Friday, August 20, 2010


The number you see above is my current weight in pounds, measured two days ago using my new scale. Believe it or not, this is not the heaviest I've been, though its not far off.

So why am I telling you this? I simply want it made known to those who read this, so you can see how far I've come when that number is far, far smaller.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Muscle Murder 5000

So this weekend I'll be doing something I've never done before; act in front of a camera.

Eric Vega, a friend and colleague of mine, decided to start filming shorts for YouTube a while back and has been using actors from CSUS in his work, and not long ago decided to hold a very open audition for future projects. How open? Well, if you e-mailed him with your info and he knew who you were, you were more or less in. So I sent off a message and he replied by telling me that he would definitely use me in the future, which I've been looking forward to since. It seems that time has come with "Muscle Murder 5000", a sketch he's written and will be shooting this Saturday. I won't spoil anything, but I'll definitely post it here as soon as its online.

I admit, I'm a little nervous about this. Not only have I never acted in front of a camera before, but this is the first time I've acted at all since my back injury became as serious as it is. I'm forced to wonder if my back will hold out ok, but I must remain optimistic. Besides, who knows what doors this may open for me?

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Can't Sleep, Clowns Will Eat Me

Well no, actually they won't, and this does remind me that I have a great little rant on coulrophobia that I'll do in the future, but nevertheless I find myself unable to sleep.

This is counter-productive for many reasons, the largest being that regular amounts of sleep can help you lose weight, which as you may know is my core goal for the time being. Not sleeping, on the other hand, stresses your body out, increases blood pressure, and wonkifies your system (medical term, I assure you), making it hard for it to do anything, let alone burn off excess calories. And seeing as how I can't do much else at the moment, I would like for my body to be able to do at least that.

Why can't I sleep? The usual culprit, pain. Nothing new and exciting there. But I figured I would at least get this all down before I attempt more sleep, which shall happen right now.

...ok, now.


...damn it...

Oh, and I still immensely dislike iced tea. But I haven't given up. Maybe I'll dream about iced tea and wake up and suddenly like it. And if that works, I'm totally going to dream up other things like cleaning my room on a regular basis and math.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Iced Tea

So as of late I've been attempting to find substitutes for soda. Don't get me wrong, I can go without soda; I did it for all of 2007 after all. But no soda and small amounts of juice would only leave me with water, and you can really only have so much water before you get sick of it.

With that in mind, I decided to try iced tea. I love hot tea, I even had it in my bottle when I was a baby, for crying out loud. Plus I'm Scottish, and that means you naturally love tea (I think I read that in some genetics book), so one would think that iced tea would be just fine. But all past experiences with the drink have proven one thing: I don't like iced tea.

But with time comes new tastes in things and I got to wondering if perhaps iced tea was like haggis, hating it at first and in time coming to enjoy it. With that in mind, I decided to try iced tea once again.

-One Week Later-

I hate iced tea.

Well, no, I don't hate iced tea. Not anymore, at least. But I dislike it very much. If I have to choose between iced tea and water, I'm picking water every time. The taste is just... ugh. I don't even know how to describe it, to be honest. Snapple especially blows, their tea was so strong that it was like tea leaves were punching my tongue with every sip (gulping was not an option, tried it once and felt like I was going to throw up). The closest I came to liking iced tea was, believe it or not, hot Lipton that had been chilled with a huge glass full of crushed ice. I think the reason for that one may be both the freshness and the ice watering down the flavor and making something not as strong as the other kinds I tried.

That said, I'm not quite ready to give up on this. If you happen to have any iced tea recommendations for me, by all means leave them in the comments so I can search for them and give them a shot. If you recommend something I haven't tried yet, I'll be sure to blog my reactions to each new tea.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Fun with numbers!

So I've returned! Yes, ComicCon was a few weeks ago, but I spent time with my friend Jackie down in So-Cal for a while, so I just got back not too long ago.

By the way, before I continue, I'd like to say I hate using the term "So-Cal", but laziness has led me to try using it. I don't see it growing on me just yet.

Anyway, I came back after stuffing my face with all sorts of wonderful and not so wonderful food (no regrets, convention rules dictate that you eat what you can when you can) and now I'm getting back to work on myself. To this end I have decided to purchase a scale. The one you see here, in fact. It has a max weight of 440lbs, which is more than I'll ever need, and with it I plan to do daily weigh-ins and keep them recorded using a conveniently-placed chart on the wall. It will be in my bathroom, as cliche as that may be, and I'll use it in my morning routine to ensure its daily use.

The main reason why I'm using this is so I stay focused. Oftentimes I forget that I should be watching what I eat, and I figure that if I use this scale daily, it will force me to become more conscious about my nutrition. Also, if I see that I'm losing weight on a regular basis, I'll gain more motivation to continue with my efforts, as now I'll be able to see them pay off. Of course, there's the chance that I'll just see myself gain weight, but I feel that seeing any gains would inspire me to change my habits accordingly before it gets out of hand.

I know it doesn't sound like much, its just a scale. But to me its a big step forward. Its one more aspect of my life that I'm taking control of, and I hope that with more control I gain, the more of me I can rebuild.