Miscellaneous

Returning tomorrow!

I, frankly, have missed blogging.  Stellar Path is reopening tomorrow with a weigh-in.  All of my old archives will remain; I’m just pledging to blog here at least once a week.

Surprisingly, however, I have been vlogging.  In fact, I have vlogged every day since June 1st.  Don’t get me wrong – I don’t have a big audience.  In fact, some most of my videos have only been viewed once.  But just like with blogging, my vlogging is mostly for me.

My vlogging is called The Ranger Project, and you can access my videos on my YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/JeremyRay45.  In the coming month, I plan to make a Ranger Project page here at Stellar Path, wherein I describe my videos, arrange them by type, and so forth.

Hope to see you tomorrow!

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Tragedy in the Family

If you follow me on facebook, you may have seen me allude to a tragedy in my family over the past few days.

My nephew’s father (my sister’s ex-husband) passed away very unexpectedly on Friday.

He and I were not terribly close, but any prayers, warm wishes, kind thoughts, or anything of the sort for my nephew would be greatly appreciated.  Even though he is a young man at nineteen, he certainly wasn’t ready to lose his father this early.

No big takeaways here.  Just please hug your loved ones.

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A New Direction for Stellar Path

I haven’t blogged in a while, and dang… I don’t know what to do.

I do know this.  I just spent several hundred dollars when I forgot to tell my hosting service that I didn’t want to renew for three more years.  So, since that happened, I guess I’m doing some sort of blogging for the next few years.

At first, I thought, “Hey, I’m kinda funny, and Allie hardly ever posts anymore… I’ll rip off Hyperbole and a Half!”

Big problem.  I’m not that funny, and I spent about twenty-five seconds on Microsoft Paint drawing pictures before I was ready to start punching old people.

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If I were truly as good as Hyperbole and a Half, there would now be a beautifully drawn Microsoft Paint image of me punching old people.  But I’m not, so there isn’t.

And then I thought, “Hey, I know a lot of facts about food and I can Google-Fu, so I’ll rip off Thug Kitchen!”

Another problem.  It… uhm… yeah, it just didn’t work.

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Aside from the fact that I apparently can’t spell the world should, I’m also not very good at swearing.

So to sum up, I’m still trying to find my way.  My extremely long battle with Hand, Foot,and Mouth is finally over.  I’m ready to get back on the weight loss horse.

I just need to figure out where I want this horse to go.

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Day #001 – Homemade Mayo, Dried Figs, & Native American Ancestry

Weight: 396.0

Change: 0.0

My highest weight ever was 402.8.  This morning, I weighed in at 396.  This is a tiny bit artificially inflated, but by and large, this is what I weigh now.  For all intents and purposes, I gained all of my weight back.

No guilt, no judgment, just a firm resolution to lose this weight again.

Many, many thanks to Erin and Josie.  I know I will succeed with support like you two in my corner.  And Erin, we can and will do this.  For ourselves – no one else.

For as many days as I can, (i.e. – when time allows), I will track my food in this daily blog journal format.

Breakfast – steak, fried egg, mushrooms and onions, tomato

Lunch – chicken breast, half an avocado with pink Himalayan salt, quarter of a red cabbage cooked with olive oil, half a cucumber, grilled onion and peppers

Mid-afternoon – nectarine, cherries

Early dinner – clean jalapeno pizza with added prosciutto

Snack #1 – popcorn cooked with clarified butter and olive oil, 3 dried figs

Snack #2 – 2 clean chocolate chip cookies, glass of raw milk

I am using this blog to experiment on myself.  I am going to eat as cleanly as possible, and I will post all food here, good or bad.  I may have eaten too much today; I was quite hungry tonight.  But that’s something I can fix later.  For tonight, it happened, so here it is, reported.

The dried figs were a pleasant surprise.  We got them in our last NatureBox, and while I’ve had fig newtons, I’ve never had dried figs.  They were excellent, and honestly, they tasted like the inside of a fig newton (not sure why that surprised me).

My best food news – I finally made clean mayo!  I’ll post the recipe and maybe even a video soon, but I’ve had so many failures, I was thrilled to finally come across a tip that worked.  The tip was this – use the cheapest, store brand extra-light-tasting olive oil you can find.  I had been buying the expensive stuff, but this time, I used the cheapest mayo Wal-Mart carried (but it was still olive oil!) and it made the most delicious, creamy mayo.  And best yet, it’s not only clean, it’s actually healthy!  It has four ingredients – egg (local pastured egg from farmer’s market), extra light tasting olive oil, ground mustard, and salt.  No EDTA or high fructose corn syrup or anything else that you find in store bought mayo.  And I can’t stress this enough – it’s definitely mayo, and it’s honestly the best tasting mayo I have ever had.

Tina and I also got a trial membership to Ancestry.com.  My family has a lot of Native American ancestry, and unfortunately, that means my family tree is going to be a bit small.  I guess Indians didn’t keep up with the census too much.  But combining what I’ve learned on Ancestry and what I learned from my parents, I now know that I am about a quarter Native American (if you add it up) and I have Cherokee blood on my mother’s side and Shawnee blood on my father’s side.  Tina (who doesn’t seem to have a drop of Indian blood) has made it back about 600 years on her side of the family tree.  The coolest thing yet – she and Henry are descended from royalty through her paternal bloodline.  How cool is that?!

No exercise today, unfortunately.  I didn’t plan it in and the day just got away from me.  I’ll make up for it tomorrow, though, because Tina and I are doing a virtual 5K!

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Sharknado, Bad Food Choices, & Sharknado

Food

Breakfast – sweet potato, 1 sausage patty, 1 slice of bacon, 1 egg

Lunch – cheeseburger on whole wheat bun, cucumber, tomato, cherries

Dinner – 8” Chicago Steak Grinder from Mancino’s

Man, it would have been SO tempting to skip mentioning today’s bad food choices.  Breakfast and lunch were great; between errands, work stuff, and other miscellany, we were late getting home, and all it took was a tiny suggestion of “Let’s eat out so we don’t have to clean the kitchen tonight” and we were going to Mancino’s, a grinder/pizza/pasta place here in our hometown.

However, as tempting as it would have been to lie or skip today’s post, that defeats the whole purpose of personal journal/blogging for accountability, and if I lie once, I may as well give it up.

I know I could have made worse food choices; still, given how my body is feeling right now, I feel pretty safe in saying that Mancino’s is not quite a whole-food place after all.  It’s funny; just a few days of clean eating is enough to reset my internal food sensor.  Crap makes me feel like crap.  You’d think I’d’ve figured this out by now, wouldn’t you?

Exercise was done, although it wasn’t a good workout.  I didn’t feel up to it with what felt like a brick in my stomach, but I pushed (feebly) through.  Let’s just say that I expect this is a week of Body Revolution that will be repeated.

Food is cut off for the day.  Exercise is technically done.

The rest of the night will consist of watching Sharknado on the SyFy channel.  It’s about a tornado that sucks up sharks, carries them inland, and then they eat people.  No kidding.

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Sharknado!

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