Monthly Archives: February 2013

Day 59: Month 2 Summary

We did not change as we grew older; we just became more clearly ourselves
Lynn Hall

Weight 270.6


I am doing great!  I have lost 22.2 pounds over the past two months.  That is 11.1 pounds a month average and my original goal was 8 pounds a month.  Now I didn’t lose 8 pounds this month, only 6.4 pounds.  I blame that on being sick for over a week.  The weather will be turning soon and I will be on the bike.  Once that happens I can expect an extra couple of pounds a month.

I have other plans which I’ll be talking about.  My clothes are starting to feel a little loose and things are going the way I wanted.

Their are two graphs below.  The first is of February and the other is since January 1st.  It’s easy to see where I got sick.  I’ll do that from now on.  Post the current monthly graph and the yearly graph too.



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Posted by on February 28, 2013 in Uncategorized



Day 58: A Mini-Purge

To keep the body in good health is a duty otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.

Weight 271

I am finally 100% healed.  Plus the body has been dumping the excess water and ugly stuff out of my system.


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Posted by on February 27, 2013 in Uncategorized


Day 57: Recumbents

“Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you’re going to do now and do it.”
– William C. Durant

Weight 273.2

Last year I went to Crisfield Maryland for a banjo retreat.  It was put on by Patrick Costello of The Daily Frail.  It is because of him that I’ve come this far with my music.  I owe him a debt.  While there I made many friends and one of them is s recumbent cyclist. I’ve seen a few of these bikes over the years and they always seemed ungainly and odd.  I’ve never seen one that made me say, I want one, until now.

I was on Bikeforums and came across this beauty.  Carbon fiber and probably ten thousand dollars but I can see myself on one in a few years..  It is made by Velokraft and it is seriously sexy.


I’m going to The 2013 Crisfield Banjo Retreat.  Who knows what I’ll find this time.

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Posted by on February 26, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Day 56: Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That

Time you enjoy wasting, was not wasted.
John Lennon 

Weight 274.5

A few days ago I was playing in a poker tournament and one of the players told me he’d been reading my weight loss blog.   He told me I was destined to failure because even if I lost weight I’d gain it right back, everyone does.  I smiled and looked at him.  He was well over four hundred pounds and had more chins than a Chinese phone book.

I tried to be nice. He said that his doctor tells him to lose weight because of his high blood pressure and diabetes.  He said that pills took care of the symptoms.  Besides, he said, who had time for all of that bullshit?  I couldn’t help but smile and think of Sweet Brown.  A few hands later he raised and I went all in with my set of fours taking him out.  As he left he grabbed a few cookies.

I’ve read that most of the people on The Biggest Loser gain the weight back.  That makes sense.  They are in an intense environment and lose it without outside influences.  Once back in the real world the same reasons they became overweight come back and bite them in the ass.

I am making a long-term change in my life.  I am doing a lot more than losing weight.  I am changing my life.  Once I lose this weight, and I will lose the weight, I will keep it off.  I am planning on becoming a serious cyclist and becoming fit.  It will happen.  My fat poker friend ain’t got time for that, but I do.

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Posted by on February 25, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Day 55:

Find out what your temptations are, and you will find out largely
what you are yourself.
Henry Ward Beecher

Weight 274.1

I’m taking it really slowly with the push-ups on the stairs.  Three sets of ten at such an incline they are relatively easy.  I will lower a step each time until the difficulty increases.  Once I’m on the floor I can get serious.

Still purging disgusting things from my body with a hard cough but each day I’m getting better.

I had a friend who reads this blog tell me that for some people bicycling is unhealthy.  I said, “How so?” and he sent me this picture.


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Posted by on February 24, 2013 in Uncategorized



Day 54: Boy George Too!

Things are the way they are because they were the way they were.
Fred Hoyle

Weight 274.5

Looks like Boy George has dropped the tonnage too!  If they can do it what will stop me?


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Posted by on February 23, 2013 in Uncategorized



Day 53: If Chaz Bono Can Do It

“This is as true in everyday life as it is in battle: we are given one life and the decision is ours whether to wait for circumstances to make up our mind, or whether to act, and in acting, to live.”
— Omar N. Bradley

Weight 275.3

I saw online that Chaz Bono has lost 43 pounds of the 80 pounds that he wants to lose.  It can be done.


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Posted by on February 22, 2013 in Uncategorized



Day 52: Ninety Percent Healed

When it is obvious that the goal cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goal; adjust the action steps to the goal.

Weight 275.8

I feel so much better.  The wife has it now and she seems to have it worse than I did.  It’s never easy.

Back on the diet and have started a new exercise, push-ups.  My shoulder has bothered me a bit because at work I didn’t have power steering in my UPS truck for the first 30 years I drove.  I know, it’s nuts.  That’s just the way it was.

Anyway, I’m going to start with modified push-ups on the stairs and do three sets every other day.  As I progress I will lower a step until I’m on the floor.  We will see how this goes.

It’s snowing heavily and the forecast is 30 F the first week of March.  I have this fantasy that March 1st it will be sunshine and fifty but I may have to wait a couple weeks.

Another skinsuit that I like.

This evening my buddy Alan said he like the Tron suit.  I told him I’d make it look good, the jumbotron.


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Posted by on February 21, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Day 51: A Little Better

Obesity is really widespread.
Joseph O. Kern II

Weight 276

I’m starting to feel a little better.  My head has cleared and I feel like I can actually get out of bed today and do a few things/

On a sadder note another of my retiree friends died this week.  I was too sick to go to his showing but I was there in spirit.  I’ve been retired for a year and a half after working 37 years at UPS.  I retired young at 55 but most stay longer.  Once they retire many die within five years.  The plan is to get myself as healthy as I can and milk that pension plan for forty years or more.  We’ll see.

It’s funny, here I am a retiree but I don’t feel old in the least. I still feel the way I’ve always felt.  The only thing affected is my eyesight.  I still have a full head of hair and it’s only partially gray.

I really hated my job.  The long hours, the constant harassment over production, the dogs, the weather and the customers.  I’m glad I’m out.

Right now it is 19 F outside with light snow and some wind.  Spring will be coming soon and free from work I can become the person I’ve always known myself to be.

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Posted by on February 20, 2013 in Uncategorized


Day 50: When Lungs Gurgle

I finally figured out the big, elusive secret to weight loss. Don’t eat! Who knew?”
 Richelle E. Goodrich

Weight: Who give a rat’s ass?


Laying in bed with my iPad trying to organize my thoughts.  I was able to sleep but woke every few hours with my chest gurgling.

I realized that yesterday should have been a summary day but when you are this sick it’s hard to do anything but focus on sleep.

I’m going to skip the summary this week and wait until the 28th and do my monthly summary.

Once again snow is falling and all I can do is dream about nice weather and  being on my bike.  For the first time in my life I can imagine leaving Ohio for warmer climates.  As I lay here my mind wanders.

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Posted by on February 19, 2013 in Uncategorized