Weight Loss

A So Close Weigh-In!

I was SO close to meeting my goal!  I set a goal of being below 400 for this week.  I got REALLY close, but close only counts in horseshoes and grenades.

August 8, 2014

Weight: 400.4 pounds

Change from Last Week: –2.4 pounds

Change from All-Time Highest: –24.6 pounds

Still, the scale is moving in the right direction, and I will happily take 2.4 pounds a week!

If you’ve been following The Ranger Project, I just got a Fitbit and I am already in love with the food tracking feature on their website.  Hopefully, this little device will give me the push I need to stick to this!

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It’s an About Time Weigh-In

I’m finally back!  Stellar Path has never been a big blog, but I found that I missed it.  I know it’s just one voice in a sea of millions, but it’s my voice, and I found that I needed it.

Before I delve into this weigh-in, let me first say that I have been a very regular vlogger!  I am now doing a daily vlog called The Ranger Project.  Now, in the past when I spoke of doing something daily, I’d do it for three or four days and then quit.  Not this time.  Today, I’ll be posting Day #62 of The Ranger Project.  I’ve actually vlogged EVERY DAY for two months.

The Ranger Project is a vlogging experiment.  It’s part-fiction, part-reality.  It is far more reality than not, but the fictional aspect shows up from time to time.  Basically, in it, I am describing my daily weight loss efforts, along with a side story of receiving mysterious packages that guide me toward reaching goal weight and becoming a Power Ranger in preparation for a colossal fight on August 23, 2016.

I plan to blog here at least once a week.  Right now, Fridays will be my weigh-in day.

On the first day of the Ranger Project, June 1st, I weighed 419 pounds.

On July 1st, I weighed 414 pounds.  At that time, I pledged to give up the scale for a month.

It was a terrible decision.  I would have liked to know on multiple occasions how I had done.

So, how did I do?

August 1, 2014

Weight: 402.8

Change from Last Weigh-in: –11.2 pounds

Change from All-Time Highest: –22.2 pounds

I had hoped to break 400.  I didn’t, but I’ll consider 11.2 pounds lost in a month a decent victory. I could have done better, and I will strive to do better in the month of August (although I will be weighing in weekly).

One thing I find very interesting – prior to this most recent extreme weight gain, 402.8 was my former highest weight.  It isn’t any longer, but this is where I am standing now

This is familiar territory.  The weight will come off.

Next week, I plan to be below 400, for the first time in quite a while.  See you then!

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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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Weigh-in #002 – January 10, 2014

First of all, next week, I am moving to a Saturday weigh-in.  Tina and I have decided to have a Biggest Loser style competition and Saturday morning will be a bit easier than Friday morning (as we don’t go to work on Saturday mornings).

This week has been okay.  I started the year off doing Whole30, and I’m afraid I have fallen back on the grain and sugar wagon.  It’s hard; I’m not saying I’m giving up, but Whole30 has not worked for me just yet.  The sugar beast has its talons in me hard.

But… here we go:

  • Weigh-in #002
  • January 10, 2014
  • Weight: 405.8
  • Change from Last Week: –1.2 pounds
  • Change from Highest: –6.2 pounds

Not as good as it should have been, certainly, but still a loss.  Next week will be stronger.

Tina and I are going to put $10 in a pot.  The person with the highest percentage of weight loss each week gets that $10 to spend on whatever he or she would like.  For me…

Garbage Pail Kids!

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More on GPKs later.  For now, yay, I did have a loss, and I plan to have a bigger loss next week.

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Cold in Kentucky

It is bitterly cold today. We have just a touch more than a dusting of snow on the ground, but many schools and business are closed because of the cold. The high today was four degrees. I know for some of you in some places, you are probably thinking, “Aw, that’s adorable.”

But here… our average winter temp is in the 30s. Four degrees is a type of cold we are just not equipped to deal with here. My wife was fortunate enough to be able to work from home today, and since I teach and I’m not teaching during the month of January, I was able to stay home, too. Our house was (and still is) nice and toasty. We only ventured outside to go to the gym.

That’s right! I’m back in the gym!

We have a gym less than two miles from our house. We have to go separately because of little guy (this gym doesn’t have day care) but it still works fantastically for us.

I am, however, sad to say that I have lost pretty much all of my cardio endurance. I used to do an hour on the elliptical at a high setting. Today, I forced myself to do 33 minutes on whatever level it came pre-set on (read: level one).

No tears, though. I’ll just progressively up it. Before long, I’ll be doing my full hour again.

I’m also working in some free weights. I want my cardio endurance higher, however, before I jump fully back into the weight room again. I know the logic in just working out with weights, and I don’t even disagree with it from a purely physical standpoint. This, however, is mental. I need to feel my lungs and heart strong again.

I measured myself over the weekend. I’m only going to measure myself once, maybe twice, a month. I’ll weigh-in every Friday, but the measurements will be less often. That said, here they are in their ugly glory to serve as my baseline.

Waist

55.25

Chest

58.75

Stomach

66.5

R. Bicep

19

L. Bicep

17.5

R. Forearm

13.75

L. Forearm

13

R. Thigh

34.5

L. Thigh

35

Hips

62

R. Calf

20.75

L. Calf

20

My body used to be much more symmetrical. My right and left body parts were pretty similar in size. This was back when I actually used to lift weights. Now, I’m clearly favoring my right for almost everything. But again, this is okay. It’ll get back to where it should be.

I realized today that I can use one of my predilections for projects to my benefit. The first is mental and the second is an actual physical thing.

Mentally, I like working on things. I like seeing something start and taking it through to its conclusion, whether it’s writing a short story, painting a space painting, or even something as simple as cleaning the kitchen. I like that satisfaction of, “Ah, I did it and I’m done.”

I’m going to use this same mental attitude toward my body. I’ve made no secret of my desire to look like… well, this:

jasonstatham

(Jason Statham and I have the same hair. I do have slightly fewer prison tattoos.)

And truthfully, what is weight loss except for a project? Yeah, I know, it’s a long-term thing, too. But this is what I get to work on right now. I get to carve away the fat from my body. I am so tremendously lucky to be in a position to get to do that.

When I get to goal weight, I’ll get to select a new goal, which will likely be increasing muscle mass. It will always be something, and that sounds tremendously exciting to me.

The actual thing I can do is as follows.

I’m actually kinda crafty. I like to paint. I like to work with my hands. And thanks to my wife… I like to quilt.

I don’t like to sew, I like to quilt.  And I was pleasantly surprised to see that there are a lot of guys out there who like to quilt.  Not like… so many you’ve probably ever met one before, but enough that there is an internet presence.

Anyway, I’m going to use quilting to keep track of my weight loss.  I’ve mentioned in the past that I wanted to do a quilt out of the dork shirts that I currently wear to the gym to work out in.  I had planned for my wife to do it, but she taught me a few things over Christmas break, and I have to say… quilting is kinda awesome.  So I’m going to do it myself.  The front of my quilt will be my dork shirts, as planned.

The back of my quilt is going to be this design:

quilt1

Each of the colored squares will represent a week.  So, for each week that I have a good week, however I choose to measure it, I’ll give myself a colored square.  I can measure it by weight loss, loss of inches, or even a case of “I know I did everything right.”  However, if I don’t have a good week (too much overeating, no gym, just didn’t try), then I get a plain white square.  I will hopefully have a nice fun quilt with lots of colors at the end.

This quilt allows for 120 blocks.  Since each block is a week, that puts me at 120 weeks, which has me finishing the quilt around my 38th birthday (late April 2016).  I do have a lot of weight to lose, and truthfully, I do believe I can do it in 120 weeks IF I put my mind and effort to it.

So that’s my plan.  Expect me to talk about quilting a bit now.  It’s just strangely cathartic and pleasant, for some reason.

I’m feeling the need to be more manly now to make up for it, too, so if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go wrestle a grizzly bear in the backyard.  Or go play with my kid in the living room.  Whichever will give me more of a calorie burn.

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