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!

It’s almost Christmas Weigh-in! #002

Just a real quick post today.

We’ve been celebrating Christmas.  We’ve been going from house to house.  We bought a new car this week.  We have been WAY out of our routine.

But we still weighed in and did our best.

Jeremy’s Weigh-In

Last Week: 424.6

Today’s Weight: 423.2

Change from Last Week –1.4 pounds

Change from All-Time Highest: –6.8 pounds

 

Tina’s Weigh-In

Last Week: 246.0

Today’s Weight: 245.0

Change from Last Week: –1.0 pounds

Change from All-Time Highest: –7.0 pounds

I’m gonna beat her this week.

Story #01

I love to write.  I have been writing pretty much since I have been able to read stories.

For the past three years, I’ve been working on my doctorate.  I spent several months this year writing my dissertation.  Cranking out 187 pages about the impact of a literacy intervention course can take it out of you.  It wears out the writing muscle, but it doesn’t satisfy the need to write.

Fortunately, now, I am done with schoolwork.  (Well, my doctorate at least.  C’mon, I get free tuition!  I’m working on a graduate certificate in measurement, evaluation, and research.)  But the writing itch is back, and this time, I’m satisfying it with fiction.

I graduated in the summer, and I took an undergraduate course this fall just for the heck of it.  (Two, actually.  One was Supernatural Folklore – greatest class ever.)  The other class (also greatest class ever) was Psychology in Science Fiction.  It really woke up my desire to do some science fiction writing, and I have decided to marry my love of writing with my desire to lose weight.

I’m going to write a science fiction short story about the different emotions, experiences, thoughts, and whatevers about losing weight.  I’m also going to pursue publication of these.  Now, it remains to be seen if I am good enough to be published,  I suppose, but if I don’t try, then I’ll never be published.

My first story, still untitled, is about the stress of experience massive weight gain after a massive weight loss.  After all… this was me at one point.

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This is me at about 320.  This is also an exceptionally good photo, because 320 is by no means an acceptable weight.  (I’m 6’0”, not 8’2”.)

This is me in the present (well, at Halloween) at 425 pounds.

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This was me a few weeks ago at my hooding ceremony on the night before graduation.  (Before the actual hooding ceremony, so I’m just wearing my wizard robes here.)

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There are a lot of emotions that I have to deal with.  Embarrassment.  Shame.  Anger.

So I’m writing a story, set in the future, about a man named Marshall who is going through the same thing.  With a sci-fi twist, of course.

I’m about 1500 words into the short story right now.  As previously mentioned, I’m going to pursue publication, which means I won’t be sharing the stories I write here UNTIL I have amassed 20 rejections per story.  Of course, if I am lucky enough to get published, I’ll certainly share where to find the story, but if not, it’ll take 20 rounds of rejections before I share it here.

This is something new I’m trying to keep me motivated.  I’ll continue to share my progress, both in weight loss and writing.

See you on Friday with our 1st weekly weigh-in!

A Husband and Wife Weigh-In #001

Tina and I both need to lose weight.  We’ve talked about waiting until after Christmas and New Years, but we’ve also both agreed that this is a bad decision.  Even if we just maintain for the last two weeks of 2016, that’s better than just waiting until 2017 and gaining weight over the holidays.

2016 has been a rough year, in a lot of ways.  I’m glad it’s almost over, but I want to do my best to at least not gain more weight in the next two weeks.  And losing a little will be even better.

We’re going to start weighing in here every Friday.  I hope to blog here periodically, but we’ll see.  I’ve never been a terribly consistent blogger.

In any event, here are our weights for December 16, 2016.

Jeremy’s Weigh-in

Highest Weight: 430.0

Today’s Weight: 424.6

Change from All-Time Highest: –5.4 pounds

 

Tina’s Weigh-in

Highest Weight: 252.0

Today’s Weight: 246.0

Change from All-Time Highest: –6.0 pounds

We hope to blog about some healthy recipes, our weight loss efforts, how we’re exercising, and other things about how our family is trying to be healthier.  We’re also blogging about our homeschooling efforts at wherearemypantsblog.com if you’re interested in following us over there.

I’ll share in upcoming days how we’ll be losing weight (quick story: calories in, calories out).