Thursday, June 22, 2017

Weight Loss Goal Reached!

After 2 years and one month I finally reached my goal weight! Honestly, I never thought this day would come. I hovered between 173-175 lbs, would dip down to like 171 lbs and then start eating crap again and gain a few pounds back. A few weeks ago I decided to put away the scale and just focus on enjoying life. I had already lost a ton of weight so I decided to just focus on what I have achieved so far. This morning I got the urge to weigh myself and gave in. I was completely shocked. I actually lost more weight and dipped below my goal weight of 170 lbs. I now weigh 168 lbs to be precise.

As my readers may know, in May of 2015 I had gastric sleeve surgery, a type of bariatric surgery. It was truly a life-changing experience.

So now that I've achieved my weight loss goal I am tempted to lose just a bit more. My doctor did tell me that I could go down to 160 lbs but that I shouldn't push beyond that. So I'm wondering if I should.

Now, I'm kinda petrified at the thought of having to have plastic surgery to get rid of excess skin. Unlike the gastric sleeve, the plastic surgery will be quite invasive. It will take a few months to completely heal and will probably hurt a great deal. I actually had no pain whatsoever with the gastric sleeve surgery.

So here are my stats:

Highest Weight: 412 lbs
Starting Weight Before Surgery: 388 lbs
Starting BMI Before Surgery: 52.6 (Morbid Obesity)
Weight At Time Of Surgery: 350 lbs
Goal Weight: 170 lbs
Current Weight: 168 lbs
Current BMI: 22.8 (Normal Weight)
Largest Pant Size: 48
Current Pant Size: 32
Largest Shirt Size: 4XL
Current Shirt Size: Medium
Total Weight Loss Since Surgery: 220 lbs

My Before Pictures:

Passport Photo - March 2015

December 2014

I'm the blob behind the boy.

Day of Surgery - May 13, 2015

My After Pictures:

If anyone out there is in the same boat as I was, is morbidly obese and may be considering this surgery. I say do it! I dare you! It will change your life in ways you wouldn't even dream could be possible. 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Happy Summer Solstice!

Tonight at 11:24 PM in the Northern Hemisphere the Summer Solstice shall begin. The Summer Solstice marks the time of the longest day (greatest amount of sunlight) of the year. The Sun appears to stand still in the sky, rising at the same exact spot for a few days before beginning it's movement across the horizon again. From this time onward the amount of daylight will decrease until we reach the Winter Solstice in December.

Today is the official start of the Summer season with tomorrow being the first full day of Summer.

An older name for the Summer Solstice is Midsummer. It is under this older name that Wiccans and modern Neo-Pagans celebrate. They also use the word Litha for this day as well. Christians celebrate the Summer Solstice under the guise of St. John's Eve and Day, which is held on June 23-24th.

Wishing All Of My Readers A Wonderful Summer Season! 

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Solomon Seal Root

Solomon Seal Root, a.k.a. Polygonatum biflorum, is a beautiful plant which grows in the eastern portion of the U.S. It gets it's name from the circular scars formed on the rhizomes (see second picture). Imaginative individuals claim the scars resemble the Seal of Solomon or the Star of David. It was this observation that made the plant desirable for hoodoo/conjure work.

The root is believed to share in the same powers as the legendary Biblical figure, mainly the power to grant wisdom and clarity to individuals, as well as to protect and control spirits. (King Solomon was said to be able to command the djin into building the first temple with the aid of a magic ring.) Solomon Seal, when mixed with other roots and herbs, is also really good for cleansing, uncrossing, and to exorcise people and places. In the latter use, the herbal mixture would be burned and the smoke would be allowed to fill the area. The use of Solomon Seal should not be overlooked when performing spells for love and business, as being able to make wise decisions are crucial for the attainment of success in both areas.

Solomon Seal Root does have it's medicinal uses but unless you know exactly what you are doing then I would caution against ingestion of the plant as it is toxic.

Solomon Seal Root is the main ingredient in spiritual products bearing the Solomon name, such Solomon's Wisdom oil, incense, or sachet powder. 

The first picture is a batch of Solomon Seal Root divisions that I am currently attempting to grow. I planted them a couple of months ago and to date there is no sign of activity. I am not alarmed and am opportunistic of seeing life from these little ones, hopefully, next year. 

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Magical Fortune Teller Miracle Fish!

I decided to pay a visit to my local occult shop and was delighted to pick this up. I haven't seen these since my childhood! It's a magic Fortune Teller Miracle Fish. In actuality it is a piece of cellophane that has been cut in decorated in the form of a fish. To use it you simply place it in your hand and it magically begins to move. You then divine the movements by the information provided on the back of the package it comes in. Below is the chart:

Moving Head...............Jealousy 
Moving Tail.................Indifference
Moving Head and Tail.........In love
Curling Sides...............Fickle
Turns Over...................False
Motionless...................Dead One
Curls Up Entirely.........Passionate

These cheap novelties make really cool gifts to kids. I bought a bunch to use as stocking stuffers for Christmas this year. 

You can purchase your own at the following link:

This one I purchased has gold foil-like decorations. This is different than the plan red ones that I remember from my childhood. 

I always assumed that the miracle fish worked by body temperature. However, according to this site below it actually works based on moisture (sweat) on your skin.

I also found this vintage video clip on YouTube where a man makes his own miracle fish. I'm not sure when this was filmed but it looks to be sometime in the 1970s. Was this the inspiration behind creating and marketing these novelty toys? 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Psycho Emailed Me

Got an email from a psycho who said he killed a black cat and got the bones and now needed help identifying the right one. Said he did it to protect his family. Shit like this freaks me out. People will do things without even pausing to question if such action is morally sound. The fact that he thinks that this is the only way to protect his family just shows how ignorant he is and especially since the black cat bone is not even primarily known for any protective qualities. For all the psychos and nutters out there, do not send me emails of you confessing to horrible crimes of animal abuse.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Quick Money Spell

I received the following in a little gift bag I got from the New Year's celebration at a local occult shop. I had put the gift bag in a drawer and forgot about it and found it last night while cleaning. Inside the gift bag was a small plastic baggie filled with some type of green herb. It appears to be mint. Attached was a small piece of paper with the following spell.  The spell seems to be a bit more Wiccan in nature but it's interesting.


During the waxing moon write your wish on a piece of paper. Place the herbs in the center and wrap it up in a bundle in a manner so that the herbs will not spill out. Tie this up with string making 9 knots. Chant the following:

Money shine and money flow
Money come and money grow
Money come right now to me
As I will it, so mote it be!

Take the bundle and burn it in a fireproof container and let burn completely. Scatter the ashes to the wind within 24 hours while repeating this chant.