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I lost 225 pounds to date?? when did this happen? New low weight for the weigh in!

Friday, April 09, 2010


I was not expecting much this week because of Easter and my date with some Cadbury creme eggs, I should actually say egg because I only had one but I ate a considerable amount of Easter colored M&M's and some marshmallow peeps. I decided that I would play mister strict this week and weigh, measure and basically be perfect with my calories as well as getting to the gym daily and apparently busting my ass all week has paid off. Last Friday I weighed in at 314.6 pounds and that was up from my lowest ever weight but down from the previous week and I needed to drop 3.7 pounds to stay on course for my under 300 pounds by May 1st goal and I am just going to say that I am more than happy with what the scale said to me today. I will get right to it and say that the number that I saw first was 309.4Lbs, THREE ZERO NINE??? ok lets try this again, 309.4Lbs, I say to Wify "I am going to move the scale to a different part of the floor because that can't be right" into the kitchen and 309.4Lbs so it would appear folks that I have a 5.2 pound drop this week and a new low weight! I am now down a total of 225 pounds, or 42.13% of my total body weight, saying that out loud is nuts to me.


It says 309.6 but I promise it said 309.4 before I picked up the camera! my new low weight!!


This 1969 T250 weighs in at 309 pounds just like moi!


Finally this Zero S electric bike comes in at 225 pounds which is of course what I have lost to date.

With today's weigh in I am a mere 34 pounds from my initial goal of weighing 275 pounds and I have to say that honestly it does not seem right to me that the number is only 34 pounds. Staring down the barrel of having to drop 259 pounds and now that number is only 34 pounds and clearly remembering the feeling of "Oh $hit, there is no way I am going to be able to do this" to being 34 pounds from that goal is kind of surreal if I am being honest. I was once this guy that said "its time to do this the right way and not stop until I get there" all while thinking in the back of my head "You know that's just some bull$hit to try and keep you motivated Tony" but here I am 225 pounds lighter than I was when I began this whole trip to the half.

When I started writing this blog I literally did not expect to be writing it past maybe the first month and now I write in it just about daily and I have 674 posts including this one to date. I called my blog "One mans trip to the half" because I literally had to lose half of my body weight to be even remotely close to a healthy weight and I adjusted my goal to that number which is 267 pounds, at a 267 pound loss I will weigh 267 pounds and be at 50% total body weight lost. I am 42 pounds from having lost half of my total body weight and again that seems fake to me, it feels like it was someone else and I seriously cannot believe that I am accomplishing something of that magnitude because this has been one of the hardest things that I have ever done in my life.

I have changed my life as well as everyone in my families lives by making the decision to get healthy and there is more to that than I write about here in this blog. I did it with pure determination and discipline, I researched weight loss like it was my job, like my life depended on it mostly because it did and I believe that I have changed more than I want to admit in the way that I look at things in general. I did not pay thousands of dollars to some drug company for weight loss pills or the next new thing, I did not go the route of Harvey McDullardsonfengenden zeusmeatball.blogspot.com/2009/10/i-
found-miracle-diet-plan-you-have-to.html
and do the jujuberry 7.2 thing, I simply applied what I had learned to my daily life and over the last 2 years changed everything for myself. Today's weigh in caught me by surprise, I was honestly expecting to edge just past 314 pounds and maybe hit 313 but coming in at 309 lbs really put me into a mood this morning. I need to drop about 3 pounds per week from now until May 1st to get to my 300 pound goal on time and I am going to do everything that I can to get there because I honestly feel like once I get there that I will sort of explode into some kind of insane hyper kill every cell in my body workout mode because I never thought it was something possible to do for myself.

I want anyone out there that might be reading this to know that you can lose whatever you need to where fat is concerned with nothing more than hard work and bust assedness yes I just made up a new word because that's what its gonna take to convince you! I am down 225 pounds and I have done it without any miracle plan by just eating less and moving more and I started off at 534 pounds so if I can do it anyone can! after all I WAS voted laziest in my high school year book you can read that post and see the high school picture that proves it! Here zeusmeatball.blogspot.com/2010/03/fa
t-jokes-and-high-school-picture.html
. Another week down and 5 more pounds gone with the wind, keep on keepin on, drink that H2O and make sure to tune in again for more mind blowing action in the next episode of Fat man and Blobin!

That's all I got for ya today.

As Ever
Me

  
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BAREADER 4/16/2010 12:35PM

    That is wonderful! I am so happy for you. I totally identify with the "surreal" feeling. When I started I knew it would be hard and I thought if I lost 20 pounds I would be doing good. but I am down 40 pounds and in a healthy weight range and yes, sometimes it feels like someone else did it. I guess I had come to the point where I had accepted where I was, I didn't like it, but I didn't think I could really change it.

You are very inspiring and I know your blogs will help and encourage many people.

Good job!

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STARTINGALLOVER 4/16/2010 12:31PM

    You are AMAZING..there is no other word for it.
You have a determination to live and love your life.. and you are truly amazing.
I am inspired..and loved your post!
Good luck on the May 1 explosion!
I know you will surprise yourself again!!!
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INTERSTATEVERSE 4/16/2010 8:36AM

    Wow, so exciting for you! What a great blog, so inspirational, and you have so much motivation! I just started SP, and have a total of 134 pounds to lose, so I'm definitely going to be checking in with you from now on for motivation! Thanks!

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STEWMARGARET 4/15/2010 3:35PM

  an awsome accomplishment. I have been struggling with 40 lbs and seeing what you have done tells me that losing 40 is entirely acheivable

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CMKOBE 4/15/2010 1:32PM

    Thanks for the visuals with the motorcycles. Good way to show what it looks like!

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TWILAG 4/14/2010 11:25PM

    Congratulations! Thanks for the inspiration....just what I needed tonight! emoticon

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SLONEY11 4/14/2010 6:49PM

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GDUB1980 4/14/2010 12:12PM

  Congratulations!!!! This is fabulous and also very encouraging to others that it can be done :-) Thank you for sharing.

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MARJIJANE 4/14/2010 12:02PM

    Is that all it takes???? "...nothing more than hard work and bust assedness"... along with wonderful support and good disposition ...this is an amazing story and one that inspires me to quit leaning back on my "laurels" and get on with losing the rest of my weight! Would that my body would drop 3 pounds a week!...but the slow and sure is a good way to do it! After all, today is the first day of the rest of my life! Why not make this new moment one that can be blogged about by Christmas? Thank you, BOTZZZ, for getting me off my *ss!

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WHITTYKID 4/14/2010 11:50AM

    Did you know they make packs of a dozen tiny cadbury eggs? Chocolate-goo-from-Satan. I love them so much.

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DAISYBELL6 4/14/2010 11:22AM

    That is fantastic! You really encourage and inspire me.

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SASTRAP 4/14/2010 9:28AM

  That's awesome! Congratulations!

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SASTRAP 4/14/2010 9:27AM

  That's awesome! Congratulations!

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TRISHP1961 4/14/2010 9:05AM

    Good for you!

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SHELLREED 4/13/2010 11:20PM

    Yea thanks for sharing and reminding us that it is possible even if we have a slip.. like a little easter candy with the right attitude and motivation WE CAN MET OUR GOALS !!!!!
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WOMANCHEF 4/13/2010 9:17PM

    You are so great! Your success is an inspiration to us all.
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BETSYBEACH 4/13/2010 9:16PM

    Good visuals!

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CEPEARL 4/13/2010 8:34PM

  emoticon You are an inspiration to us all.

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DEBLYNN323 4/13/2010 4:46PM

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Keep hangin' in there!

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CAROL5280 4/13/2010 2:21PM

    You are an inspiration!

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HBCOPELAND 4/13/2010 12:59PM

    Congratulations!!! That is awesome!!

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DIMPLE35 4/13/2010 12:45PM

    THIS is what inspiration is made of! Thanks for sharing :)

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MERCYTHOMPSON 4/13/2010 12:22PM

  Right on! Great job! Keep it up!

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KBROWNCHEVY 4/13/2010 11:35AM

    emoticonVery Inspiring! Thanks for sharing your weight loss journey.

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MICKEYMAX 4/13/2010 9:18AM

    Dude! You're amazing! Thanks!

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KESAJEN 4/13/2010 6:18AM

    WOW! That's all I can say. What a perfect blog to read on my third day of my journey. I'm a nearly 50 year old overweight arthritic working mom with every excuse in the book. But I've had enough of this weight, feeling like I'm dragging around an extra person! Your experience, motivation, and determination are what people like me need to see!! God bless the guy who started this website!! Keep on keepin on! I'm a fan :). So I guess WOW isn't all I could say! Haha!

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MY-2-GIRLZ 4/13/2010 4:09AM

    Keep going! emoticon

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ORACLE2010 4/12/2010 11:58PM

    I'm loving your blogs, and I really think that your words have saved the day for alot of folks on the edge on Sparkpeople. We all have off days, but reading your blogs is inspiring to say the least.

So when you hit your goal weight, what's your plan for maintenance?? Give us the scoop because we're going to get there eventually, and then what??

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K-JACK 4/12/2010 11:02PM

    This is huge!!! (no pun intended) That is incredible progress, keep it up!!!

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WALKINGDAVE 4/12/2010 10:57PM

    Awesome, Fantastic, wonderful, and inspirational, I have 90 to go and it's a rough week, reading your blog gives me the push and now i know it can be done. Thank you

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MARATHONCHRIS 4/12/2010 10:13PM

    You've lost a motorcycle of weight!?!?!

Well that deserves a big huge gigantic congrats! You're my inspiration for the day!

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EAGLEVALLEYDE 4/12/2010 9:38PM

    Right when you think you've had it all and you are going to throw the towel in, you come across a blog like yours. Just like you said it, anyone who comes across this and applies what you know with bustassedness, lol, can do it too.

Thank you.

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ANGELALEGNA 4/12/2010 9:04PM

    Wow.. just amazing!

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KSGROTHE 4/12/2010 7:41PM

    emoticon You are doing emoticon and inspiring others as you go along!

Keep up the good work! We love reading As the (Not So) Fat Guy Turns!

- Karen

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SPINNER86 4/12/2010 4:04PM

  WOW,you are incredible (and funny too). Keep up the great work & attitude.

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CONNEALS 4/12/2010 2:58PM

    Incredible job! congrats!

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KLPEFFERS 4/12/2010 1:57PM

    First of all... Awesome job keep it up... Second of all a 69 T250 is so super cool, "super cool" makes it seem lame and the same goes for you!!!
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CKMULI83 4/12/2010 1:10PM

    That's an awesome story! I am inspired by your weight loss success and look forward to reading your blog in the future.

Keep up the good work!

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NINJA-NED 4/12/2010 11:47AM

    Amazing and inspiring! Thank you!

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PRINCESSALICA 4/12/2010 11:23AM

    Thats amazing! Great job! Thanks for sharing too! It helps inspire me! I am feeling a little overwhelmed, because it hasn't seemed as hard as I guess I think it should to have lost 50, so I can fully imagine that it would be odd to be at the point that you are only 34 pounds from that goal! Great job!

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FITJANE 4/12/2010 11:11AM

    Wow! emoticon

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HAYERIN84 4/12/2010 10:05AM

  absolutely amazing! Congrats on all that you have achieved and good luck with your future endeavors! emoticon

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IAMSHE-RA 4/12/2010 9:41AM

    Fantastic!!! Great job!!! emoticon

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MARATHONGIRL29 4/12/2010 9:23AM

    Congratualtions. You are doing awesome. You motivate me to do this. I have 157 more pounds to loose and seeing you almost at your goal is very inspiring. Keep it up. I remember your blog about the man from Nantucket, when you started running. Look at you now.

Cecelia

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PRAYING4THIN 4/12/2010 8:56AM

    Congratulations! You are definately a inspiration to me. Keep on Keeping on!!!!

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LINDAKAY228 4/12/2010 8:45AM

    Congratulations on your amazing journey and accomplishments. I love the pics you chose to represent how far you've come!

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HLTHYETER 4/12/2010 8:40AM

    Congrats man. I could stand to lose half my weight too--If I make my first goal of 100 lbs. lost I will begin thinking about that. So far so good--down 12 lbs.

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OTTAWABOUND 4/12/2010 7:16AM

    Wow--That is great. I started at 348, need to lose a total of 200 - 215 and it seemed unimaginable. Now I'm down 43 and it still seems like a long haul (another 18-30 months, depending on whether my loss slows down as I get closer to goal) AND then I have to remind myself that once I reach goal, it is still a long haul--the long haul of life, because I will need to stay aware of what I eat and the amount of exercise I am doing for the rest of my life on a daily basis, or I will end up packing the pounds back on, just as I have done in the past.

I'm looking forward to reading your maintenance blogs as an inspiration for when I reach that point. Thanks for posting.

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GEISHA_RUNNER 4/12/2010 6:53AM

    Awesome job!

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Day 828, pre weigh in and my weight chart.

Thursday, April 08, 2010


This week has gone well and its time to get on that scale tomorrow morning, will there be a loss? a gain perhaps? break even? I have a feeling there will be a loss but unsure exactly how much as its been an odd week. Making great choices with my food has been easy besides on Easter Sunday and I know that I was up in weight on Monday but I have been to the gym every day this week as well as taking an after dinner ride on my bike so I have the movement covered. I need to lose 3.7 pounds by tomorrow to be on track where my 300 pounds by May 1st goal goes and I just don't think its going to happen because of last weekend and all of the Easter goodness.

My plan when I began was simple, I was going to count my calories and move as much as I could and I had incredible success with that, I dropped weight like it was my job and did not enjoy my exercise but I did it. Eventually I started lightning up on myself and letting calorie amounts slip slightly, 50 here 75 there but I was amping up the exercise so it was ok that I ate a little more and my weight graph showed a downward trend so I was happy with how I was doing things. Now I am working out 5-6 times per week sometimes 7 days per week and am leaps and bounds ahead of where I started, I do lots of cardio daily and I can see results in the way that I look and feel. I am eating strictly within my calorie limits again, not that I ever really stopped as much as giving myself some wiggle room but I am focused on an end goal of hitting 275 pounds and getting under 300 by May 1st.


This is my weight progression chart starting at day one, click it for a larger image. The larger image is here zeusmeatball.blogspot.com/2010/04/da
y-828-pre-weigh-in-and-my-weight.html
on my blogspot page.

Here is a look at yesterdays menu which came in at 1765 total calories.

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

10:00 AM
1 apple 85

11:30 AM
Dark chocolate zone bar 190

Lunch
2:30 PM
3oz dark turkey meat 150
2 slices whole wheat bread 140
1 T miracle whip 40
Yoplait yogurt 100

Dinner
5:45 PM
4oz turkey breast 120
3 slices whole wheat bread 210
1 T miracle whip 40
1 oz dark meat turkey 50
1 eight oz tomato 40
2 pickles 15

7:45 PM
1 hard boiled egg 70
1 apple 85

9:00 PM
Yoplait yogurt 100

Tomorrow I weigh in and though I don't think there will be a huge loss I do believe that I will weigh less than I did last Friday, whatever it is I know that I am a week stronger than I was. My daughter has no school for the next couple of days so I will be forced to go to the gym later than I normally do which may be a good thing breaking up the rhythm of going at roughly the same time every day so maybe not a bad thing. The mornings number will be another tick mark on my graph, a new number for the record book and hopefully closer to my end goal of weighing less than I do today. Thanks for following along while I whittle my arse into a smaller version of what it is right now, that's it for this episode of as the fat guy turns so make sure to pop on in tomorrow to see what that magical number is.

As Ever
Me

  
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AMBULATOR 4/11/2010 1:56AM

    Nice work.

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GLOBALKEEWEE 4/9/2010 10:53AM

    I just love a good chart.

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GINGER_LOSTALOT 4/8/2010 5:27PM

    Thankfully, the Easter goodies have run out. We both have the same goal of 299 by May 1st. Let's do this!

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SRSAMSON 4/8/2010 5:25PM

    First of all, I must say that I love the chart. As a spreadsheet junkie, I can appricate how a simple line graph can tell a story.

More importnatly, Keep up the good work.

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NWFL59 4/8/2010 2:28PM

    Looking forward to seeing your results post for tomorrow. Good luck and a postive outcome for sure! emoticon

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CRIS76 4/8/2010 2:24PM

    Here is wishing you a successful weigh in that leaves you with another all-time lowest weight.

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PSMITH3841 4/8/2010 2:12PM

    See you in the AM! Here's to good results! emoticon

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MYLIDDLEDALLAS 4/8/2010 1:23PM

    Oooh, can't wait!! good luck!

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MRDPOLING 4/8/2010 12:40PM

    I wish it was tomorrow morning already! hehe!

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DENACARPER 4/8/2010 11:39AM

    can't wait for the results!!

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HAPPYSOUL91 4/8/2010 11:28AM

    I am waiting to see what that number will be, in any case you are a success!

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MEGAMITENCHI 4/8/2010 11:24AM

    Woohoo!!! It'll be good, can't wait!

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HUSBANDANDDAD 4/8/2010 10:46AM

  If you eat and work out half as well as you motivate and write blogs I'm sure you're down - keep it up!

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SHANTRA 4/8/2010 10:41AM

    You know what? You really inspired me to try harder. We get up very early but I had been going back to bed after my husband goes to work and when I do that i get nothing done! If I really want this I need to get moving!! Thanx for the kick up the butt!

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WALKWITME 4/8/2010 10:25AM

    emoticon I'm sure you did your best.

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    Here's to a lower number on the scale tomorrow!!! emoticon

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ELYMWX 4/8/2010 10:21AM

    Good luck!

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Express yourself

Wednesday, April 07, 2010


Falling into a groove with my program again and the weather is nice so I have been getting in an extra bike ride after dinner, all is going well. My intake was 1695 for the day, I got to the gym for 55 minutes of cardio and some weight lifting and I drank 2.75 gallons of green tea and H2O but I did fall short on sleep last night by staying up a bit too late, no worries but it should be mentioned. I really have nothing too profound to write about this morning besides the just about perfect day that I had yesterday and the fact that I feel like awesomeness in a box for it. Itís not what you look like, when youíre doin' what youíre doin'. Itís what youíre doin' when youíre doin' what you look like youíre doin'! and that's where I am, the threshold of not caring about whats around me when I workout is being crossed daily and I dare ya to get in my way.

There is a comfort level that seems to come the more weight that comes off and the more that I can see the hard work thats being put into every day that does not exist when you are 500 pounds. Its a hard thing to explain but in my head I call it "being comfortable" creative eh? but what I mean is that with being fat comes the tugging at clothing to make sure a roll is not sucking a shirt in or twisting jeans so that boxers are not riding out of them, its a constant adjustment battle with clothing and rolls that turns into a real hassle that is there all of the time. I see people that are not over weight walking and they look so comfortable and what they are wearing is just that, its clothing and not a sparring partner which is something that's far and in between for us more rotund folks. I think about the chub and what its doing pretty much 24/7, its like it has a mind of its own and I just want to walk down the street without adjusting clothing one time! the day is coming I assure you.

I have tunnel vision right now, I hit the top of a hill and am on the way down and the brakes are not enough until I get the bottom which is hopefully 275 pounds. There is something about the warmer weather that makes me want to just bust ass with the exercise and this week I have been on point with that but am afraid that its not going to show come Friday because of my Easter day escapades with the indulgences. Its funny how one day can completely set a whole week back where the scale is concerned but I find it equally amusing when I have that perfect week and the weight falls off so I ain't crying about it because it is what it is and well, yeah. I have been getting a lot of emails and inquiries about posting up my menus again so I have been doing that and here is yesterdays for you to ponder, notice a pattern from day to day?

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

11:45 AM
Dark chocolate/almond zone bar 190

Lunch
2:30 PM
3oz turkey breast 90
2 slices whole wheat bread 140
1 T miracle whip 40

Dinner
6:00 PM
6 slices turkey bacon 150
4 slices whole wheat toast 280
lettuce/tom 30
1 T Miracle whip 60
12oz mashed turnips 150

7:30 PM
1 apple 85

8:30 PM
1 Yoplait yogurt 100

8:45 PM
1/2 Yoplait yogurt 50

That's a total of 1695 total calories and I drank 1 gallon of green tea and about 1.75 gallons of straight up good old fashioned H2O, I am noticing that I am light on the fruits and veggies lately so that will be adjusted accordingly. Today is going to be the same as yesterday, I will go to the gym, I will drink like a fish, I will eat my allotted calories and I will try and get out for a post dinner bike ride I figure why mess with what works right? Until then stay the course and keep on keepin on and all that, YOU are the only thing holding yourself back so remove the mental from the equation and get moving more and eating less.

As Ever
Me

  
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PRETTYBLKGYRL 4/8/2010 8:35AM

    I love the idea of "awesomeness in a box" :o)

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MRDPOLING 4/7/2010 9:23PM

    I could use one of those perfect weeks myself

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DEREKCSIMMONS 4/7/2010 1:00PM

    I had to laugh at the clothing comments because it's so true! Not laughing at you but with you of course!

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CIODLO 4/7/2010 12:24PM

    Ran across your page -- you are so inspiring! Congratulations on your lifestyle changes! You look awesome! I have gotten to the point now where I too am completely driven and focused. I can't understand why it all seemed so difficult in the past! I'm addicted to exercise and love seeing the constant results, not only in terms of weight but in how I feel and how much stronger I am!

Dora

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HAPPYSOUL91 4/7/2010 12:23PM

    I just don't know how you drink that much tea emoticon

Love the last line "YOU are the only thing holding yourself back " how very true that is!



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SIMPLE_TAILOR 4/7/2010 11:50AM

    You are going to get there before you know it.

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PSMITH3841 4/7/2010 10:15AM

    Great Blog....your right, there is something about warmer weather making you work harder.... It's the thought of putting on shorts!!! YIKES! emoticon

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MRPLATSON 4/7/2010 9:46AM

    High sugar breakfast? tsk tsk
More sugar late at night? tsk tsk

I applaud your effort and your results

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AXISLADY 4/7/2010 9:34AM

    Pulling the shorts down all the time I am walking - ugh! Thank you Botzzz!

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SHANTRA 4/7/2010 9:31AM

    I do notice a pattern to your eating, you eat a LOT of Turkey!!! ROFL! The Turkeys of America will end up quivering with fear at the sound of your name. Seriously though another great blog, you are so very inspiring.

And please check your email, I sent you mail a couple of days ago.

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JBMT08 4/7/2010 9:24AM

    I must say that you should be closer to not having to worry about the infamous roll getting caught in your attire! Happy days, I hope you do get your extra bike ride in today...it is going to be gorgeous out! I am setting a goal today to drink 13 cups of water today, instead of the 10 that I have been averaging over the past month and a half...because of you! emoticon

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CRIS76 4/7/2010 9:12AM

    Great blog - and yea, the clothing is quite a pain in the arse. But one day.... one day.

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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

As Ever
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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.

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Me

  
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SISNEROSMD 5/1/2010 11:31PM

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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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BURNSEE19 4/9/2010 1:52AM

    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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MRPLATSON 4/5/2010 11:20AM

    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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