A near miss, and keeping track of 200 calories

by DaniGirl on February 15, 2007 · 8 comments

in Rants and rambles

Hmmm… this was supposed to be a lament, a rant, a bonafide panic post about how the security IT guys cut off our access to Blogger. I came in to work yesterday and fired up the browser as usual, flipped open my favourites to the Blogger dashboard and got the Web filter screen telling me access was denied. I’m sure if the vast majority of you weren’t being buffeted by gale force winds and the snowstorm of the year, you’d have heard my wail of dismay. Not only could I not access any Blogger dashboard tools, but any Blogspot comment boxes were blocked as well. I was, to put it mildly, not impressed yesterday.

But hey, look! Here I am. *looks furtively over her shoulder for lurking IT security guys and knocks on wood*

So instead of the tirade against free access to the Web, here’s something I’ve been thinking of sharing with you for a while.

For those of you keeping track, the 5 lbs that I lost did in fact find their way home to me the next week. Well, not all of them. I’m down 2 or 3 lbs net, which is still not bad. I knew the 5 lbs was too good to be true. I’m still a little disillusioned, as 3 lbs of weight loss over six weeks of concerted effort doesn’t seem like enough of a reward to sustain my enthusiasm. (And yes, I know it’s less about the pounds and more about how I look and feel, but that doesn’t seem to be changing much either.)

But for now, I’m still committed to healthy eating and good choices and all that crap. On that subject, I’ve found a couple of bits worth sharing recently. Have you seen this illustration of what 200 calories looks like? All the pictures display the portion sizes relative to each other, so you can see how much or how little 200 calories gets you. Compare, for example, kiwis to Hershey’s Kisses. Very cool.

For those of you who have really been around for a while, you’ll remember that I joined weight watchers online summer before last, and our relationship ended on less than amicable terms. But I always did like their online tools, like the food diary, and the database with the calorie and fat counts of various foods. This calorie counter database seems to have all the same tools, but it’s free. And you know how I feel about free. Seems pretty comprehensive and very easy to use (although I admit, I’ve only been playing with it for a couple of days.)

And now, just as I’m ready to hit publish and be grateful to the kind souls in IT security who must have realized the error of their ways and re-granted our access to Blogger, I see by the error message across the bottom of my editing window that my connection to Blogger.com has died yet again.

Universe, are you seriously trying to tell me to move to private domain and blog hosting or what???


{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Andrea February 15, 2007 at 2:29 pm

ME TOO! I couldn’t access anyone’s haloscan or blogger comments from work yesterday.
I”m home sick today, or I wouldn’t be able to say anything now either, I’m sure.
Damn those firewalls.

2 Loukia February 15, 2007 at 2:50 pm

Thank goodness it’s up and running again…

3 Jodi February 15, 2007 at 2:55 pm

Me too! I’m being blocked due to “sexual content”. So is my mom’s blog… hahahahahaha

4 Miche February 15, 2007 at 3:02 pm

Dani, just tell the IT guys that you’re moderating a Communications Blog and that it’s part of your job function (or at least imperative to your job effectiveness). You NEED to get at Blogger and Haloscan!

5 nancy February 15, 2007 at 3:35 pm

Why the HELL did you have to show me those pics?? I saw Doritos. That pathetic small amount that I likely eat each bite. And I eat a lot of those ‘bites’. Dammit.

6 Renee February 15, 2007 at 3:52 pm

That 200 calorie thing is cool. That bacon looked damn tasty. My goal is to lose 10 lbs by the summer. I just started Monday, so my total so far is 0.

7 alison February 15, 2007 at 7:53 pm

I’m at home sick today, and bored, and alone with the Valentine’s Day candy, and whaddaya know, I’ve consumed exactly 200 calories worth of Hershey’s kisses. I probably didn’t need to know that. But that is a cool page. I’ve bookmarked it. Thanks Dani.

8 peanutbuttersmum February 16, 2007 at 3:05 am

Weight is such an evil giant to combat, no? Trust me, I speak from experience. Repeated experience. I commend you on your efforts. It seems we’re on the same diet, as I too have been watching my food intake for about a month or so and have seen only a small loss. I’m trying to look at the ‘big picture’ though and keep in mind that over time, this is a healthy loss and might be more easily maintained than a dramatic all-at-once loss.
Kudos on your efforts! Keep it up!! Thanks for the link to the free calorie counter thingy.

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