Friday, January 30, 2009

FSL News

Well Charlotte 49ers are starting to collect the money for the seat licenses.  Amanda and I have discussed this ad nausium and have decided we won't purchase them yet.  Our deciding factors were these: 

1.  The economy sucks, and the first payment of $1,000 is due in April.  Amanda and I would like to take one vacation this year and that would clean our vacation money out.

2. There is no incentive to buy them right away, other than the slim likely hood that they sell out, your assignment will be based on your 49er club ranking in 2013, so I can continue to buy basketball tickets and help my seating assignment.  

3. If we move in the next five years, a possibility if the economy recovers and my company starts growing again, then we would still have to buy tickets and then unload them.  Since they would be a 1aa team, it would probably be pretty hard to break even.  

4. Did I mention the economy sucks.

So, I will continue to buy basketball season tickets, even though no one goes with me to the games except Dawn, and Franklin tomorrow v. Winthrop.  That is my favorite sport anyway.


Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Week 3 Results

Starting Weight: 284lbs

Today's Weight: 268lbs

This Week's Loss: 2lbs

Total Weight Loss: 16lbs

Remainder to Lose: 48lbs


Sunday, January 25, 2009

Currently, I am trying my best to NOT watch Gilmore Girls with Amanda.  She got the first season on NetflixI am so sore today... I went and played flag football today for the first time since November.  I had to play QB to catch my breath and now of course my arm is in a lot of pain... I guess having no athletic talent takes its toll on your body and your psyche.  Not to mention your self-esteem. Anywho, I threw two interceptions and I really hope that does not mean that Ben will do the same thing.  

I cannot wait for the Super Bowl, I also cannot wait for it to be over.  I get to shave my beard off then and that will make Amanda smile.  I am doing the whole hockey guy thing showing solidarity with my Steelers.  

I will update tomorrow with my weight loss... should be a slow week for that, but we did eat out twice and exercised great restraint.  

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Hope, the Age of Obama begins today!

I am pretty sure the Blogger has had a million or more posts about the inauguration of Barack Obama today.  I must admit that a little tear appeared on my cheek as a result of watching a black man take the oath of office.  Moreover, I was just plain proud of America for putting him there, proud of him for being someone who can unite and bring common vision, and mostly thrilled to have the "Shame of a Nation" fly back to Texas for good. 

My favorite moment would have to be when he screwed up the oath... he had to have it repeated to him.  Due to his great charisma and unwavering confidence, we sometimes forget that the man is human.  I like that he stumbled on the oath, just a little reminder, he breathes air just like you and I do.  With any luck, in four years, he will get it right.  

I am full of hope, optimism, whatever you call it.  My head is high, I am ready to help in whatever way my life can add value to this country.  If President Obama wants me to do something within my abilities, yes I will.  I will answer his call for the next generation of men to be better fathers, not absent or neglectful, to teach their children right from wrong and all moral virtues.  I will answer his call for more community service, to help the downtrodden among us not through socialist like policies but by doing my part, helping my neighbor, being a better citizen.  

I am full of hope because my friends in the military, the many I have lived with, drank with, loved, are in the hands of someone who I believe have their best interests and the military's best interest at heart, not settling a family score or pining for higher oil prices to get rich.  I am hopeful that President Obama will bring home all of my people, all of your people, all of our people safely and securely.  

I love this country!


Monday, January 19, 2009

Week 2 Results

Starting Weight: 284lbs

Today's Weight: 270lbs

This Week's Loss: 6lbs

Total Weight Loss: 14lbs

Remainder to Lose: 50lbs


Sunday, January 18, 2009

Friday, January 16, 2009

There has been an odd side effect to dieting with your spouse I didn't realize was happening.  We talk more!

It seems that when you have common goals you communicate more.  Duh, that is management rule number something or other.  Amanda and I have been supporting each other on this diet and it is so much easier.  It gives us a natural conversation starter.  For the first time since we lived here, this week, we ate one meal at our pub table in the kitchen in lieu of in front of our monster television.  

Furthermore, our conversations about our day, our cravings, what we miss and the like have lead into more fruitful and thoughtful conversations.  Sometimes couples can really loose track of how much they like each other when the rigors of day-to-day life set in.  During the course of this week, we had a two hour long conversation about serious and not so much type things with the television off.  We should diet more often, just to really remember how to appreciate the love and support that we have in this house.  

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Working Out!!!  a truckload... no really... it sucks.

I used the DVD workout that came with Nutrisystem.  It was really difficult, but I finished up.  I look forward to it because it will help me be more flexible.  I want to be more flexible so I can play more sports and not have to spend time doing lonely, boring workouts.  I really prefer team sports but in order to not get hurt and perform better, I have to do this stuff first.  

Let me shower, heading to the Niners game tonight against LaSalle.  I hope we can end this three game skid.


Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Day late, a few pounds short

Sorry I posted a day too late, kind of slipped my mind as am a bit under the weather the last few days.  

Starting Weight: 284lbs

Today's Weight: 276lbs

This Week's Loss: 8lbs

Total Weight Loss: 8lbs

Remainder to Lose: 56lbs

Saturday, January 10, 2009


1. Neil Patrick Harris is hosting SNL... he is my gay man crush, if only I wasn't straight.

2. I honestly feel a bit of relief that the Panthers lost, I really did not want to have to face them in the Superbowl of my Steelers happen to have made it in.  I am not making assumptions, San Diego gave us all we could handle during the season.

3.  The diet is going pretty well.  I was struggiling at first simply because I was starving.  I was used to ingesting 3000+ calories a day.  So 1800 calories a day is a shock to the system.  I will post the weight lost results for week one on Monday morning... if I remember of course.

Monday, January 05, 2009

Diet Day One

I really do not plan to post everyday about my unfatting, however, I must say I am starving.  I am going to bed early, right after I post just so I won't feel hungry anymore.  I ate enough today, about 1800 calories but the problem is I have been pounding 3000+ per day.  My body is lost without the cokes, vaults, and all the caffeinated crap I have been drinking.  I spent the day at work with a withdrawal headache and empty stomach.  Since this is my second diet attempt, I know that this will pass in a few days, it just hurts right now.  The hardest part is when people bring in a smelly burger and fries... I COVET!!!

Sunday, January 04, 2009


Starts tomorrow... I will weigh in tomorrow morning as well.  In the interest of full disclosure, I will post my weight, my goal, and my progress.


I weight 284lbs.... holy shit!

Goal: 64lbs
Goal Weight: 220lbs
Time: 12 months

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Summer Vacation Planning

Our original idea was going to be take a trip to San Francisco and see what all they have to offer.  I presented Amanda with an alternate idea.  

We were already going to do the Blue Ridge Parkway Tour with one of the MINI clubs.  The BRPT is starting at the south end of the parkway and goes to the very north end in June, the 18th to the 21st.  

It just so happens that the New England MINIS are doing their Great Ice Cream Run from Skyline Drive (where BRP ends) all the way to Maine.  Over three days, the 22nd to the 25th, there will be about 300+ miles a day on our way up there.  The first stop is in Pottsville and going to a Yuengling brewery tour.  The next day is outside of Boston, so I know we will spend some time there.  The third stop is in Freeport, Maine, the home base of L.L. Bean.  The very last day will be spent in Bar Harbor.

While we are in Bar Harbor, there happens to be an event called the Bar Harbor Invasion, lasting from the 25th to the 27th.  This was a favorite stop on our New England Cruise a couple summers ago.  We will do some shopping, some hiking in Acadia National Forrest, east some wicked good lobsta!

The last event on this leg of the trip is called MINIs On Top.  This is where we wake up at the butt crack of dawn and motor up Cadillac Mountain to watch the sunrise over Bar Harbor.  We then motor up to New Hampshire's Mount Washington to watch the sunset.  Then there are events all day in between and you watch the sunset and motor down the mountain.  

That should be about ten days total, then maybe a stop with some family in Harrisburg or Pittsburgh.  We will see.  The only thing that will keep us off this trip is a huge spike in gas prices or sudden unemployment.