Weekend Fun Lurks, The Weight-Loss Continues…

Weekend Fun Lurks, The Weight-Loss Continues…

 It’s right about now each week… late Friday morning when thoughts of happy hour and seeing friends start to kick in. That’s, of course, also when the anxiety of another little weekend bump in weight comes along, or like last weekend, the sweet, sweet temptation of late night chicken and waffles causes a 4+ day plateau in my weight-loss. Eeeeeeeeeeek!!!

 I can’t say for sure that it’s not going to happen. Let’s be honest, put me in a room with enough people and enough bourbon and, almost without a doubt, snacks will arrive at some point in the evening/early morning! Hahahaha So if you see me out this weekend… please, by me a drink… BUT when I suggest some late night eats…. SMACK THE SHIT OUT OF ME AND SEND ME HOME!!

 As you can see, I’m doing pretty well toward hitting my goal of being out of the 300 club by the end of March, maybe even a little earlier if I stay ahead of schedule like this, but let me not jinx it yet. <fingers crossed, knock on wood> In fact, I’m almost halfway done already. I started at just over 341 pounds and weighed-in this morning as just over 321. I’m less the .5 pounds away from hitting the 20 pound mark. Hopefully by the time I write my next post, I’ll already be there!

Weight Plateaus And The Women Who Love Them

Weight Plateaus And The Women Who Love Them

 Weight plateaus… they happen… as for the women that love them, yeah… that’s just a catchy title so you read my silly blog, nobody actually loves hitting a weight plateau, in fact, they ALL suck!

 So we wound up with 8 people in my little month-long Biggest Loser competition and it’s been great so far. Having that extra motivation of friends who are doing the same with you, posting their weigh-in pictures, sending messages to the group chat, it’s a really great way to help stay motivated, especially when you hit a rough patch.

 It’s just that pesky little bit at the end right there at the end that seems to have started this past Monday. Granted… I may have had a liiiiiiittle big of a drunk snack episode late Saturday night, so I knew it wasn’t going to be great, but the effect of that to be hanging 3 or 4 days later is starting to drive me crazy!

 The only good part is, I had set my own personal goal of getting out of the 300 club by the end of March, and even with this little rough patch, I’m still doing pretty well and am on schedule to hit that goal. It’s been 14 days and I’ve lost 13.5 pounds, so being pretty close to losing 1 pound per day really isn’t that bad. Hopefully I can break through this plateau soon and not fall behind. I’m still 2.2 pounds ahead of schedule, but it’s starting to get a little close!

 I’m gonna keep plugging away… I know it’s a long road, but I know it’s worth the work!

The Incident’s Biggest Loser – February 2017

The Incident’s Biggest Loser – February 2017

 So here’s the story… a friend who read yesterday’s post about getting my weight-loss efforts back on track again made a great suggestion. He suggested that we start our very own Biggest Loser competition, so… we are! Here’s how it goes:

  • It’s $50 to enter the competition
  • The first weigh-in is the morning of Friday, February 3rd, 2017
  • The “winner” is the person who loses the highest percentage of their starting weight
  • Weigh-ins are everyday
  • Pictures of your scale will be sent to me and I’m entering the weights on a shared Google spreadsheet
  • We’ve also got a Facebook group, chat and email list setup so, of course, we can do a little motivating (read: “shit talking”) along the way!
  • Right now there are only 4 of us, so winner takes all. If we get to over 6 people, we might set it up so 3rd place gets their $50 back, 2nd place gets $100 and the winner gets $150 and if we get more people than 6, the winner just keeps getting more and more!

If you decide you’d like to join us, get in touch ASAP and you can do a late check-in maybe tomorrow morning! If not, don’t worry, I’ll still be posting over and over again about how much ass I’m kicking!!

So, who would anyone else like to join?

World War III – The Battle of The Bulge Continues

World War III – The Battle of The Bulge Continues

 Yup, you guessed it. I’m at it again. This is obviously something that’s been a struggle for me for a long time. This is the 3rd time in the last few years that I’ve decided to try to lose weight, and it’s unfortunately my most difficult starting point yet.

 Being overweight isn’t easy. Not only did I have 342 pounds to carry around every day, but there’s the mental and emotional weight that goes along with it. It’s hard to get dressed to go out to see friends and get annoyed when something doesn’t fit right, or fit the “way it used to”. It’s even really hard to go shopping, especially when you have such impeccable style as I do, and everything you pick up and love, you can’t find it your size.

 It honestly is a pretty terrible way to start a Friday night, or a terrible way to start thinking about a party or some event you might be going to. Your first thought becomes “oh shit, what am I going to wear”, and it’s a thought that doesn’t go away quickly. Sooner than you expect, it can start to lead to depression and anxiety about going out in general, regardless of the reason.

 For someone who’s a bit of an extreme extrovert, like myself, it can really become an internal battle. You want to out and be social more than anything, you thrive on it, but at the same time, the thought of having to actually pick out something to wear and head out there is terrifying at times.

 So here is where the journey begins… a few days ago. My first weigh-in this time around scared the hell out of me, 341.2 pounds. That’s the heaviest I’ve ever been. It’s scary that I had to wait until this point to really get my ass in gear again.

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 So, as you can see… I’ve been dieting, trying to keep on top of it, and while the graph zigzags all over the place, it surely is going steadily down. I know it’s supposed to be SUCH a bad thing to weigh yourself everyday, or even multiple times a day, but just like you’ve seen in previous posts, I’m a data-driven guy. The more numbers I have the better. So I weigh myself just about any time I walk past my scale and as long as I see the daily average going down, which is it. I’m happy.

  Since the day of my first weigh in, it’s been 10 days and I’ve already lost 11.8 pounds!

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 And as always, I like to set goals for myself, so this first one is going to be pretty simple. I’d like to get out of the 300 club by the end of March. That shouldn’t be all that difficult. I’ll keep my fingers crossed, keep the pizza out of my mouth and hopefully I can make it!

6 Lessons I Learned At The Indy 500

6 Lessons I Learned At The Indy 500

1) Make sure you carry plenty of beer with you at all times… and you can drink it anywhere!

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2) American Flag gear… I don’t think I’ve ever seen this much American stuff on and around people ever… serious, my typical flag shades ain’t shit!

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3) Survivor Flip Cup, yeah that’s a thing!!! How did I not know this!? Basically… everyone tap, everyone drink, everyone flip, last flipper is out… BRILLIANT!!!!

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4) As is turns out, a  30 foot RV ain’t shit! That’s us and our neighbors… WTF?! That’s bigger than a few of my apartments!

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5) Nap when and where you can… it’s a LONG day!

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6) Last but not least… after a little too much bourbon, be VERY careful trying to smoke two cigars at the same time!

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RACE DAY = Full Banana-Mode – Indy 500 Trip Log #5

RACE DAY = Full Banana-Mode – Indy 500 Trip Log #5

  IMG_7781What can I say other than that this was one of most amazing and unique sporting events I’ve ever been to. Really, nothing compares. We started out waking up at 7:30am to make sandwiches, pack snacks, water, and of course… plenty of beer.

 Granted it’s a bit of a long walk from the RV lot into the infield, but you can’t even image the crowds of people making the trek. People walking carrying coolers, kids, giant flags, bags of food, signs, even peddi-cabs and Ubers picking people up just to take them from wherever they’ve parked into the speedway itself.

 We decided to load up our 3 backpacks of beer, food and camera gear and head out for the hike… of course with roadies in hand. Nothing says ‘Merica more than drinking a PBR for breakfast while walking down the middle of a public road and pounding the end of it right in front of three county sheriffs so we could responsibly drop our empty beer cans in the recycling bin before walking through the gates. Mind you, it’s not that you’re not allowed to be drinking on the way in, plenty of people were, we just wanted to have our hands free to help security check our bags so we could get inside faster!  😛

 It was only after passing through the gates, through the tunnel to the infield and out the other side that we began to see what utter mayhem was really going to look like for the day. With 350,000 tickets sold, not an empty seat in the place and barely any room to even stand on the hill to watch the race, we knew it was going to be a crowded LONG day, so what better way to handle it then immediately starting to play flipcup?!

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 Of course, after enough beer pong and flipcup, eventually we remembered “Hey, the race should be starting soon right?” Yeah, seriously, this was all happen BEFORE noon before the race even started. So we made the trek through the infield over to the hill in turn 3 and got a good spot right up top to watch the start of the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500! Holy HELL those cars are fast!!

 Then of course, post race start… time to head to the SnakePit while Skrillex was still on. If you’re looking for a bonkers EDM show in the middle of pure mayhem, THIS is your spot to be. It’s crowded, it’s hot, the music was amazing, the people were cool as hell and I already can’t wait to go back. I’ll leave you with this last little preview of the craziness we were in the middle of and I promise, I’ll have the rest of my pictures edited and posted on Facebook soon!

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Carb. Day. Was. AWESOME. – Indy 500 Trip Log #4

Carb. Day. Was. AWESOME. – Indy 500 Trip Log #4

 We haven't even gotten to the crazy cool part of this trip yet and it's already amazing. We started off the day sleeping in, grabbing a little breakfast in the RV, got some fresh air and finally decided to get a move on and start heading over to the track. We wound up sitting in the stands right in turn 4 to watch the Indy Lights Freedom 100 race which was awesome! Not only are these cars SO fast, and they're just the little ones... but it was the closest finished in Indianapolis Motor Speedway history, 24/1000th's of a second between first and second. UN. REAL.

 Then of course, it doesn't there... just after the race when we met up with some friends and took a stroll into the infield to get ready for the Journey concert, who's standing right in front of us just outside the tunnel? MARIO ANDRETTI!!!! Probably one of the fastest men on earth and without a doubt one of the greatest Indy car drivers is history!

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 We serious had such a great time. Carb Day really was awesome and I'm so glad we did it... it was well worth the work and the heat!!

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 Now it's time to have some people out to RV hang out and relax for the day and get ready for tomorrow.... RACE DAY!!!

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Day 1, A Thursday Adventure – Indy 500 Trip Log #3

Day 1, A Thursday Adventure – Indy 500 Trip Log #3

 So after our adventure in hunting for oil to get our generator going… we finally got some sleep, woke up in the middle of the afternoon and decided to go for a little walk over to the track, pick up our tickets and wander around for a bit. Needless to say, this place is AMAZING… and we haven’t even been inside yet!

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 We had some time to BBQ up a little marinated chicken and grab a beer before going for a walk to meet the neighbors!

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 I’ll keep snapping some pictures and putting them on Facebook… but tomorrow is when the real shenanigans begins. Carb Day with a Journey concert that evening, then out in downtown Indianapolis! Time to find out what “SoBro” is all about!

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We’ve Finally Arrived! Indy 500 Trip Log #2

We’ve Finally Arrived! Indy 500 Trip Log #2

 And what an adventure it’s been already. Our alarms were set yesterday for 9am to finish packing, run last-minute errands, head to the airport, pick up the RV, get back to DC, pack, make a beer run and go!! It wound up taking about 11 hours to make it out here, but right around 6:15am this morning we pulled into the staging area for our parking lot… only… they didn’t tell us it was the staging area. So, we set up some stuff, changed for bed, fire up the generator and the AC and nap time it was.

 Until… the generator stalled… and stalled again… aaaaaaand again… so, now we’re awake and just sitting wondering if this damn thing is going to hold out or if we’re going to have to make a phone call to see what can be done to fix it. Spending the next 4 days in a hot box does NOT sound enjoyable.

 And of course, it won’t stay running… so now we’re calling to see what we can do! UGH!

<Break…. 20 minutes of phone calls later…..>

 The travelers assistance guy told us we need to go buy oil! Seriously… I’m 600 miles away from home, in a rented RV…. and somehow I’m *STILL* doing repairs! WTFF?! We actually had to pull out of the RV lot, drive to the gas station up the road, buy a few quarts of oil and fill it up ourselves. This…. is my life.

 However, at least we’re here and ready to get things setup and rolling!! (no pun intended)

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And Away We Go… Indy 500 Trip Log #1

And Away We Go… Indy 500 Trip Log #1

Screen Shot 2016-05-23 at 2.06.51 PM So this is really it, we’re finally getting on the road headed out to the 100th running of the Indy 500 in our rented 30′ RV! We’re not exactly sure what’s going to happen over the next few days, but we’re all pretty sure it’s going to be an adventure. Basically, it looks like it’s going to be about 1600 miles  and nearly 24 hours on the road round trip between DC, the RV pickup and Indianapolis Motor Speedway. If anyone’s got some tips for us, that would be great… if not, I guess we’re just wingin it! See you all in Lot 1C at the race if you make it out there!  😛

 It’s going to be a decently long trip, but we’re pretty pumped. I’ve got all my camera gear with me, plenty of beverages, of course my American Flag shades and I’ll be posting more along the way… once we get through this first few travel steps that is…

 Out backs are packed… mostly… and we’re headed out to door for last-minute errands and to get this show on the road! Wish us luck!!

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