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Living Less Large

Belly

My kids, nephew, friend, me, and my belly.

I was extremely hesitant to write this post, but I needed to write something–and this seemed like as good a topic as any.

I’m on a diet.

Yeah, I know. New year, new you. You have my permission to look at the screen skeptically for a moment… I’ll wait. No worries. You’ve earned that right to do so.

Ahem.

Anyway, I’m on a diet: counting calories, trying to get more steps than I normally do, etc. I’ve been meaning to do this for awhile; I just never really got around to it. It’s really easy to make excuses for your weight when you’re 6’6″. But I’m also up to about 375 lbs right now. There’s no real excuse for being that heavy. Reasons, for sure, but not an excuse.

I work a pretty sedentary job, but I’m discovering that I was using food for comfort. If I was stressed, I would eat. When I was relaxing, I would eat. Breaking that cycle is difficult.

I was inspired to do this by my parents, weirdly enough. When I was young, they quit smoking. I remember it being a bit of a nightmare at the time, but they did it. In my pride, I thought that if they could do something to better their lives, that I could, too.

So, here I am: officially day four. I’m doing pretty well, I think. The low-level always-hunger started on day two, though. I remember reading that a person on a major diet would feel hungry a lot; however, this reminds me of a ringing in your ears that you can never get rid of–except it’s in your stomach, and your body knows that you can stop it by shoving tortilla chips by the score in your face.

Day three brought a neat emotional breakdown where I knew everything was awful and nothing was ever going to be okay for myriad reasons. Have you ever seen a grown man crying in the pickup line of an elementary school for no reason? Well, the mom in the Honda Odyssey in front of me who looked in her rear view mirror did.

I’m hoping she just thought I was sensitive.

So why am I doing this?

Health, really. I’m mostly okay with the way I look. I mean, my beard is on point and I dress pretty well. I don’t really want to keel over and leave my kids fatherless and my wife having to date again… because dating is awful. What a nightmare; I would never want to have her go through that mess again.

I’m trying to gamify this whole journey as well. Weight loss is a quest, and the more days I hit my calorie goals, the more experience points I’ll have as this quest gets more difficult. It’s been working so far. Granted, I’m still only four days in.

Blackstaff

Does it get any sexier? Khelben has mad game.

I was told that I need to have some concrete goals, so here is what they are:

I’d like to get down to 275, preferably 250, but at 275 I can basically go about my life without fear of my heart exploding at any moment. My family has a history of heart disease, so staving that off is important.

I’d also like to be in shape enough to cosplay. If you’ve read any of this blog, you know that I’m a pretty nerdy dude, so being able to dress up as Thor or Superman or  Khelben “Blackstaff” Arunsun would be pretty cool. I would never body shame anyone of my size that wanted to do it, but I’m not comfortable cosplaying at my size. Getting my fitness on, however, is going to have to come after I get the eating habit under control. I know myself well enough to know that I won’t keep at it if I have to change everything about myself at once.

So, that’s where I’m at. It’s going to be a long journey, but my family is supportive. I told my son last night that I was eating less food so that my belly would get smaller. I told him that I was going to be cranky sometimes, but that I would try not to be cranky to him and his sister. That night, he prayed for me to not be so cranky.

He’s a sweet kid. I like him a lot.

I’ll try to give frequent updates, as well as more musings about any nerdy thing that comes to my mind, as 2016 progresses. Stay boffo, friends.

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The Week in Geek: Oct. 19, 2012

I’m taking time out of my busy birthday (that I’m sure you care about so much) to let you know what we’ll be talking about at my party.

Snow White and Death by Amy Mebberson

Uno is a great way to pass the time waiting on a prince. Illustrator Amy Mebberson has some brilliant work on her site and Tumblr. Everything from pinups to modernist posters to cute pincesses. Check her work out! Image courtesy of Amy Mebberson.

First and foremost, as if there were any other news this week, AGENT PHIL M*****F***** COULSON IS COMING BACK!

Speaking of people with M*****F***** as a middle name, Bill Murray crashed some dude’s kickball game because he’s Bill Murray. If you have to ask why, you’ve clearly never heard of a Bill Murray Story.

After many years of having games played with our hearts in ways that that Backstreet Boys could never have imagined, it looks like Ghostbusters 3 is moving forward….without Venkman. Here’s a history of this film’s risen from the grave yet again.

When he isn’t impersonating Honey Boo Boo Child, Christopher Walken is playing a pretty mean Boarderlands 2.

You know those TED Talks that we all think will change the world but secretly know won’t (and we’re actually only checking out because it looked like it was about dinosaurs or sex or dinosaur sex)? Well, The Onion has started their version creatively called “Onion Talks.”

Grover Batman by Amy Mebberson

Grover’s not just the monster at the end of the book, he’s also the night! Image courtesy of Amy Mebberson.

There’s a new plot summary for Iron Man 3 out and it’s as vague as you assumed it would be! Excise “Iron Man” from this paragraph and it literally could be about any movie ever.

As the Ponds swim off to new lakes and streams, Rob won’t be weeping for them.

Lots of people get paid lots of money to be on the teevee, but the Internet would respectfully disagree with who pulls in the big bucks. Here’s how they’d like to see it in their happy little world.

No, sir, I do want to put these monsters in my pocket! I don’t care if they’re called Pokemon! Those realistic illustrations are just too freaky! I said good day!

Liberal level 9000 that I am, you should be proud that I waited this far in the article to link to the Binders Full of Women Tumblr.

Capt Kirk-met by Amy Mebberson

Captain Kirk-met directs his ship to the Pig Planet for reasons unknown to his crew. Image courtesy of Amy Mebberson.

In news that ruins your hypothetical childhood, if you ever imagine what life would be like if you were nine last summer, S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Helicarrier  wouldn’t work. You can trust them because their website has the word “tech” in is and it is on YouTube.

J. Fortune has learned more from the space dive than just that it is really cool when someone jumps to the planet from space, a’la the most recent Star Trek.

The Avengers are back….as pugs. And it’s adorable. And it’s why the Internet exists. And the end, when Pug Thor can’t take off his helmet is hilarious.

Julie wants you to remember to takes the Zombie Survival Guide’s advice and organize before they rise.

The secret to getting Wolverine claws is to come up with a catchy viral K-Pop song. Who knew?

New York Comic Con was last week, and people were in costume, cosplaying as we in the geek industry would call it. Sorry to throw jargon at you. I don’t like to brag, but I’m preeety geeky. Aynwho, here and here are some badass cosplayers. Gabrielle agrees that costumes are for more than Halloween!

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Don’t Save the Costumes Just for Halloween!

Halloween is based in some questionable history, but we’ve come a long way, and these days it’s more about dressing up and candy. Lots of candy. Buying Trick-or-Treat candy alone is enough to bankrupt you! But, we all fear the little darlings in Transformers, princess and Superman costumes, don’t we? Oh, we do. Deep down, we do.

And as we hand out candy to cute kids, chase off the high-schoolers and judge the parents of four-year-old girl who is dressed like a “Sexy Kitten,” there’s something else deep down that we all love…

DRESSING UP! (That’s not just me, right? Everybody loves dressing up!)

I absolutely love costuming and everything that goes with it! I don’t want to save it for Halloween, but it’s definitely more accepted during this time of year.

Age makeup is my specialty, but I’m always up for fairies, monsters, or somesuch. It’s so much fun! Plus, I’m halfway decent at it, and that never hurts. For instance, here I am as a wintery elf:

Yes, there are pointy ears in there. And, no, that’s not my real hair. Lots of people asked me if that was my real hair! I couldn’t believe it! I’d never have the patience to let it grow that long.

I haven’t dressed up for Halloween for several years. These days, it’s more about Trick-or-Treating with the geekling(s) than myself. However, there were a couple of years that my husband and I dressed up for a friend’s Halloween party.

Here’s the first year we went:

I am obviously a terrifying vampire, but can you guess who he is? Leave your guesses in the comments! We thought and searched long and hard for a costume befitting his awesome beardness.

The next year, I went as Rogue:

It was very last minute but ended up working well. Rogue is my favorite member of the X-Men, and I had enough of her costume colors (from the Fox show, of course) to make a go of it.

The vampire and Rogue are really the only times I’ve dressed up for Halloween. Oh, there were some times in high school, but those don’t count. Really, you DO NOT want to see those! [shudder]

Being involved in community theater has given me plenty of costuming opportunities, and I’ve loved every one! Our latest endeavor was an undertaking of Edgar Alan Poe readings. We skewed toward steampunk and top hats were in abundance!

It was a ton of fun, but I learned some very valuable lessons. First and foremost of those lessons: you can’t bend over in a corset. Every tried to change a baby while wearing a corset? It’s unpleasant. Not that it stopped me!

I like this time of year because it’s okay to dress up; it’s okay to wear weird makeup; it’s okay to be someone else for a bit. Being yourself can get terribly dull after a while, don’t you think? Stepping into someone else’s shoes can pep up your own.

I like to add bits of  costuming to my every day wardrobe. Big weird rings, colorful ridiculous earrings…they’re all game. And, they’re all very common place, really. So, in the end, I guess it comes down to how you see yourself and what you put on. You might not wear a blond wig to work, but who knows what kind of interesting Gothic underthings you’re hiding?

((Featured Image: By Gregg O’Connell (originally posted to Flickr as Wonder Girls) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons”))

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Super Style: From the Con to the Runway

Five Superhero Styles (That Aren’t T-Shirts!)

Offices tend to frown on wearing underwear outside your clothing. Same with winged helmets. Don’t even think about rocking a jumpsuit! Unless you’re heading to the danger zone with Maverick, you tend to get some strange looks.

But, just because you can’t go full cosplay everyday doesn’t mean you can’t find subtle ways to show your allegiance. From high fashion to fun-derwear from the wading pool to the wedding ceremony, here are some sly ways to be subversively super.

Image courtesy of nOir Jewelry

Image courtesy of nOir Jewelry

1.Gotham Fabulous
Noir Jewelry’s DC Collection let’s you be a hero or a villain. Supergirl rocks her S across her chest, but for a mere $500 you can rock yours across your neck.

Maybe your tastes go darker? We’re loving this Gotham City ring ($225). Not only is it hella chic, it could come in handy in a fight should you run into some goons. With prices from $65-$500, this is special occasion stuff, but come on, who wouldn’t feel more confident walking into a board room wearing their favorite Amazonian’s cuffs ($140)?

2. Finding Namor
Ok, so Speedos are rarely, if ever, a do. I’m not saying that this is a good thing; I’m just saying this exists. Awkwardly pursue your own Sue Storm poolside in these tiny trunks ($29.95).

Unless you’re into DC, then you’re totally dressing as a warm water Aquaman.

3. Stealing PeeGee’s Look
Ok, so this might not be everyday style, but it is interesting to see Power Girl’s look go from the convention floor the runway.

Victoria’s Secret’s annual Fashion Show won’t air until Nov. 29. Until then you’ll just have to look to your books for women with impossible bodies in physics defying fabrics…well, there or the Internet, movies, or television…

4. Strutting It Spider Style
Have your own ideas how Spider-Man 3 should have ended? (Who doesn’t? Let’s never speak of it again.) A new climactic battle is at the end of your feet with these hand painted shoes ($110).

Prefer to keep it more noir? How about the Dark Knight and Clown Prince of Crime($110)? Etsy seller WalkingDeadApparel says that he/she can create just about any superhero pairing. Get creative! The possibilities are endless! Hulk and Banner! Thor and Loki! Tony Stark and a bottle of Jack Daniels!

Image courtesy of vintagecovers

5. The Phantom iPad
If you have an iPad odds are pretty good you’re already using it to read digital comics. Why not save one from your analog collection or from Etsy seller VinageCovers’ collection and turn it into an iPad cover ($54)?

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