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Bikes and a menu, and and and...

Tuesday, April 06, 2010


A stellar day for the exercise gods to stare down upon me and give me an approving nod for my efforts yesterday because I busted arse. In the beginning of my day I was tired because of my son waking up at 4am and sneaking around the house looking for food and entertainment and I thought about how it could effect my day. It was decided early on that I was going to go forward with my day and that I did, it was a day for the bikes on all sorts of levels and the day started with me assembling a bike that we bought for my daughter only to find out that the crank was all wonky so back to the store it went. Some yard work was done early on and off to the gym where 20 minutes on the bike started me off followed by 10 on the arc-trainer and some weight lifting for biceps, shoulders and back and then 30 minutes on the treadmill 5.5% incline @3.4 mph finalized my trip to the gym. Feeling good at this point home I went to enjoy lunch which was just a plain Jane turkey sandwich made with the turkey that I cooked for Sunday dinner, have a look at yesterdays menu.



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

11:45 AM
zone bar 190

Lunch
2:45 PM
2 slices wheat bread 140
4oz turkey breast 120
1 T light mayo 50

Dinner
5:45 PM
5 oz turkey breast 150
3 slices wheat bread 210
1 T mayo 50
12oz mashed turnips 150
8oz mashed cauliflower 160

9:00 PM
1 yoplait whipped yogurt 100
1 apple 85


Total calories for Monday came in at 1735 and I drank 1 gallon of green tea and 1.5 gallons of straight H2O. After dinner I decided that I was going to hop on the bike and take her for a spin and see if I could actually make it up that hill where I popped my chain last week and I headed out. The ride was fairly short at about 5 miles round trip but it is somewhat of a decent workout ride because of the hills that are along the way and I was coming up on that big ol hill and dropped the bike into a lower gear...I tried to at least. I found out that I need to adjust my front derailleur because the chain would not drop onto the small front gear so I ended up stopping to get it in gear before continuing up the incline. At the top of the hill I looked back and its steeper from that angle but I was there and I continued down the other side where I turned around in a field and headed back home. Let me tell ya that going down that hill is a lot more fun than going up but my Darwin meter did start going off about half way down when I hit 33 mph and the smallest adjustment in direction showed me how responsive the steering is at that speed not to mention the 25 mph speed limit and the "slow curves" sign up ahead, I rode the brakes down the better part of that decline while visions of road rash danced in my head.

I had plans for today but it started raining while I was writing this entry and I hope that it quits before too long as I promised the little one a ride on her new new bike that I just finished assembling and I had hoped to get a ride in myself later today. The itinerary for today says to stick to the plan and bust ass at the gym, eat within my calorie range and drink a plenty because I was a bad boy on Easter and have some catching up to do with the drop in weight for the week to make that 3.7 pounds that I need to average to hit that May 1st goal of being under 300 pounds which is a long time coming.

Eat to live instead of living to eat and move daily and things seem to fall into place.

That's all I got

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ALICIA214 4/9/2010 10:11PM

  My memory of going down a hill, had my sister sitting on the saddle I was supposed to steer,but we ended up in a hedge that I think was made up of blackberry bushes.

Ouch!!!

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DDOORN 4/6/2010 10:07PM

    LOVE the feeling of WHOOSHING down a hill I just busted my butt to climb...Woo HOO! :-)

Climbing hills is one way for me to track progress on my bike. Not having to get off to walk...such a SWEET VICTORY!

The rain cheated me out of a coupla commutes to/from work...18 miles, 1152 calories when I get in my commute! Plus I can pay good money to fill ME with good food, rather than filling my car with gas!

Keep the SPARK!

Don

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JCORYCMA 4/6/2010 9:48PM

    Glad I wasn't the only one who ate naughty on Easter. I came here to find the motivation to get right back on track, and as usualy, you didn't disappoint! Thanks!
Joanne

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CRIS76 4/6/2010 2:49PM

    Another good one :) Thanks for sharing! :)

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HAPPYSOUL91 4/6/2010 2:03PM

    You said "That's all I got", believe me that is more than 99% of us. Keep up the outstanding work that you doing on a daily basis.


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SIMPLE_TAILOR 4/6/2010 2:03PM

    That has to be so cool to be going over the speed limit on a bike.

Glad everything is going well.

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MRDPOLING 4/6/2010 1:09PM

    wish my knees would let me bike.... do a mile for me ok?

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MUDMOUSE 4/6/2010 11:38AM

    You are the biggest loser..

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 4/6/2010 11:29AM

    I wonder... can you get a speeding ticket for going over the speed limit on a bicycle? ; - )

I am totally amazed at the amount of exercise you do. Wow!

Oh, I have been looking through some of your blogs - and the pictures of your meals made me soooo hungry. Your meals looked delicious.

Amber

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SHANTRA 4/6/2010 10:59AM

    Just absolutely astonishing to me what you are achieving right now.. and how much younger you look now too! Thanks for putting up your menu for the day, it is a bit like mine I just need to tweak here and there.

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PSMITH3841 4/6/2010 10:44AM

    Man makes plans, God chuckles.....but it looks like you got a pretty good day in before the rain.... (Loved the road rash analogy)....keep on keepin' on..... emoticon

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SWEETZMIX 4/6/2010 10:07AM

    Sounds like you had a kick ass day!!

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DENACARPER 4/6/2010 10:00AM

    Sounds like a great day yesterday. Keep up the great work! I know you can hit that 300 mark.

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Make the choice...

Monday, April 05, 2010


I choose to live a life that is healthy and full of movement, I choose this for me as I choose this for anyone in my life and I choose this because I must. Having seen the wrong side of health for far too many years a decision was made to take control back away from something not in my control for too long and the way that I live now is a complete 180 from where I began when I started writing this blog. I go to the gym because it is a tool for my health, I eat the foods that I eat because its what I need to do in order to live life on my terms and I am a changed man from making these choices. Once upon a time there was a fella that had all but given up on any chance of ever doing half of the things that I do now and honestly had no idea what to do about a situation that was getting worse by the day yet here I am today 220 pounds lighter than I once was and in the best shape of my life.



Anyone can do this, yes that means you! Today I will go to the gym and I will do 45 to 60 minutes of cardio, I will lift weights for my shoulders, biceps, and back and I will do this not only because I have to but because I enjoy it. When I am done at the gym I will play in my yard with my daughter for a while and take a bike ride after dinner not because I have to or enjoy it though both are true but because I Can. In the not so distant past some of what I do now was but a pipe dream as I watched through the window at other people doing these remedial tasks and taking a ride on a bike was simply not a possibility at that weight or level of conditioning, to run around the yard with my daughter was an impossible thing and that bothered me immensely more than I let on because of pride. So today I do my cardio, I run with my little girl, I ride my bike and I live because I can and because its what I choose to do, I am not limited by the physical me any more.

Having lived life at 534 pounds, if you want to call it living, I can fully appreciate how I live today. Making my way down towards a healthy weight has become like a job to me and I will get there, I will be where I want to be with my weight and health and nobody can stop that, nobody but me that is. Making choices to do things that allow me to do things is how this whole thing works, I choose to eat the 4oz of turkey with dinner so that I can run in the yard with my daughter, I choose to drink nothing but green tea and water so that I can do 60 minutes of cardio training and not worry about a heart attack and I choose to do that cardio daily so that I am not limited by myself from doing anything that i want to do.

You can do this too, you can have everything that you want not because I say so but because its true and once upon a time I was on the other side of the equation reading a blog written by some other person that had lost a ton of weight thinking about how I couldn't do it, yet here I am, 220 pounds less of a man physically and 1000 time more the man that I was just two short years ago because of a choice to do something about it.

Ask yourself if its harder to miss out on all of the things that life offers or to put that cheeseburger down and move that ass just a little bit more, answer honestly and its not really a hard choice at all.

As Ever
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KLONG8 4/13/2010 5:08PM

    Your blog drips of determination and healthy thinking. Loved it and thank you for sharing.

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REINVENT_ME 4/12/2010 5:21PM

    Very motivating! Thanks!!!

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PEPCEA 4/10/2010 1:26PM

    I love it!!!

Alexandra

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SCDALYNCH 4/10/2010 12:48PM

    Your journey is woking so well for you. Congratulations and thanks for sharing.

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BEAUTYEYES 4/9/2010 9:41PM

    Great blog and I love the attitude that you have worked so hard on. It really will help you to keep the weight off with the wonderful attitude. emoticon emoticon

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MSNICHOLS39 4/9/2010 11:04AM

    Great blog! You know I think you are a great writer, because you are so honest.
Andrea

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KIMH239 4/9/2010 7:29AM

    Excellently said!! Thank you for posting this. Congratulations on the success of your journey!

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    Thanks for the motivation! I needed that! emoticon

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ELLEBE725 4/8/2010 6:23PM

    Well said and BRAVO to you! Keep up the good work and for motivating others!

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C4CHRISTINE 4/8/2010 3:51PM

    Thanks for this.

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DEVENIRBELLE 4/8/2010 9:17AM

    Thank you. consistency is my challenge. I am vowed to work on being consistent.

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WANDAC2013 4/8/2010 1:28AM

    You are amazing! Thank you for sharing your journey and inspiring so many of us!!!

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DEREKCSIMMONS 4/6/2010 8:10AM

    Thanks for the reminder Zeus! I have to make that decision every day. It's a habit just like the exercise!

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HEALTHY_CAROLYN 4/6/2010 12:39AM

    I really enjoyed reading this. I have been struggling with consistency for about 6 months, and after "making the choice" over and over within that time frame, I finally feel that spirit I had that got me to my healthy self. It's only the 2nd day, but reading this, I could feel the truth of it. That's how I know I'm truly back in step with my healthy self, because before, I'd read such an inspirational blog and wish that I felt that same way and not just pretending to feel that way, sort of the "fake it 'til you make it" approach.

Congrats on all you've done and all the ways you step up to the plate every day.

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JCORYCMA 4/5/2010 10:17PM

    Learning to step back and take a moment to make a rational choice rather then give in to impulse was a hard lesson for me. I still fight it sometimes, but can always come to your awesome blogs for inspiration to keep fighting that good fight! Thanks for taking the time to share with us.
Joanne

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BEYOURBEST1 4/5/2010 9:49PM

    What a wonderful and motivational blog!
Thank you for posting it. You put things in the right perspective.
Many congratulations on your success and keep up the great work.
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DDOORN 4/5/2010 6:41PM

    Hey thx for the BOOST! My Spark is flagging a bit today for reasons I can't pin down, but a kick-in-the-pants reminder of the LIBERATION we've fought for and won is a big help!

Thx bunches,

Don

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DENACARPER 4/5/2010 5:32PM

    you are so right - it's not a difficult decision at all. keep up the great work!

Dena

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DIASTER 4/5/2010 4:11PM

  Yours was one of the first blogs that I read when joining sparks, you were such a positive influence then and again today when you emphasised the word CHOICE! I do tend to think of how well you are doing and instead of making excuses did take the old bike out and inflate the tires. Now I have to wait till it gets darker to get my behind on the thing and go around the block without breaking a hip. Bless you for all your encouragement. Keep up the great jpurney.

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CRIS76 4/5/2010 2:16PM

    I had a senior project my first time round in college where I had to use mathematical proofs against an everyday issue - I chose children listening to their parents. Not only did I get an A on my project, it left me with an understanding that until the reward is greater than change... until not changing is too stressful and lacks enough reward - a person will not change. A person MUST want it. You found a place in your life where not changing was no longer an option. I have found that place in my life. I hope beyond all hopes others find that place as well - or figure it out before they get to that place.

Anyone can do. The real question is ... will they do it?

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MYLIDDLEDALLAS 4/5/2010 2:13PM

    You're so cool!

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JBMT08 4/5/2010 1:50PM

    This was an awesome blog, although I think all of your blogs are awesome....always thought provoking....this after I came back in from a quick 15 minute walk, to be followed by a 40 minute walk later this evening when I get home from work....I will pump a little harder b/c of reading this blog! Thanks for always sharing your thought non-judgementally!

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SHANTRA 4/5/2010 1:36PM

    An absolutely awesome blog and so inspiring! Yours is along the lines of mine today and my thoughts. Your words really did mean something to me and I will hold them in my mind for the times things get tough. Thank you!

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DACIUS 4/5/2010 12:59PM

    Awesome job! awesome post!!! Great point. I wholeheartedly agree with you, especially that last sentence.

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HAPPYSOUL91 4/5/2010 12:05PM

    This blog is outstanding! Your last paragraph really gives us pause for thought. I have copied it and that is a great question to ask as I start my day.

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 4/5/2010 11:59AM

    Another motivating lesson. I am definitely taking that walk at lunch now.

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PSMITH3841 4/5/2010 11:51AM

    Again, my friend, you leave me speechless......What an awesome blog and another testament to what someone can do for themselves, the ones they love & the ability to appreciate the benefits of a healthy life..... emoticon emoticon

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DCROCKETS 4/5/2010 11:48AM

    Thanks for motivating me week after week. I am 60 lbs down now due to lots of hard work and your motivation. Thanks for everything.

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KAILIIA 4/5/2010 11:28AM

    The choices we make affect ourselves and those around us, as much as you are working hard to be able to live your life as you want to, you can tell that a major reason is so that you can live your life with your kids and so that they will have positive role models for activity and fitness and hopefully never struggle with weight or self esteem issues. Cheers for being the change you wanted to see in the world.

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    You Sir are a Soldier.
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AXISLADY 4/5/2010 11:18AM

    You have a way with words - and that way is to do it for heavens sake - for your body's sake - for your little girls' sake. This was a great blog! But then...they all are!

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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.

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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?.

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"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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