Green Slacks

Yesterday I wanted to wear a pair of green pants, I actually own two pairs of pants this particular shade of green and made of similar material, I actually can't tell them apart for some reason, one fits decent, and the other can't be buttoned, yesterday I attempted to put on the small pair on accident, they almost fit. Soon I'll be able to wear everything in my closet.

Yesterday's weight was 172.2 pounds with 19.5 percent fat, and 55 percent body water.

Food:

  • Burger King Egg and cheese croissant
  • Orange Juice
  • Sleeve of Keebler Cookies
  • Water
  • Two Thomas' English muffins with margarine and grape jelly
  • More bottled water

Today's weigh-in came to 170.8 pounds with 19% fat and 55.5% water.

Food so far:

  • Burger King egg & cheese muffin
  • Orange Juice
  • Barilla Mezze Penne with tomato and basil sauce.
  • Apple Sauce 
  • Bottled Water
  • Kacey Green
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    Fake food

    Monday I found out the ingredients of the ''eggs" at Subway and McDonald’s for their breakfast sandwiches via a post by David DiSalvo on Forbes.

    "Consider the egg. Simple, delicious, and incredibly easy to prepare. And yet, if you peruse the nutritional listings of America's favorite fast food restaurants, quite a different picture of the egg emerges -- and it's anything but simple. I took a look at the published ingredient lists for six fast food mainstays that sell"

    This just underscores the importance of knowing what is in your food, the mega corporations do not your best interest in mind, their responsibilities are to maximize profits for their shareholders and to obey the applicable local laws to where they operate.

    Now I have a little extra incentive not to hit the snooze button or three extra times in the morning. If I am running late, the plan is now to hit Burger King for my egg sandwich fix, or McDonald’s for their oatmeal. I’d rather not pay what McDonald’s charges for oatmeal, two of those and I can get a box of Quaker, I don’t even know how much the organic stuff costs, but it can’t be too far off from the Quaker.

    Yesterday saw a slight reduction in weight, to 173.4 pounds. Body fat measured in at 19 percent body fat. Total body water was 55.5 percent.

    Food: Organic oatmeal, bottled water, Taco Bell Taco Locos x3 add tomatoes, sub beans for meat, Large slice of red velvet cake, small Pepsi. Dinner was Whole grain pasta with marinara, filtered water.

    Today's workout consisted of 1 set speed-jacks, 3 sets of lunges, 3 sets of pushups, 3 sets side-bridge per side.

    Today's weigh-in: 172.2 pounds with 18 percent body fat. 56 percent total body water.

    Today's food: 2 to 3 handfuls of French fry wedges, filtered water, 3 slices of Pizza Hut thin crust Pineapple pizza, 3 slices of their Hershey’s desert (not that great and very sticky, plus it had a bit of the oily taste from regular breadsticks), tall glass of Coke, bottled water.

    Kacey Green

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    New fitness goal

    This morning’s weigh-in returned 174.0 pounds with 18.5% body fat and 55.5% total body water. I think the goal of getting to 150 before getting serious will be pretty much useless the way I’m going about things now. As much as I loved and miss my grandpa, I don’t want his gut, so the new goal will be to lose that and then re-evaluate. I’m curious how low the body fat can get without becoming a gym rat, as you can see my “workouts” are under 15min each so far, the last time I did this routine the longest was 25 minutes and that was just trying to get all the movements correct, the following two workouts (these come in threes before moving on to the next) were 15 or so minutes. I know 11% will produce some nice looking abs and amateur body builders try to keep to 8 or 9%, the number 5% stands out but I don’t remember what group has that fat target. As a vegetarian this should be an easy enough endeavor, but I love junk food and breads, I do need to cut most other processed foods that don’t fit the description of bread or multivitamin tablets.

    Food and Exercise log

    Breakfast: McDonald’s Egg & Cheese bagel with small orange juice

    Lunch: Pasta and sauce, bottled water, cinnamon apple sauce, chocolate chip granola bar

    This morning’s workout:

    • 3 sets speed jacks
    • 3 sets push-ups
    • 3 wall sits
    • 3 sets bird-dog

    Kacey Green

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    Like Spock, Alone time, and food & workout journal

    Like Spock

    A good way to think of me is like Mr. Spock from Star Trek, my emotions are there below the surface and very strong, but I often refuse to acknowledge or show them, many times it's because I can't describe them or perhaps I feel I'll be ridiculed or thought weak. Unfortunately, unlike Spock there is no cool death-grip and a much shorter short-term memory. Like Spock I value logic, truth, and enlightenment over the touchy feely stuff, particularly when someone’s gut feeling is wrong and nor even close. That isn’t to say I don’t appreciate or have feelings, but the other concepts of logic and truth are easier to grok.

    Just like Spock, I am at my best when I embrace both my social/emotional and my logical sides. It seems this will be a life journey, especially since I went from being extremely shy to working with the public, albeit in small groups at a time. Progress is being made integrating my logical, analytical self with the side that wants to jump with joy, or weep sorrowfully. My sense of humor taps both sides already, I love a good joke, but many involving social situations aren’t funny to me and I need someone to explain these jokes to me sometimes.

    Alone time

    After a day "socializing" I do need alone time to regenerate (oh snap, this is like Spock's meditating) and recover. I process much of what I see of other people’s interactions, and how to react social situations using my analytical brain. My social brain skates trough life like a super spoiled kid, or a kid dropped on its head with its favorite sibling or a close friend covering for all its little mistakes.

    Just like a real naïve kid, my social brain sometimes really screws things up when its champion (the sibling or understanding friend, aka my logical brain) has their back turned for a moment. An example is how I have learned most questions where a female asks me about her looks are loaded, I cannot tell which situations warrant a particular answer, and which are traps. I don’t know when to say or not to say, “oh that looks good,” and “you don't look fat”, so my default is not to answer and try to change the subject to more familiar turf.

    Obviously social brain tried to answer these queries once or twice while logical brain was preoccupied with something else or logical didn't correctly flag the questions for deeper review. So now logical brain sounds the klaxon in these situations making me lock-up like a rusty mechanism, this prevents one type of harm while making me look very goofy rather than taking the time to re-analyze the situation for what type of answer is required.

    Why the alone time? Logical brain uses more energy. If a typical person sits around doing math equations for hours straight, they will want to relax by vegging or socializing. Remember anytime I am socializing, I'm running figures and stats through my analytical brain, and if I was already doing mentally exhausting work, hanging out with more than one or two close friends pushes me past capacity, making me more error prone or agitated. This is the same as if a typical person is pushed just a bit too far on those same equations, they get angry and short with people, they make more mistakes on the task, and if pushed far enough, they don't socialize either, naptime.

     Wait, did I just describe a stereotypical geek? Yep, Aspies are often driven to fields like research, engineering, computer science, architecture, music, etc., though they are individuals just as varied as typical people, but it seems easier to see Aspies in these areas than others.

     Background tidbit

    I didn't fit in with the normal kids and I was not truly special-ed, I was both gifted and in need of remedial organizational skills. In middle school, the teachers and my parents agreed it was best I just type everything rather than deal with the hand written stuff. You can see how much more I write with a keyboard, even the virtual keyboard on a phone.

    Oh my!, this was supposed to be a quick note on the phone so I didn't forget what I ate; I'll polish the rough edges and post this.

    Workout and food journal

    Yesterday’s other foods 4/13

    • Snack: Sleeve of Smarties like at any party or found in a piñata.
    • Dinner: Mexican restaurant: bean burrito, cheese enchilada, beans, rice, 2 glasses of coke with restaurant typical amount of ice. Vegetarian item E, at Yucatan in Sumter.

    Today’s foods and workout 4/14

    Workout:

    • 3 sets Speed Jacks
    • 3 sets Pushups
    • 3 Wall Sits
    • 3 sets bird-dog

    172.8 pounds with 19.5% fat and 55% total body water

    Breakfast: Cocoa - two sleeves of Swiss Miss

    Lunch: Bottle water, Japanese vegetables, and rice plate (Osaka in Sumter) can of coke

    Dinner: Three pretzels with dipping sauce, 1.75 cokes with restaurant amount of ice both today's and yesterday’s cokes were in the standard coke and restaurant co-branded plastic glasses (plastic)

    Maureen and I saw “Mirror Mirror”, I enjoyed it but it felt like the story dragged in a few places and it had a good amount of funny bits.

     4/15

    Pami, John Robert, Gabby & I saw the new 3 Stooges movie, it was pretty funny, it probably would have been even better for someone who remembers any of the original program.

    Today's "foods" were all processed junk food, this morning's weigh-in: 173.0 pounds, 19.5% fat, 55% total body water.

    Kacey Green

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    Testing Windows Storage Spaces

    Continuing my testing of Windows 8 Storage Spaces, I'm running a test server with Windows Server 8 Beta, after reading the post on the Building Windows 8 blog I thought it might be useful to test.

    This isn't by any means thorough, it suits the way I'll need to use the feature on a production server once the OS RTMs. I threw in a 3TB drive and 2 160GBdrives, and all was fine for a while. I was using the Parity setting, at this point that mode is incredibly slow compared to the two or three way mirrors and the simple volumes as well. Once any drive in the pool is full the system gets incredibly unstable, adding drives to the pool doesn't fix the problem, rotating in a drive is also not an option yet, once I added in a pair of 500gb drives the system got marginally more stable, for a few minutes.

    My solution is to delete the volumes and shares and use matched drives until the next public build comes out.

    Food Log

    No workout today, it's a rest day.

    Breakfast was "Moms Best"Apple oatmeal

    Lunch was a foot-long egg & cheese on honey oat with spinach, salt & pepper, and olive oil, toasted, from Subway. Two chocolate chip cookies and a medium Coke with a splash of Minute Maid light lemonade.

    Updates with dinner and snacks will be posted later today. (Actually posted in the next post)

    Kacey Green

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    Leftie Aspie working out while writing in his journal and keeping a food log

    Some Aspie traits

    People with Asperger’s Syndrome are occasionally called Aspies (Ahs pees), I’d long thought my intense reaction to ice cubes touching my teeth to be indicative of sensitive teeth, but while studying Asperger’s something that came up from time to time was intense reactions to or inability to cope with certain textures or sensations (or visual or auditory sensations). I think my aversion to ice cubes is due to this, that and the vibration of the cord of hair clippers on the left or right of my lower back. Bright light transitions, like oncoming headlights, or any high beams pointed at me or my mirrors just irritate me.

    Coping with the clippers cord on my back took some time, I’ve always been ticklish, but this sensation was unbearable, what I found allowed my barber or my dad to be able to effectively cut my hair was gripping my throat quite firmly with my left hand, that sensation would distract the urge to jump out of the chair just enough to get the haircut. My dad eventually learned to try and avoid letting the cord touch me while the clippers were running. It never occurred to me to tell him not to let that happen, it seemed silly and unnecessary, and I couldn’t come up with the words to describe what I wanted (not to happen). Today this sensation still drives me batty but what I do now is cross both arms so I can squeeze both biceps with the opposing hands, again the left gets the stronger grip, the seatback of the barber’s chair’s with me as an adult makes this an incredibly brief experience, the barstool dad used and the kiddie seat in the barbershop exposed my back to the vibrations of cord of the running clippers for nearly the entire time.

    Left-handed

    Why the left hand? I don’t know, I’m a lefty turned ambidextrous, I use my left hand only to write, hold a fork, eat one handed while driving, as the primary hand in a two handed catch, poking things (like a touch screen), and occasionally to operate a pair of ambidextrous scissors. I use the right hand for everything else including operating ambidextrous scissors. When confronted with a right favored tool like all the computer mice I grew up with things curved such that they only work in the right hand I’ve adapted to feeling that’s right or normal. I’d probably be a lefty mouse user if the old Microsoft mice didn’t have that ridiculous lower curve on them, I occasionally mouse with my left hand now though, usually this will happen when I’ve filled my right hand (food or a book etc.) or when using a mouse on someone else’s computer that they’ve configured in lefty mode, or just set on that side of the desk.

    Journal

    I’ve kept journals (the diary type) before but like many Aspies I can fall into some deep depressions occasionally and these got really dark so I stopped. The very first one was abandoned because it was in an actual paper journal, and I’m not a hand written person, thanks to my poor and labored penmanship. (Stupid computer converted my British spelling of Laboured to US style.) There’s another common Aspie trait, we often pronounce or spell words the way we remember first encountering. Dr. Tony Attwood explains this is why many British and Australian Aspies speak with an American accent despite the rest of their family speaking with a local accent.

    I do adopt a local accent to better fit in, and it does shift very quickly when I travel, I currently have a mild southern accent but I often get remarks asking where I’m from because it must not be very good. The person asking always says no it sounds southern just not local to where we happen to be. I drop it as quickly as I can when I can take on a northern or western accent as those are how I prefer to pronounce my words, but it takes a few days for the dialect to shift. I really enjoy British and Australian accents and phrases, I’ve never had the opportunity to see how those come out for me to see if they’d stick around for a bit when I finish traveling. This isn’t done to be fake or even on purpose; it’s something I don’t even realize I’m doing until someone points it out. (There’s another tangent for you :) )

    Fitness

    I have been hovering between 152-181 lbs.; bodyweight, 150.5 and 184 were both touched for a day each. My daily exercise preference has been to basically try to match calories burned to calories eaten; obviously more of the former is preferred. This morning I picked up a workout routine that I tried back in 2009, I came across it while putting some clothes up from winter (go figure that it’d be 38 degrees F this morning after hitting 90 earlier this month).

    This trainer believes long workouts will never get done by normal people, and that loads of cardio are for girls and that you get resistant to it like a bad drug needing more and more to achieve the same effect.

    So the scale this morning read 170.6 with 19% body fat and 55.5% body water content, which is good, it has been 171-174 and 18-22% fat, for the past two or so months, body water content is always 55.x-58%. I think the extremely stable water percentage is due to the fact that I weigh right out of the shower, but this really doesn’t concern me drinking fluids is not a problem, 170.x pounds has been seen occasionally.

    This morning’s routine consisted of three sets of speed-jacks, the wall sit x3, and three sets of the bird dog. This worked up a mild sweat even though the air had a slight chill this morning. (The air inside as the air handler was idled thanks to the mild evening temperature.)

    Food Log (updated throughout the day)

    Today I was late leaving the house so I couldn’t have my bowl of oatmeal at home, and it was too late to make it at work without feeling like I was taking advantage of the situation. So I had an egg & cheese bagel at McDonald’s, reminding me why I always order this item without the “breakfast sauce”, that and once again setting me to wondering why they have such a hard time not burning the bagel. The bagel was washed down with a medium orange juice.

    Lunch was Vegan Hot & Sour ramen with Cookies & Cream Ice cream (I’m a veggie not a vegan [yet anyway]) One bottle of water.

    Update 18:09: Snacked on a chocolate chip granola bar

    Update 20:11: Taco Bell Taco Locos - sub beans for the beef, add tomatoes (i'm not a fan of sour cream particularly not on these tacos, with the waythey gob it on), Small Pepsi, and another chocolate chip granola bar, organic with dark chocolate this time.

    Kacey Green
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    Day off, 2007.9.19

    Today was my highly anticipated day off, I missed the opportunity to exercise in the daylight, but I completed a task that has been on my task list since the month after I took delivery of my Prius. Today’s walk was several times longer than usual and the first half went at a brisk pace, the second half I was exploring and went at the usual pace. Tomorrow is tentatively light strength training day, we’ll see what happens then. I did not get quite as much done as expected because there were unexpected errands all day, and about 14:30, the Prius project started to materialize. I will provide more details at “Tech with a twist of lime!” tomorrow after some field-testing.

    Kacey Green
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    Status

    I've been running at full-throttle since 06:45 Eastern, I don't have the energy for two full posts now, there will be a brief write-up on today's trip at GRLT.  I did fight the flab today with a walk on a different route and running with crazy energy and enthusiasm.  Tonight I will sleep soundly.

    Kacey Green
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    Fighting the Flab IV

    Today’s walk was awesome, the fall temperatures were amazingly comfortable.  The cool, soft, autumn breeze was just enough to keep my temperatures down and I did not feel like a grungy caveman after arriving back home, I had a thin layer of perspiration and felt the effects of a light workout but without ending up feeling disgusting.  I did get some of the light strength training in, with a bonus, today I helped several customers with their luggage but they were all flying with bricks, their heavy belongings were my free bonus strength training!  At “Tech with a twist of lime!”, I will discuss my upcoming business trip.  I think Tuesday, I close at work, and this enables me to have the morning off to write some more substantial content for both websites.

    Kacey Green
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    Fighting the Flab III

    Day off

    I am enjoying my only day off in a week.  Today’s installment of Fighting the Flab was a bike ride; I borrowed a self-shifting bike and rode it for about half an hour.  The hills put up quite a fight, I triumphed, winded and humbled.  The self-shifting bike didn’t like shifting in to high gear on straight downhill or level sections, and uphill didn’t want to shift down to my liking, but it didn’t allow me to over exert myself on an uphill stretch.  If this was all I would say, the bike did a great job. However, the seat was extremely uncomfortable and I will have to figure out how to adjust it for a better fit or get bike of my own, the seat will not allow me to make my goal of riding to the fountain at the other side of my housing development.

    Tomorrow is back to walking and other miscellaneous exercising escalating into a real workout or disappearance of belly fat and man boobs, whichever comes first.  The ultimate goal of this plan is to achieve great fitness and to achieve a body image I’ll be satisfied with I’ll detail this goal later but now I have to post to keep up with my pledge.

    Kacey Green
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