Heh… the last time I wrote a post on this blog was in August of last year. I was really motivated but then it just fizzled out and too many things got in the way. I did a half-hearted try at following the slow carb diet from the 4 Hour Body book, but that didn’t last very long. I don’t really know why I stopped. A few minutes ago I took out my measuring tape and compared it to the numbers I posted here the last time. On a whim I decided to get back to posting about this. Here are the numbers.
Height: 180 cm (5’11’)
Weight: 109 kg (240.3 lbs)
Hips: 117 cm (46.1 in)
Waist: 107 cm (42.1 in)
Chest: 116 cm (45.7 in)
Left thigh: 64 cm (25.2 in)
Right thigh: 65 cm (25.6 in)
Left bicep: 37 cm (14.6 in)
Right bicep: 38 cm (15 in)
One thing that became obvious to me was that I had measured my thighs wrong. I had used the wrong end of the tape. I did it right this time and concluded that these are the numbers my thighs should have been at last year. That means that my thighs haven’t magically shrunk by A LOT.
I’m encouraged by the numbers because I haven’t really made an effort to eat healthy this year. It’s been the same old thing where I limit myself sometimes and go nuts with too much shitty food on other days. A mixed bag, as usual. But I’m still a little bit smaller than in August.
I talked to my brother about motivation and weight loss a few days ago. He had some clothes that were too big for him so he gave them to me. A few running shorts and shirts, a suit jacket and a complete suit. The suit and suit jacket are too small for me right now, but they are definitely within reach. I’ve also gone through some stuff in my own closet just to motivate me. I’ve consciously kept a lot of things that have been too small for me for a couple of years just because I want to have that as motivation. Obviously it hasn’t worked… yet. I don’t know how to get to that point where I’m really going but I think it’s because I have quite a few goals inside my head that I want to reach and sometimes it becomes overwhelming for me. I should just simplify my approach, which is easier said than done, but I have to try.
I’m putting up a few loose ground rules for myself. They won’t be hard rules because I can bullshit my way past those anyway. That means that if I break them here and there it won’t be a big deal, but if I do it consistently I’m going to guilt trip myself.
– No more candy or snack binges. Sometimes I buy way too much shit that tastes good the first few bites and then I associate the rest with guilt even if it also tastes good. So if I’m buying crap I’ll just buy less of it and ride that first wave I get from it.
– More cooking from scratch. I’ve always been pretty good at cooking most of my own food. The last six months I’ve gone back to a lot of premade meatballs and other stuff like that. On my birthday I got a grill pan and a wok pan and I want to use them for more proper cooking because it’s fun and it also tastes better.
– Find good sites and apps that help me on my way. I’ve kinda sorta used fatsecret.com and Runkeeper. I should use them more. I might go back to using Flickr for food pictures again. It’s just a matter of routines.
– More casaual runs. I went out on my first run of the season a couple of days ago. Going for another one tonight. I mapped out my route and apparently it’s something like 3.1 km. Another variant that I’ve done a bunch of times is roughly 5.2 km. So I’m doing the 3k run a few times until my legs are going and I can do the 5k for a while.
So yeah… motivation while keeping things simple. That’s the key, I think. Gotta get into that suit and all the other clothes in my closet, right?
I’m just trying out my new phone to see if this works. I am using the speech to text function and it seems to be working really well. This is really cool, I can’t wait to use it a little more consistently, so I guess this is it. I should go make some dinner.
I’m a gamer. I love gaming. My Top 300 Games list here on this blog is pretty good proof. That list is also proof that I’ve missed out on some really good games. Well, the last two months I’ve tried to take care of that. It all started when I got a job at GameStop and we had this really great deal on PlayStation 2 games. I had borrowed a PS2 from a friend but hadn’t used it a lot, mainly because I kind of felt it wasn’t really mine. Yeah, I know, I’m weird. Anyway, I bought that PS2 from my friend and started collecting games for it. I had already gotten a few to play when I borrowed it, but that was like two or three.
Now, I know that I won’t play through all of these. I might not even try all of them. But playing them is only half the reason I got them. I just got this idea that I should have a good, solid collection of PS2 games. Since I could get most of them really cheap, I thought “fuck it, why not?” and then I went out and bought stuff, resulting in the following collection.
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror
Silent Hill 2
Silent Hill 3
Resident Evil 4
Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood
Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30
God of War
God of War 2
Devil May Cry 3: Special Edition
Prince of Persia: Sands of Time
Prince of Persia: Warrior Within
Prince of Persia: Two Thrones
The Mark of Kri
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Guilty Gear X
Soul Calibur 2
Final Fantasy XII
Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance
Tony Hawk 3
Gran Turismo 3 A-Spec
Gran Turismo 4
WRC II Extreme
Pretty solid list if you ask me and I got most of them dirt cheap. I’ve also borrowed ICO and Shadow of the Colossus and I will also get Ratchet & Clank 3 (Up Your Arsenal in the US). And I have Final Fantasy VII for the original PlayStation that’s playable on this baby along with an old memory card.
So I guess we’ll see when I’ll get around to playing all of these. Right now I’m happy just owning them. And yes, I’m aware that I’m nuts.
Oh, and do you think anything is missing?
The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:
The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.
About 3 million people visit the Taj Mahal every year. This blog was viewed about 41,000 times in 2010. If it were the Taj Mahal, it would take about 5 days for that many people to see it.
In 2010, there were 86 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 328 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 37mb. That’s about 6 pictures per week.
The busiest day of the year was November 28th with 402 views. The most popular post that day was Dakkster’s Top 300 Games, 300-276.
Where did they come from?
The top referring sites in 2010 were youtube.com, dobberhockey.com, facebook.com, en.wordpress.com, and forums.sarcasticgamer.com.
Some visitors came searching, mostly for baldur’s gate, splinter cell, baldurs gate, nfs carbon, and need for speed carbon.
Attractions in 2010
These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.
Dakkster’s Top 300 Games, 300-276 May 2010
Dakkster’s Top 300 Games, 125-101 June 2010
Dakkster’s Top 300 Games, 225-201 May 2010
Dakkster’s Top 300 Games, 150-126 June 2010
Dakkster’s Top 300 Games, 175-151 June 2010
Today I ordered a pair of headphones. I’ve bought headphones before. Small $15 earplug pop-ins that are integrated into a necklace to hold your mp3 player. They don’t count. They’re not proper headphones. Today I ordered proper headphones. Apparently they’re called DJ headphones. Yeah, that’s how in the know I am about this.
The reason is that my neighbor has been banging on my wall if I listen to a podcast. It’s completely fucking ridiculous that I can’t even listen to Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant talk shit about Karl Pilkington without my neighbor banging on the wall after 10 PM. It’s a goddamn podcast and I hardly have the volume up high. And this apartment complex is supposed to have good isolation. That has been the reason why I haven’t played a lot of games late at night the last few months. I’ve had plenty of opportunity, but I haven’t done anything with that time and opportunity to entertain myself with my Xbox.
That’s why I went and placed an order for a pair of proper headphones. I figure I can sit there and listen to my games without having to worry about having my wall broken down. What pisses me off even more about my idiot neighbors is that they’re completely clueless about how their kids are INCREDIBLY annoying, yelling their asses off just outside my balcony. Do I complain about it? No, I don’t. I should start to even out the odds.
Anyway, I looked around and first I thought I should get a pair of Sony MDR-XB400. Yeah, says about as much to me. They’re headphones, they’re black. Apparently they’re also not very good. Then I started looking at different KOSS headphones. Couldn’t really find a pair that appealed to me that much. Threw out a few tweets to people who might be in the know and got a tip about the brand Skullcandy. Found some interesting models in my price range and a few a bit above my price range that were really interesting. Read a whole bunch of tests and customer reviews and really wanted those a bit more expensive ones. Then I got a call that I got the job I interviewed for yesterday, so I figured “fuck it, I can take that extra $20 hit to my wallet. I got these:
Skullcandy G.I. Red Print
I’m not a very extravagant person, especially not when it comes to clothing and style. I was very close to ordering a black model. But I figured this would be interesting. I can use them for my mp3 player but I will be using them mostly at home. According to the listing on the site where I ordered them, I should be getting a 3m extension cord so I won’t have to buy an extra just to be able to connect it to my receiver for the Xbox. It should arrive in the mail on Monday or Tuesday.