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Tuesday, July 26, 2005

I think I might be plateauing! AAAAAAAAARGH!


I weighed today and I only lost two pounds! CRAP! I hope I'm not plateauing! I guess it's time for my mean faced picture til I get some loss going again! I'm not eating more or differently and I am keeping up the activity! I've even added swimming to my routine! I wonder if I am picking up muscle weight as I drop the fat, because my butt and gut are smaller! Hopefully this won't last long and I'll get on the rapid loss wagon again!

Monday, July 25, 2005

A big thanks to the Baloonatic Bomber!


Thank you very much, there Baloonatic; for the wonderful Baloon Sculpture you sent me! It was a very pleasant surprise that I enjoyed very much! I've posted a picture so all can enjoy "The Amazing Shrinking Man Ballon Sculpture"! It is quite cool!

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Here's a little update on school!


I took my entrance exams today and scored in the top 2 percentile on most subjects! The only problems I had were with Algebra! You understand of course, I haven't needed to use it for 30 years! I schedule classes next week and go through orientation in August! Hoorah! I am on track!

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Well, Another Four Pounds!


I los another four, bringing the total up to 190 so far! Not as good as I wanted, but I'll take it. I had a bad week, not as active as I should have been, Mom, you know a good part of the reason! I didn't want to be too far from the phone![GRIN] A lot of stress through the week, but nothing I can't handle! Unfortunately though, it slowed my metabolism down a bit. It couldn't be helped though, I'll just have to do better next 7 days!

Saturday, July 16, 2005

I found something horrible out! Changeable though!


I did some work on the weight machine today! I'm embarrassed to say, I didn't do as well as I thought I would! On the bench press, I could only do reps with 80 pounds! This WILL change though! I just need to start a conditioning program! Worse yet, on the sitting bench,(Overhead lift) I could only work out with 50 pounds! This too will change! The only thing I did up to snuff was maxing out the weight on the lateral leg press for 50 reps! It was only 250 pounds though! What sucks is that I used to routinely bench 300+ on reps and overheads as well as 1200 pounds on the Nautilis(TM) Machine leg press doing reps! Of course that was 30 years ago![GRIN] I guess I need to do some work! Of course I do rememberthat I was pretty much debilitated, believe me I couldn't possibly forget! I can tell you though, I'll never go back to that, EVER......PERIOD! I will follow the limits my Doctors set though, as I don't want to undo all the fine work they did on me(at least as close as I can!)! I understand I'm going through a process of recovery here. Well, I gotta run for now, see Y'all Wednesday! For the record, this is an older pic here, I'm about 30 pounds lighter now than when this pic was taken!

Friday, July 15, 2005

I took a nice ride today!


I rode my bike out to Fort Quiatanon from the levee today! It was't a bad ride! It's about four miles of gently rolling terrain out South River Road. The little hills were a killer for me! I did, however; manage to ride up them without getting off to walk the bike up them! If you know the road, you need to remember, I was in a wheelchair in March! This is definate progress for me. An aside here! I put Geax Evolutions on my bike(Tires) and they have certainly reduced the rolling resistance as well as road buzz through the handlebars. They also are a kevlar core tire, so they reduce the risk of road damage to the tires and reduce the risk of flats! I love these tires!
My wife is complaining that she can't keep up with me!

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

I HAVE AN ANNOUNCEMENT!


I just enrolled in Nursing School pending financial aid! I also got started with Vocational Rehabilitation as well! Both of these happened this morning! I enrolled at IVTECH State College in the 2 year RN program! Might have to take some refresher classes, but that's ok! I'm planning on starting in this Fall! Wish me luck!

My long term goal is to get my RN cert. and go into a specialty of Bariatric care. After I'm established in a job, I'll be continuing on to Nurse Practitioner as my next goal! My first primary goal though is to graduate from the RN program with honors! This will take hard work, but nothing that's worth it is easy!

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

New Weight results! They're good!


I couldn't wait til tomorrow to weigh in, so I did it today! I lost 11 pounds in 6 days! Total weight loss is 186 pounds! WOOOHOOO!

Monday, July 11, 2005

Recovering from the weekend, part 2!





Here are more pics from Wawasee! Uncle John and Aunt Debbies house, my wife, The dock, and Tipper the Dog!
In March, I would have had the option of sitting around in my wheelchair, and sitting around in my wheelchair! Do I regret going thru Bariatric Surgery? Not a chance in the world of regret! I'm getting my life back!

Recovering from the weekend!






Well, I had a busy weekend! I went home to Lake Wawasee in Northern Indiana! I'll tell ya, I had a blast. My Aunt and Uncle hosted my wife and myself for the weekend and among other things, I got some swimming in! Pictures are from Wawasee that include my Aunt waterskiing, the house I grew up in and the floating church service on Sunday morning. I'm still pooped from the weekend! Some triumphs included in the weekend were making it up and down the stairs to the lake. It's a LONG,STEEP stairway! Also just getting in and out of the boat was a triumph!
As I said, I truly enjoyed myself and I only wish my legs wouldn't hurt so much! AH WELL, I guess I need to go for a ride to work out the kinks! By the way, I figured out my approximate calorie burn for the weekend. It was about 7300 calories burned with about 741 calories intake. Adjusted burnoff was 6559 calories. Anyone care to guess what my weigh in will reflect Wednesday?

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

And the Answer Is.........? (New Weigh in!)


Well, I weighed in today. I had a slow week re/ weight loss. I only lost 4 pounds! Oh well, it's still going down. I guess it's time to up the physical activity again! See ya in a week, same "Shrinking Man" time, same "Shrinking Man" website! By the way, the cumulative total is 175 pounds!

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