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My Weight Loss: The September Edition

Hey, everybody. Antoni, here with my weight loss update.   I know I said that from this month until December aka the -ber months are going to be used to lose a lot more weight. I am still keeping to that promise and, as you can tell, I have gone from 14 stone 1.76 lbs (197.76 lbs or 89.7 kg) to 13 stone 7.6 lbs (189.6 lbs or 86 kg). That means I have lost beyond half a stone in this month alone, i.e. 8.16 lbs or 3.7 kg.   This was not just due to the fact that I still maintained a pescatarian, vegetarian, and fruitarian diet along with fitting as much exercise as I can, but it is also thanks to the Ketogenic Diet or the Keto Diet for making this first -ber month weight loss accomplishment possible. Moreover, this is also something my flatmate and I have been doing and the results have been fantastic.   Sure, this was not easy, as I did crave for pasta, cereals, rice, and certain foods that brought me to my doldrums. However, with the persistence, resilience, and determination I had in my mind, soul, and body to not go back to the route of obesity again, I do not miss these foods whatsoever and I hope not to go back to them again.   I have my great friend Jill to thank so much from the bottom of my heart for encouraging me to be on the Keto Diet and I am feeling very ecstatic to have done this. I have more motivation and confidence every waking morning and I intend to lose more weight to live the fulfilling, independent, and excellent-quality life I have always wanted and needed. Furthermore, I have found something that is sustainable, has worked really well for me so far, and something I can definitely live well with.   I wanted to lose between 7 to 14 pounds (3.175 kg to 6.35kg) by the end of September. Now that I found out that I lost 8.16 lbs (3.7 kg), I feel like I smashed my target and I am on my way to being away from being classified as clinically obese, since my BMI is currently 30.1. Yes, this is also totals as an overall weight loss, from when I started back in August 27, 2019 being 17 stone 3.64 lbs (241.64 lbs or 109.6 kg) to now being 13 stone 7.6 lbs (189.6 lbs or 86 kg), of 3 stone 10.04 lbs (52.04 lbs or 23.6 kg). It is just 3.56 more pounds until I hit my 4-stone (56-pound or 25.4-kg) weight loss to end up being within the healthy weight range.   While it was great to wrap up my first -ber month with this piece of progress, I cannot rest on my laurels. October is coming up. By the looks of it, if I keep this weight-loss progress up, I could already lose a stone (14 lbs or 6.35 kg) in total. I might even end up losing between 1 stone 2 lbs or 1 and a half stone (16 lbs and 21 lbs or 7.26 kg or 9.53 kg).   From this day until the end of the day, any weight lost between this month until December, let alone before the start of 202, is so much better than any weight regained.

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Leaves from The Vine A Capella

I take myself back to when I was a young teenager and first heard this song from one of my favorite cartoons of all time Avatar the Last Airbender. I know I can never surpass the late, great Mako when it comes to this song, but I gave this song a go and I hope you enjoy my rendition of it from the episode “Tales from Ba Sing Se”.

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Repetera La Mort from Bizet’s Carmen A Capella

I love Carmen and I will not deny it in the slightest. Let’s face it, if I were a curvaceous woman and a mezzo-soprano, I would sing her to my heart’s content, especially where the final lines of her third act card aria En Vain Pour Eviter is concerned. I hope you enjoy my rendition of this.

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Sul Capo Mio Le Chiome from Verdi’s Il Trovatore A Capella

At this rate, this video should be retitled “I wish were a woman and singing dramatic mezzo-soprano and contralto roles” because they always get the best roles in opera. I thought it would be great if I also did this for fun. I hope you enjoy my rendition of Azucena’s closing lines from her second aria in Act 2 “Condotta ell’era in ceppi” from Verdi’s Il Trovatore.

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Lord Arturo Bucklaw from Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor. His role in this opera may be thankless, especially for a lyric tenor, but his little solo during Lucia’s wedding is absolutely fun to do. Perhaps, it would have been more fun with the chorus. Enjoy listening to my rendition of Arturo’s little number as much as I enjoyed singing it.

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Ah, Belmonte from Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail or The Abduction of the Seraglio. As a lyric tenor, I can decree that he is one of my most favorite Mozart characters for the tenor voice, and here I am singing his entrance aria. It was also a really challenging aria to get through, but I definitely enjoyed the ride. So, I hope you all enjoy my rendition.

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I take on the challenge of singing Bois-Rosé’s little yet under-appreciated aria from the third act of Giacomo Meyerbeer’s Les Huguenots, which definitely needs a whole lot more love. Trust me when I say that singing this was akin to climbing Mount Everest, given that I have been doing and redoing this for about ten takes until I got to the one which I thought was all right. One should not be fooled by the size of Bois-Rosé’s role, as his Rataplan is extremely demanding, especially with the backing of the chorus. And yes, I sang this solo, which proved to be even tougher. I hope you enjoyed my rendition of this short tenor aria, as flawed as it is.

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Thank You To All My 1,524 YouTube Subscribers

Good afternoon to you all. Antoni here, and I am very euphoric and grateful to have reached 1,524 subscribers. In the duration of five months, I have managed to attain this many subscribers to my channel, and I thank each and every one of you for being supportive of all my endeavors. You are all awesome and I wish you all well. I know these times with the pandemic have been tough as well as dealing with university, but I kept on marching forward and continued to stay inspired thanks to all of you, my dear subscribers, fellow artists, fellow reviewers, fellow actors, fellow voice actors, fellow music and entertainment aficionados, and fellow musicians. For those of you who are new to my channel, please feel welcome to subscribe and check out all the content I have to offer you. You will not regret it. Once again, thank you so much for this honor, and I wish you all a most pleasant and blessed day. https://www.youtube.com/c/operaanimelover369

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Kiss Me Licia A Capella

I take myself back to when I was ten years old traveling to Italy with my parents when I caught Kiss Me Licia, known in its original Japanese as Ai Shite Night, on the TV station Italia 1. Since then, this theme song has been a part of my life growing up. Happy listening, folks.

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