The King of Counting Calories

As I outlined the other day in my Captain 173 article, I’ve become complacent in my eating habits once again – swelling to the size of one and a half gnomes (or a Wicket & a Pixie if you’re measuring in dogweight). I’ve got 30+ pounds of fat growing on my body, and it’s time (again) to reverse the trend. I’ve done the “lifestyle change” thing twice in my life, so I’m hoping that this third time will be the charm – as I learn something new every time I set out to slim down.

If you’ve been with me from the beginning, you’ll know that I used to be a voracious low-carber (losing enough to put me at 125lbs). Years later, I sponged back to a chunky size and did the portion-watching / calorie-measuring / exercising route (losing enough to put me at a very comfortable and healthy 142lbs). I’m older still, and likely at my heaviest ever – 173lbs, trying to get back down to ~145lbs by the time Gnomedex 6.0 rolls around. I don’t want to diet, and I don’t want to maintain – I want this to be a permanent change. I have to beat that into my head, lest I face this problem again in another few years. I got lazy. I got complacent.

A few minutes ago, I got an IM from a friend who said: “Good luck with the weight. I followed a lot of your advice back in summer of last year and dropped *30* pounds. So, if you can follow your own adviece, you’ll be set.” How true. If only I had continued to listen to my advice, I wouldn’t be in a Fatty McFatFat situation today. I’m 5’5″ and 173lbs – I’m overweight for my body type.

Everybody has “weight loss” advice – although I’ve already charted my course of action, which is (indeed) the healthiest and smartest. No magic pills, no wonder shakes – just plain ol’ food balance and exercise. I still have my Gazelle, I still have an Ab Lounge, I still don’t eat sugary foods or beverages, I still don’t eat hydrogenated products – I’m good to go. Slow and steady wins the race, they say – but I’m going to need help.

Last time around, I learned about CalorieKing – using the site to look up nutritional information on various foods I consumed. I never signed up for an account because I discovered it too late into the game – but you bet your sweet bippy I’m now a paying CalorieKing member. If you decide to sign up, use the reference “lockergnome” so they know where you came from. When you download their new Windows software, you’ll understand why I think they’re leading the pack. I want an easy way to track what I’m doing – and they’ll do it for me with the least amount of fuss. Every other management tool (on the Web or on Windows) pales by comparison, IMHO. It’s my new best friend.

But are you up to the challenge, too? Perhaps we should start the “Great Lockergnome Fat Blast of 2006.” I can get a private discussion list going in no time at all. If you’re ready for a change, too – let me lead the way into weight loss. It’s much easier if we all do it together, I think. Not everybody who reads Lockergnome, mind you – just those of us who know we need to do it sooner rather than later. It’s my mid-year’s resolution. Oh, okay – I’ve set up the “FatBlasters” discussion list if you care to join and participate. There are no rules other than being honest, kind, and helpful. Let’s lose it together.

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Chris has consistently expressed his convictions and visions outright, supplying practical information to targeted audiences: media agencies, business owners, technology consumers, software and hardware professionals, et al. He remains a passionate personality in the tech community-at-large. He's a geek.

  • Jon

    Life is short, bury, stasis sword!

  • Tiffany

    Can’t wait!

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for the tips Matt. Dishnetwork is not much better when you cancel. Trying to get the return box was a hassle. At least Dish uses UPS for their returns which you can track quite easily online.

  • Blake Herring

    Chris I salute you for going all in to mystical world of internet video :) Good on you! Still wish HBO offered standalone online sub, Great article I will keep your advice in mind next time I have to fend off the DirectTV drones :)

    • Matt Hartley

      Thanks for the kind words. However I would ask you to take a closer look under the title. I realize the contrast is a bit sketchy, but here it is. 😉

      “Posted by Matt Hartley on Jun 23, 2011″

  • Anonymous

    If you think that DirectTV cancellation was a problem, don’t even THINK of ever subscribing to DISH network. They make it so easy to originally subscribe (really, a pleasure), but cancellation is next to impossible. Not only do they make promises that they don’t keep (publically advertised and on their website, too, promises) but they absolutely certainly don’t keep promises that they make when you ATTEMPT to cancel. They keep you on hold white pushing you UP to higher level administrators and they, too, make it difficult, and push you up, again, to still higher administrators, giving you the idea that they don’t believe that ANYONE would ever WANT to cancel. Finally, in exasperation, I not only followed up my cancellation with an email confirming it and an email to my credit card company to also tell of the concellation and instructing them to refuse further charges from DISH. Well, THAT should have done it. However, DISH not only continued to bill for months afterwards (even though the credit card company DID NOT accept or pay the charges) and DISH went on for years (yes, I mean and meant “years”) of getting a succession of “debt collectors” to continue to threaten legal action if I did not pay. DISH is the worst supplier of ANYTHING that I’ve ever come across in my entire lifetime.

  • Ted Mackel

    What is the deal with the return box? i bought my Sat receivers off ebay dirt cheep. No return and if I cancel I can just put them up on ebay for some extra WAM

  • neonguru

    But everybody already has QR Droid.

  • neonguru

    But everybody already has QR Droid.

  • Anonymous

    I heads off for your wonder article.. I am damn sure that 75% users are not aware what is the deal with the return box and which information should keep in our mind.

  • Muhd Nurul Azam

    This app will be useful for me… now I can transfer app from my phone to my wife’s phone without her downloading it again…
    Thanks for sharing the info…