SLAPTHEFATCAT's SparkPeople Blog SLAPTHEFATCAT's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community In a University now and living by myself. Well, this is different. I rented a 4-bedroom apt in off-campus housing, where everyone pays the same amount for whichever room you get. I happened to luck out and get a 4-bedroom all to myself. It is very different with no one at home making bad decisions. I never noticed that I kind of need those bad decisions to help remind me to stay on track. Luckily the worst food I have in the kitchen right now is sugar and peanut butter, and I don't use much sugar nowadays. I have to remind myself to ... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 21:24:02 EST Yay! No longer obese! So, I had a goal to get to 175 lbs after a year. After about 8 months, it was apparent that was not going to happen. Within the last four months, I have been trying my best to lose weight, and succeeding in bounds! One of the biggest marks in my weight loss is 210 lbs. That mark is not only halfway through my weight loss journey, but it also is the mark between obese and simply overweight. As Otakon came more and more near, my goals became more focused, with specific rewards. <BR> Firstly, w... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 23:13:36 EST My Goku Challenge is almost completed... ...And I'm only halfway done with the weight loss. So, that's unfortunate. Also, unfortunately, I predicted this might happen. The good news? I'll be at a major weight loss benchmark (probably) when Otakon comes around (my goal date, Aug 7). That benchmark is 210 lbs. There is actually two reasons why that point is important. The first is that 210 lbs is halfway between my starting point (245 lb) and my ultimate goal (175 lb) and the second, and more important to me, reason is that 210 lbs is... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:49:10 EST Cosplay Stuff Man, I have so much to do to prepare for Otakon. Firstly, I have to work on getting fit. Honestly, that's not that much of a priority for me. My priority is simply getting everything done and together. All in all I am cosplaying as Yashio Kaito, from Robotics;Notes, Goku from Dragonball Z and Superboy from Young Justice. I will actually be wearing color contacts for my Superboy cosplay. So far, I have bought the fabric for my Goku cosplay, bought the wig, contacts and shirt for Superboy, made... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 01:04:29 EST Two months until Goku. So, 10 months in and I barely any better than I started. I want to at least get myself down to 209 from the 227 I am now. At least then, I will be going to Otakon with being only overweight and not obese. I'm on my last semester of my degree, then onto another school. I wish there was a way I could just instantly be at the job i want, with a decent pay, with some on the side, but I know that would be wishful thinking for anyone. In May, I did a 50 push-up a day challenge, and actually went ab... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 00:54:48 EST Sometimes. Sometimes I doubt myself. <BR> I doubt what I can do. <BR> I doubt that will ever be able to resist temptations, that I will ever lose weight. <BR> Sometimes I doubt that I will ever actually get out and go get fit. <BR> I doubt myself. I doubt that I will be able to do the things I have always wanted to do. <BR> Tonight has been a doubt night. Sat, 26 Apr 2014 01:40:19 EST Katsucon 2014. Boy, does Katsucon have a bunch of stories. So much stuff happened, in a bad way, but eventually it all worked out. <BR> <BR> So, first thing, our college group gets to the convention and because we did not pre-register (college issues, not our fault) we had to wait three hours in a super-slow line. Then we get up front and we find out that their credit card thing isn't working. Well, the college gave our advisor a credit card to pay for the registration... So, we all had to pitch in money t... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 22:58:01 EST 191 Days Left of the DBZ Goku Trials. I must admit, I probably will NOT make my goal for a Goku-like body by August. I definitely think I can certainly do better and can get a bit towards the goal, but I have 50lbs to lose, plus gaining enough muscle to have a warrior-type body. <BR> <BR> Good news though: Classes are starting, work is going well. <BR> And the best news: My panel application for Katsucon got accepted! The title is "Getting Fit for Cosplay." My biggest worries from it are A) it is in a month and I have not prepa... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 00:09:04 EST Goku. If you are reading my blogs or know anything about my goals, you will know my ultimate goal right now is to become very, very much like Goku, the individual in the background of my profile (particularly the version with the black hair). If not, now you know. <BR> <BR> Whenever I am feeling really lazy, tempted, or whatever, I turn my thoughts toward Goku. I think to myself: What would Goku do? Seriously, I do. <BR> <BR> Tonight, it has worked quite well for me. I was just going to go to b... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 00:53:44 EST 2014 Resolutions I know, I know. I said I won't make "resolutions" anymore. But these are my resolutions, things that I WILL get done. They're not goals because I absolutely will make it there. I got a barbell for Christmas that uses the same weights as my dumbbells, I've got my room pretty clear, I got the Wii and Wii Balance Board all set up. All I have to do is KISS and SMART. Keep It Simple Stupid. Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Based. My resolution is to get to 175 pounds by all mea... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 01:18:58 EST Maturity. Lately I've been debating about my and others' maturity levels. This has particularly hit hard today since with my beard I look about 25, maybe older, and without I look like I am around 20, and I shave today. So, I'm wondering what my maturity level really is. On one hand, I am pretty responsible. On the other, I like to watch anime and manga, be lazy at home, and just be a kid. Back to being an adult, I have never had a job less than a year long and I make sure I do not owe money to anyone.... Fri, 20 Dec 2013 01:49:52 EST 227 Days Left! So I was reading through some older Men's Fitness magazines today and I ran across a set of articles on weight loss. One of them listed a bunch of tips to lose weight. Being me, I know a lot about nutrition already, so I know each of their tips there were either right or right most of the time. And it got me thinking once again... Weight loss really isn't that hard. So, I found a calculator online that calculates how to lose a set amount of weight (2 lbs/week) and what to do. <BR> This one sa... Tue, 17 Dec 2013 00:59:20 EST 101 Days in, 249 days remaining. Look at that, I am so far into my journey already and I feel as though I've barely started. To be honest, I have only just started. Working that is. I had a re-revelation today on just what is important on weight loss and what I have been doing wrong. Comparing what I thought I was doing to what I actually am doing is completely different. No wonder I have not been losing weight. Anyhow, I have about 8 months to lose 50 pounds and gain a substantial amount of muscle. The muscle is easy enough... Mon, 25 Nov 2013 00:42:04 EST Not where I want to be. I'm not where I want to be in life. You know how in your senior year in high school, you have to make that 5-year plan? Well, I'm at 5 years out of high school now and I've only accomplished one of the many things on my list. Actually, I scoffed at the fact that people would CHOOSE to go to the college I am going to now. I thought that I was above it, but apparently not. I'm not really any more fit, I'm not in a relationship, I have no money, and my education could be a bit further by now. I ... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 01:26:32 EST 261 Days Left. I'm just going to make this quick. <BR> Reminder to those who do not regularly read my blogs: the countdown is to the date of Otakon 2014, in which I plan to showcase my cosplay as Goku, the fellow in the dark-orange and blue outfit in my background. I have that time to slim down and gain muscle. <BR> <BR> Feeling really lazy but good today. I have mixed feelings. I feel very lazy today, but I am also feelings very frustrated in the lack of time I have to lose weight, since my first long ter... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 11:37:12 EST 267 Days Left. I'm finally making progress on exercising. My friend exercises just about every day, despite being quite overweight, and pushes me to exercise often. So far I have gotten in two workouts this week (out of the four she has done), and I plan to do so tomorrow. I also have gotten better at tracking food and nutrition. <BR> In case you did not know, it's really easy to get SparkPoints. With posting this blog, I would have earned 120 SparkPoints today, just SP, not SparkGoodie Points. <BR> <BR> W... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 23:18:14 EST 271 Days Left. So, I have 271 days left until my goal date. That is the date by which I must get to 175 lbs then gain enough muscle to reasonable look like the guy with the black hair on my profile (Goku from Dragonball Z). I want to obtain this goal because everything he is, especially aesthetics, is my ideal, what I want to look and be like the most. I am currently 220 lbs. I have a shorter term goal which is coming up fast and I REALLY need to seriously work on. I have a goal/reward system for that one. ... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 19:11:53 EST Day 80. REALLY?!!?!? It's been 80 days, almost 3 MONTHS, a quarter of my journey to Goku and I've wasted it all!!! Grr.. I'm so annoyed with myself. Goku is my ultimate goal. Most people don't understand, but Goku is the ideal person. He's perfectly fit, energetic, strong, fast, kind, pure-hearted, and just a generally awesome person. I have lost almost no weight since the start of my journey to lose weight and get fit for a year. As the All-American Rejects song I'm listening to right now on Pandor... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 00:22:13 EST Day 64 of the DBZ Trials (297 days remaining) So, it's been 64 days since Otakon 2013, my start date of my one year journey, that's two months, 1/6 of my total journey. I'm only about 5 pounds down, and most of that was lost with the initial two or three weeks. I eat worse now than ever and I don't exercise. I need to get into a habit of exercise every day, and need to remember to eat healthy EVERY meal. Plus, I've been eating a lot of candy now, since at work we have a bucket of candy that is just for us at work. It contains several dif... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 01:08:01 EST Day 45: Reward thoughts. Well, this is good and bad. <BR> <BR> Lately, at night, I have been getting SUPER hyped up, like I could just slam my hands on the table, jump up, and literally run out the door. Problem is I never am in the situation in which that is appropriate. I think it has to do with being tired. I also noticed that when I take a multivitamin, my sleep schedule normalizes, which sucks for my homework schedule. I have been thinking a lot about going to the gym lately, but I have yet to actually go. I H... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 00:03:04 EST Day 43: Just a note. I think a reason why I don't run yet is because I never really, really push myself when I "try to run." I never get to that point where I have a chance to get better at running and better at breathing. I have to get my body used to doing the exercise before I can actually show my potential. <BR> <BR> P.S. Stopped by the CSM (my college) gym and got all set up to go to the gym often. I plan to go to class a few hours earlier so I can swim for an hour or so. Mon, 23 Sep 2013 20:44:40 EST Day 42 of the DBZ Trials: 100+ Reasons for me. Reasons for me to get fit: <BR> <BR> 1. So I can jog. <BR> 2. So I don't run out of breath. <BR> 3. So I can run. <BR> 4. So I can run and feel like a runner. <BR> 5. To impress myself. <BR> 6. To finally have the fitness to learn to do parkour. <BR> 7. Freedom to do what I want. <BR> 8. Goku cosplay (obviously) <BR> 9. To be able to cosplay as the main characters rather than the supporting cast. <BR> 10. More energy. <BR> 11. More confidence. <BR> 12. More competence. <BR> 13. Stronger. <BR... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 01:14:09 EST Day 36 of the DBZ Trial (Day 1 of the Leap into Fall Fitness Challenge) Okay, cool. So, yesterday I did 20 minutes on the recumbent bike at home since it was dark and my bro didn't want to kit the gym with me, and I was just not feeling gym atmosphere. Today I got up, wasted an hour trying to get everything together for homework, FINALLY left and went to the college, did homework for three hours. Then I went upstairs to Drawing Basics class. Ugh.. everyone there is so good and my art looks like a high school piece of art. I'm still not done and there's this one ... Mon, 16 Sep 2013 23:16:53 EST Day 34 of 365 days of DBZ Trial. Still nothing. Really Andrew?! I gotta get my act together! A year should be plenty of time! But I've done nothing except act like I have no time or ability for effort at all. I feel like I'm trapped in the life I have now, traveling down the road the wrong way. Like Tetris when you start missing the blocks' locations several times. <BR> I want this so badly! But I can never think of the life I will have when I actually can do something about it. I want to be that guy that is always doing aw... Sat, 14 Sep 2013 01:02:37 EST Day 31 of the DBZ Trials (Sept 11) Okay, so I was wrong about my weight last night, but I don't understand that much flux. My weight went from 221.6 lb, three days later at 229 lb, and this morning it was 222.9 lb. And this is on a fairly new scale so I know it can't be wrong by more than a slight amount. Also, classes are seriously being difficult for me this semester. I don't know if I'll be able to pass, even just starting the second week of classes. It's a lot of stuff to read, more to learn and even more homework. I am ha... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 00:48:53 EST Day 30 of the DBZ Trials My weight has gone back up to 229. That's an eight pound gain from my last weigh in. Tonight I am getting a bunch of new songs to put on my MP3 player. I definitely plan to start ripping it out, going hard. I'm starting to get impatient in other parts of my life, to the point I was (and still am) considering dropping both my classes, quitting my job, and moving away from here. But I know it's not practical. Seriously not practical. I don't have the funds nor the experience to get a job to cre... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 23:55:15 EST Day 25 of the DBZ Trials. Wow, already three and a half weeks into the period and already way behind. I have not even had the time to THINK about exercising in the last few days, since school has started. Plus I have to rearrange my work schedule to accommodate my classes (not fun, when you have to tell your boss you have to re-do your schedule within a week). <BR> So, I work all day Sunday and afternoons Monday and Tuesdays as well as every other Saturday. gives me a nice solid bit of working, no odd scheduling. So ... Thu, 5 Sep 2013 00:42:27 EST Day 21 of the DBZ Trials. Wow. Today was rough! <BR> Since I work at a seafood restaurant, especially one that serves crabs, we were SLAMMED all day today. And it was over 95 degrees in the kitchen, even with a bunch of fans and the supposed AC on. At the end of the day, I was so chaffed as I wanted to do was waddle into bed and lay there. I didn't even feel like driving home. First thing I did when I got home was take a luke-warm shower. Usually I'm the guy that blasts it as hot as it can go, but my chaffing areas sa... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 23:00:20 EST Day 20 of the DBZ Trials. (Sat Aug 31) Breakfast/Lunch: Big huge bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios with 1% milk (my mom likes 2% or whole, but I personally prefer skim, so we compromise with 1%). It wasn't THAT big of a serving. I woke up around noon so it was more like brunch. I also had something else that I cannot recall. <BR> Dinner: About 2-3 cups of cooked kale and about 2 cups fresh grapes. <BR> <BR> No exercise, but after reading these success stories, I'm pumped to start working out so I can lose weight! It seems no matter what... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 01:41:30 EST Day 19 of the DBZ Trials. 342 days until goal. Honestly, in the last few days, I've slid backwards, a lot. I don't know, I just haven't had any willpower to choose healthy foods in the last two or three days. I KNOW what to eat and why those foods, but I just go "pfff... I can eat healthy next meal." And I don't. I snack a lot and of foods I have decided to swear off, that should only be consumed in minute amounts. I STILL have not gotten into a regular exercise regime. Almost 3 weeks of a 50 week program, I should be 6% of the way to my ... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 23:20:58 EST Day 13 of the DBZ trials Just a quick update in regards to my progress towards my Goku cosplay. I'm at around 222 lb, but I want to lose weight faster and I need to find a strength training mentor and its my own fault for not finding one yet. Honestly, I have yet to even look. I have been to the gym once since the beginning of my journey. I am 4% into my journey but I have made only about 2% progress. Tomorrow I can't do anything since it is Sunday, when I work from 12-9. But I can continue nutritionally. also, I nee... Sat, 24 Aug 2013 22:45:02 EST Progress? So, yay, I've been losing weight, even through Otakon, a weekend of junk food and anime. (But plenty of walking around, loving every cosplay I saw). BUT I have not been losing weight at the speed I like and I have yet to establish a strength training regime. My brother is more than ready to help me, but I kind of want help from someone who really knows what to do. I always feel like a dumbo in a weight room, I'm not sure what order to do what exercises at what weights and which complements wh... Fri, 23 Aug 2013 01:12:39 EST Day 1 of the DBZ trials. Okay, so today is the first official day of my year of transformation. If you haven't been reading my blogs, or figured it out from my profile, I am taking a year to lose fat, gain muscle, all to an end result of cosplaying as Goku from the series Dragon Ball Z. After lots of research, I have found the high fat, high protein, low carb diet to suit my needs the best. But I also want to follow a clean diet (not paleo), meaning no fried foods, limiting sugar, etc. The issue is that since I just... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 14:53:59 EST New Goals for the year. Otakon is just about the biggest thing I do every year. It takes a lot of planning, a lot of work, and a lot of money to go and is several days of my life. It is also AWESOME! So, I kind of wait the entire year for this one event; more than Halloween, more than Christmas, even more than my birthday. The point is, that is how I measure one year the most eagerly. Since Otakon starts on Thursday, I am making plans for next year's costume. Since I have been cosplaying for a couple of years, I've... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 01:40:07 EST I'm going to try now. Okay, so tomorrow (technically today since it's past midnight) I'm going to start actually working towards the Smoking Summer Challenge! (Despite it being like 7 weeks in and almost over) My personal goals are to strength train 3 times per week and work on training for a 5k. I signed up to restart the SP 5k walk/jog program, so I'll be starting from week 1 again. This week's challenge (which ends tomorrow) is to do an abs video and a cardio video, as well as to eat 7 servings of fruits and ve... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 01:30:47 EST Cosplay rant. You ever have that one friend that just assumes that you’ll be willing to do stuff for her? Just because I am barely financially stable. Okay, so my friend, two weeks before Otakon, is like “oh! I want to do a cosplay other than the one I have!" So I pull out my long wig and a bunch of suggestions. Since technically the wig is hers, from a past cosplay in which she did not fully do, I was fine with her using the wig. Not like she would take good care of it herself. So, she gets stuck on doing... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 02:24:42 EST Just some meandering thoughts. Okay, so I'm just thinking about how I'm having trouble focusing on my physiology and anatomy class and how I'm not interested in ANY of the science classes it takes to become a registered dietitian. I would much rather take a bunch of art classes. But I know I do not have the patience, attention, talent, or ability to have a career in art. I also know that most people do not make it in the art world. Sure, you sell a few pieces here and there, but never enough to feed yourself. Even many of ... Sat, 20 Jul 2013 01:13:50 EST This week's update. My 23rd birthday is on Tuesday! I want to do something but I work. Had a birthday party for me, my twin bro and my friend who has a birthday on the same day. Party was awesome. Both my bro and my mom got the sewing book I specifically asked for, so one of them is going to have to cancel their order. I ate pretty poorly and drank lots of regular soda, but I figure it's my party so I can do what I want. Gearing up for Otakon too! Got my Pocky and fruit snacks already, but will be getting the ot... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 02:04:26 EST Updates to life. Well, nothing too new to report, but I feel like writing own my thoughts. <BR> <BR> School and work combinations is really, really filling up my schedule. Today I have no free time at all to exercise until after work, and by then I did not feel like doing anything fit. So I didn't. And you know what? Knowing that I could have, but did not, makes me feel crummy. My diet is horrible. I don't track it either, because I'm scared of what it will end up saying. I need to eat so many more vegetable... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 03:48:28 EST Can't sleep. The last few nights I've been having more trouble than usual falling asleep. Usually, I'll stay up a bit, get tired and go to bed. But the last few days I've just been straight awake. I have to force myself to go to sleep. Right now, as I'm writing this, it's 4:15 in the morning. It's pitch dark in my room, quiet, good temperature, comfortable, but not sleepy. <BR> <BR> On another note, I've been learning several different topics lately: statistics (formal online class via my local college)... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 04:25:50 EST One of those times. Right now is one of those times when you feel as though you know nothing about how weight loss really works. I KNOW the stuff, I just do not apply it. And to know that I have been cheating myself for so long thinking that I was doing well, it hurts. It really does. It makes me want to break down and just lay there. I could be so much.. so very, very much. But because I take the cheap, easy way out, I do not go anywhere. I am mentally re-evaluating how I eat. And I know that I do not eat a bal... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 00:47:18 EST So much homework!!! Okay, so I am doing a statistics class during the during, online. Okay, fine. It's just another math class, right? WRONG! I spend about 5 hours every Wednesday doing homework, and that does not include the four tests I have to do outside of that time. Today, I spent 9 hours doing homework! That's not stop-and-go homework. That is 9 hours straight, no eating, no distractions, just homework. Thank god the other college is close by and I can use their internet. If it weren't for that I would be ... Thu, 13 Jun 2013 02:05:47 EST Following the trend and posting new goals for summer. Okay, since the title summed it up I'm going to go straight into the new goals. <BR> <BR> 1) Finish cosplays before my birthday (July 16). The cosplays are of Kaito from Robotics; Notes and Bluezam from Beet the Vandal Buster. <BR> <BR> 2) Finish the 40 lessons of beginner Japanese from the library. <BR> <BR> 3) Be able to jog a 5k by my birthday. Have not figured out a time yet, but I want to be able to do it. <BR> <BR> 4) Obtain SOME muscle by the time Otakon rolls around (Beginning of ... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 01:48:20 EST I don't know what to do with myself. (Note to those who don't know me: I am 22, in college and alive at home. And I had ADD so I tend to jump topics pretty often.) I know what to do, but I don't. I sit on the couch, or even my bed, just playing on the computer all day. Honestly, if I did not have a job or class, I likely would never go outside. That is the honest truth. What do I do? I am convinced one day I will get fit, and live healthy. But one day will never be here if I don't do anything. I want to blame my family and job f... Fri, 24 May 2013 16:25:06 EST Persistance and Pathetic. Okay, so back near the end of December, I signed up for a Warrior Dash that is on May 18. I was like, "Okay, that's more than enough time to train from my lazy, unfit self to being about to jog it at least." Then I kept putting off the training thinking "oh, I still have plenty of time." Then, three weeks ago, I realized "I only have 5 weeks until the race, better start training." Then, I got off work and was like "I'll start tomorrow." And I kept doing that over and over, and even today. My ... Wed, 8 May 2013 02:17:02 EST Weight of the Nation. This is the title of a 4-part documentary focused on the true side of the obesity epidemic. Each part can be seen alone. Part 1 is titled Consequences. It "examines the scope of the obesity epidemic and explores the serious health consequences of being overweight or obese." Part 2 (Choices) focuses on what to do and what causes obesity as well as giving some overview again of the consequences of being overweight and/or obese. Part 3 is named Children in Crisis, which looks at the children of ... Fri, 12 Apr 2013 14:32:54 EST I'm so frustrated... I'm so frustrated with myself! I have everything at my disposal to get fit and lose weight, the only thing stopping me is myself. I want to say that I hate myself, but that wouldn't be true. I don't hate myself; I hate my habits and the way I do things. I can learn and study and write stuff and all that, but when it comes down to actually doing stuff, eating right and exercising, I never do. <BR> I thought once I have a car, a set schedule, good grades and especially once I had a gym members... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 01:53:01 EST My vacation. Okay, three days in Williamsburg, VA, with just me, my twin bro and a friend. And we did so much. We went to a tea shop and sample some puar tea (fermented, pressed and aged tea, tastes like seaweed, similar to miso soup), played racquetball, went to a trampoline park, hit up an arcade, and almost went bowling. Almost went bowling because we went to the alley and they were doing league through the whole place. <BR> Racquetball - I now know I am really bad at racquetball. I mean, I can't eve... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 00:58:11 EST Motivate I'm starting to reconsider my motives for losing weight, trying to figure out what really gets me to work towards losing weight, towards doing anything really. It's funny that I am having such a hard time sticking to my healthy lifestyle when I hate to do things half-way. I nearly ALWAYS finish what I start. But I also plan a lot, and do little action. I know during one of my first walks, one of the things that stuck in my mind was that if I lost weight, most of my problems will be solved. No... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 00:18:37 EST MAXimum Fitness Potential So, earlier tonight I was watching the action show, Arrow, which is as it sounds, a series about an archer. He (Oliver Queen) goes around fighting these villains that are corrupting the city while dealing with his past on a dangerous island. This series loosely reflects the Arrows from DC Comics. Anyhow, he is in top physical shape and it got me thinking. What is my maximum fitness potential? If I put all my efforts into getting fit, how far can I go? How much can I push my limits? I want to ... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 01:31:57 EST