Monday, October 22, 2012


This is what breakfast used to look like!

This is what Breakfast looks like now.

And this ....

I used to move like this.

Now I am moving like this!

Coincidence ... I Think NOT!

After a month working with Karen at TLS, I am much more ready to participate in life!

34 pounds down, breathing when I tie my shoes and when I run!
Energy for living!
This is good!

Remember, you can support two very good Non-Profits
by sponsoring me by the pound!
The Acoaxet Chapel (
Swamp Meadow Community Theatre (
would appreciate your support!

Saturday, October 13, 2012


Wow!  This is a whole new experience.
In many ways I feel as if at 54 years old, I am starting life over!

Today, I made my own fresh Salsa, learned to cook Acorn Squash and Spaghetti Squash!

and combined Tuna a Blueberries for a smashing taste!

I have also been able to walk for an hour
(even uphill)
without stopping for breath!
Being able to breath again makes exercise so much more fun!

Oh, and by the way, 
gaining control of my habits, eating healthy, and exercising
has led to me loosing 28 pounds in less than two weeks!

28 + counting!

I am so excited, so happy, and so much more healthy!

Take a step today that makes you more healthy than you were yesterday!

Remember, you can help my weight LOSS be a GAIN 
for the Acoaxet Chapel or The Swamp Meadow Community Theatre 
by sponsoring me by the pound!  

Monday, October 8, 2012


Derox week is over and was an overwhelming success physically, emotionally, and spiritually.!

I lost 21 pounds (I am sure that 16 of that was water weight!)
I now have ankles again and my feet are no longer just big square boxes!

I feel loved, supported, hopeful, and excited - about this process and about life!
I am healthy now and will be healthy for the rest of my life!

I have learned that temptation is just an opportunity to choose God (health) 
and that there is tremendous power in that choice.

I have learned that saying "No" to a temporary distraction is not difficult 
when saying "Yes" towards a permanent goal!

AND I am GAINING financially THROUGH this LOSS at the rate of over $70 a pound
so that the two Non-Profits together will gain about $1500 for this week's work!
Thank you for your spiritual, emotional, physical, and financial support!

I feel great!

Friday, October 5, 2012


I had to go out to eat two times this week - my Detox Week.
I have lost one and tied one.

The first time I was all set to order a salad - that was my plan from the time I woke up!
But when I read the menu, I saw that they had 6 vegetables listed as sides, 
so I ordered a vegetable plate instead,
The Zucchini and Summer Squash came out fried in oil.
The winter squash came out with butter and brown sugar.
The Cole Slaw was (of course) drenched in mayonnaise.
And the beets were prepared with vinegar and sugar.
All of those things are normal and make sense, 
but I didn't think about it!
I could have paid for them, given them to my table mates, and ordered a salad.
Instead, I ate them.  
Restaurant  -  1
Bob  -  0

The second time I went out, I was prepared to order a salad.
But it was an Italian Restaurant and their salad was an antipasti, which was lettuce and meat and cheese,
or a simple wedge of lettuce.
I saw that one of their specials was roasted peppers and wild mushrooms.
I made sure that there was no sausage in the dish.
I said "no" to the pasta that it was served with.
I said asked to have the lettuce wedge sprinkled with lemon juice instead of oil.
but I did not think about the sauce that covered the peppers and mushroom, until I tasted it -
oil and sugar added!
I considered that a tie - especially since I also said "no" to the abundant basket of Italian Bread on the table!

So this week (by Detox standards) I am 0-1-1 against the restaurants!
I will learn to stick to my plan and investigate everything that detours from that plan!

But I won in reality of life decisions.
The day I had the vegetable plate, I would have had sausage biscuits and gravy.
And the day I had the mushrooms and peppers, I would have had the Tour of Italy with Chicken Parm, Eggplant ,Peppers, Meatballs, Sausage, and half a pound of linguine.

In life, Bob is 2-0 versus the restaurants!
I will win in this division!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012


It's only been 30 hours since I started detoxing with vegetables and fruits.
It's only been 30 hours since I have been conscious of what food I am putting into my mouth.

And yet already, I am more conscious of tasting the food I eat!
In the past, I would be half way through my second piece of toast before I even was aware of tasting it!
I would fill my 8 ounce glass with Orange Juice 
and not even taste it until I was 2/3rds of the way done gulping it down.

either because I am eating only fresh food
or because I am eating less and paying more attention to it,
I am conscious of tasting it more!
do you know good blueberries and cantaloupe taste together?

It's a good trade off on the way to being more healthy -
Rather than wolfing down whatever I can get my hands on, 
I am now tasting the fresh food I savor.
Nice - It's working for me!

Monday, October 1, 2012


This is Detox week for me!
It's a week of Vegetables and Fruits 
to give my body a chance to rid itself of the effects of salts, sugars, and fats!
Breaking a few other cycles too!
The Lazy Boy Chair is Off Limits!
A minimum of 6 hours sleep (preferably 8) is required!
Stretching and yoga this week for exercise!
Developing my system of support (internal and external) is in process!
Health Rules The Day!

The First Day of the Rest of My Life

Today is Day I of my new Life Transition - it is the first day of the rest of my life!
Here is the stark reality of what I have let my body become!
This is what 186 extra unhealthy pounds looks like on a person!

Please, do yourself a favor.  Do not let this happen to you!

(I am really sad to post these pictures, but it is important that I face reality,
and it will be a great BEFORE picture to my AFTER one
as we all see how far a person can go if they choose health over indulgence!)

I will never in my life be this unhealthy again!
I am healthier today, than when I took these pictures last night!
Yesterday, I ate to indulge or to escape, I loved my lazy boy chair, 
and I could not engage in the physical activities that would bring me and my family joy!

I  will eat to fuel the needs of my body.
I will choose activity over my chair.
And I will begin a program of flexibility, strength, and conditioning 
so that I will always be able to play on the floor and in the fields 
with my current family and my future grandchildren!

I am truly thankful to all the many friends who are so happy for me making this decision!
Your love and support gives even more lift to the wings I have spread in knowing that I can!
As my truest friend, God has filled my mind and my heart with the knowledge that it is time 
and the confidence that I can choose the things that will lead me to Abundant Life (not abundant size!)

I am also thankful to Karen Dalton,
from Transitions Lifestyle Solutions
who has offered me her coaching and a program to start this Healthy Lifestyle Change!

I am excited!
I am confident!
And I know that this is the time and place to begin!

As a reminder, I am using this new Lifestyle Change 
to raise money for my two favorite Non-Profit Organizations:
The Acoaxet Chapel in Westport, Massachusetts
Swamp Meadow Community Theatre, Inc in greater Foster, RI.

At the end of each month, I will post how much weight I have lost in this process of health,
You can sponsor me a dollar (or more) a pound
and each month send a check to one of those Non-profits
which are full of people who love me and are so glad that I have chosen to be healthy!

My Starting Weight is 386 pounds.
I hope to loose 30 pounds in October.
I hope to loose 186 pounds by April 2014.

Thank you for joining with me
as We Gain Through Loss!