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Rick Calhoun of Mentor joins with his fellow-contestant wife Ellen to tackle what he describes as the embarrassing problem of being overweight. This 54-year-old hopes to fend off a family history of illness by getting healthy.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

final post

I give my congratulations to the top 3 losers.There were 4 of you that lost at least 20% of your body weight,is that awesome or what,and it was very tight between 2nd,3rd and 4th place.To see all the smiles and joy in everyones face was great,but what touched me the most was to see the joy and pride in the face of the lady(sorry I really suck at remembering names)that beat my wife by .4% for 3rd place was truely priceless.I lost 17.3% or 51 lbs and it feels great.I plan on dropping another 20 lbs.I can't wait untill Dec. to hear how everyone is doing.Keep up the good work all.And Joni,if you read this get those Margatitas ready I'm coming down to celebrate.

Monday, July 16, 2012


Hi All,
Well we are almost to the end of the contest,but only at the beginning of our journey to be healthier.I still have the cravings for the foods I like the most but find it a lot easier to resist.I also find I do not eat the large helpings anymore,well most of the time.I have not been in the gym in quite awhile but I have been doing work around the house and cutting firewood for my daughter.I truly feel that I will not have any trouble maintaining this lifestyle in the future and look forward to seeing how much I can improve myself in the years to come.

Sunday, July 1, 2012


One month left,I'm down a total of 37 lbs and I am feeling really good.I am going to do my best to to lose a total of 50 lbs by the end of this program so this will have to be my best month yet if I am to lose 13 lbs.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012


Where has the motivation gone?This last month has been my hardest yet to stay focused and it will probably show on the scales Saturday.I have been really proud of where I have gotten to so far and I guess I just put it in cruise controll for awhile.With only one month left in the program I hope to get back on track not that I have really veered off that much but to put what I have learned to good use and get things going again.I want to lose another 30 lbs total and hope to be their later this year.There are a lot of things going on in the summer and you have to enjoy them as much as you can,it quite a balancing act and easy to over indulge,but yet you need to allow yourself the pleasures of the season.I will lose more weight by the end of July it just won't be as much as I want.As stated by one of the other contestants "I am already a winner"and I embrace that and build on it.

Saturday, June 16, 2012


Last week the lbs seemed to just fall off,this week they are coming back on with a vengance.Only thing i can think is that I have not been drinking water and have had a lot of diet pop.I am going to up my water and stop all pop for awhile to see what happens.I was going to take a bike trip back home today to get one of Joni's self proclaimed margaritas but decided the wife could not handle the ride in this heat so we are going to take a car trip along the northcoast instead.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012


My Computer is back up,guess I should have used my wifes but to late for that.Back in the gym working out regularly again and it feels good.Was doing real good with weight last week then I ate a whole large Fat Boys deep dish Friday and it really did me in.Am going to try and stay away from my big Friday meals for awhile so I can meet the goal I set for myself by the end of July.Not weighing in with the group last time was a mistake,it created a disconnect from everyone that is not good so next weigh-in I will do on Saturday and not Fri.Kinda lost focus this past 6 or 7 weeks so I plan on pushing myself a little harder down the stretch.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

I'm back

Sorry I have not logged in a while but I have been dealling with some things that have had me really distracted.I have not been in the gym much in the last 2 weeks but should be ready to go now.It has been really hard to stay focussed as of late on the diet but every time I start to lose focus I remind myself of past failures where I lose part of the weight I want to then give up and regain it.The urge to change is much stronger now and I have been able to going although I do lose a week or two here and there.The blogging does help keep me focussed though.Hope everyone has a great weekend and I will see you all saturday.