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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.


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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Geeked Out Weight Loss Review: MMPR: Green with Evil, Part Two

For this week’s Geeked Out Weight Loss Review, we are going to continue the Green with Evil saga from Mighty Morphin power Rangers with Part 2!


As the episode begins, Billy and Trini are desperately trying to get Alpha back in working order. Fortunately, they succeed, and while Zordon is still missing, the Rangers at least have their faithful automaton back in service.

Rita plans to give Tommy the Sword of Darkness, a powerful artifact that will keep Tommy evil. Goldar reminds her that the sword has an inherent weakness, but only Zordon knows of it, and he is still missing.

Kimberly tries to talk to Tommy in school. She still doesn’t know he is the Green Ranger; she is only trying to determine why he stood her up the day before. Instead of the polite boy she had met the day before, she is greeted with hostility.

Rita wants Tommy to prove to her that he is worthy of the Sword of Darkness, so she has him battle a troop of her putties. If he successfully defeats the putties, he gets the Sword. In a matter of moments, the putties are lying defeated on the ground, and Tommy is given the powerful weapon.

Tommy then uses his increased power from the sword to trap Jason in a Dark Dimension with Goldar. Jason, unable to morph as Goldar has stolen his morpher, is faced with his greatest threat, as Goldar is quite formidable even when Jason is the Red Ranger.

The Green Ranger shows up, and the four Rangers, unable to find Jason, quickly go into battle. After summoning the MegaZord, they successfully, albeit temporarily, defeat the Green Ranger.

As the episode ends, the Rangers are still without Zordon, and Jason, who has attempted to fight Goldar for his power morpher, has been beaten down. Goldar stands poised above him with his sword, ready to deliver the fatal blow.

Weight Loss Takeaway

Rita Repulsa wanted Tommy to have the Sword of Darkness, as it was going to keep Tommy evil.

Basically, it was her shortcut. Tommy wasn’t inherently evil; he was actually a good person who was under an evil spell. But with the sword, he would stay evil.

How often have I tried to take shortcuts in my weight loss?

Have I ever told you that I once tried to become bulimic? I wasn’t able to make myself throw up on demand (thank goodness), but I genuinely tried.

I tried Atkins. I’ve tried every gimmick diet out there. I’ve tried exercising for hours on end. I’ve tried drastically cutting my calories to unsustainable levels.

Shortcuts don’t work.

Doing things the right way, the slow way, is what works.

No more Sword of Darkness for me. Just slow and steady effort that is sustainable for the rest of my life.

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Geeked Out Weight Loss Review: MMPR: Green with Evil, Part One

For the next few weeks of my Geeked Out Weight Loss Review, I am going to explore the first real story arc that appeared on the Power Rangers. The show started off with our five standard Rangers, but early in the 1st season, a surprising twist appeared. There actually was a sixth Power Coin, which could produce a sixth Ranger, but Zordon didn’t have it. The Rangers’ enemy, Rita Repulsa, owned it, and she was able to create her own evil Ranger.

Thus begins the Green with Evil saga! I am going to review the entire five part Green with Evil miniseries. For the next five weeks, we’re going to watch the episodes that started the Green Ranger mythos of the Power Rangers, which also escalated it (for some of us, such as myself) from a lame kid show into a (still admittedly lame) show that dealt with some big concepts and had pretty deep consequences in store. Sort of. It was still a kid’s show, but dang it, it was fun.

So, on to the review!

Green with Evil, Part One

At the Angel Grove Martial Arts Expo, Jason fights new student Tommy in a match. The two are evenly matched, it ends in a draw, and the two martial artists exchange polite words before parting. Kimberly, meanwhile, is smitten with Tommy, and when he scares off Bulk and Skull the next day after they have bothered her, she is even more attracted to him and asks him to hang out with her and her friends at the Youth Center after school.

However, the polite Tommy is quickly noticed by Rita, and she casts a spell, turning him into her evil Green Ranger.

With his power coin, Tommy is now able to enter the Command Center. He immediately goes there, damages Alpha Five, and renders Zordon incapable of communicating with the Rangers.

Alpha Five manages to get a garbled message to the Rangers, and they promptly make their way to the Command Center. Billy manages to partially restore Alpha, although his memory was scrambled and he can’t remember what happened. Worst yet, before the Rangers can ascertain what happened, they discover that Rita has made Goldar gigantic and he is wracking havoc on the Earth.

The Rangers morph and jump into battle. Summoning their MegaZord, they battle Goldar, but Tommy enters the MegaZord cockpit and forcibly ejects the Rangers. They battle with him on the ground, but Tommy gains the upper hand during the battle. The Rangers retreat to the Command Center to lick their wounds and regroup. Alpha once again goes offline, and the Rangers realize they are going to have to face their worst foe yet without Alpha or Zordon to help them.

Weight Loss Analogy

Have you ever had things go a little bit wrong, and the next thing you know, you are a little bit on the frantic side and you can’t quite get your feet back underneath you?

It’s certainly happened to me. I’ve told parts of the “why” I regained the weight I lost on this blog before, but in 2006, I dated a girl (very briefly – far too briefly to have gotten as stressed out as I did over it), we had a messy breakup, and I turned to food for comfort. I wasn’t in a very mentally healthy place, and I viewed my future as suddenly desperately lonely. Forever.

Well, that certainly wasn’t what happened. I’m now happily married to my best friend. We have a baby on the way. My life is never going to be lonely.

But for that short dark period, I thought it was going to be. I was scrambling, and I turned to the one comfort I had always turned to. Food. And even when I got over my loneliness, I still kept eating. I lost all of my good habits, regained my bad ones, and the next thing I knew, I had put on over 100 pounds.

To more directly connect it to what’s going on in this episode, the Rangers have had everything they’ve come to know about being Rangers taken from them. They are no longer the only Rangers. There is an evil Green Ranger battling them. They are not able to depend upon Alpha and Zordon, who have always been there for them. Things have gotten bad quickly.

As the episode ends, however, the Rangers are already doing one thing differently than I did. They aren’t giving up. In fact, Jason even attempts to shore up his team by reminding them that, although they are literally alone with no help, they can’t quit. The safety of the world depends on them beating this evil Green Ranger.

Well, the health of our bodies depend upon us overcoming our vices. So what do we choose to do? Do we fight, or do we roll over?

I’m choosing to fight, even if I don’t know what the next battle may hold.

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Geeked Out Weight Loss Series: Power Rangers – Switching Places

As I hope and plan to do every Thursday, I am bringing you another entry in my Geeked Out Weight Loss Review series! This is where I watch an episode of some shows from my childhood or other geeky past and give it a weight loss spin.

Today, and it’s only fitting as this is my first foray back into geekdom, I’m going with my old standby, the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Today’s episode is from early season 1, Switching Places.


Billy has invented a device that will allow people to read each other’s thoughts. Unbeknownst to him, Squatt (one of Rita’s henchmen) rewired it. When he and Kimberly hook themselves up to it, Billy finds himself in Kimberly’s body and vice versa.

In all seriousness, I’m actually impressed with the acting of David Yost and Amy Jo Johnson in this episode. David plays a great Valley Girl, and Amy Jo was as good a Billy as David Yost.

And of course, the two will be unable to switch back until Billy can rebuild the generator to his machine.

In the midst of the body switching confusion, Rita sends a Genie to attack the Rangers. Can the Rangers defeat the evil genie, and will Billy and Kimberly have to stay in the wrong bodies?

Well, it’s a kid show, so of course they defeat the evil genie, and of course Kimberly and Billy get put back correctly.

Weight Loss Analogy

While watching this episode on Netflix, I kept trying to think of the weight loss angle. The plot was REALLY convoluted on this one. Trust me – I left out a ton of stuff about the genie’s lamp and how if Alpha didn’t destroy the lamp properly the Power Rangers would be destroyed, and my personal favorite, Jason’s line, “Billy, you’ve got to rewire those servos to bypass the damage and tap into the power morphing system. We gotta get us more power before we get totaled!”

It’s like freaking Shakespeare.

But then it hit me. Kimberly and Billy switched places, and I think they each ended up with more respect for the other.

We need to periodically switch places with our “goal” self. (I almost went with the angle of “switch up your workouts,” but I like this one better.)

Have a conversation with you at Goal Weight. Put yourself in Goal Weight You’s shoes. Let Goal You explain to Current You how much better you feel and how much healthier you are.

Don’t be stagnant in your viewpoint. For me, being stagnant is what led to me being morbidly obese. Same stuff, different day, and I had an excuse to go for every single day.

“I’m going to eat what I want today, because tomorrow, I’m hitting the diet hard!”

“I’ll take today off, and I’ll work out twice tomorrow.”

I’m going to put myself in Goal Me’s place for a bit, and just see what the world looks like from his side. I’m hoping it’ll motivate me to keep doing things the right way.

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Happy Birthday to Me, and Gratitude in Pictures

Happy birthday to me!

I haven’t always been a huge birthday person, but as I’ve gotten older, I’ve gotten more and more into them. It’s funny. I am now 34 years old, officially in my mid-30s, and I feel younger than ever.

I have decided to post a few things I am grateful for.

I am grateful for my amazing wife. I adore her more each and every day. I see far too many people unhappily married around me, and I am so grateful I get to come home to my best friend. Life is smooth sailing with Tina, and I love everything about our marriage.

I am grateful for our healthy pregnancy. We are also having our first child later this year, and I am choosing today, my birthday, to announce our baby’s sex.

We’re having a boy! For some reason, I was convinced that Moon Pie was a girl, but I was proven wrong, and I could care less. I can’t wait to have a son. I look forward to playing catch, going on hikes, teaching him how to shave and how to tie a necktie, and even the birds and bees talk. I want to have an amazing relationship with my son, and I am grateful that I have the tools and abilities to do so.

I am grateful for my health. My weight is slowly but steadily dropping (I actually posted a loss today, but I’m going to share it tomorrow). I can walk. I can lift weights. I am strong, and I am getting stronger daily.

I am grateful for my job. I work with amazing colleagues who I value as friends, including one I’m writing a book with this summer! I have the most amazing boss ever. I enjoy what I do. I don’t dread Sundays like I used to (because Sunday meant Monday was almost there). Maybe it was because my lost two jobs were utter hell, but for whatever reason, I am grateful for everything about my job, even the stacks of grading papers I have to do.

I am grateful for all the wonderful people in my life. I have so many amazing friends and family members.

I am grateful that I live in a country where I can share my thoughts freely and worship as I choose, without fear of punishment. I am also grateful for the men and women who have died for me to have this right.

I am grateful for my sense of humor, and I love that my wife shares it. We have spent hours laughing together at stupid cat pictures, lame jokes, awful horror movies, and other random crap that I’ve never seen anyone else but me laugh at. I don’t believe in soulmates, but if I did, she would be mine, because I’ve never met anyone as well suited to be my partner.

(Sorry. We really like funny cat pictures.)

I am grateful for the Hunger Games. Don’t judge. Book and movie were both awesome.

I am grateful Tina is not into Twilight, and in fact hates it even more than I do. Bella makes me sad and a little angry.

I’m grateful that Tina heartily endorses my desire to become a Power Ranger tolerates my obsession of the Power Rangers.

I am just grateful, and I need to be more grateful everyday.

And to close, happy birthday to me!

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