Monthly Archives: January 2013

We Only Need the Heads gets Scalzi’s The Human Division back on track

Just a few minutes into We Only Need the Heads, John Scalzi’s third episode of The Human Division, and I not only knew it was entertaining, but I also immediately realized the context of the second episode, Walk the Plank. Walk the Plank wasn’t quite as strong as a stand alone episode, but We Only Need the Heads quickly relates back to both of the first episodes.

As one CDF officer is loaned for a CDF mission to remove an unauthorized colony, a Colonial Union ambassador is tasked with completing the final negotiations with an alien race. Of course, these two separate goals are intertwined in ways that neither know at first.

We Only Need the Heads is very engaging, and Scalzi expertly jumps between action with the CDF and dialogue with the ambassadors. I believe we also see some hints of where the story is going in The Human Division, but it might be too early for me to know.

My fun Sunday: Aladdin, Social Distortion, and more

Last night was the rescheduled Social Distortion concert at the House of Blues in Downtown Disney, so we decided to spend the day at the parks. We went to California Adventure, checking out some of the shows between a few rides.

First, we caught the Red Car News Boys, a little song-dance show set in the 20s about Mickey wanting to move to Hollywood to make it big. These mini-shoes that Disney does really helps set the mood and magic, I think. Next we headed to Paradise Bay to watch Instant Concert! …Just Add Water. This was a show featuring recorded music, the fountains, and Goofy conducting. It was fun but nothing too special. We caught Operation: Playtime! – Featuring the Green Army Men as well, which is a percussion show (for the most part) featuring the green army men from Toy Story. It was mostly for kids, but it was enough.

The last show we saw was the most amazing. Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular was a incredibly entertaining, albeit short, musical of Aladdin. The effects were great with clever use of smoke, trap doors, lighting, and character doubles. I also really enjoyed the genie’s use of current events in jokes. When Aladdin lamented that Princess Jasmine didn’t love him, Genie replied something like, “there are plenty of other princesses out there. I heard Disney just bought Star Wars. Maybe you could try Princess Leia!” If you haven’t seen it, I’d really recommend it. I’ll make sure to watch it again in the future.

Toy Story Mania

Among the attractions we rode, of course we had to hit up Toy Story Mania. I love this ride! I was wearing my new Evil Dr. Porkchop shirt that day, so I pretty much had to go on the ride. The game seems screwed up to me! If I beat gem, why do I get the stupid cat while she gets that super awesome beaver? I know, I know. It’s because she’s super awesome,  I suppose.

The concert itself was a lot of fun. The first opening band was The Interrupters, from LA. They’re a ska/punk band comprised of a singer, guitarist, bassist, keyboardist, and drummer. The three instrument-players are brothers, and they actually brought their dad on stage for one song during which he played trombone. I love brass, so it wasn’t unexpected that that song became my favorite. I’ll definitely need to keep my ears alert for them in the future.

The second opening band was Eddie Spaghetti on guitar and vocals with an accompanying guitar player. Eddie’s one member of the Supersuckers. Make note of this so you can avoid them, because I thought Eddie Spaghetti was pretty terrible. Wikipedia describes the Supersuckers as garage punk, grunge, cowpunk, and southern rock. I had to look up cowpunk, but I could guess at what it meant. Cowpunk is a genre fusing punk and country, and that pretty accurately summed him up. At first it just seemed okay. He wasn’t much of a live entertainer, and the music was only so-so, but so-so can be okay sometimes. When all his songs became about drugs (and not just marijuana), I started to lose interest. I realize this was a punk concert, but trying to use as many cuss words as possible isn’t cool, and getting the crowd to all flip you off at the same time isn’t some amazing feat. When he was done, the woman behind me said, “well, that was painful,” and I heard a lot of agreement. Some people clearly clapped and cheered just to be respectful, but I don’t believe it was warranted. Half way through his act, I pulled out my phone to continue reading my novel.

Eventually Social Distortion came on the stage. I don’t actually know many of their songs – maybe three, and of those, they only played one song. The lead singer did bring his adult son out to play with them for a little bit. I think one of the best parts of live music is having guests play with the band, so I always enjoy that. Social D was a lot of fun, but there was more than just music; watching the mosh pit was entertainment itself. From the large dude with the huge beard who seemed very friendly while slamming people, even offering onlookers the chance to shove him, to the absolutely crazy girl who would go nuts for thirty seconds before disappearing for five minutes again, it was very entertaining.

At 11:30, four and a half hours after the doors open, I left. I don’t know how much longer they played, but it was time for bed for me.

Walk the Plank continues Scalzi’s The Human Division

Walk the Plank is the second episode in John Scalzi’s The Human Division. It’s very different than The B-Team, the first episode, which I presume Scalzi did on purpose to set expectations. Walk the Plank is written as a transcript rather than in a traditional form. In addition, it’s much shorter, and the story doesn’t seem as satisfying.

While the first episode was a great story by itself, Walk the Plank is self-contained but but only decent. If it didn’t exist as part of a larger series, it would be rather boring. On the other hand, it’s more than enough for a chapter in an average novel.

As part of a larger whole, it seems to help set up things to come. There are some troubling problems that will likely reappear in later episodes. To be clear, I wouldn’t complain at all if it was simply a chapter in a novel, which is what it is in a way. However, if the The Human Division was compared to a TV series with The B-Team being the double-length pilot, Walk the Plank would would be one of the more out-of-place episodes with its weird format and subpar plot.

It was entertaining and served the greater story but just didn’t stand alone as amazingly well as The B-Team. Of course, Scalzi’s set such a high bar far himself that it’s to be expected that some episodes would miss by a little. I’d guess that Scalzi knew this to be one of the weaker episodes that’s more of a side story providing additional information, and that’s why it was placed second. Now we know that some episodes will be very different, and this helps give us an idea of what to expect. I can’t wait until next week for the next episode!

Cookie swap!

Hurst Cookies

When I got home today, I saw a package sitting on the couch. Packages always make me excited so I went and looked at the label. It was to Duncan. Always Duncan. As I let out a loud groan, I saw the second package. This one was for us! We got cookies in the mail from Darnell and Alex! We sent them cookies near Christmas, so they decided to swap. They were super delicious.

The box was packed completely full with two types of cookies, and both looked out of the ordinary. The first I thought were biscotti, and the second were triangles specked with colors. What could they be? Well there was a card that told me!

The biscotti was actually chocolate chip bars, and the triangles weren’t just triangles; they were cranberry pistachio triangles! Yes, you read that right. Cranberry. Pistachio. Triangles. And oh boy, were they both delicious. I expected the chocolate chip bars to be crunchy, but they were soft, chewy, and amazing. The cranberry pistachio triangles were flavorful and delicious. I’m so excited to have this box of cookies!

The irony? Darnell and Alex congratulated me in the card on my weight loss. You know, that’s the same card that came with box stuffed full of cookies. Don’t worry. I have self control!

DEAD[ish] is dumb but good for a chuckle, 2/5

DEAD[ish], by Naomi Kramer, is a very odd book. It’s a bit dumb but good for a chuckle. I like the basic idea of a spirit screwing with the person responsible for her death. The idea of a vengeful spirit isn’t new, but Linda screws with Mike in a manner more like college pranks than revenge upon a killer.

That said, when things were finally revealed, it didn’t make a ton of sense to me. I comprehended the plot, but I didn’t see enough motivation for why things turned out the way they did. Questions are answered by the end, but the motivation for those events aren’t fully given. I don’t want to say more for fear of spoiling the short story. It’s a fun idea, and for a free ebook, it’s an enjoyable read.

John Dies at the End the movie: Great casting but rushed plot, 7/10

Having read the novel, I had some prior expectations about the movie. I tried to judge the movie solely on itself, but it’s hard to shake what I knew.

Have you ever seen something out of the corner of your eye late at night, but when you turn to look, nothing’s there? What if something really was there, and you gained the ability to see those beings? That’s what John Dies at the End is about – being able to see those creepy things in the night!

John Dies at the End is told mostly as a story as the main character, Dave, recounts his adventures to a journalist. Those scenes were fantastic. While the setting of the odd Chinese restaurant was a part of this, the character of Arnie was more responsible. Paul Giamatti plays Arnie Blondestone, and he’s absolutely perfect for the role. He seems so unimposing and a bit bland while at the same time just a tad odd, which is perfect for the character.

On the subject of casting and acting, all the characters were cast well. Chase Williamson is great as Dave, Rob Mayes plays a good, aloof John (although he looks tougher than I expected), and Clancy Brown is great as Dr. Albert Marconi.

Many things have changed from the book, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The story has been greatly condensed with some subplots ignored, some characters removed (or merged), and, unfortunately, some important details missing. While the initial setup and development is great in the first half of the movie even with the condensation, the latter half of the film suffers. There doesn’t seem to be enough justification for the characters’ actions. Things happen very suddenly at the end, and while some of the changes from the book are fun, it still feels incomplete.

Despite a rushed plot, John Dies at the End was still a terrific movie for people who like slightly cheesy sci-fi or horror films. While I complained about the rushed plot, it’s probably not as noticeable to someone who hadn’t read the book. John Dies at the End is probably best enjoyed late at night when you’re liable to see things in the shadows!

Daredevil by Mark Waid Vol. 2

Volume 2 of Mark Waid’s Daredevil collects issues 7 through 10.1, and Amazing Spider-Man 677. While I enjoy Daredevil best as a noir title, I enjoyed Waid’s continuation with a happier Daredevil. One storyline in this collection involves a villain stealing graves from beneath them, which then forces Daredevil to go underground looking for them. When one of the graves ends up being Matt’s dad’s, his emotional state turns sour. While this brings it a little darker, which I would normally like, the plot seemed rather silly to me, but the rest of the stories made up for it.

Now that I write this, I realize that my favorite story in this book involved Christmas, young children, tragedy, and harm coming to Matt. What did I say about liking the previous, darker Daredevil more? It’s darker than most of the surrounding stories while still ending positively.

Volume 2 also brings some comedy with a cross-over with Spider-Man. The Black Cat claims she’s been framed which sends Spider-Man and Daredevil off together. The switch to the Amazing Spider-Man’s art style seems very jarring because it’s a bit more stylized, but it also fits the comedy of Peter Parker. The cross-over brings plenty of jokes, a bit of romance, and great writing. “I think this is my super villain origin,” says Spider-Man, witnessing Daredevil and The Black Cat kiss.

The Omega Drive story continues as well. Matt contains a drive with terabytes of information on the world’s villain organizations, and they want it back. When one of them makes a move, Daredevil responds in kind.

Theater-packed weekend

Friday night I went to Fullerton College’s Playwrights Festival to see my brother’s play. His was third, last, so I’ll mention the other two first. Sala de Amor y Guerra by Elvia Rubalcava was family, a broken home, and repeating the same mistakes as your parents. It was entertaining, but it didn’t quite hit home with me. Some lines were in Spanish, and while I can understand the immersion aspect of seeing another culture, it ended up making me feel a bit frustrating. I also don’t fully grok being upset about the “broken home” scenario. My parents divorced, but I’ve never thought to say I come from a broken home. My life was fine.

The second play was Caught in the Middle by Iris Jimenez, which told a story of a love triangle, cheating, getting caught, rebounds, and more. It was extremely entertaining and very funny. As I watched it, I felt a little sad that it wasn’t something I could capture to watch again. That’s it. There’s no book, and there’s no DVD. Stupid theater!

His Story, by my brother, James Anargirou, was last. He actually never made it to a rehearsal, so he wasn’t sure how it was going to be performed. His Story was entirely dialogue driven set in a single scene. A woman is trying to talk a young man out of killing himself after catching him about to commit suicide. While he didn’t know her, it’s revealed that she not only knew him but was sort of stalking him. She convinces him to admit his reasoning: he was in love with a woman who died three years previously, and now he feels guilty for beginning to have feelings for other women. It was very interesting. When some people discussed it, they mentioned how at first you think he’s crazy and she’s trying to help, but then you learn they’re both crazy. It’s fascinating to me that someone would call him crazy, but I wouldn’t use that term. Yes, it’s extreme, but it isn’t exactly crazy in my opinion. It’s such an odd situation that I never previously considered either – being so devoted to someone that feelings for someone else after his or her death would leave you feeling as if you cheated. The play was performed as a dark comedy, but I think James wrote it as a drama. It was very entertaining to me, but I haven’t had a chance to talk to him about it much. I can say that I’m very proud to have a talented brother though.

There was a bit more to my weekend, however. On Saturday I watched You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown! My coworker Mike was in it, so a group of us from work went to watch. It was very fun! I wasn’t very familiar with Peanuts, but I’m a bit more familiar with it now. The show consisted of mostly children, and they all did an excellent job.

Alice’s Uninteresting Adventures in Wonderland

Maybe I just don’t get literary nonsense, but I thought Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was terrible. It seemed like Lewis Carroll didn’t know to where to take the story and just threw random elements at it, changing scenes whenever he grew bored. At least it was an easy read. I’m honestly surprised that it became as popular as it did.

Scalzi’s episodic The Human Division kicks off with The B-Team

The B-Team marks John Scalzi’s return to his Old Man’s War universe, the series for which he’s most known. Set after the events of The Last Colony and Zoe’s Tale, it tells of a Colonial Union team sent to repair a diplomatic mission gone wrong. While it seems enjoyable without knowledge of the previous books in the series, it would also spoil them. I highly recommend reading the rest of the series first. Readers familiar with the series should enjoy seeing the ramifications of Perry and Sagan’s actions and those of the Conclave.

The B-Team is the first episode of The Human Division, which will be released as one collected book shortly. It’s comprised of thirteen short stories considered episodes of a whole. The B-Team was released on Tuesday, January 15, and a new episode will be releasing every Tuesday until the entire story is published. This reminds me of serialized novels in the past; however, those only worked as a while novel. The Human Division actually consists of stand-alone episodes. It’s a short story collection with an over-arching (presumably) story. This seems like an evolution of Scalzi’s last novel, Redshirts, which he considered a novel with three codas.

The B-Team follows all new characters in the Old Man’s War universe but was still very exciting. The political landscape of the universe was changed significantly at the end of the last Old Man’s War novel, and it’s nice to see those changes. I’m looking forward to the remaining episodes!

The Office season 8

The Office was getting pretty stale. Ever since Jim and Pam got married, I felt the show was going downhill. When Steve Carell left the show and other managers were brought into the show, I felt like it had hit the bottom. Having Will Ferrell on the show felt like a ratings grab. However, I really liked season 8.

I finished it a couple weeks ago, and it reinvigorated the show for me. Andy was the perfect choice for manager. His appointment didn’t feel like a ratings gimmick, and his awkward feelings for Erin mimicked the relationship between Jim and Pam from earlier seasons. It seemed like a nice refresh. Still, I wonder how long the show can keep this going. We’ll see.

Arnold Schwarzenegger AMA

Schwarzenegger did a fantastic AMA over at Reddit today!

Here are some of my favorites.

“What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received in your life?”

– Pyrao

“My dad always said be useful”

– GovSchwarzenegger

Politicians are wildly unpopular these days – if you had to pick one current American politician who best embodies what is good about politics, who would you pick, and why? I’ve always appreciated your perspective on American politics and admired your optimistic spirit, so I’d love to hear your answer to this.

Thanks!

– rycla

Great question. And this has to be my last one.

Even though Congress has an approval rating of 9% (and loses to cockroaches and colonoscopies in polling), there are still some leaders who are doing the people’s work instead of the partys’ work. That’s political courage to me, being willing to risk your job to choose what’s good for the public instead of getting stuck in your ideology.

One of my favorites is Mayor Chuck Reed from San Jose. He’s a Democratic who took on pension reform, he has always put the people first. You should look him up.

– GovSchwarzenegger

What are your thoughts on the current state of the Republican party?

– y0nkers

The most important thing is that we need to be a party that is inclusive and tolerant. We can be those things and be the party we always have been. We need to think about the environment – Teddy Roosevelt was a great environmentalist and people forget Reagan was the one who dealt with the ozone layer with the Montreal protocol. We also need to talk about healthcare honestly – Nixon almost passed universal healthcare. We need to have an talk about immigration and realize you can’t just deport people. We need a comprehensive answer. We also need to stay out of people’s bedrooms. The party that is for small government shouldn’t be over-reaching into people’s private lives.

Mainly, we need to be a party where people know what we are for, not just what we are against.

– GovSchwarzenegger

A Note For Toshi

I saw this on Toshiba USA’s Facebook page, and I had to share..

A Note For Toshi (my Toshiba PC)
Hello sweet Toshi I know your there’
Wake up Wake Up if you Dare
U R so sweet U R so Kind ‘
I Push all of Ur buttons
and U really don’t mind,
U let me talk to folk all around the place,
and harvest all sorts of crops,
He He even let me fly into space,
oh Toshi U really R Tops’
Ur buttons so shiny, ur screen so sweet ,
the real world finds it hard to compete,
Oh Toshi i really am sorry
I must press the OFF button till Tomorry!
He he he I was only joking !!!
Lets Play some Music and get the housework done ‘
So this Granny and Toshi can have some more FUN

Toshiba USA Facebook Timeline, 1/11/13

John Dies at the End

Last week I finished John Dies at the End by David Wong (a pseudonym of Jason Pargin), a comedy horror novel about Dave and John, two losers who end up being forced to be heroes. While going through three major arcs, the idea behind the book is best explained by the setup of the first arc. There’s a drug called Soy Sauce that gives people incredibly heightened senses. Users can practically read minds based on observable clues (similar to the crumb of cake in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy). The side-effect to Soy Sauce is that it gives you the ability to see things related to the paranormal. These things, presumably, are around us but not normally visible.Because John and Dave are the only ones able to interact with this other layer of reality, it’s up to them to stop the big bad guys.

I’ve never really read any horror novels, so I’m not sure how to compare it. There are movies that would freak me out to read alone, but I don’t think the book would really do that to me. However, I guess I was always reading it with people around or in broad daylight on the street. (I like to read while walking.) The humor probably helps, especially because it isn’t very intellectual humor. The story is told by Dave while John can act very immature, reciting puns in the face of mortal danger and always being quick to make a penis joke. Still, I will admit to getting a little freaked thinking about the book when alone and in the dark. Then again, that happens to me anyways.

For the first half of the book (or maybe more), the novel seems incredibly disjointed. The novel not only has Dave jumping around as he tells it, but there’s are scenes at the beginning and end that exist outside of his retelling as well. By the end of the novel, it really does come together. That doesn’t mean that all questions are answered, however. Many answers are supplied, some are suggested, and others remain. I guess you could consider that appropriate in a tale of so many paranormal subjects.

Remember what I was saying about the humor? Here’s a link.

Fuck that idea like the fucking captain of the Thai Fuck Team fucking at the fucking Tour de Fuck.

A movie based on the novel was recently released on some digital distribution networks with a limited theater release later this month. In addition, a sequel is also available called This Book Is Full Of Spiders: Seriously Dude, Don’t Touch It that was released in October. I found the book very engaging and funny with a ton of crazy one-liners. Surprisingly, some of the paranormal ideas seemed incredibly interesting to me as well. I gave the novel a five out of five on Goodreads.

How I Met Your Mother season 7

I finished watching season 7 of How I Met Your Mother recently. The show’s still going strong. The season opened with references to Barney’s wedding, and the season chugs along showing us how he gets there. Season 6 opened a closed with the wedding as well. The opening made it seem like Ted was getting married, while we discovered at the end that it was Barney’s wedding. Season 7 opened with the same, and ended without actually getting to that moment. It surprised me a bit that two seasons could be capped with the wedding, but I suppose the whole thing is one tale of how Ted met his wife anyways.

What’s important to me is that it hasn’t bored me yet. More than that, it hasn’t annoyed me. Scrubs was my favorite show for the longest time, yet the characters never grew. Throughout the show, there were times in which JD seemed to grow, but he would just revert. In How I Met Your Mother, we see many characters actually grow. They all seem to be growing towards mature adults. Even Barney, who is still used as a player who objectifies women, has grown out of that. They do a great job of keeping that style of Barney comedy while allowing him to change.

I just hope Ted ends his story before the show is cancelled.

CES 2013: The experience

I already made a separate post about what I saw at CES. I also wanted to write about my experience. First, the food was delicious. We had lunch at the Burger Bar, and I had a buffalo burger. I don’t eat buffalo very often, and it was definitely tasty. Now there was a down side. Either that buffalo made me very sick, or something earlier did, but I was fine before I ate the buffalo.

I started to have an upset stomach at CES. At one point I was looking at convertible laptops/tablets when I completely lost my balance. I grabbed on to my friend for balance, apologized, and waited to regain my balance. When I did, I started to walk toward my group to tell them I was going back to the hotel. It should have been a 30 second walk. I few seconds later I started losing my balance again, so I stopped and leaned against a display. Eventually I reached my friends, told them I was going to go back to the hotel, and asked them where the restroom was.

I started to make way to the restroom as I began to lose my balance again. I walked with my hand against the wall to keep my sense of direction. Then my vision began to get blurry, and a white spot appeared slightly to the right of center. It spread, and after a few seconds, I couldn’t see at all. I leaned against the wall for a minute as my vision came back. I began to wonder if the convention staff would kick me out thinking I was drunk. Why wasn’t I worried about my vision? I don’t know. Anyways, eventually I made it to the bathroom, and I won’t go into any more details. However, the two days in Vegas were pretty bad.

Let’s go back to food though. I was feeling a little better that night, so I still went out with the group. We ate at the Bally’s Steakhouse. They brought everyone shots to start before even taking orders. The food itself was delicious. I had lamb chops, broccoli, macaroni and cheese, and a salad. Like the buffalo, I don’t eat lamb very often, so it was delicious.

That was Thursday. It’s Sunday now, and I’m still not feeling 100%. Luckily I haven’t had the vision problems again, which was the part I was most worried about.

CES 2013: The show

The Consumer Electronics Show 2013 was last week, and it was my second year attending. Like last year, I swear the most common products weren’t very innovative or new at all. Every corner of the show seemed filled with speakers, headphones, iPhone and iPad cases, and iPhone and iPad docks.

Of course, there were some other things too. First, thanks to Windows 8 there were a variety of new form factors of laptops/tablets. These included slide out laptops/tablets, laptops that fold over backwards, and laptops with screens that swivel within their frame. To be honest, they felt similar, and none of them felt 100% right. I suspect we’ll see some more iterations on these until something catches on.

I also saw the ability to turn many devices into things that were a bit superfluous. I want my devices to do their jobs. While adding additional functionality seems like a benefit, if I already have another device that does that job better, then I don’t need the new one.

TVs were big this year too of course. A variety of companies had 4K TVs. You can definitely tell the difference between 1080p and 4K, but it’s no where near worth the price yet in my opinion. Of course, I just got an HD TV for the first time, so obviously I don’t care about that very much. Sony had a TV on display that used glasses to show two separate images to different people. This allowed people to play a two player PS3 game on one TV with each player seeing a full screen. That seemed cool (but not worth wearing glasses). Sony also showed off their Vitas. It’s a nice little device, but the controls just don’t feel good to me.

The only thing this year that really impressed me (although not new this year) were OLED TVs. They have such a vibrant, clear picture. I’d rather have a 1080p OLED TV than a 4K non-OLED TV. However, some companies were showing 4K OLED TVs. Now that’s cool.

The little giraffe

There once was a giraffe. He was quite little. He was brown. He had a short neck. And he had a big, bushy tail.

The little giraffe lived in a tree and a good life. The only thing that upset him was that he fought with his mom a lot. She tried to force him to be someone he wasn’t.

One afternoon the little giraffe set out to eat some leaves as giraffes do. He stood on his hind legs on a branch to reach the nearest leaves and began to munch them. His mom called out “honey, stop eating those leaves. Come eat some nuts!”

“Leave me alone, mom!” he replied. “I am a giraffe, and I eat leaves!”

“You’re a squirrel! Eat your nuts!”

“No!” He ran away to look for some tasty leaves somewhere farther from home. Coming upon a tasty bush, he decided he’d try to eat some of the leaves. Just as he began to chew his first leaf, he heard some movement behind him. He turned around to face four other squirrels – known bullies.

“Hey giraffe,” one squirrel exclaimed mockingly. “You really should eat some nuts!” The little giraffe felt something hit him in the back of the head. Turning around, he saw that three more squirrels had come up behind him. They all began pelting him with nuts.

“You’re a squirrel! Learn to eat nuts!” another yelled.

Just then he heard someone loudly yell, “leave my son alone! He is a giraffe because he says he’s a giraffe, and he wants to eat leaves, let him!” She jumped at the squirrel bullies, and they all ran away.

“Thanks, mom,” said the little giraffe.

“I love you, my little giraffe,” said the mom squirrel. “I just want you to be safe and happy.” They walked home together, and the little giraffe and his mom shared a dinner of leaves and nuts.

The end.

“Thin It to Win It” weight loss competition

workWeightToday marked the end of “Thin It to Win It,” the weight loss competition we’ve been having at work. I won! I lost 41.5 lbs over 18 weeks, which was a 21.2% change in my body weight.

morningWeight

I was already trying to lose weight, but the competition made me work for it harder. Here you can see the my weight change since I started tracking. I marked the start of the competition. My weight definitely started dropping faster!

The second half to the competition was body fat. It was based on percent change in percent body fat. I had a 32.9% change in percent body fat, but I came in third actually. My friend Mario beat me at 36.4% change in percent body fat, but the winner had a 49.6% change in percent body fat! I’m not sure how accurate the device is, but as long as it’s wrong for everyone equally, I guess it’s okay. For the people who knew their body fat percentages, it seemed higher than it should be. Again, consistency was what matters.

All in all, I went from 195.5 lbs at the start of the competition to 154 lbs today! I needed to be 163 lbs to be in my normal BMI range, so I’m securely in that range now.

I feel like I didn’t change that much. I was still full, and I still ate a piece of candy almost every night. I think the big difference was that I made sure to stop eating unhealthy things that I didn’t even enjoy, and I ate more fruits and vegetables. I also proved that I wouldn’t need to go to a gym. That’d be boring and too much work. I jogged in my neighborhood and exercised in my room. I purchased one dumbbell.

I thought about celebrating by going and eating something terrible, but there really isn’t anything I cut out of my diet that I want to start eating again. Tonight I’m going out for sushi, something that I ate regularly on my diet (and before). However, I think I might have some sake, which I wouldn’t have had on the diet. Also, pancakes this weekend!