PORTHOS75's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=PORTHOS75 PORTHOS75's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ I hope my scale is being honest with me this morning.......... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5986906 Because, if so, I'm now in the 350's! My goal was to hit this by tomorrow, and somehow, in spite of a couple set backs, I did it! I even got on and off the scale a couple times to make sure it wasn't a mis-read, because last reading was 366. But that's how I lose weight, no change for days or even a week or two, and then BAM down a substantial amount. <BR> <BR> I'm been pretty sick the last couple days, which may be part of it. So it could spring back up as I get healthier, but to even see i... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 15:11:24 EST I'm not normally one to toot my own horn but.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5985788 *toot* <BR> <BR> Final grades for the semester have officially been posted, and I officially have a 4.0 for the semester! <BR> <BR> That will bring my overall GPA (from transfer credits) up to a 3.0 so that's awesome as well. <BR> <BR> For the first time in a long time I feel like my life is coming together (in spite of some amazingly crappy things that have happened as well.) I'm to a point where I look forward to going to the gym, it's become a habit to eat under my calorie limit every d... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 13:25:39 EST Recovering from lapses in judgement, and other random musings..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5984644 Well, according to the scale on Sunday, I had gained 7 pounds since mid-way through last week, likely as a result of my crazy, bad decision filled Friday night. <BR> <BR> Luckily, when I weighed in today, about 5 of that had dissapeared - maybe 5 1/2. <BR> <BR> Whew. <BR> <BR> I made sure to hit the gym hard on Sunday, and I've been drinking even more water than usual 150-200 ounces average per day. I think my system definitely needs a good flush after that weekend. <BR> <BR> I've had a ... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 16:49:02 EST Rough night! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5982759 So yesterday I went over my calorie range for the first time in about a month. <BR> <BR> Mostly from Tequila and beer. <BR> <BR> It was one of those "I'm just going to hop by the party for an hour, not drink, and then head home for a nice responsible night's sleep" deals that just didn't work out that way. I ended up being there until 1am and had to have the events that transpired after about 11:30 told to me the next morning, because at around the 11:30 mark, my memory kind of fades out w... Sat, 22 Aug 2015 17:41:55 EST First plateau reached.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5982134 I've been hovering right around the same weight for about a week now. <BR> <BR> This is totally expected, from past experience I've learned that I tend to hit a wall about every 20-25 pounds. <BR> <BR> I'm not worried about it. I feel great, and I've reached the point where people have started noticing the loss. Also I know I've gained some muscle mass, because I've had to add 15+ pounds to most of my strength exercises (except for triceps, those things suck to build up for me.) <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 21 Aug 2015 14:49:50 EST Ever get that feeling.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5980622 Specifically, the feeling like you should blog something, but have nothing that feels worthwhile to share? <BR> <BR> I do, constantly. For this same reason, my personal blog hasn't been updated in like 17 months. <BR> <BR> I feel like I have a busy life, but busy does not equal interesting. <BR> <BR> So, in the spirit of blogging for the sake of staying invested in this site and therefore in my self-improvement, here's what I've been doing to keep on track. <BR> <BR> 1. Fitbit: I purchase... Wed, 19 Aug 2015 02:08:50 EST The Old Man and the School http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5979560 Not a diet or exercise log, but just some musing on going back to college at 40. <BR> <BR> Education has been a lot like weight loss for me. There have been a lot of false starts, some small successes, and some pretty abject failures. <BR> <BR> When I was 18 and fresh out of high school, I had my first college attempt. My first year was pretty horrible, for a number of reason. Because I had breezed through high school pretty easily, I figured 21 credit hours was doable (wrong) and that coll... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 12:05:33 EST Goodbye, 390's, 380's, and 370's, and hello 360's. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5979057 When I first weight in at the beginning of this re-re-re-re-redo of getting healthier, I was 385. <BR> <BR> At at least one point prior to that (when I was weighing in just to torture myself even though I was doing absolutely nothing about it) I remember being in the 390's. <BR> <BR> So I kissed the 390's goodbye at some point this year prior to July 20, when I first rededicated myself to this adventure. Since July 20th I have left the 380's, blown through the 370's, and as of today's weigh... Sun, 16 Aug 2015 17:10:42 EST Good day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5977586 Let me lay down the reason why today was relatively awesome. <BR> <BR> 1. Made it to work on time, in contrast to the crapfest that was yesterday morning. <BR> <BR> 2. Things are picking back up at work, so I get to swing back into supervisor mode instead of "worker bee" mode, and management is where I'm happier and feel more accomplished. <BR> <BR> 3. Got a 98% on my History final so with the 11 extra credit points I picked up during class my final my final grade will be around 101.5%. Sw... Fri, 14 Aug 2015 00:30:55 EST Long Day: The Sequel. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5976975 10pm local time. <BR> <BR> I was up until almost 3am this morning doing homework and studying for finals. <BR> <BR> Because I'm way too old to be doing that kind of crap, I overslept this morning and was over an hour late for work. Ooops! Luckily my boss and I have the kind of relationship, and I have the kind of work ethic, were my boss just shrugged and said "It's not a problem, here's what I need from you today." <BR> <BR> I worked through lunch to make up part of the time, and one of... Thu, 13 Aug 2015 00:41:45 EST Long day.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5975682 Seriously, exhausted. <BR> <BR> 7:30-4:00: work. <BR> <BR> 4:30-5:00: home doing last minute homework. <BR> <BR> 5:30-8:10: class. <BR> <BR> 8:30-09:00: quick snack, home for 15 minutes to change into gym clothes. <BR> <BR> 09:10-09:50 - gym. <BR> <BR> All with a piercing behind-the-right-eye-throbbing-with-every-<BR>heartbeat migraine. Miserable. But, at only a couple weeks into it I don't want to start getting in the habit of not going. <BR> <BR> Hopefully I'm still alive and functio... Tue, 11 Aug 2015 00:24:57 EST Non-weight loss benefits of good choices.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5974312 I wanted to talk for just a moment about some things I've noticed improving after just a couple weeks of better eating, exercising more (or in my case, at all) and drinking lots of water. <BR> <BR> Here's what I've noticed, much of this due to my Fitbit: <BR> <BR> 1. Resting heart rate: In just a couple weeks I've gone from a resting heart rate of 82 down to 69. In terms of heart health, that moves me from a "Below Average" heart health rating, blows right through "Average" and lands me in ... Sat, 8 Aug 2015 18:43:44 EST Fighting Tempation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5973075 It was a tough morning at work today. <BR> <BR> Someone brought in Dunkin' Donuts for everyone. I politely declined, which was easier than it sounds because I like donuts but I don't love donuts. <BR> <BR> Then, another coworker brought me a delightful little breakfast sandwich called a HeartStopper. Surprisingly, in spite of the name this is not a healthy sandwich. Asiago Bagel, cream cheese, ham, bacon, sausage, and eggs. <BR> <BR> That was must harder to say no to, since those are basic... Thu, 6 Aug 2015 10:30:16 EST What a workout! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5970431 I helped a friend move today. <BR> <BR> He and his family were moving out of a 4 bedroom apartment to a 5 bedroom house. As you can imagine, there was a lot of stuff. <BR> <BR> Out of all the people who had been asked to help, only myself and one other person showed. So we basically moved a 26' UHaul worth of stuff with 3 or 4 people (plus some pre-teen and young kids, but I'm sure most of you can guess how much they helped...) <BR> <BR> I wore my fitbit the whole time and captured some in... Sat, 1 Aug 2015 19:53:43 EST Pretty decent start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5969118 I'm now down about 12 pounds from when I started. <BR> <BR> A couple weeks ago I started tracking my food again. <BR> <BR> Saturday I started going to the gym for stationary bike riding. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I did the bike and 20 minutes of strength training. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I'll add a few more strength exercises in. <BR> <BR> I could really see/feel the difference combining cardio and weight machines made. My heart rate declined to resting fairly quickly after the bike alone, last nig... Thu, 30 Jul 2015 10:07:50 EST FitBit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5968714 I picked up a FitBit HR Charge on Monday. <BR> <BR> I really enjoy the "live" tracking of Resting Metabolic Rate, steps, and calories burned vs. caloric intake, I truly think this will help me stay on track. Anytime I want I can pull up the app or web page and see what kind of caloric surplus or deficit I'm running for the day. <BR> <BR> Another interesting feature is the sleep tracking, which tell you how long you slept, how much of that was "restless" sleep, and how many times you woke up... Wed, 29 Jul 2015 15:24:37 EST Migraines really stink http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5967375 Obvious title is obvious. I doubt anyone will disagree with this premise. <BR> <BR> Woke up yesterday with a "mild" migraine - mild in that instead of making me want to stop existing it just made me unable to actually accomplish anything. I missed my weekend gaming group because of it, and wasn't able to start on my laundry list (which actually included my laundry) until late in the afternoon. <BR> <BR> Because I don't like to make massive life changes one at a time, I'm also going back to ... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 11:22:42 EST Deja Vu http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5966649 I've been a bit depressed after reading my oldest available blog entry (just over 8 years old) and realizing I was talking about struggling to break below 300lbs. I did. At one point I hit below 290 I think. 8 years...and I'm 70-80 pounds heavier than I was then. <BR> <BR> Man, I stink at willpower. At least, long-term willpower. <BR> <BR> I'm at it again. Started going back to the gym, lost 10 pounds in the last couple weeks. <BR> <BR> One of these times it's gotta stick. Might as well be... Sat, 25 Jul 2015 23:15:35 EST The double-edged sword of initial weight loss. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751751 One thing I've noticed about starting the journey to healthier living is that the scale tends to be your best friend during the initial few weeks. Having just returned to this site and journey a week ago, my recent weigh-in has granted me some insight. <BR> <BR> You see, when you are substantially overweight, your body burns a lot of calories just to sustain itself. And perhaps it's the shock of suddenly being fed fewer, and usually higher calorie food, but it seems like the first few weigh-... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 15:40:53 EST Food & Eating & Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5749976 Even though I, like most people, do like food that is horrible for you, I actually (usually) prefer eating a little better. Nights like tonight are a reminder. <BR> <BR> But backing up a little - I had today off of work so I slept in....no breakfast. Great, that gives me a calorie cushion! It was a co-worker's last day at the office though, so I got a text to meet them at Olive Garden to celebrate, or mourn, depending on the viewpoint I suppose. <BR> <BR> I tried to be good...only having t... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 22:24:45 EST I keep forgetting... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748372 I keep forgetting that this is an EVERY DAY battle. I do well for a few months, then stop tracking daily. Then at all. Then the old eating habits kick back in, laziness becomes easier, and eventually I end up back at my starting point. <BR> <BR> I keep forgetting how much better I feel when I'm making the right choices. <BR> <BR> I keep forgetting how much my physical state affects my mental one. When the weight is back on, my brain just doesn't seem as "snappy." Which is a detriment in my ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:35:50 EST Been a while.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5343360 This year. Man, this year. It's been crazy. <BR> <BR> My job deals with tax and accounting software, so it's no surprised that January-April15 is CRAZY. This year, more so than ever. Things went badly. Very badly. <BR> <BR> Our software was a mess, trying to support it was a mess, customers were mad and leaving us in droves. <BR> <BR> But we made it. April 15th came, and we were celebratory and happy. <BR> <BR> April 16th, half of the company got laid off. <BR> <BR> Luckily, I wasn't one... Thu, 2 May 2013 14:23:00 EST Slow, but steady apparently! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5194582 I haven't blogged in a while, oh well. <BR> <BR> After the business trip I had a rough patch getting back into the swing of things, but I'm now down 27 pounds total since November 10th when I started all this jazz. I consider that a win. <BR> <BR> Now for the bad news. Things at my job have exploded and I've been working 10-12 hours days pretty consistently. It may sound like an excuse but I think it is going to prohibit me from getting to the gym for a while. By the time I get home at nigh... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 09:22:34 EST Business trips and diets don't play well. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5172013 I had to go out of town for work for the past several day. <BR> <BR> The biggest problem with this has been that every meal was a restaurant meal. I tried to make good choices but in some places (since I had no say as to where we went) it was difficult. Plus I had a beer with dinner more often than not, since my boss and I both love us some beer. <BR> <BR> Sunday night I was planning on cheating, as we were going to an awesome rib and BBQ joint, but that ended up actually being one of my lo... Thu, 20 Dec 2012 12:01:56 EST Very bad, no good, pretty horrible choices weekend. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5161660 After being stuck at the same weight (but still losing inches, I think) for 3+ weeks, I finally saw the scale go down on Friday....by almost 5 pounds. <BR> <BR> Of course I blew that all out of the water by going to a party Friday night at midnight and having what felt like 30 beers. It was probably more like 10 or so (plus a handful of vodka shots), but it left me feeling incredibly bad Saturday morning, after I woke myself up from 3 or less hours of sleep and drug my carcass to work for a ... Mon, 10 Dec 2012 00:21:50 EST Oops I did it again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5155474 Yep, made it to my gym night again. So far I've stayed pretty consistent. Tonight was harder than usual, I only did about half the weight stuff I normally do. <BR> <BR> I never thought I'd consider doing a vigorous 45 minutes at the gym to be slacking off, considering I probably have spent less than an average of 1 hour at the gym per year of my life at this point. <BR> <BR> I may be developing willpower? Today at work they brought us donuts for dealing with all the crazy super-stress in th... Tue, 4 Dec 2012 01:38:19 EST Back to the gym! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5154209 After a good part of a week not going to the gym due to illness and stress, I went back tonight. And I hit it HARD! It was awesome. <BR> <BR> 33 minutes on the bike, 30 minutes of really hard lifting. I did like 300 reps totally in that 30 minutes, and more weight than I've been using in the past, so progress is being made! <BR> <BR> I ate more calories than I wanted (should have checked how many calories were in a chicken burrito, a lot more than expected!) but I stayed within my limit so ... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 01:20:38 EST Yeah, so my body is weird. As I'm sure all ours are... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5153760 After a week of staying under my calorie cap, and working out 4+ hours a week, and gaining 5 pounds back, I was a little frustrated. Not horribly, because I figure it easily could have been muscle or water weight (as I have been drinking LOTS of water and lifting weights as part of my workouts), but a little frustrated nonetheless. <BR> <BR> On Thursday, my girlfriend's parents took us to a fancy steakhouse, and I decided to have a "cheat day" and have some delicious steak and potatoes and r... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 17:04:02 EST My head is being a pain in my butt. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5147867 I have had an AlmostMigraine for the last 24 hours or so....like a migraine is trying to come on but won't commit. <BR> <BR> Tonight at the gym, while I was on the bike, it starting trying to grow into a full fledged brainkiller. I had to stop after 15 minutes, but I was able to still do some work on the weights without it killing my head so I still got a decent amount of time in. <BR> <BR> I've hit my first cliff in the weight loss, one of those periods of time where no matter what you do ... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 00:58:23 EST These entries are all kinda sounding the same, but... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5144708 At least it's a way to keep myself accountable. <BR> <BR> My cough has subsided quite a bit and I didn't feel like I was going to pass out every time I stood up or moved too much...... <BR> <BR> So I went ahead and hit the gym. It's getting substantially easier to pull a full 30 minutes on the bike, I did a different program on it this time (interval training) that kicked my butt but in a good way. It also seemed to go a little quicker which was a plus. <BR> <BR> Then I spent 20 minutes ro... Sat, 24 Nov 2012 00:53:39 EST Thanksgiving is no match for me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5144364 So I managed to keep my calories under target on Thanksgiving, and that included a slice of pumpkin pie, a cookie, and a little bit of ice cream. And I woke up today .6 pounds lighter, so a total of 14 pounds down since I started this up again. Not bad for a gluttonous holiday. <BR> <BR> I've worked out 3 night this week so far and burned a bunch of calories that way, I think I'll go again tonight, assuming my health cooperates. I haven't been feeling great for a the last week or so, especia... Fri, 23 Nov 2012 15:47:16 EST Rough night for cardio...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5141068 Well, last night I did 35 minutes on the bike without much of a problem. <BR> <BR> Tonight I decided to try something different, so I hopped on an elliptical thingy. <BR> <BR> I don't like the elliptical thingy. I felt motion sick after a few minutes, and maybe it's because I'm so heavy, but it REALLY hurt. Not a good "wee, I'm working out and burning calories!" kind of hurt, but more like a "getting tortured for being a heretic during the crusades" kind of pain. I had to quit after 5-7 mi... Tue, 20 Nov 2012 02:03:34 EST Still not feeling well, but I threw caution to the wind... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5139940 and went to the gym anyway. <BR> <BR> I ate more calories today than I have since I started. I'm still within my Spark-appointed calorie range (which I feel is a bit high, but we'll see) and I also worked out harder than I have yet. <BR> <BR> In spite of feeling a bit under the weather still, I did 35 minutes on the bike (keeping it about 15 mph and 16 mph more commonly) followed by 30 minutes or so of very strenuous work on the weight machines. <BR> <BR> Part of the reason I did go highe... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 01:20:52 EST It's throwing off my groove... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5138569 After working out consistently for a week I've had to miss my last two planned workouts, my body has decided that being very sick would be more fun. My lungs are feeling pretty ragged, got a nasty cough, and lots of congestion and exhaustion. It's crappy timing because I'm just starting to get into the swing of being motivated, and now there's this huge roadblock. Hopefully it doesn't last long. Sat, 17 Nov 2012 17:23:57 EST Another successful workout night... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5136999 Spent darn near an hour at the gym tonight, working the whole time. I just wish my life wasn't such so that I can only work out right before or even when I should really be going to bed....oh well. <BR> <BR> I can already feel the progress. Saturday, my first workout in a couple years at least, I did like 15 minutes of cardio and immediately felt like I was going to die, literally could not do any more. Went in, rode a bike for 15 minutes, went home and laid down. <BR> <BR> 5 days and 3 wor... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 01:13:35 EST Serious workout tonight, and now there's some serious consequences. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5134691 I definitely have to take a night off from working out tomorrow. I did a very vigorous 50 minutes+ tonight, 17 on the bike (was going for 15 but decided to go ahead and push until I hit 4 miles) followed by 35 minutes frantically going from machine to machine doing abs, shoulders, triceps, and some more leg work. <BR> <BR> Yep, I'm hurting. Tomorrow is going to be rough, but I am happy that each workout is getting easier than the last. <BR> <BR> Now, as for the serious consequences... <BR> ... Wed, 14 Nov 2012 01:28:47 EST Gym night! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5133488 Headed over to the new gym at 9:30 tonight. Saturday was my first night doing any real exercise for years and it about killed me, after a couple minutes on the treadmill on "Rolling Hills" my heart rate was 180 (about as high as it can get at my age without being scary, at least according to the little chart on the bike) and I really had to mentally push myself to make the last 5 minutes without giving up. <BR> <BR> Strangely, tonight was much easier. Did 15 minutes no problem, max heart ra... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 00:50:58 EST Gym stuff... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5131641 Yesterday I went and joined a gym. I've never had much luck at gyms, but I don't have my own stationary bike anymore. It's one of those things that got left behind in the divorce that I wish hadn't been lost.... <BR> <BR> The gym is one of those 24 Hour a day places, nothing fancy, but they have some cardio equipment and basic weights and weight machines, enough to do what I need to for now. <BR> <BR> It's also a mile or maybe less from my house, so between that and it never being closed I ... Sun, 11 Nov 2012 14:35:58 EST Here I go again.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5130629 4 or 5 years ago I lost over 100 pounds with the help of this site, and was 60 pounds away from my ultimate goal. <BR> <BR> Then I got lazy, quit counting calories, quit working out, and slowly but on about 50-60 of that 100+ again. <BR> <BR> I came back here, lost 20 or 30 pounds....got lazy again. Got back up to about 350-360, Came back here, lost 20-30 pounds again.....and the cycle repeats. <BR> <BR> Last year in September I came back...for a few days, and couldn't stay consistent. <B... Sat, 10 Nov 2012 14:27:08 EST FatAss Friday #6 (repost from www.porthos.me) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4348803 Starting weight: 365 <BR> Last week's weight: 344.6 <BR> Current weight: 342.6 <BR> 2 pounds lost this week <BR> 22.4 pounds lost total <BR> I was actually incredibly surprised when I stepped on the scale a few minutes ago and saw I was down another 2 pounds. <BR> <BR> You see, this week I sort of gave up. Not specifically on the weight loss, just on life in general. As tends to happen when I'm neglectful and not on my medications, I have been sinking into a pretty deep depression where I f... Fri, 8 Jul 2011 07:50:33 EST FatAss Friday #5 (repost from www.porthos.me) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4336018 Starting weight: 365 <BR> Last week's weight: 348.2 <BR> Current weight: 344.6 <BR> 3.6 pounds lost this week <BR> 20.4 pounds lost total. <BR> <BR> I won't lie, it's been a rough couple weeks and it's some kind of miracle that I actually lost weight. <BR> <BR> Last weekend I threw all sense to the wind and ate a bunch of ice cream and cookies and candy (oh my!), for no better reason than "it was there." That reason is why some people climb mountains, but I just use it to get fatter. <BR> ... Fri, 1 Jul 2011 20:05:27 EST FatAss Friday #4 (Repost from www.porthos.me) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4319792 Starting weight: 365 <BR> Last week's weight: 346.6 <BR> Current weight: 348.2 <BR> 1.6 pounds gained this week <BR> 16.8 pounds lost total <BR> <BR> Alright, so the weight went up a little this week. <BR> <BR> I don't have any way to prove it, and maybe it's just some weak rationalization, but I am hoping the gain is because of adding muscle faster than losing fat, or something. I did go over my calorie limit twice, but both times it was by a couple hundred calories and it was never from e... Fri, 24 Jun 2011 10:38:48 EST Small victories..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4313710 Someone was giving away free pizza in the lunchroom at work today. <BR> <BR> I love pizza. <BR> <BR> I didn't have any. <BR> <BR> It's just one tiny little victory, but the way I figure it, willpower is like a muscle that needs to be exercised sometimes too. <BR> <BR> Now I just need to gather enough willpower to go to the gym tonight. I didn't get enough sleep last night, I'm still recovering from a massive ear/nose/throat/lung infection, and I basically just feel like trash right now. A... Tue, 21 Jun 2011 16:36:06 EST FatAss Friday (repost from www.porthos.me) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4305690 Starting weight: 365 <BR> Last week's weight: 354.6 <BR> Current weight: 346.6 <BR> 8 pounds lost this week <BR> 18.4 pounds lost total. <BR> <BR> Although 8 pounds lost in a week sounds pretty impressive, it's not much of a victory this week. I've never had to work so little to lose like that. All I had to do was get incredibly sick. <BR> <BR> Last Sunday I went to bed with a slight tickle in my throat. Monday morning that tickle had turned into a cough and a sore throat. Nothing horrible,... Fri, 17 Jun 2011 21:09:31 EST FatAss Friday (repost from my other blog) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4290035 Starting weight: 365 <BR> Last weeks weight: 362 <BR> Current weight: 354.6 <BR> 7.4 pounds lost this week! <BR> 10.4 pounds lost total! <BR> I missed two planned workouts this week. Last Friday because my kids were over for the weekend (I had forgotten about that when originally planning my workout schedule,) and Monday because I was out sick from work with a huge migraine, and migraines and working out go together about as well as a cat that has been slathered in bacon gets along with a rab... Fri, 10 Jun 2011 12:32:13 EST I don't want to be dramatic here, but, "ouch?" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4289077 Tuesday at the gym was legs, abs, biceps, and back night. <BR> <BR> Everything went well except for the legs. I've always had super-strong legs (probably from carrying my weight around for decades,) and I was excited to have a set where I could actually out-lift my friends. <BR> <BR> I over-did it, doing 3 sets of 20 exercises that targeted the calf specifically. So, here I am two days later with my calves feeling like rubber bands that are stretched to just the tiniest amount of pressure s... Thu, 9 Jun 2011 23:55:42 EST Weekly recap, May 31- June 7: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4285405 I feel incredibly good about myself and how I've performed this week. <BR> <BR> Since last Tuesday I've spend about 5 or 6 hours working my arse off in the gym, and stayed well below my calorie goal every day except for one, and that one I was only off by about 200 calories - which given the amount of time I've spent working out and the number of calories that burned, I don't feel too badly about. <BR> <BR> This morning I weighed in at around 11 pounds less than last Tuesday, and I had to g... Wed, 8 Jun 2011 11:32:27 EST Friday (repost from my other blog) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4274993 It's been a productive first week. Of course the pounds always seem to fly off those first few days as you shed water weight and the body starts to change metabolism and all that happy crap, but I'm not surprised to see the weight dropping in spite of the weight lifting, since at my current weight I probably burn close to my daily calorie intake between the couple hours at the gym each visit and the walking I've been doing. <BR> <BR> I had some issues with Tuesday's workout. The guys I go to... Fri, 3 Jun 2011 14:01:20 EST Maybe it will stick this time... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4273007 For the last week I've been trying this again.....for the 10th time or so. But this time I feel like it's going to stick. I actually feel like I *want* do do it now, instead of just feeling like I *should* do it. <BR> <BR> I've been walking a lot, going to the gym with three friends from work (so the gym is actually kinda fun) and tracking my calories again. <BR> <BR> I re-input my current weight (365) with a goal to lose to 225 by my birthday on May 7 of next year. So I need to stay around... Thu, 2 Jun 2011 16:10:40 EST Being sick sucks... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4008528 In addition to the return of the migraine I just shook a couple days ago, I also have either some kind of sinus infection or severe cold or possibly bronchitis going on. Breathing is harder than normal, nose is stuffy and runny at intervals, and my throat is burning. <BR> <BR> It's not fun. <BR> <BR> At least a large dose of Fioricet took away the worst of the migraine, hence I'm actually at my computer. <BR> <BR> This has been a bad week. I worked more hours in a day last week than I've a... Fri, 11 Feb 2011 01:24:04 EST