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Wk 192 Weigh In

Saturday, December 13, 2014

So this week happened, because I haven't been able to figure out how to stop time yet.

This week was full of ups and downs. Literally, my weight kept going up and down by 0.8 every day. When you're not doing much different from day to day it gets frustrating watching your weight fluctuate like that! But now it's Saturday and I can relax and get ready to take another stab at it tomorrow.

Weight : 243.2
Lost : 0.4
Total : 76.8

So I was finally able to pull a small loss for the week. Nothing to write home about, but still a move in the right direction. I'm not even going to comment on "keeping it going" because each time I do, I head back in the wrong direction.

A little news on the employment front. I was invited to take a proficiency test for a position as a substitute para-educator. This is a job working with special needs kids as an aide in a class room. I would prefer a regular full time gig, but the subs do pick up a lot of work and a lot of them end up as full time, or at least with long term sub positions. I also spoke with a friend who works for the county and he advised me that there was going to be a bunch of hiring in most of the county departments and he assured me that any job that opened up I would easily be able to do (he's known me for over 20 years and knows my intelligence and aptitude levels). So there may be some hope on the horizon for me.

Ken Heaston
Since 1970

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SIMONEKP 12/17/2014 1:29PM

    good hustle on the loss and that's great news on the job front.

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WILDKAT781 12/16/2014 10:37AM

    emoticon Great!!!

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JULIA_211 12/15/2014 5:28AM

    I'm so glad to hear the good news! emoticon I have my fingers crossed that all will work out!
I just hope you don't figure out how to stop time! emoticon

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CLAIREINPARIS 12/14/2014 3:19AM

    Two good news in one blog! Woohoo!!! I am really glad to read things are looking up!
Bravo for your efforts on all fronts! emoticon

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BARBIEE52 12/13/2014 9:20PM

Your doing great...any loss is an least that is what I tell myself. Congrats on the job..working with special needs kids is so rewarding..I am a foster grandma, and work one on one with some of them. It is very very rewarding for me, especially if I can make a difference..big or small..and you will, too.
It sounds like you are making progress in all parts of your life..happy for you!!
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_BABE_ 12/13/2014 8:47PM

    I think things are looking up Ken. Once you are working again suddenly everyone is going to want you....funny how that is... emoticon

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NYCALIGIRL 12/13/2014 8:19PM

    I think any kind of loss is a big deal to write home about. This is such a trying time for us all and I personally feel you are doing great with all that you can do. I find so much motivation from someone, like yourself whom actually cares and tries their best at trying to obtain their goals and I thank you greatly for sharing cause we are all here for one another. Another congrats on the job i do the same work i work in life skills with the special needs kids as well and it is a very good field to be in and give back and help those kids. It's a very rewarding job so glad to hear the news!

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DOVESEYES 12/13/2014 7:14PM

    Congrats on the loss and the employment on the horizon, I know you would be great at that position--you Motivator you!!! :)

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Wk 191 Weigh In

Saturday, December 06, 2014

I'm writing this blog post about 5 hours later than usual, because I didn't feel like writing it earlier. I was way too busy, watching videos on YouTube.

After last weeks complete and total shock of posting a small loss after Thanksgiving I had high hopes for this week. But I should have known what happens when I have such hopes and begin to take on a more rosy outlook. Nothing good ever comes from it.

Weight : 243.6
Gain : 0.8
Total : 76.4

I guess it's back to the grindstone I go, keeping a more gloomy outlook on life. That sort of thinking lessens the pain of the disappointments. Works for me.

Ken Heaston
Since 1970

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JULIAMOONCHILD 12/11/2014 4:28PM

    Youtube videos .... OMG, where does my day go?!!!! Hmmm, maybe our days go hand-in-hand in the same direction some days. Like, was there life before youtube???? Goodness, youtube is like the most useful tool ever - Educational - Extreme! Entertaining - Extreme! Wondrously awesome links to add to my own e-mails, which make me look worldly (doubtful) and highly informed - Extreme.
And more than anything else - EXTREMELY time consuming. BUT, hey, watta ya gonna do? We gonna do youtube - dat what we gonna do.

Hmmm, EXPECTATIONS - I hear ya. One time a spark buddy told me that if I thought I was doing well one week, yet ended up gaining, it meant that I needed to eat something with bad FAT ... like, ice-cream. Well, I don't even like ice-cream, but WTH, I ate some for a whole week. Then the next weigh-in, I found that I had lost weight. Go figure.
Actually, I think it was dumb advice .... even though I lost weight. And, also, I didn't really eat ice-cream thinking I would lose weight (like, duh, I am HIGHLY EDUCATED daily by Youtube!) .... but, nonetheless, my expectations went down and did my weight.

OK, hey, great expectations are very much overrated, so, I say, let's have no expectations from now on. Let's YOUTUBE whilst we have our ice-cream ... or, preferably, some other kind of bad fat.
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BTW, that ain't water in that glass!

OMG, just realized how TERRIBLE a spark buddy I am. emoticon emoticon emoticon

Anywho, I do relate to your past week - fer sure ... and am committed to doing a fantastic job in the New Year. In the meantime, I will also do the best I can each day, but without a lot of great expectation. emoticon

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SIMONEKP 12/9/2014 1:30PM

    chin up buddy

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IMEMINE1 12/9/2014 10:56AM

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_BABE_ 12/7/2014 5:39PM

    I have to laugh...there has to be a better way! Maybe one should have zero expectation and just do the work knowing that only good can come of it....but just don't expect it?

Who knows! emoticon I am not making any sense because I just came back from a buffet. emoticon

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NYCALIGIRL 12/7/2014 12:59PM

    Congrats on your weigh in...looks pretty positive to me. Don't let the winter months hinder your outlook on any of this. This is pretty great considering it's after thanksgiving too. Your hard work will pay off emoticon
Ps. stuff like this always happens when we least expect it to hang in there i'm rooting for you!

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WILDKAT781 12/7/2014 10:05AM

    Hope you enjoyed your video time. Keep pushing on the will happen!!!!
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JULIA_211 12/7/2014 7:37AM

    Are you familiar with this site?

It's pretty cool, inspiring. I recently re-hurt my back, but when I'm better, I'm going to try something similar, maybe document it in pictures on a blogger blog, instead of video.

We need to make this darn journey new again! emoticon I will too!

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DOVESEYES 12/6/2014 11:39PM

    Great update thanks :),

Doing what works for you is what it is all about as it's your journey.
It's cold now too so youneed more to warm up.

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PHARM_TECH14 12/6/2014 11:06PM

    I take one day at a time, just focus on doing my best for that day...once it's gone no point in looking back because you can't change yesterday...tomorrows goal to do better than today....

I also don't weigh-in often because my scales aren't nice every day and it's depressing, I prefer to know I'm doing the best I can every day...and I didn't gain my weight over night so it's not going to come off over may take all 365 days from Aug 2014 when I started (got serious) changing my lifestyle to Aug 2015 to loose it and maybe then some but the main goal is making an effort....

Focus on the positives not what isn't happening..... emoticon emoticon

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Wk 190 Weigh In

Saturday, November 29, 2014

So I came into Thanksgiving week having gained weight the previous two weeks. Hopeful to stem the tide, but also wary of the feast that would take place on Thursday. The feast didn't disappoint, it was great! Good enough that I ate more than I should have, although I didn't have any dessert, I was too full to even think about pie!

So without any further ado, let's get to the numbers.

Weight : 242.8
LOST : 0.2
Total : 77.2

Yes! Somehow I managed to lose two tenths of a pound this week!! It isn't much of a loss, but this being Thanksgiving week with my weigh in day just 2 short days post festivities, is a miracle! So I'm happy with I got, finally.

That's it for today, I hope all of you had a great Thanksgiving. Now to get ready for Christmas...

Ken Heaston
Since 1970

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READY4CHANGE81 12/5/2014 2:16PM

    HAPPY DANCE!!!!!!! (SORRY I'm so late... as usual!) only a few days after Thanksgiving...I'd consider that awesome news! woot woot!


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SIMONEKP 12/1/2014 2:01PM

    Bodies are a mystery! It may also have helped that the feast was homemade and therefore didn't have a ton of sodium to give you the post feast bloat.

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 12/1/2014 1:31PM

    you LOST!! thats EXCELLENT!! i didnt even get on..cuz i oinked my way through..dont want to know. emoticon

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JULIAMOONCHILD 11/30/2014 11:11PM

    Dang, King_Slayer, that is so freakin' awesome, I am nearly speechless!
Very Happy For Ya!!! emoticon

Like you, I was waaaay too full for the pie but I still managed over the course of a 3-day Thanksgiving Day trip, spent visiting family in Ohio with one sister, her husband and my 3 adult nieces, to gain a pound. emoticon emoticon

Of course, that's not counting the sins of today (Sunday after Thanksgiving), emoticon
But I have to say I still feel real good about everything. Like, being back on SP and knowing that I have more interest and enthusiasm now for getting healthier and THINNER emoticon than I've had for the last several years. Life is NOT perfect, but I am becoming more and more accepting of that fact and more and more determined not to wait until some magical day when it might be perfect, before doing something good fer myself today.
BTW, having great buddies like you to keep me focused is powerful. And that is the truth whether you had lost weight this week or even if you had gained. It's the very special camaraderie we all share as buddies that builds us up when our biggest critic (our self) would so quickly try to tear us down.

Anywho, it IS, as you say, now time to get ready fer Christmas. emoticon

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RUSSELL1960 11/30/2014 8:24AM

    You did better than I did over Thanksgiving. Congratulations!

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JULIA_211 11/30/2014 7:54AM

    A Thanksgiving victory! Good for you! emoticon

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CLAIREINPARIS 11/30/2014 4:05AM

    Yes!!! Great achievement on Thanksgiving week! emoticon emoticon

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WILDKAT781 11/29/2014 11:27PM

    way to go Ken!! that is really good right after Thanksgiving
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_BABE_ 11/29/2014 10:55PM

    Congrats Ken! One should not always expect the worst!

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Wk 189 Weigh In

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Here we go again!

One more week down and another pound gained (or more as is the case). But I know what happened this week, so that's good. What isn't good is that after my free day on Saturday, I allowed myself to have a "mostly free" day on Sunday and again on Monday. So on Tuesday morning instead of being 1 to 2 lbs higher than Saturdays weigh in, I was 5 lbs higher than Saturday. Making it real difficult to get back to my Saturday weight, let alone post any kind of loss. I almost made it though, I was real close to getting back to the previous weigh in when all of a sudden the body stopped cooperating. As the stopped up Indian chief stated so succinctly, "bowels no move".

I will do better this week (shouldn't be too hard, just gain less than 1.4 lbs!!)

The numbers (adjusted for a mistake made sometime in the past)

Weight : 243.0
Gain : 1.6
Total : 77.0 (somewhere along the way this number ended up being wrong, probably because I always do the math in my head!) 320 starting weight minus 243 current weight equals 77 lbs lost.

Not sure where and when I made the mistake on my total lost number and I don't plan on going back through my blogs to find it and make corrections all the way to today. It's a big enough of a pain in the butt when you have to do that in your check register, but in that case it's at least important. In this case it isn't important enough for the trouble.

Have a good one!

Ken Heaston
Since 1970

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 11/29/2014 5:29PM

    Focus on that GREAT number of 77 pounds LOST!!! good for you!!
I find that any loss..even a fraction of a reason for a pat on the back..go for a tenth of a pound and you may be pleasantly surprised with 1 or 2 pounds lost!!

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READY4CHANGE81 11/29/2014 11:28AM

    The key to success is realizing it and getting back on track. I know all to well how one day can turn into a week celebrating with food. Yet, you are here posting, and making a plan to have a better week. That's all we can do, right? Keep at it...77 pounds is about the size of one of my lil 5th graders.... that is NO small task. :)

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JULIAMOONCHILD 11/26/2014 6:21PM

    Damn! That same Indian Chief has been in my neighborhood, too. My one Free day last week turned into 3 Free dayS. Oh, and do I ever understand "bowels no move" ... OMG!!! Do I EVER!!!
So tomorrow (Thanksgiving Day) I will just stuff my already "bowels no move" with some extra "bowels no move"{ TURKEY and all the trimmings.
Well, hell, I was surely not an inspiration, here, but, hey, just keepin'it real. Like, hey, it's Thanksgiving and we gotta say, "All Hail to the Chief" even when we are really thinkin' "Awe hell, Chief!"

Friday ... It;s another day.
OK ... Maybe, considering leftovers, Saturday OR Sunday is another day.
And then .... lets get "moving" .... we hope.

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JULIA_211 11/23/2014 4:23PM

    The story of my life! But, you are handling it well! 77 pounds is emoticon Happy Thanksgiving, to you and your son! emoticon

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IMEMINE1 11/23/2014 3:22PM

    emoticon emoticon Have a great week.

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CLAIREINPARIS 11/23/2014 8:16AM

    You did the right thing and almost balanced the excess! Next week you will! Hang in there Ken. emoticon

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BARBIEE52 11/23/2014 12:05AM

You are doing great...we are all allowed to slip, so hang in there.
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_BABE_ 11/22/2014 9:39PM

    Well let's both call this rock bottom, regroup and I for one think I won't enjoy any treats until Christmas...wait I did not mean to say that out loud and most will attest when I make these declarations it is not good.

Be good to yourself and enjoy Thanksgiving and make that your only cheat day. Advice from the headmaster of the school of thought "Do as I say and not as I do" !

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ANNEMARIA6 11/22/2014 6:55PM

    You are doing terrific, 77 lb down is amazing! Your attitude that the mistake is past and can stay there is a good one, a couple of high calorie days won't sink you weight loss wise and that is for sure! emoticon

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Wk 188 Weigh In

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Another week, another gain!

If the whole idea behind SparkPeople was to gain weight, I'd be an all time great by now! However, that is not the end goal so I must confess to being a loser and not the kind that we all aspire to be!

However, that being said. I'm actually not that upset about gaining this week, but I'm not sure why. I know I could have done better food wise, but it's hard to pass up one pound of french fries covered in cheddar cheese! It was a new burger place in town and $3.99 for the aforementioned fries was a pretty good price! Of course, if the cheddar was mixed with nacho cheese, it would have been better. Cheddar solidifies too much once it cools and you end up with a mass of cheese-fry, making it more difficult to eat. Also, the cheese slows down the whole bowel movement system, soooo... "bowels no move".


Weight : 241.4
Gain : 1.4
Total : 77.6

That's it for this week. I hope everyone is doing great, and you're not doing great, I hope you are at least seeing that there is some light at the end of the tunnel.

Ken Heaston
Since 1970

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SANTOREONE 11/22/2014 5:37PM

I have heard of a weight loss bump compared to a flat tire. If you get flat you don't flatten the rest of your tires. This is lifestyle not diet we are all bound to eat too much occassionally. emoticon

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GRANDEFILLE 11/21/2014 11:05AM

    those weeks happens. Can't say that I'm doing that much better. At least you are still under your starting weight of your first arrival here.

Hope you have a great week!

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JULIA_211 11/18/2014 4:53AM

    You and I are in the same boat! And we will emoticon together! emoticon emoticon

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 11/16/2014 4:49PM

    You need to come visit..we have poutine...which is crisp fries smothered in cheese curds then covered in gravy. i have ONE once a year...heart attack on a plate but ohhh so goooodddd if they make them right....

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SIMONEKP 11/16/2014 11:04AM

    Dude, sometimes the new joint in town is just not worth it but that's now water under the bridge because you went, the important thing is not to keep going back for more next week and the week after etc.

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CLAIREINPARIS 11/16/2014 5:11AM

    Sigh. I so know what you mean... We do want to lose weight, so why do we accept to be tempted by cheese or fries or both or whatever it can be? We don't seem to find the answer. Big hugs to you! emoticon

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JULIAMOONCHILD 11/15/2014 8:58PM

    Well, gotta confess here that I had no weight loss this past week and that I have HUGE doubts that I will see any lost next Friday ( the day I weigh-in). In fact, there could easily be a gain just from my buffet splurge that I allowed myself today, not to mention other little thingys that I have allowed to end up on my plate this week. Man, I am hoping tomorrow I can get my arse moving about. Ya know how we had talked briefly of this dang transitional time between seasons and how it affect us - Well, I am claiming here and now that your Cheese Fries and my Buffet were simply TEMPORARY FIXES that we needed during our transition. I think tomorrow and all next week, we are going to ROCK .... or at least as soon as this freakin' transitional time is done and over with.
OH, and definitely a light at the end of the tunnel instead of these dang on-coming trains! emoticon

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_BABE_ 11/15/2014 7:31PM

    I guess the question is if we want to lose weight so bad....why do those damn cheese fries have such a choke hold on us.

I just watched 'Fed up' last week and like all the other expose type films regarding the food industry it got me mad...for the day.

It is a good idea to keep these things ever present in your mind so when confronted with a choice you pick what you really want....weight loss.

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HAPPY-DESTINY 11/15/2014 7:01PM

    emoticon I wish you well . . I have been hanging around 207-210 for over a year now..

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