Monthly Archives: February 2013

Day 49: The Plague

I am not a glutton – I am an explorer of food
Erma Bombeck

Weight: Sick

Whatever I have has moved into my lungs causing coughing fits and overall pain. The sneezing feels like some spastic slap on the back.   I’ve spoken to friends and they all call it The Plague.  It moved through their families sometimes over days and sometimes over weeks.  I had a fitful sleep last night and will be back in bed soon.



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Posted by on February 18, 2013 in Uncategorized



Day 48: A Tad Better

Forget about calories – everything makes thin people thinner, and fat people fatter.
Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook, 1966

Weight 274.8

Slightly better.  I have absolutely no energy.  Every few hours I have to get back into bed and sleep.

Last night a thick blanket of snow fell and I am so glad I am retired.  For so many years I worked ten to twelve hours a day in the weather.  I don’t miss it.


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Posted by on February 17, 2013 in Uncategorized



Day 47: Death on a Stick

I’m pretty sure there’s a lot more to life than being really, really, ridiculously good looking. And I plan on finding out what that is.
Derek Zoolander

Weight 274.6

ManfluSlept all day yesterday.  My nose has been running like a fire hose.  That’s okay because noses run in my family.  Feel worse today.  I’ve been living on chicken broth.  I can feel the salt saturate my body.  I’ll probably gain ten pounds of water weight this weekend.  I can’ t remember the last time I felt this bad.  Oh well, Spring will be here soon.  All will be right with the world.

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Posted by on February 16, 2013 in Uncategorized



Day 46: Sick

I did every diet: Atkins. Cabbage-soup diet. Dean Ornish. But I couldn’t live the rest of my life like a rabbit. 
Mike Huckabee 

Weight 274.4


Sick as a dog.  It’s been going around.  The plan is to spend the day in bed and see if it passes.

I’m a little concerned as many of my friends have been sick for weeks.  We’ll see how it goes.


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Posted by on February 15, 2013 in Uncategorized



Day 45:

I’ve decided that perhaps I’m bulimic and just keep forgetting to purge.
Paula Poundstone

Weight 272.3

Couple things.

I spend time on the Bike Forums and they were talking about acronyms.  One I had never heard before was MAMIL = Middle Aged Male in Lycra.  Made me laugh.

Then I went on the dreaded Facebook and saw that an old customer of mine had posted a funny that had to do with weight loss.  He surprises me sometimes.


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Posted by on February 14, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Day 44: Plateau

What some call health, if purchased by perpetual anxiety about diet, isn’t much better than tedious disease.
 George Dennison Prentice

Weight 275.2

Definitely stuck at a plateau.  I’ve lowered calories and increased my exercise and I feel thinner.  I feel as though the dam is about to break.  I now see why I gave up in the past.  Not giving up any more.


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Posted by on February 13, 2013 in Uncategorized



Day 43:

When it comes to eating right and exercising, there is no “I’ll start tomorrow.” Tomorrow is disease.
Terri Guillemets

Weight 274.6

Yesterday was in the low fifties with high winds.  It won’t be long before the temperatures stabilize and I can get on the bike.  This is the first time in my life that I’ve thought about moving to some place like New Mexico.  It would be great to cycle year round.

As I’ve talked about before, I’ve never traveled much.  I was on Google Maps last night looking at Michigan’s Upper Peninsula with street view.  I’m already doing some serious bike touring in my mind.

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Posted by on February 12, 2013 in Uncategorized


Day 42: Summary Week 6

When a man is sufficiently motivated, discipline will take care of itself.”
– Sir Alexander Paterson

Weight 274.0

This is the first week that I haven’t lost weight and actually gained a little.  It has essentially been a plateau week.  I’m not concerned.  This weight loss plan is long-term and the goal of the weekly summaries is to keep me on track.  I’m still three pounds down for the month and my monthly goal is eight pounds so I’m still on track.  I am not going to allow anything to defeat me.  I will stay motivated.


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Posted by on February 11, 2013 in Uncategorized



Day 41: More About Clothing

I want to lose weight by eating nothing but moon pies, which have significantly less gravity than earthier foods such as fruits and vegetables.
 Jarod Kintz

Weight 274.4

A friend of mine read about my cycling clothing and sent me a picture.  He fears that this will be my look until (or unless) I lose the weight.


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Posted by on February 10, 2013 in Uncategorized



Day 40: Weather and Cycling Clothing

It is easier to change a man’s religion than to change his diet.
Margaret Mead

Weight 275.4

The sun has been out but it has been cold.  As it warms I realize that if I had cold weather gear I could be out on my bike.  The saying goes, there is no bad weather, only bad clothing.

I had planned to get winter gear around this time of  year but I am frugal and since I plan to lose over one third of my body weight I can’t justify it for a month extra or riding.  In the fall when the weight is gone and I have miles on my legs I will get the gear and extend the season.  I know what I want and will get it.


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Posted by on February 9, 2013 in Uncategorized


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