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Wk 37 Weigh In Christmas Eve

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Little setbacks this week kept me from doing much exercising (beginning to become a pattern for me). But I was pretty darn good on my diet and I did more walking due to Christmas shopping. Yeah, I usually do most of my shopping in the last week, I always tell myself that I will start early and get it done, but it always ends up the same!

Anyways, shopping is done, wrapping is done and I am done! I'm glad that I got through this week and am looking forward to the last week of the year.

I will cut to the chase, because I know we all have more important things to take care of at this time.

Weight : 248.7
Lost : 2.1
Total : 68.5

Yes, 2.1 lbs down this week! Finally out of the 250's, it seemed to take forever, but I got it done finally!

A very Merry Christmas to all of my Spark friends and to any one else who happens to come across this post.

Ken Heaston
Since 1970

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RIBKNIT 12/28/2011 1:00PM

    Way to go! I continue to get a lot out of your blogs. I hope you're enjoying the season :)

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ABBYGAL 12/28/2011 2:51AM

    Congrats on your steady and continued success here. 2011 is looking up...Jan

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MARYDSAN 12/27/2011 10:19AM

    Congratulations on a great week-sorry late. I am in Iowa with no internet at my daughter's. So, found a computer today and am trying to catch up before someone else needs it!

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ALWYS-LKN-UP 12/26/2011 4:50PM

    SUPER KUDOS on the weight loss!! I'm proud of you!!

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2DANCEAGAIN 12/25/2011 8:43PM

    Wow, Congrats Ken!!! I am hanging on the edge of the 240's at 241 and I CANT WAIT TO GET OUT OF THEM LOL!!! So I understand and REALLY celebrate with you!
I also, unfortunately, know what it is to be tormented with injuries, pain and swelling!! We make it through as best we can buddy!! AND support each other thru it so we dont get discouraged!! It works!! Hang in there buddy, your doing great!! Lets head for onederland in 2012~!!
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Why am I Blogging on Monday?

Monday, December 19, 2011

Some of what I write here may seem a little offensive, and that's too bad. I do not follow politically correct guidelines, I believe that we should call things what they are instead of always being expected to sugar coat things so some person won't be offended. There's a difference between being honest and being rude. I try to be honest and avoid being rude. But as they say "you can't please everybody".

I figure most people who are on this website are fat, or at least believe they should lose a few pounds. For those of us that are fat, we can't hide it. We can buy bigger clothes, and still look pretty good, but we still know that we aren't where we should be.

As a former athlete and idiot, I have physical problems which are just compounded by being over weight, so I might as well be honest about how I sometimes struggle. Besides, I hope it helps other people to realize that they aren't alone, that someone else is going through similar circumstances. If my being honest and open helps one person get over their bad day, or makes one person feel a little better about themselves, then I feel like the true winner here.

We are all here for the same reason, to be healthier. And here is where we learn how to achieve that goal as well as meet people who are in the same boat. We come together to cheer each other on, to help lift someone when they're feeling down and most importantly to just listen.

If losing weight and being in great shape were easy, we would all be models! But it's not easy, it's hard work, both physically and mentally. Yet, if you are here, you have decided it's a struggle worth undertaking and you deserve applause for that. Not everybody is mentally tough enough to handle the cravings and junk food withdrawals. It takes power of will to say no to something that you know tastes so darn good. It's an internal battle we all face, but we know that the reward is worth the fight.

We all came to SparkPeople hoping to find something that would help us change ourselves, and we have. All of the info and guidance you could ask for, but I think we found something worth more than that. Non-judgemental Sparkfriends. People who know exactly the struggles we face. It's important to feel like you're not alone.

Every week when I type my blog, I may come across as crass, rude, funny, angry or indifferent, it all depends on how I feel. I just hope that at least one person reads it and gets something out of it. Whether it cheers them up, makes them feel like they are not alone, or gets them to laugh at my expense, it's all worth it. So cheers to my Sparkfriends, thanks for being there.

Building a better me, one day at a time.

Ken Heaston
Since 1970

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DIEHL79 12/20/2011 4:21PM

    Thank you for writing. Although I may not comment on blogs very much (getting better at it), I do read them....all the time. It helps me get back on track when I'm straying. Thanks again for all the words of wisdom.

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TAMIPCHICAGO 12/20/2011 1:42PM

    AMEN Ken! You keep doing what you're doing. It's great

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CLPURNELL 12/20/2011 12:32PM

    Awesome Blog as always Ken.. I feel the same way Bro and each of your blogs and your successes and stumbles help me realize that I am not in this alone and that there are other who struggle just as much as I do!!! You should be proud and you are a winner because I know you have helped me a ton!! Hat's off to you Bro!

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RIBKNIT 12/20/2011 12:27PM

    Thank you for posting this blog. I for one am not offended at all. I think much the way you do, although am not as good at putting it into words. The phrase that really hits home for me is "Non-judgemental Sparkfriends". That's what makes the biggest difference for me.

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ALWYS-LKN-UP 12/19/2011 7:31PM

    You are a man who does well with words!! Blunt, honest, about just REAL!! Everyone's REAL is different, let them figure out how to perceive it for themselves. You are doing great!! :)

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MIPALADY23 12/19/2011 7:00PM

    I'm looking for the rude part lol, keep being honest AND blunt! Love it!

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BLUNDERGIRL 12/19/2011 6:56PM

    My mantra: every day, do a little better than you did the day before! :) You are doing great, hang in there!

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GODSCHILD2_2011 12/19/2011 6:41PM

    I love this blog because it is very honest and what I believe to be the true feelings for so many of us.

Well said Ken! Much success on this journey...


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Wk 36 Weigh In

Saturday, December 17, 2011

What a week it's been. Last week I talked about how I needed to get on the treadmill more and swing my kettlebell more. On Sunday night I was planning how many minutes I would swing and how many miles I would walk/jog the following week. All was good in my world.

Well, as usually happens I woke up on Monday in pain and with my plans for the week dashed upon the rocks of reality. Stupid left shoulder anyway. This left shoulder is always half out of socket (torn ligaments on the front and the rear), usually it is subluxated (med term for partially out of socket) to the rear, which is manageable and I can still use the arm fairly normally. But on Monday when I awoke, it was subluxated to the front which for some reason is way worse. I can't pick up my 32 oz water glass with my left hand if my arm is extended. It is painful to raise my arm or to extend it out to the side. So no kettlebell swings for me, it already feels like my arm wants to fall off, I don't need to swing 35lbs of iron around on top of that!

So I have been mopey all week. didn't even get on the treadmill :( They say "sh*t rolls downhill", well sometimes I feel like I am the bottom of that hill, in the "pool of stool". Sorry for the language and the horrible visuals.

But I did some Christmas shopping, which meant walking around. I walked briskly and did some muscle tensing (isometric contractions). It wasn't much, but it's what I did. I also really watched what I ate this week. That doesn't mean I didn't go all food nazi on myself, I had some starbucks, but over all I was a very good boy. My son even had to create an art piece out of food for his art class final this week. We made a castle tower and outer wall out of cookies. Part of the wall was broken down and part of the tower was destroyed as if it has been damaged during a siege. In the 2 hours we worked on it I ate only 3 broken pieces of generic oreos, not even equal to one cookie! Come to think of it,I was so good, I deserve a cookie!

Today was my weigh in day, and my free day. Today was also the day that we had my grandfather's memorial service. It has been a long day. It was a very nice service, held at the church my grandparents attended for over 50 years, which is only a 3minute drive from their home. Afterwards we had a nice buffet style lunch. I had 2 rolls with lots of roast beef, turkey and ham and some cheese. It was good. So far today (it's 6:30pm) I've had about 2300 calories and will have about 1300-1600 more before bed. I like free day! Then it's back to the grind tomorrow.

Let's look at the numbers for this week:

Weight : 250.8
Lost : 1.9
Total : 66.4

So, almost 2 lbs gone on a bad week, or what I thought was going to be a bad week. Here's hoping that my shoulder feels better soon and that I have more gumption next week.

I will leave you with something the pastor said today at the service; "live your life so that no one has to lie at your funeral".

Be good, and be good to each other!

Ken Heaston
Since 1970

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CLPURNELL 12/19/2011 4:38PM


Man I love your blogs because they are real.. We don't feel our best everyday.. Things don't go as planned... Sh*t happens... And guess what you can still lose weight!!! I take my hat off to you Bro.. Hope your shoulder feels better for next week and glad the memorial service was so nice. My grandma is still holding on and I am going to see her in a couple weeks. Keep up the good work and hopefully you start climbing up hill soon!!

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RIBKNIT 12/19/2011 12:04PM

    Oops - I mean "congratulations"!

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RIBKNIT 12/19/2011 12:03PM

    Thank you for this blog. I hope your shoulder improves soon. And although it's not my favourite phrase, I think "if life hands you lemons, make lemonade" applies to the way you've dealt with the downhill you-know-what this week - ongratulations! Also, you give me hope for turning my own week around.

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BLUNDERGIRL 12/19/2011 10:55AM

    Good for you for sticking with it! :)

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SHINJU39 12/18/2011 4:22AM

    Well done on the loss and thank you for a quote, that is awesome

Have a good one.


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MARYDSAN 12/18/2011 3:01AM

    I'd say that is pretty good for a "bad week"! It was better than my week.

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ALWYS-LKN-UP 12/17/2011 11:47PM

    emoticon & smiles! Good job on the weight loss!! I'll send positive thoughts for a better next week!

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Wk 35 Weigh In

Sunday, December 11, 2011

This week was a little better than last week. But I have still been feeling lethargic and that has led to not doing much physically. I need to get up and move more this week, spend some time on the treadmill, as well as some time with my kettlebell.

We buried my grandfather this last Thursday, at a veteran's cemetery. It was very nice, he had a full honors ceremony, with the rifle salute, taps played on a bugle and the folding and handing over of the flag to my grandmother. It was all very nice. Tears were shed.

But now onto the numbers for the week:

Weight : 252.7
Lost : .8
Total : 64.5

So, I'm heading back in the right direction, but at a snail's pace. Hopefully I can shake off some of the cob webs this week and have my first good week in a while.

On the up side, I did get my scholarship judging done this week. I also took my pre-assessment test for Strategy, Change and Organizational Behavior Concepts and scored 6 points over what is needed to pass the class. So I will start to study up on some of the areas of subject matter that I scored low on and schedule the actual test for a week or so from now. Boom, 7 units complete in a couple of weeks!

That's all for now folks,

Ken Heaston
Since 1970

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SHINJU39 12/12/2011 1:25AM

    Sounds like a busy week.

Way to go on the loss

Have a great day


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CLPURNELL 12/12/2011 1:08AM

    Glad the ceremony was so nice. Man it is amazing that you are still losing through all of this!!! You are a true inspiration brother!! Congrats on passing the exam!!

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MARYDSAN 12/11/2011 10:52PM

    Congrats on the positive accomplishments-weight and study-even with all the negative things going on this week.

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CHUMLEY54 12/11/2011 6:28PM

    The fact you lost, despite the upsets in your life means you are staying on track.

Keep it up!!

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OFF938 12/11/2011 6:03PM

    Well done! I hope that you give yourself credit for the accomplishments you managed this week, despite emotional turmoil right in the middle of it. You are an inspiration. Keep up the good work!

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Wk 34 Weigh In

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Ok, so obviously this has been a rough week, with my grandfather passing and watching my dad trying to remain stoic through all of the little things that must be taken care of. Seeing my dad hurting has taken more of a toll on me than the passing of my grandfather.

But let's not get sidetracked here, this place is about the numbers and the numbers this week weren't too good (not too bad either, all things considered).

Weight : 253.5
Gain : .4
Total : 63.7

So, a little backsliding for me this week. But I will not punish myself for losing focus, nor will I let myself make a plethora of excuses. Last week was just what it was, a bad week for me personally on more than just the "diet" front.

With that being said, I will try harder this week, I will put forth more effort into achieving a loss this week. Although I should be pretty busy for a while, I am going to make time and do this.

Other things to do this week: I am one of 3 judges for a scholarship competition and have to go through several student packages and score them; Also need to start my classes which opened on the 1st - Strategy, change and organizational behavior concepts and Quality, operations and decision science concepts- 15 units in those 2 classes and I WILL be done with them before the end of January! That is my own little personal education challenge :)

That's all I have for now, everybody take care of yourselves.

Ken Heaston
Since 1970

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CLPURNELL 12/6/2011 3:30PM

    Awesome Job man! Nothing at all to hang your head about!! Sometime life just gets the better of us and we just have to bounce back and keep on going!!! You are doing an awesome job at that!!! Have a great week Bro!!

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GRANDEFILLE 12/5/2011 2:54PM

    I find it fantastic that with all those emotions you didn't gain more than that.

You are doing great!

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KAREN951 12/5/2011 11:18AM

    Sorry to hear about your grandfather. All things considered I think you did pretty well - .4 is not a big gain under the circumstances so it shows that while you had a bad week (understandably) you didn't completely lose control under duress. I'd say that's really doing pretty well. And good for you for moving on to do better this week, which I hope treats you better.

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SHINJU39 12/5/2011 1:49AM

    All things considered I think you had a pretty good week with regards to this and weight loss, most people here gain more than that on a single holiday day.

Wishing you a good week


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MARYDSAN 12/5/2011 1:39AM

    Sounds like you have a lot on your "plate" right now. Be sure to take some time for yourself so that you don't get too stressed from it all.

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ALWYS-LKN-UP 12/4/2011 9:47PM

    Kudos for not beating yourself up after such an emotional time!! Also, bravo for the little educational challenge - challenges are a good thing!! Hope your week treats you good & you have a few smiles! :)

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