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It's been a week already? Wow. Time sure does fly.

What's new around here: I'm changing jobs, so preparing for the transition has occupied a lot of my RAM. Mrs. Curmudgeon is also looking at a possible change of job, but we're still waiting on word. Our situation could be fantastically improved if she gets it.

4 pounds. That's all that separates me from my weight loss goal for this year. I've finally started a slow reduction again, after being on a vicious plateau for several months. And this morning, when I looked in the mirror, I finally saw it: the new me that's trying to get out. So that's the good side. The bad side is that after that 4 pounds is another 20 that my doctor wants me to lose. I'm still not sure where it's going to come from. I can see 10 happening if I really push it, but 20? Maybe if I amputate a leg or something.

Performance-wise, I'm getting impatient with the weights I can do, but have to remember that it takes time. I wanted to hit one of my other goals (bench press my body weight) by my birthday, but at the moment it doesn't look like that'll happen. I'll need to back it off until Christmas, most likely. I'm doing well in squats and dead lifts, but am stalled out on just about everything else. I think it's because I'm restricting the diet so much to lose weight. I just don't have the energy to push with.

I've got another 3 bits of weightlifting gear that I want/need, which will cost around $800. The first is a set of hex dumbbells. I have the dumbbell handles that you can put standard plates on, but it's an unbelievable hassle to change weights, especially when you're in the middle of a workout and need to be done in 10 minutes so you can go to work. Dumbbell sets are expensive ($300), but changing weights is as easy as racking one pair and picking up another.

The next item is a lat tower for my Powertec cage. It'll help with the rotator cuff exercises, some alternate back exercises (which I need to do), and of course with building my lats for a monster pullup.

Finally, at some point I'll have to make the transition to olympic weights. I'm just about maxed out on my standard weights for the dead lift, and as a matter of fact just had to go buy 2 more 25-pound plates to buy me some extra time. I don't really want to keep investing in standard weights, and would prefer instead to start donating some of the ones I have to the kid who got my previous bench. But that's $200 away, so what can ya do.

Anyway, that's the mundane, boring update on my life. I'll probably find something to gripe about sooner or later, and hopefully that will be more interesting.