Stellar Path has now moved to The Ranger Project. I’ll continue posting here for the rest of the year, but please follow me to my new location.
Welcome to the Ranger Project.
If you are here from my previous website, Stellar Path, welcome back! If you are here by any other means, thank you for visiting, and I’ll hope you’ll bookmark me and add me to your feed reader.
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!)
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?
- Calorie counting.
- Mostly primal eating.
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?