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Addiction….

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Am I addicted to alcohol…..

No….

smoking…..not a chance….

drugs….I simply don’t have the time….

chocolate….I’m your huckleberry!!!

I’M A FOOD ADDICT!

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

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

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

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

and off to poker…

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

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

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

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

What’s 2 eggrolls???????

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

I mean….come on……….

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

This is a problem….

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

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

Yours Truly

237.2 pounds….

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

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

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

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

Krista

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

Yep…..

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


Russett

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

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

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

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

Geezus…..

Glen

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

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

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

Seamus Richard and Donald

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

sadly…..

The Quote of the Day

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

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

Live life….bigger…..

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

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

XO

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Old habits….the good and the bad….

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FOOD!

Krista

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

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

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

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

They do seem like a good time…..

Donald Ramsay Buchanon Esq.

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

Deep deep basking….


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

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

Richard and Seamus

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

Today is a new day.

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

Sean Russett

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

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Russett’s Return

Sean has come a long way….

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

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

Kyle Devereau

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

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


Kyle is not the skinny guy….

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

The Quote of the Day

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

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

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

Could she hear me…no…

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

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

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

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

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

Babe….I love your GD face…..

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

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

I hope you all have a great day!

XO

 

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Another week…another pound…

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

Russett

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

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

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

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

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

194.4

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

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

Krista

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

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

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

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

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

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

man boobs are not pornography….

The original for clarificationKrista-Sweating

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

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

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

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

LOL….

But you know what….152.2 is something….

Moving right along…..

Glen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Well….sadly…that just ain’t it.

Every and all alcoholic beverages have about 110 calories minimum.

I wish it wasn’t so….but it is.

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

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

Seamus Browne

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

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

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

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

Richard

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Seniore Donald

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

Andy Trafford dbol

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

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

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

Yours Truly

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

ummm….carb loading…ya that’s it!

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

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

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

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

The Quote of The Day

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

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

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

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

Mushy…you bet…

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

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

Babe….I love you.

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

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Busy Busy…too busy to lose weight?

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

First up….a new contestant…

GLEN

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

SEAMUS

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

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

I’ll have another talk with him…..

KRISTA

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

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

Hopefully Krista is thinking about sweating facebook selfies….

RUSSETT

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

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

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


DONALDINIO

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

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

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

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


YOURS TRULY

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

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

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

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

RICHARD

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

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

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

The Quote of The Day

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

That kids…is an important fact….

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

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

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

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

XO

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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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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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Starving may be a thing….

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Yesterday I had 2 eggs and a slice of rye toast for breakfast…lunch….a bowl of home made soup….dinner…a steak…and some chicken, a salad…..I may have had an ice cream sandwich….wait….no….I had 2   …..we are out of those if I don’t buy more!

Then….poker…it is Wednesday after all…and like the man blog of new old and always…we do get out once in a while….

I won $130, drank 4 beers and left….I may have eaten several handfuls of bits and bites….on my way home I stopped for snacks for the kids….chips, a bag of twinkies, dip….a bag of bits and bites….

Ya…I ate some of or all of all of the above….

today’s weigh in….239.4  Up

Hey….30 days starts on the 9th doesn’t it?

Russet……he had a salad at lunch….no dinner.  zip nothing ,nada…..he did have track suits…at some point in the night he switched to diet track suits….which means zero cal red bull…..he did eat some bits and bites…I saw it.

His weight….200.6

So….he starved himself and lost…..5 pounds…is that the key?

OR….maybe the first salad Russett has had in 2 years did the trick….the man shat 5 times during poker….it’s his once every 24 month cleanse….one leaf of lettuce will do that to you if you haven’t had a veg in years.

No updates from Krista and Richard today….guess what that means????

Richard D'aoust and Krista Kelly
I’m still being nice…..ish

I haven’t heard much in the way of niceties from Seamus in regards to his shirt yesterday, a bit of abuse….but that’s about it….he is up.

I bet you Seamus is over 340….Richard I’m guessing is down….378.

Krista….her husband is telling her to send the weigh in….anything to make the photos stop!

Krista…unlike the rest of us here, does work out and sweat and eat right….all the important stuff.

Not that Seamus isn’t getting a good old fashioned sweat in …like OLD fashioned….I’m not sure if this is photoshopped or not…I just stumbled onto it….

Seamus Browne
Ya….I don’t know what to say about that…it is what it is people say…I’ve heard…

You can tell from the photo…at that point in his life he was working out….HARD!

The Quote of The Day
I’m looking forward to the future, and feeling grateful for the past.
Mike Rowe

The man blog is what it once was…better…a laugh….

As I’ve said 100 times…Ev would be anxiously awaiting me to say it’s done so that she might read what punishment lay ahead for my buddies….a diet ongoing for 6 years plus….

One of these days we will actually lose weight….well not Seamus….but the rest of us…even Kevin will get skinny some day……………

Babe….XO…big stuff in the works here…and I know you love it.

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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….
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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.
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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 Big Questions….

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Today….I think I figured it out….just this morning….

There is a God…..

It’s 8:15, time to load up the littlest 2 for a drive to school, orders have been laid out….put on your snow pants….let’s roll…

And it clicks….wtf….I haven’t made lunches!!!!!

I open the fridge door…and there it is…somewhere inside by stainless side by side, freezer bottom refrigerator……God….

I’m not sure if it’s mixed field greens, it could be tonight’s hamburger meat, apples….hell….it could be mustard….to be fair, it might be the fridge itself….

But as I stood there staring into the well lit cavern which contains piles of chilly foodstuffs I realized that there is a God…

There must be…because a few of the questions I asked the fridge this morning….the big questions….can only be answered by a higher power…..

And as usual…..

No answers……not even a peep……

Moments later as I’m at the counter crafting delicious sandwiches….the fridge starts beeping…….

I’ve left the door open too long……

Today I’ll be at home depot handling ropes…..checking for weight and elasticity……..

The Weigh In

I start this morning with great praise for Kevin Parker.  Kevin managed a trip to the gym with Arthur and I last night, and he worked hard!  Today and tomorrow will not be easy days for Kevin Parker, for the next 2 weeks as he and I go over a few of the big muscle groups he will wish to lay in bed.

Last night he pushed big weight….really big.  He pushed it to failure….If he can stick with it for 6 months he will be a new man…..

A before photo….a bit of a pose, a good one.

Kevin Parker

Kevin weighed in this morning with 180 pounds, down 70 pounds which he concludes is due to the loss of both arms….he said they simply fell off….

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This morning I hit the scale at 240.6 pounds….up a little.  I followed our late evening workout with a scotch at the pub….oh…a protein shake first….yep a protein shake followed up by scotch….

I then came home and managed 8 slices of toast with various toppings….all low sugar at least….

So ya, I gained a little bit on the scale this morning….that said….I’m not carrying my 240 pounds too badly….220 will be better….but I’m pulling off 240 right now….

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I’m getting big….bigger anyway.

When I go to the gym these days I work….I really work….

Who is up next…..Ayhan…..

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Ayhan did not lose weight yesterday, offering up 186.4 pounds one more time.

At 7:15 yesterday morning Ayhan had a berry….red…called here in this country a raspberry.  At 7:18 Ayhan pulled a small seed, possibly from raspberry from his teeth….at 7:20 Ayhan had an egg, white part separated from yolk, individually scrambled then mixed together….this was not eaten BUT at 7:22 Ayhan ate 3 nuts of varying type and size….delicious….

You get the idea ya?

At 9 pm Ayhan text the group to say he had a 600 calorie shortfall for the day…..those raspberry seeds will get you every time!

Old Trafford

Old Andy Trafford is not taking part in this round of man blog….a surprise attack possibly….I’m not letting him off the hook…an oldie but I can’t help sharing….I’m such a giver!

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Andy Trafford Body builder

Vinnie

UP!!!!!  178.  Vinnie and I can’t lose any weight, me from lifting it and him from eating…..

Vincenzo does not bother with the gym….screw it.

Vinnie Creaco

Arthur

The Scot is calling it even at 193 pounds….Arthur is hard at work under weight pretty much daily…he too is building a bit of muscle, transforming his weight rather than losing it….Shall we pick on Arthur this morning….we shall.

As I went through old photos I had a few good chuckles….and the best of them are due to a time in Arthur’s life where he was going through a cultural transformation rather than a physical one.

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egg roll strike out

Beagle

Last for today….but not least….

I didn’t even get a weight from Beagle this morning….too busy…or maybe I missed it while I was talking to the fridge….

One of these days I will get Beagle to workout…at one point we were lifting in his basement and the wee lad was getting strong…but he decided against that….a run maybe?

Sean Russett

The Quote of The Day

People see God every day, they just don’t recognize him.
Pearl Bailey

I hope it’s not the sausage….I plan on throwing those out today…..

My life can be tough, I’m lucky to have great friends a wonderful family and most importantly….I’m lucky I’m wise enough to make the most of it….

The trick is….be happy…it’s a simple choice…..

okay….I’m off to look at rope.  XO  🙂

Babe….I miss your face…I’d give it all up for one more kiss……….it would last forever………………………

Ah why not….let’s wrack a bit…..

I hope you all have a great day!

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Just because?

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You would figure I’d have this sorted out by now….but I don’t.  I still grieve….impossibly I still find myself at this.  It’s like I’m stuck doing something I love that is terrible for me…..an addict…..in love with something that might harm me…..

I don’t want to find myself in my truck driving home from the gym….or the pub…..in tears….

I don’t want to do that anymore…..

How do you stop that?

How does that come to an end?

I certainly do not know….nothing I have tried to this point has worked….helped….sure, the worst of it…..

Now, I try the gym…..every day….to what end I’m not sure, it certainly has kept me out of the pub….

Anyway….I’m not asking for much…..I just don’t want to feel pain anymore……

The Weigh In

Kevin Parker has joined the gym.  I will do my best to work out with him until he gets it….my lord he is going to hurt on Wednesday this week…..lol  Parker weighs in at 252 pounds.  Slim……ish

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Who should we start with…the losers or the gainers?

I suppose the losers….just 2 folks, Ayhan and Arthur.

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Until this moment I didn’t even realize the Scottish Turkish thing was a thing….geezus…

Arthur is down to a svelte 193 pounds, his goal is 185 pounds, not too lofty….Ayhan is at 186.4, he offered up everything he ate this weekend…I mean, he might be on to something….he is losing more than anyone at this point.  I won’t give you the expose on just how many berries Ayhan demolished between 5:30 and 5:32 on Saturday….Just know….I know……..

Okay….the gainers….

Priouz hits the scale at 159.5, there is a chance that he is wearing one of his fancy airport belts…….I hope not…..How many pounds of Iranian gold is that Pirouz?

Vinnie….Vinnie….Vinnie….You can’t eat at Mother’s all weekend long and expect to lose buddy….that pasta is only worth while if you’re carb loading for a marathon….and let’s be serious…..

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That isn’t happening….Vinnie managed 177 pounds this morning.  His goal is just 170…no problem!

Poor Old Beagle……198.1 pounds…..

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What do you say in a situation like this….I mean…..

Beagle’s goal…amputation of a limb I suppose….because that’s the only way he is ever going to see 185 pounds….

Me?  Well I was even this morning, 239 pounds.  I have been putting in the work, I know that at least some of the weight that is on me today is muscle that was fat a couple of months ago…..to be fair….I am getting big….and I intend to get bigger.  I’m going to continue working out like mad, attempting to hit the protein requirements to build muscle….and about Febuary 1st….2 weeks before we fly…..I’m going to crush myself….zero carbs….

I’ll drop 10 pounds easy.  It won’t get me under 220….but so what

The Quote of The Day

Truth is everybody is going to hurt you: you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for.
Bob Marley

Well folks….that’s it for another day….

Today will be fabulous….I will smile…

To be fair….if you’re at Movati at 8 pm tonight to see Kevin Parker’s first attempt at lifting weights in his life….

There will be a few laughs….and I think a pint at the pub afterwards.

Love you all….even the asses…..

Babe…..my god…..I miss you……..

 

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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.

The following photograph HAS NOT BEEN MODIFIED!!!!!fat parker
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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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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