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Wk 54 Weigh In

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Another week has passed and I'm still moving forward. This was a pretty good week over all. I definitely spent more time in the gym this week (185 minutes this week, 75 minutes the rest of the month!). My eating is still kind all over the place. Seems that I just can't quite get both the diet and exercise aspects to mesh properly! Some day they will work together and it will be awesome!

I really don't have too much to write at this time, so instead of just rambling on, I will get straight to this weeks numbers:

Weight : 242.4
Lost : 1.6
Total : 74.8

I am glad to finally be moving that number down on a weekly basis (4 weeks and counting!). One or two more weeks and I will finally be out of the 240's!!! Can't wait to see a a number below 240 :)

Alright, that's about all I have today. Now I'm going to try and avoid dying in the 90 degree heat here! (Was about 75 three days ago!)

"They can because they think they can" Virgil

Ken Heaston
Since 1970

  
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SAZZLERAZZLE 5/12/2012 4:03PM

    I just had to comment because i always find getting my nutrition and exercise right a the same time impossible too! I pray that one day the 2 will work in perfect harmony for me, so fingers crossed for you too! But you are doing so well by the sounds of your results, and great positive attitude.

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2DANCEAGAIN 4/28/2012 12:55AM

    Wow, super duper job spark date buddy!!! that is a lot of minutes in the gym and I know it will pay dividends for you!
I can relate to the "Seems that I just can't quite get both the diet and exercise aspects to mesh properly! Some day they will work together and it will be awesome! "
I go back and forth with that too. Right now Im into learning more about food and what works for me.
Keep it up Ken!! Have another great week coming up!!
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CLPURNELL 4/24/2012 3:21PM

    Awesome Job Ken!!! You really have been killing it this last month!!!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 4/22/2012 10:40AM

    GREAT job thats a wonderful loss!!
Come visit..we got 2" of snowlast night!!!

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GRANDEFILLE 4/22/2012 7:37AM

    You are awsome KEN! keep going! you are an inspiration!

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MARYDSAN 4/22/2012 3:38AM

    Forward is a good direction to go! Congratulations on your loss this week!


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MIMO11 4/21/2012 9:50PM

    You go, Ken!!! You're continued dedication is paying off, and is helping to push/pull the rest of us along with you. emoticon

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RORYLYONS 4/21/2012 8:14PM

    I know what you mean it's in the high 90 range so I wait till it cools down.... Super job on the weight loss... emoticon

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HUSKERSALAD 4/21/2012 6:00PM

    Glad to see you are sticking to it.

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    Congrats!! Keep up the good work

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Wk 53 Weigh In

Saturday, April 14, 2012

This week I celebrated my 1 year Sparkversary. Yay me! Anyway, I am still 45 lbs. from my goal weight, so while I got to celebrate the occasion, my work is far from done.

This week I really had low expectations. I had a nice Easter dinner with my family on Sunday, way more starchy carbs than I would normally eat. Then of course there were leftovers that had to be eaten (waste not, want not). Tuesday was my dad's 65th birthday and he wanted Mexican food. So we had tacos, tostadas, beans, cheese, guacamole, etc. It was a very good meal, but again, way more than I would have eaten normally.

On top of all that, I only made it to the gym twice this week :( Definitely was not looking like a week to lose weight. I really need to step up my actions now if I want to attain my fitness goals this year!

Okay, let's take a look at how the numbers panned out this week.

Weight : 244
Lost : 1.0
Total : 73.2

I couldn't believe my eyes this morning when I saw the 244.0 on the scale. Somehow I managed to lose a pound while not exercising and eating too much. Dumb luck maybe. The one thing that may have helped was the fact that I drank a ton of water this week. more than I usually drink. I kept thinking I need to drink more water, to hopefully move food faster through my system... guess it worked.

"Difficulties strengthen the mind, as well as labor does the body." -Seneca Roman stoic philosopher

Keep Sparking my friends

Ken Heaston
Since 1970

  
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CLPURNELL 4/17/2012 5:08PM

    Awesome Job Ken!!! We will all reach our goals this year!!!!

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GRANDEFILLE 4/16/2012 1:36PM

    Way to go Ken! That is great one more gone! keep up the good work!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 4/16/2012 10:22AM

    woo hoo on the pound way to go!! you shocked your body and tossed it a curve ball..now right back on plan and i'm betting you see another good loss this week!! YAY YOU!!

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GUTSYGOURMET 4/15/2012 6:43AM

    Sometimes "boosting" throws the body a curve ball. Congrats on the loss.

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MARYDSAN 4/14/2012 8:01PM

    Hey, your "dumb luck" works pretty good. Congratulations on the loss! I got in 120 minutes of exercise most days this week (it was my vacation week), stayed on program food wise, and lost nothing! So, way to go!

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One Year on Spark W/Pics

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Wow, it's been a year since I took the plunge and decided to change myself for the better. I had a hefty goal last April when joined this site; to lose 110 lbs (or more) by March 31 2012. Well, that date has come and gone and I didn't reach my goal. I did however lose over 70 lbs, become much more healthy and regain some of my old confidence. The longer that I travel this path, the more I see the old me. The happy, fun, energetic guy that loved to play sports, be around people and just generally enjoy life.

For the last 15 years that guy that I once was began to disappear. A severe back injury led to depression and rapid weight gain. A failed marriage, being a full time single father and eventually a failed business kept me on that lonely path to ruin.

In December of 2010 I decided to go back to school to get my bachelor's degree in business. This helped me gain some confidence. Then I saw a picture of myself with my brother, dad and grandfather. I'm on the left, in the blue t-shirt, looking like a parade balloon.




I hated how I had let myself go. How could I do this to myself? I had spent years before in gyms and nutrition classes. I knew what it took to be in good shape and yet I wasn't doing any of it. Finally in early April of 2011 a couple I know told me about a biggest loser challenge they were signed up for and I decided I would do it myself. April 12 was the first weigh in day, 317.2 was the bad news. The nice folks at the weigh in had lots of info about websites to help with weight loss and SparkPeople was one of them. I signed up that evening and began tracking my food intake right away. Best thing I have done in years.

Now it's one year later and I am down over 72 lbs. I've had lots of ups and downs but I have continued to move forward. This is not easy, if it were we would all look like movie stars. I still have a ways to go, but I will make it there eventually as will every one of you, if you just stick with it. Rome wasn't built in a day and we didn't all get fat overnight.

Here's me today, after pulling some weeds in the garden.




This trip wouldn't have taken me as far as it has without help. Of course my family has been very encouraging, which is nice (some folks don't have that help at home, that's shame). But the friends that I have made here on Spark have been so instrumental in my success so far. So my hat is off to you guys.

A special thanks to some of the folks that have been with me for the last 12 months: Chris, my brother from another mother; Helene, like the French Canadian sister I never had; Colleen, a strong willed woman who loves to dance; Mary, My dear Spark friend living in Japan; Nadine, a fellow Tough Mudder trainee who is always kept busy here on Spark and Holly, A very busy baker who was my first Spark friend and still encourages me.

Good Lord willing, let's make this year great!

Ken Heaston
Since 1970

  
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NEWTEXDEBBIE 4/30/2012 9:18AM

    What a great story and accomplishment!

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IMIN2GENES 4/30/2012 8:00AM

    All that hard work has paid off! You look fabulous!
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    Way to go, you look awesome!

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MARIJO150 4/29/2012 10:08AM

    Wow, what powerful, inspiring words! Thank you for sharing.

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SAZZLERAZZLE 4/27/2012 12:08PM

    Congratulations mate! Such an awesome change and what a positive attitude - love it! Your comment "Rome wasn't built in a day, and we didn't all get fat over night" has made my day!!

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MANILUS 4/25/2012 11:09AM

    Congrats on taking your life back, you WILL achieve that goal, it is just a #! I myself had the issue of losing 187 lbs and gaining it all back but 35 lbs, was a gym buff for 3 years and successful in Nutrition classes but got to a point where I didn't do any of it. Lucky for us we got back on track to make healthy happen! Keep up the great work!

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DOTTY7267 4/25/2012 9:18AM

    Congratulations on your success thus far. Keep up the excellent work.

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STEPHE_44 4/24/2012 6:07PM

    Keep it up!

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  We all have our ups and downs. The important thing is to just get up and keep moving. You are doing a fantastic job! emoticon emoticon

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    Congrats on your success.
Stay postive and belive in yourself.
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    congrats!

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    Congrats! Great job!

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ANNE007 4/23/2012 3:59PM

    Nice work! Terrific success! Congratulations!

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PRESBESS 4/23/2012 2:44PM

    Keep at it my fellow Sparker. You rock!
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SUPERACHIEVER 4/23/2012 12:54PM

    Way to go guy! I am so proud of you. Look at the difference in you! Wow! You should be so proud.

Keep it up and keep on being an inspiration to all of us still struggling. ;)

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BROCCOLIROSE 4/23/2012 8:29AM

    What a transformation, your truly an inspiration to everyone. Congratulations on getting healthy....losing the weight was just a side benefit! Blessings as you continue your journey through life, living every minute fit, healthy and feeling alive!
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DJSHIP46 4/23/2012 8:22AM

    Thanks for the inspiration!!!

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SUSANK16 4/23/2012 5:24AM

  Congratulations -- You look great and have done great!

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    emoticon Great blog. Keep on keeping on. Enjoy the journey.

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GRACE923 4/22/2012 10:25PM

  God bless you!! You truly make me feel like I can do this...thank you so much. Keep up the good work and keep inspiring others.

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75CBBK73 4/22/2012 9:24PM

    Awesome job. Your motivation is wonderful. Life is not easy, but you still are succeeding. As far as my opinions, you are doing great.

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    I had a back injury also and I know
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JOANIEBLESSER 4/22/2012 7:59PM

    Way to go! You're inspiring. Keep it up!

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    Thank you for the inspirational blog !!

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    Fantastic blog - such an amazing accomplishment! Congratulations on your 1 years Sparkiversary :) emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    WOW! Way to go!! Keep up the great work.

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    You look like a different person! emoticon

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-CHERYL 4/22/2012 3:46PM

    Congratulations! It is a long journey but well worth it!
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    emoticon your smile in the new pic says it all! Keep up the good work!

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NANCYLRAGS 4/22/2012 12:22PM

    Amazing! Seventy pounds in a year ...your not kidding about it not being easy! Good for you!

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MISSYMOOSE71 4/22/2012 11:13AM

    Wow!! What a great blog! You are doing fantastic!!! Thanks for sharing your story!

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    emoticon emoticon 72 lbs. in one year is great!! Keep up the good work......you look fantastic!

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    You are looking great - well done!

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    Congratulations and thank you for sharing. Spread the spark - we all need the confidence boost.

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Wk 52 Weigh In

Saturday, April 07, 2012

So I made it through another week, my 52nd week on SparkPeople.com! April 12th is actually my official 1 year Sparkversary, so I've got a few days until I hit that mark, hope I'll make it :) Originally my weigh in days were on Mondays because I was in a local Biggest Loser challenge and that was weigh in day. When that ended after 10 weeks (and me down 23lbs), I moved my weigh ins to Saturday. That was just much easier for me.

So this last week was kind of rough for me. I continued to feel, well, I just felt out of sorts. Like I was trying to catch a cold, but the cold never fully materialized. I had no energy and slept a lot. Hell, I only made it to the gym on Monday and Friday this week and I had to force myself to go on Friday. But I worked hard while I was there, so at least I did something right! I really didn't expect to lose any weight this week due to feeling lethargic and sleepy, so I was ready to accept whatever the scale told me this morning. So let's look at the numbers:

Weight : 245
lost : 1.6
Total : 72.2

A 1.6lb loss for the week is awesome, especially for how this week felt! I will take it and I will smile. Tonight I will enjoy the comfort of my old, dear friend Pepsi. I will have a 40oz cup of the sweet nectar of the gods this evening and my heart will race with joy (or perhaps insulin, whatever). Now I know some of you are thinking "doesn't he know better than to drink soda? That stuff is really bad. tsk, tsk" To that I say, yes, I do know better. Before I started on my path here last year, I was drinking two 44 oz Pepsi's a day. Now I only have Pepsi on Saturday and just the one big cup and I make it last for about 4 hours. So I'd say that I've made a big improvement.

Also, I used to add sugar to just about everything. My 32 oz iced tea cup would have about 12 tsp of sugar, and I'd drink several of those a day. In the last year I've only had 3 iced teas, each with less than half the sugar I used to use and I haven't had an iced tea in about 4 months. The only think I use sugar for anymore is making nectar for the hummingbirds :)

I must digress, I've gone on too long here, blabbering on like a drunkard with his arm around a friend ... "I love you man".

"We will either find a way, or make one!" Hannibal

Happy Easter. Remember, even if you don't believe in God, He still believes in you!

Ken Heaston
Since 1970

  
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LEELEESLOSINGIT 4/10/2012 8:26PM

    Way to go Ken!! I too treat myself to the nectar of the Gods once a week. Moderation is key, right?

And I'm stoked to hear you not being bummed about a loss. A loss is a loss. Its gone and gone for good. Congrats on the positive attitude

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CLPURNELL 4/10/2012 6:00PM

    Awesome week with the way you were feeling!! Awesome week PERIOD!!!! Man enjoy your Pepsi!!!! When I started this journey I promised I wouldn't make ANYTHING off limits. I would just make better decisions. It seems like you are doing that!!! try Splenda in that tea. No after taste. I drink tea all the time when I go out but only with Splenda and no cals :) Awesome week Bro!!!!!

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GRANDEFILLE 4/9/2012 10:47AM

    Congratulation on the weight loss. And I'm not worried about your Pepsi. you are losing weight so you must be doing something right. right?

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RIBKNIT 4/8/2012 3:02PM

    Good for you, both for going to the gym twice even though you felt crappy, and for cutting way back on the iced tea, Pepsi, and sugar!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 4/8/2012 7:29AM

    a 1.6 pound loss ANY week is FANTASTIC!!! Yay, you!!! I am so proud of you!!
as for the pepsi..i think you made a great compromise!! NO food should be off limits (except liver. yuck) one a week is awesome!! Good for you!!
And, Happy Easter!! Christ is Risen indeed!!!

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HEYSHAKER 4/7/2012 11:52PM

    Wow...a year. Way to go Ken. I agree with MARYDSAN what you have on your cheat day is up to you and judged by no one! Enjoy that one pepsi! :) Congrats on the weightloss as well.

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MARYDSAN 4/7/2012 7:51PM

    Congratulations on your weight lost this week! What you eat/drink on your cheat day is for no one else to judge. I thought I saw a hummingbird here my first year and was told that there are none, but I was so sure. They said that it was a hummingbird moth, I was so sure it was not an insect until my friend captured a picture of it on one of her walks and had Kodak put the photo on a mug and gave it to me for Christmas. There they were in plain sight, his antennae! Keep up the good work!

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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.

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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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