giant walrus

two years ago today i decided i was sick and tired of looking and feeling like a giant bloated walrus so i decided i had to change. i was just shy of 300 pounds. i couldn’t walk up the stairs without getting out of breath. the thought of exercising made me want to cry. i would eat 2-3 large plates of just pasta in one sitting and had zero idea about nutrition or anything. i’d constantly be made fun of, none of my clothes fit, i couldn’t dress the way i wanted to, and i just really really hated the way i looked and felt. 

since then, i joined the gym, and learned to love it. the gym is now what i’d consider my happy place. i love exercising. i love lifting weights, i love doing blogilates videos, i love swimming, hell, i’ve even learned to love cardio. i’ve learned what foods make my body feel good, and how to eat so i can still have treats and yummy things as well as healthy foods that make me feel great inside and out! i’ve lost 60+ pounds (it’s probably more around 70 lbs now, but i can never remember to weigh myself), lost 10+ inches all around, i can wear a size 14-16 now instead of an 18 (at one point i even had to wear a size 20 pair of jeans). i can wear the clothes i want to. i can lift things that weigh more than 2 pounds and i actually enjoy it!!! 

even though i still have “fat” moments and feel gross about myself, and moments where i still think i’m the size of the first picture, i think about how far i’ve truly come in only 2 years, and i realize that i’ve never felt so good about myself??? i still have a long ways to go to reach all my end goals, but i’m actually excited and hopeful about that now rather than feeling like i was going to be a 300 pound lardo for the rest of my life!!! 

if you’ve been thinking about taking the first steps to change your life and get healthier, whether it be losing weight, gaining weight, gaining muscle, or eating healthier, take this as a sign!!! start now!! JUST DO IT! your body will thank you, YOU will thank you.

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Jonah Chuang recommends Saga #25

Saga continues down its dark path. Hazel’s been kidnapped by that disgruntled TV head while Alana and her mother in law are trapped helplessly in their crippled ship. Meanwhile, Gwen, the Brand, Sophie, and their devastatingly clever animal companions fight to save the Will on an alien world filled with crazy aliens. Then all the way off to the side of the universe (and on the cover), Marko, Prince Robot IV, Yuma, and Ghus (that adorable Seal guy that walks that giant walrus around?) scream disparaging remarks at each other while simultaneously reminding each other that they need each other.

This issue is a solid reminder of why Saga is so great. Aside from being just a good, well-constructed story, it’s also a title that’s defiant and takes risks, making comics fresh again for veteran readers. While it’s sometimes reminiscent of the adventures that the misfits from Star Wars go through, it’s not as clean and wholesome. It’s very much as if Star Wars grew up and realized that everyone’s been copying it for the last thirty years and the audience is bored of it. (Weirdly, that seems to be what’s happening with the actual Star Wars, too.) As I mentioned earlier, this issue sees the Freelancer gang go to an alien planet and deal with crazy aliens, but instead of fighting rancors, space slugs, sand people to rescue each other, the Saga gang is attacking giant komodo dragons to harvest some semen for the Will’s antidote.

Issue #25 also makes some pretty big statements about war, youth, and society’s attitudes about veterans that make the world of Saga hit a bit closer to home. If that’s not impressive or intriguing to you, just know that in this issue, the fun anthropomorphic animals move a little bit further into the foreground, too.


Jonah Chuang is a Production Coordinator Assistant at comiXology. He stays up late at night wondering how many midichlorians are knocking around inside him.

Valhalla by Ari Bach Contains:

Action, Explosions, Spacecraft, Espionage, Directed Energy Weapons, Panzercopters, Arcologies, LGBT Representation, In-Jokes and Obscure References, Submariner Pirates, Cannibalism, A Giant Walrus, Cynical Social Commentary, Insectoid Knife-Robots Carved from Bone That Live In Their Donor’s Chests, Explosions, Martial Arts, Gleeful Dismemberment, Quantum Physics, Direct Brain Internet Links, High Tech Armor, Violently Unstable Protagonists, Norse Mythology, Mysterious Black Hooded Figures and Explosions.

Valhalla Does Not Contain:

Morality, Sparkly Vampires, Inaccurate BDSM Portrayals, Whiny Teen Boys Complaining About Girls Who Don’t Like Them or A Lack of Explosions.

Valhalla can also be used as a doorstop.