Friday, December 31, 2010

So here we are...

Hi, you guys.

Well, here we are. The grand total weight loss: 56 pounds. Not quite the 74 pounds I was shooting for 365 days ago, but a great success, nonetheless. Thank you to those of you who have been following my and my weight loss throughout the year. It really means a lot. I'm glad I could help inspire others, too. One of the big reasons why I was so public with my weight loss was so I could have you guys constantly pushing me not to give up and to give me that support when I needed to hear it. It wasn't easy to give up because I knew you guys were watching me and waiting to see what each new week would bring. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

2010 was all about eating better and losing weight and now my big focus health-wise for 2011 will be to actually get fit and gain some muscle. Believe it or not, I actually did not go to the gym at all in 2010. I walked a lot, I biked a lot, I played Wii Fit, but I actually never stepped foot inside a gym. However, I now have some flab and I really don't have much muscle (at least on my upper body). I'm getting work-out tips from some good-looking friends and I'm certain that this will actually be a lot harder than my weight-loss challenge last year.

Financially, I'm budgeting for the future. Too often in the past few years, I was living too much in the present and not thinking of saving money for my future. I'm now finding myself wanting some change in my life, even considering the big move to LA, but not really able to find the means to make ends those ends meet. I don't regret those big trips I made to the UK in 2009 and out to Portland/Seattle last year, but they were paid for by credit cards and I'll be paying for those for a while now.

I'm also prioritizing my comedy schedule. I'm going to be gearing my time more towards my own performing projects this year. There were shows I really enjoyed doing last year, but I so found conflicted with doing a few other things I might have also wanted to do. I've already got completely new things that are in motion and I'm going to put up a one-person show (or close to it) before the end of the year. I'm really going to try and actually challenge myself.

I am blessed with great friendships, family, employment, good prospects and improving health. Here's to 2011. I can only hope you bring even greater things than 2010 brought.

Thank you again and Happy New Year!!

My Year In Videos

I probably did more video projects this year than I ever have before. Not every video has been released yet, but the majority have been released. The following are those videos, along with where I was in my weight loss when I did them. Also, laugh.

Master of Inventions: Boardroom Scenes. 
Shot January 10th. 
Weight: 248 lbs.

Out Take - Neil in Boardroom from Joe Avella on Vimeo.

Master of Inventions: Jeff Speaks Up from Joe Avella on Vimeo.

Master of Inventions - Jeff's Daydream from Joe Avella on Vimeo.

MoveSmart (with Cell Camp). 
Shot April 17th. 
Weight: 222

Move Smart from Clark/Olson Media on Vimeo.

Impress These Apes: Callback Audition. 
Shot May 4th. 
Weight: 217

Impress These Apes 5 - Callback Audition - Neil from Blewt! Productions on Vimeo.

Master of Inventions: More Boardroom Scenes. 
Shot May 8th. 
Weight: 217

Master of Inventions - Taste Test from Joe Avella on Vimeo.

Master of Inventions - Scientists from Joe Avella on Vimeo.

Kelley Blue Book Toyota Corolla Contest Video. 
Shot June 12th. 
Weight: 214

Impress These Apes: Week 8 Finale. 
Shot July 26th. 
Weight: 209

Impress These Apes 5 - Week 8 - Neil from Blewt! Productions on Vimeo.

Kelley Blue Book Review of 2010 Nissan GT-R 
Shot October 16th. 
Weight: 198

Cell Camp: Cord Drawer. 
Shot October 25th. 
Weight: 201(?)

Doritos Contest Entry
Shot in November. 
Weight: 198.

Yep, it's been a great year.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Winding Down 2010

Seems I've not been the only one losing weight this year. Huffington Post listed the Biggest Celebrity Slim Downs of 2010. Some of them I knew about (J-Hud, Drew Carey) but John Goodman, good for you. And Anthony Hopkins, WTF? 800 calories a day?

(11/20): 199
(11/27): 202. (Thanksgiving!)
(12/4): 198
(12/11): 198

So it would appear that I'm plateauing again. I've done this before, but this time seems a little bit more persistent. I've been the same weight now (fluctuating) for about two months. I haven't been exercising as much on account of the cold and what-have-you and the slip-ups have been holiday-related, to be sure. I'm allowed those and I'm sure it'll happen around Christmas too.

At any rate, I won't be hitting my goal of 180 pounds, which is fine. I was hoping I'd lose another 4 pounds before the end of the year to hit an even 60 pounds lost but it doesn't look like that's going to happen. It doesn't bother me because I know I'll hit it next year and even more. I've already begun making plans for next year which I'll blog about in a few weeks at a special end-of-the-year post on the last week of December.

I will say that I've been very busy in these last few months of the year. It has made me re-evaluate a lot and I'll be definitely setting priorities. So, stay tuned, kiddies.


Friday, November 19, 2010

Checking In (not Checking Out)

Remember how sometimes bloggers stop blogging just for no reason other than they just don't make time for it? That's kinda what I've done. For those of you who have been tuning in to my blog this year, you've noticed I haven't really blogged much anyway on here. Most of the entries are just weigh-ins.

Due to circumstances sort-of beyond my control, I've been moving a lot in the past three months or so. My internet access has been rocky as has my free time. However, you'll be happy to know that I haven't stopped my weigh-ins.

(10/9): 201.
(10/16): 198.
(10/23): 204. (I had a ton of sushi the night before)
(10/30): 199
(11/6): 199
(11/13): 197

My total weight loss this year is now 57 pounds. My jeans are now size 38. I am wearing size Large shirts. I am still going and it actually hasn't been very hard to keep up.

I'm not sure how often I'll update this blog, but it's pretty safe to say that I've changed my lifestyle permanently. I'm still losing weight - albeit slowly - and I'm not sure when it'll cease. It isn't always easy, but it's sustainable and that's really what I've needed all these years.


Saturday, October 02, 2010

Day 275: The Weigh-In: Week 39

This past week was my vacation week and I went to Seattle and Portland because I had never been before and there were people out there I haven't seen in a long time (or ever!) There was some question of whether I could afford this trip. I went anyway even though I probably couldn't, so I'm hoping this doesn't come back to bite me in the butt.

CURRENT WEIGHT (10/2): 201.
Weight loss this week: +1
Total weight loss: 53 lb.

As expected this week, I gained weight. I can't think of a healthy meal I had on vacation, to be honest. I did walk a few miles in Portland too, so I'm sure that helped. But it was only a pound; very manageable.

For those of you who don't know, I am moving into a house with my amazing talented friend Jonny. He bought on this house in March but the banks who own the place still haven't closed on it. It looks like its actually going to happen in the next few weeks. During this time, I have been in a temporary apartment with my friend Mary. Since it's been temporary, I've never quite felt like I've had a home-home, so it's been very hard to make any decisions.

So, Phase 3 begins in November... I'm hoping. Fiscal responsibility. Weight lifting. Running. Ugh, I hate running so much. I might powerwalk to start. We'll see. I'll be cheering on those Chicago Marathon runners next Sunday though. I might be one of them in a few years.


Saturday, September 25, 2010

Day 261 & 268: The Weigh-In: Week 37 & 38

I think I may be at that point when bloggers just forget to blog or don't make time for it. This may be related to my current situation, which I will address further down the post below.

CURRENT WEIGHT (9/18): 202.
Weight loss this week: 0
Total weight loss: 52 lb.

So last week was my third weekend at 202, which was not very surprising as I really haven't changed my diet too much, nor have I really been exercising. See, right now, I'm currently in what I would call a "holding pattern." I am in-between living situations where I was in an apartment and I will soon be living in a house with two dudes who have beards.

But, in the meantime, I'm in a temporary apartment with my friend Mary. She's been great but I just haven't felt settled in this time, probably because I know I'll be moving again soon. It could be as soon as 3-5 weeks. So, I haven't updated a lot of my mail, etc. (I get most of my bills done electronically anyway). Anyway, my life has been based on getting into routines in the past 9 months and it's been hard trying to adjust some of them when I know I'm just in a temporary place.

Regardless, I went to my friend Adam and Jenn's wedding last weekend and saw a lot of people I haven't seen in 50 pounds. People were very nice and it was great seeing everyone. It was really amazing to think that I've known a lot of those people for well over eight years and none of them had seen me this thin. Hell, I've never seen me this thin, which is another reason why I've probably slowed down my routines.

It feels like I've already reached my goal because I've never been this thin. But I know I can do better. This week I thought it would be more of the same.
CURRENT WEIGHT (9/25): 200.
Weight loss this week: 2
Total weight loss: 54 lb.

Turns out, not so much. This is so exciting, you guys. Right on the vergey verge of being under 200 lbs.  I will definitely film my weigh-in and post it online!

Tomorrow, I head to Seattle & Portland for my first vacation since March 2009. I really, really needed it and I almost didn't go because my moneys are so "iffy" right now, but I decided ultimately I could make it work, with some tips from friends on keeping things cheap. I've never been to either city but I hear they're just great and quite different from Chicago. I hope I don't love them too much. Stay tuned.


Saturday, September 11, 2010

Day 254: The Weigh-In: Week 36

CURRENT WEIGHT (9/11): 202.
Weight loss this week: 0
Total weight loss: 52 lb.

No weight loss but no weight gain, so overall it's pretty positive. I started riding my bike again this week. I got in 43 miles total this week but I didn't really change my diet.

I've begun a semi-regular routine of a couple of slices of toast for breakfast, two sandwiches for lunch, usually one turkey and one ham, and then Subway for dinner. Sometimes breakfast or dinner will change, but lunch is generally the same. Surprisingly, I've really fell into this routine and am enjoying it quite a bit. I've been doing it for about two weeks now and I'm not really sure when I'll get tired of it. I really look forward to each meal.

Now I know what you may be thinking: That's a lot of bread. And yes, it is. But despite what Atkins and South Beach claim, bread is actually good for you. I've been downing Subway a lot in the past 9 months and I would say the results have been damn good. Delicious, even.

My lunches have been so cheap, too! One tip for the sandwich makers is to try and get them loaves of bread that don't have the corn syrup. It surprised me that that jerk made its way into bread! You're supposed to be in junk food, corn syrup. Jerk.

Next Monday is my birthday. Would be nice to hit 199 as a nice present but I haven't lost 3 pounds in a week since the early days this year. Plus, I'm due for a weight gain in the cycle, I think. We'll see what happens.


Saturday, September 04, 2010

Day 247: The Weigh-In: Week 35

I don't think I rode my bike at all this week. Maybe a few miles if I did at all, but not enough for me to remember to take note of it in my dailymile. I ate pretty well, however, so I wasn't really sure what to expect.

CURRENT WEIGHT (9/4): 202.
Weight loss this week: 2
Total weight loss: 52 lb.

Nice. Again, it was another time when I really felt thinner by the end of the week, so I'm glad the old body managed to drop a couple more pounds this week. Two-pound weeks are hard to pull off at this stage in my weight-loss and I suspect I'll have at least a week of weight gain before I finally hit 199.

I really can't believe I'm this close to being under 200 pounds. My friend Joe asked me today when the last time I weighed 202 pounds was and I told him I could not tell him. I honestly don't know! I'm thinking it had to be back in high school though. I say this because I'm pretty much officially in size 40 pants, which I haven't worn since high school.

I joked this week that if I didn't reach my goal this year that I have to start all over again in 2012, since next year I'd have to gain back all the weight I lost. How comical! I wonder if the weight gain would take just as long. I think with plenty of tummy aches I could gain it back quicker than I lost it.

Of course, I might cause some damage to my everything.