Today brings the tenth month of 2012 to a close.
Today’s Personal Project
Get my shit straight.
Today’s Daily Challenge
Put your fork down between bites at one meal today.
Most of us can eat a meal in under 10 minutes, yet it takes our stomachs at least 20 minutes after we’re done eating to signal our brains that we’re no longer hungry. When you slow down your eating, you give your stomach a chance to catch up to your brain, which means you may actually eat less. By setting down your fork, you slow down the whole process.
That should be easy (or hard, depending how you look at things) for me to accomplish since so few of the meals that I eat these days require a fork.
I was hoping that October was going to be awesome. Well, it wasn’t really, and I didn’t have to deal with a major hurricane.
The only positives of the month were spending a weekend at LEAF with ITP-Readers Lisa and Randy, and eating more than fifty vegetarian meals.
The month’s negatives were plentiful — no bike rides, a dropping of exercise with the dropping of the temperature, no loss of weight (in fact, if you believe today’s weigh-in I’ve added weight), no dates nor even a hint at returning to the dating pool.
Here’s to hoping that November is much better.
Old And Cold
I’ve been noticing that I am doing fewer things in the later part of the evening, most noticeably I’ve been skipping concerts solely because I don’t feel like staying out late.
Such was the case last night. After a much more successful trip to my local Taco Mac I headed back into East Atlanta. I was feeling okay, it was probably close to 10pm (in fact, it was probably slightly later than that) so I could have popped into The EARL to hear Gringo Star put on a set of music as an opening act. I’ve been a long-time supporter of Gringo Star, seeing them often when they were called A Fir Ju Well, and for the past few years their bass player has been “Two Crabs Fucking’s” son Chris. But I just wasn’t feeling it…
Instead I returned home to a how so cold you’d swear it was occupied by a scorned lover (Ha! Talk about impossibilities in my life!). I think the thermostat read 59Â° F when I entered and by the time I got out of bed the temperature had sunk to 57Â° F (fear not, I have a space heater and keep my bedroom at a much more tolerable level).
Flannels And Space
One of the first things that I did upon returning home was to strip my bed of its cotton sheet set and replace it with a flannel sheet set. Ooooh, waaaarm.
As I mentioned previously I also have started employing the services of a small electric space heater to try and warm my space. Funny thing I realized this morning, the space heater works much better if you clear the dust from the screen which sits behind its fan; something to do with airflow or something, but what do I know, I’m no scientist.
Who amongst you has combined two weeks’ worth of stuff into one? I have been trying.
All week I have been under the impression that this was the weekend of the FDR State Park campout. I’ve allowed my camping gear to sit in the kitchen since LEAF; I’ve been telling people at work that I won’t be in the office Friday; I had planned to go grocery shopping tonight for the items I need to bring with me on Friday.
The camping trip is next weekend.
Perhaps I should try to schedule some things I’ve been putting off because I expected to be out of town of Friday…
Good News From The Northern Front
In a quick phone conversation with my mother last night I heard that my brother, aka ITP-Reader Ronnie, has been bailing water out of his basement but they did not suffer any major damage.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – meh
Current Music – listening to a KEXP podcast featuring The Orbital
Website Of The Day – I’m always looking for new ways to acquire music. Yesterday I stumbled across You License.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – 206 pounds? Ooof.
Foot Mileage – ~60.3 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Pushups – 0
Situps – 0
Stairs – 0 flights
Days Of Bed-Making – 19 (I suppose had I made my sleeping bag and blanket in Black Mountain I could have claimed credit)
Vegetarian Meals – 53
Carnivorous Meals – 21
Pancakes Eaten – 4
Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0
– Wear “nice” clothes to work at least twice a week, if for no other reason than to have people wonder why I am dressing up. New!
– Eat no fewer than forty-five vegetarian meals
– Take at least one load of stuff from my house to Goodwill
– Take unused electronics to recycling center
– Post at least ten new photos during the month
– Lose at least two pounds (net weight loss)
– Finish two books (audio or otherwise, comic books do not qualify)
– Not to get sick for the entire month
– Exercise for thirty minutes no fewer than twenty days
– Ride no fewer than 100 miles
– Walk (or run) no fewer than 100 miles
– Do no fewer than 750 sit-ups
– Do no fewer than 300 push-ups
– Read a non-techincal book
– Find someone else to go out on a date with
2012 Goals [will be a little less fluid than last year]
– Get my weight under 200 pounds, or at least whittle myself back down to where wearing a 36″ pant size is comfortable
– Completely read ten books, audio books permissible
– Run Sharpened Stone as a real business
– Save $500 for the sole purpose of donating to charitable organizations of my choice
– Attend at least one professional photography workshop
– Ride in no fewer than five 50 mile or 50K bike rides
– Run in no fewer than one one 10K
– Submit at least one application under the name “Sharpened Stone” to Apple’s iOS store
– Restore the ITP Estate to a condition where it can be put up for sale at any time
– Buy a new
iPhone (iPhone 5), a new iPad (iPad 3?), and MacBook Air [look, not all goals have to be altruistic]
– Continue backing up all data, including the off-site storage
– Become a proficient and profitable programmer in Objective-C
– Do not create a solution for something which is not a problem
– Eat smaller portions
– Start, and continue, to make my own bread using my bread machine as well as using the technique outlined in Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking
– Read and discard magazines during the month in which they arrive (even digitally)
– See more live concerts than I did in 2011