Friday, May 21, 2010

All's well that "ends" well!!

image  Well I got the results of my Prostrate biopsy.(my 2nd one in 2 years) The results were benign. All 12 of the samples came up negative. So that's some good news. I asked the Dr. if I was going to have to go through this every 2 years. He told me no. The 2 negative test are good. It just means I have an enlarged prostrate.

My Yankees are starting to stink up the joint. They're like 5 games out now. They have a lot of people injured but it's been their pitching that has let them down lately. It's still early in the year yet. Not time to panic yet.

I was a regular ole house husband today. Mowed the yard and all the trim work. I had to take about 4 breaks but it looks pretty good. I vacuumed the house. That's one of my assigned duties. It looks like I'm going to end up with about 1200 calories for the day as dinner is over and I've already entered my Skinny Cow Ice cream sandwich. That's to low but tomorrow is weigh in day I usually get on the scale everyday, but only count it on Saturday. I'll report on the number in the morrow.

We didn't go to the Gym today. Today must be our day off. We'll go tomorrow after breakfast with Shawn and Pat. We have to almost force ourselves not to go everyday. You can be to anal.(No pun intended)

We put the camper up last night. The repairs to the fabric seemed to hold. We'll probably test it out for real next weekend. We'll leave it up for a couple of days then put it away.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Justa nother day!

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These are a couple of pictures of the truck that comes and does Indy I promised yesterday. It's pretty cool. Indy really responds to her and is pretty excited when he comes back in all dolled up.

I went to the gym this morning after my Ortho appointment. It was interesting at the Ortho's. Debby the Physicians assistant and some of the other ladies that work in the office there were commenting on how much weight I lost. They said it makes me look much younger. It's kind of uncomfortable accepting compliments. (It's not something I've had to worry about most of my life) I guess I'll just have to get used to it because I'm only half way to my goal weight. My workout at the gym went well. 5 miles on the bike, 5 minutes on the rowing machine and 20 minutes or so on weights and crunches. That last 15 minutes in the Jacuzzi was niceeeeee.

Cindy got out of work late today so we went to Subway for dinner. We split a Foot Long Turkey & Black Forest Ham On 8 Grain wheat then each had a bowl of Potato & Bacon soup. About 640 calories total each. We both went into the meal with a lot of calories left for the day. I even have room to have a Banana Chocolate Smoothie made with Chocolate whey and milk. That gives me about 1500 calories for the day. I have room for my Skinny Cow Ice Cream sandwich but I'm going to stop at the Smoothie.

"What are you going to do tomorrow?" you ask. Ok no one asked, but here's my plan of attack for tomorrow. Sit by the lake in my lawn chair and read. I'll probably do that after my Gym workout.image

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The Gym

I'm finally going to head back to the gym tonight. That's why I took Cindy to work this morning so we could go together tonight. I haven't worked out since last Thursday night. The bleeding finally stopped  when I pee. (I know to much information) I took my first Arthrotec this morning so all my sore joints from the Arthritis ought to start loosing up in the next day or so. I'm not going to work out in the gym. I'm going to swim some laps in the pool and sit in the Jacuzzi. I don't want to Jar anything  for another day or so. I really miss being able to beat my body up. lol.image


Here's a picture thimageat is similar to the rowing machine at the gym. I do a minimum of ten minutes. My best so far is 20 minutes. The other one is the Recumbent bike. I've done an hour on that. I usually do 5 miles though. These two machines are ones that I can work out on because I'm sitting down and they don't put pressure on my knee and back. These are pretty much what I've used to get up to the 67lbs I've lost so far. I do some strength training to try to build up some lean muscle but I've mainly been focusing on Cardio.







I drove around to some nice neighborhoods on my way back from dropping Cindy at work this morning. Our next project is going to be some Landscaping and maybe putting a sidewalk in. Those are a next year at the earliest kind of thing. Also in the conversation is a 2 and a half car garage. We've been him and hawing about this for a while now. We like to pay as we go on these projects as we just don't like debt. We paid cash for the new front porch. The only thing we still owe on are the house(That will last forever) and about $5,000 left on Cindy's car. We could have paid in off when we got it, but we added extended warranties,maintenance packages and just about what ever else they were selling us. The interest rate is only 3.5%. Heck there aren't to many investments paying that now, so we don't feel to bad carrying that note for a year or so to build savings back up.


Here's a picture of something like what I would like to do to the front.image I got this picture off of Google Images. I haven't shown it to Cindy yet so if she doesn't like it then we go to plan B.

Indy is outside getting his haircut as we speak. It's kind of nice. Andrea (his haircut lady) has a Truck that she has converted into a mobile haircutting studio. She drives up, comes to the door and gets the pooch. After she's done she walks him up to the door. This cost $60.48 which I don't think is to bad. She comes about every 6 weeks. I'll try to put a picture of the truck up tomorrow.100_0753

Sunday, May 16, 2010

If your snoozing you won't be losin!!

image A lot of people have asked me how I did it. Almost expecting me to  say I used this magic pill or that book.Or I was on this diet or that diet. Nope. Those are things I used the previous times I tried to lose weight. They worked for a while but never for the long term. This time the difference was "me". I made the decision that this was it. I'm 56 years old and it is either sh*t or get off the pot. This is a life style not a diet.I knew what I had to do I just had to do it. No amount of book reading was going to bring my weight down. I look forward to how I can challenge myself to stick to 1500 to 1700 calories a day. It's become a habit now.

This is the site We use to keep track of our calories every day. I've worked my butt off to get here and I'm still not half way to my goal so I sure aint quitting. When I get there I sure as heck aint coming back. The  second thing We've done is I've joined Gold's gym. Cindy and I signed and payed  in advance for a two year membership and have had a trainer from the beginning which is pretty expensive too. By the month it is $49.95. The trainer is $394.00 for 6 one half hour sessions for each of us. So you can see it's quite a financial commitment. We are going to sign up for one more six week stint. We believe from here we can go on and do it ourselves. Our trainer is really good. He pushes us enough to get a real good work out in, but not so hard that we feel like we are on the biggest loser. He's very good at giving us things to do to work around both of our disabilities and still burn calories.

What's really neat for me and which has made it easy for me is at the same time I made "the decision" so did Cindy. We are in this together. We aren't doing it for the other person. It is for ourselves, but at the same time we have a partner. That's the thing that has spoken to me the most though. We have to do it for ourselves.

Cindy just left for church awhile ago then she's going to go to the gym. I have to take at least one more day off. I hope to get back into the Gym on the morrow. If not Tuesday for sure. I chatted on Facebook with my little sister for over an hour this morning. It was nice to catch up with her.  My mower wouldn't start this morning. It was the battery. Replaced that with a new one from Tractor Supply now I'll be good to mow tomorrow.

The Yankee game will be on in a little over an hour. I think I'll settle in and watch that. Sunday is a day of rest you know.

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