KING_SLAYER's SparkPeople Blog KING_SLAYER's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Week 271 It has been quite a while since I last blogged, I know. I just haven't felt like interacting much and have kind of been in a funk. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow marks 6 weeks since my shoulder surgery. I learned at one of my post-op Dr. appointments that most of my shoulder was in good shape, However one of the rotator cuff tendons (the main one that lifts the arm outward) was almost completely torn off of the head of the humerus bone. That tendon had to be re-anchored to the bone with stainless steel... Sun, 26 Jun 2016 18:53:15 EST Mid week blog - update Howdy all <BR> <BR> So I haven't been posting my regular Saturday blog posts, scale is still broken and I still have not gotten a new one. The good news on that is that I was at the doctor's office yesterday and got on the scale and when adjusting for clothing, was right about the same as the last time I got a real number on the scale. So that's pretty good. <BR> <BR> My back is finally feeling better, doesn't feel like it's going to give out on me at this point in time. <BR> <BR> Also... Thu, 12 May 2016 02:00:01 EST Wk 263 Weigh In Nothing much to report, again. <BR> <BR> Scale is still broken and throwing up weird numbers. I haven't had the motivation to open it up and see if I can fix it or to go to the store and buy another one. I'm kind of enjoying not feeling tethered to the scale for the time being :) <BR> <BR> My back is still acting up, but it is getting just a little better each day. Hopefully I don't step down wrong or twist wrong and send it right back to being really out of whack. <BR> <BR> I had an... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 18:51:19 EST Wk 262 Weigh In This blog is late because I really don't have anything to share. My scale decided to stop working properly last week so I wasn't able to weigh in. I changed the batteries thinking that was the problem, but it wasn't. I might try to open it up and see if there's anything wrong that I can fix. If not, I will just have to go buy another scale. <BR> <BR> Starting last Wednesday my lower back has been trying to go out. It's been real twitchy which causes problems with my legs. I have pinched sci... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 19:17:36 EST Wk 261 Weigh In I survived another week. <BR> <BR> This week was like most others, it had 7 days in it. I made a few small changes to my diet this week, nothing much really, but it was enough for now. If I can just make a few small changes each week maybe I'll be getting somewhere. <BR> <BR> Weight : 254.2 <BR> Loss : 1.0 <BR> Total : 65.8 <BR> <BR> It's not much, but at least I lost the pound that I gained last week. My back is feeling better, although it's really sore from some work I did ... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 21:56:47 EST Wk 260 Weigh In So I skipped last week's blog post. I just didn't feel like it. <BR> <BR> Officially I gained 1.0 lb last week, from 254.2 to 255.2. I was already feeling very bummed about the big gain from the previous week and after gaining yet another pound, I was not in the mood to sit and write. I was in more of a "murdery" mood. <BR> <BR> After Easter things started going fairly well, the Easter lbs were coming off and it was looking like I would finally get back to losing a little bit. Then it jus... Sat, 2 Apr 2016 19:18:52 EST Wk 258 Weigh In This week was certainly crap-tastic! <BR> <BR> So apparently my body does this thing where if I eat actual solid food, I gain weight. Wednesday I was feeling so hungry, I had a bowl of chili beans with a litle cheddar cheese on it for lunch. Then at dinner (still hungry) I had a bean and cheese burrito. Even having some Starbucks that day my calorie intake was around 2,200, more than usual, but not extremely high for a 6'1, 250 lbs guy like myself. The next day I was up over 3 lbs! 3 freak... Sat, 19 Mar 2016 18:25:47 EST Wk 257 Weigh In No music or links today, I have a headache and don't feel like taking an hour or more to post a blog! <BR> <BR> So this last week was a week that showed up on the calendar, it has now passed. Let's bow our heads and take a moment to remember the week that was. <BR> <BR> So my week was a little better than the previous one. Not stupendous, our outrageous, but better. Alright headache, you win, I'll get on with it. (no more blather, head hurts) <BR> <BR> The numbers <BR> <BR> Weight : ... Sat, 12 Mar 2016 18:26:14 EST Wk 256 Weigh In Today's blog post will be filled with music, because I want it to be and it's my blog post. <BR> <BR> If you're my age or older most of the music will be a chance to reminisce about how old you are :) If you're younger than me, it may be a chance to hear something new or at least hear a recognizable oldie. By the way, for those that don't know my age, it's 45. <BR> <BR> My lack of motivation has me like this: <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I finally br... Sat, 5 Mar 2016 19:51:18 EST Wk 255 Weigh In I've always felt like the unluckiest boy in the Western world. But maybe I'm the luckiest? <BR> <BR> Another week, another opportunity to do what's right (on many different levels). How many opportunities will I let pass me by? How many will you let pass you by?? Sometimes I feel like I'm Bill Murray's character in the movie "Groundhog Day". Every day I do something different from the day before, but each morning I wake up and it's like I'm living the same day over again, no matter how diff... Sat, 27 Feb 2016 18:19:30 EST Wk 254 Weigh In One more week closer to the end of our civilization! <BR> <BR> The highlight of my week came in the form of a phone call on Thursday from a registered nurse who is an independent contractor hired by my worker's comp insurance company as a case manager. It's been 4 months since my shoulder injury and she actually drove 2 hours on Friday to meet with me and sit in on my Dr.'s appointment Friday afternoon. Because of her I am finally getting a consult with an orthopedic specialist to see if my... Sat, 20 Feb 2016 17:45:12 EST Wk 253 Weigh In I, for one, am glad that this week is over! <BR> <BR> This was a rough week for me. My back has been acting up and I ate too much! After a rather mild Saturday free day I grazed all day Super Bowl Sunday; steak, brownies and lots of nachos as well as a few sodas. I knew that I would pay for it on the scale but wasn't quite prepared for the number that showed up. Monday morning had me at 256 lbs!! I think I did pretty well the rest of the week though (had to make up for all of the salty foo... Sat, 13 Feb 2016 21:18:11 EST Wk 252 Weigh In At last I have broken the plateau that had me stuck at 248.0 lbs! I wasn't sure if I was ever going to get off of that number, I was stuck there for weeks. <BR> <BR> Finally broke the hold of that number, unfortunately I broke it the wrong way, I went up instead of down. I could list the reasons why; pain, stress, etc. But I won't. My friend _BABE_ posted a picture a few hours ago that said "You can have results or excuses. Not both". This is true. Sure, you can have some results while excu... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 18:23:28 EST Wk 251 Weigh In It's like groundhog day around these parts! <BR> <BR> Another week has passed since I last wrote here and it seems the only thing that has changed is the number on the calendar! <BR> <BR> This last week was up and down for me. Scale going up and me feeling down. I did finally get back into physical therapy for my shoulder this week, and boy is my shoulder sore!! 3 more appointments for next week, I fear that my arm will fall off before next weekend! <BR> <BR> Anyway, enough with the s... Sat, 30 Jan 2016 19:00:13 EST Wk 250 Weigh In We are now 23 days into the year 2016 and the world hasn't come to an end, yet. Then again, we are still several months away from our Presidential election, so anything could happen between now and then. <BR> <BR> But let's not talk politics, I like you people too much to start getting myself all worked up and angry at opinions of others, no matter how off base they may be ;) <BR> <BR> I had a so-so week. Started off well enough, I was only up 1.6 lbs after my free day and knew that I w... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 20:06:20 EST Wk 249 Weigh In What a year it's been so far, h uh? The stock market has never had a worse January than we are seeing right now. Fun times for all of the people that have their retirement accounts tied up in the stock market. And what's the deal with cancer so far this year? Lemmy Kilmister, David Bowie, Alan RIckman, Dan Haggerty, Celine Dion's husband and today her older brother. Even the guy that voiced Robin Hood in the Disney animation has recently passed from cancer. This is shaping up to be a bad yea... Sat, 16 Jan 2016 17:41:56 EST Wk 248 Weigh In The first week of 2016 has come to a close and I can report a miracle! I have not once written 2015 by accident anytime this year!!! woohoo <BR> <BR> So let's go over my stated goal for this year (as posted last week). My goal is to get down to 220.0 lbs by July 1st of 2016. Make better choices and move more. About as simple as a goal can be, all that's left is to just do it. So this week was my first test, an opportunity to jump out of the gates and get ahead of the game. I need to lose r... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 18:29:32 EST Wk 247 Weigh In 2015 has come to a close and I can say that I am glad about it. <BR> <BR> This last year wasn't so good, injuries and weight gain seemed to be the theme of the year. I had hoped to finish off the year by posting a few losses, but the timing of Christmas and New Years being right before weigh in days (and my stubborn desire to actually enjoy those days) led to not posting losses. But that year is now done and a new year can begin. <BR> <BR> 2016 is full of promise, it has not yet been sta... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 18:39:32 EST Wk 246 Weigh In Christmas food got me! <BR> <BR> I hope everyone had a really nice Christmas (if you don't celebrate I hope you had a really nice Friday!). I had a good time with my mom, dad, my son and my brother and his wife. We all had breakfast, then opened gifts and had conversation then later we had dinner. I didn't eat a ton of food, but I definitely enjoyed what I had :) <BR> <BR> I slept poorly all week, which doesn't bode well for my weight loss at all. Christmas eve I actually only slept abo... Sat, 26 Dec 2015 19:47:13 EST Wk 245 Weigh In A better week was had by me. <BR> <BR> I was pretty down in the dumps after last week's gain of 4.2 lbs. It was especially painful because it happened quickly over the last few days of the week and I couldn't pin point where it came from. It seemed like stress might have been the biggest factor, but I'm still not 100% sure. <BR> <BR> Anyway, this week went smoother. I had my cortisone injection on Thursday, didn't hurt at all, which was good because the one I had in my hip years ago felt ... Sat, 19 Dec 2015 18:51:22 EST Wk 244 Weigh In This is not the week I was looking for. <BR> <BR> Got a call from the Dr.'s office yesterday, I go in for my cortisone injection next Thursday, yay! Not sure when the physical therapy will get started back up, soon enough I suppose. <BR> <BR> After finally getting my shoulder diagnosed last week I started feeling better and getting some better sleep. That lasted until the middle of this week. For some reason everything went kind of haywire starting on Wednesday. It's almost like my body ... Sat, 12 Dec 2015 19:27:37 EST Wk 243 Weigh In First, the news. <BR> <BR> Saw the Dr. on Wednesday regarding my shoulder. Torn rotator cuff. No surgery as of yet, going to receive a cortisone shot and get back to physical therapy and see if that does the trick. If it doesn't get any better a specialist will be consulted. I trust the Dr. I met with on Wednesday. 6 years ago he was diagnosed with the same injury and what he has prescribed for me is exactly what his brother (team orthopedist for the Chicago White Sox, one of the top should... Sat, 5 Dec 2015 19:40:58 EST Wk 242 Weigh In I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving and for the non U.S. residents, I hope you had a good Thursday! <BR> <BR> Not a ton to report this week. I went in Friday morning for the MRI on my shoulder and I will see my Dr. next Wednesday morning to hopefully go over the report and finally know what's going on in my shoulder. <BR> <BR> As for Thanksgiving, it was good. Just my folks, my son and me this year. We had turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, peas, cranberry sauce, rolls... Sat, 28 Nov 2015 13:30:35 EST Wk 241 Weigh In After last weeks big gain, this week had no choice to be good, right? <BR> <BR> This week I had 3 visits with the physical therapist for my shoulder. I always come out sore afterward but it's almost a good kind of sore. The therapist feels that there is definitely a tear in my shoulder, maybe even more than one. Hopefully the MRI next Friday shows everything that's wrong in there! <BR> <BR> The tooth / jaw pain has subsided considerably. I'm in the middle of my second round of antibiotic... Sat, 21 Nov 2015 17:18:18 EST Wk 240 Weigh In Well, this week sucked on multiple levels. <BR> <BR> First and foremost, I want to extend my condolences and prayers to the people of France and specifically Paris. I see no quick end to the madness that we are witnessing and I believe that it will get much worse before it starts to get better. <BR> <BR> As for me, I finally got the call to schedule the MRI for my shoulder; Friday, November 27th. Then back to the Dr. on the following Wednesday to go over the findings. So more than two wee... Sat, 14 Nov 2015 20:26:22 EST Wk 239 Weigh In Another group of days, linked together to form a chain of 7 continuous days, has come and passed. <BR> <BR> Soooo, Monday brought another Dr. appointment for me and my shoulder. Didn't get put back to work, and didn't get put on disability :( However, at least this time I was told that they were ordering an MRI for me so they could see what's going on inside my shoulder. Of course the entire work week passed without hearing about whether the insurance company was going to authorize it or n... Sat, 7 Nov 2015 17:37:59 EST Wk 238 Weigh In Just another strange week. <BR> <BR> So I went to the Dr. on Monday about my shoulder. Dr. says she thinks it's just a slight sprain. Um, no, it's not, I know my shoulders very well and this isn't a sprain. I explain that I have a high pain tolerance and what may be really painful to one person may barely register with me. So they want me to do physical therapy for a while and go back to the Dr. next Monday fora follow up. Meanwhile, she puts me on "modified, light duty" for work. But my ... Sat, 31 Oct 2015 17:27:05 EST Wk 237 Weigh In What a week this was. <BR> <BR> I missed work on Monday because I had a dentist appointment that was made a month ago, before I was back at work and if I changed it it would have been another month to get in. So I go to the dentist and they take tons of x-rays because I hadn't been seen there before. I let them know that there are probably a few areas that need to be addressed but the possible abscess is priority #1 (they inform me it is very clearly visible in the x-rays). Good, let's take... Sat, 24 Oct 2015 18:35:45 EST Wk 236 Weigh In What a long and drawn out week this has been, I am so glad that it's finally Saturday. <BR> <BR> So I started back to work last Monday as a substitute para-eduactor (an aide that works on a 1:1 basis with special needs kids). The school where I choose to work is basically a continuation school for these kids. The kids at this school are there because their behavior is too violent to have them in a Special Education class on a main stream campus. Our class rooms have between 5 and 10 student... Sat, 17 Oct 2015 17:18:41 EST Wk 235 Weigh In Okay, why does Spark keep messing with things? <BR> <BR> First they changed how you leave a comment on another person's page, which really rubs me the wrong way! Before when I would respond to someone's blog comment, I go to their page, click on "leave comment" and up pops the comment box. Then I go back to my blog page, bring up their comment window and place it beside their comment on my blog so I can look back at their comment as I type my response. Now with their new pop up box I have... Sat, 10 Oct 2015 17:53:09 EST Wk 234 Weigh In Yet another week has passed, we are all now older than we were before and we will never be this young again. <BR> <BR> This week started off well enough, after posting a gain last week I began whittling down the ounces, on my way to being able to post a loss for this week. Then came a block party for an elderly lady on my cul-de-sac who was moving into a senior living facility. While I didn't indulge like a crazy person, I did have a decent sized spoonful of potato salad, two dinner rolls a... Sat, 3 Oct 2015 20:00:41 EST Wk 233 Weigh In Note to self: Don't complain about spending multiple weeks at a plateau! <BR> <BR> So I obviously home from my Texas trip (just as I was last week), and have had an entire week to get back into the swing of things here at home and get some of this weight off of me. Most of the week things were going fine, looking like I was going to be able to post at least a small loss, which after being the same weight for 6 weeks, was a good thing. <BR> <BR> But on Wednesday night I ate a cheeseburger... Sat, 26 Sep 2015 17:02:34 EST Wk 232 Weigh In First blog post after getting to weigh in in a few weeks. After spending 3 weeks in August weighing in at 239.4 then spending 3 weeks without a weigh in, I was ready to jump on the scale today. <BR> <BR> So here's the numbers from this morning <BR> <BR> Weight : 239.4 <BR> Lost : 0,0 <BR> Total : 80.6 <BR> <BR> I guess there's something to be said for consistency... the 3 weeks before I left for Texas I weighed in at 239.4, I was away from the scale for 3 weeks and I end up w... Sat, 19 Sep 2015 16:55:36 EST Wk 231 Weigh In Another week without a weigh in. But clothes still fit, even after being washed, so I have that going for me. Although if I were being honest I'd say I've probably gained at least a few pounds. After all, you can't sit around driving for days on end and expect to not gain some weight. <BR> <BR> Anyway, as I'm writing this I'm getting my stuff together to head home. I didn't find anything to purchase out here but I got to meet a very nice real estate agent who is looking for that "diamond i... Sat, 12 Sep 2015 15:58:36 EST Wk 230 Weigh In We've made it to Waco, Texas finally. Should have been about 1,700 miles from home to here, but we've driven almost 2,400 miles due to side trips and taking some more scenic routes. The last 3 days of driving was all on 2 lane back country highways with speed limits ranging from 75 mph in the open country to 35 mph through small towns. <BR> <BR> We rove through 2 heavy rain storms and one nasty dust storm. We've gone from 60 feet above sea level to over 8,000 feet above sea level, and back... Sun, 6 Sep 2015 14:15:11 EST Wk 229 Weigh In & Kitchen pictures Not going to write too much this week, too busy with the preparations for leaving California and my brother and his wife are coming down to take us out to dinner before we go. <BR> <BR> Weight : 239.4 <BR> Lost : 0,0 <BR> Total : 80.6 <BR> <BR> Three weeks in a row weighing in at 239.4, not going to complain because I have been filled with nervousness and anxiety over going to Texas. So no gain is a win for me this week. I'm sure I'm going to break my log in and water streaks (... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 16:59:23 EST Wk 228 Weigh In Another week has passed, I'm now 7 days closer to the day I die :) <BR> <BR> This week kind of sucked. There were a few days of over 100 degree heat and the days that only made it up to the high 90s were days without breeze. Just hot stale air. I am sick of Summer! <BR> <BR> My weight was up and down all week. By Thursday however, I knew that I was going to be able to post a loss. Then Friday showed up and I was heavier than I was on Thursday and I figured I was going to be posting a gain... Sat, 22 Aug 2015 18:30:35 EST Wk 227 Weigh In This week was up and down. Both in weight and work output. Had several days that I did nothing and had two days that I installed the dishwasher, got the fridge back to it's rightful place, got the new island range hood put in and installed the new island range. That's enough work for the week as far as I'm concerned. <BR> <BR> My weight was doing well, coming down a little each day and then it just stopped. I don't think anything changed, it's just like my body said "That's enough of that."... Sat, 15 Aug 2015 17:49:16 EST Life changes <BR> In the next few weeks I will be leaving California. My son and I will be moving to central Texas, the Waco area more specifically. My parents have talked about moving for several years, going over the pros and cons of different areas including Oregon, Nevada and Texas. Right now the real estate market in central Texas is good for buyers and I'm heading out there to learn the land and take a shot at real estate investment. I've looked into investing in real estate for over 10 years, but... Tue, 11 Aug 2015 18:21:07 EST Wk 226 Weigh In This is going to be a short blog. I spent 3 hours yesterday on my back under the kitchen sink getting all of the plumbing hooked up, all except for the cold water copper line that goes to the fridge's ice maker that is. So today, I get back under there to hook up that last little piece and what do I find... water. 3 freaking leaks, none of which made any sense whatsoever. SO today I took everything apart and went in to problem solving mode, checking all of the pvc parts for cracks, etc. Found... Sat, 8 Aug 2015 21:54:30 EST Wk 225 Weigh In Kind of a crap week for me. I felt bored and restless this week which led me to make some poor choices food wise. I ate an entire bag of Bugles early in the week (thin corn chips in a cone shape for those who have never heard of them). I also fell off the wagon in regards to my "no Starbucks" challenge this week, which I'm sure did me in as much as the Bugles and probably much more. <BR> <BR> On to the numbers <BR> <BR> Weight : 239.2 <BR> Gain : 1.0 <BR> Total : 80.8 <BR> <BR... Sat, 1 Aug 2015 18:30:36 EST Wk 224 Weigh In This week was a rough one for me. Since we are all done with our part of the kitchen remodel, I spent most of this week with nothing to do. Cabinets will get installed Tuesday or Wednesday next week, so until then I have to try and stay at least a little busy. But what made this week hard for me was not sleeping. We all know that sleep is important to weight loss; I can typically lose around 2 lbs overnight (weighing before bed and again after emptying the bladder in the morning). Well, I've ... Sat, 25 Jul 2015 17:04:09 EST Wk 223 Weigh In I'm going to keep this short, because I don't feel like typing a bunch of stuff and you don't feel like reading a long blog! <BR> <BR> This was a weird week. The beginning of the week my weight kept climbing. On Tuesday morning the scale showed 247! Finally it started coming back down, but I was already pretty sure that I wasn't going to post a good loss for the week, if I posted any loss at all!! <BR> <BR> The numbers <BR> <BR> Weight : 239.8 <BR> Loss : 1.4 <BR> Total : 80.2... Sat, 18 Jul 2015 18:54:01 EST Wk 222 Weigh In What a long week. Finally got all of the drywall hung in the kitchen, now begins the taping and mudding of the seams, then we can texture the walls and ceiling and be ready for paint. I am so ready for this to all be done! <BR> <BR> As for my weight, I had a good week. It seems that cutting out Starbucks (almost 100%) and working 10 hours or so per day on the remodel leads to weight loss, who'd a thunk it? <BR> <BR> So here's the numbers <BR> <BR> Weight : 241.2 <BR> Loss : 3.6 <B... Sat, 11 Jul 2015 17:09:22 EST Wk 221 Weigh In Another week of working on the kitchen. The room is entirely gutted, nothing but walls with some drywall missing and only 1/3 of a ceiling. Got the new exhaust vent installed in the exterior stucco wall and rebuilt part of a stem wall. I've been tired all week and ate within my calorie range. <BR> <BR> The numbers <BR> <BR> Weight : 244.8 <BR> Lost : 2.8 <BR> Total : 75.2 <BR> <BR> So there it is, a 2.8 lb loss for the week. Feels good to put up a nice number finally. As most... Sat, 4 Jul 2015 15:40:01 EST Wk 220 Weigh In What a week. I've been busting my butt all week tearing out a kitchen and a dining room floor. Got all of the tile and concrete backer up from the dining room finally. Got all of the cabinets out of the kitchen, except for the sink. Pulled down all of the drywall from the kitchen's dropped ceiling as well as the 18" of blown in insulation. <BR> <BR> With all of that I had a gain this week, despite staying within my calorie range! My food choices were poor and I took in more sodium than usua... Sat, 27 Jun 2015 19:14:05 EST Wk 219 Weigh In Well so much for outing myself as a Starbucks addict. I've been there everyday this week! <BR> <BR> But. There's always a big but, am I right? I've been tearing a kitchen and tile floor out all week. The kitchen isn't too difficult, but the damn tile floor is a beast! 4 days of 4 people working on it and it's just now at about 75% out. We are all sore from swinging hammers, pry bars, sledge hammers, etc. When you're working like that you don't want to stop and eat, so it's just easier (and... Sat, 20 Jun 2015 18:42:59 EST Wk 218 Weigh In This week didn't end as well as last week, but that's okay. Can't win 'em all I suppose. <BR> <BR> I had too much Starbucks this week, I'm sure that's what kept me from reaching a desired outcome this week. Starbucks is like heroin for me, I keep going back for more despite knowing that it isn't too good for me. Oh well, at least it doesn't leave needle marks in my arm! <BR> <BR> Speaking of which, I gave blood today :) I am a semi regular at the blood bank and today was the day to get in... Sat, 13 Jun 2015 18:27:17 EST Wk 217 Weigh In Happy D-Day anniversary everybody. Take a moment to quietly reflect on what many of our relatives went through 71 years ago. Not just the ones who landed at Normandy on this particular date, but all who lived, died, suffered and fought through those tragic years. <BR> <BR> So I had a little better week this time around. My weight was up all darn week but I was in a pretty good mood. I don't want to go into too much detail, but suffice it to say that I have met a woman through a social media... Sat, 6 Jun 2015 18:07:25 EST Wk 216 Weigh In Just not my week. <BR> <BR> I didn't do anything bad, stayed within my calorie range all but one day and still gained. I need to get back to what I was doing back in 2011 and 2012, when I was actually making good progress. The reason I can't seem to do it is fear. <BR> <BR> For some reason I'm afraid to trust the system, the very system that worked so well for me back then. It's like I know how far I've gone from my lowest weight and the thought of changing everything that I'm currently ... Sat, 30 May 2015 20:25:38 EST