Week #001 – A Blue Ranger Weigh-In

Stellar Path has now moved to The Ranger Project.  I’ll continue posting here for the rest of the year, but please follow me to my new location.

Welcome to the Ranger Project.

If you are here from my previous website, Stellar Path, welcome back!  If you are here by any other means, thank you for visiting, and I’ll hope you’ll bookmark me and add me to your feed reader.

Today’s post serves two different purposes.  The first is to tell you a bit about myself, how I got here, and what I hope to accomplish.

The second, which I will do first, is to start my weekly weigh-ins.  Every weekend, I plan to weigh myself and post the results here.

December 13, 2014 (12-13-14!)

Weight: 413.4

Change from Highest: –11.6 pounds

There we go.  I’m up quite a bit from the last time I got on the scale in early October.  Before I go into detail, let me give you the quick backstory.

I’ve been obese my entire life.  Not just overweight, obese.  There was one period of my life in my mid-twenties when I actually got down to around 250.

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I had more hair then.  A girlfriend advised me to dye the very front blonde…  I have no explanations, just embarrassment.  Aside from the fact that I’m WAY more bald now, I don’t dye my hair, either.

Suffice it to say, I did not stay at this weight.  In fact, over the next seven years, I ballooned my way back up, past my highest weight of 402.8, and settled in at 425.  All of that hard work (it took over two years), was gone.

I am so beyond tired of being fat.

I have everything in the world to live for.  I have a loving wife, a fantastic son, an amazing job, a great house in a wonderful neighborhood…  Really, my only complain is my weight.

If you followed me at Stellar Path, you know that it went up and down and down.  I’d always come back with a new gameplan, and after a few weeks, I’d disappear for a month or more because I had stopped dieting and gained the weight back.

In October of this year, I had lost weight down to 392.  In the ten weeks since then, I’ve gained back up to 413.4.  I was actually a little higher than that a few days ago, but I’ve lost a bit.

I went to the doctor on Wednesday for a sinus infection.  My doctor fussed at me for my blood pressure.  I’m on blood pressure meds now.  That’s not cool.

I’m grateful that my doctor did take the time to fuss at me.  She showed me my vitals over the past several years.

My weight has gone up.  As my weight has gone up, my blood pressure has gone up.  My resting heart rate has gone up.  My respiration rate has gone up.

I know there is now a trend in the blogiverse for HAES, which stands for Health At Every Size.  In theory, I think this is a great practice.  HAES practitioners allegedly believe that, regardless of the weight you are, you should pursue the best health you can.  I think this is great, and I do plan to eat better and exercise, even at my current weight of 413.  However, a lot of HAES followers have mutated this philosophy to believe that you should not pursue weight loss, that weight loss is impossible, and that someone who weighs 500 pounds is potentially as healthy as someone who weighs 150.  Seriously.  Do a little googling.  They’re out there, and they aren’t hard to find.  I find this ridiculous.  I only have to look at my own health records from my doctor to see how negatively impactful my weight has been on my health.

I’ve lost weight before.  I gained the weight back because I stopped living that lifestyle.  My diet didn’t fail me.  I failed my diet.

So… that’s the serious part of this post.  I have absolutely no excuses; I have quite simply let my love of food negatively impact my health.

Now how do I plan to lose weight?

  1. Calorie counting.
  2. Mostly primal eating.
  3. Exercise.

Three steps.  Simple as that.  I’d say I plan to pursue a 90/10 primal eating plan right now.  I’ve eaten primal before, and once the initial difficulties wore off, it worked really well for me.  I plan to pursue it again, and eventually, I may very well pursue 100% adherence.

I am going to use this blog to post every weekend.  I’ll try to do as many videos as I can.  It’s posted at the bottom of this post.

Now, as for the weekly theme of this post…  I have a lot of dork shirts.  Tons.  Every week, I’ll weigh-in with a new shirt, posing at a new setting.  It’ll be nice to see my physique slim down as I work through this journey.

Given that I want to be the Blue Power Ranger, it only stands to reason that this week would be me wearing my Blue Ranger shirt while at the Power Rangers’ Command Center.

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One last thing.  Someone asked me, “Why aren’t you just waiting until after Christmas?”

Because I can’t.  That’s fat logic.  I can’t take two more weeks off.  I have to start now.  Besides, I can enjoy Christmas in the 10% of my diet that is non-primal, still exercise, and I plan to still see my weight drop.  Stick with me.

The Ranger Project starts today.  My goal weight is 180.  That’s 245 lower than my heaviest weight.  I think I can get there in two years.  My self-imposed deadline is Christmas 2016.

Join me, won’t you?

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This is just a test

Stay tuned.  This is just a test.  I’m experimenting with moving my blog, so if you are reading this on my stellarpath.net feed, if you would kindly redirect to therangerproject.com, that’s where I’m going to start posting every weekend.

Forgive the unrelated Power Ranger picture – it’s part of the test.

See you in a few days.

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October 2014 Weigh-In

I have, for so long, wanted to be a blogger, and frankly…  I just find myself falling farther and farther away from that world.

I’m not closing this blog, but I think I am formally announcing today what it has unofficially been for years now.  This is basically my tiny little corner of the internet and it’s not much more than a slightly-public personal journal.

I still welcome comments, but I’m not going to say that I’ll blog more than once a month or make any bold proclamations that I’m about to revitalize and start blogging regularly!  We’ll see what happens.  I’ll try to update my weight at least once a month.

In September, I weighed in at 399.8.  On October 1st, I got on the scale and it said:

392.4!

That’s a loss of 7.2 pounds in a month.  Not great, but I don’t consider that terrible by any means.  I am down 32.8 pounds from my heaviest.  Woo hoo!

My weight loss is slow, but at least I am actually losing, for the first time in what feels like forever.

My doctoral work is keeping me so much busier than I ever would have expected.

I am anticipating graduating in December 2016.  While that sounds like forever away, I know (in doc school terms), it’s right around the corner.  I’m lucky in that my 2nd Master’s degree is letting me count 12 hours toward my program requirements.  (And let me also say – thank goodness for free tuition.  While the doc program fees aren’t covered by my tuition waiver, the tuition itself is.  I can’t complain about getting this degree for roughly $35,000 cheaper than most.)

I’m not exercising as much as I’d like, but thank God for my lovely wife Tina who has become quite the expert paleo chef!  Before this semester (Research I, y’all… it’s no joke), I was the family chef, but she has happily taken that task over for me and is doing an amazing job of it.

While we are not 100% primal or paleo, I do have to admit – it’s not as hard as I thought it would be once I got into it.

I hate when I read on paleo websites people say things like, “And I haven’t craved bread or sugar since!”

No, I still want sugar, but the difference for me now is… the cravings are bearable and beatable.  I can overcome them, much more easily than I used to.

I also have no delusions that this is anything other than a calorie trick.  I’m sure we’re feeling much more satisfied eating protein and fats than we were more carbs, but either way, we’re dropping.  (And we’re also eating WAY more veggies than ever  before, so that has to be good for us.  I still hate Brussels sprouts, though.  I’m pretty sure they’re poison.)  And incidentally, Tina is also losing weight as well.

It’s funny; we’re feeding our son pretty much the same thing we eat, although he’s pretty small, and we’re trying to get him to gain weight.  (He’s 85% percentile for height but only 20% percentile for weight.  How I had a skinny kid… I’ll never know.)  The doctor isn’t concerned with his weight, though, because he is healthy and well proportioned.  It’s funny, though, and it kind of shocks me at how ridiculously obvious this is.

He eats whatever we eat.  A few nights ago, we had roasted broccoli with dinner.  He was chowing down like it was candy, and I strongly suspect it was because he saw his mom and dad eating it.

I have to eat well and lose weight to keep my kid healthy, if for no other reason.

I need to force in more time for exercise.  But I’m also trying to keep some fun time in, too.  Last night, after class (the class I’m in meets once Saturday a month from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.), we had a big bonfire in the backyard.

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No roasted marshmallows to go with it; we just enjoyed each other’s company by the fire in the backyard.

While I’m not a big fan of Pumpkin Spice Lattes, I do love the fall.

‘Til my next post, whenever that may be (early November at the latest)…

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Going Primal

If you have been following me on The Ranger Project on YouTube, then you know that I have recently gone primal.  My wife and I have pledged to go primal for the entire month of September, excepting ONE meal at our little guy’s 2nd birthday party later this month.

We’re on day two, and I know I have no rights to say, “It’s going great!”  There are still a lot of tough days (potentially) ahead of us.  However, we are finding it easier knowing that there are a lot of great primal/paleo recipes out there.  (I’m leaning toward primal, Tina is leaning more paleoish at the moment.)

Last night, we had Paleo Chili Rellenos, which were astounding delicious.  Those will definitely be going in the dinner rotation.  I was a little disappointed in how mild the poblano peppers were.  I am by no means a heat fiend.  Jalapenos are about as hot as I’m willing to go, but these were about as mild as green peppers.  (My wife thought hers were hotter; maybe I just got a dud.)

Tonight, we are having bacon cheeseburgers with homemade paleo mayo served on green lettuce leaves.  We wanted butter lettuce, but I couldn’t find it without going to another store, so I just got green leaf lettuce.  It should be a lot better than iceberg, regardless.

Planning our meals out ahead of time is clearly what is going to be our saving grace.  We’re also cooking enough for every dinner that we have leftovers for the next day.

Eventually, we want to get our little guy on the primal/paleo bandwagon, but we’re not being too worrisome about that, yet.  He still enjoys his morning oatmeal, and the kid is so scrawny (80% height, 25% weight, but his pediatrician doesn’t seem worried, so we aren’t either), we’re just pleased when he’ll eat.  Getting him off of junk food once he left daycare was tough enough, but we’ve finally (mostly) won that battle.  (Grandparents still feed some junk food, but that’s just what grandparents do, and neither of us are so stressed by it that we freak out if our not-quite-two year old eats some Cheetos with grandma.)

I’m also not getting on the scale until October.  I weighed in at 399.8 about a week or so ago, and I am pledging to be scale-free until October 1.  I’m hoping to see a weight in the 380s, at least.  I think that’s extremely doable.  The last time I gave up the scale for a month, I obsessed a bit about it.  So far, I’m doing okay.  We’ll see how the rest of the month goes.

Exercise-wise, I am doing a mix of Body Revolution by Jillian Michaels and the pool.  I am not following Body Revolution by their calendar.  With the still-recovering (but much better) knee, I imagine I’ll be on Weeks 1 and 2 of Body Revolution for quite a while.  That is perfectly fine by me.

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A “Really. Really? Really?!” Weigh-In

Ugh.  Short today.  I’m irritated.

August 15, 2014

Weight: 408.8 pounds

Change from Last Week: +8.4 pounds

Change from All-Time Highest: –17.2 pounds

Yes, I know I didn’t really gain eight pounds.  I’m putting the scale away, although I have a hunch that if I got on it tomorrow, I’d see a drop even from today.

Oh, and I’m irritated with myself, not the process.  This doesn’t confuse me as to why I gained; I know why I gained.  I ate poorly, drank water poorly, slept poorly, and didn’t work out enough.

Onward and downward.  Next week, hopefully I’ll show a nice, healthy loss.

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