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My second attempt tonight….

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Why not…this is my second attempt at a man blog tonight, the first filed away in the unpublished blog folder to remain hidden until some time…who knows….

This is it.

I spent the night cleaning….I clean best to music….cranked…dancing around the kitchen trying to get this house in order…and almost impossible task with 4 young ladies….but the music makes it easier….

As does the dancing….

I love to dance….I don’t like to sit still unless it is under the shawl of interesting conversation…preferably with someone properly connected to themselves and the rest of the universe…am I….I’m not sure…but I do try…

I am connected to a group of people I love very much…and much of a few of the never to be published man blogs discuss that deeply….

The first man blog tonight started saying I might wrack tonight…and I feel that building as I prepare to lay out how I’m feeling….

And that is loved…..Life may not have been kind to me….but I love it…and I put everything I have into that….

As I dance around the house, something I’ve found myself doing more and more often…back to days long ago….I do suffer….

Very shortly I’ll head up to bed, tonight Charlotte sleeps in her own room…so alone it is for me and likely a better nights sleep, although in Toronto alone a found myself awake every hour or so….shaken by the memories of other times……

I’m not sure about sharing my feelings sometimes, I hate having to do it….to show my tears to the world….

I don’t want to be this….I just want to be……without this…..

You know what feelings these are……fear…..weakness…….these things can not define me….

I fight my tears tonight until the back of my throat aches……I punish myself to pretend to be something I’m not………….

And I publish my lies like a fool………….

Babe……thank you for making me this person….for showing me what everything means………

The Quote of the Day

I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.
Audrey Hepburn

I believe in green….I love to laugh and hate that I spent some years not doing enough of it….kissing…..there can never be too many kisses.

I try to be strong, but the definition is often misunderstood…but I try…sometimes I do make mistakes.

We all should be happy, and there is nothing more beautiful than a smile placed on the face of another…it will shine inside….

I’m not sure what tomorrow will bring…and miracles….well………………I haven’t thought about miracles like I used to…..

Now I will let go…..time to wrack………

XO

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Let’s try to clear something up….

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I realize the man blog may not be bright and airy lately….it might seem that I am buried…..totally…

But I am not.

I have lots of happiness in my life….how much….very possibly more than you.

I’m a happy person….I think happier than most.  It’s all about outlook.  I wake up every morning and embrace the day, ya, some of those days suck….badly….but even on my worse day I can make the cashier at Canadian Tire smile…

I’ve come a long way since I broke down in tears in that same line up…..

Am I there…where I want to be…no….I don’t know if I will ever be there…but I do try…I want to be there worse than you know….

I love there…….

so…ya…I wrack thinking about how good that could be….how nice it is when your life is just a bit closer to perfect.

But my life isn’t bad right now, sure it’s tough….I mean…I’m pretty much an emotional wreck…and on top of that I’m still getting used to being the single father of 4 young ladies.  Dance, music, soccer, schools, dinner, lunches….

My life is also about love….laughter….dance…..I love life….I have great friends.  Fun?  We know exactly what we are doing….and my babies see that.  A father that loves life…sure he cries…moans….but not every day.

What do we do every day?  We sing along in the truck to cranked up pop music….we dance…we tell each other we love…..

I’m close to there…..

Will I have to forget to finish the journey….I won’t….it will never happen….let go….no….that’s not an option either…..

But I can add….I can love again……………………

Charlotte will know the love and support of a woman in her life…..I hope….I dream………

I dream…..of Ev……of the love we had together……….not a distant memory just yet.

And I wrack…every day…..

You see, that’s what I’m doing here.  I’ve said it 1000 times……

I sit here and I write down these feelings that I could allow to destroy me….to make it impossible to jump up and down on the dance floor at the pub.

But I won’t do that…you see….outside of this chair….in front of this computer….I’m just me….If you meet me at the grocery store, the gas station or the pub…I’m just me…..you can’t tell that I’m ruined…….you can’t see my pain….

Ya…sometimes it sneaks out and gets me….but I’m getting better at controlling that…..and I wouldn’t either….except to spare the strangers at the pub from wondering….or worrying….or whatever……but some people do see it when it squeaks by…

And that’s fine……….I am me…….so…….

I sat down here this morning to explain how well I think I’m doing….trudging along through the 5 stages of loss I suppose….I’ve come a long way since the first morning I woke up after the shock wore off……and I may still have a long way to go….

But I have to do it to do it…….and that’s what I’m trying to do……..

so what I wrack along the way……

it’s simple……

Simply this…..

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

 

The Quote of The Day

Life is not lost by dying; life is lost minute by minute, day by day, in a thousand small uncaring ways.
Stephen Vincent Benet

I live….fully…..If I didn’t I likely wouldn’t have to do this….

I could be living life quietly….peeking out from below a blanket….hiding at work every day….quietly amongst my family and friends…..but that is no life….

Life is for the living…….I live….

It’s been a while since I’ve offered up some thanks so here goes…Mandy of course, Shelley, Sarah, Parker, Arthur, Vinnie…all the guys, not you Pesh….Kerri, Dan and Mo…The ladies at the Heart and Crown….for never cutting me off…even when I wish I was…Yvette, Andrea, Mary, Sylvia and dozens of anonymous people that have contacted me because of this blog….for better or worse you’ve kept me going or made me think….Is this the right journey…..I thank my sisters too…Liz and Bridgitte….thank you all………

That’s it…..I hope you all have a great day….

 

 

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Why am I doing this…..

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I sit here wondering why I write this man blog….I could easily write this stuff down and never publish it…

Would I be hiding too much….of course….the people that are closest to me wouldn’t understand that in a moment of quick torpor at the pub I might be fighting tears….thinking of some beautiful memory….some moment of ultimate happiness…..

I’ve been terrible recently, these past few weeks have been deadly on me emotionally….

I’m fighting tears now….yesterday…at the pub on Saturday after golf…..

Not on the golf course though…..not due to the golf….but there is a state of mind that allows me to feel her near me….a warm embrace…….not good of course…..but once you’re in it….it’s very hard to let it go…..and when it does, as you feel it pass…..then you will find yourself at the pub….halfway through the night fighting tears in front of 200 people….

This is not what I want to be……….

I’m lost….I am…..

Fought my tears as I dropped the young ladies off to school, saved for a moment by a short conversation with a friend and then right back at it….

I’m buried now……quicksand for weeks it seems….I’m not sure what has brought this on….taken me back….or maybe I do….and it sucks.

There is a characterization for you….it sucks….how else can I simply describe it…..

Anyway….I’ve sat here for minutes thinking about what I am….who I have been and what I’ve become….in the end I could tell you how badly I feel about myself….because I do………..should I?  I guess I just did…. I’m not sure if good deeds fix bad seeds……I do try to be as good as I can to the universe….it has not paid me well for it recently….but I haven’t always been this person either….and deep down inside I wish I wasn’t.  Life would be easier….being good is not the easiest path….

The thing is….the human connection I feel when I help another person, a stranger or a friend….the part of me that is that person is the bit that Ev loved in me….

Where am I at today….pitying myself…….trying to figure out what I’ve done to deserve this…..

Screw it…that’s enough of me hating myself out of feeling pain for one day…..

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The Quote of The Day

Obsessed by a fairy tale, we spend our lives searching for a magic door and a lost kingdom of peace.
Eugene O’Neill

Is this my fairy tale?  My children’s?

When will my peace come?

Ya……..when……..

The good news for some is that the September diet extravaganza has been postponed, yesterday over breakfast at the pub while watching soccer with a few of the guys it was best decided to defer the diet to October…after Thanksgiving…

You see….if you are going to close the pub every weekend….you aren’t doing it right.

So I think for myself anyway, I’m going to give up the glug for a couple of weeks….after thanksgiving and before halloween parties begin….2 weeks…

Movati should open shortly after that and maybe…just maybe I can start 6 months of getting my act together…this I did before with great success…..we shall see.

For those of you that are here to read my grief….I don’t like this….but I have no other healthy escape….I have options….but this is likely the best of them…..I’m sorry I have to do it……

And I mean it…..I wish I didn’t……

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I’ll make this quick….

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I’m swamped….I’m not buried with too much….I’m mesmerized by the whirlwind and I simply can’t focus on any of it….

So what do you do….lol…

You throw your hands up in the air and worry about it tomorrow….screw it……

Yesterday 9 months ago my lovely wife passed away….I do not believe it…..

I went out to visit her grave, a beautiful day for it….I took the bird……..she would have loved it….

To be honest, if she were still here today, I’d never drive it….her butt would be in the seat of that car, you’d see her beautiful hair blowing in the wind as her and a car load of her friends drove around hooting and hollering like college girls….

What I would give to see that today….ah….what if’s….I’ve been reduced to this today…..what if’s….just great….

wrackin it out….

So, I went to visit Ev, have a chat with her close….I take off my flip flops to feel the grass between us………to share some space……………

Why do I have to do this!!!!!!!

Not today…….I wrack too hard today kids…………

next time.

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OMG!!!!

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Week 2 of back to school….you have got to be kidding me…..

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I mean….I’m not sure I’m going to make it….I can only color my hair so much…..soon it’ll be on the floor….

I did not sign up for this….and it seemed much easier last year, I’ve done this for 6 months alone….it seemed easier…much easier.

Well…I’ve only got what…like the entire school year to go….my lord.

Charlotte has been talking about Ev almost daily, she brings up things….memories of Ev….always….She killed me last night though.

Charlotte has always played with her belly button, from a very early age…Ev and I used to joke with her about it and she would only let Ev touch it, seldomly me…..

Ev told her that her belly button was joined to mommy…

I asked Charlotte why she plays with her belly button last night….and she says touching it makes it bigger….

She told me it’s a part of mommy, where they were attached…………..and she said I could touch it as long as I was soft because she didn’t want me to pop it….

I crushed me then….12 hours ago….and I wrack now because of it….

I do not want to feel like this…..I can fight my emotions….I fight until the back of my throat hurts…holding in my wracking sorrow…..

Tomorrow is 9 god damn months………………..

9 months.  How is that even possible………….

I can’t do this….I can’t…..

Now onto the make believe………

THE MAN BLOG WEIGH IN

Let’s start with Kevin Parker.  Kevin weighed in this morning at 256 pounds.

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So…the September diet extravaganza was Kevin’s idea….

He has yet to start….

Looking good buddy!

Next up…Seamus Browne

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What do you want me to tell you…Oh wait….these 2 have been calling me fat lately….

Bahahahahahaha

Payback sucks….

But to be fair I’m going to go upstairs right now and take a picture of myself with my shirt off….yes I will be taking advantage of camera angles….but this is me…right now……

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Now….I’m hardly slim…I am trying to drop 20 pounds after all….but I’m down to just a few chins….

Actually, I’ve been on the scotch diet the last 2 days and I’m down 3 pounds, today I hit the scale at 226.6 pounds….I’ll take it.

Scotch diet again today with UB40 followed by poker….wish me luck!

Trafford

Old man Trafford is on the shakes and weighs in at 174.2 pounds.

I can’t do the shakes, I simply do not have the willpower to cut food out of my life to that extent…I simply enjoy the old stuff face.

Then again everyone in the September diet extravaganza wishes to be a bit thinner……and why not!

Trafford is already skinny as far as I’m concerned…..

Arthur and Vinnie

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Vinnie is in Toronto so no weigh in today, yesterday he came in at 177 steady after a 5 course dinner at his mother’s. Last night he had an 8 oz steak at the Keg and 2 beers….

Arthur is at 190 this morning after a weigh in yesterday of 188 pounds.  He had chicken for lunch, pizza for dinner and 3 beers.

I have read, heard and seen….that grown men should never….ever….eat pizza.

I love the stuff myself.

By the way, my scotch diet has included no less than 2 beers each of the last 2 days….no less…….

That’s it for today…Boyling offered up 191 yesterday and nothing from Turkish or the mad bomber today….busy planning a flight maybe…….

So….the quote of the day………….what do you do in a situation like this…..I’ll have to turn to Hunter I guess…let me see.

Remember this, folks – I am a Hillbilly, and I don’t always Bet the same way I talk. Good advice is one thing, but smart gambling is quite another.
Hunter S. Thompson

I’m sure I’ve thrown this one out before….it comes down to this….I’m a simple guy….in heart and mind….I take very little of the universe….I ask for help seldom from my friends and never….ever….anything from strangers….

But I try to give…..in any small way I can, I do try to spread a little happiness, and those that know me know….

Of course I play by my rules…..my cars are fast and loud and I make few apologies for that….my opinion is the same and often I don’t care to hold back either….maybe too often….

In the end……this is why Ev loved me…….it’s all I have…..who I am…..what is left……

To my friends…..I love you all….I couldn’t do this alone…..I couldn’t……..

Babe….I miss you every minute….I drive the bird imagining you beside me……….I wish you were…….someday……

We will wrack…..forever maybe……

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what the faq…..

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Have I ever done anything this hard in my life….I don’t think so….nothing I recall….not even close….

I don’t know…I just don’t….I can’t even wrap my head around it….

You see…you think you’re good…you’re recovering…better….but really you’ve just lied to yourself….you’ve pulled the wool over your own eyes….

Something in your brain has risen up to tell you everything will be okay, it all seems very believable….in reality though, you’re simply not dealing with it….and you don’t realize it because….well….it’s your make believe….you can rationalize you’re doing as well as you want to believe you are…..

Now…does that make any sense….as I sit here with my scrunched up face….I don’t know

This is what I do realize….I’m 3 days away from 9 months…….I spent the first 5 or 6 months of that trying to talk myself into believing I was going to be fine….that I already was….

The big issue was that I was simply waiting to find Ev….I figured she would turn up somewhere….or just come home….stroll up the driveway and into the house………

Ya……you do that…..you imaging the door is going to open up and she is going to walk in and tell me she missed me…..

………I’m waiting right now for that door to open……………….

So….where does that leave me in a rational world…..well I just continue to make believe…….

After those first 6 months it got a bit easier….I gave up………I did……….I just said screw this and gave up…..I let my emotions go, I lived in a different place……

It was good…it was………..but I can’t do that forever……nooooooo…..I have to go on living…..

I have to continue to be in pain……….

In just a moment I’m going to write the man blog weigh in…..a good bit of distraction….

Distractions….very important……….

The Weigh In

I’m at 227.2 pounds and going down this week.  I’m going to try my best not to overindulge in anything…..a bit of what I like…and an attempt at lowering my carbs…..We shall see….

The Iranian Joins: Pirouz

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Pirouz has offered up a few weigh ins that I have yet to post…let’s have a look….

oh…can’t do that…Pirouz has offered up his weight and consumption on the GBG whatsapp thread….try going through that for meaningful info…nope.

 

I do know this…He said he was too fat for his height…..he is just under 3 feet ish tall….I think…or so it seems…..

So if he is too fat for his height at 3 feet tall where do Kevin and Seamus fit in….

Parker

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Kevin offered up 2 things….a weight of 256 pounds and the word beer….see above for more info…..

Seamus

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um….Seamus didn’t offer up an update…he promises to weigh in when he gets home….for more info….you know what to do….

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Vinnie

Vinnie is not afraid to eat…the list of food that this man consumes any and every day is nothing short of amazing….pasta…beer…pizza…beer…pasta…beer…..now its time for lunch………cake….pasta….oh wait….a salad with pasta and pizza….and a beer….dinner time!!!!!  Starving….had a steak….with pasta…..stuffed with pasta…..and a beer….

Geezus….

Vinnie weighs in at 177….he is packing the pounds on this September!

Boyling

Boyling is down…almost breaking into the 180’s at 190.2 pounds.  I’m not sure what Boyling is up to but its working….you know….I don’t see Boyling at the pub very often….maybe there is something to that….

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Arthur

Down to 189 pounds after…let’s add this up…

5 beers +

3 red bull and Vodka + pasta +

7 beers + 2 vodka rb + chips curry ribs and a ceasar salad +

4 beers a burger and fajitas…..

NO SNACKS he says…..

grand total 16 beers 5 vodka red bull and 27000 food calories….and he lost a pound because he says he didn’t have snacks……..

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This photo speaks for itself.

Andy and Turkish

you never see these 2 anymore….they hide out….international spies perhaps…

Trafford is up after 1 and a half litres of rum….now 179 pounds

Ayhan is down I’m betting….but nothing from him today…so a quick photo of turkish it is.

AyhanThe Quote of the Day

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.
Thomas A. Edison

Here goes nothing….I think I have about 200 mornings to survive until summer vacation….breakfast…lunches….then dinners….laundry….

I mean I did load after load of laundry this weekend and ended up with 20 towels in the laundry room when I woke up this morning……

WTF!!!!!!!

This was NOT the plan Babe……..

I love you….and I miss you always…..too much…..toooooo much……..

 

 

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Here’s the thing….

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I don’t know….

I just don’t

I think I have it figure out, I think I’ll be able to get through the first day of school without feeling terrible….but I don’t…I end up moaning and fighting my tears…..

I don’t want my children to have to console me…..it isn’t fair…I’m not a huge fan of Charlotte staring into my eyes trying to figure out what is wrong with her father…..not a fan at all.

So…I sit here now day 2….pound out a quick man blog and then try to fix the door into the yoga room…dragging a bit….frigin steal studs…if it was wood I wouldn’t be fighting this thing….

I might crank out a newsletter too….get the word out on $5 yoga classes…it’s impossible that these classes aren’t full right now…too hot out for hot yoga though, come February I’ll wish the yoga room was twice it’s size.

Anyway…life is tough right now…back to school…kids wanting dance and soccer….some kids just not willing to help out at all….rebellion I thought would wait until later…..

And the bad cop isn’t here….it isn’t an easy balance alone….my hands are full and the tap is on full tilt………

I wish she was here to fix it…..

I guess I’ll wrack now……………it’s not easy……..

The Weigh In

What did I lose yesterday…half a pound it seems….and I ate like crazy….junk food and otherwise….

On the otherwise I had a bowl of chili, 2 sausages and an entire family sized bag of salad….I won’t mention the junk food but it did include 2 pints.

I hit the scale this morning at 229.2 pounds

Kevin

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That is some pretty nice kit Parker was able to grab there….a triple xxxl and elephant shorts….they almost fit

Kevin still weighs 255 pounds….it looks good on him…he carries it really well….

Arthur

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This Scot is down another pound.  NO beer….NO snacks…fresh veg and yogurt for lunch and a fresh BBQ chicken breast salad for supper…

That’s a lot of fresh!

Arthur finds himself at 189 pounds….

Boyling

I’ve been pretty hard on Boyling here at the man blog, and to be fair he has been losing weight and offering his weigh in very timely.  So I figured I’d give him a new headshot and post his picture on Arnold’s body…so I looked around the web of electronic information and found this…..

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I mean….Arnold….let’s be serious…..

Boyling is down to 191.8 pounds….I need to get my act together.

Beagle

Beagle offered up 191.7 pounds yesterday…I’m not sure how….I offer this up in return…..

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Seamus

He claims to have lost another pound….263…..bahahahahahah

Andy and Vinnie

Andy and Vinnie fell into a great depression yesterday after reading the man blog, Andy ate a medium meat lovers pizza……meat lovers….a bag of english chocolates….and a stiff rum and coke….

is all that code for something Andy??????  Where was Vinnie during all this you ask?  He was enjoying a BBQ sausage he claims…..

hmmmmm……I know we just saw this yesterday but…let’s review one more time shall we….

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Trafford   178.6   Vinnie 176.5

Turkish

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Ayhan is really onto something here….exercise!

He is down to 198.2 pounds after 130 min walk, 45 min swim. 1 cup All Bran….hell I could go on and on about all the healthy stuff he ate…but in the end he added up all his calories and came up with 1286….

Hey…who’d of thunk it?

Maybe we should all eat less and exercise….walk over to the pub maybe…..

 

The Quote of The Day

No one is in control of your happiness but you; therefore, you have the power to change anything about yourself or your life that you want to change.
Barbara de Angelis

I found this quote searching for a quote about being out of control….which is how I have felt many times….luckily this is how I spent much of my youth….and I like to believe I’m slightly smarter now…..very very slightly.

It is true though, I control my happiness….it’s one of the reasons I have sat here almost 200 days and written these blogs….

I’m in so much pain……so much!  I have to hide it every day from my children…my friends…my customers…..in fact at this time I still can’t manage to go to the shop if someone is there……….I wait in the parking lot!!!

There…confession of the day.  I’m hurt and weak and sad……but you’ll not easily get that out of me except here…..here I don’t have to be me………

Here I am the seed…..the thing I hate…………….

Babe…..I love your face……I wish……….I wish for so much that can never happen…..

Ya ya…I wrack…I review…I post…and I get on with it for another day…………….

 

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Weight loss what?

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Week one of the September weight loss extravaganza has ended….updates in a moment……

First a word about life, love……..and all the great stuff in between.

As I spin out of control some days, and it does happen, spinning twisting turning….my life dissolves and sometimes I push the limits like a school yard roundabout….pushing harder and harder….until all I can do it hold on….wait for the moment it’s safe to jump off…..

Other times I don’t….I used to keep one foot outside the ride at all times….and I have been trying hard to do that recently….

AC\DC concert not included of course….

That was Thursday….Friday I thought I’d go to ZIzi’s for a nice quiet dinner by myself…..and I twisted and spun…..

The long weekend was a blur, the last of the summer enjoyed with friends….great memories……..

On Sunday we played darts on the back deck….it was a great break.  A friend came over to help me with a few projects around the house, a hot day, and we trudged through them….I had taken it relatively easy on Saturday so my mind should have been in the game…but it wasn’t….

For hours as we swung hammers and milled lumber I was able to day dream….I get into a groove when I build things, my mind relaxes and I can waste away a day…..in my memories.

A day spent with Ev in the hospital…….

hours and hours passed me by while I relived that entire day……..

When we decided we had enough of working I went for a shower before darts…the show in the back of my mind still running….faultlessly recorded…..as I shaved I stood there looking at myself while it played out….the laughs we had that last day….while she lay there in pain we still found time for a bit of fun…..the moments I spent with her hand in mine….touching her hair….feeling her……..

Halfway through my shower the doctors realized I was in the waiting room and came to get me………….

And I wrack now the same as I did Sunday night in the shower………..

I told the guys that night in the back yard it had been 4 days since I last cried…..and I guess it’s been 2 since then…….

How many days will I make it this time…..I’ll let you know.

So….it’s our first day back to school…A last minute conversation last night and I think we have Sydney’s path to school worked out, Shelley will drive her to school and I will pick both our kids up….we just need to get the kids on board.  Today I will make the trip, ease Syd into it.

Charlotte is looking forward to school while right now Ave and Rhi could care less….I’m sure Ave will come around once she hits the school yard with old friends….Rhi….no……

Anyway….a distraction for all of us…..

The weight loss extravaganza

I weigh exactly what I did on September 1st, 229.8 pounds.  I had a sleeve of oreos just before bed last night.  I could lay out everything I consumed over the long weekend….since I last recorded the man blog Thursday morning I’ve been to an AC/DC concert and had to leave my truck at a local restaurant…..

I’ll leave my consumption to your imagination….I guess I’ll add that I’m not willing to drive home even after just a few drinks….so the number I had at dinner may not be that enormous….that sangria can sneak up with you….

Which reminds me…..it wasn’t 4 days since I last cried on Sunday…….my god…..I’m lost……geezus…………..

Okay….who is next…

Arthur
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Arthur offered up 190 pounds yesterday, down 2, I did see him at the pub during the scotland game enjoying a few pints…..If he stays off the cookies he might be okay.

Tonight Arthur and I return to Hot Yoga….we may not lose much weight doing it but it’s a good way to stretch out the old bones….

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Ayhan

Last time I heard from Turkish was Thursday morning….he didn’t offer up a weight…just this…

“80 min walk, 45 min swim, no alcohol entire day.  Every 2 hours eat anything you want, no restriction, no oversize portions though.”

No alcohol entire day…..I wonder if there is something to that…..

This is normal from one of the golden boys….you have to lay it out….no alcohol after 10 am…..

You forgot to offer up a weight Ayhan…no alcohol entire day is great….this is the weigh in….

Vinnie

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Vinnie wanted a new headshot….Vinnie wants….Vinnie gets….

Vinnie didn’t weigh in….a few guys didn’t….we know what that means….it’s going to be terrible……

Vinnie was out for the scotland game yesterday….pints….

Andy

Andy also neglected to weigh in….long weekend at the cottage….this would normally hurt my feelings but in about 10 minutes I’ll be doing a search for homosexual grandpa porn for Andy and Vinnie….

Sometimes the internet is a wonderfully horrifying thing…..

Boyling

Boyling came in at 193 pounds….I need a new head shot for boyling too….I get it this week and we give boyling something nice to make up for all the terrible man porn photos he has had to be involved in.

Kevin Parker

255 pounds.  Kevin hasn’t even started to diet yet.  This is the man that initially said we should do the September diet extravaganza….he told us all to quit drinking for the month.

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At least he won’t have to suffer with Andy….and Vinnie….and Seamus….

No weigh in from Seamus either…he was here for Sunday night darts…no food calories were consumed at Sunday night darts folks….

Before we get to that though….

Beagle

Sugarbear offered up 194 pounds, again…his September 1st weight.  HEY…we aren’t gaining weight!!!!!

So….now the punishment….let me see what I can dig up on the web of electronic worldliness.

Try to shield your eyes to save your vision for the quote of the day!

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The Quote of The Day

There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven’t yet met.
William Butler Yeats

I won’t go on and on about my friends….I’ve done it enough and we all as a group now how lucky we are.

Now I make sandwiches….and start my first day back to school……..

What do I have to survive…..today….halloween will be tough, one of Ev’s favorite things…..Thanksgiving should be fine……and a year………….a year is coming……..

You can stare at those words a long time….wondering when life will return to what it was……it’s hard to believe my life can be full of this much happiness and still be a disaster……..

Babe….today I will give the babies a kiss and hug for you on the way to school….I love you and miss you every minute…..

 

XO

 

I don’t want to do this anymore…………………………….

 

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The man diet extravaganza…end of day 2

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We almost had our first female contestant yesterday…I am still just waiting on a starting weight…

That certainly would change up the photoshopping around here….geez.

Anyway…no ladies have signed up yet…..

We do have another of the golden boys in the lineup, Turkish has decided to drop a few pounds…

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Is this Ayhan???? I’m not sure….lol….close enough for today!

Ayhan weighed in starting at 206.4 with a goal of 178 pounds.

This morning he offered up 203.8!  He has been swimming, walking, eating salmon, chicken, veg…small portions every 2 hours….

And just one tiny glass of wine!  That’s 2.6 pounds in 2 days!

abbronzaturaVinnie actually lost weight yesterday….an amazing fact if you consider his diet plan.

5 pints…and a medium chip wagon fry.

Does that seem reasonable diet fodder?  Really Vinnie…..really vinnie…..

You better not get hot grease on that chest of yours Vinnie…it’ll leave a mark and likely hurt like hell!

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Arthur also had 5 pints yesterday….

I guess this is the beer diet for the Scot and Italians….

He also had spaghetti for lunch and butter chicken for dinner.  He crushed the chips yesterday so no snacks all day!

Was that Enough to get Arthur down in weight?  It sure was!  He lost a pound to hit the scale at 191.

Does the beer diet work folks??????

Old Trafford thought he would try the rum and coke diet….that does NOT work!  Andy Weighed in at 177.6, gaining .8 of a pound yesterday…

Shakes Trafford….Shakes….

Beagle hosted poker….I watched him eat a slice of pizza and viva puffs…he also drank many florida tracksuits….but…that’s it, before 6 pm he had nothing but water all day….

Beagle weighed in at 191.4, down another pound.  3.6 pounds thus far.

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You explain it to me….you crush a slice of salty meat lovers pizza at 10pm with a sleeve of viva puffs and you end up down a pound….

The universe is a mysterious place…..

Boyling…….Boyling……Boyling…..

Boyling threw out a 195.2 tying his weight of the previous day….I worry Boyling’s heart isn’t in it…..

So Boyling today I offer you this tid bit…..

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Now gentlemen…I have been kind and considerate enough thus far not to tag any of these photos….these will not likely turn up next week under google name searches….

But that can change….and quickly….

Richard Boyling………just think about that

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Parker…..Parker offered up a 254 before the pints….not good parker….and now you will pay the price that Boyling has been spared….something from the vault…..

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Sorry Boyling…I lied….I tagged that one.   LOL

Seamus handed over a 264.  Down 2 pounds yesterday and 3 in total….What he is doing to lose this weight is a mystery, he hasn’t offered up a word about diet….I can tell you his exercise regiment though….

ZIP

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But hey…3 pounds is 3 pounds….

Let’s call it a start….

Oh oh…time for yours truly.

I had no diet pills yesterday.  a bowl of Vector, chili and a tomato sandwich…not in that order….

At poker I had a bit of scotch, a track suit and several waters…..maybe…maybe half a bag of chips….um….did I eat a viva pufff…..2?  You bet I did!!!!

I weighed in this morning at 224.4.  I’m down 5.4 pound……

I am the biggest loser….

No need to applaud.  205?  updated goal….oh geezus this is going to hurt………

The Quote of The Day

I’m on a whisky diet. I’ve lost three days already
TOMMY COOPER

If that doesn’t make sense to you….add scotch!

 

For years I wrote the man blog first thing in the morning…Ev would sit on the sofa in the other room waiting for it to be finished so she could have a laugh to start her day….

I hope I bring a laugh to yours.

 

Babe….I love your face forever!

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September diet challenge…day 1 ends.

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Let me start with this…get it out of the way….

While Syd and I drove around the city yesterday, running some errands, we talked about how we used to take the number down for crap apartments and give them to Ev as a joke….or point out rentals to her….she always had some great smart ass rebuttal…

And that conversation ended when I told Syd that I couldn’t believe she was gone…..

Because I’m not sure I do….and this morning while Dave and I watched Charlotte muscle a new bike given to her by the Auns’ family…too big for her by a good margin……..I could see so much of her mother in her….her strength as she drove those pedals……and I said to Dave I wish Ev was here to be as proud as I am…..

Dave said she was……as I walked back home to fight my pain……

Every day I either fight that pain or give in….today I will fight….I fight my tears now…….I’ll pay later…today or a week from now I’ll be reduced to nothing………….

And on that note we begin the diet challenge update.

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In Vinnie’s defence it was Kerri’s birthday yesterday.

He weighed 176.5 pounds this morning up 4 pounds.  Vinnie had an all dressed burger for lunch with fries and 2 beers, small antipasto, plate of pasta followed by stuffed tomatoes and cake, 2 glasses of wine and an after dinner liquor…

I’m not sure Vinnie has this September diet thing worked out just yet….

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Arthur managed a break even at 192 pounds with a 6 inch sub, home made spaghetti a mini keiths pitcher and a small bowl of chips….just to get rid of the bag.

Well now that there are no chips for this Scot to eat we will see what tomorrow brings.

andy shakesTrafford is on the shakes…down a full pound to 176.8.  He managed one real meal yesterday, a Vietnamese Vermicelli.  It appears that Andy may be taking this seriously.

At his age it is amazing he can lose weight….what is the metabolic rate of a fossil?  Anyone?

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Beagle crushed the weight loss down 1.6 pounds.  He weighs in at 192.4 pounds after only drinking water all day until 10 pm when he was attacked by a back of chips and salsa….imagine if he had simply hit the sack….rather than the bag…..

Boyling offered up a starting weight of 195.2 after pub chips and curry with 3 pints….or wait…that was his second supper….not a good start….Boyling gets this photo today….just because it makes me laugh.Richard Boyling a masculine scent
I think Boyling likes that one….Boyling are you off the milk?

Next up is me!Victor Wheeler album cover

I might have enjoy a few sips of scotch with the neighbors….and Seamus…last night…after which I decided to eat the house. I still lost over half a pound thanks to earlier in the day starvation. I hit the scale this morning at 292.2 pounds

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Parker broke even after 2 fish tacos, a shake, a small bowl of soup and a swim…his weigh in was a guess….if he guesses again tomorrow he will love the new photo I come up with!

Seamus lost a pound to be at 266.  He was seen drinking a light beer on my street last night.seamus browne
266 will require a bit of work but I know he can do it!

Poker tonight. Never good. I’ll try water but I feel I may have a sip or 2 of scotch….we will see.

Quote tomorrow….along with comments from the exercise/nutrition specialist that doesn’t believe in commonly accepted BMI charts.  bahahahaha….I’m not sure about any of the other guys about….but if you are taking diet pills the charts end up a jumbled mess of lines and numbers.

Hey….Have a great day!

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The Weight Loss Extravaganza

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Welcome to September and the start of the biggest weight loss event the man blog has ever had.

At this point we have 8 contestants….eight!  I would not be surprised to find a few more people clamoring to embarrass themselves on this site in the hopes it will drive their weight down…but….it has never worked for any of us….

Think of the fun though….

The line up….I guess I’ll start with the newcomers.

Vinnie

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Vinnie enters the weight loss challenge for the first time although he was featured on the man blog 2 years ago while on vacation in the DR….still the same outfit, a simple change in color is all Vinnie needs to freshen up his wardrobe. The Italians really now how to let go of their inhibitions….
Vinnie weighs in today at 172.5 pounds

No report on his weight loss goal, likely just an excuse to cut back on the odd beer and get out in his airie outfits.

Vinnie is not the…..can I say fattest….hell it’s my man blog….Vinnie is not the fattest of the contestants

 

Arthur

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Arthur, like Vinnie above, was featured here during a Dominican trip a couple years ago…a joyous event where he and Vinnie spread the joy and wonder of their cultures deep into the Caribbean.  Vinnie of course wearing his mankini while Arthur the Scot is more often found in plaid skirts….  I suppose a dinner gown of sorts.

He’ll be backing off the haggis hard this coming month.

Arthur is not the fattest here at the man blog….

Arthur weighs in at 192 pounds.

 

 

Andy

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Andy is back!

This senior citizen is the man behind the decision at Carlingwood to swap out the carpeting for a high wear ceramic tile!

Andy spends much of his spare time cutting up the rug and by that I mean he is running….or walking…up a storm battling those calories with the rest of his age group at malls across the city with Carlingwood being an old school favorite.

The old man weighs in at 177.8 pounds with a goal of 168.  Reasonable enough

Andy is not the……fattest….competitor on the man blog…..

 

Beagle

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Beagle has been around for more diet challenges than I want to remember….I mean…years of them.

He is still knocking the world off it’s axis folks…

Now…beagle is actually still under 200 pounds, easily 10 pounds below his old running weight.  He finds himself at 194 pounds at the start of the weight loss challenge.

So maybe we can keep the weight off…..

Beagle is not the fattest competitor on the man blog.

Boyling

Boyling did not send his weight in….I gave him 24 hours to manage it and he did not…..so what do we do now?????

Drum roll please…….kindly allow me to reintroduce Boyling…..

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I’ve tried to be kind Boyling…

Boyling is also keeping it off, I expect he will also weigh in at under 200 pounds since his last weight melting challenge.  He found his success through Isagenix…a mixture of starvation, mystery cleansing fluid and starvation…

Tomorrow we weigh in on time Boyling or you’re getting the rod….and you don’t want everyone to see a picture of you getting that do you????

Boyling is not the fattest competitor on the man blog…..

Yours Truly, Me

20150901_073107Okay…I weighed in at 229.8 pounds this morning.  And I’ve offered up a photo of me, excuse the funny face and misbegotten hair…I just rolled out of bed and snapped this lovely example of myself.

As far as common science is concerned I am not obese…no sir…to be considered obese your bmi has to be over 30.  I find myself at 29.5 the very limits of being overweight….

I’m surprised the floor in the old house can support me!

I want to lose 20 pounds….more to be honest but 20 will be an almost impossible task for the month and considering my knee will not hold up to pounding pavement I’ll almost entirely be relying on diet to get it done…

Well…diet and diet pills….

I am not the fattest competitor on the man blog

Parker

Kevin Parker belly flops for the man blog

Parker weighed in yesterday at 255 pounds.  He is still about 10 pounds under his max after 6 months of being back into his regular….regular…hmmm…well his day to day might include the odd beer.

 

Parker has asked for the beer free September but this has been met with considerable opposition.

Cut back…okay…but zero might be a bit much.

I’m sure Kevin would be happy to be 240 pounds….I think he would be happier at 220.  His old knees are breaking down, not from injury…strain baby!

Kevin’s BMI is 32.7

Obese

He is not the fattest competitor on the man blog.

Drum roll please……………

Seamus

Seamus Browne in a brown shirt
Seamus….you are the fattest competitor on the man blog.  I know you look at Parker and think there is noooo way I’m bigger than that man….

But yes….it seems you are.

Seamus weighs in at 267 pounds, his BMI is 34.3

Geezus I just realized how little that BMI number moves….even if I get down to 209 I’ll still be considered overweight…..ok…let’s do this.

Seamus will crush out 40 pounds this month I think….I really do……

 

 

The Quote Of The Day

I love life because what more is there?
Anthony Hopkins

Everyone listed above rejoices in life….for that is the hokey pokey….putting yourself in it.

We live and love and dance and sing….like no other group of guys I’ve every come across……

Maybe along the way we eat a pizza and drink a beer and our belts suffer….but our lives do not.

I love you guys….let’s have some fun this month.

For those of you that have stuck around all the way to this point wondering how I am coping….I’m doing okay the past few days, I’ve survived a great purging here on my main floor and the children and I all seem a bit happier for it….more things have a place and more things are falling into place.

And….very importantly….I feel good.  I know my wife is happy with these changes….

It isn’t easy, it isn’t easy to sit here and write those few simple lines…I wrack for it…..but I know I’m doing everything I can, for healthy kids, and for my own health….

Well maybe not the diet pills but hey…..

Babe….I love your face…..forever.

Today…….be fabulous…wish everyone you can a great day….show them what being joyous in life is all about!

 

XO

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