Posts Tagged ‘weight loss’

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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A Sick Weigh-In

First of all, the good news.  I lost weight!

September 4, 2013

Weight: 388.0

Change from Last Weigh-In: –8.0 pounds

I’m pretty pleased.

But here’s the bad news.

I caught Hand, Foot, & Mouth Disease from Henry, who got it at daycare.  As with most childhood illnesses that adults don’t really get, Henry’s case was mine.  Mine is probably the most sick I have been in my entire adult life.

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That is what my left hand looked like last night.  At last count, I had around 85 blisters on both hands, a few on my feet, and way too many in my mouth and throat.  This is the worst sore throat I have had in my entire life.  I had strep once.  I would gladly have strep again.  The only thing I can really eat is popsicles and orange sherbert.

This sucks.  I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy.

Blogging will be scarce for a while.  I’m just trying to survive the days at the moment, to be honest.

More info to come later, when I’m well.

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Day #002 – Church, X-Men, and Last Minute Semester Preparations

Weight: 391.6

Change This Week: –4.4 pounds

I knew I would see a big drop today.  The food I ate on Friday night was quite bloat-inducing, so there you go.  I was pleased to see it drop 4.4 pounds, even though I know it wasn’t real.

I’m starting Body Revolution again tomorrow.  My week will consist of weights workouts on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, and cardio workouts on all of the other days.  Josie told me to pick one thing and be epic with it this week – my workout is going to be that one epic thing.

Breakfast – steak, fried egg, onion and mushrooms, tomato

Lunch – sausage patty, 2 homemade biscuits, 1 clean personal serving cheese pizza

Mid-afternoon snack – olive oil cooked popcorn

Dinner – 2 slices chicken bacon pizza, 1 slice S’mores pizza

Snack – veggie juice

My food could have been better, but the truth of it is – I am still experimenting on myself, and this is (believe it or not) substantially less food than I’ve eaten in the past few weeks.  That’s one benefit of being a big dude; you can still eat quite a bit of food and lose weight.

Tina and I are eating an 80% clean/20% relaxed food plan.  We eat clean the vast majority of the time, but if we want to splurge a tiny bit, we do.  Some people eat vegan, some paleo, some are relaxed, some are crazy.  I’m trying to let go of my binge eating attitude, and if I was an alcoholic, I would go cold turkey.  Those with eating disorders cannot go cold turkey on food.  As a result, I have to learn to live with moderation.  I’ve seen people eat so clean they become literally obsessed with what they eat.  This is the exact opposite of what I want.  I want to someday reach the point where I don’t think about food obsessively, good or bad.

I’m working my way through a book that I hope will help.  I’ll share if/when I come across any great insights.

In other news, Tina and I found a new church today.  This church has both a traditional and a contemporary service; we went to the traditional sermon, and it was wonderful.  We both left feeling very energized, and I am quite hopeful that this will be our church home.  We also were made to feel very welcome, which was nice.  We’ve been to churches and been completely ignored.  Here, even though we were visitors, we were truly welcomed.

After church and a very bland, disappointing lunch, we made some popcorn, cooked in a bit of olive oil, and watched X-Men 3.  Tina has recently gotten into comic book movies, which for a dork like myself, is pretty exciting.  We also watched some Walking Dead today, too.

I also spent a bit of time preparing for the fall semester, which starts tomorrow.  I have a class that starts at 8 a.m.  I am glad school is starting back up.  Campus is much nicer with students on it.

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Taekwondo & Mosquito Bites

Food

Breakfast – sweet potato, 1 sausage patty, 1 slice of bacon, 1 egg, 1 egg white, cherries

Lunch – 2 asiago spinach chicken brats, kettle chips, tomato, cucumber

Dinner – taco pork meat (cooked with tons of onions and mushrooms) with cheese, sour cream, & tomatoes, in 2 wheat pita pockets

Snack – 3 Nature’s Harvest peanut butter creme cookies, glass of raw milk

I try to eat in a way that will keep the scale moving downward WITHOUT boring myself to death.  Some will say, “Forget entertainment.  Food should only be fuel!”

Not for me.  Food is fuel, enjoyment, a social activity, a way to lose weight, and a lot more.  I don’t think this empowers food; I think I am empowering myself by saying, “Food can be all of these things.”

I try to keep in mind why I am losing weight.  There are a lot of reasons.  But one reason is to do things that I cannot do right now.

The thing I am most looking forward to is resuming taekwondo (currently stagnated at a Senior 1st Degree Black – and I’ve forgotten a lot, so I have a great deal to relearn).  I have promised myself that I would return when my weight gets down to 250.  This will be me before you know it.

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(The one doing the kicking.  I can get kicked in the face right now.)

We did cardio tonight.  We made the mistake of not working out first thing home, and by the time we got around to working out, we just did not have the oomph in us to do Body Revolution tonight.  No worries; we’ll start the first two full weeks, and if we can do the entire workout as is (no breaks, no modified moves), we’ll move on to the next phase.  Right now, the plank is what is giving me the most trouble.  I have a weak core.  That definitely needs to be fixed (and will help me immensely when I get back into martial arts.)

And on an unrelated note, can I saw how much I HATE summer?  I hate the heat, but the thing I hate the most of all… mosquitoes.  Our winters here have been so mild for so many years in a row now, mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas are horrendous.  I cannot even go outside to the mailbox without getting at least three new mosquito bites.  So tired of summer; I look forward to a nice cool fall and a hopefully blizzard-y winter.

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