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Streamlining

I did some tweaking on my journal's style today. Mostly happy with the results.

The changes are pretty subtle. It's still very close to what everyone else is using, and that's deliberate. Everything's just a little cleaner than it used to be. Paragraphs use full justification now, and the margins are a little wider. The margins increase on both sides for lists - more so for lists within lists. Thus, clear definition between sections.

Thing is, it's not stable.

Every time I use the <ol> or <ul> tags (which is more often than you'd think), this breaks us out of the current paragraph. Meaning, those attributes defined in the previous paragraph do not resume after the list ends. And, I can't reassert them or define those parameters globally. So, half an entry might have perfect formatting, and then suddenly everything shifts way over on the left, and my beautiful right margin is back to it's usual shambles.

That said, none of this affects how my entries are displayed on your friends list, and folks rarely (if ever) visit my journal directly. So, the only person this will bother is me.

Still, it almost works. That must count for something, right?



In other news, I weigh ten pounds less than I used to.

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pottertilly
Nov. 13th, 2003 09:01 am (UTC)
Congratulations!!
I love food, period. I would like to try to lose weight for my best friend's wedding next year, and heck, for myself, but I love food. I am very proud of you that you have been able to shed your 10 pounds! Good luck on your journey!! :)
pottertilly
Nov. 13th, 2003 09:56 am (UTC)
Re: Timely...
I just received an e-mail from a friend asking if we could start walking together again for at least once/twice a week. I said that would be a great idea... And, I'm going to try my best to cut down on sugar... Hm...
self
Nov. 13th, 2003 03:01 pm (UTC)
That should help. And, drink lots of water.

I chose the Weight Watchers route because, frankly, I don't know as much as I think I do. How I gained this weight in the first place is a classic example:
    Back in college, I'd frequently get caught up in my work and forget to eat. Sometimes for days on end. When I came up for air, I figured my body would need a lot more food than usual to replenish itself, so I'd head down to the all-you-can-eat Mongolian Bar-B-Que. Then, the big meal would make me sleepy, so I'd go to bed without making any effort to burn any of those calories.

    This was, of course, badly thought out. If I had any idea how metabolism worked, I'd have known better. So, I started gaining weight, despite the certain knowledge that I was starving myself.

    In retrospect, I could have reversed this with a conscious effort to eat more often. But, that was never going to occur to me. I was smart enough to know eating less wasn't the answer, but I figured it was probably my choice of foods.

    Now, I didn't eat a lot of candy, but there was some. A trip to the movies would involve Red Vines and Good 'n Plenty, maybe some Hot Tamales... And, I didn't want to cut those out, so I traded them instead for Reeces Pieces. See, it's still candy, but it's got peanut butter, which I remembered from elementary school is one of those big healthy things they put on the food group charts?

    Yeah. Out with the fat-free candies, in with the peanut butter. You can imagine how successful that was.

    It was just layer upon layer of things like that. Ignorance compounding itself.
So for me, the first step towards fixing this had to be admitting that I have no common sense in this area, and trusting somebody else to know what they're talking about. Which was hard, because everyone I talk to has such different ideas. But, I quickly recognized that this program does address all that stuff I did to myself by not knowing better. It anticipates those problems.

And every week, that decision is reinforced when at least one person fails to lose what they were hoping because they ate less than they were supposed to.

So, yeah.. Walking and cutting down on the sugar both sound like good ideas. They're not a complete solution, but it doesn't sound like you're overcompensating, either. There's a tendency to thrash about helplessly in our frustration...
self
Nov. 13th, 2003 03:02 pm (UTC)
part 2
That said, the Weight Watchers plan would indeed pose some challenges with your lifestyle. Not because you love food ('cause, who doesn't?), but because you spend so many evenings out on the town. Not all restaurants make their nutritional info available, so there's a lot of guesswork involved in deciding what to order, and how much of it (if any) you should put aside and take home. They train you to make those estimates, and that works out pretty well for most people, but I'm not comfortable with it myself. So, I don't know if I can personally recommend this route to you.

But by that same token, I can't recommend anything else above it.

The program's very effective when you're ready to stick with it. And, most people practically have to hit bottom before they are. You do seem much happier these days than when we first met, so I can see where being healthy and living longer might be a higher priority now than it used to be. But, is that a strong enough motivation? Hard to say.

I do think, if you tried it for a week or two, you'd be surprised how little you have to actually give up. More so if MPS goes in with you. With a year 'til the wedding, it's fully doable...
pottertilly
Nov. 13th, 2003 04:50 pm (UTC)
Re: part 2
seonsaint and I also talked about trying out the Adkins' diet, but have yet to try it... I'll try my best to cut down on the candy (although I do have a candy jar at work), but it will be hard to pass up stuff like cheesecake in the future... I'll try to increase my exercise though... As for drinking water, I drink lots of it at work, but then on the weekends, for some reason, I don't... Oh well... Also, once we move in together, I'll make it a point that we don't go out for fast food as often. We don't go out every night to buy food, but it would be nice to just prepare our own food more often.

Again, I'm really proud of you for doing this! That is so awesome! And thank you for your comment about me seeming to be more happy. I guess I am in many ways! :) I wish you happiness as well!

You, go Self! :)
technomonkey
Nov. 13th, 2003 09:16 pm (UTC)
Adkins
First off, congrats on that whole wedding thing! Mucho cool!

I wouldn't recommend the Adkins' diet. Mostly because, while I know several people who've tried it, I don't know a single person who could stick to it. Not one. This is a diet that says you aren't allowed anything with bread or sugar. Do you know anybody who could survive like that? I know I couldn't...
self
Nov. 14th, 2003 05:14 am (UTC)
survival
This stuff applies as much to your comment as the one it's replying to.

I should also add that thestagemanager has managed to stay on it for quite a while. I don't think he's reached his target yet, but I have no doubt he will eventually.
pottertilly
Nov. 14th, 2003 08:41 am (UTC)
Re: Adkins
We don't plan to marry until 2005 (heck, we're not even engaged yet, but we basically know what day we want to get hitched), so I'm actually trying to lose weight for my best friend's wedding in 2004, but I thank you! It is indeed mucho cool! :)

As for the Adkins' diet, yep, I have to admit when I first heard about it, I was like, "you gotta be kidding, right?" but then I would see people who have lost significant weight by following this diet... But, yes, I wonder how long they could last doing this. I heard that it wouldn't be healthy to stay on such a diet for the rest of one's life.

Although I haven't officially started a diet, I will try my best to try to cut back on certain foods and hike up the exercise.
self
Nov. 14th, 2003 04:46 am (UTC)
considerations
Atkins is an efficient diet, in that you lose a lot of weight very quickly. But you gain it back almost instantaneously the moment you quit.

There are success cases. wolfiegirl is definitely one. But, she's unusually strong, and she's struggled with her weight for so long that to ever back away from this after finally achieving her goal is unthinkable.

Obviously, she's not an isolated case. The system does work for some people. Of course, it also (allegedly) causes serious liver, heart and kidney problems in others. But, most don't make it to that stage, because the discipline required is fairly rediculous.

Anyway, cheesecake isn't the dealbreaker. Wedding cake is.
    I personally draw a lot of superstitious parallels when it comes to weddings.

    For example, I think the groom can rent or buy a tux, but the shoes he stands in should be the ones he wears every day, or else he's putting on a persona and the vows don't really count. Granted, no one else on the face of this planet actually holds that belief, so I could be wrong.

    But I feel less wierd telling you that there should be no hesitation biting into the wedding cake. No second thoughts, no remorse after the fact. For that day at least, the words "should I really be doing this?" should be far from your mind.
So, those are my loopy-minded 4am thoughts. Hopefully, something in there will prove coherent and/or useful...
pottertilly
Nov. 14th, 2003 08:47 am (UTC)
Re: Speaking of wedding cakes...
This idea is out now, but for some time, I was actually wanting to have a CHEESECAKE wedding cake! I interviewed this cheesecake maker who showed me her cheesecake wedding cake designs... I was floored! The reason why the idea is out is because if we plan to have an outdoor reception cheesecake might not be good under the sun... And, okay, there's another reason to: SeonSaint's aunt traditionally makes cakes for her relatives' weddings, and they're wonderful cakes! :)
self
Nov. 14th, 2003 07:00 am (UTC)
water
I suspect it's more important to not dehydrate over the weekend, since that's usually when we're more indulgent with the food.

Could be wrong. I don't really understand what any of this has to do with weight loss. But I'm told it's important.
akatalin
Nov. 14th, 2003 01:48 am (UTC)
wooden nickle
that is cool , I tryed the weigh watch in jr high. My grandfather would go with me which was cool of him. He brought that planed food thing and I was on it for about two weeks and lost 15 pounds which was keen. But then a lady who was like a vice prinpal at my school started going and that freaked me out.
The Akiens thing seems to work well if you live alone. My mum has been doing well she has been on it since july and she has lost 30. she is exicted about fitting in a reg females Xlg. She has cheated abit but she is very good about not eatting too many carbs.
Cardboard can be yummie ... I supose.
My friend wanted to try that Raw food diet with that girly man ... but I am very prejudice toward some veggies (ie. Pea and shred carrots and bell peppers).. that was a nice ramble..

Good luck on the way to 70 less .
self
Nov. 14th, 2003 04:57 am (UTC)
I think any diet works best if you live with other people who happen to be on it. You're less accountable when you're alone.
akatalin
Nov. 14th, 2003 04:08 pm (UTC)
either or
Well my mum had my sisters and father on it . And I'm a bum and I came over to eat 'cause I'm a bum and I figure since my friends mum was counting 7 when there are only 6 of them... but any who my mum had everyone it but then my sister flaked so I had to forge for dinner else where.
Yes ina group it's better when you live with people but when you are by your self you can have your fridge to how it should be to keep you on track. that prombly makes no sense.
emilyonline
Nov. 15th, 2003 12:28 pm (UTC)
10 pounds
wow that's great! i dropped about 18 pounds over the summer--I feel much better--healthier. i hope you do too.
self
Nov. 15th, 2003 03:15 pm (UTC)
It's all happening so slowly. I think I'm getting there.

It's strange. My face feels more refined, but I don't see it in the mirror yet.

In all fairness, I have nothing to compare myself to. They told us to take our "before" pictures after the first meeting, but I refused that step. I'm someone who would compare the photos and take humiliation our of it rather than pride. No need to do that to myself...
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