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.