Update: I’ve switched to Magnesium Oxide tablets – much cheaper and seemly more effective than the Magnesium Citrate from my previous post. My guess is that the oxide form, being harder for the body to absorb, stays in the intestines, which in turn draws the water to the stool. Again, a guess – but it seems to work better, so I’m going to stick with it for awhile.
Also, my posts have been dwindling, because frankly, there hasn’t been much to blog about. I mean, really, I’ve resorted to blogging about chairs and pooping. The diet is going fine, I’m still losing weight. No drama. I easily survived my niece’s sixth birthday party this weekend, surrounded by pasta and ice cream cake. I foresee no stumbling blocks in the immediate future.
Steady as she goes, captain.
I drink water. I drink cheap black coffee and unsweetened tea. The only outcome I desire in the cola wars is mutually assured destruction. I don’t care how many billions they put in their advertising, I choose not to be collateral damage.
I was finally able to acquire that Ikea chair to do my 7 minute workout routine. It turns out it’s made out of extremely lightweight unfinished pine. It feels like balsa wood. I bought some wood beams and screws from Lowes. The seat had to be reenforced by putting a beam in the center. I also screwed in additional beams on the legs. All the joints were slobbered in wood glue as an extra precaution. My weight is lighter, but I still don’t trust it to stand on a $25 soft wood chair.
Tomorrow or the day after, I will sand it smooth, attach the seat (with more screws and glue), and apply several coats of clear polyurethane – which should add even more sturdiness to it. I entertained the notion of putting my name on the top and painting flames on it, maybe a skull, but I just want this finished and functional.
Beer Brats and Sauerkraut. I love my diet.
I follow most of the dieting tags on WordPress, and almost daily there are dozens of post with pictures of cake, cupcakes, cookies, and other sweets. What’s wrong with you people? Do you go around offering cigarettes to people trying to quit? Do you offer to go drinking with recovering alcoholics?
Luckily, I’m immune to all your temptations.
It turns out that plywood is more expensive than I thought. For about forty to fifty dollars, I could own a 4×8′ mediocre piece of 3/4″ plywood. So suddenly, my quest has dead-ended. Due to my lack of funds, I’ve resorted to monetizing some of my talents. Unfortunately, judging by the amazing lack of interest from people so far, it doesn’t look like it’s going to be profitable. I would, technically, make more money begging at an intersection.
I did find the cheapest option so far, a $25 wooden chair at Ikea. It looks pretty sturdy, although I would reenforce the legs with some more strips of pine. But, again, it requires about twenty-five dollars more than I have.
That said, I’ve started the 7 minute exercise routine without a chair or a box. I’ve resorted to use the stairs for the step-ups by stepping up past the first step, hitting the second, and coming back down. I measured it, it’s about 18″, which is about the seat height of a chair. I’m using the sofa for the dips, just because I can’t dip properly on the stairs.
It is a tough workout, and I can barely get through it all. I add on another minute of push ups and sit-ups each to make it a good 10 minutes.
I’ve also had to switch to tap water from filtered water and drop some food options (like nuts) at the moment until the situation improves. It’s not my preferred way of losing weight, but I’m not at the point of starving (yet). I have lost 3 more pounds since last week.
- Box Quest (Part 1) (dietdroid3000.wordpress.com)
In another attempt to make money to feed myself, I’ve put up a new Zazzle store where I’ll be selling some of my artwork and designs for DietDroid. I have a few more designs in mind, and I’ll be taking suggestions, too, so put them in the comments below. [Note: As of this writing, these shirts aren’t showing up on my storefront – but you should be able to follow the links to each shirt here, or on my twitter]
Here are the first two: