On Target

222.2 this morning. That’s the SHIT right there! My goal is 222.0 by April 1st, so I am pretty much set there. If I can make today like yesterday I might even reach 220.0 which would be the complete awesome.

I am starting to feel thin, even though I have a long way to go. I’m noticing bones I didn’t have a few months ago. Bones like cheek bones, ribs, shoulder blades, collar bones and even bumps on my skull. It’s all very exciting for me.
One of my ribs appears to have a huge dent in it, so I am pretty interested to see how that looks in another month.

And don’t even get me started about nipples. We can talk about nipples here, can’t we? We’re all adults. The thing about losing a lot of weight is that it doesn’t come off symetrically. My right upper chest has dropped more than my left so far, and because of that my nipples are pointing in different directions. Weird.

So there you have it. Perhaps I should have titled this post “TMI”.

Weight Update

224.4. Finally. I’ve been trying to get past 225.0 for like a month now. Too much partying and cheating and generally having a good time. I don’t think I’ll drop another 4.4 lbs in the next week, like I wanted to but at least it’s still going down.
I’ll set the goal of 222.0 by April 1st, and then after that, who knows. My birthday party will probably cost me about 10 lbs. 🙂

I’m a Beer and Potatos Kinda Guy

Yesterday the stars aligned and it was finally brewing day! Hooray! Saturday I went and bought all the goodies I needed to make a batch of yum then I came home and sorted it all out. Threw the hops and yeast in the freezer and set off to run some more errands.

The hops and the yeast in the freezer.

So Sunday morning I got up all ready to brew, remembered that the hops and yeast were in the freezer and promptly started trying to find out where I could buy more yeast. I ended up having to wait till noon for The Homebrew Pro Shoppe to open and raced down there to get some new, not frozen, not dead beasties. On top of that I also did a little shopping for baked potato soup ingredients. I’d been meaning to try making some for a long time, so I invited a few people over for brew day and soup.

So anyway, brew day went really well. I learned a few new tricks that helped me burn myself with scalding water a lot less and the wort came out really well, I think. I also screwed up a few times cause I was trying to do too much at once. Added one addition of hops a little too early and added corriander and orange peel way too early. Hopefully the beer will still be beer.

This batch is supposed to be something along the lines of a Spring wit beer somewhere between New Belgium’s Sunshine Wheat and their Bier de Mars. I started with a basic wheat base (50% malted wheat and 50% pale malt), kept the hops pretty low and added corriander and sweet orange peel. I also picked up some peach extract that I am going to add to half the batch at kegging time. Feel free to stop by in a month and try it out! 🙂

As for the baked potato soup, that turned out pretty decent. It was my first try at any kind of soup that didn’t come from a can and it wasn’t bad. Could have used a little something, but edible and filling. That’ll definitly be the last time I try to make a complicated meal and beer at the same time. I was running around all crazy all day.

This morning I woke up to the happy sound of bubbling fermenters. A note to myself: Stirring helped. The fermenter I stirred the yeast into was going much faster than the one I didn’t, so I’ll need to do that from now on.

Going Down

Yea, so anyway, after about a three week hiatus I’ve finally started losing weight again. I got to about 229 before I left for Vegas and then maintained that pretty well for the past three weeks, never going above 230. This week I have been trying to get back into the groove and it’s going okay. First few days were hard, and I did some cheating but yesterday was solid.

So, drum roll… 225.8!
Woot!

I’m kind of trying to do about 10 lbs per month, and I might not make it this month, but I’ll catch up quick. If I can manage it that puts me at my goal of 200 right around the end of May which is perfect. That’s when the waverunner comes out.

Awww yeaaa…

Happenings

A lot has happened since the last time I posted. I mean, a lot!

It all started Wednesday when Abby, Patty and Brian rolled into town. They were on their way from Vegas to New York via almost every damn state and decided to give KC a one night stop. I’m glad they did!
We were going to go to Old Chicago and get the back room, as we are won’t to do but they snubbed us and said it was busy. Some rat bastard kid’s birthday party or something. Since I was in charge of getting the room I quickly turned on the lazy and decided we would have a quiet evening at my house with some pizza and good conversation. Pizza, we had. Conversation we also had. I wasn’t expecting the Goldschlager.

See, what happened is this. In Vegas the night before we opened the party suite Adam, JoLynn, Patty and I ran down to the scary liquor store to get some booze for the party. I picked up a bottle of Goldschlager because… it’s good. Well, the party in the suite started way before I got there and by time I did my bottle was gone. I didn’t really care. I’m telling you.
So Patty (and Abby, I think) felt bad for drinking all my booze and obtained an even bigger bottle the next day. They showed it to me and I said “Thanks, that’s awesome” and went upstairs. Of course, by time I came back it was gone.
So, anyway, when Abby and Patty showed up Wednesday night at my house they brought The Biggest Bottle of Goldschlager In The World and, overcome with joy at their generosity, I immediatly poured shots for everyone.
In addition to that they had little shots in test tubes that tasted terrible (but got drank anyway) and one metric shit ton of beer.
Long story even longer: We tore it up house party stylee. Good times. At one point I picked up Patty and carried her off into my bedroom where I set her back down. That’s it, I swear. Later on I tried to pick up Patty and Abby at the same time and I think I tore a tendon in my neck or something. Hurt like a motherfucker. That’s not commentary on those two beautiful ladies’ weight. Seriously, what kind of asshole do you think I am? I’m just saying that I can’t carry around two women at once. Probably best for all involved.

So Abby, Patty and Brian came and went and it was time to start preparing for Courtney’s 21st birthday party! I’d been planning a little thing where we all do this and that and Courtney ends up intoxicated and success was had!

The plan was dinner at P.F. Changs and then the Gangster Bus would pick us up and we’d hit the bars. And that’s exactly what happened. We had about 14 people when we started and about 20 when we ended. For the record it was Courtney, Keaton, Adam, JoLynn, Scott, Edward, Andy, Ryan, Megan, Dana, Amy, Andrea, Charles and myself. Later on we picked up Tricia, her sister Nicole, JoEllen, Laura? and someone who’s name I don’t remember. Sorry! We hit Harry’s Country Club to start the party and it kicked ass. Poured a few Jaeger Bombs and Red Headed Sluts into Courtney and we were off to John’s Upper Deck. They told us it would be really tight for all of us so we headed down to The Beaumont. Totally lame. Cowboys and lamers abound, but we still managed some beers and shots. Then The Levee. Found some more Jaeger there, lots of people and loud music. For last call we hit that old fav. Buzzard Beach where we wrapped things up.

That was Friday night. Saturday night it was time to party at my place. Unfortunatly I can’t tell you much about it cause I was exhausted and went to bed. I slept in my room while everyone got ripped AGAIN and had a good time. I missed most of it, but all the evidence can be found over at Courtneyporn.

Sunday Andy and Ryan were sent back off to their lives and I started catching up on sleep. I’m still working on that part, but man was it worth it.

I don’t wanna get mushy here or anything, but I have met some of the greatest people in the world from this crowd. I never fail to have an incredible time and it just keeps getting better. Fazed is a really simple site on the outside, but there is a community hiding in there that once you become part of you are hooked. It takes a thick skin and a good sense of humor to make it through the trials, but if you do you get a chance to make real friends who last. I look forward to each gathering a little more every time, reinforced by great memories of the previous.

See you all in the summer!

Big Red

Eventually we will colonize other planets. Or at the very least our Moon, which will probably happen Real Soon Now™. I want to do this. I know it’ll be a life much like colonial America and the Internet access will really suck and I’ll probably just end up dead when my helmet fails or something but I want to do it anyway. I’d even be willing to reproduce, if you can imagine.