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Frustration Setting In

Posted in diet, my life, weight loss by Greg Bellan on March 2, 2009

A month ago I made a huge change in my life… I decided that it was time to lose some weight and get much healthier.  At the time I was eating a bunch of garbage, drinking too much beer and doing essentially nothing physically (other than chasing my kids around).  Since then I’ve been to the gym every week day morning.  I’ve stopped eating the garbage and I’ve cut WAY back on my beer intake.

Right off the bat I dropped 10 lbs.  GREAT!!!  This program is working.  Then I had a bad weekend where I gained a couple of pounds back… oh no, here we go again.  I REFUSE to go back to my old ways.  Stopping at McDonald’s on the way to work to get 4 sausage McMuffins simply isn’t the way to live.

I’m going to keep plugging along cause I figure that being at the gym every morning is a hell of a lot better than being at the drive through.  Just wish I would continue to get the results that I got in the first month.  Not sure what else I should be doing here.  As I said before, this is now just part of my day so there isn’t an option of not getting up to go to the gym.  Sorry for the rambling… just wanted to vent.


231.0 – Down 6.5

Posted in diet, movies & movie reviews, my life, weigh in, weight loss by Greg Bellan on February 12, 2009

I have yet to miss a day at the gym since I made this change (weekday that is).  This is part of my day.

I’ve been doing 30 minutes on the bike/elliptical and then 20-30 on the other.  I did have one day where I did a straight hour on the elliptical and while it wasn’t impossible I like the change.

I’ve been watching movies on my iPod when I’m doing this so it’s actually pretty enjoyable.  Of course since I’m a web geek I’m writing reviews of everything I’m watching.

I’m currently re-watching V The Original Miniseries so there will be a review of that in the future.

I’m feeling good about my weight loss but I can’t seem to shake the thought that if I was doing Atkins on top of this I’d be further along right now.  Time will tell.

The Snowplow Guys – Solon, Ohio & Twinsburg, Ohio

Posted in my life, scams, snowplow by Greg Bellan on March 18, 2008

Let me tell you a little story about a company called The Snowplow Guys.  This “company” is located in Solon, Ohio and they claim to be a snow removal service.  I live in Twinsburg, Ohio and I imagine they claim to provide their services in Aurora, Ohio and other areas in Northeastern, Ohio.

All of that being said, these guys are COMPLETE SCAM ARTISTS!!!  Of course, you need to pay them up front for the entire snow removal season.  For my tiny driveway which is only about 50 feet long, they charged me $139 for the season.  This would be a pretty good deal — if they actually provided the service that they said they were going to.

To make a long story short, we got over 20 inches of snow a couple of weeks back… and The Snowplow Guys simply NEVER SHOWED UP.  I called.  I left messages.  They were nice messages.  I received no phone calls back.  Then, the phone number that we’ve got for them –  216-256-3764 – was full of voicemails so you couldn’t leave another message.  Then finally I continued to call and the phone has been disconnected.

I plan on informing the authorities of these scammers as well.  Just thought I’d let blog readers out there know about this pathetic excuse for a company.


Ding dong the grill is gone!

Posted in blower, my life by Greg Bellan on October 9, 2007

Happy to report that the “watcher” came through and made a bid on the grill!  He picked up my slightly used grill for a whopping $25, came over on Friday evening and picked it up.  Hoping he gets as much use out of it as I did and I’m DAMN happy to have a nice spot it my garage now where the grill used to be.

Next up on the eBay front — the blower!

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The grill is for sale… but not being sold

Posted in grilling, my life by Greg Bellan on October 3, 2007

So the wife and I purchased a new grill this summer.  It’s HUGE and I absolutely love it.  Being the packrat that I am I didn’t sell the old one and it’s been sitting in my garage all summer.  Of course, now that the fall is upon us it’s time for me to do my yearly garage cleanup – and the old grill has got to go.  So I’ve posted it on eBay (link) but I’m not getting a ton of hits to it.  It’s been open for about 5 days now and I’ve only had 7 visits to it.  However I do have 1 “watcher” so here’s hoping that they come through at the 11th hour to pick this badboy up!  I’ll keep you posted!

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Time For The SportTrac To Go Buh-Bye

Posted in my life, truck by Greg Bellan on October 2, 2007

So I’m sitting at a red light yesterday morning and all of a sudden my truck (2002 Explorer Sport Trac with 97k miles on it) starts to sputter violently.  The check engine light not only comes on, but is BLINKING at me. (not good)  So rather than continuing on to work, I head right over to the local garage.  To make a long story short, I’m $550 into the repairs and I “think” that it’s going to take a new engine to get it fixed… not! (been a while since I’ve seen a Wayne’s World reference so I thought I’d throw it in there).  I’m NOT putting that kind of $ into a truck with nearly 100k miles on it… so unless I can figure out that it’s something different, it’s headed to the graveyard.

In an unrelated note: anyone interested in a 2002 Ford Explorer SportTrac with 97k miles on it? 😉