Thursday, April 23, 2015

Weight loss update: 100.5 lbs

Someone said that "looks don't matter" and they're right. The entire reason I did this was because my body was slowly failing me. back issues, high blood pressure, pre-diabetic conditions, swollen extremities, constantly out of breath doing the simplest of tasks. It all took it's toll. I won't lie and say esthetics didn't have a hand in my deciding to make a change, but it wasn't the major thing.

I've been working in comics my entire adult life. That included over a decade of 16 hour days sitting at a desk and horrible eating habits based more on convienence than what was good for me. i've also lost good friends and family members to diabetes, heart conditions and bad choices and i'm determined to not be one of those casualties.

I posted the July 2013 picture because it was one of the full body comparisons I had but my journey didn't start until almost 1 year ago next week. It took me 360 days to lose 100.5 lbs. I wake up at 5 am every morning, I run 4.5-5 miles, five to six days week. That's something I'm proud of, something I couldn't do six months ago. I consider myself a runner. I'm trying to become a better , faster, stronger runner.
And all of this wouldn't have happened if I didn't have the examples of my wife Karine, who has lost and kept off over 70 lbs herself, My sister Liz, who lost weight and is now a Zumba instructor and various other people around me who showed me it could be done.
People should be happy in the skin they're in, and i wasn't. Now i am, and because of it the people around me are happier(or so they tell me). You don't have to be thin to be healthy, but the key is to be healthy and happy, no matter what.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Wondercon signing and panel schedule


FRIDAY
Signing at table 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
This panel is an intimate conversation and Q&A session with writer/artist and WonderCon Anaheim special guest Jamal Igle. Jamal will talk with writer Alan "Sizzler" Kistler (Doctor Who: A History, The Marysue.com) about everything from acting to his career as a veteran comics creator. Come by and spend an hour with a guy his teachers called "a little rambunctious but basically a good kid."
Friday April 3, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 211
Signing at table 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
SATURDAY
Signing at table 10:00 am to12:00 pm
Need tips on how to market your comic? Have questions about building relationships in the comics industry? Then this is the panel for you! Sit in on this mind-blowing roundtable discussion, revealing all the secrets of doing marketing and PR for comics, whether you're self-publishing or creating for a publisher. Join comiXology marketing and PR duo Chip Mosher and Ivan Salazar, along with some of the comic industry's brightest marketing minds including Dirk Wood (IDW VP of marketing), Mel Caylo (BOOM! Studios marketing manager), and Jamal Igle(Molly Danger), for a wide-ranging discussion you won't want to miss!
Saturday April 4, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 208
Greg Pak (Batman/Superman) and Fred Van Lente (Archer & Armstrong) bring their bestselling how-to book, Make Comics Like the Pros, to life with an all-star panel of advisors. Writer Cullen Bunn (The Sixth Gun), writer Corinna Beckho (Invisible Republic), writer/artist Gabriel Hardman (Kinski), writer/artist Jamal Igle (Molly Danger), and a few special surprise guests will unlock the secrets of comics creation from idea to execution to publication. Come armed with questions-they have answers!
Saturday April 4, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 211
Signing at table 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
SUNDAY
Every day, behind-the-scenes people like editors, designers, marketers, and even programmers work hard to make sure the comics you love get from the creator's hands to yours. Now is your chance to learn how these comics luminaries and tastemakers got their start. Join comiXology's marketing maven Chip Mosher, along with outstanding comics industry professionals Arune Singh (Marvel Entertainment executive director of television communications), Dirk Wood(IDW VP of marketing), Jamal Igle (artist, Molly Danger), and Molly Mahan (Dynamite associate editor) as they impart the knowledge you need in order to get your foot in the door and become a comics industry rock star.
Sunday April 5, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 211
Action Lab Entertainment caught the eye of readers with their groundbreaking series Princeless. Since then, they continue to launch titles that solidify their uniqueness in the comic book industry. Garnering the attention of parents, readers of all ages, and major comic book companies, there is almost no genre Action Lab Entertainment has not conquered. Jamal Yaseem Igle (VP of marketing, Molly Danger), Nick Marino (writer of Holy F*ck), Dan Mendoza (Zombie Tramp), and James F. Wright (Nutmeg) discuss their company's history, success, current titles, and future. Moderated by Jessica Tseang (comic book historian).
Sunday April 5, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 209
Signing at table 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm



Friday, March 27, 2015

Letting Go.

It's always hard to let go of certain things.
Today I went into my closet and finally took some old dress clothes out, a suit, two pairs of pants and a couple of shorts.
The suit, a single breasted Ralph Lauren was the suit I bought to go to my brother in law Pascal's wedding. it was a replacement for an even older suit (me being a guy who hates clothes shopping) that was so old that had I held onto it 5 more years, it would have come back into style. I tried it on to see how big it was, if it could be salvaged or altered and it wrapped around me almost twice. I looked at the tag on the jacket, because I had to have it altered because it was too big for me a few years ago.
It was a 56 Regular.
I'm still a little in shock. The pant's are huge, the other pairs, while not quite as big are still too big. So I added them all to the pile of clothing to be donated.
I'm still not used to the "new" me.I've basically lost the equivalent of a 12 year old boy from my body. When I was bigger, I felt like there was a layer of security to it. I was invisible in certain ways because people didn't expect much from a fat guy. Then I would surprise them with my strength and endurance. I felt a layer of protection of the world, imagined of course. I never let my weight stop me from achieving all of the things I've done in my life. I traveled the world, I dated and eventually married beautiful women, I felt some level of confidence that I could hold my own.
I also didn't take photos of myself.
I hated looking at myself in the mirror.
I hid behind a layer of fat.
I let my worse habits (workaholic, overeater, depression) take over my life
Now, whatever confidence i feel comes from a different place. I'm active on a level that I haven't been since I was in my twenties. It's nice to be able to walk into a store and buy clothing straight off the rack. it doesn't change who I've always been.
Blessed to be a good husband to a beautiful woman, a good father to a beautiful child and hopefully a good friend and a good man.
So today I begin the process of saying a final goodbye to that part of me, and embracing what I've become and where I'm heading to.
I don't know where the destination will lead me, and it will be a lifelong road towards health and happiness. I'm on it now, and I refuse to turn back.

Monday, March 16, 2015

SENSATION COMICS FEATURING WONDER WOMAN #11


DC Comics June 2015 solicitations
CREDIT: DC Comics
SENSATION COMICS FEATURING WONDER WOMAN #11
Written by JOSH ELDER
Art by JAMAL IGLE and JUAN CASTRO
Cover by STEPHANE ROUX
On sale JUNE 17 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST
Wonder Woman has always been both warrior and diplomat. Now she must stand against Ares, the god of war himself, if she is to bring peace to the central African nation of Itari, where a centuries-old tribal “Vendetta” threatens to plunge the nation into a bloody civil war.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Sunday, December 7, 2014

My Weight loss journey to date

Sometimes it feels like I haven't made any progress with my weight, then I have to remind myself of a few things:
A) I'm in better shape than I've been in decades.I work out seven days a week as opposed to the 2-3 days a week I was doing last year. Getting on a treadmill for 20 minutes 2 days a week and calling yourself "getting into shape" just didn't work for me. Other people have different experiences but coming home and having to peel off my sweat filled T-shirt and hearing it go "Thud!" when I drop if on the floor is a badge of honor now.
B) I've, to this day, lost 63 lbs and nearly 20% of my former body weight in less than a year through straight diet and exercise. My initial goal on a 75lb. weight loss is so close, I can taste it.
c)I won't be sporting a speedo anytime soon because I'm starting to look like a sharpei ,lol. At the same time, I can feel my ribcage, my pelvic bones and my knees. I don't suffer from the water retention or swelling of the extremities I was for years. I sleep more, I 'm happier in general, I don't feel stressed out and angry as much. Loose skin is a bitch to wrap your mind around.
D) Yes, angry. I know I don't show it much, but I have a temper that I work very, very hard to keep in check. I have for years, and It taken a very long time for me to find a balance. Which is probably part of the reason I vent as much as I do about the world on FB. I was starting to get to a point where I was having a hard time controlling it again, a place I haven't been in years, since before Karine and I met. Catie has only seen me get made a few times and once was some poor schlub from Time Warner customer service.
E)There's a side benefit as well. As Karine and I have gotten into better shape, Catie has taken more interest in healthy eating and fitness. We're not pushing it on her at all, she says little things that make me feel like "wow, we're really influencing her!".
Some people have asked what am I doing in terms of diet, exercise, etc.. it's really basic stuff, to be honest. In terms of food,the biggest changes is I've reduced my intake of dairy. I still eat a bit of cheese but no where close to what I was eating before. I've had Pizza maybe six times in the last 7 months, and never more than 2 slices at the most. I've starting using soy milk in my coffee ( I know, some people say soy is bad for you, I'm trying to find a different type of creamer), I don't drink alcohol except for the occasional glass of wine. I've stopped drinking beer entirely. I've cut stuff out like macaroni and cheese, anything in heavy sauces. I still eat fried food occasionally, but extremely rarely now. I still eat cheeseburgers and hotdogs, but again It's in moderation. I cut out chain fast food entirely. If i'm going to have a burger, i'll pay the freight for Shake shack of Lucky's before I'll walk into another McDonald's ever again. half of my problems were because sometimes I wouldn't eat in the morning because I was working so much and then just grab whatever was fastest. So I promised myself that I would cut it all out even if it takes a little longer to cook and costs a few dollars more.
More vegetables, more fruit, giving thought to what i put in my mouth and when.
Sleep: That's a big one, because I was trapped in a cycle for years where I was only getting 4 hours of sleep a night. I don't stay up past 11pm and I sleep 6-7 hours a night now, usually waking up between 4:30 and 5:30 am.
Exercise: Cliche's as it sounds, if you want to make a lifestyle change (and that's what this is) you have to change everything. I walk and run 5 miles a day. No excuses. if I stop, I die has become my mantra.I'm working up to jogging more but i'm on the road, rain or shine 7 days a week. I walk everywhere I can now as well. It's easier for me than most because I live in NYC, but it's imperative. Activity, any kind of intense aerobic activity. I'm just sorry it took me this long to accept it, especially at my age.
So that's that. Just wanted to get some thoughts out. Everyday is a new challenge and I plan on keeping this going for as long as my knees hold out and my heart won't quit on me.
PS. I scared the shit out of some woman this morning because I was too busy listening to Colt Cabana's podcast with CM Punk. I forget that at 6 am dressed in my sweats and gloves, i look like a cross between the Unibomber and OJ Simpson.

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One of the most popular and prolific pencillers in the comic book industry, Jamal Igle is an award winning artist and writer. Best known for his run on Supergirl with writer Sterling Gates, Jamal has been a professional jack of all trades for nearly 20 years, drawing every title from Action Comics to Zatanna for DC Comics. A former comics retailer, Editor for several small press companies including TV Comics, Airwave Comics and Destination Entertainment. Former Junior Art Director and Marketing rep in the Advertising and publishing arenas. Jamal's clients include Marvel Comics, image Comics, Dark Angel productions/ Simmons and Company, Devil's Due Studios, Crusade Entertainment, Walt Disney inc., Sony Television, CBS Television and Scholastic Entertainment. Jamal has also worked as a conceptional artist for the Toy and gaming industries as well as film and television. Jamal is married to his beautiful, and much smarter wife Karine.They're also the proud parents of an extremely cute child named Catherine and a Cat named Loustique