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Sunday, August 30th

Meeting my Challenge Deadline

Nicole
08.30.09 @ 06:10 AM CST
feeling: grrr (and not in the great way)

So I have until Monday (tomorrow) to get product on 9 faces and do 2 interviews (or sharing appointments depending on what side of that fence you sit on - but that's for another time) so I've had some lame ideas.

1) I've emailed all my friends and clients and asked them to come to the house for a quick facial to help me out and if they bring a friend they get a prize

Note: Only 3 people have responded, 1 said yes and she'll bring her boyfriend, 1 said she would have a little time monday night and the last just said she's far too busy (and since she's planning her wedding I'm sure she is).

2) My loving Jocie has offered to do a facial over the phone! Which would count so we're keeping that in the mix.

3) Go to the mall and be the strange lady in the bathroom offering a comlimentary hand treatment and a 10 dollar gift certificate for their time - I'm pretty sure this is illegal, because you have to pay the mall to do services within the building as well as the fact that in direct sales you can't demo product in a retail setting.

Any ideas? I'm running low on time and ideas, desperation has set in perhaps a little too late!

Saturday, August 29th

Proud of my Honey

Jocelyn
08.29.09 @ 11:36 AM CST

Jon,

I'm so proud of you. Your commitment is admirable.

All my love,

Jocie

Friday, August 28th

Diary of a Diet: Days 6 & 7

Jon
08.28.09 @ 12:16 PM CST

Day 6 went mostly smoothly. I can do this diet. No problems. It makes me eat on purpose instead of being directed by whims and marketing.

Anyway. Day 6 went fine. I made my numbers, although I had slept poorly, so it was a little bit of a drag-ass day.

Day 7 I decided not to take "the prescription" because I think it's why I'm sleeping poorly. As a result, I had my first serious hunger pangs. Well, shit. Maybe I'm not as tough as I think.

The upside of Day 7 is that it was time for my weekly checkup, so I went in for my follow-up meeting and met with my NP. She explained the results of my blood work, I got my shots, and took new measurements. And the results are:

I'm down 13.5 pounds!

A lot of that is probably water, but thankfully, they take a lot more measurements than just weight. I'm going to make a fancy chart so that I can track them all...but I don't think I'll be putting that up on the web.

The other upside of day 7 is that it marks the end of the first week. I'm now allowed to eat Vegetables! Wow, life is going to be better now that I can add a little pepper and onions and pickles and stuff.

One odd thing is that they've measured all the protein in Ounces (that's by Mass, not Fluid Ounces, which is a measure of Volume) but they're measuring the veggies in cups? How the hell am I supposed to measure asparagus in cups without mangling it? Displacement? I don't have a graduated container large enough for that. Crap! ;-)

I've never understood why we measure food volumetrically anyway. It's not hard to weigh food, and if we all got used to working with mass-based measurements we'd find we need far fewer measuring tools in the long run.

Anyway. I digress. The diet is going well. Let's see how it goes next week.

Morally Bound

Nicole
08.28.09 @ 09:24 AM CST
feeling: getting there

So I've come to the understanding that there are a variety of paths that people take in becoming evil, some people get it from the way they were raised or social situations at different points in their life (as children this is beyond their control), we claim that some people are born with delusions and then for the rest of us it comes from the choices that we make. To tell people whatever it is they need to hear to get the outcome that we are looking for or by looking the other way when someone is doing something less than tasteful or appropriate.

So I have found that I am morally bound to myself and I must always represent myself in the truest form, meaning that I need to figure out how to do my job without thinking about what it is our clients do to get there's done.

Wednesday, August 26th

Diary of a Diet: Day 5

Jon
08.26.09 @ 10:13 AM CST

Day 5 was odd.

Following a complete lack of sleep I woke early-ish, hung out with the baby, got him dressed, got my medicine in order, gathered my food for the day, and dropped him at daycare. I got into the office around 9:30.

So, the odd part about day 5 is that I was totally disinterested in food. I didn't eat lunch until 1 or so, and I never did the afternoon snack. I wasn't hungry when I came home for dinner. But, because I have to get my kCals for the day, I had to figure something out.

So, here's the interesting thing I learned yesterday. If I don't get my calories early in the day, I get to eat a better dinner. Last night I got to eat a REAL EGG omelet with C.Bacon and LF Cheddar (that's how I log Low Fat Cheddar). It was SO good. I forgot how much I love yoke, and cheddar. Oh, sweet Jesus, it was good.

Anyway, I tested my pee at 8 and it was Moderately Ketonic, so my body is still burning fat. Yay.

Tuesday, August 25th

New Mac OS X has Antivirus Built In?

Jon
08.25.09 @ 07:17 PM CST



Well, today I feel as though my voice has been, somewhat, heard, or at least that an idea I had wasn't totally awful. You see, back in August of last year I wrote into a newish blog called "Dear Cupertino," which is a blog where people ask Apple, though not directly, to consider our pleas for new products, features, what-have-you. I wrote an entry about Anti-Virus baked right into Mac OS X, and it appears (according to Gizmodo) that my voice has been heard.

What you're looking at above is a screenshot from someone using the beta/pirated/developer version of the upcoming "Snow Leopard" Mac OS X 10.6, which hints at some Anti-Virus-y goodness built right in. What can I say? These people aren't dumb. Viruses are an OS Security issue. They should make an effort to address an issue with their own product.

Anyway. You can read my original Dear Cupertino entry here:
http://www.dearcupertino.com/2008/08/apple-anti-virus.html

PS - It's worth mentioning that Microsoft recently introduced a free anti-virus system for Windows. I honestly see that as a step in the right direction.

Diary of a Diet: Day 4

Jon
08.25.09 @ 10:26 AM CST

Didn't sleep. Woke up crappy. Blew my nose. Coughed and hacked.

I took my medicine. It upset my stomach. I threw up. I'm pretty sure I threw up my medicine. It tasted like Omega Three Pill (aka: Fish Oil, ick). I don't think it was the medicine or the diet that made me sick. I think it was the sinus drain-off and the copious amount of water I had in me at the time.

I couldn't think of eating anything, so I drank a protein shake as I left the house, and then again at noon, when I headed to Medi to get my booster MIC shot.

For lunch I had some Canadian Bacon (which I've taken to calling C.Bacon in my log) and low fat Provolone, which I have come to really dislike.

I worked until 7, ate Pork Loin and Low-Fat Cheddar for dinner at 8:30, and went to bed at 10 or so. I slept like crap again. Ugh.

Monday, August 24th

Doing my part

Nicole
08.24.09 @ 11:42 AM CST

So this past weekend I had not time to blog because I was super busy! Not just rather busy or kind of busy but super busy!

Friday, Kevin and some of his friends went camping so I dropped him off at work and ran to the store to get all of the items that I would need for this weekend (everything purchased at 1 store - you got to love America) I got home around 9am and started packing for Saturday. I had 2 networking events to attend so I would need goodie bags and gift certificates for both as well as door prizes for the one in the afternoon/evening. I had lunch with Kevin and Rob (since I had a hair cut at 2:30 and he didn't want to miss me before they left). I saw Kev just as I was leaving for my hair cut. I finally got home from that at 4ish (Bella was not happy as it had started to pour on her while I was out sad ). I spend the rest of day packing and picking up around the house.

Friday/Saturday over night - i didn't sleep because apparently I'm very attached to Kevin - note don't let kevin go away any more.

Saturday - Staples from 9am - noon, we had to go to 2 staples because one was double booked but it all worked out. Then downtown to Project Twenty1's drop event from 2pm - 6pm (I got there late because of parking and being so tired I had to lay down for a minute) When I left the bowling alley it was pouring rain! I was so cold, tired and wet! I picked up some food from this awesome Chinese/Suishi place and went home. I was in bed by 9:30 just too tired to deal with anything else.

Sunday - we were supposed to have a pool party for Mary Kay from 11 - 5 but it was cancled do to rain but I had gotten up early and started backing to make my pink cadilliac out of rice crispy treats and flower shaped brownies. I got through the 1st batch of brownies and making the pan of rice crispies when my phone went off with a text about the party being cancled. So I went to the rest of my list. I did the laundry, cleaned our bathroom. Rotated the dishes and ran the dishwasher (to empty again later in the evening). I spackeled in my new office, moved more Mary Kay stuff downstairs and really went to town for a couple of hours until I was too tired to move. Kevin got home and we relaxed for the rest of the night!

So I had a busy weekend!

Diary of a Diet: Days 2 & 3 (The Weekend)

Jon
08.24.09 @ 11:06 AM CST

I'll be honest with you, this is starting to not be great.

Saturday was fine...although I over did it on the Egg White Omelets and ruined myself for the next day. Although, to be fair, all food made me feel totally gross on Sunday, so maybe it's not the egg whites' fault.

So, saturday I woke up, not feeling great because my sleep sucked. I screwed up my omelet. I ate it anyway. For lunch (and this is were I think I messed this up) I ate another omelet, although I didn't screw it up that time. I drank lots of water and sugar-free kool-aide™, and I took my medicine. I took my prescription a little late, so I skipped the third dose (they said I didn't have to take it at all if I don't like the way it makes me feel, so I don't feel bad about that). I ate my dinner. We went to Jen & Tim's house to hang out. We came home late. I slept pretty well.

Sunday I woke up late, so I started my medicine late. I tried my best to get back on schedule, and I did a pretty good job. I ate an egg-white and pepperjack omelet, which was kinda gross, but I think it's just because I'd eaten four of them in three days. It's worth noting that Sunday was the day that my body goes into Ketosis (the part where we trick my body into processing fat instead of sugar) and that's supposed to suck. It did. I dragged ass all day...and I was sick of eating all the stuff we bought me to eat, which made it all very unappealing.

Anyway, at some point in the afternoon we headed out to Target to get some stuff for Jocelyn and Oliver, and some groceries for me. Then we headed to Ed & Nancy's so Jocelyn and Oliver could go swimming. We hung around for dinner. I made myself WAY too much chicken and ate it with Hot Sauce, like I have done for the last three days. This time it was a little too much. I got thoroughly bored about 2/3rds of the way through. That made it tough.

Later I ate some Canadian bacon to fill out my calories for the day. At thing point, I am tired of food, and having very real carbo cravings. Ugh. At the very least, it's the first day I have to test my pee for Ketosis, so I finally get some feedback. Thankfully, the test came back Ketonic and, although not as strong as I wanted, it was a strong test. My body is officially burning fat for fuel. Yay.

One last note for the day, I took my third dose of "the prescription," which is the amphetamine they give you to overcome the drag-ass and curb some hunger pangs, on time on Sunday (3pm) and I slept like shit. So, today I'm skipping my third dose. Hopefully I'll get some sleep tonight and feel a bit more normal.

Dear Non-Computer People...

Jon
08.24.09 @ 10:40 AM CST

Gizmodo had this awesome, funny, and accurate little flow chart this morning. I can't help but think that you all could benefit from reading/printing/referring to it.


Friday, August 21st

Diary of a Diet: Day 1

Jon
08.21.09 @ 04:05 PM CST
listening to: Office Olympics
feeling: Fine.

Well, it's almost the end of Day 1, and here's what's up:

It's not so bad.

I haven't been really hungry all day. I had a nice lunch of meat and cheese, which, let's face it, is what I'm after anyway. I had a nice, surprisingly large egg white/pepper-jack omelet for breakfast, along with a protein shake. I just had a nice mid-afternoon protein shake to tide me over until dinner (two chicken breasts), which I plan on eating around 7pm.

It's been a little bit of a struggle to take all my pills on time, because I tend to lose track of time when I'm working, so I keep checking my log to see when I took what, and what's next. I think what I'll do is program it into my phone to remind me to take things when I'm supposed to take them. That way I can't forget. I've devised a simple system where I bag all my meds the night before and label them 1, 2, 3, 4. You just take the bags in order.

So, that's it. No big whoop yet. We'll see how I feel tomorrow.

Thursday, August 20th

Unhelpful Bullshit

Jon
08.20.09 @ 01:51 PM CST

How about instead of complaining about how no one has made an entry in a while, you just write up an entry about something that's going on with you and put it up?

Now, so that this entry won't be a complete waste, here's what's going on with me:

• Oliver is getting bigger. Every day he wakes up a little bit bigger and a little bit smarter, more aware, and a little more fun.

• I'm completely buried in work...which is a good thing. I've recently started using a new piece of software to help me stay organized and get things done on time. It tracks what applications and files I'm using and what I'm working on so that I can bill clients accurately, and it reminds me to track what I'm doing, so it's less likely I'll do work I don't get paid for. It also integrates with iCal and the To-Dos that I generate in Mail and iCal, and allows me to convert them into billable projects. So far I'm really happy with it. $27 well spent.

• Oliver is almost sleeping through the night. He's rolling around onto his side, his back, his tummy, and then back. He no longer needs to feed in the middle of the night.

• Oliver started day-care yesterday. He's being cared for by a nice lady named Linda who lives near Ed & Nancy. Jocelyn figured out yesterday that she gets a little emotional when she drops him off, so now it's my job to drop him off in the morning because, apparently, I'm a heartless robot. ;-)

So, that's the big stuff. I'll try and do a better job about updating the blog. Now you guys just try and do the same.

Weight Loss - Day 0

Jon
08.20.09 @ 01:29 PM CST
listening to: Hell's Kitchen
feeling: Okay, I guess

Today I went in for my first appointment at a weight loss clinic. (http://mediweightlossofsouthlake.com/)

They took some blood and urine and did blood pressure, EKG, height and weight assessments. After that I met with a Nurse Practitioner to talk about the program and instruct me in what to eat and how to eat it.

I also got two shots, which are a cocktail of nutritional supplements designed to keep my energy level high, my metabolism stoked, and my water retention down.

The hardest part of this diet may well be the eating. Unlike my last attempt at weight loss, this system uses an extremely calorie-restricted diet. For the first week of the diet I will be eating nothing but lean protein...which means no veggies, no fruit, no starch at all. No sugar at all...and unlike my last attempt, I only get 950 calories/day for the first week.

They gave me a bunch of supplements and a very strict schedule on which to take them. They also prescribed me an appetite suppressant.

So, I start my diet tomorrow. Monday I'll go back in and get a booster of one of my injections, and Thursday I'll go in for my weekly meeting.

SO, there's not a whole lot to report on right now. I'm excited to start the program, and hopeful that I'll be able to keep with it, and that it'll work for me.

Wednesday, August 19th

Nicole

Don
08.19.09 @ 06:43 PM CST

I just guess everybody is You Tubing, Twitter, etc.

Wednesday, August 12th

hello?

Nicole
08.12.09 @ 11:53 AM CST

So does anyone else get depressed when they log on and see that no one is here?