Wednesday, June 25, 2008


The descent continues! But at a very slow pace. I went on vacation, and went a week without visiting the gym and working out. I did a great deal of walking in and around Boston, something I could never have done at last year's weight. I really was exhausted in Washington last May at the end of the day. this year I am at least a hundred pounds lighter and I really felt it as I moved through the city. I stopped to rest all the time down in DC, but in Boston I was always on the move. I can't believe the number of emails, at least 30! You guys (and gals) really missed me! I get busy writing my journal and a couple of other inspirations, but I won't let you down!
Give me a chnace to read through them and I will do a second post this week answering a question I haven't taken on yet. As Always, I will reply to everybody. Keep them coming, it shouldn't take me more than a couple of hours in one night to get caught up.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

239 Boolyah!

Goodbye, 240! I rewarded myself tonight after my gym workout, by having an ice cream sundae at Red Robin. I took Mrs C there for her Birthday, because that's where she wanted to go. Tomorrow night we are doing an Iron Pigs game, once again with Club seats. I know how to treat my lady!
I still think I'm about to plateau, and I am prepared for it. Tonight I swam 8 laps in 17 minutes, that's 400 meters. I do that after 35 minutes on the elliptical, and now I'm powering out 3.15 miles in that session, and spend more than 29 minutes of the session achieving my target heart rate of 130. I averaged 127 for the 35 minutes on it. My resting pulse is down to 65.
It was as low as 59 during my Army days, and my blood pressure? Before and after readings were all in the 120 over 75 range. I think swimming the 15 or more minutes continually is really helping my metabolism and will help replace lost fat with muscle. I expect weight loss to slow because of it eventually, but until then, I'll take it as it goes. I will be visiting my younger sister and brother next week, and they haven't seen me in a while. Boy are they going to be surprised!
I'm weighing in on Monday next week, so see you then. A Berks County reader asked for advice on how I stay motivated to keep exercising, so I'll have some thoughts for him, and the rest of my loyal fans. Email me at

Thursday, June 5, 2008

241 1/4

I feel a plateau coming on. This happened when I hit the 280 level, and I stayed with my program, and it passed. It is unreasonable to think I will keep losing weight at the rate I have been, and I realize that.
I've been trading emails with some of you about my experiences as my metabolism changed after surgery, and I've decided to try and answer some of the repeat questions I get here in the blog.
Today I'm writing about a change in Bowel habits. Yes, I know the subject is mortifying to some, but hey, like the kids book says, "Everybody Poops."

If you are used to going everyday, and lets face it, those of us who were consuming 6000+ calories everyday were going everyday, if you cut your intake down under 2000 calories, then you aren't going to have to go as frequently. It's not that you are constipated, it is that your engine isn't processing as much as it was before, so there isn't as much for your body to out process.
For the first week or so after your surgery, you are on a liquid diet, for all intents and purposes. Don't expect to have to go, and don't get worried when you don't, unless you start getting unexplained pains, then immediately call the doctor. Always ask the Doctor if you have questions or concerns, they will be there for you. I asked my Doctor about the lack of bowel movements, and it was explained to me as I explained it to you. Not as much going in, so there's not as much going in, and that is logical, isn't it?

My biggest problem after surgery was making sure I ate enough, and got the minimum nutrition I needed. I still take my Multivitamin everyday, but just getting up and walking and staying busy helped my metabolism, and kept any hunger and psychological triggers to eat at a minimum. I'll glean through the next batch of emails for a question to answer in my post for next week, so keep the inquiries coming. Email me at: