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September 18, 2007

Tech Stuff...Oh Boy!

Well, here we are again.  But for me it is different this time.  I found a new editor for my blog (Windows Live Writer) and it makes posting this thing SO much easier.  Before I was doing this...

  1. Write the blog in Microsoft Word
  2. Insert the pictures I liked
  3. Sign on to Blogger
  4. Copy/Paste the text from Word to Blogger
  5. Upload the pictures to my web site
  6. Put the pictures on Blogger
  7. Move the pictures and text around to get it the way I like
  8. Publish the post

This new editor does most of that for me.  I just write the entry and add in the pictures the way I like, then hit PUBLISH.  The program handles the rest.  Plus, it is a free download from Microsoft. 

For those of you that like to blog, you might want to give it a shot.  It is compatible with Windows Live Spaces, SharePoint, WordPress, Blogger (which is the service I use), LiveJournal, TypePad, Moveable Type, Community Server, and many other weblog services.  It is still in beta...but it seems pretty stable.

http://get.live.com/betas/writer_betas

My only issues with it are:

1.  The install is sort of funky.  It tries to get you to install some extras like Live Search and MSN Home.  You can choose not to install them.  Also, when it is installing, it seems to take a long time.  Part of that is because it is downloading the new version of the Windows IM client...even if you already have it.

2.  The other issue I have with it is that it assumes that you need a photo service to handle your pictures.  Since I own my own space on the web, I don't use anything like that.  I just open a new directory and put my photos in there.  The first time you publish to your blog it prompts you to start a new photo service.  When I ran into that I had to go back and change the setup so it would just FTP to the directory that I had setup.  It is cool that it does that, but that should have been covered during the installation.

Another cool thing it does is it posts my drafts to the site as well.  So I can finish it later at another computer if I want....even it that other computer doesn't have Live Writer on it.  I don't have to carry drafts around on my USB thumb drive anymore. 

All and all...a very nice little program.

And the big news on the tech side is the new format for the blog.  I finally got the blog template to match up with the template I use for the rest of the site.  It isn't EXACTLY what I want yet....but it is pretty darn close.  And the look is seamless.  Before when you clicked on the blog link it looked like you were leaving the site and going to another one.  I'd expect that if my blog was stored by a free service but I store it locally on my site...so it should I can make it look however I want.

Progress report

As you can see from the number 6 on the home page, I'm now only up 6 pounds from my low point.  I'm starting to kick it into gear now that I'm in this competition at work.

My biking cardio is up to 30 minutes.  I think next week I'm going to start swimming again.  I was just starting to do before I completely went off my plan because of the mysterious 'medical issues'.  But I think I'm back to a point where I can try again.

NOTE:  The reason I had to take some time off had nothing to do with my weight loss or exercising.  A couple people have asked me about that.  They were under the impression I'd hurt myself working out.  Nope...and no I won't tell you what really happened.

I've changed my last meal of the day.  Think of it as a salad with no dressing....just raw veggies...carrots, cucumbers, celery...that sort of thing.  Just a few carbs...and a few proteins...and zero fat.  Lots of fiber...which is good. 

Its not that my gastro-gizmos are having any issues...and I intend Gastro to keep it that way.  Also, on cardio days, I'm adding back in that additional protein shake I started using in the evenings to protect my lean muscle mass while I sleep. 

The reason for the change is I want some clean calories in the evening to help me from being hungry while I sleep and as stated, to keep my lean muscle mass from breaking down during my long 9 -10 hour fast (sleepy time). 

There's lots of debate on what you should eat before bedtime.  Unfortunately, most of it is antidotal information put together by actual bodybuilders.  And while it is probably accurate for them, if you are more interested in weight loss than you are muscle increases, then you have to take most of what they say with a grain of salt.

NOTE:  Only a GRAIN of salt.  Too much salt in the diet can make you retain water and cause the body to bloat.  

salt <---- An actual GRAIN OF SALT

I finally updated the weight chart.  I know I've been lax about it lately but until my weight started going down again it was just too depressing to keep up with.  HEY!  I have to keep my depression levels in check just like everyone else!  If you don't like it then GET OFF MY WEB SITE!

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