KING_SLAYER's SparkPeople Blog KING_SLAYER's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 Wk 215 Weigh In In a world where everyone's diet runs their life, one man dares to be fight against the system. This Summer, experience the heart warming and heart breaking tale of that man. Experience "CARBAGEDDON" <BR> In theaters July 4. <BR> <BR> This week was so-so for me. Diet was ok, water intake was good, but for some reason my body just did not want to cooperate. My weight was up and down from one day to another and on Friday morning I was up to 247.4. Not looking good for posting another lo... Sat, 23 May 2015 17:55:14 EST Wk 214 Weigh In I had a pretty good week overall. I felt pretty good, I slept pretty good, I ate pretty good. Of course I know I can do better than "pretty good", but sometimes, pretty good is good enough. <BR> <BR> I'm still not feeling very motivated, but I'm trying to continue to fake it until I make it. I keep my calories right around 1700 to 1900 almost every day which is good because I'm still not working out (that's where the lack of motivation is hitting me the hardest). I drink around 12 glasses o... Sat, 16 May 2015 19:30:41 EST Wk 213 Weigh In This week I expected to lose most if not all of the 2 lbs that I gained last week. Instead, this week was a push, nothing gained or lost. I went over my calories a couple of different days and Friday, which is usually my best day (because it's the day before I weigh in!) I had a Subway sandwich and some chips, which was more sodium that I planned on taking in. I was going to pass on the sandwich and chips, but it was staff appreciation day at my school and I would have been the only person ou... Sat, 9 May 2015 19:39:12 EST Wk 212 Weigh In I think Sir Isaac Newton had it wrong all those years ago; what goes down, must also go up should have been his findings. <BR> <BR> I wasn't able to recreate the success from the previous week. My eating was just about the same, but I didn't get as much sleep as I did the week before. And the one day that my food intake was not good was of course on Thursday, or as I have come to call it, "The day that ruins diets". <BR> <BR> But this week the Thursday implosion wasn't even my fault (mo... Sat, 2 May 2015 21:55:29 EST Wk 211 Weigh In This week was better than last week. My sleep was better all week, I'm only getting about 7 hours but each day it felt like those 7 hours were restful, instead of being restless. Also, I didn't work on Tuesday so I slept in... slept for 10 hours! Man did that feel good. I also used that taiem off of work to do some shopping, got some protein bars and meal replacement shakes for my lunches. I don't like to do sandwiches or other heavy stuff for lunch when I'm working so I eat a bar and a banan... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 19:14:04 EST Wk 210 Weigh In What a long week this was. All day Thursday I kept thinking it was Friday, because it felt like it should have been Friday. <BR> <BR> We held our Special Olympics on Friday and luckily it didn't get too hot. We had a bunch of other schools come and participate so our school was chock full of kids, teachers, aides and parents. We had 50 meter running, long jump and softball throw events. Almost all of the kids participated in one way or another and everyone received a medal (made of actual ... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 19:46:36 EST Wk 209 Weigh In This was another birthday week, this time it was my dad's turn. His birthday was on Friday, but my brother and sister in law took us out to lunch on Thursday for gourmet burgers. Then on Friday we had chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes and corn and apple pie for dessert. With birthday meals right at the end of the week, I wasn't real enthused about my weigh in this morning. <BR> <BR> Weight : 245.8 <BR> Loss : 0.2 <BR> Total : 74.2 <BR> <BR> Talk about being very pleasantly su... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 20:40:23 EST Wk 208 Weigh In I know that I had a birthday dinner last week when my brother and sister in law came to town, but that didn't mean that I wouldn't have another birthday dinner on my actual birthday, the 31st! So I had a few slices of pizza with my folks and my son, no soda, just a few slices of pizza. <BR> <BR> But, my back was acting up all week and I didn't sleep well at all. And for me, sleep is important, when I don't get enough sleep, I do not lose weight, in fact my weight usually creeps slowly upwa... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 21:39:38 EST Wk 207 Weigh In So this week went just as I suspected it would. I knew my brother and his wife were coming to town either Thursday or Friday to take me out to an early birthday dinner. As I've said before, when my brother is buying, I'm eating steak! So it was the 16 oz rib eye, cooked medium with fries. So good. So, so good. <BR> <BR> Okay, here's the numbers for the week. <BR> <BR> Weight : 246.0 <BR> Gain : 0.8 <BR> Total : 74.0 <BR> <BR> All in all, not too bad for eating a 16 ounce steak... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 20:15:30 EST Wk 206 Weigh In Just a quick blog post today, I'm a little busy doing other stuff :) <BR> <BR> This was a weird week for me. I made a 200 mile round trip drive Sunday night to pick up my mom at Sacramento airport, getting home at 11:45, so I didn't work on Monday, I slept in instead. I worked on Tuesday and Wednesday but felt worn down and lethargic. I decided not to work on Thursday and slept for 12 hours on Wednesday night. Then I took a 3 hour nap Thursday afternoon. Thursday night I slept for 11 hours ... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 21:42:41 EST Wk 205 Weigh In Hey, remember last week? Last week was awesome, wasn't it? I mean, not totally awesome, but more awesome than a lot of the weeks so far this year. Definitely more awesome than this week. <BR> <BR> So, I don't get to post another nice loss this week. My routine that I have been working with the last few weeks got thrown out the window and it threw me off. You see, my employer (the county office of education) had me, on paper, working with a specific child in the closs room that I was schedul... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 20:18:38 EST Wk 204 Weigh In Captain's Log <BR> Star Date 7 March, 2015 <BR> <BR> Salutations my good readers. It has been one week since I last left a written history of what my week was like. When last we left off, I was dismayed at the 1.4 lb gain I had taken on. My body seemed to be rebelling against me by adding weight despite my efforts to keep my calories down and my water intake up. Alas, the body is a mystical and confusing thing, to be sure. <BR> <BR> But this week, this glorious week, has seen me turn the... Sat, 7 Mar 2015 19:11:39 EST Wk 203 Weigh In One step forward, six steps back.... <BR> <BR> Not a very good week for me on the scale. :( But it was my first week working a full school day schedule and it kind of threw me off with my eating, but I did expect there to be some adjustment period. So I wasn't surprised by having a gain, what did surprise me is the fact that on Thursday morning I was already down on the scale and feeling good about having a loss for the week. Then between Thursday and Friday I gained almost 2 lbs! I didn... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 17:15:44 EST Wk 202 Weigh In A little back sliding this week, but I'm okay with it. :) <BR> <BR> I finally started working again, after 6 years of being without a job. Sure, it was just a 4 day week (Presidents Day holiday) and I was only working 11:15 to 2:15, but I was working. I am a substitute para-educator which means that I am a classroom aide working with special needs kids. This last week I was with kids from 13 to 17, this next week I will be working from 8:00 to 2:30 with kids at an elementary school. Not qu... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 19:22:25 EST Wk 201 Weigh In I ate a 12 oz ribeye steak and fries this week, it was delicious and I didn't feel guilty, not one bit! <BR> <BR> So my brother and his wife came to town Thursday and took us (mom, dad, my son and I) to dinner, which is what happens every time they are in town. So since we went to a steak house, I had the steak I wanted, the ribeye. The ribeye has so much flavor and not a lot of fat, in my opinion, it's the best cut that there is. <BR> <BR> Of course this happened on Thursday because tha... Sat, 14 Feb 2015 17:35:11 EST Wk 200 Weigh In This week I engaged in kissing my sister. Metaphorically speaking, of course. I don't actually have a sister. <BR> <BR> This week was going well enough but a late in the week week overdose of sodium kept me from posting a loss. Oh well, there's always next week. <BR> <BR> Weight : 245.0 <BR> Lost : 0.0 <BR> Total : 75.0 <BR> <BR> I will do better next week, I need to do better next week. For now, I'm going to sit down and put my feet up. I just spent the last few hours at Low... Sat, 7 Feb 2015 19:49:28 EST Wk 199 Weigh In So once again it's Saturday and I face the scale; the epic confrontation that rages in bathrooms all across the world. I'm but one soldier, doing what I can in the war of weight. <BR> <BR> This week was so-so, my weight was a bit up and down but overall not too bad. I'm going to keep this short so let's just get to the numbers. <BR> <BR> Weight : 245.0 <BR> Lost : 0.4 <BR> Total : 75.0 <BR> <BR> So another loss of 0.4 lbs. It's not much, again, but it's still a loss and that m... Sat, 31 Jan 2015 20:30:44 EST Wk 198 Weigh In Another week has come and gone, it sure seems like this month has been flying by. Once again I was having a good week, until I hit the mid week slump. It seems like my will power weakens on Wednesday or Thursday and I give in to temptation and eat the wrong stuff, and usually too much of it. Of course then I hate myself for being weak and go through the mental self flagellation for a day or two until I step on the scale on Saturday morning. <BR> <BR> But I did manage to get a loss for the w... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 21:50:10 EST Wk 197 Weigh In I was going to write this blog post earlier in the day, but I didn't. <BR> <BR> Not a bad week overall. I ate fairly decently and could see weight coming off little by little each day. Until Thursday of course. I was headed for a loss of about 1.5 lbs then all of a sudden it stopped and between Thursday morning and Saturday morning my weight just moved up and down in the same 0.2 range. Oh well. <BR> <BR> Weight : 245.6 <BR> Loss : 0.4 <BR> Total : 74.4 <BR> <BR> So I had a lo... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 22:38:06 EST Wk 196 Weigh In I'm going to skip all of the pleasantries today. I have had a headache for enough days in a row that I've lost count. It has waxed and waned from not too bothersome to "I can't sleep with this pain". Right now, it's closer to the latter of the two. I'm not sure, but I think it's being caused by tinnitus, which I've never experienced before. But for several weeks now I've had what sounds like an electrical noise in my head and. <BR> <BR> It may not be tinnitus, it may be nerve issues in my ... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 20:45:39 EST Wk 195 Weigh In Hey, remember how I didn't gain any weight over Christmas? Those were the days... <BR> <BR> So New Years has come and gone and it didn't treat me too well. Normally New Year's Eve would be filled with snacks at my friend's party. But this year a lot of people weren't around for various reasons and the party that usually has around 20 or so people only had about 8. With less people comes less snacks. I had a handful of tortilla chips with nacho cheese and some chicken nugget things. I had on... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 19:16:57 EST Wk 194 Weigh In Move along folks, nothing to see here... <BR> <BR> This time of year is definitely difficult for any person attempting to lose weight. Between Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's eve and day, there's so much food to be had. It makes it darn near impossible to not gain weight. But sometimes, on rare occasions, a miracle happens. <BR> <BR> I didn't gain weight this week! The week which included Christmas eve pizza and a nice Ham dinner for Christmas. I survived it! <BR> <BR> Weight : 2... Sat, 27 Dec 2014 18:31:06 EST