Archive | March 2006

Healthier Troy

In November 2005 I applied for a premium rate on some life insurance. They required some blood work, and when the results came back, I didn’t qualify for the premium rate because there were a couple of red flags (Triglyceride levels were too high, and HDL was too low).

During Christmas vacation in Lincoln, I met up with David and his dad to visit, right away noticing they’ve both lost weight. Soon discovered after talking with them that they were on a health system called ISAGENIX. To this day, I don’t buy into a lot of the marketing explanations behind the why and how this product works. However, 1) I saw results staring me in the face 2) Nutrition is difficult for me to figure out, especially eating on the road so much 3) I already had my follow-up appointment with the doctor scheduled for March 31st … So I figured that I could see concrete results.

So I did the program; The 9-day package, followed by the 30-day package, and now I continue on the “maintenance” package.

Here are my statistics:
I started with a pant size of 36, 191 pounds, BMI of 26.6 (overweight).

In November 2005, my lab results from the life insurance blood work showed:
Triglycerides 235 (should be less than 150)
Cholesterol 180
HDL Cholesterol 29 (too low)

March 2006 (today) my lab results showed:
Triglycerides 75
Cholesterol 157
HDL Cholesterol 39 (still low, but improving!)

As of today, I lost a total of 29 pounds, pant size now 33, BMI of 22.5 (Normal).

Test drive

Test drove a few cars, the 2007 Dodge Caliber, The 2006 Pontiac Vibe, 2005 Chevy Malibu Maxx. Trying to figure out what we want. One of the salesmen who helped me was extra salesmany and it nearly ruined my day.

Not much beside work.

Went home from work sick and slept. Ate a sandwich. Went back into work 7 p.m.-Midnight.

Hung out at Josh and Amanda’s after work. Thunderstorm knocked power out at work, so I came in to help out. Everything running on a backup generator. We’re going to have to print our paper at another newspaper we have a deal with in case of emergency. … And the power just came back on. Time to warm up the big machines.

Hey howdy Fuzzy Couch

Where do I start? I didn’t fall out of my chair with Troy’s ultimate makeover, but I can’t top that. It’s not a competition anyhow.

All I have been doing is watching out for Mandy and trying to shore up the bathroom. I’m so close I can taste it. I did manage to break the toilet tank lid, so that has set me back, but the tub is in with water and the sink could get done tomorrow if I pushed. I need to get the tools out of the baby’s room.

Sort of slow here waiting for the apocolypse. Just taking care of the snow, dog shots (fletcher let out the glands from you know where for the shots, ewww) and trying to finish projects. Nothing too big.

I think the biggest thing is I did break down and get basic cable with 10 channels. This was only to facilitate the broadband internet access. I do admit that the clarity of the channels is nice. It is all intended to get rid of the local phone company that I am not pleased with. So goodby Qwest, hello cable. Maybe I’ll get VOIP as well.

Last big news: I sold my calculator from college. The HP 48 SX with 4 expansion cards. I hope it goes to a good home. It could fly the shuttle, you know! It could also be used as a remote for the TV, but that is beside the point.

Indulgent breakfast

Mmm, I’m hooked. While Hershey’s Special Dark is a “Mildly Sweet Chocolate” Hershey’s Extra Dark is “Pure Dark Chocolate” 60% Cacao 🙂

I thought I was craving dark chocolate, so my wife picked up a bag of Special Dark miniatures. It includes minis with peanuts and others with rice crisps in addition to plain. I explained that I preferred the plain ones, so next time she was at the store she thought she found what I was looking for. However, I noticed the label was purple instead of red, and then noticed these were something even more special. She brought home a pouch of “Extra Dark,” which neither of us knew existed before! So this morning, I’m snacking on a mini Extra Dark with a cup of Kona coffee (the coffee beans are over a year old though, time for another trip to Hawaii !).

Alone in the car

Happy birthday, Mom!

I brought a variety of sushi over to Josh and Amanda’s that I picked up on my way home from Springfield, since I didn’t have anyone riding with me to and from Ultimate today. I usually have Carlos and maybe one or two more, now that Scott moved back up to the greater Chicago area.

Goatee update

Troy with Goatee

Quick update on the character appearance customization:

I bought a cap at L.L. Bean this week because I did get a tiny sunburn even though I try to use plenty of sun block. Now I’ll wear a cap when I know I’ll be outside for extended periods.

Nothing else too exciting here. I’m playing Ghost Recon Advance Warfighter and Burnout Revenge, both on the XBOX 360 … excellent games.

I splurged on my “diet” yesterday, ate some Tiramisu at Maggiano’s in D.C.

Sassy is doing well in the intermediate training class, learning to “heel.”

Well, that’s about it. Maybe I’ll have an exciting weekend to post about later.


Mom just called to tell me she bought me a cell phone. I feel like one of the last hold-outs, but I’m sure there are still quite a few of them out there. I checked to see if the numbers happened to spell anything fun. The best I could come up with was: R-Dry-IL-0, R-Dry-GJ-0, Serzil-0, Serwik-0, Sepwil-0, Repzil-0, Repwil-0 … in other words, nothing good.