Power Rangers

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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Day #000 of The Ranger Project

I feel very weird about this post; it’s simultaneously very transparent and very obtuse.

I am tired of being fat.  I’ve been fat LITERALLY my entire life.  I didn’t gain weight after high school.  Well, I did, actually, but I was already fat to begin with.  I just got fatter in college.

I’ve lost weight before.  I got down to 250, in fact, in my mid-20s.  I am currently in the 410s, at least, down from a high of 422 earlier this year.

I’m always looking for the magic bullet, the trick that will end it all.

That trick doesn’t exist.

I read something online this morning that really spoke to me.  Basically, it stated that in order to lose weight, don’t worry about losing weight.  Fix your eating disorder.

That’s overly simplified, and it’s not that simple, of course.  Eating disorders can be dealt with, buried, examined, explored… but I don’t know if they can be fixed.

But regardless, I am going to try.

There have been periods of time here at Stellar Path that I’ve been on fire.  They have been few and far between, but that they have happened at all gives me the confidence that if I could do it once, I can do it again.

I am going to blog daily for the next 100 days.  I will blog about my day.  Stellar Path will be my journal.  I’ll talk about my workouts, my food choices (good and bad), and how ridiculously busy I now am as a doctoral student with a full-time job.  (Seriously – doctoral work is BUSY.  I thought it would be harder, and it is and should be, but I did not count on it being five times harder than my Master’s.)

I’m going to weigh in once a week, on Wednesdays.  I’m not going to weigh daily, like I have been, because it makes me obsess.  I see the scale drop, and I either celebrate with food, get arrogant and eat food, or think of how I can make it drop even faster.  (Note to self: It doesn’t work that way.)  And if it goes up, I think, “Eh, screw it,” and I eat whatever.

Food has me in a strong grip.  I would love to do OA, but none exist around here, and frankly, the online chat versions of OA didn’t do much for me.

I’ll try and exorcise my demons here.  But regardless, I am going to strive to live a healthy life, regardless of what I weigh.  I’m not turning Stellar Path into a fat acceptance blog.  My thinking is that if I live healthy, regardless of my weight, then losing weight will be a nice side effect.

So why the Ranger project?

This is going to be a chronicle of my journey to becoming a Power Ranger.

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I never said I’d stop being a dork.  I’m just trying to focus on living a healthy life, no matter what the scale says.

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Super Sentai, Plumbing, and Body Revolution

Food

Breakfast – oatmeal with blueberries, 1 egg white

Lunch – pork loin, cucumber, tomatoes

Snack – tuna salad in romaine leaf, pluot, green juice

Dinner – bacon cheeseburger on whole wheat bun, baked home fries, pluot

Today was supposed to be a Dudes’ Day with little guy, but he had to go to day care because I had far too many errands to run.  My day started off getting the oil changed in our car.  We were about 2,000 miles overdue, and our weekends have just been too busy lately.

We are in the process of selling a house and have a few minor plumbing problems that need to be fixed.  Again, as previously noted here and elsewhere, I have zero home improvement skills, so we hired a plumber to be sure it is done correctly.  (FYI – if you live in the Bowling Green/Nashville/Knoxville area, I cannot recommend Hiller Plumbing enough.  We are super pleased with their work.)  I am very happy to get this house-selling process finished so the new owners can get their keys and move in (and I can stop paying on two mortgages!).  This is what occupied the majority of my afternoon.

This also meant I was late coming home from work, and I’m not going to lie… It would have been SUPER easy to have blown off exercising, yet again.

However, we didn’t.  We ate a light snack, let little guy roam around us while we did it (because he loses his ever-lovin’ mind if we put him in his playpen), and got it done!  Woo hoo!  My only goal for the day accomplished!

I am very excited to weigh in on Saturday; despite not working out much, my eating has been great.  I feel pretty excited and hopeful about stepping on the scale.

I did a bit of grocery shopping this morning.  I like to go to the grocery early in the morning because you can often find clearance meats.  For people trying to eat healthy AND on a budget, meats that are almost ready to expire is a great find.  So long as you use or freeze them immediately, no problem!

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This puts my July (and weekly) food budget at $95.81.  On the plus side, I got a LOT of meat.  I also picked up some veggies.  I wanted to wait for Saturday to get them at Farmer’s Market, but I am fresh out of cucumbers and tomatoes.  Since they are one of the only vegetables I enjoy eating, I try to keep them on hand.

When I was buying groceries today, the young kid ringing me up commented on my Green Ranger shirt, saying, “That is the most bad-A shirt I have ever seen.”  It really is; I thanked him for it.

He then said, “Weird question, but are you into just Power Rangers or do you know anything about Super Sentai?”

He is my people; I love Super Sentai.  If you don’t know what it is, then congratulations – you are not a MegaDork®.  I am a MegaDork®, and I know that Super Sentai is essentially literally Japanese Power Rangers.  Every iteration of Power Rangers in America began life as Japanese Power Rangers.

I remarked, “Huge fan.  I can’t wait for Gokaiger to be adapted.”

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Gokaiger really was a cool series; every sentai has a theme (dinosaurs, cars, ninjas, birds, treasure hunters, et cetera).  Gokaiger’s theme was pirates.  It was a landmark series for Super Sentai – their 35th anniversary and it will be America Power Rangers’ 20th anniversary.  I won’t geek out any more than this, but I’ll just say it was pretty cool finding another Super Sentai fan in Bowling Green, Kentucky.  If he hadn’t been like seventeen years old, I probably would have asked if we could be best friends.  Not that I’m opposed to befriending seventeen year olds necessarily, but 35 year olds asking to watch Japanese t.v. with minors is how you end up on the news.

That pretty much sums up my day!

I have to say – this daily blogging thing really is helping hold me accountable.  I think if I hadn’t made a promise to be honest here on my blog and didn’t have to let anyone know that I blew off my workout (again), I would have.  Instead, I worked out.

Obviously, the honesty is a big part of it, but for now, in the early stages of this Project: Weight Loss that I am on, I’m happy to have this level of accountability!

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Chocolate Green Juice, Dude Day, and a New Baby

Food

Breakfast – oatmeal with blueberries, 2 slices of bacon, green juice

Lunch – pork loin, cucumber, tomato, pluot

Snack – tuna salad (made with 1 T. mayo and mustard, dill pickle) in romaine leaf, 1 serving of fritos, iced coffee (sweetened with raw milk and stevia)

Dinner – lean ham, steamed broccoli, steamed carrots

I made the decision today to start doing my green juice first thing in the morning.  I have been doing it before bed, but it energizes me, and it makes sense to drink it in the morning so I have the boost all day.

So, why green juice?  Frankly, I hate vegetables.  Except for tomatoes, cucumbers, and the starchy veggies (potatoes, peas, corn), I eat vegetables because they are good for me.  Right now, I NEVER crave veggies.  I eat them solely for health benefits.  Drinking a shot of green juice (I buy it in powder form) is a way for me to ensure that I get at least my five servings in, regardless of how many veggies I actually eat.

Right now, I prefer this one.  (FYI – the link is an affiliate link with Amazon.)

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Don’t get me wrong – the “cacao chocolate infusion” will never trick anyone into thinking they are drinking hot chocolate, but it definitely hides the flavor of greens (which I, unfortunately, do not like).

In other news… I teach at WKU, which means I have summers (mostly) off.  I do teach on Tuesday and Thursday during the summer, but that means I am home on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.  As a result, that means I get to keep little guy home with me!  I really enjoy our Dude Days together, even though he is going through a growth spurt right now which means LOTS of eating and LOTS of naps.

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And when he naps… I sometimes nap.  This is a habit I definitely need to break before I go back to my regular full-time job in August.  I won’t be able to take a nap three days a week.  Still… I’m definitely well-rested this summer.  Today’s nap helped get some of the back pain tinge gone.  Mucho better, but still not 100%.  I suspect tomorrow I’ll be back in action.

We spent the day (when not napping) watching Power Rangers Operation Overdrive on Netflix.

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It’s not my favorite season by a long shot (granted, I’m only 6 episodes into this season), but I’m working my way through all of the seasons in anticipation of Power Rangers Super Megaforce’s huge 20 year anniversary season next year.

Sorry, you knew I was a dork, right?

In other news, Tina’s brother and his wife had their baby today!  For privacy, I won’t mention the baby’s name here, but I’ll share this photo and say that Mom, Dad, big brother, and baby are all doing well.

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Unfortunately, the trip to see the baby (and subsequent shopping trip to Essex to secure a cheap baby gate [Success!  We got two for under $35!]) meant we got home VERY late.  As a result… no Body Revolution tonight.  On the plus side, at least my eating was good today.

I have decided to implement Daily Goals.  I think they’ll help me stay on track.  After all, if you write down what you want to accomplish, you are much more likely to accomplish it!

Goals for Tuesday, July 9th

  1. Eat at least five servings of veggies.
  2. Drink 190 ounces of water.
  3. Do Week #1, Workout #1 of Body Revolution.
  4. Catch up on all of my grading for summer term.
  5. Write 1,000 words (minimum) on my novel.

These seem to be doable goals to me.  Let’s see how tomorrow goes!

How do you plan for success?

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A Successful Christmas Weigh-In

Before I brag on myself too much, let me say that I am still carrying extra weight from the move. When Tina and I bought a new house to move into over the holiday seasons AND caring for an infant, well… let’s just say that a LOT of meals consisted of running through the drive-thru. My eating and exercise habits went out the window.

So I’m still battling that.

But, I weighed in on Saturday, December 22nd, before Christmas, at 378 pounds.

I did take a few days off for Christmas. I won’t lie. I’ll do it probably every year. But after Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, I got back on track. So how did I fare Saturday morning, December 29th, at Weight Watchers?

December 29, 2012
Weight: 377.2
Change from Last Week: -0.8 pounds
Change from Highest: -25.6 pounds

Woo hoo! I will happily take that! I lost 0.8 pounds OVER Christmas week. I can’t even tell you how excited I am about that!

I even rocked my new Power Ranger t-shirt to my weigh-in this morning. This shirt is going to be my weigh-in shirt for a few weeks. I have decided that I am going to wear this shirt until I am out of the 370s, and then, I’ll select a new dorky shirt to wear for the 360s. And again the same for the 350s, all the way down ’til goal weight.

And yes, it’s the Green Ranger, and I am definitely partial to the Blue Ranger, but this is the only design this shirt comes in. The second they make it in other Ranger colors is the second I own them all.

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And as ordered by Josie , I am smiling this week!

My wife and I have an agreement. We’re going to use our weight loss efforts to motivate and reward each other. She’s ready to get rid of her pregnancy weight and get down to her ideal weight.

Every time I lose ten pounds, I get a reward. For my first ten pound loss, I’m choosing Hatchet and Hatchet II on Blu-Ray. (Remember, I’m a huge horror movie fan.)

Every time Tina loses eight pounds, she gets a reward. I think she’s planning on adding charms to her Pandora charm bracelet.

Here’s the catch. We must BOTH reach our goal. So if I lose ten but she only loses six, I don’t get my reward until she’s reached eight. If I lose six and she loses eight, she has to wait until I hit ten pounds lost.

This way, we plan to keep each other motivated, because her success is crucial to my reward, too.

Of course, the most important reward is that we get to be healthier and live longer, and now that we are parents, this little guy needs us.

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