Health and Weight Loss Rambling

Warning: This subject may be sensitive for some people, and also this is long, rambly, and just a stream of consciousness. You’ve been warned!

I want to talk about health and weight loss. I know it’s a sensitive subject for many, but it helps me stay motivated to write it all out.

I have lost and gained and lost and gained and lost and gained for so long. I was on a good weight loss path again when I got pregnant. Of course I gained then, but it was way more than necessary. I stopped even trying to eat healthily. I was just constantly hungry. After having Lizzy I got back on the scale and was nearly forty pounds over the weight I was when I got pregnant. I cried. I cried a lot.

When I was younger, even in high school, weight was not something I ever had to worry about. I ate what I wanted, drank what I wanted, and was constantly being told how thin and fit I was. The thing is, I was also very active. I never learned how to cook. Never learned what was healthy vs unhealthy. Over the last, ugh, so many years I’ve learned a lot about food, preparing food, calorie counting, every single diet under the sun, and now I’m trying to learn how to just take care of myself.

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Who Let The Dog Out?

It appears life has continued to move regardless of my writing about it or not. Well, duh, right? I promised myself I would post here at least twice a week, and I keep failing myself. I keep trying to find something clever or cute to post instead of just being me. So, yeah. I guess I should really just be me.

Yesterday morning the boyfriend flew to NC for work. He’s flying back tonight so will miss all the craziness from the hurricane (by the way, everyone out there please be safe!). Usually we crate the dog each night, but it was just weird to have the whole bed to myself. So I let him stay out. We don’t do this normally because the two cats sometimes like to cause a ruckus at night which makes the dog bark and the whole house wake up. Nothing crazy happened last night though! And it was nice to have the dog out and more alert since it was just me and the kiddo home.

I spent a good amount of time “play” games with the kiddo over the weekend. Got started on my 2nd solo campaign of Legacy of Dragonholt, and I’m going to knock off a few more games in my annual challenge for the year! So, I have all that going for me.

Also deciding what to talk about for next month’s The Shuffle episode, and still fiddling with lighting and equipment trying to get video recording down. I feel pretty confident in my ability to actually do the recording now. It’s the editing I’m getting terrified of, but I need some video to play with to really see what’s what. I also probably need some sort of intro and outro? Most likely… So, if anyone knows things that can help I’m all ears!

Learning About Video Recording!

There’s a few reasons I decided to try turning my board game room into a pop-up video studio. One of them being a re-telling of theĀ Legacy of Dragonholt game I’m going to start soon. I posted a poll to Twitter asking how people would like to consume that media, and video won! When video started winning I started kicking myself for even having it as an option, but now I’m excited for the challenge!

I had tested the audio and video abilities of my phone already. The video was good. The audio not so much. Last night I pulled the mic I use for podcast recording down to see if it would sound better. It did! Hooray! One challenge defeated.

Next was the lighting… This is probably my weakest link since I haven’t really needed to worry about lighting before. The boyfriend had a few light umbrellas that he was using for photo taking so I confiscated them to see what I could figure out. I did a test video, not using separate audio, the camera angle was off, but the lighting seemed to be okay. Here’s how that came out. Judge this unedited and ridiculous video as you will! I’m also in my pajamas and not wearing my glasses, so there’s that!

I was, overall pleased with how the video came out. There was a bit of a shadow that I’ll be fixing before actual recording begins, and the wall behind me will be all board games so there will be no piece of art to collect glare!

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I’ve been really enjoying learning about all of this. I have a feeling the first few videos will be slightly unpolished, but I’m hoping I can learn a few things about video transitions and other effects to make the intros and outros decent… We’ll see!