Day #019 – “Date Night,” Eye Exams, and Too Much Junk

On the first Friday night of every month, we get a date night at our church.  As part of the date night, we have to volunteer about once every six to eight months and be the parent volunteers on said date night, and tonight, our number came up.  So we didn’t have a date night, but we did hang out with our kid and a bunch of other kids at church.

Because of that and the other chaos of the day (for a day where nothing happened, it seemed like the day still got away from us), we didn’t get around to StrongLifts today.  We’ll make sure we pick it up tomorrow, along with an extra bout of cardio, if I can swing it.

The diet wasn’t great today, but I’m not sweating that, either.  I’m still in my points.  I’m just going ot make sure I eat plenty of veggies this weekend to offset the rather vegetable-free menu I’ve been enjoying this week.


Henry had his eye exam today, and he did great.  We just dropped $600 between his eye exam and Tina’s glasses, and we still have my glasses to pay for.  Man, being blind is expensive.

It is currently Saturday afternoon, and we’re about to do StrongLifts.  I’m hopeful that next week, we can have our regular Monday, Wednesday, and Friday workouts.

I’ve also eaten pretty poorly today.  I’ve been hungry.  And now, I can look back at my diet and see tons of carbs and processed food.  Is that what has been making me crave even more junk?  You’d think I’d learn, wouldn’t you?


Points (76/34) 76
Turkey sandwich (8) 68
Chips (5) 63
McDouble without ketchup (12) 51
Dr. Pepper (12) 39
Turkey sandwich (8) 31
Chips (10) 21
Chips and salsa (5) 16
Cucumber (0) 16
Watermelon (0) 16
Nectarine (0) 16
Green juice (0) 16
Turkey and provolone panini (12) 4
Potatoes (4) 0
S’more (6) -6
Cherries (0) -6


Day #018 – Homemade Pizza, VIPKID Quiz Done, and Eye Doctor

My treadmill workout tonight was another incline HIIT workout to MMPR, Season 3 episode, “Stop the Hate Master, Part 1.”  I think I can feel that my speed is less of a challenge, so I may eke it up 0.1 mph next time I work out.  I want this to stay challening, and right now, the speed is starting to feel a little slow.


I passed my VIPKID quiz!  Next step is my mock class #1, which I have scheduled for Monday afternoon.  That means I have plenty of prep and studying to do this weekend.

Today was a pretty slow day.  I did have an eye doctor’s appointment today, and my vision decreased only slightly but otherwise, it was a good report.


Points (76/37) 76
Homemade pizza (40) 36
Watermelon (0) 36
1 slice of pizza (5) 31
Banana (0) 31
BLT (20) 11
Pineapple (0) 11
Kettle chips (6) 5
Dark chocolate (8) -3


Day #017 – Waffles, VIPKID Interview, and Fried Shrimp

I’m filming my VIPKID interview/demo class tonight.  I’m kinda lucky in that regard.  Tina had to do hers live at 5 a.m., but I have the option to record mine in their virtual classroom.  I’m doing that tonight around 11 p.m., after everyone else has gone to bed.  I’ve been practicing all day.  Fingers crossed!

Tina and I did StrongLifts, Workout B, today.  That one consists of squats, overhead press, and a deadlift.  Afterwards, I did my cardio incline HIIT workout on the treadmill to the PR episode “Fourth Down and Long.”


As I am typing these words, it is 11:25 PM and I just recorded my demo class.  I feel like I did pretty well.  This whole time, my fear was going too short.  I wanted to hit the seven minute mark, and I ended up going for seven.  I hope I did well!  Truth be told, I think I at least did well enough to move to the next stage of the process.  I’ll keep you updated!


I got an email this morning that I passed the interview!  Woo hoo!  I was given a few suggestions for how to improve, but my next step is to read the materials, pass a quiz, and then schedule my first mock class with a teacher mentor.  Woo hoo!

My parents came over to visit with us this morning, and they brought some popcorn shrimp for Long John Silver’s.  Henry ate one entire serving by himself and half of mine.  The kid is a great eater when it comes to fried shrimp.  (Not that I can blame him – that MSG-loaded stuff is awesome!)


Points (76/37) 76
2 Waffles (9) 67
⅛  c. of maple syrup (5) 62
3 slices of bacon (3) 59
V8 Energy Drink (3) 56
Baked potato with butter and sour cream (6) 50
Corn on the cob (4) 46
Bologna sandwich (8) 38
Cucumber (0) 38
Long John Silver’s shared serving of popcorn shrimp (5) 33
Triscuits (6) 27
Tuna salad (6) 21
GFS chicken and stuffing (8) 13
Nectarine (0) 13


Day #016 – Fourth Leftovers and Too Many S’mores

I finally feel about 98% better, but I’m still saving StrongLifts for tomorrow.  I’ll only do two workouts this week.  This is also an instance of me trying to live in the gray.  There’s a part of me that wants everything to be black or white.  If I can’t do StrongLifts perfectly, then I’m not doing it at all!  Or conversely, I’m doing it even if I’m sick!  Well, I’m not doing that this time.  Two days a week this week is fine.

And I still did my HIIT incline workout on the treadmill.  Today’s episode of the third season of MMPR was “Wizard for a Day.”


In an attempt to get some student loan debt paid off (and maybe buy myself a few dorky things), I’m applying to teach at VIPKID!  Tina already teaches there and loves it, so I’ve decided to give it a shot myself.  I’ll keep you updated.  I’ve submitted my resume, and my next step is the initial interview and demo class.  

I have been a little lax on my veggie and fruit intake since my bowel issues, and while I didn’t eat anything green on the actual 4th, I did eat TONS of peppers, tomatoes, and onions in my burritos for lunch.  

Still, despite eating this way over the 4th and 5th, I’m still exercising and doing well.  I monitor my weight on our scale at home, and it’s still slowly ticking it’s way down!  I did dip into my weekly points a bit, but I often tend to save those ‘til the very end of the week.  Why not use them lightly before?


Points (76/42) 76
Pork shoulder (8) 68
Potato salad (7) 61
2 s’mores (12) 49
Hash brown, ham, and cheese “waffle” (5) 44
Bologna (5) 39
Watermelon (0) 39
Chili verde kettle chips (5) 34
3 fajita chicken veggie burritos (22) 12
2 more s’mores (12) 0
Dark chocolate (5) -5


Day #015 – Happy Fourth of July!

While I just had the greatest weigh-in ever, that also resulted in me losing two more points.  Ack!  Oh well.  If that’ll get me to goal quicker, I’ll learn to do without.  (I often have a few – and sometimes a lot – of points left over anyway.)

I’ve still got some stabby gut pain going on, but it is better.  I feel like I’m 75% well.  As such, I’m skipping StrongLifts today.  I still did my cardio, doing a HIIT workout, but I didn’t feel like I had the weight workout in me.  We’ll see how I feel tomorrow, and if not then, Wednesday.  My treadmill HIIT incline workout was to the episode “Passing the Lantern” of MMPR, Season 3.


Happy Fourth of July!  Today was a relatively lazy day.  Southcentral Kentucky was full of rain today.  It’s a shame; the high was 78 today, but it rained all day.  (Of course, this is probably why we had a low temperature.)  It wasn’t as big of a deal for me as most people; I’m not that outdoorsy anyway.  I do enjoy fireworks, but we never buy any.  We live in a good neighborhood (we are by far the poorest family on the block), so just by sitting on our front stoop, we’re always treated to a great free fireworks show.

That’s pretty much it, really.  Have a good holiday!


Points (76/42) 76
2 chicken fajita burritos (14) 62
Dark chocolate (4) 58
Cherries (0) 58
Brat on bun (9) 49
Twice-baked potato (4) 45
Bologna (5) 40
Hot dog (5) 35
Pork shoulder (3) 32
Chips and dip (7) 25
Green beans (0) 25
Bread (4) 21
Small slice of peach dump cake (18) 3


Day #014 – The Greatest Weigh-In Ever!

I forgot to mention that I did walk to an episode of MMPR, Season 3, called “A Brush with Destiny” yesterday.  It was slow and on an eight degree incline, but that was it.  Both because I’ve exercised (at least walking) for the past six days and I’m not 100%, I skipped cardio for today.  I’ve got my fingers crossed I’ll feel well enough to do StrongLifts again tomorrow.  I’m excited to see how I keep progressing with my strength gains!

We have a few old boxes of ready-to-cook foods like Rice-a-roni in the pantry.  We cooked one tonight, and it’s seven points for a VERY small serving!  We’re going to use up what we’ve got, but I do not plan to buy stuff like this anymore.  A serving of rice that I cooked and seasoned myself would have been much healthier and leaner (and probably cheaper).


Well, I don’t know if it’s because I was a little needlessly bloated last week or if doing HIIT and starting StrongLifts did it, but I weighed in at 393.8 and lost 9.6 pounds this week!  That puts my overall weight loss at 40.2 pounds down!  Woo hoo!  I am very happy!

I want to keep that weight loss.  There’s a little part of me that is thinking, “Well, you might be down because of your stomach thing.”  I don’t think I am, for this reason – I kept eating WELL this weekend.  I didn’t stop eating, because it wasn’t a nausea stomach bug.  It was a stabby gas pain stomach bug.

My goal for next week is to keep that loss and add another 3.2 pounds to it, which will put me at my ten percent goal.  That’s ambitious, but I’m going to do my best!


Points (78/16) 78
Chicken club sandwich (11) 67
Potato salad (4) 63
Rice-a-roni (7) 56
Chocolate chip cookie (12) 44
Chili dog (8) 36
Dark chocolate (3) 33
Hamburger (18) 15
Fries (12) 3


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!


  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!