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Power Rangers: High Five

June 8, 2011
369.5 pounds
Change from June 1st = -5.8 pounds
Change from highest = -33.3 pounds

In non-nostalgia related weight loss news, Tina and I went to the gym in the morning before work again. At night, the gym is so crowded, lifting weights is significantly tougher. (Cardio isn’t a problem.) Couple that with the fact that when we get home, it is AWESOME to know that I am done working out.

Given that the gym we’ll soon be using is actually at my working place and has a faculty locker room with nice, private, shower stalls, it all adds up to a simple solution. Work out in the morning before my work day starts.

As for how it went… Amazing! We both felt incredible all day long. And I can shower and go straight to work. Literally, I can walk to my office from this gym. This is definitely the way to go, even if it does require getting up about two hours earlier than I would normally.

I’m now feeling crazy nostalgic and I just spent some time surfing for Salute Your Shorts info. Yeah, I’m not going to be able to go sixteen straight episodes of Power Rangers with delving into some other aspect of my childhood. So I’m going to do three episodes of Power Rangers, hit an episode of Salute Your Shorts, and then back into PR. If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you know I don’t always do everything I say I will, anyway.

“High Five”
Original Airdate September 4, 1993


The teens are hanging out at the Youth Center. Jason is climbing the rope climb, and while Zack and Kimberly are cheering him on, Trini is watching from a safe distance, due to an extreme fear of heights.

When the gang is attacked by putties, Billy and Trini try to lure the putties away. Billy climbs a tall cliff, where Trini, of course, is afraid to follow him.

However, Trini is the better fighter, and when Billy is dangerously trapped on a cliff by a Puttie that he can’t defend himself from, it is up to Trini to put her fears aside and help Billy. Trini’s friendship is stronger than her fear, and she climbs up the cliffside and helps Billy.

The teens defeat the Putties, using one of the oddest and likely most inefficient style of fighting I have ever seen.

As the episode ends, Trini has truly conquered her fear of heights, even climbing the rope climb after Zack scares her.

Weight Loss Analogy

Oh, Power Rangers, could you make it any easier?

How big of a role does fear play in our lives?

I think a lot of people (and I am putting myself in this camp) are fat because we are afraid. Afraid of being unloved. Afraid of not being good enough. Afraid of (fill in your fear here).

For me, it was a fear of being unloved and alone. If I was fat, then I had an excuse. I had a ready-made excuse for why I was single and never had a girlfriend. “Oh, it’s not because I’m flawed as a person. It’s because I’m fat.” I got over that one and met the love of my life.

“Oh, well, now I’m fat and that’s why I’m not a success at work.”

I got over that one, too, and I know have the greatest job ever. (And I’m freaking awesome at it.)

So, why am I still fat? What am I afraid of now?

Not liking myself when I get to goal weight.

Not liking some aspect of my life when I step on the scale and it says 180 and not being able to blame it on being fat.

Trini climbed the cliff to save Billy.

I’m climbing the cliff to save me.

What are you afraid of?

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Day of the Dumpster

June 7, 2011
368.4 pounds
Change from June 1st = -6.9 pounds
Change from highest = -34.4 pounds

Before I jump into the Power Rangers, let me just share that Tina and I have found our new gym. It’s the Preston Athletic Center on WKU’s campus. It’s kind of funny; I have been on this campus largely since 1996, but only since 2010 have I been an employee. In my entire time here as a student, when I could have used the gym for free, I have never once set foot inside the building. And now, as an employee, I’m about to go work out at the student gym.

There have been a LOT of episodes of the Power Rangers. Tons. The show first came on the air in 1993. It’s been running pretty much continuously since then. As this little weight loss nostalgia journey goes on, I’m sure I’ll mention the sentai from Japan it is based around at some point, but for now, just know that Power Rangers is LONG running.

I’m not going to go straight through Power Rangers, doing one episode per day (or every few days) because I would probably hit goal weight before I was finished. I am, however, going to commit to doing the first sixteen episodes (which will take us up to the Green Ranger’s first appearance) before I momentarily switch to another chunk of dorky nostalgia.

The first episode, aired way back on August 28, 1993, was called “Day of the Dumpster.” In this premier episode, the space witch Rita Repulsa is freed from her space dumpster and goes to attack Earth. Zordon, a gigantic floating head, teleports five teens from nearby Angel Grove and selects them to become the Power Rangers. The teens, Jason, Zack, Trini, Kimberly, and Billy, are initially skeptical, but when Rita attacks them with Putties (her foot soldiers), they use the Power Coins Zordon gave them and morph into the Power Rangers, saving the day for the first time of many.

Okay, so what on Earth could this possibly have to do with weight loss?

Glad you asked. Let me explain.

First of all, Zordon picks five teens to be Power Rangers who are exhibiting the principles we should follow for good health. Jason is teaching a karate class.

Billy is taking said class.

Zack is practicing martial arts with Jason.

Trini is performing a kata.

Kimberly is doing gymnastics.

The teens were also hanging out at the Youth Center, which in early episodes was basically a teen gym and juice bar.

Healthy food options are even mentioned, if you squint a little bit. Right before the earthquake, which was actually Rita Repulsa attacking, Billy orders a spinach juice smoothie. Is that really any different from the green smoothies so many of us drink from time to time?

Here’s where I dork out in a big way, so hang on.

Zordon equips the teens to protect the Earth. He gives them power coins, which enables them to transform into a superhero fighting squad, and they receive weapons and Zords, which are basically gigantic robots they get to ride around in and fight the bad guys with when they get bigger.

The bad guys are bad choices. They represent a lack of exercise and poor food decisions. The Power Rangers are good choices. The knowledge that a piece of fruit is better for you than a candy bar is a power coin. Choosing to go to the gym and sweat it out for sixty minutes is a DinoZord.

Getting called to the Command Center to be enlisted as a Power Ranger is the wake-up call. Whatever it was that made you realize… I can do this. I can lose weight. I can reclaim my life and fight off Rita Repulsa. Er, poor health and body fat.

For me, the trigger to lose weight was the day I had to buy size 50 pants. My 48s suddenly no longer fit. At all. I couldn’t go buy pants at Wal-Mart. I was already in their biggest size. I had to go to Big and Tall. I found some pants. I swore I would lose weight. I did. Granted, I gained a lot back, but that’s an issue for another day. Having to change stores to buy clothing was my trigger point. It was when I finally, ultimately realized, “I have to change this. Now.”

What was the triggering moment that made you realize you had to lose weight?

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Fit of Nostalgia

Stellar Path has changed. Same basic-ish layout, but you may notice lots of dorky stuff in the header above. (Bonus points for anyone who gets the Camp Anawana ref.)

First things first.

No more weekly weigh-ins.

Why’s that?

I’m weighing in whenever I feel like it. And for a while, that will be daily. No fanfare, just a matter-of-fact “here’s where I am.” I’ll keep a running total of my change for whatever month I am in and a change from my highest weight of 402.8 back in 2004.

June 6, 2011
Change from June 1st = -5.5 pounds
Change from highest = -33 pounds

I told you I put on a lot of weight. I wish I could say I had no idea why.

I know why. I ate too much and stopped working out.

I still have my demons. I am fighting them tooth and nail. They will not win. They won that particular battle. They will not win the war.

The last week has consisted of me trying to think of a new direction to take the blog, and ultimately, my weight loss plan. On Friday night, while out with my lovely wife, the idea hit me.

I’m a huge dork. I mean… mega-huge. Other people joke about being dorks. They’ve got nothing on me.

And I’m embracing it. And for a fat kid who grew up in the 80s and 90s, that means lots of television and video games.

Super Mario Brothers.

Duck Hunt.

Legend of Zelda.

Garbage Pail Kid Stickers.

Clarissa Explains It All.

Salute Your Shorts.

You Can’t Do That on Television.

Hey Dude.

A Nightmare on Elm Street.

Friday the 13th.

Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.

There is a lot of dorkness inside me. My wife, Tina, knows it and loves me for the dork that I am. She isn’t a dork. I don’t know how I managed to luck out and get a non-dork wife, but there you go. I ran my idea for the blog past her. She thought it was a great idea.

I think this is either going to be awesome or utterly fail. Either way, I’m okay with it. The failure will be solely in traffic and reader-terms. This blog has always been a tool for my weight loss. And if my plan is awesome and helps me lose weight, then I’m okay with it, even if I am the only reader.

A lot of the various forms of entertainment I consumed as I was growing up had easy to swallow lessons and morals. Last week, on a fit of nostalgia, I looked up the pilot episode of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.

I realized, as I was watching it, that I could make many parallels to weight loss. And that’s when it hit me.

I’m going to relive my childhood, one dorky t.v. show, video game, or whatever (as in Garbage Pail Kids stickers) at a time, as I journey through weight loss. Stick around. If you’re a dork like me, you may enjoy it.

And if you aren’t already a dork like me… well, then you can make fun of me. I’m strong enough to take it. 🙂

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Embracing My Inner Dork

Stellar Path isn’t dead. It’s just been on hiatus for a while. If you are viewing this through Google Reader or some other tool, you may not have noticed that I have radically changed the look and appearance. It would be awesome if you’d check it out and tell me what you think by surfing to

I didn’t get to go to Fitbloggin. I fully plan to go next year, assuming it is held at the same time of year. (I should be off work for the summer by then. Yay!) However, even though I didn’t get to physically attend, I did pore over every single note and “live blog” posted. Even without being there, I learned a lot.

I probably suck at blogging. My web page is probably too bloated with graphics and I may write to a niche that’s already too narrow.

I’m about to make it even more narrow. Dare I say I’m finally maybe figuring out my brand?

I’m fully embracing my inner dork. I’m not going for a Nerd Fitness route, because there is no way that I could do it better than Steve does, anyhow, and besides, he was here first.

But the fact is, I’m a dork. I still like the Power Rangers. I still have my Garbage Pail Kids. I still obsess over horror movies, and the day Hey Dude and Salute Your Shorts come out on DVD, I’ll be the first one in line to get them.

If this is where we must part, I understand. Thank you for reading me so far.

However, if you are a dork, too, or at the very least are okay with watching me embrace my dorkness and metaphorically do the Truffle Shuffle on the internet as I continue to lose weight, then please stick around. I’m going to have fun. I hope you do, too!

Stay tuned. Weigh-in tomorrow. First dork post on Wednesday.

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