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Re: Well, here I am
16 Sep 2018, 18:04
Much wisdom and insight in that link, easily summarizing a dozen books. For those who prefer to read rather than watch, the transcript is here: ... ary-taubes

I especially liked the part that clarifies the scientific method and contrasts its critical importance with our inherent tendency to simply ignore it. One unfortunate side-effect of our relative (yet evolutionarily practical) laziness is that the negative aspects of researcher egos, combined with our tendency to trust authority, can increase problems rather than solve them.

Finally, a closing thought from Gary Taubes: "... a lot of this is about self-experiment We've gone to the point that people can try these diets without worrying about killing themselves."
Re: Well, here I am
18 Sep 2018, 13:12
Sept. 18, 2018 weight 162.5 BP 118/78
I watched the video ..... I'm still old school a calorie is a calorie. But calories measured by the combustion using pure oxygen to determine the calorie content of something is different than the calories we can actually use from the food we eat. Pure sawdust would have plenty of calories but none available to us humans. Fiber is fiber.
My friend with the triple bypass is home and recovering. He was over at his brother's place the other day and he is looking pretty good all things considered. I'll have to catch him when his brother isn't around to hear all the details of diet change and the real story. He has his defenses up around his brother.
Me? I'm doing OK but not good enough., Fall is quickly approaching and I'm already 2 1/2 pounds over the 160 limit I'd set for myself. It's now or never if this is going to work for me. I was pretty active all summer because I can find so much to do outside. As the weather cools down it's a different challenge. Maybe I'll break down and join a fitness place? I signed up for the senior health group here and they have an exercise program and that would do me good but I just can't see me doing that with a bunch of older ladies. I suppose if it's for the good of the cause anything is possible.
Dogs and I have been hitting the dog park and I walk around it while they sniff out the whole place and if they are lucky get to chase a squirrel or two up a tree. We are usually the only ones there. I've been riding the bike while I still can, cold weather will shut that down soon. Maggie and I walk the year around though, The colder it is, the better she likes it. Only rain or really cold high winds keep us from walking.
Latest projects are getting graphic cards for the computers I use. I changed from multiple monitors on this one to a 4K cheap TV as a monitor which requires HDMI, thus the upgrade on the graphics cards, since I thought I might as well do the old TV also and that computer. So, I'm using a 43 inch TV now for a monitor and did a blue filter app so it's easy on the eyes. Seems to be working out OK so far.
That's about it for now, this will be a fasting day for me. If I'm going to get that 160 pound limit back I'd better do what I know needs to be done. Oh yeah,.... a link for those that made it this far.... ... all-wrong/
Dog walking time,
Re: Well, here I am
02 Oct 2018, 00:50
Oct. 1, 2018 Weight this morning 162.5 BP this afternoon ... 110/70
I've not posted for a while now. I did have a post but forgot to hit send. But here I am again. Pretty much the same old thing, boring but that's good in my case. I'm going to be 70 pretty soon now, I quit putting the date online because birth dates are one of the three major things used for hacking our personal accounts.
Mom's mind is getting better and better, still a long ways to go but I went to see her yesterday at the nursing home and she was remembering things and talking about them that she didn't remember or talk about since she's been in at the nursing home.
Maggie and I are still doing our walks but I haven't been riding the bike much since I got the weight down. The grass quit growing like it has all summer so not much mowing to do, actually none for the past couple of weeks. I've got lots of things I could do but I tend to do what I like to do not what actually needs to be done.
I'm pretty much a vegetarian now days. I don't mind eating a little meat but that's few and far maybe a little every couple of weeks, some fish and an egg every now and then. Very little sugar, only what slips in with the processed food and I try to stay away from processed foods all I can.
Maggie and I did our walk this morning and there seemed to be a lot of McDonalds cheese burger wrappers for some reason. Maybe it's a reflection of the improved economy or maybe they have a special on them. I must have put 8 of them in the trash carts as we walked along. Several plastic bottles also but I'd say it's running 50/50 of soda vs water bottles now.
So to make a long story even longer, I'm holding on pretty well weight wise. I'd rather be at 160 but the scales said 162.5 this morning. If I can just make it through fall then winter without gaining more I'll be satisfied.
Here is a recording of a live show. A doctor MD that fasts a couple of days a week. I'll try to catch his live cast if remember.
That's about it for now, this time I'll remember to hit the "submit" button .
Re: Well, here I am
05 Oct 2018, 11:19
October 5, 2018 Weight 162.5 BP 120/80
Somehow I made it 70 to years age! I never got the be able to do a chin up by age 70 but I can do a few push ups and squats! I need to work on the chin ups and get that chin up/pull up accomplished.
I'm getting around a lot better than I was 6 years ago, that's when I started walking because of the chest pains and decided if I was going to last much longer I'd better get serious about taking care of myself. I lost 50 lbs back then and Maggie (my dog) and I started walking. I could make it a few blocks to the church steps and we'd stop and rest till I could make it on around to a bench by the motel, stop and rest again, then back home. About 3/4 of a mile total. Often a nitro pill after only a block or two after leaving the house. Today, we go a mile and no problem. Up the stairs, no problem. Ride the bike ... no problem going slow. The best thing I've done in the past year was lose that extra 43 lbs that needed to come off. I made it down to "normal" on the BMI scale. I intend to be one of the 5 or 10% that keep it off!
One of the things I plan to do today is ride the bike 10 miles, so I can tell everyone the rest of my life, "I rode a bike 10 miles when I turned 70". Lots of laughs, yep, that was goal of mine. Unlike the pull ups that one is apt to actually happen. The wind is supposed to be out of the south and I've got a route planned for the bike ride.
My special needs neighbour .... he was at the door again the other day, Another flat tire and he'd driven it home flat and ruined the tire. He needed a ride to the tire shop for another used tire. No spare (again). So I chewed on his butt for a while and said yes. I've been after him to get a spare since the last two times this happened, maybe 3 times now. He's a special needs guy and I don't mind helping but I'm not an enabler and I told him this is the last time unless he gets a spare tire. Something I noticed while I was supervising him on the removal of the flat was I could feel my hip bone when I was leaning on another's neighbours car. Little things like that mean a lot to me nowdays. I guess now that I think about it my neighbour has come along in his own way. The first flat he didn't know how to jack up his pickup and remove the wheel, now he can without much help. Still no spare to put on but maybe some day.
It's time for the Maggie to take me for a walk.
Re: Well, here I am
05 Oct 2018, 22:30
Happy Birthday Roscoe !!

An appropriate thought seems to be what my mother-in-law would say when her grandkids ran riot through the house: "They've never been this age before!"

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Re: Well, here I am
09 Oct 2018, 15:02
Oct. 9, 2018 Weight 164 (yikes!) BP 120/80
Ut oh, the scales don't lie, I knew it was a mistake buying those 10lbs of potatoes that were on sale. I guess I had to prove to myself I could or couldn't eat them wisely. The scales seem to conclude I can't, so I'm fasting today. I'm doing exactly what I said I wasn't going to do, gaining back those pounds. Maybe this is the way it's going to be, pounds creep up, fasting takes them off. That ought to be OK as long as I catch it in time and don't get into extreme yoyo eat/diet. What we don't want is to build up visceral fat ..... that's supposed to be the worst kind and yoyo'ing is bad about doing that. I don't want any excess fat but visceral fat is very unhealthy.
My friend that had the triple by-pass came by yesterday, we had a nice talk. They have him walking on the treadmill for rehab, he said he's up to three miles now. He's still on leave from work but he can drive his personal vehicle now. No lifting of anything over 10 lbs till the chest is healed. He's a classic case of what our food supply does to so many of us. We'll see if he can change his ways enough to last another 5 or 10 years. I kinda have my doubts, he loves to eat.
Cold weather is on it's way. It will be tempting to eat more and move less but ..................... this time it's different.
It better be or I'm apt to be talking about me getting a triple by-pass.
Today's project, changing out some more light fixtures from florescent to LEDs. I've had the stuff for quite a while and I want to brighten up the place a little and fight the winter blues.
Here we go another video of some doctor's explanation of food, health, chronic diseases, he's a cardiologist. It's up to us to be informed and make wise decisions. much conflicting information but I keep watching them and learning.
That's about it for now folks....
Re: Well, here I am
09 Oct 2018, 22:45
You're right on track in my view.

It's been my experience that seemingly sudden weight gains can often be traced back to an especially carby meal often combined with fat. Deep dish pizza, cheesy fries or mashed potatoes with butter or gravy for example. The weight gain is a result of the body's retaining additional water in order to process those carbs - at roughly a 4:1 ratio. It'll usually resolves quickly by itself in 2-3 days.

It's actually worthwhile to include an occasional "fling" meal to guard against any growing sense of being unfairly and continually deprived. You know there's a cost the comes with it, but the recovery mechanics are also obvious and simple.

Re: Well, here I am
10 Oct 2018, 14:50
Oct. 10, 2018 Weight 160.5
Thanks for the reply, ASFnFuel,
So much for that extra 3.5 lbs that popped up yesterday. I fasted yesterday and the pounds dropped, mostly water, I blame a bunch of it on that box of pumpkin flavoured Tasty O's I got at Aldi's. I eat that stuff right out of the box and it's got added sugar and I can eat a bunch of it at one sitting. Anyway I fasted yesterday and it's the first time I've done a "correctional" fast. It was pretty easy, I was wondering how difficult it would be to fast again. No problem, I just didn't eat and thus far haven't eaten yet today. I feel fine and not really hungry yet. It does show how much weight can change in a day because of whatever, salt, carbs, diuretics, but there is still 3500 calories to the pound.
" continually deprived"? What? Being fat was continually deprived, mobility, appearance, health that was what was I was being deprived of most of all. It's a shame food has become such a focus in our lives, yes we ought to enjoy what we eat but it's become an obsession and don't count on friends and family for much help when you are trying to lose weight and keep it off. I wish I had a dollar for every time I heard "oh, you lost enough" , "you don't need to lose any more, you look fine", "it won't hurt you to eat this". I think we all know how this goes.
So today is another go visit mom at the nursing home. I gotta fire up the old Toyota, get Maggie and head west (old man) head west.
Here we go .... yoyo'ing what I don't want to do, this came through in today's e-mail. A good site for health information. ... your-heart?
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