zellandyne: (Default)
( Jun. 5th, 2009 01:41 pm)
If you have not yet read Chew, you really ought to. It is creepy and funny and dark and brilliant. And, my friend John wrote it. He's getting great reviews! Woo!
zellandyne: (Default)
( Jun. 1st, 2009 05:57 am)
I thought I might wake up hungry, and I did. Bleh. I wasn't hungry when I went to bed, but I knew I'd eaten less than I usually need for the day. Well, back to bed now (after crackers and cheese) for what little sleep I can get before work.
Since November, when I began the elimination diet I have:
Slept better
Had more energy
Had much less stomach upset
Had fewer headaches
Had clearer skin
Gotten rid of a rash on my neck and chest that I thought was acne
Had less congestion
Had less itchy ears (my ears used to itch all the time)
Lost weight without much effort at all

I think this is made of win. In exchange for these benefits I merely need to refrain from eating:
Gluten in all forms
Brussel sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, etc (they give me migraines)
Tomatoes, potatoes, bell peppers, eggplant (they give me eczema - I will compromise on this one occasionally)
Sugar (gives me UTIs - no fun at all)

I'm still not sure about:

All in all, that's not too bad. Eating out is complicated, because restaurants frequently don't understand. Even when they try to accommodate they sometimes forget things, like that alfredo sauce is made with flour, so even if you replace the pasta with risotto, there will be a problem. It requires hyper vigilance on my part. In this endeavor, my natural OCD (which I have now had diagnosed - so, yes, I do have OCD as I always suspected) comes in handy.

As far as the weight loss, I have lost the 20 pounds I gained since I moved to the bay in summer 2007. I intend to continue losing weight and getting back to the shape I was in before the tonsillitis of doom. That would be another 17 pounds. We'll see if that's viable or not. As is, I've lost twenty pounds over 7 months, which seems like a good and healthy pace to me.

It's nice to feel healthy for a change!

20 / 20 pounds. 100% done!
Anyone able to fetch me from San Jose airport Tuesday evening? Navarre ended up with a short notice business trip, so he will be in West Virginia.
Turns out they're even better with butter, as opposed to ghee. Much better. Also crumblier, which I thought was impossible, but there you have it.

I am glad dairy seems to be agreeing with me. Of course, corn isn't. Which is sad. On the whole, though, I'd rather have butter and cheese than corn.
zellandyne: (kitty!)
( May. 17th, 2009 03:47 pm)
Thus far today I have potted plants and washed dishes. Next up, litter box cleaning. How exciting!

Things I should do:
Bake cookies I can take with me to WisCon (so I have something sweet I can eat)
Try on the old clothing I have in boxes that didn't fit, but might again (I'm actually wearing a pair of shorts I bought for Burning Man 2007, that I haven't fit into since. Rock.)
Go to the gym. With [livejournal.com profile] jlterman and Navarre.
Grocery shop.
Make meatballs (my great grandma's recipe, which is the best I've ever tasted)
I'm continuing to lose weight on this diet, particularly now that I'm paying more attention to portion sizes. I'm back to fitting into one of the pairs of jeans I brought with me when I moved to the bay. Woo!

17 / 20 pounds. 85% done!

Thoughts on Weight Loss )

Cream or Sugar? )
zellandyne: (Default)
( May. 14th, 2009 11:40 am)
It occurs to me that next week I will be at WisCon. It will be my first con on my gluten free diet. I don't know how easy, or hard, it will be for me to consistently find food I can eat. Nor do I know how affordable it will be...

Brave new world, with such questions in it.
zellandyne: (health 2)
( May. 5th, 2009 11:06 am)
I'm back to losing weight again (which pleases me). Turns out those gluten free shortbread cookies were way more calories than I realized. Tasty, though. However, in spite of the crazy food splurge this past weekend at reunion, I'm doing pretty well. So, back to using a word meter to track my weight loss:

14 / 20 pounds. 70% done!

Note: This is the weight lost since I started the elimination diet in November. My goal is to get back into the jeans I was wearing before I moved up to the Bay in summer 2007.
zellandyne: (Default)
( Apr. 27th, 2009 02:32 pm)
I had way too much fun learning to make curtains this weekend.[livejournal.com profile] krchicken  and[livejournal.com profile] garlikmongere  very patiently showed me how to use a sewing machine. By the end of the day my seams were even almost straight! As opposed to lurching around like a drunken one-legged sailor.

Also, Navarre's Dad found my blog (hi Navarre's Dad!).

zellandyne: (Default)
( Apr. 17th, 2009 11:34 am)
I'm signing up for reunion. Who here is going and what events are you attending? So far, we're signed up for the Wine Tasting, and the President's Reception at Scripps.

Not signing up for any of the dinners because the food would likely kill me. Even though Scripps does provide a place for you to list food requirements on their form.
zellandyne: (Default)
( Apr. 6th, 2009 03:53 pm)
I'm about to head off for my first ever rolfing appointment. I hear it's painful, but incredibly helpful. Too bad about the unfortunate name...
This weekend I managed to obtain two Billy bookcases and an Ikea kitchen cart for less than the price of one new Billy bookcase. Yay. My house is shaping up nicely. Also got one set of curtains that will eventually live in the office.

My major excitement, though, was getting little herb plants at the farmers' market and then potting supplies to start my own herb garden. Spearmint, peppermint, parsley, basil, and chives. Woo! There's already rosemary in the backyard.

Very pleased about all this. And thanks to <lj user=krchicken> for adventuring along with me.
zellandyne: (Default)
( Apr. 1st, 2009 02:01 pm)
It looks like renting a car for the weekend and driving it to LA would actually be cheaper than flying down. *boggle*

I don't wish to drive my own car, since it's making funny noises and I really ought to take it in to the shop. But. Renting a car might work. Particularly seeing as I have a bunch of stuff still at my parents' place that I'd like to bring back up here.

If I did do that, would anyone else want to go with on either leg of the journey?
zellandyne: (Default)
( Mar. 31st, 2009 11:16 am)
Anyone up here in the Bay Area headed down towards LA around the 11th? I'm contemplating heading down for Passover with my family, but Navarre is too impacted at work to go with me. If someone else was driving down, and interested in company, that would rock.
zellandyne: (snoopy dance)
( Mar. 27th, 2009 04:09 pm)
We just had Friday Afternoon Dance Party here at work. Every Friday at 4. My team and the HR crew. We get together and dance. It confuses the GMs.
zellandyne: (Default)
( Mar. 26th, 2009 04:47 pm)
I injured my shoulder today by stretching apparently. Something cracked and it's been hurting ever since. Sadness. Fortunately, I'm going to Alexander lessons tonight, which should help. I am not, however, going to martial arts class. I will, instead, go home and possibly unpack a few more things and take it easy on the shoulder.
zellandyne: (anime me)
( Mar. 24th, 2009 05:54 pm)
I was totally right. My Star Trek Online fiction is getting a wider readership than anything else I've written. It got Kotakued: http://kotaku.com/5177795/fake-seven-of-nine-interview-teases-borg-in-star-trek-online

Oh, the hilarity!
zellandyne: (Default)
( Mar. 23rd, 2009 10:52 am)
We've moved. We have no internet access as of yet - thank you, Comcast! - but otherwise things are coming along nicely.

Thanks again to everyone who showed up to help us. We had a crew of 15 folks over the course of the day, which made it move incredibly swiftly.


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