Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Bariatric Running

I'm going to be starting a new blog soon that will be dedicated to my running/health.

For now everything going good! Have a 5k coming up this Saturday and then my first Half-Marathon October 8. I'm excited!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

2017 Resolutions

So, I "kinda" hit my 2016 resolutions. I had a few. To get them down on "paper", here are my 2017 resolutions:

* Weigh myself no more than every other day. This shouldn't be too difficult but it will require some patience if I see my weight going in wrong direction. Sometimes there's a tendency to obsess about the number when in reality it really shouldn't be that important.

* Achieve my step goal 300 days of the year. I probably would have done this last year had it not been for the shingles. I did at least finish 2016 strong by hitting goal 45 days straight.

* 5,000,000 steps in 2017. Again, probably would have hit this had it not been for the shingles. I finished 2016 with 4,872,231.

* At least one "non-walking" exercise per week. This could be biking, playing basketball, resistance training (weights, push-ups, etc). If I can get into some good habits this should come naturally just like the walking.

* Finish 2017 at or below the Trend-Weight I started the year. Now that I've discovered what I believe my "real" weight is I'm using that number. Currently it's 224.5lbs. If I can sustain or lower that number 2+ years after bariatric surgery I'd consider that a major accomplishment. 

Thursday, November 17, 2016


So... Donald Trump is actually our President-Elect. Pretty unbelievable, huh? So many reasons why this happened. I almost don't even want to think about it. But the "word of the year" is "post-truth". That about sums things up. Facts don't seem to matter to a large segment of Americans. Or... sometimes they do and sometimes they don't. Depending on if the "facts" fit your world view already. Trump simply lies, A LOT. And his closest allies lie and spread lies. And a chunk of Americans eat it up. Anyway...

I actually thought I'd blog because today was an important day for my health. And hopefully it will have long term consequences. I finally hit my step goal again. First time in 53 days (I did the math). Back in September I developed shingles with led to an abscess in my upper right thigh. It's taken a LONG time to heal. I've just gotten to the point where the pain of walking is manageable. It still looks terrible and pusses quite a bit but that's OK I guess. Walking around and getting those 12,000 steps in felt a lot like January 15, 2015 when I walked up the hill by where a live. Walking was a lot easier tonight but I felt a sense of pride that I'm doing something good for my health. Earlier today I had real thoughts of having a "fuck-it" day and getting junk food but I decided against it. Health is a moment by moment thing. At least for today, I made some good choices.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Summer Goals

This whole election season is starting to bum me out so I thought I'd better put down in writing some goals before Donald Trump leads my life down a dark path. All these I will continue/accomplish through Labor Day:

* No unexpected absences from work. If there's legitimate reason, ok, but no more "hooky"

* Log my food on MFP. No calorie limits. Just honest logging. Eating has gotten out of hand lately

* Make appointments to see dentist, optometrist, Dr Talieh

* Pay less attention to election coverage. Yeah, this is kind of vague. But I'm over analyzing EVERYTHING (typical liberal, I know). I need to just chill out and focus on my health, work, relationships, etc. I guess just be happy and try not to let outside factors effect my mood. I mean, if Trump wins it will suck, but the world won't end.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

A Year Ago...

January 15, 2015 I met Marsha (I think that was her name). She was the Drill Sargeant... err I mean head of the Bariatric Clinic at the hospital in Bakersfield.

Thursday, April 23, 2015


That's how many days it's been since I've had a legitimate "First Date". Today I'm supposed to meet someone (a woman) in Lemoore. I'd never even heard of Lemoore until a couple years ago. We'll see how it goes. I usually don't go into a lot of detail (if any) about romantic stuff and I probably won't here. But I think it's important to note that I'm at least back "out there".

As for the dominate subject in my life (my health), it's going well. I'm down to about 325. That's about the best I could have hoped for in the stage of the game. Like I mentioned in an earlier post, I'm trying to focus more on the habits and being happy. I think I could be exercising more and my food isn't "perfect" but overall I'd say I've done well since surgery. Maybe introduced some foods a little early but nothing that's going to cause long term harm. My main focus now is to make sure I don't fall back into the mindless eating late at night. I'm getting cravings and that's not good.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Post Op

Yep, that's me 1 day after surgery. Still big but about 40 pounds lighter than I was a couple months ago. Surprisingly they didn't even weigh me before surgery.

Things are going well. It's been about 60 hours since surgery. I'm feeling about 85% healthy right now. The pain and the nausea has subsided dramatically. The thing that I'm so surprised about is the little amount of fluid I'm able to take in at one time. I need to be really conscious of drinking sips of water throughout the day. For someone with a normal sized stomach if you're feeling thirsty you can just take a big gulp of water. Not so with this surgery. Other than that I don't see a lot of drawbacks. Yes, I won't be able to eat large amounts of food anymore. But that's kind of what I wanted/needed anyway, right?

So, onward and upward. It's hard to believe I finally had the surgery. Now that I have I'm going to live the life I've always wanted. Healthy and happy, one day at a time.