I saw this on CNN today, you can track obesity in the U.S. over time.
It is amazing how far we’ve come!
1985: Look how skinny we were back in ’85! Although to be fair, the white states are “no data available” not 0%.
1991: Michigan jumping right out there in ’91. Still, everything pretty uniform across the U.S.
1995: Holy midwest! It was like some sort of fat black hole!
1997: Apparently that fat black hole is centered in Indiana/Kentucky.
2001: You go Colorado! Look, I’ve been down there to New Orleans and they have some good food. So I can’t blame them. Best steak I ever had in my life!
2004: Finally got Colorado. I guess all the fatties migrated down south (except for you Michiganders!)
It is just amazing to me how we went from < 10% obese to > 25% obese in so many areas in less than 10 years. Amazing! And the fact that there were so many places with so few obese people back in ’85 seems amazing to me too. I’d like to see the same thing in other countries just as a frame of reference.
So we want to Casey and Margaret’s wedding this weekend. Fancy Fort Wayne wedding! The ceremony was at the Catherdal downtown and then the reception was at the Summit Club which is on the 25th floor of a building downtown so you have a nice view of the city. The only problem was that we went to find our table (lucky #13) and it was already full! It turns out there were two tables worth of 13′s so they had to set up another table in a different section from everybody else. Later we found out no one was sitting at table #3. Mystery solved! Since Casey and Margaret both went to Dwenger and Casey and Margaret’s sister (and Casey’s dad for that matter) all worked at Dwenger, it was like a Dwenger reunion! It was great to see everybody again though. Schafer lost a TON of weight! He looked like a Greek god! He said he was under 200 lbs. It’s definitely the first time he’s weighed less than me.
Then, after we came home, I attended the self-proclaimed ”largest booksale in the midwest” at the Hyde Park co-op. It was okay. I only bought 6 books (for a grand total of $3.75!). There were a lot of books there, but I was spoiled by the Wayne library’s book sales, where the selection was much better. In particular, the sci-fi section at this book sale was pretty much non-existant, the fantasy section literally was non-existant, and what little horror there was was just mixed in with the fiction! Since that pretty much encompasses all I read, it wasn’t that great for me. To be fair though, this was the second day of the sale.
So, if you recall, we were trying to lose some weight between Jeremy and Casey’s wedding (61 weeks). Sara and I both blew our goal’s out of the water! My starting weight was 219.6 lbs. and my goal was 209.0 lbs. Here are the final statistics:
Original Final Difference
Weight: 219.6 lbs. 204.6 lbs -15 lbs (6.83%)
Upper arm 36 cm 35.5 cm -0.5 cm
Forearm 29.8 cm 27.9 cm -1.9 cm
Thigh 67.6 cm 64.7 cm -2.9 cm
Calf 39.0 cm 38.0 cm -1 cm
Chest 113.7 cm 110.6 cm -3.1 cm
Waist 100.6 cm 96.2 cm -4.4 cm
Low waist 105.8 cm 102.0 cm -3.8 cm
Hips 114.3 cm 111.9 cm -2.4 cm
The whole thing went pretty well. Aside from working out more (which I kind of slacked off on at the end), it was really just eating better. I watched what I ate some, but also we just started making more meals at home and making healthier things (read not 100% frozen food). So that’s that. After seeing Schafer at the wedding I’m sort of inspired to try to lose a little more!
Okay, check this out, here’s an honest to goodness serious science article about teleportation. I mean, it really sounds like they’re actually making advances in that field! It’s not a joke, check it out! That just blew my mind, very strange. Speaking of which, way to go America! Sweeping the science Nobel prizes for the first time since 1983!
And finally, here‘s a nice time wasting game. Basically, you are a stick-figure archer. Click and shoot the bad guys. Straight forward. Just the way I like it.
Random things today to catch up on:
Sent: Monday, July 31, 2006 9:59 AM
“there is a doctor here named kori feldman. how unfortunate.”
Weight: 219.6 lbs.
Upper arm 36 cm
Forearm 29.8 cm
Thigh 67.6 cm
Calf 39.0 cm
Chest 113.7 cm
Waist 100.6 cm
Low waist 105.8 cm
Hips 114.3 cm
I also took some “before” pictures, but I’ll spare you from those. ::shudder:: I’m probably not going to go all out like I have in the past for weight loss ventures, but I do fully intend to do whatever it takes to get to the goal.
And finally…Oregon Trail. (Didn’t work in Firefox for some reason)
I feel like there’s not much to do now that I don’t have school!
I came home from work and made a bunch of phone calls. First I called the guy in charge of the place where we’re having our reception. Sara gave me a list of questions to ask him. You know, it’s quite amazing, every time we have something we want to do, he says yes. No matter what it is, he makes it happen. Maybe I shouldn’t be so amazed because that’s the way people should be when you’re giving them lots of money, but frankly they aren’t. This guy though…he’s awesome.
Next I called 7 apartment complexes. I have 3 appointments set up but most of the places either didn’t answer or I left a message on an answering machine. I’ve decided that I’m going to make my decision after the places I see on Thursday. If I don’t hear from anybody else before then, so be it. I’ve looked at about 7 places, I’ve got 3 more for sure to look at and another 6 or so that I’ve called but haven’t seen. Nobody can say I wasn’t thorough!
Other than that I’ve just played guitar and watched T.V. tonight. I feel like there are things I should be doing, but I really don’t think there is. Oh, I was going to put a little extra in my final but the info I found didn’t really change anything, so I didn’t resubmit it.
Oh, one more thing, I weighed myself today. I was expecting something really bad since 1) I’m not working out AT ALL, 2) I’ve been eating easter candy like crazy, and 3) I’ve been eating bad things and going out to eat. I think I forgot to mention it in here, but on Friday night I had a full cheesesteak from both Pats and Ginos!! NOT on the diet plan. But you know what? I was down 4 pounds from the last time I weighed myself! I was 208, which was only 1 pound heavier than at the end of the contest.
1) The weight loss competition ended yesterday and I’m the grand champ-een of the world. World record is now set at 33 lbs. in 8 weeks for a total of 13.75% of my body weight lost. My winnings of $180 are going right into the wedding fund.
2) Got a promotion at work today. I’m happy about that, but not completely because I really deserved it. It also came with a tiny raise, which is nice. I can put that money to good use!
In a completely unrelated note, I used to be the staunchest republican there was and George W. Bush has knocked the republican clean out of me. I don’t know if Kerry is really any better, but at this point I’ll give ANYBODY a shot.
Almost every day something happens that makes me hate Americans. Today it’s this show i’m watching on MTV right now about people who get plastic surgery to look like famous people and how they think that its going to change their life somehow. This one girl is a britney spears impersonator, like professionally, and she’s all like “yeah, once i get my breasts then i know that its going to change my life.” How in the hell is that going to change your life?? The sad thing is that these people really believe this.
I’m so sick of reading about SEI CMM. Normally all the work I’ve done over the weekend would be spread out over 5 weeks, but my slave driver group member wants it all done in the 2nd week. I’m done for now, at least until this weekend. Working on it for ANOTHER 4 hours tonight made me not have time to work out on the LAST NIGHT to work out before the final weigh in tomorrow!
Wish me luck! (Nevermind, it’s in the bag)
Yesterday I was very productive, but the thing I feel the best about was finding the exact font that was used on our wedding invitations so that we can make an insert to go with the invitations. It took a long time, but I was glad to find it.
Also weighed myself yesterday and I was down 4 lbs., for a total of 29 lbs. in 7 weeks. WAY more than I thought I’d be able to lose! Go me. I should win the contest quite handily.
So why the gloomy mood? Sara was supposed to come up here this weekend but she decided not to. I decided to go down there so I could see her, but the circumstances just aren’t right. So, the moral of the story is that I don’t get to see Sara for 4 more weeks, making it 6 in between seeing her. That’s not good!
I was thinking tonight, since I’m out here on the East Coast and all, why do I spend my weekends sitting around watching T.V. with my thumb up my ass? Dawna, Jeff, Tony and I should just take off to D.C. or NYC or Boston or even just go into Philly, spend a weekend or even just a day hanging out and eating good food. I know Jeff knows good places to hang out in D.C. since he used to live down there. I have to be careful though, I’m starting to sound dangerously like the “pre-grad-school-actually-fun” Shane.
Okay, I was going to go to bed early tonight, but somehow that didn’t happen. Oh yeah, that reminds me. Someone forgot to tell earth that it was supposed to be spring…couple of inches of snow out of nowhere. So what did that mean to me? Took me 45 minutes to get home, rather than 2 minutes, which meant that I only had 10 minutes to throw together a PB&J sandwhich to eat in the car on the way to class…which took 50 minutes rather than 30 to get to, mind you, so I was 10 minutes late. Crappy traffic.
Hogged down for lunch today. We went to Red Lobster for lunch since I couldn’t eat meat and there’s no way I’m going to resist those DELICIOUS cheesy biscuit things. I ate 4 of them! The rest of my lunch wasn’t too bad. I didn’t think I was going to need to eat dinner but I ended up eating the PB&J and carrots that I had packed for my lunch today. I watched Jeff eat about 4/5ths of a bag of tortilla chips, so no worries about him winning the contest.
Tonight I fell asleep waiting for people to get their crap together and figure out what we were going to do. They all ended up coming over here but we never decided what to do, so we watched The Princess Bride. Fantastic movie. Jeff had never seen it?!?!?! How does that even happen? We also watched some T.V. I think we’re going to try to do something tomorrow too; something more exciting since we didn’t do anything exciting today.
Oh, also started Wolves of the Cala today since I finished Tales from a Buick 8 yesterday. I’m excited to read more, but I should get to bed because I’m exhausted.
I took my allergy pill today…wow! What a difference! Yesterday I felt like dying and today, nada. Just a tad sleepy. That could either be from the pills or from not eating, hard to say.
Speaking of, last night I had this dream where I was walking down this huge buffet table that was covered in cookies and doughnuts and other sweets. I tried resisting for awhile but eventually I would break down and take something and put it on my plate. I even remember thinking, “if I eat this cookie before I get to the end of the table, it doesn’t count!” Yeah, this weight loss thing has got to stop! Yesterday I also did something I said I would never do…I bought skim milk. Blech! Sara berated me today for eating less than 1000 calories a day. She says it’s not healthy, but it sounded like the worst thing that would happen would be your metabolism would slow down. Less than two weeks left in the contest!
Now that I never eat anything, I can understand why fat people are jolly. I sure was feeling a lot more jolly back when I stuffed myself with delicious food every day! Now I’m always irritable.
In fact, I’m irritable right now.
Leave me alone.
Stop looking at me.
Now that I’m starting to have some friends on here, I’m going to try to cut this up so that my entries aren’t so long. The problem is, I never intend to write so much and it just kind of happens!
I got 387 out of 390 on my Operating Systems final, but someone got 388. It better not have been 85…after all the crap I gave him about beating him by 1 point on the first test, it would be revisited upon me 10 fold.
So I finally had to decide about the job at work and I decided to take the new job on Horizons. I’m going to start on April 9th.
Apparently, everyone on both sides had assumed I would keep the job that I had, so I think everybody was a little shocked. Andrew and Ben looked like they were going to cry and Jeff said, “You….BASTARD” and joked that he was going to screw me over on my next appraisal. He also said, “You might as well go tell Dawna so she can start gloating.” Even Garold (who I don’t even like) came over and told me he would be sad to see me go. Hell, he’s one of the reasons I’m leaving! Then I went downstairs and told them I was going to take the job. Tony was so happy he told me, “If you weren’t a guy I’d hug you!” He then interrupted a meeting Dawna was having and told her and she yelled “Yippie!” and disbanded her meeting. I have to say that both reactions made me feel a little good inside. Maybe that’s wrong, I don’t know, but oh well.
I had a pretty good time in NC. I think both of us were a little moody over the weekend, which took away from it a little bit, but it was still a good time. I hate going all the way there and then fighting with her. I think that now whenever I’m with her, I’m really touchy because I’m overanalyzing every little thing, asking myself, “Are you going to be able to live with this the rest of your life?” I know that’s just making everything worse, but I can’t help it.
JCS was good, but you could tell it was not being put on at the highest level. The sound quality was pretty bad (although that didn’t matter as much since I already know all the words anyway) but there were some interesting takes on things in this production. The biggest thing was that it was set in a little bit more modern times, with kind of a “raver” bent…for example, a big saggy-jeans wearing, tattooed Judas kills himself by shooting up rather than the more traditional hanging. It was also a little risqué considering that every church youth group for miles was in the theater!
Sara is the worst thing that could ever happen to a diet! I’m going to pay her to spend one day with each of the people in the contest. “Let’s get ice cream! Let’s get cappuccino! Let’s buy Girl Scout cookies! Let’s go out to eat! I don’t want to make that for dinner, let’s make gorditas!” I think we managed to do pretty well though. Well, I did at least but I can’t speak for her.
Larissa just picked the “hot guy” rather than the “average guy” on Average Joe 2. No matter how much nicer the average guys were than the hot guys, she instantly liked the hot guys just because they were hot. Nice guys finish last again! I hope she dies.
Well actually, she ended up getting what she deserves. The “big twist” at the end of the show was that she had to admit that her last boyfriend was Fabio. Who cares, right? Well apparently the guy she picked did because he got all pissed off and immature and dumped her over it. Oh well…she picked the hot guy rather than the average guy and, well, that’s what you get.
God, girls are so obsessed with the way guys look. Don’t they know what kind of stress that puts on us guys to conform to their body image? Well you know what? To hell with their unrealistic body images! Down with the women oppressors!
Okay, time to get to bed.