SLAPTHEFATCAT's SparkPeople Blog SLAPTHEFATCAT's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community [Blog Title Required] Hey-o! <BR> So, lately, I've been a little down in the dumps because I'm far bigger than ever before and it seemed as though I couldn't control anything in my life (although most of us know that is untrue). But since then, I've been working on identifying things that "trap" me (unhealthy triggers), my habits, and just generally trying to get myself together. And I think I am ready to get back on track to actually make a change towards the better. In particular, I am going to start off just no... Thu, 9 Nov 2017 00:29:10 EST Getting on the ball. Over the last few days, even a few weeks past, I have been thinking and observing myself compared to more slim people (i.e. my brother). When I was at university, I ate by myself most times and so had no one to compare to as far as proportions or even selection. But now I have someone to compare to, something to start as "normal" compared to my own. I eat literally twice as much as my brother. I eat more than even the rest of my family. I eat and eat and eat. Then I feel guilty. A few years a... Fri, 7 Jul 2017 22:36:36 EST Ups and Downs I graduated last Friday with my Bachelor's in Human Ecology: Dietetics, with a minor in Chemistry. But I feel like I didn't deserve it, that I could have done better and did not do the level of work expected of me. Anyway, I'm now looking for a job, but my old job at the restaurant is asking me to come back, especially since a co-worker would like to take off for a week from the 11th to the 18th. I don't dislike the job, but it'll be too easy to slip right back into working here. I want to wo... Wed, 31 May 2017 22:00:26 EST Graduation! This semester I will finally be graduating from university, with a Bachelor's in Human Ecology with a concentration in Dietetics and a minor in Chemistry. The thing is, I've been so focused on doing well in my courses, my diet has fallen to nothing good. I am making some small changes at the moment to at least not be everything bad, but overall it's pretty unhealthy. I want to be excited about graduating in a little over two weeks. But I am so bombarded with assignments to do it's hard to be ... Thu, 11 May 2017 21:03:21 EST So close, so bad. My last blog was entitled "So far, so good" because I was doing well in making healthier choices and such. But when I visited home, there were so many goodies to snack on and when I came back, I still felt like eating this stuff. I know I just need to hope back onto track, but I went WAY off today. I literally ate an entire package of chocolate chunk cookies in one sitting. Not only that, but I was dipping them in Nutella. They weren't even that good! Well, I felt so bad about it I was going ... Mon, 20 Feb 2017 23:21:48 EST So far, so good. I was WAAAAAYY off the wagon before; eating pretty much only junk food and not exercising at all. I've since made some small changes. I am taking the changes very, very slowly because whenever I try a big change I do it one time, then drop it. So far my changes include tracking everything I eat (4 day streak), parking further away and taking the stairs (2 day streak), and wearing my FitBit (1/2 day streak). It's not going to do much, but a little change is still change. <BR> Also, it seems a... Sat, 4 Feb 2017 22:24:37 EST Back to the Past Over the winter break, I noticed that my habits were simple and unhealthy. I also noticed how someone should be trying to lose weight and get healthy (mostly by observing my bro Neomattlac). Luckily, one part of my unhealthy battle is gone, since I no longer stand over a fryer six hours a day (line cook at a seafood restaurant). I have noticed that my life is at least as unhealthy as it was back in high school, when I told myself every night that I would try again the next day to eat healthy ... Mon, 30 Jan 2017 23:21:25 EST New Life - Day 00 It's been a while since I have worked out and my nutrition choices are poor. I didn't realize just how bad I've gotten until today. Most of what I ate today was copious amounts of sugar cereal and some ramen, topped with half a pot of coffee with about half a cup of sugar. My only exercise is walking to and from classes and the house, and bathroom/kitchen breaks in between. I hate to admit it to myself, but I am also 5+ lbs above my highest weight ever. This all while I am in a dietetics prog... Sat, 5 Nov 2016 22:05:54 EST Have A Better Life As I am progressing through my senior year at university, the stress continues to build at an insurmountable rate. And so naturally, my mind wanders away from school and onto how to relax, and hence how to improve my general life, outside of school. First off, the obvious but annoying. As most of us are, we hate exercise. It downright SUCKS! But every time you turn to a "how to get better" or a "how to lose weight" or even "stress relief," exercise is on the list. I mean, I'm taking Medical N... Fri, 7 Oct 2016 12:21:05 EST I'm Restarting I lost 35-40 lbs, then gained it back, plus ~5 lbs. I have abandoned almost every aspect of making healthy choices, with exception of controlling my drinks at work. (I work at a seafood restaurant that offers sodas and tea, as much as I can drink for free) I will allow myself one calorie-dense drink and outside of that one glass, I will drink diet soda, tea with artificial sweetener or water. Very seldomly I opt for plain water. I also work the fryers so I am always munching on fries and it's... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 21:43:49 EST New Goals. So, I just remembered a major goal I had: graduate with my degree in Dietetics at my goal weight. I will be graduating a year from now, so I have a year to get to my goal weight. I also wanted to get a personal trainer certificate, but firstly I wanted to get to my goal weight. My current weight is around 245 lbs and my goal weight is 175 lbs. So I need to lose 70 pounds in the next year. That is more than enough time, but I have said that for other goals and only once have I achieved a time-... Fri, 8 Apr 2016 00:46:03 EST Monster Last night the tenants in the apartment neighboring mine decided to have a huge party. It was very loud and even campus police couldn't do anything about it. It kept me up until almost 3 AM and made me furious. This was only impacted when I took the trash out early today and noticed both the inside and outside of the apartment building was trashed. I was fuming and then one of my roommates started playing some music with bass to it and I couldn't take it anymore. I left the apartment and drov... Sat, 2 Apr 2016 18:36:42 EST Scheduling and Self-Esteem. Yesterday, I went to go do my online work for one of my chemistry courses and I found that I had two assignments due that night and another assignment was due the night before. I had only checked as a preliminary to see when during the week something was due. So this prompted me to make a priority of creating a schedule until July for my homework. I also put down my goals/rewards for weight loss. Behind the schedule, I plan to write down goals, thoughts, etc. about my weight loss journey for ... Mon, 29 Feb 2016 23:54:33 EST Just a quick update. I just wanted to post a blog before I went to bed. I have not really added much to my regular routine. I am eating at least one healthy meal a day now, but I have a general area in the farther lot that I parked now and I always take the stairs, which actually created a funny situation. People were freaking out because the elevator was not working and I'm just like "whatever, I'm taking the stairs either way." I bet they didn't even know there is a second elevator! It's in the far end of the b... Mon, 22 Feb 2016 01:13:19 EST I have been trying but also struggling. I have been trying, I really have. I bought a bunch of oranges and bananas to much on. I have lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, celery, onions,etc. in the fridge. I bought some frozen spinach and I two other kinds of frozen veg in the freezer. I have sweet potatoes. I went walking for almost an hour. <BR> But when I went to the store I also bought a box of fudge brownie mix, a thing of dt. mountain lion (store brand mountain dew), a bag of sugar (I have been trying to reduce sugar by removing it a... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 13:03:22 EST Finally getting [back] into it. If you've been reading my blogs for a while, or know me personally, you'll know that I was able to lose half of my goal weight and then after a reward for that half-goal I slipped and gained it all back, plus 5-10 pounds. For a while now I've been trying to get myself to get back to my success habits. And I think I may have finally broken through that barrier. Yesterday and today I have eaten healthier than I have in months, and I think it's only going to get better. I've started measuring my... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 23:11:56 EST Updates, free Otakon pass, goals, weight loss and cosplaying. Ever since my bro left my apartment, I've hardly left my room. I'm not a hikikomiro or some sort of shut-in! I've just had a really bad cold that has made so I can hardly function. It was a it better this morning, but the stuffiness is coming back a bit and I think I may be getting a little fever (or someone keeps turning up the thermostat, which is also a possibility) since I've been overly warm most of the day. <BR> Last night was... interesting. I got up to make myself a cup of tea and I h... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 22:40:54 EST Re: Goals and Rewards for the New Year THIS IS A COPY-AND-PASTE FROM MY PREVIOUS BLOG WITHOUT EXTRA STUFF <BR> <BR> First weigh-in: Jan 11, 2015 @ 222 lb <BR> Last weigh-in: November 22,2015 @ 235 lb <BR> Current weigh-in: December 28, 2015 @ 245 lb (Not sure how correct this really is, but I know I am at least 240 lb and not over 250 lb.) <BR> <BR> Goal weights: <BR> ---February 14, 2016 @ 220 lb. <BR> Reward: Superhero compression top <BR> ---April 2, 2016 @ 200 lb. <BR> Reward: Cosplay at Eastern Shore Fan-Con <BR> ---June 1... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 06:52:55 EST End of year report. Goals for next year. First weigh-in: Jan 11, 2015 @ 222 lb <BR> Last weigh-in: November 22,2015 @ 235 lb <BR> Current weigh-in: December 28, 2015 @ 245 lb (Not sure how correct this really is, but I know I am at least 240 lb and not over 250 lb.) <BR> <BR> Goal weights: February 14, 2016 @ 220 lb. <BR> ---April 2, 2016 @ 200 lb. <BR> Reward: Cosplay at Eastern Shore Fan-Con <BR> ---June 1, 2016 @ 190 lb. <BR> Reward: Be able to brag to Neomattlac (my older twin bro) and be fit enough to actively compete in the... Mon, 28 Dec 2015 13:25:08 EST Weight loss and (lack of) confidence My last few blogs have been more directed to y'all than progress and personal stuff, but this one will be so if you're here for the motivation it's not here. <BR> -------------------------- <BR> I feel so fat today. And not just in a "I feel bad about my self-image" way, but also I feel like this fat on my stomach is most of me. I feel like it's so unnecessary and so simple to get rid of. I'm mad at myself for not eating healthy and exercising, for not doing work for both my personal goals, b... Sat, 12 Dec 2015 21:46:25 EST Pics to get you stronger. Just wanted to upload of pictures I find motivating and though y'all may like. Sources are pretty much what I find from around Tumblr and Google. <BR> Here is my blog that is basically the literary version of this:<BR>ournal_individual.asp?blog_id=6044541 <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img... Fri, 11 Dec 2015 12:56:10 EST Tough Things You Really Need to Hear. Most blog writers out there try to bend and twist their meanings and content as not to offend the fragile egos of their audience, their readers. Well, that's not what this article is going to do. I'm going to tell you what you really need to hear. <BR> <BR> This is a list of things that will make you lose weight/fat. <BR> <BR> 1. Shut up and work out. <BR> I like to quote Fullmetal Alchemist on this and state that working out is like the Equivalent Exchange: you get out what you put in. So ... Tue, 8 Dec 2015 21:50:32 EST Body built by cookies Yeah, I said it. I have a body built by cookies... and cakes... and sweet tea, pretty much anything with sugar and/or sweetness. <BR> You would think someone who is training to be a dietitian, someone who is more aware of all the harm from this kind of lifestyle, would be as far from it as possible. But here I am, in all my fat glory. If you cut me open, I would have more fat than Kobe beef. I berate myself each time I write these about how I know all this stuff of how to lose weight, but I n... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 23:46:01 EST Why losing fat sucks. (VERY, VERY LONG BLOG/ARTICLE) I keep stating I'm going to do this or that, I plan it, I set myself up for it and... I never actually do it. I know what I need to do, follow many of the steps of the cycle of change, but I never get to the point of doing the action. And even if I do, it's for a couple of days, maximum. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> There was a point in which I was exercising regularly and eating pretty well. It felt nice, but even... Sun, 22 Nov 2015 18:28:02 EST Progress? I don't think I have done enough to lose any weight yet, but I am getting more aware of what I am eating and tracking everything. Also, today I finally started my training for doing a 5k in June. I want to be able to jog the whole thing, but I also have the lift weights since I am doing a "strength war" against Neomattlac the same day. <BR> My "training" was 20 minutes of walking/jogging intervals where I would walk 2 sides of a building, jog the next side, walk 2 more sides, jog a side, etc... Wed, 11 Nov 2015 19:42:18 EST Work to Failure. I went to visit home this weekend and I finally weighed myself after about a month or so. I'm thinking "I have been doing a little better, my weight should be slightly lower than last time." Nope! Not only did I not lose weight, I've gained an additional TEN pounds. And it's not the quick gain that defeats me. It's that this puts me at 245 lbs. This is where I started way back in February 2011. I feel like all that I have done was worthless. <BR> That stated, I've been working on new beginni... Mon, 2 Nov 2015 22:14:51 EST Rewired Day 1 So, according to the Rewired workout on, I should make a letter to myself that lays out three things I want to work on during the next nine weeks. <BR> <BR> The three things I would like to focus on are: reduce sugar and other junk in my diet, create a habit of getting in my workouts regularly, and to develop self-discipline for nutrition. <BR> <BR> Currently, my biggest focus is to develop self-discipline, as you can tell from the two of three goals being related to it. I ... Tue, 27 Oct 2015 23:53:06 EST Attack Plan for Tomorrow. I'm a bit tuckered out tonight, so I'm going to bed early (I could use it too, since I have an 8 AM lab class). But I need to write down what I actually need to do tomorrow. <BR> 6:30 AM - 7:15 AM Shower, prep lunch and snacks, eat breakfast. <BR> *Breakfast = 2 fried/scrambled eggs + 2 pieces toast <BR> *Lunch = 1 c. canned corn, 3 oz. pork shoulder, 2 T. barbecue sauce, 2 slices bread. <BR> *Pack 2 apples + cup/container for water. <BR> 7:20 AM - 8 AM Walk to class (I have only walked to cl... Mon, 26 Oct 2015 21:20:46 EST Best compliment of my life. So, first, I wanted to say that at I started at 240 lbs and over 3 years whittled my weight down to 209 for a convention, but since i have gained almost all of it back and am now 235 lbs. <BR> <BR> I go to a convention every July/August (end of July or beginning of August, a weekend from Thurs-Sun). And as said before, there was a time in which I got myself down to 209 for a convention. My main goal was to get below 210 because that is the borderline between obese and overweight on the BMI s... Sun, 25 Oct 2015 18:38:38 EST The Fighting Spirit! So, I started watching some motivational music videos and starting going through a lot of Hajime no Ippo (boxing anime series, English title is The Fighting Spirit, though they are not translations of one another). I really like the manga (graphic novel form of the anime, as its source material) and often get pumped when reading it. So, I think I am going to create a new goal for myself, on top of the other ones: I want to cosplay Makunoichi Ippo (main character of the series) at Otakon next ... Sat, 24 Oct 2015 22:52:50 EST The Fat Atlas Note: I'm going to be a little ADD with this post, jumping topics and whatnot. <BR> I was going to name this "Fat Guy Lifts the World" as a parody of "Fat Kid Rules the World" to illustrate the idea of an unfit male training, lifting weights and building muscle, but I think the idea of Atlas is a better motif. Most of you know the story of Atlas, the entity that holds the Earth for all eternity. <BR> I'm once again scrolling through Tumblr, wasting time, but also going past pictures of all t... Wed, 14 Oct 2015 20:01:59 EST A prescription for Slap No, I didn't really go and get a prescription, but since I am in dietetics and in particular the "nutrition education and counseling" course, I figured I could write a "prescription" for myself to outline my current problems, diagnosis, and treatment plan. <BR> <BR> Name of patient: Andrew (aka Slapthefatcat) <BR> Current Weight: 240 lbs. <BR> Current Height: 5'11" <BR> BMI: 33.5 (Obese, non-morbid) <BR> Symptoms: Chronic fatigue, lethargy, lowered immune capabilities, easily out of breathe... Tue, 13 Oct 2015 21:57:54 EST Not sure how to title this... Just more updates. I seem to do better if I post more blogs here. Anyhow, I've learned some interesting goal stuff last week and I plan to put them into action. <BR> The main action thing I learned last week was actually a "stages of change" model, and in fact was taught in two not-so-related courses about the same time. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I did a little bit a few days ago, but I've really been slac... Tue, 29 Sep 2015 00:11:44 EST Has it really been two weeks? Has it really been two weeks since I posted my last blog? I swear I posted it like three days ago. I didn't really make any changes to my life until this Wednesday, in which I had to walk for 20 minutes. Of my whole class, I was in the top third, and I was just walking quickly, no jogging or anything. My goals for the semester, fitness/health-wise are to lose 15 pounds, to gain noticeable muscle, and to be able to do a 5k in 40 minutes. My current rate of just walking is 55 minutes. At 3.2 mi... Sun, 20 Sep 2015 23:24:57 EST Just Updates So my Fall semester has started. I feel like this is the first real semester at the university since I'm taking several classes within my major now and I'm getting a lot of professional advice to my future career. <BR> I have been doing absolutely horrible as far as weight loss is concerned. Pizza, pasta, soda and peanut butter sandwiches have been enveloping my life. I like peanut butter sandwiches a lot, and it's super quick to make so that's a common choice for me. Also, ramen is also rea... Mon, 7 Sep 2015 23:26:46 EST Otakon has come and gone. Otakon was awesome. <BR> My Goku was more popular than before and Powerline was an absolute hit! My Kaneki wasn't popular at all, but I expected as much since a number of people cosplayed as him and I did an average version of him. <BR> <BR> Anyhow, to the point that it relates to SparkPeople: This Otakon has made me make a new goal for myself. Since I was deliberating on going to Otakon next year, I am going to involve it into my new goal. This is my mission statement: If I get to 180 poun... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 22:45:17 EST Day 255 of the 275 Day Challenge. So I made myself a goal to lift 10 Tons by Otakon, but I realize now it's a silly goal. Not like you think... it's too small of a goal. I just did one 20 minute workout and lifts 2200 lbs in just the one workout. But this is the only training I've done since I posted my last blog almost a week ago. <BR> Goal progress: <BR> 1: 10 min exercise per day (Nope) <BR> 2: More vegetables and less processed food (more veg, more processed food. OTL) <BR> 3: 5 min strength training per day (nothing unt... Sat, 27 Jun 2015 23:55:12 EST Day 251 of the 275 Day Challenge. If you've read any of my other recent blog posts, you'll know that I have not only not achieved my goal for the challenge, but I have gained back almost all the weight I have lost overall. I am currently at 235 lbs. I hate to admit that I am at that weight now. I wish I could say I was at 210 lb, or even 225 lbs, but I am back to 235 lbs. I started this whole thing at 245 lbs. <BR> I can feel this extra weight, this fat, surrounding my body, particularly my stomach. It's a horrible feel, a h... Tue, 23 Jun 2015 22:40:39 EST Day 239 of the 275 Day Challenge. Only 5 weeks left until the end of my challenge and I start a new one. <BR> I really wanted to talk about bread. I love bread and all its forms and its amazing versatility. My problem though, is that it seems when I eat bread, my entire diet goes out of wack. It's not a gluten thing; I know enough to know it's not a sensitivity thing. I think it's the texture and the flavor. I can easily imagine it with many other foods, most foods in fact. <BR> Also, I noticed recently that my fat intake is... Thu, 11 Jun 2015 11:37:24 EST 234 of the 275 Day Challenge I started tracking EVERYTHING I eat for the last couple of days and I noticed that I have been consistently eating +2500 kcal per day, with a large percentage going to fat, with barely meeting my protein goals. Today I've been working on that. I'm already at the lower end of protein, middle of my fat goals, almost to my carb goal, and not yet to my calorie goal. I have yet to eat and record dinner though, so we'll see from there. <BR> I know why my fat count is high: lots of peanut butter an... Sat, 6 Jun 2015 18:21:40 EST Day 228 of the 275 Day Challenge. I've essentially abandoned this challenge, but I do think I will try again with a new countdown. Less than 50 days until my 25th birthday. I'll try to get my fitness levels up by then. <BR> My summer semester starts tomorrow and I've already gotten several announcements about the course and it seems like I am going to have an insane amount of work to do every night. I thought my adviser was exaggeration about my having to live and breath organic chemistry, but it seems it may actually be tru... Sun, 31 May 2015 17:53:47 EST Day 193 of the 275 Day Challenge. Well, this challenge didn't work... at all. In fact, I've gained weight from the beginning of the challenge. Not only have I gained weight, but I have lost muscle, so it's fat x 2. I have figured out my secret weapons though: coffee and "amazing people" videos. I have 90 days until Otakon so I have to really, really, REALLY kick butt to make it anywhere by then. My main concerns are to lose this extra fat and to start showing muscle. I know why I gained the weight, I know what to do to burn i... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 13:34:31 EST Day 144 of the 275 Day Challenge. Did a few pushups (only 4) and about do some more, plus some crunches to really start my 50 crunches and pushups a day challenge. But I just remembered something that always makes me feel... I don't know, proud? Envious of myself? The memory is from back in high school, during my P.E. class. I was one of the big kids in my grade, and the biggest in the P.E. class. But on the day we had the physical tests, you know, the stretches and pushups and stuff, I was able to do the second highest numbe... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 23:32:40 EST Day 143 of the 275 Day Challenge. Looking at how long the challenge has been going and how little I have done to get to my goal makes me unmotivated, but I have figured a few things out this week. <BR> <BR> 1) Coffee/caffeine definitely helps me get the energy and motivation to actually do stuff. <BR> 2) The whole "an object in motion..." thing is more true than I thought. I walked to class twice this week and already I am much better than I was just a few days ago. I don't even feel like taking a nap. (Yeah, I got THAT lazy... Sat, 7 Mar 2015 14:29:07 EST Day 137 of the 275 Day Challenge: Frustrations I've pretty much stopped being productive at all. Stopped choosing healthy foods, stopped exercising at all, and have started to slack on my homework a bit. I'm at a point where I feel like I would be better off just dropping out of school and getting a regular job again, but I know that in the long run, that would be a poor choice. I also know that my slacking is because I have no real goal in mind other than "lose weight for Otakon" or "pass my classes." And even that I just have that, I'm ... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 23:06:42 EST Day 125 of the 275 Day Challenge! And Katsucon Recap. Oh man. I'm gonna have to kick arse for the next five months! <BR> Thank you Neomattlac for reminding me to get back on track. In particular, I would like to train my arms and shoulders as well as running practice. The arms and shoulders are so I can cosplay as Goku as the bomb-diggity. I actually was able to fix up my Goku cosplay so it looks SOOO much better, but now I need to work on my body. <BR> The running is to help with several goals. First and foremost, it will help me become more f... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 22:58:36 EST Day 112 of the 275 Day Challenge. Getting really close to the mid-way point. I do feel a little healthier from when I started, but maybe that is my workout talking. I worked out about 20 minutes ago but my legs are still pretty wobbling and my biceps aren't as fast reacting as usual, but that just means I worked hard! I started a workout program on Day 101, but fell off after the second workout so I just restarted the program. I did a much heavier load this time, seeing as last time I skipped anything with equipment. This tim... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 18:36:13 EST Day 102 of the 275 Day Challenge (Quick Update) I've worked out, I've eaten healthy and I've controlled my portions. Tomorrow, I start my Spring semester. Gotta wake up early to get to 8 AM class. I walk to class, about 20 minutes each way, but it might snow so we'll see. <BR> Angle makes all the difference. Most of my pics don't make me look as bad as thing one. But I like this one because it shows just how big I feel. <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 21:19:11 EST Day 98 of the 275 Day Challenge. This semester (starts next Monday) I am going to try to be the best me. I am going to make it all about becoming the person I need to be. Basically, get great grades, eat healthy and get fit and strong. Also, I want a job and volunteer as well. I can do a three month period of my entire life of going against myself to become awesome. <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> <BR> 3.5 GPA (more A’s than B’s). <BR> Don’t procrastinate <BR> Get friends <BR> Eat clean <BR> Eat healthy <BR> ... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 18:52:15 EST Day 91 of the 275 Day Challenge. Yesterday, I was depressed thinking about my progress. Right now, I am angry about it. And frustrated. It's such a simple thing to eat healthy and exercise an hour a day. It really is, or at least in my mind it is. In practice, it is much more difficult. It's even more frustrating that I have done it where I lost consistently, at a good rate, but I can't lose at all right now. <BR> <BR> As for my life situation, school starts again on the 26th, but I am leaving to go back to my apartment on... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 22:30:30 EST