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Posted by mogway on Thursday August 25, 2011


Tract TV recent shows / movies i’ve seen


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Ambassador for Just Strong clothing

Posted by mogway on Sunday December 30, 2018

I am very happy to announce that from today I am a proud Ambassador for Just Strong on Facebook / Just Strong on Instagram​ not only will it help me become a better version of me it can also help you! Can’t wait to show you guys my new workout clothes. In the meantime get yours here with an amazing discount! #juststrong #juststrongclothing

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Posted by mogway on Thursday April 26, 2018

So I just got home from Avengers: Infinity war……god how to review this without giving you any spoilers….
Well the movies started, lots of shit happened, Stan Lee cameo somewhere, credits roll….
yeah I think that about covers it….


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Oscar Predictions

Posted by mogway on Sunday March 4, 2018

Not that I have any influence on the voting or anything, I like to play the Oscar predicting game, after seeing all the best pictures and some of the other movies I think I have a good perspective on them. I’ll try not to be biased but hey we all have our personal favorites XD. The winners will be in bold, I won’t predict movies in categories I haven’t seen anything from, and if I feel like there was a snub I’ll tell ya too! (list can be found at Oscars 2018) If you want to see my short thoughts on the Oscars best pictures go here and here

What we’ve learned this year from the best pictures: Old is new, movies about historic events are hot or movies that take place in the past. Sex with animals is okay, just as sex with a minor of the same gender under the roof of the minors parents, racism is good.

Best Picture Nominees
Call Me by Your Name
Darkest Hour * close second to the Post, Gary Oldman should win the oscar for best male
Get Out
Lady Bird
Phantom Thread
The Post
The Shape of Water * will probably win but I didn’t get the hype nor liked the movie that much after seeing all the movies
Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

Actor in a Leading Role Nominees
Timothée Chalamet – Call Me by Your Name
Daniel Day-Lewis – Phantom Thread
Daniel Kaluuya – Get Out
Gary Oldman – Darkest Hour
Denzel Washington – Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Actor in a Supporting Role Nominees
Willem Dafoe – The Florida Project
Woody Harrelson – Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri
Richard Jenkins – The Shape of Water
Christopher Plummer – All the Money in the World
Sam Rockwell – Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri
Snub Michael Rooker – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol2

Actress in a Leading Role Nominees
Sally Hawkins – The Shape of Water * will probably win but she almost didn’t have any lines
Frances McDormand – Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri
Margot Robbie – I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan – Lady Bird
Meryl Streep – The Post

Actress in a Supporting Role Nominees
Mary J. Blige – Mudbound
Allison Janney – I, Tonya
Lesley Manville – Phantom Thread
Laurie Metcalf – Lady Bird
Octavia Spencer – The Shape of Water

Cinematography Nominees
Blade Runner 2049 – Roger A. Deakins the only one with amazing colors, the others are pretty dark (no pun intended!)
Darkest Hour – Bruno Delbonnel
Dunkirk – Hoyte van Hoytema
Mudbound – Rachel Morrison
The Shape of Water – Dan Laustsen
snub: Call me by your name

Costume Design Nominees
Beauty and the Beast – Jacqueline Durran
Darkest Hour – Jacqueline Durran
Phantom Thread – Mark Bridges
The Shape of Water – Luis Sequeira
Victoria & Abdul – Consolata Boyle

Directing Nominees
Dunkirk – Christopher Nolan * want to win it but i doubt it
Get Out – Jordan Peele
Lady Bird – Greta Gerwig
Phantom Thread – Paul Thomas Anderson
The Shape of Water – Guillermo del Toro
Snub: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 – James Gunn (yes being very biased XD)

Film Editing Nominees
Baby Driver – Paul Machliss and Jonathan Amos
Dunkirk – Lee Smith
I, Tonya – Tatiana S. Riegel
The Shape of Water – Sidney Wolinsky
Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri – Jon Gregory

Makeup and Hairstyling Nominees
Darkest Hour – Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski and Lucy Sibbick
Victoria & Abdul – Daniel Phillips and Lou Sheppard
Wonder – Arjen Tuiten

Music (Original Score) Nominees
Dunkirk – Hans Zimmer Biased too I love Hans Zimmer, and this is the only movie that didn’t have the Hans Zimmer sound
Phantom Thread – Jonny Greenwood
The Shape of Water – Alexandre Desplat
Star Wars: The Last Jedi – John Williams
Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri – Carter Burwell
Snub: Guardians of the Galaxy vol 2 – Tyler Bates

Music (Original Song) Nominees
Mighty River – from Mudbound; Music and Lyric by Mary J. Blige, Raphael Saadiq and Taura Stinson
Mystery Of Love – from Call Me by Your Name; Music and Lyric by Sufjan Stevens
Remember Me – from Coco; Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
Stand Up For Something – from Marshall; Music by Diane Warren; Lyric by Lonnie R. Lynn and Diane Warren
This Is Me – from The Greatest Showman; Music and Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

Production Design Nominees
Beauty and the Beast – Production Design: Sarah Greenwood; Set Decoration: Katie Spencer
Blade Runner 2049 – Production Design: Dennis Gassner; Set Decoration: Alessandra Querzola
Darkest Hour – Production Design: Sarah Greenwood; Set Decoration: Katie Spencer
Dunkirk – Production Design: Nathan Crowley; Set Decoration: Gary Fettis
The Shape of Water – Production Design: Paul Denham Austerberry; Set Decoration: Shane Vieau and Jeffrey A. Melvin

Sound Editing Nominees
Baby Driver – Julian Slater
Blade Runner 2049 – Mark Mangini and Theo Green
Dunkirk – Richard King and Alex Gibson
The Shape of Water – Nathan Robitaille and Nelson Ferreira
Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Matthew Wood and Ren Klyce

Sound Mixing Nominees
Baby Driver – Julian Slater, Tim Cavagin and Mary H. Ellis
Blade Runner 2049 – Ron Bartlett, Doug Hemphill and Mac Ruth
Dunkirk – Gregg Landaker, Gary A. Rizzo and Mark Weingarten
The Shape of Water – Christian Cooke, Brad Zoern and Glen Gauthier
Star Wars: The Last Jedi – David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce and Stuart Wilson

Visual Effects Nominees
Blade Runner 2049 – John Nelson, Gerd Nefzer, Paul Lambert and Richard R. Hoover
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Jonathan Fawkner and Dan Sudick DUDE!!! Not biased…ok maybe a little but I’ve seen all the movies except the SW one and this is the most amazing one…Rocket and Groot aren’t real!!!!
Kong: Skull Island – Stephen Rosenbaum, Jeff White, Scott Benza and Mike Meinardus
Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Ben Morris, Mike Mulholland, Neal Scanlan and Chris Corbould
War for the Planet of the Apes – Joe Letteri, Daniel Barrett, Dan Lemmon and Joel Whist

Writing (Adapted Screenplay) Nominees
Call Me by Your Name – Screenplay by James Ivory
The Disaster Artist – Screenplay by Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber
Logan – Screenplay by Scott Frank & James Mangold and Michael Green; Story by James Mangold
Molly’s Game – Written for the screen by Aaron Sorkin
Mudbound – Screenplay by Virgil Williams and Dee Rees

Writing (Original Screenplay) Nominees
The Big Sick – Written by Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani * haven’t seen it
Get Out – Written by Jordan Peele * freaking racist movie, predictable
Lady Bird – Written by Greta Gerwig * was a nice movie but nothing to special
The Shape of Water – Screenplay by Guillermo del Toro & Vanessa Taylor; Story by Guillermo del Toro still think it’s a bad movie but it will probably win anyway
Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri – Written by Martin McDonagh * if they would actually solved the daughters murder i would’ve loved this one

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Oscars 2018 day 2

Posted by mogway on Sunday March 4, 2018

So the 2nd day is here. Also at the end of this day or maybe tomorrow depends on how it ends i’ll predict the Oscars.

So guess what read My rewiew of July 25th 2017 and where I predict Dunkirk being nominated for Best Picture I’m good! XD. Previous rating was 10 out of 10 and seeing it again hasn’t changed my opinion on that.

Darkest Hour
Although this movie lacks action and is mostly conversation it does not bore. This movie is very well made, the story and the feeling are just right, and the acting is superb! I do hope that Gary Oldman will get an oscar for him amazing portrait of Winston Churchill. Also seeing this right after Dunkirk makes it a lot more special, since you’ve seen the side of the war in the movie before and now you see what happened to make the rescue of the troop possible.
After seeing a good portion of movies I believe this one is a strong contender for best picture, I wasn’t impressed by the Shape of Water at all but I am by this movie. I give this one 9 out of 10.

Call Me by Your Name
I was dreading this movie the most, but it surprised me a bit. Move over Brokeback mountain there’s a new favorite Gay movie out there, while BBM left some things to wonder this movie doesn’t. The character of Oliver is a bit weird though, he changes his mind a lot, now it could also be the time this all happened cause in 1982 gays weren’t excepted as much as they are today. The only thing that is disturbing to me is Elio’s age…if they would’ve made him 19 it would’ve been so much better but he is still a child and sometimes acts that way too. Certainly not the best movie for the Oscars but it’s one that breaks the taboo’s. 8 out of 10, would’ve been a higher rating but it was a bit too long and the age thing.

The Post
I already wanted to see this movie, and when I saw the trailer I kinda already knew it would be an Oscar picture so I waited till today. It’s always a risk when having lots of stars in your cast when trying to tell a good story. But the names do not distract you from the fact what this movie is about. The acting was great and the story adaption was amazing too. Although this is a drama movie it doesn’t bore at all and it has you on the edge of your seat. I really think the oscar for best picture will be between the Post and the Darkest Hour. A must see movie! 9 out of 10.

Get out
Honestly don’t know why this one is for best movie, the story is weak and predictable and racist in a way too. The acting is good but that’s it. It’s not even scary, it’s supposed to be a horror / thriller but i found myself bored along the way. Maybe it’s because I’ve seen many horror movies that this one doesn’t do anything for me. 5 out of 10

Will do the predictions tomorrow as it is 1.30 AM here lol

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Oscars 2018 day 1

Posted by mogway on Saturday February 24, 2018

I’m watching all the best nominated picture movies this Saturday and next week.
Here i will give a short comment about my opinion about them, they may contain spoilers.
Click on their name to see the IMDB page

Phantom Thread
This movie was horrible it was long and utterly boring, i honestly can;t see why it should be nominated for best picture. I love Daniel Day Lewis and his acting was good but other than that it was truly horrible, he knew she was poisoning him at the end so why stay? Did he really love her? i was happy when the end credits came. 3/10

Lady Bird
I enjoyed watching Lady Bird, it was a nice easy movie with a good story and acting. A little predictable but that didn’t make it less enjoying. It was just long enough and it somewhat felt like a love story towards Sacramento. 7.5/10

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
When i saw the trailer i wanted to see this movie, but alas it didn’t live up to the greatness i was expecting. The acting was great and the story was good too, but it wasn’t complete. They give you a case to think about and work towards it only to lead you astray in the end and you’re no wiser than when you started the movie. I must say this was an epic performance by Woody Harrelson he was truly amazing in this movie. It was nice seeing a lot of great actors come together in this movie. 7.5 / 10

The shape of water
Not sure if im the only one but i kept on seeing Abe from Hellboy in the asset, it’s the same actor but they could’ve at least tried to make him look a bit different. It worked in Star Trek discovery. Ok about this movie, it’s an ok movie, the story is predictable and long, strangely weird too and some parts are just disturbing! (I am a cat lover) The acting was amazing especially by Sally Hawkins who besides Doug Jones had the fewest lines in the movie. It looked amazing though and Octavia Spencer is such a great actrice. It was a bit too romantic for my liking. The sets were amazing though and even if the Asset looked a lot like Abe he was gorgeously made. 7.8/10

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In memoriam: Rohan

Posted by mogway on Monday November 6, 2017

02-07-2008 / 06-11-2017

I so don’t want to do this, cause this one hurts! They all hurt but we had a pact Rohan, we’d stay together after all the females have gone.
We would be together and come closer and grow old. Unfortunately we didn’t grow old together.
It all happened so fast, last week from Thursday you’d sniffle a bit, nothing too major but you weren’t feeling yourself.
You didn’t walk as fast as you used to but you could still walk down the stairs and sometimes let me carry you up the stairs.
Which was really something cause you didn’t like to be held. But over the past weekend and today I was allowed to carry you, snuggle with you and hold you so close like i’ve never done before.
Alas this was all because you weren’t feeling too well. I noticed Sunday morning you were not yourself, you miauwed the whole night keeping me and the girls (Isilya, Valanya & Teigertje) awake.
But you ate and drank milk and let everyone know you were there, miauwing all the way.
Your miauws weren’t cries from pain like you did in September when I took you to the vet to check up on your leg cause you were struggling a bit with walking.

At the vets you showed everyone back then that you were the man and started a full blown I attack everything that comes near me…even me, my scars haven’t fully healed yet.
But today the ride to the vet was different, you miauwed a few times but it didn’t feel like you were still fighting, more like it’s ok I know it.
Some little sparkle of fighting left in you when the vet tried to look into your mouth, she saw that your tongue was a little bit red, but than you closed your mouth and refused to open it, you didn’t bite hard but you just didn’t want to let go.
I will never truly know what was wrong with you since you were already so weak, and I didn’t want to put you through more tests, the vet wasn’t even sure if you’d make it even if we tried.
Even if I already knew it was bad it was still a shock, since you were only 9, I wasn’t prepared for this.
The last few days we’ve cuddled so much like we never have in all of your 9 years. You were THA MAN! you didn’t need cuddles and affection, sometimes you’d want to cuddle but only on your terms.

On the 3rd of September 2008 Rohan came to live with us, my neighbor who bred cats thought he was too ugly. And yeah she was right, Rohan wasn’t a pretty young man when he was born but he sure grew up to be one with his gorgeous big orange eyes.
After Rohan I had 6 cats and he was the only male, the females weren’t nice to him to start with but he never really cared.
He was (like Gizmo) always fine to be on his own, but enjoyed the laser pen a lot. He also had a stuffed rat with whom he played a lot when he was little. Last Friday I got a nice new stuffed animal with catnip and you were the only one who really loved it and played with it.
I started a blog for Rohan (it’s all in Dutch).. I didn’t keep it up only a few posts about his starting life with us…wish I had kept on going it, he was the little one so I thought we’d make many more memories 😦

Things I remember right now, Rohan loved ice cream! LOL he always wanted some, he also tried to steal my steak once lol, but mostly he’d let me eat in peace, also on the rare occasions I had Shoarma you always wanted a piece of meat, or 2, maybe 3 🙂
But omg my pumpkin soup he’d go crazy if I made that, and he always wanted some of that too.
He was very afraid of the vacuum cleaner, so when I’d clean the house he’d always be the 1st one upstairs and the last one downstairs to make sure that evil loud thing was gone.
After that he’d always jump on my desk and complain about the noise, or I think he did cause he’d miauw loud and want some cuddles.
He’d always run upstairs when the doorbell rang, and especially if Chamook would come, he has never liked Chamook one bit! From the 1st time he saw him till the last time which was on the 28th of October. Normally he’d run upstairs but he wasn’t fast anymore so Rohan decided to stay downstairs.
As soon as Chamook found him, Rohan started to hiss and let Chamook know he didn’t want to play. After an hour or so I wanted to feed Teigertje, and he heard her miauw for food, he then was THA MAN walked passed Chamook like he owned the place and wanted his food too.

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#yummyinmytummy there goes my ice cream lol #rohan

He started the annoying habit of maiuwing for food too, cause what Teigertje does he needs to do too.
He’d always love some treats and let you know if he thought you’d forget about him.
He was never really seeking attention, I mostly had to search for him and try to get some cuddles.
Sometimes at night he’d wake me up and purr real loud cause he wanted to cuddle, and in the morning he’d slowly walk up to me and either miauw, touch my nose with his paw or lick my face so I’d get up, he could really wake you up in the sweetest way.
He sometimes liked to sneak under the covers and just lay there and purr away.

Since Rohan was an unneutered male and a special race called Selkirk Rex, I thought it might be a nice idea to also breed with him. So my neighbor brought over a cat in heat so that he could do his business. I locked the 2 cats into the special cat room I have and waited. After 2 hours Rohan started miauwing like a mad man. He didn’t want to go anywhere near that weird woman and her longing miauws. I didn’t let him out right away but after 6 hours he was truly complaining that he didn’t want to be with her. So I let him out of the room and the poor cat in heat was returned unsatisfied to my neighbor. I never tried to breed with him again and I jokingly called him my gay cat. I was lucky he never sprayed. 

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#teigertje #rohan and my ice cream! #yummyinmytummy

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My sweet little boy Rohan, named after the region for the horselords Rohirrim from Lord of the Rings, my Selkirk Rex, I will miss you like crazy and I am happy for the 9 years we’ve spent together, I am sad that we didn’t have more time to make more memories. I will never forget you, you have been the only man in my life for the past 7 years. Thank you for letting me hold you and cuddle you in your final days even if it was only you didn’t have the strength to be too manly to not want to cuddle with my… Say hi to Freya and Gizmo, and let us hope that 2018 will be the 1st year I will not have to give up a kid, cause it’s going way to fast…We love you Rohan…

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Review: Thor: Ragnarok (Spoiler edition)

Posted by mogway on Thursday November 2, 2017

Yes this is the spoiler edition so if you haven’t seen the movie (out today in America) and you don’t want to be spoilered stop reading!!!
Perhaps you’d like to read my Spoiler free edition.

Parties like the Grandmaster on ship like it’s her birthday cause hey it is 😀 A few hours ago I saw Thor: Ragnarok again but this time in Ultra Laser 3D and Dolby Atmos, and WOW!!!
There is absolutely no other way to see this movie, the colors, the sounds, the effects, it’s so much more amazing than the 2D version. If I already rated the 2D version a nice 10 this one would be a 20 for sure! But we only go to 10 alas.
The movie starts with humor which carriers on throughout the whole movie, it’s simple but effective, small elements to make you laugh. The running gag throughout the movie of Thor throwing things to Loki just to see if he is truly there, never gets old. Also the little nudges towards other movies. (Or I might read into it too much who knows).
The card that is left on the street when Dr Strange takes Loki felt a lot like a homage to Sherlock, gassing up on Xandar…why didn’t they go for that option? Would’ve loved to see some Guardians.. Or Skurge yelling for Asgard in the end, oh LOTR and Rohirrim stop my beating heart XD. Yeah probably seeing more..

I never read the comics so for me it was quite a shock to learn that Hela was a sister and the 1st born of Odin, kinda makes you wonder about Odin too, he wasn’t the nice soft king he let others believe he was. Hela just simply wanted more and poof she was banished. No wonder she wanted to come back and take back what was rightfully hers. I loved the scenes where she showed Skurge the true ceiling of Asgard and the vaults after that, smashing the Infinity Gauntlet to the floor saying it’s fake XD, and making remarks to all the other stuff that was there.
A nice new character in the movie was Taika Waititi’s Korg, yes the director played a nice role in it, providing some humor along the way.

Always have loved Jeff Goldblum and his portrayal of the Grandmaster was so amazing, a nice nutty man who does anything for entertainment and to make people love him. Also the slaves reference was awesome..prisoners with jobs XD
A reason why we will probable haven’t seen the infinity wars trailer is because Thor loses an eye, what is it with people and losing eyes in Marvel??? We see Thor drifting in outer space in the 1st part of the trailer, never could tell if he had both eyes, cause the leaked trailer wasn’t that good, but the extra scene does make you think about what happened to the people of Asgard, and of course also Loki cause he was standing beside Thor when they see Thanos’s ship.

Also a special shout of to Mark Ruffalo who is just amazing in this movie too, Hulk’s character is so much more likeable with him, he plays him so well.
I think it’s safe to say that out of all 3 Thor movies this is truly the best one, and it is best watched in 3D with good sound 😉 It might even end up in my Blu-ray collection and that’s saying something since I’ve only have 2 Blu-rays..Guardians vol 1 + 2 LOL maybe one day I’ll add all the other to my collection too, but Thor: Ragnarok will definitely be one of the first to into my collection. So go see it in your local theater because this one is really worth your money too!

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Review: Thor: Ragnarok (Spoiler free)

Posted by mogway on Wednesday October 25, 2017

I just finished a small production movie called Thor: Ragnarok….maybe you have heard of it or maybe if you’re lucky you might have even seen a trailer for this movie. If not here’s the trailer.

Ok totally kidding of course you know about this movie!! And you will hear a lot about it too in the coming days. Europe was lucky but alas America has to wait until the 3rd of November. So I will keep this spoiler free.

Not a real spoiler is that this is the 3rd movie of the Thor movies, and to my opinion it is the best of the 3!! Do you have to see the other 2 movies? No you don’t but it’s always better to do so. This movie starts not long after the Avengers: Age of Ultron, so it might be smart to rewatch that one again to know where some of the characters are. But it’s not a complete must, but I kinda think Marvel geeks already know all the movies by heart 😉

Also not a spoiler is that this movie is also about the Grandmaster, who is played by Jeff Goldblum. The Grandmaster is the leader of the Contest of Champions, which is also a game app for Iphone and Android. It’s a little more funny if you play this game like I do (find MogwayLavendel in the game 😉 )

This movie is action packed with great scenery, music, humor and some nods to other movies.
Unfortunately I saw it in 2D, but I am definitely going to see this one in the Dolby Atmos Ultra Laser 3D, yes this movie is so good that I’m going to see it another time. It’s definitely my 2nd favorite movie of the year. (My favorite movie of the year is of course that other small Marvel movie Guardians of the Galaxy vol 2)
Be sure to check back next week for a spoiler filled review.
I recommend this movie A LOT!! It’s a 10 out of 10!!!

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Review: American Made

Posted by mogway on Saturday September 16, 2017

On Tuesday I watched American Made, starring Tom Cruise.

American Made is based upon the true story of Barry Seal. The movie itself isn’t filled with a lot of action and there are little romantic scenes. The movie itself is nothing really special, what makes this movie so interesting is the story.
How on earth could one man be able to do all of this? It was amazing seeing how his story evolved and some of the problems he had were amazing. I am sure a lot of people want those problems too.

It’s not a movie you need to see in the theater… (although Tom Cruise showing his naked white ass not once but twice might be nicer on the big screen XD). It does require a bit of your attention to keep up with the movie and it’s mostly talk and Barry explaining how things worked (or not).
For the Friday Night Lights (series) and Breaking Bad fans among us it’s nice to see Jesse Plemons again, not a big part but he’s there.

The moral of the movie is of course crime doesn’t pay and if it’s to good to be true it probably is. It is entertaining in its own way, mostly because you will be flabbergasted on how it was all possible and the 70’s / 80’s vibe is always nice to see.
I give this movie a 7 out of 10

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5K Plan

Posted by mogway on Wednesday September 13, 2017

Some of you might know me at my worst… My worst was last year on the 1st on January a whooping 125 kg (275,58 pounds according to Siri) … Luckily I don’t have any pictures from that time so I will not scare you with those. It was time to turn over a new leaf but how? I’ve tried every diet in the book / movie / internet whatever, they helped…sure but seriously how long can you really live on carrots and celery before you go on a crazy binge at the nearest McD?

I wanted to do it differently, I already knew about MyFitnessPal and I used it before, but I never really used it as intense as I do now. It’s rather easy, fill in what you eat per day NO CHEATING! lol and you will see what you’re eating wrong or where you can improve yourself.
For a woman you’re allowed about 2k calories per day and if you’re eating healthy that’s quite a lot to eat, but a single hamburger meal from McD…bye bye calories, or hello calories..So you have to give up your fav bad fast food forever? Newp! Hell I know it’s bad food same as KFC and all the other fast food restaurants but every now and then I let my self eat there, and I know that 1 burger / chicken or whatever won’t make me fat right away.

It’s all about balance, something I truly had to learn. If you want to eat something bad for dinner make sure your breakfast and lunch are healthy, and try to exercise before or after too. Easier said than done, hey I know but the more you exercise the easier it gets..who would’ve thought that!!! Not me… I hate to exercise, still do lol, but I also know that if I want to eat a little less healthy I need to make up for it in a different way.

So how did I start, I started to watch what I ate, with the help of MyFitnessPal and I cut back my calorie intake to about 1710 calories per day. That still gives you a nice breakfast, lunch and dinner and of course some snacks here and there cause only 3 big meals a day isn’t wise either. Cut back on the portions and have a healthy snack here and there.
I didn’t do any exercise with that, cause believe me hauling 125 kg around is exercise enough at that point 😛 After a few months I already lost a good portion of weight and I felt that walking was getting easier, of course it’s easier to walk around when you’re “only” 115 kg than with 125 kg anyone can tell you that.

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Me and my iron steed survived day 1 XD 🙀

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Around May I bought my 1st bike in years. When I turned 16 my parents bought me a scooter yayyy no more riding a bike to school and to soccer, how was I to know that riding a bike would be way healthier for you…. maybe I did know but I didn’t care at that point…I seriously doubt any 16 year old will care about health…

Things we’re getting better and lighter from that point, when it wasn’t raining (still have that rule!) in the morning I’d ride my bike to work. I work 4 days a week and I ride my bike for 3 days, that’s about 40 minutes of exercise on 3 days already! SCORE!!! It’s the little things sometimes that help.
Also around that time I started to get my dinner through “HelloFresh” I was completely eating wrong for dinners, I love pasta, so I mostly ate pasta with a little bit of vegetables and a lot of meat… oh boy LOL. So with adding HelloFresh to the mix I started to eat differently, 2 meals with fish, 2 meals with meat and 2 vegetarian meals, since I really love meat and fish I always thought that I would have a major problem with the vegetarian meals. Now all this time later I find myself mostly liking the vegetarian meals the most.

Around the time Pokémon Go was released here I bought my Garmin, and with those 2 I had lots of adventures and steps. Silly as Pokémon Go might sound it did get me out of my deskchair and out into the “real” world and catch “virtual” animals. LOGIC PEOPLE!!! XD
Also lunch breaks are a great way to sneak in a 30 minute walk, we’ve started doing that too and it works refreshing!

Again it was getting easier and easier, and I wanted to do more (I so want to add a line here that says, I sought meaning n stuff but I won’t XD). It was time for a new challenge in my life, and I’m not the type of woman who likes to work out in a gym, I know people there don’t care about me, they only care about themselves and such, but I can’t shake the feeling that when I would walk into a gym everyone would stop and stare at me and think like GEEZ WOMAN!!! WHY HAVE YOU NOT COME HERE BEFORE!! or something even less flattering. I know it’s all bull but hey the mind is a tricky thing, so gyms were out for me (and they still are!!).
On facebook I saw an add for Bootcamp, and I was intrigued, it looked like a lot of fun, and I knew I would never be able to do most of the things that they did there ghehehe (oh self-esteem you rock!) and with my knowledge of my body falling apart when it feels like it, I didn’t think it was such a good option, cause knees bending in ways they’re not supposed too or hips who do the same. But I really wanted it, so I asked them if I could do it with my weak knees (read body lol) and they said sure give it a go, do it at your own pace.
So from November last year I’ve been going to Bootcamp every Monday (except for the time I was dealing with my vertigo which sucked!!!). Still not doing everything as advertised lol, but I’m getting better and better at it 😀

And now September 2017, I feel that I’m not interested in Pokémon Go anymore and not hitting my step count, start to eat a bit worse too.
Now is the time I need a new challenge for myself, cause I really do not want to lose the progress I’ve made so far.. or gain might be better. I have not been gaining any weight but I really feel that I’m at a crossing point right now. I’m sorta back at the weight I was about 3 years ago. So after losing 32 kg (70,55 pounds) I weigh a nice 93 kg (205,03 pounds). Still way to heavy for my length and such but hey it’s already way less. Been logging my meals with MyFitnessPal for over 620 days, and still on 1710 calories, to cut back on them might not be smart, so more exercise it must be.

Today I’ve completed my 1st interval training! I’m pretty proud, cause I HATE RUNNING!! But I had my Cyclemeter set to the 5K Plan, brought the Awesome Mix Vol 1 & Vol 2 with me on my Iphone (I really want a Zune though with a Cat and some angry chick named Alice Cooper!) and started running / walking. Honestly it wasn’t that bad, 30 minutes of walking and running at my own pace, but it was the 1st time…1st times are never that bad lol. I did notice that I could keep it up and that I wasn’t exhausted after the 30 minutes.
The 5K Plan is a workout for 3 days a week and at the end I’ll be able to run 5k, that will be in about 10 weeks. So where will the road end, it kinda does after my 2nd interval O_o LOL but I’m not giving up, let’s see this through….

Update 14-9: 2nd run in the books I’ll share my progress in this album 5k plan

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