Friday, April 30, 2004

Keep it Simple Stupid

I've posted a lot of detailed fitness plans and schemes on this blog since the first of the year, but I've finally decided to just go with what we all know deep down works: Eat Less and Exercise More. With the Weight Watchers plan I've been restricting my diet to 1500 calories or less, and for the last week or so I've been walking about 2 miles a day. Today's D.B.A.N. is 280 pounds, which is about 40 lbs less than what I weighed back in December, 2003. I've lost about 8 lbs in the last two weeks on Weight Watchers, which is pretty good so far. I updated the D.B.A.N. chart to show some projected dates of reaching my target weight of 225.

Thursday, April 29, 2004

Dwarven Haiku

Old, but still funny. The Dwarven Poetry thread.
New Scales

It's hard to say what the D.B.A.N. is today. The first 6 times I got on the scales this morning it read 278. Then it read 282 five times in a row. I could split the difference and call it 280, but I'll stick with 282 for now. My scales at home are electronic and fairly old, so they seem to be wildly inaccurate at times. I'll be researching this and getting back to my faithful readers soon.

Wednesday, April 28, 2004

Daily Update

Nothing much to say today so far. D.B.A.N. is still at 282, but shows signs of going down further soon. My heels are feeling much better today, and may be due to the fact that my calf muscles seem to have finally relaxed some and don't hurt really bad when I stretch them. I'm taking it a little easy today on the walking to give everything a chance to rest.

Tuesday, April 27, 2004

They can have my Gmail when they pry it out of my cold, dead hands...

There's a lot of controversy about Google's Gmail and privacy concerns. My personal opinion is that most of the detractors are privacy fundamentalist and the typical liberal "we know what's best for you" bleeding hearts. Basically they're idiots. The best argument about this I've seen so far was this post by Tim O'Reilly.
Just Really Cool

This type of technology will be what drives the next real generation of computer gaming. Today's games can have really pretty and lifelike images, but you're still just staring at a computer monitor.

I'm proud to say that today's D.B.A.N. is 282, so I've finally broken through the 284 pound barrier. The extra walking I've been doing since last week is finally paying off. I did so much walking Sunday and Monday that my glutes actually hurt yesterday afternoon. My advice to anyone losing weight is "Hills are your friend." Find a steep hill and walk up and down it several times a day.

Monday, April 26, 2004

Use It Or Lose It


Friday, April 23, 2004


Ok, I ripped this URL from the Chetster, but it was too funny not to. Check out my blog after it's been pooted up.
Big Wheel Keep on Turning

The Big Wheel almost disappeared recently, but is making a comeback with a new company. I can't believe the new models don't have a hand brake on the side. That was the best part of Big Wheels. Growing up, our driveway was really steep and covered with chert rock. We'd ride Big Wheels down it at breakneck speeds and then pull on the brake and turn the wheel really hard to spin out at the bottom. We were really rough on Big Wheels, and probably went through half a dozen of them or more.

We also used to ride our Big Wheels off the end of the pier when we camped at the river during the summer. They float, but you can't really propel yourself in the water very well while you're riding them. My cousin Mark and I used to theorize that you could modify the main wheel to provide better aquatic propulsion, but we never had the means to implement it.
Google Me Baby

I acquired a beta account for the new Google email yesterday, and my new email address is I must say I really enjoy using it so far. One Gigabyte of storage space, archiving, easy search features, and quick filtering to different labels make it a real joy to use. It works perfectly with Mozilla Firefox, my favorite browser, and it's extremely fast, unlike my email which used SquirrelMail. I haven't found one thing about gmail so far that's annoying.
Sucking it Up

While the D.B.A.N. is stubbornly sticking to 284 pounds, my waistline is still shrinking. Today I had to use the last notch on my belt, and that notch is one I cut into it several years ago the last time I lost weight. I lost 4 pounds this week on Weight Watchers, and my lovely wife lost 1 pound. Not bad so far.

Thursday, April 22, 2004

Lexington Just says 'No'

Bwahaha. Despite the best efforts of Paul Clemmons and the Tobacco Lobby, Lexington, Kentucky has passed a no-smoking ordinance and gotten away with it. Hopefully Nashville and Tennessee will be next. Along

Still at 284 today. I think it should be on the verge of going lower. So far Marissa and I have been doing well on our diet for the last 7 days. She goes to officially weigh in later today, but she thinks she's lost 2 lbs this week.

Tuesday, April 20, 2004


So I was watching Spartacus last night on USA. Doesn't seem to be too accurate historically. The biggest thing for me was the Romans using cavalry with stirrups in 72 B.C. I don't think stirrups were common in Europe until at least 500 A.D. I guess the show was reasonably entertaining, but I see no reason why they would have to change the story around.

Edit: This was the new Spartacus mini-series, not the old one with Kirk Douglas.
Tuesday Update

The D.B.A.N. for today is 284. After a slow start with Weight Watchers, I think the weight is starting to come off again. Marissa and I both seem to being doing well on it so far. It will probably save us money in the long run since we're planning out most of or meals now instead of just eating out all the time. I haven't been able to crack under 284 so far since I started losing weight this year. Hopefully this will be the week that it happens. Unfortunately, my heels are still hurting, but there may be some slight improvement recently.

Friday, April 16, 2004

New Thrones

Here's one for the Heffer. New toilets hitting the market that are much harder to clog. I'm sure Heff is up for the challenge.

The next time my wife trys to tell me I'm a big dork, I'm going to make her look at this website again.

Thursday, April 15, 2004

Still Fat

The D.B.A.N. is at 288. I'm stuck in a rut. Tomorrow Marissa and I both start Weight Watchers. I've got to try something else since I haven't been able to stick to Atkin's lately. My heels are still hurting a good bit, but I think they're getting better. I spend several hours each night rolling a frozen 2-liter bottle of water under my feet. So far that's the only thing that's really helping it.

Thursday, April 08, 2004

Maundy Thursday

My step-daughter Victoria asked me earlier in the week what Maundy Thursday was. I wasn't exactly sure at the time, but I looked it up. Check the link for more info.

Friday, April 02, 2004

Hatch States

I've been to 46 States so far.

create your own personalized map of the USA
or write about it on the open travel guide

Thursday, April 01, 2004


Great. I missed having the latest model pacemaker from Medtronic installed by about 45 days. The new model I get in 8 to 10 years better play mp3's, that's all I've got to say.
Going Down Again

The D.B.A.N. today was 286. Headed lower again finally. My feet are hurting me a lot this week, so walking hasn't been much on the agenda. Hopefully I can get started again on the fitness plan next week.
Hatch Interest Kills Another Show

Well, everytime I start to like a T.V. show, it usually gets canceled. It happened to me last year with Lyon's Den, and now they're cancelling Century City after only 4 episodes. The show was sort of cheesy, but I enjoyed it for the most part.