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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,
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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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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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    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 .

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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.
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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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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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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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1730 calories looks just like this right here, yep sure does.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

This episode of The 1700 is brought to you by Harvey McDullardsonfengenden zeusmeatball.blogspot.com/2009/10/i-
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and the Jujuberry 7.2 people in an effort to get us in a frame of mind that promotes good eating and more movement in place of miracle diet plans. We will bring you through all the phases of a regular run of the mill day in the life of a fella getting healthy from the inside out. Lets start with an omelet made from 1 whole egg, 4 whites, Jalapeno, red onion, green peppers grape tomatoes, turkey pepperoni and some Asiago cheese with a side of a multi-grain english muffin. If you think that this dish is anything but a big ol pile of yum and more filling than almost any breakfast you need to rethink how you look at food.



Next we have a Zone perfect bar and this was the pre-gym snack? meal? whatever you call it, it had pecans, chocolate and caramel and let me tell ya, yeah let me tell ya. These little beauties run between 190 and 210 calories depending on which you choose and give me the boost that I need to make it through my trip to the gym. This is the point of the day where I am starting to feel like I am a tad hungry and honestly this is the only time of day that I get that feeling but after that omelet I ate it just because I knew that I was going to bust arse in a bit so down she went.



And then there were none...



Post gym meal looked a lot like a Turkey sandwich, an apple and a Yoplait yogurt, oh wait...anyways I am trying to eat bigger lunches lately and saving less calories for dinner ie: later in the day so that I give my body a chance to burn off the calories in the day. Harvey would have eaten this from a blender with 7 scoops of the miracle powder and subtract the apple and yogurt but wait! if you order right now you can have 12 weeks worth of meetings and a workout video that will shape your buns into a perfect rump O steel for free!



Nothing special here, just a few ounces of baby carrots to keep something processing in the gut, Sponge Bob square pants plastic kids bowl $1.45, Bag of baby carrots from the market $2.99, Having those baby carrots taste sweet like candy? Priceless!



Dinner I indulged in something that though I don't eat it often I do eat plenty when I do eat it, that's my chips, choosing something to say that I am addicted to it would be chips. This meal was a can of Tuna with red onion chopped into it served on whole wheat bread with some lettuce and 2oz of Lays light potato chips and I love these because they are cut super thin so it feels like a lot and really helps with that salty urge that I get. This portion of the 1700 is brought to you by the Storm trooper cows zeusmeatball.blogspot.com/2008/04/cl
oned-beef-and-storm-troopers.html
as no bovine were hurt, injured or cloned in the making of this post or any of these meals.



There always seems to be a grip of something in my day, its sort of um a tradition? sure, lets call it a tradition. This was 1/2 oz of Turkey pepperoni as I made a pass by the fridge and heard it calling to me, honest I did! and when I opened the door it was being held hostage by a a couple of bad apples and a cornish game hen so I did what I needed to in order to make sure it was safe.



The end of the night came and there was 70 calories left in the daily budget and this Blueberry pie was staring me down so I asked mommy if I could borrow 30 and bamn! I was set to have a nice treat to end my evening by and my day came in at a total of 1730 calories.



Once again I would like to add that 1.25 gallons of green tea went down the hatch throughout the day as well as 1 gallon of H2O, I think that I have again shown that a person CAN have a good amount of food on a budget of around 1700 calories. I will restate that this is a lot of food and if you don't think so you may just want to reconsider the way that you view food because it is merely fuel for our bodies to function on a daily basis.

That's all I got for today.

As Ever
Me

  
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QUEENCAT25 5/17/2010 1:09PM

    Light Lays are the best!

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SENORAHACHE 5/16/2010 10:35PM

    WEll, I'll be blogging my meals monday - Friday this week. Thanks for the inspiration!

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JURORI 4/29/2010 12:39PM

    Looks like some good meals to me. :) I've been trying to convince myself that I should try those Yoplait yogurts (last time I tried any yogurt was about twelve years ago and I didn't like it). Interesting that you had two sandwiches in a day- do you get bored with that, or are the sandwiches different enough for you that you can enjoy each one?

Thanks for sharing!

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CECE0330 4/27/2010 1:03PM

    I'm a visual person, so I love the pics of daily intake! I think I might try for a couple days. No hiding it, you know? emoticon

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KELLIGIRL523 4/27/2010 12:47PM

    Very enjoyable. And filling, too! =)

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SAMPEANUT 4/27/2010 11:50AM

  This was hilarious - and brilliant! So many people wonder "what can I eat?" and you just showed everyone that you can eat food you actually really like and it's balanced and substantial, and you can work a few of your favorites, like chips, right into the plan. I'm blown away. You're a star!

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MICHAELSMOM3901 4/27/2010 12:53AM

  Love that you have found ways to actually eat and lose weight! Pics help . . .

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TSABONIS 4/26/2010 11:47AM

    turkey pepperoni, one of my favorites :)

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BEAUTYEYES 4/26/2010 7:04AM

    That is actually a lot of food I would say. Keep going it pays at the end of things. emoticon

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LUNADRAGON 4/25/2010 10:04PM

    Excellent! and humorous.
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KERANCE 4/24/2010 10:38AM

    Well done - great blog! The omlette looks yummy - I think I'm due for one!

Keep well Love Kez xXx

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BABYRN73 4/24/2010 1:31AM

    looks like a lot of food to me! i've always wanted to try "food blogging"...even oprah has it on her website as a motivational tip for losing weight. i have all these random pics of food on my iphone but none of a whole day...lol

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TONJOTA 4/23/2010 12:30PM

    Why are you eating so little? Are you loosing weight that way?

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BILLIE937 4/23/2010 9:24AM

    Yummy!

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MELTEAGUE 4/22/2010 7:30PM

    Grreat pics, so glad I am not the only one taking pics of my food! lol



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FIERCE_FABULOUS 4/22/2010 7:14PM

    Great blog. I liked how you made it like an infomercial, can I order some of that? lol

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LORISEVERANCE 4/22/2010 12:25AM

    YOu make it lOOk so eaSy!!!!
thaNks!! emoticon

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HARISHABAD 4/21/2010 11:19PM

    Love seeing what other people eat...

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ORACLE2010 4/21/2010 11:06PM

    I absolutely love your blogs where you show pix of the food you get for the calories, and I really like your narratives.....I find these blogs of yours fascinating! Thanks for taking the time and effort to post these!

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ORACLE2010 4/21/2010 11:06PM

    I absolutely love your blogs where you show pix of the food you get for the calories, and I really like your narratives.....I find these blogs of yours fascinating! Thanks for taking the time and effort to post these!

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ORACLE2010 4/21/2010 11:06PM

    I absolutely love your blogs where you show pix of the food you get for the calories, and I really like your narratives.....I find these blogs of yours fascinating! Thanks for taking the time and effort to post these!

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DICECHICK 4/21/2010 10:59PM

  I like actually "seeing" the calories because the numbers really don't "mean" anything without seeing what it actually is. I am amazed when I started tracking actually realizing how much I do get to eat. I have been doing the same - have lunch as my bigger meal and it has been working for me.

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LORING102466 4/21/2010 9:25PM

    Gee, the only thing that calls to me are the Girl Scout Peanut Butter Patties sitting in the pantry. Most of the time, they keep it down to a dull roar but sometimes they are just screaming my name, I tell ya!!

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LOVEMYBOY64 4/21/2010 6:37PM

    I love this blog. Especially the part about rescueing the turkey pepperoni...Awesome! emoticon

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VIRGOGURL4 4/21/2010 4:09PM

    1700 never looked so good!

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PUMPKINFACE73 4/21/2010 3:26PM

    That omelette look super yummy!

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SHAWWB 4/21/2010 1:05PM

    Nice, the pictures make the difference, that is a lot of food, amazing what a little planning and thinking can do. Good job!

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STLRZGRRL 4/21/2010 11:27AM

    WTG, Botz... you tell 'em!

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NEWYORKORCHIDS 4/21/2010 11:10AM

  "This was 1/2 oz of Turkey pepperoni as I made a pass by the fridge and heard it calling to me, honest I did!"

Nuh uh! I thought that I was the only one that pepperoni called to! Pepperoni is a cheater!!! A CHEATER!!!

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SHANTRA 4/21/2010 10:45AM

    I get a LOT out of my calories too if I use them wisely. I love that omelette though and just have to try it.

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PHEBESS 4/21/2010 10:35AM

    Y'know, that really is a LOTTA food for 1700 cals!

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GREENSCRAPCAT 4/20/2010 11:15PM

    LOVE seeing the 1700 in photos and words, what a great idea! You are doing awesome and what a great motivation!

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PITTACHICK 4/20/2010 10:33PM

    Awesome blog...love your story telling and humor....soooo funny!! 1700 cal love the pictures helps you keep it all in perspective

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LEANIESME 4/20/2010 9:40PM

    loved your blog..it was creative and inspirational. I get burn out with breakfast and the omelete idea is a doable one for me..I'm going to give it a go tomorrow morning. Thanks..Sharlene

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BRANAUBREY 4/20/2010 6:59PM

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FATMOM48 4/20/2010 6:10PM

    I love the creative way you show just how much food you really can get with a modest caloric allowance. You really EAT. And you're eating good foods...just making wise choices and getting the most bang for your buck every day.
Just a food tip -- If you really like chips, try Pop Chips. I usually buy them at Genuardi's, but mine only has regular or BBQ. Just found them at Target in salt and pepper, or salt and vinegar flavors. You get about 20 chips for 120 calories (but since the packaging says 1 oz. I usually weigh them to get one or two more) It's 4 grams of fat, but at least there's no Olestra, which is in the fat free chips and sometimes gives me trouble.
Great, great blog!!
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ANNANN63 4/20/2010 6:02PM

    Nice presentation.

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COYOTESFAMILY 4/20/2010 6:01PM

    YUM! The tuna looks delicous! Did you add anything besides the onion? I may try that....with a pickle slice of course :)

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JANNISH 4/20/2010 5:29PM

  Interesting! Oh, to eat chips again!!

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WEMINICH 4/20/2010 3:48PM

  Mmmmm, healthy eating!

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EMILYFIELDS 4/20/2010 3:46PM

    That's one heck of an omelet! Wow!

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MRS.DOYLE 4/20/2010 2:56PM

    I copied your idea recently and it was a great help. Thanks.

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SALLYSEAGULL1 4/20/2010 1:45PM

    This amount looks enormous to me!

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SMARTLADY66 4/20/2010 9:51AM

    I really enjoyed reading this and having the visuals was a nice touch. The food looked awesome. Thanks for being an inspiration!!!

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NYARAMULA 4/20/2010 2:10AM

    Thanks for sharing, visual reminders are always a great help.

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JBMT08 4/19/2010 3:47PM

    I love that you do this. I may have to start doing it myself so I can see what I my meals look like! Thanks for sharing!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 4/19/2010 2:04PM

    Another great menu. I may have to try those Zone bars. I have really liked the clif bars, but they are a bit higher on the calorie side.

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CCKELLY3 4/18/2010 5:09PM

    Thanks for the photo gallery of food. What I like about this is it's all foods most people could (and would) make and eat on a busy day. For myself, I'm not so much into sandwiches and opt more for hot meals, but there's days it isn't possible to cook that many.

I love too that you work in your favorite treats, chips and pepperoni and you'd don't justify or feel guilty. Treats and pleasure food NEED to be a regular part of a menu because we're NOT dieting. I love that you include it. Heck...I think a lot of teenagers would even eat your photo foods:) So great job on Spark eating American Style. :)

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DIASTER 4/18/2010 12:03PM

  Oh yum!!!!
the chips are making my mouth water.

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DEREKCSIMMONS 4/18/2010 9:20AM

    :)

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Day 836 and a weigh in.

Friday, April 16, 2010


As predicted by my daily weigh ins this week its not one for the record books, I did show a slight loss but nothing that would match the effort that went into this week and that can sometimes be a bit frustrating but it is what it is. I stepped onto that cold black measurer of flab and it said 309.2 lbs the first time on, blah! that's only .2 lower than last week but better than a gain I suppose, second time on it said 308.8 lbs so onto the kitchen floor for the tie breaker and it said 308.8 lbs once again so that's what we'll call it for today. I am down just slightly more than a half of a pound from last week with a .6 loss and though I should be happy that its a lower number I am a bit annoyed by this number today, I am not down or anything about it just annoyed a bit because I know what went into this week. I seem to cycle one great week followed by a not so great week and back again and I am not too worried about what the scale said today as there is always next week.



Having a week like this where I do everything 100% and have a .6 loss makes me think about what I am doing and am I missing something but then I have a week like last week where I had more than a 5 pound loss doing the exact same thing and I just chalk it up to there will be variations. I averaged my calories per day for the week and I am pretty much perfect with an average of 1760 per day when added together and divided, I made it to the gym five days this week not including today so that will be six days this week and I got in good solid work outs every day. Sleeping was good this week and there was only one night that I got less than optimal rest and I drank more than enough fluids so biology is to blame this week for the less than stellar drop and again I am left thinking about whether I need to adjust my calories from the 1700 that I currently eat per day.


This orange represents .6 of a pound and that's what I lost this week.

Onto how Thursday played out, I ate 1705 total calories, drank 1 gallon of green tea and 1.25 gallons of H2O and I slept my 8 hours last night so that was all good. My trip to the gym was slightly different than usual and I decided that I was going to do 45 minutes on the arc trainer and let me tell ya it kicked my arse! When I got off of that thing I was soaked and knew that I had worked out, upon getting to the gym there was a fella on the arc trainer that I wanted to use so I hopped onto the bike to warm up a bit and I ended up riding for 15 minutes while he finished up. Onto the arc I go, set it to level 85 and I started in on myself, 15 minutes in I started thinking "I should just do 20 minutes" after calling myself a pussy ass punk for even thinking that I brought up the rpm's to punish myself for letting a weak thought into my head. At the 30 minute mark I did drop the resistance down to 80 and I finished off my 45 minutes there and my new gym play list that I put on the mp3 player yesterday helped because I wasn't sure what song was coming next or its duration, I finished up with a 10 minute cool down walk on the treadmill and back home I went.

The play list.

Fall out boys - Dance Dance Dance
Gia Farrel - Hit me up
Gwen Stefani - Holla back girl
Rob Base - it takes two
Justin Timberlake - Sexy back
Live - I Alone (acoustic)
Limp Bizkit - Livin' it up
Busta Rhymes - Pass the Courvoisier pt 2 (jump jump)
Lynard Skynard - Simple man
Ludacris - Stand up
Limp Bizkit (feat Eminem) - Turn me loose
DMX - up in here

That play list is a bit different and kind of mixed but then that's what I was going for when I loaded it and it did the trick of making me not really notice the time. My May 1st goal is now 8.8 pounds from being realized and that means that I need to do an average of 4.4 pounds per week for the next two weeks and honestly that looks like quite the task. Everyone of you reading this knows that I am going to push myself to the limit to try and hit that number that is a long time coming and I will get sub 300 pounds to show up on that scale at some point but I do think that I may need to consider either less exercise which we all know won't happen, or I need to adjust my calories somewhere and I don't think down is the direction they need to go in. I burn a ton of calories at the gym each day and according to the burned calorie calculator on the sidebar I burned 1200 calories yesterday in the 45 minutes on the arc and I didn't even input the bike or treadmill time into that 1200 so perhaps I need a few more calories to keep the engine running efficiently but its not an easy change to make for me.

Over all the week is a success because I did not gain anything and did show a loss even if it was a mere .6 of a pound, I am a week stronger and I proved to myself that I can do sprints as well as go 45 minutes on the arc-trainer without too much fuss other than a soaked shirt. Figuring out the calories in vs calories burned along with what the scale says at the end of the week will be the plan for this weeks adventures, perhaps I leave it alone for a week and see where the weight goes before I make any changes or maybe some time mid week I switch things up, all to be found out but I do know that I will eat within whatever range I have, I will workout at least 6 days this week and I will sleep enough because its what I have to do to get where I am headed.

Since the loss is less than a pound and I round up for the most part no images of what I have lost total will be posted today and I will call it 309 lbs still. Thanks for reading along as this fella drops literally an entire person worth of weight off of his body and brings himeslf into a healthy body, your comments and support mean more than you know.

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BABYRN73 4/24/2010 1:36AM

    When I step on the scale tomorrow and only have a small loss, I will think of your orange! That's not so bad if I tell myself that came straight off my hips, haha. Good blog, thanks.

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MELTEAGUE 4/22/2010 7:31PM

    Wow, putting that orange on the scale gave me a visual that I can relate to!
thanks....
keep up what you are doing , consistency will pay off!

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CMAXSON 4/21/2010 9:52PM

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GREENSCRAPCAT 4/20/2010 11:21PM

    Congratulations on your success. I was at a plateau last week and did exactly what you were talking about. Upped my calories, and I am down 3 pounds. I didn't like the thought, but thought I would try it and VOILA! It worked.

Thanks for blogging and doing what you're doing! Keep up the great work! emoticon

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ROGUETEACHER 4/20/2010 11:17AM

    I may have to try this new-fangled arc trainer. It looks challenging

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SWEETZMIX 4/17/2010 8:55AM

    We all have those weeks. I know you will keep rocking it out!

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JUNIORSSISTER 4/16/2010 9:19PM

    emoticon I have gone out and got my pedometer. I walked 4177 Steps today approx 1.5 miles. I am preparing for a 5K, walk in June. I did it last year and my time was 1 hr 4 minutes 23 seconds. I've have been reading your blogs from the beginning, and there awesome. Especially to see all the family support. You should pubish this to a hard copy book.

Reading all that you do, it just seems that your calorie intake is way too low for the output. But nobody knows your body better than you, and whatever your doing is definately working. Some how, the calorie intake does seem low.



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GRHMCRCKRCRMBS 4/16/2010 5:05PM

    Your playlist is the sh*t!!! WHOOOO!!! I am downloading as we speak...very inspirational by they way...and you're doing a great job! Rock On!

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KRISSDUNN 4/16/2010 5:00PM

    Could it be that you are getting hung up on the little number and not looking at the big picture? You had a great loss last week, and although you worked hard this week, your body does need to equalize and adjust a bit. The thing is, you are eating right, living right and getting thinner, that's what really counts. The process is not always the way we want it, but especially in your case "past performance guarantees future results" - just not always on the schedule we want!

You are in inspiration to so many people. Keep on keepin' on! emoticon

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IONA72 4/16/2010 4:38PM

    I'm gutted to have a one pound gain this week, so consider yourself lucky ha ha! Loving the play list, will adapt it to my routine.
Stay strong! emoticon

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FRANRN76 4/16/2010 4:22PM

    congrats on your LOSS. Although I know that it is not the number that you wanted, It is still a loss. I do not know what your range is for calories, but maybe you ned to increase it a bit for a couple of days. Your body may be needing more than it is getting and has started to store.

I try to eat within my low range 5 out of the 7 days and towards my higher end the other days. I am averaging about 1.5-2 pounds a week.

I love reading your blogs. You are so inspiring.

Have a great WEEKEND
Frances

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TLAIR0468 4/16/2010 12:55PM

    Don't worry too much about the loss this week...you'll make up for it next week, I'm sure. You sound like you have a great plan and are staying consistent, that will get you good results!

Love the arc trainer by the way!!

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MCOGHLAN 4/16/2010 12:50PM

    If you think of your calories as fuel to feed the ATHLETE you've become and not something that makes you gain or loose weight you may feel better about increasing your calories which I think you're def going to have to do.



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SUNSHINEBILL 4/16/2010 12:48PM

    Thanks for taking the time. I always enjoy perspective.


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SIMPLE_TAILOR 4/16/2010 12:47PM

    Could it be too much higher impart workouts?

I would try to cut the weight down on your strength workouts and stay more on the arc-trainer and less on the treadmill.

You were mentioning some soreness earlier in the week.

Just a thought.

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MYLIDDLEDALLAS 4/16/2010 11:35AM

    Hey, is that what an arc trainer looks like? Very scary!!!!

Good luck with figuring out the calorie balance with the exercise. Perhaps you should try one or two days with higher calories via the protein route and see what that does .. good luck! Either way, you seem to be kicking some serious booty!! I have a feeling next week is going to be huge for you!!!

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PUCKYGIRL 4/16/2010 11:34AM

    Good luck in the next two weeks. 4.4 lbs a week is a quite a bit of weight. So don't get to discouraged as you do this. Remember what you have done. You have made quite an accomplishment for yourself. I have been stuck at a plateau for 4 months and this morning it broke so I am being just thankful for what I have done. You are my inspiration that this can be done. With that said go get 'em with all you got.
Thanks for everything
Barb

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HAPPYSOUL91 4/16/2010 11:28AM

    you have done and are doing such an outstanding job. Remember, our bodies are not machines and sometimes it takes the body to catch up

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THEBOOKBINDER 4/16/2010 10:49AM

    You are so inspiring!

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JBMT08 4/16/2010 10:44AM

    at least you are going in the right direction!! maybe you should up your calories just a tad....your body is fighting you a bit this week, which is to be expected, since you had such a lovely drop last week. I dont have to tell you to keep on keeping on, b/c you do that every single day of your life. I would try to increase the cals by about 50-100 cals a few days in this coming week and see how that plays out on the metal maiden next friday! emoticon

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CAROLYN1213 4/16/2010 10:42AM

    At first glance, I would say you need to eat more calories! Have you updated your fitness tracker to accurately reflect what you are doing today? I am 189 lbs., I lift weights with a trainer two times a week, do a third day of strength training on my own, and I run 20 - 25 miles a week and I eat 1,700 calories a day. You are doing much more than I do, you are a guy and you are burning a huge amount of calories 6 days a week. At the least, I would think you would need to increase your protein intake.

You have been hugely successful at what you do. Sometimes that success can make it a fearful thing when we have to face changing something to move to the next level.

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CRISPINI 4/16/2010 10:38AM

    Your blog is really interesting! I am currently watching Season 2 of the Australian version of the biggest Loser and the blue team has had two really bad weeks in a row. Their trainer has them on a pretty low calorie low carb program and I was wondering if maybe they really need more calories and more carbs -- of course I am not trying to lose 5 pounds a week, haha! Good luck and you will get there!

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SHANTRA 4/16/2010 10:27AM

    I gained what you lost this week! They told me it was due to an increase of fluid in my muscles because I began working out more.

I would say for a man your weight your calories per day are not as high as they should be, particularly with all the activity you do as well.

Having said that I also find when I am doing well I also cycle and have good and not so great weeks and there is no rhyme or reason to it. Downwards however much is always good.

And finally.. you have lost more than a WHOLE ME!!! How about that??

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VEMAN1 4/16/2010 10:26AM

    Keep that positive attitude going. This morning I final got below 222 at 221 on the scale. It has taken almost three months of cycling up and down with adjustments to exercise and intake levels to start to journey down again. Our moods will affect our abilities, including weight loss. Keep it real and be at peace.

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ASSYRIA1 4/16/2010 10:26AM

    aww hun... i definitely understand the frustration of sweating your ass off all week, and not see it on the scale... but in the grand scheme.. so what? instead of obsessing over .6lb loss, sweetie... go jump on the bed with your daughter!! you're doing awesome!


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BILLALEX70 4/16/2010 10:19AM

    Dude, at this point I'd love to lose 0.6 pounds!

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ABRIDGESRNC 4/16/2010 10:11AM

    Down is good - even small changes. You're right - chalk it up to metabolic variation. Your body will react differently at different times - even for males!

Just think - yesterday you were afraid there would be no loss at all. Just keep going, doing all the things you know are right.

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MRDPOLING 4/16/2010 10:11AM

    Yeah, I know the feeling. After all the hard physical labor this week, one would expect that I will loss come Monday's weight in but I'm betting that I put on more muscle than fat lost so I'm expecting to see an increace instead of a decline in weight. Sigh.

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PSMITH3841 4/16/2010 10:09AM

    Every ounce lost is a plus....an ounce closer to our goals...keep it up, your doing just fine! Have a great weekend..... emoticon

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DEREKCSIMMONS 4/16/2010 9:58AM

    BZ!

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ALANOFLINY 4/16/2010 9:57AM

    A loss is a loss is a loss ... enjoy it. That's the bottom line - as long as the scale keeps going down (or at least not going up), you're still on the journey and still on the path. SO don't worry about comparing your loss to fruit or otherwise ... enjoy the loss. As you know, some weeks will seem more successful (scalewise) than others. But still ... a loss is a loss is a loss. :)

Alan

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