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Old habits….the good and the bad….

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FOOD!

Krista

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

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

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

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

They do seem like a good time…..

Donald Ramsay Buchanon Esq.

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

Deep deep basking….


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

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

Richard and Seamus

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

Today is a new day.

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

Sean Russett

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

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Russett’s Return

Sean has come a long way….

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

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

Kyle Devereau

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

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


Kyle is not the skinny guy….

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

The Quote of the Day

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

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

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

Could she hear me…no…

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

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

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

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

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

Babe….I love your GD face…..

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

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

I hope you all have a great day!

XO

 

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2 weeks later….

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Did Grandma stop by with cookies yesterday?  You bet.

I thought Charlotte ate 2 of them before we ran out the door to hockey….nope…she had just one…I didn’t eat the remainder of them….There may have been 2 dozen or more in the box….but I ate 20….easily 20….So many in fact that my stomach wasn’t happy…I may have even crushed a few past that point.

My weight this morning…a solid 233…not terrible.  I have seen 229…I’ll try to get back under 230 this week…after tonight’s poker I suppose.

Now….I have been working out….some…lifting…the lazy man’s exercise.  I’ve been busy though….things on the go with the kids…important stuff….Hey 233 isn’t bad…I haven’t been eating 20 cookies every day!

Russett

192 and holding.  He is really taking this seriously and looks much thinner….he is down chins…so many it’s hard to remember how many chins he had accumulated.  Last night he walked the dog from his house to the high school and back….while I ate cookies……

One of us will be lighter….

And I’ll be bringing KFC to poker tonight….


Look….Russett has really been working at this…Props….

Donald Ramsay Buchanan

Bulking…..


Donald is hard at it folks….

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time for a wee break from the new man blog….

Charlotte Wheeler

Some evening in the past few weeks I was laying in bed with Charlotte reading while she watched a movie, the Good Dinosaur…it seems nice enough and she was enjoying the time…talking to me a bit about what was going on.  I wasn’t paying attention to the tv until at some point she asked me if we could change the show…she was sad…

Rather than just changing it I rewound it a minute to see what upset her.

Ya….that is the sort of thing that will upset a little girl missing one of her stick people….and it upset me too….

A couple days ago as Charlotte got into the truck after school she gave me a look…and I told her I loved her face….she said “mommy faces”   She gave me the look…


I miss stick people too….terribly…..

The One thousand distractions that life offers are often not enough…they do help but there is still that nagging…..

At some point Ev is just going to walk in the front door…..

This morning we will pour tears and that’s just fine……………..

I miss Ev…we all do….too much…..I went to visit her on Thanksgiving…a trip to go see the bit of ground that separates us….someday…..

Krista

Krista and her 2 diet competitors are hard at it….Krista has managed 152….she is back to posting sweaty photos on facebook I see.

No updates on her competition other than to tell me one of them has been sick…and due to that Krista believes the sick one will end up in the lead….nothing like a good flu to help drop a few pounds.

We will get to the bottom of all of this soon.

Glen and Richard

Neither of these 2 have lost any weight….Richard hasn’t been to the gym I don’t think while Glen goes often enough….

Glen tells me past diets have offered him huge loses but this time very little….To that I say….stop shoving in food!

Seamus Browne

I’d love to make a joke about this but it simply isn’t funny any longer.  I read a stat yesterday that said just 17% of the population smokes now compares to 47% years ago….

I have to wonder how Seamus feels about being part of that statistic….Keep pouring money into that retirement plan buddy….

The Quote of the Day

Sitting there at that moment I thought of something else Shakespeare said. He said, “Hey… life is pretty stupid; with lots of hubbub to keep you busy, but really not amounting to much.” Of course I’m paraphrasing: “Life is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” – Steve Martin   L.A. Story

You see folks….paying off that mortgage and driving new trucks is nice….but you have to have fun on the way.  Sooner or later we will be in the ground and you hate to get to the last day and realize you haven’t had any fun….

There is a time to be serious….but once you’ve figured out potty training that’s pretty much the end of that….

Babe….I love your face.

XO

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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….

Beagle tsunami at the man blog
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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Another week…another pound…

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

Russett

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

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

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

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

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

194.4

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

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

Krista

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

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

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

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

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

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

man boobs are not pornography….

The original for clarificationKrista-Sweating

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

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

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

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

LOL….

But you know what….152.2 is something….

Moving right along…..

Glen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Well….sadly…that just ain’t it.

Every and all alcoholic beverages have about 110 calories minimum.

I wish it wasn’t so….but it is.

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

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

Seamus Browne

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

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

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

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

Richard

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Seniore Donald

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

Andy Trafford dbol

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

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

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

Yours Truly

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

ummm….carb loading…ya that’s it!

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

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

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

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

The Quote of The Day

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

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

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

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

Mushy…you bet…

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

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

Babe….I love you.

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

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Busy Busy…too busy to lose weight?

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

First up….a new contestant…

GLEN

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

SEAMUS

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

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

I’ll have another talk with him…..

KRISTA

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

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

Hopefully Krista is thinking about sweating facebook selfies….

RUSSETT

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

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

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


DONALDINIO

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

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

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

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


YOURS TRULY

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

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

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

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

RICHARD

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

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

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

The Quote of The Day

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

That kids…is an important fact….

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

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

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

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

XO

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Almost like we had a summer….

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I’ll start where the buck stops….I’m at 241 and change.

Dilly bars…warm fall night beers…indian restaurants…these things will not make for weight loss…

So be it.  Let’s see what this week brings for chunk.

RUSSETT

Down to 196 even.  The groundhog has moved on from Russett’s life for now.  He has managed to lose 9 pounds in 12 days.


This old classic might just become a thing of the past.  The combination of watching what he eats, time in the pool, and long bakes in the sauna are doing the trick….

….or is Russett offering up his -just sweat out a gallon- weight….

I could be envious….

RICHARD

I’m sure Richard is way down…he has been laying super low on the HTG and moved several yards of rock into his back yard last week….no update though….and sadly that means we must surf the net for a photo of Richards progress….


If I was a betting man….Richard is in the 360’s.

Zee DONALD

Donaldinio had a rough weekend…it seems he went to the pub and had a few beers…He hasn’t been drinking in weeks due to his new workout routine/medication….well…the liquor hit him badly….

Anyway, good news is that Donald is up another 2 pounds…137 pounds….

I’m not sure he will be able to hold his gains this week while he is in hospital.  The story I heard goes something like…pub…few beers…managed to crawl home to medicate…decided to hit the gym to pump up the old muscles…had some sort of medication issue…..

Hopefully Donald is released this afternoon and can get right back at it….geezus….I never expected one of these police mug shot before and after’s of the Don.

SEAMUS BROWNE

Here is another one…bulking up….why Seamus?   Why punish yourself????

Up just one pound to 391 pounds.  I was on the phone with Seamus for a moment on Friday…I believe he managed a muffled hello before I heard the sound of the phone dropping and screams….I stayed on the line in an attempt to figure out what happened until one of Seamus’ co-workers picked up the phone and offered me an update….

It seems Seamus had stuffed an entire Berry Explosion muffin into his mouth in an attempt to crush it before we spoke….choked on the monstrous 2 pounder and had to get the Heimlich from his coworkers…

He did not return any of my calls the rest of the weekend…that sort of thing must be hell on the throat….

KRISTA

Krista is on the same diet as I am it seems.  She offered up a 151.8 this morning…she blames it on weekend drinks.

I get it…we’ve had a terrible summer and some warm weekend nights….there were a lot of lawn chairs on driveways this weekend in the Ottawa area.

Now…with Krista’s “feeder” away the next couple of weeks…and a bridesmaid’s dress to squish into…soon…very soon…Krista will have to tighten up the old bouche…

She could head on over to the sugar bear and try to melt it off……

The Quote of The Day

“Believe me, every heart has its secret sorrows, which the world knows not, and oftentimes we call a man cold, when he is only sad.”

–Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

What do I say…I’m not sure….even Longfellow might not have been able to explain why a man must be cold in the hopes it makes him seem more…..manly….

We’ve separated being a human into categories….and a lot of people misunderstand these categories…how other humans judge us for staying within what we think these categories should be….

Anyway….

Babe….I love you.

XO

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Some things NEVER change…

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Groundhog days…

RUSSETT


There have been so many hard fought groundhog days here at the man blog…years and years of them…

No matter how hard you starve…you can not lose a pound….not an ounce!!!!

Mr. Russett…the sugarbear…is stuck in a groundhog cycle…every morning he wakes up…at anytime…he looks around and realizes…this is a new day!  My starvation will be rewarded on this day…

No sir….as the Beagle steps onto the silver monster he is greeted with this….


We must consider though….he hasn’t been under 200 pounds in a year…and he has been now for 3 straight days….He hasn’t eaten in a week….

Not sure what keeps him going at this point…but he is managing to get his base calories from somewhere….

Is he eating whats left of his muscle mass…or his grey matter….

Time will Tell

SEAMUS BROWNE

wowzers…..I haven’t heard from the big boy in 2 days…the last time we spoke he told me that he was timing how long it takes for sour kids candy to melt in a can of Pepsi….he was amazed to realize that the rate at which sour kids melt in Pepsi is affected by thermodynamics….a cold can of pepsi melted the sour kids slower than a warm can….

Anyway, Seamus was on his second dozen Pepsi’s when I spoke to him…he was pretty much shattered at that point…between gummies and pop he had managed several pounds of highly refined sugars…

His weight….last he checked….390 pounds.

My lord…..

RICHARD D’AOUST

I think Richard is actually taking this seriously….he is actually watching what he consumes….but no weight in…he only weighs on Fridays….

Guess what that means?


Richard is burning Cals kids….

KRISTA KELLY

Krista seems to be on the HTG diet…that’s the one where you lose a few pounds and then demolish the fridge.

On Monday Krista was under 150….remember….I may have said 250 but I get mixed up with my hundreds now that we have a big boys club….

Krista Celebrated being under 150 with…a bag of gummies and some popcorn..and drum roll…………………

Up…Tuesday she weighed in at 150.4.  We had a wee chat about diets and stuff during which Krista told me she was a fortune teller of sorts…..geez….I mean….I’ve made a lot of lofty claims in my life…like I’m going to lose 30 pounds in 30 days….but…if I could see the future….I would already know there is zero chance of that….

Regardless Krista told me she had these feelings….she knows stuff….future type things….

Well Krista is sure of one thing….she gained…weighing in this morning at 151.2 pounds….this she blames on her HUSBAND….

lol

She claims he comes home with chips…he is a ‘Feeder’ she says….chips AND pepsi….shhhhh…don’t let Seamus find out you have Pepsi…

Anyway, Garry is off to England tomorrow…Krista thinks she will lose weight while he is gone…..

We shall defo know if the crystal ball is telling the truth won’t we….

CAPITONE DONALD RAMSAY BUCHANAN

Now that the Capitone is seriously bulking up we will have to address him with a bit more respect…or suffer the consequences….and no one wants to mess with a man in the midst of a steroid induced rage.

ZEE capitone Ramsay Buchanan is up again, hammering the scale at 135 pounds, up from 127…major gains….I hope he forwards us an updated selfie tomorrow…

YOURS TRULY

Light weight!!!!!  PEANUTS!!!!

I’m down to 236.6 pounds….but…it’s Wednesday.

Last Wednesday I weighed 236.4…my low of this round of man blog dieting….I then managed to get to 242 overnight…Wednesday night….

….imagine.

By the way…I have had 2 dilly bars each of the last 2 nights….so they aren’t the issue…..

I will attempt to take it easy on the donuts tonight…..

The Quote of The Day

Somewhere there’s a score being kept, so you have an obligation to live life as well as you can, be as engaged as you can.
Bill Murray

I wonder what my score might be….I do like to live life…I must…I try to live with passion…it isn’t always easy.  Living life can be tiresome….and much of what I have is given to my children….I make that choice….

But I do live….and I like a great laugh every single day.

Babe….I love your face.

XO

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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 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….

watford Kevin Parker

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….

Fat Beagle

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

Andy Zips for free

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!

Andy Trafford

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…

pirouz

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….

Kevin Parker, man blog

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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