Saturday, July 21, 2012
What a long week it's been. My dad, brother, son and I did build a fence at my grandmother's house this week. Of course that entailed loading my truck with all of the necessary tools needed for the job Tuesday morning, then unloading those same tools at the house half hour later. Tearing down of the old fence and loading all of the old wood into my truck for a trip to the dump.
Tuesday evening had me at the local lumber company loading my truck with all of the lumber needed to build a new fence. Wednesday had me unloading all of the lumber at the house. We dug post holes, stretched a line from one corner to the other and placed posts. Hung stringers, grass board and finally pickets. Total time was only about 8 hours, but my back and hamstrings were sure barking at me when it was all done.
I only got into the gym twice this week due to all of the other work I was doing so I didn't get much cardio done :(
Let's skip ahead to the numbers:
Weight : 223.0
Lost : 1.2
Total : 94.2
I loss of 1.2 lbs isn't bad considering I didn't get to the gym as often as I like. But this still leaves me 5.8 lbs to lose in 3 weeks to hit the 100 lb loss mark before my trip. Need to average 2 lbs lost per week for three weeks! That was pretty easy when I was around 270, but now it's getting a lot harder to drop that much in a week! Oh well, I'm going to keep trying and see where I end up.
It's Saturday and I'm going to go get some pizza :)
"Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one." - Jane Howard
Thursday, July 19, 2012
SEXBOBOMB borrowed this little "getting to know you" quiz from LBFROMBUFAD and LULUBELLE65 borrowed it from her and I am borrowing it from her. Because what could be more interesting than a blog all about me? I'll repeat their words here as well -- if you want to steal it from me, be my guest, I'd love to get to know you better!
1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE?
Yes, after my paternal grandfather Kenneth.
2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED?
An actual cry? Probably in '98 at the time my wife had decided to walk away from our son and I.
3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING?
It's ok, fairly legible.
4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT?
Salami or old fashioned beef bologna
5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS?
I have one son named Chance Gregory, soon to be 16 years old
6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU?
I would probably be friends with myself. Although there is no guarantee of it.
7. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOL?
Me use sarcasm, I would never do that (rolling eyes)
8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS?
I still have my tonsils, both kidneys too/
9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP?
Yes I would, but I'd definitely check out the company first!!
10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL?
Haven't had cereal in a long time, but Apple Cinnamon Cheerios, or Golden Grahams
11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF?
Untie, shoes last longer that way
12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG?
If it's a question of physical strength, I was stronger in my youth. If it strength as in fortitude, then I believe I am very strong.
13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM?
Haven't had in ages but either mint chocolate chip or rocky road
14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE?
Their eyes, then their breasts. Ok, sometimes the other way around :)
15. RED OR PINK?
16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF?
Being an introvert. Just sometimes generally feeling like I have no worth
17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST?
I miss my grandfather (Poppie) who passed last November and my friend Greg who committed suicide in January of '95
18. WHAT IS THE PAUL MCKENNA TECHNIQUE THAT YOU NEED TO WORK ON THE MOST?
I have no clue, I'm sure the person that started this Q&A knew all about Paul McKenna
19. ANY TATTOOS?
No. I have a skin condition that pretty much precludes me from getting a tat. But if I can get it managed I might get a Scottish flag on one of my shoulders
19. WHAT COLOR SHOES ARE YOU WEARING?
Black New Balance 460 cross country running shoes
20. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE?
LOL a piece of chocolate cake. It was my grandmother's birthday!
21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?
Possum Kingdom by The Toadies
22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE?
23. FAVORITE SMELLS?
Fresh chocolate chip cookies, steak on the bbq
24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE?
Actually my mom
25. MOUNTAIN HIDEAWAY OR BEACH HOUSE?
Yes please. I'd love a mountain hideaway, but the beach house would be very nice as well.
26. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH?
27. HAIR COLOR?
Light brown with an ever so small hint of gray
28. EYE COLOR?
29. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS?
No I do not
30. FAVORITE FOOD?
I would have to say pizza, there's just so many ways to top it! You can have something different everyday!!
31. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS?
Not a big horror movie fan, but not big on sappy ones either. If I had to choose, I'd say happy endings
32. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED?
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
33. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING?
Cobalt blue polo
34. SUMMER OR WINTER?
Can I just have Autumn? I'd prefer Autumn!
35. HUGS OR KISSES?
What are these? I haven't had enough samples to answer this one.
36. FAVORITE DESSERT?
Peach cobbler or cherry puddingpie
37. STRENGTH TRAINING OR CARDIO?
I like both, but since I'm trying to shed weight, I am doing more cardio these days
38. COMPUTER OR TELEVISION?
Computer mostly. Netflix baby.
39. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW?
A song of Ice and Fire book 2: A Clash of Kings (Game of Thrones books)
40. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD?
Logo of my school, Western Governor's University
42. FAVORITE SOUND?
Definitely not my alarm clock!
43. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES?
Never been a big Stones fan, so probably Beatles
44. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME?
Living in central California, I've been to the Caribbean, that's pretty far I guess
45. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT?
I'm able to piss people off really fast! Oh and I can repel women too!!!
46. WHERE WERE YOU BORN?
47. WHERE ARE YOU LIVING NOW?
48. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR HOUSE?
49. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR CAR?
50. DO YOU LIKE ANSWERING 50 QUESTIONS?
Sometimes I do, sometimes I don't.
Saturday, July 14, 2012
What a week, huh? 100+ degrees almost everyday, hardly any breeze to make it a little more tolerable. A hell of a week to stay inside!
I didn't get to the gym but 3 times this week I think. I know, I know. Last week I said I was going to really hit the gym this week, but circumstances beyond my control took over. I had to go to my grandmother's house and go through the tool shed and see what needed to be thrown out and what should be given away (she's 91 years old and wants to get this stuff done before she takes her long nap). Well, my grandfather (who passed last November) had already gone through it apparently because there was only about 1/3 of the amount of stuff that I remember seeing in there a couple of years ago. Thanks Poppie!!
So with that done, my dad and I set about to other tasks there. The weeds had gotten out of hand outside her back fence in the alley and this is the time of year that the fire department comes around placing notices to remove fire hazards. So, we raked and shoveled an area about 5' wide by 100' long. Whew, it was hot and that sucked! I put ina couple of good hours sweating at her house. Next week my dad and I are going back over to replace half of one of the side fences that is rotted and falling down. (fence is original, from the early 50's, the pickets are 1.25" thick!). My great grandfather was a home builder in the area and my grandfather and a couple of his brothers built this house (and fences!) along with a bunch of other houses in the same area. All top notch materials were used.
So as you can see, I got some of my exercise this week doing heavy yard work and I will get some more next week building a fence, cutting back trees, breaking out concrete, etc.
I just realized, you didn't come here to read about me doing yard work or building fences. You just want to know how my weigh in went, don't you? Well , then, here ya go.
Weight : 224.2
Lost : 2.4
Total : 93
Yep, 2.4 lbs gone this week, hooray!. Plus, as an added bonus I'll throw this at ya; I went shopping today and got some shorts and a pair of casual pants that are size 38. I haven't worn a size 38 since about '95 so I was pretty jazzed about that. Plus, it's the first clothes I've bought since I started this journey. I was relying on mostly old clothes that I had outgrown and had been slowly getting back into. But I had nothing at 38 and only one pair of pants at 40. I also had no good shorts that fit, I only had elastic waist workout type shorts and those aren't cool when you're out on the town!
That's it for today. I need to go get ready for a BBQ at 4. Take it easy and have a great weekend!
I found this quote and I think it fits for all of us who have slipped up on our diets or exercise plans.
“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.” - Mary Anne Radmacher
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Happy "last day of June" everybody. This month, although it had 5 weekends, seemed to go by pretty fast for me. Perhaps I'm just looking forward to my vacation in August. Tomorrow it will be July and on Wednesday we will be celebrating our country's birthday. Happy Birthday America!
So this week was pretty good. I didn't get in as much gym time as I had last week (just 185 minutes) but I worked pretty hard when I was there. My back is still giving me trouble, but it hasn't been as painful as it was a week ago, so that's good.
Instead of just filling this blog with a bunch of words, I'm just going to get to the numbers. Here are this week's numbers:
Weight : 227.4
Lost : 2.4
Total : 89.8
Just missed hitting 90 lbs lost! I guess I will have to cross that milestone next week. Getting oh so close to the magic 100lbs lost... I'm 20.2 lbs from my original goal and it can't come fast enough.
Sometimes I think about how far I've come and I can't hardly believe it. Despite knowing exactly what I needed to do, I spent years feeling like I would NEVER be in decent shape again, that I would live the rest of my life fat unhappy and alone. While today I am still alone, I am not nearly as fat or as unhappy I was just 15 months ago. Turning your life around is possible, it just takes a while to get it done.
"Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be." Abraham Lincoln
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