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Atkins Diet Benefits...

I created this response on the alt.suport.diet.low-carb newsgroup. And when I type this much, I'd rather it not be lost to antiquity, you know? Plus, my ISP seems to have been losing posts to newsgroups lately. So I'm archiving it on my blog. A guy who calls himself "Peter" has this to say:

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Happy Anniversary to me...

My wife and I celebrated nine years tonight. It's been a long, hard road at times, but despite difficulties, changes, children, and challenge, there have been rewards aplenty to keep us happy and motivated.

I love you, Christy, with all my heart, more than anything else in my life. For now and always. -- Matthew

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Desktop Linux Distribution Reviews

Barry Smith has begun a series of articles reviewing various GNU/Linux distributions with a focus on the non-guru, non-clueless-newbie audience.

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Low-carbing and Subway Sandwiches

EDIT: I've been to Subway and tried their low-carb wraps. They are really quite good. Five of the eight carbs in the Turkey Bacon Wrap are from the wrap itself. While it's not appropriate for Induction (you're trying to break the carb addiction, after all), it's a nice treat. You can convert any sandwich into a wrap now for an extra $0.50, and from what I understand, in a couple of months Subway is introducing low-carb salads to complement their offerings. Watch this space!

January 1 is often a time of quiet contemplation, reflection, and consideration of times past. Many of us sit down with a sheet of paper, a pencil, and perhaps our partners, and figure out what our goals for this year are going to be. Most often, it really doesn't matter if we achieve these goals (and heck, how many of us actually keep them anyway?) but simply that we set them, and that we aspire to be better than we are.

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Blog notification...

I ran across an interesting utility in a post on kuro5hin.org. It's called Instant Gratification. What it does is, if you're running a weblog, and someone visits, you get sent an instant message to your IM client! This gives you the opportunity, if it's a logged-in user or someone on a related weblog (like LiveJournal, Blogger, and others share user accounts among thousands of blogs -- but I run Drupal, so it's just among a few hundred and whether the user logs in is totally up to the user to decide, rather than involuntary) to actually send IM's to your visitors to determine whether they liked what they saw, what improvements you could put in, etc.

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CALLING IN SICK

The problem is, there seems to be somewhere in the annuls of employment, on page 8394, a sentence that reads: "You must be ill to the point that you cannot do your job, and know it hours before".

This double bind is where I am tonight. After leaving work early last night, I struggled with the decision today of whether or not to call in sick. I am not severely or acutely ill at this very moment.. but I was for much of last night, meaning I have had no sleep. I have had bouts with aspects of this illness today (including as recently as an hour before the beginning of my shift), and I had a real fear that going in to work tonight would make me be even sicker for the upcoming week.

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TightVNC is very cool

Download TightVNC here if you want to remotely administer your computer from somewhere else. I dig it.

This blog is mostly for my father-in-law :)

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Blogosphere.us

I recently discovered a very interesting website called blogosphere.us. I discovered them by analyzing my referrer log. Apparently, their program reads some 150,000 blogs to discover what the current "buzz" is, and links to those trends and articles that are causing a stir across the blogging world.

Talk about your grassroots journalism, that's pretty freaking cool.

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Today marks the day!

Today marks the first day I've been simply "overweight" rather than "obese". The Body-Mass Index still says I'm obese (at my height and age, I won't graduate to "overweight" until I go below 224 lbs), but my body fat percentage, according to mybodycomp.com is now 22.54% -- a really nice reduction versus the nearly 30% I was at the start of November. I've also put on, according to them, 7 lbs of lean muscle mass in that time from my exercise program.

I'm consuming around 2,200 calories per day, which with my moderate exercise (3-5 days of light exercise per week) puts my caloric burn somewhere in the neighborhood of 3200 calories per day. If I'm totally sedentary, my burn rate is around 2600 calories/day. It's actually really difficult to reach 2200 calories a day when low-carbing at 25 grams or less of carbs per day. I basically have to eat till I'm full (not stuffed!) six times a day. If I reduce my calories too much below 2040, though (my Basal Metabolic Rate), it could put my body into fat-conservation, a.k.a. "famine" mode where it becomes really, really tough to lose.

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