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Today: 288.5 lbs
down 31 lbs from my highest weight of 319.5 on November 25, 2016
down 30.5 lbs from my starting weight of 319 on July 1, 2014 (143 weeks)
average lost: 0.21 lbs/week
next milestone: 287 lbs (10% loss)

I've been having difficulty with consistency. Instead of "a bit of exercise and moderated diet daily" I've been swinging between days of huge workouts and days of just consuming mass quantities. It's been like this pretty much since the switch to daylight savings, which always messes me up.

So my goal for this week is to try to put some brakes on the pendulum.

-The Gneech
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Today: 288.5 lbs
down 31 lbs from my highest weight of 319.5 on November 25, 2016
down 30.5 lbs from my starting weight of 319 on July 1, 2014 (142 weeks)
average lost: 0.22 lbs/week
next milestone: 287 lbs (10% loss)

Didn't post last week because I was still bouncing along the same 290-ish plateau and my morale was down. I pushed a little harder this week, and it paid off. :) Hoping I can finally hit that 10% milestone next week!

-The Gneech
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Today: 290.0 lbs
down 29.5 lbs from my highest weight of 319.5 on November 25, 2016
down 29 lbs from my starting weight of 319 on July 1, 2014 (140 weeks)
average lost: 0.21 lbs/week
next milestone: 287 lbs (10% loss)

Grind, grind, grind.

-TG
the_gneech: (Default)
Today: 290.1 lbs
down 29.4 lbs from my highest weight of 319.5 on November 25, 2016
down 28.9 lbs from my starting weight of 319 on July 1, 2014 (139 weeks)
average lost: 0.21 lbs/week
next milestone: 287 lbs (10% loss)

Normally I'm pretty dubious of the "didn't lose weight 'cos building muscle" thing, but I'm pretty sure last week that was actually the case. I added some more rigorous muscle-building routines into my workouts (including carrying weights while doing what is otherwise mostly cardio), and I can tell the difference it's made.

That said, I miss my Bowflex. I want to do some more serious weight lifting again soon.

-TG
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Today: 293.1 lbs
down 26.4 lbs from my highest weight of 319.5 on November 25, 2016
down 25.9 lbs from my starting weight of 319 on July 1, 2014 (138 weeks)
average lost: 0.19 lbs/week
next milestone: 287 lbs (10% loss)

...It's a little soon to be in a plateau, isn't it?

-The Gneech
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Today: 293.1 lbs
down 26.4 lbs from my highest weight of 319.5 on November 25, 2016
down 25.9 lbs from my starting weight of 319 on July 1, 2014 (137 weeks)
average lost: 0.19 lbs/week
next milestone: 287 lbs (10% loss)

Reversed last week's blip up, but only a very slight nudge down from the week before it. It's been very hard to stay within points and get myself to work out this past week, opting mostly for walking instead. Will try to pick up the slack a bit this week.

-TG
the_gneech: (Default)
Today: 295.5 lbs
down 24 lbs from my highest weight of 319.5 on November 25, 2016
down 23.5 lbs from my starting weight of 319 on July 1, 2014 (136 weeks)
average lost: 0.17 lbs/week
next milestone: 287 lbs (10% loss)

Nudged back up a little this week, bleh. Hopefully that means the next two weeks are down down. Suspect it was the pizza that did it. ¬.¬

-The Gneech
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Three Good Things for Today


  1. Walked around the lake at Rio with [personal profile] laurie_robey.

  2. Got to watch another K-On! ep. <3

  3. Art stream. :)

  4. BONUS GOOD THING! Another 2 lbs down. :)


(I was originally going to list "beautiful weather," but this one is a bit of a mixed bag because while yeah, it was beautiful, the only reason it was beautiful is because the ecosystem is hosed. February should be crap around here.)

Three Goals for Tomorrow


  1. Another art stream to finish page 14.

  2. DailyBurn.

  3. Write on [secret collab project].


Gnite world, and have an awesome tomorrow. <3

-The Gneech
the_gneech: (Default)
Today: 293.9 lbs
down 25.6 lbs from my highest weight of 319.5 on November 25, 2016
down 25.1 lbs from my starting weight of 319 on July 1, 2014 (135 weeks)
average lost: 0.19 lbs/week
next milestone: 287 lbs (10% loss)

All the peculiar little hollows where excess fat starts showing up are starting to empty out again– things like pudgy hands, swollen ankles, the sides of my stomach, etc. The insidious thing about it is, as my weight was creeping back up, I didn't notice when these things were filling in, and that amazes me. A lifetime of being overweight just sorta conditioned me to think of that as "normal" I guess?

Well, I've seen the difference now, and I ain't going back.

-The Gneech
the_gneech: (Default)
Today: 295.9 lbs
down 23.6 lbs from my highest weight of 319.5 on November 25, 2016
down 23.1 lbs from my starting weight of 319 on July 1, 2014
average lost: 0.17 lbs/week
next milestone: 287 lbs (10% loss)

Didn't just break the 300 barrier, smashed through it like a wrecking ball. Awww yeah! Let's see if I can hit that 10% milestone by the end of February.

-The Gneech
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Three Good Things For Today


  1. Beautiful sunny day! (Finally!)

  2. A very generous tip from a livestream viewer. Thank you very much!

  3. Movement on one of the interviews! A minor shift, but still progress. I'll take it!


Three Goals For Tomorrow


  1. DailyBurn

  2. Work on the Wonder Woman copics pic.

  3. Work on [secret collaborative project].


Gnite world, and have an awesome tomorrow!

-The Gneech
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Today: 300.4
down 19.1 lbs from my highest weight of 319.5 on November 25, 2016
down 18.6 lbs from my starting weight of 319 on July 1, 2014
average lost: 0.14 lbs/week
next milestone: 287 lbs (10% loss)

Weight's gone back down enough that I shifted the pressure in my CPAP back down half a tick. Other than that, not a lot new to report. Just keepin' on keepin' on.

-TG
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Today: 301.8
down 17.7 lbs from my highest weight of 319.5 on November 25, 2016
down 17.2 lbs from my starting weight of 319 on July 1, 2014
average lost: 0.13 lbs/week
next milestone: 287 lbs (10% loss)

First milestone reached. :)

-TG
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Today: 304.6
down 14.9 lbs from my highest weight of 319.5 on November 25, 2016
down 14.4 lbs from my starting weight of 319 on July 1, 2014
average lost: 0.11 lbs/week
next milestone: 303 lbs (5% loss)

The good news is that I regained less than half a pound, but that's still utter nonsense. Good diet, consistent exercise, and no holiday splurgery this week, but it goes up. What's that about?

Oh well. Nothing to do but keep on keeping on. [personal profile] laurie_robey says I am visibly slimming down, so my best guess is that this is just a blip and hopefully next week will show more progress. I seem to recall last time I started getting into this pattern of "up, down, down," as well, so maybe this just means the initial spurt is done and now I'm in the long haul part.

-TG
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Today: 304.2
down 15.3 lbs from my highest weight of 319.5 on November 25, 2016
down 14.8 lbs from my starting weight of 319 on July 1, 2014
average lost: 0.11 lbs/week
next milestone: 303 lbs (5% loss)

Four pounds down this week, including a bit of splurginess on New Year's Eve. Only occasionally felt hungry or like I was using discipline to stick with it, and that was because I needed to get to the grocery store to pick up some proper snacks and there was nothing left in the house but junk.

I also switched to regular coffee with my breakfasts, instead of milk-and-chocolate syrup filled mochas. It took a bit of adjusting, as I've never really been a fan of drip coffee, but the Starbucks blonde roast with a bit of Splenda or Truvia is starting to grow on me.

So, yeah. 15 pounds since Thanksgiving. I'm pretty pleased with that. Next week's goal is 302 to count as a success, or 300 as the stretch. Either one will put me past my first milestone. :)

-The Gneech
the_gneech: (Boot to the Head)
Okay. So, we all know. Let's get it out of the way.

John Oliver blows up 2016

Yeah, 2016 pretty much blew chunks in a lot of ways. Thing is, it started out so well! I thought 2014 was the worst things were going to get, 2015 was the beginning of an upward climb, and that 2016 was going to be awesome. Then everything went pear-shaped, starting with our moving plans. Then Buddha died... and from there it was a nearly-unrelenting sea of crap that culminated in the Worst Possible Result in the election. I used to joke about not wanting to live in 1930s Germany. I don't joke about that any more.

For the record, some good things DID happen in 2016, and there's evidence that 2017 will be better. So even though things have been rough, just wallowing in it isn’t going to help. Since the end of November, I have been making a concerted effort to wedge positivity back into my life by any means possible, and it is working, even if there is a lot of resistance from a world determined to set itself on fire. But more on that in the Goals for 2017 part of the post. For now, let's review the goals I set at the beginning of the year.

  1. Issues Four and Five, Plus the First Collection. Partial success. Issue four is out and issue five is running currently, after moving and story development heck. This will be finished in early 2017, assuming all goes well.


  2. Publish That Book! Still working on it. I've received a fair amount of positive feedback from the various agents etc. I've shopped it around to, but so far it hasn't found a home. I'm going to keep at it until it sells or I run out of potential markets. If it gets to that point, I'll look at self-publishing.


  3. Finish Another Book! Didn't happen. Had to punt mid-NaNoWriMo, but I'll get back to it in 2017.


  4. Get the Money Sitch Fixed. Didn't happen. Despite being a very strong candidate, [livejournal.com profile] lythandra went to trainings and applied for jobs and talked to headhunters and out of all that got a few tiny nibbles and only one offer– which was immediately cancelled a few days later due to the contract being disputed. I hung out my shingle as a freelance/tech writer but so far have spent most of my time on that front turning down such lucrative offers as "Write ten full length novels for us to sell without giving you any residuals or credit for $35,000/year." So, still living on savings and what income the comics and art bring in, but we have plans in motion. (See below.)


  5. Move. Um. Happened, yes. But not the way we wanted. It needs fixing still/again.


  6. Get Back to Conventions! Eh... sort of. AC and MFF happened again. We also went to a steampunk meet in PA, but we had to punt on FurTheMore and Dragon*Con for financial and/or scheduling reasons. I expect 2017 to be different, however.


  7. Stronger faster slimmer better. Big setbacks here. Depression, stress, and a host of other factors meant that in six months I regained all the weight it had taken me two years to get rid of. :P I am not happy about this. The good news is that at the end of November I rejoined Weight Watchers and I have recovered 11 pounds' worth of progress since then, despite the best efforts of convention food and holidays. More significantly I have figured out how to live comfortably on a 35-ish point diet– basically the allocation for someone my age weighing 220 lbs. At my current rate of weight loss, I will hit that in six months, which would suit me just fine.


  8. No More Afib. Success! Heart ablation surgery was a complete success. Since March, I have only experienced afib twice, both of which were in December and seem to have been triggered by salt. As long as I continue to limit my salt intake, I should be set.


  9. Bernie Sanders 2016. Ugh. Don't get me started.


Now the review post from last year had unexpected things achieved in 2015. Alas, 2016 didn't really have a lot in the way of such things. However, it wasn't entirely bleak. Zootopia was really good, for instance. Also, I got into Overwatch and a fan very kindly built me a terrific computer to run it on, which prompted me to create the Learning Not to Suck at Overwatch series. It didn't exactly set YouTube on fire, but the videos were fun to make and I got to test my mettle in a competitive environment, something which I've never done a lot of. Overwatch also provided my single longest running batch of art commissions, in the form of "Play of the Game" badges. My Overwatchery has been thin since Halloween– other priorities eating my time– but I hope to get back into it in January.

So that leads me to my goals for 2017...

  1. Issues Five and Six, Plus the First Collection. Five and collection should be done well before AnthroCon. Issue Six, we'll see. I’m thinking of taking the comic in a slightly new direction based on the ending of Issue Five, but that's still in the very half-baked stage so I can't really go into detail yet.


  2. Publish That Book! Like I said, still working on this.


  3. Finish Another Book! I am looking at creating a series specifically for self-pub. More on that as the development fills out some more.


  4. Start a Company. This is a big one that Laurie and I have been messing with off and on again all year, but which is really starting to take shape now. Again, I don't want to talk about it in too much detail before everything is set in motion, all the T's are dotted and I's are crossed, etc., but it's a cool, exciting project designed to put the making of money back into our hands, since getting hired by other people doesn't seem to be a thing that really happens to anyone any more.


  5. Move to California. Okay. So. I thought this was going to happen last year, but for various reasons I kept fairly quiet about it at the time, and then it fell through anyway. It's back on the plan now, and I am not keeping it a secret any more. The exact details are still being hashed out, so you can expect to hear more on this as the year goes on. But part of the reason for the Start a Company item, is to enable living where we want, and since Fed jobs are going to all be utter crap for the next four years or more as the assholes-elect try to burn down the country, there's not a whole lot of point in staying around here for the job market anyway. Our families and some of our friends are here, of course, but we only see them a few times a year as it is– Facetime/Google Hangouts and plane tickets will probably take care of that problem. California is not necessarily the only candidate, we're also looking at some spots around New England for instance, but it is by far the strongest candidate and my top choice unless there is a strongly compelling reason to go elsewhere.


  6. Stronger faster slimmer better. 220 lbs by end of September is the plan. 220 lbs by end of June is the stretch goal.


  7. Bring the Awesome! I was just getting through my grief about my parents when Buddha died, kicking it all off again. I spent most of 2016 in a depression deeper than anything I’ve been through since 2001, although instead of manifesting as "feeling bad," it was more like an emotional dead zone, making it hard to enjoy anything and leaving me in a constant state of "peeved and grouchy for no good reason." That shit's got to go. As I said, since the end of November I've been focusing on positivity, and I'm just going to build on that and do more in 2017.


  8. Edit Myself Less. This one is kind of hard to explain without context and it's more a note to myself than anything. There are aspects of myself that I have simply made a point of not talking about for one reason or another; opinions, feelings, or wishes I have kept to myself when it would have been appropriate to share them, and so on. But honestly? It's not doing myself or the people who care about me any favors. I've had people tell me "I thought I knew you..." before for just this reason. And while I'm a lot more myself now than I used to be, I still get into that self-censorship habit when I’m depressed or afraid. This is something I need to work on. Shoving every thought in your head into other people's faces isn't a good idea– but shutting yourself down just to please other people isn't a healthy choice either. I'm not about to start drawing porn or anything like that, but I am going to be loosening up.


  9. Reverse course and mitigate/repair damage to the country. Grassroots action FTW. They're not going to burn down the country while I have anything to say about it. More on this in some other post.


[livejournal.com profile] jamesbarrett's sister Kimmie said that 2016 was the end of a 9-year cycle, which is why there were so many deaths and endings and so much loss, but that also meant that 2017 would be a year of new beginnings. [1] While astrology and numerology are not my particular flavor of crackpottery, I can’t deny that 2016 sure has felt like everything was crumbling around my ears. Not going to California when we originally planned to, which pushed us into the Maryland move, and the death of Buddha all hit me hard. Seeing the end of the first administration in my life that I actually liked the President was going to be tough; seeing him replaced by somebody so obviously The Worst Possible Candidate For the Job just hurts.

But these things all happened and can't be undone. I've had my disappointment and my grief and my rage. While there may be emotional aftershocks, the end of November made a sea change in Laurie and me, and I am excited and ready for the things we’ve got coming up in the year ahead. If 2017 is indeed the year of new beginnings, let's make it the beginning of something amazing.

-The Gneech

[1] This is based on numerology: 2016 breaks down to 2 + 0 + 1 + 6 = 9. 2017 will be 2 + 0 + 1 + 7 = 10, 1 + 0 = 1. Thus 2016 is the end of the current cycle and 2017 is the beginning of the next one.
the_gneech: (Gneechtoon)
Today: 308.3
down 11.2 lbs from my highest weight of 319.5 on November 25, 2016
down 10.7 lbs from my starting weight of 319 on July 1, 2014
average lost: 0.08 lbs/week
next milestone: 303 lbs (5% loss)

I made some fairly hefty dietary adjustments this past week that brought my daily points usage down to somewhere around 40, and kept up the regular workouts. However, I was also going extra-light in anticipation of a heavy holiday weekend, and I'm glad I did. Saturday, by itself, blew away all of my weekly points and several of my activity points as well. Not because I was pigging out on Christmas cookies (although I did have some), but because there were simply few-to-no low-point choices. My in-laws, whatever else their virtues or faults may be, are not healthy eaters. And that effect is multiplied by holiday get-togethers.

So honestly, as much as I would have liked to hit that 305-307 goal this week, just having made any progress under the circumstances is a victory. :)

Anyhow, moving on! I'm home now and going to be here for the foreseeable future, so it's back to healthy choices for me. ;) Success for this coming week will be 306, with a stretch goal of 304.

-The Gneech
the_gneech: (Gneechtoon)
Today: 309.1
down 10.4 lbs from my highest weight of 319.5 on November 25, 2016
down 9.9 lbs from my starting weight of 319 on July 1, 2014
average lost: 0.08 lbs/week
next milestone: 303 lbs (5% loss)

On the grounds that I hate paying for the same parcel of land twice, I've been pretty aggressive this week about getting my diet and exercise back to where it was in 2015 when I was, y'know, making progress. XD

My best ally in this particular endeavor has been pineapple, something I was never particularly keen on growing up but which I have become quite fond of over the past several months (much to my own surprise). Why pineapple?

  1. It makes me think of Psych, and by extension California.

  2. It's meaty enough that eating chunks of pineapple "feels like" really eating food, as opposed to something like grapes or cantaloupe which are mostly water.

  3. That said, it's also very juicy, which has the added benefit of hydration when thirst is disguised as hunger (which is something I get a lot).

  4. It's cheap. Uncut pineapples go for something like 2/$5 and yield a lot of fruit. They're a little intimidating for the untrained, but actually very easy to skin and cut up.


Thus, pineapple has rapidly become my go-to snack– obviously a much better choice than things like, say, cookies or snack cakes. ¬.¬

I've also started using the accelerometer in my phone to track steps a la Fitbit. It only works when I've got my phone in my pocket, of course, so it misses a lot of random going up and down the stairs here in the apartment or whatever. But when combined with manual entry of my DailyBurn workouts still gives me a record of my physical activity, it makes it easy to measure and track my overall activity level.

So, yeah, makin' progress. :) Life's good.

-The Gneech
the_gneech: (Kero asleep)
Today: 312.7
down 6.8 lbs from my highest weight of 319.5 on November 25, 2016
down 6.3 lbs from my starting weight of 319 on July 1, 2014
average lost: 0.05 lbs/week
next milestone: 303 lbs (5% loss)

Not the 310 I was shooting for, but still hit the 312 success mark. Next week's success mark will be 310, with a stretch goal of 308.

*falls back asleep at his desk*

-The Gneech
the_gneech: (Kero asleep)

Three Good Things for Today


  1. Copic markers get

  2. Beads and bangles get

  3. Worked my way back up to burpees


Three Goals for Tomorrow


  1. Work on job hunt

  2. Pencil & ink page six

  3. Fandom Guy post [1]


G'nite world, and have an awesome tomorrow. :)

-The Gneech

[1] You remember Fandom Guy, right? He's da otter me.

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