Where Did the Year Go?

Here it is, Christmas again. Survived yet another holiday shopping season at work. And I figure I’d post this while I sit here and do my traditional viewing of A Christmas Story on the ol’ DVD player. So it’s time to take stock in the year.

For starters, the year went by too fast. It’s like, “Where did the year go?” But to be fair, 2018 has been an interesting year to say the least. There were some down moments like for example, I lost my YouTube partnership after YouTube updated their partnership terms of service as a result of the fallout over the Logan Paul dead body video. And the sad part of this is that this year marked ten years since I started the whole YouTube thing. What a way to celebrate an anniversary. At that time, I was uploading my videos to the site as a reaction to the Adpocalypse last year so I wasn’t too concerned except for the fact that how was I gonna be compensated for what my videos made from my six years as a YouTube partnership?

I eventually got compensated after cancelling my Adsense account for both my YouTube channel as well as the Chester Gillette site, which came out to about seventy dollars (thirty dollars of it being from YouTube). Toward the end of summer, I uploaded the One Lone Cat vlogs that I originally uploaded to the site to YouTube to see if I can get my partnership back but to no avail.

And since there’s nothing more I can do for videos and that includes One Lone Cat, I decided to get back to writing and I am in the process of restarting The Blackcatloner Podcast since I found a podcasting site where I can distribute my podcast to iTunes, Google Podcasts and so on. I have already recorded two sponsor ads for the podcast and I hope to finally have a new podcast up possibly after Christmas.

However, there were some good things that happened this year, the most notable of which was my weight loss which I started in April and as of Christmas Eve (yesterday) I have lost a total of eighty pounds. I lost weight by way of exercise (using the 8fit app) and a diet where I can still eat what I want but have water as my beverage of choice. I have gotten praise from people online when I documented it on Instagram. I did get a couple of people asking me if I was okay because I lost so much weight. As far as I’m concerned, I’m probably in the best shape physically since… ever. The only downside is that I’m actually less tolerant of cold than I used to be.

Of course I have been lapsing lately as far as working out goes mainly because of stress from work that’s been leaving me drained but I want to try to get back to that as soon as I can. That while my lack of working out hasn’t affected my weight loss, I would hate to have my good work undone.

Well, that’s pretty much what’s been going on so far. At least I’m not spending Christmas alone this year like I did last year. I’m supposed to be going to my folks’ place in about an hour so I figure I’d throw this out quick. So Merry Christmas to everyone and hope to see you before the year’s out.

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Doing the 8fit Workout

Last Thursday I decided to start using the 8fit app on my phone as far as me working out goes. I originally started using the app early last year but when everything got screwed up I wasn’t able to resume it until now especially with my weight loss going so well.

Right now, I’m really feeling it in my thighs and my arms (not to mention my sunburned shoulders from both mowing yesterday morning and going out on the Canal Trail yesterday afternoon) but at the same time I have never been better. And each of the 8fit workouts I have completed so far have been at least several minutes in length, even though it feels more like I’ve been working out for an hour. And I have also added my ab roller to do about 100 crunches.

I usually finish each workout by drinking some chocolate milk because when I was in college, my gym teacher suggested drinking chocolate milk after each workout for protein instead of protein shakes. In many ways, chocolate milk probably is preferable to shelling out 30 to 40 bucks for a big jug of protein shake powder at work.

And I am starting to see some results in terms of my physical appearance. My gut’s still there but it looks like my abs are starting to show. Pretty soon I should be able to take some shirtless pics.

Unfortunately, I might have to wait to see about a gym membership because I got a new property tax bill that’s not due till next month and I may have to buy a chainsaw or something on Thursday because yard work that’s why.

Also last payday, I managed to pick up two Stephen King books, including his latest book The Outsider and it’s pretty good. I managed to read through it the night I bought it. He’s got another one coming out around Halloween and I can’t wait to pick it up.

Got less than two more weeks of work left before I go on vacation, which ties in with my folks going to another show in New Hampshire that weekend. Last year, I went to their place but this year it looks like I will be at the shop that weekend. At the same time, I can utilize that time to continue working on myself and other things.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to do some more crunches before bed.

The Heat is On

We just made it through a heat wave toward this week. The weather’s been warm all week. I think yesterday was in the seventies. Unless you live in the South or some other tropical climate, that’s pretty much unheard of, especially in late February. Unfortunately, I couldn’t enjoy it because of course I was at work. And naturally, it’s not expected to last because it’s still winter and sooner or later, the snow has to come back.

Also this week, I decided to go on a little diet. I found out that ever since I was no longer allowed to use the gym up at the college a couple years ago because I wasn’t taking a gym class, turns out I gained at least fifty pounds. At least I’m not completely out of shape. I practically walk everywhere and I have a job where I’m pretty much on my feet all the time. Plus I also have the advantage of working in Pets where there is some heavy lifting involved. But it’s probably time to get back in shape now that it’s getting closer to spring.

Last night, I finally managed to pick up Deadpool on DVD. The version I got also features the online version that I added to my Vudu collection (which is Walmart’s version of Netflix.) However, the real reason I got the DVD was because I could get a movie pass to go see Logan when it comes out next week. Movie passes on DVD’s nowadays comes with a code you can redeem through Fandango but the passes are only good for the Marquee in New Hartford as I learned when I got the movie pass for Star Trek Beyond last year. Either way, I was going to see Logan anyway because as an Internet reviewer I have to review it anyway. I also need to make a note to stock up on movie passes because all the big movies are gonna start coming out.