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Move Update

So, the move's been interesting so far. :)

The snow DID return to melting, though there was still slush and ice all through yesterday's move. Qwest, who had said they'd turn off the line and swap it over at 5:00pm, turned it off and swapped it over at 10:00am. Ack! Oh, well.

The movers showed up, as did my friend and former co-worker from my games industry days, Chris Hedberg. Chris provided one more pair of hands and an extra car, and we got pretty much everything over to the new house. (Though right now, it's all stacked in boxes and all.) I still need to get a proper desk and a bureau, and we'll get a real, comfortable couch for the living room as opposed to the Lumpy, Ass-Eating Futon Of Death. The comfy psuedo-futon that wonderwombat usually sleeps on when visiting has moved to the second floor landing as a couch outside kieri's room.

Last night, we were all ready to sleep at 8:30pm, dead tired, but decided we needed to stay up a bit longer so we didn't wake up at, as Jen put it, "ass-crack-of-dawn early." So we all took showers and got into our pajamas, unfolded the second-floor-landing futon, grabbed blankets, and curled up there. My Powerbook, Pixel, was placed on a small table and I plugged in speakers...and we watched movies on Pixel. (Brent christened it the "Pixel Entertainment and Second-Floor-Landing Theaters present...") It was actually kind of fun; Pixel's got great video quality for playback, and it was sleepover-like. (And since our television and entertainment center are buried behind boxes, and we have no cable yet, and our DVD player and game systems are all boxed up as well anyway...well, it was the only entertainment we /had/.)

This morning we got up and managed to track down which of the 8(!) phone lines in the house left by the previous tenants was the one Qwest had turned on. Turns out to be a line that is only in my bedroom, no other room in the house, so we're going to need to talk to Qwest about that. Urgh. However, hopefully that can get cleared up soon.

So we came out to a coffeeshop -- the Seattle's Best Coffee in the University Village QFC -- and settled in with pastry and coffee to wake up (since all our food, plates, etc. are -- guess what? -- in boxes), and Jen picked up the Adkins Diet book. She's decided to do Adkins once we're unpacked, and has talked Brent and I into it for support. Through the simple method of saying 'So, if you're not doing this, that's okay; it's not my place to criticize if you want to be Fatty McFatty for the rest of your life and die of diabetes at age 30 after you go blind.' She's going into detail about all the things we can't have ("Enjoy that donut, it'll be your last ever." "No more coffee after we start, no caffeine!" "That's your last sandwich, remember; no bread after we start Adkins.") and so on. (No caffeine?! Waaah!) So, that'll be interesting.

Anyway, checked up on the servers, nothing broken, everything seems to be running. Whew! :)

Comments

I did the 'Carbohydrate Addicts Diet' and lost about 20 pounds on it. That's different from the Atkins (sp?) diet, because in a one-hour window each day, you can eat whatever you want... the key is that your insulin levels aren't perturbed by eating like that once a day, and so you burn calories instead of retaining them.

I think that the biggest reason I lost weight on that diet, though, was because if you're not eating carbs (and avoiding fat besides)... the only source of calories left is protiens. And it's damn hard to get those, so you end up eating a low-calorie diet by implication.

So I'm not sure the Atkins diet is really all that magic. Please be careful if eating that way - you still need a little bit of carbs and a little bit of fat to stay healthy. Make sure there's some veggies (particularly carrots) and some meats in there.

What I'm doing now is just eating on a menu where I get a third of my calories each from fats, protiens, and carbs, and seeing if I lose weight that way. I hope it works because trying to eat only protiens was driving me nuts. I wonder if I'll be able to write a book about it if it works. :)

Anyway, checked up on the servers, nothing broken, everything seems to be running.

Services on irc.hellmouth.us are down. We figured Barty was off on holiday. ;-)
*sigh* hopefully that's fixed now.
Word from my sister-the-R.N.: Don't do the Atkins diet. It kills brain cells, since carbohydrates are what turns into glucose which is what feeds brain cells.

And frankly, Sparks, I keep reading your LJ and you have enough depression problems. Quitting caffeine, for you, is a Bad Idea. Very bad. Messing with your diet, without a doctor's supervision, for you, is a Worse Idea. Honest.
Your particular system is geared /heavily/ towards certain foods. You're going to throw your system into shock by going on that diet - if you go on that diet without first consulting a trained nutritionist, you're basically setting yourself up to get not only very sick, but to probably fail and then get depressed again.

Some people do well on the Atkins diet. Some people do extremely poorly. Going cold turkey on caffeine and everything else? You'll be shortcircuiting your central nervous system, to say the least.

Sorry, I really think this is a bad idea for you - especially since you've had and have known health issues. If others wanna do it - you can be supportive without going on it yourself, and going on it yourself, especially without a weaning-off process, is damned self-destructive.
It's good and well to want to help someone, but for something like this?

Don't let them 'talk you into it'. These kind of diets can have a /very/ bad effect on you, especially if it isn't look at by someone who knows what the heck they are doing.

If you want to be supportive? That's great - if you are making the meal, there's some good stuff out there.

But doing it to help someone else ain't that good, or smart.

If you are wanting to loose some weight, and think this will help? Don't go whole hog. Cut out the sweets. Mix your caffienated drinks with juice or water or milk. Instead of having bread /and/ potatoes /and/ stuffing - don't. Or have less of the three.

It's all about moderation - and that's a good thing to have all the time.
Talk about your bum raps. That is -not- what I said. And I've also said repeatedly that she doesn't have to do anything she doesn't want -- but she has to do -something-. Her current diet is basically made up of fast food, Coca Cola, bread, cheese, and gummy candy. And because she works at home, she doesn't get a lot of exercise.

Frankly, I really wish that she'd stop reporting my every joke in her LJ -- taken out of context, it sounds like I bloody well persecute her, when I'm basically the one keeping her from subsisting on Pixie Stix. Vegetables good. Protein good. Sugar bad. Mention this, though, and into the LJ I go, sounding like bloody Attila the Hun. Hmph.
Actually, you did say that -- the 'Fatty McFatty' comment -- as I was actually writing the post! And you say it every time I complain about the no-more-than-one-cup-of-veggies-a-day, no-starch, no-caffeine thing. Admittedly, after you explained that the no-veggies, no-caffeine, no-starch thing only lasts two weeks, that didn't spook me quite so much.

And yes, my current diet sucks.
The no-veggies thing sounds dangerous. The veggies to shun are the ones high in starch. Corn, grain, wheat and potatoes are very high in carb content. If you're going to avoid veggies, avoid those. Don't freak about the others.

Again, especially if your whole house is doing this, be really careful. Seeking a physician's advice would be wise.

Jeez. I sound like the Ad council...
*nod* Any time there's that huge a shift in diet, even if only for a temporary time (2 weeks though isn't really a temporary enough time for the body to cope well), it's better to talk to a nutritionist. I'm with you wholeheartedly on this one.
Well, if it's any consolation, I didn't think you were forcing her to do anything! I do think though with her current health the way it is (and the depression history), she needs to talk to a nutritionist before going cold turkey on things, as it can have a bad effect.

That said, I don't see how you -could- 'force' her to do things, seeing as she does work at home and you don't; it'd be sorta hard for you to monitor her eating long distance. And yes, she does need to fix her diet - but a nutritionist probably will be able to take a look and see what, with her health, would work. The Atkins Diet, and especially going cold turkey on this which alter neurochemistry, is not the best choice for people with histories of depression, is all.

There, Sparks, done talking about you in the third person in your own LJ. ;b For now. Neener.
I do apologize for it having come across badly, though. I won't repeat remarks or anything in LJ anymore without checking first, fair 'nuff? :)