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Archived Entries from October 2010


An Apple a Day...

Friday morning I again had an apple for breakfast in the car on the way to work, even after watching (and smelling) my son have a nice egg, sausage, and cheese croissant thing.

The redhead and I went out to lunch Friday, and I had a chicken fajita quesadilla which probably wasn't great for me (and I probably ate too many chips before we got our actual lunch) but again, small steps.

Friday night we really blew the whole diet thing out of the water. Both kids were gone for the evening so we ordered a large blue devil special pizza from the local pizza joint. Sausage, pepperoni, bacon, onions, and green pepper. Thick crust even. Very, very tasty. I ate two pieces Friday night and then had two more at 4:00 in the morning Saturday when I couldn't sleep. I know, bad, bad, bad.

I did actually have an apple "for breakfast" a few hours later in the morning. For lunch I made three chicken breasts in the oven and ate one of them on a bun with a single slice of lunchmeat ham and a piece of swiss cheese along with a few pieces of lettuce and yes, a wee bit of mayonnaise. It was pretty good. I put the other two cooked pieces of chicken in the fridge and may eat them on a salad for lunch today or something. Actually, I had a salad with my lunch yesterday too. Plenty of ranch dressing, but again, it wasn't a cheeseburger.

The redhead made homemade chicken noodle soup and beef vegetable soup so I had a big cup of the former for dinner. It was really good, and I assume pretty good for me. Over three days with no beef--not too shabby.

Oh, and I had three beers (two St. Pauli Girls and one Rolling Rock) and two glasses of red wine. And then I was out like a light.

When I woke up way too early today, as I am wont to do, I had a cut up apple while I blogged. I actually just cut up a second one because I'm actually kind of hungry, but from the way I understand it, I can eat as many damn apples as I want throughout the day. So there.

Linus and I also went for a nice walk yesterday. I know my doctor wants me doing something somewhat strenuous, but a long walk with the dog beats sitting on the couch and watching television for that half-hour.

Today is my wife's 38th birthday, and of course, it is Halloween as well. Happy that I don't have to suffer through a Bears game today. A good side benefit of doubling my blood pressure medicine is that I won't be able to sit around and drink beer all day today when I watch football or I'll be asleep by 4:00 p.m.

I'm guessing I may be eating a lot of apples instead...

Posted: Sunday, October 31, 2010, 9:01 am
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My Day of Reckoning

Well I had to see the doctor on Wednesday for a check-up concerning my high blood pressure, which has been up in the 150-170 over 100-110 range (scary!).

I had blood work done last week in anticipation of this visit. In the past, all my blood work has come back normal, with the explanation that I have high blood pressure because, well, I'm just that kind of guy.

Not exactly this time. I weigh 208 pounds, which is too much. My cholesterol is slightly higher than it should be, as are my triglycerides and a few other things.

So it has finally been mandated that yes, I must make a lifestyle change. Chicken instead of steak. More fruits and vegetables. Exercise. And that's pretty much the end of tasty, tasty hot breakfast sandwiches forever.

No more two egg breakfasts six days a week.

Wednesday evening we had stir fry for dinner--chicken only (well the redhead and our daughter had chicken and tofu--yuck). Lots of fresh vegetables. And I made mine super-spicy, of course, so it was quite tasty.

Yesterday I had an apple in the car on the way to work for breakfast. Probably the first apple I've eaten in years. It wasn't too bad.

I had a salad from home for lunch with one of the last few tomatoes from my pathetic attempt at this year's garden and a half ham-on-rye sandwich (too much sodium in the ham, don't you know...). Yeah, I put non-fat-free salad dressing on the salad, but it wasn't a double cheeseburger and fries--small steps here.

Last night we had fajitas--again, chicken only (my son did comment about the lack of a cow-based option...). Very good, but I was starving from my day of greenery and probably ate more than I should have. But hey, it was chicken and vegetables, right?

Oh, and I let it slip that the redhead says that I have sleep apnea. So... now I get to do the overnight sleep test thing where I get hooked up to all sorts of stuff to see what the problem is, and will likely eventually end up on one of those CPAP machines (or whatever they are called). Fantastic. Because all of that sounds like it is really inexpensive.

I'll change the diet and lose the weight and go through this test, etc., etc., but I'm not sleeping in a Darth Vader mask every night, especially not if it costs a bunch of money.

Well hopefully I'll start blogging regularly again, if for no other reason than to keep me honest with this diet thing. This isn't a matter of wanting to stick with it--I *have* to stick with it.

Posted: Friday, October 29, 2010, 9:15 am
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Good Times

The whirlwind is still spinning, somewhat, and it's pretty cool.

I'm starting to morph into my new duties at work, and it is, honestly, somewhat refreshing. I'm not sitting around waiting on stuff, I'm going after things. I've been given some rein to take initiatives and help make decisions. I've been trusted to take care of some important stuff, and I think I've been doing well.

Last week we moved everything off of the two servers that I originally took care of and moved them to the new virtual servers at the college.

Let me back up. My previous supervisor didn't like it when I wrote that "I" did anything in my reports. He thought it sounded selfish or something. So I had to get used to writing like everything was a team effort.

I get it. I get the idea. But this is my blog, not my work's blog.

So *I* was tasked with setting up new virtual servers that we orchestrated with the college system. They did the VM stuff, of course, but I installed two new Apache-based Linux webservers as well as a database server running both MySQL and PostgreSQL (groan).

I have moved everything from two of our physical servers onto the VMs and have shut both physical servers down. The whole thing works really well and is quite cool. Our databases are all on a separate machine that will only allow access from the webservers and years of ugly configuration files and database connection files and all sorts of other stuff have been cleaned up and streamlined. It's awesome. And the whole project itself was fun.

Without tooting my own horn too much, from the body language I have encountered I think I'm moving faster than was anticipated, and by noting that I'm not trying to brag--I just want to get this stuff done, and yes, I move at a different speed when there is something that is imperative, and yeah, I'm glad to notice that it is noticed. I'm glad I stayed put. I'm looking forward to the new challenges in my "new" (old) job.

In other news, I got my in-wall left and right speakers installed, and have the rest of the surround sound hooked up again. I must have done something wrong last time because it sounds absolutely awesome right now and I don't remember it being that cool in the past.

Anyway.

I just need to get a flatscreen to put downstairs so that Alex can keep his XBox and his Halo down there and let me have *my* TV up here.

Good times!

Posted: Wednesday, October 06, 2010, 3:24 am
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