Browsing Archive: September, 2011

I bid you adieu.....Sleep Apnea Machine

Posted by Jonny V on Thursday, September 22, 2011,

Into the trash goes my sleep apnea machine!

I know, I know, if not for you, I wouldn't have woken up more refreshed. I heard the doctor who told me I stopped breathing for 96 seconds during a sleep study, even though I didn't think I fell asleep for that long. Yes, I read that my oxygen saturation levels dropped into the low 70's when they should have been 95% or better. Of course I remember when my dog Riley scratched at my face one night before you arrived, because I stopped breathing for so...
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Jonny's Favorite Recipes

Posted by Amy Ostroff on Wednesday, September 21, 2011,
Hi Everyone, Mrs. Sexy here.... I've started a separate blog HERE to share some of Jonny's favorite recipes and thoughts of my own, since I'm a new vegan too.  So far, I have posted the recipes for Jonny's breakfast smoothie and beloved kale chips.  Thanks and enjoy!  Amy

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Perfectly Imperfect!

Posted by Jonny V on Monday, September 19, 2011,


El Santuario do Chimayo...in Chimayo, New Mexico

Amy and I LOVE New Mexico. To us, it's the most unique part of our country. The culture, like the architecture....is an example of "perfectly imperfect" that we have come to love. To us, few styles of architecture are cooler and less perfect than adobe.... which is really revealed by the fascinating and famous church in this picture. Here, there's not a perfect corner, not one precise 90 degree angle, anywhere in this structure. And by the way, ...
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The Fountain....No Guarantees, But I'll Play The Odds!

Posted by Jonny V on Saturday, September 17, 2011,


Saturday I was with old, dear college friends watching our beloved Nittany Lions get their asses kicked by Alabama. We whooped, cheered, bitched, laughed and just enjoyed every minute together. Then, they all got to meet my son who just started attending Penn State and I really believe they enjoyed being with him as much as I always do.

Suddenly, the fun stopped. This intense pain in my chest, shoulder and difficulty with my arm definitely brought me back down to earth. Not long after, I was h...

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I'm coming home!

Posted by Amy Ostroff on Tuesday, September 13, 2011,

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It CAN'T be my heart

Posted by Jonny V on Tuesday, September 13, 2011,


It started Saturday night.  What began as a stiff neck quickly turned into almost unbearable chest pain.  My weekend reunion with college friends and family suddenly went south.  My cousin who I was with is a doctor, and insisted that I get to the hospital.  While based on the symptoms, it made sense, based on my recent history, it made no sense.  I went from losing weight, eating right and intense hour-long cardio workouts, to not being able to reach the button on the rail on my hospital bed...
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Happy Birthday My Beshert......Amy

Posted by Your Jonny on Friday, September 9, 2011,

Happy Birthday My Beshert!

"Forever will never be long enough for me.....to be in love with you...."

What gift can possibly thank you enough Sweetheart…..you saved my life!

After all the concern you expressed over my health. After all the love you poured over me in an effort to get me to stop (eating) and to listen to you….your persistence finally got me to take control of my life.

You are always behind me, in so many ways. You have my back. You push me to be a better man. You inspire m...


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The Man, The Myth, The Legend: Ripomania Esselstyn Beats Meat!

Posted by Jonny V a/k/a The BIg Sexy on Friday, September 9, 2011,

Rip Esselstyn in his "Beat Meat and Get a Heart On" tee shirt, unveiling the secret E-2 Signal!

Some people talk the talk...My Man Rip walks the walk!

An inspiration. I am certainly not the first person Rip has inspired and there will be many, many more after me. Somehow, his spinachized hearing allowed him to take in, from Austin, Texas, The Big Sexy's scream for "Helllllllllllllllllp" all the way from Philly. First, he gathered his posse and put Char Nolan in charge. With Char came the inc...


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28 POUNDS- 38 DAYS! The Second half is ALWAYS better!

Posted by Big Sexy on Wednesday, September 7, 2011,

Since I was young, I quickly learned that the second half of almost anything was better. It started with school...I always liked finishing each year more than I liked starting it. Then sports, the second half of football games, hockey games, baseball games were always more exciting than the first.

Then as I matured into the immature man I've become, this lesson continues to be true. The second half of sporting events are still more fun. Who ever heard of 1st half overtime, or extra innings, or...
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Happy Birthday To My Little Man!

Posted by Fat Daddy on Wednesday, September 7, 2011,



That smile! Always a smile. My Little Man Charlie hits double digits today.

No matter what we're doing, no matter where we seem to be, we can count on Our Little Man to be there, smiling, ok with everything and anything. And now you're becoming Our Big Man!


Always in the middle!

Recently, our Charlie wanted to watch Forks Over Knives, because he heard me and Amy talk about it so much. He watched it from beginning to end...captivated. Afterward...he proclaimed, "I'm gonna be a vegan too."  I was ...

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My Daughter, My Inspiration

Posted by Jonny V, A proud Dad on Sunday, September 4, 2011,


She's the goalie, #98.



The bond between a father and a daughter is unique. It's a gift, but not easily earned. For me at least, my daughter's love had to be earned. She's easily let down, hard on me at times and hard on herself always. I've seen many dads give up on the work it takes to build the bond to bridge their daughter to them. But for those of us that persisted, for those of us that worked through it, for those of us that loved them come hell or high water......it was worth every fight...
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Letter to Mom

Posted by A Proud Son. on Friday, September 2, 2011,


In December, it will be 20 years since I lost you. How ironic that you spent most of your last years begging me to be healthy, yet you left us way before your time.

It is great consolation to me to know that this very public journey I've embarked on would make you proud and give you so much joy. In my heart I can feel your pride. And somehow....in the distance....I can hear your loud cackle at some of the more outrageous stuff I've written here.

I guess this is what a legacy is about. After we'...

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Top Ten Reasons The Big Sexy will Remain Vegan!

Posted by Jonny V on Thursday, September 1, 2011,



10. When I fart in public at Walmart (which seems to be the place to do this), I can look at anyone frowning at me and say: "What? I'm a Vegan!"

9. My wife shouldn't be the only one that can see my "private parts."

8. My Dogs have stopped harassing me and begging for food at the dinner table because they hate the stuff we're eating now.

7. What the hell else can I blog about? (BTW- Please vote for me by clicking here for "CBS Philly" Most Valuable Blogger! I'M A FINALIST!)

6.
I happen to like cra...
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