Well, I saw another movie and wrote another movie review –
I saw The Hangover Part II and reviewed it for http://www.cinemanerdz.com (don’t forget to also check out my Bridesmaid review while you’re there)
Here’s a direct link to the review – http://cinemanerdz.com/reviews/movie-review-the-hangover-part-ii/756
I know some of my family may feel uncomfortable with me speaking so honestly about my current weight issues and what I’m doing to fix those issues. I’m not writing these blogs for them though – they’re all for me.
So, I’m just completed a month of Weight Watchers and I’m celebrating for two reasons – 1) I achieved my 5% weight loss goal (losing 5% of your starting weight) and more importantly, 2) I left the 300 club. That’s right, there’s no longer a 3 in the beginning of my weight and there will never be a three in the beginning ever again. I’ve said this before and it obviously didn’t stick – this time is different though.
When I started Weight Watchers this time, I was told my ideal healthy weight is between 145 and 179. That seems insane to me. I can’t remember the last time I weighed that much, but dammit I’m shooting for 175. Oddly, this time around, 175 doesn’t seem to hard or so far away. I’m doing this the healthy way and the right way, but after a month, I’m already seeing the end in sight, which is both amazing and scary.
I’m making great strides though – I’m walking faster, feeling better, and my clothes are getting looser.
I’m still taking it step by step, day by day.
Oh, as for writing, I’m going to go clean the bathroom. We had to bathe both dogs tonight because they decided to play in the mud.
I’m not sure how to chalk this one up – good, bad, funny. I think it’s good and funny (not good n plenty).
The first thing that happens to me every time I start to lose weight is that the pounds fall off my backside first. What results is me joining the Saggy Bottom Club. No, my butt isn’t sagging – my jeans are. I’m almost 31-years-old, and my jeans look like I think I’m 18 all over again. It’s a small price to pay to get healthy. Luckily, I have other pants in my collection that are smaller sizes – see, I’ve always had faith that I would get a healthy weight.
So, to all my friends, family, and co-workers who may see me walking around with my pants sagging, it’s not a sign of disrespect, it’s a sign of transformation – a well-needed one.
OK, back to writing/not writing.
At the moment, I’m watching The Killing with Rachel.
If you’re a bit bummed I haven’t been on facebook lately, I am writing reviews and feature stories for http://www.cinemanerdz.com now. My latest review was for Bridesmaids (WordPress is being lame and not letting me post direct links) and I have plans to review Hangover 2 next! Stay tuned for that! Plus, if you’re a comic geek, stay tuned for a fun little feature story for all the fanboys out there (should be posted around the time of the new X-Men movie).
Ok, back to writing and/or not writing.
Actually, right now, I’m syncing my iPhone.
I read my last blog over again and it kind of sounded like a “woe is me” thing. I didn’t intend that at all, so I wanted to take a break from whining about writing to post about something else.
For those folks who know me, I’ve struggled with my weight for years. I’d say the last time I really had things under control was my junior year of high school. Since then I’ve been as high as 320 and as low as 240. That’s an 80 pound spread. I’m not happy about it (in fact, I’m pretty embarrassed about it to be honest), but it’s just the truth. I’ve done just about everything diet-wise – Atkins, South Beach, vegetarianism, and Weight Watchers. I’ve had plenty of excuses for the gains and plenty of success when I apply myself, but at the end of the day, I’ve been stuck in a cycle of yo-yo dieting. I’ve finally decided to do something about it. I’m going to do it the old-fashioned way with diet and exercise as I work to transform my life. I’m back on Weight Watchers and it’s the most confident I’ve felt in years. I’ve lost ten pounds in the last two weeks and can already feel the differences. I’m walking faster, and even went for walks that were as long as five miles last week. This is only the beginning and I can’t (and won’t) be stopped. As I lose the weight, I’m also starting to chip away from my fat kid mentality. That’s the hardest part for me so far, but dammit, by the end of 2012 I’ll weigh 175 pounds – which is a weight that I can’t remember when the last time I saw it was.
So, what’s different this time? What’s going to stop my cycle of yo-yo dieting?
Lily Bug - the only motivation I need
I’ve been off Facebook for over a month and I have nothing to show for it creatively. Sure, I’ve written a few things lately, but none of them have anything to do with my fiction writing. In fact, I’ve even started using one aspect of Facebook again this evening – not the status updates, etc. but a Facebook group. The group is actually a book club, which is something I’ve never done before (but I’ve always wanted to do). I’ve been reading a lot of books since the ban as well, so if it’s not helping me write, it sure is helping with my other passions.
Initially, I was hesitant to join the book club, mainly because it was going to be through Facebook. I’m very serious about my Facebook ban, so I didn’t want to comprise that, but my wife talked me into joining with the hopes that it might kick my writing into high gear. We’ll see if it gives me the inspiration that I crave.
If not, I think I may have to resort to giving myself a deadline. I work best under pressure and simply staying off Facebook just isn’t enough I suppose.
Do I have writer’s block? I don’t think so…I think I’m just sabotaging my progress and ultimate success.
I thought it was a good time to bring up a podcast I’ve been listening to lately. It’s called Writing Excuses and it’s hosted by three names in the genre world – Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, and Howard Tayler. I started listening to it mainly because of the lecture on writing I found on YouTube from Dan Wells (plus, he’s one of my favorite authors). They’ve been doing the podcast since 2008, so I have a lot of ground to make up. I’m about halfway through 2008’s archive thus far. I would recommend it for any aspiring author (especially those wanting to write in the genre field).
The title of the podcast got me thinking. It’s called Writing Excuses, and I find reasons not to write and when I do have time to write, I agonize over minute details or resort to writing in this blog. Based on one of the podcasts I listened to today, this is essentially writer’s block. I’m not having trouble writing or coming up with writings per se, I’m having trouble starting. I’ve written a page for two different ideas and scrapped them both. What’s the mental block that’s stopping me? Well, my wife (who is 100% correct in her assessment) says it’s because I’m a perfectionist. I think she’s right. I get so critical of my writing – even in its raw first draft form, that instead of pushing forward, I come to a stand still. To expand on this, I’m scared of failure and with the realities of the publishing business (especially these days), I know my chances are slim and none that my work actually sees a commercially published form. For some reason, I can’t wrap my head around the fact that if I don’t try at all, I’ve already failed.
Here’s to sucking it up and giving it the old college try.