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Finger Rocket Fun

19 Jan
January 19, 2008

Brought a few dozen of these bad boys to youth group on Thursday night.  Nothing like playing a dodgeball type game with foam finger rockets!  They were flying all over the place!  Definitely a lot of fun.  I managed to take out more than my share of rocket warriors … but in the end, I never actually survived long enough to finish a round.  Either they recognized the threat that I represented and all targeted me, resulting in an overwhelming show of force that not even Captain America could resist … or I have slow reflexes and made for an easy target.

I prefer the first explanation.

Biggest Loser Boothbay – Day 1

19 Jan
January 19, 2008


What a first day!  I haven’t gone over all the paperwork yet, but I think there were over eighty people there today for the first meeting of our twelve week New Year’s challenge!  Now, we did get a boost because the Wiscasset Baptist Church is also doing a group, so they kicked their challenge off with us today so I could do the overview for both groups at the same time.  Wiscasset showed up with just over 30 people – they were expecting 20-ish, so that was a great turnout.  Meanwhile, I was expecting around thirty … and had somewhere around fifty walk through the door!

I was laughing because I had ordered 75 of the Biggest Loser Calorie Counter books, thinking I would have some left over for future things, etc.  Just trying to give myself wiggle room – and instead, the only reason I was okay for books was because half a dozen of the people were repeat participants, so they already had them from the last challenge.  Wow!

Anyway, I actually recorded the audio from the kickoff and will hopefully be posting it to the site in the next few days; basically, it’s an overview of the diet plan and some tips on exercising.  In future meetings we’ll get more specific on those issues, as well as tackle emotional eating, dining out, travel, failure and more.  It looks to be a fun challenge!

ARGH! Totally frustrated!

18 Jan
January 18, 2008

I am absolutely going to go crazy!  I bought one of these WD Essential hard drives a few months ago to keep all my files on.  Because of all the different video projects and other media type stuff I do for the church and for fun, there’s just no way I can fit it all on my laptop.  So I bought the above 500 gigabyte (that’s a lot) hard drive (I also have a 160 gb drive and a 200 gb drive … sheesh).  Anyway, this thing is critical.  It has EVERYTHING on it.  All my files.  All my resources.  The works.

It pooped out on me.  WD is going to send me a free replacement since it’s still under warranty … but they don’t cover the recovery cost of trying to get everything back!  It would have been cheaper to just buy two drives to begin with and keep a backup copy of everything than what this is going to take.  I am completely frustrated.  Just needed to vent!

** Update:  I just heard back that the average cost for recovering data from a damaged harddrive is over $700!  Rediculous!

Gauntlet + Middle School = Fun!

17 Jan
January 17, 2008

Memory lane.  Oldschool Gauntlet.  Absolutely awesome decades later!  I pumped so many quarters in the arcades back in the day on this game they shoud have sent me a complimentary copy, but I’m not bitter.  Actually, I’m such a nerd that not only have I bought this multiple times over the years (for my Commodore 64, NES), I actually own two copies of it now.  One for my Nintendo (Gamecube’s Midway Arcade), and now the XBox live version on the XBox 360 (I wanted to be able to play it online with others!).

Anyway, I got such a kick out of yesterday afternoon at the middleschool afterschool program at the YMCA.  On Wednesdays I bust out the Gamecube for an hour of gaming at the end of the afternoon.  Usually that means an hour of Mariokart or an hour of Smash Bros., with an occasion Mario Strikers diversion.  Well, just to throw them off I threw this game in – I thought the angry mob would be funny.  Instead, they were all mystified.  They had never seen the game!  So for the next hour they took turns working their way through the levels – we turned it off after they finished level 27.  They loved it!  What amazes me is that in spite of all the technological advances we’ve made, some of the greatest games are these simple things from decades ago where the emphasis was on gameplay and not graphics.

All that to say, Gauntlet is, and always will be, amazing.  End of story.

Biggest Loser casting tips

17 Jan
January 17, 2008


*** EDIT *** I’ve closed the comments on this thread because it was just getting too huge; if you want to post questions or comments, do so on my Updated Biggest Loser Casting Tips page!

It’s that time of year again … the Biggest Loser is casting, which means I get lots of emails asking for advice on making a video for the application!  This is by no means a recipe for success; it’s based on my video application and the conversations I had with casting directors out in LA in between things.  I was pretty curious about the whole process so I was pumping them for info even after filming began.  I’m such a nerd!

  • They’ve usually decided if they’re interested in you within the first 30-60 seconds of your video, so frontload it with your best stuff.  Make it interesting!  Start off with something funny or exciting!
  • Keep in mind, if you’re going to be cast, your video is going to be watched hundreds of times by producers, executives, casting directors, etc.  If it bores you or your friends the second or third time watching it … put some more time into it!
  • Special effects?  Don’t bother!  We’ve all got video editting software with all sorts of bells and whistles on our home computers, but fancy transitions are not going to sell you to people who do video editting for a living.  In fact, it can distract from who you are.  I’m a video editting nerd and I didn’t use any special effects other than putting my name and contact info on as a subtitle at the beginning.
  • Don’t bother talking about why you need to lose weight.  When I first started filming my audition video I started descibing all of my health reasons for losing weight – but when I was watching it back, I realized … they don’t need to hear it!  One look at me was all they needed to know I needed to lose weight!  Show them why you need to lose it; I said I needed to lose weight for my kids, and then I followed it with a minute or two of the best footage I could find of me with wrestling with my three boys.  We probably filmed half an hour of that insanity and I grabbed the cutest, loudest, and funniest few moments for the audition video.  Your physical need to lose weight is not nearly as interesting as who or what your losing the weight for.
  • Live loud!  Reality TV is over the top, dramatic, and filled with loud personalities.  They need to see that on your video!  I wanted them to know that even though  I was morbidly obese I was up to the challenge of the crazy competitions and workouts – so I threw on a bunch of clips from my different youth group activities; me getting slimed, snowtubing, playing paintball, screaming at events, being on stage, running around … you get the idea.  Other contestants did things appropriate to their lives; Tim from Oregon had himself spinning out on his Harley, Tim from Deleware recruited his elementary school class to do things with him, Heather Hanson filmed herself running around in a sports bra all day doing her household chores and errands.  The less talking and more action you can have, the better (in my opinion)!
  • If you have footage or photos of yourself thin, include those at some point on the video.  If you can show them what your after will be, then do it!

There’s probably other things to say, but that’s all I can think of at the moment!  If you have other questions, post ’em here and I’ll add it to the list!  Good luck!

*** EDIT *** I’ve closed the comments on this thread because it was just getting too huge; if you want to post questions or comments, do so on my Updated Biggest Loser Casting Tips page!

Biggest Loser: Pink Team

15 Jan
January 15, 2008

I get such a kick out of the pink team!  Bettie Sue and Ali are absolutely killing it, pulling off great numbers, working through emotional issues and making for great television!  : )  I think my favorite part of the episode was when Bettie Sue was crying about how she couldn’t do it, there was no way, it’s impossible, she’s too old, too tired, too weak … all the while she was doing it!  Time after time she does what she thinks is impossible … which in my opinion, is the reality for most of us that struggle with weight.  We honestly have no idea what we’re actually capable of.  We honestly believe that we are failures and give up before we even begin because it’s just not possible in our minds.  But the thing is, we can do it.  We have to make a decision in spite of what we think is impossible and then just do it, regardless of the failure we might think is inevitable … because at the end of the day, I think we’re all going to be surprised at just how much each of us is able to do.  And there are no words to describe just how empowering it is to do something you thought impossible.  The whole world opens up!

Image of God

15 Jan
January 15, 2008

I spoke on the sanctity of life this last Sunday in church.  My sermon took a different direction than it has on this subject in past years; rather than using scripture to prove the personhood of unborn babies, I focused on the fact that all have been created in the image of God, and as such, there is no such thing as too much cost or too much effort to protect those who bear the image of God.  Every human life has immeasurable value.

Genesis 1:26-27 (NKJV) reads, “Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.’  So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”  Do you see how it is repeated there at the end?  It’s to drive home the point: men and women are created in the image of God.  No other creation can claim that, and as such, as image bearers’ of God, we are worth more than anyone can ever begin to fathom!  When I see stories from peoples’ lives, people who have above and beyond to protect a life, I think I am seeing someone who begins to grasp what this all means, who begins to see the value in a person simply because they exist and bear the image of God, regardless of their age, health, or convenience.  I used the following video as an illustration of one such couple; it honestly blows me away every time I see it, and I was caught off guard to be standing behind the pulpit crying.

*** EDIT:  I have added the audio to this message on my audio page, or you can download it here (just right click it and select “save target as” to save it to your computer)

My Exercise Plan

14 Jan
January 14, 2008

One of the questions I have gotten over and over the last couple years is what my workouts are like and how and the world did I pull off two and a half hours of exercise a day at 366 pounds during the Biggest Loser?!? One component has not changed from the beginning; upper body circuit training. Three days a week I spent about half an hour doing upper body workouts on the machines at my local YMCA. The purpose behind this is to retain muscle; when you do a lot of these fad diets and just cut out food, etc., but don’t exercise, a big percentage of the weight you lose is actually muscle weight. My goal is to just lose fat so I have to push my muscles to keep them the same. Let’s face it, as fat as I was, there had to be a solid core of muscle under all that fat to propel my 366 lbs around. The cardio aspect of my workout has changed as I have upped the intensity with each week. Originally I was walking four miles in the morning, and four miles in the evening; which took about an hour each. Once that got easy, I started upping the incline on the treadmill. Eventually I got to where I was walking about 4.3 miles an hour at an incline of about four or five. When that was easy, then I started using the eliptical. Originally I could only last about ten or fifteen minutes, then I’d go back to walking for the rest of the hour. Eventually I built up to doing an hour straight on the eliptical … then I started upping the intensity. When I got to the point where I could do an hour of eliptical on a difficulty of 15 (out of 20) at about 70+ rpm, I realized I wasn’t pushing as much as I should be, so then I went back to the treadmill. I start off running until I couldn’t do that anymore, then I moved to the eliptical until I’m completely beat and then finish out the hour on the exercise bike. The key is, I wasn’t doing the whole two and a half hours at the same time; I did 60-90 minutes in the morning, and another hour in the evening. And I did what I was able to do … but constantly kept pushing myself. Generally I like to have my heart rate up around 150-170 for a workout – I’m a sweaty mess at the end!

Now a days, I’m in maintainance mode (although, at the moment I have a few leftover pounds from Christmas to deal with …).  Instead of the 10-15 hours a week of exercise, I aim for 4-6 hours.  I typically do an hour of exercise at a time, usually on the treadmill and/or the eliptical machine.  I actually prefer using my treadmill at home because I have a portable dvd player on a shelf in front of it so I can plug my headphones in and watch a movie while I exercise.  I actually find it to be one of the most relaxing hours of my day!

If I’m not watching a movie, I’m listening to my MP3 player.  My favorite workout music? Andy Hunter and David Crowder Band. I’ve been listening to their albums over and over the last couple years! And I’ll listen to the Doug Field’ Podcast whenever that comes out! I also enjoy Rob Bell sermons, and the occasional audio book. My biggest pet peeve at the gym? People watching the food network at the gym. What the heck? Don’t they see the recovering obesity survivor guy trying to work that stuff off in front of the TV? It’s just not right!

Pokemon Snap (snow day!)

14 Jan
January 14, 2008

Wow.  We are getting BUCKETS of snow.  It started in the wee hours of the morning (do people still say wee?), and it’s been going non-stop all day.  Which means we are cooped up in a little house with three maniac boys (according to Heather, four maniac boys … but she’s just crazy).

Enter the Nintendo Wii.  : )  I love the virtual console on the system; you can download classic games over the internet to the system.  Sweet!  The boys have been on a Pokemon kick lately, begging us to get them something to do with it, so I finally caved on got them their first Pokemon game: Pokemon Snap, the Nintendo 64 game.  Unlike all the other Pokemon games which are fighting games, this one is  kind of safari photo shoot adventure.  You ride a car and try to snap photos of all the different Pokemons on the island.  The better the picture, the greater the points.  If I’m honest, I thought it sounded kind of lame, but Heather liked the non-violent aspect to it, the boys were pumped about the Pokemons, and I was excited to quiet ’em all down for a while.  Three hours later, all five of us are STILL playing it.  It’s a complete blast!  Because different creatures come out randomly each time you play, it’s new every time; add to that the fun of saving your photos and trying to improve the shots of each character makes it a great challenge.

This game gets five out of five possible Nutthouse votes.  It’s unaminous: well worth the $10!  It’s a great family game that the kids will play over and over – and the parents will have fun playing with them!

Biggest Loser: Boothbay Edition

12 Jan
January 12, 2008
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The following is an article that appeared in the Boothbay Register, our local newspaper.  You can see it on their site here.  The photo is the picture they ran with it in the paper.  All in all, I thought it was a great article, and within 48 hours of it appearing I’ve already had close to 30 people sign up for the next challenge.  Wow!  Anyway, here’s the article …

Boothbay Losers Lose Big
Sue Mello, Staff Reporter
     The NBC reality weight loss program, “The Biggest Loser,” pits overweight people in a competition to see who can lose the most weight. “Losers” are removed from their real lives and have the benefits of personal trainers, top-notch exercise facilities, specially prepared food, and no distractions. Being one of those survivor-type shows, contestants are also regularly voted off the show, sometimes precisely for being “too competitive.”
     Boothbay’s Matthew McNutt was one of those competitors quickly booted off the show and deprived of its benefits. However, through determination and hard work, he stuck to his diet and exercise program and succeeded in losing 176 pounds in eight months. What’s even more impressive is that McNutt has managed to keep the weight off and is now sharing his success with others.
     Last September, McNutt launched a 12-week biggest loser contest for the Boothbay region. Like the television show, contestants modified their diets, exercised regularly, met weekly for a “weigh-in,” and competed for cash prizes. Unlike the television version, no one was whisked away from their everyday world, no one was voted out of the competition, and no one’s weight was posted for the world to see. McNutt provided the expertise for eating right and exercising, and the entire group provided the emotional support and accountability needed to stick with the program
On December 15, the fourteen Boothbay losers gathered for a final weigh-in at the Boothbay Baptist Church. The hungry, but happy, participants took turns being privately weighed by McNutt before partaking in an array of healthy foods and drinks. While McNutt weighed and tallied the results, some of the losers talked about the keys to their success.
     Tom Dewey, ultimately Boothbay’s biggest loser, said that when he started the program he was not exercising or watching his diet. “Before I started, fruits and vegetables were my enemy,” he jokes. Dewey started out exercising about 20 minutes a day and now is up to about an hour per day on his Nordic ski machine. Not only has Dewey lost a lot of weight, he says he feels better and sleeps better. He keeps track of what he eats, using the Biggest Loser Calorie Counter Book provided by McNutt. He has also cut back on his carbohydrate intake, and made some key substitutions, such as water for whole milk and frozen yogurt for ice cream.
     Sisters Anne Dolloff and Kim Morton were both exercising before starting the program, but were not as careful about their eating habits. Both women say that they have become more mindful about what they eat. They also plan ahead now, making sure that they have the right kind of food available, particularly at work.
     McNutt observed that weight problems can result not only from eating the wrong foods, but also from delaying eating until one is ravenous. Hungry people frequently make poor food choices and overeat. McNutt’s losers eat regularly in moderation, and plan for healthy snacks and meals.
     Tammi Morrison cited the weekly weigh-ins and pep talks as the major key to success. She said that McNutt’s program tied together both the physical and psychological aspects of weight loss. Coming together as a group to talk about their progress, cheer each other on, and mentally prepare for challenges, such as the holidays, was the perfect recipe for success for all the participants.
     Before presenting the biggest loser personal and team awards, McNutt noted, in an oblique reference to his own “Biggest Loser” experience, “I’m really excited that every person who stuck with the program lost weight. I’ve really enjoyed hearing that beyond the weight loss, you’ve found a difference in your clothes. You’ve noticed a difference in how you feel. Even though you didn’t win the money, you have to keep reminding yourself of that.”
     Tom Dewey, who lost an amazing 63.5 pounds — 19.5 percent of his body weight, won the first prize of $275 for the biggest individual loser. Cindy Sanborn came in second, with a 10.8 percent body weight loss, and Kim Morton and Karen Nickerson tied for third, each losing 9.9 percent of her body weight. The team of Karen Nickerson and Cindy Sanborn won the first team award of $275, with a combined weight loss of 10.34 percent of their body weight. Dewey, Linda Corcoran and McNutt’s mom came in second losing 9.8 percent of their combined weight. Sanborn noted that she didn’t enter the competition to lose weight but to reduce her cholesterol and triglycerides levels. She said that she was not “one to stick with things” and was thankful for McNutt’s inspiration and program.
     McNutt plans to continue with the biggest loser challenge in Boothbay in January–for both his sake and others. He noted that studies show that about 80 percent of people who lose weight, put it back on. However, for those people who stay in a supportive group, the success rate doubles. “Permanent activity change that is associated with a group is essential. The big key is staying involved in some kind of group. Some sort of reminder, some sort of accountability is needed . . . Knowing that I had you guys to face on Saturday morning kept me from overeating. I do this, also, because I don’t want to be in that 80 percent,” McNutt concluded.
     The next challenge
     The next biggest loser 12-week challenge will begin with a three-hour kick-off and informational session on Saturday, January 19 at 9 a.m. McNutt will give an overview of the diet plan he used to lose 176 pounds in eight months. There will be weekly follow-ups on Wednesday nights from 5:30-6:30 p.m. with time for questions and answers, weekly prizes, and challenges. Participants will work in teams of three. McNutt reports that the team concept increases accountability, which is one of the greatest tools in weight loss. Money from the course registration will be split into three prizes: the female Biggest Loser, the male Biggest Loser, and the Biggest Loser team of three.
     Interested? Contact Matthew McNutt at xxx-xxxx. Registration costs $30, which includes a Biggest Loser Calorie Counter book. Pre-registration is recommended, as space is limited. Meetings will take place at Boothbay Baptist Church (across from Bet’s Fish Fry). Everyone is welcome to participate!