BOTZZZ's SparkPeople Blog BOTZZZ's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community New low weight!!! return of the pictures! <BR> Lets get right to this weigh in thang this morning, I woke up and of course I went straight to the scale and what I saw was 327.0 pounds on the button. I was 330.4 pounds last Friday so this week brings be not only a 3 pound loss but also a new low weight since starting down this road to better health so I am excited about that little tidbit. Because I am at a new low weight it of course means the return of the what I have lost so far pictures and somehow that makes me want to do it aga... Fri, 1 Jan 2010 10:11:40 EST Secret plan to a slimmer you revealed inside! <BR> Another year gone and tomorrow is just another day in the chain of what I am doing, It is in fact a weigh in day for the blog though and I am kind of excited because I am expecting, hoping for a decent loss so that I can get to a new low since starting down this path. Last Friday I did have a slight up because of some Christmas eating and the Saturday after that it was even higher than what Friday's scale time said but I do believe judging by yesterdays peek that I will get a new low th... Thu, 31 Dec 2009 11:42:51 EST Hamster wheels and Cigarettes? <BR> Tuesday could not have gone better where being healthy goes, I ate 1715 calories, drank 1 gallon of green tea and a gallon of straight H2O intake was pretty much flawless. Getting to the gym was a jump through a couple of hoops but I did get there albeit a little later than usual I had a pretty good workout but I do have sort of a gym rant that I wanted to talk about. I am really expecting to hit a new low weight this week as I am really being strict with myself with the intake and maki... Wed, 30 Dec 2009 10:24:07 EST Two years worth of weight loss, what a change. <BR> Monday went over without a hitch, I ate 1710 calories and dinner was a giant salad I got to go to the gym later than usual but I went none the less and I drank about 2 gallons of straight H2O and maybe a quart of green tea. I went in and added my weights for the past 5 months into my excel spreadsheet graph yesterday and it shows a fast drop for the first year and then the grade gets less extreme for the second year but downward still. The plan is to make that sloping downward line to h... Tue, 29 Dec 2009 10:59:26 EST A new man two years in the making. <BR> Two years ago at this time I was afraid that I would not have much longer here on this planet because of weighing way more than I should have. I had no clue what I weighed but my best guess was close to 600 pounds as I had not found a scale that could give me a straight answer at the time unless I wanted to go to a stone yard and hop on the scale that they weigh the trucks with. It had been days that I was online looking into what it took to get a weight loss surgery and I was as close ... Mon, 28 Dec 2009 15:41:33 EST Christmas weigh in <BR> Very quickly in the spirit of being consistent I am posting up my weight from Friday morning before I run out to the gym, when I woke up yesterday I weighed in at 330.4 pounds and I kind of expected it as I had a very sodium filled day on Thursday and drank a ton of H2O before bed. Thursday morning I was 329.0 pounds so I know that I didn't gain almost a pound and a half over night so no worries I will see what Monday morning says and go off of that but for now I am updating my challeng... Sat, 26 Dec 2009 14:18:34 EST The strength of a tree lies in its ability to bend <BR> I have a goal, that goal is to make it through Christmas day without too many extra calories going into me and if I approach it that way, you know, as a game then I believe that I will come out without going too far over my calorie range. I hear people tout that "its a lifestyle change dammit so that means no matter what you need to eat salads and small portions of lean meats otherwise you are not treating it as a lifestyle change! you are just dieting again" I have to use something tha... Thu, 24 Dec 2009 09:44:43 EST A new compare pic inside! more than 200 pounds lost. Tuesday went off without a hitch besides a piece of cake that was for an occasion so I did not count that into my calories, I was at 1775 calories total before the cake so I am probably still ok either way I am not too worried about it. I drank 1 gallon of green tea and 1 gallon of straight H2O so I was hydrated for the day but I did have lots of sodium in the way of some baked chips with my dinner which was a tuna melt so I may be retaining a bit this morning but I will never know because I ... Wed, 23 Dec 2009 10:26:22 EST Effort plus Time divided by Determination = Successful weight loss? <BR> The plan for today is the same as yesterday, stay within my calorie limits, drink plenty and hit the gym this afternoon. I ate 1740 calories Monday and that's just about perfect as I now eat between 1700 and 1940 calories per day depending on what I do at the gym, 1700 for non weight lifting days and 1940 for weight days and the extra is for a whey shake. I drank 2 gallons of H2O and about a quart of green tea yesterday as I forgot to make a gallon Sunday night I was limited to drinking... Tue, 22 Dec 2009 10:32:14 EST Eat good, Gym, Drink fluids, Sleep.... <BR> Skipping and tripping through my days as of late keeping things together where my health is concerned, Eat good, Gym, Drink fluids, get enough rest over and over and over again is my aim. Being the best Husband that a fella can be, the best Daddy and friend but somewhere along the way there has got to be time for myself otherwise 534 pounds of yum yum goodness could come walking on back and none of the people in my life need or want that to happen so my guilty pleasure has become the gy... Mon, 21 Dec 2009 16:34:42 EST 206 total pounds lost! a new all time low coming soon to a theater near you! <BR> So the time has come to hop on the scale and record it onto the blog for the world to see, this morning I am more than pleased with myself because it has pretty much been a week from hell if stress levels are the measurement yet I am happy with what I see on the scale. I will get right to it and say that I am back to my all time low weight of 328 pounds! Tuesday I did not think I would show a loss at all this week because of lots of different things but here I am and its a 2 pound loss ... Fri, 18 Dec 2009 09:16:43 EST I am a.... <BR> Better late than never I say, my day is almost done and I have stuck strictly to the game plan, just finished a big ol salad for dinner and my trip to the gym was a good one, tomorrow is the "official" weigh in for the blog and I am hoping that there is a loss. If a loss is not shown on the scale that's ok because I am a week stronger than last week and though stress is poking its head into my regimen I am proving to myself that I can motor through it and stay if not exactly on plan clo... Thu, 17 Dec 2009 19:36:49 EST Another day in the life of... <BR> Tuesday went well, I got to the gym, I ate within my calorie range, I drank more than 2 gallons of fluids and I got eight hours sleep, not too shabby if I do say so myself. Making a lifestyle change instead of being on a diet is key in this whole weight loss extravaganza and I believe that the fact that I have made this a lifestyle change and not just the next thing is why I can recover so quickly from a bad weekend or four. I have noticed that I have been up after the weekends and I ha... Wed, 16 Dec 2009 09:57:58 EST Not much to say when you're high above the mucky-muck. <BR> Sometimes its the things that we don't see coming that get us worse and sometimes its the things that we know are there that have the largest impact, Then there are those days that go perfectly and nothing could have been done differently else the day would cease being perfect and then all at once a rug is pulled from beneath our feet, as we collapse to the ground we watch helplessly as the expensive vase falls in slow motion towards the hardwood floor. Trying to stay on track and do ev... Tue, 15 Dec 2009 10:37:38 EST Weigh in time, how is the goal doing?? This is the day that I put up my "official" weigh in number up on the blog so I will not keep it to myself any longer, Last week I came in at 332.8 pounds and that was a 3 pound drop from the week before and this week? 330.4 lbs and that is a 2.4 pound drop and keeps me well within my 2 pounds per week goal. I will count this as 2 pounds because I like to deal in whole numbers but since the start of my little challenge to myself I am down 6 pounds since Dec 1st which puts me ahead by 2 whole ... Fri, 11 Dec 2009 10:22:53 EST The ups and downs of weight loss. This week has tested me a bit where stress goes, not anything weight loss related and then at the same time weight loss related things were there as well, they are always there no matter what else is happening, sometimes I feel like I need to be tested to keep me on my toes. Over the weekend I ate salty foods and ended up being up in weight on Monday, of course it was retention weight mostly because of the amount that it was but seeing a large bump in that number on the scale plays havoc with... Thu, 10 Dec 2009 10:07:09 EST Recovering from the salty weekend, and baby its cold outside. <BR> The last couple days have felt good, hopefully come Friday I will see a loss that brings me below that 332.8 pound mark and maybe even lower if I get all of my ducks in a row. Since this weekends up fluctuation I seem to have re-focused and I am hoping that it translates into a decent loss, I only need a one pound drop to stay on course for my under 300 pounds by April goal but of course I would like to see at least my 2 pound minimum so that I can stay within the goal numbers easily ju... Wed, 9 Dec 2009 10:17:03 EST Sleeper hold! nobody gets out of the sleeper hold! <BR> Something is a miss, I weighed in Friday and I was 332.8 which was a good week but come Monday the scale had different news for me. Granted I was up late all weekend and ate popcorn late on 2 of those nights along with going to the gym 7 days last week so I may have been slightly over trained to go with the sleepy but when the scale said 339 pounds yesterday I was at a loss because it had not been a terribly bad weekend and the biggest issue was the lack of sleep. This whole up thing di... Tue, 8 Dec 2009 11:32:46 EST Weighing in on weighing in, Off to a good start.. <BR> This morning is the Official beginning of my April 2nd challenge, which is to get below 300 pounds by April 2nd 2010 which gives me 4 months to do it. In the beginning of the week I was 336.4 pounds and I used that number to give me a start point for this week so that I could see how I was starting off and this morning when I weighed in I was 332.8 pounds so 3.6 pounds this week, I will round down and call it 3 pounds. With that weigh in I am ahead of my goal by one pound but I am sure ... Fri, 4 Dec 2009 09:49:30 EST Run Forrest!! Run!!! er...I mean walk?? Tomorrow I weigh in, This weigh in will be the official starting point weight for my goal to be under 300 pounds by April 2nd and I am hoping to see at least 334 on the scale because when I figured my pounds per week to lose I included this week from a 336.4 start weight mid week. I have done my part this week and expect to see at least the 2 pounds needed for me to stay on track with my new goal, I have been to the gym every day this week and am following my intake plan barring the few Hersh... Thu, 3 Dec 2009 10:30:36 EST Weight loss IS a mental game, don't believe me? then read here. <BR> If you convince yourself that everything is ok it is easy to believe, as simple as that you go on day after day accepting things the way that they are without challenging a single one of them. At 534 pounds things are viewed differently than they are at even 330 pounds, excuses are made and become the normal life of you, missing things and unable to participate in even the most remedial activities is just how it is, That is no way to live, especially when fixing the issues is as easy as... Wed, 2 Dec 2009 10:29:30 EST Being comfortable in my own skin...ALL of it.... <BR> Monday provided me with a pretty good work out at the gym and I stayed under my calorie range, hydration was the game for the day and over all I am happy with everything that happened for the day where my health is concerned. I mentioned that I was going to do my 15/15/15 routine and I did but I changed it up a bit, I did my 15 mins on the bike, I did my 15 mins on the arc and I did my 15 on the treadmill but instead of walking at various inclines I warmed up at 3.0 mph for 3 mins and t... Tue, 1 Dec 2009 11:03:05 EST Four days was the focus 2 years old <BR> This four day weekend was interesting, I did not go crazy with my intake just because there was a giant bird in the house, no I don't mean Big Bird though I recall watching some of him Friday morning and I did not go over calories too much if at all on Thanksgiving. I have not worked out since Wednesday, meaning it has been four days since I have been to the gym and last night I started feeling it. Sitting in the living room I started feeling anxious and then bored and then I walked int... Mon, 30 Nov 2009 11:39:18 EST Ask yourself.... <BR> Why am I fat? <BR> <BR> Why can't I stop eating? <BR> <BR> Am I going to die today? <BR> <BR> When will I admit that I have a problem? <BR> <BR> Who will take care of my children when I am gone? <BR> <BR> What am I missing out on because of my weight problem? <BR> <BR> Does this food taste good enough for me to allow it to control me? <BR> <BR> How long will it be before I need assistance getting myself dressed? <BR> <BR> How am I going to get up from this couch if I keep going ... Wed, 25 Nov 2009 14:37:46 EST Billy-Ray Son of a Preacher curl.. <BR> Thanksgiving is just around the corner and for most of people that means a huge meal with lots of calories and a full belly at the end of the day, perhaps even some pie. It was decided by me that this year I am not going to keep myself from enjoying Thanksgiving dinner but that does not mean that I need to eat a 4000 calorie meal either, with some simple substitutions an awesome meal can be had by anyone. This year Wify and I decided that we would stay home and cook for just us and the ... Tue, 24 Nov 2009 10:18:17 EST Exercising, who me? yeah you! couldn't be. Then who? <BR> Kickin around all weekend long I did not make the best choices where my intake was concerned but it wasn't terrible either, I stayed hydrated all weekend its just the extra calories that got me. A plus to the weekend is that I finally got to explore a trail not far from my house with Wify Saturday afternoon, we hiked 3 miles worth of this trail and decided that if we can get a sitter again next weekend and the weather cooperates that we will drive down to where we left off (we ended at ... Mon, 23 Nov 2009 10:01:32 EST Do your thang Honey! <BR> This week I have been focusing on the gym and apparently when I am in the gym I am focusing on working out, this is a good thing yes? I got in a pretty good work out yesterday which consisted of 20 minutes on a stationary bike, 20 minutes on the arc-trainer 40 minutes of weight lifting and a 10 minute cool down walk on the treadmill, all in all it was a great thing but today I am really feeling the effects of the weight lifting and believe that I may have over done it slightly as my lef... Thu, 19 Nov 2009 12:45:39 EST Comfort, do you have it? 6:45 pm, its dark and cold outside walking up to the doors and opening them revealed a new place not as familiar as earlier hours, people scurrying around covered in sweat and filled with determination after a hard day put in at the office the work crowd is at the gym. Shoulder to shoulder standing on machines and benches, heart rates up and gazing around the room for the next available machine to open up so that the workout can continue. Angry face Mohawk man pedals madly on a recumbent bike... Wed, 18 Nov 2009 11:28:35 EST A turning point, can you see around the bend? <BR> Here I am, just me, doing what I need to do and its turning into something that I want to do, or let me say it differently, something that I crave. Not so long ago it was that random slim jim or 12 at the gas station that I wanted, or a slice of cake at a birthday party that would rival some entire cakes, or a Big D chili cheese burger (some of you New England people may recognize what that is) and now things are so different its like someone else is where I was or am. Today my little o... Tue, 17 Nov 2009 14:05:07 EST Life is not easy... <BR> At 534 pounds. <BR> <BR> When you weigh as much as three full grown adults life is not a bowl of cherries, everything that you do is a struggle and when you are there that is not how you see it, mostly because it is the life that you are living and there is seemingly nothing that can be done about it. Basic tasks need to get done no matter what weight a person may be, I don't mean the laundry or the dishes or even spending time with the ones you love, I am speaking of a more basic set ... Fri, 13 Nov 2009 10:45:38 EST Is there a Doctor in the house? <BR> This morning I have the pleasure of having Wify home because of Veterans day and we made a deal a while back that she would join the gym with me after I scheduled my Gallbladder surgery and since I held my part of the bargain up off we went this morning to sign her up. This also means that it was my first trip back to the gym since having my surgery and I ended up doing a light work out which consisted of 30 minutes on a treadmill at 3mph with a 3% incline and 15 minutes on a stationary... Wed, 11 Nov 2009 12:24:29 EST Back to not but I feel like I am! <BR> I am back on track and counting again since my surgery, and this morning I woke up feeling great considering that yesterday was my first day without taking anything for pain and one of my four lovely incision spots still feels a little dodgy this morning but otherwise feeling like awesomeness in a bag. My intake for Monday was 1835 calories which is slightly higher than my normal 1700 but I did decide to up the calories a bit right before my surgery because of all of the extra exercise ... Tue, 10 Nov 2009 10:19:10 EST More random... <BR> It's Monday so I figured it was time to try and write a post that was not written while drug induced, Let me start by saying that I have pretty much eaten what I wanted to eat since my surgery since I felt like crap and did not really feel up to being strict. I will do a play by play for those interested and for those not interested you can skim the post, After surgery I woke up groggy (obviously) and I was in the Hospital first thing in the am and out early afternoon. My doctor said to... Mon, 9 Nov 2009 11:43:28 EST No bells No whistles, just an update post. <BR> Halloween got me, and what I mean is that I ate my share of candy, cookies and I was just not watching what I ate this weekend and all of what I am saying happened Sunday and Monday so Halloween was gone and done with! but the chocolaty morsels were within range and I figured that I had been without a "treat" for long enough and I indulged in more than a few pieces of candy, I have not been a good boy. I believe, let me rephrase, I know that stress was getting the better of me because o... Tue, 3 Nov 2009 10:21:01 EST Oh no Not A Gain, indeed it is fat man. <BR> As expected from my mid week sneak preview at the scale I am up this week, the scale said 331.0 which is up 3 pounds from last Friday and I have a couple theory's as to why because I am doing what I have always done. I eat 1700 calories per day and I do 50 minutes of cardio 4 times per week along with weight lifting 3 times per week which according to the calculator on the sidebar of this blog is between 975 and 1140 calories burned per workout depending on the day and that is much high... Fri, 30 Oct 2009 11:59:50 EST Who me? yeah you! couldn't be, then who? <BR> Something is a miss, I got on the scale this morning and I am up in weight from last Friday and if I am being honest it confuses me, let me splain Lucy. Last week I was diligent with my eating and exercise and hit an all time low weight and then Saturday I went to a friends place that I had not seen in a while and had pizza for lunch and nothing for dinner besides some snacking and then Sunday I was over by a bowl of popcorn and I know that I had not drank right all weekend. Ok so you h... Thu, 29 Oct 2009 08:53:07 EST Baked Ziti, an Arctrainer and a boy. <BR> The weekend was not very good where intake was concerned, I visited a friend that I haven't seen in a while and we had pizza for lunch and I did not eat anything that I would call dinner Saturday night, Sunday I ate within my calorie range (besides a bowl of popcorn with a movie) but did not drink nearly enough to cover even a half a day and I think I am off balance for my weekend efforts. Monday came and it was all corrected and 1530 was the number for calories as far as my excel sprea... Tue, 27 Oct 2009 09:21:33 EST Weigh in, a new all time low weight! Happy Happy Joy Joy! <BR> So today is kind of a special weigh in for me, last week I weighed 332 pounds which was only 2 pounds heavier than my lightest weight since starting down this path to better health so it offers me the opportunity to possibly hit a new low weight with this mornings trot to the scale. I have been doing well week to week where the actual weigh in comes into play and I have been going to the gym almost religiously and even when I was not feeling well, the results I have had since joining up... Fri, 23 Oct 2009 09:39:49 EST Weighing in tomorrow and a new low on the horizon! <BR> Tomorrow I weigh in and I am thinking that it will be a new low weight for me with this week, I have literally busted ass all week even though I was sick and have been just about flawless with my calories besides a slice of apple pie. I have gone to the gym when I could and have found a new machine that I enjoy working out on and really feel a difference after using it for a workout yesterday. I had posted up that I wanted to drop 25 pounds by Nov 11th because it was my next doc visit a... Thu, 22 Oct 2009 09:33:53 EST Reintroducing because He is not the same man, its long so grab a drink. The way that things change after a person loses a substantial amount of weight are unbelievable, I am learning things about myself that I had forgotten along with my will to do anything past breathing between shoving morsels of goodness down my gullet. I don't believe that a person can get to be 500 plus pounds without losing more than a bit of themselves in the process, sitting on a couch for hours at a time with a remote control in one hand, a whole order of General Tso's chicken in the oth... Wed, 21 Oct 2009 10:06:43 EST Water water everywhere...why not drink it?? a guide for the drier folks. Mister Meatball, do you honestly drink one to two whole gallons of fluid per day? I don't believe it! "Yes I do drink somewhere between 128 and 256 ounces of fluid per day." But I have trouble drinking a mere 8 cups per day! how do you do it? "8 cups doesn't even begin to touch your fluid needs unless you weigh about 120 pounds and do zero exercise, you have trouble because you are looking for other options which do not hydrate you properly anyways, like the soda, coffee and whole milk that y... Tue, 20 Oct 2009 11:04:07 EST Apple pies and chopping wood, sick man standing. <BR> This weekend was not what I would call a fun time exactly, if you read this blog regularly you know that my daughter was sick Thursday and me being a stay at home dad that translates into me getting sick when she does a lot of times and this time is no different. I felt it coming on last Friday so I decided that I would go to the gym before it got bad as I was planning on a Saturday trip to the gym and Saturday morning I didn't want to get out of bed, but of course I did and I ended up ... Mon, 19 Oct 2009 09:33:54 EST Weight right there fat man! get on this scale now! <BR> The past two weeks I have refocused on my weight loss instead of the maintaining that I had been doing and it is having good results. This morning like a child on Christmas morning I sprung from my California king and skippity hopped to the scale...skippity hopped might be taking it a step too far but I definitely B lined for the scale this morning. I stepped on and the number that I saw was 332.0 pounds, so as I do every Friday I get on three times and the scale said 332.0 all three ti... Fri, 16 Oct 2009 09:20:57 EST All I want for you my son, Is to be satisfied. Tomorrow I weigh in and it will be week four in my 25 pounds by Nov 11th challenge which I have given up on believing that I will actually make that number BUT I will still attempt to get as close as possible in that time because its how I get down. My trip to the gym yesterday was a good one and I did 20 minutes on a stationary bike followed by 35 minutes on a treadmill 5 minutes at 3mph with a 2% incline, 20 minutes at 3.5mph with a 3% incline and the final 10 minutes was 3.5 mph with a 5% ... Thu, 15 Oct 2009 12:45:02 EST I found the miracle diet plan! You have to see this! Jujuberry 7.2! <BR> Is your waist line much bigger than it should be? do you fear wearing corduroy in dry places for fear of starting a raging fire? do you swear that you hear the morsels of goodness speaking to you when you walk down the cookie isle in the supermarket? well then have I got the diet plan for you! You can lose up to 38 inches off of your waistline in just 3 days with our patented Jujuberry and iced meatball sports drink of the gods! yes I said it! YOU can be a success! and with our payment ... Wed, 14 Oct 2009 10:30:41 EST Good for you man... Yesterday My day started out well enough with Wify and the animals having the day off from school and work and before I knew it that time of day showed up, time to go to the gym and about half way there I realized that I had forgotten my head phones so I would be forced to listen to the monotonous boom tsss boom tsss boom tsss of the bad music that the gym seems to always play, no worries. I got in and straight to my bike and it is about 5 minutes into the ride that I realize, only because I ... Tue, 13 Oct 2009 09:39:27 EST So ya wanna lose some weight, a beginners guide to losing weight by no one special. I get asked all of the time "How do you do it? how have you managed to lose more than 200 pounds?" and my answer is always the same, I had a decision to make and it was my choice. At 534 pounds life is not a bowl of cherries but if I was asked that question at that weight my answer would have been "I am totally happy right now" mostly because of pride and not wanting to admit how weak I was in that time of my life, I was NOT happy. I was thinking about this a bit over the weekend and was goin... Mon, 12 Oct 2009 11:18:34 EST Weight right there weakling! huh? who me? Upon sitting down on the press machine I knew that I had significantly lost strength as I pushed the weight forward for the first time in years. The last time I touched a weight seriously I warmed up with 220 pounds, to some that might be a lot to others its not but its where I was, I figured that I had lost some strength and mass so I would come down slightly from that weight and see what happened and well, it was tragic. I don't care to admit what weight I finally leveled off working with j... Sat, 10 Oct 2009 11:26:37 EST And the scale said to him.... <BR> This morning is the third week in my Nov 11th challenge and I just weighed in, I will get straight to the number and if I said that I was anything less than pleased it would be a lie. The number that flashed across the display was 335.4 which is 4.2 pounds less than last week and that was after going to the wine tasting last Saturday! In the beginning of the week I said that I wanted 4 pounds and immediately after I said it I felt that it was a bit ambitious but after joining the gym I ... Fri, 9 Oct 2009 08:49:49 EST You gotta read this!. . . not really, but I think you should anyways. <BR> Tomorrow I will be weighing in and I am anxious to get on the scale in the morning, This week I have done my part and I am expecting a decent loss. I weighed in at 339.6 lat Friday and my goal for the week was to drop 4 pounds, will I get there? to be found out in the am I suppose and if I manage to hit that four pound drop it will reinforce that hard work does in fact pay off. The plan is to head to the gym this afternoon again and get in the same workout that I did on Tuesday but I ma... Thu, 8 Oct 2009 08:14:12 EST