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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….

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Hitting the low carb for 30 days will likely get the Beagle under 185…that of course will depend on how low carb he goes…and the amount of cheating.

The only issue with the low carb diet…other than the pain…if you cheat, it’s over…reboot.

Krista

Krista has offered up a 152.2 this morning…losing before the official weigh in of her 30 day challenge?  Not smart!

We will be following the contestants closely…of course we won’t be getting any names sadly…I’ll have to be creative with my photos…but I’m sure we will come up with something just perfect.

So starting Monday we will have Krista and Contestant A and B ….I can’t wait!


I quick image of our 3 contestants…

It’s not hard to imagine how some might not want to release their names….for now contestant A and B will remain anonymous…but who nows….

Krista looks happy enough…maybe they will follow her lead….

Glen

Glen is down,  255 pounds….I don’t even get how he outweighs me by over 20 pounds….

So greco for him, I’ll get an update on how that is going.

Donald

Donald is still bulking….and laying low….whether it’s his involvement in the CrossFit games or simply overtime at the gym I intend to find out this weekend…until then….

Donald if you are reading this here is the link to the city of Ottawa syringe exchange …..tell me that isn’t a useful link for a drug addict……our taxes folks….

http://ottawa.ca/en/residents/public-health/healthy-living/alcohol-drugs-and-tobacco/drugs#site-needle-syringe-program

Seamus and Richard

These 2 are busy pouring through each other’s wardrobes as they switch sizes….Be careful Richard….the horror of Seamus’ past is forever haunting….

Kevin Parker
Sorry Kevin.

The Quote of The Day

You and I will meet again, When we’re least expecting it, One day in some far off place, I will recognize your face, I won’t say goodbye my friend, For you and I will meet again.
Tom Petty

Beautiful……not that photo…no

The universe has given us such a great gifts…Life, Happiness, Love….

Embrace all the good things…

Babe…I’ll keep pushing….

XO

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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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Ice Cream Sandwiches….

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Did I start a 30 day challenge?   oh oh…

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

 

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

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

Diets…..

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

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

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

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

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

I’ll serve myself thanks….

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4 Young Ladies and a Headstone

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

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

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

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

Zee Quote of Zee Day

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

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

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

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

The life of a parent….the joys.

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

XO

 

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The show begins….

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The Fat Man Blog

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

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

Russett is 204.6

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

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

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

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

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

Done…nice.

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

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

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

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

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

oh my geezus…..I love it.

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

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

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

Kevin Parker

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

Kevin Parker is immortal at the man blog

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

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

The Lifey Bit

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

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

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

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

The Quote of The Day

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

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

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

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

and that kids makes me sad….

Time for some punishment….Ev style

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

XO

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What lies ahead is nothing but lies….

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What am I?  What have I decided I will be?

My life is reduced to a very simple thing, it isn’t an easy thing, but it’s an easy choice for me to make….It’s not like I wasn’t this person before….I was always the man that hugged his children every day….told them he loved them, more than just those three words…letting them know I was proud….and when I wasn’t on the days I had to….

It isn’t an easy job…when I thought I was making mistakes I changed my life entirely to be better….

Yep, the last 10 months….300 days…I have cooked 200 dinners without opening a box….fresh food…I have not been to the pub since the New Year….I focused on my home….my kids….

My kids…………

I have 4 daughters, 3 teenagers and a 7 year old…..sound like fun?     It is…most of the time…there are some really tough days….I’m not talking about the regular stuff…..I mean tough days….

Well Charlotte is pretty easy….a quick look….a 7 year old girl that has lost her mother at age 4….the toughest thing I have to deal with is leaving for a night………not including the nightmares I guess….ya so if I disregard the fact she wakes up 2 or 3 times a night screaming at the top of her lungs…..then yes…the only issue is the fact she worries if I’m going to be gone from her longer than she would be away while at school…..

What does that leave me with…3 teenagers…..

Painfully, and soon to be corrected….one I still do not have legal custody of….Avery will be next up Oct 11 when I ask the court give me sole custody of Syd and Ave….there isn’t a lot standing in the way….I’m their Dad….jokers and fools can talk mighty game about that….but I am their Father….and even if the day comes they rather I wasn’t I will be…when these ladies are 35 they will look back and remember the man that made them dinner….washed their clothes…hugged them daily…and let them know they were smart beautiful and strong….like their mother…..

Anyway….maybe a bit pissy about the kids sperm donor….the great father he would be if I wasn’t standing in his way….If only I wasn’t taking care of these kids every day….wow….this guy would have been a wonder…..

I’ll move on before I offer up an opinion on this guy….you make your own…..

……recently he may have told me I wasn’t much of a father……He’d know what the target was……

ah….I digress.  This has nothing to do with something worthless…..

So….I have decided to be a Father…obviously.  I did not have to do this….even after telling Ev I would….the promise could have gone unfulfilled….not different that one thousand I’ll love you forever’s….but you know what….it was an easy promise to make and more than that…I’m not making some half ass attempt at loving my babies….I want for them the WORLD….

Is this an easy goal….no.  I do have a bit of experience in success and failure though….at the very least I can help pave their way….and maybe leave them a tidbit to get ahead when they put me down beside Ev for the last time…..

The sadness of Ev being gone has been well buried….a gift from my mother….She taught me the lesson long ago…feel not….and so here I am again….many months of attempting to be ‘man’ strong…to not feel…at all…..

I’ve put myself in a place I hate being in….a place that isn’t easy to escape from….and now what……

The Quote of the Day

My escape is to just get in a boat and disappear on the water.
Carl Hiaasen

A rare find…a quote from Carl…one of my favorite authors and just a wee bit behind Hunter….still alive and writing to boot….

But the question….on the water or in it?

Honestly.  I’m not as expressive as I was a year ago.  I’m hiding….and a perfect example is a friend of mine trying to explain his feelings to me on the weekend….a big man…able to hide his tears….afraid….sad….and no outlet but to pump his chest and big man it in the big world….

ahhh….the joys of being a make believe human being…..

Which reminds me….

Fat Men travel in Packs…..

I started a diet this week….why?   The street party of course….if you missed the hollow trail gate street part….well….your liver is happy…..

While at the street party I realized there must be a balance….being with the kids is great….but I must get back to the gym…and soon.

I’m a svelt 236ish

Russett claims to be at 204….maybe…pics to follow in short days.

Seamus is down….he has lost 100 pounds and weighs in at 300…

Richard across the street….the new contender that has no idea I’ve just typed his name……380…..I’m not kidding….

I’ll see what else I can come up with….soon….maybe Krista….she never stops….

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I’m not sure I can do this…I won’t sit here and pour tears like I used to….have I poured tears this month…yes…but over one of my children…and it kills me….not just because I had to cry because I love this baby so much…..It kills me to be this man that cries because he loves this baby so much….

Do I want to live without compassion….joy…love….happiness……..

No….

But it’s harder to be good….It easier to not be a good person (a quote in truth….Barry Corrigan)

So….that’s it for today….

Babe…..after almost 3 years….so many changes….so much life….you are still beside me…………soon…..

XO

 

 

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The End of the Man Blog….

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The Man Blog as most of you have known it will now come to an end…..the man blog will continue for me….but it won’t be what it has been for the past 2 years….

I hope the man blog is once again a story of a man enjoying his life, his friends and his waistline.

20 of you will read it….once in a while….which is as it was….me…Ev….Russett, Mandy…close friends….c’est tout.

This is not the first end of the man blog I have written…there are dozens of posts written not published the last few months.  It was a tough bit between Halloween and now…Christmas….a disaster.

During that time I’ve realized I must focus on my children, I have to bring my life back to what matters most….them.  That or I lose the short time I have left….with them….with life…..

So…..I survived 2 years without Ev.  During that time I have lived so many wonderful moments….and suffered so much anguish.  That leaves me a bit lost….I’ve had to…..minimize my emotional expenditure…..seems awfully un-passionate to say….but there it is.

I think some people that have watched me closely may notice but for the most part I haven’t changed….I may have reverted….but not changed.

I’m not happy to be here….I’m not….but it’s less painful and if I focus everything I have left on the kids….well….I think it will be just fine.  In a bit….spring….future hopes….maybe a bit more color in the world will bring me around.

Right now….it’s not worth being out…not much anyway.

My mother died this month.  I miss her terribly.  Someone else I used to call when I was on my way to pick up Syd….running errands….another voice I’ll never hear again….one I love.

She managed to live 68 short years….maybe that means I have as few or as many as 22 left…..short time….Charlotte would be just 28….too young to miss me……………

The Quote of The Day

A flower cannot blossom without sunshine, and man cannot live without love.
Max Muller

From now on I’d prefer tears of joy….tears suffered via the great accomplishments of my children….tears for my friends good fortune….tears of love and life.

I do try….

I have been lucky enough to have shared time with a wonderful person lately, Ev would approve, the girls out with her tonight enjoy some time without dad….having some laughs.  Charlotte has someone extra to cuddle…..and me….I have someone to kiss….I do love a great kiss.

I thank and apologize to some of my friends….Kevin and Russett….I’m sorry I haven’t made the pub or poker as frequently as I once did….I love you guys and am forever in debt that I knew you’d never look at me sideways when you should have….Arthur….what can I say without outing you   lol….all the golden boys, all my hollow trail gate crew….I thank you all for suffering my tears….I thank you all for suffering my bitterness….I find myself quicker to react than I should be the last 6 months…..I’m very sorry……

I have been lucky in life and love….very lucky…..it hasn’t been easy…it won’t be….but we will all raise our glasses many more times together God willing….

I love you all.

Mom….I miss you….I wish you would come by just one time….

Ev…..Babe….I love you more than life…..I’d join you in an instant if you hadn’t left me with these babies….I promise I will do my best……..I love your face forever.

I wrack on the man blog for the last time….thank you all for reading….

XO

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The new normal….

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The 23 month anniversary of Ev’s death passed this week….these past few weeks haven’t been the buildup to something terrible like they were last year….

This year I’ve had more focus.  I’ve tried to spend more time with the kids….I didn’t waste Halloween in despair….I followed the same route that Ev Charlotte and I did on our last trip together……

…I did not cry…..

I attempted to live in the moment to great success….I walked that trail with Charlotte and a few of her friends and I enjoyed watching them and hearing their laughter…..

I truly love laughter….I love hearing other people celebrate….and the sound of my own laugh is heavenly when I hear it….I can say I love hearing it……

Some laughter I will only hear again through one or two recordings…..and I will……some days for the rest of my life I will enjoy those moments in quiet solitude…..the sound of a distant laugh.

That is what life seems….distant.  I feel that the person I am is caught in a vacuum.  Tired of hurting…..sick of sitting here trying to escape…..

I’m lost…..

Luckily I’m good at it….I hide…..

….I miss my wife……

The Quote of The Day

I hate pain, despite my ability to tolerate it beyond all known parameters, which is not necessarily a good thing.
~Hunter S. Thompson

A lie….Hunter, one of my hero’s, did not have the ability to tolerate pain beyond all known parameters….He took his life….possibly excusable but not at his age at that time……a great loss in my opinion.

I paraded around like I loved pain as a young man, not understanding what it was…..

Pain….as a human feeling is quickly forgotten….normally.  Not for me though…..I remember every day.  Today Charlotte came in for dinner, as she peeled off her snow suit she hid her tears…..taught to be ashamed of showing her feelings, something I hope I haven’t shown her….I asked her what was wrong and she told me tearfully.

She sobbed she missed mommy and I told her I did too, every day….

….PAIN…..

I didn’t bother telling her how hard I held back tears on my way to drop Ave and Rhi off to school today….I feign strength sometimes…..

I could have wracked in front of them…..no problem….but I would have been reminding them of what we have all lost and I rather they don’t think about that pain.

 

Babe…..I love your face

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