April will be an experiment


  • Orange – Restaurants
  • Blue – Fast Food
  • Green – Groceries

Time Period: Past Five Months.

From the graph it’s obvious I eat out a lot. It’s quick and social, but how expensive is it?

This April I will eat one meal at a restaurant. I will post monthly dollar totals for each category along with updates on how this has affected my weight. I do not intend on boycotting restaurants for the rest of my life, but I do want to really examine the impact they have on my budget. The immediate goal I have with this is to have a real idea of how much money I’m spending while eating out — the long term goal is to dramatically cut the number of times don’t prepare my own food.

Room for Improvement

The past week’s geek posts were kind of pent up. I don’t know if I’ll be able to not post about databases regularly… since it’s kind of the Thing That I Do. Thanks for coming back =)

I’m under 210 lbs (fluctuating between 205-210) which is A Good Thing™. I was 230+ in November. I’ve got to hit 190 to no longer be obese and 180 to hit my goal. I went on a weight loss kick in the fall of 2005 and got to 210 (from 240+) but could never get under. Things were a bit more drastic then, diet wise. I wasn’t able to sustain it. Now I’m attempting to eat reasonably and exercise reasonably. I’m back in the pool but I’m also lifting weights and riding a bike occasionally. When the weather looks better, the bike usage will go up.

Short term goal: 180 lbs. Long term goal: 180 lbs in 5, 10, 15, 20 years.

I lost my sideburns… but they’re rebounding. I lost a bet with my friend Pat where I had to remove my sideburns. Most of my friends around here have never seen me without them. The only people I know that have seen me burnless are the crew from KC.

A while back I wrote about Mint.com and I can say it’s still amazing. I’ve taken a look at my spending habits and come up with an itemized budget that I’ll be able to stick to including the notorious unknown expenses while adding to ING Direct on a monthly basis.

If you can’t tell by my past few posts, I’m on fire about work. I know these things are cyclical, but it’s been over five months and I’m still enjoying it. We’re in the midst of a very massive and long-term project with amazing benefits. It’s exciting to see everyone working towards this goal.

Bibleshark is still alive and kicking. Last month Derek and I put in a work day to go through our laundry list of fixes/additions to the site. We fixed a lot of bugs and added 6 translations (New American Standard, Amplified Translation, The Twentieth Century, The Emphasized Bible, The Centenary Translation, The Living Oracles). Unlike Jason Calacanis, we believe in having a life outside of work. I kind of think of it like the Geek Reserves… one weekend a month. =)

I have another project I want to publish, but it has some startup costs associated with it. I’ve done some of the write-ups already, but it’s a very large/long term project. Maybe I’ll use my economic stimulus check to buy some equipment and software.