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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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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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The fat…..and the sane….

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Okay…let me see if I can manage creating a man blog today without tearing out my hair….I’m tense….stressed out…..

Why????

Well ladies and gentlemen, I am the single parent to 4 young ladies…..OMFG!!!!!!!!!

In my next life Ev is getting an ass whoopin for this!  🙂

Don’t get me wrong…I love my children, I mean…I am a father first in this life….I guess….I think….WTF…….

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I find myself drawn to the rope department of the Home Depot….just staring at rope and trying to calculate just how much I need….how much weight each type of rope can manage….which rope won’t burn….

Like come on….what in gods name did I do to deserve this….Hey…don’t all raise your hands at once!!!!

Okay….the weigh in….

I weighed 239 pounds this morning, still under 240 with 4 shwarmas in me….maybe…just possibly I had 4 small chocolates, 8 cookies and a baklava…or 2….

I was hungry……

I also lifted at the gym yesterday…..and as soon as I’m finished this blog I’m going back to the gym….lift a bit and get 5 k under my belt……….

I’ll be in the 220’s by the end of the month…less beer….easy peasy

Arthur will not be going to the gym today….he has soccer…He is at 194 pounds…..I’ll have to get a goal on Arthur…I figure he is up a pound of muscle already…

Let’s see….Beagle was on the track suits and doritos last night, alas he still managed to lose weight because he simple didn’t eat all day….nope starvation and redbull….why not!  Besides, what’s the chance he will have a heart attack?

It has to be under 87%…..

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Parker….he is almost down to a Queen sized shirt…at 252 pounds he is fading away.  Parker would almost join the gym…almost.  He won’t, he is simply fat and lazy….

The chance of Parker having a coronary event in the next 10 years.

98%  I’m not kidding

Kevin Parker, Fat-Man-Dancing

The italian stallion is at 174, he says he is eating too much….come on….Vinnie really doens’t need to lose any weight, the same goes for Ayhan at 188 and Pirouz at a low low 158.

Again….Pirouz and Beagle at the same height………158 vs 197.6…..hmmm

I’m off to the gym….tonight I’m taking my snowboard out…..it’s time to sit in snow and dream about times past.

Babe….I love your gd face……but lord jesus….this is a lot of work!  XO

 

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The Return of The Scotch Diet

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Did I possibly drink a bottle of wine last night….and maybe I may have possibly followed that up with a sip…or 2…of scotch….

The silver beast stared 235.8 back at me this morning….dehydration?   You betcha!

Hell, that’s 8 pounds in 3 days….if only I had enough moisture left in my skull to pull that off another night….well who knows how low I could go….

So…I ate 4 eggs and 3 slices of toast for breakfast…a few shakes through the day…and a monster steak with salad for dinner….and the above noted liquid calories….

30 minutes of uphill running on the treadmill….

Today I lift….I’ll be sweating liquor….there is nothing but that and coffee in me at the moment….

Combatants for this round of the man blog…..

Arthur at 195 and holding

Beagle started at 201.7 and has broken the 200 pound barrier in just a few days….he weighed in at 198 this morning…198!

Ayhan the king of Turkey has nothing to lose….but he is giving it a go…he started at 189.2 and has been down then back up and he now sits at 189 even….I’m not sure if Ayhan is dieting at all…I mean the guy simply has red wine over beer and he dumps a pound a day…..

Parker….FAT…what do you want me to say…255 pounds….measly pounds……

The Spy…..his weight is a secret at this point….it’s a huge number and I’ll post it here daily even if the spy wants to keep it a secret….let’s say 285….to be fair….

Pirouz had his camera out in the gym again last night…there may be a no photo policy but he doesn’t care one bit…158 pounds.  Pirouz and Beagle are the same height if that gives you any reference….I’m just saying….

Vinnie is at it again…he will lose weight for sure now that his Cuban son inlaw has moved in….its chicken and onions every night at the stallions residence….pasta is a thing of the past!  Vin is down to 176 from 179.5….chicken is the secret kids…

The old fart isn’t playing this time around, Trafford is still pissed they swapped the carpet out of Carlingwood for slippery tile…they think a slippery when wet sign means anything to seniors….those son of a B’s are handing out broken hips FFS.

I’m not sure if the senior is secretly shaking it up or not…I suppose 40ish days from now when we are all on the beach we will check out his super old 6 pack…..the oldest ab in the Dominican Republic.

Tomorrow I’ll get a few photos of the fatties….no weigh in….no problem….

007…..get your act together or I’ll melt you on the internet…..I hate to pull photos of the spy from the public domain and attach them onto Jenner’s present physique….to be fair you should consider it.

If you’ve made it this far….I’ll tell you a secret………

I’m madly in love with my wife….she has only been gone a year…………..I miss her every damn day……

I’m trying……I really am….

Babe……I love your face…….

 

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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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Days go by….

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Well here we are….the man blog….

Just minutes ago I thought I’d get all the weights together and craft up a fat man man blog….something of a celebration of life, the discussion of beer and egg rolls and the resulting weights after applying too much of both to the adult man’s body….

Well, that is exactly what I’m going to do here today, right after this….

I just need to celebrate my wife for one moment….I’m missing her terribly every minute and I must shed a tear or 2 before I get on with my day….

Luckily for me….I’m already wracking….just thinking about her……

Syd’s piano teacher told me this week that in 15 years, teaching piano on 2 continents, he has never…..ever….met a student like Sydney.   He used to describe her as talented….but now he uses words like phenom.

He goes on to explain that in 6 lessons he notices that she has the ability to play keys until she figures out the tune….she can go back 5 or 10 notes when she is learning and come back to try other chords……

This is easy for Syd….she is smart like her mother…..

I used to tell Ev how smart she was….but she had been pushed down too hard in her past…..she couldn’t believe it when I told her I thought she was smarter than I was….to her I seemed so wise….

I was wise enough to know she was smarter….and I’m wise enough to know Syd is too.

Lucky for Syd….I’ll never let her be put down……

I’ve got such a long way to go with these ladies….it isn’t going to be easy as we all dig in to their teenage years….but I’m here to do the work, and I’ll do the best I can for them.

And my love……….

Babe…..I miss you so much.

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I am not enjoying this as much as I’m supposed to!  I am not…………

Obesity…..

Today I weigh in at 229.8 pounds, no good!  I didn’t even have my normal 6 beers after soccer….because I didn’t go to soccer….I may have crushed an extra 1000 food calories just before bed though, destroying a hamburger and 2 huge slices of pita with hummus…..

I was busy in the garage and might have missed a meal…..

So I punched the old weight into the BMI calculator today and I’m almost obese….just a half point away…hell a few months ago I squeaked into the normal range…I wasn’t even considered fat on the BMI scale.

How to get back under 215…fat bugger…..

Well…that’s only 15 pounds….I can lose that right….I’ve done that before….

Wait….what is that…a quick pint at the pub with the boys….every day….

It would be easier if the boys and I weren’t so busy celebrating life, something I don’t want to pass up these days….

So 229.8 it is today, obese or not.

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Old Trafford has an iwatch….he cant read it…he has no idea what the screen says…but he can use it to trigger a photo, and look…great success

There we see Trafford, down today at a svelte 170.5 pounds…he is rocking the bottom…

Parker on the other hand, like me, is peaking…he weighed in at 252 pounds, not good.

We may as well touch base on the birthday boy Donald, he wanted to lose 20 pounds by now….I’m not sure he is down an ounce…we will have to see if he is still in this race.

Boyling is still losing….he is down to an impossible 191.1 and the other light weight Beagle is at 189.7 after a week of cottaging…aka…beer and bbq….

Another suffering the effects of the summer is Seamus, up to 266 after almost seeing the 250’s.

I won’t bother throwing that into the BMI calculator….we already know which way the arrow will be pointing…

Anyway….I really will try to be reasonable with the manger this week…and maybe with the glug also….

The Quote of The Day

The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.
Mark Twain

I like to believe most of my close friends are attempting to live life to the fullest, or doing their best at it.  We all have things that are holding us back….I miss my wife….that does have an affect on what I do….but it doesn’t stop me from trying….I do seek to live fully again….

Sadly, I’m not prepared to die….if I had to go I’m pretty sure I would accept it.  I’d count the days I had left to love my babies….to try to prepare them for what was ahead of them in life…..and like Ev, I would grieve for Charlotte……..

There we go…..let’s wrack a bit more…..

Anyway….let’s live…..let’s get on with it…….

Live and Love…..that’s is the hokey pokey is all about….putting your whole self in!

Babe….I love your god damn face!!!!!

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The Good Things In Life….

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The Good Things In Life….

I live a good life.  The things that matter most in life I have covered….well…most of the things….

Yesterday I packed up the fam and off we went to La Ronde in Montreal.  An excellent day trip to an amusement park with short lines and lots to do.

The kids and I had a great time, I cut the big kids loose and Charlotte and I spent the day together…I witnessed a lot of smiles and laughter…just the sort of thing to make for a great day.

Today I don’t even want to think about what would make that day perfect…absolutely perfect…..

The things you do to forget….the choices you make….wanting to run away….looking for a place to hide….

Where do you hide from yourself………where does that place exist…..

How Fat is Fat?

I consumed 40 thousand liquid calories yesterday, cheap refills on ice tea and fruitopia while baking under 30 degree sun in high humidity….

I ate crap food…

Today I weigh in at 228.5…is that fat?  It’s fat to me.

We have a newcomer to the man blog…another for the punishment…Donald Buchanan…please allow me to introduce you all…

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Donald is not with child….he is not in the third trimester….

Donald drinks the occasional beer….sometimes….once in a while…..

He also plans to drop 20 pounds in less than 2 weeks!!!!!  This will be fun to watch…Are you also skipping out on soccer tonight with a pulled ham?  That right there equates to 1800 less beer calories you might consume….IF you don’t drink them somewhere other than the soccer field.

the first 10 should be easy….but don’t take my word for it, I’m losing nothing!

Kevin Parker….up 253…Kevin certainly will be 260 again….you bet he will!!!!  It’s summer time, he is playing soccer more nights a week right now than her ever has…the outcome…..UP….up up and away!

Trafford….Old Trafford is at 173 old pounds…he has been working the under paddingAndy Trafford Carlingwood at Carlingwood again….

But Trafford is pretty slim, let’s be realistic, he is a lot slimmer than yours truly and the rest of this gang of old fatties.

Seamus has himself down to a not svelte at all 266 pounds.  His weight loss has slowed quite a bit from the 5 pounds a day he was seeing a week ago….come on big boy….you can do it!

Boyling is still low at 191.4 pounds…holding…  He is obviously slowing down on the dairy and on to something else….I did see him have quite a few milks on Monday night though.

and poor Beagle throws out a ‘under 190’ today….what is that. 189.99 pounds?

Beagle has some low goals….but don’t we all….

Will I ever weigh under 210 pounds again?

It’s Wednesday night….this Wednesday comes in with both soccer and poker….the agony…..

The Quote of The Day

Giving up is conceding that things will never get better, and that is just not true. Ups and downs are a constant in life, and I’ve been belted into that roller coaster a thousand times.
Aimee Mullins

I am on a cruel roller coaster….that’s it….that’s where I’m at.

I hate the highs and the lows…..I love the highs and the lows….

This is some roller coaster….

In my life, I have been so fortunate….I really did consider myself the luckiest person I knew….

A blessed life….perfect…..

If a misfortune came my way…it would always be the start of something new….better….

This seems different somehow….it’s not just my life anymore….it’s the high wire act of balancing not just my emotions….but my children’s…..and they all need something different……..

Which reminds me….those of you that have managed to stick with today’s blog….here you go….

A couple questions from a man blog follower yesterday…..

Vic, one thing that perplexes me and that I have been curious about but hesitant to ask is how does someone go to a hospital and never come out???

What brought her there? What was wrong that day that sent her to the hospital? Was it routine? Was it a minor surgery? How does she go from being home, happy and writing on Facebook to passing away? I didn’t think that cancer worked like that – what happened to palliative care? Why couldn’t anything be done??

So…here goes….let’s start with the easy part…..

How does my wife go from being happy and writing on Facebook to passing away?

Well, my wife wasn’t happy, she was afraid….she did not want to lose her life and I tried my best to save her….I spent hours reading the internet…trying every single thing I could…..

She would never want her friends to know she was weak and afraid….she pretended to be stronger than that….and she was very strong, a super human in fact….but she had so many doubts…

I’ve said it here before….it was only in the last month of my wife’s life that she told me she never knew how many people loved her….she never believed how much I did…..she thought so little of herself….

I told my wife every day how much I loved her, how beautiful and smart she was….she didn’t believe me until the end………….

okay….we will wrack……

you want to know how much I loved my wife….ask my male friends…..ask the guys that used to see me out….or at poker…..you ask them if I ever turned my head to take a second look at a passing girl………..I held my wife so high above every other woman….I loved her completely….she simply didn’t believe it…..I guess she just figured it wasn’t possible………..to be loved completely…..

What brought her there? What was wrong that day that sent her to the hospital? Was it routine? Was it a minor surgery?

What brought my wife to the hospital that day was…in the end…that she had become septic….

Now there were a number of things that triggered this and her death in the end….and at the very end of this post I’m going to say something that comes with great relief and pain…………

I brought her in to the hospital in the morning, the day before she couldn’t do chemo because her white blood cells were too low….

I believe they could have given her a shot then and there to help bring them up but I believe she couldn’t have that shot due to the terms of the REO trial she was on…..regret number 1

THERE ARE SOME REGRETS!!!!!!!!!

Charlotte and I slept on the sofa that night as Charlotte had a cold which would have been enough to seriously harm if not kill Ev at that time…..

So up in the morning and off to the hospital to argue with the admitting nurse that was busy flirting with a paramedic….it took me 30 to 45 minutes to get her into an air tight germ free sort of room….I actually had to call the oncology nurse before the admitting nurse would listen.

Once in this room another nurse started caring for her, administering morphine type drugs for her pain….sadly another rookie nurse…..we were almost in for a CT when we remembered that Ev had an allergic reaction to the dye the last time….that ruined us…as now she would go into the operation with blind doctors trying to figure out what was going on.

I’m not sure where I’m at with this…I’m just trying to get it out…..

During this time Ev complained about not being able to move her legs….which the rookie nurse took as over medication…Ev and I did get a bit of a laugh over it….but she was in agony…..agony still.

Finally the first nurse called in a senior nurse…and withing 45 seconds the senior nurse said….she is shutting down……that’s why she can’t move her legs….

Now we are in trouble….they instantly move her to an emerg room…I considered it a crash room…and an army of surgeons came in…they x rayed her internal organs….and at that time I saw just how many spots of cancer she had on her lungs……

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The doctor took me into another room….he told me she would face a surgery that was very risky…….he told me she would never do chemo again……………………

I came out and told her I loved her and I would take care of our babies……………

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hours later a doctor came out and told me that what he had to do was a success but that there was still a risk…but I took that very positively….I thought I would kiss her again…….

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Now you know what I want to do…………….you know where I’d like to be………………………..

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I am making the most out of this life because I have to…..I have children I need to take care of…..

And if I’m going to do this I’m going to be as happy as I can be while doing it…….but this isn’t my first choice at this time………..

Well….there is a man blog for you…………..

here is what it comes down to…..

I HATE THIS……I’ve been pretending fairly well…but it’s all a fucking lie……..I’m just doing what I have to do….still now…..

I’m waiting for it to end….one day I will wake up and be better…….or not……

There we go……..

This is a man blog I should delete.

Anyway…December 17 2014 Evelyn Wheeler passed away….she might still be alive if she had lived that day….but she would be closer to the end….weak….sad…..

She would be suffering every day….unable to hide her weakness from the girls…..they would suffer also…

That day she left us….she is no longer in my life to touch….but she will never leave me……

Babe….I love your face!

 

 

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Another day in paradise????

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Another day in paradise????

For whatever reason…last night was one of a few nights I couldn’t sleep in weeks….maybe over a month…

I’ve been sleeping perfectly…I mean better than ever…I’ve had 8 hour nights!!!  Something I don’t think I’ve done in 20 years.

Now…when I first closed my eyes around midnight and my mind started racing…I thought…well might as well hit the light and read a bit….but I decided against it and managed to fall asleep…and up at 4….no good….

Today I will attempt to steal a nap…and waste time I’d rather spend doing other things…..

I did hot yoga last night, that usually puts me right out, but after I went for a quick run…the attempt to get the old weight down…

At least that was a success…I managed my weight loss goal for the day…I lost 5 pounds yesterday.

Today I weighed in at 227.6 pounds.  I plan on being down another 5 by monday morning….and then back into the teens next week….depending on how long I can stave off the beers…

You see it isn’t necessarily the beers that make me gain weight…but after a few beers….those nachos start to look inviting…..

Andy trafford, Victor Wheeler, Kevin Parker, Sean Russett

Now I’ve heard there is a new phenomenon where women are attracted to men with bellies…Dad Bod’s….

Well ladies…get ready….

Sadly…I think it’s a hoax….the ladies are secretly chuckling away as they pack theatres to watch Magic Mike….

So…we all attempt to get into the same shape as Channing Tatem’s butcher, because let’s be serious….there is little chance I have the time…energy…or want to have a six pack at this point in my life….

Hell….Parker just wants to see his willy without having to stand on a mirror…..

With that…Parker offers up a weight of 252 pounds today….I lie I’m afraid…he is no where near a scale and I think he is closer to 255….Parker my dear friend will face the 260’s again at this rate……he is out more than Elton John…..

Boyling and Seamus are both steady at 194.1 and 269 respectively…I suppose Canada Day remnants are keeping them on the up side….at least it isn’t a gain….  Both of these guys have already dropped a ton of weight…I know Boyling hit the isagenix…I’ll have to see what Seamus was up to….just less might have been enough….

But guess what guys….the old metabolism isn’t stupid…you starve…it slows down….better get yourself eating steady on some veg or sit down to one big feast to kick yourself back into gear…..

Trafford is down again…174.4, that’s 2.4 pounds yesterday….he must be on the water….or the shakes….

Beagle managed just .2 pounds of weight loss, but it’s something…….every little bit counts.

Here it is:

Vic   229    -1.4 pounds

Beagle 187.8   -17.2

Trafford    174.4  +3.6

Boyling   194.1    -9.4

Seamus     269    -16

Parker    252   +4   ++I’m sure

 

So that means only Trafford and Parker are still on the upside since we started this diet what….has it been two months….one plus for sure….

Today my goal is to drop 2 more pounds….not sure how I’m going to manage that on zero sleep……

The Quote of The Day

Somebody who can reckon with the past, who can live with the past in the present, and move towards the future – that’s fabulous.
Bruce Springsteen

I gotta tell ya…I’m not sure yet…..

I haven’t quite made it here…the now….sure I lie…I pretend that I have arrived to face my future….but no….

And I find more and more lately that I want to run screaming into a dark space and hide…..it’s impossible of course….

Charlotte and I gave each other our belly kisses last night….something she picked up in the womb as one day she simply asked her mother for one….just as I asked for one on my third date with Ev….

In my house….something is missing…..we all live without it……………I hate it…..and now Syd has turned to listening to the same sad songs as me….she calls me into the room to listen to a song she loves….and it’s one I tracked down weeks ago for lonely drives and quiet moments……..

Yesterday a hummingbird flew into my garage…it stared at me for just a split second…eye to eye….then off it went….I’ve faced this little guys a few times in my life….and it’s always a wonderful moment….staring into the tiny eyes of that beautiful little bird…..

I wrack now…………..

Babe…..I miss you so much……….

I was so happy then…………………………

Have a great day, it looks like it’s going to be beautiful!

XO

 

 

 

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Fat is what fat does….

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Well it’s the fat man blog today….it has to be….I’m packing it on!

I’m 20 pounds heavier today than I was in February….232.6 pounds…20 pounds!!!  It’s no good and I have to get it under control today….one dinner tonight and a beer free weekend….

How am I packing on all this weight….well the constant celebration of life….to extremes…so I’ll back off that for a few days.

To recap….yesterday I took it easy…I did go to the pub to make an appearance with the boys….I had a single gingerale.  I have had enough this week already and even though Canada Day makes for a great excuse to have a few beers….it seems like Monday night soccer and Tuesday golf tournaments also make great excuses…..

And 3 dinners nightly….look at me now cruising up on the scale and not too pleased with myself for it…..

I was doing much better starving my grief than feeding it……

On that note…..let’s talk a wee bit about grief before I get to the other boys….funny pictures…..let’s talk about love lost and sadness……..

During my nice quiet day yesterday I had lots of time to think about my wife….my life…..Charlotte and I cuddled up and watched a few movies….Ave came and sat with us and we enjoyed our moments together……..

In my life though there is a constant…….Ev is missing…..that is my constant thought every moment…….the static in the background of my life…….

I miss Ev so much…….every second……………………..I still can’t believe she is gone….I know she is…..but I can sit here looking over the computer out to the driveway…..and imagine seeing her walking to the front door……..

……a wait for it to open………………..

Anyway….that’s my life……it’s a big life…..it includes more fun than any man deserves…..and so much pain…..so many tears……

Okay…..so…..I’m hitting a diet….one that includes food, no starvation diet here…..let me go back and dig up the initial weigh ins:

Victor    229     now 232.6       +3.6

Trafford     170.8    now 176.8   +6

Parker      248     now   252     +4

Beagle    205      now 188    -17

Boyling    203.5     now   194.1     -9.4

Seamus    285      now     269      -16

So…no weigh in from the senior citizen…..ya….let’s break the mold here….no VHS cover today….what might we find….

Oh….Andy just weighed in….I had to go back up there and edit his number…..up….

So up it might be…..

Andy Trafford    UP

Andy is just happy the chicken came along…..he might be peckish later….

Andy has just informed me he is back on the shakes…a diet plan for sure….I think I’m going to edge towards lighter meals and running…such a beauty that Andy Trafford, his current goal is to lose 12 pounds by July 24.   Half a pound a day…..

I’m going to get my sorry ass back into the teens by then, what is that…..13 pounds……okay…..today I plan on losing 5 of them.

That means a bit of a run….we will see just how well the new running goal goes….me legs are still killing me from soccer…..old frigin man disease….

And I’m going to eat right, lots of sugar from berries….some protein from yogurt and cottage cheese…..no chips….and NO BEER!

The Quote of The Day

There is nothing more helpless and irresponsible than a man in the depths of an ether binge.
Hunter S. Thompson

Why this Hunter Quote today…well it means so many things to different people in my life and will bring it all together….

First…..having just taken part in what I would describe as the Hunter S.Thompson invitational golf tournament….it’s still very fresh on my mind….and for those of you that don’t know, Hunter was an early hero in my life….and as a younger man I may have dedicated a 10 thousand kilometre road trip into trying to get to the bottom of this ether binge thing….

Those days would seem to be long behind us old boys though….I suppose….but life does change the way we look at where we should be and what we should be doing…..

I do believe the edge has been found….as Hunter would say, and I paraphrase….you’ll have to go over to know you’ve been there….

So….I have been tested many times….and here I am, for better or worse….

I couldn’t have managed it half as well other than I’ve been surrounded by so many great people….the luckiest man….

Babe….thank you for loving me………….

XO

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Lost….

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Lost….

I’m going to write a bit of the man blog today…and then come back and give it a title….so…The headline above has not yet been written in my timeline….

Where am I….I have some great moments….really good.  I live a wonderful life, it’s filled with happiness, Love….I have so much love in my life….amazing children, a great family and a person couldn’t ask for a better group of friends….

Is it a fairy tale…..

Here is a fairy tale for you…Cinderella….seen it yet?  A lovely family have a beautiful child raised in love and happiness until her mother falls mysteriously ill and passes away….soon followed by her father who remarried a less loving woman….her involvement isn’t important…but what is….this lovely child rides off into the forest and meets a man who has also lost his mother….and soon he will lose his father….and they live happily every after….

So….in said fairy tale…where do I fit in….I suppose I’m one of the mourning widowers…attempting to raise my beautiful children in love and happiness……

And that gives me so much joy…more than I deserve…more than many people have…is that my fairy tale…………

I think…and it my sound ridiculous….but I do believe that I try to find more happiness in my every day….after all I’ve lived….than many people do…..

Where does that put me….well…at times it puts me in a terrible place…because in my life happiness can come at a price….guilt….with that comes pain….the pain of loss….

The Biggest Loser

This is what defines me these days I think….it’s what I always come back to…..

I am trying to give myself to my life…..my children….my friends…..and at some point…..I want to be taken by it…..

Away….back to happiness without doubt….without pain……I want to move forward as the person I’ve become…..I don’t want to erase the time I’ve spent with Ev….loving….growing…………

wracking……..

I deserve more than what has been…..I’m better….a better man…………….

why do I have to pour tears here every morning………..why…………why do I have to feel this pain that never goes away…..that ruins perfect moments….wonderful days……..

I hate it………..

time……I need more time………………

A New You

The weigh in….well…I hit the scale at right about 230 this morning.  It won’t be easy this week with soccer, golf and Canada day on the docket thus far….but I plan on being 225 by Friday….and once I publish this blog today I’m going for a run to ensure that it happens……

Let’s start with Seamus, he called in with 271 pounds this morning.  He has lost 14 pounds in a week.  Sadly when you start at 285 14 pounds is easy.  I figure at 265 he will start having issues….the old metabolism figures it out and starts to fight the man weight a bit…..

I do think Seamus will see the 240’s though….his goal is still lower…..

Beagle is at 188.7 pounds after what he claims is a week of living like a teenager…….what is that….twice a day masterbation…..
mcdonaldsanta, sean russett, Victor Wheeler, kevin parker, Paul Robson,the circus in town? the man blog
Anyway, I assume he has been pounding the meat at Mcdonalds rather than making love to tube socks….I hope anyway….

Geez….that’s a bit raw isn’t it….I actually didn’t want that to be a pun…but there it is….

Old trafford is at 175.6 pounds….consumption….and not the variety that leads to weight loss….we will see if Andy is able to drag his butt onto the soccer pitch tonight….so that I might sit out…..

Parker responded to the call for weigh ins this morning without an actual number….I wonder what that signifies….and Boyling….zip….not a word.  I could post some terrifying photo of the 2 of them doing something horrible to their genitalia but alas….instead I post this old favorite….

Kevin Parker, Fat-Man-Dancing

The Quote of The Day

At the innermost core of all loneliness is a deep and powerful yearning for union with one’s lost self.
Brendan Behan

I am lost….sadly I am….I try to find myself and that leaves me caught between the man I have become….through this pain….and the man I was before…..through that pain….

I will be the better man…….I will stay this way….even though the easiest path is backwards…..

That’s it….that is today Man Blog.

Thanks….today I give thanks to my good friend Paul Robson….for showing me that my life could be worse.

Bahahahahaaaaaaahhhhhhh…..

Babe….I love your face….I miss you always…..

XO

 

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Fat Men Have More Fun….

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Fat Men Have More Fun….

No grief here folks…move along…

I did not meet Parker and the boys at the pub yesterday between the hours of 6 and 8:30.  A couple of my young ladies wanted to go to Mandy and Beagle’s for a swim so off we went…they played their pool games while I read a 3 year old National Geographic….

So…my consumption of alcohol was less than at least one or two of the gentlemen taking part in this impossible challenge…

Less…I did have one glass of sangria while reading on the front porch at dusk….

Guess what….I’ve read one book in 6 months, on vacation in Cuba…and I was a steady one or 2 novel a week reader for the past 20 plus years….

But I’m back on the books…a sign my mind is starting to make room for life…I think….I hope….I do think I am regaining some focus, the ability to read a sign, winning at poker another….

We shall see tonight at Wednesday night poker I suppose but I am up the past 2 weeks, something that was the norm before but has only happened one other week since December 17.

So…one glass of sangria and 2 pounds of raw veg equals…..drum roll…..

Weight Gain.

Yep I was an even 229 this morning….no good at all.

Where to begin….Seamus, the newcomer, with a starting weight of 285 pounds….I like the way that rolls of the tongue….285 pounds….geezus….

Anyway, the fat Irish weighed in this morning at 278.  A good start…but…at 285 he should be able to drop 20 pounds in 2 weeks…..man weight…no big deal.

Seamus has a goal kids….225 pounds…he wants to lose 60 L B s…we shall see….

Seamus Browne in a brown shirt
Personally, I think he looks okay now……but you be the judge….

Trafford lost half a pound yesterday at find himself at 176 pounds…I think he isn’t spending time walking the mall, not with this weather…he is out at the cottage doing old man calisthenics….you know….taking the empties back to the case….

He is down though…I’m up…so who am I to say a thing…..

Beagle is hitting new lows feeding himself just once a day….hitting the pool and the sauna I’m surprised he has enough energy to pull up his underwear….

Tonight he does claim to be on the sauce at poker though, and it looks like he may be saving his single meal of the day for the event also….I’m thinking he’ll be up tomorrow…

Beagle….187.6 pounds.

Boyling is still hard on the milk….he finds himself at 194.2….a light weight if he was over 5 feet tall….but no, gravity holds Boyling down….

Parker….Parker is now sending photos of the scale to prevent being publicly embarrassed…today’s pic has him at 248.6….

Parker now has Seamus to look up to, he is no longer the heavyweight here….

And I better get my act together….what to do…

image-3-for-the-world-s-top-ten-worst-album-covers-gallery-920746988So…Let’s try a good old fashioned group shot today….Here we go….

Victor Wheeler, Seamus Browne, Sean Russett, Kevin Parker, Richard Boyling, Andy Trafford
And the original Beatles cover so you don’t think I make this up….

Yes the Beatles had dead babies on an album cover…..not a good idea….

 

 

The Quote Of The Day

Buy the ticket, take the ride.
Hunter S. Thompson

Just remember folks, we have all bought the ticket.  The ride is called life.

Live it…to its fullest.

And if you think that means spending a day grumpy…morbid…sad…what have you…you’re doing it wrong.

Hey…I’m now the proud single Father of 4 young ladies and I manage to make the most of it every day….throw out an excuse and I’ll let you in on the rest of the story.

Smile…be happy….and wish the people you interact with a great day….even if they don’t return it…

Babe….thank you for….everything….

Yep, thinking about that one line will ruin a day you thought you wouldn’t shed a tear….and I’ll still laugh out loud….and I mean it….a dozen times today….

I hope the same for you

XO

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The Man Bloat….

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The Man Bloat…

If you’ve come here for my misery….look away….today’s man blog is dedicated to FAT….

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Did I run yesterday…yes…it might have been chasing a soccer ball rather than pounding pavement but at least I did something. I would have prefered skipping the old kick around last night, but over 40’s need spares and the team was short.  I did manage to remember a knee brace so I am walking today with just a mild limp.

We lost, 2-1, a penalty kick in the final seconds, the closing play of the game.  To be fair, these boys we played against were all under 30….they put in a valiant effort against a team of guys that has only 2 hair colors, grey and just for men….

After they game they jumped in their cars and raced home to have mom reheat dinner while we iced ourselves with coolers of beer….

And that is the great undoing of the man diet…social hour….

I weighed in this morning at 228.8, not bad considering I had dinner when I got home from the pub after soccer…where I had dinner…..

Yep, second dinner….my favorite right behind 3rd dinner….

Let me be honest…some things in my life are back to normal, I’m sleeping more than I have in 20 years and I’m back to 3 dinners….the only way that is going to hold up is with lots of pavement pounding….I have not forgotten I have a goal…tomorrow I put some miles on…..

Next up…let’s start with out newest entrant….Seamus….poor Seamus….

It isn’t easy to find a recent image of Seamus, he has done some deep editing on the old facebook, you’ll be looking at images from wayyyy back, 2 years or more…2 chins ago….sorry buddy…Anyway, this is the best I could come up with….

seamus browne

I hate to say it…but that’s a good photo of him….he dropped by this morning to weigh in at 281.8 poounds, down from 285 yesterday….

Seamus does not yet own a scale…

285 pounds kids…….

Let’s see what else we have…Boyling…at 192.6, down over 10 pounds and holding…running like the wind on the soccer pitch last night….

Trafford at 176.5, a very respectable weight for his age…Trafford did not play soccer last night which brought our average team age to 48 from 53….

Beagle…reporting in under 190 pounds…on a mix of single meals and isagenix shakes….189.7 pounds…

Last but not least, Parker who threw out 249….I believe that he is just tossing a number out there to prevent being punished….well, that’ll never do!

I apologize in advance….you might want to look away….

Seamus Browne and Kevin Parker

If only Parker would approach a curry and chips with that same look on his face he might be a little more akin to his brother in the picture hanging behind these two….

So that’s that….for those of you that have come here for grief…I take this day to live life as if my wife were sitting on the sofa waiting to read the man blog, look back a year in time and you will see daily posts…like these…that she loved to read.

The Quote Of The Day

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
Mahatma Gandhi

Be strong boys…please forgive me for those pics  🙂

The above quote applies to everyone I know except for Paul Robson….screw that….  Cheers

Babe….I love your face….

I’m going to have a great day today, I hope you have a great day also!  XO

Thanks to my friends, big and small…and today extra thanks to Mandy Russett…that woman puts a little bit more into every one of her days to help me out.  Such a good kid  XO

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