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Wk 28 Weigh In

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Hello world,

Losing weight feels awesome. Seriously, it does. I went for years, just gaining a few pounds here and there, vowing to never to let my weight go over a certain number. Those numbers were always slowly eclipsed and a new "magic number" would be set in my head.

The last "magic number" I set was 300 lbs. I floated around 295 for a couple of years and felt that 295 lbs was indeed my "place". Then I went to the Dr.'s office one day and their scale said 305! Blasphemy! That scale was wrong ( I swear the scales at Dr.'s offices are always 10 pounds heavy). When I got home I weighed myself and my scale said 301.

So now my "magic number" had no magic left. Over the next 2 years I climbed to 320 and felt miserable. Of course I had tried many times to change my lifestyle, eat healthier, workout, etc. Seems like the best I could do would be to lose 10-15 lbs before some sort of physical setback would occur and I would sink back into a cycle of self loathing, anger and depression.

Ah, the memories.

But I haven't felt THAT bad in months. Despite several physical problems (old and new) I feel pretty good, both overall and about myself. It's a refreshing change. I'd like to keep feeling this way, I almost like myself now!!

I am currently at a weight that I haven't seen since the summer of 1994. July of '94 to be more precise. Weighed in at 260 at a Dr.'s office in San Francisco, five months after herniating discs in my lower back. When I was injured, I was 222 lbs, body fat under 10% and lifted weights and did stair master 6 days a week. 5 months of barely being able to walk and the depression that came with the injury led to 40lbs of weight gain. And it just kept piling on over the years.

Until April 12 of this year when I joined a local biggest loser contest. Honestly I joined to try and win the cash prize (first place ended up getting $1,600) but after the first week losing weight, I was hooked. I also signed up on SparkPeople that night, best idea ever! At week 6 I started the 4 Hour Body diet and have been very consistent since then. I didn't win the cash prize, but I have won so much more than that. I feel like I have really won some of my life back.

At this point in my journey, I truly hope that a few people have found at least a little inspiration in my story. I don't want nor need a cult following, but hopefully my words have resonated with somebody, somewhere. If I have helped one person stay on track or get back on track I will have done my duty.

Sorry for the long winded nature of this post, sometimes the words just seem to fall out of my head like so much literary vomit. On to the numbers!!

Weight : 256.7
Lost : 2.3
Total : 60.5

So, 2.3 lbs gone and broke the 60lb barrier this week. Yay me!

People should not be afraid of their governments; governments should be afraid of the people.

Ken Heaston
Since 1970

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

HUSKERSALAD 10/25/2011 6:09PM

    If you are still near SF, we are "neighbors". I'm in Monterey County.

Cliched but true: Keep up the good work!

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ME_FIRST 10/24/2011 7:45PM

    6 months and 60 pounds gone is the bomb!! I gradually gained and gained over these 30 years. 120s in my 20s, and upward and onward from there. Just a 2 pound gain each year for those 30 years is 160 way too much.

I'm very motivated by your blog. Thanks for posting.


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CLPURNELL 10/24/2011 5:01PM

    Awesome Blog Ken!!! I know exactly how you feel. We started on the same day this year!!! It has been an awesome ride!!! Congrats on your success you deserve it and worked hard Brother!!! I salute you!!!
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2DANCEAGAIN 10/24/2011 4:16PM

    Motivates Me!!! Thanks and keep it up, I'll draft behind you!

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SANTOREONE 10/23/2011 9:41AM

    You are an inspiration, especially knowing that it couldnt always be easy when you are in pain and somehow you still managed to lose 60lb. It gives me hope. Congrats:) emoticon

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GRANDEFILLE 10/23/2011 8:07AM

    This is great! you set your mind ot it and achieve what you wanted... getting smaller and smaller and... Shows that once the decision is REALLY taken, it is doable.

You do motivate by your success... thank you for showing us that even when injured there is NO excuses not to succeed. The only thing that can stop us is us.

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BLUNDERGIRL 10/23/2011 7:58AM

    Hey, you are doing fantastic! So proud of you! :)

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SHINJU39 10/23/2011 5:05AM

    Way to go 60lb melted forever.

And I am so pleased that you have achieved so much in the past 6 months

have a great day


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MARYDSAN 10/23/2011 3:11AM

    Congratulations on your accomplishment. Did you do anything special for your herniated discs? Surgery?
Keep up the good work. You are a motivation to other team members.

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Wk 27 Weigh In

Saturday, October 15, 2011

This week was better overall than last week. I ate better (not perfectly though) and had a better weigh in.

It's been a long week and I haven't slept well. I really don't feel like doing a lot of writing here today, not feeling inspired. I'll just post my numbers and bid you adieu.

Weight : 259.0
Lost : 2.2
Total : 58.2

There you go, 2.2 lbs this week. Would have liked to have had more, after last week's poor showing, but it's still a good loss.

Thank you and goodnight,

Ken Heaston
Since 1970

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SANTOREONE 10/17/2011 6:13PM

    Looks like you nibbed in the bud, the little cheating here and there which is good. Because it can add up. You are doing very well. I hope to join you. I am recently back on track. emoticon

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MARYDSAN 10/17/2011 6:34AM

    That's a whole kilo! That's really good since you have been doing this for a while-it slows down as you go. I hope I do that well this week.

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BLUNDERGIRL 10/16/2011 7:54PM

    2.2, that's GREAT! Good job ;0)

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NADJAZZ 10/16/2011 3:15PM

    That's more than double what you lost last week. Congratulations on your accomplishments this week! You ate better and have the results to show! I hope this coming week brings some restful sleep. I admire you for being so consistent on blogging your weigh-ins, good or bad, no matter how you feel!

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SHINJU39 10/16/2011 6:54AM

    Well done on another loss emoticon.

Here's hoping you feel less bleh soon

Have a great week


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Wk 26 Weigh in

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Not going to write much this week as I have a busy day today and I just don't feel like writing.

I had a bad week, I cheated on multiple days, ate things I know I shouldn't have and snacked too much at night. These things happen. It's not the end of the world, just a bad week for losing weight.

I'm not going to lose any sleep over it, just plan on sticking to my system much better this week and trying to get back on track. The last month or so I have noticed myself slipping, perhaps it is my subconscious giving me permission to cheat a little here and there because I've done so well. Whatever it is, I must be more vigilant if I am to ever reach my goal.

So here's the numbers for the week:

Weight : 261.2
Lost : .1
Total : 56

That's it, .1, one tenth of a pound, 1.6 ounces. I'm glad that I didn't gain, but it's hard to be happy about what I lost.

Oh well, there's always next week.

Ken Heaston
Since 1970

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GRANDEFILLE 10/13/2011 5:42AM

    A loss is a loss... even better, you lost when apparently you thought you wouldn't!

Be proud! you are moving forward still. just be carefull of those 'OFF' days... they, unfortunately tend to come more often when you are not paying attention!

Keep going! you are doing great!

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KAREN951 10/9/2011 4:52PM

    Hey, a loss is still a loss! So congrats on that. Sounds like you know what to do so I'm sure you'll turn it around.

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SHINJU39 10/9/2011 4:26AM

    Well done for catching yourself so quickly, and your week gave you a taste of maintainance

Heres to a great week


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BLUNDERGIRL 10/8/2011 11:20PM

    You're right, it's not the end of the world! Keep going, you'll get there!!!

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NADJAZZ 10/8/2011 9:01PM

    I think your blog is spot-on and to the point! You know what you did wrong, and you know what to do to fix this. I expect your new-found vigilance will result in better numbers next week!

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Wk 25 Weigh In

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Hello fellow intrepid explorers of the journey to better health,

The weather her in central California has begun to turn. It has been in the mid 80's most of the week, with yesterday's high only hitting 79. It's nice to go out side and not feel like the sun's UV rays are cooking you. Summer temps were relatively mild, but we had a higher concentration of UV so it always felt like you were burning in the sun.

I had a pretty good week, although I did have a cheeseburger and chili cheese fries on Tuesday night :( Other than that I was a good boy, I swear! Drank lots of water ( I always do!) and watched what I ate.

Today marks the beginning of October and the beginning of the second half of my weight loss journey. What that means is that I reached my 55lb loss mark which was my halfway point. I needed to lose 1.3 lbs to get there, and I did it, and then some :)

Weight : 261.3
Lost : 2.2
Total : 55.9

So there you have it. I reached my goal and went over it by almost a full pound. I am a little proud of myself for accomplishing what I have so far. I had been telling myself that when I reached the halfway point I would hop off of this wagon for a week, just relax and eat what I wanted. No tracking or even logging into Spark, that would be my reward. But the hell with that. I don't want to take a break and come back 5 lbs above my halfway milestone, I want to continue to ride this baby til the wheels fall off. Then I'll put new wheels on it and keep riding it some more! I'm on a roll here, I've got some momentum built up and I want to capitalize on it.

So, no break for me, I'm going to keep on tracking my intake, eating clean, drinking 10-14 glasses of water a day and dropping 1-3 lbs a week until I can't do it anymore. I've got 54.1 lbs left to go on my goal and come hell or high water I'm going to make it there.

Now, who's with me!!

Ken Heaston
Since 1970

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MARYDSAN 10/17/2011 6:38AM

    Hey, I'm with you! What a role model. That is about what I have to lose. I would definitely be a happy camper!

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CLPURNELL 10/3/2011 12:13AM

    You should be really proud!!! Awesome job Bro!!!!

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BLUNDERGIRL 10/2/2011 5:26PM

    YAY congratulations! You are inspiring...keep it going!!! :D emoticon

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NADJAZZ 10/2/2011 2:21PM

    Congratulations on EXCEEDING YOUR GOAL! Good for you on not taking a break, but continuing to move forward. Are you still folloowing the Slow Carb Diet, or have you switched to another plan?

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SHINJU39 10/2/2011 2:11AM

    Awesome weight loss again emoticon

Maybe another reward is in order; new clothes; new weights; new music - I don't know what floats your boat

Have another great week


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Wk 24 Weigh In

Saturday, September 24, 2011

This was a pretty good week for me. Not much in the way of cheating, I did have 2 Keebler cookies though :) Was mid 90's all week, but this weekend is going to be in the 80's so that will be nice.

I want to be more active now that I've lost 50 lbs, but my body just won't cooperate. It's tough when you abused your body when you were younger and then you get a bit older and things don't want to work like they should! Maybe someday I'll find a job and be able to afford insurance and get some of these things taken care of, maybe.

Anyway, you didn't come here to listen to me complain, let's get to the numbers:

Weight : 263.5
Lost : 2.2
Total : 53.7

Overall a good week. If I lose at least 1.3 lbs next week that will be a total of 55 lbs, which is my halfway mark. I think I can do it :)

If you're gonna be a bear, be a grizzly!

Ken Heaston
Since 1970

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SHINJU39 9/24/2011 3:53PM

    Great loss.

And I am sure something will come up on the job front, and I hope it is soon emoticon

Have a great week


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MCISNE 9/24/2011 2:59PM

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TLONSBE 9/24/2011 2:38PM

    Congratz...keep it up....your body will join you when its ready...just push it a little more with each workout...your body will be happy you did...and so will you... emoticon emoticon

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