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I went to the gym last night and worked out for the first time in a
really long time. I had the unpleasant experience of weighing myself
and seeing a number 5 pounds higher than my previous highest recorded
weight. Yikes. I knew that being sick, not being active, and eating
lots of comfort food had wrought havoc on me. Even my fat pants are
tight now but I hadn’t realized it was this bad. I just restarted on
the Body for Life plan. It
has a fairly sensible nutrition component (eat 6 small meals a day,
one portion of protein and one of complex carbohydrates, cut out the
refined stuff) and a fairly sensible excercise component. The nice
thing is that one day a week is the “free day”, during which you can
eat or drink anything without limit to content or amount. One of my
friends has lost 50 pounds on the Atkins diet. This is not so extreme,
and because it is predicated on you doing weightlifting and cardio
work seems to be more healthy to me. You don’t just try to lose fat,
putting on more muscle is one of the mechanisms to burning off the
fat, so when you are done you look that much better. We shall see how
it works.

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I’ve noticed a creeping change in the semantics of the word “spam” as
it relates to e-mail over time. Just now I got into it with a guy on
the WREK staff list because he thinks I shouldn’t have used the list
for a message I sent. “You should have called him on the phone rather
than spamming the whole list.” I am of the belief when you have a
mailing list chartered, and a member of the mailing list sends a
message, it cannot be “spamming” the list. At worst, it is off-topic
but spam has a more specific and different meaning than that. I got so
pissed at this guy so quickly that I wrote a procmail rule routing his
incoming mail to /dev/null. I’m not feeling like engaging people
about horshit today.