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How sweet it is…

I am on a mission to lose 25lbs by November 8th for my wedding in Cancun, MX. Aside from the usual, and often forgotten, pledge to eat better and exercise, I sat down to think about what seems to always impede my progress of weight loss. While eating a donut and drinking chocolate milk, it hit me! I’m clearly not eating enough sweets! Er…wait a minute. Shit. I need to put down the sweets. I know this sounds trivial and obvious, but when’s the last the time you found it easy to not eat cake or chocolate after a meal or during the day? The more I thought about it, the more I realized that I was purely addicted to sugar.

I thought back to my childhood and how my mother used to prepare desserts after every meal. I have gotten so used to that and have carried on the tradition in my household. While I’m not the expert baker that my mother is, I often find myself munching on Oreos and other sweets after meals. After lunch, it became pretty normal for me to grab a candy bar or other chocolate to fulfill my need for dessert. I would even mask this need by buying especially sugary and sweet cereals and having a bowl after meals. “Oh, this isn’t a dessert, ” I would think to myself as I down an entire bowl of Oreo-os or Chocolate Cheerios. Heck, I would even eat a cookie or two for breakfast because who doesn’t love cookies for breakfast?

It was bad. The cravings were immensely terrible. I was addicted. Now…I have been dessert free for three weeks and it feels GREAT. Sure, I have a bite of a cookie or sweet bread every now and then, but I do NOT crave them one bit. I started counting the times where I would normally have a dessert and it’s astonishing. Whether it be impromptu visits from the future mother-in-law, weddings, or nights out a restaurant, I have passed on them all. I will continue to fight through this desire and strive for a more healthy life. It CAN be done.

I firmly believe food additions are as difficult to overcome as smoking. Give up desserts and high-sugary foods. Quit now. Don’t give yourself cheat days. Quit! Cheat days and other excuses give yourself more reasons to eat the foods which cause addiction. Give them up and you’ll be surprised how much better you’ll feel. Your cravings will be gone and you’ll start not wanting the desserts as often.

I’d love to have a discussion if anyone wants to reach out to me! Have you done this? Was it easy? What are some tips you have to offer? I’ll post a follow-up on my progress in a month or so. GOOD LUCK!

Tom

OOCSS in action (part 1)

Ever since being introduced to Nicole Sullivan’s OOCSS, I’ve changed the way I develop CSS code. While I do not believe in everything that OOCSS offers, the main takeaway from me is introducing more structure and reason into my code.

Today, a typical developer might develop CSS code in this way:

And the corresponding HTML code:

Strictly speaking…there’s nothing wrong with that code. But the one thing that should stand out is its lack of re-usability. It’s pretty easy to write code specifically to accomplish a task on a page or closely-match a page comp, but OOCSS forces you to think about scalability. That is its greatest strength.

Here is how I might re-write that code in OOCSS

And the HTML code:

OOCSS gives you the concept of gridding for free. A grid can consist of one or more elements that are floated and fit next to one another in defined fragments. For example, I’ve implemented a grid of .size1of2, which allows me to put two elements side-by-side in a reusable fashion site-wide. Pretty cool huh?

I’ll go into more detail about OOCSS in future blog posts and share some tips and tricks I’ve learned along the way. Stay tuned!

Election Day

Election Day: the end of months of political banter, negative ads, and social media politicians. I am actually building a house made entirely of political flyers I’ve received in the mail this election year. I counted well over 200. TWO-HUNDRED pieces of mail, lobbying for MY vote. In Michigan, we are fighting over whether renewable energy should be enforced, yet we are wasting trees, ink, and the environment to print out crap that very few read.

The only thing worse than 200 flyers is 200 friends on social media crop-dusting my news feed with LOLz and Internet memes, expressing political interests. Has “Free Speech” gotten out of hand? Why do people get so passionate about this stuff for only four months every four years? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not promoting that they go out and constantly talk politics– that’ll land them square in the “fuck if I care what you say” list of friends—but rather, do something about it or shut up. Look, if you’re in favor of abortion now, odds are you’re not going to change that. Therefore, you know you’re voting democrat no matter what. Do it and shut up.

Instead, many people find it necessary to post links and pictures that relate to their beliefs, while ignorantly believing that no one will respond against it. Here is how most of those conversations on FB go:

Amy: OMG Romney says he is a business man, but he will ruin this country. He’s MORMON!

Joe: Dude, do you even know what Mormanism is? You act like he’s Jewish or something.

Ezikiel: What’s wrong with being Jewish?

Joe: No hard feelings, Zeke. Just proving a point.

Amy: Mormanism = moronism LOL

Joe: Fuck this country, we’re fucked.

Amy: Not if Obama is in office. Obama cares about me PERSONALLY!

Ezikiel: That’s because you shhticked him last night

Joe: Romney FTW!

….

Fun isn’t it? We get it, you love your political candidate so much, you’d lose a few FB “friends” over it. Why not go back to how it used to be and put your bumper sticker on your car and a sign on your lawn? People will know where you stand, but you don’t have to shove it in everyone’s faces. If you love your candidate as much as you lead the social media to believe, you better be watching CSPAN and every speech/game show/talk show/Saturday Night Live/ESPN game the president is a part of. If not, keep it all to yourself. Thanks.