Happy Dance!

(WOO HOO! My first Flickr-hosted video!)

We went to our local National Night Out festivities last night where Anthony made a dancin’ fool of himself (along with his best friend Jakob). Then again, Anthony rockin’ out is nothing new to us.

The kids had an absolute blast and all got to meet policemen, firemen, Marines and anybody else from our community that puts their lives in harm’s way to keep us all safe, locally over overseas.

And to all of them, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Pictures from the event can be seen here!


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Going Metro Pays Off!

Anybody that reads this blog on a regular basis knows that for as much as I praise the benefits of riding Los Angeles’ MTA light rail system, I have just as many complaints.

Today’s entry definitely falls under the former.

An e-mail was sent to everybody here in the office this morning and man, I think I did the most joyous “rock on” gesture that I can ever recall.

Basically what it came down to was, with gas prices going nowhere but up, the company had decided to reward those who take the train to work by reimbursing them the cost of MTA’s Monthly Pass, or $62. There are, of course, a few quid pro quos:

  • You must commit to riding the train at least 75% of the time
  • Your parking card must be deactivated and should you drive to work, you must have the hourly rate card validated
  • Submit proof of purchase/receipt by specific date

So in addition to the gas money I’m saving by taking the train to work*, I now get an extra $62 back on my paycheck–completely nontaxable.

Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, people! This effing ROCKS!

*I will be filling up today for the first time in over two weeks!


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Good and Bad

There’s good and bad when it comes to losing weight over an extended period of time.

First, the good. You just feel great and can do much more than before.

Now here comes the bad.

Anybody who is trying to shed some weight obviously wants immediate results and naturally they get frustrated when they don’t. Well, that ain’t happening if you want it to stay off, Buckaroo Banzai. Take my situation back in 1986 when I lost nearly 100 lbs. I did it over a six-month period and guess what? I gained it all back eventually.

In my current situation, losing it slowly will pretty much guarantee that it will stay off. Sure, I gained a few pounds here and there but for the most part I’m working hard not to gain a ridiculous amount. I felt bad enough gaining 10 lbs. back over the holidays and couldn’t imagine gaining another 30 (which would put me back to my 2005 weight).

While losing it slowly definitely has its advantages, what really sucks is that chances are nobody will notice. Seriously, people, throw me a bone here! Practically nobody has given me a pat on the back, a “wow, did you lose some weight?” or anything else. A little recognition would be nice here and there, especially after today when I had the pleasure of throwing out three pairs of my Fat Guy Pants. These suckers were sizes 48 or 46 and now that I’ve dropped a few pounds, they simply don’t fit anymore.

My current pant size is 42 and goddamn, I’m proud of it. I haven’t worn that size since my high school days and if things go as planned, those will be my Fat Guy Pants in a few months. My goal of being at 200–or losing 4.2 pounds a month–by my 40th birthday is still within sight. In fact, part of the reason I bought my iPod Shuffle was to reward myself for a job well done.

So while everybody continues to overlook my progress, I’ll keep quiet and continue to revel in my victory over fat.

See you at the finish line in February 2009 where I will celebrate by eat the biggest, fattiest, nastiest hamburger-and-fries combo mankind has ever seen.

Definitive Proof

You know, sometimes you just feel like tooting your own horn. And right now it’s my turn.

As you all know, I’ve been battling my weight and have been trying to lose a little more each day. It’s something I’ve pretty much been doing all my life but decided this year I’m sticking to it for good.

I had to go to the doctor today for what she later determined was a bad sinus infection. (Three prescriptions and $67 later, I believe it.) I’ve had it for over two weeks and finally got the chance to get medical attention today. As is customary, she examined my weight from my last few visits and needless to say, she was impressed. And so was I, so much so that I asked if I could shoot a picture of the on-screen graph of my progress.

And here it is:

While I’m a bit embarrassed to show my weight from then and even now, I think the graph and plots tell the real story here. When I went for a visit back in 2005 I tipped the scales at–Jesus Christ–297 pounds. And as you can see by the last plot, my current weight is 257 or so (depending on which I believe–mine or the doctor’s). That’s a total of 40 pounds lost in a little over years and although it sounds like I’m still a blimp, I don’t feel like one. I guess it’s a state of mind.

Additionally, the doctor confirmed that I don’t have any of the diseases I was (blood) tested for: Hepatitis, diabetes, and even my so-called good cholesterol is right where it should be. Despite being a big guy I’m healthy, although I do realize I’m still at risk and there’s a lot of work yet to be done.

Sure, a bit more than 10 pounds per year doesn’t sound like a big deal. But after looking at that graph and seeing that it’s only gone down I’m beginning to realize that yes, it really is.

I hope this image serves as an inspiration for those out there that are fighting the same battle: stick to it, people. Not only is it proof-positive that you can indeed do it, you’ll feel so much better once those pounds are gone.

My goal is still to be at 200 pounds by the time I’m 40. I’d better get busy 🙂

10,000!

Purchased in November 2006, the Explorer finally hit the big 10,000 mile mark! Considering the average yearly mileage in southern California is 15,000, I’d say I’m doing alright. I guess taking the train to work does have it’s advantages.