SLAPTHEFATCAT's SparkPeople Blog SLAPTHEFATCAT's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 From guy with gut to guy with guns. Day 83 of the 275 Day Challenge. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm getting tired of myself. I don't use the word "hate" often, but usually when I do I am talking about disgusting things. I hate this gut, I hate that I've gained over 15 pounds during the holidays, and most of all, I hate that I could work this weight off instead of wallowing in self-pity but haven't! But you know what? I can do it! <BR> I've noticed a trend among those wh... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 00:07:08 EST Day 77 of the 275 Day Challenge The 2014 year is coming to a close and 2015 is starting, but I am in the middle of my own challenge. <BR> My 275 Day Challenge is a journey from October 14, 2014 to July 16, 2015. My main goal is to be at my goal weight by my 25th birthday on July 16. This is for two reasons: 1) I have imagined that I would be where I want to be in life when I am 25. And 2) Otakon is at the beginning of August and this would be awesome for my cosplay if I build muscle during my weight loss. <BR> <BR> It has... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 00:45:03 EST Day 39 of the 275 Day Challenge. Only 33 more weeks until my goal date and not much progress. Tonight I am feeling a bit like the Captain [America]. I lifted a few weights, but my mind is a bit clouded by my chemistry homework so I cannot really do a full intensity workout. I still do not really understand it very well, but I wrote it down to ask tomorrow in class. Seems I need to take even better notes by writing what I am thinking as well. When in real life am I going to have to calculate the wavelength of an electron when... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 23:59:06 EST Day 32 of the 275 Day Challenge. So, I am passed Goal mark 1: November 15, 200 lbs. I am still at 206 pounds, if not more (since my apt does not have a scale). Honestly, I think the only things that are keeping my weight from rising is my walking to school and that I buy mostly healthful foods. I try not to buy anything that is directly junk food, aside from chocolate chips. As I have said before, no matter what, I seem to be able to turn normal pantry foods into junk food (ex: no-bake chocolate oatmeal cookies). I have foun... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 02:12:38 EST Day 23 of the 275 Day Challenge. AH!!!! It's almost 10% of the way through and I've not only not made any progress, but have gone backward!! So! I am going to reset some of my goals and actions. <BR> Firstly, my main goal is to finish the semester more fit than I started. I would love to say something like "I want to be able to jog a 5k" or something similar, but I want to be realistic here. I also am going to put myself on a diet. I know, I know, a "diet" is only a temporary thing and I should be focusing on the long-term c... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 18:06:26 EST Day 14 of the 275 Day Challenge. So, my thoughts about parkour and freerunning is somehow giving me more energy overall. I think that may be caused by an overall increase in sugar intake. I've noticed the amount of sugar I eat tends to counteract the reduction of calories throughout the rest of the day, and hence no weight loss. I think it is also caused by my lack of my 25 hour work week. I mean, I do walk to class, but that is nothing compared to what my old job used to entail. <BR> About today: nutrition included a bit o... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 22:08:53 EST Day 11 of the 275 day challenge. No exercise but a decent caloric intake. I feel like I ate a lot, but looking at what I took it, it's not that bad, at all. I even made some banana-based ice cream and had that and I was still within range. I think starting tomorrow I am going to get serious about running. My only issue is that my biggest problem with progress is that I get really excited about stuff, I plan it, I imagine it, then when I go to actually do it, I lose all momentum and I bail. I am scared of failing and looking... Sun, 26 Oct 2014 21:44:02 EST Day 10 of the 275 Day Challenge. Wow, ten days in already. That is about 4% of my entire journey, yet I have already built up and fallen back down... I started off great, for the first week or so. Since then, I have stopped exercising, except for walking to the school, and I have consumed copious amounts of sugar, including drinking some Mountain Dew. <BR> For most of you, you would think "So what? It's just a single bottle of Mt. Dew." But for me, it marks a much, much bigger failure. Other than one other occasion, I have ... Sat, 25 Oct 2014 20:41:12 EST Day 7 of the 275 Day Challenge. Day 7 and still on track! I've noticed a considerable difference between my fitness now and just a week ago. I can do my 50 crunches and push ups with much less effort than before. Also, I have noticed that I am able to catch my breath after exercising a bit faster and easier. I can feel my own body a bit more and I make more healthful choices (although my diet has been pretty healthy, and I still need to work on portions). I have also noticed that I can exert more effort during workouts. Whe... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:22:40 EST Day 6 of the 275 Day Challenge. A few things to report about today. <BR> 1) Instead of driving the 5-10 minutes to school, I walked. I took me all of 20 minutes to walk to school. I did the trip twice. So, (20x2)x2= 80 minutes of walking! (20 minutes up, 20 minutes back, with 2 trips) <BR> 2) Got my 50 push-ups and crunches in. <BR> 3) BUT I ate a bit more calories than usual because I had peanut butter, chocolate and bananas as a snack. So, I won't be having that snack any time soon. Also had an italian sausage, bacon, and... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:33:59 EST Day 5 of the 275 day challenge. Sorry, yesterday was horrible. I ate so much sugar that it rivalled me as a kid. LOL. And nothing fitness other than walking around the Ocean City board-walk for a bit. Today, I did okay with nutrition, but a little high in fat. Also, no fitness yet, but as soon as I finish writing this, I am going to do 50 push ups and crunches and later I will do another set to make up for yesterday. <BR> I saw myself in the mirror and I realized I am wearing about the same as Chris Evans' outfit in Captai... Sun, 19 Oct 2014 18:32:29 EST Day 3 of the 275 day challenge. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Just a quick update before my parents visit. <BR> I can't wait until tomorrow. I've been staying up really late for the last couple of days because I would just play on the net forever and then go and remember I had homework to do, so I would stay up later to get that done. But tonight, I will go to bed at a reasonable time. This late night thing is making me REALLY tired during the day, so I have to stop it before ... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 20:05:27 EST Day 2 of 275 day challenge. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sorry for the really late update. I wanted to do all my push ups and crunches before I posted. I've noticed today that it was really hard for me to do all my push ups. But I have noticed with my crunches that I can actively engage my abdominal muscles. I mean, you kind of have to engage your ab muscles during a crunch, but if you think about laying your back flat to the ground when you go back down, you will notice... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 00:52:44 EST Day 1 of 275 day challenge. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Now I understand why I used to like to do push ups and crunches. They SUCK to do, but afterwards I feel powerful, more invincible. I also realized just how unfit I have become since August. I mean, it's a serious difference. Before, I could bang out 75 crunches and push ups like they were a set of 12. Now, I have trouble just doing 20-30 of each. It's kind of depressing, but at the same time I know that it took ve... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 21:28:59 EST Day 0 of 275 day challenge. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So, in the last month I have made absolutely no progress. This pic is of me at the beginning of September and then me as well last night. No progress, if any it was negative. I've been really lazy lately with "okay" nutrition. So I think that my weight is remaining the same because I am losing muscle and gaining fat in equal proportions. And so, I plan to change that. <BR> Overall, I am at the same place as I was 6... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 23:24:30 EST Future Goals and Missed Opportunities. I have always enjoyed watching videos of people doing parkour and free-running. It just looks so freeing and I actually do plan on training to be able to do that. Just I just realized that I have been saying that for the last two years. In that time, I could have gotten that good and that fit, if only I put dedication into my fitness. <BR> Of all the things I want to be able to do physically, the jumping, twisting, flipping and other gymnastics involved with free-running is what I want the ... Sat, 27 Sep 2014 12:50:16 EST 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