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Weight Watchers Countdown Begins

In my last post, I made my confession. The weight loss effort of the last year has largely been a failure. I have done worse than not lose weight.

I have gained weight. This morning, I weighed in at 352 pounds.

It isn’t my highest. That was 403.

It sure isn’t my lowest, either. That was around 260.

I’ve talked about what happened. I’ve given “excuses” for why it happened, but truthfully, there is no excuse.

I got sloppy, I got careless, and most importantly, I didn’t reach out for help.

Frequently, I find myself unwilling to ask for help. I often want to do it myself.

I do not believe I can do it on my own. That isn’t me putting myself down. That is me facing facts. I am envious and proud of those of you who can, but I must accept that I am not one of you.

I’m joining Weight Watchers. I’m joining a work chapter at my workplace, Western Kentucky University.

The Weight Watchers Work Chapter Open House was on Tuesday. I’m going to a community meeting on Saturday to learn about the new way to work the points.

Weight Watchers has just rolled out a new program called PointsPlus. The old program used calories, fiber, and fat grams to calculate how many points each food item. The new program uses protein, carbohydrates, fat, and fiber. I’ve heard from a few people who got to try the program early, and they have all absolutely loved it. From what I can tell so far, the program is emphasizing real foods over fake foods. It seems Weight Watchers may have an amazing new plan here.

On a related weight loss note, I have a love/hate relationship with The Biggest Loser. I hate the gameplay aspect, although I certainly understand how the promise of a $250,000 payday can do that to you. I frequently find the concept of people moaning about “only losing eight pounds a week” infuriating, even though I kind of get it, too.

But I also love it. I love the inspiration of seeing obese people get healthy. I love the tough love that Jillian and Bob throw down on the contestants. And in the most recent “Where Are They Now” episode, Jillian Michaels said something to the first season winner, Ryan (who regained over 100 pounds), something that really, really struck a chord with me.

“When you are losing the battle, reach out for support.”

Why didn’t I? I was too proud. I didn’t want to admit that I needed help.

No longer.

I need help with the battle. Weight Watchers is going to help me win the war. Hopefully, you can help me, too.

Whenever my first weigh-in is (either this Saturday or this Tuesday), I will report my weight here on my blog. I will record each week’s weigh-in, good or bad. I know that some will be bad, but many will be good.

I will share a tip for weight loss each week. I don’t expect to share anything so profound that you haven’t already heard it, but I’m going to post those tips for me. The act of crafting a blog post around each tip that I want to share will be helpful for me in making that tip a lifestyle change and not just a tip.

I will resume video blogging. One post a week will be a video blog (recorded as I drive to or from work) about something of importance to me as it relates to weight loss.

I will continue cooking. I’m going to keep sharing recipes over at 1,000 Meals, hopefully at the rate of AT LEAST one a week.

And I’ll periodically continue posting fun facts about myself. I don’t know that I’ll do one for every pound, because as I tried to make my list, I realize that I just don’t know that many things about myself. But I do have a small list of about ten or fifteen, and eventually, I’ll get around to sharing those.

I have big things planned. In December 2011, whether I am at goal weight then or not, I want to look back over the last year and say, “Wow, that was a heckuva successful ride, wasn’t it?”

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My New First Post!

If you are a new reader to Stellar Path, welcome!

If you are a former reader of Stellar Path, welcome back!

This blog has existed in a few different incarnations.  The first time I did a blog, I literally wrote it out in html.  It didn’t allow for comments or any type of interaction at all.  I got tired of that blog REAL quick.  (This was about three years ago, and it was just about whatever was going on in my life.)

Last year, I had a blog on Blogspot.  I already owned my own domain,, for my webpage, but I had no idea how to put a blog on it because my web host was just not helpful.  I knew I wanted to make a blog, so I created, and I used that for a few months.

I finally learned that I could put a blog on my domain, and became my main blog.  I used it for roughly a year, but as time went, I found my interest waning.  It wasn’t that blogging no longer interested me.  Frankly, I love it.  It’s practice for writing, it’s a way to find friends with common interests, and it’s a level of accountability for weight loss that you just can’t get too many places.  A few factors, however, led to the slow decline in my posting frequency.

Number one – my host company sucked.  They sucked hard.  It was frequently down, and I would often have to wait DAYS to submit a post because of some technical glitch.  My contract with them was ending in October 2010, and in early September 2010, I changed to a more reliable host recommended by a tech-savvy friend (and it turned out to be cheaper, too), and that is what has led to this new incarnation of my blog.  (More on that in a moment.)

Number two – I was depressed.  I don’t think it was true clinical depression, but one set of circumstances in my life had me in a MAJOR funk.  I had (and still have) a wonderful fiance.  Her name is Tina, and she is truly the best thing that has ever happened to me.  We are getting married on October 8th of this year (just a few weeks away!), and I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with my best friend.

For the past year, we’ve been planning a wedding and starting our lives together.  This should be the greatest time of my life.  Why on Earth have I been so down in the dumps?

Put simply, I had the shittiest job EVER.  (Pardon my language.)  One day, I reached my breaking point.  I had a crappy salary, I was on call essentially 24/7 (for a job that should not require anyone be on call – who in the field of Education is ever on call 24/7?!), and I had an assistant who was openly hostile toward me and a boss who would not even let me do anything about it.  I was done; I walked in on Monday, quit, and walked out.  I “technically” gave two weeks notice, but when I explained my situation to the deputy director about why I needed to leave, they allowed me to use my vacation hours as my two weeks notice.  The relief I felt as I walked out that door for the last time was AMAZING.

I had very recently been offered a part-time job by Western Kentucky University, my alma mater, that was going to provide about 2/3rds of the full-time salary I had been making.  That was what ultimately led to the decision to leave.  I know I could find a part-time job to make up the difference, so I could still pay my bills.  But God truly had something amazing in store for me, because on Thursday of that week, I was offered a full-time job with benefits at WKU.  Best yet, I’m working for a professor that I’ve worked with before, and she is amazing.  I am the Coordinator for the Center of Literacy at WKU, and I can only see this position growing more and more amazing as time passes.  I truly plan to make this my career.  (Oh, and another perk?  18 hours of free tuition every year!  I will even be able to get my doctorate, virtually for free!)

Okay, so now that I am working in a job that I love and finally feel like I am making a difference, I’m finding that I don’t dread going to work.  I’m getting less sleep, but my body doesn’t need more sleep.  I am finding joy in more places now than ever before.  I didn’t realize how badly one aspect of my life could taint the other amazing components of my life.  But I’m out, things are great, and I decided to turn back to my blog and make it the awesome webpage I always wanted it to be.

I did find myself posting less and less frequently.  A big part of it was the depression over my job, because when I was home after work, I just wanted to veg out and do nothing.  Going to the gym was a freaking obstacle; I just didn’t have the energy to blog.  But you know what?  I do now, and I have great plans for this blog.  The past year is gone, and while I wrote some great posts (I think so, anyway) over the past year, it was going to be a huge pain in the butt to migrate everything over, so I’m just calling it a fresh start and beginning here anew, on September 10, 2010, with a fresh slate.

I’m actually going to be running several blogs, but this is my main blog.  I have a lot of things I want to blog about, but I don’t want to overwhelm my main weight loss blog with everything that I know some of you won’t be interested in.

My plans for this main blog?  I’m still not sure how often I’ll post, but I plan to post at least every few days.  One thing I will be doing, but in a different way – Weigh-ins.  I’m not going to do weekly weigh-ins.  Instead, every time I post, I will share what my weight was that day.  I’m not someone who can go a week without getting on a scale; I have an addiction.  Plus, when I weigh weekly, I would find myself skimping on the day before weigh-in day to make the scale read less.  To me, that’s a stupid behavior.  But if I weigh in daily, then day-to-day fluctuations don’t freak me out.  I know that if I’m up a bit today, it’s okay, because in a day or two, I’ll be back where I should.  So every post will, in essence, be a weigh-in post.  I’ll definitely have celebratory weight posts, too, because every five pounds is going to be a goal.

I’ll also post recipes, weight loss and exercise tips, and a few other random things about my weight loss journey.  It will basically be what my blog was before.

Oh, and one thing I’m very excited about – I’ve begun training to be a personal trainer!  You’ll definitely get to follow me on that journey, too.  I’ll be starting that in mid-October, when I’m back from my honeymoon in Antigua!

And as I mentioned, I will have other blogs as well.  To give you a quick rundown:
1. Food Blog – I plan to blog what I eat daily (or at least near daily) with some pictures of my food.
2. The Rejection Journal – I love to write, and I want to be a published fiction writer.  Right now, I am focusing on short stories.  This blog won’t be updated as often, but it will be where I keep track of what I’m writing, what I’ve submitted, and my rejection (and hopefully acceptance) notes.  Why the title?  There is a writer’s adage – “If you haven’t received rejection letters, then you haven’t been writing.”  I don’t necessarily know that I’ll post works of fiction here, but I may.  We’ll see.
3. Mason’s Miscellaneous – I love pictures.  I love both pictures I have taken, I love pictures others have taken, and I love just random pictures I find on the internet.  I’ll post to this one whenever I find or take a picture that I want to share.  And because the title is so broad, if I find something else I want to share that doesn’t relate to weight loss (say a cool webpage or funny video), this is where it will end up.  Oh, and as for why the name Mason – well, I’m a huge dork, so you’ll just have to go check it out and see.  (And you will then receive direct verification that I am, in fact, a huge dork.  If you didn’t already know.  You probably did.)
4. Ice Blog – Yes, I plan to bring Ice Blog back and keep it updated.  I know where the story is going, and I want to get it all out there on paper.  Er, the web.

I hope to get these other blogs going this weekend.

I may create other webpages here at Stellar Path at well, and I’ll share those as they are created.  Right now, I do have a webpage posted from October 2001 called Project: October, which was a little psychological experiment I conducted on myself in regards to horror movies.

So yeah, I’m happy to be back.  I’m happy to be happy.  And while I’m not where I thought I would be weight-wise when I got married, I know that I’ll keep chiseling away at my weight until I am where I want to be.

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