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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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Some things NEVER change…

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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….

sean russett victor wheeler rickard boyling
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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Oh…the shame….

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Is there Shame in being Fat?

Is there Shame in being Gay?  Let’s think about the social acceptance of being a homosexual these days and consider the difference between that and being Fat.

Is being gay a choice?  To some people it might be….some homosexuals might choose to live their life ‘straight’…whatever that means….but it might very well mean less in that life….less joy….maybe less love…

To most people that are attracted to their same sex….it’s something they are born with….genetics….maybe not genetics…but it’s who they are….their being…

And Fat?  Is it all that different?  Some people are genetically ‘Fat’….heavier than their skinny friends….One person eats an ice cream sandwich….bean pole…the next…chubby…its who they are…their being…..

Does that mean I have to choose not to have ice cream sandwiches….well that depends….do I enjoy eating ice cream sandwiches?  Should I not have what I enjoy…….Now….do I need 3 dinners….maybe not…..

20 years ago I hung out with this guy named Rob…he was a bulky dude…I was thinner then…my 195 vs his 250 at 19 or 20 years old.

Rob and I would occasionally play a bit of squash, we’ve played maybe 10 games vs back then.  One day as we were at the desk at the Nepean Sportsplex the girl behind the counter made a comment….something along the lines that I should go easy on Rob….that he would die trying to keep up….

…..I mean I appeared to be in such better shape…..

Well Rob had a natural athleticism, he was light on his feet…I don’t know…back then he seemed lighter than me…happier too come to think about it…sadly…but he just seemed to have a bounce I didn’t have….

Anyway….I told the girl Rob would kick my ass….which he did….every time we played…..

The fact that I was a pack a day smoker back then likely didn’t help….I habit I gave up at 28 upon the birth of my biggest baby….

Do you think Rob has shame in his appearance?

No….

Do I today?

No….

Russett?

No…

Richard?   No….  Krista….No…   Kevin…No…   Seamus…No….

We are all comfortable with the people we are….we have no shame.

Fat Shaming is not a part of the man blog.  The man blog is a celebration of our lives….a story of the ups and downs of the people included here…..

…..a moment in your day….an added smile….a laugh……I hope.

Hey….after all my tears….am I not permitted to share the other things in my life…..aren’t we all entitled to do and be whoever we are or choose to be?  Can we not share our journey…thoughts…and feelings….or will we be told which to offer…..

What have I been in my life……terrible…….mean……selfish….hurtful…..demanding…..   I have been….in spades…..I have been a mean, inconsiderate, horrible, uncompassionate human being……

Have I grown…..I do try…..  The days of not shedding a tear over a sad movie….a hurt dog….a friend in need….what have you…..those days are over….and were long before I lost Ev.

Am I comfortable with who I am…..I am….I have laid out so much here….my pain…..I am no different than I was when I was a child….I am still afraid of the dark….I am still socially anxious…I consider myself shy….I’m not as wise as I once thought I was….nor as strong……..

But I am me…..and I will stand up for that….and my friends….

No shame in that……

Anyway….I want to lose weight because my knees hurt….my vert is about 2 inches and the landing hurts….can I do that?  Can I want to be a step faster at 46 years old and share that….That’s what we all want here….

…and to have a bit of fun doing it…I mean after the Jillian Michaels 20 minute shred can I not have a laugh….at least at myself!!!!

So…..the fat man blog….

I have new weigh ins

Russett….he forgot to send me a weight…..he did offer up this photo yesterday which might have something to do with it….

Sean RussettI managed a bit of the old weight loss yesterday, 237.2…down just over 2 pounds….How…….well we are out of ice cream sandwiches….and when I picked up Syd from the DQ I only had one…or 2 bites of Charlotte’s dipped cone….I had 2 eggs and one slice of toast for breaky….skipped lunch…..spent the afternoon in Court learning about how children of divorce have to deal with things much like I would if I lost a parent or friend…..5 stages of grief….heard of them………Anyway….I had Mcdonalds for dinner…..down 2 pounds….go figure……

Krista will be excused from the daily photo shoot today….I think….offering up a weigh in and a little diary of events…..let’s review.

……….So today Angie Poirier and Stuntman Stu came to do a “Candy drop-off” which resulted in me eating a bag of gummy bears. Then a leaving lunch at an East Indian Buffet so today eating wise was BAD. There also may have been some Caramel corn while watching Game of Thrones. I did manage to do Pilates and get a bit pink. Tonight I weighed in at 154 which is the most I have been in over a year…need to stop eating crap! I need to get back to 145 where I felt amazing! Hope you didn’t eat many ice cream sandwiches. Jesus I hope my girls never work at DQ. I’d be 300 pounds full of Oreo Blizzards! 😆……

…..These are her exact words….I should have asked her if it was okay to quote her but….

Krista has no Shame…..

Richard….did not offer a weigh in….in his lack of shame he let me know he liked the photos, he wondered what the hell Krista was thinking….you have to know her….no weigh in from Richard, he only hits the scale once a week he says, today he will offer an update….besides..you have to go easy on the scale at 388….Richard has been working at it though, I bet he is down a good deal…..I wonder if he wants to make it two buckets of KFC?

Richard D'Aoust KFC
Wow….rambling….

Seamus….up again….382 pounds…..I’m not sure he even cares about the Thanksgiving weight loss challenge….

Yesterday Seamus had 2 mcgriddles for breakfast….at lunch he had a salad….well he had the bacon cheddar Angus burger and it had pickles on it…that counts as a salad.  Seamus was too tired to craft up much of a dinner…he had a bag of doritos and 2 litres of pepsi while watching football…..he is off the beer on Thursdays…

Yesterday an old friend of mine offered up his opinion on fat shaming….trying to get a response out of me….my friend Donald told me in the past 2 years that he preferred me before I lost Ev….he said I was more argumentative then….I would stand taller for my opinions….

Well dear friend….surprise!  ….I’m back….

You see darling….While suffering from what I believe is something like PTSD….something I don’t understand fully…..I haven’t been able to focus on much the past 36 months….I used to read a book a week….for decades I went to bed at night reading….

….I have read 4 books in the last 2 years….to the end….I’ve started a few others but put them down 20 pages from the end….why…I don’t know….I’m not well…..what do you want me to say….I have no shame in that either….I am what I am and work hard to get past these issues….which is why I do this Donald….

…and dear friend….this you should understand…….

So….I present to you …..my friend Donald….

Donald is a bit thinner than the rest of us…it might be the curls….I’m not sure…

Donald is 5’9″ and weighs in at 127 pounds….I consider it light…but whatever…who am I to skinny shame……

The Quote Of The Day

Having been poor is no shame, but being ashamed of it, is.
Benjamin Franklin

Feel free to exchange the word poor….as society evolves there are a lot of words that we strive to get better at not being ashamed of….to do this requires a skill…..the ability to learn….

The most important lesson….forgiveness…..we must forgive the people that have made us feel shame….it gives us a strength…over them….then we will have no shame….

I wouldn’t mind being able to get around without the screaming knees though….so I’ll have to limit the ice cream sandwiches.

To my friends…I love you all….I will always stand for you and give you everything I can….forgive me for my weakness and I’ll forgive you for yours.  Arthur….none of this homosexual talk is directed at you….we all accept you buddy!  XOXO

Donald….if…..you want to grab that bag of jelly beans from Russett’s desk….it would be appreciated….I do love jelly beans and he is not willing to share.

Babe….hey…what can I say….it’s exactly what you expect from me.

XO

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Ice Cream Sandwiches….

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Did I start a 30 day challenge?   oh oh…

One second, it’s the thanksgiving challenge right….that’s more than 30 days so I thought I might wait until I was actually 30 days out to begin…it’s the 9th of October…I still have a few days.

 

And this kids is why I now weigh 238.8 pounds.  Hey…I was heavier yesterday, a miracle considering I had a nice chicken sandwich at 10 pm last night…what did I wash that down with?

….Did I mention Syd is now working at the DQ?  You heard it here first…and I had 2 DQ ice cream sandwiches post 10 pm last night…

Diets…..

Russett is running the same plan as I am, posting a weigh in of 202.8 today, down from 205 yesterday….I sense someone is starving at the Russett residence.  Beagle did have to make a road trip to drop the boy off at school…it’s funny how The Keg doesn’t have calorie counts on the prime rib…

Richard and Kelly…these 2 are both very active….Kelly posted one of her signature sweat selfies on facebook yesterday…and may have mentioned she was up to 158….I think she said….Richard and Kelly haven’t offered up a weigh in today though, the last I heard from Richard he was at 388….he did tell me he walked 5 km yesterday….

You push 388 5k and tell me how you feel….

Anyway, Kelly knows better not to offer an update….Richard….this is his first go at this sort of thing….I won’t go easy on him.

I'll serve myself thanks....Richard D'Aoust

I’ll serve myself thanks….

Today we test Richard’s sense of humor….lol

As we can see, Richard is getting his fruits at least.

Tomorrow I hope to have a weigh in on the big fella, I mean 388….there is a bit of room to drop massive pounds….

Krista….Is there room to drop massive pounds on our sweaty Beach Body Coach?  Krista has a love/hate relationship with the man blog….It’s great to have a little bit more motivation and none better than posting your success or failure…or lets be serious, a combination of daily….but then there’s the photo shoot….and nobody likes to have  to bare all to the world….once in a while though…Krista gets adventurous….
Krista Kelly bikini
And there she is…ready for the beach….or one of her daily sweat fests….

Krista does have a sense of humor, this we know….but it only extends so far…so we can no longer tag her on facebook posts…she is an avid reader anyway so she won’t be missing this tidbit….

I won’t bother Kevin with the man diet this time around, he has enough on his plate….

So does Seamus….well he did…but he ate it, so I’m including him…Seamus did not offer up a weight but seeing as he stopped by the other day sporting one of his new Tents I’m going to take a guess at his weight….

First I’m going to offer up a review of his new ‘shirt’ I found on the internet.
Seamus Browne new shirt

This little yellow number he showed up in…still a wee bit tight on him I thought…plus judging from this review….a leaky zipper….

I’m not sure I’d be risking that one out on the golf course if it’s calling for rain Seamus…

Anyway…My estimate on Seamus…325…and not an ounce less!

4 Young Ladies and a Headstone

Charlotte and I stopped by to visit Ev on our way to pick up Ave from Bridgitte’s wedding on Sunday….

Charlotte left Ev a small stuffy she laid 100 kisses on…we told mommy we loved her…it’s not easy…..

As I pull out of the Cemetery I still question if Ev is there….it seems impossible….It’s a strange way of being when I think about it….unsure…..

Anyway….I can’t focus on that, I have 4 beauties here back to school….the running around between school and sports….I’m doing 400 km a day without leaving the city!

Zee Quote of Zee Day

At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the positive involvement of parents.
Jane D. Hull

I’ll tell you this again and again….this is not an easy gig….I mean…hurricane’s….that’s easy…you wake up one morning and the weather service tells you a hurricane is going to hit next week. You pack up your things, board up the house and move north to stay will friends for a couple of days until it blows over and you go back to clear the downed trees…..

This….parenting….one day you are having a stroll, enjoying nature and all it’s beauty…a bird….just look at how pretty….and a volcano erupts under your feet….it sends you just clear of the debris and almost certain instant death….you scramble to make sense of everything, hustle up what you can, grab the kids and fight to get them to safety…timeline….15 seconds….

……you survive…..look…a bird………….and you feel the ground rumble…….

The life of a parent….the joys.

Babe….not a volcano to break us thus far….I miss you…..

XO

 

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The Fat Man Blog

It’s on, Russett laid out a proclamation…he plans on losing 30 pounds in 30 days….by Thanksgiving our friend plans on coming in at 175 pounds….

So me…what do I do….agree to attempt the same.

Russett is 204.6

I’m 236.6 this morning, down from my official 30 day challenge weigh in of 238.6….and really, I’m down from 244 last week, which is when I decided I was going to do this…..diet…

The decision came during the HTG street party, some time between 11pm and 3 am….the days clearest hours.  Not a super big deal…but standing there beside Auns reviewing the crowd….it just struck me….this is too much…and Ev would not be happy…might as well dial this down a bit.  I’m not the spring chicken I once was!!!!  Do I really need 3 dinners every day?

So this is it…a diet in my life means 1 dinner…it doesn’t mean I’m restricting very much…well candy bars….I won’t be able to have 10 of those a week like I normally do but I did manage a wee bit of home made banana bread last night….it won’t eat itself!!!!  I can’t toss it out!

So…I’m just eating better, I’ve had a salad every night for dinner since monday….and not just a salad, the entire salad….oh wait…and a nice tenderloin Monday Tuesday and Wednesday…and salmon last night….So, ya, not starving.

Wait….I had a glass of red wine last night….it’s good for the heart….and the soul….maybe I should have one now….no…5:30 am….I’ll have coffee….one second………..

Done…nice.

Okay…along with Russett and I on this journey will be Krista…she will not lose 30 pounds in 30 days…as far as I can tell from her sweat lathered facebook posts she likely has nothing left to lose…but she is one of these beach body coach people….she has a misssion.  We will include her anyway….Then there is Richard from across the street….

Richard across the street…..sorry buddy…if you read this….sorry…

Richard told a few of the HTG boys maybe 6 months ago that he was starting a diet…he weighed in at a svelt 380 pounds and his goal I believe was to lose 80 of those….so he wouldn’t be having a beer with us….well…maybe just one….ish.  An hour or so later Richard’s wife stopped by with a cookie….

…..No word of a lie the thing was as big as a dinner plate…freshly wrapped in plastic while sitting on a Styrofoam plate…the cookie was too big to support it’s own weight…..

Richard was called out on this wee treat and told us he would just be eating half….the man actually took him xmas ham sized hand and rested it on the cookie showing us the half he planned on eating…..first….

oh my geezus…..I love it.

well 6 months later and Richard says his diet start Monday….so he is in,

Oh…just remembered…Russett and I have a bet, who ever loses the least weight by thanksgiving has to buy a bucket of KFC for the other….its low carb….

Of course we will include terrible photos of Kevin Parker and Seamus into the mix…and whatever else I dig up…like this old treasure…..

Kevin Parker

Which is actually my favorite photo of Kevin…I love it…it’s not even photoshoped….not like this next one.

Kevin Parker is immortal at the man blog

So…before I close the fat man blog portion for today I would like to finish of with one important note….

This is not fat shaming.  We are fat…and obviously not ashamed….What is fat shaming anyway….feeling bad for eating too many bonbons?  Nope…we eat our bonbons without shame…..

The Lifey Bit

Charlotte asked me on Monday if I would be sharing Mommy’s stone, to which I responded yes.  I told her I would be happy to be beside mommy when the time came….it’s an odd conversation to have with my daughter but the questions do come up…and at least when I’m put in the ground I won’t be rolling solo!

Her little friend was standing beside her trying to figure out what in God’s name she was on about….but that too is the Lifey bit.

What else do we have…Syd got a new job yesterday, she will be creating ice cream wonders at DQ starting Tuesday…fun stuff…Ave is at Grandmas for Bridgitte’s wedding, Rhi is pulling in shifts like crazy and really coming out of her shell…and Charlotte has 20 hours of ice this week……….

I’ve been up since 3am…and now I’m going to attempt a the first of 30 30 day shreds with Jillian Michaels….Ev is either smiling or laughing her ass off….we shall see.

The Quote of The Day

Shame is the most powerful, master emotion. It’s the fear that we’re not good enough.
Brene Brown

What is good enough….Have I been good enough….good enough son….brother…father…friend….lover….human….

No….I haven’t been good at all of these things all the time….but I try….if I fail I try again….harder….I do try….

One thing I won’t be shamed for….sitting here writing my feelings….I will deny them face to face…but sitting here I will not be shamed….

and that kids makes me sad….

Time for some punishment….Ev style

Babe….you better hope this doesn’t kill me…..

XO

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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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Stability…

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Stability…

Where will we begin today….

Where oh where….

I’m so tired of this…tired of feeling bad…tired of anguish….tired….

Up again at 4 am…not bad…and I think I only checked the time once during the night…maybe 2 am.  so 5 and a half hours of sleep….

I do remember at one point waking myself up grinding my teeth…I’ve almost got them ground down to nothing………caps it is!

So…we start…yesterday Syd got accepted to Canterbury…I robbed myself of tears of joy…can’t be wasting good tears on that!  I certainly am proud of my girls, and Syd will give you good reason to be proud…

I suppose talking to her piano teacher after her 3rd lesson could do it….he uses words like genius, gifted, smart, talented…he says he’ll need to practice to keep up to her….she is 13….

Ya…it makes me proud.  So we decided to go out for dinner with the Parker’s yesterday…Syd could show off her pink hair.

On the way home, Charlotte sitting between Syd and I in the front of the pickup, Charlotte decides to talk about the beach a bit…we talk about our next vacation….and Charlotte asks if Mommy was with us at the beach….I say not last time but Mommy was with us at the beach when we went to disney….Oh ya she says….

And Syd loses it….she wracks………….

I’ll wrack a moment now…….

Don’t worry….not the first tear I’ve shed this morning…..

Tired….

This life isn’t easy….it’s even harder than it might seem…..driving around in a truck full of young ladies either wracking or trying to console one another…..tiny Charlotte petting backs, trying to make bigger sisters feel better…..

You think that hurts….as a loving parent…..you think that might be painful………..

Ya….I have some pain……I’ve lived through some pain in my life….this….we shall see….

Anyway….I’m tired of it…

Babe…..I miss you so much…..

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There we go…a day at the beach for Charlotte and Evelyn…

The Man Blog Weigh In

Let’s see what we have here, a distraction…

I’m at 227 pounds, a miracle after dinner at the ashton pub last night…it might have helped that I drank Ginger ale rather than beer.  A massive plate of chicken curry, some onion rings and perhaps a bite or 2 of Charlotte’s fish.

And here comes the weekend…

Now I have heard that there is some concern in regards to how I spend some of my moments…under liquids…and sure I make the occasional decision to drown my sorrows…but I pick my moments….

You know what…my demons are here for all to see….where are yours?

We will see if my demons drown this weekend or not…the diet may save them yet!

Better start with those that have missed today’s weigh in, we have Boyling and Trafford….Sorry guys….

Andy Trafford and Richard Boyling
I’m almost sorry about this one….I mean…It almost offends me…so I’m sure it might ruffle some feathers.

But this is obviously the sort of thing that is keeping these 2 up at night so late they can’t make an early morning weigh in.

Beagle is down at an even 203 pounds after a sauna, the elliptical and a swim

Parker…up from dinner at the Ashton, but he did have beer!  A whopping 250 pounds….and a road trip this weekend, bound to go badly.

So the run down:

Vic 227  -2

Beagle 203  -2.6

Parker 250  +1

Trafford  and Boyling….are getting straight….I don’t know exactly what that means…but I hope it’s nothing bad.

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.”
~from LA Story

Yep…back to my old favorites….

If you take this life too seriously…congrats…you’ve wasted it.

I have lived so many wonderful days….so many perfect moments….and I can’t remember a single one that didn’t involve love or laughter……..

No weekend man blog I don’t think….I’m getting in deeper….it’s going to be tough to keep out of the quicksand this weekend….I feel the warmth of it….

As I stare at the screen right now….I realize that feeling depression for the first time in your life at my age…with the wisdom to take the feelings apart and have a really good look at it….you understand how someone could just sit in it…just give up and let it take them….

I’ll go kicking and screaming myself….I’m too busy to wallow sadly.

Thanks today…Mandy, Sarah, Kevin, Mary, Yvette, Jen, geez…there are too many names….too much support…thanks to all of you.

I’d like to thank Andy and Boyling too…for their late weigh ins…perfect

Babe…I miss you…I’m trying my best to hold myself together….and of course….I wish you were here beside me.

I’m lost a bit right now…and I’m going to change it up…sorry…..I have to take care of myself better than this…time to hit the pavement, maybe punish myself with another of Karen’s hateful core classes….and do some lifting…

Beauty weekend…get out there and live!

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I don’t know….hoping….

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I Don’t Know…Hoping…

You know…I don’t want to do this anymore…I don’t…

I haven’t for a long time, since almost the beginning….

It doesn’t take long for the feeling of crying, and the tears that come with it, something that feels like a release….freedom….well that feeling ends, the goodness of those tears….fades…..quickly….

It might have been days, maybe a week….but very soon I didn’t want to feel the anguish anymore….

And I didn’t want to write the man blog either…not like this….talking about grief……

But I had to, to release the pain….

And ya…it helped….me….others….ya….it helps, some days I just know I have to write the man blog….

Recently though my emotions have been much more….in check….not better….more controlled….

But that leaves…..an emptiness….and I have found ways to fill it….happily…

On my way to the pub to watch the game last night I felt the pain rising….my feelings sit in me now…unable to escape…like the sound of a TV….white noise in my life………..

How long will that last you wonder….

I went to D&D performance today to talk about an engine build…the owner lost his son in ’93….he told me he still feels the anguish…..he told me to go ahead and pour tears if I wanted to….a couple good old boys hanging out in a speed shop…..

Image if I had….Some stranger walks in and sees the two of us wracking….what a site….

I did not cry….I held my tears….

I could have easily…..maybe I should have…..maybe next time….

Lessons learned….I am not the only man’s man who knows and is able to express his pain….as this old boy wiped away his tears….and 2….the white noise will continue for a very long time……..

The Man Blog Weigh In

From the top….

Beagle is at 210 pounds.  A record breaking high for him…and no end in sight….

Parker is at 249 pounds…almost back in the 250’s

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Beagle does seem happy though….just look at him awaiting his nachos…

Me…I’m at 224 this morning, not too bad….and the Sens are out, thats 3 less trips to the pub per week….

I hope…

And maybe….just maybe….they will cancel the intervention….

The ladies want shawarma tonight…I will attempt to abstain….hit the sauna…battle this sore throat a bit, hopefully not the beginning of the cold Charlotte battled last week….

The Quote of the Day

The lonely become either thoughtful or empty.
Mason Cooley

Well, I’m certainly not lonely…surrounded by my children, friends and family….whatever I am has left me sometimes thoughtful and often empty….

Syd gets braces tomorrow….she can’t wait….I’ve got lots of soup to get her through the next couple of days…

Babe….I’m getting better….I love you.

Hey….XO

 

 

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Spring Has Sprung….

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Spring Has Sprung

Where has the man blog been?  The man blog has been living life….

Happy.

Things have been much better since Ev’s birthday….happier…I’ve been happier and the kids have been happier….

Last night we all spent time outside…passing around a softball…getting Ave ready for her try outs this Thursday.  Charlotte rode around with the other kids on the street…we all played outside until dark….

A wonderful day…..

Sunday….my birthday….we spent at Valleyview farms, another celebration for Charlotte, everyone had a great time.  Me…suffering from my own birthday celebrations the previous evening…had the pleasure of seeing all the kids happy.

Really happy!

So….that’s where the man blog has been…happy…and no one cares about a happy man blog….I’m just living a regular life like everyone else….

Do I cry…sure, when I spoke to my sister yesterday morning I cried….I love her, and talking to her about Ev brings out a lot of emotion….I don’t have to hide anything from my sister….she knows how I’m doing….She sees it in my eyes even when I forget that she can….

This morning I found myself awake at 2:40 am…I could have likely stayed in bed but I decided to get up and face a couple more loads of laundry….I’ll hit the sack early tonight…cuddle up my Charlotte.

So is that it….

I suppose it is……..ya….I suppose I’m holding back a bit….but that is more or less it…….

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Ev is with me…she always will be….

Unlike other relationships that come and go in people lives…this one will never truly end….I will always love her….I will always wish she was here….living…………..

it’s too painful…..the man blog…..I’m not sure how much I can keep doing it………

I know it’s healthier to do this….write down my feelings, explore and release them….

But do I really need to lay them on the table for you to see…………..

Is it better for me to let you know I sit here crying…….I’m not so sure………

The Weigh In

Well this part of the man blog Ev used to love to read….the old man blog….

Fatty hit the scales this morning at 226 pounds.  How that is possible I have no idea…I crushed 5 km yesterday morning.

I didn’t eat THAT much…yes I may have had a beer or 2…..or 3…..okay fine, I had 3….but I gained 2 pounds yesterday!

Parker has only gained 2 pounds since Cuba and I’m up 14!!!!

14 pounds!  Geez…..

Well we begin the old fat grind again….

An old school man blog photo…nothing of Kevin in a fat suit…no….how about this.

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I little rip for Ricky Bobby and I yesterday.  Luckily a 455 pontiac has no issues moving my weight around….

It was a good day.

Today I’ll get a weigh in from the boys, see what’s up with the man diets….with playoffs starting this week I doubt it’s going to be pretty, for me at least.

The Quote of The Day

To know yourself as the Being underneath the thinker, the stillness underneath the mental noise, the love and joy underneath the pain, is freedom, salvation, enlightenment.
Eckhart Tolle

Again…I couldn’t have better friends…I just couldn’t…

Babe…I love your face…

Hey…xo

Warm…today…tomorrow….it’s on!

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The Sun does It’s thing….

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The Sun does It’s thing….

I sit here in my office every morning pounding away at this keyboard…and finally the seasons are changing enough that the sun breaks the pane of my window…

For many people the thought of having the sun glaring at them while trying to type furiously would be an annoyance…for me…it’s welcome…I am ready for new things….to live out my first….

That will include things as simple as sitting on the porch….drinking my coffee…

I’m good today, I feel good….so good in fact that I’m changing up the man blog format…maybe forever…maybe just for today….

Today I weigh in at 218.6 pounds, down a pile from yesterday…and I plan on getting back under 215 by the end of the weekend…simple really…no booze  🙂

The past few weeks I had actually made the switch back to rum and cokes when I was out….geeeezus…not good.  So that’s over…it’s time to get a few things back in line.

Trafford is way down!  He weighs in this morning at just 163.8.  He is only 4 pounds away from his goal and tells me he isn’t even trying.

Well sadly my dear friend Trafford is on a miracle diet….and it goes by the name of STRESS….

xo…

Beagle left for work before I could throw out a request for a weigh in….

That means that he actually woke up before me this morning!  I slept in until 7:41!!!!!  That is the latest I have slept in this decade.  It also amounts to about 7 hours of solid sleep….and for me, that is a good sign.

Parker….I’m not sure where Parker is at on the weight…but I know he will be skipping rope most of the day….

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Parker is training…for what I’m not sure….

I do hope this doesn’t become a new habit….

Today the family and I are headed out to Brockville.  We will celebrate Ave’s birthday a second time and I have a few things to take care of while I’m out there….

Wait one second…Parker has just reported in at 245 pounds…he is still holding it together.

It’s really just Beagle and I that have packed some on…I’m done with that…..

Seriously, 215 by Monday…..I’m on the water this weekend!

Crap……

So….How was today’s man blog?  It was exactly as it once was….this is what the man blog was before November 2014…..and it will be this again….

Today….I am going to pour tears….yes I am.   But right now….no.

Lover….I miss you…..so much……………………………………….those are hard tears to fight……………….

The Quote of The Day

 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

That is it folks….it does apply…you’ll have to think it through for yourselves.

Boys….may we raise a glass of ice cold clear water very soon….

Lover….I will always raise my glass for you…..

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Home Alone….Again….

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Home Alone….Again….

Ya…kids went off to school yesterday leaving me at home…alone….

When I was the luckiest man in the world Ev and I would see the kids off and chill…that’s right…we were like an old retired couple….we were able to spend a lot of time together….

Maybe we would go for a run….maybe sit on the porch….possibly watch some TV….

I usually downloaded all of “our shows”….I still do….but they are piling up, I just don’t watch the same amount of TV as we used to….

I spend the day now…lost…that’s how I feel, walking around the house, one room to the other and back again….

I almost never watch tv in the living room….our spots on the sofa are always empty now….

I miss you too much babe….

Today will not be the first day I do not cry……..

Soon…..soon…..

Will I be able to erase myself….can I forget who I am…..

I don’t want to be alone….I don’t like it…I never have….

While on vacation, walking down to the beach at 6 am with Charlotte, she puts her little arm on my back…pats me a couple of times….she says “mommy misses you”….

I tell her I miss mommy too…..crying……..

Right now I burn time….but not forever….at some point I have to get on with living……

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I’m not sure how that is going to happen but I am trying…I have 4 young ladies and a business to take care of…but I do need to take the time to live….for me….

Yesterday I was super tired, 3 hours of sleep….I had a massage at the shop and slept through half of it…I needed the rest…

Today Ave has a ski trip, I’m considering running up there for a couple goes at the board….but I’ve got so much on the go here….and right now that includes the battle of the ladies….the morning turmoil…..

Babe…..this is not easy!….I’ve begged you 100 times to come get me….and i know you are here with me….but if I have to live I’m going to live…..

Fat Is As Fat Does

I weighed in at 217 pounds this morning…a pre bedtime dinner will do that to you…I ate all day yesterday, feeding my exhaustion….

Sarah dropped off a tub of soup…3 or 4 bowls worth maybe….I demolished it along with a bagel, some meat sticks, another bowl of soup this time coconut chicken…along with a sleeve of crackers…what else….maybe a few cookies…

Before long it really isn’t hard to see why I’m up this morning on the scale….

Andy Trafford

Trafford is back at Carlingwood…he hit the scale this morning at 166.7 pounds.  He did better than the rest of us on vacation…

He is only 7 pounds away from 160…but that will be a tough 7….

Parker hit the scale at 244.1 pounds.  He is gunning for the 230’s which is really only 5 pounds away…

I did notice him drinking beer the past 2 nights while I was on the water…..

Beagle has been at 197.2 for 5 straight days….that is a long run of ground hog days…soon he will be speaking german and playing the piano….

The Quote of The Day

When you wake up every day, you have two choices. You can either be positive or negative; an optimist or a pessimist. I choose to be an optimist. It’s all a matter of perspective.
Harvey Mackay

Ev was forever the Optimist and I used to refer to myself as a realist….which swings hard to the negative…but these days I really do try to consider Ev in every decision I make….Every thought I have….

No thanks today, although I owe plenty…the children took it before school….stroke due to children…it’s a normal life like everyone else……

Warm…time to clean the driveway.

Let’s see…the 5 stages of grief…yesterday was quicksand…today I’m angry….there you go….

I hope you all have a great day.

Babe….I love your face….

XOXO

 

 

 

 

 

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