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Thursday, January 02nd, 2014 | Author: Casey Criswell

Here we are, January 2nd 2014! I’m not much of a resolution guy. I figured out a long time ago that resolutions tend to get forgotten and thrown to the wayside. Especially by me. What can I say, I’m bad about that. I’ve learned in the last year though, that I’m a hell of a goal guy. I set a goal, I get obsessive until I can knock that goal off the list. It gives me something to drive towards, etc. and works well with my addled brain!

So, here’s my list of goals for 2014.

In 2014…I’m going to turn 40! Uh…oh shit!
Actually…I’m not worried about this one anymore. I’m hitting 40 in far better shape than I was at 30 and probably even 20. (I was a life long fat kid.) I’m not letting it panic me too much. I still get hit with those thoughts of ‘oh god it’s half over!’ but I’m a diagnosed fatalist and well…you’ll have that.

In 2014…I’m going to run 1000 miles.
In 2012, I ran 292 miles. Not too shabby considering I started off 2012 at 350 pounds. In 2013, I finished up at 711.11 miles! I was pretty ecstatic about that. That’s a lot of miles and seeing those miles pile up are a real motivator for me. I like to see the number get bigger! So, for 2014 I’m setting the goal of 1,000 miles. It’s going to happen. And yes, I’m gonna brag about it! If you’re curious or like numbers, you can see my mileage spreadsheet here.

In 2014…I’m going to get back into hiking.
I used to love hiking so much. I never did it as much as I’d have liked, but I did it a lot. Then, I got fat. Hiking and being fat don’t mix well. Now, I no longer have the obesity excuse, so I’m going to add hiking back into my repetoire! This goal ties into a couple of my other goals too, so that’s a plus. I’ll get to that in a few…

In 2014…I *may* launch a new health coaching podcast based around weight loss, fitness and turning 40.
So, I’m starting off 2014 being productive and trying to get my shit in gear. I’ve uploaded my first episode/test here. Feel free to check it out. I’m a little nevous about it, to be quite honest. Feedback is always welcome.

In 2014…I’m going to uh..edit our instomatic Kon Tiki Episode!
See, I told you I was starting off 2014 productive! This is our 4th episode of The Instomatic. If you’re unfamiliar, it is myself and Charlie Gonzalez talking about Netflix Instant Watch movies every two weeks! Our next episode, has a special guest. You should stick around for it!

In 2014…I’m going to stop being such a hermit.
In my old age, I’ve become…complacent. I know, it sound weird with all the running, working out, etc. Far too many times though, I get overwhelmed by thinking we don’t have enough money to do stuff, not enough time, not enough…whatever the excuse, and then I decide I’d rather not stress or put thought into it and we end up sitting at home. Doing nothing. That ends this year. As I said in the hiking goal, it ties into a couple of other goals. This is one of them. Hiking is the perfect cheap ‘thing to do’ and it’s fun for the whole family!

In 2014…I’m going to get the family back to camping regularly
Here’s the other goal that ties in with the hiking goal and the stop being a hermit goal. We Criswell’s used to love hiking dearly. But, our tents wore out, we got away from doing it as much and now we haven’t been in a number of years. (As a family, there was a fair bit of camping with the Girl Scouts.) This year, we’re going to get back to camping. Our old dog was not conducive to camping in public as he was a bit of an asshole. Since he was an asshole, he wasn’t conducive to kenneling either. Our current dog Pooka though, is a lover and I think she’ll be perfectly suited to camping. So, it’s time for us to hit the woods once again!

In 2014…I’m going to return to writing full strength
About a year and a half ago, I got frustrated with writing in general, put my pen down and walked away. I wasn’t quitting, I was stepping away for awhile to concentrate on other things (weight loss, dealing with my anxiety, etc.) Now, I’m ready to get back to it. I’ve got a healthier attitude. I’ve got a better ‘plan’ and I have better ‘plans’. Here’s hoping to a good year on that front!

In 2014…I’m going to lose this last 35 lbs and get to 200lbs
Oy vey, plateaus. They’re rough. I’ve been stuck on my current plateau since June. It’s demoralizing. Said plateau started out as my body not wanting to work with me on the weight loss front. I was good, I did what I was supposed to, my body wouldn’t let go of the weight. Then, that progressed into frustration, anger, sadness, etc. with the whole process and I started to get lax on the weekend with my diet and that didn’t help. So, we’re going to nip that stuff in the bud and we’re going to knock out those last 35 pounds.

In 2014…I’m going to run my first Ultra Race
An Ultra Race is defined as any race over the full marathon length. Typical Ultra’s range from 50k (31 miles), 50 miles and 100 miles. There’s a 50k race in December here in Indiana at Chain O Lakes State Park. I plan on running that race, at the very least. If I feel my oats, I may try more! There will be a couple half marathons this spring and summer as well.

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Monday, December 16th, 2013 | Author: Casey Criswell

Ah Monday’s. The Chest day. I tend to enjoy these days in the gym, not sure why. For the most part, the chest lifts always feel the best after the fact.

I’ve been struggling with my eating on the weekends. My Health coach and I had a good long talk about it last Thursday and came up with a plan. I’m happy to report that this past weekend went pretty well. I was a bit over on Friday and Saturday, but 250 calories or so, but there was exercise both days and the overages were accounted for. Sunday was over by a mere 33 calories, but the Mrs. made me peanut butter pie, and there’s just no way I’m going to turn that down.

This morning, Central India was hit was a nice little snowstorm, dumping 2-3 inches on us. I had the pleasure of running in a snow storm for the first time time and I gotta tell ya…it was pretty great! Even better, I was listening to Led Zeppelin on my run this morning and that mixed with the dark and the snow was pretty fab. When Immigrant Song kicked in at mile 2.5 as the snow began to stick to my beard, I felt like that song was written just for me!

Weight wise, I had a good day today too. I had a pretty big breakthrough on Bench Press form last week and felt ready to try 225 for reps. It’s a weight I’ve been fighting with for awhile and I’ve been pretty intimidated by it. I went for it today and it went pretty well. I got 2 sets of 5 good and clean. The third set, I got 3 reps, a 4th with a lot of help. Pretty good for my first attempt in a few months! I plan on setting my working weight at 225 now, so I’m pretty stoked. I could definitely feel the effort in the rest of my lifts, so it felt pretty good to feel good and fatigued after it was all said and done. Next week, I’m going to try and add my rest-pause sets back into the routine, upping the weight on those to 185. Those sap my strength in a hurry, so we’ll see how that goes.

In the meantime, weight this morning was 238.6, so the damage I had done over the past few weekends of indiscretion has been undone. Time to put the 230′s behind me!

- 00:45:47 | 4.3 mi | 10.7 min/mi
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Barbell Bench Press
- 135 lb x 10 reps
- 135 lb x 10 reps
- 185 lb x 5 reps
- 185 lb x 5 reps
- 205 lb x 2 reps
- 225 lb x 5 reps
- 225 lb x 5 reps
- 225 lb x 4 reps
Incline Dumbbell Bench Press
- 60 lb x 8 reps
- 60 lb x 8 reps
- 60 lb x 8 reps
Machine Chest Fly (Pec Deck)
- 220 lb x 8 reps
- 220 lb x 8 reps
- 220 lb x 8 reps
Bent-Arm Dumbbell Pullover
- 45 lb x 12 reps
- 45 lb x 12 reps (PR)
Standing Dumbbell Triceps Extension
- 55 lb x 12 reps
Standing Dumbbell Calf Raise
- 60 lb x 12 reps
- 60 lb x 12 reps
- 60 lb x 12 reps
Stiff-Legged Barbell Deadlift
- 155 lb x 8 reps
- 155 lb x 8 reps
- 155 lb x 8 reps

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Thursday, December 12th, 2013 | Author: Casey Criswell

…coming back….writing more…yada yada…I’ve said it all before. Let’s just get into the nuts and bolts.

As I’ve written here many times in the past, I’ve been on a long journey to lose weight, get fit and change my liftestyle. It’s been a good journey, I’ve had my ups and downs but over all, it’s been a great success. I’ve got from 351 pounds to my current 237 pounds. The problem is, I’ve been stuck at 237 pounds for quite awhile. That’s okay though, we’ll get through it here sooner or later.

I’m back here at ye olde blog though, to start my daily workout logs once again as I’ve had some significant changes in my routine. For the past year and a half, I undertook this journey with a weight loss group that I attended weekly. They had my back, they were good for support and it was a great environment for those rough early stages of changing your life. That group was great for accountability too when it came time to step on the scale. Now though, I’ve put the group behind me as I’ve out grown it. I’m still seeing my health coach one on one every month, but the weekly group time has come to an end. It was a good journey with that group, but I’ve gotten what I needed and there other people that could use my space to get the help they need.

The problem is…I still need to be accountable! And that’s what we’re here for . Starting today, I’m going to start doing my daily workout logs here, if for nothing else to keep myself accountable. It’s also going to help me work some stuff out, vent some frustration when I don’t see the scale move and hell, even brag about myself some times when I have a good day at the gym. For you readers, I hope to provide some insight on what goes on in the process of losing weight and keeping it off, changing your lifestyle permanently. Maybe it’ll help somebody out. Coming soon. (Maybe real soon) I may tack on an audio equivalent of these logs too. I love podcasting, it feels like a good fit. We’ll see what feels best.

So, enjoy the ride. Are you going through a similar journey yourself? Feeling frustrated, confused or scared? Hit me up with what ever questions you may have. I’m no expert, but I’d be happy to share what info I do have with you. You can reach me via email at ccriswell at gmail dot com, or you can find me on twitter right here: CaseyBGH

Today’s workout? Not too shabby. My lifts have been coming along very well (woop woop, 315×5 deadlift last week!) and the running is habit by this point. You could say it was brisk when I set out to run at 5:30am in 5 degree weather! I was scared of it a bit to be honest, but once I got out there, I found my layering was rock solid and it wasn’t too bad.

Lift wise, I’ve been feeling like my shoulder day was a little light, so I added standing military press back in. It’s been a good 4 to 5 months since I did those regularly, so I definitely felt them. Thankfully, my shoulders are coming in pretty good, so whatever I’ve been doing has been working. If I could just get rid of the gut, I’d be set.

Weight’s still up from my weekend transgressions, but I met with my health coach today and she gave me a good plan of attack. I’ve been suffering from a severe lack of willpower on the weekends, but I’ve been abandoning my structure that I keep up rock solid during the week. I eat the same thing from breakfast to after lunch snack every day, with variety at dinner time. When I abandon that on the weekends, my post long run cheat meals turn into cheat days and things just get…ugly. So, we’re going to try and keep the breakfast through lunch structure on the weekends, have a cheat *meal* (meal being the key here) at dinner time and see how that goes.

00:45:11 | 4.3 mi | 10.4 min/mi

Seated Dumbbell Shoulder Press
45 lb x 15 reps
45 lb x 15 reps
45 lb x 15 reps
Side Lateral Raise
15 lb x 12 reps
15 lb x 12 reps
15 lb x 12 reps
Front Dumbbell Raise
15 lb x 12 reps
15 lb x 12 reps
15 lb x 12 reps
Standing Dumbbell Upright Row
35 lb x 10 reps
35 lb x 10 reps
35 lb x 10 reps
Dumbbell Shrug
60 lb x 12 reps
60 lb x 12 reps
60 lb x 12 reps
Ab Crunch Machine
80 lb x 15 reps
80 lb x 15 reps
80 lb x 15 reps
Standing Military Press
65 lb x 10 reps
85 lb x 5 reps
105 lb x 5 reps
135 lb x 5 reps
135 lb x 5 reps
135 lb x 5 reps
Hanging Bent Leg Raise
12 reps
12 reps
12 reps

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Thursday, August 23rd, 2012 | Author: Casey Criswell

To be clear, I am not a photographer and have no desire to be one! I’m enjoying the heck out of snapping pics of sunrises and ‘outside’ while out running however. I honestly find something new to marvel at every time I go out. It’s a big part of why I’m pretty sure running on a treadmill will never work out well for me.

The running is going great here in Cinema Fromage land and I absolutely love it, currently piling up around 16 miles per week. So glad to have finally made myself take that first step! My first 5k happens on September 3rd and I can’t wait. I’m sure there will be some pictures of that.

Total Mileage:
Running Year to Date: 90.13 mi
August to Date: 47.1 mi

As you can see, the bug start to sink in at the beginning of this month!

I’m still walking too, I’m up to 237.22 miles for the year!

Until next time…

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Thursday, July 26th, 2012 | Author: Casey Criswell

It’s not suprise to anybody that things here at old Cinema Fromage have been….stagnant. I’ve updated sporadically and the fire’s just not there behind the old keyboard. Starting this site back in 2005, I was excited, enjoying life and enjoying the admiration and stuff from you readers and other peers; it was pretty great. It was pretty great for quite a few years. But, as often happens, times change, priorities get shifted and interests just start to fade.

It’s a hard thing to go through, years of putting your heart into something only to slowly watch it waste away. Really, that’s where I am these days with Cinema Fromage. I don’t want to let it die; I love it too much. I still plod away on the keyboard regularly; it’s just moved to pursuing writing in a format that you’ll get to see, just some other day and in a different format. I still love my horror movies, but the awe and wonder just aren’t the same. I just don’t have time. That leaves me at the cross roads of what is this site for, and why do I continue to pay the bills?

Over the past few months, I’ve taken to bettering myself on the physical front. Weight was becoming a problem, so I took to the streets to fix it. That is to say, I started walking a lot and eventually, started running. The weight is doing pretty awesome right now, and not really the point. The point is, I’ve spent quite a miles with nothing but myself and my over spinning brain mulling things over. (Note: Exactly 250 Miles to date!)

More often than not, especially here lately, I find myself stuck on the future of Cinema Fromage. These days, it’s obvious that my attention has be turned near fully to the realm of Podcasting. I’ve three solid shows (I think so, anyways!) that I love doing. These show’s aren’t going anywhere; I’m still going to be churning out the Hammer Love with Derek and Scott on 1951 Down Place. I’m still going to be the loveable PR bear over at Bloody Good Horror, just not as bear like. I’m still going to be putting out Dad and his Weird Friends as well. But none of that really has to do with Cinema Fromage.

To be frank; I’ve lost any real desire to churn out movie reviews in the written form. I had passion for it, but I don’t know that I had any kind of great talent at it. I started to feel the burnout a good two years ago and since then, the reviews petered out and here we are today. While I do put in a lot of podcasting work, there are sites for those shows out there and posting about them here? It’s a bit repetitive. That leaves the big question; what do we do with Cinema Fromage.

I’ve thought many times that I’d use it as a personal blog, especially with trying to slowly kick start a writing career. Every good author needs a solid site. I’ve even taken a stab and doing such a thing here, but then I get self conscious about the idea and think ‘this is supposed to be a horror blog, nobody wants to read this stuff’ and then….I quit. Those ideas always start to die out as soon as I begin to violate some unwritten horror blogger code that exists solely in my brain.

With all this time on hands to mull things over as the rest of my body does all the work, it started to dawn on me that maybe it’s that hang up that I have that’s holding me back. Maybe, that nugget of an idea that thinks of Cinema Fromage as a still active horror blog is what keeps me from transforming this blog space into something different, something more personal? Eventually, this line of thinking lead to the idea that maybe it’s time to put the idea of my separate little horror blog to rest.

And well, here we are. Putting Cinema Fromage, the horror blog…to rest.

With that out of my system, here’s what I can tell you happens from here. It’s still going to be here. I’d like to think I’ll be posting a lot more here soon too. Hell, it’s probably going to even look the same because I put a lot of work into this template and I think it looks neat! The content however, will be different.

As I spent my hours racking up 250 miles, I returned a lot to where I see myself going as a blogger and what exactly I should do. I kept coming back to the idea that these days, I don’t think of myself as a horror blogger so much. I think of myself as more of an old school raconteur, a guy who likes to tell entertaining stories, keep people interested by whatever whim I happen to stumble across and that’s when it hit me; why not just go back to just telling stories.

Sure, I’m still going to talk about movies from time to time. I’ll even talk about books, TV shows and all sorts of stuff. Hell, I’ll probably even do more actuall horror blogging over at Bloody Good Horror! Cinema Fromage here is just going to morph into something bigger and better, something a bit different for me. After trying to be a writer, worrying about keeping up specific content here, preparing for three different podcasts and trying to be with my family as much as I can? It all adds up. This way? I can excel at the others and use CF for the fun times.

So please, feel free to stick around and see where this new idea leads. I’d love the company!

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Tuesday, June 05th, 2012 | Author: Casey Criswell

Friend, cohort and confidant Derek M. Koch from over at the Mail Order Zombie and from some other spiffy little podcast I heard about called 1951 Down Place has released his new Kindle e-short “Granny and the Hole”! Derek’s been working on this for a bit, so it’s exciting to see it on the shelves! I’ve had the pleasure of reading it already, so I can say…you’re gonna like it.

“Granny and the Hole” is available exclusively on the Kindle at the moment and will cost you a mere $1.29. That’s a bargain!


Derek M. Koch, producer of the long-running zombie movie podcast Mail Order Zombie, released his zombie short story “Granny and the Hole” on June 3, 2012. The story, a tale of a man who refuses to let death stand in the way of a relationship between his mother-in-law and his daughter, is available for Amazon Kindle as part of the Kindle Select program, or for purchase for $1.29.

In addition to producing Mail Order Zombie, Koch has directed an award-winning zombie short film, appeared as a character in other authors’ zombie stories, and has seen his own zombie stories previously released in other publishers’ anthologies. “Granny and the Hole” is the first story released by Koch’s Black Sombrero Publishing.

“Granny and the Hole” can be found on at “Granny and the Hole” will be released for other e-reader formats later this year.

About Derek M. Koch

Derek M. Koch lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife, his cats and his zombie movie collection which forms the basis of the award-winning podcast Mail Order Zombie ( The movie collection is for the podcast. His wife is “patiently” supportive. The cats are waiting for dinner. He can be found online at his website Plan D at

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Friday, May 25th, 2012 | Author: Casey Criswell

It’s story time boys and girls! Here’s a brand spanking new serial that *may* get woven in between the ongoing episodes of “Trouble Gum” here on CF. Give this a read, if you’ve been around here for awhile, these faces may not be all together unfamiliar ;) .

Long Time Gone Part 1: Unfamiliar Faces

Clomp, clomp, scritch, scratch, the stout man and the burly dog at his side trudged in silence over distant hills. The man’s shoulders hung low with an unseen weight, his back bent into the pressing breeze, away from the sun that set behind. The dog walked with head slung low, nose pressed to the packed dirt beneath, its ears cocked forward as he snuffled away in concentration.

The duo spoke not a word, nor even spared each other a glance. Yet it was clear in their matching strides, the matching dour looks that rode upon their faces and the way they moved as one that the two belonged together. This man that stood just a hair over six foot tall and stared into the distance ahead with steel black eyes that saw forever would on occasion reach over to give the dog’s sagging ear a quick but gentle tug. The dog, standing nearly to the man’s waist with a chest as broad as a wine cask, thick black fur that stood patchy at best would pause in his nasal search to touch the mans hand with his nose. Nothing more passed between the two.

On and on they marched through the grasses and hills outside the Village Noble, their path always straight ahead and never straying. One foot in front of the other they marched, never pausing to gather their bearings or for a bit of respite and rest.

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Friday, May 11th, 2012 | Author: Casey Criswell

As you can see, I’ve been slacking off here on ye olde blog yet again, but for good reason this time. I’ve been making some pretty major changes and embarking on a long ass haul to lose weight. Some years ago, I went through some therapy to deal with a newly diagnosed anxiety disorder and it helped. Part of that therapy was choosing some problem areas that I myself identified and fixing them. The first of those problem areas? Smoking. I smoked a pack a day easily, so I tackled that first. That was a year and a half ago, so I’d say I definitely won that fight. I feel pretty great because of it! The problem with it though….I replaced the smoking when I felt nervous, agitated, etc….with food. So…a year and a half later, I found myself at 351 pounds and miserable again.

Here we arrive at change number two decided in those therapy sessions a few years back; it’s time to drop the weight. Around three and a half months ago now, I started exercising in the mornings and cutting out some of the bad stuff from my diet and it worked for the most part. It wasn’t on anything too strict or detailed diet wise though. Around a month after I started making some minor changes, we received a general bulletin at work that our in house clinic was starting a new weight loss program called F.U.S.E. and they were taking applications and surprising even myself…I didn’t hesitate. I applied on the spot and around a month later; I was in.

Once our group sessions started, I was assigned a weekly group meeting, a health coach for one on one session and regular nurse and dr. visits throughout the 10 week program to track progress and such. At first it was a bit intimidating, but I stuck with it. It was also a bit shocking at first too as when I met with my health coach the first time, the first thing she told me was, “I’m not going to give you a diet.” The catch is…this program wasn’t just a weight watchers clone or something like that. This program I found myself in was in fact much like therapy all over again. Their goals are to teach you how to deal with things like emotional eating, how to overcome barriers and set reasonable goals to keep yourself motivated. Once a realized that this was in fact what the F.U.S.E. program was aiming to do, it clicked for me and off I went.

Now, I’m down 33lbs so far and feeling pretty great. I still have a long way to go, like a bit over a hundred pounds to go as a matter of fact. But that’s okay. It’s a long haul and I’m getting my head on straight to be able to prepare for it. It’s still not easy, but I’m staying positive and I still have my health coach to turn to when staying positive starts to break down. Just yesterday, I found myself starting to worry over small stuff such as my calorie intake (I’m eating around 1800-1900 calories a day as opposed to the 2230 my tracker tells me I should eat) thinking that maybe I was eating too little and possibly hurting myself. Staying after group to talk to my coach for a bit cleared that right up. She simply said you’re eating enough, its working and you feel fine; stop over thinking it. Just like that, I had confirmation that I wasn’t hurting myself, so I was able to pull my head out of the fog of reading to much into every health blog I find and now I’m set to just keep on trucking as I’ve been doing!

So now, back to focusing on the positive stuff. As you can see in the picture above, I noticed getting dressed this morning that my belt has four distinct notches in it. That’s four times now I’ve had to tighten my belt! I’m starting to learn that sometimes when you don’t see the numbers drop on the scale, they’re starting to drop elsewhere, so don’t panic! This week, I had my mid-program checkup; I’ve dropped 3.5″ on all of my measurements (.5″ on my neck) and my BMI dropped by 3.5. Pretty shocking! So between the help of a coach and seeing positive trends like that, I feel like I can get back to normal life a bit such as my writing, reading and podcasting. The whole weight loss thing had kind of taken over my life and distracted me from these other things but now that I see that I was in fact over thinking it; I can just stick to the routine that I’ve built up because those 33 lbs are proof that it’s doign just fine.

In light of all this, I’ve had a number of people ask me how I’m doing it, so I’m happy to share. My writing’s been stagnant, but I’m kind of getting into a groove here, so blogging about this weight stuff is a good help to great the gears so to speak. Yah? Yah.

Anyways, I’ve upped my exercise significantly. I started out with cardio only, but as of last week, I started incorporating some weights as well. I’m pushing 40 and was living the life of a lazy nerd, so I’m not pushing a whole lot of weight. I make lifting those 15lb dumbbells sound like an Olympic event though! So now, the typical day looks like;

Roll out of bed! around 5:15am
Eat breakfast! This consists of two pieces of toast, two servings of egg beaters and cereal.
Ride the exercise bike! I stretch for five minutes first, then I do 25 minutes every morning and the bike is firmly planted directly in front of my computer monitor! Netflix is now my bestest early morning friend ever! So far, I’ve watched the second season of Supernatural, the first season of Breaking Bad, the first season of Sons of Anarchy, The first season of Star Trek Voyager, all of the second season of Game of Thrones so far and right now, I’m on the second season of Sons of Anarchy!
Shower/Get Dressed! I sweat like a mofo! It’s also cool cause I’m finding I can wear close stashed at the back of the closet again!
Eat some more! Before heading out for the day, I eat a Clif Bar to help recover from the bike while having another cup of coffee. I’ve always drank my coffee black, so I didn’t have to change anything there!
Grab my lunch and go! Here’s a big key moment, at least for me. I take my lunch, cause it’s easier to stick to the diet. The catch is; I pack it and log it the night before. I log all of my food at MyFitnessPal. This is highly important! It makes you accountable and it’s the only way you can be sure of your calorie intake! There are other sites for this too, they’re all handy so pick your fave. So, since I eat the same thing for breakfast every day and my lunch is already logged, I don’t even think about counting calories until I get home and get ready for dinner. So….doesn’t feel so much like a diet!
Snack time!I eat frequently. If I had a big workout the night before, I get hungry by the time I get to work. Discounting that, I always get hungry again around 10:30am or so. So, I eat! I’m big on Apples and Banannas right now, so that’s generally my snack. Sometimes one of each, sometimes just one. They’re fruit, so it’s all good! They *do* have calories, but I’ve already logged it, so who care? (See how that works?)
Lunch time!Lunch is generally good sized. Today, I have a turkey sandwich with light mayo, some Special K Sea Salt Cracker Chips (30 of those bad boys in one serving!), yogurt, cottage cheese and a ‘Nanner. Some days I eat this every day of the week, some days it gets switched up. I like cherry tomatoes a lot so sometimes those are in there. If I cook chicken for dinner the night before, I throw a couple extra on the grill for lunch instead of a ‘sammich. Once in the swing of this, this leaves me pretty stuffed.
Snack time! Again!I get a rumbly in my tumbly about 3-3:30ish. So, back to the crack fruit….er Apples! Sometimes, I crave something salty, so I go to the Smart Pop microwave popcorn. It’s aiight, though it’s no movie flavor butter. A full back is only ~200 calories though, so it’s cool. Due to the salt though, this isn’t an everyday thing.
Dinner!Dinner is a tossup. It’s almost always a meat and a veggie, sometimes pasta. It’s also almost always 400-450 calories too. Thankfully, Colleen is an awesome cook, so this is generally pretty tasty too!
More Exercise!if it’s not a weight day, I do extra cardio. It’s either another 25 minutes on the exercise bike or a three mile walk. It all depends on the weather and my own whimsy. I’m a fickle beast, what can I say!
8pm Cutoff!With my coaches urgings, I do my best to not eat after 8pm. If I’m hungry again post workout or something, I eat a light snack, usually an apple or bananna again, sometimes popcorn. As my coach and program teaches me, it’s best not to eat after 8pm but if you’re hungry…eat. Just eat right! And don’t beat yourself up over it, it’s not the end of the world.

So…that’s what I do. I’ve added in weights on Monday (arms) Tuesday (legs) and Friday (chest). On these days, I generally only do one cardio. In another post, I’ll detail what the weight routine looks like but if you’re curious, come join me on Fitocracy! (It’s fun, you get achievements for working out!) Generally, my calories break down to 550-600 for breakfast, 500-550 for lunch and 4-450 for dinner. The rest is snacks. The biggest thing I’ve learned and the coach had me share with the group yesterday is that shopping right is key! As you can see….I eat a lot! It’s just low calorie!

Again, I’m not fitness guru by any means. This is just showing what I’m doing that works. It’s also a way to break the ice and get my lazy arse writing again! I plan on blogging some more of the process here as it helps me to feel accountable and less likely to slack off. The positive reinforcement helps a ton too! For now, I’ve rambled on long enough, so enjoy and feel free to comment!

Until next time, if you touch my apple, I’ll break your fingers.
Also, I can’t spell banana.


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Tuesday, January 31st, 2012 | Author: Casey Criswell

It’s been some time since I’ve mentioned it last, but you may remember that I have a third podcast with my friends Brother D and Need a Nickname Scott over at Mail Order Zombie. The show is called 1951 Down Place and it’s dedicated to Hammer Horror! With the release of The Woman in Black coming from the newly re-birthed Hammer Studios this weekend, I figured it would be a good time to start sharing my love off Hammer with you all.

Today, our firth episode hits the feeds with our lengthy discussion of “Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter”! This is a great episode, if I do say so myself. Then again, I’m biased as I’ve named “Kronos” as my third favorite Hammer flick of them all. We try and go fairly deep on the information side of things with these podcasts, so there’s a lot of information we’ve dug up from production notes, film makers and the like.

Check out Episode 5 over at the 1951 Down Place Website and please, let us know what you think! You can leave your comments at the site or email us through or even give us a call at 765-203-1951!

Since I haven’t shared all of our episodes here at Bloody Good Horror, here’s the list of Hammer goodness available to you over on the feed:

Episode 1: The Horror of Dracula
Episode 2: The Curse of Frankenstein
Episode 3: The Hound of the Baskervilles
Episode 4: The Abominable Snowman

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Wednesday, January 25th, 2012 | Author: Casey Criswell

That right there, is the 41 chapters I have mapped out for a writing project. I’ve got a pretty good feeling about this one and now that I have a road map, it’s not quite so scary. All the same, this will be my biggest writing endeavor yet!

Wish me luck.

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