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 Halloween, Fit Girls, and a New (sort of) YouTube Channel

I know Saturdays are where blog posts go to die, but given that very few people currently subscribe to my feed, I’m not too worried about that.

In any event, Happy Halloween!

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We are going as Dr. Sherman, Darla, and Nemo from Finding Nemo this year.  We always try to do a family costume (at least until said point when Henry starts dictating what he wears.)

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We’ve also recently started a YouTube Channel.  It’s at the same location as my old YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/jeremyray45), but we’re going to rebrand a bit.  We’re calling the whole thing RainTree Productions.  I have a surprising amount of Native American blood for somebody who is so shockingly white, and Raintree is the last name of one of my Cherokee ancestors on my mother’s side of the family.  We also plan to have subchannels, including one called The Ranger Project, where I do a video series describing our weight loss efforts.  Every Monday, we hope to post a video to that channel.

Last night, we made a video of our pumpkin carving efforts.  We also plan to do some general day-in-the-life type videos, both to share a window into our lives AND to have more videos of us to enjoy in the future.

And of weight loss efforts, it’s actually going great!  Tina started a diet called Fit Girls, and I’m doing a slightly modified (i.e. – more calories for my increased size) version.  Our first weigh-in is on Monday, but I fully expect to see at least a six pound loss this week.  Exercise is also going well.  I have some far-off, way-off, so-far-off-we-may-have-flying-cars plans to do an IronMan, but I’ll talk about that more in the future.  All I have to say right now is this – the idea of actually possibly finishing an IronMan is very motivational to me as I do my extremely low-level treadmill workouts right now.  (And I also expect to be at goal weight when I do this Ironman, so it truly is a way down the road.)

Okay, more to come.  Stick with us!  We’ve truly turned this into a family effort and I’m feeling exciting about everything the future holds!