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The season will change….

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Looking at the long range forecast for Ottawa…it’s over.  Winter has come to an end…..as it does…..

How am I feeling?  I’m not sure….I find myself in new places all the time.  Good things are around me all the time, unknown things or those forgotten….from long ago.

I hate this man blog….I sit here and tell the type of things no one has to tell….in the end you become my therapist….sitting there listening to my chatter….my confessions….

Let me start with this, so far this morning I have not cried.  The last day I cried was the last day I sat here and click clacked these very same keys writing this same man blog…..so it goes….

I have fought tears a few times, digging up stories….spilling the beans on how I feel, who I am, or what I think…..

This weekend I will be driving passed Ev a few times….I’ll bring my boots so that I can trudge through the snow…..I will stop to tell her I love her even though I tell her 100 times every day……

Now I will wrack……I’m sorry……

You know, doing this isn’t easy….some of the people in my life see me and think it is…they look at me and…I guess they figure I make easy work of it….”If I can do it”….anybody can…..

Ya….I can do it….I wish I couldn’t.  I wish I didn’t have to learn these lessons…..I’ve learned enough lessons………..

Where did I begin today…..oh ya….new experiences, long forgotten…..here we go……

I’m trying….I wish they days were easier……

The Quote of The Day

Let your mind go….and your body will follow…
Steve Martin (LA Story)

My favorite movie….a quirky love story……this has been my favorite since my early 20’s….when I was a simply ruffian….not much has changed…..

I do try to let my mind go…..it has been a mantra of mine for so long……..

For everything that is said…..for all the good and bad things I speak of here…..so much more goes on…………..

So the man blog continues….we need a weigh in challenge to bring a few more laughs to the show….You should see Parker, at the gym every day for weeks now!

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

XO

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Just the skinny….

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Is it Friday….yep, we all made it again…and hot dog and toboggan day with the bigger 2 off due to exams…you know what that means!  2 less lunches and the 2 I had to make….no sandwiches!

Hey…the little gifts a parent is happy to see.

What did I weigh in at this morning…239.8 pounds…under 240!  And down 5 pounds since Monday…low carb!!!

Do I enjoy going low carb…no sir…but I did up my carbs yesterday a bit, a high protein salad added about 24 grams although I think it only net 6, plus 1 and a half quest bars….another 8….2 whole eggs….3….lets throw another 10 in to be fair.

Less than 30 grams of carbs all in….no beer folks, no scotch either….I haven’t had a sip since Sunday…this evening the boys are getting together after work….at least one scotch….I deserve that!

Or not…depending on who you ask….lol

Anyway, I think I might be able to get pretty close to 230 if I can keep this up for the next 18 days….I mean half a pound a day…I spent an hour on the treadmill yesterday!  Have you seen what 240 pounds looks like on a treadmill….not pretty!  The sweat….my god…..

Good old Kevin Parker joined me on the treadmill after he pushed a bit of weight yesterday, he told me he felt strong after a few days rest…

Parker weighed in yesterday at 254 pounds….he is working hard though…harder than he ever has I think.

Beagle

Groundhog day for Beagle, his metabolism is reeling from diet red bull I presume…

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Pirouz, Arthur, Ayhan and Vinnie

Arthur is away at a hotel somewhere…no weigh in…but he is doing the hotel gym every day.  Vinnie is eating pasta, Pirouz is down 2 pounds…off the rice…and Ayhan is way down at 187.6

Ayhan say “but Turkish dinner on Saturday, Layla Turkey soon.”  okay….if you say so.

Old Dusty Andy Trafford

Andy is also having a groundhog day…I think once you’re down to bone….it gets tough to drop even on the shakes…My advice Andy…get your skinny old butt over to the Carlingwood and walk some laps!

Andy Trafford walks the mall

The Quote of The Day

So, What if, instead of thinking about solving your whole life, you just think about adding additional good things.  One at a time.  Just let your pile of good things grow.

Rainbow Rowell

I mean with a name like that…it’s hard not to.

But honestly kids….why not….seek the good things….its as simple as putting a smile on a cashier’s face….

How easy?  The next time the cashier asks how you’re doing….say fabulous….watch in amazement….

I’m going out for a beer this evening for a good round of man hugs from the boys….good times!!!!

Babe…another wonderful night here, and many more to come…..I love your face….missing you always.

And I fuking wrack….

XO

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Just Fat Men Today…..

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Okay…since Monday I’ve been hitting the low carb diet…so much fun.

Let’s start with the important things I can NOT have.

Beer

I also can’t have breads, candies, cookies, donuts….the good stuff….that stuff is all gone.

Can I keep this up for the next 3 weeks….If I do…I’ll be close to 20 pounds lighter, I know, I’ve been here before.

A few years ago we did the 21 day sugar detox, I think mine ended up being 18 or 19 days due to a weekend trip with the boys to Tremblant….I lost 18 pounds I think…Facebook just offered up a memory, the end of the sugar detox at Tremblant this day in 2013….go figure…..

This time around I’m in the gym every day, I almost feel that I’ll lose less because of that…part of those 18 or 19 pounds last time were certainly muscle.

I’ve been in the 240’s lots in the past 5 years, when Ev told me she was pregnant with Charlotte I put on 40 pounds pretty much instantly….so did she…of course she took hers off.

Now, the 241.4 pounds I weighed in at this morning aren’t the same 240 something pounds I was 2 years ago….I’m bigger….less fat…more muscle.

To get to 220 at this composition is going to be a lot more work than it used to be……when I was just fat….

While we are talking about just fat….

Kevin Parker

Has Parker been to the gym in a week…I don’t think so.  I have heard a few excuses though…and he might have sent a text that he was just leaving the pub…this morning…after 1 am….

Well Kevin…..the last weigh in you offered was 254, I’m a betting man so I’ll hazard you’re 256 this morning….did you notice that I wasn’t at the pub last night.

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Old Old Old Old Andy Trafford

Ancient Andy Trafford hit the scale this morning at 179 even.  He tells me he is on nothing but shakes for the next week….20 days until the beach fossilized Andy Trafford….why just starve yourself one week?

Where is that bit of paper that has our this round starting weights on it….damn it…..wait…there it is….crap…Andy started late he isn’t on it….one sec…..looking back through 100 texts….where oh where…..ah…not bad, Andy did start at 187 so he is still down.  Only 9 pounds away from his goal too….

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The headline on this photo was 135 million year old dinosaur fossil found….Andy….is this one of your dogs?

Vinnie

177.5 pounds….that’s up for Vin.  Dude….light pasta man, give it a shot……

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Is this a photo I need to photoshop Vinnie’s face onto?  NO SIR!

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What is that?  Vinnie………..

Ayhan and Pirouz

Both of these 2 offered up excuses for their weight gain this morning…..Ayhan blamed Raki….lion water….I’m not sure Ayhan.  Pirouz at least came up with something you can live off of….Iranian rice?  Who knew.  Priouz says Iranian rice is to an Iranian was beer is to the rest of Europe….

See….this is why they don’t need alcohol in Iran….they have rice!

Ayhan….190.6

Pirouz  159

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Beagle

Beagle had poker last night….every Wednesday…I did not go…to many wonderful carbs and boozy treats for my simple mind to resist…..But beagle….how many treats did he manage…

Let’s not think about what Beagle ate before poker…

At poker….2 pulled pork sandwiches….Cheetos….Jelly beans…and 8 track suits…

8….If you’ve had 8 6 pump track suits you have no idea how many you’ve had….diet red bull though folks….like normal red bull isn’t bad for you……

195.8 pounds…..I’m not sure the bbq pork sandwiches are working…..

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2 pulled pork sandwiches….bahahahaha

While looking for this photo I typed fat bbq into google and clicked images….the second was a photoshoped photo of me….damn it…..

oh shit….I just google Sean Russett….just to see how terrible the photos of him are….his own place of employ served up this beauty

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Geezus….I’m so glad I was able to capture this before they got wise and removed it……lol

Love you buddy!

The Quote of The Day

A true friend is one who overlooks your failures and tolerates your success!
Doug Larson

I’ve said it 1000 times…I hang out with a group of maybe 20 guys…none of these guys is the normal dude.  They are love life and live it to the fullest.  When we meet me hug….at the pub there may be songs…on vacation we are a scene….

I’m thankful for these friends and 100 more I don’t see twice a week.

Babe….I love you….regardless of anything….I will always love you….

I’ve just driven Syd To her first exam ever and was heading to park across the street to wait for her….a truck pulls in exactly like our last one….a blonde woman inside…..I hoped it was you….I thought of following to see you again….

I didn’t……

I’m broken….I’ll get better

 

Wracking………..

 

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The Past….

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A strange day yesterday….old friends and old worries forgotten….

As I stand in the school yard waiting for Charlotte and Ave yesterday a passerby says my name, an old friend and roommate from days long long gone when I lived down in the market….fun times, the joy we used to have with 4 and sometimes 5 of us sharing a 3 bedroom….often to wake up with bodies covering every inch of carpet in every room….the mad sleepovers….

Fabulous memories………

Not all of my past has left me with those same feelings, some I’ve carried like luggage all this time.  Wrongs I had always hoped to be forgiven for….or simply relieved of….that too happened yesterday….I travel a bit lighter now.  I had to share a bit more than I usually do to get it….but these days I’ve laid my demons on the table more than I ever have….my secrets swirl around free…..and so do I.

Getting the ladies out the door this morning seemed like a breeze, although I do feel like I might be better with an extra hour of sleep, deciding to get into the hot tub late last night to relieve some muscle pain was a good idea….bringing a wee bit of scotch along might not have been….

Charlotte slept in her own bed again last night, likely 10 of the past 12 days….and now I dream again…obviously I’m getting a bit more sleep without her hogging.

The Weigh In

I hit the scale at 241.6 pounds this morning…reasonable enough.  Gym yesterday, tried to push but a back issue made it impossible…when the back hurts….I decided to work the back instead, easier to pull I suppose.  What did we manage to eat yesterday….I think I managed about 200 grams of protein yesterday, short of my goal….Roast beef and mashed potatoes for dinner and a salad at 11 pm just before bed….I couldn’t go to sleep hungry.

Today….the gym……..

Groundhog days

Groundhog days for Beagle at 196.2, Arthur at 192, Vinnie at 178, nothing from Parker….I’m betting 252….

Parker skipped the gym yesterday, today we do arms….I think he is over the worst of it so he might be brushing his own teeth again by Friday…Arthur…we shall see.

It just stuck me that Arthur weighs less than Beagle…..bahahahaha….shit

Kevin Parker belly flops for the man blog

Parker does like to hit the pool after a bit of the old lift.

Old Trafford

The starvation diet….old Trafford is down to 177.6 pounds.  If you are willing to substitute lean shakes for 2 meals a day while having a very sensible dinner….you will lose weight.

You can’t cheat this diet, your metabolism slows to a crawl so any misstep will be stored as fat as your body attempts to persevere for one more day.  Luckily Andy’s intake of beer seems to also have slowed to a crawl….as best as I can tell anyway….

A lot of seniors do come to the decision to give up the glug….Andy’s days of being a pirate are almost over.

Andy Trafford

Pirouz and Ayhan

Priouz is back down to 158 pounds….he loves that gym….Ayhan isn’t doing as well….he is obviously off the nuts.  Ayhan weighed in this morning at 188.2 pounds.  I think he is right back to where he started….

Let’s try to consider….Ayhan has been dieting, his body has had to consume a bit of the old muscle along the way….Trafford….hint hint….during this time I’ve been destroying the fridge….taking creatine….and pushing hard weight.  My weight at 241 includes a few pounds of new muscle and 5 pounds of water weight from the creatine.  I give that up and I’m 235 in 2 days…..

Lift…

The Quote of The Day

It’s toughest to forgive ourselves. So it’s probably best to start with other people. It’s almost like peeling an onion. Layer by layer, forgiving others, you really do get to the point where you can forgive yourself.
Patty Duke

You know, for all my mistakes I’ve really turned into a pretty good person….this life has taught me so many things, the really important stuff….

Care for the people around you and they will care for you.

I’m a lucky man…..I’m surrounded by lucky people.

Babe….I love your face.

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The Ladies….

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My 4 babies…what a pack of beauties.  I do have my hands full but it certainly could be much worse…these are good kids.

It isn’t easy, there are days when I know they are the reason I spend time looking over the touch of grey products and wondering when they are going to come up with a pill that cures grey hair….at least I have lots of it I suppose….I haven’t torn it out just yet.

I had an early night yesterday, in bed at 8 pm…soothing a crying 5 year old…missing mommy.  It’s extremely painful for me to do as I’m pretty sure I miss mommy more…even right this moment to type that…to think about it…it’s a fight….

I do fight a bit harder these days….I fight to contain my tears that I allowed myself to give up months past.  It’s not healthy for me, I know I’m better to let these things flow that attempt to contain them….once full…well, we will see.

The Weigh In

Let’s start with me today, 244.8 pounds…it wasn’t a pretty weekend.  I think we will call today the beginning of the lean…

Okay, both Saturday and Sunday I took the kids out for breakfast, I ate my 2 egg plate and 2 of Charlotte’s pancakes…both days.  Big lunches and steak dinners.  Not all bad though, both Saturday and Sunday I lifted huge at the gym.  I am now stronger than I have ever been.

The gym saves me these days…I’ve wasted a lot of months since last December, a pity I hadn’t taken to the gym sooner, because I do prefer being healthy and clear…and strong….

Starting today I lean….I’m going to attempt 300 kidney destroying grams of protein every day while keeping the carbs down….beer….maybe just a few  🙂

At this point I’d be happy to hit the beach at 230, I’m a big boy…and I hate to fight it too hard…

Arthur and Kevin

Neither of these 2 is losing weight either, both of these guys are pushing weight at the gym 5 days a week….at some point they will lean out, Kevin is sure to drop a few pounds…but right now they are building muscle and holding on to water.

Kevin and Arthur did the evening spin class yesterday while I took the day off completely….

Kevin 252 pounds

Arthur…nothing

Pirouz

Pirouz is also at the gym almost every day, 160 pounds…gaining…I wonder if he weighs in with his phone in his pocket…Pirouz does like to have is phone handy to take photos.

You keep this up Pirouz and you’ll get a fine…sooner or later…..

Pirouz

Andy Trafford

Old Old Old Andy Trafford, down weight again….Andy hit the scale this morning at 178.2

Andy has the benefit of old age, let’s be honest…if you weigh the fossilized remains of….I don’t know…I whooly mammoth…it’s simply lighter than it once was….

Andy might be lighter due to this process….who knows when it begins….Andy Trafford

 

Beagle

Nothing from Beagle today….weekend blues perhaps?  My guess….Beagle is somewhere above 198 pounds….

Am I close?  We will get to the bottom of this tomorrow.

Ayhan

Up….187.4 pounds.

And I quote Ayhan, “Too much eat”

There you go….too much eat, does it every time!

Vinnie

Anyone see a pattern here….Vinnie is up…178 pounds.

Have I seen any of these guys regularly at the pub?  Maybe…..

The Quote of The Day

There’s so much to appreciate about my life every single day, and I make a big point of taking time to smell the roses and noticing how lucky I am. I never want to take that for granted.
Josie Maran

I have always enjoyed enjoying life, and I’ve been lucky enough to be surrounded by a group of people that know how to rejoice in what life is…I’ve been very lucky.

I do have terribly beautiful moments full of pain, sharing tears with a 5 year old that misses her mother….one that says she can’t dream about mommy as her memory fades until I open up my phone and review some photos with her before bed….painfully beautiful memories to talk about and remember…..

These things build inside of me….I pack them up and release them at the gym……..stronger physically and mentally….I hope.

I also hope you all have a great day….rejoice!

Babe……………………We all really miss you………….

I wrack…………..

 

 

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Another day….another…..day.

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Before I get into the meat and potatoes portion of the man blog, the portion where I entertain myself with photoshoped images of my friends….let’s review…..grief….and life….

I’ve read so many fabulous posts in regards to how other people have dealt with or are dealing with their grief….let it go….like a butterfly in a storm…just keep flapping those wings….glide…..

Guess what…….

And this is going to come as a total shock to some of you………..ready?

Some people DON’T love their spouse…….

I have talked to hundreds of people through this blog, read hundreds of messages, responded to dozens upon dozens….

Some people do not love their spouse……some people don’t love their children…..their pets…..their parents….

Some people do not love …….themselves……

I have personally talked to widows that have told me….no problem….we likely weren’t going to make it anyway…..so, obviously that person is unlikely to experience this journey as I do……

I have personally talked to people that envy me……you get that…..men and women that WISH their spouse would die…..obviously that person is unlikely to experience this journey as I do……

I have personally met men and women that LOVE there lost child, brother, father, sister, mother, aunt, cat and dog….these people have some idea of what the journey is to me…..these people are on a journey of their own…..different….but there is a path like mine.

I am moving forward.  I have moved forward every single day since December 17, 2014.  I will continue to move forward….it will not always be easy, some days I will cry…..I will continue this journey…with love….living to the best of my ability….and I’m telling you right now, my life is pretty big…bigger than most…..I live large, even in agony…………

So…..I suffer….but I live……

The Weigh In

Kevin Parker……..Kevin MF Parker…..

Kevin met me at the gym yesterday unable to straighten his arms….I figured a little light lifting might get him flowing again…well we lifted….and lifted….set after set…again and again…..

Kevin did not whine…..he did not quit…..he was nothing short of an animal….

I am proud of Kevin Parker.  He is sore today, really sore….

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This is what Kevin gets today….Kevin’s weight was unchanged at 252 pounds….but he is on his way.

Beagle

Poker night for Beagle.  He weighed in at 196 pounds this morning, not bad considering.  Beagle says today he plans on sweating….that is going to hurt….

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Charlie also weighed in this morning at 21 kg, or about 45 pounds….Charlie has enjoyed Wednesday night poker, up 2 pounds since his last visit where the Vet put him on a strict diet…..

Victor…yours truly

Yesterday for breakfast I managed 4 eggs and 6 thin slices of rye, I crushed a few scoops of protein, some creatine, glutamine, and bcaa’s….all of the supplements I am using are from a Canadian company that promises IOC compliance…I’m getting big, I might me stronger today that I was 10 years ago….and I don’t want anyone thinking I’m using anything other than over the counter supplements of the highest standard.

I’m working out hard….really hard….I like to kid around about steroids….but lets be serious, I can hardly stuff myself into an XL shirt as it is……

okay….I then had chicken curry over fries and cheese…chicken curry poutine…at the Heart and Crown, with a beer.  Then poker…2 beers….maybe 4 ounces of scotch….10 meatballs….15 maybe…..2 or 3 chicken thighs….and half bag of doritos…maybe 2/3 of the bag…..

So what is that…..some calories….a few carbs……

I hit the scale this morning at 239.8 pounds….

As long as I’m pushing the weight…..I can eat whatever I’d like.  First week of February we lean out….

Today I break from the gym……or maybe I go in late for a bit of cardio.

Arthur

Arthur is at the gym daily also and has been for about 2 months.  Like me, Arthur is packing on muscle so his weigh in is not as easy as a simple number….

Arthur hit the scale this morning at 193 pounds….Liverpool did manage a tie yesterday which cost Arthur a few pints at the pub….all consumed.

To continue Arthur expose into the Asian culture I offer you this prize.

Andy Zips for free

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A little something for everyone in this gift.  Sorry Kev…

Vinnie and Old old Andy Trafford

Vinnie doesn’t really need to lose much weight, but being Italian he does want to look his very best for when we hit the beach in February….I wouldn’t banana hammock myself…but Vinnie….he loves it.

Vinnie weighs in at 177.5, down half a pound….it’s amazing what a good waxing can accomplish.

Old Old Andy Trafford is walking his way into a wafer…Trafford weighed in this morning at 180.5 pounds!

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I do wonder if blisters are the only thing Andy is getting at Carlingwood……

Pirouz 

Pirouz is at 160 pounds, down a bit but not his low….he wants to lose another 10 pounds…

It won’t be easy….I’ve only seen Pirouz at the gym one time….he is like one of those steroid guys…just walkin around looking big…..or….big???  Wait….no…

Sorry Pirouz….you’ll have to step it up a bit…

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Ayhan

Ayhan had 2 peanuts yesterday…his weight….183.8 pounds

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I can hear Ayhan now. “Man said, nuts, you like?”

bahahahaha…oh shit… terrible….

The Quote of The Day

Laughter is the closest distance between two people.
Victor Borge

This is what it is all about…..this is the man blog….

Lot’s of pictures today….one more….

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If this isn’t how you feel about life……you’re already gone…..

Babe…..I love your face……..

so what if I wrack…..

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Years past…..

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Old Andy Trafford…..old dried up….terribly old….OLD….Andy Trafford…

Andy has offered up his weight……Trafford and I

I knew Andy was secretly dieting away, preparing for our trip to the beach….and I was right!  Yesterday OOOOOLD Trafford offered up his weigh in.

Andy started at 187 a week ago, was at 183 yesterday and this morning sent over 181.2 pounds.  5.8 pounds in a week….shakes baby.

Andy drinks these leans shakes through the day and has a sensible dinner.

Plus…..

He is a walker!!!!!

No senior in this entire city has done more laps at Carlingwood that old Trafford…..He has worn a strip through 2 carpets….they’ve turned to tile in an attempt to get him out of there!!!!!  Andy’s lofty goal….170….

Andy Trafford walks the mall

Next up….Beagle.  Down to 196.4 pounds.  Beagle was on the elliptical twice yesterday, that’s gotta hurt…Once upon a time there was only 10 pounds between Beagle and I…on the low side, this time last year I was hitting the scale under 220….what’s up with that?  Beagle is about to participate in a cleanse….a viscous treat…but first…

Poker night in Canada folks….redbull is on the menu!

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Ayhan no longer updates me on what he has had to eat….he has taken the fun out of it.

Ayhan weighed in this morning at 185.2, he had 1750 calories yesterday…..What else can I say….you’re guess is as good as mine.

Kevin Parker….nothing from Kevin on the weight front yet this morning….I’m sure it isn’t pretty.  Kevin sent me a late text last night saying he wouldn’t be at the gym today….the inability to straighten your arms thing.

I told the darling Kevin that a little light lifting will get things loosened up….so we shall do a bit of pushing today.  I see good things in Kevin’s future….in about 2 weeks he will be able to shampoo his hair again….

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No update from Arthur or Vinnie yet either….too early.

Me?  I hit the scale this morning at 239.6 pounds.  I’ve started the habit of crushing tons of calories before bed…I’ve also been sleeping like crap.  Charlotte has been out of my bed for 2 days, I thought that would help, but no…I’m still up half the night….lots of that due to twitching muscles.

I managed to push a full set of 100 pound dumbbells yesterday, peanuts weight.  I pushed them easier than I every have before.  Ya, 200 pound bench presses don’t seem like much on a straight bar….but you hold 100 pounds in each hand over your face and give 8 good pushes….it’s no straight bar.

That, a pack of squats and Arthur and I went to hit the treadmill.

Soon….very soon….I start to lean out a bit…..

The Quote of The Day

If you really want to do it, you do it. There are no excuses.
Bruce Nauman

I’m lucky that due to my current mental state a little pain in the gym actually feels good….it takes other issues away.  This fact makes it hard for the other guys to keep up….when I’m done…I try to push more.  These days when I give up on weights its because my fingers can no longer handle the lightest of weights….my hands cramp up while I’m getting changed…..

I remember seeing Ev’s hands cramp up like that……thinking of her pushes me farther than I’ve ever gone…and I’ll be stronger at 44 than I have ever been……

Shit….Ayhan just sent me what he ate yesterday….at 6:45 he had oatmeal, steel cut, the oatmeal seemed a bit darker than he likes…he added 5 drops of milk, skim, the container has a small dent….factory issues possibly….sandwich…thai chicken…a bit of crust was rough…not quite burnt…….

You get the idea…..

This is the Man Blog Ev loved to read every morning…..she waited on the sofa for me to come out of my office so that she might enjoy a good laugh…..

This is what I want the Man Blog to be.

Babe….I love your face.

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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….

Yours Truly

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….

Victor January 2015

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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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.

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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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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?

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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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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

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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………

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

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

He has yet to start….

Looking good buddy!

Next up…Seamus Browne

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

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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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