• Fatblogging: 97

    Another kilo has vanished! Should I test if, in fatblogging, weight loss is proportional to entry length?

    It's almost as if my mind is losing weight with my body: the Günter book made me realize that my weaker self has much more control over myself than is good for me. But since I learned about the dangerous interplay between carbohydrates, fat, Insulin and glycogen, I choose my diet much more carefully. I eat wholemeal bread instead of croissants, low-fat cream cheese instead of camembert, and fruits instead of sweets. It's a really liberating feeling to wrest more and more control from Günter, my weaker self. The 10 Euro for the book were one of my best investments this year.

    Today, I ran a different route that has a fewer inclination and everything went according to my buildup plan (now three-minute runs with one minute of walking in between). I found a beautiful way along a little brook under trees, only three minutes from our house! It's slightly uphill, but very managable. Since there aren't many people out at 5:30, it's just me and nature. Maybe I should leave the iPod at home.

  • Fatblogging: 98

    Hey, this fatblogging really works! I've lost 2 kilos, just by writing the first entry! This is great.

    I surely don't want to compromise that success by eating the wrong stuff, so I started to collect information about nutrition. And I experienced a revelation: on my way home, I come past the supermarket we always shop at. When I saw its sign today, some well-known cravings for sweets set in. I hesitated a little, but then gave in and bent off in direction of the shop. Just when I reached its doors, though, I realized that it was my weaker self that was driving me there. And, thanks to a great little book I just read, I now know the name of my weaker self: Günter So I gave Günter the mental finger and turned around to get home for some fat-reduced yogurt with fresh strawberries.

    My morning run wasn't a full success, though. I had to admit that I'm not in the shape yet to run uphill for minutes. And Freiburg just isn't quite as flat as Philippsburg. Must be tectonics or something. Or maybe just the Black Forest. I'll look for a less challenging route.

  • Quote of the day


    A freely elected totalitarian government is something new, after all.

    (Su-Shee 2.0, translated from German)

  • Fatblogging: 100

    Many bloggers are overweight. That's no surprise, since sitting in front of the screen all day and living from pizza and coffee has never been regarded as a recipe to lose weight.

    Now, a new weight loss plan is gaining ground among bloggers: Losing weight by writing about it. Yes, it may seem like a strange concept, but it seems to work with many, so I'm willing to give it a try. It's time I do something to shrink my belly, and it gets me a new topic to blog about.

    My starting weight is 100kg, and I guess that's about 15kg too much. I guess I'd look at lot better with 85 kilos. Let's see how blogging my weight every few days will help me reach that goal.

    On another note, I also started running again. It's embarrassing if climbing the stairs to our flat makes me breathe more heavily than a marathon winner. (I won't get into other situations where it's much more enjoyable to be in a good condition.) I'm using the starter plan of MyJogging.de again to get myself into shape: over the course of six weeks, I'll always run for half an hour. But that half hour gets broken into growing intervals, starting at two minutes of running followed by one minute of walking.

    Trying to run in the evening after coming home from work won't be very successful. It's too hard for me to get going when I'm tired and digesting a lunch. So I decided to get up at 5:30 in the morning and start the day in running shoes, followed by a shower and a nice little breakfast.

    I don't want to flood my blog with entries, you know, so I'll simply report about my running progress in the fatblogging entries. Mens sana in corpore sano. Let's work on that second part.

  • Mobile communication hub: Fring

    If you've been following my blog for a while then you know that I'm very interested in using Skype on my mobile phone. But so far, they broke all their promises to release a Symbian S60 version of the Skype client.

    It seems it needed a third party vendor to step in and deliver: Fring Fring is a free communication software for S60 that you install on your phone. It then connects to several services if you enter your account credentials. Apart from Skype, there are also Google Talk, SIP and as the most recent addition, Twitter For Skype, Google Talk and Twitter, Fring also offers a chat function to exchange text messages.

    The Fring client connects to their servers which in turn make a connection to Skype, Google, Twitter or the SIP contact you want to talk to.

    So far, Fring works quite nicely on my Nokia E61. The voice quality over Skype is acceptable and by enabling me to also send instant messages from the same application makes Fring my single mobile communication hub. The only thing I'm afraid of is how running Fring will drain the phone's battery. But I'll see about that.