Huge news!

Sunday, August 31, 2008

I've been working hard on this for a while, and it's finally ready: 1550 is moving to it's own site! 1550 version 2 has a whole new look, along with added sections and features. I'll be keeping this site up for a while, but there will be no new posting after this. All of my posts, old and new can be found at the new site.

So what are you waiting for? Go check it out!

Weekend Hike: Akron Falls Park

Akron Falls Park is located in the small town of Akron, NY, about 20 miles northeast of Buffalo. The park itself is surrounds the falls and continues downstream until it bumps against residential development. The trail head descends into the gorge and follows along the stream for roughly a mile. The trail its varied, ranging from stone steps to deteriorated asphalt, gravel, dirt, or jutting rock.

The trail was nice enough. It wasn't too difficult or strenuous and the scenery was lovely. The only faults I found with the trail is that it ran linear, and we had to double back twice since out entrance was near the center, and it was too short. Even with short pauses to admire the surroundings, we finished in 45 minutes. If I lived closer to the park, I would probably go there again.

You can see more pictures here.

The pant saga comes to an end...for now.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

You can read parts one and two here.

Having previously failed in my efforts, I expanded my search to Walmart. Oh Walmart, there is nothing that I can say that hasn't been said a million times already. But desperate times call for desperate measures, and I'm a woman on a mission. Let's talk about pants!

There isn't a Walmart near me so before I made the trek across town, I figured I check online first to see if it was worth a trip. I think that I'm a reasonable, easy going person that let's very little get to me. Functionality of online markets can very easily get me into a snit. Listen code monkeys or whoever is in charge of these things; if you're going to develop a virtual store, DON'T HALF ASS THINGS! It annoys people and makes you look like you don't really care about selling merchandise. If you don't care about getting me to your store, then I won't even bother going. Surprisingly, Walmart pulled through on this, and I spotted this suitable pair for $19. So off I went. I easily found the pants, and grabbed a couple sizes to try on. The size 22 fit snugly but not uncomfortably tight, so I went with those. Ironically, I also noticed this sticker on some stretch jeans.

Who needs diets or weight loss when you have the illusion of being slightly thinner than you are!

So I purchased the pants. And they're okay in that they suit my purpose. They do have two problematic areas however. The first is the fabric and stitching is typical Walmart construction, which I really can't complain about given that LOW LOW PRICE! The other is more a design flaw, in which they are advertised as being convertible pants. Meaning, you can raise or lower the length at will. Well, either they never intended for the pants to be at full sail so to speak, or they thought only tall fat girls would wear them.

I have pants!

News From the Miscellania

Thursday, August 28, 2008

I've stopped using the elevator at work, and only use the stairs now. I mostly go up or down by one floor a few times a day, which is closer to two floors due to building design. Not much, but every little bit helps. I get slightly out of breath when I reach the top, but I've decided that it's still better than waiting for THE SLOWEST FREAKING ELEVATOR ON THE PLANET.

Most days I walk to the employee parking lot, located about three blocks from the building, rather than take the shuttle. However, due to a parking shortage, employee parking is being moved to a location a little over a mile away, forcing me to take the shuttle. The positive is that the monthly fee will be cheaper. I'm still bummed.

Dinner was some kind of spicy sushi. I couldn't tell if it was crab or shrimp.

I'm working on something pretty exciting for 1550, details aren't too far away.

Happy Birthday to Me.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

No, it's not my birthday, but it is coming up and that has me thinking. About food to be precise (what else is new?). When I think of my birthday, my first thought is of what I want to eat on that day. What treats I can have and what variety of foods I want eat to celebrate the day. My second thought is, why do I immediately turn to food as a reward for a special occasion? Granted it is a special day to me, and I will have some sort of cake, but do I really need to go overboard and throw the whole LRP out the window for a day? This line of thinking reminds me of that annoying proverb "A moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips." I'm already trying to work off a lifetime of birthday moments, dinner moments, sad moments, just because it's Wednesday moments. As tasty as a special birthday meal sounds, I really don't want to make things harder than they already are.

Which leads me to my second dilemma. I recognize that I have an addiction to food that I'm trying to break. I don't want to pick up another in the process. To put it another way, I'm afraid that by trying to get rid of my food addiction, I will inadvertently fall into another, potentially just as dangerous, habit. Say, by spending too much money.

How do I reward myself responsibly? As I type this, I realize it appears to be a pretty simplistic and stupid question. It stumps me nonetheless. Am I making too big a deal of things? It's only one day, a measly 24 hrs, and I can hop on the horse again the day after. Blarg.

Free Lunch: Olive Garden

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Wow. Olive Garden twice in one week. What are the odds considering that before this week, the last time I had eaten there was least four years ago? Anyway, here it is. Yeesh, that's a bad photo. Eh, camera phone quality for you.

I went with the half plate of salad, which seems to work well. I was pretty hungry today, and got both a piece of ravioli and chicken. Normally I would have only taken one, and skipped the breadstick. Near the fork were a few roasted potatoes and peppers.

Like I said, I was feeling hungry today, and I've been feeling hungrier than usual lately. Mostly I think this is due to the fact that I've been consuming calories on the low end of the scale and it just caught up with me. That plate looked so good and appetizing, but once I started eating I became disgusted. Aside from the salad and the ravioli, the rest just tasted awful. It's not important what what wrong with it, but it was reminded of my pre-LRP relationship with food.

Even if I was just the slightest bit hungry, I would obsess over food like I was on the brink of starvation. It consumed my thoughts until I consumed something, anything. The craving would go away, but not the feeling I had, deep down. I still get that craving from time to time, but it's not as bad as what it used to be. What that feeling I'm trying to fix with food is, I still don't know.

I'm still feeling a bit discouraged about the lack of visual results of my weight loss. And I've been slipping a bit. I'm not gorging on doughnuts or chocolate or anything bad, but I've thought about it. I've been snacking on crackers instead of fruit or veggies, and my meal portions have been bigger. Afterwards, my stomach has that full, bloated feeling. And I don't like it.

I recently read the writing of an interesting person who said marriage is a series of peaks and valleys. Why stop there? Live itself is a journey of ups and downs, and this is just part of it. Just because I feel a little down about what's going on isn't an excuse to give up. I've made a commitment to improving my life. It's time to stop screwing around and get my shit together.

Weekend Hike: Walkathon

Monday, August 25, 2008

Ok, it wasn't a hike per se, just lots and lots of walking as part of entertaining the out of town guest.

The first place we walked was the Buffalo Zoo. I've had not been there before and was pleasantly surprised. While the zoo IS small, it's clean and the layout is good. Also, I went on a Saturday afternoon and it was not crowded at all. I hate crowds. The food court is a little iffy, cheap food marked up double what it should, but most tourist places are like that. The one thing I really enjoyed there, and the biggest surprise was this:

An anteater! I've been to many zoos big and small, but this was the first time I had ever seen an anteater. They're a lot bigger than I thought, and pretty weird looking to boot. Overall, the zoo was a good experience and would go again, though not for exercise purposes.

The second place we visited was Goat Island. I've mentioned this place before, so I won't go too into detail. The last time I was here, the line for the Cave of the Winds tour was almost non-existent, so I was slightly amazed to see a line easily 100 deep. It may have been due to the multiple tour groups I noticed walking about. The other attraction of interest, albeit slightly nerdy, was the stone archway. I had noticed it the first time (really how can you not?) but was never close to it. On this occasion, as we passed under the arch on the way to the car, I saw this plaque:

Pretty cool, eh? You can find it near the statue of Nicola Tesla.

Now that the guest is gone and the weekend is over, I can set about getting back on track.