Monday, October 31, 2011

How I Lost Over 100lbs

I’m sure most of you that are reading this have thought to yourself about needing to lose weight at one point or another in your lifetime. If not, you almost definitely know somebody that has!  It’s getting to be more and more common place these days to be overweight. Everywhere you look, there are people wearing clothes that are too tight, and magazines that tell us we need to be thin. Centuries ago it was considered a position of stature to be overweight. It meant that you had the money and ability to eat whatever you wanted.  However In these days we understand that it is wrought with many health issues and society has made the overweight a sort of hindrance to even look at. I am writing this to those who have problems with their weight, and want to try something different. I do not guaranty anything except that it worked for me.

I have always had a problem with my weight. I first started noticing when I was in the third grade. I remember because we were learning about the gravity on the moon and we had to all go to the front of the class and weigh ourselves to find out what we would weigh on the moon. I was only eight years old and I weighed 105lbs! It just got worse from there… Over the years I put on many, many more pounds. I developed self-esteem issues from it which both hampered my social life and got me into many fights. I didn’t know how to lose weight; I just knew that I wanted to. It wasn’t until high school that I actually started developing very severe depression and started to look into everything about losing my extra pounds. The problem was that I still wasn’t motivated enough to force myself into any set plan. In my senior year of high school I weighed 325lbs! Towards graduation time I started getting sick and all around just feeling like crap. I was always dehydrated, I never had any energy, and could never get enough sleep. Finally, one weekend it got to the point that I was so dehydrated that my tongue actually spilt open. No amount of water could quench my thirst. I was drinking around 4-5 Gallons of water a day, but nothing helped. I was also urinating every five minutes because of all the water. My family noticed and took me to the ER. When I got there, the first thing they asked was if I was diabetic. At this point in my life, I had heard of diabetes but had no idea what it was. Of course I told them that I wasn’t. At that point they tested my blood sugar anyway; all they told me was that it was over 1000. Later the docs told me it was the highest this hospital had ever seen anybody have and still be conscious. Well let me tell you that suddenly being diagnosed with a life threatening disease will make you get serious about controlling your diet and losing weight.

At first it wasn’t even about losing weight. I completely changed the way I ate. If you’re not familiar with the way diabetic’s look at food, here it is. We see a plate of food and instant start considering how many carbohydrates it has. At first it takes a little learning, but you get to the point that you can look at something and judge the numbers. The reason diabetic’s count carbs is not for losing weight. Carbohydrates metabolize into sugar, and sugar is what is not processed correctly by our bodies. It’s not just the sugar contents of something, but everything under that carbohydrate classification. Eventually you even begin learning which type of carbs digest and absorb into your faster than others. After about 3 months of doing this, I noticed that I had lost quite a bit of weight. I had lost nearly 40lbs. I got a job remodeling a local Wal-Mart, which was a very physical job. After about two more months I had lost another 30lbs. At this point the amount of walking I was doing was around 10 miles a day on the job. I started adding a lot of Calisthenics to my daily life. Calisthenics are basically a type of aerobic exercise using your body weight, like push-ups, sit ups, pull ups, etc. This got me down to 195lbs within that first year. I maintained this weight for a while, until I started doing some weight lifting. I put on about 20lbs after that.
Its been nearly 9 years now and I have almost completely stopped working out. I no longer have a job that is physical; I stand around all day… BUT I still maintain my diet. This has allowed me to only gain back a minimal amount of my weight. I now weigh around 225lbs. We all know that maintaining your weight is the hardest part. Well this has worked for me and It might work for you. If it does, you’re welcome. If not… you probably at least got in a little better shape in the process of trying. 

BTW... This is Awesome!
BTW... This is Awesome!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Gambling!

I have always been intrigued by gambling. Whether its cards or dice, it didn’t really matter. I have always been a big fan of Craps though… It started back in high school, I was in a level 4 german class and had to write a demonstration speech about something.  I’m sure you have guessed by now that chose to do it on how to play craps. Let me tell you first off that teaching somebody how to play craps is hard enough when you your speaking their native language. It was even harder when nobody understood the terminology in a different language. I made a poster board replica of a Craps table and learned all the german words for how to play. Now you might be thinking that Craps is a fairly simple game, and you would be correct. However, when somebody has never played before, there are many rules to learn. When you’re speaking words that the teacher is having problems following, you know you got in over your head. It turned out alright and I received a very respectable grade, but it furthered my love of the game at the same time. Although after that I didn’t play it again until a few years later when I started drinking with a few coworkers. We worked the overnight shift and would go by the liquor store almost every day. One day one of my friends suggested that we play some dice, but I wasn’t sure what he meant. Then he started to explain and I realized he was talking about Craps. We would each get $20 in ones and play one on one, each throwing a dollar per bet. It went fast, but it was fun. We then started going to the dog track and drinking some MD20/20 in the car before going inside to bet with the local sheriffs. 

I have also always been very interested in cards. It also started back in high school. I would be bored before school because I got there very early, so I would play solitaire in the commons area. Eventually other people that were there started playing cards with me. We would play all kinds of games, but my favorite was Texas Holdem. I eventually learned how to stack a deck, bottom deal, and make it so I couldn’t lose. I was able to shuffle a deck of cards and make it so that all the aces would end up on the bottom of the deck so that I could give them to myself. This went on for quite awhile until the school didn’t allow us to play cards anymore. After that I didn’t gamble much, and have only ever been to one casino. But every now and then I will try some online poker  and eight times out of ten I will win. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Money $

I have always been interested in money!!! Who hasn’t right? I see people every day who complain about not having any but then go and spend $200-$1000 on stupid shit. There was a point in my life when I felt comfortable; I wasn't loaded but comfortable... I worked for a big name retailer, and had earned my pay increases to the point that I usually had money in my wallet. I had a retirement account and stocks in the company, I even talked with a few brokerage firms about possible investment. I had enough money to get my Harley, and even had my own two bedroom apartment. Then I got the smart idea to try something that I wanted to do on the side. It didn't pay much at all, but I wanted to do it. The problem started when both jobs resented the fact that I wasn't content with just working for one of them. They both wanted me all to themselves. Don't get me wrong, I was happy that they both wanted me. Finally one of them had enough and asked me to leave. They didn't fire me, but politely asked me to leave before they had no choice but to fire me. Here is where the money problems started, the company that asked me to leave was the one that actually paid my bills. I had to cash out my retirement fund, at a huge penalty! I sold my stocks in the company, and got a roommate. I tried to sell the Harley but owed more than anybody would pay. I eventually went to full time at the other job and started getting commission and better pay. Then in 2008 our country began going through its little economic crisis. I survived the first wave of layoffs that September, but in December I was laid off. The company was very good about it, even telling me exactly what I needed to do to get on unemployment. I got on unemployment and looked my ass off for a job. Over a nearly two year period I place hundreds of applications and sent out as many resumes. During that time I only received two interviews. I finally landed a job, not well paying, but its work. I have gotten a few raises since I have been here and now would like to look toward my future again. I have been checking out all the things I used to have, like stocks and a retirement plan. But unfortunately my boss doesn't even offer health insurance, let alone any kind of future options. I guess my only choice is to look for it on my own and start small. I was thinking about some of the online trading sites, and possibly a non-job related retirement account. What do you guys think? Any advice for me?

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Phones



So I have been contemplating getting a new phone for a while, but can't decide on anything. I have been a T-mobile customer for years now, but have looked at the others as well. My biggest problem is deciding whether or not to get a smart phone. I have been contemplating it for years now, the decision to get a phone that I can use to get on the internet and check my emails and other shit, or continue to just use my regular cell phone. It may seem common place to have a smart phone anymore but I have always refused to pay double the cost of my phone bill, to be able to get on the internet when I'm not at a computer. Which is pretty much only on my drive to and from work. I have a very nice computer at home and fairly decent internet speed, and multiple computers with business class internet at work. So I still have a problem with getting a smartphone and paying for the data plan. I would prefer to just keep my current plan and get a new phone, the problem is the lack of phones that don't require the data plan. So do I just use this phone until I have no choice, or get rid of my cell all together? I only really use my phone when I'm not at home. Its pretty much just for those moments when you need a phone right at that moment. But anymore everybody has a hone and it really isn't that hard to just ask somebody to use their phone.... The only other thing I use my phone for is text messages and pictures. I have to admit I would rather send a text then call somebody, and I would miss being able to do so. Also having the camera at hand in those situations where you just want to preserve a moment in time(like a game of strip quarters) is very nice.


What do you guys think? Do you think its ridiculous that its getting to the point to where you can't even just have a phone anymore? And how about that the smart phones REQUIRE a data plan to even be able to use it on a network?

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

A Very Good Friend!


I almost lost a very good friend this weekend. His name is Rocco, and he is a 100lb black lab pit bull mix. He is a very protective and territorial dog, yet he is not aggressive. My family are disabled and have difficulty with him. He usually will pull them over if they try to walk him. But other than that he is very loving and playful. He is about 4 years old and still acts like a pup. Although he has calmed down quite a bit since he was a pup(with my assistance.) I did a lot of the basic training for him like sit, lay down, stay, come, etc. I was just not available to train him with walking and playing with other dogs. Once he sees a leash he goes crazy and becomes very hyper. He loves being outside but I work and my family are all disabled and have trouble taking him outside. A couple months ago my brother was walking him and stopped to pick up his mess, when he saw a chihuahua. Rocco thought he was a toy and ran up to the dog and picked him up in his mouth and shook him like one of his chew toys. We all agreed to the owners that we would take care of it but then they started harassing my parents to the extent that I had to call the cops from work because I couldn't leave. It had started with repeated calls wanting money for pain pills for the dog, but then the wife came over and told my mom that if they didn't get some money right away that my parent would have to deal with her husband. Who the fuck threaten two disabled people? At that point we decided to go get a copy of the bill and report from the vet they took their dog to. According to the vet, the only thing that was wrong with the chihuahua was a scratch. And that the vet had already given them enough pain pills to last several days. A that point we decided they could go fuck themselves. They took us to court and so far all that has happen is a mediation, but during that mediation the couple lied various times including saying that they had special permission, from management where we live, to leave their dog unattended outside. (the dog was unattended when our dog went at him.) From there my family has been real nervous about Rocco being "aggressive" and on Sunday decided to surrender him to the local humane society. I was very pissed off.and told my family that they disgust me and that I was glad that I never acted out when I was growing up or who knows where I would have ended up. Granted that this was very harsh, but I was pissed, sad, disgusted, and drunk! The next day My blood sugar was pretty messed up and I slept til late in the evening, only to wake up to Rocco being home. They had decided that he didn't deserve to be put down and agreed to actually put an effort into training him.

Friday, October 14, 2011

School Or Not

I've been trying to decide on whether or not to go back to school for quite a long time now. Its been over 8 years since high school, and I could definitely use a better paying job. However, I've never really had a set thing that I wanted to do as a career. Back in junior high I wanted to be an artist. I had many art class and even had some of it feature on display in places. I was never a really creative artist, I was just really good at seeing something and recreating it on paper, or some other medium. The teacers said it had to do with being a left brain or right brain person. From what they said, one draws from imagination and the other draws a line to an exact degree. I can't remember which is which though. Later on in the early years of high school, I had wanted to become an architect. To me it was like being an artist who uses the same thinking as I used. I have also always been good with numbers and designing. I had looked into many schools, however always knew that I would never be able to attend any decent schools. We grew up poor, and I mean very poor! I looked into grants, loans, and scholarships but didn't qualify for anything but the grants. Finally by the time I was in my senior year of high school, I had decided that I wanted to go to school for mechanical engineering. I checked around and looked at tuition costs, then realized I was even worse off than with architecture. The thing was that I REALLY wanted to go to school for this. While trying to find a low cost education in this field, a random internet search brought up a local school for becoming an automobile mechanic. I looked into it and thought that it was close to the idea(after thought was that I was out of my mind.) I enrolled in that school, got my grants and even a small scholarship(very small) and was set to go to school. Then I graduated and realized that I might be able to afford the tuition but not living there. I had left my job before my senior year and was not able to find anther that would work with my school schedule. So I was unable to save up the move and a few months rent and living expenses. So I had to call the school and tell them the situation and that I would not be attending. Since then I have been working, working, and working some more. All the while with the thought of trying to go back to school. I would still love to learn mechanical engineering, but I still have the problem of money. I even qualify for less than I did back then. I am very proficient with computers even though being self taught. So my friends suggested I go to school for that at the local community college, and for awhile I thought I was going to do that. But for as much as I love messing around with computers, I really dont want to go to school for it. At this point if I go to school its either going to be for mechanical engineering or nothing! Hope you enjoyed my rant!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Great Weekend!

This weekend started out like many others, having to go in to work on a Saturday. Then I was just sitting at home messing around on the internet, getting car insurance quotes. Yes after a summer of riding the Harley, Winter is here and its time to get the car legal to drive again. That means insurance and plates, which are going to cost me more than my car is worth. But it has to be done.... Well anyway back to my great weekend... Later on that night around 8 or so I got a call from a friend to come drink... All I said was "you buying?" and he said "its already here!" Alright, time to drink! Then I remembered that his old lady's birthday was a couple days away, all the better to have more fun. The night started out talking with everybody for about a half hour or so, but then we decided to play quarters. For those that don't know what that is, its a drinking game with the objective of bouncing a quarter into a shot glass and if you make it you get to decide on somebody to drink and how many drinks they have to take. Well lets just say that you end up getting pretty drunk. After enough people had given up on the game it got a lot more interesting! A couple girls at the party were getting kinda frisky, so all the guys wanted to see them make out. Well, they were a little hesitant to act. So we decided to play a game of strip quarters! With the rules being that if you make the quarter in the shot glass, you get to decide on a piece of clothing that somebody took off. Lets just say that it is a bad idea to challenge guys to this kind of contest when they want to see some flesh ;)... Everything went great, girls ended up losing and took off everything except their panties. So instead of taking them off they agreed to make out! Like I said, GREAT weekend! Friends, beer, fun and titties!