Down the easy way

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As of this morning, I'm down to 238 just by eating good and keeping my calorie limit under 2000. I'm feeling good enough now to start working out. Can't wait to see what happens then.

I feel as motivated as when I just started this. Since I'm already down 9lbs in about a week, I have to credit it to being off medication and doing some veeerry light physical therapy. I've always hated any kind of medication, especially those pain killer pills. They just don't sit right with my body and I can feel it all over. Since they make you tired, getting exercise is all but impossible.

As for exercise, I'll be doing the treadmill at about 3 mph for 1/2 hour a day for a couple weeks just to make sure my back keeps stong. The other thing I have to make sure I do is work my stomach muscles. It's a big reason my back problems keep persisting. If you have back pain and a gut, you're in the same boat as me. Do crunches during the Hawks game or something. I'll keep you all updated.

Thanks for hanging in there with me through all the "work" stoppages as far as the blog goes. I really appreciate it and will continue to keep you all up to speed as long as The Sun-Times lets me.

The people behind the scenes always want pictures, links, video to be posted to make the blog more appealing. I don't really hold with that. Either you are here or not. The goal of this is to give you a "real" person's perspective on how hard it is to keep healthy sometimes. However, with the failures come some victories. These are real victories, too and can serve as motivation.

However, I will post some links that I think are family friendly and really cool. You probably wouldn't just run into some of these. Here's the first of many:

Back on

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Boy, what a loss.  My back went out on me again, and this time it took over 2 months to recover.  It sucks that the older we get, the more time it takes to heal.  What also sucks is putting back on 20 lbs due to the medication.  I'm now 247 after being laid up and lack of exercise.  What's good is that my back, while still sore, is feeling much better.  I can walk without a cane, go to the bathroom pain free, and don't have to bug my wife and kids for everything under the sun.

I've had a rough last few months and maybe I'll get into that more down the road, but i'm looking forward and don't want to EVER look back. 

Slow On The Restart

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I haven't started back up with my 2 week project yet. I had some side work come my way and have busy with that, which is good. I finished the job up at a lower cost than my original estimate and sooner than I projected. It was only one job, but the longest journey begins with the first step, or so they say!

I also want to wish my wife Lisa a VERY Happy Birthday! I love you, honey! Her birthday was actually yesterday (3/11), but I was tied up with this project and couldn't post. We have a tradition where the birthday person gets spoiled and can do whatever they want (within reason...Kids!). You get to choose dinner, no matter the cost or destination. We picked Sanfratello's pizza here in Glenwood and had cheese cake for desert. Awesome.

I didn't really overdo it with the pizza, but I darn sure ate the heck out of that cake! Huge calories, but my wife is worth the extra time on the treadmill. I really didn't eat much the whole day so I shouldn't have racked up too many calories by the end of the day.

Do Over

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I have to start this whole 2 week thing over.  I didn't get a chance to do ANY sort of exercise yesterday.  I don't really have an excuse, it's just the day got away.  I'm still down that 1 lb from last week, but I want more; and quick-like.

I'm going to change it up some though. The goal of 1 and 1/2 hours a day on the treadmill and three 5 min sessions on the ab roller is just too far out of reach right now.  The main problem is that my treadmill only allows 1 hour at a time and then "resets" itself.  This makes it to easy for me to say to myself "I'll finish up the other 1/2 hour later", and then not get to it. 

So, now I'm going to shoot for 1 hour a day on the treadmill and two sessions of the 5 min workout on the ab roller.  This is a much more realistic (and less daunting) goal.  Once I complete the 2 weeks on that schedule, I'll set the bar a little higher.


Days 2,3 & 4

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Ahhhh!  This weekend did not go as planned at all.  I didn't get around to doing the ab-roller thing, only did 20 minutes on the treadmill on Friday, 1 hour on Sat., and only 15 min on Sun.  Just too damn much to do.

On a more positive note, my eldest sons team won the championship in the Cal City league which is played at the old St. Andrews church.  They played St. Florian on Friday, and murdered them by 29.  I use the word murdered because the parents over there are something else and it was good to beat that team (AGAIN, as usual).  They cry about every call, make snide comments all game, and blame the ref's for their son's poor play and lack of coaching.  Usually, I just let this sort of thing go (I mean, we won, right?!?), but being as this is the last game between the teams that I'll have to watch, I figured I'd give them one last parting shot.  It has been our pleasure to shut you up the last 3 years

On Sunday they played for the championship against The Saints.  I'm still not sure what school they play for but they hung tough for 3 quarters.  We pulled away from them in the fourth by the stellar play of Brian S., Danny and Dan L, Nick and Nick G, Anthony L,, George, and my son Tristen.  Excellent game on both sides of the ball.

I say all of this not only because I'm proud of the team, but because I've been having my own battles...with the concession stand.

Day 1

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I did it. I stayed under my calorie limit (2500) and did 1 and 1/2 hours on the treadmill at 3mph. I changed up the routine though, by raising and lowering the incline function sproadically. I've read that that sort of cardio workout is actually more effective. I don't know for sure, but I was more interested and the time went by faster. My legs are killing me for sure though. I do feel motivated and am looking forward to tomorrow as I'm going to start with my ab-roller. It came with a video that I know by heart, and plan on doing the "5 minute workout" (really quite effective actually) 3 times tomorrow.

Thanks for checking in and please, check back often.

2 weeks

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Hello everybody (Nooorrmm!)

I've cut down on the late night snacking since my last post and that seems to be making the difference as I've lost 2lbs. Really though, it could be anything (like less salt, quality of foods I'm eating, etc) but I'm betting on the snack adjustment. I've gone to bed a little hungry the last few nights, but I could have had some veggies to take the "edge" off. I didn't want to though because I've been eating tons of veggies and just don't have a taste for them at night. But that's the price we pay sometimes. I let my eating get out of control again so my body has to work itself back to where I was, and that takes time if done right. Plain and simple. Also, I'm starting a new exercise regiment where I'll do 3mph 3 times a day for 1/2 hour on the treadmill (as opposed to 3.5 mph, 1 time a day for the same time). Going to see if I can: a. Do it :) and b. how I feel after 2 weeks of this.

I'll be able to keep more regular hours now and should be able to post at least 3x's a week, if not more.

I've picked "2 weeks" as my yardstick because I've heard that's about the time it takes to form a habit. I can't imagine not dropping some lbs and getting more physically fit as long as I maitain good eating habits.

Also, the time frame coincides with my entrepreneur project i've been setting up. You can click below to see how that's going.

Late night...with snacks

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Hello everyone and welcome to a new week!

We'll, I weighed myself this morning and I'm the exact same as I was last monday. I'm not suprised. As much as I wanted to do some work on the treadmill, I just couldn't find time. 4 kids, trying to start a business, trying to promote said business on a VERY meager income, just left me with no time. Another thing is "picking" at food late at night. I tend to do good all day, but late at night when I have a few calories "to spare", I tend to overdo it a little and have more than I should. I see how that's holding me back now.

Thanks for checking in and please feel free to leave comments (good or bad)


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10.  Being able to shop for plain ol' XL shirts again without them being tight

9.   Old clothes I had forgotten about fit me again.

8.   My kids can comfortably sit on my lap without being in an awkward "arched-back" position

7.   Increased willingness to go outside and play again

6.   More energy to play with kids, and for longer periods

5.   Can tie my shoes and clip my toenails without being out of breath 

4.   Can sit next to someone on the train and not feel like I'm crowding them

3.   More confidence in social situations

2.   Working with The Sun-Times staff, as well as Dave Grotto, the coolest dietician you'll ever know

1.  Increased sexual activity and stamina


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"I am really tired of checking this blog called 'no more excuses' and finding it has been a month or more since the last posting. PLEASE find someone who will be more attentive to their blog or take it down. There is no motivation in coming to this page"

This is a comment I received, and to S. Bobbitt, as well as the rest of you, I offer my sincerest apologies for leaving this blog for so long. Because of the recession and lack of work, I have been in the process of starting my own company. Unless you have gone thru the process, you have no idea how much time and effort goes into such a venture. However, this is no excuse; I should have kept on top of this.

As far as my weight goes...

About the blogger

You know how it goes. The kids come along, there’s less time for you and in trying to keep up with their busy lives, your eating choices aren’t always so hot.

Greg Ortiz is a 39-year-old south suburban man who, tried, with the Sun-Times’ help, once before to get back to the athletic — and thinner — guy he once was.

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