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Love…..

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As the man blogs dwindle away to almost nothing you’re left thinking about meaningful topics…..and nothing means more than this one….Love.

These days even typing the word is cause for a pause…..it’s something you really have to sink your teeth into.  It’s meaty….using a man term….it has real weight in my life these days…..more than it did….ya….its laughable the difference…why is that?

Why…..am I simply older…..so set in my ways I don’t worry about it now……not like the old days when my mother warned me I would be lonely at 60….those times she told me to search hard for someone I could rest with in my last days.

Is that the story?   Are those the options…..loneliness or love?……..it makes sense I guess…..it just might…….

I haven’t lived much of my life without love….the early days, sure….my youth.  Love was tougher when I was a child, much tougher than it is for my children I think…but reminiscing always goes that way, your worst memories….the pain…the shock….that’s what stays with you…..

My Mother gave blood sweat and tears to raise my sister and I….it must have been hard….it seemed it to me………

Off track….terribly…..

Ya, Mom always warned me that old age would be lonely, but lonely has a space, once you’re used to it….it fits…

Tonight’s man blog….

I think it’s important to note how much better I’ve been doing….

I think closing the shop was a big step forward for me….emotionally….mentally.  I feel much better….it doesn’t exactly help the bank account any….but I really feel better….I do…..

I can say that I’m happy to stop the old habits….the things that Ev and I used to do together…..folding sheets….dealing with therapists…..just doing the books….

These are the things I’ve remembered Ev doing with me the past 2 years and now…..they’re gone…..and that’s not bad…..

This week I’ve talked a bit with a widow of just 7 months, it let’s me think about how far I’ve come….not comparing it to where she is but thinking about where I was…..to be honest I’ve come so far….that’s a world away….

I feel terrible for her…7 months……it’s a disaster at 7 months…..

I know a widow at 4 years I couldn’t relate with until I spoke to the one at 7 months….it puts it into perspective to know that I will continue to grow….it will continue to get better…..

This widow of 7 months made me cry last week, she was sorry….and I would be too….but the thing about my tears is they are not for pain…..I’m not hurt….I’m not sure in my entire life I’ve ever cried because I was wounded in a physical way……

I cry love…….I miss loving Ev.

That is why we grieve…..we miss loving something.  I realized that early in the man blog….that someone could miss a cat as much as I miss Ev.  It seems ridiculous.  Seriously ridiculous.

It isn’t.

Realizing this and….what….recovering to this point….how is that?  I’m not sure…..it’s thin ice….

But it is better……….

I’m getting better….really better……

The Quote of The Day

There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved. ~George Sand

I’m sure I’ve said this before….and the Native fortune teller at the crappiest Vancouver pub in the 90’s said as she threw my palm away after a quick glimpse….”You’ll have lots of love and that’s all I’ll say”….I have had lots of love.  I do now raising 4 daughters.  I have wonderful neighbors, amazing friends!…..If I sit back in my chair and think about my life compared to many….

I’m lucky….really lucky to be surrounded by so many great people. Do I deserve that?  I think so….I changed the tire for a stranger a few weeks ago….side of the road….how many people drove past that person….

I wish I could be more…..I think of everything I’ve been given and all I’ve taken and I can’t help but wish to give more……

I am getting better….I’m not sure it makes me better….I really worry about that…..but I am getting better.

Babe…..I love your face…..I’m doing it….I miss you too much……..

……………….I wrote this entire man blog without a single tear until I wrote that last line………

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Just Fat Men Today…..

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

While we are talking about just fat….

Kevin Parker

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

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

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Old Old Old Old Andy Trafford

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

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

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

Vinnie

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

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

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What is that?  Vinnie………..

Ayhan and Pirouz

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

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

Ayhan….190.6

Pirouz  159

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Beagle

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

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

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

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

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

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2 pulled pork sandwiches….bahahahaha

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

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

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

Love you buddy!

The Quote of The Day

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

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

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

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

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

I didn’t……

I’m broken….I’ll get better

 

Wracking………..

 

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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….

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Quote of The Day

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

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

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

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

You get the idea…..

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

This is what I want the Man Blog to be.

Babe….I love your face.

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The fat…..and the sane….

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

Why????

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

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

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

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

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

Okay….the weigh in….

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

I was hungry……

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

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

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

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

It has to be under 87%…..

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

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

98%  I’m not kidding

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

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

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

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

 

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The Return of The Scotch Diet

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

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

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

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

30 minutes of uphill running on the treadmill….

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

Combatants for this round of the man blog…..

Arthur at 195 and holding

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I’m trying……I really am….

Babe……I love your face…….

 

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Week 2 of back to school….you have got to be kidding me…..

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I mean….I’m not sure I’m going to make it….I can only color my hair so much…..soon it’ll be on the floor….

I did not sign up for this….and it seemed much easier last year, I’ve done this for 6 months alone….it seemed easier…much easier.

Well…I’ve only got what…like the entire school year to go….my lord.

Charlotte has been talking about Ev almost daily, she brings up things….memories of Ev….always….She killed me last night though.

Charlotte has always played with her belly button, from a very early age…Ev and I used to joke with her about it and she would only let Ev touch it, seldomly me…..

Ev told her that her belly button was joined to mommy…

I asked Charlotte why she plays with her belly button last night….and she says touching it makes it bigger….

She told me it’s a part of mommy, where they were attached…………..and she said I could touch it as long as I was soft because she didn’t want me to pop it….

I crushed me then….12 hours ago….and I wrack now because of it….

I do not want to feel like this…..I can fight my emotions….I fight until the back of my throat hurts…holding in my wracking sorrow…..

Tomorrow is 9 god damn months………………..

9 months.  How is that even possible………….

I can’t do this….I can’t…..

Now onto the make believe………

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

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

He has yet to start….

Looking good buddy!

Next up…Seamus Browne

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

Bahahahahahaha

Payback sucks….

But to be fair I’m going to go upstairs right now and take a picture of myself with my shirt off….yes I will be taking advantage of camera angles….but this is me…right now……

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Now….I’m hardly slim…I am trying to drop 20 pounds after all….but I’m down to just a few chins….

Actually, I’ve been on the scotch diet the last 2 days and I’m down 3 pounds, today I hit the scale at 226.6 pounds….I’ll take it.

Scotch diet again today with UB40 followed by poker….wish me luck!

Trafford

Old man Trafford is on the shakes and weighs in at 174.2 pounds.

I can’t do the shakes, I simply do not have the willpower to cut food out of my life to that extent…I simply enjoy the old stuff face.

Then again everyone in the September diet extravaganza wishes to be a bit thinner……and why not!

Trafford is already skinny as far as I’m concerned…..

Arthur and Vinnie

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Vinnie is in Toronto so no weigh in today, yesterday he came in at 177 steady after a 5 course dinner at his mother’s. Last night he had an 8 oz steak at the Keg and 2 beers….

Arthur is at 190 this morning after a weigh in yesterday of 188 pounds.  He had chicken for lunch, pizza for dinner and 3 beers.

I have read, heard and seen….that grown men should never….ever….eat pizza.

I love the stuff myself.

By the way, my scotch diet has included no less than 2 beers each of the last 2 days….no less…….

That’s it for today…Boyling offered up 191 yesterday and nothing from Turkish or the mad bomber today….busy planning a flight maybe…….

So….the quote of the day………….what do you do in a situation like this…..I’ll have to turn to Hunter I guess…let me see.

Remember this, folks – I am a Hillbilly, and I don’t always Bet the same way I talk. Good advice is one thing, but smart gambling is quite another.
Hunter S. Thompson

I’m sure I’ve thrown this one out before….it comes down to this….I’m a simple guy….in heart and mind….I take very little of the universe….I ask for help seldom from my friends and never….ever….anything from strangers….

But I try to give…..in any small way I can, I do try to spread a little happiness, and those that know me know….

Of course I play by my rules…..my cars are fast and loud and I make few apologies for that….my opinion is the same and often I don’t care to hold back either….maybe too often….

In the end……this is why Ev loved me…….it’s all I have…..who I am…..what is left……

To my friends…..I love you all….I couldn’t do this alone…..I couldn’t……..

Babe….I miss you every minute….I drive the bird imagining you beside me……….I wish you were…….someday……

We will wrack…..forever maybe……

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September diet challenge…day 1 ends.

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Let me start with this…get it out of the way….

While Syd and I drove around the city yesterday, running some errands, we talked about how we used to take the number down for crap apartments and give them to Ev as a joke….or point out rentals to her….she always had some great smart ass rebuttal…

And that conversation ended when I told Syd that I couldn’t believe she was gone…..

Because I’m not sure I do….and this morning while Dave and I watched Charlotte muscle a new bike given to her by the Auns’ family…too big for her by a good margin……..I could see so much of her mother in her….her strength as she drove those pedals……and I said to Dave I wish Ev was here to be as proud as I am…..

Dave said she was……as I walked back home to fight my pain……

Every day I either fight that pain or give in….today I will fight….I fight my tears now…….I’ll pay later…today or a week from now I’ll be reduced to nothing………….

And on that note we begin the diet challenge update.

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In Vinnie’s defence it was Kerri’s birthday yesterday.

He weighed 176.5 pounds this morning up 4 pounds.  Vinnie had an all dressed burger for lunch with fries and 2 beers, small antipasto, plate of pasta followed by stuffed tomatoes and cake, 2 glasses of wine and an after dinner liquor…

I’m not sure Vinnie has this September diet thing worked out just yet….

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Arthur managed a break even at 192 pounds with a 6 inch sub, home made spaghetti a mini keiths pitcher and a small bowl of chips….just to get rid of the bag.

Well now that there are no chips for this Scot to eat we will see what tomorrow brings.

andy shakesTrafford is on the shakes…down a full pound to 176.8.  He managed one real meal yesterday, a Vietnamese Vermicelli.  It appears that Andy may be taking this seriously.

At his age it is amazing he can lose weight….what is the metabolic rate of a fossil?  Anyone?

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Beagle crushed the weight loss down 1.6 pounds.  He weighs in at 192.4 pounds after only drinking water all day until 10 pm when he was attacked by a back of chips and salsa….imagine if he had simply hit the sack….rather than the bag…..

Boyling offered up a starting weight of 195.2 after pub chips and curry with 3 pints….or wait…that was his second supper….not a good start….Boyling gets this photo today….just because it makes me laugh.Richard Boyling a masculine scent
I think Boyling likes that one….Boyling are you off the milk?

Next up is me!Victor Wheeler album cover

I might have enjoy a few sips of scotch with the neighbors….and Seamus…last night…after which I decided to eat the house. I still lost over half a pound thanks to earlier in the day starvation. I hit the scale this morning at 292.2 pounds

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Parker broke even after 2 fish tacos, a shake, a small bowl of soup and a swim…his weigh in was a guess….if he guesses again tomorrow he will love the new photo I come up with!

Seamus lost a pound to be at 266.  He was seen drinking a light beer on my street last night.seamus browne
266 will require a bit of work but I know he can do it!

Poker tonight. Never good. I’ll try water but I feel I may have a sip or 2 of scotch….we will see.

Quote tomorrow….along with comments from the exercise/nutrition specialist that doesn’t believe in commonly accepted BMI charts.  bahahahaha….I’m not sure about any of the other guys about….but if you are taking diet pills the charts end up a jumbled mess of lines and numbers.

Hey….Have a great day!

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The Weight Loss Extravaganza

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Welcome to September and the start of the biggest weight loss event the man blog has ever had.

At this point we have 8 contestants….eight!  I would not be surprised to find a few more people clamoring to embarrass themselves on this site in the hopes it will drive their weight down…but….it has never worked for any of us….

Think of the fun though….

The line up….I guess I’ll start with the newcomers.

Vinnie

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Vinnie enters the weight loss challenge for the first time although he was featured on the man blog 2 years ago while on vacation in the DR….still the same outfit, a simple change in color is all Vinnie needs to freshen up his wardrobe. The Italians really now how to let go of their inhibitions….
Vinnie weighs in today at 172.5 pounds

No report on his weight loss goal, likely just an excuse to cut back on the odd beer and get out in his airie outfits.

Vinnie is not the…..can I say fattest….hell it’s my man blog….Vinnie is not the fattest of the contestants

 

Arthur

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Arthur, like Vinnie above, was featured here during a Dominican trip a couple years ago…a joyous event where he and Vinnie spread the joy and wonder of their cultures deep into the Caribbean.  Vinnie of course wearing his mankini while Arthur the Scot is more often found in plaid skirts….  I suppose a dinner gown of sorts.

He’ll be backing off the haggis hard this coming month.

Arthur is not the fattest here at the man blog….

Arthur weighs in at 192 pounds.

 

 

Andy

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Andy is back!

This senior citizen is the man behind the decision at Carlingwood to swap out the carpeting for a high wear ceramic tile!

Andy spends much of his spare time cutting up the rug and by that I mean he is running….or walking…up a storm battling those calories with the rest of his age group at malls across the city with Carlingwood being an old school favorite.

The old man weighs in at 177.8 pounds with a goal of 168.  Reasonable enough

Andy is not the……fattest….competitor on the man blog…..

 

Beagle

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Beagle has been around for more diet challenges than I want to remember….I mean…years of them.

He is still knocking the world off it’s axis folks…

Now…beagle is actually still under 200 pounds, easily 10 pounds below his old running weight.  He finds himself at 194 pounds at the start of the weight loss challenge.

So maybe we can keep the weight off…..

Beagle is not the fattest competitor on the man blog.

Boyling

Boyling did not send his weight in….I gave him 24 hours to manage it and he did not…..so what do we do now?????

Drum roll please…….kindly allow me to reintroduce Boyling…..

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I’ve tried to be kind Boyling…

Boyling is also keeping it off, I expect he will also weigh in at under 200 pounds since his last weight melting challenge.  He found his success through Isagenix…a mixture of starvation, mystery cleansing fluid and starvation…

Tomorrow we weigh in on time Boyling or you’re getting the rod….and you don’t want everyone to see a picture of you getting that do you????

Boyling is not the fattest competitor on the man blog…..

Yours Truly, Me

20150901_073107Okay…I weighed in at 229.8 pounds this morning.  And I’ve offered up a photo of me, excuse the funny face and misbegotten hair…I just rolled out of bed and snapped this lovely example of myself.

As far as common science is concerned I am not obese…no sir…to be considered obese your bmi has to be over 30.  I find myself at 29.5 the very limits of being overweight….

I’m surprised the floor in the old house can support me!

I want to lose 20 pounds….more to be honest but 20 will be an almost impossible task for the month and considering my knee will not hold up to pounding pavement I’ll almost entirely be relying on diet to get it done…

Well…diet and diet pills….

I am not the fattest competitor on the man blog

Parker

Kevin Parker belly flops for the man blog

Parker weighed in yesterday at 255 pounds.  He is still about 10 pounds under his max after 6 months of being back into his regular….regular…hmmm…well his day to day might include the odd beer.

 

Parker has asked for the beer free September but this has been met with considerable opposition.

Cut back…okay…but zero might be a bit much.

I’m sure Kevin would be happy to be 240 pounds….I think he would be happier at 220.  His old knees are breaking down, not from injury…strain baby!

Kevin’s BMI is 32.7

Obese

He is not the fattest competitor on the man blog.

Drum roll please……………

Seamus

Seamus Browne in a brown shirt
Seamus….you are the fattest competitor on the man blog.  I know you look at Parker and think there is noooo way I’m bigger than that man….

But yes….it seems you are.

Seamus weighs in at 267 pounds, his BMI is 34.3

Geezus I just realized how little that BMI number moves….even if I get down to 209 I’ll still be considered overweight…..ok…let’s do this.

Seamus will crush out 40 pounds this month I think….I really do……

 

 

The Quote Of The Day

I love life because what more is there?
Anthony Hopkins

Everyone listed above rejoices in life….for that is the hokey pokey….putting yourself in it.

We live and love and dance and sing….like no other group of guys I’ve every come across……

Maybe along the way we eat a pizza and drink a beer and our belts suffer….but our lives do not.

I love you guys….let’s have some fun this month.

For those of you that have stuck around all the way to this point wondering how I am coping….I’m doing okay the past few days, I’ve survived a great purging here on my main floor and the children and I all seem a bit happier for it….more things have a place and more things are falling into place.

And….very importantly….I feel good.  I know my wife is happy with these changes….

It isn’t easy, it isn’t easy to sit here and write those few simple lines…I wrack for it…..but I know I’m doing everything I can, for healthy kids, and for my own health….

Well maybe not the diet pills but hey…..

Babe….I love your face…..forever.

Today…….be fabulous…wish everyone you can a great day….show them what being joyous in life is all about!

 

XO

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Fat Men Have More Fun….

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Fat Men Have More Fun….

No grief here folks…move along…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Weight Gain.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Beagle….187.6 pounds.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

The Quote Of The Day

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

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

Live it…to its fullest.

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

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

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

Babe….thank you for….everything….

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

I hope the same for you

XO

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The Path…

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The Path…

Where do I go from here….anyone….

You meet some one you really love….you just….give in to it….your life seems to just roll…there may be bumps….but you feel like everything is going to get smoothed out….the path is perfect…..

I didn’t give it much thought before….I knew my life was great…every one around me knew it…you could look at me and know I was happy….

I wonder what people see when they look at me today….

I wonder how much of what is inside me shows to strangers….

look at me…feeling sorry for myself….I’m crying…..

So today I’ve cried….I can’t help it if I write the man blog…it just makes me think about things.  About Ev….

Lover……..I love your face…..

Yesterday I didn’t cry. no man blog.

On the 17th yes,…3 months….St.Patty’s day….at the Heart and Crown….an old friend of mine and I shed a few tears….in front of 300 plus people….

It wasn’t uncontrolled sobbing, there is a chance it went unnoticed…..

I had 6 little ones here for a day with my Sister’s youngest having a sleepover….it was good, 6 little girls….Ev would be proud of me, doing as much as I can, being a good Father to all these ladies….

Being a Dad is a huge part of who I am…and I’m sure it was a huge part of why Ev loved me so much……….

Where am I going today….my mind is scattered…..

I need a path…..I need to figure out where I am headed……I need to find out where I am at right now……

Lost……………

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Today my path still exists….I am on it….I just can’t see where it’s headed….

One thing I do know…it exists with every one in the above photo….and although it kills me to have to do this without Ev…who I love too much….I have to….for everyone else….including me.

Wracking…..

The Man Blog Weigh In

This morning…221.6 pounds. a miracle really….I ate 3 slices of pizza after 10 pm last night….I thought I’d be at 230!

Today though is really REALLY the end of it…I’m going to go for a run and I’m going to do some lifting….the END.

I have to run the manotick miler in 5 week….How the hell am I going to pull that off!

I will get man weights for all the boys today and tomorrow we start the new baseline….I do know that Trafford is the only one of us anywhere near on target!

The Quote of The Day

No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.
Buddha

I walk the path.

Thanks today to all of my friends, although I walk this path I hate so much, I have the support of so many amazing people….

And that Kevin Parker can actually throw down if he needs to…. Duane Newell…always a pleasure buddy, I’ve put you on the list….we chat again soon.

Warmer today…and the sun in shinning gloriously!  Get out there and soak a bit of it up.

Babe….I love you so much….I’m doing this…it will be okay….promise……

wracking………….

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Going Easy….

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Going Easy….

What’s the toughest part of my life right now…..

hmmmm…I think its that I’m lost….

geez….I didn’t think thinking about that…typing it…would do this to me….

Today will not be the first day I don’t cry….

okay…let’s have a look inside the old brain…..

Lost….misplaced…missing…vanished….forgotten…..

So, along with the feeling that I have lost my love…..the pain of not having her here with me….months ago she would be sitting watching the morning news as I typed away about man food, diet…poking fun at the boys and myself…

Now…the sofa is empty…..I sat in her spot over the weekend for 10 minutes….I laid there while Charlotte played with her doll house….and when I closed my eyes I saw…..no….I felt her there, absorbing her chemo….through her port…………….I lasted one minute……not ready for that sofa yet….

I’m wracking…….

Why do I do this to myself…..

Misplaced…see…deep inside your mind you lie to yourself….there is still a small chance you will wake up and it will all be a nightmare ended…..that bit of your mind gets smaller every day but it’s still there…I touch it once in a while….on the quicksand days…….

But I haven’t just lost Ev….I’ve lost myself….

I have no focus….I can hardly read….I can hardly drive…..my head simply isn’t in the game….I’m not always present……

As I attempt to continue my life….these sort of proclamations will likely not seem like great advertising….but looking into the corners of my mind help me to uncover why I have no focus….

The weekend was good, a few sips with the Auns family on Friday night, a trip to Montreal and Sherbrooke to look at a couple of vehicles, and a relaxing Sunday…refreshing the finish on the concrete countertop, a quick trip to the Crown with the guys…

Quiet…get through this week…then it will be March break for the kids….and hopefully soon….spring….

Evelyn and Victor Wheeler

Get through this week…..think about that….getting through it……

Burning time………

I have to live….at some point I have to stop burning time….I have to live…………

I sit here…trying to wrap my head around it…..life……………

Babe…..I miss you too much……I’m trying…………….

wracking…….I hate it……………..

Diet number 578

I weighed in this morning at 218.6 pounds….before we start pointing and laughing…I demolished a huge dinner of Indian food last night….easily a serving to feed 3 grown men….

So today we go easy…maybe even shakes…I have yet to make that terrible decision…BUT!

This week I am going to start the Anarchy workout, so I have that on the go for the next 6 weeks…and it’s warmer….I’m going to get the old runners out and start pounding the K’s.

By the month end, if the weather holds up, I hope to be at the 5km stage where I’m running to improve time rather than just get through it….we will see how the knee reacts to that….
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When I called out for the weigh in this morning, Beagle sent me this image….a reflection of him reaching new heights….likely….his new one lift max….doubtful…

Well 185 pounds by the end of March or giving up is only 20ish days away…

Beagle….are you planning on weighing more than me in April?  I think it just might happen…

Parker is on the shakes today, this week all week I believe.  He told me yesterday he plans on doing Shakes for breakfast and dinner with a small lunch and a single beer every day…

Sounds reasonable to me!

Old Trafford is MIA this morning, I’m worried he forgot to set his clocks forward…it’s not like Trafford to be this late with a weigh in….

Those old timers don’t need much sleep…..

The Quote of The Day

Man looks in the abyss, there’s nothing staring back at him. At that moment, man finds his character. And that is what keeps him out of the abyss.

Hal Holbrook

I spend a lot of time staring at photos of Ev….I’ve probably spent 30 minutes…maybe more….just sitting here staring at the photo of her I posted above….

You know what….I want her back…..what can I do about that……

That’s the dilemma….

You see….you can’t live with this….you can’t….not properly….so what….keep burning time….

That isn’t life….I can’t keep doing this……….I have to make myself better…….

Looking at the long range forecast…it’s time to start shovelling off the lawn….I may start today…..tomorrow for sure!  Looks like plus 6 tomorrow….

Babe…I’m trying…I’m doing it….

Have a great day….

and seriously…be good to someone today…if not an absolute stranger…be good to your friends…a coworker….just try to be better…..

XOXO

One more thing….in 5 minutes I’ll be done reviewing this blog….it will be published for all to see….I will take a deep breath…push my chair away from this desk, stand up….and….at the very least….burn time like any normal person does….who knows….I might even live…………………..

some day soon……….

 

 

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Days like that….

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Days like that….

Not my worst day…it just wasn’t…

Was it a mish mash of too busy…rear ending someone…a doctors appointment…kid scramble sort of day….

I don’t think so….I had time…time spent alone…and it wasn’t bad….It wasn’t sitting around with my love….I couldn’t touch her hand…but I’ve had worse days….

Yesterday seemed pretty good, I can’t remember when I decided to leave the warmth of my bed but it was likely something like this morning, 4 am.  It’s not bad, 6 hours of sleep…for me it’s just fine.  The morning scramble went well, outside of a slight fender bender…sadly the rear end of a Hyundai SUV is absolutely no match for the front bumper of a full sized dodge pickup…

Not a scratch on the truck…about 15% of the value of the Hyundai in damage at 5 kilometers per hour…maybe slower…

Well, that is how it goes for Mr. Wheeler these days…

beautiful dirty Evelyn

 

Now….you’d think after 2 months I would at least be able to post a picture of my beautiful wife and not cry….

Today will not be the first day I don’t cry…..

I don’t want to cry every day….I don’t WANT to…….

The issue is, once it starts it pours out the emotions you’ve saved…and I rather save them right now…I’ll save them for lonely quicksand events…..

Just look at that woman!!!  Just look at her……..

I miss you so much babe………….

I had a massage at the shop yesterday, something Ev used to nag me to do all the time, my back always hurt and she would ask if she could make me an appointment…and of course I always said no…

But since she has been gone I’ve tried to undertake her wants, and yesterday’s massage found me in and out of consciousness…

I would fall asleep for just a minute or 2 at a time….and she was there….

I dreamt of her for just 2 or 3 seconds….she was in the water beside me, the ocean or at the cottage….floating alongside a small raft, or floating chair….her head on the arm of it…she was relaxed….

She glowed….she was light….and she wore a white bathing suit…..

She didn’t move…she didn’t turn to look at me….she just floated, smiling up at the sun…..

wracking….

Hey….to see her when I close my eyes….I’d give anything for that….

Seems simple to those of you reading this, but in my life I can’t make dreams of her…the dreams don’t come….

Eating with PGX shakes??? The Weigh In

Ummm…Yesterday I had a PGX shake for breakfast and…well dinnerish…

Dinnerish is what I will now refer first dinner to…dinnerish…

I also had a piece of salmon and a cup or 2 of raw veg for lunch….I may have crushed a meat stick or 2…or 4, a hard boiled egg, another cup or 2 of raw veg, a handful of nuts….and maybe…4 teeny tiny spring rolls…

Is that it……ya, I think that might be it….

I did see 210.8 pounds on the scale today…also…today I plan on only having PGX shakes…which sucks as I baked 4 salmon steaks yesterday…I hope Charlotte is hungry!

Now…I’m not sure if all of that food and PGX shakes is to blame….but I may have spent more time in the bathroom than is normally considered acceptable….

Okay….seeing as I’ve offered up plenty of photoshopped photos of the boys, Andy has dared me to offer up this one of myself.

Vic Wheeler and Billy
There we go…and Andy thought I’d be embarrassed and wouldn’t post this photo…

Hey, these are the days when I was skinny before…I’ll post myself in a dress at under 210 anyday.

I feel bad for Billy, stuck in the middle with me…but he does pull that skimpy little number off pretty well.

Looking at this photo makes my laugh for a strange reason…Anger…I can look over 100 photos and see me making this face in a dozen of them….

Anger…well….a dozen is better than 100…

And look at how happy Parker is there not having dressed for this photo opportunity…

Carlingwood opened their doors yesterday, the floors polished and vacuumed…Trafford did an extra lap!

Trafford finds himself at 165.5 pounds this morning!!!

Half a pound away from his target…it’s a done deal.

So that is 2 of us, I’m going to hit my target today also…just drinking strawberry flavored foam….

Parker and Beagle are still in bed for another couple of hours…dreaming of Big Macs and soda….well parker is dreaming of curry and beer…the UK equivalent…

Parker’s update yesterday was 245.8, he still has to drop 6 pounds…I don’t know…

Beagle has begun the 185 diet…he did tell me that yesterday was not the first day he didn’t have sugar….smart ass.

He will see 185…hopefully not before I see 205…

The Quote of The Day

We are braver and wiser because they existed, those strong women and strong men… We are who we are because they were who they were. It’s wise to know where you come from, who called your name.
Maya Angelou

Yesterday I found out that an old friend lost her husband…leaving 2 young boys…

I’m going through the same thing…and there is nothing I can say or do to help…I know that.  I hope that each and every one of her moments have some light…and I hope in the darkest times she has help…

Today’s quote is for the Cinnamon-Pertersen family…my own…and to all of us that are stronger for having been a part of a great person’s life…

Vicki Cinnamon-Petersen

Thanks today to Jocelyn, Gin, Mandy, Sarah, Nancy, Krista, Michelle, Megan, Karen, Jennifer, My Sister, Bridgitte…this could be a long list…but so many people I know, so many of our old friends help me every day…raise my ladies…

We should all have this sort of support every day, for no reason at all….the world would be a better place.

Cold….

Babe…do what you do today…show me the way….I love your face…………….

 

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