Day #009 – Ninja Quest, Crappy Smoothies, and Continuance Materials

I bought a lot of 80/20 ground beef at Meijer the other day, and I am cooking a bunch of it up now.  It’s a little pricey, points-wise, as it comes out to about 2 points per ounce cooked.  However, it was cheap, I can cook up a ton of burger sliders in my cast iron skillet to stash in the fridge, and for several days in a row, I’ve got ready-to-go protein for lunch or a snack.

On the exercise front, thank goodness that Masked Rider crossover ep nonsense is done.  Oy, that was a slog.  There shouldn’t be another crossover until the Ninja Turtle episode of Power Rangers in Space, and that’s still several months away for me.  Today, I got to start the first real episode of season three, Ninja Quest Part 1.  I did HIIT with my incline.  I set my speed low, at 2.5, and I used the commercial breaks that were originally in the show to determine my incline.  So the opening credits were 1 degree, the first segment was 8, second segment was 12, third segment was 10, fourth segment was 15, and the closing credits were back down to 1.  (I had a trainer once tell me you should always set the incline to at least 1, because an incline of zero is actually like walking downhill since the treadmill pushes you.)  It definitely made me sweat more than walking even at a faster pace but at the same incline the entire time.  I also like that I can play around with the incline, so each day will be a slightly different workout.  Hopefully, this will keep my body from getting used to this cardio.

And yay, StrongLifts tomorrow.  Tomorrow is a new workout, but I’m excited to keep progressing.  

I know I’m only one day into this new week, but I feel confident that I’m going to see a big loss on Monday.

I also had a pretty crappy smoothie after dinner.  I have this Cocoa flavored greens powder which is supposed to replace your veggie requirements.  While I don’t believe that, it is full of antioxidants and so forth and the ingredient list is quite clean.  Besides, I have it, so I thought I may as well use it.  It gave my smoothie a dirty chocolatey flavor.  I also ate some strawberries and I threw the greens from the top of the strawberries in, too, because I’ve heard some stupid bloggers say that you can put the strawberry tops in a smoothie and they taste great.  Well some people are stupid.  They were awful.  I choked that nasty mess down, but believe you me, I will not be making another smoothie like this one.  Yuck.

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As mentioned previously in this post, I cooked almost six pounds of hamburger in my cast iron skillet.  I cleaned it this morning, and I think I got a little too aggressive with my cleaning because I stripped some of the seasoning off.  Rather than have my nice fried eggs for breakfast, I had scrambled eggs.  No worries; the eggs were tasty and I cleaned my skillet again and slathered it with a pretty healthy coat of bacon grease to get the seasoning back.  I used to hate cooking in cast iron for this very reason, but now that I know how to clean and season it, it’s no big deal.  I actually prefer it, which I never would have said even six months ago.

I came in to the office today to finish my continuance materials.  It’s one of the things I have to do to keep my job.  Basically, I reflect on the last year and anticipate the next year.  It took a few hours, but it also really showed me just how much we actually accomplish

Also, I went digging in the freezer for lunch to bring to work with me, and I found a plate I froze a few weeks ago of chicken and tons of vegetables.  It wasn’t the tastiest thing I’ve ever eaten, but it was a crap ton of vegetables.  I definitely got them all in today!  (Even if they weren’t that good.)

Still feeling good about this week.  My goal is to see 399.8 at least on the scale this week.  I am tired of weighing over 400 pounds!

 

Points (78/42) 78
Small baked potato with butter and sour cream (6) 72
Hamburger with cheese (no bun) (10) 62
½ c. macaroni and cheese (5) 57
Strawberries (0) 57
Skim milk smoothie with banana, greens, greens powder, and strawberry tops (4) 53
Dark chocolate (3) 50
2 fried eggs (5) 45
2 slices of ham (2) 43
Chicken and roasted veggies (16) 27

 

Day #008 – Treadmill Again, StrongLifts, and Yard Work

We started StrongLifts tonight!  I am starting out extremely low, mostly so that Tina and I can at least lift the same weights for a while.  I also want to perfect my form.  I see guys saying they can do X in a bench press, but they barely lower the bar.  I’m doing bar to chest, so that means I’m starting at just the bar (45 pounds) to ensure I keep solid form.  Yeah, it was super easy today, but I’m sure it’ll get harder in no time.

I will admit that I am doing bodyweight squats, and I probably will for a long time.  I broke my knee a year ago, and frankly, I’m not ready to do weighted squats yet.  I know that I would baby the movement and certainly not go butt-to-grass.  Given that I’m morbidly obese and haul this body around on these legs all day long, I’m pretty confident that I have decently strong leg muscles, so until bodyweight squats feel easy with perfect form (and by the end of the fifth set, they didn’t feel easy), I’m not risking weight.  I know there are StrongLift purists out there who say you can never modify the workout, but whatever.  I am.  So Tina and I both did bodyweight squats, 45 pounds on the bench press, and 65 pounds on the barbell row for 5×5.  Afterwards, I did twenty minutes on the treadmill at 2.5 mph and 10 degree incline.  It felt good to work out again.

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I also managed to get in some yard work today, which always sucks.  I hate outside.  I am apparently mosquitoes’ favorite flavor of human, because they always get me.  It’s a shame; today is a gorgeous day.  The high here is around 80 degrees, so except for the mosquitoes, it was a good day to get some yard work done.

I’m feeling pretty pleased about the last 24 hours.  I counted all of my points, splurged a bit, but I still got in my five vegetables servings at least.  And I got to exercise again, which was wonderful.

 

Points (78/42) 78
Steak and chicken quesadilla (15) 63
Carrot with 1 t. Ranch dressing (1) 62
Chips and salsa (6) 56
⅔ c. of ice cream (11) 45
Bologna sandwich on homemade bread (14) 31
Nectarine (0) 31
Chicken sandwich (19) 12
Honey sriracha chicken lettuce wrap (4) 8
Tomatoes (0) 8
Popcorn with olive oil (5) 3
Grapes (0) 3

 

Day #007 – A Not as Bad as I Feared Weigh-In

I at least managed to get in four good servings of veggies tonight.  My smoothie, made with skim milk, a banana, and carrot pulp from where Tina juiced earlier was astoundingly good!  It was also a great, easy way to get in three veggie servings at once.

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Today’s blog post may be a weird one.  It’s probably going to be close to a stream of consciousness-type entry.  It’s Monday morning right now.  In about two hours, I go weigh-in.  I’m not hopeful that I’ve lost at all, and I’m trying not to let that beat me up.  I know that you can have a good week and the scale still not show it for a variety of reasons.  It doesn’t even mean that I haven’t lost fat; it just means I haven’t lost weight, which is admittedly a different thing.  It’s if it happens more than one week in a row that it’s a concern, right?

Oy.  I’m ready to see what the scale says.

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Okay, I weighed in, and it wasn’t as bad as I had feared but it also wasn’t as good as I had hoped.  I weighed in at 403.4, which is a gain of 0.6 pounds.

Yeah, it sucks, but what do I do?  Give up?  Not a chance.  I’ll just try to do better this week.

In other news, I think I’ll continue to blog daily for another week.  I don’t anticipate doing this forever (or heck, maybe I will), but I’m at least going to do it for now.

 

Points (78/23) 78
Steak and cheese quesadilla (14) 64
Chips and salsa (5) 59
2 fried eggs on homemade bread (9) 50
Purple Cow Party Pop (2) 48
Smoothie with banana, skim milk, and carrot pulp (5) 43
Chicken sandwich (18) 25
Yogurt (8) 17

 

Day #006 – Cracker Barrel, Veggies, and Weigh-In Worries

My mother-in-law brought us dinner from Cracker Barrel tonight.  Except for the biscuits, I feel like it was a pretty healthy meal.  The only problem with eating at Cracker Barrel is that they don’t publish their nutritional information, so the biscuits are what I hope is a high estimation.  (I found a source that said they were 5 points each, so I’m going a little higher since I’m just not sure.)  They were pretty small.

I’m not counting mashed potatoes and corn as veggies, though, so I ate some tomatoes on pasta and some salsa with chips for three veggie servings.  I can do better; I should have just ate some carrots, but at the same time… I have the points.  Why not use them?  Except that I’m eating really carb-heavy food, and that just makes me crave more carbs.  It’s a vicious cycle; I should really make protein and fat my go-to for snack foods.

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After church, we came home for lunch.  I seldom eat breakfast on Sundays; I also slept in.  I got nearly 10 hours of sleep last night, but I think I was catching up from my foot injury sleep deprivation.  

I’m working on getting in five servings of vegetables today.  I had tomatoes and salsa last night which counts for three, and after lunch, I had the world’s largest carrot which counts for two.  (Maybe three.  Seriously, this thing was huge.)

Tina also made some juice today, so I have about two cups of pulp.  I hate to let pulp go to waste, so I may make a smoothie with it tonight.

I’m still nervous about weigh-in on Monday.  Despite fitting in my points, I just don’t think I’ve done well.  I’m trying not to beat myself up over it.  Even if I haven’t eaten the best, I have stayed in my points.  This work will show up on the scale eventually.  And it might show up tomorrow; I just don’t know yet.

 

Points (78/23) 78
Grilled chicken (3) 75
Mashed potatoes and corn (9) 66
Biscuit (15) 51
Nectarine (0) 51
Pasta with tomatoes (10) 41
Banana (0) 41
Chips with salsa (6) 35
Homemade bread club sandwich (18) 17
Part of a bubu lubu bar (3) 14
Peach (0) 14
Gigantic carrot with 1 t. Ranch (1) 13

 

Day #005 – Pineapple Cores, Happy Foot, and Salsa for Veggies

It’s Friday night in the Logsdon abode, and we almost always do the same thing every Friday night – homemade pizza and a movie!  We love pizza, and at some point, I’ll share the recipe for this super easy, fairly light crust that Tina makes.  We cook it in cast iron, and it has the greatest flavor.  Best part – we’re eating pizza without too many chemicals, because all this crust has in it is flour, olive oil, water, and salt.  (Admittedly, the pepperoni we put on top probably negates the lack of preservatives, but I’ll take when I can get.)

I cored a pineapple today, and we have this amazing metal corer that makes it so insanely easy.  And I had some bananas sitting on the counter that had way more brown spots than I like, so I decided to make some soft serve.  If you don’t know what that is, you freeze bananas, put them in a food processor, and blend until it turns creamy.  It tastes like banana and it feels like soft serve ice cream in your mouth, and best part – it’s zero points!  I also froze the pineapple core and tossed it in with the banana, and it made it a little more tropical.  It was very fibrous, because it was the core of the pineapple, but it was delicious.  I know now what I’m going to do with every pineapple I buy; I’m making ice cream with the core!  Previously, it just went into the trash.

Some Weight Watchers purists say you shouldn’t count banana softserve as free because it’s too easy to overeat.  And while I do get that logic, it’s also a crap ton of trouble to make, so you aren’t going to overeat it.  I ate exactly one banana and half of a pineapple core in my serving.  It got some unprocessed food in my body, along with plenty of fiber.  I call that a win.  It’ll probably start showing up in my daily food logs a lot.  It was so good and satisfying, and it really addressed the dessert part of my brain that wants me to eat sweets every night.

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As I write this sentence, it is now Saturday morning, and I think my foot is healed!  Oh, I am so tempted to do some light treadmill work today!  I’m not; I don’t want to risk a repeat of this injury, but dang, I am missing it.

I’m also afraid that I won’t see a loss on the scale this week.  

I do know one thing I need to do that could help.  It’s actually two parts.  For one thing, I need to eat WAY more vegetables.  I’m lucky if I get two servings a day.  And two, I graze too much.  I need to limit myself to only eating at mealtimes with one snack and I need to eat more vegetables.  So, starting tonight, I’m going to eat (over the course of my WW day) dinner, snack, breakfast, and lunch.  I’ll also make sure I get at least three veggie servings at dinner and two at lunch, even if I’m just peeling a few carrots to eat.

Oh, and salsa!  How could I forget salsa!  Half a cup is a serving of vegetables, and it’s always cheap.  We buy it at Meijer for $1 a bottle.

I used twelve points of my weekly allotment, which leaves me 23.  I’ve followed the program and stayed within my points; I just haven’t eaten the best foods this week.  I’m trying to be hopeful I’ll see a loss, but if I don’t, then I know I just need to up the exercise (carefully), up my veggies, and eat better to make it happen.  I won’t let it beat me, regardless of what the scale says.

 

Points (78/35) 78
Homemade Friday night pizza (40) 38
Homemade banana and pineapple core “soft serve” with a little dark chocolate (2) 36
Leftover shrimp pasta primavera (8) 28
Dark chocolate (3) 25
2 nectarines (0) 25
Oatmeal (5) 20
Tricuits (5) 15
Tuna salad with hard boiled egg (6) 9
Homemade bread BLT (15) -6
Tortilla chips with salsa (6) -12

 

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!

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