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Making a come back!

Monday, June 28, 2010

For the last two months I have been costing by with my program. I have not walked in 8 weeks or done any strength training. I do lots of work for my cardio but that is it. I have let my eating plan slip and have been having things I had been avoiding. Last night I was looking at photos of me sanding the wood floor in our house. One was taken my dear wife of my passed out in my computer chair after 12 hours of fighting a 125lb drum sander. I looked at myself and realized Iím still over wait. I have been stuck by me own doing at 348 for two months. I should be 335 by now. But I have too many regrets in my life to let this one go any further. Today Iím making my come back. I just got back from a walk I donít think it was far but it was a good 45min walk. Iím still strong I know I have lost inches due mainly to all the other cardio I have been doing. I mean after all this is the first time my ankles have touched each other in years LOL. So I know changes have been made but I am unwilling to cost by. To me it reflects too much of my life and I refuse to be stag net. To many things in life I just donít want to miss. I want to run with my kids and play in the grass at the park without warring about how I am going to get up. I want to shop in the menís department at a retail store not big and tall. I want to sit in an airplane seat and not touch the sides of the arm rests. I want to feel good about myself and my new life. I am not getting down on myself I am reminding me of what I want. To keep the dream alive and stay focused on my goal. I found a photo of me at 21 in Scotland I have been looking for this one photo for a long time. It is who I want to be again. Not just on the outside but inside to. I will have it scanned once my house has been put back together from our resent remodel and you will see what I am talking about. So today I am making my come back. I will put my energy into my program, support my friends on sparks and be true to myself. After all there is a lot of work left to do.

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BPULLOS 6/28/2010 11:45AM

    I went through this also...mainly over the winter. It takes a lot of persistance and determination to get back on the wagon but you can do it! I also had to step back and re-evaluate my goals. I started making short term goals that way they were easier to attain in a short amount of time...my brain wants everything yesterday. Good luck...you can overcome!

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Feeling good and loving it.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Hay everyone. Sorry its been so long since I have written a blog. When I work it is such long hours that I do all I can to just log it and that can be hard also. I just wanted to say WOW. This last job was so physically demanding it was really something. What was so good about it was I was able to keep the pace. In the last year it was getting really hard to work because I hurt so bad and felt horrible. Now I have energy and feel like working. We moved thousands of pounds of steal on this job and mostly by hand. I made myself stay right in the middle of the really hard work. You know the kind no one wants to do. Well I feel it paid off in so many ways. One I feel stronger and two I gained some respect back that had been lost over the last year from those I was working with. But the best part is the personal satisfaction knowing I stayed with it and did the hard stuff and I am very proud of myself for doing it. I see the changes in myself. I see the definition in my arms and chest as the fat melts off and I rebuild muscle I have not seen in years. My wife has even commented the other day I was looking really good. I have to be patient for the gut to come off. They say it is the last thing so I will have to be patient. I found the photos of me when I was 21 I was looking for I am going to use it as my goal to return to that weight. I was 190 when I was in Scotland and intend on getting back to it once again. I am so glad I started sparks but most importantly I am glad I have found the strength to do the journey. I can say that it has come from God and all my friends who have been so supportive, but most importantly from my dear family. This week my little girl turns 12. As a father this has been one of my greatest challenges to face, my little girl is growing up. It helps me stay focused on my goal to be healthy. not just for me, yes that is very important but to be for her also. As well as my son and wife. To make sure I can enjoy the highest quality of life possible with them and the most time God will give me. This summer I intend on being able to do fun things with my kids and family. To do this I must be steadfast in my journey and become more fit and stronger. In my heart I know it can be done. As all of it I have days it is hard and almost imposable or so it would seam. It is in those moments I turn to my Lord to help me find the strength I lack to pull me through it. I am so grateful my faith in him and true desire to achieve my goals helps me make it through the hard days. These past four weeks at work posed some interesting challenges. I found working nights can mess up your metabolism big time. I dont think I lost weight but I know I did gain much definition though the work. I could not cut my cals back past 1600 because I had trouble when I did. But I notice my body burned the cals different. So I may try to avoid night shifts if I can so I dont have issues with the weight loss. More research into this will be needed to be done in order to see what type of cals one should have when working nights. I was so uneducated when I started this journey. Now I look for information to help me and I learn to be better. Funny I learn how to be better by study and research and then apply. Before I thought it was all application and that's it. No wonder I failed so much. So much yet to discover. Take care my friends and keep on moving.

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GINGERLY4 3/24/2010 7:28PM

    Congratulations on all your progrss, mentally and physically! emoticon

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DAWNWINS 3/24/2010 4:40PM

    You are doing great, welcome back!

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A new set of Goals

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Hello my friends. I want to first off tell all of you how much I am grateful for your support and wonderful kind words. I have been so busy with my program and life in general. I must say I have been checking in on sparks each day but only enuff to log and see who is doing what. I am glad to report I have reached my goals as of date so it is time for new goals. I had a goal to reach 369 my my next apt and did and then some. So I am going to now put as my new weight loss goal is 347 by March 6th, 2010 and then 335 by my birthday on April 17. I have reached my goal to be able to fit into my size 20 dress shirts and so I am changing this goal to a 18 by June. I dropped from a size 54 jeans to a size 50. I now want to be in size 48 also by June. I feel these are very reachable goals. So I hope every one will continue to help me be accountable to reach them. Also, I am going to spend 1 hour a day to reach out to you my friends and make sure you get as much support from me as you have been to me. This Saturday I will be participating in a 5k Walk in the Cupid marathon with the Olympia Sparks team. I am so looking forward to this walk. I have never in my life done such a thing. Although I walk 5k a day I am really looking forward to this event with the other members of sparks I have never met them yet. So to all of you I give my love and thank you so much for all your support. God bless and keep on steppen!
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3SISTERS 3/6/2011 3:30AM

    Really liked your blog and so proud of you. Keep up the good work!

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DAWNWINS 2/9/2010 7:37PM

    Way to be!

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BUCKLEN81 2/9/2010 4:12PM

    Wonderful!! Keep up the good job and setting smaller goals and reaching them is a good way to go!! emoticon

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AMYMOMOF2LS 2/9/2010 3:58PM

    GREAT JOB!! Your meeting your goals!! This is AMAZING!! Keep up the hard work!! You are a true motivation!! :) Have a GREAT Day!! :)

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Awesome day

Thursday, January 07, 2010

All I can say is WOW what a really awesome day! I got up late because I was up late playing computer games with my brother over the internet. So I have been having trouble the last few days about 8 am I crash. I would sleep for 2 hours and be fine so today I didnít have my protein shake in the morning and instead mad me a really cool spinach omelet that I added to my recipes tonight. Then I went and did my stuff for the day. I had my cafe steamer for lunch and little of my sweet and sour chicken plus my protein shake. Can I say that I feel so good! It is really awesome. And I only had 1048 cals for the day. But I had a non scale victory today. Was so funny I found out that if I donít have my suspenders on my pants go right to the floor! Is that not the coolest thing! I just started laughing. Just like Sunday I put my sweet shirt on and I looked down the neck and seen the floor LOL I just started to laugh then too. My wife thinks its cool I just start laughing when these things happen. She surprised me by buying The Spark. Every one I want to tell I feel so good it is like Iím high but I'm not this is just great. Who ever thought that living better would feel so dang good!

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DAWNWINS 1/7/2010 6:27AM

    Hey There!
I love the attitude, it looks GREAT on you!
Enjoy your day!

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Hello Friends

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Hello to all my friends in SP. I wanted to finally take some time to sit and write down all the wonderful things that have taken place in the last few weeks. I have not been off the map so to speak but I have been very busy with the holidays and doing some good for others around me who have been in need. I had felt that I had been spending too much time on the computer and not enough time out and moving so I have been going nonstop for almost three weeks. I have been logging my diet and doing my fitness. I have done very well on walking and not so good on my strength training. Seams I just get so busy I forget to get it done. But in saying that in the last few weeks I have helped three families move and haled wood. Plus much more. So in all I have not set on my rear. I must tell you of some amazing things I have seen in myself. I as most of you may understand have a hard time seeing the small changes in myself to notice if my program is truly working. Well with the kindly words of my dear wife I am looking at other parts of my body besides my gut. A week ago I noticed I had more room in my neck when I was in a shirt I would normally consider a little snug in the neck. It was really cool to add to that my dress shirt has a ton of room in the neck now. Did I mention I can really fold my arms like normal without feeling uncomfortable? My pants have a lot of room in them around the butt and legs. I can grab a fist full on fabric on both sides of my jeans. My jeans are looser and I can button up my suit coat!!!!! This is the coolest thing! Beside my wife teasing me she canít see my butt because of my baggie jeans. Iím down to 1100 - 1400 celeries now and feel really good about it. I just crossed 100 miles walking this year and that was my goal by new years. I am trying to get 5 miles a day walking. Much depends on my pain level for that day. Like today I hurt so dang bad from bowling yesterday... Yes I went bowling! It was such a kick to feel almost athletic again. However I am not ready yet. I need to get in better shape my knee and back are screaming at me all day. So I got 2 miles in walking instead of five but I am ok with that. I got the bow flex set up and working. I will be cleaning more of my basement and hanging a heavy bag also soon. My son started walking with me I think itís more just so we can talk but imp ok with it. Mostly we have been planning our next pine wood derby car coming up next month. I missed last year because I was working and his mom helped him and he got 2cnd place and now Iím home so we are going to try and take first place. Plus dad gets to race also. I just got back from moving a guyís fifth wheel for him and listening to my enya. I want to say I feel really good. I am so happy with how things have been going I canít wait to get on that scale this time. However even if it doesnít move much I can see the changes and I love it. You all take care and keep on sparking.

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DAWNWINS 12/30/2009 9:35PM

    Glad to know you are keeping moving!
2010 will be another fabulous year for ya!

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BPULLOS 12/30/2009 9:25PM

    Way to go Tugger!

One of the most amazing things happend to me recently also. I went to buy a couple of shirts...well I always bought the largest thing the store had to sell. I tried it on...it was too big. This is a hard concept for me to grasp though...I've always bought the largest...or had to order clothes online. I can shop...in a store at the mall. Wow what a great year this has been...I can't wait to see what '10 has in store for us.

Happy New Year, Barb

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CNIKKI33 12/30/2009 7:59PM

    The little things really add up. Congratulations on your progress!

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