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An Am I At Goal Weight Yet? Weigh-In

Weight loss can be boring, especially when you chip away at it, one little bit at a time. In the past, when I got down closer to 250, my weight loss was most exciting when people noticed.

Does that mean I’m a bit of an egomaniac who wants it to be all about me?

Heck, I write a blog, don’t I? Of course I do.

I look forward to someone saying to me, “Hey, you really do look thinner. Are you losing weight?”

Some people have told me they are offended when someone asks if they have lost weight.

Not me. Best feeling ever.

So again, I try to remind myself that this is a journey, not a destination, but I cannot help but look ahead and dream about making it to goal weight.

An Am I At Goal Weight Yet? Weigh-In

(And please note, that is not me in the photo above. He has less fat, more hair, and a nicer suit than I do.)
**(Please also note, I am not putting myself down. Fat, bald, and in my comfy pjs, I still think I am freaking awesome.)

February 23, 2012
Weight: 368.8
Change from Last Weigh-In: -0.8
Change From All-Time Highest: -34.0

Part of me is thrilled I didn’t go back up into the 370s. I was afraid my body would miss it there. I think I need to write a goodbye letter to the 370s soon, just so we can officially part terms. (Note to self: write goodbye letter to 370s.)

Let’s see what next week brings, while I dream of leaving the 360s behind.

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Blast from the 80s: Garbage Pail Kids

I really hope I’m not the only person out there who remembers these.

These were popular when I was in 2nd through about 4th grades. I loved them. I collected as many as I possibly could. I had, without exaggeration, probably two or three thousand of these cards.

When I was in fifth grade, I donated them to a fundraiser at school.

Some days, I still hate fifth grade me for doing that.

But time passed, as it does, and that passage of time brought about an amazing thing.


And in the late 90s, I went on eBay and bought more GPKs than I had in the first place.

With the advent of the internet, I discovered that there were rare misprints, limited run cards, and more “gotta get ‘em all” cards that I never knew about in the mid-80s. This appealed to the collector in me like you would not believe.

And around 2001, I lost interest again.

This time, they did NOT go to a fundraiser. They went into storage. I was advised by someone “if you want a girl, and she comes to your house and sees binders and binders of Garbage Pail Kids on your bookshelf, she will leave.”

In my early 20s mind, I translated that to “if I collect Garbage Pail Kids, I will never get laid again.”

Well, here I am, now in my thirties, and these cards have always kind of lingered somewhere in the dark recesses of my imagination.

But a thought occurred to me the other day.

I was doing a pretty good job of collecting these when I had a college student income.

Now that I have a for-real grown-up’s salary, I could actually complete my set!

Some weekend very soon, I am going to my parents’ house, I am digging my old GPK binders out of storage, and I am going to start collecting again. Expect a play-by-play here on my blog, especially as soon as I’ve actually got my hands back on actual 80s memorabilia again.

But this post isn’t just about me wanting to begin collecting Garbage Pail Kids again.

If you aren’t familiar with these gross little stickers, know that they were very boy-centered humor, depicting grotesque bodily functions such as death and decay, urine, vomit, and just plain nastiness. My parents didn’t censor them from me, but I do have very distinct memories of some friends whose parents did not allow them in their homes.

To tie this into weight loss, because most things in my life end up revolving around the desire to be healthier in some form or fashion, I wish I could go up to 8-year-old me, the one who was already quite pudgy and inactive, and just have a talk with him. I’d like to let him know how much healthier and happier he could be. He wouldn’t have to stay in his room and collect Garbage Pail Kids, musing that “At least I’m not as fat as Large Marge.”

I would tell him, “You don’t have to play sports. You can be active in other ways. And don’t try to find friends in a Snickers bar.”

But I can’t. All I have is right now and the future, and even though I’m holding on to a piece of my past with these gross stickers from almost three decades ago, I plan to carve out an amazing, healthy, fit future for me. And my Garbage Pail Kids will sit in a shelf in my office while I’m out living life as hard as I can.

So, before I leave you with just a string of some of the random GPKs I could find surfing around the internet at 9 o’clock on a Sunday night, let me just say this.

These things are gross. If you are a sensitive person, view at your own discretion. But if you are a child of the 80s, then sit back and enjoy.

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Water Water Everywhere Weigh-in

The spring semester here at WKU is already roaring past us. I realized this morning that in just two and a half weeks, we have spring break. Holy cow. Where did the time go?

And now, on to my Water Water Everywhere Weigh-In…

February 15, 2012
Weight: 369.6
Change from Last Week: -1.2 pounds
Change from All-Time Highest: -33.2 pounds

I am finally back in the 360s! Woo hoo!

So why is this a Water Water Everywhere weigh-in?

Because that’s really all that I’ve changed. Granted, I didn’t lose as much this week as last, but when I look at where I was at the first of the year, I have definitely lost weight. It isn’t a fluke; it isn’t a salt issue. I’ve lost weight. There is less of me.


And yay.

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Kitty Valentine’s


Our kitties, who more frequently wrestle than cuddle, are getting in the holiday spirit.

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Tina and I have had five Valentine’s together.

She’s the only woman I’ve ever had a Valentine’s Day with.

Here’s to the last five and the next seventy or eighty I plan to share with her.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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