BOTZZZ's SparkPeople Blog BOTZZZ's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Big ol fattys After the swift kick in the ass yesterday I decide to go for a walk to reinforce the message to my body that play time is over, I ended up doing just under two miles with the baby stroller. After I got about a mile out I realized that my son would be home from school in 5 minutes and I needed to be there to let him in so I hustled back for the second mile and just made it as his bus pulled up. If mowing the lawn counts I did that as well as far as exercise and I am coming to the realization t... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 11:25:51 EST Freeze! this is a robbery! new post for your gray matter. <link><BR>erybody-freeze-this-is-robbery.html </link> <BR> <BR> The link is above, my time is at a premium these days and since there are some words that would need censoring per spark I figured I would jut post the link to my blogspot for this post. <BR> <BR> Please check it out <BR> <BR> As Ever <BR> Me <BR> <BR> alternatively you can also. <BR> <BR> Join me on Facebook <BR> <link><BR>-Zm/100000803315795 </li... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 16:03:06 EST Be your own Hero dammit.. New post is up but spark was censoring the naughty S word and F word and I didn't feel like editing my post but if you are interested in reading it the link is here <link><BR>-your-own-hero-dammit.html </link> the post can also be accessed through my facebook page Here <link><BR>-Zm/100000803315795 </link> its just not a post that I feel like editing. <BR> <BR> As Ever <BR> Me <BR> <BR> <BR> Join me on Facebook <B... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 13:28:04 EST 36 hours no sleep and some bike talk from the fat guy. We are doing well and are on plan as far as the eating and drinking are concerned but Sunday I woke up at 11AM because of staying up late and it threw off two whole days. Sunday night when I went to bed I just laid there, staring at the ceiling thinking about bicycle light options because of a post on a bike forum I read. An hour later I decided that since I was just laying there I may as well get up because sleep was not an option and before I knew it 6:00 AM Monday morning was here. It woul... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 13:03:10 EST In my best Richard Dawson voice... The Scale says! So today is Friday, big secret eh? but it means that I post my weight for the blog today and we do have a loss this week but I am skeptical at how accurate it is and at the same time it doesn't really matter if its off a tad as the trend is down. Last week I came in at 399.0 pounds and that was a loss from the week previous and this week am down to 396.4 so a 2.6 pound loss for the week and I'll take it. Yesterday morning I was a pound lighter than I was this morning, scale variance? fluctuat... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 10:58:04 EST Pre weigh in blah blah and a video for youe AM coffee. Tomorrow is the day, you know what day I mean, the day that I record my weight for the blog of course and though the scale has been playing with me I think I got it figured out as to why I was getting different weights. Of course we will see if it stays accurate but all I did was move it into the living room to weigh in on the hard wood floors, which is odd because the bedroom has hard woods to but when I moved it into the living room I got the same weight reading four times in a row. For now... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 11:19:11 EST 150 calorie meal that is amazing, also frustration. So, I have been doing just awesome for a few weeks now, I track my food, I am walking more again and I finally got to weigh myself but alas! that last part is oh so important for moral and focus for me and the scale is refusing to play nice. I am not saying that its not playing nice because I am not losing, no no, I am indeed losing but its not playing nice in the way that I got on it 5 times this morning and I got a different weight every time! This has been happening more and more and I hav... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 11:44:44 EST Cupcake crisis walking Crisscross a weekends review. Over the weekend I was offered a challenge, a challenge in the way of a couple plates of cupcakes, challenge accepted and beat. Sunday my daughter spent some time with her Grandma and upon returning to the nest she came bearing treats "Look dad, I made these" "awesome honey!" was my reply but I was thinking Oh damn! I dodged the cupcake mines and moved on with my day unimpeded by anything that is food. Its funny because I had just told my wife on Friday that I have hit a point where food is ... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 10:34:39 EST My scale snickered at me this morning... weigh in day is here. Tis Friday and that means time to report what the scale said to me, I can't complain since it is in fact a loss for the week but man is it coming off slowly! Needing to get some more workouts into my days is apparent if I want faster results and that I do so it shall be done. I am doing everything right as far as my intake goes, I am eating within my calorie allotment, I am drinking my green tea and H2O, no coffee, no diet soda and lots of veggies there is something that I am not doing that I... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 09:56:54 EST Day something or other... Get out of my way.. We're moving right along, my intake for yesterday was 1800 calories on the button, I got an hour and some worth of shoveling snow into the morning followed by some push ups and calisthenics I am feeling pretty good about how this week is turning out. The one thing that I need to add into my days is more bike time, I mean more riding the trainer, more taking the short loop and I mean working on my bikes that I have collected so that I may either sell them or ride them. Cycling has become such ... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 09:23:37 EST The boomarang effect that is weight loss In yesterdays post I was projecting frustration and upon waking this morning I stepped on the scale and poof just like that I am back down to Saturdays weight. It is truly amazing how the scale can dictate a persons outlook on how things are progressing and even though I have been doing this since 2008 and should know the ups and downs. I should be thanking my Wife for the scale this morning as we had an um.. problem arise yesterday that was pretty stressful and she asked like she does every ... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 09:03:28 EST Frustrating isn't it? the woes of a fat man and his Bew. Todays post has a word or two that sparkpeople wants me to censor out but since I am not going through the whole post lookinig for words that we all have heard I will post a link to my blog if you're interested in reading the post. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>3/01/frustrating-isnt-it-woes-of-fat-m<BR>an-and.html </link> <BR> <BR> if not, regular posting will resume tomorrow, I just did not feel like editing the whole post. <BR> <BR> As Ever <BR> Me <BR> <BR... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 11:47:27 EST Over eating and Twitter, Oh my! Monday has come again and for whatever reason loads of people use Monday as the day to recover from a weekend of bad eating and no exercise, a silly concept but I think we have all done it at least once in our lives.My weekend went as planned for the most part but I did indulge Sunday a tad more than I should have when a friend came by. For dinner I made a Balsamic vinegar chicken dish which is low calorie and very tasty, I will be sharing that recipe soon but with dinner I had a Heineken and... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 09:42:16 EST Weighing in on weighing in, return of the motorcycles. Ok, I tried posting the blog here and spark keeps censoring the content because I used the terrible S word and the F word in the post, its long, it includes my weigh in weight for the week as well as some pictures and is raw as I did not feel like writing a post this morning but Wify said "Just start typing" so its what I did. <BR> <BR> If you are interested in checking it out you can vist my blogspot Here <link> </link> because editing out everything was taking ... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 11:54:12 EST Soup is good for the soul, not bad for my ass either. Halfway through the week and feeling great, I am officially off of my AM cup of Joe and feeling better early in the days, it really is amazing how eating better foods will do that. Eating better was priority and as I get a handle on that its time to start thinking about some "real" exercise as I have been doing very short rides on the trainer and my Baby Calisthenics. With the more real exercise in mind I have to remember that I have a problem with my shoulder that I need to keep an eye on, I... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 09:37:22 EST Vegetables that look like what did you say? On the subject of juicing and that movie I watched Fat Sick and Nearly Dead I started and still am considering trying a variation of what is suggested in the film with my intake. I believe that getting nutrients via vegetable juice or smoothies is a very solid way to incorporate more veggies into ones diet and I am playing with some ideas. It dawned on me that I would not need to buy a juicer to try this out when I remembered that I have a small blender called the magic bullet, I have had it ... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 11:20:51 EST Baby Calisthenics and a workout is behind me. Here we are a few days into me getting back to the regularly scheduled programming where posting to my blog goes and I am feeling pretty decent as to where I am. My intake is going well and I am almost done with coffee again, next on the agenda is getting to bed early again as I end up staying awake until at least 12AM most nights. Sleep is a very important ingrediant in a solid weight loss better health plan and I know this yet I am still staying up late because its what I have been doing, i... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 15:13:35 EST A menu and some insight.. We hopped back on that wagon so in the spirit of that I've decided that posting my daily menu couldn't hurt and maybe give you all a window into what went into me yesterday. This is something that I use to do and found it helpfull to look back for ideas on meals as well as giving me an online base to look back on and find trends in the ups and downs of weight when compared to the weight chart that I keep. The idea behind what I do is counting calories while cutting out as much processed foods... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 09:06:46 EST Day 1... which really means day 1826 Today marks the fifth year to the day since I started writing this blog, when I began this journey I was a 534 pound man that had not many options as far as what he could do physically and things felt pretty hopeless when weight loss was the subject matter. I had worked my way down to a low weight of 305 pounds "new low its weigh in day" <link><BR>w-lowits-weigh-in-day.html </link> in May of 2010 and then leveled off at around 320 pounds and stayed there... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 09:46:45 EST Mid week update post and a Thank You. <BR> Sliding back into a groove is how the last few days have gone, making good decisions where whats going into my mouth is concerned has not been the easiest thing in the world and I am feeling hungry starting about 4pm daily. My body wants more and it wants it right now dammit! but I know that walking through this initial burst of rebellion that will eventually subside needs to be done, then things can get back to normal. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 26 Sep 2012 08:44:18 EST 534 pounds to 305 pounds to somewhere inbetween.... <BR> Restarting is not as easy as one would have thought, I mean, I've done this before right? Just jump back into the pool and swim away no? No... My good habits have slipped away somewhat so getting back into a groove is tougher that I want it to be but hey! If I don't put on my big boy pants.. And unfortunately I mean that literally and figuratively this time around its not going to get done on its own, so away we go. I tried that wish into one hand and $hit into the other thing in an att... Mon, 24 Sep 2012 09:45:57 EST Could use some input.. please read me.. There use to be a guy that wrote a blog and lost a bunch of weight, people said that he was inspirational and that what he had accomplished was amazing and to be commended. That fellow once upon a time weighed in at an amazing 534 pounds, life was less than peachy for him at a quarter of a ton. He fought his way down to a for him svelte 305 pounds at his lightest, I admired that guy myself if I am being honest, if you read this blog at all then you know I am that...Honest. Life happens someti... Tue, 18 Sep 2012 12:18:25 EST Time to come clean.. Let me say, it’s been a ride for me this whole getting fit thing. I have come from 534 pounds down to 305 which felt more than the word awesome could ever explain but as of late my weight has been creeping back up. I have not ridden my bike since the end of July and what’s a walk? My regaining is most definitely my fault, I am not doing my part whatsoever. I did try something a little different a couple months back and dropped a quick 20 but life has got me on my toes and its very hard for me... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 08:07:26 EST It's alive!!! but I ain't got no bolts in my neck. <BR> Its been a while where I find myself with some time to sit down and write a post so since I had a couple minutes I thought it was time for an update. Point blank I have been struggling since June 2011, a personal tragedy is making things hard on me and focusing has not been easy so we get what we have here, some weight gain. I hit a point where I started remembering some of the struggles of being 534 pounds and with a lot of thought ie: Jedi mind tricks on myself, I have been on a roll ... Wed, 28 Mar 2012 09:14:08 EST Determined... nuff said. <BR> Keeping up with where I need to be has come pretty easy lately but something that I am noticing is that without the exercise the weight comes off so slow. My back is still tender so I am taking it easier than I really want to in the riding the trainer department but it is what it is because if I jump back into it too soon it could set me back that much further. This morning my back felt decent so I may attempt a short ride just to feel things out, I need to get my legs in order before t... Mon, 13 Feb 2012 10:50:55 EST Some compare pictures, a weigh in and a good drop! <BR> Friday has come so it shall be that time to step upon the cold weight telling contraption made from glass plastic and Chinese circuitry again. This morning I did not know what to expect because I have stayed off of the scale for a few days, no reason other than the mornings have been hectic lately so it was business as usual and straight to the scale before my date with Joe. The last time that I weighed in for the blog the number was 364.8, then Evacgutpocolypse happened and I was up in... Fri, 10 Feb 2012 09:39:10 EST Evac! Evac! find the nearest exit and get out now! <BR> This week has been how do they say? a nightmare! Last Friday my weigh in was a slight up and I was ok with that and by Sunday morning I was down 2 pounds from that number so Friday was looking like just an off day to weigh in. Then Sunday our daughter woke up with a stomach bug and threw up, one time but she was in obvious need of some lovin' so I woke up and was comforting her before my back had a chance to warm up and then add that to the fact that i was helping to set up a surprise p... Fri, 3 Feb 2012 09:43:10 EST Another week gone another pound ... gained? <BR> Tomorrow I will weigh in for the blog again, I am predicting a gain for the week which is kind of discouraging but it is what it is and since I am still trying to beat this cold or whatever it is I am not all that worried about a small gain. I was 364.0 last Friday and if I break even I will be happy because as of this morning I am up from that number by more than a pound which is a tad puzzling but at the same time, should it be? Losing weight is not a perfect thing, sometimes we lose ... Thu, 26 Jan 2012 09:24:39 EST Nothing mind blowing just an am post for those interested. <BR> Keeping my calories within range is increasingly easier as the days tick by, I am back into a groove with the intake and now its time to get the exercise back up to par. Riding on my trainer has been sketchy at best as I have had a cold for about 2 weeks, actually its two colds with a 2 day break in between them and riding the trainer is not fun with a stuffed up head so I have been passing on it lately. We got about 5 inches of snow on Sunday and we did make it out for a walk with the ... Tue, 24 Jan 2012 09:53:38 EST New content on the fat fella, check it out here! <BR> A good weekend was had, there was snow, working on that old bike, riding the trainer and a walk with the kiddos through said snow, all things that at my highest weight of 534 would not have been possible. Living this way now feels natural to me, my stumble with the stress and weight gain was such an off balance feeling and its not something that I noticed as much before I got my $hit back together and I believe this may be part of the reason so many people struggle with weight. I enjoy ... Mon, 23 Jan 2012 11:57:00 EST Weighing in on weighing in... again. <BR> This week has been good, I have stayed within my calorie range, ridden the trainer, drank plenty of green tea and I got to finally start in on that ole Motobecane that I had laying around. My weight has been coming down for a couple weeks now and last week was an exceptionally awesome week in that respect with a 6.2 pound loss, this week we have a loss too. I am down 2.4 pounds this week from last which is a great week as far as I am concerned because the way I am approaching this is th... Fri, 20 Jan 2012 10:16:09 EST Pre weigh in prediction and a project. <BR> Tomorrow I weigh in again, last week I had a really good drop and from my peek at the scale this morning it would appear that I have a loss for tomorrow again, this makes me a happy fella. Last week I had a 6.2 pound loss and I do not exect to match that loss I am looking for a number that will keep me on track to get back down to that 305 pound mark that I was at in May of 2010, somehow the thought of getting that back is really driving me right now as I feel unstoppable. My time on th... Thu, 19 Jan 2012 10:51:29 EST Weigh in and its a BIG drop! Friday is upon us and I have been weighing myself daily for about 3 weeks now, I figured I would pop in with this weeks loss and its a good one! Since last Friday I weigh 6.2 pounds less and feel pretty good about that number. Keeping my calories in check has been very easy, I would hate to jinx myself by saying that but its the truth, I am just not hungry... ever! incorporating more and more whole foods into my daily intake I am sure is playing a hand in those full and satisfied feelings so ... Fri, 13 Jan 2012 10:30:44 EST Who runs Bartertown? <BR> When you learn to put yourself first and do something incredible then that incredible thing gets taken back because of a lack of focus I can tell ya its not good feeling. There was a time in my life when I struggled to walk up a flight of stairs without feeling like I was going to die before I reached the top and some time around then I decided that I had to completely change the way that I was doing things, and I did. Losing 229 pounds at my lowest weight I came in at 305 pounds, now 3... Wed, 11 Jan 2012 10:49:51 EST What did he say? as real as a punch in the face? yes sir... <BR> Lets get real for just a moment, that is after all why I started this blog in the first place so that I could be accountable with my weight loss/gain. My time is at a premium these days, I have a new baby that I am taking care of, this stay at home dad gig is great until its time to get a workout in, yes yes I know plenty of stay at home parents do it every day and I am not trying to make an excuse but to say that the last year of my life has been full of turmoil would be stating it lig... Mon, 9 Jan 2012 13:01:27 EST As the Fat guy turns... a new chapter? Well well well, look who we have here, it is I, the writer of this here blog! My absence can be explained by the "October Nor'easter" that we here in Connecticut experienced just before Halloween, you know the one that knocked the power out of about 90% of the state? I was one of the lucky 10% that did not lose power and was grateful for that fact! and that is not the reason for my lack of posts, a much more sinister reason kept me from the blog. As many of you know that have read this blog f... Wed, 9 Nov 2011 17:39:32 EST Schwinn Crisscross Project and some talk from the fat guy. <BR> I have posted images of the Schwinn Crisscross that I bought back in January before and am doing a sort of walk through on the build up... if you want to call it that, this post will touch on that project. The last post about the bike I had picked up a set of Suntour X press shifters for it, well, I had some free time and installed the shifter that the bike needed along with a brake lever to go with it because it had one of those Shimano brake lever/shifter combo dealies on it and to to... Thu, 27 Oct 2011 09:55:08 EST Straight talk, if you're into excuses don't read this post. I am having some interesting conversations with myself as I drop this weight... or should I say re-drop the weight, its almost like revisiting an old friend... and I don't necessarily enjoy this friends company but none the less I am here. Slipping back into a rhythm with my eating feels good at this point, I am passing on the treats that are around for the kids and weighing my portions with every meal, even if that means making dinner is a project again. The key to keeping on track for me is... Wed, 26 Oct 2011 12:19:54 EST Day 1393, yes that says Thirteen Hundred Ninety Three! Staying on track is the theme of the week for me, I had an awesome week last week and dropped a good amount of weight, got in a nice bike ride on Sunday in lieu of the still broken toe and this week is off to a good start. Sunday we decided to check out a different trail and it did not start off good or end well, Pulling into the trail head my riding buddy says that his tire was flat when he woke up but he pumped it to 60psi so we should be ok. Deciding that it was a good idea to check if the... Tue, 25 Oct 2011 10:33:22 EST Jump Jump! CrissCross will make ya.... oh wait <BR> Back in Jan of this year I picked up an old Schwinn Crisscross on Craigslist for a mere $35 and have had plans to get it riding again so that I have a bike for when I need to run down to the corner store for a gallon of milk or a Cigar and a bottle of Jack. I figure that I can do some posts about the progress of this bike so anyone interested can watch it transform from something that was ridable as long as you only want 7 gears to a decent bike good for carrying small loads around and ... Fri, 21 Oct 2011 10:09:35 EST Going oldschool, back to basics and a menu posting. <BR> When I started writing this blog I was a guy that had no other options, I mean I had options, I could have gotten a surgery or let things go the way that they were heading and prepare for the imminent grenading of my heart but I had to do something. I started writing here in an attempt to stay focused and put out there the struggles of a guy that was really having a hard time of getting around and anything that required movement honestly, not to mention the fact that I was watching life... Thu, 20 Oct 2011 11:35:11 EST A trail ride, my new Trek and some more photos. <BR> So, I mentioned in my last post that a new bike was brought into the pile O bikes that I now own and I got to take it out on Saturday for its first ride and my initial opinion on the bike is that I love it. Do I really NEED another bike? yes and no, yes because I feel that my riding had advanced past the K2 that I have been riding and the bike is a couple years old now and since I am me I kind of just wanted a new ride! no because the K2 does what it needs to and has been awesome for me... Wed, 19 Oct 2011 11:24:26 EST My Passion...yep, and some photos for your pleasure Spending as much time on my bikes has been my plan to stay on track and that part of the equation has been very much happening. My cycling has been my saving grace in the past couple months, its my me time and honestly besides my kids and the Wify is my greatest passion, I am happiest when I am pedaling my ass off literally and figuratively. <BR> <BR> A week ago I rode on a tow path that rides along the Connecticut river, I took it slow because it was the first time I had been on this path a... Mon, 17 Oct 2011 18:16:08 EST My old jeans fit again... <BR> It's that time of year again, the leaves are starting to fall from their high perches littering themselves across our yards, the weather is cooling off so I dug out some of my jeans to put at the top of the heap. I figure since my weight has changed so much over the last year and a half from being as low as 305 pounds and as high as 381 pounds a few months ago, yeah I just said 381.... I have been at many different weights between those numbers and months so where am I with my jeans I t... Tue, 4 Oct 2011 11:46:44 EST "I don't like to hear you so negative" <BR> Nobody said that losing and keeping weight off would be easy and I think that I let the ease of the first year and a half go to my head because add some serious stress into my life and well I am up more than a couple pounds currently. Last night I was looking at some pictures and pissed myself off, there was a time in my life when I was happy with how I looked, how I felt and had an aura around me that said all of that with only a look, you knew I was where I wanted to be. When you weig... Tue, 13 Sep 2011 12:36:44 EST Eating and Riding and and and... <BR> A flawless weekend where my intake was concerned and got out for a 20 mile ride on Saturday, my weight is down a good amount and things are feeling "normal" again. My normal once upon a three years ago was completely different than what I consider my normal now so getting back to it is definitely a good thing! Almost as if a light switch was clicked into the up position I am back to weighing and measuring things that go into my body, I decided that I need to focus on what I need to do i... Mon, 8 Aug 2011 09:30:02 EST My wife asked me to start using protection... So, the little animal... er baby has fallen blissfully to sleep and I had a moment so I thought it was a good time to pop a post up here, yes yes, I could be exercising instead and that I did! I did a push up routine along with some stretches and for now that's what its going to be. Life lately has not been peaches and cream but that doesn't mean that there aren't high points! and with that thought lets us focus on my bicycling for a moment. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.... Fri, 5 Aug 2011 13:34:48 EST You fat f@%# you... So where were we? that's right I was a fat guy losing weight, a Dad taking care of the small herd of children that have amassed in my house and someone that was putting it all out there for the world to see in the name of accountability via this blog. I am not limited to any of those titles but as far as whats on the surface those are up there, I have over the last few years dropped more than 200 pounds and kept most of it off for the entire time BUT I am going to admit something that I was n... Thu, 23 Jun 2011 13:13:52 EST Grenading a Bottom bracket and some work on an old friend. <BR> A little more than a year ago I picked up a little project that I have been playing around with when I have time in the way of a 1988 Specialized Rockhopper Comp. It is kind of the bike that started me in on my "Buy fix sell at a profit" thing that I do from time to time with bicycles but there is something about this one that I liked so I could never bring myself to sell it. The frame is an 18 inch and I can ride comfortably on a 19 to 21 inch frame depending on the bike so it is a tad... Tue, 7 Jun 2011 20:26:30 EST Walk this way...Talk this way...just Gimmie' a kiss! <BR> Well well well...Look who just walked through the door. <BR> <BR> My life is how do I say? hectic lately hence the lack of attention to this very blog but in an attempt to, and I will put this bluntly, get my $hit together again Making time to post more often is back on the card. This winter was not good to my waist line and with the new addition among some other things I just haven't had the time to sit down and dedicate time to writing posts here, but fear not my good people! I am he... Tue, 24 May 2011 10:25:49 EST