Archive for May, 2011

Lost 141 pounds between November 29, 2009, and May 31, 2011

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

My end of month weigh-in revealed a loss of another 2 pounds since mid-month, 6 pounds for the month of May, and 141 pounds lost since November 29, 2009. I am definitlely ecstatic about this loss particularly since I am so close to my initial target of 150 pounds lost. Although the rate of weight loss has slowed, I am still surprised at how much, and how quickly I am still loosing weight since I still eat my favorite meals at my favorite restaurants. All this weight lost by just eliminating desserts, candy / popcorn at movies, in-between meal snacks, and limiting my evening snack to an apple; I am ecstatic, and very pleasantly surprised.

When I reach the 150 pounds lost goal, I will do another evaluation to ascertain if I need to loose more weight, or start the all important maintenance mode. I know from previous weight losses that the maintenance mode is vital, and unfortunately, my prior maintenance modes have been complete failures. I did fine loosing all the weight I wanted before, and then totally blew it by gaining all the lost weight back plus a substantial bonus. I am determined that this time, I will cap my record weight loss with a successful maintenance mode.

“Midnight In Paris” is very good

Sunday, May 29th, 2011

“Midnight In Paris”

4 out of 5 stars.

Previews looked good, and had seen all mainstream movies.
Enjoy Owen Wilson, the star
Typical Woody Allen movie – interesting off-beat story, fine performances, lots of laughs, plenty of entertainment.
Actor playing Hemingway was excellent.
Recommended

“Kung Fu Panda 2 3D” is good

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

“Kung Fu Panda 2 3D”

3 1/2 out of 5 stars.

Enjoyed original “Kung Fu Panda 3D” so put this sequel on my list.
Animation, as expected, was top notch.
Voice casting was excellent.
3D was a nice enhancement not a hindrance to the movie’s enjoyment.
Adults can enjoy as well, not just for kids.
Movie was entertaining, story interesting, funny at times;  however, not as good as the original.

“The Hangover 2” is very good

Friday, May 27th, 2011

“The Hangover 2”

4 out of 5 stars.

Although I am not the target audience for this series, I thoroughly enjoyed the original “The Hangover”.
All the major stars were returning, so definitely wanted to see this sequel.
Overall, I enjoyed the movie.
Very funny at times, crossed the line to gross a few times, performances were fine, and very good for a sequel although not quite as funny as the original.
Recommended if you don’t mind staying over the line to gross for short periods.

“Jumping The Broom” is very good

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

“Jumping The Broom”

4 out of 5 stars.

Probably not the target audience for this movie, but previews looked good.
Fan of Angela Basset, and Mike Epps who star in this movie.
Overall, I enjoyed the movie, and it was very good.
Interesting story, fine performances, time passed quickly, minimum CGI, and the requisite heart warming endng.
Recommended

“A Beautiful Life” is very good

Saturday, May 21st, 2011

“A Beautiful Life”

4 out of 5 stars.

Had seen all the mainstream movies.
Decided on “A Beautiful Life” at the Boston Common.
Overall, movie was very good.
Hong Kong party girl meets Bejiing caring man.
From heart-warming, to heart-breaking, to sad, to surprise nice ending – an excellent story.
Minimum CGI, but did not need any.
Chinese with English subtitles.

“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” is good

Friday, May 20th, 2011

“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”

3 1/2 out of 5 stars.

Enjoyed prior movies in this sequence.
Am a fan of Johnny Depp.
Johnny was excellent, the film good.
CGI top notch.
Movie dragged a bit at times, almost into the boring category.
Movie would have been better if it was about a half hour shorter.

Lost another 4 pounds for a total of 139 pounds lost since November 29. 2009

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

My mid-month weigh-in revealed a loss of another 4 pounds since the end of last month for a total loss of 139 pounds since I started this major weight loss campaign on November 29, 2009. My weight loss rate had slowed in the prior two months, but seems to be increasing again which is surprising since I am getting close to my weight loss goal. When I started this campaign, my goal was to loose 150 pounds which is only 11 pounds away. My primary care doctor would like 162 or so. Frankly, I will be ecstatic when I reach the 150 pounds lost milestone, and if I do not reach 162, I’ll be OK as long as I do not gain any back after I achieve the 150 pound loss.

What is still surprising to me is I have lost all this weight by only eliminating desserts, popcorn / candy at movies, and in-between meal snacks while limiting my evening snack to an apple. I have been faithful to this new campaign, and only have a dessert, popcorn etc when I am celebrating a milestone, or my birthday / holiday. I had anticipated making additional major changes as the weight melted off, but so far, no need for additional changes. I still have my favorite menu selections at my favorite restaurants, the only change is eliminating the desserts.

As ecstatic as I am about the loss, my main goals must be to loose the additional 11 pounds, and even more important, keep the weight off this time which I failed to do when I finished previous substantial weight losses.

“Everything Must Go” is very good

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

“Everything Must Go”

4 out of 5 stars.

Although not as dark as Hescher, “Everything Must Go” is a pretty dark movie as well.
Not a fan of Will Ferrell, but he was excellent in this movie.
Very different yet interesting story, fine performances, time passed quickly, and best ending for a movie of this theme.
Recommended if you like your movies on the quirky / dark side.

“Hescher” is very, very dark, and also very good

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

“Hescher”

4 1/2 out of 5 stars.

Very, very dark, strange, deep, and also very good.
Some popular stars, and fine performances by all.
Natalie Portman was excellent as was the actor who played the troubled son.
If you are OK with darker, mature themed movies, see this movie, but leave the kids at home.