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Thursday, March 30th, 2006 | Author: Gooch

Posted two longer works in progress, you’ll notice to the right entitled ‘Jackboots for Jesus’ and ‘Untitled’…because I haven’t titled it yet!

These are longer excercises in writing, just airing them out. Feel free to comment!

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Thursday, March 30th, 2006 | Author: Gooch

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Well, it’s been a busy week here at Fatman headquarters.

With the onset of a new gym based work out, in addition to the daily 3 miles and then some, the Fatman, has been a pooped Fatman. So pooped, that I even missed a day here at the site!

Regardless, the scales showed a major payoff today, which makes it all worth it in the end. After weighing in at the gym, I noticed the gym scales noted I was at a slim 245 lbs. This was quite different than the digital scale at home read. Not having faith in the new numbers set before me, I blew them off and went about my day.

Today found me swearing at the digital scale in earnest, as it read of the 253 pounds that I’ve been stuck at the last two weeks. So, with much frustration and sailor talk, I ran to the other bathroom, to dig out the old scale. Getting things dialed in, I held my breath and stepped up to the plate. 245 pounds. Excuse me?

The law of averages would say, that two out of three scales said that I, the Not So Fatman was weighing in at a svelte 245 pounds. That’s good enough for me!

This breakthrough today sets me at minus 26 pounds, far better than I assumed I was progressing.

This week at the gym saw the introduction to weights to my workout, and they must have been good weights, because I’m still feeling them. Hitting them at an every other day interval, I look upon tomorrow’s date with the weights with weary dread. But I’ll be there, don’t you worry.

So, I haven’t dropped dead from a heart attack (yet), but with the weights and extra cardio everyday, I may just miss a post. I hate to do it, but sometimes the couch wins.

3/29/06 – 3 Miles, weights, and the accursed Elliptical Machine
3/30/06 – 3 Miles, and a really long bike ride

Nuprin. Little. Yellow. Different. And now an essential part of the Fatman’s diet.

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Wednesday, March 29th, 2006 | Author: Gooch


A memorable classic to some, forgettable to others, a gritty sci fi tale of political warfare on a distant planet.

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Tuesday, March 28th, 2006 | Author: Gooch

As I look down from the loft heights of the plateau, I can see the bottom, but I’m just not quite sure how to get there.

So, in a grand effort to not lose all hope, the Fatman ventured out into new grounds today. The Fatman went to the gym.

A solid 45 minutes on the recumbent bike, left me sweaty, and legs of rubber. Used to the walking aches garnered each day, the bike left me with new aches for the day, but it’s not so bad. Feeling as if I accomplished something good, I can feel myself getting back into the swing of things, and the aches and pains aren’t as prominent as they once were.

So now, in addition to the daily 3 Mile walks, hopefully we’ll see a daily uptake in gym trips, to add to the fight for justice and a skinny waist.

Not much to say today, as I’m tired, and it’s lunchtime!

3/28/06 – 3 Miles
3/28/06 – 45 Min. Cardio – Mmmmm Sweaty.

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Monday, March 27th, 2006 | Author: Gooch

Brain dump until i get caught up on reviews!

Elvira’s Haunted Hills
Boobs and bad jokes. What were you expecting? It’s Elvira!

The Night Evelyn Came out of the Grave
This folks, is funny stuff. Velvet suits, dirty castles and nekkid women. I really don’t know what they were going for, but by god, I enjoyed it!

The Hangman’s Curse
I can’t believe I watched the whole thing. To answer in word, was this any good? HA!

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Monday, March 27th, 2006 | Author: Gooch

“Many a hand has scaled the grand old face of the plateau
Some belong to strangers and some to folks you know
Holy ghosts and talk show hosts are planted in the sand
To beautify the foothills and shake the many hands

Nothing on the top but a bucket and a mop
And an illustrated book about birds
You see a lot up there but don’t be scared
Who needs action when you got words”
-The Meat Puppets

There’s a lot to be said by those short little verses there. Being on top of the plateau can be a lonely and somewhat depressing place, on your downward climb in to smaller pants.

An inevitable happenstance in any diet, just about anybody who’s done it will tell you, is to reach the point of zero loss. Usually something that lasts only a week or two, for many dieters, the plateau can destroy the entire process, and they may loose hope quick. Working hard and eating right, to see no product for your hard work is a killer. Still, you have to keep on keeping on, and push through. That’s just what the Fatman will do, so have no fear. Yes, it’s a ball buster, but perhaps instead of making one loose all hope, maybe it can make one to push on even harder.

As you may have noticed, there’s not been a new post for a few days. This weekend left me feeling strung out and worn out, so I decided a day off was in order. With work being hellish, and the plateau nagging on my mind, I decided Sunday would be a day for recharging the batteries, and just not thinking about it for a day. As much as you want to loose all that weight in one shot, sometimes you have to step back and smell the flowers or you’re going to wind up hating it.

Monday see’s the Fatman back to normal, with the routine 3 Mile Monday jaunt, and back to the diet in earnest. Not that I slipped far off my diet this weekend mind you, but I did sneak in some french fries!

So, when the going gets tough, and you’re beginning to doubt, take a day. Work it out, and you’ll surprised that you’re ready to go the next day.

Will the Fatman give up all hope in the face of his insurmountable enemy, The Plateau? Or will he buckle down and face his fears, to bring justice to the rotund world wide?

Tune in next time for….

A Fatman and his Dog

3/24/06 – 3 Miles
3/25/06 – 5 Miles
3/27/06 – 3 Miles – To Chubby…And Beyond!
3/27/06 – 1.5 Miles PM Run

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Thursday, March 23rd, 2006 | Author: Gooch

78.5 Miles.

That’s how far I’ve covered in the course of March. I’m guaranteed to top 100 with just my daily 3 miles every morning. Tack on the additional miles I sometimes getting in at night, and it’s even more.

For me, starting from scratch and covering 100+ miles in one month is a huge achievement. Normally stuck in sloth mode, lacking motivation to getting anything done, and covering those miles by foot are a huge advance. It may be time to buy some new shoes!

Without a doubt there are many more miles to come, and who knows, I may get adventurous and start to jog? Running without out something chasing me will be a first. Another byproduct will hopefully be to renew my love of hiking. Before, the huffing and puffing were off putting, but now, not so much. Yes, I’m more or less hiking now, but it’s a lot different in the shadows of a state park or forest.

Communing with nature such as I have, as brought forward a former trait, that hasn’t been seen in some time. Some mornings, my old man is showing, as I grumble under my breath when I spot discarded trash or broken glass on my favorite trail. I’ve even found myself picking up others peoples trash on trash day, that’s blown from their cans. A new found love for nature is a grand thing, I would think, and I find myself watching out for it more and more.

It’s spring once again, and the sun’s rising earlier, and soon I’ll be able to hit the more secluded paths laid out for me. Back to the piece and quiet and the zen like mindset, even further peace may be achieved. Not having to look over my shoulder for oncoming cars will be a nice touch.

With the weather warming, the weekends may tempt me out of my humble subdivision, and to hit the roads and see where they take me. If you happen to see a bearded man alongside the road on a sunny afternoon, please try not to hit him.

3/23/06 – 3 Miles – “Take me home, country road, to the place where I belong…”

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Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006 | Author: Gooch

The days grow longer, and so do my shirts!

Today was a happy day. A good walk walked, and a joyous display on the scale. Stepping on I feared the worst, but was given the best! 253 pounds, down 18! 2 more pounds to go, and my first goal has been reached.

In my head, 250 pounds is the magic number. Not that I planning on stopping there, oh no. But, in my self esteem reduced mind, 250 pounds is the magic number that represents a change.

As I near the magic point, I notice that clothes are getting baggier, shirts are fitting better, the list goes on. Dropping 20 pounds represents an improvement, and visible change. It’s things like these that keep you getting up at the crack of dawn every morning and making the neighbors nervous.

Into the groove now, the diet itself is not as challenging as it started out. Used to what I should be eating, and my stomach adjusting to it’s new intake, the diet becomes easier. Sure, I still crave that junk food every once in awhile, and that Culver’s Butter Burger with extra large fries still makes my mouth water, but I don’t have to fight the urge anymore. The urge has become more of a fond remembrance than an exercise in gluttony. The biggest challenge these days, is making sure I’m eating enough, as at many points in the day, I’m just not hungry anymore.

Someday, I may have the butter burger again, but all things in moderation. It definitely won’t have happen until the resemblance to Buddah fades away, and the resemblance to Ghandi begins to show itself.

03/22/06 – 3 Miles – No, I’m not going to wish you good luck. Stop rubbing my belly.
03/22/06 – 1.5 Miles

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Tuesday, March 21st, 2006 | Author: Gooch

Ah yes, March 21st. The first full day of spring, longer days, warmer weather, and in Indiana… snow.

The forecast called for 6 to 10” of snow, starting at 1AM this morning. Heading to bed, I feared a missed walk, due to ungodly mountains of snow, and a driveway to shovel. Rolling out at 5:30AM, I was pleasantly surprised, that there was no snow!

Bundling up and heading out, I was able to squeeze in my 3 mile jaunt, with out obstruction. Nearing the 2.5 Mile mark however, it began. Light at first, a faint dusting, I was able to pick up the pace, and get back inside. Not ten minutes later, I peered out the front window once again, and all hell had broken loose. In that short ten minute period, snow was already accumulating, and the roads were starting to look pretty iffy.

Leaving for my twenty five minute ride into work at 7:15AM, I figured I had ample time to get in, and be out of the worst of it. At 9AM, that dream finally came to fruition, and my mood was pretty much blown for the day.

Drivers in Indiana are a forgetful sort. We get snow every year, but still, we have to get panicky and the slightest sign of precipitation. Add that the yuppies in their overpowered SUV’s driving at break neck speeds, and you’re in for an interesting commute on a snow day.

Regardless, I got my 3 miles in, and that makes me happy. Tonight may be a pass, as I find myself overly sleepy, and the pegs could use a rest for a bit perhaps. Not to mention, the new healthy lifestyle has played hell on my wanting to be a movie reviewer. Pretty tough to get a movie in when I’m zonked out by 10:30PM.

3/21/06 – 3 Miles – Somebody my sinuses will recover. (I hope)

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Monday, March 20th, 2006 | Author: Gooch

Finding one such as my self at a loss for words is a scary prospect.

Wanting to be a writer has been a dream for many a year, and now I’ve found a topic that I can ramble on endlessly about. Yet, I sit here this morning, after missing another post walk post, not knowing exactly what to say.

Sometimes I worry that I ramble on too endlessly about trying to loose weight, or when I try to branch off into other topics, that people who are hear to read the weight loss topics, just won’t care. What’s a guy to do?

Starting out an extended stepping away period, to brainstorm and think of whatever, my walks have now changed. The distance is the same, the pain is the same, and the weight loss is the same. But lately, I find myself focused solely on the walk that I’m taking, and not much more.

Constantly turning numbers in my head, my headlong forays into the cold have turned into a calculated effort into just how far I can go. I did three miles this morning, can I do another three today? If I walk another 2 miles, I might loose another pound. I had toast for breakfast, and I’m starting to get hungry again, what should eat next? On and on the random thoughts go, but I fear that most of it just wouldn’t be all that interesting to read about.

Weight loss is a bitch. But once you get started down that road, it becomes an obsessive bitch. Finding myself worrying about the current state of the weather in the mornings, worrying if I ate to much at lunch, the list is never ending. I’d go as far to say that it creates a bit of OCD, but is it really a bad thing?

I try not to beat up on myself too much, when I miss a day, or take a bite of something I maybe shouldn’t have. Still, the guilt sometimes remains, and I continue to worry that I’m setting myself back, when in actuality, the fifteen pounds that I’m missing show’s that I’m just deluding myself, and that I need to take a chill pill.

In the end though, I still love taking my walks, with our without Frosty. I look forward to them daily and feel sad when I don’t get to go. Just wish I could get past the OCD.

3/19/2005 – 5 Miles
3/20/2006 – 3 miles, AM – “When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.”
3/20/2006 – 2.5 Miles PM

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