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49-year-old Craig Deas, of Perry, hopes to improve his health and stamina as he spends his life in the public eye as part of his role as play-by-play announcer for the Lake County Captains.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Not Bad

Had our first weigh in on Saturday and down about 8.5 pounds.  I’ll take it after the week I had.  Looking forward to getting down double digits.  I am curious to see how we did as a group.  I had to run in and out of the weigh in so I didn’t get to see how others did.  Hopefully we’re all starting to see results.  Still doing pretty good on the foods I’m eating which I think has made the biggest difference since the exercise has not been there lately.




Friday, February 24, 2012

Busy Week

I have had something to do every night this week and it all involved eating and drinking.  Staying the course on the calorie count and did not go over except for one day and it was 100 calories over.  Looking forward to the weigh in tomorrow.  Seems like I’m holding steady on my scale at home but we’ll see what the official one says. 


Busy weekend as well coming up.  I hope to meet some of my fellow contestants tomorrow, but my stop will be brief.  I will be getting the bar ready early in the morning then off to the mall to man the Captains table at the Shop Lake County  show.  Heading to the weigh in and then calling two basketball games at Lake Erie College.  From there back to the bar then downtown to see a concert with my wife Gina and 14 of our closest friends.  You would think with a schedule like that I’d have the weight just falling off of me as this is a very typical day not so much in the things I’m doing but the pace I usually have to keep.  Hopefully Sunday I’ll be able to get back out and take a nice walk.  Heading to Spring Training in Arizona in two weeks and hope to be down a few more pounds by then.




Monday, February 20, 2012

Looking Forward to the Weigh In

Had a nice weekend with my daughter being in town and a friend's birthday party. Hit the streets on Sunday and Monday for a couple of 45 minute brisk walks. Brisk in pace and temperature. I have a busy evening schedule this week so I'll try to do my walking at the ballpark in the AM before work. Feeling like I'm better shape. Using smaller notches on my belts. Making progress, I think. I will be curious to see what my actual weight will be come Saturday.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Busy week

The week has been extremely busy but happy to report that I kept my eating habits in line.  The site has really helped.  Had few drinks this week but that was factored in the calories.  Not much exercising but burning about 350-400 calories a day just by walking around.  Moved down a belt notch which is a good sign.  Had a couple of Lake Erie College basketball games to call last night which moved dinner later than l like.  Have two more tomorrow and Monsters game in the evening with my daughter who is in from BG.  My girls turned 22 on Wednesday so I went and visited Brittany at BG which was another long day.  Her twin sister Carolyn is at Arizona State so I will see her when I head to Spring Training on March 8.  Just trying to keep plugging along.  Hoping to meet some of my fellow Shape Uppers at the United Way luncheon on March 15.  Take care.   



Sunday, February 12, 2012

2 weeks Down

Pretty uneventful week.  Holding steady at 7 pounds down.  Had some late nights but did a good job of not snacking too late.  We'll see if I can get a few more pounds off this week.  Might have to go to the gym versus walking at the ballpark.   

Thursday, February 9, 2012

So Far, So Good

About 10 days into this and doing pretty well.  Down 7 pounds.  Spending time after work walking around the concourse here at the stadium and also walking up and down the stairs in the seating bowl.  It’s been pretty cold but it feels good to be outside.  Eating has been going well and my adult beverage intake is down.  No more snacking in the evening and trying to not eat anything after 8PM or so.  That has translated into this good start.


Found a web site thanks to my Rotary mate Craig deFasselle that helps track calories and logs everything you eat and the exercise you do.  It’s called  Very nice the way it organizes all you are doing.  My target intake is a little under 1600 calories per day.  This was based on my starting weight of 233 lbs. and the desire to lose 2 pounds per week.  It does all the calculations for you.  Yesterday, thanks to an evening apple, I went over by 30 calories for the only time this week.  I leave for spring training in a month and am excited to see the progress I will have made by then.    


Looks like I have room for a hot dog and a couple of beers when I hit the CSU Viking basketball game tonight.  Still having some treats like this but in moderation.  What a concept.  Zero guilt.



Sunday, February 5, 2012

Roll Over on Your Left Side Please

Well the first week is almost in the books.  Looks like I have started the trend downward in my weight.  Nothing crazy but certainly headed in the right direction.  Walked several times this week and really watched what I was eating and my beverage in take.  I've read half of Jaime 's book and it's great.  Very common sense and very upbeat. 


So when you take on something like this at my ripe old age of 49, you wonder if your body can take the added exercise.  I became very ill a few years back and I wanted to make sure if I was going to do this I had all the facts straight about where my body was in regards to blood work, cholesterol, blood pressure etc.  So I scheduled a physical with my doctor.  Went and had it Thursday.  Great timing with this process just underway.  All the results came back good, which was stunning.  I guess I'm healthier than I thought or felt. 


This where the title of the blog will be explained.  When you are a male and get to be close to 50 there is one more test that you shoud take.  As I waited for the doctor to arrive in the examination room it became apparent to me that this was getting done whether I asked for it or not.  Everything that was necessary for this procedure excpet the doctors fingers were on the table in the room.  Staring me down as the clocked ticked away waiting his arrival.  Because of where I was seated, there was no escaping it.  So the Doctor comes in and goes through all the other things you do in physical, reviews my test results and then says "roll over on your left side please."  I must say that for the 15 seconds it took to get the piece of mind it gave me, it was GREAT!  Well  maybe not great, good.  Let's use good.  I've had guys my age tell me when I was younger that you need to do this.  Now it's my turn.  Get it done.  It's 15 seconds that could save your life.  The only question is that after this encounter, do I need to send the Doctor flowers or candy?  Will he be upset that I haven't called him back?  Questions to ponder.  Have a great week.