Day 57

I totally failed today lol.  Well I only failed at not doing anything productive because I spent the whole day catching up on Glee.  Yes, I am addicted.  I started from the very beginning late last week and I layed in bed watching it.  However, I did manage to eat healthy and stay under my calories.

Goal = 1400
Food = 1106
Exercise = 0
Net = 1106
Remaining = 294

Day 57 down, 308 days to go
34 pounds lost since 1/3/2011

Day 56

Goal = 1400
Food = 1331
Exercise = 0
Net = 1331
Remaining = 1331

Day 56 down, 309 days to go
34 pounds lost since 1/3/2011

Day 55

Happy Birthday to my cousin Elaine!!!  It’s her Birthday today and she’s having a family party so I am in Madison, WI for the night.  I knew there was going to be a lot of food so I did not keep track of my calories for today.

Goal = 1400
Food = N/A
Exercise = 0
Net = N/A
Remaining = N/A

Day 55 down, 310 days to go
34 pounds lost since 1/3/2011

Day 54

I wish there were more hours in a day.  I didn’t have the time to get to the gym before they closed tonight.  But I was able to get my work out in at home on the TorsoBall.  I usually work out in a different room because it’s bigger than my bedroom but I tried working out in my room.  I normally use my iPhone which is docked on a portable speaker and I played my music from my computer so I was able to use the stopwatch on my phone to be exact on the time during my exercises.  I felt like I got a better work out and had a good sweat going for some reason.

I had a great response to my postings online for the TorsoBall along with my before and after picture.  I can’t thank everyone enough for your tremendous support.

Goal = 1400
Food = 1207
Exercise = 342
Net = 865
Remaining = 535

Day 54 down, 311 days to go
34 pounds lost since 1/3/2011

Day 53

I am very proud to announce that the TorsoBall has launched and is now available!  The infomercial airs tomorrow morning on Oxygen at 4:30am, CNBC this Saturday at 5:30am, and again on Oxygen on Sunday at 5:30am.  All times are Central time.  If you don’t want to wait, you can view it below or at  Again I won’t be in the initial infomercial but my before and after picture is on the website at!  My before picture was taken before I started working out and dieting and my after picture was taken on January 31st at 22 pounds lost.  I have lost 12 pounds since then.  If anyone has any questions on the TorsoBall, feel free to email me!

TorsoBall Before & After

After watching the TorsoBall infomercial and visiting the website, I got more pumped up and gave me the extra boost I needed.  I did my stretching and three circuits on the TorsoBall at home and finished at the gym on the elliptical and doing HIIT.  I only worked half-way through HIIT because I started feeling dizzy.  I think it’s from me staying up very late the other night and waking up late.  I haven’t stayed up so late and slept in like that in a long time.

Goal = 1400
Food = 1210
Exercise = 773
Net = 437
Remaining = 963

Day 53 down, 312 days to go
34 pounds lost since 1/3/2011

TorsoBall Article on CNBC

TorsoBall Creates Zero Impact Sculpted Body Workout The only abdominal-specific fitness product creating a full-body workout while exercising core muscles.

Published: Thursday, 24 Feb 2011 | 7:00 AM ET

LAS VEGAS, Feb 24, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) — One of the most innovative fitness products ever created, the TorsoBall ( is uniquely engineered as a contemporary replacement of the classic exercise ball. The TorsoBall combines the fluid rotation of an exercise ball with a unique handle design structured to provide a full-body, zero impact workout with emphasis on the abdominals.

“After 20-years of watching people struggle in the gym and at home as a fitness instructor I wanted to create a product that anyone can use effortlessly to achieve their fitness goals,” said creator Jerry Abbott. “We took the exercise ball and made it cutting edge.” TorsoBall’s genius lies in its simplicity. With external, padded handles serving as a stable axis it allows users to roll the ball freely back and forth providing optimum abdominal stimulation while engaging every upper body muscle simultaneously. The recommended six-week program helps people attain overwhelming results.

People are saying…

“…I have a personal goal of losing 60 pounds, I now know I can get there because of TorsoBall. I not only love the difference in my body, but I am also happy with how I feel.” Michelle G. — 60 Day Challenge — lost 30lbs.

“…The nutrition wasn’t starving my way thin, the workouts were relatively easy and certainly easy to fit into my schedule and the circuit training was great for getting my heart rate going. ” Sean R. — 60 Day Challenge — lost 40 lbs.

“…I am proud that I am leading by example to my children and am having a lot more fun being active with them, it’s because of the TorsoBall. ” Cindy M. — 60 Day Challenge — lost 17 lbs.

TorsoBall helps people of all levels to customize their workout by attaching the special slingshot power cords to the handles. This takes a once challenging exercise and turns it into something all fitness enthusiasts can easily perform.

Individuals will receive the TorsoBall, a set of resistance bands, an instructional DVD and full nutritional plan. Individuals can add the advanced slingshot power cords to increase the levels of the workouts.

About TorsoBall: One of the most innovative fitness products ever created, the TorsoBall ( is uniquely engineered as a contemporary replacement of the classic exercise ball. The TorsoBall combines the fluid rotation of an exercise ball with a unique handle design structured to provide a full-body, zero impact workout with emphasis on abdominals.

About Jerry Abbott: Jerry Abbott has been passionate about the health industry for 20-years. After finishing college he obtained his certification as a personal fitness trainer from the International Sports Science Association. In his attempt to deliver an innovative way for people to exercise, Jerry created a mobile business enterprise called Fitness On Wheels. Jerry customized fitness instruction to his clients of all fitness levels in the convenience of their homes.

SOURCE: Jerry Abbott Enterprises LLC CONTACT: Foyer Communications John Foyer, 219-308-0293 Copyright Business Wire 2011 -0- KEYWORD: United States

Day 52

Not a whole lot to report today.  I woke up feeling sore once again since I worked out yesterday.  It felt good to feel the soreness though.  I did some stretching from home and did the full three circuits on the Torso Ball. 

Goal = 1400
Food = 1282
Exercise = 342
Net = 940
Remaining = 460

Day 52 down, 313 days to go
34 pounds lost since 1/3/2011

Day 51

A friend on Facebook posted a link to the Warrior Dash in Illinois for June 18th or 19th and it caught my attention.  The Warrior Dash is the ultimate event for thrill-seeking athletes. This 3-5 kilometer race is held on the most demanding and unique terrain from around the world. Participants will take on intense obstacles, and celebrate their feat with music, beer, and muddy shorts. 

I have been looking into doing some 5K’s this year and I am definitely interested in trying out an obstacle course.  Some other people I know are participating in this year’s Warrior Dash and there’s a good chance I’m going to join too.  I just need to prepare myself for it and I’ll probably be in much better shape by the time it comes around.  If anyone is interested in doing this with me, we need to pick out a wave time when signing up.  More info on the Warrior Dash is at under Midwest.

On top of the Warrior Dash, I am interested in participating in the St. Paddy’s 5K Run/Walk on March 20th, the Race To Wrigley 5K Run on April 16th, Cosley Zoo Run For the Animals 5K on June 4th, and the Hot Chocolate 5K on November 5th.  It all depends if I am ready by the time registration closes.  If not, I am definitely going to participate next year.  I have set a huge goal for me for next year.  I want to run the Chicago Marathon in 2012.  This of course would be after I reach my goal at the end of the year to get to my ideal weight.  By the time the Chicago Marathon comes along, I plan on being super fit by then.  I know I can do it because I truly believe in the saying “You can accomplish anything as long as you set your mind to it.”

For those wondering on what is going on with the TorsoBall launch and infomercial, the infomercial is in the final stages of production.  Unfortunately, I will not be in the initial cut of the infomercial.  I will hopefully re-shoot very soon so I can be in the next cut and until then I’m going to work my butt off.  Some of you are probably curious to still see it so I will let you know when it airs and when the ball will be available.

I worked out for the first time in a long time with the TorsoBall today.  I was planning on jumping right back into it but like everything else in life, you have to start out slow.  I completed two circuits out of the three and I when I started doing the third, I felt shaky and weird so I had to stop.  I didn’t have time to finish my work out at the gym.  It was a good start to get back into the swing of things.

I’m ready to work harder tomorrow and I’m going to get my body into a good routine.  I have goals to accomplish and pounds to lose!

“Sometimes you have to let yourself be weak in order to grow stronger.”

Goal = 1400
Food = 1242
Exercise = 234
Net = 1008
Remaining = 392 

Day 51 down, 314 days to go
34 pounds lost since 1/3/2011

Day 50

I watched Food, Inc. last night along with Supersize Me.  I haven’t seen Supersize Me in a long time and it gave me a sick feeling in my stomach after watching it.  I haven’t eaten McDonald’s in a few months and the only other fast food restaurants that I have been to since I started my diet have been Wendy’s and Subway.  I’m not going to be eating at anymore fast food restaurants anymore but if I absolutely had to it would only be at Subway.  It’s a shame how you have to spend more money just to eat healthy.  All of the fast food chains do offer some type of healthy alternative but in reality some of it isn’t healthy.  If any of you need help trying to stay away from eating fast food or need help eating healthier, I highly recommend watching those two movies.

Goal = 1400
Food = 1393
Exercise = 0
Net = 1393
Remaining = 7

Day 50 down, 315 days to go
34 pounds lost since 1/3/2011

Day 49

I had one very lazy Sunday and I think a lot of my mood was from the gloomy, rainy weather.  I also think my mood came from not using my CPAP last night.  My Mom came in to see how I was doing without wearing it and she says I’m not as bad as I used to be as far as snoring and I especially do not “gasp for air” as much.  I did a lot of relaxing and some homework today but no working out.  Sundays are usually my cheat day and I enjoyed myself a little bit.

Goal = 1400
Food = 1344
Exercise = 0
Net = 1344
Remaining = 56

Day 49 down, 316 days to go
34 pounds lost since 1/3/2011