Tony A. Smith




Get Rid of This Stuff


Keep Running Keep Plugging


It’s been a few days since the doctor told me I had basically turned into a Pillsbury dough boy since my last check-up with him.  My blood pressure was a little high but it wasn’t unreasonably high.  At least I didn’t think so.  He said that it needed to be lower though since I had a heart attack a few years ago and he wanted to keep the arteries and blood pressure in check.

I want to thank everyone who commented on recommendations on how I can try to accomplish my goal or the doctors goal I should say, of losing 28 pounds by March 9th. I am starting to feel much better already. Yesterday I had scrambled eggs for breakfast and wheat toast.  For lunch I had a vegetarian sub loaded with peppers and tomatoes.  For dinner I had a large salad with spinach, tomatoes, and other assorted greens.  I have also been trying to drink as much water as I can.  This morning I ran 30 minutes on the treadmill at about a 4.3 mph clip and also did about 15 minutes on the stationary bike.

I am trying hard to do this and I know that perhaps my blood pressure and cholesterol problems are in fact related primarily to how I have been eating and the pure garbage I have been running through my body.  I have never been a heavy person except for a few times in my life.  When I was ten years old I had rolls of fat around my stomach area.  I would pretend I was Tarzan and grab my rolls and shake them instead of beating my chest like the wild man did in the jungle.  The only other time I can remember being on the heavy side was when my wife was pregnant with our daughter. I think they called it sentimental something or another. I think I might have put on more weight than she did during those long nine months.  Perhaps it was stress related because there sure was a bunch of that during those months. Maybe it was from all those chocolate malts I drank every week with her.  I was sure glad when she had our daughter and I could go back to being able to buttoning my jeans without bulging fat hanging over the sides.

I am glad that GOD gave me another chance at life after my heart attack.  I am glad that I have met all of you here.  You have all made a difference in my life in one way or the other and I feel truly blessed.  I am glad that I am able to blog here and have been able to write a few books along the way during the time I have left.  If I have inspired one person or changed someones life in any way, then my time will have been worthwhile.  Thank you for being a part of my life!

I would ultimately like to eventually get off all these medications I am taking, and have been taking for several years.  I am going to keep this exercise thing going and try to eat healthy because I know there is still more for me to do here.


  1. cperrington says:

    I wish you the best of luck on this endeavor. From what I’ve learned and what I write about in my blog, you’re best opportunities for long-term success are to incorporate as many of the following into your plan:

    1. Develop a compelling reason for why you want to lose weight, as will power alone almost always comes up short. Maybe it’s the fact that you want to walk your daughter down the aisle on her wedding day or you want to be able to enjoy retirement with your wife. Either way, have a definitive reason for your efforts with a true end game so that when it gets difficult, you have something to pull you forward instead of you trying to push away from failure.

    2. Mentally picture who this new you will be down to knowing what you’ll look, feel and think like as this person. By knowing every detail of what you’ll be like once you lose this weight, you’ll actually be living this life. You’ll form such a strong bond with what it’ll be like to enjoy this success, that you won’t allow yourself to fail.

    3. Find/work with a mentor. I promise that someone, somewhere has been where you are now and attained the same goal you desire. Learn what this person did to succeed so that you’re not trying to uncover the correct path on your own. It’ll also keep you from making costly mistakes.

    4. Work with a partner. You have a perfect one in your wife, so have her go through the process with you. Even if she doesn’t need to lose weight, she can help you eat healthier and exercise more. When you want to cheat or are too tired to exercise, she can be there to help you stay on the path.

    There are a lot of other ways to help you succeed, but these four are the most important.

    Again, best of luck and work the plan!

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  2. God is with you and so are your readers. It’s a good thing you’re doing, keep it up 🙂

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  3. I wish you all the best with getting healthy. My dad had heart issues a few years ago and he has been trying his best to keep on the healthy food track. I think it all starts with the mind, setting your sights on getting stronger and healthier. Sending kind thoughts your way!

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  4. Good for you, Tony! By the way, you HAVE inspired me. I bought and read your book on “Teddy, The Talking Cat”. It is interesting and I am sure any child would enjoy reading it. Thanks to you, I have decided to finish a story I started MANY years ago and see if I too can accomplish getting a story published. I have taken a course on writing for childrens’ literature years ago, but life and other stuff got in the way for awhile. I have waited long enough. It is time for me to act. Thank you for being such a delightful follower. I am praying for you as you work towards your goal of weight loss and greater energy levels. You are right. I am sure that God is not finished with you yet. Hugs, Debbie.

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  5. milliethom says:

    Your positive attitude and determination do you credit.You’re facing your problems head on and see the diet and exercise routes as essential rather than rebelling against them. With such an approach, you will succeed in shedding that 28 pounds. I wish you the very best in this.

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  6. noelleg44 says:

    You’ve made a great start. No comes the hard part -keeping it up. I lost 25 pounds, slowly, between May and October. Put a few back on over the holidays and am preparing to go back on my diet again in about a month, when the weather gets warmer and I can be outside, Driving to a gym three times a week is driving me nuts. I wish you all the fortitude, determination and guts in the world to keep at it!

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  7. junebitter says:

    I lost 40 pounds last year by giving up all grains, going all organic, making soups, and introducing fermented foods. My husband went on this “diet” (we didn’t count calories) with me. He had had a problem with blood sugars and high blood pressure. His blood sugars are now normal and stable. His blood pressure runs around 118 over 60. I highly recommend checking into the healthy home economist and the Weston a price foundation. Please check into fermented cod liver oil with high vitamin butter oil. Prayer not “visualisation!”

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  8. Best of luck Tony! I can relate to you in quite a lot of ways. Lately I’ve also started loosing weight. I walk everyday for 4 kms. I’ll eventually start jogging, but I’ll start slowly as I don’t want to get any injuries! I eat only oats+milk for breakfast with apple and strawberries. and for lunch I eat normal mean (Indian) and at night I eat dalia with milk and again fruits.
    I’ve already lost 4 kgs (8 pounds) in a week.
    Exercising really helps and the right diet speeds up the process! I’m feeling more inspired now after reading your post! Keep us posted about your progress. 🙂

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  9. I managed to drop 43 pounds last year, and thought I would pass on something that helped me a lot. If you give in and cheat once in a while, don’t beat yourself up because you were weak, and don’t try to make up for it by starving yourself afterwards. All guilt and deprivation does is make a person want to eat. So just shrug off the guilt and continue with your diet as though nothing ever happened. It worked for me.

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  10. vsvevg says:

    Good Luck Tony! That’s cute you gain weight with you wife though 🙂

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  11. puppytd says:

    I love the fact that a little boy isn’t self-conscious about a bit if fat but adapts it to Tarzan! Oh that all kids could have that sense of humor and contentment with themselves!

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