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Wk 51 Weigh In - A New Hope

Saturday, March 31, 2012

So last week I re-booted things. Changed my Spark name, changed my attitude. I spent the last week doing more; more time in the gym, more discipline in the foods I ate, more attention to what I was doing over all.

I'm still not feeling 100%. I haven't been sick but it feels like I've been trying to catch a cold for about 3 weeks now. Just feeling a bit under the weather. But life is never going to be perfect. If we waited until the conditions were perfect to begin a change, we would never make that change.

I imagine that if you're reading this, you just want to know how my week of re-booting paid off, or if it paid off at all. So I will not bore you with anymore of my philosophical wanderings.
Let's just get to the numbers:

Re-boot SW: 250

Weight : 246.6
Lost : 3.4
Total : 70.6

I'm still 2.9 lbs above my lowest weigh in, but I'm happy with today's weigh in. I'm not going to celebrate massively over today's weigh in, although it was a good one, because I know that next week could be a different story, I could go up again. So I will just put a smile on my face and enjoy this small victory today. And tomorrow I will get back at it and see if I can't post a loss 2 weeks in a row.

To you, my beloved readers, may April bring you happiness and a renewed spirit (and all of the weight loss you desire!)

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts."
Winston Churchill

Ken Heaston
Since 1970

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GODSCHILD2_2011 4/3/2012 2:30AM

    I so love your blogs because they are so thought provoking. Glad to know that your not giving up just because you didn't meet your goal(s). Congrats on the 3.4 weight lost and being down 70.6 pounds overall. I say you've done a great job so far.

Keep up the great work! I hope you bring in your birthday with a BANG emoticon

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CLPURNELL 4/2/2012 1:04PM

    Awesome Job Ken!!! Seems like the reboot is just what you needed!!!!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 4/1/2012 11:49AM

    Ken that's wonderful!! I am so proud of you--Happy April!!!

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RIBKNIT 4/1/2012 11:29AM

    Glad to hear your spirit has been renewed, and is paying off :)

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GRANDEFILLE 4/1/2012 7:51AM

    You should be celebrating not ever really giving up! Almost a year now! did you really believe, deep down, when you register that you would be able to do all this?

Congratulations on the weight loss!

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HEYSHAKER 3/31/2012 6:45PM

    Yay!!!! That's a win. Congrats Ken!!!

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MARYDSAN 3/31/2012 6:25PM

    Wow 70.6 #. In my book that is a celebration!

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Wk 50 Time to Reboot

Sunday, March 25, 2012

50 weeks, 2 weeks short of my one year sparkversary, one year since I stepped on the scale, determined to take back my life. April 12, 2011, the scale read 317.2, it was bad, but my mind was set on losing 110lbs (maybe more) and celebrating my 42nd birthday with a much healthier body. Well, my birthday is 6 days away and I didn't make it.

I'm not going to whine and throw a a pity party, that's not my style. I'm just disappointed with myself for slacking off and not pushing myself harder. So it's time for some changes. Time to get much more serious about what food I'm putting into my body, (of course, I'm drinking Starbucks as I type this lol). I will be re-doing my ticker, which I told myself I would never do, I wanted to see the long haul on my ticker, see how far I have come. But it's time to change things up, so a new ticker will be configured. Not sure about whether or not I will change my strength training routine, it has been working (I track all ST workouts in a spiral notebook for myself and my 2 workout partners, we've all seen nice gains). But I thing I need to be more intense in my cardio workouts.

I will write an updated 'about me' section on my spark page, it has been a while since I updated anything there. I may even change my name here on Spark, something more reflective of what I am doing, not just the old "first initial, last name" that I seem to always use.

I know I've gone up in weight in the last couple of weeks, I can feel it. But it's not the end of the world, so many people here have a bad week or two or three and go up for a while before finding their path again and continuing on their trail. So be it, if I've gone up, I've gone up. I can't change that now, but I can get back on my path and steel my resolve and move forward once again.

I went out and bought a scale yesterday, so here's to hoping that it works properly and shows me only good numbers!

"Never, never, never, never give up." Winston Churchill

Ken Heaston
Since 1970

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2DANCEAGAIN 3/30/2012 12:40AM

    Good for you for knowing when you needed to make some changes! You have got this, keep it up, and
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ALYSSA40 3/29/2012 4:12PM

    Ken, first off I commend you- not many men would take the reins like this and push the way you have. Then I am happy to know that just because you didn't reach the goal you desired- there's no stopping and crying about it. You could but you didn't and that takes guts! Lastly, you are making adjustments to make new changes in your life.

I like that. It tells me that I chose a great guy to add to my friends list and an awesome motivator to keep me on my toes! Great job and keep going! I'm cheering for you!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 3/28/2012 8:11PM

    geeeez we have almost the same birthday!! mines the yours the 31st?
I didnt make my goal either but i'm not giving up...i'm in it for the long haul!!
Soooo, birthday bud, lets do it together...wish i was going to be 42..haha.
anyhow..Happy Birthday a bit early!!!

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GRANDEFILLE 3/28/2012 8:13AM

    Good for you Ken! you should be proud you did what you did and you didn't quit when it wasn't going the way you wanted it. A reboot is probably the right thing to do. You aren't the guy who started this so maybe this new guy needs new things! You have evolved man! This is a new Ken!


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CLPURNELL 3/26/2012 4:51PM

    Change is Good! Change is Good! Change is Good! Man you are doing awesome and have come a long way brother. We often set goals for ourselves that in some cases may be too lofty. But remember when you aim for the stars you may make it to the moon and you have certainly done that. Man you can do this you continue to be an inspiration. You are definitely a KING_SLAYER!!!!!

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MARYDSAN 3/25/2012 10:10PM

    Another year, a much better starting point! Make it a wonderful year! Happy birthday a few days early.

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HEYSHAKER 3/25/2012 8:44PM

    You sound determined. I wouldn't bet against you! You got this!

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RIBKNIT 3/25/2012 5:52PM

    Hey King_Slayer! Sounds like you mean business :)

I always look forward to reading your blogs, because they make me think. Today what I think is that we disappoint ourselves a lot. I too would like to have progressed more over the past year.
A re-boot is not a bad thing. I don't know how often old Winston had to reboot himself, but I suspect it was a lot!

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BOSS61 3/25/2012 5:02PM

    It's not the beginning of the end. But it is the end of the beginning. - Also Winston Churchill. Hang in there Ken. You are doing just fine!

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Wk 49 No Weigh In

Sunday, March 18, 2012

So it's week 49 and I didn't weigh in yesterday. Why? you ask, because I didn't feel like it. This is my journey, and I have decided to not weigh in for a while. I will probably weigh in on the 31st of March. I have been plateauing for the last couple of months and I just don't need the stress of the scale right now. I need to get a few things sorted in my head and in my life and I'm walking away from the scale for a while.

I'll still be logging my food and exercise each day and I won't be slacking off. Just not going to be beholden to the scale. The 31st of March is my 42nd birthday, So I think that will be the day that I weigh myself. I will probably still post a blog next week, just not about how much I weigh!

So until next time, goodnight and have a pleasant tomorrow.

Ken Heaston
Since 1970

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CLPURNELL 3/20/2012 4:51PM

    Sometimes the best thing we can do is stay off the scale for a while!!! I know you will break this plateau!!!!

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RIBKNIT 3/19/2012 9:19PM

    Glad you're doing what you need to do! Also glad you'll continue to post blogs despite not weighing in!

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WILDFLOWERMA 3/19/2012 6:59PM

    Sounds like a very smart plan to me....follow your own intuition. Hope everything sorts out quickly for you.

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MARYDSAN 3/18/2012 11:38PM

    You are totally in charge of when you weigh and whether or not you post it. Keep up the good work!

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HEYSHAKER 3/18/2012 10:40PM

    I think that's a great idea! concentrate on how you feel not on that number. emoticon

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Wk 48 but no weigh in

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Well, it's week 48 and I have had a substandard 2+ months. Plateaus and up and down weights have been the norm for me lately. But today is something new. I think my digital scale gave out from all of the stress I've given it.

I had a pretty good week for me, I ate decently and spent more time in the gym sweating than I have been as of late. I had high hopes for a loss this week, at least a pound or so. But this morning when I got on the scale it just didn't want to cooperate. I must stepped on the scale a dozen or more times this morning, just being amazed at what it was doing. At first it said that I was up over 5 lbs, then I was up 4 lbs. Eventually it told me I was up, down and neutral, all in the span of about 3 minutes. I moved it around the tile floor thinking maybe it was just not on a totally flat spot, but nothing got it to show the same weight twice in a row.

So I said the hell with it. Got dressed and went about my day. Oh well, I'll take a look at it later on, check batteries and make sure it's clean inside the battery compartment. But as for this week, there's no weigh in to report on.

So here's the numbers:

Why are you even reading this,
I told you I didn't weigh in today.
You have wasted your time here.

I'm just going to keep on doing what I was doing this week and hopefully I'll have my scale straightened out, or replaced by next weekend and then I can report a loss. FIngers crossed!

"Age wrinkles the body. Quitting wrinkles the soul" - Gen. Douglas MacArthur

Ken Heaston
Since 1970

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DIEHL79 3/14/2012 6:39PM

    Scales....we have a love/hate relationship with them. Hope you get your new scale soon and beat it into submission with your weight loss.

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2DANCEAGAIN 3/12/2012 12:25PM

    You are hilarious and inspiring at the same time!! Not an easy task!!
Keep up the good work Ken and get a new scale, you burned the old one out LOL!!! emoticon

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GRANDEFILLE 3/12/2012 9:32AM

    Too funny! get a new one! lol

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MARYDSAN 3/10/2012 7:27PM

    I kept reading because I wanted to hear what you had to say, not to see the numbers. My scale has been protesting the last 2 weeks. It is fairly new, like maybe a year old; so, I thought it was the batteries. But it was one of those round batteries, like a watch battery, but bigger. I couldn't get it out. But. lo and behold, when I put the battery cover back on; it works. So...

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ALYSSA40 3/10/2012 6:58PM

    I kept reading because it's not just your numbers from your weigh in but the way you responded - even when you didn't get the response you were seeking. To remain positive and look forward to the next weigh in is the best way to go about it and that's exactly what you did. Cheers!

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BOSS61 3/10/2012 5:55PM

    "I shall return!" General MacArthur to his scale, when he too skipped a weigh-in!

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Wk 47 Weigh In- Roller Coaster

Saturday, March 03, 2012

I'm feeling like George Jetson ... "Jane, get me off this crazy thing".

Last weeks' road to recovery turned out to be a cul-de-sac. I let myself get too distracted, too hungry and ate too much while having not enough focus, enough drive, or enough sweat pour off of me at the gym.

This week I had to write a resume and prepare for an open interview with a large national coffee company, spend half a day standing around with 130 or so other hopefuls waiting for my number to be called so I could sit down and actually get interviewed. Missed the gym that day.

I've also been trying to figure out how to get my 15 year old son into summer school. Mind you, his grades are good, 3.3 gpa, but he wants to knock out some required courses over the next 2 summers so he can either graduate early or at least have an senior filled with fun classes. But due to budget constraints they are not allowing any student that does not NEED summer school to take summer school. Makes no sense, they will be having algebra 2, and other courses available for students who have flunked them during the year, but they won't let him in to take them of his own accord. The teacher will already be there, getting paid, my son's presence will not add to any costs for the school. It's hard to teach kids to be go-getter's, to reach for goals, when the one place that they have the opportunities to work harder won't allow them to do so.

enough ranting. I just plain screwed up this week. It's so easy to slack off a little when you're seeing good results. I weighed myself on Tuesday morning and I was 242.5. I thought "Great!, this is going to be a good week". Boy was I wrong. Too many carbs the last three days and too many calories and too little hard work. I have got to straighten myself out, I'm going nuts being in the 240's for over 2 months now.

Anyway, here's the numbers:

Weight : 244.2
Gain : .5
Total : 73.0

I know it's just half a pound, but I really thought I had turned a corner after last week and was headed nowhere but down. So that half pound gain is just like a kick in the stomach. I'm pretty angry with myself right now. Of course that will pass by this evening because I know that I can't change the past, I can only dictate what I will with the future. I have to just put one foot in front of the other and make it happen.

Oh, and after my interview I was told that they would contact the people that they wanted to hire by Monday. I haven't heard from them yet and doubt if they will be making any calls on Sunday.

“In brightest day, in blackest night,
No evil shall escape my sight
Let those who worship evil’s might,
Beware my power… Green Lantern’s light!”

Ken Heaston
Since 1970

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GYPSYROSIE777 3/11/2012 5:32PM

    I just realized that last comment was way to long ... Your a great Dad with all the care and time you take with your son. Obviously you have done so well with all the great choices you both have made together.. I bet he is proud of you as well. emoticon

Comment edited on: 3/17/2012 1:31:37 AM

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RIBKNIT 3/7/2012 12:16PM

    Hey Green L./ George J.
You are human, and therefore *supposed* to take roller coaster rides! Just hang on, and scream if you need to until things level out. Which they will.

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WILDFLOWERMA 3/6/2012 5:29AM

    That is frustrating about summer school - I work in a school & they sometimes get so narrow-mindedly focused on adhering to policies and forget what is best for the kids. Go easy on yourself about the weigh-in - you are still very focused & will soon see results.

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CLPURNELL 3/5/2012 5:04PM


Don't beat your self up man. I have been going through the same thing with the 270's one day I'm out the next I am back in. very frustrating. Just keep working Bro and you will be back on track!!

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GRANDEFILLE 3/4/2012 7:06AM

    these weeks will always happen. most important thing is to NEVER GIVE UP!

you know it will happen you have been doing soooo great so far.

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BOSS61 3/3/2012 8:35PM

    I believe many people. myself included, lose weight in spurts. Could be you as well. Work out, drink the water, follow the nutrition tracker and the pounds will go away. Biochemically they must. Hang in there!

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