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).

Dissertation Done-Ish Weigh-In

I am a fairly inconsistent blogger.  I’m not sure of my brand.  I know what I want it to be.  Weight loss coupled with pop culture.  So, that’s what I’m going to try to do.

Fridays are going to be specifically for weight loss.  I like weighing in on Friday, so here it is.

Just a quickie post.  Oh, and as for the title… I’m done-ish with my dissertation.  My defense is scheduled for June 20th, but for now, my full dissertation is with my committee (and has been for a week), so I am just awaiting potential revisions.  Before long, I will be a doctor! (Ed.D., not MD.)

June 10, 2016

Weight: 416.4

Change from All-Time Highest: –13.6 pounds

My plan for the day is to work out with a little Power Rangers on the treadmill later and then relax.

Suck It, Biggest Loser Weight Loss Study

Last week, an article about the futility of losing weight, based on a sample of 14 contestants from The Biggest Loser, circulated the internet.

I saw three responses.

  1. Crap.  I hope that’s not true.
  2. Heck yeah!  Weight loss is impossible!  Fat acceptance, baby!  Be fat and happy!  You can’ t change it anyway!
  3. Wow.  That’s a remarkably flawed study.  I hope someone addresses this.

Fortunately, several people far smarter than me HAVE addressed it, and yes, the study is both horribly flawed, paints the wrong picture, and isn’t 100% the whole story.

That’s good news.

I read several Fat Acceptance/Body Positivity/HAES bloggers post about how this was confirmation of both their lifestyle choices and the “5% of dieters is all that can ever lose weight” myth.  (Did you know that only 4% of smokers successful quit for good?  Something to think about.)

This article is a nice summary of what is wrong with it and, for those of us who want to lose weight, proof that it can be done without being miserable for the rest of our lives.  It’s a fluff piece, but so is the New York Times.  As soon as I’ve read some hard science on the topic, I’ll post about it here.

Oh, and one last thing…

If someone COULD operate metabolically at far fewer calories than someone else, that’s like a freaking X-Men superpower.  It’s only a problem in today’s world of $1 cheeseburgers and convenience food.

They’re Here! The new Ranger suits!

So, if you have Power Ranger stuff on your newsfeed, this just kinda exploded all over the place this morning.  The new movie suits, for the new reboot movie coming out next year, have finally been released!

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I am… torn.

First of all, I like (most) of the actual suit itself.  I liked the original movie armor over the t.v. show spandex, and this is a big move in the right direction.  I was really afraid we would get spandex in this new movie, so right off the bat, I am super pleased!

I’m pleased the Pink Ranger doesn’t have a skirt.

I’m not pleased that she and the Yellow Ranger have a heel on their boot, but it’s not a Batgirl-esque heel, so I can deal.

I wish there was a belt, but again… I can deal.

I like the chrome highlights.  I think these suits look powerful, and I can’t wait to see them in action.

There is one thing that, at the moment, I do not like.

The helmets.  The Red Ranger and Pink Ranger are the only two helmets where I can “see” the dinosaur that makes them up.  And frankly, they all look too similar.

Still, I’m thrilled to see this sneak peek, and I’m okay with them changing things up.  This is a reboot, after all, not a remake, so things do need to be a bit different.

I just want to see dinosaurs on those helmets!

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