone is a major achievement! Awesome! And I love the term "Gravity Interpretation Device". emoticon


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TINYC887 3/26/2010 12:47PM

    man, im working my butt off at the gym, eat about 1350 cals and am barely seeing the scale move. It is much harder then it was before to lose 120 in 4 months I think Ive only lost like 12 lbs, grrr

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MRS_MASON 3/26/2010 12:26PM

  You are truly an inspiration, I am still in the process of trying to incorporate exercise with work and family. It is a grueling job in itself to find some time for me. Your blog has definitely been an inspiration. Thank you

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NATIVE_ONE 3/26/2010 12:01PM

    Sounds hard but at the same time awesome. You can do this, it sounds like you have mission. I wish you nothing but the best for you to have the strength, determination and desire for your end of the month goal!

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DCROCKETS 3/26/2010 11:53AM

    Way to stay motivated! I love that drive you have. I have recently hit a little of a plateau and it has sucked!!! I have felt really discouraged lately due to lack of weight loss, but you just fired me back up. I have to have that same determination in order to get what I want in the end. Thanks.

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KAILIIA 3/26/2010 11:29AM

    I'm also just getting over a cold that knocked me back for 2 weeks. I want to be back on track because I've not lost, just maintained the whole time. Lets kick butt!

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HAPPYSOUL91 3/26/2010 10:12AM

    You are going to get it done emoticon

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SWEETZMIX 3/26/2010 9:47AM

    The fat better watch out b/c you about to pull out the whip and beat it into submission. lol (I put some thought in that sentence.) Being sick slowed you down, but you can do this! You know you can and I know you can. I am curious to see how close you get by next week too. Enjoy your weekend!

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MRDPOLING 3/26/2010 9:39AM

    Don't know why but that title sounds like the name of a band or odd soap opera. hehe!

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FROGGERHKC 3/26/2010 9:36AM

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I myself have been sickly for about two weeks and it's time to get me back on track! So good luck to you and keep up the awesome work!!!

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MEGAMITENCHI 3/26/2010 9:29AM

    emoticon I think an end of the month is a push I should do too. I've been patsying about all month and it hasn't gotten me very far. I'm happy about your bike ride, woohoo!!! You're totally going to be The Biggest Loser people ^_^

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MAYX305 3/26/2010 9:27AM

    Good for you! Making plans for the comming week is really helpful. Try to plan your meals ahead of time, this is very helpful in order not to go over your calorie allowance. Excercise makes a huge difference also, not only do you feel better and sleep better, but it allows you to burn any extra calories you may have sneaked in during the day. Keep up the excellent work emoticon

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