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Wk 86 Weigh In

Saturday, December 01, 2012

Happy December everybody, one month to go for 2012, let's make it a good one!

This week started off well for me, I got lots of gym time in starting on Sunday. I ate pretty well and for several days the weight was coming off nicely. But, somehow starting on Thursday some weight started creeping back on (don't think I had too much sodium, but that may be the source of it). Anyway, after gaining last week, I was hoping for a gangbusters loss this week. But it just wasn't in the cards... I did lose weight, just not in the quantity that I was hoping for!

I just got home from lunch with my son and I'm full and sleepy, so I'm going to cut this a little short, Here's this weeks numbers:

Weight : 215.6
Lost : 1.2
Total : 101.6

So, a 1.2 lb loss for the week, which is half of what I wanted to lose after gaining last week. Oh well, it's still loss :) Back to the grind tomorrow!

On a sweeter note (literally) try making these: Mini cupcakes, into mini cupcake liners put a small amount of brownie mix, then a square of chocolate chip cookie dough then a mini reeses peanut butter cup then fill with brownie mix. Cook for an appropriate amount of time, let cool and then devour them like a crazy person! Thanks to my mom for having these today!!

I had another idea for the same thing. Start with a bundt pan, layer brownie mix, then full size peanut butter cups, then brownie mix, then chocolate chip cookie dough and finish off with brownie mix. Cook, let cool, then eat the whole damn thing by yourself! nom nom nom nom :)

Ken Heaston
Since 1970

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READY4CHANGE81 12/9/2012 9:33PM

    mmm my weakness in peanut butter/chocolate.

I have to avoid the stuff beacuse I would go crazy! Sounds pretty yummy though!!! :)

Congrats on your loss!!! emoticon

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CLPURNELL 12/3/2012 4:12PM

    Congrats on the Loss Ken!!! I will pass the sweets though lol I know my limits!!

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_BABE_ 12/2/2012 1:17PM

    When he was good he was very, very good...when he was bad.... emoticon

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 12/2/2012 8:50AM

    Lol!!!! You nut!!!! Thanks for the recipe....and kudos on the loss!!!!

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TJCADDO 12/2/2012 1:21AM

    Gosh! That sounded good. Like your choice of ingredients. emoticon On the weight loss! Oh yeah and that you got in some good exercise this week.

Excuse me while I run out to the store and turn on my oven.

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DOVESEYES 12/1/2012 9:14PM

    Great weeks loss -did you eat enough? sometimes we go too low.

now about the chocolate cup cakes...mmmm....I only lost .3 kg this week so none for me but I can dream. emoticon emoticon

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MARYDSAN 12/1/2012 5:57PM

    Congratulations on the weight loss this week! So, you lost even eating things like your recipe? I want a template for what you eat daily! I would be starting over if I ate either!

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Wk 85 Weigh In - Revenge of the Turkey

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Happy last Saturday of the month! I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving (for those who are not U.S. residents, I hope you had a wonderful 4th Thursday of November!)

I had a great dinner with my immediate family; my son, my folks and my brother. Turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans, King's Hawaiian Bread rolls and gravy. It was some good eats and I wasn't about to miss out! Damn the scales, full speed ahead!

However, the weight from the previous Saturday's free day of overeating wasn't coming off so after Thursdays festivities, I expected a big gain this morning. I wasn't disappointed either, it wasn't as big as I thought it would be, but it was definitely up!

Weight : 216.8
Gain : 2.4
Total : 100.4

Yep, up 2.4 lbs for this week. But the good news is that I wasn't up 5 lbs and I didn't cross back over the 100 lbs lost mark. Whew. I've already crossed that 100lbs mark twice, I did not want to have to do it again!!!!

I didn't end up going out for pizza and Pepsi today, as is my normal routine. Instead my son and I went to breakfast where I loaded up on eggs, bacon, sausage, etc. Switched it up a bit and really took in a lot of protein. Of course I am enjoying my Starbucks Java Chip Frappuccino as I write this, mmmmm.

That is all for now. I gained 2.4 lbs and I don't really care :) It will be gone again in a week or two (maybe 3) and I will be back on track (until Christmas dinner probably!). So to you all, have a blessed weekend, next week, and rest of the year.

Don't sweat gains over the holidays people, if you did well over the course of the year, it's okay to indulge yourself with family and friends at this time, you can always get back on the wagon a little later, I'll save you some room :)

Ken Heaston
Since 1970

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COCOSAYS 11/30/2012 4:10PM

    Reading about all the yummy food you had for know I'm coming to your house for Christmas dinner, right? :)

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GRANDEFILLE 11/29/2012 11:48AM

    Keep going! you are doing great! have a great day!

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CLPURNELL 11/27/2012 6:22AM

    I indulged as well I love to eat and the holidays and my Mom's great cooking doesn't help lol. But I am getting back on track and back to business!!!

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READY4CHANGE81 11/25/2012 6:17PM

    mmm java chip frap :)

Glad you enjoyed an indulged a little... you've worked hard to lose 100lbs!! You deserve to let your hair down a bit.

Now time to get back to business... ;)

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 11/25/2012 8:45AM

    Good thinking Ken...i hope my weigh in is as good as yours after the holiday stuffing!!

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MARYDSAN 11/25/2012 4:58AM

    Weigh to go! This is a lifestyle not a diet, so holidays are important times with family and friends. Sounds like a reasonable gain like after a cheat day, but not bad at all! (I went to a Thai cooking class with my daughter in Chiang Mai-no turkey or trimmings, but an awesome 5 course meal!)

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_BABE_ 11/25/2012 2:18AM

    I googled King Hawaiian bread rolls being curious about a carb not sold in Canada...their whole line looks yummy. Best to enjoy guilt free and then get right back on the wagon. emoticon

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TRYINGTOLOSE64 11/24/2012 7:03PM

    I was expecting more of a gain too today with the turkey dinner and the not being able to get in as much exercise as I normally do. But it was no where near what I expected.

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TJCADDO 11/24/2012 6:53PM

    Thank you for saving some room on that wagon. I enjoyed this holiday too.

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Wk 84 Weigh In

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Happy Saturday everybody, I hope you are all feeling well this weekend. As for me, I think I'm getting over the cold I had a few days ago, thankfully it never got too bad; sore throat and stuffy head mostly. All I have now is a slightly runny nose, so not too bad.

I've been on my weight loss / get healthy pilgrimage for 17 months now, all of it here on Spark. My first week I decided to write a blog post and I've written one every week since, which I feel is a good thing because it lets me put on virtual paper what happened to me during the week. It also gives insight into who I am to anybody who wants to take the time to read them. I believe it was a good habit to get into. Sometimes I don't write much and other times I may write too much, it just depends on how I feel at the moment that I sit down to do it. But the one thing that has remained throughout each and every blog post is the fact that I write honestly, I lay out my screw ups as well as my accomplishments. I am imperfect, take me as I am!

It is in this spirit of honesty that I must now say that I had a good week :) I bet you thought something else was coming, didn't you? Although I felt pretty terrible all week I still got some gym time in, albeit not a lot, but I did get a couple of hours in. I also was careful with my diet, kept my calories in check and drank lots of water. It all paid off for me this week.

Let's look at the numbers, shall we?

Weight : 214.4
Lost : 2.6
Total : 102.8

a 2.6 lb loss this week! I'd say that's excellent (of course being sick might have made it a little easier, I wasn't ever 'really hungry'). Now that I'm writing this however, I'm getting hungry! My son and I will be heading out for pizza in a little while and I will have my usual large salad, some pizza and a Pepsi. It's a weekly celebration!

So that's it, my blog for this week. Enjoy yourself out there people, be safe and warm and have a great weekend.

Ken Heaston
Since 1970

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CLPURNELL 11/28/2012 7:34PM

    Man how did I miss this you really rocked it this week!!! It is gonna be a great thing to see you cross that goal line soon!!!!

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READY4CHANGE81 11/20/2012 7:01PM

    WOW!!! You are kickin' butt. I'm away for a little while and you're melting away!! Congrats on all your success. I hope you had a great time with your son. :)

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RIBKNIT 11/19/2012 11:08AM

    Glad to hear you had such a good week! You work hard and deserve it!

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TEACHFIRST268 11/18/2012 4:37PM

    Wow! Great loss this week! Congrats! Your hard work paid off!

Glad you're feeling better, Ken. I've had a sore throat myself the last two days and am hoping it doesn't turn into a full-blown cold. Sucking on my vitamin C drops and hoping for the best.

I, too, have been reading weekly! Your journey is very inspiring and it helps to know others are in the same boat - ups, downs, celebrations, slip-ups... Many thanks for sharing your all its honesty!

Hope you enjoyed your pizza and pepsi. Here's to another great week!

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MARYDSAN 11/17/2012 6:03PM

    Once again, awesome! (Yes, I am a weekly reader!) Keep up the great work!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 11/17/2012 3:28PM

    WOW!!!! thats FANTASTIC!!!! I am so proud of you, and glad you are feeling better, my friend!!

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KAREN951 11/17/2012 2:00PM

    Congrats - both on this week's loss and on passing the 100-pound milestone!
Keep up the good work!

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Wk 83 Weigh In

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Another week has come and gone and I feel better about my output. I could have done more, but the sudden onset of cold weather makes me want to just stay home bundled up! My diet was better than last week (not great, but no donut triggered typhoon of eating!) and I at least made it to the gym a few days. So overall it was a better week.

On an unrelated note, I went and saw Skyfall today, the new James Bond film. Really good picture and if you're a Bond fan, I would suggest seeing it. Myself, I've always been a moderate fan of the Bond films and of course Sean Connery was my favorite Bond. But the older films always had a very campy feel to them that just kept me from being super psyched about them. The Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan films had less of the completely unbelievable gadgets and focused more on Bond's use of intellect. But the new Bond, Daniel Craig, I think I like him best. His Bond is edgier, bold, bordering on self destructive. I like that aspect of the character. He wears his emotions on his sleeve and we get to see him fighting through his pains, which makes the character seem more believable.

Enough about James Bond, let's get to the numbers for this week.

Weight : 217.0
Lost : 1.0
Total : 100.2

Yes! A 1 lb loss takes me to my lowest point so far (by .2 lb). My previous low (August 11) was 217.2, so I have bested that by the smallest of margins. Hooray!

So there you have it, a 1 lb loss, reaching my lowest point so far and a good movie on the big screen. Overall it's been a pretty good day.

Have a great Veteran's day weekend. And to any and all veterans out there, thank you.

Ken Heaston
Since 1970

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CLPURNELL 11/14/2012 2:55PM

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So proud of you brother! since hitting that previous low there were plenty oftimes where you could have gave up the ghost. you have battled gains and losses and fought your self to a new victory!!! You should be VERY proud of your self!! You are definitely an inspiration to me brother!!! Welcome back to the 100 gone club!!! You have worked you butt off (literally) to get there!!! Great Job Brother!

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GODSCHILD2_2011 11/12/2012 1:16PM

    100 pounds gone forever...Great Job Ken!!!


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RIBKNIT 11/12/2012 12:22PM

    Great stuff, Ken! You can bask in your glory for a bit! Congrats on no donuts and getting to the gym emoticon Glad you enjoyed the Bond movie. I like Sean Connery and Daniel Craig both.

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 11/11/2012 4:03PM

    WOOO HOOOOOO!!!!! 100 pounds you ROCK my friend!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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_BABE_ 11/11/2012 1:11PM

    If you want campy you have to watch Dean Martin as Matt Helm. I love Daniel Craig too and wanted to get to the opening for my birthday treat but alas it was too damn cold to venture out Mr. California. For the record my favourite bond was Roger Moore who you could only appreciate as a woman....;-) emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MARYDSAN 11/10/2012 11:28PM

    My dad was a Bond fan (and a veteran). Congratulations on a new PB! Way to go-you are amazing!

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BLUE42DOWN 11/10/2012 11:26PM

    emoticon emoticon on hitting that 100 pounds lost marker!

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ABETTERME41 11/10/2012 11:19PM

  Senor, I just have to say what an amazing role model you are! You've accomplished SOOO much by hard work and dedication. So proud of you. I hope you are as well. :) emoticon

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RUNNER4LYFE 11/10/2012 9:28PM

    emoticon , KING_SLAYER!!! Sounds like a very positive, productive week! emoticon Keep up all the hard work - beat that cold weather! Its in the high 60, low 70ss here (Sunny FL) and I so know the feeling - I hate the cold!!! But gotta put that game face on and strive for our best! emoticon on the 1 lb loss! Im sure ull hit another "low" next week!
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TEACHFIRST268 11/10/2012 9:28PM

    WAHOOOOO!!!! Congrats!!!!!!!!! Are you supercharged to keep it going now? I am for you, for crying out loud!! lol!

Looking forward to see what next week's awesome results will be!

Thanks for the info on the Bond film. My husband wants to go see it. I, too, am a Sean Connery fan, never a big fan of any of the others, but I tolerate them...haha. I wanted to see Hotel Transylvania - don't know why none of the men in this house wanted to go. I love the goofy cartoon movies. Guess there's a reason I'm still in first grade. (o;

Again, a big congrats to you. It must feel great! You're back on track and forward progress continues!!!

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Wk 82 Weigh In

Sunday, November 04, 2012

On August 11 I hit my all time low weight of 217.2, the next day I went on vacation. I came home and on August 20th found an additional 12 pounds had clung to me while spending time in Alaska. I did enjoy the meals (and desserts and milkshakes) on board the ship! It has been approximately 2.5 months since I returned home and I have not been able to get back down to that magical 217.2 (which coincidentally is exactly the 100 lbs lost mark for me. I reached 218.0 last week, just .8 away from getting back to feel good status. Then this last week comes up, this week where I vowed to eat better, exercise more, be more active and all that jazz.

But none of that jazz happened this last week. I didn't get to the gym once this last week! I ate like an emaciated velociraptor for the first few days of the week, anything and everything in sight!
I ATE DONUTS!!! I hadn't had a donut in probably 4 years, I always liked them, but they were never a 'gotta have it' type of food item for me. Then last Sunday some donuts got brought into the house and I had half of a chocolate glazed one and it was on! I think I ate 8 donuts between Sunday and Monday! Good Lord, It was like watching a horror movie! On both days that I was eating donuts, I seemed to be eating everything else that looked good. I wasn't eating to just be eating mind you, I was sincerely feeling deep, painful hunger. I believe it was psychologically triggered by the donuts because I can easily go 36 hours with no food without feeling the empty pit of the stomach hunger pangs I was getting.

With that being said, I think I may experiment every once in while with a single donut type item. I believe the problem stemmed from not having had a donut for so long and the smell and taste brought up memories of workday mornings long since past with the pretty pink box full of doughy sweetness. I think the first bite of donut triggered a release of endorphins, because I felt pretty good all day, as long as I periodically stopped by the pink box to grab another 'taste'. The sad thing is that my favorite donut treat wasn't even in the box, the mighty Apple Fritter.

So I feel I have 2 choices here, either avoid donuts (as I had done for around 4 years with ravaging consequences) or occasionally visit a donut shop and purchase one Apple Fritter and leave to consume it elsewhere (somewhere where there are no innocent donuts to fall prey to my donut triggered Mr. Hyde personality switch). I think this will work to keep me from ever again being triggered like a dough loving Manchurian Candidate.

Now aside from the donut story I think it was apparent that I didn't have a great week. But on the other hand I had a good week. How can I say that? How can this be true? Well, after all was said and done and I got on the scale on Saturday, my weight was exactly the same as it was the previous week. Wed, Thurs and Fri I ate clean and light and drank tons of water. Had I gone to the gym, I probably would have posted a loss and maybe even gotten back to my magic 100 lb mark. But I did not do those things and I can't change it now.

Here's the numbers.

Weight : 218.0
Lost : 0
Total : 99.2

Overall, after everything I did (and ate) I am pleased to have walked away from this week only psychologically scarred. Now I can vow to do better this week! (again) Talk is cheap, I need to do the things that need to be done, not talk about them.

So everyone, get out there and have yourselves one fantastic week!

Ken Heaston
Since 1970

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CLPURNELL 11/5/2012 6:06PM

    I will admit I had a donut incident at myself they provided them at work. Those things are from satan himself. You didn't gain brother and that is awesome!!!

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RUSUNA 11/5/2012 1:44PM

    lol, sounds like an epic good time!! though i must say, i had the most ridiculous cheat day in history this last friday night /saturday. ive never eaten that much food in one sitting, let alone 5 times in a day. oh man! and i felt bad about starting friday night, and it prolly hurt me a bit, but i decided oh well, it happens. whatever. as long as you are making strides to make improvement

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 11/5/2012 10:41AM

    you are human even though I think you are superhuman!! good job in your thinking..put it behind you and move on!!

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ME_FIRST 11/5/2012 8:25AM

    I was the same way with bagels. I hadn't had one in more than a year and then the damn burst and I absolutely had to have one. After I had my bagel and checked my blood glucose, I was done with bagels for another long time. My numbers shot up faster than you could say bagel with cream cheese please. At least you didn't gain. Next week my friend, next week.

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ALWYS-LKN-UP 11/4/2012 9:12PM

    OK, quite honestly I'm still wrapping my head around the emaciated velociraptor visual which isn't really coming in clearly. I guess I'll have to get creative with that one!

Donuts or no donuts, you did good. Beating yourself up over some doughy, gooey deliciousness will get you no where but you already know that. You didn't gain but you didn't lose but you got some long deprived gooeyness. Not bad Ken!

(quite honestly I was wondering how your week has been (visualize aggressive finger & toe tapping - not simultaneously though of course because I'm blonde :) & you delivered on a good blog - thumbs up to a stellar upcoming week!)

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TEACHFIRST268 11/4/2012 7:57PM


We must be on the same wave length! Last weekend and into the week I ate everything in sight. Had the family over for my son's birthday on Sat, then all the leftovers (snacks, appetizers, deserts) were hanging around. I was home for Monday and Tuesday due to Sandy and continued my bad eating. Because of the weather I did not get outside for my cardio. This Saturday - what was the result? An exact maintain! Freaky!

As for your donut theory - I think you're on to something there. I'm not a big donut fan (LOVE DD coffee, however), but I do like the pumpkin donuts at Dunkin Donuts. I saw that they came out about a month ago and was wanting one in the worst way. Finally, one day, I ordered a munchkin with my coffee at the drive through. The kid actually put two in the bag for me (being nice, I'm sure, but I was thinking, "Rats, I was trying to be good.") Anyway...I had them both, and now I'm good! Haven't wanted another since. Now, the pumpkin muffin is calling my name....

Hey, brush it off and welcome the new week. I've made great food choices today and got out both days for a jog/walk this weekend. I'm thinking positive and know I'm going to see a loss on Saturday. How 'bout you, too!?? I challenge you to a loss this week, my friend!

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MARYDSAN 11/4/2012 5:32PM

    Here's to next week (what is a "hall of a week"?)

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_BABE_ 11/4/2012 4:24PM

    In case you hadn't noticed I am the Queen of talk so if you need any advice on that front.... emoticon

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