MRPLATSON's SparkPeople Blog MRPLATSON's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Celebrating My Mediocrity Over the course of the last few months my goal has been maintenance. Philosophically I have given up trying to lose or bulk up, it's not in me. <BR> <BR> Nothing would make me happier than to see my abs or have big manly muscles; I would love nothing more than to focus on a hardcore weight gain program with a rigorous training schedule, but that is not to's not in the cards. My expectations of what I am capable of accomplishing need to be tempered against what I can realistically dev... Tue, 14 Jun 2011 11:07:40 EST Excessive Use of Goblins Some of you may or may not have noticed that I've put up pictures of little creepy critters with equally disturbing captions - they're called Goblins. First I'd like to point out that these are not my creations but the work of all of us as Sean Hexed, creator of A Gross of Goblins, would likely point out. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Goblins are the embodiment, or perhaps the manifestation, of the things that haunt and irk us; some people refer... Wed, 1 Jun 2011 16:21:08 EST Franziskaner Coming home last night there was still doubt in my mind as to how to celebrate our anniversary...fate was with me and although we could not make it our to our favorite bakery for some deserts we ended up hopping over to the local Ale house for burgers; this part I particularly enjoy about not worrying over my weight. <BR> <BR> My wife ordered something with mushrooms on top and I had the "Bull Burger" which is an unholy combination of Bacon, Egg, Cheese and a 1/3 lb. patty. My son ate nearly... Wed, 25 May 2011 09:56:43 EST Tracking Differently Learning from the mistake of my previous 'random' tracking session this time around I am implimenting a different method. <BR> <BR> I did not track calories throughtout the day, instead meals were writen down and the data compiled the following morning to ensure that the proper mechanism was being tested. It is not my intention to test my ability to stick to a calorie range (I already know that), instead the goal is to ensure the proper function of my food clock; does my body know what it wa... Fri, 22 Apr 2011 11:07:57 EST First time returning to tracking Yesterday was the first day I've tracked in a long time. I was reminded by how much I didn't enjoy doing it, but most importantly it was perfectly evident why I've been gaining weight slowly and stedily over the last six months. <BR> <BR> Lets just say the experiment was to track a normal day, but you can't really do that, not by law of observation, the subject will always behave differently if he knows he's being observed. I was guilty of that but I also know what I changed up in my diet an... Wed, 13 Apr 2011 10:01:39 EST Don't call it a comeback. I feel like I owe someone an explanation, I feel like a kid that's done something bad and I need to fess up - I'm sorry, it's all my fault. Thankfully I'm not naive enough to promise to never do it again or anything else that foolish. The straight answer to what happened to me is that I got tired of maintaining the intensity, I burnt out and then Life got in the way (or at least Life presented plenty of opportunities to invent excuses). <BR> For the first few months I did fine, no work outs, ... Fri, 8 Apr 2011 09:33:40 EST Where I 'Try' to Do It I've seen quite a number of Where I Do It posts of people's elaborate work-out spaces with high end equipment and machines. It's great, they're willing to go that far to improve their health and it's commendable except it makes me feel woefully under equipped. But! But I'm no stranger to self deprecating humor... so without further adieu I present to you MY work-out space! <BR> <BR> This is my workout 'room', there's just enough straight line room for me to do some push-ups. <BR> <img src=... Wed, 23 Jun 2010 07:01:04 EST Goal #1 - Completed Is this premature? I hope I'm not putting the cart before the horses here... <BR> <BR> When I joined SparkPeople, more to the point when I made my New Year's resolution, my original goal, and one I've so far held on to, was to reach 154 by my 30th Birthday. Today is not my Birthday! Today is exactly 1 month before my Birthday and yesterday for the first time I touched 154.00 on the scale! <BR> <BR> Today I weighed in at 155.6, so the weight isn't stable or consistent but there's still one w... Fri, 18 Jun 2010 09:12:06 EST My Wife is so *ahem* supportive My wife never supported me in my weight loss. Back when I had an extra 50 lbs. of fat hanging around my midsection and I said I wanted to lose it she didn't say 'No' she said 'Why?'. Actually she also said, 'you're a dad now and you have more important things to do with your time.' I beg to differ, but... <BR> <BR> I get it, she loves me, she looks at me and she doesn't see an overweight guy she sees the man she fell in love with and the extra weight doesn't even register. I notice it! I'm g... Sat, 5 Jun 2010 12:32:47 EST More Normal then Normal At one point in my life I was normal - who knows really maybe that was never a true statement. I always stood out, like a sore thumb, but I had normal friends, I had normal grades, I had normal relationships with people around me, I was in my own day I was uprooted and sent packing a long long way from there and I knew things would never be the same. I was in a foreign land, I didn't speak the language and I didn't understand the culture. This wasn't so much difficult for me... Thu, 3 Jun 2010 11:39:42 EST Hitting a couple of milestones. They seemed to have come out of nowhere, probably because I stopped paying attention to the numbers a while ago, but here they are... 155 lbs. and a BMI bellow 24! <BR> Getting my BMI bellow 24 feels pretty good, I guess, I can still remember getting excited about sneaking in bellow 25, back when that was a big deal for me, back when I had to convince my own wife that I needed to lose weight. <BR> The last time I weighed in at 155 I was probably 16, before I hit my last growth spurt...there w... Tue, 25 May 2010 11:47:01 EST Had a couple of Friends over for the Week-End <img src=""> <BR> ...and boy were they Yummy! Mon, 24 May 2010 06:53:56 EST I'm afflicted, you're addicted... (what I know about addiction) The funny thing here is that I was going to talk about addiction a couple of days ago and then I got sick so that postponed me a little and now there's all this stuff floating around about Tiger Woods - honestly, I don't want that connection, I can't stand that media circus around the man's life and I hate golf! But the profile of the question at hand has been raised so what better time then now to talk about it? <BR> <BR> I'm no stranger to addiction, I've been under the influence of substa... Wed, 12 May 2010 12:29:27 EST Corn Smut Huitlacoche (or Cuitlacoche) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>78481 </link> <BR> <BR> A wonderful little fungus, a delicacy in Mexico, that researches in the US are just now beginning to discover. <BR> I strongly suggest you read the article before looking down at the pictures... <BR> . <BR> . <BR> . <BR> . <BR> . <BR> . <BR> . <BR> . <BR> . <BR> . <BR> I'm soooo serious, if you have not yet read the article you're probably not prepared for the visual. <BR> . <BR> ... Mon, 3 May 2010 11:05:29 EST Metabolism Q: What is your Metabolism? <BR> A: Your Metabolism is the amount of calories your body consumes on a daily basis to maintain itself. Metabolism is broken down into three things, Resting Metabolic Rate(RMR), Thermic Effect of Food(TEF) and Physical Activity; these three things combine to make up your total "Metabolism". <BR> <BR> RMR - 70% of your total Cal requirement. Amount of calories your body needs to run essential processes (creating/destruction of cells, heart beat, breathing, brain... Fri, 30 Apr 2010 13:11:11 EST Deconstruction (Part 2)... how did I get here? Last week I shared a particularly painful part of my life, it's a bit tragic but the lesson is not that I had a hard life. Yes, sure, the tools I needed to succeed were not presented to me properly if at all, but ultimately the point is that what happened created a person that was not altogether healthy. <BR> I really don't want to go into everything else that went on in my life other then to say that failures were punished harshly, successes would go unrewarded, creativity was stifled and fr... Mon, 26 Apr 2010 17:23:28 EST Deconstruction (Part 1)... how did I get here? A while ago I put up two Deconstruction entries revolving around my Father and my Grandmother (the two main culprits, if you will, of my weight problems) - I took them down soon after. I wanted to take stock of how they had affected my life but it sounded whiny and deflective, that's not my goal. Despite everything that they were responsible for I have to put the blame on myself first for allowing their negativity to dictate my behavior; only then can I have to give my self the reprieve that ... Mon, 19 Apr 2010 16:55:12 EST How much would I really weigh? I just updated my weight tracker, I had it on the range of 170-154 before and now it's 190 to 154. It's not a ploy to make me look better, I swear, I'm doing it for me - just like the rest of this, it's for me. But I wanted to explain it because it's part of a larger issue. <BR> <BR> There's several types of people I see on the Spark, there's those trying to trim a few pounds, those trying to eat healthy, those who just woke up and realized they weight more then 2-3 normal people and then th... Thu, 15 Apr 2010 10:10:22 EST What's wrong with me - a short list. Once again I begin a Blog by wanting to discuss a topic and instead discover a mountain buried under my molehill. <BR> <BR> See, I don't make mountains out of molehills, I find ways to perceive mountains AS molehills. What ever the problem is I try to shrink it down to something I can grasp my mind around and manage, break it down into chunks and deal with them one at a time, make palatable the daunting - and that's not even one of my problems, that's an asset! It is, I swear! But like an ic... Wed, 31 Mar 2010 17:37:34 EST The Scales are dirty liers! I was going to write about my battle with portion control today but when I stepped on the scales this morning I had a moment and I felt the need to share it. <BR> <BR> Do you have one of those fangled "weight/body fat/hydration" digital scales? I do. They're pretty neat actually, if you track regularly you see patterns of mass distribution where the weight remains the same but the %body fat drops and the hydration level increases. But more so then just a raw measurement of your physical attr... Tue, 9 Mar 2010 07:36:29 EST QUIT being FAT There's this fat round number I'm about to hit and I'm not talking about my weight. It's the big 3-Oh! The age you knew you'd one day be but never made plans for.. yeah, that one. <BR> <BR> Something about it made me stop and rethink. Is this where I really wanted to be with my life? I've always had a weight problem I just figured that maybe I was a kid and didn't have my life sorted out yet, didn't have the seriousness to commit myself to anything, especially a lifestyle. But I'm not that ... Tue, 16 Feb 2010 10:31:39 EST