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A hikin' we will go.

Monday, May 03, 2010


Loads of movement for the weekend and it was all around fun, Losing 225 pounds has done wonders for my views. Wify secured a babysitter Saturday morning and we decided that we would go on a hike at a local spot and all in all it was a 4.5 mile hike which was pretty therapeutic if I am being honest. Two years ago a hike like that would have been just a thought followed by some excuse as to why we shouldn't go but with the weight gone I am again seemingly unlimited by what I can participate in. There was even a time when I may have been able to go out on a hike like that but it would have pushed me to my limit and a few days rest would have been needed just to function afterward but this time around its just not the case and being able to do whatever I want to do and not worry about the aftermath is a good feeling. Sunday my father in law invited all of the grand children to go to a science museum in the area and it was a good time, the building is 6 floors and I used it as an opportunity to get some exercise in by using the stairs to go from floor to floor all day. We spent about 4 hours there and if I was changing levels I was using the stairs and my daughter insisted that she come with me on the stairs each time and I thought that was awesome because it reinforces the habit that some work to move around should just be normal day to day stuff, have a look at a few photos from our Saturday morning hike.


Me and the boss lady at a cliff near the highest point of the hike.


Enjoying the view from the highest point of the hike.


Taking a break up on a big ol cliff Wify snapped this one from below.


Oh no!

Keeping my calories within range has been easier than ever since I upped them to 1900 per day, in fact I am finding that I am so used to my 1700 that I am having oh...200 calories left to use late in the day. Keeping hydrated is easier than ever and I am at 2 gallons of fluid by dinner most days, this weekend I drank at least 2.5 gallons per day but I am a tad sore from all of the stairs yesterday so I have a feeling that I am hanging onto more of that fluid than normal.

This week I am going to eat clean, exercise a lot and get in all of my sleep because I am too close to being under 300 pounds to not just get there already. I've talked to Wify and we are going to try and work more of these "date hikes" in so that we can mix the exercise up a bit, though I LOVE the gym I LOVE hiking more than that so if I have the chance I'm gonna jump at it. Just two years ago the Saturday that I had would be just a thought in my head and then some time on the couch sulking but this time around it was a great day out with a lovely lady. To think that if I hadn't decided to change the way things were being done I would have totally missed out on the great weekend that I had will only keep me rollin' in the right direction, I know I missed out on all too many chances when I was heavier and that's just not how its going to be any more.

Thanks for following along while this fat guy gets slim, and thank you for the support that you give me, it is appreciated more than you know.

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SECRETMUSIC 5/6/2010 8:00AM

    Since you have discovered a love of hiking, you might check out geocaching. We find it gives a great added fun on hikes, and introduces us to places and areas we've never heard o.f You can do it with nothing more than a $100 hand-held GPS, as long as it has a compass feature. If you are interested, check out the very cool and very safe website at www.geocaching.com. Kids really like it too

Just a thought...

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AXISLADY 5/5/2010 6:08PM

    I love the added pictures. Makes it seem more personal.

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ELSKAS 5/5/2010 1:32PM

    awesome

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PUMPKINFACE73 5/4/2010 9:45AM

    love the pics, looks like a ton of fun....

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MRDPOLING 5/4/2010 9:00AM

    Awesome Blog! I wish I could have been there. Looks so majestic!

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DDOORN 5/4/2010 6:01AM

    There isn't ANYTHING that can top communing with nature with one's honey by your side...! WAY beyond therapeutic, eh...? :-)

Don

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LORISEVERANCE 5/3/2010 9:20PM

    Did you think two years ago that you would be inspiring others? Keep it up. You are great.

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VEMAN1 5/3/2010 8:30PM

    Way to go Dude!

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ABRIDGESRNC 5/3/2010 3:32PM

    Great weekend - I wish I'd been able to get out more. Loved the pictures.

We're all waiting with baited breath for the "I'm under 300" blog!

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KSGROTHE 5/3/2010 3:19PM

    emoticon photos!

It's so great that you can go on these adventures now that you lost the weight!

Keep up the good work!

- Karen

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VEEJAY3 5/3/2010 2:47PM

    Were you just too shy to post the video of your hike? I found it on youtube ...

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KERANCE 5/3/2010 2:43PM

    That sounds like a lovely couple of days, I would love to go hiking woth my botfriend but he just isn't into physical stuff, he much prefers sitting in front of the xbox every hour of every day...you should be very greatful that you're a couple that are into the same things.

Keep up the great work, you're inspirational
Love Kez xXx

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WALKINGDAVE 5/3/2010 1:52PM

    wow, what a great weekend, you've kept yourself so busy and have so much energy, you are a inspiration especially with the stairs. They are a terrible chore for me, I'm always afraid the knees will give out and I'd be down for the count but since losing almost forty pounds I'm able to step up on curbs and do some stairs without pulling myself with the railing. It's amazing how losing gives you more freedom, keep it up you are a awesome fella. emoticon

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 5/3/2010 1:42PM

    Looks like an absolutely wonderful time. Keep on.

Off to get another glass of water!!

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THEBOOKBINDER 5/3/2010 1:32PM

    Awesome blog. I wish we had some Hiking spots by us, I would love to take my wife on some of those Dates, I'm definitely going to have to figure out how to do so. Thank you for sharing your Joy!

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HAPPYSOUL91 5/3/2010 12:43PM

    That is a great example of being able to live "true life" when getting rid of excess weight. Glad you had such a great time

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DENACARPER 5/3/2010 12:40PM

    Great blog and cute picture of you falling over! emoticon

I totally agree with you on the getting out and about. If I stay inside too long I get itchy to get out and do something active - it's an amazing feeling. I started rowing about a month ago and running sprints and joined the climbing gym - wow there's so much great stuff to do out there besides sitting in front of the tv on the couch.

There's also some sort of feeling that you get after you workout and I just don't mean - yippee I worked out and I feel good - but I feel good all day long - I walk taller, I have more confidence because I know what I've done!!

You are doing a great job and I can't wait to read the blog where you've hit that under 300 lb mark - we're rooting for you, keep up the great work!

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LAURIE5658 5/3/2010 12:28PM

    Botzzz, what an awesome time you had! I totally love the photos especially when you are gripped with fear. LOL

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NEWYORKORCHIDS 5/3/2010 12:04PM

  Before I started this journey, I always thought "It's going to take me at least a year to lose all of this weight" and now that I've started, I'm at the beginning of the fifth month and I can't help but wonder what my problem was before.

It's amazing how mindsets change. Looks like you had an amazing time this weekend!

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FROGGERHKC 5/3/2010 11:54AM

    Love it! Looks like a beautiful place to hike! I too this weekend got to take a little hike. I was very excited because the last time I tried to hike at my friends property through the woods, I thought my heart was going to pop by the time I got to the top. This time around, I was breathing hard, but the good kind! I am so happy because that means I am making progress! I like the idea of the date hikes, and I am going to suggest that to the BF, I think he will be on board (we take walks right now). So, I am glad you had a great hike, and thank you for sharing your pictures!

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JBMT08 5/3/2010 11:49AM

    Sounds like you had an awesome event filled weekend! Rock on!!! 290's here you come!!

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MADTOWNBUDDHA 5/3/2010 11:49AM

    You have really inspired me all along, so thank you brother!

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Back down to earth with a weigh in.

Friday, April 30, 2010


Being sore and stressed over the last week had me back peddling and this week I used my time wisely, I ate within my calorie range, I drank enough and I slept well all while taking it easy on my back. I did return to the gym yesterday and did an easy 40 minute cardio workout split between the bike and the treadmill and it felt good to get back in there and get my heart rate up. This morning it was time to get on the scale to get an "official" weigh in number for the blog and though I did not get a new low weight today I am back down to my lowest number again, I came in at 309.2 lbs and that's just fine by me.

Not making that May 1st goal stinks a little bit but there is really not a whole lot that can be done about it now so I ain't gonna sweat it but I will just for the sake of sticking with it post up what my weight is tomorrow morning for an official end to the challenge. I am predicting that I will be under 300 pounds within two weigh ins unless something outside of my control happens and I was thinking about it and I am at a point in this whole process that in the beginning I had wondered if I would ever get to. When you weigh more than 500 pounds and are starting out on a weight loss plan things can look almost impossible, in fact when I started out and didn't know what I weighed I was afraid that I was closer to 600 pounds so imagine that frame of mind, staring down at 275 pounds and thinking you are at 600.

The plan for today is to hit the gym, eat within my calorie range and stay hydrated and I am well on my way to having a great day already. I have a pretty active weekend planned as well and I am hoping to have a new low weight come Friday, actually I am betting that I will have a new low weight by tomorrows May 1st weigh in. This episode of Fat man and Blobin is a quickie, short and to the point as Wify is home from work today and we have some errands to run so that's all I got for today.

If you are in the beginning of a weight loss adventure and think that its impossible, know that if you want it bad enough you can do it, I am down 225 pounds and once weighed more than 500. I know that it looks like an impossible task but its not and in fact the longer you do it the more you want it so make today the day that you put down the fork and pick up your movement and just start living the life that you know is there for the taking.

Now that's really all I got for today.

As Ever
Me

  
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NANASNOW 5/5/2010 3:26PM

    Looking at your page. You are an example for us all. I applaud your efforts and how far you have come. Keep it up!

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SASEGRL75 5/5/2010 9:53AM

  Dude, you are really an inspiration. I don't have a huge amount to lose but you obviously have made serious progress by sticking with it. I'll keep checking on your progress. Thanks for the inspiration!

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AXISLADY 5/3/2010 10:55AM

    I needed this this morning. I'm so having a bd morning......but I WILL put down my fork and get moving. Thanks as always, Botzz.

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DIFROMWYOMING 5/2/2010 8:20PM

    Congrats on taking what LIFE has for you and staying on your plan. I am excited for May because I KNOW you will reach this goal!

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LORISEVERANCE 5/1/2010 3:23PM

    As Mike always says on Biggest Loser, you have already shed the weight of a full adult man! Fantastic work! emoticon

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VEMAN1 5/1/2010 12:11PM

    Everyday is a challenge and everyday we are given the opportunity to succeed. T minus 10 and counting. This month is going to be a blast!
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DENACARPER 5/1/2010 11:31AM

    You are doing a great job! Keep up the fantastic work -you are getting closer every day!!

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BIGGIRL2082010 4/30/2010 10:26PM

    So happy to hear you've been doing the smart thing and are back down to your lowest!

Keep going, keep going!

Cheers,
Maya


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ASHARON 4/30/2010 8:58PM

    You are doing so good! Thank you for sharing your story with everyone.

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MRDPOLING 4/30/2010 6:12PM

    Let me tell you that the day you get to report that you are under 300 will be a very great day! It was for me! I was on cloud nine for a couple weeks from that!

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MADSUL 4/30/2010 4:59PM

  Mate, How tall are you? You don't look like a 300 lb guy in your photos.

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BELFASTBIKER 4/30/2010 4:41PM

    Always a huge motivation.... cheers. :)

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DEREKCSIMMONS 4/30/2010 4:38PM

    Enjoy your weekend and here's to your new low in advance!

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MBVMFLUTIST 4/30/2010 4:08PM

    Rock on! I'm rootin' for you and your 299!!!! :D

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KRISSEY2006 4/30/2010 1:38PM

    You really are amazing and inspiring. I have started my weight loss journey once again and I plan to visit your page often for inspiration. I read that article you were in and I wanted to say well deserved and definitely something to be proud of. Tell you wife great job too on her weight loss.

-Christina

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TINYC887 4/30/2010 11:50AM

    you are amazing

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HAPPYSOUL91 4/30/2010 11:41AM

    You are sure within a breath of getting to goal. Glad you are ok after going back to the gym

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 4/30/2010 11:35AM

    Enjoy the day!!

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PHILLY-ALISHA 4/30/2010 11:30AM

  This blog entry really inspired and encourage me!!! emoticon

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JBMT08 4/30/2010 11:17AM

    Hey! you will be below 300 before you know it. Look at you! 534 to 309?!?! Simply Amazing, and you are making every day choices...no pills, powders, surgical interventions, starvations! just eating healthy and moving! You are great!

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MRSJERRYBUSH 4/30/2010 11:06AM

    What a great blog! I hope everyone reads it! We all tend to think, when we start, that what we want is impossible. You are an inspiration!

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PSMITH3841 4/30/2010 10:51AM

    What an adventure your journey has been...thanks so much for sharing!!! emoticon

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PRETTYBLKGYRL 4/30/2010 10:50AM

    *lol* @ Fat Man & Blobin

have a great weekend :o)

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A walk through time and a ton of pictures.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

I usually repost my blogspot page here for everyone to take a look at but I have a ton of old and some new pictures in this post and in the interest of keeping them only in one place I decided to just link to this particular post, the entire post is here on my blogspot page.

zeusmeatball.blogspot.com/2010/04/wa
lk-through-time-and-ton-of-pictures.html


this post is brought to you by the number 10


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LORISEVERANCE 5/1/2010 3:23PM

    Amazing...kudos to you!!

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ALANDES 4/30/2010 10:27AM

    Your transformation is stunning. Keep up the great work!

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JJPJ4242 4/29/2010 8:48PM

    Awesome walk down memory lane and I have to say, this brought up so many memories for me in my life. The last few days, I have been slacking, know I am slacking and was not being honest with myself until today. I can't remember the last time I did not make an excuse to NOT polka with my husband, something he loves and I love how joyful he is when he does it, yet I cannot at this point be part of it except to observe. You have reminded me why I am doing this! Thank you!! You perseverance is inspiring! emoticon

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MRDPOLING 4/29/2010 7:57PM

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P31W247 4/29/2010 4:05PM

    emoticon Blog.

You have done amazingly well.

Congratulations

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 4/29/2010 3:53PM

    It's great to see those how far you've come.

It would be interested to see a side-by-side with your brother at this stage of the game.

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 4/29/2010 3:53PM

    It's great to see those how far you've come.

It would be interested to see a side-by-side with your brother at this stage of the game.

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NORWEGIANDITZ 4/29/2010 2:05PM

    Thank you for your story. It truly is inspirational!
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BIGGIRL2082010 4/29/2010 1:12PM

    Nicely done. LOVE the kiddie pics!

Cheers,
Maya


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HAVALOVER 4/29/2010 12:47PM

    LOVED IT, Botzz! Bet you took many of us down memory lane too! I went along with you, minus the mustache, of course.

What a rewarding journey for you, man. Because what I believe that, when one lives mindfully, like you, with each pound lost, you've gained a ton of wisdom.

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Mirie

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JBMT08 4/29/2010 12:42PM

    Thanks for sharing...love the "70's" pics! you have come a long way buddy!!!! I know you will be down at least 3 lbs tomorrow! I FEEL IT!!! emoticon

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ELFITZPA 4/29/2010 12:18PM

    Thanks for sharing all the pictures - it's interesting to break it down like that and recognize how you were feeling at such a young age. Good luck with tomorrow's weigh in!

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VEMAN1 4/29/2010 12:17PM

    Really good walk down memory lane. Here is to the number 10! Time is closing in on that elusive number 2. It won't be long now! Keep on trucking.

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MYLIDDLEDALLAS 4/29/2010 12:12PM

    Amazing!! You definitely created a new life for yourself and your family! Good job.

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BUGSMOM211 4/29/2010 12:10PM

    Thanks for sharing..how inspiring emoticon

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PSMITH3841 4/29/2010 12:07PM

    Thanks for the walk down memory lane....amazing journey...(cute kid too!) Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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THEBOOKBINDER 4/29/2010 11:57AM

    Nice!

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LAURIE5658 4/29/2010 11:53AM

    Botzzz, your story always gives me great motivation. Thank you!

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TINYC887 4/29/2010 11:51AM

    I was reading a magazine and up popped your picture and that was before you blogged about it. Way to go

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HAPPYSOUL91 4/29/2010 11:47AM

    You give me my daily motivation...thank you!



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MAKKAIO 4/29/2010 11:38AM

    Popped over to you blog and all I can say is "Wow!" Great work, man. Your journey is inspiring.

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KATIEBUG815 4/29/2010 11:37AM

    WOW!! You made me cry. What an AWESOME thing you've done!! Losing all that weight is amazing! WOW!!

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JLUVSHIKIN 4/29/2010 11:37AM

    As always a great blog.

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    emoticon Your story is amazing!! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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Zeusmeatball featured in Woman's day? oh me oh my!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010


The week is looking decent and I was lower in weight this morning than I was yesterday, I haven't got back to the gym just yet but today I am planning on poppin in for a ride on the bike perhaps more a little later. My intake was on par and I have upped my calories just to see what happens, I am eating around 1900 calories per day all week so far and I want to see what happens for a week or two at this rate just for kicks. Oh yeah and as the title of this post may lead one to believe, I was featured in a Woman's day article with Wify and 6 other couples in a "couples edition" weight loss before and after which was pretty cool! Here is the link for the article Woman's day article featuring Zeusmeatball www.womansday.com/Articles/Health/Di
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. I was contacted by Grant from sparkpeople asking me if I was interested in a National magazine opportunity and I thought that it could be fun so I agreed and shortly after I was contacted by Woman's day and viola! there you have it.



We were asked a few questions by Woman's day and while we were answering them Wify started crying when she said that "I feel like I got my boyfriend back" which is quoted in the article and I had a moment of raw happiness because I know how much I've effected not only myself but the person that I consider the only gal for me. I have said this before and I have to reiterate it so much because its the truth, I started this blog 2 years ago as a way to possibly stay on track because one or two people might just find what I was writing interesting enough to give me some accountability and its become much more than that for me. From being asked to go to the Dr Oz show to now being featured in an article for a national magazine article its more than I would ever thought could come from a fat guy trying to get healthy and I still have a long way to go.



I needed something like this to get me back into the full swing of why I am doing this whole health thing, and I don't exactly mean the article. My wife being happy because she feels like she got her boyfriend back is more than enough to get me rolling in the right direction again, not that I was rolling in the wrong direction but I was in a stress situation and not moving forward when I still have so far to go in order to get to that end game that I am looking for. I (we) have come a long way since that cold day back in 2008 when a decision was made, more than 300 pounds have been lost between my wife and myself, 225 of that off of my bones alone and things are getting back to normal all because of a whole lotta discipline and bust assedness that is being applied on a daily basis.

I am going to post up a weight come Friday and unfortunately it does not look as if I will get under 300 pounds by May 1st but I am ok with that as I have come to understand this isn't a race and as cool as its going to feel to get under that milestone I can wait. The plan is to eat well, drink a plenty and start hitting the gym regularly again and I think that I will have a big drop in the next week or two just because of the calorie change and the getting back in the gym after almost a two week hiatus.

Thanks for following along while this fat guy gets slim and thanks for all of the support that you give me along the way.

That's all I got

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Me

  
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LORISEVERANCE 5/1/2010 3:20PM

    right on. great work. i am happy for you, and your wife too. keep on goin'! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ASHARON 4/30/2010 9:04PM

    You are both doing so good. Keep it up!

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ZIRCADIA 4/29/2010 8:06PM

    THAT IS SO COOL!!!!!! Can't believe I almost missed it completely! :D CONGRATULATIONS!

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BIGGIRL2082010 4/29/2010 1:05PM

    Great article! Good for you, getting not only that national recognition, but more significantly, your wife's gut reaction - must've been a special moment for the two of you!

Keep it up!

Cheers,
Maya


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THEBOOKBINDER 4/29/2010 11:13AM

    Tony, that is just so awesome! You are doing great!

Armin

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JUSTAGURL2335 4/29/2010 9:34AM

    So freakin awesome!!!! :)

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LADYLOCKS54 4/28/2010 11:10PM

    Congratulations to you both . keep up the good work! emoticon

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CHRISTINEIH 4/28/2010 10:51PM

    Congratulations to you both . emoticon

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WALKINGDAVE 4/28/2010 8:11PM

    congratulations, what a wonderful accomplishment, you are your wife should be very proud emoticon

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JUNIORSSISTER 4/28/2010 7:24PM

    Congrats to you and Wify..I've jumped on your train and have been following along. You recently blogged about having a play day with your daughter and I so related. For me it was this past weekend, playing with my twin God Children. They just energized me. Thank you for sharing your story, your struggle and your success. It is so inspiring. And congrats to the Mrs. For her success as well.

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SWEETZMIX 4/28/2010 6:45PM

    awwwwwwwww congrats!!! Now I have to go and look for the magazine! I am sO happy for you two!

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KSGROTHE 4/28/2010 4:53PM

    emoticon I love that article!

Keep up the good work! You're doing great!

- Karen

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MUDMOUSE 4/28/2010 3:36PM

    Congratulations! And to think I can call you my spark friend!

Enjoy..

Barbara

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KERANCE 4/28/2010 2:40PM

    Well done - that's really great!!!!

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VEMAN1 4/28/2010 1:26PM

    Congratulations and well deserved. You inspire more people than you imagine. Now you are a true hero, you have crossed over the line of average. But of course, we all knew that to be true before the article.
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PRAYING4THIN 4/28/2010 1:16PM

    Very cool!

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HAPPYSOUL91 4/28/2010 12:34PM

    The long haul is so much better than the sprint, you will definitely get to goal!

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DENACARPER 4/28/2010 12:00PM

    Woo - Hoo - good for you! You are doing fantastic - you are right it is NOT a race - it's your life and you have the right attitude!!

best wishes on your journey!

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CODEMAULER 4/28/2010 11:36AM

    Your wife's comment really connected with me. At the risk of TMI, my husband has been "Mr. Grab Hands" with me since I lost some extras pounds. I had a hard time, at first, because my brain hadn't quite caught up with this attention, but it's becoming easier to realize that someone really cares - and shows it! - when we take better care of ourselves.

Congratulations to both of you!!

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MRPLATSON 4/28/2010 11:24AM

    Great stuff!

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HHILDE99 4/28/2010 11:16AM

    That is so cool that you were featured in a magazine! You both look awesome! Congrats on your accomplishments!

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WANDAC2013 4/28/2010 11:07AM

    emoticonYou are so inspiring!!! Keep up the great work!!!

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PSMITH3841 4/28/2010 10:56AM

    This whole thing is just so cool.....you two really deserve the notoriety, both of you have worked so hard....and your wife's comment about getting her boyfriend back...Oh WOW! That had to be the BEST! "High Five" to a great team!!! emoticon

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PRETTYBLKGYRL 4/28/2010 10:51AM

    I just read the Woman's Day article - I love the sparkpeople shout out emoticon

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RONNIEHUEY 4/28/2010 10:43AM

    Awesome! Keep up the good work!

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1972ROSES 4/28/2010 10:12AM

    Congrats!

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ABRIDGESRNC 4/28/2010 10:11AM

    What a great comment! Great inspiration to keep going - I'd like to be my husband's girlfriend again...

Thanks!

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SFARRINGTON65 4/28/2010 10:10AM

    Thats very cool and congrats on the weight loss to you both. my wife was just at a photo shoot for a magazine for the same thing yesterday. She had a great time


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YELLOWDAHLIA 4/28/2010 10:06AM

    You guys looks fantastic!

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STARLIGHT615 4/28/2010 10:05AM

    Woohoo WTF to the Both of you! THat is awesome!!

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CAROLYN1213 4/28/2010 10:01AM

    Congratulations!!! What motivation and inspiration to help boost you over the hump! You are right, it is not a race. You have the rest of your life to live a healthy style and leads to weight loss.

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LEYETTE 4/28/2010 9:58AM

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! This is so awesome...you both are such an inspiration!!!

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DEREKCSIMMONS 4/28/2010 9:51AM

    Congrats on spreading the spark and on your continued success!

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ELIZABETH525 4/28/2010 9:28AM

    Wow the last couple lives about 30 miles from me!!!! It's a small world huh?

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SHANTRA 4/28/2010 9:28AM

    Way to go both of you.. you are now officially stars!

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KROLES55 4/28/2010 9:27AM

    Wonderful News!

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TINYC887 4/28/2010 9:20AM

    awesome, you are such an inspiration

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LAURIE5658 4/28/2010 9:18AM

    Now THAT is so cool, Botzzz!!!!! Woot!!

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MONTANA_ED 4/28/2010 9:00AM

    Awesome and congratulations! Thanks for this and everything else you have shared with us. It's inspiring!

Onwards....

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 4/28/2010 9:00AM

    I can't think of anyone better to be an example and represent for Sparks.

You are right this isn't a race and finishing is the most important thing in this. Keep persevering .

l8r

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MSNICHOLS39 4/28/2010 8:56AM

    Great Article in Woman's Day! That is so wonderful! Congratulations to you both.
You deserve the recognition for sure. You are, as always, an inspiration.
Andrea

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INIT2LIVEIT 4/28/2010 8:53AM

    Congratulations on being asked to be part of that great article!! Thanks for posting the link too.
Sounds like you are back on the straight and narrow. Good luck on Friday!!!

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MEL_UNRAU 4/28/2010 8:47AM

    That is so awesome... thanks for sharing. Makes me a little jealous... actually. Grant contacted me too... and then Good Housekeeping passed on me. But, I am so proud of you... and I will tuck the little green monster back in the closet and be thrilled for your success!!!

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JAMGIRL8 4/28/2010 8:44AM

    congratulations!! You have come a long way!!

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Hey look what just walked through the door..

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Sometimes life just happens in a way that nothing can be done about it but hold on and hope that the ride ends well and other times we have to take control and make it go our way. The last week and a half has sucked ass to put it as plainly as I can without getting more into it and to summarize, everything is working itself out and it looks as if the ride ended without too much damage. Now onto that second scenario, you know the one where the 534 pound guy took control and is making it go his way? I have not been on the scale all week until this morning and I am slightly up from my lowest weight which is actually unexpected because I thought it would be WAY up after the week that I had with my ~devouring everything in sight~ eating.

Last Sunday my good old back injury from 2000 decided that it was going to intervene in my life for the week and while putting a jar of jalapenos into the refrigerator it almost dropped me to the floor. This is pretty much how the last 10 years has been for me but on a much more frequent basis when I was heavier but it goes to show that no matter how much weight that I drop the most remedial task can get me if I bend just right, er wrong. This is a big part of my misery for the last week though I have had no issues since about Friday of last week with my back there were other things in my equation of torment that were keeping me not interested in basically anything. As you can guess the sore back kept me from the gym and that right there just added to my mood and honestly I learned that once an addict always an addict because turning to extra food jumped right in about mid week, but in my man Forrest Gumps words, That's all I got to say about that..

I got a ton of emails asking if I was ok so thanks for that! yes I am alive! someone asked me that in an email, I suppose that I should have answered that one very quickly as to not reinforce the possibility that I wasn't! This is a blog about a 534 pound guy getting his $hit together and dropping 225 pounds so far and still has a way to go before getting to the end of that proverbial weight loss road and not about any personal non weight loss/health hurdles that are in my way. We all have $hit to wade through in our personal lives, some deeper and thicker than others but $hit none the less so I won't put any of that here as it was never my intention when I started writing this blog, this is about better health and weight loss.

I said once an addict a couple paragraphs up and that goes for my working out as well, I am starting to get miserable because I couldn't/can't work out! I mean bat $hit fuvkin nuts! I know that I am addicted to the exercise at this point because I am bouncing off of the walls as a result of not being able to do anything past walking when my back was sore and now my daughter gave me a bit of a chest cold thingy that seems to be going away but I am still taking it easy until tomorrow because of that. I am on day 11 of no gym, no bike rides, no anything but a short hike last Friday at a 4 year olds pace and to say that I have a case of cabin fever would be putting it very much too mildly but we will get there again.

My intake has been dragged back to normal and I am drinking enough green tea and H2O again, I am making a couple changes to the program in the coming weeks but I will write more about that later. I should be back to daily posts now so check in tomorrow for another mind boggling episode of as the fat guy turns and remember that sometimes life is gonna kick us in the gut but that doesn't mean that we give up, we may take a break but giving up isn't an option.

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Me

  
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MCOGHLAN 4/28/2010 8:46AM

    Congrats for getting right back on plan, a lesser man might have dragged out his misery longer and never gotten back to it. I hope the rest of this week goes the way you want it to.

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BIGGIRL2082010 4/28/2010 5:05AM

    Heh. Life DOES a number on one, doesn't it? Glad to hear you're mostly okay. And don't fret it, you WILL be back at the gym in a short time, and that's all that matters.

The weight is a small issue compared to the back trouble. Hope that heals as you get stronger.

Cheers,
Maya>

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IONA72 4/28/2010 3:58AM

    I know how you feel, I have a swollen knee at the moment which pretty much prevents any exercise and it's making me grumpy!

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LADYLOCKS54 4/27/2010 10:28PM

    Glad you are back and doing okay. Keep it moving and get back on program.

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SWEETZMIX 4/27/2010 6:24PM

    I figured life got in the way. Take care my friend. emoticon

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KLEONIKI 4/27/2010 5:42PM

    Welcome back!
See, some steps in place or maybe a bit retro can never change the fact of YOUR HAVING CHANGED...
They are only a pale reminiscence of a long passed nightmare!
K.

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CRIS76 4/27/2010 5:22PM

    Well, while dealing with $h!t sucks, at least we know you are ok - a slight gain after a crappy week is pretty darn good!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 4/27/2010 5:06PM

    While not fun, I'm glad that it wasn't anything more serious (involving some time in the hospital).

Here's to getting back to it full bore.

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It's a light beer so it's ok.

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AUNTRANDOM 4/27/2010 4:51PM

    So happy that you are back - as much for me as for you. Your daily blog definitely gives my willpower and fortitude a big boost. Thanks for putting it out there for other people to share. You're doing an awesome-fantastic job. Feel better soon!

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KERANCE 4/27/2010 4:33PM

    Take it easy till your backs better mate xXx

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PSMITH3841 4/27/2010 2:14PM

    Glad your back and OK...I was getting worried. Happy to hear you're getting back on track... emoticon

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SHRNGRD 4/27/2010 1:56PM

    Well, if it makes you feel any better...I was out of the loop myself for the past week. I was conscious of what I was putting in my mouth, but I hadn't been to the gym in over a week either! Its amazing what exercise does for your body AND your mind! I was getting Sooooo irritable last week! After i went last night, I felt SOOO much better! It's amazing!
I'm so glad to hear that you are feeling better! And your post can't be more true!

Sharon :o)

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NWFL59 4/27/2010 1:50PM

    Hope things continue to improve and you can return to your perferred exercises and pace soon.

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INIT2LIVEIT 4/27/2010 1:46PM

    Glad to have you back! You may have been down, but you will never be out. As ever, an inspiration to us all through thick and thin...

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WALKINGDAVE 4/27/2010 1:25PM

    It is a shame when life kicks us in the butt and reminds us we are human after all. I think back to the first time I threw out my back....loading the dishwasher....and remember how really out of shape I truly was at the time. I still have back problems when I do too much but I still work out and don't let it get me down. Thanks for the honest blog it's hard to be honest and forthright when you have a gain from the " oh woe is me" feelings. I've learned to accept my flaws as you have done as well. I work to get better and know I'll never be perfect...there is no such thing...or people would be praying to me...lol!! Glad to hear you are feeling better, it takes a while for recovery try and be patient even when you know it's aggravating to try. You will be better soon and off to the gym and running circles around your daughter in no time. Take care of YOU emoticon

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JBMT08 4/27/2010 12:48PM

    Take it easy! we want you to be well!!!!

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HHILDE99 4/27/2010 12:24PM

    Welcome back! Isn't it crazy how we can go from not exercising to being addicted to it so quickly? You have a great attitude through all this and I hope you're feeling better soon!

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MRDPOLING 4/27/2010 12:20PM

    I feel for you with the bad back. Seems to creep up on us when we least expect it. not much to do but use lots of aspercreme and try to give it time to heal again.

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CAROLYN1213 4/27/2010 12:06PM

    I wasn't worried about you, I know your resolve and determination. I know that you will get this done, in spite of set backs. By the way, that daily crap and live garbage that accumulates around us called life, is part of your weight loss journey. Weight is about more than what we eat and what we do. There are things that effect our perception and cause us to make decisions that are not healthy or wise. Learning how to figure all that out, is part of the journey!

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HAPPYSOUL91 4/27/2010 12:05PM

    Sure glad you are back to posting, have been concerned about you. Happy to read that you are now back on track!


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SHANTRA 4/27/2010 12:04PM

    With you on the back thing. Twist turn or bend the wrong way and I can be totally incapacitated, been that way ever since I broke my spine.

But you know what I love about this blog? So many times we read success stories and it is always... I lost this much with this program in this long and I was so miserable before.. so often they are all the same - not a hint of any problems or setbacks or eating episodes. Well that aint been my life and it sure aint yours! But here you are coping with it and still inspiring because you have not lost sight of your goal and you are bouncing back. Not leaving it weeks, months and possibly years while you can't stop eating until you get right up there again.

And if you can do this.. I can and he can and she can.. and that is really powerful.

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DIASTER 4/27/2010 11:58AM

  Welcome back!
Isn't it amazing that we can follow our program so long and then the food demon hits,? It never seems to go away completely but great job of getting back on track before some major damage was done.

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TMFBITU 4/27/2010 11:55AM

  My first day on SparkPeople I snatched a quote from someone's blog - yours? "Failure is not falling down, it's refusing to get up." By that definition, you absolutely WON this one. And look at it this way: after a week off, these next workouts are going to be more effective than ever. Like bursting through a plateau.

I'm relatively new to the site, but even I knew to check I wasn't missing your blog posts. Get yourself healthy, then get back to getting yourself healthy!

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CODEMAULER 4/27/2010 11:52AM

    I hope everything is back on track very soon. I tend to think that working out somehow makes me exempt from back pain, only to have the proverbial jar of jalapenos sideline me.

I will say that I recover much sooner than I used to, but injuries still occur.

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I'm glad to see you back in the game!

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JLUVSHIKIN 4/27/2010 11:52AM

    Glad to read things are on their way to status quo. Thanks for letting us know you are still kickin'!

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MYLIDDLEDALLAS 4/27/2010 11:47AM

    Hey, there you are!! Sorry about the back, totally sucks!! Hope you have a better week this time around. And yes, like the other posts, had me worried there for a minute! Glad you're alive! lol

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SAMPEANUT 4/27/2010 11:42AM

  Oh wow, sorry about your back! I have a bad back too, along with a couple of ribs that literally pop out of place. Make your eyes water? Yeah, mine too. Anyhooo...hang in there and be well. You're an inspiration and I just love your attitude! You totally "get it". Congrats on your success so far! emoticon

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SNOWFLAKELILYM9 4/27/2010 11:41AM

    Been missing your blogs and missing following your weigh ins but I know life happens sometimes. Great job on getting back on track even after a stressful week, your back problem stirring up again and just trying to look life in the face and keep going. Thanks for always being just a real person. Your journey and success continue to be very inspiring.

Margaret

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THESHRINKINLADY 4/27/2010 11:36AM

    Glad you're doing better! I've had some back troubles in the past and I can tell you, I wouldn't even wish that on my worse enemy. Okay...maybe I would but I'd have to think long and hard before doing so! It sucks, big time. Rest is a good thing when you're dealing with back issues though. The more rest you get, the more you're guaranteed to not be completely handicapped in the long run.

And you're right...life does kick us in the nads every now and then but you gotta pick yourself up, gasp a few breaths of air, and keep on going. I'm glad to see you have a great attitude about not giving up!

I hope life treats you kinder in the coming days and weeks! Get well soon!!

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AMBERROGUE 4/27/2010 11:31AM

    I hope your back stops acting up and will let you get some exercise in! Hang in there!

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