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Hacker's Diet

March 16th, 2008 (07:12 am)

My diet is actually pretty simple. I wrote down a typical menu of what I eat in a day. (Except for dinner, which Randy makes, I always eat the same thing for breakfast and lunch.) I figured out what the calories were for that typical day. And then I subtracted 500 calories from that typical day. (In my case, switching from Taco Bell's Grilled Steak Taco Fiesta Platter to Taco Bell's Zesty Chicken Bowl.) This is the base of the Hacker's Diet.

That's it. 500 calories less a day results in weight loss of one pound a week.

I've been on diets before. I've felt hungry, or guilty, or spent too much time crying because it wasn't working. A few years ago I decided I wasn't going to put myself through that any more. This time, just like the way I fixed my finances, is easy. I'm paying attention. I'm reading blogs of other people who are doing (have done) the same thing. And it's working. When I did my Year of the Finances, my goal was to stop living paycheck to paycheck, have 1,000 saved up in a emergency savings account, and not pay any more late fees. I'd accomplished that goal in three months! Do I think the same thing will happen with my weight? Maybe, maybe not. But I have that same feeling of success building on success and everything happening easily.

the law of averages

March 14th, 2008 (07:58 pm)

The thing that I love about Physicsdiet.com is how it averages out my weight loss. Ok, I'll admit that's not my favorite part when I've lost three pounds and the site lists me as losing an average of one pound a week, but on the other hand, when my weight fluctuates up, I can still see that my over all trend is down.

Plus I love the cool charts and gadget-y feel of the site :)

what not to wear (home edition)

March 14th, 2008 (07:56 pm)

I've seen two episodes of "How to Look Good Naked", and I've seen more than two episodes of "What Not to Wear". Carson, the host of "How to Look Good Naked" is (I'm pretty sure) the mean guy from "Queer Eye for a Straight Guy". But in HtLGN he was surprisingly compassionate and helpful.

"What Not to Wear" varies widely in advice and meaness, but when it's good, it's really good.

I've learned a lot from both shows. So, I've been (virtually) hanging out at OneStopPlus.com. It puts a lot of women's plus size stores (Avenue, Lane Bryant, Roaman's, etc) in one spot. I also have a coupon code (ww18930) which gives $20 off any order of $50 or more. I've been placing several $50 orders, and getting them for $20 off :) This coupon expires 6/30/08, so I plan on having my wardrobe done at that point :)

Fortunately for me, OneStopPlus.com also has a very nice return policy. I'd say that 2/3 of what I've gotten didn't look as nice as I thought they would. But the 1/3 items that made the cut? I really like them.

I don't expect the clothes I buy to make me love my body. I'm just tired of hiding myself behind my clothes. I'm looking at business clothes and sexy clothes and clothes in more colors than the traditional brown/black/gray I've been wearing. And I've developed some rules for myself.

I don't like shirts that hang down to my crotch. I'm 6'3" tall, but wearing a shirt that hangs at that level makes me feel like I have stubby legs, even though I know I don't. Ironically, way longer is ok. Two of my favorite purchases have been dusters :)

Princess seams are the way to go for me. I'm getting far more careful in reading/understanding the descriptions of the clothes, and princess seams emphasis all the parts of my body that I like.

Colors can be fun. I bought one aztec-y style print jacket and when it showed up I thought, "What was I thinking!!!!". I tried it and now I like it :)

Stop wearing pajamas to work. I used to heavily favor The Avenue's "Soft" collection. I have soft knit pants and soft shirts, and they're very comfortable. So comfortable that I can use them as pajamas (and have). Comfort is still important to me, but I also want style and shape and texture.

2008 year of the body

March 9th, 2008 (07:24 pm)

I made 2007 the year of finances. I paid attention to them, and raised my FICO score 100 points during the year. What surprised me is that it wasn't hard. I guess I thought it would be, which is why I'd never done it before. Oh, and I didn't know how before, which, yeah, probably would have made it harder. But I really got into the financial thing, and got good results over the course of the year. (March '07 to March '08.)

This year I'm making my "year of the body". I'm expanding my comfort zone in the clothes that I wear, and learning more about what looks good on me, rather than just wearing what other people like. I'm doing some things with my hair, some of which are successful, and some of which haven't been. And I've decided that I need to lose weight.

Notice that I said, "need to". Not want to. I think that's what's making the difference for me. I've finally felt that mental switch trip over after all the years of trying to make it happen. I'm not sure what did it for me, but I think it was the pillow creases on my face. When I wake up in the morning, I only have pillow creases on the left side of my face. That's because I can only sleep on my left side. Any other position ends up with me getting acid reflux (ugh) or I just plain stop breathing (which means I never sleep well, because my body has to keep waking up to breathe).

I'm using physicsdiet.com as my weight loss support website.

Randy has been incredibly supportive, which is also something new for me. He loves my body (and shows me that), which is important to me because there are many times when I don't love my body. Randy also does all the cooking and really changed our menu to support me in my weight loss.

So, I'm eagerly looking forward to this year. The Year of the Body.

Commentary on this meme

July 22nd, 2007 (06:56 am)

I took the personality test, even though I knew how I'd test. The only surprise was that in the past I've tested 100% introvert, and this test put me at only 89%.

What was new information to me, was that something that I thought I'd discovered about *me* turns out to be something about INFPs in general. It's about the importance of creativity in our daily lives. I'd discovered that the surest weapon in a battle against depression is creating something, anything, every day. Turns out that is true for INFPs in general. It's not about the completion, or the recognition. It's about the act of creation itself.

I decided to clip some sentences describing INFPs that I really resonated with.

Click to view my Personality Profile page

"When it comes to the mundane details of life maintenance, INFPs are typically completely unaware of such things. They might go for long periods without noticing a stain on the carpet, but carefully and meticulously brush a speck of dust off of their project booklet." Personality Page

Oh yeah, this is totally me. I live a cluttered life, but I just don't *see* it for long stretches of time. I predict that this may become a problem when Randy and I move in together, so I'm going to try really hard to stay on top of it.

"INFPs never seem to lose their sense of wonder. One might say they see life through rose-colored glasses. It's as though they live at the edge of a looking-glass world where mundane objects come to life, where flora and fauna take on near-human qualities." Type Logic

Yeah again. I'm an animist, and talk to my car, my computer, etc. I resonate with Amelie, even if I don't want to. (Which reminds me, how come she's never listed in the "fictional people that are INFPs" lists?)

"INFP children often exhibit this in a 'Calvin and Hobbes' fashion, switching from reality to fantasy and back again. With few exceptions, it is the NF child ... whose stuffed animals come to life like the Velveteen Rabbit and the Skin Horse" Type Logic

Oh yeah. I didn't have imaginary friends, but some of my stuffed animals were alive. Still are, in fact.

"Their extreme depth of feeling is often hidden, even from themselves, until circumstances evoke an impassioned response." Type Logic

This one is painfully true. My feelings are often hidden, even from myself. Sometimes I've even toyed with the idea that I don't have any feelings. Then something will happen, and I will feel in a sudden flood of emotion, and I realize, oh yea, I do have feelings.

I also liked a lot of the stuff about strengths and weaknesses on Personality Page. Too many to list :)


July 4th, 2007 (04:44 am)

The pain woke me up at about three this morning. I rolled over in my sleep, and that hurt so much I woke up. It's my back again, damn that hit and run driver. I took my meds, decided to get water and use the facilities while I could still walk, and now I'm going to drift back off to sleep. Carefully, so my back won't wake me up again. I'm *hoping* that the almost preemptive meds strike will prevent this from getting really bad.

Happy Birthday!

June 21st, 2007 (07:42 pm)

Happy Birthday mabon_grey

I love you.

Move prep

June 17th, 2007 (03:01 pm)

Yesterday, while mabon_grey and I were out shopping, my Forearm Forklifts arrived in the mail. I'm eager to try them out, but don't really have anything to move until July 28, when we move in together in our new apartment!

I've created a Google calendar with my moving schedule/plan. It includes things like my purging schedule (to get rid of stuff we don't want to move), combine our phone plans with Verizon, get a change of address kit from the post office, turn on and off various utilities, etc.

Right now, I'm searching for some good moving tips sites. Not just how to pack, but to do lists, things that I might be forgetting.

Book meme

June 13th, 2007 (08:09 pm)

Book meme grabbed from jeliza

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 23.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.
5. Don't dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one: pick the CLOSEST.

"The pentacle on the optical bench is powered down and empty, the jar beside it is labelled Dust from ye Tombe of ye Mummy (prop. Winchester Road Crematorium) and you don't need to be a necromancer to figure out what that means."

"The Atrocity Archives" by Charles Stross (who I could have sworn had an LJ, but now I can't find it)

Edit: jeliza knew it was autopope!


June 12th, 2007 (08:29 pm)

Randy (mabon_grey) and I got the apartment. We have to sign the lease on July 27, and we can start moving in on July 28.

Of course, moving means getting rid of everything I don't want to move. And Randy and I have lots of duplicates of things, so I expect to be doing the Freecycle thing. A lot.

I'm filled with joyous excitement. Unfortunately, for me, I have a deep fear that untempered joyous excitement is asking for bad things, so I keep trying to rein myself in. Why? Why? Can't I just enjoy this time without causing myself problems? And some of the stuff I worry about is so strange. For example, this afternoon I was worried that I would never be able to use henna again. Never mind that I haven't used henna in years, or that I have options for doing henna outside of my own living space. I was just worried about lack of henna. See? Weird. And not in a good way.