Sunday, November 12, 2006

Pretty good Sunday so far

Last night I was bad - I had a slice of pie and a bowl of chips after dinner but again, my weight doesn't seem to be affected. Although it's stopped going down, so I guess there is an effect.

Today, so far, I was good. I had my usual - 3 eggs, 1 slice of cheese and a bagel with creme cheese. All of that is only like 500 calories. I have a 2000 calorie diet I'm trying to maintain, so 500 calories for a meal isn't bad.

I'm thinking I need some coffee, though, which is empty calories. The thing that kills me is the creamer. That stuff is worse than the sugar.

Other things have been going on for me - I'd been locked out of my Gmail account - it has since been fixed but I had to complain a lot. I can't really blame the Gmail guys - I think bad stuff has been happening since every time I went to report it (I was reporting it daily for a while) there was a different way to get to the place I needed to go to report it to a person.

I changed from Bloglines to Google Reader last week or so because they fixed it to expanded view with automatic flagging of posts as read as you scroll past them. I also integrated it with Gmail through a Greasemonkey script. This is pretty cool but it doesn't do expanded view. The guy who wrote the script is actually a Google employee who works on Reader. He said he had to fix something in Reader itself to force it to List view so I don't think the Greasemonkey script can force it back to Expanded view but I've asked a programmer friend to take a look at it.

I'm at work at my "easy" job today and I brought a lot of work from my school job so I have a lot of reports to write, etc.

If anybody reads this, I would be excited to start a dialog and talk with you about stuff if you're interested.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Time for some motivation

I have remained at my earlier weight of 255-ish for the past few months. I've checked my weight every once in a while but haven't entered it in the Physicsdiet site. I also have begun snacking again, even though that was what was so successful for me in my past. Although, on the other hand, I have not gone up even though I have been snacking again.

Anyway, why am I making this post? Because I feel that I need the motivation of publishing to an audience, even though nobody actually reads this blog. If I post and say that today I ate a small pizza in addition to my normal breakfast of three scrambled eggs, one slice of cheese and a bagel with cream cheese then I may shame myself into eating better. (I'm also drinking coffee, laced with non-dairy creamer, which is really bad for me.)

I added my weight from this morning to Physicsdiet and the updated graph is above.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Boring perpetual post

I think this will be my last post for a while. This image is linked to my information at Physicsdiet. It'll stay updated everyday as I update my information there.

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Sunday check up

I'm starting to wonder if I should go to weekly posts or just post pictures without comments... I keep saying the same thing (look at me! I'm toggling between two points!)

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Missed some posts

Kinda interesting watching the stagger of the plot... flatline for a couple of days, then down one or two pounds... rinse and repeat.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Double or nothing

Missed yesterday but here's two days worth of logs... Seeing some progress... yay!

Monday, July 24, 2006

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Sunday weigh-in

A little bit higher today but I couldn't exercise over the weekend... We'll see how it goes from here.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Saturday check-in

Finally some movement... I guess it was those box lunches at the conference I attended this week... Once I got away from them, I saw some movement again... I didn't even exercise yesterday... Should have, but didn't.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Ugh - Still stuck

Still at 280. How frustrating.. I guess those box lunches have too many calories.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Wednesday Weigh-in

Back up again on the scale, even though the average continues to decrease... I think I may need to change up my eating habits but I'm not certain yet...

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Tuesday transition

Yay! Finally some movement on the weightloss front.... Lost two pounds according to the scale... the smoothing effects of the trend line makes it look like less but that's alright... Slow and steady and all that.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Maintenance Monday

Can't exercise on the weekends, so it's good that I can maintain over the weekend... Just up a little bit... Not too bad. Looks like I'm on track to lose some weight tomorrow.. I got to jog on the treadmill for 2 miles today...

Sunday, July 16, 2006

I was just reading....

I was just reading about using moving averages to report weight loss. Of course, it's slower to change (because it's an average) so if looks like I'm heavier than I am but it *is* more accurate. I guess I'll start reporting that number. So far, I've moved from 287 to 284.26. Hopefully, we'll see some change this week, too. Should be easy as long as I stay away from coffee with cream and sugar at the conference this week.

Up a little bit

Up a little according to the scale but still down overall.. and the trendline keeps going in the right direction, which is important, as I have been reminded.

I can see why people get depressed about these slight setbacks and I could see myself going right back up again but I won't.. I'm smarter than that... this is a lifestyle change, not a short term thing.

I'm going to read Physicsblog for some more insights.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Site I found

See, now this is how this internet stuff is supposed to work... I wrote a post, figuring nobody would ever read it.. then somebody does and he harmlessly plugs his site. I visit the site, figuring it's total crap and not at all related (at Wordpress, somebody linked to their sewing site... that's so related to my weightloss issues) and it's brilliant. It's what I've been looking for for a while, now, since went away. is a great site. I have a profile there and it lets me see how horribly fat I am (it's okay.. I'm working on it and being successful...) I think I'm going to start linking to the graphs from that site rather than rolling my own from the Hacker's Diet. Right now, because I just started, the graphs are all wonky. They'll level out as I move forward.

Stagnant Saturday

Okay... big changes behind the scenes here... using the awesome Hacker's Diet stuff now (I'll add a link later).. The other stuff was too much manual labor.. this is automated but complicated... Anyway, I'm still stuck at 280... sucks.. and I'm going into the weekend which is where I am the weakest...

Edit: Link added

Friday, July 14, 2006

Friday flatline

I was afraid of this, but it happened... I've flatlined... I'm at 280 again today. Maybe a little on the underside of 280 but not 279.5. It's okay, though... every time I lose weight, I hit a flat line for a while, then I start up again... just need to work my way through this temporary flatline...

Thursday, July 13, 2006

It's Thursday!


Down to 280.5... Went walking a mile with the kids yesterday, around the neighborhood. They rode in the Barbie Jeep while I jogged behind them. Today, I went to the Y and did 2 miles on the treadmill. Also stepped on the stairclimber... I don't think I'm smart enough to do that.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Wednesday check-in

I'm at my other job where the filters are crazy - can't access Gmail, can't access the original site I stole the Excel spreadsheet from - so I'll just verbally report that I lost another pound, down to 283. Walked/jogged 2 miles on the treadmill at the Y. Won't be able to exercise tonight, as we're going out to eat with a bunch of my wife's friends. I'll be good, though - I already know what I'm going to order and I won't drink beer (that'll be tough... this is a drinking crowd) but Diet Coke.

Oh well, back to work. (I also found out that I got a raise. Pretty dang cool.)

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

If it's Tuesday, it's another pound


I lost another pound, down to 284. The scale was jumping around a lot this morning and I had some problems reading it.. I'm also really tired and I don't know why.. went to bed at 9:30 last night.

Also went walking about 2 miles last night, following the kids in their Barbie jeep. My knees are telling me that they don't want to do that again. Tough.

I also, obviously, changed the spreadsheet some. Starting Thursday, I think, it'll have a rolling average which will be some additional information.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Monday morning diet post


By *not* eating 6 hotdogs and *not* getting a Whopper yesterday, I lost 2 pounds. I was pretty hungry, though. But that's okay.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Weight loss progress

Until I find a better way of doing this, that's an Excel spreadsheet screenshot, processed through Zooomr. I'm restarting my lifestyle change (not a diet) and I'll be posting updates as frequently as possible (daily, I hope).

After eating 6 hot dogs yesterday followed by a Whopper King size meal from Burger King, it's time to get this back under control. I'm going to try to stop by the Y tomorrow and get on a treadmill for a while, too.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

My first comment

In the post below, A good day to (re)start a blog, none other than Thomas Hawk made the first comment on this blog. How awesome is that?

Now, of course, he works for Zooomr and that is my Zooomr post to get a pro account with them (I still don't know what I get for that) and I submitted it to Zooomr, but still. Pretty cool.

Okay. I'm going to get off my fanboy phase now.

(Fine - this is less cool now that I'm migrating back to Blogger but still... it's pretty cool - but I have no proof as I deleted the comment. Which is fine. Because Wordpress was too limited... I'll make that post shortly.)

Amateur weatherman

My high school physics class (of all places) taught me some amateur weather forecasting. I still use it to a degree. I stepped outside earlier (had to get another Diet Coke) and it was beautiful. Not too hot, nice breeze blowing. Now I need to see if I can explain it. I'm betting there's a high pressure system either directly over us or slightly to the west of us, causing a clockwise spin of air, bringing cooler air from the north down to us. Let's see if I'm right.

Well, I was kinda right. The high pressure system is over Ohio which is only a few states to the north and west of South Carolina.

A good day to (re)start a blog

I was surfing around Hacking Netflix today and saw that Zooomr is giving away free pro accounts to bloggers. In their post about the program they answered the obvious question about what kind of posting record do I need to have. "None!" they reply. Oh how they don't know me. :P

Here is my obligatory Zooomr picture to link back to Zooomr for the free account:

The Smoking Gun prompts question

My completely unused blog is going to start getting used. Maybe.

So, I was going through my email and hit upon a subscribed newsletter to The Smoking Gun. I know... how 20th century, when we have RSS to help us out. I know nobody cares but the reason I choose to read The Smoking Gun via email is because they filter it. I'm of a personality type that I have to read everything that is pushed at me. If I subscribed to their RSS feed, I would be overwhelmed with junk, I'm sure.

So, here are some questions about the most recent stories they have. Since when is 29 pills of Viagra worth $1? On the customs form from his recent arrest, the value of the confiscated item is listed as 1 bottle of pills, containing 29 individual items, value - $1. Isn't the street value like $10 a pop?

Sunday, March 12, 2006

I'm such a follower

So, my last post was inspired by Wil Wheaton - this one is by Chris Pirillo. I'm such a fanboy.

Chris is starting a weight loss thing and has started a mailing list that I joined... he presented it for bloggers to join. I'm not a blogger but I joined anyway. I don't think I'll get the boot but I may.

He also suggests that public disclosure seems to be best. I have to agree with that.

You wouldn't know it by looking at me but I weight 272 pounds. There used to be this wonderful program which created trending graphs but I think it's gone now. That totally sucks because it was wonderful. I'll see if there's anything out there like it.

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Writing Exercise

Wil at has posted some interesting thoughts about the need to just purge your brain of crap and move on to the real work. He suggested that you sit down in front of your blog and just spew everything out there. So, I will.

My real work is writing psychoeducational reports which are confidential, so I can't share any insights here. I don't particularly want to do anything with them, especially on a Sunday, but I have too much work to do on the other days that I can't really get anything accomplished without using my weekends as well.

Let's see... another thing that Wil talks about was the feeling of validation of having people read his blog. I know that nobody out there reads this blog or cares or knows of its existence, but that's okay. Maybe I can use this as just a 10 minutes mind blowing technique. Just flush the crap out of there and have it free to run amok on my real work.

This is my first real experience with wordpress. I don't know if I like wordpress or blogger better. I like how clean this interface is and how effortless it is to just type away. I suppose Blogger would be like that after some work, too, though. Just the thought of all of those little tags and Blogger specific dealios was just daunting. Maybe I'll go back but I don't think I'll need to.

Hmmm.. What else? I'm waiting to get in on the Yahoo! Beta. I've been waiting since something like August, I think. Maybe if I bitch about it in private, something will happen. Yeah, right.

My wife and I are working on painting a portion of our downstairs this beautiful deep red/maroon color. It's gorgeous. But red paint sucks because you have to put like 3 coats on to cover the white from before. I don't know what the deal is with that. It seems to be very watery as compared to the other paint I worked with to fix little boo-boos from installing a wall section.

So, how cool is that? My father-in-law came by and we put up a 5 foot section of wall to break up some of the openness of the downstairs. The wall gives us more floor space, allowing us to do some cool furniture arranging.

But, there's another problem with our house-I think we may have some water damage in our upstairs bedroom. How we got water damage there, I have no idea. It would have to come in through the roof, run down some studs or something and then pool in on particular place. Very odd.

But we did see that we have some water damage from our shower. I need to fix the shower door which allows water to run out when we bathe. I've been taking a shower in the hall bathroom for a couple of weeks now and that sucks. Stepping on bath toys at 5:30 in the morning is no fun.

Well, I will assume that after figuring out how to post this, I'll be way over my 10 minutes. Back tomorrow.