Revival

I have revived an old Twitter account… first time I have used it in over 3 years. @ZoyxTunes is now reporting songs that I play via Google Music on my android devices. This Twitter account is also posting my weight whenever I step on my new Withings weight scale.

I am using the Tweet My Music android app for the music posting. It is an IFTTT recipe that is doing the weight posting.

I’m not really dieting. Skipping dinner is the only diet-like activity that I am doing, but I suspect my calorie count is still fairly high.

Annual Weigh-in.

ARGH!

2009:  201.5 lbs
2010:  192.5
2011:   185.6
2012:  183.2
2013:  203.5
2014:  207.9

No, this is not a good trend. The goal for this year is to be down to that 2010 weight. I would really like to be BMI 25 (184 lbs), but that seems to be too hard for me to maintain.

The 2013 Weigh-in

I have a nearly complete plot of my weight dating back to May 2008, the day I purchased Wii Fit. So I know how much I weighed on the first of the year, going back to 2009. Here are the numbers:

2009:  201.5 lbs
2010:  192.5
2011:   185.6
2012:  183.2
2013:  203.5

Whoops! 2012 was not a good year for weight maintenance. The move to Alaska and the stress from family problems and the house took its toll. So, of course I am going to be dieting to start the year. Hopefully I can get below 190 by spring. Although if someone knows a one week diet that loses 15 lbs without cutting off a limb, let me know.

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Jetpack

Installed Jetpack 2.0 on this blog. This makes my blog more cloud-tastic and social-rific. Excited?

Still sick. Discovered I had some leftover Dayquil. I shot of this, and almost instantly I have the energy to compose a blog entry. This disease has gone into my lungs with sore throat and cough to go with it. Still have my voice, but sounds like crap. Highest fever so far is 101.7.

Started dieting on Monday. Diseases are wonderful for losing weight. I have been able to stay under 1800 calories without too much trouble.

Hyperthyroid

Taking a break from my Levothyroxine. That’s my synthetic thyroid pills. The last time my TSH levels were checked, I was hyperthyroid. Doctor didn’t change my dosage. Lately I have been feeling like crap. Part of the reason is spring allergies, but the main reason is my eczema is the worst it has ever been. Plus I have been really anxious and frazzled lately. So I am going to take a couple weeks off from Levothyroxine and see what happens. This has not been a fun spring, even with the nice weather.

Achieving goals makes you sad

Below is graphic of the emotional rollercoaster of gamer playing a video game. Lots of anger with brief moments of happiness. At the end, sadness. The sadness at the end didn’t make much sense to me when I first read the article. But then I read this quote from this article.

Kartheiser: With success comes a level of sadness. You think, “I’ll reach this goal, and then I’ll feel a sense of completeness, of wholeness. I’ll feel that I have accomplished something. I will see myself as a worthy man.” And it doesn’t really exist.

Now it makes sense. Playing a game is very equivalent to life’s goals. I wonder if it is best not to have goals, and just be in a constant state of striving.

Brain Damage

I did a run after work in the bustling town of Farmington. I made the mistake of running in the park after dark, that had no lighting. There is a railroad bridge that goes through that park. The clearance is low going underneath that bridge. I hit my head on the bridge. Fortunately I was walking, not running, or I would of been knocked cold. Instead I have a read mark and a bump.

Whine Post

I haven’t posted in awhile because of a combination of being busy and being in an ugly mood. The main things I have been busy with is applying for jobs, completing my Security+ certification and buying/selling arcade machines. So yeah, that’s the good news in my life, obtaining that CompTIA Securty+ certification.

My list of reasons I am surly:

1) Cerave doesn’t work, sorry.  Three days after that earlier post praising Cerave, my finger tips started peeling, cracking and bleeding. I am in the middle of one of my worst eczema episodes. I’m still using it – I still hope that the next episode won’t be as severe. Not to hopeful, however, but I don’t have anything else to try right now.

2) The NWS is contracting. Being in a contracting organization isn’t fun. Morale takes a dive, along with your ambition. Especially when the first target for cuts is the position you are striving for.

3) Not much movement on the sale of my house.

4) My computer cluster in my basement isn’t working at the moment. One of the nodes doesn’t boot. First thing I am going to try is swap out the power supply.

5) I sold my Track & Field arcade game. While moving it, I tweaked my back. Stiffening as I type this, so I can’t straighten up. This will be a good thing in the end though. I purchased a Mr. Do machine (below), and selling the Track and Field keeps me clutter neutral.

6) Tron Guy blocked me on Google+. It involved a post in which Judge Judy “nails” a black guy for not using his social program money appropriately. I made a comment that Tron Guy had all sorts of hate for a black guy who “games” a social program, but when a rich white guy is guilty of fraud, he should get a free pass. I think the insinuated racism made him angry, so he brought out his Baninnator. Which is probably for the best, I really shouldn’t associate myself with his ilk. He is proof that there are bad nerds.

CeraVe Day 6

I received my first big tub of CeraVe last Tuesday. I have been using it ever since fairly diligently. I took an empty hotel shampoo mini-bottle and filled with CeraVe, and I plopped it into my pocket. I am trying to reapply every time I wash my hands or after a couple hours. Also occasionally apply to my feet, but not quite as frequently.

The conclusion after this brief period:  Not a cure, but an excellent treatment. My immune system is still attacking my skin. The steroid goop is supposed to suppress this, but failing. I can feel my skin is thickening with time. But the CeraVe seems to be preventing my skin from chalking, peeling, cracking then bleeding. I am very pleased so far. I appear to finally have something, after over a decade of trying to figure something out.

I purchased this initial tub off of Amazon. Nearly $17 for 16 ounces. I went to two Cubs and a Super Target, but no CeraVe. Today I went to the Shakopee Walgreens, and they had the big tub, as well as an even pricier pump bottle. No price break – the price to have Amazon ship it to my house was the same as buying it at Walgreens. But Walgreens did have a generic knock-off. Simply called “Moisturizing Lotion with Ceramides”. Ceramides is the magic ingredient here. The generic went for $11 for 12 ounces in a pump bottle. I purchased one and will give it a try.

So it would appear I have a victory in this latest round of set-backs I have had lately. I can’t say my mood has dramatically improved, but I think outside elements are preventing that  from occurring. This is a beauty cream, maybe if I used it on my face as well.

Cerave – eczema super cure

I paid a visit to my 3rd Dermatologist concerning the eczema on my hands and feet. Nothing new. No miracle cure. Same advice that the previous two gave me. He did give me a fresh list of cremes and ointments to plaster on my dry and cracked skin.

The first lotion I am going to try is Cerave. On the list that the doctor gave me, this is the one he starred and underlined… well OK then. The main takeaway I got from this doctor was that whatever cream, lotion, ointment, suave I choose – it should not only moisturize, but set up some sort of barrier to prevent your natural moisture from escaping. This is what Careve does, in theory. So a mini-tub of Careve is on the way to my place from the great Amazon warehouse in the sky, and should be at my house by mid-week.

According to Amazon reviews, it is that miracle cure… an example:

Cerave is probably the single most effective treatment I have found for reducing inflammation and strengthening the skin barrier. (And compared to other treatments I have had, what a bargain! ) I am not aware of any side effects. Skin improvement began the first week I used it. My skin is softer and more supple, ichthyosis and scaling are way down, redness has abated considerably (though not entirely) , and the horrible itching is a minor distraction now. I have had fewer outbreaks of staph infections, and – most remarkable – I look healthier and am comfortable most of the time. In addition I am more focused mentally, more rested, and less prone to depression . 

These results are amazing given my history. I do need to use CeraVe at least twice daily to maintain its benefits, which seem to include immune system strengthening. And there is one frustrating area not responding very well to this treatment – my face ( not the area I would choose if I had to have one problem area). Overall though, with the itching way down, I am more relaxed and happier than I have been in years. I hope others with my condition will find this cream as as helpful.

So there you go… Careve will not only disappear-ify my skin sloughing, but will rid me of those nagging deep black depressions. A miracle indeed.