Day #004 – Glowing Crosses, Foot Pain Reduced, and a Weight Bench

Exciting news; my weight bench has arrived!  But as I explained in yesterday’s post, I’ve been benched.  Until my foot has been pain free for a few days, I’m not allowed to work out.  So it’ll just sit there, looking nice and shiny in the corner of my dining room, while my stupid body continues to heal.

Henry finished Vacation Bible School tonight.  He had a blast this week, and he got this cool cross necklace that is made of glowsticks.  I think he thinks it’s a glow-in-the-dark cross, so I’m not sure how happy he’ll be about it in the morning when it has completely lost its juice.  (And this kid, who has the most handsome smile when he’s laughing or having a good time, just can’t do anything but cheese when the camera comes out.)

I know that I should be eating better foods, especially when I can’t even exercise to help offset any bad choices, but I am craving absolute garbage right now.  We need to stop buying it; those toasted marshmallows were DELICIOUS, but I’m not sure if they were actually worth five points.

Part of my cravings for processed, carby food is also my injury.  I need to tough through it.  Growing pains.  Progress not perfection.  And other such cliches.

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I actually slept last night!  I still have a little foot pain when lying down, but it is greatly reduced.  I even had the great idea, “I can exercise by Saturday night!”  However, I have ultimately decided to wait until Monday.  My foot hurt so bad I couldn’t sleep; I’m not going to risk a reinjury right away, so a weekend of healing time should be good for me.

As I mentioned earlier in this post, my weight bench has arrived and Tina and I put it up this morning.  It was super easy; I’ll review it proper when we’ve had a few weeks of use behind us.  For now, it’ll just sit there and wait for Monday night when we start the StrongLifts program!

 

We also worked our way a bit more through our Universal Yums box.  Every month, we get a box of snacks from some different country.  This month, it was Mexico, and while this hasn’t been our favorite month, it has still had some tasty food in it.  Today, we tried a snack made of peanuts and sugar called De La Rosa Mazapan.  To my surprise, this was in Weight Watchers eTools, so I was actually able to track it!

I’m still working on trying to clean up my eating.  I have a long way to go.  I dipped into my weekly points today, but I have plenty left for the weekend.  I really want to make a push to eat well this weekend so I can see a loss on Monday at the scale.

 

Points (78/42) 78
Shrimp and veggie pasta (11) 67
Merci chocolate (10) 57
Nectarine (0) 57
Toasted marshmallows (5) 52
Triscuits (5) 47
Tuna salad with boiled egg (6) 41
Leftover Stovetop Stuffing (3) 38
Thick cut bacon BLT on homemade bread (17) 21
2 chicken fajita burritos (12) 9
Open-faced bologna and cheese sandwich (11) -2
Hard boiled egg with balsamic drizzle (2) -4
Strawberries (0) -4
De la roza mazapan (3) -7

 

Day #003 – Stupid Feet

I am babying my foot still.  I think it’s better, but I’m not willing to risk it, so no exercise today.  I’d actually like to be able to sleep tonight.  It’s the strangest pain; I’ll readily admit to being a huge baby when it comes to pain (on account of, y’know, being a man), but the issue with this is also that I don’t know WHAT caused the pain.  I’m assuming it was my sneakers, but the truth is, I just don’t know.  And that is what bothers me about it.  If I had twisted my ankle, it’d be one thing, but this just kind of appeared.

I keep thinking I may want to go to urgent care in the morning, but I don’t think this is an injury that a general practitioner can help with.  I think this would probably require a podiatrist, at best, and even then, I’m not sure what can be done beyond rest.  I’ll probably go on Monday if it still hurts.

One thing that I do feel comfortable saying is that I need to eat better.  Now that I know my diet is going out into the world, I’m aware of how much junk I eat.  I need to start eating less processed food and WAY more vegetables.

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Okay, update on the foot situation.   The previous few paragraphs were written last night; the following is written this afternoon.

I didn’t fall asleep until 5:30 a.m., and this was after trying pretty consistently from about 3 a.m. on.  Every time I would lay down, my food would just ache.

I took a ZZZquil at 5:30, and even though I woke up about every hour until 11:30 to walk around the bedroom to get the foot pain a brief reprieve, I managed to sleep about six hours.  At that point, tired of this stupid pain, I decided to go to urgent care.  (It’s not really; it’s a walk-in clinic at Graves Gilbert which is I where we all go for our medical needs.)

Anyway, I was really pleased with how quickly I was seen.  Within 20 minutes, I was having my foot palpated by a doctor.  I took an X-ray, and the X-ray showed nothing.  This is good; I was a little afraid that perhaps I had fractured my foot and not realized it.

On the unpleasant side of this, the X-ray showed nothing.  This probably is just tendonitis or something similar.  If it still hurts in 10 days, I’m supposed to go back, and for now, I take Naproxen and Extra Strength Tylenol for the pain.  And unfortunately, no exercise at all.  So stupid Part III of the Masked Rider/Power Ranger crossover will have to wait.

I can still lose weight this week.  After all, weight loss is like 95% diet and 5% exercise.  I am looking at the food I’ve eaten over the last day, and it’s not that great.  Even though I followed my points exactly, I ate a lot of processed junk.  I can do better.

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Points (78/42) 78
Habanero potato chips (5) 73
Chicken and havarti sandwich (15) 58
Popcorn (5) 53
Omelette with turkey sausage and cheese (9) 44
Steel cut oatmeal with brown sugar (7) 37
Popcorn (10) 27
Bologna and cheddar cheese (6) 21
Bologna sandwich (13) 8
Popcorn (5) 3
Peach (0) 3
Tomato juice (3) 0

 

Day #002 – Community Band, Foot Pain, and Jellybeans

Tina has community band on Tuesday night, and Henry is in Vacation Bible School.  Since I don’t really have anything to do in-between, I decided to go to campus and work on an application I need to fill out for a program I am volunteering to participate in.

I exercised tonight, but I’m not sure that was the smartest decision.  My foot has been aching, but in a very odd way.  It doesn’t hurt to put pressure on it, which is why I exercised.  It felt fine the entire time.  However, when I was lying in bed last night, it was really painful.  I was up about every hour, at least once, to walk around the bedroom.  That alleviated the pain.  Until I laid back down.

I’m going to baby my foot today, and if I have another sleepless night, I’m going to the doctor tomorrow.  I’ve been wearing some really crappy sneakers, and I have new ones that I just started using (as in, I started using them after my foot started hurting today).  I wonder if my poor sneakers are what has finally caused this very odd, unfamiliar pain.

I made the mistake of googling my symptoms, and I’m afraid it appears that I may have foot cancer coupled with podiatric hepatitis.  That sucks.  Hope I get better.

In all seriousness, one of the things that I read about that can cause foot pain that hurts only when lying down is diabetic neuropathy.  Back when I was at 434, my blood sugar ran around 110-120, which is pre-diabetic.  It occurred to me… what if I am now full-blown diabetic and this is the first symptom?  Rather than stress needlessly about it, I checked my blood sugar this morning.  (I got a glucose monitor when I learned I was pre-diabetic.)  The results?  93!  I’m pleased with that.  It’s not as good as I would like, but anything under 100 is a normal fasting glucose.  So hopefully I can successfully self-eliminate diabetic neuropathy as the source of my foot pain.

Today was one of those days where I had to go to work (if you’re new to reading my blog, I’m a professor and I have summers off).  This lunch was catered, and I feel that I did a pretty good job of sticking to my points, even if I didn’t eat the best food.  (As in quality – the food itself was delicious, even those heart-shaped jelly beans that ate up five of my points.)

After an entire day of being on my feet but at least wearing good shoes, my right foot is still a little achy.  Again, however, it only hurt when I was lying down, so we’ll see how I feel tonight.  Fingers crossed.

And hey, two days down!  I actually blogged two days in a row!

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Points (78/42) 78
Chicken, peppers, and onions fajita burritos (16) 62
Banana (0) 62
White cheddar mac ‘n cheese, diced tomatoes, and ground beef (14) 48
Dark chocolate (6) 42
Slice of roast beef and Havarti cheese (3) 39
Peach (0) 39
Jelly beans (5) 34
Sprite (9) 25
Chicken casserole (10) 15
Roasted veggies (1) 14
Chess bar (8) 6
Roll (4) 2
Fruit salad (0) 2

My exercise today was the treadmill at 3.0 mph and 5 degree incline for 20 minutes to Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Season 3 episode “A Friend in Need, Part II.”  Stupid Masked Rider.  I’ll be glad when this three parter is over.

Day #001 – Daily Blogging 101

I’m trying to resurrect this weight loss blog, for one very simple reason.

I’m actually losing weight now!  I started 2017 at a high weight of 434.0, and today, I weighed in at 402.8.  More on that in a minute.

I’ve tried the daily blogging thing before, and I’ve never stuck with it.  In the past, I’ve struggled with daily blogging because it isn’t fun to write a weight loss blog when you not only don’t lose weight, you don’t even stick to the diet.  And plus, there is the whole issue of I don’t want my daily life just out there, updating it live every day.  I’d rather live my life, you know?

However, there is a happy medium.  I am going to try and at least post daily my food and exercise, and I’ll only share those things that I am okay being fully public.  There may be days (even weeks) where I won’t post for whatever reason, but for the next week, I’m going to try this.

I’m struggling with a way to actually track my food.  I don’t like using the mobile app that Weight Watchers gives us, and writing in a notebook is a little bit of a hassle.  So…  I’m going to try and blog this week and see how it goes.  During the week, I’m keeping this in a Google Drive document, so that anywhere I am, I can quickly log in, track my food, and move along.  No notebook to carry, no app to mess with; hopefully, this will be quick and easy.

As it is, I am currently at 78 points a day and I have 42 weekly points.  At the bottom of each entry (or the entire entry if I have no commentary) will be a table where I list everything I ate that day.  I’ll also include my exercise.

I’ll be perfectly honest about that, too.  My exercise game is weak at the moment.  But y’know, when you are a super morbidly obese man with bad knees and… oh, I don’t know, 220 more pounds to lose, you’re very limited in what you can do.  Right now, my workout consists exclusively of light treadmill work.  I’m not trying to kill myself.  I am going to incorporate weight work later this summer, but I’ll talk more about that in coming days.

I’ll go ahead and apologize for any wonky verb tenses.  I’ll be adding to this document as the week goes, and there may be times I refer to something in the future tense in one paragraph and then the past tense the next.  I’ll try to be mindful when I edit this before I blog about it.

So, let me share the significance of today’s weigh-in.  When I first began losing weight years ago, my starting weight was 402.8.  I lost all the way down to around 255, I think, but then I stopped, and over the next several years, I ballooned up to 434.  Well, I’m back to 402.8.  It almost seems like a perfect time to start blogging again.

Let me also talk quickly about my exercise.  I have a weight bench ordered, and as soon as it is here, I’m going to start StrongLifts, which I’ll share more about when that actually begins.

For now, I’m just doing cardio.  Every day, I do 20 minutes of treadmill walking to an episode of the Power Rangers.  I’ve finished the first two seasons.  Today is the first episode of Season 3.  At my weight, I’m just trying to increase my cardio endurance.  My knees cannot handle running, so I set my treadmill to 3.0 miles per hour and I slowly up my incline.  This week, I’m at five degrees.  My treadmill goes up to 15, but I’m going to work my way up to that.

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Henry started Vacation Bible School tonight, which means we now have a four-year-old who knows how to play Simon Says.

We also spent some time today getting our dining room ready for my weight bench, which should be here on Friday.  (The dress form is holding Tina’s goal dress.)

I am also now realizing that I should spend a little bit of time explaining how I follow Weight Watchers.  I like to eat late at night, and since the research is pretty clear on the fact that calories are what matter, now the time of day you eat, I start my points at dinner and end them the next day at dinner.  It’s a little unorthodox, but it definitely works for me.  If I’m low on points, I find it much easier to resist snacking in the day than late at night.

Nothing really happened today, beyond me spending a little more time working on my old weights.  I cleaned up my Olympic bar, my 25 pound plates, and my 2.5 pound plates.  They were in the garage, so they aren’t in the greatest of shape.  I want to paint them, and I was initially thinking black, but Rustoleum has a nice metallic set of paint colors, so they made end up bronze or copper. We’ll see.

Today was largely uneventful.  I’m a professor who works on a nine month contract (mostly), so I have summers mostly off.  I often go in to work one or two days, but by and large, I’m working from home.  I still have things to do, and part of what I spent today working on were my promotion materials which are due July 3rd.  Fun times.  (But yay for employment that only makes me work roughly nine months a year!  Granted, I pull 50-60 hour weeks during those nine months, but I’ll still take it.)

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Points (78/42) 78
Chicken, cheese, and asparagus (6) 72
Stove top sage stuffing (3) 69
Mini s’mores bagel with marshmallows (5) 64
Dark chocolate, 85% cacao (4) 60
Grapes (0) 60
Turkey sausage, cheddar, and egg breakfast burrito (11) 49
Cherries (0) 49
Homemade full-fat yogurt with blueberries (8) 41
Club sandwich on homemade bread (18) 23

I had twenty-three points left over today, which is a lot, but I didn’t need to eat anything else.  That’s frequently what happens when I eat a pretty clean dinner.  Most days aren’t like this.

My exercise today was 20 minutes on the treadmill at 3.0 mph and 5 degree incline while watching the season 3 opener of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, the terrible not-really-a-spin-off episode “A Friend in Need, Part 1,” where the Power Rangers went to Edenoi to visit Masked Rider for, y’know, reasons.  I remember watching this when it first aired, and I thought, “Oh, I’ll have to watch Masked Rider since they’re set in the same universe.”  Except they aren’t.  Neither Power Rangers nor Masked Rider ever referenced each other again.  In fact, the events of Power Rangers is what led Masked Rider to come to Earth in Part III, until you watch Masked Rider, and that jerkwad never even mentions the Power Rangers.  Well who lasted one season, and who is still on the air, going strong after 24 years?  Huh?  Suck it, Masked Rider!

Geeze.  Did this episode give me PTSD?  It seems I’m a little bothered by this.

Happy 39th Birthday to me!

Today, I turned 39 years old.

I have one year left until I am 40.

And I plan for the next year to be amazing.  I have no doubt that I will enter 40 in better health, wealth, and everything.

I’ve lost 32 pounds in the past twelve weeks.  For the first time since 2012, I am entering a birthday weighing UNDER 400 pounds.  On my scale at home this morning, I was 398.

That’s a good feeling, both mentally and physically.  Have you ever carried around 32 pounds all day long?  It’d be tiring, but I was doing it.

I’ve got a lot more to lose, but I am confident I will do it.

I am making a few resolutions that I will do my best to reach this year.  I’ll update my progress monthly(ish) to see how I do!

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  1. I will lost 100 more pounds by my 40th birthday.  On April 19, 2018, I want to weigh 298 or lower.
  2. I will create 39 works of art (oil painting, stained glass, watercolors, something) that I will give away.  I’ll post about that in more depth in a bit when I have my first piece of art to give away.  My reason?  I just want to put some of my creativity out into the world.
  3. I will finish writing this young adult novel that is following me around.  I love to write, but I don’t do it as often as I should.  I’m done with my dissertation; I have no excuses now.
  4. I will send 39 letters out in The Mail Project, and I’ll post about everything I get back in return.  I’ll share about this one, too, as soon as I’ve officially started it.
  5. I’ll read 39 books that I’ve been planning to read and blog about them.  I’ll probably blog about these on my work blog, but I’ll share here, too.

That’s it.  There’s a part of me that wants to do 39 resolutions, but I’d just be making up crap at that point to reach 39. 

I owe you a weight loss post soon, because I have had a successful semester at Weight Watchers!  I blog as it occurs to me, which is admittedly not often.  I’d love it if you’d follow me on Instagram at therangerproject.  I’m much more active there!

Power Rangers Movie Review

So, I went to see Power Rangers on Thursday night.

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So, how was it?  Let me say something real quick first.

The first Power Rangers movie was Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie, which came out in 1995 when the show as in its second season.  (The show is currently in its 24th season.)  I love MMPR:TM.  I loved it then (it’s actually what got me into Power Rangers), and I love it now.  I actually like the armor of MMPR:TM better than the armor of this movie, even though I’ll admit this movie’s Power Ranger armor is pretty sweet.  (My objection is solely the helmets – they don’t look enough like their animals.)  But, my point is this – MMPR:TM was a movie for the fans.

Power Rangers is a movie for anybody who likes superheroes.

I say that seriously.  Yes, it has a little cheese, but not like what you would expect when you hear Power Rangers.  I genuinely believe that if you like superhero films, you’ll like Power Rangers.

I’m not going to go too much into the depth of the plot in this review, but there are a few things I want to talk about.  There will be spoilers ahead, so bail out now if you don’t want to be spoiled.

Firstly, I have always been a fan of the Blue Ranger.  Billy was the Ranger that spoke to me from the original Power Rangers.  This is original Billy, played by David Yost.

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The new Billy Cranston is played by RJ Cyler.

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I could care less that the new Billy is black.  No one who is a Power Rangers fan cares about the race of the actors.  Power Rangers is known for its diversity.

I will admit that I was a little nervous about RJ Cyler playing Billy, though.  I felt he would be a better Jason or Zack, for this reason.  In today’s world of celebrity social media, we often get to see actors in their daily lives, and it feels at times that we get to know them.  RJ Cyler felt too cool to play Billy.  Billy is a nerd; Billy is a geek.  He’s a good guy, but he’s a little bit off.  I had never seen RJ Cyler act in anything, so I was skeptical that he could bring the nerdiness of Billy to the character in the same way that David Yost did.

Well, I am happy to say this.  RJ Cyler IS Billy.  His Billy is a little different than Yost’s Billy, but I feel confident in saying that Billy is the character that is the most similar from the show to the movie.

RJ Cyler is, in my admittedly biased opinion as a fan of the Blue Ranger, the best Ranger actor in this film.  Billy is the heart of this film, and RJ Cyler did an amazing job bringing him to life.

There has also been some chatter online about Power Rangers introducing an LGBT character and a character on the spectrum.  Some people feel like this is lip service that Power Rangers is paying.  I disagree.  Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, kiddie show that it was, was all about diversity.  No matter what you looked like as a kid, at some point, there was a Power Ranger that looked like you.

Well, Billy Cranston was our character on the spectrum, and I’ll readily admit that I am not an expert on autism.  But with Billy, it fit.  Perfectly.  It didn’t feel tacked on; it didn’t feel forced in.  It felt like his character, and I know a lot of that is thanks to Cyler’s acting ability.  I’ll get to the LGBT issue in just a moment.

Billy was the heart of the team.  In this new movie, the Rangers can’t morph until they have learned to work as a team.  Billy is the first to morph, accidentally at that, when he stops Zack and Jason from fighting.  In his attempt to protect friendships, he has become part of the team.  His friendship with Jason, forged early in the film, is amazing.  I know of no other way to say it, as silly as this sounds, but it warmed my heart to see Billy so protective of his friendship, relationship, and trust with Jason.

Now, on to Trini.  One thing to note – Trini was Trini Kwan in the original series, played by the late Thuy Trang.

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In the series, Trini was responsible, level headed, and basically a model citizen.  Oh, and she was also heterosexual.

The new Trini (last name omitted, for… reasons) is played by Becky G.  So yeah, it wouldn’t make sense for a Latina to have a Vietnamese last name, I suppose.  (For what it’s worth, I think they could have solved this by having her be adopted, but it’s not a big deal.)  It’s just that Trini’s lack of a last name definitely stood out when the other four Rangers all had their original last names.  Granted, Cranston wasn’t used in the show ever, but it’s still canonical, and I’m getting off track now.  Back to Trini.

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This Trini is reckless, a bit of a wild child, and literally nothing like the old Trini.  That’s okay; this version of Power Rangers is clearly supposed to be different.  A lot of the characters (mostly Zack and Trini) are wildly different from the originals.

And she may be bisexual or lesbian.  The director has said that was his intention, and it’s a pretty mellow example, but hey, it’s a start, right?  While the Rangers are trying to bond as friends, sitting around a campfire, Trini mentions she’s having problems, Zack asks if it is boyfriend problems, and then follows up with, “Girlfriend problems?”  And she alludes with her answer that she isn’t who her parents want her to be.  Again, it’s not like Trini was crushing on Kimberly (something I am actually grateful did not happen), but if you wanted to perceive her as gay or straight, the film is not that clear.  Maybe things will be different in a future film.

Zack is a wildly different Zack.  I actually feel like Zack got the shortest end of the character development stick in this film.  Jason and Kimberly (save for a little bit of actual teenage attitude) are not that wildly different from the original Jason and Kimberly.  Zack is such a different character, he and the original Zack Taylor share only a name.  I didn’t feel a ton of connection with Zack’s character, although he does have a conversation with the gang about his relationship with his dying mother, which was definitely not in the show, and that gave him some real development.

Alpha Five was very different from the show Alpha Five, but he was fun.  Bill Hader did a great job with him.

Bryan Cranston as Zordon… Man, that was #notmyZordon at first, but he grew on me.  Zordon on the show was a wise, kindly, father figure.  This Zordon was straight up a jerk.  He was looking at the bigger picture, of course, in trying to save the world, but he also was using the Rangers for his own needs so that he could come back to life.  Don’t worry; Zordon doesn’t stay a jerk, but he sure started out as one.

What on Earth can I possibly say about Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa?  She was amazing.  She was scary.  She was just fun.  And creepy.  And again, I go back to scary.  This movie is rated PG-13 for a reason, and while some of it is the Rangers swearing a little (nothing worse than PG), I think most of it is Rita.  She straight up kills people.  Jason attends the funeral for one of her victims at one point.  She attacks Trini in her room at night in a scene that I can see being little kid nightmare fuel.

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There were some Easter Eggs for fans.

First of all, the original Power Ranger score from the 1995 movie is used to great effect when the Zords come out as a team for the first time.  I got goosebumps.  I wanted to stand up and cheer.  Seriously, as a fanboy, it was perfect.

There is a reference to two Power Rangers series, Lightspeed Rescue and Dino Thunder, when Jason’s dad mentions being between Mariner’s Bay and Reefside while driving.

The original Tommy and Kimberly have a cameo at the end.  They’re two in the crowd taking photos of the MegaZord with their cameras after the big fight.  I would have liked to see all of the original gang, including Karan Ashley (who played Aisha, Trini’s replacement) as the fill-in for Thuy Trang.  But alas, they didn’t ask me.  Or pretty much anyone else in the fandom who would have said the same thing. 

Trini delivered the final impact with the MegaZord that defeated Rita.  In MMPR:TM, Yellow Ranger Aisha delivered the final… ugh, knee to the groin with the MegaZord that defeated Ivan Ooze.

So, what did I not like?

I wish the Rangers helmets were more like the original.  I’m not sure that I liked that the Rangers’ helmets were open-faced during the Zord Battles.  I didn’t like that the MastodonZord did not look like a Mastodon.  It looked like if a machine gun, a spider, and a tank had a weird baby.  The other Zords were fine; just that one.  I didn’t like that there wasn’t a shared cockpit for the MegaZord.  I think that one may be my biggest dislike of all.  The whole movie is about teamwork; let us see them working as a team in the same cockpit rather than communicating via radio.

What did I like?  Everything else.

Oh, and one more nice little Easter Egg, when Trini morphs for the first time, she is wearing a shirt with the year 1973 on it, the year that Thuy Trang was born.  Coincidence?  I really don’t think it is.

There’s a mid-credits scene, but no ending credits scene.  The mid-credits scene is a nice teaser for the second film.

I really hope this does well enough to earn a second film.  Saban has said he has a planned six film arc.  Yes, please.

25 Pounds Down!

Just a quickie celebration post today.

At WW@WKU, I weighed in at 408.8, which is 25.2 pounds down from my highest!

March 20, 2017

Today’s Weight: 408.8

Change from Highest: –25.2 pounds

This is the longest stretch of weight loss I have had since my last successful bout in Weight Watchers in 2004.  I am beyond thrilled!  I have nowhere to go but down, and I’m confident I’ll take this all the way to the end.

Heck, my goal is to eventually be a WW leader.  Goodness knows the meeting room could use some more men (no offense to the amazing female leaders out there, of course).

I even got my 25 pound charm today.  Woo hoo!

Can I possibly lose 4.8 this week and hit 30 pounds next week?  Probably not, but that’s doesn’t mean I won’t try!

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Weight Watchers, Seven Weeks In

I had my first weigh-in at Weight Watchers at work on January 31st, where I weighed 434.0 pounds.  That was my highest weight ever.  I felt terrible.  I ached; I hurt; I didn’t like the way I looked.  My body was in pain.  At my weight, I’m basically carrying an extra 250 pounds more than I should be. 

In the last six weeks, I have lost 21.8 pounds.  That’s an average of a little 3 pounds a week.

I’m attaching this photo, just because I think we need to have visual representations of our weight loss.  This first photo isn’t great; it’s actually a screen shot, which is why I look like a little, uhm, weird.  Next to it is a photo I took this morning, at my current weight of 412.2. 

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(Quick note: 1st photo weirdness – video screencap.  2nd photo weirdness – I hate selfies.  I really do.  I’d much rather have a candid, unplanned photo of me that someone else took.)

Smile aside, I can see some differences in those photos.  This isn’t a great comparison shot; I have a different stance in each picture, so I naturally look a little more broad in the first picture than I do in the second.  But I do think I look a little slimmer in the face.

For what it’s worth, I do have a nice, proper front shot of me at my highest.  However, it is me without a shirt, and while that photo will someday see the light of day, that day is not today. 

I’m not a selfie person.  I just don’t feel a need to take pictures of myself on a regular basis.  Maybe it’s because I’m fat, maybe it’s because I think it’s just a little arrogant – I don’t know.  But I will try to take pictures somewhat regularly to highlight my progress.

I feel REALLY good about this.  I feel like I’m finally going to make it to the finish line.  These past seven weeks have shown me more weight loss than I’ve experienced in YEARS (literally, almost ten years at this point).  I feel like it has finally clicked.  I have said “I’ve got this” tons of times without meaning it, but this time, I’ve got this.

My current Weight Watchers at work cycle ends in the middle of April.  We have about five weeks left.  I won’t be quitting Weight Watchers between the spring and summer sessions, though.  I’ll either do it on my own or pay the fee and go to my local WW center. 

I have two goals, one of which is fairly achievable and the other of which would be a beating.  I’m going to try and hit both.

My first goal: I want to be in the 300s (read: at least 399.8) when WW@WKU ends in a few weeks.  This is a weight loss of 2.5 pounds a week, which is very achievable.

My second goal (the crazy hard one): I want to hit 10% when WW@WKU ends in a few weeks.  This will be a weight loss of 43.4 pounds, which will put me at 390.6.  That’s huge; that will require a weight loss of OVER four pounds a week.  This isn’t impossible, but it’s not a WW approved amount of weight loss.  However, it is possible, especially at my weight.

I’ve actually lost over 4 pounds every week I’ve weighed in except for two.  One week I gained 0.6 pounds, and this week I only lost 0.8 pounds.  The other weeks have all been over four pounds.

I’ll not beat myself up if I don’t hit either goal, but I’m giving myself a stretch goal to see if it can be done.

I’ll try to update my progress here weekly.

Feel free to email, comment, or follow me on Instagram at therangerproject, where I am much more active than I am here.

Weight Watchers at WKU, Weeks 1-3

One of the great job perks at WKU, my place of employment, is that we are given free access to Weight Watchers.  WKU offers three 12-week series of WW a year, one for spring, summer, and fall semesters, and so long as we attend at least 9 of 12 meetings, we pay nothing.  It’s a pretty sweet deal, and I am taking advantage of it.

I’ll be honest; I’ve done WW at WKU before and just piddled my way through, up and down and not really making much progress.

However, I have started again this spring, and for whatever reason, this time, it is sticking.

I weighed in at my absolute highest weight ever on January 30th at 434.0 pounds

January 30, 2017 – 434.0

But then… I stuck the program, I got a nice journal to track in, and… I’m losing weight!  And while it is a little tough, it’s not impossibly difficult.

February 6, 2017 – 424.8 (loss of 9.2 pounds)

February 13, 2017 – 421.2 (loss of 3.6 in one week, total of 12.8 pounds)

I obviously do not expect to have a loss like that again this week, but I’d be beyond thrilled to lose two pounds a week.  And I feel good about it.

I’m exercising, although I’m admittedly going very light.  It’s funny; I can look back at how much more physically fit and active I used to be, but I just lost it.  Rather than bemoan that fact, I’m starting super slow.  I do about 20 minutes on the treadmill every night.  It feels almost embarrassing to admit that, especially when I used to be able to do so much more, but that’s where I’m at.  I’m slowly upping my speed, and I’m about to increase my duration as well.

I’m still on my quest to become a Power Ranger.

I’d encourage you to follow me on Instagram, as I’m a much more frequent Instagrammer than blogger, but I will try to stop in here every few weeks and track my progress toward becoming a Power Ranger.

Goodbye 2016! And My Word for the Year!

Fare the well, 2016.  Never come back.

Some good things happened in 2016.  I got my doctorate.  My family is still alive.  My house didn’t burn down.  We got a new car (to replace the old crappy one that was about to drive me completely insane).

So yeah… 2016 can suck it.

I’ve done resolutions in the past, and I’m not going to do those this year.  I never reach them.  Instead, I’m going to do something that I’ve seen lots of other people do.

I’m setting a word for the year.  This word will inspire everything I do: career, weight loss, personal improvement…

And that word is Focus.

I’ve seen people use words like Surrender or Trust or Balance.

I want to focus.  I often feel like I’ve drifted through life, just bumping into whatever comes my way.  Not always, but definitely sometimes.  I need to focus more.

I’ll try to blog monthly about how my focus is helping me.

In weight loss news, Tina is starting a weight loss challenged called Fit Girls on Monday, and I’m doing it with her.  More info (including weigh-in) then!

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