Post Op Week 11 + a day


The above weight is a big deal for me. February my weight maxed out at 441, I emotionally bottomed out and decided that gastric surgery was the route I needed to go if I wanted to realistically live a couple more years. 6 months and 40 pounds later I had gastric sleeve surgery, with no complications, and wondered what would happen next. 11 weeks and a day after surgery, I've lost another 60 pounds - still with no complications.

100 pounds gone since February, total.

100 f'n pounds.

Yesterday this would have been a different post. My weight was 2 pounds higher. Mentally, I was all over the place - halfway to work I realized that I forgot to bring my vitamins that I've been taking 4 times a day for the past 11 weeks, so I turned around and went back home to get them. Once home, I found that I had about half the gas in the car that I needed for the day. Holiday & financial crap (nothing bad, just things to take care of) kept popping into my head. The one good thing to come out of this was that I decided it was a walking Christmas shopping day after work so I got my walking for the day in (13,000 steps!).

Today is a better post. Skip the paragraph above and I'm not bitching. Instead, I'm relishing 100 lbs lighter and I'm bitchin.

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Game Count


Yesterday I mentioned trying to focus more on playing the unplayed games I have in my collection over the next year and how I doubted that we had played 20% of the games I own. Thanks to my anal meticulous bookkeeping I actually know all of the boardgames I've played since 1984. They are:

  1. 1st & Goal
  2. Battleball
  3. Car Wars
  4. Cards Against Humanity
  5. Catan Dice Game
  6. Cosmic Encounter
  7. Dungeon Run
  8. Dungeons & Dragons: The Legend of Drizzt Board Game
  9. Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath of Ashardalon Board Game
  10. Flame War
  11. Fluxx
  12. Formula D
  13. Frag
  14. Galaxy Trucker
  15. GOLO
  16. Heroscape Master Set: Rise of the Valkyrie
  17. King of Tokyo
  18. King of Tokyo: Power Up!
  19. Last Night on Earth: The Zombie Game
  20. Leviathans
  21. Lost Cities
  22. Munchkin
  23. Pirate Fluxx
  24. Risk (Revised Edition)
  25. RoboRally
  26. Scrabble
  27. Sentinels of the Multiverse
  28. Shadows over Camelot
  29. Skirmish Tactics Apocalypse
  30. Space Cadets
  31. Star Fleet Battles: Captain's Edition Basic Set
  32. Star Wars Miniatures
  33. Star Wars Miniatures Starship Battles
  34. Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game
  35. The Settlers of Catan
  36. Ticket to Ride
  37. Zombicide
  38. Zombie Fluxx
  39. Zombies!!!

Games listed above in italics I have played but do not own. Of the 39 games above, I possess 36 of them. According to my current collection tally on BoardGameGeek, I currently have 234 games. Math-wise, that comes to roughly 15% of my games have been played.

So it looks like I was right to doubt 20% have been played.


2013 Widgey Season Wrap Up


Wednesday was the last game of the 2013 Widgey boardgame season, our 7th season of the modern era. Somehow, Keith managed to Two-peat as back-to-back champion, an unheard of feat.

It was a good year for boardgaming - we finally starting making a dent in the amount of shrinkwrapped boxes I developed into collecting. Not all of the new games were winners (we're looking at you Level 7) but for the most part the games have been fun. This has led to the latest challenge for the upcoming year - focus on getting more of those unplayed, shrinkwrapped games played, and hopefully cut back on procuring every new game that is released in the next year.

That's my plan. No idea how well that'll work out. According to my collection stats on BoardGameGeek I've got over 200 games and I doubt we've played 20% of those. Let's up that percentage!

Just to let Keith brag, here's the standings for the 2013 season:

Wins & Losses

Win %

Points Rank + Win % Rank - # of Wins

Wins Losses Points Ranking   Win % Ranking   Combined Points Combined Ranking
Russ 9
47.4% 6
Jer 7
63.6% 5
Keith 9
64.3% 4
Joe 3
100.0% 1
Steve 1 0
100.0% 1
Richard 1 0
100.0% 1

Overall Champion
Lowest combined points in rankings.
Champion with -3 points


Post Op Week 10


Week 10 sees a mere 3 pound loss since last week. A combination of slacking off on some exercise thanks to the end of the week being cold and rainy, partnered with eating a little more than has been normal seems to make a difference.

Eating more was intentional as I've mainly been sticking to having 3 protein shakes + 3 "meals" (is a banana a meal?) per day and I'm ready to expand my eating horizons a little. For example, over the weekend I fixed a chicken & mushroom omelet which was quite tasty. Popchips have become my favorite snack, and even though they're not fried or baked they're still made from potatoes so I should have them less frequently than I have been.

This week I've got to try to get into a cold/inclement weather exercise routine. I went to the Wellness Center Sunday afternoon. Sunday is normally a rest day, but since I had been resting since Wednesday I didn't have much of an excuse to keep resting. I went to the Wellness Center during the perfect storm of 30-ish year-olds that like to re-arrange the benches in the free-weight area along with the 50-ish year-olds that have long chats on the machines after exercising on them. After half of my workout taking twice as long as it should have, I got frustrated and gave up for the day. Later today I'll give it another chance, even if it's just forcing myself on the treadmill.

I loathe the treadmill. It's boring. I'm getting in the habit of listening to podcasts when I go workout. When listening to music I try to keep up with the beat. Mainly, I can't keep up with the beat, but the beat also changes which really screws with me on the treadmill. Finding the right podcast(s) to listen to while doing all of this is also a little tricky as I want to listen to something interesting and I'm a little picky in the regard.

Reading the above, I seem to be complaining more than normal. I don't mean to, but maybe this will get it out of my system?

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Post Op Week 9


Even though the post is a day late, the pic is from Monday morning :)

Another week and technically a little shy of another 4 pounds, but weight-wise milestones were passed this past week. 351 pounds marked 50 pounds lost since surgery, with 90 pounds lost total. 350 pounds means I can (theoretically) be weighed on the average doctor scales. Granted, I'd have to be butt naked and their scales would have to be calibrated to my scales at home, but it's a milestone!

The next milestone occurs at 347 pounds, which was my low weight in 2006 as well as the only other "low" weight I remember since 238 at my high school graduation.

A combination of actual work to do along with weather has been messing with my exercise schedule. Plus, I've been feeling tired more. I think part of the tired may be from cutting back on my Iron supplement, so I'm going to go back to the double-dose I was inadvertently taking for 2 weeks - those were a good 2 weeks.

Last night I had the closest thing to a salad as I've had in 2 months. I had gotten some shredded Iceburg lettuce for pseudo-taco filler. Last night I mixed some of the lettuce with a little chicken and cheese, along with some sour cream and salsa to give it a Mexican feel instead of going for salad dressing. The majority of the dish was lettuce so I wanted to count it as a salad. It filled up more of the bowl than I originally intended, but I didn't have any problem eating it or keeping it down. I managed to take a little longer eating it (like I'm supposed to).

Monday was supposed to be a walking + weight workout day, but a 9-hour workday along with 90 minutes of going to and from work (with all the holiday wrecks that have been unleashed) took a big enough chunk out of the day that I only got in my walk. I went 2 laps around the school, which is ~3.2 miles. Today, my legs, feet, and knees are telling me I walked a long way yesterday.

I've stopped tracking my walking/number of steps for a while. The Fitbit I've been wearing was starting to leave either a rash or a small whelp on my wrist. I'm not sure why everything was fine the first month I wore it, but lately it became an irritant. When I can remember, I stick the Fitbit in my pocket (it's just a fancy pedometer after all) but that's also how I washed and then lost my first Fitbit. I can still track my weight and blood pressure on the Fitbit website, so I've been keeping that up to track my progress from day to day.

Enough focusing on my weight for this week. Now to psyche myself up for a walk in drizzly, overcast weather.

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