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Week #001 – A Blue Ranger Weigh-In

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Today’s post serves two different purposes.  The first is to tell you a bit about myself, how I got here, and what I hope to accomplish.

The second, which I will do first, is to start my weekly weigh-ins.  Every weekend, I plan to weigh myself and post the results here.

December 13, 2014 (12-13-14!)

Weight: 413.4

Change from Highest: –11.6 pounds

There we go.  I’m up quite a bit from the last time I got on the scale in early October.  Before I go into detail, let me give you the quick backstory.

I’ve been obese my entire life.  Not just overweight, obese.  There was one period of my life in my mid-twenties when I actually got down to around 250.


I had more hair then.  A girlfriend advised me to dye the very front blonde…  I have no explanations, just embarrassment.  Aside from the fact that I’m WAY more bald now, I don’t dye my hair, either.

Suffice it to say, I did not stay at this weight.  In fact, over the next seven years, I ballooned my way back up, past my highest weight of 402.8, and settled in at 425.  All of that hard work (it took over two years), was gone.

I am so beyond tired of being fat.

I have everything in the world to live for.  I have a loving wife, a fantastic son, an amazing job, a great house in a wonderful neighborhood…  Really, my only complain is my weight.

If you followed me at Stellar Path, you know that it went up and down and down.  I’d always come back with a new gameplan, and after a few weeks, I’d disappear for a month or more because I had stopped dieting and gained the weight back.

In October of this year, I had lost weight down to 392.  In the ten weeks since then, I’ve gained back up to 413.4.  I was actually a little higher than that a few days ago, but I’ve lost a bit.

I went to the doctor on Wednesday for a sinus infection.  My doctor fussed at me for my blood pressure.  I’m on blood pressure meds now.  That’s not cool.

I’m grateful that my doctor did take the time to fuss at me.  She showed me my vitals over the past several years.

My weight has gone up.  As my weight has gone up, my blood pressure has gone up.  My resting heart rate has gone up.  My respiration rate has gone up.

I know there is now a trend in the blogiverse for HAES, which stands for Health At Every Size.  In theory, I think this is a great practice.  HAES practitioners allegedly believe that, regardless of the weight you are, you should pursue the best health you can.  I think this is great, and I do plan to eat better and exercise, even at my current weight of 413.  However, a lot of HAES followers have mutated this philosophy to believe that you should not pursue weight loss, that weight loss is impossible, and that someone who weighs 500 pounds is potentially as healthy as someone who weighs 150.  Seriously.  Do a little googling.  They’re out there, and they aren’t hard to find.  I find this ridiculous.  I only have to look at my own health records from my doctor to see how negatively impactful my weight has been on my health.

I’ve lost weight before.  I gained the weight back because I stopped living that lifestyle.  My diet didn’t fail me.  I failed my diet.

So… that’s the serious part of this post.  I have absolutely no excuses; I have quite simply let my love of food negatively impact my health.

Now how do I plan to lose weight?

  1. Calorie counting.
  2. Mostly primal eating.
  3. Exercise.

Three steps.  Simple as that.  I’d say I plan to pursue a 90/10 primal eating plan right now.  I’ve eaten primal before, and once the initial difficulties wore off, it worked really well for me.  I plan to pursue it again, and eventually, I may very well pursue 100% adherence.

I am going to use this blog to post every weekend.  I’ll try to do as many videos as I can.  It’s posted at the bottom of this post.

Now, as for the weekly theme of this post…  I have a lot of dork shirts.  Tons.  Every week, I’ll weigh-in with a new shirt, posing at a new setting.  It’ll be nice to see my physique slim down as I work through this journey.

Given that I want to be the Blue Power Ranger, it only stands to reason that this week would be me wearing my Blue Ranger shirt while at the Power Rangers’ Command Center.


One last thing.  Someone asked me, “Why aren’t you just waiting until after Christmas?”

Because I can’t.  That’s fat logic.  I can’t take two more weeks off.  I have to start now.  Besides, I can enjoy Christmas in the 10% of my diet that is non-primal, still exercise, and I plan to still see my weight drop.  Stick with me.

The Ranger Project starts today.  My goal weight is 180.  That’s 245 lower than my heaviest weight.  I think I can get there in two years.  My self-imposed deadline is Christmas 2016.

Join me, won’t you?

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Day #001 of the Ranger Project, 2.26.14 – Homemade Pizza, Well Below Average, and Exploding Grass

I weighed in this morning.  It wasn’t good, but I knew it wouldn’t be.  Still, this just means I can look forward to a big loss next week.

February 26, 2014

Weight: 419.8

Change from Highest: –2.2 pounds

Oh well.  It is what it is.

I started my day off with a trip to the gym before work.  Tomorrow, I am going to go to the gym after work, just to see which I prefer.

Let me also say… I am SO out of shape.  I remember when I could do an hour on the elliptical, hard.  I can’t do that anymore.  I did manage to get through 30 minutes of cardio.  I would have done the weight room instead, but whenever I eat junk food, sometimes my joints stiffen up, and my right elbow was not cooperating this morning.  Rather than risk injury, I hit the treadmill on an incline instead.

I also decided that I should establish a baseline, and the ellipticals offered a fitness test.  I took it.

Ugh.  I used to be more fit than this.


Still, it is what it is, and this gives me a good starting point.  I’ll take it again in a month and see how I rank.

I’ve heard people say that felt paranoid to be the weakest one in the gym, and this morning, I was the weakest person there.  No worries, though.  I won’t lie; at one point, my inner fat kid did see a REALLY fit guy talking to another pretty fit guy, and for half a second, I thought, “They’re talking about how slow I’m going…”  They weren’t.  They were trying to get a pickup game of basketball going.

That’s the thing about gym rats.  They are probably the least judgmental people on the planet.  So whether you weigh almost 420 like me or you are under 100 pounds or anywhere in between, don’t let the gym intimidate you.


Breakfast – 2 slices of bacon, 1 fried egg, sweet potato with butter and honey

Lunch – pork shoulder, potato with sour cream, 1 slice of homemade pizza

Midafternoon – 1 clementine, 1 apple

Late afternoon – 3/4 of a whole wheat sunbutter and jelly (all clean) sandwich [the kid ate the other 1/4]

Dinner – steak, baked potato, asparagus, frozen cherries

After-dinner Snack – 2 clean homemade chocolate chip cookies

I tried to do MyFitnessPal, but it was SO tedious.  I was impressed with the depth of their database, and I may use them yet, but for now, I am just tracking and trying a bit of intuitive eating.

I didn’t take enough food for lunch.  Two thin slices of pork shoulder and what amounted to maybe 3/4 of a potato was not enough food.  Fortunately, my wonderful boss (who is also a wonderful cook) offered me a slice of her homemade pizza.  I probably shouldn’t have – it did have pepperoni on it – but it was good and it helped fill me up.  Tomorrow, I will take more food.

Tina and I have dabbled with paleo and primal, and I suspect that we will eventually try primal again, but for now, we’re just trying to eat mostly clean.  I know my diet could be better, but I’m working on progress, not perfection.  I also know me; if I make too many big changes at once, I’m more prone to messing up.

Today could have been better, but given how a few of the past days have gone… I’m thrilled.  And here’s the truth of it – I enjoyed myself without going overboard or obsessing.  For a brief moment, I had the fleeting thought, “Oh, I shouldn’t have those two cookies, because I’m blogging my food now.”  But then I decided that I wanted them, and I was going to enjoy them guilt-free.  Which I did.  (And incidentally, there have been plenty of times that instead of eating two cookies, I would have had four, or six, or eight…)

First day of the Ranger Project was a success in my book!


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Super Sentai, Plumbing, and Body Revolution


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.”


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


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.)


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.


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.


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.


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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Episode #002: Weight Loss & Competition

A second vlog! Holy crap! I didn’t stop at one! This one features the Power Rangers, classic Nick, and a little Sister Act!

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