January 27, 2006

24 pounds and counting

194 as of yesterday evening. Total weight lost is 24 pounds. I am amazed to say the least. Well, I think it's 24 pounds...my math ain't too good sometimes.

It's interesting to note that a lot of people are coming up to me now and telling me they've noticed my weight loss. That in itself is a great motivator, but I'm motivated by other things...although I certainly don't mind the compliments. :-)

If anyone's not busy this weekend, stop by tomorrow and I'll hand you a paintbrush. It's trim painting day. Ugh. I think the house expands when I'm not looking because I sure don't remember having this much to paint when I moved in.

January 25, 2006

Howard Van Halen

Had my first group guitar lesson Monday night and it was a blast. I'm taking from a local musician named Sherman Lee Dillon who makes guitar playing seem easy. After one night, I can play Skip to my Lou, Jambalaya, and Margaritaville. Now, I can't play them well or quickly, but you can tell what it is I'm playing.

Just think, when I'm on Headbanger's Ball, you'll be able to say you knew me when.

January 16, 2006

New Year's resolutions and #300

Welcome to my 300th post. I am both shocked and amazed that I actually made it this far. To some, 300 is nothing...to me, it's something, considering my recent brain cramp and lack of postings.

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank those of you who have stuck with me through most, if not all, of my ramblings. Some of you have read all 300 bits of fluff that have emanated from my head. Some of you have even been with me since my Typepad blog. To those brave souls, I humbly apologize and ask forgiveness for cluttering up your brain with my ramblings.

It's interesting to note that this post also ushers in something new for me. New Year's Resolutions. I've never done this before, but hey, it's never too late to start. They are in no particular order:

  • Get organized:
    • Folders for bills (Feb 16, 2005)
    • Folders for receipts (categorized by budget items) (Feb 16, 2005)
    • Reminders for billing dates (as bills come due until completed)

  • Practice guitar 30-45 minutes per day

    • Learn one song per month after guitar class ends February 13th.

  • Go to the gym 3 times a week
  • Ride bike 3 times a week

  • Cook 3 times per week
  • Attend and complete POPC Inquirer's class

Well, friends, those are the goals for 2006. Wish me luck...and keep your checkbooks handy...I'll need to raise some money for the MS150. :-)

January 13, 2006

Do they really read these things?

Since today's Friday, I thought I'd have some fun with problem resolutions. A user was getting prompted for a userid/password to get into our intranet. That's not supposed to happen. I talked to the main intranet guru and she gave me the answer. I, of course, input the following resolution into our help desk system:

Rachel knew the answer. If you go into Control Panel, then User Accounts, there's a Manage Password option. When you click it, the intranet site appears under "Manage Passwords". Delete that entry and viola (that's French for Shazam!). The user will no longer be prompted for userid/password.

It ain't much, but it's a start.

January 10, 2006

My animal personality

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What a year

2005 will go down as "Howard's Year of Change". I made more changes this year than in any other time in my life.

  • Became a Christian
  • Lost 18 pounds of unwanted me
  • Bought my very own house
  • Painted my very own house
  • Lived on a real, live budget

They don't look like much, but for me, those are huge changes. I continue to change every day. It's amazing what you can accomplish when you step outside of your comfort zone. The best part, though, is finding the support system that allows you to do just that.

Thank you, Support System, for helping me, guiding me, and getting on my ass when I didn't do what I said I'd do. I could not have done this alone and will be forever grateful for your assistance. And you're right...I'm finally becoming a finisher. And it feels wonderful.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go eat a can of tuna. MMMMM!!!!

January 05, 2006

January 03, 2006

18 pounds and counting

I got on the scale at the gym today and I'm down two more pounds. :-) I didn't gain weight like I thought I did durig the holidays, or I lost it quickly. I'm now an even 200 lbs. I cannot believe that I've lost 18 pounds. I have 5 weeks to reach my goal, which is to get to 185 lbs before I turn 40.

Yeah, I know this is all I talk about lately, but I've been bitten by the 'can't think of shit to write' bug. One of my goals this year (yes, I do have SOME goals) is to get back to writing. I miss it. Once I'm done painting this friggin' house, I will write more, but I will definitely put more effort into the blog. That's another goal...become a finisher.

Anyway, Dear Reader, just thought I'd share some of the weight news. And, uh, if anyone has any connections in the clothing industry, let me know. I could use some new clothes...cheap. :-)