Status Update #6

September was an interesting month.

Weight on day of surgery: 239.2 lbs
Weight last month: 183 lbs
Weight today: 179.4 lbs
Total lost: 59.8 lbs

It was effectively the exact opposite of August in terms of weight loss. I am freaking out about it less than I might otherwise be, however, because there’s a good reason why I barely lost anything since my last status update.

A day or two after last month’s update, I went back in to see my surgeon because I still wasn’t able to eat anything. He removed all of .5 CC of fluid from my band—apparently the band was not completely empty upon implantation as I thought, but did contain a baseline amount of fluid—to loosen things up so I could eat again. When the size of one’s stomach is significantly reduced by a physical object and then the tissues around the object are really, really enflamed, it makes it pretty difficult to ingest anything. I was even starting to feel uncomfortable drinking Ensure right before he loosened my band.

But once the inflammation finally died down, this newfound room in my stomach did what it was supposed to do: It allowed me to eat. It allowed me to eat a lot more than the band had previously been allowing. So ate I did, and as a result, I only lost around three pounds last month.

This potentially means that I still haven’t hit the point at which my weight loss just naturally slows down on its own, so, as I said, I’m not freaking out about it. Yet. My surgeon replaced the fluid he removed last month when I visited him today, so we’ll see what happens in October. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I can get back on track. It’s amazing how horrible it can make one feel to suddenly not lose as much weight anymore after a period of fairly regular weight loss.

Also, my doctor provided me with the name of a psychologist who he says works with patients in need of addiction counseling. This is a thing I’ve been intending to do for a while, and before this month, I was doing reasonably well managing on my own just because I physically couldn’t eat a lot of junk. I noticed a marked difference in my portion sizes with just that tiny amount of fluid missing from my band, however, so the monster is once again rearing its ugly head. It doesn’t help that we’re coming up on the Season of Gorging, where “enough” has to come with third and fourth helpings of all of the everything.

I hope the beginning of fall finds everyone well. I am, in addition to looking forward to once again having a more restricted diet, working on the first of my next two albums, planning for next year, and looking to take on more freelance work.

May this harvest season bring you all the fruits of your labors.

Ps. There isn’t a photo for this status update because my appearance really hasn’t changed much since last month.


And Now for Something Completely Different

I’m going to take a break from the norm around here to post about something that is pretty high up on my list of Very Important Things (along with my weight loss and health).

I need your help.

This past Sunday, my band launched a Kickstarter project for our 2014 tour. We’re running this project because we really want to keep doing this. The last couple of years have been an absolute blast and I for one now know what I want to be when I grow up. But we’ve been doing mostly everything up until now entirely out of pocket (because that is the way that starting a small business typically works), and as someone with an unfortunate amount of student loans to pay off, following this passion of mine can be somewhat of a juggling act sometimes. But we have to get ourselves and our music out there in order to ever get anywhere at all. It is utterly necessary. And we figure that next year we need to go all over everywhere.

In order to get this thing closer to being self-sustaining, and in order to get us closer to being able to do it full-time, we need to expand our audience. That means performing at new venues in new cities in new states for new people. So like I said, I—we—need your help.

We put together a video for your viewing pleasure. You can watch it here or on the project’s Kickstarter page.

And of course there’s additional information on the Kickstarter page as well, most notably the backer rewards we’re offering. For those of you who haven’t navigated away yet, the rewards include things like exclusive on-the-road content from the tour next year, custom songwriting, band t-shirts, handmade scarves, signed photos, private concerts, the list goes on.

So, assuming you want to help, what should you do?

Make a pledge. We only have until the timer runs out to meet our goal, and because this is Kickstarter, it’s an all or nothing game. If we don’t raise out goal by the deadline, we don’t get any pledges, and our backers miss out on their swag.

Whether or not you’re able to make a pledge, please share this. I know there are people reading this—stop reading this, go to Facebook or Twitter or Google+ or whatever social media strikes your fancy, and share the link to the Kickstarter page. Share it on your own blog. Share it now. Share it again in a week or two. Help us keep it fresh in peoples’ minds. I’ll even paste it here so all you have to do is highlight it and copy it:

You never know, you might introduce a friend to some music that they really enjoy.

We can make this happen, but not without you. So please, make a pledge and/or boost the signal together and let’s see what happens when we conspire to create magic.

Thank you for your time. We now return you to your regularly scheduled program.