A reminder.

Posted: October 25, 2011 in Uncategorized

Hey all,

 

I didn’t put a blog post up last week, but I did put up a video.  I just wanted to remind everyone of the YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/ThePortlyPaladin.  Time is a bit weird right now, and honestly I can find more time to record a video rather than post a blog most of the time.  Don’t worry, I won’t forget about the blog, I intend to update it as often as I can.  I love you guys and I want to keep giving you content as much as I can!

I’m back… with an apology.

Posted: September 27, 2011 in Uncategorized

Ok, so I haven’t updated things in a while. After I said I would be better about it. Yeah, I suck. Seriously though, I’ve been very busy. The new business <a href=”http://www.facebook.com/ChainedHammer”>Chained Hammer Productions</a> has started to take off some so I’ve been working a lot on dicebags, new ideas for dicebags, and trying out some marketing ideas for the company. Not to mention that I’m still unemployed so that means two hours or so of job searching each day, and my house husbandly duties of cleaning, laundry, and whatever else might pop up. I’ve also taken on the task of coordinating Pathfinder Society at my friendly local gaming store so I’m usually working on preparing a game for that plus organizing enough gamemasters to cover all of the people we’ve had coming in to the store to play. Suffice it to say I’ve been busy, and unfortunately my blogs and videos were one of the first things to get cut out of my schedule.

 

That hasn’t been the only issue however, I’ve also not been all that diligent in my diet for the last few months. Be it stress, or being busy, or just flat out laziness I can’t really tell you… because I don’t know. I do know that I had measurements taken recently and I had gained back 2-3 inches. That made me stop and realize just what I was doing to myself and take the time to think about what I wanted out of this. I could take the easy road and just slowly go back to where I was and worse, or I could start over and lose those extra inches and more. Obviously, I decided to start over and go back to losing. I haven’t felt this good in a long time and I don’t want to go back to the way I used to feel. I think I am going to put myself onto more of a stringent schedule, and try desperately to put out a blog post a week. I might not get a chance to do a video every week, but I’m going to try very hard to at least write a post for all of you lovely people that follow me.

 

So, now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, go check out my newest video on my <a href=””>YouTube Channel</a>. I talk about some of the struggles of being a big person, some of the best ways to get past them, and have a frank discussion about how difficult it is to undo all the damage we do to ourselves on a daily basis. Check it out and let me know what you think!

Just a quick word.

Posted: September 26, 2011 in Uncategorized

I am sorry I haven’t updated here but I’ve been having some issues in the last few months and things haven’t been going well and I didn’t want to disappoint anyone that’s been following me so I instead just… didn’t post.  I apologize for that and I promise that within the next day or two I will record a new video and make a new post.  Don’t give up on me!

Subscribing to my blog.

Posted: August 15, 2011 in Uncategorized

Hey all, I’ve had a few people ask me about subscribing to my blog, and not sure how to do it. From what I can tell, the only way to do it is to sign up on wordpress.com and then sign in before you visit the blog. You will see a “follow” link at the top of the page. If you would rather not do that I understand, if you just want to subscribe on YouTube that would be great too. Thanks for all the support.

Hey guys, as usual you can find the video here.

My trip to GenCon was beyond amazing. I’ve been gaming now for just about eighteen years, and have been hearing about GenCon for about seventeen of those years. During that time I’ve only ever made it to one convention, and it was a very small local convention put on by one of the gaming stores that used to be in my area. That store is, sadly, now closed. However my experiences at that little con of about two hundred or so people just kind of whetted my appetite for a bigger and better con. For whatever reason though, it took me fifteen years to get to another one. I made up for it by going to the biggest and best however, and loved every minute of it.

Unfortunately we were only able to afford to go a single day, even after saving for two months to make it happen at all. I guess that’s what happens when you’re unemployed. Anyway, digressions aside, GenCon was an experience that is not to be missed. In that one day I was able to go I met so many gaming celebrities and people that I know from online. While meeting those people I had a chance to meet “whutaguy”, a fellow fan of the Happy Jacks RPG Podcast. Now, before I talk about him, I need to preface this with the statement that I’ve never really thought anyone was getting anything out of this little blog of mine. Honestly, I was considering giving up and not even bothering to record anything or post anything ever again. I think I have two or three subscribers, and only a few people ever post comments to either my videos or my blogs. Don’t take this as some sort of ploy to get more subscribers or anything, it’s more just a statement of fact in regards to how I perceived the whole thing. When I started this I assumed I would maybe have ten or fifteen followers, mostly people like me who were looking for someone like themselves to see that it is possible to lose the weight without surgery.

Anyway, whutaguy(Keith), was telling me about how much impact I had enacted on their lives. He took the time to explain to me how his wife kept refreshing the blog looking for a new post, because she really wanted to see more. Apparently I influenced them to join Weight Watchers and he has since lost twenty five pounds. I am not too shy to say that it took a lot of effort to keep from crying when he told me that, and I made a promise to myself right then that I wouldn’t stop doing this blog until I had no more to offer. So… Keith and Tammy thank you guy so much for following me, and congratulations on the great start you’ve had. You really have encouraged me to keep doing this and keep going for the good of the few fans that I do have.

Another great thing that happened was that two different people approached me on two separate occasions to tell me how much they like the blog and that they think I’m doing a great job. Apparently Sean K. Reynolds and Jodi Lane Reynolds(the two amazing people I mentioned in a previous blog who offered to pay for my GenCon badge), had told the offices of Paizo Publishing about me and they are in turn watching my progress. It’s awesome to me to know that the people who make the game that I love to play are paying attention to what I’m doing. So, thank you Paizoites! I promise to do my best not to let any of you down.

I dissedappeared.

Posted: July 13, 2011 in Uncategorized

Yeah yeah I know I haven’t posted in what 3 weeks? There has been a lot going on in the Paladin household the last little while, and yes most of it has been good. For starters my new local gaming store had a grand opening recently and I had to do a lot of work trying to help them get a few donations of things to give away as door prizes, I had to prepare to run a couple of games, and I had to pack all of my game stuff up for transport back and forth. Second, my dryer decided to take a dive and I had to run around for 2 days to get the parts to fix it. Wait, how is this a good thing? Well, I’ll tell you how its a good thing just wait a darn minute why doncha. Its good because it made me have to go to one of those massive hardware and everything stores. Which I navigated quite easily without getting at all tired actually, something that was a very big fear for me when I had to go. Once I got what I needed I fixed the dryer and it has gone from taking over 3 hours to dry a load of clothes to just a bit over one measly hour. This makes my life a lot easier. In addition to those things I have been on a cleaning binge. Since I went to that hardware store I realized I am capable of so much more now, and I’ve really pressed my advantage and been scrubbing as much of this house as I can reach. I’ve made several minor repairs around the house and ended almost every single day of the last two weeks or so as an exhausted lump on the couch. How’s that for working out?

The other big thing that has happened in the last few weeks is that my father in law has come home. He was stuck in a physical rehab facility for just over nine months. He had broken his ankle about two years ago now and it wasn’t healing correctly so they had to do surgery to repair the damage. Then in January he rebroke the same ankle! So back he went to the facility after only a two day rest. Just about a week ago though he came home and has been doing well. He’s still not incredibly steady on his feet so I’ve been going over to their house a few times a week when he gets physical therapy to help out and make sure he doesn’t fall or get hurt. He’s doing great though, as a matter of fact just yesterday he had a doctor’s appointment and walked for the first time in 2 years without any sort of support shoe. His doctor said his xrays looked great and that he should be back to fighting shape in no time.

So there has been my life for the past few weeks. I haven’t stopped the diet, I’ve been working just as hard as always. Time for measuring, and the energy to make it happen just hasn’t been there for a while. This weekend will be another busy one, but I’m hoping that Monday things will calm down and I can get the time to have my wife do some measurements for me so I can update everyone on the real progress. So don’t fret my loyal soldiers, I am still waging a war against my waistline!

Once again, you can see the video here.

Things are going well all things considered in my life and in my diet at the moment. I’m feeling good, I have some amazing goals to prepare for, and I have lots of great people to hang out with that are paying attention to my progress. There really is nothing to complain about right now.

Now on to the recipes!

Summer Gazpacho Soup(4 servings, 8 pts per serving)

5 large tomatoes, peeled and chopped(2 pts)
1 garlic clove, minced(0 pts)
1/4 cup olive oil(12 pts)
1/4 cup red wine vinegar(0 pts)
1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced(0 pts)
1 avocado, diced(8 pts)
1/4 cup chopped red onion(0 pts)
1 cup beef broth(1 pt)
1/4 cup lemon juice(1 pt)
1 (12 ounce) can tomato juice (2 pts)
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce(0 pts)
2 celery rib, minced(0 pts)
4 teaspoons cilantro, finely chopped(0 pts)
coarsely ground salt & pepper (to taste)
1/2 cup chopped green or red pepper (optional)
Hot Sauce sauce (optional)

Preparation
1. Partly puree all the ingredients (except 3/4 of the avocado).
2. Chill for at least 2 hours.
3. Garnish each serving with remaining avocado dices, sour cream (optional) and a sprig of cilantro.

15 Minute Vegetarian Chili(2 servings, 8 pts per serving)(A BIG thanks to IvanStu for this recipe.)

1 tsp canola oil (3 pts)
1 clove(s) garlic clove(s), minced (0 pts)
14 1/2 oz stewed tomatoes (2 pts)
15 oz canned kidney beans, rinsed and drained (3 pts)
15 1/4 oz canned yellow corn, drained (3 pts)
15 oz canned tomato sauce (2 pts)
1 Tbsp chili powder (0 pts)
1/2 tsp dried oregano (0 pts)
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (0 pts)
1/4 cup(s) dehydrated onion flakes (0 pts)
1/4 tsp black pepper (0 pts)
4 Tbsp low-fat shredded cheddar cheese, sharp-variety (2 pts)

Instructions

Heat oil in a large, nonstick, heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat. Add garlic; cook, stirring frequently, until aromatic, about 2 minutes. Add tomatoes, beans, corn, tomato sauce, chili powder, oregano, red pepper flakes, onion and pepper; stir well.

Increase heat to high and bring chili to a boil; cook, stirring frequently, until chili is thick and flavors are concentrated, about 5 minutes. Spoon into serving bowls and sprinkle with cheese. Yields about 1 1/4 cups chili and 1 tablespoon cheese per serving.

Roasted Red Pepper Soup(2 servings, 7 pts each)

8 red bell peppers (2 pts)
1T olive oil (3 pts)
1 medium onion, chopped (0 pts)
3 cloves garlic, minced (0 pts)
salt and pepper to taste
4 cups chicken broth (2 pts)
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained (3 pts)
2 cups whole kernel corn, drained (3 pts)

Using a gas burner or grill roast the peppers until the skin is solidly black all over the outside. Place the peppers into a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. While they steam, saute together the onions and garlic seasoned with salt and pepper until soft. Add onions, garlic, and broth to a blender. Remove the seeds and stems from the peppers, and using the back of a knife scrape away as much of the black as possible before adding them to the blender as well. Blend until completely smooth and pour into a pot to bring to a simmer. Add corn and black beans and serve.