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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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Power Rangers: High Five

June 8, 2011
369.5 pounds
Change from June 1st = -5.8 pounds
Change from highest = -33.3 pounds

In non-nostalgia related weight loss news, Tina and I went to the gym in the morning before work again. At night, the gym is so crowded, lifting weights is significantly tougher. (Cardio isn’t a problem.) Couple that with the fact that when we get home, it is AWESOME to know that I am done working out.

Given that the gym we’ll soon be using is actually at my working place and has a faculty locker room with nice, private, shower stalls, it all adds up to a simple solution. Work out in the morning before my work day starts.

As for how it went… Amazing! We both felt incredible all day long. And I can shower and go straight to work. Literally, I can walk to my office from this gym. This is definitely the way to go, even if it does require getting up about two hours earlier than I would normally.

I’m now feeling crazy nostalgic and I just spent some time surfing for Salute Your Shorts info. Yeah, I’m not going to be able to go sixteen straight episodes of Power Rangers with delving into some other aspect of my childhood. So I’m going to do three episodes of Power Rangers, hit an episode of Salute Your Shorts, and then back into PR. If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you know I don’t always do everything I say I will, anyway.

“High Five”
Original Airdate September 4, 1993


The teens are hanging out at the Youth Center. Jason is climbing the rope climb, and while Zack and Kimberly are cheering him on, Trini is watching from a safe distance, due to an extreme fear of heights.

When the gang is attacked by putties, Billy and Trini try to lure the putties away. Billy climbs a tall cliff, where Trini, of course, is afraid to follow him.

However, Trini is the better fighter, and when Billy is dangerously trapped on a cliff by a Puttie that he can’t defend himself from, it is up to Trini to put her fears aside and help Billy. Trini’s friendship is stronger than her fear, and she climbs up the cliffside and helps Billy.

The teens defeat the Putties, using one of the oddest and likely most inefficient style of fighting I have ever seen.

As the episode ends, Trini has truly conquered her fear of heights, even climbing the rope climb after Zack scares her.

Weight Loss Analogy

Oh, Power Rangers, could you make it any easier?

How big of a role does fear play in our lives?

I think a lot of people (and I am putting myself in this camp) are fat because we are afraid. Afraid of being unloved. Afraid of not being good enough. Afraid of (fill in your fear here).

For me, it was a fear of being unloved and alone. If I was fat, then I had an excuse. I had a ready-made excuse for why I was single and never had a girlfriend. “Oh, it’s not because I’m flawed as a person. It’s because I’m fat.” I got over that one and met the love of my life.

“Oh, well, now I’m fat and that’s why I’m not a success at work.”

I got over that one, too, and I know have the greatest job ever. (And I’m freaking awesome at it.)

So, why am I still fat? What am I afraid of now?

Not liking myself when I get to goal weight.

Not liking some aspect of my life when I step on the scale and it says 180 and not being able to blame it on being fat.

Trini climbed the cliff to save Billy.

I’m climbing the cliff to save me.

What are you afraid of?

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