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About Sqthreer

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  • Birthday 11/01/1986

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    Portland, OR, USA
  1. Reading back on that post I see that the implication might be that I think education in Linguistics in general is bad. Let me clarify that I think the subject is awesome and important but I had realizations that I was incorrect to believe that's what I wanted to do. I hope that comment wasn't taken personally! Linguistics is fascinating, just not meaningful enough to me to pursue it as a career. Thank you for understanding. It is crucial that any interaction with me be super big-time serious business ONLY. That's a good tip. I think I will go punch s
  2. [EDIT] Just realized this thread is OOOOOLD. Oops. Well hey if it's useful to ya, read on! I get the ice cream thing. Like for real. I consider the pint or two a day for months period of my life to be mainly responsible for a huge weight gain several years ago, and a minor weight gain earlier this year. One very helpful guideline I've used recently (and successfully) for things like this is being realistic about what's involved with the process and assigning judgement to the consequences of the action rather than the action itself. Eating ice cream isn't bad, it's some
  3. It's been a few years or so since I was active here, I figured a re-intro was appropriate because I like the fleeting attention that new people get. I'm Blake, thirty....two? years old and have had trouble with weight and self-perception for a couple decades. However, I've got a resilient mind and a commitment to figuring my shi(r)t out. I'm in college, pursuing a B.S. (coincidentally those are also mine and Britney Spears' initials) in Computer Science after a recent change from a misguided pursuit of a Linguistics degree. I will be bothering you other CS nerds for advice and
  4. It has been one week since I set the goal of 185 pounds by April. Today I am at 191.9, down from 202.3. 10.4 pounds in a week Yesterday I proudly avoided overeating at a family function at which I normally would eat until there was no more food. It was a bigger challenge to my commitment than I've had throughout this past week, but repeating "185" in my head helped quite a lot, as well as the fact that I foresaw this challenge and told my dad and stepmom about my recent success and goals and let them know I wouldn't be overeating, explaining that I was telling them for the sake of acc
  5. My gym experience was quite swell yesterday. Did my usual warm-up then some core stuff and free weight stuff and stuff that I don't know the names of and was full of energy after it all. I went to the thrift store a block away from the gym, acquired some sweet items, then rode the four miles back home and scarfed down some carbs and protein. --- Today I have been experimenting with paleo(ish) baking and made some coconut flour banana chocolate (there's the 'ish') muffins for my roommates and for my cousin's birthday party tomorrow. I also invented an inventive way to create natural, f
  6. My history (as briefly as I can manage): I began losing weight in March, 2014. My weight then was 260 pounds (I am 6' 1"). Tentatively undertaking the paleo/primal eating/life style and riding my bike to and fro work, and eventually a little body/free weight workouts I got my weight down to 200 pounds by October. YEAH! Over the next three months (up until last week) I was hovering around 200 and making no progress and noticing myself slip back into my deplorable counter-productive tendencies. I had a particularly bad binging session last Thursday, felt like shit and realized I had to g
  7. I work at the Pizzicato a block up from SNAP :] By the way, born and bred in/right around Portland. Also I am quite anti-social as well. Working on it though. Kinda. Okay I'm thinking about working on it... a little bit.
  8. Wow, you have certainly been through a lot. Much of what you mentioned is pretty recognizable to me... especially the continuous attempts and failures when things get hard. That seriously damaged my opinion of myself over years and years of it happening. It made me think I was a useless wimp who gave up when things get too difficult, which is an awful thing to think. The one thing that really kept me going -which, from what you've said in your post, you have as well- is the fundamental strength to keep trying. You can't really fail at something like this until you give up. You gotta keep try
  9. All puns are good in my world. Thanks to everyone who has contributed Once I finish the bags I have left I'm going to buy some legit stuff!
  10. Whoa you're like a teaxpert! Or an authoritea on tea Perhaps even a world-renowned arteast... or someteang else... This is wonderful information, thank you
  11. No it is not :{ If I could stomach the taste of coffee, I'd use it instead.
  12. I am beginning to use caffeinated tea to help ween me off of larger doses of caffeine. I leave for work around 4am and really have to minimize the amount of prep time I spend in the morning (partly so I don't wake my roommates, and partly so I can have a little more time to sleep) so I do all my prep for the following day before bed. If I brewed tea before bed (around 7pm), kept it in an insulated container and drank most of it by 8am the next day, would I be getting as much caffeine as I would if I drank it right away? I've tried looking this up and haven't gotten any answers I am satisfied
  13. I think I get where you're coming from there. I had unlimited patience with other people, but almost none for myself. Now it's sorta reversed, hah. I'm patient with people in various situations, but only if it's useful. Anywax... all the virtues that are needed for self-betterment are learned through the process of self-betterment (paradoxical hehe). Patience, discipline, confidence, vigilance, etc. all accrue alongside the positive changes you make, and will make those positive changes easier to achieve. Here's an appropriate analogy: you need your muscles in order to do things that burn f
  14. Hi! #1 tip: Patience. Seems obvious but having only just come from where you are and finally having a clear vision of my healthy future, I would assure anyone that constantly reminding yourself to be patient is essential. The problem I have had- and many others, I gather- is that they suddenly get overzealous and pile on a huge list of goals for themselves all at once. Unless you have an infinite supply of motivation, I don't believe this will work. The only reason I can honestly say that what I'm doing is working is because I stopped making goals and started making changes. One relevant
  15. I went ahead and did it. I decided I wanted to use Nidoking in my journey this time around so I'm not wasting any time. However badass Horn Drill is, I never use it just because of its low accuracy :/
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