Saturday, July 24, 2010

Still Here!

Apologies for not posting in a long time! I'm not very good at this blogging gig, and I apologize to everyone who is checking daily for new posts. I will try to post more often, but with work and walking in the parks, I'm just so doggone tired when I get home. I will post a more detailed entry in the next day, so please stay tuned! A lot of interesting things happening that I want to talk about!

18 comments:

  1. Thanks for keeping us in the loop. I know how busy summer can get so we can just wait patiently as you proceed with your blog. Keep up the good work.

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  2. Hey what is the measurement, chest size to get on?
    I am 5'8" and weigh 250lbs. Want to know if I will fit.
    crissythegreat@gmail.com

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  3. Don't worry about us, just live your life. God bless you.

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  4. Hi Banks, it's summer - be kind to yourself :) I have a hard time dragging myself out to exercise at the end of the day, but I always feel better afterwards. One way I motivate myself is telling myself nobody is forcing me, I don't have to go any further than I feel like. I also exercise outside as much as possible so I don't feel like I'm stuck inside. Sometimes, that means exercising after the sun has gone down and it feels cooler. And it's less boring :)

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  5. Hey Banks!

    I'd lik to thank you for posting this blog. First of all, m girlfriend and I were planning on going to HP World for vacation when she came across your blog. She told me about "the three clicks" and we decided to both go on a diet. She did it more to support me as she was in absolutely no danger but I (being a 6'4 307 lb man) was certainly going to cut it close!

    I lost almost 20 lbs in the few weeks prior to going to the park, so my first thanks is because your blog helped me kick start my dieting! Secondly, and this is the funny part of the story, I think I may have only gotten to ride because of the knowledge your blog provides (but I'm not sure)! Let me expain...

    So we rode the "3-click" ride yesterday and, being the stubborn person I am, I elected to not check the seats they provide at the start of the line. After going through the experience of waiting in the 1-hour line, we finally got to the moment of truth. I sat down in the seat (which my shoulders barely fit into because apparently they are rather broad)and proudly pulled the harness over my shoulders. At this point I wasn't sure if I got it to click once or twice. One of the helpers told me we needed to get one more click so she leaned in and gave it a push and it clicked!

    The next helper in line proceeded to double check and claimed we needed to get one more click after checking the safety harness. In the panick that ensued, I blurted out "The lady back there said it clicked three times!" which wasn't entirely true and he let me go!

    I either dieted and barely fit, or I knew about three clicks because of your blog and somehow squeeked by!

    Either way, I owe you a big thanks for all of the above and I wish you well on your endeavor!

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  6. TMD (Jacksonville, Florida)August 2, 2010 at 4:30 PM

    Hi Banks,

    Thanks for your blog. A very similar situation happened to me while at the Agricultural Fair that comes to Jacksonville for 10 days once a year. The difference is my husband and I waited in a long line and had to climb onto a platform in plain view of people waiting in line and others who were just standing around watching others ride. The harness had to click once. While the older riders watched, several attendants came over to me and tried to click me in. After several times of trying, one of them told me I had to get off because they weren't able to lock the harness. My husband, who was already strapped in got off also. I was hurt and humiliated and for the rest of the night it was difficult for me to look anyone in the eye. I really wanted to leave right away after that experience, but didn't want to mess up my husband's evening. That was about 7 years ago and I haven't been to the Fair since. Did I mention I loved the Fair and looked forward to it coming every year since I was a child.

    My problem was I was in denial of my size. I'm 46 now. You would think that experience would have been a wake up call because it was certainly my bottom. Well, I became ashamed and depressed and begin eating and gaining more weight. I was about 275 lbs 7 years ago. I'm 350 lbs now. I never "blamed" the attendants; although I thought they could have been a little nicer about it. But the more I thought about it later, I felt I probably put them in a situation they had not been faced with before. The person I felt bad for more than anyone was my husband. He was comforting and encouraging, but I would have rather been along to keep him from being embarrassed too; although he says he wasn't embarrassed.

    My experience was so painful, I didn't speak about it to anyone until years later.


    I appreciate your position about your experience and wish you the best in your weight-loss journey.

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  7. I can help you lose weight with homeopathic HCG drops. Kind of spendy at $145 for 6 week supply, but works really well. I swear, not a scam. email me at: jaynerobi@aol.com and I can send you all the info, no high pressure. Just saw you on the news and related to your story.

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  8. Just saw your story on the news! Keep it up man! Good luck with everything!

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  9. Saw your story on Twitter. Good luck. You are an inspiration to all.

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  10. Hey I'm another Orlando blogger :) keep up the good work!

    -Victoria
    http://www.adventuresinmommyhood.net

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  11. Just saw a news item about your experience on the Harry Potter ride. Refreshing to see someone not go ballistic, rant, rave, sue, etc. and realize the fault is theirs and commit to do something about it. Hang in there. God is always pleased when we make the right choice. Keep Him with you and you can't help but succeed!

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  12. Hi Banks. Thanks for your courage in facing the world. I was almost 230 in 1994 (I am 5'7"). I had an experience like yours, though in my case it was falling in love, and I really was motivated to lose weight. I started exercising really slow (I could just do five minutes on an exercise bike at first), and just cut out desserts. Then I started cutting down potion sizes little by little and increasing my exercise. The weight started coming off. Every time I got to a plateau I either cut back food a little more or increased exercise a little more. Seven months later I weighed 155! I have mostly kept if off since then (with a few course corrections now and then). This morning I weighed in at 152. The most effective thing for me is keeping a log of my food intake and my calories expended using a site like caloriesperhour.com. I have nothing to do with that site but it has been very helpful to me. The only "diet" that works in my opinion is using more calories than you take in over an extended period of time, but making the gap tolerable and then having patience. If you want a soda, just figure it in to the calories balance for the day and leave something else out. Dieting is not about excluding, but about being moderate. Best of luck!

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  13. Just read your story on MSNBC.com. Your acceptance of responsibility and using the denial of the ride as motivation should be a lesson to all. Personal responsibility is much needed and sorely lacking in our society.

    I wish you all the best and will be looking for the good news conclusion when you return the the ride and here three clicks! Good luck and God bless!

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  14. read the kind diet by alicia silverstone, changed my life & weight

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  15. Hey Banks!

    Just learned of you/ your blog on the news. I thought it was so inspiring of you to start this!

    Something I use to keep me motivated to lose some Lbs is called "FitBit". It's a little chip you wear every day that logs your calories in/out, steps, and SLEEP PATTERNS (what time you laid in bed/ what time you actually went to sleep/ how many times you woke up)! It's very cool and helps me manage my cals in/out.

    GOOD LUCK! And I'll be checking in with your blog!

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  16. Ok I now do not want to go to Kings Island with my Kids Thursday I am too Scared.

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  17. Congrats on your milestones! I just saw a video of you on MSN and was inspired. I am going through a similar situation myself right now and it is comforting to know that I am not in this alone! Keep up the good work.

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  18. Hey kiddo, just want you to know that even though I don't know you, I'm so proud that you're doing this! You're already making progress and you have a terrific attitude. I know you'll be enjoying that ride by year end.

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