On May 3rd, 2017, I embarked on a serious weight loss journey. I downloaded the LoseIt! app, paid $40 for a year of premium so that I could have extra data and features, and started seriously tracking my calories. Previously, I was using pen and paper to log, which is a huge pain. I started out at 1900 calories per day and weighing around 181lbs. Slowly, I worked my budget down to 1600 calories and currently weigh 156.8lbs.
Today, I decided to have a “binge” day. I allowed myself to eat whatever I want, with no restrictions whatsoever. It’s something I hadn’t done since I started back in May. Even on holidays, I still had at least loose restrictions, like “eat what you want, but be reasonable.” Today, I threw reasonable out the window.
Fall is just around the corner, and that means it’s Pumpkin Season!!!
I love fall. It starts to get a bit cooler, the leaves turn pretty colors, and it’s the season of PUMPKINS!!! Pumpkins both make beautiful decorations and delicious food. Every year, I buy a tiny pumpkin to put on my desk and one to put in my house as a decoration. I’ve yet to carve pumpkins, but that’ll probably happen sometime in the future. Fall is also when I started dating my fiance, and when we plan to be married.
Today I celebrated fall (which is still technically 15 days away) by making pumpkin pancakes for breakfast and a pumpkin coffee-free “latte” to have with lunch (along with leftover pancakes). Both turned out delicious. The recipes are below.
Today I decided to finally retry C25k. This is probably my fifth or so attempt at the program; I’ve never been able to make it past week 3. In the past, I’d been able to get through week 1, struggle through week 2, and fail on week 3 and then quit. Today though, it’s feeling like it’s going to be harder than ever.
I’m in the worse shape I’ve ever been in. Or at least, it feels that way. I’ve lost a total of 34lbs from my highest weight, but I haven’t exercised consistently since 2015 when I quit going to the gym. I have a sedentary desk job and most of my hobbies include sitting as well. So suffice it to say, I’m exceptionally out of shape.
I decided to go out for a quick jog with my dog before dinner today. Lately I’ve been really into this game called Magikarp Jump, and thought it’d be a good idea to multitask and play the game while running. That turned out to be a terrible idea because something happened that I don’t remember happening since I was a kid: I fell. I tripped over an uneven part of sidewalk and fell pretty hard.
You can hardly go on the internet these days without people complaining about “unrealistic beauty/body standards” and how society expects them to look like “the ideal.” My question to that is who? Who expects you to look “ideal?” Has anyone who wasn’t a complete jackass ever come up to you and told you that you need to work harder at looking exactly like a magazine cover model? That you’ll never get married or find a partner or achieve happiness without being a size 0 with 6 pack abs, pearly white teeth, and a perfect 0.7 waist to hip ratio?
The media likes to shove it in your face that you don’t look like that. But the media is not society. Yes, most people find those models attractive. That’s why they’re on magazine covers, on TV, in movies, in ads, etc. “The ideal” is sexy, and sex sells. But your average Jane/Joe does not actually expect you to look like that. In fact, complete strangers aren’t likely to notice much about you at all unless you’re purposely doing something to stand out.
UPDATE March 2018: I wrote this post almost two years ago. Things have actually gotten better since then. My septum still feels loose, but I’d completely forgotten about that until I re-read this post just now. My glasses are no longer too heavy, and the back of my nose no longer feels clogged (most of the time). I also only get post nasal drip now when I’m sick or when my allergies are acting up. I’ve also come to realize that my “sinus” headaches are likely either migraines or being caused by eye strain. I’m actually currently in vision therapy to help the eye strain. Anyway, it took a couple years, but I’m pretty much back to normal now. So if you can deal with a couple months of recovery and 1-2 years of getting back to full normal, the surgery may be worth it.
In this article I get a dose of reality about mortgage rates and buying houses, and share my findings with the world.I periodically get emails from Zillow telling me about houses nearby and whether they’ve price dropped. I got one recently for a house that’s currently on the market for $72,500. I thought, wow, what a great deal! I wonder what that would cost me per month? So, just for fun, I decided to go use a mortgage calculator to find out what that type of mortgage would cost me per month. Mortgage rates today, per The Washington Post, are 3.59%. I put 4% into the calculator just to be safe. It gave me a figure of $346.13 per month for 30 years.
I thought wow, that’s not too bad, that’s like a third of my rent. Then I wanted to know how much interest I’d actually be paying, so I took a look at the amortization schedule and what I saw was disgusting. I was appalled. This was a huge slap of reality and adulthood right to the face for me.
I don’t want to get too into this right now, I just want to get my thoughts out on it. I’m sick of people thinking that liberals or anyone who supports Bernie Sanders or Democratic Socialism wants everything handed to them. I don’t want everything handed to me. I appreciate the feeling of accomplishment and pride that working to support myself gives. I don’t even want free college (though cheaper college would be good).
I need to get a few things out of the way before I start this post.
I don’t hate fat people. I’m fat and I know how hard it is. I don’t care what other people do to their bodies. What I do care about is people spreading misinformation and lies, and harming other people.
Overweight and obesity are objective, medical terms. This article is more talking about obesity. Being a little overweight, while still harmful to your health, is not as bad for you as obesity and its many classifications.
Obesity is bad for you. This is not up for debate. If you’re going to try to debate this point, waste your time elsewhere.
Obesity is always caused by overeating. There are some conditions that can cause you to overeat, or to cause your body to burn fewer calories (which just means you need to consume fewer calories), but that does not mean the condition is not caused by too much food. This is also not up for debate, and if you’re going to try to debate this point, waste your time elsewhere.
I do not advocate fat shaming. Calling people names and treating them like shit has only been shown to cause them to engage further in their destructive behaviors. But there is a difference between being mean and being truthful. There is a difference between calling someone fat and suggesting that maybe they shouldn’t eat so much, or telling them that their behavior is unhealthy.
So I was arguing on reddit recently about paid family leave and employment benefits in general. Arguments were the typical “well if you want paid family leave, you should have waited to have kids until you were in a better position to get a better job” or “if you can’t afford kids, just don’t have sex” or “if you want any benefits at work or in life at all, you should have gotten more skills and got a better job.” This is my response to that. It’s not exactly an argument for anything (though I do support universal basic income and universal healthcare), but more an argument against these shitty ass arguments.