old demons and skinny pants

Apr 23, 2008

so after a day of hitting every single one of my old demons, triggers and all, i come to the new day in my skinny pants.  went out shopping for clothes for the wife on saturday and came home with new pants for me. size 40 dockers.  not really small, but small for me and the smallest work pants i've ever had since being an "adult" i actually started with 44's and had to drop down twice becasue they were too big.  that was nice...weird, but nice.

oh and by the way...that link for the podcast is bad now.  if you would like to listen just head on over to http://www.onthepodcast.net.

see ya!

One Year Out Today

Jan 22, 2008

So...one year out today. Is it weird that I don't feel anything major? Don't get me wrong, its cool but it's kind of like the last final I took in College. I put down my pen and there were no fireworks, I was just done...not good, not bad, just done. Strange. It's been a good year weight wise. I hit my lowest two days ago at 264 which had me at a total of 174 lbs...I'm up a little today (1.4), but I fluctuate up and down fairly regularly so I'm not worried (although 175 would have been nice, but its just a number right?) So in one year: I'm down a century and three quarters (nearly), I've moved from CT to NC, Wrote a novel, Went Kayaking for the first time, Fit into size 40 pants (tightly but I can still breathe...sort of), Launched a total of three podcasts as of last night, Lost a job, Got a job, Need to get a better job, Took a bunch of Yoga classes including New Years Eve Yoga (weird in a good way), Started reading comics for the first time since I was a kid, Bought a pair of cool boots, Pierced my ears (both just as to confuse anyone who happened to notice, not to mention myself), Traded in my Element for a Prius, Sold a house (back in CT), made some cool new friends (I think...about them being friends, not about them being cool)...uh, I know there's more but thats what's coming to mind right now. Since I mentioned the podcasts, I might as well pimp them. If you want to find out about my stuff you can go to http://www.acquaintedstrangers.com. That site has links to all of my stuff on the web. Heres to year two.

Onthepodcast is LIVE!!!

Jan 06, 2008

Happy New Year and odd emails

Dec 31, 2007

Happy New Year!

I somehow managed to start 2008 by breaking 270 where I've been stuck for months, or so it seems.  Very pleased about that!

Also, It appears I've got an admirer...

[email protected]

Hi i saw your profile today and i like it that is why i have decided to contact you i will like to be your friend not just a friend but a friend of the heart if you care you can contact me at [email protected] i willl be hoping to hear from you soon.

I love spam :)

Have a great 2008 everyone!


Lucy, footballs and the bitch that is my mind.

Dec 18, 2007

So... I'm just a bit more from my 1 year out and wonder about how much progress I've really made. Don't get me wrong, I know I look different...at least I think I do. Ok, not so much really I guess. I do when I look at old pictures, but I'm not looking at old pictures all the time. I also know that WLS is a tool not an end all be all to the whole fat problem...which would be nice. Oh so very, very nice. I now can eat a mostly normal meal...which freaks me out to no end really. I fully admit to dabbling with transfer addictions in the hopes to find something slightly less destructive. (i know, i know) I go to the gym, but it's not at the forefront of my mind on most days. I think that approaching WLS with the goal of being "normal" is a kind of double edged sword to a point. I know that going into this whole thing, I would say..."I just want to have a normal meal" or I just want to "be normal." Ok...well now I look as close to everyone else around me as I ever have and I've already discussed the "normal" meal thing. Quite frankly I'm terrified of the "normal" thing, which I guess means I'm not exactly capable of being normal. I understand that normal is an observation of someone made from an outside perspective and given that perspective, I'm as normal as I've ever been and yet...I have no idea what the hell that means. Theres more of course, but I'm boring the hell out of myself so I'll stop whining. I promise I will be my normal perky self next time.

NaNoWriMo 2007

Nov 13, 2007


Official NaNoWriMo 2007 Participant          Official NaNoWriMo 2007 Participant

Yup, you guessed it!  I'm writing a novel.

Below is a post about what I'm doing and how to sponsor me and get yourself a nice tax deductable donation in the process.

Hey, It's your favorite aspiring novelist and podcast host here, and as I'm a bit late to the game with most everything thing else, I figured why not with this too. BUT...there's always a but isn't there? BUT you can now sponsor me as I type my fingers to bloody little stumps as I reach 50,000 words before November 30, 2007 for NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month. There's good news too (See, there's already good news...): 1) You can actually help out kids who want to write. 2) I'm already past 17000 words as I write this post. 3) Did I mention the bloody stumps part? I mean, I know that only applies if your into that kind of thing of course...but hey who am I to say? Anyway, here's the quote from the sponsor page below and this whole post is one big fat link to the site...so click it!!!

Hi there! Thanks for coming to my fundraising page for the National Novel Writing Month. This fall, I'll be joining 100,000 authors in the challenge of writing a book, from scratch, in November.

It's going to be a busy month! As I write my novel, I'll be raising money for the nonprofit Office of Letters and Light, whose free programs such as National Novel Writing Month have helped spark a lifelong love of writing in kids, teens, and adults around the world.

Thank you so much for your support of my writing and the Office of Letters and Light's literary mission! If you can think of anyone else who might be interested in sponsoring me, please forward this page along to them.

PS: You should think about writing a novel in November too! Find out more at www.NaNoWriMo.org

Thanks for humoring me,

Joe Mieczkowski
(aka: pseuodjoe)
(akaaka: your friendly neighborhood podcaster)



Oct 11, 2007

So...lots of stuff going on lately.

Down another couple of pounds, which supprises me becasue I kind of feel like I was eating badly, but I guess I was more in control than I thought.

I've been hooked on podcasts lately.  At www.podiobooks.com, you can download full novel length audiobooks for free.  I actually did a write up on podcasts for my website www.onthepod.net if you're interested.  I also did an article about one of my favorite new-found podcasters and authors, Mur Lafferty and I'm working on a new article for my other favorite new guy, JC Hutchins.  If you have an iPod or MP3 player and like audiobooks, definately check them out.

Since I've been listening to so many podcasts, I've decided to try and coopt the group I hang out with, Sketch Charlotte into doing a podcast from our meetings.  They're a bunch of great artists who get together and talk about art and media and all kinds of things and I think it might be cool to put it out there for everyone to hear.  When we finally get together this month, you sould be able to find the podcast at www.sketchcharlotte.podomatic.com

I also signed up for National Novel Writing Month.  It's from Nov. 1 thru Nov. 30 and the goal is to have 50k words done on the 30th.  I have an idea and spent last Saturday morning sketching it out at Caribou Coffee so I think I'm ready to start.  Don't know if I can do it, but I figured I'd give it a shot.  To kind of get myself ready, I've been trying to write every night which is why there's all this new stuff up over at Onthepod.net.

Anyway, that's really it for now except we're headding down to Jacksonville, Florida next weekend for our friend Cindy's wedding.

Talk to you soon,


oh...i forgot, a new goal

Sep 16, 2007

So while at my appointment in CT this past Saturday, I asked Debbie about a good goal weight from a Dr.'s standpoint.  She said that between 250 and 260 should be fine.  That kind of blew my mind because I was thinking 200.  She seemed to think that at 200 I would look a bit anorexic (can you hear the small voice inside my head singing and doing the happy dance?)  She revised it to between 225 & 250 to try and make me happy.  I guess I can live with that, but the fat kid as anorexic?  That kind of makes me smile...in a purely theoretical way of course .


6mos follow-up

Sep 16, 2007

So I finally had my 6mos. check-up...at 8mos. out because I'm terribly efficient don't you know.  Everything went well, Debbie from Dr. Valin's is pleased and proud...which is not an easy thing for her to be at the same time, at least towards me .  My official weight was 277, which makes me down a total of 161.  I'm kind of happy about that.  

Of course my appointment was back up in CT so the drive yesterday was not filled with a lot of activity and a bit of food to get through the 11 and 1/2 hour trip, so I'm sure my current weight may be a bit skewed but that's ok with me...I'm counting the low point.

Got to visit with family and friends, which was great.  I even realized that I actually like Charlotte on the trip which was nice too.

I must learn to use my powers for good...

Sep 09, 2007

I talked my wife into getting an iPhone.  Evil is expensive

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old demons and skinny pants
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Happy New Year and odd emails
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NaNoWriMo 2007
oh...i forgot, a new goal
6mos follow-up
I must learn to use my powers for good...