Archive for August, 2012


Bullies, Bullies, Everywhere

August 28, 2012

I’ve been pretty lucky in my life, especially being a big guy, to not have been bullied very much. Sure there was always the occasional “tough” guy in school but most of that worked itself out pretty quickly. By and large though I’ve not been what I would consider a bullied person. This is pretty amazing considering I was a big guy, who read comic books, listened to “weird” music and was really into computers. I think it helped that I also did a lot of “non-nerd” stuff too, regardless though bullying was never something that was on my mind too much day to day. Being a big geek I of course knew a lot of people who were bullied, nothing quite as extreme as some of the stuff you hear about today but certainly they were picked on and called names, etc. I’m sure I was too but it was just seldom to my face. Today though, sitting in a doctor’s waiting room, I witnessed a really prime example of why bullies suck and people who do nothing suck worse.

I do not see myself as “small” by any stretch of the imagination, I mean, I’ve lost now over a 100 pounds and am still on the high side of 200 plus I’m 6′ 2/almost 3″ so yeah, not small at all. Suddenly though it appears as if its okay to make “fat” jokes around me. There was this kid, about 20 or so sitting across from me and this, not very skinny himself, guy sitting next to me, maybe 25 or 30. The kid was probably pushing 300 pounds and was about 5′ 10″ or so also not a little guy. The guy sitting next to me leans over and says (not really whispering), “Isn’t that guy disgusting? How could you let yourself go like that?” Now let’s be clear, I’m no saint and can be very mean sometimes but I’m also certainly not a shrinking violet and the kid literally was sitting there on his iPad, doing NOTHING to this guy,  so I replied (cleaned up a bit because, well, sometimes I curse worse than a sailor), “well when I was about 100 pounds bigger than him it was people like you that kept me that way, I didn’t really want to give you the satisfaction of being right. When are you going to lose that extra 20 pounds or so you’re carrying?” His response was, as usual when bullies are confronted in public, complete silence. He got up and moved which I thought was proper, if he were any kind of real person he would’ve at least apologized to the kid.

I think people bully because they see something in someone else that they hate in themselves. It is really not complicated behavior, simply lashing out. If you’re picking on a fat person you are probably not the healthiest person on earth, maybe a little plump around the middle or what have you so you lash out at a bigger, allegedly weaker person. If you’re always raging about homosexuals, maybe you have some closeted feelings you haven’t quite dealt with. I’m no psychologist but my honest views is that maybe you’re just an ass and need to figure out what is making you so angry at other before you run into someone who is having a worse day than you. Again, I’m not saying I’m perfect in any of this, in fact, I’ve often used “bullying techniques” in training some of the support guys at my company, mainly so they can learn how to handle hostile customers and it is very effective to that end, it is never serious but if they can’t handle me then they’ll never be able to handle an angry customer.

The point here is, don’t be an ass, be nice to people. It takes way less energy than making their days worse and you might figure out that you’re not such a bad person and will stop being so angry at yourself. The moral of the story is to stop hitting yourself and others, it simply is not that bad so no reason to make others feel bad about whatever it is. Okay?


Workout Plan Part I or Nike Got Me Again

August 27, 2012

Here is the truth, completely unadulterated, I hate working out. I hate ellipticals, treadmills, stationary bikes (hate the least). The only things I don’t mind too much are the heavy bag and lifting weights, that’s because I really like to hit things and work out my frustrations that way. Basically, I guess, I hate cardio, even when I was younger and more in shape I hated cardio. Now that that is out of the way and I’m trying to get myself healthier I guess I’m figuring out that working out is a necessary evil because, well, I don’t want to be all flabby when the rest of this weight comes off and working out is the only way I know of to avoid that. I’m building a new routine that is heavy on the cardio (because that’s the best way to tone up and shed fat so even though I hate it, I’m going to do it) and uses light weights and kickboxing (because I love those activities). Basically to augment all of that I want to increase my daily activity like taking the stairs, walking around more and possibly, though I’m not completely sold on it, running. The geek side of me said I needed to measure my current activity so I can know what I’m increasing from. Enter Nike+ Fuelband .

The Nike+ Fuelband is basically a really fancy pedometer that keeps track of steps, calories burned (estimated) and your accumulated “NikeFuel.” NikeFuel is a completely made up metric that is entirely useless, the ones I care about are the steps (activity) and calories burned (estimated is better than nothing). I got my Fuelband today and got it all set up, it was painfully easy to do, just plug the thing in to the USB port, go to the website on the box and click next while answering questions. After you let it charge, which is quick, you put the thing on and it just collects the data about you. So far I have only one real complaint about it, it is uncomfortable, especially when trying to type so I doubt I’ll be wearing it much while at my desk or sleeping but otherwise it will probably be okay. I’ll update more as I use it and maybe post some pretty screenshots of my progress, etc. Wish me luck.




Awesome People Are Awesome (Just a short but longer than twitter post)

August 22, 2012

Today is the day before my birthday but since I won’t be in the office tomorrow the people here decided to have my birthday “cake” a day early. This isn’t something we use to do, in fact it is pretty new this year where we have cake for everyone’s birthdays, it is kinda awesome but I hate it. I hate it because birthday cake is awesome but terrible for me so I can’t eat it. Since it was my turn, it turned out kinda of neat. In came a cart (wish I had pictures) of salads for everyone and no cake. I thought it was incredibly nice and thoughtful and I appreciated it very much. I’m pretty sure someone this weekend will try to force me to eat cake. I hope they read this first. 🙂


Google Alerts for Your Health

August 19, 2012

Today I got yelled at for “knowing too much” and “being too geeky.” The truth is, I don’t know that much but I am geeky so that might be why it appears I know a lot, I dunno. At any rate the thing I “knew too much” about was West Nile Virus, given my immune system problems and my living proximity to large bodies of water it kinda pays to be up on that stuff. The simple truth is, I don’t have time to search for various stories, etc about West Nile or food recalls or whatever else I might want to know about so I let Google do my work for me. This is a feature that I thought was pretty well known in Google but apparently not because a few folks I talked with today had no idea what I was talking about so I thought I would demonstrate it.

1) Go to

2) Under Result type, choose News (this gives you the most relevant information about a new event)

3) Under How Often, choose how frequently you want to be alerted (I choose As-it-happens) for important stuff, like West Nile

4) Under How Many, choose “Only the best result”

5) Finally under “Deliver to” choose your email address or choose “Feed” and it will create a feed for you. I will sometimes use a special email address for important things so that I am always alerted when a Google alert comes in.

Check out the video for a quick demo:

You can pretty much set up these type of alerts for anything. I’ve used them for food recalls (both human and dog), the aforementioned west nile and for the various medications I used to take. I also use it heavily for my job, which is great.  There are literally countless applications for it. Try it out and let me know how it works for you.


Pork Chops w/ Mushrooms & Mustard Sauce

August 15, 2012

Take some thin cut pork chops and saute them in Olivio season with black pepper and garlic.  When they’re almost done add some red onions and mushroom, cook down. When everything is ready to come off add in some Annie’s (or brand of choice) horseradish mustard. Easy to prepare and cook, very savory and a little spicy. Serve over mixed greens and enjoy.


Pork Chops over mixed greens

Posted from mobile so blame autocorrect


Asian-ish Pork Tenderloin

August 11, 2012

Use safflower oil in a wok, toss in some red, yellow, green peppers and red onions with fresh garlic. I then add some Walden Farms Asian dressing and cook it all down. Then add in some chopped tenderloin and broccoli florets and cook until done. You can add sesame seeds to this but I didn’t because I’m unsure if I can have sesame seeds. Enjoy.


Posted from mobile so blame autocorrect


Chicken, Spinach, Mozzarella Sausage in Light Tomato Sauce

August 9, 2012

Get some chicken sausage with spinach and mozzarella (usually in your grocery store or butcher) otherwise just saute chicken sausage with spinach and cook in skillet. In a separate pan add diced tomatoes, red, green, yellow peppers and Italian herbs, cook down until peppers are tender. Combine cooked sausage with sauce and cook a bit longer. Top with fresh parmesan and enjoy.




Old Navy — Not Because I Wanted To But Because I Could

August 8, 2012

Today (and I know I’ve threatened this for a while) I went shopping at Old Navy. This was definitely not because I wanted to but because I could. I’ve never really been a fan of their clothes or anything, not that I would know since I could never shop there but an ex-girlfriend of mine LOVED their clothes so she was in there almost every weekend. One time I went in with her and wasn’t even looking at anything for me but was told, “I’m not sure we would have your size sir, sorry.” I’ve heard that a lot because, well, I like nice clothes. One thing about so-called “nice clothes places,” they don’t really cater to big people, they just don’t. Now let me define “nice clothes,” basically not really Old Navy or the other place that was really rude to me once, Banana Republic. The nice clothes I like now come from places that are actually nice. 🙂  Yes, I’ve become a bit of a clothes snob, I admit, but I’ve noticed today and over the weekend that I’ll get over it, I paid $22 for a pair of jeans today, TWENTY TWO DOLLARS! I have not paid that little for jeans (because I had to shop in big man sections/stores) in years. I have no real point to this post other than, yay, I can shop at normal people stores now and I think I’m going to save a lot of money.






Medical Blues

August 4, 2012

Before I started this journey several of my doctors (I have 4) told me it would all be worth it. I would feel so much better and be so much healthier and all that. You wanna know what? I really don’t. I still have a virtually persistent headache and my fatigue level is worse than 100 pounds ago it seems. I certainly feel better about myself for doing this and succeeding so far but my primary goal, feeling better still eludes me. Oh well perhaps that last 50 pounds will make a difference. We’ll see….


Wood Grilled Beef Roast

August 4, 2012

This was totally a spur of the moment thing so I might adjust and post this recipe a bit more later as I experiment with it.

Get yourself a beef roast, should be easy enough, go visit a butcher or your local grocery store. Now that you’ve obtained your roast, poke some holes in it with a fork. In a large freezer bag pour some soy sauce (I would prefer Worcestershire sauce but my wife hates it so I used soy), garlic, onions and just a touch of lemon juice. Put the hole-riddled roast in the bag, seal it and then turn it upside down and back a couple of times. Put it in the fridge for about an hour to allow the sauce and spices to really soak in. Once ready throw it on the grill and sear all four sides. This will BURN quickly so if you have a roasting rack on your grill then use that to slow roast it. Searing locks in the juices and can rescue even the worst cuts of meat from flavorless limbo. Anyway, after searing roast until it is to your preferred temperature, mine is medium for roast and then enjoy.


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