fighting the lack of good ideas

yet another on the weight loss bandwagon

Along with I’m sure others on planettrilug, I’ve been working on losing some of my heft.

I’ve gone back and forth on caring for a long time, but now have some incentives beyond just “it’s good for me”.

My first month in Singapore I dropped ~11 pounds. The 4 weeks after that were only an additional 2.5, but now that I’m back, I somewhat expect the dropping to continue apace. It’s hard to eat a lot when it’s hot and sticky, and having an environment that encourages walking, at least to some extent, makes the process a bit easier.

Diabetes does exist on both sides of my family, though it’s all been late-onset, Type-II – so while I’m paying attention, I’m not going crazy in the process.

When I left, my official weight from my physical was 254. I picked-up a scale today so I can track relative loss over the coming weeks and months. I won’t scare the world by posting photos of myself during the process, but I will endeavor to post ~weekly updates with how much (if any) has been lost, and hopefully that will help to keep me honest.

My initial goal is 210 – which is about 45 pounds away. If I could keep-up the rate I started when I first got here, I’ll hit that in 4 months. My lovely fiancee is also assisting by helping me plan grocery trips and meals to some extent (thanks, honey!)

Hopefully there will be a pleasant stream of more to come on this.

back in singapore

I arrived back in Singapore safely early Sunday morning (local time).

Other than having to leave my fiancee at home, and now not being able to see her for at least a few weeks, everything here seems to be good. Got the keys and copy of my apartment contract, so all I have left to do is get my utilities setup – my apartment agent tried to get those setup for me while I was gone, but SP Services apparently requires the actual resident set it up, and not an agent.

Hopefully the jet lag will be mostly gone in a few hours so I can go to work and be [mostly] switched-back to Singapore time 🙂


Last Friday night, on the Brooklyn Bridge, in the rain (sounds like the answer to Clue, doesn’t it?) I officially asked my girlfriend to marry me.

Me living in Singapore means that’ll not be as soon as either of us would prefer, but at least it’s in the works. 🙂

She told me the rest of the night was a blur, which is probably just as well since it sheeted water on us for the couple blocks back to the hotel, so we were thoroughgoingly drenched by the time we got there.

Anyways, that’s my fun news for the year 🙂


I’m sitting in Tokyo Narita airport right now.

My next stop will be my home for the next several months as I begin a job in Singapore with Barclay’s Capital Monday.

As of right now, I’ve added yet another two airports to my list, and have one more to go “today” – Dulles and Tokyo. Next up, Singapore.

eating out, but well

I’ve been back home for a few days, and have been introduced to several more good local eateries, which will have write-ups coming shortly.

My sister pointed me to one of her favorites in Cohoes, Bread and Jam, and she’ll be “guest blogging” that post.

the results

I followed-through on my fuel experiment. However, the hoped-for mileage increase did not occur. I was hoping for a 2-3 mpg improvement, and saw 0-1.

The good news is that it didn’t decrease my mileage, as I have seen on some vehicles when going up the octane ladder.

Guess that means I’m back to buying regular.