This that and all the things I’ve said before….

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The first time I saw Evelyn Kindervater in person….I knew it…..

We met at a Mexican restaurant in Brockville that has been replaced by another…..the spot we first kissed will exist forever….regardless of what becomes of the space…..should it become the center of some great calamity in one million years it will still be the place I first kissed her…………..

We sat down, opened our menus and started a bit of chit chat…..the waitress came to ask if we wanted drinks….a pitcher of sangria which arrived to interrupt our conversation which continued through several visits by the staff to ask if we wanted food…..we never had a chance to look through the menu….and our first date seemed to end when the manager interrupted our conversation to tell us the place was closing…..we would have to leave…..

We would make our way out to the parking lot….share a few more moments together….our first kiss….and be on our way…..

I followed her back until she left the highway at her exit….wanting terribly to follow her home……

I thought about that night the next couple of days until she let me know she wanted to see me again…….and that was it…….

Years later she would tell me that we would be getting married this day…..there was no opt out option…..it was going to happen.

A trip to city hall and the chapel…..and another great kiss……the last First kiss as a married man I will ever have………….

Sadly…….

I have come a long way missing Ev….it’s human nature to grow to accept loss….it finds a place in your life….a drawer full of dish cloths….silverware….the shelf you keep glasses on…..

…..it is not the drawer that holds those items that get swept off the counter to be dug through later…..no….

…….it becomes organized…..it has place cards in your life……these moments that come back to you…..a flash of joy…..the pang of grief……

Yep……I certainly have come a long way…..

I’ve sorted out all my cards and have placed them all neatly in a drawer….

The thing about the silverware drawer…..if you pull it out to look deeply within it….you’ll end up with all your cards spilt onto the kitchen floor……….

You’ll have to handle every one to get that sorted out again.

The Quote of The Day

Why love if losing hurts so much? I have no answers anymore; only the life I have lived. The pain now is part of the happiness then. ~Anthony Hopkins

On to better news…..I now have legal custody of all my children….go figure….you take care of these babies for 10 years and the judge doesn’t bat an eye before she stamps your order.  I had attempted to get through the next 10 years without spending that time in the courthouse but you know what…..the kids deserve that stability…..knowing that this is their place….legally……

Ev would be happy that I got it done after all…..another check mark in the win column for the good guys…..

Tonight I will head out to a poker thing in support of local kids hockey….a must with a local kid in hockey…..I will sit around with a couple dozen guys….we will grunt….scratch odd places….there will be laughs…………….I will hide my pain…..no one will know……

So manly…….a hopeless romantic….I still have all the clothes I wore on that first date….right down to the underwear………..

allow me to pour tears………………………

Babe….there is not a lot I wouldn’t do for one more kiss…..as you know…..

 

XO

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Addiction….

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Am I addicted to alcohol…..

No….

smoking…..not a chance….

drugs….I simply don’t have the time….

chocolate….I’m your huckleberry!!!

I’M A FOOD ADDICT!

now…am I addicted to food….eating…or what I eat….hmmmm

I think just food…I like a bit of the manger….an example…..

Wednesday night poker….let’s see, Wednesday I went to the gym….worked back and biceps, a reasonable workout for my first week in, just my forth visit…

Woke up had my coffee….some water…gym….4 eggs with 1 slice of toast….dinner….Oh, I made Szechuan crispy beef with a side of broc and rice….delicious…..

and off to poker…

At poker there were 6 dozen eggrolls……now….this eggroll issue goes back deep deep into the history of the man blog….I’ve been pounding back dozens of golden palace eggrolls since……well since I could walk it seems.

So….for the first hour I eat nothing….zero eggrolls….then a dozen donuts show up….no worries….no frigin way am I going to eat a donut………then……

At some point I start looking up calorie counts on different tim hortons donuts vs eggrolls…..like…a donut has 240 cals vs 195 in an eggroll….and I’m thinking it’s a sin that eggrolls aren’t a 2 for 1 against a donut….

But what’s 195 calories….and really…eggrolls do have SOME protein right….what’s one eggroll….

What’s 2 eggrolls???????

In the next 20 minutes I crushed 6 eggrolls and 2 donuts………………

I mean….come on……….

I can go 10 days so far this month without a drop of alcohol and I can’t go one night without a frigin eggroll….and 2 donuts!!!!

This is a problem….

Okay…the next 20 days….until the end of the month….no chocolates…..seem easy?   I had 10 chocolates before bed last night….like….just before bed….I would have eaten 4 times that many….but they really were crap chocolates…..

And if I hadn’t just sworn off them….I’d eat the crap ones tonight.

Yours Truly

237.2 pounds….

That’s not going to change unless I stop shoving whatever crap I can find into my mouth…..

Like right after I had dinner last night I started searching the fridge…..give me a break…..

I asked Paul on Thursday how he does it….how he goes without eating….he has mucho experience with diet….not man blog diet, serious lose 100 pounds type dieting….his answer…..he knows the alternative to not eating late night donuts…..

so….we will see if I can go without chocolate for the rest of the month….will that make a difference?  So far not drinking hasn’t…but as I’ve said…not drinking is easy.

Krista

I must post a correction for Krista…her starting weight was not 158….how dare I….it was actually 153….and she weighed in at 152 last I checked…..

Yep…..

Imagine where she might be without all those sweaty facebook updates!


Russett

The Beagle had one eggroll and one donut….I believe….he did manage to win 400….so 2 wins?

Although the shortest of the competition did manage to see the 180’s he has crept back up and weighed in this morning at 192.4 pounds….reasonable.

Russett is much better at starvation than I am….maybe…

It’s seems that in Russett’s 40…some 7 years ago he cracked into the 170’s….I’ll have to do some digging into the really really old man blog….it doesn’t even exist here….I know I was 260 back then….

Geezus…..

Glen

Glen claims to love Greco….he offered up a weigh in of 247 pounds…I think that’s 11 pounds maybe????

He says he is down a few holes in the old belt…..

hmmmm….I wonder what Glen is eating…..

Seamus Richard and Donald

These 3 are laying low….either Donald is once against hiding out due to an issue with his medication or Seamus and Richard have consumed him…..one is just as likely as the other with this lot….

sadly…..

The Quote of the Day

Whether it’s the best of times or the worst of times, it’s the only time we’ve got.~Art Buchwald

Do we spend our days wisely….I suppose every one has a different idea of what that time is best spent on…to some the time it takes to stop and smell the roses is a waste….to others a minute in an office building is one too many….

Live life….bigger…..

Today will be the first day I don’t have chocolate for the rest of the month….so that’s 2 items on the list….

Babe….remember that 21 day sugar detox….lol….I miss you….

XO

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Old habits….the good and the bad….

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So it seems the only addiction in my life I can’t kick……

Late night peanut butter toast….ice cream…chocolate bars….These things are my undoing….

drinking…no problem, no drinks thus far this month….and just 23 days left in November….easy peasy.  Would it be nice having a drink while collecting 10 loads of laundry from around the house?
How about peeling it off the floor in the girl’s bathroom and sorting through that….which by the way I’ve sworn 10 times I’d do for the last time….yes? Would a sip be nice?
What about when you fold all that laundry and get it organized in piles to be taken by it’s owner……a beer maybe? What about Monday morning when you realize these clothes are now all in a neat pile on the floor?……time for a drink…or save it for the refold? Wait…..how about after you’ve refolded it all and put it in nice piles….and you get up on Tuesday morning and it’s once again in a nice pile…this time on the table?
…..Do you start drinking at 6 am on Tuesday morning?

Nope….you make your coffee and write the man blog….deep breathes….

You see….the old beer/scotch/wine has no control over me….would it be nice to go down to the cellar and bring up a wee bottle….or 2….for a trip out to the hot tub…..yes…..will I????  Not this month….

Of my past addictions…the gym…counts as a good one…and I’m back in that groove, every other day right now and once I’ve sorted out a few serious – before snow flies – tasks around here I’ll go every week day.

So….I haven’t had a drink in a week and I’ve been seriously working out….the results….

Up….this morning I was a healthy 237.6 pounds…down from 239 yesterday…I was worried I was going to get to the 240’s again…

The reason I’ve managed to get back up from 229….food….possibly a bit of the hallows eve candies…yes I have had no less than 100 tiny choco bars and unimaginable bags of this or that….but candy for everyone is becoming more scarce so that should end shortly.

Seriously….this year I’m going to get myself into really great shape…..there is only one thing in my way….

FOOD!

Krista

Krista is not one to shy away from a wee dip in the candy bag either.  She managed a weigh in yesterday of 155.2 pounds…

I just took a look back at the man blog and I believe Krista started the 30 day challenge back in September at 158…me at 238…so she is down 3 pounds total and I’m down half a pound.

Seriously….that’s good…the 2 of us have lost 30 pounds in the last 60 days….we’ve just put 29 of them back on….

No updates from Krista’s competition….she is looking into it….Krista Chaytor Kelly donut
Are chocolates fun?

They do seem like a good time…..

Donald Ramsay Buchanon Esq.

The Donald has taken a break from the gym….his soccer team managed to win the title this year and he finds himself basking in the glory….

Deep deep basking….


Donald will be back on the saddle in no time…hopefully his attire is a bit more suited for serious bulking when he is next at the gym….

Sitting here I’ve come to realize that Donalds choice in undies is likely due to issues with his injection site…..I’m still wondering if he chose the right hormone therapy….

Richard and Seamus

The big boys are getting bigger….I spoke with Richard quickly on Sunday and he informed me his return to Plyomax was eminent….thus far he has managed 2 trips which means that he is paying about 100 an hour for the priviledge of walking on the treadmill there….

Today is a new day.

Seamus…spoke with him yesterday….dealer tells him he is going through brake pads on his 300 in record time….what does he expect…the car is not rated for this sort of pay load…..Seamus has broken the 400 pound barrier….his children’s only treats this October were the tid bits they were able to stuff in between ringing doorbells….seamus ate both candy bags within 15 minutes of their return home….he did attempt to accompany but his legs couldn’t support him past the neighbors…..

Sean Russett

I don’t know what to say….he is in the low 190’s, not yet able to crack into the 80’s but still working at it…the guy is in the best shape I’ve seen him in 10 years….looking back….

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Russett’s Return

Sean has come a long way….

………little break there as one of my children just woke up and gave me a hard time regarding the location of her clothing….you see…those neat piles were destroyed searching for some article…..and still…..no booze   🙂

Yes Sean will eventually hit the 170’s I’m pretty sure, he will overdrive his diet once his vacation plans are in order.

Kyle Devereau

Kyle would like to be publicly humiliated….so here goes….

Sir weighs in at 241 and is offering up a picture of his scale every Monday….hell Russett sends me one of those every day….Here is Kyle…..he hasn’t had a drink in 2 months…I think this might be catching on…on the bright side of middle aged men with super young kids realizing that they won’t make it to see the kids graduate….


Kyle is not the skinny guy….

We shall see….I’m not sure if he is planning on some sort of diet or if he is just hoping the downturn in the western economy is going to thin him out….gas is on the rise….

The Quote of the Day

Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion. ~Martha Graham

Passion….if you were to do a search for quotes about passion you will find 100’s…and they go something like this…. a great poet can not be without passion….great teachers have passion….a great motor bike rider…passion….you can’t land a plane safely without being passionate about the survival of your passengers….

At Charlotte’s hockey tournament this past weekend I found myself yelling at the glass for Charlotte to skate her hardest…I wasn’t alone, I’ve watched video of the event and my calls to her were echoed….

Could she hear me…no…

The passion I have to watch her succeed can not be contained….and I make no apology for that….I’m very happy to express it…and if Ev were there she would have taken down the roof.

I’m not sure how a person watches someone they love in silence….I don’t know if they feel nothing…less…or if they fight to control their own emotions…to sit quietly.

Me….I am too passionate for that….and I consider it one of my greatest achievements in this life…to express myself openly…for better or worse.

now….there are times when someone asked my opinion when I should have lied…….or better…kept my mouth shut….and worse….unsolicited opinions….ouch….

I live my life with passion….you must appear crazy at times….but the dull will never get it.

Babe….I love your GD face…..

…..I woke up to a dream this morning….I was in a hospital bed…just about to die….still a reasonably young man….I wonder if I’ll be as willing to go as I was in that dream….when the time does come….I have to take dreams as they come these days….

…..and then you wake up and the laundry is no longer folded…..a nice neat pile on the floor…………

I hope you all have a great day!

XO

 

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Time…comes and goes…weight….not so much….

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I’ve been breaking my life into tidy bits the last few years….years…

The bits usually come and go around this time…October 30 is the day my life changed, that’s the day we found out Ev was sick…

It wasn’t the worst day of my life…but it was the beginning….and now I try to shuffle things up to create new beginnings around this time…

Last year…I stopped going to the pub, that worked out quite well…I mean do we really need to meet at the pub every day?  Are we social or do we have drinking issues?

So ya…no pub last year….there may still be drinking issues.

The month of November will be alcohol free…seems easy enough….today is day 2….

Now….I may just lose some weight so it isn’t all about the drinking, the real issue is that after I have a couple of beers I do like to have a wee snack….and sometimes that is a Shawarma potato….which is a huge shawarma on top of an even bigger 5 pound baked potato….these things haven’t hit it big here but in Torrox they are the end of night special at the fair….

That’s 5 pounds plus a day of weight gain….I’ve seen it happen….luckily scales aren’t a big thing there as far as I can tell.

Yesterday I went to the gym…also a first in a year….

So this year…..gym…harder than ever….and continue to hang out close to home with the kids….I do have a 7 year old after all…..

The weigh in….this will be short today….busy….more fun to come

Russett

193.4

The beagle is the thinnest I’ve ever seen him, he has been lighter….but he is in the best shape I’ve seen.

Krista

152.2

No updates on her competition….I will find out if this is still a thing.

I wonder how close the readers think Krista and I are?  Would you be surprised to know we banged into each other at the halloween store…..first time we’ve set eyes on each other in 10 years…..

🙂

Glen

250….he claims he loves Greco…..geezus

Richard Seamus and Donald

these three heavyweights…..we will update tomorrow

Yours Truly

238.6….up a pound yesterday

Why….might be the 50 candies I had a poker last night….I was doing great until I had that first……Russett and I demolished a bag of treats….painful…

I did manage a trip to the gym of course….and a veg platter with those candies at poker….and no drinks…..

Also….the gym supplements do make you hold a bit of water….ya that’s it….creatine is making me fat…

Anyway…no drinks until December 1.

This is a big month….lots of fun!

The Quote of the Day
“If dreams are like movies, the memories are films about ghosts.”
― Counting Crows

Yes…..I hardly ever dream….anymore…..I was once a vivid dreamer…the kind of guy that would get up in the middle of the night, rip the sheets off the bed and attack some mysterious thing flying around the room…….now I sleep like the dead….except I wake up every hour…..to sleep….another great quote….to sleep – to sleepperchance to dream – ay, there’s the rub, for in this sleep of death what dreams may come……

Anyway….

Babe….we are doing our thing here….I miss you every minute……

 

XO

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2 weeks later….

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Did Grandma stop by with cookies yesterday?  You bet.

I thought Charlotte ate 2 of them before we ran out the door to hockey….nope…she had just one…I didn’t eat the remainder of them….There may have been 2 dozen or more in the box….but I ate 20….easily 20….So many in fact that my stomach wasn’t happy…I may have even crushed a few past that point.

My weight this morning…a solid 233…not terrible.  I have seen 229…I’ll try to get back under 230 this week…after tonight’s poker I suppose.

Now….I have been working out….some…lifting…the lazy man’s exercise.  I’ve been busy though….things on the go with the kids…important stuff….Hey 233 isn’t bad…I haven’t been eating 20 cookies every day!

Russett

192 and holding.  He is really taking this seriously and looks much thinner….he is down chins…so many it’s hard to remember how many chins he had accumulated.  Last night he walked the dog from his house to the high school and back….while I ate cookies……

One of us will be lighter….

And I’ll be bringing KFC to poker tonight….


Look….Russett has really been working at this…Props….

Donald Ramsay Buchanan

Bulking…..


Donald is hard at it folks….

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time for a wee break from the new man blog….

Charlotte Wheeler

Some evening in the past few weeks I was laying in bed with Charlotte reading while she watched a movie, the Good Dinosaur…it seems nice enough and she was enjoying the time…talking to me a bit about what was going on.  I wasn’t paying attention to the tv until at some point she asked me if we could change the show…she was sad…

Rather than just changing it I rewound it a minute to see what upset her.

Ya….that is the sort of thing that will upset a little girl missing one of her stick people….and it upset me too….

A couple days ago as Charlotte got into the truck after school she gave me a look…and I told her I loved her face….she said “mommy faces”   She gave me the look…


I miss stick people too….terribly…..

The One thousand distractions that life offers are often not enough…they do help but there is still that nagging…..

At some point Ev is just going to walk in the front door…..

This morning we will pour tears and that’s just fine……………..

I miss Ev…we all do….too much…..I went to visit her on Thanksgiving…a trip to go see the bit of ground that separates us….someday…..

Krista

Krista and her 2 diet competitors are hard at it….Krista has managed 152….she is back to posting sweaty photos on facebook I see.

No updates on her competition other than to tell me one of them has been sick…and due to that Krista believes the sick one will end up in the lead….nothing like a good flu to help drop a few pounds.

We will get to the bottom of all of this soon.

Glen and Richard

Neither of these 2 have lost any weight….Richard hasn’t been to the gym I don’t think while Glen goes often enough….

Glen tells me past diets have offered him huge loses but this time very little….To that I say….stop shoving in food!

Seamus Browne

I’d love to make a joke about this but it simply isn’t funny any longer.  I read a stat yesterday that said just 17% of the population smokes now compares to 47% years ago….

I have to wonder how Seamus feels about being part of that statistic….Keep pouring money into that retirement plan buddy….

The Quote of the Day

Sitting there at that moment I thought of something else Shakespeare said. He said, “Hey… life is pretty stupid; with lots of hubbub to keep you busy, but really not amounting to much.” Of course I’m paraphrasing: “Life is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” – Steve Martin   L.A. Story

You see folks….paying off that mortgage and driving new trucks is nice….but you have to have fun on the way.  Sooner or later we will be in the ground and you hate to get to the last day and realize you haven’t had any fun….

There is a time to be serious….but once you’ve figured out potty training that’s pretty much the end of that….

Babe….I love your face.

XO

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Surviving Wednesday Night Poker

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Yesterday I went to poker….I did not win the big bucks….I lost…

Pounds….

I had zero snacks at poker, no chips, nothing from the slow cooker, not a single cookie, bon bon, jujube or eggroll.

Zip……

Yesterday I lifted, easy exercise for the big boys.

This morning I weighed in at 230.2 pounds…maybe a bit dehydrated…we shall see.  My BMI is under 30, I am no longer obese.  The old Omron actually gave me a 28.9 BMI this afternoon at 231.

My goal…..so low….205 won’t do it I don’t think….I want that frigin Omron to offer me under 15% body fat.  I may have to get under 200 pounds, maybe as little as 185…..Russett and I will weigh the same….

Anyway….that’s the current plan.  I’m okay with my food now, I’ve kicked my addiction I think….I’m not starving….

Russett

Up…194.6…poker food.  I saw him eating brownies….at least 2….

On Monday Russett is starting the 30 day Greco no carb diet….the agony.  Russett’s goal is 185, once there his BMI will be 30.8…..He will have to lose just a few more pounds to simply be overweight….the old BMI chart…making fat people obese since it’s publication.

Russett is down a few chins right now so all this is doing some good….

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Hitting the low carb for 30 days will likely get the Beagle under 185…that of course will depend on how low carb he goes…and the amount of cheating.

The only issue with the low carb diet…other than the pain…if you cheat, it’s over…reboot.

Krista

Krista has offered up a 152.2 this morning…losing before the official weigh in of her 30 day challenge?  Not smart!

We will be following the contestants closely…of course we won’t be getting any names sadly…I’ll have to be creative with my photos…but I’m sure we will come up with something just perfect.

So starting Monday we will have Krista and Contestant A and B ….I can’t wait!


I quick image of our 3 contestants…

It’s not hard to imagine how some might not want to release their names….for now contestant A and B will remain anonymous…but who nows….

Krista looks happy enough…maybe they will follow her lead….

Glen

Glen is down,  255 pounds….I don’t even get how he outweighs me by over 20 pounds….

So greco for him, I’ll get an update on how that is going.

Donald

Donald is still bulking….and laying low….whether it’s his involvement in the CrossFit games or simply overtime at the gym I intend to find out this weekend…until then….

Donald if you are reading this here is the link to the city of Ottawa syringe exchange …..tell me that isn’t a useful link for a drug addict……our taxes folks….

http://ottawa.ca/en/residents/public-health/healthy-living/alcohol-drugs-and-tobacco/drugs#site-needle-syringe-program

Seamus and Richard

These 2 are busy pouring through each other’s wardrobes as they switch sizes….Be careful Richard….the horror of Seamus’ past is forever haunting….

Kevin Parker
Sorry Kevin.

The Quote of The Day

You and I will meet again, When we’re least expecting it, One day in some far off place, I will recognize your face, I won’t say goodbye my friend, For you and I will meet again.
Tom Petty

Beautiful……not that photo…no

The universe has given us such a great gifts…Life, Happiness, Love….

Embrace all the good things…

Babe…I’ll keep pushing….

XO

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Fat and Facebook….

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Today we will start with Me….Fat Victor.

One day this past week I actually saw 231 and change on the scale….not a super low weight but as far as BMI goes….just plain overweight….

You see at today’s weight of 233.4 pounds I’m still considered Obese…now I realize this standard is absurd…I mean I’m a bit chubby…but I hardly believe I’m obese….but I guess….I am what I am….

Unhappy with my weight.

233.4 isn’t bad though.  I managed another 5k yesterday, my fourth attempt now.  Other than the screaming knee for the first half mile it’s fine….and it will only get better.  I’m just about to the point where I’m enjoying it….hopefully before the snow flies….

So I haven’t seen 240 in a bit, even after last weeks poker….which repeats itself tonight….I am on the fence on going….it’s hard on the diet.

I only have to lose 2.5 pounds per week to get to 205 by the new year……..maybe poker every other week….

We shall see.

Krista

Krista has now a bet involved in her weight loss.  2 of her girlfriends have added $50 to her pot and the biggest loser takes it all.  I haven’t ID’d these competitors yet…and likely won’t due to their likely unwillingness to be added to the man blog…but time will tell.

Krista offered up 154.2 pounds this morning after a Monday night trip over to Milestones for the group of 4 special, Bellinis and 4 apps….

but….ahhhh….there was only 2 of them….so ….ya….  meal for 2 meal for 4….whatever.

She has told me that she no longer blames her husband for feeding her….lol.

With losing weight for the wedding out of the way things should get easier?

So…pics from the past because I’m in the midst of working out and typing tidbits while I rest…..lifting….

Krista Chaytor Kelly
I like this one….it’s a classic

I wonder what Krista’s goal weight is….I shall find out and report back.

Hopefully as lofty as my 205…we shall see.

Glen

Mr. Walton claims to have been to the gym 3 times…I wonder if that includes the 3 times he went last week?

hmmmm…..

Ya…he offered up 257….so….he hasn’t lost any weight at all…he hasn’t gained either….Seamus could learn something from Glen.

Russett

the beagle is also continuing his diet past thanksgiving regardless of who pays for the fried chicken.  He says he feels good….and I’m sure he does….

Russett offered up steady updates this past week and all seemed to show a downtrend…yesterday…193.8

He is getting down there….

Sean Russett water slides at the man blog

slip sliding away

I’ll have to clarify if Russett has a date deadline on this event….or a bottom line on the scale.

Seamus and Richard

The battle of the heavyweights….

Nothing from either of these 2 this week…I assume Seamus is gobbling down Doritos and Richard is stuck under a piece of equipment at the gym….

Last but not least…..Donald

I heard a rumor Donald had a mix up at a border crossing…he was returning from the CrossFit games….

returning is a loose explanation….seems there is a steroid scandal in the world of crossfitters…..imagine….and Donald may….or may not….be involved…

Anyway…Donald has been laying low recently….we shall get an update from him later this week….until then….

I’m not sure shaving your legs is required….but I guess Vinnie is doing it….

Obviously he has bulked up a bit….will know for sure once the weigh in happens over at our Scottish competitors household.

The Quote of The Day

“Thank you…for gracing my life with your lovely presence, for adding the sweet measure of your soul to my existence.”
― Richard Matheson, What Dreams May Come

A facebook memory brought me great joy…and pain….the mixture of those emotions that I find myself experiencing too much….

I’m sad right now as I sit here…..I won’t cry….I’ve managed to bury that for now….the feeling is terrible really….it’s a self-mutilation…holding back tears….yes there are no visible scars….but you injure something more important….

Now I’m going to go lift the rest of my weights until I can lift my arms…..

Babe….I love your face…..

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Another week…another pound…

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Wednesday night poker kids…the great undoing of the middle ages…

Russett

The Beagle had a busy Wednesday…up $400 I believe.  Before I left he had demolished 4 slices of pizza and a half pound of chicken wings….

Sean Russett
The next morning he offered up a weight of 195 even…amazing really….

He has been under 200 pounds for over a week!  He must have starved himself hard all day Wednesday to crush 5000 calories of doughy pizza, sauce and chicken bits to end up at 195.

Sean Russett
I mean….seriously…I could do a collage of this from Wednesday night…

If that isn’t enough to turn your stomach…he just offered me a Friday morning update…..

194.4

I may have some competition on this bucket of KFC after all!

He lost just over half a pound yesterday…wings for dinner, chicken for lunch and a shake for breakfast…he didn’t workout or hit the sauna….

Krista

Krista is now one week away from the wedding she was hoping to drop a few pounds for…there were a few obstacles….life isn’t easy…and poutine does get in the way once in a while.

Set aside a bachelorette party and laying the blame on her ‘feeder’ of a husband she is now telling me the reason why she has not dropped weight is due to poutine….

I can hear those gravy soaked curds now….just laying there on a bed of greasy fries….”get over here you!  Get me in your belly”

Yep…blame it on the poutine….it will overpower the best of us!

Krista offered up 152.6, and I quote “which is better than the 155 yesterday! K got to get back under 150 for the wedding next week! No more beer or poutine (which I dived into Sat night at midnight!)”

Yep…..Poutine….
Just to clarify….those are Man Boobs….

man boobs are not pornography….

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As I’m writing this Krista just offered me a wonderful update…

She actually should be the quote of the day but I’ll try to come up with something a bit more awe-inspiring that this

Krista,”152.2 which is surprising as the feeder came home with treats from England. They are gone now and I plan to start running again tomorrow…”

I’m not making this up….the feeder has returned and all she can do is think about running now that she has demolished all the UK bonbons!

LOL….

But you know what….152.2 is something….

Moving right along…..

Glen

Mr. Walton has been to the Greco 3 times this week…he claims to be in an enormous amount of agony….which I’m sure he is…

Glen started off his journey to weight loss at 259 pounds…and if one thing many of the participants at the man blog have learned over the past decade….that first 5 pounds should drop like a DQ cone on a 40 degree day…

Well…after a week of hard work at Greco Glen has managed to lose 2 pounds….

Yes folks he hammered out a weigh in of 257 pounds this morning.  glen walton

You see…you can go to Greco…you can push your absolute hardest…but max calories burnt per hour….under 200…

Yep….it’s the old…it’s what goes in that makes the real difference…

Glen and I had a conversation at the end of my driveway earlier this week in which he attempted to tell me that johnny walker red was just 5 calories per fluid ounce…

Well….sadly…that just ain’t it.

Every and all alcoholic beverages have about 110 calories minimum.

I wish it wasn’t so….but it is.

So dear Glen…you’ll have to keep those cals below 2000 to lose a pound a week.  I’d aim for 1600 if I were you and hope for the best.

The lower you go….the more you will lose.  Pay close attention to the fact that a donut sized steak has about 1/6 the calories of an actual donut and your body will use 75% of those steak calories just to digest the steak.

Seamus Browne

Seamus was on the street yesterday….I did not see him….he did have a bottle of grey goose with him….He doesn’t drink the stuff….he takes it downtown to try to exchange it for Tim Hortons roll up the rim tabs announcing a free donut….

It’s the currency of many street people downtown….the wounded by social injustice might be going through the bin at Tim’s looking for cast aside winners…and Seamus not wanting to ruin his expensive new tent….errrr…shit I mean…rather trade vodka for a dozen of these stubs….

And while we are on the topic of stubs….quit the smokes already….I mean donuts and slushies are one thing….but a pack of smokes a day on top of it…..

Seamus offered up a weigh in of 402 pounds.  Just up 2 this week.

Richard

Today is weigh in day for Richard although it’s a wee bit early to have the crane operator stop by and get him on his feet.

Hopefully we can get an update from the big fellow today…but until then I’ll offer you up this….

Richard D'Aoust
It seems today I’ll be getting updates from everyone while I’m writing their tidbit…

Sometimes the Universe offers up such gifts and today I’ve been blessed with glorious insight from both Krista and the big man (or should I say second biggest now that Seamus has seriously crushed it)…

Richard offered me up this just this second…again…a quote…

“Well the good news and the bad news scale is 373.4 but I’m on my way to sign up for gym membership as we speak.  Starting Monday.  So oct is big month for me.  Thanks for staying of top of me. I need this”

A couple things I’d like to point out from that message.

  1.  Richard has not given up
  2.  He is still down some weight
  3. This is not fat shaming…this is being accountable and for some it is a great way to be motivated!

There is one tiny issue….Richard is planning to go to the Plyomax….and don’t get me wrong…it’s very nice.  BUT….the equipment is not set up for a big guy.  Even at my 6’2″ 240 ish size I find the equipment just isn’t big enough…

Richard is taller than me and….twice my size….I feel like Scott Cainnes when I’m standing beside Richard….

Anyway….Richard…it’s all about what goes into your belly….not how much sweat comes out of your pores….

Seniore Donald

Donald is still hard at the bulk stage of his weight game.  He only gained one pound in the last few days….muscle just isn’t as easy to come by as fat.

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I’m sure these little blue pills are helping or Scottish entry…unlike it’s look alike Viagra, dbol will not do any good with erections…

I’m not sure what Don will be doing about his Jaun.

I hope for the best.  I’ll be in touch with Donald over the weekend to get a full update on his medicated approach to weight gain.

Yours Truly

I managed 234.8 this morning.  On Wednesday after poker I ate a bagel with cream cheese, 2 slices of toast buttered with marmalade, a half huge bag of tostitos and 100 jujubes….

ummm….carb loading…ya that’s it!

I have been running and lifting weights this week, I’ll actually attempt my 3rd 5k of the week as soon as I’m done with todays man blog.

I have decided to continue losing past thanksgiving.  My goal is to hit 205 by new years….Just 10 pounds per month….

I haven’t weighed 205 in 10 years at least.  But I think I have myself set up for success at this point, I have a good meal plan and am working out just enough to pull it together…

Next month I’ll head back to the gym too….just need to set down a bit of weight at home first….I get embarrassed if I’m not lifting heavy at the gym…..

The Quote of The Day

Your attitude is like a box of crayons that color your world. Constantly color your picture gray, and your picture will always be bleak. Try adding some bright colors to the picture by including humor, and your picture begins to lighten up.
Allen Klein

I have known days…months…without color.  When the color leaves your life you really do have to work to bring it back.

Sitting here writing about so many gray days did help.  I still have moments where the color isn’t as bright as it could be…everyone does.  I work hard to make sure those moments are short…..

And I know that the brightest colored days are a gift…a present I offer myself simply by opening up myself to accept all the great things I have in my life….

Mushy…you bet…

But in these lives we live…all we have is the world we live in, our family and friends and the ability to enjoy those things to the fullest….

And that kids….is going to be up to you.  Choose to see the colors.

Babe….I love you.

Geez….almost cried there….time to punish myself with a run.

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Not many updates last week…just too much on the go to sit and pound keys…

First up….a new contestant…

GLEN

Mr. Walton has decided it’s time for a mid life diet.  He offered up a facebook post with a selfie and a weigh in….and…he gave me the nod to add him to the man blog.

Glen weighs in at 259 pounds…I’m not sure he looks it…but he is a bit more pear shaped than his peers….and at just 120 pounds less than Richard and 200 pounds lower than Seamus…he has his work cut out for him!

Since this is Glen’s first day I’m going easy on him.


This is Glen at 259….it doesn’t seem bad…but he wants to drop a few pounds so he has signed himself up to Greco…

Greco….this can work….the issue with Greco…and every other workout plan for that matter….self motivation….

You want to make serious changes….you’re going to have to push….it will have to hurt….

I mean…you can’t shampoo your own hair hurt…..

SEAMUS

I don’t know what to say about Seamus…I’ve tried to offer him some advice…alas…a pack of smokes a day…A Big Mac with 2 large fries….a bag of doritos and a 2 litre coke for dinner.

Seamus broke 400 pounds this past weekend….they are considering replacing his bedroom door with the french style as he is having trouble getting through the current 36″ opening they had enlarged just 6 months ago…..

I’ll have another talk with him…..

KRISTA

UP!  Krista attended a bachelorette this past weekend and offered up a weigh in of 154 pounds….a new high!

So without Krista’s ‘feeder’ she has managed to pack it on in just one weekend out with the ladies….and I thought this sort of fluctuation was limited to those of us over 200 pounds….I stand corrected.

Hopefully Krista is thinking about sweating facebook selfies….

RUSSETT

Beagle is down a bit…offering up 195.4 pounds after an hour in the sauna….

I wonder how much of this thin man’s weight loss is sweat and sweat alone…not Krista sweat….sauna sweat….

Russett has been known for his creative workouts…..but he is down….a bit.


DONALDINIO

Donny has it easy…bulking up….so fun…so easy….

Me…I wouldn’t hit the needles…but to each there own.  Donald is up 3 pounds….solid muscle….

He weighed in this weekend and offered up 140 pounds even.  He has been packing on pounds even faster than Seamus I think….

I do worry about the medicine…maybe it’s not as bad as smokes and doritos…but I do worry about his man berries…


YOURS TRULY

I went for a run yesterday….yep….I managed 5km….it wasn’t pretty and my knees are screaming.  It was one of those walk/run deals but I did do the run portion hard…painfully so.

I’m going to attempt a bit of a run every other day…and today…a bit of lifting like my buddy Donald….no juice though….high in sugar.

Do I dare tell my weight this morning…..no…..but yesterday morning I was just a peck over 240 pounds….as usual.

When I hit the scale yesterday I thought I’d be buying KFC for sure….but then…Russett offered his weigh in…I think I can catch him….and Richard…..I’m going to take him too….

RICHARD

The big man…second only to Seamus I should say…offered up his weight yesterday…a slender 372.7

He is down from a start weight of 388…his goal is 350 by November 1st….that is going to make for a sad Hallows Eve….

I haven’t seen much of the man….hiding out I suppose….we shall cross the street and check in on his cookie stash later today.

The Quote of The Day

Life is short, and it is up to you to make it sweet. ~Sarah Louise Delany

That kids…is an important fact….

Also true is that everyone’s sweet is different…so live and let live….even you Seamus with your nacho powdered nicotine fingers…live it up while you can.

Me…I have learned and lost in this life….and I have resigned myself to my role as a Father now…I’ll have children at home until I’m over 60 and grandchildren shortly after I’m sure….and I’m good with that….

Nice if they would load the dishwasher once in a while….but hey….hair only gets grey once….might as well enjoy it.

Babe….I love your face…..I miss you too much.

XO

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Almost like we had a summer….

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I’ll start where the buck stops….I’m at 241 and change.

Dilly bars…warm fall night beers…indian restaurants…these things will not make for weight loss…

So be it.  Let’s see what this week brings for chunk.

RUSSETT

Down to 196 even.  The groundhog has moved on from Russett’s life for now.  He has managed to lose 9 pounds in 12 days.


This old classic might just become a thing of the past.  The combination of watching what he eats, time in the pool, and long bakes in the sauna are doing the trick….

….or is Russett offering up his -just sweat out a gallon- weight….

I could be envious….

RICHARD

I’m sure Richard is way down…he has been laying super low on the HTG and moved several yards of rock into his back yard last week….no update though….and sadly that means we must surf the net for a photo of Richards progress….


If I was a betting man….Richard is in the 360’s.

Zee DONALD

Donaldinio had a rough weekend…it seems he went to the pub and had a few beers…He hasn’t been drinking in weeks due to his new workout routine/medication….well…the liquor hit him badly….

Anyway, good news is that Donald is up another 2 pounds…137 pounds….

I’m not sure he will be able to hold his gains this week while he is in hospital.  The story I heard goes something like…pub…few beers…managed to crawl home to medicate…decided to hit the gym to pump up the old muscles…had some sort of medication issue…..

Hopefully Donald is released this afternoon and can get right back at it….geezus….I never expected one of these police mug shot before and after’s of the Don.

SEAMUS BROWNE

Here is another one…bulking up….why Seamus?   Why punish yourself????

Up just one pound to 391 pounds.  I was on the phone with Seamus for a moment on Friday…I believe he managed a muffled hello before I heard the sound of the phone dropping and screams….I stayed on the line in an attempt to figure out what happened until one of Seamus’ co-workers picked up the phone and offered me an update….

It seems Seamus had stuffed an entire Berry Explosion muffin into his mouth in an attempt to crush it before we spoke….choked on the monstrous 2 pounder and had to get the Heimlich from his coworkers…

He did not return any of my calls the rest of the weekend…that sort of thing must be hell on the throat….

KRISTA

Krista is on the same diet as I am it seems.  She offered up a 151.8 this morning…she blames it on weekend drinks.

I get it…we’ve had a terrible summer and some warm weekend nights….there were a lot of lawn chairs on driveways this weekend in the Ottawa area.

Now…with Krista’s “feeder” away the next couple of weeks…and a bridesmaid’s dress to squish into…soon…very soon…Krista will have to tighten up the old bouche…

She could head on over to the sugar bear and try to melt it off……

The Quote of The Day

“Believe me, every heart has its secret sorrows, which the world knows not, and oftentimes we call a man cold, when he is only sad.”

–Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

What do I say…I’m not sure….even Longfellow might not have been able to explain why a man must be cold in the hopes it makes him seem more…..manly….

We’ve separated being a human into categories….and a lot of people misunderstand these categories…how other humans judge us for staying within what we think these categories should be….

Anyway….

Babe….I love you.

XO

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Groundhog days…

RUSSETT


There have been so many hard fought groundhog days here at the man blog…years and years of them…

No matter how hard you starve…you can not lose a pound….not an ounce!!!!

Mr. Russett…the sugarbear…is stuck in a groundhog cycle…every morning he wakes up…at anytime…he looks around and realizes…this is a new day!  My starvation will be rewarded on this day…

No sir….as the Beagle steps onto the silver monster he is greeted with this….


We must consider though….he hasn’t been under 200 pounds in a year…and he has been now for 3 straight days….He hasn’t eaten in a week….

Not sure what keeps him going at this point…but he is managing to get his base calories from somewhere….

Is he eating whats left of his muscle mass…or his grey matter….

Time will Tell

SEAMUS BROWNE

wowzers…..I haven’t heard from the big boy in 2 days…the last time we spoke he told me that he was timing how long it takes for sour kids candy to melt in a can of Pepsi….he was amazed to realize that the rate at which sour kids melt in Pepsi is affected by thermodynamics….a cold can of pepsi melted the sour kids slower than a warm can….

Anyway, Seamus was on his second dozen Pepsi’s when I spoke to him…he was pretty much shattered at that point…between gummies and pop he had managed several pounds of highly refined sugars…

His weight….last he checked….390 pounds.

My lord…..

RICHARD D’AOUST

I think Richard is actually taking this seriously….he is actually watching what he consumes….but no weight in…he only weighs on Fridays….

Guess what that means?


Richard is burning Cals kids….

KRISTA KELLY

Krista seems to be on the HTG diet…that’s the one where you lose a few pounds and then demolish the fridge.

On Monday Krista was under 150….remember….I may have said 250 but I get mixed up with my hundreds now that we have a big boys club….

Krista Celebrated being under 150 with…a bag of gummies and some popcorn..and drum roll…………………

Up…Tuesday she weighed in at 150.4.  We had a wee chat about diets and stuff during which Krista told me she was a fortune teller of sorts…..geez….I mean….I’ve made a lot of lofty claims in my life…like I’m going to lose 30 pounds in 30 days….but…if I could see the future….I would already know there is zero chance of that….

Regardless Krista told me she had these feelings….she knows stuff….future type things….

Well Krista is sure of one thing….she gained…weighing in this morning at 151.2 pounds….this she blames on her HUSBAND….

lol

She claims he comes home with chips…he is a ‘Feeder’ she says….chips AND pepsi….shhhhh…don’t let Seamus find out you have Pepsi…

Anyway, Garry is off to England tomorrow…Krista thinks she will lose weight while he is gone…..

We shall defo know if the crystal ball is telling the truth won’t we….

CAPITONE DONALD RAMSAY BUCHANAN

Now that the Capitone is seriously bulking up we will have to address him with a bit more respect…or suffer the consequences….and no one wants to mess with a man in the midst of a steroid induced rage.

ZEE capitone Ramsay Buchanan is up again, hammering the scale at 135 pounds, up from 127…major gains….I hope he forwards us an updated selfie tomorrow…

YOURS TRULY

Light weight!!!!!  PEANUTS!!!!

I’m down to 236.6 pounds….but…it’s Wednesday.

Last Wednesday I weighed 236.4…my low of this round of man blog dieting….I then managed to get to 242 overnight…Wednesday night….

….imagine.

By the way…I have had 2 dilly bars each of the last 2 nights….so they aren’t the issue…..

I will attempt to take it easy on the donuts tonight…..

The Quote of The Day

Somewhere there’s a score being kept, so you have an obligation to live life as well as you can, be as engaged as you can.
Bill Murray

I wonder what my score might be….I do like to live life…I must…I try to live with passion…it isn’t always easy.  Living life can be tiresome….and much of what I have is given to my children….I make that choice….

But I do live….and I like a great laugh every single day.

Babe….I love your face.

XO

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Focus…

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Here at the man blog we do try to lose a pound or 2 once in a while….these events, sometimes referred to as diets, do at times lead to weight loss…..not often…but once in a while….

Serious sustained life changing weight loss?

……NO……

but do we create a bit of room for chicken wings….you betcha!

We may as well start where the buck stops…Yours truly…

I did not have a single ice cream sandwich this weekend….ZERO ice cream sandwiches!!!   NONE!

Last night I did have 2 dilly bars….Syd works at DQ….wtf am I supposed to do….I have to support the place!!!

Let’s see….I had cake, chips and dip, chocolate bars, bon bons…..I generally had just about everything a grown man shouldn’t have if he wants to drop a pound or 2.

I did do the jillian michaels 20 minute shred…..if you think 20 minutes of that can battle against pudding infused cake….no sir….incorrect.

Yours truly weighed in at 242.4 this morning….ok   ok….today I attempt to stop killing myself with crap food….yes Donald….I’m eating too much…..that frigin Donald….working his ass off and making the rest of us feel badly….I wonder if he is cheating….he seemed a bit ……..different when I last saw him…..

Richard

Richard told me this Saturday that he was down 12 pounds…I believe that puts him at 376 libbies….I’ll have to confirm.  Richard is actually watching what he eats and getting a bit of exercise in.  I do believe he will get under 300 and it will be great seeing it happen…..Donald has not personally attacked Richard yet…..I think as long as his hormones stay in check and he isn’t juicing to bulk up…..it should be fine.

Russett

Mr. Russett is below 200 pounds for the first time in a year offering up a weigh in of 199.6

Sean won’t let me have the jelly beans that were left on his desk with 20 pounds of other candy…and he may not be eating them himself either….

Past diet type events have proven successful for the Beagle….short term….

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There were man blog challenges in the past that proved successful….as we can see from this milestone photo from days long ago….

Krista

Krista…being a young lady….doesn’t have the testosterone potential of her competition here….and Donald….well…I’m not sure the current medication Donald is taking to bulk up should even be permitted….not fair for us men…and not fair to Krista in many ways!!!!

Krista weighed in this morning at 249.6   is that a miracle….I mean she is working out all the time right?  This weekend after gymnastics Krista’s daughter asked to go to Pizza Pizza, she remembered it being yummy and Krista can’t refuse the pleas of her daughter.  While Krista was awaiting her food a robust man entered with his 2 children…both heavy….The fit looking chinese man behind the counter took their order of 2 pizzas…which got Krista thinking….Why are Chinese people usually thin while we North Americans are Obese….Why do most Chinese people control their eating while we act like it’s the last time we will see food…it’s not like we are starving….

She says she “thinks we should follow a “Chinese diet” and I don’t mean buffet style!”

….that’s a quote kids….true story…….when I asked Krista if she was sure I should post this……..well…I won’t get into it….

Let me just say….if this kid isn’t one of your friends you’re missin out!

Donald

Donald is bulking up!  He doesn’t need a diet…lucky for him he will never know if he would be proud of a bit of extra weight or if he would suffer fat shaming.

Me personally….I’m lucky…if I hit the gym hard I can pack on muscle…even at my age…and eat…my lord I can put back calories at the gym…..but Donald is one of those skinny dudes that finds it hard to pack on muscle….

…..Now I’m wondering if Donald isn’t on some sort of hormone therapy in an attempt to make this years Arnold’s…..

I’m seriously worried!!!!

Anyway, Donald ate prime rib on Friday night….the entire thing…….on Saturday morning he half a pound of bacon….5 eggs and 5 slices of toast….Donald crushed a handful of pills prior to going to the gym on Sunday….I’m not sure what hormones he was taking but I think something isn’t right…….


Geezus….Donald is packing it on in all the right places….

I’m not sure he is going to be casting for a hero in the next Conan the Barbarian movie…..but I’m sure he will find a place on the big screen somewhere.

No weight on the Donald….but I’m guessing he is up at least 5 pounds and…..one cup size…..or….maybe not….

Seamus

He lost a pound this weekend…down to 381 pounds.  I’m not sure if he had an active bladder which led to the single pound he lost….we shall catch up with him in depth this week!

The Quote of the Day

The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like, and do what you’d rather not.
Mark Twain

He may have been onto something….but I wonder if Donald is too….something BAD.

That kids is today’s man blog….I really must stop with the candies….seriously!

Babe…fun as usual.  XO

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