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39 years old
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from Knoxville, TN

  • Activity

    • New YouTube Channel & Weight Loss Journal #2

      4 weeks ago

      onlydraven

      So I have finally started my own YouTube channel!  I've been wanting to for a long time and finally built up the nerve to give it a shot.  I was highly inspired by RoosterTeeth as well as Zach Anner and my friend Rachel who has two channels.  I would be honored if you would considered checking it out.


      The address is www.youtube.com/user/onlydraven


      I have been on my diet for almost three months now.  Since 12/26/16 I have lost 66 lbs.  I have my weight loss surgery in 5 days.  I'm both nervous and excited.  I have created a video talking about it ans what led up to it.  I will be documenting the surgery and the effects after on my channel so please check those out too.


      I had to come off the diet pills (hunger suppressants) because they were giving me regular panic attacks and paranoia.  I've managed to stick with the diet though and it's been very successful so far.


      Sadly I don't have many friends on here, even though I've been a member almost 11 years.  I would love to change that and find a way to be more active.  I'd love some advice on the best way to do that.


      Thanks for reading this and feel free to reach out to me here or an any social media site (I'm always under the name onlydraven).  

    • Weight Loss Journal #1

      3 months ago

      onlydraven

      So today I thought I'd start keeping a journal here of my weight loss.  If you read any of my old journals you'll see me talk about my struggles with my weight occasionally.  I've been a fatty for a long time.


      This time is different though because I'm getting some serious help.  I have just begun the process to have weight loss surgery.  I will be having a Duodenal switch with biliopancreatic diversion.  Basically, that means they will be removing 2/3 of my stomach permanently and then rewiring my small intestines so that I only use 3 of the 20 feet that exists.

      Let me begin by saying that I'm totally scared of the surgery.  There are always risks in surgery and this is no different.  From infections to death, things can always go wrong.  Sadly I'm at the point that I don't really have an option.  I'm almost 40 and I weigh over 400 pounds.  I am barely able to do day to day things and minimal exertion wears me out.  Add in the high blood pressure and risks of heart attack and stroke and you can tell I'm in bad shape.


      It will be an estimated three months before the surgery and until then I need to try to lose as much weight as possible.  The more I lose the safer the surgery will be.  The doctors put me on a strict 1600 calorie a day diet and prescribed hunger suppressants.   


      So this is week one of the diet.  The pills seem to be working and I'm already eating quite a bit less.  I'm going to track my progress on here even though no one really sees it but me.  I felt keeping a written log would be beneficial for me so I have a place to log my changes, fears and concerns...as well as hopefully my victories.


      I hope to post each week and I really hope each will contain good news.  


      Thank you for listening.


      Song of the week:  Sound of Silence by Disturbed

    • Update & Lazer Team

      1 year ago

      onlydraven

      Wow. I can't believe how long it's been since I posted a journal here. Damn that shit was nerdy.


      I'm married now. We were married on May 9th 2015. We have also purchased our first home, here in Oak Ridge, TN. I have a huge man-cave in the basement where I hope to start doing video's and starting my own Youtube channel very soon. I primarily play World of Warcraft and Minecraft, but I'll try just about anything.


      Tonight my friends and I saw the premier of Lazer Team here in Knoxville, TN. It was fucking amazing. We had a blast. As soon as I can get my hands on the DvD I will we will be gettingt back together for another group showing. My donation towards this flick was one of the best investments I've ever made.


      Still working for the same company, working 3rd shift. Good money, not so good experience but it pays the bills.


      I realize I need more friends on this site! I joined the RT Knoxville Facebook page today, so I am hoping to meet more local fans.


      That's about it. Hope everyone is doing well.


      Song of the week: Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats - S.O.B.

    • Checking In

      3 years ago

      onlydraven

      Been a while since my last entry. A lot has changed.

      I've been dating my girlfriend Heather for almost 11 months. We are currently looking for a house to rent together. Been pretty exciting. She has 17 tattoo's and got me my first one as my birthday present.

      I still work at ADT, currently in their training department. Been with the company 4 years as of 08/31.

      My girl and I went to a couple conventions this year. Horror Hound weekend in Cincinnati and Wizard World in Philly. Got to meet William Shatner, James Marsters, Charisma Carpenter, Norman Reedus, Tom Savini, and a bunch more. We will be going to Wizard World in Nashville this October to meet Bruce Campbell.

      Still trying to maintain the diet. Been tough lately and derailed a little. Hoping to get back on track after the move.

      Thanks to the amazingness of Achievement Hunter I discovered Minecraft and spend quite a bit of my time there. In fact, Achievement Hunter videos have become 95% of my at-home entertainment at this point. I've seen every Let's Play multiple time, as well as all the VS, Things to do, Let's Builds, Full Play's, Rage Quits, ect. Thank you guys for providing so much wonderful content. I don't even watch TV anymore.

      I do still play D&D quite often. I'm running three groups now. Two weekly and one monthly. Each with different people and different stories. All have been quite successful.

      That's all to report for now. I'd like to try and get down to RTX in the next couple years. Here's to hoping...

      Song of the week: Bones by Young Guns

    • Still Here

      4 years ago

      onlydraven

      So I've been maintaining my diet for 16 months now. There have been some struggles but currently I'm down 133 lbs. I've dropped 7 pants sizes. I have about 90 lbs to go to reach my goal. I've been working out a lot too, so while I'm still a big dude, I'm starting to see some shape in muscle in my arms and legs.

      I've been working a shit-ton lately, preparing for my summer trip with my best friend Kady. Spending time in New Orleans and then Pensacola Beach this year, the first week of August.

      I got a promotion in May. I'm now a supervisor at ADT Security in the customer service call center. Been with the company almost 3 years.

      Other than that not a lot going on. Still running my weekly D&D campaign every Sunday. Been running the same story for almost 8 years now with my current group.

      Song of the week: Runaway by Hail The Villain

    • Notifications Settings

      in Forums > Notifications Settings | Follow this topic

      onlydraven

      Is there a way to edit what notifications we get? I am constantly getting notifications that someone posted in threads I commented in weeks ago. Is there a way to remove this?

      4 replies

    • Hitting A Personal Goal

      5 years ago

      onlydraven

      So far November has started off with quite a bang!

      I started my diet on March 1st. It's not been easy, but I've managed to stick with it for 8 months now. I'm eating less, eating healthier and getting more exercise. My two best friends Kady and Amanda (Skip) have also been dieting with me and I would never have stuck with it if it wasn't for their motivation and support. Seeing Burnie's success and following it over the podcast has also been a strong motivator for me.

      As of November 1st I have lost 101 lbs.

      I was a pretty huge dude, and I still have quite a ways to go, but achieving this first big hurtle has really shown me that if I stick with it I can finally reach a point where I will once again be happy with my appearance. I hope to be at my goal weight by Xmas 2012.

      I'm 34 years old and at a point in my life that if I don't it could seriously effect my health.

      So here's to looking forward to hitting the next marker on my journey from fat to fit.

      Song of the Week: Ghosts In The Darkness - by Mumford and Sons

    • Preparing For Halloween

      5 years ago

      onlydraven

      I'm looking for Halloween this year. I always enjoy Halloween, but this year looks to be the best one in a long time.

      The Friday before I'm taking my best friends and my God-daughter to Boo at the Zoo, a Halloween even at the Knoxville Zoo. It should be a lot of fun. My God-daughter is only 2 1/2 and I love taking her places.

      Sunday the 30th my best friends Skip and Kady are coming over for our weekly D&D session, which will be Halloween themed. Both girls come over every week, and we've been playing the same campaign for years now. I've spent all week writing the next section and it should be pretty epic.

      On Halloween this little hottie named Ashley I've been crushing on forever is coming over to watch monster movies and then we'll head to the local bar to meet some friends.

      All in all, this Halloween has a shit ton of potential.

      Songs of the week:

      Let Me Go - by Christian Kane
      Anthem of the Angels - by Breaking Benjamin

    • Theme Song Archive

      in Forums > Theme Song Archive | Follow this topic

      onlydraven

      I'm sorry if this has all ready been suggested, but it would be great to have an archive of all the different Podcast theme songs. I have enjoyed quite a few of them and it would be nice to have a post with the song and the person who submitted it.

      Is there a comprehensive list anywhere?

      Thank you.

      4 replies

  • Comments (8)

    • OmGRvB

      9 years ago

      No prob.

    • OmGRvB

      9 years ago

      Theirs the link

    • OmGRvB

      9 years ago

      To get the movie you have to click on one of the red things.

    • asogg

      10 years ago

      image gift
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    • asogg

      10 years ago

      last chance to get mods in my journal contest. read about it in my latest journal. and if you need to know what the contest is about read my journal history

    • asogg

      10 years ago

      welcom to RVB, have a good time, trust me if you have question you should ask them

    • bootlegger

      10 years ago

      You have good, if somewhat eclectic, tastes.

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