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13 Weeks: One Week at a Time

It's been quite a journey...

Charlie Martin


October 27, 2013 - 7:00 am


This is the actual “blogiversary” for the 13 Weeks column; I’ve been doing this for a full year (or will have been on the 28th, but I don’t do a 13 Weeks column on the 28th.) I’ve been going back through the year’s columns as I prepare to collect them as an e-book and it’s natural to think back over what I’ve learned.

Here it is:

  • Change is hard.
  • Change takes time.
  • Change is possible.
  • Change doesn’t happen in a straight line.
  • Change is easier with some structure to it.

This week has been weird, for no obvious reason. I’d claim it was Mercury going retrograde on the 23rd, but I don’t actually believe in that stuff so that can’t be it. Whatever it has been, I haven’t felt terrifically productive this week — I’m way past deadline on several articles, including this one, and Wednesday and Thursday I spent just an amazing amount of time looking at blank screens or blank pads and whining. I have had a number of interviews for new day jobs (and I’m still on the market, by the way; if you know anyone looking for a senior geek, I can be found on LinkedIn) that went reasonably well, but (see above) haven’t turned into a new day job yet.

As far as the continuing saga, my weight is still down — it’s bounced a little bit from 264, but I’m still down. My glucose is looking good, and I’ve gotten off omeprazole but I’m not having much GERD discomfort. I’ve also dropped the melatonin as well as cutting back on the Prozac, both because there’s some reason to think they’re associated with difficulty losing weight, but actually, as I sit and write this I’m beginning to wonder if that was wise — I do feel a little foggy and unfocused, and a little irritable — although the irritability might be just the side effect of watching the parade of idiots on C-SPAN this week. So maybe I’ll add one of those back and see what happens.

Charlie Martin writes on science, health, culture and technology for PJ Media. Follow his 13 week diet and exercise experiment on Facebook and at PJ Lifestyle

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Cutting back on Prozac whilst watching CSPAN... Houston, I think I've found (one of) the problem(s)... ;)

While working as a clinical secretary at an air force hospital I suggested to our clinic chief that we install a block of Prozac in the lobby on a stand so that everyone could just take a lick as they went by. That was the same place I underwent Krispy Kreme aversion therapy. And quit smoking, 1 out of 3 ain't bad.
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Hang in there, Charlie. Remember tere have been times when a little whining helped you along. :) Good Luck on the job front.
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Thanks, Sally. I'm feeling some better today.
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