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  1. If anyone has enjoyed my journey or I have inspired anyone, great. I haven't been on in forever, I do feel I have failed. I am staying around 285 and have been there for 2 years now. I was laid off for a while and now have a new job that is not great, BUT it does come with gym membership I can use at lunch time. 3 weeks of M, W, F workouts have not budges the scale "YET" for "Aviator" if you are still around the rest is my facebook post from last month. In 1964 my dad bought a brand new corvette convertible 327CID 365 HP and a 4 speed manual gear box. I was 3 years old. Today April 16 2016, my son is 10 the corvette is 17 years old and nowhere near new, but it is a convertible, 6 speed and it has a 345HP LS1 engine. I am a very happy man today. http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn272/1creekbear/corvette.jpg[/img]
  2. 2 years post op today. Initial high weight 376, todays weight 276, lowest weight 6 months post op 251. My original goal was 235. Then I had set a goal of 209 so that I would no longer be obese. I didn’t reach my first goal let alone the second. While I had lost 1/3rd of my body weight I wasn’t able to keep it off. I needed to lose ½ my body weight to be normal. While my success are many, I consider my progress a failure. While I truly do believe my surgeon made my sleeve too large, the ultimate responsibility for what goes in my mouth lies with me. While I no longer need huge portions of food to be satisfied I did not fundamentally change my relationship with food. I still love to eat GOOD food and I eat too much of it. My BFF is now going to get surgery, he asked me if I would do it all again and the answer is of course yes. I no longer use a mobility scooter, I take far less insulin. Slightly less other med also. The surgery made the doctors finally say “hey you have a heart condition” so now at least that is monitored. I wish doctors would stop practicing medicine and do the real thing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlC9yN9yoJU
  3. yeah I have been moving it up incrementally. FWIW you can only go to 2 digit's so when I hit 99 I am dead. sometimes I feel 97. We ended up riding for a little over 45 minutes that day. FWIW, I am having huge motivational / depression issues and haven't gone riding since. My son is having reactions to medications that is also causing emotional problems and it doesn't help. that was a good day. Despite our previous warm up we have awoken to snow on the ground 3 of 5 days this month. we ran out of propane on Tuesday and our supplier cant/wont give us any so Easter was spent in a cold house with no way to cook a nice meal.
  4. the fat guy goes for his first ride in 2015. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GgbOouxXYXM#t=11
  5. so I was able to get the DVD's thru my local library and I have watched 3 of the 4 segments. it comes on 3 discs with the 3rd being several bonus documentaries that I doubt were aired with the series. I find it interesting that the judge with the gastric bypass who had a string of life threating complications still feels that it is one of the best things he ever did. I made my kid watch the segment on childhood obesity so I could explain to him why we are making him do Lacrosse and how important it is to be more active. I feel like I have failed due to the fact I have gained 20 lbs. since my low, but just yesterday I had one of the guys on the shop floor ask me how I was doing and said I look so much better, breathing good, better color etc. (Jesus I must have looked like crap before) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iT9Pn64Xusg
  6. Thanks, yes it is so much better to journey down the path on my own two feet rather than sitting on a mobility scooter. My son is doing lacrosse this year. We applied for a scholarship due to my low income and we got a full scholarship. Like any non-standard youth group they ask for volunteers. I told the coach I would do what I can but that standing for long periods of time was difficult. Sunday he asked me to help and I got out on the field. It felt good to be asked.
  7. thank you for the suggestion, I was able to request the series thru my library. I am slowly becoming more mobile now that the great white north turned from artic tundra to a normal spring a few weeks ago. It is going to take a great deal of discipline to get back on track. sorry for all the videos, I do not have a mobile device of any kind and in fact I cannot really watch videos on my home computer due to the rural DSL. I have to do all my watching on lunch breaks @ work. I have been limiting my internet @ work and spending far less time on the computer in general.
  8. I have to say at some points I was really out of breath climbing the hill. ever since the temps dropped at the first of the year I have had zero motivation to do much of anything.
  9. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0SntYW3i0s&feature=share
  10. I never liked them, even when people went down to Poletown to buy the real thing. it was never much of a draw for me other than "free food".i did use to eat them though, even though I didn't like them???? I don't have to worry here there are none to tempt. I would rather have something I truly enjoy.
  11. was sent this on facebook https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=1480056058874103
  12. 1: STOP LOOKING IN THE MIRROR. 2: Wear a compression shirt underneath they help immensely. FWIW I don't have that issue but if I ever got down to a "normal" BMI I suspect I would.
  13. So long story short. The wife wants to have chickens this year. She just wants eggs but I want meat. Regardless you need to feed and water the chickens. There are special watering nipples that are for chickens. I won an Ebay auction on a bulk amount. They were a 1/3 the price of an online retailer. I have more than I need and was wondering what local retail was so I can try to make money selling the surplus on CL. I searched TSC and found out they go for 5 times what I paid for them. I minimized the window and got back to work. When I got back to using the internet I found it very funny that tractor supply added “enjoy” to my search.
  14. I have not worked on the office lately but I did finally after starting my home 16 years ago put up a kitchen cupboard last night. I could slap in factory or semi custom cabinets in a weekend but I have always wanted to make my own cabinets. Well this is my start.
  15. to the exclusion of normal communication, is what is bad. yeah I could not agree more. but there is another downside to constant texting, it is leading down to the breakdown of the English language. have you looked at the spelling of your average 20 something online? I am old, I am crotchety, but I hate when hipsters invent new words. I abhor using the word "hack" to describe a shortcut....
  16. pain is for the most part greatly diminished but I don't give it a chance to get worse. I am trying to walk as little as possible. while I should probably seek professional help I think that I also suffer from SAD, but probably a mild case compared to most. if I had the financial resources I would consider spending the winter months in a warmer state. while we are not having the sub zero temps like last year it has been "too cold" since the first of the year.
  17. so the bottom line on this ski/snowboard trip is that I have severe "acute tendonitis" I am wearing one of them aluminum/Velcro boots so I do not move my ankle. a shot of toridol did wonders. that has worn off and I am back to pain. wearing what is effectively an open toed shoe in the middle of a Michigan winter is not fun nor conducive to exercise.
  18. so I took my son skiing and snowboarding Thursday. have not been skiing in 10+ years my son sucks at skiing. and I suck at snowboarding. I got to take one run down a good hill and my 25+ year old "vintage" equipment failed me, my boot cracked in half!!! I felt bad the next day and worse on Saturday. now only my achilles tendon hurts, but it is killing me. Im still thankful that two years ago I really would not have considered trying.
  19. here is a meme I made that is unfortunately something I witness all too much.
  20. I believe that soon texting or other distracted driving will outstrip drunk driving for auto deaths.
  21. Like the typical American my visions of beef pork and chicken was that of what I see from my neighbors. I drive by the cows every day. I did not know that my neighbors just raise them up to be sold at auction to go to a CAFO and get “pumped up” Cheap subsidized corn is what got us this way and I don’t see it getting much better. We are going to raise our own chickens this year and we buy our eggs from neighbors. We would like to find someone to raise a cow for us but I doubt that will happen due to cost.
  22. So Chipotle grill doesn't want to buy pork raised in CAFO's? Yeah I wonder how they are really going to do that? The hypocrisy of "free range" chicken is while they "have access" to grass outside, they don't venture out the little door onto the little strip because there is no "food" there and they are grown so quick with breasts so large there little legs can’t even carry them outside. As much as I love meat if most Americans saw how commodity beef, chicken and pork are raised, they would seriously consider becoming vegetarian. Just as cows and to a lesser extent pigs are not well suited to eat corn, now "farm raised" fish are fed corn. Can someone show me underwater corn? not underwater corn, but Korn none the less: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRGrNDV2mKc&list=PLDgiaVwE3PvE1WlC1X1OMHLtquOsAaJui
  23. I wonder at what age the tipping point would be where if you word associate "American Pie" you would get this song over the juvenile movie series? my guess would be north of 40. as a 35 year old would immediately think of the movie from when he/she was in his or her early 20's. just a thought. (I doubt if Jason Biggs will ever have a real movie roll beyond the pie scene)