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Post regular weight updates until I reach and maintain my goal weight for at least a year (read all 69 entries…)
Friday September 20, 2013

Current Weight: 281.5 pounds
Lost This Week: 3 pounds
Total Lost: 10.5 pounds
Starting Weight: 292 pounds

I have no idea how I managed to lose 3 pounds this week, so it might be an artificial low. Regardless I know that my mobility problems with my one knee the other week were weight related as they were at their worse when I was at 286 but are gone at 281.5. Which shows all the more reason why it is important to get more weight off so there is less strain on my bones.



post random questions daily and see if anyone plays with me and answers them :) (read all 177 entries…)
does fur depend upon the context?

Do you own or wear anything that is made of real fur?

Do you own or wear anything that is made of real leather?

If you are against the use of real fur or leather, do you own anything that is made out of artificial fur or leather?

Assuming that no one can tell the difference is artificial fur or leather really any different as it still supports the fashion of wearing fur or leather?

If fur is taken from an animal that was hunted/farmed primarily for food does that make it more humane out of a desire to use all of the animal out of respect for its life?

If leather is taken from an animal that was hunted/farmed primarily for food does that make it more humane out of a desire to use all of the animal out of respect for its life?



Listen to the entire Thru The Bible with Dr. Vernon McGee series (read all 2 entries…)
This will take some time

If you do not recognize the name Rev. Dr. Vernon McGee was a pastor who in his retirement had a daily radio show where over a 5 year period he literally went through the entire Bible. And by the entire Bible I mean that he literally talked about every verse of the Bible. The Thru the Bible series was really popular to the point that it was not only made into sets of tapes by each book but he also produced a version of it in book form as a Bible commentary. Over the past few years I heard a number of people in a diverse set of backgrounds mention it in passing which has me starting to go through it. If anybody wants to pick it up, you do not have to buy anything but can download and listen to the free mp3 version which I am glad that they offer as it goes along with Rev. McGee’s emphasis of sharing with others as an essential part of studying the Bible.



read at least 30 books in 2013 (read all 52 entries…)
42

The Zahir by Paulo Coelho



get rid of fifty books (read all 5 entries…)
30

Took in 20 books to church today for the upcoming sale, which brings up the total to 30.



Post regular weight updates until I reach and maintain my goal weight for at least a year (read all 69 entries…)
Friday September 13, 2013

Current Weight: 284.5 pounds
Lost This Week: 0 pounds
Total Lost: 7.5 pounds
Starting Weight: 292 pounds

Last Saturday I weighed myself when I was not doing that well in terms of mobility and I was up to 286 which I neglected to post. This week I am starting to do a bit physically and am glad to see that I am back down to 284.5 which is heading in the right direction which is what matters most.



read at least 30 books in 2013 (read all 52 entries…)
41

The Devil and Miss Prym by Paulo Coelho



declutter my pictures (read all 10 entries…)
the sooner the better

As I work on this goal of cleaning up my pictures, I am learning more about emotional attachment to images. When the images are fresh one is in a place where they can more rationally decide if they are good enough to be worth keeping. For example if you take pictures of your pet cat or tortoise and evaluate them the same day or week one can more easily delete the less than ideal ones and if that is all of them take more without a second thought. As compared to looking through a collection of close to 100 pictures of my first tortoise which has been dead for close to a decade, it becomes much harder to pick out the pictures most worth keeping and let go of the rest. It is still possible to make progress but instead of being able to focus only upon quality alone, emotion now needs to be taken into account. In which case the best way to go about it is to approach it as if you are going to be making a photo album or ordering a photo book. Such as if I want to dedicate so many pages to my first tortoise which taught me to admire the extra personality that tortoises have over box turtles, than what pictures best capture who she was as a tortoise who lived a very long life as evident by her large size.



swim under a waterfall (read all 3 entries…)
good enough for now

After being advised from other users on 43 Things, I learned that even to be able to stand or sit under a waterfall without it being dangerous or painful that one needs either a low flow waterfall, a small waterfall or a waterfall with a deep pool under it. Given that I am not the strongest swimmer and have degenerate bone condition that leaves low flow waterfalls and small waterfalls as my only option. joie de vivre shared with me a suitable high but low flow waterfall but it was located in Israel. Which while I would not mind getting to Israel someday it is not my highest priority so it may or may not happen but if I get there I will make sure to get out to that waterfall – something that I am fine with either way.

So I decided that the local “waterfall” in my area is good enough to count which is at a section of the stream that I’ve gone into numerous times on hot days. The section below the waterfall has a deep drop off of around 5 feet which I’ve seen numerous people fall into over the years not realizing the drop down from around 1.5 feet in the water. I’ve both sat on and under and laid under it, so I think it can be marked off as done and will redo in better conditions in the future if practical.



declutter my pictures (read all 10 entries…)
amazing progress update

Tonight I was working more on purging and sorting my digital photo collection and I’m amazed at how much progress I’ve made thus far. My folder is down to 10.3 GB (14,333 files) which is almost half of the original 19.4 GB (23,145 files). I still have quite a number of major folders with subfolders that I have not even started to go through to delete the obvious garbage files. I never thought that I could easily delete half of my digital photos but at the rate things are going I would not be surprised if I get down to 8 GBs or less.



declutter my music (read all 2 entries…)
music files

I figured when I was sorting through my digital pictures that my music would also be a good thing to sort through and get rid of what I no longer care about. The starting point of my music folder is 22.7 GB which contains 5,428 files. If this proves to be anything like my pictures I think it is a safe assumption that I can easily get this down to 15 GB or less without any real sacrifice on my part.



Post regular weight updates until I reach and maintain my goal weight for at least a year (read all 69 entries…)
Friday August 30, 2013

Held steady this week and now that I’m back to Fridays hope to start doing a better job of remembering to weigh myself on Friday mornings.

Current Weight: 282.5 pounds
Lost This Week: 0 pounds
Total Lost: 9.5 pounds
Starting Weight: 292 pounds



read at least 30 books in 2013 (read all 52 entries…)
40

Veronika Decides To Die by Paulo Coelho



August Adventures Scavenger Hunt (read all 2 entries…)
lets be realistic

I’ve been busy this month and at the current rate it would not be responsible to focus upon this goal. Still it was worth the try before more important things came my way.



read at least 30 books in 2013 (read all 52 entries…)
39

Start My Heart Art by Brian Shell



read the bible in 90 days (read all 2 entries…)
starting today

This is not my first time doing this and will be at least my third if not fourth time doing this reading plan. Lately I’ve been feeling at a loss of focus and direction, so I figured it was a good time to do so again. This time I will be reading the NRSV unlike the previous times when I used the ESV. I will also be using an e-Bible on my Kindle instead of a paper one to see what if any difference I notice when it comes to serious Bible reading on a screen as compared to in a book. I know some people claim that e-Bibles are not as powerful as a real physical Bible so I’m putting this to the test with the plan to switch over to a physical copy if I find serious reading of an e-Bible to be lacking.



finish all the tea on my tea shelf (read all 27 entries…)
2007 Menghai Banzhang Maocha Puerh

I picked up a 2 oz bag of 2007 Menghai Banzhang Maocha a few years ago. This is a type of green puerh that people were going really crazy over at the time and driving up prices like crazy so I jumped at the chance to get a small bag for a reasonable price. This bag was naturally sun dried tea and came directly from the tea farmer via the vendor. Overall an interesting tea but one that I did not see the hype about. I got to see how it “ages” but quite honestly while it changes a bit over the past few years and is still good now, I think it was a bit better younger. So there is no way that I will follow the lines of the puerh collectors in buying up huge amounts of young green puerh to hoard up for their old age to either enjoy or (hopefully) sell for a huge profit. Still overall a worthwhile learning experience as I now know that I am not personally missing out on anything worthwhile in my opinion.



declutter my pictures (read all 10 entries…)
college years complete

I just got through the sort of my folders of pictures of my college years. The starting size of these folders was 5.21 GB and contained 8,326 photos. The final size of these folders was 3.04 GB and 4,358 files. So my total reduction was 2.17 GB and 3968 photos. I’m sure I could have done more if I had pushed myself but at this time I think it is more helpful to stay where I am the most comfortable at the moment.



read at least 30 books in 2013 (read all 52 entries…)
38

Untether to Evolve by Ev Bogue

Too bad this ebook is out of print as it is a brilliant book that I was glad to have grabbed a copy of when one still could.



Post regular weight updates until I reach and maintain my goal weight for at least a year (read all 69 entries…)
Sunday August 25, 2013

Wow its been that long since I’ve last weighed myself as it was July 27th according to 43T? Regardless it shows that I moved in the right direction.

Current Weight: 282.5 pounds
Lost This Week: 1 pounds
Total Lost: 9.5 pounds
Starting Weight: 292 pounds



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