Weight Gain

An Are Finals Over Yet Weigh-In

No, not my finals. The finals I am delivering as the instructor.

(No, that’s not me. My stack of papers to grade is much bigger…)

When I was a student, I used to get so irritated at the professors who would take forever to post our grades and let us know how we did.

I’ve graded three major projects from over 120 students in the past week. In addition to the standard work week I put in at work, I’ve probably spent around 50 hours grading papers.

Since I’ve been a teacher, I get it.

The end of the semester is always the busiest time for me. My exercise took a major backseat this week, unfortunately. I worked out one time.

And I wish I could say that I made up for it by eating perfectly. Regrettably, I did not. This weigh-in shows it, and I have no one to blame but myself.

December 9, 2011
Weight: 375.4
Change from Last Week: +1.2 pounds
Change from Highest: -27.4 pounds

I resolve to do better this week. I’ve got one more week of class before school is over for the year (which means after Friday, no more work until January 2!). I will post a loss this week.

I realize this is short and sweet. I’m going to try and review one of the Power Rangers Christmas episodes this weekend, not that the vast majority of my grading is over.

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I Hate Being Sick Weigh-In

I’ve been sick a LOT lately.

I had a sinus infection about a month ago. I got another one last weekend. I’m almost well. Almost. Still snotty and congested, but I at least don’t have a raw throat from the drainage anymore.

I have to get back in to my regular weigh-ins. And even though the past two weeks have been full of “meh, I’ll eat whatever I want” and “I’m too sick to exercise,” I’m showing a gain. Yarg.

I’ll be honest – there was a part of me that was tempted to wait until Black Friday to weigh-in. HOWEVER, if I do that, then it’s just a short walk to “I’ll weigh in on January 1st!” And I’m not doing that.

So… even with the gain, I’m weighing in today. I’ll weigh in again on Wednesday as a pre-Thanksgiving “here’s where I am” weigh-in, and then I’ll weigh in again on Black Friday.

November 18, 2011
Weight: 378.8
Change from highest: -24 pounds

I’m not happy, but I’m not crushed. I saw it coming. If you eat poorly and don’t move, sick or not, then you gain weight. I should have ignored my sick cravings and continued to eat healthy, even if I wasn’t well enough to workout.

But I’m back on track today, I’m counting points, and I’ll post a loss on Wednesday for sure. Black Friday… we’ll see.

Honestly, Thanksgiving has never been a very scary holiday for me. Turkey, vegetables, and a tiny slice of pumpkin pie. Really, is that a big deal? That’ll fit in my daily calories with barely any effort at all.

What’s your Thanksgiving survival plan?

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No More Run For Your Lives Weigh-In…

I never weigh in on Wednesday, but I also usually don’t disappear for almost two weeks at a time with nary a word.

This really isn’t even a weigh-in. Let me just do a bit of word blurg (a nicer word than vomit, don’t you think?) and describe everything that has happened lately. The good… and the bummed me out.

First, the good.

I weighed in two Fridays ago at 370.8.

Woo hoo!

I weighed in this morning, because I realized I hadn’t written a single blog post in almost two weeks, at 374.4.

You know what, though. I’m not too sad about it, for two reasons. One, there is a reason for the weight gain, which I’ll explain in a bit. And two, I’ve still lost inches! I realized that I had gotten into the third hole of my belt.

As a result, I measured myself and saw that my waist was 51.5”, which is two inches down from the last time I measured on September 9th. Woo hoo!

So, let me just get everything else out that has happened here very quickly.

Run For Your Lives is in two weeks on October 22nd.

It does not look like I will be running.


Because I freaking sprained my FOOT on Sunday! Seriously, who sprains their foot?!

Well, I do. I sprain my foot. Tina and I went for a jog, and while I wasn’t really feeling the workout, I pushed through and finished it. I felt like I was in a decent place for the race. I didn’t suspect I would be capable of running the entire thing, but I did feel like it was possible that I might be able to jog and walk the race and finish in under 42-45 minutes.

However, by late Sunday night, my foot ached. I wasn’t too stressed about it.

The next morning when I woke up, it hurt worse. My left foot ached so bad that I could only walk/hobble by putting all of my weight on my heel. I was SLOW. One of my colleagues saw me when I finally trudged in to work and said, “You should really probably get that checked out.”

“But… Zombies!”

Well, that argument didn’t really hold up, so I decided to bite the bullet and go to the WKU Health Services Center. Fortunately, it is located about one hundred feet from the building my office is in, so it wasn’t too far of a trek.

After X-rays and a little foot manipulation, it was determined that it wasn’t broken (whew!), just badly sprained (suck!). I was given an anti-inflammatory and crutches and ordered to stay off of my foot as much as possible for the next week.

“But doc, zombies!”

No go. He said that I was to do no strenuous, weight-bearing exercise for the next week. More to the point, he said, “I appreciate that you are trying to be physically active and losing weight is fantastic, but a man of your weight, especially when you have already had stress injuries like this one, should not be jogging. Exercise, definitely. Weight-bearing exercise, even. But no high-impact activities like jogging. After you’ve lost some weight, we’ll talk.”

I can’t be mad. He said it in a very delicate way, which I appreciate. I’ve had doctors in the past who would have told me, “You’re too fat. Fat people shouldn’t jog.” He was very appropriate and personable about it, which was nice.

So… as much as I want to be a runner, it’s going to have to wait.

I’m still trying to decide what to do about Run For Your Lives. Tina and I have already reserved our hotel room, so we are going to DC for the weekend. As for whether we’ll race… well, ordinarily, I would just plan to walk the race. However, this race is released in waves, and I don’t want to be walking the course when the wave behind me comes running up. Any suggestions? I hate to throw in the towel, but I think I’ve been benched.

But wait, the suckfest continues!

I also have a sinus infection. I’ve got a Z-pak, but I’m REALLY hoping I’ll be well by Saturday. After all, Saturday is our One Year Anniversary!

Fortunately, fall break starts tomorrow. I’ve got literal stacks of papers to grade and tons to do, but I am going to be able to do them from home. No teaching on my feet for hours. So hopefully, the rest will help me heal.

I’ll try not to disappear again!

On the plus side, I am eating well. I’m all about real food at the moment, regardless of caloric content. Doesn’t this breakfast look amazing?

So, what’s new with 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 Paper Crane Weigh-In

July 1, 2011
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.




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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