Friday, April 21, 2006

Posting Photos, Again

Along with the code changes I made last week, my new template also shows thumbnails of my latest Flickr photos. This is a change from my old template which showed my Buzznet photos.

This changes was made because I stopped posting photos on Buzznet, and when I started posting them again I was posting them on Flickr. At the time I prefered Flickr over Buzznet.

I still do, and will be leaving Flickr in my template. However, I don't believe I'm going to abandon my Buzznet account. It is still good for when I want to comment on that site. I may even post an occasional photo over there, but Flickr will be the main photo site I use. {At least for now...}

So check out my photos and feel free to leave comments. {I think this is the place where a lot of people would ask for someone to buy them a Flickr Pro Account. But I'm not going to do that.}

Comments are welcome on any of these posts as well as on any of my photos.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Code changes

You probably notice a change to these pages. {At least I hope you notice a change.} I finally got a lot of the changes I wanted to make to the code behind this site completed and rolled out. I also made some small changes to the stylesheet which were needed by the new code. Larger changes to the stylesheet will be coming soon-ish which may change the look drastically. {At least to the colours.}

I like the narrower layout as it seems to make the posts easier to read.

Feel free to leave feedback in the comments.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

What have I got to lose?

I have set a goal for myself. I need to lose weight (about 60 pounds) and I am going to lose it over the span of this year. This is a little over a pound a week averaged from January 1st to December 31st.

Calculating based on a constant rate throughout the year comes out to around 16-17 pounds at this point. Looking at the scale, I have actually lost about 10 pounds so far. A little behind, but not too bad. Especially since I about 5 of those pounds came in the last week and a half.

I know some people will say that I should be able to lose it quicker than that, but I want to make sure I can maintain the new level once the weight is off.

I'll keep you posted.


One reason for the problems I had losing weight at first was that I have changed medications. {At least it seemed to be related. Hard to say with certainty though.}

As mentioned in previous posts, I am diabetic. Type II. Earlier this year I changed from one of the oral medications I take to Byetta, an injected medication. This has been a very good change. However, I am still on another oral med and the dosage of it needs to be adjusted to work properly with the Byetta.

For the first few weeks of being on Byetta my blood sugar levels were all over the place as we made a lot of changes to the dose of the oral med. This did nasty things to my system, my mood, and me. Eventually, we set a dosage to use and stuck to it. It wasn't quite right, and we are still changing the dose, but we are doing it slowly this time. And I am giving each change about a week to adjust before making the next change.

One of the side-effects of Byetta is weight loss. However, this will be limited until all the meds are at the correct doses. Hopefully I will be reaching that dose soon.

Generally speaking though, I feel much better now than I have in a long time.


One other thing I am currently losing is a nasty looking mark on the back of my hand.

About a 10-12 days ago I had a bunch of red marks break out on the backs of my hands. Most were very small and minor, but one was about the right size and shape to be a cigarette burn. In fact, that's almost exactly what it looked like even though it wasn't a burn of any kind. It was a patch of eczema.

I am very happy it's finally clearing up.