Monday, July 28, 2014
...And I'm only halfway done with the weight loss. So, that's unfortunate. Also, unfortunately, I predicted this might happen. The good news? I'll be at a major weight loss benchmark (probably) when Otakon comes around (my goal date, Aug 7). That benchmark is 210 lbs. There is actually two reasons why that point is important. The first is that 210 lbs is halfway between my starting point (245 lb) and my ultimate goal (175 lb) and the second, and more important to me, reason is that 210 lbs is the mark in which my BMI category goes between obese and simply overweight.
Aside from that, my cosplays seem to be coming along with a slow crawl, which SUCKS. I have completed my Superboy cosplay, but my Goku cosplay is a far cry from being completed, which is bad because Goku is supposed to be my main costume this year.
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Man, I have so much to do to prepare for Otakon. Firstly, I have to work on getting fit. Honestly, that's not that much of a priority for me. My priority is simply getting everything done and together. All in all I am cosplaying as Yashio Kaito, from Robotics;Notes, Goku from Dragonball Z and Superboy from Young Justice. I will actually be wearing color contacts for my Superboy cosplay. So far, I have bought the fabric for my Goku cosplay, bought the wig, contacts and shirt for Superboy, made the power pole for Goku, ordered and received stickers for my Yashio cosplay and have bought de-tangling shampoo for my wig so I can wash and re-style it for Yashio. My current concerns are getting either a decent Goku wig or one that I can put into that style and making Yashio's tablet holster, which has the design like a western cowboy boot has (the paisley-like style).
I still need to style all three wigs, make Yashio's tablet holster, stick the sticker onto my tablet, make my Goku top, bottom, belt, wristbands and shoes, get a short sleeve dress shirt or modify a long sleeve into a short sleeve, find a solid buckle belt, get a pair of boots, buy or make Goku's tail, and buy the red watch for Yashio. That is a lot to focus on in two months, plus having to pass all my online summer classes, when I have yet to pass one.
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
So, 10 months in and I barely any better than I started. I want to at least get myself down to 209 from the 227 I am now. At least then, I will be going to Otakon with being only overweight and not obese. I'm on my last semester of my degree, then onto another school. I wish there was a way I could just instantly be at the job i want, with a decent pay, with some on the side, but I know that would be wishful thinking for anyone. In May, I did a 50 push-up a day challenge, and actually went above and beyond and got myself to a total of 2000 push-ups for the month. June brings a sit-up/crunch challenge of 50 a day. It's really hard, especially when I procrastinate and have to do several days' work at a time. AND I am continuing my 50/day push-ups because I know I need the extra strength training. I think one of the reasons that I am truly continuing the push-ups is because I had a perceivable progress while doing the challenge, and so I can see my progress every day.
I have two months to get myself as fit as possible. I know what I need to do, I just need to actually follow along with it, regardless of all the temptations available at work (fries, soda, dessert, fried foods, laziness, etc.) . I need to strength train, particularly working on arm muscle (if you don't know, I am planning to cosplay as the guy with the black hair in my profile background). One of the things I have been thinking about a lot lately is running. I want to run, but it's so painful. As I've been thinking, it came to me that of course it will be painful at first, but as I get better, it will get more tolerable and I would be able to go further, just like my push-ups.
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Sometimes I doubt myself.
I doubt what I can do.
I doubt that will ever be able to resist temptations, that I will ever lose weight.
Sometimes I doubt that I will ever actually get out and go get fit.
I doubt myself. I doubt that I will be able to do the things I have always wanted to do.
Tonight has been a doubt night.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Boy, does Katsucon have a bunch of stories. So much stuff happened, in a bad way, but eventually it all worked out.
So, first thing, our college group gets to the convention and because we did not pre-register (college issues, not our fault) we had to wait three hours in a super-slow line. Then we get up front and we find out that their credit card thing isn't working. Well, the college gave our advisor a credit card to pay for the registration... So, we all had to pitch in money to help pay for it (we got paid back about 20 minutes afterwards). Then, when the lady was checking IDs, one of our group only had a student ID as a form of picture ID. Luckily, a guy came up and was like "Do your have a credit card?" Then he compared the credit card and the student ID and said "I shouldn't do this, and it will not happen again, but I am going to let you do it." So we got our badges. Then, leaving the registration room, we pass the panelist registration. Because I am hosting a panel, it would have taken me less than five minutes to get my badge.
Then, later I am cosplaying Shu Ouma, complete with wig. The wig gave me the worst headache in my life. It was only until today in which I see a warning that if your cosplay wig is put on too tight it will cause a headache. I left the con and got some pain reliever. It took a little over an hour, but the medicine, plus the removal of the wig, made it bearable for the remainder of the day. Travel to and from the con was ridiculous. The hotel was two miles away. Luckily, there was a shuttle. Unluckily, it ran later in the morning than I needed, and stopped earlier than I wanted in the afternoon.
My panel went pretty well, I simply wish I had rehearsed it other than in my head.
Leaving the con, we get about half a mile down the road before the van breaks down. No warning whatsoever, it just stops running. It takes four hours for a tow truck (my uncle) to get there, which should have only taken an hour.
Okay, during the Crunchyroll panel, I heard a hilarious story.
So, one night, one of the Crunchyroll guy's friends starts heading to the hotel for a room party and there's this big, black guy following him. When he gets to the party, everyone is just like "Who is this guy?" So the party goes on, and this guy just keeps getting more and more drunk. At one point, he passes out in a chair. A few hours later, the party ends and he's still passed out in the chair. First, they shake him. Nothing. Ice down the shirt. Nothing. Dumps water onto him. Still... nothing. So they start slapping him. At first, it was just a little slap. Nothing. They progressively start slapping him harder and harder. It's becoming a slap party. At this point, they get a call. Turns out the guy is a friend of a friend. But they don't want him in the room. So they get like four people a load him onto a dolly. Yes, a dolly. When going to the elevator, the passed-out guy's friend shows up. He's a big guy as well. So, he picks up his friend and slams him down on the ground. Nothing. So he rolls up his sleeve, cocks his arm back and just slaps the heck out of him. "Geez, this guy is like dead." At this point, they load him back onto the dolly and get him onto the elevator. As the elevator door starts closing, he falls OFF the dolly into the way of the door. Now, the door keeps trying to close on him, as some of the friends start kicking him back onto the dolly. They finally get him all set onto the dolly, then move him into the lobby and plop him into the chair. The slap him one more time, just for good measure. Dead as a door-nail. Man, this guy is just passed out!! So, they leave him there. The next morning, they get up and ask "What happened to him?" One guy says "I don't know, but I saw the paramedics in the lobby earlier." Turns out he was fine, just really, really drunk. The guy's friend said the first thing the drunk said when he woke up was "Man, my face BURNS!!"
Also, during the Super Art Fight, while the announcer was describing the fight and the rules, this guy dressed in a titan skin suit just jumps up and BOLTS out of the room screaming "Gotta poop! Gotta poop! Gotta poop!" Aw man, it was hilarious.
Also, I learned about a scavenger hunt via Katsucon's Tumblr. I completed it, and got some Ramune, Hello Panda, some arty stuff, and a t-shirt. Good enough for a free hunt. Apparently, I was one of only three people who did the hunt.
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