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Power Rangers: A Pressing Engagement

Busy summer.

I truly believed that by working at a university, I would have an easy summer. There aren’t many students here now, right? It’s got to be easier.

Yeah, right.

One of the busiest summers of my professional life ever. (I’ll be honest – I’m really looking forward to having next summer off. My new nine month contract starts in August! Woo hoo!)

But I wouldn’t change a second of it. It’s been awesome. I’ve made some extra money, paid down some credit card debt (still have a ways to go, but we’re working on it!), had some good times, and kept working out. My weight, as always, is giving me a little trouble, but I’m in charge here, and the numbers are dropping. I’m actually excited about weighing in tomorrow. I expect to post at least a two pound loss, so woo hoo for me.

The Run For Your Lives is in just a few months. Holy crap. I have to get cracking! Weights are good, weights are great. The weight room makes me happy. And weights are going to be crucial during this challenge, because the Run For Your Lives isn’t an ordinary 5K. They’ve only released two of the twelve obstacles we have to navigate during the race (while running from zombies), but one involves climbing a wall. Climbing a wall will take muscles. It would be nice if I was about two hundred pounds lighter, but I’ll just have to do the best I can. Fortunately, we’re allowed to skip obstacles if we just physically can’t do them, so I always have that in my back pocket. (This is not the best option, for two reasons. One, if you skip an obstacle, while you are allowed to finish, you automatically finish as a zombie, and I’m still hoping to finish the race as a survivor.)

So, in a change of pace, rather than lift weights this morning, we did cardio at the gym this morning. I’m still nowhere near ready to run a 5K, and given that I’m being CHASED through a 5K on October 22nd, I should get a move on. I feel confident in my ability to tear it up; I’ve still got time. I just have to start. So today we did.

It’s funny. If you take a break from exercise, you lose it. A few months ago, I actually jogged 1.55 miles without too terribly much effort. Today, three separate 1-minute jogs almost killed me. Oh well. I was there once; I’ll get there again. Tina and I are even talking about hitting the gym after work a few times, too, just to get in more cardio time. (We like weights in the morning.)

But this morning, I watched an episode of Power Rangers at the gym. I just put my iPad on the treadmill, signed on to WKU’s wireless internet, pulled up the Netflix ap, and got the 4th episode of the 1st season going. The pregnant lady next to me on the treadmill kept giving me looks out of the corner of her eye when the show started. I know she was just jealous she had to watch AM Kentucky while I was rocking out with Zordon and Alpha.

So yeah, I accidentally took a little hiatus from my dorkdom to work on work. Geeze, it’s like there are bills that have to be paid or something. And while I can’t promise how often I’ll post, I’m really going to try and do more than just my weekly weigh-ins.

Without further ado, I present to you the 4th episode of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, A Pressing Engagement.

Plot

Our episode starts with Jason in the Youth Center, trying to set the Angel Grove High Bench Press record. For most reps. The record to beat is 1,010. Not heaviest weight. Most reps.

Okay, I’ve never heard of such a weight lifting record, but whatever. Ernie loses count around 1,005, and Jason is afraid people will think he’s a quitter. Kimberly and Zack assure him that they will think no such thing.

Rita notices that Jason is distraught, but his friends make him feel better. Therefore, she will send a monster called King Sphinx down who can flap his wings, blow the other Rangers away, and make Jason be alone or something.

This should have been the episode they submitted for the Emmy nod.

Anyway, Jason, Zack, and Kimberly hear from Zordon about the monster, morph, and sure enough, Kimberly and Zack are blown away from the fight and into the Youth Center, demorphed.

Jason, of course, is alone, but the other four get together, Zordon tells them something about Power Crystals or Power Somethings, and the Ranger find them, throw them, or something, Jason finds them, and they turn into his friends.

I really was paying attention. But in the end, Jason is reunited with his friends, they defeat the monster, and he reattempts the bench press record, this time with Trini counting. And of course, he succeeds, with his friend’s help. Mostly because Trini can actually count above 1,000 without being distracted.

Cheering for Jason's victory... and Trini is levitating

Cheering for Jason's victory... and Trini is levitating

Weight Loss Analogy

Okay, I never claimed that every episode would be a winner. Part of the problem is that Power Rangers was adapted from footage of the Japanese show Kyoruu Sentai Zyuranger. Other than the appearance of the Ranger suits, very little stayed the same. It wasn’t a show about five teenagers fighting evil. It was about five ancient warriors fighting evil.

That made for some interesting fill-ins when the show was adapted for a US audience. The Power Crystals allegedly made more sense in the original footage. (The usage of Japanese footage is also why the Yellow Ranger looks masculine when morphed. Yellow was male in Japan.) But regardless, I’m going to disregard the Power Crystals or whatever other nonsense was going on and just focus on Jason.

Jason admitted that he needed his friends to help him out.

How perfect is that for weight loss and fitness? Whether you have a little to lose or almost 200 pounds to lose (or more), we don’t need to do it alone.

I’m not going to say that it can’t be done alone, but I know that I, for one, have no desire to attempt it alone.

I’m very lucky in that I am surrounded by people to help me out. Tina is my number one support. I have my coworkers, who always express an interest when I share any success I’ve had in the gym or on the scale. I have my Weight Watchers @Work group, who are likewise very encouraging and a great support system.

I’ve also got this blog and all of you. I love having a place where I can vent, share my dorkiness, and talk with others. Even if you don’t have a blog, you can leave comments and talk with people on their blogs. We’re all in this together, and collectively, we can accomplish more than we can alone.

Those are just some of the people I have in my corner, helping me in my weight loss fight. (And I’m including you in my corner, too. You’re a bigger help to me than you’ll ever realize.)

Who is helping you?

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Professor McGonagall

No weigh-in today. Not playing avoid-the-scale.

Okay, I kinda am, but for a different reason than you might think.

I went to the midnight showing of Harry Potter 7.2 last night. Don’t worry; I’m not going to say anything about the movie, other than that Professor McGonagall is an amazing, awesome warrior.

There is definitely an analogy I could make here to weight loss, but again, I’ll wait until the film is out on video before I do that. (And I’ll likely do the entire Harry Potter series.)

Anyhow, my reason for not weighing in – my weight is skewed right now. The scale showed 378. That isn’t right. I’m not sweating it. We were starved when we got in at 3:15, so we ate a quick sandwich and went to bed. Well, barely four hours later when we awoke for work, the scale showed a significant gain that I, frankly, do not believe. So I’m not counting this as an official weigh-in. Am I copping out? Maybe, but I know that isn’t my real weight. I’ve also been traveling for trainings, and that messes up my weight, too.

Sorry I’ve been so absent with blog posts. I’m not being avoidant. When someone doesn’t post a weigh-in, I almost always suspect them of gaining weight and being afraid to admit it. (I speak from experience – I have done this many times before.) Therefore, even though my weight is up, my measurements are not.

Thanks for sticking around. I feel like I’m frequently making empty promises here, so I won’t do that today. I definitely won’t post this weekend. Tina and I are going out of town with my parents, so I won’t post a weigh-in on Monday either. I may wait ‘til next Friday.

Regardless, have a great weekend, and if you have some extra weight loss you don’t need, feel free to send it my way.

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A List of Lists Weigh-In

Quick one today, folks. Thinking I might do this one in list format instead of a several paragraph mind blarf.

July 8, 2011
375.1
Change from Last Week: -1.1 pounds
Change from All-Time High: -27.7 pounds

Things I Did Great This Week:
Lifted weights (HARD) almost every day. (Tina and I took Sunday off, although I mowed the yard then.)
Have successfully adapted to a pre-work workout (which entails getting up at the sucktacular time of 5:30 – for a hard core night owl like myself, this is tough!)
MOSTLY tracked my food.

Things I Didn’t Do So Great This Week:
Only MOSTLY tracked my food. (This means there were times I didn’t track, which is not good for weight loss for me at the moment.)
Ate four cheddar biscuits at Red Lobster on Wednesday night (really, one wouldn’t have sufficed?)
Didn’t keep reading Geneen Roth’s book (which may be why I didn’t post a bigger number)
Didn’t do as much core work as I should.

Good Things I Have Noticed This Week:
The hard weight lifting is paying off. I definitely have bigger arms and stronger legs.

Now off the lists:

I guess I’m not that good at lists. Even when I make lists, I end up rambling on and on in the list.

Next week will be a tough one. I’m going to a three day conference for work in Lexington, Kentucky. Unlike my job, which I love, the conference is going to suck. Hard. (I’m also going to miss Tina. I think this is the first time since we’ve been married we’ve not been together – no, I’m not so codependent that we can’t function apart, but I’m still going to miss her.)

And there is a big temptation awaiting me at this conference…

The hotel I am staying at has an all-you-can-eat breakfast mega-buffet-extravaganza every morning!

Have I shared with you how much I love breakfast mega buffets?

They are most definitely not conducive to dieting.

I’ve got two potential game plans.

A) If there is something I am craving that is available on the buffet, say scrambled eggs with cheese and bacon, rather than go to the buffet and eating all I can eat, I’m going to leave the hotel, find a restaurant, order scrambled eggs with cheese and a side of bacon, eat it, enjoy it, and not eat all that I can eat.
B) Take some form of food that I can eat in my hotel room and simply man up and NOT even think about going to the breakfast buffet.
I’ll be sure to let you know how it goes.

On the plus side, the hotel has a fitness room, so I can at least get in some form of exercise, even if it’s just three nights of cardio.

In other good news, Fitbloggin Local is tomorrow! I’m going to the Nashville chapter, and even though there are only seven of us going, I can’t wait to meet some of my fellow bloggers! Thanks to Emily at SkinnyEmmie.com for planning such an awesome morning for us tomorrow!

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A Paper Crane Weigh-In

July 1, 2011
376.3
Change from Highest = -26.5 pounds

I gained a pound over the course of June. I know why; I ate too poorly and didn’t work out as much as I should. Work was just too hectic, and unfortunately, I did not make my health a priority.

Big mistake.

The year is half over. Not only am I not halfway to my goal for the year, I’m heavier than I was January 1st.

I have two jobs – one of them is in mental health. I work with therapists professionally on a regular basis. From sitting in on my client’s sessions with their therapists, my own coursework, and a lot of professional reading, I feel like I can safely say I know a fair amount about therapy. (Please note – I am not a therapist.)

That being said, I must come to this conclusion.

For some reason, up to now, being fat has worked for me. That isn’t saying I enjoy it or I want it to stay that way, but being obese has been a useful strategy for me in some way.

Protection.

Safety.

Control.

I’m currently reading the book Breaking Free from Emotional Eating by Geneen Roth. On her blog A Merry Life, Mary has mentioned this author a few times, and I thought I would check her out. I’ve been hesitant to read her for some time as she is not a therapist; she is merely a writer, teacher, and former fat person who has been through therapy and was sharing her insights.

I regret putting off reading her for so long. She may not be a therapist, but she knows her stuff. Aside from the fact that it is a very female-centric book, it feels like every chapter is about me. The fact that it is female-centric isn’t off-putting to me, but I would like some type of acknowledgement, even in a footnote, that, “Oh yeah, men can have eating disorders, too.”

I’m keeping a journal, reading this book, and I’m working on my issues. I’ve worked through them before. I have to stay diligent this time and keep working on them. In the past, it was a romantic relationship that imploded that caused me to stray. That also tells me that I clearly was not where I needed to be. However, my romantic life is amazing. My wife, Tina, is my best friend and supports me in everything I do. We grow closer together every day, and knowing that I have her undying support and love will definitely be a powerful asset as I grow into a healthier person, both physically and mentally.

Right now, my goal is to learn to eat when I am hungry and not in anticipation of being hungry. That’s going to be tough; I’ll share my thoughts on this journey to better mental health from time to time.

But anyway, why is this a paper crane weigh-in?

Have you heard the Japanese belief that, if you fold 1,000 paper cranes, you’ll get a wish?

This is crane #1.

My wish isn’t to reach goal weight. That’s the kind of thing I can do myself. I’m not sure what my wish will be. I’ll let you know if I ever decide.

I had Tina take a photo of me this morning for good measure before we went to the gym to work out. I plan to document my appearance regularly; nothing shows weight loss better than photos. (I am also now aware that I need a haircut. And pardon the workout clothes, but I don’t dress up for the gym.)

Fortunately, I have a healthy weekend planned. No BBQs to mess me up this time. What are your plans for the weekend?

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