Tuesday, May 27, 2008
I was looking for a clip of the Wayne's World theme, done by either Aerosmith or Mike Myers and Dana Carvey, and it's just nowhere to be found, at least I was unable to find it. So instead, it's the start of the Wayne's World film. In German! Wacky.
Anyway, perhaps it's a lame idea for a blog post but I did want to point out that I've changed my page a bit. The goals -- and there are a lot of them, which happens when you've got 200 lbs. to lose in total -- were getting overwhelming and the text threatened to take over the page. Plus, I enjoy playing with Excel (hence the free association to the word excellent, which free associated me straight to Wayne's World) so instead I made a graph. While there is a perfectly good graph (and ticker) on SP, it doesn't show the actual minigoals as I've set 'em up and knocked 'em down.
Hence I made my own graph, which I'll update as I continue to set up and knock down goals. The goals after 277 are speculative. alli requires that you not set a goal of more than 5% of your current body weight. This makes for achievable goals and also makes them smaller as you go along -- and, not coincidentally -- as weight loss becomes harder and harder to achieve. I see it as invariably ending up as somewhere close to 20 total goals (the 0 goal is my starting weight).
One thing that immediately leaped out at me is that my first goal took 53 days but the second and third took 43 and 42 days, respectively. I imagine that 6 weeks is about right for losing 5% of current body weight although of course it's a very small trend and might not hold. If it does, though, then my next goal (the official fourth one, not the 60 lbs. off intermediate) should happen right around July 4th, with the fifth occurring around August 15th or so. While I'm moving through the process, I'll continue to add little intermediate goals, like 75 off or under 200, plus I'll tweak the numbers because if I blow away any goals by significant pounds then the following goal will end up being affected as well.
We'll see how it goes. In the meantime, enjoy a truly Bohemian Wayne and Garth.
Monday, May 26, 2008
I've lost 55 lbs. Hence the song. This is 27 1/2% of the way to my ultimate goal. It's over 15% of my original weight off. It is ... my third goal.
Actually, it's a pound past my third goal. Fourth goal is another 14 lbs. off (alli makes you set 5% goals, which is a good thing as it keeps you from getting carried away). Another 14 off will be 277 and I will be close to having lost 20% of my original weight.
But for now I'm content with this number. I'm also 5 lbs. away from extending my ticker. When I started this journey, I thought I'd be at this level in August.
It's not even June yet.
Watch out, world.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
16 years ago today.
Still feel the same way.
Saturday, May 24, 2008
For my cousin, K___, who went to Vietnam.
For my father, and my father-in-law, who guarded the home front during the Korean conflict.
For my uncle, A___, who guarded the Panama Canal during WWII.
For all of the others I did not and do not know, thank you for your service and sacrifice.
Friday, May 23, 2008
I learned yesterday that I didn't get my original #1 choice. And I had a dream about that last night, I guess it was the last vestige of subconscious kicking it to the curb (I was in a play but the lines were different depending on something that I had no control over, and of course I was saying the wrong lines. Go chew on that, Sigmund Freud).
And, you know, I don't care. While it would have been a very, very nice job, I'm also really troubled at how I (and probably the other people who didn't get it) was treated once the interviewing process was over. As in, no one bothered to actually say anything to me and already they were going to second interviews and whatnot. It took a month from interview to rejection and I ended up calling them a good five times before I got a response. Delays are one thing, but they had told me that they expected to know something in a week. If there was going to be a delay, I dunno, COURTESY, would have dictated at least saying boo about that.
Instead, I had to essentially hound them to get a definitive response, and I hate being put into that sort of a position. The shoe can sometimes get on the other foot, but I think a jobseeker being more vague is more to be expected. Not that it's fantastically right, but I think it's a given that a jobseeker such as myself would occasionally string an employer along a little in order to gain some negotiating leverage with another company. But I never do that for more than maybe two weeks and when the time comes to make a decision I do cut them loose (if that's what I'm going to do). Heck, the first offer I got, I tried to turn them down and they kept throwing cash at me.
Anyway, I've mourned and now it's time to move on. Why was it such a siren song of a job? Well, its upsides were an amazing commute, incredible benefits and a good salary (although I've been offered more at other places, actually). Plus the work looked interesting and it was the kind of position where I could network extremely effectively and make good future contacts for myself.
There are plenty of other places out there, just like that.
They ain't all that.
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