Wednesday, January 16, 2019

This week's check-in

This was not a good week for walking, or any of my other goals really.

Whatever it was I did that strained my lower back... OUCH! I'm in pain. I've done this before, so I know that it takes time for it to heal up and go away. I've pushed though some and walked, but then the next day I'd hurt a little more. I have been doing some gentle stretches, but I decided to take a few days off from walking. I'm still active however - for example, yesterday was laundry day and I did the laundry.

My weight is down a little bit more. I'm happy to see it going down, and I will continue to work on it. Here's my scale pic from this morning (sorry for my bad feet)...

In terms of art, and other goals, I haven't moved forward. I have been doing some commission work, so that's good at least. I think to get myself going, I need to write down a daily schedule. I may not get everything done each day, but I'm hoping a list will help me focus a little more.

That's all I have for you at the moment. Gonna jet now and go get some work done!

Take Care! Have a Great Day!

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Walking Progress... and a Loot Crate!

So, it's been a week. It wasn't a bad first week, but it wasn't the best either.

I walked four days in a row, an hour per day. It was getting easier on day four. On day five, I was busy, and by the time I got free to walk, it started raining. Okay, that's gonna happen some times. Day six, I woke up feeling ill. Either I had the beginning of a cold, or my sinuses were irritated from the temperature change. I felt crummy, and didn't walk. I did jump on it and take some Zicam. Day six (Sunday) was the same thing. I felt a little better, but still didn't feel up to a walk.

Yesterday, I woke with my back in pain. I think I must have twisted some during the night. It calmed down some, but still hurt some. I DID walk yesterday though. I only walked for half an hour. I just ran out of gas. But, I got out and walked. Today, my back feels better (but not completely great), and I plan to walk. I'm still feeling effects from the cold as well, but I plan to walk. I want to get back to the hour a day.

I weighed myself this morning, and I'm at the same weight I was last week. No big surprise. Even if I had walked every day, I wouldn't have expected any real weight change this week.

The other day, I got my first Loot Crate. I was giving it a try. I took advantage of the sales they were having in December. I have to say, for what I paid and what I got, I was pleased. With the exception of the comics, none of it was anything I'd buy for myself, but I'm happy to get the items. I got a Bat-villains collage t-shirt (pictured above), a Batman plushie, socks (Wonder Woman, Flash, Aquaman), and two comics. Not bad. I have a Wizarding World crate heading my way a little later on, so I'm looking forward to seeing what's in that.

If you're interested in Loot Crate, please follow my link and help me earn towards future crates. I appreciate it!

That's it for now! Take care, and Thank You for reading!

Saturday, January 5, 2019

My first Loot Crate...

Got my first Loot Crate today! I was giving this a trial run, due to a sale. It has a Batman villains t-shirt, Batman plushie (cute!), 3 pair of socks (Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and Flash) and two comic books. Not a bad little haul. I think the socks are my favourite, which is odd since I rarely wear socks. However, I do have a trip to NC coming up soon... #lootcrate


Tuesday, January 1, 2019

It's A New Year!

Welcome to 2019! Happy New Year!

Now, I have to say, I don't believe in making resolutions. It seems to be an all or nothing situation, and it's too easy to break them. Instead, I make plans for the changes I want to make.

Number one on my list is: For the month of January, I want to walk for an hour every day. After January, well, I'll figure it out then. My goals for walking are: combat depression, unblock my creative energy, lose some weight, and get in a little better shape.

This morning, I weighed in at 254.6lbs. The other day, it was 256.6. I walked yesterday, and didn't eat much last night. Day to day, your weight will fluctuate. I'm 6'2", male, and 49... My diet could be better, but it could be worse. I've made changes over the years, but still have some more to make in that area. Right now, my weight loss goal is to drop 20-25lbs by the end of March. Long term, I would like to get down to 200-210lbs. I'm going to take it a step at a time.
And, I highly recommend taking it a step at a time. Some people can dive in, make big changes, do it all at once, and stick with it. I admire those people. I have to break things down about, and plan more for right now and not so much for the long haul. However you need to do it to reach your goals, take those steps.
Other January plans:
*deep clean my personal space, taking more stuff to the storage unit in the process and rearranging my clutter
* write some every day, even if I only can get down a paragraph or two. Something is better than nothing.

*Draw every day. Again, even if all I do is pencil a sketch card, it's something. I won't get any comics done, or new t-shirt designs created, etc... if I don't do at least something every day.

*Work on other bits of art every day. It might be painting, or digital colouring, etc... Just got to get it done.

*Get back to scanning negatives and cleaning them up digitally. I should be scanning at least one strip and cleaning one negative every day.

I don't want to try working this all in at once, but by the end of January, these should all be on my daily schedule.

Gonna jet now. Take care of yourself, and have a Groovy 2019!

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Winner Winner Winner

I'm a winner, baby!

Sadly, I don't look too thrilled about it in this selfie. I was juggling a print, the phone/cam, and trying to get the store logo in the background. Anyway, I went to the grand opening of Thompson Furniture today. They had a drawing for four prints and a piece of furniture. I won a print - this is of the Jacksonville Courthouse. A young couple won both a print and the piece of furniture.

There was a lot of cool pieces at Thompson Furniture. Several artsy pieces, and some mid-century modern ones too. If you want to check them out, they're by the Book Nook in Lakewood - 1626 University Blvd W, Jacksonville, FL 32207

I also got the new Japan Candy Box today! Yum! Time for some new treats! They sent an abundance of treats this time around. So far, I've tried the Bourbon Tsum Tsum Xmas Biscuits, and they were quite nice!

Take care, and Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

My first box from Japan Candy Box!

So, I like anime and manga, but I'm not a fanatic. I have tried and enjoyed Japanese candy and snacks from time to time as well. With that in my background, I took the plunge and gave Japan Candy Box a try. My first box arrived in today's mail!

I unpacked it, and found 10 treats inside. These are all snack sized packages, like what you might buy at a convenience store. There are chips, crackers, gummis, and candies. For the price I paid, I'm happy with the assortment. (You get $5 off your first box purchase! Check it out! I think I'd be happy with the box at regular price too, but maybe not every month. I'll have to get back to you on that.

I've only tried a couple of things so far, so that's what I will discuss.

Kanro Pure Gummy Mixed Berry: This is my favourite so far. So addictive! It has a slightly sour berry flavor. Not too sour, thankfully! I'm not the biggest gummi fan, but I really enjoyed these. I'm having to control myself from eating the entire bag!

Meiji Gochi Sour Plum Gummies: I didn't like this as much as the first gummi, but it's still a tasty treat! Is that cinnamon I'm tasting? There's a spice flavor that makes this an interesting gummi to eat.

Bonchi Ponsuke Arare Crackers: I wasn't sure about these. They are crackers made from glutenous rice, according the information sheet. Yum! They remind me of caramel popcorn a bit!

Kit Kat Cranberry Almond Minibar: Now, I will say that this one was disappointing. While it's still a good candy, I was disappointed in 1) That there is only one minibar. Why not include four or five? It would feel like more of a value. 2) I didn't taste any cranberry. Almond was detected, but more as a texture and not a flavor. The dark chocolate overpowered anything else. I like dark chocolate, so it was still good.

And that's it for the moment. I have only tried four items as of this writing. I want to take my time, and enjoy the box (thus extending the value). In all, this is a nice box for the price. If you're intrigued enough, go check out their site and get a box of your own!