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Pushing My Boundaries

A small branch of manzanita, growing over an old dead log in Bryce Canyon.

In the last couple years, I’ve noticed a change in my approach to life. For several years, I was largely content to just coast along in most areas of my life, living by the philosophy of “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” But recently I started making choices that pushed my boundaries, doing things that were new to me or outside my comfort zone. Read more »

Ham Radio, Weight Loss, and other updates

Man, life has been too busy to keep this as up to date as I really want to! Sorry for that, but here’s another update for everyone.

First, since my last post, I have also passed my Extra class ham radio license test, and received my vanity callsign. I’m now N7TOX, which I picked because of two references you can get out of it, if you know me really well. First: N7 is a term from the Mass Effect universe, signifying a special forces operative of the highest level. Second: TOX is a reference to the online handle I’ve been using for the last 15 years, Utoxin. Plus, I like the sound of it more than KF7JLF. And it’ll fit better on a ham license plate.

Next, I’ve had a rough few weeks for weight loss. No major setbacks, but I haven’t made a lot of progress, until this last weekend. Finally started dropping pounds again on my daily weigh-ins. I’m still ahead of my new goal of 900 calories a day, and WELL ahead of my original goal of 750 calories a day, so no harm done by the brief hesitation in my weight loss. My last two weigh-ins have been under 270 for the first time, and my trend is heading towards the 270 mark in the next week or so I would guess. Very soon I’ll be at 40% of my goal. I’m almost halfway there. It’s so hard to believe, but so wonderful at the same time.

Speaking of diets, my project TweeterDiet hasn’t had many updates lately, for a few reasons. I’ve been working like crazy on paying work, first of all, because I had to take a pay cut recently at work. (Better than getting laid off, which happened to a bunch of other people.) Also, in the time I have had to work on it, I’ve been struggling with bugs in the new features I’m trying to add. I desperately want to get them done, but I have to pay my bills first. I hope to make some time in the next week or so to finish all of that stuff up. Also, if you’re hiring, and looking for a senior PHP developer, I’m in the market. I need a decent salary and medical benefits, or a VERY good salary without benefits. I’ve got 10 years of experience, and plenty of good references, so get in touch if you or someone you know is hiring.

My wife has been posting regularly to her blog, and her latest post is about Doctor Who, which we’ve both been enjoying immensely for a while now. Go over and read it, and browse her other posts as well. She’s running her site as a review blog for various media, and doing a good job of it so far, I think.

Quick Update

A few things to cover in this update, but I’ll keep it short, and try to have something more substantial for later this week.

First, I’ve hit 25% of my weight loss goal! As of this morning, I’ve lost 25.1 pounds. My trend weight is at 283.9, and heading down at a very steady pace. I’m thrilled, and flabbergasted that it’s going so well.

Second, a couple weeks ago, I took and passed the tests for both Technician and General class, so I am now the proud holder of an amateur radio license. My callsign is KF7JLF, but I’m not on the air yet because I don’t have a radio. I’m in the market for a good handheld or mobile radio, preferably at least VHF/UHF dual band. Can’t afford much right now, but I’d be glad to do some PHP or Perl development in trade. Pass the word if you know any ham operators.

Third, my wife has just launched a blog of her own, where she’ll be doing reviews and who knows what else. She’s just getting her feet wet, but check it out sometime, if you have a minute! You can visit it at http://www.tarynn.net/blog/.

That’s about it for today.

My Weight Loss Journey

I know I haven’t posted much about programming recently, and I’ll try to correct that soon. I have some interesting new Cake Components to show off. But I felt that today I needed to talk about my weight loss. As many of you are aware, I’ve been working on losing weight this year. When I started, I wasn’t sure how it would go, since I’ve tried before and never done terribly well. This time is different. Read more »

TweeterDiet.com and CakePHP

First things first. As of 11:45 PM last night, my latest project launched. Go take a look at TweeterDiet.com Go ahead. I’ll still be here when you get back.

Yes, I know it’s very minimal right now. I’ll be remedying that over the next week or so, by adding in some sample screen-shots and more features. But for now, it at least functions, and I’ve been using it personally for the last couple weeks. Here’s a basic rundown of the idea for the site. As you may know, if you read my blog regularly, or happened to glance over to the right sidebar, I’m trying to lose a lot of weight. To help me out, I’m going to the gym, but most importantly, I’m tracking my weight. I’m using a method borrowed from The Hacker’s Diet, which is quite simple: Weigh yourself once a day, and calculate a trended weight from that. The trended weight smooths out the daily fluctuations, and gives you a much better picture of what’s actually happening with your body. From that trend, you can calculate your daily calorie deficit, and know if you need to change things to lose weight faster or slower.

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